Sunday, 30 August 2015

Lindholme Lakes Open Match

The last couple of months have been fairly hectic with work and Fire Service matches covering the length and breadth of the country. During this time I have had no time to get my backside to Lindholme. I decided that enough was enough and I had to get there.
After Fishing the Sunday open match on Loco, in which I had around 60 - 70 lb for nowhere in the match, it gave me the Lindholme bug back and with a vengeance. With this in mind I made my second trip of the week to fish the Thursday open on Bonsai. I was hoping that a couple of trips in close proximity would soon have me back in tune with the venue.

At the draw all the familiar face were in attendance so a decent draw was essential. Out of the bag came peg 67, which I wasn't disappointed with as this can be a productive area.
 On arrival at the peg, I was faced with a steady cross wind from left to right. I did notice that the gusts seemed to be coming directly at me, which should make holding a pole possible. The peg has plenty to offer with the left hand end of
the island directly in front of me at around 25 meters. There was also the open water in between the islands, which can sometime be a great place to target. The margin to my left looked spot on as I could easily reach the next peg which was empty.

My Plan
I decided on a 4 pronged approach. The main target area would be the end of the island, which due to the wind would mean using the bomb, as a waggler would end up been blown all over the place.
The second target area was a deck rig at 13 meters, I decided against setting a shallow rig up as well for this line, as I thought the wind would hinder the presentation to much. My third line was at a top 2 plus 3 distance at an 11 o'clock angle, as this stops me bringing fish from other lines over it. The 4th and final line was a margin line to the platform to my left.

I had a really simple bait tray consisting of some fishery 4 and 6mm pellets for the bomb and pole lines plus some groundbait and corn for the margins.

Bomb Rod
  • Rod - Browning Sphere 10ft Bomb 
  • Reel - Browning Black Magic Burner 
  • Main line - 0.18 Browning Cenex ABR 
  • Hooklength - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911 eyed tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged band. 
  • Bomb - Browning Distance lead 14g 
13 Meter Line and Short Line
  • Pole - Browning Champions Choice Silverlite 
  • Elastic - Yellow Browning Stretch 7 Hollow 
  • Mainline - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hooklength - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911 eyed tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged band 
  • Float - Scotthorne 1  0.3gram 
  • Shotting - Bulk plus 2 droppers  
Margin Rig
  • Pole - Browning Xtreme Margin 
  • Elastic - Green Cenex Hollow 
  • Mainline - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hooklength - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 14 B911
  • Float - Scotthorne 3  0.3gram 
  • Shotting - Spread bulk 

The Session 
I started the session on the bomb and 6mm pellet, casting tight to the end of the island. I started by feeding a couple of 6 mm pellets over the top via catapult. It only took a matter of a minute before the tip flew round. 30 seconds later a small Mirror Carp was safely landed. The first 30 minutes was really productive and I was catching pretty steadily, but for some reason the bites soon dried up. 
I altered feeding patterns but this never altered anything, so I switched to the short pole line to give the bomb line a rest; I had been feeding the short line like all the others from the start.
 The switch did the trick as I was soon back into the fish. I was catching some proper chunk F1s, but after a few fish again the bites disappeared. In a bid to keep things moving I switched straight back to the bomb; I thought this was going to be one of those days were switching lines would be the only way forward.

In Short
To be fair this is how the day progressed, I managed to keep fish coming all day, but not at a fast enough rate to compete with some others that I could see. 
At the end of the match I totalled 88lb 2 oz which I was pretty happy with. It was nowhere near enough to win but I was happy that I had managed to keep fish coming all day.