Lewis Spencer – Swanholme Success

26th June 2018

Almost 12-months ago Lewis Spencer committed himself to chasing two of Lincolnshire’s finest common’s, and just over 11 months later he’s finally put an end to his Swanholme quest.

When we spoke to Lewis about his campaign, this is what he revealed: “The 29th of June 2017 was the day I began a relentless years-worth of watching, walking, climbing and baiting; this coupled with the abundance of dog walkers and children swimming in the lake made for one trying challenge, and If that wasn’t enough, the lake itself only held 18 carp in 8 acres.

Despite the odds not being in my favour I couldn’t ignore the possible rewards that awaited me, so I began baiting up. I started off introducing bait lightly, this was due to the fact I was only fishing for 18 fish. My mix consisted of The Krill boilies, Clusters, hemp, corn, tiger nuts and a splash of Cloudy Krill Liquid, an attractive mix that saw me receive my first bite just three weeks into my campaign. The fish in question turned out to the lakes second largest common and one of the two fish I had joined to catch, Cut Tail, she tipped the scales at a new top weight of 41lb 8oz!

After getting over the buzz of landing what is possibly the best looking common I will ever catch, I continued to bait the lake, but now I wasn’t holding back. By the end of the year I’d caught a good percentage of the lakes stock including Cut Tail for a second time, she really did love The Krill.

Much like everyone’s start to 2018 it was slow and with snow still on the ground in March, I thought it was best to hold off until the warmer weather arrived. By April the weather had finally started to perk up and the fish where on the move, it was then that I began to trickle the bait in once again. The woods area was known for producing the big common, so that was where I focussed my efforts. Along with targeting the woods area I also opted for a change in bait, the big common was known for having a bit of a sweet tooth so using Manilla was an obvious choice.

Much like last year the fish quickly got onto the bait and I began to pick the stock off one by one, with every capture I felt one step closer to the one I wanted. I knew she had to slip up eventually and on June 9th she did just that, at 10am that morning my 6th fish of the year and target fish hit the spreader block. She weighed in at an impressive 45lb 6oz and made every bit of effort worthwhile!”


Session of a Lifetime

Gaz Fareham and his client Nick Ruddock bag 12 x 30’s and 2x 20’s between them in a hectic 48 hour tuition!

Wraysbury Haul

Epic first session of the season for Ollie Ricotti, banking some of the Colne Valley finest!!

Go Big or Go Home!

Well stocked venues, with large heads of big fish, respond well to big beds of bait, as Marc Cavaciuti proves on Grenville’s

Terry banks Twenty

Terry Wood continues his success on the Linear Fisheries complex, with a 20 fish catch from St. John’s Pool!

A Winter to Remember

Adam Penning speaks about his amazing winter campaign, which saw him land an incredible 79 fish from three different venues

No Fooling Me

April Fool’s Day provides Mark Cavaciuti with a forty and brace of thirties from Grenville’s

Jack is Back!

After 10 months away, Jack Keating is back on the carping scene again with a Dinton chunk

Keeping it Light

A light but accurate baiting approach pays dividends for Stephen French on Gigantica’s Road Lake

A North-West Wonder

Young Rob Briers finally settles the score with a ridiculously cool looking mirror that has managed to avoid him for the past few years.

Adam Penning Checks In

Lately, Adam Penning has been quietly going about his angling on a new water, banking some lovely looking commons along the way.

Short Session Magic

Sometimes you don’t really need to be on the bank for days on end to catch big-fish from tricky waters, and that’s just what happened for Ian Thrower.

Public Gold

A change of venues puts an end to a slow streak for Sam Verstreken.

Target Acquired

A spot of very stealthy stalking leads to the downfall of target fish for Tackle Den manager.

The Ellipse Effect

With the release of the Ellipse pellets getting closer, we thought we should show you exactly what they’re capable of.

What a Peach!

A swift tactic change led to Marc Cavaciuti banking yet another peach from the Essex Manor.

Golden Glory

Dan Adams finally broke his ‘new tackle curse’, with a beautifully golden mirror known as ‘Spike’.

Overnight Magic

A late arrival to a Suffolk syndicate didn’t stop Lee Wheeler getting amongst the lakes A-Team.

Silver End Success

Charlie Fenner, made an early return to Silver End Back Pit, in the search for his target fish ‘Tri Scale’.

Newsletter Sign Up Competition

If you have not already subscribed and would like to be kept up to date with all the latest news from Sticky Baits, please come and sign up.

Look At The Length

John Claridge describes the capture of one of the Cotswold Water Park ‘big four’, the Look At The Length Fish.

Alex West the Man On Fire!

Alex West describes how he managed to catch three commons over 30lb, from three different waters, in just 24-hours. Oh, and one of them was a forty!

Autumn Harvest!

As we’ve come to expect, Luke Stevenson has been going about his business quietly, but with the usual great results – capped by an awesome autumn haul!

A chance in France

For a little while now, a few of the guys from Sticky have wanted to have a short trip away, so with five days at there disposal, a decision was

Making it count At Farlows

Rob Burgess and Marc Cavaciuti recount the ups and downs of a very tricky round of the UK Carp Championship on Farlows Lake, where the pair's ability to adapt to

England Pair Join Sticky

We are delighted to welcome on board the successful match-fishing duo of Harry Charrington and Alexie Bygrave. Both are superb anglers and have caught numerous large carp from both home

Long Haul Success for Simon Batty

Simon Batty made the long trip from East Yorkshire to The Quarry fishery in Essex, for a social with friends. With a few nights ahead of him, he set about

Advanced Carp Fishing out now!

This months Advanced Carp Fishing magazine is packed full of inspiring photography, informative features, interviews and much more from some of the best names in the game.

Myles Gibson Bags Huge Dinton Mirror!

What a year this man is having! After banking 3-forties during the winter from Linch Hill’s Christchurch Lake, Myles moved on to his target water for the year, Dinton Pastures

Did someone call the A-Team?

Tom Loraine arrived at the 60-acre pit he's currently targeting in the Lea Valley to find it a lot busier than expected, but he still managed to tick off one

Carpology Out Now!

The biggest issue to date is packed full of some of the biggest names in carp fishing, some beautiful imagery, and just an all-round enjoyable read that caters for everyone.

Adam Penning on Point!

Whilst out with clients, Adam Penning couldn’t pass on the opportunity on wetting a line at the historical Quarry, in Essex.

The thrilla in Manilla is finally here!

After years of extensive testing behind the scenes, the Manilla isn’t just ‘another nut based bait’, it has caught from the off including some of the UK’s most sought-after carp