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    Re: Rod tip breakage

    Have to say that I have heard all this about rod breakages in top end rods 25 years ago. Nothing much changes.
    When I was working in retail it involved top end fly rods costing many £100s, Loomis,...
  2. Re: 131 offences reported as volunteer bailiffs carry out over 3,650 patrols during c

    My (very controversial) long term view of licencing is as follows:
    Every user of inland waterways pays the same annual (with day, weekly alternatives etc.) fee towards whatever agency is looking...
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    Re: Do trout get spooked?

    Yes, you need to keep moving on a river for trout. Once you have had the fish out of that spot there may not be another, or if there is it will be much smaller or almost certainly spooked and hiding...
  4. Re: 131 offences reported as volunteer bailiffs carry out over 3,650 patrols during c

    I suppose that depends on the cost and again how it is collected (voluntary donations?). I do plenty of voluntary conservation work nearly all year round, I could add up the 100s of hours per year I...
  5. Re: 131 offences reported as volunteer bailiffs carry out over 3,650 patrols during c

    The problem with any licence is that once you make it compulsory then somehow it has to be checked and enforced. A TV licence, car tax licence, fishing licence, for instance and nobody has come up...
  6. Re: 131 offences reported as volunteer bailiffs carry out over 3,650 patrols during c

    I think anyone who volunteers and gives up their time for the good of others deserves a pat on the back and thanks, rather than any form of criticism.

    Irrelevant of the strike rate or whether we...
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    Re: Assembling a larger net - how?

    When I first bought a similar net (Drennan) I was wrestling an octopus trying to get it up and down, soon worked out the technique of inserting one arm and then pressure on it and insert the other....
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    Re: How did you get on?

    I've just now picked up a sack for the chickens, 25kg is under £8. Go to local farm supplies or similar. Sometimes pet shops keep it if you only want a small amount, and let's face it, 25kg of wheat...
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    Re: Record keeping

    No I don't bother, as a keen youngster (from the 60s - 70s) I kept a diary of every trip and still have them, but I was super keen then and fished a lot.

    Now I am not that interested in size,...
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    Re: Hi from Brussels

    Good to have you back here and enjoying fishing again.
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    Re: help required with Margin fishing

    I have had similar experiences, typically fishing later in the day when the carp move into the margins to clear up anglers leftovers. I am normally fishing in up to 12 inches of water and sitting...
  12. Thread: which rod

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    Re: which rod

    I would probably put 3 rods in the car and then you can change accordingly if things don't work out with one?
    Otherwise I would approach the issue from the direction of what strength line do I need...
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    Re: Preventing sun/heat stroke

    Hmm, with your made up hair rigs dangling off the brim (like those Aussie hats) aussie hats with corks - Google Search and the corks protecting the hooks.

    Perhaps I better get onto it!
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    Re: How did you get on?

    Yes it is very murky, recall this is quite normal for the first month of the season but seems all wrong when the levels are right down. I presume it is the algae or phytoplankton exploding with the...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    My first trip to the Severn to use hemp and tares and try to target roach, I am new to this bait combination so prepared for a learning curve.

    First evening I picked a swim and started loose...
  16. Thread: Tips on Tares

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    Re: Tips on Tares

    This is a really handy method to know, especially when I am on a trip in my camper van. I can produce fresh cooked tares as required for the following day and don't need to boil them up on the stove...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    A question on the Severn roach, which I have yet to get to grips with in size or numbers. What sort of water are you getting these good sized fish from, regards pace and depth, you mention a "fast...
  18. Thread: Monster carp

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    Re: Monster carp

    I watched the first half but fell asleep during it, when I woke my wife had turned it off.
    Says it all really.
  19. Thread: Tips on Tares

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    Re: Tips on Tares

    I was about to start a thread on "tips for tares", but found you beat me to it and most of my questions are answered - great.
    I have only started using them, but found in preparation that despite...
  20. Re: Returned to fishing? What changes have you noticed?

    I think commercial fisheries have there place, however much I dislike the concept and avoid them.
    In this age of the population wanting instant gratification and results in everything, easy fishing...
  21. Re: Returned to fishing? What changes have you noticed?

    Took me many, many years to catch a "double" the holy grail almost. In the early 60s I caught a carp of 8lb on crust (fluked it to be honest!), that won me the Chichester club junior prize for...
  22. Re: Returned to fishing? What changes have you noticed?

    A good thread, but I am just off fishing so no time for my full thoughts.
    Suffice to say that I think running line float fishing has changed the least, possibly still the method that remains true to...
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    Re: My reel keeps falling off!

    I use a few inches of adhesive cork tape on the reel foot, this pads it out enough for the reels rings to grip. Then peel the tape off when finished - or leave it on when fishing again.
    Works for...
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    Re: Meat as a bait

    And another culinary invention from this week in the camper going barbel fishing, having purchased Chinese stir fry veg, noodles and sauce I added some diced ( not through the Map meat cutter!) Spam...
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    Re: Meat as a bait

    A slice (along with other ingredients!) in the frying pan for breakfast before I leave the camper to fish, can't resist it, if I was a barbel I would be caught every day :)
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