Tom Maker starts the year off with a mega haul from Linear Fisheries Hardwick / Smiths lake!!
Ollie Ricotti – Wraysbury Wonders
9th October 2018
A very productive visit to Wraysbury saw Erics Angling employee, Ollie Ricotti net not one, not two, but three thirty pounders, including one incredible fully scaled mirror.
When we spoke to Ollie about his session this is what he revealed: “After arriving to the lake around 6pm, I loaded the barrow and headed straight for a swim I’d been fishing, it was a nice big open water swim where the fish seemed to have been held up over the last few weeks. Throughout the summer the weed has been rather thick in this particular area, but there’s a few humps, bumps and clear areas that have produced fish for me fairly regularly since spring.
Upon arriving to the swim, I noticed it was already occupied, so to pass the time whilst I waited for it to be vacated I dropped into the swim next door until morning. That night I’d heard a few decent fish showing out at range in the swim next door, so after photographing a few fish for another member, I quickly moved into my desired swim.
By 10am, I was sat behind the rods in my new swim, fishing two areas that had been kind to me previously. Fishing pink Signatures on Ronnie rigs and having given them around 5kg of bait, mostly Manilla crumb and whole 12mm boilies laced with Cloudy Manilla, I was feeling pretty confident.
At around 4pm the left-hand bobbin dropped to the floor, and I struck in to the first carp of the session, which turned out to be an incredible looking fully scaled mirror of 31lb, a great start to the session. Several hours later, at around 6pm, the right-hand rod was away. The fish weeded me up almost instantly, but after around 15 minutes I had it moving again. However, I wasn’t in the clear just yet, as the fish managed to get caught up in a rogue spomb hanging from a branch off an island!
After a dramatic few moments the fish and a huge ball of weed was in the net, it was one of the lakes rarer Redmire commons! Albeit a little down in weight at 32.2lb the fish looked awesome and was a very welcomed visitor to the bank. The following morning, I had a 30lb 10oz common on the right-hand rod again, this marked the end of a great session as I wasn’t to receive any more action.”