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Wilson’s big day at the Palace!



 Angling legend receives


MBE from Prince Charles By Stephen Stones


This is the moment angling legend John Wilson was honoured for his outstanding contribution to fishing. Made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June, Wilson was called to Buckingham Palace last week to receive his medal from Prince Charles. And the Go Fishing TV star even had time to chat to the future king about his own fishing season. Find out what they talked about on P5

Send SAE – See page 25

Discover the pegs to head for this weekend!


How to catch hidden roach

Duncan Charman reveals the tactics you need for a big catch from your local lake P28



Angling Times Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tackle News Net bag for everyone

Korum’s new Carryall.

Korum has launched a new Carryall designed to suit both the pleasure angler and specimen/big fish anglers as a result of increased demand from the public. It’s called the Allrounder Net Bag Caryall and has a large main compartment

for carrying your bait, tackle and any Korum chair accessories with a separate side compartment to store your keepnet. Another zipped pocket is ideal for housing an unhook ing mat. On eac h of t he e nd s , t h e re i s a n additional small pocket that will prove perfect for storing feeders or other small items. The base is rei n forced for added strength, the carry handles and strap are padded, and the zips are extra strong designs. Price: £26.99

Written by Mark Sawyer and Jonathan Taylor The exclusive inside line from the world of tackle

Tackle talk

» Tool storage

Both pike and sea anglers will be interested in this new Tool Case from Shimano that boasts a smart carbon finish. It’s ideal for housing all your pliers, forceps and Rapala hook removers and has a carbon-effect finish that really looks smart. It has a removable inner mesh section which is fully washable for saltwater use and to prevent any items from rusting. A size of 27cm x 14cm x 9cm makes it perfect for any sized tools. Price: £15.99

Commercial combo With more and more fisheries imposing net limits, it is likely that the majority of commercial venues you visit now insist on the use of at least two keepnets and MAP has added a new Commercial Carp Combo to its range, ideal for such locations. You get two commercial carp keepnets of 3m length and they come supplied in a double net bag to prevent your car from getting wet through. It also aids transporting your nets to your peg. Both are Angling Foundation-approved so can be used at any venue and feature shake dry mesh, strong alloy frames and pull-through handles. The twist lock fitting looks to be very robust and easy to use, with a design that is built to last. Price: £59.99

These are ideal for carp.

Daiwa’s versatile rod

Daiwa has launched a new waggler rod under the same name as one of its popular budged-priced reels – the Sweepfire. The all-new design is called the Sweepfire Match Rod and it’s a 13ft offering that will prove a very versatile tool on both commercials and natural venues. It has enough guts in its backbone to cast splasher-style wagglers when fishing for carp, yet a soft enough tip to deal with decent quality silvers thanks to its ‘power progressive action’. Other features include a screw down reel seat, hook reta iner a nd cork handle. Daiwa recommends the use of lines between 2lb and 8lb with this rod. Price: £39.99 Quality fittings from Daiwa.

The G-Max 600 is ideal for anglers who don’t need a 16m pole.

» New flavours

Berkley’s range of Buzz Bait pop-ups are now available in new flavours for 2010. Now they are available in Scopex and Liver flavours which come in 16mm and 20mm sizes. The Scopex baits have a creamy white colour and are sure to prove popular in clear water. Its Liver pop-ups have a deep pink colour and a very strong aroma that will prove very attractive to carp. You get 100g of bait in each tub. Price: £6.99 per pot

» Next week

In next week’s Angling Times, we will bring you the first live test of Daiwa’s new Tournament Pro X. It is largely based on the original Tournament Pro, but benefits from the addition of two new technical innovations as well as an improved kit package. And for current Daiwa pole owners it is also available as a pole only option for the first time. Pick up next week’s Angling Times for more information.

Garbo’s G-Max 800 will sit above this year’s model.

Garbolino set to extend G-Max range  Line-up will continue firm’s success story By Jonathan Taylor

Angling Times can this week reveal that pole giant Garbolino is set to launch three new models under the G-Max banner and they will be in the shops by mid-December. These latest launches follow on from the highly successful G-Max 700 which is regarded as one of the best poles launched so far this year,

Martin Bowler is set to reveal his successful carp secrets.

offering excellent balance and strength for its £1,050 price tag. Garblino has kept the same G-Max profile mandrel and the good news for existing Garbo owners is that all the top kits and extensions from current poles can be fitted to these new models. The 16m G-Max 800 will sit above the popular 700 and is said to be even stiffer and lighter, but just as strong. It has a price tag of £1,650 and is expected to be a much talked about pole.

Sitting below the 700 is the new G-Max 600 – a 14.5m pole sharing all the same attributes as the original, but at a price of £749.99. In addition to these two new models, there is also another tool designed for heavyweight hauling. It’s known as the G-Max Power Carp but don’t let the name fool you – it has bags of strength for elastics up to No20s, but the addition of Power Lite top kits and a special carbon mean that this pole is no banana when fished at its full 14.5m length.

Bowler and Warwick Two of big-fish angling’s modern-day icons have joined forces in an exciting DVD called Warwick’s Way with Carp. AT columnist Martin Bowler is joined by top c a r p e r F r a n k Warwick, as the pair reveal the secrets of their success in an actionpacked three-hour film that’s certain to make even good anglers better. The duo land a string of big fish from Island Lake in France, the biggest a

personal-best common of over 59lb for Frank. Th is f ilm represents excellent value for money, boasting more than 180 m i nu t e s of s t u n n i n g footage that captures the magic of carp fishing. Technical rig and bait demonstrations are inter-

“Action-packed film certain to make good anglers better”


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“These latest launches follow on from the highly successful G-Max 700, one of this year’s best poles”

Right: The G-Max 700 proved a real hit in June.

G-Max 600 Length: 14.5m Spares: 3x 2.85m Competition Lite top kits, extendable Potting Kit and pots, Garbo Holdall. RRP Price: £999.99 Special Offer: £749.99

G-Max 800 Length: 16m Spares: 2x 4.4m Match Lite kits, 2x 2.9m Match Lite kits, 2x 2.9m Power Lite kits, extendable Potting Kit and pots, short fourth, Holdall. RRP Price: £2,415 Special Offer: £1,650

G-Max Power Carp

For commercials, the G-Max Power Carp will be spot on.

Length: 14.5m Spares: 4x 2.85m Power Top Kits, extendable Potting Kit and pots, 2x short power fourths, Garbo Holdall. RRP Price: £1,299.99 Special Offer: £850

team up for new DVD spersed with informal bankside discussions, allowing you to get in the minds of the pair as they pick each other’s brains. Renowned for his rig development, Frank tells how he first created the famous chod rig and how to tie a devastatingly effective worm rig. He also explains how to improve your distance casting, as well as lifting the lid on his ‘catapult’ technique to accurately position rigs under over-hanging trees.

Whether you fish at home or on the continent, this DVD is packed with hints and tips that even the most experienced of carp anglers would struggle not to pick up a thing or two. ● This film retails at £18.49 but AT readers can order their copy at an exclusive postage-free offer price of £ 1 6 . 9 9. C a l l 0 8 4 5 4082606 and quote AT1.

The DVD lasts for over 180 mins.


Great venues

Angling Times Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Written by Nige Williams Predator fishing expert


How to tame a truly The Lake District...wild, untamed and stocked with hard-fighting pike. Nige Williams shows why this is one of the most stunning places to fish in Britain…


t would be hard to find while concentrating on the somewhere qu ite a s echo sounder I search for dropinspiring in autumn as offs or humps on the bottom of the Lake District, with its the lake in around 15ft–25ft of s t u n n i n g t r e e - l i n e d water. This is an ideal depth of rolling valleys cloaked in water to find pike lying in wait b u r n i s h e d g o l d a n d a n for prey to pass by. Watch out explosion of orange. for bird life, too – grebes and Cumbria has a wide choice of cormorants feed on the same waters to fish prey as pike where piking and are a can be superb, “If it has been wet good indicator whether from of predators in and windy prior t he ba n k or the area. from the boat, to a planned trip When I’m and t hey all it reduces the planning a trip o f f e r t h e number of anglers to the Lakes, I chance of always monitor that have been wonderful the weather, s p o r t i n a n out and about” pa r t ic u l a rly environment w ind speed and direction to die for. My latest trip to the region and the amount of rainfall. If it saw me boat fishing, which has been wet and windy prior gives me the opportunity to to a planned trip it reduces the tackle a number of swims in number of anglers that have one day. As I’m looking for a been out and about. Pike are good spot, I put the likely to be quite settled and boat’s engine on ready to feed. Ideally, the wind t i c k- o v e r speed needs to be less than 10 miles an hour, from either the

If you want quality pike fishing in amazing surroundings, the Lake District is hard to beat.

south or west, and with no rain forecast. It takes me about three hours to get to the Lake District from my Midlands base so it’s always an early start at about 3.30am. When I arrived at the waterside about 6.30am, daw n was

breaking and a steady ripple on the water made the place seem so inviting. It wasn’t long before the boat was launched and I headed north for the first day. I arrived in a bay where I already know the drop-off runs

steadily from 15ft down to 35ft within casting range of the boat. Four rods were soon out, presenting a variety of baits – herring, mackerel, a smelt and a Bluey. My

set-up was a 10ft 6ins 3lb Prowla boat rod with a 10000 XTE Sh imano Bait r unner


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wild water loaded with 35lb floating braid. The rigs were simple – just float legered deadbaits, fished 3ft-4ft overdepth. When fishing in deep water, I use a tubed egg sinker and preferably 40lb wire that is stiffer than normal. This helps alleviate some tangles as the bait travels down into deep water. After an hour-and-a-half and no success, I upped anchor and moved to another swim. Before all my baits were out in the water, the mackerel f loat bobbed and slid away out of sight. I wound down into a hard fighting pike and landed a fish of about 12lb. No sooner had I returned this one than I saw another roll on the surface about 20yds away from me. Having only three deadbaits out, I grabbed my lure rod which I had set up earlier with a Squirrely Burt – a classic lure which works high in the water – and launched the lure five y a rd s b eyond where t he predator had rolled. After only a few turns on the reel handle, thump! – a fish had grabbed my imitation. The lure could have only travelled down 3ft-4ft before being taken, as there was a massive vortex on the surface. Several minutes later I had a beautiful looking pike in the landing net, deep in colour and

fin-perfect. She weighed in at The following day I made an 18lb 8oz. even earlier start – an hour On these wild waters, if your before dawn. It was calmer, f ishing was swim isn’t s l o w, a n d I show i n g a ny action it’s time “On these wild moved several to move on. If it waters, if your times trying to goes quiet for a lo c ate s ome swim isn’t feeding pike. couple of hours On the fourth you’re likely to showing any s w i m of t he have caught any action it’s time fe e d i n g pi ke to move on” day – at last – I within range of got a run on a your boat. smelt. It was only a small I carried on doing this in several swims f i sh of a rou nd 7lb but a throughout the day and only welcome sight nonetheless. had one more dropped run. Minutes after returning the

jack I got another run on the trusty herring. My Baitrunner was clicking at speed, so I quickly pulled the lever back and set the reel into gear. The rod hooped round, pulling the boat towards the direction of the pike – this one was more substantial. The adrenaline started, as I knew from past experience that when this happens you’ve hooked into a big, hard fighting Lake District pike. As I played this big fish, she hugged the bottom in 25ft of water and it took several minutes for my float to break the surface, followed by a dark shape from the depths. At last she was safely in the landing net and I rushed to unhook and weigh her – 20lb 4oz and well worth waiting for!

Nige’s top piking tips 1

If you’ve hooked a big pike in deep water, make sure you return it to the landing net and give it time to recover. If it rolls over – upside down – it may have air inside due to coming up from deep water. Hold the fish upright and run your hand underneath, from tail to head, applying a bit of pressure. You may see bubbles coming from the gills – this is a good sign. Repeat this process if necessary. Just follow my basic guide and you too could be holding a cracking specimen surrounded by scenery that is a privilege to fish in. Don’t forget, the Lake District is sea deadbaits only and restrictions apply on boat speeds. Also, if you’re bringing a boat to the Lakes, a licence is required to launch it.

Keep things simple – an egg float and stiff wire trace help stop tangles on the way down.


If you aren’t getting runs, move – there’s a lot of water to cover in these big deep lakes.


A lure will often bring pike up from considerable depths to investigate.


Pike caught in deep water need extra-careful handling because air in the body cavity expands as the fish comes up to the surface. Gentle pressure from tail to head will help to expel this gas – burp your pike!


Autumn tips

Angling Times Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Written by Alan Scotthorne Five-times world champion


Secrets of catching Fish aren’t that different to people – they feel any change in temperature, especially on commercials. But what does a drop in water temperature actually do and how can we adapt to it? Enter five-times world champion Alan Scotthorne…


he next few months always throw the most bizarre weather conditions at us, from driving icy rain one day to almost T-shirt temperatures the next, but if it feels odd to us, God only knows what the fish must

make of it! I’m on the bank most days of the week and have built up quite a bit of knowledge about how, for example, a cold wind affects the fishing compared to a warm breeze, but the angler who only gets out once at the weekend has to fish regardless

of what the weather’s doing. That often means making the wrong decisions in terms of tactics, feeding and even which peg to fish. I’ll help make sure you’re ready for whatever’s behind the lounge curtains come the morning of your trip.

1 Frost

When you get an overnight frost this almost always means there’s little wind on the following day, and that makes presentation on the waggler or pole easy. What is important, though, is the air temperature during the day. If it is likely to reach anything upwards of 8ºC then the fish will be slow to react at first, but come the afternoon they should be feeding well. What I would look for is a peg with a minimum of 3ft of water. Anything less will be hard going, but on occasion shallow water can warm up quite quickly, especially around islands, so there’s no harm in having a few casts here in the afternoon.

On the feeding front I will be scaling down simply because it is cold. I’ll use smaller baits like maggots and micro pellets or little balls of crushed pellet groundbait, and I will kick off very cautiously. My main aim is to get bites. From then on I will let the fish dictate the feeding – the more bites I get, the more I can put in, and the more regularly. The odd bite would suggest there aren’t that many fish about, so I’d keep my hand out of the bait tub. If you get a run of frosts then the water will get seriously cold and the fishing will become dire. In this situation I would look to fish rivers, where the moving water will keep the temperatures up and the fish feeding.

Feed lightly with a Kinder pot in a chilly wind.


Cold wind

‘When the wind’s in the east the fish bite least’ goes the saying, but this isn’t necessarily true. A cold wind, anything coming out of the north or east, will chill the water and put the kiss of death on shallow swims, so a deeper peg is better. I’d also want 90 per cent of the time a peg that is flat calm. This won’t have been blasted by the cold air. As for methods, the straight lead is a real winner, fishing single baits and loosefeeding very sparingly or sometimes not at all. The pole will also catch but I’d be feeding lightly with a Kinder pot – in fact I rarely use a pole cup after the end of October on any commercial water.

3 Gales

‘Leave your pole in the bag’ is a great bit of advice! If it is blowing a hoolie then I’d try and get out of it to give yourself as many fishing options as you can. The pole will normally be impossible to fish in all but the most sheltered of pegs, and as a match angler you can’t always pick those! I would stay away from fishing pellets in strong winds as they’re a light bait that can’t be presented properly. I’d be fishing well overdepth on any float rig and for that reason I’d use live baits such as maggots, pinkies and worms. This is because fish need to get the bait down their throats to kill them and this will give you a positive, hittable bite. The tip would be by far the best approach, though, fishing the bomb. You might think windy, mild weather would mean the fish feeding better

Warm winds spell top sport even in winter.

4 Warm wind

This always brings the water temperature up and can lift it as much as 1.5ºC, which means a real red letter day. As in any wind you’ll have the problem of presentation. A bomb or a small feeder is best or, if you can get away with it, a shorter pole line, as fish will come closer in milder weather with a

ripple on the water. Fish follow a warm wind so I’d head for a peg with a good ripple on it and, if the wind isn’t too strong, one with a breeze blowing into it. This would increase my chances of catching short as well. Generally a warm wind is anything blowing from the south or west. I think anglers often don’t feed enough when temperatures rise. I’d still begin with a sprinkling of bait such as micro pellet for feed but I’d soon expect to be getting bites and to be able to up the feed going in. It can pay to be that bit more aggressive in your approach.

The pole is hard to handle when the wind blows.

but I do find that they can spook off feeders easily, so this rules out a little Method feeder. If you want to introduce

some bait then a tiny open-end feeder carrying a pinch of dampened micro pellets is the best approach.

“Shallow water can warm up quite quickly, so there’s no harm in having a few casts here in the afternoon”

5 Heavy rain

Every fishery reacts differently to a downpour. In summer it’s a godsend, washing in colour and food off the land – come winter it ruins the fishing. Fish do not take kindly to an influx of cold rain water which drops the overall temperature and can also add excessive colour. Heavy rain has a similar effect to frost, in that it knocks the fishing back, and that means feeling your way into the peg with feeding. Tackle also needs scaling right down, perhaps finer than you might fish on a normal winter session.

It’s coming down – time to scale down.


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in cold weather Winter needn’t mean an end to good catches.

10 9


9 9 My top winter baits

Anglers can get in a real tangle when it comes to baits but I keep it very, very simple. Here are my famous five…

9 Pellets

Small pellets are the only ones that find their way into my bag. I use micros for feed and 4mm expanders for the hook. I’ll dampen the micro pellets to help them break down quicker and to allow them be fished through a feeder if need be.

10 Sweetcorn

Highly visual and low in food content, corn is a super bait for fishing on the bomb when casting around seeking out the fish. I go to great pains to pick out and use the smallest grains in the tin. There’s little point scaling down my tackle and feeding, only to fish a big bait on the hook!

11 Maggots

You can’t beat maggots, and I’ll take a pint of mixed with me to cover all possibilities. Everything will eat them and they always seem to get a bite.

12 Casters

If the lake you’re fishing has a good head of silvers, casters are a definite for feed. They’ll draw silver fish in, which in turn will attract carp. They also make a great bait for fishing up in the water.

13 Pinkies

A very under-used hookbait on commercial fisheries, and I think that’s the beauty of them – fish don’t see a pinkie that often. They make a good change bait when fishing with ordinary maggots.

6 Cloud v sun

Bright sunshine is no good for fishing, especially if the water is clear. The fish will back right off, making the waggler the only way of following them out. In this situation I’d seek out a deep peg to at least give me a chance of catching at a comfortable range. In coloured water this isn’t an issue though so think before you start fishing. Overcast cloudy weather is the exact opposite to sunshine. This is the weather you want to be fishing in! In fact if there was a set of ingredients to make the perfect fishing weather then it’d be no overnight frost, overcast weather with little wind and an air temperature between 8ºC and 10ºC.

cold water 7 Does matter?

Bright, cold days mean it will be tough.

I used to hear a lot of people talking about the change in water temperatures and perhaps allowed myself to get a bit carried away in the past with following their advice. Of course, when the temperature drops to below 3ºC then the fishing will suffer, but anything above this and I know the fish will feed. What is perhaps more important is air pressure. High pressure means light winds, cold nights and frost – not good fishing weather. Low pressure will bring in wind, cloud and rain, and that’s happy days as far as I’m concerned.

8 A finer approach

You have to fish very light at this time of year to catch consistently. The straight lead is a big part of my armoury but out go the 8lb lines of summer, replaced by 4lb on the reel and hooklengths between 0.12mm and 0.13mm diameter. A soft rod

Finesse is key to success in low temperatures.

keeps hook pulls to a minimum – I’m currently using the Shimano Aerocast, a lovely soft actioned rod. Hooks drop to a size 18 and you’d be amazed at the size of fish you can land on these! The same applies to polefishing (light lines and small hooks), but too heavy an elastic and you’ll bump fish, too light and you’ve got no control. I will fish with double No3, No4 or No5 solid elastics. An equivalent of this if you don’t double them up is a No6 or No7. The waggler can be deadly on calm days on pegs with gaps between islands. I’ll use an insert waggler and kick off at dead depth, but in windy weather I’ll drag on the deck to improve presentation. I always keep an eye out for fish coming up in the water. It happens a lot in mild weather, so if I’m getting knocks on the way down I’ll shallow up and have a quick look.


Angling Times Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Letters More clubs facing the threat of closure ‘Silver’ matches a great idea

New series will aid numbers

I am surprised at the number of silverfish matches taking place on my local waters. These events are a fabulous idea, helping give anglers the chance to use tactics that once worked wonders on the nation’s canals.

I recently watched the first episode of Jeremy Wade’s new series and I was delighted with what I saw. It is sure to appeal to the masses and I am confident it will help in drawing a few newcomers to our sport.

Mick Dobson, Bolton

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I read that the Basingstoke Canal STAR Angling Association may have to PRIZE disband because of a lack of volunteer workers, but this is sadly the problem www.maver facing many clubs and associations. One of the main causes is, no doubt, that the youth of the country are finding other things to do, maybe not more interesting, but those activities that are ‘hand fed’ to them. In my amalgamation we have a committee of 29. The president, vicepresident, chairman, vice-chairman, myself and many of the members are well past retirement age. Although we have some younger members who are prepared to take on the mantle of authority and administration, these, too, are in their ‘middle’ years. The young ones from their late teens, into their twenties and early thirties, do not seem to relish the idea of volunteering to take on responsibilities for running organisations that will be of benefit to o t h e r s , w i t h o u t s o m e fo r m o f ‘compensation’ being offered for their As sad as I was to hear of the plight of time. the Basingstoke Canal in Steve Partner’s Hopefully, from the publicity given in excellent article, I was delighted to read Angling Times, the Basingstoke group something that wasn’t just about how to will get the support that they need and catch 100lb of carp. continue to flourish for many years to I spent 25 years helping to run my come. factory’s fishing club, so I know just how R Hutchinson, secretary, much hard work is needed. York & District Amalgamation of Anglers So much of fishing nowadays seems to

Follow the chain gang The peacef ul protest at Henleaze Swimming Club to prevent the mass fish cull is proof that anglers can have a major say in key decisions if they get their act together. The angling members at Henleaze had an opportunity

to stop the action going ahead a nd t hey sei zed it i n a n appropriate manner by protesting peacefully. Our sport is faced with similar problems on a regular basis and the example set by the likes of Dave Hodges, who chained himself to the gate, should be

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When anglers join together, they can have a powerful influence.

Unless younger volunteers come forward, club matches could become a thing of the past.

be about how many fish we can catch, rather than looking at the bigger picture. Anglers have become a selfish lot and appear unwilling, as the article said, to put anything back in to the sport. I sincerely hope the BCAA finds the volunteers it needs to survive because I know that if it goes and the fishing is lost, the anglers who loved visiting it will be

followed by the masses. Dwayne Paddock, Shrewsbury

Lessons to learn

I have been reading about the development of the Angling Trust and its difficult first few months. I was surprised that some writers were labelling anglers as apathetic. I restarted fishing just over a year ago, after a break of almost 40 years. Prior to this I had been a mountaineer, rockclimber and hill-walker and a paid-up member of the British Mountaineering Council. I believe there are lessons to be learned from other sporting bodies. Although only a small percentage of mountain and hill users became BMC members, nobody labels non-members as apathetic. Instead, the BMC gave incentives to join, such as discounts in outdoor shops. While providing these services

the first to moan. I only wish I lived closer and was a few years younger, then I’d offer to help myself! Frank Hill, Bolton

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it does not detract from the BMC’s core role in improving access and promoting good practice and lobbying. I have not yet joined the AT, because I want to know that I am backing an organisation that will work for the sport and offer me value for money. I have been encouraged by developments such as the ‘Magnificent Seven’, but I would like to see the Trust develop a business footing supported by the industry, tackle shops and fisheries etc. Should the AT work with other parties and develop incentives, I am sure that membership will grow. Dave Alexander, email

Traditional values best Rob Hales’ plans to grow a 70lb carp, if successful, would indeed ‘rip the beating heart from the chest of carp fishing’, as Ian Chillcott put it.

Most carp in average waters left alone will not make 20lb. Otherwise, our canals would regularly turn up 40lb fish. Most natural waters, where carp have not been stocked big and/or force fed, struggle to grow fish to mid-doubles. As for myself, I’m delighted to use traditional methods such as stalking, and I’ve come to realise that any measure of achievement must lie with the individual angler. Indeed, I am still proud of the 17lb mirror that I caught as a teenager from a canal in the Midlands. Now most fishermen would not even bother to weigh such a fish, I suspect. Carp fishing has lost its way, and redress must now lie with the BRFC to create rules that make sure that weight isn’t the only factor taken into account when records are submitted.


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believe Rob Hales’ attempts to grow a record carp should be condemned Condemn this move

Clearly a demand

Rob Hales is basically manufacturing fish to a certain size and I don’t think this should be condoned by the angling world. Carp are naturally a very greedy species of fish and they will grow to huge sizes by eating everything anglers throw at them. If a carp grows because of this, then fine, but virtually force-feeding them to make them gain weight is wrong. I think the majority of the anglers in this country would agree with my viewpoint and I can only hope that no other fishery bosses decide to take this ludicrous approach. Kyle Winton, Chesterfield

The nation seems to have gone big-fish crazy, so why shouldn’t Rob Hales grow beasts that will satisfy the demands of his customers? Thousands of anglers make a yearly trip abroad in search of elusive monsters, so there is clearly a huge demand for specimens of a monstrous size. Rob has successfully run The Monument for many years and his fishery management will not jeopardise the health of the stocks. I wish him well with his quest to grow a record and I’m sure plenty of other anglers will join me in saying that. Simon Grainger, Oxford

I hope it ends in failure I read that Rob Hales has set out to grow a British record within the next few years and I hope he fails. Record fish have traditionally been left to their own devices and have piled the pounds on by eating what they want, when they want. The current British record, Two Tone, is in a sparsely-stocked venue where it has packed weight on as a result of the environment it lives in and a balance of natural food and anglers’ baits. This is the way record fish should come about, not by fishery owners playing God. Dennis Byford, Swindon

Those who believe attempts to grow a record carp should be condemned

Those who believe attempts to grow a record carp should not be condemned



Talking fishing @ Can you offer advice and opinions online on: Gary Huth’s style of angling, theft and insurance and landing net handles. Share your knowledge:

Gary Huth’s style I’ve just read Steve Partner’s article on Gary Huth’s style of angling and I agree with his comments. I used to be a member of the same club as a former match record holder and he said to keep on pushing the record up, the methods needed would be bordering on cruelty. The fisheries which grossly overstock should also be taken to task by the EA.

deedaajohn I don’t think commercial owners are to blame. If anglers wanted moon craters filled with 2oz perch, then commercial bosses would fill the market. You get what you ask for. Gary Huth is guilty of being good at what everyone seems to want, as per Steve’s article on silverfish commercials proving unprofitable and the strange results in Britain’s favourite fish polls. Some anglers must be guilty of being nostalgic when on forums or answering polls stating they prefer tench and roach, then go out at the weekend with their shock tactics targeting conveyor belt carp.


Photograph your tackle I just had to put in a claim for some rods that were stolen from my garage last week. One of the things the insurance people have asked for is photos of the items pinched. Needless to say, I’ve loads of what I caught on them, but very few of the rods themselves! So with this in mind, I’ve just finished getting together a photo library of the rods they left me and the reels which, fortunately, they overlooked. I’d advise you all do the same – just in case!


Vote now Super complex An ambitious fishery boss has this week announced plans for a new super complex in Nottinghamshire. But should we welcome the creation of yet another large bagging venue or are we in danger of suffering from ‘commercial overkill’? Let us know what you think by writing to the usual address or vote online at

Taking a photo of your equipment is a good idea. However, I doubt your average insurance claim handler would know the value of one rod from another. They may do some research, but what if it’s a discontinued model? I have a wardrobe full of rods. Some worth next to nothing, some worth at least £50 and I highly doubt the person on the end of the line would have a clue which is the better of the two!

It’ll bring new blood


The sad fact of the matter is that the modern-day angler loves targeting his local complex and the introduction of another commercial can only help to bring new blood into the sport. There was a time when the rivers ruled supreme, but we have to accept that those days are gone and fishermen now want as many options as possible on the stillwater front. That said, I do hope that the owner of the proposed new waters tries to create a picturesque setting with a mix of species to try to cater for all anglers no matter their age or, for that matter, their ability. Dale Nixon, Hucknall

Idea’ll damage angling Match turn-outs at commercial venues across the country are already extremely low without people dividing anglers even more by building new complexes. I recently fished an open at a popular water near my home and only 15 people turned out. Five years ago the same match would have had more than 70 anglers booked on, but the growth of the commercial scene has seen a decline in numbers. Carp puddles are important to our sport, but people need to think twice abut the potential damage they are causing before deciding to construct new venues. Tommy Callaghan, Stafford

Landing net handle advice Can any of you give me some advice on landing net handles with the speed tip on? These are the models where the tip and net come off to aid putting fish into the keepnet. I was wondering if they are any good and whether the speed tips are safe. I do not want to buy one if the tips come off too easily.

omega They don’t come off all the time, but if you don’t push them together properly, they can do. I’ve had it happen to me a couple of times in matches when you tend to rush things if you are bagging. If you take your time and do things smoothly, then there won’t be a problem.


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1,000 packs up for grabs

£50k jackpot waiting  Willis Worms announces its backer for new competition By Richard Grange

Angling Times can this week reveal the mystery benefactor behind Willis Worms’ exciting £50,000 match due to be launched early next month. As reported in AT three weeks ago, the bait company is launching its Angling Bait Club (ABC), designed to offer anglers huge savings on its products while also offering a shot at the biggest prize in matchf ishing in its Fish O’Mania-style event. The man putting the huge prize up is businessman Richard Davies, who has been on board working with Willis for two years. He has the 50 grand ready and waiting for that lucky winner who will be paid out regardless of how many anglers sign up to the scheme. “Whether three or 300 anglers fish, the winner will have a very, very good day,” Richard said. “The club launches on December 8 online and will cost just

£50 to be a member. For that you’ll not only be eligible to fish the match but you’ll also get 33 per cent off non-live baits in the Willis Worms range delivered to your door when you want them. We’re going straight to the consumer here and these two incentives are just a small part of what we’ve got coming up for customers.” Full details on the club, which is already being talked about in match circles, will be released on the launch day and Richard envisages a good take up with qualifiers deciding who makes the final but more importantly he is keen to give those paying punters something tangible back. “I’ve built businesses before and know to look a f ter t he c u stomer,” he explained. “Anglers need something more than just a match to fish for their £50. If they order bait regularly they’ll soon get that money back in savings and have the big money to go for. We’re a couple of weeks off launching and it will be very, very exciting.” For anglers though, the competition will be a case of wait and see. England


Barston bream

It might have had a tough summer but Barston Lakes have really burst into life as the temperature starts to drop, the latest round of the Sensas International Rules League producing terrific weights of roach and skimmers (report on page 54). Fished to international rules with no legering or bloodworm and joker allowed, Starlets ace Kian Wardle led the way with a tremendous 41-8-0 of mainly skimmers. Following on from the popularity of the league, matchman Pete Bailey is running four opens at Barston to be fished to international rules. Pete is the man to call on 07966 779909 for tickets for the following dates: Sunday, December 6; Sunday, December 13; Sunday, January 10; Sunday, January 24.

Mixed Avon

international and Fish O’Mania regular Darren Cox welcomes any injection of big money into fishing but wants to know the full SP on the event before making a judgement. “We’ve seen plenty of big matches

come to nothing in the past,” he said. “This event sounds good though and they’ve obviously got a good backer with the money, which is often a stumbling block. We wait with bated breath as the saying goes!”

Massive turnout to honour Jeff Moors Over 130 anglers from across the UK turned out for last week’s special fundraising match in aid of Potteries match legend Jeff Moors, who sadly has been given just months to live following a battle with cancer. The event was organised by Dave Smith and held at Bay Malton Border Fisheries near Crewe, fished over four lakes on the bottom of the complex and despite rain and strong winds it proved to be a fantastic success with over £5,500 being raised for Jeff. On the fishing front overall winner Neil Plummer drew peg 30 on the Meridian

Canal, which produced four of the top five weights, fishing maggot at 14m to the far shelf to land carp and barbel to 5lb. Kev Dennis claimed second with 38-8-0 off Robbie’s Pool, Charlie Hibbs third back on Meridian with 35-14-0. “When Jeff told me the news a few weeks back I was, to say the least, stunned,” said Dave. “I phoned Neil Machin to let him know and he said we should do something to show our respect for Jeff and a fundraising match seemed to be the best option. Little did I know just how many people would be in touch for

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places - the response was overwhelming!” “The atmosphere on the day was tremendous with many of the section winners collecting their money only to put them back into Jeff’s pot. To a man we were all there for Jeff and I’m not ashamed to say that my own and many other eyes filled with tears on many occasions as Jeff made his way around the pegs,” Dave added. “We presented Jeff with his money after the match at a local hotel and in typical Jeff style he made time to speak to everyone who was there.”

Two very different faces of the Warks Avon showed last weekend for visting clubs, Rover Percy Road having their match on the flooded river at Manor Farm moved to the nearby commercial fishery while just a few days later Tornadoes enjoyed a great match at Barford! The Rover lads tackled the Boundary Pool at Manor Farm to take some good bags of silverfish, topped by Alan Robinson’s 30-7-0 of roach and skimmers. Just three days later Tornadoes hit the river at Barford with Norman Hayes, a former England international now in his 70s, turning on the class with a chub-based 28-0-0 winner.

Tight victory

Jeff Moors (left) presents Neil Plummer (right) with his trophy as match organiser Dave Smith looks on.

It couldn’t have been closer at the Fox Match Wye Festival – the three-day event being won by river king Dave Brittain. The Shakespeare ace needed section countback to decide his win after he finished tied at the top with another river maestro Dave Harrell. Turn to page 54.

Angling Times - 24th November 2009