Fished the Fish…

Fished the Fishermania qualifier at Partridge lakes today , drew peg 133 on covey 6 . Although it fished really hard all over the complex , i managed 57lb for 2nd on the lake and top 15 position from the 180 that fished . Will be putting my blog up soon , but got a club match on Sycamore fisheries Rowans canal on Sunday first .

Chapel pool


May 29th , peg 3

After managing to get a few days off work, to get ready for some important impending matches which are Fish’O qualifier, Super Cup second round and Balmoral Club Match. I took the opportunity to go to Chapel Pool with the rest of the Farnworth Super Cup Team for a practice on the Alliance & Leicester private pool and, as you can imagine there wasn’t much information about the place on the internet and wasn’t even any pictures. So we was all going to the venue not knowing what to expect, but the limited knowledge we had gained was that it’s a bagging Carp water with big 100lb+ weights coming from every peg, I’m sure everyone has heard tales of such waters but do they really exist in the North West?!?

Surprisingly for me my old Sat Nav got me there quite easily and in fact it was just around the corner from Bannisters Fisheries, but for a change I was the last to arrive and when I got there I was informed that we only had half of the lake to fish and wouldn’t be permitted to use our nets. So we were unsure if we could get a true representation of how it would fish in match conditions, but on a plus point they hadn’t charged us any peg fees.

My home for the day

My home for the day

The pool itself looked remarkably like Wrightington fisheries Rivy View but on a slightly smaller scale, it still had thirty pegs and they were positioned over the water which helped with shipping back because the water was surrounded by trees which hampered it in certain pegs. As I’d mentioned earlier we had limited knowledge on the venue, so we felt it best if all eight of us tried different things and I won’t go into too much detail about what my other teammates decided what to do, but my approach was:


4 meter , i used a 0.3 scone double deez float with 7lb main line direct to a size 14 turbertini 808 hook and i big potted in some 4mm pellets and mainly dead maggots every thirty minutes .

4 meter long margin to my right where i used a 0.2 scone double deez float with 7lb main line direct to a size 14 turbertini 808 hook and i big potted a few pellets and mostly sweet corn every thirty minutes .



4 pints 4mm hard pellets

1 pint dead red maggots

2 tins sweet corn

small tub 6mm hard pellets



At 11Am we was ready to get going and I went onto my long line all 4 meters of it!!! I fed two big pots to kickstart my swim and went over it with 4 dead maggots, it didn’t take long for my float to shoot under and my first fish of the day came to the net! Which was a nice 2lb Barbel. It’s always a good confidence boost when you can catch a decent fish on your first visit to a new venue. I then began getting into some decent stamp skimmers and I was soon putting a few fish in the net, but after my second top up of bait I started suffering with missed bites, in fact my float was moving all over the place and it was obvious that I had attracted too many fish into the swim.



With my 4 meter line behaving a bit dodgy I decided t leave it a while to settle down, and went on to my long margin to my right where I had fed corn since the start. Yet again I was straight into the fish not the hoped for Carp, but some big Chubb and Skimmers. Everyone else seemed to be catching Carp apart from me which was strange but 30lb of Silvers in the first 90 mins wasn’t too bad, and I really needed to get the Carp feeding to build up a decent weight in the match.


Matrix series three 0.3 float with 0.14 main line and 0.12 hook length both was garbo , my hook was size 18 f1x which had a micro bait band attached and i would loose feed 4mm pellets every five minutes .


So a total re-think was in order and I went onto my top kit towards the left of my peg where I had started loose feeding a dozen 4ml pellets every few minutes, first drop on this line my elastic shot off and Carp number one had hit the net! Then another AND another! It’s surprising what a change of bait can do even on a bagging Carp water like this. After a while my loose feeding pellets had got the Carp up off the deck and I could see them slurping among the reeds I was also missing lots of bites presumably liners, so I tried using a shallower rig.


Matrix series 3 0.3 float with 0.14 garbo line direct to a size 18 f1x hook with a micro bait band .


This got me back among the Carp of which most were around 3lb, but I did have a few touching 10lb and they were putting a spirited fight up even on my 14’s elastic! When it went  bit quiet I went back onto the deck and stared getting the big skimmers again. Half way through the match I began getting snapped on my 0.12-4lb hook lengths, I never had this problem before but think it was due to the stronger elastic putting more pressure on it, and those were the strongest I had made up in my box because 90% of my tackle revolves around F1 fishing. So I had to make up a new rig with 0.14-5lb straight through, this prevented me from getting broke for the rest of the match and I could concentrate on just getting the Carp in the net , in fact my last fish was a near 10lb carp .


As the all out sounded I had 141lb on my clicker and hadn’t counted any fish that was under 1lb, I think I had at least 50lb of silvers and the rest were all Carp, not bad for someone who is more used to F1 fishing and hadn’t brought the correct setup for big fish bagging. It’s very rare to get a venue around here that can produce these sorts of weights because all of us had over 100lb, topped by a near 300lb weight! When it comes to the  Super Cup match we will be all spread over the lake giving us plenty room and I wouldn’t like to guess what weights will be coming out then but it’s a 75lb net limit so I hope they give us plenty nets! All of the fish were in pristine condition even after spawning, the venue is well looked after which can only be expected from a private water.



So as you can imagine the team is really looking forward to the match next weekend and some are even going for another practice next Thursday, but I don’t think they will learn much more and it’s just a really good excuse for another bagging session! Well that’s one match down two more to go, starting with the Fish’O at Partridge lakes on Saturday, and you can safely say my fishing head is back on…. At last!

Chappel pool

Went to chapel pool near southport today for a practice of the up and coming super cup on that venue , i was highly impressed with the fishing and fish condition .

Our practice match was won with nearly 200lb of carp + skimmers , i managed 140lb for my best weight to date and i would hope to get somewhere near the double ton next weekend.

I hope to put up the blog over the next few days , but have got my fisho at Partridge on sat then club match at Sycamore on sunday so i busy few days ahead .

Hewlett pit

peg 13 , 26th May


After what had seemed like an age i finally decided to head back on to the bank to see if i could shake this low mood that i have suffered with lately . I chose to have a go on Hewlett pit somewhere i hadn’t been for about a year , hoping that the change of scenery might help get my spark back . The weather today was forecast to be a lot better than the continuous rain we had put up with all week so when the alarm rang at 7 am i was greeted to some blue skies and hopefully it would stay like that all day .


When i got to the pond i was surprised to find only a couple of other anglers fishing who were situated on the low numbered pegs , so i went round to peg 13 which was on the opposite bank . I had planned on only fishing shallow today but usually on here the fish covered the surface when a bit of sun hits the water with the f1s doing laps of the lake and big black balls of fish but on the walk to my peg i could only see the odd big carp cruising by .

I still decided to stick to my original plan and to set up three shallow rigs to see if i could get them up in the water plus i could change to the deck if i needed to ;


4×12 preston chianti on 0.12 garbo line direct to a size 20 gamma pellet hook , my shotting pattern was a bulk positioned under my float with a few droppers depending on the depth and i had three identical rigs set at 1ft, 2ft and 3 ft .


1 pint red maggots

1 pint 4 mm pellets

Tub 6mm pellets

At 8 am i was ready to get started so began on my 3ft rig to start with a maggot was on the hook and i fired out two pouches of bait at 9 meters , as expected when you fish shallow it can take a while for the fish to get on the bait and if it was a match i would have fished elsewhere in the peg while priming my shallow swim for at least an hour to get the fish feeding confidently but because it was only a pleasure day i choose to go straight on it , by continuous feeding and allowing my rig to fall through it i was soon getting the odd fish .


The benefit of using maggots was that i was picking up a variety of fish with chub-ide-rudd-f1s and carp all coming my way and you just didn’t know what you would be catching next , it made a change from all the f1 fishing i had done for the last six months or more . After a while the fish where coming thick and fast they was all a nice stamp too around the 10oz mark but by changing the rigs to keep in touch with them i was catching about 15lb an hour including the occasional 4lb common carp .


After a while the fish were boiling on the surface after i had catapulted some feed in and even by going just six-inch deep i began suffering missed bites-foul hooked fish , i worked out that by double pouching before i shipped out it got me an instant fish and i think this worked because after the fish went frantic on the surface they followed the remaining bait lower in the water where my hook bait was found so they became easier to catch .


With ninety minutes to go i decided to try pellets to see what that produced and i was also running out of maggots so i set up a new rig ;

0.3 matrix series 3 float shotting pattern was a bulk above the hook length , with a 0.12 garbo main line attached to it was a six-inch 0.10 garbo hook length with a size 18 f1 hook and a micro bait band .


I began feeding pellets at nine meters but unlike before i wasn’t getting any of the swirls on the surface but i began catching only f1s+carp, i was double pouching before i shipped out just like i did when fishing maggots but because i was using banded pellet i could slap-tap with the rig if i missed a bite and i tried not to feed with my float in the water due to foul hooked fish , by doing this i had a dozen f1s in as many put ins before they backed off a bit and i would then feed four pouches with no pole over their head to get them back .


After four hours it was time to pack up and head home even though the fish was still feeding well , i ended up with 80 fish between 8oz+4lb which made for a good days fishing , the venue was getting packed too and it was only spoiled by the guy on the next peg drinking eight cans of stella and talking loudly to himself about how any body can catch shallow on here ! ! !

So as you can probably tell its fishing really well on Hewlett pit at present and the Tuesday evening matches are getting very popular with regular 50-60lb weights needing to win which is not bad from a small 16 peg water .


Fishermans blues

So what exactly is fishermans blues its hard to explain and i’m not really sure but it does affect most anglers at some time in their life , it usually revolves around not wanting to get on to the bank for various reasons ;

1 Bad results , getting battered on both sides every time you go out can be a killer for your confidence especially if you’re contesting big matches .

2 Fishing form , where you feel that your tactics just are not getting you the results you want them too .

3 Just losing your appetite for fishing .

4 In my case having to deal with the negativity surrounding contesting matches because i’m not in to all the usual pre match banter that goes along with them .

How do you drag yourself out of the depression of not wanting to go fishing that is the million dollar question , some people never return and you see lots of full set ups for sale in the classifieds , while others just get straight back to it after taking some time off and it does help if you can go on an easy venue to catch a few fish which helps to get your confidence back but returning to the bank even if you’re not fishing and just to see how people are getting on can help you get back in the mood .

So lets hope that works with me and any comments from you fellow anglers would be greatly appreciated because at the moment i haven’t the heart to even look at my fishing tackle .

Sycamore fishery

14th May , peg 28 Rowans canal


Today was my last chance to go fishing for a few weeks so i decided to head off to Sycamore fisheries and fish the evening open match but to be honest my heart wasn’t really in it after a hard day at work and suffering a touch of fisherman’s blues , anyway off we headed but getting stuck in the rush hour traffic didn’t improve my mood one bit but at least it was sunny with little in the way of breeze .

As the evening match here was a rover we had a quick look at the canals+Davids pool to see where the best areas seemed to be and we also unpacked our gear because you only get thirty minutes from drawing your peg to starting the match which is a lot shorter than you can imagine especially if you are at the back of the queue .

When we got back to the cabin there was quite a few knocking about including a few from Balmoral fishing club there was also a couple of anglers who recognized me from my blog and came over for a chat which was nice and made a change from the usual whispering and staring that i normally get . We paid our pools and picked the numbers for the order of when we get to choose pegs , i pulled out 19 which meant i was way down the list but John my travelling companion had 11 so he had a good chance of picking a decent area . When it came to draw time Phil announced that only Rowans-Silver birch will be in the bag today and that because we had twenty people fishing there would just be the even numbers to pick from .


One by one all the better pegs went and when it came round to my choice i settled on peg 28 Rowans which wasn’t the best of areas but a lot better than those that was left , John had peg 36 Rowans which is where we did well fishing shallow the last time we pleasure fished on here so i expected him to do well from their and that he did as you will find out later .

winter wire

When i got to my peg i decided to just set up two rigs ;

Near margin , top kit and i used a 4×12 Malmams speedy float with a bulk of number 9 stotz six-inch above the size 18 guru lwg hook , here i would be fishing worm in the last ninety minutes .

Far bank , 13 meters and i used a 4×12 preston chianti float with a bulk of number 11 stotz six-inch above the size 20 gamma pellet hook , this is where i expected to catch majority of my fish in the first two hours of the match .

My bait was an all pellet attack apart from a few worms that i had remaining from the other week;

1/4 kilo worm very finely chopped .

1/2 pint micros

1/2 pint 4 mm

1/2 pint ground-bait

small tub expanders

I went onto my 13 meter line which was 1 ft away from the far bank and plumbed up a few areas to find the same depth of around 2 ft , i then went onto my top kit and plumbed up on my left hand side margin i also found 2 ft and if i had used the same bait i could have used the same rig for both areas . It was soon time for the all in so i shipped out to the far bank with an expander on the hook and fed a mixture of micro-4 mm-ground bait through a small cad pot then lowered my hook bait in with it , i then proceeded to lift-drop to try to encourage a response and it took two feeds before i managed my first fish which was a nice stockie mirror carp , a couple more quickly followed before i started getting phantom bites that i just couldn’t hit which was a surprise because i had been careful not to overfed and went for a small cad pot full after every other fish .


To try to solve the problem i moved my bulk further away from my hook in case they was line bites and went a few inch shallower this kind of worked with a few more stockies coming my way but it wasn’t long before they returned and because i had caught a couple on the drop i tried fishing just 1 ft deep but this did not produce a single bite , in the first hour i had eight fish in the net which was probably what i had expected because the margin was my main line of attack .

With my original far bank swim starting to fade i moved 2 ft to the left and started again , on this line i started catching f1s and it seemed strange how the shoals of different species could be so close together with out inter mingling , i was soon suffering with the phantom bites again and i tried pushing my rig up the slope and kept a static bait this produced a couple more before i found out what could be the culprit i caught a f1 just two-inch long , speaking to Phil the owner after the match he said that he had not re-stocked and that it was the same size as he had put in three years ago ! ! !


Any way back to the fishing i had fed my margin with a small cupping kit full of chopped worm plus micro every thirty minutes so i decided to give that line a whirl while i let my far bank line have a rest , i put an inch long segment piece of worm on the hook and lowered it in among the feed , it wasn’t long before my float shot under with a nice sized stockie making its way to the net and then a big f1 but just when i thought i could be in for a nice weight they vanished and i began getting plagued with small 6 oz tench and although they was nice to hook it wasn’t what i needed to catch .

So i re-fed with another cupping kit full and went back on to my 13 meter line i rotated my two lines picking up a few fish from each before putting a cad pot of feed in , we was approaching the last hour so i decided to concentrate on my top kit line and began putting a few fish into the net , when the tench got in on the act i put another cup full in which encouraged the bigger stamp fish to come back and it was noticeable how harder they fight than those at Partridge lakes but i’m sure that will all change when they have been caught a few more time .


Just as the all out sounded i landed a nice sized barbel for Rowans and i ended up with 25 f1s-stockies plus a few silvers for 28lb which wasn’t bad for this peg and was the best weight in the middle of the section but not really good enough to challenge today and i am finding it hard to get to grips with this venue although i can do well on a pleasure session here .

John ended up winning the match with 77 lb all caught shallow , so much for an all pellet attack ! ! ! I knew what he was doing because he was in my eye sight but i couldn’t be bothered fishing that way today and was content picking up the odd fish from my various swims during the afternoon i also think i need a bit more practice pellet fishing which i have always seemed to struggle at . So that will be my last fishing trip for a few weeks and my return should hopefully be on Chapel pool practicing for the next round of the Angling times Super cup , although i was thinking of stepping back from match fishing for a while and start doing my own thing because i feel its starting to get a bit clicky on most waters and i really can not be arsed with it all , i just want to go fishing catch a few fish and enjoy my day out but that’s just me .