Shakespeare's match ace James Robbins shows how to make the most of your peg on river matches this summer.

How many times have you just missed out on a section win or frame place? Blog banner shakespeare

The reasons for this are varied, maybe the peg simply wasn’t good enough? If we are honest I think that’s the easy excuse!

More often I think it’s due to tactical mistakes made at the start or during the match. I’m sure it’s happened to us all and I often kick myself for perhaps not getting the most out of a peg.

Unless you are a proper draw bag merchant, it’s simply not possible to win the match from all pegs – that’s the nature of the game.

Many top anglers however seem to have a habit of consistently maximising their peg on the day, maybe forcing a section win from a poor peg or winning from an average peg.

I think these anglers manage to adapt their match successfully to the peg’s potential and the conditions they face on the day. I’ve picked up a lot of tips over the years both from bitter experience and from fellow team mates that I think could relate to everyone else.

Last Monday I fished on the River Calder to shoot a video for our Shakespeare TV channel. I’d heard great match reports about this river over the last few years and I’m planning to fish some matches on the Calder later this season.

The matches are well attended with weekly Opens attracting over 60 anglers and seemingly good winning and back-up weights. Indeed, on Sunday over 30 of the entrants caught double-figures of silver fish whilst the winner had over 20 lb – great river fishing!

Also, looking at the match results it’s evident that some anglers seem to be constantly making the frame positions. Anglers like Denis White, Keith Hobson and Martin Highe really are very consistent on this and many other match venues.

Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m sure this is due to these anglers managing to maximise their results of average pegs rather than just consistently drawing the best pegs!

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