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  1. Thread: Morale booster

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    Re: Morale booster

    Those bird photos reminded me of very rare sightings of the localised ohmegoolie bird - they have no legs so when they land you can clearly hear their strange song - ohmegoolies ohmegoolies...
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    Re: Lockdown effect on fishing ?

    When there was a compulsory close season I was still a carp angler, I always found that it took around 3 weeks due to bankside disturbance for the carp to settle and feed normally. Though usually...
  3. Thread: Swingtipping

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    Re: Swingtipping

    A good point regarding rods made from composite materials: I wish someone would make a cheaper 14ft float rod for stillwater fishing which had a nice soft action, it would sit in rod rests so weight...
  4. Thread: Swingtipping

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    Re: Swingtipping

    My wife always uses a swingtip, she has caught many fine fish including carp to 24lbs 3ozs, 7lb tench, big roach, crucians,etc, etc. Surely there is a way to stop her catching, it's just not fair!! ...
  5. Thread: Dace

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    Re: Dace

    There are some big dace in the Kennet but not big shoals of them.
  6. Thread: Big Roach.

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    Re: Big Roach.

    I am of the opinion that there is a variety of reasons for fewer big roach being caught. In no particular order these include:

    Far fewer specialist roach anglers
    Cormorants!
    Signal crayfish...
  7. Thread: Big Roach.

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    Re: Big Roach.

    I think the same as you - now any roach over the pound mark is a real goodun. I've managed quite a few this season but have put in an awful lot of time and effort.

    When thinking back to the days...
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    Re: Single most expensive item of tackle

    In 1975 I bought a new ABU Cardinal 66 reel new which I still use occasionally. It cost £27 (+pence?) and I paid it off weekly! It was a lot of money then - I wonder in today's value how much that...
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    Re: How was your Season?

    I've just checked my fishing diary and made a note of catches since 15.3.2019. Since then I have been fishing 128 times (every trip after roach) with 4 blanks. No fishing since 5.3.2020 due to...
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    Re: Slider float fishing

    Philip, re your above post. Yes how strange, I have already done exactly that - I have made polaris type sliding float adaptors using a swivel pushed into a piece of silicon tubing and into the...
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    Re: Slider float fishing

    I use sliders quite a lot, some of the lakes I fish are 14ft or more deep. Philip in his post mentioned using a float adaptor with a swivel in a piece of silicon tube - this idea works well - I...
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    Re: Tackle maintenance

    What a bunch of old tarts - bet you all wash and clean the car as well. Rain cleans the fishing tackle and the car gets a wash and clean each year prior to the MOT.
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    Re: Drennan Acolyte

    To help confirm previous posts: I have a 14ft Ultra which has been used a great deal with no problems. Highly recommend.
  14. Thread: Cinnamon

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    Re: Cinnamon

    You have hit the nail on the head! The problem with lots of flavours that can and do actually work is identifying the amount of flavour to add.

    With flavours there are others factors to be...
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    Re: What GB fish specie wise up the quickest--

    It very much depends on the venue. Certainly there are carp that never pick up a bait. Overall big roach are the hardest fish to catch because: there are not many of 'em; they are naturally nervous...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    Started on the K&A canal, in several places flood water was running across the towpath and from the far side into a field. No bites so I swiftly packed up and moved to the Thames. It was really...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    Yesterday I fished the K&A canal, tried two different sections and I also blanked? Water temperature 44F.
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    Re: polaris sidewinder

    I have one which I have used a few times. Quite frankly when looking at it I fail to see how it can be more sensitive than a correctly loaded bobbin - BUT surprisingly it works! There are three...
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    Re: Your views on barbless or barbed hooks?

    I use micro barbed hooks.

    I once belonged to a club which had a pool stocked with lots of carp. Later a new barbless rule was introduced and it was very noticeable that the fish mouths...
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    Re: Myth or Reality?

    Aknib raised the point earlier about small roach mullering soft baits like bread.This is a real problem when trying to target big roach. The best baits in winter are big lumps of flake, lobworms or...
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    Re: Myth or Reality?

    Tigger, re your post - spot on. The presentation for big roach normally has to be perfect. A good few years ago now on the upper river Lea I clearly saw big roach moving slightly to one side as my...
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    Re: Myth or Reality?

    Binka, you mentioned big roach - I'm almost certainly missing lots of action but why not just fish a big bait stationary on the deck for the roach? It works for me.
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    Re: The term "bumping fish"

    Bumping fish is always going to happen from time to time. It seems to occur more in the colder months when fish are not feeding so agressively. Usual reasons for me are big bait/small fish or...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    Monday: fished a stretch of the K&A canal new to me. Normally it is still but today it was gently flowing. Layed-on both flake and dead maggots - had only one bite which I bumped off. Snapped the...
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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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