Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Redwood Park Fishery

Today I payed my first ever visit to Redwood Park Fishery near York, and what a lovely fishery it is.
There are 4 well maintained lakes to choose from, which offer plenty of room and features. The fishery is situated just off Tollerton Road off the A19, 7 miles from York. Information can be found at:
http://redwoodpark-york.co.uk/ 
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The Lakes 
Redwood Lake 
This has 32 well spaced pegs and is stocked with Carp, Bream, Tench, Barbel, Crucians and Chub. Depths vary from 4.5 ft to 11 ft

The Arc 
This has 30 well spaced pegs and is stocked with Carp, Bream, Ide, Chub, Crucians and F1's

The Moat
This has 12 well spaced pegs and is designed with ease of access in mind with it been close to the car park. The pegs have been designed to meet British Disabled Angling Association standards. The Lake is stocked with Carp, Bream and Roach

The Canal
This has 45 pegs and is stocked with F1's Carp Chub and a variety of silver fish.

I chose to fish the canal lake, peg 11 to be exact. It gave me just over 12 meters to the far bank plus plenty of cover down the margins.

The plan 
I planned to start tight up to the far bank where there was a small cut out in the far side vegetation. As the day progressed I planned to change to a shallow line slightly away from the far bank but at a 2 o'clock angle.



Bait 
As I didn't know what was in the lake I thought I would air on the side of caution to start with, so I opted to start with expander pellets on the hook and softened micro pellets for feed on the tight across line. I planned to feed the micros via a small pole mounted pot. I also had a bit of corn for a change of hook bait should I need it.  For the shallow line I planned to use 4 mm hard pellets for feed and for hook bait.

Rigs
Tight Across Rig

  • Pole - Browning Z12 
  • Elastic - Yellow Browning Cenex Reflex 
  • Main Line - 0.14 (5.6 lb) Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook Length - 0.12 (3.7 lb) Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 18 Kamasan B911 F1 
  • Float - Shep Special, Chianti style 0.2 gram 
  • Shotting - Bulk set just above the hook length.


Shallow Rig

  • Pole - Browning Z12 
  • Elastic - Yellow Browning Cenex Reflex 
  • Main line - 0.14(5.6 lb) Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook length - 0.12 (3.7 lb) Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 18 Kamasan B911 Eyed, tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged micro band
  • Float - Drennan Crystal Dibber 0.2 gram 
  • Shotting - Bulk no10 Stotz set just above the hook length 


The Session
Starting the session on the tight across line, I shipped the pole across, tapped out the micro pellets and lowered the rig in slowly over the top. I had an indication immediately then a second or two later the float buried and I was in. A small F1 was the result. The next put in and it was almost a mirror image of the first put in, another small F1 was soon netted. This rate continued for the first 30 mins before bites subsided.



After a few bite-less minutes the float buried and I was now hooked into a better size fish. Succeeding a short battle I soon landed the fish which was a Mirror carp around the 2 lb mark. The next drop then resulted in a Common Carp around the same size.










The following couple of drops resulted in F1's again before they disappeared once more. I then hook into a better Carp that dragged me into and snagged me in the reed bed to the left of the cut out. Unfortunately on trying to free my rig the reeds bent over blocking access to the cut out, "bugger!".
I tried a couple of different areas to the right and left of the cut out but bites never materialised.

A switch to the shallow rig was now required. The first couple of fish I caught on the shallow rig were small Chublets around a couple of ounces each. The F1 s soon homed in on the feed and I was soon catching regularly again. I kept on this line until time ran out and it was time to pack up.
I had managed around 40 lb in a few hours which was thoroughly enjoyable, another visit will definitely on the cards!




Sunday, 14 September 2014

Messingham Sands - Hollywood Pond

Today was our last Fire Service match for this year, the match was held on Hollywood Pond which is part of the Messingham Sands complex. The lake is situated off the main site and is a Canal type lake around 25 - 30 meters wide and hosts 30 well spaced pegs. It is stocked to the rafters with Carp, Crucians, Ide and Skimmers.
At the Draw I was left with peg 18 which I was fairly happy with as I have had some good days previously in this area. On arrival at my peg I discovered I had a fair bit of far side cover consisting off a small thinned out reed bed then a small gap then at the other side some over hanging sedges. To the left of  the reed bed was a tree then a small amount of flat bank before another reed bed. Margin wise I had some reeds to my right and a tree to my left. I had a 2 meter gap between the platform and the tree and this offered some shallow water. 


The Plan 
My initial plan was to start on the Bomb to the far bank with a plan to alternate this with the Pellet Waggler as the session progressed. I also planned to feed a short line for the pole on the deck as well as a longer shallow pole line. 

Bait 
I had 8 mm fishery pellets for the Bomb and Pellet Waggler, 6 mm fishery pellets for the shallow pole line and some 6 mm meat for the short pole line.

Rigs 
Bomb Rig 

  • Rod - Browning Force 10 ft Bomb 
  • Reel - Browning Backfire 
  • Main line - Browning Cenex Feeda line 0.18 (6.10 lb) 
  • Hook length - Browning Hybrid Power 0.16 ( 6.7 lb) 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasn B911 XS tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged micro band 
  • Bomb - 14 g Browning Hybrid distance bomb 

Pellet Waggler Rig 

  • Rod - Browning Commercial King Medium Pellet Waggler  11 ft 
  • Reel - Browning Black Magic Burner 
  • Main line - Browning Hybrid Power 0.18 (8.5 lb) 
  • Hook Length - Browning Hybrid Power 0.16 ( 6.7 lb) 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911 XS tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged micro band 
  • Waggler - Drennan Loaded crystal 5.0 gram 

Shallow Pole Rig 

  • Pole - Browning Z12 
  • Elastic - Yellow Browning Cenex Reflex 
  • Main line - Browning Hybrid Power 0.16 (6.7 lb) 
  • Hook length - Browning Hybrid Power 0.14 (5.6 lb) 
  • Hook - Size 18 Kamasan B911 XS tied with a knotlees knot with a hair rigged micro band
  • Float - 0.2 gram Drennan Crystal Dibber 
  • Shotting - Bulk no10 Stotz set just above the hook length 

Short Deck Rig 

  • Pole - Browning Z12 
  • Elastic - Blue Browning Cenex Reflex 
  • Main line - Browning Hybrid Power 0.16 (6.7 lb) 
  • hook length - Browning Hybrid Power 0.14 (5.6 lb) 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911 
  • Float - Middy Styrex 4 (4x14) 
  • Shotting - Bulk plus 2 Droppers 

The Session  

The session could not have started any better, as the first 2 casts both produced decent Carp. I was casting the Bomb to the gap directly in front of me and tight up to the far bank. Feed wise I was catapulting 3 or 4, 8 mm pellets every 30 seconds or so. 
The first hour was pretty steady after the cracking start, producing a couple more fish. 
I decided to pot in some meat on the short pole line after an hour, as I have had some real success doing this in previous matches. As I waited for the meat line to settle down I persevered on the on the Bomb. I really wish I hadn't as I went through a spell of if it can go wrong it will go wrong. I caught up with the reed bed and ended up snapping my line, so I had to re-rig up. 

Whilst I was re rigging up I could see fish swirling on my far side line, it felt as though they were teasing me. A few more casts and yes I ended up snapping off again, so I switched to the waggler. I casted the waggler right across to the far side, the float had hardly landed and I was in. This was a much bigger fish, a Carp around 8 lb was soon netted. The next few casts resulted in the float remaining motionless and then I ended up snapping the Waggler off too, this was my indication to swap to the pole line. I baited up with a 6 mm cube of meat and shipped the pole to the desired spot, the float soon buried, this time a small perfectly formed Crucian was the result. I had a few more Crucians and a couple of Skimmers in the next few drops. Unfortunately people around me where catching decent Carp and as the fish were still splashing on the far bank I had no real option but to re-rig up the bomb rod again. 

As I was rigging up the bomb rod I noticed a couple of massive Carp hoovering up the bait I had spilt when topping up my pole mounted pot. My heart nearly skipped a beat when I saw them, especially when I never had a margin rig set up. (The reason for this was I have never had any real success in the margins on this lake in the past). I shot up the bank like a rat up a drain pipe and got out my margin pole out. I soon rigged a margin rig up, but by this time the fish had backed off. I grabbed a slack handful of meat a flicked it down the margin and eagerly awaited the return of these lumps. Whilst waiting for these lumps to return I switched my attention to the bomb, where I started casting properly and not like a plank! I had a couple of fish. 


I then noticed the beasts where back down the edge. I baited the margin rig with 2 pieces of meat and slowly lowered the rig in. I saw the fish swim towards my hook bait and after a couple of seconds the float was dragged under. I lifted and I was connected to a right lump. A 5 - 10 minute battle commenced but on landing the fish it was well worth it as the fish was a good 15 lb. I spent the remainder of the match switching between the Bomb, Waggler and margin line picking up odd fish. I did manage to hook into an even bigger fish from the margins but unfortunately the hook pulled out under the strain of trying to get the fish to come up in the water. I saw it down the edge before I hooked it and it must have been near on 20 lb. 
At the weigh in I totaled 84 lb 7 oz which was good enough for 4 th place. A cracking days fishing at a cracking venue, even though I fished like a plank.  


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Lindholme Lakes - Laurels

It feels like an eternity since my last visit to Lindholme and I have been missing out on some fantastic fishing as a few lake records have been broken during this time. Today's match was being held on Laurels, which is one of the lakes that has had its record broken recently.
At the draw I drew out peg 47, which is on the point of the last spit on the left hand side of the lake (if you are looking from the car park in front of Laurels and Willows). On arrival at my peg I discovered that I had loads of room, as there was nobody on the side of the spit opposite. This gave me plenty of open water as well as plenty of far side options, should I choose to fish bomb or banjo feeder.

My Plan 
My initial plan was to start on the short line, then switch to the long shallow line. I also set up a deck rig for the long line for later in the match to try and pick up a few extra fish that have followed the feed down. For the margins I plumbed up a swim to my right as the margin to the right hand side had a large reed bed that would hinder me.

Bait
I planned to feed fishery 6 mm feed pellets on the short line with a banded 6 mm pellet for the hook. For the shallow line I planned to feed fishery 4 mm feed pellets and swap between a 4 and 6 mm banded pellet for the hook. For the margins I had some groundbait for feed and some corn and worm for the hook.

Rigs 

Short Line and the Long Deck Rig 

  • Pole - Browning Z12 
  • Elastic - Yellow Browning Cenex Reflex 
  • Main line - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook length - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 18 Kamasan B911 tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged micro band. 
  • Float - Middy Styrex 4 (4 x 14) 
  • Shotting - Bulk plus 2 droppers 


Shallow Rig 

Pole - Browning Z12
Elastic - Yellow Browning Cenex Reflex
Main line - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power
Hook length - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power
Hook - Size 18 Kamasan B911 tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged micro band
Float - Drennan Crystal Dibber 0.2g
Shotting - 4 x no10 stotz bulked just above the hooklength

Margin Rig 
Pole - Browning Xtreme Margin
Elastic - Green Browning Cenex reflex
Main line - 0.20 Browning Hybrid Power straight through.
Hook - Size 14 Kamasan B911 XS
Float - 0.2g Diamond
Shotting - Bulk set 6 inches from the hook

The Session 
I started the session on the short pole (top 2 plus 1) with a 6 mm banded pellet on the hook. Feed wise I started cautiously feeding only 5 or 6 pellets at a time. I had a few indications straight away but no bite materialised. After a good 5 minutes I got my first bite which was a small Skimmer. The next drop hardly hit the bottom and the float buried, this definitely wasn't a Skimmer as elastic streamed from the pole; unfortunately the hook pulled out! By the way it was fighting I think it was foul hooked.
The next drop in the same happened but this time I managed to land the fish, a decent Carp around 6 lb was the result. The following drop in I was hoping for more of the same, but the float just sat static. The next 10 minutes remained bite less before I switched to the shallow line. I had been feeding this line meticulously every 30 seconds or so with around 8 - 10  4 mm pellets at a time.



I put a 6 mm pellet in the band and shipped the pole into position, I slapped the rig over and the float buried immediately. It felt like a good fish as soon as I hooked it, and on landing it I was proved right, a decent carp around 6 lb was the result. The next drop in on this line produced a great deal of nothing. I spent a good 10 minutes feeding, slapping and lifting and dropping to no avail. I swapped back to the short line but couldn't get a bite on this line either. I then tried the long Deck Rig and again I remained bite less.

I noticed the guy opposite was getting a few fish feeding micros but he was having to wait a while for bites. This gave me an idea, I got my Browning Commercial King 8 ft wand from my bag and dampened off some micro pellets. The rod was ready set up armed with a Banjo feeder. Once the micros were ready I baited the hair rigged band with a 6 mm hard pellet and filled the feeder with the micros and cast it towards the far bank. After a couple of re casts the tip wrapped round and I was in, A decent carp was again the result. The next few hours were spent on this, fortunately I was picking up fish steadily and decent fish at that. Unfortunately as with all the other lines the bites ground to a halt on this line too.
In a bid to try and make things happen I started throwing small amounts of micros down along the reeds to my right, with the idea to try and catch a few shallow over the the top. The first go with the shallow rig resulted in a bite immediately, an F1 was soon in the net. The last half an hour was spent on this line and I started catching really well.




Unfortunately the end came too soon. At the weigh in I was happy with the 70 lb I weighed in, it was enough to give me 4th place. It was a difficult day but by swapping and changing I managed to keep putting fish in the net..... Happy days