Now residing in New Zealand, this blog will also document my Kayak fishing adventures...
After a 16 year break from Coarse Angling in the UK I re-ignited my passion for fishing in 2010. Follow my journey from tackle selection, new methods, old and new venue's. All the blanks and bags captured. Thanks for stopping by...
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Maggotdrowners - Lindholme Lakes, 26th April 2012
The weather didn’t look promising again today. The gear is soaked from yesterday and it looked like today would be the same! We were fishing Oasis today. Oasis is a U shaped lake of uniform width, around 16 metres. The favourite pegs would be the 40’s and pegs 2 through 10. These pegs are were the wind blows in to.
I drew out Peg 35, on the favoured side of the lake, it was also the Golden Peg for the day, so a lake win would have netted me £300, little chance of that with the stamp of anglers in the group.
Parking was easy, right behind the peg with a short walk over the sodden earth.
Pole and Method were broken out. I’d use the method if the wind got up and made it difficult fishing at 16 metres. It’s hard enough fishing at 16 metres without the wind!
Pole Lines were:
16 metres on the far shelf
13 metres to the bottom of the far shelf
5 metre line bottom of the near shelf
Top 2 and 2 for the margin on my right
It was raining while setting up and as the all-in was called it was still raining.
I cupped in micro pellets on my far shelf line and chopped worm on the near shelf line. I baited up a peice of 6mm meat and shipped out 16 metres to try and mug a couple of early fish. It worked and I had two decent carp in the net after 15 minutes.
The far shelf line quickly died away, so I went over the pellet line with 6mm expander pellet. A couple of foul hooked fish and the line went dead. So I topped up both far and near shelf and started to feed the margins with around 5 pieces of meat, I’d do this every 30 minutes and as the match progressed up it to every 15 minutes.
Turning to the method, I cast to the far bank and quickly had a fish in the net, a decent F1. For the next 3 hours I stayed on the method line, still topping up the pole lines just incase. I found that I had to chase the fish across the far bank and had two main spots to cast two, rotating between fish. Pinging 6mm pellets over the method also encouraged bites.
The method was baited with dampened micros, mixed with F1 groundbait and luncheon meat hair rigged, or a 6mm pellet banded. The luncheon meat was producing a better stamp of fish.
With 2 hours remaining, the method line died and I went across to the far pole line, nothing. The near shelf chopped worm line produced some skimmers, but nothing substantial. I struggled along and eventually went down in the margin. First fish came quickly, then disaster, striking, the rig flew up into the tree and tangled, so I dropped my method in the margins and managed two more fish before the all-out.
33lb 5oz and a section 3rd.
I felt I had the plundered the method line on the far shelf and was surprised there wasn’t more fish on the pellet line, which had remained untouched for a number of hours. The lads either side of me were fishing shallow and while it didn’t work straight away, they kept the fish coming and both anglers beat me by around 10lb and 20lb. Must learn to fish shallow!
Aaron’s Pool Challenge
We managed a game early in the evening before the beer kicked in and as such it was treated as a practice match. Needless to say, I whooped him on the practise match, but couldn't take the victory out of principal ;-)
Now the final day of the festival is a leveller for all of our skill groups. We would no longer be fishing our section as we had completed the lake rotation. I had managed to get into the 3rd group, so one up from the numpties.
Today was also a special day for Big Ben, it was his 40th birthday so we all sung Happy Birthday and Jo had kindly got him a lovely cake and some balloons... they never went to the peg with him...
Which lake would we be on? Well Clive W drew for us as I had been banned from drawing and we would be back on Beatties. Not too bad I thought and herbie had removed peg 6 as it simply did not fish that well during the week. So I ended up still in the shallow area again, this time on Peg 8!
Set-Up Pole at 14.5 metres to the islandPole top two and two on my leftWaggler to fish towards the break between Beatties and TannersFeeder rod as the island was too much a target not to fishAll-In
Cupped in two balls of groundbait with chopped worm and caster on the pol…
Putting the disappoint result from Oaks behind me it was fishing Tanners that I was looking forward to next. The easterly wind had started to blow after the previous beautiful day so I fancied a draw down around peg 10 - 14, lets see what the drawbar had in store for me today.
Well, peg 2 on the lawns, which is a good waggler and bomb peg so wasn't too disappointed. I had the pellet waggler master for a neighbour on Peg 1, Dave Stockton and Silvers on Peg 4.
The bomb rod was straight out of the bag together with a pellet waggler set up, really simple!
While not a lot had been reported coming out from the margin I just had to set up a margin line to my right and a 5 metre pole line too.
Again mainly pellets together with worms and sweetcorn.
Speaking with Hathers after the draw he mentioned that I'd probably be spending 80% of the match on the bomb and pellet line, which I did to be fair, 5 hours in total.
A chance to fish the Wednesday match with Godalming Angling Society on a new lake to me, Richardson Lake.
The weather wasn't looking the best today with rain predicted, little did I know it was going to rain all day long and soak all the gear.
Peg 7, near to the Apollo tackle shop came out of the bag for me.
With the wind blowing down the lake I didn't feel it would be a waggler day however I set-up a waggler and also a bomb to fish the waggler line too.
Pole lines were: 13 metres at 10 o'clock and 1 o'clockTop 2 and 3 straight aheadMargin lines left and right
Bait was a mix between natural (maggot, caster, worms) and pellets which would be fished on separate lines. All-In
Kicking off the swims I put a small ball of sloppy groundbait with casters on the 10 o'clock line and some 4 mm pellets on the other long pole line. The rain then started.
I decided to try the waggler, pinging casters over the top until the wind got so bad that it made presentation …