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levigsp last won the day on March 8

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About levigsp

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  1. Salt water carp

    Hello, I don't mean to discredit anyone, but if carp are living there, it is NOT salt water, unless you have found a new species of Carp? It might be brackish[contains salt] but it cannot be salt water. Have fun catching said monsters, I like monster hunts, now days most of mine are over in Europe.
  2. Storing all your Gear

    I have to admit due to my complacency I have NO security. I have three full sets of gear, one set is sitting in a normal wooden garden shed in Poland, another is in a Garage in the south of England and yet another is in a shed in the north of Scotland [least vulnerable]. I have insurance for all my gear and I'm happy at that.
  3. Barking

    Ian I am afraid the only link to this is in our memories and strictly speaking it was not a Triton, it was a trifourton.
  4. Some of mine

    The two GSPs and the two cats, Silver Bengal and Selkirk Rex and the grumpy old git Algernon the tortoise .
  5. Barking

    I rather pleased you like this tale, always new you were sadistic lot!
  6. Fishing after a match?

    So I am not going to get to dragged into this except to say, people seem to have such strange ideas. I have never fished a carp match, out of choice, but that's the point, choice, its everyone's own choice. Finally there seem to be some idea by some that the old timers[carp anglers] didn't fish matches, well the likes of Walker, Taylor etc most certainly did.
  7. Barking

    The neighbours had been complaining that my dogs had been barking non-stop. I hate the electric zapping bark collars so I purchased a humane citronella collar, that way when the dogs barked, it shot out a blast of citronella under their nose and they don't like it. This particular morning I was getting the collars ready and filled them with their stuff. And that's where my morning should have ended. But no, it's me, and I begin to become curious as to how said collars work. ...Now I'm standing on my back porch "barking" at my dog's collar. Nothing happens. I make sure it's turned on, check the fill level, and go through the "getting started" check list one more time. Again, I bark. Nothing happens. Now I'm not quite sure, why I had this next thought, but I did; I put on the collar. I seriously extended the band and fit the growl box against my throat and barked. Apparently, the collar only works if it feels vibrations, because I immediately received a blast of citronella to the face. I began coughing, which only caused the collar to continue to squirt bug spray over and over into my nasal cavity.I'm now on my hands and knees in my back yard, trying to breathe, and to make matters worse, the dogs are now barking. So between coughing and yelling at the dogs to shut up, I've emptied over a dozen blasts of citronella to my face. During all of this ruckus, I'm trying to undo the clasp of the collar, which has somehow managed to weld shut during this whole fiasco. I finally get the collar off and threw, yes I threw that crazy (inhumane) thing across the yard, and lay in the grass sucking in the cool morning air. In the middle of thinking this probably the dumbest thing I've done in a while, I hear laughter. MY NEIGHBOR SAW THE WHOLE THING! He was laughing so hard he couldn't breathe. Between gasps, he tells me,"I was gonna come help, but every time I started to climb over the fence, you'd set it off again and then I would started laughing and couldn't make it" So now, not only are my eyes red, but my face and ears are too. After checking to make sure I was ok, we parted ways and I went in to shower so I wouldn't be smelling like ode de' Tiki Torch. So lesson learned: next time (yes, there will always be a next time with me) make sure that 1. Don't fill the collar before trying to set it off and B. Remember your neighbour is not a good source of help in a comedy crisis situation. On the plus side, I didn't have a mosquito problem for a few days!.....
  8. come on then, what pets you got or would like

    my pair love the bank
  9. What are you listening to?

    Try this for a rendition. http://www.lifeaspire.com/7631/sound-of-silence-on-an-18-string-harp-guitar-is-haunting/
  10. British Record

    I cannot wait either, my health has not been good this past couple of years and on top of that, every time I think I'm there with my writing I find gaping holes, I find I need to travel to various worldwide destinations to plug those holes. I have worm myself out, my trusted car did so many miles its now not a happy motor, the dogs look tired and my note book must be the most travelled 99p store note book, but I have loved every minute of it and when my musings do get published, if one person likes it and better still learns something from it, to me it will be worth it.
  11. British Record

    I am forth generation Polish blood carp breeder, so I know only too well what people like to eat. However a carp that can and does grow to twenty pounds by age 6, is going to be far bigger age 2 than a carp destined to be 6lb by age 6. So selecting the bigger carp to breed from was an obvious choice, also one has to look at other things in the choice of size as only a percentage of bred carp are eaten fresh and even less were in the middle ages . The Monks or anyone for that matter didn't have freezers, so salting and smoking were the main ways of preserving fish., so if you take a 3kg wild type carp, gut and behead etc. and smoke you end up with 1kg 33% of usable flesh, the bigger the fish the more usable flesh by % you get, eg 6 kg fish[wild type] will give 50% of flesh, hence another reason for selecting the bigger fish. This is a long and complicated subject, one that has been wrongly addressed by some authors, often because of a lack of evidence, however its one that I explore in its entirety in my writings, something that is taking to long. When it comes to Strains of carp in the UK you would be surprised at what was stocked, yes there were lots of leneys from 1932 onwards, then various other breeds by the same person or farm, but other fish came to the UK sporadically from the middle ages onwards, a lot in the Victorian times, eg, fish from Silesia, Ruthenia, Bohemia, Germany, France etc in the 1880s, 90s, 1900s and onwards, I own carp of different strains and breeds from the following countries all arrived in the uk from the 1400s to the 1980s, Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, Czech, German, French, Croatian, Israeli, Rumanian, Hungarian, Italian and finaly, Asian carp [c. rubrofuscus ] the ancestor of Koi.
  12. British Record

    So firstly this is not an attack on you personly, its just a subject I have spent a lifetime studying. I know Donald stocked fish into the Nene by the thousand in 1952 and its their offspring that are found round Northants to this day. Wildies in the UK do not grow big, this is because these are carp that have genetically reverted and mutated to a common [wild] form of scaling and a stunted form, however true wild carp not only look different, they grow bigger, that is exactly why they were chosen for breeding by European monks. Please try to look at the photos on this site, no other carp looks like a true wild carp, they have one very visual marker that no improved/ domestic carp has. When it comes to Genetics of Carp, you start with a number of different domestic carp from around Europe, each Breed/strain/race will have its own genetic markers [formed from x breeding with genetic mutated parent fish] and some exactly the same as others[ original genes]. Now if you keep tracing back searching for carp only the matching markers. Once you find carp that have identical genes, with no mutated alleles that breed true to type, you have the original carp. This same back tracking has been performed with horses, Pigs, Dogs etc., hence the reason we know that domestic Dogs are from wild wolf parentage with 99.999999999999% certainty. It is also Impossible to breed the wild form of gene carp from the domesticated form, same goes for all other domesticated or improved forms of animals as we cannot remove the added modified alleles. Sorry if this has gone over any ones head, but its difficult to say easily
  13. British Record

    I have read this thread with interest, but some of the so called facts seem to be in peoples imaginations! but I have picked this most because itb is one very close to my heart and heritage. As far as I am aware the Nene fish were from the surrey trout farm but stocked well after Redmire. A true wild carp of the Danube [genetically tested ] can and does grow far bigger than 6lb, in fact if you do a search of this site you will find photos of true wild carp [Sazan] from the Danube. Leney's are not true Galacian carp as was often stated, the original Leney carp were from Holland and were a hybrid carp produced from Galicain terminal sire fish[true mirror] and Launzt [wild type] females. True wild carp are far from common and are on the Red list of endangered animals, but locally they are common, On the river Danube and some of its tributaries and one or two other places genetically pure wild carp can be found, these fish benefit from flood meadows in spring where they spawn without there bigger cousins getting in on the action, however the males do mate with their semi domesticated cousins. During my travels I have caught [rod and net] wild fish and helped test their trueness, one day I will get round to finishing my book!
  14. What are you listening to?

    This week I have been listening to all sorts but this caught my ear http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p056k9bf And this
  15. View from your bivvy door.

    You are correct, its one of my lakes but your wrong about one of the Dogs, both are Pointers..