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  1. One hand behind my back.

    by , 24th August 2013 at 04:13 PM
    After a couple of years hearing of how matches mostly opens but a few clubs are being won with up to and over a 100 lb, so I've been trying to up the amount of what I normally manage to snatch.
    Sometimes my catch rate has took a dive but on most days it's up and with the days when the fish really turn up I get the idea I know what I'm trying to do.
    On average I decide what tackle to take and limit myself to either pole or feeder to avoid having my wife carry too much,.
    This ...

    Updated 29th August 2013 at 12:28 PM by jethro

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  2. night fish

    by , 29th September 2012 at 09:15 PM (the weekend by big zander)
    We arrived at the lake around 5.30pm, we decided to fish on the end of a south-westerly wind . We set up in a swim called The Ramp and being a 2 man swim was ideal. Chris baited the areas and helped me get the rods out to their spots. The wind had continued to blow SW and the evening was peaceful and we saw a few fish show out in front of us. We started to have a few occurrences on the alarms, a few twitches here and there.
    Chris went off to fetch some dinner as evening approached and left ...
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  3. One hand behind my back.

    by , 13th September 2012 at 04:50 PM
    The last match this year fished at Lindholme on Bonsai went not bad for me, I finished with 36lb 12oz for 3rd from peg two.
    I fished my normal mini scoop feeder with micros & a banded 6mm pellet for small carp to 2lb. The match was won with 47lb odd, 39lb odd second.
    This has been not a bad summer for me fish wise even if the weather has been nasty at times, especially at Aston.
    Since breaking a pole section earlier in the year nearly all my time fishing as been spent on ...
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  4. One hand behind my back.

    by , 20th July 2012 at 03:24 PM
    So is anyone having trouble with getting proper bites when using method feeders, especially on small fish up to a pound.
    Over the last couple of years at Aston I've had the tip being ripped around, but this year I was getting a lot of twitches but no real bites to speak of.
    Are these line bites, I'm not so sure.
    What convinced me was a match at Lindholme in April this year. From the first cast I made I was getting the dreaded twitch then a sharp tap then the tip just went ...
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  5. One hand behind my back.

    by , 16th May 2012 at 04:37 PM
    I have my first club match on the 19th at Lodge farm the rest of our matches are on the tidal river Trent, not a venue I can manage with the banks plus the walking involved so I'll wait until the last one this year that's to be fished on Bonsai in September.

    My last visit was at Aston again & to say it was a disaster would be a bit of an understatement.
    First mistake was to take only my pole on a day with the wind blowing 15 plus miles per hour, I could normally manage that ...

    Updated 20th May 2012 at 03:00 PM by jethro

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  6. One hand behind my back.

    by , 24th April 2012 at 03:01 PM
    Well I've done it again, I let the chaps on another web site get me thinking I'm fit enough to fish matches, not that anyone talked me into going. I just had a message from a couple of members asking if I fancied it & against my better judgment I agreed.
    It was expected we could perhaps get 10 or 15 interested but that just grew over the weeks to 35 so a decent match was on the cards even if the payout would be small & there was talk of that going to charity.
    It was to be fished ...
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  7. One hand behind my back.

    by , 31st March 2012 at 08:14 PM
    I've had a long lay off over winter even though it's been mild compared to recent years due to circumstances, I started to get the urge around the end of February when things finally settled down.
    Normally when I'm not fishing all my spare time is used up tying rigs & hook lengths but for someone like me who does nothing at all around the house I have not had a spare moment so didn't touch a spool of line until the beginning of March. After a couple of weeks making rigs & hook lengths ...
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  8. ' Lost In The Mists Of Time '

    by , 9th February 2012 at 03:04 AM
    ' Carp And Coarse Baits Victorian Style '
    It seems these days that almost every week there is a new innovation in the fishing world,a new 'must have' piece of equipment or a 'super bait' that just cannot fail to catch.From the very basics of fishing in it's infancy to the tried and trusted methods of today 'What goes around' certainly comes around ! Variations of a theme is the name of the game much improved by today's modern materials and thinking.Here are a few baits which were effective ...

    Updated 9th February 2012 at 12:56 PM by Argyll

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  9. ' Turning The Clock Back '

    by , 9th February 2012 at 02:59 AM

    '' Fact And Folklore ''

    In or about the year of 1854 piking was at an all time high and in those days pike were considered as food for the table.
    Even further back in history naturalists and fisher folk alike had observed the pike's habit of
    ' playing 'with a bait the typical ' mouthing ' lifting and dropping and ' false running' experienced by modern day fishermen.
    Although fished for with fish baits such as roach,gudgeon and perch the pike apparently had
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  10. ' Turnover and catch that pike '

    by , 9th February 2012 at 02:50 AM

    To understand Turnover we need to understand a little about the water and temperature ranges.
    Armed with this invaluable information finding winter feeding fish becomes a precise matter rather than trial and error.
    Being cold bloodedcreatures by nature in water that is particularly cold lethargy takes over fish stocks which in turn induces sluggishness and slow reactions.
    Too hot and fish simply seek the comfort of more compatible depths with temperatures that are
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