Horton Church Lake – Linford
After being offered a Horton Church Lake ticket many moons ago and gratefully accepting it with both hands, there were two special fish that I was aware of at the time that were on my most wanted list. To be fair they were probably on everyone’s most wanted list, but to me the Woodcarving (one of the most famous fish in the country), and the less talked about Linford were the most appealing. Linford is a real stunner, a true linear with an amber belly below the beautiful line of scales, and a dark flank above with a quite distinctive black tail. It’s a male fish and not a fast grower, and was stocked amongst a few others that were moved from Thorpe Park – including the Thorpe Park Common and Thorpe Park Leney.
I was lucky enough to catch Linford on my second season on the venue from my favoured Spindly Tree swim. I returned to Church a few years later after spending some time on Kingsmead 1 and Wraysbury, to catch it again as part of a brace with one of the other Thorpe Park fish. Seeing this fish attached to the end of your line in the deep, clear water is something else, and you immediately and undoubtedly know you have hooked something special.
ABOVE Horton Church Lake – will Linford become the Woodcarving’s successor
ABOVE Returning a Church Lake Carp At first LIGHT