Friday, 28 March 2014

Westlands Lakes, Catwick

The last couple of weeks have been quite busy away from the bank, but I have managed to venture out a couple of times. Over these sessions the weather has been so up and down, but one thing that certainly hasn't been up and down is the wind, it has been bloody relentless!

I fished both sessions at Westlands Lakes, Catwick, Near Hornsea. As I had not been out for what seemed like an age, ( well a week or so ) I decided to go for a pleasure session. I had in my mind to fish either the Canal Lake or the Island Lake. The choice would be decided on which offered the most comfortable conditions due to the blustery wind. There are 5 lakes available to choose from for both pleasure and match fishing. (click to view lakes)

I finally decided on peg 5 on the Island Lake as the wind was directly behind the peg, which offered
favorable conditions for fishing the pole. The Island Lake has a number of islands down the center of the lake  which are roughly 13 meters away making it perfect for fishing the pole. As it was just a pleasure session, I decided on setting up 1 rig for close to the island. After some careful plumbing up, I found around 18" of water around 1 foot away from the island. I felt this would be a good depth to start at, as it gave me plenty of option to change depths, either shallower or deeper. As close to the island offered a depth as shallow as 6" and well away from the island offered 3 1/2 foot. Bait choice was as simple as it could be, fishery feed micro pellets for feed and expander pellets for the hook.

Rig Set Up

  • Pole - Browning Z12
  • Elastic - Pink Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Main line - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook length - 0.10 Browning Cenex
  • Hook - Size 18 Kamasan B911
  • Float - Dino Sedge
  • Shotting - Strung Bulk

The Session
I started the session with a 4mm expander on the hook, and a few softened micros for feed. Feeding was done via a pole mounted pot on a little and often approach. I didn't want to over feed the fish causing them to back off immediately.
The approach worked perfectly as I had a bite almost instantly. An immaculate F1 around 2 lb was soon gracing the net. The second drop in resulted in a proper tussle, The fish made a mad dash for the back of the island, but a bit of continued pressure made it relent and come back into the open water. A Ghosty around the 6lb mark was the culprit.

The day continued to get better and better throughout, and the little and often approach worked a treat all day. I kept alternating the hook baits between 4 and 6 mm soft pellets, which kept the fish coming at a rate of knots. By the end of the session I had caught an estimated 70 lb of F1s and the 1 rogue Ghosty. A cracking days fishing, and just what I needed.

The second Outing
The second session was again at Westlands for Carl Grahams, (a fellow fishing buddys)  birthday. A cracking turn out of around 32 made it a superb day, not only for Carl but for the match too!

The match was to be split over 2 lakes, Middle and Canal. I was personally hoping for a draw on Canal. My hopes of that were soon dashed when I drew 23 on middle, an area almost everybody had said they didn't want to draw. On arrival at my peg I was greeted with open water and a featureless margin. Oh joy!

Never the defeatist I decided on a 2 pronged attack, the Banjo and the Pole. I planned to fish the Banjo at around 30 meters and the pole at around 9 meters due to the blustering cross wind.
Bait again was a simple affair, pellet, pellet and more pellet.

Banjo Rig

  • Rod - 8 ft Browning Commercial King F1 Wand
  • Reel - Browning Blackmagic Burner
  • Main line - 6lb (0.18) Browning Cenex Feeda Line
  • Hook length - 5.6lb (0.14 ) Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook - Size 18 Kamasan B911 eyed tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged micro band
  • Banjo - 30 gram in line Banjo Feeder

Pole 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 18 Kamasan B911
  • Float - 0.75gram Tubertini Serie Pro
  • Shotting - Olivette bulk with 2 droppers

The Session
I started the session on the Banjo Feeder with a hair rigged 6 mm pellet hook bait and softened fishery micros for feed. I cast out to the desired spot. To ensure constant accuracy, I had clipped up before the start of the match. After a couple of re casts I had my first indication, which was a line bite that slowly pulled the tip round. 2 minutes later I had a proper bite, which ripped the rod tip round with some vengeance. A nice F1 was soon in the net.

The next cast I had another wrap round resulting in another F1. I started thinking to myself that this wasn't as bad as I was expecting considering I had not seen any body else catch yet. I had thought too soon, as the next hour remained biteless. I tried swapping to the pole, but I never had a touch.
I decided to swap hook baits, switching to a white slow sinking nugget. This had an instant effect, as I had 5 decent F1's in 5 casts, then biteless again.

I spent the rest of the day swapping lines and hook baits, I managed to catch another 4 F1 's all on the Banjo. At the weigh in I totaled 15lb 12oz, which was the best weight from the area I was in, but nowhere near enough to get in the frame. All the better weights came from the canal lake that had fished its nuts off, but still a cracking days fishing was had by all!