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.

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Cunneries fishery , teams of three league


October 7th

Today i was back at the Cunneries fishery for the penultimate round of the Autumn teams of three and as the Daiwa adlington team was languishing in mid table we could do with a good performance to move us up the league although in all honesty it would be very hard to make up ground on the top four , during the week leading up to the contest we had some torrential down pours and it was forecast to be continuous rain today as well , this i felt would have an impact on the weights and i thought that just 60lb could be enough for good section points that was probably only thirty-five stamp f1s which should be achievable on most of the pegs on the S canal , the Old canal was also in the match today after it had been closed for over a month and on Thursdays match it had thrown up some really good weights but that was a rover when just four anglers decided to go on it today every other peg would be which would make things a bit tougher .

After my short drive to the fishery i grabbed a buttie before having a chat with a few of the other anglers in attendance and so far the rain had held off but there was quite a brisk wind blowing towards the car park , as i had decided to stand down from the Daiwa Adlington squad after the league had finished i decided to let the other team members do a bit of the work so i relegated myself from doing the drawing duties , but it didn’t really make much difference as the captain still brought back our usual end peg this time it was in the shape of 15 S canal with the wind blowing into it and it looked really good , the only trouble was i wasnt going to be sitting on it as my home for the day was 40 S canal only a couple away from the last round where i struggled to catch a great deal so i expected more of the same this time .

When i arrived to my peg which was half way along the fourth leg i had the usual reed lined margin + far bank plus a nice mud bank and an empty platform either side of me , so at least i had a bit of room and i decided to set up ;

Top kit plus one at an angle towards my left at the bottom of the near slope and i used a 4×12 Md maggie float with a staggered bulk shotting pattern spread along the bottom third of my rig starting above my six-inch 012 garbo hook length which had a size 18 guru LWG hook attached with a micro bait band .

Three foot rig for in front of the far bank reeds and five meters along my left hand margin at the far side of the weed bed , i used a 4×12 Md pellet float with an inch spread bulk shotting pattern starting above my four-inch 012 garbo hook length which had a size 18 Guru pellet hook attached to it .

Channel rig six meters towards my right + left this would allow me to try a couple of different feeding patterns and i used a 4×12 Md maggie float which had a  staggered bulk shotting pattern spread along the bottom third of my rig starting above my six-inch 012 garbo hook length which had a size 18 guru LWG hook attached .

Bait for the day was ;

3 pints of red+white maggots

2 pints of micros

2 pints of 4mm pellets

small tub of 4mm expanders

I began the match on my top three and tapped in a few 4mm pellets before flicking my rig out so that it fell up the near slope even though i kept throwing in some pellets and laying my float among it , it took an age for me to get an indication and i only managed four f1s in the first which wasnt the best of starts maybe hard pellets are on their way out now that the water has started to go a bit cooler . I switched to my across swim it took a couple of feeds of micros through a kinder pot  before i got a response and for the next hour i had a good run of fish the only trouble was they were just stockies+skimmers not what i wanted to be catching if i required some good points , despite trying all sorts of different feeding patterns and moving swims i just couldn’t get through the small stuff .

I decided to give my channel swim a try which was my best area on the last round and i fed one with a small pot of maggots the other with a kinder pot of micros , by rotating between the two i managed to pick up the odd stamp f1 but never really managed a run of fish from either it just seemed there wasnt many in the area and to be honest if i had spent the rest of the match here i would have ended up with better section points but i felt that i wasnt catching quick enough so i had a look down my long left hand margin , i clumped in some micros through a large kinder pot and lowered my rig in over the top of it and i managed three big f1s straight  away i hoped that i could put a run together but it never really got going . A switch back to my channel swim got me a few more fish and i spent the remainder of the match alternating between them both picking up f1s from each , soft pellets was by far the best bait for me today which was strange because others that i had talked to did better on maggots .

When the all out sounded i ended up with 17 f1s plus a few skimmers+stockies and this went a disappointing 35lb which although beat the anglers either side of me was only good enough for 7th in my ten peg section although if i had managed another 5lb which was possible i would have had a lot better points , on meeting up with the other lads in the team they had struggled just like me so we was all a bit down with the result and as it turned out we ended up joint fifth on the day which is a lot better than we thought because i feared we might have even been last .

Theres a few weeks break before the next round so hopefully the weather might have settled down a bit and the fishing has improved , before that im off to Partridge lakes for the first time in ages and then back to Heronbrook fishery for the second round of the winter league so a busy but enjoyable weekend ahead .

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Heronbrook fishery , winter league


October 1st

I have been to Heronbrook fishery today for the first round of the angling trust winter league and I was guesting for the Stockton heath lads because we struggled to get a team together in time , even though it was only sixty miles away I hadn’t been here for over 12 months since one of the big qualifiers and I was really looking forward to fishing it , on arrival to the venue there was your usual smattering of high-profile anglers plus lots of the midlands top guys , there was even a few people from Partridge lakes in attendance so it was going to be fun competing in this match and after grabbing a bacon buttie i caught up with the rest of the lads then had a look at the waters in the draw bag , nothing had changed since my last visit it was all really tidy and well looked after i couldn’t wait to get started .

On this event you are allowed to place your anglers it was decided that I was going to be on either match lake or match pool as i had fished the first one of them a couple of times and after the team captains did the draw which made a nice change from me doing it , I ended up on peg one on the later of the two and these end pegs seem to follow me around at the moment but im not complaining although it turned out to be one of the few lakes that I hadn’t fished on here and in fact I hadn’t even seen it , i made my way to the lake and after getting there it turned out i could have driven to it but at least i will know for the next round .

The lake itself was oblong in shape with an island 14m away on my side but a bit wider on the opposite bank there was a lot of overhanging reeds so i struggled to get really tight across , there was hardly any margin vegetation and i was unsure that fishing would be an option although i did see plenty of bubbling but with it being a new lake it was very muddy in colour so it could just be the bottom settling down a bit .

I decided to set up ;

Top kit plus one which was at the bottom of the near slope i was going to fish it the same as i would at the cunneries with hard pellets and my float was a 4×14 Md roob style float which had an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 012 hook length attached to it was a size twenty guru lwg that had a micro bait band .

Channel swim at six meters were i would be cupping in maggots and as it was six-foot deep i used a 4×12 Md maggie float with a bulk plus dropper shoting pattern , my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was six-inch of 012 garbo which had a size 18 guru lwg hook attached .

My across rig was just in front of the over hanging reeds where it was just over two foot deep and i also used it for fishing four meters along my right hand margin , 4×12 Md roob styled float which had a staggered shotting pattern starting above my four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Bait for the day was ;

2 pints of soaked micros

1 pint of soaked 4mm pellets

2 pints of red and white maggots

Tin of hemp and corn

small tub of mixed hard pellets

small tub of 4mm expanders

When the all in sounded I began on my top kit at the bottom of the near slope with hard pellets throwing a couple of 4mm pellets every few minutes and flicking my rig out so that it fell along the near slope , I began catching hand sized f1’s pretty constantly for the first forty minutes and i changed my shotting to a bulk just above my hook length this enabled me to get my hook bait straight to the feeding fish , I began getting line which signified something a bit bigger in the swim and i then had a carp about 8lb which took me by surprise as it just plodded around the peg before popping up at the net , all the information i could find was it was a stockie bashing water and I didn’t know they was this big in this lake .

When my near swim slowed down I then had to resort to going across at 14m to keep catching but it wasn’t really my style of fishing and I am not great doing a shipping race so i was falling a bit behind in the amount of fish i was putting in the net . With the bubbling still coming up along my right hand margin so I decided to plumb up at four meters and i managed to find a good shelf half way down the margin , i began kinder potting in some maggots and i managed a few stockies but it wasnt great i was thinking of changing it to pellets , when my float shot under and i had another decent carp in the net , after that i was back picking up the odd stockie so i put a medium cupping kit full of maggots in a hope that it would draw some more carp into the swim .

While i left it to settle i went back on my top three-line and had a good run of fish before i hooked and lost another carp so it seemed there was a few in the area i just had to work out how best to catch them ,i had another go across to the far bank but the bites wasnt coming quickly enough for my liking so i decided to spend the rest of match fishing my close in swims .After thirty minutes i went back on my four meter margin line and this got me a 4lb carp before getting broke by another , so i decided to set up another rig with stronger lines and elastic i also switched to kinder potting corn+hemp instead of maggots with ninety minutes remaining i concentrated on this swim , after shipping out with a piece of corn on the hook to see if I could get any more carp and I managed another six but also lost a couple plus got broke.

When the all out sounded I followed the scales around the lake and i ended up fifth on the lake with 70lb those lost fish cost me challenging for at least second which was a low 90lb , but I have learned a great deal and i definitely need to brush up on my shipping match if i want to challenge towards the top of the ten peg section I’m really looking forward to the next round in a fortnight but will probably end up on match lake instead , as a team we didn’t do to well and ended up towards the bottom of the league but it’s very early days yet .

Cunneries hawk pool


10th September
Today i was back at the cunneries fishery as a guest with the Stockton heath lads and I don’t usually do club matches but as it was on Hawk pool I made an exception because it will be in both of the teams of three league’s I am doing on here , have only fished it once before so needed to try a few things out and like they say practice makes perfect .At the draw I had the last ball in the bag ending up with peg 18 which i was very happy with as it is in a good area to be in and I had a bit of room , so i fancied it for a few fish even though we have had a lot of rain in the past few days and was due a bit more during the day .
I decided to set up ;
2ft rig for margin + across and i used a 4×12 MD pellet float with a spread bulk along my 014 garbo main line starting above my four-inch 010 garbo hook length .
 4ft rig at top kit plus one with maggots and i used a 4×10 MD maggot float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern , with the usual 014 garbo main line and six-inch of 010 garbo hook length .
Bait for the day was ;
2 pints of red+white maggots
1 pint of bagem soaked micros
1 pint of bagem 4mm pellets
1 pint of bagem crushed expander ground-bait
On the all in I started at the bottom of the near slope feeding maggots through my hand and I had a great run of ide all though they was averaging six-ounce a piece , my constant loose feeding had brought them up off the deck and there was a few swirls on top , I was missing a few bites and i didn’t expect to be catching shallow today so I changed to kinder potting the maggots in which brought the fish back to the deck. In the first hour I caught about 18lb of ide plus a few barbel and It was all going really well i even picked up a couple of f1s+carp , but i was using today as a learning exercise plus I was running out of maggots so I decided to change it to pellets to try to get some more f1’s into the swim and i put in half a cupping kit full of micros+crushed expander.
While it settled I went across to the far bank and picked the spot where i had earlier plumbed up then taped in half a dozen micros before lowering my rig in over the top , i caught a couple of quick f1s before things got a bit difficult because for the next two hours i had a nightmare with liners and foul hookers, I tried setting up new swims all along the far bank and i would get a couple of early fish before it went tits up as i just couldn’t get them to settle no matter what depth I went into and I put next to nothing in the net so I went back on my near line while I had a review on what to do next .
I started by taping in some micros then lowered my rig in over the top and i soon started catching some carp+f1s but the bites were very finicky more like winter fishing when using pellets , I had to be really careful with the amount of feed i began putting in because the bottom would fizz up quite badly if I over did it and I decided to change it back to maggots because I was catching ide a lot quicker , i  set up a new swim for pellets I slightly deeper water towards my right at six meters but this time kicked it off with a nugget of crushed expander and some micros .
For the rest of the match I rotated between them both catching a few from my pellet swim and when it began fizzing up i went go onto my maggot swim which was by far the best line but i didn’t have enough bait to do it justice , at the all out I had 54lb which consisted of 22lb of ide+barbel the rest carp + f1’s which was just enough for the match win but more importantly I learned a great deal and maybe i had suffered a bit with having too much room because at times i had a lot of fish in my peg but at least i have more of an idea if i ever draw on the lake again .

Partridge lakes


July 15th

Covey two peg 31

Today i decided on another change of venue and i had prepared all week for another try at Blundells but due to family commitments  i had to get back home pretty sharpish after the match so i choose a trip to Partridge lakes instead which was a bit more local to me and also a five-hour match unlike my original fancy of venues , it had also thrown up some nice weights recently plus it was mainly mud bank work which would come in handy for a bit of practice before the next round of mosella summer league at Hall lane as i don’t tend to do a lot of this sort of fishing  . I hadn’t visited the fishery since the fisho qualifier a couple of months ago so i expected to be a bit of the pace but it was a day’s fishing and i was really looking forward to it especially as the weather was forecast to be quite reasonable with warm temps , a light breeze blowing towards spey and overcast conditions but on the down side we was forecast to get a few heavy showers during the day but thats the english summer for you . After catching up with a few of the regulars which i had not seen for a while and  before i knew it was nearly draw time so i joined the queue towards the rear , when it came for my dip in the bag of doom i pulled out peg 31 on covey two not exactly where i wanted to be and in my opinion it was one of the worst on the complex i’m afraid that my golden arm has completely deserted me for the time being but i shouldn’t really complain because i have sat on my fair share of flyers so far this season .

When i arrived at my home for the next few hours it was completely flat calm in front of me although i did have a bit of room with two empty pegs towards my left and another to my right , i had a nice mud bank directly opposite me which had two big reed beds either side of it and i also had a reed bed either side of me in the margin so it did look promising , i just hoped that there would be a few fish in the area and taking all this into account i choose to set up ;

mud bank in 18 inch and i used a 0.3 MD diamond float with a bulk of shot above the 012 garbo four-inch hook length .

margin in 1.5ft and i used a 0.3 MD margin float with an inch spread bulk starting above the 012 garbo four-inch hook length .

pellet rig in 2.5ft for fishing in front of the far bank reeds and along my left hand margin at four meters , i used a 4×12 MD pellet float with a centimeter spread bulk starting above the 012 garbo four-inch hook length .

shallow rig in 2ft and i used a 4×10 MD mini mag float with four number eleven stotz spread along my 014 garbo main , attached to it was four-inch hook length of 012 garbo .

deck rig which i plumbed up at five meters underneath my shallow swim and as it was a touch over 5ft so i used a 4×12 MD maggie float which had a bulk plus two dropper shotting pattern , my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length six-inch of 012 garbo .

Bait for the day ;

2 pints of red and white maggots

2 pints of soaked micros

some ground-bait for the mud bank

When the all in sounded i didn’t think the mud bank would be right so soon into the match after the overnight rain and i began on my pellet line in front of the far bank reeds , i picked a dark reed as a marker then i dropped a nugget of crushed expander which i hoped would attract some f1s into the swim , five minutes without so much as a liner and my next move was to start taping in a few micros , a further ten minutes past before i had my first fish although i wasnt expecting it to be a gudgeon and before the match i had purposely decided to stick it out on one line for as long as i could because i felt this was something which had let me down recently , as i usually try to chase the f1s around the peg more like winter fishing rather than concentrate on trying to get my feeding right so that i could get them competing on one line which is what you need to do for a good weight  . In the next forty minutes i put four f1s + two stockies in the net but after that initial flourish the gudgeon returned in numbers which was not a good sign , i swapped swims to the other side of the reeds so i could start again and i would hopefully be able to switch between them both picking the odd fish of each , my left hand line never really got going as it only produced a couple of f1s but to be honest neither of them did and there was definitely a lack of fish in front of me .

I put two cups of ground-bait on my mud bank then went long down my left hand margin with my pellet rig in 2.5ft i started the same as i did on my across line by feeding a nugget of crushed expanders then tapping a few micros other the top , this swim got me a few stockies before bites tailed off but i didn’t have to wait too long before i found out why as i struck into something a bit more substantial which took me under the spare platform then broke my hook length so that was one nil to the carp . By continuously feeding a few pellets i began to build up the swim and i managed to pick up the odd better f1 among the stockies but it was slow going , i saw a swirl on my mud line where i had earlier fed some bait a quick change of rigs then i was shipping across and no sooner had my rig settled then it shot under , a sharp lift of the pole tip resulted in a small silver skimming across the surface and a few more followed but no proper fish maybe i was correct about the rain putting them off from going tight to the bank .

I had fed my shallow line since the match started and although i had not seen any signs of fish i decided to give it a whirl because nothing else seemed to working for me , but yet again all i could catch was small silvers and i noticed that underneath this line was a few bubbles coming up so i dropped on this just to see what had settled on it , my bait  had only just touched bottom when my float dipped under and after a spirited fight up popped a barbel which took me a bit by surprise as i hadn’t caught one from the proper coveys before , i missed a couple of quick dips on the float and i hoped that a few more were rooting around so with nothing to lose i took the option of potting in some maggots just like you would over winter , doing this got me a little run of f1s before they backed off so i gave it another pot and as i let it settle i went back across to the mud line this time i managed an f1 among the small silvers but it just wasnt right , i had a look on my long margin with pellets but that didn’t really kick off either so i spent the remainder of my match down the channel where i picked up the occasional big f1 and it was a tactic that i never thought would work during the summer months .

When the all out sounded it called time on a rather frustrating day as i just couldn’t get a run of fish but maybe there wasnt a lot in front of me today and at the start i had set myself an optimistic target of thirty fish which i did manage if i included the handful of stockies , although i did feel that i had been comfortably beaten on both sides as it looked like they had put the odd fish in the net quite often during the day and when the scales finally arrived my fish went just short of 46lb , which was more than i had thought plus i was surprised to find that i had beaten the two anglers either side of me , but i was a long way from challenging for the section as the windward end produced a 80lb+70lb and that was only to be expected , so although i didn’t really do a great deal today i strangely enjoyed it and might have had a chance from a very poor peg if the fish had turned up on the mud bank but it wasnt to be .

 

 

Cunneries teams of three


3rd june

Cunneries S canal

Today i was back at Cunneries fishery in Eccleston for the last round of the teams of three and my Adlington angling red team was lying in fifth place with 76 points which was ten points away from the top three money positions , so that seemed out of the question but we still wanted to finish as high as possible because it was my first outing with the Daiwa Adlington squad . The weather leading up to the contest had been a bit iffy with a drop in temperature plus some strong showers and this of course had an impact on the matches taking place during the week , so bearing this in mind a figured that a low winning weight would be needed and a good draw required .

On arrival to the fishery i noticed that the wind was blowing towards the car park and the vegetation on the s canal had grown quite considerably since my last visit almost a month ago due to various other commitments , after having a chat with a few of the locals they had a similar view to me in that it would be tough going and hawk lake would be the favorite to win the match , when my other team members turned up we had a discussion on how we would attack it today and hopefully get the points required to move further up the table .

It was soon time for the draw and i managed to pull out three nice pegs they wasnt out-and-out flyers but should be able to give us good points if we fished them right , i was on peg 23 on the second leg on the s canal and i quite fancied it for a few bites even if the wind was blowing down the other end , like most of the pegs here i had some reeds along the far bank although i did have a clear patch so i could get into some shallower water and along my margin i had a reed bed on my right hand side although it looked to deep but on my left hand side i found 1.5ft a top kit away , so i decided to set up ;

3ft pellet rig for fishing in front of the far bank reeds and i used a 4×14 roob float which had an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

3ft maggot rig for fishing across if they didn’t want pellets and i used a 4×12 maggot float which had a bulk plus dropper spread along the 014 garbo main line , attached to it was a six-inch 012 garbo hook length .

mud bank and left hand margin rig , i used a 0.4 muddie float which would help keep the rig still if lots of fish came into the swim and i had the usual 014 garbo main line with a six-inch 012 garbo hook length .

i also set up a shallow rig incase the came up in the water across to the reeds and i used an 0.1 mini mag float which had a bulk above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Bait for the day was ;

2 pints of red and white maggots

2 pints of soaked micros

1 pint of ground-bait

small tub of 2+4mm expanders

When the all in sounded i began across to the far bank in front of the reeds towards my right and it only took a couple of feeds before i caught my first f1 , it was very slow going but by regularly tapping in a view micros plus lifting + dropping my rig i managed to entice a few fish to take my 4mm expander and in the first hour i had managed to catch half a dozen but my swim wasnt getting any stronger , it seemed like it was going to be a catch what you can day and keep setting up new swims similar to what you would do during the winter months .I plumbed up a new line on the left hand reed beds and started again yet again i had a quick couple of f1s then the hand sized skimmers moved in which wasnt a good sign , so i moved a couple of feet away and started again this is how i spent the first two hours of the match putting a dozen f1s in the net , at this point i was well up there with the anglers within eye shot and i also began loose feeding maggots towards my left hand margin , when bites began to tail off i plumbed up to see if i could find any shallower water if they had backed off and right in between the reeds were there was a bit of a bay i managed to find just over 2ft .

My new swim produced straight away although i did have a problem with them diving into the reeds when hooked and i ended up losing a few but it was the only place that i could regularly get bites , i noticed that a couple of lads where picking up the odd fish on the mud bank so i decided to follow suit i began by putting in a large kinder pot of maggots and lowered my rig in over the top of it , i managed a couple of small skimmers before foul hooking an f1 and it wasnt really working for me so i decided to big pot in some maggots to see if things improved any .While it settled i rotated my pellet swims picking up a few fish from each to be honest i was quite enjoying it and i was catching more than i usually do before my margin lines kick off , another look on the mud line didn’t produce for me so i kept plugging away on my pellet lines putting the odd f1 in the net and with two hours of the match left it was time to try my left hand margin which i had thrown a dozen maggots every five minutes in front of the reeds, so i expected there to be a few lined up i had a big f1 almost instantly which was promising and i thought that i could be on for a framing weight but my margin just died on me which was a complete shock as it had been my banker on every match i had fished on the s canal .I decided to big pot in the shallowest water i could find which was a top kit towards my left if they wanted to be in this depth and while it settled i rotated my pellet swims across , basically that is how i spent the rest of the match because both the mud bank and margin never worked for me .

When the all out sounded i had 28 f1s on the clicker so i thought that i might be on for a good weight and had caught more than those anglers around me , when the scales arrived i was one of the first to weigh in and my net went 33lb so it seemed that pellet fish wasnt as big a stamp as worm fish on the s canal . I was second best weight on my leg of the canal but the lower numbers fished a lot better which pushed me down to sixth missing out on third by just 2lb which was my worst place in the league not how i wanted the series to end , luckily the other lads in the team had fared a lot better as they finished first + third on their lakes this left us on ten points and which was good enough for us to finish second on the day , a few of the teams towards the top of the league had suffered a poor round so we hoped that we might have a chance of moving up the table and when the results had been read out we ended up in 4th place which is good for a new squad but we missed out on third by just three points .

 

So that was the end of Daiwa Adlington first attempt at team fishing and we suffered a few ups and downs including a proper stinker of a round when we had 23 points out of a possible thirty , but when we finally got to grips with the venue we ended quite well managing two team seconds and two individual seconds , so that will call time on the team events for the time being until the winter leagues begin again in november but i have enjoyed the experience and will be looking forward to continuing my time with the squad .

Cunneries teams of three


May 6th

Cunneries S canal

Today i was back at Cunneries fishery in Eccleston for round four of the teams of three and after my last match here on Monday where i won my section i was really looking forward to it especially as we at last had our best team fishing today so hopefully a good result will help push us up the table , as usual due to my lack of sleep i was one of the first to arrive and after having a chat with a few of the lads knocking about time was passing by with still no sign of most of the team , a quick phone call and i found out they was on their way after having a bit of bait trouble in the Adlington angling tackle shop or more like our captain was too busy chatting , when they finally turned up it was nearly draw time and as i was the team draw bag i joined the queue towards the rear , when it came round to my turn in the bag of doom i strangely pulled out three decent pegs ;

17 on hawk for Rob

26 on legs 3+4 of s canal for Jordan

15 on legs 1+2 of s canal for me

As i was on the same peg again from Monday and with conditions very similar blue skies , wind blowing away from the car park although we did have a drop in temperature , so i expected the fishing to be very similar and it didn’t take me too long setting up because all my rigs were still in my box ;

4ft rig for fishing half way up both slopes and i used a 4×12 MD maggot float which had a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern spread along my 014 garbo main line attached to it was a six-inch 010 garbo hook length .

3ft rig for fishing in front of the reeds across and in the margin and i used a 4×10 MD maggot float which had a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern spread along my 014 garbo main line attached to it was a six-inch 010 garbo hook length .

shallow rig for when they came up of the deck in the margin and i used a 4×10 MD mini maggot float which had a bulk of eleven stotz above my six-inch 010 garbo hook length .

Bait for the day ;

3 pints of white maggots with a hand full of reds mixed in

1 pint of soaked micros

small tub of 4mm expanders

When the all in sounded i decided on a bit of a change today to see if i could sort my early part of the match out which is usually where i struggle and i began on my 4ft rig with pellets , i had been informed that they had pumped cold water in to the s canal all week to try to keep the weights down and freshen up the water which could knock the fish off the feed, so i decided to take it easy with the bait until i knew how the f1s would respond and after tapping in a few micros i laid my rig in so that it would fall along the far slope keeping a tight line between pole + float which would help me spot any tiny indications .

After a couple of feeds i had my first f1 in the net and i managed a few more during the next half hour but it was slow going but it was the same for everyone down my end of the s canal , after a while i began getting midered by skimmers + small stockies which can be a problem when using pellets so i plumbed up a new line a meter towards my left and started again this produced a couple more f1s . I wasnt really happy with the way things were going today using pellets so i changed my 4ft lines to maggots but this didn’t produce how i would have liked , i had fed my top three swim with maggots since the match started but this produced a few indications which i couldn’t connect with and with not a lot happening i needed to keep rotating swims to pick up the odd fish .

With half the match gone i only had 12 f1s in the net which was about the same as everyone that i could see and i also heard lots of moaning going on saying how hard it was fishing today , i had been loose feeding maggots regularly on my left hand top three margin swim tight to the bank in the shallowest water that i could find and this produced a couple of quick f1s , it seemed that pellets was the bait to be using today but i didn’t have a great deal of micros made up so i had to be a bit careful on which lines i fed it and i decided to put in a new swim at 11m towards peg 14 , this got me a couple more fish but the small stockies moved in so i swapped onto my other margin swim which produced the odd f1 and it was noticable that i would catch almost straight away when changing lines before they backed off .

With the 3ft swim working close in i decided to put in a line at the same depth across towards the far bank reeds to see if it would work as good but it only produced small skimmers so i spent the rest of the match concentrating on my two margin swims and i managed to pick up the odd f1 up to the all out , strangely today i didn’t suffer with any line bites which can be a problem on here it just goes to show the lack of feeding fish down this end of the s canal .

After packing my gear away i had a quick chat with the lads near by and they had found the going hard as well but managed to catch most of their fish on pellets in three-foot , i followed the scales down the main two legs of the s canal and when they arrived at my peg there was a 60lb weight winning with a low 50lb , then two low 40lb weights and my thirty f1s went 44lb which was good enough to win the section but more importantly finish third on my two legs of the s canal .The team captain put in a good performance to win his two legs of s canal and Rob had finished 5th on his first try on hawk pool so we ended up with nine points , which was good enough for us to finish joint first on the day with DT floats but ended up second on weight and we was all extremely pleased with how things went today especially after our disaster on the previous round , i am unfortunately going to miss the penultimate round as im contesting the two hundred pegger North vs South match at Tunnel barn that weekend so i hope the rest of the squad can keep it going .

It’s the first round of the Angling times supercup tomorrow at widows flash in Spring view so lets hope we can keep the good form and put up a decent performance .