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    salokcinnodrog reacted to emmcee in Jim Shelley   
    quite a bold statement considering you dont know anyones angling ability on here. so how do you know what 90% of the people on here are like at watercraft?
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to peteblount in Jim Shelley   
    Its not something I generally divulge because people as they have done in this thread accuse you of making it up, but yes that's the type of person he is. his only god is money and that's why he's in the game. Personally I know people who could fish him off the lake particularly one guy but they are humble people and don't want to spoil their fishing by turning pro. TBH you don't have to dig very deep to find out about mr shelley. And if he just so happens to be reading, these are my opinions of you and not carp.com. that should cover the forum.
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to ouchthathurt in Nearly ready to go carping   
    I totally agree, i would get yourself a good "how to" book, and fully read it and take it in. Keep asking questions via posts on this forum, if you got questions you wanna ask but dont want them public, then PM one of us, ive answered lots of private messages from new lads over the years.
     
    Walk about your local water and have a discret chat with the anglers on there, to get some hints. Ask your tackle dealer for some hints and demonstrations on the gear your buying. Readymade rigs with readymade tubing/lead setups are plentiful - you just need to thread the mainline and attach the hooklink. Or even a free running bomb with mono hooklink can, and will catch carp, thats all i used for many years, couldnt afford braid!
     
    As for bait? Find out what sells best in the shop as it is popular and working, and stick to proven baits that your confident will work.
     
    Picking a venue is very important, choose a pond with a high stocking density of lotsa hungry carp, no point in fishing a 100acre pit with 15 carp in it as you will blank and lose interest very quickly, now a hungry water packed with hungry carp will give you a much higher chance of success and catching will help improve your confidence and skills as you find what works etc.
     
    Oh, never forget margins too and dont try to run before you can walk. (in the nicest possible way!) just get out there and enjoy it mate, thats the whole idea! Any questions, dont hesitate to ask!
     

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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from MrToftman in My latest concoction.... What do you think?   
    Not sure how it will roll, and the wheatgerm and blood plasma meal may mean it breaks down fairly quickly, which is not always a bad thing.
     
    If you're using it as a high attract hookbait, then it should scream eat me, but at the same time, after a period of time, the hookbait only approach may well start to work against you.
    If every time the fish get hooked on "such and such" bait (Hi-viz, overflavoured, hi attract etc), then the carp may well start to avoid the bait.
     
    If however you fish it as a hookbait over a bed of bait, then the carp may well continue to take it.
     
    It is like carp feeding over a bed of hemp or particles, they don't necessarily stop munching to check the hookbait boilie, and it gets taken. So fish it over a bed of decent food baits and it will likely continue to work, as you are relying then on the 'don't stop munching' to check everything.
     
    Saying all that, I would much prefer my hookbait to be the same as my freebies, a food source in its own right, but at times, I know I need a hookbait that won't get crayed, or ripped apart by smaller fish, so in that case a very hard hookbait will actually be beneficial over the food source bait.
     
    (There is more on that in the Crayfish thread)
     
    As for glugged hi-attract hookbaits, there are times when glugging in a food source liquid will help, whereas a liquid flavour glug may be more instant, but the hookbait will be the only freebie so you wouldn't fish with more than the hookbait.
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to blanksalot in Is my sausage to big   
    I assumed the table would compress it 
    Probably a mm oversize
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to sharpy86 in Floater Fishing Time   
    Hardy Marksman Avon Rod - it's lovely.
     
    I can't wait to get a few off the top - it's my favorite way of catching them.
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to androoooo in Floater Fishing Time   
    Yesterday I had a 2 hour floater fishing sesssion and it turned out being my best to date 4 fish in around two hours of fishing. Like Nick I've always used the bakers complete mixers and they've always worked but the fish would come up and take them one by one relatively cautiously. The other day somewhere I read about someone using smaller 2-4mm pellets as this seemed to trigger a better feeding response. So I took a pack of small cat biscuits (only a couple of mm each) that our cat has decided she doesn't like and used these as loose feed. The feeding response was very different to the larger mixers with the fish coming up and swimming across the surface taking a number of mixers in one go. Then when I flicked out a larger mixer on the hook the fish seemed to zone in on the larger offering. I'd definitely suggest getting some smaller biscuits/pellets as loose feed given what I experienced. As for rods I have a daiwa theory 1.75lb barbel rod. I find it so much better than my standard 2.75lb carp rods. I tended to find with my carp rods that when free lining the bait would come of during the cast when trying to get any distance and find the softer tip helps to keep the bait on the hook.
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to ouchthathurt in which line to use   
    Doubt can be a right berstwerd cant it!?! Fortunatley, it can be easily remedied with a few fish on the bank. Go out and catch a few whackers and fill those confidence banks. Change can be a bit of a mind bender and its human nature to stick with what we know. Ive never had my 10lb line go on me, and ive been able to stop mid 20s cold using 10lb mainline and the compression of the rod. Modern mainlines are very tough these days. In rod hutchinsons book "the carp strikes back" they describe 11lb sylcast as "rope!"
     
    As i said, your only as strong as the weakest link. Get a few carp on the mat and your confidence in the line will improve. Its like everything in fishing, you need to get a few fish on it, i used to hate using pop ups, i mean i had NO confidence in them, but now having landed most of my 20's and my Pb 35lb common on pop ups, they are my first choice. Same with snowman rigs - i had no confidence in them until recently when i stuck one on to combat the bionic uber bream that demolish single boilies, and caught a mid double common. Now i will use them with a bit more confidence.
     

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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from dobby17 in which line to use   
    Welcome to Carp.com.
     
    As others have said, I personally would change the line on the reels. You don't know how long it has been on there, the state of it; whether fragged or not, or even damaged by UV light (all line suffers this fate), weakening it.
     
    Again, there will be loads of opinions on line, which is best, cost of line, diameter and breaking strain, but I'll give my thoughts. I used Daiwa Sensor brown in 15lb (0.36mm) for a lot of years in weedy and snaggy lakes with no problems. I can't ever remember the line being beaten by the fish, and I can remember a fair few fish that I managed to haul away from snags, from branches, weeds, and even on 1 occasion at Ardleigh, a buoy anchor chain without the line giving way.
    Even better for such a good line, it is cheaper than many of the alternatives, that are really no better quality.
     
    In fact I would still be using it if I hadn't been given some Gardner Pro-Carp in 15lb (0.35). I know it sounds silly, but that 0.01mm difference really does help a bit when casting. It may only be a tiny amount, but it is a few metres or so more on the spool, and a metre or so longer cast.  Again, a very good cheap line that I have reviewed on here in the long distant past.
     
    The Tacklebox line tests in Phils post are always useful, but they don't compare prices, and can be misleading, not in Tacklebox, but because so many lines are over rated, 18lb lines sold as 15lb. A 15lb line should have a diameter of around 0.35mm, NOT 0.38 or even 0.40, these are 18 or even 20lb lines, and to sell them as 15 is in a way cheating the angler.
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from hawkman in which line to use   
    Welcome to Carp.com.
     
    As others have said, I personally would change the line on the reels. You don't know how long it has been on there, the state of it; whether fragged or not, or even damaged by UV light (all line suffers this fate), weakening it.
     
    Again, there will be loads of opinions on line, which is best, cost of line, diameter and breaking strain, but I'll give my thoughts. I used Daiwa Sensor brown in 15lb (0.36mm) for a lot of years in weedy and snaggy lakes with no problems. I can't ever remember the line being beaten by the fish, and I can remember a fair few fish that I managed to haul away from snags, from branches, weeds, and even on 1 occasion at Ardleigh, a buoy anchor chain without the line giving way.
    Even better for such a good line, it is cheaper than many of the alternatives, that are really no better quality.
     
    In fact I would still be using it if I hadn't been given some Gardner Pro-Carp in 15lb (0.35). I know it sounds silly, but that 0.01mm difference really does help a bit when casting. It may only be a tiny amount, but it is a few metres or so more on the spool, and a metre or so longer cast.  Again, a very good cheap line that I have reviewed on here in the long distant past.
     
    The Tacklebox line tests in Phils post are always useful, but they don't compare prices, and can be misleading, not in Tacklebox, but because so many lines are over rated, 18lb lines sold as 15lb. A 15lb line should have a diameter of around 0.35mm, NOT 0.38 or even 0.40, these are 18 or even 20lb lines, and to sell them as 15 is in a way cheating the angler.
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from LukeWS in Newbie from Leicester   
    Welcome to Carp.com.
     
    Have fun joining in and finding your way around
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from Brookesy in Bivvy etiquette   
    Consideration is far better than just pitching up wherever
     
    If it is a footpath, then you don't want to be blocking it. In fact do that at Nazeing, some of the paths are major access routes for walkers, if they get upset then Park Rangers can be called and fishing could be lost due to somebody being inconsiderate
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from dalthegooner in Bivvy etiquette   
    Consideration is far better than just pitching up wherever
     
    If it is a footpath, then you don't want to be blocking it. In fact do that at Nazeing, some of the paths are major access routes for walkers, if they get upset then Park Rangers can be called and fishing could be lost due to somebody being inconsiderate
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to dalthegooner in Knot choice ?   
    I used to catch with it Pete. Wouldn't say I did amazingly well, but I was only an apprentice and a kilo of boilies cost me an arm and a leg so only two or three freebies went in with it 
     
    I always had the float rod out as well which was my man source of fishing at the time.
     
    I saved for months to buy a carbon composite rod and a reel because I wanted to try carp fishing and then a kilo of boilies had to last about 6-8 weeks.
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to ouchthathurt in Knot choice ?   
    Yeah, this is almost the modern take of this classic rig, however using a light line hair from the bend of the hook, without the hair being a continuation of the hooklink which seems to make it stiffer, the light, long hair makes the point of the hook "heavy" and the hook is more unstable on ejection. Its similar to the very early hairs during their inception with lenny middleton the knotless knot/continuation of hooklink-hair is a relatively recent concept, the hairs were often lighter hairs tied seperatley on to the eye or shank of the hook. As the hooklink of the time was mono, dental floss hairs on mono links were one of the first hair rigs i ever used in the mid 90's 
    The "hook bend hair" is relatively forgotten about as being "old" but it can work. It looks pretty "hookable" i think with a curveshanked hook, this would flip over and dig in really well.
     

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    salokcinnodrog reacted to johnplumb in Finding the fish   
    If I was fishing a lake for the first time with no info on the place at all then first thing would be to walk the lake and see if you can spot any signs of feeding or movement , if there are no signs to be seen then I would be looking at fishing to an island , overhanging trees , areas that look hard to cast to . On busy waters there always will be favoured swims and generally these swims and the ones near will be full I would take my chances in a swim out of the way from the masses .
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to Brookesy in Finding the fish   
    In the absence of any fish showing, I'm with Johnplumb and will look for features and look for somewhere away from any crowds. That, and follow the wind.
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to welder in Handmade V Mass produced rods   
    You're not alone in loving cork handles. I'm sort of betwixt and between in that, a few years back, I had my Greys Prodigys customised to suit me and my needs rather than having full-on custom built rods.
     
    The first thing that I insisted on was full Portugese cork handles which came out just perfect for me, all these years later I'm still loving them.
     
    I also had Fuji reel seats fitted, all of the eyes relined with PTFE which has the lowest coefficient of friction in the civilised world (possibly ) and slightly larger diameter tip-eyes. Oh, and rather posh brushed stainless butt caps.
     
    These rods are now fully mature (read "old") but I'm very fond of them and ain't looking to change them any time soon.
     
    Ian
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to Brookesy in Bivvy etiquette   
    I've not done a huge amount of over nighters. Something that is changing now I finally have a bivvy.
    When I was on a small commercial lake in March, I put my bivvy well back, on some fairly uneven ground so as to leave the path free. When the owner came round, he jokingly said I wasn't much of a carp angler as I was too considerate.
    So this begs the question, if you are on a lake with limited space to pitch up, do you put others convenience before your own comfort?
    I'm not talking about being deliberately obstructive, but is it ok to block a path round a lake if there are no other options, or should you suck it up and find another swim?
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to blanksalot in New to carp.com   
    Welcome back to 
     

     

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    salokcinnodrog reacted to CarpyJ87 in New to carp.com   
    Hello people, kids new to carp.com. I used to use the site years ago but couldn't remember my log on or old email address. So it's start all again
    I'm from north-west England and fish Afew of the meres in the Cheshire region.
    Look forward to getting involved an maybe helping Afew people out if I have anything worth knowing haha
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to dalthegooner in New to carp.com   
    Welcome, come on in...
     

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    salokcinnodrog reacted to Phil in which line to use   
    I would recommend changing the line as a matter of precaution.  You simply dont know its age, state, or anything about it.
     
    Dont worry about breaking strains, look at the diameter of the line as a better guide to its abrasion resistance, I mention this as you stated you fish a weedy lake.  Most of the major brands are good thesedays, but stick to somthing that has been tried and tested, not some new wonder line.
     
    Personally I love GR60, Sensor brown and Pro Gold.
     
    Have a look at this....
     
    http://www.tacklebox.co.uk/pdfs/line_tests.pdf
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to grangemilky in Handmade V Mass produced rods   
    Build wise, many machine built rods will not be built using the natural spine of the blank.

    Aside from aesthetics, Where a custom rod really comes into its own, is the fact that its custom. You can have the handle length set up perfectly for your arm length, and the eyes positioned perfectly dependingon what reel you are going to be using.
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to MrToftman in This year has to bring me a 30   
    Lets put things in to prospective, Carp as a whole is not a native of this land, So you can say does it matter, Monks introduced carp as a food sauce around the 1600, some 400 years ago.
     
     
    Targeting Big carp has become impossible due to the water's all being closed shop, waiting list , big bucks .So there's a good chance you will never fish the water's with our really big fish in.
     
    Next you'll come across the day ticket water that hold big fish they will bring you a bunch of head aces, Rammed pack 24/356, you'll have a very pressured water, Planning a trip to one is always hit and miss to what  your results will be. Don't be put off, Just do your home work, collect as much info as you can before you go.  collect some more information  when you arrive on site.( Watercraft.)
     
    Richworth liner in oxford is a lovely venue and caters for all your carping need over the complex, well worth a trip, my tip would be either go Monday -Thursday Never weekend unless you can arrive on a Thursday,
     
    So getting back to things France or any other European lake will hold Carp to Very Big weights, Just look at a map and see the amount of water in continental Europe and imagine the amount of carp living there, Its just a case of getting in the car or jumping on a plan traveling a little further to go fishing, We all look to the magazines for the best venue's. what baits to buy. the latest rigs. That to my knowledge  have been hammered over the last 3 seasons before anyone lets on,
     
    So imagine the few lake that get published, get fished Very hard for around 6-9 month of the year with on average 10kg of bait per person per week, shocking amount of bait, so these lakes become Hard pressured English style waters. Were all  in a no win situation, there's also  a chance your going to blank in France, Can this be ! going to France for a big fish and blanking, Average cost of trip all-inclusive £450 plus travel. depending on UK location,
     
    Best thing to do, Is just drive out to your chosen area, learn a little French, find the local bar that will deal with fishing permits  local clubs (£50) per year, you can fish all municipal water, Make your inquires into night fishing, you may just find a little gem, trust me I've fount a few over the years, not more than an hours drive for the port.
    If you do go on a package pick a venue that's quite new maybe in is first few years, the fish wont be as rig shy, long drive to France will knock the stuffing out of you. stick to anything longer than a  4 hours drive, Get a airplane,lol..
     
    What works for me is, I'm a member of a club  that's got 2 water's on it books, firstly  a lovely 4acers lake with most fish's. carp to mid/high 20s Tench, Cats 50lb, Very easy brilliant venue, also a  lake to 7 acres with a very lean wild strain of carp, not big but do they fight, biggest fish to date is 29lb. this can be a head banger of a lake. I just love fishing over there. I'm never  board even when not catching, So adding a few trip to a select few day tickets thought-out the year  and a couple of trip over the water, I've got all may carping needs throughout the year.
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