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The First Book concerning Carp Fishing History of Kent....
Compiled by Chris Haswell - Edited & designed by Mike Starkey
Carp fishing in Kent goes back sixty-five years or more - if one includes the monasteries, monks and wildies, some hundreds of years.
The Kent River Board - as it was in the fifties, had the foresight to stock a number of Kent waters with carp from the UK and Italy. As far as the fish are concerned the rest is history. From the fifties a new type of angler started to emerge after the writings of Richard Walker appeared and his capture of an immense common from Redmire Pool.
The pioneers from Kent came to the fore soon after, because the fish were on their doorsteps and they found them.
So from the sixties up to the eighties, Kent was a hotbed of all things to do with carp. New methods, new tackle innovations and then came the boilie. No one can doubt that along with the hair rig it revolutionised carp fishing from the eighties onwards.
Some of the contributors to this book are pioneers in their own right or as followers of them they have fished the mighty lakes of Kent, been successful and caught their share of the counties big fish from numerous waters.
Much that is written in this book is completely new: the big fish, the waters, the bait, the methods and most of the photographs have never been in print before.
Many of the writers have shied away from any publicity but have now told all.
Those involved in the book therefore feel privileged at being able to publish this material for our readers - there is something for everyone within this book. Enjoy.
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