Tom Maker starts the year off with a mega haul from Linear Fisheries Hardwick / Smiths lake!!
Gaz Fareham’s Bonus Bites
17th February 2019
Two tuition bonus bites bring Gaz Fareham to cracking St. Johns carp including one very deep-bodied 30-pounder.
After Gaz informed us of his success, we asked him to describe the session in detail, this is what he revealed: “After most of the UK’s lakes being frozen for a week or two, finally last weekend saw some warmer temperatures and some decent weather on the horizon. So, with a tuition booked in for the Sunday I decided to grab a night first to try and get an idea about where they were and maximise our chances.
St Johns was the chosen venue at Linear, always good for a winter bite and with some lovely dark scaly ones to go at, I thought it would be good to have another go after having not fished it for 15 years.
The lake had defrosted on the Wednesday, but despite that I still felt pretty hopeful of a chance, if I could get on them. In the end I arrived late on Friday, well after the weather and seemingly everyone else had arrived, so with little to choose from I slotted into the one free swim on the end of the wind.
I got the rods out well after dark and to the best of my ability. I’d positioned them onto a nice silty spot amongst the big areas of gravel, I was hopeful, but not exactly confident. The night passed quietly, and a move was on the cards.
With the lake having been busy all weekend I wondered if a percentage of the fish had moved right out into the middle of the bowl end away from the pressure. With the wind creating a big lee and the sun catching it all afternoon, the long zone from the middle Point swim offered a nice-looking area and a good pair of swims for the tuition work.
After spending all day working on my client’s rigs, spot finding and casting we settled in for the night. I found a lovely smooth, firm silty zone over the back of a big gravelly area and fished all three rods on little 12mm pop ups with small bags of crumbed Manilla and casters. Just 6 spombs went tight over the top with a mix consisting of 12mm Manilla, washed out and soaked in the Cloudy Manilla Liquid, crumb, corn and some Bloodworm pellet.
On first light, two bonus bites were very welcome, one being a mega shouldered 32lb 2oz Linear and the other a far more classically proportioned steel grey mid-twenty and although Adam didn’t catch, given the conditions, water temperatures and frozen mats any bite felt like a massive bonus!”