Tom Maker starts the year off with a mega haul from Linear Fisheries Hardwick / Smiths lake!!
7th October 2019
Every once in a while, a very special carp comes along!
Every now and then a carp crops up that just stops you in your tracks as you scroll through social media feeds, leaving you staring in awe at its character and grandeur!
Well from the analytics we got for the fish known as Bling from Dinton’s Black Swan this is clearly one special carp, so we thought we’d show you some more shots of it and let the captor tell the story!
Charlie Ferris was the lucky captor of the uniquely scaled mirror and this is what he told us:
“I arrived at the lake at around 6pm on Thursday evening, hoping to get back in the swim I fished the week prior where I had three fish, but unfortunately someone else was plotted in there. So, knowing that there was a decent easterly wind coming in with high air pressure I thought swims 30/31 were my next best option. With the wind pushing into one of the bays the big girls love to get in throughout the day, especially with the hot weather, I knew that would be a good start.
“As soon as I got in the swim, I wanted to find an area that was on their patrol route in and out of the bay and soon found a really silty area bang on where I wanted the rigs to be. A large spread of 16mm Krill over the area and two D rigs with Krill wafters on was the presentation I opted for. The morning came around with nothing to show but there were plenty of fish crashing in and around the area, so I was still very confident. After being up quite late, I soon fell back asleep around lunchtime and I was awoken with an absolute one toner.
“Straight away I knew I was in trouble as the fish hit a massive weed bed 80 yards out. There wasn’t a lot I could do so I kept steady pressure and kept tension all the way to the bank then there it was, sat in the middle of the weed bed! Knowing it was a good fish, I was fearful trying to move some of the weed just so I could scoop the net cord underneath it but finally, I got the fish in the net and it was a massive relief.
“As I lifted the net, I realised just what I had sat in it, ‘BLING’! One of Dinton’s Black Swan gems and rarest of them all. I didn’t quite know what to do with myself I was all over the place! I soon rang Chris (another member) telling him what I had in the net whilst still trying to comprehend what I’d just caught! He came around to do the photos and I’m sure you can see for yourself what a fish this really is, there aren’t many around that look like that. It tipped the scales at 36lb 1oz, I was over the moon, what a moment and what a fish. After the photos we hit the pub for a few beers and a Dominos to celebrate, great memories with great lads”