Sunday, 20 May 2018

2018 - Nyköping Feeder match over 2 days

Second time out this year in Sweden with great friend Jimmy 'King' Kungsman so i took the opportunity to go with him to the competition however i did not have the necessary equipment to compete as i only took minimal gear over. Is decided to sit at the side of the match and pleasure fish with my whips and rod . The venue is Nyköping on the East coast and over the years it given up some great weights in various open matches. Its not deep as part of it is a rowing course , depth 1 metre at best ! , where i fished was about 60cm !

Back at my apartment i started two make a few rigs and scale up for a plundering on the Roach/Rudd and skimmers.

 Great to see so many friends not seen for last 4 years

Top Swedish angler Stefan Holz - Mr.2nd Place of the Scandinavian Masters , i believe he has fished 3 times to 2nd place against the likes of Milo Columbo , Klaus Fix and Tamas Walter. Unbelievable record to have against such good opposition . Just marvellous to talk to him again .

From my position the anglers were ready for the off - many had to get in the water and cut a gap through the reed beds .

My pleasure peg at least i don't get my feet dry - this used to be a golf range on water , yes ! you believe that , special balls that floated however the range ceased to operate many years ago and all the fencing in the water has since been extracted.

It was not the deepest of pegs and was strewn with snags but i enjoyed about 10-11lb - The Sensas '220' box i took over is rubbish ! , leg slippage all the time , oh dear Sensas what are you producing !?

Young Johan Kindlund was the weigh master and also the master on the day with 33 kilos 

Jimmy with a Tench and 2nd place with 28 kilos

Hasse with a 5 kilos Pike and it counts , some matches here do except them if they take the worm ! He had a total weight of 20660 - Hasse has won this competition several times before

MAU team mate Mats was not on the fish today

Results Day 1

Day 2 and i moved further away from the match and found a snag free area to fish - even though it was only about 50cm deep the fish were there as the water cooked under the hot sun .

A few large Rudd to 1.5lb came to the net

And of the day a better score for me with an estimated 20-22lb

 Colmic platform - very nice piece of kit

 The days winner with 28 kilos exactly what he had on day 1 - now its kit put away time .

Superb way of putting kit away - old pram platform and two strip of wood , pop it in the wagon .

Winners paid and time for a cold drink !

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

2018 - 11th April - Out with cracks on Marston Trussell

I was honoured to be invited to Marston Trussell today to fish with some of the lads who have been doing well for the last 30 plus years , and more ! Tommy Boyce got me a place on this match organised by Steve 'Viagra' Warner . Many other familiar faces there including Derrick Reaney , just the 10 of us today as the weather was very dismal and dank and as we suffer this elongated cold winter / spring . Everywhere was boggy due to excessive rain and to compound it , it was cold with an East wind.

Gathering of the few on this awful city damp day

Deryck Reaney ...... Legend !

Tommy Boyce ....... another legend and member of MAS and National team

Steve the 'Viagra' Warner reading out todays selected pegs

Pensive wait for that good draw !

The £1-00's were exchanged ready for those personal bets

My peg 9 jumped out at me

Not bad position with decent depth of 4' at 5 - 11m

Christened the new OCTBOX bag with new roller

Best rig of the day , 0.6gr SENSAS Serge 0.12/0.08 SENSAS Comp line to SENSAS 3405 22 Hook
Tipped the bristle with black sleeve that just held on the surface with a small tip showing - could see very shy bites easily .

Back up rigs of SENSAS Jean Francois 18 0.8gr 0.12/0.08 3405 20's
and SENSAS Abbieville 0.8 0.12/0.10 3405 18's

Match started with 5 balls of SENSAS MAGIC with Dead Reds and a few pinkies at 11m , then 2 small balls at Top 4 / top 5 .

First 30 minutes had 6 pairs of eyes as slow start
Next few hours continued to get very shy bites and small pairs of eyes just playing with the bait so sometimes used half a pinkie .
Last hour was productive with better little Roach lumps on the maggot.

Lost a decent fish after 2 hours , could have been a bream  or Perch  , needed the bonus fo a win

Ended up 3rd with 2-12 (100 fish) , 2nd was 2-15 and 1st was 3-12 (with bonus 2-00 bream).
Either side of me was 2-10 (Tommy ) and 2-8 , so very close however on the day of catching small fish an ounce is a large difference .

Sunday, 25 March 2018

2018 - 25th March ,Trosa , East coast Sweden , Bagging !?

Great friend Jimmy Kungsman invited me to a fishing day at the famous Bagging town of Trosa . Last year he fished the canal section and took a great catch of fish , could it be the same today ?

Another great friend is Percy Bistram , stalwart of the Trosa SFK who arranged the days fishing by gaining the necessary paperwork .


I was loaned a tackle box and equipment from Johan Axelsson - Johan could not attend as he was quite ill like all the Swedish Ice-fishing team and many other countrys teams in their recent attendance at the World Ice fishing championships in Kazakstan - get well my friend.

On the day also met up with Johan Kidlund and his father who also fished for Sweden in the ICE WC .

 Jimmy and i started in the middle of the canal section where we expect to catch Bjorkna and big roach . Percy had brought a feeder rod with him and went into the town trying various areas for us to follow later . It did not look too promising as a very long cold winter and just recent melting of the ice and snow had led to a very cold temperature in the water plus a very low level in the sea , it did not look good !


After a couple of hours of intense fishing we decided to move into the town as Percy had comeback with the promise of activity !?  :)

Next position was opposite the famous Bohmans Hotel and incredible place to stay and eat , highly recommended .

Plenty of pole features to fish too.

Jimmy changed to the 7m whip 

Then excitement ! , a quick down movement of the float and i struck into it .

Soon it was brought to the surface .......not quite what i was looking to catch    :(

After an hour we decided to pack up and return home , just time for the catch photo  .........

The Catch photo ............

Well ! , you cant have it all as obviously the fish were not in the system yet . We spoke about returning in three weeks and definitely there will be some serious bagging returns .

Thanks for the day Jimmy , Percy , Johan and Johan .

Thursday, 25 January 2018


Exner floats i am sole distributor for in the UK and i have been associated with Attila for several years and in that time i have enjoyed his floats as they have never let me or my customers down.

Their Flat floats , in particular the Blade and the Butterfly have been used in major competitions including International , World Champs and Nationals , Winter and Summer Leagues. That is the extent to which clubs and teams and top anglers i have sold to .

The floats are as small as 0.5g which are favoured on shallow canals in the UK to the larger 35gram in the Butterfly and 15gram in the Blade. Shotting of these floats is a personal choice as some use fixed shot , Olivettes or the use of globes like the 'Magic Globes' another Exner product.

Since 2011 till now i have sold 728 pieces and recently ordered stock for the year ., such is the popularity of these floats . The only reason sales got low last year was the rivers are low however match anglers in the UK use them constantly for their Perch fishing.

I sell Sensas and Cralusso flat floats also but my main sellers are the EXNER range .

............ another order going out

Used on the Guden , Denmark (with Cralussos )

x 2 Butterflys in action

The very best in weights for those 'heavier days'

Weight till you use them     :)

The boss and good friend of Exner floats , Attil Nagy
(makes a lot of the floats you buy in the shops !? )