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Boilies The Hair Rig Richard Walker & Clarissa Redmire Pool


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Following the successful capture of a record carp of 26lb back in 1930, anglers turned their attentions to Carp fishing in an attempt of finding a new "monster" catch and Carp fishing took off. However anglers were finding it very difficult to actually catch one.
It was'nt until the 1960's came along and tackle and baits improved that popularity grew.
Paste baits were now being used to a degree of success and by the 1970's the sport had taken off further with more and more anglers landing large Carp.
Fred Wilton worked extensively on the development of a new carp bait. He was convinced that if he could produce a complete meal for the carp, which included vitamins, minerals, proteins and carbohydrates the carp would prefer this to anything else. Fred not only wanted his bait to be acceptable as a very good food source but to combat the attention of nuisance fish as well. Then it was discovered that if eggs were added to the paste and boiled it formed a hard skin,
- the birth of the boilie.

As this new bait grew, Clive Deidrich and Malcolm Winkworth ("Richworth") decided to make and market the baits as "ready mades".
Richworth baits became the first manufacturers to make available the first ready mades, but only in frozen form. In a bid to get their bait launched in a satisfactory and preserved state, Richworth rented out freezers to dozens of selected shops and they supplied the baits ready-frozen to be stocked in their freezers.

As these new frozen baits took off, steps were taken to try and find a suitable preservative so that the baits could be bagged and sold unfrozen with a long shelf life. Extensive tests were carried out in specialist food preservation labs and eventually a formula was found.
This was to revolutionise carp baits completely, with Kevin Maddocks "Maestro" and Duncan Kay’s "Purple Patch" boilies being the very first popular shelf-life ready-mades.


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THE HAIR RIG

Following the successful discovery of the boilie, there still remained a down side. There was now a bait that could be left in the water for hours with total confidence of it still remaining on the hook. However because anglers were burying the hook inside the bait, the bait was sometimes proving too hard for the hook to actually to make contact when taken by the carp. Many anglers started to side hook the bait which proved to be slightly more successful, but there were still a few problems with this method. Although in general takes were positive, there were times when bites were hard to detect.

In 1978 two anglers set about finding an alternative method of attaching the hook bait. After months of research and tests carried out in carp tanks in their own homes, Kevin Maddocks and Lenny Middleton discovered that the carp were sucking in the baits and blowing them out with ease and without being hooked.
They decided that instead of burying the hook into the bait they would try attach it to the side of the hook. They used human hairs which to start with, and were leaving the bait 2 or 3 inches below the hook with the theory of the carp actually hooking itself when the bait was ejected because the hook would not be detected by the carp until it was too late.
Kevin and Lenny had hit the jackpot, this new "Hair Rig" became an instant success and although many years on have seen different modifications the principle remains the same.


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Richard Walker and Redmire

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Following the record 26lb carp capture by Albert Buckley in 1930 it was'nt until after the 2nd World War that a new record was to be set.
On September 13th 1952 Richard Walker caught a 44lb common carp that was given the name Clarissa, and together they were to make carp history by holding that reord for some 28 years.
With carp fishing becoming more popular, Richard and a few friends stumbled on a small water near Ross on Wye - "Redmire Pool"
They found that this relatively small water (3 acres) was producing carp to weights never thought of. It was then that "Clarissa" was caught. Because this was such an extrordinary weight for a carp, Richard contacted the London Zoo and offered Clarissa as an exhibit to which the zoo agreed. The zoo became home to the carp for many years, right up until old age took its toll and in 1971 she passed away.

Richard caught Clarissa on a slit cane rod he had perfected himself at the 4th attempt, as at the time the only type of rod available were whole cane rods.
He went on with his designs and ideas for fishing equipment that would specifically target the bigger fish and was instrumental in persuading fishing clubs to stock their waters with carp, his articles in the fishing press inspired many to try this new kind of fishing.


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Redmire Pool

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With all the publicity Richard Walker & Clarissa recieved it was'nt long before carp anglers were falling over themselves to fish the "Great Redmire".
This was easier said than done, because Redmire became "THE" mystery water and to get permission to fish it was near impossible.
The 3 acre pool was stocked with a strain of carp that was to become known as "The Leney Strain", as it was Donald Leney who started importing fast growing carp from Holland in the 1930's.
This carried on and to this day Redmire has never received other strains and therefore the carp are still 100% pure Leney.
The pool has become steeped in history with such names as, Jack Hilton, Tom Mintram, Bill Quinlan, Kevin Clifford, Rod Hutchinson, Peter Springate, & Kevin Maddocks all being among the previlaged to fish it.
In 1980 Redmire saw its third record fish caught by Chris Yates and weighing 51lb 8oz.
Today although it is somewhat falling behind some carp waters nowadays, it is still the dream of many of angler to fish there.


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