Monthly archives: October, 2014

Andy Neal – Baptism of Fire at the World Champs 2014

It felt like it would never arrive but after months of scrabbling around sorting kit and tying what seemed to be a never-ending amount of hooks, the trip to Croatia and the World Champs finally arrived.

In the lead up to this we had heard all sorts of whispers of what awaited us. Everything from pole breaking 6-7kg barbel and escapee Siamese carp to raging torrents where 80grms is only fishable at 6meters. As time passed one thing was clear, fast flow, flat floats and dodgy banks were a definite. Anything else we took with a pinch of salt and waited to see what faced us. » » Read More…



MFS Internet event North Vs South over 3 days

Day 1
I drew peg 79 lake 4 not a very good peg as all pegs where in on the lake so the plan was to keep it simple and tight. So I desided on fishing the feeder to the far bank using a 10ft frenzee fxt feeder rod fmr 4000 reel with 6lb main line to an open end feeder. » » Read More…



Simon at Partridge Lakes, Culceth, Warrington 4th October

On arriving at the venue I took a quick walk to check the wind direction which was blowing North Westerly. With this in mind I ordered a bacon barm & coffee then took the lucky dip into the drawbag!! On pulling out my peg number it revealed peg 92 which although has a spinner to the left hand side doesn’t normally contain many F1’s but does hold carp upto double figures. » » Read More…



Summer League Oakfield near Oxford – Happy Endings

Well the summer league has just finished at Oakfield near Oxford, and as has been the case all summer you just could not split Mr Thorpe and myself. As we finished joint top of the league with 400 points each. You get £100 for winning the league (which we split) but the real bonus is you fish a one off match called the Matchman final against the top 10 in the league, for some better prizes: £600 1st, £400 2nd, £200 3rd. » » Read More…



Andy Mann National winner – 21st September 2014 at Weston Pools

Team approach was to start on pellets and catch what you could because you could nick a few good early fish then it seemed to go all funny where crucians and tench would move into the swim, but if you could keep the carp coming stay on pellet at 4m and in the edge. If not switch to maggot and hopefully empty it that’s what we found over the 2days practice. » » Read More…



ONE OF THOSE DAYS! – Oakfield fisheries Oxford – 6th September

How many of us sit back at the end of a match and reflect on events and ask ourselves, is it bad angling, is it bad preparation, or are we just cursed sometimes. Take this weekend’s match as a prime example.  » » Read More…