Tom Maker starts the year off with a mega haul from Linear Fisheries Hardwick / Smiths lake!!
Christchurch 15 fish haul
24th May 2019
Session of a lifetime for Lance Barton, hauling 15 carp from Christchurch over at Linch Hill, including some of the country’s most sought-after ones!
Yet again Christchurch is the setting for another of our news stories, showing just why hundreds flock to the Oxfordshire day ticket venue each year.This time round it was Lance Barton racking up a haul of 15 fish, including many of the named gems that we all want to tick off the list, when we head to the venue.The session started slow but then went from strength to strength towards the end, with him moving numerous times until he got in the area he’d eyed up from the start.Lance caught the fish with a mixture of surface tactics and fishing on the bottom once the weather changed.
For the floater fishing he used the irresistible Krill Floaters in mixed sizes, soaked in Cap Oil and dusted with Krill Active mix, with a Soft Krill Hooker on the hook.
On the deck he used a mix consisting of Krill pellets, Bloodworm pellets, crushed Krill boilies, all soaked in Pure Krill liquid, Cloudy Krill Liquid and coated in GLM.
Hookbaits consisted of 16mm Krill pop-ups and balanced 16mm Krill bottom baits.
This is how Lance described his session:
It was an incredible few days when all the planets aligned, and it was just my time. The session built perfectly from start to end and started with a beautiful low 20 common from a small opportunity in a day only swim.
After sleeping beside that swim for a couple of nights just fishing the days waiting to get in a more permanent swim, peg 10 came free and I did one night in there again just biding my time, waiting for a swim down the other end of the lake to come free.
The swim I was waiting for was one called ‘The New Dig’, it was a swim that’s in-form and I’d managed to secure it with a bucket on my arrival behind another angler.
With a move from 10 to 21, a peg opposite ‘The New Dig’ I felt close but with that 24hours drawing to a close with a dry net I was desperate to get in my reserved swim, later that morning I finally found myself in the swim I’d been waiting for with three rods out.
A first bite came in the early hours the next morning and the session trickled on nicely from there. Baiting the main spot in the morning after reeling in and surface fishing the days was the tactic while the weather allowed, and then dropping rods back onto the spot in the evening.
A fish called Heartleys, at 38lb 8oz, broke a surface pb on the second day along with a low thirty common and a few mid to upper 20s.
On the second to last day the weather id been waiting for arrived so the surface gear was put away and is was back to concentrating on the deck.
The only way of describing the next 48hrs is complete and utter carnage, Two tone 36lb 8oz, Baby Perch 43lb 4oz, McCoys 32lb 9oz, a stunning 31lb 8oz linear, 28lb 12oz half linear, Adidas fish 39lb 10oz, Perch 39lb 15oz, and to finish, Single Scale at 44lb 12oz.
I finished my eight night session with 15 fish, a session of a lifetime!
Just a massive thanks to Sticky Baits, I’ve been on The Krill now since march and I can’t begin to tell you how much the trickiest of carp love it, if it’s got Krill written on the bag its going in my mix, and with every fish passing it on the mat each time, I let out a little grin as I knew I’d got them hooked on it.