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    Re: How local is local

    Ditto that, everyone wants proof and more proof of identity these days (I think it's just an authority power craze myself). It's a long story but I had my passport, birth certificate and driving...
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    Re: Bargains. Let us know.

    I am not sure these are a bargain but they looked really good so I bought a pair. Really big thick socks with a sort of fleece lining for £4 from Morrisons. I have thrown away the packaging and I...
  3. Re: Winter fishing - tactics and info on what the actual Fish do in the worser weathe

    November can be good for Roach and Rudd if it turns milder.When it's really cold in December Chub are my only target really, they will feed quite well sometimes even in the coldest weather. The roach...
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    Re: Martin Salter: Completing the Circle.

    Very nice to read that and a good article, the other side of the coin, there is always one that does not get a mention so, good for you Martin. Some of those bream weights on the Thames are...
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    Re: The cost of your fishing.

    I have never joined a club, one reason is I fish intermittently and sea fish as well, as the mood takes me. I am under no pressure to get my monies worth or obligated to join in any human activity. I...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    Not fishing myself at the moment so this will have to do. Only five anglers on the pier yesterday and apart from tiny whiting a little lad with his dad caught a flounder and a plaice and take home...
  7. Thread: Favourite bird?

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    Re: Favourite bird?

    Strange that, I have had a lot of them in the gardens behind me as well for the last few weeks, never seen them before.


    Another tit that I have never seen although I have been to a place where...
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    Re: How local is local

    Ringwood/Christchurch area would be one of my first choices, been there many times, nice market town and maybe some of the best fishing in the country or was, maybe not so much now but still good....
  9. Thread: Favourite bird?

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    Re: Favourite bird?

    Funny you saying that, after reading this had a walk in the park and spotted one on this island, never seen one there before. A cormorant was nearby which is usually there but not a Heron. They are...
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    Re: How local is local

    I can see the sea from my top window and its about a 15min walk. Rivers-11miles, about 30mins on the bus, a park lake 10 mins away for a quick dabble but I don't use it much, too many rats. Several...
  11. Thread: Hemp & Tares

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    Re: Hemp & Tares

    I understand Rayner, preparing your own is better but these look ideal to me, just what I was looking for-and there a few other baits I might try on there as well, I will order some.
    Any heads up on...
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    Re: Hemp & Tares

    Thought of starting this on another thread so sorry if it waylays this one a bit-I have not used hemp much but undoubtedly it has fish attraction qualities. When I do I buy those tins, about £3.50....
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    Re: Tragedy on the Colne...

    Ha, women eh, what can you do with them.
  14. Thread: Favourite bird?

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    Re: Favourite bird?

    Sparrow hawks are exciting, seen the female twice lately, both times swooping down from a tree behind the hedges that run along the railway line. And the male once which is rare for me. Swifts fly...
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    Re: Favourite bird?

    I have enjoyed many sightings fishing, short eared owls quartering a field once, and a hobby hunting right close to me, they stick in the mind a bit. Favorite bird is difficult. I have also always...
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    Re: Tragedy on the Colne...

    A real comeback bird, they were nearly wiped out in the winters of the 60's when everything froze over for weeks, they couldn't feed. I have watched them come up the river dambuster style (apt...
  17. Thread: Ticks

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    Re: Ticks

    I never remember to do it and I should but, I think tucking your trousers in your socks or wear bicycle clips helps to avoid them when walking in long grass.
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    Re: How did you get on?

    A quick walk round the pier yesterday. Quite a few fishing, mainly foreigners who seemed to have appeared lately, watched three small Whiting come up, the Dover Soles look like they have gone but one...
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    Re: Tragedy on the Colne...

    Maybe a sparrow hawk dived on it and made it jink a bit too sharp and was not aware it had fouled itself up in a tree. They tend to swoop and miss and just fly on.
  20. Thread: I Concede.

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    Re: I Concede.

    I wonder what’s next. Hire your own 2lb roach to put in your pond for a month delivered by Amazon.
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    Re: Fishing Books

    That was one of the ones, the other was "Walker's Pitch". I just found them disappointing but it may just be me. Or maybe my expectations were too high.
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    You may have a point there. I read two of Richard Walker's books a little while ago and I found them very disappointing. One was a bit better than the other but quite dull. He opened one with "I only...
  23. Thread: I Concede.

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    Re: I Concede.

    I mentioned this once before a long time ago on here and someone posted about some in America and I thought then "one day". I did not know we had got there yet though.
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    Re: I Concede.

    An indoor comercial is the answer, maybe a TV on the swims for when the fish are not biting. I bet it will happen one day somewhere.
    I don't fish bad weather anymore so a few winter trips here and...
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    Re: How did you get on?

    Just shows we never really know unless we dip a line in. Nice bit of river by the way, hope you find a trout or two. Or maybe a sea trout, you never know, I am sure they go up that river. I wonder...
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