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  1. I went through a series of hookpulls years ago on Fox Series 2's in size 6 and 8. During the fight the hook was opening out enough to pull free, and then springing back into shape. It was only when one stayed 'straight' that I figured what was happening. The fish were fighting very hard, in a silty water, from the off, normally hooked close to the rods. My usual course of action on hookpulls is to lengthen the hair, working on my theory; Hooked at the extreme edge of the mouth/lip, getting hookpulls then lengthen the hair. Hooked deep down in the mouth shorten th
  2. The one I used to use I can't find anymore😢
  3. That and liquid yeast mixed together stinks. Not one you want to get sprayed with when putting out particles soaked in it...
  4. Welcome to Carp.com. Earith carp lakes is a lovely venue, did well on there a fair few years ago myself on the Virginia side. Cracking looking fish most of them
  5. I eat plenty of garlic, and rarely notice getting bitten, only the occasional, but I do hate the buzz when the darn things are about. I have a mozzie front for my bivvies, and its not just a thin mesh, it is thick enough to prevent seeing through it, although the further away you are from it, inside, the better. I end up either with front section on or off. (I haven't put the front section on the Hybrid Cabrio yet), and just resort to the Skin so Soft.
  6. I don't have a problem with new ingredients being used, obviously because of the cost increase of white fishmeal and how 'we' have overfished certain areas, but I do want a consistent pellet, not changing from batch to batch. I knew that Skretting had changed from fishmeal to bloodmeal, but was surprised at the increase of non animal ingredients as well as the adding of insect meals.
  7. Have a look at Skrettings website, definitely new ingredients being used, including animals offcuts and by products as they switch to what they call 'Micro-balance'
  8. I believe that the make up changed from white fishmeal to blood protein when they went over to France. This obviously changes both the oil and protein percentage, even digestibility and break down times. I've stopped using loads of pellets as I don't have time to be checking each batch out. Gone back to preparing my own particles, chicken corn and hemp. Mind you even hemp is more expensive and grittier than it used to be.
  9. Some makes are definitely more buoyant than others. Nutrabaits pop-ups used to be more critically balanced than pop-up, I have not used them recently so don't know if it is still an issue. Solar Pineapple and The Secret will pop-up a size 8 Solar101 hook nicely (largest hook size allowed on Bromeswell). Dynamite Monster Crab (orange) and Squid and Octopus were the same, although to go with Rod Hutchinson Monster Crab boilies I have been using their purple Monster Crab pop-ups. The Garlic and Spice is one of my own concoctions and is in a deep red.
  10. Ziplock or plain freezer bags are perfect. I break mine down into 500gram or 1kg bags and store them like that in the freezer. Something else that works is supermarket ice cream tubs. Makes a 'single use' plastic tub multiple use, and they will stack tidily in a chest freezer. Just remember to eat the ice cream first and that once used triple chocolate ice tub is now fishmeal boilies... Thinking about it, don't wash the tub after use and you have ice-cream glazed boilies!
  11. Sounds like what has become known as The Rapala knot. I use it on Amnesia and coated braid if I want a loop. With coated braid though the loop knot does become just a doubled length of line after playing a fish, so will likely need changing hooklink if you want the loop for the freedom of hooklink and movement.
  12. Last year a mate had just landed a decent fish when he blacked out and fell into the lake. I jumped in and gave him CPR while he was in the lake, it took four people to lift him out, 20stone of wet (living) but unconscious angler. Scared? Hell I was. He was in hospital for a few days but is alive and well. It still gives me goosbumps thinking about it. Otherwise, the sounds of a hedgehog with his head stuck in a dropped tin can is quite spooky, banging against a tree trunk just off the path as you walk round the lake in the dark, as is waking up on The Meadow swim at Tave
  13. Any elderberry branches hanging over the lake I would think would provide food for the fish. I have used them for roach on the river, started off fishing maggot, but feeding hemp and elderberry, then fishing hemp, then eventually switching to elderberries. I have had some nice nets of roach with the occasional chub doing that. Adding them to any loose feed, carp and other fish will eat them at the right time of the year, so potentially putting a hair of elderberries would work.
  14. I've never used couscous, although I did read an article about using it to bait up with to prebait with to 'spread' the boilies smell around, mixing boilies and couscous together. To be honest it seems like extra effort that I can't be bothered with.
  15. I have a couple of brolly systems: TFG Oval brolly and overwrap, which has been promoted to single days and winter pike fishing. The other I have bought is the all singing and dancing Rod Hutchinson Cabrio Hybrid Brolly system. https://rodhutchinson.co.uk/product/hybrid-brolly-system-htb017b-htb017e/ I bought it because I fancied a new system, not because the TFG was on its last legs or anything. With the extension I have room to sit my chair in front of the bedchair rather than sitting the rear of the chair on the bedchair. It is still quick to set up.
  16. Hmm! The best tackle is totally dependant on your fishing! Line I think Daiwa Sensor is better than most. Hooks, I will use Gamakatsu, Gardner, Solar and Kamasan b175's. A standard knotless knot rig produces far more fish than any other rig.
  17. Never tried olives. I think I would probably end up eating them, although I'm now wondering how I would keep my feta cheese cool as that goes well with olives wrapped in a slice of proper ham...
  18. That says something to me! If Yonny had some bad ones from Monster, and yours 'aren't right', a bit vinegary, (even if delivery was delayed) personally I would avoid Monster Particles. When it comes to ready prepared particles, those in the containers by Dynamite, I have found to be the best, as they are actually cooked in the container I believe. As Yonny says, preparing your own gets best results and you know what they are like. I normally do all my own particles, I can experiment with soaks and solutions, but to be honest, in most cases particles are most attractive an
  19. The bottom bait and snowman rigs rigs were identical, only the pop-up rigs were shorter. The rigs were like the pictured combi-rig, or coated braid. I could actually swap a bottom bait rig to a snowman rig. I don't know if you have seen my sliding ring rig? A sliding ring on the hookshank, with the hair tied to the ring, so I could tie on the hair and use the same rig for either. It gave me the option of changing hair length as well to suit my 'rules' about where I was hooking fish: If I am hooking fish hooked dead centre of the bottom lip the hair and rig length is rig
  20. Yes Mate. Just each session I caught there was a preference for one or the other. By the bridge was 5 fish caught on bottom baits in 2 sessions, then next session, same area was pop-ups for 2 fish, the only fish that were caught on pop-ups. Snowman baits did not work there. Further up towards the nature reserve was all on snowman baits, and one of the bays was snowman bait. On occasions I 'swapped' rods to the catching spot, so trying bottom baits where I had caught on snowman etc, nothing for the rest of the night. Put it back to how it was for the next night, catc
  21. Most definitely, soak and boil definitely increases the attraction. No need for sugar.
  22. If I put any particle in in the winter, it is normally well soaked pigeon conditioner, hemp and sweetcorn. I don't know why, I tend to avoid larger particles like maize, black eyes, maples etc, especially since maize is apparently such a good winter feed.
  23. On the reservoir I had one rod on a pop-up, one on a snowman and one with a standard double bottom bait. Each session I caught, it was always a particular presentation that caught, despite putting one of the others on the same spot. So if I caught on a double bottom bait, that is the only thing that caught on that spot, even though I would swap rods and try another. The snowman and bottom bait rods were fished at the same distance, at either side of the bed of bait. My beds or baiting situation was chicken corn or hemp or the two mixed with boilies over the top, fished with stri
  24. Enjoy your trip. Hope you catch a special one
  25. Welcome to Carp.com. I live about 10 minutes away and have seen some changes there over the years, not all for the better. You have the Specimen lake for the biggest fish. Pay your money, find a swim, and then basically you book yourself into that swim, that is where you fish, unless they will allow you to move. Ok if the fish are there, but they can move round the lake very quickly. I think it is only the Traditional and Main/Specimen lakes that can be night fished. There are carp in all the lakes, which will go at least to double figures. Personall
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