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MFS - Larford Lash Up, 21st September 2013

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Saturday saw the final day of the Larford Lash-up and today I would be on the Specimen Lake.  There were a few sore heads from the night before but no notable incidents as with previous Lash-Ups...

The Draw
I drew on the Chalet Bank of the Specimen lake peg 67.  I've only ever fished the Chalet Bank so I had a pretty good idea of what to set-up.  My neighbours for the day would be Duffman and Bruce but unfortunately it would be a quiet match as we couldn't see each other due to the thick foliage around our pegs.

The Set-Up
As I was tackling up, Andy Kinder and Sarah came past.  Andy's comments on the peg were nothing but great, in fact pegs 67-65 were his favourite area's on the Specimen lake.  The approach would be as follows:
Bomb Rod - Bomb/PelletBomb Rod - Method FeederTop 2 + 3 sections straight aheadTop 2 + 2 margin swim to my left & right under the tree  Again a simple bait list, 8mm Fishery Pellets, micro pellets, Sweetcorn, Expander Pellet and Groundbait.

The…

MFS - Larford Lash Up, 20th September 2013

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My third year at the MFS Larford Lash-Up... It's not all about the fishing, but the social aspect which means we are normally at the bar until late at night!  I arrived at Chateau Disney (Impney), quickly unpacked and headed down to the Robin Hood pub to meet the Thursday night crew.  It was great to see Paul (Animal) who has not really fished this year and the usual suspects, Col (BNF), Jase (Jadstar), Paul (NoHope), Jay (Pellethead) and of course Andy Kinder and Sarah.

It turned into a late night, topped up with a few beers at the hotel bar just to top us up.  Up early, breakfast and we all headed out to Larford Lakes.

There were however two late comers for entirely different reasons... Tonkin Tommy's satnav packed up and he ended up taking, well should we call it a bit of a detour?  A journey that normally takes 20 minutes turned into over an hour for Tonkin.  Then there was Steve May (Poolsfodder) who was stuck on the M6 due to a nasty accident for 3 hours...

The Draw
The …

Rookery Waters, Pidley, Cambridgeshire, 15th September 2013

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With Mark now 4 points down we return to Rookery Waters, Pidley which could be classed as Mark's home water where he has grabbed some large bags pleasure fishing so the pressure was on me to try and beat him today...

We had tried to contact the owners to request permission to use keepnets but could not get through to them in time.  We arrived and found that a match would be on Magpie lake and the peg that Mark wanted to fish was in the match...

We took a walk round and decided to fish pegs 31 & 32 which would not interfere with any of the match lads.  The weather was taking a turn for the worse with high winds and rain predicted for the afternoon, so all the wet weather gear came out!

We decided to zero our scales with a wet landing net and would weigh each fish, rounding up and down the weight of the fish and clicking away our weights.  It was a good way to figure out who wins at the end of the day.

The Set-up
I had a method chuck to the reeds, so the method rod was broken ou…

Wold Farm Fisheries, Northants, 14th September 2013

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Getting back to the Mark vs Mark competition, Mark is currently down by 3 matches so this weekend there are a potential 2 points up for grab.  We both last fished at Wold Farm back in July 2011 where a mixed bag of fish was our reward from the Island lake.

We arrived at 8am as requested by Dax and were met at the tackle shop by Ron (Dax's dad).  Now Ron is a unique character, very dry and very funny.  We went to pay our peg fee's and he said, "Well, I'm not a mind reader....", sorry Ron, "Island lake with Keepnets"...

Wold farm is renowned for its mix of fish, it's like a fairground, you never know what is going to come out next!

Mark selected his peg where he had an island to go at within pole range, bunch of lilies to his right and a lovely looking margin swim to his left.  My swim was on the right of Mark, with open water in front, lilies to my left and the point of an island to my right hand side.

The Set-up
Today would be pole only, although I …

MFS - Munkees vs Shandies, The Glebe, 7th September 2013

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The final day and the Monkees only need 8 points out of the 20 on offer to secure the bragging rights over the Shandees.

Today the match rules allow any method with in the Glebe rules.  We would be fishing one on one and we wouldn't know who until the draw was completed.

Phrase of yesterday, "you fringe" was being used to excess mind you!

The Draw The Shandee's drew first and put their names down on the boards split across Pools 4, 5, 6 & 7.  Then the Monkees drew.  My draw was Pool 6, peg 88, the exact peg that Sconey was on yesterday, my competition was Rick (Happy Dangler) on Peg 89.  Funnily, Sconey drew my peg from yesterday Peg 86 and he would be fishing against Shogun.
The Set-up Based on yesterday experience on Pool 6, I opted for the following:

5 metre line straight aheadLeft hand margin at 4 metresFeeder rod set up to exploit the far bank The All-In Learning from yesterday I cupped in two large pots of hemp and corn on the 5 metre line and went straight ov…

MFS - Munkees vs Shandies, The Glebe, 6th September 2013

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Day 2 which is a float only day and teams of 2 vs 2.  The weather had turned for the worse.  It was raining and overcast, probably an ideal day for the feeder to be honest!

Most were suffering from the previous night at the Longshoot!

The monkees were 4-1 up on the shandees and today there would be 10 points available for the winning teams.

The Draw Hathers drew the envelope that contained our 4 pegs.  I drew peg 86 on Pool 6, Pike peg 87, Sconey peg 88 and Hathers on peg 89.

I had been on peg 86 before back in 2012 for the Connor Whip Charity day.  It is known as the "little girls peg" so of course Pike and Hathers were taking the mickey, just a little...
The Set-up I was thinking about setting up a pellet waggler but after a chat with Sconey and Roy Marlow it was clear that the 5 metre line would play a big part in today's match.  So I set up the following:
5 metre line straight ahead at full depth and also a shallow rig13 metre and 5 metre margin line on the left Bait to…

MFS - Munkees vs Shandies, The Glebe, 5th September 2013

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3 days of fishing at The Glebe ahead with 39 other Match Fishing Scene members, fishing heaven in my mind!  To top it all some of the MFS Jocks would also be there at the same time, bonus!

A 3 day event like this especially at a fishery with a reputation for the amount of tins of corn anglers have fed presented a challenge to ensure I had brought the right baits and plenty of it, better have more than not enough...  the bait list was:
12 pints of 6mm pellets2 pints of 8mm pellets6 bags of Marukyu EFG 1518 Bags of frozen sweetcorn8 pints of hemp3 pints of casters2 pints of dead red maggot
For the final day I'll tell you what I used and what I came home with...

I arrived the night before at the Bosworth Hall Hotel which is only a 15 minute drive to fishery so it was great to be able to have an easy morning, i.e. a sleep in and a relaxing breakfast.

It was great to see plenty of familiar faces from up and down the country, it didn't take long for the mickey taking to start... thi…

MFS - Northern Munkees vs Southern Shandies - The Rules

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The Rules as written by Sconey....

Thursday Pools one, six and seven.
Foursomes (4 Munkees v 4 Shandees...all pegs in a line in one of 5 sections)
3 x 8 peg sections on Pool one
1 x 8 peg section on Pool six.
1 x 8 peg section on Pool seven.
Both teams have been allocated equal numbers of end pegs. (This applies to all three days)

The draw will take place at 10:00am in the marquee at The Glebe.
I will call up anglers to draw (there will only be 5 anglers called...simple..!) They will draw one of 5 envelopes...these will contain Munkees and Shandees pegs. The Foursomes will then "draw for themselves" from these envelopes then record their names with Pikey in the marquee.

You will all fish from 11:30am to 5:30pm (six hours)...rules are as fishery rules for nets (minimum 2 nets...one for silvers and carp under 2 pound, the other for carp over 2 pounds...100 pound strict net limit. If you go over 100 pounds in a net, the total that you go over will be deducted from 100 pounds...all nets …