Tom Maker starts the year off with a mega haul from Linear Fisheries Hardwick / Smiths lake!!
9th November 2018
Having had a difficult few months on a tricky water, Sam Verstreken made the move to a public lake in Belgium and soon struck gold.
Sam explains; ‘The last few months have been very tricky, I’ve been targeting a huge mirror that lives in a vast sand-pit that is situated near my home. With the logistics of the pit, I was starting to realize that it just wasn’t going to happen on there (for now).
Just finding the fish on this sand-pit is a mission, and that’s made even harder due to there not being many places to hide away and fish from.
So, I opted to revisit a public lake, where I had fished before. I knew that the conditions where not really in my favor, the lake has seen a lot of angling pressure over the last few months. On top of that, with autumn well on its way some anglers had put in a massive amount of bait into the lake.
There are 2-fish that are still on my wanted-list from this lake. So, when I arrived, I opted for a swim that I haven’t fished much before, but had very good form for catching them. I fished one rod on the bottom of a slope, and the other was placed in open water on a patrol route that the fish use a lot.
I chose to bait with a mix of both The Krill and Manilla boilies, in mixed sizes, along with 6mm Manilla Pellets. Hookbait wise, I used a trimmed down The Krill Wafter, tipped with a trimmed Manilla Pop-Up.
To my surprise, only 2-hours had passed before the rod on the slope was away and after a tense battle, where the fish snagged me up for a while, I was able to put my net under what looked like a very nice common. When I peered into the net I was really impressed by its beautiful shape and colors. Unfortunately, it’s not one of the two fish on my wanted list, but one I was really pleased with either way.’