Well unless you've lived under a stone for the last few months you must have heard that the Osprey Specimen Group is launching their own book at the end of this month!
From what started out as an idea to celebrate the group's tenth year, it's finally turned into a fitting tribute to the passing of one of our highly respected members.
Simon King was the group's records officer, and a good friend, and when last August the sad news that he had passed away after a short battle with cancer, it gave us the final impetus to get the book into print.
In the last couple of years before this misfortune occurred Simon fished many of his sessions with Osprey chairman Bob Hornegold, a top angler and familiar face around the waters of the Lee Valley region, and it was with Bob's selfless efforts contacting Simon's friends, fishing buddies, and Osprey Group acquaintances, that the book really started coming together.
The overwhelming response, which we are so grateful for, was obviously helped by the fact that all profits from the book will go to Cancer Research UK, a charity favoured by Simon's family.
With chapters from some very well known anglers, old and new, plus contributions from serving Osprey members, the content is wonderfully diverse, covering many of the different species, techniques, venues... and that love of just being out there fishing.
It may be the first all round specimen book to be published, a lot of our astute book readers in the group couldn't think of any others, so why not order a copy for a good read, and also do your bit to help fight cancer.
The book is available from Calm Productions, priced at £25, go to www.calmproductions.com/acatalog/ospreysg.html
Here's a list of contributor's:
Bob Hornegold Introduction 7
Mark Walsingham A Carp Pool 9
MIles King A Tribute to My Brother 10
Chapter 01 Tony Gibson Bouncing Back 13
Chapter 02 Chris Ball Pilgrimage to Beechmere 37
Chapter 03 Paul Stapley Holy Trinity 43
Chapter 04 Neill Stephans Boris and Betty 51
Chapter 05 Ray Taylor A Lifetime of Angling 57
Chapter 06 Jim Morson Big Carp Memoirs 63
Chapter 07 Bob Hornegold 2012-13 The Real Chub Story 77
Chapter 08 Chris Turnbull Of Fireworks and Roach 89
Chapter 09 Ryan Burton A Break From Tradition 97
Chapter 10 Paul Moulder A Little Piece of Heaven 105
Chapter 11 Mike Lyddon Cru’s Control 117
Chapter 12 Daryl Close A Learning Curve 123
Chapter 13 Sam Meeuwissen Red Letter Day? More Like a Four Letter Year 143
Chapter 14 Dave Loftus An Obsession With River Pike 157
Chapter 15 Bob Hornegold Always a Specimen Hunter 165
Chapter 16 Richard Borley Lea Valley Memories 173
Chapter 17 Warren Gill Going With The Flow 179
Chapter 18 Gary Newman Chasing Dreams 187
Chapter 19 Bob Morris Trace Elements and Lost Leaders 195
Chapter 20 Mark Walsingham Days With Prof. 201
Chapter 21 Clive Bradley From the Beginning 213
Chapter 22 Phil Buckingham An Occasional Tench Angler 219
Chapter 23 Peter Akehurst The Last Cast 225
Chapter 24 Simon King What Lengths Would You Go To Catch a Fish? 229
Chapter 25 Bob Kitchener Virgin Barbel 237
Chapter 26 Joe Royffe Species of the Seasons 245
Chapter 27 Tony Pithers Crucian Quest 255
Chapter 28 Martin Bowler Time With Simon 259
Chapter 29 Tony Meers My Quest for a Thirty 265
Chapter 30 Lee Tebble Opportunity Knocks 275
Chapter 31 Christian Barker Stalking Chub With the ‘Super Naturals’ 281
Chapter 32 Chris Yates Survivors of the Ice Age 295
Chapter 33 Mark Salt The Beginning 297
Chapter 34 Gary Newland Relief Channel Carping 307
Chapter 35 Len Arbery Thames Barbel Fishing 1950s – Present 313
Chapter 36 Graham Elliott Fishing With Simon 331
Chapter 37 Barry Shipman Dream Fish 333
Chapter 38 Bob Buteux All’s Well That End’s Well 339
Chapter 39 Jerry Hammond The Journey Continues 343
Chapter 40 Chris Nicolaou M-Tech Recipe 360