Darren Cox, match fishing ace from Garbolino, has been doing some angling coaching at White Acres (pictured) as well as competing at the highest level. He reveals all in this Angler's Mail blog.

JULY and the start of August has been one real busy time for fishing!

First of all a massive congratulations to Garbolino backed Andy Geldart for his stunning Fishomania win. He’s featured revealing his match fishing tactics in a live Action Replay session for this week’s must-read Angler’s Mail magazine.

I watched Andy for half the £30K Fisho contest and I think he fished a brilliant match; by using his time really effectively catching 5kg of silvers when there were no carp feeding and then switching as soon as there were signs of carp being caught. It proved decisive as that 5kg was the difference at the end of the day. I even managed a cheeky bet on Andy too which gave me a nice little pick-up on the day!

Since then we have had a few days coaching at White Acres as part of National Fishing Month. We have met some great new friends and hopefully helped them improve their fishing a little. Many were also first time anglers who caught lots of fish and hopefully we have some new blood into the sport.

White Acres lakes are fishing really well at the moment and probably better than they have been for several years. People are going to get some nice surprises when they get down there on the festivals this autumn.

Coaching down at White Acres was highly enjoyable.

Coaching down at White Acres was highly enjoyable.

Congratulations to Preston Team England Feeder for their stunning win in Ireland this year, and also I could not be happier for Steve Ringer who got what he rightly deserves, an individual gold medal. Steve has shone ever since this team was created and there has never been a more deserved champion. Well done pal.

I have been on the natural venues again too which I have loved. There is something special about a Trent National as I grew up fishing this special river as a teenager. I hadn’t been to Collingham for a lot of years but had a lovely day, it was like going back 20 years!

A hard slogged 4.5 hours on the stick in a horrible downstream gale resulted in me weighing 5.420kg for 4th in the 42 peg section which I was really happy with. My Kamasan Starlets team fell just short of a medal in 4th but we couldn’t avoid the outcome of two bad draws I’m afraid.

My Trent catch - it was good to be back on the river.

My Trent catch – it was good to be back on the river.

The next day and I was on the Soar at Sutton Bonnington for the Riverfest qualifier. Ex-hurricane Bertha was truly upon us by the time we got to our pegs but I had drawn a reasonable area and had some space below me so was looking forward to it.

Darren with his River Soar catch.

My River Soar catch during another popular Riverfest qualifier.

It was feeder all day as the river slowly rose and coloured up a lot but I caught all day mainly perch in the first few hours but with the odd skimmer towards the end. The biggest surprise for me was a 3lb plus eel, my PB and what a beautiful fish.

I finished the day with 7kg which was good enough for 5th overall and £100 but fell short of qualifying by 1.5kg. I lost another big eel which I fear would have got me through, and swung a 6oz perch in which dropped off and cost me 3rd place which was 7.25kg!

Overall a really good few weeks with some more great matches to come soon including the Commercial Teams National where my Garbolino Lindholme team have a really good chance of another medal. I also have the Evesham Festival coming up and a small matter of the Maver Match This £50,000 final. Lets hope it’s ‘Allez les bleues’ again!

See you next month, Darren.


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