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The Compleat Angler

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  1. The Compleat Angler

    Topping up at first light?

    A lot depends on the venue and fish behaviour but, I never re bait, or re cast at first light, unless I’ve just had a take. Even if I’m awake first light, I don’t touch anything until around mid morning. First light can be bite time on the majority of venues, so leaving the bait and rigs that have been out all night well alone has always served me well. In fact, on many waters I leave everything alone, sometimes for over 24 hours.
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    Long time reader, first time poster

    Hi and welcome Brutus, it was nice to read that you served an angling apprenticeship, instead of jumping straight into carp angling. In my experience, the graduated carp anglers seem the most proficient. I’d say that also applies to pike fishing too, as getting used to handling bigger species is important. Anyway, welcome to yoo 👍🏻
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    Flavour of the Week - Mainline

    Yes me too Nick, because it’s boxed though, it doesn’t seem to suffer any ill effect 👍🏻
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    Flavour of the Week - Mainline

    Yeah, at one time, I used to see it in most shops but, the last couple of times I’ve bought it the boxes have had a layer of dust on them, from two different shops lol!
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    Flavour of the Week - Mainline

    That’s pretty much my story too mate, every so often I might try something that’s been recommended but, always revert to the GR60. The GR60 doesn’t seem as readily available as it used to be though? I’m not a fan of braid or fluoro, so I do appreciate a decent mono. 👍🏻
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    Flavour of the Week - Mainline

    GR60 Has served me well for a good few years, I dabbled with the ESP Syncro Loaded XT for a change, and found it pretty good but, not as abrasion resistant as the GR60 in the same breaking strain.
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    Gotta be worth a watch for a laugh......

    Yes it is mate, just like any other competetive business, the smaller companies want in with a slice of the pie, and the established big hitters want to protect their livelihoods and success.
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    Gotta be worth a watch for a laugh......

    Tbh mate, It confirms what many already knew. Also, the stuff he apparently sold out of the back of a bivvy years ago, won’t have been in the Geoff Bowers league. 😉
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    Korda krimps or wychwood version

    I have the Korda and Wychwood crimping pliers, I prefer the Wychwood, as the jaw width is narrower, and doesn’t crimp the ends of the crimps, which can and does sometimes cause cutting. I like the crimps as they allow very short lengths to be looped, which can prove tricky with knots. My rigs are a mixture of tied and crimped, and I have no issues. The secret with crimping, is to use the smallest diameter crimp possible for the material you’re crimping. I also use a fly tying vice for tying up, or crimping rigs, it makes the job much easier, especially the intricate stuff. 👍🏻
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    Gotta be worth a watch for a laugh......

    I would imagine, from what I’ve been told there are quite a few cash deals done with his bait, so the figures stated on the program, are only what atually goes through the books? If the bait is doing as well as he claims, the growth should be a natural progression, and should sustain and grow as a result of the demand, unless he’s not doing the sums properly? A few of the top boys started out making a bit of bait, and then selling to mates etc, then word gets out, and things expand, sometimes beyond their dreams. Successful business relies on a good product, and good sales, word of mouth, hard graft and a slice of good luck. Who remembers Danny Fairbrass selling a few leads out the back of a van back in the day? Hasn’t done bad has he? 😉
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    Gotta be worth a watch for a laugh......

    Yes mate, Geoff’s pedigree is very impressive to say the least. There are plenty of good baits, and bait makers out there now, and the bar is set quite high, maybe too high for some? With respect to Terry, there have been better baits and companies than Urban that have failed or folded. So I do wish him luck.
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    Gotta be worth a watch for a laugh......

    I thought it was the recipes that came from Geoff Bowers?
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    Gotta be worth a watch for a laugh......

    Tel drew a blank, maybe the dragons saw the video on the Urban site, with Terry and Jim? When explaining about good bait, Tel says that once his bait is in the carp’s “stomach” they feel good and know it’s good! 😂😂😂 Shouldn’t a bait expert know that carp don’t have stomachs? 🤣🤣
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    Gotta be worth a watch for a laugh......

    It’s Terry Dempsey apparently (Urban Bait)
  15. Used Solar Quiver Locks for years, they were so versatile covering many situations. They were looking a bit tired, so I bought the Solar Titaniums, which are a more updated Quiver Lock, I really rate them, as I can fish my lines piano wire tight, right down to the other end of the scale being very slack. I bought the longer versions, as I think the shorter ones are more limited in function. Anyway, they do me fine.
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