Tom Maker starts the year off with a mega haul from Linear Fisheries Hardwick / Smiths lake!!
Baz Lloyd heaves New Christchurch PB – 20th June 2016
Baz Lloyd arrived at his syndicate to find the fish spawning. Thankfully, the complex has a couple of day-ticket waters, one being Christchurch lake. The fish had shown no signs off spawning and he decided to do a few nights on there.
“Nothing happened for the first couple of nights and the fish were not feeding in the middle of the pond. A couple had been caught on the back of the wind, so I decided to upstick and move for my final night. “
“I chose peg 10, which can be very tricky to get a bite from, being very weedy and little spots out in front of it. I did what I never normally do and that is fish naked chod rigs.”
“I was spooled up with SUBbriad, with 20lb IQ leaders on, to make sure everything was properly pinned down. I assembled three chods and mounted Krill Cork ballers on each rod. It was really weedy, so I had all the rods set up on the Heli-Safes to make sure the lead dropped on the take.”
“I flicked them out to the zones and made just three casts. I then pulted a few pouchfulls of half baits around it and the traps were set.”
“A few fish were showing in the vicinity that evening and it looked good for a bite. The following morning at 5am, the line pulled up tight and I bent in to a powerful fish. After a spirited fight, I landed a big common.”
I ran round to Dan Wildbore who was down shooting a feature with me and told him what I had. He came round and we weighed her in at 39lb 10oz, a new PB common and a fish that was once my PB common from three years ago. It had put on four pounds, which is so impressive for an old fish.”
“We got some greats shots and I slipped her back one happy angler.”