To win an open match at a Commercial fishery is a big deal. Much harder to win than a small knock up between your mates or a club match.
The standard of anglers fishing these types of matches can be very high and may include sponsored anglers which will be hard to beat. You really need to be prepared for disappointment as a commercial open match win can take years before this achievement finally happens. Drawing on the right peg on the right day given the weather conditions and time of year is only half the winning chance your draw arm has given you. You still have to catch the fish on the right method for this given day. This needs a great deal of thought and preparation to get it right and to beat the many local venue experts who fish the same venue week in and week out and know it inside out. When success comes there is no better feeling and it makes all those bad draws and bad matches just a distant memory!
This weeks Open at Hillview was held on the Heron pool, Only a dozen or so anglers this week and with clubs booking out the normal canals that are used on a Sunday, we found us all pegged out on the Heron pool this week. High pressure and bright conditions … Continue reading Open match win with 113lb off the Heron pool, Hillview
This weeks Open at Hillview was split over the 3rd & 4th Canals. As always I hoped for canal 4 as this is generally the better pool compared to the other pools on the complex. But again canal 3 became home for the day, however I drew on peg 70 … Continue reading Hillview Sunday Open match WIN, 57lb 8oz
This week I fished Hillviews Sunday open which was split over the Moorhen and Heron pools plus the first canal. With the weather returning to milder conditions I was hopeful of a good days fishing. I really wanted to draw on one of the pools as I fancied a day … Continue reading Hillview Sunday Open match WIN, 62lb 8oz
This Sunday I fancied a change of venue for my fishing. I’ve been going to the regular Sunday opens at Woodland View pretty much all Summer with limited success and I fancied a return to Hillview, I venue that suits me well. The match was held over Moorhen and the … Continue reading Hillview Sunday Open match WIN with 141lb 0oz
This match was spread over Hay, Barley, Front and Back Deans. I fancied Hay and Barley and when I drew end peg 19 on Barley I really fancied it for a few fish. The plan was to start the match on the pellet feeder throwing to the far bank. I … Continue reading Open match win, Woodland View, Barley pool 87lb
This week I returned to Hillview for their regular Saturday open held over Moorhen, Heron and one of the canals. I won the match with my first tonne+ catch of 2019 The match saw 26 anglers spread over Moorhen, Heron and one of the canal pools. I really wanted to … Continue reading Open match win, Hillview Saturday Open, 115lb
This Saturday I visited a blustery Hillview for their regular open The forecast was for strong gusty winds all day and it was only a spur of the moment decision to go as there isn’t a lot to do on a cold windy Saturday in February . So glad I … Continue reading Open match win, Hillview Saturday Open, Moorhen pool, 61lb
This match had 24 anglers fishing over Moorhen pool and Canals 3 and 4. I drew on Moorhen 17 which has a island to fish to and this proved to be my main plan of attack. Hillview is a maggot dominated venue in the winter. So I set up … Continue reading Open match win, Hillview, Moorhen pool, 81lb
This Sunday I visited Manor Farm Leisure for their open on Island and Windmill pools. This match was winter fishing at its hardest. 2 degrees and heavy snow, sleet and rain for the whole day. I drew on Island 6 and throw out the bomb with bread at the all … Continue reading Open match win, Manor Farm Leisure Sunday Open
Using up a few days holiday from work before the end of the year meant I was able to visit Manor Farm Leisure for their mid week affordable open. I drew Windmill 34 in the shallows with only a 3 foot depth of water. But with a few days of … Continue reading Open match win, Manor Farm Leisure, Thursday affordable open
Being off work this week on holiday I was able to fish the Jubilee fishery Wednesday affordable open, this week held on the Withes pool. These matches generally attract 15-20 anglers each week and today saw 15 fishing. They have a bonus peg each week which is capped at £50.00 … Continue reading Open match win, Jubilee Fishery
Feeling confident from setting a new record on this pool last Saturday and then drawing a flyer that won the Sunday club match the following day with 71lb, I decided to attack this peg from the start. The plan was to feed the left hand margin from the off and … Continue reading Open match win. Jubilee Fishery
I drew Withies pool peg 7 (new peg 4) which is a peg that has been kind to me in the past and one that you can build a good weight.The Jubilee fishery is a club water and not a commercial fishery so you really have to think and find … Continue reading Open match win and new venue record at The Jubilee Fishery, 163lb,