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  1. 3 points
    phil dalts

    Multi rig critique

    I see your point, i worry about that too. The only way it would slide down is if a fish was hooked and the bobbin pulled tight. I just re cast if i have doubts. As for bottom bait i use this
  2. 2 points
    Nutcracker

    Just starting out

    Welcome to the forum. My basic spod mix is mixed in the bucket on the bank ... 1 can of corn 1 can of hemp seed 1 pint of 6mm trout pellets 1.5 kg of sonubaits green groundbait Some crushed and whole boilies. Chuck everything in the bucket and mix i normally add a little lake water untill the mix just about holds together when squished in your hand. I also use this as a stick mix but i add some oil to it to stop it melting the bag. Goodluck. Word of warning if the lake your fishing holds stockies and your after one of the old wise big boys and would like your rig left alone avoid the trout pellets ... most stockies are raised on trout pellets and will make a b-line for them. If like me you are just after a bite going into your 7th session with 6 blanks previous then add more trout pellets . P.s welcome to the blank club ... We never talk about our captures on here.
  3. 2 points
    yonny

    Why expensive boilies are a con.

    Jeez, I've missed a good'n here eh lads? Are expensive boilies a con? Yes. But most expensive boilies (£10+) can be bought for nigh on half that if you know where to look and buy enough. All this talk of effectiveness (which has little to do with price IMO, there's loads of top quality baits at 5 to 7 quid a pop) and no-one's mentioned practicality. Yes bait can be done for much, much cheaper than boilie but it's a bit of a ball ache lets face it. If I had to choose between soaking. prepping (i.e. adding to), boiling, bagging, spodding etc etc., and grabbing a bag of baits out the freezer and sticking them out I know which I'd prefer. Yes liver is a fantastic bait but I don't fancy dealing with several kilos of the stuff over the course of a 3 day session. No-ones mentioned versatility either. A boilie can be chopped or crumbed to suit almost any baiting situation. Nuts or corn cannot be formed into hard round balls and popped accurately on a spot at more than 10 yards from the margin with a catty or stick. You'd need to get the old carp scarer out. It's probs not a fair argument comparing particle with boilie price-wise; you'd have to compare pre-prepared particle (also a rip off) with ready-mades, or home made baits with home prepped particle (which are much cheaper than off-the-shelf). I don't consider 6 quid for a kilo of quality bait to be a rip off. It's expensive, but not a rip off. I use a lot of particle too, but in all honestly I consider the time it takes me to prepare it to be worth more than the few quid extra the boilie costs.
  4. 2 points
    jh92

    Chum mixers?

    Thanks for replies I'll have a look the tesco branded ones but if I can't see any I'll get some bakers complete. Seen some lumps cruising around down the canal over the weekend so I'm gonna try getting one off the surface lol.
  5. 1 point
    spr1985

    Just starting out

    lol Delano......that last sentence couldn't be more true if you tried!
  6. 1 point
    crusian

    View from your bivvy door.

    So it's all down to your gaff for a social then Dayvid ! .
  7. 1 point
    jh92

    Float rod

    The drennan reel turned up today..such a nice reel, really light and smooth
  8. 1 point
    phil dalts

    Multi rig critique

    Nothing complicated really, coated braid, micro swivel, size 6 chod, bb shot, putty away you go. Pretty much only rig i use
  9. 1 point
    phil dalts

    Multi rig critique

    Hope this helps
  10. 1 point
    phil dalts

    Multi rig critique

    No need for shrink tube bud. I tie my hook look so it just goes over the bend of the hook. Fish em quite short. Also i use a bb shot with a little putty. Neatens it up
  11. 1 point
    Nutcracker

    Chum mixers?

    You can still get them at tesco ... chum mixers standard size are best ... if prepared propley nothing else comes close to hooking fish on them and i have tried them all. Bakers are ok but best drilled and used on a hair ... when soaked you still have to ram the hook throu them and this can lead to missed bites as the hook does not pull throu as easy as a mixer.
  12. 1 point
    salokcinnodrog

    Help and opinions wanted

    It's not all bad, it's knowing what is good I also have a pair of their Field Boots, exactly the same as the Jack Pyke boots, but at £60 compared to £160. As said the Mag runner alarms are brilliant. Guess what manufacturer I had most alarms back as faulty when I was in the tackle shop.... Fox! Delkim went through a phase of faulty alarms, yet I have not had any problems with mine, purchased in 2000'ish.
  13. 1 point
    salokcinnodrog

    Chum mixers?

    Tescos and Sainsbury's mixers are almost identical to Chum Mixers, and actually float better than the Chum ones which were rebranded a few years ago. Various other dog biscuits float, but my favourite for fishing are Bakers Complete, the big meaty chunks as hookbaits, and the others as freebies. Or try 11mm Expander Pellets, either your local tackle shop, or maybe an animal feed supplier near you.
  14. 1 point
    cloud9

    dont bother

    now that's not a bad idea , I'm sure that I have my old man's fly rod knocking around somewhere. I had one of those nights last night where I couldn't sleep and one of the strange thoughts that popped into my head was fishing these from a controller float , letting it sink down a foot or two . dave
  15. 1 point
    Nutcracker

    Float rod

    I the only shimano rod i have owned was a hyperloop 13ft match 1 1/2 lb test was a great rod and playing carp upto 10lb on it was great fun ... i snapped the top section playing a 20lb+ on it not what it was intended for i dnt think . I replaced it with a john wilson masterline 13ft match not as good as the hyperloop and its getting abit battered now so i may be looking at a new match rod later this season.
  16. 1 point
    nigewoodcock

    Why expensive boilies are a con.

    It's like everything in fishing, a time and a place. The key, as I mentioned earlier, is the experience to know that that time, that place and what to put there in what quantity! As an add on, again steve, you can't compare match angling to specimin carp angling. Two completely different scenarios. Although, if you want to paint with a broad brush as you do; I can name a list as long as you like of match anglers that use boilies! With that broad brush, you include carp matches like the bcac and the like. You alude to dave lane being the best carp angler out there with comments like "if dave lane cant catch, no one can". Add to his name Terry Hearn, Rod Hutchinson, Tim Paisley, Richie McDonald, Mike Wilson, Chris Ball, Kev Clifford... the list can go on.... all use or used boilies. Yeah, I'm certain they will all have used other baits as well but that's the point. Certain situations require certain techniques. Heres one for you.... the last time I cast out a bottom bait 'boilie' was over 3 years ago! However, it's getting the fish feeding confidently and coming back for more that I want to achieve with my baiting. Boilies play a huge part in that.


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