Sunday, 5 April 2015

Westlands Lakes - Catwick East Yorkshire

It has been a fair while since I last went for a dabble at Westlands, but the chance to help my former club mates was all the incentive I needed. They were going to try and suss out some tactics for their upcoming Supercup match at the venue. The match is to be held on the Middle Lake, which is the biggest and deepest lake on the complex. I have fished the lake a couple of times in the past and had decent days both times.

After meeting up and having a good walk round myself and John Holness decided on picking a couple of pegs out of the strong winds; we decided on the first 2 pegs on the arm as these were the most sheltered pegs on the full lake. The 2 other lads opted for pegs on the road bank, which gave them a brutal side wind. They manned up good and proper!

The Plan 
The plan was pretty simple really, I planned to feed 2 pole lines, both at 13 meters, one directly in front of me and the other at a 10 o'clock angle. The plan was to switch between the 2 to try and keep regular bites coming. I also planned to fish a Banjo Feeder at around 30 meters 

For the pole I had some 6 mm fishery feed pellets, which I planned to feed and fish on the hook. For the banjo I prepared 2 separate feed options. Firstly some dampened fishery micros with a really small amount of groundbait on them to help them bind properly. The second option was some sweet fish-meal groundbait with a few micro pellets mixed in. For the hook I opted for 6 mm hard pellet. If I needed a change bait I also had some corn with me. 


Pole Rig 

  • Pole - Browning Z12
  • Elastic - Double 4 Browning Cenex 
  • Mainline - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook length - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 18 Kamasan B911 tied with a knotless knot with a hairigged micr band 
  • Float - Garbolino DC4 1.0 g
  • Shotting - Olivette bulk plus 2 droppers 

Banjo Rig 

  • Rod - 10 ft Browning Sphere Bomb 
  • Reel - Browning Black Magic Burner 
  • Mainline - 0.18 Browning Cenex ABR 
  • Hooklength - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 18 Kamasan B911 tied with a knotless knot with a hairigged micro band 
  • Banjo - 30 gram Free running 

The Session 
I started the session on the banjo after feeding a dozen pellets or so on each of the pole lines via pole mounted pot. For feed on the banjo I opted to start by using micros as this normally instigates a quick response. Unfortunately I never had a liner never mind a bite, I was casting pretty regularly too, but still I remained bite-less. I decided enough was enough and changed over to the pole. I fed a dozen pellets on the line directly in front of me and lowered my rig in over the top, all 12 ft of it! After some lifting and dropping my float slid away, a quick lift and I was in. It was a decent fish as elastic streamed from the pole immediately. 

After a 10 minute battle I finally managed to get the better of a pristine Carp. On landing the fish I realised why it had given me such a run around, it was foul hooked in one of its pectoral fins. The next couple of drops in never produced a bite but after some steady feeding and plenty of lifting and dropping, my float finally disappeared, I was in again. 

This time a lovely F1 around the 2 lb mark was quickly landed. 
I started getting regular bites from this point on; I had to wait a while for them, but lifting and dropping definitely sped up the process, as most bites come just after the float resettled. I swapped between the 2 lines, but the majority of the fish came off the line directly in front of me.

I opted to give the pole line a rest and retry the banjo. This time for feed I went with the groundbait and what a difference this made. I had 4 fish in 4 casts and most came within 30 seconds of the feeder hitting the bottom.

As soon as I landed the 4th fish I decided to rest that swim and change back onto the pole. I was straight into a couple of fish on the pole which was great. 
We decided to pack up at this point and have a chat between the four of us, we had learned a fair bit between us and if the tactics work the visit will have been well worth it. Fingers crossed the lads will do the business on Sunday 
Come on Hull Midweek!