Sparsholt College Trip to Hardwick/Smiths June 2014.

Sparsholt Students at Linear - June 2014.

Oliver Wilson receiving his award.

Craig Jordan with his PB 33.06 Hardwick Common.

26 June 2014

On Wednesday 18th June a group of level 1, 2 and level 3 fisheries students loaded up the college minibuses and set off for Linear Fisheries in Oxfordshire to pit their wit and skills against the carp that inhabit the famous gravel pits.
Upon meeting with the fishery manager and ex Sparsholt student Chris Blunt, who had kindly closed Hardwick Lake for our sole use, we were informed that the fishing had been tricky of late and that any fish caught would be well earned, the challenge was set. It was also a perfect time for Chris to present L2 student, Oliver Wilson, with the ‘Linear Fisheries Award for Best Overall Performance’ in front of his fellow peers, an award which came with the bonus prize of some free fishing at Linear in the future!
With the festivities out of the way it was down to the serious stuff and the draw was made for who was going to head of first, those students with the highest attendance being first out of the hat. The weather was hot and sunny, perfect for sunbathing (which some seemed content with!) but not conducive for good fishing and true to Chris’s word the fish were playing hard to get. As the evening drew in several good size tench started to show but after a very muggy night it was not until the following morning as the air cooled that the carp really came on the feed with a flurry of fish being caught around the lake. Star of the show had to go Extended Diploma student and avid trout fisherman Craig Jordan who beat his personal best 3 times in the space of two hours with mirror carp of 18lb, 26lb and a cracking common carp of 33lb 6oz! Well done Craig, a well-earned catch and some good angling to boot showing the carp lads how to do it!
So yet again another successful trip drew to an end and the students wished each other either farewell for the summer or good luck for the future in the fish industry. Everyone who participated would also like to extend their thanks for Chris Blunt and Linear Fisheries for yet again allowing us to use one of their lakes, they never fail to let us down!