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Match Fishing Staff  |  Sep 03, 2013  |  0 comments
Tom Scholey recalls a match when things didn't quite go according to plan!Picture the scene. It was the first day of my first festival of the year, and I was itching for a good result. Rigs were tied, fresh elastics were threaded and tensioned to perfection, and I was ready to take on the world. The draw put me on Peg 35 at Porth Reservoir.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Aug 02, 2013  |  0 comments
Tom Scholey ponders why some match anglers are so secretive. I’m sure we have all heard the often wildly inflated stories before about anglers who are cleaning up at their local water on a new fangled ‘secret’ rig or ‘secret’ bait. And we all probably know somebody who is reluctant to tell you what or how they fish, or about certain aspects of it. Without a doubt, some anglers revel in secrecy, and like to think that they have their own special edges that sneak them a few extra fish here and there.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 30, 2013  |  0 comments
Craig Butterfield on why sponsorship isn't always what people think. . . As part of my job as media co-ordinator with Middy Tackle, it is my responsibility to select and look after the sponsored anglers.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jun 06, 2013  |  0 comments
Joe Carass recounts an extremely busy few weeks that has seen him catch a lot of fish and receive a few batterings too! Underwater Shenanigans! It has been quite some time since my last blog so I have a lot to catch up on. Firstly I must say how overwhelmed I have been by the response to the Underwater Secrets series in Match Fishing. I fully believe we are all going to become better anglers because of it. We had a basic list of goals for the first part of the series but, as soon as Rob Hughes got in the lake, one question led to another and before we knew it, it was getting dark! If you haven’t seen the feature already I urge you to go out and buy the magazine, as you will definitely learn something from it.
Match Fishing Staff  |  May 23, 2013  |  0 comments
Frankie Gianoncelli recalls two brilliant recent matches, when worms have worked well for him!I’m afraid that fishing has had to take a bit of a back seat to my university degree over the past few months. Thankfully that’s out of the way now, and it’s time to get some serious fishing done. I believe that at this time of year fish are starting to prepare themselves for the strenuous and stressful spawning period, which all anglers are familiar with. I have a theory that the fish need protein and sustenance in order to prepare themselves and build their energy levels up for spawning.
Match Fishing Staff  |  May 03, 2013  |  0 comments
Our Terminator sets his sights on the country's hottest young angler. There has been one name on the lips of the men in the Match Fishing office this week, and that has been James Dent. The talented Teesside lad has had a real fortnight to remember. Two weeks ago, he won the 180-peg strong Dynamite Baits Festival at White Acres.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Apr 30, 2013  |  0 comments
Top matchman Roy Marlow and crew go in search of big game fish. . . The team of weary anglers has arrived for the umpteenth Big Adventure in Key West Florida.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Apr 25, 2013  |  0 comments
Tom Scholey on why a post-match pint is vital for the sport. When White Acres fishery manager Clint Elliott decided not to pay out to anybody who failed to turn up for the presentation on his festivals, I thought it a brilliant idea. Growing up on the northern match fishing circuit, a post-match pint and presentation is very much a part of fishing a match – and sometimes even the best part of the day! After moving down to the Midlands and starting to fish a few events down here, though, I have quickly come to realise that there is a totally different mentality among a lot of anglers – and particularly, it has to be said, commercial anglers. I can still remember my surprise last year, after winning a match on a Midlands commercial, when before I'd even had chance to finish packing up, the owner was coming up the bank to give me my envelope! Quite literally, the norm at that particular place is for anglers to finish fishing and go home – and there are plenty of other places like it.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Apr 18, 2013  |  0 comments
Ellis Driscoll on winning the Drennan Coca Cola Festival at White Acres. On Day one I was on Trelawney and having had a practice on the lake the day before, I knew it would be hard! I had a bit of luck drawing Peg 23 (some call it “the F1 bay”) and I had a great chance of winning my lake if not the section, but to win I’d have to work hard to beat the angler on Peg 20 in particular. There are strict rules at White Acres regarding permitted baits and quantities. I used a mix of ABC Betaine green CP70 Method mix, micro pellets, 4mm pellets, 6mm pellets and casters.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Apr 16, 2013  |  0 comments
Dubious observations of a Match Fishing reader. . . The Match Fishing editorial office recently took delivery of an e-mail from a concerned reader, reporting a number of dubious observations that he has noticed while on matches.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Apr 11, 2013  |  0 comments
The man that could end your career…A massive well done to Alex Bones, the likable dwarf and editor of Match Fishing magazine (or Captain Colgate as his team christened him, due to his regular trips to the teeth-whitening clinic), who has won the Van den Eydne/Matrix International Feeder Challenge that took place in Belgium this weekend. First thing Monday, he strode into the office with two giant trophies. One was so large, in fact, that his team were able to give him a celebratory bath in it! The thing he likes the most about the giant cups, though, is not so much the sense of victory that he got from winning such an event, but the fact that the polished silver shows up his reflection! For the duration of the day, he could be seen checking himself, because, in his words, there is no point being a winner if you don’t look like a winner. Rumour has it, he has already approached a perfume company and hopes to release a commemorative fragrance later this year.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Apr 04, 2013  |  0 comments
The Man Who Could End Your Career!Allow me to introduce myself. My name is the Terminator, and over coming months I hope to offer an alternative view of the thieves, villains and ne’er do wells that inhabit the modern match fishing world. Let me start by running through the team who have commissioned me to write these pieces. They are, quite simply, the kind of people that others emigrate to avoid.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Mar 18, 2013  |  0 comments
Guest blogger, Dale Calvert, recollects a recent practice session at his local Wrightington Fisheries. A lovely clear but frosty, cold morning up here in the North West. A much desired session in cold water for skimmers has been on the cards for a few weeks so I decided to pack the van up full of my gear and head off the Wrightington to give the canals a work out. Upon arriving I can see ice has formed on some of pegs.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Mar 09, 2013  |  0 comments
Match Fishing and Pole Fishing Group Editor, Jon Arthur, picks his England Float and Feeder teams. It doesn't matter if it's football, cricket or tiddlywinks, everyone has an opinion when it comes to picking a team to represent your nation. After all, slagging people off and praising others is almost a National obsession! Picking a World Championship squad of anglers that are fit to represent England is no different. Obviously, the manager has the last say and probably knows a whole lot more than you or I but, for what it's worth, here are my seven-man squads for both the Float and Feeder teams.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Feb 27, 2013  |  0 comments
Joe Carass looks back on the recent success of the Match Fishing Drawbags! It has been a few weeks since my last blog but a load of stuff, good and bad has happened. First of all though I must tell you about the last two rounds of the Tunnel Barn Winter League. As you may know with two rounds to go we had overtook Barston and claimed top spot. Points were hard fought though and even though we had opened up a bit of a lead we could take nothing for granted.

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