Partridge lakes fishery


14th October

I have been to partridge lakes today for the open match it was due to be on coveys 1-4 plus covey six and looking at the results during the week the latter one was the place to be because the original coveys had fished quite hard due to the very unsettled weather , as its nearly the middle of October and temps are up in the late teens not that I’m complaining still fishing in t-shirts at this time of year . On arrival to the fishery there was all the usual people in attendance getting reacquainted with the coveys as it was soon coming round to winter league time and I’m going to miss it this year , as i am concentrating on the Old Hough winter league that my mate is running but i will be back here for the Individual league in January , it turned out that there was seventy anglers in attendance just your typical weekend turn out for Partridge lakes . As I hadn’t been here for quite some time nearly three months to be exact so i expected to be well of the pace and i was still really looking forward to it even though I thought that it would be tough going , it soon came round to draw time so i joined the queue about half way and when it came to my turn for a dip in the bag of doom somethings never change as I pulled out my usual end peg which was 132 on covey six which does throw up a good weight every so often ( so no pressure then lol ) although it couldn’t be that good because i had been nowhere near it in the four years i had attended the opens on here as i had sat on most of the flyers .

After settling at my home for the next few hours i had the wind blowing into the margin as the scum had settled towards my left hand reed lined corner but i didn’t have any ripple as the bridge to my right and aerator rope directly in front had prevented the ripple reaching me , i decided to set up ;

4ft,3ft,2ft pellet rigs which i would use for chasing the f1s up and down the near slope and on all of them i used  a 4×14 Md wire stemmed float with an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length which had a size 16 guru pellet attached .

I also set up a shallow rig set at 18 inch because i noticed a few fish swirling near the aerator and the bridge , i used a 4×10 Md mini mag float with a small bulk of shot above the six-inch 012 garbo hook length which had a size twenty guru lwg hook with a micro bait band .

Bait for the match was ;

Two pints of soaked micros

Two pints of soaked 4mm pellets

One pint of crushed expander

Small tub of 4mm and 6mm expanders

I didn’t take any maggots to my peg today which i felt might have been a mistake if I wanted to fish shallow because there was a few fish knocking at the aerator and pellets do not usually work on here for fishing up in the water , i also didn’t have anything bigger than 4mm but i would give it a try but half expected it not to work and when the all in sounded I flicked my shallow pellet rig at eleven meters towards the aerator , i gave my float a couple of slaps then my elastic came shooting out which took me a bit by surprise and I lost the carp as it took me under the rope , i did not want to start feeding anything just yet as it might affect my other lines but by rotating between here and the bridge I picked up some nice stamp F1+carp in the first ninety minutes before things started to slow down this was when i picked up my catty to try to get them competing but it had the opposite effect killing the swim completely .

When this swim died I went down both edges starting in four-foot and managed a few f1s+stockies feeding micros sprinkling them in through a small kinder pot i had a 4mm expander on the hook when i began suffering with line bites so i tried clumping in the feed to try to get the fish back on the deck , this worked for a while but it wasnt right so i picked up my three-foot rig to chase them further up the near shelf this got me another run of f1s and they was all a good stamp as well , it wasnt long before the problem of line bites returned but i couldn’t get into any shallower water as the scum had began to gather really badly in front of me . I plumbed a swim across to the point of the island at 14m but the wind was making it a problem to keep my rig still and i did manage a couple of fish but i was fighting a losing battle with the blustery conditions so i gave up on it for the time being although i would give it another try when conditions allow .

I  put in a new line further along my left hand margin at the side of the scum but it was nearly four feet deep not ideal and after a couple of feeds i began catching again but the scum kept on gathering meaning that i had to keep adding sections to start new swims but at least it meant i did not have time to suffer with line bites , strangely my right hand edge towards the bridge never really got going and In the last hour I went back into four-foot at eleven meters either side of me which was the extremes of my peg and I managed to pick up the odd fish from each but it was slow going.

When the all out sounded I had managed 25 f1’s and five carp which went 64lb but i never felt in control of my peg today this was just enough to win the section and surprisingly I was also third on the lake , when I got back to the cabin it turned out that I was also third in the match which is my best performance here on these highly contested opens and it had been tough on covey 1-4, to be honest I felt that it could have been on a match winning peg if I had changed a few things and i am kicking myself for not getting the couple of extra pounds which would have placed me into the high flyer match next weekend  but I’m happy with the result on my first visit in months.

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Partridge lakes


July 15th

Covey two peg 31

Today i decided on another change of venue and i had prepared all week for another try at Blundells but due to family commitments  i had to get back home pretty sharpish after the match so i choose a trip to Partridge lakes instead which was a bit more local to me and also a five-hour match unlike my original fancy of venues , it had also thrown up some nice weights recently plus it was mainly mud bank work which would come in handy for a bit of practice before the next round of mosella summer league at Hall lane as i don’t tend to do a lot of this sort of fishing  . I hadn’t visited the fishery since the fisho qualifier a couple of months ago so i expected to be a bit of the pace but it was a day’s fishing and i was really looking forward to it especially as the weather was forecast to be quite reasonable with warm temps , a light breeze blowing towards spey and overcast conditions but on the down side we was forecast to get a few heavy showers during the day but thats the english summer for you . After catching up with a few of the regulars which i had not seen for a while and  before i knew it was nearly draw time so i joined the queue towards the rear , when it came for my dip in the bag of doom i pulled out peg 31 on covey two not exactly where i wanted to be and in my opinion it was one of the worst on the complex i’m afraid that my golden arm has completely deserted me for the time being but i shouldn’t really complain because i have sat on my fair share of flyers so far this season .

When i arrived at my home for the next few hours it was completely flat calm in front of me although i did have a bit of room with two empty pegs towards my left and another to my right , i had a nice mud bank directly opposite me which had two big reed beds either side of it and i also had a reed bed either side of me in the margin so it did look promising , i just hoped that there would be a few fish in the area and taking all this into account i choose to set up ;

mud bank in 18 inch and i used a 0.3 MD diamond float with a bulk of shot above the 012 garbo four-inch hook length .

margin in 1.5ft and i used a 0.3 MD margin float with an inch spread bulk starting above the 012 garbo four-inch hook length .

pellet rig in 2.5ft for fishing in front of the far bank reeds and along my left hand margin at four meters , i used a 4×12 MD pellet float with a centimeter spread bulk starting above the 012 garbo four-inch hook length .

shallow rig in 2ft and i used a 4×10 MD mini mag float with four number eleven stotz spread along my 014 garbo main , attached to it was four-inch hook length of 012 garbo .

deck rig which i plumbed up at five meters underneath my shallow swim and as it was a touch over 5ft so i used a 4×12 MD maggie float which had a bulk plus two dropper shotting pattern , my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length six-inch of 012 garbo .

Bait for the day ;

2 pints of red and white maggots

2 pints of soaked micros

some ground-bait for the mud bank

When the all in sounded i didn’t think the mud bank would be right so soon into the match after the overnight rain and i began on my pellet line in front of the far bank reeds , i picked a dark reed as a marker then i dropped a nugget of crushed expander which i hoped would attract some f1s into the swim , five minutes without so much as a liner and my next move was to start taping in a few micros , a further ten minutes past before i had my first fish although i wasnt expecting it to be a gudgeon and before the match i had purposely decided to stick it out on one line for as long as i could because i felt this was something which had let me down recently , as i usually try to chase the f1s around the peg more like winter fishing rather than concentrate on trying to get my feeding right so that i could get them competing on one line which is what you need to do for a good weight  . In the next forty minutes i put four f1s + two stockies in the net but after that initial flourish the gudgeon returned in numbers which was not a good sign , i swapped swims to the other side of the reeds so i could start again and i would hopefully be able to switch between them both picking the odd fish of each , my left hand line never really got going as it only produced a couple of f1s but to be honest neither of them did and there was definitely a lack of fish in front of me .

I put two cups of ground-bait on my mud bank then went long down my left hand margin with my pellet rig in 2.5ft i started the same as i did on my across line by feeding a nugget of crushed expanders then tapping a few micros other the top , this swim got me a few stockies before bites tailed off but i didn’t have to wait too long before i found out why as i struck into something a bit more substantial which took me under the spare platform then broke my hook length so that was one nil to the carp . By continuously feeding a few pellets i began to build up the swim and i managed to pick up the odd better f1 among the stockies but it was slow going , i saw a swirl on my mud line where i had earlier fed some bait a quick change of rigs then i was shipping across and no sooner had my rig settled then it shot under , a sharp lift of the pole tip resulted in a small silver skimming across the surface and a few more followed but no proper fish maybe i was correct about the rain putting them off from going tight to the bank .

I had fed my shallow line since the match started and although i had not seen any signs of fish i decided to give it a whirl because nothing else seemed to working for me , but yet again all i could catch was small silvers and i noticed that underneath this line was a few bubbles coming up so i dropped on this just to see what had settled on it , my bait  had only just touched bottom when my float dipped under and after a spirited fight up popped a barbel which took me a bit by surprise as i hadn’t caught one from the proper coveys before , i missed a couple of quick dips on the float and i hoped that a few more were rooting around so with nothing to lose i took the option of potting in some maggots just like you would over winter , doing this got me a little run of f1s before they backed off so i gave it another pot and as i let it settle i went back across to the mud line this time i managed an f1 among the small silvers but it just wasnt right , i had a look on my long margin with pellets but that didn’t really kick off either so i spent the remainder of my match down the channel where i picked up the occasional big f1 and it was a tactic that i never thought would work during the summer months .

When the all out sounded it called time on a rather frustrating day as i just couldn’t get a run of fish but maybe there wasnt a lot in front of me today and at the start i had set myself an optimistic target of thirty fish which i did manage if i included the handful of stockies , although i did feel that i had been comfortably beaten on both sides as it looked like they had put the odd fish in the net quite often during the day and when the scales finally arrived my fish went just short of 46lb , which was more than i had thought plus i was surprised to find that i had beaten the two anglers either side of me , but i was a long way from challenging for the section as the windward end produced a 80lb+70lb and that was only to be expected , so although i didn’t really do a great deal today i strangely enjoyed it and might have had a chance from a very poor peg if the fish had turned up on the mud bank but it wasnt to be .

 

 

Partridge lakes fishomania qualifier


14th june

I had booked the week off earlier in the year because i had planned on contesting the pole fishing masters at tunnel barn but due to various family reasons i couldn’t make it and as there was still tickets left for the fishomania qualifier at Partridge lakes so i decided to jump on that , although i had planned on not doing any  this year because last years attempts were pretty woeful and i didn’t even get a day’s fishing on any of them due to them being extremely tightly pegged , at least Partridge lakes was big enough to cope with the pressure well i hoped that it would anyway .

The weather during the week had been really good almost summer like and today was no different with blue skies plus temps in the mid twenties although we did have a bit of a blustery breeze to contend with blowing towards spey so at least we knew which area of the coveys we wanted to draw as like most f1 venues the fish definitely follow the wind , i arrived at the fishery with plenty time to spare which gave me chance to catch up with a few lads that i hadn’t seen since my last match here on the Preston pairs at the beginning of May so you could say i was a bit out of touch .

With the draw fast approaching i joined the queue towards the rear and awaited my fate , when it came round for my turn i managed to pull out peg 64 on covey three another bad peg on a fisho qualifier but i decided to give it a go because with a few no shows you never know i might have a bit of room , but on arrival to my peg i wasnt that lucky as it was peg two miss one in my area and i was also one of only a couple that had not got a ripple so things didn’t look too promising but i would give it my best shot anyway .

On settling in at my home for the next few hours i had quite a few options to go at but didn’t want to confuse myself so just set up ;

Mud bank across in 18 inch and i used a 0.4 muddie float with a bulk of number eight stotz above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Two shallow rigs set at different depths and i used a 0.1 md mini mag float which had a six-inch 012 garbo hook length that had a micro bait band attached so i could fish banded casters .

Pellet rig for in front of the far bank and near side reeds in 2ft depth and i used a 4×12 roob float with a spread bulk of number ten stotz above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Bait for the day was ;

3 pints of casters

2 pints of crushed expander ground-bait

1 pint of micros

small tub of 4mm expanders

When the match started i began on my top three at the side of my left hand reeds in the margin i began by feeding a small kinder pot off crushed expander ground-bait to try to draw some fish into the swim it also didn’t have a great deal in the way of food content because i wasnt sure how the f1s would respond to the pressure , after tapping in a nugget of bait i lowered my rig in over the top and i got indications straight away not long after i had my first fish , in fact the first hour went extremely well one of the best i had ever had at partridge lakes as i put 15 f1s in the net all caught from the same swim and i thought that i might be on for a good day but how wrong was i because my match went downhill fast as the bites tailed off .

With bites grinding to a halt close in i decided to give my across pellet line across in front of the reeds a go and with them knocking like mad i expected to catch a few fish so i tapped in a few micros and lowered my rig in among it , i caught a couple of stockies straight away before i began foul hooking a few and it seemed that they was hiding in the middle of the reeds  , so i went back across with my shallow rig and started pinging half a dozen casters towards them this caught be a couple of f1s but they wouldn’t settle due to the lack of breeze .

I dropped onto my mud line although i couldn’t get as close to the bank as i would have liked as there was a few reeds and crap on the bottom plus i struggled to find a decent flat spot , i began by kinder potting in ground-bait because with me fishing in slightly deeper water i didn’t want to draw too many fish in the peg which could cause chaos with line bites etc , things didn’t really work out for me on this line because i just couldn’t get any indications there so i decided to bite the bullet and put a couple of big pots of feed in .

While it settled i went onto my shallow swim at six meters as i had fed it with a dozen casters every few minutes since the match started but with me having no ripple in front of me i thought it might be tough to catch this way and after twenty minutes without an indication i was proved correct , although to be honest i couldn’t really fish it properly as i had to keep shipping across to the far bank to prevent the ducks from dive bombing my mud bank . I went back across to see how much damage my feathered friends had done and surprisingly i got indications straight away as the stared up bottom must have attracted the fish , i managed to catch a few f1s+carp but in the depth of water it wasnt long before i began foul hooking the odd one and after a fish snagged me up in the reeds i needed to rest the swim .

I plumbed up a new swim  towards the empty platform towards my left and started tapping in some micros , i didn’t have to wait long before i caught a couple of nice sized f1s but due to the depth of water i was fishing in i foul hooked a big carp which bolted off under the aerator rope breaking my hook length , so i decided to go at the side of an over hanging plant where it was 18 inch deep and i put in a small cupping kit full of crushed expander plus a few micros as i hoped some more carp might be in the area .

For the rest of the match i rotated between my mud line and margin picking up the odd fish from each but it never really got going for me due to the lack of breeze it seemed all the fish followed the wind to the other end of the lake , this was proved correct when the all out sounded because the lad who came second was on my lake catching 146lb and when the scales arrived at my peg my thirty fish weighed in at 48lb , although i got told that it was a good weight from it which i was pleased with , so that was my fisho qualifiers over with for another year and i might have another try next year because i did enjoy travelling to different venues and rubbing shoulders with some high-class anglers on the previous few years .

Preston pairs at Partridge lakes


17th April

Today i was back at Partridge lakes fishery for the Preston pairs competition and with 82 anglers attending including lots of partridge regulars  it was always going to be tough competing with them but after my match here on Saturday i was really looking forward to it , although after seeing the results from Sunday it seemed to be going back to winter tactics which after five matches on the bounce it was only to be expected as the fish decided to shut up shop and scratching around for bites more suited my style of fishing .

On arrival at the fishery we was greeted to calm , bright conditions with a cold easterly wind not great for catching f1s but it would be the same for everyone i suppose , after booking on to the match i grabbed a bacon buttie from the on site café before having a walk around covey 1-4 and there was very little in the way of fish showing . For some reason i had been given the job of doing the draw for us both and decided to join the queue early before the draw bags had their pick of the flyers , when it finally came round to my turn in the bag of doom i pulled out peg 29 on covey two for my mate and peg 83 on covey four for me so one good peg and one average peg , with the weights on the previous days match being quite low we set ourselves a target of a 130lb which should give us a top ten finish maybe even scraping into the money positions.

After dropping my mate off i drove round to my home for the next few hours and i have fished this peg a couple of times overs the years with a mixed bag of results as sometimes it can be a match winner other times i have struggled , with the light wind blowing into the corner it did look promising although i had been told that only 20lb came off it the day before so i was a bit undecided on my target weight and i choose to set up the usual rigs ;

Pellet rig at 4ft which was my best depth on my last match here i used it for fishing on the shelf across and in front of the near side reed bed to my right , i used a 4×14 roob float with an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length and i had the usual 014 garbo main line .

Maggot rig at 2ft for fishing tight to the over hanging reeds and i could also use it for fishing shallow , my rig was a 4×10 maggie float which had a couple of number eleven stotz spread along my 014 garbo main line and i had a six-inch 010 garbo hook length .

Channel rig which i positioned at six meters towards my right and i used a 4×12 maggie float which had a bulk plus two dropper shoting pattern spread along the 014 garbo main line , attached to it was a six-inch length of 010 garbo .

Margin rig for fishing in front of peg 84 platform and i used a 0.4 MD diamond float with an inch spread bulk starting above the six-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Bait for the day was going to be ;

2 pints red and white maggots

1 pint soaked micros

1 pint of corn

1 pint of ground-bait

Small tub of 4+6mm expanders

When the all in sounded i began by feeding half a pot of maggots plus a nugget of ground-bait onto my channel swim which i would repeat every thirty minutes and i then went across onto my four-foot pellet rig , i started off quite negatively by tapping in half a dozen micros then lowered my rig in over the top of it and it took a couple of feeds before i had my first indication , soon i had my first fish in the net but after that f1 i began missing lots of indications and a change to a 2mm expanders resulted in a couple of small stockies not what i wanted to be catching , i increased the amount that i was feeding by dumping a small kinder pot full of micros to see if i could draw in a better stamp of fish and i also changed my hook bait to a piece of corn , by doing this i managed a couple more big f1s but i was still missing lots of indications and before i knew it the first hour had past with me putting hardly anything into the net .

As i didn’t want to waste any more time catching nothing i picked up my rig for tight to the far bank cover because the couple of lads within eye shot had picked up the odd fish by doing it , i started just like before tapping in some micros then letting my rig fall slowly through it to hopefully grab the attention of any passing fish , but this failed dramatically as thirty minutes past without any success and i would normally have switched swims earlier , but i felt that i needed to be more patient so i could build the peg up although it didn’t seem to be working that well today and a change to corn skin or maggots on the hook only produced gudgeon .

I decided to set up a new swim at six meters towards the bottom of my near slope on my left hand side because this was where i caught best on my last match here and after tapping in some micros i lowered my rig over the top , a couple of feeds later my float shot under as i had foul hooked a big carp which took me on a merry dance before the hook pulled out and understandably this had caused a big disturbance in front of me , the only part of my peg unaffected was my long left hand margin in front of the spare platform i didn’t want to go on it this early in the match but as i had not fed it yet i thought it wouldn’t do any harm , after dumping in a kinder pot full of micros i lowered my rig over the top with a piece of corn on the hook and i began getting the odd indication which i kept missing , strangely a switch to expander resulted in no indications so back on with the corn and i managed a couple of quick f1s before i was back missing bites then i hooked a two ounce stockie .

With two hours of the match gone and i had only five fish in the net you could say things wasnt going to well , i noticed a few bubbles coming up from my channel swim so with nothing to lose i dropped on it and no sooner had my float settled than it dipped under which of course i missed but it did sharpen my attention , it was noticeable that i would only get a bite within thirty seconds of my hook bait hitting the deck so i was constantly laying my rig through the water ,by doing this i managed six f1s in a forty minute spell but when things went quite and i caught a couple of perch i decided to put in a big pot of maggots to hopefully get them back into my peg , while it settled i felt it was time to start feeding my spare platform and i kinder potted six pieces of corn plus a nugget of groundbait it didn’t take long before i began getting indications , this time they was proper bites and i began picking up the odd f1 + carp although after a while i had to go a bit shallower almost pushing my rig under the platform

I rotated between my channel swim and long margin putting the odd fish in the net but with forty minutes remaining i choose to concentrate on my spare platform , i also began upping the feed because the pairs match was going to be decided on joint weight and i needed some carp after my poor start to the contest , this turned out to be a major mistake as i attracted to many f1s into the peg and for the rest of the match all i could do was foul hook fish .

The all out sounded calling time on a very frustrating match and after a poor couple of hours at the start i managed to pull it back towards the end but not really quick enough to do any good , when the scales arrived my two nets went a disappointing 38lb but my mate fared a lot better from an average peg catching 77lb which gave us a joint weight of 115lb and i am unsure where this put us overall because they have disappointedly decided not to do a league table .

Well done to all the framers and section winners , i am back at the Cunneries fishery on Saturday to contest the open match because the next round of the teams of three will be starting back soon , thanks for taking the time to read my blog .

 

Partridge lakes open match


April 15th

I was back at Partridge lakes today to contest the open match and as i was attending the Preston pairs contest here on bank holiday monday , i wanted to get a heads up on how it was fishing because i had not ventured here since the winter leagues stopped about six weeks ago and it was nearly six months since i sat on covey 1-4 so i expected to be a bit off the pace today .

After getting a nice sun tan last weekend at cunneries fishery and widdows flash we was back to normal now as we had a dramatic drop in temps plus a strong easterly wind to contend with so it was back out with the thermals again , the conditions had a bearing on how i was going to tackle my match today because i had just been getting my head around worm+caster but looking at the reports on Facebook those anglers that had used it was struggling for fish so i decided on a pellet approach with maggots as a backup if i drew on a noted ide peg .

On arrival at the complex all the usual regulars were present so i had a quick chat with them while i waited for a couple of my Daiwa adlington squad members to turn up because they fancied a change of scenery from Bradshaw’s fishery all the talk was of what pegs you wanted because the wind was blowing really strong along the car park side which meant that down the splits plus a couple of other areas were relatively flat calm, before i knew it the draw had begun so i settled in the queue towards the rear and when it came round to my turn i pulled out peg twenty on covey one which was a good area plus the peg to its right had finished in the top six the previous day usually i see this is a bad sign because i have noticed on here that they don’t like getting caught from the same place two days running but fingers crossed they had not moved too far .

 

On arriving at my home for the next few hours i had a lot of room towards the left of my peg with the point of the island to fish too as well there was also a few fish topping long down my edge towards peg one so things looked promising , i decided to keep things a bit simple today just setting up ;

Three foot pellet swim for fishing against the far bank rushes and also half way up my near side slope , i used a 4×14 roob float with an inch spread bulk starting above my four-inch 012 garbo hook length and my main line was the usual 014 garbo .

Two foot pellet or corn rig for fishing tight to the near side vegetation in case the wind changed direction and i used a 0.4 joof float  with an inch spread bulk starting above my four inch 012 garbo hook length and my main line was the usual 014 garbo .

Channel line which i plumbed up to find just over five foot and i positioned this at seven meters towards the bowl too my left because i had not got a great deal of room to my right , i used a 4×14 maggie float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was a six 010 garbo .

My bait for the day was ;

Two pints red and white maggots

One pint of soaked micros

One pint of ground-bait

Small tub of 4+2mm expanders

When the all in sounded i began by fishing across to the far bank in front of the over hanging reeds and after tapping in a few micros i held my rig still over the top of it , it took a couple more feeds before i had any sort of indication and not long after my first f1 was in the net but over the next twenty minutes the wind switched direction slightly meaning i was struggling to control my pole , i did manage a couple more f1s in that time but it was hard work keeping my rig still and i felt it wasnt worth staying on this line any longer .

I went onto my three-foot rig and plumbed up a new line at eleven meters along the left hand margin and i started by tapping in micros again as i expected to be targeting f1s , after a few feeds i began getting indications on the float which looked like line bites so i changed to clumping in the pellets to try to get them back on the deck and this worked remarkably well because no sooner had my hook bait hit the deck then i had a proper sail away , which was no stockie f1 as yards of red elastic streamed out of my pole tip after a spirited fight a 4lb carp ended up in the net over the next hour i added a further four similar sized carp but strangely no f1s and i found it best to flick my rig out into open water then drag it up the slope which resulted in proper gazunder bites .

After a while the bites started to fade and i also noticed the fish had started topping further along my margin so i made the decision to add-on a section then plumbed up a new swim , while the disturbance of doing this died down i had a quick look on my top kit between my nets which i had thrown half a dozen maggots since the match started but i never had an indication in fifteen minutes , so i had a look on my channel swim but yet again i didn’t have any indications which i felt was a bit strange because it’s normally a viable option on here .

Thirty minutes of inactivity on my other swims had me going on to the new line along my left hand margin yet again i began by trickling in some micros which turned out to be a good move as i caught mostly f1s here but they was a very big stamp and i only had a couple of stockies all match , when bites began to tail off i fed a nugget of ground-bait which seemed to draw them back into the peg and by doing this i also picked up a couple of carp including one around 7lb , in the last forty minutes i missed quite a few bites and the f1s that i did catch were a bit deep hooked it was a sure sign that i was fishing a bit over depth which was a bit strange because i hadn’t really changed anything when fishing this swim .

As the all out sounded it called time on a rather confusing match because although i had caught a few fish i never really had them lined up at any point and had a lot of carp in my net than the usual f1s ,i was the last to weigh in on covey one with 83lb winning the lake when they arrived to me and my two nets went 77lb so only a few pounds short , i felt that i could have caught it as i lost a couple of carp by being lazy and not changing hook lengths when they had got damaged , which wouldn’t have been that big an issue if i was just catching f1s but the fish i did get were a big stamp because i only caught thirty of them during the match .

As it turned out i had managed to finish sixth in the match which was better than i had hoped for before the match started and i learned a great deal before the Preston pairs match on bank holiday Monday so lets hope i can pull out a couple of pegs which would give us a chance of catching a few fish .

Partridge lakes winter league teams of four


March 12th

Today was the penultimate round of the teams of four winter league at Partridge lakes and our 2+2 team was languishing in the bottom third of the league after some pretty average draws at best , but it was still a great experience fishing against some top-notch sponsored anglers and partridge regulars plus it gave me a chance to fish on the old lakes which no doubt helped me to compete in the individual winter league held here where i managed to finish 13th out of the 75 anglers .

At last the weather had showed signs of improving with temperatures rising slightly during the week although we had a cold wind to contend with today but as i arrived at the complex it was rather warm and i had to take a couple of layers off before i met up with the rest of the lads near the cabin , the captain decided to do the draw today and we all prayed for some decent pegs for a change but it looked like we had upset the draw gods as yet again we had some shocking pegs ;

Willow peg eight not great and 4th in section at best .

Spey peg eighteen can be good if the wind is blowing that way but surprise-surprise it wasnt .

Covey five 119 for the third time this winter league 4th in section at best .

Covey six 153 probably the worst peg in the section and my home for the next few hours .

After driving round to the back car-park near Holbar i started un loading my gear out the car and after speaking to a couple of Partridge regulars who was sat on the better pegs in my section , i went round to my peg and i had a reed lined far bank about 13m away but i also had a hill behind me which would make shipping back a bit awkward especially if i needed to chase the fish out of my peg , the wind was blowing from right to left but it shouldn’t cause much of a problem if it stayed the same but as usual when the all in sounded it increased dramatically.

As i didn’t really fancy my chances of getting good section points i choose to use todays contest to practice my pellet fishing and set up a couple of rigs to cover my options ;

Three foot rig which was about a foot away from the far-bank and surprisingly it plumbed up really nice because i managed to find three flat areas , i used a 4×12 malman roob which had an inch spread bulk starting above the short four inch 010 garbo hook length and i also set up a 4×10 rw maggie float which had a few number eleven stotz spread along the 014 garbo main line with a six-inch 010 garbo hook length .

Channel swim which i positioned at nine meters either side of me and i plumbed up to find a touch over five foot so i used a 4×14 malman roob which had an inch spread bulk starting above the short four inch 010 garbo hook length and i also set up a 4×12 rw maggie float which had a bulk plus two dropper shotting pattern along the 014 garbo main line with a six-inch 010 garbo hook length .

Bait for the day was ;

1 pint of soaked micros

1 pint of soaked 4mm pellets

1 pint of crushed expander groundbait

Small tub of 2+4mm expanders

I started the match by loose feeding half a dozen 4mm pellets along my left hand margin and then fed a golf ball of groundbait onto my left hand channel swim , before finally i could get fishing and shipped out to my far bank directly in front of me , after tapping in half a dozen micros i lowered my rig over the top and no sooner had my float settled than it dipped under as a small chub had taken a liking for my 4mm expander but at least i was off the mark , by being careful with my feeding and keeping the rig still directly over the top of it i managed to catch eight f1s in a forty minute spell before the bites began to tail off . I plumbed up another swim along the far bank towards my left and i fed a few micros while i was doing so , i let it settle for a bit and had a quick look onto my margin swim where i had been loose feeding six 4mm pellets but a bite less ten minutes had me going back across onto my new swim , i didn’t have to wait too long before i began getting indications and i had another run of five f1s which was no doubt down to the fact that i was being a bit more patient today than i usually am , i was just getting into the swing of things when i managed to stupidly loose a big f1 under my platform which was easy to do when I’m using the short shallow kits and this trashed my rig but it turned out to be a bit of a god send as it allowed me to change to a float with a slightly thicker tip because with the wind getting stronger i was struggling to see the little dinks on the bristle .

The disturbance of replumbing up killed my original across swim so i decided to put in another line towards my right which was further away from where i thought most of the fish would be because they had been situated in the bowl towards my left nearly all winter but i noticed that when i hooked an f1 it would go in the opposite direction towards peg 151 , after a couple of feeds i began catching fish again but they was only small stockies and i choose to rotate my two far bank swims picking up a couple from each before switching, it was noticeable that the bigger stamp was found on my left hand swim and if the wind relented enough i picked up my lighter 4×10 rig this got me a few nice f1s taking my hook bait just as my float settled but i couldn’t use it that often due to the conditions .

Before i knew it we was into the last forty minutes and i had a look on my track swim , i had twenty minutes earlier fed it with a golf ball of ground-bait no sooner had my rig settled than it buried and i managed five fish before the all out including a couple of ghosties . I really enjoyed my match today even though i was up against it from the start but i suppose thats what happens when your not under that much pressure , i hadn’t done a great deal of soft pellet fishing in the last few months and knew that i could improve on a few things today but i still managed to catch 34 f1s which went a shade over 40lb this put me third in section as peg 157 had 48lb and 155 had 50lb , yet again the team had another bad round getting 17 points which was only to be expected from our poor draw .

Having a weekend away from Partridge lakes my first in about three months as I’m fishing the charity match at cunneries fishery on Saturday and a team match Sunday at Widdows .

 

Partridge lakes , individual winter league


19th February

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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 .

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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 .

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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 .

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