On Monday I went to the Poole Hall complex on a feature for Match Angling Plus magazine. After discussing the venue at length with fishery owner Sid Matthews I settled in on peg 66 on the main match lake, Heron Pool. What followed was a fabulous days fishing with tench providing most of the action.

I set up my new Matchtek pole to fish at between eleven and thirteen metres. Feeding a mixture of chopped worm and caster with a pole cup I was soon into action with tench up to three pounds taking a liking to my worm hookbait. Terminal tackle comprised of number ten elastic through the power top two, a 0.40g Carptek pole float and a size 16 Mustad carp barbless hook.

The swim in question, peg 66, was around five feet deep. After potting in three big cupfuls at the start, bites started coming after about half an hour. Soon a pattern started to emerge. If bites slowed down it was a case of potting in another cup-full and soon the fish were back. In around five hours fishing I took around forty five pounds of fish, mainly carp with a few good quality roach, rudd and hybrids.

On Tuesday it was off to Furnace Mill and, although the carp didn't want to play ball, I caught a lot of orfe, roach, skimmers and rudd in a catch approaching twenty pounds. In hindsight I went too early on Tuesday. I had a meeting to attend on the afternoon had to pack up at 2pm by which time the carp were starting to show around the lake.

Water temperature is so important right now. Over the next few weeks it's going to warm up and I feel sure we can all look forward to some good sport. After the winter we've just had I think we all deserve it too!