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

Saturday, 27 October 2018

2018 - SVWL N01- October 21st

The start of the Winter league on the Soar Valley brings much excitement - how will it go ?

MAS Captain Lee Bennet being awarded some sponsored Bolo floats for his second year in succession qualification to the River fest final. Floats included Maurizio Schiepatti and Exner range .

MAS at breakfast

My draw was rewarding with a 150 metres from the HQ on Waterside Peg 1 the other side of the busy bridge .

Well , the match was an odd affair as for the first 45 minutes after a bombardment i was able to take my first silver fish ! ? Initially i had placed the black balls into my 7'-9' hole in front of me and continue for Perch close in .
After an initial few small Perch the 11m line came out and i took a few pairs of eyes with the odd dumpy . The rest of the match proved to be a scratcher  and i had amassed about 70 fish by the end , really hard work for 2.020 and beaten to 4th by 170 grams and beaten to 3rd by 2 kilos of fish by Chris Marks in last 30 minutes . - that is the way fishing is.

Great to sit outside with Chris Bucko and few others taking in a hard earned pint

Congratulations to Dale Lynch at Cossington who was first equal - but i and the rest of the MAS believe he should have taken first as there was some strange things going on in that section ?

Friday, 31 August 2018



Evesham a town synonymous with August bank Holiday fishing festival and a friendly town with many suitable restaurants for many hungry anglers after a long days fishing or a days selling !
It was back in July when I was contacted about exhibiting at this prestigious show and the three guys running this event deserve some attention and congratulations to take this show on and hopefully expand the show to new levels.  Please always shake the hand of SEAN ASHBY , PAUL BOOTHBY AND ROD SCOTT . It takes commitment to take the reigns of a project of this size and these guys proved their worth and were rewarded with the backing of many other tackle outlets and in fact the local program book contained many fishing outlets placing their products and notice of support.



 For the three days we decided to work closely with Phil Medhurst UK Manager of TRABUCCO on the same stall as we start to share our dual commitment on all products we front currently.

We arrived on the Friday late afternoon and soon we were placing our gear into position ready for Saturday’s arrivals . Saturday came and we were not disappointed as many anglers came to the Trabucco and Midlands Angling Supplies stall tent to discover the many NEW products that exist within our compliment of tackle.  We were so pleased the crowds were gaining hands on with EXNER , MAURIZIO SCHIEPATTI and the best from SENSAS in the float form.
We were honoured to sit between Alex Clements GUNKI tent and Dave Harrells stall who both were receiving brisk business.

The Sunday was a bit of a wash out as the customary rain attended to make fishing uncomfortable and the crowds were put off some what.
Monday the BIG day came and it did not disappoint as the crowds engulfed the stalls and business became great and the customers really hunted for those bargains.

Over the three days I met many of my team , fishing friends and customers from my client base.

MAS-Rod John Kilby and Katie

MAS Rods John Kilby , Gary Envis and Mick Carr

Wigston Colmic rod Tom Pringle

Wigston Colmic rod Joe Oakes backed by Middy and Dynamite . Joe Oakes floats were top 5 sellers on the day.

The man of the last few years with a continuous run of great results

Joe's specials

Alex Clements completed a marvellous show and had quite a few Pike and Zander himself off the 'boards'

Dan Jones .........probably one of the most respected anglers on the circuit , a great author. (with family)

 Sam the man with our Mick

 Sam Merry floats , made from the Soar league and blessed on all rivers

 Trabucco manager Philip Medhurst sat on one of his promotion boxes and his jeans were wet with his mark ! ................ 'M'

Massive entry from MATRIX anglers Tom ' Auchy ' Potter and Ian Baker

Sam and MAS float sponsored star Josh Newman

John Waples and Howard Kaye who won the Saturday match .......well done 'H' !

Martin Halford doing the business for DH.

 MAS rods Jamie Tarplee and Carl Lynch with Mick

Brian Hull ..........Mr Soar-Leicester , legend and just look at his CV for what he has done for fishing.

Ron Scales - Canal master

David Mellors and Family 'lovely'

Trevor Newey............awesome customer of MAS with good lady

Wayne Pantling - we used to fish against each other down in Corwall on the Mawgan Porth fishery , marvellous to meet up with him again.

Adrian Stokes gentleman !

Gary Kirkham , a gent , a massive influence in fishing and a caring person to his family, i have a lot of time for Gary.

Steve from the Trabucco stable

Perry Hubbard ....always nice to meet with him

Packaging for our clients even at the show !!

Trevor Newey back on the stall again with the new Exner DELTA floats !!

Great mate from the SENSAS North is Bryan Hawkes



Its been an honour to supply the ENGLAND team with floats for their competition in Portugal .