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  1. 14/16/18mm or other ? What i'm driving at really is size vs effectiveness. Are smaller baits more like naturals and more what the carp are inclined to? Do big baits (20mm +) put them off ? Of course they have certain advantages in that they're going to be able to catapult or stick further out, but the downside is they will fill the fish quicker...but then they might be a problem for smaller fish ie bream n tench - which in my book is a good thing. So what are your thoughts in regard to bait size....do you even consider it beyond how far you can get them out ? Do ya think size matters not in te
  2. My last purchase.....the Ridgemonkey XL bucket with loo seat! Can't say i'm particularly excited by having this lol...but some things are necessary. Just prior to that a few weeks ago i got a new Pod - the Fox Stalker Plus. I'm not counting bait i've bought in between. Natch.
  3. Good bait the old bacon grill....not cheap these days though!
  4. There was oy about 45 carp in there after the fish kill in the early 90s. I don't go round there much but even the last time I went in spring I saw a couple bow waving. The water is now so different to how it was in my few seasons on there (86-90) and it's never been a prolific water and for the same reasons as not fishing the Scotsmans ie low stock (though not as bad as Scotsmans) I find Cheshire a far more interesting place to fish. I'd really only consider fishing Wigan waters now if I was unemployed and couldn't afford to travel.
  5. Good to know!! I hope to walk down next time it's hot n see if I can see a few cruisers in there....
  6. I heard the carp were dead in there a couple of weeks back... it haven't been down to see anything. Interesting your saying bream? Have you been down n seen?
  7. no, and they're not for me so i'd not have one even if they were allowed.
  8. What to get small particles out? 🤪 catapults and throwing sticks are allowed thankfully!
  9. Yes indeedy - tis what I've been thinking of. My coarse fishing bandmate is always raving about "the method" as he tends to fish a lot of commercials catching smaller pasties but in numbers. Must admit when I saw the prices of method mix and even breadcrumb groundbaits they're a lot more expensive than umpteen years ago when I last used 'em. I used to make my own baits - from scratch so i'll have to buy in some fishmeals n stuff and knock up my own as I aint paying those rip off prices.
  10. The spod is banned, I just edited my post to clarify - we can use corn and pellets, hemp maggots and casters and groundbait but not much else besides those and boilies. I think balling some groundbait out is something I've not done in a long time that will have some positive effect as a lot of smell/attraction in the water will draw 'em in n get them searching for food. I think if we could spod on there it'd be deadly - but we can't. A rule says we can spod boilies only from October onwards. But who needs to spod boilies? Some pegs are not bad close in but a lot its more midrange distances - t
  11. I don't see my result as "a result" I'm just me average really....and as once upon a time this was a runs water and now it's not (for everybody) tells me we're all in the same boat - often struggling. This lakes well stocked if these were all stockies that have never seen a line before I think everyone would be hauling 'em out. So I and others are experiencing the results if angling pressure. But all that said in such instances your suggestion of the baiting situation is still a good answer....get the fish feeding hard and competing with each other to scoff the next boilie. If only we c
  12. Yeah I meant leadclip my bad. Bottom baits - mostly with a piece of fake corn to tip it off. Occasionally I'll do it with a small pop up n putty or a snowman. Very standard carp rig nothing fancy. The bottom of this lake is relatively clean sand....its a lake that was dug for sand fi r the m6 motorway - Dovemere (cheshire) on the Prince Albert card.. a water that once upon a time was a runs water but not anymore....plenty people do 48hr blanks on there these days or if they catch it's 1 or 2. Occasionally someone will have a bag up session when they're really having it and they're
  13. I use a multi tangle rig. Just kidding lol...just a simple 10" coated braid with the last 2" peeled off by the hook with a 6 hook with a bit of shrink tubing to give a "bent hook" effect. Short hair from the braid knotless knot. 2oz lead (max on this water) with a safety bead on to give a semi fixed effect and about 12" of quick sink rig tubing behind the lead...pretty standard rig I guess. I used to use mono hooklengths...ESP Soft Ghost (flouroc
  14. Interesting...a thread on one of my local waters. I've never fished it myself properly (done 2 or 3 overnighters 30yrs ago) but I knew a few of the lads that did fish it a few years ago. I've lost touch with em now so no idea if they still fish it or have (more likely moved on) but....i did take pics for one of those guys...he had 3 fish off the the old railway side (now a road) don't towards the culvert end...one was a low 20 I forget the weight now and the other 2 a mid n high double. He caught the same 20 a couple of weeks later in the rushes side near moss bridge. I seen a few bivvies up
  15. I think with the backlead thing you might have a point!!
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