Wednesday, 21 November 2012


Today the open is on Bonsai Lake, the flagship water at Lindholme Lakes; and one of my most favorite all time lakes!

This three-acre, 85-peg lake is one of the newer lakes at Lindholme and one of the flagship waters. At 85 pegs it contains tens of thousands of F1s averaging 1lb 8oz. This is the main venue used for the Fish O Mania qualifier and is regarded as the fairest venue on the complex.

BONSAI LAKE WAS VOTED “THE BEST LAKE OF 2006-2007-2008-2009” BY Anglers votes!

 Club Matches  Rules:
  • 2 keep nets required for all matches and must be dipped before use
  • Groundbait with pole cup or feeder only
  • Method feeders must not be fixed rigs and not elasticated
  • Lindholme feed pellets only
  • Barbless hooks only max size 10
  • Floating baits are to club rules not allowed in open matches
  • No cat meat or dog meat
  • No dogs allowed around lakes
  • No litter or tab ends to be left on bank
  • Fishermen must sit at a peg (not on bank)
  • All anglers must be of site before 9pm in summer (dark in winter)

Extra rules for Open Matches:
  • 16mtr pole length
  • If you want to use a dolly butt on the end of your 16mtr section you MUST measure your pole between the measuring poles
  • NO slapping or tapping poles
  • You must use a FLOATING float
  • A bead must be under you method or feeder to stop fixing
  • NO knots above your feeder

The Match
I have drawn peg 47, which is close to the cafe/tackle shop. I have 2 islands to go at, due to the amount of room we have today; but there is a strong cross wind blowing from right to left.

My plan is to fish a straight bomb close to each of the islands, with a 6mm pellet in a band. I am using a 0.12 hook length to a size 18 middy hook.

At the start I cast the bomb to the end of the island directly in front of me, feeding is quite difficult due to the wind. I'm feeding around 6 pellets at a time, and am also feeding the island to my left; which is easier because I am using the wind to my advantage, which enables me to feed this island much more accurately.

 After 15 mins the tip steadily pulls round, and after a short battle the first fish is in the net, a Small carp about 2lb. I cast to the same island again and leave it for 15 mins; but when no bites emerge I decided to try the left island, and 5 mins later I am rewarded with another carp, about 2 1/2lb.

Over the next 2 1/2 hours I catch around 12 more carp from the island, before the bites stem to a disaster! The next 1 1/2 hours are almost biteless, so I keep switching between the islands;  having the odd cast into the open water between the islands.

I keep feeding the same, hoping that the fish will return. In the last 30 mins I catch 4 small F1 carp.  At the scales I weigh in 45lb 7oz for 3rd place. 65lb wins the match.

If only the fish hadn't disappeared, maybe, just maybe I may have been pushing the winning weight, but I can't grumble considering late November!