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    Reels and the cost your prepared to pay.

    After Simon's post on the 28th November,where his Daiwa TDX reel seized for no apparent reason i thought i would ask this question,the TDX retails at well over £200,i have a couple of mates who have...
  2. Thread: All this Rain

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    Re: All this Rain

    What i cant get my head round is the fact that the lake i fished today is well down around 2ft from last year,another 18in from the year previous,how is it that we get loads of rain,but the level...
  3. Thread: Bronze Maggots

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    Re: Bronze Maggots

    Have a lookat Mark Wintle's eyes...
  4. Thread: Bronze Maggots

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    Re: Bronze Maggots

    Dark casters fished over normal coloured feed casters(sinkers)is a well known tactic,particularly for roach,strangely ive done better with orangey coloured ones...
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    Re: Bronze Maggots

    Ahhh,but do they like dark casters,they like the fact dark casters have the extra bouyancy which counteracts the weight of the hook,imo nothing too dark is worth throwing in as feed,they will eat...
  6. Thread: Maggot riddle

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    Re: Maggot riddle

    I think any cleaning degreases maggots,flavouring is often a confidence thing,i used to use carp flavourings on maggot all the time and results were interesting,certain flavours attracted certain...
  7. Thread: Maggot riddle

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    Re: Maggot riddle

    I sieve the sawdust with a sieve,then place small quantities on my bucket sized riddle,as maggot dont like light,so if too many maggots sit on the riddle it slows the process,also i like to sieve and...
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    Re: Pixies Lake, Bourne End

    A mate of mine(the 80 year old who i mentioned in a thread in bait box)was a member of a small club that have two small lakes near Ivanhoe,they had a concession with the owner of pixies mere,he had...
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    Re: New record Barbel announced

    Each to their own,but im sorry to say i know people who fish for big fish,of all species,a true specimen hunter,he tells nobody anything,methods baits,venues,tackle,he photo shops everything out of...
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    Re: New record Barbel announced

    There is lot of skill/watercraft that goes into being a successful specimen hunter(and i certainly am not a specimen hunter,just like catching decent,net fish),and although there are the record sized...
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    Re: New record Barbel announced

    Everything above sums how i feel,apart from having a set of scales,i wouldnt knowingly fish without a set,just because these special fish come at the most strange times....
  12. Re: Tying spade end hooks and hooklengths,or the inability to.

    All dependant on what sized roach,how heavy handed you are,rods/poles being used,distances being fished,a plethora of answers available Mike...
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    Hadnt seen this until this morning and yes the Thames was pushing through,hard,but the colour had dropped out,kiss of death over the years i fished it,chub or bust,well it was bust,all i had was a...
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    Re: New record Barbel announced

    Yep i went to see clarissa countless times,amazing creature...
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    Oh,without doubt Kev,the lake i fish for the roach on the slider is full of roach,if you fish it this time of year you dont get a bite before 2pm,often 3,the Ouse has lots of fish,i would rather fish...
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    Re: New record Barbel announced

    You would'nt believe it mate,its even worse now because there are less barbel about,for whatever reasons,it has become like carping in the bad old days...
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    Dave it always was a thing done more on the continent,in France most matches were three hours,dont know if that is still the case,but if so they have not got to wrestle in the wind so long,lol.
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    All roads lead to Rome sir....
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    No,poles are not clumsy and all fishing is best done in a smooth practiced manner,but holding a pole in a stiff breeze when its cold,trying to get bites is bloody awful,and dont tell me you haven't...
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    Re: New record Barbel announced

    Alex,when i started fishing for barbel on the Ivel it took me a season to do my 'apprenticeship',sussing the viable pegs and the baits and the best time of year to fish it,winter basically,to have...
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    Kev,they do virtua!ly everything they can reach,but holding one at say eight metres or more combined with waiti g more than ten minutes for a bite is a chore,especially if its cold,a fantastic...
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    As soon as i saw you had posted Simon i thought you personally have to use them,just to be able to compete,its a must in match fishing,there again so is carryingfour float rods,four feeder rods,four...
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    Yes Steve,my big issue now is that though i dont like blanking,i accept it more readily,i find more enjoyment working out how to make set up work,put that alongside the fact that catching a few 2oz...
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    Re: To pole or not to pole

    There are three things that tbe pole are brilliant at,one is feeding(with a pot),putting the float in position,especially under trees is second,but the main one is presentation. However fishing in a...
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    Re: New record Barbel announced

    Look,when i caught mine,i said it was from the Ouse,big fish were and still come from there,but i had too many friends fishing what is a short stretch of small river and wasnt prepared to lose...
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