Berts' Marco Standard Carp Rod.

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Fredline
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Berts' Marco Standard Carp Rod.

Post by Fredline » Mon May 21, 2018 11:10 am

Bert was one of the tightest men I have ever met. When he died a couple of years ago he left in cash £1.500,000. Why would you do that? Any way apart from being mean with himself you would never get anything any good from Bert apart from very good angling advice, that was free. A few years before he died he gave me a bashed up Marco Standard Carp rod that was a mess, he couldn't be bothered to restore it himself. I have just restored it and it a great piece of kit.I have not touched the handle, left as may as the original lumps and bumps as possible and used agate rings throughout. It is the classic 10' 2" with a lovely soft and gentle 1¼lb test curve, so it could be used as an Avon. If Bert was still here he would probably ask for it back.
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Re: Berts' Marco Standard Carp Rod.

Post by LuckyLuca » Mon May 21, 2018 11:25 am

Great tale John. Bert sounds like a character.
I like that you've kept all the battle scars.
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Re: Berts' Marco Standard Carp Rod.

Post by Lea Dweller » Mon May 21, 2018 11:33 am

I already knew about Bert, but you have done a great job with the rod John. I am sure that Bert would agree, through gritted teeth :Hahaha:
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Re: Berts' Marco Standard Carp Rod.

Post by Richard Jackson » Mon May 21, 2018 11:44 am

Excellent job John , another Marco saved
I spend most of my life fishing the Rest i just waste

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Re: Berts' Marco Standard Carp Rod.

Post by Tonytoned » Mon May 21, 2018 1:19 pm

Superb job Fredline. What great history about the rod and a wonderful story.

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Re: Berts' Marco Standard Carp Rod.

Post by Harry H » Mon May 21, 2018 5:32 pm

Nicely done that man :Hat:
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Re: Berts' Marco Standard Carp Rod.

Post by Bobby Marlene » Mon May 21, 2018 5:40 pm

Good story and very nice job done. Bert was a certainly a special man. I also knew 2 very tight men, mechanics at the refinery, twins. They were so tight that they took hot water from the refinery home in thermo bottles to use it for washing up...
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