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14 August (5th Paul Goulbourn Memorial Trophy Fish-in)


Chris Plumb

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Harris Lake - Marsh Farm , Milford.

0630 - 2330

Warm (still 18ºC when I got home at 0100), overcast and DRY - despite the forecast and the downpours the day before. There was some VERY annoying light drizzle for the last hour or so - but overall conditions were very benign - thankfully!

2 Crucians; 3lb 1oz & 2lb 9oz. 4 Tench - 2@4lb+ - biggest 4lb 9oz. 3 Perch. A doz+ Rudd (micro!!)

3 Time lucky! This is the 3rd IAC fish-in I've organised in 2020 and the first one to actually take place. The Grayling day on the Itchen in Feb was cancelled due to Storm Dennis. The Marsh Farm fish-in in June was postponed due to Covid so was thankful this deferred date got off the ground. Covid depleted numbers (some  not getting time off work having only recently returned from furlough) but it was as ever a social as much as a fish-in - and raising some money for Sue Ryder in memory of Paul. All the talk leading up to the day was on what the weather would bring - with 3 of the party also fishing the venue the day before and sitting out apocolyptic amounts of rain! Thankfully we had not a single drop of precipitation until well after dark when Brian and I were the only ones left - and some VERY annoying light drizzle set in!

Fish during daylight hours were sparse - with Howard winning the day with the biggest crucian, caught by the cut-off, at 2lb 7oz. (He also had the 2nd best at 1lb 10oz). As usual on these days all my action came at dusk and once the 'offical' competition had finished  - with a rather splendid (if somewhat obese!) crucian on the stroke of 9 o'clock weighing in an ounce over 3lb - my biggest from this venue for 7 years.

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You must be a good egg for arranging these events, Chris. I'm glad the elements were kind to you. Well done with the fat crucian - you may not have won the prize, but great fish.

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It's to honour the memory of my lifetime angling pal - Paul who died from renal cancer in 2015. We were at scholl together in the 1970s and fished all our adult lifes in each other company. (Our wifes once joked that we saw more of eachother than we did them!) Crucians and Grayling were/are two of our favourite species so I've organised fish-ins for them each year since - and so far have raised in excess of £3K for Duchess of Kent Hospice where Paul spent his last days.....

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What a fab tribute to a special friend. Fitting you should catch a biggy crucian, perhaps someone above encouraged it your way.

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