Friday, 18 September 2015

White Acres 2015 - Part 2


Tuesday
On the Tuesday we made our way to Eery Lake, which is a lake I have never even seen or fished in my previous 5 visits to White Acres. The lake is only small with 14 well spaced pegs and a small island situated at one end. It looked absolutely stunning and I was eager to get cracking. I opted for a peg on the far side of the lake (peg 9 to be exact) due to the early morning sun glaring on the water on the near bank.



I fancied a day fishing the long pole with hard pellet to start with, then switching to paste later on in the day. Its not that often I get the chance for pleasure days, so when I do I like to make the most of it and experiment with rigs, baits and feeding. I started initially by rigging just 1 top kit up consisting of:

  • Elastic - White Browning Stretch 7 Hollow 
  • Main line - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook length - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size16 Kamasan B911 eyed  tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged band 
  • Float - Scotthorne AS1 0.3g
  • Shotting - Spread bulk plus 2 droppers 

On plumbing the rig up I noticed that the lake bed was quite silty, so to plumb up and make sure my float is absolutely dead depth. I used this method below.

For best plumbing results always plumb up with the rig under shotted as this prevents false readings.
Plumb up with a normal plummet so the float is somewhere pretty near where you would want it to finish. Then remove the plummet and squeeze a BB or AAA shot to your hook. Then re-plumb up to the exact point on the float you want showing when you start fishing.  This then ensures you are bang on dead depth, as the shot is not heavy enough to sink into the silt, but is heavy enough to sink your float should it not be set right. You then can add your final shot safe in the knowledge you are on the money!

I started the session with a 4 mm hard pellet in the band and feeding 4 mm pellets over the top via catapult. It didn't take long for the fish to switch on and I soon had fish coming every drop in. The fish were small Carp which fought like mad; they were some of the fittest I've ever caught!
In the space of a couple of hours I must have been touching the hundred pound mark, it was that frantic. It was on this note that I decided on switching to the paste before I was worn out :-)
As the pellet rig is not really suitable for fishing paste I rigged up another top kit with the rig below.

  • Elastic - White Browning Stretch 7
  • Mainline - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power (straight through)
  • Hook - Size 12 Maver Eagle 
  • Float - Maver Invincible  Series 3 (4x14)
  • Shotting - None 

To make my paste I used some Browning Method Competition ground bait, which is really fine and makes a lovely paste.
For mixing the the paste I start by filling a bait tub to around half way with water. I then pour the ground bait into the water while constantly mixing, to ensure all the ground bait is mixed in. Once a thick gravy consistency is achieved I stop and leave the ground bait to absorb all the water, which can take around 10 minutes. This should then leave you with perfect paste. If you find the mix isn't quite right, you can always add a little more water or ground bait to either thin out or thicken the paste as required.

For hooking the paste, I simply take a 50 pence sized bit of paste and flatten it. Next I place the hook on top then roll the paste round to enclose the hook.
To ship the paste out to the correct position for fishing, I find its best to use a decent sized pot on the end of your top kit. This is best positioned close to the tip to ensure accuracy. I then place the hooked paste into the pot along with a few pellets and ship the pole to position. I then carefully tip the paste out of the pot close to the water and wait for it to sink and cock the float into position... Simples!

I decided to fish the paste over the ready baited pellet line. Again I was straight into fish, but what I did notice was, the size of fish definitely increased. The paste seemed to pick out the bigger ones, Happy days!  By the end of the day I must have had well over 200 lb of fish which was brilliant. If I go back I wont be leaving it so long before visiting Eery again.

Wednesday
As the majority of the lads we had gone with were fishing the Wednesday Bronze match, myself and Dave (who I was travelling with) ventured to Pollawyn lake. We did have thoughts of trying out Python Lake but Pollawyn just appeared more inviting.
We had a look around the lake and decided on a couple of pegs on the end of one of the spits. (pegs 23 for me and 22 for Dave to be exact)
Peg 23 offers an island at around 20 meters away which is beyond pole reach. With this in mind and the fact that I had had a lovely day on the pole the day before I opted to go with method feeder and bomb for the day.




My Set Ups

Method Rod

  • Rod - Browning Sphere 10ft Bomb
  • Reel - Browning Black Magic Burner
  • Mainline - 0.18 Browning Cenex ABR 
  • Hooklength - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911 tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged band 
  • Method Feeder - Inline Preston 30 g small 

Bomb Rod 

  • Rod - Browning Sphere 10ft Bomb 
  • Reel - Browning Black Magic Burner 
  • Mainline - 0.18 Browning Cenex ABR
  • Hooklength - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911 tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged band 
  • Bomb - Browning 14 g Distance lead 

For bait I had some dampened micros dusted in ground bait for the method feeder and some 4 & 6 mm pellets for the hook on the method and bomb.
I started the session on the method, casting tight to the corner of the island to my right; it was a proper slow start and took almost an hour of switching methods to get my first bite. A small Skimmer was the result. The next hour be honest wasn't that much better as this resulted in another Skimmer and a lost carp.

I decided enough was enough and cast the other way down the island. Within seconds the rod wrapped round, which resulted in a hard fighting Ghost Carp around 6lb. The next 3 hours were unreal, I ended up catching every chuck in on the method, which I couldn't believe considering the first 2 hours. It sometimes goes to prove that its worth casting around the swim to find the fish if your struggling in one area.... Lesson learned :-) 

Thursday 
Bolingey Lake was our destination and for those who have never been, its hard to explain how good this lake is. Its absolutely solid with hard fighting Carp and F1s. Some of the Carp are huge too! 
Bolingey Lake is off the main White Acres site. It is around 13 miles away set in the quaint village of Bolingey. The lake is stunning and set in beautiful surroundings. 
The lake is split into 3 separate lakes, which are interlinked but fenced off to prevent fish moving form one part to another. The fish stocking in each part of the lake is equal to one another, so no matter where you go you bag up.  




I chose to fish in the lake at the back of the complex, this lake has a large central island. It gives you options of fishing the waggler, bomb, method or on the pole. I decided to set up a Waggler, bomb and pole for down the edge. The fish come in the margins extremely quickly on these lakes and enormous weights can be caught in very little time. 

Bait was as simple as can be, 6 and 8 mm pellets done 

My rigs 

Bomb 
  • Rod - Browning Sphere Bomb 10ft 
  • Reel - Browning Back Magic Burner 
  • Main line - 0.18 Browning Cenex ABR
  • Hook length - 0.18 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 14 Kamasan B911 XS tied with a knot less knot with a hair rigged band. 
  • Bomb - 14 g Browning Distance lead.

Waggler
  • Rod - Browning Commercial King Power Pellet Waggler 
  • Reel - Browning Xitan HM 
  • Mainline - 0.18 Browning Cenex ABR 
  • Hook length - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 14 Kamasan B911 XS tied with a knot less knot with a hair rigged band 
  • Waggler - Drennan Loaded Crystal 3 g 

Pole 
  • Pole - Browning Xtreme Margin 
  • Elastic - Solid 22 
  • Mainline - 0.20 Browning Hybrid Power (straight through)
  • Hook - Size 14 Kamasan B911 XS tied with a knot less knot with a hair rigged band 
  • Float - Diamond Edge 

I started the session on the bomb casting around 2 ft from the island and feeding a selection of 6 and 8 mm pellets over the top. I also started feeding the margin to my left. My first bite came after around a minute and a war commenced. I don't know if its the Cornish water or what but the fish down there fight like mad. I finally landed the fish after a 5 minute battle, which turned out to be a Mirror Carp around the 8 lb mark ( average by Bolingey standards) The first hour flew by and I must have had near on 100 lb on the bomb and pellet waggler, one of the carp was touching 17 - 18 lb.

I had noticed that the edge fish had turned up good and proper down the edge, as it looked as though someone had  switched on a washing machine. I baited up with an 8 mm pellet and lowered it slowly down the side. It took all of 5 seconds and the float buried and I was attached to another zoo creature. The next hour or 2 was absolute bedlam. At lunch time a few cheeky beers was required as I was beginning to become dehydrated, well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it :-) 
Some lads stayed at the fishery to keep an eye on the gear while the rest of us popped across the road to the Bolingey Inn.

After re-hydrating I returned to my peg and continued were I'd left off as I was immediately back into fish down the edge. 
The day got more and more hectic (how I don't know) as it went on and eventually I just had to pack up as my arms felt like they wanted to fall off. 
This lake is absolutely awesome and is a must visit if you ever to to White Acres. 

Friday 
Our Final Day of fishing 
One of the lads had booked 12 of us a match at Gwinear Fishery a few miles drive from White Acres. I last visited Gwinear a good few years ago and it was turned from 1 big lake into 3 smaller ones. On arrival at the fishery I was really pleased to see that the new owners had reverted it back into 1 big lake. 
There has been a huge amount of work done at the fishery, with a brand new, purpose built tackle shop. The owners have also erected a fence around the venue to prevent otters from getting in and destroying the fish stocks. I was just hoping it fished as good as it looked. 

For our match the owner spread us around the outside of the lake, leaving the arm going up the lake clear. I drew out peg 27 at the draw and on arrival at the peg I was pretty pleased as it looked bang on. 
The peg had plenty to offer, starting with a short cast to the central arm around 20 meters away. There was a overhanging tree hanging off the arm and into the water, which looked like a great fish holding feature. 
The rest of the peg was open water with some shallow looking margins. One thing I did notice was how clear the water was close in. With this in mind I came up with my plan of attack. 




My Plan
After chatting to some lads who had fished the venue a couple of times during the week, I opted to set both a bomb and a method rod up for targeting the far side. They also suggested fishing short on the pole, but with how clear the water was I decided to target an area at a top 2 plus 3 distance, which I knew I could feed comfortably by hand.
On plumbing up this line I discovered that if I lined up with the pallet on the opposite bank, I had 3 foot of water. If I Moved my rig a couple of foot to the right it dropped off to around 5 - 6 ft. I thought if I stay on top of the shelf, 2 foot clear of the drop off then it would make a perfect ambush point for fish coming up the slope as they would see the bait straight away. 
 My final line was the margin to my right which appeared to be slightly deeper than the left margin and slightly more covered. I didn't hold much hope for this line, but you never know! 

Bait 
I planned a full on pellet attack so I had some dampened micros for the method and some 4 and 6 mm pellets for the bomb and pole. For the margin I prepared some ground bait and had a tin of corn for the hook.

Rigs 

Bomb 
  • Rod - Browning Sphere 10ft Bomb 
  • Reel - Browning Black Magic Burner 
  • Mainline - 0.18 Browning Cenex ABR
  • Hook length - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911 tied with a knot less knot with a hair rigged band 
  • Bomb - 14 g Browning Distance lead 

Method Rod 
  • Rod - Browning Sphere 10ft Bomb 
  • Reel - Browning Black Magic Burner 
  • Mainline - 0.18 Browning Cenex ABR 
  • Hook length - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911 tied with a knot less knot with a hair rigged band
  • Method Feeder - 30 g Preston Small 

Pole line 2 + 3 
  • Pole - Browning Xtreme Margin 
  • Elastic - White Browning Stretch 7 
  • Mainline - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook length -0.14 Browning Hybrid power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911  tied with a knot less knot with a hair rigged band
  • Float - Scotthorne 1 (0.3 g)
  • Shotting - Bulk plus 2 droppers 

Margin Rig
  • Pole - Browning Xtreme Margin 
  • Elastic - White Browning Stretch 7 
  • Mainline - 0.18 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook length - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 14 Kamasan B911
  • Float - Edge Diamond 
  • Shotting - Spread bulk 

The Session 
I started the session on the method feeder cast a couple of foot from the far bank. This gave me chance to start feeding the pole line by hand. I started by feeding 10 pellets every 30 seconds or so. 
The first half hour of the match sailed by with no bites materialising. I even switched to the bomb during this time, but this never improved anything. 
I had no other option but to switch to the pole. This is just the move |I needed as after a minute of lowering the rig in, the float buried and I was in. A small Carp around 2 lb was the result. This was the start of a great few hours as I was soon getting a bite every drop in. Unfortunately this ground to a halt when I smashed my rig on a fish. So while I re rigged up I chucked the bomb across to the far bank. I had been feeding this line regularly with 6 mm pellets. A minute later the tip flew round and a small Carp was the result. I had 6 small Carp on the bounce before bites eased. By this time I had my pole re rigged and after a couple of minutes I was back into fish on this line,
I spent the remainder of the match catching steadily on the pole and by the end of the match I had had a great day. 
When the scales arrived I totaled 118 lb which was good enough for the match win with 61 lb coming 2nd; this win topped of an absolutely awesome week!!!