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  1. #3971
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Iast weeks crucians had got to me so, along with a fellow angler nearby I was set up to fish around ten thirty this morning. I deliberately fished a swim that would be in the shade by noon as I didnt fancy going home looking like Buster Bloodvessel as it was hotter than predicted on tv last night., good choice too as my very first cast had me playing a nice ccrucian of a pound plus. Tho nowhere near the size of any that I had last week it was reasuring nontheless.
    Ten minutes later I had another, a good one too that was followed by a nice male Tench, nice as in fit, not size but no matter.
    That was it, nothing for a further three hours no matter how hard I tried but my neighbour angler fishing the pole had a lengthy tussle with a pig of a common carp that tho not weighed must have been near to double figures, a big well done on such fine tackle tho I have seen bigger ones caught in the past in similar circumstances by others.
    I decided to fill the swim in with hemp and go for a walk around for an hour to let thing settle . On returning my neighbour nearby had taken three decant bream on pellet and was to lose another carp that mugged him close to a weed bed which ended play for him till days end.
    My hemp n rest tactic seemed to have worked as i took several more fish, Bream, tench and three more superb crucians , one I weighed went two pounds exactly, not the days biggest either.
    No more by design now but I may just have one last trip with the heavy gear, rods, boillies, optonics and such for one of the big carp that kept cruising thro my swim from time to time before the rivers open.

  2. #3972
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    I really hate fishing I don't know why I bother, got there at 8.30 am home for 10 am after falling in and tipping two pints of casters with a pint of hemp in the edge.
    Wet suit for Monday and try again.

  3. #3973
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    Oddly dejected. Thistledowny scum gone; three bar'o'soap tench, three or four bream, and twelve carp to nine pounds - exhilarating stuff on the ancient bamboo, but oh, dear, the trouble I had unhooking some of them.
    I hadn't got my usual Drennan specialists, so broke out some Preston eyed hooks, offset, barbless, and with an in-turned point. Even with fingers on the shank or a disgorger, they were a real struggle to extract, and in my mind, a suspect for the cause of mouth damage. They seemed fine for smaller fish, but with carp, that keep twisting and turning, they seemed to work their way in via an unpredictable path.
    Yuk.
    Am I just being a daft old fossil and overlooking something obvious?
    By the way, I was float-fishing, using 10 lb line and a fairly beefy Rodrill all-built cane rod during the troubled spell ( the last nine carp and a few of the others). Should in-turned points only be used with legers/feeders?

  4. #3974
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Rayner....You are a brave man to come on here and say you fell in..You might be lucky and suffer not the mirth of those who think this extremely funny, or worse still those who will never let you forget it...
    You're relatively new to FM so you might get away with it - let's hope so !!

    All I can think of is so much roach bait going to waste - shame on you. Are you sure you made every effort to at least save the casters ??


    Good luck for Monday !!

  5. #3975
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Falling in is an occupational hazard. I bet we've all done it at one time or another. Never not funny when someone else does it....especially if they are a mate.

    Big Phil went in once and the Tsunami warning sounded ! I honestly thought I was going to die laughing !

  6. #3976

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    Alan Tyler: re your comments about barbless hooks - you are spot on. Without doubt, barbless hooks cause more damage than standard micro barbed hooks.

    I used to belong to a club where a barbless hook rule was brought in - this resulted in the mouths of the carp being damaged due to the actual hooks themselves and also due to some anglers playing the carp too hard because of the barbless hooks. When this rule was reversed the problem was solved.

    Years ago hooks unnecessarily had barbs which were far too big, modern hook design has improved enormously.

  7. #3977
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    The thing is, I've never had this problem with the straight "J" type Drennan Super Spec or Kamasan B981; only these recurved jobs, and only with carp. (By the way, the Rodrill has about a one-pound test-curve, beyond which I wasn't forcing the issue - this is a dodgy hooking problem, not a tearing one.

    I once winced reading a review of a hook which had " a fantastic hook-hold - in up to the eye"; shortly afterwards I made my first experiment with a bolt rig, and there was my ordinary hook, in up to the eye, and a reet beggar to remove. Since when I only use running leads for carp.

    I don't think it's barbless hooks that are the problem, I think it's carp! I'm starting to wonder if they aren't just too big and strong to to catch without harm.

    Chub and barbel, however, seem to be the gods' way of telling us to let off steam by going fishing...they hang around where the free nosh goes in, seem quite resigned to spending every other Sunday afternoon in a keepnet if they make the slightest mistake, and have rubbery chops which retain a hook with excellent reversibility.

    I might have to try microbarbs, but I doubt my ability to get them out smoothly; I might end up avoiding all carp waters. Vexing.

  8. #3978
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Quote Originally Posted by rayner View Post
    I really hate fishing I don't know why I bother, got there at 8.30 am home for 10 am after falling in and tipping two pints of casters with a pint of hemp in the edge.
    Wet suit for Monday and try again.
    Sorry to hear you lost all that bait.
    "I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us...very hard to explain why you're mad, even if you're not mad..."

  9. #3979
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    I set off for another crucian session on the remote pond in the woods and arrived at around 10.30am to brilliant sunshine that soon became varied white cloud and sunny intervals. With the 14’ rod set up once again tight to the marginal reeds and loaded with a 4x14 pole float and 2lb line under the tip I plumbed up and introduced some loose feed then poured a cup of tea and went for a wander .

    About half an hour later I started fishing and within a couple of minutes was in to my first crucian of the day. I ended up with well over 20, (including this ‘blind pew old warrior crue’ – no witty comments about any self respecting crue that could actually see would never go near my bait presentation please) but more important had a couple of the tiny tincas that tend to hide in the reeds with the crues , one must surely take the lead in the ‘tiny Binca tinca’ competition.

    Packed up about 3.30pm for the short drive back through the lanes – can’t beat the peace and quiet of sharing the water with just a swan, a heron, a kingfisher, a buzzard and a few other feathered flyers that I couldn’t identify.................


    That's about as big as a fish that big gets
    If you understand what you’re doing, you’re not learning anything................

  10. #3980
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Three hour session on a small council pool after work, caught on red maggot from the first cast, finished up with fifty plus fish, 30 odd Perch from about 3-8oz, twenty plus Rudd to about 6oz and a solitary Tench that was about 3" too big to enter in Jerry and Binka's private contest
    “If you find it hard to laugh at yourself, I would be happy to do it for you.”

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