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A seatbox is one of the most important pieces of tackle to get right. You sit on it for anything up to 9 hours on a normal day session, it contains all of your prized terminal tackle and securely protects those rigs you spend hours on getting to perfection. This is why I needed and […] Daiwa 75 Seatbox...
You sit on it for anything up to 9 hours on a normal day session, it contains all of your prized terminal tackle and securely protects those rigs you spend hours on getting to perfection.
This is why I needed and upgrade from my old shakespeare box that I’ve had since starting pole fishing. Yes it’s served me well and they are probably the best box to buy a young budding angler. They can fit loads inside, and are lightweight only being made from plastic. But that’s what they are, cheap, light and basically for beginners. Fair enough right?
So I recently upgraded to, what I call, a proper seat box. One with adjustable legs, footplate, comfy seat, the lot. My budget wasn’t the biggest so I settled on the Daiwa 75 Seatbox. Although one of Daiwa lower range seatbox’s, it’s still a great piece of kit.
The top compartment is perfect for my rigs, the long side tray has regularly used items in such as discorgers and then the 2 front draws contain my main terminal tackle. One side for rod fishing and the other for pole fishing. This was the most logical order I could come up with. The main bottom compartment has 2 reels in, a catapult and other similar bits and pieces.
Although not massive, most of all my tackle fits in, but I can see the box being too small for people with a lot more terminal tackle.
The footplate is my favourite part. It stores away with ease by loosening 2 of the knobs and you then you just pull the footplate out and lift up making carrying and storing the box a breeze. Speaking of carrying, this box is also light enough to get to those pegs where you can’t park your car behind!
All in all I would rate this Daiwa 75 Seatbox as a great bit of kit for anglers looking to upgrade from their first beginners box or for someone with not too much tackle who wants to be comfortable at the side of commercial ponds and basically not spend too much.
There’s plenty of accessories to buy to go with the Daiwa box too. The ones I am looking forward to getting is the bait waiter so everything I need throughout the session is within easy reach, a keep net arm to save having to find a place to stick the bank stick into, and a long feeder arm rest. The long feeder arm will make fishing the method effortless and will be great for the pellet waggler to rest the rod when catapulting those vital pellets in.
I recently visited Elm Tree Farm Fishery and had an absolutely fantastic days fishing. I went with the sole intention of using just pellets either on the Method or Waggler. This was from reading a few bits online and contacting the owner via their Facebook page, who got back to me straight away! There’s 2 […] Method Feeder Fishing at Elm Tree Farm...
I went with the sole intention of using just pellets either on the Method or Waggler. This was from reading a few bits online and contacting the owner via their Facebook page, who got back to me straight away!
There’s 2 main ponds at Elm Tree Farm. The Horseshoe lake with LOTS of features to fish to, which is a course lake for Match and Pleasure anglers. The lake is well stocked with all breeds of fish, but a large proportion of F1s. There is also a productive carp lake with carp ranging from 14 Ib to late 20s.
I obviously went coarse fishing so went for a walk around the horseshoe lake and ended up settling on peg 21. It looked a great peg, with open water to the left and a lovely bay to fish into straight in front towards the island. With the weather slightly overcast I decides to fish the method feeder.
Using the line clip I got the perfect position 3 or 4 inches away from the reeds and I was off. First cast, sinking the line and literally waited 2 minutes and I was into the first fish of the day, a hard fighting F1. This continued for the next few hours and it was great sport, and although nothing massive these fish gave a good little scrap. As well as the F1s I caught a lovely little tench which was a welcome change.
I could see where I was casting starting to bubble, so much so the fish started to attack the feeder on the drop! I’d heard before I went that the slow sinking feeder could be a deadly tactic hear, and with the weather warming up I could see its potential. I have since bought a few slow sinking feeders and aim to go back to give them a try.
Anyway after a while I decided the best bet was to just get onto the Pellet Waggler using the 6 mm pellets in the bait band and to catapult out. Again it was spot on and I caught a fair few more F1s. Not as prolific as the Method but still plenty.
It started to cool down around 4 o’clock and then the rain came, but I wasn’t too bothered as I’d had a top days catching, losing count of how many I caught. It’s a great place to go for all anglers and would recommend to anyone. The cafe on site it great too and the sausage and bacon butties are a must.
Ok, thought I would just update this post rather than creating a new one. I went back here on Sunday 8th September as it was decent weather and fancied catching a few. Went with a similar game plan as previous but intended to go on the pellet waggler around dinner time.
Got there about half 7 and went on peg 16 which is quite close to the island again, with a nice little bay to target. Went on the method up to about 12 o’clock and bagged 18 F1s. It was warming up a bit so I went on the Pellet Waggler but this wasn’t half as fruitful as I’d hoped, with only 5 F1s in an hour. Went back on the method and must have caught another 20, again all F1s.
So, another cracking day at Elm Tree Farm – so if you happen to go, try to get a peg that’s in reach of the island, and get on the method feeder within about a foot of it and you’re guaranteed to catch!
It’s been a while! This was only my second fishing session of the year! Where’s this year gone!? Anyway, you’ll notice this is only my first post this year. That’s because a couple of weeks ago I had an absolute mare of a session and there was really nothing to share. I was in a Yorkshire social […] Candy Corner | Hoskers...
Anyway, you’ll notice this is only my first post this year. That’s because a couple of weeks ago I had an absolute mare of a session and there was really nothing to share. I was in a Yorkshire social match at Birkwood Farm fisheries, but drew a blank and caught nothing, zero, zip! It was a ridiculously warm day and the pond we were on was Oscars. I’d heard it was full of F1’s so went with the intention of getting them going on luncheon meat. It just didn’t happen. The match was a disaster all round to be honest, with the biggest weight being about 20 Ib and most people getting around 6-7 Ib. The pond gets some really decent weights on a good day but it was just too hot and they weren’t having it at all!
So, after that I had to get my confidence back, so I headed to my new favourite spot, Candy Corner. There were no match’s on Hoskers lake which is unusual, so I decided to fish on the opposite side where I can’t usually get. I fished peg 2.
As you can see from the pictures I only took the usual supermarket baits, with fishery pellets soaked in F1 liquid, and some meat covered in curry powder.
I had one line of attack which was down the middle about 6 meters out. I started the session with a large cup of a mixture of micro and 4mm pellets, a few cubes of plain luncheon meat, and a few grains of sweetcorn and then went over the top with my rig and a cube of meat on the hook. Almost instantly I was into a nice common carp, it must have only been 50 seconds or so, I knew I was in for a good day. I carried on in this vain for a good hour or 2, catching carp between 2-4 Ib, staying on meat and with each bite using kinder pot to put in pellets.
It then went a bit quiet and the carp deserted my peg because I started to catch a few bream so I had a change of tactic. I stopped with the pellets completely and just went with meat, both flavours. Earlier in the week I watch a Steve Ringer video so went with his tactic. 3 or 4 cubes of meat in a kinder pot, then lower the hook bait in at the same time. I got a rhythm going and it worked a treat, the carp came back and I caught 3 lovely Ghost carp on the trot. This tactic paved me well up to around 3 o’clock. I was leaving at 4, so for the last hour I went in the margins to my left. I was getting the odd nibble from little uns but nothing of much conviction until suddenly, bang another decent common. It was a strong one though as it streamed my 16 solid elastic but must have only been 5 Ib.
All in all a great day with at least 30 fish caught, and confidence back, I can’t wait for next week!
My third yorkshire fishing social match was at the prolific Lindholme Lakes on the Strip pond. I was really looking forward to this one, knowing there would be a lot bigger stamp of fish available, with carp in the 5 to 10 Ib bracket not unusual. The forecast for the day was overcast and windy, […] Lindholme Lakes Strip...
I was really looking forward to this one, knowing there would be a lot bigger stamp of fish available, with carp in the 5 to 10 Ib bracket not unusual.
The forecast for the day was overcast and windy, but with decent temperatures. I drew peg 10, and having not studied the pegs before I hadn’t a clue where this would be. It turned out being a corner peg, with the wind blowing into it. Bang on the money!
Studying the peg, I spotted 4 different swims. I plummed each up, with the margins being about half to a foot shallower than the middle. The 4 swims a chose was the margin either side of me, 1 about 10 meters out in the middle, and then the final one about 8 meters out but up against the reeds to my left under some overhanging trees. This is the one I had the best feeling about, and would be my main attack. I had heard before hand that the fish in the pond are always moving in and out and no matter what you do, you cannot keep them there all day, so having 3 or 4 swims was perfect.
For the bait, I took Luncheon Meat, Sweetcorn and Pellets. You must use the fisheries own so I bought the 4 mm ones for feeding. I left half how they was, but flavoured the other half with F1 liquid.
On all in, I potted in 2 medium size pots of pellets, with the odd cube of Meat, and few grains of Sweetcorn. For the hook bait I chose 8 mm cubed plain luncheon meat. I was in literally minutes later on what felt a very good-sized fish. I rushed it a bit though and lost it. After that, my aim was to land every fish, no matter how long it took. 5 minute later I hooked another very good carp, which ended up being the biggest catch of the day – a 7.13 Ib Mirror carp.
After the thrilling start, I caught steady all day, staying in the same swim, on meat, feeding in with the 4 m pellets. If it quietened down, I would catapult in the pellets instead of potting them in to make a bit of noise to attract the fish back in. I caught all breeds of fish, from small hard fighting tench and f1’s, to very reasonably sized Mirror and Common Carp.
For the last 45 minutes, I decided to go into the close margins to my right, having been feeding in handfuls of pellets and corn all day. Using my very simple margin rig of a preston tyson float with one heavy shot, I started bagging some barbel and had about 5 on the trot. The final fish of the day was a nice sized common.
After having last weekend off for my birthday in Edinburgh, I decided this weekend I was going to go fishing both Saturday & Sunday. Perfect, because the Yorkshire Fishing Forum had a match booked on the Saturday for Kippax Park Fishery, then Sunday gave me the availability to go my usual pleasure fishing. Kippax Park […] Kippax Park Fishery | Yorkshire Fishing...
Perfect, because the Yorkshire Fishing Forum had a match booked on the Saturday for Kippax Park Fishery, then Sunday gave me the availability to go my usual pleasure fishing.
Kippax Park Fishery is a lovely setup, and the ponds looked very “fishy” if you know what I mean. I drew peg 6, but I wasn’t that fussed where I drew because all pegs were the same distance from the island in the middle, and all had similar margins.
With the weather at its peak for England, it was promised the temperatures would reach over 30 degrees so with a sweltering day in prospect my tactics were undecided. On one hand, there were a lot of silver fish this pond (Osprey) so I could go shallow on Maggot, Castor & Worm and target them, or then there’s the feeder to the island where the carp will be hiding up, but this can be unpredictable. To go along with that, from a bit of research this pond is very inconsistent with matches being won with around 50 Ib one week and then down to 19 Ib the next.
I decided my initial plan of attack would be the pole 10 meters out on the bottom. I then set up another rig for fishing shallow at various depth and length, and the final rig was for the margins. I also set up my feeder rod but didn’t anticipate using it.
All in was called and I went on my starting bottom rig. I potted in a small “cocktail” of dead maggots, castors and micro pellets. The start was a struggle but I eventually bagged my first fish, about a pound skimmer bream.
I struggled for bites all day to be honest, alternating between the dead depth and the shallow rig – nothing was showing in the Margins whatsoever. All my fish came on the bottom apart from a couple of tiny roach, and one of the smallest tench I have ever seen coming up shallow. I ended up with a weight of just under 5 Ib finishing 5th out of 12 showing what a hard day it was. The weights seemed to get better the further we went up the pegs.
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