Friday, 15 November 2013

Lindholme Lakes Thursday Open Match - Bonsai


I was really looking forward to today's match on Bonsai Lake, as I haven't fished it for what seems like an eternity. I have been fishing the open matches, but the matches I have attended have been held on the venues other fantastic lakes! On arrival at the venue the first thing I noticed was the wind was blowing quite strongly off the back of the pegs in their forties, seventies and eighties. All the talk in the cafe seemed to be about the pegs in the forties, and how well they had been fishing.

The Draw
At the draw I pulled out peg 84, which I was reasonably happy with. This peg has plenty of features, which it maybe be necessary to target in these cold and windy conditions. On arrival at my peg the wind was swirling a bit; mainly off my back, but from left to right as well. Taking note of this  I decided on a plan of attack.

The Plan
My plan was to have an open water line starting at 11 meters. I carefully plumbed the area surrounding this line; fortunately the bottom was pretty uniform, which would allow me to use the same rig, should I need to start a new line.The second line was going to be close to the island, which was around 14 meters away. After some careful plumbing tight to the island, I discovered that from the island corner and back 3 meters along the face of the island it had a depth of 3 1/2 foot . This was by far the deepest section along the island. My third line was to be close to the reed bed, 13 meters to my right,

Rigs
11 Meter Rig

  • Pole - Browning Z12
  • Elastic - Pink Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Mainline - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook length - 0.10 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook - Size 18 Kamasan B911 F1
  • Float - 0.5 gram Scotthorne 1
  • Shotting - Olivette Bulk with 2 No 10 droppers

Island Rig


  • Pole - Browning Z12
  • Elastic - Pink Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Mainline - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook length - 0.10 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook - size 18 Kamasan B911 F1
  • Float - 0.3 gram Scotthorne 1
  • Shotting - Bulk No 8 Stotz

Margin 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 - 0.3 gram Scotthorne 1
  • Shotting - Bulk No 8 Stotz


The Match
I baited the 11 meter rig with a 4mm expander pellet and put a pinch of micros in the pole mounted sprinkle pot. I then shipped the rig out. tapped the pole so that the micros dispersed from the pot in the required area and slowly lifted and dragged the rig over the the top. After lifting and dropping the rig nearly a dozen times the float buried; after a short fight a nice sized F1 was safely in the net.



I baited up as before and shipped the rig out again; I tapped the micros out and dropped the rig over the top. I started again with the lifting and dropping, this time it only took 6 lifts and drops, and soon another F1 was safely netted. The next drop resulted in a missed bite, the drop after there was another F1 before bites disappeared, so I decided to add a section and start a new line at 13 meters. The response was instant, as within a minute I  was hooked into another nice F1.

Bites Dried Up
I had 1 more small F1 before bites again became almost none existent, this again prompted me to start another line, 2 meters to the right of the 13 meter line.  This produced a couple of quick fish before, yes you have guessed it, the bites disappeared. I tried the Island line but the wind made presenting a bait almost impossible and when no bites materialised,  I soon gave this up as a bad job.

From the beginning of the match I had been firing 4 or 5  4mm pellets towards the reed bed to my right
hand side. The time had come to give it a try. I baited up with a 4mm pellet and filled the sprinkle pot with micros. The rig must have only been in the water a few seconds, when the float disappeared, a small F1 was soon safely landed.



A Change Of Bait
After a couple of fish the bites started to become iffy, so I changed the hookbait to 2x, 2mm expander pellets. This had an instant effect, the bites where much more positive. I was now getting a bite every drop in and not having to wait long for the bites either. This change of hook bait had worked a treat. Fortunately the bites just kept coming right until the end of the match.

On arrival of the scales, I had 55 lb to beat and I thought it would be close. so I was highly delighted to weigh in 65 lb 10 which gave me the match win. Another cracking day at Lindholme Lakes!