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    My local still water is Earlswood Lakes which...

    My local still water is Earlswood Lakes which being a feeder system for the local canals, is owned by British Waterways.
    It is literally 5 minutes from where I live, but being mainly a river...
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    Some years ago dace were prolific on rivers in...

    Some years ago dace were prolific on rivers in the Midlands but in recent times you are lucky to see one at all, of a decent size anyway. On the Severn and Avon they used to average 4 or 5 to the...
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    Steve I am suitably chastised. In my defence I...

    Steve

    I am suitably chastised. In my defence I was aware that strictly speaking 'narrowboat' is the correct description. However, as it contains 3 syllables and does not 'scan' with the metre, I...
  4. Thread: Goosebumps

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    I am quite overwhelmed, you are all far too kind....

    I am quite overwhelmed, you are all far too kind.

    I will pass on all your good wishes to Phil.

    Even though he doesn't know you personally, I am sure the good wishes of fellow caring anglers...
  5. Thread: Goosebumps

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    Thanks to everyone for your very kind words....

    Thanks to everyone for your very kind words. Every single one of us know how blessed we are to be involved in angling.

    If my only possessions were my fishing gear then I would still be a happy...
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    lb for lb (or rather oz for oz) the bonny little...

    lb for lb (or rather oz for oz) the bonny little gudgeon beats all comers.
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    I am off work ( back's gone on strike) so I just...

    I am off work ( back's gone on strike) so I just took a painful walk up to Earlswood lakes.

    There were lots on Engine House lake which is virtually all carp, catching sorry looking snaggle mouthed...
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    Listen Merv....I may be a BA###RD, but if you're...

    Listen Merv....I may be a BA###RD, but if you're a Villa fan like me then fantasy is an art form!!!!!!
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    In recent weeks there has been a roach explosion...

    In recent weeks there has been a roach explosion on the middle Severn. One match 2 weeks ago was won with 70lb of mainly roach averaging 12oz.

    It's driving me crazy cos my rickety back wont allow...
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    Sorry Jason but history proves I'm right and your...

    Sorry Jason but history proves I'm right and your wrong.

    Mr. Crabtree encouraged thousands of youngsters like myself to give fishing a try. I was around at the time (it was just after God was...
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    Cheeky you appear to miss the point. Yes, the...

    Cheeky you appear to miss the point. Yes, the tackle used in Mr. Crabtree is obsolete ( except coffin leads, lots of very good anglers still use them) but fishing is like computers, the most up to...
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    Oh yes Blunderer, the memories come flooding...

    Oh yes Blunderer, the memories come flooding back.

    As a lad I used to pick that book up and within a few pages I was lost to the world.

    It was almost as good as being there!

    Incidentally, my...
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    There has never been a finer publication than...

    There has never been a finer publication than 'Mr. Crabtree Goes Fishing'.

    Ancient it may be, but the illustrations are so brilliant that it must stir the imagination of any would be angler.

    '...
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    Gary you are right, angling is all about...

    Gary you are right, angling is all about enjoyment, it matters not a jot to me who catches the most or the biggest fish.

    There's another kind of angler that in my opinion is the best. He (or she)...
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    Many times as kids we smashed a hole through the...

    Many times as kids we smashed a hole through the ice on the B'ham/Worcs canal.

    And yes, caught fish too. Ok, they were mostly small perch, but catch we did.
  16. Thread: Otters

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    We used to night fish a tench lake in...

    We used to night fish a tench lake in Worcestershire.

    Every night at dusk you would be dive- bombed by hundreds of bats. Occasionally one would actually brush against you.

    It was really eerie,...
  17. Thread: Falling in

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    Graham Whatmore and I were fishing the Shannon at...

    Graham Whatmore and I were fishing the Shannon at Portumna. I was standing in 2ft of water.

    When I tried to retrieve my bulging keepnet, my feet slipped from under me and I went into the river on...
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    As soon as I see a fishery offering caravans,...

    As soon as I see a fishery offering caravans, tents and tourers welcome, I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole.

    I've had my fill of screaming kids all day long and families from hell.

    Im not...
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    I have seen the Loch Ness monster and I can tell...

    I have seen the Loch Ness monster and I can tell you exactly where it is.

    About three quarters of the way down a bottle of Johnny Walker!
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    I have used a Daiwa125M closed face for many...

    I have used a Daiwa125M closed face for many years ( like since before God was born) and it's still quite brilliant for close in stick work and lines up to 4lb.

    Like any reel it requires a little...
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    Interesting Blunderer you should bring up this...

    Interesting Blunderer you should bring up this up.

    Can't honestly say I remember my first fish cos I was probably around 4 or 5 at the time sitting on my dads knee.

    However in my upcoming...
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    When Anne Widdecombe comes on the telly....the...

    When Anne Widdecombe comes on the telly....the Daleks hide behind the settee!!
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    The loony left of the Labour party, aka as Dianne...

    The loony left of the Labour party, aka as Dianne Abott, Clare Short and their ilk, are alive and well and residing on the planet Zog!

    They are anti-this and anti-that, in fact anti-anything that...
  24. Thread: Fireworks

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    Couple of years ago Graham and me fished...

    Couple of years ago Graham and me fished Blickling Hall lake in Norfolk. On the opposite bank they were setting up the acoustics for a Bryan Adams concert.

    It was blasting out at around a million...
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    Baz is right. You dont always need a pole to...

    Baz is right. You dont always need a pole to catch quality roach from a canal.

    While it is true the pole offers the best presentation for fishing the far bank or up against a barge, there are...
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