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.