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After a 16 year break from Coarse Angling in the UK I re-ignited my passion for fishing in 2010. Follow my journey from tackle selection, new methods, old and new venue's. All the blanks and bags captured. Thanks for stopping by...
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MFS - Stafford Moor - Silvers Festival , 29th February 2012
Third day of the MFS Silvers Festival at Stafford Moor. Another open draw so I could be on either Woodpecker or Tanners... In went the hand to the drawbag and out came peg 10 on Woodpeckers. Peg 10 is know as the swivel peg as there is a large bay behind your seating position. Andy G advised not trying down there as it was full of carp.
John (Redarmy) won from this peg yesterday, would this be a repeat of day one? Col told me he caught at 14.5 metres straight out on worm, so that would be one line for today.
14.5 metre line straight ahead
7 metre line straight ahead
7 metre line at 45 degrees, as advised by Stevie May
Top two kit at 45 degrees
After plumbing up the 14.5 & 7 metre line straight ahead were the same depth. The 7 metre line at 45 degrees slightly shallower. I could not find any features while plumbing around.
Cupping in some worm at 14.5 metres and two balls of groundbait at both the 7 metre swims I went out to the 45 degree swim first. Baiting with two dead red maggots the first skimmer was soon in the net. I would top up the 14.5 metre swim after 30 minutes with chopped worm and caster before trying that line.
Next bite was was a pig with fins, namely a carp which came to the net after about 8 minutes, so I topped up the 7 metre line with another ball of groundbait and went back over it.
The bites weren’t coming that quickly and it proved difficult and frustrating to put a couple of fish together. The stamp of the fish where generally small too which wasn’t helping the day.
After an hour I tried the 14.5metre line using a kinder pot with a nip of chopped worm and caster and following the bait down using a worm head, nothing.... it took 10 minutes before a roach was netted.
The day was turning out too well at all!
Meantime, Steve May (Daddy May) was netting some good skimmers and also having some fun with the odd carp, especially one in the bush next to him.
The hours past by and I didn’t have a large number of fish when all of a sudden the 7 metre line straight ahead of me produced a lovely cruician carp, this was to be the last decent fish of the day.
Meantime, Steve had netted a lovely tench.
I tried to fish a metre past the 14.5 metre swim, a metre to the side and inside, but nothing at all.
I ended up scratching for bits in the last hour on the top two which were mainly roach, not the tench I was hoping for!
Steve May was having more fun with carp and he was very Zorro like while trying to pull for a break or get them close in to net!
8lb dead, 3 bottom off the lake and last in section :-(
No win this time, my weight didn't help, plus we had three team members on Woodpecker which wasn't fishing so well.
Talk about going from hero to zero... I never settled into any rhythm and tried to force the 14.5 metre line by cupping in 4 balls of groundbait at 13 metres in the last 90 minutes. I got well and truly battered by Dave (Shedful) and Steve May of the pegs either side of me... Never mind, tomorrow’s another day and I’m back on tanners!
Captain was beaten by Col and the T-shirt would be presented to him the next day.
The Lodge of Plenty Dinner Menu
Col knocked up a Spaghetti Bolognese which was scoffed with gusto by all in the Lodge of Plenty and the left overs soaked up in bread! A lot of the other anglers descended on the Lodge of Plenty and we ended up running out of beer! Luckily some of the other guys brought some fresh stocks of beer and wine. The banter between Gary (Milo), John (Red Army) and Andy G was hilarious ensuring another side splitting night was had by all! There were plenty of handovers in the morning.
Now the final day of the festival is a leveller for all of our skill groups. We would no longer be fishing our section as we had completed the lake rotation. I had managed to get into the 3rd group, so one up from the numpties.
Today was also a special day for Big Ben, it was his 40th birthday so we all sung Happy Birthday and Jo had kindly got him a lovely cake and some balloons... they never went to the peg with him...
Which lake would we be on? Well Clive W drew for us as I had been banned from drawing and we would be back on Beatties. Not too bad I thought and herbie had removed peg 6 as it simply did not fish that well during the week. So I ended up still in the shallow area again, this time on Peg 8!
Set-Up Pole at 14.5 metres to the islandPole top two and two on my leftWaggler to fish towards the break between Beatties and TannersFeeder rod as the island was too much a target not to fishAll-In
Cupped in two balls of groundbait with chopped worm and caster on the pol…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peg 7, near to the Apollo tackle shop came out of the bag for me.
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 …