(Sponsored by Drennan Lindholme Lakes) Sunday 25th April 2021. Drennan Lindholme Lakes. 230 fished.
23 teams of 10 competed for the Stillwater Commercial Team National title at the prolific Drennan Lindholme Lakes near Doncaster. On the day, a cold easterly wind put paid to any bumper catches for this match but at least it didn’t rain and catches still remained reasonable for most and this led to the closest nail biting finish seen at a National for many a year. A matter of grams separated not only the Individual result but also the Team result.
Josh Turbill (Preston Innovations & Sonubaits North West) scraped the Individual win by the narrowest of margins of 140gms when he weighed in 57.800Kg from Laurels peg 15. Very close behind him was Tom Edwards (Daiwa Tackle & Bates) who weighed 57.660Kg from Bennys peg 56. Third place went to Connor Barlow (Drennan North West)...
I generally tie my feeder hooklengths with a hair and a band for pellet or spike for soft baits
My hooks for float fishing get tied with no hair.
If I am float fishing and decide to switch to hard pellet as a bait then am I better off switching hooklength to one tied with a band or can I get away with hooking a banded pellet onto the bottom of the gape ?
Would I be significantly decreasing my chances of the hook penetrating a lip and getting a good hold with the ‘lazy’ option or is it something done regularly by people?
Got a match at Landsend Sunday, so wanted to go and have a look at the work that’s been done since the new owner (Gary Anderson, Dart Player) took over. The fishery had declined a bit, stock levels dropped off and the foliage was rampant (the previous owner worked away a lot and was running another business, the fishery was a sideline/hobby).
Well, the arboreal incursion has been reversed, huge new platforms, paths around the fishery, new fish and some stock moved around, lots of work done, more planned, it’s looking good. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the fishery, it’s setting is idyllic, right on the top of the levels of Avalon, it’s one of the most peaceful commercials you can visit, but it’s a venue that hasn’t been kind to me results wise. Still, no result to get today, just an idea of how it’s fishing.
With the promise of slightly milder weather for the weekend, Zachary and I headed out to Rising Sun fishery in Alne, North Yorkshire. Comprising two small match lakes and a larger “specimen” lake, Rising Sun is a cracking little fishery with a very strong head of Ide and carp in the match lakes and some serious lumps in the specimen lake. We’ve fished the match lakes a few times, and as Zach wanted to catch Ide we plumped for the same again.
We set up with the wind off our backs and I got Zachary fishing at about eight metres (a depth of roughly five feet) with an AS3 and a strung out shotting pattern. I expected that if the Ide were up in the water we would get bites on the drop, and if not, we’d catch plenty on the bottom. Elastic was a size thirteen Preston Duraslip (the white one), as although he was after Ide there was a very strong possibility of a rogue carp (it’s great...