Widows flash fishery

November 18th

widdows fishery

With the weather looking pretty reasonable for the time of year , blue skies , light winds and a settled ten degree temperature which had been similar all week , so with this in mind i decided to make the effort to get on the bank again for the first time in a couple of months after my little operation just to see if i could get the enjoyment back . Obviously when you are pleasure fishing you want a few bites to keep you active and warm so today i would be hopefully targeting the silvers , which are plentiful in Widdows flash fishery with some nice sized skimmers and roach although i had not been here in a couple of years but i couldn’t see much changing in that time .

After my short ten minute drive to the fishery i was surprised to see half a dozen anglers already there which looked promising although they was on the favoured pegs , from previous experience i knew that the car park side pegs were very shallow so those were out of the question and i finally settled on peg 19 were it was a couple of feet deeper but i had to contend with the footpath behind me although i could not see that being too much of a problem in the brisk conditions and i could always break down twice if it got busy with dog walkers .

On settling in at my home for the next couple of hours i decided to keep things simple while it was a short session and i just set up ;

top four line towards my left at the bottom of the near slope in 4ft and i would feed this by hand with maggots so used a 4×10 maggie float with a strung out shotting pattern , main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was six-inch of 010 garbo which had a size 20 guru maggot hook attached .

eight meter line down the center of the lake were it was just over five foot deep and i would feed maggots here by catty so i used a 4×12 maggie float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern  , main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was six-inch of 010 garbo which had a size 18 guru maggot hook attached .

At eleven o’clock i was ready to start fishing and as i was setting up i kept an eye on those other anglers near me but i had only seen one small silver being caught , so with this in mind i was going to be very wary with the amount of bait i put in . I sprinkled a dozen maggots in down the track and began on my top four swim throwing four maggots around my float every couple of minutes then laying my rig through the falling bait , after nearly an hour i was still biteless and i had still only seen that small silver been caught right at the start of the session , so i needed to either have a review of things or just pack up and go home thankfully i managed to talk myself into doing the former of them and plumbed up a couple of new swims ;

13m directly in front at the bottom of the far bank slope were it was just over 4ft deep

13m towards my right down the middle of the track were i found a small meter by meter hole where it was just six-inch deeper at just over five foot but it could make all the difference at this time of year when the fishing was difficult .

pushed my top four swim about six-inch further down the near side slope ;

I also mixed up half a pint of micros too see if the fish meal could get the skimmers interested in feeding and i decided to kinder pot in some pellets plus a couple of maggots directly in front of me then potted twice that amount on my long channel swim which i would leave for at least twenty minutes so that hopefully the skimmers would settle on it , all the time that i had done the alterations to my swims i had continued to loose feed maggots on my top four swim so i gave this another try while my other lines settled down a bit . It took about five minutes before i finally had my first indication and i then had four nice sized roach on the bounce , i couldn’t quite work out if it was just the time of day or that the slight drop down the slope had made that much of a difference but i wasnt complaining anyway .

I decided to rest my top four swim for a while and went on to my 13m line directly in front of me , after taping in a couple of maggots plus a sprinkling of micros and no sooner had my float settled then it slide under with a ten ounce skimmer making its way to the bank , for the next thirty minutes i kept putting the odd fish in the net and i was quite happy getting a few bites at last but i had to be really careful with the amount of feed i was putting in because if i over did it i would have to wait quite some time for an indication .

After awhile the bites on my long line had almost disappeared i didn’t want to kill the swim completely so i gave it another feed of micros before giving it a rest and trying my channel swim , i had to wait a lot longer for indications but the fish i did catch were well worth it because they were skimmers touching the two-pound mark and for the rest of my short session i rotated between all three swims picking a couple of fish off from each before swapping lines . At three o’clock it got noticeably colder and i was waiting a lot longer for a bite so i made the decision to call time on my fishing and after my very poor start i was pleased to end up with thirty skimmers plus a dozen roach for about twenty pounds , not to bad in the conditions and after my break away from the sport lets hope i don’t leave it as long before my next trip out on the bank .


Widdows flash , 1st round Angling times supercup

May 6th

widdows fishery

Today i was contesting the first round of the Angling times supercup with the Adlington angling center team where we would be fishing against Crown tackle our local rivals and with over a hundred teams in the northern half of the draw i was a bit surprised to get them so soon in the competition but it is what it is , after having had a group meeting we decided to hold it at Widdows flash in Spring view near Wigan and although it wasnt a venue that any of us had much experience of we felt that it would suit majority of our anglers with it being a mix of silvers plus carp .

After having managed to get one squad practice plus a team match against Stockton heath angling group on the higher numbered pegs the lads felt that we had worked a couple of things out which would hopefully catch us 20lb of silvers from any peg plus a few carp then we could have a good chance of winning the sections required to go through to the next round , we obviously would have liked to have had a couple more sessions on the lake to tweak a few things but with two other teams also using widdows flash as there supercup venue all the weekends had been taken and in fact we had to give up a day so that crown tackle could have a practice on all the lake which was more than we had managed , as a few of our team had declined to take part in the contest for various reasons we was down to our bare bones as a new team we had not got the strength in numbers just yet so i felt we would be up against it to get through but was going to give it our best shot .

As i was running the match today i needed to be at the fishery early so it was a good job it was only ten minutes away from home and i was quite shocked to see a couple of our squad members already there when i arrived but it showed that they was eager to give a good performance , the water we was fishing on today is a donut style lake with the island between 14m+16m away and with out a breath of wind plus bright skies the fishing could be tough especially after the match the previous day were the average weights was less than twenty pounds , although the framing weights were quite good but unfortunately we wasnt going to have any anglers in that area as i had decided to put six of us on the low numbers and six on the high numbers which would give each team two end pegs .

At nine o’clock myself and the opposing team captain started the draw and i had the last peg in our home bag that put me on eleven which was right near the car park , it wasnt the best area to be in going from the limited knowledge i had of the venue because we had not practised on this side and i was also up against the end peg but on the plus side i didn’t have far to walk.On arriving at my home for the next few hours i decided to set up a few different rigs to cover my options because with it fishing hard the day before i felt it might be a scratching around match so i set up ;

Margin rig at the side of the lily pads to my right the shallowest water i could find was two foot so i used an 0.4 MD diamond float with my usual 014 garbo main line and i upped my hook length to 014 garbo as well because there is a few big carp in here .

Top four swim for fishing at the bottom of the near slope this was an area that i had caught some bonus fish on by loose feeding maggots quite heavily , i used a 0.2 MD maggot float which had a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern spread along my 014 garbo main line and attached to it was a six-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Three quarter line which is where we expected to catch majority of our weight consisting of nice stamp skimmers from here by loose feeding casters and fishing six-inch of the deck because we found that if you fished on the deck the stamp of silver was a lot smaller , as we would be fishing through the water i used a 0.2 MD maggot float which had a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern spread along my 014 garbo main line and attached to it was a four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Shallow far bank rig where i wanted to catch the odd carp and i used a 0.1 MD mini maggot float which had three number eleven shot just above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length i would be using hard pellets so it had a size twenty guru lwg with a micro bait band .

Deck far bank rig yet again i was targeting carp and i used a 0.2 MD mini maggot float which had an on the drop shotting pattern for fishing through the water , my main line was the usual 014 garbo and a four inch 012 garbo hook length i would be using hard pellets so it had a size twenty guru lwg with a micro bait band .

Bait for the day was ;

Two pints of casters

Two pints of fishery 4mm pellets

One tin of corn

Small tub of mixed hard hook pellets

When the all in sounded i began by fishing across to the far bank to try to pick up a bonus carp because there seemed to be a few cruising about it would also give me chance for me to prime my three-quarter skimmer line which i would loose feed a dozen casters through a catty every five minutes , i purposely didnt feed any pellets across until i knew how the carp would respond to any bait going in so i kept a close eye on those anglers around me to see what they was doing and the guy to my left had four carp in quick succession by dobbing bread all of them foul hooked but he wasnt the lad in my section . With no bites coming in the first twenty minutes on normal pellets i rooted around in my tub of mixed hookers and found some white 6mm , this worked a treat as i managed two carp by dobbing my rig under the over hanging reeds but i also lost a couple in a snag a meter from the far bank in between me and the lad towards my right , with those early bonus fish in the net i went onto my skimmer line expecting to catch straight away but all i could manage was a couple of small roach and by this time the lad to my right had a caught two carp as well .

I had no option other than to go back across to the island and i did manage another carp but also lost three on the snag which put me behind in the section also it limited my options when going over to the tins , with ninety minutes of the match gone all signs of carp had disappeared so i decided to ping pellets to try to draw some back but this turned out to be a big mistake as it just killed the across line . Back on to my skimmer swim but yet again it didn’t work my banker swim wasnt producing i was also behind in the section and for the next hour or so i put next to nothing in the net it looked like i was blowing out big time , i had an early look on my margin line which produced a couple of indications on corn but a change to treble maggot saw me add some big roach to my net although it wasnt exactly what i needed to be catching .

I had fed my top four with casters since the match started so i hoped that this would produce for me because i was at least three carp behind  i had an indication straight away which saw a big skimmer hitting the bank but it was a loner so i decided to cut out the loose feed and change to big potting casters , this worked well for me as i added three more decent skimmers over the course of the next ninety minutes although i could only catch one of them from each feed usually after about twenty minutes of the bait going in , for the rest of the match i rotated between the far swim plus top four this had me putting the odd stamp fish in the net and i was slowly pulling my way back into the section , but i yet again lost a few carp in the snag late on because i had to risk going towards it to get a bite .

when the all out sounded i was unsure if i had done enough but had a sinking feeling that i was a carp behind , it was soon time for me to start the weigh in  ;

Section A  21lb vs 24lb crown tackle

Section B 17lb vs 41lb crown tackle

Section C 19lb vs 16lb adlington angling

Section D 11lb vs 25lb  crown tackle

Section E  29lb vs 18lb adlington angling

Section F 14lb vs 24lb crown tackle

So unfortunately we had got beaten 4-2 but at least i had managed to keep up my one hundred percent record  in the competition by winning my section for the fifth time running but i was still to get past the second round despite fishing for three different teams , our only other section winner was from the most consistent performer in the squad on the venue and i would like to wish Crown tackle all the best in the competition .

Adlington angling center


Widdows flash

May 3rd , peg 24

With the weather taking a turn for the better at long last and while i was still of work after the long bank holiday i decided to spent a few hours on Widdows flash in Springview near Wigan it was a thirty peg fishery were you could drive round to every one of them and it had an island around sixteen meters away , it had a good head of carp+silvers and it was the latter that i fancied catching as it had been awhile since i caught a good net of them plus i had about three pints of maggots remaining from the weekends matches .

At around dinner time i headed off on the short ten minute journey to the fishery and when i arrived there was a few anglers dotted about they were mainly on the cabin side which i felt was the poorer area so i drove round to peg 24 which was just off the board pegs these have a good reputation when targeting silvers so i was quite happy to be able to set up there , as i was only having a short session i choose to fish a nice comfortable six meters setting up two rigs ;

Deep shallow rig which was set at four feet deep nearly two foot of the deck and i used a 0.2 maggie float that had an on the drop shotting pattern , my main line was 012 garbo and i had a six-inch 009 garbo hook length which had a size twenty matrix silver fish hook .

Shallow rig which was set at two foot and i used an 0.1 matrix series three float that had just a couple of number eleven stotz spread down the 012 garbo main line , i had a six-inch 009 garbo hook length which had a size twenty matrix silver fish hook and my elastic for both rigs was solid number five preston slip.

Bait couldn’t be simpler just three pints of red and white maggots that were just beginning to turn .

All the time i had set up i was firing in a dozen maggots at six meters and although i had not seen any swirls i was confident of catching pretty quickly , i picked up my deep shallow rig first and as expected it didn’t take me too long before i began getting indications ,at first they were hand sized skimmers but the longer i fished the bigger they became and i had a couple around 1.5lb but most were around ten ounce although i was a bit surprised that i wasnt catching more roach .

The weather today was quite sunny+warm but was also a bit blustery and although it didn’t really affect the lake as it was situated in a dip surrounded by trees the problem i faced was the scum on the surface of the water kept settling in my peg making it hard to get a good presentation at times , i managed to get into a good rhythm with my feeding as i would ;

feed then ship out

feed when i got an indication

then feed again when i netted the fish

it was all a time in motion exercise for about an hour then the bites seemed to tail off and i had to work hard to keep in touch with the fish , i did give my two foot rig a go but it didn’t really produce apart from a couple of small roach and a really nice golden rudd .It became clear that the bigger skimmers seemed happiest at four-foot just hanging off the bottom and i decided to concentrate my remaining time with the deeper rig , i would get a run of six nice fish before bites tailed off for about twenty minutes before they came back and it seemed that they were just cruising about in small shoals some of the skimmers showed signs of spawning tubercles which might go some way to explaining it .

With about thirty minutes of my session i decided to try fishing at four-foot on the deck and after plumbing up i found it on my top three at the side of some reeds , i initially began feeding quite heavily to attract a few fish on to this line before easing off when i started catching and this worked ok i caught a few skimmers although they wasnt as big as when fishing six meters but maybe if i had given it a bit longer things might have improved

I really enjoyed my day’s fishing catching nearly forty skimmers plus a dozen hand sized roach for about twenty pounds which made a nice change from catching f1s and on a side note the few anglers that i could keep tabs on who we’re targeting the carp across to the island seemed to be struggling although there was a few cruising about , well that’s todays short session over with and i am planning on getting back to Heronbrook for the Saturday open at the weekend .

Thanks for reading .

Widdows flash

March 10th , peg 26


After managing to get off work a bit earlier than usual i decided to have a few hours fishing to practice my short-range tip work , i had planned on going to Sycamore fishery which had shown signs of improvement looking at the weekends match results but i decided to go on Widdows flash because my mate text me earlier in the day saying that he was going their .

On arrival at the venue i was surprised to see half a dozen anglers fishing with most of them congregating towards the pegs in the thirties which usually through up plenty of carp in the colder months , i decided to sit on peg 26 which was near the board pegs another good area plus it was only a short walk from the rear car-park .As i had decided to only fish the tip rod i was set up in no time and at 3 o’clock i was ready to start , with only pellets on my side tray it should be a fairly straight forward and just needed to keep my casting tight .

I decided to cast every five minutes for the first half hour to put a bit of bait down before leaving it a while longer after that and would the regularity of bites-liners tell me how long to wait , i was casting a couple of feet off the far-bank in the slightly deeper water and it didn’t take long before i began getting twitches on the rod tip nothing positive though , when these disappeared i had to begin casting with more regularity because i noticed that i would get indications almost as soon as the feeder landed . I tried changing hook baits to a semi buoyant band-um but this didn’t work neither did a smaller 4mm pellet .


My mate was also struggling to catch fishing in the channel and from where i was sitting i could only see one person catch he was on the flyer peg 36 fishing 17m under the aerator , so you could say it was going to be a tough one but after an hour my tip finally pulled round proper and i was attached to a nice 1lb plus skimmer . I hopped that this was the first of many but i wasnt that lucky as it signaled the end of any more liners or bites . The lad that i was with started putting a run of tiny silvers together plus the odd one around 8oz , so with nothing happening across i decided to start a new swim casting in the channel towards peg 25 and just like at the beginning of my session i was getting plenty liners but still no proper indications i’m pretty sure that these were from the tiny silvers my mate was catching .

After another bitless hour i decided to go back across but casting a lot closer to the far-bank i was even contemplating changing from my pellet feeder to a small banjo but kept things the same , i thought that maybe i was casting a bit too frequent and that was the reason the small silvers moved in .So i decided to leave it up to twenty minutes before re-casting and i don’t know if by doing this or the light beginning to fade but i had a proper pull round which saw me attached to a big carp this unfortunately broke my 014 hook length as i was struggling to free the line from behind the line clip on the reel .


On my next cast the feeder was only in for five minutes before my next bite which nearly dragged the rod in and this time i managed to get in with no bother i soon had a near 6lb carp nestling in the net , the light was fading fast and i had just began packing up a few bits when my last cast of the session produced another carp but much smaller than my previous one . So lots for me to think about after today’s session it wasn’t exactly as hectic as i had planned and no doubt i would have caught a lot more at Sycamore fishery but on the plus side i was more than happy with my casting and the way that my rod coped with the big carp .

I’m off to Hall lane fishery on saturday for a practise on our first round supercup venue merlins canal so lets hope the carp are in a feeding mood , not sure yet about Sunday yet either Sycamore fisheries or Partridge lakes .


Widdows flash

Peg four , 11th January

IMG-20140204-00081With the weather being so problematic recently with lots of rain and some really strong wind with gusts over 40 mph being forecast i was therefore not to keen on contesting a match and in fact i spent a couple of hours looking for a venue that was fisable the previous day otherwise i wouldn’t have made it to the bank at all , luckily i had stumbled across Widdows flash which is only a ten minute drive from my house but it is somewhere i hardly ever visit because it can be quite patchy in certain areas and in fact i haven’t been here since i struggled on a club match over six months ago . But at least it was out of the brunt of the wind and it can be a good venue for silver fish sport with a nice head of big roach plus skimmers turning up on some parts of the lake , after looking at some of my older blogs from this time of year when fishing here i noticed that i had done well on the board pegs which was taking the brunt of the wind so that was out of the question , peg 36 was the lakes flyer which usually holds a nice head of carp even in the depths of winter but some one was already sat on it i decided to set up on peg four and hoped for the best .

I decided on two lines that i wanted to fish ;

Channel swim at ten meters to my left and i planned to fish pellets here for the skimmers , i used a 4×14 Malman Roob float as i found it to be a touch over 5ft when plumbing up  and my shotting pattern was a bulk with a single dropper , i used 012 garbo main line with 010 garbo hook length and a size 20 Matrix bagger hook.

Channel swim ten meters to my right and i decided to fish maggots here for the roach and it was six-inch shallower on this line so i used a 4×12 Preston chianti float with an on the drop shotting pattern , with 010 garbo direct to a size 20 matrix bagger hook .


Bait for the day was ;

1/2 pint red and white maggots

1/2 pint soaked micros

small tub of 4 mm expander pellets

At ten o’clock i was all ready to begin and put half a cupping kit off micros on to my pellet line and i scattered them over a meter square area so as not to keep the shoal of skimmers on top of each other i decided to leave this to settle for half an hour , i then began pinging six maggots on to my roach line to my right and kept laying my rig through the swim it took about twenty minutes before i had an indication not long later my first roach hit the net which looked pristine obviously it hadn’t been caught that often and at 10 oz in weight i would be happy catching these all day .


With my constant loose feeding it brought the fish up off the deck and the bites had become harder to hit , i was also getting plagued by small 2oz skimmers and while these were present in my peg so i decided to give my pellet line a whirl to see if any fish had settled but after ten bite less minutes i was on the verge of refeeding when my float slid under and skimmer number one was making its way to the bank , my next fish on this line was another skimmer but at 2oz it wasn’t really what i was looking for so i decided to put another cup of micros in before going back to my right hand line .


While i was fishing on my pellet swim i had fed my roach line with maggots but this time a dozen samples every five minutes to try to get them back on the deck , this worked a treat as now i was back catching the bigger roach including some approaching the 1 lb mark but after a couple of hours the fish backed off so i decided to rest the swim and go back on to my pellet line i had another quick skimmer before it died on me i felt that it wasn’t going to be a skimmer day . I  spent the last hour concentrating on the roach but the bites were still slow in coming so i decided to stick on another section and go out to 13m just to see if the fish had backed off closer to the island i also found it to be 1ft shallower .


This new line began working well and i soon had them lined up but i was finding it hard to see my Preston chianti float which no doubt cost me a few more fish but to be honest i didn’t expect to be fishing at that distance in todays blustery conditions otherwise i would have started with a more visible float on , for some reason i decided to kinder pot in some micros at 13m and this knocked the roach off the feed but on the plus side i picked up my biggest fish of the day with a skimmer approaching the 3lb mark .  Slowly the roach worked their way back into the peg and i ended my session with two nearly 10 oz a piece , in total i had caught 16 roach over 8oz and a similar amount of 2oz bits plus 3 big skimmers for about 15 lb which was a lot more than i thought i would have caught at the beginning of the session .


It made a pleasant change from the constant F1 fishing i had done since my club season finished in August and i was just glad to get on to the bank with the awfully strong winds , as you can probably tell silver fishing is some thing that i haven’t done a great deal of recently and so cant expect to pick it up straight away so no doubt i did a few things wrong regarding feeding plus it still puzzles me why the pellet swim didn’t really produce and for some reason they aren’t working as well this winter with maggots being the number one bait .I’m having an enforced weekend off from fishing while my wife is away with work so hopefully the weather will have settled down and would have improved a bit also it will be a week closer to Spring when the fish should be feeding again in numbers .

Widdows fishery

15th June , peg 9


Well here we go again round five of Balmoral Angling Clubs season and after a win in the last round i was looking forward to this one as its one of the venues on our match calendar that i have done well on with two consecutive thirds .

The lake has 36 pegs which enabled me to give most anglers plenty of room , it has an island which you can reach at 16 meters and it has a good stocking off carp around the 3lb mark with lots of skimmers to catch too .As you can drive to every peg on here and with everyone present we decided on an early draw , when it came for my turn i was left with peg 9 right at the side of the car-park which is far from where i wanted to be but everyone in my section was in the same boat .


On my last two matches here i have done really well targeting the skimmers and with the recent changeable weather i felt that was the best way to fish it today ,especially after finding out their had been a match the day before which was only won with 25 lb and as you all know waters don’t fish well when there’s two matches in as many days .

I decided to fish a few areas ;

16 m , i had 2 rigs for this line one at 1ft the other at 2ft both had 0.12 garbo direct to a size 20 f1 hook with a micro bait band and my elastic was red matrix

5 m ,i used a 0.4 scone float with 0.12 garbo line direct to a size 16 gamma pellet hook with red matrix elastic

Margin ,i used 4×12 malmam diamond float with 0.14 garbo direct to a size 16 guru lwg hook and my elastic was yellow matrix .


My bait was ;

1/2 kilo worm

1/2 pint micro

1/2 pint ground-bait

1 pint hard 4mm pellets

When the all in sounded i put two big pots in on my 5 meter line which i intended to leave for an hour for the skimmers to settle and so while i was waiting i went across to try to catch a couple of bonus carp , i started on my 2 ft rig because it wasn’t that warm yet and their hadn’t been any carp showing along the far-bank either .

I began by pushing my rig tight under the far bank rushes and then flicked four pellets at the float every few minutes,but nothing seemed to be working and thirty minutes in i was still bite less-fishless . Every one else seemed to be in the same boat apart from the lad to my left who was catching the odd fish on his feeder ,i began getting the odd indication but nothing i could hit so i decided to change to my shallower rig a bit earlier than i had planned .


This produced a solitary carp about 2 lb which but up a fight of a fish three times its size , so in the first hour i had not a great deal to show for it but neither had anyone else and it was fishing extremely hard .So i decided to go on my skimmer line which i had hoped would be my main line of attack but unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way , first drop and my float slid away so i counted to three before a firm strike which saw a tiny perch fly out the water followed by another of similar size .

I decided on a refeed to try to draw some fish into my peg this kind of worked with a few small 8 oz roach , when i did finally hook a big skimmer it did its best dolphin impression shedding my hook in the process , after two hours i was going nowhere fast with less than 3 lb in the net .So i decided on a new swim at 11 meters and fed this swim negatively with a kinder pot .

I went back on to my far-bank without success but when i noticed bubbles coming up from my negatively fed line , i took the opportunity to drop my rig over the top and this did not produce the hoped for skimmer but another small carp . A few small silvers came to the net so i risked another feed and it seemed that i had stumbled on a pattern with the bites because after 15 minutes i would hook something decent just as the bubbles appeared before the small silvers returned .

You will notice that i said hooked and not caught because i had two more big skimmers shed the hook plus i lost a 5 lb ghostie which somehow managed to break my main line above my float just as i was about to net it and after putting another rig on – plumbing up it disrupted my swim which never recovered because it never produced another bite.


So in the last hour i concentrated along the far-bank hoping for a few carp to boost my weight and their fore push me higher up the match placings , i missed a few bites but did manage another solitary carp around the 3 lb mark . When the all out sounded majority of the anglers were relieved because it had fished extremely hard as you can tell by the weights and my near 13 lb was good enough for sixth but if i had landed the lost fish it would have raised me up to third .

Having had a few late nights and early mornings leading up to the match definitely had a baring today on my decision-making because ;

1, I knew before the match that expander was working better than hard pellets tight across and feeding also seemed to make the fish back off .

2, The lad too my left fished the feeder across all match managed third so with the lack of carp showing shallow and the fact he was catching , it should have made me set up a deck rig for tight across especially after seeing the lad to my right catch four carp in the last hour doing just that .

3, Should never have big potted knowing the match result from the previous day and two negative lines would have worked better .

4, With more composure i might have landed a couple of the lost fish .

Any way we now have a mid-season break before some more dodgy matches that I’m not looking forward to fishing , but i am still second on the overall club points not bad after missing one match but i can not afford to miss any more because it’s getting tight at the top and i am having another enforced break while the wife works away it is something that i will just have to get used to but at least it will give me time to recharge my batteries .

1st Dave peg 19 , 41lb 12oz

2nd Aidy peg 7 , 27 lb 14oz

3rd Terry snr peg 35 , 26 lb 2oz



Widdows fishery

4th Feb

Widdows fishery

Widdows fishery

With the weather being a bit unsettled at the moment i took the opportunity to have an afternoon fishing on one of the rare nice days because it wasn’t to far from my house i decided on a trip to Widdows fishery for a bit of skimmer action and i was looking forward to putting a few fish in the net after my weekends struggle at Partridge lakes .


I managed to get to the fishery for dinner time and as their was only one other angler present who was fishing on the boards so i had nearly all the lake to choose from , i decided on peg 35 another new area for me to try in winter and it was near the bay and the gusty wind was also blowing towards it , i choose this peg because skimmers tend to feed better on here with a bit of ripple above their heads .

As i was only fishing for a few hours i decided to concentrate on just one line but have two swims so i had the opportunity to feed positively on one and trickle the pellets in on the other to see which worked best on the day . I plumbed up at 11 meters and found a depth of 5 foot which was a good 1 foot deeper than i imagined because down the other end where i fished last time it was shallower so a change of rig was in order .


0.4 scone pencil float with a bulk and two dropper shotting pattern , my main line was 0.10 garbo with a 0.07 garbo hook length attached was a size 20 gamma pellet hook and my elastic was size six preston slip solid .

As i was targeting the healthy head of skimmers i based my bait around pellets but i did take some maggots if the fishing was hard today .


1/2 pint mixed maggots

1/2 pint soaked micros

small tub of 4 mm white and normal expanders

small tub corn

At 1230 i was ready to get going and i started by cupping in a medium ball of micros on to my left hand positively feed swim before concentrating on the right hand swim , i tapped in a dozen micros and could increase or decrease the amount as the session progressed but i had to bare in mind the healthy head of roach which could pick up the micros as they fell through the water .


On my first drop the float had only just settled before it shot under and i was attached to the first of many nice sized skimmers , if it carried on like this it could be a rare winters red-letter day . But it was a false dawn with no more bites coming in the next twenty minutes , i had re-feed every five minutes but nothing was happening so i tried my more positive swim and as like before my first drop resulted in a big skimmer than a smaller one , then a tiny skimmer so i put in another ball of micros .

It seemed to me that even in this cold weather the fish wanted some bait going in , so i made the decision to increase the feed on my negative swim but not as heavy as in the left hand swim not just yet anyway . I started cupping in a ball of micros through my medium-sized kinder pot and this transformed my peg , it was noticeable that i would only get a bite after my feed had touched the bottom and if i missed it the float would stay still until i shipped back in and re-fed .


Things where going swimmingly with me picking up a few fish from each line and i was being careful not to empty the swim of fish and disrupt the shoal , so it came as a surprise when both swims died on me . I tried changing shotting patterns and various other things but still no bites materialised , i was unsure on what to do next when out of the blue my float buried and my elastic shot off to the island obviously attached to an angry carp but of course the inevitable happened with my light hook length breaking .

How ever it had solved the problem of why my swim had died because after attaching a stronger 0.10 garbo hook length , i was back in to the fish roach at first before the skimmers bullied them out-of-the-way and the fish were coming thick and fast again . But as like before the swim died on me but this time i was prepared and i shipped back out with a piece of corn on the hook , the first bite resulted in a big roach before the next bite saw the elastic fly out and i was attached to another carp luckily i managed to get this one in but it put up a nice fight on my number six preston slip elastic .


The disruption in my peg after the carp seemed to have killed my swim so for the last thirty minutes of my session i decided to try for the roach on the drop with maggots . I began catting six maggots every minute but apart from the odd small roach i couldn’t get them feeding properly maybe i hadn’t given it enough time for it to work , so with the wind getting stronger and looking like rain i decided to call an end to the day .


My final tally was 34 silvers mainly nice sized skimmers and one carp in four hours , it made a nice change from f1 fishing and i would recommend going here to anyone because the silvers are certainly feeding at the moment plus its only 3 a peg till April .

I will be back at Partridge lakes on Sunday and just hope this fore cast storm front subsides by then and in the mean time check out my mate The big dippers blog on fishing the Leigh tackle league at Partridge lakes its well worth a look .