In Session

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Over the coming months, members of the Bag’em Matchbaits team will be passing on tips and information on how to approach numerous different venues all over the country. They will let you know what tackle, baits and tactics produce the goods and how they got the best out of there peg on the day. This will become a unique guide into how to approach numerous venues from some of the company’s top rods including Neil Machin, Amer Jawad, Dale Calvert and many more. So if you are visiting a venue for the first time, keep coming back to the ‘In Session’ feature, you never know you might just learn something that will make a huge difference next time you’re out on the bank.



Anglers name

Amer Jawad

Sponsors

Bag 'em Matchbaits & Daiwa

Venue

Chestnut Pool, Biggleswade

Match/Peg

Peg 15

Tackle/Bait

Daiwa Air, Daiwa White Hydrolastic, Reflo 0.13mm, Reflo 0.11mm, Tubertini 808 sz16, Mick Wilkinson F1 slims on my short rigs. Size 4x12. PB silver 0.5 gram for longer pole rigs.

Bag'em Super Green ground bait/Luncheon meat and corn

 

The Session

I arrived early today so had time to walk around the lake before the draw with a couple of the other anglers. It was a very warm still day, I mentioned the pegs to avoid being the corner pegs as these tend to be better pegs when the wind is blowing into them. Most commercial fisheries the corner pegs are good but as this is a pole only match and predominantly skimmers and bream fishing the pegs towards the middle are better, but saying this you can still catch lots of fish on this lake from any peg!

I talked myself into a corner peg draw, peg 15 found its way into my hand so I knew I had probably one of the hardest pegs on the lake to contend with.

After last weeks match I felt I learnt from a tough draw so I approached this peg with confidence that I can catch a few. My plan was to start on the long pole (13m) and move to my left at 11m if the fish backed off, the reason for this is that the fish tend to come from the left hand side pegs and not out in front, but I still have a 14m long line of all else fails. I fed corn out of a big pot to start with but just enough corn so that the bottom of the pot was just covered and fed corn and meat at 6 sections of pole in front of me with two balls of Bag'em super green ground bait. I like the yellow and green combination this gives when fed together, the skimmers and bream seem to like it here. I left the 11m left line alone until I was going to move onto it as didn't want to split the fish.

Hour 1 - 3...

The fishing was very difficult for most who I could see around the lake, but felt that was good for me as it meant that I was still in with a shout off this peg. The short line wasn't great for me with only 6 hybrids to a 1lb and a few roach but no skimmers or bream. I moved out onto the 13m line and caught 3 bream and a skimmer so I decided to big pot corn at 11m to the left hand line. I took 8 bream and 3 big skimmers off this line then lost a big bream right in the swim! This was the last bite off this line so I knew this could be costly. I dropped back in short at 6 sections and not a bite.

Final hour...

I guessed I had about 35lb in the net coming into the final hour and heard anglers around the lake saying 50lb will be a good weight. I came off the 6 section line and decided to feed shorter but by hand so I could feed heavier as last week this worked on my long pole lines when I put a larger Kinder pot on. I fed corn here, about 15 grains regularly on a 2+2 line in front.
The response was very good with a run of bream and skimmers. The scales arrived and I had put a weight of 61lb 7oz which was good enough for 3rd in the match. The lake had fished harder apart from Andy Leathers who recorded a great 133lb of carp and skimmers off the island swim. Very busy day and was pleased to frame again and off another challenging peg!

Top Tip: On heavily fished commercial fisheries, sometimes short isn't short enough...even though I thought 6 sections was short the fish can hug the near side shelf where the firmer bottom meets the silt. Anglers think with bream you need to fish long but short is sometimes better.


Anglers name

Dale Calvert

Sponsors

Bag 'em Matchbaits & Middy

Venue

Whitmore Fisheries, Kirkham, Lancs

Match/Peg

Doughnut

Tackle/Bait

Middy 4G Micro Muscle Waggler rod. Middy Band 'em size 18 to 0.18mm

All Bag 'em Matchbaits 8mm Super Natural hard pellets

 

The Session

Arrived at 7 in the morning for the start of my week long pleasure session as my mate Peter misread website thinking fishery opens at 7am on a Saturday. It doesn't. 8 o'clock more like. Well, gave me an hour to sort some tackle out and get organised as my last session ended with rain as I packed up so all my kit was in a muddle and needed a wipe down.

Gates opened and found to my surprise how other anglers were hideously dipping their landing nets then running to their desired pegs. Thought this was over the top. Still, I trudged off and found an easy peg on the doughnut. Island obviously in the middle being a doughnut shaped pool. Not as round as the Arena island at Cudmore but an easy enough chuck with a waggler.

 

 

Lovely weather due today as forecasted it at 20 degrees with sunny spells at times with very little wind. Starting off at 18" deep I clipped up tight to the island and baited the band and chucked it over. Not fished this pool for a year so a little cautious with feeding so I opted for a couple of pellets at a time every cast. As they say. "Feeding for one fish at a time". Took only 3 casts to get into the first fish. A good run left as the fish tries to go around the island. Fairly chunky 3lbs mirror in the net after a short but spirited fight. Pellets fired back over, cast out and in again. Seems like this may be going too well too early.

 

 

6 more carp follow and some of them take the bait literally as it's hit the water.  I'm not going to change a thing if it stays like this. Just keep it going nice and simple. Catapult 2 pellets over. Cast tight to the island and reel back once to give myself a little but of breathing space on the vicious takes. After landing my 7th carp I'm into a bigger fish immediately. Much bigger. This one swimming right at me after trying to get round the island it just sits on the bottom in front of me and won't budge. Seems like an age with my rod doubled over it decides to swim off again and I catch it with my landing net after it swims by me for the second time. Great fish. Knocking 10 or 11lbs and super strong for this weight. Far more than normal for this size it seems. I get Peter to rush over and take a picture of me holding this quickly before returning it back to the water.

 

 

Opting to have a look on pellet feeder and pole just for a change and nick a few more carp and barbel here and there it's obvious waggler it the easiest method today for bites and a lot of fun.

Stopping as I'm getting sunburn I go for a short walk to the cabin for a bite to eat I caught 27 fish today mainly being carp including one obvious double and some very good 5 and 6 pounders.

Tip for today. Getting tight to the island today and using a clear waggler made it easier to get bites than my previous excursions fishing tight to islands when waggler fishing.

 


Anglers name

Amer Jawad

Sponsors

Bag 'em Matchbaits & Daiwa

Venue

Chestnut Pool, Biggleswade

Match/Peg

Peg 18

Tackle/Bait

Daiwa Air, Daiwa White Hydrolastic, Reflo 0.13mm, Reflo 0.11mm, Tubertini 808 sz16, Mick Wilkinson F1 slims on my short rigs. Size 4x12. PB silver 0.5 gram for longer pole rigs.

Bag'em Super Green ground bait/Luncheon meat and corn

 

The Session

A good turnout for today's open. With the corners out I fancied any of the pegs with a bit of room, preferably with the wind blowing in. Not asking for too much am I?

Not many pegs I don't fancy on this venue as you can win off most pegs here as its pole only on the open matches which means it makes the matches more of a leveller. I did manage to draw a peg that I can't ever recall framing on any matches I have been on here in all the years, peg 18. I still fancied catching a few fish off this peg and still approached the peg with a positive frame of mind.

 

 

I chose three areas of my peg as a target approach, 6 sections to my left hand margin where I looked for 3ft of water, 7m straight in front and 13m straight in front. I fed small amounts of meat and corn together in a 250ml pot to start on just the 13m and margin lines, with two small balls of Bagem Super green groundbait. I started on the 13m line.

First 3 hours...

I had my slowest catching rate to any open I have fished on the venue during the summer months, I was well behind after 3 hours into the match with only around 12lb in the net. I did notice the bream rolling much further out in the open water in front of me and thought a change was in order. I dumped two pots of meat and corn on the two shorter lines and left the long line alone to be fed sparingly. This had an amazing affect with the next hour seeing me catch a good 30lb of bream and skimmers off both lines. Coming into the final hour I thought if I have an hour like that again I could frame!

Last hour...

A switch to a larger kinder pot on my pole was even better, I caught in the deeper water on my 7m line with some bream pushing 4lb now. Then I managed a 3lb golden tench which was a bonus. Lifting and dropping through the feed produced an instant response and I had an even better hour than the previous hour. The scales arrived at my peg with some good weights over the other side of the lake, 60lb was best until I put 82lb 7oz on the scales. I was very pleased to have caught so much so late as I was going nowhere for so long. James Heaps weighed a fantastic 141lb off peg 3 with two end pegs pushing me into 4th place and a framing position. Pleased to frame off this difficult peg.

Top Tip: On heavily fished commercial fisheries that see lots of particle baits fed, especially when carp anglers target these venues. I find mimicking the sound of particles hitting the water works very well. Today feeding larger quantities of bait poured from a height had the desired affect.


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