Match Blog 17th of May 2015


Name – Lee Marlow

Sponser – Bag’em matchbaits

Venue/Date – Biggin Lake, Nr Oundle, Northants. 17th may 2015

Peg – 43

Pole/elastics – 14.5m Maver elite carp pole, elastics #12 and #16 dura holla

Rig image

Rigs – (1) was for fishing banded pellet shallow and consisted of a .2 homemade dibber style float with a slightly longer 3mm tip. which was designed for this venue, this was attached to .21 reflo, hooklength was made using .21 reflo, size 16 PR38 with a bait band on a 1cm long hair..

(2) was for fishing the same line on the deck with banded pellet and consisted of a .3 home-made diamond pattern attached to .21 reflo, hooklength was the same as rig 1, i also had other hooklengths with different hook sizes and line strengths available if needed..

(3) was again for fishing the same line on the deck but with paste as hook bait, again this was a .3 home-made float using .21 reflo straight through to a size 14 kamazan animal hook..
Bait was 6mm and 8mm bag’em natural carp pellets, and half a bag of bag’em commercial green mixed into a paste…

About the venue

Biggin Lake near Oundle Northants

Biggin is very attractive place to fish and to enjoy the wildlife specially the red kites which come very close, which is why I spend so much time here. over 200yrs old this 7acre lake which is also very silty. offers everythink from catching nets full of silvers, to getting ur arm pulled out of its socket from the carp which average 9lb as well as the many 20s that live there..

The Draw

16 anglers had booked in for todays match, and I was near the end of the cue as normal, when I pulled out peg 43, not a peg I was really happy with as it was in the middle of 5 anglers in a row so fishing the margins was out of the question, which is why I had my 3 rig one line attack..

The Match

As I could see lots of dark shadows moving just under the surface of the water, so decided to go straight out on the shallow rig using a 8mm pellet on the band, loose feeding a dozen 6mm in between a couple of slaps of the rig. 45mins past before I got my first taker and with my 16 holla pouring out I just kept the pole tip under the water while shipping back to my top kit so I could start to use the pulla kit (no messing with these fish) few moments later I put a nice looking common carp about 10-12lb in the net.

bait for the day

Over the next hour I had 3 more similar sized fish and a couple that got away before it went quiet all round the lake, I decided then to have a look on my deck rig baited up with an 8mm pellet on the band, with only a couple of skimmers and 1 small stockie carp to show it was clear this wasn’t going to work, I also had a quick look on the paste rig but this also failed to get going so my best chance was to just stick it out on the shallow rig. with odd run of 2 or 3 fish coming to the net I thought I was in with a chance as no one around was catching the size of fish I was. In the last hour I put 4 more carp in the net just by constant rig slapping and no loose feed.

As the whistle went I knew I’d got a good weight, but with better peg above me in the 50’s and reports that one guy had 7 real beasts around the 15-18lbs mark from his margin in the last 2hr. when the scales arrived 128lb was winning (those 7 beasts went 96lb plus a few much smaller fish), I didn’t have to worry for much longer as my 17 carp gave my 156lbs and match win..

Part of Lee's match winning weight


1st – lee marlow(bag’em matchbaits) 156lb
2nd – adam colgate 128lb
3rd – peter(nobby) noble 93lb

The tuesday before this match i fished the afternoon match (2-7pm) at biggin and used similar tatics to win with 145lb, 9 of those fish went 108lb and 37lb of stockies..

Tight Lines

Lee Marlow


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