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gidneyboy

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    gidneyboy got a reaction from salokcinnodrog in Allotments   
    My mate has an allotment and recieved a letter from the local council encouraging all holders to carry on tending their plots.
    To tend his plot he would have to drive there and open locked gates, the exact reasons I have been given why we cannot fish.
    I have to drive by my local lake to get to the supermarket, so why can't i visit the supermarket, buy enough provisions for 2/3 weeks and stop at the lake and fish for 2/3 weeks? Surley no better place to isolate?
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from dayvid in Allotments   
    My mate has an allotment and recieved a letter from the local council encouraging all holders to carry on tending their plots.
    To tend his plot he would have to drive there and open locked gates, the exact reasons I have been given why we cannot fish.
    I have to drive by my local lake to get to the supermarket, so why can't i visit the supermarket, buy enough provisions for 2/3 weeks and stop at the lake and fish for 2/3 weeks? Surley no better place to isolate?
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from elmoputney in What is your newest purchase   
    Took delivery today of the Cyprinus Typhoon bivvy. Not had the chance to put it up yet but from the quick look I have had it looks a good bit of kit, will put it to test over the weeknd. If it is as well made as their Magnatex brolly which lasted me so much longer than it should have considering the price I will be well happy.
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from carpyian in What is your newest purchase   
    Took delivery today of the Cyprinus Typhoon bivvy. Not had the chance to put it up yet but from the quick look I have had it looks a good bit of kit, will put it to test over the weeknd. If it is as well made as their Magnatex brolly which lasted me so much longer than it should have considering the price I will be well happy.
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from snowmanstevo in Need a new bait company   
    I've been on Geoffs bait for 15/16 years now and have no reason to change. I have 100% confidence in everyone one of his baits and I have used a good few of them. Currently I'm to the 2tb and it is catching well, to the point where 3 or4 other lads on the lake I'm fishing have moved on to it.
     
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from Its-grim-up-north in Need a new bait company   
    I've been on Geoffs bait for 15/16 years now and have no reason to change. I have 100% confidence in everyone one of his baits and I have used a good few of them. Currently I'm to the 2tb and it is catching well, to the point where 3 or4 other lads on the lake I'm fishing have moved on to it.
     
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from dayvid in eBay   
    A while ago I was just nosing though ebay looking at watches. I found a rare TAG watch that I knew was worth money. Kept an eye on it thinking it was gonna go for silly money. As hardly any bids had been put on it, I ended up taking a gamble and got it for £305. Was delivered within 2 days and took it straight to a mates bird who works in a jewellers and got her to send it away for a service and have it valued. The service cost me £500 so the watch stood me in at just over £800, the valuation after the service came back at £6200. Not a bad night on ebay that one!!
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from elmoputney in eBay   
    A while ago I was just nosing though ebay looking at watches. I found a rare TAG watch that I knew was worth money. Kept an eye on it thinking it was gonna go for silly money. As hardly any bids had been put on it, I ended up taking a gamble and got it for £305. Was delivered within 2 days and took it straight to a mates bird who works in a jewellers and got her to send it away for a service and have it valued. The service cost me £500 so the watch stood me in at just over £800, the valuation after the service came back at £6200. Not a bad night on ebay that one!!
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from Highy in eBay   
    A while ago I was just nosing though ebay looking at watches. I found a rare TAG watch that I knew was worth money. Kept an eye on it thinking it was gonna go for silly money. As hardly any bids had been put on it, I ended up taking a gamble and got it for £305. Was delivered within 2 days and took it straight to a mates bird who works in a jewellers and got her to send it away for a service and have it valued. The service cost me £500 so the watch stood me in at just over £800, the valuation after the service came back at £6200. Not a bad night on ebay that one!!
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from B.C. in What is your newest purchase   
    I have had one for three nearly four years, absolute great bit of kit. In them years as a conservative estimate I have done 200 nights under mine in every weather condition you can imagine and apart from the dirt it's still as good as the first time I used it and I am not exactly easy on my tackle.
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from jh92 in What is your newest purchase   
    I have had one for three nearly four years, absolute great bit of kit. In them years as a conservative estimate I have done 200 nights under mine in every weather condition you can imagine and apart from the dirt it's still as good as the first time I used it and I am not exactly easy on my tackle.
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from salokcinnodrog in Gotta be worth a watch for a laugh......   
    I have been using ABS for 15 years and can never see me changing to be honest. All of Geoffs bait is quality, very reasonably priced and customer service is 2nd to none in my opinion. The only downside is ringing to order bait and getting caught in a time tunnel, where what should be a 5 min call turns in to an hour plus!
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from snowmanstevo in Gotta be worth a watch for a laugh......   
    I have been using ABS for 15 years and can never see me changing to be honest. All of Geoffs bait is quality, very reasonably priced and customer service is 2nd to none in my opinion. The only downside is ringing to order bait and getting caught in a time tunnel, where what should be a 5 min call turns in to an hour plus!
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from B.C. in Gotta be worth a watch for a laugh......   
    I have been using ABS for 15 years and can never see me changing to be honest. All of Geoffs bait is quality, very reasonably priced and customer service is 2nd to none in my opinion. The only downside is ringing to order bait and getting caught in a time tunnel, where what should be a 5 min call turns in to an hour plus!
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from salokcinnodrog in 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.
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from bluelabel in 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.
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from cloud9 in 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.
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from spr1985 in 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!!
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from xpl0rer in 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!!
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from lacarpe in 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
     

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    gidneyboy got a reaction from dayvid in Embarrassing angling events   
    I started fishing as a kid with a fishing set from Woolworths. The only other real angler in the family was an uncle in Chelmsford who was a very good match angler.
    When I was about 8 or 9 I was shipped up there for a weekends proper fishing. The first day we were fishing a lake in the middle of a park somewhere and my uncle had given me a 12 foot match rod to use (the first time I had used a rod longer than 6 foot).
    All was going well and I had caught a few skimmers and roach. I thought I had got to grips with this beast of a rod. After catching another skimmer my hook was rebaited and I began to cast. The cast felt a little heavy so I gave it a bit more stick, next thing I see a kids flip flop sailing into the lake!
    Somehow I had managed to hook a kid of about 2 or 3 years old flip flop and whip it off his foot and into to the lake!
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from gagnaccarp in 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
     

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    gidneyboy got a reaction from B.C. in I've been watching some YouTube vids and I'm intrigued   
    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)
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from muftyboy in 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.
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    gidneyboy got a reaction from dayvid in 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
     

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