ELMTREE FARM FISHERIES – KILNHURST; ROTHERHAM
Around the country there are some top notch anglers at this F1 fishing malarkey, so for the purpose this article ive brought with me to ElmTree Farm fisheries a young talented teenager called Jordan Webster who by his match fishing results of late is a great exponent of the art of catching these crafty critters. First though it was a quick call into Parkgate Angling Centre for some bait..
Jordan although still a teenager, being well over 6ft tall handles 14/16m of pole about like waving a magic wand.
We’re on peg 18 on the match lake here at Elmtree, which is one of the pegs where you can reach the cover of the reed beds with around 14m, the depth is a shade under 4ft against the reeds. Jordan recently won a winter match with 70 odd pound from here.
Bait wise couldn’t be more simpler, half a bag of micros and some 4mm expanders for the hook. If these didn’t work on the day, like any good magician a few tricks were tucked up his sleeves.
Noseying around on his bait tray I was keen to see what rigs were being attached to his top kits…
With a main line of 0.16 dia and a 6″ hook length of 0.12 to a size 18 guru hook, to me this looked a tad heavy but as Jordan explained…your fishing next to reeds and the lines will take a fair bit of punishment throughout the day. Elastics were size 8 matrix hollow.
The difference in the 2 rigs was that one had all the no.10 shots bulk down on top of the 6″ hook length, the other had no.10 strung over the bottom 18″ above the hook length.
With a small sprinkle pot attached at the pole tip (not a foot away from the tip)…. ‘I’m guilty as charged M’lord.’
Around a doz micros were placed loose in the pot, shipped across against the reeds.Pole was turned over and tapping the pole butt, sprinkling only 3-4 micros…(I’m guilty again, lot would have gone in). Rig lifted and lowered straight down with the expander pellet just touching bottom, it took all of 20 seconds for the first bite. With pole shipping back the no.8 laccy guiding the first f1 away from its winter shelter.
Ringing the changes..
Starting on the strung out rig after netting 5 or 6 fish something wasn’t quite right, either line bites were occuring or the presentation wasn’t right…under tow was moving the rig left to right. Switching top kits over helped a bit with the bulk rig steadying things up. Now if I was fishing this peg i’d have been plundering away on the same line trying to ‘make it work’….feeding the same way etc. This is what sets good anglers apart from us mere mortals. Although still catching the odd fish and foul hooking a few he hadn’t ‘found them’ so again changed something…
Plumbing against the reeds again but this time 2-3 ft away to the left he was soon into another run of fish, but 20 minutes later he’s up off his box and into his bait bag grabbing some yellow dye for the micros… to add a splash of colour…this brought a few more fish.
Although he was catching the odd fish….this wasn’t right so next he changed to a hard 4mm hook bait, banded with the hook just hooking the band…still not right though …..next up he was feeding 4mm pellets instead of micros……ringing the changes.
Not content with sporadic fish, once more he’s off his box ferreting in his holdall, another top kit was quickly assembled and attached a heavier 0.4g rig…
Plumbing up a new line with the heavier rig against the reeds but this time 8ft to the right, also now feeding the heavier 4mm pellets and a soft hooker both coated with the yellow additive. Sprinkling 4-5 pellets in and slowly lowering the rig down….it carried on going down, fish on, shipped back and landed….
once again bait up 4-5 pellets in the pot ship out same spot, fed and lowered rig down….again the float went straight down………‘Bingo found them now’
For the next 25-30 minutes Jordan caught an f1 every put in, the session only came to an end after a slightly over zealous ‘lift’….left the rig attached to some over hanging branch.
After 3 hours fishing he had chopped and changed things numerous times till he had found them and found how best to catch them on the day.
Fishery owner Mark came round to weigh his fish……these went 45lb 2. A great effort from Jordan in just 3 hours fishing.
For all infomation regarding this cracking fishery, where you can catch through the winter, contact Mark Peckett on 07944 505798.
This article will be available in the Sheffield Star in Bob Roberts column friday 10th march 2017……..cheers Bob