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Andy May  |  Nov 02, 2021  |  0 comments

Andy May visits one of Staffordshire’s most stunning commercial venues, Izaak Walton Fishery, to sample the sport on offer on the venue’s Bottom Lake.

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  |  Apr 28, 2016  |  0 comments
So it was here, the first Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier of the year. I always get excited on qualifiers for these big-money matches. They can be a bit of a lottery, but if you draw a decent peg you can be in with a chance. For the last four years I have been trying to get a ticket for Partridge Lakes without any luck, but this year I managed to get on both qualifiers.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 20, 2011  |  0 comments
Welcome to my first blog entry as I’ve now returned to Match Fishing magazine as editor, after leaving just over 7 years ago. From the September issue onwards I’ll be at the helm with the highly respected Joe Carass as my wingman. I’ll be making some considerable changes to the magazine and you’ll see the return of some faces who’ve not appeared in MF for a while. So what’ve I been up to over the last few weeks?.
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  |  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  |  Mar 02, 2018  |  0 comments
Jon Whincup reveals some findings from his winter commercial campaigns! F1s – Simple Is Best I spend most of my winter targeting F1-style venues and one thing I have learnt is that simple is by far the best. A simple bait choice with a simple match attack will always beat a complicated multi-bait approach. There is definitely a need to fish several lines by the end of the day, but on larger F1 venues such as Decoy Lakes, where I am today, three or four lines will often be enough. I am very happy to be patient and have found success by being far more patient than some of the younger anglers around.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Mar 22, 2017  |  0 comments
Where once bloodworm ruled supreme, bread and hemp seem to dominate on Alan Scotthorne’s local canal. We met him to see how he utilises two of the best roach catchers available. I have fished my local Stainforth & Keadby Canal for many years because it is so close to my South Yorkshire home and offers such consistent sport. Roach are always the main species, with just the occasional match won with skimmers and bream.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Nov 08, 2016  |  0 comments
Alan Scotthorne On The Slider There are few anglers better than Alan Scotthorne on the slider float, so here’s a masterclass at Chesterfield’s Poolsbrook Reservoir with the five-time world champ! One method that always seems to arouse plenty of interest and discussion, yet you rarely see being used in England, is the slider. The single main reason why it is not widely fished is because feeder fishing is normally allowed too. You can fish a feeder effectively in almost any conditions you are faced with, whereas the slider takes a bit more effort. One thing’s for sure, though, it’s something you have to master if you ever want to represent your country! The feeder is banned in most international events and that opens the door to this brilliant float-fishing tactic.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Aug 23, 2016  |  0 comments
Des Shipp’s Pellet Waggler Masterclass Des Shipp explains when fishing the waggler can give you the edge over other methods… Fishing the waggler is a tactic that requires almost unparalleled hard work and perseverance. However, done correctly, in the right situation it can prove to be devastating, just as I proved in a recent Maver Match This qualifier at Gold Valley Lakes, where I qualified for the £65,000 grand final! Why The Waggler? The first and probably most obvious reason for choosing to fish a waggler over the pole is its versatility and range. You can simply fish much further out using a waggler than you can the pole; it is therefore suited perfectly for large lakes or up to features where the pole cannot reach or using a feeder isn’t suitable. It also thrives on tightly pegged venues where fishing the waggler can create space for yourself by fishing an area of the lake nobody else is venturing into.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Mar 28, 2018  |  0 comments
When fishing at long range for big slabs, Dynamite Baits’ Ian Smith reckons the window feeder is a tactic that takes some beating… With ‘traditional’ feeders you used to have the choice of either a blockend (maggot) feeder or an open-ended one. These days there sits in the middle what is known as a window feeder. These are more a hybrid of the two. Having started their existence in Ireland, in the last few years they have become more and more popular in this country.
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  |  Jan 16, 2017  |  0 comments
Garbolino Lindholme’s Alex Docherty reflects on the differing approaches that top anglers take to winning matches. . Working at Lindholme Lakes places me in the fortunate position that I get to see Aaron Grantham every weekend… not to mention many top match anglers. This has really helped me in my own fishing and I’ve learnt loads through the years by watching and speaking to them (the anglers, not Aaron).
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.