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VAC Tench Days to Bury Hill, 2010

Early morning and the intrepid members of The VAC were to be found punting their way toward the Jungle end of Old Bury Hill Lake!
A bankside spectator would have immediately drawn the comparison between our sterling efforts and those of those gritty Victorian Explorers and their never say die efforts at conquering the Orinoco!

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That is until they noticed the punt crewed by Terry Lathwell and Graham Ross which was pirouetting wildly down the lake in a display of seamanship that would cause the ghosts of Nelson, Hood and Drake to turn violently in their graves!

Meanwhile Jon Hussey and I put on a dazzling display of manoeuvring that clearly pointed out why we Brits won so handsomely at Trafalgar, finally amid gasps of delight and unanimous applause Jon and I set anchor precisely where we intended.

Sadly the fishing on the day did not live up to our display of seamanship, first blood was taken by Andy K who steered a Bream to his net, we hoped this was to be the precursor of a bag up session but this was not to be the case, next Kenny lassoed a small Carp of about 6lb. This seemed to be the order of the day, with the odd fish coming to the net but lunchtime arrived with most of us still blanking.

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Andy K into a fish.

Neil and John slipped off to the Cafe followed by Colin and Pete, while this seemed to be a clever move at the time, John and I decided a move was our best hope so we punted down close to where Kenny and Terry F were fishing, where we sat and suffered the intense beating sun, with only a chilled White Bordeaux to slate our raging thirst!

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Jon Hussey with a small Tench (Jon was in fact the only CIA member to support this event).

The fishing in the afternoon sun did not show great improvement, Terry Lathwell and John both had Tench, Andy K continued to get the odd Bream and Kenny caught a Tench of 4lb 12oz.

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Terry Lathwell with a small Tench.

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Kenny with a Tench of 4lb 12oz.

The one bright spot for me was seeing John catch this Crucian of 3lb 11oz which was the best fish of the day by a very long way.

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John with a Crucian of 3lb 11oz.

So the fishing was not great, but we did have fun, the weather was glorious and Bury Hill is a lovely spot, I blanked (I was not alone) but sitting in the sun and talking fishing in such a beautiful place made it a day to remember!

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Mutant half Canada and Half Greylag, never seen that before?

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Terry F encouraging some local wildlife into Kenny's swim!

We happened to go there on a quiet day but Bury Hill is a lovely place to go and will on any other day fish far better than our experience, I suspect this will prove to be a popular event for years to come and I expect all our members would agree, whether they caught or not.

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