Today i decided to have a return to Cunneries fishery as it would be my last chance to get there before the teams of three starts in the beginning of September and the weather leading up to today’s contest was pretty autumnal with heavy overnight rain plus a drop in temperature , on arrival to the complex i was greeted to a half empty car-park , i found out the draw was going to take place at 930 and i can’t get used to these late starts . While i had an hour to hang about i decided to have a look at the lakes and they had done quite a bit of work since my last visit , all the reeds had been cut back on the island with some also being taken out to make a mud bank and they had even-numbered some of the pegs which is always handy when you’re new to the place .
When i got back to the cabin there was a few more people knocking about and i had a chat with a couple of lads that i hadn’t seen for a while , before i knew it the draw was about to start and i decided to hang towards the back to see if this could improve my luck , when it came for my turn i pulled out eleven so no end peg for me today and i was going to be on the narrow side which wasnt the best but at least i was at the right side of the lake with the wind blowing towards the car-park , i also had a fellow Daiwa adlington angler on the next peg so it would give me a chance to compare our catch rates as i was trying something a bit different regarding feeding today .
After having a bit of a plumb around i found three-foot on my top 3 on either side near the reed beds and also the same depth a foot away from the far-bank , which made things a bit easier regarding rig selection and i decided to set up ;
Soft pellet rig and i used a 4×12 MD roob style float which had an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .
Hard pellet rig and i used a 4×12 MD roob style float which had an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .
Shallow rig set at 18 inch and i used a 4×10 MD mini mag with 014 garbo main line which had a four inch 012 garbo hook length .
Bait for the day
1 pint soaked micro
2 pint 2mm hard pellets
2 pint sloppy expander groundbait
3 pint white maggots just in case
small tub of 4mm expanders
When the all in sounded i began on my right hand top three-line and fed a ball of ground-bait rolled in micros through a kinder pot , then lowered my rig in over the top of it and after about ten minutes i had my first indication which resulted in an f1 hitting the net , i then put in a thumbnail sized piece of ground-bait but after that all i could get was missed indications or small skimmers . I swapped to my left hand side and yet again after a couple of quick f1s the skimmers moved in and it seemed like ground-bait was not the best way to go on here although it might still come in play on a hard day , i decided to change to loose feeding half a dozen 4mm pellets on both my near lines and try them again later in the match .
I went to my across line and tapped in a couple of pellets every few minutes then kept my rig still over the top which was a bit awkward in the increasing breeze , it took an age for me to get any signs on the float but finally after about twenty minutes i had another f1 in the net and then all i could manage was the odd skimmer so maybe it wasnt the ground-bait just that i was in a poor area . On looking round it seemed like everyone was struggling to catch and maybe the conditions had knocked them off the feed , i decided on a change of tactics reverting to a more winter like approach in i went back to expanders and just trickled in micros . I set up multiple swims in the same 3ft depth along the far-bank and rotated between them all picking up the odd fish from each , it was noticeable that the f1s didn’t seem to want any bait going in over their heads so i fed one then fished the other and with the indications being really delicate i kept hooking the fish very lightly which meant they kept popping off just as i was about to net them , i took one of my adjustment shots of which raised up the float slightly and waited for a proper indication this kind of worked because i didn’t lose any more fish but they was hooked a bit deeper than i would have liked so no doubt i wouldn’t have seen half the indications that i was getting .
Approaching the last hour i was still in touch for the section as i could see everyone in it and with it fishing hard i could keep count of what they had caught , the lad directly opposite me was my main danger as he was two f1s in front and when he started getting bites down the side i needed to try something different as my indications had almost stopped . So i replumbed up as tight to the reeds as i could get which was only six-inch shallower but i figured the fish might be hiding among them in the brightening conditions , i taped in a couple of 4mm pellets before lowering my rig in slowly over the top of it and i had an f1 straight away but after that i kept getting line bites or foul hooked fish , i gave my shallow rig a try against the reeds but this didn’t produce an indication so i altered my deck rig so it had a slow fall of the hook bait and i laid my rig in so that it fell against the slope which would give me a tight line between hook bait + float .
My change of tactics worked really well and i managed another nine f1s before the all out but i noticed that i would only get an indication just as my hook bait had touched the bottom , so i left my rig stationary for a maximum of sixty seconds before taping in a couple of 4mm pellets then laid my rig in so it fell through them and when the all out sounded it called time on a very difficult match as i only had 17 f1s on my clicker , my mate on the next peg had managed 34 f1s by fishing the standard way so my approach wasnt right on the day which would give us something to think about . When the scales arrived i needed 17lb to beat for the section and i weighed in 27lb which was a bit more than i thought , overall it fished hard with 90lb winning and 54lb getting third which i felt was possible from my peg if i had fished it the right way but i also had enough on the hook to challenge today so maybe it was just one of those days .
21st August , peg 18 Perchy pool
With the weather being a bit up and down over the last few days plus the fact I hadn’t been feeling to great I decided that I was better of not contesting a match , as you all know it can be quite hard to find a venue that is free on a Sunday but I managed to come across one and I chose to go to Spring view fisheries which is only about ten minutes from my house but is somewhere that I had not been since I was at school , the one good thing about a pleasure session is that you can have a lie in before deciding when to set off and with it bouncing it down after I had got up i obviously waited for it to subside before heading off on my short journey to the venue .
When i arrived at the venue I had a quick word with the bailiff who pointed me in the right direction regarding pegs + methods and I choose to go on Perchy pool which was chicken leg in shape it also had a few floating islands knocking about , the peg I sat on was 18 that was situated down the split with my back towards Abbotts lake and I decided to keep things nice+simple setting up ;
Straight lead at 25m towards one off the sunken island and I used a 9ft matrix carpmaster tip rod with a half ounce bomb my hook length was 18 inch of 014 Garbo that had a size 14 lwg hook that had a mini bait band attached as i was using an 8mm pellet .
Margin swim it was three-foot tight to the edge so I used a 0.4 diamond patterned float that had a staggered bulk above the six-inch 014 Garbo hook length and it had a size 14 guru hook attached to it .
Top five-line were after plumbing up I found it to be just over five foot deep and it also felt a bit sticky indicating a bit of silt , I used a 0.4 speedy float with a bulk+dropper shotting pattern my main line was the usual 014 Garbo and a six-inch 012 hook length that had a size 16 guru hook which had a micro band attached .
Bait for the day couldn’t be much simpler ;
3 pints 4mm pellets
1 pint soaked micros
1 pint ground-bait
Small tub of 4+6mm expanders
I started my pleasure session by casting my straight lead towards the floating island at 25m and firing a dozen 4mm pellets every couple of minutes , I also re-cast every six minutes but forty minutes without so much as a liner wasnt what I expected because it was supposedly stuffed with carp . I had feed my top five-line every ten minutes with half a small cupping kit of pellets and with the odd bubble coming up I decided to give it a try as it couldn’t be any worse than my straight lead , I lowered my rig in then held it still against the slight tow in the water and I didn’t have to wait too long before my float dipped under but after lifting my pole up i felt the jag , jag of a foul hooked fish not the start I wanted and i also had the same problem with my next fish so there seemed to be a few carp present I just had to find a way of hooking them in the mouth . By altering my shotting pattern to allow for a slower fall of the hook bait this finally got me a proper bite just as my pellet reached bottom , but I didn’t get this one either as after I lifted into it the carp just kept on going bottoming my size 14 elastic resulting in my hook length breaking and it was turning out to be one of them days when nothing went right ! !
I stepped up on the strength of my hook length I went back out and after a fifteen minute wait my float shot under again but this time I didn’t have time to strike before my elastic came out , after what seemed like an age I finally had it under control and up popped a near double figure mirror carp but after shipping back out all I could manage was a few missed bites because the swim was fizzing really bad which is what I thought would happen at the start of the session when I had plumbed up to find lots of silt . I went back onto my straight lead while it settled down but apart from a few liners it was a total waste of time and as the fizzing had finally subsided on my pole swim i dropped back on it , I managed two quick carp around the three-pound mark but even though I hadn’t feed anything the bottom was stirred up again and I was back to missing bites+foul hooking fish .
With nothing much else going right I decided to plumb up a new swim on my top three which was only six-inch shallower but it did seem to be a bit firmer bottom and I should have really taken more time at the start rather than just reacting to what the bailiff told me at the start ,I also changed to tapping in a few 4mm pellets through a kinder pot plus I tried a 6mm expander rather than a hard pellet and by doing this I began getting more positive indications , my first fish was a five-pound ghostie I finally managed to attract a few carp which included a gold-fish over a pound and I remembered catching these a very long time ago . But even though I had been really negative with the feeding the fizzing returned and it didn’t help when another double figure carp stirred up the bottom as it made its way to the net I then had to struggle with foul hooked fish+missed bites in between catching some hand sized commons , when I noticed things going a bit funny on my top three I started feeding my margin so I decided to drop on there to see what that produced and I had a carp about four pounds straight away but even after re-feeding I couldn’t get anymore indications .
Back onto my top three swim I managed another three decent carp before I got seen off by another big carp and with the fizzing returning meaning more missed bites + foul hooked fish, I decided to call time on my short four-hour session I ended up with a dozen carp up to double figures which wasnt that bad on my first visit but more importantly I felt that I had learned a great deal about Spring view fishery and I wont be leaving it as long before my next visit .
August 6th , peg 55 trio pool
After last weekends bit of a disappointing match at Blundells fishery I decided to have another visit to see if I could figure out what went wrong and with their being no open match at Partridge lakes due to the angling times super cup semi final taking place their I expected a lot of those anglers to be here today, I arrived at the fishery just before nine as I expected there was a lot of different faces knocking about and I just managed to get on trio car park which isn’t really big enough on a normal match day never mind today when there was over sixty in attendance .
When I got back to the cabin I booked on the match then took my chance in the bag of doom and yet again I ended up with a high number so I would get little chance of getting a peg I fancied fishing , one by one all the better pegs had been taken when it finally came around for my turn there was two areas which took my eye 17+55 and I decided on the latter because the wind was blowing towards the car park plus I had already fished this peg before doing reasonably well on it.
On arriving at my home for the next few hours I got informed that my section would be all those on the split plus peg 49 which was in the bowl next to the bridge so I quite fancied my chances of catching a few fish today.
My rigs for the day were;
Shallow , I set two rigs up at different depths which were at 2ft+1ft and I used a 0.2 series three matrix float with a little bulk of stotz above the four inch 010 garbo hook length my elastic was NG light green .
Top three , I had a lot of trouble trying to find two flat areas at the same depth either side of me which is what I usually do on here , so I had to resort to fishing directly in front of me I found an area just over five foot and decided to use a 4×14 speedy float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern my main line was 014 garbo and hook length was 012 garbo.
Deep margin towards my left at the side of the reeds where it was nearly three foot and I used a 0.3 roob style float which had a slightly thicker bristle , main line was 014 garbo and hook length was 012 garbo which had a size 16 guru lwg hook because I wanted to give 6mm expanders a try today.
Shallow margin on my top kit to my right next to some lily pads which I thought the f1s might be sitting in due to the bright sunshine and I used a diamond bodied style float with 014 garbo main line then a 012 garbo hook length which had a size 14 guru lwg hook because I would be using corn on this line.
Bait for the day was;
3 pints 4mm pellets
2 tins of corn
small tub of mixed hard hook pellets
small tub of 4+6mm expanders
When the all in sounded I began on my top three-line straight in front of me and I kinder potted in some 4mm before lowering my rig in among it , I didn’t have to wait that long before my float shot under and it is always nice to get an early fish especially after it not working for me last week, I found it best to throw pellets in rather than kinder potting because the noise of them hitting the water helped draw in the fish but I did have trouble with line bites later on because the fish wanted to be shallow in the warm sunny conditions . I picked up five quick f1s before things got a bit trickier but by getting my timings right regarding my loose feed and hook bait hitting the deck I still kept adding a few fish, after an hour I had ten in the net which was a good start but with bites dwindling plus the fact I was picking up the odd small skimmer I felt it was time for another swim at the same depth , so after plumbing around for a bit I did manage to find a flat spot towards the right of my peg and I started again I hoped that it would produce the same as my original swim but unfortunately it never really got started as I only managed five f1s in the next hour .
I had been loose feeding 4mm pellets every five minutes on my left hand deep margin and I decided to drop on it a bit earlier than I expected but after catching a couple of quick fish I felt that I never got my feeding correct as I couldn’t keep the fish in the swim , I even tried my shallow rig over the top of it because I did get a few line bites but nothing came from it apart from missing the odd bite , I choose to plumb up a new line four meters to my left in case the fish had backed out of the peg but apart from a couple of small skimmers+gudgeon it didn’t really produce for me and I really struggled to add anything to my net in the next two hours even after rotating between all my swims.
Before I knew it we was approaching the last ninety minutes and I began feeding my shallower right hand margin while I concentrated on my left hand margin , I changed to a banded pellet instead of an expander this sorted my skimmer problem plus by spending more attention to my feeding a began catching f1s again although I had a little spell of pulling out of four fish on the trot because my elastic had started sticking but a change of top kits solved the problem but the damage was already done and as I didn’t want to unsettle the fish I kept dropping onto my corn swim but even though it was in the shallowest water I could find the fish never really wanted to be there , I did catch a few but it was noticeable that I only got proper pull unders and no line bites which showed that there wasnt many fish present I also found that using a slow sinking corn skin got me a few extra fish .
As the all out sounded I had 35 fish on the clicker I couldn’t see many other anglers especially those in my section so I was unsure how I had got on but because I was one of the last to weigh in I took my gear back to the van this gave my chance to talk to those down the split and apart from the lad on peg 51 who wasnt giving much away the others had struggled so I would just have to wait for the scales, after a bit of a wait they finally turned up there was just me and peg 51 to weigh in he went first putting 73lb on the scales I wasnt too confident of beating that weight I was right as my two nets went 58lb so that quiet mid match spell had cost me but second in my six peg section wasnt too bad.
Not too sure where I’m going at the weekend yet but it will probably be back to Blundells as im doing ok on there at the moment and I just hope that I can get an early pick for once, thanks for taking the time to read my blog.
Belvedere peg 18 , June 25th
With all my big matches over till September where i had very limited success it was time to start going to places that i enjoy fishing for a couple of months to get some confidence back and top of my list was the impressive Weston pools fishery in Oswestry which is only sixty miles from my home , i had fished it a handful of times last year and every time that i went i really enjoyed it because the fishing is totally different to anything we have in the North West as it is all lake fishing compared to canal style waters with f1s the dominate fish , here there is a variety of species to be caught including very hard fighting barbel in fact every fish you catch gives a really good account of themselves probably due to the aerators being left on all the time and on some of the waters when contesting the match it is like you are fishing on your own as there is ample vegetation separating you from the other anglers , the pegs are also a reasonable distance apart which is something that i feel makes this fishery different from lots of others especially when you have taken part in fisho qualifiers where everybody is on top of each other .
Weston pools has a late draw during the summer months so there was no need for an early start which made a refreshing change and on arrival at 830am i saw a few lads that i know so had a quick chat about how things would go today , i then grabbed a bacon buttie before having a wander around to see where i fancied going because todays match was a rover and to be honest every where that i went looked appealing but if i had a choice then i would go on Belvedere as it was the water which i had most experience of , just as i got back to the cabin it absolutely bounced it down for about ten minutes although when the draw started the sun came out and the rain never returned for the rest of the day .
As i was one of the first people to book on for the open match i had an early dip in the draw bag to see which order i would be in to choose a peg and would you believe it i only pulled out number one so first choice would be mine because i hadn’t been here for some time i was a bit unsure on where to go , i settled on Belvedere peg 18 this gave me plenty of options including a bed of lily pads at eleven meters which in the bright conditions i felt the fish would back off into as the match progressed . On settling in at my home for the next few hours i decided to set up ;
Margin four meters towards my left because there was nobody down that side of the lake , it was around three-foot deep so i used a 4×12 speedy float which had a split bulk above the 0.12 garbo hook length which had a size 16 lwg hook attached .
Top three straight in front of me this is usually a good place to start on here and i choose to kick off with pellets so used a 4×14 roob float as it was over four-foot deep which had a staggered bulk shotting pattern ,my main line was the usual 0.14 garbo which had a four-inch hook length of 0.12 garbo .
Eleven meters at the side of the pads where i was going to be fishing worm+caster after plumbing up i found five foot so used a 0.4 jadz float which had a wire stem for a bit of extra stability and my shotting pattern was a bulk+dropper , my main line was 0.14 garbo and i had a six-inch length of 0.12 garbo hook length that had a size 16 lwg hook attached .
Shallow for the side of the lily pads i set up two identical rigs one at two foot the other a foot , my float was a matrix series three float in 0.10 and i used 0.14 garbo main line which had an 0.12 garbo hook length attached .
A kilo of worms
Two pints of casters
Two tins of corn
Two pints of fishery 4mm pellets
Small tub of 4mm expanders
When the all in sounded i fed two pots of worm+casters at the side of the pads and then went on to my pellet swim so i taped in half a dozen 4mms before lowering my rig in over the top , i didn’t have to wait long before my float shot under a sharp lift resulted in yards of elastic streaming from my pole tip and after a spirited fight i netted a nice mirror carp which was a good start to proceedings i hoped that a few more similar sized fish would be mooching about , but with nothing much happening on my top three-line when using my kinder pot i decided to began feeding heavier by hand to try to draw something into my swim and to some extent it worked as i went on a run of hand sized crucians not really what i wanted to be catching today .
With things not working how i would have liked on my top three swim i decided to go and see if anything had settled on my initial feed at the side of the lily pads , my rig had only just settled with half a worm on the hook when the float slide under i guided the fish into open water before shipping back and it all went swimmingly until i got it on to my top kit when it started fighting like a demon , it was definitely a barbel and it tried its darndest to get under my platform i was a bit out of practice in catching these fish but i finally had it in the net at around five pounds it was one of the biggest i had caught . My next bite resulted in an ide of around 10oz i had to be really careful when shipping this fish back because it was splashing about on the top due to the strong elastic , i then had a little run of alternating between barbel+ide before bites began to tail off so i had another refeed and added all the bits of worm i had remaining from the hook baits , i felt that by doing this i might keep the barbel in the swim a bit longer but it seemed to have the opposite effect because my next six fish were all ide and i decided to put in another cup of bait but this time with a lot more particles caster+corn along with the worms .
I then had a quite fifteen minutes i was beginning to think that i had made a mistake with my last feed but after a while the fish returned and this time they were barbel although i did lose my next two under my nets which was all down to me not being aggressive enough with them , i did begin to get to grips with them and had another little run of fish but with bites slowing yet again i had to put some more bait in this strangely didn’t have the desired effect although on looking around everybody seemed to be in the same boat .With a few fish milling about under the pads i decided to give shallow a try and began pinging half a dozen casters at my float , at first all i could catch were hand sized silvers but slowly i began adding a few ide then the odd f1 and i even had a barbel up in the water but i never managed a proper run of fish , i tried back on the deck but this time with double caster on the hook and i had three f1s on the trot then a barbel i thought i might have finally sorted it but yet again the ide returned in numbers .
We was now approaching the final two hours of the match and it was time to start fishing the margin as this is normally a very good option for on here , i dropped my rig in tight against the reeds with half a worm on the hook and i began getting little dinks on the float but with it being so deep i didn’t want to strike unless it was a proper gazunder this should hopefully keep the foul hookers to a minimum , it didn’t take long before i had a proper bite a little lift resulted in yards of elastic coming out of the pole tip and just as i was guiding it around to the front of me the hook pulled this happened a couple more times which did my head in a bit .
I put in a full cup of particles on my margin swim to try to get the fish settled on the deck and i then went back on my long line but all i could manage was ide , i kept dropping on to my margin swim but for some reason it failed to get going as i could only manage a barbel+small tench and i spent the rest of my match just picking up ide on the deck at the side of the pads . The all out called time on a confusing but still enjoyable match as i could only catch ide+barbel in any numbers and it’s usually prolific with carp+f1 , it was definitely down to the bright still conditions at the top end of the lake because in the bowl at the over end where it was more shaded by the trees and had some ripple produced a 140lb+135lb weight , my nets went just short of sixty pounds which included nearly twenty pounds of silvers and i even lost a dozen barbel due to angler error but it wouldn’t have made a great deal of difference in the overall scheme of things , the other two lakes fished about the same with the winner coming from Weir 150lb and on Stretton every angler had over a ton with most fishing shallow with pellets catching all f1s .
I am off somewhere new at the weekend as i am going to Blundells fishery in Warrington to contest the rover match and i hope to be able to get on Trio lake as it has thrown up some nice weights recently on the weds just gone 270lb won the match so i am understandably looking forward to giving it a go .
A short video from Saturdays open match at Partridge lakes