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!