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NEW Lake Record caught on 26th. April 2017 at 76lb 15oz

120 -150 different carp of 40lb. or bigger inc. 50+ different 50lb. plus carp

and 14 different 60lb plus carp And 2 known 70lb plus carp.

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Read Iain MacMillans review of his last trip to Moorlands

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Chapter 13-Changing goalposts mid-stream

Just after this event it was my Granddaughter, Bethany's 16th birthday, and she wanted to go to the Chinese for a meal. Jan was busy getting everything ready as usual and I was burning some rubbish at the braziers.

Suddenly I heard an ear piercing scream from my wife. It was one of those screams that shakes you and frightens you immediately and it sounded as if it was coming from the lodge.  

 I took off running and shouted back "where are you?". The reply was another scream "down here". Which spun me round and made me head for the basement. When I got there Jan had slipped and twisted as she entered the basement while only wearing flip-flops rather than shoes.

She was sitting on the floor sobbing in pain with her right leg folded at right angles, where there shouldn't be a joint, half way up her shin.

One of the anglers arrived as well as Sharon and both of them turned a whiter shade of pale. Somehow, my instincts took over and I eased Jan's leg back to roughly the shape it should be, folded it over her other leg to act as a splint and carried her up the slope and into the back of the car.

I sat with her and immobilised her leg as best as possible while Sharon drove us to the hospital whilst phoning for an emergency team to be waiting for us.

I have to say here that the French medical system is superb and Jan had an X-ray (where it was found that she had broken both bones above the ankle and one also below the knee).

She had an immediate emergency operation which lasted several hours and ended with a 9mm x 330mm rod fitted down inside one of her bones with just 3 screws to hold it in place.

In fact, because she had eaten just before the accident, she couldn't have a general anaesthetic and had to endure an epidural which stops the pain but allows you to listen to the noises???

I was absolutely amazed to see that she had no cast, no pot, in fact not even any major bandages. The surgeon had carried out all of the work through four tiny little incisions which just had, what amounted to, large plasters over them as protection.

I was allowed to sleep on a cot in Jan's room (all French hospital patients have individual rooms and not wards) that night, mainly to act as interpreter, but sleep wasn't very easy.

Jan spent another four days in Chalon hospital before being let home, on the condition that she did not try to climb any stairs. Even though our house has a spiral staircase I knew that, to get Jan to sleep in one of our ground-floor bedrooms, was about as likely as knitting fog.

A nurse was booked to visit every morning for the next month (anti co-ags and blood tests plus clean dressings) and her face was a picture when she arrived on the first morning to find Jan upstairs in bed. Getting her up the spiral staircase had been .............. interesting. Anyway, her lack of mobility curtailed any opportunities for me to fish before the end of the season.