Jan 12th , peg 73 covey three
After having had a few successful weekends silver fishing , i thought it was about time for my first match of the year and my destination of choice was to be Partridge lakes where on my last few visits had done well picking up the odd section and getting a couple of fifths , i just hope i can get back in to the f1 groove .
As i was travelling on my own to the match today i decided on a later start than usual because last time i went i was stood about for ages waiting for my friends to arrive , when i woke on Sunday i was faced with a frozen car which took me a lot longer than i planned on getting ready to go and as a result meant i only got their just on time to pay .
The frost on the ground wasn’t as bad as i thought it would be but as it was the first proper one of the year this meant it would fish hard today but no doubt some one would be sat on a ball of f1s and be in for a good days fishing Hope its me . We had forty people who decided to brave the elements so as their was no winter league this weekend they decided to use all six coveys and spread the anglers about , not to sure if this would be a good idea because it would allow the f1s too back off into the quieter areas of the lakes .
As i was waiting towards the back of the draw queue i was thinking about where i didn’t fancy drawing and coveys 2 + 5 was high on the list as was being in the split because i cant get my head round fishing them and it was also prone to getting a lot of wind and with my pole being quite old it gets blown around a lot .
When it got round for my turn to pick i pulled out peg 73 on covey 3 which to be honest was my preferred destination and its funny how i always tend to end up on covey 3 all the time , good job i like it on their .The peg number seemed very familiar and its only when i got their that i remembered it was the same peg that i fished on the fisho qualifier the previous year and it wasn’t far from where i had won my section a few weeks ago .The only down side was the fact it was on the split but i had only one other angler to contend with on their and i was also on the windward side which was another positive because as you all know the f1s prefer a ripple above their heads on here .
My peg was only 10 meters wide so i would have to make use of all the extra space i had to my left if i was going to do any good today , i decided on 4 rigs today but expected to catch the best at four-foot because that’s what has worked well for me recently .
3 ft deep rig , 4×12 malmams winter wire with spread bulk starting above the 0.10 garbo hook length with a size 20 gamma pellet hook .
4ft deep rig , 4×14 malmams winter wire with a 1 cm spread bulk starting above the 0.09 supplex hook length with a size 20 gamma pellet hook and this rig was for pellets .
4 ft deep rig , 4×14 malmams winter wire with a 1 inch spread bulk starting above the 0.09 supplex hook length with a size 20 gamma black hook and this was for maggots .
channel rig , 4×16 malmams winter wire with a 1 inch spread bulk starting above the 0.10 garbo hook length with a size 18 gamma pellet hook .
1/2 pint red maggots
1/2 pint fluro pinkies
1/2 pint micros dusted in crushed expanders
small tub 4mm expanders normal and white
Because i had expected the fishing to be hard i decided on taking some fluro pinkies with me today although in my rush to get ready this morning i forgot my bread .
As the all in sounded i went out to my 4 ft rig swim which was 2 ft away from the far bank rushes , with a single red maggot on the hook and deposited six maggots capped of with a few micros dusted with crushed expander because i expected it to fish hard i was using the firenzee micro pole pots today being careful not to over feed . I lowered my rig in with the feed and just as it settled my float slowly slid under , a quick lift resulted into me being attached to some thing heavy and after about five seconds my small hook got dislodged , when i got my rig in it had a scale the size of a ten pence attached to it Not the best of starts .
I shipped straight back out and re feed hopping that the disturbance wouldn’t have scared the f1s away , ten minutes of working my rig resulted in a little dink and i was on my way with my first f1 of the day . Another quickly followed before it went quiet on me and i was now in a quandary on whether to re-feed or not because i couldn’t see many other people catching , i made the decision to risk it but twenty minutes of in activity saw me reaching for my pellet rig and another swim was plumbed up two feet to my right .
In this swim i would only be feeding micros i shipped out with a white expander on the hook and after another quick f1 before it went quiet but this time i decided not to re-feed after it , another twenty minutes past before my float lifted a few mm and i was attached to another fish , after this one i decided to put some bait in because i hadn’t feed this line for thirty minutes .
After the first hour my four f1s had me well on the way to catching the twenty fish i felt would be needed to get the section today but after my decent start this is where i began to struggle with the next two hours seeing me put nothing in the net and i was also going through my rigs to try to find the fish , i had fed my channel swim at 6 m to my left with a dozen maggots every twenty minutes for two hours and this didn’t produce a single bite neither did my 4 ft margin swim in front of the empty platform .
So for the last two hours i decided to concentrate on my only line that produced any fish even though the wind had got up and would make presenting a good rig very difficult . I had read some were that triple fluro pinkie can get you bites from f1s when all else fails because i hadn’t feed this line with any feed for two hours i decided to try feeding and fishing pinkie , this resulted in me getting back among the f1s but it was noticeable that you would get two bites in quick succession before a long quiet spell , so i kept setting up new swims further and further too my left and at 13 meters i was really struggling to see the float and i resorted into taking a shot from my rig and lifting at any thing that resembled a bite .
In the last two hours i put a further ten f1s in the net and only lost a foul hooked carp , but i got a feeling that the fish didn’t want to be at this depth because normally they would pull the elastic left or right when you hooked them but today they was pulling the elastic towards me and really bending the pole tip down . Funny thing was i couldn’t get a bite in the channel on the deck and i cant see them being shallow or could they be ?
At the all out i was un sure how well i had done in the section because the anglers to the right of the bridge had caught similar to me but luckily they wasn’t in my section and in fact the lake was won from the side of the bridge with 22 lb he also had 14 fish too , the guy either side of me had five fish each and the aerator peg didn’t produce today and for the third time in four matches on here i had won my section with 17lb . If i had concentrated more on the 4 ft far bank line i would have caught considerably more but im learning all the time on here and not bad for a noddy who can’t catch on Fleetwood fish market !!!
Un fortunately there is not catch shots today because i couldn’t feel my fingers during the match and didn’t want to drop my phone in the lake and i have to find a way of keeping my hands warm because that’s all that’s preventing me from enjoying my self fishing in the cold conditions .