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Sumners Match Lake - Rick's Silvers Series, 10th February 2019

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Match two of the three series silvers league organised by Ricky Baxter. Great to see all the lads and the final time to get some fishing in before the week that is Stafford Moor!

The Draw
Peg 6, on the left hand bank with an island chuck for me today and the wind off my back unlike the poor souls over the other side of the lake...

Set-Up
Waggler and bomb rod for across. 3 metre whip line and a margin line.

Bait was all natural maggots and casters. No groundbait or pellets today.

All-In
The far bank island was way too tempting so I started on the waggler to try and winkle any of the lakes resident chub by pinging casters across. So the first 30 minutes was spent on the waggler with some small silvers coming, however nothing of note and of course the stocky carp got involved in the action too. Meanwhile I had been feeding the whip line and knew that I could catch fish at a quicker rate than the waggler.

Dropping on to the whip line and I was quickly into fish of all sizes…

GAS - Sumners Match Lake, 27th January 2019

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I joined Godalming Angling Society at Sumners Match Lake near Horsham today. Twenty anglers arrived to quite a cold and windy day.

Today's match counted both carp and silvers however there was also a silvers pool, draw depend would shape my day, I aslo wanted to use the day as further silvers practise for Ricky Baxters Silvers League.

The Draw
Permanent Peg 4 in the bowl was my chosen peg for the day, which was also the end peg. I'd fished the bowl previously so I was definitely starting to think that my carp match was not going to happen.

Set-up
I grabbed a feeder rod that was setup with a modified method feeder and some pole elastic to carry a PVA bag of pellets and a white wafter for the carp.

Pole Lines where:
3 metre whip12 metre line5 metre margin line Bait was very simple, casters, maggots together with some groundbait just in case the carp or even larger skimmers moved in.

All-In
I had to start the match and try to find a carp, so the feeder rod was the logical fir…

Sumners Match Lake - Rick's Silvers Series, 13th January 2019

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Rick Baxter announced a three match silvers series at Sumners Match Lake spread across January, February and March.
With a great bunch of lads and just down the road it was too good to resist particularly as it would make great practise and preparation for Stafford Moor silvers at the end of Feb.
The Draw
Temporary peg 20, the first peg on the right hand side from the car park, right next to the "wedding platform".

Set-up
After getting some tips from Hathers and with the wind blowing straight into my face I set up the following:
3 metre whip6 metre pole lines to my right and into the margin Bait was very simple, maggots, casters and a small amount of worm.  No ground bait mixed at all.
All-In
The plan was to exploit the whip line for the first hour and then to strategically take silvers from the margin and 6 metre lines.  It didn't quite work that way.

The wind in the face was a pain but I soon got into a rhythm with the short whip and before long was hooking some of the la…

Sumners Match Lake - Silvers, 28th December 2018

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A post Christmas silvers knock up at Sumners Match Lake was posted on friendsbook by Hathers organised by Dave Fifield.  Given I was due to fish a three match series to would provide an ideal opportunity for some practice at the venue beforehand.

It was great seeing a lot of the lads, Shedders, Jaapster, Hathers, Pikey, Silvers and Rick to mention a few.  No warm bacon butties lads, not this morning anyway.

The Draw
Temporary Peg 5 which was on the bowl and I think permanent peg 28.  The first time I've been in this area and of course I had my old mate Shedders as one of my neighbours!

Set-up
The water was pretty coloured however I've been having some success on the waggler lately so that came out of the bag as well as a feeder rod, just in case.

Pole lines were 14.5 metres to my right where I'd fed reasonably heavy for the larger skimmers.  Margin line covering both left and right hand sides.

Bait was casters, maggots, worms and dark F1 groundbait.

All-In
3 balls of groundb…

GAS - Wood Lake, Busbridge, 23rd December 2018

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Since moving from London I decided to join to local clubs which basically gives me most of the waters within a 30 minute radius to me.  I've fished quite a few matches with the Farnham guys, time to fish a match with Godalming Angling Society or "GAS".

The stunning Wood Lake Christmas match was in the calendar and a quick email to the Roger, the match secretary and I was on.  Roger emailed back with the latest form from the lake and also advice on what bait to fish and methods.  Thanks Roger, very welcoming email.

The Draw
Gathering at GAS headquarters to pick up keep net and landing nets I drew peg 31 which is on the right hand bank from the car park.  There would be 23 anglers and once we arrived at the fishery there was very little space in the car park.

Set-up
Arriving at the peg the water was gin clear, I was also being watched my a demon in the trees... see picture!

The water was that clear that I could see a small jack pike as I was setting up.  The margin's de…

FAS - Badshot Lea Little Pond, 25th November 2018

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The weather is starting to close in for winter with the temperatures starting to drop and the sky constantly grey with a fin mist spray soaking everything that is outside. It would be back to Badshot Lea Little Pond for todays match with the Farnham Angling Society.

The Draw
It was decided that we would fish the shallow end of the lake on both sides rather than taking a full bank, so pegging would be from peg 17 on the near side bank and 23 on the far side bank where it is between three and four foot in depth.

Peg 17 would be my home for the day and also an end peg!

Set-Up 
I had a chat with Eddie regarding the pole line, he mentioned it was pretty shallow at my end of the lake so with that bit of advice and looking at the peg I decided to keep the pole in the bag and break out the rods.
Feeder rod for fishing a drennan method bomb to fish a PVA bagFeeder rod set up with a traditional running open ended feederWaggler rod to fish the pole line Bait menu today dead reds, casters,…

FAS - Lodge Pond, 18th November 2018

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A beautiful autumn day with blue skies and a slight breeze greeted us all today at the very picturesque Lodge Pond today with Farnham Angling Society.

The Draw
With nine anglers it was decided to once again split the section between the two banks, five on the closer bank and four on the far bank. I was hoping to grab a peg on the far bank as I hadn't fished that bank yet. Instead, peg 1 came out, which is probably the best peg on the near bank!

Set-Up
The rods were an obvious choice and infact I had planned to fish the t-bag given the colder conditions. So I had two rods out, a bomb rod, that could be swapped to a small cage feeder if required and another rod with a mini hybrid feeder.

I was considering a pole line for the margin and I had come armed with an appropriate elastic today unlike my last visit! I decided against the pole line and I would use either of the feeder rods to check out the margins if I needed too.

Bait consisted of some dead maggots, a pint of caster…