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    Re: Who likes Carp

    Not a fan these days, but share the memories of when they were a bit special in the 1970s and there was a lot more invention and improvisation of methods to tempt the impossible.

    Something like a...
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    Re: Cameo rods and reels

    Its all fashion and it will go round in circles. Maybe in twenty years it will be tweed, shirt and tie. Just hope it never reaches Lycra.
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    Re: Drought forecast

    Two memories from summer 1976 when i was 12 were: first the West Indies thrashing us in the Tests that year, culminating at a straw coloured Oval and second - my local pond at Cannon Hill Common in...
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    Re: Fishing Locations

    Nowhere near London, but a nice area to visit for a weekend, would be Ian Heaps fishery at Holgan Lakes (?) in Narbeth, Pembokeshire, West Wales. I remember Ian had all the kit available for hire...
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    Re: Bag up photos

    I used to put a landing net or similar over the fish as i placed them. If they're eyes are covered they usually relax better. I am glad i took a few photos like this, back in the day, as they have...
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    Re: Old school night fishing

    I agree with KeithM that the effect of torchlight on water will vary with a number of factors. In a deep swim, say over 10ft, i doubt a fish on the bottom would notice much unless the light was...
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    Re: A bit of 80's angling gold...

    I had forgotten this series - but remember the distinctive music that was Steve Hackett (ex Genesis) i think?. Nice to see Ken Collings do well. I was a regular in his shop around this time.

    All...
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    Re: Old school night fishing

    If i wasnt lining up a torch to light the float i was lining it along the rod to light up the quivertip/swingtip. Worked well, till the torch batteries ran out. Alternative was the squeezy bottle...
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    Re: The demise of Premier waters.

    I think there has been a pretty drastic demise of many premier barbel waters, particularly the smaller rivers eg Wensum, Upper Great Ouse, Ivel, Windrush, Kennet (so I am told) and probably many...
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    Another example of change with younger or current generations that just occurred to me is digital music. How often is a song listened to all the way through?, never mind a whole album side. Its dip...
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    I generally aim to have as little shot down the line as possible. I remember many sessions on many waters, such as the the slow moving Thames at Tadpole and quite a few lakes, where the killer method...
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    I think even the match fishing has gone silly. There was a match in a puddle near here in January that was won with 186Ibs of F1 carp or something like that. I remember club matches (which probably...
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    Re: Grass Carp

    I wonder if they would like brussel sprouts?

    Hair-rigged sprout at range could be the killer method. It might be like using an oversized boilie but appeal to their vegetarian tendencies.

    It...
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    I started a thread about fish intelligence a few years back.

    General conclusion was that they are sufficiently intelligent to outwit anglers most of the time.
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    Re: river kennett

    What happened to the old day ticket section at Aldermaston (from memory below a weir and a road bridge for a few hundred yards, with last swims after a left hand bend). Popular with London clubs and...
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    Re: gear you would not part with.

    Thats the one. Sadly it has now gone - closed down about a year or two back. Same with another famous south London shop - Gerry's of Wimbledon, although i didnt much like that one back in the day. KC...
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    Re: gear you would not part with.

    A 6ft f/glass quivertip rod I made in about 1980

    ABU506M reels

    Normark SCD series 11ft Avon rods x 2 again from about the mid 1980s. Seem as rare as hens teeth but i managed to get a second one...
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    Re: Rivers with Jeremy Paxman

    Agree with others - not enough about the fishing or even the natural history for that matter. More about cultural history, the Scots v English handbagging (yawn) and so on. I would have mentioned the...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    Yesterday i managed a few hours quiver tipping on the upper Wensum in the blustery cold with the river in nice condition, albeit pushing through. Eventually had two small roach and a chunky gudgeon...
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    Re: Rivers with Jeremy Paxman

    I heard rumours some years back that he was a regular at the historic Amwell Magna fly fishery on the River Lee near Stansted Abbots. This was probably early 1990s.
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    Re: Fishing journal layout

    I forgot to mention that rather as the Artist recommends, i have also embellished my "fishing reports" with photos of venues and of notable captures. Over the years it is the pictures of the swims...
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    Re: Fishing journal layout

    Ive kept a fishing journal since about 1978. It includes the following:

    Date
    Venue
    Position(s)
    T.O.F (times of fishing)
    Method(s)
    Baits Used
    Weather
    Catch
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    Re: Smaller species?

    Need a big pit reel with fighting drag. Id go with 12oz line straight through to method feeder and hair rigged worm. Twin rod set up using Delkims on sensitive settings.
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    Re: Specimen Fish

    Just thought I would rake up the thorny issue of Moor Mill Lake crucian purity. I have just checked this water against the list of known crucian waters provided by the crucian carp website and see it...
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    Re: Specimen Fish

    Thanks Jerry - as usual i probably should have checked my facts first before commenting on a specific water i have not fished! - from your link it does seem the water holds true cru's only, even if...
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