Tom Maker runs through another superb session on Linear Fisheries, this time on the fabulous Oxlease Lake where he landed no fewer than 36 carp in 48 hours.
I arrived early in the morning with a friend to find a busy Lake, so I had a wander around and settled for a couple of swims on the grassy bank which faces the island. Having fished the Lake on and off for the previous two weeks, I knew the fish were spending a lot of their time at that end of Oxlease.
I grabbed my spod rod and just clipped on a lead before casting it as close to the island as I could. I then felt around for the bottom of the shelf, which was where I wanted to be fishing. Once I had found the drop-off, I clipped all the rods up to this area and fired them out to the spot.
There are loads of fish in Oxlease and at the height of spring I knew that they would be up for a bit of grub. I assembled a very simple yet extremely effective mix which started off with some hemp. To this I add some Bloodworm Pellets, followed by a good helping of 12mm Krill boilies. This is finished off with a new liquid that I’ve had great success on called Aqua Amino. It is a really fishy smelling liquid and is extremely water soluble, which gives the mix a really big cloud once it enters the water.
I fished all the rods on Krill wafters, occasionally tipping them off with a single grain of plastic corn. Before each cast I gave the hookbait a quick spray for added attraction, in the hope that it would get a quicker bite.
The morning was pretty slow but I kept introducing around six Spombs every 45 minutes or so, just to keep that smell and cloud in the swim. It wasn’t too long before I had my first bite, which was a nice mid-double. After that all hell broke lose and I couldn’t seem to keep a rod in the water. I spent a lot of that afternoon catching and, by the evening, I had caught 12 fish already. I grabbed some food with my friend and, because of how shattered I was, decided not to fish all of the night, hoping to have a clear head for the next day.
I woke up fresh as a daisy, cast the rods back out and put some more bait out. By then I had gone through nearly two buckets and I felt as though I didn’t have enough. The morning was slow, but as we went into afternoon the action began to hot up again. It was crazy; one after the other, double takes, the lot. It was great fun and I even managed to catch a really chunky thirty too. By the end of the day I had landed 35 carp, so once again decided to get some sleep that night and hopefully be ready to catch some more the following day.
I think the fish had moved off, though, as I only had one more, a cracking 23-pounder. It was a superb session and proof that, if you can get it right on these waters, you can have a session of a lifetime.
How to make Tom’s spod mix
- STEP 1: Start with hemp
- STEP 2: Add some Bloodworm Pellets…
- STEP 3: …and some 12mm Krill boilies 4. Finish with a good
- STEP 4: dose of Aqua Amino
- STEP 5: Give it a good mix then use it to catch lots of carp!