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Everything posted by salokcinnodrog

  1. I have some real memorable captures: A 28lb carp from the local river caught on a 3hour session, which for years was my largest fish and one I still class as a PB, my first 20lb fish from Earith, my first 30 from Nazeing Brackens, a 4 fish capture over 4 days in winter from the Central lagoon and my current largest fish at 33lb caught in December. Plus a number of fish from the 350acre Alton reservoir, 2 20's in one night, 23 and 28, a night with 3 20's that was so severe with wind and rain I could not get pics of the fish, my camera and phone were soaked through. Two of the most memorable though were 2 fully scaleds from Ardleigh on the night of the London bombings. Memorable not for the fish especially, but because I had a very close friend who was on the tube when one of the bombs exploded. I had tried to ring him on the first fish, but only got his answer phone, he always answered. Thank god he survived and we still fish together as much as we can.
  2. 85/90 gram๐Ÿ˜‰ Haven't bought maggots in ages, but last time was a 568ml beer mug and the last of the tub and I had to do it myself as the girl in the shop didn't like maggots๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ I did tell her and she discounted the sale as it wasn't 2 full glasses๐Ÿ˜‰
  3. Only because rod lengths are in feet๐Ÿ˜‰ Everything else length wise I use metric. Only with the fish weights do I still use pounds.
  4. I rarely use distance sticks, but distance is always the same. 60metres is always 60metres. I usually walk out my rods, but I can use sticks. I put my spod/marker rod on the ground, and a bankstick/distance stick at tip and butt, then obviously do the wraps. A 12ft rod is around 3.65metres so I can work out that I need 17 wraps round the sticks. The 17 wraps over a consistent length will always be 17wraps.
  5. Those small indications are likely to be chub. Keep putting in plenty of bait, but avoid the maggots, it is probably them attracting the chub, instead get on a good food source shelf life bait. (Crafty Catcher King Prawn, Rod Hutchinson KMG, Infusion or others are available, but those are some I know will work). Location, location, location! I bet you the fish do show, silt patches, clouding up, bubbling and the obvious rolls or backs breaking the surface. Silt feeding fish do have a tendency to roll, or even jump, it's them clearing the gills after feeding on a spot. Look for natural food, bloodworm, snails and the like; leading around can help find them. Don't feel embarrassed about asking other anglers for advice, more on baits, or rigs, gently but not too deeply on location. They can only say no. You don't necessarily need pop ups, my lake is silty in places (and weedy), but from silty spots I have caught on bottom baits with inline leads and bottom baits from areas rich in bloodworm. And welcome to Carp.com
  6. Sadly the term 'mugs' has been around for donkeys years... Sayings I hate, almost anything that is in print or the media, too many to pick an individual
  7. When I realised it is 21years old I had to listen to (turn volume to full๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‰)
  8. https://www.militarykit.com/ Found military Surplus and hunting or shooting clothing is a whole lot better than most fishing clothing and does not have a premium price tag. Wasn't planning on washing the waterproof stuff, and I just do the normal jacket and trousers in the machine inside out to reduce fading. The one thing I will say is I think the older woodland/jungle dpm was better in this country and the mtp is more suited to the Afghan and Iraqi theatre. It seems to blend in better with the paler stonier background more than the UK greenery
  9. New military Surplus waterproof jacket
  10. "baited the hook with trembling fingers, very good bait trembling fingers" ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘
  11. My engine management light came up 2months ago as I arrived at the lake. I could hear the misfire. Did the 2nights and drove into work on the Monday morning. Phoned the garage mid morning, ran it over during my break and left them to repair it overnight, so had to catch the train home from work and back next morning. ยฃ180 to sort out the leads including labour. As for petrol I tend to fill up three times a month when I do my grocery shopping, it is rare for me to get below 1/4 a tank. Did my shopping on payday last week, straight into the supermarket fuel station, filled up no problem, no queues. The garage was out of super unleaded and diesel though.
  12. The RH Apotheosis from memory was inner with the inner doors rolling down to the floor. I used to have my bedchair as far forward as possible, so I was stepping out of the inner. The inner capsules do make for a warmer bivvy than just an overwrap and reduce condensation. Unless you have a removable groundsheet in pretty much any tent, camping or fishing, you have a trip hazard. Don't forget that most dome type bivvies were not originally designed for fishing, no matter which manufacturer (or tackle brand). A bivvy for fishing, umbrella or Pioneer/pramhood etc is usually designed for the angler and has removable or separate groundsheet.
  13. I remember from the EasyDomes that the inner capsule was also a 'trip hazard' as you stepped out of the door of the capsule. I probably have tripped over it. Long time ago, but I do have a pic somewhere. To be honest it is not anything that would be advertised๐Ÿ˜‰
  14. Couple of tench. It's a difficult water, maybe 120 carp in 45 acres, add the wind, swans, coots, tufties and weed, every fish is earned. Got wiped out by swans and drifting blanket weed a couple of times.
  15. Drones are banned, ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‰ Apparently someone used one and in doing so upset the gentleman who lives in the Hall overlooking the lake. Rules are tight, no remote control boats, no boating bait and hookbaits out, boats only to be used to free weeded fish, but only if there is someone else on the lake.
  16. And they break as well๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜
  17. I use a Sonik Vader S&M Hybrid Spod and Marker. Biggest problem is the 50mm butt ring, they do get chipped easily in transit, I have had to replace it twice. Personally I prefer 40mm butt rings and the 50mm does NOT improve casting distance. I can cast Century Big Bertha with 40mm butt ring further, but as I use the one rod for spodding and marker/leading around now I slimmed the tackle down.
  18. I'm off today until Friday. I was supposed to be going to Redmire, but dog sitter let me down, (not necessarily a bad thing), and seeing how weedy Redmire is at the moment put me off, so it is over to the syndicate lake. Plenty of pellets, maize and boilies in the gear, along with the dog food and tackle. Really not sure how to approach the lake as sitting and waiting for the fish to come over bait has not really worked. Finding them in 40acres of very weedy water can be tough, swans, tufties and coots make life harder
  19. And that alone made it a success ๐Ÿ˜‰
  20. It actually produced my last 2 fish out of the syndicate. The lead and rig all in the bag fished with bottom baits. No need to slow it down. I knew I was on a weed free area, rich in natural food. I had retrieved leads and rigs and pulled in bloodworm just stuck to them.
  21. Yet at the same time, if there is a continuing supply of food (not necessarily natural), with a decent supply of useable energy source, I.e carbohydrates as in bird food baits then they may continue to move around.
  22. I think digestion slows down in the winter rather than bungs them up, although in More from the Bivvy, one of the Rainbow chapters does mention fish full of boilies and how they were rolling to clear their systems, so I could be wrong. This is where bird food boilies with a better digestion rate could be the 'goto'.
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