The angling world is in mourning after the death of two of carp fishing’s greatest legends.
Peter Thomas, long time angling friend of the legendary Dick Walker and Eddie Price MBE, another regular at Redmire Pool in the 1950’s, have both passed away at the ages of 90 and 91 respectively.
Hitchin-born Peter was well known for his fishing exploits with Walker having both fished together since the 1930s. After serving in the war, Peter hit the headlines in June 1952 when he landed the second largest carp caught at the time - a 28lb 10oz mirror - and he was also the man who slipped the net under Walker’s famous 44lb record breaking Clarissa during the same year. Recognisable on the bank for having his pet Labrador Ross by his side, Peter was also a fine all-round angler, taking dozens of 2lb roach from the River Beane, big barbel from the Hampshire Avon, specimen chub from the Great Ouse as well as hunting monster pike on Loch Lomond. He was also a respected salmon fisherman which later brought about his job with tackle firm Hardy’s.
Gloucestershire-based Eddie, passed away peacefully at his home in Stonehouse leaving a widow and six sons. As well as archaeology, for which he was awarded his MBE, he had an association with carp angling stretching back over 50 years. Eddie was one of the true pioneers of modern carp fishing and was best known for the capture of a 40lb 8oz mirror carp from Redmire in September 1959. The same fish went on to become a record carp in 1980 when Chris Yates landed it at 51lb, a fish known as ‘The Bishop’.
His fishing diaries and photographs were put together in a memoir ‘The Fishing Diaries of Eddie Price’ which went on to become one of the most desirable and collectable fishing books ever published.
Chris Yates, who wrote the foreword to the book and was a friend of both, paid tribute to Peter and Eddie. “Both anglers were influential to the beginning of modern carp angling and their enthusiasm for the sport was incredible,” he said. “They were both lovely people and I am privileged to have known them.”