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MATCH FISHING ARTICLES

Joe Carass has been back to do battle in the Tunnel Barn Farm Winter League with a hint of success too!
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It has certainly been an interesting week for Joe, with mice and more than a few F1s occupying his time!
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Rob Wootton returns to the venue that can only be described as roach soup!  



The long and the short of it!

 

It’s been a good week for Joe’s Match Fishing Drawbags team and here he tells all!
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Match Fishing’s Joe Carass has had more than a slice of luck this week!
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This week Joe has been back to Tunnel Barn where things haven’t quite gone as planned!

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Match Fishing’s Joe Carass has had a good weekend at his regular haunt – Tunnel Barn Farm!

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Every one seems to only talk about success stories here’s something Rob Wootton thinks we can all relate to...

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Joe Carass reflects on a couple of successful weeks at the prolific Tunnel Barn Farm!

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Joe Carass reflects on a summer of fishing that has seen him have more than a few up’s and down’s!

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Middy’s Andy Quarmby has been on fire again recently thanks to thinking outside the box!

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Middy backed Andy Quarmby has been winning a lot of matches lately and it’s all thanks to making good decisions!

Recent matches have highlighted one thing to me, making a key decision in a match is the difference between winning and being an also ran. Yes I know this may sound obvious but my recent encounters at Pans Hill highlight this quite well I think



Pans Hill Sunday match 29th July (Pans Lake)


Pans lake, for those who have never been, is a typical 14m wide snake with typical depths. It has a large head of mirrors and commons 1-3lb and F1s 6oz-2lb. Typical winning match weights in summer are usually between 80-130lb with plenty of bites to be had.

Recently Pans has not been fishing that great, it has had a blue-green algae bloom since April and whilst it hasn’t had a harm full effect of the fish, they have not been feeding like they should. In fact 83lb is the highest match weight so far this year on this lake.

My usual attack is basically fishing micros and 4mm’s tight across, with two lines, one in a foot of water, and the other in 10” (if you can find this depth! the summers rainfall has meant the lake is brim-full) This simple attack has won me countless matches in the previous 18 months.

However on Sundays match as there were only a few of us, we all received generous pegging and plenty of room. A quick walk around the lake to get the feel of it told me it was going to fish its head off. Recent evening weights had been 70-80lb and the weather looked spot on, plus the fact fish were crashing, and swirling all over gave me a slight hint.

Hoping for a draw on pegs 8-18, I was most disappointed when Peg 3 stuck in my hand! The drawing Gods were definitely against me yet again. After countless moaning, I finally got to my peg and set about what to do. I plumbed up my usual far bank rigs but could only find 18” of water and there was a bit of weed causing trouble. It was at this point I made a key decision, and to go against the grain on what I usually do, and attack the edge. In my head 120-150lb was a target weight and in 18” of water across it was not going to happen. I would still fish and feed these lines for a good start but it was a margin attack that I fancied. So with this is mind I spent a good 20 minutes trimming the edge removing annoying stick-ups etc. Plumbing in the edge I found 8inches of water and then 14inches slightly further out… Perfect!

Bait was five pints of soaked micros, 4mm expanders, and some 6mm meat for the hook. 
Rigs compiled of a 4x12 Middy XK55 Series 2, 0.12mm lo-viz line and an 18 93-13 finished off with double 6-8 orange Middy elastic with a puller and we were all set!

On the whistle I fed the margin and went across, after feeding a small pot of micros I was instantly met with tails and swirls, and missed bites! I did catch a few but I knew it just was not right, I was also catching smaller fish. After 30 minutes it went up the bank and down the edge I went on the 14in deep rig. I instantly caught f1s but interestingly, the mirrors and commons were nowhere to be seen. I was not concerned as the pegs I could see, 5 and 8 were both catching well. I was falling behind. Even on the 14in deep rig I was missing bites, so took the decision to fish 8in, in the edge. I would never usually do this so early in a match, and also I generally find 8inches is too shallow, and they spook and a big weight is not easy, but I was desperate.

In a nutshell, it worked perfectly, and six hours later I won comfortably with 148lb, with 114lb in second place.  After the match I had a chat with second place and a few others (I always talk to other anglers to get a picture of what’s gone on) and the general consensus was they had all suffered small fish and missed bites, and also they had not been able to fish dead tight due to grass and weed problems etc.

If I had fished my normal match I would not have won, I am certain of this.
 


After the match I was told that the Tuesday evening match would be on Pans as it had fished so well. And this is where another key decision came. I then decided to stop on an hour (the missus really loved this idea!) but seriously, I find it amazing that people don’t do this more often. If I’ve had a frustrating day I always try and have an hour to get my head around it and get my confidence back. Even if I realise I’ve made a real mess of it, at least I’ve learnt why it went wrong, instead of wondering what, if and why. As I was dying to try pellet shallow, as so many good f1s had shown in the match. For 90 minutes after the match I absolutely emptied it with decent sized f1s and a few mirrors thrown up. It was literally a fish as soon as it went in. So with that in mind I booked on the evening match.



Tuesday evening match
 
Eleven hopefuls turned up for this match, and with a nice warm evening it looked like being a cracker with 100lb possible. In the draw bag again, and the complete flier Peg 9 was used tonight…Surely it had my name on it…. But out came Peg 5. Oh come on surely it’s a mistake I enquired, but no, it was 5 and not 9.

My plan was empty it shallow and then empty it in edge after giving them 90 minutes to settle. Sounds simple doesn’t it?

As I got to my peg, I immediately noticed the water looked a tad clearer, I could see an inch in the margin and alarm bells went off immediately. I assembled the same margin rig as Sunday, and two shallow rigs. One was 10in deep with a short lash for F1s, and one was 6in deep but with a 3ft lash for mugging some mirrors / commons that often annoy you by swimming near the surface and laughing at you. The rigs had 0.14mm Hi-Viz bottoms as expected to bag up, double 6-8 again, size 18 93-13 for edge, and size 18 eyed KM-1 for shallow with a micro band on a hair.

Bait was micros and 6mm meat in edge, and hard 4mm pellet for feed and hook.

On the whistle I fed my margin and went shallow. Immediately the margin clouded up. Maybe I was wrong after all I thought to myself. Anyway, first 40 minutes went well, I mugged about six 2lb mirrors, and had a few decent f1s shallow but it wasn’t easy. A quick look in the margin and immediately caught a fish, then the margin went clear, ie no fish! I Switched to the other side margin and caught a fish, and that went clear! It was at this point that I realised that a big weight in the edge was just not going to happen, but as I had nothing else set up, I would concentrate shallow and pick a few off in the edge. To cut a long story short, it worked ok, I had some good spells shallow and a few in the edge, along with copious amounts of frustration!

At the weigh in Peg 1 who caught steady all match had 72lb, so we were fishing for second place. Amazingly my ‘few fish’ went 79lb to take top spot.

The back up weights were 30-40lb, as people had fished tight in the edge and not been able to queue them up. Interestingly the 72lb was caught in the edge but in 24” of water.

Driving home I was quite pleased with myself. I felt certain if id fished in the edge as planned I would not have won. And also had I not fished on the Sunday and got the confidence to attack it shallow I would not have won

Next time you go fishing, think about that important decision, and don’t always follow the sheep! And if you’ve had a poor day and struggled with something, stop on an hour and sort it instead of going home to watch GB come 10th in some Olympic event


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Open a paper, put on the T.V or radio it’s the hot topic in the country right now. Craig Butterfield has his say...

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Joe Carass Recounts the recent second round of the UK Champs, could he capitalise on a good first round?

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Match Fishing’s Joe Carass talks about the first round of the prestigious UK Champs!

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Harry Billing ended with a good result in the White Acres Garbolino Spring Classic. Here’s how he got on…
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Stan Piecha reflects on the opening round of the Drennan KO Cup.

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Top northern angler and Maver backed Matt Pillay reflects on the recent Maver Classic Final at the fantastic Maver Larford Lakes.

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Consistency is something we all strive for as match anglers, everyone can draw a good peg and have the odd good result but getting consistently good results is much more difficult.

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Match Fishing’s Joe Carass tells of a few recent successes thanks to some all-important confidence.

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Match ace Harry Billing looks back at his White Acres Bait-Tech Festival campaign…


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Like many of you I love a gadget, fishing related or otherwise. I’ve been fishing for many, many years and have lost count of the number of reels I’ve filled with line or braid in my time as an angler!

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Match Fishing’s Joe Carass looks at the Japanese bait revolution Marukyu!

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I haven’t read all of this month’s Match Fishing magazine yet but the bits I have read really got me thinking.

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Do we sometimes overcomplicate things on the bank? Andy May thinks so…

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Regular blog contributor Tony Curd looks at a few potential highlights of the season ahead…



While nearly every lake in the country has been frozen solid which has resulted in cancelled events, I spent some time planning the spring and summer of my year with regards to which of the big events I will be focusing on this season, it seems I’m rather ambitious this year as I seem to have decided on doing virtually everything there is to be involved with! Maybe one day I’ll manage to keep things controlled and sensible but I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one I’m afraid! 

Last week the Angling Trust released the results of the Fish’O’Mania draw and I was pleased to receive 8 tickets this year which is great, as you would have learnt from my previous blog ‘Fisho’ is a big part of my season and consumes a lot of time this year will be no exception and I received tickets for the following qualifiers: Peatling Pools, Larford, The Oaks, Barford Lakes, Tunnel Barn Farm, Boldings, Woodlands Thirsk and Lindholme Lakes.

There is a hell of a lot of miles in those qualifiers so I’ll be hoping it’s my lucky day again on one of the earlier events! 

Continuing a trend of the last 5 years or so I’ll be heading off to White Acres for the Dynamite and Milo Festivals, which are back-to-back this season. I really love fishing at White Acres, the buzz and atmosphere is unrivalled in my opinion, unfortunately the draw bag on these events has taken a serious dislike to myself over the last few years and not offered any chance of having a really good week but I hope to put that right this time as to win one of the festivals is a huge achievement and one I’d dearly like to experience some day.

On the Saturday between the two festivals there is, conveniently, a Match This Qualifier on the venue and you’d be mad not to get on it if you’re down there at the time as fishing is often about making the most of the opportunities that present themselves. 

Back in November I spent a bit of time fishing at Larford Lakes in Worcestershire trying to qualify for the Classic Final. My first match saw me miss out on qualifying by 8lb which was gutting but fortunately a favourable draw on my second visit helped me to a match win with 145lb of F1s on the match lake which ensured qualification for the two day final in May.
I wanted to get in on this one as it’s a competition I haven’t really had the time to try and qualify for in the past due to being involved in winter leagues etc. so to get it so early on was excellent. I have a Fisho qualifier at Larford the day before the final begins so I should be able to get a heads up on what’s happening at the venue from this, which can be invaluable at times.
Another event that will be featuring in my season is Match Fishing’s own Drennan Knockout Cup.

I’ve enjoyed fishing this in the past few years, and was going well last year making the last 32 before having to drop out as a result of my injury discussed in the previous blog, really good timing that was as you will tell from the regularity that it crops up in these articles! The venues for this year’s competition are just as good as it ever has been, with a wide range of different venues, top commercials, with some good natural venues included. It truly is an ‘all rounder’s’ dream event, and with the very best anglers the country has to offer taking part, mistakes are not an option!

As you can see spring and early summer is set to be a busy time, with so many events on at a similar time, it’s a great time of year to be out fishing though so the more the better, and no doubt as soon as it starts I’ll be looking towards the Autumn…
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Darren Cox pays a quick visit to one of his all-time favourite angling destinations, White Acres Holiday Park in Cornwall.
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Former Fish ‘O’ Mania finalist, Tony Curd, shares his thoughts on one of the most prestigious competitions in the match fishing calendar.

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We all love new bits of kit so here is guest blogger Steve Cooke’s verdict on his latest acquisition...
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Tony Curd's first blog for Match Fishing kicks off with the Colemans Cottage Individual Winter League.
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Match Fishing’s Joe Carass has been on The Tunnel Barn Winter League this where he had to go to great lengths to secure a decent result for the team.

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Guest blogger, Craig Butterfield, recollects a day that has potentially scarred him for the rest of his life...
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Guest blogger, Craig Butterfield, reckons it's only a matter of time before the traditional Full English is replaced by protein shakes...
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Joe Carass reminisces over an item of tackle that he has particularly fond memories of.

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This morning I had a lengthy chat with Wayne Swinscoe about his colossal 53lb of roach from the Town Welland and it got me thinking about the species in general.

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Middy's Craig Butterfield talks silver fish match rules, but are they more of a headache than a good way to stir up winter competition?

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I felt a little sorry for Match Fishing editor Alex Bones for the mauling he got in response to his editorial in the January issue of the magazine. If you didn’t read it, he was critical of a number of postings on various forums, which were, not to put to fine a point on it, simply rude, or ill-informed.

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What a week it has been for features! The cold weather is truly making its mark with Sheffield and other areas in receipt of snow.

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I hear so many people using the word to describe people these days that the word has almost lost the impact that it once had. Who are the ACTUAL legends of angling?

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Social networking and new media has been high on my to do list this month with us trying to find new ways of keeping in touch with our readers.

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Some exciting new tackle awaited us at this weekend’s Tackle & guns show extravaganza.

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Well it has been a hectic month for me. For a start I had the awesome Evesham Festival to fish. This was my first experience of the Evesham weekend so I was hoping to get amongst the considerable prize money!

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With the big money Match This final playing host to a superb line up of hopefuls this weekend promises to be a good one.

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Welcome to my first blog entry as I’ve now returned to Match Fishing magazine as editor, after leaving just over 7 years ago.

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It has been a while since my last blog, but it has been a couple of months filled with activity here at DHP towers!

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Well it has just been that time of the year when hundreds of anglers make their pilgrimage to sunny Cornwall (well sometimes anyway) for a crack at the White Acres festivals.

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With my busy schedule with work and with the Dynamite Baits festival coming up at White Acres, I decided to have a bit of time off this weekend. I did however manage to sneak a couple of hours in last night after work.

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Well Saturday was the big day for my Ultimate Barnsley Blacks team as it was to be one of our most important matches of the year.

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After last weeks poor draw at woodlands I was really looking forward to getting back up there and was looking for a good draw.

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It’s that time of the year again when the team all get together to practice for the Angling Times Winter League semi final.

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Well there comes a time in every match anglers career when you just look out of the window before a fishing match and think ‘is it worth it?’.

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This week has seen me have a fantastic weekend! I really do put a lot of effort into my fishing so it’s always nice to get some good results!

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Well I promised to give you a ‘warts ‘n’ all’ account, and even tell you when I haven’t caught a lot. Well that’s precisely what I did this weekend, caught very little!

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Welcome to my first ever blog for the Match fishing magazine website!

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