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In Jake’s opinion one of the most important aspects of being successful on the match fishing scene is being able to focus your attentions on a venue, or a handful of venues that suit your style of fishing.

Marukyu, a Japanese manufacturer of high-quality baits and eco-friendly fishing products, is excited to announce the launch of their brand-new range of high-quality groundbaits for natural venue anglers. 

Marukyu is renowned for their high-quality fishing baits and, after working with some of the UK’s top natural venue anglers, have created an extensive range of groundbaits to cover a wide variety of venues, species and techniques.

The new range consists of seven different natural groundbaits, which is available to buy in 2kg and 4kg bags:

Big River




Spiced Breach Punch (1kg bags only)

Fishmeal Bream


Currently being rolled out in tackle shops across the UK, the groundbaits have already generated a big reaction among pro and pleasure anglers, and have begun to enhance their fishing experiences at natural venues. Because of this, Marukyu have started developing additional baits for their natural range, which are expected to be launched later in the year.

Howard Kaye, National Sales Manager, explains why these new groundbaits have been developed by Marukyu’s UK division:

“We have recently been working with some of the UK’s top natural venue anglers and learning about some of the difficulties they face when fishing at natural venues. Based on this research, and seeing a gap in the market, we have created an extensive range of high quality natural groundbaits to cover a wide variety of venues, species and techniques. They have been developed to mix quickly and easy, straight from the bag, and are perfect for any natural venue angler.”

For more information about Marukyu Europe and its range of natural groundbait, please visit www.marukyu.co.uk or call 01269 833030.

Bait-Tech is delighted to welcome three new faces to their team of consultants. With the ever-evolving trends on the UK Commercial Match scene, we feel it is vital to keep on top of this to continue the development of cutting edge bait products to bring to market and stay at the forefront of the industry. 

The latest recruits will help them with the most modern commercial fishery methods and techniques offering a stream of advice we feel is invaluable to us in terms of future products – The domination of F1 orientated fisheries requires a specialised approach and these anglers are synonymous with being at the top of their game when it comes to the species.

Joining Bait-Tech are:


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Shaun Little – The Matrix Brand Manager has for long been at the top of the sport and F1 filled venues are where he spends most of his time on the bank. With a love for fishing at speed for large numbers of fish, he is always looking for baits that will increase his catch rate.


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Aidan Mansfield – MAP backed Aidan is one of the brightest young prospects on the UK Match Scene. With Tunnel Barn Farm being his main base, he has an extensive knowledge of the current trends on one of the most competitive venues in the country. Having recently taken on the challenge of the White Acres Festival circuit also we doubt it’ll be long before he is framing regularly there too!


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Mark Malin – Another MAP backed angler Mark has been a consistent performer for many years and has become somewhat of an all-rounder with an individual win in the Thames Championship to his name among many other accolades. Like most anglers, Mark spends the majority of his time fishing on commercial waters and enjoys catching Big Carp and F1’s equally. He was also part of the winning team in the Tunnel Barn Farm Winter League which includes, Shaun Little, Aidan Mansfield and Andy Neal!




Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Steve Rothery


32 (Moat Island)

Ben Dales


29 (Moat Island)

Ben Fisk (Bauer Media)


1 (Bridge Island)

Ryan Laycock (Pontefract)


20 (Canal)

Adam Richards (Browning)


28 (Reed)

Adrian Higginbottom (Matrix)


61 (Moat Island)

Matt Godfrey (Guru)


35 (Moat Outer)

James Hall


17 (Moat Island)

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Steve Rothery, Ben Dales & Ben Fisk

One hundred and ten (110) anglers attended this latest qualifier at Retford's Hallcroft Fishery. Despite conditions appearing ideal with plenty of cloud cover and with a slight ripple on the water, most anglers found the going tough early on in the match with the heavy, muggy atmosphere hampering what would have otherwise been an ideal day. That said, as the day progressed, the conditions improved a little with the resident carp moving into the margins during the final ninety minutes.

Winner on the day, and next to book his place on this year's big money final, was Steve Rothery. Steve, who competed in the very first Mega Match This Grand Final back in 2011, drew peg 32 on Moat Island and started his match fishing 6mm pellet short at 5m before looking down his inside late on finding some better quality fish to dead red maggot over groundbait. At the end of the five hours, Steve offered 140-14-00 to the scales to top the field and book his place in this year's British Pole Championship final in the process.

Finishing in second place was Ben Dales from peg 29 on Moat Island. Ben also fished pellet short at 5m before coming down his edge late on to find fish up to 10lbs to weigh in 114-01-00. Ben also qualifies for this year's British Pole Championship final as a result.

Third place on the day was occupied by Angling Times columnist, Ben Fisk. Ben secured a lake win from peg 1 on Bridge Island with 109-02-00 of carp caught on meat fished shallow to take the last of the automatic British Pole Championship qualification places.

Pontefract-based rod, Ryan Laycock, finished in fourth place from peg 20 on Canal. Ryan caught the majority of his fish from down his edge on meat to offer 106-04-00 to the scales at the end of the five hours.

Finishing in fifth place was Browning's Adam Richards. Adam drew peg 28 on Reed and opted to fish pellet long and down his margins to weigh in a final 99-03-00.




"Well... things have finally started to sink in after this Saturday's crazy events! sitting here, writing about winning a 3rd Fisho title is something I could never have imagined.

The draw for pegs on the previous night saw me pull out peg 7 which immediately gave me a massive chance, but the Arena lake can be very temperamental when under pressure and with 25 anglers pegged in a line so it proved. I felt that the match would be won somewhere from fisho pegs 5-15, as this area is where the fish are happiest to feed, so to find myself in this zone was a brilliant start.

I went into the match with a very loose plan of what I was going to do, silver fish had been feeding well in practice but some newly stocked carp could also be required to do well.

I began by trying to dob a few cruising carp that were in my peg to begin with, 2 fish after 15 mins was a great start and really settled me down, allowing me to focus properly on the fishing, after this the next hour was spent trying to catch anything on casters at 7m and 13m, it was slow to say the least and very clear that carp would be needed to put a winning weight together. I had fallen to around 6th place at this point and 2kg behind the leader. For the last 3 hours of the match, I focused all my attentions on catching carp. By feeding casters at 13m an occasional fish would show a bit of interest and by slapping a Bag’em 6mm pellet I could get an odd bite off fish cruising into the swim. I had a steady 2 hours doing this catching around 13 carp for 20kg, this put me ahead by around 6kg with an hour remaining.

For myself, the last hours was pretty uneventful with just a carp and 2 f1s added to my total. Fortunately, I had already done enough and despite an awesome comeback from Andy Power who put 12kg on the scales in the final hour to finish 2nd, my final weight of 26.900kg took the honours.

Id, like to say a big thankyou to Bag'em matchbaits, Map and everyone that supported me, without my family and friends winning, would have meant much less.

Can’t wait to do it all again next year…….’

Jamie Hughes

Tri-Cast Weston Pools youth team takes top spot at Tunnel.

The newly formed Tri-Cast Weston Pools youth team, comprising young anglers from across the country, recently took top spot at this year’s 2017 Angling Trust Junior National. Eight top-flight youth teams fought it out for the top honours at the commercial super-water that is Tunnel Barn Farm.

The final result was decided over section placings, with Weston finishing well clear of the nearest rivals and sending three from the six-man team through to the junior Fish ‘O’ Mania final at Cudmore.

The top team was made up of Kristian Jones, Cagsy Parry, Jordan Holloway, Mike Rough, James Allen and overall individual event winner Will McCranor, who on the day took the top spot with a fantastic display of match angling from an unfancied area.

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Not only did the first team win the day but the second team – Tri-Cast Weston Red – managed a very respectable fourth place, with standout individual Zac Worby taking the section honours and also paving a way to Fisho. Zac ended his match individually second overall on the day with over 120lb of shallow-caught F1s.

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This has been the first event for the team and plans are already in place for the next campaign. The team wish to thank Steve Hopkinson from Tri-Cast, and Mike and Rachael Philbin from Weston Pools for taking over the full sponsorship – certainly big things lie ahead in the future.

Make the most out of every peg that you draw this month with Andrew Mann’s peg planning tactics…


Have you ever fished a perfect match? I often come away from the bank knowing full well that I could have made better decisions and got a better result. More recently however, I have started to plan out my matches. I used to think that fishing was too unpredictable and wild for a strategic plan to be put in place. However, especially on commercial fisheries, implementing a plan for your session will improve your results!


Early Planning...

Planning my session begins before I get to the bank. For example, before today’s session here on the Mickey Mouse Lake at Docklow Pools, I knew that I’d be targeting both silver fish and carp. Before even arriving, I had a plan to fish at close range for the silvers in the early part of the session, with the hope of catching some carp in the latter part down the margins.


On The Peg…

It isn’t until after drawing your peg that the detailed planning really begins. I like to place my box down on the swim that I’ve drawn, and sit down to really think about the match ahead. Sometimes, I’ll sit for up to 10 minutes considering options. Today, I’m faced with a luscious swim full of options, but to get the best from it, I need to carefully choose where I fish, when I fish there and what I fish there.


Rule Of Three

The matches when I feel like I’ve done worst are always the ones when I’ve fished too many swims and made things overcomplicated. I stick to having a maximum of three swims. I’ve found this is the right amount to give you scope to catch various species and sizes of fish, without ending up in a muddle!

The first swim that I want to choose is a banker, where I’m going to get plenty of bites and catch efficiently to build up a weight of mixed species. The chances are that I won’t be able to catch big carp all the way through the match, so this swim will be vital in keeping my weight topped up. I need to be able to feed it accurately too, which is why I’m placing this swim just five metres out, straight in front of me, at the base of the nearside shelf.


Free Fish

While sat on the swim thinking about my plan, I also notice that there are quite a lot of fish moving out in open water in front of me. Normally, I would think about fishing on the bottom on the long pole, most likely with pellets. In fact before arriving at the swim, I had in my head that this would be an ideal long-pole attack.

However, after seeing an odd carp cruising about and lots of quality fish topping, I’m now planning on feeding an odd cube of meat, while attempting to ‘mug’ an odd cruising carp when the opportunity comes.


Margin Minded

I feel like the best place for me to catch a number of big fish to potentially win the match off this peg, is down the margins. I’m presented with two options for this – one to the left and one to the right. I like to pick what I think is going to be the most favourable margin. I always try and choose the side that has the most fish-pulling potential. Today for example, I have an island to my left that leaves a very narrow gap to draw fish from. The near bank is also very open, with little cover in the way of bankside vegetation. However, to my right, I’m fishing towards the main body of the lake. There are loads of reeds and shade from several big trees growing beside the lake. This is a much more favorable area to target, and I’m certain it will bring the best result.

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Pinging just two or three clubs of meat is enough to keep fish hunting on the long-pole swim!


Match Plan

Once set up and ready to fish a match, it’s vital that you remain in control of what you are doing, and that’s where sticking to the plan really helps. Watching anglers around you can be a big advantage in certain situations. For example, if someone starts catching down the edge, it’s a sure sign that fish may be moving in to feed. However, it’s vital that you don’t get sucked into chasing fish. If the guy next door happens to catch a 10lb carp out of the blue on the pellet waggler, the last thing you should do is pick that up and try and fluke one the same. Stick to your plan and you’ll catch him up later.


The Session

My basic plan for today is to catch on the short swim for as long as possible, while pinging just on odd piece of meat on the long pole. I am going to leave the margins alone until later in the match. If I feel like there’s an opportunity to catch a cruising fish, I will, and if the short swim needs a rest, I have the option to try the longer meat swim.


Starting The Match

At the off, I’ve simply shipped out to five metres and fed five or six times by hand with around 30 casters. I’ve also pinged three cubes of meat out onto the long line four or five times. Starting on the bottom on this short swim, I’m into fish immediately. I’m feeding as often as I possibly can at the minute to try and draw in lots of fish and already I’ve started getting bites on the drop as my rig is settling. Roach, ide and an odd chub are hitting the net regularly, and picking up my shallow rig, I begin to catch even quicker.


A Welcome Boost

After around an hour, I’m confident that I’ve got close to 20lb of silver fish in the net, and action is still thick and fast. However, I have just seen a swirl where I’ve been pinging meat, so I’m making a quick move to try the swim. Baiting up with my favourite ‘banded meat’ and looking at my watch, I’m giving it just five minutes so that I don’t miss out the silver-fish action. It seems that I don’t need to worry however, because as soon as my rig hits the water, there’s a huge swirl and my elastic is dragged out! After a short-lived battle, I’ve bagged a 6lb bonus carp in just two minutes. I see this as a free ticket to have another look out on this long swim, but all the time I’m feeding casters on the short line maintaining the plan of building a weight from there. A chub around 2lb follows on the long swim, before another quick look leaves me biteless for two minutes. This is long enough to urge me to get off this swim and continue putting fish in the net on the short line.


Mugger Madness

After another good spell of catching well on the short swim, I see a mugging opportunity on the long line, as a couple of large dark shadows cruse into the swim. I have a rig assembled for flicking out to these fish with a long line between float and pole tip, with the float set just six inches deep. My bait choice for this is always meat, a visible bait that sinks incredibly slowly, maximising the chances of a fish seeing your bait. Hard pellets or corn may fall that little bit too quickly for a fish to see it and grab it as it cruises past. A deadly trick when looking to ‘mug’ fish like this is to make sure you have your mugging rig hooked-up and ready to go beside you. I actually hook my hook into my pole sock, and lay the top kit beside me so I can quickly grab it and ship out to mug a lump.

This time, it works a treat and swinging my long line out towards the front of the cruising fish I quite literally watch a lean common engulf my cube of meat, before angrily swirling off like a torpedo, straight between the tree stumps out in the middle of the lake. I manage to turn the fish by lifting the pole high – a great trick if you feel like the fish is about to bottom your elastic out. This sudden change of angle often turns the fish. It certainly works this time for me, and I’m soon shaking a 12lb Docklow common into the landing net.

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Areas of scum like this are perfect target areas for mugging fish!


A Free Match Win…

Sticking to my guns, I’m straight back on the short swim and as I’ve continued feeding this throughout, it’s no surprise that the fish are still feeding well here. Having my mugging rig set up and ready to go, I manage to sneak a couple more carp over the next couple of hours, both which have come right over the swim where I’ve been pinging meat all day. I’m sure the fish weren’t keen on feeding, but the noise of an odd cube hitting the water has intrigued them. When I’ve seen them, I’ve simply dropped a bait in front of them and they’ve fallen for it.

I can’t stress enough the importance of catching these ‘free’ fish. At the end of most matches, the result is often tight and those odd fish that cruise past can quite literally be a free match win. The great thing about mugging is that it takes just a few seconds to ship-out and try for a fish. Once it has swam off or you’ve caught it, you can drop back onto the silvers swim and continue putting fish in the net.


The Finish line

With the final hour of the match approaching, I’m planning to set a margin trap to give me a final weight boost. In my opinion, the later you can leave it to feed the margins, the better it will be. I’ve often left it until there is just 50 minutes of a match remaining, and find that fish come straight to this. I’m certain that the fish have modified body clocks based around match hours, which is why they often feed later on when their guard has dropped. The later you leave the margins, the more you’ll catch there!

For today’s feature, I’m feeding this with exactly one-hour of the session remaining. Rather than potting in loads of feed, I’m feeding just half a pole pot of hemp and 6mm cubed meat – enough to draw in a couple of fish and get them competing. Whenever I feed pots and pots of bait down the edge, I seem to foul-hook and loose a lot of fish, so more recently I’ve started feeding less and had great results.

I actually feed this swim another two times before fishing there, to get the fish used to the feed going in, and create plenty of competition for the fish. After the first pot of feed I could see the water colouring up, and now after three feeds and putting a few more silver fish in the net, I’m ultra confidant of catching some there!


One At A Time…

After feeding the next handful of hemp and meat down the edge, I follow this in with my rig baited with a single cube of meat. It’s vital that you pay attention to where you feed when fishing the margins in this way. You are only feeding a small area of bait, so you need to be fishing right over the top of it. Pick a marker, and ensure your top kit and cupping kit are exactly the same length! Quite literally seconds after lowering in my rig, my elastic is dragged out – proof the feeding tactic was right.

After landing a 5lb mirror, I re-feed with the same handful of bait, follow this is with my rig, and I’m immediately into another fish. This way of resetting the margin swim after each fish is devastating in the latter stages of a match, which is proved when I put a run of eight carp together to finish the day. Had I fed the swim earlier, or introduced too much bait, I’m certain I wouldn’t have caught this many.

Although I’ve caught really well, I’ve kept feeding the short swim. On some days, you can drop in down the margins and catch a couple of quick fish before they spook and bites stop. If you can quickly drop back in on the short swim and continue putting fish in the net, it makes the margin fish a real bonus. However, if you continue to sit down the edge catching nothing, you may actually end up catching a lower weight than you would do if you had continued to fish and catch in open water.

As you can see from the catch shot, having a clear plan has helped me put together this stunning net of fish today. By basing my day around putting fish in the net on the short swim, talking any free big-fish opportunities during the day, and attacking the margins late, I’ve ended with well over that magical 100lb mark. Plan your match carefully, stick to the plan, and those brown envelopes are sure to find their way into your pocket.


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Angler File

Name: Andrew Mann

Age: 49

Lives: Wales

Sponsors: Milo

Pole: Daiwa Tournament


Venue File

Name: Docklow Pools Fishery

Location: Docklow, Leominster HR6 0RU

Contact:01568 760256

Web: www.docklowpools.com


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Following an intense qualifying campaign, 48 of the very best Club Anglers from around the country are preparing to battle it out for the title of Garbolino Club Angler of the Year for 2017.

The final, that will take place at the stunning Barston Lakes on Wednesday 19th July is certain to prove a fantastic venue to host the coveted event. The 2016 event saw East Yorkshire rod Roger Edmond pick up the title with a stunning mixed bag of the venues famed skimmers and carp. Further to being crowned the 2016 champion Roger also picked himself up Garbolino’s UK1 Accomplice Pro flagship Pole and £400 cash!

This year’s prize list is just as impressive with two of Garbolino’s top end pole’s as well as a number of reels up for grabs for the top few anglers on the day. Further to that each of the 48 competitors will receive a goody bag containing a number of Garbolino products meaning there is almost £5000 worth of prizes available on the day... Not to mention the £3000 of other prizes the company have already supplied during the qualifying campaign.

All competitors are asked to arrive at the venue in a punctual fashion to book in with the event's organisers no later than 8:20am in the main function room of the venue.

The draw will then take place between 8:30am and 9:00am with the five-hour match commencing at 10:30am.

There will be an optional superpool on the day of £20.


Lindholme Lakes Qualifiers

Roy Butterfield

Steve Simmons

Paul Turner

Jason Jones

Daniel Ballan

Nicholas Barnard

Ken Rutlidge

Ste Shorrock

Rob Burgin

Jack Turner

A Murray

Ian McManus

Tom Calladine

Darren Denton

Alan Lamb


Tunnel Barn Farm Qualifiers

Steve Johnson

Darren Hannon

Ashley Prestidge

Paul Rowberry

Andy Read

Dave Rowberry

Steve Downs

Dave Kruckow

Ben Sutor

Jack Danby

Stewart Richards

Tony Wilson

Ian Boyd

Mark Wragg

Chris Roe

Andy Todd

Paul Postin

Mick Langton

Gold Valley Qualifiers

Craig Meadows

John Young

Steve Martin

Vick Redding

Bruce Goulding

Ian Farmer

Tony Corbett

Andrew Palmer

Nick Crabbe

Paul Garrett

Richard Lear

Bill Sweeney

Mark Tester

Bill Noble

Ian Covey

Drennan Red Range Target Carp Pole -


Joe Carass gets out on the bank with Drennan’s new Target Carp pole to see whether it is a hit or a miss.

I must admit, I do enjoy getting the chance to test poles at the cheaper end of the scale. Poles under £500 always surprise me with their quality and usability.

The Drennan Target Carp is the latest in this price range to find its way into my mitts; a 14.5m model that Drennan’s Jon Arthur told me I would be very impressed with for a number of reasons.

The first thing that took me aback when unboxing this pole was the spares package. This is my one criticism of poles at the lower end of the spectrum, as they often come with perhaps a spare power top two and maybe a cupping kit if you are lucky. The Target Carp is different and scores 10 out of 10 for me!

But what do you get? Six carp kits for starters, all factory fitted with Drennan’s side pull system. The pole doesn’t come with a cupping kit but it does come with the cups and adaptors to make one of the carp kits into a cupping kit, which still leaves you with five spares.

However, it is with the ancillaries that this pole really scores. It comes with everything that you need to get your pole up and running, bar the elastics. Six roller cones, 12 PTFE internal Polemaster bushes, EVA nose cones, eight side pull beads, extractor rod, Polemaster Pole Pot, two cupping kit adaptors and finally a set of protective tubes. Now I am sure you will agree that for a pole that comes in at a penny under 400 quid that is a nice little sweetener to the already impressive deal.

For my test session, I grabbed a few hours at Woodland View, near Droitwich. Front Deans were to be my playground and two of the carp kits were elasticated. A ‘carp’ rig with 10-12 Bungee was prepared while I also set one up with No5 elastic to try and target a few silvers. After all, poles in this price range shouldn’t just be all about carp.

A simple two-pronged attack was all that was needed, with a few loose-fed pinkies at 10 metres for roach and for the carp I decided to utilise the Target Carp at its full 14.5m complement, and with a stiff breeze, this was likely to be no cakewalk!

At 10 metres this pole is a dream to use. It’s stiff and well balanced and is relatively light. Add the first butt section to take it to 13 metres and the pole remains very nice indeed. Add the final butt section and I was probably just as surprised as anyone to find a pole that is actually good to use.

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I had a great hour or so fishing at 10 metres for the roach; I even managed a few skimmers and a rogue F1 that presented a few problems on my lightweight No5 elastic. Fortunately, the side pull system helped me to get the fish under control quickly and effectively. This is a great system and the roller cone produces a silky smooth elastic performance.

With a tidy bag of silvers approaching double figures in the net, it was time to go carp hunting!

My bait tray was simple – pellets and corn, a great springtime combination. The pole was easy to use at 14.5 metres; I’m not going to say it is the stiffest pole out there, but for the price it is one of the best that I have seen, and for me if you mainly fish up to 13 metres but need the occasional session at 14.5 metres then you have to seriously consider this pole.

As soon as I hooked my first carp I knew that this was a strong pole. The 10-12 Bungee, while being a lovely choice for mid-ranged carp, barely even tested this pole. The Target Carp could easily handle a Red Bungee 18-20 and would make a great bagging pole.

I really like this pole; it’s a great bit of kit and the attention to detail is what really makes it. Drennan is a brand you can trust and I would be more than happy to part with 400 notes to bag myself one of these. Great work Drennan!


RRP: £399 - For more information head over to https://www.anglingdirect.co.uk/drennan-red-range-target-carp-14-5m-pole?a_cid=11111111&a_aid=dhpltd





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