Partridge lakes fishery

14th October

I have been to partridge lakes today for the open match it was due to be on coveys 1-4 plus covey six and looking at the results during the week the latter one was the place to be because the original coveys had fished quite hard due to the very unsettled weather , as its nearly the middle of October and temps are up in the late teens not that I’m complaining still fishing in t-shirts at this time of year . On arrival to the fishery there was all the usual people in attendance getting reacquainted with the coveys as it was soon coming round to winter league time and I’m going to miss it this year , as i am concentrating on the Old Hough winter league that my mate is running but i will be back here for the Individual league in January , it turned out that there was seventy anglers in attendance just your typical weekend turn out for Partridge lakes . As I hadn’t been here for quite some time nearly three months to be exact so i expected to be well of the pace and i was still really looking forward to it even though I thought that it would be tough going , it soon came round to draw time so i joined the queue about half way and when it came to my turn for a dip in the bag of doom somethings never change as I pulled out my usual end peg which was 132 on covey six which does throw up a good weight every so often ( so no pressure then lol ) although it couldn’t be that good because i had been nowhere near it in the four years i had attended the opens on here as i had sat on most of the flyers .

After settling at my home for the next few hours i had the wind blowing into the margin as the scum had settled towards my left hand reed lined corner but i didn’t have any ripple as the bridge to my right and aerator rope directly in front had prevented the ripple reaching me , i decided to set up ;

4ft,3ft,2ft pellet rigs which i would use for chasing the f1s up and down the near slope and on all of them i used  a 4×14 Md wire stemmed float with an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length which had a size 16 guru pellet attached .

I also set up a shallow rig set at 18 inch because i noticed a few fish swirling near the aerator and the bridge , i used a 4×10 Md mini mag float with a small bulk of shot above the six-inch 012 garbo hook length which had a size twenty guru lwg hook with a micro bait band .

Bait for the match was ;

Two pints of soaked micros

Two pints of soaked 4mm pellets

One pint of crushed expander

Small tub of 4mm and 6mm expanders

I didn’t take any maggots to my peg today which i felt might have been a mistake if I wanted to fish shallow because there was a few fish knocking at the aerator and pellets do not usually work on here for fishing up in the water , i also didn’t have anything bigger than 4mm but i would give it a try but half expected it not to work and when the all in sounded I flicked my shallow pellet rig at eleven meters towards the aerator , i gave my float a couple of slaps then my elastic came shooting out which took me a bit by surprise and I lost the carp as it took me under the rope , i did not want to start feeding anything just yet as it might affect my other lines but by rotating between here and the bridge I picked up some nice stamp F1+carp in the first ninety minutes before things started to slow down this was when i picked up my catty to try to get them competing but it had the opposite effect killing the swim completely .

When this swim died I went down both edges starting in four-foot and managed a few f1s+stockies feeding micros sprinkling them in through a small kinder pot i had a 4mm expander on the hook when i began suffering with line bites so i tried clumping in the feed to try to get the fish back on the deck , this worked for a while but it wasnt right so i picked up my three-foot rig to chase them further up the near shelf this got me another run of f1s and they was all a good stamp as well , it wasnt long before the problem of line bites returned but i couldn’t get into any shallower water as the scum had began to gather really badly in front of me . I plumbed a swim across to the point of the island at 14m but the wind was making it a problem to keep my rig still and i did manage a couple of fish but i was fighting a losing battle with the blustery conditions so i gave up on it for the time being although i would give it another try when conditions allow .

I  put in a new line further along my left hand margin at the side of the scum but it was nearly four feet deep not ideal and after a couple of feeds i began catching again but the scum kept on gathering meaning that i had to keep adding sections to start new swims but at least it meant i did not have time to suffer with line bites , strangely my right hand edge towards the bridge never really got going and In the last hour I went back into four-foot at eleven meters either side of me which was the extremes of my peg and I managed to pick up the odd fish from each but it was slow going.

When the all out sounded I had managed 25 f1’s and five carp which went 64lb but i never felt in control of my peg today this was just enough to win the section and surprisingly I was also third on the lake , when I got back to the cabin it turned out that I was also third in the match which is my best performance here on these highly contested opens and it had been tough on covey 1-4, to be honest I felt that it could have been on a match winning peg if I had changed a few things and i am kicking myself for not getting the couple of extra pounds which would have placed me into the high flyer match next weekend  but I’m happy with the result on my first visit in months.


Partridge lakes winter league

December 4th , peg 171 covey six


I am back at Partridge lakes today for the third round of the teams of four winter league and the weather leading up to the contest had taken a turn for the worse with a drop in temperature although it still wasnt as cold as it should be for the beginning of December , the conditions had a big impact on the weights that had come out recently and it had also been frozen at the start of the week but on the open match Saturday it had been ice-free so i was unsure on how it would fish after all the melted ice water had gone in but i was looking forward to it nonetheless . On the trip down to the fishery i was surprised to see that the canal near me had frozen over and i was half thinking that i should turn back for the ice breaker but fearing that this would make me late i decided to head on but i still hoped that Partridge would be ice-free , but on arrival i feared the worst as majority of the lakes were covered on closer inspection it was just cat ice which was a relief because i didnt fancy smashing out any channels with my pole if it was any thicker and i then made my way to meet up with the rest of the team who where surprisingly in a confident mood as one of them had managed to win the open here on Thursday , it was soon time for the rolling draw to start and the team captain came back with some reasonable pegs for a change 121 covey five , 14 spey , 4 ribbon , i was on 171 covey six and this was an area that i had fished before at this time of year but struggled plus i was up against the lakes flyer 173 so i would have my work cut out for decent points today .


On arrival to my home for the next few hours most of the pegs had a covering of ice on them including those down the split were i was but luckily it was only cat ice so i managed to tap out a couple of channels through it quite easily with my cupping kit ,towards my left hand side i cut it out too eleven meters which was half way up the far bank slope at around four-foot deep and i didn’t really expect the fish to be in any shallower water ,  towards my right side i just put it half way about six meters which would be my channel swim and i was quite pleased with how things had turned out as i had left lots of ice for cover for the fish to hide in i was looking forward to giving it a good go because this type of fishing is something that i don’t do a lot of these days .

My main swims for today was going to be ;

Pellets in four-foot which was tight to the side of the ice and i used a 4×14 roob float which had an inch spread bulk above the four-inch 010 garbo hook length as this was a very positive rig it will show up the slightest touch on the float .

Maggots in four-foot i used a light 0.2 maggie float which had a bulk+two dropper shotting pattern and my main line was the usual 014 garbo which had a six inch 010 garbo hook length attached to it , this should enable me to grab the attention of any passing f1 as my hook bait fell in the bottom third of rig .

Channel in six-foot as it was relatively still on this swim as i was getting protection by the ice so i used an 0.3 maggie float which had a bulk+two dropper shotting pattern and my main line was the usual 014 garbo which had a six-inch 010 garbo hook length attached to it , this should enable me to grab the attention of any passing f1 as my hook bait fell in the bottom third of rig .

Bait for the day was ;

2 pints of red maggots with a handful of white mixed in

1 pint of micros

1 pint of crushed expanders

small tub of 4+2mm expanders


For a change i was set up with plenty time to spare but it was just ten minutes before the all in when the sun made its way from behind the far side trees which were in front of me and i just couldn’t see anything on my original swims so i hastily had to re plumbed up a couple of new ones on the opposite side of my ice channel which at least meant i could fish my four-foot rigs at the start , when the hooter sounded in the distance i began on my pellet line and i tapped in a thumbnail sized nugget of crushed expander groundbait as i didnt really know what to expect from the fishing today ,i then lowered my rig over the top of it but the glare from the sun was making things really awkward and with no bites coming in the first fifteen minutes  i decided to risk tapping a few micros in to see if i could attract the attention of a passing f1 because the lad to my left had already caught two fish so there seemed to be some in the area ,although to be honest i couldn’t be sure if it worked or not as i was lifting into phantom bites because i was struggling to see my float with the low winter sun and on one of these lifts i think i foul hooked an f1 which i lost under the ice as i began shipping back.


Thirty minutes into the match i decided to go onto my channel swim because at least i was able to see my float but i did feel that there was a few fish present on the four-foot line so i hoped the sun might move enough for me to go back on my original swim soon , at this point of the contest the north easterly wind had started to get up as a consequence  you could hear the ice cracking and it wasnt long before most of it from the margin to the channel had melted this had an impact on the fishing as everyone down the split where i was sitting remained bite less for almost two hours although i did see a couple of anglers catch from the opposite bank , during this middle spell of the contest i think that i might have over fed the peg because i was setting up new swims at four-foot along the far shelve and also tapping in maggots which i felt was the best depth to try to find a few f1s but it didnt work .


I was beginning to fear the worst with a blank being on the cards but when i dropped onto my channel swim i finally managed another bite and not long after i had my first f1 in the net , by kinder potting in six maggots every five minutes then lowering in my rig on a tight line i managed to add two more fish and i would only get an indication thirty seconds after my rig had settled so i was constantly laying my rig in through the water but after twenty minutes of activity the swim died on me , thinking about it now i really should have put more lines in at this depth but instead i went searching along the far bank at four-foot because that was the area that the other anglers seemed to be getting the most indications and i did manage a couple more f1s but it was noticeable that i would only be able to catch one fish on each swim , on reflection after the match i should have taken more pole sections out of my holdall so i could search the water in between the pegs because that is what the lad to my left did and he over took me in the last hour of the match , whereas i really struggled as i had to resort to going tight across with all my shot under the float by doing this i had a really slow fall of the hook bait i hoped that this might attract the attention of a carp but i only managed a chub .


When the all out sounded it called time on a rather frustrating match i really needed to be more active searching my peg more to find out were the f1s where located and I’m not sure if my silver fishing is having a detrimental effect on my f1 fishing , i knew that i had been beaten by the anglers either side of me but i hopped that i had managed to get the better of the others in my section and for a change i was one of the first to weigh in peg 173 managed 13lb , i had 6lb , peg 169 had 10lb , peg 167 had 9oz and peg 165 had 8lb which i felt was well within my grasp today so i ended up a disappointing 4th in section .

On the team front we had a reasonable day with 12 points despite my poor performance this put us mid division on the day but more importantly kept us in touch with the leaders in overall 7th position with 33 points but there is still a long way to go yet ,unfortunately  i am going to miss the next round as i need to concentrate on my two remaining winter league matches at old hough where i need a couple of good results if i want to stay towards the top of the league but after that all my matches will be at Partridge lakes and i might even enter in the individual event if there is still places free .