After a four year leave of absence, Shimano and Dynamite Baits backed ace Sammie Perkins has returned to Makins Fishery in style, bagging a winning 97lb 12oz net of carp. The 22 year old England international took the haul from peg 15 on Snake Pool – one of the few pegs on the complex that she has never drawn before.
Along with her dad, Mark Perkins, and uncle, Rob Perkins, Sammie was regarded as one of the anglers to beat at the Midlands commercial – and even had an ‘Embryo Club’ of celebrity anglers that she had beaten! After joining the England Ladies team, Sammie decided that she needed to broaden her horizons, focussing more on natural venues, and also trying here hand at big carp fishing –meaning she hadn’t visited the venue for the past four years.
She explained: “It was lovely to return to Makins after such an extended break – especially when I drew what I know to be a flyer! Peg 15 on Snake has a large bay, which can often hold carp at this time of year. I started the session on a waggler – casting just short of a large boom in the water. I took a procession of good carp, before the wind got up, making presentation very difficult. I then switched to a bomb and carried on catching, maggots were by far the most successful hookbait – though I also took a few good fish on corn.
Tackle wise, I fished 4lb Shimano Ultegra mainline to a 0.16mm Shimano Silkshock hooklength. Hookchoice was a size 16 Preston PR36. A lot of anglers tend to scale down when it comes to terminal tackle at this time of year – but my experience from the specimen carp fishing world has taught me not to bother.
I have watched carp feeding, and they seem to spook away from thin 0.10mm line that they can’t see when it brushes around their bodies - and yet they will feed happily around a thick mainline – and I am sure it is because they can see it that it doesn’t spook them. It also allows you to play fish with a lot more confidence.
My team, Matrix Dynamite Trentmen, are fishing the ‘Angling Trust Winter League Semi Final’ at the venue in a few weeks time – so hopefully my good run will continue until then!”