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Martin Stokes reports from Partridge Lakes for the Golden Reel Featured

I was at Partridge Lakes for the Golden Reel on Saturday; with the recent change in temperature the fish have really started to get on the feed in the last couple of weeks. 

Covey 6, Peg 156, was home for the day. It was my first time on the peg, and have to say, it’s probably the most consistent winter peg on the complex, but with the weather being warmer I didn’t really know what to expect. The wind was blowing down to Pegs 149 and 151, and with Peg 149 producing the winner of the Maver Match This qualifier final only a couple of weeks ago I thought it would be a struggle to beat it, but still I was rather happy with my draw. 


I started the match fishing down the edge, on worm, feeding a medium Cad Pot of chopped worm, Marukyu Pellet Skrunch and a few casters. The plan was to spend the first hour on this while priming my shallow line. 

The first bite resulted in a foul-hooked carp that went crazy, and all I came back with was a tangled rig. After 15 minutes it was clear the depth of water down my margins was a little too deep for the fish to settle.

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A little bit earlier than planned, I decided to have a look on my shallow caster line, caught some good stamp F1s and a few carp, but had to keep changing depths and adding sections to keep in touch with the fish. I had a 60-minute spell in the middle of the match when the ripple on my peg disappeared, and so did the fish. Decided to have had a quick look down the edge again and hooked a few proper carp.

Heading into the last 90 minutes the ripple had returned, so I decided to push my shallow line by feeding more casters and little balls of sloppy Pellet Skrunch groundbait. It worked a treat, the last 30 minutes were a fish a chuck. Come the end of the match I knew I had a decent weight, but much like everyone else on the lake.

I finished up with 184lb 1oz, which was the best weight on my lake; at this point I knew I could have a chance of qualifying, but deep down I knew that bad hour had cost me. After hearing of a few weights of over 200lb from the other lakes, it was game over. I ended up finishing seventh overall and picked up a few quid, but more importantly had a really enjoyable day’s fishing, and it’s always nice to be in with a chance. 

The match was won with 266lb from Spey Canal Peg 17, a peg that nobody would have wanted before the draw. The whole complex fished brilliantly, with 49 weights over 100lb! That’s why I think Partridge is one of the best fisheries in the country. 

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On to the next one! 

Tight lines, 

Martin Stokes.

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