Well, where to begin? First by thanking Mark and the DC crew for this event. Folks, it was fantastic. I was suffering from a cold and was thinking about missing it – I am really glad that I didn’t. I turned up in the pouring rain at the parking lot by the hotel to meet with the fellow CAG members for some beer and a chat. To my great delight I finally met some people that I have been talking to over the years on the internet. Most notable were FINALLY meeting Brian Nordberg and Big-Dave Moore…the latter immediately repeated a phrase I had said about him on the forum . After saying hi to some more new friends of this year and some old ones (PhilGB, Migel, BigBird, PatK, Hankster, Stewart, John to name a few) it was time to meet some people I didn’t know...including the Canadian crew – one of which had some fantastic photos of some big fish. Take it from me; from what I have seen there are some bigger ones to come from them so watch that space! Then there was Val. What a great guy – I hope to do some fishing with him. Had a great laugh talking to him. Met some of the Ohio crew, including Rich who then had some trouble with his keys . Said hi to Al and Paul. Our president turned up after some lengthy website reconstruction and the crew was all there. After the jollies, it was off to bed and to try and sober up a bit…. 5 hours later and I fell out of bed and realized it was time to go downstairs for the peg draw. Bad news – it was flooded but Mark had a backup plan and told us that come hell and high-water we would be fishing. He was right, of course. I drew a peg with Laurence (who I do most of my carp exploring with) next to Dave Moore and just down from Brian, Mark, Louis and Matt….only to realize I was actually in the president’s swim and I had to move our stuff further down. As you know the railings presented a challenge that I hadn’t even thought about, so I put my gear up in a manner that made my pod look like it was leaping over it. Dave then caught a lovely fish and on my calibrated scales, it went 19lb and 15oz. I thought we were in for a good day despite having to set up with the water past my ankles. But the fishing was rough – all that new water just kept flowing and that changed the fishing. I imagine that all of Phil’s hard work with the boat was needed as much of the food was probably washed away. At around 3pm my alarms actually did something and I reeled in a 14lb 07oz carp. I was just happy to catch something – and by the looks of it she was a Ghostie. After much BSing with Dave and Co, we finally packed up for the AGM. Laurence and I stayed until sun down to try and catch some more. More beer and a curry, I went to bed and decided to fish the lazy swim with Laurence and John. Again the water proved tough, but Laurence managed some carp, John some cats and myself a 18lb+ carp – a new DC PB. The ever attentive Mark showed up to see how we were after some deserved sleep. I thanked him again from a great event. …and to think I almost missed it due to a cold. Thanks fellas A really great job! I had a total blast. Great to finally speak to so many people in person. RickyB.