Tuesday, 5 February 2019

2019 - David Mellors on MARK POLLARD float range

Recently good friend Browning - MAS backed David Mellors and i discussed the obvious qualities of the MARK POLLARD float ranges . Dave spoke of his experiences with these floats and how they have helped improve his fishing as belief in your tackle gives you an edge to a better result

(Mark Pollard) MP Floats
A number of Fishing friends have asked me about the (Mark Pollard) MP Floats I use and why so would explain a little further. 75% of my current fishing nowadays is utilised with these patterns, I currently fish waters I am happy with and my availability of sessions dictate that I try and carry as less tackle as possible but with the knowledge of having a rig for all occasions.
Have used the range from around 2015/2016 when in the Blue Format of the Range to now the current Black Version.
MP1 is the classic silver , delicate fish pattern with the wire stem for extra presentation and fine antenna with bright tip to dot right down to see shy biting fish, Most of my Canal and Natural lake work up to 5ft are go to number 1 pattern nowadays. 
MP3 is a Patten I carry and use when there may be tow or slight flowing water due to the shape of the body that sits better for presentation or alternatively can be used for bigger baits holding back or to hold the deck or lay over -depth on the bottom.
MP 4 accompanies this range and is my all round float due to the carbon stem for sensitivity or alternatively to hold bait down on the deck if required or shallow off bottom work with a thicker tip aiding presentation, Varity of baits from pinkie to worm and corn to Pellet the floats performs just as good for all these occasion’s.
MP7 is a more classic dibber style for shallow work, either up in the water with Varity of baits to far bank on snake lakes or canals in inches of water to avoid fewer disturbances with the ability to support bigger baits if required.
MP Roach is the classic Roach rig for variety of baits and depths in still or Flowing and deep waters due to the nature of the rig and bulbous body to allow perfect presentation  whilst having the  carbon stem to help and aid sensitive presentation.
MP Roach Wire is the latest addition to the MP range and features all the attributes of the original Roach Rig but this time with a wire stem helping when fishing in windy conditions. A long, wire stem helps keep the float stable while it also helps ‘cock’ the float quickly in the water and reduces the amount of shot needed.
There are other Floats and styles in the range that might suit you’re angling requirements, these are just my personnel favourites and go to floats for many occasions.
Other info at Mark Pollard Fishing Days or Tackle shops up and down the country.

Polly ground baits in strong re-sealable 1.5kg bags


Monday, 31 December 2018

2018 - December 30th MICK HOLOHAN Memorial Trophy - Wigston canal

Every year a match is fished to commemorate the passing of one of Wigston's anglers who was taken too early as he was a well-liked person amongst his Wigstonian mates. Yesterday when we met at the Lutterworth road 1st Choice cafe for breakfast organiser and UK manager of COLMIC Adam Nurse reminded us all of what Mick was as a person in a few chosen words. Thereafter we began the draw and as the 44 strode forward expectancy was that the County Arms section was the place to be for a BIG weight however the Crow Mills section was a favourite to get a good net of fish. The Westminster bridge section was also available but no form from this section considering it was one of best last year.

Draw ! .....Crow Mills ...nice ! and on the Scales with Tom Pringle to my left who was on peg 24 but on the top section.

I setup 5 rigs 

RIG 1 - 0.10/0.07 Sensas Comp line to 0.1gr Maurizio Schiepatti Venus to Sensas 3405 22
RIG 2 - 0.10/0.07 Sensas Comp line to 0.1gr Maurizio Schiepatti Venus Blue to Sensas 3405 20
RIG 3 - 0.14 Sensas Comp line to Sensas Choppie 0.4gr to Sensas 3405 14
RIG 4 - 0.10/0.07 Sensas Comp line to 4x8 Sensas Titou to Sensas 3405 20
RIG 5 - 0.10/0.07 Sensas Comp line to 0.2gr 'Stainey' 3405 18

RIGS 1 , 2 - Pinkie maggot over ground bait at middle
RIG 4 - Far shelf 
RIG 5 - Caster and Punch in middle
RIG 3 - Down the bank in rushes and far side near overhanging for Perch 

Started by potting two of HINDERS Mark Pollard Super charged Black at 4 metres 10:00 0 clock then at 13:00 clock potted at 5metres punch ball . Placed maggots all day long down the bank near the rushes.

Fish straight the way mostly on Pinkie then changed to maggot gradually getting larger specimens . Tom Pringle to my left took an early Billy of about 1.5lb plus a good skimmer . Neil Pitfield to my right took steady procession of fish , some were netter class roach and a few decent 6oz skimmers. 
I caught at a faster rate than most but they were small fish . I needed a few bonus and prayed for one as clearly i could see fish blowing over both lines . In the 2nd hour i secured bonus skimmer of about 8oz but no more arrived . Only later when the 4 and 5 metre lines slowed up did i go over on the Titou and re-engaged with the fish as clearly they were in shallower water . Then disaster struck as two successive casts two skimmers were hooked and pinged off on No3's elastic !! ........i then went onto the rushes for a Billy and second placement i hooked and seconds later that came off ! As much as i tried i could not get anything larger so then decided to remain catching eyes for the rest of the match .

Match over and these two sections certainly caught many fish the weighing in.

 Top weight on the day from the Crow Mills Top section was Paul Edwards on peg 25 with 16-12 catching Bream and skimmers on the maggot.

To my left on peg 24 was Wigston rod Tom Pringle on the Top section with 9-10

Me on peg 23 ........oooo i needed those bonus fish ...... thats fishing . 8-4 on the lower section

In the same section was the Wigston stalwart Rob Bradshaw who caught steady all day for a 3rd best weight of the day 10-2 on the lower section

Steve Oakes in same section with 2nd individual weight of 12-14 catching steady on punch and caster - Best weight of the Lower section.

Back to the Manor Restaurant pub and the days top 3 enjoying their riches and well earned drinks

COUNTY ARMS SECTION - proved to be low weight returns when so much was expected .

CROW MILLS SECTIONS - scored an average of 7-5 per man in 2 sections of 7 .

MANOR SECTION - like the County Arms proved to be a difficult section.

Excellent day for the Wigston AC and great organisation by Adam Nurse and his helpers - The League of 6 matches coming soon and hopefully good weights . 

Friday, 28 December 2018

2018 - 27th December WIGSTON AC waters on canalised section of the river Soar

Another day out with the Wigston AC who are a fine set of lads and evoke the same kind of fun and ethos as the Midlands Angling Supplies teams . Today we fished the canalised section of the river soar as previous week and hopefully this time will it fish better ? The water was a green colour run off from a previous week of rain , will it fish , will it be Silvers soup ?

Peg 6 was mine and the peg that came 2nd on previous match with large Bream and Perch securing the placement.

Just before the start a certain Leicester city manager, Claude Puel came jogging by and on his return i gave him the thumbs up as just yesterday they had beaten Man City .


Three rigs assembled for the day :

TOP : Maurizio Schiepatti 0.5 gr MARS BLEU 1.2/0.8 , SENSAS 3405 20 hook
MIDDLE : MAS - CL (Clive Lloyd) Maurizio Schiepatti 0.4 gr 1.2/0.8 SENSAS 3405 22 hook
BOTTOM : SENSAS LUIS 1.0gr 0.14 to SENSAS 3314 14 hook

Rob Bradshaw and Jon Wells on pegs 4 and 5


The day proved to be a disappointment  as the expected nets of silvers did not materialise ??
I have fished all day for no silvers which is staggering considering the condition of the water yet next peg 7 Steve Oakes took a 'all' net of silvers be it just 4lb odd . Strange the Perch have fed and the Silvers have not ?

Rob with a handsome perch  in first 15 minutes !

Glad of taking 4 Billys for 7-4 , Two on the Lobby and the other two on smaller worm plus 7 wasps.

Steve Oakes (Joes dad)

Peter Jayes on the Bream peg Bream !

All smiles with these two units

Score card

Packed up and home time

Sunday, 25 November 2018

2018 - WL4 18th November

Winter league 4 seen me draw the ferry at Normanton with my mate in the car , Michael Carr , how lucky was that as the worst case scenario was for me on the Ferry and Mick drawn at Kegworth or Cossington.
Mick was on the peg nearest to the Ferry crossing in the top section and i was 5 pegs away on the bottom section.

John Kilby had drawn the 'Zouch' section close by and incurred a horrible walk . When at his peg it was where is the next angler ? Pegs miles apart is not conducive to proper match angling. However the ubiquitous Penny-wart does not help.

Sorry no catch picture however report is .........

Peg 7 - end peg second section at Normanton . 
I set up a 1.5gram Sensas 'Luis' float with 6lb line straight through to a size 12 sensas 3314 for the Perch . Two other rigs of MAS-SM 0.8 to 0.15/0.10 Sensas 3405 20 and another using Sensas Abbieville 1.5gr 0.13/0.08 to Sensas 3405 20 - all very positive rigs . Had waggler and feeder setup . Waggler was 11 ft deep !
4 balls potted at the start with nothing in them . Then a splash soft ball with pinkie sand casters right in from of me . Depths were 7-8 feet to me left next to overhanging bush .In front at 11m depth was 9-10 feet .
Started on waggler and took a perch and three roach , one was dumpy. Then after 20 mins went for Perch - took three 2/4 oz size . Missed many bites as small one s attacked the lobby and i think Cray fish played with the bait.
after an hour was on the pole line catching small roach and Perch but it kept die ing . I did notice if placed my float two metres up stream of the baited area then the roach were there - maybe a few Pike hanging over the area ??? Half way through i took 3 Billys out on the bounce , whole family of big lads about 1.5lb each size. Then i lost a very large creature. I then rested the area and went out again on waggler and pole and kept feeding constantly over my three killing grounds.
Last hour back on Perch line and took a very large fish that i could not get up to the surface on my 10-12 J-Range elastic - does that cost me the section ? Anyway persistence rewarded with two more big lads and 2 decent roach on the pole / caster . Finished 1st 3360gr.

In my section was the talismanic Darran Bickerton Head of Sensas Starlets a true ambassador of the sport . Earlier in the day Darran and young Jordan Holloway helped Mick and myself of the Ferry as we were last to come over - Darran's Starlets are all respectful and helpful , we know their capabilities and their fishing status as some of the best in the country . They are a dominant team within the league and the other 5 teams are also good but the Starlets background of International and grouped knowledge is second to none . Darran has done a great job in making the 'Stars' respectful in the SVWL.

Monday, 5 November 2018

2018 - Sunday November 4th - Greenhill AC match on the Carp Lake - Maggot only ?!

Greenhill steeped in history off being the 'Friendly-club' and its tradition was never more true than on Sunday as the local cracks came together and threw a few quid in the pot to see who could get the better of each other . Match Secretary John Kilby decided on a maggot only match with a winner for Carp nets and a winner for silvers net.

A bunch of nutters !

Well the match got under way and for the first hour Mick Carr screamed into the lead with 6 lumps on the maggot feeder ! My start was okay with about 3 silvers and an F1. Later into the match established 2 feed areas and rotated them using some 2 pints or reds all match , little and often all the time.
Towards the end myself and Brian Envis were trading blows with continual carp in the 3-5lb class . However Brian edged me out by a good 10lb . So the Former Leicester Likely lad has traded his river gear for Mud Pig fishing , shame as he was a cracking angler on the Trent.

First weigh in was 26 kilos

2nd weigh in 13 kilos

Can i edge the Envo !? First weigh in 23 kilos
 2nd weigh in 13 kilos

Nick with a nice weight

Match Secretary John Kilby
 Barry with 2 weighs

Mick Carr - pulverised the opposition in first couple of hours but the fish deserted later
 Mick with 2 weigh in's

1st Brian Envis 39.900kg 88lb 7oz - winner of the Carp match
2nd Phil Ackerley 36.260kg 79lb 9oz
3rd Barry Davies 31.240kg 68lb 8oz
4th Michael Carr 22.880kg 50lb 4oz
5th John Kilby 20.800kg 45lb 8oz
6th Nick Grassby 15.220kg 33lb 5oz
7th Steve Branston 9.600kg 21lb 1oz
8th Chris Bradshaw 2.120kg 4lb 6oz
9th Paul Wilson 1.620kg 3lb 5oz
10th Jeff Kent 1.560kg 3lb 4oz 

Unlucky the bottom 4-5 anglers as there is nothing wrong with their standard , the fish were not having it proper where they were .
Total match weight 394lb 39.4lb a man average
And Phil Ackerley won the silvers match with 720g