|The 3 open Kippax Park Lakes|
I had found out quite late the night before I was due to go fishing that the larger of the 2 commercial lakes had been booked for a match. Although this was slightly frustrating it still meant I had the choice of fishing the smaller Skylark or the older more established trout lake (which is now a mixed coarse fishery) Rainbow lake. Arriving at the fishery I quickly unpacked my gear and had a brief conversation with an angler fishing the Rainbow Lake. He informed me that the Skylark lake was also booked for a match and it depended on the number of entrants whether it was going to proceed. This was frustrating, especially as I had tweaked most of my equipment and rigs so they would stand up to the strains of commercial fisheries. I asked the angler how Rainbow lake was fishing and he informed me he’d just caught a skimmer and had a few bites so I decided to save myself the walk to Skylark and set up on Rainbow targeting the silver fish that I had read the lake now contained.
I was pleased to see that access to the pegs was quite easy and they were all very sturdy. Choosing a peg which offered open water to fish the pole and an island to feeder/ledger fish to, I set up both methods and began to plumb the pole line. Fishing dead depth at around 4 feet meant that even the plummet came in covered in weed. Watching some fry moving around on the surface I choose to fish about 3 feet deep hoping that this would keep me off the weeds and on the fish. Shipping out to 11.5 meters with the faithful double red maggot I waited for the float to zip away. 50 minutes, 5 types of bait and some loose feed later and still not a bite! This was starting to look like a difficult day. After a further 20 minutes I changed my rig down to 2.6lb line and an 18 hook hoping that the change would pay dividends. With double caster on the hook I shipped out and began to wait. 5 minutes past until the float started to move around. The float hadn’t fully submerged when I struck into the fish. The 8 elastic I was using tore from the end of my pole as the fish went on its first ripsnorter of a run. Then the fish jumped clear out of the air. A trout! There was a reason this lake was called Rainbow. The 5 minutes fight was definitely a challenge and when I got the fish to my net I was relieved that all my knots had held as this fish of 5lbs could have easily snapped me.
After the fish had torn through my swim I knew it was going to be quite a while before any fish would be caught on the pole again so I switched to the feeder and cast out aiming to get close to the island. After a 5 minutes wait I decided to reel back in so I could establish a bed of bait quickly. It was now that I realised the weed problem in my pole swim extended to most areas of the lake. Every time I wound in, my feeder and hook bait would be pulled through clumps of weed. When I finally hauled in “the business end” and was set to re-cast I saw that the coots and moorhens of the lake were diving down into my swim clearly helping themselves to the bait I had just cast out. I cast to 6 different positions along the island’s bank for the best part of 2 hours and every time I brought in a new clump of weed. Leaving the birds to it I went back to the pole and began to frequently feed maggot and caster. 35 minutes past before the float took off charging towards me. My 8 elastic was being tested today. Another trout but this time it was around 2lbs.
|The only coarse fish of the day|
|There is lots of potential from all the pegs, if only there were more fish.|
As a rating I would say;
Fishability ** (The potential for options is huge, but at the moment it's really tough)