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As part of my build up to the Supercup semi final, I went to Millhayes to brush up on my pellet waggler skills. It was a very busy day with every other swim taken, so I had to go between two other anglers with not much room.
Casting a 3AAA Puddlechucker 25m and pinging three or four 8mm pellets over the top, I soon had a carp in the net. I was pleased to net that fish, as no one else on the lake was setting the world on fire.
Even though the carp were not visible, either cruising or slurping off the top, it shows that they do not want to be hard on the bottom either. I finished a short one hour stint with three fish around the 7-8lb mark and then had to move on to a different fishery to do some filming.

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The Angling Times Supercup semi final at Gold Valley took up a lot of my time in the last week of May and the first of June.
On the day of the match, I drew on Syndicate Lake with the wind in my face, but still managed 60lb of carp on the pellet waggler for 2nd in section and 3rd on the lake.
Unfortunately, one of our best anglers, Chris Packer, drew in a really poor area on Middle Lake and finished last in his section. One of the local 'stars' was next to him and even he finished only one place above Chris.
My South Devon MG team ended up only 5 points away from qualifying for the final. On any other day, I would have said there was no way Chris would have finished below 10th in his section and we would have been through. It just goes to show what a leveller match fishing can be sometimes.

Closer to home...

I fished an open at Stafford Moor, expecting to catch a few carp on the bomb by way of further preparation for the Supercup semi.

After a first cast lump snagged me around the neighbouring platform, I didn't have another bite for two hours. Luckily, I knew that peg 4 on Woodpecker is not the greatest for carp action and had been feeding a line for skimmers.

I fished the pole at 8m with 6mm GOT expanders for the last four hours of the match, landing skimmers up to 2lb at regular intervals. Cupping a fist-sized ball of groundbait and dampened micros after every third fish kept a better stamp of fish in the swim. Earlier, I had been throwing a nugget after every fish, but this seemed to encourage the 4-6oz fish more than the proper netters. At the whistle, my 63lb of all skimmers was more than enough to win the silver fish pool and also put me 5th on the whole lake.

Where I'm going next...

Rackerhayes to catch some tench for next month's WRITeANGLE article.

I'm looking for a venue in Cornwall to do a rod test. Not sure where yet, but I fancy going to a place I've never visited before.
As ever, I'll check out the entries in Get Hooked to give me some ideas.

I'll be doing some more filming for Dominic Garnett's film. This will include a first visit for many years to the Grand Western, or Tiverton canal and a first ever trip to Creedy.
Dom has been catching some cracking roach and rudd on the fly from the canals over the last two weeks. It will be good to get that on film.

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