Partridge lakes

Saturday 11th October , peg 59 Covey three


After last weekends good results fishing wise i was understandably really looking forward to getting back on to the bank and my first matchup was a return to Partridge lakes to contest the open which would be taking place on coveys 1-5 .The weather in the week leading up to the match was best described as pretty awful with heavy rain and a serious drop in temperature and on the drive to the complex the dashboard showed a mighty four degrees although it was forecast to be dry and sunny today , when i arrived there plenty of people were knocking about which just goes to show how well contested these matches are and in fact we had sixty anglers attending it .


My home for the day was yet again Covey three but this time i was to be found on one of the few pegs i hadn’t been on before number 59 but with the amount of times i had been on it ( 19 in 38 visits ) i should know how best to fish it by now , all the pegs on here are very much the same with the far bank being 12 meters away and today i had an overhanging tree to my right margin with some reeds to the left margin plus the point of an island at 13 meters , all this had a bearing on how i would target the match and my main lines were going to be ;

Far bank slope at 3ft and this is where i decided to start the match using pellets as i felt that the conditions were right for this bait but as you will find out later i was way off the mark , my rig was a 4×12 malmans benny float with 0.12 garbo direct to a size 18 guru lwg hook and elastic was red matrix .

Near bank slope at 4ft this is usually my most prolific line on my last couple of matches here and i fed it for an hour before going on to it but unusually this produced only a solitary foul hooked fish , my rig was a 4×14 malmans benny float with 0.12 garbo direct to a size 18 guru lwg hook and elastic was red matrix .

Margin at 2ft side of the tree and yet again this was my best line with 24lb coming in the last ninety minutes on corn over ground-bait the rig was a 4×14 malmans speedy float with 0.16 garbo main line to a 0.14 garbo hook length and hook was a size 14 lwg , my elastic was yellow matrix .

I decided to use a heavier float this week on my margin and alter my feeding in this area to big kinder potting corn plus ground-bait after every fish or missed bite instead of using a cupping kit , i did this to try to cut out the foul hookers and i found that it worked really well in doing just that but my rig might have been to heavy for the f1s as i had too much bristle showing ( something for me to think about )

As i mentioned earlier i felt that it was pellet time so my bait revolved around this but i also took my old faithful that has done me well on here ;

3 pints red-white maggots

1 pint micro dusted with ground-bait

1 pint margin mix ground-bait

1/2 pint of sweet corn

small tub mixed expanders

When the all in sounded i shipped out to ten meters tapped in a small kinder pot full of micros then lowered my expander in among it and re fed every five minutes but not a great deal was happening , i did get enough indications to keep me interested and before i knew it forty minutes had passed with no fish in the net . Thinking back i spent too long their and the bites where probably from gudgeon but at least i hadn’t fallen too far behind as only one angler in my eyesight had caught more than a couple of fish .

I had fed my near bank slope with maggots every five minutes since the match started so i hoped that a few fish had settled their but fifteen minutes past without a sign , a change of shotting pattern to a staggered bulk and then a strung out pattern for if┬áthe f1s were of the deck although only a few ide was showing so it didn’t look promising but by doing this only resulted in a foul hooked fish not the start i wanted and the fish certainly seemed to be going in to winter mode .

Before the match started i felt that i needed twenty pounds of f1s before i went on to my margin swim to be in with a chance of getting the section win i wanted so i needed to get my finger out and find some much-needed fish , i set up another line further towards the point of the island at 3ft but this time with maggots and finally i managed a run of eight f1s was it the change of swim or bait that caught me them ?


With two hours remaining i began feeding my right hand margin with ground-bait and a few grains of corn , while i waited for this to settle i re tried my near shelf line this produced another f1 and an ide so with some hard work i had managed my twenty pound but i needed the margin to produce like i hoped it would .

First drop at the side of the tree and carp number one was in the net at around five-pound it was a much welcome addition to my weight , a few more followed mixed in with the odd f1 it wasn’t exactly hectic there and i don’t know if this was down to my feeding or the fact that the fish were not in this area but at least i didn’t foul hook any but i did notice that the lad to my right had caught a few f1s at 1ft deep really tight to the bank which i didn’t expect to work in the cold conditions where as i was fishing at 2ft ?


As the all out sounded i was unsure how i had got on i knew that i had beaten those anglers within eye shot although their was one guy on the fifty numbered pegs which i couldn’t see and when i went to see the lad on the next peg whom i knew informed me that he had packed up after just two hours so it looked like i had won my section and this was confirmed when the scales arrived with me putting 44lb on to them .


It was another confusing match for me and the fish were not giving themselves away easily but all over the coveys people were struggling to get over thirty pounds apart from on covey five which fished reasonably well with three of the top six weights coming from there , over all my weight was second best on the lake that’s two weeks running now and i hope that i can keep it going as i am back at Sycamore fisheries tomorrow looking for a four timer which i don’t think has been done on their before but it will be hard because its on both canals and that usually brings the better anglers out for some strange reason .