What are Preston Innovations' star anglers planning for the weekend ahead.
It’s looking like it could be an icy weekend ahead, but with matches going on around the country there will be plenty of action to keep competing anglers warm as they look for a brown envelope to take home.
Also looking to frame this weekend are the stars of the Preston Innovation stable of top anglers. Pole Fishing spoke to some of them to find out where they’ll be competing and what tactics they’ll be employing this weekend to keep them one step ahead of the rest of the field.
England International and current Parkdean Masters champ, Des Shipp
“I’m off to Tunnel Barn for a winter league match with my team on Saturday which I’m really looking forward to,” Des told Pole Fishing. “It’s the last but one match and although I’m not sure we can win it, we’d like to hold on to second.
“My approach will be fairly simple to star with and that’ll be 8mm bread punch fished a foot off the deck to try and catch some carp. If you find the fish you can win a match at tunnel without any lose feed so it’s worth having a go to start with.
“Failing that it’ll be pellet and maggot on the pole,” he continued. “I’ll start with the pellet but keep feeding a spot by hand about 4 or 5 sections out in front of me which I find can give you a few fish toward the end of the match if the pellet approach hasn’t worked.
“Sunday I’m going to be fishing for my old club Thatchers, down at Viaduct. The team was short so I put my name down. I’ll be on Lodge lake, so I’m hoping to draw one of the corner pegs. If I don’t it’ll be long pole and casters I think as pellets aren't allowed down there in the winter.”
Former Park Dean Master champ, Lee Kerry
“I’ll be at Tunnel Barn as well on Saturday, fishing the winter league with Pole Fishing editor Jon Arthur and Match Fishing’s Joe Carass who are in our four-man team, as well as Steve Ringer,’ said Lee.
“We’re currently in fourth as we didn’t have the best of starts, but it’s coming together now and with two matches left we’ll be looking to get second spot overall.
“Tunnel Barn’s a maggot and pellet venue at the moment in my opinion. The conditions will be key to what I fish on Saturday though. If I’ve got a bit of shelter making for better presentation I’ll be on the pellets, if it’s a bit windy I’ll go for maggots. With both I’ll fish a small amount of feed to and chase the fish around the swim until I find them.
“Sunday I’ll be working on my tackle,” continued Lee. “I’ve got no match on so it’s a good chance to get on with rigs and hooks. I’ve got a busy year ahead match wise so when there’s a lull it's a good chance to start getting prepared.”
Commercial ace, Andy Findlay
“I've been on holiday for the past three weeks and I haven’t done any fishing so I’m really looking forward to getting back on the bank this weekend,” said Andy.
“Saturday I’ll be at Higham Lane fishing an open. It’s been fishing well over there recently, last week it was won with over 100lb so it should be pretty good.
“I’ll be starting off on the bomb with either popped up bread or corn at about 20yards, feeding small amounts of corn over the top. While I’m doing that I’ll also be feeding a long pole line with pots of around 20 micro pellets and 5 grains of corn on a regular basis to switch to towards the end of the match, I'll then fish that with corn on the hook.
“Then on Sunday I’ll be at Packington Somers for an open on Molands. It’s been fishing quite hard I think and I’ll be looking to draw in the 20s or 40s which seem to be doing the best at the moment. It’ll be all bomb work or a small feeder depending on where I draw, and I’ll be fishing popped up bread casting around to find the carp.”