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MFS - Willinghurst, Lake John, 11th December 2011

Pikey, aka Dave Pearson had orgainsed a Match Fishing Scene Champion League match at Willinghurst on John's Lake.  As I was free at the weekend, I thought why not and put my name down for the match. 
Pikey has a great blog which can be found here.  It will be interesting to read his version of events.
The journey from West London to Willinghurst was around 35 miles, the temperature in the car was a warm 24 degrees C whilst outside it was a chilly 3 degrees C.  I arrived close to the fishery at 8am, the draw was 9:30am so plenty of time... it then took me another 30 minutes to find the place!
I met up with most of the lads in the canteen and tucked into a Willinghurst breakfast, at £5 it was a welcome sight and also reasonably large!
The craic started with Mick the Bookie, Pikey, Malcolm, Carl and Milo... it's always the same great laughs with all the MFS get togethers and great to meet more members of the site. 
As everyone had gathered by 9:15, except Tyrone, Pikey start…

Lawn Farm Fisheries, Elsworth, 4th December 2011

Mark is now 5 points down, it's all to fish for today, either bring the gap back to 4 or I extend my lead to 6 points, the pressure is on Mr Keightly today!
One thing we learnt today was late going clubbing and fishing really don't mix.  We arrived at Lawn Farm Fishery at 9am both nursing a bit of a hangover.

Mark's mum had kindly made us some "man" sandwiches with ham and pickle... perfect to help the hangover.

We were going to fish at Manor Farm Fishery in Biggleswade, but decided on a venue change as the winter sport at Lawn Farm is normally hectic as we experienced in a freezing cold february.

The larger lake, Willow was to be our lake for the day.  Mark selected his swim, open water and access to the island.  I picked the swim to his right which only gave me open water, but two spare swims on my right.  We fished with the wind at our backs and the temperature was 8 degree C.

The Set-Up
I set up a waggler and method rod.  Plan with the waggler was to fish at fu…

Rookery Waters, Pidley, Cambridgeshire, 3rd December 2011

Up to Cambridge for the weekend to resume the mini competition between Mark and myself.  Venue choice today was Rookery Waters in Pidley and Magpie lake, Mark's home waters.

The temperature reading was 12 degrees C, winter conditions calling for winter tactics, so we would have to be patient for bites.

Mark selected peg 8 which had a short cast to the island and reeds in front of him.

I chose Peg 9 to his left and had the left edge of the island and an over hanging tree and plenty of open deeper water, also the sun was on this side, so a little warming from the sun couldn't harm.  I felt that the fish would be in the deeper water given the temperature.

It was also slightly tactical as the peg to the right of Mark, peg 7, didn't have much of a feature to cast to.  My peg would eliminate Mark having a larger area to cast too... it is a competition after all ;-)

The Set-up
Both of us were set up in no time at all.  The rods already prepared.  I took my bomb rod out and also …

Gold Valley, Aldershot, 27th November 2011

6 weeks without any fishing was a tough break, so I was keen to get on the bank as soon as possible.  I decided to return to Gold Valley in Aldershot.
The temperature was 10-12 degrees C, bright, clear sky with a gusting wind moving from left to right. 
The Sussex Winter League match was also on so I decide to re-fish the canal bank on Gold Lake.
As I walked along canal bank I noticed there was quite a bit of carp activity as I got closer to the small island, so I picked permanent peg 16, mid way down canal bank to open water.  The island in the picture was two swims across, so not in the target area.
The Setup I had decided prior to getting to Gold Valley that I would use bomb and waggler.  So I set up my 10' Bomb Rod with 6lb mainline to a drennan quickstop.  I also set up my 13' Waggler road with a 5 gram loaded waggler.
Baits for the day consisted of 8mm & 6mm Gold Valley pellets, 10mm Krill Boilie's, dead red maggots and the humble dendrobaena worm.
I was set up an…

The Oaks, Sessay, 16th October 2011

Hoppy's Memorial Match organised by the lads at Anglers Cabin.  I was looking forward to meeting them all, especially after seeing the banter on the forum.

The weather for the day was around 14 deg C, very little wind and quite bright.  Over the weekend the first frost had fallen so would it affect the fishing?

I got to The Oaks at Sessay around 8am and quickly headed into the cafe for a bacon buttie and cup of tea.  I spoke to Tom, the owner/baliff and he mentioned that finer lines would be the order of the day, maggot or pellet as bait.  I grabbed 3 pints of mixed white / red maggots, pint of casters and some micro pellets.  My other bait choice for the day would be worm and sweetcorn.

As I'd not met the Anglers Cabin crew I proceeded to walk around the different groups of anglers in the car park if they were fishing Hoppy's Memorial match... in typical fashion it was the last group I saw that were the lads. 

The banter started straight away, plenty of good humoured …

Lake John, Waltham Abbey, 9th October 2011

As Mark had come down to London for the weekend, I decided that we should give Lake John, Waltham Abbey a go as it would be easy for him to head back to Cambridge.  I'd called Colin, the owner/baliff to check availability.

The larger lake was booked for an open match, so we has to fish the smaller lake.

A quick walk around the small lake which is a snake lake, we decided to fish the far bank away from the car park.  The weather was a little overcast with some rain.  Neither of us had an end peg advantage.  Mark's far bank had a large cut out.  Both of us had far bank reeds that were alive with fish... it looked like a promising day!

We decided to fish a 6 hour match again and use the clicker to record an approximate weight of fish to determine the winner.

We headed to the on-site cafe for a cup of tea and bacon buttie.

The Setup
Without a doubt it was a pole venue, although I also tackled up my 8 foot carp wand with a small method feeder.

Choice of swims would be margin on my …

Gold Valley, Aldershot, 8th October 2011


Resuming the mini competition between my mate Mark and myself we decided to have a weekend in London and Gold Valley Lakes, home of Will Raison was our first venue for the weekend.  We decided to fish Gold Lake which is the first lake on the right as you enter the fishery.

The lure of large Carp was an exciting prospect and one which wouldn't disappoint either of us.

After a quick walk we decided on pegs next to each other that had a chuck to the main island.  Pegs highlighted on the main picture.
Mark and I had decided that it would be an all out rod and reel attack for the day, so the pole stayed in the holdall.

The Setup
Waggler rod fishing a 6mm banded pellet with a loaded Drennan crystal waggler.  I also set up a method feeder and bomb rod.

Bait for the day consisted of Gold Valley 6mm expander, 6mm and 8mm hard pellet, Meat cut in 8mm cubes, a small amount of Corn and dead red maggots.

Mark and I had decided to fish a 6 hours style of match.  We weighed our landing nets t…