A Week at Westwood, By Stewart Rusling

Well the day had arrived the one that we had all been eagerly awaiting are week-long road trip to Westwood lakes ,we were like a bunch of kids at Christmas .Myself and fellow Beechwood baits team member Brian Coakley ,decided to set of around 7-00 am we were meeting fellow Sunday crew angler Ian Adams at hawks head  services ,stopped for a coffee and a chat then back on the road .we arrived at Westwood lakes around 10-30 had a walk around ,Brian went to sort the lodge out and was told we could not get in till 3pm .The temperature had now risen to around 30 degrees, we agreed to do a spot of speed fishing on osprey lake, fishing was fast and furious.

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After fishing none stop for a couple of hours in red-hot weather, Ian Adams reappeared.  With bottles of Kopparberg and magnum ice creams; what a man! Time for an afternoon siesta.

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Myself and Brian even did some extreme margin fishing, Ian kept catching fish steady, apologies for some of the selfies.

It was just a half a day on the pole, it was just two rigs for me, a short slapping rig and a deck rig, bait was 6/8mm pellets glugged in Beechwood baits Trigonella feed was matching Trigonella micros and 3mm pellets.

DAY TWO ON KESTREL LAKE

Me, Brian and Ian where up at 4-00 looking forward to fishing Kestrel, we picked are pegs for the day, my peg was looking along the large island, my four set ups for the day was pellet wag, tip rod, deck rig and margin swim on the pole.

Brian had opted for pretty much the same set up, so are day began, my peg was screaming out for the pellet wag, bait was FEED+X soaked in monster crab, after second cast fish on, Brian was also into fish in his peg, we both kept feeding are margin swim little and often .Ian decided on the peg with the aerator going full blast as the temp was already 29 degrees Brian had a carp to 15lb, tench to 5lb and bream to 4lb I had carp into double figures the average barbel was 3to 4lb  tench, ide, roach, we finished the day with nets over 140lb .Ian’s best fish was a 7lb barbel.

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DAY THREE HAWK LAKE

This is the quirky lake where you walk onto the island and fish out, another early start for me and Brian 4-30, this is for a few reasons; one we get to choose or pegs and the heat through the day plus we couldn’t get enough!  We had left Ian in bed snoring.

My set up and bait for the day was feeder rod, pole for the margin and 13m pole to the far side, bait margin sweet corn over micros glugged in Trigonella, on the feeder Musselberry 10mm bandums, as in the other lakes the aerator is left on for the welfare of the fish. It soon became obvious the margins where the place to fish. We were joined around 10-30 by Ian after his snooze, at the end of the day we all would have had nets over the 100lb once again. Brian got his margin swims fishing well, left hand side seemed to produce barbel and silvers while his right hand produced carp.  After a hard days fishing we left Ian to carry on he was hitting a rich vein of form.

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DAY FOUR SKYLARK LAKE

This was the lake directly outside are lodge not a long walk, I set up left side of the bridge Brian on the right, and Ian was further down my left hand side.  I started off by doing a bit of gardening on my island margin swim, what started off as a nice day.

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Later it turned into a monsoon with thunder and lighting, we all decide to have a break as no fish is worth risking your life for.  This turned out to be one Brian’s best day’s with a huge amount of fish caught fishing a paste he has been developing with the boss Gav down the edge, myself and Ian both did well fished mostly 8mm pellet glugged in Trigonella.

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DAY FIVE THE RETURN TO KESTREL LAKE

It was are first time to all fish together, Brian, me and Dave fished one side and Ian, Michael and Callum was smashing the ide on the opposite side, all in ear shot of each other just so the banter can start.

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I started on the pellet wag as did Callum, bait was the new Beechwood baits FEED+SSP we have been testing and proved what it is designed for, feeder rod micros and 10mm bandums all glugged in Trigonella to match, probably one of the best methods of the day was slapping with 8mm pellets glugged which accounted for multiple hook up for me Brian and Dave all at once, I even managed to catch two barbel.

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With the aerators on it was like fishing a small river, so I decided to put a deck rig on bulked the shot down the line, fished at 8 meters and trotted the float through which caught me plenty of barbel, it had to be one of my best days with an estimated weight of 140lb+, Michael and Ian where having a great day too.  As always fish care is up most in our minds especially in this heat, even when Brian is in the middle of the action he still has time to help a fellow angler!

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DAY SIX KINGFISHER LAKE

Brian and I had a bit of a lie in 9-00 start, the other lads went to fish Falcon.  Kingfisher Lake is the original lake on the complex, with some cracking stock of fish which include barbel 10lb+, carp 20lb+, tench 5lb+ bream 6lb+ roach 2lb and some big ghost carp.  Methods for the day was feeder again my trusted micros and 10mm Trigonella bandums, shalla slapping with 8mm pellet and the constantly fed margin swims.  That would be our target for the afternoon!

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Last day for us all this would be a day of two halves, first we tried swallow lake, this is supposed to hold some of the larger stock, we did think about this being a rod day, but we had a chat the night before to a regular who told us not to forget the margins.

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Tactics for the day was pellet wag, method rod and the pole set up for the margin. I started catching from the of on the method 10mm Musselberry doing the business, the rest of the lads where all catching, Michael was catching plenty in his swim the aerator giving plenty of movement in his swim, Dave had a nice tench around the 4lb mark.

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Brian and Callum where catching steady. I had noticed my margin swim getting stirred up, so I set up the margin rig, fishing in about 18inch of water bait was 10mm Trigonella wafters, after putting a bed of mixed pellets, I ended up catching some nice carp.

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After around 11-30 we decided on a move back to Kingfisher, Michael wanted to stay on Swallow as he was catching, when we arrived at Kingfisher it looked quite busy, but luckily for us a group of anglers where just leaving.  We all jumped on a peg, and was soon all fishing again, there were some awesome fish coming out, lovely barbel.  I left the lads to fishing as I headed back to the lodge early to make our dinner, the lads stayed on till late as they were smashing it!!

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Beechwood baits smashed Westwood lakes, till we’re on the bank again, Stewart!

 

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