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Bob Nudd

Glenn Nicholls and Mike Jones Masterclass Day November 20th 2012

Friday, December 28th, 2012

  

two good friends together

Glenn and Mike just wanted a day’s fishing with myself, so that we could reminisce about their early fishing days in England before moving out to Australia. I was fishing as well. Glenn had picked a roach venue it was Carrum rowing course on the outskirts of Melbourne. It was a very warm sunny day with a moderate wind blowing down the course. I was thinking I wonder how the temperatures are in England at the moment.

Mike and myself started on the pole at 12 mts, cupping in groundbait with maggots and were soon catching small roach. Glenn fed the pole line and then switched to an open ended feeder at about 30 mts. It was difficult fishing with just the odd roach over 4 ozs. After a few casts with the feeder Glenn switched to catching roach on the pole. A break for Ice creams proved helpful for Glenn, as he returned to fish the feeder he hooked into a big carp on his first cast. A few more small fish followed and then we did the catch shots. A great day was had by all, not so much in the fish that were caught, but just having the day together.

We had to leave early as Glenn had booked a Chinese all you can eat Buffet for a meal with our wives and friends. The sea food was fantastic. Sydney Rock Oysters were on the menu, my favourite. I just cannot resist them and I ended up eating 60, washed down with some quality Australian white wine. Alan Woods (Woody) tried to beat me but fell a few short on 57. 

Bob

Some more pictures about the fishing day:

Glenn hooks into a good carp

just ready for the net

safely netted

a beautiful common close to 5lbs

not so many fish but we were smiling all day

great catch of roach Mike

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Howard Johns and Kazimiertz Wilczak (Kaz) Masterclass Day 16th November 2012

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

 

    

great catch Howard

Howard and Kaz had booked to spend a fishing day with me. Howard had fished for Australia so was a very experienced angler. Kaz was new to pole fishing and was eager to learn more. The venue was Treehaven lake a private club water in Victoria, near Melbourne, run by Melbourne Coarse Angling Club.

Kaz with his first fish a 3lb common carp

Howard was quickly catching carp at about 12 mts cupping ingroundbait on two lines and loose feeding maggots over the top. Kaz cupped in 2 balls of crumb packed with sweetcorn at 10 mtsand also started to catch well with double maggot on the hook but some of the fish were small. A switch to double corn on the hook was much better and in the last 2 hours Kaz banked several carp up to 10 lbs. John also kept catching but his fish were smaller.

Howard with his first fish

We took the catch shots at about 4pm, Howard had caught just under 60lbs and Kaz with his larger fish had close to 80lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

almost in the net

Kaz with a 10lb common carp

Howards white Hydro was working well

a 4lb common carp

just in the net

Kaz nets a big carp

Kaz was catching some big carp

a good fish boils on the surface

a beautiful 5lb common carp

Howard plays a big fish

the carp were in perfect condition

well done Kaz a great catch

Mark Jones and Ian Chamberlain Masterclass Day November 14th 2012

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

 

brilliant catch Mark

Mark and Ian were my guests for my 2nd Australian fishing day. The venue was Wilberforce lake about 50 kilometres North West of Sydney. It was a cool overcast morning, you would think perfect conditions for fishing, but the water levels were very low and it looked like the lake was about 2ft down.

Ian nets his first fish

Both anglers started on the pole at 13 mts. Mark cupped in liquidised bread and crumb plus a few grains of corn on 2 lines. Ian had forgotten his cupping kit so fed some crumb by hand and loose fed corn with a catapult. Ian was straight into fish, catching 2 carp in the first 10 minutes, but his swim was really shallow, only about 18 inches deep, and he was left struggling for bites. His only other action was losing a big carp and landing a small brown goldfish. Mark meanwhile started to catch steadily. His swim was a little deeper. It was still quite difficult fishing, but by feeding carefully and using a small single grain of corn on the hook kept the carp coming all day, to finish with about 30lbs a great weight on a tough day.

Bob

Some more pictures:

Ian’s first fish a beautiful 2lb carp

a good fish boils on the surface

Mark with an early carp

concentration

almost in the net

Mark with a 3lb common carp

a 3lb carp in perfect condition

just in the net

all the carp were in perfect condition

it was a tough day Ian

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Paul Cooper and John Davies (JD) Masterclass Day November 12th 2012

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

 

almost 50lbs of carp great catch Paul

I am in Australia at the moment as a guest of Mark York and local Sydney and Melbourne angling clubs, I was amazed that their equipment was so much up to date and was as good as any typical UK match angler.

JD with his first fish

Caddies Creek a small lake just on the outskirts of Sydney was my first Masterclass venue. Paul and JD wanted to improve their skills with the pole. It was a warm morning about 25C with light winds.

a big fish boils on the surface

Both anglers started by cupping in punch crumb and a few grains of sweet corn on 2 lines at 13 mts with a 6mm punch of bread on the hook, about 2 inches off bottom. JD was soon into a fish. Paul also started to catch well. After a few fish JD’s swim went quiet. Paul switched to fishing just on bottom with corn and kept catching really well. It was necessary to keep cupping in feed about every 30 minutes. JD’s swim improved in the last hour and he started to catch well again.

Paul with a 3lb common carp

We did the catch shots at about 3.30. Paul had a brilliant day catching about 50lbs of carp. JD on a much tougher peg managed about 20lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

JD’s 16 latex elastic was working well

JD with a 3lb common carp

some serious elastic stretching

my host Mark York looks on as Paul plays a good fish

Paul nets a big fish

a common carp almost 5lbs

a brown goldfish almost 2lbs

just in the net

JD with his biggest fish

JD on a tough peg still managed 20lbs

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Alan Jessop Masterclass Day October 26th 2012

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

 

50lbs of fish brilliant catch on a tough day

This was a special 50th birthday present from Alan’s father in law David 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 to use a keepnet.

Alan with his first fish

It was a cold morning with a moderate Northerly wind. I decided that Elm lake would provide some shelter from the cold wind. It was a slow start just as I expected. Both anglers loose feeding 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets at about 4mts with double red maggot on the hook. David was the first to start catching and soon banked a beautiful mirror carp close to 8lbs. Alan also started to catch well but smaller fish including some barbel up to 2lbs. The last hour was really hectic as the fish really started to feed well.

David with an 8lb mirror carp

We took the catch shots at about 4pm, Alan having caught about 50lbs – his best ever net of fish. David also had achieved his 50lbs net limit.

Bob

Some more pictures:

a beautiful 3lb F1

just ready for the net

just in the net

a 2lb barbel in perfect condition

David hooks into a good fish

Alan gets ready with the net

great fish David

great catch David

Alberto Falcomer Masterclass Day October 24th 2012

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

 

fantastic fishing Alberto

This was a special birthday present from Alberto’s wife Greta. He had travelled all the way from Italy with his good fishing friend Jader. The wonderful Westwood lakes near Boston in Lincolnshire was the chosen venue. Alan the owner had kindly allowed the use of a keepnet, any barbel caught are always returned immediately.

Alberto with his first barbel well over 3 kg

It was a mild overcast morning with a light easterly wind. I decided that Kestrel lake would be a good choice. After spending 30 minutes fishing on the bottom with no fish, a switch to up in the water, at about 3ft deep with a .1 gram rig and a single maggot on an 18 hook and loose feeding over the top with red maggots helped to catch fish. It only took about 20 seconds that the float buried and Alberto was into a good fish which turned out to be a barbel well over 3 kg. What a great start.

another barbel over 3 kg

It turned out to be an incredible session with nonstop action as quality barbel, ide and chub came to the net. I have never seen so many big barbel caught so close to the surface. We took the catch shots at about 4.30, Alberto had caught 16 barbel up to 4 kg plus about 8 kg of ide and chub, I guess almost 50 kg of fish.

Bob

Some more pictures:

a big fish boils on the surface

Jader helps with the net

just in the net

biggest fish of the day almost 4 kg

Jader hooks into a barbel

Alberto nets the fish

it was a day for smiles

a quality ide about 1 kg

a 3 kg barbel in perfect condition

three very happy anglers

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Paul Schofield Masterclass Day October 12th 2012

Friday, October 19th, 2012

 

  

brilliant catch Paul

This was a special 40th birthday present from Paul’s wife Emma. The wonderful Westwood lakes near Boston was the chosen venue. Alan the owner had kindly allowed the use of a keepnet for the ide and chub. Any barbel caught are returned straight away. Some big barbel had been showing on Kestrel lake so I decided that peg 22 would be a good choice and also provide some shelter from the strong westerly wind.

Paul with his first fish

Loose feeding red maggots with a single maggot on an 18 hook, Paul was soon catching ide up in the water with the float set at about 3ft deep. Then he hooked into a big fish which turned out to be a nearly double figure barbell. Lots more quality barbel and ide followed. Even a chub of about 4lbs put in an appearance. It really was a fantastic session and Paul never stopped catching.

the big barbel were taking single red maggot up in the water

We found a friendly angler to take the catch shot. I guess Paul had returned about 70lbs of barbel plus he had about 50lbs of ide in his net.

Bob

Some more pictures:

 

only chub of the day

Paul was using 12 solid elastic

a big barbel slides into the net

a beautiful barbel close to 10lbs

Yes, it’s mine!

another quality barbel

an 8lb barbel in perfect condition

 

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Marilyn and Frank Roberts Masterclass Day October 10th 2012

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

 

   

brilliant catch Marilyn

This was a special Ruby wedding anniversary present from all the boys in the family. The wonderful Westwood lakes near Boston was the chosen venue. It was a calm sunny morning. Alan the owner had kindly allowed them to use keepnets and also reserved pegs 21 and 22 on Kestrel lake. This area is renowned for quality barbel and chub.

Frank with his first fish

Both anglers started on the pole at full depth, loose feeding red maggots with a single red maggot on a size 18 Drennan carp maggot hook. After 30 minutes without fish I noticed some big fish swirling for the loose maggots. A quick switch to a surface rig and Marilyn was soon catching quality ide about 2lbs each. Frank was also catching but not so quick as he only had a 6 mtr pole. Then he hooked a big chub which was safely netted. Marilyn was catching ide and chub at regular intervals and then hooked into a big fish which turned out to be a massive barbel over 8lbs, which we returned straight away to the water. Can you believe it was on a single maggot near the surface.

Marilyn with her first fish

We took the catch shots at about 4pm. Marilyn had caught a fantastic net of silver fish I guess well over 50lbs. Frank had less but still a great catch of about 30lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

a good fish boils on the surface

a beautiful 3lb chub

the chub were feeding up in the water

a 2lb ide in perfect condition

Frank gets ready with the net

a massive barbel well over 8lbs

great catch Frank

 

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Terry Grainger Masterclass Day October 9th 2012

Friday, October 12th, 2012

 

    

great catch Terry

Terry had missed a fishing day with me a few years ago, so at lasthe got to go out. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane had kindly allowed Terry to use a keepnet.

It was a clear sunny morning with a very light South Easterly wind. I decided that Elm lake would be a good choice.

Terry with his first fish

It had been cold overnight so the start was slow. Terry used loose feeding with Van Den Eynde 4mm hard feed carp pellets with a 4mm RX expander pellet on the hook. It took at least 30 minutes for the first fish, which turned out to be a quality F1. Several more F1’s followed, also some mirror carp. The last hour was brilliant as fish after fish came to the net.

We left the bank at about 4pm, Terry having caught his best weight ever. I guess it was close to 60lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

 

a quality F1 almost 3lbs

just ready for the net

Yes, it’s mine!

a beautiful mirror carp over 4lbs

Terry with another quality carp

 

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Mick Jones Masterclass Day October 4th 2012

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

 

     

brilliant catch Mick close to 90lbs

This was a special birthday present from Micks family, Janet, Karen, Pete, Andrew & Siobhan. His good fishing friend Glyn 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.

Mick with a 2lb mirror carp

It was a sunny autumn morning with light westerly winds. All the strip lakes are fishing well and I decided Cedar would be a good choice. Both anglers cupped in a big pot of 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with a 6mm natural jellet on the hook, also loose feeding pellets over the top. Glyn was the first into fish. Mick also was catching well, as F1’s and mirror carp came to the net. The catch rate never slowed and a switch to fishing up in the water with a banded pellet resulted in a run of big F1’s for Mick.

an early big F1 for Glyn

We took the catch shots at 4pm Mick having caught well over 80lbs. Glyn also a very similar weight.

Bob

Some more pictures:

 

this 2lb barbel took double caster

a big fish boils on the surface

a 4lb mirror carp in perfect condition

a mirror carp almost 6lbs

Mick was using a 14 solid elastic

the carp were taking 6mm Jellets

beautiful markings on this mirror carp

great day Glyn

 

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Mark Beard Masterclass Day October 3rd 2012

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

 

  

 brilliant catch Mark

This was a surprise gift from Mark’s son Lee 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 to use keepnets.

Mark’s first fish a 2lb F1

It was a cool sunny morning with a strong westerly wind. I decided that Cedar lake with the wind on our backs would be a good choice. Both anglers started on the bottom at 4 mts, loose feeding with 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with 2 red maggots on the hook.

4 mm carp pellets

Lee was soon into fish but Mark was getting pestered with small perch so he switched to a natural 6mm jellet hookbait. This was much better as a succession of carp came to the net. A switch to fishing at half depth with a banded 6mm hard carp pellet was even better and Mark was catching really quickly. Lee was also doing well as barbel after barbel were falling to his double casterhookbait.

Lee’s swim was full of quality barbel

We took the catch shots at about 4pm, Mark having caught close to 90lbs. Lee also had a brilliant day catching about the same, including his first ever barbel.

Bob

Some more pictures:

 

some serious elastic stretching

just about ready for the net

biggest barbel of the day

a big F1 well over 3lbs

a beautiful 4lb barbel

this must be a good fish

a 4lb barbel in perfect condition

great catch Lee

 

 

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Match report Cootehill angling festival 2012

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

 As usual this was a well organised event the local residents most of them non anglers do a brilliant job, with 100 anglers fishing over 5 days on a section rotation basis.

A. Pollard came out on top with 71,410 kg just in front of second placed angler Neil Mazurek who totalled 68,430 kg. A. Faulkenerwas 3rd with 61,930 kg. I finished 17th overall with 42,710 kg. My team (Van den Eynde) consisting of Gary Whalley, Barry Smith and myself won the 3 man team event with over 137 kg.

On the first day I was on Annagheiran lake. It looked perfect for catching on the pole but despite the fact that roach were topping they did not feed. I only caught in the last 2 hours fishing for skimmers and bream at 50 mts with a window feeder, weighing just under 6 kg which was enough to win my section. A. Faulkner won the day with 18,200 kg.

On the 2nd day I was drawn on Bairds shore. It was very windy but I managed to fish the pole all day at 11.5 mts catching 109 fish for 9,140 kg, including a bonus tench which was enough to win the lake. A .Price won the day with 21,200 kg.

Mullanary was my 3rd day draw. It had been fishing well for roach and today was no exception. I started on the feeder at 30 mts and was catching well. A switch to the pole after 2 hours produced some fish but they did not stay and I had to switch back to the feeder and finished with just over 100 fish for 12,600 kg. Steve Sadler won the day with 20,100 kg.

I had a great 4th day on the pole on the caravan park shore of Lough Sillan, catching a mixture of small and quality roach to win my section with 9,480 kg. A. Pollard won the day with 15,850 kg.

The last day was really tough for me. I was on Lough Sillan again but could only manage 5,600 kg a mixture of pole and feeder fishing. Neil Mazurek won the day with 19,140 kg.

Bob

Here some pictures:

Day 1:

view from my peg on day 1

it rained all day

a small bream comes to the net

Day 2:

view from my peg on Bairds Shore

balling in

swinging in a small roach

netting my tench

my day 2 catch

this 3lb tench helped me win the lake

Day 3:

view from my peg

balling in

can only just lift this one

I had to fish the feeder to keep the fish coming

the Browning window feeder is brilliant for catching roach quickly

my day 3 catch

Day 4:

view from my peg on Lough Sillan

over 9 kg of roach to win the section

Day 5:

view from my peg

a small roach comes to hand

at last a quality fish

 

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Bann Bonanza with John and Dave Masterclass Day 22.09.2012

Monday, October 8th, 2012

 

    

fantastic catch John more than 70lbs of Bann roach

My most loyal fan John Dickie and his good friend Dave Taylor decided they would like to sample some of the wonderful fishing available in Ireland. John had already been before but this was Dave’s first trip. The Antrim bank of famous River Bann at Newferry was the chosen venue. It’s here that the massive shoals of roach move out of the shallow lough Beg to spend Autumn and winter in the deep river.

Dave with a lovely 8ozs roach

It was a perfect day for fishing, just light winds and sunshine. As we arrived we could see thousands of roach topping in the middle of the river. With great excitement the pair hastily tackled up. They were using my equipment, Black magic poles at 8 mts with a 5 gram Browning Nevis float and a size 12 hook, powergum through the tip section of the pole allowed roach up to 8ozs to be lifted straight to hand.

the boat Jetty provided a perfect fishing platform

Feeding a small ball of groundbait laced with casters and hemp soon had the fish in the swims and from then on it was nonstop action with a bite every put in. Small perch proved a nuisance for Dave and the lack of flow meant the really big roach were hard to find, but it was still brilliant fishing.

an 8 ozs roach in perfect condition

Neither of them wanted to stop and it was 6.30 when we did the catch shots. I guess John had about 300 fish for 70lbs, Dave also a similar number of fish but lots of perch so I guess about 60lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

most of the fish could be swung to hand

8ozs roach were lifted straight to hand

John with an early Bann roach

another small fish comes to hand

think I will net this one

a beautiful 12ozs roach

Dave was pestered with perch

it was a fish every drop in

perfect catch John, did you play cricket

the fish were taking double red maggot

brilliant catch Dave must be 60lbs of fish here

 

 

 

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Match report World Pairs Angling Championship 2012

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

 Phil Jackson and Cathal Hughes scoop the massive £30,000 prize, with a fantastic 5 day team performance weighing a total of 117,560 kg, with the paring of Mark Pollard and Derek Willan only 4 kg behind with 112,990 kg. Overall individual winner was Ballyconnel hotel owner Francis McGoldrick.  

Named as the Richest wild angling match ever with a £60,000 prize fund The lakelands and inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championship was fished throughout the Lakelands region of Ireland with 130 pairs competing: I had a tough week with only about a 33 kg total: my pairs partner Gary Whalley had some really terrible draws and could only manage about 6 kg for the week. My only success was on day 3 when I caught 140 roach on the feeder for just under 14 kg which gave me a section and 3rd overall in my zone.

Despite my own lack of success, it really was a brilliant match, with even the 18th pairing getting £1000. Match organiser Kevin Lock achieved what seemed like the imposable, with the 3 main area zones so far apart, but it all went smoothly and I heard no complaints whatsoever, only compliments. Well done Kevin you did a tremendous job. Log on to www.worldanglingpairs.com for all the detailed results.

Bob

Here are some pictures:

Day 1:

 

view from my peg at Killadeas – day 1

a hybrid comes to the net – day 1

it rained all day – day 1

a big hybrid drops in the net – day 1

my 1st day catch 7,5 kg

Day 2:

view from my peg at Garadice – day 2

shipping out – day 2

balling in – day 2

Day 3:

view from my peg at Brackley lake – day 3

swinging in a roach – day 3

my day 3 catch almost 14 kg of roach

Day 4:

view from my peg at Crom – day 4

Day 5:

view from my peg on Lough Mucno – day 5

it was a wild last day

Match report Arvagh Festival 2012

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

 The Arvagh Festival is fished over 5 days in and around theloughs and lakes of the Arvagh area in County Cavan Southern Ireland. This year 67 anglers were competing on a section rotation basis with an open draw on the last day.

Wayne Easter came out an easy winner with a very consistent 5 day performance to total 79,090 kg. Kevin Johnston is a regular Irish Festival angler and is never far out of the main list, this year his 73,850 total was enough for 2nd place, running him very close for 3rd place was Tony Hopkins with 72,770 kg. I had just an average week finishing about halfway with 44,940 kg.

My first day draw was on Upper Gulladoo. I started catching well on the pole but then the last 3 hours were quite difficult and I had to switch between feeder and pole, but still managed just over 11 kg to finish 3rd on the lake. Wayne Easter won the day from Glasshouse lake with 18,100.

Kevin’s Shore on Lough Gowna was my 2nd day draw. The pegging here was brilliant with about 50 mts between pegs and although the strong wind made pole fishing difficult, there was still enough bites to keep me interested and I finished winning the lake with just over 100 fish for 12,480 kg. Glasshouse was again the top lake with my fishing friend Kevin Ashurst coming out on top with a brilliant 25 kg of roach on the pole.

It was another pole day for me on day 3. Conditions were perfect with just a light westerly wind. The fish here are quite small so I had a busy time catching 180 fish for 11 kg for another lake win. Kevin Rowles won the day from Glasshouse lake with 21,500.

Corfree was my day 4 draw. It had been the worst lake all week and today was the same, it was very windy and I could only fish the pole in short spells. It was very difficult and I finished 2nd on the lake with 6 kg. Simon Stott won the day with 25,780 kg.

I was hoping for a good lake draw on the last day but it was not to be, I was back on Corfree again, conditions were perfect for the pole but there was not many fish and I could only manage 4 kg. Tony Hopkins won the day with 24,630 kg.

Bob

Here are the pictures:

Day 1:

view from my peg on Upper Gulladoo day 1

my setup day 1

Day 2:

view from my peg at Rossduff day 2

Day 3:

view from my peg at Rockfield lake day 3

shipping back day 3

just about to net a skimmer day 3

I was catching lots of small fish day 3

my lake winning catch day 3

Day 4:

view from my peg at Corfree day 4

hooking into a good fish day 4

a big hybrid comes to the net day 4

Day 5:

view from my peg at Corfree day 5

cupping in day 5

getting ready with the net day 5

 

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Match report Gowna Festival 2012

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

    A brilliant 2nd day weight of 45 kg took Simon Stott to the top of the leader board. A lead which he never relinquished as he finished 1st overall with a 5 day total of 88.,450 kg, closely followed by Pete Riley who was 2nd with 86,250 kg. My pairs partner Andy Leathers put in a really consistent performance all week for a 3rd place total of 85,460 kg. I finished well down the field in 34th with 53 kg, but at least managed 2nd in the pairs competition  with my partner Andy.

The Gowna festival is fished on the loughs and lakes around the Lough Gowna area in County Cavan Southern Ireland, fished over 5 days with a section rotation on 4 days and then an open draw on the last day. It’s one of the largest festivals in the Sothern Irish match fishing calendar. Some new sections were in this year. The fishing was great and the pegging perfect. Match organiser Andy Bettison knows how to run a great match. This year 76 anglers were competing in a closely fought contest

I drew one of the new lakes on the first day and made a big mistake fishing the pole when I should have been on the feeder finishing with just under 12 kg, Pete Riley won the day from Killykeen with 39,050 kg.

On day 2 I was at Tessa’s on peg 5 it was a windy day and I just fished feeder at 25 mts catching skimmers and bream for a 11,480 kg total. Simon Stott won the day with the biggest weekly single catch of 45,060 kg.

Killeykeen was my 3rd day draw and I drew in a good area but the bream had gone, but I still had an enjoyable day catching mostly hybrids on the feeder for a 13,720 kg total. D Fairhurst won the day with 27,850 kg.

Corfree was my 4th day draw and I fished mainly only the pole catching roach, hybrids and perch for just under 9 kg. Tony Hopkins won the day from the grassy bank at Killykeen with 26,250 kg of roach.

I drew Tessa’s again on Friday catching just over 7 kg on a combination of pole and feeder. Andy Leathers won the last day onC section with 23,300 kg fishing the feeder at 30 mts.

Bob

Here are some pictures:

 

Day 1

view from my day 1

swinging in a small roach day 1

 

my first day catch just under 12 kg

Day 2

view from my peg at Tessa’s day 2

netting a skimmer day 2

my day 2 catch 11,.500 kg

Day 3:

it was a day on the feeder day 3

a bream comes to the net day 3

Day 4:

view from my peg at Corfree day 4

cupping in chopped worms and maggots day 4

swinging in a small hybrid day 4

loose feeding helped keep the fish feeding day 4

I was catching small fish on the pole day 4

Day 5:

view from my peg day 5

netting a big hybrid day 5

my day 5 catch just over 7 kg

 

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Match report Lakeside Manor Ramor Festival 2012

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

 

collecting the winning trophy from Jim Brady

What a great start for me winning my first Irish festival of the Autumn season with a 4 day total of just over 45 kg. This is the 3rd time I have won here in the last 4 years. Jimmy Gargan finished 2nd overall with 41,400 kg thanks to a brilliant last day feeder weight of 16,200 kg. Rory O’Neil also had a big last day weight to finish in 3rd with just over 40 kg.

The Ramor festival, sponsored by the Lakeland Manor hotel, is fished on lough Ramor in Virginia County Caven Southern Ireland fished over 4 days on a section rotation basis with an open draw on the last day.

On the first day I drew peg 1 on the Island section and won the match with 11,980 kg fishing pole at 11.5mts feeding with small balls of groundbait and loose feed, catching 133 fish, a mixture of roach perch and hybrids.

Peg 5 on Irvines section was my 2nd day draw. It was a pole day again. The calm conditions helped me fish at 13mts, cupping in 3 balls at the start plus a cup of chopped worms and maggots and then loose feeding over the top, catching 160 fish for 15,.500 kg to win the day again.

Bradys section was my 3rd day draw. It was very windy but it was pole again. After a really slow start I managed to catch quite well in the last 2 hours, to finish with 99 fish for 9,100 kg which was just enough to win the section. Tommy Dowd won the day with 10,860 kg.

On the last day I was back on Irvines and really thought I had blown the festival. After 3 hours I only had 4 fish. Then the wind changed, the fish arrived and I managed to catch 90 in the last 2 hours to finish with just over 8 kg. Jimmy Gargan won the day fishing a feeder on the island section with 16,200 kg.

Bob

Here some pictures:

view from my peg on the Island section day 1

view from my on peg day 1

I won the match on the first day with just under 12 kg

my day 2 tackle set up

view from my peg day 2

my match winning catch on 2nd day 15,500 kg

view from my peg on Bradys, day 3

my section winning catch, day 3

view from my peg, day 4

some anglers had to wade a long way

David Thomas Masterclass Day August 17th 2012

Friday, August 24th, 2012

 

brilliant catch David

This was special 50th birthday present from David’s wife Cheryl, who also likes to fish and had come along for the day. The brilliant Larford lakes near Stourport in Worcestershire was the chosen venue.

David was fishing a waggler close to the lily bed

It was a cool overcast morning with a strong westerly wind. I decided that the match lake with the wind on our backs would be the best option. David loves to fish the waggler, loose feeding with 6mm hard feed carp pellets close to bed of lily’s with a banded 6mm pellet on the hook he hooked into a 5lb mirror carp within a few minutes and then it was almost a fish every cast. There was just the noise of a screaming clutch as mirrors, commons, F1’s and skimmers came to his net. Only about 3 fish were lost in the lilys. Cheryl prefers the pole and was also catching skimmers and carp at regular intervals.

David’s first fish a 4lb common carp

We left the bank at about 3pm both of them had had their best days fishing ever with close to 100lbs of fish.

Bob

Some more pictures:

a big fish boils on the surface

Cheryl with a 4lb mirror carp

David hooks into a big fish

just in the net

a beautiful mirror carp close to 5lbs

a big 3lb F1

great catch Cheryl

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Clynton Rendall Masterclass Day August 16th 2012

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

 

brilliant catch Clynt

Clynt had booked me for the day to try to improve his skills with the pole. His long time business partner and good friend Gary Morris 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 them both to use keepnets.

Clynt with his first fish

It was a warm sunny day with moderate westerly winds. One of my favourite lakes Elm was free, so I decided we would fish there.

Clynt started at 6mts, just where he could loose feed carp pellets by hand. Hookbait was a 6mm natural jellet. It took him less than a minute to hook into his first carp, followed immediately by another fish. Gary meanwhile was fishing at 10mts using a catapult to feed Van Den Eynde 4mm and 6mm hard feed carp pellets. He also was soon catching. Both anglers were matching each other fish for fish as a succession of mirrors, commons and F1’s came to the net.

Gary’s first fish a 3lb common carp

The barbel did not really show, Gary caught 3 including a beautiful fish weighing about 3lbs. Maybe they were just a little further out today as Clynt never caught one while I was there.

a beautiful 3lb barbel

We took the catch shots and returned the fish at about 4pm, both anglers having had a brilliant day, wanted to fish on for a while. I guess Clynt had caught close to 100lbs. Gary also a very similar weight.

Bob

Some more pictures:

blue 20 hollow elastic was working well

a 3lb orange mirror carp

Gary was catching some quality mirror carp

a good 4lb common carp

almost in the net

almost 100lbs great catch Gary

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Tony Martin Masterclass Day August 14th 2012

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

 

brilliant catch Tony

Tony had booked me for the day to improve his skills with the pole. His fishing friend Andrew had also come along for the day. The brilliant Colemans Cottage Fishery near Witham in Essex was the chosen venue.

an early quality mirror carp for Tony

It was a warm sunny day with light westerly winds. Both anglers started by loose feeding at 5mts with 4mm and 6mm hard feed carp pellets, also feeding a margin swim with sweetcorn. The action was instant with lots of carp taking their 6mm natural Jellet hookbait. Andrew was catching some quality fish, while Tony’s fish were a little smaller. A switch to the margins with corn and paste increased the catch rate also better quality carp. The last hour was fantastic with Tony and Andrew catching quality carp on paste in the margins.

Andrews first fish a 5lb mirror carp

We left the bank at about 4.30pm, Andrew having the maximum in each of his 3 keepnets and had caught close to 200lbs. Tony also had both of his keepnets with the maximum allowed weight and had about 140lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

a good fish boils on the surface

just in the net

a beautiful 4lb ghost carp

Andrew was catching some quality fish

strange colours on this 4lb common carp

this must be a big fish

biggest fish of the day a 6lb mirror carp

fantastic catch Andrew

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John Howlett Masterclass Day August 13th 2012

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

 

brilliant catch John

This was a special Pearl Wedding anniversary present from John’s wife Moira 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 to use keepnets.

John’s first fish a 5lb mirror

It was a warm overcast day with light westerly winds. John was desperate to catch his first ever barbel so I decided that Cedar lake would be a good choice.

my first ever barbel

Pole was the chosen method, loose feeding in the margins with 4mm and 6mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with a 6mm natural Jellet and within a few minutes John had hooked into his first carp. More fish followed but no barbell. A switch to fishing up in the water at 11mts resulted in a good run of fish including John’s first ever barbel. The last 2 hours was even better as a change to fishing on the bottom at 11mts saw barbel and carp netted at regular intervals.

John hooks into a good fish

Moira meanwhile had been margin fishing, not serious but still managed to catch 6 carp for about 25lbs.

almost in the net

We left the bank at about 4pm John having had a brilliant day catching close to 100lbs.

Bob

A few more pictures:

a 5lb mirror carp in perfect condition

safely in the net

a beautiful 3lb barbel

Moira with a 4lb mirror carp

great catch Moira

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Neil Spedding Masterclass Day August 10th 2012

Monday, August 20th, 2012

 

brilliant catch Neil

This was a special birthday present from Neil’s wife Tricia. His long time fishing friend Adam has 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.

Neil with his first fish

It was a warm sunny day. All the lakes are fishing really well and I decided Horseshoe would be a good choice. Both anglers started by cupping in a big pot of 4mm and 6mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets at 10 mts, also loose feeding a few 4mm pellets over the top, with a 6mm natural jellet on the hook. Within a few minutes Neil was into his first fish. Adam was also catching well. Both anglers were netting fish after fish. A switch to fishing up in the water was even better as quality F1’s, took the 6mm banded pellet hookbait. It was nonstop exciting action. The fish were boiling on the surface as the loose feed went in, with no need to strike as the pole tip was wrenched violently round when the fish took the bait.

Adam with a 2lb F1

We left the bank at about 4.30pm both anglers having had a brilliant day. I guess Neil had caught close to 110lbs and Adam just a little more about 120 lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

an early barbel on a 6mm jellet

a good fish boils on the surface

Yes, it’s mine!

a beautiful 2lb mirror carp

just in the net

a beautiful golden F1

the F1’s were feeding up in the water

great catch Adam

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Len Watton Masterclass Day August 9th 2012

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

 

brilliant catch Len

This was a special 70th birthday present from Len’s daughters Sarah and Joanna and his son Mark who had also come along for the day. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesea in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed Len to use a keepnet.

Len with his first fish

It was a warm sunny calm morning, not always the best conditions for fishing. I decided that one of the strip lakes Yew would be a good choice for the day.

a beautiful 3lb barbel

Len started with a pole in the margins loose feeding with 4mm and 6mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with 6mm halibut jellet on the hook. After 2 early fish it became very difficult with just the odd fish. Lots of indications but no positive bites. A switch to fishing up in the water at about 8 mts transformed the swim, loose feeding with 4mm pellets with 6mm natural jellet on the hook, it was a fish every cast with barbel, big F1’s, mirrors and common carp came to the net. A switch back to the margin swim resulted in the biggest fish of the day: a mirror carp just over 10lbs.

Mark has a go with his dad’s pole

We left the bank at about 4.30pm, Len having caught most of his fish in the last 3 hours and having returned 2 of his biggest fish. I guess he had caught a total of about 120lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

Mark with a 3lb F1

a big fish boils on the surface#

Mark was helping with the net

a big mirror carp just over 8lbs

an F1 over 2lbs

biggest fish of the day a 10lb mirror carp

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Wayne Campbell-Harvey Masterclass Day August 8th 2012

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

 

brilliant catch Wayne

This was a special 60th birthday present from Wayne’s daughters. The brilliant Colemans Cottage Fishery near Witham in Essex was the chosen venue.

Wayne with his first ever barbel

It was a sunny warm morning with light southerly winds. Woods lake looked perfect with fish topping everywhere.

a 2lb barbel in perfect condition

Loose feeding just at the bottom of the shelf at about 5mts with 4mm and 6mm Van den Eynde hard feed carp pellets, with a 6mm halibut jellet on the hook, after about 5 minutes the float buried and Wayne was into a fish which turned out to be his first ever barbell. Then it was nonstop action with lots of barbel and carp. Even a chub took his jellet hookbait.

the barbel were feeding well

The action never slowed, a friendly angler took the catch shots for us at about 4pm and I guess Wayne had caught close to 80lbs.

Bob

A few more pictures:

a good fish boils on the surface

just about in the net

a beautiful 4lb mirror carp

just in the net

this chub took a 6mm halibut pellet

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Steve Evans & Dave Taylor Masterclass Day August 7th 2012

Friday, August 17th, 2012

 

brilliant catch Dave

Steve and Dave had already been out with me this year and wanted to enjoy the experience again. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed them to use keepnets.

fantastic catch Steve

It was a cool overcast morning with light westerly winds. The barbel are feeding well on Cedar lake at the moment so I decided it would be a good choice.

Steve with his first fish

Feeding a mixture of 4mm, 6mm and 8mm in the margins with Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets, hookbait was a 6mm halibut jellet, Steve was into a carp within a few seconds. Dave also was soon catching, the fish were feeding so well that it was no need to change lines as common carp, mirror’s F1’s and barbel came to the net. Steve was catching lots of quality barbel while Dave’s swim was producing more carp. A switch to a banded 8mm hard pellet produced some quality fish and both anglers had reached their net limit and returning fish as they caught them.

Dave’s first fish a 4lb mirror carp

We left the bank at about 4pm, both anglers had caught more fish than their previous visit, Steve having about 140lbs with Dave not far behind with around 130lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

a 2lb barbel in perfect condition

almost in the net

a beautiful 4lb barbel

Steve hooks into a big fish

another quality barbel

Dave was using a 16 solid latex elastic

Dave was catching quality carp

the barbel were feeding well in Steve’s swim

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Jack & Ollie Berridge Masterclass Day August 6th 2012

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

 

brilliant catch Jack

This was a special Christmas present from Jack and Ollie’s grandfather Simon Pearce. Their dad Andy 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 them both to use keepnets.

fantastic catch Ollie

It was a warm morning with light Westerly winds. Yew lake has been producing some big carp so I thought it would be good idea to fish there.

at last Andy gets a chance to catch a fish

Both of the young anglers started on the pole at about 4mts loose feeding with a mixture of 4mm, 6mm and 8mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets, with a 6mm Halibut jellet on the hook. It was a slow start  and then Ollie hooked into a good fish which turned out to be a 7lb mirror carp. Jack also started to catch, some smaller fish at first and then after a long fight banked a double which turned out to be a mirror carp just over 11lbs. Ollie was also catching some quality carp including a big mirror which weighed just over 10lbs.

biggest fish of the day a mirror carp over 12lbs

We did the catch shots at about 4pm and returned the fish. Both of them decided they would like to fish on, returning the fish as they caught them. Jack’s last fish was the biggest of the day: a mirror carp over 12lbs and I guess he had caught almost 100lbs of fish. Ollie kept catching well and when we left the bank at about 5pm I guess he had totalled over 100lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

Jack with his first fish a 3lb mirror carp

Ollie hooks into a good fish

Ollie with his first fish a 7lb mirror carp

Dad, Andy helps with the net

just in the net

a big mirror carp just over 11lbs

another big mirror for Ollie

Yes, it’s mine!

beautiful markings on this 6lbs mirror carp

I can only just lift it

a 4lb common carp in perfect condition

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Peter Carr Masterclass Day August 3rd 2012

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

 

brilliant catch Peter

This was a special 75th birthday present from Peter’s family, wife Win, daughter Sharon and grandchildren Luke, Zoe and John. Luke had also come along for the day. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed both of them to use keepnets.

Peter’s first fish a 4lb mirror carp

It was a warm overcast morning. Cedar lake is fishing really well, so I decided that we would fish in the early pegs with the wind on our backs. Peter had never used a pole before and I managed to convince him it would be the best choice for fishing in the margins. Luke loves pole fishing and was used to fishing this way.

Luke with his first fish

Peter was into a fish within a minute, loose feeding 4mm, 6mm and 8mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with a 6mm jellet on the hook. Luke adopted the same tactics and was soon catching every put in. It was nonstop action for both anglers as mirror’s, common’s, F1’s and barbel came to their nets.

biggest fish of the day an 11lb mirror carp

Peter switched to a banded 8mm pellet in the afternoon and although his catch rate slowed it produced some big fish, including the biggest fish of the day an 11lb mirror carp which he retuned straight back to the lake.

both anglers were into fish at the same time

We left the bank at about 4 pm Peter having had his biggest catch ever, close to 100lbs. Luke also had a brilliant day just beating his grandad with about 110lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

Peter hooks into a big fish

Luke’s 16 hollow elastic was working well

Luke with his first ever barbel

Oh, where is this one going?

Peter with a beautiful 2lb barbel

a good fish boils on the surface

just in the net

a koy carp about 2lbs

a 3lb barbel in perfect condition

fantastic catch Luke

Neil Evanson Masterclass Day July 24th 2012

Monday, July 30th, 2012

 

Neil and Ryan together with the days catch

This was a special 50th birthday present form Neil’s wife Anna. His son Ryan also came along for the day. The wonderful Holly farm in Ashby Magna in Leicestershire was the chosen venue.

a mirror carp close to 6lbs

It was a calm very hot summers day. All the big carp were cruising on the surface and did not look interested in feeding. Neil started on the bottom at 10mts cupping in a pot of 4mm pellets and sweetcorn the peg started to fizz but only 1 bream took the soft 6mm pellet hookbait. A switch to fishing close to the surface with a 6 mm banded pellet was much better, as roach and some good crucian carp were hooked. Ryan was fishing in the margins but only roach were taking his 6mm banded pellet hookbait. The bigger fish were just not feeding. The last hour was better for Neil as he hooked into 2 good carp on his surface rig.

Ryan was fishing in the margins

I did the catch shot at about 4.30. I guess Neil had caught about 35lbs, a great weight on a really tough day.

Bob

Some more pictures:

Neil hooks into a good carp

I get ready with the net

yes it’s in

a big common about 6lbs

small roach were taking a banded 6mm pellet

the crucians were taking pellet up in the water

Neil with a beautiful crucian

Ryan with a beautiful 4lb common carp

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Malcolm Hardy (Mally) Masterclass Day July 23rd 2012

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

 

great catch Mally

This was a special 70th birthday present from Mally’s son in law Steve. The Herbert Woods boatyard and holiday cottages at Potter Heigham in Norfolk was the chosen venue. This is part of the River Bure. Mally and Steve were staying there for a weeks family holiday. It was a beautiful sunny morning with a clear blue sky, at last our summer has arrived.

perch were feeding with the roach and skimmers

Mally started on the feeder but the first hour was slow with only 4 roach. Steve was on the long pole with sweetcorn on the hook, and caught an early good skimmer close to 1lb. Mally changed to fishing a 4mtr pole to hand, loose feeding a small ball of groundbait every cast with a single red maggot on the hook. After a few minutes he started to catch roach, skimmers and perch and never looked back swinging in fish after fish. Steve meanwhile changed his feeding to a ball of groundbait every put in and was catching the odd better skimmer to a 1lb plus lots of 3 and 4ozs fish.

Steve’s first fish a skimmer just under 1lb

We took the catch shots at about 4.30 pm both anglers having had a great catch of silver fish. Steve with his big skimmers had caught about 12lb with Mally running him very close with 11lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

just about in the net

Mally admires a beautiful roach

concentration

Mally never stopped smiling

just in the net

another big skimmer for Steve

about 12lbs of fish for Steve

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Kevin Peploe Masterclass Day July 19th 2012

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

 

just part of Kevin’s fantastic catch

This was a special birthday present from Kevin’s wife Elaine. Their daughter Shelly also came along to fish for 2 hours in the afternoon. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue, the owner Diane had kindly allowed them both to use keepnets.

Kevin’s first fish a 3lb mirror carp

It was a cool morning. All the strip lakes are fishing really well. I decided that Elm would be a good choice. Pole in the margins is often the best method. Kevin started by loose feeding two lines with a mixture of 4mm and 6mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with a 6mm soft pellet on the hook. Within a few minutes the first carp was in the net and then he never looked back as common’s, mirror’s, F1’s and barbel came to the net. He was catching so quickly that both his nets had reached the maximum 50lbs by 12.30 and I had to put in a third net. Shelly arrived just after 1pm and adopted the same tactics as her dad and within 2 hours had caught almost 50lbs of carp and barbell. Kevin also continued catching and was returning the fish as he caught them as the 3rd net had also reached the maximum.

Shelly’s biggest fish a 5lb mirror carp

We left the bank at about 3.30 pm Kevin having caught his best catch ever which must have been close to 190lbs. It’s the 2nd time this week that an angler has broken my Masterclass Day record. Shelly also had had her best catch and largest fish ever.

Bob

Some more pictures:

a 3lb common carp

a good fish boils on the surface

Elaine helps with the net

some serious elastic stretching

Yes, it’s in!

biggest fish of the day a beautiful 10lbs mirror carp

Shelly was catching well

great catch Shelly

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Adam Spearing Masterclass Day July 18th 2012

Friday, July 27th, 2012

 

brilliant catch Adam

Adam had a serious accident in a motocross race at the age of 17, which left him paralysed from the neck down with only limited movement in his arms. He had fished as a boy and 2 years ago he was inspired by a visit to where he used to fish to start again. Since then his life has been transformed and he has become obsessed about fishing, going 4 or 5 times a week including match fishing with the Essex Disabled angling Club and has already won a match plus a few top 5 places. Because of his very serious disability he has a helper Mary who accompanies him on his fishing days, netting fish, baiting up, casting out if he is on a feeder, plus many other duties which Adam is just unable to do.

Adam’s first fish a 2lb common carp

The brilliant Colemans Cottage near Witham in Essex is one of Adam’s favourite venues, so we decided it would be a good choice for a fishing day. It was a cool overcast breezy morning, the margins are always good here which suited Adam as he is unable to fish with a long pole.

I will net this one

Loose feeding with 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with a banded 6mm hard pellet on the hook, it took about 10 minutes to get the fish feeding. But when they arrived the action was nonstop as carp after carp came to the net. Even a short session on the feeder did not slow up his catch rate as four carp were quickly landed.

a beautiful 5lb mirror carp

We left the bank at about 4pm, Adam having had his best catch ever, I would guess close to 90lbs. I could only watch and admire how Adam handled and played the large carp with his pole and how he has overcome such adversity.

Bob        

Some more pictures:

Mary his helper was netting the fish

a common carp well over 5lbs

a good fish boils on the surface

another good mirror carp

a mirror carp about 3lbs

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Mark York Masterclass Day July 17th 2012

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

 

Aussie bagging machine Mark York with part of his fantastic catch

Mark came out with me last year. He was here on holiday from Australia and had booked me for a days fishing. The brilliant Decoy Lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed Mark to use a keepnet. It was a perfect day, light winds, warm with some much missed sunshine. The strip lakes have been producing some good catches of barbel, a species Mark had never caught before so I decided that Cedar lake would be a good choice.

Mark’s first fish a 4lb mirror carp

The margins are really deep. It’s the same depth at 1 metre out as it is at 12 mts, so Mark started feeding 2 lines in the margins with 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets, with a 6mm halibut Jellet on the hook. Within a minute he was into his first carp. More carp followed in quick succession and then his first ever barbell. The action was incredible as mirror’s, common’s, F1’s and barbel came to the net. A switch to the waggler, fishing on the bottom at about 20 mts, with a 6mm banded pellet on the hook resulted in a run of quality barbell. At about 1.30 with both nets at their maximum limit of 50lbs I had to get another keepnet. A change back to the pole in the last hour kept the fish coming to the end.

my first ever barbel

We left the bank at about 4pm the “Aussie bagging machine” had filled 3 keepnets to their maximum and I guess had caught about 160lbs, one of my best ever total weight Masterclasses.

Bob

Some more pictures:

a switch to the waggler resulted in a run of big barbel

the double 12 latex was working well

almost in the net

a beautiful 3lb barbel

it was nonstop action

just about ready for the net

another quality barbel

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Bill Richardson Masterclass Day July 16th 2012

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

 

fantastic catch Bill

This was a special birthday present from Bill’s partner Collette. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed Bill to use keepnets for the day.

Bill with his first fish a beautiful 5lb mirror carp

It was a cool wet morning with a strong westerly wind. One bank of Elm lake was fairly well sheltered, perfect for pole fishing in the margins, loose feeding with 4mm Van Den Eynde carp pellets with a 6mm halibut jellet on the hook. It took about 5 minutes to catch the first fish, which turned out to be a beautiful mirror carp about 5lbs. After that it was nonstop action: The fish were really feeding well as carp and barbel came to the net: Both nets had reached their limit by 2pm and Bill was returning the fish as he caught them.

Bill never stopped smiling

We left the bank at about 4pm and I guess with the fish he had put back Bill had caught close to 160lbs, one of his best days ever.

Bob

Some more pictures:

a good fish boils on the surface

number 14 elastic kept the fish under control

just in the net

biggest barbel of the day

an F1 over 3lbs

a common carp just over 5lbs

a 2lb barbel in perfect condition

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Philip Sheldon Masterclass Day July 12th 2012

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

 

fantastic catch Philip

This was a special Christmas present from Philip’s wife Julie. His fishing friend Alex Ward 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. It was a warm sunny morning with light winds. All of the strip lakes were free and I decided that Cedar would be a good choice.

Philip’s first fish a 4lb common carp

Pole fishing in the margins is always the best method at this time of the year, loose feeding with 4mm and 6mm Van Den Eynde carp pellets with a Halibut jellet on a size 14 hook. Philip was catching carp immediately. Alex also after a slower start started to catch well. They were matching each other fish for fish, mostly common and mirror carp averaging about 4lbs each. At about midday the barbel started to feed as well, and with 2 hours to go both anglers had reached their two net limit of 100lbs and were returning fish as they caught them.

Van den Eynde Jelly Pellets

We left the bank at about 4pm. I guess Philip had caught over 150lbs. Alex also had a similar weight perhaps just under 150lbs, both anglers having had a fantastic day and achieving their best weights ever.

Bob

Some more pictures:

a good fish comes to the surface

almost in the net

it was an all action day

some serious elastic stretching

one of the biggest fish of the day

the barbel started to feed in the afternoon

a big fish boils on the surface

Alex with a beautiful 5lb mirror carp

a 2lb barbel in perfect condition

brilliant catch Alex

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Gareth Wilkinson Masterclass Day July 1st 2012

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

 

fantastic catch Gareth

This was a special birthday present from Gareth’s girlfriend Simone. The brilliant Decoy Lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed the use of keepnets. It’s always busy here at weekends but one bank of Elm was free.

Gareth’s first fish a 2lb common

Gareth normally likes to fish with the feeder, but was willing to give the pole a try and he never looked back. Fishing in the margins with a 6mm expander pellet on the hook and loose feeding with 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets within 2 minutes he was into his first fish, a carp. F1’s and lots of quality barbel came to the net. A switch to up in the water in the afternoon produced a few fish, but it was never as good, so Gareth went back to the margins.

Simone was helping with the net

We left the bank at about 4pm. It was the best days fishing ever for Gareth, also his first ever barbell. He had caught so many fish that both keepnets had their maximum by 3 pm. So in the last hour he was returning the fish as he caught them. I guess he finished with close to 120lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

a barbel well over 3lbs

Gareth never stopped catching

a beautiful 2lb barbel

just about ready for the net

a mirror carp close to 4lbs

biggest fish of the day a 5lb mirror

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Howie Walker Masterclass Day June 30th 2012

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

 

fantastic catch Howie

This was a special Christmas present from Howie’s wife Ann. His son Scott had also come along for the day. The wonderful Decoy Lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. It was another windy day. Horseshoe lake is well sheltered so we decided to go there. Diane the owner had kindly allowed them to use keepnets.

Howie with his first fish a 2lb F1

Both anglers started in the margins, loose feeding 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets, with a 6mm Halibut jellet on the hook. Howie was the first into fish. The float never stopped going under as tench and F1’s came to the net. Scott also started to catch well. He had been trying paste on the hook but a switch to pellets improved his catch rate. After about 2 hours they both changed to fishing up in the water at about 10 mts with a 6mm hard banded pellet, loose feeding over the top with 4mm pellets. The F1’s were swirling for the bait and Howie never looked back as big F1’s came quickly to his net. Scott was also catching but not as quick as his dad, which seemed to please Howie as he never stopped smiling. Scott really speeded up in the last hour as he went back to the margins. Howie had been catching so well that both of his nets were up to the 50lb limit and he had to return fish as he caught them.

a big F1 for Scott

We left the bank at about 4pm. Howie had come out on top with about 120lbs. Scott who really had to let his dad win had caught about 70lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

a tench about 1.5 lbs

another F1 safely in the net

Howie never stopped smiling

Howie was catching big F1’s up in the water

Yes, it’s mine!

Howie was catching tench in the margins

just ready for the net

great catch Scott

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David Burrows Masterclass Day June 29th 2012

Friday, July 6th, 2012

 

just part of David’s brilliant catch

This was a special 50th birthday present from David’s wife Tracy. His long time friend Tony 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 David to use a keepnet. It was a cool day with very strong southerly winds, difficult to get any shelter on the strip lakes, but I decided that the oxygen levels would be high and Cedar lake should fish well.

David’s first fish

David loves to fish the pole, but as the winds were so strong, the margins were the only option. The water was backing up against the wind and flowing like a river. Loose feeding with 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets, with a 6mm expander pellet on the hook was soon producing fish after fish including lots of big barbell. The action never slowed and David was catching so many fish, that at 2pm I had to put in a 3rd keepnet. Tony was taking a more casual approach, fishing a method feeder at 30 mts with a banded 10 mm hard pellet as hookbait. After a slow start he also was catching very steadily.

Tony’s first fish a 3lb common

We left the bank at about 3.30 pm with both anglers having had their best days fishing ever David having caught about 140lbs which included 60lbs of barbell. Tony had 25 fish for about 60lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

lots of big barbel were feeding today

this feels like a good fish

a beautiful 5lb mirror carp

it was nonstop action

a big fish boils on the surface

just in the net

a 3lb common in perfect condition

often both anglers were into fish at the same time

John Horrocks Masterclass Day June 28th 2012

Friday, June 29th, 2012

 

brilliant catch John

This was a special 30th birthday present from some of John’s friends. His long time fishing pal Andrew Wood had also come along for the day. The brilliant Decoy Lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue, both anglers love to fish the pole, so I decided that one of the strip lakes Cedar would be perfect for their chosen method.

John’s first fish a 1.5 lb barbel

Feeding 2 lines one at 10mts and another in the margins with a pot of 6mm and 8mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets and then loose feeding some 4mm pellets over the top, with a 6mm expander pellet on the hook. Andrew was the first into fish, a barbel. This was followed my several more including one that was close to 4lbs. John had a slower start and was also catching barbell. A switch to an up in the water rig produced 2 good F1’s, but the blustery conditions were making presentation difficult, so John changed to the margins under a tree to his left. This proved a wise choice as first lots of barbel and then carp came to his net. Andrews barbel had slowed up, so he as well switched to fishing in the edge but with no real cover could not catch as quickly as John.

Andrew with an early good barbel

We left the bank at about 4pm, the draw of a cold pint of beer in the bar helping us pack away quickly. I guess John had caught just over 100lbs and Andrew about 60lbs.

Bob

Some good pictures:

shipping back on a good fish

it’s mine

the barbel were feeding well

John never stopped smiling

some serious elastic stretching

Andrews peg was full of big barbel

John with a 4lb mirror carp

a beautifully coloured carp

biggest fish of the day a 5lb mirror

great catch Andrew

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Mark Ramsey & Adrian Masterson Masterclass Day June 21st 2012

Friday, June 29th, 2012

 

brilliant catch Adrian

Mark and Adrian had booked me for the day to improve their skills with the pole. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had allowed them to use keepnets for the catch shots.

fantastic catch Mark

It was an overcast day with a forecast for heavy showers, but it was really warm with a south westerly wind, perfect conditions for fishing. The strip lakes are producing lots of fish at the moment so I decided that Elm would be a good choice.

an early 2lb colourful carp for Mark

A big pot of 6mm and 8mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets at 10mts and another in the margins, plus loose feeding over the top, hookbait was a 6mm expander pellet. Adrian was very quickly catching on the long line. Mark also was catching well. A switch to the margins for Mark produced a good run of barbell. The loose feed had the fish feeding near the surface and another change to fishing up in the water with a banded 6mm hard pellet produced big F1’s and carp for both anglers. The last hour was devoted to fishing paste in the margins. This method was brilliant as the bait hardly settled and another fish was hooked, by now the 50lb limit in each net had been reached and they were returning the fish as they caught them.

Adrian with his first fish

We took the catch shots at about 4pm and after returning the fish to the water I left them fishing on both anglers having had a fantastic day with I guess about 120lbs of fish each.

Bob

Some more pictures:

the barbel were in the margins

the barbel were feeding early

a big fish boils on the surface

a 3lb ghost carp

Adrian hooks into a good fish

Yes, it’s mine!

it’s raining but who cares

a beautiful 5lb common carp for Mark

a 3lb mirror carp in perfect condition

a beautiful 5lb mirror

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Fishing Masters Show Wolfsburg Germany June 2012

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

I had a great day in Germany at the Fishing Masters Show on a lake near Wolfsburg. Angling celebrities and major tackle companies from all over Germany were there. Anglers were displaying various methods and styles from a variety of fishing techniques. The show was a massive success with an estimated 7000 visitors. If you understand German you can get more informations on this website: http://www.angelshow.de/.

I opted to fish the pole at 13mts. It was very deep, more than 4mts at this distance. after balling in I could only catch small fish, lots of rudd and roach: Loose feeding maggots did not improve things. A switch to potting in some 6mm hard feed carp pellets and the change was miraculous as big sturgeon moved over my feed. Babs Kijewski who is the first female angler in Europe to take up Catfish angling professionally decided she would like to try out pole fishing. within 5 minutes she had hooked into a good fish which turned out to be a sturgeon about 4 kg. Check out youtube link bob&babs video to view the battle http://youtu.be/ytgQ9tuEkcc.

I caught one more sturgeon and a trout then I had to leave for my flight home. If I am invited back next year then my feeding plan will be pellets, pellets and more pellets.

Bob

Here some pictures:

a trout just under 1 kg

I could not catch a sturgeon until I fed pellets

unhooking a sturgeon

sturgeon are a strange looking fish

Babs tries out pole fishing

Babs with a 4 kg sturgeon

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Big Bash Day with Bob winners Max and Kevin June 20th 2012

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

 

brilliant catch Max

Big bash is the largest charity angling match in the UK with over 400 anglers competing. All of the funds raised going to charity. I give a days coaching as a raffle prize. The winners this year were Max Bates and his long time friend Kevin.

Max with his first fish a 4lb mirror carp

The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. The owner Diane had kindly allowed to use of keepnets for the day. It was a warm sunny morning with very light winds. I decided that one of the strip lakes, Elm would be ideal.

Kevin with his first fish a 2lb F1

Pole was the chosen method, cupping in 4mm and 6mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets plus loose feeding 4mm pellets over the top with a 6mm expander on the hook. Max was quickly into fish, some good mirror carp. Kevin had a slower start but was soon catching F1’s. Both anglers were very experienced so I had an easy day, just taking the photographs and watching them both catching fish after fish.

it was an all action day

We took the catch shots and returned the fish at about 4pm. I guess Max had just over 100lbs and Kevin just less about 90lbs. Would you believe they still had not had enough and I left them fishing on.

Bob

Some more pictures:

some serious elastic stretching

just ready for the net

Kevin with a 4lb mirror carp

the carp fight really hard here

I must remember to get some longer arms!!!

a beautiful 7lb carp but I am not sure what type

a beautiful 4lb mirror

great catch Kevin

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Steve Evans Masterclass Day June 18th 2012

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

 

brilliant catch Steve

Steve had booked me for the day to improve his skills with the pole. His long time friend Dave Taylor 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 the use of keepnets. I decided that one of the strip lakes Yew would be a good choice for the day.

Steve’s first fish a 7lb mirror carp

The wind was blowing into the margins, so both anglers started there, loose feeding with 4mm and 6mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets, with a 6mm RS expander on the hook. Steve was soon into a fish – a big mirror carp about 7lbs. It was Dave’s first time with the pole. He usually prefers waggler or feeder. His first fish was a mirror carp almost 10lbs.

Dave with his first fish a mirror almost 10lbs

The action never slowed, as they were both hooking into fish after fish, with barbel, mirror carp, commons and F1’s coming to the net. We left the bank at about 4pm. Steve had a brilliant day catching over 100lbs of fish. Dave also had a terrific haul catching close to 100lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

a big fish boils on the surface

a 2lb barbel in perfect condition

it was the first time Dave had used a pole

the barbel were feeding with the carp

Steve with a big F1

concentration

well done Dave

two good friends together

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Angus Campbell Masterclass Day June 12th 2012

Monday, June 25th, 2012

 

fantastic catch Angus

Angus had booked a day with me to try and improve his skills with the pole. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. The owner Diane had kindly allowed the use of keepnets.

Angus with his first fish a beautiful 3lb mirror carp

It was a cold day considering it is June with a strong easterly wind. I decided that one of the strip lakes, Elm, would be a good choice with the wind on our backs. Angus fed two lines one in the margins and another straight out at about 10 mts. Feed was a big pot of 4mm and 6mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets on each line plus loose feeding over the top with 4mm pellets. The hookbait varied between 6mm expanders, Browning Hybrid Chewies and Van Den Eynde natural Jellets.

Hybrid Chewies worked well today

After all the cold rain I thought it might be a slow start, but within 2 minutes Angus was into his first fish a beautiful mirror carp. More carp of various sizes followed. A switch to the margins resulted in a run of several barbel and carp. It was nonstop action.

biggest fish of the day a 5lb mirror carp

We left the bank at about 4pm: I guess Angus had caught just over 100lbs, his best catch ever.

Bob

Some more pictures:

a big fish boils on the surface

the carp fight really hard here

a 4lb common carp in perfect condition

it was nonstop action

the 14 hollow elastic was working well

just ready for the net

another good mirror carp for Angus

Angus with his first ever barbell

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Match report Arva Seniors Classic 2012

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Two Great Pole weights help me win the Arva Classic.

Another great festival result for myself! In front after day 2band never relinquishing the lead to finish 1st with 68,040 kg. Kevin Johnson was close behind all week and finished 2nd overall with 56,730 kg., I had Rory O’Neill for company in my section all week. He is always hard to beat. This time I managed it, as Rory finished 3rd with a total of 55,790kg.

The Arva Seniors Classic is a 5 day festival fished on a section rotation basis in Loughs and Lakes in the Arva area of County Cavan, Southern Ireland. It’s restricted to anglers of over 50 years, this year 66 anglers were competing.

My 1st day draw was to the right at Corfree. The sun was shining and the winds very light. I opted to fish my Z12 at 13 mts, cupping in 3 balls of groundbait laced with casters and a cup full of chopped worms and maggots, loose feeding maggots over the top every cast. It was about 4mts deep, hookbait a single maggot on a size 16. I was soon catching roach and hybrids some on the drop, but most just a few inches off bottom. It was never brilliant but I kept them coming to finish with 96 fish for 12,600 kg for 3rd on my lake. Bill Dodds won the day from Kevins Shore with 15,600 kg.

Kevins Shore was my day 2 section. It was raining and cold but the wind was not too strong. It was the pole again, this time at 11.5 mts. 6 balls of groundbait at the start, plus cupping 2 really rich balls on top, loose feeding maggots over the top with a single red maggot on the hook. After a slow start I was soon catching well roach hybrids and perch. My biggest hybrid must have been almost a 1kg and I finished with 145 fish for 17,690 kg for 1st overall on the day.

Another big weight on day 3 saw me increase my lead. I was drawn on the left at Corfree. It was another perfect pole day with a depth of more than 4 mts, balling and then cupping in over the top I was soon catching hybrids on the drop. Loose feeding maggots helped keep them in my swim. The last hour was a bit slow but I had caught well for most of the match and finished with 17,240 kg for 4th overall on the day, which was won by M. Hargrieves from Kevins Shore with 20,600 kg.

Upper Gulladoo had been a tough section all week – today it was my turn and what a nightmare start for me. Not really a pole day, strong winds and heavy rain. Still I opted to feed the pole line, cupping in 3 balls laced with maggots and casters also a cup of chopped worms. There had been some tench showing so I was hoping one might settle on my feed. I spent the first 15 minutes on the pole but no bites so I switched to the feeder, casting 70 mts as the bream and skimmers are usually a long way out here. After 2 hours not even a bite, everyone was catching fish but me. I was definitely last in the section at this time. A switch to the pole, at last a bite a perch about 200 grams, then a roach, then I hooked a big fish which took about 10 minutes to land, a tench about 2 kg. Things were looking up, then another big tench well over 2 kg. This one took almost 20 minutes to land on my number 6 pure latex elastic. The pole line went quiet so I went back on the feeder. I decided to alter my line and came in 15 mts. What a wise choice as the tip started to go round and I caught 4 bream over a kg each in about 20 minutes and finished up winning the lake with 11,560 kg. Graham Frith won the day from Kevins Shore with 22,550 kg.

Day 5 saw me on another tough section Lower Gulladoo. It was pole again, but conditions were horrendous: strong winds, driving rain and waves about 1ft high. My Z12 performed well, I could only fish at 11.5 mts but still managed to catch almost 100 small fish for just under 9 kg. Neil Mallinson won the day from Kevins Shore with 14,600 kg.

Bob

Here the pictures:

Day 1:

view from my peg at Corfree right (day 1)

it was a beautiful calm warm sunny day (day 1)

loose feeding maggots to attract fish (day 1)

cupping in chopped worms and maggots (day 1)

cupping in (day 1)

this hybrid was close to a 1lb (day 1)

I was netting most fish (day 1)

my first day catch 12,600 kg

Day 2:

view from my peg at Kevin’s shore (day 2)

day 2 was cold and wet

I could swing the smaller fish to hand (day 2)

I will need the net for this one (day 2)

17,690 kg to win the day (day 2)

Day 3:

view from my peg at Corfree right (day 3)

balling in (day 3)

I was soon catching (day 3)

netting a hybrid (day 3)

4th overall on day 3 with 17,240 kg

Day 4:

view from my peg at Upper Gulladoo (day 4)

another wild wet day (day 4)

a 4lb plus tench safely in the net (day 4)

great this tench is even bigger (day 4)

it was a big fish day (day 4)

I caught 4 bream in quick succession (day 4)

a 3lb bream on the feeder

I am into another big tench (day 4)

unhooking a bream (day 4)

my largest tench close to 6 lbs (day 4)

my 4th day catch 11,560 kg to win the lake

Day 5:

view from my peg at Lower Gulladoo (day 5)

the waves were almost 1 ft high at times (day 5)

conditions were difficult but I managed to fish the pole all day (day 5)

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Match report Wetherspoon’s Classic 2012

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

It took until the last day for the festival to explode, as the roach went crazy on the Bella Vista section of Upper Lough McNene. Tony Green came from nowhere with 28 kg of roach to give him an overall total of 63:750 kg and overtake Gus Greaves who had been the front runner all week but had to settle for 2nd with 60;540 kg. Barry Smith almost repeated what he had done the previous week catching a big weight on the last day. This time it was a massive 32,350 kg of roach to win the day and finish 3rd overall. I finished 5th overall with just under 43 kg.

This was the last festival in the Spring series of Enniskillen competitions in the Loughs and rivers of County Fermanagh Northern Ireland. It was run over 5 days on a 4 section rotation with a free draw on the last day.   

On the 1st day I drew in the town peg 3 on the Sligo road section. It was all pole at 13mts catching roach, loose feeding maggots to draw the fish and cupping in balls of groundbait to keep the fish down. I caught quite steadily throughout the match to finish with over 11 kg. Gus Greaves won the day from Bella Vista with 31 kg of bream.

On day 2 I was on a difficult section on uppper Lough McNene and waited 1 hour .before my first bite, casting a 50 gram medium window feeder 70 mts. Hookbait was 3 red maggots on a 14 hook. When the fish arrived I caught very quickly for 2 hours and then they left me. Still I easily won the section with more than 7 kg of hybrids. Afe Edgley won the day from Bella Vista with 31 kg of bream.

Day 3 was another difficult day, fishing a combination of waggler and feeder I managed to win the section again with over 7 kg. Bella Vista was the section to be again as Kevin Ashurst won the day with 18,100 kg of roach.

It was my turn for Bella Vista on the fourth day, but the wind had dropped. I feared the worse but did manage to catch some roach using my Black Magic pole at 7 mts to hand. There are so many pike on this section that unless you pulled the fish straight out then a pike would grab it every time. The roach did not stay and I finished on the feeder, but was still first on the day with just under 12 kg.

I knew I would have no chance on the last day as I drew a tough section on Lower Lough McNene and only managed just under 5 kg on the waggler and feeder. I am back home this week and then back out again next week for the Seniors Classic in Arvagh.

Bob

Here some pictures:

Day 1:

view from my peg 3 on Sligo road (day 1)

cupping in balls to keep the fish down (day 1)

I was soon catching roach (day 1)

my Z12 was perfect for this style of fishing

swinging a small fish to hand (day 1)

another quality roach comes to the net (day 1)

I was loose feeding maggots every ship out (day 1)

big roach put a smile on my face (day 1)

netting a good roach (day 1)

my 1st day catch over 11 kg

 

Day 2:

view from my peg at upper Lough McNene (day 2)

I had to cast 70 mts to get bites (Day 2)

I could swing in most of the fish

swinging in a hybrid (day 2)

my catch 54 hybrids for 7.600gms

 

Day 3:

view from my peg at Lower Lough McNene (day 3)

fireing small balls of groundbait (day 3)

I was catching small roach on the waggler (day 3)

perfect conditions light winds and sunshine (day 3)

it was all action on the waggler (day 3)

swinging in a small roach (day 3)

 

my catch 7,700 kg (day 3)

 

Day 4:

view from my peg on Bella Vista section (day 4)

at last a chance to fish to

I had 1 good hour catching to hand with my Black Magic Pole. (day 4)

I had to swing in all the fish to avoid the pike taking them (day 4)

just under 12 kg for 1st overall (day 4)

 

Day 5:

view from my peg at Lower Lough McNene (day 5)

it was a flat calm sunny day, not good for bream.  (day 5)

I fed 6 balls on the waggler line (day 5)

some early small roach on the waggler (day 5)

perch were my biggest fish (day 5)

what a beautiful place to fish (day 5)

my catch only 4,700 kg (day 5)

Match report Mal Scott Memorial Festival 2012

Monday, May 28th, 2012

 

Barry Smith was 2nd overall

This weeks festival was named in memory of a fellow angler and very good friend of mine, who sadly passed away exactly this time, a year ago. His sons Roddy and Mike and many more of his friends had also come over to fish the festival. Mal was a great match organiser, and Roddy is following in his footsteps. The match was run on a section rotation basis over 5 days in the Loughs and rivers in the Enniskillen area of County Fermanagh Northern Ireland.

Sean Ashby finished 3rd overall

Well I did not have long to wait for my first win of the Irish festival season, catching a total of 54,060 kg over 5 days and finishing just in front of my fishing companion Barry Smith, who came from nowhere on the last day with a brilliant 23,400 kg from lough McNene to pass everyone except myself and finish with 51,960 kg for 2nd overall. Sean Ashby had been a front runner all week and was just edged out to finish 3rd with 50,320 kg. Roddy was red hot favourite to win, but his section fished badly on the last day and he ended up in 4th place with 49,200 kg, combine that with his win last week means he has had a fantastic 2 weeks. He really is an attacking angler with loads of natural ability.

Match organiser Rod Scott was 4th overall

On the first day I drew at the Airport section and had a tough day losing as many fish as I caught, mainly due to being cut off by zebra mussels, it’s all feeder here casting about 50 mts. I finished with one bream and some hybrids and perch for 7,500 kg, not a good start. Pete Vasey won the day from Lough McNene with 15,960 kg.

On the 2nd day I was at the tench lake, Lough Accrusel. I set out to catch the roach and hoped to catch tench by cupping in balls of groundbait laced with casters. It was not easy but I caught 1 good tench and 130 roach for exactly 8 kg. Sean Ashby won the day from my lake with 5 tench and roach for 16 kg.

I was on Lough McNene on the 3rd day and drew a good peg, number 20, setting up just 2 feeder rods and a waggler, casting a 35gram medium Browning window feeder at 45 mts. My groundbait was Van Den Eynde Gold Pro Bream and Black Turbo with chopped worms and casters, with 2 small redworms and a maggot on a 14 hook, it took only 30 minutes and I was sliding the net under a 2lb bream. I had the perfect match catching 19 bream and 7 skimmers plus a few small fish to finish with 25,250 kg easily winning the day and going to the top of the leader board.

It was a river draw in the town for me on day 4. I was only 1 peg away from where I won the Sunday Open, but a lot of the big roach had gone. Still there were smaller fish to be caught and it was perfect conditions for pole fishing, just light wind. I started by balling in with Van Den Eynde Record Gold, loose feeding maggots as well to draw the fish plus cupping in a ball of groundbait laced with casters at regular intervals. It was a steady match, catching throughout the day, never really quick, to finish with 105 roach for 9,160 kg top weight in the town that day. Ex World Champion and good friend Kevin Ashurst won the day from Lough McNene from the same peg as I had on the previous day with 17,700 kg.

I knew the last day was going to be difficult. I was at Killadeas which had been the worse section in the rotation, with very little being caught. To make matters worse the front leg of my platform went through the surface crust into mud as I was setting up and I ended up in the water in a tangle of feeder rods. After resetting the platform and feeder rods, I was just about ready for the start, wet but OK.

Casting a medium 35 gram window feeder 50 mts, I was surprised when the tip pulled round and a fish was on. It was a perch, more followed and I caught about 20 fish in the first 2 hours mainly perch but 3 roach as well. Then it died and I was left scratching around for the next 3 hours catching only 6 more fish to finish with 4,150 kg. I was happy with this but had expected a few anglers to come past me but no one did. Only Barry came close winning the day from peg 1 at Lough McNene with 23,400 kg of bream using a Browning Medium 35 gram window feeder at 50 mts.

Bob

Here some pictures:

Day 1:

view from my peg at the Airport section on first day

Day 2:

view from my peg at Lough Accrusel on 2nd day

Day 3:

view from my peg at Lough McNene on day 3

part of my 25 kg winning catch on day 3

Day 4:

view from my peg on Sligo road day 4

balling in day 4

swinging in a small roach day 4

shipping back day 4

my section winning catch day 4

Day 5:

view from my peg at Killadeas day 5

reeling in a small fish day 5

roach were hard to find day 5

I was netting most of my fish day 5

unhooking a perch day 5

I had a better angler than myself for company day 5

who is stealing my fish day 5

who is stealing my casters

Sean Ashby won my section on day 5 with just over 6 kg

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Match report Sunday Open 13 May 2012

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

 

my match winning 16 kg

A match win for me in the Enniskillen Sunday Open.

view from my peg 3 Sligo Road

I drew peg 3 on the river Erne at Sligo road and had a great day on the pole, fishing my Z12 at 12 mts, despite the strong winds which made fishing difficult. I kept the roach coming all day, loose feeding casters to draw fish and feeding a small ball of Van Den Eynde Record Gold and Black Turbo laced with casters every other run through, to finish with 80 roach for 16,200 kg.

my setup for the match

Keith Murphy was on peg 1 and finished only 2 kg behind me with 14,150 kg for 2nd overall. Peter Jones was 3rd from peg 1 at Roundho Jetty with 13,500 kg.

Bob

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Match report Mahons Festival 2012

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

 

Joe Mahon presenting the first prize to joint winners Richard Smith (centre) and Rod Scott(right)

A dramatic and controversial last day saw 2 anglers tied for first place. After 5 days the match organiser Rod Scott and Richard Smith both finished with 59,600 kg, although after he had been weighed in Richard discovered a fish had been left in his net. Rod declared Richard had won but in the end they settled on a draw and shared the £3000 prize money. John Smalley was 3rd with 54,800 kg and Stephen Gent was 4th with 52,440 kg. I finished 12th, just out of the main prize list with 44,250 kg.

The Mahons Festival is sponsored by Joe Mahon the owner of Mahons Hotel in Irvinstown. The match is based on a 5 section rotation basis, fished over 5 days in the rivers and loughs around the Enniskillen area of County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

On the first day I drew Lough Accrussel and began by feeding some soft balls of groundbait at 13mts, also cupping in 2 balls packed with casters to try and attract the many tench which inhabit this Lough, loose feeding casters over the top had the roach feeding from the start. I was catching really well and finished with 180 roach and 1 tench for 9,850 kg. I also landed 2 large pike over 3 kg, each which did not count. Dave Robinson won the day from Lough McNene with 21,300 kg.

My zone for day 2 was Upper Lough McNene. It fished really hard. I caught a few fish on the waggler at the start and then had to fish the feeder I only caught 30 fish for 4,100 kg but it was just enough to win my 5 peg section. Richard Smith won the day from the Airport with 20,800 kg.

I was on the river in the town for the 3rd day. It had been fishing well so I had hopes for a big weight. Conditions were perfect for the pole, light winds and sunshine. I had drawn peg 11 at Broadmeadow. It took about 1 hour and then I started to catch some quality roach, but I never really caught that well and finished up with 50 fish for 10,600 kg. Mark Silman won the day from the airport with 22,000 kg.

Day 4 was my best day. I was drawn at peg 2 on Lower Lough McNene. The day started badly. When I thought my X5 could go where no sane person would normally try to drive, a soggy muddy field. It took a 8 ton tractor to pull me out and even then its wheels were spinning. My match was perfect catching 60 fish including 6 bream with a medium 35 gram window feeder filled with chopped worms and casters, with redworms tipped with a single red maggot on the hook. I finished with 14,200 kg easily winning the section. E. Weed won the day from the town section with 19,100 kg.

On the last day I had the draw that I wanted – the Airport. It was a perfect day for bream, wild and wet, but I could only catch hybrids and perch and finished with 5,500 kg and was disappointed not to have done enough to get in the main frame. Stephen Gent won the day from the Airport with 21,010 kg.

Bob

Here some pictures:

Day 1:

view from my peg day 1

my day 1 catch just under 10 kg

 

Day 2:

view from my peg, Upper Lough McNene day 2

the waggler caught me a few fish day 2

my day 2 catch 4,100 kg

Day 3:

view from my peg at Broadmeadow day 3

some of the roach were almost a 1 lb day 3

my day 3 catch 10,600 kg of quality roach

Stepen Gent won my section with 13,600 kg, day 3

Day 4:

unhooking a bream day 4

my section winning catch 14,200 kg, day 4

Who could be so stupid as to drive his car into a muddy field!!! day 4

Day 5:

view from my peg at the Airport section day 5

the waves were more than 1ft high day 5

serious work weighing in day 5

my day 5 catch 5,500 kg

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Match report King of the Erne 2012

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

The King of the Erne is a 2 day festival run in the free days during Classic week. Roger Wakinshaw collected the £1000 for 1st overall with a 2 day weight of 20,850 kg. Richard Hoskins was 2nd with 18,650 kg, M. Wright was 3rd with 18,100 kg.

I had 2 difficult matches: on day 1 I drew at the Manor House on Lower Lough Erne and did not get a bite for the first 3.5 hours. Then I caught a big roach casting 70mts with a medium window feeder. 13 more roach followed before the final whistle, but I still managed 4,400 kg. These big Irish roach are beautiful fish!

On the 2nd day I drew a really tough peg at Ely Forest. It had blanked on the previous day. Casting a window feeder 70 mts for the first hour, to get a little feed into the swim, and then fishing over the top with a straight lead for the last 2 hours, I was rewarded with a perch and a bream and weighed just over 2 kg enough to win my 5 peg section. My 2 day aggregate was just over 6 kg, nowhere near enough for any prize.

Bob

Here some pictures:

Day 1

view from my peg at Manor House, day 1

 

my day 1 setup just 2 feeder rods

I had to stand up to cast 75 mts, day 1

at last after over 3 hours my first fish, day 1

a big Lough Erne roach I can hardly get my hand around it, day 1

my catch only 14 big roach for over 4 kg, day 1

Day 2

view from my peg at Ely Forest, day 2

a welcome bream on a tough day, day 2

Ely Forest the most beautiful place to be, day 2

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Match report Waterways Ireland Classic 2012

Friday, May 11th, 2012

 

Rainer Jager-Germany overall winner 3

After a massive first day weight of more than 43 kg, Rainer Jager (Germany) managed to hold on to his lead to finish well out in front with 57,340 kg and collect the £5000 first prize. Paul Clark (Birkenshaw) was 2nd overall with 45.930 kg after a strong 2nd and last day. Phil Bardell (Milton Keynes) was 3rd with 35,310 kg.

The Classic is one of the largest angling festivals in Europe, held over 3 days, on the lakes and rivers in and around Enniskillen, County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland with 214 anglers competing.

view from my peg at Dolans Ring, first day

cupping in,day 1.

I drew on Dolans ring on the first day, catching on the pole in the first hour and then a few fish on the feeder to finish with under 3 kg. Reiner Jager won the day from the Airport peg H9 with 43,250 kg.

cupping in groundbait with chopped worms and casters , day 2

a skimmer on the feeder, day 2

my day 2 catch just over 4 kg

Day 2 saw me on another difficult section Cornagrade peg number 25. It was a calm warm day and I opted to fish the pole. It was really tough, but I was catching a few roach and perch, cupping in groundbait with chopped worms and casters also loose feeding to draw some fish. I did switch to the feeder for about 30 minutes during the match and caught a good skimmer just over 400 gr. At the weigh in I had just over 4 kg enough for an easy section win. William Donaldson (Newtownabbey) won the day from peg A24 on Lough McNene with 21,670 kg.

view from my peg Broadmeadow 5, day 3

netting a roach, day 3

over 10 kg of beautiful roach, day 3

The last day was the best for me drawing on the Castle Wall at Broadmeadow peg 5. I had a great start catching some quality roach on the pole at 11 mts, cupping in groundbait and casters and also loose feeding maggots. The action slowed after 2 hours as I hooked a large pike. I still kept some fish coming until the end but it was never as good and I finished with 10,550 kg which was enough to win my section. Darren Cloran (Heywood) won the day from section O10 catching 15 tench for 19,290 kg.

My total weight of 17,580 kg was enough to put me 38th overall. It just shows what a difficult week it was for most anglers, but for me it holds so many special memories, I will be back.

Bob

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Match report Bobby Smithers Memorial match Sunday April 29th 2012

Friday, May 4th, 2012

 

my catch 5 tench for 8,550 kgs

This was the first big open match of the Irish Festival season, held in the rivers and lakes around the Enniskillen area of County Fermanagh Northern Ireland. 150 anglers were competing in a match held in memory of one of the most famous Irish anglers ever and it was fitting that another top Irish angler took home 1st place with a brilliant performance from Cathal Hughes on a difficult Cornagrade section catching 17,300 kg of roach on the pole from peg C15.

view from my peg it was a wild cold day

my 2nd tench about 3lbs

J. Margetts finished in 2nd place from Boa Island peg 10 with 15,050 kg of roach and perch on the feeder, 3rd overall from Protora was Phil Jackson with 13,550 kg.

another good tench comes to the surface

another tench just ready for the net

my biggest tench close to 4lbs

I drew peg 2 on Racecourse lake and was close to packing up and heading for the nearest McDonald’s, when the tip pulled round and I hooked into a good fish which turned out to be a 3.5lb tench. 4 more big fish followed during the day and I finished with 5 tench for 8,550 kg easily winning the lake as only one other fish was caught and to my surprise finishing 7th overall in the main list.

Bob

 

Bernie Hamilton Masterclass Day April 24th 2012

Monday, April 30th, 2012

 

brilliant catch Bernie

Bernie had been out with me last year and is a very good angler. Today he was looking to improve his skills with careful feeding for silver fish and F1’s. The brilliant Decoy lakes was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed keepnets for the catch shot.

Bernie was soon catching tench

It was a cool windy morning. Horseshoe lake seemed to be well sheltered so I decided we would go there. Pole was the chosen method, feeding 2mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets and red maggots with a small pole pot. Hookbait was 2 red maggots at the start and Bernie was soon catching F1’s and tench. A second line was also fed with a medium size pot of pellets and maggots, switching between lines kept the fish coming all day. 4mm expander pellets was the best hookbait as the small roach were a proving a nuisance and taking the maggots on the drop.

feeding with a small pole pot

The last hour was hectic, Bernie had caught so many fish he had reached the keepnet limit and was returning the fish as he caught them. I was not really sure of his catch but I guess about 70lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

a good fish splashes on the surface

just about ready for the net

Yes, it’s mine!

an F1 well over 2lbs

a beautiful tench about 3 lbs

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Phil Bailey Masterclass Day April 20th 2012

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

 

brilliant catch Phil

I had given a days fishing to the National Federation of Anglers to help promote funds to send the disabled angling team to the World Championships this year. The day was auctioned on ebay and Phil was the highest bidder. His friend Tony had also come along for the day.

first fish for Phil a 4lb common carp

The superb Decoy Lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. The owner Diane had kindly allowed the use of keepnets for the catch shots. Sunshine and showers was the forecast. The winds were light and so I decided that one of the strip lakes Oak, would be a good choice.

Tony with his first fish a 4lb mirror carp in perfect condition

Phil was soon catching carp feeding 2mm and 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with a small pot on the pole, also loose feeding a few 4mm pellets, hookbait was a 4mm and 6mm expander pellets on a 16 Drennan carp maggot hook. Tony had never used a pole, so I set him up to fish in the margins loose feeding 6mm hard feed carp pellets with a Van Den Eynde Jellet on the hook. After about 5 minutes he was into his first fish a beautiful 4lb mirror carp.

it was an all action day

The action continued nonstop, Phil being the more experienced angler was catching really well and both of his nets had achieved the 50lb each maximum well before we were due to finish, so he was returning his fish as he caught them. Tony was catching more then he had ever caught before and also was having a brilliant day.

a rare ghost koy

We left the bank at about 4pm. I guess Phil with his 2 full nets plus the returned fish had caught close to 130lbs. Tony also had a great catch of around 70lbs. Thank you Phil for your ebay bid, it’s a very worthy cause.

Bob

A few more pictures:

the big carp were feeding well

I will help you with this one Tony

Yes, it’s mine!

another beautiful mirror carp

Phil nets another good fish

great catch Tony

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Ian Woods Masterclass Day April 17th 2012

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

 

brilliant catch Ian

This was a special Christmas present from Ian’s wife Ann. His good fishing friend Tony had also come along for the day. Both wives had also come along to supply refreshments and help with the photos. The wonderful Decoy Lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed them to use keepnets for the catch shots.

 

a good barbel almost 2 lbs

It was a wild morning with strong westerly winds. 6 Islands lake looked quite well sheltered so I decided it would be the best choice. Pole was the chosen method, feeding 2 mm and 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets with a small on the pole and also loose feeding with 4mm carp pellets.

Tony with a 3lb F1

Tony was the first one into fish and caught 4 mirror carp before Ian had even wetted a line: Ian soon started to catch and was netting carp and F1’s at regular intervals. The best hookbait was 4mm expander pellets. The action never slowed as both anglers were catching really well. Ian was only on number 8 elastic and had a mighty tussle with a big common carp. Some barbel also put in a welcome appearance, they fight so hard for their size.

a big fish boils on the surface

Ann took the catch shots at about 4pm, only just in time really as the keepnets were at their limet of 50lbs each. I guess both anglers had achieved 100lbs each.

Bob

Some more pictures:

Ian with a beautiful 4lb mirror carp

another good fish comes to the net

Tony with a big mirror carp

biggest fish of the day this 8lb common carp

great fishing Tony

two good fishing friends together

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Derek Brock Masterclass Day April 16th 2012

Friday, April 27th, 2012

 

brilliant catch Derek

This was a special birthday present from Derek’s partner Kelly, who had also joined him for the day. The superb Oakfield fishery near Kingswood in Buckinghamshire was the chosen venue. They have their own website if you would like to check it out. Adrian the owner had kindly allowed Derek to use keepnets for the catch shot.

feed was 2mm hard feed carp pellets in a small pot

Derek is such a loyal Browning fan. I just had to let him take the opportunity and use my new Browning Z12 pole.

the skimmers averaged almost a pound

After a severe overnight frost I expected a slow start, but within a few minutes Derek was into his first skimmer, feeding the fishery 2mm hard feed carp pellets in a small pot on the pole, hookbait was a 4mm Van Den Eynde RS expander pellet. More skimmers followed and then the first carp a mirror just over 2lbs. From then on the action was nonstop, with carp, skimmers and even a big bream coming to the net.

a 4lb mirror carp in perfect condition

After managing to prise my Z12 from Derek’s hands, Kelly took the catch shots and we left the bank at about 4.30 Derek having had a brilliant day catching over 80lbs of fish.

Bob

Some more pictures:

Derek hooks into another good carp

almost in the net

a beautiful 5lb mirror carp

the number 12 latex was working well

some serious elastic stretching

Kelly looks on as Derek nets a big fish

just about ready for the net

Derek with a beautiful 5lb mirror carp

Derek with another beautiful mirror carp

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John Barker Masterclass Day April 13th 2012

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

 

about 100lbs of fish no wonder John’s smiling

This was a special 50th birthday present from John’s wife Mandy, The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed keepnets for the catch shot. The strip lakes are always good and after a quick look, I decided that Oak would be a good choice.

John with his first fish a 3lb mirror carp

It was a cool morning with some sunshine and very light winds. Pole was the chosen method feeding 2mm and 4mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets in a small pot on the pole, also loose feeding 4mm pellets over the top. The margins are the same depth as 10mts out, so a second line close in was also fed with 4mm and 6mm hard feed carp pellets.

Van Den Eynde 4 mm carp pellets

A big mirror carp was quick to take the double maggot hookbait. 2 more quickly followed and then the small roach started to be a nuisance. A switch to Van Den Eynde natural jellets on the hook solved the problem. John was catching really well, and then a change to the margins was even better, as several common carp and small barbel came to the net.

a 3lb mirror carp in perfect condition

We did the catch shots and returned the fish at about 4pm. I guess John had just topped the 100lbs and he had enjoyed himself so much decided to fish on for a while.

Bob

Some more pictures:

concentration

the barbel love pellets

16 hollow elastic was working well

the carp fight really hard here

almost in the net

biggest fish of the day this beautiful mirror carp

brilliant catch John

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Scott Richards Masterclass Day April 11th 2012

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

 

fantastic catch Scott

This was a special Christmas present from Scott’s wife Jean. His brother Craig had also come along for the day. The wonderful Decoy Lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. There are 12 various lakes to choose from. After a quick chat with the owner Diane, who had kindly allowed us to use keepnets for the catch shots, we decided to go on one of the strip lakes called Cedar.

Scott was soon catching carp

It was a bright cool day and there had been an overnight frost, so a careful approach to feeding was important. Feeding some red maggots and 2mm well soaked hard feed Van Den Eynde carp pellets in a small pot on the pole, plus loose feeding a few 6mm carp pellets over the top, hookbait at the start was 2 red maggots on a size 16 Drennan Carp Mag hook, within a few minutes both brothers were netting carp. It was a strange day really, after about 1 hour of catching well on maggots it was necessary to switch to Van Den Eynde Natural Jellets on the hook to keep the fish coming. Then in the last 2 hours 4mm expander pellets were much better, so although the action was almost nonstop, a bait switch kept the fish coming whenever the bites slowed.

Craig with a beautiful 6lb common carp

We did the catch shots at about 4pm. Both Scott and Craig had a brilliant day, catching close to 100lbs of fish each.

Bob

Some more pictures:

it’s good here both brothers are into fish

I need some longer arms

just in the net

a 4lb mirror carp in perfect condition

a beautiful 5lb common carp

a beautiful 5lb ghost koy

the big carp were feeding well

brilliant catch Craig

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Harry and Matthew Humphreys Masterclass Day April 8th 2012

Monday, April 16th, 2012

 

great catch Matthew

This was a special Christmas present from the girls, Zoe (wife and mum) and Eleanor, for the boys, Matthew and Harry. The wonderful Decoy Lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue.

a beautiful big mirror carp for Harry

As it was Easter Sunday the fishery was really busy. Diane the owner had kindly saved us 2 pegs on the day ticket lake and also allowed us to use keepnets for the catch shot.

Matthew and Eleanor with a small goldfish

Loose feeding 4mm and 6mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets at 4mts soon had the carp feeding and a very excited Harry quickly netted a small F1. Eleanor was also catching a fish every cast, while Matthew was netting fish after fish. Hookbait was 6mm Van Den Eynde Halibut jellets. 

Eleanor decided she would like to fish as well

I am not sure who caught the most fish, as all three never really stopped catching. Only a short break for lunch slowed the action. Zoe took the catch shots at about 4pm. I left them still fishing, I guess Harry and Eleanor had caught about 30lbs of fish, Matthew also had a similar weight.

Bob

Some more pictures:

this must be a big one

biggest fish of the day a beautiful ghost koy

Harry gets ready with the net

yes it’s in

well done dad

brother and sister with their brilliant catch

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Max Mikhaylov Masterclass Day April 6th 2012

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

 

fantastic catch Max

This was a special 40th birthday present from Max’s wife Svetlana. Can you believe Max had travelled from Moscow for a fishing day, flying into Heathrow the day before and flying back to Russia the following day. Decoy Lakes near Whittlesea in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Max had selected carp fishing on the pole as his chosen method, so I decided that one of the strip lakes Oak would be a good lake to fish. Diane the owner had kindly allowed keep nets for the catch shot.

Max with his first fish this beautiful 2lb barbel

The water temperature is still low, so a careful approach to feeding was required, a small pot on the pole with a few maggots and well soaked 2mm Van Den Eynde hard feed carp pellets, also loose feeding some 4mm carp pellets. Even I was surprised as Max quickly hooked into his first fish which turned out to be a beautiful 2lb barbell. Some good carp followed all taking double red maggot on the hook, then some small roach started to be a nuisance. A switch to 4mm Van Den Eynde expander pellets soon solved this problem and from then the action never stopped with F1’s, mirror and common carp coming to the net.

feeding was with a small pole pot

We left the bank at about 4pm, Max having had a brilliant day, sampling English commercial fishing on one of the best venues in the country. I guess he had caught close to 80lbs of fish. Thanks Max for the bottle of Russian Vodka, I will try not to drink it all in one session!!!

Bob

Some more pictures:

a big fish boils on the surface

it’s mine

the big carp were feeding today

a 2lb F1

Max never stopped smiling

a 4lb mirror carp in perfect condition

another big mirror carp

about 80lbs of carp for Max

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Paul Gilmore Masterclass Day Decoy Lakes April 4th 2012

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

 

fantastic catch on a really wild day

Paul had done a brilliant job for me installing a new home page on my website, in return for all the work he had done I offered him a days fishing with myself on the wonderful Decoy Lakes near Whittlesea in Cambridgeshire. The owner Diane had kindly allowed us to use keepnets for the catch shot.

Paul with his 1st fish a 4lb common carp

It was not a good forecast strong winds and rain all day, but that did not deter Paul. The strip lakes had been fishing really well so I decided that Cedar would be a good choice. The wind was cold and it was chucking it down, but we managed to get the wind on our backs and the umbrellas up.

it’s cold and wet but who cares

Feeding maggots and pellets with a small pot and loose feeding a few 4mm Van Den Eynde carp pellets over the top soon had the fish feeding and within a few minutes the float dipped as a good carp accepted Paul’s double maggot hookbait. It was nonstop after that as mirror carp, common’s and F1’s came to the net. Soft pellet on the hook did not seem to work, double maggot was much better. We were finally driven off the bank at just after 3 pm, despite the extreme conditions Paul had a fantastic catch of well over 60lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

yes it’s mine

another big carp safely netted

biggest fish of the day this mirror carp over 5lbs

a good barbel in the net

a beautiful barbel over 2lbs

a giant F1 close to 4lbs

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Match report Westwood Lakes Teams of 3 Sunday March 25th 2012

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

 

just under 60lbs for 3rd overall

This was the first round of the Summer series comprising 15 teams of 3, fished at Westwood Lakes near Boston in Lincolnshire. The match was held over 2 lakes, 2 sections on Skylark and 1 on Kestrel.

Steve Winters with his winning catch 66lbs 10ozs

The match fished really well with most anglers catching more than 20lbs. Top weight on the day with 66lbs 10ozs from Skylark was Steve Winter (Maver bait Tech). Steve fished a brilliant match catching on long pole close to the island with maggots and then switching to the deep water at 11mts with chopped worm for the last 2 hours. At the next peg Ian Elliot (Westwood) was catching bream and tench in the deep water on worm and caster to finish with 59lbs 12ozs for 2nd overall.

view from my peg on Skylark lake

view looking down the lake

I was only 2 pegs away from all this action and fished the first hour close to the island with 4mm expander pellets and feeding with 2mm carp pellets in a small pole pot. I had also fed a line in the deep water at 11mts with 3 balls of chopped worm and caster in groundbait. I was not really catching that well, so I switched to my chopped worm line feeding with a pole pot every ship out with a mixture of worms and casters and a small piece of worm on the hook. I was soon into a really big fish which turned out to be a 7lb 4ozs barbel which I weighed and returned to the water immediately. More good fish followed. Bream to 5bs a tench which was close to 6lbs and some smaller skimmers, foul hooking fish is a problem here and I lost at least 6 fish all foul hooked, but I still had a really enjoyable match finishing with 58lbs 8ozs for 3rd overall.

serious work weighing in

in a team match the weigh in always creates interest

Big barbel figured in all the top weights on Kestrel, Shaun Higginbottom (Maver Bait Tech) was only a few ounces behind me and finished 4th overall with 57lbs 11ozs.

Ian Elliot was 3rd with 59lbs 12ozs

My team (Westwood All Stars) finished first equal on the day with Middy both teams finishing with 8 points.

my peg looked a bit messy after the match (- well that’s  normal for you ;-))

Bob

 

Philip Nicholas Masterclass Day Lake John Tuesday 20th March

Monday, March 26th, 2012

 

fantastic catch Phil

Phil had booked me for the day to try and improve his skills at pellet fishing for bream. Having been a very capable sea angler for many years, the coarse angling match bug has bitten him, and after only two years has already achieved a high level. Looking at his equipment and attention to detail I can see why, he has even converted his brand new VW van into a special fishing vehicle.

an early big skimmer for Phil

The wonderful Lake John fishery near Waltham Abbey in Essex was the chosen venue. This is a brilliant match and pleasure venue, well stocked with bream, skimmers, tench, carp, roach and perch.

Colin the owner had kindly allowed Phil to use a keepnet for the catch shot. 

Pole was the chosen method, feeding 2mm and 4mm Van Den Eynde carp pellets, with a 4mm RS expander on a size 16 hook. Initial feeding was 2 large cups of feed pellets at 12 mts and the same at 7mts, then loose feeding 4mm pellets on the long line just to make a noise and help draw the skimmers over the main feed area.

concentration

It took about 2 minutes for the first bite and Phil was into a good skimmer, six more fish followed with a bite being missed. That how it continued for the rest of the day switching between lines, as fish after fish came to the net and finally finishing, loose feeding at 7 mts. It was necessary to keep topping up both lines every hour with 2 pots of feed.

a good bream boils on the surface

We did the catch shots at about 5 pm Phil having had a fantastic day. Only one lost fish, a big carp, I guess he had caught over 60lbs of skimmers and bream. 

Bob

Some more pictures:

getting ready to net a big fish

it’s mine

Phil’s having a great day

another beautiful bream about 3 lbs

a 2lb bream in perfect condition

about 60lbs of skimmers and bream

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Tony Clements Masterclass Day March 14th 2012

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

 almost 10lbs of silver fish

This was a special 60th birthday present from Tony’s wife Denise. The river Ouse at Godmanchester in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Luckily local tackle dealer Stan Binge from Stanjay Sports was on hand to lend us some gear, as Tony did not realise he had to bring his fishing tackle.

swinging in a good dace

Tony likes to fish rod and line, but as the river was hardly moving, pole was the best option, cupping in 3 good balls of Van Den Eynde Supercup laced with pinkies at about 9 mts. At the first put in the .75 gram float buried resulting in a small roach about 1 ozs. Several more small fish followed. A switch to fishing close in at about 4 mts was much more productive, loose feeding with big maggots, with a much smaller float and strung out shot, quality dace and perch came to the net.

an early quality dace

We left the bank at about 5pm. Stan had joined us and was fishing on with the tackle he had lent us. I guess Tony had caught almost 10lbs of fish.

Bob

A few more pictures:

swinging in a small dace

some quality perch were feeding with the dace

 

Tony with a 6ozs rudd

great catch Tony

Report for Tenerife 2012

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

 

one of my biggest fish of the week a 1kg Sargo

I really timed my holiday well, while all of Europe was shivering with extremely cold weather, I was enjoying much more pleasant conditions in Tenerife. With daytime temperatures above 20 c and not much less at night, also not one drop of rain in the 3 weeks that I was there, it really is an ideal winter getaway destination.

 

the pegging was a bit tight!!!

Most afternoons I managed a few hours sea fishing, with my friends Barry Smith, Kevin Ashurst and John Turton from one of the manmade jetty’s that stretch about 150 mts out into the sea at Las Americas.

Barry with a big sargo

10 metre pole to hand was the method, a 6 gram float with 12lb main line and 8lb hooklengths, a 2 hook rig was best with one hooklength about 10 cm shorter than the other, bait was a small piece of prawn on a size 12 hook.

John swings in a good fish

The average depth was about 3mts but it varied a little depending on the tide. It was important to feed a small ball of breadcrumb every cast, this attracted the small fish and in turn the larger predatory species.

Kevin hooks into a fish

It was not easy fishing, but it was great fun. My best day was 18 fish all varying in size between 300 grams to 2 kg and all returned safely back into the sea.

a beautiful 4lb mullet for Barry

Bob

 

Match report HAJAC Winter League round 1 (22.01.2012)

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

 

Mick Kelly was 1st overall with 15lbs 13ozs

The HAJAC League is always a popular winter match series. This year 11 teams of 6 anglers are competing over 4 rounds. The first round was held on 3 different zones: Raveley Drain, Ramsey St Mary’s and Ramsey Narrows. Strong winds made fishing difficult in some areas, but apart from a few pegs most anglers caught well.

Mick Kelly (Stanjay Silver) was on the left of the bridge at Raveley and fished a brilliant match catching 500 rudd with a pole and small waggler up in the water for 15lbs 13ozs and 1st overall.

view from my peg at Raveley Drain

view from my peg looking down the Drain

I was drawn on the other side of the bridge and for the first hour I fished near the bottom in 9ft of water catching 70 fish, a 4lb pike that did not count and thought I was doing OK until I asked Mick how many fish he had and he answered about 130. I then switched to my up in the water rig a .2gram bleak float, set .7 mtr deep on a 4 mtr whip. The next 3 hours were fantastic, I was catching really quick sometimes 3 fish a minute, mainly rudd but also bleak. I had to switch to fishing on the bottom again in the last hour as the surface action had slowed. I finished with 549 fish for 15lbs 6ozs enough for 2nd place.

not quite enough to win but I am still smiling

Ben Jackson (Stanjay Bronze) was on peg 4 at Ramsey St Marys. He also fished for small fish catching 437 for 13lbs 6ozs to finish 3rd overall. Alex Bates (Maver Bait Tech) was at the next peg and finished 4th with 12lbs 14ozs.

my catch 549 fish for 15lbs 6ozs

Stanjay Tackle silver won the team honours with 28 points.

Bob

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Match report Bourne winter League (08.01.2012)

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

 Wayne Swinscoe was first with over 53lbs 

This was an incredible match – switched at the last minute from the River Glen to the Town Welland – and it took a brilliant angler to win it. Wayne Swinscoe (Maver Bait Tech) showed his class catching well over 300 roach at 4mts to hand feeding punch crumb with 3mm punched bread on the hook, for a massive 53lbs 4ozs.

 

Dave Powell was 4th overall with 40lbs 11ozs 

Dave Burns (Lincs County) was 2nd with 45lbs 4ozs. Dave also fished punch at 4 and 5 mts. Maver Bait Tech angler Phil Chesterton was 3rd with 42lbs 7ozs. Dave Rowell (Peterborough) was 4th with 40lbs 11ozs. 

 

view from my peg looking up the river 

my setup for the match 

I drew in a section where it was big fish only and guess I caught about 12lbs in the first 40 minutes, cupping in loose breadpunch in 3ft of water, fishing punched bread on the drop with a light float, but the fish didn’t last and I only caught a few fish in the last 4 hours of the match to finish with just over 16lbs for 3rd in the section.

 

my catch just over 16lbs 

There was a tie between Maver Bait Tech and Peterborough for the team honours both teams having 16 points each.  

Bob

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Saturday, January 7th, 2012

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Bob

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