WE OLD MATCH RIVALS CAN STILL TALK THE TALK!
WHAT a great day I had when my old pal Gordon Bullock invited his old team-mates to his superb Redbridge Lakes for a reunion.
Gordon has built two lakes that on a satellite map appear as matching ‘doughnut’ lakes, but viewed from the bank they seem more like Fen drains, with pairs of pegs being set in bays. Each pair has a reedy peninsula and a separate gap in the far-bank phragmites to cast to, about 20m away.
There are very few carp – those that exist came in as interlopers when the initial stocks of crucians, brown goldfish, bream, tench, roach, chub and ide were introduced. Even a rogue pike has shown up, while perch have been stocked and are thriving. Everything breeds well, with the exception of ide, but Gordon is to remedy that, thanks to some advice I was able to give him courtesy of the Avon Roach Project.
We old-timers didn’t take our kit but we caught thousands of fish and won countless matches sitting outside the superb café, drinking tea. Gordon hopes to make this reunion a regular event, perhaps even having a match for us all to fish. That would be brilliant because the fishing is top-drawer. The last match on Lake Cuthbert was won with 57lb of ide!