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    Default Re: Size isn’t everything!

    Quote Originally Posted by s63 View Post
    I’ve watched a lot of Chris’s videos, he comes across as a competent, experienced and responsible angler.

    His videos are very well made and little wonder he has 28k subscribers.
    He looked like he was doing everything right as there was references to his feed being eaten and he was in the water at times. I tell you what you do this in summer and get to spots where there's foliage either side then you're going to have a field day catching fish that are shoaled up in unfished spots, brings back memories of a few rivers even if I could only dream of that much water coming down. He'd be unlucky NOT to catch 10lb of fish in a short session on an average river doing this

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    I didn't question the angler's competence or experience - but I'd maintain the point that fishing for chub and barbel with a novelty item rod is a decadent business _ ie a sign of luxury taken for granted - which works because the water is prolific. There are plenty of competent and experienced anglers round here who can only get a barbel bite on a night-time stake-out, plenty of river stretches where you'll fish for them in vain or with scant success, and I can't think where you can walk about in the margins and expect to find the target species swimming around between your rod rest and tripod. I watched a video with, I think, Dean Macey, catching barbel after barbel after barbel on a similar-looking water, and the video consisted more or less entirely of him and friend reeling barbel in, since the only challenge seemed to be getting a bait in the water. It reminded me of the kind of angler who, faced with a water full of easily catchable fish, shows off by catching them on preposterous baits or silly methods. I won't be subscribing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nottskev View Post
    I didn't question the angler's competence or experience - but I'd maintain the point that fishing for chub and barbel with a novelty item rod is a decadent business _ ie a sign of luxury taken for granted - which works because the water is prolific. There are plenty of competent and experienced anglers round here who can only get a barbel bite on a night-time stake-out, plenty of river stretches where you'll fish for them in vain or with scant success, and I can't think where you can walk about in the margins and expect to find the target species swimming around between your rod rest and tripod. I watched a video with, I think, Dean Macey, catching barbel after barbel after barbel on a similar-looking water, and the video consisted more or less entirely of him and friend reeling barbel in, since the only challenge seemed to be getting a bait in the water. It reminded me of the kind of angler who, faced with a water full of easily catchable fish, shows off by catching them on preposterous baits or silly methods. I won't be subscribing.
    Each to their own, I wont subscribe either but liked it, nowt wrong with decadance in a pastime that takes itself too seriously at times, although you could easily replace decadance with flamboyance or eccentricity, I would also still contest how the water shown has 'easily catchable fish', hope it's not because he isn't using 2k worth of gear. If you know the river then I will stand corrected otherwise were both just making assumptions and overlooking what is in essence just a bit of fun.

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    How do I know the river has easily catchable fish? Well, of course, I can't be sure.... but I watched the video. There seemed to be plenty of them, they didn't look spooked by a bloke cavorting in the water with them, they came to the feed pretty rapidly and he quickly caught a few. Apart from that, it was just an assumption, but these aren't usually the signs of a difficult river. And nothing to do with the cost of his kit, although I've no idea what his camera gear might have cost him.

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    Haha I'm guessing his camera gear cost more than my entire set up, which is one of the issues I have with basic gear sometimes you get judged by this I know I do with my stool and rucksack, sometimes I wear my drennan cup hat just to confuse the match guys down the canal

    Also some rivers get judged too I know some easy ones some proper hard like everyone else. I'm giving him the benefit of doubt on that one as he actually sounds surprised that he's got a good chub or barbel on. Also I've waded out on rivers like that and the fish can be caught under the tip and can be seen doing so when you put the hard yards in, that's your rewards. Seen that first hand on rivers like the Teme, Tone, Chew, Brue and others which bring back fond memories. Only this week I was on a big river (The Severn) and the fish were under my rod tip in view as I was on the opposite bank taking a good mile walk to be on the opposite bank to a well fished swim.

    Bottom line is many think that he's got a toy rod and catching so it must be an easy river when he could actually be out fishing the static angler who is fishing the car park peg round the corner with a multiple rod set up. I'd like to think he's caught well by thinking outside the box, the rod is a gimmick granted but looks fun, he could easily have done that on an average river

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    Your last sentence says a lot Rob.

    The guy has 28 thousand subscribers and will be making money, just look at Carl and Alex who have recently given up their day jobs to become full time video makers for YouTube, obviously good money can be made.

    So yes, gimmicky ideas outside the box are a necessity to draw in the viewers and importantly keep them watching for the length of time required to generate advertising revenue.

    Had me watching, I enjoyed it, done much the same myself just a few hours ago walking the Stour in Canterbury with a six foot one piece rod and a few cheap Chinese £1-50 lures , two follows but no chub though. but it is a fun way to enjoy a couple of hours.

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    I get Kevs and your viewpoints, think i'm somewhere in between. Either way I'm wishing I was in that river it looks pretty inviting to me with nice flows. reminds me of a slightly smaller version of your Stour stretch with all that lush weed and clear water - gorgeous

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    Default Re: Size isn’t everything!

    Quote Originally Posted by theartist View Post
    I get Kevs and your viewpoints, think i'm somewhere in between. Either way I'm wishing I was in that river it looks pretty inviting to me with nice flows. reminds me of a slightly smaller version of your Stour stretch with all that lush weed and clear water - gorgeous
    Today’s visit was the first for a week or two, yes the water is gin clear but it’s totally choked with weed, virtually unfishable. There are a very small number of barbel in a stretch which is difficult to access and they are very elusive, I feel a sense of achievement having seen one let alone catch one, maybe one day!

    The bankside vegetation is thick with nettle and bramble over 6ft high in places making the river just a couple of metres wide in some sections, the fish have an abundance of cover and should prosper this season.

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