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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!”