Tom Maker starts the year off with a mega haul from Linear Fisheries Hardwick / Smiths lake!!
Terry Wood Hauling at Hardwick
8th January 2019
During his final session of the year, Terry Wood took to Linear Fisheries where he chose to tackle Hardwick Smiths. What happened over the course of his session was pretty impressive and definitely made for a great end to 2018!
When we caught up with Terry this is what he revealed: “Having not been out on the bank for a while and with some time at my disposal, I headed down to Linear Fisheries. After lapping both Manor Farm and St Johns, I can’t say that I felt confident of a bite. I had only seen three anglers on both lakes and saw next to no fish activity. With light fading fast and with very little to go on, I ended up on Hardwick Smiths. I knew that the lake had done a few fish over the past few days, so this seemed as good a starting point as any.
The fish that had been caught over the previous couple of days had been coming from Smith’s side, although it made sense to start here, I opted to do the opposite. I went with my gut instinct that told me to target the bowl area in the Hardwick side, as I had a feeling that the fish would hold up here as the lake got busier over the coming days.
I had a fair amount of open water in front of me and after a quick lead around in the dark I soon found a nice clean clay bar at just under 100-yards range, this was surrounded by some nice depths either side of 18ft.
I started off fishing with solid bags filled with Bloodworm Pellets and Signature Wafters, which did produced me my first bite of the session. However, the following morning I decided to swap over to Ronnie rigs and Pineapple & N’butyric Pop-Ups, these where fished over a mixture of crumbed Krill and 2.3mm Bloodworm pellets.
Initially I loaded the swim with 15 spombs of bait and within no time at all I had landed 8 fish! The change in tactics clearly paid off as that short feeding spell produced me fish to 32lb. Wasting no time at all I topped the swim up again and continued to pick the odd fish off here and there.
The next day was a very similar day which resulted in the netting of 11 fish with the biggest of the bunch tipping the scales at 34lb. By this point it was evident that I had a large group of fish in front of me, so to make sure I capitalised on the situation I added 2-3 spombs of bait after every third fish, a proven approach that brought me very quick bites and, in some instances, double and triple takes!
As the session drew to a close, I had received a total of 44 bites and managed to land 40 fish, two of which surpassed the 30lb mark and a further 18 over the 20lb barrier, overall a great visit to Linear and a great end to 2018!”