MFS CL match at Partridge Lakes (Covey 6)

Venue – Partridge Lakes, Glaziers Lane, Culcheth, Warrington WA3 4AQ
Date of visit – Saturday 27th June 2015
Weather – Nice with light wind
Fishery Website –

Rigs used
0.2g Jeff’s Floats Dibber to 0.16 Silstar mainline with a 3 inch hook length of 0.10 and size 18 Kamasan B510 for shallow maggot
0.4g Jeff’s Floats Rascal to 0.14 Silstar mainline with a 5 inch hook length of 0.10 to size 18 Drennan Kamasan B510 for maggot in the track
0.4g Jeff’s Floats Joof to 0.16 Silstar mainline with a 5 inch hook length of 0.10 to size 18 Drennan Silverfish pellet for maggot on the near slope
0.3g Jeff’s Floats Joof to 0.16 Silstar mainline with a 5 inch hook length of 0.10 to size 18 Drennan Silverfish pellet for the margins and across to the far bank.

Bait (6 pint limit)
4 pints of maggots (mainly white with…

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Partridge lakes Covey six

June 12th , peg 139

covey six

covey six

With my upcoming Tunnel barn festival not far away a confidence booster and bagging up session was what i needed , so with the temperatures rising steadily during the week and blue skies plus light winds forecast i decided to grab a few hours after work and there was no better place to go than Partridge lakes especially with Coveys 5+6 being available on day tickets .

After arriving at the fishery i grabbed a quick double cheese burger while i decided on which lake i wanted to fish , i quite fancied ago on Ribbon because it would be sheltered from the sun and so hopefully more feeding fish but unfortunately the Oap match was taking place on it plus Spey and Marsh . The recent good weights on Covey six and the fact the F1s were bigger swung it for me so that’s where i headed , on arriving at the covey 5+6 car-park i was a bit surprised to see only half a dozen anglers fishing it including Andy May who was doing a coaching session on a peg towards the bottom of the straight ( it wasn’t long before i heard the typical sound of him ooosshing away every few minutes )


I had only fished Covey six three times before and those pegs were already taken so i settled on 139 which was at the windward end of the main straight , it was the same as most on here with it being 13m wide with far-bank and margin cover . As mentioned earlier my main aim for the day was to get some confidence behind the worm approach which i would be using at tunnel barn and i decided to keep things nice and simple setting up just two rigs ;

2ft for far-bank and margin , 0.3 matrix series one float with 0.14 garbo main line an 0.12 garbo hook length which had a size matrix bagger hook .

1ft for fishing shallow along the far-bank , 0.3 matrix series one float with 0.14 garbo main line an 0.12 garbo hook length which had a size matrix bagger hook .


At 330 i was ready to get started so i filled my kinder pot full of my choppie mix with an inch segment of worm on the hook , i shipped out to the side of the far-bank reeds where i had earlier plumbed up to find 2ft depth and i deposited the feed from a height to try to draw some fish into the area . It wasn’t long before my float dipped but it weren’t the F1 i expected but a small 4oz silver , so back out i went with another full kinder pot and splodged the lot in from a height again then lowered my hook bait in among it my float only just settled before the elastic shot out this was no silver and a nice stamp f1 settled in my landing net .


The first hour went really well with a mixture of 15 f1s+carp coming my way but the constant feeding of the choppie mix had as i expected brought them up in the water this was confirmed when i started getting line bites and foul hooking fish , so i decided to pick up my 1ft deep rig and after taking a couple of stotz off so my hook bait wouldn’t drag the float under . Using this rig i increased my catch rate significantly with a fish coming every couple of minutes and surprisingly they were all a bigger stamp than i had earlier caught .



After two hours i had forty fish on my clicker and as i was approaching my final hour of the short session i decided to see what my margin was going to produce , i had been kinder potting bait in for the previous twenty minutes so when i went on this line i expected an immediate response and i wasn’t disappointed with indications straight away my first few fish were small 8oz tench but it didn’t take too long before the f1s moved in numbers . I was back catching well again although i did miss a few bites and maybe i should have gone a bit tighter to the bank which would have helped solve this problem , just before i was about to call time on my session my float flew under and i was attached to something a bit bigger than the previous F1s after a few minutes i had it under control before i slipped the net under a near 8lb carp which was a fitting end to the day .


In my three hours fishing i had caught sixty f1s+carp , a couple of barbel , a few tench and silvers for about eighty pounds which i felt was a nice warm up before my Tunnel barn festival i just hope that i can do myself proud against the big name anglers that are competing in it and i am extremely looking forward to it .

Partridge lakes

January 24th , peg 160 Covey six


After almost three weeks away from match fishing i was eager to get back on the banks of Partridge lakes even though my last visit was pretty disappointing where i struggled to catch any f1s from covey three but today the open was to take place on covey 5 and 6 which is usually a good place for a few bites especially after their recent stocking , although all the recent rain-melted ice plus strong wind would have a big bearing on how the fish would respond today .

W hen i got up in the morning i was glad that the heavy overnight rain had ceased but it was now a bit breezy and the dashboard on the way their showed a mighty two degrees and it wouldn’t rise above that all day , when i arrived at the fishery there didn’t seem that many people knocking about apart from those contesting the team event on covey 1-4 and as a result their was only thirty fishing the open .

As i queued for the draw i didn’t fancy being on covey six as it was fishing really hard so it would be 50/50 on which lake i would get , i tried a different tactic regarding the draw and had the last peg in the bag to see if this would get me a good peg at last because since christmas i have been on a poor run but i wasn’t best impressed when number 160 sticking to my hand . This was in the middle of the straight in not a great area but i did have a bit of room with two empty pegs on each side plus i saw a couple of fish top across so you just never know .


I set up four rigs to cover various depths of my swim ;





My bait for the day was ;

1/2 pint micro

1/2 pint ground-bait

1/2 pint mixed maggots

small tub expanders normal and white


As the all in sounded i went across with my 3ft deep rig directly in front of me and i could then go shallower or deeper and left or right if i needed too , i didn’t put any feed in at first because i wanted to let the f1s guide me on how much to put in as at this time of year they can be really finicky . After twenty minutes i was still bite less so i risked putting in a couple of maggots in this didn’t work either although i had a feeling that their was fish in the area , i set up another swim a foot to my right because the left hand area of my peg was covered in the low winter sun shine and i started the process all over again but an hour in with still no bites also with the wind getting stronger i felt my rig wasn’t working properly by being dragged through the swim or getting blown about even when using a back shot .

I set up another swim eight meters to my left with my 4ft deep rig which was at the bottom of the far slope i hoped by using a slightly heavier float and being at an angle to the wind i might get better presentation so i could hopefully attract a few bites also i choose to feed pellets to see what response this would get , the answer was nothing and another bite less hour .Things were beginning to get a bit desperate but it was the same for all those around me in fact i had only seen a few people catch on the lake , with the wind increasing all the time i decided to cut down one of my channel rigs to 3ft hoping that this would get me better presentation which it did but unfortunately no bites .

We was now into the last two hours and about half a dozen anglers had decided to pack up including both my neighbours and the only reason i didn’t was the fact that i was only four f1s behind the leader in my section and if the fish did turn up you can soon get on a roll ,i tried in front of the empty peg to my left at the bottom of the slope this as you probably guess failed to produce a single sign in thirty minutes . Their was only one thing for it and out came my channel rig i choose to start yet again to my left and began dripping in some maggots after a couple of feeds my float dinked slightly a sharp lift resulted in six-inch of elastic coming out before it quickly came off but at least it was a sign of a fish .


A couple of more missed bites ensued but even after changing shotting patterns and depths i failed to connect with any which is usual for me when fishing in the channel , the indications soon stopped though so i started again directly in front of me still dripping in maggots this resulted in a bite out of the blue with a little chub making its way to the net and i had avoided the blank . No more bites came my way so i moved a meter to my right and started again this produced an f1 quickly followed by another , i was just beginning to get excited that i could put a run of fish together and claw my way back into the section but that’s all that i could manage before the all out .


Before i started packing up as their was only two of us left in the section i went round for a chat to the Maver north-west angler and he informed me that he had six f1s plus a couple of small chub which he had caught in the first hour across before the wind got to bad and he was fish less for the rest of the match , so for the second match running at Partridge lakes i had failed to get a descent net of fish i knew that it would fish hard today with all the ice water going in but not this hard and i hope the weather begins to improve soon so i can get back on the bank more because i feel that i am losing touch with the f1s by not getting out often enough .

I’m off to contest a match on the Cunneries S canal tomorrow so lets hope that i can catch a few fish at long last because i don’t think a have caught more than thirty since the end of November .

Partridge Lakes, Open Match, 29.11.14


Weather: Overcast, 10C, SE Wind, Air Pressure 1016

Peg: Covey 155

35 Fished

I am only able to get out once a week at the moment and with the Saturday open to be held on Covey 5 + 6 as it was the week before, I chose this day.  I haven’t fished Covey 6 before so I was hoping to draw on this lake and I wasn’t left dissapointed when I drew peg 155 on Covey 6.  Both pegs 157 and 149 had framed the previous Saturday, so I was pleased with my draw and hopefully I would be in a good area and catch a few fish.

Peg 155 Covey 6 Peg 155 Covey 6

Set up :

MW F1 Slim 4 x 11, 2ft

MW F1 Slim 6 X 11, 3ft

MW F1 Slim 10 x 11, 5ft

MW F1 Slim 14 x 11, 6ft

All above to .10 powerline to .09 hooklength…

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Partridge Lakes Fish’O Qualifier

31st May 2014 – Peg 133 Covey 6


I can’t believe that it has been almost a year since my last attempt at a Fish’O Mania qualifier at Partridge Lakes and with all the lakes here requiring different baits-methods it took quite some time preparing for it, so I hoped to make a better go of it this time because last time I made a real mess of it, by giving myself too many options and confusing myself!

On arrival at the complex there as was expected a lot of anglers there, including the usual scattering of top names and a couple even managed to get tickets from Balmoral Fishing Club, so at least I had some friendly faces to talk to whilst we queued for the draw. When it came to my turn I pulled out peg 133 on Covey 6, not really where I wanted to be but it made it on the list of the fancied pegs shown on Tight Lines twitter feed, so no pressure then!!!

Draw Highlights

When I got to my peg it looked really promising with an empty peg either side and a slight breeze blowing into my bank, it was around 13m across with a nice mud bank but because it’s a relatively new lake on the complex the fish were of a smaller stamp than the others and wasn’t a great deal of bank side vegetation. I had fished this Covey just once before which helped me with the choice of bait to take to my peg and which area of it to target, plus I had plenty of info from friends off Twitter. I decided not to fall into the trap of setting too many rigs to cover everything like last time I fished a qualifier on here and felt it would be better to concentrate on just three main areas.



2.5ft deep rig , malmams diamond float 4×12 with 0.12 garbo main line and a 0.10 garbo 6 inch hook length which had a size 20 gamma pellet hook .

1ft deep rig , 0.3 matrix series 3 float with 0.12 garbo line direct to a size 20 gamma pellet hook .


Because it is a strict 6pt limit plus 1 kilo bag of groundbait I took.



3 pints red and white maggots

1 pint micro

1 pint 4mm pellets

1 pint corn

0.5 kilo of ground bait

small tub 4mm expanders

I plumbed up in front of the empty platform where I found 2 1/2 feet depth and I also used this rig down the other margin, plus across which was half way up the far bank slope where I had managed to find a flat spot, my other rig was for fishing really tight across on the mud line where I had been told it was the best area to target and I could also use this set up for fishing shallow if I needed to, although not many people can get it to work on this water.

My match plan could not have been simpler, start on my 2 1/2 foot line across pick up some F1’s before setting up a new swim a metre away when they back off, then after 90 minutes to go on to my mud line when the sun had warmed the water up enough for the fish to settle there, and then finally to plunder the margin in the last hour, but things don’t always go to plan.

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As the all in sounded I shipped out to 11 meters where I had found the flat spot when plumbing up, I fed a cad pot full of micro – groundbait and lowered my 4ml expander amongst it. The first 2 hours went extremely well for me anyway, with 34 fish coming my way for about 30lb and I hadn’t even gone onto my mud line which was supposed to be the best area of my swim, I wasn’t doing well enough to even contemplate challenging for the win because I expected a mid 100lb weight would be needed, but it looked like I was doing enough for the lake.

It was at this point that I got informed that Partridge Lakes Fish’O was being a lot harder than I expected it to, but it also coincided with me having my worst spell of the match and no matter where I chose to fish I just couldn’t buy a bite, I had been loose feeding maggots on to my left hand margin for the past 30 minutes so decided to give that a whirl, and first put in I hit something large which bottomed my elastic out, next drop I landed a big F1 then a slightly smaller one before I began foul hooking fish, thinking about it when I got home I came to the conclusion I fished too far down the slope and should have gone really tight to the near bank.


Anyway… Back to the match. After a poor last hour I decided to go back onto my most prolific rig, but instead of putting a new swim further towards the widest stretch of the lake like I had done before, I went more towards the corner, where there was less disturbance and this is where I finally found some fish. In the last hour I was really flying with fish, after fish coming into the net and I really didn’t want the final whistle to sound, but all too soon it did. As I was waiting for the weigh in I went to talk to my nearest angler who turned out to be Gaz Malman who’s floats I had used today, it’s surprising just who you can be fishing alongside in these sort of matches.

I was the last to weigh in on Covey 6 and needed 64lb to win the lake, but unfortunately my net only went to 57lb, which was good enough for 2nd and the mid match blip cost me any chance today. Worst news was to follow when I got to the cabin for the presentation and found out just 75lb was enough to finish in the top 6! I think that my peg was well worth that today if I had fished it a bit better, but you live and learn! On the plus side I managed to finish in the top 20 from the 180 that fished, which is my best result by a long shot.

Well done to Shaun Cooke on winning the Fish’O qualifier with 111lb from Marsh Canal which was the last place I had expected it to come from, and yet again the Covey’s failed to throw up the winner in a major competition on here. It’s nice for one of the venue regulars to get through, so let’s hope he can do the business in the final, and I’m sure he’ll be well supported.


Partridge lakes

9th March , peg 137 covey 6

Another Sunday has come along which could only mean that i am off to Partridge lakes to fish the open match and for a change the weather forecast was correct with blue sky’s and 14 degree temperatures , the only down side could be the lack of a breeze which would make the fishing tricky in the bright conditions . Because there was no winter league on this week we had about 90 anglers attending which meant that all six coveys would be in the draw bag and to be honest i really didn’t fancy picking 5 or 6 as the fish in those i had heard where on the small side which would make it more of a fish race , rather than working your peg to get as many bites as possible which i like doing .

A couple of my friends where fishing today for the first time in a while  so after having had a chat we joined the queue for the draw about 3/4 from the back and funnily enough all three of them drew on my favourite covey 3 with two of them even being side by side . When it came to me my home for the day was peg 137 on covey 6 and this was some where i hadn’t even seen never mind fish but luckily for me The Big Dipper had fished it in the Leigh Tackle Winter League so after a few texts i had all the information required to get the best from my peg but he also told me it wasn’t the best in the section and to only expect between 20-25lb so no two nets for me again this week .


After dropping off John at covey 3 i made my way round to the car-park for covey 6 and when i got to the lake i was quite impressed with how it looked , it was an elongated figure of eight shape with one long straight and a few pegs over the bridge down the split . All the pegs was nicely spaced with two empty either side of you , the far bank was about 12 meters away and the depths were the same as on coveys 1-4 .

I had been told that on here it was all pellet but seeing as though i had brought two pints of maggots with me i planned on putting in a line with them some were and as usual i plumbed up a few spots but settled on just four different areas to target .



2 ft rig , 0.4 matrix series 1 float with 0.10 garbo line straight through to a size 20 gamma pellet hook .

3 ft rig , 4×12 malmams speedy float with a spread bulk above the 6 inch hook length , main line was 0.12 garbo and a 0.10 hook length my hook was a size 20 gamma pellet hook .

channel rig , 4×16 malmams speedy float with a bulk and two droppers shotting pattern , with 0.12 garbo main line and 0.10 hook length with a size 20 gamma pellet hook .

all the above rigs had orange size 10 matrix elastic .



1 pint micros

1 pint 4mm feed pellets

2 pints mixed maggots

1 pint crushed expander ground-bait

small tub of 4mm expanders both normal and white

At 1030 i was ready to get started so after filling my medium kinder pot full of micros+4mm and capped off with a touch of crushed expander, i shipped out to 11 meters where it was 3 ft deep and i had two lines one at ten o’clock the other two o’clock importantly they was both at the same depth so i could rotate them . I deposited the bait then followed it down with a white expander on the hook , after a few lift-drops my float burred and i was attached to the first of many f1s but not the small 8oz ones that i had expected but ones that weighed over the 1 lb mark , if they continued coming at this size i could be on for a nice weight .


The first two hours went better than i had hopped and by rotating the swims and changing between normal + white expanders i put over 20 fish in the net for about 25 lb and i had already hit my target weight and if it continued like this i could be on for my best match weight from here , but as usual my mid match blip cost me yet again .

I decided to rest my far bank Never A Good Idea To Leave Feeding Fish and try my top three-line which i had fed since the match started but thirty minutes with out an indication wasn’t what i expected even though the guy opposite was catching f1s on it although they were the smaller 8oz stamp and maybe i should have feed pellets instead of maggots .

I decided to leave this line for a while and began cupping in maggots in the channel for later in the match , i then went back on to my 3ft rig again without success maybe i didn’t give it enough time for it to respond after not feeding it for thirty minutes but i cant just sit and wait for some thing to happen and another change was in order . I tried my 2 foot line in case the fish had pushed further up the slope and this worked with me getting back among the fish , although i noticed that i would get a quicker bite with my pellet just off the deck .  I was slowly putting fish in the net but when some small chub put in an appearance i took the opportunity to try my channel rig which only resulted in a small f1 and crucian


So back i went on to my 2 ft line and after a while i began getting into the fish again but it wasn’t as good as before and i even had a few take the white expander on the drop so a change of shotting pattern was in order and this produced a few bonus fish . I noticed a few swirls towards the mud bank so i reduced my rig to 1 ft and this got me back among the fish again i also altered my feeding pattern to after every third fish which worked well and with only forty minutes remaining i was even contemplating putting another net in .


When the all out sounded i thought that i had nearly 50lb in the net but was disappointed that my 90 minute quiet spell had cost me any chance of the section , but i had learned a lot about covey 6 and would really like another go on their soon because i have a few ideas that i would like to try . For the record my 45 f1s and stockies went 44lb 10oz which was a bit lower than i expected but still a good weight for the time of year , 60lb won my section and every peg had over 30lb with Andy Bennett winning the lake with 80lb .My mates on covey 3 struggled for around the low 20lb mark and it fished a lot harder than i thought on their but the first really sunny spell of the year had the fish heading for any shade that they could find .

What Did I Learn

Pellet was by far the best bait especially white expander .

3 ft was the best depth and i should have set up more lines when things slowed down because i had plenty room .

Fishing a few inch off the deck got me more bites .

Letting my bait slowly fall through the swim by altering my shotting pattern got me a few bonus fish when using white expander .

Fishing tight across at 1 ft deep got me another run off fish late in the match .

Try feeding hard pellets in the channel and not maggots , although i don’t think the channel line will produce now it’s getting warmer .

Paste on top 3 might be worth a try as is banded pellet across .

Didn’t see many people catch on top 3 line and those that did where getting small f1s .

Fish didn’t want much feed going in and by feeding after every fish wasn’t the way to go today because my catch rate improved when i began feeding after every third fish .

Back on to Partridge next Sunday and i hopefully might get out for a few hours in the week but not sure where though just yet .