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Match Fishing Staff  |  Oct 22, 2014  |  0 comments
Another big win for Andy Power… In an epic battle Preston Innovations and Sonubaits-backed Andy Power secured the title as 2014Knockout Cup champion after a convincing two-day performance. Those among you who have followed the story up to this point will know that day one played out as a four-man final with Rob Wootton, Andy Power, Gary Miller and Geoff Valance competing for just two places. As one of the best-ever matches ensued no-one could call the result. It was left for the scales to call the verdict, which resulted in Andy wining the day with just over 137lb and Geoff notching up 132lb for his spot in day two.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Oct 21, 2014  |  0 comments
The heat is on for Power and Vallance… After a superb battle between this year’s four finalists, Rob Wootton, Gary Miller, Andy Power and Geoff Vallance, there were always going to be just two who would progress to day two of this final. The weigh in saw Gary and Rob fall short, leaving Andy and Geoff to battle it out today. Yesterday’s event was held on the Match Pool, but in keeping with the last couple of year’s format, day two takes place on Mickey Mouse Pool, which is home to chub carp, roach, barbell and plenty of other species. It’s a super-exciting lake to fish and one that really offers a unique day’s fishing.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Oct 20, 2014  |  0 comments
This year’s final is underway LIVE at Docklow Pools, Leominster. Reporting LIVE From the bankside, today and tomorrow sees the final of the ultra-prestigious Drennan Knockout Cup final. From a 100-plus strong elite starting line-up earlier in the year the contestants have been whittled down over five arduous rounds spanning rivers, canals and commercials, to leave just four stars! (From left to right on the image) Geoff Valance, Gary Miller, Rob Wootton and Andy Power. In a change to the usual format, which usually sees two anglers compete on day one and carry their weight into day two, this year’s final will see all four compete on day one with the two anglers having the best weights progressing to day two.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Oct 20, 2014  |  0 comments
So here are the two anglers making day two… With four even pegs the match was always going to be too close to call and that certainly proved the case. Andy Power and Rob Wootton set an early pace on pegs five and eight. The general consensus suggested that 80lb would be enough to progress to day two. Waggler and feeder tactics were the starting gambit for all, but it wasn't long until Gary, Andy and Rob were plundering the long pole line – a swim that Geoff had taken the decision not to feed preferring to rely on a short meat line only.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Oct 14, 2014  |  0 comments
MAP launch curved side puller bush. Side puller devices are all the rage now with several companies releasing their own versions. MAP are the latest to evolve the side puller with their curved PTFE bush. The PTFE Side Puller Bush has been designed to increase the performance of a side puller kit by centralising the elastic inside the top kit.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Oct 13, 2014  |  0 comments
We bring you some of the highlights from the 2014 Tackle & Guns show. The 2014 Tackle & Guns show has seen a huge range of new tackle releases for you to get your mitts on over the next 12 months. We will have a detailed run-down in the December issue of Match Fishing, but for now here are some highlights from what we saw. Maver Maver had a very eye-catching stand and star of the show for the company were the new UFO and Z-Frame seatboxes.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Oct 08, 2014  |  0 comments
Alex Bones releases 'The Truth About Pole Fishing' DVD set. Plus, WIN a £2,999 MAP TKS901 pole package. Due to popular demand Alex Bones and film director and producer, Dave Wesson, have launched the second generation of 'The Truth About. .
Match Fishing Staff  |  Oct 02, 2014  |  0 comments
WC Bradley Co acquire Preston Innovations WC Bradley Co, a privately owned multi-brand supplier of high-quality consumer goods headquartered in the USA, has announced the acquisition of Preston Innovations, a leading European fishing business headquartered in Telford, England, along with Primo, its distribution business located in Holland. The purchase price was not disclosed. “I am pleased that we were able to conclude this deal and continue building our presence more globally in fishing,” said Marc Olivié, CEO of WC Bradley Co. “Our fishing businesses are doing well in both the US and Europe, and it is good to see us take another significant step into the European market with Preston Innovations.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Oct 01, 2014  |  0 comments
A little something to whet your appetite. . . Aqua 1.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Sep 29, 2014  |  0 comments
Editor, Alex Bones, checks out what’s new… To add to its already glowing portfolio of products, Shimano and Dynamite have some new additions for release before the end of this year. Match Fishing Editor, Alex Bones, visited the HQ to find out what’s in store. First up is the new mid-price-range Super Ultegra AX Match and Feeder range of rods available in three match (float), five feeder versions and one winkle picker model to cover a multitude of disciplines. Designed with performance and versatility in mind the feeder versions are available in lengths from 11ft to 14ft, the float ones in 13ft, 14ft and 15ft versions and the little winkle picker, which is likely to be a hit on many of today’s commercials, comes in one version, 8ft-9ft.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Sep 25, 2014  |  0 comments
Jamie Hughes wins big at Barston Lakes. The Midland Angler Of The Year is held at Barston Lakes each year and is based on a format of two three-hour matches. The first three hours on the feeder, then three hours on the pole after a weighing in the first catch. Jamie Hughes took the title with 28lb of F1s and bream in the morning session, for 2nd in his section, then caught 99lb of bream and big F1s on the pole in the afternoon match, to win the section and score three points.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Sep 24, 2014  |  0 comments
Editor, Alex Bones, visits Europe to check out the convention-defying square Z14-1 Advance. When the designers at Browning sat down to revamp their flagship pole it was always going to have to be a bit special to beat its predecessor, the mighty Xitan Z12. With most manufacturers now taking advantage of advances in carbon technology it’s fair to say that if you stripped the graphics from most flagship poles on the market you’d struggle to separate them in terms of performance. Where Browning has scored, in particular with its Z12, was the comprehensive nature of the package.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Sep 23, 2014  |  0 comments
October is the month for angling on Sky Sports. Competition Angling enters the Sky Sports spotlight in October with a whole raft of big events put together by Rob Hughes of RHAPMedia, whose company has now made an incredible 117 TV programmes specialising in fishing alone. “After a massively busy summer filming a number of fishing projects, including some of the top events in the UK and world angling scene, I’m pleased to announce they will be broadcast in what is proving to be an epic October for angling”. Sky Sports have once again shown their support to angling by broadcasting a raft of even programming along side their usual Fish ‘O’ Mania and Tight Lines regular programmes.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Sep 19, 2014  |  0 comments
Bait giant Sonubaits launch a new range of silver-fish groundbaits. We are at the Preston Innovations and Sonubaits Press day today where the brands are set to show us all of their new products for 2015. Over the course of the day we will bring you information on the items as and when we get it, as we are sure you are all excited to see what they have to offer — we certainly are! First up is the new Super Crumb range from Sonubaits. This is a concise range of four non-fishmeal mixes aimed at silver-fish anglers and natural waters.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Sep 19, 2014  |  0 comments
Massive range of new products from Preston Innovations. “It is the best launch in my 12 years with Preston. ” When Tommy Pickering makes a statement like that you know you have to take note. Preston has developed a huge range of new tackle for 2015 and every single item looks exceptional! First up is the innovative On Box 360.

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