Monday, 29 December 2014

Preston Pole Pairs - Round 2 at Messingham Sands


Messingham Sands was the destination today for the second round of the Preston Pole Pairs competition. Fortunately for me it is one of the venues that myself and my partner Carl Shepardson fish a fair bit. If you have not been to Messingham before, the fishery has 3 match only lakes, 4 pleasure lakes and 2 syndicate ponds.  The match today was to be split between 6 of these lakes, which should offer plenty of room and plenty of bites. The lakes being used was Island Pond, South Day Ticket Lake, Oaktree, Swan Newbit, Merrys and Tripp. I had 2 lakes in mind that I would like to draw which were Tripp and the South Day Ticket lake.


These lakes are both pretty deep with depths to 14 ft, both are teeming with silvers. Fortunately I managed to draw peg 8 on Tripp, which was a few pegs away from where I had drawn in the match yesterday. The downside was Carl's peg, I had drawn him peg 16 on the Swan's new bit which was the one lake we both would have preferred not to be on, as this is the lake that we knew least about.



On arrival at my peg I was faced with quite a strong head wind, with the occasional sideways gust. With this in mind I decided on a plan of attack

The Plan 
I decided on a three pronged attack. Due to the strong wind I limited myself to one long line at about a ten o'clock angle, this was to be more of an emergency line should I start struggling on the short lines. The other 2 lines where to be at a top 2 plus 2 distance one at a ten o'clock angle and the other a 2 o'clock angle, with a hope that I could catch on these all day. 

Bait 
After yesterday's match I decided on a positive approach. I would feed both the 10 o'clock lines with groundbait packed with corn, dead red maggots and a pinch of casters.


Yesterday I got plagued with gudgeon, so I was hoping the more positive approach would put these off and encourage the big crucians and skimmers to feed. On the other line I decided to feed just maggots by hand for an instant reaction at the start, this will also give the groundbait lines time to settle. 

Rigs
Short Maggot Rig 

  • Pole - Browning Z12 
  • Elastic - Double 4
  • Mainline - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook length - 0.10 Browning Cenex 
  • Hook - Size 20 Kamasan B911 F1 
  • Float - Scotthorne 1 0.5 gram 
  • Shotting - Spread bulk plus 2 droppers 

Short Positive Rig 

  • Pole - Browning Z12
  • Elastic - Double 4
  • Mainline - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook length - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 18 Kamasan B911 F1 
  • Float - Scotthorne 1 0.5 gram 
  • Shotting - Spread bulk plus 2 droppers 

Long Line Rig 

  • Pole - Browning Z12 
  • Elastic - Yellow Browning Cenex 
  • Mainline - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook length - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911 F1 
  • Float - Tubertini 1.5 gram 
  • Shotting - Olivette bulk plus droppers 

The Session 
I started the session by feeding 2 balls of groundbait on each of the 2, 10 o'clock lines by pole pot. My plan was to give these a bit of time to settle so I baited up the maggot rig with a single maggot and just before I shipped the rig into position I flicked a few maggots by hand for loose feed. This way the maggot hook bait should follow the loose feed down. It didn't take long for the first bite and after a few seconds the first fish was in the net, a small crucian was the reward.
I spent the first hour on this line as it was producing regular bites, even though the fish were small, I was still putting fish in the net. I decided to give the short 10 o'clock line a try but after a fruitless 5 minutes I was soon back on the maggot line. This is how the full session progressed; I spent the majority of the day on the maggot line as it kept producing regular small fish. The 2 10 o'clock lines never produced at all. I must have tried them both 5 or 6 times on each. At the end of the match I was quite pleased with how things had gone even though the groundbait lines never produced. At the weigh in I weighed in 21 lb 4 oz which was enough to give me the section win. Unfortunately Shep had not fared so well. His section had been extremely tight and was won with only 13 lb. he had 8 lb which placed him last in the section. Maybe the next round may see us fair better as this is at Lindholme Lakes, which is my regular haunt :)

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http://www.lindholmelakes.co.uk or on facebook

http://www.messinghamsands.co.uk