Saturday, 5 April 2014

Lindholme Lakes Tuesday Open

I always look forward to fishing Bonsai at Lindholme, and today was no different. This recent warm weather has encouraged the fish to start moving and feeding properly and they are now well spread out. Big weights have been taken from all over; this is one of the many things I love about this lake, matches can be won from almost anywhere.

A good attendance for the Tuesday match saw 20 plus anglers grace the banks. As the fish are been caught everywhere, I wasn't overly fussed about what peg I drew. Peg 78 was the one that graced my hand at the draw. On arriving at my peg, I was quite pleased as it has plenty to offer. I have an island directly in front of me at roughly 15 meters. The island is only small, and if I push out to 16 meters I can reach both corners of it. Hopefully this will give me plenty of options, should the fish back off. The margins also offer plenty of options, as I can reach the platform of the pegs either side. These can be very productive later in the match.

My Plan
My main line of attack will be the island directly in front of me, as there is a small cut-out in the freshly grown reeds; I think this will offer the fish plenty of cover to feed with confidence. The second line I plan to feed a shallow line at 13 meters to a 10 o'clock angle in the open water. A few good catches have been taken recently on this method. My third line is going to be a meat line at around 5 meters, I plan to feed this by hand constantly through out the day. My last line of attack is going to be the margins, I plan to find an area of equal depth down each side so that I can utilize the same rig.

As the weather is getting warmer and the fish are feeding more freely, I have more on my bait tray than I have had for what seems like an age. I have the trusty fishery micros for feeding on the island line, I also have some 4 mm fishery feed pellets for feeding on this line if I start to get plagued by small fish. 4 mm expander pellets will be the hook bait of choice. For the shallow line 4 mm pellets will be the feed with either 4 or 6 mm hard pellets for the hair rigged band. I have some 6 mm cubes of meat for the 5 meter line and as an alternate bait for the margins. For the main margin bait I have some ground bait and a tin of corn.

Island Rig

  • Pole - Browning Z12 
  • Elastic - Pink Browning Cenex Reflex 
  • Main line - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook length - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 18 Kamasan B911 F1 
  • Float - Dino Sedge 0.2 gram 
  • Shotting - Bulk plus 2 droppers

Shallow Rig 

  • Pole - Browning Z12 
  • Elastic - Pink Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Main line - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook length - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 18 kamasan B911 tied with a knot less knot with a hair rigged micro band
  • Float - Dino Duke 0.1 gram 
  • Shotting - Bulk set just above the hook length 

5 Meter Rig 

  • Pole - Browning Z12 
  • Elastic - Yellow Browning Cenex Reflex 
  • Main line - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook length - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911 
  • Float - Middy Styrex 3  (4x14) 
  • Shotting - Bolk plus 2 droppers 

Margin Rig

  • Pole - Browning Xtreme Margin 
  • Elastic - Blue Browning Cenex Reflex 
  • Main line - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook length - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamsan B911 
  • Float - Nufish Busta (4x12) 
  • Shotting - Single bulk 

The Session 
I started the session fishing up to the island with a 4 mm pellet on the hook and micro pellets in the pole mounted pot. After tapping the pellets from the pot I lowered the rig in slowly, the float never even settled and a small Skimmer was on its way to the net. I was hoping for a quick start but the speed of that bite was very surprising. The second drop in resulted in a prime F1, but I had to wait 30 seconds for that bite.

The first hour or so was quite fast and furious, but the fish where not the biggest. The beginning of the second hour I started to prime the shallow line by regularly firing 4 mm pellets via a catapult, as
bigger fish can usually be caught shallow. I continued to fish the island swim as I was still catching fish, although they tended to come in bursts, with a wait in between.

After roughly 3 hours I gave the shallow line a look, the response was instant, and a chunky F1 was soon apprehended. The next drop in resulted in another quick fish, then the sun came out and the bites stopped instantly. I think the movement of flicking the rig over must have spooked them, Gutted!

Slim Pickings
I decided to give the 5 meter line a go, but all I could catch on this line was small Skimmers, which are no use nor ornament when it comes to weight building. I decided to give the island rig another crack, but as the island rig had  slowed to a virtual stop, I had to start priming the margin line. I cupped in 2 pots of loose ground bait with a scattering of corn on top close to the left hand pallet. I left this to settle for 20 minutes whilst trying to pick off fish of the other lines.

Too Little, Too Late!
It was time to try the margin line, which resulted in a couple of better F1's in 2 drop ins, then it took a fair while before another bite. I had a feeling corn was not the right bait, so I fed the other margin with some ground bait and meat. After leaving to settle for a bit I gave it a try with double meat on the hook, The response was instant with big F1 's straight away. I was now catching big fish at a decent rate, but unfortunately time ran out too quickly.

At the scales I weighed in a 79 lb 7 which was nowhere near enough to win, but it was a cracking days fishing and I had learnt quite a lot, which is absolutely priceless!