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Neil ofthe nene

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After another poor match yesterday I am left wondering what has gone wrong for me this year. My match fishing has been nothing short of disastrous.

After Lockdown eased in June I could not catch to save my life. I think it was something like six of the next seven matches I didn't bother weighing in. And things have not got much better since. When I compare this to the previous few years when I was framing regularly it is somewhat concerning. As I approach the age of 66 I wonder if it is time to abandon match fishing and buy a deckchair. Have I lost an edge due to age? I still draw good pegs, yesterday's was a known flier but I seem to be making poor decisions or I'm just plain fishing badly.

Anyone else gone through a slump in form? If so what did you do to rectify it?

Hopefully 2021 will improve. Perhaps I will spend some of my new found wealth (State Pension) on a new box (with footplate), a new pole and fit it with light elastics. I have already splashed the cash on a Guru catapult that allows you to change the elastic length. :p;):giggle::roflmao:
 

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After another poor match yesterday I am left wondering what has gone wrong for me this year. My match fishing has been nothing short of disastrous.

After Lockdown eased in June I could not catch to save my life. I think it was something like six of the next seven matches I didn't bother weighing in. And things have not got much better since. When I compare this to the previous few years when I was framing regularly it is somewhat concerning. As I approach the age of 66 I wonder if it is time to abandon match fishing and buy a deckchair. Have I lost an edge due to age? I still draw good pegs, yesterday's was a known flier but I seem to be making poor decisions or I'm just plain fishing badly.

Anyone else gone through a slump in form? If so what did you do to rectify it?

Hopefully 2021 will improve. Perhaps I will spend some of my new found wealth (State Pension) on a new box (with footplate), a new pole and fit it with light elastics. I have already splashed the cash on a Guru catapult that allows you to change the elastic length. :p;):giggle::roflmao:
Everyone goes through that , i know i do ,just enjoy your time out . Things will change 👍
 

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You’re just going through one of those times I think Neil. You’re not doing anything wrong. Don’t think the addition of a foot plate will put more fish in your net in all honesty. 🤣🤣. I’ve recently moved to Preston Slip 3, 4 and 5. Lovely forgiving elastic. And you’ll love this Neil ..... it comes in 5m. I know you like a bargain. 🤣👍
 

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Have you re-calibrated your pegs recently?

It might seem daft but if they've gone out of calibration they might not be reporting correctly and you might actually be doing better than you think but the pegs are under-reporting.
 

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I’ve had a good year in the fact that I’ve framed/won nearly every match I’ve fished....But the downside has been I’ve probably only fished 15 matches -Tops ....due to health/lockdowns/weather....My fishing hasn’t been as sharp though, and I definitely think that’s down to age a bit🤷‍♂️I fish mostly opens and it’s very hard keeping up with the youngsters, and the 7 days a week anglers 🤷‍♂️....Winter is aquatic bingo , you can’t take too much from poor results, sometimes the fish just won’t open their mouths...Personally I don’t think buying any new equipment will benefit you , if you’re not getting the bites anyway...I think you need to reevaluate your approach though 👍
 
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honestly this has been the worst year of my life and i cannot wait to see the back of it, fishing is and has been a long way down the list, not hijacking your thread but 2020 has zero highlights/positives for me
 

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I’ve had a good year in the fact that I’ve framed/won nearly every match I’ve fished....But the downside has been I’ve probably only fished 15 matches -Tops ....due to health/lockdowns/weather....My fishing hasn’t been as sharp though, and I definitely think that’s down to age a bit🤷‍♂️I fish mostly opens and it’s very hard keeping up with the youngsters, and the 7 days a week anglers 🤷‍♂️....Winter is aquatic bingo , you can’t take to much from poor results, sometimes the fish just won’t open their mouths..
Framing or winning in nearly all of 15 matches is very impressive indeed!
 

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honestly this has been the worst year of my life and i cannot wait to see the back of it, fishing is and has been a long way down the list, not hijacking your thread but 2020 has zero highlights/positives for me
It’s not been too bad for me. Rubbish at either end for sure but May to October were pretty good, loads of fishing, loads of free time, similar amount of socialising with friends to other years (well local friends) and loads of time with family. Basically just screwed up holidays.

Start of last year was much worse for me being out of work although the second half made up for that then back in about 2013 a bout of depression for a few months was way worse than any year I’ve ever had and hopefully will ever have.
 

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We all go through it. My first round of the my local winter league a few weeks ago. Drew a good peg . First Chuck out on the feeder , tip hammers round, playing the fish nicely for about 2-3 mins and the hooklink breaks. Much swearing , put a heavier hook length on, same hook. Next cast, tip goes round again , playing the fish nicely and the hook pulls out. After more swearing , top up the swim and go down the edge into a corner with the pole . Float goes under , nice fish on , out into open water being very steady, hooklength breaks. This happened 7 times and I finished last in my section, when I should have been at least 2nd or 3rd.
 

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It probably happens to us all at sometime, when I 1st moved down to South Wales the 1st thing I did was hit the Wye quite hard and to be fair I caught quite a lot of fish it didn't seem to matter where I fished I either bagged up with dace and roach or caught good numbers of decent chub and barbel......just as I was starting to think this fishing lark is a doddle the Wye was there to bite me on the backside , I had a series of sessions when I couldn't buy a bite no matter what I did. Even when I went to a local commercial for a bit of a change and in the hope of some fish I still struggled that resulted in me losing some confidence and fishing badly making bad decisions getting lots of tangles, that sort of thing. In the end I stopped fishing for a couple of months to take stock and just have a break. When I went back I was much more relaxed and started to catch again and I sort of now count myself as very lucky to have hit on that run of good catches but I must add I have not experienced that level of success on the river since .

But I also like your idea of buying some bait......I think that might work...!!
 

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I pick and choose venues , the couple of “new” to me venues I’ve fished this year, I’ve only done mediocre 🤷‍♂️
I’m sure you’re not the only one that does that, still got to beat the others some of which no doubt do the same thing, so still pretty impressive 👍🏻
 

Neil ofthe nene

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Yesterday's match was in a lock cut on the river. My third time of fishing it. I have the chance of fishing another match tomorrow on it. Tempted as I feel I have unfinished business. Afraid to because of my poor result yesterday.

@chefster you are right I do need to change my approach, but to what? Anyone offering a day's coaching?
 

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Yesterday's match was in a lock cut on the river. My third time of fishing it. I have the chance of fishing another match tomorrow on it. Tempted as I feel I have unfinished business. Afraid to because of my poor result yesterday.

@chefster you are right I do need to change my approach, but to what? Anyone offering a day's coaching?
You need to start doing different things , such as fishing long, dobbing bread, fishing shallow, pellet waggler, bomb and pellet, instead of just fishing margins, top 6,and pellet feeder 🤷‍♂️
 

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Due to the covid and my fear of catching it (COPD sufferer) this has probably been the year where I have fished less matches than any other, even clubbies have either been cancelled or I havent put my name down,

even pulled out of a silvers winter series on my favorite commercial, one where I do really well

the upside is though, I have rediscovered the pleasure of my own and a dogs company, been out far more with tuppence worth than I normally would on weekends

Havent even really missed the excitement of the draw

and it looks like its going to be the new norm for me for the foreseeable future
 
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