My year in fishing 2017

As the year turns i always like to have a look through all my match results to see how well or badly that i have done , after deciding not to do any of the major qualifiers this time as i have usually struggled to get a day’s fishing on any of them preferring to take my chance on a few of the local festivals and team events as i had been invited to join the Daiwa Adlington squad this turned out to be a good decision for me as i managed ;

Partridge winter league individual ended up 13th with ten points from five rounds but an extra point here and there would have made all the difference .

Weston pools spring three-day festival a bad last day pushed me out of the top ten into 14th .

Cunneries spring league teams of three which was my first attempt at team fishing and Adlington ended up 4th overall .

Mossella summer league after missing two rounds i had no room for error and one bad match dropped me down to 9th .

Weston pools natural bait festival ended up joint 5th with 3 points although i tried to force my peg on the last day because i needed a good weight to make the frame which didnt really work out for me .

Cunneries autumn league teams of three were we ended up 5th .

Old Hough winter league after winning the first three matches i am now second with one round remaining but there’s only one point in it so hopefully i can pull it back next year .


I also did a few one-off events which i did reasonably well on ;

Cunneriers charity match win with sixty anglers contesting the event my biggest match win to date .

Golborne miners charity match win at cunneries fishery

Cunneries pairs event finished sixth overall with three points and i managed a section win .

Bradshaw’s inter club challenge i ended up third overall but the team struggled .

Partridge pairs event were we had a top 12 finish .

Angling times supercup  where i managed a section win for the 4th year running but the team got beat 4-2 .

North vs South at Tunnel barn farm i was second in my ten peg section which helped the North win for the second year running .

Hooked for heroes match on Wrightington canals were i ended up third overall .

Lloyd’s meadow interclub match i ended up fourth and the team won on the day .

In the few open matches that i managed to squeeze in during the year i had a mixed bag of results which was only to be expected on the venues that i fished , my best match was a third place finish at Partridge lakes although i was on a very good peg ;

Wins — four

Second — two



In the heart of summer i went on a good run of getting five straight ton plus weights from three different venues ;

Hall lane bessies pool on the mossella league 170lb and 103lb

Cunneries s canal 110lb and 100lb

Weston pools belvedere 100lb

Of all the matches that i have contested during this year the one which sticks in my mind the most is the open about a month ago at Partridge lakes when i just missed out on getting on the board with just twelve f1s for 17lb and i had to work really hard for every single one of them , missing a grand total of just two indications i felt that i had made the correct decisions and got the most from a very average peg which means more to me than winning any open match .

So all in all i feel that my year has gone really well for me as i am just an average angler who lacks a winning mentality but if i want to keep improving that will be something that i need to work on , my plans for next year will be very similar but i need to give myself a better chance on the festivals and leagues by doing more practice on the venues rather than trying to wing it which gives me little room for making bad choices , i would also like to thank Leigh tackle for inviting me to be part of the newly formed match group which i am really looking forward to and also everyone that has taken the time to read and like my blog because after four years it is still going strong even after the influx of blogs which have made their way onto Facebook .


Hall lane , bessies pool

August 26th

Hall lane Bessies

Today was the last round of the Mosella north-west summer league at Hall lane fishery it was situated in Rufford near the bottom of Parbold hill and before the match i was lying in 11th place so would need a top two section finish if i wanted to break into the top ten , i would be really happy if i managed to do it as there was some very good anglers contesting this event plus i had missed two of the rounds due to other commitments so those would be used as my droppers but it meant all my other matches had to count which put a bit of extra pressure on myself . After only getting back from holiday late on Friday i had some rushing around to do to get my rigs and bait ready but at least i had brought the sun back home with me , as on the morning of the match i was greeted to blue skies and a light wind although as i have found out on previous visits to Hall lane the slightest breeze can turn out to be a gale when you get to the fishery as it is very open with being flat all the way to the North West coast .

As i arrived at the fishery all the usual people was in attendance plus a few lads who decided to fish it as an open to help keep the numbers up because some had decided to miss this match as they wasnt in contention for a good finishing place in the league , before the draw i had a quick look at Bessie’s pool it seemed like the wind had blown towards the car park for a couple of days as there was a lot of scum gathered in that area and on here the windward corner pegs had thrown up some huge weights on previous visits so obviously everyone wanted to draw in this area , as i got back to the cabin the queue was beginning to form for the draw and i fancied an early dip so i could have a bit more time getting ready , when it came round for my go in the bag of doom i pulled out number 14 this was situated about three-quarters of the way down the first straight with your back to Gwen’s canal  and on my arrival to my home for the next few hours i had ;

A nice mud bank cut out between the over hanging far bank reeds which was 14m away and i set up two rigs to fish this area , one in 18 inch at the side of the reeds as i felt this would offer a bit of cover from the bright sunshine and the other was the more usual 12 inch for tight to the bank , on both rigs i used a 4×12 MD diamond float with a bulk shotting pattern above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

As i began setting up i noticed that the wind had begun to switch around and was now beginning to blow between the gap in the islands straight into my margin , so i felt this could be a really good option for me although it had only really produced on the end pegs and on plumbing up my left hand side was extremely snaggy so that was out of the question , my right hand side was snag free but plumbed up like a cliff face so i couldn’t get in the depth of water i would have liked so i decided to put it in two foot were the bottom levelled off so all the feed would settle there as it rolled down the slope but i just hoped i wouldn’t suffer too many line bites and i used a 4×12 MD diamond float with a bulk shotting pattern above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

One of my mates had fished this lake a couple of days earlier doing well using hard pellets in three-foot at the side of the near reeds and when i had drawn this area in an earlier round i had caught a few carp using the same method although this close in swim had been a proper struggle all series , i decided to set up a 4×12 MD roob styled float with a staggered bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

My bait for the day was ;

4 pints of Adlingtons finest white maggots

3 pints of Bagem 4mm carp feed pellets covered in a bit of Bagem pellet oil so they would keep their shape

1 bag of Bagem green margin ground-bait

When the all in sounded i fed half a small cupping kit of 4mm pellets on my top three-line then went across to the far bank , i kinder potted in some maggots then held my rig tight so that it fell up the slope and it took a couple of feeds before i got any indications which was a bit strange because you can usually catch a few mug fish straight away , i finally managed a couple of carp but it was very slow going and i decided to increase my feed to try to draw a few more fish into the peg this kind of worked but i was catching ide rather than the hoped for carp . After around an hour the wind turned around a little blowing from right to left this made controlling my rig a bit of a problem and i ended up losing a couple of rigs in the reeds plus i pulled out of a few carp + ide which was understandable after being a little rusty due to my bit of a break from fishing , i had a little word with myself and i began putting the odd fish in the net .

I noticed that there was some swirls right at the back of the reeds so i took the opportunity to switch rigs to my shallower mud bank one , just like before i started kinder potting in the maggots i was soon picking up the odd carp+ide and after two hours i had 7 carp and six ide in the net . After a while the swim began to get stronger+stronger which was no doubt down to the wind dragging a few down my end of the lake and i had a really good run of carp but if anything i ended up with too many fish as i suffered liner after liner , i was spending a lot of time putting nothing in the net and i then stupidly decided to pot in some ground-bait to see if that would settle them down but it had the opposite effect as i just ended up foul hooking fish after fish .

I just had to leave my across swim to settle down a bit and since the match began i had trickled in a few hard 4mm pellets on my top three-line , so i decided to have a look there and to be honest i expected a response straight away , when my float buried immediately i thought that i had cracked it but it was either a skimmer or a gudgeon which came my way not exactly what i had in mind . With two hours remaining i started feeding my margin swim with ground-bait+maggots and while it settled i went back across , thankfully it had quietened down and i began putting a few carp in the net , i didn’t want to get in the same situation as before by over feeding but i needed to put some bait in to get a bite so i decided to just catch a couple of fish then left it to rest while i went on my margin and for the next hour it all went swimmingly , but i didn’t have to wait long before something else went wrong and this time it was down to me foul hooking carp on my margin line because i couldn’t get into shallow enough water which was a bit of a pain .

At the all out i had managed thirty carp + six ide which when the scales arrived went just short of 90lb this was good enough for second in section missing out by less than twenty pounds and i just wished that i could have got my margin to work properly because the lad on the next peg managed 60lb in the last hour , overall the match was won with 180lb then two 150lb weights made the frame so yet another good match and of course there would always be a few dodgy areas on a lake so big . Overall i ended up on 13 points this i think put me in the top ten which i am made up with against the quality of angler in attendance , i would like to say well done to the top five in the league as well as all those anglers who picked up a few quid along the way plus Paul+Stu from Mosella North West for running a great league and I’m already looking forward to doing it all again next year .

Mosella north west summer league , Hall lane bessies pool

July 22nd

Hall lane Bessies

Today i was back at Hall lane fishery for the sixth round of the Mosella north-west summer league and i was really looking forward to it because if you draw in the right areas there is plenty of fish to be caught with two hundred pounds winning the last couple of matches , although i had not been there since the last round and hoped it was going to fish the same but i heard that my old fishing club was on it the previous week with only 55lb winning so i was in two minds on how i was going to approach it . The couple of days leading up to the contest had been a bit iffy with a drop in temps and heavy over night rain which i expected would have an impact on the catches today , some of you might know that i have not been too well for the last couple of weeks and when i woke up on the morning i still wasnt feeling great but i decided to go as i usually feel better as the day progresses . On arrival to the venue the wind was blowing up towards the car park which was a bit unusual but at least it was only a light breeze plus it was still warm , i had a chat with a couple of the mosella lads while we waited for the draw to take place and after a bit of a delay due to some no shows , i joined the queue towards the front and when it came for my turn to have a dip in the bag of doom i pulled out peg 19 which was about as far away from the ripple as you could get and i wasnt even near the end peg so it looks like my golden arm had disappeared for the time being .

After my long walk to the other end of Bessie’s pool i arrived at my home for the next few hours and i had about a meter of bare mud bank in between some over hanging reeds , i also had some more reeds along both my margins which had been cut back at around a top kit distance and it was a more comfortable 14m as well plus there was quite a few carp knocking about in the margins so it all looked promising , with all the info gained from earlier rounds i decided to set up ;

Margin rig in 18 inch which was a bit further down the slope than usual as i felt the cold rain might have an impact and i could go tighter to the bank if i foul hooked any fish , i used a 0.4 MD margin hunter float with a bulk of number eight stotz above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Paste rig in front of the near bank reeds and i haven’t set this up before preferring to use hard pellets but i had heard that a few people had caught well on it here , after plumbing up i found a flat area around three-foot deep so i used a 0.4 MD paste float with an inch spread bulk starting above the six-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Across rig in 18 inch depth which was found about a foot away from the far bank and i used an 0.4 MD shallow diamond float which would help keep the rig stable , all my shot was above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length

Across rig tight to the mud bank in 12 inch and i used a 4×10 MD mini mag float with 014 garbo direct to a size 18 guru lwg hook .

Bait for the day ;

3 pints of Adlingtons finest white maggots

2 pints of soaked 4mm pellets

4 pints of ground-bait

1 pint of green swim stim paste

When the all in sounded i noticed that there was still a few carp milling about near the margin even after the nets going in so i took the opportunity to see if i could mug one and i altered my rig so that all the weights was under the float so that the hook bait would fall slowly through the water , i layed in my rig at the side of margin reeds and no sooner had it settled than my elastic shot out of the pole which resulted in a 6lb carp in the net before anyone had finished feeding there across lines , i tried my luck again and after a few liners i had a smaller carp but then i caught a skimmer so it was time to change swims . The last time i drew in this area i had caught well from in front of the near side reeds and today i decided to give paste a whirl instead of hard pellets , i kinder potted in some 4mm plus a nugget of paste and it took me a few minutes to get my rig set up correct but it all went to feeding the swim , i then had a little run of five carp although i was missing more bites than i hit which is probably down to the fact i don’t do a great deal of fishing this way and it probably wasnt a good idea using it in a match , after a while the indications became a little iffy so i decided to put in a cup of bait before switching to my across lines .


I began on my deeper of the two rigs at the side of the over hanging reeds and i kinder potted in some maggots before holding my rig still over the top of it , i didn’t have to wait too long before i had a carp in the net and in the first ninety minutes i managed to catch a dozen of them , it looked like i could be on for a decent weight but the constant maggots raining in had drawn too many fish into the swim and the far bank was an eruption of swirls which made presenting a bait almost impossible , a switch to my shallower far bank swim produced a few more but they was mainly ide which i wasnt really expecting but at over ten ounce a piece they was worth catching for the time being while a figured out how to get the carp back in the swim . I reduced the amount of maggots i was putting in and started targeting one carp at a time and after the mayhem had settled down a little i began attracting my target species , for the next ninety minutes i had a steady run of carp it was by no means hectic but i was fairly happy as nobody in my section seemed to be running away with it , with two hours of the match remaining the slight ripple in front of me disappeared plus it got a lot brighter and this had a big bearing on my swim as the fish certainly drifted out of my peg .

I decided to begin feeding my left hand margin with ground-bait and i hoped this would work as well as on my previous matches here , while it settled i had another look on my paste swim and as i had thrown a nugget of bait every five minutes i expected some carp to be settled there but strangely i couldn’t manage even a liner , i had not seen any signs on my margin but dropped on it anyway although all it produced was a couple of gudgeon not exactly what i had hoped for . I had no other option but to go back across and just hope that they turned up in the edge later , my long pole line had died a death as well so i made the decision to begin potting ground-bait tight to the mud bank this brought a few carp into the swim and you would often see them tail up in the peg before taking the bait , unfortunately my margin never kicked off as i failed to get an indication everytime i dropped on to it and i spent the rest of the match just picking off the odd fish .

When the all out sounded i had managed 34 carp plus half a dozen ide which seemed to be more than those anglers too my right but the end peg towards my left looked to have caught a few fish , luckily the scales started in my section and when they arrived at my peg i had 84lb to beat , my three nets went a couple of ounces shy of a ton and this gave me the all important section win i was pleased with from that draw this leaves me in 16th place in the league so hopefully a couple more good results might see me scrape into the top ten which i would be over the moon with against the calibre of angler taking part , as i expected the weights got even better down the windward end of the lake and there was lots of tons plus the top four all had over 180lb with 230lb winning the match so it was definitely fishing well at the moment .


Mosella summer league at Hall lane round one

May 13th

Today i was off to Hall lanes fishery in Rufford for the first round of the Mosella summer league which was taking place on Bessie’s pool and i haven’t really fished this water a great deal so i was quite looking forward to it , even after struggling on the practice match a couple of weeks ago but that gave me a few things to work out so i felt better prepared and to be honest i needed a good performance if i was going to have a chance because the quality of angler taking part was pretty high .

On arrival to the fishery i noticed that the wind was blowing strongly towards the car park which could make fishing across to the mud lines quite difficult and after booking on i had a walk around the lake , down the opposite end of the water the wind wasnt as bad and i fancied drawing between 20-40 so quite a few to go at but just because it was suitable fishing conditions on these pegs i was still new to the venue and maybe the fish wouldn’t want to be there .

When i got back to the car it was time for the draw so i joined the queue about half way and when it was my turn in the bag of doom i pulled out peg two , not where i wanted to be because i had the worst of the wind to contend with plus it didn’t fish great in this area on the practice match but on the positive side i hadn’t far to walk . As i settled in at my home for the next few hours i decided to set up a few rigs to give me plenty options because i felt i could be scratching around for most of the match ;

Margin rig in front of the reeds where it was 3ft deep i didn’t feel that the carp would come right into the edge because it rained quite heavily over night which would have cooled the water down a bit and i decided to use a 0.3 MD diamond float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern i hoped that this would help keep my bait still in the rough conditions , my main line was the usual 0.14 garbo which had a six-inch 012 garbo hook length attached to it and my elastic was preston green hollo .

Top four at the bottom of the near slope which is the swim which i caught majority of my fish on the last visit here and i used a 0.4 MD wire stemmed float for stability it had a bulk plus two droppers spread along my usual 0.14 garbo which had a six-inch 012 garbo hook length attached to it and my elastic was Preston green hollo .

Three foot rig for fishing in front of the far bank reeds and i used a 0.4 MD wire stemmed float for stability it had a bulk plus two droppers spread along my usual 0.14 garbo which had a six-inch 012 garbo hook length attached to it and my elastic was Preston green hollo .

Mud bank line where it was about a foot deep and i used a 0.4 MD wire stemmed float for stability it had a staggered bulk spread along my usual 0.14 garbo which had a six-inch 012 garbo hook length attached to it and my elastic was Preston green hollo .

Bait for the day was ;

three pints of white maggots

two pint of 4mm pellets

small tub of 4mm expanders

I began the match by fishing across in front of the reeds and after feeding a kinder pot full of maggots before laying my rig in so that it fell up the slope which would help me keep the float still in the rough conditions , after a couple of feeds i had my first indication not long after i had my first fish which was an ide over a pound and in the first hour i put two carp plus four big ide in the net , things were going reasonably well i just hoped that it would continue but i had maybe put too much feed in or the better stamp had backed off because all i could catch was small hand sized skimmers .

I noticed that the lads either side of me were picking up the odd carp on the mud lines so i decided to follow suit and after picking up a carp straight away i had to wait ages for an indication , so i decided to be a bit positive and big potted maggots on my mud line , while i waited for any signs of carp i set up a new swim across in three-foot towards my left where my empty peg was and i began trickling in maggots through a kinder pot as i didn’t want to over feed the peg like on my original line ,  this produced a couple more carp and ide but it wasnt hectic by any means it just seemed like there wasnt a lot of fish present in this area of the lake .

I saw a swirl on my mud line and quickly shipped across and a picked up a carp straight away but i didn’t have another sign so put in another big pot of maggots in , while it settled i went for a look on my top four swim which i had kinder potted some maggots in every twenty minutes since the match started so i hoped that a few fish had settled on it , yet again i had a quick carp before the skimmers moved in and although it was nice putting fish in the net they wasnt big enough or coming quick enough for me to do the weight needed and when i caught an eel i choose to big pot it with maggots to see if i could get the carp back .

I had a look on my margin swim where i had thrown a dozen maggots since the match started but surprisingly i never had an indication from it and for the rest of the match i rotated between all my lines but only really caught on my three-foot across swims , i should have really put in another line at this depth but that would have meant going 16m towards my left and the strengthening wind would have made it a bit awkward controlling the pole .

The all out called time on a rather frustrating match as i couldn’t get a run of fish from anywhere and you needed to just go tight across then wait for a carp to turn up in the harder areas not exactly riveting fishing , im sure that there would be a method to work out so that you could keep putting fish in the net even if they are just silvers . When the scales arrived at my peg i had thirty pounds which consisted of eight carp plus a similar amount of big silvers , this put me third in the section getting beat by the lads either side of me so not the start to the league that i wanted and im going to miss the next round due to it clashing with the tricast festival at Weston pools over the bank holiday weekend so i need to pull my finger out if i want to do any good .

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