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Match Fishing Staff  |  Sep 07, 2011  |  0 comments
Well it has been a hectic month for me. For a start I had the awesome Evesham Festival to fish. This was my first experience of the Evesham weekend so I was hoping to get amongst the considerable prize money! I managed to draw Peg 9 on the Shakespeare match and although a good area for section points it generally isn’t good enough to win the match. I chose to fish for roach for the first three hours and apart from about 50 tiny fish, my match was no going well.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
Match Fishing's Tackle Award are back, and it’s your chance to vote on what you think is hot in the world of rods, reels, poles, luggage, clothing, bait etc…It’s a simple tick-box affair and should take you no longer than a couple of minutes to do. To thank you for taking the time to complete these important awards we’ve lined up an awesome prize – a day’s fishing with a top match angler and a full feature appearance in Match Fishing magazine! If you fancy the chance of winning this prize, or if you just want to make your opinions heard, then fill in our simple on-line form. Click here to enter. Alex Bones.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
It's great to see we've finally passed the 2k barrier on our Facebook fan page! We seem to have a really nice community on there with not too many plonkers and just lots of people appreciating the snippets of info, teaser pics, vid trailers and surveys we pop on there. It's also great to see where these people come from. There's a considerable number from Europe and further afield which proves to me that pole fishing is perhaps not quite as specialist a field as we sometimes think. Where do we go from here? 3,000, of course.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Aug 19, 2011  |  0 comments
With the big money Match This final playing host to a superb line up of hopefuls this weekend promises to be a good one. Pole Fishing editor Jon Arthur will be there competing in the runners-up £5,000 final on the specimen lake and Joe Carass will be sat behind Lee Kerry as his wingman for the day. Tom Scholey, Pole Fishing’s editorial assistant, will be sat with with Stuart Lister hoping he can coach Stu to a big pay-day win. I, on the other hand, will be at Roy Marlow’s fantastic Glebe and Mallory Park complex fishing in the annual AT Masters event.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 20, 2011  |  0 comments
Well Saturday was the big day for my Ultimate Barnsley Blacks team as it was to be one of our most important matches of the year. Semi finals are always tense affairs and with this one being at Woodlands Nr Thirsk it was always going to be a peggy match to say the least! All we could hope for was a decent draw and a good team performance. We got the good draw that we needed and one that we were confident of qualifying from. I got massively luck and actually drew Skylark 15 AGAIN! I was almost embarrassed when Lee handed me my draw but I had a job to do and with the pegging being very tight I didn’t think I would need a big weight to win the section.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 20, 2011  |  0 comments
Well there comes a time in every match anglers career when you just look out of the window before a fishing match and think ‘is it worth it?’. That’s precisely what happened on Saturday, I was all set to go and fish the open at Woodlands Lakes Nr Thirsk when I received a text message from Lee Kerry asking if we’d had any snow. My initial reaction was ‘shut up, it hasn’t snowed!’ but one peak out of the window confirmed that there was nearly two-inches of snow! The decision was then made to stay in bed! A wise choice as the match fished terrible anyway. It was an excuse for a much-needed lie-in followed by several cups of tea and lots of rig tying and having a general tackle sort out.
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  |  Jul 20, 2011  |  0 comments
With my busy schedule with work and with the Dynamite Baits festival coming up at White Acres, I decided to have a bit of time off this weekend. I did however manage to sneak a couple of hours in last night after work. I decided to have a short session at The Banks fishery at Barby, Jon, Tom and I had a walk around last week and I was really impressed with the venue. It is a 106-peg snake lake that is very diverse, there is a long straight that used to be an old canal and then the fishery turns into a very twisty snake lake with lots of little arms.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 20, 2011  |  0 comments
It’s that time of the year again when the team all get together to practice for the Angling Times Winter League semi final. This year it is up at Woodlands Lakes Nr Thirsk. Saturday saw me visit the venue for the first time this year, I was kind of hoping to draw on a pile of carp but that hope was short lived when I pulled out Peg 7 on Partridge. My end of the lake was flat calm when setting up, whilst the other end had a lovely ripple on it and I was sure that end would be where the carp were.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 20, 2011  |  0 comments
Well I promised to give you a ‘warts ‘n’ all’ account, and even tell you when I haven’t caught a lot. Well that’s precisely what I did this weekend, caught very little!Saturday saw me visit Woodland View nr Droitwich for a practice match for the following weeks Sensas/Garbolino match. Now I would love to tell you that this was a 100 peg sell-out, but in-truth it was a very poor 13 pegger! When you consider that the five members of my team that took the effort to go, all went through a 350mile+ round trip (except Denty who would have had a shorter journey had he decided to fish on the moon) it was pretty poor. In fact everyone who attended had travelled for miles, it just proves that as popular as I maybe think it is, commercial fishery silver fish fishing isn’t so!Back to the match and we had a very interesting match, I drew on Back Deans pool and was told that there were hordes of small roach in there.
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  |  Jul 20, 2011  |  0 comments
After last weeks poor draw at woodlands I was really looking forward to getting back up there and was looking for a good draw. There were plenty of anglers on the match so Kamasan points were on offer and also I’m doing well in the County Champs tables so was looking for a few points. I drew peg 15 on Skylark, HAPPY DAYS. This has been a consistent area all winter and the main shoal lives in that area.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 20, 2011  |  0 comments
This week has seen me have a fantastic weekend! I really do put a lot of effort into my fishing so it’s always nice to get some good results!If any of you have followed my blog so far you will know that the final round of the Sensas/Garbolino was to be fished this week at Woodland View. After the practice match the week before we were heading into the match very confident, and felt that we could get a good result. We had a slender four-point lead over Daiwa Dorking, so every point that we could score would be vital. Lee Kerry was to draw our pegs and put three of our five anglers on end pegs, High pool 27 was to be my home for the day.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 20, 2011  |  0 comments
It has been a while since my last blog, but it has been a couple of months filled with activity here at DHP towers! First we said goodbye to Dave Harrell who left his post here at Match Fishing to pursue other interests. This was a shock to us all and I know that many people will miss him. Luckily we have managed to snare Alex Bones, who I’m sure plenty of you will know for his hair cut, and the bit of fishing that he does occasionally! Alex will be a great asset to the mag and hopefully we can go from strength to strength and keep improving the mag! Anyway I have had an up and down few weeks fishing. Spawning fish have made lakes fish poor and go very peggy and I seem to have avoided the fish more than normal! I have managed a win and a second up at the Oaks but this week saw the frustration return!Saturday saw me on Cedar Lake.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jun 29, 2011  |  0 comments
Welcome to my first ever blog for the Match fishing magazine website!Over the next few months I will try and talk you through the trials and tribulations of being a modern day match angler. My blog will be a ‘warts ‘n’ all’ account of my latest matches and I wont hold anything back (even if I don’t catch much!) To open my account I will start by talking about the latest round of the Garbolino/Sensas International rules match that Darren Cox and Sean Ashby run. It was going to be the third round, this was to be held at Gold Valley and with my Barnsley Blacks team winning the league we definitely had to try our best to get a good result. On the Friday before the match we had a little practice and worked out that the match was going to be extremely hard, but luckily we had sussed out that perch were going to be the target species and these would be what we primarily fished for.

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