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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from RJT74 in B2B Grinner and Mahin knot slipping?   
    I do use braid on my marker float rod, but to an Amnesia shock leader, and on my pike rods. 
     
    For shock leader to Amnesia it is an overhand knot in the Amnesia, and a uni knot through and up something like here:
    https://magazine.anglingactive.co.uk/the-best-shockleader-knot-sea-fishing/
    I do lighter blob the knots to stop slippage. 
    Braid to braid is a pig, they can cut through each other, but again pike  fishing my braid is tied to a swivel, which unless you tie straight through on your rods (spod) you can't do on fishing rods. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from TritonMike in Lifer   
    Welcome to Carp.com 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from crusian in A quick (longggg) introduction   
    Good Morning and Welcome to the posting  or dark side. 
     
    Fishing is a great way to relax and cure many ills. I know how it has helped me through my dark days. I hope it continues to heal you. 
     
    Take care and have fun 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from pablo7uk in Reel with baitrunner recommendations   
    I always play fish by back winding, so to me it is second nature to tighten the baitrunner spool and click the anti-reverse off. 
    After a while You don't think about it, even after waking up at night to a take. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from Its-grim-up-north in Commons and mirrors   
    North America definitely has more commons than mirrors. 
     
    Real leathers are a very rare beast indeed. In over 30years of fishing I have only ever caught 2 genuine totally nude carp. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from kevtaylor in Hooks for floater fishing?   
    I've used Drennan Super Specialist and Specimen hooks for floater fishing for years. 
    The Specimen's are fine for open water and fish up to double figures, although you can land bigger fish if you go carefully. 
    The Super Specialists are better for weedy or snaggy waters and bigger fish. 
    I'm not particularly good with zig rigs, but have on occasion fished them on a particular water, where I used size 10  Solar 101's which was simply what I had available. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from pablo7uk in Reservoir carp fishing   
    I've posted in the past about fishing reservoirs on here:
    Obviously as @yonny has said, find them.
    Even though you have a nature reserve, that may not always be the best spot. I found that reservoir fish can really follow a good wind, and a big wind coming into my face is usually when I had my best catches. 
    A good shelter is a MUST; across a 100acres plus of water that wind can really blow, with big spray. I have had nights when rain and spray blew into my bivvy even well up the bank. Those were often the nights I caught most. 
     
    Reservoir fish can move very quickly. Baiting up on top of the fish can be enough to move them, but equally it could be enough to hold them if you bait up when they are not feeding. Also if they are not there, then you are giving them something to hold them if they move in while you are there. 
    My baiting to hold them tended to be Vitalin, mixed in with plenty of hemp, tigers and boilies. Bream attractor at times, but hookbaits were big, a 2x 20mm boilies, 20mm bottom and a 15mm pop-up as a snowman or a 20mm pop-up to reduce bream taking hookbaits. 
    I found that my catching depths were between 6 and 15feet deep, usually on a ledge rather than right out in the middle. The exceptions to fishing ledges were when I fished shallower bays, the shallower Dam at Wick Lane at Ardleigh and Alton Water culvert area, but they were still in those depth ranges.
    The culvert at Alton was very snaggy, you could not fish directly onto it. It ate tackle, fragged mainline and hooklinks, blunted or broke hooks. You had to fish the swim to the left. 
     
    Feature finding is simple, but unless you have a brilliant memory, write it down; forget wraps as distances you write down, because water depth can change as water levels rise and fall. 
    Simply get your marker rod, cast out and check depths, features, feel the lead back. When I say feel the lead back, feel it at all times as you reel in. You might feel it lock up as you come back to the base of a ledge, or you might find blocks or other lumps on the bottom. 
    If you count and let the float up, be aware that there may be undertow, so you could be a few metres away from the actual lead. 
    Check each swim like a clock. 
     
    Alton between highest and lowest level was a 4metre straight vertical height on the bridge supports at Lemons Hill. That could equate to water level being 10metres (!) down the bank.
     
     
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from crusian in Constant mouth bleed from hook ups - advice   
    I must admit I would only be using Specialist or Avon style rods on a water like this, with 8lb line. 
     
    Hook size sounds possibly a bit big, for me it would probably be a 14 or 12.
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to The Carpy Vikings in A quick (longggg) introduction   
    Hey everyone,
    My name is Reece and I have a fairly typical angling story. I’m based in Thurrock, Essex. The first time I went fishing, I was about 10. My dad and uncle took me, and I used a little whip. I remember catching more fish than both of them, and I was hooked (excuse the pun). I quickly progressed in to carp fishing, and dad taught me everything I needed to know (thanks dad). At this point, I would consider myself a pleasure angler. If i thought an area looked like it will hold fish, I would cast a PVA bag or a stick threaded down my hook link at it.
    Life ended up getting in the way, my fishing gear got stollen, and I stopped fishing for about 12 years. I completed a 4 year engineering apprenticeship, and worked for a few years as a C&I technician at a few different power stations and waste management sites. I ended up getting diagnosed with several mental health disorders and had a couple of bad breakdowns. I hit rock bottom, turned to drugs and my life seemed over, but some how I mustered the will power to turn my life back around again. I started fishing again about 3 years ago, and the wellbeing benefits has been unbelievable. My anxiety and depression seem to disappear when I’m on the bank, especially when doing a 48hour+, I don't even need to catch, I just need to take in the atmosphere and enjoy nature. 
    I have also been making my own bait for about a year now. My engineering has really helped out with calculating recipes, but not as much as this forum, and several other resources. I have been reading this forum for almost a year now, but my anxiety has held me back from reaching out. I am mentally fit now, and I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone so far, even if I haven’t spoke to you, you have helped me massively. 
    I am having a complete change of my career. I now want to share the health benefits of fishing with as many people as possible. I completed my level 1 angling coaching course today, and I will be sitting my level 2 soon, hopefully. I will be offering angling tuition to people suffering with their mental health. My tuition will be offered at mental health centres along with art therapy, mindfulness groups, etc, so my clients will get the tuition funded for them. I will also be volunteering each week. 
    I plan to use my own bait for my tuition, in fact I can’t remember the last time I used a shop bought bait. I find that fishing is excellent for my mental health while I’m on the bank, but when I’m at home, the bait keeps my fishing brain ticking over. I love tweaking and trying new ingredients, its a hobby itself. 
    Sorry for such a long message, I feel like I owe it to you for all your help so far.  
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from Carpmaster in What is your newest purchase   
    Until the coffee my receiver hadn't gone sticky or lost colour, possibly because I keep it in the case. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from B B in What is your newest purchase   
    Had to order myself a new Att receiver, a high wind spilling coffee in the bivvy over my old one doesn't help keep one working... 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from Carpmaster in What is your newest purchase   
    Had to order myself a new Att receiver, a high wind spilling coffee in the bivvy over my old one doesn't help keep one working... 
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to ouchthathurt in 10 foot vs 12 foot marker /spom   
    I wouldn’t worry too much about getting 10ft spod/marker rods mate, having the extra leverage the extra 2ft with the spod will make casting easier and it’s always a good idea to be able to cast markers and spods at least to the same range as baited fishing rods, if not further. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from Carpmaster in Commons and mirrors   
    In theory, commons might be 'warmer' than mirrors with their complete scaling and moving about more. @levigsp might be the person to ask about that!
    I know on my lake, only 1 common has been caught since the start of March, every other fish on the bank has been a mirror. 
     
    If you get into the equinox, certain fish seem to come out at specific times of the year or moon phases. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from Marty2v77 in Glugging plastic baits your thought's and observations.   
    I think it was Steve who was a member on here had the big Graviers fish at a World Record weight, only to be beaten the same week by a Rainbow fish. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from Sparky1964 in BOILIES!!   
    To be honest the questions might interlink. 
    I know a number of match type waters ban 'successful' baits, be it pellet, boilie because 'such and such' won loads of matches doing his thing with that bait. 
    As also mentioned it does serve to keep carp anglers off the lakes, which may be the biggest advantage of the bait ban, but without outright banning carp anglers.
     
    Most boilies now are nutritionally good, not all, but most. 
    You could quite easily make up a boilie base mix, but use it as paste instead of boiling it. That way you have the nutrition and increased attraction. Mould it around a couple of grains of sweetcorn, Cork ball (use putty to weight it and create a pop-up), or even straight on the hook. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from maccadinho25 in Constant mouth bleed from hook ups - advice   
    Always nice to receive thanks for advice and opinions. 
    Something else that may be relevant is the lake bed, if much of it is silty, the fish that feed regularly over silt may possibly have softer mouths than gravel bottom feeders. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from bluelabel in Constant mouth bleed from hook ups - advice   
    A water I fish for carp to double figures, I still concentrate on fishing the float with sweetcorn and lift float. 
     
    If you put in much groundbait, you get other species more than carp so I use loose fed sweetcorn. 
     
    On occasion I do use pop-ups I don't put any, or very little, feed around them. In fact I almost fish them zig rig style, well off the bottom. 
     
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from bluelabel in Constant mouth bleed from hook ups - advice   
    I must admit I would only be using Specialist or Avon style rods on a water like this, with 8lb line. 
     
    Hook size sounds possibly a bit big, for me it would probably be a 14 or 12.
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from maccadinho25 in Constant mouth bleed from hook ups - advice   
    A water I fish for carp to double figures, I still concentrate on fishing the float with sweetcorn and lift float. 
     
    If you put in much groundbait, you get other species more than carp so I use loose fed sweetcorn. 
     
    On occasion I do use pop-ups I don't put any, or very little, feed around them. In fact I almost fish them zig rig style, well off the bottom. 
     
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from maccadinho25 in Constant mouth bleed from hook ups - advice   
    I must admit I would only be using Specialist or Avon style rods on a water like this, with 8lb line. 
     
    Hook size sounds possibly a bit big, for me it would probably be a 14 or 12.
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to framey in Constant mouth bleed from hook ups - advice   
    Re read this and seeing the fish you are catching I would go down to a method feeder rod or float rod or like Nick has suggested an Avon style if you can find one nowadays 
    Match style route would be better 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from emmcee in Constant mouth bleed from hook ups - advice   
    I must admit I would only be using Specialist or Avon style rods on a water like this, with 8lb line. 
     
    Hook size sounds possibly a bit big, for me it would probably be a 14 or 12.
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from ouchthathurt in Sacking carp   
    Spawn already? 
    Not yet😉
    Carp won't be ready for spawning until the water has been 18 degrees for at least a week, probably late May, early June. 
    As for sacking or retaining fish, just for a few minutes while you sort the camera gear out, an hour at the most if you have someone come and take pics. 
     
    This fish was retained while I ran half a mile to get another angler to do the pics.
    I can do my own self takes, but do prefer someone else to take pics as I think results are better. 

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    salokcinnodrog reacted to ouchthathurt in Sacking carp   
    I don’t have a problem with someone coming to wake me if they have a carp need photographing, one lad woke me to take a pic of a low double then apologised afterwards as it was “only a little one” it happened to be the first carp he’s ever had from the lake, after a fair ole wait, so he was over the moon! That’s no drama as far as I’m concerned, I was happy to congratulate him and share the moment. 
     
    I blanked... 🙄
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