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  1. I’m not sure what jp use to sharpen but he does thousands of them so would make sense to use something mechanical? I very rarely use any other rig than a multi rig. A lot of this is down to presentation, but you get the added benefit of being able to change the hook quickly. The sharper the hook, the quicker it blunts, as you well know. Some of the hooks out of the packet now are crazily sharp. Kamakura’s and pinpoints for example. I can now give them a quick touch on the doctor if they come in not 100% and I’m away fishing again. I haven’t fished a session longer than 4 hours since Sept
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  2. It’s way easier than to get consistent results with very little practice. You have much more control over hand movement as the ‘file’ is in a fixed position rather than in your other hand. The vice is designed so that you can just touch the hook onto the stone with great control. You don’t have to worry about keeping it on plane. A second on the back of the point is all that’s needed but you can touch up the two sides. The only real worry is overdoing it. Less is more and all that!
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  3. Your alarms are so loud you wake up but are blinded by the bivvy light , you knock your bivvy table over and can't hit the run as you can no longer find your branded carpy hat and there is NO way your going to be seen playing a fish without looking proper carpy .
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  4. yonny

    The Sharpened Hooks Thread

    I posted this on another forum last year but for those that haven't see it there's some good info here: So………WHY?Why bother with hand sharpened hooks? As we all know, an unsharpened hook will catch fish, and plenty of them. The long and short of it is that, in a general angling situation, sharper hooks will penetrate easier. They WILL lead to a higher pick-up/hooked ratio. It’s a simple fact. Sharper hooks are more effective than blunter hooks. Doh.Obviously doing them yourself is the cheapest way in the long term. And once you’ve cracked it, it’s the most effective way too. But after ~ 1
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  5. Hi all I’ve just started carp fishing this year. Did a bit of coarse fishing as a kid, mainly waggler..but really interested in carp techniques. I’m pretty much self taught (off YouTube). Fishing at Shearsby lake near market Harborough - I’m from great glen, Leicester. I know it’s prob the wrong time of year to get into fishing as I’ve blanked the last two trips. my kit: drennan red range combi rod (method, waggler) loaded with Korda 15lb touchdown shimano baitrunner reel tried a pop up rig single hook bait (which is one I caught mirror on) today I had a go a
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  6. Just seen this on fb I think I may need one of these I reckon I t will help me catch more at night 😁😴😴
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  7. I thought it was going to be a joke video, had a Polish guy in a peg behind mine this year it was like a tractor trying to start then cutting out again, he must wake up gasping for air.
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  8. You've met a right character there in Fat Al'. He catches them though. But he's certainly right.
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  9. framey

    The Sharpened Hooks Thread

    Or even a dremel
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  10. That's Simon's fish for you. As a lot of us said who fished dinton, his fish are born with a brain. On white and no doubt on black there are fish that Simon assumes have died and they come out many years after their last capture. The fish known as triple row in white, my mate caught it at 8lb many years ago and then appears next at upper 30. The surrounding ponds on the dinton pastures country park are all full of whackers. Un fed and just left to grow. Every now and then some one will be tasked with catching one to stock into white or black. A very good stocking policy and very well run. Jus
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  11. Likewise - except under certain unusual circumstances. I have fished two waters on which pH changed (in the extreme) temporarily, both for two week periods. My hooks started coming back completely destroyed through corrosion, completely blunt/rusted away. I was forced to use un-sharpened hooks as no matter what I used to protect the points they just came back blunt. In both cases the waters returned to normal two weeks later. Really odd. I assume it's something to do with decaying plant matter as on both occasions it was that time of year around autumn when the weed is starting to die dow
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  12. Great thread, Yonny👏. Like you, I’ve been sharpening my own for around 10 years. Its addictive and I can’t imagine casting out an unsharpened hook ever again. My Vallorbe jewellers file is an essential tackle box item. I like the candle idea for treating the point👍
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  13. I fished a water stocked with Simons fish. They were awesome little kippers and some of them were very tricky carp. They'd come out once very quickly after stocking, go missing for 3 years, then get banked at 30s!
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  14. Good read, I agree about the kamakuras being fragile. There a nightmare when fishing over gravel.
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  15. crusian

    The Sharpened Hooks Thread

    Thanks very much , Yonny . 😃
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  16. oscsha

    The Sharpened Hooks Thread

    Sorry @Yonny for going off topic .Great read I sharpen my own but also use the JS ones more and more now , the other ones I like are sharpened mugga hooks well worth the extra few pound per pack .
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  17. Is this gadget the Nash pinpoint hook doctor by any chance 😉 It's a technical advancement in hook sharpening surely that puts it in with deepers and bait boats as cheating, 🤣🤣😱😁 And also only for the rich at £100 😱 It's a good idea and looks quite useful but too pricey for me to want one at present, will continue honing my own path in the cheapseats, this isn't a dig BTW just my opinion
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  18. I watched that video before but it's made me think I may invest in a jag file, looks a worthy investment to me as it will take a decent amount off to start with, I think my eze lap files make them sharper but with one of those I think it would be easier and quicker, With regard to the crayon, I use one I gently warm the hook with a lighter just a bit, then put it into a crayon and it leaves a thin layer of Crayola on the tip of the hook which does seem to slow corrosion
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  19. Something has hit the shops today that has changed my sharpening for the better. Not just consistency but speed as well. I can do a pack of ten in well under 5 minutes, that are all of the same standard and super sharp. The unsharpened hooks I use are the sharpest out of a pack that I have seen it used (excluding kamakuras but they have been sharpened in effect) and I generally don’t bother sharpening them. I know it’s better to have them done though; in most situations that I fish anyway. This gadget has now made that chore (it was more to do with no time) of sharpening an absolute dodd
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  20. yes simon knows his stuff for sure. i had a gold card for a couple of seasons and like you fished mainly black in those couple of seasons. both hold special fish indeed.
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  21. Yeah, I love the Contis, they sharpen up a treat and I love them for Stiff and Multi’s.
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  22. I quite like the good old fashioned boilie hook it seems to have everything
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  23. 2 boxes of Drennan Contis size 4. Bit of sharpening and general prep this weekend👍
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  24. Ha I started going to fat club again (slimming World) cos I needed to do the same, I've been piling it on of late and thought things need to change, had a good first week though - 7.5lb just another 4 stone to get me back to full carp fitness 😁 I do feel good for cutting out the stinky winky though, given up sugar in tea and coffee, the sugar cravings have been my downfall they always lead to chocolate, but it's always easier at the start, going to miss my bankside biscuits though 😭
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  25. My plans for 2020 are to find a new water, my current tickets aren't fuelling the fire like they should. I have been extremely fortunate to have caught the largest carp in two out of the three tickets, along with many of the resident fish, so on those waters they cease to be a challenge. A fresh water would be lovely. I've got my eye on a new river system so I might give the lakes a miss mostly this season. I am looking for a new job, my current post is under threat from closure so I might be made redundant, when is anyone's guess, I only get my shifts 4 days in advance now and I may wel
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