Blogs

MFS blogs and reviews - Angling discussion or linked match fishing websites, often in an informal diary-style format.
 
New Match Products put to the Test With the launch of our 2021 new products on the not too distant horizon, Mitch Henderson and young rising England star and co. Dynamite angler, Joshua Derry put some to the test ahead of their release in March.. Mitch continues… Dynamite have some more fantastic products hitting the shelves this year so I decided to head out with Josh to see what they are all about during a session at Nottinghamshire’s...
 
After Sunday’s disappointment at Peatmoor I headed to Bowood 10 on the Tuesday without much hope as the rain had continued and the Pondtail was up and coloured and on arrival it looked as if peg 10 had become a huge cup of PG Tips. Still I put the sardine out with little hope and decided to put three balls of groundbait down and see if I could coax something out of the tea! Surprisingly I managed to get a few bites leading to 10 roach and a...
 
A Bundle of New Dynamite Products For 2020 With turn of the year finally upon us its time to talk new products! We’ve been ultra busy at Dynamite HQ over the past few months in order to bring you a host of new carp, match and specimen products for 2021. Anglers will be able to get their hands on several exciting new products when they are stocked in tackle shops across the UK on March 1st and dozens of countries around the globe by January...
 
I have posted this on MatchFishing Scene but for completeness here it is on my blog! I have mentioned these whips in my blog on numerous occasions but have put together a rough (very rough as video is not my forte!) video of almost 7 minutes dealing with my use of the whips. In terms of cost they are very cheap in comparison to whips in this country, as an example the 5 whips in the video cost less than £25 in total. I have just ordered a 7m...
 
Monday saw me true to my word with bag-seat on my back trudging up to peg 11 in the top field through the rain sodden muddy slope, that even the sheep were having difficulty with, leading to peg 11, the last on my list for the right hand bank. I decided to set up just the waggler along with the pike rod, with the sardine being cast about 15m out in front of me but a couple of metres to the right. The waggler was about the same distance but...
 
It was not until the Saturday I was out again, I should have been taking part in the AT Silvers qualifier at Larford but that has been put back to 31st January. The rut has re-established itself and peg 10 at Bowood was surprisingly clear for a Saturday with 4 other cars parked up- busy for Bowood! I did the usual and put a sardine out on the pike rod while setting up the pole, three balls of groundbait deposited at 10m and 3 roach in the...
 
WIN a set of the new Betaine Green SwimStim Silverfish Groundbait in our exclusive web competition A new Betaine Green version of the popular SwimStim Silverfish launched this autumn – Get your hands on some for FREE by entering our comp below.. NEW for autumn 2020 – Another, low-feed value mix designed for match anglers who require a high-fishmeal, low feed value mix for targeting silverfish like skimmers, bream and roach on...
 
November 1st arrives and Radcot throws up its wet and windy best for the fourth round of the North Wessex Winter League. Drawn on C5, peg 13 downstream of the bridge I was not hopeful as there was no steady water close in and my hope seemed to be a tree in the water on the far bank. The match starts and I go straight across on the maggot feeder for no bites in 2 hours. The pole with an 8g flat float and 16g of lead at 6m does no better...
 
No further visits until the Sunday when it was the third round of the North Wessex Winter League at Lechlade. The draw was in a field next to the official expensive car park, parking at the edge of the field there were 4 sections at Lechlade itself and 2 at “Bloomers field. I managed to get drawn C1, scales again!, and faced an extra long walk just to reach the river. Finally reaching my peg I find it would have been easier to walk along the...
 
The Modern Day Angler – Archie Braddock Top specimen angler Archie, reflects on the differences between the modern day and traditional angler.. With seventy odd years of angling under my belt I can go back to a time when fishing was quite simple. One rod and reel, float fishing generally, with worms and bread as bait. No cars for teenagers in those days, adults couldn’t afford them either, so it was bicycles for us young anglers. That...
 
Jon Arthur’s Winter Match Fishing Tips Following his victory in the 2020 Daiwa Pole Masters at Tunnel Barn Farm, Jon Arthur reveals the tips which helped him claim top spot in the event. Key Baits There are four key baits I have on my side tray at this time of year: pellets, groundbait, maggots and bread. I never know which will be best on any given day, so having the option to swap and change is vital. I have lost count of the days...
 
After the match at Sutton Benger I did manage to sneak a visit in to Bowood before the end of September – a 4 hour stint on peg 10. No pike but a nice session on the pole resulting in 57 roach, 12 skimmers, 3 hybrids and 28 rudd for a 12-1 total. So into October and did it rain! I had a practice match for the next round of the North Wessex at Clanfield on the Sunday so spent the4 time sorting things. Setting off on the Sunday I was dubious...
 
Tony Gibson’s Specimen Diary – Autumn 2019 In his latest diary Tony recalls his campaigns from last autumn where he meets up with some specimen group members for a social before targeting some big zander and barbel.. One of the highlights of my fishing related calendar is the annual Northampton Specimen Group (NSG) fish-in/social, which we tend to organise around a weekend in early September each year. For our 2019 ‘do’ we selected a...