Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Land Of Nod - Wholsea Grange

Today’s match was on the Middle pond at Wholsea Grange at the Land Of Nod, situated close to the village of Holme On Spalding Moor in East Yorkshire. The lake has 34 pegs giving you plenty of room. The lake is full of features such as islands, reed beds and shallow bars, with only a small number of pegs having open water. 

At the draw I pulled out peg 6, which was a peg I have never fished before. On arriving at my peg I discovered that directly in front of me was an area of open water, with a shallow bar to my right with plenty of reeds and plantation.
To my left was a large reed bed, this is the area I planned to target as this is where I had the most room. 

The Battle Plan!

My Main plan today was fish the bomb and Feeder. This was due to the bitterly cold easterly wind which was blowing strongly from my left.  I also set up a short pole line to fish to the tree to my Right. This would be my back up line. 

The set up 

  • Bomb rod - Browning Force Bomb 10’
  • Reel - Browning Backfire
  • Line on reel - Browning Cenex Feeder line 6lb
  • Hook length - Browning Hybrid power line 0.12    12” long
  • Hook is a Kamasan B911 size 16 - Tied with a knotless knot with a Hair rig, and a Quick stop

*My initial plan was to fish corn with this set up. 

The Method Rod 

  • Rod - Browning Force bomb 10’
  • Reel - Browning Backfire
  • Line - Browning Cenex Feeder line 6lb
  • Feeder is a small in line method
  • Hook length - Browning Hybrid Power line 0.14   4” long (this is heavier than the bomb hook length due to it being much shorter)
  • The hook is again a B911 tied with a Quick stop Hair rig 

*The initial plan was to fish corn on the hook with ground bait around the feeder. 

The Pole Line 

  • Pole - Browning Xtreme Margin ( I planned to fish at around 5 meters)
  • Elastic - Double 5
  • Main line - 0.14 Browning Hybrid line
  • Hook length - 0.12 Browning Hybrid line
  • Hook - Kamasan B911 F1 hook size 18 
  • Float - 4 x 14 diamond body. 

*My initial approach for the pole was to fish 6mm cubes of meat under the tree to my right. I also fed maggots to my left as an emergency line. 

The Match 

On the all in I cast the bomb close to the large reed bed to my left. I planned not to feed, as I was fishing corn which is a highly visible bait. My plan was to give it 10 minutes then re cast around the swim if no bites emerged.
I gave it about 40 minutes with no signs anywhere before giving the method a try. I tried this for 30 minutes with no signs again. 

Out with The Old!....

It was time for a drastic change, so I cast the bomb out, then stripped down the method rod and replaced it with a maggot feeder. 

This was set up with a small free running maggot feeder with a 0.12 hook length and a size 18 hook. 

With no signs on the bomb still I decided to give the feeder a try. I cast it just to the side of the reed bed. After 5 minutes I had my first bite, but missed it, things where looking up! I re-cast to the same spot and 5 mins later the tip flew round, this time I connected with it, a nice Ide around 1lb ½ . 

Over the next 2 hours or so I had regular bites, picking up good sized Ide on a regular basis. But the last hour or so bites became sporadic; I would get 2 quick bites then have to wait 20 minutes before I got another. Near to the end I picked up a few small Carp which were slightly bigger than the Ide, so they were very welcome. 

At the end of the match I was extremely happy with how things had turned out and even happier when my 32lb 8oz put me into second place, behind the winner who had a cracking 91lb dead. 

In Conclusion....

An excellent days fishing that demonstrates; some days you just have to rip up the initial plan and re-write it!