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Terry Wood – A Return To Hardwick Smiths
21st February 2019
Following on from the mega success he had back in late December, Terry Wood recently made a return to the banks of Linear Fisheries where he took to Hardwick Smiths once again.
When we spoke to Terry regarding his latest visit, this is what he told us: “With a few nights at my disposal, I headed over to the Linear Complex for a social with a friend. With B1 being closed for a match, B2 closed for a 3-week rest and Manor Farm closed on Sunday for a pike match, I knew the remaining lakes were going to be busy.
Although I could have gone in peg 6 on Hardwick, where I had my 40-fish haul at Christmas, I chose to go in ‘The Hotspot’ on the spit, as this was a more social swim, which is more what this session was about. With the leading rod out, I found a smooth patch of silt at 18 wraps. Here I deployed three Ronnie rigs armed with 12mm Signature Pop-Ups, these were swiftly followed by 10 accurate spombs of 12mm Krill boilies, matching 2.3mm pellets and corn. It didn’t take long to get my first bite and the result was a typical Hardwick Smiths scaly mirror. Throughout the following night I had a couple more carp to 26lb, along with two tench.
The next day saw the wind blowing from all different directions, and although I thought this could move the fish away from me, I still managed to pick off a couple more fish during the day before going into what was a very quiet night.
With the final morning upon me it was my last chance to nick another bite. Unlike the previous two days the conditions were completely different, bright blue skies and a flat calm surface, hardly ideal. With that in mind it was time to wind the Ronnie rigs in and put some zigs out, fished at different depths, loaded with black and yellow foam and boosted with Pineapple & N’Butyric Bait Spray all three rods were positioned tight to a group of birds towards my right.
No sooner had I cast those three zigs out, I found myself looking down at my final fish of the session, another plump 20-pounder that brought the session to a nice close. Although this particular visit wasn’t as prolific as my last, it was still time well spent on the banks of Hardwick Smiths.”