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  1. Thread: Drilled bullets

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    Re: Drilled bullets

    As an aside I have a vague memory of a story I read as a kid that sort of stuck with me about drilled bullets..…it may have been Peter Stone or Dick Walker talking about Pete Thomas…I cant remember...
  2. Thread: Drilled bullets

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    Re: Drilled bullets

    What always put me off old style bullets and coffin leads was the line was going through a hole in the middle & touching “raw” lead if I can put it like that & I didn’t like the idea of plastic...
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    Re: What's your favourite feature to fish to?

    I am a big lover of the margins. I would go so far as to say that probably 90% of my fishing is an underarm lob from the bank.

    Hard to pick just one feature. in rivers anything that diverts the...
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    Re: Fishing spot enigma.

    Your Spot sounds fishy Mark. Could be allot of reasons why its not throwing up fish.

    One possibility is that the very deepest spots warm up the slowest and can stay very cold in winter even if...
  5. Thread: Dace

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    Re: Dace

    Great fish. Back in the day the Wey held some really good ones and I regret not giving it a good go.

    When I was a kid I used to fish a little Kent Chalkstream that had loads of them. In the...
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    Lockdown effect on fishing ?

    What with the lockdown and fishing surely being curtailed what do you think the effects will be on the fish & fishing ?

    Will the environment and the fish benefit from the rest ? Or will the...
  7. Thread: Morale booster

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    Re: Morale booster

    20 years ago but I still remeber THAT night like it was yesterday !!!...note the flimsy Argos summer sleeping bag to boot.. :omg:

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    ..on the bright side I wasnt the only one stupid enough...
  8. Re: Name of multi lure rolling system for lake trolling

    I've seen it in France too with a long wire line and move the boat very slowly.

    Trolling is a similar principle although thats done with a rod and line.
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    Re: Single most expensive item of tackle

    Technically purchased for me but probably a Zodiac & petrol outboard so I can play at being Captain pugwash on the river.
  10. Thread: Big Roach.

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    Re: Big Roach.

    Similar size & water clarity to say the middle Thames Rob & a good head of other predators...Zander, & also notably Wels. I actually arrived to see Cormorants diving in the swim at times. I should...
  11. Thread: Big Roach.

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    Re: Big Roach.

    Between Oct & Dec last year I had 30 Roach over a pound to 2+ from a French river. It has no track record or other anglers targeting them so I had to do the donkey work of tracking them down.

    ...
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    Re: Slider float fishing

    Peter, as an idea you could try one of those self locking / trolling floats, or alternatively make your own locking mechanism for your float of choice. Basically a short U shaped section of stiff...
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    Re: Slider float fishing

    It’s a technique I use a great deal.

    I originally used it to tackle fishing a large deep river with swims going down to more than 20 foot for Roach. My standard approach was to bulk shot a few...
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    Re: The good ol' days of fishing

    One thing I have learnt when I think back to opportunities missed or times gone past is to make the most of the here and now. The advantage as well is that we will also have the benefit of more...
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    Re: Your views on barbless or barbed hooks?

    Rich, if your happy with your results on barbless then thats great. At the end if the day each angler will make up thier own minds on the relative technical merits of barbed or barbless and...
  16. Thread: All rounder rod

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    Re: All rounder rod

    A local lake I fish has a good head of Carp, mainly doubles but going a bit bigger than yours and my usual way to fish it is with float tactics and either a stepped up match rod or a 1.25 tc avon rod...
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    Re: Your views on barbless or barbed hooks?

    At the end of the day I go fishing to catch fish and for the type of fishing I do which is predominatly specimen orientated I dont get lots of bites or want to lose anything I hook so I want my hooks...
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    Re: What GB fish specie wise up the quickest--

    Its true that some fish can be not just difficult but nigh on impossible to catch.

    The Carp world in particular is full of stories of uncaught giants...some of the stories perhaps more fanciful...
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    Re: What GB fish specie wise up the quickest--

    Another species with great eyesight are Dace. I seem to recall reading a study on fish eyesight and Dace were right up there..wish i could remember were i saw it.
  20. Thread: Very big float!

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    Re: Very big float!

    Nice find Mark. The one second from the left looks like a pattern i see quite often being used by pike and Zander anglers over in France. The pike bungs actually could have a place in modern fishing...
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    Re: River Lot, France in Febuary

    I think you may mean Gibel or Prussian carp John. They are pretty widespread and like Crucians on Steroids. They have adapted well to the river systems. I have not seen them in the Lot but i would...
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    Re: River Lot, France in Febuary

    I have had them on corn on the Lot. I have used corn on a number of rivers were i am pretty sure the fish will never have seen it before and its been instant. Also a very underated bait for Barbel...
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    Re: What GB fish specie wise up the quickest--

    Wild trout get the spoon ....suicidal does not do it justice.

    Which wise up the quickest is tricky...I think I'd go for Chub. I recon they are one of the smarter fish, coupled with good eyesight...
  24. Thread: Worth a look

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    Worth a look

    For anyone who has not seen them these are well worth a watch.

    Here is another side to carp fishing often overlooked. A far cry from the bagging up on over stocked mud puddles that are so often...
  25. Re: Tying spade end hooks and hooklengths,or the inability to.

    Rather rude & out of character I would say & I went to quite some trouble not to be.

    I didn’t realize alternatives opinions were not allowed so I’ll bow out there.

    PS …a quick rummage through...
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