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    Default An Old Schooler returns...

    Hello

    I started fishing in the mid 1970s, in SW London, at the age of ten or so. Earliest memories fishing the Thames, Bushy Park, Cannon Hill Common. Joined Merton Angling Club in about 1981, left in about 1984 (club no longer exists - any old members out there?). With this club, went on coach trips to great venues in Southern England such as the Dorset Stour, Hants Avon, Rother, Wallers Haven and many lakes such as Witley Park (my all-time favourite venue). I used to do OK in the matches at that time, even though i was barely an adult member then - remember catching 67Ib of Rudd in five hours once !

    The mid-late 1980s i spent fishing in Norfolk as i was based in Norwich. I spent one autumn and winter in search of a 2Ib roach from a swim in the River Yare in a section that was barely fished at all - saw a shoal of 1-2Ib fish on my first visit in a shaded weed-free pool under an enormous overhanging tree but only managed to get one out that was over a pound despite many dawn or dusk sessions on the stick or leger.

    Since the early 1990s i barely fished at all, apart from the odd trip afar, until this season. Still getting my head around all the changes - predominance of boilies, pellets, hair rigs, bolt rigs, spods, method feeders etc which are all techniques or methods i have never used. I am sad that many/most waters now appear to be carp fisheries or are pea-soup commercial waters stuffed with fish. I am sure i will enjoy the odd session on such waters to remind myself what it is like to have some decent fish in my swim, but catching fish with mouth damage from over-fished waters etc does not light my candle.

    Ideally I am hoping to find some nice roach or bream fishing on the local Great Ouse, Ivel or Cam or tench, crucian and rudd fishing in a weedy pond in more natural surroundings. A local tackle dealer has pointed out that what i am looking for doesn't really exist anymore ..but hey the places i used to fish were generally off the radar even back in the "good" old days!!. I have found some nice looking waters and wetted my appetite with some modest catches, .so fingers crossed for the autumn.

    Tight Lines to all

    Dave

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    Welcome to the site mate. Those fisheries in the natural surroundings you seek are still out there if you look albeit probably in different places from 25 years ago. However there's a good chance you'll often be on your own when you find them!
    Last edited by Bluenose; 26-08-2010 at 19:51.

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    Good to see one of the old school return to the fold.......may we all keep fit enough and live long enough to keep finding those secluded waters.

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    Thanks - thats encouraging.

    I know what you mean about not the nice waters of the past not necessarily being the same today. I was checking out a stretch of the Thames near Shepperton where i stumbled upon a huge shoal of bream once - fish topping and rolling under far bank willows which lined the bank for about 100 yards or more. On google Earth i now see that the trees are long gone and there are grassed gardens backing down to the river in their place - the 1987 gales/development has changed that particular short section beyond recognition.

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    Welcome to FM mate
    Fancy a pint?

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    Welcome aboard Dave
    The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.

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    Hi Chub. I started my fishing in the Thames at Teddington back in the sixties. Bushy Park (Diana, Long Water Leg of Mutton etc) were my next favourite venues. I fished a match once with the Leatherhead club at Witley Park. Brilliant shoals of Crucians. Came fourth, just outside the money
    Anyway, welcome mate, I think you'll enjoy it here

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    Welcome to FM Dave,

    Those good ole days can still be relived, although as Bluenose says not necessarily in the same places.

    Here's some crucian nostalgia for you CLICK HERE
    'I'm a kind of paranoid in reverse: I suspect people of plotting to make me happy...' (J.D. Salinger, 1919-2010)

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    Thanks Blankmeister. I used to mostly fish the Heron in Bushy back in the mid 1980s - wading out for bream, tench to 4.5Ib + nice rudd and roach - even had a 2Ib 5oz crucian there once (real one too) but never saw any others. Remember Hampton Wick/Wall Pond fondly too (no fishing since about 1981). Witley was a stunner too - did a third place once with just over 50Ib of the golden beauties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dicky (Angling Trust PAC) View Post
    Welcome to FM Dave,

    Those good ole days can still be relived, although as Bluenose says not necessarily in the same places.

    Here's some crucian nostalgia for you CLICK HERE
    Thats a nice well written article, Dicky - looks a great place too - along the lines of what i am looking for (without limited success so far) around here!

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    Welcome to FM Dave.

    I am very much like you in that I far prefer the 'old' and more traditional venues, and as Bluenose said, they are still out there.

    I would far rather squeeze into a small gap between trees and fish a hole in the lillys than sit on a wooden palette on a commercial 'fishery'

    Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers.

    Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary. ~

    Patrick F. McManus






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