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Steve Lockett with carp from Millhayes

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My trip to Millhayes to test the Shakespeare Mach 3 XT pellet waggler rod was a great little session.

Fishing into a brisk northerly breeze on a drizzly day, I caught a dozen carp up to 14lb to really put the rod through its paces. This 9lb common (pictured right) is typical of the stamp of fish on offer at the superb fishery.
The test of the rod is in the 27th July issue of the Angler's Mail.

A trip to Stafford Moor to film one of the weekly residents' matches saw the fish in co-operative mood on both Tanners and Woodpecker lakes.

There were 30 anglers fishing, and the final weigh in saw 10 of them record in excess of 100lbs. For many of the field, it was their first taste of match fishing, and they all enjoyed nets of fish like they had never caught before.
The finished film is available to view through a link on the Stafford Moor page.

I also went to...

It has mainly been Stafford Moor in the last month, getting my tactics in order for the big money Fish A Maniac match in early August.

I have fished a few matches there and picked up a lake win on Woodpecker peg 30 with 110lb on the waggler.
Peg 30 is well known as an edge peg, but I could only rustle up a couple of tiny carp and a pair of nice tench on the pole.
Changing my feeding plan to blasting in four pouches of pellets across to the island, and then having three quick casts before the next feed got the carp lined up by the final whistle.
I ended up only one fish out of the main frame in fifth place overall.

In my last match there, I finished well down the field despite getting action in the margins and plenty of fish out next to the island. Tanners 23 is not one I would run back to! But I'm sure it's my fault, not the peg.

Closer to home...

An evening session taking shots for a WRITeANGLE magazine special

I fished at Hatchlands

The magazine special will be a Matchman's Peg single issue, with every article looking at the best ways to stay competitive.
Paste on the pole at close range was the method, with a real bag up on carp the result.

Keep an eye on WRITeANGLE magazine website for more details

Where I'm going next...

Shooting for the Autumn issue of WRITeANGLE magazine

I'll be fishing the Exeter Canal on the Lime Kilns

Looking for bream or tench, ideally, but showing how to get to grips with big, deep canals whatever the fish caught.