Chris Douce reflects on the great memories he made last year fishing with his twin daughters Maisy and Ayla
Maker The Most of It
14th February 2018
Tom Maker is one man that has already racked up an impressive tally of fish so far this year and its only mid-February! His latest session at Linear Fisheries saw him land a proper winter brute, along with a rake of others.
Tom explains; “With temperatures set to drop to minus-7 I was very reluctant to even load the van and go angling, but being as mad keen as what I am I just couldn’t resist going!
With the kit loaded, I headed up to Oxford just after lunch time on the Tuesday, when I arrived at the lake there where patches of ice in the shade and a biting cold north easterly wind smashing into one bank, the weather was far from perfect I must admit but I knew there was always a chance.
I didn’t fancy setting up into the teeth of the wind so decided to make life easier for myself and get off the back of it, it was far warmer and just made fishing a lot more comfortable.
With the rods, out Spodded up with a mix of hemp, corn and crumbled Manilla freezer baits, over the top of this I presented, a 360-rig fishing a Manilla Yellow One Pop-Up on the end, trimmed down to make the rig critically balanced
I was soon in bed, and it came as no surprise to me that I awoke the next morning to find the ground completely white and bobbins in exactly the same position as when I clipped them on some 12 hours before!!!
Anyway, ever the optimist and with the remainder of the day ahead of me I pulled myself from my slumber and had a re-chuck and topped up with 3-Spods, by this time the sun was up and the ice beginning to melt.
it was around an hour after the re-chuck that I received a sudden drop back on my middle rod, at first I thought a pike may have bitten through my line, but it was quite clear that I was attached to a slow-moving carp!
The fish held out long for a while and it was a real struggle to gain line on it, after what felt like an age I soon had a rather large carp wallowing in front of me ready for the net, peeling the frozen landing net of the ground I soon scooped up what look like a rather impressive carp…and impressive it was, my second largest carp from the linear complex weighing in at 38lb 8oz!
A proper chunk in the harshest of conditions!!!! The remainder of the day saw me land another 4-carp from the same spot before the sun eventually started to go down and I decided to call it day!”