Partridge Lakes, Open, Sunday 29/12/19

My last match of 2019 and it wasn’t memorable by any standards. Got to Partridge nice and early, had a sausage on toast and a cup of tea before the draw. Covey 1 to 6 was in today and there were 67 or so booked on. I was about middle of the group on the draw and pulled Peg 48 (Covey 2, Island peg on the snake lake). Cries of “thanks for coming” from the peanut gallery filled me with dread, speaking to a few of the regulars and these Pegs; 45-49, are pretty much dead unless the wind is blowing round the main lake. Today it was 11C and dead calm!

Peg 46 was the only other Island Peg occupied. I was told to fish negative and not to feed ground bait as it would just push whatever fish were in the swim away on these conditions. There were a few fish topping, but in hindsight I think it was the same fish 😂😂. Set 3 lines;
(1) 6m, 10 O’clock. No 8 solid elastic, GORTINI 4X12 yellow tip round body float, 0.13 mainline to 0.11 hook length 20 wire hook. Maggot line, 1.5m dead bottom.

(2) 9m, straight out. No8 solid elastic, GORTINI 4×14 red tip round body float, 0.13 mainline to 0.11 hook length 18 forged hook. 4mm BURT BAITS expander soaked in BURT BAITS F1 sweet Carp additive. Feed; BURT BAITS 2mm F1 sweet Carp soaked pellet. 1.5m dead bottom.

(3) 12.5m, mud line. N0 10 solid elastic, GORTINI Mini Margin float, 0.13 mainline to 0.11 hook length 16 banded hook. 6mm BURT BAITS expander soaked in BURT BAITS Winter White additive. Feed; BURT BAITS 4mm Winter White pellet. 40cm

At the all in, started dobbing 6mm bread disks on the mud line (WarBURTons mighty white), dobbed the full track of the mud line for about 20 minutes, without a knock.
Moved to my 9m line cad potting in 2mm feed pellet and had a nice 1 1/2lb F1 within about 10 mins. That was it less for a few small roach and a gudgeon over the next hour and a half. Continued cad potting small balls of 2mm and dropping maggot in my maggot line occasionally. The company to my left on Peg 46 was doing no better so it was a case of you can’t catch what isn’t there!
Pulled in 20 or so roach and gudgeon before hitting another F1, foul hooked and all I got for my troubles was a scale. Alternated my lines, dobbing bread on the mud line as well as presenting Winter White pellet. With 30 mins to go I struck on a F1 on my maggot line, this again was about 1 1/2 lb. At the all out I had 5 on my clicker, weigh in was 4lb 6oz for that inevitable “Thanks for coming”!

My dream of this peg didn’t materialise! 🐟🐟🐟🐟 Stock pond in front of the cafe.

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