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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, 2nd March 2015
A very quiet night in the Lodge of Plenty including a dip in the hot tub so we were all bright eyed ready for our breakfast as cooked by our residence personal chef Colin.
8:30am draw and as usual Redarmy manages to push to the front of the queue. My home for the day would be Emily’s peg 7.
Emily’s is behind the tackle lodge and as yesterday it’s a lake we’d not fished before on the Silvers festival.
I spoke to Jamie (one of the ASBO twins and my team captain for the week), who said, pellet at 7 metres. So I set up a couple of pole lines to fish 7 metres at the usual 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock.
Two rigs to cover both swims, one at dead depth and the other being the ’99’ lift bite rig, where two number 9’s are placed about 1 inch from the hook and the float is dotted down.
Dead reds, pellets and groundbait was bait for the day.
Same approach as yesterday with one line fed with groundbait and the other only one small nugget of micro pellets. Straight over the pellet line and then mother nature decided to show us all who is the boss. The skies darkened and the hailstones came raining down.
I managed to winkle out a couple of fish, and I mean two fish in the first hour. All the lads around the lake were struggling. It was cold, wet and miserable…
Hour two was no better even after the weather had abated. Two more fish joined their friends in the keepnet. I had a look over the groundbait line which produced another few fish, but nothing large.
The wind was blowing across the peg and holding the pole at 7 metres was even tough, so I decided to break out the feeder rod.
There is sunken island in the middle of Emily’s so I put my first cast into the shallower water to see if any silvers were there. The tip had just settled and then it ripped round… a small mirror carp made an appearance, while they don’t count, it was nice to actually catch a fish!
Another hour passes by and I managed 4 more fish on the feeder.
The final hour as the weather cleared up I went over the groundbait line which finally started to produce. I called the all-out and we all new that we wouldn’t be breaking any records today!
3lb 15oz for 4th in Section, but beating Colin K and getting a jock pound. The Lodge pounds I had to pay Colin, Shedders and Animal which on the upside means more pools money for the lodge kitty!
A tough day all round with a great lake win for Shedders with 9lb 12oz and a section second for Animal. Animal was on fire, potentially leading the festival with Andy G. All weights for the day across all the lakes were down with 17lb being the highest weight.
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 …