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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  |  May 11, 2012  |  0 comments
Stan Piecha reflects on the opening round of the Drennan KO Cup. Clint Eastwood portraying Dirty Harry in the cult movie Magnum Force tells his boss: “A good man always has to know his limitations. ” Those words were going through my mind after fishing the opening round of the Drennan KO Cup. The arena for this splendid event was Woodlands View near Droitwich, Worcs, a venue I last fished around 15 years ago.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Mar 15, 2017  |  0 comments
Outspoken and opinionated he may be, but whenever he writes something it’s always worth reading. Welcome back, Giles Cochrane… Weston Pools is a fantastic match and pleasure fishing complex because it offers anglers a range of species to target with a variety of different approaches. However, from a match angler’s point of view, this can be a daunting prospect. It took me a little while to realise that I needed to target F1s, ignoring the barbel and carp as the F1s feed shallow for most of the year and are big enough to put a reasonable weight together in the last few hours if necessary.
Will Raison  |  Sep 03, 2021  |  0 comments

Will Raison reveals his go-to F1 feeder tactics when a venue is affected by a heavy wind and strong tow.

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. . .
Des Shipp  |  Sep 02, 2021  |  0 comments

England international Des Shipp takes us back to Ivy House Lakes to show us some of the tactics he used to win a four-day festival at the venue.

Des Shipp  |  Sep 02, 2021  |  0 comments

Des Shipp reveals how he fills the time on commercial fisheries when the carp simply refuse to feed!

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 19, 2017  |  0 comments
Mark Pollard reflects on a very successful trip to the Emerald Isle, and recounts his lessons learnt… The Irish festival scene has seen a huge rise in popularity in the past few years and in turn winning over on the Emerald Isle is becoming increasingly difficult. Well, that’s the case for most, although if you’re a certain Mark Pollard it seems that winning in Ireland is about as easy as getting your hands on a pint of Guinness! We joined him on his return from another successful visit to Ireland, where he managed to frame in five out of five festivals! Fish To Win A festival-winning fish? Redworms and maggot was a great hook bait for skimmers! I would say the most important nugget of advice I could give to anyone visiting Ireland and who wants to do well is be positive. The fishing in Ireland when I was last there (for a full five weeks in September), was the best I’ve ever known it and with such good fishing on offer you have to make the most of it. Fishing for skimmers and roach in the UK may be about fine lines and small hooks but for feeder fishing the past few weeks I’ve been using 0.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Apr 11, 2017  |  0 comments
Dan Webb lets some of the England Feeder team's cats out of the championship bag. . . There seems to be this idea flying around that this little piece I'm writing each month might not be entirely serious.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
The Build Up It was back to Partridge lakes today for the third round of the teams of four winter league. The weather leading up to the contest had taken a turn for the worse with a slight drop in temperature (although it still wasn't as cold as it should be for the beginning of December). The conditions had however, had a big impact on the weights that had come out recently and it had also been frozen at the start of the week, but, on the open match Saturday it had been ice-free so I was unsure on how it would fish after all the melted ice water had gone in but I was looking forward to it nonetheless. On the trip down to the fishery I was surprised to see that the canal near me had frozen over and I was half thinking that I should turn back for the ice breaker but fearing that this would make me late I decided to head on but still hoped that Partridge would be ice-free.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jan 27, 2017  |  0 comments
January 22nd, Peg 151, Covey Six Today was the second round of the Partridge Lakes winter league and after managing a second in section on the previous round I hoped that I could build on that this week, but after my performance on the teams of four I wasn’t that optimistic. The weather during the week had been quite reasonable for the time of year, with some settled temperatures at last, but as per usual it was all change by the weekend as an easterly breeze had brought some cold weather and we were back down to minus temps during the night. It was forecast to be 2ºC all day with some snow flurries, and no doubt this would affect the fishing today, but it would be the same for everyone so no point complaining. I arrived at the fishery just before 8.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Apr 19, 2017  |  0 comments
Stu Redman gets his super-bright bait dyes out to show you how you can make your maggots and pinkies stand out from the crowd! Just in case you have been living under a rock or something, the fluoro bait phenomenon is well and truly happening! Those of you who frequent Facebook with any regularity will surely have spied some rather luminous looking maggots and pinkies on various anglers’ side trays. Many anglers have seemingly noticed an opportunity to get a bit of an edge when it comes to the effectiveness of their baits, particularly when the water is still clear and a hi-viz bait will work well. Just think about how anglers are catching on Method and Hybrid feeders these days, and most of the time they are using super-bright high-visibility hook baits. So the question must be asked, why not take the same theory and apply it to pole fishing? ‘Mad scientist’ Stu Redman is one man who is never afraid to do things a little differently.
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  |  Sep 03, 2021  |  0 comments

Pellets banned on your local commercial? Callum Dicks looks at the highly visible alternative hook bait that’s great on the waggler – corn!