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Match Fishing Staff  |  Feb 01, 2013  |  0 comments
Tom Scholey on why Alex Bones is wrong to say modern match methods require a similar amount of skill. I love a good debate – and Alex’s response to my last blog has certainly got the old grey matter whirring! As he rightly says, we are good friends – and I have a lot of respect for his opinion. That said, I believe his argument that all modern match methods require a similar amount of skill to execute is misguided and wrong. In my mind, there is far more skill to, for example, catching a net of roach on bloodworm, or on the stickfloat, waggler or bolo than a net of commercial carp on the Method feeder.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jan 31, 2013  |  0 comments
Without wishing to get enthralled in a tit-for-tat battle, Tom Scholey’s blog reply to my editorial in February’s edition of Match Fishing entitled ‘The Pursuit Of Perfection’ needs addressing. In brief my editorial was about anglers putting methods and species on a pedestal and, more to the point, anglers suggesting that certain tactics required more skill than others to execute. Tom disagreed with my comments – he’s entitled to his opinion no less – but I couldn’t let it lie without a suitable retort. In particular he strikes out at Method feeder fishing and, by his own admission, it’s something he “could be a lot better at”.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jan 29, 2013  |  0 comments
Rob decides to go back to the venue known as roach heaven! After my last visit I was really looking forward to this match on the Welland in Spalding town centre - I had won the last match with 35lb, my best all roach catch from a natural venue. My mood was soon dampened though as Tim, my partner for the day, handed me my peg, the areas leading out of the town centre hadn’t been competing with the rest of the match length in previous weeks and after a week of frosts, snow and then a big thaw it was likely that the fish would be shoaling up even tighter. I reckoned that a draw between pegs 10 and 25 would probably give a good days sport as this area is around a couple of bridges where as my home for the day, peg 34, was on a straight almost as far away from a bridge as possible on this stretch! There was no way I could go to my peg downhearted though - me and Tim are right up there in the pairs league and with Tim drawn in a favourable area I would need to do my best just to keep us ticking over in a league that is decided overall on weight. On arriving to my peg my spirits lifted a little, I had a lot of room to my left, probably around 60 yards until the next angler (Westy), I’m told this area had been left out as it’s much shallower than the rest of the stretch and as a result not very productive, nevertheless any extra room has got to be worth a few fish.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jan 29, 2013  |  0 comments
Are some methods more skillful than others? Tom Scholey thinks so!I read with interest Alex Bones’s Editorial in the latest issue of Match Fishing. I have really been enjoying his pieces over the last few months, as he has spoken his mind on a number of issues - and up to now I have agreed with his points wholeheartedly. In this months magazine, he raises an interesting topic- arguing that it is not fair to put certain methods on a pedestal, and suggesting that they all require a similar amount of skill to be proficient at. Based on my own experiences, I couldn’t disagree more.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jan 28, 2013  |  0 comments
Joe Carass has been back to do battle in the Tunnel Barn Farm Winter League with a hint of success too! The Tunnel Barn Farm winter league is now fast approaching its climax and with four rounds to go it was all to play for. In the last round we managed to whittle away at Barston’s lead and had reduced it to just five points. We were all looking forward to round seven but sadly the arctic conditions put paid to that and the match was cancelled. Nevertheless the following week the snow had melted and it was game on! However what hadn’t melted was the ice and every one of us was going to have the lovely task of creating some ice holes.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jan 08, 2013  |  0 comments
It has certainly been an interesting week for Joe, with mice and more than a few F1s occupying his time! It has been a great week for our Match Fishing Drawbags team at Tunnel Barn Farm, but more of that later. I hope you have had a great Christmas break, I know I certainly did. Every year I use the two weeks to have my own ‘Closed Season’, which gives me a bit of time just to recharge my batteries and catch up with the family, which is always nice. However the prolonged period of inactivity has seen a few unwelcome visitors enter my shed! At first the problem wasn’t bad at all, the odd loose pellet hastily chewed by the cute little Mickey but as soon as my gear got damaged it was time to turn up the heat! Before I went away for Xmas I noticed that my cool bag had been left unzipped.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jan 03, 2013  |  0 comments
Rob Wootton returns to the venue that can only be described as roach soup! After a really successful feature for Pole Fishing a couple of weeks ago I decided to book into the pairs league on the river Welland that runs through the town centre of Spalding. This place becomes rammed with roach all through the winter and it’s been somewhere that I’ve ignored in the past but after loads of good reports I just had to give it a go and several others from my neck of the woods agreed. Last sunday five or six anglers from Leicester including my travelling partner Sam Merry were mingling at the draw, asking about the form of the venue and catching up with mates that only get senn once or twice a year. All the talk was of how coloured the venue was, me and Sam had a quick look before the draw and although the sun was still firmly below the horizon we could tell that there was plenty of extra water on the venue.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Dec 20, 2012  |  0 comments
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! Well it’s been another week and yet another winter league round at Tunnel Barn Farm. You may recall last week that we had suffered at the draw bag. Well this week we were hoping to get our campaign right back on track, which meant Jon Arthur taking up the reigns as the drawbag! One thing I didn’t expect though was his keenness! In fact I arrived at 7. 55AM (20 minutes before the official draw time) and Jon had already drawn and was walking around the lakes! Luckily, it was decent news this week and I don’t mind admitting that my peg was the worst of the four in House 14, but it is a peg I've always fancied drawing so I wasn’t despondent at all! Steve Ringer was on Extension 34, which has been a decent area of late; Paul Bick was on Club 11 – again a good draw.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Dec 10, 2012  |  0 comments
Match Fishing’s Joe Carass has had more than a slice of luck this week!This week saw the fourth round of the Tunnel Barn Winter League, and yet again it was a weekend of indifferent results! But more of that later. I had a few days off last week, and because I haven’t been for a few weeks I decided on a couple of midweekers at TBF. Well, I cannot complain about my drawing arm lately as Wednesday saw me on Extension 21 which has been on fire lately and the Friday saw me on Canal 3, again a great peg. However the fish hadn’t exactly read the script as the Wednesday was a real struggle and my 21lb was good enough for precisely nowhere! The Friday was even harder and after five hours of freezing cold action (well actually non-action) my 11lb was enough for second.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Nov 20, 2012  |  0 comments
This week Joe has been back to Tunnel Barn where things haven’t quite gone as planned!The third round of the Tunnel Barn Winter League has come and gone and I can only say we are all very disappointed with our result! But more of that later. The league is really picking up pace now and with the very best anglers at this type of fishing attending, you sure get punished for a bad performance!In the first two rounds we have had relatively good draws and done the business from them however for some reason, despite turning up 20 minutes before the official draw time, we were still nearly last to draw! This is not normally a problem but the rival teams at the top of the league had drawn very well and there were very few favourable pegs left in the bag. My draw saw me going to Peg 5 on the Top pool. This is a lake that I know little about but knew that a simple pellet approach would probably be a safe bet.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Nov 05, 2012  |  0 comments
Match Fishing’s Joe Carass has had a good weekend at his regular haunt – Tunnel Barn Farm!Well it would seem that winter is well and truly here now. It seems to be upon us much earlier than the previous two years. Hopefully it wont have too much of an adverse effect on the fishing as I love my winter fishing!This week has seen me on Round Two of the Tunnel Barn winter league with the Match Fishing Drawbags team. You may recall we came second in the first round so we were hoping for a slightly better result in round two.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Nov 02, 2012  |  0 comments
Every one seems to only talk about success stories here’s something Rob Wootton thinks we can all relate to. . . The team I’m fishing for this year has had a mixed start to their winter league campaign on the river Soar - a soul destroying team last on the first round on an out of sorts river knocked the confidence a little but when we finished second in the next round we knew that there was still hope of a turnaround.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Oct 23, 2012  |  0 comments
Joe Carass reflects on a couple of successful weeks at the prolific Tunnel Barn Farm!Tunnel Barn Farm has been somewhat of a second home for me this year. Since moving down here permanently in February I have found it to be the perfect place to frequent. Not only is the fishing good, but you are also fishing against some of the best anglers in the sport at that kind of fishing. Anglers such as Stu Palser, Pete Rice, Pete Caton, Steve Ringer and Paul Newell to name a few all go there regularly and as you can imagine it can be a tough nut to crack!I love a challenge though and set about trying to suss this place out.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Oct 12, 2012  |  0 comments
Middy’s Andy Quarmby has been on fire again recently thanks to thinking outside the box! Theale pit is a natural lake, in Theale, just outside Reading; it is quite a big lake, probably around 15 acres. It was stocked with carp about 25 years ago and the same stock have survived and bred, and it is literally solid with 6oz-7lb carp. However in recent years the match scene has gone downhill, through fallings out, and poorly run matches to name a few. In April of this year, my friend Pat Pritchard announced he was taking over the running of the matches, with organised pay outs, and a few rules such as a 5kg groundbait limit, to keep a bit of order etc.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Oct 12, 2012  |  0 comments
Joe Carass reflects on a summer of fishing that has seen him have more than a few up’s and down’s!What a summer of fishing! We have had a new English World Champion crowned in Sean Ashby, had the two big money matches won by Matrix anglers and the UK Champs won by a relatively unknown angler in Marc Rodger. It has been a funny summer too with endless rainfall across the nation that has not only caused the rivers to be unfishable at times but also the commercial fisheries have suffered! Nevertheless it has been a year to remember for many reasons!My fishing has largely revolved around the UK Champs this year. Going into Round Three at Larford Lakes I had a very realistic chance of winning the event. And going into the round I was full of confidence.

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