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."

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.

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.

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.

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!

Trust your instincts!