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MFS - HillBilly Pairs, The Glebe, 23rd June 2018

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A very quite night in Bosworth and a cheeky curry with the lads.  The sunshine had definitely taken its toll on me.  A couple of pints and that was me done for the night and my lovely windowless room in the Bosworth Hotel beckoned.

The Draw
Peg 2 on Pool 1.  I've been here before last year on the Munkees vs Shandies match.  Very pleased with the draw.

Set-up
Even though I'd been on the peg before I decided not to fish the feeder across, instead I opted for a bomb rod to fish 3/4 over pinging pellets and to back it up the pellet waggler.

Pole lines as yesterday, 5 metre corn line and right hand margin line.

All-In
Given Neil's start yesterday on Pool 6 on the 5 metre line I decided to drop on that line first to try to snare an early few fish meantime pinging a couple of 8mm pellets over my pellet waggler and bomb line.

Well after 20 minutes nothing at all was happening, so it was onto the bomb and pellet line where I started to catch from the first put it.  Bites are really s…

MFS - HillBilly Pairs, The Glebe, 22nd June 2018

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Neil, owner and general great bloke from Hillbilly Floats, very kindly sponsors the aptly named HillBilly Pairs event at Roy Marlow's Glebe fishery in Peckleton.

48 anglers descend for the two day event where mystery pairs partners are picked at random to battle it out for the title.

The draw for the pairs is always full of banter.  My partner for the weekend would be Herbie, our great leader of MFS!

The Draw
Pool 6, Peg 90 with Ruddy and Neil as neighbours, it would be a battle for the golden nuggets.  Not forgetting Les H who was further down Pool 6 on the end peg.  Today could turn out quite expensive!

Set-up
Very simple today.
Feeder clipped up to the far bank which could if required be changed to bomb / pelletPellet waggler clipped up to the far bank alsoPole line at 5 metresPole line on the right hand margin  On the menu for the fish, sweetcorn, hemp, dead red maggots, 6mm and 8mm pellets together with some donated casters and micro pellets from my new best mate Neil (NS69) as…

Bury Hill Fisheries, 8th June 2018

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A Friday off work and a chance to have a pleasure session at Old Bury Hill Fisheries with Nathan and his Dad, John.  Button came along for the day too, she does really like birds which was to become apparent later in the day ;-)

I'd phoned the fishery and they had mentioned that the sport was good with plenty of bream coming out.

The Draw
We had 3 pegs next to each other, two with an island chuck and the other left of the island.  John picked his peg, Nathan took the end of the island peg and I ended up on Peg 34, I think.

Set-up
I'd decided that it would be a rod only day for me so I left the pole and all the other paraphernalia at home.  Two rods, one feeder and one waggler.

Bait wise was dead simple, maggots, pellets (hard 6mm/8mm) and groundbait.

All-In
Nathan and John opted to fish two rods at once to try and snare an OBH carp.  They also fished a method feeder each.

I had my 10 foot bomb rod that could reach the island at a push however accuracy was going to be an issue so…

FAS - Badshot Lea Little Pond, 20th May 2018

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No match this weekend so I decided to head back to Badshot Lea small pond, peg 38 to test a theory I had after my previous weeks match.  The theory?  Well more groundbait on one line to hold the larger fish  together with some hook bait changes.

Weather was very similar to the previous week together with quite a few carp anglers at the bottom end which almost simulated the match conditions of the previous week. My aim was to start my "match" at 10:30am and fish until around 2pm.

Set-Up
Longer feeder line this time, just short of mid way.

14.5 metre lines same as the match, 11 and 2 o'clock.

I set up two different pole rigs this time, one that was around an inch overdepth and the other a double bulk where the second smaller bulk where actually on the deck looking for the tell tail lift bites.

Bait, maggot, caster, micro and 6mm pellet. Groundbait was a 50/50 mix of a method mix and dark sweet fishmeal F1.

All-In
Rather than pot in 8 balls of groundbait on the righ…

FAS - Badshot Lea Little Pond, 13th May 2018

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Blackwater River as it's named after the river that runs through the pond. Stocking wise it's dominated by silvers, roach, tench, bream, perch and the odd crucian carp together with their larger cousins of carp to 10lb.

See more about the pond on Farnham Angling Societies website, more here

The Draw 
The far bank is where we would be drawing pegs for with plenty of space between the anglers as the pegs in the bag went from 26 through to 40. The banter at the draw was that the lower pegs would be where the bream. My home for the day would turn out to be peg 38.

Set-Up
I spent around 10 minutes with the bomb rod checking the depth on what would be the feeder line and opted for an area at around 25 metres where I found some gravel although the overall depth of the lake is pretty shallow at around 4 feet.

Pole lines were:
14.5 metres at 11 O'clock 14.5 metres at 2 O'clock 6 metres straight ahead 6 metres down the right hand margin  The bait menu consisted of maggots, cast…

MFS - Boddingtons Reservoir - Silvers, 15th April 2018

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Back to Boddingtons Reservoir after the success of last year’s match here. The weather had taken a turn for the better on the Saturday with lovely sunshine, could spring actually be springing? Well, we all arrived to grey skies a high water level and quite windy conditions. This year’s match was already looking decidedly different to the sunshine, sunscreen and sunburn of 2017.

The Draw
Brian was our match organiser today as Hathers hadn’t confirmed his calendar with number 1 wife and couldn’t risk the long journey time. Good job you did mate as the car journey home was a nightmare! Out of the hat came peg 44. Last year I was on peg 43! Again it’s the higher numbers you really want however I had a good group of neighbours with Herbie, Shedders and a little bit further away Rick, Les and Jaapster.

Set-up
Did I mention it was pretty windy? Well the first item out of the rod bag was my mini bomb/feeder rod setup helicopter style followed by the waggler rod. Depth on the waggler w…

MFS - Stafford Moor - Silvers Festival, 28th February 2018

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The third day of the festival and the beast from the east was closing in on us fast.  Herbie had taken a measured decision that today would be our final day as the weather forecast for tomorrow could see us snowed in at Stafford Moor.  Now we had plenty of beer and food to last but it was definitely the right decision given the conditions.  After all we still had curry night to enjoy too.

Today I'd be on Tanners and was really hoping for a draw on the lawns, not too far from the comfort of the lodge.

Again the lakes had frozen lids on them so it was going to be a tough one.

The Draw
Peg 17 on Tanner would be my home for the day.  This is directly opposite the lodge, not quite next to it as I'd hoped.  I'd have Rob A and Silvers for company.

Pete Bailey had drawn 18 and once he saw the lake he quite rightly said he was off home!

Set-up
The wind was really gusting so today was most definitely a rod only day.  The bonus of the wind was that it would shift the ice as the day pr…