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  1. Tim, I'm buzzing, mate. At my most recent visit to Horseshoe, several months ago, it was obvious the there was a physical security problem, made worse by the fact that the numbers for the combination padlocks are being passed to non-paying, nocturnal visitors. We have suggested a GSM driven keypad system at the gateway which can be altered weekly, daily or hourly via specific input from a verified mobile. I believe that this image is what attracted Sabrina's attention.
  2. Just bought a JRC Bait Bag. Substantial bit of kit. Insulated interior and the separate lid-zip reveals two decent sized bait boxes as a bit of a bonus. Ian
  3. Vik, it's obviously local to you. Be nice if you could take a look and let me know wether or not I'd be wasting my time getting there. I'm a Brummie, well Water Orton in North Warwickshire, so it's a bit of a step getting there. Ian
  4. I like the idea of fishing right beside a very busy highway but off the radar, so to speak. I've spent a few more minutes on Google Earth, just looking, plotting and scheming......like I do when the bug has bitten. I'd like the opportunity to just chuck a few small bits of bread onto the surface, stand back and await activity. Ian
  5. Steve, I've frequently wondered about these waters, having noticed them when dragging our caravan down to Billing. Perhaps we should go on a voyage of discovery? I've found the narrow lane that you mention. I'll be down at the Aquadrome at some point this summer as several members of our family have fond memories of the place and have recently come back into camping. If you should go before I/we can get there I'm sure you'll let us know what's in the waters. Ian
  6. Try using Dynamite Baits Meaty Marine powder as a binder, added to some small pre-glugged pellets and a load of sweetcorn, pre-dried on a towel. Use the water from the corn can in the mix for the moisture and natural sugar. A fairly firm mix and give it a minute or two before casting. Couple of grains of corn on the hair or one on the hook. Try it. You might like it. I did........ Ian
  7. I agree but not quite entirely. I'd still fish one rod on Mainline Cell....because it's an almost universal catcher and because I have real faith in it. Ian
  8. Gentlemen, thanks for all the replies to my question. Since reading them I've had a root through some of the kit amassed over the years and dug out several old but perfect nick method feeders. I'll give them a go next week at Wyton Lakes and report back my progress. If any........... Once again, thank you. Ian
  9. Some of you will know that my username comes from the fact that, along with my son Alan, I manufacture and install wrought ironwork, specialising in automated gates. I'm a member of the Carp Society and have fished their headquarters Horseshoe Lake many times. The site has had a security issue for a while and Sabrina, Admin there, noted some pictures of our installations on Facebook, liked what she saw and has invited me to visit and quote on manufacture and installation of bespoke, secure gates. Upshot is that I'm meeting with Sabrina and Fisheries Director Miles in a few days time and feeling very proud and excited that we may be involved in such a prestigious project. Can't stop grinning! Ian
  10. Outcasts are based on blanks from Greys. If you Dad likes your rods I'd guess he'll like the Outcasts. Just a thought.... Ian
  11. Bedchairs? Don't be messing about, the Nash Indulgence is the way to go. My son had the JRC Stealth and thought it to be ok, at best. Then he sampled my aging Indulgence Mk4 and went straight to Fosters of Birmingham and bought the latest version. Loves it to bits. It's only money and you only get one spinal column.......... Ian
  12. Two birds with one stone? Take a look at the Shimano Big Baitrunner Longcasts. Perfect linelay, fast retrieve ratio, full baitrunner facility, backwind facility and will cast to the next county if you have the technique. Mine represent the best money I've invested into my fishing in years. Ian
  13. Hey, to each his own. My son adopts a similar approach to yours.....but spends much more time on his hands an knees searching for stuff than I ever do. He calls me picky, I call him a bivvy gypsy...... Ian
  14. Many years ago the Method Feeder was one of my go-to applications and I caught very well whilst using the technique. Gradually, I now realise, I used feeders less and less. Now I can't remember the last time I used one. I suspect, but can't be sure, that the discovery of boilies as bait was the beginning of the end for my use of the feeder. Daft thing is that I'm the last man to advocate the use of boiled baits as the be all to end all bait. I used to mix up various stuff which always included sweetcorn with corn on the hair with some notable success. Does any one on here ever use a method feeder, and if so which is recommended. I'm doing a week on Wyton Lakes, Cambridgeshire, after Whitsun and plan to get back to something in which I had full confidence. Ian
  15. I don't really have a dream water but there are many I'd like to go back to. Both waters at Overstone Lakes, for example. It's and old ex-estate, now a static caravan haven (warren?) which used to take a few touring vans....no longer, sadly, as it can only be fished by residents. Like Nige and Phil I enjoy the challenge that is Horseshoe although I find the sheer size of the place rather daunting. Cromwell Lake, near Newark, is a lovely place to be and I've never blanked there. Closest I can get to a dream lake has to be Churn Pool in the Cotswolds. Tranquil, friendly Robins and neither huge nor small. Best from there to date a 26lb mirror but I have every intention of returning. Frequently. Ian Quick edit. Forgot to mention Little Farriers, owned and run by The Carp Society and just up the lane from Churn Pool. This water is almost entirely tree lined with dense woods on two sides. Nocturnal visits from Muntjac Deer are errr...entertaining.