Now residing in New Zealand, this blog will also document my Kayak fishing adventures...
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, 3rd March 2015
After another surprisingly quiet night it was up early ready for a day on Tanners. All of the Lodge of Plenty where hoping for a draw right outside Hollywood Lodge both in case the weather turned bad and also for the short walk to the peg.
A very organised draw by Herbie, my spot for the day would be peg 35 on tanners, one off the flyer, but I was confident when arriving at the peg.
With the weather forecasting wind, I had plenty of open water in front of me so I broke out the rods, a feeder and waggler rod where the weapons of choice.
I also setup two 13 metre pole lines in case the weather was kind.
Bait again was dead reds, pellets and groundbait.
My match plan was to feed both 13 metre poles lines negatively, one with micro pellets, the other with a ball of groundbait with no loose offers.
I clipped the feeder up to fish the same line as the waggler. The feeder was a small cage feeder with groundbait and double dead red on the hook. The first hour passed by very quickly but I had only one small skimmer in the net.
76 Trombones... loving the weather!
The weather decided to throw snow and wind at us… horrid weather, so I stuck it out on the tip for the next hour. A few more small skimmers and roach where in the keepnet.
Finally, the sun came out, the sky cleared and the wind dropped. Pole time I thought. Straight over the pellet line I hooked and landed a beautiful golden tench. A few more skimmers and the wind started up again making it very difficult to present your rig.
Picking up the waggler which was set about a foot over depth it slowly moved through the swim. This attempt gave me another 6 small fish.
The final two hours I spent on the tip, twitching the bait after 5 minutes each cast. Finally, a large skimmer came to the net, it was a welcome sight. Taking some more fish on the tip, the all out was called.
Had I done enough to get a placing in the section. Chris Martin, my neighbour for the day had “bagged” up on peg 36 for 14l odd. The rumour down the bank was that Shedders had a large tench and big perch in the net… we would soon find out.
6lb 2oz for second last in section, getting knocked out by Carpy Marty in the knock out competition.
Something a little bit different and an opportunity to branch out into another area that fishing offers. Time to target some specimen fish, not just large carping but an opportunity to get some personal bests on the board and target specific types of fish.
The first challenge I wanted was to target large tench and large Crucian Carp. I'm into my second year as a member of Godalming Angling Society and they are blessed with Enton Lake at Milford, a former trout fishery that they purchased in 1984/5.
The lake was renamed Johnson's Enton Lake in honour of the fishery management secretary at the time, Alf Johnson, who was the driving force behind buying this water.
Alf died in 2001 and the lake was renamed as simply Johnson's Lake in his honour. His ashes are scattered there beneath a willow tree planted by his family.
Johnsons Lake is where the current British record Crucian Carp lives, banked in 2015 at 4lb 10oz. What a better place to start? So this is how the session w…
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 …