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CarpCatcher86

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I’m surprised you gave up matchfishing 💁‍♂️You seemed to win everything, possibly could of fished for England even 👍times change 💁‍♂️I’ll fish a match with you if that’s a challenge you’ve thrown down 👍
I wonder if your match fishing ability is on a par with your ability to make assumptions.
Never have I ever said I won every match I fished in.
Needless to say I won more than I lost, not that I see what it matters how long ago that was and how much times have changed.
 

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I only like adding to mine Kev 😂😂
Well I have added a shallow tray, that now is full of pole winders that previously was left empty at home on the casette unit.

The Scribe adds and the Scribe takes away. :D:D
 

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I wonder if your match fishing ability is on a par with your ability to make assumptions.
Never have I ever said I won every match I fished in.
Needless to say I won more than I lost, not that I see what it matters how long ago that was and how much times have changed.
Why don’t you start matchfishing again then you’d clean up , you could use all them 10 years supply of expanders as well then 👍
 

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Trust me mate, I have had plenty of chances to start match fishing again, I nearly have on a few occasions.
Sorry only just seen this post, I was buying a load more gear online 👍I don’t know why you don’t start up again 💁‍♂️You could start with our little match that you challenged me to , and seeing as your so confident, well do £500 “winner take all “😂😂😂😂
 

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Sorry only just seen this post, I was buying a load more gear online 👍I don’t know why you don’t start up again 💁‍♂️You could start with our little match that you challenged me to , and seeing as your so confident, well do £500 “winner take all “😂😂😂😂
Because no doubt like a lot of ex match anglers, I got to the point where I had had enough of the stress and the worry and everything else that goes along with match fishing. I used to go fishing at weekends for a bit of peace and quiet and relaxation after working my arse off all week. Then before you know it a few mates and a few other lads I knew had talked me in to fishing the junior matches on local ish club waters, and before you know it you have been caught hook line and sinker and there is no way out.
As soon as I started fishing matches, fishing was no longer pleasurable or relaxing, it was a stressful time consuming job. When fishing a match all I could think about was the match, when fishing a so called pleasure session, all I could think about was the next match. I found myself constantly making notes detailing what bait and tactics worked and what didn't work on which peg under what conditions, trying different flavours and sizes of pellets for example, trying only single coloures of maggots to see if that made a difference, playing about with different hook patterns and shotting patterns, fishing dead depth vs slightly over depth. Even when at home I was constantly doing something fishing related. Playing about with different length and strength hooklinks, different hooklink materials and different sized hooks. It consumed me far more than I would have liked to such a point that I thought about match fishing more than I did about my actual job. It wasn't until I stopped fishing matches I was able to enjoy fishing again. I wasn't constantly stairing at my watch or a stop watch worrying how long was left of the match and how many seconds it has been since my last bite.
To give you some idea, try asking how many professional footballers play football on their days off, not many I promise you. More often than not you will find them on a golf course hitting a small ball with a club instead of kicking a big ball with their foot. Why? Because that is what happens when you turn a hobby in to a job. The same applies when you go from pleasure fishing to match fishing. You are no longer fishing for your own enjoyment or to see how many fish/what weight of fish you can catch in a day. Now you are trying to out do every other angler on a particular water on a particular day.
I do still get and understand the appeal of match fishing, but as far as I am concerned I have been there done that and it no long appeals to me.
 

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This thread is cracking me up now.
"and there is no way out."
Match fishing is the new crack cocaine 😂😂

Footballers play golf because they like the sport and tend to have sfa else to do.
Their contracts also put restrictions on activities that can jeopardise their careers.

Reading your post CC86 it's clear you had an obsession but let's be clear;it was not your job it was your choice.
 

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Because no doubt like a lot of ex match anglers, I got to the point where I had had enough of the stress and the worry and everything else that goes along with match fishing. I used to go fishing at weekends for a bit of peace and quiet and relaxation after working my arse off all week. Then before you know it a few mates and a few other lads I knew had talked me in to fishing the junior matches on local ish club waters, and before you know it you have been caught hook line and sinker and there is no way out.
As soon as I started fishing matches, fishing was no longer pleasurable or relaxing, it was a stressful time consuming job. When fishing a match all I could think about was the match, when fishing a so called pleasure session, all I could think about was the next match. I found myself constantly making notes detailing what bait and tactics worked and what didn't work on which peg under what conditions, trying different flavours and sizes of pellets for example, trying only single coloures of maggots to see if that made a difference, playing about with different hook patterns and shotting patterns, fishing dead depth vs slightly over depth. Even when at home I was constantly doing something fishing related. Playing about with different length and strength hooklinks, different hooklink materials and different sized hooks. It consumed me far more than I would have liked to such a point that I thought about match fishing more than I did about my actual job. It wasn't until I stopped fishing matches I was able to enjoy fishing again. I wasn't constantly stairing at my watch or a stop watch worrying how long was left of the match and how many seconds it has been since my last bite.
To give you some idea, try asking how many professional footballers play football on their days off, not many I promise you. More often than not you will find them on a golf course hitting a small ball with a club instead of kicking a big ball with their foot. Why? Because that is what happens when you turn a hobby in to a job. The same applies when you go from pleasure fishing to match fishing. You are no longer fishing for your own enjoyment or to see how many fish/what weight of fish you can catch in a day. Now you are trying to out do every other angler on a particular water on a particular day.
I do still get and understand the appeal of match fishing, but as far as I am concerned I have been there done that and it no long appeals to me.
Damn so the match with chef is off then ,i'll stand in chef but it's only a nugget we playing for ;)
 

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Because no doubt like a lot of ex match anglers, I got to the point where I had had enough of the stress and the worry and everything else that goes along with match fishing. I used to go fishing at weekends for a bit of peace and quiet and relaxation after working my arse off all week. Then before you know it a few mates and a few other lads I knew had talked me in to fishing the junior matches on local ish club waters, and before you know it you have been caught hook line and sinker and there is no way out.
As soon as I started fishing matches, fishing was no longer pleasurable or relaxing, it was a stressful time consuming job. When fishing a match all I could think about was the match, when fishing a so called pleasure session, all I could think about was the next match. I found myself constantly making notes detailing what bait and tactics worked and what didn't work on which peg under what conditions, trying different flavours and sizes of pellets for example, trying only single coloures of maggots to see if that made a difference, playing about with different hook patterns and shotting patterns, fishing dead depth vs slightly over depth. Even when at home I was constantly doing something fishing related. Playing about with different length and strength hooklinks, different hooklink materials and different sized hooks. It consumed me far more than I would have liked to such a point that I thought about match fishing more than I did about my actual job. It wasn't until I stopped fishing matches I was able to enjoy fishing again. I wasn't constantly stairing at my watch or a stop watch worrying how long was left of the match and how many seconds it has been since my last bite.
To give you some idea, try asking how many professional footballers play football on their days off, not many I promise you. More often than not you will find them on a golf course hitting a small ball with a club instead of kicking a big ball with their foot. Why? Because that is what happens when you turn a hobby in to a job. The same applies when you go from pleasure fishing to match fishing. You are no longer fishing for your own enjoyment or to see how many fish/what weight of fish you can catch in a day. Now you are trying to out do every other angler on a particular water on a particular day.
I do still get and understand the appeal of match fishing, but as far as I am concerned I have been there done that and it no long appeals to me.
All that makes sense for some ,you have to do what you enjoy. The reason match anglers take all the gear is one minute you can catch on a pole next the swim dies ,out comes the feeder or bomb or pellet waggler, you have to be prepared for every eventuality or go home thinking ffs why didnt i bring this or that. Ive fished matches where only the feeder was needed and where only a pole was needed but ive fished many where 3 methods were needed to frame . Everyone to their own . The main thing is be prepared or be prepared to loose . Just my humble opinion.
 

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I’ve not laughed so much since i had a stroke 2.5 weeks ago (no ... genuinly).
In the history of match fishing there have been A handful of “one offs” who usually specialised in a specific method (eg. Sonny probert, deckchair man and his bubble float).
Many match anglers are and will always be also rans ... they find their level where they can compete.
The short answer is that a good angler can compensate for some missing gear. I, for example, rarely take rollers etc. Most banks i fish from are too uneven. On occasion i just take a bag, reel, rod and landing net. Would i ever fish a match with that? No of course not ... but i do take less than many.
 
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