Partridge lakes winter league team match


26th February

received_10154456809179405

Today i was back at Partridge lakes for the winter league team match and after the last round where we managed to finish joint second on the day so we was all upbeat of another good showing so that we could hopefully start to move up the table because we was still in the bottom third , the weather had yet again taking a turn for the worse this time we had the back-end of a hurricane to contend with and would it be too much to ask that we could have a half decent day for a change .

dsc_0196

On arrival at the fishery everywhere was flooded after the heavy overnight downpour but at least the wind was so far manageable but it was due to increase dramatically during the day , i met up with the rest of the lads in the cabin because they wanted to be first in line for a pick in the bag of doom and strangely i had been relegated from doing the draw but i think i will be doing it for the remaining rounds because apart from one peg we had yet another shocker of a draw ;

Marsh 16

Piper 38

Covey six 139

Willow 6

dsc_0194

The last of them would be my home for the day which is yet another last in section peg and out of the eight rounds so far i have only had two that have been able to produce a day’s fishing but at least i wasnt too far away from the café so i could get a drink or something to eat ,Willow lake was probably the only one on the complex that held a proper mixed bag of fish to target and the peg i was on had an island at 14m with an empty platform either side although i was just on the edge of the wind which was blowing from left to right but slightly over my shoulder , if it stayed at the same strength i could just about manage to hold my pole still enough so that i could present a rig tight over to the island which is where i expected to catch the most of my f1s during the match , i plumbed up lots of lines all over my peg and it stayed a constant 4ft deep from the edge of my nets too about a meter from the island although it went a few inch shallower towards my left this meant that i didn’t have a great deal in the way of rigs to set up ;

Island rig tight to the reeds at 2.5ft deep and i used a slightly heavier than usual 0.3 maggie float with a bulk plus two dropper shoting pattern 014 garbo main line and a 010 garbo six-inch hook length which had a size 18 guru maggot hook attached .

I set up two rigs to cover my 4ft lines a light rig which was a 4×12 maggie float with a bulk plus two dropper shoting pattern 014 garbo main line and a 010 garbo six-inch hook length which had a size 18 guru maggot hook attached , the other rig was a heavier 0.4 round bodied wire stemmed float which would give my rig more stability in the worsening conditions i used a bulk plus two dropper shoting pattern with 014 garbo main line and a 010 garbo six-inch hook length which had a size 18 guru maggot hook attached .

With the f1s taking a liking for pellets at Partridge lakes you would be surprised to hear that it was on my side tray for todays match ;

One pint of soaked micros

One pint of soaked 4mm pellets

One pint of crushed expander ground-bait

One pint of red and white maggots

Small tub of 2+4mm expanders

dsc_0195

I began my match by feeding a golf ball sized nugget of ground-bait onto my right hand 11m line which i was going to leave for at least thirty minutes so the skimmers could settle on it and i then went on to my six meter swim i tapped in a dozen micros with a ten pence sized piece of ground-bait , i then lowered my lighter rig over the top and with the back shots sunk just under the water enabled me to keep my float really still , it took me a couple of feeds before i began getting indications and in the first couple of hours i had a really good run of catching skimmer up to 10oz when bites began to tail off i just topped up with another ball of ground-bait , every so often i would drop onto my right hand 11m line but strangely i never got an indication on it and maybe it was because the wind was stronger on that side although i did try my heavier rig which didn’t make any difference .

IMG-20150314-00510

I noticed that most of the lads in my section had managed to pick up the odd f1 among the silvers and if i wanted to do any good i felt that i needed to pick up a couple myself , so i went on my long line at the side of the reeds and i decided to start on maggots because at least i would be able to put some line on the deck using them on the hook as the wind was really beginning to get strong but thirty minutes of wrestling with my pole without an indication and i felt enough was enough as i didn’t fancy breaking my pole today , when i dropped back onto my six meter line the skimmers had vanished and it never really got going there for the rest of the match so i decided to put in another swim at 11m towards my right but just fed maggots through a kinder pot because i noticed that the lads either side of me had caught f1s using it , this line was very slow although i did manage a big skimmer plus a perch about a pound but it never really got going for me and neither did my loose fed maggot swim at four meters which i had thrown a dozen maggots since the match started this just produced a couple of roach , In the latter part of the match i tried in front of my left hand platform where it was a bit calmer but all i had to show for it was a missed indication and i just had time to rotate all my swims before the all out catching a solitary skimmer .

As i began packing my gear away i couldn’t help but feel that i would have been better just picking up the odd skimmer on my six meter swim because it would have pushed me closer to my target weight of 15lb which is what i expected would be needed for good section points today , although when i saw the odd f1 come out i figured that i would need to catch a couple as well and as it turned out i was right because apart from the section winner on peg four who had 31lb plus the benefit of the calmer water where the fish had backed off to but still fished a good match , the rest of the section was pretty close ;

peg 1 had 10lb

peg 2 had 15lb

peg 4 had 31lb

I had just under 10lb from peg 6

peg 8 had 13lb

I reckon that i could have had the extra few pounds to finish at least third in section if i had fished a better match but i ended up last and the rest of the team didn’t do that much better as we totaled 16 points on the day it was only to be expected from the draw we had but at least i didn’t lose or break anything today which was a bonus in the hurricane winds we had to endure towards the end of the match , I’m back at Partridge lakes for the last round of the individual winter league on Sunday and i just hope that i can finish it with a bang which would hopefully leave me in a top ten place as that was my target at the start of the contest .

1481487220676

 

 

Advertisements

Partridge lakes , individual winter league


19th February

1481487220676

Today was the penultimate round of the individual winter league at Partridge lakes and after having had a few good draws plus the odd slice of luck i was sitting towards the top of the table in sixth place , i seemed to be in good form at the moment picking up money in my last five matches which was no doubt down to fishing here every week for the last couple of months and i was obviously really looking forward to the contest today especially as at long last the weather was showing signs of improvement  with temperatures hitting double fingers .

I had another early start to make the rolling draw at 815 and after speaking to a few of my 2+2 team mates i joined the queue for the bag of doom although to be fair it had been really kind to me in the last few rounds , when it came to my turn i pulled out peg 103 on covey five which isn’t want i would have liked because it is probably one of the worst in the section and i would be up against it for good points today . When i arrived at my home for the next few hours i had the young guru superstar on the flyer peg 101 and another partridge regular on 105 which had the benefit of the warmish breeze blowing into his margin so it looked like i could be in for a hard day , as i began setting up and time was passing by there was still no sign of any anglers on 107 or 109 even after going to speak to my mate on 120 when i got back they still hadn’t turned up so it looked like it was just a three peg section today which was a bonus .

dsc_0191

I decided to set up just the three rigs ;

Three foot maggot rig for fishing tight to the far bank and also to the dead reeds on my left hand side , i used a 4×10 maggie float with a spread bulk along the 014 garbo main line which had a six-inch 010 hook length attached .

Four foot maggot rig for fishing a bit further down the far shelf and also 11m down my left hand margin because i felt that the f1s would have followed the breeze today ,i used a 4×12 maggie float with a spread bulk along the 014 garbo main line which had a six-inch 010 hook length attached .

Track line at six meters towards my left ,i used a 4×12 maggie float with a spread bulk along the 014 garbo main line which had a six-inch 010 hook length attached .

Bait for the day was your standard partridge winter league stuff ;

Two pints red and white maggots

One pint soaked micros

One slice of bread

Small tub of 2+4mm expanders

After plumbing up a few areas along the far shelf i finally found a couple of flat areas at ten o’clock and two o’clock when the all in sounded i began on my right hand swim by tapping in a few micros then lowered my rig over the top , which had a 4mm expander on the hook because i had heard a few rumours that some people caught well using it the day before and it looked like i had made the right decision as my float had only just settled when it shot under i then had a spirited fight with a four pound common carp before anybody else had managed a bite , not long after i had an f1 in the net as well and it looked like i could be on for a good day but when i pricked a fish on the strike which came off at the net it killed my swim , so i swapped to my left hand swim although this time i decided to use maggots and i managed an f1 fairly quickly  i chose to feed one line and fish the other as i didn’t want to unsettle the fish so early in the match this worked quite well as i kept putting the odd fish in the net i was also holding my own with the other lads in the section , in the second hour the far swims were dying on me so i opened up a new line long down to my left so that i could rest them and after tapping in a few maggots i flicked my rig into open water then held my float tight so it fell against the shelf , by doing this i managed a couple of quick f1s before i lost a foul hooker at the net and i was now beginning to fall behind the other anglers who was both beginning to catch well down the track .

DSC_0036

The middle part of the match was a total waste of time as i just couldn’t get a bite even though i was rotating my swims all the time and i put in two more lines along the far bank at thirteen meters as well but this didn’t produce for me either , i had wanted to leave my channel swim for as long as possible but with nothing working for me i had no option and i did have an f1 straight away although no other bites on it had me scratching my head maybe i had gone on it too soon or got the feeding wrong because the lad on peg 105 was catching quite consistently on it .

With just over an hour of the match remaining i decided to change my furthest right hand swim towards the point of the island to pellets and after tapping in a few micros i then lowered my rig over the top of it , it took a couple of feeds before my float buried and at last i had another f1 in the net after what seemed like an age , i then had another straight away and another then another i wasnt sure if they had suddenly just come on the feed with the drop in light or been sitting there all the time and just wanted pellets , i managed to catch twelve of them including one right on the whistle it definitely slowed towards the end of the match and i really needed another swim to catch from so i could rotate between them both , but i didn’t have time to put another in so i just ended up plundering the one swim till the all out and i also pulled out of a couple at the net plus got broke by another under the platform which proved costly .

when the scales came round peg 101 had easily won the section which wasnt a surprise he had 43lb , i managed 20 odd f1s for 30lb the lad on 105 had 34lb which pushed me into third and yet again i was left ruing those lost fish at the net , this put me on eight points and in joint eighth place overall so i think that has cost me any chance of getting in the money but at the start of the winter league i would have been happy to finish in the top ten with the calibre of angler contesting it so that is my target on the next round, I’m having a little knock up with the rest of the team on Saturday to try to find a decent home venue for the supercup then I am back at Partridge lakes at the weekend for the team event and i just hope that i can have a bit more luck then .

received_10154456809179405

Coppull lodge


February 18th

dsc_0190

Today i decided to have a trip to a local deep natural water Coppull lodge for a sneaky practice before our knock up with the rest of the squad next Saturday because we where looking at a few venues to use for the upcoming Angling times supercup and this was a place that isn’t your standard fishing so we hoped that it could give us an advantage over the other teams , i hadn’t been here for about three years so i was expecting to be catching plenty roach+perch shallow like on my previous visits but i had also heard that the skimmers were going to be the target species today so i was quite looking forward to the challenge .

After a bit of a lie in i arrived at Coppull lodge just after nine and i was surprised to find six anglers having a little knock up plus three carp lads with nine rods out so as you can imagine it was a little bit crowded , i didn’t fancy sitting on one of the more fancied car park pegs because i doubt that i would learn a great deal and managed to squeeze in half way down the right hand bank , on getting to my home for the next few hours i decided to set up just the two rigs ;

7m deck rig it was top three deep here so i used a 0.8 perfect Gloucester float with a bulk at two foot plus two dropper shotting pattern my main line was 014 garbo which had a six-inch length of 010 garbo and my hook was a size 18 guru maggie .

4ft rig for fishing shallow and i used a 4×12 maggie float with a strung out shotting pattern my main line was 014 garbo which had a six-inch length of 010 garbo and my hook was a size 18 guru maggie .

dsc_0181

Bait for the day was

2 pints of red and white maggots

3 pints of ground-bait 70/30 frenzied hemp and ringers green

dsc_0186

I began my session by cupping in five balls of ground-bait onto my seven meter line and i expected a bit of a wait before the fish settled on it but surprisingly i had a small skimmer almost straight away although it seemed to be a loner as i had no further indications in the next forty minutes , i was beginning to think that i had made a big mistake feeding so much at the start especially as i hadn’t seen anybody put anything in the net so far , then out of the blue my float slid under with a 10oz skimmer hitting the bank and a six more similar sized fish followed in a twenty-minute spell it looked like they had finally settled on the ground-bait . when bites began to tail of a bit i began loose feeding maggots to try to draw some roach into the peg so that i could catch shallow and therefore let the skimmers re group on the deck , after a while i began getting the odd liner so i put in a couple more balls in and picked up my shallow rig but after twenty minutes all i had to show for it was a tiny roach plus a missed bite not really what i had expected because on my last visit you could catch 10lb up in the water from every peg .

IMG-20150917-00772

It was time to drop back on the deck but i continued the loose feeding and the skimmers were lined up again as i had another good spell  all the fish were like peas in a pod and in a couple of years time it will be a really good skimmer water , i did notice that i was getting stupid indications on the float and felt that the constant fall of maggots had brought them off the deck but only by a couple of feet so i decided to knock that on the head for the time being , i then had a quiet spell for twenty minutes and i was beginning to doubt my decision but i found out what had unsettled the skimmers as yards of elastic came shooting out of my pole tip when i finally got it to the net i saw a huge perch then the hook pulled so after a few swear words i went back out again .

The skimmers were still a bit iffy again so i choose to start kinder potting in a ball of ground-bait every five minutes or after a fish this seemed to settle them down  and i went on another little run of fish , strangely when the sun poked its head from behind the clouds the bites stopped and even in this deep water the bright conditions had a bearing on how the fish reacted after a while it dulled a bit and the fish were back on the feed again , at three o’clock the knock up finished and i wanted to see how they had got on which would give me a bit more of an insight on how it fished on the other pegs so i packed up at the same time , the match was won with just six pounds and they kindly weighed my catch it went a shade over twelve pounds not too bad for my first visit in a few years i also learned a great deal which was my main reason for going in the first place .

dsc_0189

I’m back at Partridge lakes for the penultimate round of the individual winter league which i am really looking forward to i just hope that i can draw a good peg and catch a few fish .

1485109754306

Partridge lakes , winter league team match


February 12th

1481487220676

Today i was back at Partridge lakes for the teams of four winter league and after a couple of poor rounds we was languishing in a mid table place so we could do with a really good day if we wanted to move up the league , I’m beginning to sound like a stuck record but yet again the weather leading up to the match was quite reasonable for the time of year before it all went downhill come the weekend as we was faced with a very strong easterly cold wind not exactly your ideal fishing conditions and it has happened time and time again this year .

On this round we decided to have an early draw because our usual late dip in the draw bag just wasnt working as we had to deal with some proper shockers so far in this winter league , we all met up at the fishery around eight o’clock which gave us enough time to get sorted before the rolling draw started and after my recent good run it was my turn to do the team draw , i managed to get third in line but the lad in front of me managed to pull out some proper flyers so maybe i could have done with an even earlier pick and when it came for my turn i luckily avoided the dodgy pegs getting ;

Spey 8

covey six 149

covey five 123

willow 2

dsc_0184

The latter of them was my home for the next few hours and i was quite pleased with that as my mate had won the lake from peg one which gave me a good insight into how best to fish it , i did see a fish roll near the aerator which looked promising although i did have to contend with the worst of the strong cold wind blowing right into my right hand margin which was forecast to get stronger during the day and this had a bearing on how i would tackle my peg ;

Dobbing rig at 4ft , a 0.4 diamond patterned float with a wire stem which i hoped would enable me to keep the rig still and my main line was the usual 014 garbo which had a six-inch 010 garbo hook length attached .

4ft rig which i used for fishing in various parts of my peg and i used a 4×12 maggie float with 014 garbo main line which had a six-inch 010 garbo hook length attached .

Channel rig set at nearly six-foot , i used a 4×14 maggie float with 014 garbo main line which had a six-inch 010 garbo hook length attached .

On all my rigs i left a long lash between pole and float with a couple of heavy back shots , this should help in controlling the rig but might mean i missed the odd bite but if you can’t present a bait properly you would be unlikely to get an indication in the first place .

Bait for the day was your typical side tray for the time of year ;

pint of red maggots with a handful of whites as a change bait

slice of bread

pint of fish meal ground-bait for the skimmers

small tub of both 2+4mm expanders

small tub of corn

dsc_0185

When the all in sounded i put a golf ball sized nugget of ground-bait on to my channel swim and i decided to begin by dobbing across a meter away from the far bank reeds at three-foot with a 7mm punch before the wind got too strong , within five minutes i had my first indication which resulted in a pound f1 hitting the net and i hoped that i might have found a little group of fish but i had to wait a further fifteen minutes before i had my next bite which i somehow managed to lose at the net , by this point i had worked all along the island and i had even gone into two foot which was tighter to the bank without success , with the wind getting more blustery i was finding it hard to control my rig so i decided to drop on to my channel swim hoping that a couple of skimmers had settled on my initial feed , but thirty minutes without a sign wasnt what i expected but as the rig was towing the opposite way the wind was blowing i needed to lay some more line on the deck so i decided to re feed with a conker sized ball of ground-bait .

IMG-20150423-00552

My next port of call was to try dobbing along my right hand margin which is usually the best place to fish on this peg and i did manage a quick f1 at 13m just past the tree but another thirty bite less minutes had me scratching my head , although on looking around the lake everybody was struggling to cope with the worsening conditions and it looked like the f1s had shut up shop for the time being even the far side of the lake where i expected the fish to be sat in the calmer water were struggling for bites , up to this point of the match i had not really put any bait in so i decided to put in a new swim at 13m along my right hand margin in four-foot but after feeding a couple of times i kept getting snagged up no doubt down to the waves stirring up the twigs on the bottom of the lake and the wind kept pushing my pole into the trees , my next move was to plumb up a new swim at a more manageable five meters and the better presentation here helped me catch a couple of hand sized roach plus a couple of missed bites but although i was happy putting something in the net i felt that i needed f1s to be in chance of getting good section points , with the wind easing a touch i decided to risk going back across to try dobbing again and i managed a couple of quick f1s before it all went quiet but from what i could see and hear this had put me in front for the section , the wind was also getting increasingly blustery making holding the pole still very difficult and for the next ninety minutes i rotated all my swims without success but nobody within eye shot even managed a bite either .

As we was approaching the latter stages of the match the light began to fade and finally the wind relented so i could finally present a bait properly , i decided to go onto to my five meter swim and after a couple of feeds tapping in six maggots i began getting the odd indication which was a positive sign not long after i had my first f1 in what seemed like an age , quickly followed by another and thinking about things after the match i was getting movements on the bristle as soon as i put any bait in which obviously meant the f1s were off the bottom and i should have tried my dobbing rig over the top , i managed one more f1 and a missed bite before the all out sounded this put me on 7 f1s plus the two roach which would put me right in contention for my first section win in this years winter league teams of four .

When the scales arrived it was really noticeable that Willow pool had completely shut off as the weights in my section were 2lb,3lb,9lb,3lb and i had 12lb for the section win this also put me second on the lake so i  kept my recent good run at Partridge lakes going , when i met up with the rest of the team it looked like we had finally managed a good round and nine points was our total this put us joint second on the day which is a big improvement on our recent rounds .

screenshot_2017-02-13-16-44-38

So roll on the next match where i will be back at Partridge lakes for the individual winter league and need another decent draw to stay near the top of the table .

received_10154456809179405

Partridge lakes , individual winter league


February 5th

received_10154456809179405

 

Today i was back at Partridge lakes for the third round of the individual winter league and after last weekend when i had a pretty awful match but somehow still managed a third in section in the team match , i was hoping for a decent draw for a change because my last five here have been shockers . The weather during the week had finally taken a turn for the better with a rise in temperatures and as a consequence the f1s had decided to have a feed with some big weights coming out on the mid-week opens , but yet again by the time match day came round it was all change with lots of cold rain going in over night and a very thick frost on the car in the morning , it was about time the weather settled a bit because yet again it is forecast to be up and down in the next few weeks .

My planned early arrival to the fishery so i could catch up with a few lads that i had not seen in a while was put right out of the window as i had forgotten that the bridge leading up to the venue had been closed due to road works so i had to make a bit of a detour , when i finally got there the rolling draw was well under way so i joined the queue at the back and after picking up my section money from the previous round it was time for a dip in the bag of doom , to be honest i was quite surprised after my recent run when i pulled out the most in form peg on the complex and now the pressure was on for a good result , i spoke to a couple of lads who had fished it recently and they kindly pointed me in the right direction

dsc_0182

When i arrived at my home for the next few hours i had a reed lined point of island directly in front plus a bowl towards my right which has held lots of fish recently probably down to the fact that it gets lots of winter sun and it was glaring directly into my face , after plumbing up around my peg i decided to set up ;

4ft rig tight to the far side reeds , with the conditions being calm i decided to use a 4×10 maggie float with a staggered bulk of number 11 stotz my main line was the usual 014 garbo which had a six-inch 010 garbo hook length and hook was a size twenty guru f1 maggot .I also used the same rig for down the side which was a top kit plus one to my right near the overhanging tree and top four towards the left which was as far as i could go .

Dobbing rig which has worked well in the first couple of hours during matches and i used a 0.2 matrix series three float with a bulk + 2 dropper shotting pattern my main line was the usual 014 garbo which had a six-inch 010 garbo hook length and hook was a size 16 guru f1 pellet  .

I set up two channel rigs for the bowl towards a 4×10 and a 4×12 maggie float towards my right at 11m because i wanted to try something new today and apart from being different float sizes everything else was the same , after plumbing up i was surprised to find just over five foot which wasnt ideal but nothing i could do about it now and my main line was the usual 014 garbo which had a six-inch 010 garbo hook length + hook was a size twenty guru f1 maggot .

Bait for the day was the standard ;

1 pint of maggots

1/2 pint micros

1/2 pint ground-bait

small tub of 2+4mm expanders

dsc_0183

When the all in sounded i began by dobbing a 7mm punch of bread in three-foot towards the far bank reeds because i didn’t feel that putting any bait in would be the right thing to do at this early stage of the match and i started directly in front of me as i  want to push the fish into peg four , the high numbered pegs to my left are usually barren of fish although i did notice a couple of f1s top that way as i began setting up and after a bit of a slow start by working all along the reeds changing depths plus punch sizes i finally managed a few liners , but i wasnt unduly worried because i had been told beforehand that would be the case and after twenty minutes i managed my first f1 around the 2lb mark towards the point of the island , it took another twenty minutes for my next indication which came off on the way in due to my elastic sticking in the top kit and i knew it needed changing but got a bit lazy .

In the next hour i managed a couple more f1s , a ide by dobbing but i felt that the chance of winning the section was other because the lad on peg four was catching really well by fishing long down the margin towards peg one and i couldn’t get towards the side due to the over hanging tree , with things slowing down i decided to risk putting in some maggots to see if this would get me a run of fish because i was at risk of blowing a flyer and i picked two lines across tapping in six on each , after a couple of feeds i began getting the odd bite which i kept missing then i foul hooked an f1 i put these indications down to line bites so i picked up the dobbing rig again before i did too much damage feeding , this seemed to have worked because i managed a couple more fish and when i noticed a fish swirl in the bay i took the opportunity to flick my rig over the top of it which resulted in another f1 then a carp .

DSC_0036

With two hours of the match remaining i started dripping in some maggots onto my channel swim while i continued dobbing along the far bank reeds it wasnt hectic by any means but the fish i was catching were of a nice stamp and i just hoped that a few fish might settle on my 11m line to my left , i saw another fish swirl in the bay and another flick of the rig over the top saw me hook a big carp which i played for over five minutes before losing it at the net when the hook pulled . I went on my channel swim with my 4×10 rig and began getting indications straight away but i foul hooked four f1s on the trot losing all of them but i did manage a small tench , so i decided to up my feed to try to get them on to the deck and i then went back dobbing which got me a bonus 4lb carp plus another f1 , with time running out i had to go back on to my channel swim and thankfully they had settled down a bit as i had a couple on the bounce before the lad on peg four decided to put his channel swim facing me , then i pricked three fish on the strike with just a foot of elastic coming out and i need to have a review on rigs + elastic before the next round after losing those fish the f1s backed of towards the lad opposite and we spent the rest of the match bouncing fish off each other .

When the all out sounded i had not fished a great match losing at least twenty pounds of fish but luckily the peg was guaranteed second in section at worst because the other pegs aren’t the best , i didn’t have to wait that long before the scales arrived  peg four managed 62lb that was enough for the match win , i managed 37lb for second in section and another default pick up this put me on five points for seventh overall with two rounds remaining so i am still in contention for a top ten finish which i will be more than happy with competing against these class of angler .

screenshot_2017-02-06-18-54-11

 

 

Partridge lakes winter league


January 29th , Marsh peg 16

1481487220676

Today i was back at Partridge lakes for the winter league teams of four and after yesterdays enjoyable match where i managed to finish third catching a nice net of silvers on Bradshaw’s number four even though i got soaked to the skin with constant rain all day , i was rather looking forward to the contest today because there seemed to have been a few fish being caught during the midweek matches so things looked promising  although that was soon put to the back of my mind when i woke up in the morning to find a very thick frost and i expected it to be hard going but i suppose we should be getting used to that by now .

On arriving at the fishery i met up with the rest of the team and we all agreed it would be a very tough day after yesterdays down pour then the overnight freeze but it would be the same for everybody i suppose so we wasnt too downbeat , after having a quick chat to a couple of lads from the other teams it was time for the rolling draw to start and after my poor showing on the last round where i picked some proper duff pegs i had been taken off the draw bag duties , but it didn’t make any difference because yet again we had four stinkers to contend with and this winter league had been awful for us i just hope we can get a few flyers towards the back-end of the league .

dsc_0179

My home for the day was going to be Marsh canal peg 16 yet again i would be looking at a last in section at best and after speaking to a couple of lads in the car park they were saying i would be lucky to get a bite just what i wanted to hear , when i got to my peg the ice was a bit thicker than i imagined but luckily i managed to borrow a breaker so i proceeded to smash out a channel two meters wide and about a meter from the far bank this i hoped would give me enough options to enable me to get a bite or two .

I decided to keep things simple today setting up two rigs ;

Channel swim at six meters either side of the ice because i had the low winter sun directly in my face so this would allow me to swop between them both when i got blinded , my rig was a 4×12 maggie float with a bulk plus two dropper shotting pattern the main line was the usual 014 garbo which had a six-inch 010 hook length and i had a size twenty guru maggot hook .

Bottom of the far slope at 11m which was good because the steep hill behind would make shipping back a bit of a problem if i went any further my rig was a 4×10 maggie float with a bulk plus two dropper shotting pattern the main line was the usual 014 garbo which had a six-inch 010 hook length and i had a size twenty guru maggot hook .

Bait for the day was rather simple ;

1 pint of red and white maggots

Handful of micros

1 slice of bread

small tub of 4+2mm expanders

dsc_0178

As the all in sounded i started of the match on my right hand six meter channel swim with pellets and i tapped in six micros then let my rig fall slowly over the top of it but it took twenty minutes before i had an indication which resulted in a gudgeon hitting the net but at least i had avoided the blank , the lads either side of me by this point had managed an f1 each by fishing on the far shelf so with little happening in the channel i decided to follow suit and i began on pellets but a bite less half hour had me changing to maggots feeding four every ten minutes , out of the blue my float dipped under the water and i was attached to an f1 but as i began shipping back it went under the ice causing me to lose it i just hoped it wouldn’t cost me come the end of the match .

With the conditions being as they were I didn’t want to be putting too much bait in especially as i only had a little area in the ice to fish in and i would really need to be more patient in my approach today  the change of hook bait to maggots resulted in a couple more gudgeon , i rotated between the two swims during the first couple of hours and yet again all i could catch were gudgeon a sure sign that there was no fish in the area , the lad to my left who was a partridge regular who knows what he is doing on here was in the same boat as me and after his early f1 all he could catch was gudgeon too .

IMG-20150409-00543

Just over half way in the match i was back fishing the far shelf with maggots when i had a little dip on the float and i was expecting yet another gudgeon but this time surprisingly my elastic came out as an f1 made its way to the bank which was more than welcome on this cold winters day , i shipped back out no sooner had my float settled than f1 number two hit the net which was quickly followed by another and i hoped that a little shoal of them had settled on my feed but no sooner had they turned up then they went the slight rise in temperature must have seen the f1s on the move , i spent another bite less thirty minutes before the gudgeon turned up again and as the sun had moved from my eye line i could put in another far line to the left of my swim but strangely this side of my peg failed to produce a single bite even down the track .

I ended up having four swims going all in different areas of my peg but all i could catch was gudgeon for the rest of the match although in the last thirty minutes i missed a couple of indications on the swim i had caught the f1s on earlier and i felt that they might have been line bites , i was kicking myself for not setting up a dobbing rig at the start especially as after the all out i found that the guy to my right had caught his eight f1s by using it , when the scales came round peg 20 had seven f1s for 11lb , peg 18 had eight f1s 12lb , i had 3 f1s for 6lb , peg 14 had 1 f1 for 2lb and peg 11 had 2 f1s for 3lb so i ended up third in section which i would have taken at the start of the match maybe i could have caught two or three more by dobbing and losing that fish under the ice but that’s all ifs buts and maybe .

On getting back to the cabin to meet up with the other team members and as expected from our draw we had a shocker with two thirds, a fourth from covey six , a last in section from ribbon who only had a solitary bite in five hours this put us on 15 points and we are now languishing towards the bottom of the table but with hopefully a few better draws we might move further up . I’m back at Partridge lakes for the individual winter league i just hope that i can keep my run going with just the three rounds left but one bad draw can put you right out of it as every match counts .

1485109754306