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The Skill Debate Which would you say is more skilful – commercial fishing or river fishing? I ask the question after shooting a particularly interesting feature this month with the legend that is John Allerton. These days John doesn’t fish matches on rivers at all, focusing only on commercials, and what really got me thinking was when he explained that he felt there was more to fishing rivers than commercials. I probably have a bias towards natural waters – I fish more of them and really enjoy doing so. However, I still believe there’s a great skill in most kinds of fishing. I know for certain that many forms of commercial fishing are super technical, and a tiny tweak to a rig and precise timing of your feeding can make the difference between hitting or missing a bite every drop in. By the same token, altering the pace at which you run your float through on a river, or how much feed you place in a ball of groundbait you top up with can totally change what you catch. In my opinion, equal amounts of thought go into all kinds of fishing. You only need to look at the detail in the mix of commercial and natural water features in this issue, and I’m sure you’ll agree.

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17 My No1 Winter Tactic

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86 The Art Of Catching Everything Grant Albutt revisits the once famous Gwinear Lakes and explains his multispecies attack.

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100 Colclough’s Diary 44 The Forgotten Method... Reigning U25 world champion Alex Clements reveals his waggler fishing secrets.

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couple of months ago, I fished a really interesting venue – the River Severn at Shrewsbury – in the Home International with Drennan Team England. After a few days’ practice, we found that the best way to tackle this water was to vary your presentation

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throughout the match, in relation to how you fed the swim and how the fish responded to this. In just a short space of time I felt I built up an interesting understanding of presentation, and one that I can apply to all flowingwater venues. Today, I’m hoping to share it with you!

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Hemp sinks quickly, and is a great loosefeed bait in fast, pacey swims.

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Just a few casters, maggots and some hemp go into the top-up balls.

A great tactic on moving water is to top up the swim by regularly throwing in a small ball of groundbait.

The Rule Of Three When you turn up to a river match, how do you know how the fish want the bait presented? The answer is, you don’t – it’s up to you to work it out. I do this by covering my options with three forms of presentation, which requires setting up three different rigs to fish on the same line. Although this may sound complicated, it really isn’t. On all rivers, I normally fish just one main line, and work this one part of the swim for the whole match. Today, for example, I can get into deep water and steady flow at 13 metres, and I’m focusing my efforts on fishing with three rigs on this one line. I can then use my three different rigs to explore this line and catch fish from different parts of this line. For example, one

Loose-fed maggots are great for drawing in extra fish on hard days.

“The most important thing is that you understand what you need your bait to do at the business end.” rig may be better for catching fish at the top of the swim, while another may help me catch them at the bottom of the swim.

The Incher This is the heaviest rig that I assemble, and it is used to slowly ‘inch’ a bait through the swim. It is ideal when you are feeding positively

In clear water, scaling down to a smaller hook can bring bites from nowhere.

with groundbait, and looking to catch fish over an area of feed on the bottom. Often, after introducing a ball of feed, you can use this rig to accurately work your hook bait over the top of it. The size of float that you use will depend on the swim and conditions that you are fishing in. The most important thing is that you understand what you need your bait to do at the business end. With this rig, I’m aiming to slowly trundle my bait along the bottom and over my feed, so that it is only just moving. As I mentioned, the incher will be the heaviest rig that I assemble, and today a 2g

float is perfect for this. The rig needs to be just a tiny bit too light to hold perfectly still, allowing you to explore the swim as slowly as possible. If there are one or two quality fish feeding over the groundbait, you can quite literally inch your hook bait into their mouths. Because of the presentation that I’m trying to achieve, I set this rig overdepth, allowing me to hold back against the flow to slow the rig down in the flow, without lifting my hook bait up off the bottom. Anywhere between four and eight inches overdepth is ideal. The big No8 droppers on this rig help pin the hook

Callum uses inline olivettes because there is no risk of them pinging off the line.

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The Incher

One metre of white Maver Micro hollow elastic 1.5m of line between float and pole tip

Olivette 3ft from hook

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2g Perfect Agata float

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0.14mm main line

No13 trimming Stotz above olivette

No13 Stotz to finetune the shotting

This is my medium rig, for trundling a bait through the swim at about two-thirds the pace of the river. I keep in touch with this float as it runs through the swim, constantly checking it by holding back very slightly. Sometimes, checking the float and holding back a little harder will flick your hook bait up off the bottom and induce a bite. I want my bait running on the bottom over the bait, but travelling through the swim much faster than with the first rig I’ve explained. When you have a lot of smaller fish in the swim, such as roach and dace, you can catch really quickly with this rig as the fish quickly grab your hook bait as it comes towards them. This is a brilliant rig to use when you have a lot of fish lined up and feeding over a baited area. You can place the rig in above the feed, and

Olivette 3ft from hook

Spare shot below olivette Two No8 droppers

Size 18 Hayabusa hook

The Checker

One metre The Checker of white Maver 2m of Micro line 1g hollow between elastic Perfect float and Agata pole tip float

Two No9 droppers 8in 0.09mm fluorocarbon hooklength Size 18 Hayabusa hook

Always have a few ‘practice’ runs through at the start before you feed, to make sure the bottom is clean. [INSET] An inline float like this can be easily moved on the line without causing damage.

trundle it towards the fish, get a bite and ship a fish back every drop-in! So, how do you know what size of float to actually use for this rig? I have a very sneaky little guide, and often use one half the size of my inching rig. Today, a 2g rig is about right for inching through, so a 1g version will be perfect for this checking rig. It runs through the swim smoothly, and after lowering the rig in I will let it run through, occasionally tweaking the float and checking it.

The Runner This is a rig that came into play at Shrewsbury during the Home International, especially later in the match when the fishing became more difficult. It features the lightest float out of all the rigs I assemble, and is used to run through the swim at the pace of the river, featuring strung-out shot rather than an olivette like the other rigs. The shot give a totally different form of presentation compared to an olivette. Firstly, they fall slowly through the water, letting your hook bait drop into the swim much slower. In clear water, fish will carefully watch a bait settle, and using this rig gives you the chance of catching them on the drop or as the bait settles. Secondly, once the rig has settled the shot actually catch the natural flow of the river, which pulls the rig through the swim. This often means that your bait acts in a very natural manner, wafting in the flow. There are some river swims that have very little flow, and using a rig that catches that to try and make it run through the swim faster will bring you more bites. This rig can really come into play when you are loose feeding free offerings. Unlike groundbait, which all lands in a small area on the bottom, loose feed

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will spread out and fall at varying rates in different areas through the swim. When using this rig I often ship out and pendulum swing the hook bait and rig well downstream. I will then straighten it all up and pull the rig upstream all very straight and tight, before letting it settle on its own. You often find that you get the most bites in the area of the swim where most of your loose feed is landing. By placing the rig in at various places in the swim, you can find this spot. This particular rig is also very effective for catching fish at the bottom of your swim, right at the last point where most people stop and lift their rig out. For this reason, I leave a longer length of line between float and pole tip for this rig, allowing me to really explore the bottom part of the peg. You sometimes find that some bigger fish will sit at the very bottom of the swim, while at other times fish will simply back off to this area after you have disturbed them by catching them from further up the swim. This is the rig that will help you keep putting fish in the net at times when others on the match are left biteless.

Which Rig When? There are no hard-and-fast rules as to which rig will work and when. However, I’d like to tell you about what the England team learnt while fishing the River Severn at Shrewsbury during this year’s Home International. The tactics were to ball in a bombardment of groundbait at the start to attract fish into the swim quickly, before cupping in a further eight balls containing some more free offerings to create an accurate line of feed, right where you’d be running the rig through. After this initial feed, the fish came into the swim and fed very well for the first hour of the match. They

One metre The Runner of white Maver 2.5m 0.6g Micro of line Perfect hollow Agata elastic between float and float pole tip

0.12mm main line

Callum loves adding a sprinkling of coriander to his mix, to give it some extra activity. 250ml of hemp, and 250ml of casters were fed in 10 balls of groundbait at the start.

No10 shot spread in bottom third of the rig getting closer together towards the top

8in 0.09mm fluorocarbon hooklength Size 18 Hayabusa hook

Get your presentation in coordination with your feeding, and more river match wins are on the cards.

were right on top of where the bait was landing, and to make the most of this we used the heavier rig to inch over the area. Using a maggot on the hook, with this rig set overdepth, you could ‘cream off’ the bigger fish in the swim during this good period. As bites started to diminish, however, it paid to search the swim a little more with the checking rig, which ran through the swim faster and seemed to help you find the straggler fish that were spread over the feed area. After bites diminished, we also started to loose feed the odd maggot in the hope that these would pull a few fish up into the baited area from downstream. After catching a run of fish on this rig, bites again seemed to slow. At this point, we had the option of picking up the lightest runner rig. This slow-settling but fast-running rig seemed to help you eke out some more fish that were sat further downstream, picking off some of the loose feed we started to introduce. But what happened when the action on this rig died? That’s when it was time to top up the swim with more groundbait, reset the feed area and work through the rigs again. After cupping in two or three more balls of groundbait, the fish seemed to quickly settle back on them and you could use the heavier rig to catch a few quality fish after topping up. As bites faded, we’d then use the lighter checking rig to keep catching, before switching to the runner to catch a few more fish before re-feeding. It really was a great rhythm, and showed the importance of understanding how fish were feeding in the swim, and how best to present your bait to catch them at certain times. Hopefully, the presentation methods I’ve explained here will help you get results on your river matches in the future.

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or the last feature in this series I would like to focus on what is possibly my single biggest edge in match fishing! Fishing delicate, slowfalling rigs in conjunction with the lightest tackle possible during the colder months has won me a lot of matches, but there is far more to it than just using the lightest line, elastic and hook pattern that you own and expecting every fish in the lake to give themselves up. Understanding exactly when and why different forms of light tackle are required allows you to present your hook bait to the fish in the best possible way, all the time. Without doubt, fishing kit more associated with roach fishing than catching weights of carp and F1s does take a little practice, but the way I

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see it, if using light kit gets me more bites then that can only be a good thing! And as long as you are patient and don’t try to bully fish to the net, losses can still be kept to a minimum. Before I talk about the reasons behind each bit of kit I use, I want to focus on what I feel has been the biggest improvement in my own fishing over the last couple of years. Understanding how my hook bait is falling through my peg has transformed my winter F1 fishing and the days of fishing both pellets and maggots in the same way are long gone. While I still feel that heavy shotting and large droppers are vital to provide stability in the rig and to show up the delicate bites when using soft pellets, for my maggot fishing I now think that during the winter using any dropper shot larger than a No12 will cause the hook bait to sink unnaturally and reduce the amount of bites I get. The thinking behind this first came about when I was stood with my mate Steve Openshaw, throwing maggots into his crystal clear garden pond. We had both been a little frustrated with the fishing at Partridge Lakes, which in my opinion is home to the cleverest F1s in the world! Often we felt there were lots of fish present in our pegs but getting them to go down and feed seemed almost impossible, as on some days as few as six maggots could kill a peg! It seemed as if they were watching every maggot falling and would only take a bait seconds after it had reached the bottom, but because the droppers being used were No10s the window for a fish to spot our hook bait during its descent was very small. The main problem for me was I felt that if I didn’t have large shot close to the hook then I wouldn’t see bites as

Getting your hook bait to fall exactly like the feed is vital in winter.

Most anglers would feed more than this at the start and could risk blowing the swim immediately. Hook choice can massively affect presentation.

A solid-bristled float is Jamie’s choice.

Small shot give a more natural fall of the hook bait. clearly, if at all. But in reality I couldn’t have been further from the truth. Back to Steve’s pond and the first thing that was obvious was that maggots have an extremely slow sink rate of between five and seven seconds per foot (week-old maggots sank at five seconds and fresh ones seven seconds) so timing the baits after feeding was crucial to understand what depth they had reached when the rig was introduced to the swim. Secondly, every maggot fed sank parallel to the lake bottom, which also slowed their fall. Both of these factors were fairly easy to combat by side hooking the maggots and counting both the rig and loose feed down to the bottom. The next step was to introduce a rig and see what forms of shotting and hook pattern would give the hook bait as natural an appearance as possible. I was amazed at how little

shot could be added before the hook bait was dragged to the bottom – any more than two No12 shot evenly spaced throughout the 3ft deep rig made the hook bait fall like a house brick! After watching all of this my approach to fishing maggots changed completely and my confidence with the bait increased massively, but I’d like to go into this in a bit more depth at a later date, so I’ll leave it there for now. Back to the topic of light tackle and, as I mentioned before, I am 100 per cent convinced that using the most delicate kit possible catches me more fish, but it has taken me a few years to develop an understanding of just how important each small item of tackle is in

ensuring I get as many bites and land as many fish as possible.

Floats While shotting the float is the biggest factor in how clearly bites are shown, the materials and pattern of float also have to be considered. For myself there is only one body type when trying to achieve maximum sensitivity, and that is a rugby-ball shape. Next up is the bristle of the float. Hollow bristles are possibly the most popular material these days and are brilliant for positive fishing, but what I do find, though, is that the air trapped in the bristle can cause more resistance to a fish, and as a result the hook bait can be

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quickly rejected. Solid plastic bristles, on the other hand, give much less resistance and actually help to magnify bites due to their limited buoyancy. Unfortunately, as a result of this they are a little more difficult to shot perfectly but for me they are well worth the trouble, and are always my choice on the most difficult days.

Elastics/Line Again these both have to be carefully considered to make sure each is light enough to get bites in the first place yet durable enough to land every fish and last the entire session. The strengths of both also need to be balanced to prevent the elastic from overpowering the hooklength and causing breakages. When deciding on elastics, as with everything else my options are kept as simple as possible. I simply use a No8 when using a 0.10mm hooklength or a No6 when using a 0.08mm hooklength. Elastics are always the solid variety during the cold months, as they are far more forgiving and maintain their softness, even in the coldest weather. Main line is always 0.15mm during the winter as it is durable, prevents tangles and will last for several sessions.

Hooks When choosing the correct hook pattern, again there are two factors to consider. Firstly, the strength on the hook, which has to be matched to the elastic and size of fish you expect to catch, and secondly the weight of the hook. This is not so important when fishing on the bottom with heavy pellets but the hook’s weight will have a big impact when trying to achieve a natural fall when fishing maggots. My winter hooks are the new Guru F1 Pellet hooks in a size 18 for all my heavy pellet fishing and bread dobbing. They are a relatively fine wire but still maintain a good strength when using 0.10mm hooklengths. For more delicate situations or when the natural fall of the bait is important I swap to a size 16 Gama Green. I was recommended these hooks by Paul Holland around six years ago and would quite simply be lost without them! Due to their light wire these can only be used with a maximum No6 elastic. My belief is that being able to use really light kit effectively can only benefit everyone’s winter commercial fishing; it all comes down to being confident that your kit isn’t going to break when put under pressure. It may take a little practice to land fish of any size on 0.08mm line and light wire hooks, but if doing so potentially doubles the amount of bites you get in a match then why wouldn’t you try!

Fishing light DEFINITELY catches Jamie more fish than others.

Jamie happily uses a No6 solid elastic for F1s in the winter, in conjunction with a size 16 Green Gama hook.

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Shimano ace Nick Speed explains why and how he makes the straight lead work to win him thousands of pounds each winter… would say that I’ve won more matches on the straight lead during the winter months than any other commercial approach. Why? Well this is easy to answer. The straight lead approach is one of the very few methods in our match armoury that disciplines our feeding. I suppose it’s the same principle as dobbing; once you get your head around the watercraft of dobbing then you understand why

it’s so important not to feed, especially in the early stages of the match when there are a few fish in your peg willing to accept individual particles before backing away. Now we all know this deadly approach seems to have a ‘pot luck’ stigma attached to it, and as a result many anglers out there believe it’s all about casting a bomb out and hoping a fish will swim by and take the bait! But as with all methods, there is a lot more to catching

consistently on the bomb than just hoping for a few lucky pulls. As with all my fishing, whether it’s bait or tackle, I’m always trying to find that edge, and even with something as simple as a bomb setup I have adapted this several times over recent years. The biggest hindrance to bomb fishing is noise/ disturbance when the bomb hits the water, which in turn spooks fish, and mimicking the gentle plop of a bait hitting the surface can often be very difficult. But after a bit of experimenting I soon realised that dispersing

the weight of the lead over a larger area on the line actually cushions the disturbance. I’ve used back leads for many years now, with either the bomb or the Method, the main reason being to help pin a small amount of the main line to the deck in the area where fish could be interested in your feed/hook bait. But recently I’ve started using a double back lead! Although this does have the effect of pinning the bomb down, more importantly it makes the bomb land on the surface with minimum disturbance. In my opinion the less noise that’s made, the fewer fish will be spooked.

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Winter Bomb Fishing With Nick Speed

To show all of you lovely people out there my thinking behind bomb fishing, I met up with the DHP cameras at the Mecca that is Garbolino Lindholme Lakes Fishery, on Bonsai Lake. I sat myself on Peg 36, which is really shallow and therefore swim management decisions are crucial in a peg like this to get the most out of the swim. In front of me is a gap between the points of around 10 metres, and from the left-hand point where the water is 18 inches deep tight against the

“The shadow of a polee over sppooky fish in clear water cauusess far moree damaage to your swim thann ploopping a bomb in!” point it flattens out around three metres off the point, where it’s three-and-a-half feet deep across to the righthand point, where again three metres from the point it begins to shallow up.

Depth Decisiionss. The most confusing part of a peg like this is where to start and where to finish. The interesting point I want to make is that most anglers would only rely upon the bomb in this

kind of swim scenario if the wind was too strong to hold the pole, whereas I would always place the bomb as the quickest and easiest way to locate fish. One golden rule to remember is water clarity, and at this time of the year when that clarity is at its highest, the shadow of a pole over spooky fish in clear water causes far more damage to your swim than plopping a bomb in!

Where, Whenn And How w To Feed No matter how cold the water is there is always a ‘time window’ when fish decide to feed, and this is usually caused by

Note the deformed mouth on this fish. This is why Nick loves soft baits like corn that can be sucked in easily.

competition when fish are in numbers, so if you save going into the herd of the fish for later in the day rather than earlier, you’ll often find you’ll catch far quicker without spooking them as they’re more interested in feeding. It’s also in the latter stages of the match where if you have an island to cast to, you’ll find that carp want to feed in the shallower water. This isn’t always because there’s a slight rise in water temperature, which causes them to move into the shallow water, it’s more because of the light dropping in the afternoon, which gives them confidence to feel safer and so move, looking for food. It’s for the above reason that I always set food traps in the shallower depths of my peg, and in this instance it’s tight to both points left and right. At the start of the session I’ll introduce 30 to 40 grains of corn to both points, as these are the shallower parts of the peg and where I’ll be focusing my attention in the latter stages of the match, when fish begin patrolling around the islands for food. I’m a firm believer that these offerings I’ve fed at the start are long gone by

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the time I eventually move up the shelf later on in the match, but farm-fed fish have a very good memory, to the point where I compare them to ducks. If you feed bread to ducks and attract a few into the area, once all the bread has gone the ducks remain in the area, expecting to get another helping of food. Carp are exactly the same, and this is why when you rest lines for long periods of time and then decide to fall back on them, you usually catch instantly. For the above reason, usually in the latter stages of the match, I receive an instant run of fish as soon as I move in the shallow water. The beauty about the straight lead is that you’re using a solitary hook bait, which really does aggravate fish into intercepting your hook bait quicker than if you were to use a feeder. Also, by using the correct weight of bomb you can actually imitate the noise of bait hitting the water surface by plopping the bomb on the surface, which works to great effect. But more importantly, because of the bomb’s stealthlike character you can search for fish by casting in different areas without spooking them.

Let Other Angleers Herrd Fissh For You Whatever peg I draw during the winter I always go with the same approach of working my way out as the match progresses, for the following reason: Whether it’s a natural venue or a commercial fishery, there is one fact that will never change, regardless of the venue, and that is that end pegs and pegs with space catch more fish. With this in mind, this is why fish tend to congregate in safe havens where they’re less likely to get disturbed. Now the interesting fact behind the above statement is that even if you’re unlucky

A butt rest (or one hand on your rod) is vital, as bites can be ferocious!

Note the small hook – but Nick is ultra confident in his setup.

Nick uses Drennan inline olivettes for his bomb work… [INSET] … with a large olivette ‘bomb’ and two smaller back leads.

A generous squirt of Liquid Scopex gives Nick’s bait an extra boost.

enough not to draw an end peg or a peg with space, there are certain ways of using other anglers around you to herd more fish into your peg zone. This is something I always employ in every match I fish, and over the years this principle alone has helped me win far more matches from pegs that on paper shouldn’t win any! Most anglers think I’m very laid back because I’m always the last to arrive at my peg, but with everything I do in my fishing there is a reason and, more importantly, an explanation behind it. My theory is that by arriving late at the peg I’m automatically turning my peg into a spare peg, and

Nick loose feeds corn in shallow water to build his swim for later on in the session.

as bizarre as it sounds this really works. All the other anglers around where I’ve drawn will have raced to their pegs as soon as they’ve drawn, which in turn spooks a lot of fish and forces them to move into undisturbed areas of the lake – need I say any more? Now taking all the above information into consideration it’s purely down to swim management that makes a peg better. All of the above information is paramount to understand if you want to know how to manage your swim with the straight lead. So let’s take a typical match situation: I’ve drawn a peg with anglers opposite, and as soon as the match commences the anglers opposite cast straight out into the centre of the lake. Now this is where my thoughts come into play. Instead of following suit and casting to the centre I will cast short, and by doing this I’m creating my own

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Winter Bomb Fishing With Nick Speed

safe haven where fish can congregate and feel safe. Now the anglers opposite immediately start catching as they’ve cast to where a large percentage of fish are lying (towards the gap between the two islands), but what you must remember is that a fishing match is a marathon not a sprint, and even though they go racing ahead, they are automatically spooking fish out of their swims. More importantly, because they started at the maximum distance of their swim zone, they can’t cast any further out to follow the fish.

Setup For all my commercial bomb fishing I use the Shimano SpeedMaster AX 9/11 Feeder rod, as this is the perfect tool for all commercial situations. At either length this tool has a really soft, forgiving action, which blends perfectly with fine hooklengths and small hooks. For most of my short commercial work up to 30

It doesn’t take many fish like this to build a winning weight in winter!

metres I use this rod at nine feet. Whatever rod you use it’s paramount you use a soft quivertip, which not only helps magnify line bites but more importantly enables you to tighten up to even the lightest of bombs without moving your hook bait. My first-choice reel for all my commercial work is the Shimano Stradic Ci44000. This respectably priced reel has an ultra-silky smooth drag, which works more like pole elastic and as a result fewer hook-pulls are received. For all my commercial fishing I use Shimano Exage reel line, which has all the characteristics I look for in a line for feeder/bomb work: Strong, robust, fastsinking, great knot strength and, more importantly, minimum stretch, and by using a reliable reel line this enables me to step right down to 0.16mm diameter during the winter months, which couples perfectly with

A good sized, softmesh landing net stops your hair rig getting caught up.

fishing the lightest of bombs. For leads I use tungsten inline olivettes, and as a general rule 8g to 10g is about right for short casting commercial work. A simple loop-to-loop connection is all that’s needed to the hooklength and a braid stop as a stopper for the lead, which means I can quickly adjust the hooklength by moving the braid stop up or down the line. For all of my hooklengths I use Shimano Aspire Silk Shock, which is an awesome line, and more importantly is micrometered correctly. At this time of the year for all sizes of carp I use 0.12mm or 0.14mm, with a size 18 or 20 Drennan Carp match hook.

Bait If I could only use one bait through the winter months it would without doubt be Dynamite XL Sweetcorn, with a good dose of Scopex liquid. For any of you out there that didn’t know, carp have really poor eyesight, even in the clear winter water, and for this reason a bright, visible hook bait is paramount, in my opinion.

This particular brand of sweetcorn is awesome, as the grains are quite large and bright in colour, but more importantly firm, which helps prevent the corn being displaced on a hair rig. The interesting fact about this brand of corn is that after multiple tests I’ve found that the Scopex scent hangs in cold water for a long time, and in comparison tests I’ve discovered that fish hang around in the scented area waiting for the next offering!

The Session Today’s feature couldn’t have been more textbook: after a slow start I have gradually worked my way out until I have found a few fish just past the two points, going into open water. I have been able to catch quite well here, and to be honest I think I would have caught even better in match conditions, as other anglers would have pushed fish into my area. As it stands today, they have had a lot of water to back off into. Still, it’s been a great winter session, which I think has proved the devastating effectiveness of this tactic.

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Plump roach like this are suckers for loose feed.

advantages to structuring your peg in this way, and to fully understand them I must first explain the possible scenarios that we could encounter today. First up, let’s say that today the skimmers feed very well. I have that base covered with a nice, positively fed groundbait line. Alternatively, it could be a roach day – in the past there have been some massive weights of roach caught shallow on this lake. If this is the case I have a swim fed at 14.5 metres with casters, where I will be able to catch roach shallow or on the drop very effectively. Finally, let’s consider the most likely option – it could be a ‘bit of everything’ day where I nick a few skimmers over my groundbait, and a few roach on my longer line. In this instance, this twopronged attack really comes into its own. It is amazing how often really big wise fish hang off groundbait, so my column of loose feed would form a perfect safe zone for them.

Des fishes his groundbait swim on an 11m line… [INSET] … and loose feeds casters at 14.5 metres. Crucially, though, by feeding two lines in this manner I am giving myself plenty of options to read and work my peg, and cater my attack to how the fish happen to be feeding on the day.

The Plaan In Action! For today’s session I have assembled three basic rigs to give me three different modes of presentation. Fortunately it is the same depth on both my 11m

I tie to 0.14mm Precision, complete with 0.8mm Precision hooklength and a size 18 Preston 412 hook. Elastic is a No6 Preston Slip. My long-pole swim features one of my all-time favourite patterns, the Preston Chianti, albeit a new and improved version from my Commercial range. This features the same line, hooklength and hook as my groundbait rig but is shotted with No11 shot, strung out

“As sooonn as the floaat setttlees it dissappearrs and a qualitty fish iss hoooked, seettingg the patttern for the nextt haalf-hhour.”” groundbait swim, and my longer line at 14.5 metres, which makes life easy if I should wish to try alternating my rigs across the two lines to differ my presentation. For my groundbait swim I opt for a 4x16 Des Shipp Commercial Silver, which

through the bottom half of the rig. Finally, my shallow rig is a 4x10 F1 Shallow, shotted with four strung-out No11 Stotz. This is set about two-and-a-half feet deep to start with, but I expect to have to vary it as the session progresses.

Because I have the option of fishing past my groundbait, and so have somewhere to go if the groundbait line doesn’t work, I am not afraid to feed in a fairly positive way on this line. For this reason, this swim receives six balls of my chosen mix complete with a generous helping of dead pinkies and casters at the start of the session. The long line is kick-started with a handful of casters. I start the session on my groundbait line and am a little disheartened when, after 20 minutes, I am still biteless. In this time, I have loose fed the long line probably three times, each time spraying around 10 casters over my feed area. After 20 minutes, I decide to have a look on my longer line. As soon as the float settles it disappears and a quality fish is hooked. It turns out to be a good roach – and this sets the pattern for the next half-hour. Don’t get

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me wrong, the swim isn’t solid by any means, but I am able to string a few bites together and am building a decent weight by catching a nice stamp of fish. I even manage a 2lb perch, which is a welcome bonus. Around an hour into the session, and sport is so good that I decide to drop back on my groundbait line, as I feel sure some fish will have moved in given just how good sport is on the long line. I am not disappointed, and catch six good skimmers in as many put ins on a single dead red maggot before, strangely, the swim seems to die. I go back on the longer line, where I have continued to loose feed some bait, but strangely this line is devoid of life too. I sit for almost a full hour without a bite, despite swapping lines several times. This is sometimes the way on venues like this in cold weather; the fish simply shoal up and have a tendency to move in and out of your peg. The key is to keep loose feeding, so that there is some bait falling through the water to draw fish back into your feed area.

Considering he only really catches well for 90 minutes, Des puts a cracking net of fish together! [INSET} Des feeds his groundbait rich with casters and dead pinkies.

Of course the temptation in these quieter times is to do something else – fish a waggler, for example, casting to where you think the fish are. The negative to this approach, though, is that you end up loose feeding bait in a different area of your peg, which in turn can hold fish past pole range, and stop

your two ‘plan A’ attacks from working. In my mind it is best to stick to your guns, and keep some bait falling through the water on your long-pole line with the aim of drawing fish in. The plan seems to work, and after an hour of inactivity, my peg comes back to life. Just a few roach on my strung rig are the reward at first, but I notice some false indications that suggest to me that the fish might be up in the water. With this in mind I pick up my shallow rig, and drop it in with a maggot on the hook. It isn’t in the water very long before the float sails away and a good roach is hooked. For the next half-hour, it is literally one a chuck shallow, before the fish do a mysterious disappearing act and I sit biteless once again. I catch just four more fish intermittently until the end of the session. So although I have put together a great bag of fish – probably close to 20lb – I have only really caught for two distinct spells. One of those was over my groundbait (where I probably put most of my weight in the net) and the other over my loose feed, where I had more fish (roach) but they were a lot smaller. Given the fact that I have only really caught for 90 minutes in total, and have put what would probably be a winning weight together, I think you can see the importance of feeding the right lines and committing to them. It is the only way you can be sure of making the most of your golden spells.

Des enjoys a golden spell of roach shallow, but his success on this line is short-lived.

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1) Bread Start!

2) The Demon Seed

Bread is among the best winter canal baits going, especially when the water is at its clearest. It tends to provoke an instant response, which makes it a great way to start any canal or river session at this time of year. You can often gain a valuable lead over the opposition by cupping a ball of bread in then making the bait your opening gambit, while your other swims have the chance to settle. The key is to have your options covered so that you have somewhere to go when your bread swim dies. Likewise, if you feel like you need somewhere to go at any point, and could do with starting a new line, bread is a great bait to feed because it generally works straightaway.

Hemp is one of the most effective but also misunderstood baits. The great thing about hemp fishing on canals in winter is that when it works, you normally catch big roach and very quickly. The key to effective hemp fishing is timing and building your peg up until the fish are ripe for the taking. Our best advice is definitely to drop on a hemp line, and if it goes under stick with it. If, however, you’re sitting and waiting for bites, come off it and keep feeding it until the fish are queuing up and ready to be caught. The key to effective feeding is definitely little and often, to create competition for the bait that you are introducing.

3) Go On The Town If you are pegging a match, or looking for somewhere to hone your skills, built-up areas on canals are often the best places to head. Whether it’s a marina, a row of boats or just a built-up area, you will normally find that the fish shoal where there is warmth or free offerings of food.

5) String ’Em Out

4) The Perfect Elastic When a number of small fish are the target, as they so often are on canals, getting the right elastic is vital. Fortunately, there are more aids on the market now than there ever has been before to help you get this right. The key effect that you are looking to achieve is centralised elastic – so your elastic runs straight through the middle of your pole section without touching the sides, where it can be prone to stick to your sections. Elastic centralisers are a big help with this. Another good tip is to use a bigbore No1 (or No2) section but with a double bush, or micro-bore bush. These help keep your elastic running straight through the middle of your pole, but because you have a narrow bush or bore, you can connect with fish cleanly on the strike.

Cold, clear water and shy-biting fish mean that strung rigs and light floats are often best at this time of year. There are two advantages to using these in unison. Light floats take fewer shot but also offer less resistance when a fish sucks in your bait. So when they are shotted correctly, you often see bites on a light

float that might not even register on a heavier model. Strung-out rigs help your bait fall in a very natural way through the water, so fish have plenty of time to watch your bait fall then eat it. The proof that this works is often plain to see because most of your bites come just as your bait is settling, or a couple of seconds after it has settled.

6) Be A Caster Master The caster really comes into its own as a quality fish bait at this time of year, and there are two ways of feeding it that can yield great results on their day. The first is to loose feed very regularly. This is often best for roach, rudd or hybrids because these like to follow falling bait around in the water column, and regularly loose feeding definitely helps to draw them in. Secondly, potting a volume of bait in a set area then leaving it alone can be a deadly tactic. This is often great for grazing fish like skimmers and tench, and fish that like to sit over a volume of bait, like big perch. Often, it can be worth trying both tactics on the same day, and it is amazing how often you catch different fish over each of the two lines.

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Sonubaits Lava & Sticky Pellets

The Review: Sonubaits Lava & Stiki Pellets

GET STICKY!

Match Fishing’s Jake Fowles casts an eye over two of Sonubaits’ freshest products from 2016… Add a squirt to your hook bait.

Stiki Method Pellets are available in 2mm or 4mm sizes.

A wide range of colours and flavours are available. flavours

Sonubaits Lava The use of additives and colourings can be a real Marmite topic within match fishing. Some anglers love them, while others hate them. Quite simply, their use comes down to confidence. If you catch a fish with the addition of an additive the likelihood is that you will use it again. The Sonubaits Lava range is a popular choice among many and offers a wide range of flavours and colours. The good thing about them is their versatility. You can keep them nestled in your bait bag and use as and when the situation arises; a single bottle could last you well over a year!

During the winter months try giving your bread a dip in the Lava of your choice. It can often grab the attention of languid fish that bit quicker than when used without it.

Many people use additives religiously, whereas I pick and choose the situations when I pull them out of the bag. First off, colours. Certain venues respond well to baits of a specific colour. Red is often a standout performer and added to baits such as meat or corn can up your catch rate. You might want to use it on just a handful of hook baits or the bait you are feeding as well. The Lava range has plenty of choice, with green, orange, yellow, pink and blue all potential options and, importantly, all have the potential to make a positive difference to your catch rate. The use of colours and additives is popular in specialist carp fishing, where these sorts of products can play a huge part. Like many cross-discipline items, they transfer perfectly well into match tactics. In particular, lending themselves to be used in conjunction with Method feeder or bomb tactics, giving your bait a further appeal, but can be equally effective when used on the pole to give your hook bait extra oomph. Lava creates a haze around your hook bait when it enters the water. In doing so, it oozes

attractants into the immediate area that can help to pull fish in from further afield more than a lone hook bait can do. This is particularly effective during the colder months when you are reluctant to put too much bait into your swim at any one time.

Stiki Method Pellets Fin Perfect Stiki Method Pellets are a product that can be used in a plethora of angling situations. Although the name would suggest that they are for use with Method feeder fishing alone, that is just one of their many uses. Available in 2mm and 4mm, they allow anglers to prepare the perfect pellets every time. They are standard pellets that incorporate Sonubaits Stiki Pellet Powder (a good alternative when fishery pellets are compulsory). Preparation couldn’t be easier. Pour your desired amount of pellets into a tub, add water and mix vigorously. Then pour off any excess water. You will be left with pellets that can be squeezed into a ball or moulded around the feeder, yet will break down into individual pellets shortly after settling on the bottom.

A particularly effective use for Stiki Pellets is when targeting deeper venues on the pole where accuracy is key. A great trick is to squeeze a few into a small ball to feed. You may want to feed a larger ball at the start for skimmers, or regular small balls via a Cad Pot when targeting F1s. In both circumstances, this allows the pellets to reach the desired point in your peg without spreading out over too large an area. It also helps to focus the fishes’ attentions on the bottom rather than being tempted to intercept the bait as it falls through the water (often leading to foul-hookers), because the bait will get down much more quickly than loosefed pellets.

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Browning Tickler Rods

The Review: Browning Tickler Rods

TINY TICKLERS! Jake Fowles gets out on the bank with the Commercial King Tickler range of rods from Browning…

ince starting here at Match Fishing a lot of my tackle testing has revolved around poles, so when features editor Matt Godfrey tasked me with testing the latest bite-size rods from Browning, I welcomed the opportunity with open arms. The Commercial King Carp Tickler and lighter F1 Tickler are 7ft rods, with the construction being one main section and an interchangeable tip section, with the choice of either a 0.5oz or 1oz tip provided as standard. This allows for a quick and easy setup, with storage in a ready rod bag or the provided rod sleeve made simple. Slide your hook into the ‘keeper tube’, which keeps the hook point unexposed, then pull out the tip section and wind tight, helping to reduce the chance of tangles or damage during transport.

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The length and casting weight of the rods see that they are perfectly suited to short-range casting, chucking over your pole line or up to islands on canal-style lakes. I am faced with an openwater swim at the lovely Makins Fishery in Wolvey, so I’ve decided to rig the F1 Tickler up to fish at around 16 metres using a small pellet feeder. I have actually teamed the rod up with the new Commercial King CK 2-430 reel that Browning has released, which certainly looks and feels the part. On the Carp Tickler I have opted for a straight bomb setup that I will be casting around my peg at distances up to 30 metres. I have opted for the lighter of the two available tips for both setups. Starting with the F1 Tickler, chucking over the ‘pole line’ I don’t have to wait long before I get a positive wrap round of

The clever hook sleeve keeps your hook point sharp during transit or on the bank.

the rod and I hook the first fish of the day, falling to a white Band’um pellet. The soft action of the F1 Tickler is impressive and really allows you to feel any lunges the fish makes. I am using a relatively light 0.14mm-diameter hooklength (in line with the rod’s 2lb to 4lb suggested line rating) but

“The best things really do come in the smallest packages with these two brilliant, fun rods.” the rod seems to absorb any pressure with its nice through action, meaning I don’t have to worry about back winding or having my clutch set too light. Following a spirited battle a pristine common carp of just

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over 6lb pops up just under my feet and I am able to slip my net under it with ease. This is soon followed by four or five skimmers then a tench of 2lb that all fall for the same hook bait. I must say that playing these fish on such a short rod is brilliant fun! Eager to get among a few more carp I decide to pick up the Carp Tickler bomb setup and proceed to cast into some likely looking areas of my peg, with two hair-rigged pieces of corn the tempter. It takes a couple of casts but I manage to locate what must be a ball of fish just off to the right ht of my peg. The Carp Tickler certainly ainly has extra backbone; in fact, act, it has a casting weight off up to 50g and a line rating ng g of between 3lb to 8lb, so shouldn’t struggle in thee strength department! To confirm this I feel in totall control, winding in each an and nd every carp I hook with fis fish sh up up to 7lb finding their way in into nto my net. The action of the Carp p Tickler is much pokier than han the F1. I can see it being a popular choice in the summer mmer months for carp, while the he F1 Tickler seems to have more finesse and suits targeting smaller fish during summer or carp during the colder months, with the soft action reducing the chance of hookpulls. The day progresses well and by rotating between the pellet-feeder line and chucking the bomb I am able to keep a few fish coming, although it is noticeable that those caught where I

A nice tench fifinds nds itself in Jake’s net after a spirited battle.

A light tip helps with bite indication. [INSET] The Commercial King reel is a great partner for the Tickler rods.

have introduced bait via the pellet feeder are considerably smaller than those caught on the straight bomb. Although that works well with the rods I have chosen to use on each line, I felt the F1 Tickler coped really well with the carp I hooked and landed on my first drop-in. Wanting another, it doesn’t take long before my wishes are answered and I’m soon back to playing another

carp on the F1 Tickler. Bites on this rod seem to be really exaggerated, almost like Method-feeder bites of old. After sliding my net under another nice common carp it is time to pack up after a thoroughly enjoyable session. There you have it, the best things really do come in the smallest packages; two brilliant, fun rods brought to you by Browning!

Carp like this were handled with ease!

Tech Spec Commercial King Carp Tickler • Length: 7ft • Casting weight: 50g/3lb to 8lb • Provided tips: 0.5oz, 1oz RRP: £79.95 Commercial King F1 Tickler • Length: 7ft • Casting weight: 35g/2lb to 4lb • Provided tips: 0.5oz, 1oz RRP: £79.95 Commercial King 2-430 reel • Carbon graphite rotor • Graphite body • Finely adjustable front drag • Folding aluminium handle • Thick bail arm for optimal balance • Powerful gears • Aluminium long-stroke spool • Spare spool • S-Curve line distribution • Continuous anti-reverse RRP: £59.95

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Up Close: Matrix Nets

BACK OF THE NET! Introducing the new range of nets brought to you by Matrix.

he recent rebranding over at Matrix has seen a host of items in its catalogue get a revamp over the past few months, with plenty of fresh new additions as well. We had a good glimpse at many of the new products on offer at the recent trade show that Matrix held, with plenty of standout products on display. One area of the show that grabbed our attentions was over at the net display. That may seem a little strange, with the likes of the brand-new S36 Superbox being flaunted, but for some reason the team here at Match Fishing magazine are real fiends for nets! Firstly, the range of landing nets on display had us impressed. Something for everyone, it would seem, with two different sizes in each of five new styles of net. All of the nets feature a strong spreader block and are made from 100 per cent polyester, that is, apart from the rubber net, which uses polyethylene. A nice feature is the soft over-frame mesh that

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gives minimum abrasion risk on your line rubbing over the frame when landing a fish, an important feature that will ensure rig damage is vastly reduced. The range includes specific nets for carp on commercial fisheries, nets suitable in conjunction with hair rigs and even nets designed for when barbed hooks are being used on canals and rivers. On the keepnet front there are four options in the range. All have longevity in mind with the use of anti-abrasion protection on every ring, a must when shallow margins and dragging big weights of fish up the bank are involved. Heavy-duty polycarbonate rings are also used to ensure the net stays in good nick even when pulling the bottom rings through the top during weigh-ins. The Carp Keepnet comes in two sizes, either three or four metres,

while there is also a compact 2.5m variation that offers a good option when multiple keepnets are needed and space is at a premium. Each net features strong, fish-safe carp mesh and a dual-position angle connection. The final net in the Matrix line-up is a designated River Keepnet. At four metres in length it is perfect even when located high off the water. As well as many of the features listed above, the keepnet uses strong 6mm ‘flow-through’ mesh – something that helps to reduce the net’s resistance in flowing water, ensuring it stays pinned in one place rather than being dragged around by the tow. In the market for new keepnets, a landing net, or both? The new range from Matrix is well worth taking a look at!

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Maver Bolognese Rods

The Review: Maver Bolognese Rods

SIMPLY SUBLIME! Tom Scholey gets on the bank with Maver’s latest range of bolo rods, and is left very impressed.

y day out with these rods has got to be one of the most enjoyable day’s tackle testing I have had in a very long time. There is something mesmerising about easing a float through on a pacey river, holding it back and then watching it disappear under the surface! This effect is enhanced, of course, if you are using a sublime piece of tackle, like Maver’s new Superlithium Green Power bolognese rod, to aid you in your quest! I have been lucky enough to visit the Reglass factory in Bologna, Italy, where these rods are manufactured – and having seen the processes used to make them I knew they would be quality. In fact, bolognese rods are one area where quality tackle is probably more important than in many other areas, because you have to hold

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them for long periods as you are fishing to achieve good presentation. Furthermore, you are often balancing big floats with light lines, small hooks and the chance of quality fish, so the action of the rod is paramount. It has to be crisp enough to allow good line recovery on the strike, but forgiving enough to cushion the lunges of angry river fish. There are three rods in Maver’s bolo rod range, starting with the cheaper Arthemis MX model. This is only available in a 6m length, and retails at £199.99. This felt absolutely lovely for the money, and perfect for those who want a good 6m rod for a reasonable price. For my test today, though, I am using the more expensive models, Maver’s Superlithium Green Power MX rods. These are available in 6m or 7m versions, but for the purposes

of today’s test I’ve opted ed for the 7m model. I prefer efer ef er a longish rod for this sort ortt of work, as I believe it gives giv ives superior line control and d pick-up, which can really lly help help improve presentation and nd help you hit more bites. The first thing that strikes trikes me is just how light the rod is. Couple this with th a comfortable handle, and you could happily stand in the water fishing with this rod all day. Threading the rod up, I was impressed with the high quality of the Fuji guides – sure to help when feeding line off the reel to ease a float through the swim. As they say, though, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so I was keen to catch a fish on the rod and see how it responded. This was to prove the tricky bit! I fished on a very cold morning on the ‘outflow’ peg

Joyce. at Burton Jo Joyc yce. e. The he same pe peg, g, in fact, where Tom Pickering caught one of the legendary nets of bleak that once saw him crowned the ‘Bionic Bleaker’. Since the ‘cleaning up’ of the famous Stoke Bardolph sewage works, however, there aren’t so many bleak in this part of the river – but no shortage of roach or dace. Still, the cold weather had definitely taken its toll on the sport, and it took me a good 20 minutes to get a bite – and sadly when I did I came back with a sucked maggot. However, at least I had hope that there were some fish there

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The soft tip action of the Superlithium rods allows you to fish very light lines and small hooks.

These chunky Trent roach gave the rods a good test. an so something to work at! and Soon after, I connected with my first fish of the day, a wi quality dace that came around qu halfway down my peg. The ha rod felt lovely; really crisp, ro but at the same time forgiving bu enough to allow fish to be en played confidently. pl This set the tone for a really enjoyable day. It was very en hard, but the occasional bite ha really kept me on my toes. re They were all quality fish that Th I caught too – with a couple of 8oz roach also making an appearance later in the day. ap The key seemed to be really slowing the bait down in the sl

feed area – you had to be on your game, though, as they were very fast bites even with a bit of line on the bottom, and it was easy to miss them. After four hours’ fishing we had to call time as the light was dropping, and with a dozen chunky fish in the net it had been a very tough but rewarding day. At a shade under £350 for the 7m version, the rod I tested is a significant investment. But for anyone who does a bit of bolo fishing and who wants a quality piece of kit for the money, I would definitely recommend taking a look.

Both rods come with cases to protect the eyes during tran sport.

Tech Spec Maver Bolognese Rods: • 6m Arthemis £199.99 • 6m Superlithium Green £289.99 • 7m Superlithium Green £349.99

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Used & Abused: Preston Innovations Absolute White Edition Seatbox

The Review: Preston Innovations Absolute White Edition Seatbox

SEATBOX SATISFACTION Six months on and Jake Fowles iss still as ha happy appy aass hhee w was as oonn dday ay one with his Preston Innovations Absolu Absolute White ute W hite EEdition dition SSeatbox. eatbox.

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Jake has been thoroughly impressed with the Absolute White Edition. f there is one item of tackle that single-handedly manages to grab the attentions of other anglers on the bank more than the rest of my tackle put together it is my Preston Innovations Absolute White Edition Seatbox. When I started working at DHP, six months ago now, I rocked up with a pretty standard X6S, which did a decent enough job of getting my tackle from A to B. However, it was a bit too big and awkward to get into my small hatchback motor, and with 6ft 3in me sat on top of it I didn’t need the help of passers-by to skyline my peg. So, after a few weeks of the lads pushing me I got on to Preston Innovations and put an order in for “one of the ones I’ve seen Des and Power sat on”. A week later and it had arrived, complete with the standard two shallow winder trays, to which I then requested a further 28mm shallow tray, a deep drawer

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for all my terminal items and a deep base unit for rig-making gear that can then be transported in and out of the house easily thanks to the cassette/stacker system. Happily, the upgrade didn’t mean I had to buy all new attachments. In fact, nestled in the deep base unit (along with a handful of the new PI plummets, a clear attempt to get me involved in ‘plummet wars’) was a handful of plastic inserts that I was able to replace my old ones with, so that all my existing attachments fitted straight on to the new box… bonus! Some of the small details on the White Edition make a huge difference to the overall feel and ‘performance’ of the box. I never realised how much of a difference having an integrated spirit level would make – no messing about and making endless adjustments to the legs to get it level now, instead this task is made simple and a much quicker process than in the past.

I am also a fan of the big, positive clips on each of the units. Yes, they take a bit of getting used to and are initially a little stiff, but once they have been worn in they work extremely well, locking into place with a nice click when opening or closing. It also means there is little risk of the clips breaking as pressure needs to be applied to slide it across, largely reducing the chance of accidentally closing a clip in the wrong position. Similarly, the oversized tightening handles get a big tick from me. They make tightening and loosening the legs very easy and are a must when it gets cold, and I certainly don’t want to be messing around with faffy, difficult to operate handles. Most importantly, the White Edition is notably comfortable. The pole seat is firm yet retains its comfort even when seated for long periods, and features a carbon-friendly pole support that when used in conjunction with a bump bar makes

… and loads of space for storing rigs.

Accessories like keepnet arms keep things neat and tidy. holding your pole at long distances a doddle. The large solid footplate does its job brilliantly, even when housing my size 11s, and has stability in abundance so is plenty capable of taking your weight when standing up. Overall I have been more than impressed since taking delivery of the White Edition. It’s a fantastic seatbox on its own, but with an extensive range of made-to-measure accessories available it gives me a system that I couldn’t ask anything more from!

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Matchcraft Barrow Platform

The Review: Matchcraft Six-Leg Barrow Platform System

A PLATFORM FOR SUCCESS Match Fishing puts the latest platform and borrow system from Matchcraft in the spotlight!

oday’s matchmen typically carries a lot more gear than they used to, especially those who fish on the increasingly popular naturalvenue scene. Rivers, canals and large open waters have seen a real boom of anglers recently, with events such as RiverFest, the Feeder Masters and the Drennan Knockout Cup holding high-profile matches on them. In cases such as these there are two items of tackle that anglers are rarely seen without – a platform and a barrow! The latest addition to the already popular Matchcraft

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platform and barrow system has been made to the most demanding match angler’s specification. It comprises a six-leg platform made from super-high-quality aluminium.

same aluminium and also swivel to be easily positioned on sloping banks. The fact that the platform has six legs makes it extra stable, and even when they are

“It will accommodate most modern dern seatboxes and gives you plenty ty of loading space to carry all the kit to your swim in one trip.” The legs are all 25 millimetres in diameter and 500 millimetres long, fitted with wide mudfeet that will prevent you sinking in any mud or silt on the bankside or in the margins of lakes. These mudfeet are made from the

fully extended, with the weight of an angler and his seatbox on it, it quite simply doesn’t budge. The legs are also extendable by adding the 250mm-long m-long extenders. These have ave a solid thread system that enables nables the

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RRP: £399

WHERE CAN YOU GET ONE?

legs to be extended without losing any stability, perfect for deeper wading or tricky swims where you may need to place the front legs of the platform into deep margins. Four of these leg extensions are provided with the platform package as standard, but they are also available extra at £24.99 per pair. Plus, 800mm leg extenders are also available. The legs are secured in place with steel knuckles that are easy to grip and tighten or loosen. These also feature a ratchet system that allows you to position the grip handles wherever you want, even when they have been tightened. This is extra handy for transportation because you can position these to help you pack the platform comfortably into your vehicle. The barrow arms clamp securely under the back of the barrow and have easy-grip handles. The wheel assembly fits solidly under the platform, secured by heavy-duty screws and washers. The wheel is

Benwick Sports is the UK distributor for Matchcraft products and has an excellent delivery service. You can buy the system in the shop or online at www.benwick-sports. co.uk.

strong, and its large size means it can easily be pushed over rough or muddy terrain. The size of the platform at 870mm x 720mm means that it will accommodate most modern seatboxes and gives you plenty of loading space to carry all the kit to your swim comfortably in a single trip.

WIN THIS PLATFORM NOW! HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN THIS VERY PLATFORM. Simply go to www.matchfishingmagazine.com and answer this question correctly.

QUESTION: HOW MANY WHEELS DOES THE MATCHCRAFT SIX-LEG BARROWPLATFORM HAVE? A :1 B : 2 C : 4 Terms And Conditions: The competition runs from midday on Friday, December 30th. This is an online only competition. To enter visit www.matchfishingmagazine.com. Winners will be selected at random from all correct entries received by midday on January 27th. No correspondence will be entered into and the editor’s decision will be final.

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Catch On The Waggler

BARSTON LAKES Marsh House Farm Lane, Barston, Solihull, West Midlands B92 0LB www.barstonlakes.co.uk

ALEX CLEM EN Age: 2 TS Lives: Peter 3 sfi Hampshi eld, Sponsor: S re MF says: A ensas su in the makperstar ing

Reigning World Youth Champion Allex Clem men ntts enjoys j a dday on one off hi his i favourite tactics, and puts together a very impressive net of fish‌ n a venue where you are presented with catching at range you’ll often find yourself, picking up your feeder rod. Not to say that this is an easier method but it certainly has its advantages over fishing a slider or fixed waggler. Apart from in international-style matches, the fixed waggler is a method that has almost

Alex favours Sensas Doncaster wagglers for his long-range skimmer work.

become forgotten but, fished in the correct manner, there are occasions where it can have more of an advantage over the common feeder approach. I have come to Barston Lakes today to show just how effective the fixed waggler can be and demonstrate the important steps to fishing this style effectively.

Where To Fissh Barston has a huge stock of skimmers, F1s and carp and is roughly between three to five feet deep. The bottom is very flat here so I have chosen a comfortable distance to fish at and clipped up at 45 turns. The first rule is that it is very important to fish at a distance you are comfortable

with, whether that be casting accurately or feeding accurately, as these are the two most important factors. The conditions are perfect today, with a slight ripple and overcast, but I have noticed a few shadows in front of me so I have chosen to fish slightly to the left so that my float is more visible. This is something to seriously consider when fishing at range with a float, because if you cannot see it, how do you expect to catch on it! I have plumbed up with a 3SSG shot on the hook but, importantly, taken off some weight from around the float base to achieve a more buoyant float, which I am able to plumb up with more accurately, giving me a more positive reading of the bottom. I have cast to my clip and reeled back five turns with the rod under the water and then given a sharp strike up to sink any line on the top so that I have plumbed up where I expect to feed and fish. Once I have found my depth I then simply place the hook on the rod and then mark with Tipp-Ex where the base of the float is on the rod, showing my depth.

Bait Choicces Every venue can be different when it comes to bait selection but this is where

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a little homework can pay dividends. Barston sees a lot of fishmeal groundbait and pellets so I have chosen Sensas Sweet Fishmeal Lake, Sensas Sweet Fishmeal Magic and a bag of Sensas Terre De Somme leam. I have added the leam to help the mix break down and create a large feeding area for the fish to graze over. Keeping things simple, I only have casters, live and dead pinkies, and maggots on my side tray. I simply don’t like feeding bait that I’m not likely to put on the hook, especially at this time of year, as I feel you can spend too much time trying different options and overcomplicating the session. It’s always good to be prepared, though, so I have a few other options in my bait bag.

I have measured out 10 hand-sized balls, to which I’ve added 400ml of casters, pinkies and maggots, which I intend to feed at the start. From my own experience, Barston is one of those typical ‘dinner gong’ venues, where fish will come to noise, so the plan today is to put a few balls in at the start but then, on every cast, put another one out with the catapult.

A tape measure shows precisely how far overdepth Alex is fishing. fishing.

Alex loves Drennan Supplex Fluorocarbon for his leaders and, where allowed, barbed Kamasan B560 hooks. Catapults are set to fifire re each distance ultra accurately.

Always incorporate a swivel eye or swivel above your waggler to prevent spin-ups.

Ten of these kickstart Alex’s waggler line.

A nice forgiving rod helps to cushion these soft-mouthed fish at the netting fish stage.

Tacklee I have selected a rod today that is suitable to cast anything up to 14g but still has a soft tip action to minimise hook-pulls. This is a common problem when fishing for skimmers if the

rod is too heavy, but the 13ft Sensas Feeling Match Rod is perfect for my requirements. I have chosen to fish 5lb Maxima, which is a durable and heavy main line and is excellent when sinking the line and continuously punching out big wagglers. At the business end I have chosen to fish a float that I would call a hybrid, which is built with the normal bodied and straight loaded waggler in mind. The Sensas Doncaster has only recently become a part of my armoury as its ability to minimise drag, due to its slim body, means that it simply does not catch as much tow as a bodied waggler. The ‘upside-down carrot’ shape of the body also makes it very stable and adds weight so that you can fish them at range. Barston is renowned for its tow but with these floats I am able to slow my hook bait right down without having to drag excess line on the bottom, and therefore accomplish a better presentation, resulting in more bites. The float is simply attached to the main line using a snap-link swivel with three line stoppers at the hook end and another two behind to secure it in place. I then have three No8 shot next to a Sensas rapid attach swivel; the shot help me see any bites on the drop and any lift bites, while the swivel allows me to quickly change hooklengths without having to cut them off,

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Catch On The Waggler

A long landing-net handle is a must when skimmer fifishing. shing.

rendering them useless. I then have an 18in hooklength of 0.12mm fluorocarbon tied to a B560 size 16; however, if the bottom is bad and I am coming back with blunt hooks, I will switch to a Sensas 6110. This is the most effective setup that I have found; it doesn’t get tangled up and is very accurate when casting and doesn’t veer off!

Thee Sessiion At the start, 10 balls went in and I had indications straightaway, and after three minutes I latched into my first

skimmer. This was followed with a ball and a quick cast back over for another. During the day I had to play around with how much I laid on but, fortunately enough, there was very minimal tow so I managed to get away with fishing only six inches over. I had a few fish take the bait right back, which indicates to me that they were grubbing around on the bottom for long periods of time, managing to inhale the bait back into the throat. Simply by moving my line stoppers towards the hook, I am able, within seconds, to fish at a shallower depth

to avoid this and see bites quicker – as easy as moving your pole float up and down the line! The real edge with the waggler is that it can really come into its own when searching the peg because, whether by casting to the left or to the right or simply reeling back fewer or more

turns, you can instantly be in a different area of your peg, keeping in tune all of the time with what is happening. I have finished up with 25lb after three hours’ fishing and some fantastic autumn sport; nothing quite beats the suspense of a waggler bristle vanishing beneath the surface at range!

A great catch in just a few short hours for the reigning World Champ, and testament to the effectiveness of the waggler.

1. You can alter how many turns you reel back from the clip, depending on conditions and size of fish, as you might want to give yourself more line to aid in these scenarios. 2. To help sink the line, it is worth keeping a spray bottle of washingup liquid solution on your side tray; this gets rid of grease and helps the line to sink. 3.. When plumbing up, take some of the weight off from around the float.This gives you a better, more positive reading when plumbing up. 4. A Sensas line marker pen is a fantastic little tool that you can use to mark your line, whether that be by the clip in case you have to unclip because of big fish or to simply be more accurate, to give you a guide where to reel back to or where you are catching.

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The Ups And Downs Of A Match Angler

The trials and tribulations of Joe Carass!

CCOaRraNsEsR

The Preston Innovations Pole Fishing Pairs Final here we come.

he gets It’s been a good month for Joe aswin back to grips with his favourite ter haunt.

CCESS! POLE PAIRS SU match completely wrong during

I wrote last month about getting my qualifier. It gave me a lot to a Preston Innovations Pole Fishing Pairs into the mix and try to qualify think about but I was keen to get back ion. for the final of this great competit Barn Farm. Now I spend My next opportunity was to be at Tunnel the ideal chance, given a my winters fishing this place so felt it was couple of decent pegs, to get through. partner. It was going to be Once again Rob Wootton was to be my that he was sure to do bag draw the in good interesting as Rob is so ce to get some fresh eyes on well, no matter what. It was also a chan the tactics that I use. himself Extension 38, The draw was a kind one for us. Rob drew dislike!) and I was on y reall I area an ough a steady winter draw (alth peg, especially in the winter. New 44, which is my absolute favourite It was a good start. It is fairly narrow but has New 44 is a peg with a stack of options. peg is also quite shallow The fish. holds ys lots of reed cover that alwa for some reason the area at around four feet down the track, but always holds lots of fish. are only allowed I had a pretty simple plan in my head. You worm and joker on blood and corn s, worm rs, maggots, pinkies, caste gots with me, a handful of Pole Pairs events, so I had a pint of mag pinkies and half a tin of corn. with that option ruled I would usually dob bread on this peg but alternative. I would best the be d woul out I figured that corn skins before trying maggots hopefully catch on this for at least an hour down the track. net inside the first minute. I had a dream start and had a fish in the and I was flying. The corn Ten more graced my net in the first hour but it was clear there were a seemed to be working an absolute treat lot of fish in the peg. lly good start but fished Luke Capewell to my right had an equa swims seemingly drying ing dobb my with So maggots from the off. It was a simple match from up, it was time to try down the middle. the key, and by negatively thereon; fishing maggots negatively was for a bite. The fish were ng waiti and I mean feeding three at a time bait to draw the more feed to need no was clearly there so there gh to get a bite enou ing just fish into the peg. It was more about feed fish. the k without feeding too much that could spoo

Everything was going really well every chuck, but I was until the last 90 minutes. I could get a bite hooking and the trend was I that fish losing one out of every three g and I really ratin frust dibly incre was It continued to the end. that with the water being couldn’t figure it out. I can only assume and I was actually hooking ng so cold that the fish were barely movi e Ringer drew the same Stev gly estin them outside of the mouth. Inter h, he had the same matc the won he ugh altho area the day after and phenomenon. was clear the lakes Anyway when the scales came round it to win the lake and gh enou was had fished tricky. My 57lb 10oz just behind Aidan h, matc the in nd seco for was actually enough barbel. Mansfield’s 58lb, which included 44lb of with 42lb and our Rob did awesomely to win Extension Lake the day and get us on win the take to combined total was enough e amends for our last in the big-money final. It was great to mak all out to win the event attempt at qualifying and we will be going now!

rtner, Rob Joe had to carry his pa Preston the to Wootton, through finaal.l. irs fin Pa g hin Innovations Pole Fis

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Light rigs and pellets, a winning combo?

PELLET FINESSE

, resulted er than bread th ra s, in sk n Cor dobbing. Tunnel when at h fis of t lo in a

I don’t mind admitting that given the choic e between a tub of grubs and a tub of pellets then the grubs will win every time. I love fishing with maggots and will always give them more of a chance than other baits quite simply because they have won me more money than ever ything else. However, there are certain pegs at Tunn el Barn Farm where pellets are definitely the better choice. One such matc h was a draw on Peg 19 on House Pool. I went to the peg with a very black and white mind-set that I would catch on maggots and that was that. After two hour s it was clear that I was wrong and that pellets were in fact the bait for this peg, as it holds a lot of smaller ‘stockie’ fish. I hadn’t set any dedicated pellet rigs up and all I had ready to go were my airy-fairy maggot rigs. I thought: “Well, why not let’s just try it.” Amazingly these light strung-out rigs work ed an absolute treat and the number of bites I got just as the rig settle d really got me thinking. The trend seems to be to use a bulk close to the hook and bomb the bait down and be in total control. But when you think about it, and after watching the Underwater Special of Think Fishing, you realise that F1s watch bait falling, so why do we present a pellet by bombing it to the botto m? It’s early days for the finesse pellet appr oach, mainly because of my preference to use maggots, but I do belie ve there is something in using these super-light rigs.

UNDERWATER PERSPECTIVE More and more we are realising that we need to explore underw ater footage when putting together our digital magazines. The footage that Dave Wesson got while shooting Think Fishing with Des Shipp was a game-changer, I believe, and is something we will be doing lots more in the future. The next episode of Pole Fishing Plus will give us even more understanding of what actually goes on beneath the surface. We had the chance to film Lee Kerry on the Stainforth & Keadby Canal, and some of the footage is a real eye-opener. The sheer number of fish in the swim is what amazes me. It will be a great episode for sure, and one to keep an eye out for.

Joe was amazed at fish were how many fish captured on the recent underwater footage.

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A trip to the land of pizza leaves the tackle tastebuds of our tubby typist tingling, as he visits the magical factory of Colmic. flagship F66 pole, a replacement am sure everyone out there is of the F55, which I have been aware of Roald Dahl’s story using for the past three seasons. ‘Charlie And The Chocolate As I was the first-timer on the Factory’. If you’re not, I’m trip everything was new to me, sorry but some of the references so just comparing all the whips, I’ll be making may go over bolo rods, waggler rods, floats, your head. The reason? Because hooks, line and more was really a a couple of weeks ago I felt rather like Charlie Bucket (despite being more akin to Augustus Gloop) when he peeled open the corner of a Wonka chocolate bar to reveal a golden ticket telling him he was to visit the place he had always aspired to step inside. But rather than Willy Wonka dishing out the invites to his chocolate factory, it was a very nice man by the name of Andrea Collini, the owner of the Colmic Brand, inviting me to visit the brand’s factory in Italy! oats!! No Rich! They aren’t lollipop flfloats This meant I was off to Reggello, near Florence, to wiggle, poke, prod, stretch, sniff dream come true. and generally caress things that Now, if you’re from the same before my visit were just glossy era as me and have been brought images in the Colmic catalogue! up fishing rivers and canals, I’m Accompanying me on my swift sure at some point in time you’ve two-day trip were Colmic agent owned a piece of Colmic gear. Shaun Stockley, and Frankie The Jolly is a float pattern that has Boyle lookalike Chris Telling, been around since the inception aka ‘the Gloucester Bagger’. We of the firm, way back in 1978! were all keen to get our hands Hooks like the classic round-bend on the new additions to the 2017 B957 or the long-shanked B2000 catalogue, especially the latest have gained cult status among

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roach and bream anglers across the world, as did the N501 for match carp fishing. I can also remember the top of the range Nuclear pole, which I coveted at the time (mid to late 1990s) but never actually owned, along with the yellow-handled Meeting range of whips, Xilo line and the almost indestructible, tightly woven nylon keepnets that were out on their own when first introduced. But somehow, due to distribution I think, you began to see less of the brand on the shelves of UK tackle shops. Colmic has never gone away, it is still massive in the rest of Europe, just not distributed and publicised well in the UK. But hopefully this is set to change, leading to yet more choice for the UK match angler. Anyway, enough of the history lesson and sales pitch! What was actually behind the doors at the Colmic HQ that my golden ticket enabled me to peer at? The tackle showroom was something else. Everything within the 366 pages of the glossy catalogue was there in 3D! I spent hours peering at the catalogue while sat on the downstairs toilet back at home, and suddenly all these items

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were real life in front of me! from side to side. We were I could pick up and touch all wincing and expecting anything I wanted. It felt like an explosion, but just like I had died and gone to fishing a mad professor he had tackle heaven! And like a fat confidence in his designs kid in a sweet shop I didn’t and came up with the quote know what to gorge myself of the visit: “My poles don’t Colmic has an extensive range of poles – expect on first! break!” to see more and more on the ban kside in the UK. The ‘Continental’ poles But then I suppose he were the first thing I had to does have all the facts try, model numbers 11033 and figures. Of all the and 9933, 13 metres long and poles he sells each year built for the European CIPS only 0.56 per cent of them rules matches. Everyone have breakages caused wants 16m poles and above by manufacturing, and in the UK, so unfortunately Colmic is so confident with you just don’t see them! At the F66 that it is offering around €4,000 for a 13m pole, a two-year warranty I’m sure they would have a against breakages caused very limited market in the UK. by manufacturing faults. The company has always had a Andrea Collini did say, when How many times have xes. we saw him later, that each you seen posts on angling reputation for making great seatbo year Colmic sells 4,000 mid forums from anglers with to high-range poles, with the high-end poles stating that vast majority of them ‘only’ the fourth, fifth or even being 13 metres long! With 13m section just exploded this in mind it’s not surprising first time out? Not the best Colmic isn’t in a rush to break thing when you’ve just into the UK 16m market. shelled out £2,000 or more Most modern 16m poles on your new pride and joy! are built around a wider Once again I was With all these floa floats ts and more, you can see why diameter mandrel, to achieve immediately thinking Rich was like a kid in a sweet sho the stiffness required at the about selling my mother p! whole length. Interestingly, on eBay or Gumtree: “For the 13m poles were incredibly sale: One mother, good at slim, but so strong! You only have ironing, makes a nice blackberry videos with Jacopo Falsini lifting to see pictures from the World and apple crumble, a bargain buckets with 2kg weights off the Championships of anglers stood at £2,800, comes with two-year floor with Colmic poles? This is on their boxes with most of the warranty…” Anyone? the room where these are filmed! pole in the air, battling with huge Sorry it’s been a bit of a sales You’d expect shards of carbon barbel or carp, to see how strong pitch this month, but I had a these competition poles are. I was everywhere, but there weren’t! wonderful couple of days in the Sat on the floor was the that impressed that if there was a land of pizza, pasta, and deepprototype of the new UK F66 in market for 79-year-old ladies, I’d fried artichokes (if you ever get its full 16m glory. Mr Collini was definitely sell my mother to buy the chance try them, they’re there, just like Willy Wonka in the bloody lovely!). one! film. He was immensely proud Now if the showroom wasn’t Just a few years ago I read in impressive enough, we were then of his products and passionate this very magazine of former about their quality. We all took it ushered to the room next door, editors Dave Harrell and Jon in turns to pick up the new pole which was like the lair of a mad Arthur, who made their trip and strike at imaginary bites. professor. This was the product to Colmic HQ , and I never All the time we were doing this testing room! imagined that I’d go there myself. Andrea was explaining the new Poles on racks, huge cabinets So it’s been a bit self-indulgent. top kits he had designed, which rammed full of reels, and No fishing this time, like Jon and were big-bored and slow-tapered, Dave did, but hopefully I can seatboxes, or parts of them, making them very stiff. While all in different colours and go catfish wrestling if I manage he was talking he held one by configurations. Have you ever to get out there again? Fingers the very tip and was thrashing it seen any of the Colmic YouTube crossed and watch this space…

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The Development Of Groundbait

ROB PERK INS Age: 50 Lives: Nottin Sponsor: D gham yn Team: M amite Dynamite Tr atrix en MF says tmen groundbait : The creator!

After two years of development, Rob b Perkinss unveils his latest groundbait creation, lifting the lid on ingredients and revealing some deadly winter skimmer tricks along the way. ell, here we are, nearly two years in the making, but finally the new Skimmer Mix from Dynamite Baits is ready to be launched.

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Mark Baker at Dynamite asked me to help develop a new mix to expand the Silver X range of baits. The first thing to look at was creating a base. These are the elements of the groundbait

that make up the bulk of the bait and influence the way the bait works. In this case we wanted a bait that could be used in all manner of situations. Mixed on the dry side it needed to explode out of a feeder, and when cupped in loose or as soft balls it would create a bed on a stillwater. Conversely, if you added extra water it needed to bind to feed on rivers.

Skimmers love the flash of a fluoro pinkie! GURU MAKINS FISHERY Bazzard Road, Bramcote, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 6QJ 01455 220877 www.makinsfishery.co.uk

A Tall Order! Achieving all the above, in a mix highly appealing to skimmers, was certainly a tall order. After trying different combinations of simple ingredients we managed to achieve what we felt was right. This consisted of a blend of brown crumb, micronised maize, two types of hemp (crushed and a finer hemp product exclusive to Dynamite) and some of the fishmeal that Dynamite is renowned for – Swimstim and crushed Koi Pellets. After much experimentation and tank testing we arrived at a base that worked in the way we wanted. The mix is fairly fine in texture with small particles of different elements appearing as different coloured flecks in the bait. These add interest to the mix and encourage skimmers to stay over the bait for longer periods. The fishmeal elements are quite subtle, as I was aware that this would be an all-round mix and not just targeted at commercial fisheries. There are venues that I wouldn’t ordinarily use a fishmeal mix on, but sufficient testing has shown that the quantities used are subtle enough to allow the bait’s use on these venues.

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Fenugreek: This adds a subtle spice flavour and works as an appetite stimulant.

Brown crumb: The base ingredient and always a firm favourite with bream of any size.

Ingredients Testing Now we had to develop the elements that should make the mix appealing to our target species – skimmers. This can only be done with trials on different venues using the methods we want to cater for. I had a flavour combination that I particularly wanted to test, so I mixed a batch after carefully weighing out all of the ingredients. This first blend included cinnamon and fenugreek, which is an appetite stimulant. My initial test was to take this mix to a commercial and compare it to a similar mix that I would have used in this situation before. I simply fed equal amounts of just the two groundbaits, left and right at 13 metres, and fished with a single maggot, alternating from one line to the other. It can all be a bit subjective at first but that first trial was promising as the new mix seemed to produce a bigger stamp of fish. This was encouraging, and I had

Micronised maize: Quite coarse and increases the food value.

GPH Fine Hemp Product: This has an attractive scent and darkens the mix.

Crushed hemp: This helps create activity in a dry mix for feeder fishing.

a few more trials at different venues, trying the mix with different methods, and again all seemed very promising. I spent the rest of the summer trying it at various venues with a good deal of success. This was not just on pleasure sessions, but also in matches where the mix brought me results on a real variety of different venues. All seemed to be working very well until the first major hitch hit us. When winter arrived the temperatures dropped, and so did the effectiveness of my mix. We decided that one or maybe more of the elements were obviously not working in the colder water. I tried taking out one element at a time and the most obvious place to start was the flavourings. I removed the cinnamon first and luckily that seemed to be the element that wasn’t working. After a discussion with Mark Baker again, we

Sweet Brasem Palatant: Gives the mix its caramel aroma that skimmers love.

Ground koi pellets: This gives the mix a small fishmeal element and leaves attractive little flecks in the mix.

adjusted the flavouring of the mix a couple of times, and finally settling on a sweet Brasem palatant that Dynamite has developed. The changes seemed to work and the mix was successful right through the winter and into the summer again.

team. Results started to filter back and everybody seemed more than happy with the product, with nothing more than tiny tweaks made to the mix along the way. The biggest result for me

Tried And Tested The resulting mix was then made in slightly larger batches, believe it or not in a cement mixer! This was circulated among the anglers in the development

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Orange Middy hollow elastic was winning the Division One National individually, and on the same match Dynamite’s Alan Henry used the same mix to come fifth overall too. He also went on to win the tidal Trent festival, and Eddie Brydon has had a number of good results on this mix too, including third in the Feeder Masters Final at Bough Beech Reservoir.

Rob’s Light Rig

Yellow Matrix hollow elastic

Rob’s Heavy Rig

0.4g AS5

0.8g AS5

0.165mm Shimano Silk Shock main line on both

Extra Additions Today I’ve come to Lake Five on Phase One of Makins Fishery in Leicestershire to demonstrate how versatile this mix is. I’ve mixed up a kilo of the mix to a fairly dry consistency for feeder fishing. It’s worth pointing out here that it is best to mix this groundbait to a dryish consistency first and then add more water to make damper mixes. I have scooped out about a third of this mix in a bait tub for packing into a feeder. I have overwetted the remaining groundbait slightly and then added a pint of black damp leam, as I’m going to use this mix for potting in on the pole line. I have added damp leam today as I think that when skimmers root about in it, it kicks off a lovely cloud that helps to entice more fish into the peg. This again can be used in several different ways: cupped in loose, as I have today, to create a carpet of feed in fairly shallow water, or made into balls to cup in on deeper venues. I have also taken some and made a kind of ‘pongo’ mix packed with feed, which breaks down slowly and releases these particles. This is made by putting your particles into a bait tub, then adding

Bulk of No10 Stotz 2.5ft from hook Bulk of No8 Stotz 2ft from hook

Three No10 droppers

Two pairs of No10 Stotz as droppers to show lift bites 6in 0.10mm hooklength on both Rig set 3in overdepth

some groundbait and mixing together. More water is added until you can form a wet ball packed with bait. There are occasions when I would add other things to this mix. For instance, when balling in on a river I would add molehill soil to increase the weight of the mix to get it to the bottom faster. If I was targeting bigger bream then I like to increase the fishmeal content by adding some Marine Halibut groundbait to the mix. Adding about a quarter of a bag of Marine Halibut to a bag of Skimmer Mix is enough to increase the fishmeal content.

Skimmer Rigs Alongside the right mix, you obviously need the right rigs too! The feeder rig is a medium-sized cage

feeder tied on a doubleloop method. Rod and reel are both Shimano: a 12ft Beastmaster DX with a ¾oz tip is coupled to an Aero Match Reel loaded with 5lb Technium. This is finished off with a 3ft hooklength of 0.165mm Silk Shock and size 16 Matrix Carp Bagger Hook. On the pole I have set up two rigs, both Drennan AS5 pencil floats tied to 0.165mm Silk Shock with a 0.10mm hooklength of the same material. The hook on both rigs is a size 16 Drennan Silverfish Match. The lighter 0.4g rig is set up with three No10 droppers beneath a small bulk. The heavier 0.8g rig features two pairs of No10 droppers set out beneath a main bulk. This rig is to enhance lift bites, which skimmers often give.

Rig set 6in overdepth

If your lake has a silty bottom, try feeding the mix loose, without squeezing it into a ball.

Both rigs are set to lay the full 6in hooklength on the deck which gives a nice stable presentation that I’ve found is ideal for skimmers. This is further enhanced by using a spray bar to steady your pole. Elastics are light hollows: a yellow from Matrix and an even softer orange from the Middy range.

Bait Additions A fairly standard selection of offerings are set out on my bait table today: a couple

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s a silty feeding without o a ball.

Make the perfect top up ball!

1) Add the particle baits you want to introduce. 2) Use enough groundbait to make the balls you want to feed. 3) Slowly add water and mix until you can form a wet but firm ball.

of pints of casters, some red maggots, some worms and pinkies, which skimmers love. To start I have introduced four full pots of loose groundbait at 13 metres with a small amount of finely chopped worms, pinkies, casters and maggots in each pot to create a bed. Feeding the mix loose in this way means you get a big attractive cloud of feed, before it creates an even, flat carpet on the bottom. Over the top of this I catapult a few casters from time to time to spread a little bait over the area.

Opening Gambit I have started on the feeder, packing a mix of chopped worms, casters and dead pinkies into it and plugging this with the groundbait, recasting every two minutes for half-a-dozen casts just to introduce a little bait into the swim. I then sit and wait up to five minutes between casts. The first 45 minutes spent on the feeder only produce one perch, but I’m not disgruntled as I’ve fed the pole swim and hopefully this time has given the fish some time to move over this feed. Switching to the pole, I have caught fish straightaway but these are nearly all roach.

Swim Resting With only one skimmer in the net so far I decide to have another chuck on the feeder,

Mixed on the dry side, the new Skimmer Mix explodes enticingly from a feeder.

A fine winter bag of commercial fish caught with the help of Rob’s specifically designed groundbait mix.

These balls of feed will go to the bottom and slowly release the feed within. which produces three nice skimmers in three chucks. A couple more follow before things go quiet. Often, this is the case and after resting a swim you get a small run of skimmers like this. A return to the pole results in a good run of skimmers interspersed with odd decent roach, all on a small piece of worm tipped with a fluoro pinkie. When it slows I add half a pot of groundbait with a little worm, casters, pinkies and maggots and have a few chucks on the feeder while it settles to keep the catch rate ticking over nicely. One tip to note here is that I have caught fish from all around my pole line; from the left and right as well as from beyond, by adding my little half extension. This is often the case when feeding groundbait, as it spreads and disperses over a large area. Fish will graze over it, and you can catch them by fishing on and around it. If you don’t get a bite in a minute or two, try adding your dolly butt, dropping in left by a few feet, or right. I have caught steadily for the rest of the day, with plenty of skimmers up to 2lb, lots of chunky roach, a couple of nice perch and one rogue carp late in the day to finish a superb day’s sport with around 40lb. Even in this cold weather, it’s another satisfying bag of fish taken on a groundbait that I’ve really enjoyed developing!

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Webb’s World

FISHING FALLACIES! Do you thi D thinkk fishh are putt offff bby ttap water t chemicals h i l or suncream-laden l d hhands, d andd do you have a favourite position in the draw queue? Dan Webb is about to blow all these theories out of the water.

ngling is all about figuring things out. If something works, we then like to come up with theories and explanations as to why it works. If we were scientists we would then use evidence and research to back up our opinions. Unfortunately, the only evidence we have is what we think is going on underwater and by how many more fish we think we are catching. Add to this that most anglers are plumbers, bricklayers or mortgage consultants, not research scientists or animal behaviorists, and suddenly the reasons for all our odd understandings start to become a little clear. I was talking to an angler just the other week (who I won’t name) after a particularly hard match, where hardly a roach was caught. He boldly stated that the fish weren’t there. When I questioned this and said that maybe they were just not feeding, he evidenced his findings by saying: “But we didn’t catch them, so they couldn’t be there.” Of course, that wouldn’t hold up in a court of law and I doubt a paper could be published using that as evidence, but I couldn’t disprove his hypothesis. For all I knew, he was right and all the fish had been picked

Front, back or middle, your mathematically calculated odds say that you still have the same chance of drawing a flier. up by coach and were on a day trip to Skegness! There was no way I could prove otherwise. Of the many daft things we say, one of my all-time favourite fishing fallacies is riddling groundbait so the lumps don’t fill the fish up. I don’t know how anyone could possibility say that with a straight face, as the next thing you do is squeeze the stuff into one big lump then throw it in! Or what about riddling to put air into the mix? Why would you want to do that? You want the stuff to sink in

water, not rise in the oven! Riddling is important to give a consistent mix but let’s not mug ourselves off with that other rubbish! I also know anglers who are very worried about using tap water in their groundbait in case the chemicals in it put fish off. Like a fish is going to be swimming along in a stinky, sludgy pool full of rotten vegetation and their own faeces and be revolted by groundbait mixed with clean water! Ever seen a fish at a urinal? Personally, I’m not too happy about handling

bait in the summer with suncream on my hands, a very common occurrence for a ginger. It’s horrible stuff and I’m sure it taints your bait with that nasty coconutty smell… the same nasty coconutty smell that some of the very best carp additives contain, in fact! Have you ever scooped up some of the mud out of the bottom of a fishery? The stuff stinks worse than forgotten worms in a warm van. Throw a few pellets or a ball of groundbait on it and the fish then go crazy digging the stuff up! After

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You won’t catch with suncream on your hands, even though it smells like many renowned carp additives.

Can fish really sense tap water in a groundbait mix?

“Like a fish is going to be swimming along in a stinky, sludgy pool full of rotten vegetation and their own faeces and be revolted by groundbait mixed with clean water!” all that stink going on, are they going to be fussed about a bait that’s got some accidentally added UV protection? Having said that, I’m not going to risk it and neither will Matt Godfrey. I’ve got fond memories of chasing him and his groundbait bucket across a field at Evesham with suncream-covered hands! Now for a controversial one. Drawing! I often hear people talk about getting to the front of the queue to give them more chance of a flier. I hate to

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tell you, guys, but it doesn’t matter if you’re first or last to draw in a 50-pegger, your chances of drawing Peg 5 still start at one in 50! I’ve also seen anglers skulking round the draw bag waiting for the first 10 or so anglers to draw, riding their luck that Peg 5 is still in the bag before jumping in. Their chances are then one in 40 or greater of getting it, but add to that the chance of one of the first 10 anglers drawing it and it’s still one in 50! Drawing with your left hand or wearing lucky

underpants? Still one in 50! I’ve even heard teams’ excuses of doing badly as being last to draw. The odds of a good draw were still the same, you plums! Talk to a non-angling friend or family member about our sport and you’ll usually get asked one of two things. Do you put the fish back and do you put maggots in your mouth? The first needs no comment, but as for the second… well… apart from the obvious reasons of not wanting to put a creature that’s spent

several days crawling around in dead chickens in my mouth, what is it going to achieve? The thing is going to wriggle like crazy after it’s warmed up and then get stunned the second it’s thrown into freezing-cold water and move less than if you’d left it alone! Needless to say, no-one in the family likes to ask me about fishing any more after I shouted at Aunt Doris over the dinner table last Christmas. And NO, fishing is NOT all about luck!

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Winter Corn Fishing

JAMES ‘JIM ’ HA Age: 40 LL Lives: Hull Sponsor: MF says: YoBrowning best-lookingrkshire’s fireman

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Corn Browning-backed James Hall discusses a method that has been doing the business during winter for the past couple of years… inter has to be my favourite time of year when it comes to competing in matches. I like to see myself as a real thinking angler and winter, more so than any other time of year,

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Big old F1s like this are partial to the fluttering corn! [INSET] Roughen up your corn for a better flutter.

needs a lot of thought and effort to be put in if you hope to reap the rewards. Over the last two or three years that is exactly what I have done and my results during winter have been consistently good. Last year in particular saw me string a good run of results

together here at the fantastic Garbolino Lindholme Lakes, which saw me finish the winter league with six section wins and a second

from the seven counted rounds. A big part of this success came by using a tactic I like to call fluttering corn.

Thhe Tacticc Similar to dobbing bread, my fluttering corn tactic’s main purpose is to catch the attention of lethargic carp as they drift around during the cold months of winter. To do this, my main objective is to have my hook bait, a lone piece of corn, look as appealing as possible as it flutters through my peg. The idea being that the fish, that can often have little willingness to feed as the water temperature plummets, can’t help but investigate and take a fancy to my bait. To achieve this I have a few tricks up my sleeve that can often give me an edge over others on the lake. The first is how I go about

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hooking the kernel, or more so what I do before I hook it. A standard piece of corn is a heavy bait and when dropped into the water will sink at a relatively uniform speed, in a straight line, down to the bottom. By squeezing my hook baits prior to hooking them, and actually removing some of the insides, I create a much rougher, lighter grain that sinks much more slowly and less uniformly, helping it to stand out. My next trick is my placement of shot on my rig, or, when faced with deep swims, an olivette. Although I still use a standard 6in hooklength to give me versatility in case I need something to change. I like to use a bulk of shot, or an olivette with no droppers on my rig, placed up to three feet away from my hook. This allows my bait a much more natural fall in the bottom parts of the swim, the area I am hoping to target the fish.

Thhe Sessioon Although the recent cold snap has seen the match weights drop over the past week or two, I have settled on fishing Benny’s Lake. More specifically Peg 57, where I have had previous success. Temperatures in the

pick them off with a single bait than to put them off by feeding. My first fish of the day comes after half an hour, but it isn’t the carp or F1 I was expecting. Instead, despite having never seen one caught from Benny’s before, a feisty little barbel has taken a fancy to the fluttering corn! Not that I am complaining; when temperatures are close to freezing I am always glad of a fish in the net, anything to avoid the dreaded match fishing ‘b’ word! Jim is impressed Dropping my rig with his new back in the same handle. spot produces a bite and this time a small F1 finds itself in my net. Creating a little plop with my olivette as I drop my rig into the water seems to be drawing a few fish in, so I have a 0.5g olivette pinned in decide to start introducing two to three pieces of corn place with two No10 Stotz. via a Cad Pot each drop in, I will start with this placed dropping it from 18 inches 18 inches from my hook to create a little noise as it and, depending on whether enters the water. I am getting indications This works a treat and my or not, will move it about next few flutters result in accordingly. four or five nice fish as they My hook of choice is a pick out my more attractive size 16 Drennan Silverfish piece of corn from within Pellet that I have tied up on the loose offerings. Among 0.10mm diameter Browning these is the biggest carp of Cenex Soft line used in the day so far of around conjunction with an 8 plus 8lb, along with an F1 that I Browning Stretch 7 elastic, can only assume is from the giving me a setup I have total confidence in regardless original stocking. It must be approaching 4lb and is a of the size of fish I am much darker colour than the catching. F1s ordinarily caught here. Rather than feed an area of the swim, I start off by introducing no bait at all Combat The Coldd and I initially drop my rig Although my peg lends in different areas around itself to targeting the open the peg. As the temperature water, on days where I am drops it is often possible to presented with an island or locate a ball of fish and it other feature I have found can prove more fruitful to it can pay to have a rig set

Picking out the better fish from Benny’s.

car on the way were below freezing and, if I’m honest, it doesn’t look likely to warm up any time soon! I have decided on a one-rig approach, although it will be used in a few areas of the swim. I have a depth of around 10 feet at 10 metres so have opted for a 0.6g Drennan AS1 pole float. This features a medium hollow bristle and a wire stem. My shotting, as I mentioned earlier, is pretty simple. I

It was cold and miserable but there were bites to be had.

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up to fish up to these and poking your rig into any gaps in reeds can often produce a few bites. I always start with a negative approach by putting no feed in my peg and feel my way into the match or session. Some days it can be late in the day before the swim really kicks into action, or in match conditions I can often have just a few fish in the net after the first couple of hours before putting a good run together late on. On other days things can be flipped and the session can start off strong and tail off towards the end when the fish start wising up. We have had a relatively slow start, just picking up odd fish, but the swim has continued to get stronger and stronger and the introduction of a couple of pieces of corn fed through a Cad Pot has really sprung the swim into life, with the majority of my fish being proper carp rather than the lake’s large head of F1s. On other days feeding can be a kiss of death, which is why it is important to respond to conditions on the day rather than approaching the peg too positively from the off. This cold weather would be enough to put anybody off but having battled on through that it is the diminishing light that means I have to call it a day. I have ended the session with over 50lb of mainly carp with a handful of F1s

How Jim prepares and hooks his corn...

1. Give your corn a squeeze to help it ‘flutter’.

Another nice carp for Jim.

2. Hook through the top like this…

The bright bait helps to catch the attention of nearby fish.

3. Roll the corn onto the hook

4. Leave plenty of hook showing to help you hit bites

A nice bag of Benny’s ‘specimens’. [INSET] For deeper swims these floats are perfect.

and a lovely barbel, which at this time of year would put me right up with the top weights in the match and would give me a huge chance of a section win. Give it a try yourself; fluttering corn can certainly make a difference during the winter months!

Even smaller F1s find it irresistible.

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FROM QUIRKY TO PLAIN USEFUL, WE’VE GOT THE GIFTS THAT ANGLERS WANT DISCS

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his month saw I expected the fishing to me fish the be too good for that. first round of I normally like to the Preston cover my options on the Innovations Pole Fishing rig front but this time I pairs. This is an event I felt confident in what I love fishing throughout wanted to do, so set just the winter, when there two rigs up. My main aren’t many other big rig was a 0.4g Preston matches. With only Inter Carbon float, on silvers and F1s being 0.13mm Power main line, allowed, and natural and a 6in 0.09m Power baits only, it usually hooklength and size 18 makes for plenty of bites PR 490 hook, set up with Andy really enjoyed the World Club Feeder a simple bulk and two and good fishing. Championship qualifier at Barston Lakes. droppers. My fishing partner John Harvey and I were The other rig was lucky enough to win a light 4x10 Preston I came back with Peg 53 for the competition in its first Silvers float with a strung-out John, which was actually the year, and what made that shotting pattern and the same victory all the more sweet was peg he told me to draw for hooklength, in case I needed winning it on mainly northern him, so he was happy. I drew to fish for roach or F1s on Peg 82 for myself, which I was the drop with maggots. Both venues we knew little about. unsure about as I’ve struggled rigs featured a solid No6 Slip This year, however, sees a from near here in the past. change to the normal league elastic, which I find perfect for Plumbing up I found my format. Instead it is run over skimmers but can also handle peg had a nice hard flat a series of qualifiers, where the odd F1 without problems. bottom, which I was happy the top three pairs in each Both John and I opted for with as in the past I have match qualify for a final at the same mix of Supercrush struggled from the silty pegs Woodlands View, a great Expander groundbait, mixed on this venue. Since it was central venue full of fish slightly overwetted. I have mild I decided to keep things and accessible to anyone. lots of confidence in this really simple and start with The qualifying matches are groundbait, especially on a couple of long lines at 14 now on total weight rather venues like Barston that see metres with chopped worm than section points, which a lot of pellets and fishmeal. and groundbait, then if that could make things a bit more The worms were washed and failed I could swap the worm interesting. then chopped finely, and the for maggots. I decided not to The first round was juices were drained off so as take bloodworm and joker as at Barston, a venue we not to ruin the groundbait mix know quite well, and with the weather still mild we expected good fishing. John put me in charge of the drawbag duties – I can’t imagine why, he’s the best draw bag Wales has to offer!

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“When I felt the line start to fade I would switch swims and my catch rate would improve again.”

when added. I could then use a rich mix containing lots of worm without it turning into a complete sloppy mess. At the start I fed three balls of my worm and crushed expander mix 14 metres to my right, then started fishing the other line to my left, fed with the same mix via a small Cad Pot. By leaving the right-hand swim alone for a while I could let some fish gather, but by starting on another with just a Cad Pot I could hopefully catch a few early skimmers. I got off to a decent start, catching skimmers by Cad Potting the worm mix every drop in. Or at least I thought it was a decent start, until I took notice of the rate Jon Arthur was catching to my right on Peg 84. After 45 minutes I decided to try the right-hand swim and feed it the same as before, through a Cad Pot. Immediately it was better than the other side and I was catching as well as Jon. The fishing was brilliant and I was catching skimmers averaging 1lb every drop. These fish must have grown from the previous years, as I have usually only caught them a bigger or smaller stamp, so the future looks good for this great mixed fishery. Every now and again, though, when I felt the line start to fade I would switch swims and my catch rate would improve again. Switching and resting swims also gave me a bigger stamp

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Andy and partner Jon Harvey made no mistake in securing a place in the Preston Innovations Pole Fishing Pairs Final on their first attempt.

of skimmer, once a swim had been rested. The right-hand line was certainly better, whether that because I rested it at the start or maybe it was just where the fish wanted to be, I’m not sure. The best bait on the hook was a small piece of worm, with the rig set an inch overdepth. I was neck and neck with Jon but I felt no need to change; after all, it was a pairs match so hopefully my partner John was also catching. I caught well for most of the match and even managed three bonus F1s, but suffered a poor last 40 minutes. As it turned out Jon next door had also slowed down in the last hour, so things were looking tight between us. I hadn’t counted my fish, so I was really surprised to weigh in 92lb 12oz. That was enough to win the match, ahead of Jon Arthur with 88lb. My partner John had also done well from his area of the lake to weigh 49lb 8oz, catching in a similar way to me. That gave us a combined total of 142lb 4oz, to win on the day and qualify along with pairs Des Shipp and Adam Wakelin with 130lb 90z, and Jon Arthur and Alan Scotthorne with 130lb 6oz.

Roll on the final at Woodland View – I think we could have a great chance. (To book on to one of the last few qualifiers visit www. shopatdhp.com.)

World Club Feeder Qualifier A fortnight later and I was back at Barston, this time with

my Barnsley Blacks teammates for the first ever World Club Feeder Champs qualifier, where the top two teams qualify for a final next year in Valencia, Spain. Only seven teams entered this qualifier but next year I can see it being really popular once teams know about it, especially since feeder fishing

Sadly the second Preston Innovations Pole Fishing Pairs qualifier at Barston didn’t go as well for Andy, but he had an enjoyable day’s fishing.

is gaining in popularity all the time. This match was to be to international rules, so no Method feeders, a 50cm minimum hooklength hanging below a free-running feeder, bait limits, a 10-minute pre-baiting period and fish must be out of the water or in the keepnet come the final whistle. I was really looking forward to it as it was something a little different, and a chance to fish against some of the England feeder boys at their own game. We went for a day’s practice two days before the match to try and formulate a plan. The weather had totally changed from a fortnight ago, and we’d had regular frosts, which had really slowed the fishing down all around the country, so we felt Barston would also be hard fishing. We all fished in a line and each tried various distances and amounts of feed to try and learn something. I only managed a dozen skimmers and four bream in practice, which seemed about average. The team settled on a very negative plan to fish small open-ended feeders with dark fishmeal groundbait, with few free offerings. My groundbait

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Andy’s partner, John Harvey with his contribution to the pair’s massive qualifying weight.

Andy with his red-letter day catch at Barston. choice was Sonubaits F1 Dark. We decided on three distances to cover ourselves, depending on where the fish were on the day. We also caught a few bonus fish on a long-range maggot feeder, so had the option of that if needed. Come the day of the match and the team draw put me on Peg 53, which I was happy with as I knew it was a good pole peg at least. The only trouble was a really strong, ice-cold wind coming straight at me. I can honestly say I’ve never been so cold while fishing – I had so many clothes on that I was struggling to even cast out! My section went from Pegs 49 to 61, so I expected the higher numbers to do well as they were out of the cold wind, and had caught well in the pole match the previous day. I set up four rods for the various distances, measured out accurately using measuring sticks. Rods were mainly 11ft and 11ft 6in Preston Equis Super Feeder rods, as well as an 11ft 8in Dutch Master for the long maggot feeder. Main line was 4lb Power Max on 3000 and 4000 PCR reels. Hooklengths on the shorter rods were 0.11mm Reflo Power with a

size 18 PR 434 or PR 490, and things were really tight. But 0.13mm Reflo Power and a 16 I was one of the few people PR 434 on the long-range rod. he could see that could gain In the pre-baiting period us extra points, since I was I didn’t feed too much but sitting third or fourth in what just had a few casts with was a tight section, apart from a small feeder, as if I was Tommy Pickering, who was already fishing. I decided to paralysing the section with start short at 23 metres as I 20 F1s! felt I might catch here early, I made the decision that the since there was a pole match only way I could gain these the day before. Starting on a points was with the maggot single maggot on the hook, feeder and hope for a few with a small amount of joker, bonus fish, since it worked worm and dead maggots in well for me late in practice. the feeder, I was rewarded I managed two more F1s with an F1 within the first before the last 15 minutes, 10 minutes. It was obviously when my luck really changed. fishing hard so I was happy to Unbelievably I caught another get a bonus fish early on. three big F1s in that time, Bites were really hard to landing the final one of about come by; I managed another 4lb with just a minute or less F1 and three skimmers in the to go. I was hoping this had first three hours by rotating made all the difference, yet lines, before my swims went at the same time rueing not completely dead after annoyingly One of these small losing what Preston feeders must have been stuffed with worms a carp. In the helped Andy fool the fourth hour I Barston skimmers. just couldn’t get a bite from anywhere. My captain and bank runner Glen Lawrence came along with an hour to go and said that

sticking with the maggot feeder when I tried it earlier. As expected Tommy won the section and the match with 66lb; I weighed in 23lb 10oz, which put me third, in a tight section where there was also a 24lb and a 21lb, so that last fish gained me a point, but not quite enough for second. The final team result was unbelievably tight in the end, with three teams tying on 17 points. Preston Telford came out on top with the help of Tommy’s big weight, then it was to go down to weight between Dorking and Barnsley. It was incredibly close, with Dorking weighing 80lb 12oz and Barnsley just pipping them with 83lb. So my ruefulness soon turned into relief, since I guess just one fish made the difference. We were over the moon to have qualified against what were some of the country’s finest feeder anglers. I certainly don’t think we got our tactics entirely right, but luckily it was just good enough on the day – I guess that’s fishing. Hopefully we’ll get it right in Spain in April, where we’ll be fishing for carp and carassio on what should be an interesting venue, and some good international experience for me. I can’t wait!

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The Continental Angle

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Groundbait The French Way Top French angler Olivier Wimmer reveals some of the biggest groundbait secrets from France.

atch anglers in France fall into two distinct categories: those who use ready-touse groundbaits and those who swear by their own concoctions. So what better way to kick off than to compare both options? I believe it is probably the only way to get over how important it is to a French angler to have faith in what’s in their mixing bucket, and also how to choose the best mix.

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A Question Of Tradition In France, groundbait is a culture. We have a rich heritage in groundbait manufacture and every angler in France takes the matter of groundbait very seriously! Compared to English anglers, we fish mostly on natural waters. We have a vast network of lakes, rivers and canals and most of our matches have traditionally been held on such venues. This is why groundbait plays such a big role in our fishing. We still use a lot of groundbait too – we have bait limits in our matches that can be anything from 10 to 17 litres (a full Sensas bucket in old money). Considering our matches are usually only three hours long, you probably get the idea of just how much bait we are prepared to feed. As we become more knowledgeable, there is a shift happening and anglers in France are now realising less is often more. But for the old school, balling 10 or 12

The French will easily use 17 litres of groundbait in a match!

Olivier believes that ingredients need to be as fresh as possible.

water fishing. The use of a pole cup is very new in France and this too is changing the way we approach fishing. We are now becoming more aware of the effectiveness of feeding several smaller balls, and realise that several accurate small balls are often better than 12 or so balled in. But one thing will never change, and that is the faith in the recipe! I believe that old-school anglers will only trust their homemade mixes, but those anglers in a hurry who have less time prefer to keep it simple and use ready-made groundbaits. Incidentally, I actually use a combination of both. Let me explain why.

FRESHNESS VS EASINESS? Home-Made Mixes

balls in at the start is a given, and is the only way they can fish with confidence. The shift is happening, though. Two things have caused this in my opinion: the first is the introduction of the pole cup and the other is commercial waters, or ‘carpodromes’ as we call them. As English anglers will know, feeding very little on carp waters can often be the best way and we are now taking that into our natural-

I am a firm believer that when it comes to roach fishing, a home-made mix is vastly superior. First and foremost for me, the key difference is the freshness of the ingredients. By using super-fresh ingredients, I can be sure that it hasn’t been affected by mould or damp, which often happens when dry ingredients are stored in warehouses and suchlike. This means that I can closely monitor what goes into my mixes, and also I can get the balance right between the different flours. Certain breads are tight in their nature, whereas others are quite fluffy. I need to

Having the right kind of brown crumb is vital for roach in Olivier’s opinion.

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Different breads taste different to us, so it must be the same for the fish too.

Bought or home-made? There’s a place for both.

balance this to ensure the groundbait is not too sticky or too fluffy. I am a bit of an obsessive when it comes to choosing the ingredients. For instance, I only use brown bread crumb from the best baker that I can find, it is the base of every good groundbait; all of the seeds and particles for my mixes are crushed by myself to ensure the correct texture and freshness, and I will not hesitate to drive to Belgium or Holland to pick up the ingredients that I want. By adding my own ingredients, I am in total control when it comes to consistency and the amount of water I want the mix to absorb. Some mixes, for example, need to be sticky (for deeper water and suchlike), while sometimes I want a more explosive softer mix. This can be easily achieved by balancing ingredients at this stage. In a sense I am using the same groundbait wherever I go, but a small tweak can make a big difference when

it is mixed. My groundbait is incredibly versatile and covers all of my roach fishing. Knowledge is power in any walk of life and the same goes for mixes and ingredients. Until you have put many hours in learning the ingredients and their properties, it can seem like a minefield. But once you have an understanding, the better your mixes will work. The last benefit is the cost of the groundbait. Readyto-use mixes can often be expensive, especially when several bags are required. But I can show you how to produce a wonderful roach mix using only three dry ingredients (this will have to wait for another part of the series) that will be very cheap. But even an elaborate home-made mix using six ingredients or more will still be very cost-effective in comparison. No matter what, though, I must stress that I strongly believe that a home-made mix is a must for roach.

Ready-To-Use Mixes Things are different when it comes to big skimmers, bream, carp and tench. When targeting these larger species I am more than happy to use a ready-to-use mix. It’s very easy to choose a mix for these larger species, just read the labels on the bag! Everyone has their own favourite in terms of brands, be that Sensas, Rameau, Van Den Eynde or others, and every brand will have species or venue-specific mixes. These have been tried and tested by experts who also use them in their own fishing. In short ,they are ideal for the job. They can even be mixed together to make the mix that you want. The great thing about these mixes is that they include some brilliant additives that are just not otherwise available. In fact, even the best mad scientist wouldn’t be able to reach the same results when building a home-made mix. Fishmeal mixes are becoming popular now in France as we realise how

powerful they are. They are way ahead of everything else when it comes to targeting bigger fish and I now have a lot of faith in them. Fishmeal mixes are, of course, devastating when used on their own, but the power of fishmeal is incredible and French anglers now realise its effectiveness when added to the classical mixes. Often in France we have to wait until the last hour to start catching, so to have a good quality groundbait that will help pick out the bigger fish is superb as we can quickly put a great weight together. Once they switch on to this style of mix, nothing can put them off.

Groundbait – A Question Of Trust Whatever groundbait you choose, the most important thing is to know what you are using and have trust and faith in the mixes. Spend time learning your groundbaits and their ingredients; finding out which mixes take on lots of water, for example, will help you in certain situations. Deeper venues will require a stickier, heavier mix to help carry the bait to the bottom. A stickier mix is also excellent when you need to get lots of particles to the bottom. It is pretty obvious stuff, but I cannot stress how important it is to learn and understand your ingredients. Another thing to consider is the salt content of the mix. Many groundbaits have lots of salt in them (open a bag and dab a little on

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Even though Olivier has his own theories about groundbait, he knows that the most important thing is to have confidence in the mix you are using.

your tongue to find out). I don’t like a salted mix when using joker, as the salt will kill it. I want my joker in prime condition so I use groundbaits without any salt when I want to feed this bait. As an angling journalist and having fished at a high level across France for many years, I have met and learnt from many champions. Arguably the two most famous French anglers, Jean Desque and Didier Delannoy have both been supremely successful over many years. Interestingly, they both have different views on groundbait. Jean only uses ready-to-use mixes from Sensas, while Didier will only use his own homemade mixes. Both have had stacks of success, which just goes to prove that it is, ultimately, all about having faith in what you are using and believing in your groundbaits.

Bait-Tech F1 and Kult have brought Olivier some great results on commercial fisheries.

Brown Crumb Or Bread Crumb? I spoke earlier about the use of brown bread crumb in my roach mixes. Now I must say that this is where French anglers differ from English anglers. Over in England I know that most anglers use brown crumb that comes from a tackle shop. This stuff is highly dehydrated and could be very old by the time you use it. By comparison, my brown crumb is made from the crusts of bread that I collect from the baker. I visit the baker every week and he kindly gives me his unsold loaves; I then separate the crust and liquidise them up to create some superb brown crumb that is totally different to the stuff used in the UK. This fresh bread absorbs lots of water, much more than the English brown crumb. This is important to know because the dry

components of my mix will increase in volume massively once water is added, and the groundbait will be very fluffy. This is crucial, as if you don’t add enough water to this home-made brown

crumb, it will float! It may seem like a lot of effort, but trust me that roach absolutely love this fresh brown bread crumb and it is well worth going the extra mile to prepare.

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Andy Bailey lifts the lid on his quirky tactics for consistent success on snake lakes, involving five different pole swims.

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If you can’t feed accurately by hand, then use a pot.

Banded hooklengths play a big part in Andy’s winter commercial fishing. fishing.

This is the most bait that Andy feeds at any one time.

You know the feeeding is right when you nail them in the top lip.

The shortest swim that Andy feeds often results in the biggest fish, and you don’t need to spend long on the swim to get a bite.

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means Feeding by hand or with a catapult noise the of t that you make the mos advantage.

Rotation On a typical session I will have five different swims, all based around fishing in the central track of the snake lake. This way, I can attract fish from up the far and near shelves, without actually fishing for them there. This means that the far and near shelves are back-off zones and fish can move away to these areas if they feel unsafe, so they stay in my swim rather than spooking out of it altogether. Five is the optimum number of swims. On the good days you may not even move off your initial two lines.

Starting Off… I begin my session fishing at seven metres on two swims (one and two) at 10 o’clock and two o’clock angles respectively, straight down

the middle m of the snake lake. five Heree I can feed four to five pellets pelle ets by hand, delivered with h practised accuracy. If there t is a ripple on the surface surfa ace I will fish just five metres metr res of pole on these swims, swim ms, as ripple gives the fish confidence to feed and comee closer. This way, you com havee further room beyond thesee swims to draw fish from. from m. Ass the colder weather comes com es and we move into winter, wint ter, these lines are still viable, but the clearer the water w and calmer the conditions, cond ditions, the further away from m me I will fish.

Feel Your Way In Startting with just two lines Starting and alternating between thesee lines will give a good d indication of how confidently confi fidently the fish are ffeeding. feed d di ding.

Giving your pellets a quick dip in water and then draining them off By fishing lots of lines and immediately ensures not punishing the fish by that they all sink. taking too many fish from

If bites slow down or I start to miss them then theen I will feed lines three and ffour, which are at the bottom botto om of the nearside shelf either eith her side but further away from m me, say a section or two ffurther than lines one and two. tw wo. This allows me to rotate m my lines, catching fish from on one ne line while lining the next fish fish up on another line. As you can see from m the diagram, however, I’m m leaving myself utmos utmost st room in my swim for fish to o back away to.

one line it gives the fish quiet areas to settle in, and not be pushed out of the peg towards the next angler. When fish decide they want to feed, they will venture back into the areas where the small amounts of feed are trickling in.

Line Five I will feed line five, a short line directly in front of me, throughout the match and flick my rig in for only a few seconds after landing a fish, before shipping out. Usually you will get a bite straightaway if there is a fish there, and nine times out of 10 it’s usually a big one. Five bites here can boost your overall weight by 20lb to 25lb, and you don’t have to spend very much time on the swim!

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Always try and use a light, broad-based plummet to avoid it sinking into silt and giving you a false reading. Ideally you need to fish from dead depth to an inch on the bottom.

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FIVE LINE F LINE LI IVE IV VE Feed ed this swim aallll dday, andd oc ooccasionally cca c si sion onal on allly ly ddrop in here to see if there’s a free bonus.

FOUR LLINE LIN LI INE FOU UR session As tthe As h sessi he sioon on progresses, rog ogre gre resss sses sse es alternating between all five swims helps you keep bites coming.

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fish Even smaller fish and ians like cruc skimmers will eat hard pellets in winter if you get the feeding right.

Would Andy have caught this bag of fifish sh without his five five-s -swi wim m rotation tactics… he confifide denntly tly thinks not!

Inducing Ind i Bit Bites I always feed as soon as I hook a fish or when I switch to another line. This is an attempt to draw a fish into the peg for when I drop back on to this line later. I will keep lifting and dropping the rig to entice a bite too, as the fish intercept the pellet falling through the water and settling on the bottom. In winter, the water clears and the fish will pick out a falling bait easily. By constantly alternating different lines, with regular feeding and repeated movement of the hook bait there is usually a fish on one of the lines on every rotation. Over the course of the match this can generate a lot of bites, resulting in fish in the net. Moreover, the fact that you leave lots of back-off space means that fish from other anglers’ swims may back off towards you into your spare water. Taking a step back, watching the action from the next peg will result in the peg looking brilliant to onlookers. I’ve heard all kinds of comments in the past like: “He’s catching wherever he puts his rig!” This sort of observation masks the cunning of a very thoughtful approach and is my take on commercial fishery watercraft. This style is very busy and only for the very dedicated who are happy to be busy!

Rig School My rigs, again, are a little different from the norm. My first choice, if conditions

ANDY’S RIG COMPONENTS Hook: Size 18 Gamakatsu GP107 barbless eyed Main line: 0.12mm Gamakatsu Super-G line Hooklength: 0.10mm Gamakatsu Super-G line Float: 4x10 home-made pencil float Elastic: White Hydro

allow, is a home-crafted thin pencil float, with a delicate bristle. This float allows the most natural presentation possible and offers minimal resistance to the suspicious carp and F1s as they suck in the bait. I’m sure that float choice certainly aids my bite-to-fish ratio. Before you all rush out and begin to craft your own magic pencil, don’t miss the lesson! This is a pattern that works for me and one I have maximum confidence in. There are plenty of light floats out there that will do a similar job. This is the float employed today in the flat-calm conditions with no tow. Shottingwise, rigs are super-simple, and consist

ingg isn’t all shin Hard-pellet fifish big hooks , line vy hea about chokers. key don m 8m and

of spread-out No11 shot, presenting a natural fall of the hook bait, which is paramount to successful bites, especially if the fish are following the bait down.

Bait Choice Bait is very simple – 4mm fishery pellets for feed and hook bait. I’m a big fan of ‘matching the hatch’, and in my mind it makes a lot of sense to use the same bait on the hook as you are feeding.

The Session Today’s session has been

very difficult indeed, and has required all of my five lines. I started by taking a fish from each of lines one and two. As things got more difficult, I extended my rotation by adding lines three and four, and all the while dripped in feed and kept having a look on line five. To catch, I have had to remain very busy, but ended up with over 80lb of fish. Managing your peg is fundamental to commercial success and with this busy but considered multi-swim attack, you are sure to see some snake-lake success.

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Keep Catching With Grant Albutt

here are times of the year when you can be very selective and target specific species or specific sizes of fish to win. That is often the case in the summer, for instance, when fish are active, feeding well and winning weights are high. Winter fishing on commercials is so often right at the other end of the spectrum, however. This is when you need to feed baits that catch everything, big and small, and make the most of anything obliging in your swim. A bit of finesse and targeting everything that swims is possibly the biggest factor to unlocking these cold-water commercials. There will often be long periods when the resident carp population refuse to feed. It’s during these quiet spells that a more refined and considered approach will keep your catch rate ticking over. Weights are much lower at this time of year, so any extra pounds you can squeeze out of a peg will make all the difference in the brown envelope stakes. Catching fish, whatever their size, should also give you a good insight into

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exactly what’s going on in the swim. An active swim that suddenly goes quiet can often mean one of those all-important bigger carp has finally decided to get in on the action. Choose the right feed, hook bait and tackle and you can fully exploit these windows of opportunity. I’ve travelled all the way down to Cornwall to show you a simple and effective approach for cold-water commercials. It’s cold, wet and windy today, so a catch-all approach will keep me active and warm. Hopefully I can show you how to catch a good net of fish; not just carp, but everything that swims.

Return To Gwinear I used to be a regular down here in Cornwall and Gwinear was one of my favourite stomping grounds. This place is steeped in match fishing history. Even 10 years ago it was classed as one of the very best match carp waters in the country, with scores of 100lb-plus winning weights. This venue is just 10 minutes down the road

from the equally famous witnessed puller bungs White Acres Holiday Park being used for the first time. and actually used to be a Back then we initially used firm fixture in its week-long a bung extractor rod to pull festivals. Those like me out our pole bungs to play who can remember that far big fish that had stripped back, wouldn’t mind this too much elastic out. That place once again being was before my Dorking included in these team-mate, Terry Micro pellets make prestigious Harrison, came a great holding events. up with the bait in winter. Gwinear idea of a was also the tube going stage for all the way some really through a high-profile pole bung. team events, It was a none more stroke of so than the genius that has Drennan Super since transformed League Final. My the way we play fish. Daiwa Dorking team won Now pull bungs have largely two years on the trot down been replaced with side here – we really seemed to puller kits and I honestly have this place sussed and cannot think of a single it’s probably fair to say we top-flight carp angler who took it apart! doesn’t use them. A lot of methods were As you can see, this place pioneered or perfected is steeped in nostalgia for down here. Shallow fishing me and that’s just one of worked unbelievably well. the reasons I was so keen This is also somewhere that to return. When we first helped to hone and perfect my liquidised meat tactics, although that bait is sadly no longer allowed. Gwinear is also where many people may have

used to come, Gwinear was one big lake with a couple of islands and several hidden gravel bars. Later on the venue was sold and converted into three separate pools. However, the lake is now under new ownership and, once again, it’s back to being one big 50-plus peg lake. I must admit this is definitely how I prefer it. There’s clearly a lot of time, work and money gone into this place. It’s fully platformed with an impressive brick pathway, there’s a new bridge over to the central island and the whole complex is surrounded by an otter fence. There is also a nice big tackle shop called Gwinear Angling right next to the lake. With a specimen pool also on site, plus caravan and camping facilities, it’s the complete package. As a fishery manager myself I’ve got to take my hat off to them!

“This place is steeped in match fishing history and was one of the very best match carp waters in the country.”

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Grant loves the Speedex landing nets for match-sized fish.

Feeding micro pellets and maggots together works well for Grant.

empty the pot but then they should sink deeper as a plug of feed before dispersing. I also have two different options for actually potting the bait in. One is to make some noise, plopping the bait in from a height to make a small fish-attracting splash. The other is to ‘sneak’ the bait in much more quietly. I do this by submerging the upturned pole pot, waiting a few seconds and then lifting up to quietly empty the contents. I tend to feed this way if the fishing is much harder, if the fish are coming off the bottom, or if too many silver fish are coming to the splash. As you can see, there is a lot more to feeding than simply filling a pot and tapping it in!

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Feed For Everything As I’ve already suggested, today’s approach is geared to catching everything that swims. There are no hard pellets on my side tray, I’ve just brought a pint of red maggots and a pint of micros. A lot of anglers seem to wrongly assume you either just feed pellets or you just feed

maggots. You can definitely feed these two contrasting baits together and reap the benefits of both. Even if you don’t plan on putting a pellet on the hook, fish are reared on pellets and are naturally attracted to them, so they are a great holding bait. By

softening up some 2mm Dynamite micros with lake water they are at their best and really easy to feed. All of my feeding today will be done with a polemounted Toss Pot. I firstly put around 10 maggots in the pot and then cap this off with micros. By altering the way I compress the pellets into the pot I can tailor my feeding during the session. I can sprinkle them into the pot quite loose and then gently press them in, so that when the pot is upturned they’ll tap out really easily, then spread out a little as they cascade through the water. Alternatively, I can either squeeze them first or thumb them in harder. Fed this way they’ll need a firmer tap to

My number-one hook bait is simply going to be double red maggot. If the fishing is really hard then I may try a single bait but, in my experience, when you have a mixture of carp, F1s, roach and skimmers to go at you’ll catch an altogether better stamp of fish on a double offering. You can try dead maggots but I generally prefer live ones, as any extra little bit of activity can help to persuade a wary fish to grab the bait. I also have sweetcorn, expander pellets and dead maggots with me, but I’ve got so much confidence in maggots that these other baits will stay firmly inside my cool bag unless things are really not going to plan.

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Grant always tries to head for the more shel tered pegs in winter.

A Side Pull kit is essential when fishing for mixed sizes of fish.

A Rig For Everything The final part of the coldwater jigsaw is the rig. The thick bagging hooks and strong elastics I’d definitely use here in the summer are a far cry from what I’ve rigged up with today. My main rig is on 0.15mm Supplex to a 0.12mm hooklength. This is matched to a size 18 Silverfish Match hook. I know this is quite fine and light gear, especially when I could be hooking carp up to 8lb. However, it’s also a good compromise for the silver fish that I also hope to catch. Perhaps the most important part of the entire setup is the elastic. I’m using Aqua F1 & Silverfish Bungee, which is the lightest hollow elastic that Drennan does. It’s rated just 4-6 and, rigged through a full top two kit, it stretches forever. That’s absolutely perfect – it means I can catch roach and softmouthed skimmers without any chance of bumping them off. It also means I can strike into a big carp and, unless it’s foul-hooked, it’ll struggle to break me. When you hook a big carp on light elastic it rarely charges off and you’d be amazed at what you can get out on this stuff. Hooking unwanted carp during silverfish-only matches has taught me that. It never ceases to amaze me how hard it is to get broken by a winter carp hooked on light tackle. The light elastic is definitely the key. By taking my time and stripping back plenty of elastic with my Side Pull Kit I’m confident of getting out anything I hook today. It’s only about five feet

where I’m fishing but I’ve still chosen a relatively heavy 0.6g AS6 float. This is purely to help counteract the strong undertow that’s whipping through the bridge to my left. I’ve dotted this right down to a pimple for maximum sensitivity and the rig is shotted very simply with a bulk at 18 inches and two No10 droppers. The tow is another reason why I’m using maggots today, as I can fish two or three inches overdepth if necessary and still get confident bites. It’s always much harder to present expander pellets when conditions are tricky like this.

Grant with the contents of his carp net after a great day’s fishing.

Putting It Into Practice With a biting wind on the lake today, I’ve chosen a relatively sheltered swim to try and keep things comfortable. In summer, I would always fancy a peg that’s facing into the wind. In winter, the opposite is usually the case and the sheltered areas are normally the ‘hot’ pegs to target. I have plumbed up to find the deepest water and discovered it’s relatively flat after four metres with not too silty a bottom. I’ve kicked off with a simple, one-swim approach at nine metres. I have all of my Acolyte pole on standby, but by starting much shorter I still have that option to chase the fish further out later on in the day. Plus, if the wind gets up I haven’t wrecked my chances of fishing a longer length of

pole that suddenly becomes unmanageable. There’s no need for feeding a big amount at the start. Just a small Toss Pot of feed kicks things off. That’s the largest amount I plan to feed at a time. I will also experiment with fishing directly over my feed or up to a foot past it. That’s a useful trick you should never ignore. Bites are not too long in coming and my first few fish are really chunky roach to nearly 8oz, plus the occasional perch and even the odd gudgeon. All too soon, bites stop abruptly and the reason is soon evident as the first of a run of nice carp comes my way. They are all broad and really healthy looking fish but other than one foul-hooker they haven’t posed any difficulties on the light gear. Later on I also start to net some really chunky F1s to over 2lb. There never used to be any of these hybrids in Gwinear, so it’s a nice and pleasant surprise to see them. A pattern soon emerges where I catch a few silver fish and maybe an F1 or two before it goes quiet. It’s so obvious that a carp has muscled into the swim every time and I suppose I could have had a separate, stronger rig ready for whenever I felt one was present. However, I’ve never felt outgunned and it’s been a pleasure to play them on lighter tackle. The result is a great mixed net on very simple but effective tactics. Hopefully it’s whetted your appetite for a bit of winter commercial action of your own!

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The Fish Of A Lifetime! Catching this roach during day one of the Home International at Shrewsbury was a special moment for me. Weighing 2lb 7oz 8dr, it’s the first 2lb roach that I have ever seen in real life. It fell to a single red maggot on the pole and is a fish I’ll remember forever. After doing some research I’ve discovered the fish was likely to be between 12 and 15 years old… wow! My Drennan Team England managed to win the event as a team too, with a brilliant score dropping just two points over the two

days. It was actually one man who managed to take both points from us, and that was Wales star Darren Frost, who won his section both days – awesome performance sir! On day one my 15lb 12oz was enough to win my section and the match, and on day two I finished third on the match with 11lb 2oz for another section win. This was enough to end up second overall too, behind my good friend and team-mate, James Dent, who did fantastically, landed a 6lb Bertie barbel on bloodworm tackle on the final day!

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To catch the bigger fish, slowing the bait right down against the flow was the best form of presentation. This was the same on both the pole and bolo. On the pole, keeping the pole tip low some four inches Pole tip placed below below the water was best to prevent the 2g Drennan 4g Preston water to hold back on rig float riding up as you held it back around AS7 Float Innovations Bolo half the pace of the flow. On the bolo, all my bites came as I held the line high and slowed the bait, most likely lifting it and 0.11mm wafting it up off the bottom. When you Reflo Power released it and the bait settled, the float 2.6lb Bayer main line would bury and… clunk – fish on! These particular rigs Perlon main line I also came to think that the top layer caught me nearly of water on deep rivers must move a lot 3g olivette locked above all my fish during faster than the layers beneath. On the bolo a bulk of eight No8 shot in particular, the fish were quite literally last month’s Home beneath where the hemp was landing, International on 1.5g inline and I’m sure these were settling over the the River Severn, olivette bait as many of them were spewing it out. including the 2lbThe fact that you can plumb up with just Three No8 plus roach. Two No8 12in three or four inches of line on the deck, droppers droppers 0.10mm then hold back really hard on the float hooklength and still catch bits of debris on the bottom, 8in 0.08mm backs up this theory too. They were a few Size 18 Hayabusa hook fluorocarbon hooklength of the interesting things I learnt on this Size 18 Kamasan great trip! B560 hook Line held tight to float to hold back the bait, and waft it up to catch fish’s attention

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Perch And Pythons! Take It Steady… I thought I made a few mistakes when I fished the first qualifier of the Preston Innovations Pole Fishing Pairs at Barston Lake. After a brilliant start to the match, I simply felt like I ended up feeding too much bait, and had a poor final two hours. Last month I mentioned that most people who caught on the day fed very little. Returning for the second round, I was hoping to correct this, and things went much more to plan. I set my stall out to fish two swims for skimmers very negatively. Rather than feeding with a large pole pot, I simply used a small Preston Cad Pot filled with a mix of groundbait containing a few casters, some finely chopped worms and a little bit of joker. I introduced just a small amount of bait every time I shipped out, and the response was brilliant! I couldn’t believe how well I caught on a huge lake by feeding so little. My 49lb total was enough to win the match, and I enjoyed a great day’s fishing. Moreover, if the negative tactics hadn’t worked, what would I have missed out on? Absolutely nothing, I’d say! I could have simply upped the feed to try and pull in a few fish. If there’s one bit of advice I could give this month, it would be to take it steady with the feed, and feel your way in. As Fatha’ Denis White said years ago: “You can put it in, but you can’t take it out!’

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Despite drawing a swim that I really didn’t fancy on day one of the Drennan Silverfish Festival at White Acres, I had one of the most interesting day’s commercial silver fish bashing ever! I say silver fish, but really I should say ‘striped fish’, as I ended the match with 12 perch for a weight of 15lb 15oz. It was fascinating catching these fish as they all came from one spot at the back of some lily pads. I found the best bait to catch them on was two white casters. You know those ones that are kind of in between a maggot and a caster? They definitely

seemed to catch the attention of perch better. By feeding a pinch of casters all the time, and working a light rig by constantly lifting and dropping it, I had a really satisfying day, managing to sneak the section win. On day two, I found myself in the narrow back arm of Python lake, a dreaded section where the likes of Alan Scotthorne had caught just 3lb the previous day – I’m sure I don’t normally draw that badly! To cut a long story short, I never had a bite for fourand-a-half hours, along with another four anglers in the

section! The end pegs had both caught, but even they were struggling. With half an hour to go I lifted my rig up, and had a small roach on the end! I then proceeded to catch two skimmers as the light faded… where had they been all day? It was a hard day, and 2lb 13oz put me third in the section, just 4oz off second! A disappointing finish, but that, however, is winter fishing!

Mistakes Made! The final round of our Angling Trust Winter League was on a tricky venue – the Selby Canal. It’s a narrow and clear canal, and it always makes for an interesting final round of the league. I did, however, feel that I made a huge error on this match within minutes of getting to my swim. I drew a gorgeous looking peg, with plenty of room between me and the anglers either side. I had loads of cover on the bankside too in the way of trees and reeds, and if I could have picked a peg, this would be the one! So where did I slip up? When I got to the peg, I noticed it was very shallow in the margins. My teammate Sam Wildsmith was walking past as I was setting up my platform to get into the shallow margins. It would allow me to get further out, and it was quite breezy on the day, so I wanted to get as low as

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Paul Holland’s F1 Secrets

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On the ultra-competitive F1 circuit it’s the tiny changes made by anglers that make a big difference come the weigh-in. d’ss nine biggest edges. These are Paaul Hollland The Right Length Kits I’ve been telling my missus for years that smaller is better. When it comes to top kits for F1 fishing, this is nearly always true, though. So, what are the advantages? Firstly, and most importantly, the less weight you can have at the top end of your pole the better. These short kits are considerably lighter

than their longer counterparts and also stiffer. Using them improves the action of your pole very noticeably. Bear in mind that F1 fishing is one of the most precise and exact forms of angling too. You have to pot bait very accurately, put your rig on it precisely, and be able to lift sharply, but not jerkily, into bites. So the better you can make your pole perform, the more you

will catch. The other big advantage of a short kit is how well you can control your fish. It allows you to use soft elastic, which means you don’t bump fish or cause them to disturb the surface when you hook them in shallow water. However, the elastic powers up quickly so you can bring them under control then net them easily.

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Two points with regard to elastic. I believe Hydro to be the best and the pink is my choice for most winter fishing. I was put on to this by Tommy Hiller. It is very strong but also extremely soft. Secondly, the connector. This particular way of connecting your rig to your elastic was shown to me by Andy Bennett – and it’s brilliant. All it is, in essence, is a knot in your elastic and a protective plastic bead. To connect, you simply form a slipknot with a loop in your line, as you might do when connecting a Dacron, then pull it tight above the knot before sliding the bead down over it. The main advantage is how direct it is. F1s are masters at ejecting a bait the minute they feel any resistance, so your strike needs to be as clean as possible. Another great advantage is that you can change your connection quickly and easily if it starts to wear, and when you do you lose literally a couple of centimetres of elastic. Simply tie a new knot then trim.

There has been a lot written about the importance of accuracy, but how hard do you try? It is no exaggeration to say that the very best anglers are those who train themselves to be supremely accurate. This means lining up with as small a far-bank marker as possible, and to aid with gauging distance I always mark the distance that I choose to fish with tape. This way I know exactly where I am fishing. A final point on this; when feeding via a pole-mounted pot always ensure it is as close to the end of your top kit as possible, so that you can put your bait bang in the middle of your feed area.

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The Perfect Pot There are dozens of pole pots on the market, but you need to choose wisely (I use the Guru ones), or at least doctor your pole pots so they fulfil the following functions. To go back to my earlier point about the weight of your top kit, they need to be light because they are nestling in one of the most important areas of your pole. They also need to be able to have the facility to sprinkle bait – dropping in a couple of maggots then lowering your rig in and waiting for a bite is often the best way to go. If you don’t get a bite you can then repeat the process without shipping all the way back. Finally, they must have small holes in the bottom. These serve two functions. Firstly, when fishing maggots they allow you to wet your bait to stop them bouncing out as you ship your rig out. Secondly, when fishing pellets they allow you to dip your pot under the water then lift it out very quietly and wash the pellets out. This is so much better than tapping bait out as many anglers do, which can cause it to scatter over a wide area or draw fish up in the water.

The right size landing net can also be a great edge, believe it or not. Too big a net and the unhooking process can become more time-consuming than it needs to be. Too small a net and you might not be able fit some of the larger fish that you catch in it, which equals disaster! I find this 14in Guru model to be about the best compromise. It is lightweight and just the right size to allow me to bring fish under control easily when I come to unhook them.

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Float Faffing The perfect pole float that does exactly the job that you want it to do isn’t always something that can be bought off the shelf. For this reason, I use some handmade patterns, made for me by Rich Wilson. Over time, I have learnt exactly how these work and I’m able to read them brilliantly. They are also incredibly strong and durable, so I know they won’t let me down mid-session.

Sharp Sensation I try to stay away from blatant ant plugs for my sponsor but I have to mention the hooks that I use. I believe they are a massive edge and I’m not alone – the human F1 that is Andy Bennett is also inclined d to agree with me. The Guru F1 Pellet and F1 1 Maggot hooks are simply the sharpest, strongest and most resilient that I have ever fished with. Say you get 50 bites in a match and are able to hook and land five more fish than the competition; that is a big advantage come the weigh-in.

Plummet Power The plummet is the F1 angler’s best friend. If you just plumb up your lines at the start of the day and then mark your pole and fish you are not plumbing up nearly enough. As you have probably gathered, everything about my approach is centred around supreme accuracy. So why would I want to go to all that trouble, only to find that I’ve been fishing half an inch off bottom without realising? Although I plumb up everywhere at the start of the session, which helps me formulate my plan of attack, I always plumb a line immediately before I go on it. This way, I know I am fishing exactly where I want to be.

A Little Helpp Froom Myy Friends… … I am a big believer in giving credit where credit’s due and my F1 fishing wouldn’t be where it is today without the help of Andy Bennett (right). The way he thinks about his fishing is awesome; so simple and yet so focused on the things that matter. Also, Stu Palser has been a massive help in getting to grips with Tunnel Barn Farm. I think having someone who you can talk to in an in-depth way about your fishing is a massive help.

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Simon Colclough’s Diary

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Sim mon Colclough reports back from a testing few weeks on the Old River Nene at Benwick and the Factory Bank in Cambridgeshire. he Old River Nene at Benwick is the less wellknown part of the old river, with March being its more glamorous cousin. The best way I can describe Benwick is that it is like March in that you get plenty of bites, but the stamp of the fish is generally a lot smaller. As with March there can be bonus fish show up like tench, eels and odd skimmers and bream too. I always think that it’s a good venue for a team match, with 60 pegs in a line and a reasonable head of fish in most pegs. Throwing in all the usual match fishing variables, it’s probably as ‘fair’ a venue as you can get. My draw of Peg B4 in this year’s practice match for the Winter League (which is pegged as if it were the team match) put me 10 pegs down from the town end and was an area that is pretty steady and often throws up the odd tench. On paper I felt that it would provide good practice for the team match the next week. There had been rumours of weed and when I got to my peg it was clearly true, as I could see streamer weed under the surface in a lot of my peg. As I’ve become accustomed to in the Winter

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“I decided to just geet myy heaad dow wn hat I could d.” and catcch wh League this year, it was time for the weed rake to get some action. Underneath the streamer weed there was also thick blanket weed, which meant that anyone without a rake was soon borrowing one! It was pretty strange, because last year there was hardly any weed at Benwick. Even after raking my peg I could only find two clear spots, one at about five to six metres and another at 10.5 metres. It was a case of fishing to the conditions and not having lines everywhere. It was to be groundbait, squatts and pinkies on those lines and a chopped-worm

line down my peg in a slightly less weedy area of the swim. Starting short and fishing with pinkies I was soon catching very small fish, as was everyone, and this pattern was broken when out of the blue I hooked something much better. After seeing a 1lb skimmer flash in the clear water, it was massive bonus that I didn’t want to lose. Fortunately, no hook-pulls and a good start to the match. John Taylor to my right was catching small fish much quicker than me and it was something that I needed to address. He was loose

feeding quite heavily with squatts and was catching very quickly. I’m always reticent to start loose feeding at Benwick as I have found that it strangely sometimes kills your peg or brings in hordes of micro fish; however, today it was clearly the way to go. As soon as I started to feed squatts and fish with squatts on the hook my catch rate increased and I even caught quite a few on the whip. As the water was gin clear it was a case of alternating between long and short squatt lines to the end of the match. At the weigh-in it was an incredibly tight section with a 6lb-odd weight, while John weighed in 7lb 1oz and my 214 fish went 7lb 5oz, which was narrowly beaten into second place by 7lb 6oz, which included a couple of bonus skimmers and some hemp roach. I couldn’t really complain, though, as John had caught more fish than me and had fished a better match, but still weighed less than me. It had been a good practice and had provided me with plenty of food for thought for the next week. I had definitely left a couple of pounds worth of small fish in the peg, which would

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have been addressed by fishing squatts earlier. I also felt that my close line was a little too close in the clear water and a couple of lines slightly further out would hold the fish for longer.

The Factory bank can either be very good, or very hard.

Round Threee Match: Benwick The team match arrived and still with unseasonably mild weather I was expecting a similar match to the practice match, although with air pressure on the high side I was slightly wary. My draw put me on D5 and the standout feature of this section is a 200-yard gap between Pegs 3 and 4 due to some wires. Historically Peg 4 often throws up a few tench, which almost certainly get pushed into the gap, especially as the pegging is generally tight at Benwick. Going by what I’d learnt in the practice match, I decided to rake out two channels at the 10 and two o’clock positions and plumbed up at around eight to nine metres in some relatively clear spots. I knew that most people had managed to catch above the weed last week; however, if it turned hard I felt that being able to fish over groundbait on the bottom could be an advantage. I assembled a 4.5m whip, which would also cover both these spots, and a chopped worm rig to fish down my peg. A ‘hopeful hemp rig’ was also set up – the main reason for it being hopeful was it would be lucky to get through the weed right across! Finally, a small waggler was assembled to fish the far bank, but as my peg was only 13 metres wide, it wasn’t really very practical. I was hoping to get off to a flyer on the whip and last week’s match winner, Paul Spriggs, next to me on Peg 6 certainly did. He was bagging in the same vein that he’d done last week and annoyingly I just wasn’t getting bites very quickly,

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despite seemingly fishing similarly to him. I tried loose feeding both pinkies and then squatts and even throwing in small balls of cloud, but it didn’t really happen and I was behind. I decided to change to shortlining and immediately this produced a quicker catch rate. Obviously my presentation wasn’t right on the whip, which was strange considering there was not a breath of wind. Feeding squatts over both lines and fishing about three feet deep was the best way of catching. However, the fish wouldn’t keep coming on either line and I had to keep swapping between them. The better news was that Paul had slowed down considerably after his flying start and I was now catching up. Bank runners mentioned that there had been no big fish caught in my section; I think the still conditions and gin-clear water had put paid to them feeding in numbers. Apparently Stan Binge had really caught small fish well on Peg 2 though, and was winning the section. I decided to just get my head down and catch what I could, remembering the small margins from last week. As expected the hemp line didn’t produce and the big-

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Although the peg appeared barren, there were small fish fish topping everywhere when the light dropped later in the day. fish line was also desolate. At the end I’d got up to 198 fish and as they were a similar stamp to last week I was expecting a 5lb 8oz to 6lb weight. I actually weighed in 6lb 4oz 8dr to tie for second place in the section with Hot Rods Ricky Young. We were well behind section winner Stan Binge’s winning weight of 9lb 8oz! Ricky reckoned that Stan caught 100 more fish than him! Appraising my match I think I’d fished solidly, although my sluggish start had cost me a pound of fish. I was just pleased to contribute some decent points to the team after my nightmare first two rounds. On the team front we’d had such a weird day, managing first and second in the match (well done John Weedon and Pete Vasey)

and then several really poor results. This is really unlike us on a small-fish-dominated round and frustratingly meant that we finished fourth. Well done Stanjay Gold, who blitzed the day.

Round Fourr Maatchh: Faacttoryy Baank & Cocck Bankk As I’d practised the Factory Bank the previous week, it was obvious that I’d draw the Cock Bank and my peg was on the bit that they’d left out the previous week. I spoke to Ricky Young, who was also in my section, who said that one of his team had been down and fished it in the week and hadn’t had a bite! Deep joy, although at least I had an end peg and on arriving at the peg was half optimistic. On a gin-clear drain the fish can very often get pushed off the match

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length before the start and the end person will then be the first person to catch. Well that was the theory, but the reality was very different and it was clear that it was going to be a long day, when after an hour a few tiny roach fry were all that had been caught in the whole section. Rob Hubbard next to me had got off to a relative flyer by catching about 10 of them before I had my first one. These fish were REALLY small and I estimated them to be about 100 to the pound. As I was on an end peg I’d put a smalll ball of mulched-up worms and dead pinkies in soil at 13 3 metres to my left in the hope of a perch. Just a 4oz perch would be a massive bonus in n a section like this. Again, like in all of the rounds, the weed was terrible and I didn’t have confidence in my bait being above it. That horrible blanket weed was everywhere and it seems to be impossible to totally rake out. The guys from our team that had been on the harder pegs on the Cock Bank the week before had found that cupping in loose groundbait had been the way to get bites. I think in the clear water it attracted these tiny fish into your peg and it also probably sat on top of the weed. I kept trying it and did nick an odd tiny fish – I even put in a ball of bread, although I knew it wouldn’t

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Was that skimmer really only 1lb Simon? work, which it didn’t. No-one could really catch in the section and no-one had caught anything apart from roach fry, although Rob Hubbard was certainly catching more than anyone else. He caught all of his in the deeper water, whereas I couldn’t buy a bite here. The last half an hour came and all of a sudden I started to get some bites, and in fact everyone did. I was catching

on the smallest squatt that I could find to hook and was Kinder potting (yes, you read that right) about five squatts and a tiny amount of loose crumb after every fish. I ended up with 29 of these tinies and the one thing that I was glad of was that I wasn’t on the scales, as I knew that it would be a nightmare to call! It was clear that Rob would win the section and

his weight of 12oz did just that. I was last to weigh and I needed my 29 fish to beat 4oz, which would get me second in the section. I was mightily relieved when Rob called my weight as 4oz 8dr and second place… just! It really had been an old-fashioned winter league grueller. Amazingly, as we were packing up and the light levels dropped further there were small fish fi pimpling all along the t drain. Clearly it was alive with these ‘eyeballs’ a and a even fish of that size would not feed until the w light levels dropped. That li really surprised me. r Initially I thought that the th team had probably won w the day, as we had four fo firsts and a second. Danny Grimsey had had D a great day, catching 16lb on squatts for second in the th match on the Factory Bank, which had fished Ba probably three times as pr well as the previous week! w In fact my duff advice of telling him to start on the te bread had probably cost him the match! Unfortunately, we had a couple of poor results and Mark 1 recorded an amazing nine seconds, relegating us to second place. That leaves us three points adrift of Hot Rods and Mark One in first place. If we win the last two rounds then I think we’ll get through, although that’s easier said than done in this league – a real long shot.

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Toom Scholley visits his favourite River Soar and explains how a catch-all approach is the key to consistency on flowing water… ne of the highlights of my year is always the Soar Valley Winter League, which I fish with my Matrix Dynamite Trentmen team. As the league name suggests, it takes place on the River Soar, around Loughborough, and it offers an extremely diverse range of fishing – to the point where you really don’t know what kind of tactics you will be using until your team captain hands you your peg! On some sections, you are fishing a narrow, fast stretch of river where dace and chub are the order of the day,

and methods like the stick float dominate. Others are very deep and sluggish, and bream and skimmers are the target fish. And then there are sections like Kegworth – where you join me today – that hold a good head of both small and big fish. We fish the venue through October and November, when temperatures are plunging and rain, sleet and even snow can be on the cards. Being a relatively small river the Soar can be

RIVER SOAR, KEGWORTH, LEICESTERSHIRE Controlling Club: Long Eaton Angling Federation Contact: Alan Wright 07773 337827

quick to rise, and quick to fall too, so any change in the weather needs to be taken into account before formulating a battle plan.

The Rigght Mind-Set The Soar, like any river, has its fair share of bad pegs – and it is very difficult to be ultra-consistent on there without a bit of

producing section or match winners, but the best anglers make their mark by scraping good points out from difficult areas. I am very proud of my record on the Soar with regard to this, and like to think the key to my success is keeping a very open mind. It isn’t until I have sat and looked at my peg, and the

“Thee firstt thingg to thhinnk aboout aree what I calll ‘breaad-annd--butteer fish’.” luck at the drawbag. That said, with team points and a place in the Winter League Final at stake, it isn’t all about winning; the priority is coming back with respectable points and a place in the top half of the section. The nature of a lot of the sections means that the good pegs often take care of themselves in terms of

condition of the river, that I decide how to approach it. The first thing to think about are what I call “breadand-butter fish”. These are whatever you consider to be the most prevalent fish that you think will be in front of you, and which will be the most reliable to get you good points for the team. They could be roach, perch, dace

Perch like this are real weight builders – and there are loads of them in the Soar.

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Rick Tyler from Octbox also caught a few on Tom’s gear.

Tom caught plenty for the cameras – you can view the footage on the 55madx YouTube channel.

or even bleak. You then have to think where in your peg you would be most likely to catch them. The biggest determining factor here is flow. On a low, clear river most fish would rather sit and feed in the flow. It is where the water is most oxygenated, and where any morsels of food often wash through for them to devour. For this reason you can normally get fish competing here better than anywhere else. However, when the river rises and extra pace and colour are added to the equation, the fish would often rather sit out of the flow in the steadier water, where they don’t have to battle a constant torrent. So the first job is to read this flow and ask yourself where your main, breadand-butter fish line is to be located. Today, there is a touch of extra pace on the river, and also a constant

stream of leaves moving down in the strongest flow at 16 metres, so I opt to fish just out of the strong flow but still where there is a good amount of pace at 13 metres, where I will be able to present a bait quickly and efficiently without having to constantly avoid leaves when putting my rig in. It is also very important to take the depth into account when deciding where you are going to fish for these bread-and-butter fish. Often a riverbed can be very uneven, and today is no exception – I find the peg starts to shallow up as I move downstream once I get past about 11am on a clock face (with the river flowing right to left). This is the same from a top five all the way out to 16 metres, so this has a big effect on where I choose to locate my lines.

Go Dow wn! Where I can, I always like to locate my lines slightly

A stable setup is a must on rugged venues like the Soar. [INSET] Tom adds plenty of casters and pinkies to his mix.

downstream of where I position my seatbox. This means my rigs have plenty of chance to settle before they reach my feed area. This is of paramount importance, as it’s amazing how often bites from bigger fish come above your bait. However,

Note Tom’s boom of shot under his olivette. This is to help prevent tangles.

on pegs like this where it shallows up as you move down the swim, you have to be careful as you’re running into shallower water, so your bait presentation may be hindered, especially when fishing for small fish with running rigs like today.

With this in mind, a balancing act is required, so I choose to locate my swims slightly downstream of where I want to fish, but only slightly so that I am still able to get my rig settled above my feed. I am then able to run my rig over the flat bottom for a while before having to lift it out where the bottom slopes up (if I haven’t had a bite). So having made my mind up where to locate my bread-and-butter swim, I can then turn my thoughts to where to locate my big-fish swim. Cover plays a big part in my decision making here, and any tree, weed bed or boat is a likely hiding place for big fish. Today, none of these options are readily available, however, and with the flow on the long pole presenting problems with leaves, I decide the short pole is the best place for a big-fish swim. As luck would have it, this

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Catch Everything From Your River Swim

The Soar at Kegworth certainly looks very fishy.

A Preston No5 Slip Elastic is Tom’s choice on his lightest rig. plumbs up almost exactly the same as the long-pole line in terms of depth. If I expected small-fish sport to be difficult, I would definitely look to put more chopped-worm lines in than just one, to give me the option of rotating around the various swims.

particularly good. The view I usually take, though – and will take today – is to feed neat worms to start with, but with the option of adding casters when I top up later in the day.

Tim minng Is Everytthinng!

The Rigght Feedd So, having decided where to fish to best cover my options, the next thing to consider is what to feed. Kegworth is similar to a lot of the River Soar in that you don’t have an awful lot of options as the river is fairly narrow, so you don’t have anywhere to go if you get it wrong. Again, starting with the bread-and-butter line first, there are two key options to consider. The first is groundbait, and the second is bread. For me, groundbait is the route to go down when there is any extra pace on the river (like today) and you think there may be fish like the occasional skimmer, or other fish mooching about. By contrast, bread is my choice when the river is running low and clear, and I think a net of roach is on the cards. If in doubt, I will start on bread with the option

Dumpy little roach add valuable ounces to the catch. of converting the swim to a groundbait line by cupping a couple of balls in later in the day. Today, though, there is no doubt in my mind that the river will respond to groundbait, so this is to be my initial attack. Groundbait is all about confidence, and for me, my trusty roach mix of one part Van Den Eynde Secret, one part Dynamite Baits Frenzied Hemp and one part Sensas

Gros Gardons is the choice. To this I add 50 per cent soil to get the mix to the bottom. I kick-start my peg by cupping in three balls of this chosen mix with a generous handful of pinkies and casters. On to the bonus-fish line, and here there is one bait that I always feed – and that is chopped dendras! Sometimes I add casters to this if I feel that the fishing on the worm line will be

With my plan in place, and lines set, it’s time to get fishing. I feel one of the most important advantages that I have over the competition is discipline – and by this I mean fishing the right lines at the right times. Firstly, after feeding both my lines I always start on my bread-and-butter line. On days when a low winning weight is needed, often this first half-hour is when you can do most of your damage. Also, if the match develops into a fish race, you give yourself the best chance of gaining a head start over the opposition. If bites are forthcoming on your opening line, then you need to be very disciplined when it comes to your bigfish lines. I have something that I call the “100-second rule”, which means I wait no longer than 100 seconds on a bonus line without a bite, when there are small fish to catch elsewhere. Generally, your bites come within 20

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1g Sensas Series 18

0.10mm Refo Power

4x16 Preston Chianti

0.10mm Refo Power

5g Cralusso Torpedo

2g Dean Townsend Nuddy

0.19mm Refo Power

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WHIPS TO CLEAR COLMIC SLIDER 5M ......................................................................£99 ..........£49 COLMIC KENDAL 8.2M (1 X TOP KIT) MARGIN .............................£199 ..........£99 DAM STIPPY 4M.............................................................................£79 ..........£49 DAM CARBOMESH 7M EXT ONLY ...................................................£69 ..........£25 GARBOLINO ANANGA 3M ...............................................................£27 ..........£15 GARBOLINO RAFALE 3M.................................................................£33 ..........£21 GARBOLINO SWIFTIE 2.5M .............................................................£55 ..........£39 GARBOLINO SWIFTIE 3M ................................................................£64 ..........£45 GARBOLINO SWIFTIE 3.5M .............................................................£69 ..........£49 MAVER THEMA 5M .....................................................................£104 ..........£74 MAVER B20 6M (T/APART) ...........................................................£179 ....... £119 MAVER STEALTH 2M ......................................................................£32 ..........£19 MAVER VEGA 3M............................................................................£35 ..........£21 MILO AZZURINA 2.1M ....................................................................£49 ..........£28 MILO AZZURINA 2.4M ....................................................................£54 ..........£29 MITCHELL 6M T/TAPART ..............................................................£129 ..........£69 REAKT CARBON TELE WHIP 3M ......................................................£24 ..........£12 SHAKESPEARE HI-CARBON 7M ....................................................£144 ..........£89 SHAKESPEARE HI-CARBON 6M ....................................................£129 ..........£79 SHAKESPEARE TELE 4.5M..............................................................£45 ..........£27 TRABUCCO SPEEDMASTER 2.4M ...................................................£49 ..........£29 ABU FLOAT RODS.......................................................................RRP ......... O/P CONOLON MATCH 13’ ..................................................................£189 ..........£99 ULTRA CAST MATCH POWER 13’ ..................................................£129 ..........£69 ULTRA CAST MATCH 13’ ..............................................................£129 ..........£69 AMBASSADEUR ELITE MATCH 14’ ................................................£179 ....... £109 RENEGADE MATCH 14’.................................................................£139 ..........£79 RENEGADE SPECIALIST FLOAT 13’3”............................................£139 ..........£79 ESPIRIT MATCH POWER 13’ .........................................................£119 ..........£69 MAX DOMINATOR MATCH 13’ ........................................................£79 ..........£45 SIRIUS MATCH 13’ .........................................................................£89 ..........£49 SIRIUS MATCH 14’ .........................................................................£99 ..........£55 SEGRA MATCH POWER 13’...........................................................£139 ..........£79 EQUALISER MATCH 13’ ..................................................................£69 ..........£39 EQUALISER MATCH POWER 13’......................................................£69 ..........£39 PHAZER MATCH 13’ .......................................................................£69 ..........£39 PHAZER MATCH POWER 13’...........................................................£69 ..........£39

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LEEDA XGT ADVANCED 11M (1 X KIT) ....................£169 ...£100 GARBOLINO BAZOOKARP 9.5M MARGIN ................£169 ...£100 SHAKESPEARE LEXICON 12.5M (1 X KIT) ...............£700 ...£100 SHAKESPEARE VINDICATOR12M (1 X KIT) .............£700 ...£100 SHAKESPEARE ONSET GOLD 12.5M (1 X KIT) ........£299 ...£100

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JANUARY special pole sale all poles listed below are £100 for 1 month only ABU GARCIA BIG BAD WOLF 11M (1 X KIT).............£169 .. £100 BROWNING AGGESSOR MARGIN 10M (1 X KIT) ......£189 .. £100 COLMIC KENDAL MARGIN 8.2M (1 X KIT) ...............£199 .. £100 SILSTAR EXECUTIVE CLASS 12.5M (1 X KIT) ..........£439 ...£100 LEEDA POWERHOUSE CARP 12.5M (1 X KIT ..........£350 ...£100

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125m CLOSED FACE ................................................................................£90 .............................. £65 1657 DM (AUTO BAIL)............................................................................£120 .............................. £85 TDM 4012 (SINGLE HANDLE) ................................................................£160 .............................. £85

16 CERTATE 3000...............................£390 ......£289 16 CERTATE 3012H.............................£390 ......£289 16 CERTATE 3000 ..............................£390 ......£289 16 CERTATE 4000H ............................£430 ......£315 CALDIA 2000A ....................................£250 ......£182 CALDIA 2500A ....................................£250 ......£182 CALDIA 2508A ....................................£250 ......£182 CALDIA 3000A ....................................£250 ......£182 CALDIA 4000A ....................................£250 ......£182 TDR 2508 (SINGLE).............................£265 ......£177 TDR 2508 (DOUBLE) ...........................£265 ......£177 TDR 3012 (SINGLE).............................£265 ......£177 TDR 3012 (DOUBLE) ...........................£265 ......£177 TDR 4012 (SINGLE).............................£265 ......£177 TDM 2508 (DOUBLE)...........................£160 ........£85 TDM 3012 (SINGLE) ............................£160 ........£85 TDM 4012 (SINGLE) ............................£160 ........£85 HARRIER X MATCH 3053 .......................£55 ........£45 1657DM (AUTO BAIL)..........................£120 ........£85 125M (CLOSED FACE) ...........................£90 ........£65 MATCHWINNER 2508 A (SINGLE).........£199 ......£140 MATCHWINNER 3012 A (SINGLE).........£199 ......£140 MATCHWINNER 4012 A (SINGLE).........£199 ......£140

MATCHWINNER 2508 A (DOUBLE) .......£199 ......£140 MATCHWINNER 3012 A (DOUBLE) ......£199 .......£140 BALLISTIC EX 2500H..........................£225 .......£160 BALLISTIC EX 3000H..........................£225 .......£160 BALLISTIC EX 4000H..........................£225 .......£160 EXCELER 1500A.................................£110 .........£79 EXCELER 2500A.................................£110 .........£79 EXCELER 2506HA ..............................£110 .........£79 EXCELER 3000HA ..............................£110 .........£79 EXCELER 4000HA ..............................£110 .........£79 LEGALIS 1500HA .................................£90 .........£59 LEGALIS 2000HA .................................£90 .........£59 LEGALIS 2500HA .................................£90 .........£59 LEGALIS 3000HA .................................£90 .........£59 LEGALIS 4000HA .................................£90 .........£59 NEW NINJA MATCH 3012A ..................£55 .........£49 NEW NINJA MATCH 4012A ..................£55 .........£49 CLEARANCE REELS 1657DM AUTO BAIL .............................£120 ......... £85 125M CLOSED FACE...............................£90 ......... £65 HRS 2553A.............................................£55 ......... £30 HRS 2550A.............................................£50 ......... £29

MATCH FLOAT RODS RRP £385.00 £239.00

THEORY WAGGLER 13’

RRP £170.00 £99.00

NEW AIRITY 10/11’ PELLET WAGGLER ...... £399. £295 NEW AIRITY 13’ WAGGLER ........................ £375. £279 NEW AIRITY 10’11’ MATCH + FEEDER ...... £399. £295 NEW TEAM DAIWA 13’ WAGGLER ............. £155. £129 NEW TEAM DAIWA 14’ WAGGLER ............. £175. £145 TEAM DAIWA 14’ POWER WAGGLER.............. £175. £145

NEW TEAM DAIWA 15’/17’ STICK/WAGGLER . £200. £165 NEW TEAM DAIWA BOLO 6MT ................. £185. £150 NEW TEAM DAIWA BOLO 7MT ................. £225. £185 NEW TEAMDAIWACOMMERCIAL10’6”PELLET £155. £125 NEW TEAMDAIWACOMMERCIAL11’6”PELLET £155. £125 NEW TEAMDAIWACOMMERCIAL10’6”PELLET X POWER ... ..................................................................... £155 . £125

NEW TEAMDAIWACOMMERCIAL11’6”PELLET X POWER ... ..................................................................... £155 . £125 AIRITY MATCH 12’ WAGGLER ........................ £375. £230 AIRITY MATCH 13’ WAGGLER ........................ £385. £239 TOURNAMENT PRO 11’ WAGGLER................. £365. £275

TOURNAMENT PRO 12’ WAGGLER................. £375. £279 TOURNAMENT PRO 13’ WAGGLER................. £425. £309 TOURNAMENT PRO 13/15’ WAGGLER............ £499 . £350 TOURNAMENT PRO WAGGLER 14’................. £450. £325 TOURNAMENT PRO 2’ EXTENSION .................. £50... £41 TD-SR3 MATCH 12’ PELLET POWER WAGGLER£130 . £75 MATCH WINNER MATCH 11’.......................... £200. £159 MATCH WINNER MATCH 12’.......................... £200. £159 TDFC 13’ POWER FLOAT ............................... £125... £79 THEORY WAGGLER 13’.................................. £170... £99 TOURNAMAX MATCH 13’ WAGGLER ................ £75... £49 VERTICE 13’ X POWER WAGGLER.................... £55... £37 SENSOR Z MATCH 13’ WAGGLER .................... £59... £39 SPECTRON PELLET WAGGLER 12’................. £260. £169 SPECTRON WAGGLER 13’ ............................. £270. £175 SPECTRON POWER WAGGLER 13’................. £280. £179 SPECTRON WAGGLER 13’/15’ ....................... £320. £205 STRIKEFORCE X MATCH13’ ............................ £69... £45

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CARPONPOLE(DEEP) No12.DOUBLEFIGURECARP SILVERSONTHEPOLE(BLOODWORM) No13.BREAM&SKIMMERSONPELLETS CARPONTHEROD(BOMB&FEEDER) No14. CARPONTHEMETHODFEEDER SILVERSONTHEPOLE(WORM&CASTER) ALL £15.00 EACH CARPONTHEROD(PELLETWAGGLER) ANY 6 FOR £77.00 CARPONTHEROD(BIGWAGGLER) ALL 11 IN SET SILVERSONTHEROD(BREAM/TIP) FOR £139.00 SILVERSONTHEPOLE(ROACH/BREAD)

WADERS STD NEOPRENE CHEST WADERS (6-12).......................£100 ...........£82 LIGHTWEIGHT CHEST WADERS (6-12)............................£38 ...........£32 LIGHTWEIGHT HIP WADERS (6-12) .................................£28 ...........£24 NEOPRENE HIP WADERS (6-12)......................................£80 ...........£66

LINES, HOOKS AND READYMADE RIGS TDR REEL LINE (150m) 3lb, 4lb, 5lb, 6lb, 8lb, 10lb ALL £8.25 EACH ANY 3 FOR £21.00 - ANY 5 FOR £32.00 NEW SUPER G-LINE .06 DIA 0.88lb .08 DIA 1.5lb .10 DIA 2.23lb .12 DIA 3.1lb .16 DIA 5.4lb .18 DIA 6.7lb .20 DIA 8.3lb .22 DIA 9.8lb .24 DIA 15lb .26 DIA 17.9lb .28 DIA 19.4lb RRP £9.75 EACH ANY 3 FOR £25 - ANY 5 FOR £39 ORIGINAL GAMAKATSU G-LINE .08 DIA 1.4lb .09 DIA 1.7lb .10 DIA 2.1lb .12 DIA 2.9lb .14 DIA 3.9lb .16 DIA 5lb .18 DIA 6.3lb .20 DIA 7.8lb .22 DIA 9.3lb .24 DIA 11.9lb .26 DIA 14.3lb RRP £7.75 EACH ANY 3 FOR £20 - ANY 5 FOR £31

PROTEUS MEDIUM FEEDER 12’

£65

TOURNAMENT PRO 12’/13’

£425

AIRITY BOMB 9’.........................................................£375...£279 AIRITY BOMB 10’.......................................................£380...£285 AIRITY BOMB 11’.......................................................£395...£289 AIRITY BOMB/FEEDER 9’/10’.....................................£395...£289 AIRITY BOMB/FEEDER 10/11’....................................£415...£299 AIRITY MED/POWER 12’/13’......................................£450...£325 TEAM DAIWA COMMERCIAL BOMB 9’ 6”..................£150...£125 TEAMDAIWACOMMERCIALBOMB/FEEDER10’6”........£150...£125 TEAMDAIWACOMMERCIALBOMB/FEEDER11’6”........£150...£125 TEAMDAIWACOMMERCIALBOMB9’6” X POWER ...................................................................................£150...£125 TEAMDAIWACOMMERCIALBOMB/FEEDER10’6” X POWER............ £150..........................................................................£125 TEAMDAIWACOMMERCIALBOMB/FEEDER11’6” X POWER........... ...................................................................................£150...£125 TEAMDAIWAMATCHFEEDER11’6”.............................£165...£135 TEAMDAIWAMATCHFEEDER12’6”.............................£175...£143 TEAM DAIWA POWER METHOD 11’..........................£150...£125 TEAM DAIWA POWER METHOD 12’..........................£150...£125 TOURNAMENT PRO 9’ QUIVER (2 PIECE)...................£365...£275

EXCLUSIVE TO IEND FISHERMAN’S FR

£45

£309

TOURNAMENT PRO 10’ QUIVER (2 PIECE).................£375...£279 TOURNAMENT PRO 10’/11’ BOMB...........................£395...£289 TOURNAMENT PRO 11’ QUIVER (2 PIECE).................£385...£285 TOURNAMENT PRO 12’/13’ MED POWER FEEDER...................... .................................................................................£425...£309 TOURNAMENT LONG DISTANCE HEAVY FEEDER ‘13....... .......... ...................................................................................£499...£365 TOURNAMENT LONG DISTANCE EX HEAVY FEEDER ‘14.. .......... ...................................................................................£525...£379 SPECTRON BOMB/MEDIUM 9’/10’............................£285...£185 MWSL 11,6” LIGHT / MEDIUM FEEDER.....................£140.....£50 MATCHWINNER BOMB/ LIGHT FEEDER 9’/10’..........£200...£159 MATCHWINNER BOMB/ LIGHT FEEDER 10’/11’........£200...£159 MATCHWINNER FEEDER 12’....................................£200...£159 PROTEUS 12’ MED FEEDER ........................................£65.....£45 TDFC 13’ POWER FEEDER.........................................£149.....£89 TD-SR3 12’ ALLROUND FEEDER (3-PIECE)...............£130.....£75 VLXS 12’ TWIN TOP FEEDER.......................................£99.....£65 VERTICE 13’ QUIVER....................................................£50.....£37 VULCAN X 13’ POWER FEEDER.................................£119.....£75

NEW SUPERIOR WIDE BORE EX-LONG INTERNAL PTFE BUSH

These bushes are made exactly to fit match no2 sections and power top 2 kits of Daiwa poles. Also designed for using with all grades of hollow elastics. If the power top 2 is cut to the same length as the match no2 and 3 sections when put together the no2 internal bush will fit exactly making power and match tops exactly the same length. The no2 bush will take the thickest elastics available. Even though they were designed for Daiwa poles we have found they fit most poles made. No 1 bush (fits match no2 sections) £3 each or any 6 for £15 No 2 bush (fits power top 2 kits)

D-TACH ACCESSORY ARM (LONG)........................................................£9.50 D-TACH KEEPNET ARM.........................................................................£6.50 D-TACH FEEDER ARM..............................................................................£16 D-TACH SPARY BAR.................................................................................£25 D-TACH ACCESSORY ARM (600mm)........................................................£16 TEAM DAIWA SIDE TRAY (LARGE)..............................................£55 .......£45 TEAM DAIWA SIDE TRAY (X-LARGE)...........................................£60 .......£49 TEAM DAIWA BARROW PLATFORM........................................ £185 .....£149 TEAM DAIWA TACKLE TROLLEY.................................................£85 .......£69 TEAM DAIWA BAIT WAITER......................................................................£19 TEAM DAIWA POLE SOCK (SINGLE)...........................................................£8 TEAM DAIWA POLE SOCK (DOUBLE)..........................................................£8 LUGGER MATCH BARROW...................................................... £200 .....£180

DAIWA 500 TOURNAMENT SEATBOX WAS £625 NOW £465 SAVE £160

ACCESSORIES D-TACH ACCESSORY ARM (SHORT)......................................................£7.50 D-TACH ACCESSORY ARM (MEDIUM) ...................................................£8.50

CLOTHING

RRP O/P NEW AIRITY GORE-TEX JACKET (XXL ONLY) ............................................................................................ £380 ..............£319 NEW AIRITY GORE-TEX JACKET (M-XL)................................................................................................... £370 ..............£309 NEW AIRITY GORE-TEX SMOCK (XXL ONLY)............................................................................................. £310 ..............£255 NEW AIRITY GORE-TEX SMOCK (M-XL) ................................................................................................... £300 ..............£245 NEW AIRITY GORE-TEX BIB-N-BRACE (XXL ONLY) ................................................................................... £360 ..............£309 NEW AIRITY GORE-TEX BIB-N-BRACE (M-XL).......................................................................................... £350 ..............£299 NEW AIRITY GORE-TEX OVER TROUSER (XXL ONLY) ................................................................................ £270 ..............£222 NEW AIRITY GORE-TEX OVER TROUSER (M-XL)....................................................................................... £260 ..............£216 NEW AIRITY GORE-TEX WINDSTOPPER JACKET (XXL ONLY) .................................................................... £275 ..............£226 NEW AIRITY GORE-TEX WINDSTOPPER JACKET (M-XL ONLY) .................................................................. £260 ..............£216 NEW AIRITY GORE-TEX WINDSTOPPER TROUSERS (XXL ONLY)................................................................ £140 ..............£126 NEW AIRITY GORE-TEX WINDSTOPPER TROUSERS (M-XL ONLY) ............................................................. £130 ..............£117 STAFF GORE-TEX JACKET (RED) (XXL ONLY)............................................................................................ £370 ..............£299 STAFF GORE-TEX JACKET (RED) (M-XL) .................................................................................................. £360 ..............£292 STAFF GORE-TEX JACKET (BLUE) (XXL ONLY) .......................................................................................... £370 ..............£299 STAFF GORE-TEX JACKET (BLUE) (M-XL)................................................................................................. £360 ..............£292 STAFF GORE-TEX BIB ‘N’BRACE (RED) (XXL ONLY)................................................................................... £350 ..............£286 STAFF GORE-TEX BIB ‘N’ BRACE (RED) (M-XL)......................................................................................... £340 ..............£279 STAFF GORE-TEX BIB ‘N’ BRACE (BLUE) (XXL ONLY) ................................................................................ £350 ..............£286 STAFF GORE-TEX BIB ‘N’ BRACE (BLUE) (M-XL)....................................................................................... £340 ..............£279 STAFF GORE-TEX WINDSTOPPER SOFTSHELL (RED) (XXL ONLY).............................................................. £245 ..............£206 STAFF GORE-TEX WINDSTOPPER SOFTSHELL (RED) (M-XL) .................................................................... £235 ..............£199 STAFF GORE-TEX WINDSTOPPER SOFTSHELL (BLUE) (XXL ONLY) ............................................................ £245 ..............£206 STAFF GORE-TEX WINDSTOPPER SOFTSHELL (BLUE) (M-XL)................................................................... £235 ..............£199 STAFF GORE-TEX TROUSER (RED) (XXL ONLY) ......................................................................................... £260 ..............£219 STAFF GORE-TEX TROUSER (RED) (M-XL)................................................................................................ £250 ..............£209 STAFF GORE-TEX TROUSER (BLUE) (XXL ONLY) ....................................................................................... £260 ..............£219 STAFF GORE-TEX TROUSER (BLUE) (M-XL) .............................................................................................. £250 ..............£209 TOURNAMENT GORE-TEX JACKET (BLACK) (MED ONLY).......................................................................... £340 ..............£285 TOURNAMENT GORE-TEX BIB ‘N’ BRACE (BLACK) (XXL ONLY) ................................................................. £340 ..............£285 TOURNAMENT GORE-TEX BIB ‘N’ BRACE (BLACK) (XL ONLY) ................................................................... £330 ..............£275 TOURNAMENT GORE-TEX WINDSTOPPER SOFT SHELL (BLACK) (XXL ONLY) ............................................ £230 ..............£185 TOURNAMENT GORE-TEX WINDSTOPPER SOFT SHELL (BLACK) (LARGE ONLY)........................................ £220 ..............£179 TOURNAMENT GORE-TEX OVERTROUSERS (BLACK) (XXL ONLY) .............................................................. £260 ..............£209 TOURNAMENT GORE-TEX OVERTROUSERS (BLACK) (L-XL) ...................................................................... £250 ..............£199 DAIWA BREATHABLE JACKET (L & XXL ONLY).......................................................................................... £110 ................£89 TEAM DAIWA LIGHTWEIGHT JACKET (X-LARGE ONLY) ................................................................................ £50 ................£35 TEAM DAIWA NECKWARMER ...............................................................................................................................................£7 TEAM DAIWA POLO SHIRT (BLACK) (X-LARGE)............................................................................................ £20 ................£15 TEAM DAIWA POLO SHIRT (RED) (MEDIUM ONLY) ....................................................................................... £20 ................£15 NEW DAIWA WHITE/BLACK POLO SHIRT (M-XXL) ...................................................................................... £20 ................£16 NEW DAIWA BLACK/WHITE POLO SHIRT (M-XXL) ...................................................................................... £20 ................£16 NEW DAIWA RED/BLACK POLO SHIRT (M-XXL).......................................................................................... £20 ................£16 NEW DAIWA BLUE/BLACK POLO SHIRT (M-XXL) ........................................................................................ £20 ................£16 TEAM DAIWA ZIPPER HOODED TOP (BLACK) (M-XXL) ................................................................................ £33 ................£27 TEAM DAIWA CAP (BLACK OR BLUE) ...................................................................................................................................£8 NEW DAIWA FLEECE JACKET (BLACK/RED) (M-XXL).................................................................................. £40 ................£33 NEW DAIWA FLEECE JACKET (BLACK/BLUE) (M-XXL) ................................................................................ £40 ................£33 NEW DAIWA FLEECE WAISTCOAT (BLACK/RED) (M-XXL)............................................................................ £35 ................£29 NEW DAIWA FLEECE WAISTCOAT (BLACK/BLUE) (M-XXL).......................................................................... £35 ................£29 NEW DAIWA BEANIE HAT (BLUE or RED) ..........................................................................................................................£20 NEW TEAM WATERPROOF JACKET (BLACK / RED) (M & XXL ONLY)........................................................... £150 ................£95 NEW TEAM WATERPROOF JACKET (BLACK / BLUE) (M-XXL)..................................................................... £150 ................£95 NEW TEAM WATERPROOF BIB ‘N’ BRACE (LARGE ONLY)............................................................................. £90 ................£59 NEW BLACK QUILTED JACKET (M-XXL) ...................................................................................................... £75 ................£62 NEW FLEECE TROUSERS (M-XXL) .............................................................................................................. £27 ................£22

KEEPNETS, LANDING NETS & HANDLES GAMAKATSU HOOKS CARP MATCH BARBLESS (SPADE END) 10-18 (PER 10) PELLET BARBLESS (SPADE END) 10-20 (PER 10) GAMA GREEN BARBLESS (SPADE END) 16-24 (PER 10) GAMA BLACK BARBLESS (SPADE END) 16-24 (PER 10) ALL-ROUND BARBLESS (SPADE END) 12-24 (PER 10) WIDE GAPE EYED BARBLESS 12-18 (PER 10) WIDE GAPE EYED BARBED 12-18 (PER 10) NEW PELLET BARBLESS EYED 10-18 (PER 10) NEW PASTE AND PELLET (SPADE END) 10-20 (PER 10) NEW FEEDER BARBLESS EYED 12-14 (PER 10) NEW WIDE GAPE MAGGOT (SPADE END) 10-20 NEW GAMMA POWER BARBED (SPADE END) 8-20 NEW GAMMA POWER BARBLESS (SPADE END) 8-20 NEW FEEDER BARBED (SPADE END) 12+20 (ONLY) NEW FEEDER BARBLESS (SPADE END) 12-20 NEW FEEDER BARBED (EYED) 12+16+18 (ONLY) BUY ANY 10 ASSORTED FOR £22.50 BUY ANY 20 ASSORTED FOR £39

POLE EXTENSIONS AND TOP KITS GENERIC POLE EXTENSIONS PHEX 5 HALF EXTENSION (Fits TTP-SCP-WAT-CPP AT 12-7MT+14.4MT).......................£85 ........£70 SUPER NO 3........................................................................£40........£33 SUPER NO 4........................................................................£55........£45 SUPER NO 5........................................................................£65........£53 TOURNAMENT PRO EXTENSION (Tournament-Spectron Power) £340..£235 TOURNAMENT SUPER EXTENSION (Spectron-Excelor-WHP-210-410-510) ...............................£235 ......£175 SUPER GENERIC EXTENSION ...........................................£275 ......£199 NEW POWER MINI PHEX 5/6 ..........................................£80........£65 NEW POWER MINI PHEX 7/8 ..........................................£85........£70

TOP KITS PRE-BORE POWER TOP 2 ...............................................£80.......£66 PRE-BORE MATCH TOP3.................................................£85.......£70 PRE-BORE NO. 3 SECTION ..............................................£50.......£41 POWERLIGHT PLBBPK2 KIT............................................£75.......£62 GENERIC No. 3 (FITS TTP-DAP- G20-WHP-SCP-SPP-WAT) ..£38.......£31 GENERIC No. 4 (FITS TTP-DAP- G20-WHP-SCP-SPP-WAT)...£83.......£68 GENERIC No. 5 (FITS CRP161-SPP160-WHP160-MWP811-CNP510-EA160TNP410-TNXP145A) ..........................................................£158 .....£143 GENERIC No. 6 (FITS CRP161-SPP160-WHP160-MWP811-CNP510-EA160TNP410-TNXP145A) ...........................................................£179 .....£162 GENERIC No. 7 (FITS CRP161-SPP160-WHP160-MWP811-CNP510-EA160TNP410-TNXP145A) ...........................................................£210 .....£190 SHALLOW INTERLASTIC No. 3 ...........................................£45........£37 SHALLOW INTERLASTIC POWER TOP 2 KIT ......................£75........£62 SHALLOW INTERLASTIC MATCH TOP 3 KIT.......................£70........£58 SHALLOW INTERLASTIC CONVERTER ................................£40........£33 INTERLASTIC POWER TOP 2 ..............................................£88........£72 INTERLASTIC MATCH TOP 3 ...............................................£93........£76 INTERLASTIC NUMBER 3 SECTION....................................£58........£48 INTERLASTIC MATCH POWER T/2 KIT ...............................£85........£70 INTERLASTIC POWER LIGHT BIG BORE T/2 KIT ................£95........£78 T2MKC (TOP 2) (FITS TNXP-CNXP) ......................................£35........£25 T3MK (FITS TTP-WHP-SPP-210-410-510-811-CRP161) .....£68........£56 BBPK1 (BIG BORE POWER KIT - FITS MOST POLES) .............£33........£27 BBPK2 (BIG BORE+NO.3)....................................................£70........£58 TCUP1 (TOURNAMENT CUP KIT) ..........................................£65........£53 HS4P (HALF PARALLEL NO.4) ..............................................£65........£53 HT3K (HOLLOW TOP 3 WHIP KIT) .........................................£45........£37 CUPK1 (CUPPING KIT FITS MOST POLES) ............................£37........£31 CTK5 (FITS TTP-DAP- G20-WKP-TNPXWHP-SCP-SPP-WAT) .......£100 ........£82 CTK10 (FITS TTP-DAP- G20-WKP-TNPXWHP-SCP-SPP-WAT) ........£70 ........£58 INTERLASTIC CLOUD POWER T/2.....................................£100 ........£82 MULTIBORE INTERLASTIC POWER T/3 3MM...................£100 ........£82 MULTIBORE INTERLASTIC POWER T/3 4MM...................£100 ........£82 MULTIBORE INTERLASTIC POWER T/3 4.7MM ...............£100 ........£82

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NEW TOURNAMENT KOMPACTA 3M NETS x 2....................................................................................... ..................£180 ...........................£147 NEW TEAM DAIWA KOMPACTA 3M NETS x 2........................................................................................... ..................£80 .............................£66 NEW TOURNAMENT KOMPACTA 3M NETS x1.......................................................................................... ..................£95 .............................£78 NEW TEAM DAIWA KOMPACTA 3M NETS x 1........................................................................................... ..................£45 .............................£37 NEW TOURNAMENT CARP KEEPNET 3M ................................................................................................. ..................£90 .............................£74 NEW TOURNAMENT JUMBO CARP KEEPNET 2.5M.................................................................................................... £95.............................£78 NEW TOURNAMENT SILVER FISH 2.5M ..................................................................................................................... £90.............................£74 NEW TEAM DAIWA CARP KEEPNET 3M ..................................................................................................................... £75.............................£62 NEW TEAM DAIWA JUMBO CARP KEEPNET 2.5M...................................................................................................... £80.............................£66 NEW TEAM DAIWA SILVER FISH KEEPNET 2.5M ........................................................................................................ £73.............................£60 NEW DAIWA COMPLETE NET PACK 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NEW OCULUS 999 16M (6 X KITS)................................£1465 ......£979 NEW OCULUS 799 16M (4 X KITS)................................£1200 ......£799 NEW INVINCIBLE 215 13M (4 X KITS)..............................£800 ......£535 NEW INVINCIBLE 215 14.5M (4 X KITS)...........................£935 ......£625 NEW ENDURANCE CARP 13M (2 X KITS).........................£495 ......£369 NEW DEFINITION 13M (3 x KITS).....................................£735 ......£499 NEW DEFINITION 14.5 (3 x KITS).....................................£800 ......£535 NEW IRON ARM 11M ......................................................£255 ......£189 ENIGMA 301 16M (6 X KITS)..........................................£1600 ......£899 ENIGMA 201 16M (6 X KITS)..........................................£1335 ......£769 ABYSS X 9.5M...................................................................£70 ........£59 THEMA 9M MARGIN (1 X KITS) ........................................£180 ......£125 POWERLITE 9M MARGIN (2 X KITS) .................................£250 ......£169 ELITE MARGIN 9M (1 X KIT).............................................£400 ......£259 DARKSIDE 1 14.5M (6 X KITS).......................................£1600 ....£1099 DARKSIDE 2 16M (7 X KITS) ..........................................£2150 ....£1399 DARKSIDE 3 16M (7 X KITS) ..........................................£2665 ....£1699 OCULUS MARGIN 7M.......................................................£360 ......£269

NEW SIGNATURE 8M (1 X KIT) ................................................£400........£275 B20 6m (TELE-T/APART) ...........................................................£179........£119 RETRIBUTION 8m (EXT ONLY)......................................................£49..........£19 STEALTH 2m ...............................................................................£32..........£19 THEMA 5m ...............................................................................£104..........£74 VEGA 3m ....................................................................................£35..........£21

MAVER CLEARANCE POLES METALLICA 14.5m (2 x TOP KITS) ...................................£725 ......£399 B31 14.5m (1 x TOP KIT) ...............................................£1849 ......£699 APOCALYPSE 11.25m (1 x KIT) ........................................£200 ......£169 APOCALYPSE 13m (3 x KITS)...........................................£300 ......£249 SATANIC CARP 13M (3 X KITS) ........................................£534 ......£369 INVINCIBLE MARGIN 9.5M (1 X KITS)...............................£400 ......£229

MAVER POLE EXTENSIONS & KITS OCULUS SLOTTED INVINCIBLE POWER KIT........................£75 ........£70 OCULUS SLOTTED SHORTY POWER KIT ............................£80 ........£75 OCULUS SLOTTED SHORTY SMOKE KIT ............................£80 ........£75 UNIVERSAL LONG BASE POWER KIT..................................£50 ........£45 DARKSIDE SLOTTED SHORTY POWER KIT .........................£80 ........£75 DARKSIDE SLOTTED INVINCIBLE POWER KIT.....................£75 ........£70 DARKSIDE SLOTTED SHORTY SMOKE KIT .........................£80 ........£75 DARKSIDE MINI EXT 5 ......................................................£60 ........£56 DARKSIDE BI CONICAL MINI EXT 6/7 ................................£60 ........£56 UNIVERSAL TOP 2 CUPPING KIT & CUPS............................£55 ........£47

FLOAT RODS REACTORLITE 12’ MATCH PELLET WAGLLER ...............................£170........£143 REACTORLITE MATCH 1 13’ .........................................................£180........£152 REACTORLITE 15’/18’ MATCH......................................................£220........£180 REACTORLITE 11’ MATCH PELLET WAGGLER...............................£160........£135 ELITE MATCH 10’ .........................................................................£115..........£97 ELITE MATCH 11’ .........................................................................£125........£105 ELITE MATCH 12’ .........................................................................£130........£110 ELITE MATCH 13’ .........................................................................£140........£118 POWERLITE SX MATCH 10’ PELLET WAGGLER ...............................£90..........£76 POWERLITE SX MATCH 11’ PELLET WAGGLER ...............................£97..........£82 POWERLITE SX MATCH 12’ PELLET WAGGLER .............................£100..........£84 POWERLITE SX MATCH 13’...........................................................£120........£100 POWERLITE SX MATCH 15/17’’.....................................................£145........£122 POWERLITE SX COMMERCIAL COMBO 12’...................................£100..........£84 GENESIS PRO MATCH 10’ (2 PIECE)................................................£65..........£55 GENESIS PRO MATCH 11’ (2 PIECE)................................................£70..........£59 GENESIS PRO MATCH 12’ (2 PIECE)................................................£75..........£63 GENESIS PRO MATCH 12’ (3 PIECE)................................................£67..........£57 GENESIS PRO MATCH 13’ (3 PIECE)................................................£75..........£63 GENESIS PRO MATCH COMMERICIAL COMBO 12’ (2 PIECE)..........£80..........£68 GENESIS BLACK ICE MATCH 12’ PELLET (2 PIECE).........................£89..........£49 GENESIS BLACK ICE MATCH 12’ (3 PIECE)......................................£67..........£45 ABYSS 2000 13’ MATCH ..............................................................£110..........£55 ABYSS 2000 14’ MATCH ..............................................................£110..........£55 GENESIS BLACK ICE 12’ READY ROD MATCH (2 PIECE) (A1415).....£89..........£49 ABYSS X MATCH PELLET 10’ (2 PIECE)...........................................£37..........£32 ABYSS X MATCH PELLET 11’ (2 PIECE)...........................................£39..........£33 ABYSS X MATCH PELLET 12’ (2 PIECE)...........................................£43..........£37 ABYSS X MATCH 12’ (3 PIECE) .......................................................£43..........£37 ABYSS X MATCH 13’ (3 PIECE) .......................................................£45..........£38 ABYSS X EUROMATCH 14’ (3 PIECE)...............................................£47..........£40 POWERLITE MATCH 13’................................................................£110..........£75 LARFORD SPECIALIST SPECIMEN 12’...........................................£130..........£79 SUPER LITHIUM BOLO 6M............................................................£290........£234 SUPER LITHIUM BOLO 7M............................................................£350........£269 ARTHEMIX MX BOLO 6M ..............................................................£200........£169

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PRODUCTS POLES NEW EXCELLENCE 14.4M (8 x KITS) ...............£2900 .£2099 NEW EXCELLENCE 16.1M (8 x KITS).......................£3300 .£2499 NEW TRILOGY PRO 2 16.5M (8 x KITS).............£3350 £2149 NEW TRILOGY PRO 2 14M (8 x KITS)................£2900 £1889 NEW ICONIC PRO POLE 16.5M (8 x KITS) .........£2400 £1449 NEW ICONIC PRO POLE 14M (8 x KITS) ............£2070 £1269 NEW VENOM PRO 14M (4 x KITS) ....................£1100 ..£799 NEW TRILOGY POWER MARGIN 9m (1 x KIT) ..........£410 ..£329 NEW TRILOGY POWER MARGIN 10.6m (1x KIT)..........£540 ..£409 NEW TRILOGY 8M TELE/TAKE APART WHIP (2x KIT) £500 ..£379 NEW TRILOGY 9M TELE/TAKE APART WHIP (2x KIT) £630 ..£449

CLEARANCE POLES ARACEPT 15.7M (4 x Kits) .................................. £1989...£799 REACTION 15.7M (4 x Kits) ................................ £3299...£999

4 TUBE HOLDALL.......................................................................................£55..............£45 6/8 TUBE HOLDALL.....................................................................................£60..............£49 8/10 TUBE HOLDALL...................................................................................£65..............£53 10/12 TUBE HOLDALL................................................................................£85...........£69 DOUBLE READY ROD HOLDALL..................................................£55...........£45 JUMBO CARRYALL .....................................................................£47...........£39 COMMERCIAL CARRYALL...........................................................£45...........£37 SINGLE NET BAG........................................................................£19...........£16 DOUBLE NET BAG.......................................................................£30...........£25

MAVER PLATINUM SYSTEM LUGGAGE PLATINUM SYSTEM ACCESSORY BAG ...........£20 ............................... £17 PLATINUM SYSTEM COOLER BAG..................£23 ............................... £20 4 TUBE HOLDALL...........................................£50 ............................... £42 6-8 TUBE HOLDALL.......................................£55 ............................... £47 8-10 TUBE HOLDALL.....................................£65 ............................... £55 10-12 TUBE HOLDALL...................................£80 ............................... £68 READY ROD HOLDALL (2 ROD) ......................£60 ............................... £51 READY ROD HOLDALL (3 ROD) ......................£70 ............................... £59 COMMERCIAL CARRYALL ..............................£47 ............................... £40 JUMBO CARRYALL.........................................£50 ............................... £42 DOUBLE KEEPNET BAG .................................£35 ............................... £30 REEL CASE .............................................................................................£7 SINGLE KEEPNET BAG...................................£20 ............................... £17 GROUNDBAIT BOWL SET...............................£30 ............................... £26 GROUNDBAIT BOWL (MEDIUM)...............................................................£9 SUPA SEAL EVA NET BAG (LARGE).................£40 ............................... £34 SUPA SEAL EVA BAG (X-LARGE).....................£47 ............................... £40 SUPA SEAL ACCESSORY BAG (MEDIUM)........£43 ............................... £37 SUPA SEAL ACCESSORY BAG (LARGE)...........£50 ............................... £42 MEGA CARRYALL...........................................£60 ............................... £51 POLE ROLLER BAG ........................................£25 ............................... £21 EVA UTILITY BAG ...........................................£40 ............................... £34

TEAM MAVER MATCH LUGGAGE 6 / 8 TUBE HOLDALL ......................................................£65 ........£43 8 / 10 TUBE HOLDALL ....................................................£70 ........£47 10 / 12 TUBE HOLDALL ..................................................£90 ........£60

ABYSS X LUGGAGE 4 TUBE HOLDALL.................................................................. £43.........£35 8 TUBE HOLDALL.................................................................. £47.........£39 CARRYALL ............................................................................ £37.........£30

MAVER SEATBOXES NEW MVR BOX........................................£700 .£589 UFO X6 (GREEN).......................................£370 .£299 UFO X6 (MANGO)......................................£370 .£299 NEW SIGNATURE 1000 (Side Drawer) .£500 .£379 NEW SIGNATURE 1000 (Front Drawer) £500 .£379 SIGNATURE 800 (Front Drawer) ............£475 .£345 SIGNATURE 600 (Cross Drawer)............£350 .£269 SIGNATURE 600 (Front Drawer) ............£350 .£269 SIGNATURE 200 (Front Drawer) ............£330 .£259 S4 Z Frame (3 Drawer).........................£600..£479 S4 Z Frame (Double Cross Drawer) ..............£600..£479 S4 Z Frame 2 (Front Drawer &WinderTray) ..£600..£479 MAVER TRANS-PORTA BARROW....... £160..£134 ABYSS X (3 Drawer) £110 ......... £89 MXI DELUXE TROLLEY £80 ........... £68

MAVER FLOAT SETS FLOATING CANDLES (ELASTICATED) (SET 4) ..................................................£12 FLOATING CANDLES (INLINE) (SET 4).............................................................£10 BOLO ALLOY STEMS (SET 4) ......................................................................£7.20 ALLOY STEM DOMED TOP STICKS (SET 6) ................................................£10.80 ALLOY STEM SHOULDERED TOP STICKS (SET 6).......................................£10.80 SLIMLINE FRAME FEEDER WAGGLER (SET 2) ...................................................£10 CLASSIC FRAME FEEDER WAGGLER (SET 2).....................................................£10 PELLET ROCKET (SET 2).....................................................................................£6 SPECI WAGGLERS (UNLOADED) (SET 2) ...........................................................£5 SPECI WAGGLERS (LOADED) (SET 2)................................................................£5 INVINCIBLE PELLET WAGGLER (UNLOADED) (SET 5).......................................£10 INVINCIBLE PELLET WAGGLER (LOADED) (SET 5) ......................................£13.75 INVINCIBLE FLIGHTED PELLET WAGGLER (UNLOADED) (SET 5) .................£11.25 INVINCIBLE FLIGHTED PELLET WAGGLER (LOADED) (SET 5)...........................£15 FLIGHTED FOAM PELLET WAGGLERS (UNLOADED) (SET 4) .........................£7.20 FOAM PELLET WAGGLERS (UNLOADED) (SET 5)...............................................£8 LOADED MISSILE WAGGLERS (SET 4) ..............................................................£6

VORTEX 12.5M (2 x Kits) ..................................... £491...£299 MATCH RODS J.ALLERTON PREMIER 13’ (Spliced Tip)................ £310...£249 J.ALLERTON PREMIER 15’ (Spliced Tip)................ £350...£269 J.ALLERTON PREMIER 17’ (Spliced Tip)................ £370...£289 J.ALLERTON PREMIER 18/20’ (Spliced Tip) .......... £400...£309 J.ALLERTON MATCH WAGGLER 13’..................... £310...£249 TRIOLGY X MATCH 14’.......................................... £315...£255 TRIOLGY XS MATCH 14’ ....................................... £320...£259 TRILOGY X MATCH 15’.......................................... £330...£269 TRILOGY X MATCH 17’.......................................... £360...£285 TRILOGY COMMERCIAL WAGGLER 11’ 6”............. £200...£169 TRILOGY COMMERCIAL WAGGLER 12’ ................. £210...£179 XRS LIGHT PELLET WAGGLER 10’ ........................ £200...£169 XRS PELLET WAGGLER 10’6”/11’6”..................... £190...£159 XRS PELLET WAGGLER 11’6”/12’6”..................... £205...£179 XRS SPLASH WAGGLER 10’6” / 11’ 6” ................. £215...£189 QUIVER & FEEDER RODS TRILOGY X FEEDEER 13’ MEDIUM ........................ £290...£239

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Handle....................................................... £37............£32 MXi 30mm Tray Unit............................................................................... £37............£32 MXi 30mm Tray with 26cm winders....................................................... £45............£38 MXi 30mm Tray with 19cm/13cm winders............................................. £45............£38 MXi 30mm Tray with 19cm winders....................................................... £45............£38 MXi 60mm Tray Unit............................................................................... £43............£37 MXi 100mm Tray Unit ............................................................................ £47............£40 MXi 20mm Stacking Module with moulded runners............................... £30............£26 MXi Bait Bowl (fits on leg)..........................................................................................£19 MXi Compact side tray ........................................................................... £30............£26 MXi Spirit Level ......................................................................................................£4.50 MXi Standard Round Legs (pack 2) ...........................................................................£18 MXi Extending Round Legs (pack 2) ..........................................................................£25 MXi Extending Round Legs (700mm) (Packs 2).........................................................£30 MXi Wheel Kit......................................................................................... £50............£42 Signature Barrow Arms (pack 2)............................................................. £40............£34 MXi Series 1 + 101 Footplate................................................................. £60............£51 MXi Umbrella Arm .......................................................................................................£9 Signature Deluxe Side Tray..................................................................... £65............£55 Signature Bowl Attachment.......................................................................................£13 Signature 6 Dip Roost..................................................................................................£8 Signauture Spray Bar Pole Support......................................................... £43............£37 MX Bait Brolly......................................................................................... £33............£28 Signature Pole Balling Arms (Set of 2) .......................................................................£33 MX 18cm Winder Tray Set (pack of 12) .....................................................................£14 MX 22cm Winder Tray Set (pack of 10)......................................................................£14 MX 25cm Retainer Winders (pack of 10) .....................................................................£8 MX Ripple Rest..........................................................................................................£14 MX Ripple Arm...........................................................................................................£14 Seatbox Strap............................................................................................................£15 MXi Slider WInders 13cm (20).....................................................................................£8 MXi Slider Winders 19cm (12).....................................................................................£8 MXi Slider Winders 26cm (10).....................................................................................£8 Signature Folding Side Tray.................................................................. £120..........£100 Signature Keepnet Accessories Bar........................................................ £33............£28 Signature Multi Adjustable Rod Rest Arm ..................................................................£14 Signature Extendable Rod Rest Arm..........................................................................£16 Signature Double Braced Brolly Arm..........................................................................£15 Signature Offset Support Leg ....................................................................................£17 Signature Rig Roost...................................................................................................£22

MAVER KEEPNETS, LANDING NETS & HANDLES CARP MESH RECTANGULAR KEEPNET 2.5m.................................................£43 ............£37 CARP MESH RECTANGULAR KEEPNET 3m....................................................£47 ............£40 NANO MESH RECTANGULAR KEEPNET 3m...................................................£53 ............£45 CLUBMAN RECTANGULAR KEEPNET 3m.......................................................£30 ............£26 SHAKE DRY RECTANGULAR KEEPNET 3m.....................................................£45 ............£38 PROTECTOR FRAME RECTANGULAR CARP MESH KEEPNET 3m...................£55 ............£47 NEW SILVERFISH KEEPNET 3M ...................................................................£35 ............£30 NEW ABYSS X RECTANGULAR KEEPNET 2.5M ............................................£30 ............£26 NEW ABYSS X RECTANGULAR KEEPNET 3M ...............................................£35 ............£30 CLUBMAN KEEPNET/LANDING NET SET .......................................................£35 ............£30 NEW CARP SACK KEEPNET 2.5M.................................................................£40 ............£34 NEW CARP SACK KEEPNET 3.0M.................................................................£45 ............£38 NEW CARP SACK KEEPNET 4.0M.................................................................£50 ............£42 NEW COMPACT CARP SACK KEEPNET 2.5M................................................£40 ............£34 40cm D FRAME LANDING NET ........................................................................................£15 50cm D FRAME LANDING NET ........................................................................................£16 HAIR RIG LANDING NET (40CM).......................................................................................£14 HAIR RIG LANDING NET (55CM).......................................................................................£16 45cm RUBBERISED LANDING NET...................................................................................£17 45cm OVAL CARP LANDING NET ..................................................................£15 ............£15 55cm OVAL CARP LANDING NET ..................................................................£16 ............£16 CLUBMAN 40cm LANDING NET.........................................................................................£8 NEW F1 SPEED NET 35cm.............................................................................................£13 NEW F1 SPEED NET 40cm.............................................................................................£15 NEW F1 SPEED NET 45cm.............................................................................................£16 NEW FAST FLOW LANDING NET 45cm............................................................................£15 NEW FAST FLOW LANDING NET 50cm............................................................................£16 NEW SCOOP/F1 FLOW LANDING NET 40cm....................................................................£14 NEW SCOOP/F1 FLOW LANDING NET 45cm....................................................................£15 COMPETITION LANDING NET HANDLE 4m..................................................£120 ..........£100 JURASSIC EXTREME POWER HANDLE 2.6m.................................................£35 ............£29 POWERLITE LANDING NET HANDLE 3m .......................................................£37 ............£32 POWERLITE LANDING NET HANDLE 4m .......................................................£45 ............£38 ABYSS LANDING NET HANDLE 2m ..................................................................................£17 ABYSS LANDING NET HANDLE 3m ..................................................................................£20 ABYSS LANDING NET HANDLE 4m ..................................................................................£25 IRON ARM TELE LANDING NET HANDLE 2m ....................................................................£17 IRON ARM TELE LANDING NET HANDLE 3m ....................................................................£20

MAVER MATCH CLOTHING MAVER MATCH THIS JACKET (M-XXXL)......... £90..... £75 MAVER MATCH THIS BIB ‘N’ BRACE (M-XXXL)£70..... £59 MAVERMATCHTHISSOFTSHELLJACKET(M-XXXL) £60 ... £50 MAVER MATCH THIS FLEECE (M-XXXL).......... £70..... £59 MAVER NYLON OVERTROUSERS (M-XL) ........ £30..... £25 MAVER STREET HOODIE (L-XL)...................... £30..... £25 MAVER SLOGAN HOODIE (M-XXL) ................. £30..... £25 MAVER ART HOODIE (M-XXL)......................... £30..... £25 MAVER POLO SHIRT (BLACK) ( M - XXL) .................... £15 MAVER POLO SHIRT (GREEN) ( M - XXL).................... £15 MAVER KNITTED HAT ................................................ £7 MAVER PEAKED PRO CAP.......................................... £6 TEAM MAVER PEAKED CAP ....................................... £6 MAVER OUTLINE T-SHIRT (L-XL)................................ £15 MAVER SWIRL T-SHIRT (M-XL) .................................. £15 MAVER LINED JOGGERS (M-XXL) .................. £30..... £25 MAVER THERMAL JOGGERS (M-XXL)............. £35..... £30

TRILOGY X FEEDEER 13’ 6” HEAVY...................... £305...£249 ULTRA LIGHT 4x4 11’6”/13’ ................................ £330...£259 TRILOGY X4 (2 TIP) 10’/11’................................... £285...£235 TRILOGY X4 (2 TIP) 11’/12’ 4” .............................. £295...£245 TRILOGY COMMERCIAL 8’ .................................... £160...£139 TRILOGY COMMERCIAL 10’ .................................. £200...£169 TRILOGY COMMERCIAL 11’ .................................. £220...£189 TRILOGY COMMERCIAL POND WAND 6’6”............ £125...£105 XRS FEEDER 8’..................................................... £165...£135 XRS FEEDER 9’..................................................... £185...£159 XRS FEEDER 10’ 6”.............................................. £195...£169 XRS FEEDER 12’................................................... £205...£189 XRS SHORT METHOD 10’ ..................................... £195...£165 SPARE QUIVER TIPS GLASS TIP PUSH OVER (U/F - F - M - H ONLY)....................£28 GLASS TIP PUSH OVER SWING TIP......................................£28 CARBON PUSH IN TIP STD (R - G - B) .................................£31 CARBON PUSH IN TIP L /DIA (O - BL - BR) ..........................£34 CARBON DUTCH L /DIA GUIDE (O - BL - BR).......................£37 TRILOGY PUSH IN (L - M - H)..............................................£28

FISHERMAN’S FRIEND

TRI-CAST LUGGAGE DELUXE MATCH 8 / 10 TUBE HOLDALL .................. £60.....£50 DELUXE 6 TUBE POLE HOLDALL............................ £58.....£49 COCOON DOUBLE ROD HOLDALL........................... £75.....£64 DELUXE MATCH CARRYALL (60LTR)........................ £50.....£40 EVA NET BAG (2 KEEPNETS) ................................... £43.....£38 EVA NET BAG (3 KEEPNETS) ................................... £46.....£41 KOOL BAG .............................................................. £29.....£25 POLE ROLLER/ROOST BAG..................................... £37.....£25 SINGLE PADDED ROD SLEEVE (144CM).................. £27.....£20 SINGLE PADDED ROD SLEEVE (163CM).................. £29.....£21 GROUND BAIT BOWLS (small)...............................................£9 GROUND BAIT BOWLS (medium)........................................£11 GROUND BAIT BOWLS (large).............................................£13 LANDING NET HANDLES TRILOGY XS T/APART 2.7M..................................... £85.....£67 VENOM POWER HANDLE 1.7M............................... £70.....£57 VENOM POWER HANDLE EXT 1.2M ........................ £57.....£49 EASY REACH T/APART 8’ 3”.................................... £45.... £39 EASY REACH T/APART12’ 6”................................... £65.... £55

MAVER HOOKS MT1 SPADE END (ALL-ROUND) BARBLESS..................14-22 ................... Per 10 ......£1.25 MT2 SPADE END (ALL-ROUND) MAGGOT & WORM BARBLESS10-18 .................. Per 10 ......£1.25 MT3 SPADE END FORGED BARBLESS .........................10-18 ................... Per 10 ......£1.25 MT4 EYED FORGED BARBLESS ...................................10-18 ................... Per 10 ......£1.25 MT5 EYED FORGED BARBLESS .................................... 8-14 ................... Per 10 ......£1.25 MT5 SPADE FORGED BARBLESS.................................12-16 ....................Per 10.......£1.25 MT6 SPADE PELLET + CORN BARBLESS.....................12-20 ....................Per 10 ......£1.25 MT7 EYED HAIR RIG HOOK BARBLESS ........................10-18 ....................Per 10.......£1.25 MT8 EYED METHOD FEEDER HOOK BARBLESS...........10-18 ....................Per 10.......£1.25 EAGLE SPECIAL INTURN FEEDER HOOKS BARBLESS 16+20 ONLY...........Per 10.......£1.50 NEW BANDED HAIR RIGS (STD HAIR) ..........................12-18 ......................Per 5.......£2.75 NEW BANDED HAIR RIGS (EXT HAIR) ...........................12-18 ......................Per 5.......£2.75 MT1 HOOKS TO NYLON ..............................................14-22 .........Per 10 (Allround) .......£2.00 MT3 HOOKS TO NYLON...............................................10-18 .............Per 10 (Carp) .......£2.00 MT5 HOOKS TO NYLON................................................. 8-16 ..... Per 10 (Power Carp) .......£2.00 MT6 HOOKS TO NYLON...............................................12-20 ............Per 10 (Pellet) .......£2.00 MT7 HOOKS TO NYLON...............................................10-18 .....Per 10 (Carp Feeder) .......£2.00 MT8 HOOKS TO NYLON...............................................10-18 ..Per 10 (Method Feeder)...........£2.00 1031 CARBON MATCH ALL-ROUND.............................12-20 ...................Per 20 ......£3.25 1030 NICKEL ALL-ROUND ...........................................14-18 ................... Per 20 ......£3.25 1041 CASTER & HEMP..............................................14+22 ....................Per 20...... £3.25 1040 NICKEL BREAD PUNCH.......................................14-22 ....................Per 20...... £3.25 1090 NICKEL MATCH STRONG .................................14 ONLY ....................Per 20...... £3.25 1164 RED PINKIE + CHOP WORM............................ 24 ONLY ................... Per 20 ......£3.25 1100 NICKEL SPECIMEN ............................................... 8-10 ...................Per 20...... £3.25 1130 NICKEL STRONG.......................................12+20 ONLY ................... Per 20 ......£3.25 1161 FINE WIRE POLE.................................................22-26 ................... Per 20 ......£3.25 1110 NICKEL SUPER STRONG................................... 14 only ................... Per 20...... £3.25 1021 NICKEL LONG SHANK......................................24 ONLY ................... Per 20 ......£3.25 1150 NICKEL EXTRA STRONG ..................................14 ONLY ................... Per 20...... £3.25 1195 BLACK WORM ..................................... 8+10+14 ONLY ...................Per 20 ......£3.25 1011 BLOOD WORM & SQUATT...................................18-26 ................... Per 20...... £3.25

MAVER LINE NEW Genesis 150m .108 .128 .148 .17

2lb 3lb 4.2lb 5.8lb

.18 .21 .23 .265

7lb 8lb 9.7lb 12.5lb

£6.00 Each Any 3 spools £16.00 Any 5 spools £24.00

11.6lb

£5.00 Each Any 3 spools £12.50

NEW Stone River 150m .18

9.2lb

.20

NEW Profile Braid 135m .10

15lb

.12

20lb

£30 Each Any 2 spools £49.00

NEW MAVER BLUE CHIP X RAY .05 .055 .06

12oz 14oz 1.0lb

.075 .12 .13

1.3lb 3lb 3.5lb

.164 .185 .1976

.7lb .5lb .6lb

ALL £6.99 Each ...Any 3 spools £18.00 ...Any 5 spools £28.00

MAVER ACCESSORIES NEW GROUNDBAIT WHISK ........................................................................................£19.00 POLE CLEANING KIT ...................................................................................................£20.00 CLEAN CAP SYSTEM (SET 4) ......................................................................................£12.00 EXPANDA SKID BUNG...................................................................................................£8.00 GRAPHITE POLE BUILD-UP SPRAY................................................................................£7.00 POLE CUP SET (3 CUPS)...............................................................................................£5.00 LINE SINK SPRAY..........................................................................................................£6.50 LAYFLAT HOOK WALLET (25cm) .................................................................................£10.00 LAYFLAT HOOK WALLET (35cm) .................................................................................£11.00 SEYMO LOOP TIER........................................................................................................£1.50 SLAMO DISGORGER .....................................................................................................£3.00 KNOTPICKER ................................................................................................................£5.00 MEAT PUNCH SET (SET 4) ............................................................................................£6.00 STONFO DOOBRY’S......................................................................................................£4.00 STONFO ELITE PLUMMETS (SET 3) (3gms, 8gms, 15gms) ...........................................£9.00 POLE POTS (SCREW-ON SET 4)....................................................................................£5.00 METAL BAIT DROPPERS (SET 3) .................................................................................£14.00 LEUAPIAMBO SHOT REMOVER .....................................................................................£7.50 TULIP POLE REST.........................................................................................................£5.00 6 DIVISION POLE ROOST ..............................................................................................£5.50 SEYMO SMILEY REST...................................................................................................£6.00 STONFO HAIR RIG SET..................................................................................................£6.00 INTERNAL POLE BUSHES (SET 4)................................................................................£12.00 SILICONE POLE FLOAT RUBBER (5 ASSORTED) ............................................................£6.00 WIND SOCK POLE ROOST.............................................................................................£6.00 WET WALL ALIGNERS (SET 3).....................................................................................£12.00 NEOPRENE ROD BANDS (SET 2)...................................................................................£5.00 WEIGH NET SUPPORT ARM...........................................................................................£8.00 QUICK RELEASE ADAPTER (NETS ETC.) ........................................................................£6.00 BAIT BANDS (3 SIZES)................................................................................................£10.00 STONFO BAIT BANDS (2 SIZES)....................................................................................£4.00 STONFO BAIT NEEDLE (2 SIZES)...................................................................................£6.00 STONFO HAIR RIGS (2 SIZES) .......................................................................................£4.00 STONFO ADJUSTABLE LOOP TIER.................................................................................£4.00 STONFO BAIT PUNCHES (SET 3).................................................................................£13.50 PURE LATEX ELASTIC (SIZE 2-18) £3.50 EACH 3 FOR £9.00 5 FOR £13.50 PELLET PUMP (SET 2) ................................................................................................£10.00 LINE MARKER (WHITE)..................................................................................................£7.00

MAVER UFO, INVINCIBLE SLOTTY & INVINCIBLE POLE FLOAT SETS UFO 1..................................... (SET OF 3)...................................................................£6.00 UFO 2 .................................... (SET OF 3)...................................................................£6.00 UFO 3..................................... (SET OF 4)...................................................................£8.00 UFO 4..................................... (SET OF 3)...................................................................£6.00 UFO 5..................................... (SET OF 4)...................................................................£8.00 UFO 6 .................................... (SET OF 3)...................................................................£6.00 UFO 7 (Carbon)....................... (SET OF 4)...................................................................£8.00 UFO 7 (Wire)........................... (SET OF 4)...................................................................£8.00 UFO 8..................................... (SET OF 5).................................................................£10.00 UFO 9..................................... (SET OF 5).................................................................£10.00 UFO 10 (Carbon)..................... (SET OF 3)...................................................................£6.00 UFO 10 (Wire)......................... (SET OF 3)...................................................................£6.00 UFO 11................................... (SET OF 4)...................................................................£8.00 COMMERCIAL FINESSE 1 ....... (SET OF 4)...................................................................£8.00 COMMERCIAL FINESSE 2 ....... (SET OF 3)...................................................................£6.00 COMMERCIAL FINESSE 3 ....... (SET OF 4)...................................................................£8.00 COMMERCIAL FINESSE4 ........ (SET OF 4)...................................................................£8.00

MAVER BROLLIES NYLON 45”...................................................................................................£45 ............£38 NYLON 50”...................................................................................................£50 ............£42 POLE SHIPPER 50”.......................................................................................£60 ............£51 BAIT BROLLEY..............................................................................................£33 ............£28

MAVER POLE ROLLERS COMPETITION FLAT BED ROLLER.................................................................£60 ........................... ............£51 COMPETITION XL FLAT BED ROLLER............................................................£75 ............£55 ........................... SHORT LEG FLAT BED ROLLER.....................................................................£75 ............£55 ........................... COMPETITION FREE STANDING ROOST ........................................................£45 ............£38 ........................... 2X XL FLATBED ROLLER IN BAG.................................................................£160 ..........£125 ........................... 1X XL FLATBED ROLLER IN BAG...................................................................£90 ............£70 ...........................

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REACTORLITE 9’ MULTI TIP................................................£150...... £122 REACTORLITE 12’ READY ROD FEEDER (2 PIECE)..............£190...... £154 ELITE 10’ FEEDER .............................................................£120...... £100 ELITE 11’ FEEDER .............................................................£125...... £105 ELITE 12’ FEEDER .............................................................£130...... £110 POWERLIGHT SX FEEDER SYSTEM 11’/12’/13’ .................£230...... £186 POWERLIGHT SX 8’ FEEDER (2 PIECE).................................£80........ £68 POWERLIGHT SX 9’ FEEDER (2 PIECE).................................£85........ £72 POWERLIGHT SX 10’ FEEDER (2 PIECE)...............................£95........ £80 POWERLIGHT SX 11’ FEEDER (2 PIECE).............................£100........ £84 POWERLIGHT SX 12’ FEEDER (2 PIECE).............................£120...... £100 POWERLIGHT SX 12’ COMMERCIAL COMBO .....................£100........ £84 GENESIS BLACK ICE 11’ FEEDER (2 PIECE)..........................£70........ £47 GENESIS PRO 10’ FEEDER (2 PIECE)...............................................£65..........£55 GENESIS PRO 11’ FEEDER (2 PIECE)...............................................£70..........£59 GENESIS PRO 12’ FEEDER (2 PIECE)...............................................£77..........£65 GENESIS PRO 12’ FEEDER (3 PIECE)...............................................£75..........£63 GENESIS PRO COMMERCIAL COMBO 12’ .....................................£80..........£68 GENESIS PRO FEEDER XD 12’ (100G).............................................£95..........£80 GENESIS PRO FEEDER XD 12’ (130G).............................................£95..........£80 GENESIS PRO FEEDER XD 13’ (100G)...........................................£100..........£84 GENESIS PRO FEEDER XD 13’ (130G)...........................................£100..........£84 SPECIALIST BARBEL 12’ 11/2lbTC ........................................£95........ £80 ABYSS X 9’ FEEDER (2 PIECE) ...........................................£40........ £34 ABYSS X 10’ FEEDER (2 PIECE) ...........................................£43........ £37 ABYSS X 11’ FEEDER (2 PIECE) ...........................................£47........ £40 ABYSS X 12’ FEEDER (2 PIECE) ...........................................£50........ £42 ABYSS X 12’ FEEDER (3 PIECE) ...........................................£50........ £42 POWERLITE 12’ FEEDER (2 PIECE).....................................£110........ £79 DIAMOND 9’ FEEDER (2 PIECE)..........................................£180...... £152 DIAMOND10’ FEEDER (2 PIECE).........................................£190...... £159 DIAMOND11’ FEEDER (2 PIECE).........................................£200...... £169 DIAMOND 4 PLAY MULTI TIP 11’/13’..................................£200...... £169 DIAMOND EXT FEEDER 12’ (140g).....................................£220...... £185 DIAMOND EXT FEEDER 13’ (140g).....................................£230...... £194 DIAMOND EXT FEEDER 14’ (180g).....................................£250...... £209

NEW MAVER MXI LUGGAGE

ANTENNA SLIDERS (SET 4)..............................................................................£6 BODIED PEACOCK WAGGLERS (UNLOADED) (SET 4) ...................................£6.60 BODIED PEACOCK WAGGLERS (LOADED) (SET 4) .......................................£7.20 STRAIGHT PEACOCK WAGGLERS (UNLOADED) (SET 6).....................................£9 STRAIGHT PEACOCK WAGGLERS (LOADED) (SET 5) .......................................£10 INSERT PEACOCK WAGGLERS (SET 6)..............................................................£9 GPS SPLASHER WAGGLERS (SET 3).......................................................... £10.50 GIANT LOADED WAGGLERS (SET 3)..................................................................£15

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FLOAT RODS SPEEDCAST MATCH 13' ...................................................................£260.........£169 SPEEDCAST MATCH 14' ...................................................................£270.........£177 SPEEDCAST MATCH 15' ...................................................................£280.........£185 SPEEDCAST MATCH 15' POWER ......................................................£290.........£189 SUPER ULTEGRA AX MATCH 13’ .......................................................£190.........£125 SUPER ULTEGRA AX MATCH 14’ .......................................................£200.........£134 SUPER ULTEGRA MATCH AX 15 'POWER ..........................................£230.........£149 BEASTMASTER MATCH AX 13' .........................................................£140...........£95 BEASTMASTER MATCH AX 14' .........................................................£150...........£99 BEASTMASTER MATCH AX 15' .........................................................£160.........£105 AERNOS MATCH 13' FAST ACTION...................................................£110...........£70 AERNOS MATCH 14' FAST ACTION...................................................£120...........£79 AERNOS MATCH 15' FAST ACTION...................................................£130...........£83 VENGEANCE FLOAT 12' ......................................................................£80...........£57 VENGEANCE FLOAT 13' ......................................................................£90...........£60 VENGEANCE FLOAT 14' ....................................................................£100...........£65 CATANA CX FLOAT 12'......................................................................£100...........£65 CATANA CX FLOAT 13'......................................................................£100...........£69 ALIVIO CX MATCH 12'.........................................................................£60...........£40 ALIVIO CX MATCH 12'.........................................................................£70...........£45 ALIVIO CX MATCH 14'.........................................................................£70...........£45 FEEDER RODS FIREBLOOD MEDIUM FEEDER 12' ....................................................£350.........£219 FIREBLOOD HEAVY FEEDER 13'........................................................£360.........£222 FIREBLOOD MULTI HEAVY FEEDER12'/13'........................................£400.........£240 FIREBLOOD X HEAVY FEEDER 13'.....................................................£410.........£249 SPEEDCAST FEEDER 12' (60G).........................................................£260.........£175 SPEEDCAST FEEDER 13' (90G).........................................................£280.........£189 SPEEDCAST FEEDER 14' (120G).......................................................£310.........£199 SPEEDCAST FEEDER 14' (150G).......................................................£310.........£199 SPEEDCAST FEEDER 14'6" (180G)...................................................£320.........£209 SPEEDCAST MEDIUM FEEDER 12'/13' .............................................£280.........£189 SUPER ULTEGRA FEEDER 11' (60G)..................................................£170.........£113 SUPER ULTEGRA FEEDER 12' (90G)..................................................£190.........£125 SUPER ULTEGRA FEEDER 13' (120G)................................................£220.........£149 SUPER ULTEGRA FEEDER 14' (120G)................................................£240.........£159 SUPER ULTEGRA FEEDER 14' (150G)................................................£250.........£169

POLES UK1 ACCOMPLICE PRO 16M (8 X KITS)...............£4000 ..£2999 UK2 EXPERT MATCH 16M (9 X KITS) ..................£2700 ..£1899 UK3 MATCH POWER 16M (7 X KITS) ...................£2000 ..£1559 G-MAX SUPER LEGION 16M (9 X KITS) ...............£2800 ..£1899 G-MAX COMP CARP 16M (7 X KITS) ...................£1450 ..£1199 G-MAX POWER LEGION CARP 14.5M (6 X KITS)..£1100 ....£799

CLEARANCE GARBOLINO POLES MAXIM COMP MATCH 400 13M (2 x KITS)...........£450 ... £299 BAZOOKARP 9.5M................................................£169 .... £99 SUPER G 9 16M (6 x TOP KITS).............................£3019...£1699

POLE KITS MATCHLITE MATCH TOP 2......................................£85 ..... £62 MATCHLITE SILVERS TOP 2 ....................................£70 ..... £52 MATCHLITE SIDE PULLER (MatchTOP 2’s) ..............£90 ..... £66 UNIVERSAL POWER TOP 2......................................£45 ..... £33 UNIVERSAL SIDE PULLER POWER TOP 2.................£60 ..... £44 POWERLITE POWER TOP 2 .....................................£85 ..... £62 POWERLITE SIDE PULLER POWER TOP 2 ................£90 ..... £66 POWERLITE EX POWER TOP 2 ................................£90 ..... £66 POWERLITE SIDE PULLER EX POWER TOP 2...........£90 ..... £66 EXTENDING CUPPING KIT & CUPS ..........................£78 ..... £59

FLOAT RODS

FEEDER RODS ROCKET CARP PICKER 8’ .......................................£35 ..... £20 ROCKET CARP PICKER 10’ .....................................£39 ..... £25 ROCKET CARP FEEDER 11’ (2 PIECE)......................£45 ..... £29 ROCKET CARP FEEDER 12’ (2 PIECE)......................£48 ..... £33 ROCKET CARP FEEDER 12’ (3 PIECE)......................£49 ..... £35 ROCKET CARP PELLET COMBO 11’ .......................£69 ..... £39 MAXIM CARP PICKER 9’ (2 PIECE) ..........................£50 ..... £33 MAXIM CARP PICKER 10’ (2 PIECE) ........................£53 ..... £35 MAXIM CARP FEEDER 11’ (2 PIECE) .......................£70 ..... £45 MAXIM CARP FEEDER 12’ (3 PIECE) .......................£75 ..... £49 MAXIM CARP FEEDER 13’ POWER..........................£95 ..... £59 MAXIM CARP FEEDER 13’/14' X-POWER ..............£100 ..... £65 G-SYSTEM PICKER 9’...........................................£150 ... £109 G-SYSTEM PICKER 10’ .........................................£160 ... £115 G-SYSTEM FEEDER 11’ (3 PIECE) .........................£170 ... £125 G-SYSTEM FEEDER 13’ POWER ...........................£230 ... £139 G-SYSTEM FEEDER 13’ EXTRA POWER ................£240 ... £145 G-SYSTEM MINI CARP 10’....................................£150 ..... £89 G-SYSTEM MINI CARP 11’....................................£160 ..... £95

POLES ACOLYTE 16M (9 X KITS) ...............................................................£2795 ACOLYTE CARP 13M (7 X KITS) .......................................................£995 ACOLYTE CARP 14.5M (7 X KITS) ..................................................£1295 ACOLYTE CARP 16M (7 X KITS) .....................................................£1595 ACOLYTE MARGIN CARP 9.5M (2 X KITS) .........................................£279 SERIES 7 MARGIN CARP 8.5M.........................................................£120 NEW RED RANGE RX CARP 13M .....................................................£365 RED RANGE 11M CARP (1 X KIT) .....................................................£225 NEW SERIES 7 MATCH CARP 13M (4 X KITS)...................................£649 NEW SERIES 7 MATCH CARP 14.5M (4 X KITS)................................£799 FLOAT RODS NEW ACOLYTE CARP WAGGLER 11'.................................................£149 NEW ACOLYTE CARP WAGGLER 12'.................................................£159 NEW ACOLYTE ULTRA MATCH 13' ...................................................£179 NEW ACOLYTE ULTRA MATCH 14' ...................................................£189 NEW ACOLYTE ULTRA MATCH 15' ...................................................£199 NEW ACOLYTE POWER PLUS 13'.....................................................£179 NEW ACOLYTE POWER PLUS 14'.....................................................£189 RED RANGE CARP WAGGLER 11'.......................................................£50 RED RANGE CARP WAGGLER 12'.......................................................£55 RED RANGE PELLET WAGGLER 11'....................................................£55 RED RANGE FLOAT 13'......................................................................£60 MATCH PRO FLOAT 13' ...................................................................£139 MATCH PRO FLOAT 14' ...................................................................£149 MATCH PRO ULTRA LIGHT FLOAT 11' ..............................................£119 MATCH PRO ULTRA LIGHT FLOAT 12' ..............................................£129 MATCH PRO ULTRA LIGHT FLOAT 13' ..............................................£139 MATCH PRO ULTRA LIGHT FLOAT 14' ..............................................£149 MATCH PRO ULTRA LIGHT FLOAT 15' ..............................................£159 SERIES 7 F1 CARP WAGGLER 10' ......................................................£75 SERIES 7 PUDDLE CHUCKER CARP WAGGLER 11' .............................£80 SERIES 7 PUDDLE CHUCKER CARP WAGGLER 12' .............................£85 SERIES 7 PUDDLE CHUCKER PELLET WAGGLER 11' ..........................£85 SERIES 7 PUDDLE CHUCKER PELLET WAGGLER 12' ..........................£90 SERIES 7 TENCH & SPECIMEN FLOAT 13' ........................................£100 SERIES 7 SILVER FISH FLOAT 13' ....................................................£100 SERIES 7 POWER CARP WAGGLER 13' ............................................£100

SUPER GT 2500 RD.........................................£100......................£77 SUPER GT 4000 RD.........................................£100......................£77 EXAGE 2500 RC ................................................£65......................£45 EXAGE 3000 SRC ..............................................£70......................£45 EXAGE 4000 RC ................................................£80......................£49 EXAGE 2500 RCDH (double handle)....................£65......................£45 EXAGE 3000 SRCDH (double handle)..................£65......................£45 EXAGE 3000 MHSRC (Match).............................£70......................£45 EXAGE 4000 RCDH (double handle)....................£70......................£45

NEXAVE 4000 RC ..............................................£55......................£36 CATANA 2500 RB ..............................................£35......................£27 CATANA 3000 SRB ............................................£40......................£29 CATANA 4000 RB ..............................................£40......................£29 DISCONTINUED RODS TO CLEAR

MATCH REELS FRONT DRAG SUSTAIN 2500 FG

£270 £169

AERO FEEDER 4000

£139 £119

BEASTMASTERAX COMMERCIAL 12’ FLOAT.............£139...........................£79

SUSTAIN 4000 FG

£290 £179

AERO MATCH 4000

£139 £119

BEASTMASTERAX COMMERCIAL 13’ FLOAT.............£149...........................£89

BIOMASTER 2500 FB

£230 £149

AERO 2500 FA

£140

£99

BEASTMASTERAX COMMERCIAL 12’6”PELLET.......£179.........................£119

BIOMASTER 3000 SFB

£250 £159

AERO 2500 FA (HG)

£140

£99

SUPER ULTEGRA 12' MED FEEDER..............................£200.........................£119

BIOMASTER 4000 FB

£265 £169

AERNOS 2500 FB

£110

£79

TECHNIUM 2500 FD

£125

£85

AERNOS 3000 SFB

£110

£79

TECHNIUM 3000 SFD

£125

£85

AERNOS 4000 FB

£110

£79

TECHNIUM 4000 FD

£140

£95

EXAGE 2500 FD

£70

£46

VANQUISH 3000F

£470 £289

EXAGE 3000 SFD

£70

£53

VANQUISH 4000F

£480 £295

EXAGE 4000 FD

£75

£53

STRADIC C14 2500 FA

£170 £120

CATANA 2500 FC

£40

£29

£40

£29

£42

£30

£175 £125

CATANA 3000 SFC

STRADIC C14 4000 FA

£180 £129

CATANA 4000 FC

AR-CAERO 4000 FA

£300 £185

NEW STRADIC 2500 FK

£170 £119

AR-C AERO 4000 FA (HG)

£300 £185

NEW STRADIC 3000 FK

£170 £119

AERO C14 4000 FA

£205 £135

NEW STRADIC 4000 FK

£180 £129

AERO C14 4000 FA (HG)

£205 £135

STRADIC C14 3000 FA

WHIPS

LUGGAGE G-MAX 6-TUBE HOLDALL.......................................£80 ..... £56 G-MAX 8-TUBE HOLDALL.......................................£85 ..... £59 G-MAX COOLBAG ...................................................£60 ..... £42 PRECISION 12-TUBE HOLDALL ...............................£90 ..... £62 PRECISION 8-TUBE HOLDALL .................................£75 ..... £52 PRECISION 2-ROD RIDGiD HOLDALL ......................£60 ..... £42 PRECISION 4-ROD RIDGiD HOLDALL ......................£80 ..... £56 PRECISION ACCESSORY BAG (MED).................................... £13 PRECISION ACCESSORY BAG (LARGE) ................................ £15 PRECISION CATAPULT BAG ................................................. £10 PRECISION GROUNDBAIT BOWL WITH LID .......................... £15 PRECISION CARRYALL............................................£55 ..... £38 EVA STINK BAG 2 NET (L).......................................£33 ..... £26 EVA STINK BAG 2 NET (XL).....................................£37 ..... £30 EVA STINK BAG 3 NET (L).......................................£35 ..... £28 EVA STINK BAG 3 NET (XL).....................................£40 ..... £32 EVA ROUND GROUNDBAIT BOWL (S)..................................... £9 EVA ROUND GROUNDBAIT BOWL (L)................................... £12 EVA ZIP TOP GROUNGBAIT BOWL (L) .................................. £19 EVA ACCESSORY BAG.............................................£30 ..... £24 EVA SPOOL CASE............................................................ £3.50 EVA ACCESSORY PACK (S).................................................. £11 EVA ACCESSORY PACK (M)................................................. £13 EVA ACCESSORY PACK (L) .................................................. £13

REELS CARP METHOD BAIT RUNNER 930 ....................................................£48 CARP METHOD BAIT RUNNER 940 ....................................................£50 CARP FEEDER 9-45...........................................................................£42 CARP FEEDER 9-50...........................................................................£45 FD 3000 (FRONT DRAG) ....................................................................£57 FD 4000 (FRONT DRAG) ....................................................................£60

STRADIC GTM 4000SRC..................................£120......................£80

NEXAVE 3000 SRC ............................................£50......................£32

ANANGA 3M...........................................................£30 ..... £19 RAFALE 3M ............................................................£33 ..... £21 PRECISION WHIP 5M ..............................................£60 ..... £42 PRECISION WHIP 6M ..............................................£75 ..... £52 PRECISION WHIP 7M ............................................£100 ..... £69 PRECISION WHIP 8M ............................................£115 ..... £79 SWIFTIE 2.5M ........................................................£55 ..... £39 SWIFTIE 3M ...........................................................£64 ..... £45 SWIFTIE 3.5M ........................................................£69 ..... £49

LEAD & FEEDER RODS ACOLYTE ULTRA FEEDER 10' ...........................................................£169 ACOLYTE ULTRA FEEDER 11' ...........................................................£179 ACOLYTE ULTRA FEEDER 12' ...........................................................£189 ACOLYTE ULTRA FEEDER PLUS 10' ..................................................£169 ACOLYTE ULTRA FEEDER PLUS 11' ..................................................£179 ACOLYTE ULTRA FEEDER PLUS 12' ..................................................£189 MATCH PRO MEDIUM FEEDER 12'...................................................£139 MATCH PRO SUPER FEEDER 12'......................................................£149 MARTIN BOWLER SPECIALIST BARBEL 12' (1¾ TC) .........................£169 MARTIN BOWLER BIG RIVER BARBEL 12' (2¼ TC) ...........................£169 RED RANGE CARP FEEDER 10'..........................................................£50 RED RANGE CARP FEEDER 11'..........................................................£55 RED RANGE MINI CARP FEEDER 9'6" ................................................£50 RED RANGE METHOD FEEDER 11'.....................................................£60 SERIES 7 AVON QUIVER COMBO 11' (1¼ TC).....................................£95 SERIES 7 AVON QUIVER COMBO 11' (1½ TC).....................................£95 SERIES 7 SPECIALIST AVON QUIVER 12' (1¼ TC) .............................£100 SERIES 7 SPECIALIST AVON QUIVER 12' (1½ TC) .............................£100 SERIES 7 SPECIALIST AVON QUIVER 12' (1¾ TC) .............................£100 SERIES 7 CARP FEEDER COMBO 10'/11'.........................................£100 SERIES 7 METHOD FEEDER COMBO 11'/12'....................................£100 SERIES 7 PUDDLE CHUCKER CARP FEEDER 10'.................................£85 SERIES 7 PUDDLE CHUCKER CARP FEEDER 11'.................................£90 SERIES 7 PUDDLE CHUCKER CARP FEEDER 12'.................................£95 SERIES 7 COMPETITION FEEDER 12'.................................................£95 SERIES 7 PUDDLE CHUCKER METHOD FEEDER 11' ...........................£90 SERIES 7 PUDDLE CHUCKER METHOD FEEDER 12' ...........................£95 ULTRALIGHT BOMB 10'/11'.............................................................£139 ULTRALIGHT MEDIUM FEEDER 11'6"/12'6".....................................£159

STRADIC GTM 3000 SRC.................................£115......................£77

NEXAVE 2500 RC ..............................................£50......................£32

G-SYSTEM MINI CARP 12’....................................£170 ... £100 G-MAX BOMB 10’ (LIGHT) ....................................£275 ... £159 G-MAX BOMB 10’ (MEDIUM) ................................£275 ... £159 G-MAX FEEDER 11’ (3 PIECE) ...............................£275 ... £159 G-MAX FEEDER 12’ (3 PIECE) ...............................£275 ... £159 G-MAX FEEDER 13’ (3 PIECE) ...............................£275 ... £159 SQUAD POWER FEEDER 12’ ...................................£79 ..... £39 TECTRA POWER FEEDER 12’ ................................£150 ... £109 TECTRA DISTANCE FEEDER 13’ ............................£160 ... £115 TECTRA DISTANCE FEEDER 14’ ............................£180 ... £129

DRENNAN PRODUCTS

STRADIC GTM 2500 RC...................................£110......................£72

LINES ANTARES SILK SHOCK (50m) .14 5.4lb .18 7.7lb. ANTARES SILK SHOCK (150m) .14 5.4lb .16 6.7lb .18 7.7lb. .20 9.4lb .22 11.8lb .25 14.9lb ULTEGRA SILK SHOCK 50m .08 .11 .14 .18 .22 .25

EVA WATER BUCKET........................................................... £10 EVA SQUARE GROUNDBAIT BOWL (SET OF 3) .........£20 ..... £16 AMIRAL ROD & REEL HOLDALL (2-ROD) (1.35M) ................ £20 AMIRAL ROD & REEL HOLDALL (2-ROD) (1.55M) ................ £23 AMIRAL ROD & REEL HOLDALL (4-ROD) (1.8M) .................. £28 AMIRAL ROD & REEL HOLDALL (4-ROD) (1.95M) ................ £30 AMIRAL CARRYALL............................................................. £20 AMIRAL KEEPNET BAG ....................................................... £11 SPRINT 6-TUBE HOLDALL ......................................£40 ..... £32 SPRINT 8-TUBE HOLDALL ......................................£45 ..... £36 SPRINT ROD & REEL HOLDALL (3-ROD) .................£40 ..... £32 SPRINT KEEPNET BAG............................................£20 ..... £16 SQUAD 8-TUBE HOLDALL ......................................£80 ..... £49 SQUAD 10-TUBE HOLDALL ....................................£90 ..... £55 SQUAD POLE HOLDALL ..........................................£80 ..... £49 SQUAD MAX 12 HOLDALL ......................................£69 ..... £39 SQUAD MAX NET BAG (L) .......................................£25 ..... £17 SQUAD MAX ACCESSORY BAG (L)...........................£15 ..... £10 COACH NET BAG (L) ...............................................£15 ..... £10 MAXIM 3-ROD RIDGID HOLDALL ............................£75 ..... £45

NETS & HANDLES ROUND SILVER PAN NET 16”................................................ £7 SUPER FINE SILVER PAN NET 16”....................................... £10 SUPER FINE SILVER PAN NET 18”....................................... £11 CARP BLUE HAIR NET 20” .................................................. £10 CARP BLUE HAIR NET 22” .................................................. £11 CARP MATCH NET 18” ....................................................... £13 CARP MATCH NET 20” ....................................................... £14 CARP SCOOP NET 20”........................................................ £11 CARP SCOOP NET 22”........................................................ £12 CARP SCOOP NET 24”........................................................ £14 RUBBER MESH CARP 24”................................................... £15 ROCKET RECT KEEPNET 2M ............................................... £23 ROCKET RECT KEEPNET 2.5M ............................................ £25 ROCKET RECT KEEPNET 3M ............................................... £27 SQUAD MAX RECT CARP KEEPNET 2M ...................£45 ..... £36 SQUAD MAX RECT CARP KEEPNET 3M ...................£50 ..... £40 SQUAD MAX RECT CARP KEEPNET 4M ...................£60 ..... £48 SQUAD MAX RECT RIVER KEEPNET 3.5M ...............£50 ..... £40 SQUAD MAX RECT SILVERS KEEPNET 2.5M ............£45 ..... £36 SQUAD MAX RECT COMMERCIAL COMBI NET SET..£90 ..... £69 PRECISION PUT OVER 2.85M HANDLE ....................£55 ..... £39 PRECISION PUT OVER 4.10M HANDLE ....................£70 ..... £50 PRECISION PUT OVER 5.45M HANDLE ....................£90 ..... £64

SERIES 7 FLOAT 9-30 (REAR DRAG) ..................................................£38 SERIES 7 FLOAT 9-40 (REAR DRAG) ..................................................£40 RED RANGE FLOAT 6-30 (REAR DRAG) ..............................................£24 RED RANGE FLOAT 6-40 (REAR DRAG) ..............................................£24 KEEPNETS, LANDING NETS & HANDLES NEW STYLE CARP 8' (RECT) ............................................................£42 NEW STYLE CARP 10' (RECT) ..........................................................£48 NEW STYLE SILVER FISH 8' (RECT) ..................................................£38 NEW STYLE SILVER FISH 10' (RECT) ................................................£42 SUPER SPECIALIST MICROMESH 8' (RECT)........................................£36 SUPER SPECIALIST MICROMESH 10' (RECT)......................................£40 SUPER SPECIALIST CARP 10' (RECT) .................................................£46 MATCH PRO SILVER FISH/MATCH 10' (RECT) .....................................£40 MATCH PRO CARP 10' (RECT) ...........................................................£46 MATCH PRO LANDING NET 16" .........................................................£17 MATCH PRO LANDING NET 18" .........................................................£18 MATCH PRO LANDING NET 20" .........................................................£19 DRENNAN EXTRA STRONG MATCH 16" .............................................£17 DRENNAN EXTRA STRONG MATCH 18" .............................................£18 DRENNAN EXTRA STRONG MATCH 20" .............................................£19 DRENNAN EXTRA STRONG SPECIALIST 18" ......................................£18 DRENNAN EXTRA STRONG SPECIALIST 20" ......................................£19 DRENNAN EXTRA STRONG SPECIALIST 22" ......................................£20 SERIES 7 RIGID CARBON HANDLE 2.6M ............................................£37 SERIES 7 MEGA CARP HANDLE 2.6M ................................................£48 SERIES 7 EXTRA STRONG CARP MATCH 3.3M ...................................£50 ACOLYTE 4M HANDLE .....................................................................£119 RED RANGE TELESCOPIC HANDLE 2.4M ............................................£27 RED RANGE SUPER SPECIALIST EXT TWIST LOCK .............................£50 RIGIDEX 2.6M ...................................................................................£60 LUGGAGE NEW TEAM DRENNAN VISI BOX (SMALL) ............................................£9 NEW TEAM DRENNAN VISI BOX (LARGE) ..........................................£12 NEW TEAM DRENNAN BAIT BOWL (SET 2) .......................................£15 NEW TEAM DRENNAN BUCKET RIDDLE SET .....................................£30 NEW TEAM DRENNAN 4 PART BAIT SYSTEM ....................................£40 NEW TEAM DRENNAN SLIMLINE HARD-CASE (1 ROD) 160CM ......................£30 NEW TEAM DRENNAN SLIMLINE HARD-CASE (1 ROD) 196CM .......................£33 NEW TEAM DRENNAN SLIMLINE HARD-CASE (2 ROD) 160CM .......................£37 NEW TEAM DRENNAN SLIMLINE HARD-CASE (2 ROD) 196CM .......................£40

£4 EACH 3 FOR £11 - 5 FOR £17 £9 EACH 3 FOR £23 - 5 FOR £36 £6 EACH 3 FOR £16 - 5 FOR £24

OVERMASTER CARP 3.8M HANDLE ......................£100 ..... £69

CLOTHING GARBOLINO CAP .................................................................. £8 GARBOLINO TEAM T-SHIRT (S-XXXL)......................£25 ..... £20 G-MAX T-SHIRTS (S-XXXL) .....................................£23 ..... £19 TEAM GARBOLINO HOODIE ....................................£35 ..... £29 SQUAD MAX JACKET (XXXL ONLY).............................£90 ..... £75 G-SYSTEM BODYWARMER (M-XXXL)......................£25 ..... £20 G-SYSTEM FULL ZIP FLEECE (M-XXXL)...................£45 ..... £33 G-SYSTEM ½ ZIP SMOCK (M - XXXL) .....................£40 ..... £29 G-MAX 2 SUPER FLEECE (M - XXXL).......................£60 ..... £45 G-SYSTEM BIB ‘N’ BRACE (M - XXXL) ...................£100 ..... £75 G-STSTEM JACKET (M - XXXL) .............................£100 ..... £75

GARBOLINO ACCESSORIES PELLET CONE / BAIT PRESS ................................................ £7 PELLET CONE / BAIT PRESS SPARE BUNGS .......................... £4 PELLET PUMP ................................................................... £10 PELLET BANDER TOOL ........................................................ £6 PELLET BANDS (MICRO) ...................................................... £3 RIG RETRIEVER KIT ......................................................... £7.50 V TRIPOD ROLLER..................................................£85 ..... £59 STANDARD 4-LEG ROLLER.....................................£23 ..... £20 LEADER 4-LEG ROLLER (500MM)...........................£45 ..... £36 PRECISION LEG ROLLER (650MM) ..........................£60 ..... £48 DELUXE FLATBED ROLER .......................................£70 ..... £55 DELUXE SIDE TRAY.................................................£65 ..... £49 DELUXE TENTED SIDE TRAY ...................................£70 ..... £55 GROUNDBAIT WHISK .......................................................... £17 DELUXE NYLON BROLLY .........................................£55 ..... £40 DELUXE PVC BROLLY .............................................£70 ..... £55

NEW GARBO LINE .06 .07 .08 .09 .105 .125 .14

1lb 1lb 5oz 1lb 13oz 2lb 7oz 2lb 13oz 4lb 6oz 5lb 2oz

.16 .18 .20

6lb 4oz 7lb 8lb 11oz

ALL £6.00 EACH 3 FOR £16.00 5 FOR £24.00

NEW TEAM DRENNAN BROLLY 45" ..................................................£70 NEW TEAM DRENNAN BROLLY 50" ..................................................£80 TEAM DRENNAN 4/6 TUBE (HALF ZIP) ...............................................£50 TEAM DRENNAN 4/6 TUBE (FULL ZIP)................................................£60 TEAM DRENNAN 6/8 TUBE ................................................................£70 TEAM DRENNAN 10/12 TUBE ............................................................£80 TEAM DRENNAN 2 ROD HARDCASE HOLDALL ...................................£50 TEAM DRENNAN 3 ROD HARDCASE HOLDALL ...................................£55 TEAM DRENNAN MEDUM CARRYALL .................................................£50 TEAM DRENNAN XL CARRYALL .........................................................£70 TEAM DRENNAN DOUBLE ROD SLEEVE (SHORT) ...............................£23 TEAM DRENNAN DOUBLE ROD SLEEVE (LONG) .................................£25 TEAM DRENNAN SINGLE ROD SLEEVE (SHORT).................................£20 TEAM DRENNAN SINGLE ROD SLEEVE (LONG) ...................................£22 TEAM DRENNAN CARRYALL (SMALL) ................................................£40 TEAM DRENNAN CARRYALL (LARGE) .................................................£60 TEAM DRENNAN CARRYALL (EXTRA LARGE)......................................£66 TEAM DRENNAN COOLBAG (MEDIUM) ...............................................£20 TEAM DRENNAN COOLBAG (LARGE) ..................................................£25 TEAM DRENNAN VISI BAG (SMALL) .....................................................£6 TEAM DRENNAN VISI BAG (LARGE) ......................................................£8 TEAM DRENNAN WET NET BAG (1 NET).............................................£25 TEAM DRENNAN WET NET BAG (2 NET).............................................£30 TEAM DRENNAN WET NET BAG (3 NET).............................................£35 TEAM DRENNAN REEL BAG .................................................................£5 DRENNAN APRON TOWEL....................................................................£9 CLOTHING NEW MATCH WATERPROOF JACKET QUILTED (S-XXXXL) .................£149 NEW MATCH WATERPROOF JACKET (S-XXXXL)...............................£139 NEW MATCH WATERPROOF BIB 'N' BRACE QUILTED (S-XXXXL)............ £139 NEW MATCH WATERPROOF BIB 'N' BRACE (S-XXXXL).....................£129 NEW MATCH WATERPROOF TROUSERS (S-XXXXL) ............................£89 NEW MATCH WATERPROOF TROUSERS QUILTED (S-XXXXL) ..............£99 WINDBEATER FLEECE (S-XXXXL) .....................................................£100 MATCH HEAVYWEIGHT HOODIE (S-XXXL)...........................................£30 MATCH FULL ZIP HOODIE (S-XXXL)....................................................£30 MATCH JOGGERS (S-XXXL) ...............................................................£25 MATCH POLO SHIRT (S-XXXL) ...........................................................£16 MATCH T-SHIRT (S-L)........................................................................£13 MATCH SWEATSHIRT (S-XXXL) ..........................................................£25 MATCH BEANIE HAT ............................................................................£7 DRENNAN WHITE CAP .........................................................................£7 BASEBALL HAT ...................................................................................£7 FLEECE HAT .......................................................................................£8

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TECTRA MATCH POWER 13’ .................................£120 ..... £88 TECTRA MATCH EX POWER 13’ ............................£120 ..... £88 TECTRA MATCH POWER 14’ .................................£145 ... £106 TECTRA MATCH POWER 15’ .................................£160 ... £119 G-SYSTEM WAGGLER 12’.....................................£150 ..... £85 G-SYSTEM LONG FLOAT 17’ ................................£250 ... £179 G-MAX COMMERCIAL WAGGLER 11’6” (LIGHT).....£200 ... £146 G-MAX WAGGLER (LIGHT) 13’ ..............................£260 ... £149 SUPER G LONG FLOAT 15’....................................£210 ... £109 SUPER G LONG FLOAT 17’....................................£240 ... £129 ROCKET CARP PELLET WAGGLER 10’.....................£45 ..... £29 ROCKET CARP PELLET WAGGLER 11’.....................£49 ..... £30 ROCKET CARP WAGGLER 12’ .................................£49 ..... £30 ROCKET CARP PELLET COMBO 11' ........................£69 ..... £39 MAXIM CARP WAGGLER 11’6”................................£60 ..... £35 MAXIM PELLET COMBO 11’6”................................£90 ..... £50 MAXIM 13’/14’ POWER WAGGLER..........................£70 ..... £40 MAXIM 13’/14’ EX POWER WAGGLER.....................£70 ..... £40 MAXIM 13’/14’ SPECIMEN CARP WAGGLER............£75 ..... £45 CARICK MATCH 13’ ................................................£99 ..... £49 PRECISION BOLO 6M ...........................................£100 ..... £73 PRECISION BOLO 7M ...........................................£125 ..... £89 G-MAX SUPER LEGION BOLO 6M .........................£250 ... £179 G-MAX SUPER LEGION BOLO 7M .........................£300 ... £209 G-MAX SUPER LEGION BOLO 8M .........................£350 ... £239

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BAITRUNNER XT 8000 RB.................................................................£140...........£90 BAITRUNNER XT 10000 RB ..............................................................£145...........£90 BAITRUNNER DL 2500 FB...................................................................£90...........£53 BAITRUNNER DL 4000 FB...................................................................£96...........£56 BAITRUNNER DL 6000 RB ..................................................................£95...........£56 BAITRUNNER DL 10000 RB..............................................................£100...........£59 BAITRUNNER ST 2500 FB...................................................................£60...........£40 BAITRUNNER ST 4000 FB...................................................................£65...........£45 BAITRUNNER ST 6000 RB ..................................................................£65...........£45 BAITRUNNER ST 10000 RB ................................................................£70...........£45 BAITRUNNER X-AERO 2500 FA.........................................................£150...........£93 BAITRUNNER X-AERO 4000 FA.........................................................£155...........£97 BAITRUNNER C14+ XTRA LONGCAST (MEDIUM) .............................£300.........£175 BAITRUNNER C14+XTRA LONGCAST (LARGE) .................................£310.........£195 BAITRUNNER XTA LONGCAST (MEDIUM) .........................................£200 .........................................£200 ......... .........£115 £115 BAITRUNNER XTA LONGCAST (LARGE) ............................................£215 ............................................£215 ......... .........£125 £125

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BEASTMASTER DX LIGHT FEEDER 11' .............................................£120...........£85 BEASTMASTER DX MEDIUM FEEDER 12'.........................................£130...........£85 BEASTMASTER DX MEDIUM FEEDER 13'.........................................£150...........£99 BEASTMASTER DX HEAVY FEEDER 13' ............................................£170.........£115 BEASTMASTER DX MEDIUM/HEAVY FEEDER 14' .............................£170.........£115 BEASTMASTER DX HEAVY FEEDER 14' ............................................£170.........£119 BEASTMASTER DX MULTI LIGHT FEEDER 9'/11' ..............................£120...........£85 BEASTMASTER DX CARP FEEDER 12'..............................................£140...........£99 AERNOS FEEDER 11' (60G)...............................................................£110...........£73 AERNOS FEEDER 12' (90G)...............................................................£110...........£77 AERNOS FEEDER 13' (120G).............................................................£120...........£81 AERNOS FEEDER 14' (120G).............................................................£140...........£99 AERNOS FEEDER 14' (150G).............................................................£150...........£99 AERNOS MULTI FEEDER 12'/13' (90G)..............................................£150...........£99 AERNOS MULTI FEEDER 13'/14' (120G)............................................£160.........£109 AERNOS TELEFEEDER 12' (60G).......................................................£120...........£81 AERNOS TELEFEEDER 13' (90G).......................................................£130...........£85 ALIVIO CX FEEDER LIGHT 11'..............................................................£50...........£33 ALIVIO CX FEEDER MEDIUM 12' .........................................................£60...........£42 ALIVIO CX FEEDER HEAVY 13'.............................................................£60...........£42 ALIVIO CX FEEDER EXTRA HEAVY 14'.................................................£80...........£57 AERNOS WINKLEPICKER 8'.................................................................£80...........£57 AERNOS WINKLEPICKER 9'.................................................................£90...........£60 VENGEANCE WINKLEPICKER 9'...........................................................£50...........£37 COMMERCIAL RANGE OF RODS FORCEMASTER AX 10’ FLOAT ............................................................£40...........£35 FORCEMASTER AX 11’ FLOAT ............................................................£40...........£37 FORCEMASTER AX 12’ FLOAT ............................................................£50...........£40 FORCEMASTER AX 10’ FEEDER..........................................................£40...........£35 FORCEMASTER AX 11’ FEEDER..........................................................£50...........£37 FORCEMASTER AX 12’ DISTANCE FEEDER.........................................£50...........£40 BEASTMASTER CX COMMERCIAL PICKER 8'....................................£120...........£85 BEASTMASTER CX COMMERCIAL FEEDER 10'.................................£130...........£89 BEASTMASTER CX COMMERCIAL FEEDER 9/11' ............................£130...........£89 BEASTMASTER CX COMMERCIAL POWER FEEDER 12'....................£130...........£89 BEASTMASTER CX COMMERCIAL FLOAT 10'...................................£120...........£85 BEASTMASTER CX COMMERCIAL FLOAT 9/11'................................£130...........£89 BEASTMASTER CX COMMERCIAL POWER FLOAT 12'......................£130...........£89 SPECIMEN REELS BAITRUNNER X-AERO 6000 RA ........................................................£170.........£116 BAITRUNNER X-AERO 8000 RA ........................................................£180.........£118 BAITRUNNER X-AERO 10000 RA......................................................£185.........£124 BAITRUNNER XT 6000 RB.................................................................£130...........£90

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FLOAT RODS SUPERTEAM 15’ MATCH.......................£110 ......£99 ALL £5.00 EACH ANY 3 FOR £13.50 ANY 5 FOR £22.00

SUPERTEAM 13’ MATCH.........................£90 ......£79 SEATBOXES & ACCESSORIES SUPERTEAM 11’ PELLET WAGGER..........£80 ......£72 TEAM SEATBOX (BLUE ONLY)..................£40 ......£33 AGILITY MATCH 13’ ................................£63 ......£57 SPARE SIDE TRAYS (BLUE ONLY)............................£8

GURU DRAG LINE

TEAM SENSAS LUGGAGE TEAM SENSAS 2 ROD + REEL HOLDALL ......................................£40.................... £32 TEAM SENSAS 4 ROD + REEL HOLDALL ......................................£53.................... £43 TEAM SENSAS 1-POCKET HOLDALL...............................................£50.................... £40 TEAM SENSAS 2-POCKET HOLDALL...............................................£60.................... £48 TEAM SENSAS 3-POCKET HOLDALL .............................................£73.................... £59 NEW TEAM SENSAS SINGLE POCKET HOLDALL 1-9M ......................£40.................... £32 TEAM SENSAS POLE HOLDALL (1-9M)...........................................£34.................... £27 TEAM SENSAS JUMBO CARRYALL ................................................£43.................... £35 TEAM SENSAS LARGE CARRYALL ..................................................£38.................... £31 TEAM SENSAS SMALL CARRYALL ..................................................£35.................... £28 TEAM SENSAS COOL BAG .............................................................£44.................... £36 TEAM SENSAS 3 IN 1 COOLBOX.....................................................£50.................... £40 NEW TEAM SENSAS SEMI RIGID BAG (MED) .................................£40.................... £32 NEW TEAM SENSAS SEMI RIGID BAG (LRG) ..................................£50.................... £40 TEAM SENSAS CATAPULT BAG .......................................................£11...................... £9 TEAM SENSAS RECTANGULAR KEEPNET BAG ..............................£15.................... £12 TEAM SENSAS BOOT BAG.........................................................£12.50.................... £10 TEAM SENSAS REEL CASE (LRG)....................................................£20.................... £16 TEAM SENSAS GROUNDBAIT BOWL (35CM) ZIPPED ......................£13.................... £11 TEAM SENSAS GROUNDBAIT BOWL (45CM) ZIPPED ......................£16.................... £13 TEAM SENSAS RIGID POLE HOLDALL.............................................£80.................... £64 TEAM SENSAS RIGID 4 ROD + REEL HOLDALL .............................£80.................... £64 TEAM SENSAS RIGID BAIT BAG ......................................................£55.................... £44 NEW TEAM SENSAS RIGID 2 POCKET HOLDALL 1.9M ...................£50.................... £40 NEW TEAM SENSAS RIGID 2 POCKET HOLDALL 1.55M .................£50.................... £40 NEW TEAM SENSAS RIGID KIT CASE 1.45 (2 SECTIONS) ...............£25.................... £20 NEW TEAM SENSAS RIGID KIT CASE 1.85 (2 SECTIONS) ...............£30.................... £24 NEW TEAM SENSAS RIGID KIT CASE 1.45 (4 SECTIONS) ...............£35.................... £28 NEW TEAM SENSAS RIGID KIT CASE 1.85 (4 SECTIONS) ...............£40.................... £32 TEAM SENSAS ACCESSORY BAG....................................................£20.................... £16 TEAM SENSAS RIDDLE BAG ...........................................................£14.................... £12 TEAM SENSAS CHAIR.....................................................................£25.................... £20

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AGILITY POWER MATCH 13’....................£65 ......£59 SEATBOX STRAP ...................................................£4 ALL £6.00 EACH ANY 3 FOR £16.20 ANY 5 FOR £26.00

AGILITY POWER MATCH 13’....................£65 ......£59 SHERPA BOX CARRIER.........................................£20 AGILITY POWER MATCH 11’6..................£55 ......£50 TEAM SEATBOX CUSHION......................................£8 AGILITY MATCH 13’ (4 PIECE) .................£65 ......£59 SEATBOX TROLLEY.................................£45 ......£37

GURU TERMINAL TACKLE NEW HOOKLENGTH BOX (LARGE).......................................................................£13.00 NEW HOOKLENGTH BOX (SMALL)........................................................................£9.00 NEW RIG BOX.....................................................................................................£11.00 GURU 15” FEEDER HAIR RIGS (10-16)..................................................................£2.25 GURU 4” METHOD HAIR RIGS (10-16) ..................................................................£2.25 QMI HOOKS (10-18) (EYED BARBLESS) ................................................................£3.00 MWG HOOKS (10-20) (EYED BARBLESS)..............................................................£1.30 PELLET WAGGLER HOOKS (10-20) (EYED BARBLESS)..........................................£1.30 X-STONG CARP SPADE (10-20) (SPADE BARBLESS).............................................£1.30 X SAFE METHOD FEEDER (24g, 28g, 36g, 45g) ....................................................£2.50 X SAFE PELLET FEEDER (S+L)..............................................................................£2.50 X SAFE SPARE ELASTICS + TUBE (S+L) ...............................................................£2.25 X SAFE SPARE TAIL RUBBERS .............................................................................£2.00 IN LINE SPARE TAIL RUBBERS ..............................................................................£2.00 IN LINE METHOD FEEDER (24g, 28g, 36g, 45g) ....................................................£2.25 IN LINE PELLET FEEDER (S+L)..............................................................................£2.25 METHOD MOULD (S+L) ........................................................................................£3.00 CAGE FEEDERS (MINI-SMALL-MEDIUM-LARGE)...................................................£1.00 SPEEDMESH PVA SYSTEM..................................................................................£10.00 SPEEDMESH PVA REFILL......................................................................................£6.00 MICRO LEAD CLIP (INC SWIVEL + TAIL RUBBERS)................................................£4.00 SQUARE LEADS (1/3 oz-2/3 oz-1oz) Set of 9 .............................................................£8.35 RIG SCISSORS......................................................................................................£5.00 MICRO HAIR STOPS..............................................................................................£2.00 MICRO BAIT BANDS..............................................................................................£3.00 SUPER MICRO BAIT BANDS..................................................................................£3.00 SIZE 11 RIG SYSTEM SWIVELS.............................................................................£2.00 SIZE 11 RUNNING RIG SYSTEM ............................................................................£3.50 SIZE 11 SNAP LINK SWIVELS................................................................................£2.50 0.3MM MICRO SILICONE TUBING .........................................................................£2.50 PELLET CONES.....................................................................................................£3.25 GURU HAND TOWEL .............................................................................................£4.65 GURU CATAPULT (ORIGINAL).................................................................................£6.00 GURU CATAPULT (LIGHT).......................................................................................£6.00 GURU CATAPULT (INCREDIBLE)...........................................................................£10.00 SPEEDMESH NEEDLE ...........................................................................................£2.50 SUPERFINE BAIT NEEDLE .....................................................................................£2.50 SPEED BEADS ......................................................................................................£2.50 GURU ROD BANDS ...............................................................................................£7.00 GURU HAND TOWEL .............................................................................................£6.00 GURU GUIDE TO COMMERCIAL CARP DVD..........................................................£20.00

AGILITY PELLET WAGGLER 11’ (4 PIECE)...£65.......£59 AGILITY PELLET WAGGLER 11’ (2 PIECE)...£50.......£45 AGILITY COMMERCIAL FLOAT 10’ (2 PIECE)£50......£45 AGILITY PELLET WAGGER 12’ .................£55 ......£50 SIGMA MATCH 10’..................................£35 ......£30 SIGMA MATCH 12’..................................£40 ......£36 SIGMA COMMERCIAL FLOAT 10’ 6” ........£40 ......£36 WADERS SIGMA COMMERCIAL FLOAT 11 6” .........£45 ......£40 SIGMA NEOPRENE CHEST WADER (7-12) ..£80 ......£72 FEEDER RODS

SIGMA NYLON HIP WADER (7-12)...........£30 ......£27

SUPERTEAM FEEDER 10’........................£80 ......£72 SIGMA NYLON CHEST WADER (7-12)......£40 ......£36 SUPERTEAM FEEDER 12’......................£100 ......£90 AGILITY WAND 9’....................................£65 ......£59 CLEARANCE FLOAT RODS AGILITY WAND 10’..................................£70 ......£63 QUO MATCH 13’ .....................................£46 ......£33 AGILITY SPECIMEN (2LB TC) ...................£50 ......£45 FLAVIA MATCH 13’ ...............................£100 ......£69 AGILITY BARBEL AVON ...........................£65 ......£59 ONSETT MATCH 13’ ...............................£69 ......£49 AGILITY FEEDER 12’ ...............................£60 ......£54

MACH 2 XT WAGGLER/FEEDER 11’.........£76 ......£52

AGILITY POWER FEEDER 12’...................£60 ......£54 AGILITY 4-PIECE FEEDER 11’..................£60 ......£54

MACH 2 XT COMM MATCH 13’ ...............£55 ......£39

AGILITY 4-PIECE FEEDER 12’..................£65 ......£59 MACH 1 XT MATCH 13’ ..........................£40 ......£30 AGILITY COMMERCIAL FEEDER 11’.........£65 ......£59 MACH 1 XT PELLET WAGGLER 11’..........£45 ......£34 AGILITY CONTINENTAL FEEDER 12’ ........£70 ......£63 MACH 1 XT TRAVEL MATCH 13’..............£40 ......£30 AGILITY CONTINENTAL FEEDER 13’ ........£75 ......£68 XK 4000 MATCH 12’...............................£33 ......£19 AGILITY CONTINENTAL FEEDER 14’ ........£80 ......£72 BETA GRAPHITE 13’ MATCH ...................£59 ......£35 SIGMA WAND 10’ ...................................£45 ......£40 SIGMA FEEDER 8’...................................£35 ......£31 SIGMA FEEDER 9’...................................£37 ......£33

CLEARANCE FEEDER RODS

SIGMA SPECIALIST 10’ ...........................£30 ......£27 FLAVIA FEEDER 11’/13’ ..........................£99 ......£49 SIGMA SPECIALIST 11’ ...........................£33 ......£29 ONSETT MEDIUM FEEDER 12’ ................£90 ......£66

WHIPS BULLET TELE 6m .......................................£105........... £89 BULLET TELE 7m .......................................£149......... £125 BULLET TELE 8m .......................................£200......... £169 ALBORELLA 250 2.5m .................................£37........... £32 ALBORELLA 250 3m ....................................£50........... £43 ALBORELLA 250 3.5m .................................£60........... £51 ALBORELLA 250 4m ....................................£76........... £65 ALBORELLA 250 4.5m .................................£90........... £77 ALBORELLA 250 5m ..................................£100........... £85 ALBORELLA 250 6m ..................................£120........... £99 FLOAT RODS CLASSIC COMPETITION MATCH 13’............£150......... £119 CLASSIC COMPETITION MATCH 14’............£150......... £119 CLASSIC COMPETITION POWER FLOAT 13’ £150......... £119 CLASSIC COMPETITION POWER FLOAT 14’ £150......... £119 CARP FLOAT 10’ ........................................£130......... £105 CARP FLOAT 11’ ........................................£130......... £105 CARP FLOAT 12’ ........................................£130......... £105 BIG - FISH BOLO 5.9m ...............................£185......... £149 BIG - FISH BOLO 6.8m ...............................£210......... £169 SILVER FISH BOLO 5.9m ............................£185......... £149 SILVER FISH BOLO 6.8m ............................£210......... £169 FEEDER RODS CLASSIC COMPETITION CARP FEEDER 9’ ...£130......... £105 CLASSIC COMPETITION CARP FEEDER 10’ .£130......... £105 CLASSIC COMPETITION CARP FEEDER 11’ .£140......... £109 CLASSIC COMPETITION POWER FEEDER 12’£150 ....... £119 CLASSIC COMPETITION DISTANCE FEEDER 13’£150 ... £119 LONGCAST FEEDER (MEDIUM) 12’ ...............£70........... £57 LONGCAST FEEDER (MED/HEAVY) 12’ ..........£70........... £57 LONGCAST FEEDER (MED/HEAVY) 13’ ..........£90........... £73 LONGCAST FEEDER (MED/HEAVY) 14’ ........£110........... £89

4590 BARBLESS 12 - 22..........................Per 10 HOOKS TO NYLON ALL £2.50 3405 14 - 22 ......Per 8 (ALL ROUND) EACH 3410 14 - 22 ...........Per 8 (BIG FISH) ANY 5 FOR £11 3411 16 - 22 ......Per 8 (ALL ROUND) ANY 10 3530 18 - 24 ............. Per 8 (CANAL) FOR £20 CLOTHING GREENLAND POLE JACKET (S-XXXXL).............£140.......... £126 GREENLAND BIB-N-BRACE (S-XXXXL).............£110............ £99 CHALLENGE MICROFIBRE JACKET (S-XXXXL) ..£100............ £89 CHALLENGE BIB-N-BRACE (S-XXXXL)................£80............ £72 FAROE JACKET (S-XXXXL).................................£75............ £67 FAROE BIB-N-BRACE (S-XXXXL)........................£62............ £55 FAROE WATERPROOF SET (S-XXXXL).................£55............ £49 ICELAND JACKET & TROUSER SET (S-XXXXL)..£200.......... £179 DESIGNER HOODED JACKET (S-XXXXL).............£50............ £45 GREENLAND JACKET (S-XXXXL)........................£70............ £63 FAROE FLEECE (S-XXXXL) .................................£34............ £30 ICELAND WINDPROOF JACKET (S-XXXXL)..........£60............ £54 ICELAND WINTER HOODIE (S-XXXXL).................£40............ £36 ARGENTINA POLO SHIRT (BLACK) (S-XXXXL) ....................... £19 ARGENTINA POLO SHIRT (GREEN) (S-XXXXL) ....................... £19 ARGENTINA POLO SHIRT (NAVY) (S-XXXXL) ......................... £19 ARGENTINA POLO SHIRT (WHITE) (S-XXXXL)........................ £19 BREATHABLE POLO SHIRT (WHITE/GREEN) (S-XXXXL).......... £19 BREATHABLE POLO SHIRT(LIGHT BLUE/NAVY) (S-XXXXL)..... £19 BREATHABLE POLO SHIRT (BLACK/GREEN) (S-XXXXL) ......... £19 NECK WARMER / FLEECE HAT ..................................... £6 NEOPRENE GLOVES (L & XXL) ............................................. £10 NEPRENE MITTENS............................................................. £10 POLAR FLEECE HAT .............................................................. £8 SENSAS CAP........................................................................... 7

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SIGMA SPECIALIST 12’ ...........................£35 ......£31 ODESSA METHOD FEEDER 12’ ...............£90 ......£66 SIGMA COMMERCIAL FEEDER 10’6”.......£40 ......£36 BEAST FEEDER 12’.................................£79 ......£49 SIGMA COMMERCIAL FEEDER 11’6”.......£45 ......£40 SIGMA BARBEL 12’ ................................£40 ......£36 OMNI FEEDER 12’ ..................................£29 ......£23 REELS SUPERTEAM 35 FD.................................£60 ......£48 SUPERTEAM 40 FD.................................£60 ......£48 AGILITY 35 FD ........................................£45 ......£36 AGILITY 40 FD ........................................£45 ......£36 AGILITY 35 RD........................................£45 ......£36 AGILITY 40 RD........................................£45 ......£36 SIGMA 30 FD .........................................£26 ......£21 SIGMA 35 FD .........................................£27 ......£22 SIGMA 40 FD .........................................£28 ......£23 SIGMA 30 RD .........................................£26 ......£21 SIGMA 35 RD .........................................£27 ......£22

RUBICON WAND 10’ ...............................£95 ......£49 MIRAGE MED FEEDER 12’ ....................£139 ......£59 FLAVIA 11’ TWIN TIP AVON ...................£119 ......£49

POLES TO CLEAR DYNAMIC POWER 12.5M (1 X KIT) ........£279 ....£149 CYBA CARP 13M (1 X KIT) ....................£675 ....£299 CYPAY MATCH CARP 12.5M (1 X KIT)....£950 ....£299 LEXICON 12.5M (1 X KIT)......................£700 ....£179 VINDICATOR 12M (1 X KIT) ...................£700 ....£179 POWERPLAY 13M (2 X KIT) ...................£425 ....£199

SIGMA 40 RD .........................................£28 ......£23

NEW ABU 506 MATIC REEL (3 x spare spool) RRP £85

O/P £59 NEW AGILITY LUGGAGE COLLECTION

SENSAS ACCESSORIES LUXURY HOOKLENGTH BOX (26CM X 19CM) .....£70............ £57 LUXURY HOOKLENGTH BOX (38CM X 24CM) ...£100............ £81 COMPETITION HOOKLENGTH (26CM X 18CM) ...£35............ £29 COMPETITION HOOKLENGTH (38CM X 24CM) ...£50............ £41 HOOK WALLET (SMALL) ...................................................... £10 HOOK WALLETT (LARGE)..................................................... £14 LUXURY HOOK TYER .........................................£30............ £25 EASY LOOP TYER .................................................................. £6 STYL DISPENSER.................................................................. £8 1/2 STYL DISPENSER............................................................ £8 STYL PLIERS ........................................................................ £5 SHOT PINCHERS ................................................................... £8 FLOAT SHOTTING TUBE (SMALL) .......................£20............ £17 FLOAT SHOTTING TUBE (LARGE)........................£40............ £33 FOLDING DOUBLE FOUR LEG ROLLER (27CM) ...£60............ £49 FOLDING DOUBLE FOUR LEG ROLLER (50CM) ...£80............ £65 FOLDING SINGLE FOUR LEG ROLLER (35CM).....£40............ £33 FOLDING SINGLE FOUR LEG ROLLER ((50CM))...£50............ £41 FOUR LEG RIG & ROD ROOST (9 HOLE)..............£40............ £33 FOUR LEG RIG & ROD ROOST (12 HOLE)............£40............ £33 GROUNDBAIT WHISK (CIRCULAR) ........................................ £16 GROUNDBAIT WHISK (FLAT) ................................................ £19 COMPETITION SHUTTLE /TROLLEY..................£130.......... £105 SENSAS GALWAY BROLLY..................................£73............ £59 SENSAS BELFAST BROLLY ................................£55............ £45

OMNI X FEEDER 12’ ...............................£35 ......£22

RIGID 3-ROD HOLD ALL (190CM)............£65 ......£58 CONTINENTAL HOLDALL (12 TUBE).........£35 ......£31 6 TUBE HOLDALL ...................................£35 ......£31 4 TUBE COMPACT HOLDALL...................£25 ......£22

NANOFIL 125m LINE .10 - 12.6lb .12 - 15.2lb .15 - 16.8lb .17 - 21.4lb .20 - 27.8lb

CARRYALL..............................................£30 ......£27 STINK BAG..........................................................£13 COOL BAG...........................................................£16 BAIT APRON........................................................£10 WAIST APRON .......................................................£6 GROUNDBAIT BOWL..............................................£8 NEW SIGMA RANGE OF LUGGAGE 4 TUBE HOLDALL ...................................£28 ......£23 CARRYALL..............................................£23 ......£19 REEL CASE............................................................£5

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POLES 884 16m (10 X Kits).................................£2600....... £1899 874 16m (10 X Kits).................................£2399....... £1699 854 16m (10 X Kits).................................£1999....... £1199 814 16m (6 X Kits)...................................£1250......... £849 POWER MATCH 74XL 16m (10 X Kits) ......£2499....... £1799 POWER MATCH 783 16m (8 X Kits) ..........£2999....... £1899 POWER MATCH 753 16m (7 X Kits) ..........£1999....... £1199 POWER MATCH 733 16m (6 X Kits) ..........£1250......... £849 POWER MATCH 73XL 16m (8 X Kits) ........£2499....... £1899 SUPER MATCH 75XL 17m (9 X Kits)..........£3125....... £1899 POWER MATCH 655 16m (7 X Kits) ..........£1750......... £975 POWER MATCH 635 16m (6 X Kits) ............£999......... £849 POWER MATCH 115 13m (2X Kits) .............£399......... £339 POWER CARP 654 16m (6 X Kits).............£1199......... £859 POWER CARP 644 14m (5 X Kits)...............£825......... £639 POWER CARP 624 14m (4 X Kits)...............£699......... £499 POWER CARP MARGIN 7.2 (1 X Kit) ............£240......... £169 MAGIC BIG FISH 11.5m..............................£365......... £289

SEATBOXES 760 SEATBOX ............................................£449......... £325 710 SEATBOX ............................................£425......... £299 660 SEATBOX ............................................£425......... £299 MATCH 381 ...............................................£369......... £289 MATCH 334 ...............................................£200......... £149 MATCH 280 ...............................................£289......... £229 SEATBOX ACCESSORIES COMPETITION SPRAY BAR/POLE SUPPORT ...£30........... £25 DOUBLE SIDED SPRAY BAR/POLE SUPPORT .£40........... £33 ADJUSTABLE FEEDER ARM (SINGLE) ............£20........... £17 ADJUSTABLE FEEDER ARM (DOUBLE)...........£35........... £30 ADJUSTABLE FRONT MULTI KEEPNET ARM ..£30........... £26 BROLLY ARM................................................................. £10 CROSS ARM.................................................................... £9 KEEPNET ARM (SMALL)................................................... £7 KEEPNET ARM (LARGE) ................................................... £9 UNIVERSAL ARM (MEDIUM) ............................................. £8 UNIVERSAL ARM (LARGE) ................................................ £9 EVA BAR (SINGLE) ......................................................... £11 EVA BAR (DOUBLE)................................................... £14.50 90° ACCESSORY ARM EVA (12CM) ................................... £9 90° ACCESSORY ARM EVA (40CM) ................................. £10 EVA FEEDER REST........................................................... £6 EVA ADJUSTABLE FEEDER ARM....................................... £8 WATERPROOF SIDE TRAY (48CM X 67CM)....£90........... £73 WATERPROOF SIDE TRAY (2 BOWL) .............£75........... £62 COVERED SQUARE SIDE TRAY ......................£40........... £33 FOLDING SIDE TRAY .....................................£45........... £37 FOLDING SIDE TRAY + TWO LEGS ................£60........... £49 CLUB BAIT STAND........................................£45........... £37 PLASTIC SIDE TRAY......................................£20........... £17 PLASTIC BAIT WAITER..................................£30........... £25 BOWL AND HOOP (SMALL)............................................ £11 BOWL AND HOOP (LARGE)............................................. £15 BOWL AND HOOP (SQUARE).......................................... £14 CONTINENTAL PLATFORM (67CM X 51CM).£120........... £99 SEATBOX COVER ........................................................... £10 FISH COUNTER AND LEG ADAPTER................................ £13 POLE SOCK (12CM)......................................................... £5 POLE SOCK (17CM)......................................................... £5 TELE LEGS (PAIR 80CM X 120CM)................£30........... £25 TELE LEGS (PAIR 120CM X 160CM)..............£40........... £33 QUICK RELEASE ATTACHMENT ........................................ £4 DELUXE SEAT & DRAWERS...........................£60........... £49 TWO FRONT DRAWER UNIT ..........................£60........... £49 TWO SIDE DRAWER UNIT .............................£70........... £57 SHALLOW TRAY UNIT ...................................£35........... £29 DOUBLE TRAY UNIT ......................................£40........... £33 STACKING LID .............................................£29........... £25 SIDE DRAWER UNIT (WOODEN) ....................£50........... £41 TWO FRONT DRAWER UNIT (WOODEN).........£60........... £49 HOOKS - LOOSE 3405 BARBED 14 - 24 .............................Per 10 3260 BARBED 14 - 24 .............................Per 10 ALL 3410 BARBED 10 - 26 .............................Per 10 £2.00 EACH 3530 BARBED 20 - 26 .............................Per 10 ANY 5 3411 BARBED 10 - 26 .............................Per 10 FOR £9 6110 BARBED 14 - 24 .............................Per 10 ANY 10 4530 BARBLESS 16 - 28..........................Per 10 FOR £17

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ABSOLUTE 12’ SUPER FLOAT......................................................................£190.......................£171 ABSOLUTE 13’ SUPER FLOAT......................................................................£210.......................£189 ABSOLUTE 13’ FLOAT..................................................................................£210.......................£189 ABSOLUTE 14’ FLOAT..................................................................................£220.......................£198 ABSOLUTE 15’ FLOAT..................................................................................£240.......................£216 ABSOLUTE 17’ FLOAT..................................................................................£270.......................£243 ABSOLUTE 11’ 6” SUPER FEEDER...............................................................£210.......................£189 ABSOLUTE 12’ SUPER FEEDER ...................................................................£210.......................£189 ABSOLUTE 12’ 6” FEEDER...........................................................................£200.......................£180

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NEW M90 16M (12 X KITS) ...................................................................£3000 .......... £2700 NEW M70 16M (8 X KITS) .....................................................................£1600 ....... ......... ..... .......... £1440 NEW M50 16M (7 X KITS) .....................................................................£1100 ....... .......... ....... ............ £990 ....... ......... . .. ...... GXR 2600 16M (7 x KITS).......................................................................£1000 ............ £799 ......... ..... ... .. ...... ... GXR 1600 16M (5 x KITS).........................................................................£800 ............ £649 ........ ..... ....... ....... GXR Tyson 14.5M (4 x KITS).....................................................................£600 ............ £540 ........ ......... ..... ...... PRO TYPE 260 13M (4 x KITS)..................................................................£425 ............ £379 ....... ........... ....... PRO TYPE 360 14.5M (5 X KITS)...............................................................£575 ............ £515 ....... ..... ..... ....... PRO TYPE 460 16M (6 X KITS)..................................................................£800 ............ £720 ....... ..... .. .... ...... ..... PRO TYPE POWER 9.5M (1 X KIT) .............................................................£200 ............ £180 ....... ........ ....... PRO TYPE POWER 11M (1 X KIT) ..............................................................£250 ............ £225 ....... ....... ...... UNIVERSAL PULLA KIT ...............................................................................£45 .............. £40 ........ .......... ....... NEW UNIVERSAL ROLLER PULLA KIT.........................................................£50 .............. £45 NEW GIS + GXR ROLLER PULLA KIT ..........................................................£50 .............. £45

CARBONACTIVE ROD RANGE COMPETITION FLOAT 14’ .........................................................................£120 .............. £85

NEW ABSOLUTE WHIPS 2M ............................................................................................................£27 .............. £24 2.5M..........................................................................................................£30 .............. £26 3M.............................................................................................................£42 .............. £36 3.5M..........................................................................................................£47 .............. £41 4M.............................................................................................................£57 .............. £49 NEW 4.5M.................................................................................................£60 .............. £52 NEW 5M....................................................................................................£65 .............. £56

SPECIAL OFFER BUY ALL 7 WHIPS FOR ONLY £259.00 NEW DUTCHMASTER ROD RANGE Excellent Method Rods DUTCHMASTER 10’8” FEEDER.................................................................£180 ............ £162 DUTCHMASTER 11’8” FEEDER.................................................................£175 ............ £158 DUTCHMASTER 12’8” FEEDER.................................................................£199 ............ £179 DUTCHMASTER 13’ 8” (100g) FEEDER.....................................................£209 ............ £188 DUTCHMASTER 13’ 2” (80g) FEEDER.......................................................£219 ............ £197 DUTCHMASTER 14’ 2” (130g) FEEDER.....................................................£219 ............ £197 DUTCHMASTER 14’ 2” (160g) FEEDER.....................................................£230 ............ £207 DUTCHMASTER METHOD FEEDER 11’8”..................................................£199 ............ £179 DUTCHMASTER METHOD FEEDER 12’8”..................................................£209 ............ £188 RIVER HOLLOW TIP 13’ 8”..........................................................................£60 .............. £49 RIVER HOLLOW TIP 14’ 2”..........................................................................£60 .............. £49

BLUE MICROMESH KEEPNET 3m................................................................£38 .............. £34 QUICK DRY KEEPNET 10’............................................................................£45 .............. £40 QUICK DRY KEEPNET 11’6” ........................................................................£48 .............. £43 QUICK DRY KEEPNET 13’............................................................................£50 .............. £45 SILVERFISH KEEPNET 8’ .............................................................................£44 .............. £39 BLUE CARP KEEPNET 10’...........................................................................£45 .............. £40 CARP COMBO NET SET (2 x NETS) .............................................................£75 .............. £67 SPACE SAVER KEEPNET SET 2.5M .............................................................£44 .............. £39 QUICK DRY LANDING NET 18” ......................................................................................... £13 QUICK DRY LANDING NET 20” ......................................................................................... £15 HAIR LANDING NET 18”................................................................................................... £15 HAIR LANDING NET 20”................................................................................................... £16 SHALLOW LATEX LANDING NET 18”................................................................................ £14 SHALLOW LATEX LANDING NET 20”................................................................................ £15 DEEP QUICK DRY LANDING NET 18”................................................................................ £14 DEEP QUICK DRY LANDING NET 20”................................................................................ £16 ABSOLUTE MATCH HANDLE 3M .................................................................£60 .............. £54 ABSOLUTE MATCH HANDLE 4M .................................................................£80 .............. £72 ABSOLUTE MATCH HANDLE 5M ...............................................................£100 .............. £90 ABSOLUTE CARP HANDLE 2.7M.................................................................£50 .............. £45 ABSOLUTE CARP HANDLE4M.....................................................................£60 .............. £54 NEW COMPETITION PRO HANDLE 2.5M .....................................................£35 .............. £31 NEW COMPETITION PRO HANDLE 3M ........................................................£40 .............. £36 NEW COMPETITION PRO HANDLE 4M ........................................................£45 .............. £40 BLUE EVA NET BAG ....................................................................................£33 .............. £29 MONSTER EVA BAG....................................................................................£45 .............. £40

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PRESTON ON BOX SEATBOXES

ABSOLUTE STATION ............£700..£630 ABSOLUTE COMPACT .........£500..£450 SPACESTATIONCOMPACTXS.£400..£360 ON-BOXTROLLEY..................£70....£63 OFF BOX UNITROLLEY...........£80....£72

PRESTON PRO RANGE HOOKS ANY 10 PACKS FOR £11.00 ANY 20 PACKS FOR £19.00 (ALL HOOKS 10 PER PACK) PR22 (12s ONLY) ......................................... £1.25 PR30 (20-26s ONLY).................................... £1.25 PR23 (24s ONLY) ......................................... £1.25 NEW PR32 (22s ONLY).............................. £1.25 PR25 (14, 20 & 22s ONLY)............................ £1.25 NEW PR33 (14 & 16s ONLY)...................... £1.25 PR26 (22 & 24s ONLY) ................................. £1.25 NEW PR34 (12 & 14s ONLY)...................... £1.25 PR27 (10-18s ONLY).................................... £1.25 NEW PR35 (16-24s).................................. £1.25 PR28 (10s -12s ONLY).................................. £1.25 NEW PR36 (10-20s).................................. £1.25 PR29 (12s ONLY).......................................... £1.25 NEW PR38 (10-16s).................................. £1.25

HOOKS TO NYLON METHOD FEEDER HAIR RIGS 4” WITH BAIT BAND................................... 12-18 ........... £2.50 METHOD FEEDER HAIR RIGS 4” WITH QUICKSTOP.................................. 12-18 ........... £2.50 DUTCHMASTER HAIR RIGS 6” WITH QUICKSTOP..................................... 10-18 ........... £2.50 DUTCHMASTER HAIR RIGS 15” WITH QUICKSTOP................................... 10-18 ........... £2.50 DUTCHMASTER HAIR RIGS 30” WITH QUICKSTOP................................... 10-18 ........... £2.50 PR36 BARBLESS HAIR RIGS 4”............................................................... 10-18 ........... £2.50 PR36 BARBLESS HAIR RIGS 15”............................................................. 10-18 ........... £2.50 PR36 HAIR RIGS WITH BAIT BANDS 4” ................................................... 10-18 ........... £2.50 PR36 HAIR RIGS WITH BAIT BANDS 15” ................................................. 10-18 ........... £2.50

ANY 5 ASSORTED PACKS FOR £11.00 ANY 10 ASSORTED PACKS FOR £21.00 ANY 20 ASSORTED PACKS FOR £40.00 OFF BOX + ON BOX ACCESSORIES 2-Piece Platform ..............................£200........£165 XS 2 Comp Shallow Add On Unit ........£30...........£27 XS 2 Comp Shallow Add On Unit (with Runners) ...................................£35.....£31.50 XS 90mm Add On Unit .......................£50..........£45 XS Pole Seat ......................................£70..........£57 XS Shallow Side Drawer Unit .............£35.....£31.50 XS Shallow Deep Side Drawer Unit..........£40..........£36 XS Stacking Unit Lid...........................£25..........£22 XS Leg Extender ..................................................£7 19Mm Leg Extender.............................................£6 XS 50cm Tele Legs (2) .......................................£20 OnBox Seatbox Cover.........................................£15 Absolute Seat Box Cover ....................................£15 OnBox Tele Legs (19mm) (2)..............................£20 Pro Pole Support ................................£55..........£45 Multi-Pole Support .............................£45..........£37 Mega Roost Kit ..................................£80..........£65 Tripod Roost Kit..................................£50..........£42 6-Section Pole Roost..........................................£12 8-Section Pole Roost...........................................£12 6-Section Roost Head.........................................£10 8-Section Roost Head.........................................£10 Pro Roost Kit......................................£40...........£34 Double Ripple Bar (Long).....................................£18 Double Ripple Bar (Short)....................................£16 Single Ripple Bar (Short).....................................£14 Single Ripple Bar (Long)......................................£16 Pole Hook (Large)................................................£14 Pole Hook (Small)................................................£12 Pole Sock..............................................................£7 Mini Pole Sock ......................................................£6 Up and Over Rests (2).........................................£20 Balling In-Arms (2)..............................................£28 EVA Roller (Small) ................................................£7 EVA Roller (Large) ................................................£9 Pro Tool Bar.......................................£45...........£38 Quick Release Accessory Block............................£8

Keepnet Arm (Small) ...........................................£10 Keepnet Arm (Large) ...........................................£12 Cross Arm (Small) ..............................................£11 Cross Arm (Long) ...............................................£12 XL Banksticks (125mm) ..................................£3.50 XL Banksticks (250mm) ..................................£4.50 Spacer Bar.........................................................£12 Mega Brolly Bracket (Short) ...............................£16 Mega Brolly Bracket (Long) ................................£18 Brolly Arm (Short)...............................................£11 Brolly Arm (Long) ...............................................£12 Universal Arm ...................................................£12 Universal Arm (90 Degree) .................................£12 Angle Lock...........................................................£6 XS Feeder Arm ...................................£30..........£25 Tele Feeder Arm.................................£23..........£20 Dutch Feeder Rest (Short) ....................................£9 Dutch Feeder Rest (Long)...................................£11 Deluxe Dutch Feeder Rest (Short).......................£12 Deluxe Dutch Feeder Rest (Long) .......................£16 Quiver Rod Rest ...................................................£5 Tube Rod Rest.................................................£4.50 Free Flow Rod Rest.........................................£4.50 Flat Feeder Rest...................................................£7 Butt Rest..............................................................£3 Mega Side Tray..................................£47..........£39 Monster Side Tray..............................£90..........£74 Baitwaiter ..........................................................£13 Double Knuckle Baitwaiter .................................£20 Nylon Groundbait Bowl & Hoop (S) .....................£23 Nylon Groundbait Bowl & Hoop (L)......................£26 Small Side Tray..................................................£15 Large Side Tray..................................................£17 Super Side Tray..................................................£20 Side Tray Set......................................£34..........£29 Groundbait Bucket & Bowl Set ...........£40..........£34 Groundbait Round Riddle Only..............................£9 Groundbait Bowl Set Bowl & Hoop (Large)..............£22

Off Box Rod Support .........................................£10 Method Feeder Rest ..........................................£10 Pole Grip .............................................................£5 Loop Tyer (Small) ...........................................£3.50 Loop Tyer (Large) ...........................................£3.50 Bloodworm Bait-Tub.......................................£3.50 Monster Eva Method Bowl Set ...........£34..........£30 Monster Eva Bait Station ....................£37..........£30 Monster Eva Mega Bait Station ..........£58..........£48 OffBox Bait Tray (Shallow)..................................£10 OffBox Bait Tray (Deep)......................................£12 Offbox Side Tray Support Arm.............................£18 Dutchmaster Feeder Bankstick ..........£25..........£21 Fixed Angle Lock..................................................£4 Total Control Pole Rest.......................£35..........£30 Groundbait Bucket Hoop ...................................£20 Pro Feeder Arm ..................................£45..........£38 Mini Tool Bar......................................£25..........£22

POWER LINE .05 .06 .07 .08 .09

10oz 12oz 1lb 1lb 12oz 2lb 2oz

.10 .11 .13 .15 .17

2lb 14oz 3lb 6oz 4lb 12oz 5lb 14oz 6lb 12oz

.19 .21 .24 .26

7lb 6oz 8lb 15oz 11lb 12lb 5oz

ALL £5.00 EACH • ANY 3 FOR £13.50 • ANY 5 FOR £21.00 REFLO POWER MAX (150m) 3lb 4lb 5lb

6lb 8lb 10lb

ALL £6.00 EACH • ANY 3 FOR £16.00 • ANY 5 FOR £24.00 COLOURED CARP RIGS SILVER (Set 3) SILVER LIGHT (Set 3) RED (Set 2) GOLD (Set 2) ORANGE (Set 2)

£10.50 £10.50 £7.00 £7.00 £7.00

BLUE (Set 3) PURPLE (Set 2) GREEN (Set 2) WHITE (Set 3) YELLOW (Set 2)

£10.50 £7.00 £7.00 £10.50 £7.00

INTRODUCTORY OFFER ONE EACH RIG FOR ONLY SHOULD BE £84.00 OUR PRICE £60 SAVING £24 BRAIDCAST BRAID .08

8lb

.10

10lb

.12

12lb

KORUM RANGE PRODUCTS CHAIRS ACCESSORY CHAIR ............................................................................................................£100 .............£81 DELUXE ACCESSORY CHAIR ................................................................................................£140 ............£115 NEW EZ ACCESSORY CHAIR ..................................................................................................£70 ..............£57 NEW KORUM CHAIR FOOTPLATE...........................................................................................£60 ..............£49 SUPA LITE CHAIR ..................................................................................................................£60 ..............£49 CHAIR ARM KIT .....................................................................................................................£25 .........£22.50 CHAIR & NET BAG (STANDARD) .............................................................................................£25 .........£22.50 CHAIR & NET BAG (EXTRA LARGE).........................................................................................£30 ..............£27 ANY CHAIR ADAPTOR .................................................................................................................................£10 CHAIR ACCESSORIES BUTT REST WITH ARM ..........................................................................................................£10 BROLLY ARM.........................................................................................................................£10 SPACER BAR.........................................................................................................................£10 DOUBLE BUTT REST..................................................................................................................£15 UNIVERSAL ARM .......................................................................................................................£11 POLE CROOK ............................................................................................................................£13 ACCESSORY T-BAR ...................................................................................................................£13 GROUNDBAIT BOWL & HOOP......................................................... ............................................£20 COOL BAG & ACCESSORY HOOP.................................................... ............................................£25 SIDE TRAY (STANDARD).............................................................................................................£20 SIDE TRAY (SMALL) ...................................................................................................................£12 XT TRIPOD FEEDER ARM ........................................................................................£40 ............£36 DOUBLE ROD RIVER TRIPOD...................................................................................£50 ............£45 TELESCOPIC FEEDER ARM ........................................................................................................£23 ANGLE ARM (SHORT).................................................................................................................£11 ANGLE ARM (LONG) ..................................................................................................................£13 ACCESSORY BAR T-BAR........................................................................................................£13 LANDING NETS & HANDLES SPECIMEN SPOON 24”..........................................................................................................£16 SPECIMEN SPOON 27”..........................................................................................................£17 LATEX BARBEL SPOON 27”...................................................................................................£22 LATEX BARBEL SPOON 30”......................................................................................................£20 SPECIMEN NET & HANDLE 36” .............................................................................£30 ............£27 SPECIMEN NET & HANDLE 42” .............................................................................£35 .......£31.50 CARBON POWER L/NET HANDLE 1.8M ...................................................................£27 ............£24 CARBON SPECIEMN L/NET HANDLE 1.8M...............................................................£25 ............£22 FIBREGLASS SPECIMEN L/NET HANDLE 1.8M................................................ ...........................£20 POWER STICK 2-PIECE HANDLE 2.7M ....................................................................£33 ............£30 EVA SPECIMEN NET BAG...........................................................................................................£15 KORUM KEEPNET 3M .............................................................................................£33 ............£30 KORUM NET FLOAT .....................................................................................................................£5 GENERAL ACCESSORIES MAXI RIG MANAGER - FULLY LOADED .................................................................£30 ............£27 TACKLE MANAGER..............................................................................................£20 ............£18 ITM RIG TRACK .........................................................................................................................£10 ITM RIG TOOL KIT .....................................................................................................................£13 MAXI RIG STORE ......................................................................................................................£10 SPOOL BOX.................................................................................................................................£3 KITM RIG BOARD.........................................................................................................................£5 BARBLESS HOOK HAIRS WITH BAIT BANDS 8-16....................................................................£2.50 BARBLESS HOOK HAIRS WITH QUICKSTOPS 6-16...................................................................£2.50 BARBED HOOK HAIRS WITH QUICKSTOPS 6-16.......................................... ............................£2.50 BARBLESS QUICKSTOPS ON HAIR RIGS 4” & 15” 10-16................................ .........................£2.50 QUICKSTOPS (XL, RED / YELLOW & BROWN)...........................................................................£1.50 QUICKSTOP NEEDLE...............................................................................................................£1.50 BOILIE STOPS (RED & YELLOW / GREEN & BROWN)................................................................£2.00 INVISI STOPS........................................ .................................................................................£2.00 PELLET STOPS (SMALL, MEDIUM & LARGE)............................................................................£2.00 PASTE CAGES (SMALL & LARGE)............................................................................................£2.00 BAIT STOPS........................................ ...................................................................................£1.50 SUPA SOFT IMITATION CORN (FLOATING) SET 3......................................................................£4.50 SUPA SOFT IMITATION CORN (SINKING) SET 2........................................................................£3.00

BRAID SCISSORS .......................................£5 BAIT PUNCHES (SET 4) ...............................£5 LINE SNIPS ...........................................£1.50

ALL £22.00 EACH • ANY 2 FOR £39.50 • ANY 3 FOR £55.00

BAIT NEEDLES (PACK 2) ........................£1.50 DRILL & NEEDLE KIT ..................................£6

KORUM LUGGAGE

PRESTON ELASTICATION BITS HOLLO ELASTIC (SIZE 7-9-11-13-15-17-19) ...................£11.00 EACH 3 for £28.00 HOLLO PTFE BUSH...............................................................£3.00 EACH 3 for £8.50 HOLLO CONNECTORS .........................................................£2.00 EACH 3 for £5.00 HOLLO POLE BUNG (S+M) .................................................£4.00 EACH 3 for £10.00 SLIP FLOURO ELASTIC (SIZE 2-14) ....................................£3.00 EACH 4 for £10.00 ORIGINAL SLIP ELASTIC (SIZE 2-14) ....................................£2.50 EACH 4 for £8.00 SLIP ELASTIC LUBRICANT (SMALL) ...................................................................£3.50 SLIP ELASTIC LUBRICANT (LARGE) ....................................................................£6.50 SLIP MICRO EXTREME CONNECTORS (1-6 ELASTIC)...........................................£1.85 SLIP MICRO CONNECTORS (4-8 ELASTIC) .........................................................£1.85 SLIP BIG CARP CONNECTORS (10-14 ELASTIC) .................................................£1.85 SLIP CARP EXTRA CONNECTORS (10-20 ELASTIC) .............................................£1.85 DIAMOND EYE THREADER..................................................................................£3.50 STORA BUNG & ROD (MEDIUM & LARGE) ...........................................................£3.50 STORA BUNGS ONLY (MEDIUM x 2 & LARGE x 2) ................................................£3.50 STRETCH SLIP BUSH (12-20 ELASTIC) ..................................................... £3.00 EACH PTFE EXT BUSH (1-18 ELASTIC)............................................................... £2.50 EACH PULLA BUNG......................................................................£3.00 EACH OR 4 FOR £10

PRESTON POLE & GENERAL ACCESSORIES POLE SOCK........................................................................................................£7.00 NEW PINPOINT CATAPULTS (SET OF 3 SIZES) ...................................................£18.00 CAD POLE POTS (SMALL-MEDIUM-LARGE) SET OF 3 .........................................£4.00 FEEDAPOTS .......................................................................................................£3.50 TOP TUBES (FOR SPARE TOP KITS)....................................£7.50 EACH 5 FOR £32.00 POLE END PROTECTORS (SET 5)........................................................................£6.00 SLIP JOINT ALIGNERS (SET 5) ..........................................................................£10.00 JOINT RESTORER (SPRAY)..................................................................................£8.00 JOINT SAVE (BRUSH ON) ..................................................................................£10.00 BRISTLE GREASE (ORANGE - YELLOW)...............................................................£4.00 MICRO SILICONE TUBING (ASSORTED) ...............................................................£2.00 POLE FLOAT SILICONE FOR THICK STEMS ..........................................................£2.00 BIG SILICONE FOR STICKFLOATS & CHUBBERS ..................................................£2.00 SLIP SHOT DISPENSER (SIZES 8-13) ..................................................................£6.00 SLIP SHOT REFILLS (SIZES 8-13) ............................................................. £1.65 EACH WAGGLER ADAPTERS.................................................................................£3.00 DRIP FEEDER POTS (SET OF 2)...................................................................£5.00 STOTZ DISPENSER.....................................................................................£6.50 STOTZ REFILLS (SIZES 8-13) ...........................................................£1.75 EACH PELLET FEEDERS (SET 8) .........................................................................£16.00 QUICKLOAD FEEDERS (SET 8) ..................................................................£10.00 DUTCHMASTER BULLET FEEDERS (SET 8)................................................£18.00 STOTTA APPLICATOR .................................................................................£6.00

PRESTON RANGE OF POLE FLOATS

RUCK BAG .............................................................. £50 .............£45 DELUXE RUCK BAG ................................................. £60 .............£54 XL ITM RUCKBAG .................................................... £65 ........£58.50 RUCKSACK.............................................................. £70 .............£63 ROVING RUCKSACK................................................. £55 .............£49 ITM TACKLE & BAIT BAG ......................................... £40 .............£36 ALL ROUNDER NET BAG CARRYALL......................... £30 .............£27 ITM TABLETOP CARRYALL....................................... £50 .............£45 ITM DAYSACK ......................................................... £30 .............£27 RIG & ACCESSORY BAG ...............................................................£20 CHAIR & NET BAG ................................................... £25 ........£22.50 CHAIR & NET BAG (EXTRA LARGE)........................... £30 .............£27 BAIT & BITS BAG (LARGE) ...........................................................£19 BAIT & BITS BAG (STANDARD).....................................................£17 TOTAL PROTECTION 3-ROD HOLDALL ..................... £80 .............£72 TOTAL PROTECTION COMPACT 2-ROD HOLDALL..... £70 .............£63 TOTAL PROTECTION 2-ROD QUIVER ........................ £55 .............£49 ALLROUNDER HOLDALL .......................................... £45 .............£40 3-ROD QUIVER ........................................................ £23 .............£20 5-ROD QUIVER ........................................................ £28 ........£25.20 TIP BUTT PROTECTOR...................................................................£7 ROD + LEAD BANDS (2) ................................................................£5 TWIN-WHEELED TROLLEY ....................................... £50 .............£45 COMPACT BARROW ................................................ £90 .............£81

JUMBO LOCKING SHOT (SET 2) ..................................................................£5.00 LOADED DUMPY PELLET WAGS ( SET 3).....................................................£9.00 UNLOADED INSERT PELLET WAGGLERS (SET 3) .........................................£6.00 LOADED INSERT PELLET WAGGLERS (SET 3)..............................................£9.00 UNLOADED PELLET WAGGLERS (SET 4)......................................................£8.00

PRESTON ROLLERS + BROLLIES PRO FLAT ROLLER ................................ £60...........£53 PRO FLAT ROLLER XL............................ £80 ...........£65 PRO FLAT ROLLER SUPER XL ................ £90...........£74 PRO V ROLLER ...................................... £55...........£45 SUPER PRO V ROLLER........................... £75...........£62 MEGA PRO V ROLLER .......................... £100...........£81 PRO TRIPOD.......................................... £35...........£29 PRO TRIPOD XL ..................................... £55...........£45 ROLLER STOPS .......................................................£13 KORUM BROLLY 50” ............................. £60...........£49 KORUM FIBREGLASS BROLLY 50” ......... £70...........£57 FIBRESPACE BROLLY........................... £110...........£89 NEW SPACE MAKER FLATBACK BROLLY £75.......... £61 PRESTON FLATBACK BROLLY 50” ......... £65...........£53 PRESTON BROLLY WITH POLE ZIPS 50” £70...........£57 PRESTON FIBREGLASS FLATBACK BROLLY 50”£70 .....£57 KORUM DAY SESSION SHELTER II........ £100...........£80 1 MAN CARPER SHELTER .................... £100...........£80

PURPLE SET 1 £1.50

YELLOW SET 4 £6.00

PINK SET 3 £4.50

RED SET 5 £7.00

BLACK SET 3 £4.50

TYSON 1 SET 5 £7.50

TYSON 2 TYSON 3 SET 3 £4.50 SET 4 £6.00

WHITE SET 3 SILVER SET 4 GOLD SET 4 TYSON 4 TYSON 5 £4.50 £6.00 SET 5 £7.50 SET 4 £6.00 £6.00

TYSON 6 SET 3 £4.50

TYSON 7 PB CARP 1 SET 3 £4.50 SET 3 £6.00

PB INTER 3 PB INTER 4 PB CARP 2 PB CARP 3 SET 2 £4.00 SET 4 £8.00 SET 5 £10.00 SET 5 £10.00

PB CARP 4 SET 4 £8.00

PB CARP 5 PB PASTE CIANTI SET 5 DURA EXTREME 1 PB INTER 10 PB INTER 11 DURAFLOAT PLUS 1 DURAFLOAT PLUS 2 DURAFLOAT PLUS 3 SET 4 £8.00 SET 3 £6.00 SET 4 £8.00 SET 6 £12.00 SET 6 £12.00 SET 3 £6.00 SET 3 £6.00 SET 6 £12 .00 £10.00

PB INTER 7 SET 3 £6.00

PB INTER 1 PB INTER 2 SET 5 £10.00 SET 5 £10.00

PB INTER 8 PB INTER 9 SET 3 £6.00 SET 5 £10.00

DURA EXTREME 2 DURA EXTREME 3 DURA EXTREME 4 DURA EXTREME 5 DURA EXTREME 6 DURAFLOAT PLUS 4 DURAFLOAT PLUS 5 DURAFLOAT PLUS 6 DURAFLOAT PLUS 7 DURAFLOAT PLUS 8

SET 5 £10.00 SET 5 £10.00 SET 5 £10.00 SET 5 £10.00 SET 5 £10.00 SET 6 £12 .00 SET 4 £8 .00 SET 4 £8 .00

DURA EXTREME 7 DURA EXTREME 8 GREEN SET 2

SET 4 £8.00

SET 5 £10.00

£3.00

ORANGE SET 3 £4.50

SET 4 £8 .00 SET 4 £8 .00

BLUE SET 3 DURAFLOAT PLUS 9 DURAFLOAT PLUS 10 LOADED INSERT PELLET LOADED DUMPY PELLET INSERT PELLET WAGS SET 5 £10 .00 SET 5 £10 .00 WAGS SET 3 £9.00 WAGS SET 3 £9.00 SET 3 £6.00 £4.50

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In the first part of a brand-new series, the legend that is John Allerton revisits the renowned Burton Joyce stretch of the River Trent, a venue where he won many matches in years gone by… he roadside section of the River Trent here at Burton Joyce, where you join me today, is where I served my stick float fishing apprenticeship. There were 100-peg matches here

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every week, and the greatest thing about this venue was its fairness. Roach used to make up most of the winning bags, and if you got the tactics right you could get in the top three framing places nearly every single match. It was rare that I drove back from

here out of pocket. One of the key lessons that this venue taught me is that you can always do better. If you weren’t catching, you weren’t doing it right. Back then I would hear people say: “The fish just weren’t there!” It used to make me laugh, as I knew for certain that they were and the tiniest

of changes and tweaking of an approach could change a peg devoid of bites to one where you could catch a fish every drop-in. Even nowadays on commercials I hear exactly the same, and can’t help but feel many anglers are narrow-minded and beaten by the peg before the start.

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The Key To Winning… The two things that made all the difference to your results on the river here were feeding and presentation. Learning about these on this venue stood me in fantastic stead when tackling a range of other venues too. I still use the principles I learnt here in my commercial fishing, which I do every week these days. For me, the stick float was always the best way to catch on this venue. This method gave you endless presentation options compared to the waggler. Ideally, you needed to slow the bait down and ease it through the swim so that your bait was going through at around half the pace of the river. This needed to be done smoothly, however, and it was essential that the float went through in a straight line. If you jerked it through the swim, or held back too hard so that it dragged the float off its straight course, you wouldn’t catch half as many roach. One of the best ways to ensure that your float went through the swim smoothly was to actually hand peel the line off the spool. I’d trap it with my left-hand middle finger and feed off the line a

An effective trick of John’s was to back wind his stick float down the swim at his desired pace. [INSET] ‘Back in the day’ a Mitchell Match reel would have replaced these current models. few inches, sometimes less, at a time. The other trick that I started doing a little later, was to actually back wind the float down the swim. This involved casting out, leaving the anti-reverse off and controlling the float down the swim by slowly back winding, keeping in touch with the float all the

time. Since then, I’ve spoken to several other river men who use this technique on different venues. Hadrian Whittle has had some fantastic results by doing this on the Wye. I know he pays massive amounts of attention to presentation and slowing his rig and bait down, and smoothly putting it through the swim is still a big thing.

The quality of presentation that you could achieve depended very much on the conditions too. Often, there would be a downstream wind, and when this happened 90 per cent of the field wouldn’t even assemble a stick float and reached for the waggler instead, because you could catch fish on it and many matches were won on the waggler. However, I learnt several methods of getting good presentation on the stick float in poor conditions. The first thing to understand is that you only need good presentation over a small area of your swim. Typically, this is where your feed is landing on the bottom and it could be an area as small as a metre long. Once you find this area, you can try your best to get your presentation right in this small but important part of the swim. In a bad downstream wind, this often means casting downstream so that you have lots of line control over this important area of the swim. There’s no point wasting time running your rig all the way down to this area, and in poor conditions the wind would probably have blown the float off line by the time it got there. Instead, I’d find out where the killing zone was, and cast to just above it. I could then mend the line and control it over this short distance, concentrating on getting the perfect presentation over this vital part of the swim.

Back Shotting Having back shot above the float was a big help too. Any movement of the first couple of feet of line from the float upwards is sure to affect the presentation. By having one or two No8 shot anywhere from one to three feet above the float, you ensure the float is stable when running through and, especially

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Placing the tip of the rod under the water helps you slow the bait down and gain a smooth run through.

In windy conditions, or to hold back against the flow harder, drop the rod deeper.

The angle at which you hold the eyes of the rod while it’s under the water will also affect the speed at which your rig runs through the swim.

Ever thought about banding hemp?

John has found you can pull a hair-rigged band into the hemp… (INSET) … and this grips it perfectly. when there’s a downstream wind, you can hold back on the float to slow the bait down without it jerking and riding up.

Rod Positioning In the same sense, where you actually hold your rod

tip can massively influence presentation. When it’s calm, holding the rod at eye level is perfect and allows you to keep in touch with the float. To get good presentation in a downstream or facing wind I would often fish with some of the rod under the

water. This minimised how much the wind caught the line, and gave me a smoother and straighter run through, as there was friction between the water and rod eyes as the river pulled the line out. The windier it was, the further I would hold the tip under the water to create more friction. This meant you could still hold back to slow the bait down, and catch the bigger and warier fish when nobody else could. Even the angle that you held the rod eyes at made a difference. Pointing the eyes downstream gave you a quicker run through as there was less resistance. Combine

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these techniques with back shotting and casting to just above where the fish are in their small killing zone and you could get plenty of bites. Obviously, you have to find this area first, but it is the place where you get consistent bites.

The Feeding Key Feeding was just as important as presentation here. You hear loads of rumours about people feeding up to a gallon of maggots, but I never fed anywhere near that! Two to three pints would be plenty of bait for a session for me. Hemp was never as good on non-tidal sections of the Trent, and I think this is because there were fewer black snails up here compared to on the tidal, where there were loads and hemp used to work a treat. Here at Burton Joyce in particular, it was important to find out whether maggots or casters were better. I don’t know why, but this would change from session to session. I always started by feeding a bit of both. Normally, feeding just 10 maggots or 10 casters every run through was ample. I’d then swap between maggot and caster on the hook. You would find that you’d get a bite faster from a bigger fish on one in particular. Once you found out what it was, you could change to feeding and fishing with that bait. I must admit, I use this in my commercial fishing today. Venues can change quickly and you often need to figure out what is best… hard pellets, soft pellets, meat, corn or maggots. I’ll sometimes start off feeding two lines with different baits and switch solely to whatever seems best.

A Changing Venue Despite this venue being one of the fairest venues that I have ever fished, it did used to change in several ways, especially towards the end of the golden days. Quite

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have a day off in the week. I would often revisit the peg that I had fished at the weekend and try to better myself, or try things that I thought about after the match to try and improve. If I was to give any advice to young anglers, I’d almost certainly advise them to be very self-critical. There’s no such thing as a perfect match and you can always improve and catch more.

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literally, the venue could change from one week to the next as different fish made an appearance. I remember that at the start of every season there were huge outbreaks of bleak and gudgeon. The roach and dace were still there too, though. The river was so healthy then. You had bleak on the surface, a few dace not far below them, roach in the lower layers, and gudgeon on the bottom. It was a case of spending the first hour or two of the match figuring out which fish would give you the biggest finishing weight, and making the most of them on the last part of the match. I had several 20lb weights of gudgeon on these exact pegs. The best way to catch them was to feed small, hard nuggets of groundbait all the time. Personally, I still used to fish with a stick float for them, as I’d have an odd bigger fish mixed in such as perch and roach that would boost my weight. Others would fish a whip, but didn’t catch as many bonus fish.

Commercial Skills Vs River Skills When I go on commercials now, I certainly feel like the ‘working it out’ aspect of fishing has been lost, in a sense. When we used to fish

here, it didn’t matter if you didn’t catch properly for the first half of the match. You would keep feeding and work out the best form of presentation, and then amass a weight once you had figured it out on a particular peg on a particular day. On commercials, I often feel like I can be out of the match after an hour, especially if it’s a fish race with small carp and F1s. By the same token, you definitely need to be going regularly to compete consistently on commercials. Although some anglers used to come for an odd practice in the week on this river, the variation in conditions and pegs over the match length meant that you didn’t gain much by practising. It took years of experience to learn the methods and techniques, whereas I regularly see young or new anglers turn up on commercials and after a few weeks fishing there they can consistently win. After a few weeks practising, it’s easy for them to fish shallow and beat someone who has been fishing for years. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I think it shows there’s not as much to most commercial fishing as there was to, say, fishing this stretch of river in its era.

Money Matters I never used to get too involved in the social side of fishing, if I’m honest. I used to, and still do fish to win. I like to think I’ve made a profit out of it too. I used to keep a book with my winnings, and in the best year of fishing here properly, along with other natural venues, I won around £9,000, which was a hell of a lot of money back then. In fact, winning a match was a real bonus, and I used to use winning to my advantage. Because you won so much money for a match win, you could afford to

Loads of people ask me if I’ll ever go back fishing river matches, and unfortunately I don’t think I will. I don’t fancy walking too far to a peg now and I think there are far too many big fish playing a part now than back in the old days here. The feeder definitely had an effect on this, and I felt that people started pushing fish further out, and led to anglers catching more bonus fish like barbel. There might be one or two barbel caught in a season on here when I used to fish, whereas now there would be one, two or more caught most matches. I don’t like the idea of working hard to catch a bag of roach, only to be beaten by one big fish. I know there are still fish to catch, but sadly I think the era of this venue has passed.

John used to make all his own stick floats.

Rod: 20ft Milo Float Rod Reel: Mitchell Match, bent to allow line to peel off towards the first rod ring Hook: Size 24 Kamasan B510, a barbless hook that didn’t damage the bait Main line: 1.7lb Bayer Perlon Hooklength: 12oz Bayer Perlon

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Learn Your Local Snake Lake

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ockout Cup Champion Freshly crowned Drennan Kn simplicity and Roobbie Grifffiths explains the kle snake lakes, tac importance of learning how to revealing his winter attack! here are snake lakes all over the country, most of which are stocked with similar species, primarily carp and F1s. Similar principles apply to all of these fisheries, which is great for the angler because you can put lots of time in at your local venue and still compete in leagues and competitions across the country. This is exactly what I did when faced with the

first round of the Drennan Knockout Cup at Tunnel Barn Farm this year. Despite having never fished this venue, I used the tactics that I learnt at my more local Heronbrook Fisheries to qualify for round two. I’ve brought you to Heronbrook, where hopefully I can help you get to grips with snake lakes after I’ve demonstrated my approach.

On windy days these Sprinkle Cad Pots allow you to drip in maggots accurately.

Robbie starts on pellets and feeds just this many!

From November through to March, these are the three main baits that Robbie puts on the hook.

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Do Your Homework There is so much information available these days that a little bit of prior homework is always a good idea when you are going to visit a new fishery. The thing I am most interested in is the species ratio and stocking. I like to know whether it’s predominantly carp or F1s and also whether species like chub, ide, barbel and skimmers have a part to play. This can easily be found either on the fishery website or on social media match reports. Doing your homework is a great way of guiding you on what baits and tackle you need to be using. I did this when going to Tunnel Barn Farm by getting in touch with a few local anglers and asking them about the stocking of the lakes.

Just a quarter of a pint of pellets is enough for a winter match.

… until they are totally soft throughout and fully swollen. Leave them to soak for around two minutes…

The Bread Rigg Th

Three Basiic Sw wims When targeting a snake lake in winter there are three areas of the swim that I will always look to fish. I will plumb up a line in the deepest water down the central track; this will normally be good early and late in the match. The second swim to look for is in around three feet of water across to the far bank, in a snag-free area where you can get the rig in nicely every time. Don’t panic if you can’t find three feet, you just have to work with what you’ve got. I would happily fish away from the bank a bit if the depth is shallower than three feet tight across. The final one is a ‘dobbing’ swim. This involves simply presenting a single hook bait

completely. It’s a very slow start, with just one bite and an F1 of around 2lb after 20 minutes. The frost and temperature of just 2ºC are definitely not doing me any favours. One trick that I often do early in the session is start a earl new line a few metres away ne in the same depth of water, which can sometimes work. wh simply have a quick plumb I si up to make sure I have the right righ ri gh depth and start again in a new spot. Unfortunately, this is equally as slow today with eq just one more F1 showing. ju

where I expect the fish to be laying. I don’t feed a thing, and hope they will simply have a pick at my hook bait. Often, this is done towards any features or likely looking fish-holding areas of the swim.

Short Workk… I’m on Canal Pool, a lake holding a huge head of F1s with plenty of carp that range from a couple of pounds to double figures. I’ve started the session on my pellet rig in the deepest water. Pellets are an instant bait and you don’t have to feed many to get bites

quickly. In fact, my initial feed is approximately 10 micro pellets! The deepest water, which is generally around seven metres out, is a great place to start because you can often catch some early fish while leaving your main catching line across for as long as possible. I will look to stay on this line until bites dry up

Af nearly an hour and After with just the two fish wi it’s time to try the bread dobbing rig. This is a great approach in really cold weather and involves fishing right across among the reeds and brambles, with the rig set six to eight inches off the bottom with punched bread. Carp and F1s sit off the bottom in winter in these ‘safe’ areas of the peg but if you drop a really visible bait right in front of them they can still be caught.

Robbie uses the same hooks for pellets in summer and winter.

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Learn Your Local Snake Lake

No11 Preston Hollo through short top kit

No8 Preston Dura Hollow

Dobbing Rig

Bait Preparation Although you don’t need much bait in winter, preparation is vital to give yourself the very best chance of getting a bite. Pellets need to be prepared very carefully. I soak my micros for at least five minutes to ensure that they are all soft and spongy; you can even hook these on a really hard day! Maggots need to be big and fresh. Big maggots are far easier to throw on your short line, which is a tactic I will come to later. Finally, bread needs to be kept in top condition throughout the match. I always buy fresh bread and have been using the Preston Punch Kit to keep it in top condition throughout the match, no matter what the weather is like.

When fishing into snags like this, one of the most important things is your elastic setup. I fish an 11 Hollo through a short top kit but importantly just lift into any bites rather than

Pellet Rig

4x12 Preston Island

Maggot Rig

4x14 Preston F1 Pellet

Most shot below float 0.15mm Reflo Power main line on all rigs Two No11 shot spread down the line 6in 0.11mm Reflo Power hooklength

Bulk of No9 shot

Size 16 PR434

Rig set 6in to 8in off the bottom

striking. You can then ship back very quickly and guide the fish away from the snags before they really know what is happening. A big strike normally results in the fish being in the snags before you know it! I’ve started fishing at two feet deep, which works a treat with five carp from 3lb to 5lb hitting my net in a golden 20-minute spell. All fall

Strung bulk of No9 shot

Size 16 PR434

4in 0.10mm Precision Power hooklength

to a 6mm punch from the same area of the swim. You normally find that these fish sit together and you find a little area where you can extract several before they spook. I always start on a 6mm punch because you are far more likely to catch F1s as well as carp, but I won’t hesitate in stepping up to an 8mm or even 10mm disc of bread if roach are a problem or if the lake is renowned for really big carp. I’ve worked my way along the bank placing my rig in all the likely looking holes but with just one other F1 in the net it’s time for another change.

Maggots Inn Thee Midddle Re-plumbing up a new swim a metre or two away from your starting swim can produce a run of fish.

4x14 Preston F1 Maggot

If there is one tactic that wins more snake-lake matches than anything in winter it’s maggots down the middle in the deepest water. With this in mind

Two No10 droppers

4in 0.10mm Precision Power hooklength Size 18 PR434

I have been throwing 20 every couple of minutes over the top of where my initial pellet line was, with a view to catch here late in the match. This is a tactic I always employ, starting on pellets and switching the line to maggots once it goes quiet. Pellets are quite a negative tactic where you can feed very little and get bites, while maggot fishing is a lot more aggressive and you have to feed more bait to get through the small silvers, so it is better suited to later in the match when the bigger F1s want to feed. I’m feeding this now, but I’m not going to try it yet.

Movingg Acrosss After the five quick carp on bread I’ve moved to my 14m line, tight across in the shallowest water I can find on this peg, which is four feet deep. There is less cover here but if any fish actively want to feed I expect to catch them in this spot in the

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middle part of the match. I’ve started on pellets again here and picked off very occasional F1s but it’s soon clear that this area of the peg isn’t going to be very good. I think the cold weather has really affected these fish and the deepest water is the place to target.

When loose feeding maggots, it is vital that they land accurately around your float.

make a huge difference. The increased accuracy helps pinpoint the fish while you also get less trouble from small roach, which are attracted to the noise from the bait hitting the water when you are throwing it in. I’ve recently been using the Preston Sprinkle Soft Cad Pots, which are perfect for this style of fishing. You can tap the bait out and effectively feed a couple of times before you get a bite.

Maggot Madnesss Although I have been priming the middle line for the last couple of hours, with things being so difficult I’m having a quick drop in earlier than planned to see whether any fish have settled. Today is a great example of this working because the fish seem to have really settled here early! I’ve dropped in with a double-maggot hook bait and not waited more than a minute before the first F1 of around 3lb is hooked. A really important point at this time of year is to take your time with every hooked fish, making sure they all end up in the net. The last thing you want to do is start pulling really hard when you’re on light gear. Like many established snake lakes, the F1s at Heronbrook are big, and with a few carp in the mix 20 to 25 fish will often weigh 60lb plus.

The Last Hour

Stop Thhrowing, Starrt Pottinng! Once you start fishing this short maggot line, changing your feeding to using a pole-mounted Cad Pot can

Fishing in the right areas of the swim, with the right baits, at the right time… the keys to winter success.

The F1s have continued to feed well on the short maggot line but the best tactic has been to catch two or three fish and then have a quick go for a carp on bread. This is common on all fisheries at this time of year because the water is clear and the fish rarely settle on a line for long periods. I’d much rather leave a few feeding fish in a swim than try and catch every single one that is there. You are much better off nicking a fish from a second swim while building their confidence back up on the short line, where you can drop back in and catch another short run of them. It’s been a great session considering the freezing weather, with half a dozen carp and 20-plus big F1s for an 80lb-plus total. Hopefully, by employing these tactics I’ve demonstrated you will be able to compete at most snake-lake venues in the country at this time of year!

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Match Fishing Knockout Cup

Thank you Tom m Scholey reflects on the Drennan Knockout Cup, an event that has changed the shape of modern match fishing… t was a difficult phone call to take from my good friend and former colleague Jon Arthur, and a difficult one for him to make: For years, the Drennan Knockout Cup has deserved its place at the heart of UK match fishing. Drennan had made it all possible, injecting over £50,000 in cash into the event over its lifespan. But Jon rang to tell me that Drennan had taken the decision to stop its sponsorship from 2017. Sponsors as generous as Drennan are difficult to find,

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and my first thought was to thank them. But then my thoughts turned to the future. The popularity of and appetite for the competition is very strong – as is public interest – so I felt the event has a strong future. The key is getting the format right, and I am pleased to say that Matt Godfrey and I have come up with a plan that will not only take the event forward and raise its profile, but also guarantee its future. With not one but five sponsors, plus increased

2009 – Simon Fry

entry money from qualifiers, the event will boost a bigger payout than ever, as well as more scope for anglers to get involved. The page opposite gives a taster as to the new format, with more details to follow online over the next month, and in next month’s magazine. All that remains for me to say is a big thank you to Drennan for its support over the years, and how excited I am for the future of the event.

2010 – Ian Didcote

2011 – Gary Miller

2005 – Kieron Rich

2012 – Rob Wootton

2013 – Michael Buchwalder

2007 – Rob Perkins

2008 – Grant Albutt

Drennan The 2016 winner of the bbie Griffiths. Knockout Cup was Ro

2014 – Andy Power ley 2015 – Tom Scho

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Knockout Cup 2017 • 30 qualifiers • 120 invited anglers • Five rounds including rivers, a canal and commercial fisheries • All-expenses-paid grand final at the famous Docklow Pools, Herefordshire • List of invited anglers, and details on how to enter in next month’s magazine • Visit www.matchfishingmagazine.com for event news as it happens www.matchfishingmagazine.com

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What’s On December 31st to March 31st

What is coming up over the next three months? Here’s all the information you need to get involved!

Irish Angling Festivals 2017 With the Irish festival scene just around the corner, here’s a complete rundown of what you should enter for Emerald Isle glory! Dial 00 353 and drop the zero for Irish numbers in green. This calendar represents a guide to the festivals taking place in Ireland in 2017 and is accurate at the time of going to press but subject to change. *is usually preceded by a one day warm-up match

Ireland There’s plenty to go at over in

Date

Match

this year!

Location

Contact

Inniscarra Lake, Coachford, Co Cork Lough Muckno, Co Monaghan

086 104 3040 087 240 5317

Cootehill Lakes, Co Cavan Lough Erne, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh Lough Muckno, Co Monaghan Lough Muckno, Co Monaghan River Shannon, Portumna, Co Galway Inniscarra Lake, Coachford, Co Cork Inniscarra Lake, Coachford, Co Cork

087 251 0260 028 663 2008 087 240 5317 087 240 5317 087 904 7106 078 033 2756 078 033 2756

Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh River Shannon, Banagher, Co Offaly Killeshandra, Co Cavan Lough Erne, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh Lough Erne, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh River Blackwater, Fermoy, Co Cork Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh Ballinamore Loughs, Co Leitrim Inniscarra Lake, Co Cork Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan Inniscarra Lake, Coachford, Co Cork Inniscarra Lake, Coachford, Co Cork

01606 46060 07976 779983 086 197 0626 0300 303 1777 028 663 2008 086 104 3040 01606 46060 07711 607200 087 601 8660 087 240 5317 078 033 2756 078 033 2756

Lanesborough/Ballyleague, Midlands Grand Canal, Daingean, Co Offaly Grand Canal and Barrow Navigation Arva, Co Cavan Grand Canal, Edenderry, Co Offaly Royal Canal, Enfield, Co Meath Arva, Co Cavan

043 332 1734 089 417 1723 089 417 1723 049 433 5127 087 240 5317

Lough Muckno, Co Monaghan

087 240 5317

Belturbet, Co Cavan Clones Loughs, Co Monaghan Lough Muckno, Co Monaghan Lough Ramor, Co Cavan Inniscarra Lake, Coachford, Co Cork Lough Gowna, Co Cavan Inniscarra Lake, Coachford, Co Cork

087 985 6602 07711 607200 087 240 5317 087 220 3884 086 104 3040 086 845 8045 086 104 3040

MARCH 18th to 20th 18th & 19th

St Patrick’s Festival* St Patrick’s Festival

15th & 16th 15th to 17th 15th to 17th 18th to 21st 24th to 28th 24th to 26th 27th to 29th

Cootehill Easter Daiwa Erne Easter Easter One Muckno Easter Two Muckno Portumna Spring Dave Bacon Memorial* O’Callaghan’s Feeder

1st to 5th 1st to 5th 1st to 5th 8th/10th/12th 9th/11th 15th to 19th 15th to 19th 22nd to 26th 22nd to 26th 22nd to 26th 28th to 30th May 31st to Jun 2nd

Mahon’s Festival* Banagher Festival Killeshandra Festival* Waterways Classic* King of The Erne Fermoy Festival* Mal Scott Cup* Ballinamore Festival Hackett Cup* Farney One O’Callaghan’s Cup* Ottewill Trophy

2nd to 4th 3rd 4th/6th/8th 5th to 9th 5th to 9th 9th & 10th 12th to 17th

Lanesborough Festival King Of Canal Leinster Festival Breffni Seniors Edenderry Festival Enfield Festival Breffni Challenge

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

049 433 5127

JULY 17th to 21st

Muckno Festival AUGUST

Jul 31st to Aug 3rd

4th to 7th 7th to 11th 24th to 27th 27th to 29th Aug 28th to Sept 1st Aug 30th to Sept 1st

Belturbet Festival Clones Festival Feeder Festival Ramor Festival Celtic Shield Fitzpatrick’s Gowna Vintners Cup

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What’s On December 31st to March 31st

Date

Match

Location

Contact

SEPTEMBER 3rd to 5th 4th to 8th 4th to 8th 4th to 8th 4th to 8th 6th to 8th 9th & 10th 10th to 12th 11th to 15th 11th to 15th 11th to 15th 13th to 15th 18th to 22nd 18th to 22nd

Coolcower Cup*

Inniscarra Lake, Coachford, Co Cork Counties Cavan, Leitrim & Fermanagh, Lakelands Region Arva Loughs, Co Cavan Belturbet, Co Cavan Lough Muckno, Co Monaghan Inniscarra, Coachford, Co Cork Lough Muckno, Co Monaghan Inniscarra Lake, Coachford, Co Cork Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh Cavan Loughs, Co Cavan Lough Muckno, Co Monaghan Inniscarra Lake, Coachford, Co Cork Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim Sheemore, Co Leitrim Cootehill Loughs, Co Cavan River Shannon, Portumna, Co Galway OCTOBER River Blackwater, Fermoy, Co Cork Inniscarra Lake, Coachford, Co Cork Inniscarra Lake, Coachford, Co Cork Lough Muckno, Co Monaghan Ballyconnell, Co Cavan NOVEMBER River Bann, Portglenone, Co Antrim

Lakelands & Inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championship*

25th/27th/29th

25th to 29th 18th to 22nd 2nd to 6th 23rd to 27th 28th & 29th 28th to 30th

Arva International* Belturbet Autumn* Autumn Festival* Lennox Cup Muckno Feeder Fountain House* Fermanagh Cup King of Clubs Monaghan Pairs Granville Cup Horseshoe Festival* Carrick Festival Sheemore Festival Cootehill Championship Curley’s Portumna*

Oct 30th to Nov 3rd

Fermoy Autumn FEEDERFEST Ireland* Munster Festival Halloween Festival Champion of the Lakes

6th to 10th

Bann Bonanza

087 601 8660 07711 607200 049 433 5127 087 985 6602 087 240 5317 087 601 8660 087 240 5317 087 601 8660 07899 991277 049 433 5127 087 240 5317 087 601 8660 01606 46060 07196 20313 087 240 5317 042 966 0266 087 904 7106 086 104 3040 086 104 3040 086 104 3040 087 240 5317 049 952 6391 07725 404874

1) Match/Pole Fishing Events

• Week commencing March 20th

One • February 19th

• February 19th • March 5th

Pole Fishing Pairs Qualifier Rounds

Book on via: 01726 862526

Book on via: 07469 981743

To enter, log on to: www. shopatdhp.co.uk, and click on the events tab.

Frenzee Festival • Week commencing March 27th

Larford Silverfish Festival • Week commencing February 27th

Remaining Qualifier Dates • January 21st, Weston Pools • January 28th, Tunnel Barn Farm

Book on via: 01726 862526

Grand Final • March 4th, Woodland View

Golden Reel Grand Masters • January 29th • February 26th • March 26th

Hangover Open • January 1st

Book on via: 07774 703067/01299 829373

Book on via: 01299 250427

3) Larford Lakes

2) White Acres Spring Veterans Festival

5) Moorlands Farm Fishery Golden Reel Qualifier • March 18th

Spring Pairs League – Round

4) Partridge Lakes Individual Winter League • January 8th • January 22nd • February 5th

6) Woodland View Individual Silverfish League • Round one – January 7th • Round two – January 14th • Round three – January 21st • Round four – January 28th

www.Irelandtravelplus.co.uk info@irelandtravelplus.co.uk 07711 607200 or 07736 129627

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What’s On December 31st to March 31st

• July 19th – The Glebe/Mallory Park Fishery • July 29th – Tunnel Barn Farm Book on via: www. goldenreelangling.co.uk • Round five – February 4th • Round six – February 11th • Round seven – February 18th • Round eight – February 25th Book on via: 01905 620872

7) Hampton Springs Chester Tackle Locker Silverfish Series • Weekly from November 20th until February 26th (excluding Christmas Day & New Year’s Day) Book on via: 01244 345069

8) Heronbrook Individual Winter League • Round one: January • Deadline to enter – December 24th Book on via: 07879 441282

9) 2017 Big-Money Events Golden Reel Qualifiers • March 4th – Decoy Lakes • March 11th – Coleman’s Cottage • March 18th – Larford Lakes • March 25th – Viaduct Fishery • April 1st – Monk Lakes • April 9th – Larford Lakes • April 15th – Westwood Lakes • April 22nd – Heronbrook Fishery • April 23rd – The Glebe/Mallory Park Fishery • April 26th – Partridge Lakes • May 6th – Viaduct Fishery • May 13th – Lindholme Lakes • May 17th – Decoy Lakes • May 24th – The Glebe/Mallory Park Fishery • May 27th – Barston Lakes • June 3rd – Gold Valley Lakes • June 10th – Lindholme Lakes • June 17th – Larford Lakes • June 23rd – Partridge Lakes • July 1st – The Glebe/Mallory Park Fishery • July 8th – Larford Lakes • July 15th – Heronbrook Fishery

Mega Match This Qualifiers • April 1st – The Glebe/Mallory Park Fishery • April 2nd – Maver Hayfield Lakes • April 8th – Partridge Lakes • April 15th – Woodland View • April 30th – Lindholme Lakes • May 13th – Heronbrook Fisheries • May 20th – Partridge Lakes • May 21st – Westwood Lakes • May 27th – Gold Valley Lakes • May 28th – The Glebe/Mallory Park Fishery • June 4th – Maver Hayfield Lakes • June 7th – Decoy Lakes • June 10th – Solhampton Fisheries • June 17th – Viaduct Fishery • July 1st – Partridge Lakes • July 8th – Monk Lakes • July 15th – Hallcroft Fishery • July 22nd – Coleman’s Cottage • July 26th – The Glebe/Mallory Park Fishery • July 29th – Lindholme Lakes • Aug 6th – Barston Lakes • Aug 9th – Decoy Lakes • Aug 12th – Tunnel Barn Farm • Aug 13th – The Glebe/Mallory Park Fishery Book on via: Tickets available January 1st

10) Early Notification (note booking-on date) Pauls’ Happy League 2017 – Teams Of Eight • Round one – June 11th, Aire & Calder Canal • Round two – June 18th, River Ancholme • Round three – June 25th, Stainforth & Keadby Canal, Thorne and Kirk Bramwith • Round four – July 2nd, New Junction Canal • Round five – July 9th, Aire & Calder Canal

• Round six – July 16th, Aire & Calder Canal • Round seven – July 23rd, New Junction Canal • Round eight – July 30th, New Junction Canal • Round nine – September 3rd, Aire & Calder Canal • Round 10 – September 10th, Aire & Calder Canal Book on via: Paul Caygill 07976 779983 (Entry fee must be paid on or before February 1st) Canal Pairs • August 28th (Monday) – Aire &

Calder/New Junction • September 2nd – New Junction Canal Book on via: Paul Caygill 07976 779983

To Watch • BT Sport – Every Monday, 7pm. Watch events such as the UK Angling Championship, Maver Match This and the Parkdean Masters Final on BT Sport, as well as many other top angling events.

Are you running a festival, series or league that you want us to promote? Contact us via e-mail: tom.scholey@dhpub. co.uk. Please note that this does not include open matches or events that are sold out without a waiting list.

Winner of the Maver Oculus Pole was John Royston, Sheffield. Winners of the Middy Pole Setup Bundles are Vincent Dreek, London; Peter Lockwood, Southampton; David Gaukrodger, Dorset; Terence Wingall, Lincs; Alistair Buchannan, Midlands; Morgan Pele, Leics; Kevin Williams, Glasgow; Glenn Riley, Birmingham; Steve Snaide, Midlands; Steve Webb, London; Alan Deeming, Cheshire; David Tierney, Bristol; Keith Davidson, Watford; Allan Reid, Omagh and Garry N Hudson, Sheffield.

BUY YOUR 2017 LICENCE AND PERMIT ONLINE An electronic re record (e-record) is created for all licence, permit and day ticket purchases. purch BUYING ONLINE From Saturday 17th December you can buy all 2017 Licences and Permits, including concessionary disabled, online. For more information visit: www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling

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