Partridge lakes , Leigh tackle and bait round 7

February 15th , covey five peg 117


Todays match was a bit different to the opens that i usually fish because today i was standing in for my mate on the 7th round of the Leigh tackle and bait winter league at Partridge lakes as he was away sunning himself in Lanzarote and i would be taking his place on Covey five a water i hadn’t fished since i got second on the lake in November i hope it hadn’t changed much so i could do the team 2+2 justice.

On arrival at the venue i met up with the other members of the team who i hadn’t seen before and we had a quick chat on how it was fishing on the open match the previous day second place came from Covey five with 56lb and the match on Thursday there had been quite a few weights over 50lb up to 80lb so it looked like it was fishing well after its recent restocking .A few of my mates turned up about 830 so i went over for a chat about the upcoming Angling times Supercup and we were all eager to find out who we would draw on Tuesday , i was so busy talking that i missed the team draw and Phil the captain had to come to find me but he did have some good news that i would be on peg 117 the same one which came second on yesterdays match . I have said this many times before that on Partridge lakes the last place you want to draw is a peg that produced a framing weight the previous day , i don’t know why this should happen but it always does and today the wind was blowing the opposite way so i didn’t know whether to be happy or sad but i would be giving it my best shot .


When i got to my peg i noticed that i had plenty room to the right as i had the width of the island to fish against although it wasn’t that wide directly in front of me and i also had an aerator towards my left ,but with the weather being a touch warmer of late and with blue skies plus light winds i decided not to set up my 4ft rig today going for ;

2ft , 3ft and in the channel at 5ft

I had heard that the F1s in Covey five had responded really well to pellets so that is the bait which my match would revolve around ;

micros , 4mm pellets , ground-bait , 4mm expanders and a pint of mixed maggots


After plumbing up i found a nice flat spot 3ft deep at 11m which was 2ft from the far-bank towards the rope of the aerator , i again discovered the same depth directly in front of me but that was at 8m i felt the fish wouldnt settle so close to me and i put a line in further to my right . When the all in sounded at 1015 i went out to my 11m swim with an expander on the hook and a few micros in the cad pot being careful not to overfeed until i knew how many fish was in my peg , it didn’t take long for my first F1 of the day hit the net and before the match started i thought six fish an hour would be enough to get good points today so when another quickly followed i was well on my way of reaching my target .

When fishing for F1s with pellet it is really important not to overfeed because although they like bait falling through the water if you put too much in they will certainly back away from it .

By taking my time with my feed and alternating between feeding micro and 4mm pellets i managed eight F1s for about 10lb but in the second hour it slowed considerably with only four fish coming my way and i think this was down to the wind increasing blowing out of my peg taking the f1s with it plus it also made the presentation more awkward also i don’t think i changed swims quick enough putting too much pressure on it , i set up another swim directly in front of me and proceeded to start my match again but this area of my peg was very slow as i thought it would be when i plumbed up before the match started although the two f1s it did produce were of a bigger stamp at nearly 2lb a piece .


I spent the next ninety minutes working all over my swim i even tried big potting micros to the right edge of my far-bank and had also been putting in maggots at the channel near the aerator but couldn’t get a run of fish anywhere putting only three fish in the net , i went back on to my original swim where i began getting lots of line bites and i tried my 2ft rig over the top without getting any indications in ten minutes i was on the verge of bringing my rig in when the float buried and i was attached to a nice stockie carp no more indications came my way on this rig but when i went back on to my 3ft rig but i was still getting liners again . I replumbed up with my pellet just touching bottom and this got me another good run of fish with another ten hitting the net , in the last thirty minutes they backed off again but by putting on another section going as close to the aerator rope as i could this produced two more stockies and a foul hooker which i lost right on the whistle for the all out .

I ended up with 29 fish for just under 30lb getting beat by 2014 fisho finalist Shaun cooke on peg 115 who had 35 fish for 45lb so he had managed a bigger stamp of fish than me , i was also behind a peg on the split which had produced a 32lb weight so i ended up third in the section and fifth on the lake and with a bit of luck i could have at least second but that’s match fishing for you . Overall it was a rather confusing match for me and no doubt did quite a few things wrong although the team finished joint first on the day with 12 points winning both marsh + covey six so it wasn’t too bad and i cant wait to get back on their .

Next weekend i will be doing a double-header with Partridge lakes open on the Sunday and Cunneries fishery on the Saturday , think i am getting addicted to this F1 fishing .


Partridge Lakes, Open Match, 13.12.14


Weather: Sunny Intervals, 0C, 4 mph SW wind, Air pressure 1020

Peg: Covey 110

26 Fished

Today’s open was to be on Covey 5+6, with the winter league taking up Covey’s 1-4.

There had been an overnight frost leading to a 1cm covering of ice on the lakes, so the ice breaker would be needed today.  I was hoping to get back on Covey 6 today as I seem to draw on Covey 5 more often than not and although there are some good pegs on it they seem few and far between in the winter, with the current form areas being around 115,122 and 126. I drew peg 110 and I was extremely disappointed with this and if you asked me before the draw what would be the last peg I wanted from the 2 lakes, peg 110 would be it, followed by 107. This is the 3rd time this winter…

View original post 583 more words

Partridge Lakes, Open Match, 06.12.14


Weather: Overcast, 3C, 8mph SW wind, Air pressure 1027

Peg: Covey 101

54 Fished

Covey 1-5 was in today and I was hoping to get on Covey’s 1-3 as I haven’t been on them yet this winter. I drew peg 101 which I was a little disappointed with, but on a cold today like today you never know where the fish will be balled up and hopefully they would be in front of me.  I had Andy Bennett in my section on peg 106, so I was hoping Andy would frame leaving the other four of us fighting for the section.  After seeing the Thursday open results where mid twenties was good enough to frame and considering the freezing temperatures overnight, I set myself a target weight of 15lb.

Set up:

MW F1 Slim 8 x 11, 4ft

MW F1 Slim 6 X 11, 3ft

Malman winter wire 4 x…

View original post 1,178 more words

Partridge lakes

November 23rd , peg 105 Covey five


With my wife having a rare Sunday off work i decided to take full advantage of it and made a trip to Partridge lakes to contest the open match , the weather leading up to today had been pretty awful in fact the previous night we had a proper deluge of rain and this had a bearing on the weights caught during the week , in fact Saturdays open taking place on Covey 5+6 was only won with a mid thirty pound weight and all the top six weights came from Covey six which had a club match on today so wasnt in the open .The team match taking place on Covey 1-4 was won with 90lb but the f1s definitely seemed to be balled up with some people getting good weights while others really struggling .

On arrival at the venue i was in formed that their was ninety anglers in attendance which just goes to show the popularity of the venue , which meant they was going to be Covey 1-5 plus Marsh canal in the draw bag and the only one i didn’t want to be on was Covey five after last weeks struggle on their in fact 23lb won that lake yesterday . My drawing hand let me down yet again as number 105 stuck to my mitt so off i headed back to Covey five although it was one of the better pegs in the section and i last fished this peg on the Maver Match this qualifier where i broke my number four section on my pole and got well an truly battered on both sides so you can say it brought back some bad memories .


I decided to use just three rigs today ;

3ft both slopes , 4×12 malmans benny float with 0.12 garbo main line which had a 0.10 garbo hook length and a size 20 gamma pellet hook , elastic was orange matrix .

4ft both slopes , 4×12 malmans benny float with 0.12 garbo main line which had a 0.10 garbo hook length and a size 20 gamma pellet hook , elastic was orange matrix .

5ft channel 4×14 malmans benny float with 0.12 garbo main line which had a 0.10 garbo hook length and a size 18 gamma pellet hook , elastic was orange matrix .


malman roob

My bait was ;

1 pint red and white maggots

1 pint micro dusted with f1 dark ground-bait

small tub of white and normal expanders


When the all in sounded i went straight across on to my 3ft rig because i didn’t feel that they would be any shallower in these cold conditions , i tapped in a small kinder pot containing a few maggots plus a nugget of micro + ground-bait i had a single red maggot on the hook after a couple of minutes my float dipped and i foul hooked my first f1 which came off on the way in not really the start i was looking for . I began picking up the odd f1 on this line but they were only small and the guy on peg 106 was getting a fish a chuck fishing towards the point of the island at 2ft i was thinking that maybe i had made a mistake not setting a rig up at this depth but it didn’t work for me on my last visit , in the first hour i had eight f1s and when this line started to fade i set up a new one towards my right but feeding pellets this time because this was my best bait last time i was on here and a quick f1 hit the net soon followed by an f1 of around 4lb Bonus .


In the first two hours i had twenty fish in the net which was better than i had hoped for but i kind of lost the fish at this point for nearly an hour i had fed my channel line every 15 minutes with a kinder pot full of maggots since the start but i couldn’t get this right and i am really struggling to get this line to work . I began loose feeding six maggots every five minutes on to my top three-line towards the left of my peg first drop produced a big f1 and this got me another run off fish a bigger stamp than across too but i did need some were else to go when this line began to fade like it usually does when f1 fishing , with the wind beginning to get up and the sun going in it was noticeably colder so i decided to put in a new line across at 4 ft deep this got me another run of f1s and i rotated between both shelves to keep the fish coming but in the last twenty minutes they backed off and i couldn’t get a bite , which was my fault because i think that i had over fed and had not prepared some were else to go .


When the all out sounded i was unsure on how i had done and felt that both pegs 106 +108 had beaten me because they seemed to have caught a lot more consistently than i had so when the scales came round to me my 44 fish went 42lb which was more than i thought and better news was to follow when in fact i had won the section plus got second best weight on the lake Bonus number two . When i got to the cabin to pick up my money it looked like i might have also had a chance of framing too but not even i was that lucky and ended up 6th or 7th out of ninety anglers contesting the match with 60lb winning and a mid 50lb getting in the frame .


To be honest i was more than happy with the result but not really how i fished today i think it was another chance that i had blown for framing or even better and they don’t come along that often although i do seem to be getting more chances recently which goes to show that my fishing is improving after making the decision to quit my angling club , all i need to do is stop my mid match quiet spell which is easier said than done though plus like every match angler i could do with getting on the bank a bit more .

Partridge lakes

November 15th , Covey five peg 111

I really fancied getting on the bank this weekend and finally the recent heavy rains had stopped so off i headed to Partridge lakes to contest the very popular open match , i was unsure on what to expect though with the matches in the week being very hard with just 60lb being needed to frame and as their was nearly sixty anglers present today so a good draw would be even more important but my drawing hand let me down big time putting me on a bad peg on the worst lake and i also had a flyer peg to contend with too .


Covey five was to be my destination it was near the main car-park so at least i didn’t have to move the car but my peg was situated right down the bottom of the long straight with the little breeze blowing the other way every peg that i past meant my day would be even harder and when i finally reached peg 111 it was your predictable 13 meter wide with not much in the way of features although i did see a couple of fish top which gave me a bit of hope , the lake has mainly a smaller stamp of fish with little in the way of any bonus carp and my original plan for covey 1-4 went out of the window but at least i had prepared some pellets which was the main bait to use on here .


2ft across , 4×10 malman roob float with 0.12 garbo main line to a 0.10 garbo hook length which had a size 20 matrix bagger hook attached and elastic was orange matrix .

3ft both shelves , 4×12 malman roob float with 0.12 garbo main line to a 0.10 garbo hook length which had a size 20 matrix bagger hook attached and elastic was orange matrix .

6ft channel , 4×14 malmans roob with 0.12 garbo main line to a 0.10 garbo hook length which had a size 18 matrix bagger hook attached and elastic was orange matrix .

My bait was the usual ,

2 pints red and white maggots

1 pint or micro and ground-bait

small tub mixed expanders

small tub white expanders


When the all in sounded i decided to start on my 3ft rig as it was still a bit cold , so i shipped out to 11 meters towards the left hand part of my peg because i don’t like fishing directly in front of me if i can help it .I planned on fishing two swims at this depth hoping to keep fish coming by alternating between them both and after tapping in some micro before lowering in my pellet hook bait amongst it , a couple of lift-drops and the tiniest of indication resulted in f1 number one making its way to the net quickly followed by another things were looking promising but with me being eager not to overfeed them i was rather surprised when they backed off and i decided to try my white expander this got me another fish plus a couple of missed bites which for some reason is usual when using this bait .


I decided to rest this swim and used the same rig towards the right of my peg but still using pellets , yet again i tapped in a nugget of micro plus ground-bait before lowering my expander in among it a couple of lift-drops resulted in a quick f1 and then followed by another but yet again i had to resort to my white expander to keep indications coming it seemed that a pattern was emerging , with nothing positive happening on either line coupled with the fact it was getting a little warmer plus they seemed to be catching at 2ft on the split bank i decided to follow suit but this time using maggots just to see if i could catch a few chub or ide among the f1s because it was fishing really hard down the long straight where i was , this failed to produce an indication which was surprising and it must have been the depth as i set up another line using pellets towards the left which also didn’t get me a bite .

With nearly half the match gone and just eight fish in the net you can safely say things wasn’t going well , i had fed maggots through a small cupping kit every thirty minutes on my six meter channel line since the match started so i decided to give this a try to with double maggot on the hook i lowered in my rig .After a long wait with not a lot happening yet again i was on the verge of trying another line when my float finally dipped and my first carp made an appearance although it was only just over a pound in weight it was double the size of my f1s , i refed with another large kinder pot of maggots and this got me another f1 but it was really hard going.


To be in with any chance at all of getting my section i needed a really good run of f1s or at least a line which would produce a bigger stamp of carp , i noticed that the guy on 107 was catching near the empty platform so i decided to set up a line on my near shelf at 3ft deep but only at six meters so i could rotate my channel lines as well because on the spur of the moment i decided to try a pellet line away to my right and feed a small cupping kit full of micro plus ground-bait then left it alone for about an hour for the fish to settle on it .

On my first try on the near slope i fed a big kinder pot full of maggots before laying my rig in up the shelf i had a really positive bite with a bigger than average f1 coming to the net ,i decided to try to force the swim by feeding the same amount every five minutes to see how i got on which wasn’t my best decision of the day although it did kind of work as you would get a couple of indications straight after feeding and then nothing but the fish on this line were worth waiting for averaging over a pound i even had a small ghostie , i got in a routine of get a couple of bites from my near slope before going on my maggot channel swim while i rested it .

With an hour remaining i noticed bubbles coming up from the channel where i potted in the pellets earlier , a quick look with a pellet on the hook and a little dink on the float resulted in a small f1 making its way to the bank . In the last hour i couldn’t get in quick enough and nearly doubled my catch in that time , although i did need to really try to sort the feeding out because they definitely seemed to back away from the pellets falling on their heads and white expander worked extremely well for me on this line .

When the all out sounded i wasnt that happy with the way things went but to be honest i think i had got the best from the peg and other than a few tweaks with the feeding i couldn’t do a great deal more with no lost fish and not many missed bites , i just think it was a poor area to be in and in the end my 22 fish went nearly 18lb which is a good stamp for in here , peg 103 won the lake and the section with over 50lb those anglers on the split all had around the 30lb mark .Hopefully i might get back to Partridge lakes next weekend I’m just hoping for a better draw

Maver match this Partridge lakes

June 28th , Covey 5 peg 105

Covey 5

Covey 5

Well where do i start about todays match but i am sure the fishing gods was against me because on the way to the venue i couldn’t find a cash point that was working and i just managed to scrape together enough money for the pools , then on the way their i had just got to the golf course near Partridge lakes when for some reason my car span off the road went straight through a temporary fence just missing two trees and ended up within yards from the edge of the pond . Luckily my car seemed fine and i was expecting a puncture but the tyres looked ok and i was at a puzzlement on just what had caused my near crash maybe i had aqua planned across the road in the wet weather but i managed to get back on to the road and arrived at the complex a bit later than i had planned , i was understandably a bit shook up but surely nothing else could go wrong ! ! !

After booking on for the match i joined the draw for the queue and you always get more big names present than on the fisho qualifier  because it costs a bit more and you are guaranteed a ticket if you get it early enough , i felt rather out-of-place competing against these sort of anglers but nothing ventured nothing gained . When it was my turn to pick i pulled out peg 105 on covey 5 not where i wanted to be as this lake is full of smaller fish around the 8 oz mark and you would need to catch a hell of a lot of them to get a decent weight ,my peg wasnt that far away from where i had parked so i decided to leave the car where it was and walk over with my tackle and when i got their it looked rather promising with an aerator-point of an island-long margin to my left and an empty peg to my right which had a few mud banks for me to target .


I had decided on just three areas to fish today so as not to confuse myself and these where ;


Far bank slope

Mud line far bank

Two rigs would cover all these ;

2ft deep , 0.3 matrix series 3 float with a spread bulk of number 9 stotz and my main line was 0.12 garbo with a 0.10 garbo hook length , hook was a size 20 gamma pellet .

1ft deep ,0.3 matrix series 3 float with a spread bulk of number 9 stotz and my main line was 0.12 garbo with a 0.10 garbo hook length , hook was a size 20 gamma pellet .

With the rain continuing to pour down my bait brolly would be required to keep everything on my side tray dry ;


1 pint micro coated with ground-bait

1 pint sloppy ground-bait

3 pint mixed maggots

small tub of 4 mm expanders


When the all in sounded i went onto my 2ft far shelf line first because i wanted to leave the mud bank for later when the weather had hopefully improved and warmed up a little , i tapped in a full kinder pot of micro+sloppy ground-bait and lowered my 4mm expander amongst it . It didn’t take long before i was into fish and by regular feeding plus lift-dropping i had thirty small f1s in the first ninety minutes which was a fish every three minutes not a bad catch rate but could i keep it up , the answer unfortunately was no because  the fish backed off so i tried fishing against the mud bank and this is an area of my fishing that i am struggling with at present because i miss too many bites and when using soft pellet i was constantly re-shipping in wasting too much time in matches .


After three hours my catch rate had really slowed i only had forty fish in the net and was really struggling too put a run of fish together tight across , it was beginning to do my head in and it was about this time that i noticed my top kit was starting to stick into my number four section due to the wet conditions which was something i hadn’t met before with my other poles and it wasn’t long before it was stuck solid with a fish on the end of my rig and upon trying to free it i managed to break it clean in two , i lost the fish as well which just about summed up my day but they do say bad luck comes in threes .


I did have a spare number four in my holdall so i could carry on fishing but by this time my head had gone totally , i did catch a few bigger stamp fish by potting in maggots on to my left hand margin but i was just wasting time to the all out and i re-tried fishing long again but i couldn’t get them to settle so with forty minutes to go i decided to call it a day and began packing up . When the scales came round my 52 fish went 35lb getting comprehensively beaten on both sides but that’s what happens when a club angler goes to contest these big matches and i think i need to improve a lot before i give them another try next year , i have noticed that i am not catching the same amount of smaller fish that the others anglers do on here and this is obviously one of the many reasons that i am struggling to compete at present .

I had thought about giving the evening open another try at Sycamore fisheries which i have done reasonably well on before fishing the Thursday open at Partridge lakes but I’m not sure yet , i think that i might benefit from some far bank fishing practice before i go back to fish on the coveys as you really need to master that style of fishing or fishing shallow to do any good on their .


Partridge lakes

Covey open match , 9th June peg 106 covey 5

my home for the day

my home for the day

Was looking forward to this match all week and really wanted to break the 50lb barrier for the first time or even beat my mate brannys record of 66lb from covey 4 last weekend . Arrived at the venue at 815 and their was a few anglers milling about already , when i had booked on for the match they told me it was going to be limited to 85 people because covey 6 had been left out and it looked like it was a full house again today .

A few of my mates had decided to fish the open match for the first time today , we was busy chatting and as a consequence we ended up at the back of the queue but it didn’t turn out to bad though because i picked out peg 106 on covey 5 which was an end peg on a lake i hadn’t fished before , it was a small fish bagging lake where 110lb had been caught during the fisho match last week and i was a bit under prepared because i had set my stall around catching the bigger f1s on covey 1 – 4 but i did have 2 pints of maggots so hopefully i could catch them shallow on here today .

On getting to my peg i liked the look of it , i had a point of the island , an aerator to my right and a long margin swim to attack ,not really knowing the lake to well i set up four rigs all shallow because that’s how i needed to catch to do a good weight of fish .

Shallow 2ft maggot , 0.2 scone float to 0.12 garbo line with a 0.10 garbo hook length attached to a size 20 gamma pellet hook

Shallow 1ft maggot ,0.1 scone float to 0.12 garbo line with a 0.10 garbo hook length attached to a size 20 gamma pellet hook

Shallow 2ft banded pellet , 0.2 matrix float to 0.12 garbo line attached to a size 20 f1 hook with a micro bait band

Shallow 1ft banded pellet , 0.1 matrix float to 0.12 garbo line attached to a size 20 f1 hook with a micro bait band

As the all in sounded my first line of attack was on my top kit to the right hand margin , while i began loose feeding maggots at 6m towards the aerator ,the first hour was a bit of a none event because i was picking just the odd small chub up from the side but all the time i was hopefully building up my shallow swim . The guy to my right was catching very well by feeding sloppy ground bait and fishing hard pellet in the cloud , i decided that after an hour of feeding it was time to give it ago with my 2ft maggot rig but i didn’t get the response i wanted and it seemed totally devoid of fish with no liners or swirls on the top , i also tried the 1ft rig but as expected still nothing so a rethink was in order .

I had noticed when setting up that most people around me had put out all their pole intending to fish tight towards the island , which i thought strange at the time because everything i had read about covey 5 was to fish the top kit and speed fishing . But as i was going no were fast on this line i decided to follow suit so i changed to banded pellet and went  out at 13m which was 2ft from the far bank . Started kinder potting 4mm hard pellets with a 6mm on the hook and it wasn’t long before i started getting bites , slowly but surely i began putting a run of fish into the net but the trouble was i had already given everyone a two hour head start not what you want in a small fish race.

With the guy to my left well in front of me for the section so i decided to try a few different things out which would give me a better idea how to attack this lake if i ever draw on it in the future . I went to go even closer to the island and out came the 14m section so i could fish towards the point of the island , plumbed up to find 6 inch depth and i was still fishing banded pellet but began catapulting in pellets rather than kinder potting them in , this seemed to produce more bites but turned out to be from smaller f1s and i also began missing fish because of the length of the hair towards the size of the fish .

As the all out sounded i had fished a match which had give me more questions than answers today , i ended up with fifty fish for 24lb but had got comprehensively beaten by both sides , the guy on my left had over 100 fish for 44lb and the guy to my right had trounced the lake with over 200 fish for 80lb and never stopped catching from start to finish .

Lots learned today

Sloppy groundbait fished shallow at 6m was the method that won the lake he had lots of fish but a small stamp .

Expander rather than banded pellets would have worked best today , missed to many bites using it today because fish to small .

Maggots shallow didn’t work for me today but other people around my side where their was no wind struggled to catch shallow also .

Didn’t seem to be many fish in my area due to the lack of wind my side of the lake .

Bigger fish seemed to be on the deck at 12m at 2ft deep .

Best depth along the far bank was 1ft produced lots of fish but smaller stamp .

Disappointed at how today’s match went and would rather have fished covey 1 – 4 because that’s what i had set up for regarding bait , but in match fishing you have no guarantee on where you fish . Off to Lathom on Sunday for the 4th club match of 2013 .