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   Old Thread  #28 29 Apr 2022 at 4.52pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Sorry, but the links are now 'dead'. I'll try to reload into SW Memories if I can retrieve the pix.
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   Old Thread  #27 25 Dec 2021 at 8.51am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Great read Ken thanks
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   Old Thread  #26 24 Dec 2021 at 12.20pm  2Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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LINK to Part 2.

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   Old Thread  #24 31 Oct 2021 at 4.12pm  2Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Been back from the Secret Garden a couple of weeks now and have done a 2-part Blog on the trip for Haiths:

This is a Link to Part 1.
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   Old Thread  #23 16 Nov 2019 at 11.04am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
There is an odd coda to this story that most of you will find either strange, bizarre or down right unbelievable.

In this day and age you would not think it possible that an angler could Ďforgetí about catching a very large carp, would you? Well that is what happened to me in September at the Secret Garden.

I always carry two cameras, a D7200 as my go-to and my old cheap and cheerful D70 as a back up. I was checking the batteries on both cameras yesterday and decided to format the memory cards in camera at the same time but before doing so I made sure there were no important shots on the cards that would be lost during the format operation. On the card in the D70 I found four scenic pix that were clearly from the Secret, and equally clearly as being taken on our trip in September 2019. I didnít remember taking them so I thought Tat might have been messing about with the camera, which turned out to be the case, they were practice shots as it had been so long since she had used the camera. However, imagine my surprise when I also found several trophy shots of a large mirror, also clearly taken at the Secret at the end of September and because they followed the four scenics on the card they were also taken in September this year.

Now here's the odd bit: I have no recollection of catching this fish at all, but but on asking Tat she clearly remembered me catching a very big mirror as the light was going on the day after she caught her large common. She also remembers having to use the back up camera (D70) as the batteries in my go-to camera (D7200) had died after it had been left switched on all afternoon. The fact that I cannot to this day recall catching such a beast says much for my deteriorating grey matter. It is only because I have the proof in front of me that I know Tat is right. I do recall being slightly the worse for wear thanks to the bottle of Jeanís Champagne that he gave us, but not to the extent that I would be incapable of fishing, which the photos clearly prove!

So here it is...I donít think we put it down on the catch report and Tat says that we did not get a reading from the chip reader, nor does she recall the weight accurately, as I cannot either. It looks to be well over 45lb in my opinion. I have sent the pix to the owner to see if he can clear up my confusion and maybe put a decent weight on the fish.

EDIT: Jean says this fish goes 44lb 8oz...Lovely!





Odd, eh?
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   Old Thread  #22 4 Nov 2019 at 2.02pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Part 2.

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   Old Thread  #21 24 Oct 2019 at 7.09pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Top angling Ken, and some lovely pictures too.
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   Old Thread  #20 24 Oct 2019 at 1.48pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Cracking fish 😎 I hope Tats healing well, love the pic of her playing a fish from the chair 😂
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   Old Thread  #18 24 Oct 2019 at 9.32am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks for the info Jim. I prefer my rigs to have a long hair these days
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   Old Thread  #17 23 Oct 2019 at 3.35pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Part 1 of the promised Blog...

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   Old Thread  #16 23 Oct 2019 at 11.56am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Looks like the hook is tied on with a Palomar and the tag then put through the eye for the hair. Simple and effective
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   Old Thread  #15 23 Oct 2019 at 9.54am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Looks like a great trip Ken. I hope the Mrs. is well on the road to recovery. Some very nice fish landed. Very interesting re your comments on the 'E' liquid and Blakes HNV. Can you explain in detail that double boilie rig please? it seems the hair comes virtually of the eye?
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   Old Thread  #14 22 Oct 2019 at 8.54pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Very well done mate
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   Old Thread  #13 22 Oct 2019 at 8.31pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
So you prefer a double wafter to two double bottom baits? I thought double bottom would give more "drag" effect?
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   Old Thread  #12 22 Oct 2019 at 6.30pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Bloody hell ken, Looks like a successful trip sir........

I do not venture far from the bait section but something caught my eye.


Congratulations on the fish and a speedy recovery to the Mrs sir.
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