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Match Fishing Staff  |  Sep 02, 2021  |  0 comments

Later than expected, Hadrian is back with his definitive guide to fishing ‘to hand’ on flowing water.

Rob Perkins  |  Dec 28, 2018  |  0 comments
With the recent influx of silver fish, Dynamite Baits’ Rob Perkins reckons there has never been a better time to pole fish the River Trent. I have been lucky enough to live within walking distance of the mighty River Trent all my life, and as a result I have witnessed the changes it’s undergone – some for better and some for worse. 
Currently, and happily, the river is in the best form it has ever been, with lots of roach, perch and dace along with all the bigger species the river holds all being found in abundance. Regarding this, methods have traditionally revolved around rod-and-line techniques; however, in recent years there has been a shift toward more pole fishing, especially as the roach and dace shoals have increased tenfold.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Nov 01, 2018  |  0 comments
Lee Thornton reveals a margin approach for the modern era. Margin fishing is in a period of transition, and in this feature we are looking at modifying the way we feed and fish existing baits on commercials down the margins, to try and give you the winning edge. Groundbait and micro pellets are probably the most used baits down the edge, but fish have wised up to these tactics, making methods that used to work far less effective. This in my opinion is down to two reasons: one, the fish get used to being caught in a certain way and are conditioned to behave differently to avoid getting caught, and two, once every angler fishes in a similar way, any key defining edge is taken away, making the draw more important than before.
 |  Oct 15, 2018  |  0 comments
Commercial master Andy Bennett reveals the lessons he has learnt to bag up using the pellet waggler. Refining the pellet waggler is the key to continued success with this popular approach. Just like any attack, the anglers who perfect it and make it their own will be incredibly hard to beat. One angler who springs immediately to mind is Andy Power; he has years of experience on the method and just keeps on catching with it.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Sep 05, 2018  |  0 comments
Growing up in and around the Norfolk broads, Octbox chief Rick Tyler thought he knew how to tackle rivers. That was until he found himself faced with the mighty River Ijssel… The River Ijssel here in North Holland has to be one of my favourite river venues, and in truth it is unlike anywhere that you can really tackle on UK soil. It is perhaps best described as a much bigger version of the River Trent or River Yare, a massively powerful river with big shoals of hard-fighting fish. The stretches that we fish are around the city of Zwolle, and here you regularly see ocean-going barges coming up and down the river, creating vast swills and waves as they past.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Aug 24, 2018  |  0 comments
Frenzee’s Phil Canning gives you the lowdown on his meat fishing tactics that are a sure-fire winner on summer commercials. Meat Storage The first thing we need to look at is the bait itself and how to store it to keep it nice and fresh throughout the session. In my opinion fresh meat is the only choice and I am convinced it catches you more fish. The texture is better with freshly opened meat than meat that has been in water for a while, and it smells much nicer too.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 28, 2018  |  0 comments
Phil Ringer explains just what the process and ingredients list looks like when developing a new groundbait mix. He has been responsible for some of the best and most popular mixes over the past20 years. Classics like Ringers Original and Dark have been huge for that entire time, no matter whether bream or carp are the target. But how does Phil go about developing a new mix? And what exactly goes into a groundbait to make it work? We joined him to take a look at the development behind the brand new Ringers Feeder mix… The Background I have never wanted to produce too many different groundbaits.
Match Fishing Staff  |  May 16, 2018  |  0 comments
Chris Cameron thinks simple is best in the hunt for match-winning nets of F1s! There is an abundance of theories on the pursuit of our commercial F1s, and this is of course inevitable as they are so widespread and there will always need to be an evolution of tactics to stay ahead of the game. There is a vast complexity to how you approach F1 fishing and there are the obvious forerunners to the tactical parade, but it’s not always relevant as a universal blueprint to success as the variables are vast – water temperature, target weights and the specifics of any chosen venue, to list just a few. It’s the latter of these that Middy’s Chris Cameron will offer a bit more scrutiny to and an insight into his experiences at the popular Manor Farm Leisure in Worcestershire. The normal perceived approach to F1s is to get busy, and that’s REALLY get busy in respect of how many lines you will be planning to move between in any particular match to stay in touch with what most of the time can be a finicky species.
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  |  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  |  Mar 19, 2018  |  0 comments
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Match Fishing Staff  |  Mar 02, 2018  |  0 comments
Our resident Irishman Cathal Hughes travels to Cornwall to see what all the fuss is about at White Acres. Having done very little fishing over the past month, I really thought that I’d be writing about yesterday’s charity match in this month’s magazine. But if it wasn’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all, and in typical fashion I blanked, and in doing so scuppered any chance of scraping a feature about the miserable two hours I stayed on the shores of Lough Garadice playing with my new SLR feeder rod. Not for the first time in my life I found myself in a bit of a pickle and on my way home I was racking my brain trying to think about what I could write about.
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  |  Feb 25, 2018  |  0 comments
David Haynes continues his conversation with the genial big guy, Des Shipp. DH: You’ve been a regular in the England setup for how long now? DS: About 13 years, I think it is. DH: How did that come about? DS: I was fishing for Dorking and those people that fish for England basically come through Starlets, Barnsley and Dorking – they’re the three teams from which the England team normally gets chosen. I had good success with Dorking, then I started fishing the Sensas Challenge matches, which are really important with Mark Downes there, the England captain, and I did well in some of them.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Feb 24, 2018  |  0 comments
Words and pics: Steve Haywood River master Joe Oakes visits the River Soar to demonstrate how to put together a match-winning weight of perch. Perch are abundant in natural venues and regularly take part in the weighing-in ceremony, sometimes in the starring role or maybe a bit part in a well-rehearsed silvers’ onslaught, but on some days they can be the saviour of a very difficult day. But how much attention do we give the perch? The role they play is definitely forced by the matchman’s hand and it’s the specifics of the venue and a careful nod to the conditions that will determine their appearance. Today we are on the River Soar in Leicestershire and here the perch will always figure to some extent in match weights, and Middy’s Joe Oakes is certainly a fan.