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MFS - Munkees vs Shandies, The Glebe, 9th September 2017

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The Munkees were ahead of the Shandies and we only needed a few wins to get the overall result for the northern contingent.  The previous night we were "treated" to a bit of Twisted Biscuit, Sconey's band.  What a great nights entertainment however there was one gentleman who didn't really appreciate the music and was seen with napkins stuffed in his ears.  I missed the opportunity to grab a photograph.

The Draw
I certainly didn't want Pool 4 despite yesterdays great result.  I was more than happy when Pool 1, Peg 2 came out of the bag however, I had Peg 1 to beat which was fishing very well!

Set-up
Peg 2 is a know feeder peg and the far bank had been cleared as the gap between the reeds was pretty clear to see however it would take some good casting to plop it in the right area.  As yesterday I decided to set up the feeder rod, bomb and pellet (just in case), a 5 metre pole line and I had a pretty good margin to my right hand side underneath a tree.

All-In
I'd…

MFS - Munkees vs Shandies, The Glebe, 8th September 2017

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The annual Munkees vs Shandies at the Glebe which is a 3 day event organised by Sconey is another highlight of the the angling year.  I had missed Day 1 due to work commitments however Yidcarper (Ian) kindly took my place.

The event over 3 days is fished as follows, Day 1 - Teams of 4v4, Day 2 - Teams of 2v2 and Day 3 is 1v1.  Points are allocated for the team each day which group is victorious across those days rolling up to the final Munkees vs Shandies team scores.

The Draw
Everyone at the draw didn't want Pool 4 as it wasn't fishing that well, even Pete Bailey had a nightmare on it the previous day with only 25lb of fish... this wasn't going to be the end of Pete's Pool 4 adventure either.

I was the first to draw and had the choice of all the envelopes on the table.  The lads were all chanting, "Pool4, Pool 4...".  Opening the envelope I had took my folded up peg and opened it.  Pool 4, Peg 75!

Hathers had predicted it as I've been on this peg twice b…

MFS Matchwinners Final - Barston Lakes, Solihull, 26th August 2017

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Matchfishing Scene organise a match for all the match winners during the Champion League season and I was lucky enough to win two matches this year and earn a spot of this match.  The match had been organised for the fantastic Barston Lakes near East Midlands Airport.

The Draw
Peg 46 for me.  I'd been in this area before.  On arrival at the peg it was a very tight home for the day.  The box needed to go in the water to give me some room.

Set-Up
The pole line was going to be difficult as I would have to ship the pole along the bank due to the number of walkers, runner and cyclists that go past you.

Today I felt would be more of a rod and line affair, the following were set-up:
Long range hybrid feederPellet WagglerBomb rodMethod rod for going over the 14 metre pole line Pole lines were set at: Top 2 and two sections14 metres straight ahead 14 metres to the left hand margin Bait was pretty simple.  Sweetcorn, some worms for the margin line, dead reds and pellets (8, 6 and micro).
All-In

MFS - Lawn Farm Fisheries, Elsworth, 12th August 2017

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Neil (NS69) has organised a match at Lawn Farm Fisheries in Elsworth near Cambridge, its a place I've fished quite a times with some good results.  Today we would be fishing the snake lake, Honeysuckle.

Most of the lads could be found at the normal meeting place of McDonalds down the road for breakfast.

The Draw
13 of us fishing today and pegging would start at peg 10 leaving a peg out until the next angler so plenty of room.  The talk on the bank was that pegs 1 to 7 hadn't been fishing well in the local matches.  My luck for the day was Peg 10, effectively the end peg and with nobody at all to my left and Neil for my neighbour.

Set-Up
Pole only today and it was the first outing for my new Tricast Excellence Pro.  The pole lines for the day were:
14 metres across, about 2 metres from the mud line where there was around 18 inches of waterTop 2 + 2Margin line on the left As I'd just come back from holiday I didn't have any time to organise any bait so I brought 6mm and mi…

MFS - Hillbilly Pairs, The Glebe, 23rd June 2017

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Day 2 after a quiet curry night in Bosworth with Herbie, Daddy May, Colin and Rolly.  We did arrive at the Glebe and got the appropriate abuse for not visiting the lads at the Longshoot.

Glen was telling everyone the story of the multiple coach roaches in his room.  "I know the place is a sh*thole, but this is just too much" he told the night porter.  The Longshoot isn't the nicest place to stay however the craic in the bar with the lads is fantastic!

The Draw
So today I'd be drawing for a peg on Pool 4, 5, 6 or 7.  After my experience at the Glebe with Pool 4, it was the last place that anyone wanted!

Hand goes into the bowl and yes, you've guessed it, Pool 4!!! but peg 66 in the corner.  Company on Pool 4 would be Pikey, Pete Bailey, Shaur, Drawbag and Kenfish.

Set-Up
Corner peg so the left hand bank would be targeted at multiple locations. Other pole lines were at 5 metres and I also set-up a shallow rig just in case.

The feeder rod was also set-up to target th…

MFS - HillBilly Pairs, The Glebe, 22nd June 2017

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The first time I'd fished the Hillbilly Pairs which is very generously sponsored by Neil of HillBilly Floats.  Check out his webpage for some fantastic hand made floats.

http://www.hillbillyfloats.co.uk

The event takes place over two days and you are drawn a random partner.  The might of the MFS massive were all gathered at the Glebe.  On the other hand, I was late as my journey there was a bit more interesting with a tyre pressure warning light telling me my back right tyre was down on pressure.  A quick pit stop to the garage to fill it back up and I was at the fishery.

The Draw
Organised by Mr Andy Kinder and the lovely Sarah, the first name out of the hat would be fishing on Pool 1, the next name would then be your partner and they would be drawing for Pools 4, 5, 6 or 7.

My name came out the hat and my Pool 1 draw was peg 14.  Steve Wynn (SWB) was next out the hat so had the unfortunate pleasure of being my partner...

Set-Up
The weather during the run up to the event had been v…

MFS - Barston Lakes, Solihull, 11th June 2017

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Back to Barston Lakes for a MFS Champion's League match, a good opportunity to get some practise in for the Match winners final later this year.

The Draw
I got a call from Pat 10 minutes before the draw asking if I was heading to the fishery.  I was almost in the car park when he called.  As JC said, I'm normally one of the first one there, today I was only one mile from the fishery yet I was one of the last one to arrive.  Sorry guys.  Anyway, Peg 73 was home for the day, luckily peg 74 was a redraw as one of the lads hadn't turned up so I had a lovely end peg all to myself.

Neighbours for the day were Big Ron on 72 and Daddy May across the bank.

Set-Up
The wind was right in my face so I broke out the method and bomb rod.  I wasn't planning on fishing long as when I'd arrive at the peg I could see some skimmers topping not to far out.

Pole line would only be a short line due to the wind so I set up top 2 +3 sections straight ahead with a 1.0g rig.  I also plumbed u…