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.”

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.


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

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.