By Rob Maylin
There is not any doubt that Ritchie McDonald is a carp fishing legend. He ruled the headlines within the eighties whilst he stuck the Yateley North Lake 40 (later to be christened Bazil) at a weight kilos above the authentic British list held through Richard Walker. through refusing to say the list, as he believed Chris Yates used to be in reality the genuine checklist holder, he stamped his mark at the checklist fish committee and proved to every person that he had nice personality and for that reason earned the honor of the carp fishing world.
Already within the headlines, his subsequent attack used to be in France on the lately pioneered Lake Cassien. all of us examine his exploits weekly within the Angling instances; Ritchie used to be on a roll, yet in truth this roll had begun ten years ahead of the massive Yateley fish.
In the seventies, Ritchie used to be the 1st angler to seize a twenty pounder from Redmire in iciness and the 1st angler ever to seize thirty twenties in a season. by means of the early eighties his tally of 35lb-plus carp used to be mild years prior to his contemporaries, and he took his friend Rod Hutchinson less than his wing in an try and land Rod’s first huge carp.
Ritchie earned the popularity because the giant carp hunter of the day, and never with out cause. Longfield fell to his technique, and a season on Ashlea Pool observed him quickly turn into the lake list holder with Peter Mohan pushing this publicity-shy phenomenon to inform the area of his captures.
Once within the Colne Valley, Ritchie once more governed the roost, smashing the particular Conservative membership venue, catching Sally from Savay and conquering Harefield. however it was once Yateley back the place Ritchie used to be again within the headlines, catching the most unlikely via touchdown the Pad Lake 40 (Jumbo) and Heather from the automobile Park within the related week.
This used to be now not the top of Ritchie’s tale, as he was once additionally to trap ‘The Royal’ from his neighborhood Pen Pond earlier than he hung up his rods and was once misplaced to carp fishing forever.
I contemplate myself fortunate to be one in every of Ritchie’s shut associates and to have fished along him on a number of famous waters within the united kingdom. Ritchie is indubitably a ‘one off’, a very good angler of his time, who was once approach sooner than his time in figuring out the carp and the way their minds worked.
Although he now not fishes for carp, Ritchie loved carp fishing throughout the nice years of the seventies and eighties, and he stands out as the first to consider me that he had the easiest of it, and that the nice previous days may possibly by no means be repeated. Readers of this quantity may still please consider that the content material of every bankruptcy is a taped interview with a few chapters containing extracts from Ritchie’s personal diary, additionally recorded on a Dictaphone.
The textual content has no longer been proofread to loss of life or ghostwritten. We attempted to encapsulate the soul of the angler. it's going to be learn as if Ritchie himself have been sitting within the bivvy with you one lengthy winter’s evening at the lake telling you, in his personal designated approach, of his adventures.
This is vintage Ritchie with the peculiar swear observe, disjointed ramblings and boastful self-belief, instructed as just one of huge carp’s precise legends may possibly. i'm hoping you get pleasure from it...
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