With plenty of big money qualifiers approaching at the stunning Partridge Lakes Fishery over the next few months I have decided to spend a bit of time familiarising myself with the venue once again by fishing some of the opens at the venue over the last two weeks.
Last weeks’ Saturday open Match, I pulled peg 21 on Covey 1 from the drawbag, with it being one of poorer areas on the lake, I knew I was only fishing for my section. The first two hours of the match were spent tapping maggots in various swims towards the far bank which ended in no bites. The next move was to pick up the dobbing rig, hooking a small piece of 5mm punch covered in Marukyu’s Krill Boost Juice resulted in my first bite by fishing 16 meters across out of the peg, and a small yet beautiful Partridge F1 was in the net. With dobbing the only tactic producing a bite I spent the rest of the match searching the peg on bread and ended up with three small F1s and a lovely 5lb Mirror carp.
The whole lake fished really hard, with lots of anglers blanking, luckily I won the section and the lake with 8lb 7oz on what was a bitterly cold day.
This Saturday, I again decided to head to Partridge for the Open, with a few different lakes in the bag rather than just the Coveys, I had the chance of fishing a new lake. As it happened I drew peg 19 Willow, which, as I wanted, was a new lake for me.
The peg looked stunning with a long Island to my left, and open water to my right, so was hopeful for a few bites. I started off on the dobbing rig, searching everywhere in the peg, but only managed a couple of roach. At this point decided to pick up the maggot rig and tap a few maggots across in various swims, yet again the only bites were from the odd small roach.
After three hours, I was coming nowhere. So decided to just fish for silvers with the hope of a carp or a few F1s moving in later as temperatures increased a few degrease. I set up a line at about 6 meters in the deepest part of the peg, and started feeding a small cad pot consisting of Marukyu’s new Natural Roach groundbait, a few micro pellets and about 5 maggots, fishing just a single maggot on the hook. Straight away I started to get a few indications but was missing bites, I decided to shallow up and straight away had a good run of 6oz roach. Ended up having a lovely last hour catching about 30 roach, 2 skimmers and a stocky F1 all caught at half depth in the deep water they weighed 8lb 13oz, that was third in the section.
A few pegs on the lake caught a few F1s, with 20lb winning the section. In hindsight a silverfish approach from the start would almost certainly have been the way to go, you could quite easily do a decent weight of silvers from Willow and at this time of the year where the carp and F1s are a little hit or miss it’s without doubt a safe approach to nick the section when a framing place isn’t necessarily on the cards.