Return to Hardwick by Liam Hodges

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Return to Hardwick by Liam Hodges

I’ve been lucky enough to bag two cracking thirties during my last few trips to Hardwick Lake at the Linear Fisheries complex, with the recent run of success I just hoped it would continue. I planned another trip and headed off straight from work, which was excellent as it left me enough time to have a good look around. After some time it was clear the fish were holding down at the bottom of Smiths Pool. With a thunderstorm approaching in the distance I was quick to set-up! With the rods in position I was confident of a bite or two. I started with small baiting tactics, with fish out in front of me I didn’t want to risk spooking any. I fired out out two pva bags filled with Little Gemz mixed with a few Halibut 3mm’s and Hi Betaines and Hinders new Supreme Stick Mix (coming out soon).

On my third rod I went with a slightly different approach fishing a stiff rig with Mainline Milky Pop-up and a few Cell boilies over the top. All rigs were armed with my favourite hook pattern the Covert Mugga from Gardner Tackle, I really couldn’t rate this hook highly enough, it’s best pattern I’ve used.

Gardner Tackle, I really couldn’t rate this hook highly enough, it’s best pattern I’ve used.” alt=”All rigs were armed with my favourite hook pattern the Covert Mugga from Gardner Tackle, I really couldn't rate this hook highly enough, it’s best pattern I've used.” width=”776″ height=”582″ class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-11572″ />

First night there was little action to report but a quick move and a stalking approach saw me bag a few within five minutes of casting out. Only a mid-double but well worth the effort, once again proving location is key. With little action through the day I continued my way around Hardwick and once again I manage to find some more feeding fish. Using the same approach taking just two rods and the essentials, I positioned two PVA bags nearby and within 20 minutes I managed two takes within 30 seconds apart, landing a lovely 26lb mirror and a smaller fish weighing 16lb. What a result!

The fish moved after my short flurry of action and I had to move swims again to keep on them. Once I had managed to locate them again the night was drawing in and I was happy to stay put. I managed to bag one during the night but it all went off early morning with me bagging several fish.

I ended the session with 12 carp all falling to my PVA bag setup with the exception of one carp that came to a zig, I can’t wait to get back down to Hardwick.
I positioned two PVA bags nearby and within 20 minutes I managed two takes within 30 seconds apart, landing a lovely 26lb mirror and a smaller fish weighing 16lb.

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