Saturday, 30 September 2017

Lindholme Lakes Laurels

After returning from holiday, I really needed to get back in tune with the lakes at Lindholme. I
decided to venture out on the Saturday open as it was been held on Laurels Lake, which is not utilised that often for the open matches. With winter league fast approaching and this lake featuring quite heavily in it, I really needed to give it a go.
The draw soon came around and I pulled out peg 57, a peg I have not drawn for a long time. On arrival at the peg, I was a bit disappointed to be honest, as the over hanging trees on the flat bank to my right were going to restrict my options. With this in mind I came up with a plan. 

The Plan
As I have fished the lake plenty of times in the past, I decided to go with a pretty standard approach. Firstly I planned to fish a short pole at a top 2 plus 2 distance, this line can be really productive early and late on in the match. My second line would be at 13 meters at an 11 o'clock angle so that the over hanging trees didn't cause me any issues. My third and final line was for the margins both left and right as the depth was pretty identical. 

Bait 
I had some 6 mm fishery pellets for banding and some fishery 4 mm pellets for feeding on both the short and long pole lines. For the edges I had some micros and corn. 

Rigs 
Short And Long Pole Rigs 
  • Pole - Browning Sphere Zero-G 
  • Elastic - White Browning Stretch 7 Hollow (10+) 
  • Main line - 0.18 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hooklength - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook - Size 16 Kamasan B911 tied with a knotless knot with a hair rigged micro band 
  • Float - 0.3g AS1
  • Shotting - Bulk plus 2 droppers 
Edge Rig 
  • Pole - Browning Sphere Zero-G 
  • Elastic - Orange Browning Stretch 7 Hollow (14+)
  • Mainline - 0.18 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hooklength - 0.16 Browning Hybrid Power 
  • Hook -  Size 14 Guru Kaizen 
  • Float - 0.4g Tez Naulls Inline Diamond 
  • Shotting - Spread bulk 

The Session 
I started the session on the short pole; I loaded the pole mounted pot with 10 dampened 4 mm pellets
and baited the band with a 6 mm pellet and shipped the rig into position. I tapped the pellets from the pot and lowered the rig slowly into position. A minute later the float dipped, a quick lift of the pole and I was into the first fish of the day. A chunky F1 was the result. The next few drops followed the same pattern. The first 2 hours were spent on the short line and I managed 20 Carp and F1s before the line died.
I switched to the long pole at the beginning of the 3rd hour which I had been feeding steadily via catapult with 6 x 4 mm pellets. This line produced a few fish in quick succession before the line
slowed. It was again a case of been patient and letting bites materialise by working the float.
Eventually the line pretty much ground to a halt. A try down the margins produced a few more better stamp fish, especially the right hand margin. 
The remainder of the match was spent rotating lines and picking up odd fish. At the weigh in I was pretty pleased with the 97 lb 3 I totalled. 
I was left kicking myself, as I hadn't taken casters, thinking they wouldn't be required. How wrong I was as the top 3 on the lake all had more than 100 lb on, yes you've guessed it Casters!