Tom Maker starts the year off with a mega haul from Linear Fisheries Hardwick / Smiths lake!!
New Moon Madness
26th June 2019
Luke Wallace proves, that there might just be some truth in moon phases and fish feeding, as he nets 10 fish over a new moon phase!
Pre-baiting can be a massive edge on waters where you can take advantage of being able to do it, but it can take some serious effort in time and money; however, going that extra mile can really pay off!
Luke Wallace proved this with a 10 fish catch which was topped by his target fish from an area he had been baiting two weeks prior to the new moon phase that he was tying his main session in with.
The fish were caught on Luke’s homemade yellow pop-ups over mixed sized Krill boilies, Krill clusters, Krill pellets, Krill powder, and 9mm Ellipse pellets, all soaked in large amounts of Pure Tuna Liquid and Carp Oil.
This is what Luke had to say:
“Before this moon phase I started baiting an area 2 weeks before this mega session on the end of a south-westerly wind, which was quite a weedy zone, so I leaded around for a good few hours finding spots I was happy with.
I found and clipped up one rod to a spot the side of a bar called the crescent bar at around 80 yards. Whilst leading about for my right-hand rod, five hours in I was getting frustrated to find a spot!
As luck would have it one then showed on an area on the side I was leading so I put the lead in the rings of where it showed and first chuck went down with an absolute crack and around 5ft, perfect that will do for the right side I put a bucket of bait on each spot and put the rods out later that evening that weekend I ended up with 3 fish all stockies.
I returned for a quick night on the Tuesday after work as I was swapping shifts from days to nights, so gave me a chance to get back down an put another two buckets on to either spot and keep them topped up ready for the moon phase coming up.
I was very surprised how much the spots had changed in a couple of days after the first bait up, both rods went down with a perfect drop, so I knew they had been busy on the bait!! That night the wind wasn’t in my favour, but I still managed to nick a bite just before I had to leave for my night shift.
I returned back on the Friday in the early hours and to my surprise no one was in the swim, so I put my bucket straight in the swim and the wind was due to switch back round that morning so I had a really good vibe about the session ahead, it especially with it being a new moon on the Monday.
I just knew as long as everything went to plan and I angled well, there was a good chance of catching the big mirror known as Measles as he loves that end of the pond and comes out in and around a new moon most of the time so I had every chance!
As luck would have it my boss text me Friday evening saying there’s no work on Monday, so that was another massive advantage on my side as I could be there right on the moon.
The first night I landed four fish up to 29lb, one being a mega-rare old black common – that carp really made my session!
Saturday, I had run out of bait, so I had to get my mate Steve to drop me another 5kg of krill soaked in Pure Tuna Liquid over so thanks for that pal!
I baited half a bucket on each spot on the Saturday and took another two fish that night up to 25lb, nothing really changed for the last night with the same as Saturday night half a bucket over the two rods which resulted in another four fish including the biggest mirror in the pond, one I dearly wanted to catch and a lovely old warlock known as Measles at 37lb 2oz.”