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  1. 7 points
    My 1st 20 from my local. Taken nearly 4 years.
  2. 2 points
    greekskii

    do I stay or go ????

    Cheers mate. Thankfully it's lovely here today. Suns in and out and it's dry. I've had a third fish this morning and the other lot have ended up all down one end of the lake away from me.
  3. 2 points
    In the US, we have a catfish called a Flathead that, except when its out hunting, is mainly holed up in some of the worst snags imaginable. Fishermen targeting them often puts baits a little distance from logjams and other huge snags, and when the fish comes out and takes the bait, they have to use all their strenght to keep the fish from getting back into the snag. The use extremely heavy gear and line, sometimes heavy saltwater gear, with the reels clutch nearly or fully tightened down. Flatheads don't reach the size Wels Catfish can, but I think the record rod-and-line Flathead was at least 123Ibs.
  4. 2 points
    smufter

    Tackle Reviews

    JRC CX 3.1 Radar Alarms. I purchased a set of these about 6 months ago and have used them extensively since then. Despite receiving some severe drenching's, I have to report that they have performed faultlessly. I picked them up off of the 'bay for £99.00 delivered, the price has risen slightly since then (cheapest I have found them recently is about £110.00) but for 3 alarms with a receiver they offer fantastic value for money. Packed full of features, they have separate tone, volume and sensitivity adjustments, and whilst the knobs appear a little "plasticky" at 1st glance, they have given me no problems whatsoever. The alarms have three settings, activated by a simple toggle on/off switch (why can't ALL alarms have this type of switch?). You can see at a glance which mode they are in, and a simple click to the middle position stops you annoying your bankside neighbours with your alarms continually going off whilst you are re-setting bobbins etc. With the switch to the right the alarms are on in "night light" mode, in the middle they are off, and to the left they are on in "normal" mode. Simple. And the supplied protective hard cases will not go on the alarms unless the switch is in the "off" position, so you can't accidentally leave them switched on, draining your batteries. On the subject of batteries, mine are still holding almost full charge despite being used for the aforementioned 6 months. Brilliant!! The alarms will indicate whether you have had a run or a "dropback" by two different tones, and the LED's will indicate this too. The latching lights stay on for about 20 seconds or so, so if you miss the initial indication a glance at the alarms will show you which one it was that indicated some action. The actual alarm heads are a nice size, not too big, so they look neat and compact. I haven't used the receiver yet, but pairing this to the alarms was simplicity itself, and it has a range of 150 yards, one of the best there is. All in all I would definitely recommend these alarms 100% to anybody. I have the set of three all in blue, but you can buy them with three different colours if you prefer.
  5. 2 points
    cloud9

    monster particle

    Not sure if this is the best section to post this but I would like to share with you just want customer service really is in my view , I ordered 5 kg of hemp and 5kg of tares together and paid for standard delivery 3/5days , yesterday I had a phone call from monster to say sorry but the tares are out of stock , do I want to cancel the order, substitute them for something else or just get the hemp ? I chose to swap for another 5kg of hemp, now this is more expensive than the tares and then today they were delivered on a over night service, its seems to me that customer service is not dead and is in fact thriving in the north of our country ...
  6. 1 point
    ianain

    do I stay or go ????

    Oh well, at least there wasn't a re-enactment of the battle of the Somme! Next time mate.
  7. 1 point
    TnCarper

    Considering New Rods

    35mm is what the butt rig on my rods looks to be...maybe less. Also, one of the rods is a bit softer and less powerful then the other, and often get mixed up between the two, which is a pain sometimes. Being accurate with my cast is something I really need to work on. I was decent with the much shorter, often 7ft rods I fish for other species with, but have a bit more trouble with the longer rods.
  8. 1 point
    banjojohn

    What is your newest purchase

    Thats the Nash Tandoori spice
  9. 1 point
    banjojohn

    What is your newest purchase

    Just some samples to try
  10. 1 point
    B.C.

    Considering New Rods

    TBH Tn, I'm up there with the worlds worst casters compared to most. Think it's years spent on small waters where 40 to 50 yards is enough.... And the kit I was using was geared up for this kind of fishing and with my bad casting technique, I struggled to hit 80yds, with a rig attached..... I had Shimano XTC 5500 reels and some old Fox Aquos rods that had softened up over time and had a 35mm Butt ring, great for playing fish on, but not great for casting too far.... I then went on to purchase some Shimano Tribal Velocity 3.25tc, with a 50mm butt ring and a larger 16mm tip ring, they were not expensive , around £50 at the time...And even with the small reels, the difference in distance was noticeable with the larger ring set, gained 20 odd yards without much effort.... Also switched to using a helicopter set up,with a 3oz zip lead which is designed with distance in mind. I was getting more distance with the Shimano rods, but went through a run of blank sessions, which in hind sight, could of been down to the heli set up affecting the sort of bite indication I was used to, I should of hit more of the single bleeps I was getting.... The run of blanks, got me all superstitious (madness I know).. So ditched the rods for some discounted Sonik S6, pretty much identical, same ring set and tc, got hold of some larger reels and can hit 100-120 yds now, purely down to a change of kit, my technique still sucks...... The next step for me is to improve my technique and then start going through some different mainlines, hopefully with some advice on the forum, having learned that most of the fish coming out on one of my water's are getting caught at 150yds. And only by a couple of guys that can hit that range. The fish have yet to really start moving around and are showing around a snaggy island at about 170 yrds..... A clear indicator, that having a long chuck in your armoury, is a definite edge over most anglers in certain situations..... Something I'll be working on this year.
  11. 1 point
    finchey

    What is your newest purchase

    Not as yet not been carping long. But the lake were I fish has some perfect swims for it. So I thought at 2 quid they were worth having in the tackle bag for when the situation arises. But don't worry I'm not going to get any fish snagged up. Like I say I've not been carping long but I have 45+ fishing experience in most aspects of the sport apart from fly fishing that never really appealed to me.
  12. 1 point
    TnCarper

    Considering New Rods

    The reels I have on them are Nash BP-6s, which are nice reels, but I certainly should have got a bit bigger reels, and I do like baitrunners better. The line is Gardner Hydrotuff in 15Ib, which is a good line for my case, as there are gravel and rocks galore in some places in my nearby reservoirs, and that style of line stands up to them a bit better. The leads I use tend to be both inline and swiveled pears, 1.5oz for running rigs, and 3oz for bolt rigs. Also use a varity of method feeders from less than a ounce, to 3oz. While I admit I'm not the best and most accurate caster in the world, I certainly get the impression they aren't the most accurate rods in the world. They are also thick, clunky, and heavy compared to a carbon rod. I actually had NGT's entry level carbon rods before I got the even cheaper glass ones, and they were good....until one shattered when I was making a cast with a mere 1.5oz lead and small pva stick....🙁
  13. 1 point
    Apparently, after it's initial run it holed up under the bank and just sat there, as Catfish have a tendency to do. Not my idea of fun either. He wasn't deliberately fishing for it, so was unprepared for what happened. After a few hours of stalemate, it decided it had had enough, set off again and snagged him on something. It was pitch dark, which couldn't have helped! Maybe in daylight he might have been able to steer it away a bit better, but I doubt it very much. Once a big Cat has decided it wants to go somewhere, there's not a lot that's going to stop it. I hate the blooming things. Ugly fish. I've only ever caught a couple of smaller kittens and didn't enjoy catching them one bit. But that initial surge when it took off must have got the adrenaline pumping!!
  14. 1 point
    ianain

    Lb line to use.

    Thought it was
  15. 1 point
    Obsessed

    Considering New Rods

    I had those rods at one time, used them once and bought new rods immediately. For a newer angler, 50 yards sounds about right for keeping it accurate. You definitely can cast them further, but the rod is not stable enough to keep it very accurate.
  16. 1 point
    buzzbomb

    Considering New Rods

    What B.C. said. I found that every time I tweaked my gear, (filling the spool almost to the rim, wetting the spool of line before casting, switching from #15 to #12) I gained a little distance and using a 3oz lead could usually hit my spot at around 100 yds. Buying a 3 lb rod or 2 didn't really buy me any more distance (neither did a 13' rod), but my casting with bags or stringers is so pitiful I wanted to try them anyway.
  17. 1 point
    B.C.

    Considering New Rods

    50 yards?..... Are you sure it's just the rods that are letting you down on distance? Sounds quite a short distance imo. Could also be spool size, type of mainline, or the sort of weight and shape you are trying to cast..... .... Just a thought, and a few things that you could tweak to gain a bit more distance.... All the best
  18. 1 point
    B.C.

    Considering New Rods

    For the budget you mentioned, the Wychwood 101 or 201 range are worth a look. A friend has some 3.25 tc, for a couple of seasons and they do the job. Atm, over here , you can pick them up for around £40 with Duplon handles, slightly more for cork handles....(101's). The 201's come in a bit dearer at approx. £50 I can't vouch for any that you listed in the OP.... But I've used budget Fox in the past and found them to be ok too.....
  19. 1 point
    kevtaylor

    Lb line to use.

    Both 😊
  20. 1 point
    The lake has finally given up one of its residents!
  21. 1 point
    First session today in almost 2 years - caught myself a low double mirror 👍🏻
  22. 1 point
    smufter

    Tackle Reviews

    Shimano Technium Black (line) review: As some of you may know, I have been using this line for a good number of years and have nothing but good things to say about it. Shimano's marketing blurb will talk about "triple core technology" as a unique selling point. Now I'm not technical enough to know what that means, but the one thing I can say is that this line has NEVER let me down in any way. First things first..... spooling up. I have never had a problem loading this line on to my reels. I don't soak it beforehand, (as many would recommend), I just make sure I use my common sense and load it under slight tension. I also make sure that when loading it on, I have the line coming off the bottom of the spool. Line lay has always been perfect, and it hangs nice and limply through the rod rings, with no evidence of twist at all. In use, this line knots well, casts well, and sinks fairly quickly. No doubt there are other quicker sinking lines specifically made for the job, but I have never cursed Technium for not wanting to do what I ask. The line is incredibly strong, I normally use 12lb for "domestic" use, upping to 15lb for my ventures to France. I can honestly say that this line has never let me down while playing a fish, I have never encountered a snap off. If you want to find out how strong this line really is, put your rig half way up a tree and try pulling for a break lol! Something I have done on a few occasions, (not deliberately of course), and it's the devils own job to try to get it to snap! I suggest wearing gloves by the way!! There is hardly any stretch at all in the line, which is great when playing a fish because you can feel everything that is going on at the business end. Bad points??? I seriously cannot think of any. It's a little more expensive when compared to other lines, but if you shop around you can usually pick it up for about £20.00 for a bulk spool. I am using Shimano XT-A medium longcast reels, and a spool can easily fill three of these with plenty left over. One other thing to mention is that the 15lb version is easily threaded through rig tubing. The 12lb is okay but being a bit thinner (obviously) can sometimes take a little persuasion, but the 15lb goes through as sweet as a nut. If you've not tried this line before I seriously recommend you give it a try. I won't use anything else.... although I did dabble with some of that new fangled Wychwood DPF (purple) line a year or so ago. The least said about that, the better!! I've never paid £40.00 for it, but I have paid as much as £25.00 in the past. Like I say, I paid £19.99 for a spool of 15lb a week or two ago off of ebay. I don't need anymore but this is an absolute steal. If you've never used Technium Black before, I can highly recommend it. It has never given me a moments problem and I have 100% faith in it. Knots, sinks and casts well, and has very little stretch. Hangs nice and limply through the rings too. I have never had a problem loading it on either, not having to soak it before use etc.


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