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    salokcinnodrog reacted to blankton in 20lb duck broken   
    After joining this forum last year I havent posted much, but then I havent been fishing much.
     
    On saturday afternoon I decided to have a quick session down my local lake. It was still quite badly flooded, and I saw some fish in shallow water. The fish were on what would be the path around the lake, on the wrong side of the marginal reeds. As I might have mentioned previously, boilies and nuts are banned on this lake, although I believe that quite a lot of boilies do find their way in. Because of this I decided to try maggots. I fed a couple of pints against the marginal reedbed and fished a Korda maggot clip against the reeds.
    After an hour or so, I had a decent take that took some line from the baitrunner. At this point the ticker was pounding. I've not caught a carp from this lake for about 4 years, probably fishing it 30 times over this period. I lifted the rod and leant into the bite, but there was no resistance. I retreived the rig to find that the hook point was bent over. Wether it was a tench, bream or carp, I'll never know. But I was pretty bogged off!
     
    It got to 5pm and I had to go home, as I was out for a meal at 6.30.  It was a bit of a mix of emotions as I was leaving. I was pleased that I'd at least tempted some kind of bite, but obviously annoyed at missing a bent over hook point and not connecting with the fish. As I was heading along the bankside track to the main gate contemplating another blank a large carp head and shouldered and crashed on its side. I stopped the car and opened the door, only to spook another fish right in the margin with my side door. I seemed to have found some fish and they were actually showing themselves. 
     
    I quickly threw in a few breadcrusts. The fish here rarely get into a frenzy, but by their standards they were completely on it. 3 or 4 pieces of bread were carefully slurped down just a few feet out from the bank. The rises were completely unlike the rises you might get from a small stockies. Although the fish were all at least upper doubles, they were able to take the bread with a very discreet slurp, not even making a noise.
     
    I quickly opened the boot, still with my car blocking the lakeside track. Took out a rod, took off the rig and tied on a size 8 hook. I could hardly tie the knot and ended up having to do it twice, due to the rush. I made up the net and got out my mat. A large piece of flake was squeezed around the eye, dipped in the drink for some casting weight and flicked out 20ft from the bank.
     
    A couple more bits of crust were taken, but then the super-wary carp seemed to dispurse. My bait had been in a few minutes and I was about to pack my rods away for the second time, when my line started kiting along the surface. The main lump of my bread was still there, but I guess a smaller bit, containing my hook must have fallen off and begun to sink. A passing carp had then taken it on the drop. I lifted into the fish and this time felt a solid resistance.
     
    The fish made a couple of firm runs, but was fairly lethargic, certainly compared to some of the 15lb fish Ive had from this lake in the past. After a short s(censored) I had it in the net. I've had a few 18-19lb fish from this pit, but not for a few years. I knew the average size has increased a bit over the intervening years, but I wasnt too sure if I'd broken my pb or not.
    Onto the scales and it went round to 20lb 6oz. a quick check of the time and it was gone 6pm and I had to be home and out in 30 mins and it was 20 mins to get home. sod it, I'd waited 4 years....I was having a piccy. I managed a quick selfie, here it is below, but I should have set the bankstick a bit higher I think (it was also the first time in the 4 years that Ive owned it that ive used my bankstick threaded adaptor!)
     
    I suppose the moral of the story is about getting back to basics. 90% of the fish Ive caught on this lake have been on freelined floaters. However in a bid to "improve" Ive moved more onto fishing with alarms, bolt rigs, pop ups, particles......etc........ You name it Ive tried it, and yet, another fish falls to good old freelined bread!
     


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    salokcinnodrog reacted to nigewoodcock in The Humble Bead   
    Yes mate, very similar. I like to use a stiff filament though as I found it tangles less especially if used with an anti-tangle sleeve on the hooklink. Also, the large ring, used so the mainline can travel through with as little resistance as possible, sometimes had the tendency to 'spin' leaving the mainline sort or trapped. It's not that much of a problem but makes it act as a fixed lead (not what I was after with the setup). To combat this, a short length of tubing on the mainline, blobbed into the bead to stop it slipping, works wonders!
    I showed this to Mick the other week at Horseshoe. It's how I set up my marker float but incorporate a foot of leadcore (lead removed) to get over that spinning of the ring.
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to Benjamin Perry in boillie novice   
    Hi Eddy,

     

    You have loads going on in your mix, apart from the dry ingredients that on their own would be a decent bait, you are adding lots of liquid foods and flavours which prob aren't necessary I feel.

     

    Why do you feel you need to add Maple, Scopex and Peach? Also, I would only add about 2ml of sweetner per kg.

     

    I certainly agree with Nick on the levels, really high level flavours may work for the odd take but as you want to produce a bait on a long-term basis, lower these and have a bait that is HNV.

     

    Ben (Perry & Dix)

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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from slackeddy in boillie novice   
    Your flavour levels are  high!
     
    I personally would be using no more than 4ml (in total) of flavour per kilo of base mix. That is not 4ml of eaxh flavour, that is a maximum of 4ml
     
    High levels of flavours can work in a number of ways. They can attract the fish, but the fish attempt to feed where the flavour level seems right. They can attract the fish, and then a (single) hi flavour bait can catch. Or alternatively a high flavour level can actually repel the carp.
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to nigewoodcock in The Humble Bead   
    I don't use runing rigs that often but when I do, and I am fishing in silt or a soft area as you put it, I will use this simple arangement (sorry for the tattyness. It was just a quick sketch as its better than me trying to explain it in words):
     

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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from grangemilky in The Humble Bead   
    And with leadcore and pendant or inline set-ups, it only takes a tiny kink and the fish could now be trailing a death rig. If you have to use leadcore, then only ever with a helicopter set-up, but my advice, is ditch the leadcore totally.
     
    I know about inline running leads, and yes, they can work, but are they working as we think they are?
     
    I came to the conclusion, if I want a running lead, use a run ring. If I want to fish in weed with an inline, then use a straight semi-fixed inline
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from grangemilky in Spawning   
    I know it's a bit early to be thinking about carp spawning, but I recently got Facebooked with this:
    https://www.carpology.net/magazine/carpology-january-2014/what-happens-when
     
    I have known about the water temperature holding at 18degrees for a period of time, and also that fish can reabsorb spawn if they couldn't get rid of it, but some die if the temperature drops very suddenly, possibly due to bacterial infection. A water I fished for a while lost a number of fish a few years ago when the temperature dropped very quickly. The fish had been up and going for it, when the weather changed totally. When I got back to the lake a few weeks later there were a number of 'sickly' fish that weren't feeding, just mooching under the surface layers. Within a few days we lost around 12 fish, unfortunately including the 2 known biggest in the lake
     
    The link above may give some useful information to all who fish for carp.
     
    Mind you, the absolute expert on carp.com on carp spawning is Frank, Levigsp
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from newmarket in The d rig   
    Just reading this and realised I didn't make it particularly clear.
     
    I make the hair from the mono, by tying a uni knot loop at the end, and putting pop-up in to get the hair length right. With the pop-up in place, I then attach the hair to the ring allowing enough space for a bottom bait as well. I then remove the pop-up, and put bottom bait on the hair with baiting needle, the pop-up then gets put back into the loop. The pop-up effectively becomes the bait stop. 
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to Perry Hawkes in Early Spring Time!   
    I'm new to the forum and have found some amazing reading already but your entries are truly amazing I've read a reread everything what feels like a hundred time since yesterday, going back to the begging to make sure I've not missed anything, each time with a little hope I have!! Amazing reading it's a shame you don't get the chance to post more often!! Can't wait for the next time you post an update!!
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to nigewoodcock in Early Spring Time!   
    Wonderful again Stan
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to grangemilky in The Future   
    Don't get me started on sliding hooklinks, I've chased that rabbit down a hole before
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to grangemilky in Anglers anonymous, tackle addiction   
    If you take the stuff out the packets you an stuff a load more. And like me, when you run out, you completely forget what make they were so you end up buying 4 different brands from eBay in a hope some turn up that are the ones you like
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to newmarket in Anglers anonymous, tackle addiction   
    Blanks you've just made me feel a whole lot better cos i thought i had too much gear lol
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to blanksalot in Anglers anonymous, tackle addiction   
    This is a thread for like minded anglers that suffer from tackle addiction 
     
    Today i had a tackle box tidy up after adding some new items i'd recently purchased, 
     
    I was probably in denial when i moved from one tackle box up to two,
     
    That wasn't enough so i up sized again 
     
    When is enough..enough, i will cancel my e bay account & cut up my debit cards and tell all tackle shops to ban me for life 
     
    This was 90% content of my rig box, i won't even start on my tackle bag 
     

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    salokcinnodrog reacted to luke_bristol in this forum caught me this winter twenty ;)   
    Been a very stubborn advocate of lead clips for a couple of years and have steadfastly refused to use a running rig, until today when I broke a run of ten blanks on my difficult club water with this peach at twenty lbs exactly
     
    Was also my first time out on Daiwa sensor (after binning Korda subline), which I would never have used (along with a running rig) were it not for all the praise it gets on here
     

     
    Had to fight through ice to get it in
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to midlander in Best big pits under £100   
    Two handed strike......
    one hand grabs the rod as per normal....'t'other grabs the spool to stop it spinning, slow it down, then with index finger of same hand adjust clutch until fish is under control.
    dont touch the handle until the clutch is set.
    After a few goes you get used to it.
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to liamclose in Boilies aint for me any more   
    Firsrly pre baiting is far from a waste of time if the fish are regularly picking up free offerings up and not getting caught they become much more confident and therfore more catchable. You dont have to bait up with loads of bait either little and often is very effective. Its not as simple as going down the lake and dumping lots of bait it takes abit of thought
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to andy52 in The Future   
    What about a hook link that shortens at the touch of a button
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to blanksalot in The Future   
    That's called a tangle     
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to newmarket in boilies or dead maggots in winter   
    All hi-tec stuff then lol . Listen mate i aint knocking the "c" word cos it works , we all know it too .
    It certainley cant be bad for the fish , after all they eat enuff of it.
     
    I reckon so much of the stuff goes into many many lakes all the time making baiting "teams" futile .
     
    Mind you everywheres different .
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    salokcinnodrog reacted to ouchthathurt in This year has to bring me a 30   
    29.7lb? Shouldve given the scales a shake! Lol!! Only joking!
     
    I got well into the 30 hunting game years back, devoting every free minute to hunting one down. one night, i finally had the take i was after and the hook pulled at the net!
     
    Went back for a purely social session, just picked a swim next to my mate at random, chucked out two single hookbaits under overhanging bushes, no effort shown! Sat back with a beer and a rollie and chill out with some good mates, at 1145pm, i hooked and landed a 30lb 5oz mirror, only time this mirror went over 30.
     
    Once i joined the army, i moved all over and i couldnt get on a water i liked the look of, i found one water with 30s in it, but it was nails and i struggled to get my head around the place.
     
    i moved to a nearby lake just for a change and had a 28lb and 35lb common in one 6pm-7am session! Last thing on my mind was a 30, even though i was aware there were a few present, i certianly didnt expect to land one of them!!
     
    The (self applied) pressure was off and i could relax and fish for fun, went to a holiday park with a lake, chilled out on a "runs water" and landed a 31lb mirror!
     
    When i actually set out to catch one, i had real issues, when i just fished to enjoy it i caught 2 30s, both Pb mirror and Pb common.
     
    im now on the 30 trail again... although none of them will beat my current Pb, (as far as i know anyway!) i cant wait to get in there and have a few out, as it s, 1st session out yesterday, had a 22lb ghostie (biggest ghostie to date) and im buzzing at the thought of getting more.
     
    those who let the numbers game overtake them will soon burn out and fade away, as rod hutchinson said in "a carp strikes back," "dont forget to stop and smell the hops along the way!!"
     

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    salokcinnodrog reacted to claytonsiddall in This year has to bring me a 30   
    Thanks for the warm welcome guys.
     
    I do enjoy my fishing and mostly all of the carp i catch, i think most carp fisherman who havnt yet had a 30 do aspire to put one on the bank and i have been close to that weight a few times now but.......im not rushing to a muddy puddle to pull one out as there would be no sense of achievment in that, to be honest the overstocked waters do not do it for me.
     
    Anyway....the 30 will come.
     
    Cheers all
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from snowmanstevo in First Carp Trip   
    Smiles, fishing, and a few good looking fish, looks like it was worth it.
     
    Don't ever forget that feeling  
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from snowmanstevo in Soaking frozen boillies   
    It is sad that he got so 'het up' that he was forced to take the ejection seat as occasionally some of his ideas or opinions were on target.
     
    Now I do not think that a milk protein bait is the best bait going in the slightest, and Hi-Nu-Val worked best when an additional enzyme was added to assist in protein breakdown and utilisation, as a plain and straight bait, there were, and are better, with a mix of protein sources. (animal, fish, meat etc).
     
    I do think that in many cases extremely high in protein is wasted, since only around 40% is used for tissue growth, repair etc, and any more than that is used for energy first. 
     
    Halibut pellets, designed for feeding to halibut, and as such, not the best bait for carp. Fine in small doses, but it is when more and more people use them (or trout or salmon pellets), that problems arise. The high level of oils in these pellets are not suitable for carp, and can lead to problems (http://www.newtonangling.com/documents/Are%20we%20killing%20our%20carp2-1.htm
    http://www.carp.com/topic/2207-trout-pellet-problems-and-ill-informed-anglers/?hl=%2Btrout+%2Bpellets
    http://www.anglersnet.co.uk/authors/bruno14.htm
     
     
    Particles, best in the summer? To some extent I agree, the oils that they provide the attraction, are more free flowing in warmer water. In addition to that, fats are more digestible in warmer months for carp, although vegetable oils are better than fish and meat oils (see above). Particles also provide more carbohydrate, energy than most boilies. Being as the carp are more active, the particles provide better regular energy.
     
    That does not mean that other baits won't work. Worms, maggots, snails, slugs, caterpillars all have been known to catch carp.
     
    At the end of it, this thread was about soaking, rehydrating boilies etc. Air dried work, can be used straight from the air dry bag, but why not add some extra attraction if you feel it works, for that is the question. By the way, personally I never found the need, use them straight from the air dry bag and caught   
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    salokcinnodrog got a reaction from grangemilky in Soaking frozen boillies   
    It is sad that he got so 'het up' that he was forced to take the ejection seat as occasionally some of his ideas or opinions were on target.
     
    Now I do not think that a milk protein bait is the best bait going in the slightest, and Hi-Nu-Val worked best when an additional enzyme was added to assist in protein breakdown and utilisation, as a plain and straight bait, there were, and are better, with a mix of protein sources. (animal, fish, meat etc).
     
    I do think that in many cases extremely high in protein is wasted, since only around 40% is used for tissue growth, repair etc, and any more than that is used for energy first. 
     
    Halibut pellets, designed for feeding to halibut, and as such, not the best bait for carp. Fine in small doses, but it is when more and more people use them (or trout or salmon pellets), that problems arise. The high level of oils in these pellets are not suitable for carp, and can lead to problems (http://www.newtonangling.com/documents/Are%20we%20killing%20our%20carp2-1.htm
    http://www.carp.com/topic/2207-trout-pellet-problems-and-ill-informed-anglers/?hl=%2Btrout+%2Bpellets
    http://www.anglersnet.co.uk/authors/bruno14.htm
     
     
    Particles, best in the summer? To some extent I agree, the oils that they provide the attraction, are more free flowing in warmer water. In addition to that, fats are more digestible in warmer months for carp, although vegetable oils are better than fish and meat oils (see above). Particles also provide more carbohydrate, energy than most boilies. Being as the carp are more active, the particles provide better regular energy.
     
    That does not mean that other baits won't work. Worms, maggots, snails, slugs, caterpillars all have been known to catch carp.
     
    At the end of it, this thread was about soaking, rehydrating boilies etc. Air dried work, can be used straight from the air dry bag, but why not add some extra attraction if you feel it works, for that is the question. By the way, personally I never found the need, use them straight from the air dry bag and caught   
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