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  1. AndyCh

    50mm Butt Guides

    Personally I hate 50mm ringsets. Bare in mind that it then follows that the rings going up the blank are also larger than with a 40mm ringset. This can have quite an effect on the action of a blank, particularly lighter ones.
  2. AndyCh

    2 or 3 rods

    Rather than just trying to work out how it has affected your catch rate have a think about if it has affected your enjoyment of being there. I have fished with four rods many, many times, but enjoy it just as much if only using one. To me fishing isn't a competition, it's all about enjoyment.
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    Bad fishing days....

    About six years ago I had a knee operation and after a couple of months of going crazy at being unable to fish I set off for the res with a massive grin on my face. Unfortunately after gingerly pushing my barrow for about a quarter of a mile my barrow tyre literally went bang. I could have cried. I couldn't get to the swim or back to the truck. Thankfully after a phone call to the guy that runs the syndicate permission was granted for me to drive round the res and take my kit to my chosen spot. On a day session I had a take, picked up my rod and walked straight past my rolled down waders and into the drink. Fish carefully played in, weighed (29lb 15oz common) and secured in the margin while I phoned my mate, at the far end of the water, for a pic. Right where did I put my phone? Looked all around my chair, in the rucksack, everywhere. Well apart from in my cargo pocket! One dead phone. I did end up with some cracking photos though.
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    Shelf life boilies

    I feed shelflife baits almost exclusively as feed into my lake at times. Sometimes I can put 5kg on a spot and it'll go within hours. Other times it'll just sit there for three or four days, fish nearby, but just not 'in the mood' to eat it. Next day it'll all be gone. They must still be putting out the 'right' signals, even after days in the water. I only use Gary's bait so have absolutely no idea how the fish might react to other shelfies.
  5. AndyCh

    Lifting the fish in the net.

    Spot on.
  6. AndyCh

    Shelf life boilies

    I only wondered how he was in a position to slag them off I he didn't know what was in them or how they're preserved? I've known Gary for quite some time now, have spoken to him about bait at length and trust him implicitly that he won't sell me anything that is either poor as a bait or in any way harmful to my fish.
  7. AndyCh

    Shelf life boilies

    Wasn't he anti shelfies? I'm very happy to be using them. I have zero knowledge about shelflife baits in general but I'm confident that the ones I use are ok.
  8. AndyCh

    Shelf life boilies

    Do you know exactly what goes into them?
  9. AndyCh

    River Thames.

    I saw my first one on a water near the Chelmer in 2003. By 2010 on another water, not so far away, I was seeing them on a daily basis. IMHO any unfenced lake in Essex is doomed. Actually make that anywhere!
  10. AndyCh

    River Thames.

    I've heard the same for many years but was told that they were only found in the private upper reaches in any sort of meaningful numbers. And of course they'd also be easy targets for the otters.
  11. AndyCh

    Shelf life boilies

    I use the Nash Instant Action Tangerine Dream quite a bit, in fact it's the only bait that has stopped me buying Richworth Tuttis for my cold water angling. Yes these baits are pretty hard out of the bag, but that's because they are dried for 48 hours after cooling. They soon soften up once in water, if they didn't I doubt they'd be such a good bait. At times I've had access to quite large quantities of Nash shelflife baits very cheaply (misshapes) (friend of Bayesy) and have fed my lake with them when there has been little bait going in by anglers and the fish have thrived on it, so it can't be that bad. All my other bait has been shelflife for the last five years and my catch rate certainly hasn't suffered. I really should empty and get rid of the two bait freezers in the garage.
  12. AndyCh

    River Thames.

    Oh I'm sure it has but there are still decent fish in there and no too difficult to find.
  13. AndyCh

    River Thames.

    A long time ago mate, but they're still in there. Hurry before our cute fury friends have them all though.
  14. AndyCh

    River Thames.

    Still there swimming about in the Chelmer waiting for you.
  15. AndyCh

    Silly Rules

    One person's 'silly rule' is another person's 'answer to a problem'. We may not like or agree with that answer, but it will usually have been implemented after some thought and/or discussion. I think most seasoned anglers would be shocked at how many seemingly safe rigs haven't worked how it is perceived they would in the event of a line breakage (for whatever reason). Having bailiffed waters for many years, and having removed hundreds of rigs from various types of snags and rescued tethered fish I do know the truth. Interviewing potential members can help avoid the need for lots of rules but you might just be amazed by the amount of really nice, decent people, that talk the talk but don't quite live up to your expectations. Please trust me that everyone's opinion on the need for rules changes when the fish/fishery belongs to them.