To-night I will raise my glass to Albert Buckley

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Post by KevClifford » Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:32 am

Harry Grief and George Draper's fish came from Dagenham Lake, next to the old Ford factory and a housing estate. Nowadays it's all fenced off with 10ft fencing and barbed wire, like Colditz - a sign of the times I guess. It's was originally known as Boyer's Pit (after William Boyer & Sons, the gravel company that owned it). It was a famous fishery that produced a lot of 20lb carp but was overshadowed when Redmire burst onto the scene. It's all there in my book, A History of Carp Fishing Revisited, which I'm sure your local library will get hold of for you, if you ask.

Walker fished there and was privately a bit unkind (and typically arrogant) in respect of the ability of the club members. At the time the club was comprised of a really nice bunch of blokes who had a fabulous ethos as regards their fishing and camaradarie with fellow anglers. Some of them were decent anglers, especially Major George Draper, so Dick, being Dick, was just blowing his own trumpet when he crowed (in private correspondence) about his success at Dagenham with his 22lb and 17½lb carp – stating "the trouble with those chaps at Dagenham is that they only know what I did but not why I did it." Dick didn't do much crowing about his Mapperley carp fishing where he was distictly unsuccesful.
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Re: To-night I will raise my glass to Albert Buckley

Post by KevClifford » Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:38 am

Shaun,
I'm fine thanks. I'm just about the put my barbel head on after the early tench and bream fishing. Hopefully, today's rain might put a bit in and get them on the prod. Bryan's been pestering me to get a season permit so hopefully we'll come across each other and have a good chinwag about the good old times (like old farts do).
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Post by Shaun Harrison » Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:28 pm

Look forward to crossing paths again, been having a few double figure barbel again this season. The rain last week has really improved things.

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Re: To-night I will raise my glass to Albert Buckley

Post by The Sweetcorn Kid » Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:36 pm

KevClifford wrote:Harry Grief and George Draper's fish came from Dagenham Lake, next to the old Ford factory and a housing estate. Nowadays it's all fenced off with 10ft fencing and barbed wire, like Colditz - a sign of the times I guess. It's was originally known as Boyer's Pit (after William Boyer & Sons, the gravel company that owned it). It was a famous fishery that produced a lot of 20lb carp but was overshadowed when Redmire burst onto the scene. It's all there in my book, A History of Carp Fishing Revisited, which I'm sure your local library will get hold of for you, if you ask.

Walker fished there and was privately a bit unkind (and typically arrogant) in respect of the ability of the club members. At the time the club was comprised of a really nice bunch of blokes who had a fabulous ethos as regards their fishing and camaradarie with fellow anglers. Some of them were decent anglers, especially Major George Draper, so Dick, being Dick, was just blowing his own trumpet when he crowed (in private correspondence) about his success at Dagenham with his 22lb and 17½lb carp – stating "the trouble with those chaps at Dagenham is that they only know what I did but not why I did it." Dick didn't do much crowing about his Mapperley carp fishing where he was distictly unsuccesful.
Kevin

Very interesting, thanks Kevin. :Thumb:
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Re: To-night I will raise my glass to Albert Buckley

Post by Mick » Sat Sep 05, 2015 7:42 am

I have a copy of your book, A History of Carp Fishing Revisited, Kevin. A marvellous insight to what is a fascinating part of our angling heritage. Anyone out there who has not come across this book should try to get hold of a copy. You will not be disappointed.

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Post by Shaun Harrison » Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:39 am

Totally agree.

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