Tom Maker starts the year off with a mega haul from Linear Fisheries Hardwick / Smiths lake!!
“Off to a flyer”
7th October 2019
Robbie Brown has a fruitful return to a Stour Valley pit scooping his net under some of its gems, breaking his PB’s with his first blood!
After fitting between work and other anglers throughout the summer months Robbie found it hard to get anything going, so decided to sit back and wait for the autumn to come around and get his teeth stuck into his angling again. That decision proved to be the right one with him having a great start after an initial baiting campaign with the Manilla, paying off almost instantly.
We’ll let Robbie set the scene from his early sessions:
“I got my ticket back in March for one of the Mid-Kent syndicates. The spring and summer on the small pit was hectic, with full-time work it was a struggle to find the time needed to get into the swing of things whilst having to fit in around the other anglers made it even harder.
“So, I pulled away and had the odd session, nicking a couple of bites but mainly just floated around my club ticket waters enjoying myself, with the plan of getting back in the autumn for a good go to see it through into the depths of winter.
“Autumn came around before I knew it and keeping an eye on the weather, I noticed we had a strong fresh south westerly rolling through the valley with a low pressure drop, albeit not below the 1000 mark, but for a while it’d been sitting around the high 1020’s so it was compared to that.
“Before I made the initial trip I pre-baited an area with 3kg of Manilla soaked in Pure Hemp Oil. On the morning of the trip, the lake was empty, and I made my way down to the swim and got the rods out, topping up the spot with just a handful of baits it was then just a waiting game for what was coming! The first night was quiet, bar the wind that was pushing down. As I sat on the bedchair texting the lady good morning, my right-hand rod went into meltdown, after what at first felt like playing a bag of potatoes, it finally came into life under the rod tip giving me a good run for my money! Shortly after I slipped the net under the prehistoric gem called Measles at a lovely weight of 33lb 3oz, a new PB to boot! I went home that evening a very happy man having bagged one of the best mirrors in the pit!
“With the pit having a 48-hour rule with a 24-hour no return policy, I was soon refreshed and ready for another go. I hoped I could slot back in and carry on from where I left off and it wasn’t going to be too long before that spot saw some action again.
Again, the night of my arrival was very quiet, with the wind dying off I was hopeful there were some fish still in the area. I was deep in sleep when I was awoken by an absolute screamer, with no time to put the shoes on I was straight out and bent into what felt like a good fish! Heavy, strong and using every inch of muscle in its body to try and elude capture, a proper dog fight for the best part of 45 minutes! Eventually I slipped the net under the best common in the lake, another real gem! The ‘One Pec’ at 36lb 10oz – another new English PB!
“That afternoon the same rod was away again, with another hard-fighting fish although this one seemed to have a bit more energy than the other bites. After a short battle I was rewarded with a lovely chestnut and golden brown common of 29lb. My 48 hours were up again, and I thought that was that, thankfully my good lady is very understanding and allowed me to go away fishing, so the next morning I was gone again, refreshed and with supply’s topped up.
“Back at the pit and with the south westerly still blowing, I fancied my chances again on the somewhat ‘old’ wind, with the pressure still slightly dropping I knew there was every chance of another bite. My good friend Scott popped in and Rachel had finished University for the afternoon so came down with some lunch.It was just as they were starting to go that the ‘spot’ came alive. With line slowing peeling from the spool and a gentle indication on the bobbin I was into another good fish. After a heavy dead weight battle, I was rewarded with another smaller carp, ‘The Smiley Common’ at 29lb. With Rachel being there it was the perfect opportunity for her to jump in and get involved and see what it’s all about… not the biggest fish in the pond nor the prettiest but one of my favourite captures with what surrounds and goes with it.
“My main autumn target can’t be too far away now but with a new job starting I’m going to be short on time for a few weeks again, so we’ll see what happens then, but for now, I am happy with my Autumn so far. Thanks to the boys that came down and took some lovely shots for me, Liam, Alex and Scott.”