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stewpot

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  1. When I was a kid I used to go and see some older/cooler lads who would fish (and smoke and drink beer) for weeks at a time during the summer holidays at what is now known as Wharfe Pool - back then it was Leisure Sports and membership was £6.00 p.a! I liked the idea of camping out all night under the stars, more than I did the fishing to be honest. One day, one of my mates' rods went off and as I stood ready with the landing net, so did the other. He pulled in a tench and I, a 9lb common. After that I was hooked. I scrimped, begged and borrowed second hand gear, asked for fishing stuff for birthdays, xmas etc and fished every chance I could, not just carp though, sea fishing and fly fishing too. I stopped for few years when I hit my late 20's, started fly fishing again in my early 30's and then really got into carping again when I met a fishery owner through my job. We became mates and he let me fish for free on his lake. Now I live in Guernsey and everybody here is understandably into sea fishing, but I prefer to fish the local quarries for carp. Whilst it is rare to land anything over 20lb I always have the water to myself and the skies are much darker here than in the UK
  2. Lol, made me smile then Bill, the old highleg boots were (possibly still are) made by Bata's in east Tilbury, my mum used to drag me in there kicking and screaming to buy school shoes! Same here. Batas have long gone surely? +1 for Army Surplus stores, get all my get from there.
  3. Just got back from Norway and thought I'd share these pics of the Northern Lights I took whilst fishing. I blanked by the way
  4. Well I'm lucky weather wise down here. We aren't having anything like as bad a winter as the UK. I've not been on the bank for about 4 months due to work and study commitments and I can't wait to get out for a couple of nights during Christmas week. I don't care how cold it gets - so long as the lake isn't frozen.
  5. I have a camo base layer. Does that win the most pointless piece of camo prize? Dale, long may you enjoy your fishing. Take a picture of your set up and post it on the tarty tackle thread.
  6. I don't know if it helps me catch more fish, (it definitely helps me shoot more pigeons - but that's a different story) but camo gear from the army surplus store is functional,durable and cheap and that's why I wear it.
  7. I don't understand your poll. If I answer yes am I voting for or against leadcore?
  8. Nothing wrong with benefiting from a bit coaching if you can afford it. Fortunately my dad never charged me as a kid - bet he would now though!
  9. I've definitely gone soft since moving to Guernsey. This last winter we had one snow flurry and temperatures plunged to 5 degrees. I even put a coat on.
  10. I'm all alarms and indicators now but remember using washing up liquid bottle tops and two pence pieces over a pie dish 20+ years ago. I recently bought a new Greys/Shimano stalking set up but still prefer to use my old Mitchell 208 and fibre glass AC6 (with cork handle)
  11. Best Buys Greys 7ft Stalking rod Shimano Twinpower XT RB A great stalking set up Worst Buys Nothing really bad. Though I have to say, that as nice as they are my Delkim Txi's do not represent good value for money.
  12. My worst days fishing still beat my best days in the office.
  13. I know it well - I used to live in Peterborough - have seen many a double figure cruising the surface at that Wansford section. I have a friend that used to go down there of an evening and catch them on the fly
  14. Where on the Nene are you planning to fish jules?
  15. Sorry it’s taken so long to pick up the baton on this. Just had some new coursework come through and it is taking up all of my time. Anyway, tackle and tactics for beginners…where do I start. It’s not that long since I started fishing again after 20+ years, so I can’t honestly say that I have any particular pearls of wisdom to impart, but with hindsight I suppose there are a few things I would have done differently so I’ll try to concentrate on those. I guess there are people that are completely new to fishing, people new to carp fishing and people, like myself, who have returned to the sport after a long absence due to a variety of reasons (women!) and are aghast at how things have changed since they last cast out a cube of luncheon meat with a piece of grass as a bait stop. I doubt there is any advice I can offer to an experienced angler that is simply new to carp fishing so I’ll focus on the other two groups of ‘newbie’s’ and share a few learning experiences that I have picked up over the last couple of years in terms of tackle and tactics. First of all you need to memorise this mathematical formula to calculate the amount of carp fishing tackle you need. N = T +1 Where ‘N’ is ‘tackle needed’ and ‘T’ is the amount of tackle you already have. Seriously though, don’t fall into that trap. You do NOT need to spend fortunes to get started. Save that until you are hooked. Very good quality, rods, reels etc can be picked up second hand from local tackle shops, forums; eBay etc. and I think that is the best way to get started. In terms of rods, pick something that is going to suit the venues you intend to fish. That usually means local venues; do not be tempted to buy 13ft 3.5lb test curve rods ‘just in case’ you go to France next year. Personally I believe that many anglers are over gunned for the type of fishing they do, others will say that the sport and waters have changed so much over the last 20 years that beefier tackle is required. That’s another thread, but a 12ft, 2.5-2.75lb Test Curve rod of any established brand is, I believe, the best all purpose rod for UK waters. Decent quality, new rods can be had for under £50.00, or less if you go second hand, and will give you plenty of years service before you upgrade. As for number of rods, I guess at least two but not necessarily straight away. If the fish are feeding then one rod is all that most people can handle, if they’re not, then two won’t make them. Reels. Same again really, most have the excellent baitrunner type feature - which will come as pleasant surprise to those of us that remember 'reel churners'. Okuma reels are great value for money reels for those on a budget whilst Diawa, ABU, Mitchell, Fox and Shimano all produce a range of good quality gear that again can be picked up second hand. I honestly don’t know enough about reels to say a lot more. For what it’s worth I’m a big fan of Shimano and have never had problem with their reels. As with rods choose the size (line capacity) that will suit the venues you intend to fish. Other essentials are an unhooking mat, landing net and some sort of rod rest or pod (actually that’s not really essential but carp fishing can be a long waiting game). Alarms are not what I would call essential, but budget models can be had so cheaply these days, you might as well get a set of those too. And that’s it, add some line (wet it before you spool up), hooks, weights and bait and you are ready to go….well almost, because the business end of your tackle is where things can get a bit…er…well.. obsessive. Rigs, rigs, rigs. Probably what most carp anglers carp on about. In terms of rigs, keep it simple, learn how to tie a hair rig, palomar and half blood knot and that’s 98% of all you need to know rig wise. There is a section dedicated to rigs on this forum that has some excellent pictures/diagrams on how to tie various rigs. I highly recommend reading them and tying a few rigs up to practice and have ready. To me a night of tying rigs before a session is part of the fun of anticipation…but then not a lot happens down here! Actually in terms of rig tools, a small but sharp pair of scissors and a baiting needle could also be added to the list of essentials As for tactics I suppose I should have started with this bit first really, because all the tackle in the world won’t catch you fish if your tactics are wrong. Even really simple actions like not making too much noise on the bank can make a huge difference to a session. There are much better anglers on here than me but here are a few things I have picked up over the last few years all of which are common sense but worth re-iterating to newcomers Fish to features:- islands, trees, lily beds, reed beds etc. This seems obvious but I’m still surprised at anglers who pick a swim with features to hand and then belt out a 3oz lead 90 yards into open water. All my 20lb plus fish have come from ranges of under 15 yards and my PB from about 8 yards off my rod tip. The near margins can be just as productive as the far margin and shouldn’t be overlooked. Spend a bit of time having look around and more importantly look for fish, look for fish - yes I know I’ve said that twice but that’s how important it is. I’ve noticed for instance, at my local water, that at certain times of the day, certain fish embark on a ‘patrol’, so I put my bait on that route. Recently when I looked at my swim from the other side of the lake I noticed a holding spot that I had never noticed before. This spot produced a low twenty about 6 hours later. Often I have walked around a lake and noticed huge fish lied up just metres from somebody’s rod tip whilst the angler has been oblivious to their presence It’s easy to put some bait on the bottom, bivvy up and wait, but that’s just camping really, don’t be afraid to fish somewhere else if you not having any joy on a long session, or change your rig or try a bit of stalking….. You can put bait in, but you can’t take it out. Little and often seems to work for me and keeps the fish interested. The only other thing I would add is fish welfare. Try not to keep fish out of the water for any longer than necessary, use an unhooking mat and check over for any damage before returning carefully to the water. Carp care products should be part of all our tackle boxes. If the all of this seems common sense that’s because it is, I suppose I could sum up all the above by saying keep it simple, have patience and ‘grow’ into the sport. I believe it is customary to nominate another member to continue the thread when one has run out if things to say. So I’ll nominate somebody who is never found wanting in that department. Over to you Welder.
  16. My thoughts exactly. For the previous 24 hours I'd fished a couple of PVA sticks with a boilie as a hook bait but without success. Decided to cast a bag of hemp with a naked hook thinking the above might just work. 2 hours later and the fish was banked. Agony though - wondering if the hook has stayed in the middle of a pile of hemp. Not something I'd try at long range, this was caught from my near margin, quick underarm flick under a overhanging branch. Nobody believes me when they ask what bait I used and I say 'none'
  17. Having just finished some exams, I've been looking forward to a weekend on the bank. Apparently my local water has not been fishing well so I decided to try something different by fishing over a hemp/boilie mix - but without a hook bait. Unfortunately 48 hours only produced one run. Fortunately this new PB and the lakes 'signature ' fish was the result. Weighed in a 24lb exactly...and 24lb is not bad down here. Not bad at all.
  18. I'm not sure who the better angler is, but I'd rather go fishing with angler b - I think I might enjoy his company. PS - Does 'hypothetical' Angler A have a penchant for leadcore?
  19. OK if my OP was not clear let me try to clarify by using another example and different context, but bear with me and if I’m still not expressing what I am trying to say clearly, don’t waste typing time and come out with stupid remarks about giving it up. I think it’s clear if not from the original post (though I still don’t see how) but from others that I’ve made on here how much I enjoy fishing! I shoot. In fact I used to stalk deer regularly when I lived in the UK. Whenever I killed, say a stag and then had to gralloch the still warm carcass, I felt, well slightly sorry I suppose, that I had ended the life of such a magnificent creature. However it had to be done and whilst at the same time as having a momentary twinge of regret it was nothing more than that, a kind of apology, or a nod of respect if you like towards a wild animal that, this time at least, I had managed to out fox. I enjoyed the stalk, would take pride in a clean and instant kill and be buzzing about it for days afterwards Before anybody points out the difference between killing something as a form of pest control (or for food) and catching a carp, don’t bother stating the obvious. I know it’s not the same thing, but it is still sport. I’m just trying to explain that sometimes, after I’ve caught a particularly good fish I get something approaching that same feeling. Remember, although the carp goes back in the water, hopefully not too worse for wear, it has still been taken, unwillingly, from it’s natural environment, has had the stress of a fight and of being on the bank, perhaps sustained some damage, bashed it’s head on the lead etc. These aren’t suppositions these are facts and if I didn’t acknowledge those facts and feel some respect for the fish for providing my sport, in addition to the pleasure of actually catching, I would be less human. As far as picture taking goes I am more than capable of judging whether a fish needs to go back in the water as soon as it is unhooked and checked over, or whether I’m happy to take another minute or so getting it on camera. I made the comment after watching a tackle company DVD and IMO they spent too long messing about taking photo’s, even letting it go at one stage and the quickly picking it back out again for yet another photo shoot. Anyway I’m saying no more, I’ve got exams tomorrow and then I’m going fishing for 3 days. Edited for swearing BBJ
  20. Eh? Did you even read the post? How, how, how - in your world - does respecting the quarry and caring about fish welfare provide fuel to the anti brigade. Enlighten me.
  21. I've never understood the fascination with high TC and BP's either. My local water is about an acre, maybe acre and a half. The biggest fish in there is about 25lb. There is a guy that fishes it with 3.25lbTC rods, braid mainline and size 2 hooks. Then always goes on about the one that got away to a hook pull OK I know that is an extreme example but I've often seen the same in the UK. Fair enough, different rods for different situations - if you can afford it, but I honestly can't think of many UK waters where those kind of set ups are justified. I think it's down to the likes of Fairbrass et al - some of the gear he uses is beefier than what I use for sea fishing. There's a thread somewhere entitled 'overgunned' which covers this topic nicely
  22. I've been thinking about posting this for a while...how many of you feel a twinge of regret for the fish you've just landed, not enough to stop fishing obviously, but enough sometimes to feel uncomfortable with what you've just done. I'm not talking about giving it up or anything silly like that, it's just that I have a respect for our quarry and sometimes this clashes with my love for fishing It's one of the reasons I rarely pose with fish for the cameras. Once it's caught and unhooked I prefer to get it back in it's environment asap. I was watching one of the Korda DVDs the other day and found myself getting really wound up with the amount of posing for the cameras going on.. 'hold it this way, hold it up, one more, one more with you kissing it, etc'
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