Partridge lakes

September 11th , peg 18 covey one

A return to Partridge lakes today for another try at the open because i was trying to get back into the swing of things before the team of four winter league starts in November which i was really looking forward to as i hadn’t fished it before ,i had not been here for quite some time up until the previous few weeks so i was learning new things all the time and hopefully improving , there was 94 anglers contesting the match it just goes to show the popularity of the fishery and with so many here the pegging will be extremely tight which meant a good draw would be an advantage . After grabbing some maggots from the on site tackle shop i joined the queue for the draw and all the talk was of how well covey one had fished recently , when it came for my turn to pick i pulled out peg 18 i was rather surprised especially when i got to my peg and found the wind blowing that way as well so it looked like i might be able to catch a few fish today , i had a few options on this peg and decided to set up ;


Shallow this is normally a good ide peg and with the ripple i felt that it could be good for a bit of up in the water fishing so i set up two rigs one at 1ft the other at 2ft , i used an 0.1 matrix series three float with 014 garbo main line and an 012 garbo hook length that had a size 18 guru lwg hook attached .

As usual i set up a deck rig for fishing under my shallow swim and used a 4×12 maggie float as it was only just over 5ft deep my shotting pattern was a bulk plu dropper , main line was 014 garbo and an 012 garbo hook length that had a size 18 guru lwg hook attached .

Top three-line i had struggled to make this work on recent trips so decided that i would have a try with paste to see if this would solve the problem and i used a 0.4 jadz float with the shotting to the base of the bristle because i was only using pea sized pieces of paste , main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was 012 garbo which had a size 14 guru lwg hook attached .

Across swim i had a nice weed bed to target but when plumbing up it was nearly 4ft which i felt might be a touch deep and with that in mind i decided to use maggots because i could alter my shotting for an on the drop pattern if the fish came up in the water , i used a 4×12 maggie float with 014 garbo main line and a six-inch 012 garbo hook length which had a size 18 guru lwg attached .

I had a really nice looking margin towards my left because there was never anybody on peg 19 so i had lots of space up to the bridge and after plumbing up i found 3ft at the side of the reeds which wasnt perfect but with all the recent rain plus drop in temperature i felt that i might get away with it , i was going to use pellets on this swim so i set up a 4×12 roob float which had an inch spread bulk above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length and hook was a size 18 guru lwg .

Bait for the day was ;

2 pints red maggots

1 pint soaked micros

1 pint 4mm pellets

1 pint of paste

2 pints crushed expander

Small tub of 4mm expanders


When the all in sounded i had a quick look on my top three swim with paste so i could try to get the right depth with my rig because it is sometimes  hard getting the plumbing right when fishing this bait and i would keep throwing in little pea sized pieces every couple of minutes to try to build this swim up for later in the match. With the wind pushing into the bay towards my left my main line was always going to be along my margin and that was my next rig that i set up , i picked a nice marker at the side of the reed bed then tapped in a nugget of crushed expander ground-bait to kick-start the swim and after lowering in my rig i kept it really still to try to attract a bite because loose fed pellets don’t move about so you need to mimic that to foul a fish into taking the hook bait , but i didn’t have too long to wait before i had my first f1 in the net and i went on a little run of fish i had a few stockies mixed in between so nice f1s but as i was feeding micros after every fish it brought them up in the water , as a consequence i started getting lots of line bites i was struggling to get my rig to settle properly and i solved this problem by feeding tightly squeezed balls of micros doing this seemed to concentrate the fish back on the deck .Before i knew it nearly ninety minutes of the match had passed but with 16 f1s in the net i felt that i was doing ok but when i hooked a bigger stamp fish which ploughed straight into the reeds and although i did manage to get it out of them it still gave me a proper run around before darting under my platform causing my hook length to snap , unsurprisingly when i went back onto my margin swim bites were now hard to come by and i wasted about twenty minutes before deciding to add-on a section to my pole before replumbing up a new line .

Yet again i kicked off this line by feeding a nugget of ground-bait it didn’t take too long before the fish found the feed i soon had them lined up again catching a dozen fish in a thirty minute spell and i found it best to cut out the micros concentrating on putting in a conker sized ball of crushed expander every couple of fish this kept them on the deck making them easier to catch , after a while the bites started to tail off so i decided to risk putting in balls of micros as this seemed to be a good way of attracting fish into my peg and it did work for me because i had another run of f1s but it also brought them back up off the bottom so yet again i had to suffer with fish darting into the reeds causing disruption to the swim .


This time i didn’t hesitate before adding on a couple of sections and replumbed up a new swim at the other side of the cut out , yet again i didn’t have to wait long before the indications started and i went on another run of fish but i had to be a bit more careful when shipping them back as i had to guide the fish round in front of me , strangely the bigger f1s came in easily until i got them on the top kit it was the smaller stockies which were the problem darting into the reedbed making me drag it out before pulling them round in front of me . With ninety minutes of the match remaining my bites began to tail off and i soon found out why as i hooked something a bit weighty that i just couldn’t get up off the bottom , after finally getting it onto my top kit i made the disastrous error of bottoming the elastic out as i tried to get it under control and one lunge from the fish left me with a snapped hook length .

When i went back out the fish had disappeared and i didn’t fancy adding on any more pole sections because i would need to be fishing at 14m to get into the same depth of water , so i decided to go back on my original top three swim and although it did not produce any f1s i did catch three mirror carp before the all out which boasted my weight . It was a strange old day it isn’t very often that i sit on a lot of f1s at Partridge and to be honest  i do not feel like i made the most of it even though i caught 50 fish for 76lb which was good enough for second in section ( third match running ) only eight pound from getting on the leaderboard which i had on the hook during the match and if i had fished a bit better i could have challenged for the win but thats just me being pessimistic .

Next weekend im off to Tunnel barn for the North vs South two hundred peg match which I’m really looking forward to although looking at the results it didn’t fish to well this weekend but that might suit my fishing and i hope i can do as well as last year when i managed second in my ten peg section on high pool behind Des Shipp , so don’t forget to come back to see how i get on Thanks for reading .




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