Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Aston Park Fisheries

As most of you are aware by my previous posts, I tend to venture mainly to Lindholme Lakes and Messingham Sands, but for a change I decided to go and fish the open at Aston Park fisheries near Sheffield. I had only been once before and that was to do a feature for Pole Fishing Magazine a month or so previous; I had such a fantastic day catching tons of Ide, Carp and F1s, I thought I needed to get back and fish a match.

Today's match was to be on Butts Lake (the same lake as I did the feature on) this is a canal style lake with a comfortable 13 meters to the far side with 50 well spaced pegs down a central arm.
After a chat to the owner Alex it was draw time. I pulled out peg 32, which I was immediately told is a decent area. 
On arrival at my peg it looked spot on with a sedge covered far bank and plenty of open water. With this in mind I decided on my plan. 

The Plan 
I opted for 4 pronged approach, very similar to how I had approached the feature. Firstly the far bank line; I spent a fair amount of time plumbing up as the lake bed was quite uneven. I did manage to find a couple of different spots that were identical in depth. These were in front of the sedges and not in the little cut outs between them, as I felt the 18 inches in front of them would be better than the 10 inches in the cut out as it was quite sunny. The second line I opted for was a shallow line at a top 2 plus 2 distance. On the day I did the feature this line was my main line and produced a lot of fish. My third line was a deck rig for the shallow rig line, just in case the fish dropped down. The 4th and final line was to the left hand platform, as I had a good view of it down the sedge lined near bank. 

Bait 
For the far bank line I had decided on a meat approach, with mushy meat for feed and 6 mm cubes for the hook. The mushy meat was made by passing the meat through a 6 mm cutter 3 times and then adding a small amount of water and a handful of hemp. I planned to feed this via a pole mounted kinder pot. For the shallow line I had 4 pints of casters which I planned to feed continuously by hand throughout the day. For the margins I mixed some groundbait and planned to switch between meat and corn on the hook. 

Rigs 

Far Bank Rig 
Pole - Browning Silverlite 10-12
Elastic - Yellow Browning Stretch 7 
Mainline - 0.18 Browning Hybrid Power 
Hooklength - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power 
Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911
Float - Scotthorne AS3 0.2g 
Shotting - Spread bulk set just above the hook length  

Shallow Rig 
Pole - Browning Silverlite 10-12 
Elastic - Yellow Browning Stretch 7 
Mainline - 0.18 Browning Hybrid Power 
Hooklengths - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power 
Hook - Size 16 Guru LWG eyed tied with a Knotless knot with a hairigged mini band 
Float - 0.2g Drennan Crystal Dibber
Shotting - Bulk set just above the hooklength 

Deck Rig 
Pole - Browning Silverlite 10-12
Elastic - Yellow Browning Stretch 7
Mainline - 0.18 Browning Hybrid Power 
Hooklength - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power 
Hook - Size 18 Kamasan B911
Float - F1 Slim wire 0.3g 
Shotting - A spread bulk plus 2 droppers 

Edge Rig 
Pole - Browning Silverlite 10-12 
Elastic - White Browning Stretch 7
Mainline - 0.16 straight through 
Hook - size 14 Kamasan B911 
Float - Drennan Carp 4 0.2g 
Shotting - Bulk Set 6" from the hook 

The Session
I started the session on the long pole to the far bank, as I hoped this would give me the best chance of starting quickly and also allowing me time to build my other swims. I filled the pole mounted pot with some of the mushy meat, baited the hook with a single cube and shipped the pole into position. I tapped the mush fro the pot, then lowered the rig slowly over the top. A bite came after a few seconds and with a steady stream of elastic hugging its way down the far bank I was in to a decent Carp. After a few seconds the fish was under control and soon netted, a carp of around 11/2 pound was a good start. 

The next 30 minutes or so saw a steady stream of small Ide grace the net. It was after around 35 minutes I started seeing signs on the short line, so I switched to the shallow rig and I started catching good size Ide at a much faster rate. The Ide on the short line were much bigger than on the far bank line, happy days! 
To be fair, I spent the majority of the match on this line; it was only when I had a lul in action, then I would rest it for a while and go on the far bank rig. As soon as signs on the short line reappeared then I was back on the short line like a shot. 
I had a few looks on the margin lines but to no avail. 
At the end of the match I was really pleased with how things had gone as I managed to keep fish going in the net all day. At the weigh in i totalled 76lb 8oz which was enough to give me the match win. I will definitely be paying another visit to Aston Park soon 😄





Friday, 16 September 2016

Messingham Sands - Hollywood Lake

The Hollywood Lake at Messingham Sands is one of my favourite lakes and one I have had some great results on in the past. For those who have never been to Messingham Sands, the Hollywood lake is a canal style lake approximately 450 meters long and 30 meters wide with 30 pegs, pegged on a single bank. The Lake is stocked to the rafters with Carp, F1's, Crucians, Skimmers and Tench.

Draw time arrived and as I ended up holding the bag I was one of the last to draw. I wasn't disappointed when peg 10 graced my hand when I did manage to draw though; it's not a peg I have drawn before, but I know it can be a decent area. The middle of the lake is pretty consistent and produces decent results regularly. On arrival at my peg, I discovered a strong wind blowing from right to left straight down the lake. With this in mind I came up with a plan

The Plan
As the wind was quite strong, it was going to dictate how far I could fish on the pole. After some experimenting holding the pole in the wind, I discovered that 11 meters was the distance I could hold comfortably and would be able to present a rig properly. I plumbed my first rig up at at 11 meters and  had a depth of around 7 ft. I expected this line to be my main line of attack. My second line was to be at a top 2 plus 2 distance, on this line I had around 5 ft of water. I was hoping this line would be a good back up for the 11 meter line, especially later in the match.
I also set up a bomb rod for the far bank and a margin line for for my left hand margin.

Image result for browning method competition groundbaitBait
This was as simple as it comes, I had some fishery 6 and 8 mm pellets for both the pole and bomb and some corn and groundbait for the margin.

Rigs:
11 Meter Rig
  • Pole - Browning Silverlite 10-12
  • Elastic - White Browning Stretch 7 
  • Mainline - 0.18 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hooklength - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Guru LWG eyed, tied with a knotless knot with a hairrigged micro band 
  • Float - 0.5g Scotthorne AS1 
  • Shotting - Strung bulk set just above the hooklength 
Top 2 Plus 2 Line 
  • Pole - Browning Silverlite 10-12 
  • Elastic - White Browning Stretch 7 
  • Main line - 0.18 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hooklength - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Guru LWG eyed, tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged micro band
  • Float - 0.3g Scotthorne AS1 
  • Shotting - A strung bulk plus 2 droppers 
Margin Rig 
  • Pole - Browning Margin Mauler
  • Elastic - Orange 20 plus Stretch 7 
  • Mainline - 0.20 straight through 
  • Hook - Kamasan B911 XS size 14 
  • Float - Drennan Carp 4 0.2g 
  • Shotting - Bulk set 6" above the hook 
Bomb Rod 
  • Rod - 10ft Browning Sphere Bomb 
  • Reel - Sphere 930 
  • Mainline - 0.20 Browning Cenex ABR 
  • Hooklength - 0.18 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Kamasan B911 XS eyed tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged mini band
  • Bomb - 1/3 oz square 
The Session 
I started the session by feeding a quarter pot of 6 mm pellets on the 11 meter line, but, instead of going straight over the top, I decided to start on the bomb to give  the fish time to move in on the pole line.

To keep bait going in over the top I fed 5 or 6, 6 mm  pellets every minute or so; I hoped this would get the fish feeding confidently before I went on it. 10 minutes on the bomb with an 8 mm pellet in the band proved fruitless and 1 tiny Tench was all I could muster. 
A change to the 11 meter line proved a good move as first drop in I hooked and landed a decent Carp. The next put in resembled the first and another decent Carp was soon netted.
The first hour was pretty productive and going into the second hour I had 10 fish in the net. For some reason though the bites started to become iffy, so I switched form a 6 mm pellet in the band to an 8 mm. The impact was immediate as I was soon getting proper bites again and back catching steadily. One thing I did do is change the hook to a 14 as I felt the 16 was getting masked by the bigger pellet resulting in missed bites. The 14 hook soon rectified this and I started hitting most bites.





I decided to give the long line a bit of a rest and give the short line a try. I had been constantly feeding this by hand with 6 mm pellets. I started with an 8 mm in the band staright away on this line due to how positive it was on the long line. Within 30 seconds I was in on this line too, a good lump around 8 lb was soon netted safely. The remainder of the match followed the same script, swapping between lines and constantly putting fish in the net.
By the end of the match I had caught near on 50 Carp and at the weigh in I totaled 178lb 8 oz which gave me a comfortable match win
Happy days