Thursday, 28 August 2014

Browning Xitan Luggage Range

THE BROWNING XITAN LUGGAGE RANGE - has been re-made in a new heavy-duty, durable 840 nylon material. All bags have been designed to have the strength needed to cope with the large amount of tackle now carried by competition anglers and features heavy-duty zips, straps and handles plus protected seams to resist corner wear and tearing

Monday, 18 August 2014

Lambwath Lakes

Due to match fishing commitments, it is quite rare that I manage to sneak out for a pleasure session but I managed just this today.  I ventured to Lambwath Lakes situated in the village of Aldbrough East Yorkshire. For those who have never been to the fishery before, there are 5 well stocked lakes to choose from with 120 pegs in total available.

For today's session I planned to go on Lambwath Lake itself, which is a large rectangular shaped lake. The lake is pegged both sides with a couple of pegs on each end. To make things easy and fair the staff have placed a rope down the centre of the lake which indicates how far you can cast from either bank; as I have been to the venue many times in the past, I had already decided how I was going to approach the session before even setting off!

The Plan
I had decided to start on the bomb close to the rope then switch to the Pellet Waggler later in the session. After setting up I cast to the position I wanted to fish (without a hook length on) and clipped up on both the Bomb and the Waggler rods so that I could cast to the same position every time without catching the rope.
I also set up a pole line to fish paste at a top 2 plus 2 distance. This would be for later during the session.

As with most my fishing I like to keep things pretty simple and it doesn't come much simpler than some 8 mm hard pellets for the Waggler and Bomb and some 6 mm hard pellets and a bowl of green paste for the paste line. I have found that green paste seems too out perform any other colour paste on all the lakes here at Lambwath.

Bomb Rod 

  • Rod - Browning Force Bomb 10 ft 
  • Reel - Browning Backfire 
  • Main line - 0.20 (7.5 lb) Cenex Feeda Line 
  • Hook length - 0.16 (6.7 lb) Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911 tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged micro band. 
  • Bomb - 14 gram square bomb 

Pellet Waggler 

  • Rod - Browning Commercial King Power Pellet Waggler 11 ft 
  • Reel - Browning Xitam HM 
  • Main line - 0.20 (7.5 lb) Cenex Line 
  • Hook length - 0.16 (6.7 lb) Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911 tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged micro band. 
  • Waggler - 3.0 gram Drennan Loaded Crystal 

Paste Pole Rig 

  • Pole - Browning Xtreme Margin 
  • Elastic - Blue Browning Cenex Reflex 
  • Main line - 0.16 (6.7 lb) Browning Hybrid Power straight through
  • Hook - Size 12 Maver Eagle 
  • Float - Maver Invincible Series 3 (4 x 12) 
  • Shotting - None. The float is plumbed and set so that the paste holds the float in the correct position.

The Session 
I started the session on the bomb and immediately started feeding a couple of 8 mm pellets every 20 seconds. 2 minutes later I was into my first fish, which was a pristine Mirror Carp around the 3 lb mark. After putting the fish in the keepnet I recast  to the same position, this time  I had to wait around 5 minutes for the bite, which again resulted in lovely little Mirror Carp. The next 2 casts produced a Mirror Carp then a much larger Common Carp. What a start!
The time felt right to switch to the Pellet Waggler and a few seconds after the first cast I was in again. A decent sized Ghost Carp gave me a right battle before it was safely netted.

The next few casts also resulted in fish.  I was now catching at a rate of knots. Carp were the main species, but I did manage to catch 2 cracking Bream as well.

I found that leaving the waggler in position for a minute after casting was best, as bites tended to come  either immediately after the float had just hit the water or in the first 30 seconds. If I left it any longer a bite never materialised.
After a couple of intensive hours bagging on the pellet wag I decided to have a go on the paste line. Had this been a match I would definitely have continued on the Pellet Waggler, but as this was a pleasure session I wasn't under pressure to keep catching. In preparation I had fed this line by potting a few pellets and some chunks of paste a couple of times earlier in the session. I baited the hook with a big chunk of paste and placed it into the pole mounted pot. I also put a sprinkling of 6 mm pellets into the pot then shipped the pole to the desired spot. I carefully tipped the paste into the water. As the float settled I immediately had indications that fish were in the swim. After missing a few early bites I soon managed to latch into a decent Carp. I managed to land the fish quite quickly and it was the biggest fish of the day so far, a lovely Common around 7 lb.  I managed a few more on this line before I decided to end the session.
I had a cracking day and must have had a good 70 - 80 lb even in this short session.

This demonstrates just how good Lambwath Lakes is and I for one will definitely be paying it another visit very soon!

Price: Day Tickets £6. Concessions £4
Tel: Adrian Johnson on 01964 527740
Sat Nav: HU11 4SA

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Messingham Sands - Island Pond

I was really looking forward to visiting Island Pond, as I had not been for such a long time. It is renowned for its hard fighting Carp, but one of the great things about this lake is, even if the Carp are not in the feeding mood, there are huge bags of silver fish to be had out of every peg.

As I was doing the draw I would take the final peg left in the bag. Fortunately for me it was a pretty good peg with plenty of features - "peg 6". It is a peg that I have drawn before in the past but not for a long long time. It offers and island situated about 30 yards away, just slightly offset to the right. There is also a large lilly bed situated just beyond the island. To my right in peg 7 is another large lilly bed. The rest of the peg offers plenty of open water. For today's match I decided to leave my pole in the bag and target the Carp good and proper, 2 Pellet Waggler Rods and 2 Bomb Rods were the order of the day and only if I was really struggling would I venture into my bag for the pole. 

The Plan 
I planned to start match on the bomb then switch to the pellet waggler once I saw signs of fish up in the water. The target areas would be just to the left of the island and the lilly bed to my right in peg 7 (as this peg was empty)

It really doesn't get any simpler, 8 mm and 11 mm fishery pellets..... Simple's!

Bomb Rod 1

  • Rod - Browning Force Bomb 10 ft 
  • Reel - Browning Xitan MF Reel 
  • Main line - 0.20 (7.5 lb) Cenex Feeda Line 
  • Hook length - 0.18 (8.5 lb) Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 14 Guru QM1 tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged band
  • Bomb - 14 gram Browning Hybrid Distance Bomb 

Bomb Rod 2 

  • Rod - Browning Force Bomb 10 ft 
  • Reel - Browning Backfire 
  • Main line - 0.20 (7.5 lb) Cenex Feeda Line 
  • Hook length - 0.18 (8.5 lb) Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 14 Guru QM1 tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged band 
  • Bomb - 14 gram Browning Hybrid Distance Bomb 

Pellet Waggler Rod 1 

  • Rod - Browning Commercial King 11 ft medium Pellet Waggler  
  • Reel - Browning Black Magic Burner 
  • Main Line - 0.18 (6.10 lb) Cenex Line 
  • Hook length - 0.18 (8.5 lb) Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 14 Kamasan B911 XS tied with a knot less knot with a hair rigged band 
  • Waggler - 3.0 gram Drennan Crystal 

Pellet Waggler Rod 2 

  • Rod - Browning Commercial King 11 ft Power Pellet Waggler
  • Reel - Browning Xitan HM 
  • Main line - 0.20 (7.5 lb) Cenex Line 
  • Hook length - 0.18 (8.5 lb) Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 14 Kamasan B911 XS tied with a knot less knot with a hair rigged band 
  • Waggler - 3.0 gram Drennan Crystal 

The Session 
I started the session on the bomb casting slightly to the left of the island. The idea of casting slightly away from the island was that if I could get the fish feeding here, it would be less likely that when I hooked a fish it would try and run me round the back of the island and snag me or snap the line.   
Feeding wise I started by firing 2 x 11 mm pellets every 20 seconds on this line and for the line close to the lillies in peg 7 I started by feeding 5 x 8 mm pellets every minute or so.
It wasn't long before the tip twitched, then steadily pulled round. On lifting the rod the fish made a bid for freedom but by keeping the rod low and applying plenty of pressure I soon managed to get the fish coming towards me, pretty soon the fish was safely in the net, a stocky Mirror Carp was the result. 

On the next cast I hardly got time to put the rod on the rest and I was in again. This was the start I was hoping for. the fish was soon safely netted. Before recasting again I catapulted a couple of batches of pellets onto each line. I noticed signs on both lines that the fish were up in the water, but I thought I would give them time to settle and stay on the bomb and it wasn't long before I was in again, another hard fighting Carp was soon netted. 

Temptation had got the better of me and I soon reached for the Pellet Wag rod; even though the fish
were taking the feed pellets as they landed, they would not take mine. I decided to up the amount of
pellets I was feeding and try and cause more commotion, so when I cast out the pellet wag, they would be less particular. It worked a treat as the rod was nearly pulled from my hand a second after the pellet landed. This was much bigger than the previous 3 fish and on netting the fish it was a good 8 lb.  It was at this point that the heavens decided to open and by heck did it come down. Thank goodness for Gortex clothing :-)    Fortunately it didn't last too long, and it didn't affect the fish feeding.

I decided to give the Island line a rest, so I changed to an 8 mm pellet as I like to fish on the hook what I am feeding . I flicked the waggler towards the lilly pads, the rod was again wrenched form my hands and the fish made a mad dash for the safety of the pads, this time the fish won and I came back hook length less.

The remainder of the match was spent switching between the island line and the lilly line on the pellet waggler. I will admit I got my backside kicked a good few times as some of the fish were massive and almost unstoppable. At the end of the match I had arm ache, which is always a good sign. I managed to weigh in 151 lb which was enough for second place. Mark Henderson managed to win the match with a touch over 180 lb caught mainly on the pellet wag.
I am definitely looking forward to returning :-) 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Browning "Warhorse" Classic Pole Match


Are you still using a "classic" Browning pole? Or prehaps you have an "old favourite" Browning lurking in the back of your tackle shed? If yes, you're invited to use it in a planned special match, with a chance to win a brand new Browning Xitan pole and some more prizes.

The match is free to enter and is open to owners of pre 2005 Browning poles (see below). It will be held on Saturday October 18th at Tunnel Barn Fishery. Spectators will be welcome and visitors will get the opportunity to try Browning's latest range of poles. Bob Nudd will fish the event but will not be eligible to win a new pole!

Frerk Peterson, marketing Director for Zebco Europe/Browning says: "Browning has been making poles for more than 40 years and we still have lots of customers who own, or use one of our older models. It would be good to get these old "warhorses" out for a special match. Anglers will also be able to compare the old poles against our latest models to see how far pole technology has advanced. Even if just visiting the main event, we would still be really interested to see any older Browning poles people have. I'm sure it will be an interesting and fun day, and somebody will leave with a new pole!". To enter, or for more information email: with your name and contact details and model of Browning pole you will be using. Closing date is August 31st. 

There will be just a few special rules (see below) to ensure a fair match:

1) The pole used must be a pre 2005 model. Pole ranges like the Carboxys, early Black Magics, Titainiums, Leends plus many others will  be eligible. If you're unsure if your pole is eligible email Browning on the address above.
2) There will be a pole length limit of 13m maximum and 6m minimum.
3) A maximum of 2 topkits, plus a separate cupping kit can be set up.

Book a place, dust off that old pole and come and have a fun day!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Browning Hybrid Power Mono

I have been using this line for quite a few years now, even before I got involved with Browning. It was more by luck that I started using it really, being that I went to the tackle shop to get another manufacturers line and they had ran out. Fortunately the tackle shop had just had a delivery from Browning and this gave me my first opportunity to have a look at Hybrid Power Mono. 
As with most anglers, once you have trust in a product, reluctance to change sets in. I didn't really have a choice, I needed some line and fast, as I had a match the next day and no rigs sorted. 

On arriving home I took a spool from its packet and stripped some line form it. I gave the line a good stretch, hoping that it would not end up like a pigs tail when I let go. It was a relief when the line just stayed perfectly straight. After a few more goes at stretching and releasing and the same result every time, I was happy to start making some rigs. 

Another point I was eager to test was the knot strength and suitability for using as a hook length material. I must have tied a good 20 hook lengths that day and not one single one had the tiniest bit of kinking close to the hook, which used to happen quite regularly with the previous manufacturers line, resulting in having to re tie the hook length. 
All I had to do now was catch a shed load of fish to give it a final thorough testing. 
No Turning Back
Since making those rigs on that day ( a few years ago now) to this present day, I can honestly say that I have used it on almost every rig and hook length I have made and it has never let me down; considering I sometimes fish 2 - 3 times a week, that equals a lot of rigs and hook lengths!
The consistency of the line manufacture, diameter and quality  have never wavered or altered in all the years I have used it. The only thing that will stop me using this line now is if they stop making it altogether.  

Value For Money
For a super strong, super soft and super tough line that has been thoroughly tested, look no further than Browning Hybrid Power Mono. 
With a recommended retail price of just £3.95 per spool, "happy days!"    

Line Diameter
0.12 mm
1.70 kg
3.70 lbs
100 m
0.14 mm
2.55 kg
5.60 lbs
100 m
0.16 mm
3.00 kg
6.70 lbs
100 m
0.18 mm
3.90 kg
8.50 lbs
100 m
0.20 mm
4.20 kg
9.20 lbs
100 m
0.22 mm
11.0 lbs
100 m
0.24 mm
5.90 kg
13.0 lbs
100 m