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Bob Nudd

Ron Hollis Masterclass Day River Ouse 12th November 2013

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

great catch Ron

great catch Ron

This was a special 70th birthday present from Ron’s wife Margaret. His son Steve had also come along for the day. The River Ouse in Godmanchester was the chosen venue.

It was a mild morning with light winds. The main river was carrying some extra water, so I decided that the backwater would be more suitable.

I love catching roach

I love catching roach

Ron loves fishing the waggler and was soon catching roach, dace and perch, loose feeding red maggots with a single maggot on the hook. Steve was on the opposite bank and opted for the pole cupping in 2 balls of groundbait laced with pinkies and loose feeding hemp over the top. His float dipped on the first run through and from then he never stopped catching. Ron bites slowed up but a switch to fishing under the rod tip seemed much better and he continued to catch well.

Steve swings in a 3oz roach

Steve swings in a 3oz roach

It was almost dark when we left the bank. I guess Ron had caught about 7lbs and Steve 12 lbs.

Bob

Here some more pictures:

concentration

concentration

the perch and roach were feeding together

the perch and roach were feeding together

just in the net

just in the net

Ron with a 6ozs perch

Ron with a 6ozs perch

a small perch comes swinging in

a small perch comes swinging in

it was a roach every put in

it was a roach every put in

a small skimmer

a small skimmer

a 6ozs perch in perfect condition

a 6ozs perch in perfect condition

12lb of roach for Steve

12lb of roach for Steve

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Darren Bates Masterclass Day Lake John November 8th 2013

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

brilliant catch Darren

brilliant catch Darren

This was a special 40th birthday present from Darren’s partner Donna. The wonderful Lake John fishery in Hertfordshire was the chosen venue. Colin the owner had kindly allowed Darren to use a keepnet.

an early 2lb bream

an early 2lb bream

It was a mild morning with almost no wind, but some heavy rain was forecast for the afternoon.

Pole was the chosen method. Darren fishes the Wednesday open competitions, so was very experienced at fishing here. After feeding 2 lines one at 6 mts with chopped worms and casters and another at 13mts with a big pot of 2 and 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets, it was a slow start, only small fish on the chopped worm line. A switch to the long line with double caster on the hook was much better as some big skimmers and a tench came to the net.

another quality bream safely netted

another quality bream safely netted

The rain came in the afternoon, the fishing got better, and we got wetter. Nothing deterred Darren, feeding with a pole pot every put in with 2mm pellets and a few casters and using 2 dead red maggots on the hook was unbelievable, as bream, tench and even a big carp about 8lbs came to the net.

We left the bank at about 4.30pm but only because it was too dark to see the float. I guess Darren had over 60lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

a typical Lake John bream

a typical Lake John bream

almost in the net

almost in the net

Darren with a 2lb tench

Darren with a 2lb tench

Yes, it's mine!

Yes, it’s mine!

Darren carefully unhooks a 3lb bream

Darren carefully unhooks a 3lb bream

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Tony Hensleigh Masterclass Day Decoy Lakes November 2nd 2013

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

brilliant catch Tony

brilliant catch Tony

This was a special 70th birthday present from his son Shane and family. Shane had also come along for the day. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed them to use keepnets.

a 2lb F1

a 2lb F1

It was a cool overcast morning with a moderate westerly wind. The early peg numbers on Elm lake looked sheltered, so I decided to fish there.

Both anglers started with a pole in the deep margins about 2 mtrs out, loose feeding with 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets, with 2 red maggots on the hook. Tony was the first to catch a good carp after about 5 minutes. Shane was soon catching as well and they were matching each other fish for fish as F1’s, carp, barbel and even bream came to the net. A switch to 4mm expander pellet on the hook eliminated the small perch that were proving a nuisance.

my first ever barbel close to 5lbs

my first ever barbel close to 5lbs

We left the bank at about 4pm both anglers having had a brilliant days fishing. Tony had caught close to 100lbs and Shane a little more just over 100lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

a good fish swirls on the surface

a good fish swirls on the surface

Tony with a 5lb mirror carp

Tony with a 5lb mirror carp

just in the net

just in the net

Shane with a 3lb barbel

Shane with a 3lb barbel

my biggest fish of the day

my biggest fish of the day

a 12lb mirror carp was biggest fish of the day

a 12lb mirror carp was biggest fish of the day

brilliant catch Shane

brilliant catch Shane

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Geoff Brown Masterclass Day Welbeck Lakes 1st November 2013

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

great catch on a tough day

great catch on a tough day

This was a special 60th birthday present from Geoff’s daughter Helen. Welbeck lakes near Mansfield was the chosen venue. It is a truly magnificent water, set in the beautiful Welbeck estate.

Geoff with his first fish a quality roach

Geoff with his first fish a quality roach

It was a calm overcast morning, but heavy rain and stronger winds was forecast for the afternoon.

Waggler was the chosen method, a few balls of soft groundbait with casters and maggots plus loose feeding with maggots. It was a slow start and took about an hour for the first fish: a roach about 8ozs, closely followed by a 4lb bream. I set up a feeder rod thinking that the fish were a little further out and so it proved to be, catching about 6 big bream fairly quickly.

it's pouring with rain but who cares

it’s pouring with rain but who cares

Geoff finished up catching the biggest fish of the day on the waggler, before the heavy rain and bad light finally drove us from the bank.

Bob

A few more pictures:

Yes, it's mine!

Yes, it’s mine!

a 4lb Welbeck bream

a 4lb Welbeck bream

just in the net

just in the net

a 5lb bream in perfect condition

a 5lb bream in perfect condition

Nigel Bearman Masterclass Day Grand Union Canal 14th October 2013

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

 

 

 

 

fantastic catch Nigel

 

Nigel had booked me for the day. As a teenager he had achieved a high skill level and now was returning to match fishing after a long break.

 

 

 

The Grand Union Canal near Leighton Buzzard in Hertfordshire was the chosen venue. It was a calm overcast morning and the canal looked perfect with a good brownish tinge.

 

Nigel with his first bream

 

Nigel started down the nearside shelf cupping in 2 balls of Van Den Eynde Supermatch with some squatts and floro pinkies, also cupping in some chopped worms and dead red maggots on the far shelf at about 13mts. He was catching really quickly over the groundbait with single pinkie on the hook, mainly roach but also 2 skimmers.

 

the boat traffic did not effect the fishing

 

A switch to the far bank with worm on the hook resulted in instant action, as a big bream took the bait and from then on it was non stop action. Bream, skimmers, perch and even carp were hooked. It was a brilliant display of long pole fishing, stopping only to top up at regular intervals with another cup of chopped worms and maggots.

 

 

 

We left the bank at about 3.30 pm. In less than 5 hours Nigel had caught close to 60lbs, a fantastic canal catch.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Here some more pictures:

 

Nigel slips the net under a quality perch

 

a 2lb perch

 

another bream comes to the net

 

the swim was solid with quality bream

 

this feels like a big fish

 

just in the net

 

a beautiful common carp about 6lbs

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John Gamble Masterclass Day Decoy Lakes October 12th 2013

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch John

 

This was a special 70th birthday present from John’s daughter Joanne. His son-in-law David had also come along for the day. Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed them to use keepnets.

 

almost in the net

 

It was a warm calm morning, saturdays are always busy, Yew lake was free and has been fishing well so I decided to go there.

 

a 5lb mirror carp in perfect condition

 

Both anglers started in the deep margins, loose feeding 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with a 4mm expander on the hook. It was a slow start by Decoy standards it took about 30 minutes for the first bite, but then there was no looking back as quality carp came to the net. A few barbel fed in the afternoon as well. It was nonstop action with only a few minutes between fish.

 

Dave with his first fish

 

We left the bank at about 4pm, John and Dave having caught about 90lbs of fish each, their best days fishing ever.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

this must be a good fish

 

John with a beautiful 7lb common carp

 

the barbel started to feed in the afternoon

 

a 3lb barbel

 

a big fish swirls near the surface

 

 

 

brilliant catch Dave

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Mike Hooper and Tim Dunstan Masterclass day Decoy Lakes 11th October 2013

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

 

 

 

 

great catch Mike

 

Mike and Tim had booked me for the day to try to improve their skills with the pole. Decoy lakes was the chosen venue, Diane the owner had kindly allowed them both to use keepnets.

 

Van Den Eynde 4mm Expander pellets

 

It was a cold morning with a very strong easterly wind. I decided that the bottom corner on Yew lake would be the most comfortable in the adverse conditions.

 

Mike was keen to fish at 13mts and did really well to catch as it was almost imposable to hold the pole. A switch to the inside feeding with 4mm and 6mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with a 4mm expander on the hook was much easier and after a slow start was catching well. Tim started in the deep margins loose feeding pellets with double red maggot on the hook and was immediately rewarded with a big carp and a barbell. Then the perch proved a nuisance but a switch to expander pellet on the hook solved that problem and he hooked into the biggest fish of the day: a 14lb mirror carp.

 

great catch Tim

 

We left the bank at about 3.30 pm. It had been quite tough with the strong wind making presentation difficult. Tim finished up with just over 50lbs and Mike around 70lbs.

 

Bob

 

Here some pictures:

 

some serious elastic stretching

 

Mike with his first fish

 

Tim with his first fish

 

the carp fight hard here

 

a big carp swirls on the surface

 

this feels like a good fish

 

a big mirror carp about 14lbs

 

just in the net

 

an early barbel

 

a 2lb barbel

 

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Simon Wakefield Masterclass Day Decoy lakes October 10th 2013

Monday, October 28th, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch Simon

 

This was a special Christmas present from Simon’s partner Penny Brookes, who had also come along for the day. The wonderful decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue, the owner Diane had kindly allowed both of the to use keepnets.

 

Simon with a 4lb mirror

 

It was a cool October morning with a cold strong north easterly wind, not really pleasant conditions, but we managed to find a partly sheltered end on Elm lake. Both anglers love to fish the pole and were soon catching, loose feeding with Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with a 4mm expander on the hook. It was never hectic but still great as carp and F1’s came to the net.

 

Penny with her first fish

 

We left the bank at about 4 pm with both of them having had a brilliant day and catching close to 100lbs each.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

Penny was soon catching

 

a beautifully marked 5lb mirror carp

 

just in the net

 

another quality mirror carp

 

Penny never stopped smiling

 

Penny helps with the net

 

biggest fish of the day

 

brilliant catch Penny

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Cootehill Festival September 2013

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

 

 

 

 

This was a nearly festival for me, as I finished 2nd less than 1 kg behind my good friend Gary Whalley who finished up with a 5 day total of 85,060 kg. I had 84,200 kg and Neil Mazurek was 3rd with 81,630 kg.

 

The Cootehill festival is held on the lakes near the town of Cootehill, County Cavan Ireland, well organised and run by the local townspeople. It has been a regular event on the Irish calendar and always fishes well and this year was no exception.

 

On day one I had a tough section and finished 2nd on the lake with 6,200 kg. Day 2 was much better. I had a good peg on Bairds Shore and fished the pole at 12 mts, catching 180 roach and hybrids for 25,680 kg winning the lake and finishing 3rd overall on the day. Day 3 was also a pole day, catching 140 roach for 16,700 kg for 2nd on my lake. I was on the caravan section of Lough Sillen on day 4 and had another great day on the pole loose feeding casters with caster on the hook and winning my lake with 20,380 kg. On the last day it was Lough Sillen again this time I fished the window feeder catching skimmers and quality roach for 15,240 kg, which was not quite enough to beat Gary.

 

Bob

 

Here the picutres:

 

Day 1:

 

view from my peg first day

 

Day 2:

 

view from my peg on Bairds Shore (day 2)

 

cupping in (day 2)

 

I was soon catching on the pole (day 2)

 

unhooking a good hybrid (day 2)

 

part of my 56lb lake winning catch

 

Day 3:

 

view from my peg ( day 3)

 

might just be a little to big to swing (day 3)

 

netting a roach (day 3)

 

2nd on my lake on day 3 with 37lbs of roach

 

Day 4:

 

view from my peg on Lough Sillen (day 4)

 

day 4 was overcast with light winds

 

swing in a roach (day 4)

 

I was catching some good quality net roach (day 4)

 

part of my lake winning catch of 45lbs (day 4)

 

Day 5:

 

view looking down my section (day 5)

 

view from my peg ( day 5)

 

I was catching skimmers on the feeder (day 5)

 

unhooking a quality skimmer (day 5)

 

my last day catch 34lbs

 

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Horseshoes open Festival September 2013

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

 

 

 

 

Mark Silman came out just on top in what was a really close festival, finishing only 250 grams in front of Tommo with a 5 day total of 68,450 kg. My friend Barry Smith was 3rd with 67,670 kg and I was 5th with 62,120 kg.

 

The Horseshoes festival is held in and around the lakes and rivers in the Enniskillen area of Northern Ireland. Some of the sections fished really well. There was just a few days of wild weather which kept the weights down. 50 anglers were competing this year. I had an up and down match finishing 2nd overall on 2 days, but then some lower weights on the other 3 days.

 

Bob

 

Here the pictures:

 

Day 2:

 

view from my peg at Killadeas (day) 2)

 

just part of my section winning 46lbs (day 2)

 

 

Day 3:

 

view from my peg at the Airport section lower Lough Erne (day 3)

 

 

Day 4:

 

section on day 4 the waves were more than 1ft high

 

the window feeder worked well in the rough conditions day 4)

 

must be cold my hood is up (day 4)

 

I was catching small roach on the feeder (day 4)

 

 

Day 5:

 

view from my peg on Church Shore day 5

 

balling in (day 5)

 

just about calm enough to use the pole (day 5)

 

swinging in a 6ozs roach (day 5)

 

I was catching some good hybrids (day 5)

 

part of my 38lb catch (day 5)

Kevin Robinson Masterclass Day Decoy lakes 15th August 2013

Monday, September 30th, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch Kevin

 

This was a special present from Kevin’s good friend Stephanie Tanner. His fishing friend Andy had also come along for the day. The wonderful Decoy Lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed them both to use keepnets.

 

big smile from Kevin as he admires his first barbel

 

It was a mild overcast morning with a moderate south westerly wind. I decided that Oak lake would be a good choice.

 

Andy hooks into a good fish

 

Kevin started on the pole in the margins, about 1.5 mts from the bank, loose feeding with 4mm and 6mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets, with a 6mm natural jellet on the hook and after a few missed bites was soon catching fish every put in, including lots of barbel the largest being almost 5lbs. After 4 hours had reached his net limit and was returning fish as he caught them.

 

a lovely 4lb mirror carp

 

Andy had adopted to fish with the feeder, using a flat bed method feeder with a mould and a groundbait mix of fishmeal and soaked 2mm and 4mm soaked carp pellets. After 3 casts the tip went round and then it was nonstop action for the rest of the day.

 

almost in the net

 

We left the bank at about 4pm, Kevin having caught about 130lbs and Andy about 90lbs.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

a beautiful 5lb mirror carp

 

at last a 3lb barbel on the feeder

 

just in the net

 

a 4lb barbel in perfect condition

 

great catch Andy

 

 

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John Hobson Masterclass Day Decoy lakes August 12th 2013

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch John

 

This was a special 70th birthday present from John’s daughter Janet and 2 sons Mike and David. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed John to use a keepnet.

 

John with his first fish

 

It was a cool overcast morning with a moderate north-westerly wind. I decided Elm lake with the wind on our back would be a good choice.

 

the bream were feeding with the carp

 

Fishing in the deep margins, loose feeding with 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets, with a 6 mm natural Jellet on the hook John was soon catching common and mirror carp. Then the barbel started to feed. It was nonstop action and after about 4 hours he had reached his 50lb net limit and was returning the fish as he caught them.

 

a 4lb mirror carp

 

We left the bank at about 4pm and I guess John had caught close to 150lbs.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

a beautiful barbel in perfect condition

 

just in the net

 

John admires a quality mirror carp

 

another quality barbel

 

biggest fish of the day a 7lb mirror carp

 

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Colin Haggett Masterclass Day Larford Lakes August 11th 2013

Friday, September 27th, 2013

 

 

 

 

great catch on a tough day

 

This was a special birthday present form Colin’s wife Lizzie, daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Arron, and daughter Joanne. His good fishing friend Mark had also come along for the day. The wonderful Larford Lakes near Stourport in Worcestershire was the chosen venue.

 

Colin with his first fish

 

It was a warm morning with a moderate westerly wind. Colin started on the pellet waggler but it was really tough and after 2 hours he had only caught 2 small skimmers. Mark had started on the pole loose feeding 6mm hard feed carp pellets with a 6mm natural Jellet on the hook and was catching quite well. Colin switched to the pole in the last 2 hours, fishing just over a bed of lilies, loose feeding 6mm carp pellets with a 4mm expander on the hook, and then he started to catch really well as carp and F1’s came to the net.

 

Mark with his first fish

 

We left the bank at about 5pm, Colin had finished up catching about 30lbs in the last 2 hours and Mark who had been catching steadily all day about 50lbs.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

a big fish boils on the surface

 

it feels like a big fish

 

at last it is mine

 

a good common carp almost 8lbs

 

a 3lb common carp

 

almost ready for the net

 

just in the net

 

a 3lb mirror carp

 

close to 50lbs well done Mark

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Colin Wright Masterclass Day Decoy Lakes August 9th 2013

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch Colin

 

This was a special 50th birthday present from Colin’s wife Anita. The wonderful Decoy Lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed him to use a keepnet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conditions were perfect for fishing about 20c, overcast and a cool breeze. The strip lakes were fishing great at the moment and I decided to go on Elm.

 

flat bed method feeder with 6mm pellet inside

 

Feeder was the chosen tactic, a flat bed method feeder using a mould with a 6mm banded halibut pellet buried inside. Groundbait was 2mm and 4mm Van Den Eynde soaked hard feed carp pellets and fishmeal.

 

a beautiful koy

 

Casting about 25mts distance Colin was soon catching, sometimes the tip was going round after 30 seconds, and a succession of common, mirror and koy carp came to the net.

 

at last a barbel

 

We left the bank at about 4pm, Colin having had a brilliant day catching over 100lbs of fish.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

almost in the net

 

just in the net

 

an unusual fully scaled mirror carp

 

a 4lb mirror carp in perfect condition

 

 

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Alex Penny Masterclass Day Decoy Lakes August 8th 2013

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch Alex

 

This was a special Christmas present for Sharon’s son Alex. The day was arranged by my fellow Browning sponsored angler Andy Blay. I had donated a days fishing for the fishing for the Forces charity. Each year they have an Auction and Dinner at the House of Lords and this time over £40,000 was raised, a fantastic result. Sharon had put the highest bid in for a days fishing with myself.

 

Alex with his first fish a koy carp over 4lbs

 

 

 

The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue, Diane the owner had kindly allowed Alex to use keepnets. It was a warm sunny morning with just light winds. I decided that Elm lake would be a good choice.

 

Andy with a 3lb koy

 

Alex started in the deep margins about 2 mts from the bank, loose feeding with 6mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with a 6mm jellet on the hook. His first fish was a beautifully marked koy carp, then a succession of common and mirror carp plus also some bream and skimmers. A switch to fishing up in the water in the afternoon resulted in a good run of big F1’s.

 

a big fish boils on the surface

 

Alex really wanted to catch a barbel and Andy was catching lots on the next peg. A switch of pegs and Alex immediately hooked and landed a 4lb barbel.

 

first barbel well over 4lbs

 

We did the catch shot at about 4pm and I guess with the bream that we had returned immediatelyz Alex had caught close to 100lbs.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

a 4lb mirror carp in perfect condition

 

the carp were feeding well

 

 

a big F1 over 3lbs

 

biggest fish of the day

 

mum Sharon gets in on the catch shot

 

 

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Arvagh Festival September 2013

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

 

 

 

 

Less than 1 kg separated the top 3 anglers in what was a brilliant festival, with Simon Stott finishing 1st with 75,110 kg. Graham Frith was only grams behind to finish 2nd with 74,660 kg. Andy Leathers had led for most of the week but was overtaken on the last day and finished 3rd with 74,150 kg.

 

 

 

The Arvagh festival is fished on the lakes close to the town of Arvagh in County Cavan, Ireland. This year 80 anglers were competing, as always the pegging and organisation was perfect.

 

 

 

I had only an average week winning my section on 2 days and finishing in 21st place.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Here some pictures:

 

Day 1

 

 

 

balling in at 5 mts (day 1)

 

my day 1 catch 6 kg

 

Day 2:

 

 

I was feeding a small ball of groundbait (day 2)

 

swinging in a roach (day 2)

 

my day 2 catch 9,900 kg

 

Day 3:

 

view from my peg on Nigels Shore (day 3)

 

netting a good roach (day 3)

 

my section winning catch 17,200 kg (day 3)

 

Day 4:

 

view from my peg on Dernaferst North (day 4)

 

my day 4 catch 10,800 kg

 

Day 5:

 

view from my peg on Lower Gulladoo (day 5)

 

I was catching roach on the pole (day 5)

 

12,890 kg to win my section (day 5)

 

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Lough Ramor Festival 2013

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

 

 

 

 

top seven in the festival pose for a photograph

 

Paul Leese came out an easy winner in this years Ramor Festival totalling 93,950 kg over 4 days. My fishing friend ex England international Kevin Ashurst was 2nd with 84,340 kg just beating myself into 3rd place by just over a kilo as I finished with 83,390 kg.

 

Paul Leese (left) being presented with the winning trophy from John Hayes match organiser

 

The Ramor festival is fished on Lough Ramor, Virginia, Ireland, it’s a 4 day competition with 3 rotating sections and then a free draw on the last day. This year the fishing was fantastic, nearly all pole catching roach, perch and hybrids. I was catching more than 40lbs each day.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Here some pictures:

 

view from my peg on lough Ramor day 2

 

just over 50lbs part of my day 2 winning catch

 

view from my peg (Match length day 3)

 

part of my 50lb section winning catch (day 3)

 

view from my peg (last day)

 

just over 40lbs to win the section

Mark Burrows Masterclass Day August 6th 2013

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch Mark

 

This was a special 50th birthday present from Mark’s wife Helen. His son Adam had also come along for the day. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue.

 

Adam with his first fish

 

 

 

There had been some heavy overnight rain, but the morning was bright and warm with just a light westerly breeze. All the strip lakes are fishing well, so I decided that as both anglers love to fish the pole, that Elm would be a good choice.

 

a big fish boils on the surface

 

Cupping in a big pot of 4mm and 6mm Van den Eynde hard feed carp pellets plus loose feeding 4mm carp pellets, with a 6mm natural jellet on the hook, Mark and Adam were soon catching carp every put in. A switch to fishing up in the water with a 6mm banded pellet was also very successful and both anglers had reached their net limits in less than 4 hours and were returning fish as they caught them.

 

Mark with his first barbel of the day

 

We left the bank at about 4pm Mark had caught about 140lbs and Adam about 170lbs.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

some serious elastic stretching

 

just in the net

 

a 5lb mirror carp

 

strange fish this one

 

Adam was using white hydro with a puller bung

 

just ready for the net

 

brilliant catch Adam

 

 

 

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Andrew Stevens Masterclass Day 31st July 2013

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

 

 

 

 

it was a beautiful natural lake

 

Andrew wanted to improve his skills on the feeder. After a chat on the phone we decided to go to his local venue, the beautiful Patshull Park fishery near Pattingham in Shropshire.

 

Andrew with his first fish

 

It was a cool overcast wet morning with very light winds. A 30 gram cage feeder with a 2ft tail with 2 pieces of hair rigged sweetcorn for hookbait, accurate casting with a line clip for distance is always important and after a few casts the tip pulled round and Andrew was into his first bream. Several more followed and then a quality tench. The swim was really building up well and in the last hour it was almost a fish every cast. Another big tench was hooked and lost in the lilies.

 

good weather for bream fishing

 

We left the bank at about 4pm. it was still raining, but despite the weather Andrew had had a great day catching about 60lbs of fish.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

I love catching bream

 

 

 

2 pieces of hair rigged sweetcorn was the best bait

 

just in the net

 

this 4lb tench was feeding with the bream

 

a big fish boils on the surface

 

biggest bream of the day well over 4lbs

 

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Mark Fear Masterclass Day Ferry Meadows July 29th 2013

Monday, August 12th, 2013

 

 

 

 

great catch Mark

 

This was a special birthday present from Mark’s girlfriend Christina, who had also come along for the day. Ferry Meadows lake in Nene Valley Park near Peterborough was the chosen venue. It’s a natural water holding a good head of near specimen bream, roach, skimmers and silver bream.

 

Christina was catching silver bream on the waggler

 

It was an overcast morning with a fresh westerly wind, perfect conditions for feeder fishing, which was Mark’s choice for the day. I decided that peg 39 on the high bank side would be a good choice.

 

the silver bream were feeding well

 

Tackle set up was a 9 inch paternoster link and a 4 ft tail with a 35 gram Browning window feeder, which is ideal for accurate casting in strong winds. Groundbait was 50% brown crumb and 50% Van Den Eynde Gold Pro Bream, feed was a mixture of casters and red maggots with double red maggots on the hook.

 

Mark hooks into a good fish

 

Setting the line clip at about 45 mts, it seemed to be about 4 mts deep. Second cast and the tip moved indicating a bite. Mark struck and hooked into his first fish a small silver bream about 5ozs. From then on it was a bite every cast, only mainly small fish, then a big bream came to the net followed by another soon after, also 2 good eels. It was nonstop action with the small silver bream. Then Mark hooked into a big fish which took line. Unfortunately it was lost in the thick weed growing close to the margins. I guessed it must have been a tench.

 

just in the net

 

Christina had a short spell on the waggler loose feeding maggots with a single maggot on the hook and caught a few silver bream and perch.

 

a 3,5 lb bream

 

We left the bank at about 4pm, both of them having had a great day. Mark had caught about 16lbs of silver fish.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

the window feeder was working well

 

a 12ozs skimmer on double maggot

 

this fish is taking line

 

a good fish boils on the surface

 

biggest bream of the day

 

Mark with a 3lb bream

 

 

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Bob Dennis Masterclass Day Hayfield Lakes July 26th 2013

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

 

 

 

 

biggest fish of the day a 7lb mirror carp

 

This was a special 70th birthday present from Bob’s daughter Dawn. The brilliant Hayfield lakes near Doncaster was the chosen venue.

 

Bob with his first fish

 

It was a warm morning with just a light easterly breeze. Bob fishes here quite often, but had never had any success with the pellet waggler, so he was keen to learn the terminal tackle setup and the feeding techniques.

 

just in the net

 

Float was a 10 gram pellet waggler with a banded 8mm hard feed carp pellet, loose feeding over the top at about 30 mts with 8mm pellets.

 

the carp fight really hard at Hayfield

 

It took almost 1 hour of feeding before the first fish. The best hook was an 18 Drennan Silverfish Bandit. It looked small but produced more bites with only the occasional lost fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the fish were there then it was nonstop action. We even had time to walk up to the pub at lunchtime for a pint. The afternoon was just the same and I left Bob still fishing at about 4pm. Up to then he had caught 19 carp for about 90lbs and as I drove away he had just hooked into another.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

we both admire a 4lb mirror carp

 

a big fish boils on the surface

 

a beautiful 5lb mirror carp

 

another carp safely in the net

 

a beautiful 6lb koy carp

 

another lovely koy

 

great fishing – well done Bob

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Paul Cole Masterclass Day Mill Road Fishery July 24th 2013

Friday, August 9th, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch on a tough day

 

This was a special birthday present form Paul’s wife Sammie. His son Sonny had also come along for the day. The wonderful Mill Road Fishery near Skegness in Lincolnshire was the chosen venue, this is Paul’s favorite venue and he fishes matches there most weekends.

 

a small carp

 

It was a mild overcast morning with light winds. There had been some very heavy overnight rain and storms.

 

Sonny with his first fish

 

Paul started on the bottom at 11.5 mts loose feeding 4mm Van den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with a 6 mm jellet on the hook. It took about 10 minutes for the first carp. Then 3 more followed in the first hour. Sonny was fishing at about 9 mts, cupping in with a small pot on the pole every cast, plus cupping in at regular intervals with a larger pot, and seemed to be catching quicker than his dad.

 

just in the net

 

It went very quiet about lunch time, just a few signs of fish plus several which were hooked and lost. A switch to a 4mm Van Den Eynde RS expander on the hook in the last 2 hours was much better as Paul’s catch rate improved dramatically.

 

Paul with a 3lb mirror carp

 

We weighed the fish at about 5pm Paul having caught just over 38lbs and Sonny only a little behind with 31lbs.

 

 

 

Bob

 

A few more pictures:

 

Sonny with a 5lb mirror carp

 

a beautiful 5lb mirror carp

 

both anglers into fish at the same time

 

Sonny is not so happy that his dad is catching him up

 

I almost beat my dad

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Christopher Bright Masterclass Day Decoy Lakes July 23rd 2013

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch Christopher

 

This was a special present from Christopher’s parents. His younger brother Ben had also come along for the day. The wonderful Decoy Lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue, Diane the owner had kindly allowed both of them to use keepnets.

 

Christopher with his first fish a 3lb common carp

 

There had been some heavy overnight rain and it was an overcast mild morning with very light winds, perfect conditions for anglers and fish.

 

 

 

 

 

Elm lake is still fishing very well at the moment so I decided to go there. Both of them started in the deep margins about 1.5 mts from the bank, loose feeding with Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with a 6mm natural Jellet on the hook.

 

a big fish boils on the surface

 

Within 5 minutes of feeding Christopher and Ben were both into fish, and that’s how it continued for the rest of the day. So there was no need to change lines or tactics. The only difference was that Ben was catching mainly barbel and Christopher nearly all carp. After 4 hours they both had reached there 50lb net limits and were returning fish as they caught them.

 

a mirror carp almost 4lbs

 

We left the bank at about 4pm both of them exhausted but happy. I guess Christopher had caught close to 150lbs and 9 year old Ben an incredible 130lbs.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

Ben was catching lots of barbel

 

just in the net

 

beautiful markings on this fish

 

a 5lb mirror carp

 

at last my first barbel

 

biggest barbel of the day over 4lbs

 

biggest fish of the day a 7lb mirror carp

 

brilliant catch Ben

 

 

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Jason Hunt Masterclass Day Decoy Lakes July 22nd 2013

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch Jason

 

This was a special birthday present from Jason’s wife Alison. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue, Diane the owner had kindly allowed Jason to use keepnets.

 

Jason with his first fish a beautiful 4lb common carp

 

It was a very warm morning just light winds with temperatures forecast to reach 30C. Elm lake fishes well in all conditions and I decided it would be a good choice.

 

Alison with an early barbel

 

Pole in the deep margins was the chosen method about 1.5 mts from the bank, loose feeding with 6mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets, with a 6mm natural Jellet on the hook.

 

just in the net

 

After about 3 minutes of feeding Jason’s float buried and he was into his first fish and from then on it was nonstop as carp and barbel came to the net. There was no need to change tactics as the fish were coming so fast and he had reached his net limit after about 4 hours and was returning the fish as he caught them.

 

a 3lb F1

 

Alison also decided to fish as well and had adopted the same tactics with exactly the same result as she netted a succession of carp and barbel.

 

I love these barbel

 

We left the bank at about 4pm and I guess Jason had caught about 130lbs, Alison was not using a keepnet but I am sure had caught well over 50lbs of fish.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

beautiful markings on this mirror carp

 

a 3lb barbel in perfect condition

 

the barbel were taking 6mm natural Jellets

 

biggest fish of the day a 5lb mirror carp

 

 

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Christopher Derrick Masterclass Day July 18th 2013

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch Chris

 

This was a special 40th birthday present from Christopher’s good fishing friend Andrew Lord, who had also come along for the day. The brilliant Maver Larford Lakes near Stourport in Worcestershire was the chosen venue.

 

Chris with his first fish

 

By the time I arrived they had both set up on the Specimen lake. Chris opting to fish the long pole up in the water and Andrew the pellet waggler. Chris was soon catching, fishing about 4ft deep in 10ft of water, loose feeding 4mm hard feed carp pellets with a banded 6mm pellet on the hook. The action was nonstop as a succession of bream, skimmers and carp came to the net. Andrew had a slower start as his target fish were the larger carp and after about 30 minutes of loose feeding 8mm hard feed carp pellets with a banded 6mm on the hook he banked his first fish, several more followed throughout the day including some quality bream.

 

Andrew with his first fish a 5lb mirror carp

 

Both anglers fished really well. Chris was catching so many fish that he had to start returning them as he caught them, as the net limit was 75lbs and I guess he must have caught close to 100lbs. Andrew also had a brilliant weight and was very close to his 75lb net limit.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

Andrew was on pellet waggler

 

a bream on pellet waggler

 

Chris gets ready to slip his net under another bream

 

the bream were taking 6mm banded pellet

 

a good carp boils on the surface

 

almost in the net

 

 

 

in the net

 

a 3lb bream in perfect condition

 

great catch Andrew

Mick Goodman Masterclass Day Decoy Lakes July 16th 2013

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

 

 

 

 

almost 70lbs great catch Mick

 

This was a special 60th birthday present from Mick’s long time fishing friend David Shone. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed them to use keepnets.

 

Mick with his first fish

 

It was a really warm morning with light winds and the forecast for the day was that temperatures could rise to 30 C. Mick wanted to catch some barbel so I decided Elm lake would be a good choice.

 

 

 

Both anglers like to fish the pole so they started at 10mts, cupping in a big pot of Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets and also loose feeding over the top .Hookbait was a 6mm natural Jellet fished just on bottom. They were soon catching well, a mixture of carp and barbel .David switched to the margins in the afternoon and had a really good run of barbell. Mick meanwhile was still catching on the long pole. It was getting so hot that the umbrella’s had to go up to provide some welcome shade.

 

it was non stop action

 

We did the catch shots at 4pm and headed for the bar to get an ice cold pint of Carling, Mick having caught close to 70lbs and David just over 100lbs.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

concentration from Mick as he hooks into a good fish

 

 

 

this 4lb mirror took a 6mm jellet

 

almost in the net

 

a 2lb barbel

 

it was so hot the umbrella had to go up

 

a beautiful 3lb barbel

 

just over 100lbs, brilliant catch David

 

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Keith Woodman Masterclass Day July 14th 2013

Monday, July 29th, 2013

 

 

 

 

biggest fish of the day a 12ozs silver bream

 

This was a special birthday present from Keith’s wife Anne. His son Robert had also come along for the day.

 

Keith with his first fish a 6ozs silver bream

 

Keith loves catching silver fish on natural waters. The North Level Main Drain near Tydd Saint Giles in Cambridgeshire is fishing well at the moment, so I decided it would be a good idea to go there.

 

Robert with a small silver bream

 

It was a very warm overcast morning with light winds, just perfect conditions for catching fish.

 

a small roach about 4 ozs

 

Waggler was the chosen method, a few very soft balls of Van Den Eynde Supermatch at the start and then loose feeding with red maggots, with a single red maggot on the hook. It only took a few minutes for both anglers to start catching a mixture of roach and silver bream.

 

oh nearly dropped it

 

Keith did hook into a big fish which I thought might be a big bream, but after a short battle the fish leapt from the water and shed the hook. It looked like it was either a pike or zander.

 

 

 

 

Robert was catching lots of small fish

 

We left the bank at about 3.30 pm Keith having had one of his best days ever catching over 100 fish. Robert normally fishes for big carp so this was a little different for him, but still had a great day catching over 40 fish.

 

the silver bream were feeding well

 

Bob

 

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Lee Wright Masterclass Day Decoy Lakes July 12th 2013

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch Lee

 

This was a special Christmas present from Lee’s partner Rachael. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue.

 

Lee with his first fish a 2lb barbel

 

It was a warm sunny morning with very light winds. Elm lake is great for barbel so we decided to fish there.

 

double 12 latex was working well

 

12 mtr pole was the chosen method, cupping in a big pot of 4mm and 6mm Van den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with a 6mm halibut jellet on the hook, plus loose feeding over the top. It only took about 5 minutes to catch the first barbel and then it was just non stop action as a succession of barbel and carp came to the net. A switch to surface fishing with a 6mm banded pellet resulted in a good run of F1’s. Lee was catching so many fish that he had reached his 50lb net limit in 4 hours and was returning the fish as he caught them.

 

just about in the net

 

We left the bank at about 4pm hoping to get a quick pint in the bar, but found it was closed. I guess Lee had caught close to 150lbs which included at least 50lbs of barbel.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

a 3lb common carp

 

loose feeding at 12 mts

 

 

 

another quality barbel

 

 

 

the barbel were feeding well

 

 

 

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David Stanbridge Masterclass Day July 11th 2013

Friday, July 26th, 2013

 

 

 

 

great catch of silver fish David

 

This was a special 60th birthday present from David’s two sons Carl and Adam. Carl had also come along for the day.

 

David with his first fish a small skimmer

 

The venue was a private Fenland Marina in Cambridgeshire. It was a warm morning, just a little overcast. Both anglers adopted to fish the pole.

 

Carl with an 8 ounce perch

 

Cupping in chopped worm and casters, also loose feeding over the top with red maggots soon had the fish feeding. It was never hectic but something was always happening, as perch, skimmers, silver bream, rudd, roach came to the net. The weed proved a problem as David hooked 2 big fish and lost both of them.

 

an early 2lb bream

 

We took the catch shots at about 4pm. I guess David had caught close to 10lbs, although he did hook and land a 3.5lb tench after I left them.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

almost in the net

 

a 12ozs silver bream

 

a beautiful 1lb rudd in perfect condition

 

well done Carl

 

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Paul Knight Masterclass Day Decoy Lakes July 10th 2013

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch Paul

 

This was a special birthday present from Paul’s partner Miranda. His long time fishing friend Roy had also come along for the day. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed them both to use keepnets.

 

Paul with his first fish a 4lb mirror carp

 

It was a cool overcast morning, but the water temperatures were high, perfect conditions for fishing. I decided Elm lake would be a good choice.

 

 

 

 

 

Paul started at 11mts cupping in a big pot of 4mm and 6mm Van den Eynde hard feed carp pellets and then loose feeding over the top with a 4mm soft pellet on the hook. Within 2 minutes he was into his first fish. The action never stopped as a succession of carp and barbel came to the net. He was catching so many fish that after 4 hours his nets had reached the maximum 50lbs limit and so he was returning fish as he caught them.

 

Paul hooks into a good fish

 

Roy was fishing in the deep margins about 1.5 mts out and was also catching well, but could not catch any barbel until he jumped on Paul’s peg and was immodestly rewarded with a 2lb fish.

 

a 4lb mirror carp

 

We left the bank at about 4pm. I guess Paul had caught close to 150lbs which included over 50lbs of barbel, Roy also had had a great day finishing with about 90lbs.

 

 

 

Bob

 

A few more pictures:

 

just in the net

 

Roy with a 2lb mirror carp

 

an early barbel almost 2lbs

 

a 3lb barbel in perfect condition

 

great catch Roy

 

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Daniel Abbott Masterclass Day Westwood lakes July 8th 2013

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

 

 

 

 

just part of Daniels brilliant 90lb catch

 

This was a special 21st birthday present from Daniel’s girlfriend Hollie, his mum Mandy and his dad John, who had also come along for the day. The brilliant Westwood lakes near Boston in Lincolnshire was the chosen venue.

 

Daniel with his first fish

 

Daniel wanted to fish on Skylark lake as he fishes matches here and just wanted to improve his skills with the pole. Both anglers were soon catching, feeding in the deeper water, cupping in a mixture of red maggots and 4mm hard feed carp pellets with double maggot on the hook. Daniel was also loose feeding maggots over the top, plus feeding a far bank swim with 4mm pellets. The fish really wanted to come up in the water. To keep them down, it was important to cup in some balls of fishmeal groundbait packed with dead maggots and casters to attract some quality bream and tench into the swim.

 

it was nonstop action

 

It was nonstop action. A switch to fishing near the surface resulted in a good run of quality ide and lots of tench. The fishing was so good it was not really necessary to fish the far bank swim.

 

the barbel were feeding well

 

We weighed the fish and took the catch shots at about 4pm. Daniel weighed in just under 90lbs and John just over 40lbs.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

just about in the net

 

John with a 2lb common carp

 

a big fish boils on the surface

 

a 3lb mirror carp

 

 

a quality barbel almost 3lbs

 

the ide were feeding up in the water

 

John hooks into a good fish

 

great catch John

 

 

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Keith Hewitt Masterclass Day 5th July 2013

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

 

 

 

 

Keith with his first fish

 

This was a special Christmas present from Keith’s son Martin. Fields End Fishery near Doddington in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue.

 

It was a hot morning with just very light winds. It was flat calm, not perfect conditions for fishing. Pellet waggler always works here and Keith wanted to catch some of the big ide. Loose feeding with 6mm hard feed carp pellets with a 6mm banded pellet on the hook and soon Keith hooked into his first ide. A mixture of carp and ide followed. A switch to fishing much deeper in the last hour resulted in a run of carp.

 

We left the bank at about 4pm Keith having caught well on a tough day.

 

Bob

 

Here some pictures:

 

Pellet waggler was the chosen method

 

Keith Ha fully scaled 3lb mirror carp

 

just in the net

 

a beautiful ide well over 2lbs

 

the carp were in perfect condition

 

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RN&RM Coaching Day Decoy Lakes July 2nd 2013

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

 

 

 

 

John with part of his 142lbs winning catch

 

The secretary of the Royal Navy / Royal Marine match team John Harvey had arranged a coaching day for some of the team members. Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. They had all fished here before and we all agreed this must be one of the best commercial fisheries in the country.

 

Scouse with his first fish a beautiful 4lb barbel

 

Elm lake is always a good choice as it is full of quality barbel and carp. Pole was the chosen method, loose feeding with 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with a banded 6mm pellet on the hook. All the anglers where catching really well. John and Stuart Hathaway were fishing on the bottom at about 11mts, while Scouse Jones and Paul Jackson were fishing in the deep margins about 1.5 mts from the bank.

 

Paul with a 6lb ghost koy

 

It was so good that there were periods when all of them had a fish on at the same time. In the afternoon John switched to fishing up in the water and was catching F1’s very quickly. They had decided to have a 5 hour friendly match. At the weigh in John was the winner with 141lbs 14 ounces. Scouse was second with 131lbs 2 ounces, Paul 3rd with 125lbs 7 ounces and Stuart not far behind with 118lbs 9 ounces. A great result for all of them.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

Stuart with a rare 7lb golden koy

 

a 6lb mirror carp in perfect condition

 

Scouse was 2nd on the day with 131lbs

 

some serious elastic stretching

 

 

 

hard work this fishing

 

Stuart caught just under 120lbs

 

John hooks into a big fish

 

John with a 4lb barbel

 

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King Arms Masterclass Charity Day 18.06.2013

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

 

 

18 June 2013

 

 

 

It’s not every day you get your bait prepared for you by a four times world champion, but this is exactly what happened when four very lucky anglers experienced a magical days fishing with Bob Nudd at Manor Farm Fishery near Biggleswade. There should have been five fishing but unfortunately Paul, the one disabled angler in the group, was in too much pain to travel. Each had bid for their place in the auction at this years Kings Arms AC charity event where Bob generously offered to run one of his Master Class sessions.

 

Mark Daniel Bob Shane and Steve at Manor Farm for the Bob Nudd Masterclass

 

On hearing the news, Bob immediately put in a call to Paul and offered him a day out when he is well enough to get fishing again, and this act of kindness set the scene for the day. The four very quickly agreed amongst themselves that the day should be run as a fun match, so swims were duly drawn and the anglers started setting up. Bob helped with rig selection and tactics, advising everyone to fish two lines feeding Van den Eynde 4mm Carp pellets. The farther line at about 11M was the bottom of the shelf in the deeper centre channel, with an inside line close to the rushes to one or both sides of the angler. Cupping in a generous portion of pellets at the start, each angler then topped up with regular small amounts by hand or catapult.

 

 

 

The Manor Farm Fishery kindly donated the use of their Match Canal for the day, now well established this has grown into a very pleasant lake with the main target species being carp to over ten pounds and the numerous bream which top eight pounds. Quality roach would be the bonus fish if things got hard. Bob suggested starting with soft hooker pellets and gave each angler a selection of sizes and flavours. Daniel put these to good use almost immediately, netting three bream in quick succession using the pineapple pellets to take an early lead. Fishing with his father Shane, this was a birthday treat paid for by dad, and dad was certainly paying now. He couldn’t buy a bite, but neither could Steve or Mark, despite the near perfect warm, calm and overcast conditions.

 

 

 

Moving between the four anglers Bob was happy answering questions, giving advice and tips, and even netting fish. Steve had lost a good fish but had nothing in the net after an hour. He was struggling to hold his pole and feed by catapult at the same time and to make matters worse he was fishing a very short length of line between connector and float. Bob re-set the rig so that Steve had a couple of feet of line above the float which still permitted good control but avoided jerking the soft baits off the hook whilst feeding. Sitting on Steve’s box Bob demonstrated how to lock the pole under the elbow, fill the pouch with loose feed and extend the catapult hand to fire the baits around the float. Several pouches full landed bang on target, and moments later Bob had a fish proving just how important technique can be, correct feeding being the ultimate key to bagging up.

 

 

 

Mark was getting indications of fish in his swim but was not managing to hook up. Bob suggested it was just not necessary to strike hard, a simple lift into the fish was all that was necessary. Putting this into practice Mark was soon putting fish in the net, finding the bream willing to feed and also able to launch themselves airborne once hooked. Quickly moving into a lead over the others, Mark fished steadily using Bobs advice building a weight of mid-sized bream. The carp had yet to really show, although by now all four anglers had lost big fish that were seemingly foulhooked. Virtually everything so far had been caught on the pineapple pellets but these were now in short supply prompting Bob to make up some small expanders. Pumping the air out and leaving them to sit for ten minutes in a little water these were soon perfectly prepared and shared out.

 

 

 

Half way through the session, some of the inside lines were showing signs of life prompting a few exploratory changes of rig. A large ball of paste lowered tight to the left hand margin brought an instant burying of the float but no hook-up for Mark, a similar offering against the right side reeds produced a half pound roach rather than the anticipated carp. Switching back to the 11M line a decent fish immediately picked up the expander bait and made off under the adjacent aerator. This was the start of a battle that was to last for over an hour, drawing an amused audience and testing Marks fitness as well as that of the fish. Speculation from Bob was that the carp had been hooked in a fin, thus preventing Mark from getting its head up and ending the contest. This eventually proved correct with the hook set firmly in a pelvic fin allowing the fish to face ‘the wrong way’ with the result that every time it met daylight it bolted for the bottom once again. Sixty-five minutes for albeit the best fish of the day at around eight pounds could have been conclusive had the other anglers managed to keep catching during this time, but only Steve succeeded in adding to his weight in this time with three more bream.

 

 

 

Marks swim had been totally disturbed and it would have been reasonable to assume any fish present were long gone. Strangely the turmoil seemed to have attracted carp rather than spooked them. Mark dropped back in at 11M and landed five more good fish in the next fifteen minutes, clearly showing the battle had brought fish in. The carp were there in numbers and surprisingly willing to feed, almost as if they knew it was safe whilst one of their number was on the hook.

 

Bob congratulates Mark on his winning 70lbs net

 

At the weigh in, Marks late burst had pulled him well clear with 70lbs. Steve followed in with 34lbs, son Daniel beating dad Shane for the remaining places. Daniels session was somewhat curtailed by a broken pole, but a switch to waggler on a running line produced his best fish of the day, whilst Shane struggled to get anything feeding despite Bobs best efforts to help. Four anglers in adjacent pegs fishing similar rigs and feeding to Bobs advice produced very different weights, showing just how slight a difference in technique can affect your day. Some good lessons learnt, excellent advice from the Master which everyone will put to good use in future matches, and at the end of the day a great result for the charity. Bob’s efforts added £620 to this years total of £3400, bringing the overall amount raised by the Kings Arms to well over twenty thousand pounds for the Sue Ryder Hospice at Moggerhanger near Sandy in Bedfordshire.

 

 

 

 

 

Words and pictures Graham Inwood

 

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Nish Padamsey Masterclass Day June 20th 2013

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch Nish

 

This was a special birthday present from Nish’s family. His son Adam had also come along for the day. The brilliant Westwood lakes near Boston in Lincolnshire was the chosen venue.

 

Nish with his first fish

 

It was a cool morning with a moderate easterly wind. Nish loves catching silver fish so I decided that Kestrel lake would be the best option, it is full of quality ide and barbel.

 

an F1 almost 3 lbs

 

Both anglers opted to fish the pole, loose feeding red maggots and fishing up in the water with a single red maggot on the hook. It only took about 5 mins and Nish was slipping the net under his first ide. The action was nonstop. Adam was also catching well, most of the fish were ide in the 1lb plus bracket. Then Nish hooked into a bigger fish, which turned out to be a 4lb chub.

 

this feels like a good fish

 

A switch to fishing on the bottom in the afternoon, still loose feeding, but with double maggot, was equally successful as Nish started to catch some 2lb barbe,l and Adam some larger carp.

 

just in the net

 

We did the catch shot at about 4pm and I guess Nish had caught about 70lbs which did not include several barbel which were not put in the keepnet. Adam had also caught a big weight which included several carp.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

a beautiful 4lb chub

 

Adam getting ready to net an ide

 

Adam was catching lots of Ide

 

this looks like a barbel

 

a barbel just over 2lbs

 

a good carp boils on the surface

BIGBASH Coaching day 19th June 2013

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch Neil

 

The BIGBASH is a charity angling match organised by Kev Allen to help to promote breast cancer awareness after his wife was diagnosed with the illness just over 9 years ago. So far more than £60,000 has been raised by anglers. My part is to donate a days fishing for 2 as a raffle prize.

 

 

 

 

 

The winner was Neil Crozier who had invited his father-in-law Murray Blount to join us for the day. The wonderful Decoy Lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue, Diane the owner had kindly allowed them both to use keepnets.

 

a big fish boils on the surface

 

It was a warm day a little overcast with light westerly winds. I decided Yew lake would be a good choice.

 

 

 

Both anglers know Decoy well as they have regular club matches there. The margins are always good here as it’s the same depth 1 mtr out as it is at 13 mtrs.

 

a beautiful 4lb mirror carp

 

Loose feeding with 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with a 6mm natural jellet on the hook soon had the carp feeding, never going mad but catching steadily until the last hour when it was really hectic. Neil had already reached his full quota of 50lbs in each net and was returning the fish as he caught them.

 

Murray with a 2lb barbel

 

We took the catch shots at about 4pm. I guess Neil had caught well over 120lbs and Murray just about 100lbs.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

the carp fight hard here

 

just in the net

 

a common carp over 6lbs

 

Murray brings a big carp to the surface

 

a 7lb mirror carp

 

Neil with a 3lb mirror carp

 

great catch Murray

 

 

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Tony Harding Masterclass Day 17th June 2013

Friday, June 21st, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch Tony

 

This was a special birthday present from Tony’s son Neil who had also come along for the day. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue, Diane the owner had kindly allowed them both to use keepnets.

 

Tony with his first fish a 2lb F1

 

It was the perfect day for fishing, a little overcast with light warm westerly winds, all the lakes are fishing well here at the moment and I decided that Lois lake would be a good choice.

 

Neil with a small tench

 

Both anglers were soon catching, loose feeding in the margins with 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets, with a 6mm Halibut jellet on the hook, even roach and skimmers as well as the carp, were taking the large pellets it was nonstop action all day.

 

the crucians were feeding with the larger carp

 

We left the bank at about 4 pm and I guess Tony had caught just over 50lbs, Neal a little less about 45lbs.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

Tony hooks into a big fish

 

just about in the net

 

a beautiful 7lb koy

 

a 3lb common carp in perfect condition

 

a 2lb mirror carp

 

a 3lb common carp

 

great catch Neil

 

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All Ireland Senior Challenge 2013

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

 

 

 

 

Kevin Johnson wins the All Ireland Seniors Challenge with a 5 day total of 37,210 kg. My angling companion and good friend Barry Smith had a big weight on the last day and finished 2nd with 35,140 kg. Dutch angler Vdheim was 3rd with 31,920 kg. I finished 20th winning my rotation draw but had no chance to get in the overall weights.

 

 

 

The match was fished on the loughs in the Arvagh area of County Cavan Southern Ireland. It is limited to anglers of 50 years and over with 75 competitors taking part fishing 5 different sections over 5 days.

 

 

 

I managed to win my small section every day and was second in my lake on day 4, managing to win my lake on the last day with 44 fish for 6,350 kg using a small 20 gram Browning Window feeder at 40 mts, the section fished really bad with only 5 fish coming second.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Here some pictures:

 

Day 1:

 

view from my peg on Nigels Shore, Corfree

 

view looking down the s ection

 

I was so far out the swans could swim behind me

 

netting a quality roach

 

my 1st day catch 36 fish for just under 13lbs

 

Day 2:

 

view from my peg on Kevins Shore

 

my day 2 catch about 9lbs

 

Day 3:

 

a tough day on day 3 only about 5 lbs

 

Day 5:

 

view from my peg on Upper Gulladoo

 

I was catching hybrids on the feeder at 40mts

 

netting a good hybrid

 

my lake winning catch about 14lbs

 

 

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Ian Edgeler Masterclass Day May 31st 2013

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch Ian

 

Ian had been fishing with me before and had been doing so much feeder fishing, that he wanted to brush up on his pole skills. His long time fishing friend Dave had also come along for the day.

 

Ian with his first fish a barbel just over 1lb

 

The wonderful Decoy Lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed them to use keepnets.

 

 

 

At last summer arrived, it was a really warm morning. Ian wanted to catch some barbel and tench so I decided that 6 islands lake would be a good choice.

 

Dave with a beautiful koy

 

Both anglers started using a small pot on the pole to feed, with a mixture of 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets and red maggots. Ian was the first to catch, although not quite as I thought. As he was filling his pot a barbel took the double maggot hook bait before he had shipped out. Dave was catching well fishing up to an island with a 6mm expander pellet on the hook.

 

some serious elastic stretching

 

A switch to the margins saw their catch rate improve dramatically, loose feeding with 4mm hard feed carp pellets with a 6mm Van den Eynde Natural Jellet on the hook, carp, barbel and tench came to the net at regular intervals.

 

 

 

We took the catch shots at about 4 pm, Dave having caught just under 90lbs. Ian had a little more almost 100lbs.

 

 

 

Bob

 

A few more pictures:

 

a 2lb mirror carp

 

Dave with his biggest fish a 6lb common carp

 

a good carp comes to the net

 

almost in the net

 

a 4lb mirror carp in perfect condition

 

great catch Dave

 

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Neal Wilson Masterclass Day May 30th 2013

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch Neal

 

This was a special 50th birthday present form Neal’s wife Dawn, his long time fishing friend. Steve had also come along for the day. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed them to use keepnets.

 

Neal was soon catching

 

It was a cool overcast morning and only about 12 c much below what temperatures should be at this time of the year. I decided that Elm lake would be a good choice, the fish always feed here even in winter.

 

4mm Van Den Eynde Expander pellets and Jelly pellets

 

 

Both anglers love fishing the pole. Neal started by cupping in a big pot 6mm and 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets at 9 mts plus some red maggot , also loose feeding over the top with 4mm carp pellet, with double maggot on the hook it only took about 1 minute to hook into the first fish. Several more carp followed. Steve also was catching well using a small pot on the pole and feeding after every fish.

 

 

 

A switch to the margins in the afternoon saw them increase their catch rate, loose feeding 6mm and 4mm pellets, with a 6mm Van Den Eynde halibut jellet on the hook, carp and barbel were feeding well and the last hour was really hectic.

 

Steve with a 3lb common carp

 

We left the bank at about 4 pm Neal having caught very close to 100lbs , while Steve had just a little more just over 100lbs.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

another quality carp comes to the net

 

a beautiful mirror carp

 

a 5lb mirror in perfect condition

 

the barbel started to feed in the afternoon

 

biggest barbel of the day over 3lbs

 

just over 100lbs for Steve

Colin Kay Masterclass Day 28th May 2013

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

 

 

 

brilliant catch Colin

 

Colin’s good friend David Lee had arranged a special fishing day for him. The chosen venue was the beautiful Pisces Country Park near Welney in Cambridgeshire. Colin has a static holiday home there. The owner Darren had kindly allowed them both to use keepnets.

 

 

It was a dull overcast day with a light drizzle, perfect for the fish, but not for the anglers, but this did not deter the hardy duo, who both opted to fish the pole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colin was soon into fish, loose feeding a combination of red maggots and 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets at 4 mts, with double red maggot on a size 16 hook. David adopted similar tactics, but was fishing at 7 mts and also was catching well, as a mixture of quality roach and rudd came to the net.

 

a quality bream comes to the net

 

Colin had a really good run of quality bream, while David had landed 3 tench. The only crucian carp of the day fell to Colin, to which he produced a big smile saying it was his first ever.

 

this looks like a crucian carp

 

We left the bank at about 4pm, Colin having had his best day ever on the pole. I guess he had caught about 45lbs. David also one of his best ever weights from the silver fish lake had a little less about 35lbs.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

first ever cru cian carp for Colin

 

the small er rudd were s wung to hand

 

a quality bream comes to the net

 

the bream were feeding well

 

a beautiful rudd about 12 ozs

 

an 8 ozs rudd in perfect condition

 

David hooks into a tench

 

great catch David

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Ballinamore Tourism Festival May 2013

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

 

 

 

 

John Potters showed his class in the new Ballinamore Tourism Festival held on Lough Garradice in County Cavan, Southern Ireland, coming 1st overall with 32,780 kg., Cathal Huhges had the best weight of the week on the last day to take him in to 2nd place with 30,180 kg, local expert Francis McGoldick used all his skills on the feeder to finish 3rd with 29,780 kg.

 

 

 

I had an up and down week, doing well on some days and not good on others to finish 9th overall with 24,200 kg. It was all feeder fishing, at about 40 mts, the lough was very clear and the fish were in the deep water.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Here some pictures:

 

Day 1

 

view from my peg on Church Shore

 

netting a rare hybrid

 

Day 2:

 

view from my peg Church Shore

 

a hybrid comes to the net

 

a welcome 12ozs hybrid

 

my day 2 catch (8lbs)

 

Day 3:

 

view from my peg Church Shore

 

I was soon catching hybrids on the feeder

 

the waves got bigger during the match

 

swinging in a small hybrid

 

just under 18lbs of hybrids and roach for 4th overall

 

Day 4:

 

view from my peg on Houghtons Shore

 

it was a wild day

 

unhooking a roach

 

my friend Barry Smith won the section with 13 lbs

 

Day 5:

 

view from my peg on Church Shore

 

hooking into a good fish

 

a big bream safely in the net

 

this 4lb bream helped me win my section

 

my 5th day catch almost 18lbs to win my section and finish 5th overall on the day

 

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Steve Finchett Masterclass Day 18th May 2013

Monday, May 27th, 2013

 

 

 

 

5lb of roach for Steve

 

Steve had taken the opportunity to spend a days fishing with me while I am in Ireland. He had picked a venue which often provides really good winter fishing. It was Number 1 lock on the Woodford river in the South of Ireland.

 

shipping back

 

It really was not a pleasant day for fishing with nonstop rain all day. Pole was the chosen method, cupping in 3 soft balls of groundbait with a few maggots and casters. It took about 10 minutes for the first fish which was immediately grabbed by a small pike, that really set the scene for a really tough day, but Steve managed to keep the fish coming, never fast but by switching hookbaits between redworm, casters and red maggots ensured that he kept catching. 2 big fish were hooked and lost we will never know what they were maybe skimmers.

 

 

 

 

 

The rain finally drove us off the bank at about 4.30. Steve had never stopped smiling and I guess he had caught about 5lbs of roach and perch.

 

best roach of the day

 

Bob

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Mal Scott Memorial Festival May 2013

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

 

 

 

 

Rod Scott won the match

 

Another brilliant performance by Rod Scott, quite fittingly resulted in him winning his dad’s Memorial Festival, after winning last weeks Mahons Festival, it was more of the same as Roddy totalled 64,650 kg well in front of current World Champion Sean Ashby who finished 2nd with 57,890 kg, keeping it in the family Rod’s brother Mike was 3rd with 54,450 kg and I finished 4th with 50,390 kg.

 

 

 

The Mal Scott Memorial Festival is held in and around the lakes and rivers near Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. At last some quality roach had started to appear in the river, but it was perch in the Killadeas and Boa Island sections that dominated the results.

 

 

 

I only really had one good day that was Thursday catching 16,500 kg of quality roach on the pole from peg 28 on Cornagrade section to finish 2nd overall on the day.

 

 

 

Bob

 

And here some pictures:

 

Day 3

 

view from my peg at Killadeas

 

my friend Barry Smith was second in the section with just over 8 kg

 

my section wining catch 10,600 kg

 

day 4

 

view from my peg at Cornagrade

 

swinging in a small roach

 

2nd overall with 16,600 kg of roach

 

Day 5

 

view from my peg at Lough McNene

 

loose feeding

 

I fished 6 metres to hand

 

150 roach just under 10 kg

 

 

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Mahons Festival May 2013

Monday, May 20th, 2013

 

 

 

 

Rod Scott put on a brilliant performance to win the Mahons Festival with a total weight of 55,720 kg, finishing more than 6 kg clear of 2nd placed angler Eddie Briden who totalled 49,650 kg. Lee harris was 3rd with 48,900 kg.

 

 

 

91 anglers were competing over 5 days in wild wet and windy conditions in and around the loughs and rivers close to the town of Enniskillen in County Fermanagh Northern Ireland, the Boa Island section on lower Lough Erne was the most consistent area producing the top daily weight of 21,050 kg on day 4 by Browning Hotrods angler Andy Leathers.

 

 

 

The week started ok for me – I won the town section and finished 4th overall with 10,760 kg. I also won my section the next day at Lough McNene, but after that I was downhill all the way and I finished with a weekly total of 27,380 kg for 58th place.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Here the pictures:

 

Day 1

 

view from my pe g on the river Erne

 

I cupped in 3 balls of groundbait packed with casters at the start

 

I was soon catching roach

 

a good roach comes to the net

 

a cheeky Robin looks for food

 

a quality Erne roach

 

4th overall on first day with 10,76 kg

 

Day 2

 

view from my peg at Lough McNene

 

I fished with the feeder for most of the match

 

a switch to the waggler in the last 30 minutes helped me win the section

 

2 bream in my 5,650 kg catch

 

Day 3

 

view from my peg at Killadeas

 

I was catching mainly perch on the feeder

 

 

swinging in a perch

 

weighing in

 

day 3 catch 6,600 kg

 

weighing in the section winner

 

Day 4

 

view from my peg at Ely Forest

 

fish were hard to find

 

I was netting everything

 

Day 5

 

view from my peg at Trory

 

swinging in a perch

 

 

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Waterways Ireland Classic 2013

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

 

 

 

 

Peter Vasey – London overall winner 1

 

The cold spring kept the weights lower than normal, but this is always a brilliant match with lots of drama. Coming out on top after 3 days of tough competition was Peter Vasey who totalled 39,510 kg to finish well clear of 2nd placed angler Kevin Rowles who had 32,250 kg, Steven Priestley was 3rd with 28,100 kg.

 

Kevin Rowles – Devizes 2nd overall

 

I had a really tough competition, only catching just over 5 kg on day 2 which was my best weight of the week. My overall total was just under 7 kg which placed me 112th out of the 218 anglers competing.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Here some pictures:

 

view from my peg at Cornagrade 16 1st day

 

fish were so rare I netted everything

 

I caught for a short spell on the pole (day 1)

 

view from my peg at Crom on the river Erne (day 2)

 

I was catching some quality hybrids on the feeder (day 2)

 

my day 2 catch just over 5 kg

 

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Jonathan Hegarty Masterclass Day Decoy Lakes 20.04.2013

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch Jonathan

 

This was a special 30th birthday present from Jonathan’s partner Anika. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed us to use keepnets for the catch shot.

 

 

 

It was a beautiful warm sunny morning with very light winds. I decided that one of the strip lakes Oak would be a good choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pole at 10mts was the chosen method. The water temperature was quite low, as there had been a hard overnight frost. Cupping in a combination of red maggots and 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets, with a small pot on the pole, plus loose feeding sparingly soon had the fish feeding and after about 10 minutes Jonathan was netting his first fish.

 

this feels like a good fish

 

Single maggot was by far the best hookbait as some quality ide were feeding with the carp. The action was nonstop and a switch to the margins in the last hour produced some of the biggest carp of the day, all still taken on single maggot which surprised me.

 

a 3lb F1 in perfect condition

 

We left the bank at about 4 pm Jonathan having reached the 50lb limit on both nets and I guess had caught a total of just over 100lbs.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

a big fish swirls near the surface

 

a 5lb common carp

 

a beautiful ide about 1.5lbs

 

I need to stand up to net this one

 

just in the net

 

biggest fish of the day a 7lb mirror carp

 

 

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Steve Evans and Dave Taylor Masterclass Day Larford Lakes 19.04.2013

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

 

 

 

 

brilliant catch Steve

 

Steve and Dave had both been out with me before. Today’s venue was the wonderful Larford lakes near Stourport in Worcestershire. At last the strong winds of the past few weeks had abated and it was a pleasant morning with some sunshine and a light southerly breeze.

 

great catch Dave

 

Steve was soon catching some beautiful F1’s using a small pot on the pole with a mixture of maggots and 4mm hard feed carp pellets, with single maggot on the hook. Dave also was catching well using a similar method. Then small skimmers started to be a nuisance. A switch to pellet on the hook eliminated this problem, and both anglers were catching really well.

 

Steve was soon catching

 

Some F1’s were showing near the surface and Steve had a golden spell switching to an up in the water rig, loose feeding with 4mm hard feed carp pellets with double maggot on the hook.

 

Dave with his first fish

 

A short session on the pellet waggler in the last 30 minutes also produced a run of F1’s for Steve.

 

We left the bank at about 4pm both of them having had a brilliant day. I guess Steve had caught close to 80lbs and Dave about 60lbs.

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

5

Dave hooks into a good fish

 

a quality F1 well over 2 lbs

 

a short spell on the pellet waggler proved successful

 

a beautiful F1 in perfect condition

 

 

just in the net

 

an F1 well over 2lbs

John King Masterclass Day Westwood Lakes 16.04.2013

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

 

 

 

 

best fish of the day well over 10lbs

 

This was a special birthday present from John’s wife Dawn. The wonderful Westwood lakes near Boston in Lincolnshire was the chosen venue. They had booked a holiday in one of the on site chalets, and John had managed to set up early on one of the prolific Kestrel lake barbel pegs before I arrived.

 

John was staying in one of the Westwood lakes Chalets

 

Waggler was the chosen method, loose feeding red maggots with double maggot on the hook. It was a really slow start and more than 2 hours before the first bite. After a really cold early spring the fish were still feeding on or close to the bottom. Constant loose feeding suddenly paid dividends as John started to hook into a run of quality barbel, and the action never slowed in the afternoon.

 

a 3lb barbel in perfect condition

 

We left the bank at about 4pm with John having caught 3 of his best barbel ever one of which must have been close to 11lbs.

 

 

 

Bob

 

Some more pictures:

 

this feels like a big fish

 

I helped with the netting

 

it was a barbel bonanza

 

John hooks into a big barbel

 

this barbel was well over 8lbs

 

this barbel was close to 10lbs

Dave Williams Masterclass Day March 2nd 2013

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

great catch Dave

This was a special 40th birthday present from Dave’s mother and mother in law. His wife Jo had made all the arrangements and kept it a secret until the big day. His best friend Chris Lynn had also come along. They had known each other since they were 7 years old.

 

The River Welland in Spalding was the chosen venue, but after a couple of moves and only catching very small roach, I decided that the River Glen near West Pinchbeck would be a better option, and so it proved. It was about 1.30 before we set up again. The weather was perfect: a beautiful calm sunny afternoon.

Chris swings in a roach

After about 10 minutes of feeding Dave hooked into his first roach, feeding a small ball of punch crumb every 4 or 5 fish, he was soon catching well. Chris also adopted the same method and was catching every run through, alternating between pinkies and punched bread kept the roach coming until we did the catch shots at about 5 pm.

 

Both anglers had similar numbers of fish. Chris was catching a slightly better stamp, including a good perch close to 8ozs. Despite the tough start in the morning, it had been a brilliant afternoon.

 

Bob

Some more pictures:

a small ball of punchcrumb every 4 or 5 fish

a small roach comes swinging to hand

Chris was having a great day

both anglers were catching well

concentration

Dave with a 5ozs roach

at last a net fish

well done Chris

Steve Crosskill Masterclass Day 19th February 2013

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

great catch on a really tough day

This was an early birthday present from Steve’s wife Samantha. The venue was on a boatyard just off the river Thurne at Potter Heigham in Norfolk. Steve loves to fish here and was spending a week with his family in a holiday cabin next to the river.

an early flounder had me worried

It was a cold sunny morning, there had been a hard frost overnight. I guessed it might be tough and it was, cupping in some chopped worm and casters at 8mts, and then fishing over the top with a varity of hookbaits and for 3 hours not even a bite. Then suddenly the float flew under, only to reveal a small flounder about 3ozs.

at last my first skimmer

Then at 3.30pm the light dropped, the mist began to fall, and it was as if someone had thrown a switch: the float buried and Steve slipped the net under a 12ozs skimmer. From then on it was nonstop action as roach, skimmers and perch were netted.

as the mist came down the fish started to feed

 

We did the catch shots at about 5.30 pm I guess those last 2 hours had produced close to 12lbs of fish. Great catch Steve on a really tough day.

 

Bob

Some more pictures:

almost in the net

yes it’s mine

a quality skimmer

at last a perch

Steve with a 6ozs roach

HAJAC Winter League Round 1 13.01.2013

Monday, January 28th, 2013

 

my catch just under 6lbs

Maver Bait Tech showed their class winning the first round with 18 points. 2nd only 1 point behind was the team that I was a guest for Stanjay Gold.

view of the Old Nene at Benwick

Generally the fishing was good with small fish showing on all the venues, only the one section at Raverley was disappointing with only one angler with more than 1lb.

view from my peg at Benwick

my setup for the match

The match was fished over 3 venues, Raverley Drain, Factory Bank and Benwick. Factory Bank produced the top 4 individual weights. Steve Winters coming out on top with 13lbs 15ozs. Anthony Watling was 2nd with 12lbs 11ozs, equal 3rd with 12lbs 4ozs were Lindsey Naylor and Dave Rawlings.

Alastair Ogilvie weighing in his section winning catch

I drew the first section at Benwick and apart from Alastair Ogilvie who won the section with 9lbs it was very close. I finished 5th in the section with 205 fish for just under 6lbs.

Bob

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British carp and Angling Show – important information!

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

 

 

 

British Carp and Angling show cancelled this weekend due to severe weather conditions, rescheduled for the 16th and 17th March.

 

Bob

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Maver pairs round 2 River Welland 06.01.2012

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

 

my catch just under 12lbs

The Town Welland was in superb form again for this 2nd round match with 18 weights over 20lbs, coming out on top with a brilliant all roach catch of 35lbs 4ozs was Rob Wootton. In the same section just below the Tax Office bridge and running him very close was Martin Roper with 33lbs 4ozs.

Wayne Swinsco

In 3rd place from the section below the town bridge with another great weight was Wayne Swinscoe with 30lbs 12ozs.

view from my peg 39

my setup and bait

I had a difficult match. There were only a few pegs you did not want and I was on one of them. Still I had an enjoyable match fishing punch down the middle for just under 12lbs of roach.

it was a foggy morning

Wayne and Chris Jenkinson blitzed  he pairs with 57lbs 6ozs.

Bob

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Come and meet Bob Nudd at the British Carp & Angling Show

Friday, January 11th, 2013

 

 

Come and meet Bob Nudd at the British Carp & Angling Show

With some of the UK’s best known angling celebrities set to attend the British Carp and Angling Show, taking place at the Royal Norfolk Showground, Norwich on January 19 and 20, 2013 – the weekend is set to blow the minds of all those attending, young and old! Set in Norfolk Showground’s enormous Exhibition Hall, the British Carp and Angling Show will cater for anglers of all ages, abilities and disciplines. Fishing is one of the biggest sports in the UK and engaged by an estimated 3.3 million people; with Norfolk surrounded by sea, and an abundance of rivers and lakes, it was a simple decision to bring a NEW fishing show to the County in 2012.

Now in its second year this enormous show will offer over 120 standsconsisting of top fishing manufacturers including Nash & Korda, holidays, fishing lakes, magazine publications and celebrity book signings. Last year the event attracted over 8000 visitors and this year the target is to double numbers – with celebrity names Matt Hayes, Bob Nudd and John Wilson headlining; organiser of the show Matthew Upson is confident numbers will be colossal “It’s great to have the support of some of the biggest names in angling – Matt, John and Bob each bring something different to the table and appeal to a wider audience of fishing disciplines; from coarse and carp, to match and even pike fishing.”  

Four times world angling champion Bob Nudd is a new addition to the celebrity line up for 2013, as well as hosting a talk on Match fishing in thePro-theatre between 11:30-12:00, Bob will also be available to meet and greet. You’ll find Bob in the Annex which is located at the back of the hall where you can chat, ask questions and advice, or even have your photo taken with this legendary angler.

There’s also plenty to do the event – not just January Sale shopping! Whether you spend your time at the Bivvy Zone, Pro-theatre, John Wilson’s Rigging Clinic, Keith Williams Bait Kitchen, the Casting tuition area, Grand Raffle or at the bar – there are plenty of places where you can keep yourself busy at this fantastic 2-day celebration of the angling world.

Tickets are available in advance at £8.00 for adults (£10.00 on the day) and £2.00 (£5.00 on the day) for children under 16. Children under 5 go FREE.

The British Carp and Angling Show 19th and 20th January 2013
at the Royal Norfolk Showground, Norwich, Norfolk NR5 0TT
Open: Sat 10:00am-5:00pm, Sun 10:00am-4:00pm
For more info: Telephone 01702 549623 websitewww.britishcarpshow.co.uk

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Maver Pairs Round 1 River Welland Spalding 30.12.2012

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

 

my catch 180 roach just over 28lbs

The town Welland was in brilliant form for the first round of the new Maver Pairs event with quality roach showing along the whole length. The recent heavy rain left the river well colored, but with all the flood water going down the Coronation Channel the town river just had a gentle flow providing perfect feeding conditions for the hungry roach.

view from my peg next to the town bridge

John Oaks came out on top with a brilliant 30lbs 2ozs of big roach loose feeding hemp with a single tare on the hook.

view looking down the river Welland

I was just 2lbs behind with 28lbs 4ozs for 2nd overall. I had a slow start catching only 1 fish in the first 30minutes. A switch to fishing halfway down my peg, cupping in punch crumb with punched bread on the hook saw my catch rate improve dramatically and I finished with 180 fish.

my match setup

Steve Winter was 3rd with 27lbs 7ozs. The pairs winners were John Oaks and Pete Jayes with 44lbs 3ozs.

Bob

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Red Snapper Trip November 2012

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

 

my biggest fish over 3 kg a lot of help from Glenn, Colin and Long

I had a great sea fishing trip while I was in Australia. It was the Red Snapper season and I was very lucky to have a chance to catch this beautiful fish. After about 20 minutes from skipper and boat owner Long’s house we were soon moored in 18 metres of water in Port Philip bay. Glenn Nicholls and his good friend Colin Cheng had arranged the trip as I had expressed my love of sea fishing.

Bait was a soft fresh pilchard with a double hook rig, almost freelined just a very light weight as the tide moment is minimal here, chumming with pellets and pieces of pilchard was important to keep the fish feeding. The echo sounder was used to locate the shoals of hungry fish.

Thank you Glenn, Colin and Long for a memorable session.

Bob

Here some pictures:

our boat just leaving long’s dock

view looking out of the boat with rods in position

Glenn and myself with the first fish

Colin and Glenn study the sounder

Glenn with a big snapper

Colin was the red snapper expert

a red snapper just over 2 kg

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Bob Nudd Challenge Cup November 2012

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

 

the host club Melbourne AC

This was a special match organised by Melbourne A/C. The venue was Birdlands on the outskirts of Melbourne. It was a beautiful lake set in the grounds of a bird sanctuary.

 

match organiser Mark Turner was the winner with 17,5 kg

Mark Turner showed his class with a brilliant winning weight of 17,5 kg. Tony Howard also used all his local knowledge and skill to finish 2nd with 14,45 kg.

Tony Howard was 2nd overall

Mark York was awarded the cup finishing 3rd overall with 11,8 kg.

 

Mark York winner of the Bob Nudd challenge cup

I had a really tough day catching only one carp about 2,5 kg which when I was asked to hold it up for a photo decided to jump straight back in the water!!!

Bob

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