17th April , peg 87 covey 4
Well Thursday soon came round and a return to Partridge lakes was in order for another try at the mid-week open match and after Tuesdays match i was hopping for a better catch because i thought that i had got it sussed at last but as you will find out later things didn’t exactly go to plan but i did manage my best match weight of 77 lb although i was a bit disappointed not to break the ton with a quiet first hour costing me .
Anyway back to todays match i arrived at the venue around 830 and after booking on i went for a look at Spey canal where the first Balmoral club match of the season would take place , when i got back to the cabin it was nearly draw time so i made my way to the back of the queue and all the usual mid-week anglers where in attendance , there seemed to be a few more here than on Tuesdays open .
The weather today was over cast and very windy which would make fishing most pegs extremely difficult , on todays match i managed to draw peg 87 on covey four and i was happy with that because this lake threw up a few 100 lb weights the last time i was here it is also in a good area but the wind was really gusting down the straight in front of me so i couldn’t fish exactly where or how i wanted too .
I learned on Tuesdays match that the fish don’t push out to the island with fewer anglers on it and most caught on their top kit so with this in mind i set up four rigs to use today ;
Top kit , 4×12 preston chianti with 0.10 garbo line direct to a size 20 gamma pellet hook and my shotting pattern was a spread bulk of size 11 stotz starting 6 inch from the hook my elastic was matrix orange . After plumbing up i found 2 ft deep and a nice flat area , i planned to fish pellet here and was loose feeding hard 4 mm pellets on this line .
Top 5 line down the edge i had planned on fishing to the next platform but the wind was just to bad , i used a 4×12 malmams speedy float with 0.12 garbo line direct to a size 18 gamma pellet hook and my shotting pattern was a more positive bulk of 9 stotz starting 6 inch from the hook my elastic was matrix red .
2 ft shallow , 4×8 preston chianti with 0.10 garbo line direct to a size 20 gamma pellet hook and my shotting pattern was 3 number 11 stotz spread down the line to allow for a slow fall of the maggot to mimic the loose feed .
1 ft shallow , 0.3 matrix series 3 float with 0.10garbo line direct to a size 20 gamma pellet hook and my shotting pattern was a more positive one which would allow for better hooking and i only had a short six-inch lash between float-pole tip .
1 pint 4mm pellets
2 pint mixed maggots
small tub expanders
small tub corn
When the all in sounded i cupped in some 4 mm pellets on to my 5 meter line and went over the top with my rig , a couple of lift-drops resulted in an early bite and a f1 graced the net but after foul hooking and losing a big carp it seemed to kill the swim so i re-fed with another cup of pellets and tried my top kit line a bit earlier than i had planned , yet again i had an early f1 but missed bites was beginning to become a problem and i should have really tried coming of the deck some thing for me to try on my next visit .
The first hour was a bit of a let down and i was a bit reluctant to try shallow because i was unable to loose feed far enough by hand , but when the guy to my right started picking up the odd fish up in the water and with my margin swims not producing as i would like i had no option , so i put on my deep shallow rig and picked up the catty i began flicking maggots about 6 meters out and laid my rig in over the top , the first few fish were small rudd but it didn’t take long before my elastic came shooting out and i was attached to the first of many big f1s .
The wind was a real nightmare at times not with my presentation because my pole coped well but with my cattying maggots so i couldn’t feed with the regularity i would have liked too and this resulted in the fish drifting in and out of the area . At times it became impossible to fish long so i kept trying my top kit line and this produced the odd f1 but i really needed to catch shallow to build up a weight .
With two hours of the match remaining i decided to concentrate on fishing shallow and persevere with the conditions and just as i thought my swim was building up nicely with more and more f1s coming to the net with the odd 5lb carp mixed in , it was noticeable that by slapping-tapping my rig it produced in an instant bite but the wind was playing havoc with my lighter float when doing this and a few times i came back with a tangled rig .
So i tried my heavier more positive but shallower rig and this worked extremely well and the fish where hooking themselves against the pole tip , in the last hour i would get groups of f1s then a ten minute wait for a bite so i didn’t get my feeding right but at least the ones i caught where the bigger and wiser f1s and not the smaller stamp which others seem to get on here which i find a bit strange .
At the all out i was unsure on the weight i had but i did a good job of separating the fish into two nets some thing i don’t do a great deal of on the venues that i have my club matches on , when they came round to weigh in my nets the 40 f1s plus 2 carp went 76 lb which is a new personal best match weight for me and I’m chuffed at doing that but also feel i could have had the ton from this peg if i had fished shallow from the start or even if the wind had not been as strong which would have enabled me to feed better .
Covey 4 was won with 110 lb
Covey 3 i think was won with 80lb
Covey 2 was won with 160 lb
And that man Andy Bennett won Covey 1 with over 190 lb , not sure how he does it but the man is a machine when on f1s .
My next match will be on Partridge lakes Spey canal for the first of this seasons club match and i just hope it fishes as well as it can do because its capable of throwing up some big weights but not sure if it will as we have every peg in but we will find out on Sunday .