Partridge lakes , Pine canal

May 11th

Pine canal

Pine canal

With my working hours being increased over the next few weeks i decided to make the most of my early finish and headed off to Partridge lakes which was only a ten minute drive away , although the weather was pretty bad with strong gusty winds but at least there was no rain forecast due to the conditions i decided to fish the tip rod and as regular readers of my blog will know this is something i very rarely do even though i have recently purchased a Matrix 9ft Carp Master rod i hoped to put this through its paces on Pine canal .



This canal had only recently been re-opened after having had some recent work done where after being drained they removed the bowls on each side adding a far-side shelf making it into a long straight water similar to Spey but it was a lot wider at over twenty meters making an ideal feeder water , the fish stocking was a mixture of F1s , Carp and the odd big skimmer . With Pine being quite a trek away from the cabin with no close car-park it doesn’t get that many visitors to it which is a shame because it is really peaceful on their far away from the hustle and bustle of the Coveys .


With the strong wind blowing straight along Pine canal i settled on a peg near the top as they all looked the same , the conditions had a bearing on the tackle i had decided to use today with me using a 3/4 oz tip and a 25 gram pellet feeder i hoped this would also help with my casting accuracy because i am not the best .

Bait table

Bait table

My bait obviously revolved around pellets ;

2 pints soaked 4mm pellets

Small tub mixed hard pellets

At 3 o’clock i was ready to get started i had a couple of exploratory casts to get my distance of two foot away from the far-bank as i didn’t want to go to close because it was still rather cold and i would almost certainly end up in the vegetation if i did with my casting , it wasn’t long before i began getting little taps on the tip with a proper pull round signalling my first fish which was a nice stockie Mirror carp around the 10oz mark and a real mixture of fish came to the bank in the next hour including a nice flying skimmer of nearly 2lb which showed the signs of spawning tubercles .

Flying skimmer

Flying skimmer

Most of my bites were now drop backs and i felt that i was not seeing most of them so i decided to change to a lighter half ounce tip this made a dramatic difference with it now bouncing around on every cast , my catch rate increased as well and apart from the odd miss fire i gradually began getting the pellet feeder to land in the same place . Up to now i had used a hard 6mm pellet on the bait band which mixed in well with the feed but i decided to try a yellow bandum although i was unsure that it would work because of the size of carp that i had caught but work it did with fish after fish coming to the bank and its surprising how a subtle change can make a big difference .


In my final hour i managed a fish nearly every cast sometimes the rod was getting dragged round while i was still sinking the line , it was a shame to call an end to my short session but it looked like it might rain a had also had run out of soaked pellets plus my lovely wife had made my tea and i was starving .In the three hours i had been here i managed 58 fish which worked out at one every three minutes not a bad catch rate by anyones standard , it was just a shame that only a couple where over a pound but it will be a cracking water when they pack on the weight plus it is ideal for anyone new to the sport or wanting to try a few things out .



Partridge lakes fishery

Pine canal , peg 19 June 7th

With the hot and sunny weather still upon us and my fortnight of work nearly over , i decided on a trip to partridge lakes to make the most of the weather conditions . I wanted to try and get my head around paste fishing which im not very good at and after my good session on Pine canal i couldn’t think of a better place to go so that’s where i headed again , plus it was quite shaded on their so hopefully the carp will still be feeding rather than sun bathing and no sun burn for burn for me today .

Arrived at the fishery at 930 and went for some cold cans of coke , i saw the balief and asked how pine canal had been fishing , he said that it was doing ok at the beginning of the week but gone a bit quieter recently but me being a stubborn so and so i decided to fish it anyway . Drove round to the far side of the complex because it was a closer walk to the higher numbered pegs which was were the shallower water is and hopefully more fish as well .When i got their peg 19 was vacant so i dropped my gear on it and unlike my last visit here there was about half a dozen fishing which wasn’t a surprise as Jamie Hughes won the fisho qualifier from this canal last Saturday .

Decided to use today’s session for a bit of a leisurely practice day using some methods i don’t use a lot off , first up was the pellet feeder ;

9ft reactor light feeder rod with a 3/4oz tip , 6lb maver genesis main line , 10 gram pellet feeder , 0.14 garbo hook length attached to a size 18 guru hook with a micro band . Bait was soaked micros and 6mm hard pellets for the hook .

Their was a 2ft gap in the weed bed for me to aim at , which was a 17m chuck and after a couple of casts to set the line clip i was ready to start at 10 o’clock . I had a couple of quick casts to get some bait down and then proceeded to cast every five minutes or after every fish of which their was none , after 15 minutes i started getting liners so at least their was fish present in the area but after thirty minutes of regular casting still nothing , i began catapulting in 6mm hard pellets to try and get some carp interested and i could hear and see the carp slurping at the mud line ,but the carp went missing every time i cast in so i left the feeder in a bit longer between casts and this didn’t work either so after an hour of in activity my tip rod went up the bank .

Next up was a bit of paste fishing so i plumbed up at 5m and found 3ft depth , my rig was 0.4 scone paste float , 0.12 garbo line attached to a size 12 808 hook , 13 hollo elastic set medium . Bait was green swim stim paste and soaked micros .

Kept re feeding every five minutes and it took twenty minutes before i started getting indications which was a good start , on the thirty minute mark i was into my first fish a small 8oz f1 which explained why the bites i was getting were very hard to hit and none of the proper gazunders you get from fish that are really having it . I began missing lots of bites which was to be expected after not fishing this method for nearly a year , i finally began getting the hang of it and was finding that the lift bites was easier to hit than anything else , the size of fish i was catching had increased to over 2lb too , which was probably the reason i was hitting the bites .

At 1230 my wife turned up so we went for a burger at the cafe and we had a little walk round the complex while we ate them and i showed her were the open matches take place on covey and tried to talk her into getting me a membership of gold lake but she was having none of it although she was very impressed by all the lakes . When we got back to my peg all the fizzing had stopped and the fish had gone so it was time to re start the swim again and it took twenty minutes before i got the fish feeding , my first fish was a 2lb f1 and after posing for a couple of pictures with the fish , my wife decided to go so i could concentrate back on the fishing and just as she had gone out of sight i hooked and landed my biggest fish of the session an 8lb mirror carp .

Had a run off fish which was all carp but the bites were still very iffy so i decided to set up a rig to fish banded pellet over the top of my paste swim because this was my most prolific rig the last time i fished here .

0.3 scone float set 3ft deep with a bulk shotting pattern , 0.12 garbo line attached to a size 18 f1 hook with a micro band and 13 hollo elastic .

After twenty minutes of trying everything i know i just couldn’t get a bite with this rig and i think they had come pre occupied with paste and micros , it was now 2pm and i had 13 carp over 2lb plus a couple of small f1s . The carp was still slurping along the far bank and as that was a productive line last time i fished this peg , so i decided to try it again for the last couple of hours so another rig was required .

0.2 scone float set 2ft deep ,0.12 garbo line to a size 20 f1 hook attached to a micro band with 13 hollo elastic set medium .

First drop at 16m and a big f1 was hooked and landed not a bad start , i was 1ft away from the far bank mud line but only inches away from the rushes so i targeted this area and in the remaining three hours i put another 17 carp in the net plus a few rouge silvers towards the end when the carp had obviously moved further down the far bank .

At 530 i called it a day and ended up with 30 carp and f1s over 2lb and the biggest was an 8lb mirror carp for about 70lb not bad from a canal that was supposedly fishing hard and lots of chopping and changing taking place regarding tactics . A nice relaxing days fishing in the sun but just a shame i had to go out to 16m to keep the carp coming , lots of things to think about especially on a day like today but it was enjoyable all the same .

Back on the covey open match Sunday just hope i do better than on my last visit .

Partridge lakes

Pine canal , peg 19 May 30th

With the fisho qualifier coming up this Saturday and having not fished two of the waters that will be in the draw bag , i decided on a trip to Partridge lakes with a few to practicing on one , but not sure which depends on how many people are fishing on Willow lake . Arrived at 9 o’clock and as predicted Willow was packed with pleasure anglers because its one of the best waters on the venue , so it was of to Pine canal for me and as i had never fished it before i asked the advice  of a venue regular , who said it was mainly a silver fish water and the odd big f1 .

I drove round to the far side of the complex because this meant i didn’t have as far to travel with my fishing tackle , when i arrived at the pond a few school kids was fishing the better pegs near the island but other than them i had my choice of pegs . The canal it self was over 16m wide for most of its length but went to almost 20m at the top end , i had left my feeder rod at home mistakenly thinking i wouldnt need it to day . I set up my tackle on peg 19 and although it was a calm and sunny day i just didn’t fancy fishing all the way across to the far bank .

My first plan of attack was to fish at 11m in the middle of the channel with on on the drop with caster on the hook and began loose feeding a dozen casters every 60 seconds , it didn’t take long before i was into roach and rudd around 8oz a piece when a smaller stamp of fish got in on the act i just increased the amount of loose feed to draw the bigger fish back .In the first hour i had about 15lb of silvers and a few f1s i thought i was doing quite well but when the balief turned up he informed me that i really needed to be fishing tight across to be catching the plentiful head of f1s and carp .

So out came the extra pole sections and a new rig with a bait band on a change of elastic to a 13 hollo was in order too,plumbing up a long the far bank at 16m i found a flat area 1ft away from the bank where it was 2ft deep , i began loose feeding hard 4mm pellets towards this area and it took me a while for me to get a comfy position because i don’t do a lot of fishing at this sort of distance . First drop and i was into an f1 about 2lb in weight this continued with 15 more in the first hour in between tangled rigs and lost fish but at least it was happening now rather than Saturday , the second hour slowed down a bit but a couple of bigger carp meant i was still catching 30lb an hour and a big weight was on the cards.

The next hour was very hard work as the wind had got up a bit but by changing depths , feeding patterns and tapping i got a few fish in the net and i was thinking of giving the swim a rest when i hooked a zoo creature which bottomed my elastic out and just carried on going with the predictable result of broken hook length and tangled rig .This gave me the chance to rest the area and to try some thing different and that was my 4m line or top 2 plus 2 as it is known , i began loose feeding casters by hand and i was expecting the silvers again so was using by on the drop rig that i used at the start , but after 5 minutes of feeding i noticed some fizzing coming up from the deck and it wasn’t long before i was into a  big f1 and then another and then another , it was taking me a bit to long to get them in on my 11 hollo elastic and when one took me under my platform i decided enough was enough .

By changing to 13 hollo and a banded pellet on the hook i dramatically increased my catch rate and because i was running low on casters i started feeding 4mm hard pellets and this also reduced the amount of fizzing coincidence or what im not sure .In the last hour i couldn’t get in quick enough and no sooner had my float settled than i was into another f1 or carp and i had a purple patch putting 30 fish together in forty minutes , i did hook another lump and this time i managed to get it which was a nice 8lb mirror carp and i decided to call this my last fish because i had finally run out of bait.

72 carp and f1s made their way to my landing net today as well as 15lb of silvers , i got through 2pints of hard 4mm , 1 pint of hard 6mm pellets and 1 pint of casters in 6 hours , to catch nearly 180lb of fish un fortunately my regular fishing partner couldn’t make it today so no pictures and he also missed out on a cracking days fishing .

Looks like Partridge lakes is hitting form at just the right time for Saturdays fisho qualifier and it will be hard to predict where the winner will come from , im just hopping for a good draw and a chance to put enough fish in the net , so that’s all the practicing over with and lots of good sessions had on here saving the best till last . Tomorrow will be spent making up rigs and hook lengths in preparation for the big day , so keep coming back to see how i get on .