My year in angling 2014

Every year i like having a look through my match results to see what i have done well but more importantly the things that i have done wrong or need to improve on , i know a lot of anglers don’t keep a diary of their results so do not have an exact record on which to look at but it is something that i do every year and find that it improves my fishing a great deal but each to his own.

First i had a look at my Balmoral AC results ;

April 20th Partridge spey canal , third overall with 26lb and a section win

May 4th Blundells pine canal , third overall with 22lb and a section win

June 1st Sycamore rowans canal , match win with 48lb and a section win

June 15th Widdows fishery , sixth with just 13lb

July Hall lane merlins , second overall with 45lb and a section win

August 3rd Orrcherton , 4th overall with 40lb

August 10th Partridge ribbon , 5th overall with 34lb and a section win

August 24th Lathom pond one , second overall with 94lb and a section win

A reasonable set of results in my last year with the club and 6 out of 8 pick ups , but two missed matches cost me any chance of winning the club so i had to make do with second place missing out by a solitary point . Lost fish and bad decisions cost me in the end but thats fishing for you .

I then had a look at my weekend open results from the smaller matches that i had fished with between 15-30 anglers , i personally don’t call matches with less than 15 anglers a proper match and just a light-hearted knock up .

March 29th Highfield practice for the super cup and my first ever visit to the venue resulted in fourth overall and section win with 16lb

April 3rd Highfield fourth overall and section win with 19lb

April 5th Highfield second in section with just 11lb and team through to next round of the super cup

June 7th Chapel pool new match record for me with 114lb

June 8th Sycamore rowans canal , fourth overall with 23lb and only 2lb from getting second

July 5th Sycamore rowans canal , second on the lake with 56lb

August 31st Sycamore rowans canal , just 17lb and only 30lb needed to frame

September 14th Sycamore rowans canal , , first with 60lb

September 28th Sycamore silver birch , first with 22lb

October 5th Sycamore rowans canal , first with 45lb

October 13th Sycamore rowans canal ,first with 98lb

October 28th Sycamore rowans canal only 14lb

November 2nd Sycamore rowans canal only 13lb

These results make very interesting reading as including my club matches that i have fished , twenty matches in total with between 15-30 anglers attending ;

first 5

second 3

third 2

fourth 4

Just at Sycamore fisheries i fished nine matches 

first 5

second 1

third 0

fourth 1

So does this make me a better angler when contesting these size of matches ? let’s have a look at my Partridge lakes results were there is always over 40 fishing so i can compare them .

Jan 12th won section with 17lb and 22lb won the lake from peg 73 covey 3

Jan 19th dnw from peg 89 covey 4

Feb 2nd won section with just 3lb from peg 63 covey 3

March 2nd second in section with 22lb just one f1 away , peg 62 covey 3

March 9th second in section with 45lb , peg 137 covey 6

March 23rd 22lb for nowhere , peg 27 covey 2

April 13th dnw

May 11th 53lb second in section , peg 57 covey 3

Sept 13th section win with 64lb , peg 23 covey 2

Oct 4th second in section and lake with 64lb , peg 65 covey 3

Oct 11th section win with 44lb , peg 59 covey 3

Nov 1st only had 34lb , peg 81 covey 4

Nov 9th second in section with 38lb , peg 98 covey 4

Nov 11th only 18lb , peg 111 covey 5

Nov 23rd section win , lake second and 7th out of 90 anglers with 42lb , peg 105 covey 5

Out of 15 matches at Partridge lakes i had ,

Five section wins

Five section seconds

Which i don’t think is a to bad open record on these highly competitive matches , my overall open record this year is ten pick ups out of 24 matches and if you add my club record to it then it is 16 out of 32 when i am fishing at the weekend when the better class of anglers turn up . But on my evening and mid-week matches are totally different and i put this down to the fact that you need to get a bigger weight to be in contention i need to improve on this for next year ;

Sycamore 0/5                                                           Partridge 0/4

May 14th rowan 28lb                                                April 15th 43lb peg 56 covey 3

June 4th rowan 36lb                                                  April 17th 76lb peg 87 covey 4

June 13th silverbirch 47lb                                         July 3rd 68lb peg 1 covey 1

July 2nd silver birch 40lb                                           Sept 6th 36lb peg 4 covey 1

July 9th silverbirch 31lb

On my three big 90 plus matches i strangely did ok and a lot better than my previous year ;

Fisho partridge lakes , peg 133 covey 6 i had 57lb for second on the lake and a top ten finish out of 180 attending

Maver partridge lakes , peg 105 covey 5 i had only 35lb and really struggled 130 contested the match

Partridge lakes open match , peg 105 covey 5 i had 42lb for a section win , second on the lake and 7th out of 90 anglers

My best months to fish this year was ;

Sept where i had 4 matches with 2 wins at sycamore and a section at partridge

Oct where i had 5 matches with 2 wins at sycamore and 2 sections at partridge

Overall it has been a really good year with lots of highlights these are just a few of them ;

1, my first attempt at the Angling times super cup with Farnworth tackle managing to get through the first round at Highfield fishery before being knocked out at chapel house by Allied and Leicester who managed to reach the northern final but i did manage my biggest ever match win with 114lb .

2, Best ever result in the fisho qualifier at partridge lakes getting second on my lake and finishing in the top ten out of 180 anglers contesting the match .

3, Winning four consecutive matches at sycamore fishery which not many people have achieved , culminating in my best ever weight on their with 98 lb .

4, Finishing my club career with balmoral AC and finishing a close second even after missing a couple of matches , ending with my biggest club weight with 94lb at lathom fishery .

So that was my 2014 fishing season and i hope my 2015 season can eclipse it because i have big plans with big matches in the pipeline , so keep coming back to see how i get on and have a Happy new year .




Highfield fishery

Oaks pool peg 8 , 29 th March

Oaks lake

Oaks lake

With the up and coming Super cup match taking place at Highfield fishery Oaks pool and with me not having seen the venue before i thought it was about time that i went to wet a line so after booking on for the open match off we went . It was a good forty minute drive from my house so an early start was in order and surprisingly for me i managed to find it quite easily because it was only a ten minute drive off the motorway , when we arrived at the complex it looked really well maintained with three lakes and Oaks pool where the open was to take place had forty pegs and two islands one of which you can fish from . All the pegs had been given plenty room which makes a refreshing change these days and you had an island to chuck the feeder too which was about 30 meters on most pegs , handily they had given each peg a designated area to cast too .

The weather was forecast to be warm sunny with a slight breeze but because we was situated near the coast that had been magnified too a fierce gusty wind blowing towards the cabin , after booking on for the match where their was 25 due to fish and not the hustle+bustle of a Partridge match which would make a nice change .We grabbed a sandwich and went for a walk round too have a look , stopping to speak to the regulars some of them we would be fishing against in the Super cup so obviously they didn’t want to give much away other than it had been hard going recently with silvers and the odd bonus carp coming out . A few from Farnworth tackle had fished the previous two matches which had given us an idea on what areas to target+species but it’s always nice to do your own thing which your comfortable at doing and work your way into the peg .


Come draw time we was towards the bottom of the queue and i ended up on peg 8 which i had heard was a good one , it was situated in between the two islands with a buoy about 13 meters away and i had decided on a couple of areas to target ;


4 meter line , 0.3 scone float because it was 4 ft deep with 0.12 garbo main line a long 12 inch 0.10 hook length and it had a size 20 gamma pellet hook . I started with a bulk and 2 droppers but by continued loose feeding with maggot by hand it brought the fish up in the water so i changed to an on the drop rig and because it was a 6 hour match i thought this would be a good way to start the match while my other lines settled and i put about 3lb of fish in the net in the first hour .


13 meter line , 0.4 malmams speedy float because it was 5 ft deep here and the wind was strong but their didn’t seem to be much tow on here , my main line was 0.12 garbo with a long 0.10 hook length and a size 18 gamma pellet hook . My shotting pattern was a bulk and dropper the reason behind this was because i hopped to get the skimmers here and that is why i decided to cup in 2 small cupping kits full of micro+4 mm pellets , i topped this up with one ball every twenty minutes and went on it after one hour but by then the wind had got noticeably stronger since the start which resulted in me getting bad presentation on this line and there for i only picked up a few fish from here although they was of a slightly bigger stamp , i still think it was the right thing to do but maybe use a bigger float or put more line on the deck to give me a more static bait .


Margin line , this rig was a bit of an after thought but it turned out to be the best line on the day with 10lb of my catch coming from it including a 6 lb mirror carp and used a 0.3 middy float showing plenty of bristle to allow for line bites , my main line was 0.14 garbo with a size 16 Lwg hook so i could put a big bait on which was 4 red maggots and i fished this for the last two hours . Originally i only planned on giving it ten minute bursts but it was so good here that i finished my match their and in the last thirty minutes when i began cupping in my remaining maggots it produced bigger silvers including a nice chub , but because i was using heavy elastic i bumped a lot of fish off which cost me at the end .

With me not being able to fish my 13 meter line due to the conditions i decided to convert it to 6 meters where it was only two-inch shallower but this didn’t work for me and surprisingly my rig wouldn’t settle properly and it seemed like their was an under water obstacle like a branch but when i dragged the plumbet through i couldn’t find anything which was strange .


1 pint red maggots

1 pint micro

1 pint 4mm

1/2pint sweetcorn

tub expanders normal and white

I had been told that it was a pellet dominated water so that is what i based my attack around but i found maggot the best for the silvers although i didn’t catch many skimmers today and i found it was necessary to feed heavy to keep the size of the fish bigger and by not taking more maggots cost me today .


As the all in sounded i cupped in two small pots of pellets at 13 meters then began loose feeding my 4 meter line i caught well on this although the fish where mainly 2oz-4oz silvers and it seemed that their was only me catching but as i was new to the venue i didn’t know if these fish where of a big enough stamp to compete also in the back of my mind i knew that i hadn’t enough maggots to last six hours .

I then spent two hours trying to make the 13 meter pellet line work and i did manage about 3lb with a few small skimmers + f1s , but the wind and missed bites was a problem so i decided to set up a new 6 meter line which didn’t work on the day for me and with two hours remaining i dropped onto my right hand margin which turned out to be the best decision of the day because the first fish was a 6lb mirror carp and the last a near 1lb chub with plenty silvers in between although i did bump a few off because of the strong elastic .


As the all out sounded i was unsure how i had got on but it was only to be used as a practice match and i had learned a hell of a lot which will help me form a plan for my next couple of visits , it turned out that my catch went 16lb 7oz which was good enough for 4th and a section win by default because third was in my section catching 16lb 12oz and i wasn’t far off the pace on my first visit here , lost fish would have given me an extra 4lb at least but i am sure that other anglers on the day would have suffered just the same as me . I am going back again on Thursday for another practice with the team before the Super cup match on the fifth of April and hopefully i will do enough to make the eight man team for it because it is my first experience of fishing one .