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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from elmoputney in What is your newest purchase   
    Kelly kettle time. 
    No I won't buy one... 
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to ouchthathurt in Setup and starting   
    I keep trying to convince the wife to go on a boating holiday up the Thames! (She’s not keen) my dad was a firefighter on the London fire boat and we had a boat on the Thames. My summers and half terms were spent cruising up and down the river, fishing every time we stopped. I would love to have a boat on the Thames now. 
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to ouchthathurt in To spod or not split spod mix idea   
    I haven’t got my head around zigs either, I don’t have any confidence in the method, yet years ago, one of the best methods I used happened to be pop ups straight off the lead on 18”-36” mono hooklinks... 
    as for single baits, I have a lot of confidence in this method, especially with a single bottom bait fished in isolation in the right spot. When I used to scrimp and save to go carp fishing, a days bait would be a one egg mix, equating to about 50 baits! So I would choose swims with fish attracting features, overhanging bushes, Reed beds etc where I knew the carp would visit. One single boilie fished under the right bush would do a bite. I would also fish them in open water if need be and had a fair few carp on it too... I think a solitary bottom bait didn’t pose too much of a threat to a carp that came across it. Having only very limited bait meant that I really had to work on location, which is free, as opposed to using lots of bait, which wasn’t as free! It taught me a lot being a skint school boy! 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from elmoputney in To spod or not split spod mix idea   
    Like you I do like fishing over bait, but I can limit myself to a PVA stringer of 1, 2 or more baits. 
    In winter on Taverham, once I had worked out the hidey hole, a 4 bait stringer produced fish. 
     
    On a local day ticket lake a single bait stringer worked. 
    I honestly don't know why I stopped using stringers, possibly the rise in fashion of bags or mesh, although I do seem to have gone back to boilies in a mesh as it is usually easier to attach. 
    My extra boilies then go in at the end of the session as prebaiting. 
     
    I did find I didn't catch as many fish on hi-attract singles on most waters as I do on food baits, with a couple of exceptions, Thwaite until I had established a bait, and on Bromeswell until they really started munching. 
    On those waters the hi-attract pop-up produced winter fish, but on Bromeswell as it warmed up and they started munching, bottom baits started working. 
    On Thwaite and Bromeswell we had weeks when you had to chop and change baits to find what worked, and on Thwaite I had a week when I fed my food bait every day until they started taking it on day 3 of a week session, up to that point they had been caught on pop-ups. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from Choprider in What is your newest purchase   
    A summer night on the park lake. 

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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from elmoputney in Spod mix idea   
    The spod split is now in UK Carp fishing, I hope it makes sense
     
    https://www.carp.com/topic/26388-to-spod-or-not-split-spod-mix-idea/
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to B B in Looking for New Rods   
    The rods arrived today and Iv been over the park to try them again and I’m happy. Went for a set of Prologic C3 Fulcrum 12 ft 3.5llb. I asked the shop how much they could do me for 3 and got them £430 delivered, so saved £50 .... like my Nan you used to say  if you don’t ask you don’t get. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from elmoputney in To spod or not split spod mix idea   
    I think what was my favourite winter swim was 'the point', the end swim by Pats Pool, the path up from main lake and the end of the track down from the car park. 
    Casting past the end of the island aiming to the right edge of the coach company roughly towards the far corner of the lake. 
    The drop off is in the swim around one or two to the right of that, the barbed wire ended in a tree and hawthorn bush, you could see the gravel bar running into the lake at low water level. 
    I don't think I fished the actual channel into the main lake more than once or twice, I didn't see many fish swim through it, (Bruce did and caught), I preferred to fish the overhanging tree to the left, where I definitely caught. 
    Even in the main lake I tended to fish the margins, towards the reeds on the Pingrees bank or the overhanging brambles by the pump House on the main footpath bank
    The advantage in margin swims was I could drop bait in by hand or catapult loose boilies if anyone was around... 
    While I wasn't trying to hide what I was doing, I wasn't going to give spots away. 
     
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to yonny in Carpy spots, split from Simple Stiff d rig   
    You just have to embrace it mate (which you must have done holding the ticket for so long). I've fished park lakes and you just have to chuckle at all this stuff, you have no choice if you want to catch the fish.
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from elmoputney in Carpy spots, split from Simple Stiff d rig   
    Park lakes are a law unto themselves. 
    They can be very clique with locals not wanting other anglers on there, and an almost permanent bivvy in 'the best swim'. 
    I did fish it for a season, pretty much the only lake I fished due to no transport. I walked and even now walk it regularly. I prebaited heavily, catching a few fish, and was told by the locals when I fished "there's a guy prebaiting but I don't know what he's catching", I was trying not to laugh as my indicators were often bouncing. It took a while before they cottoned on! 
    Saying that I was catching as many fish (not as big) on sweetcorn over Vitalin. The boilies were producing doubles while the sweetcorn produced mostly single figure commons.
    I also fished other swims, rarely the big double 'best swim', often going into the channel behind the island or the corner swim alongside the rushes. 
    When I fished nights I was pretty careful to hide my bivvy, or even sleep rough under tarpaulin and on a sleep mat (see picture on other thread). 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from elmoputney in To spod or not split spod mix idea   
    I'm tempted to split this topic, as although we are discussing spod mixes we are going into the effectiveness or not of spodding. 
    On Earith I spodded bait in most sessions, albeit normally pellet and whole and crushed boilies, then topped the area up with throwing stick. 
    I did try spodding particles in, pigeon conditioner, but on most occasions got breamed or tenched out, although there was an exception in one swim, a gravel slope or bar that had depths going from a few feet to 10feet, proper drop-offs. In one night I had 2 20's, my daughter landed another, and I had 5 other carp. 
    The only time I really wanted to get into one particular swim was winter when I kept on catching from a particular area in it. Someone twigged what I was doing, so fished it; that made me look elsewhere and ended up catching what at the time was a personal best common. In the new swim, in February I still spodded in some pellet and boilies, and caught. 
    Taverham used to respond originally to spodding, then that switched off, bait had to be in place for a couple of days, so the search for the carp then put a single bait or stringer on them became the best option. Again with that it could turn off. It did switch off once so a mate and I hit the spodded hemp, and caught loads in one night. 
    Every water needs to be assessed, try it to find out. Sometimes spodding will work, others it will not. Non spodding waters, every now and again will respond to loads of bait spodded in. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from Carpmaster in Carpy spots, split from Simple Stiff d rig   
    Park lakes are a law unto themselves. 
    They can be very clique with locals not wanting other anglers on there, and an almost permanent bivvy in 'the best swim'. 
    I did fish it for a season, pretty much the only lake I fished due to no transport. I walked and even now walk it regularly. I prebaited heavily, catching a few fish, and was told by the locals when I fished "there's a guy prebaiting but I don't know what he's catching", I was trying not to laugh as my indicators were often bouncing. It took a while before they cottoned on! 
    Saying that I was catching as many fish (not as big) on sweetcorn over Vitalin. The boilies were producing doubles while the sweetcorn produced mostly single figure commons.
    I also fished other swims, rarely the big double 'best swim', often going into the channel behind the island or the corner swim alongside the rushes. 
    When I fished nights I was pretty careful to hide my bivvy, or even sleep rough under tarpaulin and on a sleep mat (see picture on other thread). 
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to ouchthathurt in To spod or not split spod mix idea   
    I suppose, getting back to spodding, that it’s always useful to know what it is you are intending to achieve through spodding tactics. Are you trying to stop a herd of carp roaming nomadically across a featureless swim? Making the bait the feature? Or are you spodding to a known feature that carp will usually visit to feed over, with the intention of holding them there for a period of time? Does that water have the stocking density for this? Do the carp move in large groups? Spodding may not work for carp that move about singly or in pairs. How much time can you devote to the swim? I think this can be my Achilles heel with spodding, I tend not to be able to devote enough time to a swim with a spodded carpet of bait. I have been guilty in the past of planning a spodding session whilst sat at home on the sofa, convincing myself that if I spod a carpet of particle out I’ll slay them, then turning up, carrying out a spodding session in a swim, going through with the home inspired master plan, then catching naff all from it... almost spodding for the sake of it! Spodding is a useful tool in the armoury, but if I fish to my strengths, boilie fishing, small baited patches, fishing for a bite at a time, margin fishing... I tend to stick with what I’m confident in. I’ll go to big beds of bait if the water responds to it, (shearwater bring my example) but at the moment, on my waters I fish, stringers or half a dozen baits around the hook bait does the most bites. If I put out 50 boilies, I’ve baited heavily! I’m a rubbish zig angler, I’ve never done any good with them, hence I’m not confident in them, so if I fish them, I tend to be beaten before I’ve started. Location and fishing to your strengths, that’s the key to my confidence. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from elmoputney in To spod or not split spod mix idea   
    It is weird about spodding or Spombing bait in, for me on Alton or Ardleigh it hardly ever worked on the night it went in, it usually took 2nights to pull the fish in, but there were occasional exceptions. 
    On Taverham it didn't work, taking a couple of days to bring them in, except one occasion when 2 of us put a whole 10kg base mix bucket of hemp in; that was a hectic night. 
     
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from finchey in Best Winter Boot/Wellie   
    Not above the mesh where it meets the leather. (You can see it better on the brown ones). I found that out when I did try to walk the outflow when it was higher than normal. However they are OK in rain, so I would say water resistant. 
    They are decent walking boots as well, and comfortable enough to wear all day. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from Carpmaster in Best Winter Boot/Wellie   
    Not above the mesh where it meets the leather. (You can see it better on the brown ones). I found that out when I did try to walk the outflow when it was higher than normal. However they are OK in rain, so I would say water resistant. 
    They are decent walking boots as well, and comfortable enough to wear all day. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from Carpmaster in Best Winter Boot/Wellie   
    HiTec Magnums are hard to find at the moment. The Nitehawk combat boots are good. 
     
    A couple of weeks ago I had to resort to chest waders to cross the outflow, and pull some weed out to  get baits in the water, I got flipping freezing feet. Back on the bank and into the Nitehawk boots a lot warmer. 
     
    https://www.nitehawkproducts.co.uk/clothing/footwear.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiA6t6ABhDMARIsAONIYyzJ2b0hwKArqSSBA5CB9gG5kqpCLWjany2yP4jpAVa7iedVkz785pYaAtSIEALw_wcB
     
     
    As Yonny says, warm legs help keep your feet warm. I've been wearing combat trousers with Hoogs Strathmoor over trousers over the top, but even with chesties they were cold. 
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to ouchthathurt in Spod mix idea   
    I tend not to do much spodding, but when I do, I just go for pigeon conditioner, hemp, boilie, pellet and a dash of sweet corn. My current water doesn’t respond too well to spodding, although I will give it a go if I feel it’s right. My other water responds to spodding, but I just go for boilie and pellet. Simple yet effective. 
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to yonny in Spod mix idea   
    It's defo a bit busy elmo. If you use everything then who knows what's working and what's not?
    I'd go for a simpler approach i.e. hemp 'n boilie/pellet, or hemp 'n nuts, or hemp 'n maples. Plus the bird food to bulk out/keep the price down.
    Tbh my first port of call is as simple as it gets - boilie bulked out with pellet. There's not many places this wont work imo.
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from Carpmaster in What is your newest purchase   
    I did an order with Rod Hutchinson last night, some more KMG boilies in 15 and 20mm, an overwrap for the Cabrio Hybrid brolly, (in the hope we get night fishing again soon). 
    Also ordered a new pike rod blank to build myself, and a Captains chair from Eurohike. 
    I think I've mentioned I struggle in fishing chairs, they are too low for me to get in and out of comfortably. The Captains chair is also quicker to put up, grab and open, and put down. It is easy enough to fit on the barrow. 
    New PE braid for pike fishing and my marker rod after the Whiplash frayed and a couple of butt rests for my pike rods. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from emmcee in Spod mix idea   
    Honest answer is I would leave out the maples and maize from the particles, and I'd be using ground tiggers and peanuts in rather than whole. The fish will really get stuck in on smaller pieces, whereas with tigers, peanuts and maize, larger particles, they can be selective. I have seen carp picking out specific food items in a mix! 
     
    The only reason I would use salt is if I was PVA bagging it, but with dry groundbait, if you are quick enough you can get away without it. 
    Liquid wise, molasses and evaporated milk would be the only ones I would add, the milk is fine at creating a cloud. 
     
    I think we try to be too clever at creating our own mixes, pigeon conditioner and hemp work on their own as they stand, as does hemp and maize. Even maples work on their own, and are a good tench bait. The other thing is adding to the cost with extra ingredients, pigeon conditioner, and maize are cheap. 
     
    I do like using peanut granules and crushed or tiger granules in groundbait, but I don't honestly think it makes much difference. 
    The advantage of having whole tigers, maize, maples and peanuts is you could use them as hookbait. 
     
    Always a few crushed and whole boilies in the mix. 
     
    I mention I have seen carp pick up specific items from a particle mix; hemp from a mix of hemp and tares, and hemp from a mix of pigeon conditioner and hemp. 
    Whole tigers from a particle mix. 
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from elmoputney in Spod mix idea   
    My fish from Alton last few seasons came over Vitalin, pigeon conditioner and hemp. The Vitalin was only used as a binder so I could throw it in by hand from the bridge... 
     
    If I Spombed it in it was just boilies, pigeon conditioner and hemp. 
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to elmoputney in Spod mix idea   
    That's probably good advice tbh, I guess the point of trying to make a hookbait stand out is that it does 😁
    I've already got a load of pigeon conditioner so that has to stay in, will have a rethink about the rest, I want some bigger particles in there I think though 
    Thanks good advice as usual 👍
     
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from elmoputney in Spod mix idea   
    Honest answer is I would leave out the maples and maize from the particles, and I'd be using ground tiggers and peanuts in rather than whole. The fish will really get stuck in on smaller pieces, whereas with tigers, peanuts and maize, larger particles, they can be selective. I have seen carp picking out specific food items in a mix! 
     
    The only reason I would use salt is if I was PVA bagging it, but with dry groundbait, if you are quick enough you can get away without it. 
    Liquid wise, molasses and evaporated milk would be the only ones I would add, the milk is fine at creating a cloud. 
     
    I think we try to be too clever at creating our own mixes, pigeon conditioner and hemp work on their own as they stand, as does hemp and maize. Even maples work on their own, and are a good tench bait. The other thing is adding to the cost with extra ingredients, pigeon conditioner, and maize are cheap. 
     
    I do like using peanut granules and crushed or tiger granules in groundbait, but I don't honestly think it makes much difference. 
    The advantage of having whole tigers, maize, maples and peanuts is you could use them as hookbait. 
     
    Always a few crushed and whole boilies in the mix. 
     
    I mention I have seen carp pick up specific items from a particle mix; hemp from a mix of hemp and tares, and hemp from a mix of pigeon conditioner and hemp. 
    Whole tigers from a particle mix. 
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to dannyash in Scaled down dead bait rod.   
    Appreciate the info Nick, I went for one of my 9ft 2.75tc carp rods in the end. Seems to feel like a nice balanced setup. Unfortunately no fish to report but there's always next session. Many thanks. Dan
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