Tom Maker starts the year off with a mega haul from Linear Fisheries Hardwick / Smiths lake!!
Gaz & Marcus’ Latest Road Trip
24th January 2019
A sub-zero overseas adventure probably isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but confident they could nick a few bites, Gaz and Marcus made their way over to northern Europe where a few frosty days on the bank brought them a total of 7 cracking carp.
We recently caught up with Gaz and this is what he revealed about the trip: “With temperatures and conditions back home in the U.K. plummeting, myself and Marcus decided to book a last-minute tunnel ride and head across the channel to Northern Europe where a nice little venue we knew held the possibility of a winter bite or two. It’s an interesting venue, with a few real big’uns in as well as a nice stock of old river commons, so it felt like the perfect place for a few days to stoke a winter buzz.
As usual we set off during the night, our alarms were set for 1am and our crossing was scheduled for 3am at Folkestone. Fuelled up on strong coffee and some big tunes we headed off, making the crossing time with just 2 minutes to spare after a closure on the M25 sent us on a mystery tour.
Upon arrival to the venue we loaded the boat with some kit and the echo and headed off to do some searching. Three hours later, bitter cold by now and exhausted from travelling a few miles up and down, we were none the wiser of where the carp where. The only thing of real interest we found were a couple of deep craters out in the deepest area of the lake, being much harder than the surrounding area these had clearly been created by feeding carp.
Setting up for the night Marcus took the left-hand side of the swim and fished the craters, whereas I fished long up to a set of snags to the right to a spot I’d fished before. Using the boat together in the strong wind we managed to carefully get rigs in position before we finally took shelter from the wind and bitter weather.
The hookbaits of choice where Manilla White Ones Wafters, which we wrapped in Manilla Paste and presented amongst a light scattering of the new Manilla Active!
Amazingly the first night brought us three bites, a lovely 32lb common and 31lb 12oz mirror for Marcus and a nice boxy 26lb 12oz common for me. All cool characters in their own right and incredibly welcome in January. The next two nights saw the temperatures plummet to -4! Despite the super cold weather, we still managed to pick off a couple more fish each, meaning that we ended up with seven fish between us, which given the conditions felt like a mega result. As the session drew to an end, we found ourselves packing away frozen solid shelters, unhooking mats, nets and slings before heading home to a much-needed hot shower!”