Saturday, 13 June 2020

Ivy House Lakes Festival 2020

Friday, 29 May 2020

Catching bream on the Gloucester Canal with Steve Saunders.

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Paste fishing, part 1 and 2.

Friday, 1 May 2020

Fishing Pole Care (FPC)

Fishing poles are likely to be the most expensive item of tackle that you may ever own, then its important you look after it!!

This is how I look after my fishing poles.

  • Use two pole rollers to support your pole when shipping back, where possible.
  • Use flat rollers and not V shape roller, as the V's you can easily get your pole blown up and over the pole
  • Pole roller should have a hook, so you can put a bucket of water to secure roller, and it wont get blown over.
  • Wipe you pole down after every session, with wet wipes.  I use Lidi kitchen wipes, 75 pence per pack.
  • Check elastics for damage or wear.  Also check the bush.

Plastic bushes do get damaged
A video below

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Introduction to Match Fishing

I’ve been a match angler for over 25 years and there is not a minute that I regret been a match angler.  Match fishing is what you make of it, it can be highly competitive, expensive and time consuming. Or it can be with a group of friends that fish together and have a crack.

This post gives you information on how to start match fishing, as I did.

The beginning

Normally you start coarse fishing with a family friend or mate, I started with Uncle and Dad. So I was lucky I had a few family members that took me as a kind.  I fished mainly South Cerney Angling Club waters and the Abbey Lake Angling Club, both clubs still operate 25 years on.  So I learnt the basics of fishing and my dad encouraged me to fish junior matches.

Gaining knowledge

Like any hobby or sport, knowledge is the key to success (knowledge is power).  There is so much you can learn through social media, publications, coaching days, asking people you fish against or see on the bank.  Most anglers are very approachable.


Anglers Mail
Angling Times
And more


And more

Coaching sessions

And many more

Club fishing

So I fished local club matches as a junior for South Cerney Angling Club and enjoyed them, it was run by Pete Sarahs who is a living legend.  This was great as you had inter club matches, whereby you would fish against another clubs and met you people and learn new methods.  As lots of venues have their own little tweaks and you can learn transferable information.  Great way of meeting people and I went onto fishing Peatmoor Angling club people matches too.

Your next step could be moving onto the open match circuit, or stick to what you enjoy.  There's nothing in the rule book stating that you must progress from your club circuit. There are supported events for club fishing,  Garbolino do an event called the Match Fishing Club man of year.  Also Bait-tech does prizes and events dedicated to club anglers.

Open matches

Open matches is where venues run matches on their match, and the entry fee per match catch be from £20 to £30, and some matches can be more.  A lot venues run open match every week, four or more on some venues.

I would suggest picking a venue that suites your preferred style of fishing and set your stall small, don’t have great exceptions that your going to catch loads of fish and win.  I found a massive jump from club fishing to open fishing.  I was reasonably successful on my local circuit as a club angler at the age of 16, then fished against lads that have been fishing longer than I’ve been alive.  However, defeat is a great way of learning, as I had to up my game to compete.  When I go to new venues, I do prepare myself to get beat, but you learn from that and go again and hopefully put your wrongs right. This what makes fishing so interesting.

Team Fishing

I spent a good amount of my angling time team fishing, which is a great way of learning and interacting with people.  The matches I have fished is;

Spring League on the K&A teams of 4
Summer League on the Oxford circuit (formerly known as Drennan Super League)
Angling Trust winter league.  (This is biggest winter league in the country, as the top 2 of each league come together to fish the final)

Team fishing is fishing for points, so normally the highest weight will get 1 point and then second gets 2 points, and so on.  The team with the overall lowest points will win.

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Friday, 24 April 2020

Introduction to Coarse Fishing

I've been coarse fishing for over thirty years and have enjoyed every mintue of it!  My fishing blog is normally around my match results, but felt this post is maybe needed to new comers to the sport.

Commercials aren't all about Carp.  Alvechurch has a massive range of species.

This post gives information on what essentials you will need to start coarse fishing.
7 tips.

1. Licence

You must have a rod licence, which is issued by Environment Agency.  This can run annually from when you purchased the licence.  You are able to pay for daily too.

Click here for further details

Dan Garner at Gillman's Lake.

2. Day tickets or joining clubs.

Most waters issue day tickets whereby you rent the peg/swim for the day, however some waters are membership only, (angling clubs).   These clubs normally have an annual membership fee.  Joining clubs is normally a great way to meet people and learn things off local anglers.

A lot of waters do have rules, so please ensure you read them.

Mick Telling at Abbey Lakes

3. Close season

The "close season" is where your unable to fish from the 15th Match to 15th June.  This is enforced on all rivers and a few stillwaters.  The majority of stillwaters and canals are still open to fish.

All day ticket waters and clubs do operate a catch and release scheme in the UK, that I know of.  So you shouldn't be taking fish away.  If you have a "Game / trout" licence, catching trout or salmon then this is different.

Harescombe Fishery

5. Information on how to coarse fish.

Loads of great content to help you improve your Coarse fishing.


Anglers Mail
Angling Times
And more


And more

6. Coaching sessions

And many more

Alders Farm carp.

7. Facebook

Some top names post on Facebook with really helpful tips and guides to fishing.


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Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Pellet Fishing

This is basic guide to pellet fishing on commercial lakes, so if you new to fishing or want to improve your basic understanding of pellet fishing, then this post should be for you.

Different types of pellets.

There are so many different types of fishing pellets on the market., the two main kinds of pellets I use for my fishing is Skretting and Coppens pellets.  Both these fishing pellets are coarse pellet based, which break down a lot quicker than trout or halibut pellets.  Some fisheries will not allow trout or halibut pellets on their fishery, so check the rules before you go.  Some fisheries will only allow you to use their pellets only, which are normally coarse pellets.

Oils on pellets

There is loads of oils and additives that you could add to your bait.  I feel oils are more effective in the summer.  This will make your pellets sink faster and break down slower.

There is video below on my YouTube channel on oils.


Expander pellets are floating pellets and do require a little preparation.  These tend to be hooker pellets and when fishing soft pellets (expanders) I would suggest using a pellet pump, to ensure they all sink.  

There are other ways of preparing them and adding flavours to them.

Preston Innovations have Pro Expander pellets whereby you soak them prior to using them and they all sink.

Toss potting pellets on a pole is good and accurate way of feeding.

Fishing "Hard Pellet"

When fishing hard pellets, you use dry pellets straight from the bag, I only use a bait bands or a lasso to hook them on a hair rig.   Fishing hard pellet can be very effective in avoiding them smaller fish in the lake and brilliant for fishing up in the water as it's so much more durable than an expander.

A great video on how to tie lasso by Darren Cox does

Bait bands.  Easier to use, more durable and flexible with sizes of pellets, whereas lasso has no flexibility in various sizes.

A couple of videos on Hard Pellet Fishing

Pellet waggler

When pellet fishing on float rod, I tend to use 6mm to 8mm.  For most of my fishing I use 6mm Skretting pellets, as they sink slower than a coppens pellet and in the summer hopefully I'm going to catch more fish up in the water (2 to 3 foot) can be good.

Theres loads of pellet wagglers are the market to choice from.  I like using the Drennan Loaded Carp Crystals .

Bomb and pellet

Chucking a lead over loose feeding pellets can be highly effective.  I tend to be using a lot lighter "bombs" these days, like 10 gram.  Less disturbance and dont sink so far into the bottom of the lake.

Pellet feeder

Again loads of feeders on the market, method, hybrid, pellet feeder, etc... I like using the Matrix pellet feeders , very easy to use and fly well (easy to cast).  Normally use 2mm pellets, ensure there not too wet or packed in hard, otherwise your loose offerings won't come out so well.

Paste Fishing

Skretting pellets is the best base mix for paste fishing.  I just over wet my feed pellet and break them up and put them through a maggot riddle.  Paste fishing has to be my favourite kind of fishing in the summer on commercials for larger carp.  This method does not tend to be so effective in the cooler months.

Any questions, the please feel free to comment below.

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