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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.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Feb 06, 2013  |  0 comments
Our new blogger Nick Speed has been in great form lately but just how did he do this week? Saturday 2/2/13. Lindholme Lakes, Bonsai, 25 pegs. Well yet another windy day at “Windholme”, and to make it worse I drew Peg 9 on the narrow bank, this is a good draw but the wind was going to make this a difficult day. Especially when I need to fish 15 metres tight against the island for F1s and Mirrors, if I want to stand a chance of extracting enough weight to frame.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Feb 05, 2013  |  0 comments
Franke Gianoncelli argues that commercial fisheries hold the furture for match fishing. I have had a lot of friends that have started fishing, only to stop after a few weeks and completely forget about it. Does fishing have enough appeal about it to compete with technology like game consoles or the internet for example?I fear this is happening right now to thousands of young potential match anglers and with the distractions like Facebook, x-box and playsations - match fishing will suffer as a result. The only thing that I can think of that will save match fishing in the future is commercial fisheries, and in particular big money events like Fishomania and the Maver 'Match This'.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Feb 04, 2013  |  0 comments
Joe Carass was staring down the barrel at the weekend but a blinding last hour saw him come good! The matches are coming thick and fast at the moment thanks to the arctic weather that put paid to the planned Winter League schedule. However it does mean more fishing which is certainly not a bad thing! Once again it was to be another round of the Winter League at Tunnel Barn. Regular readers of my blog will know that last week our Match Fishing Drawbags team took the lead in this extremely difficult league. So this week was all about keeping in front! Jon Arthur was yet again in charge of the draw but this week his drawing arm wasn’t quite so good.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Feb 01, 2013  |  0 comments
Joe Carass ponders over which flagship pole really is the best available! Search any Internet forum and there will, in no doubt, be a which pole is best type thread. This particular subject divides opinion like no other. Anglers seem obsessed with defending their pole choices even if it is clearly not the best. So luckily for you, we have planned for a coming issue an in depth ‘warts and all’ test on all of the flagship poles around.