Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Paste Fishing

Paste Fishing

Paste fishing is a method that I used to do for years and I did get a little too carried away with it!  I hate to admit it, but Rolfs and Wickwater did spoil me, and I must of ruined some many pegs by fishing paste when it wasn’t right.... don’t get me wrong I had some success, but fishing paste in October wasn’t the best idea

There seems to be a stigma with paste fishing from some anglers, as I found anglers were criticising me and that “paste angler is a lazy pellet angler and has no skill”.  Believe me there is, 18 years later and 18 years wiser,  I know there is.  Like any method, feeding is important,  rigs are normally simple (don’t own any complex rigs, and I have loads in my box from river, canal etc), strong lines and bigger hooks.  Presentation is crucial, for me the wetter the better, especially when fishing paste short.  Must be cupped in and normally like it to “cock” the float, but I do have shot on my line to help with stability and seeing bites.  Rig wise, I like strong durable floats and I only use a Jon Walker floats, 0.2 gram and I shot it to the base of the float bristle and then the best takes the rest down.  This works well to 6 meters or less.  Anything longer becomes very difficult, so I use correctly “cocked” float and fish paste 2 inches over depth.

Secret dips and colours isn’t my thing.  I’ve got no secrets, the only thing i put with my paste where allowed is I add some Mircale Baits paste or Baittech paste to stiffen it up (they are very similar).  Looking forward to using the Marukyu paste, haven’t used it yet.  The Betaine green is a new product and apparently is very good.  So look forward using it.   

Don't take long to do a weight.  Never give up

Ivy House Lakes

In my recent  times, I’ve won my last two matches at Ivy House Lakes on it.  Ive had 111lb and 116lb, which had 51lb skimmers and 36lb skimmers all on £4 worth of bait.  I found feeding a bit of corn at 5 meters is good shout, and seems to hold better stamp of fish despite out using it on the hook.   Haven’t quite figured out the best long, as I am suffered with too many foul hooked carp, like a lot of anglers are suffering.... I will figure it out hopefully.
Dipping your paste into your micros is a good shout.


The best bit of advised i’d give you with paste fishing is to fish it your way.  You ask ten anglers how to fish paste and you get loads of difficult answers.   My paste record was pretty good, won a lot of matches at Wickwater, Rolfs and Ivy House, which included a 394lb in five hour match.   

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Ivy house lakes

Peg 4
Won match
16 fished

I have been lucky enough to win my last two matches.

Colmic Secol fantastic line. 

Wise fish....

Grainy paste is great method.  Dip your smooth paste in the micros

Saturday, 22 July 2017


Peg 35
161lb 12oz
1st place
16 fished

Very lucky with the drawing arm.  However, it was very tightly pegged out end, with 36, 35, 34 and 32 in.  Gosh quite a lot of pressure on the corner.  But hey, it's full of fish.  So happy days

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Ivy House Lakes

  • Peg 17
  • 111lb
  • won match
  • 2nd in Silvers
A few lumps on paste.

Gary Donachie won Silvers with 59lb

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Saturday, 15 July 2017


Colmic Canal

Peg 19
116lb 9oz
1st place
16 fished

The joy of Colmic Canal, at Alvechurch Fishery is you don't mind here you draw.  Don't get me wrong, there are better areas, like any venue, but as venues go it is incredibly fair.  I've used a lot of venues in my time and the Colmic Canal is the fairest.

My attack is quite simple.  Pellets long, feeding fishery micro pellets, with a few 4mms and fish a big 6mm fishery pellet on the hook only.  Rig wise, big rigs, positive lines, bulk down.  0.5 gram rigs, bulk 4 inches away from hook.  0.18 and 0.16 Hook length to 18 Drennan Carp Match hook.

Then feed caster on one line down the edge, can only do one, as the allowance is only 3 pints.  Your hopefully need that.  I fish mega positive on this rig.  I fish 0.18 main line and 0.15 hook lengths.  The reason, is your fishing against reeds, no room for weak gear or brittle lines.  I use the Colmic blue 2.3mm hollow, need to be careful with the ide, otherwise your bump them, but the barbel, wow.  They pull a bit.  I fish 16 Colmic WN501 hook and a worms head.

The match was frustrating as the wind was hard to present the pellet long and only managed couple of quick carp, felt it was a little unproductive, as I felt I could catch Ide and Barbel quicker, so done that.  Fished 3 meters and caught Ide and Barbel one a chuck.  Really nice, to catch over 100lb of silvers and managed 6 carp long late.  Good day and lucky to win match by 3oz.

All weights below

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Alders Farm Fishery

Peg 25
17 fished
3rd section
4th overall

Not the best of draws to be honset. It's so shallow, and you haven't got much of an edge.  BUT the wind was sort in favour.

Caught well late thankfully.  But it was frustrating as the carp was spooking too easily in 8 inches of water.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Shropshire union canal

9lb 3oz
Section win.  (10 in section)
172 fished?

The venue has been untapped (not fished), so no one knew how it was going to fish.  Hoping for a few, especially foul hooking a roach before the match started...... never done that before!!

About 30 mintues before match started, we were warned from the boater there was going to be a party.  I was concerned this would have an impact?

The match

The first two hours were solid and everyone was catching.  But unfortunately the boat was rocking and it was noticeable that fish wouldn't settle.  We had a few food tunes though, happy birthday sung, and lots of food I could see......
I would of thought fish were used to it?!  But very frustrating as I watched my match slip away and Jason next to me was catching me up fast?  It was funny the noise didn't make much difference, but when people were on the boat, killed the swim.

 No end peg...... ain't lucky enough 😂.  

Gear used

Colmic Airon F66 pole
2 Vespe Solid elastic
4x 12 Colmic Senna Floats
24 B2000 hook.

Don't wanna give too much away, as we have the Div 1 on the 19th August.  I will give a full report if I do good or bad.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Ivy house lakes

Peg 11
73lb 10oz
1st place
17 fished 

Haven't been to Ivy House Lakes for ages, so decided to go there.  Was running late..... as always, so had the last peg in the coffee tin which was peg 11.  Great.  

Was told that the peg had a lot of form and i would win both.   However, Baggey said " they really struggled on Tuesday" and the little wind there was, it was blowing down the other end of the lake.... 

The match started really hard, and it was a struggle no bites for 40 mintues.  So decided to fish my worm.mix, which was a slow burner, and felt it wasn't working great,  BUT no one was catching.   So kept with it, but an eager eye on everyone else, just to see when these carp switch on

Thursday, 6 July 2017


  • Peg 35
  • 184lb
  • 1st place
  • 10 fished
I honsetly really look forward to fishing Horseshoe Lake at Alvechurch Fishery, this has to be one of the best lakes in the country.  Love it.  It has a massive head of silvers and a large head of carp, which are mental.  They fit unbelievable hard, glad I've got a strong Colmic pole.

Today's match saw me drew new platform peg 35, which was an awesome draw, as last time I drew it, I caught 188lb for a new venue record and it was today's bonus peg.  Result.  No pressue.  

Match went well, caught all my fish long, lost my way a couple of times.  Lost a couple of carp

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Rolfs Lake

Peg 32
2nd in section
5th overall
21 fished
Full result from Ospreys AC match.
Malc Doyle jinx (16) 117-15
Neil Fenner dt floats/miracle baits (26) 110-9
Andrew Wiflin top tackle (8) 109-1
Brian Ritchie ospreys (22) 108-10
Chris Telling colmic/marukyu (32) 101-1
Ed Blain ospreys (7) 95-14
David Thomas jinx (13) 93-3
Charlie Bishop top tackle (40) 91-3
Neil Riddy dt floats/miracle baits (14) 91-1
Chris Lovelock ospreys (4) 82-5
Keith Stent jinx (9) 81-1
Steve Nichols (5) 75-10
Gareth Price ospreys (24) 61-3
Adam Griffiths ospreys (34) 50-7
Eddie Coverson (2) 48-8
Steve Carthy ospreys (30) 46-4
Haydn Oliver Edwins (18) 45-0
Julie Doyle jinx (10) 34-6
Carol Chamberlain ospreys (36) 12-8
John Draper (38) DNW
Nick Williams jinx (28) DNW

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