8 TAMING THE BEASTS
Matt Pillay is a brute when it comes to extracting carp from pegs where many anglers would end up in tears! Here he explains his heavy-handed approach and the gear that’s required at the awesome Messingham Sands.
16 ANDY POWER’S DIARY
It’s been another fantastic month for Andy Power with some huge nets of fish resulting in more qualifications for some big finals over the next few months.
20 EARLY SEASON DECISIONS
Rob Perkins describes how he approaches river matches during the unpredictable first few weeks after the magical June 16th when the rivers reopen to anglers.
26 £100,000 IN 10 HOURS
Stu Fotheringham has a record that you can only dream about, two big money finals fished and two big money Golden Reel finals won! We recently joined him on the Match Lake at Larford to have a look at the tactics he’s used to win £100,000!
90 VETERANS ANGLE
John Brooks describes the methods that serve him well on snake lakes – it’s only taken him 60 years to come up with the plan!
94 DYNAMITE BAIT CLINIC
More of your bait related questions are answered by Dynamite Baits team of expert match fishing consultants.
98 MATT’S MONTH
Matt Godfrey reports back on how he was a major part in the England team recently winning gold in the European Championships held in Portugal.
106 GARBOLINO CLUB ANGLER OF THE YEAR: SOUTHERN QUALIFIER
We report back on the recent Garbolino Club Angler qualifier fished at the prolific, big-weight Todber Manor.
108 PRESTON INNOVATIONS UK POLE CHAMPIONSHIPS: QUALIFIER TWO
Packington Somers near Coventry played host to the second qualifier of our Preston Innovations sponsored UK Pole Champs with some big names hoping to qualify for the final.
112 BROWNING HOTRODS
With the river season now in full swing, Kye Jerrom and his Browning Hotrods team are focusing on the River Trent in preparation for the big one, the Angling Trust Division One National.
34 A MATCH OF TWO HALVES – THE FIRST HALF
The Barston Bowl is one of the most popular competitions in the Midlands and one of the most unique in the country. We recently joined 2022 winner Phil Canning to find out what the match is all about and more importantly, how he won it.
42 THE DACE CHASE
The dace feeder is one of those tactics that can drive a grown man crazy, but Colmic Trentman team member Jason Jeenes is here to impart his knowledge to help you master this difficult, but highly rewarding and effective tactic.
48 FEEDER ESSENTIALS: MAP
We take a look at the Dual XD range of distance feeder rods.
49 FEEDER ESSENTIALS: Westlake Match
A good barrow is an essential piece of kit for all feeder anglers… in fact all match anglers need a way to get their kit to the bank.
52 INTO SPACE
Drawing a peg with plenty of space in a big match (even better if it’s an end peg) could give you the opportunity to win it. But how do you approach this type of peg to get the most out of it? Darren Cox is the tactical brain with all the answers.
58 PLUNDERING THE BOAT CHANNEL
Amer Jawad focuses on the last place you would expect to catch big canal bream, as he targets the depths of the Grand Union Canal.
64 GET BUSY FOR MARGINAL GAINS
Margin fishing often follows a very traditional pattern of approach. Stu Redman wants to rewrite this script and get anglers fishing this prolific line a little differently from the accepted norm.
70 DIRECT ACTION
Whip fishing is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a summer afternoon on the river bank, says Tom Scholey.
TACKLE AND COMPETITIONS
76 NEW GEAR
More of the latest gear and bait to hit the shelves of your local tackle shop.
79 DAIWA COMPETITION
We’re giving you the chance to win a set of Daiwa’s Matchman luggage, worth £281.95!
80 UP CLOSE: COLMIC
Tom Scholey takes the Superba Ultra Slim Carpa 10m pole out for a test on the river, to show it’s much more than just a margin pole.
82 UP CLOSE: GARBOLINO
Tony Curd takes the new sub-£1,000 UK Power Performance Match pole out on the bank and it proves to be unbelievable value for money.
84 UP CLOSE: DAIWA UK
We recently visited Daiwa HQ in Scotland to see first-hand the time, effort, skill and quality that goes into making its new premium Air Z rod range.
88 UP CLOSE: DAIWA
Tony Curd is a very lucky man because he’s been out testing and catching lots of fish on the new Air Z AGS rods. Here’s what he thinks of them.