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 .

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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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Partridge lakes , individual winter league rnd 2


January 22nd , peg 151 covey six

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Today was the second round of the Partridge lakes winter league and after managing a 2nd in section on the previous round i hoped that i could build on that this week but after my performance on the teams of four i wasnt that optimistic , the weather during the week had been quite reasonable for the time of year with some settled temperatures at last but as per usual it was all change by the weekend as an easterly breeze had brought some cold weather and we was back down to minus temps during the night , it was forecast to be 2 degrees all day with some snow flurries and no doubt this would affect the fishing today but it would be the same for everyone so no point complaining .

I arrived at the fishery just before 830 and joined the queue for the rolling draw and this week fate decided to give me peg 151 covey six , i was in two minds of what to expect as everyone i spoke too said it wasnt the best but peg 149 had won the open the previous day and in my limited experience the fish don’t tend to stay in the same place when they have been caught , so i hoped that the f1s might have backed off in front of peg 150 and i did go to my home for the next few hours with a bit of confidence .

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After settling in at my peg i had the cold easterly wind blowing into my right hand margin so far it wasnt that strong but it was forecast to get a bit stronger during the match , i set up my usual Partridge rigs which where ;

3ft maggot i used a 4×10 maggie float with a bulk plus two droppers spread along the 014 garbo main line and attached was a six-inch 010 garbo hook length my hook was a size 20 guru maggot hook .

4ft maggot i used a 4×10 maggie float with a bulk plus two droppers spread along the 014 garbo main line and attached was a six-inch 010 garbo hook length my hook was a size 20 guru maggot hook .

Dobbing rig i used a 0.3 matrix series three float with a bulk under the float + two droppers spread down the 014 garbo main line attached to it was a six-inch 010 garbo hook length my hook was a size 16 guru pellet hook .

Channel swim i had to use a slightly heavier float than i wanted as i only had 4×14 maggie floats deep enough in my box , my shotting pattern was a bulk plus two droppers spread along the 014 garbo main line and attached was a six-inch 010 garbo hook length my hook was a size 18 guru maggot hook .

On my side tray was pretty straight forward ;

2 pints of red and white maggots

1 slice of bread

When the all in sounded i began on my 4ft maggot rig directly in front of me and decided to take it easy with the feed in the conditions just tapping in four maggots every ten minutes , it took twenty minutes before i had my first indication which resulted in a big f1 although i did notice that it was slightly deep hooked in the mouth , even though i had my float just dimpling the water with the aid of some bristle grease and i must have been slightly over depth which is easily done when fishing on the far bank slope , on my next put in i brought my rig a touch closer too me and after a couple more feeds i had another f1 which took my maggot on the drop so for my next few drop-ins i kept laying my rig through the water trying to mimic the fall of the loose feed this resulted in a couple more fish hitting the net .

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In the first hour i managed five f1s which on looking around was a lot better than anyone within eyeshot apart from peg 156 who was bagging and that was only to be expected from the lakes flyer as they had been balled up in that area in the last two months , with no more indications coming from my original swim i decided to set up a new line towards the point of the island by doing the same laying my rig in through the water as my loose fed fell i managed a further four fish in the next hour but yet again they backed off away from the feed , with nobody catching a great deal to my left i was reluctant to put in a line that way but i hadn’t many options left so i had too and unsurprisingly i had a barren thirty minutes , so i decided to pick up my dobbing rig too see if i could locate any fish either by getting bites or liners telling me there was fish in the area and after working my rig 14m to my left i could only manage a liner and a missed indication directly in front of me which just goes to show the lack of fish down that side of covey six .

With two hours of the match remaining i decided to drop onto my channel swim at 13m to my right and even though i knew that this was probably going to be my best area of the peg, i was reluctant to go on it sooner in case i pushed them out of reach , especially as the lad on 149 was already fishing at 16m and struggling to catch anything other than the odd f1 among the gudgeon . I fed a small kinder pot full of maggots then lowered my rig over the top of it and i let it fall on a tight line if any f1s in the area were watching it as the hook bait fell , it took about ten minutes before i had my first fish and i managed four in half an hour before they backed off so i added another section then started again , the same pattern emerged as i had another four f1s but they was only little stockies this time and with twenty minutes left i had to put the 16m section on , before the all out i managed another f1 plus a chub then i lost a fish which took me round the island just as the whistle sounded and i just hoped it wouldn’t cost me as apart from a couple of pricked fish that came off on the way in i hadn’t done a great deal wrong .

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As i began packing up i could hear a few people moaning on how bad it had fished but in the conditions it was only to be expected as the f1s had no doubt shut up shop in certain areas , when the scales arrived at my peg i had 18lb to beat  i was confident that i could better that as my 18 fish went 26lbs this got me the section , which puts me on three points after two rounds but there is still along way to go yet and just one bad draw can be the end of your challenge for top ten honors .

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Next week i have a double-header as Saturday i will be at Bradshaw’s lake four for the teams of four club match then i am back at Partridge on Sunday for the 2+2 team where we are due a half decent draw for a change after having a couple of shockers recently , but overall it seems i have made a good start after the team sponsorship with Daiwa Adlington angling center .

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Partridge lakes winter league


January 15th , peg 119 covey five

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After last weeks eventful match where i somehow managed a default section win in the individual winter league at Partridge lakes where it was safe to say i was a bit rusty after my christmas break , i was hoping to try a few different things out to improve my catch rate and i would have loved to go during the week but unfortunately work must come first although the weather would no doubt have put me off as well because we had our first spell of snow plus freezing conditions . So today i was looking forward to the return too Partridge lakes for the winter league teams of four where we was lying mid table and i was charged with doing the draw for the team as we had a bit of a shocker on the previous round , so after arriving at the fishery i met up with the rest of the lads and after a bit of a mix up with the pools money i only got to the draw queue late with just a couple of people behind me , i managed to pick out ;

Willow 19

Marsh

Covey six 167

Covey five 119 which was my draw for the second time in three rounds and it is a peg that you would be fighting for fourth place in section with 113 .

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On arriving at my home for the next few hours i had the strong wind blowing off my shoulder towards peg 117 and i decided to set up the usual rigs ;

Three foot maggot rig , i used a 0.2 maggie float with a bulk plus two droppers my main line was 014 garbo and hook length was six-inch of 010 garbo which had a size twenty guru hook attached .

Four foot maggot rig , i used a 0.3 maggie float with a bulk plus two droppers my main line was 014 garbo and hook length was six-inch of 010 garbo which had a size twenty guru hook attached .

Channel rig 11m to be right , i used a 4×14 maggie float with a bulk plus two droppers my main line was 014 garbo and hook length was six-inch of 010 garbo which had a size twenty guru hook attached .

Dobbing rig , i used a 0.3 matrix series three float with a wire stem for stability with two droppers spread down my main line was 014 garbo and hook length was six-inch of 010 garbo which had a size 16 guru hook attached .

Five foot rig for down the side of the dead reeds i used a 0.3 maggie float with a bulk plus two droppers my main line was 014 garbo and hook length was six-inch of 010 garbo which had a size twenty guru hook attached .

Bait for the day was rather simple which is to be expected for the time of year ;

One pint of red maggots with a handful of pinkies

One slice of bread for dobbing

A few expanders both 4+2mm

Some crushed expander

A handful of micro pellets

When the match started i began by dobbing a 7mm disk of bread a foot of deck all along my far bank four-foot line and after working to both extremes of my peg i only had a couple of line bites to show for it , i then tried tight to the far bank cover in two foot but this didn’t produce a proper indication either so my next move was to try my four-foot rig with maggots where i had the line bites when dobbing earlier and as the lad on 117 was catching at the same depth i expected to get a few bites , although the strong cross wind was making presentation hard work and i needed to take a shot of my rig to pop the float up a touch so i could see any indications , after a couple of feeds i had my first bite which resulted in a small stockie f1 hitting the net and over the next forty minutes i managed three more similar sized fish before things went  quiet , during the next couple of hours i set up multiple swims at this depth and never had a single indication i even tried my three-foot rig against the far bank cover but the wind was playing havoc on controlling my rig , the only place that i could present a bait properly was on my channel swim so i decided to feed a dozen maggots every ten minutes on it and i then had a quick look at the side of the dead reeds but apart from a few gudgeon i never managed a proper fish in twenty minutes , the guy to my right was fishing long down the channel towards me and was catching the odd f1 so i decided to drop on to my 11m swim but yet again i had a bite less thirty minutes in fact the middle of the match was a complete waste of time .

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In the last hour i dropped back on to my left hand margin at the side of the reeds and i managed another three f1s before i foul hooked a fish so they backed off out of the swim , so that was it no more fish hit the net before the all out sounded calling time on a rather frustrating match and i managed just seven f1s for six pounds which unsurprisingly put me last in section although i was only a couple of pounds from finishing in a better position , on the plus side i stayed warm and dry in the cold rain as it was the first time i had used my Halkon hunt waterproofs in these conditions .

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When i got back to the cabin i found the other lads and we had a complete blow out with 19 points this put us joint last on the day dropping us down to 13th on the overall table , so not the greatest of days but im back at Partridge next Sunday for the second round of the individual winter league i just hope that i can draw a bit better next time .

Partridge lakes , individual match


January 8th , peg 167 covey six

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Today was the first round of the individual winter league at Partridge lakes and after having to miss it last year due to other fishing commitments i was really looking forward to it , even if it meant i would be at the same venue till the beginning of April  and i think that it is the longest i have stayed at one place in years but at least i would be local for a change , it would give me an opportunity to stay in touch with the moods of the fish and as the matches would be spread over the old lakes i shouldnt get too bored sitting on the same lakes .

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After missing the last couple of weeks i was eager to get back on the bank and just hoped that i could draw a peg with a chance of a few bites because it had fished a bit iffy in places but it is winter after all , no doubt so did the other eighty anglers fishing the match and after my short drive to the complex i arrived just after 830 which put me towards the front of the rolling draw queue , when it came for my turn in the bag of doom i pulled out peg 167 on covey six which was the first one over the split and i had mixed views on it because the last time i fished Partridge lakes on the winter league team match i was on 169 were we all struggled for bites although the previous days open match a framing weight had been caught on 133 so there might be a few f1s in the area .

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Before i began setting up i had a look at my peg to see if there was any signs of fish and although i didn’t see anything topping i did notice a few bubbles coming from the bottom of the far slope as i was sitting there it was like a who’s who of top Partridge anglers going past me into my section so i thought that i would be up against it getting good points today so i decided to have a nice uncomplicated match deciding to set up ;

Channel swim at eleven meters to my left near the start of the bowl because i was informed when i began plumbing up that i couldn’t go past the point of the island and as it was a touch over six-foot i used a 4×12 RW maggie float with a bulk plus two droppers shotting pattern spread along my 014 garbo main line attached to it was a six-inch hook length of 010 garbo with a size 18 guru maggot hook .

Four foot rig for fishing two lines across half way up the far slope and also towards the reeds to my left , i used a 4×10 preston maggot float with a bulk plus two droppers shotting pattern spread along my 014 garbo main line attached to it was a six-inch hook length of 010 garbo with a size 18 guru maggot hook .

Dobbing rig set at three-foot to start but i also had a three-foot length of line between pole tip+float so i could go deeper or shallower if required during the match , i used a 4×12 wire stemmed float which had a bulk at half depth then a couple of small droppers along my 014 garbo main line attached to it was a six-inch length of 010 garbo which had a size 16 guru maggot hook .

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Bait for the day was ;

One pint of red maggots and handful of pinkies

One slice of bread for dobbin

A few micros

A bit off crushed expander ground-bait

A handful of 4mm expanders

I started the match by tapping in six maggots on both of my far bank swims and as i had felt a few fish knocking about while plumbing up in this area i hopped that i might be able to get the odd bite or two but i didn’t quite expect the start that i had although i didn’t add a great deal to my net , within ten seconds of my float settling i had an indication and a nice sized f1 in the net although it was hooked in the nose but in the next thirty minutes i lost four more fish , two of them with a hook pull at the net then a couple more also took me under the platform i put this down to the fact that i had recently changed to the short f1 kits and the fish were coming up a lot closer to me than i expected i was still trying to get the balance right when playing fish .

Unsurprisingly after losing those fish my bites stopped on my original swim and i had to replumb further to the left towards the point of the island at 14m , it took a couple of feeds before i began getting indications and not long after i had another f1 in the net by leaving my short number four on when playing the fish i seemed to have more control over what was happening , i managed a further four f1s on this line before they backed off and this was about the time the lad on peg 135 started fishing to the same point of the island . For the next hour i set up multiple swims towards my right in four-foot but strangely i never managed another sign going that way , i didn’t feel like the fish wanted to be in any shallower water so i went on to my top four line towards the left hand point of my margin and after tapping in half a dozen maggots i began getting a few indications , not long after i had a run of four f1s all of which were a nice stamp but no sooner had they turned up then they went and for the next forty minutes i was bite less after trying everywhere in my peg

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As a last resort i picked up my dobbin rig and to be honest i didn’t expect this to work too well because i had talked to a few Partridge lakes regulars and they informed me that unless you was on a stack of fish then it would be a waste of time but anyway i decided to give it a go , i started at the point of the island and worked my way along the far bank a foot of the deck on my 4ft line but i didn’t have an indication until i got directly in front of me , in the next forty minutes i added five more fish to my net including a couple of small carp all of which were from the same area of my peg after catching those fish i struggled for bites and a change of punch or depth didn’t make any difference , i worked my way all along the far bank to both extremes without success  and i put this down to the bright sunshine as it finally made its way out from behind the clouds .

I dropped onto my channel swim for a while without any signs and another rotation of my maggot lines also didn’t produce an indication but with thirty minutes of the match remaining it went cloudy again , so out came the dobbing rig but i had to resort to going tight to the far bank cover in two foot to get any bites and this produced a decent f1 plus a couple of big chub before the all out sounded , it called time on a rather confusing match and i feel like i got a bit lucky because there was definitely a few fish in the area so after a bit of a bad start i finally managed to add a few fish on maggots before catching a few more by dobbing bread , overall i managed second in my section with 23lb getting beat predictably by peg 171 who also finished second overall , i got my default section as well and so i started my winter league with two points lets hope i can keep the good draws coming to the end .

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Going to be back at Partridge lakes for the next round of the teams of four winter league and i think it might be a bit of a grueller with the forecast drop in temperature so icebreakers at the ready .

 

 

Partridge lakes winter league


December 4th , peg 171 covey six

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I am back at Partridge lakes today for the third round of the teams of four winter league and the weather leading up to the contest had taken a turn for the worse with a drop in temperature although it still wasnt as cold as it should be for the beginning of December , the conditions had a big impact on the weights that had come out recently and it had also been frozen at the start of the week but on the open match Saturday it had been ice-free so i was unsure on how it would fish after all the melted ice water had gone in but i was looking forward to it nonetheless . On the trip down to the fishery i was surprised to see that the canal near me had frozen over and i was half thinking that i should turn back for the ice breaker but fearing that this would make me late i decided to head on but i still hoped that Partridge would be ice-free , but on arrival i feared the worst as majority of the lakes were covered on closer inspection it was just cat ice which was a relief because i didnt fancy smashing out any channels with my pole if it was any thicker and i then made my way to meet up with the rest of the team who where surprisingly in a confident mood as one of them had managed to win the open here on Thursday , it was soon time for the rolling draw to start and the team captain came back with some reasonable pegs for a change 121 covey five , 14 spey , 4 ribbon , i was on 171 covey six and this was an area that i had fished before at this time of year but struggled plus i was up against the lakes flyer 173 so i would have my work cut out for decent points today .

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On arrival to my home for the next few hours most of the pegs had a covering of ice on them including those down the split were i was but luckily it was only cat ice so i managed to tap out a couple of channels through it quite easily with my cupping kit ,towards my left hand side i cut it out too eleven meters which was half way up the far bank slope at around four-foot deep and i didn’t really expect the fish to be in any shallower water ,  towards my right side i just put it half way about six meters which would be my channel swim and i was quite pleased with how things had turned out as i had left lots of ice for cover for the fish to hide in i was looking forward to giving it a good go because this type of fishing is something that i don’t do a lot of these days .

My main swims for today was going to be ;

Pellets in four-foot which was tight to the side of the ice and i used a 4×14 roob float which had an inch spread bulk above the four-inch 010 garbo hook length as this was a very positive rig it will show up the slightest touch on the float .

Maggots in four-foot i used a light 0.2 maggie float which had a bulk+two dropper shotting pattern and my main line was the usual 014 garbo which had a six inch 010 garbo hook length attached to it , this should enable me to grab the attention of any passing f1 as my hook bait fell in the bottom third of rig .

Channel in six-foot as it was relatively still on this swim as i was getting protection by the ice so i used an 0.3 maggie float which had a bulk+two dropper shotting pattern and my main line was the usual 014 garbo which had a six-inch 010 garbo hook length attached to it , this should enable me to grab the attention of any passing f1 as my hook bait fell in the bottom third of rig .

Bait for the day was ;

2 pints of red maggots with a handful of white mixed in

1 pint of micros

1 pint of crushed expanders

small tub of 4+2mm expanders

 

For a change i was set up with plenty time to spare but it was just ten minutes before the all in when the sun made its way from behind the far side trees which were in front of me and i just couldn’t see anything on my original swims so i hastily had to re plumbed up a couple of new ones on the opposite side of my ice channel which at least meant i could fish my four-foot rigs at the start , when the hooter sounded in the distance i began on my pellet line and i tapped in a thumbnail sized nugget of crushed expander groundbait as i didnt really know what to expect from the fishing today ,i then lowered my rig over the top of it but the glare from the sun was making things really awkward and with no bites coming in the first fifteen minutes  i decided to risk tapping a few micros in to see if i could attract the attention of a passing f1 because the lad to my left had already caught two fish so there seemed to be some in the area ,although to be honest i couldn’t be sure if it worked or not as i was lifting into phantom bites because i was struggling to see my float with the low winter sun and on one of these lifts i think i foul hooked an f1 which i lost under the ice as i began shipping back.

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Thirty minutes into the match i decided to go onto my channel swim because at least i was able to see my float but i did feel that there was a few fish present on the four-foot line so i hoped the sun might move enough for me to go back on my original swim soon , at this point of the contest the north easterly wind had started to get up as a consequence  you could hear the ice cracking and it wasnt long before most of it from the margin to the channel had melted this had an impact on the fishing as everyone down the split where i was sitting remained bite less for almost two hours although i did see a couple of anglers catch from the opposite bank , during this middle spell of the contest i think that i might have over fed the peg because i was setting up new swims at four-foot along the far shelve and also tapping in maggots which i felt was the best depth to try to find a few f1s but it didnt work .

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I was beginning to fear the worst with a blank being on the cards but when i dropped onto my channel swim i finally managed another bite and not long after i had my first f1 in the net , by kinder potting in six maggots every five minutes then lowering in my rig on a tight line i managed to add two more fish and i would only get an indication thirty seconds after my rig had settled so i was constantly laying my rig in through the water but after twenty minutes of activity the swim died on me , thinking about it now i really should have put more lines in at this depth but instead i went searching along the far bank at four-foot because that was the area that the other anglers seemed to be getting the most indications and i did manage a couple more f1s but it was noticeable that i would only be able to catch one fish on each swim , on reflection after the match i should have taken more pole sections out of my holdall so i could search the water in between the pegs because that is what the lad to my left did and he over took me in the last hour of the match , whereas i really struggled as i had to resort to going tight across with all my shot under the float by doing this i had a really slow fall of the hook bait i hoped that this might attract the attention of a carp but i only managed a chub .

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When the all out sounded it called time on a rather frustrating match i really needed to be more active searching my peg more to find out were the f1s where located and I’m not sure if my silver fishing is having a detrimental effect on my f1 fishing , i knew that i had been beaten by the anglers either side of me but i hopped that i had managed to get the better of the others in my section and for a change i was one of the first to weigh in peg 173 managed 13lb , i had 6lb , peg 169 had 10lb , peg 167 had 9oz and peg 165 had 8lb which i felt was well within my grasp today so i ended up a disappointing 4th in section .

On the team front we had a reasonable day with 12 points despite my poor performance this put us mid division on the day but more importantly kept us in touch with the leaders in overall 7th position with 33 points but there is still a long way to go yet ,unfortunately  i am going to miss the next round as i need to concentrate on my two remaining winter league matches at old hough where i need a couple of good results if i want to stay towards the top of the league but after that all my matches will be at Partridge lakes and i might even enter in the individual event if there is still places free .