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  1. Nice carp, good scrap but its mouth had been badly torn at some point... I wish some folks would learn how to fish properly and care for their catch
    2 points
  2. bluelabel

    Rod Shots

    Lost one in the pads...☹️
    2 points
  3. You are ignoring the type of water, and parts of the whole of nutrition. I know that Tim Paisley DID fish against other baits at Waveney on his trips there, his bait had to compete against local angler's, some of whom were researching baits (at Lowestoft Fish Research) and holidaymakers. I know that Premier Baits in the 1990's were out fishing other baits on the Darenth complex. Savay, Kevin Maddocks, Rod Hutchinson and Andy Little, good baits out fishing other angler's. On Earith the bait that Bruce and I had outfished other baits to other angler's, AND hi-vi's and hi-attract that we fished at times to try to provoke a take in colder weather. Other anglers to get takes had to go buy a bag of Trigga, I kid you not. Bruce and my bait was Trigga with a twist... This thing about nutrition and tiger nuts (and peanuts); the nuts themselves are addictive to carp, they will eat them to the exclusion of other baits, until death. They contain very little useable nutrition, only that that can be digested off the surface. In nutrition, the FIRST requirement is energy, whether that is provided by protein, fat or carbohydrates. YOU need the energy to digest the rest of your food, as do carp. Most waters are overstocked, the fish NEED to eat bait to survive, and that is any bait that goes in. There are very few waters now rich enough in natural food to support the fish stocks present in them. Baits also work in conjunction with other baits. Particles provide energy, vegetable fats and carbohydrates, higher protein boilies provide protein. You have this thing for fishmeal; a very good ingredient, it is high in protein, useable animal protein, providing almost every required amino acid. It is an attractor in its own right, it is why fishmeal boilies work so well. Vegetable, nut (legume) meal even maize meal do not provide as good as useable protein, they are missing a few required amino acids. There is one non meat protein that contains every essential amino acid, and that is yeast. As for Cell, a bird food and coconut base with a yeast background. Ring a bell here? The amount of protein does not need to be massively high, the days of 45/50% are long gone. As an example, humans need no more than 75grammes of protein a day. As anglers a kilo of food source boilies need not provide anymore protein than 300grams, and it is likely that kilo will be shared by more than 1 fish! Protein is required for tissue repair and growth. If carp don't get enough protein then they cannot grow to their maximum. There are many waters full of carp no bigger than double figures, simply because: a) there are too many fish, b) they aren't getting enough food to grow. Provide a better bait or thin the numbers they will start to grow, unless they have become permanently stunted.
    1 point
  4. None in stock when I bought it at the end of the day it’s line
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  5. Just watched that video you posted mate .... it could be me getting old , but there very young lads to be taking line advice from 😆. But even they opted for the 18lb which is still low diameter for 18lb ( same as the 15lb I use ) . It will be fine where no snags or weed are an issue . Just looking at the range it looks to be aimed at fishing long where leader bans are in place & weed & abrasion aren't an issue. I've used similar lines in the past so talk from experience & lost fish !! The 18lb could be interesting for level line casting & giving it the beans, could be worth a test in the future.
    1 point
  6. At 0.31 in 15 lb shouldn't think its great on abrasion, more of a pre stretched casting line is it ?
    1 point
  7. Crushed Manilla, Chopped Manilla, Manilla pellets, add Liquid n Sweetcorn night before I'm next out.... 20 of each made up...
    1 point
  8. I honestly do believe a better bait will out fish a rubbish bait, but as @kevtaylor pointed out the water itself will make a difference. Fish a rich water where bait may not need to be eaten and you want a decent bait. Fish an overstocked water (and to be honest, most are) any bait may catch. Humans can choose what they eat by thinking, they can choose to eat healthily or not. Carp don't have that choice, Survival, then health. They have to eat what is available, natural food, or pellets or boilies, or maybe particles, even more so in a high stocked environment. I have seen good baits 'dominate' a water, the right bait outproducing every other bait used to the extent of that bait being almost the only one that caught, and it was not particularly heavily baited, around 1kg a week, after an initial 20kg in 2 weeks. Yet Mainline baits have also dominated waters, the Essex Grange, the original Grange CSL, not a bad bait, Activ8, not bad. The Cell, not so good. There is a difference in quality between the bait companies. Some 'Joe Bloggs' garage specials can be produced for exactly the same as the Bait Baron bait, Nash, Mainline etc, but you forget Nash, Mainline are sold nationwide. The cost of that bait may well be £4.50 per kilo, Joe can sell it for that. Mainline or Nash might well sell it for that price as well, but the middleman, (wholesaler) puts his bit on it, so it then gets sold at £7.50 per kilo. Tackle shop buys it, final selling price is £10.99 per kilo. NOT every tackle shop buys direct from Mainline or Nash etc. In the interests of retail the RRP of all shops is £10.99. So Mainline might have different price bands depending on who they sell to, or selling to a shop directly at £4.50, the shop may be able to sell at a big discount. Is the bait market fair? Most definitely not! I can tell you for 100% fact that Crafty Catcher boilies are sold in the Gladwell's shop, right next to the Crafty Catcher factory, Gladwell's own Crafty Catcher, for exactly the same price retail as most tackle shops that sell them. I bet most bait companies with retail outlets adjacent as part of the company are the same. There is an element of price fixing! Baits can be discounted for various reasons: Get rid of, it is not a good seller. End of line Make way for the new stock, either new product or newer model. Discount to increase interest, loss leader Or even nearing end of life, even frozen goods have a life.
    1 point
  9. finchey

    Rod Shots

    Day session today local club water. Plenty of activity this morning early doors, I got straight on the fish no joy, gone quiet now. Nice day to be out fishing anyway.😁🎣
    1 point
  10. dayvid

    August Catch Reports

    Not so much a Carp catch report but Pike report , just went down the syndicate for a couple of hours , 10 Pike from 8 ozs to 4 lbs on the drop shot rod with a tiny lead head jelly.
    1 point
  11. bluelabel

    Rod Shots

    1 point
  12. Looks like my p*ss when I’m hungover 😅
    1 point
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