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Doing The Treble

Guest blogger Craig Goldstraw (Maver Midlands and Bag'em Matchbaits) has just won three matches in three days! Here's how...

Last week saw me at Izaak Walton Fishery, Chebsey, for the Friday night open and the Saturday open the following day. I'd not been to this venue since I was about 16! The reason I went was that I am fishing a festival there in September.  

On the Friday I got to the venue nice and early so I could have a walk round. To cut a long story short I ended up drawing on the Canal Lake. When I got to my peg i really fancied it with it only being 13 metres wide and with plenty of over hanging reeds – it's the sort of fishing I've been doing for the last few years on these snake lake style commercials!

With not having long to set up I set one rig up over in 12 inches of water were I would fish pellets, another for down the  track with Bag'em yellow meat and a rig for down each edge. I ended up catching a few fish over then chatching six carp on the yellow meat. The last hour and a half I ended up catching 20 or so carp down the edge. I ended up with 90lb and this gave me a match win, with 80lb being second.


After my win on Friday it would be silly not to go back for the Saturday open! This time it was split over several of the lakes, and I drew on the Bottom Pool. I had fished this one in the past and I knew there was some proper munters in there!  
I set up a few more rigs as I had more time: four shallow rigs in the open water where I would feed caster and fish different sorts of bait over the top. I also set up the same meat line as the day before and I also put two margin lines in again.

I kicked my match off with a full handful of yellow meat at five metres and a pouchful of casters at 13 metres. I started on single caster, shipped it out and eight roach later it wasn't going well! So, it was bait change time. I picked up a shallower rig at about 14 inches and put three red maggots on. That changed everything and I ended up catching 16 carp on this line in three hours for about 80lb.

After the 3rd hour I potted in 2 cups of groundbait to my left and four cups to my right with some dead maggots in it as well. After doing this I reckon it took 20 or so minutes for them to turn up and I ended up catching another 30 carp down
my edges!

As the scales came around there was talk of me having 200lb. I really dint think I had but after five weighs I ended up with 208lb and another match win, with 111lb being second – and my first ever double ton!


On the Sunday I really struggled to find a match. There just didn't seem to be anything on around my area so I rang the local fishery up near me, Longford Fishery in Derbyshire, which had just started running opens. Thankfully they had a match on so I was quite happy with that as I've had great success there the last few months with seven match wins in a row!

I drew on a lake that I had never seen before! It's all little island fishing again, though – but I drew one of the wider pegs at 20 metres! Anyway as I had written a previous blog about long poles before, out came my 20m pole!

After five hours I ended up with 132lb fishing long on banded pellets. Weekends don't get much better than that. Three days, three wins, a personal best and £250 beer tokens better off! Why can't it always be this good?

Craig Goldstraw
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