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Bob Nudd

Mark Smith Masterclass Day at Holly Farm

07.07.2015

great catch Mark

great catch Mark

 

This was a special Christmas present from Mark’s family. His son Rob had also come along for the day. The beautiful Holly Farm in Ashby Magna Leicestershire was the chosen venue.

Mark with his first fish

Mark with his first fish

 

It was a cool overcast morning with a blustery westerly wind. Sunshine and showers were the forecast for the day.

Rob with his first fish

Rob with his first fish

Both anglers opted for the pole, feeding a combination of luncheon meat and 4mm pellets with a small pot. It was a slow start and the roach seemed to love the meat hookbait. A switch to a banded 4mm pellet seemed to help but the big carp were not in a feeding mood and it was really the F1’s that provided the action. The last hour was much better as the fish started to feed.

a 1lb F1

a 1lb F1

We left the bank at about 4.3 pm Mark had caught about 25lbs – lots of fish but mainly small. Rob had fished well as it was his first time fishing with a pole and he had caught just a little less than his dad with about 23lbs.

Bob

 

Here the pictures:

 the rain did not stop the fish feeding

the rain did not stop the fish feeding

a big fish swirls on the surface

a big fish swirls on the surface

a 2lb mirror carp

a 2lb mirror carp

 a big F1 close to 2lbs

a big F1 close to 2lbs

 a quality f1

a quality f1

 almost beat dad Rob

almost beat dad Rob

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