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, 4th March 2015
A night of darts against the cockneys and beers at another lodge for a change… Chris Martin did a disappearing act half way through the night, next thing we can all hear him snoring away. Andy G kept us entertained as per usual.
I left around midnight and the rest of the lads came back to the lodge and had a bit of a late night, about 3am. I never heard a thing as I was fast asleep.
Another organised draw by Herbie, calling the groups in to draw and kicking the rest out of the tackle shop. It worked well!
Todays fishing would be on Woodpecker, peg 34. An area that produced in the first day, but the weights had been low the rest of the week. Neighbours for the day would be my L’Oreal twin, Tonkin Tommy and Whiteman
The wind was blowing across the peg which made it difficult plumbing up the 13 metre line straight ahead of me. I decided on some back up plans, a waggler and feeder rod.
Based on the previous day’s results I decided to feed the swim negatively, so I cupped a small nugget of micro pellets on the 13 metre.
The L'Oreal Twins...
My opening gambit would be the feeder on the same line as the waggler to try and build the swim up, recasting the feeder around every 15 minutes. The first couple of casts nothing, no knocks or indications at all.
Hour one soon past by and no fish in the net. Whiteman had landed a nice Perch on his short pole line. Tonkin had a couple of small fish on his pole line but the wind was hampering his attempts to present the bait.
After 2 hours, finally I managed a small skimmer, none of the three of us were setting the world on fire.
I had a few attempts on the pole but the wind was making it impossible to fish. Trying the waggler, no bites so back on the feeder.
A mid match break was required as I was just not getting any bites whatsoever, so a visit back to the Lodge, grabbed some chocolate biscuits for Animal and Tonkin. Back to the peg and a long chuck on the feeder… bite straight away and a nice Common Carp came to the net, unfortunately they don’t count…
The wind abated and I took the opportunity to try the pole line. 4mm expander pellet, float buries, next carp in the net. The day was getting worse.
I finished the last couple of hours on the feeder and managed to take two more fish. The All-Out was called, I had 3 fish in the net. Not the best days fishing, hey, there is always tomorrow.
1lb dead and dead last in section. Tonkin had 2lb 4oz and Whitman 4lb with two lovely perch caught short.
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…
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 …
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.