Ross Hodgetts managed two extra special gifts at Farlows over the Christmas period.
A True Winter Carp
8th December 2017
Effort, equals reward for Tom Loraine during a recent session on The Essex Manor, where he banked a true winter carp and one of the biggest fish in the lake.
Tom Loraine explains; “I’ve been out and about recently, trying to buy bites, but with the ever-changing weather in November it’s proved very tough indeed. I managed to rack up an 8-night blank and then finally bagged a stunning carp.
Due to the incoming weather, I had turned up to the lake with a very positive vibe despite the recent lack of captures. I walked the lake and settled mid-way down the lake, just so I could keep an eye on the water whilst the sun set. Very few shows occurred so I flicked the rods out onto some spots I had fished previously.
Early the next morning I knew I had to find something, so I moved to a swim a bit further down the lake and on dark, a few shows got me re-positioning the rods about 50 yards out towards the far bank.
My two 3oz leads slammed down nicely with my faithful hinge rigs baited with the Manilla White Ones. I scattered about 150 Manilla 20mm boilies with the throwing stick within the area. Two hours later I slipped the net under a brute named ‘The Anchor’ at a whopping, 45.08, a true winter carp and one of the lakes A-team.
December has been kind so far so let’s see what we can produce before the lakes freeze over! Watch this space.”