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  1. I still have photos of that lol. At the ARC I had to tie both sides of my brolly to trees to stop it folding in. I lost my brolly twice in 2 weeks last winter which I found quite funny. My mate lost his brolly in a storm and I have pictures of it in the lake lol. No doubt I'll lose my brolly at some point this winter fishing on a windswept section of canal or one of the other open winter lakes I visit.
  2. Can't go far wrong with some chopped worm and caster, you don't need loads and a kilo of worms is about 20quid and last for ages. (800 ish worms) add a couple of bits and bobs for a nice light spod mix.
  3. Didn't dynamite do the meaty marine in the first place. In a tin designed for dynamite sticks? Talking old Skool, should I buy ss2600 reels or tourny 5000t for my 2lb tc free spirits?
  4. I sometimes wonder if I'm wasting my life fishing. Will I get old and be happy with just fishing memories? It is the only thing I look forward to and the one thing I want to spend my spare time doing. Any spare time spent doing anything other than fishing I feel is time wasted, so spend my spare time doing something fishing related..... Sometimes that's just day dreaming about it.
  5. Cracking Joe, made me chuckle. And you can't have a fishing tale without one that got away
  6. I use it loads and to be honest if your using it for hinge booms try it in 12lb. It does discolour as your stretch it and stays like that but I don't have them snap on me. If you need a little more security you can use 15lb but with 20lb you end up with a rig which does not fish as effectively and can often end up with the rig presented poorley due to being too stiff. A little finesse in your rigs goes a long long way.
  7. I was looking to join this syndicate, cracking lake and from what I'm told it is difficult but rewarding. I lad I fish with done a season on there and had an awesome year including 16 fish through the winter from one swim. (2009/10) From what he told me it was simple fishing, bait up regularly and be vigilant of the new clear spots appearing where the fish are ripping up the weed and get on them early. While it was simple fishing he put loads of effort into baiting up regularly and setting up in the dark and leaving in the dark etc he was rewarded for this and had all his target fish in the year.
  8. Fox fx 60, awesome bit of kit with loads of extras in the package and if you look around you can pick it up for 199 with clear panel mozzi panel and zip on front with 4 sticks and heavy duty groundsheet. I wish mine did not get eaten by mice over winter, best brolly I've seen and used. You could pick up the warrior version, everything the same but with nylon brolly for £140 same extras as above.
  9. Just sat here with my boy and watched it. You know it's good when a 16month old is silent and Sitting here pointing at the screen watching the carp browse over the weed. I think we will have another angler in a couple of years.
  10. Hi Phil, Not loads of fish in the lakes, well there are but they are well spread. Well worth the money for fishing but you do need to a bit of work and the rewards are there. There are a few more fish in the 3corner these days and the big lake has a few too. I would say that long lake is worth a look some crackers in there and it'll be empty.
  11. I suppose we can't see pictures of the 40lb Linear can we? Which one? One I can pm you to have a look if you like. Still tickets available for the lake too.
  12. Frank that linear that wez is holding I have done photos for a couple of times this year. Watched that fish grow on from low 20s to upper 20s and is one of the nicest linears in the country. We have some cracking fish around me, especially the linears. One up the road has gone from 20s to over 40lb in the last couple of years and a very private water has a superb linear no more than 3 miles from my front door which last year was caught by a friend at well over 40lb.....
  13. Those CWA fish look the business. Wouldn't mind contact details for them. I said about breeders in the previous thread to hopefully uncover a few places who are producing special fish for a project of mine. I could see these fish swimming about the old and mature 30acre gravel pit I have acquired recently.
  14. Second one is a pure belter, awesome fish. I wonder if anyone breeds them like that these days.
  15. I don't understand why people don't want to spear them and put them on a hair. It's simple, effective, accurate, they stay on and most importantly it works. These pegs can let go of baits depending on the consistency they add unnecessary weight. What people need is a well made pop up with plenty of bubbles to keep them up for a long period of time. I spear mine and always have and they stay up for ages, 48 hours on average. And best of all there is no stiff peg flying about in the fishes mouth. I used to use bait spikes in the past for match fishing, for baits like meat and paste and Ive not liked the idea of them since then.
  16. For me it depends on the swim and feature. Most of my fishing is with all three on the one spot. If I am fishing a set spot then I will always fish with at least 2 on it. I do it for a few reasons. Firstly you are not thrashing the swim up, second you are giving the fish one option to feed in the area, third the fish come into contact with bait before they encounter fishing line in most cases, forth you can try variations on the spot to work out the best rig and swop them all to it and fith once you get your spot right you get loads of hits of multiple catches as you land one and leave it on the bivvy not disturbing the spod with leads once they have gone just a few baits out the throwing stick or catty to move the fish off then chuck them back out ready to go again. For me if you spread your rods about you are blocking your swim off and causing choice issues and if your honest with yourself it's because you have not understood your swim and are hoping for the best. But that is just my feelings on it to be fair.
  17. We have started to lose fish up here, mostly the smaller fish have spawned leaving the big girls swollen, now we have some constant warm weather I feel that a few old fish will be on the danger line. My syndicate has lost its first spawn bound fish yesterday at 37lb odd. Let's hope this is the only one.
  18. Truth is guys, it is written in law that with a fishing licence you are allowed to take fish for the table, 2 fish of differing species I believe. When you ring up and try to have them prosecuted you will get nowhere as you cannot prosecute when no crime has been committed. Until there is a change in the law this will continue and we will not have a leg to stand on.
  19. That's the barrage which Alan Taylor runs through Houghton lakes.
  20. done a couple of nights last week and had a few these being the better pics as my camara went spazy and gave me some blurry ones too. if only i had more time for fishing then that would make it so much easier to keep catching. not been since but hopefully i can squeeze a night in over the next 2 weeks!
  21. There are still fish in there. If anyone has any picture could they pm me as I wouldn't mind seeing which ones are there as some are well over 40 years old.
  22. Jules, don't d that fella. If you fancy a session in the valley give me a shout man, I'll put you on some fish.
  23. Hinge stiff rig on the helicopter or multi rig with a lead clip.
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