Paul Dennis

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THERE is no doubt that the Angler’s Mail Kamasan Matchman of the Year competition is one of the best loved in the sport.

Free to enter, and with a cracking finale where the top 50 (or more) points scorers compete for the Kamasan British Open, the Matchman of the Year title is one of the most coveted in angling.

The top ten anglers at the end of the season ALL receive generous sponsors cheques, the winner walking away with £2,000 and the tenth placed angler getting a handy £200 bonus.

All this for a cost of absolutely nothing – anglers don’t even have to register – Angler’s Mail does all the work of allocating points based on qualifying match results received.

There are just NINE points scoring weekends left until the Angler’s Mail Kamasan Matchman of the Year is crowned, and as usual I expect it to go down to the wire.

Mike Reed has topped the table almost since day one, and he has a commanding ten point lead. The north west-based angler would be a very popular winner after coming close in previous seasons.

This time around his stiffest opposition looks to be coming from deepest Essex, where Steve James and Ross Harold have been racking up points at Puddledock Farm. Back to back wins from either of them would set the cat amongst the pidgeons, but a similar result from Mike Reed could see the competition all but settled.

I’m still expecting a few twists and turns in this season’s competition, but whoever takes the title, they will be well deserved and worthy winners.


Kamasan table topper Mike Reed in action.



Swingtips: back in vogue with commercial fishery carp anglers, they deserve to be more widely used. There’s something magical about seeing that swingtip twitch and then rise slowly as a good fish takes hold. Unlike quivertips they are brilliant for spotting bites ‘on the drop’ too. Read about this latest comeback inside Angler’s Mail magazine.


Floods: OK, they are a huge problem in some areas, but for river anglers they open up a wealth of opportunities. The key message is to be safe. And if a river is in true flood – over the banks rather than just running high – it is safest to stay at home. Even when the water levels drop the banks can still be very slippery, so proceed with caution when targeting that lunker.

Floods – tread carefully.




Seals: fine in the sea – but not in inland seas like the one reported last week. Thankfully they aren’t as huge a threat to fish stocks as cormorants.


Dog mess – tread even more carefully!

Dog mess: a pet hate of the late Frank Barlow and a pet hate of most anglers. Why do dog walkers always let their mutts do it where it is obvious that angler’s fish? Filth.






You’ll need a bit of time to watch it, but this full length DVD by Nash it worth clicking on. It has some terrific insight into not just their new products but tactics that carp fishing tackle guru Kevin Nash, Alan Blair and co have helped promote.

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AN old method makes a comeback! Swingtips are hot news in this week’s Angler’s Mail!