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welder last won the day on February 20 2017

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  1. Drop Shotting

    Being very old indeed drop-shotting is a technique I used when I first became fascinated by fishing, around the time of the Roman Invasion... As stated, it's something that actively involves being proactive rather than setting up the bite alarms and waiting....and waiting...... I prefer to use the technique on still waters rather than rivers and have had good results and even better fun when doing so. Try it using a halved lobworm for perch. It's a winner. Ian
  2. A Bit Of Interactive Bank Chat

    Can't argue with that. Family first. I was forced to take the day off today. The Shogun got me to work but steel supplier's trucks were snowed into their yard and couldn't deliver to me. Been reading a cracking book beside the fire, instead. Ian
  3. A Bit Of Interactive Bank Chat

    You need a Mitsubishi Shogun, Nige. You know it makes sense......... Ian
  4. If it's rated at 10,000 HH it's not going to leak! I'm looking for a 2-man bivvy myself, better have a look at these. Ian
  5. Bite Alarm Help

    Nothing on this Earth could persuade me to fish beneath high-voltage power lines like those, particularly at the lowest point of sag. Carbon fibre conducts electricity almost as well as a lump of copper does and a 12ft length of it in the hands, along with damp/wet conditions is a recipe for death. To each his own, of course. Ian
  6. What is your newest purchase

    Quite right, Nige. My brother used to manufacture reflectors for stage lighting effects. A Chinese company made exact copies of his designs and undercut him until it really wasn't worth carrying on, so he moved into different products. As soon as the Orientals had free reign their prices rose by 250%. Ian
  7. What is your newest purchase

    Agree, and this is the second time in a week.......... Ian
  8. British Record

    The wisest words on the topic so far.............. Ian
  9. Catching at night.

    Well I'm going to contradict everyone but greekski. It seems that from the comments so far he and I are the only ones who actively and actually catch fish during the night. On the club water on the outskirts of our village you'd need to be a Lottery winner to buy a bite during daylight yet full darkness brings the fish to life. This is true for the 8 months of the year when I go fishing, the winter months are too cold for my old bones. I'd add that only 4 overnight anglers at any time is one of the rules. This may have some bearing on things. It's not just on this water that I've done better at night than at dawn, dusk or daylight, though. Merrington, Cromwell, Bluebell Lakes and Wyton Lakes have all seen me bank well during the night. I'm naturally a light sleeper and never, ever close the bivvy door or zip my sleeping bag up. The least sound from the receiver beside my head on a low table and I'm ready. I find that an OCD approach helps, too. Everything is always, always in the same position every time I set up. I can find to hand all I'll need without thought. Even my Crocs are positioned just so, with their heel straps pushed forward so they become instant slippers. I could go on about preparation but you're probably bored already.........lol Ian
  10. What is your newest purchase

    Good to hear an upbeat comment, mate. I shall continue to live in hope. Ian
  11. What is your newest purchase

    I'm not peed off at all, Steve. In fact I'm tending to agree with you. Another first.... What I liked about Fosters as it stood was the fact that all of the staff are anglers. I use the word "are" because all of the staff have been retained for that very reason. It's not just a fishing outlet, it's somewhere to go to seek unbiased, considered advice. I've been fortunate in making friends of several of these people. Ordinary working blokes, all. The main concern voiced by all I spoke to is that it may go in the direction that you "rant" about. We shall have to wait and see. And live in hope, of course, that Angling Direct don't try to fix something that ain't broken. I would add that since Angling Direct added the Willenhall Maever Fishing outlet to their portfolio it's been left as a stand alone match angler's outlet. Shall we hope that Fosters enjoys the same Laissez Faire approach? Ian
  12. What is your newest purchase

    The best value for money line available in my humble opinion. Over the many years I've tried all sorts and never found anything to beat it. I'd be glad to use it if it were twice the price. Ian
  13. What is your newest purchase

    No mate, it was because I was in something of a hurry. Called in today to look at bivvies and ask those members of staff I know well how they feel about the takeover. I heard very little that was positive and quite a lot that wasn't. Guess it'll take a while until the dust settles......... Ian
  14. What is your newest purchase

    Urban use is around 27mpg if I don't use the kick-down too often. Towing the caravan it's a little better as speeds are pretty constant. Nearer 30mpg, then. I was pleasantly surprised to do a wild sprint from Lassicourt in France to North Warwickshire on less than a full tank of diesel. Not much less, mind.
  15. Shropshire

    Ah.......OK, two and a half times........... Ian