Partridge lakes , Holbar lake

April 23rd , peg 46


After the recent sunny weather i decided to make the most of it and grab a few hours fishing after work and with Partridge lakes being only ten minutes away i decided to head their but i was unsure on just which lake to fish on as all the waters there are highly stocked with fish , with my first fisho qualifier coming up on Moorlands farm which are mainly big lakes and catching carp in the margin will play an important part to doing well i decided to see how many anglers were on Holbar as this is the only place on the complex which respond to this method .

After parking up my car on the road near covey i went for a look to see just how many people were fishing on it and i was surprised to see nearly every other peg taken in fact it looked like their was a match taking place but i spotted on the opposite bank a gap of four empty places so i hastily drove to Holbars car-park and made my way to the peg after speaking to a few anglers on the way most had said that it had been hard going in the spring sunshine , when i approached the group of pegs i settled on the last one which gave me a bit of space plus there was plenty carp showing in both margins  .


I decided on a nice easy day so concentrated just on both my margin as i could do with the practise because it is something that i don’t do a great deal off these days in fact my last try was in the second round of the Angling times super cup at chapel pool , i plumbed up to find 2ft against both sets of margin reeds which i felt would be a bit too deep but that was as shallow as i could find and i would no doubt suffer with foul hookers if i got my feeding wrong .


My bait today was going to revolve around using particles as ground-bait wasn’t allowed at Moorlands fishery so i had ;

1 pint of corn

2 pints of 4mm pellets

I hoped that this would last me for a few hours , at 3 o’clock i was ready to get started and i put in two cupping kits full of pellets+corn on to my left hand margin within minutes i began getting line bites before my float shot under with a nice 2lb f1 being my first fish of the day not a bad start but better was to follow when my next fish was a double figure carp that only just fitted into my landing net and it is times like this that i wished someone had come along with me because the catch picture does not do it justice .


After landing the carp i stopped getting liners so i decided to feed another two cups of bait then went on my right hand margin there i decided to kinder pot the bait in to see what response this would get me , the reeds on this side were already knocking so i expected an immediate response and that i did as first drop my matrix 14s hollow elastic shot through the water then after a five-minute fight a double figure mirror carp hit the net quickly followed by another of similar size so with thirty minutes gone i had caught nearly forty pounds i just hoped that it would continue .


I started getting little knocks on the float which i thought at first were just liners but i soon found out that they were from some roach at over 8oz nice fish but not what i was looking for on my heavy carp gear , i re-feed again then swapped sides again to my left and this produced a couple of smaller 5lb carp plus the odd big f1 i then hit something that was a lot bigger than i had caught or it was foul hooked because it just took of giving me no chance of stopping it so predictably we soon parted company and a new 014 garbo hook length was required .

Losing this fish disturbed the bottom of my margin peg because i started getting caught up on an underwater obstruction every time i hooked a fish and i also began foul hooking fish in fact i had a spell of five in a row so i decided to rest this side choosing to concentrate on my right hand swim , i didn’t feel that kinder potting was bringing in enough carp so i choose to begin feeding here a bit heavy with a cupping kit this worked really well as i was soon back catching the lumps again with the odd f1 mixed in .


After about ninety minutes the wind picked up a bit and started blowing into my peg , i thought that this would make my margins even stronger but it kind of killed it because i couldn’t even get the silvers which were their in numbers before . I decided to re plumb a bit further along both margins and decided to mix up a bit of ground-bait to see what response this got , i put two cup full in on both my margin swims making as much disturbance as i could to try to draw some fish back into my peg after a while i began getting indications again first from silvers plus the odd big skimmer but it wasn’t long before i got back into the carp again  .


The only trouble with my new swim was that it was a lot nearer the reeds and if i didn’t connect quick enough or struck in the wrong direction they would bury me into them i managed to only lose a couple of carp that way but it wasn’t long before i trashed my rig so i decided to call it a day at 630 , i ended up with six doubles , eight singles plus lots of big f1s+skimmers and a sore shoulder not bad for a few hours fishing after work it also set me up nicely for Saturdays Fisho qualifier at Moorlands fishery .


Partridge lakes

Saturday 11th October , peg 59 Covey three


After last weekends good results fishing wise i was understandably really looking forward to getting back on to the bank and my first matchup was a return to Partridge lakes to contest the open which would be taking place on coveys 1-5 .The weather in the week leading up to the match was best described as pretty awful with heavy rain and a serious drop in temperature and on the drive to the complex the dashboard showed a mighty four degrees although it was forecast to be dry and sunny today , when i arrived there plenty of people were knocking about which just goes to show how well contested these matches are and in fact we had sixty anglers attending it .


My home for the day was yet again Covey three but this time i was to be found on one of the few pegs i hadn’t been on before number 59 but with the amount of times i had been on it ( 19 in 38 visits ) i should know how best to fish it by now , all the pegs on here are very much the same with the far bank being 12 meters away and today i had an overhanging tree to my right margin with some reeds to the left margin plus the point of an island at 13 meters , all this had a bearing on how i would target the match and my main lines were going to be ;

Far bank slope at 3ft and this is where i decided to start the match using pellets as i felt that the conditions were right for this bait but as you will find out later i was way off the mark , my rig was a 4×12 malmans benny float with 0.12 garbo direct to a size 18 guru lwg hook and elastic was red matrix .

Near bank slope at 4ft this is usually my most prolific line on my last couple of matches here and i fed it for an hour before going on to it but unusually this produced only a solitary foul hooked fish , my rig was a 4×14 malmans benny float with 0.12 garbo direct to a size 18 guru lwg hook and elastic was red matrix .

Margin at 2ft side of the tree and yet again this was my best line with 24lb coming in the last ninety minutes on corn over ground-bait the rig was a 4×14 malmans speedy float with 0.16 garbo main line to a 0.14 garbo hook length and hook was a size 14 lwg , my elastic was yellow matrix .

I decided to use a heavier float this week on my margin and alter my feeding in this area to big kinder potting corn plus ground-bait after every fish or missed bite instead of using a cupping kit , i did this to try to cut out the foul hookers and i found that it worked really well in doing just that but my rig might have been to heavy for the f1s as i had too much bristle showing ( something for me to think about )

As i mentioned earlier i felt that it was pellet time so my bait revolved around this but i also took my old faithful that has done me well on here ;

3 pints red-white maggots

1 pint micro dusted with ground-bait

1 pint margin mix ground-bait

1/2 pint of sweet corn

small tub mixed expanders

When the all in sounded i shipped out to ten meters tapped in a small kinder pot full of micros then lowered my expander in among it and re fed every five minutes but not a great deal was happening , i did get enough indications to keep me interested and before i knew it forty minutes had passed with no fish in the net . Thinking back i spent too long their and the bites where probably from gudgeon but at least i hadn’t fallen too far behind as only one angler in my eyesight had caught more than a couple of fish .

I had fed my near bank slope with maggots every five minutes since the match started so i hoped that a few fish had settled their but fifteen minutes past without a sign , a change of shotting pattern to a staggered bulk and then a strung out pattern for if the f1s were of the deck although only a few ide was showing so it didn’t look promising but by doing this only resulted in a foul hooked fish not the start i wanted and the fish certainly seemed to be going in to winter mode .

Before the match started i felt that i needed twenty pounds of f1s before i went on to my margin swim to be in with a chance of getting the section win i wanted so i needed to get my finger out and find some much-needed fish , i set up another line further towards the point of the island at 3ft but this time with maggots and finally i managed a run of eight f1s was it the change of swim or bait that caught me them ?


With two hours remaining i began feeding my right hand margin with ground-bait and a few grains of corn , while i waited for this to settle i re tried my near shelf line this produced another f1 and an ide so with some hard work i had managed my twenty pound but i needed the margin to produce like i hoped it would .

First drop at the side of the tree and carp number one was in the net at around five-pound it was a much welcome addition to my weight , a few more followed mixed in with the odd f1 it wasn’t exactly hectic there and i don’t know if this was down to my feeding or the fact that the fish were not in this area but at least i didn’t foul hook any but i did notice that the lad to my right had caught a few f1s at 1ft deep really tight to the bank which i didn’t expect to work in the cold conditions where as i was fishing at 2ft ?


As the all out sounded i was unsure how i had got on i knew that i had beaten those anglers within eye shot although their was one guy on the fifty numbered pegs which i couldn’t see and when i went to see the lad on the next peg whom i knew informed me that he had packed up after just two hours so it looked like i had won my section and this was confirmed when the scales arrived with me putting 44lb on to them .


It was another confusing match for me and the fish were not giving themselves away easily but all over the coveys people were struggling to get over thirty pounds apart from on covey five which fished reasonably well with three of the top six weights coming from there , over all my weight was second best on the lake that’s two weeks running now and i hope that i can keep it going as i am back at Sycamore fisheries tomorrow looking for a four timer which i don’t think has been done on their before but it will be hard because its on both canals and that usually brings the better anglers out for some strange reason .


Holbar ,Partridge lakes

14th August ,peg 36

After a hard morning at work the last thing i fancied doing was going fishing , but after i had agreed to take my mate for some big carp which isn’t really my style because i like being busy getting lots of bites but it will make a change . So off we headed to Holbar and hopefully peg 36 was free so i could try too banish a few demons from my last visit here in the Maver Match This qualifier were to be honest i got my arse kicked on both sides and struggled to catch .

On arrival at Partridge lakes we made our way round to the back of the complex in the car to where Holbar is situated and their was a lot of cars present presumably from the OAP match taking place on Covey . Before we un loaded the car we went to have a look and see which pegs were available , thank fully the one i wanted was free , the wind was also blowing into this side too which would hopefully encourage the carp to feed along this margin . Their was a lot of carp anglers on but they all seemed to be targeting the islands which was scattered all around the lake , i had a couple of methods that i wanted to concentrate on and these where ;

Straight lead , 6lb maver genisis main line attached to a 3\4 ounce bomb , with a 6lb hook length and a 16 hook with a bait band .

Margin , 0.4 scone float with 0.15 garbo line straight through to a size 14 hook , elastic is black hydro .

I had a variety of baits on my side tray ;

4mm tiger nut hard pellets

pva bags with 6mm tiger nut hard pellets

tiger nut semi bouant band ums

tiger nut soft hook pellets

small tub worms

small tub meat and corn

At 130 i was ready to start i had noticed a couple of carp role in front of the next peg so i had a quick chuck their with my straight lead with a pva bag and tiger nut bandum on the hook , i had a few liners but no proper bites were forth coming in the next thirty minutes , so i decided to have a look in the channel between the two islands which was a thirty meter cast and see if that area would produce anything , while i set up my margin pole and i was starting to set this up when my tip flew round and after a short fight a big fat f1 of around 4lb was in the net , not a bad start to the day .


While my tip rod was out of the water i took the opportunity to finish sorting out my margin rig , i had planned on fishing the tip for the first hour and then my margin for the remainder of the session and after an hour of in activity even after casting all around my peg no more bites where forth coming so i made the switch to the pole . I had been loose feeding my margin with pellets all the first hour so i expected at least some sort of indication on my first put in and i wasn’t disappointed because i had lots of liners but they didn’t want to eat the soft pellet on the hook , this was confirmed when i first lost a foul hooked carp which bottomed out my black hydro then on my very next drop i landed an 8lb carp which was hooked in the fin .

A re think regarding bait was in order so i had a walk round to my mate to see how he was getting on and when i got their he was in the process off landing his new personal best carp of 11lb 8oz , which he had caught using double sweet corn and while i was their i spied a tub of worms so i pinched them to try in my margin swim .

My mates pb , 11lb 8oz

My mates pb , 11lb 8oz

When i got back to my peg i fed a big pot of pellets and went over the top with a medium sized full worm making sure to slap it on the water first to stun the worm and stop it wriggling because you usually get better bites on dead worms for some reason , this worked a treat and my float was only in for five minutes before i was attached to a hard fighting mirror of 7lb 4oz . After the disturbance of its capture i re fed another big pot of pellets and went back over the top with a worm on the hook to my amazement my float never settled and i landed another mirror carp almost identical to the last except it was 2oz heavier . When i was thinking it might be a rare red letter day my swim died and thinking about it i was probably asking too much for it to keep on going under because i was after big carp not the usual f1s i like catching .

Average stamp of carp

Average stamp of carp

Another re feed was in order and then i went back on the straight lead while i let it settle , this time i cast towards the edge of the island and after twenty minutes my tip pulled round and another big 4lb f1 was in the net , my next cast resulted in a 5lb common carp which was round like a football and had a humped back definitely not a good looking fish although it did put up a nice fight .

I noticed a swirl on my margin line and that was all the encouragement i required to pick up my pole , i dropped in my rig with double worm on the hook and after a couple of liners my pole was nearly ripped out of my hands with a big fish making its way to the island bottoming out my black hydro in the process , luckily i managed to get it under control and after a nice fight a double figure carp managed to fit in my landing net and it weighed 12lb 2oz un fortunately i couldn’t get a picture because my phone died on me .

After getting my breath back i had another look in the margin and after a twenty minute wait i landed another 7lb carp before my swim died on me again , i made the decision to try feeding chopped worm with the pellets and this turned out to be a big mistake as i began getting pestered by small 4oz perch taking a full worm , so a change of bait was in order until the perch left my swim i put a piece of  corn on the hook but this only produced the odd big roach and when i tried meat i did get a couple of big f1s but no more carp came my way .

Nice stamp f1

Nice stamp f1

It began to look like rain so we called it a day at 6pm and i ended up with six nice carp with the biggest being 12lb but most between seven and eight pound , another six big f1s around the four pound mark and as it turned out not a bad four hours fishing even if i didn’t really fancy going today . Off to Blundells on Sunday for the latest round of club matches , only the three remain so i can only hope i get the section win i need to keep a head of the chasing pack .