Ashley James proves just how deadly bright hookbaits can be!
Blessing in Disguise
13th May 2019
Change of venue produces brace of mid-forties from a stream for Hielke Meijer!
Unfortunately, the Spring is not only renowned for the carp starting to wake up and feed more readily, but also for Spring Carp Mortality Syndrome. It was because of this deadly disease that, Hielke Meijer decided to move to a new venue from what he had initially planned to target. Now when we think of shallow, small streams in the UK, you think of trout and grayling, not huge commons! However, over in Hielke’s native Netherlands, things are clearly different!
He told Sticky: “Sadly I had to abort my spring mission four weeks ago due to Spring Carp Mortality Syndrome. I quickly decided the shallow, small stream would be the best option for and I began to pre-bait with mixed sized Manilla Boilies (12mm, 16mm and 20mm). It was hard going at first, as I struggled to find the carp, but last week I found them. The build-up to the full moon began and I opted to fish the night with the biggest pressure drop. Long story short, I caught four-fish with two being 20kg (44lb) plus! All the fish were caught on a combi link with a snowman hookbait comprised of a 20mm Manilla bottom bait and a 12mm Manilla White One pop-up.”