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Craig Banks Caravan Park Linear
11th May 2018
The Caravan Park Linear is arguably one of the country’s finest carp and after a three year quest and 75-night campaign to land it, 48-yer-old Craig Banks finally slipped the illusive creature into his net.
When discussing his capture, this is what Craig revealed: “After finishing a long night shift I rushed through to the lake to arrive to quiet banks at 8am. Despite the lake being almost void of anglers, the one swim I had hoped to fish was occupied. Luckily, fish could be seen cruising around just under the surface in the warmth at the sun. The area they were held up in was situated at 90-yards range and had been favourable to me in the past.
With fresh weed growth already starting to come through and fish clearly in the area, I decided Chod rigs would be my best bet at getting a quick bite. As to not cause too much disturbance i fished with single hookbaits, my bait of choice was 16mm Manilla White Ones pop-ups. Once the rigs were in place I got my head down for some much needed rest, however sleep wasn’t something the carp had in-store for me. At approximately 10:30am I was alerted to a screaming take that took me completely by surprise.
From the second I picked up the rod I knew what I had hooked into, as on its first run the fish powered off a good 40 yards away from where i first hooked it. The fish eventually found shelter in a weeded at roughly 130-yards range. After what felt like an eternity the fish came free, only to weed me up again within no time at all. Thankfully there was only to be a few more hairy moments before I engulfed my long awaited target fish, the Caravan Park Linear!”