Saturday, 27 July 2013

Lindholme Lakes - Loco Lake
Today was the first time in about 5 years that I have fished Loco. Most the matches I fish at Lindholme are on Bonsai, Oasis, Willows and Laurels, but as with every match I fish here, a good days fishing is guaranteed. With this in mind, and no idea of the best pegs; I was not bothered one bit of where I drew. 

Out of the bag came peg 16 and after a quick chat with Nick Speed who told me I had an underwater island in front of me; which was good for the method/pellet feeder I made my way to my peg.
On arriving at my peg I spent 5 minutes weighing up the peg, the island Nick mentioned was going to be a long chuck, round about 60/70 yards. Secondly I noticed I had nothing in the way of margins to fish as the reeds and trees went out for 5 /6 meters each side, creating a v into the peg.

The Plan
After a bit of consideration I came up with a plan. I set up a pellet feeder for the island swim, the reason for choosing a pellet feeder over the method was accuracy. As the pellet feeder is more compact, it flies directly and is less affected by wind, which is great for accurate long distance fishing.
The second rig I set up was the pellet waggler, perfect for the open water I had in front of me. The third rig was a shallow rig for the pole; my plan was to fish this at 13 meters.

This was going to be as simple as it gets, 4mm fishery pellets for the pole, 6mm fishery pellets for the waggler and Fishery micros for the pellet feeder. Simplez!

The Rigs
The Feeder Rig
·       Rod  - 12 foot feeder
·       Reel  - Browning Backfire
·       Mainline  - 0.20 Browning Cenex Feeder line
·       Pellet feeder - 25 gram
·       Hooklength - 0.16 Browning Hybrid power
·       Hook  size - 16 Kamasan B911 eyed tied with a knotless knot with a band on a hair rig

The Pellet Waggler Rig
·       Rod - 11" Browning Commercial King Medium Pellet waggler
·       Reel - Browning Xitan HM
·       Main line - 0.18 Browning Cenex sinking match line
·       Hook length - 0.14 Browning Hybrid power
·       Hook size - 16 Kamasan B911 tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged micro band
·       Float - Drennan crystal pellet waggler 3 gram attached via a waggler adapter

Pole Rig
·       Pole - Browning Z12
·       Elastic -  yellow Browning Cenex reflex
·       Main line - 0.14 Browning Hybrid power
·       Hook length - 0.12 Browning Hybrid power
·       Hook size - 18 Kamasan B911 tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged micro band
·       Float - Shep special 4x12 Chianti style @

The Session
I started the session by launching the pellet feeder to the island; I also started feeding the 2 other lines via catapult with an aim to get the fish on these lines feeding confidently before going on them. After a couple of bite-less chucks to the island, I decided to give the pole line a try, after seeing a few movements after feeding. This move proved crucial as after an hour on this line I must have had 40 lb of prime F1s. I could not get the bait in fast enough!

After around an hour and a half the sun appeared from behind the clouds and the fish seemed to disappear. I continued to fish the pole for another 30 mins, but it was slow going, I was picking up just odd fish. A change to the pellet waggler produced a couple of quick fish before this line became iffy. I continued to feed both lines, and alternate between them, this way I could keep the fish coming at a steady rate.

With an hour to go the sun disappeared behind the cloud cover; this resulted in a better run of fish. After losing my pellet waggler rig in the reeds, courtesy of a decent Carp I spent the last 30 mins on the pole. This did me the world of good as I was catching at the same rate as the first hour. The all out sounded, and 15 minutes later the scales arrived, a total of 113lb 4 oz  which gave me the match win by over 50 lb.

Another fantastic days fishing courtesy of Lindholme Lakes!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Rush Lyvars Lakes - Hedon, East Yorkshire

As I fish so many matches its rare I get the chance to visit this wonderful lake for a pleasure session, even though it’s only 2 minutes from my house! If you have had chance to read the previous post, you will know it’s a beautiful lake covering 7 – 8 acres, which contains a good stocking of Carp, Bream, Ide, Tench, Roach to name just a few. There are not many lakes where the pegging space is so generous; you have bags of room between them. The lake has 2 separately named areas, The Deeps and The Shallows. The Deeps is the old trout lake area and The Shallows is the old coarse lake.
The peg I have chosen today is situated on the bank to the car park, which is in the “deeps” area of the lake.

For bait I have pumped some 4mm expander pellets and cut up 2 tin’s of Plumrose Luncheon meat into 6mm cubes.

The Rigs:
Deep Rig
  • Pole - Browning Z12
  • Elastic - Yellow Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Main Line - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook length - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook -  Kamasan B911 F1 size 16
  • Float - Tubertini Series Pro 1.5 gram
  • Shotting - Olivette bulk and 3 droppers

Shallow Rig
  • Pole – Browning Z12
  • Elastic – Pink Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Main line – 0.14 browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook length – 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power
  •  Hook – Kamasan B911 eyed size 18 (tied with a knotless knot with a band on the hair)
  • Float – A Shep Special 4x12 Chianti style
  • Shotting- Shirt button style

The session
It’s a baking hot day today, so the early shade on this side of the lake is pretty welcome. There are plenty of fish up in the water cruising around. It is for this reason that I have set up 2 rigs. 1 is for on the bottom and 1 is for shallow, over the top of the bottom rig.

I have plumbed a line at 13 meters; the depths here are around the 15 feet mark. I am starting the session by cupping in a handful of meat and expanders, and fish the bottom rig over the top. This gives me the opportunity to alternate the hook bait to see which works best. I am going to feed meat over the top with the intent of bringing the fish up in the water. This can happen quite quickly, especially when it’s hot like it is today!

After a bite less 15 minutes on the bottom rig, I start to notice signs of fish up in the water. I bait the hair rig by pulling the band through the meat with a baiting needle, making sure the bend of the hook is just touching the meat. This is something I like to do as I think it gives good presentation.

I have set the rig at 18” deep with a small bulk and around 24” line between pole and float so that I can alter the depth as required. After a frustrating 25 minutes of missing bites I start to alter the rig, firstly by reducing the line between pole and float to 12”, this helps a little as I manage a couple of decent Ide, but I am still missing loads of bites. 

Next I reduce the rig depth to 12” but this cause bites to reduce, so I change back to the original 18” depth, but I spread the shot out shirt button style, this again helps as I connect with a few more bites, resulting in some cracking Bream and Ide. I am still missing too many bites though, so I put a couple of back shot on between the pole and the float, my reasoning behind this is to ensure I keep a tight line or the float sinks. This works a treat, missed bites are now almost eradicated, and a good net of fish is soon amassed.

I finish the session with a cracking net of Ide and Bream for around 40 lb, but more importantly having sussed out a better way of fishing shallow, resulting in more fish.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Kelsey Gardens, East Yorkshire

Today I have ventured to a fishery I have seen a few times but never fished it before. The fishery is called Kelsey Gardens. It is situated on the outskirts of Burstwick in East Yorkshire. There are 2 lakes here, the North Lake and the South Lake. The South Lake is predominantly used for water sports, but can be fished on request from the site manager Ian.

I have opted to fish the North Lake as this lake is for fishing only. This lake is stunning with fully tree lined and bags of features; I have been told that there is a shallower side and a deep side. I have opted for what I am told is the shallower side, but it is still deep with 8 foot of water at a top kit plus one sections distance.


I am going to approach the swim with just a couple of lines; a deck rig and a shallow rig, as I have seen loads of fish topping since arriving at my peg. After plumbing up the swim, I have discovered fair amount of weed close to the raft of lilies at around 11 meters. My only real clear area is on the top 2 plus 1 section area. This gives me 8 foot of water. My approach for this is to feed a tennis ball sized ball of groundbait, along with a few casters and a bit of sweet corn and alternate the hookbait between the 2.
The shallow line is a much more simple approach. The rig will be set at 18 inches deep with a fair amount of line between pole and float, so I can alter the depth if required. The bait for this line will be maggot, maggot and more maggot.

The Rigs

Deck Rig

  • Float - 0.6 gram pattern
  • Main line - 0.14 Browning Hybrid
  • hooklength - 0.12 Browning Hybrid
  • Hook - Kamasan B911 F1 size 16
  • Shotting - Bulk set 18” above hook with 2 droppers

Shallow Rig
  • Float - Shep special 4x12  @
  • Main line - 0.12 Browning Hybrid
  • Hooklength - 0.10 Browning Cenex
  • Hook - Kamasan B911 F1 size 18
  • Shotting - small bulk set 12” above the hook

The Session

Having fed the Deck rig via pole pot I plan to start on the shallow rig. I ship the pole out to approx 8 meters and lay the rig in. Before I get chance to put any feed in I am into a fish instantly, which turns out to be a small Rudd. Before re shipping out I fire out a few maggots, virtually a second after the rig hits the water I’m in again, another small Rudd.  Out of curiosity I decide to put a few maggots in within top kit range, I flick the rig over the top and it goes instantly. The lake must be alive with small Rudd. In an attempt to get a few bigger ones I up the feed dramatically, feeding round about 50 maggots every cast. After 30 minutes it starts to have an effect as some big Perch start to get in on the act.  One thing that I do notice is that if the float gets chance to actually cock then I will catch a Perch if not you've guessed it a Rudd.

I give the Shallow rig a rest, and try the deck rig, all the time continually feeding the shallow line. I start on double Caster hook bait, with hope for a better sized fish. I am not disappointed as with a minute a Perch around ½ pound is safely netted. This trend continues, but I’m having to wait a few minutes for bites. 
After 20 minutes I latch into something bigger which tries to snag me in the weed. Fortunately it comes out, a tench around 1 ½ finds its way into the net along with a big chunk of weed.

The rest of the day is spent swapping between the 2 lines to continually keep the fish coming. By the end of this short 3 ½ hour session I have amassed a beautiful net of fish, weighing in the region of 15 lb; I can guarantee I will be back here soon!  

More pics from another good days fishing!