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    Re: Why do we so often fish so heavy?

    In most cases the grip leads are used to prevent your gear rolling into snags and most of the rigs are self hooking bolt type rigs so the firmer the better for hooking.
    Even clean ground is abrasive...
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    Re: What makes a floating mono float?.........

    Flo cast was never manufactured by Ultima but bought in from other sources like Bayer was.
    The firm that manufactured the hollow line is Gruppo in Italy which is distributed by ASSO in the Uk but...
  3. Thread: Mid range alarms

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    Re: Mid range alarms

    Korum still sell the alarm sets but I would stump up for the Fox microns in the price range you can comfortably spend and they are weathertight reliable and run on two AAA batteries with good battery...
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    Re: Shakespeare Tackle

    You are usually right on most things Sam but Masterline only ever had a distribution deal with Rapala who owned the name Normark and this was lost when Shimano Europe tied up a distribution deal with...
  5. Re: Fastest method for catching numbers of fish?........

    Fishing to hand will always be the fastest if its with a short whip a long whip I have watched Italians fishing 12 meters to hand or a rod used like a whip short or long.
    You reach your maximum...
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    Re: Shakespeare Tackle

    Normark brand is owned by Rapala the Finnish lure and tackle company who had a UK distribution deal with Shimano.
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    Re: Shakespeare Tackle

    Shakespeare started with cheap gear in the 1970s progressed to top quality gear in the 1980s with the imput of various consultants then gradually regressed to the point where they brought out some...
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    Re: Mono line floatants.....

    Good old Vaseline works well if you dont want to fork out for an aerosol spray which also work but still need to be re applied during a session.
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    Re: First Grayling outing of the Autumn

    The Grayling like the red dyed strawberry corn I found out by accident on the Dee.
    I went with what I thought was a tin of normal corn that the label had fallen off but when I opened it realised it...
  10. Thread: Omni Feeder Rods

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    Re: Omni Feeder Rods

    It does not state a test curve on the tips,it is only a budget £20 rod but I would place the test curve between 1,5oz and 3oz depending on the rod because they are not all the same.
  11. Thread: Spliced tip rod

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    Re: Spliced tip rod

    Spliced tip rods came about because in the early days of carbon rods they could not manufacture hollow tips fine enough to give the correct action that people wanted. The most popular and best of...
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    Re: Ban plastic use in fishing.

    By far the biggest problem is the packaging which is brought about mostly because of the change to self service tackle shops.
    Feeders used to come in cardboard boxes of 50 or at worst a plastic...
  13. Thread: Spring tips

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    Re: Spring tips

    As pointed out the spring tip was originally developed for use on the river Weaver in the late 70s by Benny Ashurst amongst others for sensitivity and the "angle" between bite and tip when fishing...
  14. Re: Approach to fishing large waterbodies - feeder match fishing

    Crushed hempseed in dry form is the best thing you could add to your local generic groundbait to liven it up,Fishmeal might be available but sugar and salt are often used in groundbaits here which...
  15. Re: Approach to fishing large waterbodies - feeder match fishing

    How would you normally fish and feed the 20 metre line ? and what type of feeder/lead fishing would you use at 60 metres ? because this is part of the answer and how long is your match ?
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    Re: Kamasan black cap feeders

    Lead clips are designed to "dump" the lead in the event it becomes snagged in any way to fit in with the current carp fishing trend of releasing the lead to protect the hook hold.
    There is no reason...
  17. Thread: Match Spools

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    Re: Match Spools

    Spare spools are slowly vanishing from the mass market.
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    Re: Has...

    Carp Vader in its original form was sold on to someone else a while back who dabbled with selling direct rather than through shops as the original company did but it just seemed to fade away.Bait...
  19. Re: First feeder comp of the year - South Africa

    Always interesting to hear how things are done in other parts of the World.If we had your problem on a big lake the usual answer would be to take off the 35g feeder that was fine with the wind behind...
  20. Thread: Variables?

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    Re: Variables?

    It is the capacity for infinite variation that makes Angling the sport that it is.
    If every trip was predictable within a strict set of rules how long do you think that you would love the sport.
    I...
  21. Thread: Rods thoughts.

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    Re: Rods thoughts.

    The secret is blending various grades of carbon to achieve the action you want but the highest grades of carbon are not always suitable to manufacture a rod blank,
    In recent times there has been...
  22. Thread: Shock Stikk

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    Re: Shock Stikk

    The problem with Drayton was that most of the pegs were on a wooden walkway so as soon as a Carp was hooked it would shoot under the boards into the snags and once they got in there they rarely came...
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    Re: Groundbait for trotting.

    Assuming you have Pee free molehill :D just take a handful and squeeze fairly hard then rub the resulting ball between your hands over a bucket,if it breaks down to the same sort of consistency as it...
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    Re: Shock Stikk

    On one of the match carp lakes now a specimen carp lake it was not unusual for big weights of Carp being caught on landing net poles elasticated with catapult elastic from under the boards they were...
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    Re: Groundbait for trotting.

    Van den Eynde Turbo in natural or black for balling in,very heavy slightly sticky groundbait made for exactly what you are doing.
    If you want to make it break up more and have less feed you can add...
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