This week’s Angler’s Mail magazine gets inside the mind of Andy Bennett, who has lifted the 2013-2014 Angler’s Mail Matchman of the Year title and also banked £5,000 from Preston Innovations.


Aberglais, Staunton Court, Gloucs. Sun, 20. Paddy Payne (Merthyr) 138-12-0, carp to double-figures, short poled pellets, pegged middle of concrete bank; Mark Williams (Abertysswg) 129-12-0; Ian Cathrew (Merthyr) 113-1-0.

Beechdale AC, Maver Larford Lakes, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcs. Sun, 16, Match Lake. Martin Whittaker (Beechdale AC) 147-11-0, carp to 10 lb, poled corn down edge, peg 40; Linden Pickett (Beechdale AC) 124-9-0; Neil Hampton (Beechdale AC) 101-13-0.

Blackfords Progressive, Calf Heath Reservoir, Gailey, Staffs. Sat, 38. Mark Greening (Streetly) 55-14-0, bream to 4 lb, Method feedered pellet and maggot, peg 52; Steve Preece (M and S Joinery) 54-2-0; Ian Davies (Blackfords) 37-9-0; Bob Harris (Blackfords) 32-14-0; Tony Jeffery (JCB) 32-6-0.

Browning Tunnel Barn Farm, Shrewley, Warks. Mon, 18, Club Pool. Pete Rice (Bag’em Matchbaits) 128-10-0, carp and F1s, caster groundbait slop at 2m, peg 5; Dave James (Mosella UK) 122-7-0; Wayne Sweetman (Tunnel Barn Farm) 121-4-0. Tues, 38, Over-50s, High Pool. Ken Turner (TBF Veterans) 64-10-0, carp, F1s and stockies, pellet at 4m, peg 43; Ron Savage (Lanes Baits/Packington Vets) 61-10-0; Pete Rice (Bag’em Matchbaits) 59-15-0; John Johnson (Notts AA) 59-6-0; Phil Green (Packington Veterans) 54-11-0; Dave Chapman (Swann Baits) and Jim Wills (TBF Vets) both 54-9-0. Wed, 15, House Pool 2. Dave James (Mosella) 139-15-0, F1s, roach and skimmers, maggot through slop at 4m, peg 24; Ronnie Biggs (OHMS) 133-5-0; Pete Hancox (Birmingham) 129-13-0. Thurs, 62, Veterans, Canal, Jennys and Top pools. Steve 73-8-0, carp, F1s, roach and skimmers, maggot at 12m and down edge, peg 5 Canal; John Merchant 72-5-0; Dave Cockayne 69-13-0; Dave Holmes 66-2-0; John Stockton 63-11-0; Alan Hemming 61-0-0  (all Tunnel Barn Farm Veterans). Fri, 16, New Pool. Wayne Ainsworth (Mid-City) 142-14-0, F1s and silvers, maggot at 6m and down edges, peg 7; Pete Rice (Bag’em) 139-8-0; Dave James (Mosella UK) 120-8-0. Sat, 19, House 2. Andy Jackson (Mosella) 135-14-0, carp, F1s and stockies, bread at 6m and corn down edges, peg 13; Pete Rice (Bag’em) 128-1-0; Danny Dryhurst (DS Floats) 121-7-0. Sun. 30, Canal and Club. Danny Dryhurst (DS Floats) 155-13-0, F1s, caster at 6m, peg 5 Club; Dave James (Mosella UK) 153-0-0; Jason Neath (Banbury Gunsmiths) 138-15-0; Phil Moore (Rugeley Power Station) 131-2-0.

Cefn Mably, Cardiff. Wed, 21, Over-50s. Paul Waddington (Thatchers) 51-4-0, carp, poled pellets, Match Lake; Brian Protheroe (Merthyr) 44-0-0; Bob Mitchell (Cefn Mably) 40-8-0.

Cradley Heath Labour AC, Staffs-Worcs Canal, Hinksford, Worcs. Sun, 19. Brian Smith (Cradley Heath Labour) 10-13-0, roach and perch, poled white maggot, peg 13; Steve Robson (Cradley Heath Labour) 9-15-0; John Billingham (Cradley Heath Labour) 9-8-0.

Elmbridge, Droitwich, Worcs. Sat, 23, Pheasant Pool. Mark Brown (Elmbridge) 76-8-0, carp, pellet and paste in margins, peg 32; Mark Bradley (M and B) 47-8-0; Keith Miller (New Willenhall) 35-0-0. Sun, 16. Eddie Swan (Hazelwell AC) 109-0-0, carp, poled corn, peg 29; Richard Buxton (Bilston Angling Centre) 105-0-0.

Goodyear AC, Elmbridge Fishery, Droitwich, Worcs. Sun, 17, Heron Pool. John Taylor 131-3-0, carp to 6 lb, pellet feeder and poled corn, peg 29; JJ Gallagher 81-0-0; Bob Cooke 77-12-0 (all Goodyear AC).

Hawkesbury, Bedworth, Warks. Sat, 17. Rolly Sturdy (Hawkesbury Tetley) 130-8-0, carp, bream and tench, poled pellet, peg 15; John Kidd (Hawkesbury) 85-3-0; Grant Merritt (Hawkesbury) 66-8-0. Sun, 22. Keith Hudson (Hawkesbury) 140-11-0, carp, poled pellet, peg 1; Richard Grant (Hawkesbury/Gillette) 84-0-0; Craig Kidd (Hawkesbury) 70-1-0.




Be sure to get this week’s issue – in shops from Tuesday. The bagged April 8 cover-dated issue includes latest tackle guide and gets you right inside the mind of Preston Innovations-Angler’s Mail Matchman of the Year, Andy Bennett.


Holgan Farm, Llawhaden, W. Wales. Sun, 19. Ian Heaps (Holgan Farm) 69-14-0, carp, wagglered pellets at four rod lengths, peg 23 Carp Lake; James Thomas (Ammanford) 62-4-0; Kev Roberts (Haverfordwest) 58-8-0.

Iffers, Mathern Mill, Chepstow. Sun, 20. Mark Wellington (Iffers) 138-2-0, carp 3-8 lb, poled corn and meat, Meadow Lake point; Luke Burge (Iffers) 137-4-0; Greg Roberts (Iffers) 83-0-0.

King’s Pools, Shareshill, W. Mids. Wed, 16, Big Match Pool. L. Willey (King’s) 71-2-0, F1s to 2 lb, poled pellet, peg 56; Dave Mortlock (King’s) 65-3-0; John Cockayne (King’s) 64-4-0. Sat, 9, Carp Pool. Terry Edwards (Swan Elite) 55-9-0, F1s to 2 lb, poled pellet, peg 19. Sun, 16, Big Match Pool. John Benjamin (Swan AC) 76-7-0, F1s to 3 lb, poled pellet, peg 37; Gary Steele (Striker Steele) 74-9-0; Dave Powell (King’s) 73-6-0.

Maver Match This Qualifier, Larford Lakes, Stourport, Worcs. Sun, 120. Andy Oldham (Frenzee) 149-0-0, peg 37 Match Lake; Glen Butler (Maver) 107-2-0; Andy Kinder (Maver Marukyu) 106-13-0; Andy Power (Preston Innovations) 103-10-0; Andy Bailey (Daiwa Dons) 100-1-0; Jimmy Brooks (Barford) 96-1-0.

Monkhall, Monkhopton, Salop. Sun, 14, Lark and Owl pools. Ben Stanford (Monkhall) 69-1-0, carp and F1s, poled pellet, peg 12 Lark; Chris Cadwalder (Monkhall) 59-9-0; Steve Roberts (Oakengates Angling Centre) 39-10-0.

Moorlands Farm, Hartlebury, Worcs. Tues, 24, Silver and Island pools. George Reynolds (Kings Pools) 140-8-0, carp and F1s, corn at 13m, peg 4 Silver; Basil Rathbone (St Francis) 126-3-0; Paul Gadd (Hunnington) 96-1-0. Wed, 21, Over-50s, Meadow. Mal Watson (Daiwa Gordon League) 100-14-0, carp, poled pellet down edge, peg 58; Colin Bennett (Worcester) 42-0-0; Ryan Thacker (Moorlands) 33-8-0. Thurs, 18, Bank and Moors. Mal Watson (Daiwa Gordon League) 108-10-0, carp and F1s, poled pellet down edge, peg 15 Moors; John Bagley (Stevens Tackle) 103-2-0; Ray Phillips (Colin Pace Academy) 54-1-0. Fri pm, 14, Meadow. Pete Mace (Autism Birmingham) 122-2-0, carp, poled corn down edge, peg 16; Dave Williams (Halesowen RBL) 106-6-0. Sat, 28, Bank, Moors and Island. Dave Gough (Wolverhampton) 77-13-0, carp, meat at 4m, peg 8 Moors; Paul Nash (Bromsgrove) 72-4-0; Paul Haddlington (Club 2000) 61-12-0; Colin Pace (Colin Pace Academy) 61-6-0. Sun, 28, Meadow and Bank. Dave Williams (Halesowen RBL) 114-6-0, carp, bomb and bread, peg 21 Bank; Kye Faulkner (Matrix) 92-15-0; Tony Armitage (Glynwed) 75-3-0.

Mosella Manor Farm Leisure, Harvington, Worcs. Wed, 17, Island and Middle. Barry Duggan (Baileys Warwick) 102-4-0, carp and F1s, poled pellet and pellet waggler, peg 26 Island; Mark Russell (Banbury Gunsmiths) 89-12-0; Terry Winstone (Bonehill Mill) 81-0-0. Thurs, 15, Middle and Boundary. Barry Duggan (Baileys Warwick) 118-8-0, carp and F1s, poled pellet and groundbait feeder, peg 26 Middle; Chris Telling (Colmic Airon) 89-0-0; David Howard (Leigh Tackle and Bait) 60-8-0. Sat, 21, Middle and Boundary. Ian Dixon (Bag’em/Drennan Borden) 200-4-0, carp and F1s, poled pellet and groundbait feeder, peg 26 Middle; Pete Bennett (Drennan Banbury Gunsmiths) 151-14-0; Ian Wheeldon (Mosella) 136-4-0. Sun, 22, Island and Boundary. Steve Seaborn (Wye Angling) 104-4-0, carp and F1s, poled pellet and groundbait feeder, peg 34, Island Pool; Ronnie Pharoah (Mosella) 103-14-0; Chris Coleman (Arthurs Angling Supplies) 101-0-0.

Newport Spring Series, School Pool, Gwent. Sun, 19. Howard Green (Green’s Tackle) 36-8-0, F1s, poled pellets, peg 32; Chris Shepherd (Cwmbran Angling Nobblers) 34-8-0; Martyn Truman (Newport) 34-2-0.

Nisa Feeders, Dynamite Makins, Wolvey, Warks. Wed, 27, Lake 2. Paul Fox (Fosters) 163-14-0, carp, Method and poled pellet, peg B11; Andy David (Derby) 95-2-0; John Oldham (Makins) 62-14-0. Thurs, 26, Crater and Snake. Andy Searle (Middy) 80-14-0, carp, poled pellet, peg 5, Crater Pool; Phil Hull (Lanes Bait) 50-10-0; John Adamson (Nisa) 49-8-0.

Packington Somers, Meriden, Warks. Wed, 23, Molands Mere. Lee Richards (Packington) 103-10-0, F1s and skimmers, pellet at 13m, peg 21; Keith Wooding (Solihull Angling Centre) 71-14-0; Craig O’Brien (Fast Feeders) 62-4-0; Dan Wooding (Solihull Angling Centre) 44-8-0. Sat, 24, Molands. Andy Fulleylove (Kobra Feeders) 56-9-0, carp and F1s, pellet feeder, peg 43; Dave Elliott (Packington) 46-13-0; Shane Whitaker (Packington) 41-4-0; Dave Neale (Lanes Bait) 38-8-0. Sun, 20, Little Gearys. Dave Duggan (Dams and Lock) 73-2-0, carp, F1s and skimmers, poled caster, peg 17; Wayne Carter (Packington Candles) 53-5-0; Steve White (Kobra Feeders) 53-1-0.

Parkes’ Hall AC, Moorlands Farm, Hartlebury, Worcs. Sun, 14, Moors Pool. Louis Worton (J & P Tackle) 42-11-0, carp to 6 lb, poled pellet, peg 21; William Garratt (Parkes’ Hall) 35-7-0.

Patshull Park, Pattingham, Salop. Sun, 12, Church Lake. John Gill (Bilston Angling Centre) 68-11-0, bream to 7 lb, feedered worm, peg 1; Graham O’Sullivan (Oakengates Angling Centre) 50-8-0.

Pontymister, Monmouthshire Canal, Crumlin Arm. Sun, 22. Phil Thomas (Cross Keys) 5-5-8, roach and skimmers, poled punch, peg at Hall’s Road; Dale Forward (Cross Keys) 4-4-8; Johnathon Cooper (Risca) 4-4-0.

Port Talbot Docks, West Glamorgan. Sat, 18. Mike Towler (Glamorgan Rebels) 17-7-8, bream and skimmers, groundbait feeder, double red maggots, peg 18 day ticket bank; Gary Martin (Glamorgan Rebels) 17-7-0; Anthony Hogg (Glamorgan Rebels) 9-3-0.

Preston Innovations Boldings, Bridgnorth, Salop. Mon, 12, Oak and Willow pools. Colin Reynolds (Bilston Angling Centre) 85-15-0, carp to 6 lb and skimmers, poled pellet and corn down sides, peg 22 Oak; Tony Foster (Preston Innovations Boldings) 74-12-0. Wed, 12, Ash and Beech. Adam Slade (Sedgley) 87-12-0, carp to 6 lb and skimmers, pellet at 6 and 4m, peg 29 Beech; Ken Humphreys (Oswestry) 79-10-0. Thurs, 25, Oak and Sycamore. Ken Humphreys (Oswestry) 154-12-0, carp to 8 lb, barbel and skimmers, poled maggot down sides, peg 33 Sycamore; Steve Hall (Oswesrty) 129-5-0; Tony Foster (Preston Innovations Boldings) 96-4-0. Sat, 30, Chestnut, Sycamore and Larch. Andy Kyte (Maver/Sonubaits) 96-9-0, carp to 7 lb and skimmers, poled maggot down sides, peg 9 Chestnut; Mitch Davidson (Oakengates Angling Centre) 91-3-0; Mick Jameson (Preston Innovations Boldings) 81-11-0; Steve Hall (Oswestry) 76-0-0.

Preston Innovations Woodland View, Hadley, Worcs. Tues, 15, Deans Pools. Chris Senter (ABC) 165-5-0, carp, poled pellet down edge, peg 35; A. Dyson (Woodlands) 141-10-0; B. Duggan (Warwick) 82-10-0. Sat, 21, Deans. Steve Ford (Daiwa Gordon League) 161-12-0, carp, poled pellet and corn down edge, peg 35; A. Taylor (Gloucester) 137-6-0; Chris Cameron (Middy) 114-12-0. Sun, 22, Deans. Jason Stone (Peg One Angling) 152-2-0, carp, poled pellet down edge, peg 62; G. Clark (Browning) 126-4-0; Andy Morrison (Fisherman’s Friend) 111-5-0; Rob Wilson (Worcester) 106-0-0.

Redhill Fishery, Monmouth. Wed, 16, Pole-only. Chris Shepherd (Cwmbran Angling Nobblers) 140-0-0, carp to 5 lb, pellets at 13m, peg 16 Sophie’s Pond; Alan Davies (Sensas Nomads) 127-0-0; Howard Green (Green’s Tackle) 101-8-0.

Rhymney, Port Talbot Docks. Sun, 15. Gary Lewis (Rhymney) 11-9-0, skimmers and roach, groundbait feeder and dead maggots, peg 3 on walkway; Dave Jones (Rhymney) 8-10-0; Colin Whitehouse (Rhymney) 6-3-0.

Rough Hay AC, Greenhills Farm, Grimley, Worcs. Sun, 24, Kingfisher Pool. Alan Gough (Wolverhampton AA) 48-15-0, carp to 5 lb, feedered corn, peg 16; Jez Meredith (Rough Hay) 43-8-0; Shaun Hartop (Rough Hay) 39-1-0.

Simon Jones Memorial, Redhill Fishery, Monmouth. Sun, 26. Ian Exall (Blackwood) 108-0-0, carp, poled pellets in margins, peg on Sophie’s Pond; Rob Jones (Neath) 94-14-0; Mark Jones (Tredegar Angling Centre) 85-8-0.

Stirrup Cup, Fazeley Canal, Curdworth, Warks. Sun, 7. Alan Newman (Stirrup Cup) 17-6-0, nine bream plus roach and perch, poled chopped worm and caster, bush peg 64.

White Springs, Pontarddulais, nr Swansea. Wed, 12. Lew Spinks (Swansea) 99-0-0, carp and bream, poled pellets, peg on New Canal; John Charlesworth (Swansea) 89-0-0; Alan Godrich (Swansea) 76-4-0.

Wolverhampton AA, Shropshire Union Canal, Pendeford, Staffs. Sat, 15. Martin Owen (Browning Lifestyle) 4-3-0, roach, poled pinkie and squatt, peg 1; Dave Brown (Maver Midlands) 3-13-3. Sun, 28, Shropshire Union Canal, Brewood, Staffs. Ian Saiger (Browning Lifestyle) 11-14-4, roach, poled punch, pinkie and squatt, peg 2; Neil Turner (Wolverhampton AA VDE) 11-14-0; Steve Broome (Bilston Angling Centre) 9-14-12; Steve Dudley (Browning Lifestyle) 8-2-0; Martin Owen (Browning Lifestyle) 6-1-0.

Wolverhampton Over-60s, Ball Lane, Coven, Staffs. Wed, 22. Roy Grosvenor (Bridgtown AC) 9-6-12, two bream, perch and roach, poled caster and chop, peg 21; Dave Smith (Bridgtown AC) 7-3-6; Bert Simmill (Bilston Angling Centre) 5-6-5.




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