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gidneyboy last won the day on January 3 2016

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  1. builders van

    I have driven pretty much all the new common vans, fellas I work with have a Proace, transit custom, vivaro, sprinter and doblo, I drove them all earlier this year when I was thinking about a new van and none of them can get anywhere close to the drive of a VW transporter. Once I had driven the Transporter (a T5.1 model on a 12 plate) there was only one van I was going to get. Yep compared to the other vans they maybe a little more expensive but in my opinion that expense is worth every penny. The drive is amazing, the interior, quality wise is leaps and bounds ahead of any of the others, just no comparison. I ended up getting a T6 150ps in blackberry, the best van I have ever driven by a country mile.
  2. Test curves

    I have two set ups, one set up has torrix 3.25lb which gets used on larger waters, waters that hold big cats and snaggy waters. My other set up rods are AK47's twin tips in 1.75lb and 2.75lb, I have barely used the 2.75lb tips, because the 1.75lb tips are just so much fun to use. Married with the right lead and small stick they can hit 75-80 yards without too much trouble and playing fish on them is so enjoyable. I have had fish to mid 30's on them and they have never felt out of their comfort zone once. I feel that anglers who have come to the sport in the last ten or fifteen years and have never used anything other than broom handles have/are missing out on so much. After all for me the biggest buzz is when we have a fish on and the lighter rods enharnce this no end in my mind. I do like the torrix and I don't think they feel like a 3.25lb rod with a fish on but given the choice, if they can be used, it's the 1.75lb AK 47's every time for me.
  3. Snap election Thread.

    This will just get passed on to the employies by hook or by crook. It has happened in the construction industry for years. Thirty years ago when I was an apprentice for Costains 2% of my weekly wage was taken by the CITB (construction industry training board) to pay for apprenterships. Even now I have mates who are tradsmen in the industry who work for companies on an self-employed basis, who still pay 2% of their weekly wage to the CITB. Where does this money go? Because my experiance of young adults coming out of a two year college course have done nothing but waste two years of their lives. I have a friend who I have known for 25+ years who's son had done a two year carpentry course. When he finished the course his mum asked me if I could give him some work, after seeing his glowing reports and speaking to his tutor and hearing he was top of his class I had no problem giving his some work. BIG MISTAKE, he had learnt absolutly nothing that was gonna help him earn money in the real world. Two years wasted using obsolite hand tools and learning stuff that I learnt 30 years ago and have never had to use in the real world. He was scared to use any power tools as he had never used anything other than drills and when I asked him why they didn't teach him how to use power tools, he told me that this had been brought up during the course and the tutors answer was "if you are on site and there is a power cut then you can carry on working". Well on site if there is a power cut health and saftey won't let you work!!
  4. KHV

    This is exactly what a water close to me has done. Humainly euthanized the stock, total drain down and left empty for 3 years, before re-filling and stocking. Once KHV has been confirmed this is still the only way for a water to be declared free from KNV by DEFRA as far as I'm aware. I'm afraid I would not go near any lake that has had a confirmed outbreak and these measures have not been taken.
  5. Tackle Shop Chat !

    From experiance every hobby/past time has places where people gather to talk absolute pony and boost ego's. Fishing has tackle shops, golf has the clubhouse/bar, football everywhere you go everyone seems to be an expert or ex pro and the list goes on. Trust me a golf clubhouse knocks spots off a tackle shop for pony talking. It's always the higher handicapped golfers who insist of talking you though every shot of their 90+ shot round, paying perticular attention to any shot that managed to hit a green from anything over 60 yards or any drive that goes over 250 yards! A tackle shop is a doddle in comparison.
  6. Tackle Reviews

    Had mine 18 months or more now, it has done well over 100 nights and apart from the dirt is still as good as the day it arrived. Been out in all weathers, withstood some serious winds on more than a couple occations, 100% waterproof. I seriously could not pick a fault in it if I wanted. Proof in the pudding I know of 7 other anglers who once they saw mine on the bank have also brought them and not one of them can find a fault.
  7. What is your newest purchase

    Just ordered a new VW transporter T6. It's meant to be a new work vehical but is gonna double up a a nice fishing wagon!!
  8. Dogs

    I love gun dogs and have had GSP's and Weimaraners. Always found the best way to train them was to make it fun for them and me. All my dogs have always been as much part of the family as everyone else in the family. Every dog I have owned has been loving, obedient and great fun but then I understand that all gun dogs need exercise and lots of it, not just a quick walk on the lead to the shops but a good run off the lead for the bare minimum of an hour a day, it's was not uncommon for me to be out for 6 hours or more over the weekends or when I'm not working or fishing. Only had one which was a great bivvy dog the rest for the same reason as carpmachines lab they all loved water too much and could just not keep them out no matter how hard I tried!
  9. 2016 french trip

    We always have a great week on the Bley regardless of how many fish we catch but it is always nice to get into a few fish! Anyway thanks for the comments fella's it makes a nice change to be able to post some pictures of fish and talk about a venue.
  10. Like jh92 I have 2 set ups First is for larger waters or waters that contain cats Penn Affinity 8000's 15lb tigerline no leader 120 yards at a real push Varying waters up to 40ish acres 12ft 3.25 torrix 2nd is my preferred set up, when I can get away with it Shimano ultegra 5500 mini pits 12lb tigerline, no leader No need to go past 65/70 yards Varying waters to around 6 acres 12' 6" century AK 47's twin tips, 1.75 and 2.75 tips but only really use the 1.75 tips (utter joy for playing fish on)
  11. 2016 french trip

    Have been back from our annual trip France (Moulin De Bley) for about a week and just had a chance sort the pics outs. So thought I would share a bit of a catch report on here with pics as my waters over here have strict publicity bans. My mate Justin and I have been going to Bley for about 16 years, so know what to expect. Over the years we have seen the lake turn from a prolific runs water, to a water where the fish have wised up big time but if luck is with you big hits are still possible. Over the years we have been every month from April to early October but this year we thought we would give the last week in October a bash for a change. We arrived at the lake around around midnight on Friday night, having been going for years the bedchairs were the last items of tackle to be loaded, so we could easily get to them to set up in the communal barn area for a few hours kip before the owner Tony turned up at around 8 in the morning. Tony turned up and woke us up, told us we were the only ones on the lake for the week and that the previous group had left late Friday evening so the lake was free whenever we wanted to get on there. When we first started going our kids were young so these French trips have always been more of a social than anything else as Justin lives in Dorset and me in the Colne Valley. Being as it is a social thing we decided to both fish swim 4 that is a large double at the deeper, far end of the lake. We always fish as a team when fishing a double, so we each had a rod to the normally prolific tree line, one each on a baited spot in open water and our third rods were fished to some willows on the far bank. The fishing was certainly not the easiest week we have had on there, the weather was very inconsistent, heavy rain for a couple of days, a couple of sunny days, a couple of overcast days and the odd frost at night. The fish seemed to come onto the feed for a few hours every couple of days, so we tended to catch 2 or 3 fish in quick succession then it would go quiet for 36-48 hours. So not the most prolific of the weeks but we still up ended up with a total of 16 carp between us, 8 each which included 2x50's, 5x40's, 9x30's and 1x20. I also had Barry the black sturgeon at 44lb, 3 times during the week. 53lb 5oz 43lb 10oz 43lb 1oz 42lb 15oz 39lb 15oz 37lb 9oz 35lb 4oz 29lb 5oz
  12. VS Fisheries.

    I'm with you Bishop, never had a decent battle with a grass carp in the water, been beaten up plenty of times by them on the bank but never in the water. One lake owner in France even advised us that when they are at the net don't net them straight away but to give them a little nudge with the net first to provoke some sort of fight out of them before netting. This was not for our enjoyment of the fight but to try and protect his stock, by getting them to expel some energy in the water rather than on the bank and damaging themselves. True wildies are a myth to the vast majority of carp anglers, I would be very surprised if there are even a handful of waters left in the UK with a stock true wildies.
  13. VS Fisheries.

    Got half a dozen or so of these going into my target water in the next couple of weeks. Thoought there was a good chance they could be special, glad to hear that they may well be.
  14. First frosts

    If it was me I would keep it going in. One frost does not mean the water temp suddenly drops to near freezing, the temp may drop a degree or two which could knock the fish back a little but it certainly would not be putting me off from fishing. Five or six years ago I was building an extension which was very close to a lake, that had a reputaion of totally shutting up shop from October/November. It is by no means an easy water in summer but winter was a ball breaker but I had always said I would do a proper winter campain on there, as I was convinced that if the fish saw a bit of bait though the winter, instead of nothing they may keep on the move a little more. I started the job in the first week of October and each day I would find time to walk the lake. It is only a small lake of around 2 acres, and I had fished it a bit in the summer months over the years, so knew a fair bit about the topography of the bottom and areas where fish slipped up from. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday I would put 2 kilo's of boilie in, one kilo would get split over three or four of the known spots and the other kilo I spread over an area about the size of a tennis court at the deep silty end of the lake. I carried this on for, four weeks, in that time I had not seen a carp angler on the water and the weather had turned considerably from the warm, sunny, start of October, to several hard frosts leading into November. On the fourth Friday my gear was loaded into the van ready to go straight from the job to the lake to fish the weekend. The weather that day did not fill me with confidense, cold and heavy rain all day following on from 2 or 3 hard frosts earlier in the week. At the end of work I dragged my labourer up to the lake with me to help set up, on the promise, I would get him a takeaway. After a quick walk and seeing no obvious signs of fish I plumped for the large baited area in the deep, silty end of the lake. Everything was set up in about half an hour, three rods all fishing the spot. Just as I sat down and was thinking of ordering the takeaway one of the rods screams off resulting in a 23lb mirror, and that was the start of a weekend that ended up with 6 fish, 5 of which were 20's. Six fish in a weekend is unheard of on this water in the summer yet alone late autum/Winter. The next four weekends all produced good results from all the baited spots, before on the 6th week, the lake froze and stayed frozen pretty much till Febuary. In the five and a half weekends I ended up with 19 fish, which included most of the big, wanted fish, with the exception of one. I am sure if the lake had not frozen for so long, I would have continued to catch all winter as long as the bait keep going in. As the fish showed no signs of slowing up even as the weather turned bitter for a couple of weeks before the lake eventually froze.
  15. Water Temps

    I have an old casio G-Shock watch which I wear to work and fishing. I attach the cord from my retainer to the watch and chuck it in and leave it for 15-20 mins. It has been attacked by pike on the retrieve on more than one occation though!