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  1. Thread: Ground bait

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    Re: Ground bait

    Pretty sure that Collant and pv1 are exactly the same stuff. Always carry a small bag of it for stiffening up a mix in deeper water or fast flows.
    Terre de rivière has a similar effect and is...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    I don't often post my catches ... but there may be more general interest in this one:

    On saturday I fished a 30 peg open on a midlands river. My own result was OK - section win and eighth overall...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    I appreciate that I'm usually fishing maggot or seed baits - and also on the stretches that tend to have shoal size roach, rather than clonkers - but I've never had one much over a pound from the Gt...
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    Re: Placing stotz on line.

    RIP John Price ... agree that he was a lovely man.
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    Re: Placing stotz on line.

    I'll have a look at Stotz thanks Alan - I struggle to source decent quality soft no.8 shot these days.
    Still got plenty of good no.10 shot and can't see slits in no.12 to put on the line ;-)

    the...
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    Re: Placing stotz on line.

    never used stotz - but I do use Styl leads still (in legal sizes).
    I use pliers like Whitty recommends (mine are an original Image model).

    With the styl dispenser (sensas) if you shake the...
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    Re: Why didn’t I think of this before!

    And if anyone is worried about the durability of the electrical tape on the first option, my main feeder rod has had the same (first) wrap like that for at least a dozen years as a “temporary” fix on...
  8. Thread: Changes

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    Re: Changes

    I guess I just about qualify ... having caught my first fish in 1977 (a blenny in a rock pool at Port Holland in Cornwall).

    As a match angler I've noticed a few changes since I started out on that...
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    Re: Global warming? Oh no not again!!!

    It would be interesting to see how many of the sceptics posting online are or have been working scientists? Or even scientifically trained? Enough to question the data or conclusions perhaps - or...
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    Re: What makes a good match angler???

    I think the UK match scene has fragmented in the nearly 30 years since the short period when the OP and I fished for the same team. More commercial venues have come to the fore - with a few new...
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    Re: Bird and animal food as bait

    Are the waxworms live or dead?
    I was given a tub of live ones 25 years ago and won a match at Barford lakes (nr. Norwich) with those on the hook over maggot feed.
    Suspect that they'd make a good...
  12. Thread: All this Rain

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    Re: All this Rain

    Well the old nene was running harder than the tidal Trent in normal conditions. Unfortunately I drew a narrow bit with no slack water. I needed 4g flat float to sit right in 3 feet of water against...
  13. Thread: All this Rain

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    Re: All this Rain

    My local river - the upper Warwickshire Avon, has not been fishable on the float since the end of September at weekends. Only two matches have not been cancelled - and both of those were fished on a...
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    Re: New posts and suitable subjects

    Isn't this a lot like "what do you want from a fishing magazine?"

    a lot of the articles I see when I (infrquently) buy a magazine are about giving you a recipe or pattern to follow (technique &...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    I did that once - in 1992 on a team practice session on the Cam towpath just below the A14 flyover. It's well over 8ft deep there and I wasn't going to strip off in december .... replacement section...
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    Re: Reels and the cost your prepared to pay.

    The headline was misleading, it was further down the article.

    I get email notifications as well having purchased two rods from them. But I didn’t get one for this offer.
    There were also 2 for 1...
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    Re: Reels and the cost your prepared to pay.

    always on the facebook page Alan, you don't even need to be a facebook member to read them (discount codes to use on the web page).
    for example there was a 2 for 1 offer on the CS7 reel from 4th...
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    Re: Reels and the cost your prepared to pay.

    or forty years in some cases :-)
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    Re: Reels and the cost your prepared to pay.

    I once bought a couple of cheap reels from Dragon Carp to replace an original aero match that I’d mangled by using it for feeder fishing. The line lay was appalling ... even though they felt usable...
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    Re: Reels and the cost your prepared to pay.

    Of the c. 20 reels that I have for float fishing ... only three were bought new:
    My first Mitchell 440a
    First Abu 501
    Okuma Sheffield.
    All the others were second hand from classifieds, friends...
  21. Thread: Maggot riddle

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    Re: Maggot riddle

    I turn all my own casters, so riddles are essential - also for riddling groundbait mixed by hand.

    rather than using gardening ones for fishing - I found that my large sensas groundbait riddle and...
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    Hi Alan
    I think my answer about clumsy was actually more in response to other comments - as I know you know about pole fishing.

    Hemp fishing is an interesting one.
    Tony Marshall is one of the...
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    Re: New record Barbel announced

    True Alan.

    The Great Ouse is a small river really, in the stretches that we both know well.
    The Ivel in comparison is a brook.
    I have to say I'm still amazed with the size that some of the Ouse...
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    like anything - one can be too obsessive about a method and use it when other options could work better.
    Equally - in the end we go fishing to enjoy ourselves, so why not do things that we enjoy?...
  25. Re: Tying spade end hooks and hooklengths,or the inability to.

    Indeed nottskev .., and I even forgot to put a smiley on :)
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