IHAVE to ap­plaud the own­ers of Fry­ern­ing Fish­eries, in Es­sex, for the lat­est ad­di­tion to their com­plex. No, it’s not a new lake or an­other 50lb mir­ror – it’s an 8ft tall, 3.5 ton block of gran­ite statue carved into the shape of a ‘Carp God’!

The lucky charm was def­i­nitely smil­ing down on the guy who carved it too (pages 4&5) as af­ter he had in­stalled it in a prime po­si­tion over­look­ing the lake he had a quick ses­sion and landed two carp for 88lb, in­clud­ing one over 50lb!

As the owner Chris Knowles says, fish­ing should be fun and if the Easter Is­land-style head makes an­glers smile then it’s money well spent.

Maybe some other wa­ters will fol­low suit? I’d vote for a gi­ant ‘match god’ statue of Bob Nudd (com­plete with white cap) at the scene of his World Champs win at Holme Pier­re­pont or what about a huge Dick Walker statue on the fa­mous dam wall at Red­mire?

Talk­ing of the leg­end that is Bob Nudd, it’s great to have him back in An­gling Times this week and I read with in­ter­est his bait tips fea­ture (pages 28&29) as I know they’ll help me catch a few more fish at the back end of the sea­son. The fish have seen a lot of bait through the sum­mer months and even the small­est tweak can make big dif­fer­ences to your catches – give them a try and bag up this week­end!

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