Magic In The Water by Alan Tomkins a limited edition leatherbound book this is number 22 of only 50 copies, published by Fishingbooksender in 2011. Signed by the author to the title page. A great read for all anglers, particularly carp anglers interested in Colne Mere and the Black Mirror. Review by Chris Ball , Here is a book that has been awhile in coming and I might add eagerly awaited by many who have over the years heaped praise upon the shoulders of Alan Tomkins regarding the Blackwater series of articles that appeared years ago in Carpworld. Well, here in this marvellous book Magic in the Water is the story of Alan Tomkins fishing life.
He remembers in the 1950s borrowing a copy of Bernard Venabless Mr Crabtree goes fishing, which fired his enthusiasm and was to be read many, many times. Over the years Alan has caught most freshwater fish which is reflected with chapters on perch, pike, chub, barbel, carp, trout, salmon and seatrout, roach, tench , crucians, grayling and rudd.However it is the section on carp fishing that will grab everybodys imagination when it culminates in catching most of the big carp in Colnemere (codename Blackwater). Although he failed to catch the black mirror he did catch the first 30lb common from there along with even larger mirrors.
The lengths he went to in an attempt to achieve this goal are simply astounding. One of his friends did catch this legendary fish at over 40lbs, although Alan thinks he probably lost it on at least one occasion. If you never had the chance to read the original Blackwater stories they are reproduced in their entirety in this book. Following on from this the chapter also includes the fascinating Colnemere Tapes.
These are never-before-published recordings that set out Alan and his friends (Jason Haywood and Kevin P) thoughts on fishing this now sadly-now-dead water. The fishing stories are interspersed with thoughts and opinions that many wont agree with, but then Alan never has been and never will be a run-of-the-mill angler and he has some strong opinions on fishing and how anglers should conduct themselves. Fifty years is a long time in fishing and boy this book shows just how much angling Alan has done and done well. A great book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Chris Ball Book in excellent as new condition, with beautiful red leather, marbled end papers and gold edged pages.
Comes with its own accompanying slipcase. The item "Signed Limited Edition Leatherbound Carp Fishing Book Colne Mere Black Mirror" is in sale since Saturday, November 10, 2018. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Non-Fiction\Sports".
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