Partridge lakes Spey canal


11 th April , peg 15

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I decided to take advantage of the Easter quiet spell at work and have an afternoon fishing at Partridge lakes Spey canal , i chose here because we have a club match on it next Sunday and it is one of the few lakes on here that i have never fished .When i got to the complex i headed round to the far car-park and had a short walk to the water , i was really surprised at just how many anglers where fishing it today and it looked like a club match which would give me a good idea on how it will fish in a fortnight . I settled in between two anglers on peg 15 because it looked just as good as any on here although the hill behind me could make shipping back further than 11 meters a problem , after speaking to a few people before fishing i settled on two rigs ;

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11 meter  – matrix 0.3 series three float , with 0.12 garbo main line and a 0.10 garbo hook length with a size 18 lwg guru hook .

Top 3 – Malmams 4×12 speedy float , with 0.12 garbo main line and a 0.10 garbo hook length with a size 18 lwg guru hook .

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My bait today was the cheap option of pellets ;

2 pint micro

2 pint 4mm

1 pint crushed expander

4 mm expanders

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At 1pm i was ready to get going so i shipped out to 11 meters where after plumbing up i had found a flat spot 2 foot deep , i fed a big kinder pot full of micro plus 4mm and after taping it in i lowered in my expander , after a few lift-drops i was soon attached to my first of many big old f1s of around the 2 lb mark which put up a spirited fight on my Matrix orange elastic . I think that may be i had been a bit heavy-handed with the feed because i would get 3 or 4 fish then no indications for twenty minutes , on my second run of fish i managed a 6 lb common carp which tested my side pulla kit skills and pulling power .

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The first two hours was pretty much the same with 15 big f1s coming to the net some approaching the 3 lb mark but it wasn’t as good as on Hall lane Bessie’s where i had been a bit spoiled , i was catching a lot better than the two anglers either side of me but i think that was due to my better presentation and having my float really dotted down and not my feeding which i am sure i got wrong on the day .

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An angler further down to my right was catching really well so when he packed up and came for a chat after recognising my Matthews580 on the hoodie , i took the opportunity to find out how he was doing so well and he told me a few little tricks that he used when fishing on here about maggots and ground-bait . After he went i put these tips to good use and they helped to increase my catch rate , in the first three hours i think that i had about 40 lb and decided to try my top three-line where i had fed a dozen 4 mm pellets every five minutes , i was expecting a good response but only a couple of f1s turned up and it was only when another angler who recognised my name on the hoodie came over for a chat and told me that i was fishing too far down the slope .

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So a change of rig for the one i used when fishing across and a bit of heavier feeding of 4 mm pellets resulted in six carp over 5 lb and eight big f1s in forty minutes , in fact their was so many fish down their that at times my float was getting knocked all over the place and it was i think another case of over feeding .After four hours of fishing i had about 70-80 lb of fish and if i had done what i planned on doing i would have caught less than half that weight , so by asking other anglers and watching what they was doing turned an average day into a good days fishing .

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Hopefully the club match on here on April 20th should throw up some nice weights of fish but before that i will be fishing the Hall lane open on Bessie’s pool and hope to replicate Weds practice on their Two Nets At The Ready .

Hall lane fishery , Bessies pool


peg 40 , 9 th April

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With the open matches starting on Hall lane at the weekend i thought that i better go down and see how it was fishing before i decide on where to fish on Sunday plus i had not been there since last years winter league and hadn’t fished Bessie since last June .When i arrived at the venue there was quite a few anglers knocking about most where spread about on the three waters which as usual looked really well maintained and no doubt they was getting ready for the start of the up coming club season , i headed to the far car park and i had planned on fishing the middle split section of the canal but Andy Bennett was giving a coaching session on that part so i gave him plenty of room and went on to the other straight which was somewhere else i hadn’t fished .

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The weather today was really nice with blue skies and a bit of sun for a change , although the wind was quite blustery at times and it was blowing away from the car park down the full length of the canal which is no surprise for on here . So with the weather conditions in mind a settled on peg 40 which was a quarter of the way down the length so no long walk for me today and it was just on the cusp of the wind ripples , as i set up my gear i noticed that the far bank seemed a lot closer than i had remembered with it being only 13 meters and i am sure that on last years club match which was on the other straight i fished 14 meters to the island .

I had been told by my mate The Big Dipper that it was starting to fish really well so i was looking forward to the day’s fishing and i set up just the two rigs ;

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Far bank ; 4×12 malmams speedy float with 0.12 garbo main line attached was a size 18 lwg guru hook .

4 foot ; 4×14 malmams speedy float with 0.12 garbo main line attached was a 0.10 garbo hook length and a size 18 lwg guru hook .

My bait was just plain pellets Cheap As Chips ;

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Micro 1 pint

4 mm 2 pint

4 mm expanders normal in a small tub

i did take a bag of paste but never used it .

At 1 pm i was ready to get going and because the water temperature was still quite cold i started on my 4 foot rig which i plumbed up to find a flat spot on both slopes , their was a guy on the other bank fishing tight across so i could keep an eye on him and compare our catch rates .With the carp in here being of a nice stamp around the 2 lb mark i decided to put a medium cupping kit full of micros- 4 mm pellets on both lines and i also decided to loose feed a dozen 4 mm on to my 4 meter line every few minutes for later in the day .

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I filled my medium kinder pot with pellets and shipped out to 11 meters , tapped out my feed and lowered my hook-bait amongst it and after a few lift-drops my float buried with a nice 10 oz chub making its way to the net .On my next ship out i fed exactly the same way and this time a little dip of the float resulted in a 1 lb fully scaled mirror carp coming to the bank , after spending the last few weeks fishing for small silvers it made a change fishing for some thing that pulled back a bit and it took me a while to get used to the Preston side pullas that i fitted in my pole two months ago .

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Things where going incredibly smoothly with a fish coming every five minutes i had about 15 lb in the first hour and about the same in the second most where carp in between 1 lb – 2 lb , after feeding my top kit 4 ft line for nearly two hours i gave this a go and was expecting an immediate response but ten minutes with out an indication was not what i hopped would happen and i was on the verge of giving it up as a bad job when my float dipped which resulted in my biggest fish of the day a nice 4 lb common carp , a few smaller stockies followed but it wasn’t as prolific as my other line .

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With two hours remaining i decided to try my far-bank swim which wasn’t really tight across but 1 ft away and after plumbing up i found 2 ft depth with a nice flat spot , i shipped across with my kinder pot full of 4mm pellets capped with micros and lowered in my 4 mm expander this resulted in a few chub then the stockie carp moved in . They was small at first before getting bullied out-of-the-way by a bigger stamp of fish it was noticeable that you would get 4 or 5 fish then have a ten minute wait for a bite .

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I had an hour left of fishing and with me still having nearly one pint of 4 mm pellets remaining i decided to increase my feeding because i felt that in summer i am not putting enough bait in to keep the fish in my swim and i am feeding for individual fish like you do in winter . So instead of shipping in every few minutes out came the catty and this really increased my catch rate because i would feed a pouch of 4 mm then ship out with a kinder pot full of micros and more often than not i would have a bite as soon as my float settled , i don’t know whether it was the amount of bait that was going in or maybe the noise of the pellets hitting the water but it really did work and was a bit of an eye opener for me .

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At the end of my four hours i had 50 carp and a dozen chub for about 60-70 lb not a bad days fishing and i am looking forward to giving it a go in a match their on Sunday where i am sure it will fish extremely well , i have a couple of things that i didn’t have time to try which could hopefully improve my catch rate and am looking forward to spending some time on here this summer along with Partridge lakes hopping to finally break my 49 lb best match weight and maybe get it up towards the ton .

I am off out again on Friday making the most of the nice weather to give Spey canal a try before the first club match of Balmorals season on there 20 th April .

Highfield fishery Super cup round one


April 5th , Oaks pool peg 36

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Well today was my first attempt at competitive team fishing and their was no easier match for me than the first round of the Supercup Talk About Thrown In At The Deep End . So after my 40 mile trip to Highfield fishery it was time to meet up with the team and have a chat about how things where going to pan out today , after having fished a few of the recent opens on here and doing well as a team i personally managed two 4ths so we was quite confident of a good showing .

Taff who was Farnworth tackles team captain who i would be fishing with today went to pick the bag which held our peg numbers and managed to get us the one which held all the end pegs but at least two of our pegs would be up against it today , We was fishing against ;

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St Anthony ac

So there would be eight sections of three anglers and the result would be decided by the team with the least section points , when it came to my turn to draw i ended up on the same peg as Thursday open match so i knew exactly how to target it but was up against it for the section with the two islands pegs in it one of which won the match on Thursday .

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We was going to fish from 11 till 4 which gave me plenty of time to set up the required rigs and hopefully with the match finishing late it would get the carp feeding in the margins because on earlier matches here they was very important for good section points .

Rigs

margin , 0.4 matrix series 3 float with 0.14 garbo main line straight through to a size 16 guru lwg hook

4 meter , 0.3 scone float with an on the drop shotting pattern , my line was 0.10 garbo straight through to a size 20 drennon silver fish hook

tip rod  , which i didn’t use on the day so not much point going through it .

My bait for the day was ;

2 pint red and white maggot

1 pint ground-bait

1 pint meat 4mm

1 pint 4mm pellets

4mm expanders white and normal

4 mm hard pellets

I didn’t normally take ground-bait or meat with me on here but thought that it might work better than the micros in the margin but as you will find out later it didn’t and it was another case of over thinking things and not sticking to what worked well for me in practice .

As the all in sounded i went on to my 4 meter line and began loose feeding maggots every thirty seconds and it wasn’t long before i was into the usual 2 oz silvers which where coming in quick succession , my plan was to bag up on these for two hours before checking my margins for a bonus carp because that worked really well in the open matches i found on here .

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I found that if i got the bait to the bottom i would get a bigger 4oz skimmer so i changed the shotting pattern to a bulk + dropper and i started putting in little nuggets of ground-bait after every fifth fish , this resulted in me getting a 3 lb bream which did its best dolphin impression before finding the back of the net Early Bonus Fish .

The first two hours flew by and i was holding my own in the section , it was now time for me to check the margins and i had four areas i planned to target these where both 4 meters and 11 meters away at the side of the empty platforms . I had a quick look before feeding in case their was any fish already present but after spending ten minutes in each area no bites came my way not even from the silvers which i thought was strange , so i fed with a small cupping kit full of ground-bait + maggots to both areas on my left and ground-bait + meat on my right hand side .

All the time i had continued feeding maggots on my 4 meter line and was back into the silvers straight away , i decided the best option was to catch 15 fish for about 2 lb before spending five minutes in each margin swim and then going for another 15 silvers which took about thirty minutes to catch .

With one hour remaining the guy on the fancied island peg caught two small carp which put him ahead in the section so although i had a lot of small silvers -2 bream – f1 , i thought that i needed to get a bonus carp for good points but in forty minutes off rotating my margin swims no bites came my way not even from the usual bigger stamp silvers .

As the all out sounded i was unsure how i had got on , my net of silvers went 11 lb for second in the section only 1 lb away from winning it because the guy with two carp weighed in just over 12 lb and if i had spent the last hour fishing for silvers i would have managed the extra weight required but then again i was sure that i needed a carp .

So now we had an agonising wait to see if we had managed enough points to get through to the next round and luckily we did it by the narrowest of margins just a solitary point ;

2 section wins – 2 points

5 section seconds – 10 points

1 section third – 3 points

total 15 points

Well done to the team and all those involved in the competion especially Highfield fishery who ran a very good match , we now have an agonising three-week wait to find out who we get drawn against and it will hopefully be on a more suitable venue for us .So it can now get back to some sort of normality with club and open matches taking place , starting back at partridge lakes next week , maybe Hall lane Bessies pool in mid-week work and weather permitting .

Highfield fishery


3 rd April , peg 36 Island pool

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Well today was the make or break match at High field fishery to see if i could get in the team for Saturdays Angling times Super cup because most of our 12 man squad will be fishing today’s open and seeing as though me and John had not even met the other members yet plus the fact that Farnworth tackle made the North west final last year it could be very difficult to break into the team and a good performance was required .

After last Saturdays 4th place in the open match on here i thought that i had a good idea on how best to target the venue although i was on a decent peg and it looked like other areas of the lake fished quite hard . When it came to draw time i pulled out number 36 which was one peg away from where the week-end open match had been won but if i remember correctly the guy who was on my peg didn’t weigh in and i might be in a decent area but not on the best peg in the section .

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When i arrived at my home for the day it looked really promising with an empty peg either side one of which was near the bridge , it had a nice island chuck with the feeder and the odd carp was crashing by the side of it too there seemed to be a lot more fish activity than last week which seemed promising but the only down side was that the wind was blowing off my back not really what i wanted for my margin fishing .

Both me and John was in the same section as two other anglers from our team one of which was the team captain so our performance would be under close scrutiny . I pretty much had my rigs for the day sorted but on plumbing up i found this area to be good eight inch shallower than round the other side .

Rigs

silver margin ,0.4 matrix series three float , 0.12 garbo main line with a size 16 lwg guru hook and orange size 10 matrix elastic .

carp margin , 0.4 matrix series three float , 0.14 garbo main line with a size 16 lwg guru hook and red size 12 matrix elastic .

4m line , 0.3 scone float with 0.10 garbo line straight through to a size 20 drennon silver fish hook and a size 8 garbo solid elastic .

13m line , 0.4 scone float with 0.12 garbo main line and 0.10 garbo hook length with a size 18 gamma pellet hook , elastic was a size 8 garbo solid elastic .

feeder rod , 10ft maver reactorlite feeded rod with 6lb maver genisis main line and a 15 gram in line method feeder , attached was a short 6 inch hook length with a size 16 mwg guru hook .

Bait

2 pint red and white maggots

1 pint micro and ground-bait

1 pint 4mm

4mm expanders normal and white

4mm hard pellets for hook

When the all in sounded i cupped in two loose balls of micros and another of 4 mm on to the 13 meter line i did this to lay a bed for the skimmers to settle over , i then started on my 4m line and began loose feeding maggots but unlike last week the silvers didn’t want to play ball . Forty minutes in i was still fish less but nobody else seemed to be catching either and finally i managed a few small skimmers but they wasn’t for settling today , so i made the decision to go onto my 13m line a bit earlier than i had planned too but i kept loose feeding maggots at 4m .

My first drop at 13m with an expander on the hook resulted in a missed bite Had I Finally Found Some Fish , i shipped back out tapped in some more micros through the kinder pot and waited and then waited some more , before finally a bite and a small 4oz skimmer made its way to the net a couple more of similar size followed but it was really hard work . I decided to put in another cup full of bait and leave it to settle hopping that a bigger stamp of skimmer would settle on it .

I then picked up the tip rod hopping that this might produce a better stamp of fish for me or even a carp or two ,, i began regularly casting every five minutes to put some bait down and had just started getting liners when for some bizarre reason i managed to hit the over hanging branches and got snagged up Things Wasn’t Going Well , two hours in and every thing was going to pot so i took a five-minute time out for a wee and a drink , gave myself a good talking too and then went back at it .

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I had a quick look down my left hand margin i tapped in a kinder pot full of maggots and lowered my rig amongst it , nothing happened for about five minutes when out of the blue my float buried and i was attached to a 2lb f1 At Last A Descent Fish . After going back over to my margin i started getting bothered by small roach so i put in a big pot of micros + ground-bait and swapped to my right hand side no bites where forth coming so i feed this with the same micro-ground bait .

I went back on my 4m and at last the silvers were lined up i had 8 in 8 chucks and then re-checked my left margin only silvers where present but when i went on the right hand side my float buried and after a five-minute battle a near 6lb mirror carp was in the net , this gave me the confidence to get my head down for the silvers after about thirty minutes it started to slow so i gave it a rest and re-tried both margins , the left hand swim produced a nice 2lb bream and a few silvers so another re-feed on both sides was in order before going on to my 4m swim .

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The silvers i was getting on the drop where of a smaller stamp now so i tried to increase the amount of maggots but less often and see what i could catch on the deck , this resulted in a bigger stamp skimmer but only every ten minutes so i resorted to fishing back on the drop which resulted in a faster catch rate but i went through a frustrating thirty minute spell of bumping every fish or they fell off as i was swinging them in .

Another spell in the margins didn’t produce anything decent on both sides so i re-fed again and went back for the silvers , i reduced the length of line between float and pole tip to about six-inch a bit like i would for f1 fishing this solved the problem of missed bites plus bumped fish .Their was about thirty minutes left so i spent them in the margin looking for another lump , nothing came along on the right hand side apart from a 10oz roach which i bumped off with the strong elastic , but when i went on my left hand side no small fish were present which i felt was a bit strange then i found out why my float twitched and the next thing i knew my pole was nearly ripped out of my hands as i was attached to a proper margin munter .I finally got it on to my top kit and this is where all the problems started because twice it nearly took me under the platform , when i caught sight of it i was surprised at just how big it was at least 3 ft long and i doubt it would fit in to my landing net . It made another run aiming for under my platform i tried for a scoop with the net to try to stop it getting underneath , i managed to get its head in but as i leaned to get two hands on the net it slipped out and ploughed straight through my left hand margin weed bed .

Just then the all out sounded and i was unsure how i had done , i thought that i had done about the same as Saturday with about 16lb . When they arrived at my peg i needed to get 20lb to be in the top three but my net only weighed 18lb 12oz and for the second match running on here i missed out on framming by about 1lb , the carp that i lost at the death might have been enough for the win and to make things worse they decided not to pay sections today which meant no pay out .

But on the plus side i made the team for Farmworth tackle so i will be back here on Saturday hopping to win my three-man section and help get us through to the next round of the Angling times super cup . Un-fortunately John didn’t make the team and struggled to get his head around this type of venue , which i am not confident in fishing either or enjoy and hope if we can get through the next round it will be more to my liking .