Partridge lakes winter league

January 15th , peg 119 covey five


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

Willow 19


Covey six 167

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One pint of red maggots with a handful of pinkies

One slice of bread for dobbing

A few expanders both 4+2mm

Some crushed expander

A handful of micro pellets

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


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


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

Partridge Lakes, Open Match, 13.12.14


Weather: Sunny Intervals, 0C, 4 mph SW wind, Air pressure 1020

Peg: Covey 110

26 Fished

Today’s open was to be on Covey 5+6, with the winter league taking up Covey’s 1-4.

There had been an overnight frost leading to a 1cm covering of ice on the lakes, so the ice breaker would be needed today.  I was hoping to get back on Covey 6 today as I seem to draw on Covey 5 more often than not and although there are some good pegs on it they seem few and far between in the winter, with the current form areas being around 115,122 and 126. I drew peg 110 and I was extremely disappointed with this and if you asked me before the draw what would be the last peg I wanted from the 2 lakes, peg 110 would be it, followed by 107. This is the 3rd time this winter…

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Partridge lakes

November 23rd , peg 105 Covey five


With my wife having a rare Sunday off work i decided to take full advantage of it and made a trip to Partridge lakes to contest the open match , the weather leading up to today had been pretty awful in fact the previous night we had a proper deluge of rain and this had a bearing on the weights caught during the week , in fact Saturdays open taking place on Covey 5+6 was only won with a mid thirty pound weight and all the top six weights came from Covey six which had a club match on today so wasnt in the open .The team match taking place on Covey 1-4 was won with 90lb but the f1s definitely seemed to be balled up with some people getting good weights while others really struggling .

On arrival at the venue i was in formed that their was ninety anglers in attendance which just goes to show the popularity of the venue , which meant they was going to be Covey 1-5 plus Marsh canal in the draw bag and the only one i didn’t want to be on was Covey five after last weeks struggle on their in fact 23lb won that lake yesterday . My drawing hand let me down yet again as number 105 stuck to my mitt so off i headed back to Covey five although it was one of the better pegs in the section and i last fished this peg on the Maver Match this qualifier where i broke my number four section on my pole and got well an truly battered on both sides so you can say it brought back some bad memories .


I decided to use just three rigs today ;

3ft both slopes , 4×12 malmans benny float with 0.12 garbo main line which had a 0.10 garbo hook length and a size 20 gamma pellet hook , elastic was orange matrix .

4ft both slopes , 4×12 malmans benny float with 0.12 garbo main line which had a 0.10 garbo hook length and a size 20 gamma pellet hook , elastic was orange matrix .

5ft channel 4×14 malmans benny float with 0.12 garbo main line which had a 0.10 garbo hook length and a size 18 gamma pellet hook , elastic was orange matrix .


malman roob

My bait was ;

1 pint red and white maggots

1 pint micro dusted with f1 dark ground-bait

small tub of white and normal expanders


When the all in sounded i went straight across on to my 3ft rig because i didn’t feel that they would be any shallower in these cold conditions , i tapped in a small kinder pot containing a few maggots plus a nugget of micro + ground-bait i had a single red maggot on the hook after a couple of minutes my float dipped and i foul hooked my first f1 which came off on the way in not really the start i was looking for . I began picking up the odd f1 on this line but they were only small and the guy on peg 106 was getting a fish a chuck fishing towards the point of the island at 2ft i was thinking that maybe i had made a mistake not setting a rig up at this depth but it didn’t work for me on my last visit , in the first hour i had eight f1s and when this line started to fade i set up a new one towards my right but feeding pellets this time because this was my best bait last time i was on here and a quick f1 hit the net soon followed by an f1 of around 4lb Bonus .


In the first two hours i had twenty fish in the net which was better than i had hoped for but i kind of lost the fish at this point for nearly an hour i had fed my channel line every 15 minutes with a kinder pot full of maggots since the start but i couldn’t get this right and i am really struggling to get this line to work . I began loose feeding six maggots every five minutes on to my top three-line towards the left of my peg first drop produced a big f1 and this got me another run off fish a bigger stamp than across too but i did need some were else to go when this line began to fade like it usually does when f1 fishing , with the wind beginning to get up and the sun going in it was noticeably colder so i decided to put in a new line across at 4 ft deep this got me another run of f1s and i rotated between both shelves to keep the fish coming but in the last twenty minutes they backed off and i couldn’t get a bite , which was my fault because i think that i had over fed and had not prepared some were else to go .


When the all out sounded i was unsure on how i had done and felt that both pegs 106 +108 had beaten me because they seemed to have caught a lot more consistently than i had so when the scales came round to me my 44 fish went 42lb which was more than i thought and better news was to follow when in fact i had won the section plus got second best weight on the lake Bonus number two . When i got to the cabin to pick up my money it looked like i might have also had a chance of framing too but not even i was that lucky and ended up 6th or 7th out of ninety anglers contesting the match with 60lb winning and a mid 50lb getting in the frame .


To be honest i was more than happy with the result but not really how i fished today i think it was another chance that i had blown for framing or even better and they don’t come along that often although i do seem to be getting more chances recently which goes to show that my fishing is improving after making the decision to quit my angling club , all i need to do is stop my mid match quiet spell which is easier said than done though plus like every match angler i could do with getting on the bank a bit more .

Partridge lakes

November 15th , Covey five peg 111

I really fancied getting on the bank this weekend and finally the recent heavy rains had stopped so off i headed to Partridge lakes to contest the very popular open match , i was unsure on what to expect though with the matches in the week being very hard with just 60lb being needed to frame and as their was nearly sixty anglers present today so a good draw would be even more important but my drawing hand let me down big time putting me on a bad peg on the worst lake and i also had a flyer peg to contend with too .


Covey five was to be my destination it was near the main car-park so at least i didn’t have to move the car but my peg was situated right down the bottom of the long straight with the little breeze blowing the other way every peg that i past meant my day would be even harder and when i finally reached peg 111 it was your predictable 13 meter wide with not much in the way of features although i did see a couple of fish top which gave me a bit of hope , the lake has mainly a smaller stamp of fish with little in the way of any bonus carp and my original plan for covey 1-4 went out of the window but at least i had prepared some pellets which was the main bait to use on here .


2ft across , 4×10 malman roob float with 0.12 garbo main line to a 0.10 garbo hook length which had a size 20 matrix bagger hook attached and elastic was orange matrix .

3ft both shelves , 4×12 malman roob float with 0.12 garbo main line to a 0.10 garbo hook length which had a size 20 matrix bagger hook attached and elastic was orange matrix .

6ft channel , 4×14 malmans roob with 0.12 garbo main line to a 0.10 garbo hook length which had a size 18 matrix bagger hook attached and elastic was orange matrix .

My bait was the usual ,

2 pints red and white maggots

1 pint or micro and ground-bait

small tub mixed expanders

small tub white expanders


When the all in sounded i decided to start on my 3ft rig as it was still a bit cold , so i shipped out to 11 meters towards the left hand part of my peg because i don’t like fishing directly in front of me if i can help it .I planned on fishing two swims at this depth hoping to keep fish coming by alternating between them both and after tapping in some micro before lowering in my pellet hook bait amongst it , a couple of lift-drops and the tiniest of indication resulted in f1 number one making its way to the net quickly followed by another things were looking promising but with me being eager not to overfeed them i was rather surprised when they backed off and i decided to try my white expander this got me another fish plus a couple of missed bites which for some reason is usual when using this bait .


I decided to rest this swim and used the same rig towards the right of my peg but still using pellets , yet again i tapped in a nugget of micro plus ground-bait before lowering my expander in among it a couple of lift-drops resulted in a quick f1 and then followed by another but yet again i had to resort to my white expander to keep indications coming it seemed that a pattern was emerging , with nothing positive happening on either line coupled with the fact it was getting a little warmer plus they seemed to be catching at 2ft on the split bank i decided to follow suit but this time using maggots just to see if i could catch a few chub or ide among the f1s because it was fishing really hard down the long straight where i was , this failed to produce an indication which was surprising and it must have been the depth as i set up another line using pellets towards the left which also didn’t get me a bite .

With nearly half the match gone and just eight fish in the net you can safely say things wasn’t going well , i had fed maggots through a small cupping kit every thirty minutes on my six meter channel line since the match started so i decided to give this a try to with double maggot on the hook i lowered in my rig .After a long wait with not a lot happening yet again i was on the verge of trying another line when my float finally dipped and my first carp made an appearance although it was only just over a pound in weight it was double the size of my f1s , i refed with another large kinder pot of maggots and this got me another f1 but it was really hard going.


To be in with any chance at all of getting my section i needed a really good run of f1s or at least a line which would produce a bigger stamp of carp , i noticed that the guy on 107 was catching near the empty platform so i decided to set up a line on my near shelf at 3ft deep but only at six meters so i could rotate my channel lines as well because on the spur of the moment i decided to try a pellet line away to my right and feed a small cupping kit full of micro plus ground-bait then left it alone for about an hour for the fish to settle on it .

On my first try on the near slope i fed a big kinder pot full of maggots before laying my rig in up the shelf i had a really positive bite with a bigger than average f1 coming to the net ,i decided to try to force the swim by feeding the same amount every five minutes to see how i got on which wasn’t my best decision of the day although it did kind of work as you would get a couple of indications straight after feeding and then nothing but the fish on this line were worth waiting for averaging over a pound i even had a small ghostie , i got in a routine of get a couple of bites from my near slope before going on my maggot channel swim while i rested it .

With an hour remaining i noticed bubbles coming up from the channel where i potted in the pellets earlier , a quick look with a pellet on the hook and a little dink on the float resulted in a small f1 making its way to the bank . In the last hour i couldn’t get in quick enough and nearly doubled my catch in that time , although i did need to really try to sort the feeding out because they definitely seemed to back away from the pellets falling on their heads and white expander worked extremely well for me on this line .

When the all out sounded i wasnt that happy with the way things went but to be honest i think i had got the best from the peg and other than a few tweaks with the feeding i couldn’t do a great deal more with no lost fish and not many missed bites , i just think it was a poor area to be in and in the end my 22 fish went nearly 18lb which is a good stamp for in here , peg 103 won the lake and the section with over 50lb those anglers on the split all had around the 30lb mark .Hopefully i might get back to Partridge lakes next weekend I’m just hoping for a better draw