Fishing: Good Old Stan Still the Man
Byline: JOHN INGHAM
STAN GOWER was a mere 20-something when he first claimed top awards in People angling events. His early triumphs included a regional title and a specimen award in the grand final of our former national championships.
Now he is pushing 70 but still casting around, usually along the banks of his beloved River Thames. Stan's the man if you want to know how to fish London's river and its tributaries.
His winning catches include a 10lb 2oz River Kennet barbel, and a fine 5lb 6oz golden orfe from a Berkshire fishery in 1998.
But none of the expeditions upriver from his Surrey home at Walton-on-Thames match his latest outing to historic Mapledurham Mill, near Reading.
Stan scored a personal best with a fighting 3lb Mapledurham perch while fishing for pike baits with a tiny size 18 hook on a 1lb hooklink.
Mapledurham, where a watermill has stood since Saxon times, is one of his favourite Thames venues. The present restored Elizabethan mill is the last one working on the river.
Stan wins a Shakespeare 13ft Odessa Gold three-piece hollow-tip match rod.
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