With qualifying season starting to kick off, we caught up with the serial big money qualifier to find out exactly how he does it.
All too often match anglers find themselves falling into the mindset of fishing only for carp and F1’s and on the majority of venues this is what you need to target to win, but there are of course exceptions to the rule and todays exception comes in the shape of the glorious Lake John Fishery nestled away in a leafy suburb of Epping forest. Although the water is home to carp well over 40lbs, it is the bream that are the main target in the matches and 100lb bags are commonplace.
Fishing to islands on commercial venues is a key element to any match anglers approach, coming in all different shapes, sizes, and depths these fish holding magnets can be a little difficult to get your head around when you start to consider all the variables and scenarios you can come up against on each different peg. I’ve bought the cameras back to Peg 136 on Match Lake 4 at Monk Lakes in Kent, where I recently won a Fish’O’Mania Qualifier by making the most of an island peg using a positive approach which opens up a world of opportunity…
As a match angler, fishing rivers is something of a love hate relationship! Some days you will turn up and draw the ideal peg with perfect conditions and there is no place you would rather be. Add a few foot of extra water overnight, tea coloured water (we’re talking proper northern tea too – none of that milky southern stuff!) and half a forest drifting through your swim, you can be left questioning why you even bothered getting out of bed.
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