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 .

 

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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 , 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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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 , 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 .