Saturday, 6 October 2012

LINDHOLME LAKES - OASIS POND, HULL MIDWEEK CLUB MATCH 20/9/12


OVERVIEW

I arrived earlier than usual for today's match, due to being rather eager. I fish Lindholm quite regular on the open matches, and know how good this lake is; but today we faced a rough day. It was blowing an absolute gale, and with Oasis being a canal style lake, long pole is usually the main attack; which today is going to be tough. At the draw I end up with peg 51, an area that has not been fishing as well as the early pegs, so right from the get go i'm up against it!



THE SET-UP

Even though it's rather windy, I set the pole up to fish long, 14,5m with the plan of using meat or pellet on the hook , and feeding micros through a kinder pot.
I also set up a line to fish down the track half way across using 1/2 worm on the hook, feeding caster & chopped worm.
For the margins I am going to fish at top 2 & 2 down the edge, feeding loose ground-bait and fishing 2 worms over the top.



THE MATCH

At the start of the match I begin on the long pole, using meat on the hook. It takes about 5 mins for the first bite, one minute later, and the first fish is in the net, a small carp!
The next 1/2 hour I only get a few more bites picking up a few fish, so I decide to change to a 4mm expander pellet on the hook. The result is instant, and another F1 in the net!
 

A CHANGE IN WIND!
The wind then changes, and blows the pole, and my rig ends up stuck in a tree!!!! (a walk round to free it is required; fortunately my old man is on hand to support the pole while I go round)

On my return I decide to try the track line, which had been fed with a large pot of worm & caster about 20 mins ago. It takes about 10 mins before I receive a bite, resulting in a better stamp of F1, about 2lb. I stick with this line while the wind is bad, picking up a couple of tench, and one more F1.



A BATTLE TO THE END!
The wind again changes, giving me chance to go back on the long pole using pellet, giving me an instant response, so I decide to ditch the meat for the rest of the match.


The wind is making it difficult, but I battle on to the last half hour on this line, picking up small F1's. I go down the edge for the last 1/2 hour over the loose groundbait, which I have been feeding for the last hour. A few indications on the float as soon as I lower it in gives me confidence, it buries 2 mins later, resulting in a 2lb barbel.


The next put in, another small barbel! It's then  a good 10 mins before the float buries again. I miss the bite, resulting in an explosion of activity, and blow waves going in every direction away from the swim "I think I may have spooked them!" I feed some more groundbait, and decide to keep fishing the line, resulting in one more small barbel.




THE WEIGH-IN

On the weigh-in I end up with 32lb, 8oz; I'm disappointed, but that's fishing!!!
The match was won in the early peg with 60lb, with the majority of weights been in the 30lb bracket, so considering the weather & difficulties it's fished pretty well!