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Casting At The Sun

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During the book Chris shows us how carp fishing has evolved overthe years from the early 70’s, when fish were caught on boiledpotatoes, right through to his hatred of the modern day gear we alltake for granted today! The image of a tree is strangely projected through the mist as the sun curves up behind it. Then a gold beam swings across from the right. For a moment I feel the inevitable charm working on me. But, suddenly, the whole expression of the morning changes. A huge, dark shape turns on the surface, close in, near enough to see a dull gleam flash from its side. The ripples wheel and widen, shuffling the reeds, creasing the reflected light. I`m sober again. A big carp has stolen the sunrise and the next moment I am crawling furtively behind the reeds, fumbling as I set up my rod, threading the line through the rings with trembling hands. Yes, yes, the sunrise was tremendous, but there will be another to equal it tomorrow. Not every day, though, does one of the grandfather carp show himself and only very rarely have I seen one this close to the bank. Perhaps he was sniffing for the corn I scattered round here last evening. Following Fox Pool, and arguably in his prime, Rob found himself orbiting the famous Yateley waters, and this book covers his fishing on the North Lake in search of Bazil, as well as trips to other famous waters, such as Harefield and Larkfield in Kent. The second in the Maylin trilogy is considered to have been his best. He was very much at the centre of the big carp scene and the focus of the book, Fox Pool itself, was the place to be! The guest chapters and technical elements are on point too!

We’ve decided to list the latest in Clifford’s extraordinary History of Carp Fishing books. There really is nothing quite like it in existence, and it’s unlikely to ever be rivalled for thoroughness and detail. Want to know how carp fishing evolved? You’ll need one of these! Jim Gibbinson is one of the most important technical writers we’ve ever had. Yes, some found his style a little dry, but his carefully considered prose, subtle humour and lashings of how-to meant that books like this one were a huge success!An underrated classic! 1997’s Carp Reflections is an often humorous odyssey that follows Paul Selman to some of the most famous waters in the UK. His stories about the larger-than-life characters that fishing attracts are beautifully well observed and chart some of the most interesting times on waters such as Redesmere, Rodney Meadow and Harefield.

Glorious stuff. This is a book to give to your non-fishing friend or spouse particularly ones that are incredulous as to how you spend your leisure hours. Reading it might just help them start to understand WHY? The only compilation to make it into the list. Why? Because this one has it all. Big names, secret squirrels, awesome imagery and some truly great stories that had never been in print before. In my opinion, if there is one book which really captures theessence of angling then its Casting at the Sun by the former carprecord holder Chris Yates. Casting at the Sun is the book that announced Chris Yates onto the literary scene. Well, shouted his name from the rooftops more like! Prior to its release Yates`s impression on the national angling consciousness was mainly due to “The Bishop” (His British record carp from Redmire). After, and certainly these days, it`s as a writer, one that followed up this stunning debut with a string of titles that have had critics drooling – of which The Secret Carp is writ large. The premise for The Secret Carp is a simple one. A day spent on a secret, wonderfully secluded, carp water. The book describes a midsummer’s day, alone, in search, in hope of, a mythically, monstrous carp. The book has an `unhurried` feel to it. It is as much about `being there` as it is about angling. And because of the time at his disposal we are allowed to enjoy the full scope of the author`s evocative talents as he eulogises on the unfolding landscape around him and lets us in on some connections and tales of old as they, seemingly, occur to him. He even has time to catch a few (and lose a few) carp. The tone is a times soporific until a ghostly shape hoves into view, when the author`s senses are then heightened and he replaces a pen with a rod and goes a-angling. We are then drawn into the drama as a carp is stalked and wits are pitted. By the end of the day (and of course the book) the result is a score draw (you`ll have to read it to see what I mean!).For Chris, fishing is much more than just a pastime; it is a way of life. He first discovered his passion for fishing as a young boy, when he came across an old man fishing for carp in a village pond. His fascination with the carp has remained and he once described this elusive fish as the grandmaster of chess, requiring great skill and concentration to outwit. However, the quiet, gentle, angling life has also been interspersed with bouts of madness. As a dabbler with explosives (in his youth!), he succeeded in blowing a hole in a neighbour’s garden in Epsom! The event was covered in the local press. Although the story throughout is excellent, I really feel that itis the evocative writing style of the author which really stands thisbook ‘head and shoulders’ above others. Throughout the book he paintssuch a romantic picture of each angling moment that you could almostbe there standing next to him! A comprehensive guide to the most famous carp water ever. It includes a thorough analysis of just why the tiny farm pool was able to produce such monsters. If history is your thing, then you need a copy of this book! This 1988 book provided the template for Tim’s later work, From the Bivvy. It’s written in the most part from the bank, in diary form, and covers Tim’s fishing on the Shropshire meres, as well as atmospheric forays down south to renowned big fish water, Darenth Tip Lake. But Chris is not a single-specimen angler. He enjoys fishing for all kinds of fish. His books The Deepening Pool and River Diaries reflect his zest for barbel, and more recently, he has been on the trail of the perfect perch. He has also edited two anthologies of great angling writing: Shadows and Reflections and The River Prince.

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