Carpe-Diem

Posted by: Mark Bryant on July 15th, 2016

With the near fatal car crash pushed to the back of my mind I have been trying to get back to some normality in my life. Fortunately my company, Baitworks has proved a very busy and welcome distraction from the consistent questions nagging me about what might or could of happened some nine months ago. These questions I’m sure, in time, will be acknowledged and overcome by myself but for now, on to some fishing.

Carpe Diem – Mark Bryant – Blog – Trakker

A selection of metalware now holds my pelvis together!

I have been some what limited in the amount of fishing I could partake in as sleeping on a conventional bedchair was proving very uncomfortable for my reconstructed pelvis. Cue Trakker to come to the rescue in the shape of the Levelite ELS Bed. Eureka! The extra support under my back and pelvis has really made a difference and enabled me to fish overnight sessions in relative comfort.

Carpe Diem – Mark Bryant – Blog – Trakker

The additional lumbar support offered by the Levelite ELS really made a difference to my comfort on the bank.

I put this bed straight to the test in early March when I fished over at Little Farriers for three separate single night sessions. I managed to catch eight fish in that time with a massive 37lb 4oz lake record on my last morning. All fish fell to a mixture of Monster Red and Royal Marine shelf life boilies. Just the tonic. It was great to be back fishing and although this was a sort of ‘mini campaign’ I was eager to continue my success into the spring.

Carpe Diem – Mark Bryant – Blog – Trakker

37lb 4oz

The spring! Well, as a bait maker I both love and loath the spring. There is no doubt that business is great in this period with many anglers stocking up their freezers for the oncoming summer. This invariably means I’m working all the hours to supply demand. The knock on effect is that while loads of fish are being caught up and down the country I’m stuck in the factory rolling all their food! I must stress that I’m not moaning here. I feel very fortunate to be working in an industry and area that I love… Long may it continue.

Carpe Diem – Mark Bryant – Blog – Trakker

My loop-combo rig has been the downfall of all my recent captures.

In-between rolling mountains of bait I did manage to sneak in an overnighter and promptly caught a smashing 30lb 4oz male common. This was caught on my go-anywhere loop-combo rig, fished at 75 yards over light weed. A couple of weeks later I ventured out for a short six-hour stalking session. I managed to locate some fish on a shallow area and presented a Royal Marine pop-up with a few freebies scattered over the area. An hour later a slow take resulted in a 31lb common laying in the bottom of my net. Brilliant!

Carpe Diem – Mark Bryant – Blog – Trakker

30lb 4oz

Carpe Diem – Mark Bryant – Blog – Trakker

31lb

Well, here we are now into the summer with some very intermittent weather. The poor fish do not know wether they are coming or going. I have a very busy period of filming coming up for August for BT Sport. Fingers crossed that both the carp and weather play ball. I will keep you posted in my next blog.

Until then, best fishes

Mark B

2 Responses to “Carpe-Diem”



  1. John wood says:

    Hello Mark
    Excellent news to see you doing so well after your rtc, unfortunately in my job the outcome of such a bad rtc resulting in your injurys does not always have such a positive outcome /future for the individuals concerned.
    Keep catching the big girls and look forward to seeing you on BT sport, be safe woody over.



  2. Andy rigazzio says:

    What a top bloke ……. Impressive fishing my friend I hope the future continues to be bright for you
    Regards Andy

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Carpe-Diem

Posted by: Mark Bryant on July 15th, 2016

With the near fatal car crash pushed to the back of my mind I have been trying to get back to some normality in my life. Fortunately my company, Baitworks has proved a very busy and welcome distraction from the consistent questions nagging me about what might or could of happened some nine months ago. These questions I’m sure, in time, will be acknowledged and overcome by myself but for now, on to some fishing.

Carpe Diem – Mark Bryant – Blog – Trakker

A selection of metalware now holds my pelvis together!

I have been some what limited in the amount of fishing I could partake in as sleeping on a conventional bedchair was proving very uncomfortable for my reconstructed pelvis. Cue Trakker to come to the rescue in the shape of the Levelite ELS Bed. Eureka! The extra support under my back and pelvis has really made a difference and enabled me to fish overnight sessions in relative comfort.

Carpe Diem – Mark Bryant – Blog – Trakker

The additional lumbar support offered by the Levelite ELS really made a difference to my comfort on the bank.

I put this bed straight to the test in early March when I fished over at Little Farriers for three separate single night sessions. I managed to catch eight fish in that time with a massive 37lb 4oz lake record on my last morning. All fish fell to a mixture of Monster Red and Royal Marine shelf life boilies. Just the tonic. It was great to be back fishing and although this was a sort of ‘mini campaign’ I was eager to continue my success into the spring.

Carpe Diem – Mark Bryant – Blog – Trakker

37lb 4oz

The spring! Well, as a bait maker I both love and loath the spring. There is no doubt that business is great in this period with many anglers stocking up their freezers for the oncoming summer. This invariably means I’m working all the hours to supply demand. The knock on effect is that while loads of fish are being caught up and down the country I’m stuck in the factory rolling all their food! I must stress that I’m not moaning here. I feel very fortunate to be working in an industry and area that I love… Long may it continue.

Carpe Diem – Mark Bryant – Blog – Trakker

My loop-combo rig has been the downfall of all my recent captures.

In-between rolling mountains of bait I did manage to sneak in an overnighter and promptly caught a smashing 30lb 4oz male common. This was caught on my go-anywhere loop-combo rig, fished at 75 yards over light weed. A couple of weeks later I ventured out for a short six-hour stalking session. I managed to locate some fish on a shallow area and presented a Royal Marine pop-up with a few freebies scattered over the area. An hour later a slow take resulted in a 31lb common laying in the bottom of my net. Brilliant!

Carpe Diem – Mark Bryant – Blog – Trakker

30lb 4oz

Carpe Diem – Mark Bryant – Blog – Trakker

31lb

Well, here we are now into the summer with some very intermittent weather. The poor fish do not know wether they are coming or going. I have a very busy period of filming coming up for August for BT Sport. Fingers crossed that both the carp and weather play ball. I will keep you posted in my next blog.

Until then, best fishes

Mark B

2 Responses to “Carpe-Diem”



  1. John wood says:

    Hello Mark
    Excellent news to see you doing so well after your rtc, unfortunately in my job the outcome of such a bad rtc resulting in your injurys does not always have such a positive outcome /future for the individuals concerned.
    Keep catching the big girls and look forward to seeing you on BT sport, be safe woody over.



  2. Andy rigazzio says:

    What a top bloke ……. Impressive fishing my friend I hope the future continues to be bright for you
    Regards Andy

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