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FAS - Stockbridge Pond, 26th May 2019

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Back to Stockbridge with Farnham Angling Society for the bank holiday weekend.

The weather this week has been warm and sunny and it was great to see the lily pads while up walking round the lake as it really helps to define where the real fishy swims will be, especially peg 9 known as the double lily swim.

The Draw
Reports from the previous week is that the deeper part of the lake (pegs 14 upwards) hadn't fished as well as the earlier, shallower pegs.

A group decision was taken to fish pegs 2 through to 14, the shallower pegs.

I was last name on the list so ended up with Peg 14 and the scales.  I was not unhappy with the draw as I had Avery short walk from the car park but more importantly some lily pads to target.

Set-up
As always at Stockbridge, the Waggler rod came out of the bag and was plumbed to full depth, marked on the rod and then set to half depth to sew if the roach were up in the water.

Pole lines:
13 metres targeting the lily pads on the right12 metres straight ahead (…

Stafford Moor - May Festival, 17th May 2019

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The final day and the final destination for the week is Woodpecker, normally a lake I shy away from during the winter silvers festival however I was looking forward to fishing for to a change and fishing for the carp.

The Draw
To be honest I wasn't too bothered where I drew today, so Peg 19 in the bay was home for the day.

We know that the carp are either here, or not... only time will tell.

Set-up
Again, another simple set up.  Bomb and Pellet Waggler rods out of the bag.  Pole for the margin, just in case.

Bait consisted of Corn, Pellets and worms.

All-In
The match plan was simple, fish the bomb and pellet in the bowl area in front of me, resisting the temptation to cast long however having the option should I need it.

The first couple of hour fishing the bomb I put two fish in the net, makes for a simple blog!  Gary on peg 18 and Bill on Peg 20 only had two fish also.  It was slow going that was for sure.

The fish had been showing themselves shallow and I had tried a wafter on th…

Stafford Moor - May Festival, 16th May 2019

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Well my hope of a high finish in the festival is fading fast, but hey its way better than working!

Next stop Pines.  The regulars to this festival say that Pines fishes better in the first few days of the festival and then tends to drop off as the skimmers take longer to "recover" from being caught.

It will be an experience not to fish it in the cold winter months anyway...

The Draw
Peg 7, probably the worst draw and this peg is either feast or famine and the weights during the week had not been brilliant from it either.

Set-up
Peg 7 is very wide and with the wind blowing straight into my face I decided to break out a feeder to target beyond pole range to the far bank.

Pole lines
13 metres, uniformed depth (7feet plus) for a number of swimsTop two and 3Margin lineUp in the water rig for roach close in Bait today included more natural baits, maggots, caster, worm, groundbait, expander and micro pellets.
All-In
Todays approach would be negative due to the cold wind and also the …

Stafford Moor - May Festival, 15th May 2019

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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.

The Draw
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.

Set-up
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.

All-In
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.

To begin with I was casting to the gravel bar in…

Stafford Moor - May Festival, 14th May 2019

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Section rotation meant that Oak was today's challenge and having only fished it a few times in the MFS winter silvers festival I really didn't know what to expect.  It would also be a pole only match which makes it a little more interesting or challenging whichever way you look at things.

The Draw
I didn't fancy being on the back bank of Oak which was the deepest area and of course my drawing arm didn't let me down putting me on peg 13 in the deepest area of the lake!

Set-up
Pole only so I fished three lines with the following rigs.

14 metres with around 8 feet of depth6 metres with around 7 feet of depthMargin line to the leftShallow rig Pellets (micro, 4, 6 and 8mm) along with some worms for the margin as bait.

All-In
The weather was extremely warm so my match plan was to try and get some fish on the deck with hard 6mm pellets on the long line.  It was pretty apparent once the very deep rig went in the fish where of course shallow, so I started to ping out some 4mm pell…

Stafford Moor - May Festival, 13th May 2019

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Stafford Moor May Spring Festival was too good to resist so a quick phone call to Hathers and I was on the festival filling in for one of the lads who couldn't make it this year.

Seeing Stafford Moor in full bloom the fishery looks absolutely fabulous and more credit to Paul and Jo for the great job they continue to do.  Festivals full, specimen lakes booked out, life at the Moor is looking very good in deed!

Lodging with Hathers, the mighty Spindle (the legend that he is), Hoggy and Perry Stone for the week replacing Dave Boyd for one year only!

The format for the week would be rotating around the five lakes, Willow, Oak, Tanners, Pines and Woodpecker and the sections had been drawn by Jo and Paul at the fishery.

The Draw
My starting lake would be Willow which would also be the first time I'd fished it too.

Peg 17, the corner peg looking from Aspen lodge.  Pegging is a little tight if I'm honest and my neighbours for the day were Jeb and Silvers.

Set-up
A simple set up tod…

FAS - Stockbridge Pond, 5th May 2019

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After nearly a month of no fishing it was back to Stockbridge Pond with Farnham Angling Society for one of the regular Sunday matches.

A good turn out, with 19 fishing so both sides of the lake would be in use today.

The Draw
Talk was that everyone wanted the closer, shallow bank rather than the higher peg numbers.

My home for the day would be lucky for some, peg 13.  One peg along from the last match I fished here.

Set-up
The Waggler is a must at Stockbridge so that was first out of the bag, given the days weather, warm but overcast I opted to start this at half depth.  A feeder rod was also set-up to fish over the waggler line.

Pole lines where:
10 metres ahead to fish the edge of the lilly pads13 metres to my left in open water at the same depth of the 10 metre swim10 metres swivelled round to the left hand margin with a light rig in case the roach where there Bait all natural, maggots, casters, worms, some sweetcorn and a little bit of groundbait for the feeder.

All-In
A small ball of…