Tom Maker’s first session of 2018 proved to be another Linear success story for the England international.
Fishing in changeable conditions on Brasenose One at the Oxfordshire day-ticket complex, the 26-year-old managed two thirties to 33lb 12oz, plus seven 20s and two doubles in 48 hours.
Lifting the lid on his meticulous approach, Tom, who arrived last Tuesday [Jan 2], explained: “Arriving on the gate at 6.30am I was fourth in line. Knowing the water as I do, I roughly knew where I wanted to be, and as luck would have it the lads in front of me all drove past where I had in mind.
“Swiftly out of the van, I placed a bucket into peg six, a peg which controls a lot of water and is dead centre of the lake.
“The weather during my stay was due to change massively, with strong winds and rain due for a good 36 to 40 hours of my planned 48-hour session, so I was a little undecided on tactics.
“Initially I had planned to spod, but looking at weather we had coming in I knew that accuracy would be hard and I would probably ruin the swim by baiting a larger area than I would like, so a solid-bag approach was decided upon.
“As is always the way when I get into a peg I have a good look at the water to watch for signs, but with it being January and the water temperature low I didn't expect to see much.
“Then all of a sudden one poked its head out at around 120-130yds’ range!
“At this time of year all it can take is one carp to give the game away, and give it away it did! “I clipped the rods at 32 rod lengths [128yds] which is near on the centre of the lake, and with the wind we had coming in I knew I could continue to hit the same area.”
Opting for small solid PVA bags, tom got all three rods on the spot.
“I was confident of a bite but didn't expect one as fast as it happened. Not an hour after chucking out I received a slow take on the right-hand rod.
“The fish plodded all the way in and I knew it was a decent carp. The closer it came the heavier it felt and once in view it looked huge.
“Safely over the net cord the fish looked big, a real thick-set, deep-bodied mirror. On the scales it settled on 33lb 12oz – not as big as I first thought but I most certainly wasn't complaining.
“While photographing the fish I received another take on my middle rod and this time it turned out to be a scrappy 22-pounder.
“With confidence sky high I knew I was in for some more carp. True to form, the wind picked right up early hours of Wednesday morning and I was soon faced with a mental 50-60mph cross wind making life very hard. However, I soldiered on and regular re-chucks on the bags saw me leave on the Thursday morning with 11 carp to my name.”
RIG AND BAIT
- Small solid PVA bags
- Hookbait: 12mm Sticky Pineapple & N’Butyric pop-us
- Bag contents: Crushed Sticky Manilla boilies and matching 2.3mm pellets
- Hooklink: 4ins of 15lb Fox Reflex Camo braid
- Hook: Size 5 Fox Wide Gape Beaked Point