Day one at Westwood Lakes while waiting for our lodge to be ready saw us have a 4 hour stint on Osprey, which is a newish match lake where all pegs are identical looking and ideal for a bit of speed fishing on light tackle. I set out using Drennan Aqua F1 elastic and Daiwa white hydro in my top kits, shalla rigs with size 16 and 18 guru qm1 hooks with my bands tight up against the hook.
“Osprey lake is a 25 peg strip lake ideal for club matches. It is 13 meters across and 250 meters long. There is a shallow 2ft deep shelf either side and down the track is 3.5 – 5ft”
Bait was an easy choice glugged in Trigonella 6 and 8 mm pellets and feeding micros, this soon changed to just feeding 6mm pellets every put in.
The fishing was frantic, once the feed started to go in, getting bites every put in but also
lots of line bites and loosing fish.
After about an hour I wasn’t putting in as much feed, just loose feeding 6mm pellets.
Fishing up against the reeds on the far side brought some barbel and carp upto 3lb
( taking care to give every fish especially the barbel time to recover in the heat )
The fish were of a small standard with being a new lake but was great fun on light tackle.
Ian and Stu were enjoying the fun aswell.
a well-earned break with temperatures upto 30 degrees and Ian supplied some welcome refreshments.
Back to it and it was pretty much the same but by now we were fishing right in up against the bank getting a slightly better stamp of carp and barbel, as you can see in the picture it was quite ” Extreme margin fishing” )
Not a water I would want to fish all day but a match situation or a few hours of fun then yeah great, in a few years when these fish have matured there will be some great weights coming out for all anglers!
Tight lines and keep an eye out for the rest of my blogs from my brilliant week at Westwoodlakes