Sunday, 29 September 2013

Lindholme Lakes Saturday Open Match - Oasis Lake

..... A promise to take the missus shopping on Sunday got me the green light to attend today's match. I have fished 2 other matches this week and I am away fishing for 2 days next week; well you don't like to take the piss do ya!

Overview
The Saturday matches here at Lindholme always attract good attendances, with today been no different. The match today is on the Oasis lake which is a 62 peg canal styled lake. The lake is relatively uniform with regards distance to the far side, this is approximately 14 meters. The lake contains huge amounts of F1s, Barbel, proper Carp as well as large quantities of Silver fish.

The Draw
At the draw I drew out peg 21, which is a peg I have never fished before. On arrival at my peg I discovered that I had a reed bed and a tree on the far bank, with some areas of bare bank to the left and the right of this. There was some bits of grass hanging over these areas, so a quick trip round to to a bit of gardening was my first job.

My Plan
My plan for today was going to involve 4 lines. The first line was to the far side near to the bare bank, this gave me under a foot of water, I plumbed up both sides of the reed bed and found  had the same depth at both sides. Great! I could use the same rig for both sides.The second rig was directly in front of me close to the reed bed, this again was extremely shallow at just over a foot deep. My third line was for the bottom of the far shelf in around 3 feet of water. The final line was the right hand margin towards a clump of reeds at a top 2 plus 2 length. On this line I had around 18" of water.

Bait
On the bare bank line to the right of the reed bed I plan to try some thing a bit different from pellet and go with dead maggots and ground bait. With things starting to become changeable, I am hoping this will give me an edge. For the bare bank to the left of the reed bed I will feed softened fishery micros and fish a 4mm expander pellet on the hook. For the line in front of the reeds I plan to feed and fish 6 mm cubes of meat. For the line at the bottom of the shelf I am going to cup in some micros and 4 mm fishery feed pellets and alternate between soft pellet and meat on the hook. For the margin line ground bait and meat were going to be the order of the day.



Rigs:
Bare Bank 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 16 Kamasan B911 F1
  • Float - Middy Grey 4 x12
  • Shotting - Bulk No 8 Stot

Reed Bed Rig
  • Pole - Browning Z12
  • Elastic - Blue Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Main line - 0.16 Browning Hybrid power
  • Hook length - 0.14 Browning Hybrid power
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911
  • Float - Middy Grey 4 x 12
  • Shotting - Bulk No 8 Stotz

Far Shelf Line

  • Pole - Browning Z12
  • Elastic - Yellow Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Main line - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook length - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook - Size 16 kamasan B911 F1
  • Float - Shep Special 4 x 14
  • Shotting - Double bulk No 8 Stotz

Margin Rig
  • Pole - Browning Xtreme Margin Pole
  • Elastic - Green Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Main line / Hook length - 0.16 straight through
  • Hook - Size 14 Kamasan B911
  • Float - Middy Grey 4 x12
  • Shotting - Bulk No 8 Stotz

The Session
I started the session by cupping some micros and 4 mm feed pellets on the far shelf line. I baited up the Bare bank rig with 3 dead reds and filled the pole mounted pot with a few dead reds and capped it of with ground bait. I shipped the rig to the far bank, tapped the bait out of the pot and slowly lowered the rig in over the top. The response was instant and I was in to a small F1, which was safely landed.



That fish gave me false hope, as the next few drop ins resulted in tiny skimmers. A move further a long the bank again resulted in a small F1 before Skimmers again got in on the act. I decided to try the far shelf rig, A quick run of fish again gave me false hope as the float  then remained motionless for what seemed like an age. By this time I could see some movement on where I  had baited on the bare bank line, a change back resulted in 1 F1 before skimmers rudely re-appeared.

Drastic Action Required!
I decided to try the other side of the reed bed, this time feeding and fishing pellet. There were signs of fish straight away as the float was dancing about all over. I then had a run of 3 F1s in quick succession, but unfortunately it wasn't long before the skimmers returned. It was at this point drastic action was needed, so in went 2 big pots of ground bait down the edge with around 20 pieces of meat. After about 20 bite less minutes on the other lines, it was time to try the margins. The float was only in the water 30 seconds before it buried, and I  missed the bite! I lowered the rig back in and 1 minute later the float buried again, this time I managed to hook and land a decent F1.  I re-cupped in some groundbait and meat, and this time decide to try the reed line, which resulted in 2 small F1s in 2 drop-ins. Had I finally found them? Had I eck!!! The rest of the match was spent trying to pick up odd fish by regularly switching lines.

The Weigh-In
When the scales arrived at my peg I discovered I wasn't the only one to have struggled, as a few people didn't even weigh in. My  final weight was 30 lb, which was extremely hard earned; but it's guaranteed I will be back soon, as I love the place.



Friday, 27 September 2013

The Oaks Lakes - Sessay


One of the UK's leading fishing complexes
"The Oaks lakes at Sessay in North Yorkshire is home to lakes for both Match and Pleasure fishing. The Lakes originally opened in 1994 starting with the Willows Lake and over the years it has steadily grown and currently has 10 Lakes, Over 400 Pegs, A large Cafe / Tackle Shop and New for 2014 we will be opening a Caravan Park in a quiet corner of the lakes so that everyone can come and enjoy the North's most well known fishing complex."
 http://www.theoakslakes.co.uk

Today was only my 2nd ever trip to the Oaks; It was one of the venues I was most looking forward to on our club match calender. Over the last couple of weeks I have been checking out the match results in the angling Times, to see how it has been fishing, and the results have been fantastic!

After an hour and 20 minutes drive to the fishery from Hull we arrived at the venue full of enthusiasm. Today's match was to be split over 2 lakes, Ash and Beech. These are 2 of the 3 newest lakes on the complex. The lakes are rectangle shaped, and pegged on both banks. The banks are reed lines, and there are no apparent features, but these lakes have an underwater bar, which runs the full length of the lake. The bar starts at around 11 meters from each bank and the depth of water on the top of the bar is roughly 3 feet deep.


 




http://www.theoakslakes.co.uk/lakes/ash

After a quick call to Andy Hampson who fishes here on a regular basis I decided on a 3 pronged attack. My main line was going to be in the deep water at around 6 meters, feeding 4 mm fishery feed pellets and fishing a 4 mm expander on the hook. The second line I will concentrate on is the margins. I am going to start on pellet and feed pellet, but I have some ground bait and some corn should it be needed. The third line is going to be on top of the bar at 13 meters, this is a back up line as I have been advised that most catches have been caught on the short lines.

Bait
This is pretty simple, I have pumped some 4 mm expander pellets for the hook and I have some 4 mm fishery feed pellets for feeding. As I have mentioned above I have some Browning Lethal Feeder groundbait and some corn as a backup for the margins.


Rigs:
6 Meter 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 16 Kamasan B911 F1
  • Float - Middy Carp Grey 4 (4 x 14)
  • Shotting - Double bulk

Edge Rig
  • Pole - Browning Z12
  • Elastic - Green Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Mainline - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook length - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911
  • Float - Middy Carp Grey 4 (4 x 14)
  • Shotting - Single bulk

13 Meter Rig
  • Pole - Browning Z12
  • Elastic - Yellow Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Mainline - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook length - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook - Size 18 Kamasan B911
  • Float - Durafloat 6 (4 x 12)
  • Shotting - Double bulk  


The Session
On the all in I fill the pole cup with a small ball of groundbait with some feed pellets, and put this in on the 6 meter line. I go straight over this line with the rig baited up with a 4mm expander on the hook. It only takes about 2 minutes for the first bite, which results in a small Carp of around a pound. I re-ship out the rig, tap the pellets out of the pole mounted pot and lower the rig in over the top. Again I only have to wait 2 minutes before a quick dip on the float, a lift of the pole and I'm in again; this time the fish is a little bigger approaching the 2 pound mark.

The next few drop-in's result in missed bites, so I add an extra shot to dot the float down to a pimple; this seems to help as I immediately hit the next bite. The fish in these lakes are predominantly proper Carp, but they give bite like F1s, finicky little buggers!

I spend the first 2 hours on this line before having a look on the edge line, which I have been feeding with small pinches of 4mm pellets right from the start. The rig is only in the water 20 seconds before the float buries and I'm attached to an angry little Carp, which thinks its 10 times its size! The next put in results in a few minute wait for a proper bite. I decide to try the 6 meter line again, which results in a nice run of fish, but I am having to wait a while for bites.

People further down the lake appear to be catching much quicker than I am???  This gives me a push to try the 13 meter line, which again I have been feeding from the start. I have been feeding a pinch of pellets every 30 - 40 seconds by catapult.  I am soon catching at a decent rate, but the fish are quite small averaging about a pound, but the bites soon slow.


In an attempt to make things happen I cup some groundbait, and a bit of corn in shallower water than I have been fishing down the side and alter the rig to suit. I give it 10 minutes before trying it; this seems to have worked as I am mow catching bigger fish and at a quicker rate. Every put in I am feeding a toss pot full
of corn, which keeps the fish coming till the end of the match.

When the scales arrive there have been some very good weights, I weigh in 90lb, which is enough for 5th place, which I am pretty pleased with. I think going with my instincts today and feeding the groundbait and corn has helped me massively!

Tip
Trust your instincts!

Monday, 23 September 2013

Lindholme Lakes Saturday Open - Laurels Lake


http://www.lindholmelakes.co.uk/lakes/laurels-lake
Laurels was the lake chosen for today’s open match; it has been pretty consistent for producing cracking weights this year. I was definitely hoping that trend continued today! A good turnout for today’s match meant that pegging was going to be slightly more restricted, hopefully this would not knock the fishing back.


The Draw
At the draw I pulled out peg 52, which I discovered is the first peg on the second spit on the willows bank. As I have never drawn this peg before I certainly wasn’t disappointed, as it looked spot on. The peg gives you a decent area of open water as well as a long margin bank to the left hand side. The right hand margin was restricted by a large tree which made this pretty much unfishable.


My Plan
My plan for today’s match is to fish a line at 13 meters at a 1 o’clock angle on the deck. I am going to feed 4mm pellets on this line and alternate between 4mm expander and 6mm meat on the hook. Most of the feed will be put in via a pole mounted pot, but I am also going to lose feed a few by catapult just in case they want to feed shallow. It is for this reason I am also going to set up a shallow rig to be utilised on this line if they do come shallow. For the margin line, there is a nice little cut out in the vegetation at around a top 5 distance, and after some careful plumbing up this also appears to be the shallowest area along the full bank. My plan for this line is to feed loose groundbait with some corn and meat so I can again alternate the hookbait.


Bait
As mentioned in the section above I am going to feed 4mm fishery feed pellets. I am going to slightly dampen them so that they sink quicker than if they were dry. I like to do this when fishing on the deck as it minimises the sinking time of the pellets. For hook baits on this line I have pumped a slack handful of 4mm expander pellets and cut up a tin of meat into 6mm cubes. I have also dampened some fishery micro pellets as a standby just in case the fish don’t respond well to the 4mm pellets. For feed on the margin line I am going with lose ground bait, which is Browning Lethal Feeder groundbait. For hook bait and for adding to the ground bait I have some sweetcorn. I am also going to utilise some of the 6mm meat on this line too.






Rig Set-Up
13 Meter Rig
  • Pole – Browning Z12
  • Elastic – Yellow Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Mainline – 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hooklength – 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook – Size 18 Kamasan B911 F1
  • Float – 4x16 Shep’s special @ www.carlshepherdsonstittletackle.com
  • Shotting – Double bulk set up No8 Stotz

Shallow Rig
  • Pole – Browning Z12
  • Elastic – Yellow Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Mainline – 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hooklength – 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook – size 18 Kamasan B911 tied with a knotless knot, with a hair rigged micro band
  • Float – Shep’s special 4x10 Chianti style
  • Shotting – Spread bulk No10 Stotz

Margin Rig
  • Pole – Browning Z12
  • Elastic – Blue Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Mainline – 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hooklength – 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook – Size 16 Kamasan B911
  • Float – 4x14 Nufish Diamond
  • Shotting – Bulk No8 Stotz


The Match
On the all in I potted in a ¼ cup of 4mm feed pellets on the 13 meter line, and went straight over it with the deck rig baited up with a 4mm expander pellet. It took a couple of minutes before the first bite, which resulted in a small Skimmer. The next put in, again I had to wait a few minutes before getting another bite, but this resulted in a decent F1. I shipped back out and before the rig had even settled I was in again and another decent F1 was soon in the net.

The next few drops produced some small Skimmers. This indicated to me that the F1s had backed off so I topped up with another ¼ cup of 4mm pellets. This had the desired effect as within 5 minutes I started getting F1 s again. This pattern seemed to continue all the time I spent on this line. After 3 hours I was still picking up small F1s, with the odd small proper Carp showing an appearance every now and then.


The action was not fast or furious but I was catching steadily. It was around this time that I started to see some movement in the surface layers after feeding with the catapult. A quick change to the shallow rig resulted in a run of 5 F1s one after another, but these bites soon dried up. I was picking up odd fish but they were a lot smaller than the deck fish.   

With 2 hours to go I put a big pot of ground bait in with a few grains of Corn sat on the top. I left this line for 10 minutes before going on it. I baited the margin rig with a grain of Corn shipped out and lowered it in slowly. 2 minutes later the elastic ripped out of the end of the pole, and the familiar hunt for a snag gave the identity of this fish away instantly, a Barbel, which was soon in the net. The next drop in resulted in a small F1, not quite what I was hoping for but at least I was putting fish in the net.
The rest of the match was spent on this line as I was catching at a better rate than on the 13 meter line. Unfortunately none of the resident lumps turned up today but at least I was catching and putting fish in the net.

At the end of the match I had had a good days fishing and when the scales arrived I totalled 67lb which was nowhere near enough to compete, but another cracking days fishing here at Lindholme Lakes!



    

Friday, 6 September 2013

Forest Lane Fishery - Alne Nr York

 

“Forest Lane Fishery is a mixed fishery, meaning that you should not be surprised what you catch. Forest Lane Fishery has a good stock of the normal breeds i.e. Carp, Tench, Bream, Roach, Crucian Carp, Ghost Carp, Chub and also others such as Barbel, Pure Koi, Pink and blue Orfe, Goldfish up to a pound. Some of the Carp are in to the late 20's and Tench upto 8lb's.”  
http://www.fisharound.net/location/public/3745/Forest-Lane-Fishery


Overview:
This was my first ever visit to Forest Lane Fishery, and the reports I had from people who had been were extremely positive. On arrival at the fishery; which took roughly an hour from Hull, a quick walk round was the order of the day. The lake at first glance is utterly stunning, containing two islands; one large island at the back of the lake, and a smaller one at the front.

There is a real mix of distances from the pegs to the islands, some are in pole reach and some are well beyond this. There is also an abundance of fish cruising around in the upper layers of the water, fingers crossed they will feed. The lake has roughly 40 pegs, and as there are 21 of us on the match today this will give us plenty of room.

The Draw
At the draw peg 17 graces my hand. On arrival at my peg, which is on the back bank of the lake I find that the large island runs parallel with this bank around 20 meters away. The island has some reed cover with some areas of bare bank. For margin lines the right hand margin is a no go, as I have somebody in the next peg and only grass bank down this side, but as there is nobody in the peg to my left I am going to target the small clump of reeds right next to the peg.

The Plan
I am going to set a bomb rod up for targeting the island on a bare bit of bank slightly to my left. The next rig is what’s going to be my main approach for the day, which is a shallow pole line at 13 meters. As there are meant to be large quantities of barbel, I will set up a rig for fishing meat at a top 2 plus 2 distance. The final rig is the margin rig for fishing next to the clump of reeds to my left.

Bait
 

There is nothing complicated about today’s selection of baits, I have:

  • 8mm pellets for the bomb
  • 6mm pellets for the shallow pole line
  • 6mm cubes of meat for the top 2 and 2 line
  • 8mm cubes of meat for hook bait on the margin line
  • For feed on the margin line I have some ground bait

Rigs:
The Bomb

  • Rod –  8ft Browning Commercial King F1 Wand
  • Reel – Browning Black Magic Burner
  • Mainline – 0.18 Browning Cenex Feeder Line
  • Hooklength – 0.14 Browning Hybrid power
  • Hook – Size 16 Kamasan B911 extra strong, tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged band
  • Bomb – Free running 10 gram square

The Shallow Pole Rig

  • Pole – Browning Z12
  • Elastic – Yellow Browning Cenex reflex
  • Main line – 0.14 Browning Hybrid power
  • Hooklength – 0.14 browning Hybrid power
  • Hook – Size 18 Kamasan B911 tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged micro band
  • Float – Shep special Chianti style 4x12
  • Shotting – Bulk no10 stotz

The Meat Line

  • Pole – Browning Z12
  • Elastic – Blue Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Main line – 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook length – 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook – Size 16 Kamasan B911
  • Float – Nufish Diamond 4x14
  • Shotting – Bulk No8 Stotz with 2 No10 droppers

Margin Line

  • Pole – Browning Z12
  • Elastic – Green Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Main line / Hook length – 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook – Size 14 Kamasan B911
  • Float – Shep special Diamond 4x12
  • Shotting – Bulk no8 stotz


The Session
I decided to start the session on the bomb with an 8mm hard pellet in the band. This was so that I could feed the shallow pole line regularly and give the fish a bit of time to settle. I have learnt that going on a shallow line straight away may give you a couple of quick fish, but then they will back away and sometimes never return!

The first bite came after a few minutes, which resulted in a nice F1 around the 2 1/2 pound mark. The next 2 chucks resulted in 2 wrap rounds but no hooked fish. After 20 mins I switched to the shallow pole rig and this resulted in an instant bite, producing a brightly coloured Goldfish. I re- shipped out the pole and slapped the rig over, the float disappeared, a quick lift, and a stream of elastic screamed out the end of the pole. After a 5 minute tussle I managed to land the fish which was a carp around the 6 lb mark.



Over the next 3 hours or so Things could not have gone better as I was catching at a rate of knots. I was catching a large variety of species, large and small. The main flurry of the catch was Carp and decent ones at that; one of them scraped over the 10 lb mark!

A Frustrating End
The 4th hour the swim started to slow and I was only catching small Chub and Goldfish. I decided to add an extra section of pole to fish beyond were I had been feeding, this definitely helped as I picked up a couple of small Carp in quick succession, then the bites went iffy on this line too.I spent the rest of the match swapping and changing between lines just to try and get a bite. I would just pick up the odd fish now and again.

On the all out, I knew I had a reasonable weight, and when the scales arrived my end result was 84lb, giving me enough for second place, with the winner Julian Griffin having 87lb. For me it was a match of 2 halves with a great start, but an extremely frustrating end. But all in all I have had a great day at a lovely fishery, and I am eager to return.








Monday, 2 September 2013

Browning Cenex Reflex Elastics

I have been using the impressive Browning Cenex Reflex range of hollow elastics in almost all aspects
of my fishing for a little over a year now; I have used other brands of hollow elastic in the past but find the Cenex Reflex is second to none, furthermore I would now be reluctant to use anything else!

There are 4 things I look for in my elastics, these are: strength, stretch, smoothness and life span. In all departments the Cenex Reflex seems out perform all its rivals with ease.

The Cenex Reflex Elastics come in 5 different colours, which differentiates the diameters and strengths as the table below shows.

Colour
 Ø/mm           
Rating
Pink
1.80mm
6-8
Yellow
2.10mm
8-10
Blue
2.30mm
10-12
Green
2.50mm
12-14
Orange
2.85mm
16-20

What I use it for:

Colour
I use for:
Pink
Silver fish, and Small F1s and Shallow for F1s
Yellow
Shallow fishing for Carp, as well as fishing for larger F1s
Blue
Most open water carp fishing
Green
Open water Carp, and for reedless margin fishing
Orange
Margin fishing

To complement these fantastic elastics I use the brilliant new Browning Xitan Gum Connectors; which are an alternative to the Browning Dacronnectors. The Dacron material is replace with power gum, which is kinder to the line than the Dacron material, and always stands clear of the end of the pole, eliminating wrap over’s.


How to attach both Gum and Dacron Connectors



1. Thread the elastic through the bottom end loop on the connector.
















2. Tie a figure of eight knot.
















3. Moisten the knot and pull tight (Moistening should prevent damage and also keep the knot central in the loop).
















4. Pull the Gummy sheath down over the knot.
















5. Trim off the loose end.
















6. The end product.