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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 CL, 1st March 2015
My 5th year at Stafford Moor with the Match Fishing Scene crew. This is a must not miss festival. We all arrived on the Saturday afternoon, I’d convoyed down with Shedders and his “enterprise” white van.
Other people weren’t so fortunate. Colin (Billy No Fish) had called while driving down complaining he had a warning light appear on his dashboard indicating the alternator wasn’t working. “Loose wire my RAC man told me, keep driving and then call the RAC”, Colin said.
The call of nature caught him short though. So a quick call to Paul (Animal), they met at a service station near Taunton so that Animal could watch Colin’s car, so saving him turning it off and continuing his journey to Stafford Moor.
The call came to Shedders first telling us that Colin had now broken down… the bait an food, he was carrying all the bait and food for the week, hopefully Animal had picked it up.
So, Colin eventually arrives in the bright orange RAC truck with his car being towed behind. Great way to save fuel Colin!
After a bit of a late night in both the pub and the Lodge of Plenty, it was an easy start and a 9am draw at the tackle shop.
Peg 5 of Sophie’s was my lot for the day. A lake I’d not seen before, let alone fished. In the section would be Pete Merce, Hathers, Captain, Rich H and Haines, so that’s going to be an easy section… Not!
Sophie’s lake would shelter us from most of the wind, so I setup a few pole lines:
13 metres at 10 o’clock
13 metres at 2 o’clock
5 metre caster line
I also broke out the feeder rod just in case the weather closed in on us all and also due to the fact that the swims I had were quite shallow.
The bait table had everything on it to try and work out what the fish wanted. Maggots, Pinkies, Pellets, worms and casters, together with groundbait.
I opted to feed one line positively with groundbait and let it “cook” to tempt in the larger skimmers, so I cupped in 4 balls of groundbait on the 2 o’clock line.
Hathers loves his groundbait
The 10 o’clock line was fed with a nugget of micro pellets, which I went straight over with double dead red maggots. The float dipped straightaway and a small roach was in the net. The first hour I caught almost a fish a chuck on the 10 o’clock line. It needed topping up with a small nugget of micro pellets every 30 minutes.
The fish were quite a small stamp but the bites and the fish kept on coming. After a couple of hours my negative pellet line was producing, but I had to try the groundbait line to see if any larger skimmers had settled on the groundbait. No such luck so back on the pellet line.
Half way through the match the bites started to slow up and I went back on the groundbait line which started to produce but not in the numbers that the other line was. When this line slowed I tried the roach line in front of me for 15 minutes, with no luck.
Pete would be tough to beat!
I ended up fishing the match out between the two 13 metre lines without any bonus fish showing.
14lb 5oz, beaten by my neighbours Pete Merce and Hathers. Overall I was X in section.
No lack of bites today, but a lack of bonus fish pushed down my weight and the ultimate result. A lovely small lake, protected from the worst of the weather.
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 …