An eight-hour day session is all Tom Maker needed to bank a dozen fish to 31lb at Linear Fisheries.
The England international headed to Brasenose Two at the Oxfordshire complex and winkled out five doubles, six 20s to 28lb 15oz and a 31lb mirror in a single day.
Said Tom: “It was going to be a cold, sunny day with temperatures not getting much above 2c and a feels-like temperature of just 0c, so driving up to Oxford I was questioning why I even got out of bed at 5.30am to go angling, but I wasn't going to catch anything sitting at home!
“With it being a Friday I wasn't surprised to see a good number of cars already waiting at the gate.
“I had no idea how busy the lakes were and whether or not I would even find a peg, but I knew I wanted to head for B2 and fish somewhere in the bowl area.
“Driving down the track I decided to make a split-second decision and head down between the two Brasenose lakes to try to get on the river bank, but to my amazement one of the causeway swims was free – handbrake wrenched up and a bucket in hand, I soon had a peg so it was panic over!”
Having fished the swim before, Tom clipped his rods up to 24 wraps (96yds) and put an initial seven spods of bait over the top.
He continued: “I was rocking and rolling by 9am. It was bitterly cold with a real biting westerly blowing into me, but the sun was shining bright so I knew there was a chance of a bite.”
Still fishless by 11am, Tom decided to spod some more bait out to scare off the coots that had been diving over his spot.
“As I was winding in the third spod my middle rod went into meltdown and I was attached to a slow-moving carp.
“The fish didn't really do much on the way in and I soon had a scaly upper double in the net.
“With the rod straight back on the spot it was like someone had flicked a switch – the bites came thick and fast throughout the remainder of the afternoon and keeping the bait going in just kept them coming.
“In total I landed 12 carp and lost one, with the biggest going over the magical 30lb mark
“Not bad for a cold January's day, if I do say so myself.”
RIG AND BAIT
- 360 rig
- Hook: Size 5 Fox Edges Medium Curve Shank
- Hooklink: 20lb Fox Illusion
- Lead: 4oz distance lead
- Hookbait: Trimmed-down 16mm yellow Sticky Manilla pop-up
- Loosefeed: Hemp, corn and crumbed Manilla