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Match Fishing Staff  |  Feb 14, 2012  |  0 comments
Darren Cox pays a quick visit to one of his all-time favourite angling destinations, White Acres Holiday Park in Cornwall. I made a flying visit to Cornwall last week when Simon Fry and I were due to present the new range of Garbolino products to the fishing team. They have done lots of work over the winter in ready for the Spring festivals and the seriously busy summer time. All the islands have been cut back nicely so anyone going down this year will be able to drop their feeders as tight as they like now! That’s sure to mean more fish for everyone as the fish cant back off into the vegetation any more as it’s all gone.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Feb 08, 2012  |  0 comments
We all love new bits of kit so here is guest blogger Steve Cooke’s verdict on his latest acquisition. . . I have just received some of my new Garbolino bits so I thought, why not start my blog on a review of some kit? Anglers that know me appreciate that I do not compromise on my kit.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Feb 08, 2012  |  0 comments
Former Fish ‘O’ Mania finalist, Tony Curd, shares his thoughts on one of the most prestigious competitions in the match fishing calendar. For thousands of anglers all over the country Fish ‘O’ Mania is a major part of the Match angling calendar. I am no exception and providing I receive enough tickets I like to put a lot of time into trying to qualify for the final. It seems only yesterday I was packing away at Cudmore after a far from satisfying final, and it all kicks off again very soon! In my eyes Fisho is the pinnacle of competition fishing in this country – some will agree, some won’t.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jan 31, 2012  |  0 comments
Tony Curd's first blog for Match Fishing kicks off with the Colemans Cottage Individual Winter League. Last Sunday saw the second round of the first Colemans Cottage Winter League held at the venue. While not being hugely attended this league takes place on a venue I would consider one of the very best in the country and the addition of the new Stepfield Lake, which will hold 65-70 pegs when fully open, only adds to the great sport on offer at the Essex venue. Maybe one day it’ll figure in Fish’O’Mania and Match This qualifiers?

The first round was a good start for me - I drew an average area of the lake and while the fishing was tough, mainly due to several hard frosts on the trot, I managed to winkle out 33lb 8oz of small F1s for 3rd in the match and second in section.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jan 30, 2012  |  0 comments
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. Well it has been another tough weekend in the angling world and my Match Fishing Drawbags team only just kept in touch with the leading pack on the Tunnel Barn Farm winter league. Last weekend we had our first victory after finally having four decent draws after a procession of dross draws in the previous rounds. This weekend however saw the end of the mild weather and an appearance of minus temperatures that was sure to slow the angling down! This week we had an ok draw with Steve Ringer on New 17, Lee Kerry on Extension 17 and Jon Arthur on Club 5 which was a bit iffy.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jan 26, 2012  |  0 comments
Guest blogger, Craig Butterfield, recollects a day that has potentially scarred him for the rest of his life. . . Match fishing is not an easy sport to partake in when you’re not old enough to drive.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jan 23, 2012  |  0 comments
Guest blogger, Craig Butterfield, reckons it's only a matter of time before the traditional Full English is replaced by protein shakes. . . Reading Jon Arthur’s latest blog on Pole Fishing's website has really got me thinking about big-money matches and their impact on our sport.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jan 20, 2012  |  0 comments
Joe Carass reminisces over an item of tackle that he has particularly fond memories of. After all of the notable press about Internet forums I was looking through them the other day a spotted an interesting topic of discussion titled: Favourite ever item of tackle, and it got me thinking. . .
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jan 16, 2012  |  0 comments
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. The lowest weight in his six peg section was 40lb – all roach and the average weight in the 38 peg match was 28lb. it was literally roach soup for the anglers on the match and was possibly the best roach match in this country ever. Interestingly though I asked Wayne whether the length had produced again this week, I was shocked when he said that all of the anglers had blanked! The venue had literally thousands of roach in it a week earlier and was devoid just seven days later.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jan 13, 2012  |  0 comments
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?Earlier this week I got into a discussion about the amount of anglers on the banks in winter. It’s pretty obvious that a vast majority of anglers are what I’d call ‘fair weather fisherman’ resulting in most matches on commercials this time of year having very poor attendances or in some cases stopping completely as they can’t even get anglers to turn up. Carp, very much like some match anglers, don’t like cold weather. It can make the fishing difficult and venues very peggy.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jan 11, 2012  |  0 comments
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. The Internet is a wonderful vehicle and used properly it is a great source of learning and communicating. We (DHP) were the first angling publisher to launch an active angling forum (www.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Dec 20, 2011  |  0 comments
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. Typically this is always a tough time for angling as the 'change' is upon the country. However, once things have stabilised and the fish have become accustomed to the cold the fishing should pick up again. The features have been tough and in a very short space of time the weather really has turned against us.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Dec 08, 2011  |  0 comments
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? Some that spring immediately to mind are: Ivan Marks, Kevin Ashurst, Alan Scotthorne, Bob Nudd, Denis White and John Dean are all legends from various era’s of match fishing. But one man who really has changed the face of match fishing and fishing in general and is often overlooked is Peter Drennan. All of the Match and Pole team recently had a very enjoyable trip to Drennan HQ to spend a day with the main man himself.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Nov 21, 2011  |  0 comments
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. We strive to produce the best mag that we can but without feedback we can only guess as to what our readers like in terms of features. Facebook is perhaps the biggest and best way of being in touch with our readers but Twitter is what’s got me most excited!I’ve never wanted to get involved with Twitter or Facebook on a personal level as I quite like my privacy, however I have recently set a Twitter account up to give my followers regular updates on what is going on at Match Fishing HQ. And what I have found is fantastic! Lots of anglers have bought into using Twitter and give regular updates on their fishing Steve Ringer is on there as well as lots of other top name anglers.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Oct 20, 2011  |  0 comments
Some exciting new tackle awaited us at this weekend’s Tackle & guns show extravaganza. We got the exclusive insight into what will be hitting your local shop shelves in 2012, so don’t miss our December issue, on sale the last Friday of November to see some of the highlights. There’s new tackle and bait from MAP, Dynamite Baits, Shimano, Preston Innovations, Sonu Baits, Nordik, Berkley and the all-new Matrix to name but a few. In addition it’s the Drennan Knock-Out Cup Final at Docklow pools, Herefordshire, where just two anglers remain to fight for the 2011 title.