Ross Hodgetts managed two extra special gifts at Farlows over the Christmas period.
You win some, you lose some
5th August 2016
Gary Jones arrived at Burghfield on Thursday lunchtime, and dropped back into an area from where he’d had several bites the week before, so the spots were well primed.
Gary explained: “With no time wasted, the rods were back on the going spots ready for bite time. At 3.00 a.m. I received a few beeps, with the swinger twitching ever so slightly. I picked up the rod thinking it would be a tench, but was instantly flat-rodded by a fish which must have taken 60 yards off me without stopping, and then the hook pulled because the clutch was still in meltdown. I was gutted.
It was still early morning, so I decided to recast the rig back on the spot, and I fished the rest of the morning hoping for another chance. At 8.00 a.m., a good fish showed right over the area and started to fizz up. The next hour was very tense, but eventually the swinger whacked to the top and I was in again. After a long hard battle I managed to net the rare Slope Back Linear; she looked amazing and weighed 40lb 10oz – my first Burghfield 40, and I was buzzing with it all. I stayed put for the rest of the weekend but nothing else happened.
On Monday morning at 7.20, I had a run off the going spot where I had caught the linear, and this time it was a tench. I cast the rod back to the spot at 8.30, and the same rod was away again. As soon as I picked up the rod I knew I had a good fish on.
The power of these big pit carp is unreal. Every time I gained a yard or two, the fish went on a mad 30-yard run. The fight was like that from start to finish, but it wasn’t long before a big old-looking common hit the net. It looked awesome, and was another one of the Burghfield rare ones. I am seriously blown away by these two carp, and for the record, the common weighed in at 42lb 4oz, and is my 10th UK 40.”
All Gary’s fish came from a gravel strip at 70 yards, where he presented 16mm Krill pop-ups fished on Chod Rigs over a large spotted area, which included 16mm Krill ready-mades.