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.

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