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From The Privvy – Chapter Seven

Rambling After my initial success using boiled baits and hair rigs, I thought I should perhaps try and catch some big fish, at this time twenties were still very desirable. Kevin Maddocks had recently published that in one season he had caught twenty twenties; this became the yardstick that carp anglers used for the next

From The Privvy – Chapter Six

The Boring Bit While living in Canada, I had developed an interest in trout fishing and the first few years of living in Ashford I spent the spring and summer trout fishing and the colder months fishing the Kent coast for cod, I also developed an interest in big roach. The trout fishing was so

From The Privvy – Chapter Five

Transatlantic Reunion The next season at the Rookery has never arrived for me, my apprenticeship finished at the same time as my marriage and I went to Canada to work as a contract draughtsman. I was met at Toronto airport by Tony, my mother had stayed in contact with his mother after they had left

From The Privvy – Chapter Four

A Mistake With A Monster My return to England in 1969 marked some very significant changes to my life, none of them very conducive to doing much fishing. Not only did I have to go to work every day, but I also got married to the ‘wife from hell’ and not long after that I

From The Privvy – Chapter Three

Moor Flung Dung We returned from our holiday in late August, just in time to get a new reservoir permit, but unfortunately didn’t return to our apartment in Pockfulham. Instead we went to a new one in Repulse Bay, our furniture and personal belongings had all been moved for us while we were on holiday.