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Winning Ways

Between them, Andy May and Jamie Hughes have won 4 out of the last 6 'Fish O Manias' and are regarded as two of the very best match anglers in the country. They've got together to produce a series of instructional videos that deal with all aspects of successful match fishing - preparation, bait and tackle selection, which tactics to use and when to change them - enabling you to share some of their secrets and improve your own match fishing skills.
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In the first episode of this new series, Andy May and Jamie Hughes are on Heronbrook Fishery to demonstrate their approach to fishing Snake Lakes early in the year, when the fish can behave inconsistently. They take you through the basics of how to set up your equipment in the peg for maximum comfort and efficiency. The merits and preparation of various baits including bread, corn, maggots and pellet. And then showing how all of these can best be used, testing the water by dobbing bread, feeding pellet to the far bank, sweetcorn in deeper water down the middle and feeding maggots. At each stage they explain what rigs they are using and the watercraft involved. Plenty of tips from two top matchmen.
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Top match anglers Jamie Hughes and Andy May are on the Arena Lake at Cudmore fishery where they are concentrating on tips for early summer. Up in the water tactics, shallow water and margin fishing. Andy goes for a catch-all approach of casters short and then targets the bigger carp, going long with pellet. Jamie tries the opposite fishing pellet short and then down the margins. At each stage they carefully explain their reasoning behind their choice of baits, rigs and location.
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There are some venues that we can't wait to fish once Summer arrives and Larford Lakes is one of them, known for its large carp. In this episode Jamie Hughes and Andy May show their approach to catching these big fish. Andy uses rod and line at distance and then waggler fishing in open water, whilst Jamie explains that there are certain baits that will get you bigger fish and paste is one of them.
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Andy May and Jamies Hughes are at Barston Lakes, a typical open water venue and its summer so they are after the bigger fish. This time they have left their poles at home and are concentrating on rod and line tactics. They discuss which waggler to select for different conditions, how to prepare your pellets for use with bomb and waggler. Show how method feeders have evolved. At each stage they carefully explain the process and catch some lovely fish.
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Champion matchmen Andy May and Jamie Hughes are at Lloyds Meadow fishery to show how to approach a commercial water in Autumn. Now that the weather is turning cooler it's a case of catching anything that swims and to that end Andy demonstrates using maggots and casters close in, then balls of micro pellets further out. Jamie shows how to cope with windy conditions, then talks about peg management and how to get the best out of the water in front of you, where to start, when and where to change. Then he goes on to demonstrate "negative tight feeder fishing".... don't worry, all will become clear.
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Winter F1s
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Jamie Hughes is on his own in this episode and he is at Monkhall Fishery dealing with one of his favourite topics, how to catch F1s on snake lakes in winter. Here he goes into much more detail than any "How to" video before, giving the viewer their own private tutorial. The snake lake at Monkhall is typical of those found at all the other major venues and Jamie demonstrates how to cope with the steep slopes encountered when fishing the far bank. In winter he keeps things simple using only 3 contrasting baits, maggots, bread and fishery micro pellets and shows which rigs to use for all of these. Excellent instruction from the 3 time 'Fish O Mania' Champion.
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