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    Re: Prebaiting advice please

    Mallards will dive, but they tend not to dive too deep. Much more than three feet or so tends to be their limit. Coots will dive a little deeper. Tufties will not be put off by diving ten feet. I've...
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    Re: Prebaiting advice please

    There are no definitive answers. Different waters respond to different baits, amounts and times of pre-baiting in different ways. All you can really do is try different things and see how the fish...
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    Re: Clutch or backwind

    Horses for courses. I use centrepins a lot and, with only one notable exception, they don't have any kind of fish playing drag system. I have closed face reels with drag systems that are no use...
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    Re: Are you still buying new tackle?

    Don't waste your time, you are searching for something that doesn't exist.
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    re: Are you still buying new tackle?

    I've bought a few bits and bobs. About a week ago, I picked up a new 16" Solar Carbon bank stick (long discontinued) to make up a pair. I didn't particularly want to buy anything, but I've waited...
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    Re: Drilled bullets

    Drilled bullets, coffin leads and barrel leads were all quite common in this part of the world at one time. Along with bubble floats, they were frequently used at this time of year by those worming...
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    Re: Through Action Rod ?

    Don't be soft. I never mentioned specific ranges and certainly nothing as extreme as 100 yards. Frankly, if I ever wanted to fish 100 yards distant, I'd move. Whilst I routinely trot further than the...
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    Re: Through Action Rod ?

    I'm having no issues with the Brownings at far more extreme ranges. I'm not having to resort to excessive sweeping striking methods either.
  9. Thread: Flat floats.

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    Re: Flat floats.

    Kev, I've no idea exactly why you'd wish to do it, just that they can be manipulated in such a manner. I've not come close to mastering the Cralusso Surf, though I do have some. The best I've managed...
  10. Thread: Flat floats.

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    Re: Flat floats.

    Pete,
    from your description, I'd suspect that he will have been using a Cralusso Surf float rather than a Cralusso Ray. I have quite a few different Cralusso floats and the Surf is the only one...
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    Re: Through Action Rod ?

    Size and type of fish would play little part in my thinking. Method and casting distance (with respect to lead/feeder size) are more important considerations.

    I wouldn't choose a full through...
  12. Re: Can you say which is the heavier of these two fish....

    That dodgy Hardy is way heavier than the Acolyte.;):p
  13. Thread: Flat floats.

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    Re: Flat floats.

    Yes, you can use them on a rod and line. Not surprisingly, they are only useful for fishing "off the tip", so they'll only be effective to the range of your longest rod. Rather than the classic flat...
  14. Thread: Dace

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    Re: Dace

    The Tyne, Wear and Tees have all had fairly extensive stocking of dace in recent years. All three have been well known as dace fisheries in the past. As a result of these stockings they are...
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    Re: Born of frustration

    You'd be surprised. They aren't recently dug, though they do seem to get random bits of landscaping/planting carried out until very recently. I've lived here seventeen years and the lakes pictured...
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    Re: Born of frustration

    Some will still be under the control of the gravel extraction companies, which undoubtedly accounts for the fences despite public access. The actual landowners differ depending on the exact location....
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    Re: Born of frustration

    I've no idea what the ownership situation is. However, there is public access right through the complex. However, each of the lakes is fully fenced. The closest you can get to water is about twenty...
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    Re: Born of frustration

    Unless the herons and cormorants just like hanging around water, and the grebes dive just for fun, yes.
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    Born of frustration

    This is the view only a few hundred yards from my front door.
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    If I carry on a few hundred yards, or take a different route of a few hundred yards I see this lake.
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    That's...
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    Re: Long float rod

    Do you really want a 13/15' rod (a 13' rod with an extension to 15') or a single rod of 13, 14 or 15'?

    If it's the former, add a Greys Prodigy 13/15' Float to Ray's suggestion. If it's the latter,...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    Can't see a thing in this particular gravel pit. It's normally crystal clear, but the recent flooding has left it looking like the average commie. Just the odd roll, tail pattern and tiniest amount...
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    Re: Single most expensive item of tackle

    It's not compulsory to do either of those things. I can honestly say that I would never throw a rod/reel down a bank, muddy, rocky, or otherwise. I don't keep expensive items in a shed or garage...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    Nice in the brief periods of sunshine, positively chilly when it disappeared or the wind got up. Absolutely baltic when the sun started going down. There was the odd hint of fish, but not a single...
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    Re: Single most expensive item of tackle

    According to the BoE inflation calculator, £27 in '75 equates to £228.20 in 2019.



    1,190.31 in 2019
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    Re: Tackle maintenance

    You're right, I was reading the Northumbrian byelaws, which apply to one river I fish and not the other. The joy of living in bandit country.
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