Friday, 8 July 2016

Browning Humberside Fire Team Update

The last few weeks have been pretty full on fulfilling team commitments. Our Browning Humberside Fire Team has been involved in 2 interservice teams of 4 matches at both The Oaks Lakes in Sessay and Tunnel Barn Farm. On top of these I was also selected to represent the British Fire Service team in a teams of 12 event at Tunnel Barn Farm too.

The Oaks Lakes 
The First match at The Oaks went pretty well on a personal note; I drew out peg 26 on Beech Lake which is one of the prolific new lakes at the venue. It proved to be a difficult day with the fish not really been in feeding mood. Fortunately I had a fair few fish in my corner and I managed to finish 2nd overall in the match with 103lb. Fishing maggots shallow and switching between lines did the business for me.
On the team front we only managed 8th, which was a bit of a disappointment but the conditions and  our draw (apart from mine) didn't help us.

Tunnel barn Farm
Tunnel Barn Farm was the destination for our next team match and after the disappointment of the Oaks, we were hoping for a much better result. We arrived the night before the match, enabling us to have a wander around the fishery to familiarise ourselves and save a long drive in the morning ;-)

When morning came and we arrived at the fishery for the registration; 21 teams were due to take part, so we needed to be on good form to compete. We decided the previous evening that when we had drawn the envelope with the 4 pegs in it, we would just draw the pegs blind instead of placing the anglers as none of us are particularly familiar with what pegs are good and which are not.
I drew out peg 41 on the New Pool and on arrival at the peg I was pretty pleased with how it looked. Firstly the island I had in front of me was pretty close at around 13 meters to the clear bank. Slightly to the right of this was a large reed bed which could be reached with as little as 11 meters of pole. This would hopefully give me the best of both worlds, shallow to the bare bank and deep water near the reeds. Both margins also looked really inviting as they had plenty of reed cover, hopefully this would be enough cover to get the fish to feed confidently.

The Plan
As the peg offered plenty of options, I tried to keep mine to a minimum as to not over complicate things. The main line of attack would be the shallow water tight up to the bare bank area of the island as this offered a really nice depth of around 18 inches. This sort of depth is usually perfect as its shallow, but deep enough to let the fish feed confidently. The second line was to be in front of the reeds on the island, this was quite deep at around 4 1/2 feet and because of the depth here I also set up a shallow rig for the same line.
The third line was a short line at top 2 plus 1 section, I was hoping this line would come into effect as the session went on. I also set up a margin line which covered both sides.

For the bare bank line I had some worms and casters plus some worm soil mixed up sloppy so it made a lovely little black cloud as it dropped down in the water.
For the reed line I decided to feed loose casters via catapult and initially start shallow and try the deck rig every so often.
For the short line I had some fishery 4 mm pellets for both feeding and the hook. For the margins I had some 6 mm cubes of meat.

Bare Bank Rig
  • Pole - Browning Silverlite 10-12
  • Elastic - Yellow Browning Stretch 7 
  • Mainline - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hooklength - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16  Kamasan B911
  • Float - Drennan Carp 4 0.2 gram
  • Shotting - A spread bulk set just above the hooklength. 
Island Reed Deck Rig
  • Pole - Browning Silverlite 10-12 
  • Elastic - Yellow Browning Stretch 7
  • Mainline - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hooklength - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 18 Kamasan B911 
  • Float - SM F1 wire 0.3 gram 
  • Shotting - Spread bulk plus 2 droppers 
Shallow Rig
  • Pole - Browning Silverlite 10-12 
  • Elastic - Blue Browning Stretch 7 
  • Mainline - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hooklength - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Guru LWG eyed tied with a knotlees knot with a hairrigged Drennan mini band 
  • Float - Drennan Crystal Dibber 0.2g 
  • Shotting - 3 No10s 
Short Line
  • Pole - Browning Silverlite 10-12 
  • Elastic - Yellow Browning Stretch 7 
  • Mainline - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hooklength - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Guru LWG eyed tied with a knotless knot with a hairrigged Drennan micro band. 
  • Float - SM F1 Wire 0.3g 
  • Shotting - Spread bulk plus 2 droppers 
Edge Rig 
  • Pole - Browning Silverlite 10-12 
  • Elastic - White Browning Stretch 7
  • Mainline - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hooklength - 0.14 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911 
  • Float - Drennan Carp 4 0.3g 
  • Shotting - Spread Bulk 

The Session
I started the session on the bare bank line, I baited up with a worm head and filled the pole mounted pot with a small amount of the worm and caster soil slop. I shipped the rig into the desired spot and tipped the slop out and followed this in with the rig. A minute or so went by and after a few lifts and drops the float buried, a quick lift was followed by a steady stream of elastic emitting from pole tip. A decent battle commenced and fortunately I came out the victor by landing a decent sized Common Carp around 3 lb. The next drop in followed the same pattern up until the point of landing the fish, the hook unfortunately pulled out, I was gutted as it was another decent Common Carp.
The next 20 minutes was spent trying to get this swim going, but it never really materialised, I only managed a single F1 in this time.
Time for a change, I switched rigs and tried in front of the island reeds but all I could catch was small silver fish. A try shallow on the same line did produce a couple of F1s, but I was going nowhere fast; I gave this 30 minutes but it just didn't seem right.
In an all out change I decided to try the short line, which I had been steadily feeding with 4 mm pellets right from the off.  I baited up the band with a 4 mm pellet and lowered the rig into position, the float barely had time to settle and I was into a fish, a small F1 soon graced the net. I spent the rest of the match on this line as it produced fish for the rest of the match. I did have a quick look in the margins but they didn't produce either.
At the weigh in I totaled 61 pound which was enough to give me the lake and section win. As a team we manged 5th overall out of 21 teams so we were pretty pleased as it was a huge improvement on the last match.

The British Fire Service Inter-Service National

A week later myself and Ian Ralph (a member of the Browning Humberside Fire Team ) were on our way back to Tunnel Barn Farm to represent the British Fire Service in a teams of 12 match in the Inter-Service National. All of our team arrived a day or two in advance for some practice to get a proper feel for the place. Unfortunately for me the lake I was due to fish was matched up on the practice day so I ended up fishing Canal Lake peg 2, as I was told this was similar to Club Lake with regards the fish you catch. I ended up catching shallow with casters to some flattened reeds on the island.

Match Day
Match day arrived and I drew peg 13 on Club, which is a corner peg and looks extremely 'fishy'; however, I will admit now I had one of them days to forget!
I managed to winkle out 28 pound for 5th in section, which in all honesty I was devastated with, as I thought I'd let the team down.

Fortunately a lot of the other anglers had fared better and we managed to win the match as a team quite comfortably. One of our team Andy Hampson won the match individually form guess where?  You guessed it peg 2 on Canal, the peg I practiced on, so the practice session and my tips came in more than useful after all :-)