Friday, 12 February 2016

Lindholme Winter League Round 8, Laurels Lake

Today saw me at Lindholme lakes for round 8 of the Lindholme Lakes winter league. To keep you up to date, so far I have had 4 section wins, a second, a forth and a missed round. The league is run over 11 matches with the best 7 results counting and the 4 worst been dropped.
Today's match was split over 2 lakes, Bonsai and Laurels. In truth I wasn't really that bothered which lake I drew as the main aim in these winter league matches is to win your section and gain the 1 point; if you come in the main frame (top 3 or 4), it's a "brucey bonus!".

At the draw I pulled out peg 50 on Laurels, which I wasn't disappointed with. The peg is situated on the right hand side of  the last arm on the left hand side of the lake (looking at the lake from the main car park). 
On arrival at my peg I discovered that I had the wind off my back, and as the wind was quite bad this was just what I needed. Another thing that went in my favour was having the bay to myself as the pegs opposite had been left out. With this in mind I came up with a plan. 

The Plan 
My initial thoughts were to target a couple of lines in the open water, one at a 10 o'clock angle and the other directly in front of me. I planned to start at 13 meters and push out to 14.5 meters and 16 if required. 
My third line was to be tight to the flat bank to the right hand side, my plan was to target different areas with dobbing tactics.

My final pole line was to be at 15 meters if front of the over hanging tree from the flat bank to my right. I planned to fish a meter or so away from the bank in the deep water. 
I also planned to fish the bomb 3/4 of the way across the bay. 

For all but one of the pole lines I planned to fish 4 mm expander pellet on the hook and tip tap dampened micros over the top via a pole mounted kinder pot.
For the pole line that I planned to fish along tight to the flat bank, bread was to be my bait of choice.
On the bomb, I planned to fish and feed corn.

Pole Rigs 

  • Pole - Browning Silverlite 10-12
  • Elastic - Yellow Browning Stretch 7 hollow
  • Main line - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hooklength - 0.10 Browning Cenex 
  • Hook - Size 18 Kamasan B911 F1
  • Float - 0.3g Steve Musitano F1 Slim 
  • Shotting - A spread bulk plus 2 droppers 
I used the same rig on the 2 open water lines as these where the same depth and a separate version of the same rig on the tree rig as this depth was quite a bit different from the other lines.

The Bomb Rod 

  • Rod - Browning Sphere Bomb 
  • Reel - Browning Black Magic Burner 
  • Mainline - 0.16 Browning Cenex ABR
  • Hooklength - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911 eyed tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged bait stop.
  • Bomb - Inline 6 gram olivette style Bomb 

The Session 
I started the session on the pole at 13 meters directly in front of me, I tip tapped a few micros from the pole mounted pot and then lowered the rig slowly into place. With no indications after a few minutes I moved the rig to the to the 10 o'clock line and repeated the initial process; again the float remained motionless.

After a bit of looking around it was pretty apparent it was the same for everyone, so I persevered switching between these 2 lines. During this time I had been firing a couple of grains of corn every 2 minutes via catapult onto the bomb line. As the pole lines hadn't produced a single movement I decided to give the bomb a few chucks. After a couple of minutes the tip flew round and I was into my first fish, which resulted in a good sized F1 soon been netted. The second cast resulted in a proper Carp around 5lb, again I had to wait for the bite for approximately 5 minutes. Had I sussed it? The simple answer was no, as these were the only 2 bites I could muster. 

The Fish That Got Away!
In a bid to make something happen I reached for the dobbing rig, I baited up with  2 8mm bread discs squeezed slightly together. (I find this fluffs up lovely after a 30 seconds in the water.) Within seconds of lowering the rig in close to the flat bank the float disappeared and I was into my 3rd fish which was a decent F1, but unfortunately the hook pulled out right in front the net. 

With 2 hours gone I was really struggling, so in a bid to make something happen I decided to up the feed on the bomb line to 4 grains of corn every minute, I also opted to try my back-up tree line. I wasn't optimistic but what choice did I have! 
I shipped the rig into position and tip tapped a few pellets in and lowered the rig slowly over the top. 30 seconds later the float dipped I lifted and it was fish on. A lovely chunky F1 was the result. The next 5 drops in all resulted in F1s been netted. Bites then dried up so I decided to feed the peg with around 50 micros and have a go on the bomb whilst the bait settled. This had the desired affect as a minute after casting the bomb out the tip pulled round, resulting in another F1; I had 5 more casts and these also resulted in more f1s. 

Final Results
The rest of the match was spent alternating between the 2 swims which kept odd fish coming the the net. 
At the end of the match I was really pleased with how things had gone and was hoping for another section win. At the scales I weighed in 43lb 14oz which was enough for the section (which i was over the moon about!!!)
I now have 5 section wins, a second and a 4th which puts me joint top of the league with Ryan Lidgard, who also has 5 section wins. 
With 3 rounds left its all to fish for :-)