By Rob Maylin
There isn't 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 professional British checklist held via Richard Walker. by means of refusing to assert the list, as he believed Chris Yates was once in reality the real list holder, he stamped his mark at the checklist fish committee and proved to every body that he had nice personality and for that reason earned the honour of the carp fishing world.
Already within the headlines, his subsequent attack was once in France on the lately pioneered Lake Cassien. all of us examine his exploits weekly within the Angling occasions; Ritchie was once on a roll, yet in fact this roll had begun ten years earlier than the massive Yateley fish.
In the seventies, Ritchie was once the 1st angler to seize a twenty pounder from Redmire in wintry weather and the 1st angler ever to seize thirty twenties in a season. by way of the early eighties his tally of 35lb-plus carp was once gentle years sooner than his contemporaries, and he took his pal Rod Hutchinson lower than his wing in an try and land Rod’s first mammoth carp.
Ritchie earned the attractiveness because the immense carp hunter of the day, and never with no cause. Longfield fell to his method, and a season on Ashlea Pool observed him quickly turn into the lake checklist 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 specific 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 auto Park within the related week.
This was once no longer the top of Ritchie’s tale, as he was once additionally to catch ‘The Royal’ from his neighborhood Pen Pond earlier than he hung up his rods and used to be misplaced to carp fishing forever.
I ponder myself fortunate to be certainly one of Ritchie’s shut acquaintances and to have fished along him on a number of famous waters within the united kingdom. Ritchie is for sure a ‘one off’, an exceptional angler of his time, who used to be manner sooner than his time in realizing the carp and the way their minds worked.
Although he now not fishes for carp, Ritchie loved carp fishing in the course of the nice years of the seventies and eighties, and he may be the first to consider me that he had the easiest of it, and that the nice previous days may by no means be repeated. Readers of this quantity may still please keep in mind 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 may 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 special means, of his adventures.
This is vintage Ritchie with the strange swear notice, disjointed ramblings and conceited self-belief, informed as just one of massive carp’s precise legends may perhaps. i'm hoping you get pleasure from it...
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