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ray

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Hiya all, just sat here thinking about some of my fishing trips this year and wondered, what is your most memorable moment of this year?

I have been thinking about the fishins, the new friends I have met and the old buggers.[;)]
The first time I went for a walk along the madras river, I had almost forgot that rivers like this still existed.
The look on dave scouses face when he landed his first chub on the ribble.
Wendys phone going for a swim at issak waltons. roflmao.gif

Lots and lots from this year but I think the most memorable for me was.

Sitting on the banks of the severn (at the fishin) with dai at about 11 at night, the lights from the road lit up the river, the odd fish rose to the surface and I watched as the ripples got carried downriver, hardly any sound, just the wind and the odd splash of a fish, a steaming hot mug of tea and a bowl of chilli have never tasted as good.[:)]

Hope next year brings me some more of these magic moments.

Ray.




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well mine must have been the 24th Jan 2002 when i first got on the net & found maggotdrowning.com & met a lot of you lot mind you babs wouldnt agree she now says i spend to much time on line

tight lines.
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Since this has been my 1st year back after quite a break, I'd have to say that loads of great memories leap to mind.

Taking 2 carp for a total of just under 40lb in one day.
My bite alarm screaming off at 3 in the morning and having to land my 1st carp in about 14 years in just my underpants.
Bagging up on crucians.
Bagging up on bream & tench one evening on the Basingstoke canal for about 17lb of fish.
Catching PB bream of 7lb, tench of 5lb, perch of about 3/4lb. Carp 19lb14oz.
Standing out all day in the p*****g down rain on the 1st November fishing for pike on the Royalty 'cos every time I put my brolly up, the wind took it across the field and if I put up my chair, it would fill up with water. And after all that, still blanking!!!
More tench (I love 'em), if I could only catch 1 fish for the rest of my life, I think I'd have to pick them.
Not catching barbel and not catching chub, cos I haven't put any time in on the rivers.
Camping out in my bivvy most fridays during the summer.
flipping 'eck, is that enough????

 

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For me its got to be the fish-ins

Meeting up with loads of new faces, but the best one & the one to stick in my mind was the last Izzak one (the one i couldn't make)

Why was it so special?

Simple because i couldn't make it to the fish-in , the fish-in came to me [:)]

To see the stations forecourt suddenly fill up with happy faces of MD,ers made my day it was fantastic to meet you all.

Second to that is the look on a few faces when i first took them to sammy's stretch, the look of horror cos they didn't have any gear with them, the drooling from the mouths & the fingers moving in a blur pointing out fish after fish.[:)]

One of the funniest moments for me this year,, Zippy having a play with his new toy which John had got for him.

A digital thermometer which showed Air & water temps.

Trev using at Rudyard for the first time & letting us know the temps every 3 minutes.

Me threatening to kill John for giving the old sod the bloody thing in the first place & Trevs laugh as he came to tell me the temps again after i told him i'd throttle him if he did.

I even got an email from him that night letting me know the temps in his room where the computer was, he was planning on letting me know how warm it was in the pub as well but he fell asleep before he got there (thank god, i couldn't have handled anymore LOL).


Can't wait to see what next year brings [:D]


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quote:I have been thinking about the fishins, the new friends I have met and the old buggers.
(I feel sure he means me)

Mine

30th March 2002 when a friendly meet up with Ray turned into a Fish-In all because Trev hated the thought of somebody having a good day without him. The "entire white population of Oldham" giving us a run down on the Manchester United score all afternoon. I wish their radio had fell in the lake along side Wendy's phone.

(Mind you having to go to that garage afterwards was a pain)[:D]

September 7th, a day I will never forget, meeting up with Trev on the Soar, not knowing it would be the last time I saw him.

The fish-ins, always miles away which means loads of travelling for Dai and myself, but always worth going because of the chance of meeting some of the nicest people on the Web.

Thanks Ray for introducing me to Internet fishing sites in the first place, and thank the rest of you for making this site and my fishing so much more enjoyable.

Geoff

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granjuiceymoose

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Mine hmmm

This is my last year as a junior [:(] There was a junior match on one of our club waters and each year i had fished it but never actually got 1 of the carp out. This year i was determined. Right at the start i lost 1 snapped [:(] But thoughout the day i had been feeding the margins, with a hour to go i had my first cast into it. Off shoots the float strike ruddy hell. Clutch starts screaming yes i hooked 1!! 1lb hooklength size 18 barbless and only about 40m of line on the real!! balls. So off i walk after this carp which has taken off down the pond. Finallly catch up to it and sit on another peg to play it that took 25 mins, then i finally land it 7lb 3oz nice 1 [;)] Won the match with 1 fish [;)]

Tight lines [:D]
 

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Where do i start.[?][?]

There has been so many good points to this year [:D][:D]

As already mentioned there was the Izaak's fish-in where i managed to put some faces to names and reacquaint with some that i'd met before, such as Waxy,Zippy & Scott. [8D][:)][8D]

Then a week at WhiteAcres in the company of Ray,GeoffP and partners even if they did force me to have a drink [;)] (but only a couple)[;)]

Then i had the pleasure to accommodate Dia,Toma,Martin & Norm in the garden (honest Norm the AXE was only for show[;)]) prior to the day at Drayton and put more faces to names and once again reacquaint with others i'd met before and have a good craick as well.[:)][:)]

Then it was time for my 2002 "Baggup Series" (i've dropped Baggup for the 2003 Series)[;)] and once again it was good to put more faces to names and a good time was had by all [:D][:D] with some good laughs and entertainment occurring at each match [;)][:)] and Nick's ever lasting search for "DRAG ON NET".[:I][:I]

Those are just some of the memories from 2002

Cheers to everyone for helping to make this a year to remember.[;)][:)][;)]

Look forward to more of the same next year.[:)][:D][8D]





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quote:My bite alarm screaming off at 3 in the morning and having to land my 1st carp in about 14 years in just my underpants.






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Malc said:
quote:Then a week at WhiteAcres in the company of Ray,GeoffP and partners even if they did force me to have a drink (but only a couple)

Force you. Huh!![:D][:D]

If I had known how much you do drink I would have bought a couple more cases.

Actually Malc, I missed that one - it was a good week.

Geoff

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Sorry if this ruins the thread but my fav moment has yet to come and it will be next week on the 14th dec when i am standing on Walton peir with my bro and we are drinking a toast to my dad for his first anneversary, he passed away last year on the 14th dec and walton was his fav fishing place and i have been a few times this year and we spread his ashes from there at the beginning of the year but the 14th will be very special to me and my bro!! hopefully i will also have a cod to celebrate!
 

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well mine has to be
the day i found maggotdrowning
and the friends i have made
ie the ones i have met( not many)and the ones i have not
but that will alter next year
i hope,
you are the friendlist bunch of lads,
but a special thanks to ray
who i met through m/d
who goes out of his way to take me fishing,
also my cockney mate peter
who has helped me no end,and dave (our leader)who allways sorts
my computer problems out,
thanks to you all on maggotdrowning
for making my year.[:D]

dave
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Where to start???????

Sat 30th April
A couple of posters (Geoff & Ray) had decided to meet up and have a days fishing at Izaak Walton Fishery in Staffs.Somewhere along the line it got Hijacked and turned into a fish-in.People from far and wide arrived and despite various setbacks along the way (flooded kitchens,cars breaking[}:)]) a good time was had by all.....[:)]



Poor Trogg couldn't make it (working[:p]),so we went to him at the finish,couldn't leave him out could we?????????



Fri 5th July [:)]
6.50am and it's raining.Three of us with a combined age in excess of 150 are waiting like Three schoolboys for the fishery to open.Two are leaning on the rail of the boathouse flicking bits of biscuit into the water,when from under the boathouse appeared "Bismark" (a very large/fat carp) Geoff's face was a picture.....[:D]



Later the same day one of us was still fishless,and as the whole purpose of the trip had been to catch his 1st tench of the season,it wasn't looking good,especially as he'd been smashed a couple of times.[:(]
However eventually the float sailed away and after a brief struggle,he had his reward.
I think the smile on Trev's face says it all.....[:D]




Sat 24th August
The look on Dai's son Daniels face.....[:D]
He'd just broken his Carp PB twice,with plenty of witnesses




Just a couple or three of My Magic Moments from this year,and here's to many more.[:D]

Peter.

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My magic moment has to be finding MD's back in March for without that I would not have had many more in the past 8 months.

Pete referred to the fishin as Issaccs where I met a number of MD's for the first time including Trevor - and that was special because although I only knew him for a while I will never forget his personality and enthusiasm despite his condition.

I can confirm that he did pass a curse to people - remember Wendy's phone that couldn't swim. When I met Trev to give him the Tackle for Phils grandson we fished a lake, and he had forgotten his shot dispenser and was trying to set up a waggler.

"Poles do you have any shot?" I replied that I had and passed him my dispenser. "No I mean ........real shot" my dispenser was 8s and upwards. So I gave him my tub of no 4's.

Later there was an utterance as he dropped it in the water, we retrieved the tub but no shot. I have since filled the tub on 3 occassions and guess what. yea it falls in the water.

It is now sitting on the shelf in front of me to remind me of my magic day, a magic moment and a magic man.

Thanks MD's

Poles



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Where do I start, all my fishing moments are magic,the fish-ins are maybe more magic than my solo trips, I have met some of the nicest people on the net, and then there is Trogg (I supose there has to be bad as well as good moments LOL) I have traveled a lot of miles to attend as many of the fish-ins as have been posible, and every one of them has been magic. But the most magic moment of the year had nothing to do with fishing it has to be when my eldest son told me that I was to be a Grandad the most magic moment ever.



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spot on every one

for your own reasons

this is a good thread
nice one ray

 

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My magic moment has to be finishing second in Malcs summer league.There was some good anglers lining the banks and was only beaten by a final day win by Kev Coke.Still hurting.But was proud to meet some good friends along the way.
Meeting Trev at another MD day out at Drayton was also a pleasure as he inspired all around with his genuine interest in the people he spoke to.

Keith




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My best moments were finding Maggot drowning, going to the Seven fish-in and meeting some great guys. I enjoyed it so much but was sad when I had to leave them freezing on the river bank to go back to my warm B&B. You think I am joking.....NO.....I have arranged to have as one of my xmas pressies a sleeping bag so that I can sleep in my car ( New Focus estate, company car nice and long), and that way I can socialise with the great mates I made......Dave, Polepot,Dai fish e.t.c. I am looking forward to 2003 when I am sure my most memorable moment will involve maggot drowning members.......have a good Xmas one and all......Haydn....

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Just bouncing this back to the top with my contribution,,

Only one more day to go before the end of another year and a helluva year it has been. Looking back over the year I've enjoyed every moment of it visiting different fisheries, meeting up with many of you visiting strange lands (Wales [:D]) and having laughs at every corner, with everyone I've met.

Yep Wendy's phone was a good one, as was the moment when we presented Trev with his award for services to MD's. The look on his face was real.
The Northern Fish-in was also a belter after months of planning and we even managed a barrel of beer. The barmaid (Les) looked a little ropey though but she pulled a nice pint [:D]
And then there was the Catfish saga with Troggy risking life and limb playing Captain Pugwash [8D]

But it's not only on the banks where I've enjoyed the laughs, the posts on the forums and the mickey taking has been fantastic and some of the photos - well I'll leave it to you lot to choose the best one.

The sad part was Trev's death. But he left us all with his epic tales and memories of him will take a long time, if ever, to fade. When a bloke is given a period of time to live and refuses to roll over and accept the inevitable and then decides to stick two fingers up at his illness and just get on with it - it sets an example to the rest of us.

The Trent fish-in was arranged by Trev and even though he couldn't attend, the spirit of friendship shone through when a few of the MD's left the bank and paid him a visit in hospital.

And then you had the banter at missing_phil's expense and the consequent laughter on the boards afterwards. We never did find out the truth tho' did we [}:)]

I could just go on and on but I won't (what - me being of few words? [:p]) suffice to say, that I've had a brilliant time in general over the past year and to all of you I've met and all of you I've still to meet, may I wish you all a Happy New Year and let the spirit of MD's carry on

Dave
 

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Well!!Iknow theres been some great fishing event's over the year all mentioned by previuos posters but my best moment was in August when i went to Quack's for monthly check up he told no need to see me again as blood pressure had stabilsed &the reading was 135 over 89 he said just to book in with nurse every 12mths for blood pressure a check up.&he took me of 1 set of tablet;s anti depressant's Amitriptyline Tablets, but left me on the Propranlol to keep me calm to stop me loosing my temper. But the Bonus was it meant, i could now have a drink again anytime i wanted without having to plan for it for the the 1st time in 3-1/2 years.&could start back down the gym officially
although i'd been going down since January.Because i know without good health i can't do anything that's one thing money can't buy.
I know i see many of my mates struggling to carry on with bad health.
Let's hope i can keep good health for many year's to come because without it you're F----ed.



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Larry, I know the feeling.I was cleared after 8 years of 2 Operations and follow up Chemotherapy and check up visits.I was passed O.K.in December,and have no appointments to make.(Hopefully!)
I can now relax a bit and after a move of house in Feb.will be able to concentrate on a normal life again.I managed to carry on Club Fishing for the last few years,and even winning a couple of matches and a trophy is not the same as when "THE MAN" says ALL CLEAR.
Keep up the good work!Good Health for the New Year!

Ron J

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