Monday, 4 March 2013

Lindholme Lakes Open Match - Bonsai

I am here at Lindholme Lakes for the Saturday open match. I've not been since December, so I'm not sure how the lake is fishing?
Last year I became a bit of a regular here, so i have a good idea of how to fish the lake.

How I am going to approach today depends on the draw; some pegs give you plenty of room, so you have the option of fishing the Bomb, Waggler or the Pole, but some are more restrictive, so the pole is the only real option.

Out of the draw bag comes peg 84 for me. This is one of the more restrictive pegs due to the island been directly in front of you.


I have two main areas that I am going to focus on, firstly the island in front of me, which is between 15-16 meters dependent on the area I choose to fish. Secondly is the Margin corner to my right, this offers a large reed bed to fish up to.


 I am setting up 3 rigs for today’s match, two for up to the island and one for the margin. I am setting all three rigs up exactly the same.0.14 Browning Hybrid main line, to a 0.12 hooklength of the same material. The hook is a size 16 Kamasan   B911 F1.


The floats are new Dino Sedge floats in a 0.2 gram pattern; the only difference between each rig will be the depth.

The first of the two island swims I am going to target is directly in front of me, where there is a cut out in the reed bed. This gives me approximately 2 feet of water tight up to the island at 15 meters.

The second swim is in front of the reed bed towards the corner of the island to my right at 16 meters, this gives me around 3 feet of water - I can’t target the corner of the island as there is a rope which connects the aerator to the bank at that point.

The margin swim is also restricted by the aerator rope so I have opted to fish at around 12 meters alongside a large reed bed. This gives me around 2 ½ feet of water - the water is well coloured today so I am optimistic that the margin line will produce fish.


For hook baits I have pumped some 4 mm expanders, and also cut up a tin of luncheon meat into 6mm cubes; I also have a tin of corn for back up. For feed pellets I have dampened some fishery micro pellets - I plan to feed these via a pole mounted pot.

I ship out the pole to the island directly in front of me and tap in the 20 or so micros from the pot, I then lower the rig in slowly over the top. There are signs of fish immediately with the float dibbing about.  It then buries and after a short battle a mirror carp of about 2 lb is safely in the net, a good start!

I repeat the process, but this time the float just sits there motionless; I lift and drop the rig numerous times, but to no avail. I decide I to try the other swim toward the island corner and get a identical outcome - the margin it is then!

This line is far more productive, giving me plenty of bites and fish although the fish are far smaller. I decide after an hour to give the island swim in front of me another try, but this time feeding nothing.  Two fish in two drops is the result before bites again cease. I try the island corner with the same approach, but nothing. I resort back to the margin swim picking up plenty of little stockies.

Over the course of the match I continue to try the island swims; on one occasion I picked up 6 fish in 6 drops from the swim directly in front of me, while only feeding a few micro’s after each fish before bites again dry up.

At the weigh in I have had 32lb; the lake has fished extremely well for some, with the winning weight been 107 lb - not a bad days fishing!

*The conclusion I have come to, is that I fed to much to start with on the island swims as the best runs came with little or no feed……Lesson learned, ready for next time.