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Match Fishing Staff  |  Mar 08, 2012  |  0 comments
Match Fishing’s Joe Carass looks at the Japanese bait revolution Marukyu!Do you believe bait makes a difference to your catches? The reason I ask is that I have been fishing with many Marukyu backed anglers recently and I have also been experimenting with a bit myself. I must admit to been a bit sceptical at first when I heard about Marukyu bait, but I am not naïve enough to believe that it doesn’t work so over the past 12 months I have been giving the bait a good go and I know it has been said a million times but it is all about the science! A recent trip to the Glebe confirmed this to me; I was fishing the long pole on a rock hard day. I initially fed the swim with EFG 161, 2mm pellets and fished a standard 4mm Bag Em expander on the hook. It was just rock hard and I could not get a bite.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Feb 27, 2012  |  0 comments
I haven’t read all of this month’s Match Fishing magazine yet but the bits I have read really got me thinking. The subject of team fishing is put through the ringer this week by both Lee Kerry and Alex Bones, I also found Milo Colombo extremely thought provoking. I personally gave up team fishing because I got fed up of fishing terrible venues with long walks and no fish. The cost was never a factor in my decision, I just wanted to catch more fish.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Feb 23, 2012  |  0 comments
Do we sometimes overcomplicate things on the bank? Andy May thinks so… Well, at last things are looking up on the weather situation, these last two weeks have been miserable to say the least but it hasn’t been anything like as bad as it was last year or the year before, thank god! As I write this I am contemplating either going to catch some chub and grayling and maybe a barbel on my local river Dane, or going and having a practice on Moreton fisheries in Congleton for an upcoming bream/skimmer feature. . . .
Match Fishing Staff  |  Feb 20, 2012  |  0 comments
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.
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.

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