Sam Verstreken explains how perseverance is key when targeting your dream!
A Successful Visit to Gigantica
23rd August 2018
After two successful visits to Gigantica in 2017, Sam Jones was keen to return and to say that his form was consistent is an understatement. Another successful visit saw the 28-year-old top a 13-fish catch with a rather large mirror known as Clarkey’s.
This is what Sam revealed about his session: “Upon arriving to the lake around 1am I found myself dreading the imminent draw, as this can either make or break your session depending on your swim choice. Luckily, I came 3rd out of the draw and laid claim to a swim called Alcatraz, a swim that gave me access to a lot of water in the central area of the lake.
So, after a hectic first day getting settled into the swim, finding my spots and baiting up, I was buzzing to get off the mark so soon. I’d had my first bite of the week at 9am on the first morning, the result was a 22lb common that was very welcome indeed. By lunch time I’d had no further bites and decided to wind the rods in, at which point I discovered that the crays had had a good go at each of my hookbaits.
In the attempt of feeding the crays off I decided to introduce 10kg of Krill and a further 5kg of maize, this way there would hopefully still be bait waiting for when the carp arrived.
The following morning I received another take, but before I could slip the fish into the net I received a second take! A double take on just my second morning, I was buzzing! I quickly slipped the first fish into the net and soon followed it with the second, the result was a brace of thirties. With the baiting having clearly worked a treat I decided to repeat the process and introduce a further 15kg.
As bite-time rolled around on Tuesday morning I received yet another take, as though it were clockwork, but unfortunately, I wasn’t to land this fish as it shortly fell off. Although I was gutted I knew that I still had two rods on the spot that could yet produce, and just half-an-hour later one of them was away and it felt like a much better fish. Having remained deep throughout the fight I was finally graced with the sight of what was to be my biggest fish of the trip, Clarkey’s, at an impressive and top weight of 54lb!”
As his session continued, Sam proceeded to repeat his baiting process once bite time had passed each day and went on to land a further nine fish. His other catches included two 40’s, one 39-pounder and an incredible scaly mirror plus four doubles and one upper twenty.