Far and near success
This week: Jamie breaks up a long-distance work trip with some night action, and then lands a local big ’un.
Ifishing the amazing Linear Fisheries during the cooler months, as there’s always a chance of some bites.
With so many anglers visiting this Oxfordshire complex,
I’m sure that keeps the carp moving, so I’m always confident that I’ll find some feeding fish.
My mate Bob Marvin and I were on our way to do some work in Welshpool, far away from my Essex home, so we thought it would be rude not do a night on Linear en route.
After parking next to St. John’s Lake, we grabbed a bucket of bait and walked around the lake, heading for the ‘social side’ first, where we could see a couple of free pegs.
We sat down for a bit, looking for signs of fish, and it didn’t take long before we spotted carp rising out of the shallower water at the other end of the lake, so we made our way down there. We didn’t want to fish directly on top of them, for fear of spooking them, so we set up a few swims away from them.
Crucial hook change
I changed the Spomb on my spod rod over to a lead, to ‘feel’ the bottom. I found one clear spot at 64 yards out from the bank, with a big weedbed behind it. I also found another nice area, 54 yards to the right that had a bit of silkweed.
I decided to fish two rigs on the clear area, feeding hemp, corn and 10 mm Cell boilies, but just fed boilies on the other line, where I used a long hook link, to give good presentation in the low-lying weed. I put quite a bit of bait out in both areas, as the fish were clearly active.
After tucking into an Indian takeaway, ordered from the local restaurant, we hit the sack early, as we had to get up for work the next morning.
We had only been in our sleeping bags for a few minutes when one of Bob’s bite alarms sounded, and he was in. It was really shallow in front of us, so I put my waders on, to make netting the fish easier. On the scales, it went 27 lb 10 oz. What a good start!
I was soon into my first fish, but the hook pulled as I played it through the weed. My next fish fell off as well, so I changed all of my size 6 hooks to size 4 wide gapes.
I managed to land three fish during the night, and one at first light, before we had to leave for work. So, the increase in hook size turned a bad session into a good one.
Banger on the bank
I was keen to do some more fishing after the Linear overnighter, but had to wait, because of work and family time.
The action at Stanford Hall, near my home, had been slow going, but I had been feeding an open water swim quite regularly. While walking round the lake one afternoon I saw a fish show right over the bait, so I topped the spot up and returned the next day.
I cast out three rigs, each with a solid PVA bag of bait, and I didn’t have to wait long before I hooked a fish.
The fish stayed deep all the way in, so I kept the pressure on, taking my time to land it. Then Bill turned up, to load the van up for a French trip, and scooped it in first time.
It was one of the three fish that I’d wanted to catch from Stanford this year, and what a ‘banger’ it was, weighing 30 lb 8 oz. I now have only one fish, called Natalie’s, to achieve my goal.
With the scaly stunner returned safely, I packed up, as we had an early start the next day, to catch a ferry to France.
I’m writing this column there, whilst competing in a big carp match at Crete Lakes. We’ve started really well, catching lots, and next week we’ll tell you exactly how we got on.
LOVEAfter Jamie increased his hook size, he managed to catch five chunky carp from popular Linear Fisheries day ticket complex.
This 30 lb 8 oz mirror carp was one on Jamie’s ‘wanted list’.