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    Re: How did you get on?

    Peter Crabtree: please, please do not put photos of PK on this forum - just too frightening! Seriously though, please give him my regards. Thanks.
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    Re: Anyone fishing?

    Just got home, been on the Basingstoke Canal. Managed 3 roach, a snotty and a hybrid, very slow. Water a mucky brown and water temperature only 42F. I'll try the K&A Friday.
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    Re: Using tackle how you like.

    Surely it's more enjoyable to do your own thing than just follow the crowd? You learn more and begin to better understand why (or not!) something works. This attitude applies to tackle, rigs and...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    I fished the Thames yesterday, it was only just fishable, more in hope than with confidence. Started at first light laying-on flake in a slack next to a reedbed. No bites so moved to another bigger...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    Struggled on the Basingstoke Canal today which was flowing slowly. Layed-on flavoured bread flake on a size 12 b525 hook. Had 9 small roach and 1 skimmer. The pike activity did not help (always a...
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    Re: Angling, The never ending Journey

    60 years of fishing since being a young boy. I love it, still totally obsessed, but with some regrets. As a young lad I fished Stanmore Common ponds catching big roach regularly to 1lb 14oz. The...
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    Re: Nightmare scenarios when out fishing.....

    A couple of years ago I went fishing on the K&A canal and parked my car at the top (near the gate) of a sloping grassy club car park. I packed up earlier than usual because I was a bit worried about...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    Three fishing trips this week:

    Monday, roach fishing on the Basingstoke Canal which was flowing due to all the rain. Layed-on bread flake, caught a few roach to 1lb and a small snottie using an...
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    Re: If you target a certain species of fish.....

    As a kid I started with roach, then (for decades) I had a thing about big carp, I especially liked the camping cum night fishing side of it. Ended up with 3 forties and 42 thirties.

    Now 99% of my...
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    Re: For all the blurb and modern advances…

    But our angling forefathers did not have to put up with cormorants, otters, signal crayfish, mink, flotillas of canoes, swim wrecking dopey pastie carp, inconsiderate boaters - I'll shut up here...
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    Re: For all the blurb and modern advances…

    I am very fortunate, I go fishing usually three full days a week so my fishing tackle is basically overused and battered: but I still do quite well. Yes, I could go and buy all new stuff and lots of...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    A day on the Basingstoke Canal. No bites at all in first swim, tried bread flake and dead maggots. Walked back to the car and tried another section a couple of miles away. The BC is flowing at the...
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    Re: Stewed wheat

    Wheat is a great bait. It must be prepared properly or it is worse than useless. Two ways to prepare it:
    1. Soak overnight in filtered water (removes chlorine) and bring to the boil and then...
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    Re: The greatest worry for mankind

    Very well said!!!
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    Re: One for the rod detectives

    Some pros and cons of swingtips:

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    Very, very sensitive method of legering and because there is more movement they allow a bite to develop.
    More time to react to a bite.
    Can show on the drop...
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    Re: One for the rod detectives

    I used a swingtip only yesterday on the K&A canal, great method. Had 9 small roach and 5 brown trout to 4lbs 3oz.
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    Re: Protective tube for spare quiver tips ??

    On my quivertips I have two betalights fitted so they do not fit in standard sized tubes. Instead I use either cases made from electrical trunking or cheap padded cases made for two piece snooker...
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    Re: The greatest worry for mankind

    The EA and DEFRA (govt departments) have experts which must know about issues regarding pesticides and nitrates and surely they report to their masters their concerns! Why is nothing being done -...
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    Re: The greatest worry for mankind

    Generally our society and lifestyle have changed dramatically. So many of us live in our overheated homes, walk to our air-conditioned cars, step into air-conditioned malls or offices etc.
    I am...
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    Re: "Hinged" floats

    I still use them sometimes to lay-on in flowing water. I make them out of two pieces of peacock quill. This design is mentioned in John Burrett's book Fishing the Lower Thames.
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    Re: How did you get on?

    The flavours mentioned do very slightly colour the bread but not enough to make a difference.
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    Re: How did you get on?

    I use bread flake which is put on the hook in the normal manner but I do punch it made from old sections of fishing rods to keep the size consistent. These punches are around 3 inches long and vary...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    Sylvanillo, I enjoyed reading your post. From your photos the canal looks nicely coloured, always good. I do lots of canal fishing for roach - can I suggest you try bigger hooks say sizes 14 to 10...
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    Re: Fish Movement in Winter

    I have found on rivers and canals in winter that roach shoal up really close and this results in long stretches devoid of fish. I used to think that in the colder months that they would be more...
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    Peter Crabtree has it right! Yes, canal fishing can be a pain. It can be just so difficult, putting up with the dopey selfish boaters BUT there are some fantastic fish in our canals - real...
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