Monday, 14 September 2015

White Acres 2015 - Part 1

I have just returned from a cracking week at White Acres, which is situated only a short drive from Newquay.

'White Acres Holiday Park has become the ultimate resort for anglers and their families. Enjoy 10 pleasure lakes and 3 specimen lakes set in 184 acres of stunning Cornish countryside.
Our 13 coarse fishing lakes provide the tranquillity and choice that will thrill all anglers of all ages and abilities. The highest standards of care and tuition are maintained by Clint Elliott, Fisheries Manager, and his team to ensure great sport for all skills, whether you are a Pleasure, Match or Specimen Angler.
We have over 300 pegs, including wheelchair pegs, spread across our well stocked lakes and have an on park tackle shop as well as weekly resident matches and expert advice and tuition.  With waters of various sizes and depths, you can fish for:
Roach, Tench, Bream, F1's, Catfish, Rudd, Perch, Carp, Barbell and Chubb'

The fishing, weather and company  could not have been better.
The week started last Saturday morning when I got picked up ready for the 6 hour drive from Hull. After a couple of short stops and some longer delays due to accidents and road work chaos we finally arrived safe and sound.
After a bit of shopping and getting the caravan sorted, it was beer o'clock, so we were nice and relaxed ready for the next day, or something like that! :-)

On our first day of fishing we decided to go on the Canal lake, as this would be the only opportunity due to the lake been closed for a festival for the rest of the week. I opted for peg 6, for no other reason than I liked the look of it; I fancied a day fishing short pole, so I set up 2 top kits, a deck rig and a shallow rig, which I planned to fish at a top 2 plus 3 sections distance.

Bait wise I had some 4 and 6 mm pellets. I planned to start on the 4 mm pellets then possibly switch to a 6, depending on what response I got.
I started on the deck rig with a banded 4 mm pellet, I opted to feed the swim by hand, flicking 10 to 15 pellets over the top every 30 seconds or so. I soon had good size F1s coming regularly.

After an hour or so I switched to the shallow rig, but even though there was plenty of signs that the fish were shallow, they wouldn't have  it at all. I then had an idea, so I set up another rig. This time I set up an AS 3 Scotthorne float. I plumbed the rig up dead depth but I set the shotting up shirt button style with a no 10 shot spaced at 10" intervals. I thought that a slow falling rig would be the way to catch these crafty F1s.
Instead of laying the rig in slowly, I slapped the rig over and kept a tight line between the pole tip and the float. This worked an absolute treat, I was soon catching at a mega rate. All the bites coming in the top 2/3 of the water, if it went beyond this I never got a bite. so slapping the rig over regularly was a must. Every days a learning day!

Monday was 'Gold Match Day', which I had booked onto the day before. On the morning of the match I discovered 60 were booked on, so the match was to be spread over both Twin Oaks lakes, Trewlawney and Acorn lakes too. I was hoping to draw either Twin Oaks or Trewlawney as these are both lakes I have fished during previous visits . Fortunately I drew out Twin Oaks Peg 11, which I wasn't disappointed with. This is in the middle of the first lake and is towards the better end of the lake.

I had a plan in mind before getting to the lake, which can be essential here due to the fact that there is a bait limit of 8 pints allowed at your peg. I opted to go with an almost all out pellet attack. I had a single tin of meat, which I planned to use on the hook down the edge. I also had some groundbait which is an allowed extra bait for feeding the margins.
My plan of attack was a 4 pronged approach, I planned to start on the method feeder, then as bites deteriorated (which normally happens when fishing to a far bank) I planned to switch to the long pole at 13 meters and gradually as the session progressed move to the short line the eventually the margins. "sounded all good in theory!"

As explained above about the bait limits, I had to select baits carefully. My selection was 3 pints of dampened micro pellets for the method feeder, I had 2 pints of fishery 4 mm pellets for the long line and 2 pints of fishery 6 mm pellets for the short line. I also had a small tin of meat and some groundbait, which is an allowed extra bait.

Method Feeder

  • Rod - Browning Sphere Bomb 10ft 
  • Reel - Browning Black Magic Burner 
  • Main line - 0.18 Browning Cenex ABR
  • Hook length - 0.18 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911 XS tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged band 
  • Feeder - Preston 30g large method feeder 
13 Meter Line and top 2 plus 2 line

  • Pole - Browning Champions Choice Silverlite 10-12
  • Elastic - White Browning Stretch 7 hollow 
  • Mainline - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook length - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911 tied with a kntless knot with a hair rigged band 
  • Float - 0.3g Scotthorne AS1 
  • Shotting - A bulk plus 2 droppers 
Margin Rig

  • Pole - Browning Xtreme Margin 
  • Elastic - Green Browning Cenex 
  • Mainline - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook length - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 14 Kamasan B911 
  • Float - 0.3 Scotthorne AS3
  • Shotting - Spread Bulk

The Session 

I started the session on the method feeder casting it tight up to the far bank; after a couple of casts I finally got my first bite. It was definitely worth waiting for as it was a nice Mirror Carp around the 6 lb mark. I re-cast and immediately had indications but no bite materialised.
I could see the fish with their backs out of the water, which prompted me to re-cast, but this time drop it a foot shorter than before. This worked a treat as a steady run of small Carp soon followed. It wasn't long before they backed off though, so I switched to the long pole which I had been prepping from the start of the match with 10 x 4mm pellets every 30 seconds or so. I shipped the rig out into position and lowered the rig in nice and slowly. The float soon buried and a stream of white elastic omitted from the pole tip. After a good fight a decent Carp around 5lb soon graced my net.
The next drop in resulted in another smaller Carp before I endured a run of foul hooked fish. I tried altering feeding patterns form little to lots but nothing seemed to stop it. My last resort was to switch to the short line which I had started feeding with 3 or 4, 6 mm pellets every minute or so. This switch was just what I needed as I was soon catching much bigger fish and not suffering from foul hookers.
When this swim quietened down I moved back to the 13 m line and fortunately the break had settled the fish back down because I never suffered another foul hooker. I continued swapping lines until the match finished. I did feed and try the margins several times but I didn't have a single fish.
The end of the match sounded and I was pretty pleased with how things had gone. I weighed in 74 lb 14 oz which was enough to give me 5th overall in the match :-)

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