Fan­tas­tic month for Mark Pol­lard

Four podium fin­ishes see Mark Pol­lard pocket £10,000

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

MARK Pol­lard fin­ished a mam­moth month-long Ir­ish fes­ti­val cam­paign al­most £10k bet­ter off after claim­ing a quar­tet of top-four fin­ishes on a wide range of venues across the Ir­ish Sea.

The Ma­trix/Dy­na­mite Baits an­gler, one of the most con­sis­tent match­men in the UK, stayed on after the re­cent World Pairs in mid-Septem­ber to fish the Horse­shoe Fes­ti­val, Fer­managh Cup, Coote­hill Fes­ti­val and Muc­kno Au­tumn event, weigh­ing in with a win, a sec­ond and two fourths.

The fish­ing was far from easy, with clear water and cagey fish pre­sent­ing the ul­ti­mate test.

‘Polly’ kicked off with fourth place in the 65-peg Horse­shoe on the Erne sys­tem around En­niskillen, and the same venue then hosted the 120-an­gler Fer­managh Cup, where he took sec­ond. Next Mark headed south to Coote­hill and won the 105-peg event, be­fore sign­ing off with fourth at Muc­kno.

“The fish­ing was di­verse,” he said. “The Erne sys­tem is a vast ex­panse of wild water with mi­gra­tory fish, whereas the south­ern lakes are land­locked and a lit­tle more like what we’re used to in the UK.

“On the Erne the fish came in spells and when you caught two or three you were rub­bing your hands think­ing ‘here we go’, only to then not get a bite for half an hour! The clear water made the roach and hy­brids cagey, while in the south, once you caught you kept on catch­ing all day.”

Tac­tics across the four con­tests were var­ied, and Mark re­vealed how one day the wag­gler worked best, while on an­other it would be short lin­ing at 13m on the pole, fol­lowed by fish­ing the feeder 24 hours later.

“The bait bill wasn’t cheap and when you’re fish­ing for wild fish on big lakes, you need a lot of it to keep them in the peg,” he ex­plained. “I’d feed up to four pints of cast­ers and six bags of ground­bait, but if you want to win big money on these fes­ti­vals, you can’t do it on the cheap.

“It was also im­por­tant to make the right de­ci­sion on when to change meth­ods. Typ­i­cally I’d start on the feeder to let me feed up the pole line and then come off the tip after 40 min­utes un­less I was catch­ing well. That was the good thing about the venues – the fish told you what would work and what wouldn’t.”

Mark Pol­lard with a fine Ir­ish hy­brid, one of many he caught dur­ing the fes­ti­vals.

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