Same People Winning

matiny2k

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How come some people just keep winning or are always up there? Better tackle? Better at putting rigs together? Afford more bait? Is it watercraft? Do they just know how to entice a bite better? Better decision making? What's the secret please? Size 24 hooks?
 

ukzero1

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From that list, I would put watercraft first, watching the water and learning how it changes and under what conditions. Then it's knowing when to change and to what tactics/bait. The third thing I'd say would be feeding pattern, knowing when to feed a little heavier or lighter. All depends on the venue, be it river, canal or stillwater. Practice is also up there, the more you put in, the more you'll gain, if not in brown envelopes, you'll gain in knowledge.
 

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We run the London postal region league over 6 matches and the venues do change a bit from year to year after the six matches the top names in the top 10 are the same virtually every year that's out of 88 registered anglers. Same at our Stafford moor festival same names at the top, now the reason why, nothing to do with watercraft that's nonsense in the most part, might have applied years ago when we fished rivers but even on rivers and canals you get good areas and bad areas and some of the bad areas look like fish heaven so definitely not watercraft, feeding is the key and also being able to switch tactics when something or a particular line is not working, knowing the venue, as they say knowledge is power, what baits are working what methods are working you need to do your homework, are you adept at the methods you are fishing, have you tried to improve you technique so you spend more time in the water, have you watched the top rods? are you actually taking in what is happening when watching? I watched Dave Vincent fishing squatt on the canal in a match in order to improve my squatt fishing, I noticed Dave was lifting into bites if the roach came easily to the surface it was lifted and shipped back through the air, if it resisted it was drawn through the water and netted now this was fishing at 13 metres, rest assured the fish lifted through the air came in a lot quicker than those pulled through the water, Dave had this off to a tee lifting and assessing what could be lifted and what needed to be pulled through the water, now 10 anglers watched this and I asked all 10 if they saw what he was doing without disclosing what I had seen only my team mate had clocked on to what Dave was doing, to the other anglers Dave was just catching fish, the following year I won the LPR individual championship all the matches that year were on the canal I won my section every match with 8lb plus of canal roach, it had taken some time to get the technique right but paid dividends, so are you watching or seeing? and then of coarse practising, this year my good friend Steve Groves won the Stafford moor festival in august he always said when were creaming the matches it doesn't matter if you tell other anglers what where doing as they are playing catch up such was his confidence in his ability due to the hours of practice put in to get the method right. so that gives you an idea of what you are up against.
 
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Was quite successful at club level and was one of the same people. The reason i believed is because i got knowledge of what the target species were on a given venue and set my stall for that species. Roach = hemp or bread. Bream= worm and caster. Barbel= halibut pellet and carp was pellet and paste. More often than not it worked. I was called lucky by a few but they fed maggots wherever we went and caight the smaller examples of the fish present. Coincidence?
 

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Good match anglers tend to go on runs of great results which boosts their confidence in their tactics and tackle and as a result they fish better simple as that.
There are always anglers who have a particular venue sorted out but the truly great ones can turn up pretty much anywhere and win.
Years ago when matches were 60,80,100+ pegs the draw played a big part on natural venues but now on a commercial you just need to draw one of the right areas to be in with a chance provided you have half an idea on the lines and methods to fish and possibly have had a lesson or two from the venue expert which brings us back to confidence and fishing positively.
 

Northantslad

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Homework
Decision making during the match
Watercraft
Being prepped-time saved on the bank
The will to win, depending on the level of match, not all are that fussed about framing. Some want to win if its a quid or a grand up for grabs.
Having the skills, knowledge and equipment to put the above into practice.
 

rudd

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Some good stuff been said by why is Messi better than any other footballer?
Some people bave a natural flare for certain jobs/tasks/sports.
Take Bob Nudd as an example.
 

Fred Davis

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yes total in the early days in the lpr the croyden lads on the thames were the boys to beat we are talking early 70's that's going back some what, I must admit our team were rubbish we even won the wooden spoon for the best bunch of triers, however in life you meet good friends who help develop and inspire you and help you on your journey I am glad to day I had many such friends who helped me as an angler but like all things you only get out of angling what you put in, I never thought in my early days that I would be sponsored or end up writing for Southern angler as I did, any success how ever minor comes through hard work preparation and maybe a very small slice of luck. Rob Pottinger was always class especially on the punch, still is, the speed he shows when catching fish is exceptional when fishing his method, the best I have ever seen, in the time it takes you to catch 3 he has six in the net and I am no slouch, I have practised the method hard however he is a natural talent on this method honed over years some anglers are gifted of that there is no doubt others have to put in the work. In fact Potty has moved to the Milton Keynes area and joined a new club he tells me the standard of anglers is very good and it is hard to win, however saying that I think Potty won the first 5 matches all have been tight finishes luck or skill? I told him he was robbing them blind ;-) however he tells me it has not been easy.
 
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Arry

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Preparation, feeding, venue knowledge, rig mechanics, watercraft, dedication and learning from failures
 

nejohn

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You will always get venue specialist who only really fish one venue and learn all of its moods, but the real top anglers that can win on any venue tend to be the inovators that think a little differently to everyone else and tend not to be tied to one method or venue and know when to change methods, I used to fish with a guy that was a very good pole angler and would fish it regardless of what conditions and venue dictated......his technique for fishing if the pole wasn't working or was proving difficult to fish with was to pack up and go home, the real good anglers are comfortable with any method, venue or conditions and can adapt quickly if things aren't working out. All of the other things like competant feeding, preparation and venue knowledge also play a part but for me the big thing is being able to think out of the box a little and being the leader...ie the first to try a new method
 

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