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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  |  Apr 12, 2012  |  0 comments
Match Fishing’s Joe Carass tells of a few recent successes thanks to some all-important confidence. As has been said countless times before, confidence catches you fish! All winter I have struggled to find my confidence and ultimately have been struggling to trouble the money places on my chosen venues. However just recently I believe I am starting to fish well again and am gaining that all-important confidence again. From my experience the best anglers are those who make the right decisions throughout the match.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Feb 28, 2017  |  0 comments
The pellet cone is a great tactic for cold weather when a bite or two can make the difference between a dull session and a match win. It’s all about setting a one-bite trap in the correct place, ready to tempt a passing lump into having a go. Pemb Wrighting is highly adept at catching in all conditions and the pellet cone is one of his go-to methods when the temperature drops: “It’s great for offering a small pile of bait with the hook bait most prominent – the fish doesn’t have to be feeding hard to want to investigate and then a bite won’t be far behind. ” Today, Pemb has chosen Sumners Ponds Fishery in Horsham, West Sussex to demonstrate the effectiveness of the pellet cone and with the weather veering between Arctic blasts from one of the many winter storm systems and bright sunshine, the Guru-backed ace will need to bring his A game to get a result.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Apr 25, 2012  |  0 comments
Consistency is something we all strive for as match anglers, everyone can draw a good peg and have the odd good result but getting consistently good results is much more difficult. This has been even more important in my fishing in recent weeks as I’ve been fishing the very popular Westwood Lakes teams of 3. Every year the match is a sell out and this year has been no different. With the weather being unsettled to say the least, the lakes have been fishing quite hard and a bit peggy.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 20, 2011  |  0 comments
Well it has just been that time of the year when hundreds of anglers make their pilgrimage to sunny Cornwall (well sometimes anyway) for a crack at the White Acres festivals. I try to do at two festivals a year but after missing last years Preston festival due to work commitments (the one where sharing partner Lee kerry netted a cool £29K) I was really keen to get back. I have quite a good record at White Acres so I always give it my all to make that continue. The main thing about the ‘Acres’ is that you need a run of draws that give you a chance to compete.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jun 27, 2016  |  0 comments
Forty years have flown by since the Sheffield Star first announced it was to host a major fishing competition for club match anglers. Who could possibly have thought that it would not only still be running today but positively thriving? “This is the 20thyear I have been involved (writes organiser Bob Roberts) and I’m proud to see it is as popular as ever. The late Colin Dyson asked me if I’d mind taking over his Green Un column (a local sports newspaper) in April 1997 until ‘he got a little better. ’ Alas he never recovered but it’s a fitting tribute that the reigning Club Match Angler Champion is now presented with the Colin Dyson Memorial trophy, in his honour, a trophy provided by the late Jack Purchase to honour his memory.
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  |  Jan 29, 2016  |  0 comments
A group member, Darren Tracey, who commented on a post that we put on our Facebook page asking to show us your fisheries, suggested our next outing for a review day. So we contacted Darren and arranged a date to meet up and fish with him and another group member, Barry Smith, who also asked if we could review the venue, Greens Lane Ponds. Greens Lane Ponds is a one-acre water with 27 pegs and one island. Average depth is four feet and the pond provides consistent and excellent fishing all year round, with match-size carp and plenty of silvers to go at.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Aug 07, 2012  |  0 comments
Middy backed Andy Quarmby has been winning a lot of matches lately and it’s all thanks to making good decisions! Recent matches have highlighted one thing to me, making a key decision in a match is the difference between winning and being an also ran. Yes I know this may sound obvious but my recent encounters at Pans Hill highlight this quite well I think
Pans Hill Sunday match 29th July (Pans Lake)

Pans lake, for those who have never been, is a typical 14m wide snake with typical depths. It has a large head of mirrors and commons 1-3lb and F1s 6oz-2lb. Typical winning match weights in summer are usually between 80-130lb with plenty of bites to be had.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Mar 23, 2017  |  0 comments
Inside Out Method Fishing with my hookbait outside of the feeder has been very effective over the past couple of months. It can be a deadly way of fishing the method feeder when the fish aren’t attacking the feeder confidently. Light Is Best I always try and use the lightest float and line I can get away with at this time of year, it definitely catches me more fish. As the water starts to warm up I will step up my tackle, but using light lines, floats and smaller hooks works best for me in the winter/spring months.
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.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Nov 14, 2013  |  0 comments
Craig Butterfield reflects on a recent feature with a difference. What is a match angler? I’m sure like me the idea you have of a match angler is someone sat on a fancy box with all the trimmings, holding an expensive pole and dressed head to toe in fancy coloured Gore-Tex clothing. On Saturday I was lucky enough to be on the bank with Dean Winsbury shooting some angling videos, now I’m sure all of you are thinking, “Who the hell is Dean Winsbury”? Well he’s a match angler, and a good one at that! He’s a master at bagging on prolific commercials and boasts match catches from venues such as Barston of over 800lb! You may be wondering how a match angler can have such huge catches and never grace the pages of Match Fishing magazine, well he’s a carp angler, or is that a specimen angler, after all, 90% of us fish for carp every week and would never dream of labeling ourselves carp anglers! We’re match anglers!Spending time on the bank with Dean and talking to him about his own style of match fishing was fantastic, you could tell as soon as I mentioned his match fishing a spark was ignited, he began to talk about matches he’s won and the ones that agonizingly slipped through his fingers due to a bad decision on his part. As he reminisced over the near misses and the “if onlys” I realized I could have been talking to absolutely anyone in the pub after one out our “normal” matches.
Match Fishing Staff  |  May 11, 2018  |  0 comments
When it comes to fishing big waters, Dynamite Baits’ Rob Perkins reckons fishing two lines at once will get you loads more bites. Although I’m a massive fan of fishing natural waters, Ulley Reservoir is fairly new to me. I first saw a few match result posts on Facebook early last year, showing low double-figure bags of roach and the odd even bigger bag of bream. “That looks like an ‘interesting’ water,” I thought to myself, and the rest is now history as I’ve now enjoyed quite a few open matches here.
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.
Will Raison  |  Sep 02, 2021  |  0 comments

Will Raison has the recipe to catch big skimmers when small fish dominate match weights at Barston Lakes.