This week sees a new issue of Angler's Mail - it's a must-read for you.

This week sees a new issue of Angler’s Mail – the only new coarse mag out this week, it’s a must-read for you to start 2014. Includes Dick Clegg interview, Mail reporters’ regional match fishing stars of 2013 and big Preston Innovations Matchman of the year leaderboard.



Preston Innovations Matchman of the Year qualifiers

* Drennan Pairs, Town Welland and River Glen, Spalding, Lincs. Sun, 50. Dave Burns (Spalding) 27-0-0, 310 roach, poled bread punch, Welland peg 8; Steve Winter (Drennan) 20-12-0; Gavin Butler (Maver Bait Tech) 20-10-0; Tony Beech (Quorn AS) 20-7-0. Pair: Tony Beech (Quorn AS) & Clive Fletcher (Matchman Supplies) 32-12-0.

* Sherwood Forest Farm Park Fishery, Edwinstowe, Notts. Sun, 34, Holmedale Lake. Rich Allen (Kinky Pellet Club) 85-10-0, 30 carp to 7 lb, waggler and maggot up in water by small island, peg 54; Lee Plackett (Sherwood Forest Fishery) 45-0-0; Shaun Sheldon (Kinky Pellet Club) 42-3-0; Lloyd Lapidge (Kinky Pellet Club) 40-12-0; Lee Parker (Phil’s Bait & Tackle) 33-8-0; Andy Birkin (Phil’s Bait & Tackle) 32-15-0.

* Wreake Christmas, Grand Union Canal, Market Harborough, Leics. Sun, 41. Chris Bennett (Attleborough Sports) 8-12-0, roach and skimmers, poled bread, Great Glen section; Rob Graves (March AC) 6-4-0; Nidge Miller (Huntingdon) 5-4-0; Norman Bradshaw (Browning) 5-4-0; Matt Collerson (Browning) 5-3-0.







Steve Collett’s weekly match fishing blog returns next week – a new one is live every Tuesday. Read his hard-hitting My Say opinion piece and brilliant winter tips in this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine!


Smaller fishing match results


Aldercar Lane, Langley Mill, Notts. Tues, Acorn Lake, 9. Andy Starkey (Aldercar Lane) 33-15-0, carp to 8 lb, poled pellet, peg 22; Andy Mason (Aldercar Lane) 32-0-0; Dave Perry (Stanton) 31-7-0. Fri, Folly Lake, 12. Andy Mason (Aldercar Lane) 69-4-0, carp to 7 lb, poled pellet, peg 22; James Stevenson (Bait Tech) 46-10-0; Russ Dowding (Mill Tackle) 30-0-0; Jeff Thorpe (Peg One Angling) 22-1-0. Sun, Railway & Acorn Lakes, 19. Andy Mason (Aldercar Lane) 35-15-0, carp to 8 lb, poled pellet, Railway peg 26; Ian Robinson (Sensas Mill Tackle) 18-15-0; Ian Utting (Aldercar Lane) 17-3-0; Rich Stacey (Aldercar Lane) 6-15-0; John Tingle (Aldercar Lane) 4-10-0; Dave Needham (Peg One Angling) 4-8-0.

Angling Direct, River Wensum, Norwich city centre. Sun, 17. David Gooch (Earlham Silvers) 10-4-0, undisclosed; Steve Borrett (Norwich) 10-1-0; Colin Sadler (Dukes) 8-1-0; Pete Swan (Angling Direct) 7-13-0; Robert Hubbard (Daiwa Angling Direct) 7-3-0; Wayne Anderson (Daiwa Angling Direct) 7-2-0.

Chestnut Pool, Langford, Beds. Sun, 21, Silver Fish/Pole Only. Ian Bagshaw (Maver) 25-11-0, mainly roach and a few skimmers, poled pellet, peg 12; Tom Coles (St. Neots) 22-7-0; Pete Currell (Luton) 20-0-0; Andy Leathers (Browning Hot Rods) 15-7-0.

Decoy Lakes, Whittlesey, Cambs. Tues, Beastie Lake, 14. Richard Linnell (Decoy) 65-12-0, a 17 lb carp plus small F1s, poled maggot, peg 17; Rob Goodson (Decoy) 53-8-0; Barry Mason (Guru Ringers) 39-0-0; Steve Pell (Decoy) 38-10-0. Sat. Beastie Lake, 27. Mike Mitchell (JVAC) 51-8-0; mainly F1s to 2 lb, poled pellet, peg 25; Andy Leathers (Browning Hot Rods) 41-13-0; Barry Mason (Guru Ringer’s) 40-2-0; Tom Wilson (Decoy) 39-0-0. Sun, Six Islands Lake, 17. Simon Godfrey (Decoy) 59-7-0, carp to 5 lb, poled pellet and maggot, peg 22; Steve Pell (Decoy) 52-5-0; Neil Adcock (Browning Hot Rods) 49-15-0; Kev Wadge (Decoy) 49-7-0.

Deeping St James AC, River Welland, Deeping Roadside, Lincs. Sun, 16. David Marzell (DSJAC) 9-0-0, all roach, poled bread punch and maggot, peg 12: Rob Allen (DSJAC) 4-14-0: Mel Saggers (DSJAC) 4-13-8.

Harleston and Wortwell, Weybread Middle Pit, Norfolk. Fri, 9, pole-only. Chris Knights (Harleston) 7-6-0, undisclosed; Dave Radcliff (Sudbury) 4-9-0; Mal Runacres (Deben) 2-7-0.

Head Fen Pairs, Snake & Trevs lakes, nr. Ely, Cambs. Fri, 16. Marcus Bailey (Head Fen) 40-4-0, carp, maggot, Snake peg 17; Dave Cook (Anglers Corner) 28-0-0; Dave Priestley (Shipshape Tackle) 26-3-0. Pairs: Marcus Bailey (Head Fen) & Pete Lambdin (Dersingham) 4 (52-0-0); Dave Cook & Pete Keeler (Anglers Corner) 4 (41-4-0). Sun, 11. Matt Ayers (Dents) 62-0-0, pellet feeder, pellet & soft meat, Trevs peg 36; Kevin Shelley (Newmarket) 43-10-0; Dave Rodwell (Shipshape Tackle) 39-14-0.


Jim Boulton Memorial, River Wensum, Norwich city centre. Fri, 26. Pete Swan (Angling Direct) 35-8-0, 14 bream to 3 lb 8 oz, crumb feedered worm; Rob Wright (Browning Hot Rods) 29-5-0; Lee Beckett (Earlham Silvers) 26-8-0; Kevin Fuller (Angling Direct) 19-15-0; Kevin Humphries (Norwich) 17-7-0; Paul Lawrance (Earlham Silvers) 14-2-0. £125 raised for East Anglian Air Ambulance.


Lakeview Fishery, Holwell, Leics. Sun, 21, Canal & Stream ponds. Joey Griffin (Lakeview) 43-8-0, carp, poled pellet, Stream peg 9; Andy Searle (Middy) 39-12-0; Steve Haywood (Middy) 31-12-0; Gerry Woodcock (Gerry’s of Notts) 25-5-0; Gaz Sadler (Leicester) 22-2-0; Dave Kent (Long Eaton Fed) 18-10-0.


Notts AA, Beeston Canal, Notts. Sun, 15. Julian Garner (Notts AA) 10-3-0, 100+ roach to 6 oz, poled pinkie over joker,  peg 17; Phil Turner (Mill Tackle) 9-15-0; Tony Barker (Shakespeare Superteam) 9-0-0; Darren Massey (Shakespeare Superteam) 8-6-0; Ben Sharratt (Shakespeare Superteam) 7-0-0; Derek Jackson (Dams & Lock) 6-10-0.

Railway and Willow Lakes, near Norwich. Sat, 24. Warren Martin (Matrix Barford Tackle) 100-8-0, mainly F1s, maggot, 13m, Willow peg 4; Steve Kindleysides (East Harling) 79-4-0; Dave Reeve (Angling Direct Suffolk) 53-8-0; Vince Cross (Nash Baits) 51-9-0; Reg Bryanton (Deben) 49-11-0; Richard Bond (Bury St Edmunds) 47-1-0.


Park Hall Fishery, Mansfield Woodhouse, Notts. Sun, Old Estate Lake, 12. Graham Eden (Mansfield) 2-8-0, 1 carp, bomb and corn, peg 57; Paul Thomas (Mansfield Woodhouse) 2-6-0. (No others weighed in).

Stanjay Christmas Sweepstake, Factory Bank, Benwick, Cambs., Sun. 15. Neil Newby (Sensas Mark One) 16-13-0, small roach on pinkie and groundbait at 4 metres, peg 1; Anthony Watling (Stanjay Gold) 15-14-0; Martin Caldecote (Willow Grange) 13-12-0; Bob Nudd (Browning / Stanjay Gold) 13-3-5; John Taylor (Sensas Mark One) 8-15-0; Roy Whincup (Stanjay Silver) 8-12-5.

Suffolk Water Park, near Ipswich, Suffolk. Sat, 13, silvers. John Dale (Bait-Tech) 4-14-0, one tench plus three skimmers, pellet, Canal peg 3; Keith Gooderam (Browning Wickford) 3-14-0; Bill Walker (Bill’s Tackle) 1-14-0; Chris Smith (Harleston) 1-7-0.

Townsend Lakes, Wisbech, Cambs. Sun, 11, Woodpecker Lake. Colin Begbie (Townsend) 24-10-0, carp, long pole and pellet, waggler and pellet, peg 9; Geoff Arnold (Townsend) 18-2-0; Ricky Young (Hotrods Pond Dippers) 14-14-0.

Willow Lakes, Foston, Lincs. Sat, 20. Ash, Chestnut & Hawthorn Lakes. John Belcher (RAF) 44-0-0, 10 carp to 8 lb, poled bread punch, Hawthorn peg 29; Terry Marshall (Dynamite Matchman’s Supplies) 40-8-0; John Woodland (Sherwood Forest Farm Park) 38-0-0; Tony Nally (Dynamite Matchman’s Supplies) 24-10-0.



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