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  1. Re: THE CENTRE PIN thread - everything I wanted to know but was too afraid to ask

    It is, so it is.

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    (Difficult to be pithy on this site)
  2. Thread: Rod Tip

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    Re: Rod Tip

    I suspect you've probably been done. These quick twitches are often caused by fish picking up and ejecting the bait. In the conditions you describe I'd always fish with the rod top low and if there...
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    Re: "Chapman 500" Is this rod any good?

    The 550 is actually identical in taper to the Mk IV carp. I still prefer my 500 though and as Nicepix says it's a lovely rod to use in most light specimen situations.
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    Re: What was it about Hornsea Mere.......

    I've fished the Mere a few times, but not in the last 10 years. When I fished it there was a chance of a 20lb pike, but nothing huge. Fishing, except for the short stretch of bank, was from boats....
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    Re: Give up those secrets!

    True Paul, but but whilst barbel might not be able to see the item they are just about to eat they can see things well enough a bit further off. Longer hook lengths certainly improved my results. ...
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    Re: Give up those secrets!

    Here's a challenge then Alan. Next season use luncheon meat exclusively for your barbel fishing. Don't dye it, use it straight from the tin. I'd lay a lot of money that your results would take a...
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    Re: Give up those secrets!

    Whilst this may well be true for sea fish which are generally only caught once. I suspect that Chris' point about denatured and artificial additives is very true for fish that have been caught...
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    Re: Give up those secrets!

    It's been an interesting thread. I think part of the problem (and the fun) is that fish are by nature "grazers" in that their natural food is thinly distributed and they have to search it out bit by...
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    Re: Give up those secrets!

    Worms! :D

    And, sorry Chris, electrolytes are pretty much by definition inorganic. An electrolyte is just a substance that forms ions when dissolved in water. In modern nutritional parlance an...
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    Re: Some Thoughts on Barbel Baits

    Thanks chaps!

    One thing I forgot to mention is that when you soak the pellets first (which I think is important) and then add groundbait to the water/pellet mix you need to add enough groundbait...
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    Re: Anyone else struggling??

    It's been slow oop North too. One thing that has been noticable this season is that the barbel have fed, but not as consistently as I'd expect. Some people have done OK if they were fishing on the...
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    Re: John Hepworth RIP

    Sad news. A man I liked a lot.
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    Re: Hooklength material for barbel fishing

    For most of my barbel fishing I use a combi link with 6 inches of 12lb Drennan sinking braid to around 2 to 3ft of whatever my main line is. On snaggy rivers I use a hook length of Kryston Incognito.
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    Re: RIP Kev Green

    Very sad news. I fished next to Kevin for a couple of days a year ago and really liked him.
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    Re: New River Season – Sean Meeghan

    Thanks chaps! A 7lber won't be easy Peter but it's good to have targets!

    If I'm sight fishing on the shallows Jim then I'm usually fishing close in and just dropping a bait into a group of...
  16. Thread: swale

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    Re: swale

    I was out on Monday not far from you Cocker and I had a barbel. It wasn't easy fishing and it was a matter of having confidence in my swim choice and sitting it out until dusk. I had a good walk...
  17. Re: Hardcase protection holdall or normal holdall

    I've got a 2 rod Korum that you can try if you like mate. I don't use it as I find it a bit heavy, although it does stop reels getting bashed about.
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    Re: Light "Specimen" Rod

    If you can find a Fox Duolite Avon Skippy then I suspect you'd like it. I had one and only got rid of it because I wanted it for quiver tip fishing for chub and I didn't like the quiver tip top...
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    Re: Wallis Wizard Rod

    Nice one Perchy! You can use 6lb line on a Wizard no problem, in fact I'd say that 6lb main line with a 4lb hook length is probably spot on. One thing to remember with cane rods is to keep the tip...
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    Re: From the ’ill to the Valley

    Special. Thanks Cliff!
  21. Re: Returning to the Ribble - bait / tackle advice needed

    I agree with Paul. A few micro pellets in the feeder won't go amiss though.
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    Re: Like a Virgin

    Nice one Andy! How about a double figure barbel when you're next up north?
  23. Thread: Avon Rods

    by Sean Meeghan
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    Re: Avon Rods

    My mate has a pair of Greys Prodigy TX rods in a 1.25lb test curve which he likes very much. They also do a 1lb version I think.

    Personally I use a Chapmans 500.
  24. Re: J W Young Specimen 13ft vs Wychwood Rogue Barbel 1.75lb - what would you have?

    Have a look at some of the Shakespeare rods. The old Mach II rods were highly regarded, and they've been replaced by the Agility range - slap bank in the middle of your price band. The Wychwood...
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    Re: Centre Pin Reels

    I agree with pretty much everything that has been said, although (purely a personal opinion) I've never got on with Speedias despite having used both narrow and wide drummed versions.

    I now use...
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