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kevtaylor

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  1. Haha
    kevtaylor reacted to buzzbomb in Winter Drinks   
    I quit drinking for good.
    I'm drinking for evil now.
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    kevtaylor reacted to bluelabel in Leader bans (leadcore, unleaded leader)   
    Given the lack of bailiff attendance on some waters I have to question any rules on some of these commercials... one venue I used to use the bloke came round took the money and wobbled off... no rig checks at all and it seems that a lot of waters are the same... just what is the point in having a nicely painted board with a carefully drawn up list of rules designed to protect the fish's welfare when the bailiff chuggs round on a quad and can't even be bothered to get off the quad to take your cash let alone check your rigs
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    kevtaylor reacted to yonny in Leader bans (leadcore, unleaded leader)   
    On most club waters and day tickets leaders are banned due to the standard of angler. Many cannot be trusted to use such items of tackle safely.
    On most half decent syndicates, that vet their members, they are allowed.
    I agree. For me it should be the anglers misusing such items of tackle that should be banned, not the items of tackle themselves.
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    kevtaylor reacted to yonny in Black Friday   
    Be very careful there buddy. They increased their prices 3 weeks ago. The law says a price must be held for min 3 weeks before it can be called a reduction/sale. Essentially they increased the prices ready to make it look like a sale for BF when in fact it's the same price as before. WHICH? reckon 90 to 95 % of BF deals are done the same. For the most part it's all a big scam. You're better off waiting until January.
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    kevtaylor reacted to elmoputney in Bivvy Heaters   
    I decided against a heater in the end I got some base layers and thermal work trousers with my old fishing suit for extreme weather they got too hot last time though so I stripped off 🔥😁
    Get a nice hot water bottle or two for the sleeping bag that seemed to work well last time, one for the feet and one for your back lovely, or stagger the time you boil the kettle for them that way you will stay warmer for longer 
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    kevtaylor got a reaction from Golden Paws in Bivvy Heaters   
    I borrowed my mates large gas bivvy heater, yes it was nice having the option to warm the shelter up or warm your hands after you've been outside, at the time it feels epic tbh
    BUT it is dangerous no doubt, can you say that you will deffo turn it off before dropping off to sleep - it's a real concern.
    Many years ago a guy told me that he was only alive because his mate decided to check on him at 2am, he was completely blue and non breathing (fell asleep with the stove on for warmth), his mate dragged him outside and resuscitated the lucky so and so.
    All in all I'd say the guys above are correct, get better clothing and sleeping bag etc.
    If you're going to use a heater use it in the day and switch off long before you get in bed!
     
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    kevtaylor got a reaction from yonny in Bivvy Heaters   
    I borrowed my mates large gas bivvy heater, yes it was nice having the option to warm the shelter up or warm your hands after you've been outside, at the time it feels epic tbh
    BUT it is dangerous no doubt, can you say that you will deffo turn it off before dropping off to sleep - it's a real concern.
    Many years ago a guy told me that he was only alive because his mate decided to check on him at 2am, he was completely blue and non breathing (fell asleep with the stove on for warmth), his mate dragged him outside and resuscitated the lucky so and so.
    All in all I'd say the guys above are correct, get better clothing and sleeping bag etc.
    If you're going to use a heater use it in the day and switch off long before you get in bed!
     
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    kevtaylor reacted to carpyian in Fish kissing   
    I must admit ive kissed a few old trout in my time 🤣
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    kevtaylor reacted to snowmanstevo in What is your newest purchase   
    Find the silvers,find the predators,good luck I’m expecting some amazing pics. No pressure Kev !!!! 😂😂😬😎🎣
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    kevtaylor got a reaction from bluelabel in What is your newest purchase   
    Looking forward to giving these a go, makes it look like I know what I'm doing lol
    Carpy 😎👍

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    kevtaylor got a reaction from Machali in What is your newest purchase   
    Looking forward to giving these a go, makes it look like I know what I'm doing lol
    Carpy 😎👍

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    kevtaylor got a reaction from crusian in Winters coming!!   
    Whilst this isn't aimed at the original poster, it is definitely worth choosing the venue most carefully for winter.  The only water I've happily fished right through and caught from regularly was a shallow pit 6ft max.  Like snowmanstevo has said 11:00 - 15:00 was bite time bang on, so I'd fish days only arriving mid morning, back home by 4pm.
    It was a 25+ acre lake and the fish grouped in the central couple of acres in amongst the flocks of wildfowl, careful observation and you'd see head and shouldering just behind or in the flock itself.
    I had 3 in 20 mins whilst trying to tell a guy that it was usually difficult, he must have thought I was trying to put him off.  Winter felt like the best time to be there tbh.
    The deeper gravel pits where you've got good depth to say 20ft the fish are much harder to catch and the fishing starts a good month later in spring than other shallower pits, that's just my observation anyway.
    IMO you want to be focusing on the West bank initially as it gets the first sun, also reed beds as said previously.
    This shallow water advice relates directly to the zigs advice for deeper water I guess.
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    kevtaylor got a reaction from yonny in Winters coming!!   
    I know the odd one has come out the mill Jan/Feb but its like a miracle not the norm lol
    I was in Oak in January and in the night the wind swung from West to East, as soon as that happened I got a load of liners one after the other.  Speaking to a guy who moved into West End Point, he got a load of liners 20 mins after me, so they were plenty still moving about and reacting to conditions.
    I think that 20ft depth thing on the Mill tallies up with the slow start on other waters nearby - such as Kingy, its a good 4 - 6 weeks behind neighbouring waters for the spring switch on.
    The Heron and Island fish OK right through don't they as does Beedles in Leics, but thats Syndi now.
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    kevtaylor got a reaction from yonny in Winters coming!!   
    They will have been pre-occupied on naturals through Oct - Nov on a typical gravel pit no doubt as the weed drops and the bugs end up congregated in the silt troughs, frustrating to the max.
    Good advice so far - try those zigs for sure 👍
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    kevtaylor got a reaction from yonny in Winters coming!!   
    Whilst this isn't aimed at the original poster, it is definitely worth choosing the venue most carefully for winter.  The only water I've happily fished right through and caught from regularly was a shallow pit 6ft max.  Like snowmanstevo has said 11:00 - 15:00 was bite time bang on, so I'd fish days only arriving mid morning, back home by 4pm.
    It was a 25+ acre lake and the fish grouped in the central couple of acres in amongst the flocks of wildfowl, careful observation and you'd see head and shouldering just behind or in the flock itself.
    I had 3 in 20 mins whilst trying to tell a guy that it was usually difficult, he must have thought I was trying to put him off.  Winter felt like the best time to be there tbh.
    The deeper gravel pits where you've got good depth to say 20ft the fish are much harder to catch and the fishing starts a good month later in spring than other shallower pits, that's just my observation anyway.
    IMO you want to be focusing on the West bank initially as it gets the first sun, also reed beds as said previously.
    This shallow water advice relates directly to the zigs advice for deeper water I guess.
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    kevtaylor reacted to yonny in Winters coming!!   
    You need to be looking now mate - they'll be starting to visit the winter areas already and those early signs can make or break a winter campaign. If you can, I'd be baiting those areas too (and keep that going all through winter). There is no point starting baiting in winter as you've already missed the boat and their metabolism will have slowed. If you keep it going in from autumn, they'll keep feeding.
    Regards fishing in winter itself, be ready for long periods of inactivity. They will show you where you need to be, but the levels of activity are very low, and it often comes in the dead of night (1 - 3 AM). When it gets dark at 4 or 5 PM that can seem like a very, very long wait (by 8 PM it feels like midnight!).
    Every pit is different but I've found areas of consistent depth near (not in) the deepest water can often serve as winter holding areas. Keep your eyes on shallower water when the sun comes out, especially if there are reed beds about.
    It's worth trying to find out about past winter captures as the holding areas usually stay the same year-on-year in my experience.
    Don't expect too much. Sometimes you can be bang on them but at the end of the day their metabolism slows so they simply don't need to eat much. That said, imo they will feed for a short period every day so if you can find where that is, you can sometimes set you watch by the takes.
    The hardest thing about winter is staying focused as the hours pass by with no signs whatsoever. Just one single sighting can make the difference between a great campaign and a whole winters blanking, so you absolutely need to keep those eyes open and just keep going.
    Good luck.
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    kevtaylor reacted to snowmanstevo in Winters coming!!   
    Agree with Yonny but one thing I would add is watch the weather like a hawk. Even the smallest spikes can be a window of opportunity and on my winter water between 11:00-15:00 is always good when the winter weather is a bit milder. I’d also add that at least one of my rods would be on a zig,if allowed on your water. Good luck work hard at it and hopefully you’ll have a few. 😬😎🎣
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    kevtaylor reacted to yonny in Homemade particle   
    I think it's fair to say that implication comes from the UK carp angling fraternity, not just this forum.
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    kevtaylor reacted to chillfactor in Homemade particle   
    Always surprises me how quick tigers dry back out too & dehydrate , back to an unprepared state .
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    kevtaylor got a reaction from snowmanstevo in What is your newest purchase   
    Thanks mate - giving Rutland a go - proper noddy business! 
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    kevtaylor got a reaction from snowmanstevo in What is your newest purchase   
    Looking forward to giving these a go, makes it look like I know what I'm doing lol
    Carpy 😎👍

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    kevtaylor reacted to elmoputney in What is your newest purchase   
    Got myself a manly hot water bottle 

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    kevtaylor reacted to carpepecheur in Homemade particle   
    Yes I have investigated tiger nuts. They are a different animal to maize. I drive to Valencia where a lot of it is grown and buy sacks of the biggest and freshest "nuts" I can find. Here is a suggestion, Instead of soaking them in water, soak them in Tiparros fish sauce, available in bulk from chinese supermarkets. I found it vey succesful and yes tiger nuts do swell up a lot compared to maize.
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    kevtaylor reacted to bluelabel in Lure fishing for perch.   
    I use soft plastics with jig heads or drop shotting... and I always use traces if I know Pike are likely to be present.... Drennan multistrand in 5kg is supple enough to knot, not been bitten off yet  
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    kevtaylor reacted to yonny in Yellow night vision glasses any good?   
    They're proper good they are, and they're actually one of the cheapest options with image stabilisation there is!!
    Mrs would go mental if I bought some of them lol.
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