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: 
Facebook@Redwood Park

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.

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.

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!