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GAS - Richardson Lake, 16th June 2019

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Sunday match this week I opted to head back to Richardson Lake with Godalming Angling Society (GAS) who were sharing the lake with the Farnham Match Group (FMG).

A quick call to the match secretary and I was in.  Turns out that 36 of us would be fishing.

The Draw
Drawing was split between GAS and FMG and ordered by the time you booked on.  I was second last on our list however Peg 10 came out for me.

Not a bad draw and one peg from the area that everyone was fancying!

Set-up
Waggler and Bomb rod straight out of the bag to target the far bank which is just beyond pole range.

Pole Lines were:
14.5 Metres to the left side of the pegTop 2 + 2 margin lines left and rightTop 2 + 1 keep net line Bait consisted of maggot, caster, worm, sweetcorn and some expander pellets.  Groundbait was Supercrush Green.
All-In
The decision from the off was to take the negative approach and with that I potted in two balls of ground bait was a smattering of casters on the long pole line.  The rain was just settl…

GAS - Harris Lake, 2nd June 2019

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Another match with Godalming Angling Society at another one of their waters in the Marsh Farm Complex.

Today I'm fishing Harris Lake, lake which is renowned for its large tench and crucian carp.

The Draw
Early start, 8:30am draw fishing 10:30am to 3:30pm which is a little early for a summer match to be quite honest.

Peg 27 came out of the bag for me... one of the longest walks from the car park however as I'm on a fitness regime at the moment something to get the heart pounding.

Neighbours to my right, Henry and Paul.

Set-up
The weather was bright and sunny and very little ripple on the water however I decided to target the far bank with a feeder / bomb approach rather than the method.

Pole Lines to target the lily pads on my right, 13 metres into the white water and a short top 3 plus 2 line to my left.

Bait was mostly a natural selection with some expanders thrown in just incase.  I also had some sweetcorn that I had liquidised which would be to generate a cloud with plenty o…

GAS - Richardson Lake, 29th May 2019

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A chance to fish the Wednesday match with Godalming Angling Society on a new lake to me, Richardson Lake.

The weather wasn't looking the best today with rain predicted, little did I know it was going to rain all day long and soak all the gear.

The Draw
Peg 7, near to the Apollo tackle shop came out of the bag for me.

Set-up
With the wind blowing down the lake I didn't feel it would be a waggler day however I set-up a waggler and also a bomb to fish the waggler line too.

Pole lines were:
13 metres at 10 o'clock and 1 o'clockTop 2 and 3 straight aheadMargin lines left and right Bait was a mix between natural (maggot, caster, worms) and pellets which would be fished on separate lines.
All-In
Kicking off the swims I put a small ball of sloppy groundbait with casters on the 10 o'clock line and some 4 mm pellets on the other long pole line.  The rain then started.

I decided to try the waggler, pinging casters over the top until the wind got so bad that it made presentation …

FAS - Stockbridge Pond, 26th May 2019

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Back to Stockbridge with Farnham Angling Society for the bank holiday weekend.

The weather this week has been warm and sunny and it was great to see the lily pads while up walking round the lake as it really helps to define where the real fishy swims will be, especially peg 9 known as the double lily swim.

The Draw
Reports from the previous week is that the deeper part of the lake (pegs 14 upwards) hadn't fished as well as the earlier, shallower pegs.

A group decision was taken to fish pegs 2 through to 14, the shallower pegs.

I was last name on the list so ended up with Peg 14 and the scales.  I was not unhappy with the draw as I had Avery short walk from the car park but more importantly some lily pads to target.

Set-up
As always at Stockbridge, the Waggler rod came out of the bag and was plumbed to full depth, marked on the rod and then set to half depth to sew if the roach were up in the water.

Pole lines:
13 metres targeting the lily pads on the right12 metres straight ahead (…

Stafford Moor - May Festival, 17th May 2019

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The final day and the final destination for the week is Woodpecker, normally a lake I shy away from during the winter silvers festival however I was looking forward to fishing for to a change and fishing for the carp.

The Draw
To be honest I wasn't too bothered where I drew today, so Peg 19 in the bay was home for the day.

We know that the carp are either here, or not... only time will tell.

Set-up
Again, another simple set up.  Bomb and Pellet Waggler rods out of the bag.  Pole for the margin, just in case.

Bait consisted of Corn, Pellets and worms.

All-In
The match plan was simple, fish the bomb and pellet in the bowl area in front of me, resisting the temptation to cast long however having the option should I need it.

The first couple of hour fishing the bomb I put two fish in the net, makes for a simple blog!  Gary on peg 18 and Bill on Peg 20 only had two fish also.  It was slow going that was for sure.

The fish had been showing themselves shallow and I had tried a wafter on th…

Stafford Moor - May Festival, 16th May 2019

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Well my hope of a high finish in the festival is fading fast, but hey its way better than working!

Next stop Pines.  The regulars to this festival say that Pines fishes better in the first few days of the festival and then tends to drop off as the skimmers take longer to "recover" from being caught.

It will be an experience not to fish it in the cold winter months anyway...

The Draw
Peg 7, probably the worst draw and this peg is either feast or famine and the weights during the week had not been brilliant from it either.

Set-up
Peg 7 is very wide and with the wind blowing straight into my face I decided to break out a feeder to target beyond pole range to the far bank.

Pole lines
13 metres, uniformed depth (7feet plus) for a number of swimsTop two and 3Margin lineUp in the water rig for roach close in Bait today included more natural baits, maggots, caster, worm, groundbait, expander and micro pellets.
All-In
Todays approach would be negative due to the cold wind and also the …

Stafford Moor - May Festival, 15th May 2019

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Putting the disappoint result from Oaks behind me it was fishing Tanners that I was looking forward to next.  The easterly wind had started to blow after the previous beautiful day so I fancied a draw down around peg 10 - 14, lets see what the drawbar had in store for me today.

The Draw
Well, peg 2 on the lawns, which is a good waggler and bomb peg so wasn't too disappointed.  I had the pellet waggler master for a neighbour on Peg 1, Dave Stockton and Silvers on Peg 4.

Set-up
The bomb rod was straight out of the bag together with a pellet waggler set up, really simple!

While not a lot had been reported coming out from the margin I just had to set up a margin line to my right and a 5 metre pole line too.

Again mainly pellets together with worms and sweetcorn.

All-In
Speaking with Hathers after the draw he mentioned that I'd probably be spending 80% of the match on the bomb and pellet line, which I did to be fair, 5 hours in total.

To begin with I was casting to the gravel bar in…