WE OLD MATCH RI­VALS CAN STILL TALK THE TALK!

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

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!

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