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. 

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.

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.