Partridge lakes winter league


March 26th

Today was the last round of the winter league at Partridge lakes and it has been a very long series which was probably down to the fact that we wasnt in contention since Christmas after a lot of poor draws and also poor displays by all of us in the squad but that’s the way it goes sometimes , anyway on to the match and on arriving at the fishery we was greeted with blue skies , hardly any wind but a significant drop in overnight temperature and i even had to defrost the car before i set off which i figured would make the fishing a bit difficult .

After meeting up with the rest of the team it was my turn to do the draw and i joined the queue around the middle , it soon came round for my turn in the bag of doom and yet again we had a fairly average set of pegs which wasnt surprising to be honest as we had all got used to sitting in dodgy areas ;

Willow peg 18

Covey five peg 107

Covey six peg 141

Marsh peg 11

The later of them was my home for the next few hours and i had fished both peg twelve and fourteen over the winter managing second in section both times , so i had a good idea on how to fish it but it was going to be a low weight affair which is usually something that i am quite good at but today is a different day and we will see how things pan out .On arriving at my home for the next few hours it was nearly 14m to the far bank where i had a mixture of bare bank and reed beds which was good but i also had the big hill behind meaning i had to break down twice , i decided to set up a few rigs to cover my options ;

Margin top four towards the empty peg to my right were it was nearly four-foot deep and i was going to feed 4mm pellets here by hand so i used a 4×12 maggie float with a bulk plus two dropper shotting pattern , my main line was the usual 014 garbo with a six-inch 010 garbo hook length that had a size 18 guru pellet hook .

Top four directly in front of me which i was going to lose feed maggots by hand it was nearly five foot here so i used a 4×12 maggie float with a bulk plus two dropper shotting pattern , my main line was the usual 014 garbo with a six-inch 010 garbo hook length that had a size 18 guru maggot hook .

I used the same rig for fishing down the track at nine meters towards my left and i would pot in pellets on this line .

Far bank swim were it was about four-foot deep and i set up two rigs on this line because i was unsure on what bait they wanted today , i had a 4×14 roob float for my pellet fishing which had an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 010 garbo hook length and my other rig for maggots was a 4×12 maggie float with a bulk and dropper shotting pattern along the 014 garbo main line which had a six-inch 010 hook length

Bait for the day was a bit of a mixture on my side tray as i had ;

1 pint of red maggots

1 pint of hard 4mm pellets

1 pint of soaked micros

small tub of 2+4mm expanders

When the all in sounded i fed my margin with half a dozen 4mm pellets and through the same amount of maggots on to my top four swim i was going to do the same every ten minutes to hopefully build them up for later in the match , i then shipped out to my marker at the left hand side of the reed bed with my pellet rig and after tapping in a few micros i lowered my float over the top of it , it took about 15 minutes and three feeds before i even had an indication a similar amount of time passed before i had my first fish which was a nice stamp f1 which put up a good fight on my 6-8 map hollow elastic and i think it’s about time i stepped it up a touch before my next match .

Another 15 minutes passed before i had my next fish but i had noticed that i would get indications on my float every time that i tapped in a few micros and even in this early stage of the match i made the decision to plumb up into some shallower water and i found around three-foot towards the right of the far bank reed bed  , while it settled down i gave my maggot rig a try over my original pellet swim i had a 4mm expander on the hook which would allow for a slow fall of the hook bait  and i hoped this might grab the attention of any passing fish but unfortunately this didn’t work for me . It was now time to try my new pellet swim and it took some time to build up the line but after a while i managed another f1 plus a bonus carp about 3lb , a bite less thirty minutes had me scratching my head but on looking around it was noticeable that everybody was struggling for bites and i decided to give my other swims a try , i had a quick look on my margin swim but apart from a few gudgeon it was a waste of time and i made the decision to up the amount that i was feeding here , my next swim to try was my top four maggot and i had a good run of fish here the only trouble was that they were two ounce silvers not exactly what i wanted to catch , dropping onto my channel swim didn’t produce a single indication for the next two hours + thirty minutes i rotated my near swims set up multiple far bank lines and i failed to catch anything other than small silvers .

Things wasnt looking good but with just forty minutes of the match remaining and the wind changed around a touch meaning that i now had a ripple in front of me , it’s surprising how such little things can make a big impact because with in ten minutes of going back to the far bank with my pellet rig i missed my first indication in ages this focused my attention and i soon had another f1 in the net , then another quickly followed but after that little flurry of bites i had a ten minute wait before my bristle lifted up a touch i was just going to re set my float when it shot under and i had a spirited fight with another bonus carp then just before the all out i managed another f1 .

So that was the end of the match and a rather frustrating one it was too as i had a good start and end but the middle of the match was just plain awful , although after speaking to the other anglers it was the same for every one apart from the lad to my left who managed to sneak in a few fish by dobbing corn all along the far bank , which is something that i should have done to because i knew that on the previous days open match on the coveys a lot of people had caught doing it , when the scales arrived at the lake i walked down to watch the lads in my section weigh in and the lad on the end peg managed 23lb most of which he caught in the last hour when the wind pushed the fish his way , the others had a similar match to me i had 13lb to beat for the section second my net went nearly 17lb so a pretty standard two points yet again but I’m not sure i could have done much different today and to show how bad marsh canal fished i somehow managed to finish third on the lake .

When i met up with the rest of the lads we had yet another shocker of a day ending up with 15 points and we was all a bit deflated as we finished sixteenth overall a bit of a come down from last year when we finished sixth , personally i have had an up and down series ;

Round two piper lake for third in section and the team ended up with nine points .

Round three covey six for forth in section and the team ended up with twelve points .

Round four covey five for last in section and the team had a proper shocker with nineteen points .

Round five marsh canal for second in section and the team had fifteen points .

Round seven willow pool for a section win and the team ended up with nine points for joint second on the day .

Round eight willow pool last in section and team ended up with sixteen points .

Round nine covey six for third in section and team ended up with seventeen points .

Round ten marsh canal for second in section and team ended up with fifteen points .

So that’s the Partridge winter league over for another year and on to my new venture with Daiwa Adlington where i will be contesting the teams of three spring league at Cunneries fishery which i am really looking forward too .

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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


March 5th

Today was the last round of the Partridge lakes individual winter league and as i was lying towards the top of the table i was quite looking forward to it even after last weeks disaster were i finished last in section on Willow lake , but as usual the weekend weather had put a dampener on things in more than one way because we had very heavy rain overnight and on arriving at the fishery most of the pegs where under water as the lakes had risen a good few inches plus it was forecast to be constant showers all day , which wasnt ideal for a good days fishing but i would just have to make the most of it as the conditions would be the same for everyone i suppose and after meeting up with a couple of lads that i haven’t seen for a while it was time to join the queue for the bag of doom , i could do with a top two in section but when i pulled out peg ten on marsh canal that looked very unlikely and to be honest i wasnt very happy because apart from one round it had struggled to compete with the lower numbers .

On getting to my home for the next few hours the far bank was nearly 14m away with a bare bank directly in front with a dead reed bed either side and it did look ok especially when the odd fish topped towards the empty peg towards my left , the only trouble i had was that there was a big hill right behind and i would have to ship back twice when fishing across this would also have an impact on my channel swims because the furthest i could comfortably go was nine meters .

My rigs for the day was ;

Four foot rig for fishing across to the far bank and i used a 4×10 maggie float which had four size eleven stotz spread down the 014 garbo main line , this had a six-inch length of 010 garbo that had a size twenty guru hook attached and i also had a slightly heavier 4×12 maggie float in case the wind increased during the match on this rig i used a bulk plus two dropper shotting pattern , my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was six-inch of 010 garbo which had a size twenty guru hook attached .

Three foot rig for fishing right in front of the dead reeds and also down my left hand margin ,  i used a 4×10 maggie float which had four size eleven stotz spread down the 014 garbo main line , this had a six-inch length of 010 garbo that had a size twenty guru hook attached.

Channel rig at nine meters on both sides of me because i wanted to feed pellets on one and maggots on the other , i used a 4×12 maggie with a bulk plus two dropper shotting pattern along my 014 garbo main line and hook length was six-inch of 010 garbo that had a size 18 guru hook attached .

Bait for the day was the usual partridge stuff although i decided to try feeding ground-bait and micros after reading an article in this months pole fishing magazine ;

1 pint red and white maggots

1 pint soaked micros

1 pint of f1 ringers dark ground-bait

When the all in sounded i fed both my channel swims then began by shipping across to the mud bank and after a tapping in some micros dusted in ground-bait , i lowered my rig in among it with a 4mm expander on the hook and it took a couple of feeds before i had my first indication which resulted in a nice sized f1 hitting the net , so things looked promising especially as in the next hour i added another four but i also lost a couple on the way in due to my pole sticking in the monsoon conditions as i needed to break down twice as i was playing them .After awhile all indications stopped so i replumbed up a few new swims along the far bank but for the next ninety minutes i remained bite less even after trying both rigs and various feeding methods and on looking around lots of people were struggling as well although i could only see one lad in my section so i was unsure on how the others were getting on , i had a quick look on my pellet channel swim but i only had a solitary missed bite in twenty minutes and things wasnt looking good but after having a quiet word with myself i decided to try in three-foot in case the f1s had sheltered in among the reed bed to my right , i began by tapping in six maggots then lowered my rig over the top and after a couple of feeds i had my first indication but i could only catch small roach . I dropped onto my left hand margin which i had fed with a dozen maggots every twenty minutes since the match started but yet again when my float settled i had a quick bite and another roach came swinging its way to the bank , maybe i had not been aggressive enough with the feed and decided to up it to half a small cupping kit of maggots .

A return to my three-foot rig at the side of the reeds but this time with pellets and after about ten minutes i had another f1 in the net , for some reason i found it best just feeding a small ball of neat micros rather than those mixed in the ground-bait or even loose micros which took me a bit longer to work out than i had hoped and in the next hour i added another five fish to the net which put me on double figures it was similar to the lad on my left , i felt that if i could keep up with him then i might have a chance of some good points but like i mentioned earlier i couldn’t see the other lads in my section .

When bites began to tail off i put in numerous new swims along the reed bed without success which was strange as the lad to my right was catching in a similar area in my direction , with ninety minutes remaining i had my first look onto my maggot channel swim hoping that a few f1s had settled on it and my float had only just settled when it dipped under and i thought that i might have a few lined up but yet again all i could catch on maggots was small silvers . As the rain finally relented i rotated all my swims which didn’t produce an indication so i decided to go towards the dead reed beds on my left but on plumbing up it was a bit snaggy and it took me awhile to find a clean area where i could present a good hook bait , i tapped in a nugget of micros then lowered my rig in over the top of it no sooner had it settled than it buried with a big stamp f1 hitting the net and i managed a few more plus a four pound carp before the all out sounded .

To be honest i felt that i had not made the most of the peg but in the rainy conditions my mind wasnt fully focused and i also lost half a dozen fish due to having to break my pole down twice but that’s the way it goes sometimes , after packing all my soaked gear away i had a quick chat with the others in my section and apart from peg six the others had struggled a bit , when the scales arrived i was the first to weigh in and managed 24lb my main danger had 36lb so those lost fish had cost me a better finishing position I end the winter league second in section just like i started it .

1st round peg 167 covey six ended up second in section fished a good match only getting beat by the last on the split which won the match .

2nd round peg 151 covey six ended up winning the section fished a good match by chasing the fish out into the bowl as the match progressed .

3rd round peg 2 ribbon ended up second in section struggled until the last couple of hours when caught well down the track , got beat by lad on peg 4 who also won the match .

4th round peg 103 covey five ended up third in section my worst result in the league .

5th round peg 10 marsh canal just scraped second in section after making a few bad decisions .

I ended the individual winter league on ten points from five matches and this put me joint 9th overall  which i would have been happy with at the start because i was up against some good partridge regulars , although i was pushed back down to 13th on weight countback and i was quite happy with the result but as only eight points got in the top five im sure that i had a chance on a couple of rounds to get an extra point or two which is something that i need to improve on this year .

I would like to thank Partridge lakes for running the individual winter league which as far as I’m aware went without a hitch , also to all the anglers that fished who all played their part and especially those that finished in the top five .

 

Partridge lakes winter league team match


26th February

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

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

Marsh 16

Piper 38

Covey six 139

Willow 6

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

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

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

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

One pint of soaked micros

One pint of soaked 4mm pellets

One pint of crushed expander ground-bait

One pint of red and white maggots

Small tub of 2+4mm expanders

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

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

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

peg 1 had 10lb

peg 2 had 15lb

peg 4 had 31lb

I had just under 10lb from peg 6

peg 8 had 13lb

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

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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 , winter league team match


February 12th

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

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

Spey 8

covey six 149

covey five 123

willow 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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pint of fish meal ground-bait for the skimmers

small tub of both 2+4mm expanders

small tub of corn

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

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

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

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

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

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Partridge lakes , individual winter league


February 5th

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bait for the day was the standard ;

1 pint of maggots

1/2 pint micros

1/2 pint ground-bait

small tub of 2+4mm expanders

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

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

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

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

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