Exclusives galore inside this week's magazine, including a special look at Matrix and MAP's brilliant new match tackle, and a special look at the forgotten art of slider float fishing with Steve Lockett.

*Castle Ashby Winter League, Round Two, Castle Ashby Fishery, Northamptonshire. 70. Graham Atkinson (RAF) 37-12-0, 17 bream and skimmers, Method feeder, Scotland peg 14; Steve Bull (Spro) 35-7-0; Dick Rogers (The A Team) 33-4-0; Kieran Wardle (Kamasan Starlets) 30-7-0; Myles Philips (Sensas Chiltern Baits) 29-0-8; Steve Hemingray (Kamasan Starlets) 24-12-0. Teams: The A Team 54; Kamasan Starlets 53; Sensas Chiltern Baits 45; Castle Ashby Youth 36; RAF 32; Spro 32; Maver Milton Keynes 29. League: Starlets 3; Youth 6; Chiltern Baits 7; The A Team 7; RAF 8; Spro 10; MK 14.

*East Midlands Winter League Practise, River Cam, Cambridge area. Sun. 60. Alistair Ogilvie (Maver Bait-Tech) 20-1-8, five chub, a tench, an eel and small fish, pole and chopped worm with caster, Lane End shallows; Dale Stones (Garbolino Peterborough) 13-3-8; Ty Harding (Maver Bait-Tech) 9-11-0; Gavin Butler (Maver Bait-Tech) 9-6-0; Anthony Williams (Browning Hot Rods) 7-6-0; John Bates (Sensas Mark One) 7-0-8.

*Rycroft Fisheries, Hemington, Leicestershire/Derbyshire border. Sun. Individual Winter League, Canal, Moat and Clover Lakes. 52. Barry Walters (Rycroft Fisheries) 99-14-0, carp to 4 lb pole, paste and pellet, peg 2 Canal; Simon Skelton (Melton Mowbray Pork Pies) 86-10-0; Matt Davenport (Mill Tackle) 75-11-0; Paul Killip (Rycroft Fisheries) 70-7-0; Matt Skelton (Melton Mowbray Pork Pies) 66-14-0; Carl Hitchcock (Mill Tackle) 64-12-0.


Boston and District Winter League, Sibsey Trader Drain, Boston, Lincolnshire. Sun. 40. Ian Kent (Boston Angling Centre Red) 9-2-0, roach and skimmers, pole and squatt over groundbait, peg 17; Pete Harker (Wainfleet) and Alan Houlton (Garbolino Harrison’s Lincs County) both 8-11-0; Alex Rawlings (Team Milldon) 8-8-0. Teams: Div. One: Garbolino Harrison’s Lincs County Black 16; Garbolino Harrison’s Lincs County Red 12; Horncastle 11. Div. Two: Boston Angling Centre Red 15; Garbolino Harrison’s Lincs County 14; Boston Angling Centre Polski 12. League: Div. One: Garbolino Harrison’s Lincs County Black 61; Garbolino Harrison’s Lincs County Red 59; Horncastle 42; DVA and Team Milldon both 35. Div. Two: Boston Angling Centre Green 55; Boston Angling Centre Red 52; Boston Angling Centre Polski 48; Garbolino Harrison’s Lincs County White 47; Wainfleet 30.

Buttonhole AC, Buttonhole Lake, Marshland St. James, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Tue. ev. 12. Richard Button (Buttonhole AC) 49-8-0, carp, pole and cat meat, peg 23; Andrew Carter (Buttonhole AC) 40-0-0; Les Barry (Buttonhole AC) 27-13-0. Sun. Qualifier. 12. Sammy McSpadden (Buttonhole AC) 80-1-0, carp, pole and pellet, peg 19; John Preedy (Buttonhole AC) 73-8-0; Peter Lambdin (Buttonhole AC) 66-1-0.

Cross Drove, near Mildenhall, Suffolk. Wed. 19. Tony Watling (Cross Drove) 48-6-0, brown goldfish and skimmers to 3 lb, 13 m pole and pellet, peg 54; Rodney Finch (Deben) 36-6-0; Mark Pollard (Shimano) 32-11-0; Simon Easey (Stanjays) 29-13-0; Jamie Mcguire (Rib Valley) 28-14-0; Richard Martin (Daiwa Dorking) 27-8-0. Sat. 22. Bob Coulson (Littleport) 49-6-0, two carp to 12 lb, F1s and skimmers to 4 lb, 13 m pole, meat and pellet, peg 33; Stuart Payne (Daiwa Angling Direct) 48-8-0; James Heaps (Popletts) 41-6-0; Neil Parkinson (Dynamite Middy) 36-12-0; Tony Watling (Cross Drove) 36-10-0; Pete Lambdon (Deben) 34-14-0. Sun. 24. Simon Wheeler (Daiwa Dynamite) 76-7-0, carp to 19 lb, F1s to 5 lb, 14.5 m pole, catmeat and pellet, peg 52; Neil Parkinson (Dynamite Middy) 59-12-0; Dave Reeve (Cross Drove) 57-7-0; Rodney Finch (Deben) 49-11-0; Mick Bartrum (Daiwa Angling Direct) 49-6-0; Alan Tuck (Van den Eynde) 47-11-0.

Decoy, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. Tues. Beastie Lake. 12. Nigel Baxter (Bag’em Baits) 70-15-0, carp to 6 lb, pole, pellet and paste, peg 17; Colin ‘Smudge’ Smith (Bag’em Baits) 54-13-0; Mick King (Garbolino Peterborough) 49-12-0; Stan Dow (Decoy) 49-5-0. Sat. Beastie Lake. 21. Nigel Baxter (Bag’em Baits) 144-15-0, carp to 10 lb, pellet feeder and pole with paste, peg 15; Rob Goodson (JV AC) 92-9-0; Danny Carlton (Decoy) 76-7-0; Shaun Coton (JV AC) 70-2-0. Sun. 25. Andy Leathers (Browning Hot Rods) 76-13-0, carp to 8 lb, pole and feeder with pellet and sweetcorn, peg 28; Rob Goodson (JV AC) 73-10-0; Neil Adcock (Browning Hot Rods) 70-12-0; Kevin Wadge (Decoy) 68-3-0.

Deeping St. James AC, Kingland Reservoirs, Turves, near Peterborough. Sun. Big Lake. 12. Andy Wilson (Deeping St. James AC) 94-12-0, carp, pole and maggot over pellet; Ray Torrington (Deeping St. James AC) 90-6-0; Tony Beresford (Deeping St. James AC) 86-12-0.

Dragon Water Meadows Fishery, Chapel St Leonards, Skegness, Lincolnshire. Sat. 40. Luke Morley (Miracle Baits) 119-11-0, carp to 10 lb, barbel to 5 lb, pole and pellet, peg 6; Craig Crowe (Avanti Used Tackle) 97-6-0; Graham Cripsey (Avanti Used Tackle) 92-14-0; Darren Smith (Avanti Used Tackle) 91-7-0.

GTi Foston, Lincolnshire. Wed. Match Lakes. 14. Geoff Bennett (MAP Mansfield) 81-12-0, carp to 12 lb, pole and pellet to the island and maggot down the edge, Hawthorn 15; Bronson Arme (Embankment AC) 62-8-0; Steve Keyworth (Sensas Mansfield Angling Centre) 43-4-0; Graham Eden (Mansfield) 42-4-0; Billy Arme (Embankment AC) 36-8-0; Neil Fisher (Dynamite Matchmen Supplies) 33-4-0. Sat. 20. Steve Pretty (Miracle Baits) 76-0-0, 14 carp to 10 lb, pole and maggot, Chestnut 10; John Berry (Sensas Mansfield Angling Centre) 55-0-0; Andy Birkin (Phil’s Bait & Tackle) 48-0-0; John Belcher (RAF) 46-0-0; Scott Temprill (Grantham) 45-0-0; Graham Eden (Mansfield) and Phil Marris Jnr (Notts AA) both 36-0-0.

Harleston & Wortwell Individual League, Weybread Pits, near Harleston, Norfolk. Sat. Middle and Club Pits. 29. Middle: Chris Knights Snr (Harleston) 12-12-0, skimmers on pole and maggot; Paul Coper (Earlham Silvers) 12-4-0; Karl Dowse (Harleston) 9-7-0. Club: Simon Haley (Angling Direct) 11-3-0, skimmers and roach on maggot; Bob Wessells (Bait-Tech/Suffolk Water Park) 9-4-0; Mick Hanks (Daiwa Angling Direct) 8-8-0.

Harrisons Tackle Fossdyke League, Lincolnshire. 39. Chris Jenkinson (Maver Bait-Tech) 20-14-0, Woodcocks 6; Glen Lawrence (Ultimate Barnsley) 17-1-0; Rob Thorley (Whisby Angling) 14-4-0; Matt Derry (Kamasan Starlets) 14-4-0; Wayne Swinscoe (Maver Bait-Tech) 11-5-0; Phil Turner (Team Tinca Tamers) 10-13-0; Jake Dye (Mosella) 10-4-8; Rob Perkins (Dynamite Baits) 9-13-0.

Head Fen, near Ely. Sun. 21. Gary Burton (Mill View Tackle) 115-4-0, 6 m pole and pellet, peg 15 Snake; Steve Jackson (Headfen) 97-10-0; Geoff Arnold (Suffolk’s Finest) 90-6-0; Marcus Bailey (Head Fen) 83-14-0.

Lakeview Fishery, Holwell, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Wed. Veterans, Serpent and Marina Pools. 13. Ray Redwood (Victoria Tackle) 57-0-0, carp, pole and pellet, Serpent 17; Rob Taylor (Notts AA) 48-4-0; A. Higgins (Lakeview Select) 38-4-0; Roger Holmes (Lakeview Select) 34-0-0. Sat. Veterans, Stream Pool. 14. Rob Taylor (Notts AA) 51-12-0, carp, pole, maggot and pellet, peg 18; Cliff Adcock (Lakeview Select) 43-8-0; Roger Holmes (Lakeview Select) 37-2-0; Pete Sisson (Lakeview Select) 31-8-0; Chris Shaw (Lakeview Select) 31-4-0; John Upton (Lakeview Select) 29-4-0. Sat. Serpent Pool. 20. Scott Robinson (Notts AA) 62-13-0, carp, pole, pellet and maggot, peg 18; Steve Draper (Lakeview Select) 58-10-0; Sean Kemp (Lakeview Select) 52-0-0; John Barmley (The Fish) 36-0-0; Carl Hitchcock (Lakeview Select) 32-12-0. Sun. Marina Pool. 22. Scott Robinson (Notts AA) 67-11-0, carp, pole, pellet and maggot, peg 14; Steve Bentley (Lakeview Select) 59-4-0; Steve Draper (Lakeview Select) 56-4-0; Les Moody (Lakeview Select) 38-7-0; Stan Piecha (Leicester Sensas) 34-8-0; Michael Corker (Lakeview Select) 31-1-0.

Norwich & District, River Wensum, Norwich. Sun. 12. David Gooch (Norwich) 16-6-0, roach and perch, 7 m whip, hemp and maggot; Colin Urry (Dukes) 11-12-8; Kevin Bland (Angling Direct) 11-10-0; Pete Swan (Norwich) 10-3-0.

Norwich & District, River Thurne, Potter Heigham and Martham. Sat. 22. Tony Gibbons (Norwich) 18-12-0, pole and caster over loose fed caster; Len Reynolds (Deben) 16-13-0; Reg Bryanton (Deben) 16-9-0; Kevin Fuller (Norwich) 16-0-0; Kevin Humphries (Angling Direct) 14-10-0; Nick Dale (Norwich) 12-5-0.

River Soar Championships, River Soar, Sutton Bonnington, Nottinghamshire. Sun. 35. Roger Marlow (Leicester Sensas) 5 kg 280 gr, roach, skimmers and perch, pole and maggot, peg 30 (third time he has won this Championships and the second in succession); Pete Jayes (Wigston AS) 4-510; Brian Hull (Loughborough Soar AS) 4-380; Steve Hurst (Quorn Van den Eynde) 4-350.

Rycroft Fisheries, Hemington, Leicestershire/Derbyshire border. Wed. Bait-Tech Silver Fish Match, Carp Lake. 12. Wayne Swinscoe (Maver Bait-Tech) 19-2-0, roach and skimmers, pole and caster, peg 3; Graham Barry (Bait-Tech) 16-15-0; Lee Bennett (Rycroft Fisheries) 14-14-0; Don Slaymaker (Bait-Tech) 13-5-0; Andy Taft (Bait-Tech) 12-13-0. Sat. Bait-Tech Silver Fish League, Carp Lake. 15. Rob Wootton (Shimano/Dynamite) 19-2-0, roach, perch and skimmers, pole and caster, peg 3; Pete Marlow (Leicester Sensas) 18-15-0; Andy Taft (Bait-Tech) 18-3-0; Stuart Naylor (Rycroft Fisheries) 16-13-0; Andy Beasley (Rycroft Fisheries) 16-7-0; Russ Dowding (Mill Tackle) 14-14-0. Sat. Moat Pool. 8. Lee Smith (Rycroft Fisheries) 61-0-0, crucians to 1 lb 8 oz with a few carp, pole and pellet, peg 19; Charlie Shaw (Fishermania) 57-4-0; Paul Stone (Mill Tackle) 50-10-0; Wayne Sewards (Rycroft Fisheries) 28-13-0.

Sherwood Forest Fishery, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire. Sun. Holmedale Lake. 23. Andy Lakey (Worksop Angling) 109-6-0, 21 carp to 8 lb, 13 m pole and pellet, peg 24; Ben Holmes (Fox Match Trentmen) 83-12-0; Lee Parker (Phil’s Bait & Tackle) 80-1-0; Martyn Brown (Eastwood Angling Centre) 75-14-0; Pete Ellis (Sherwood Forest Fishery) 75-10-0; Will Cresswell (Eastwood Angling) 59-8-0. Tues. Sherwood Lake. 14. Mick Lysaght (Rivendell AC) 58-7-0, carp to 10 lb, Method feeder and meat with 10 lb of skimmers, pole and sweetcorn; John Holmes (Sherwood Forest Fishery) 39-7-0; Dave Round (Midland Busmen AC) 28-11-0; Ian Boyd (Rivendell AC) 25-6-0; Fred Bispham (Peg One Angling Centre) 25-6-0; Martin Rouse (Mansfield Busmen AC) 22-1-0. Wed. Holmedale Lake. 19. Carl Brown (Sherwood Forest Fishery) 49-0-0, 18 carp to 6 lb, peg 27; Andy Lakey (Worksop AA) 41-4-0; John Darby (Sherwood Forest Fishery) 37-7-0; Geoff Mawby (Gateford Angling Supplies) 29-2-0; Kristian Powers (Sherwood Forest Fishery) 25-12-0; Pete Ellis (Sherwood Forest Fishery) 21-7-0.

Suffolk Water Park, near Ipswich. Wed. 20. Les Cook (Castaway Felixstowe) 82-2-0, Method feeder, Match Lake 1; Deana Ramsey (Woodbridge) 34-6-0; John Whitehouse (Bait-Tech) 26-10-0; Keith Gosling (Nisa Waveney) 24-10-0; Dave Newman (Ipswich) 21-10-0; Bob Fuller (Viscount) 21-10-0.

Townsend Lakes, Upwell, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Sat. Kingfisher Lake. 10. Andy Adams (Frenzee) 70-2-0, carp, pole and pellet, peg 30; Jordan Osbourne (Townsend Lakes) 36-2-0; Dave Pearce Snr (Townsend Lakes) 22-10-0. Sun. Woodpecker Pool. 10. Dave Rodwell (Townsend Lakes) 72-12-0, carp, pole, pellet and meat, peg 13; Percy Baxter (Townsend Lakes) 49-10-0; Colin Begbie (Townsend Lakes) 38-2-0.

Westwood Lakes, Wyberton, near Boston, Lincolnshire. Tues. Skylark Lake. 20. Tony Evans (Dynamite/Middy) 29-6-0, small carp, tench and two bream, pole, pellet and maggot; Steve Lane (Castle AC) 19-4-0; Alec Rawlings (Westwood Lakes) 17-8-0. Thurs. Over 50s, Skylark Lake. 20. John Gooden (Milldon Baits) 42-2-0, bream, ide and small carp, pole and maggot; Ray Tusker (Ropseley AC) 38-8-0; Brian Thompson (Orchard Park) 32-10-0. Sun. Skylark Lake. 19. Steve Lane (Castle AC) 37-12-0, bream, skimmers, carp and barbel, pole and pellet, peg 13; Steve Davis (Dave’s Peg) 32-4-0; Mark Cross (Newmarket) 27-13-0.