Hillview Sunday Open match WIN with 141lb 0oz

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 first canal. I really fancied fishing a canal as I’ve not fished one since lockdown but I found Moorhen 15 home for the day. I was pretty happy with that but the other anglers at the draw had said Moorhen hadn’t been fishing well for a while and only 30lb had come off it the day before. With bright weather and high pressure I wasn’t expecting a good day but I still liked Moorhen 15 its a peg I’ve won off before so hoped for a good days fishing.

The plan was to fish short with meat on the deck, pellets long on the bottom and shallow plus the margins with meat or corn over two bags of fishery micro pellet. The margins can be good and at the all-in I potted in micro’s hoping to fish it early in the match but starting short on 2+2 with meat.

I was soon into fish. A carp around 5lb graced the landing net after 10 minutes, followed by several small F1’s in the next half hour. It was a good start but the angler on the next peg had caught several big fish out long at 13 metres and was pulling away from me. I needed to react to that. So out to 13 metres I went fishing a 6mm pellet and loose feeding 4mm’s over the top. That was what the other angler was doing and I just copied him! and I soon began to catch some Carp and F1’s. I manged to draw the fish off him and while I was now catching him up he was also slowing down. All was good I had around 30lb after the first hour and I was winning the pool.

The 2nd hour was still good but I was caught more F1’s than Carp. I wanted some bigger fish so in between feeding the 4mm’s I catapulted in a few 6mm’s. This worked and my carp to F1’s ratio improved and it also kept them on the bottom as they were beginning to come up in the water.


3 hours in and I’d clicked to 50lb in the first net and was beginning to fill the 2nd keepnet. The fishing was good and I began feeding my left hand margin with fishery micro’s. As I was catching well at 13 metres there was now no need to try the margin early and I was now planning save it for the last hour.

4 hours in and I’d clicked 50lb into the 2nd keepnet the fishing was still good on the 13 metre line but slowing down a little and my thoughts were turning to be margin. I’d seem a few swirls now and I couldn’t help myself. In I went with 8mm meat. The float ripped away with a foul hooker that I lost. At least I knew some fish where there, and probably bigger! In I went again but again hooked another foul hooker. Then several missed bites. They were clearly there but it wasn’t right and my catch rated had dropped.

Decision time

Do I stick with margin with potentially bigger carp or go back to the 13 metre pellet line? I knew I was easily winning the pool if not the match. I didn’t need any big carp. I just needed to be adding to my weight with F1’s and the odd carp. I’d now clicked the 2nd 50lb net and had started my 3rd keep net. I made the decision to bin off the margin and continue fishing at long range. The line had been rested for 20 minutes and I’d still been feeding it. So for the last hour I continued to catch more F1’s and the odd carp. They had began to come up in the water and I just beginning to get a few foul hookers. Feeding more 6mm’s between the 4mm’s seemed to push them back down but I was fishing a strung out bulk and I caught several on the drop. I felt there was no need to go out with my shallow rig as I was still catching well and had easily won the pool already!

The Weigh in, with expert clicking!

Some days it all goes right. I’d clicked 50lb for the first keep net and I weighed in at 50lb on the nose. Out came my 2nd net which again I clicked to 50lb. The scales went round to 50lb on the nose again. Amazing! My total weight on my clicker was 141lb so I was happy anyway but the 3rd keepnet weighted in at 41lb which gave me a total weight of 141lb Even more amazing!!

This was easily enough to win the Moorhen pool. Then with the best weight from canal 1 being 123lb I’d won the match outright. It all went right today and my clicking was just unbelievable.

Best rig of the day

I caught virtually all my fish on the same rig in 5 foot of water. This was a 4×14 Preston Carp Pellet because it was a calm day with no wind. This was set up on 0.17mm Guru N-Gauge with a sprung out no.8’s and 10’s as the shotting pattern, (3 inch gaps) above a size 14 Guru SLWG 0.15mm 6 inch banned Ready rig. set up on yellow 17 Preston Dura Slip through a side puller. 6mm fishery pellet as hook bait and feeding 4mm & 6mm fishery feed pellet.

Size 14 0.15mm Guru SLWG banned ready rig. tying your own is old skool these days
4x x14 Preston Carp Pellet. The 2inch Bristle is key. These mass produced floats are super strong these days.
17 Yellow Preston Dura Sip. Simply the best elastic on the market for is price and durability

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Open match win, Woodland View, Barley pool 87lb

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 found the same depth of water on my long and short pole lines, about 4 foot of water and set up maggot and soft pellet rigs plus a margin rig. I found a good depth of water about 2 foot close in on the left margin which also had a nice flat bottom and being an end peg I fancied this to produce later in the match.

So I started on the pellet feeder. The set up was 6lb mainline on my trusted Daiwa TDR 2508 reel and Preston 10 foot Mini Plus rod with a 20g ICM Preston pellet feeder with a 4 inch size 18 Preston KKM-B Banded ready rig.  Feed was blue fishery micro’s with a 6mm blue fishery pellet as hook bait. 

I threw over about 2 foot off the far bank lined up with a marker tree at about 2 o’clock and waited. I began catapulting a small pouches of maggots in at 13 metres every 5 minutes with the view of going on it after an hour or so. After 20 minutes the tip pulled round. It was a good fish and being the first one of the day I played it carefully before landing the 5lb Carp. I threw back out and caught another 3 carp in the next hour, so a good start. Then next 3 fish were small stockies so I threw around looking for more carp but know more came. It was time of a change in tactics.

I’d fed the 13 maggot line now for one and a half hours, plenty of time for the fish to gain confidence but it seemed full of tiny roach and I gave up on this line after 20 minutes hoping to hook a carp. I came in short at 6 metres with a soft 6mm pellet, sprinkling in a few 4mm fishery pellets via a cad pot. I tried this line for the next 15 minutes but no bites were coming and I began to think about the margin line where I’d been throwing a few 4mm pellets since the start of the match or to go back on the pellet feeder. I thought I would try the margin for 10 minutes and if no bites came I would be back on the feeder. So into the margin I went with single grain of corn as hook bait and I continued to loose feed the 4mm pellets plus 3 or 4 grains of corn. I was soon into a carp and this gave me the confidence to stay in the margin line longer and after about 15 minutes I caught another carp. 

So now a had 6 Carp two hours into the match. I felt I didn’t need to catch F1’s or silvers now and I gave up feeding the long maggot line. With 3 hours left in the match I felt the margin would only just get better and I began to feed corn and pellets a little heavier. This didn’t really work and I had a long spell waiting. I opened up a short maggot line now thinking I would be fishing this next and I changed the way I was feeding the margin. I decided to go back to feeding just four 4mm pellets every five minutes without any corn. I wanted to attract the fish into the margin with the sound of the pellets hitting the water but only a stand out hook bait in the water. After all this was the 30thDecember and I didn’t want to put too much bait in and fill up the feeding fish. This worked and I soon had some carp in the margin again, I was catching the odd carp now. So I stopped feeding the short maggot line now. I didn’t want to split my fish. I had decided to stay on the left margin now. I was catching some small carp now and I was just building a good weight. 

With an hour left now the margin had slowed down and I wasn’t getting bites. The sound of four pellets going in wasn’t attracting the fish in now. I decided to adjust my feeding and began to also feed a few grains of corn with the pellets. It turned into a waiting game but I now knew I had a good weight anyway and I hoped for a big carp to move in as it was now well into the last hour. This worked I caught a good one about 5lb. Then three minutes before the all-out I hooked another good carp around 5lb. I knew this one may be the section winner and I took my time to land it. Rather than rushing it and pulling the hook.  

Come the weigh in I had 78lb to beat from the other end peg in the section. I hoped those last two carp would get me over the line. They did and I weighed in 87lb to take the section. This was a good weight for the venue at this time of the year and I hoped to get into the top 3 pay out. The top weights came in off the other pools and 73lb was the top weight off Deans and Hay. I’d won the match. I great way to finish off the year. 

Margin Rig – 2 foot deep, 0.3g 2mm tipped Nick Gilbert Edger pole float on 0.19mm Guru N-Gauge mainline with a small bulk of no.8 stotz’s above a 6 inch size 16 0.13mm Preston GPM-B banded Ready Rig. Set up on Preston 13H hollo elastic on a puller top kit.   

Open match win, Hillview Saturday Open, 115lb

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 draw on the canal pool but home for the day was Moorhen 17. 

I was happy with Moorhen 17 as it has a small island to throw to. So I started the match on the maggot feeder after feeding 3 pole lines with micro pellet. The maggot feeder didn’t produce as expected and after a bite less 40 minutes it was time to try the pole lines. 

The angler to my left had caught several carp and F1’s from the margins while I’d been on the feeder, so I tried fishing where I’d fed in front of the next pallet next, but no bites came. So at this point I re-fed this line with another pot of micro’s and left it.

It was now 2 hours into the match and I was fish less, and well behind in the match. I needed to start catching so I began feeding maggots short over my 2+2 line. I began catching fish at last!  I was catching small Barbel and the odd Skimmer which was good but I wasn’t going to complete in the match even though it was a fish a chuck on this short line.

The margin needed to produce. I’d now put plenty of bait into the left margin and I tied it again with a 6mm expander pellet. The guy on the next pallet was still catching well from both this margins left and right so I was positive that I’d catch in the margins as the wind was blowing into the bank side. But no it wasn’t working. 

Something wasn’t right, I thought the fish were there but they were not taking the expander pellet. So I tried a grain of corn on the hook next. This worked, I caught a couple of good carp in the next 10 minutes. So I began kinder feeding 4mm pellets and a few grains of corn rather than the micro’s with corn on the hook. 

I thought I was now back in the race and there were still 3 hours to go in the match there was still plenty of time to catch all the another angers up. The 4mm pellet/corn attack was now working well I was catching some nice carp. Feeding a kinder cup of pellet and a few grains of corn every 10 minutes. It was just a case of feeding and sitting and waiting for the bites to come. These margin carp were a good stamp of fish so it was worth staying on the same line for the rest of the match. The last hour proved the best and I gradually increased the amount of corn I was feeding as the bite/fish ratio got faster. At the end of the match I felt I’d overtaken the angler on the next peg who’d caught well all match so I felt pretty confident of framing. 

I was 2nd to weigh in and placed 115lb 8oz on the scales. I was pretty confident off winning the pool when the angler next to me weighed in 105lb. It was a bit of a wait to hear the results from the other pools but I was delighted to hear I’d won the match. My 2nd win at Hillview since Christmas.   

Margin Rig – 0.3g Nick Gilbert NG XT Edger pole float on 0.19 N-Gauge mainline with a small bulk of no.8 shot above a 0.13mm LWG size 16 Guru Ready rig. Set up on Black NG Amber Core elastic. 

Open match win, Hillview Saturday Open, Moorhen pool, 61lb

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 fished the match!

The match had 26 anglers fishing over Moorhen and Heron pools plus one of the canals. I drew Moorhen 19, not really a good winter peg but it proved to be a match winner today. 

I set up just two rigs as the depth of water was the same long and short. A rig with a tapered shotting pattern for fishing maggots on the drop but could double up for soft expander pellets and a margin rig was all that was needed. I had a throw to the island so I also set up a small Preston ICS maggot feeder.

The plan was to feed micro’s short at 7 sections and fish an expander over the top, a maggot line long if the wind allowed and micro’s into the right hand margin in front of the next pallet. But to start on the maggot feeder due the strong gusty wind.

So at the “all in” I fed pretty heavy for the time of the year as the temperatures had risen in recent days. Half a big cup went in at 7 metres another half cup went into the margin/pallet swim before starting on the maggot feeder. An hour on this produced one small carp so I tried the 7 metres line next with a 6mm expander. After 20 minutes on this with 6mm and 4mm expanders I connected with two carp or F1’s but bumped them both off. This told me pellets were the way forward rather an maggots. So it was a case of finding the fish. I’d only fed mirco’s into the margin as this point so I tried this first rather than opening up a new line. 

I tied an 6mm expander over the micro’s which had now been there for 2 hours and the float buried straight down after 10 seconds, a Skimmer around a 1lb. So I felt I’d stay on this line and kinder cupped in a few more micro’s and fished a 6mm expander again to see what comes. The next fish was a carp around 3lb after 10 minutes. So at this point my mind was made up. I intended to stay on this line for the rest of the match. The wind hadn’t died down and fishing the margin was a little easy to keep the float still. 

I caught all the rest of my winning weight here just kindering in a few micro’s after every fish, which were a mixture of F1’s and Carp and Skimmers. The last hour came good but I did foul hook a couple of carp which beat me, but stopping the fed when this happen stopped more foul hookers. The last fish was the best, a carp around 8lb in the last 5 minutes so I felt confident at the weigh in. 

I was the first one to weigh in, putting 61lb on the scales which received comments like “that’ll do it” So I packed my tackle away in the car before going back to see the last couple of anglers being weighed in. I had enough to win and also from a peg that isn’t the best winter peg going. So considering I nearly didn’t fish the match because of the weather it was happy days!!  

Margin Rig – 0.3g Nick Gilbert NG XT edger pole float on 0.19 Guru N-Gauge mainline with a bulk of no.8 shot above a 6 inch 0.13mm size 16 Guru LWG Ready rig. Set up on Black Nick Gilbert Amber Core elastic (12-16)   

Hook bait was 6mm Sonubaits Pro Expanders over fishery micro pellets. 

These pellets were designed by England International and world-class angler, Des Shipp. Des wanted an expander pellet that would stay on the hook well, and that every pellet you soak, created a useable hookbait, which wasn’t the case with most expander pellets on the market.

Open match win, Hillview, Moorhen pool, 81lb

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 a small 30g Preston ICS maggot feeder for throwing towards the island, two long pole lines for hard pellets and maggots plus two short lines for soft pellet and maggots. 

At the start I cupped in some 4mm pellets into my long pellet line at 13 metres and began catapulting in a few maggots on the other long maggot line, while I started on the maggot feeder. 

I began to get a few taps on the feeder after 10 minutes and I began catching small Chub and Skimmers. Then after 40 minutes I hooked into a Carp but I got snagged up by the island and lost it.  So I began casting a little more to the left away from the island, thinking there were a few snags right by the island.  I then caught a couple of F1’s and a few more small chub without getting snagged up. Things were going good and the other anglers around the pool weren’t catching! 

I then went on to catch several more Carp and looking around the pool only the odd fish was being caught by the other anglers but things were beginning to slow down on the feeder. So I decided to throw a little nearer to me and in line with the island, thinking the fish had moved. This worked and I picked off a couple more carp before this slowed down. 

So I throw to where I’d started the match and caught some more small Chub and Skimmers before the carp moved in and I caught a few more.  Things were going well and reckoned I’d got 50lb+ in the keepnets going into the last 2 hours.  But things were beginning to slow down. 

I began the throw around to different areas looking for the fish but the bites had stopped. So I had to make a decision on what to do next.  All the time I’d been catching on the feeder I had constantly been feeding all four pole lines and I hadn’t tried them yet. They’d all had a good feed by now!

So I went on the long pole maggot line. I thought I’d give it a go but everybody else had been struggling on the pole so it was a gamble. but I hadn’t had a pole over these lines for the 3 hours I’d been feeding them, so I felt it was worth giving it a go for 15 minutes. 

I didn’t have to wait long, I caught a carp after 5 minutes which gave me the confidence to stay on the pole a little longer and this produced another 4 carp in the next 40 minutes before this pole line died on me. So going into the last 40 minutes I went on my short 2+2 maggot line hoping to catch as I’d also been feeding this for 4 hours!! But no bites came and the anglers opposite were now catching fish. 

So with 15 minutes left I threw out the maggot feeder out but it never pulled round. 

Open match win, Manor Farm Leisure Sunday Open

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 in. I caught a small F1 in the first 20 minutes. But after an 1 hour that was my sum total of fish. So time for the pole at 13 metres. I’d been feeding maggots during the time on the bomb but I was just catching the odd small Roach and Perch. Things weren’t really going to plan. I decided two feed a new pole line with micro pellet, fishing a 4mm expander over the top but I never had a bite. So I went back on the bomb and bread but a little further out but the rod still never pulled round.

So I decided to go back to the maggot line. At least I was getting the odd small fish. The other anglers were all struggling, so it was a case of putting a few fish in the net, even though they were small. This time I decided to feed the maggots heavier and this did start to produce a better stamp of fish and I was catching better sized Roach. So I continued the feed the maggots heavier hoping to draw in a Carp. I caught a good Skimmer next about 2lb so the heavier feeding seemed to be working and I still hoped for a carp to come.

After an hour doing this I caught some nice Roach but the angler on the next peg had now caught 3 good sized Carp. So these silvers weren’t going to get me anywhere. So will 45 minutes left in the match I picked up the Bomb rod, changed to a 6mm hard pellet and throw it out even further out, having only 45 minutes left. Would the gamble work? 

Well after 10 minutes the rod pulled round and 5 minutes later I had a carp around 7lbs in the keepnet. I throw out again and then a had a small tap on the tip and then then a drop back bite. I lifted into the bite and the rod arc’d round which resulted in a small F1 around 2lb. 

With 30 minutes left in the match I was finally catching fish. A low winning weight was on the cards because of the horrible weather so I hoped for a couple more carp and during this time a caught a big F1 and another carp round 4lb. So the gamble paid off today with the late Carp but the 5lb of silvers during the mid part of the match were very important as they got me over the line today.

Bomb rig – 10ft Preston mini plus bomb rod and 2508 Daiwa TDR reel loaded with 6lb Daiwa XT mono to a 10g Preston ICS inline match cube with a 15 inch 0.17mm Guru N-Gauge hook length with a size 16 Guru QM1 hook banded with a 6mm hard pellet

Open match win, Manor Farm Leisure, Thursday affordable 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 mild winter weather I was still confident of catching a few fish.

I decided to fish in the deepest part of the peg I could find, 13 metres slightly to my left with expander pellets over micro’s. With it being relatively mild I pumped up some 6mm Ringers Next Generation expander pellets and also a few 4mm’s if it was hard going. A pint of maggots were the back up bait if things got really hard as the recent winning weights have been very low at this venue for several weeks.

I started on a 6mm expander and kindered in some mirco’s to see how it was going to fish. I had a good start catching 5 small F1’s and a few skimmers in the first hour. Then it slowed down and I had a switch to a maggot line I’d been feeding to my right at 13 metres. This line was just producing small Roach every put in and not really weight builders. I tried my maggot rig over the pellet line that I’d been feeding but this still produced the small Roach.

So it was time for a change. I’d caught some F1’s and a few Skimmers with the 6mm expander. I tried a 4mm expander but I was still catching the small Roach. So I decided to big cup in half a 250ml cup of micro’s into the pellet line. This did the trick, as after 10 minutes I attracted and landed a Carp around 4lb. 

So I began topping up the pellet line with mirco’s after every fish, getting some bait into the swim even though it was December! The fish were feeding and I caught several more F1’s, Skimmers and Roach during the next hour. 

Going into the 3rd hour I struck into something bigger, which turned out to be a Carp around 8lb. I’d decided to fish a 12 elastic as there are some big Carp in this pool and the 12 elastic gave me half a chance. Taking your time on these bonus fish in winter is very important and I let it tire out for several minutes letting the elastic take the strain before bringing it into netting range. 

I was beginning to build a good weight now and all my fish had come from the same line. I was thinking about resting this line and trying the short pellet line I’d been feeding as back up soon. But after another 10 minutes I was into another good Carp which was about 5lb this time. Again I let the elastic take the strain before nettting it. 

At this point in the match all was going OK so I decided to stay on the same line for the rest of the match. The fish didn’t seem to be bothered about the pole over the heads despite the swim only being 3 foot deep. I was catching Carp, small F1’s, Skimmers and Roach and all was good. 

Going into the last hour I landed a couple more good Carp around 4lb each and some more F1’s, Skimmers with the odd Roach. 

At the end of the match I weighed in 64lb 8oz for the match win. This was a brilliant winning weight for the 2nd week in December. I’d had bites all day from the same line. This day was one of my most enjoyable matches of the year and I was very pleased with my winning weight of 64lb which also was the best winning weight at the complex for several weeks. I just wish I could fish it more often but I have to work full time.

Pellet Rig – 0.3g Nick Gilbert XT finesse Carbon HD pole float set up on 0.15mm Guru N-Gauge main line with several no.10 stotz’s at 2 cm gaps just above a 6 inch 0.12mm Silstar matchteam hook lenght will a size 16 B911 F1 spade end hook. On a No.12 Preston Dura Hollo elastic.

Open match win, Jubilee Fishery

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 and then another one is started. Today there were 4 bonus pegs in as no one had won one for a while. I was lucky enough to draw Withies 3 which was one of the four bonus pegs.

Withies 3 is a good peg but hasn’t thrown up a good weight for a while but I was confident with the form I’m in at the moment on this pool. With not much colour in the water I decided to cut the feed down and plumbed up 4 swims. One over to the island at 13 metres fishing the top of the shelf in 12 inches of water. A mid track swim at 9 sections at about 11 o’clock to my left in 2 foot of water. The right margin and a semi margin to the left about 1.5 metres out from the bank at 6 sections in 2 foot of water. A bomb rod was also set up if I needed to cast around looking for fish. 

I began on the far island swim and kindered in a few micro’s, alternating between corn and expander pellet on the hook but after 45 biteless minutes it was time to change tactics. I decided to try the mid track swim and kindered in some 6mm cubes of meat with meat on the hook and this was more successful, hooking two Carp in 20 minutes, however I lost both of these at the net and I thought I was going to have one of those matches. The two bites did give me the confidence to stay on this line but I began loose feeding the right margin with corn as a backup swim and also kindered a few 6mm cubes of meat into the left semi margin with the intention of leaving it for a while. I carried on with the mid track swim and caught a couple more carp but it was still a bit slow.

After another hour in the mid track swim with no other fish it was time to change again I tried the left semi margin again kindering in another pot of 6mm cubes of meat. I caught two more carp straight away and fed again and then had another carp. Then the bites stopped, I thought the carp were coming in for the loose feed and then swimming out of the peg So I decided to up the anti and cupped in half a pot of 4mm pellets and meat, but 8mm cubes this time. I then rested the swim for 10 minutes while I tried the right margin where I’d feed corn. I thought with it being a bright day and it only being 2 foot deep maybe the carp didn’t want a pole over their heads.

After a biteless 10 minutes on the right margin and I went back over the left semi margin which I had rested and I caught a carp straight away. The carp had responded to the feed, so changing to 8mm meat had worked. I began kindering in 8mm cubes of meat every 10 minutes and caught a few carp doing this and had a good hour. I was getting bites only when I fed!

It was getting near to the end of the match and bites were slowing down and I was concerned I was feeding too much for a cold October day in water that wasn’t as coloured to the previous week. So I cut the feed down and began to feed just 6mm meat and 4mm pellets, but keeping an 8mm cube of meat on the hook. This helped and the bites began again and I landed several more carp doing this.

In the last 10 minutes I felt I needed a couple more carp quickly so I stopped feeding and tried to catch a feeding carp by catching on the drop. I caught two more Carp doing this but as it proved at the weigh in I already had enough weight to win the match anyway, but I didn’t know this at the time. I weighed in 53lb 1oz which on a cold October day was pleasing, I think with careful feeding and changing the feeding throughout the match was the key to the win.

A key item of tackle was a 4m long landing net handle which enabled me to land hooked fish away from a snaggy margin.


Mid track rig – 0.2g Nick Gilbert XT Decker HD pole float on 0.18mm Silstar matchteam mainline, a small bulk of no.10 stotz’s above a 6 inch 0.16mm hook length to a size 16 B911 spade end hook set up on purple hydro.

Semi margin rig – 0.2g Nick Gilbert NG XT mini diamond pole float on 0.18mm Silstar matchteam main line, a small bulk no.10 stotz’s about a 6 inch 016mm hook length length with size 14 B911 spade end hook, set up on Red hydro.

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 drop on it early.

So right at the all-in I cupped in a full pot of 8mm cubes of meat and left it for an hour. I started fishing in front of some lilly pads to my left at 11 metres kindering in 2mm mirco’s and corn with corn on the hook. I had a few carp and stockies in the first hour but the fish where not big enough to build a good weight. I switched to the other side of the lilly bed which was straight in front of me at 9 metres but this was only producing small skimmers.

After an hour I decided to try the left margin that I had fed at the start, I tried it for 15 minutes and never had a bite so I decided to go for broke on the margin and cupped in another full pot of meat in. The reason I decided this was because if it killed the margin I still had a good option of going straight out in front of me to the far bank at 14 metres between two lilly beds, where I felt confident of a few bigger carp. So in went the pot of meat and I continued fishing over the lillys but again all I could catch was small stockies, Skimmers and a couple more carp.

After another hour a tried the left margin again but had no bites for 10 minutes. I felt the fish would come though and thought maybe the fish were backing off the feed. I came away from the margin by about a metre and caught a good carp around 4lb straight away, so my thinking proved correct. I then began to loose feed the margin and fish away from it and I began to catch some better sized carp.

Over the next 3 hours I was catching some good sized carp doing this and I stayed on this line for the rest of the match, knowing that if the swim died I still had the option of fishing over to the far bank if required. To keep the fish coming I loose fed meat but alternated in the margin by sometimes fishing over the feed and sometimes away from it and I learnt the better bigger carp were just off the feed line.

So the secret to this sucess was that even though I was catching well I was still thinking what and where the feeding fish were. Most fish were in the 3 to 4 lb bracket and I had a couple of lumps around 7lb. I only lost three foul hookers all day so a great days fishing and the only person to date to do two 100lb+ weights in as many weeks on this pool…. Ever!!


Margin rig was a 0.2g Nick Gilbert NG XT mini Diamond pole float in 2 foot of water on 0.18mm Silstar match team mainline. A small bulk of no.10 stotz’s above a 6inch 0.16mm hook length to a size 14 spade end B911 hook baited with 8mm cubes of meat. Set up on red hydro.

Far rig 0.3g Nick Gilbert NG XT Decker pole float in 3 foot of water on 0.18mm Silstar matchteam mainline, a bulk of no.8 stotz’s above a 6 inch 0.16mm hook length with a size 16 spade end B911 hook baited with single grain of corn, set up on purple hydro. 

Open match win and new venue record at The Jubilee Fishery, 163lb,

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 your fish to produce a good weight. I’ll explain how I did this and point out the key reasons why I succeeded in setting a new record.

I set up only two lines to attack this peg, one swim over to the far bank and a margin line to my left next to a line of reeds at 5 sections. Past knowledge had taught me that the margin can produce fish as I’d had 74lb in a match there several weeks ago. At this time of the year there is a flat spot on the bottom in 18 inches of water right next to some reeds which is the perfect depth for margin fishing. Some people prefer the right hand margin on this peg but I feel it’s is to weedy and you’ll lose fish and spook the others.

I began the match fishing over to the far bank under some tree branches and caught a few stockies on corn and pellet but this was only while I was primming the margin. I’d potted in a full pot of 8mm cubes of meat into the margin and left it for an hour to settle and bring in the fish.

After an hour noticed the angler to my right on the next peg catch a nice carp in his margin so I tried my margin and after 10 minutes I caught my first Carp. This gave me the confidence to stay on this line a little longer even though I thought it was to early and I began loose feeding cubes of meat every five minutes. I began catching well after 30 mnutes so I knew I was on for a good weight.

Now i’ll explain why I think I kept the Carp coming. Firstly you need to be tooled up for the job. The rig was an 0.3g Nick Gilbert NG XT mini Diamond MKII pole float, set up on 0.18mm Silstar matchteam main line with a bulk of no.8 stotz’s just above a 6 inch 0.16mm hook length, with a size 14 B911 spade end hook, (a 8mm cube of meat sits perfect on this size hook it’s if rolled onto the hook with the hook point showing) all set up on a red Hydro.

The Withies is a snake lake and there is no room to let carp run off otherwise the carp will swim into a snag on the far bank or further along the margin. The other very important part of the kit was a 4 metre long landing net handle. This was important because when I hooked a carp I was able to play and land it in the open water, away from where I was fishing and also away from the weedy margin to my right. Plus there was no risk of a hooked Carp going back into the left margin and spooking the other feeding fish. I believe this was the key to the match and why I was able to build the big weight. 

So with regular feeding of a few cubes of meat every five minutes over the next few hours I was able to keep the carp feeding in the margin. In fact the longest period I waited for a bite was about 2 minutes for the rest of the match and I only used 1 and a half tins of meat. I went on the weigh in 163lb 1oz for a new venue record on a wet overcast day which again was ideal.