I had the pleasure of fishing with Bait-Tech Street Squad member Pete Mahoney at Partridge Lakes Fishery in Cheshire. We chose to fish Gold Lake, which is a members’ lake on the complex. Faced with a clear morning, with a forecast of sun and a light breeze, and fish topping all over the lake, we knew we would be in for a good day.
The first job was to prepare my baits, courtesy of Bait-Tech. I set about sorting my groundbait mix – 4mm Xpand Pellets and 2mm Carp & Coarse pellets. My first line of attack was to fish the pole short, top kit plus two sections, for skimmers and bream and F1s. Knowing how fishmeal-based pellets are a staple commercial fishery bait, my groundbait mix would reflect this.
I mixed up a 50/50 mix of F1 groundbait and Special G Gold. Mixing the groundbait damp, I passed it through a riddle to remove any lumps. This left me with a nice fluffy mix with a very distinctive fishmeal aroma that would hold together to get to the bottom. I started by potting in one ball that also contained 2mm Carp & Coarse loose offerings and left the swim to settle.
For my second line I chose to fish at 11.5 metres on the pole. I fished shallow using the slapping method. This involves fishing a shallow rig with a short line between pole tip and float and flicking the rig to land on the water with a plop, which imitated the sound of the feed pellets hitting the water. For this line I used 6mm Carp & Coarse pellets straight out of the bag as feed and hook bait
My third line was to fish down the left-hand margin, which I would feed through the day and fish later in the afternoon. My feed and hook bait for my margin swim was N-TICE Polony cut into 6mm cubes using a meat cutter.
Rigs for the day were my first line a 4x14 CF Pellet float to Guru N-Gauge 0.15mm main line, 0.11mm hooklength to a size 18 hook in six feet of water. My second line was a 0.3g CF Carp Shallow float to N-Gauge 0.15mm main line straight to a size 16 hook and hair-mounted bait band fishing 12 to 18 inches deep. The third was 0.3g CF Edge float to 0.17mm N-Gauge to 0.13mm hooklength to a size 16 float.
Fishing the shallow line, feeding four to six 6mm pellets every minute and slapping the rig so that the banded pellets fell through the water with the loose feed, I was in to chub, roach and skimmers.
I then moved onto the short-pole line. I fished 4mm Xpand over the groundbaited area. This resulted in five skimmers.
With this short line becoming slow, I noticed Pete catching quality fish out to the middle of the lake with a cage feeder with meat. Thinking that the fish had moved out into the deeper water, I sought his advice on the method he was using.
I set to rigging my rod up with a Guru Micro lead clip, with a small 20g cage feeder and a 12in hooklength of 0.19mm N-Gauge to a size 16 hook with a hair rig and speed stop. I loaded the feeder up and baited up with the N-TICE Polony and cast out to the middle of the lake. His advice and tips on using this method were bang on, and I was quickly into the fish. I put together a steady stream of barbel, carp and F1s, until I started seeing signs of fish in the margins. I then switched to my margin line, which I had been baiting up through the day with the N-TICE. Fishing two 6mm cubes of N-TICE Polony on the hook, it wasn't long before I was hooking into a regular stream of big F1s and carp.
The end of the session had quickly crept up on us, and what a day it was. Plenty of healthy, great-condition fish graced the nets, the sun was shining, and all shared with great company and using faultless baits.
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