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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, 5th March 2015
Most of the lads headed out for a curry. The Lodge of Plenty had Colin’s Chilli Con Carne which was packed with finger chillies. Another quiet night in with the lads, plenty of banter, mainly at my expense ;-)
Herbie had seeded all the anglers today. One of the seeded anglers would pick where we would be fishing today. Woodpeckers low numbers was my lot for the day, out came peg 10, aka the “swivel” peg.
I’ve fished before a few years ago so I felt confident.
Three pole lines today:
14.5 metres to the left of the peg
14.5 metres straight out from the peg
Worm line at 4 metres for the perch or tench
Two rigs served the 14.5 metre lines, a “99” double bulk rig and a red depth rig.
Chris Martin had fished this peg the previous day and had killed his peg by putting in too much bait, so it was another negative approach today.
I kicked off the line to the left of me with a small golf ball of groundbait with some casters and a nugget of micro pellets on the other long pole line. The short Perch/Tench line I cupped in some chopped worm and casters.
Going over the groundbait line with double dead red the fish started to come. Infact, I had more fish than the previous day within the first 5 minutes! Again, the fish were of a small stamp. The lift bites were showing well on the “99” double bulk rig.
After an hour a had around 15 fish, but no real large skimmers. The skimmer action stopped and the roach started to come, so I topped up the line with another small ball of groundbait. Checking the pellet line, nothing, so I topped that one up too.
The action slowed, then I hooked a carp that trashed my rig. Next put in, another carp, this time I landed it, a lovely mirror of around 6lb. Meanwhile Whiteman had landed a lovely goldfish and was netting a bonus tench…
The next few hours were very slow with the odd fish coming to the net. I checked the Perch/Tench line for 20 minutes, not one indication, so I topped it back up and would try it before the all out.
The final hour I got a decent skimmer and some other small skimmers. The Perch/Tench line produced nothing. I called the all-out, could have brought some money to the Lodge pot?
4lb 6oz for a section 3rd, the best result I’ve had all week, claiming a few pounds from the all of the lads in the Lodge…
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 …
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…