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emmcee

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  1. Agree 100%. There are a lot of "top anglers " around today, put a few on the same lake and that lake becomes a lot harder because you're competing with not only the fish but anglers that are very much on the ball. As for the ones under the radar I personally think a few would put the "famous" anglers of today in their places.
  2. The FG knot, YouTube it. I've gone over to this with my sea fishing braid mainline to tapered mono shock leader.
  3. When you say missed takes I'm guessing you mean hook pulls? I only ask as how do you know the fish has picked up your hookbait and spat it out or not? Unless you fish the margins and see what is happening. I've watched numerous underwater videos of carp feeding with rigs present and nearly all are picked up and rejected, have you witnessed carp take your rig in to its mouth?
  4. I'm curious as to where the hook holds are in the carps mouth with this rig?
  5. Carpy, as in "that looks carpy". Hate the word.
  6. Yes exactly, the different species at different times of the year makes it interesting. Let's face it, you never really know what will pick your bait up next.
  7. It can be as simple as that for some I guess but for me personally there is a lot more to it than that. Scouting the beaches you intend to fish at low tide to look out for snags, any gullies the fish might use as the tide comes in, whether there are any worm casts and which casts, mussel beds etc, this can point you to which baits will work. Learning the tidal pulls, learning the tidal strength as the tides build day on day to "spring tides" then the reverse when they drop to "neap tides". Some beaches can only be fished 2hrs before high tide to 2hrs down from high tide. So learning depths etc is important. There is a lot to learn, each beach will be different just like each lake is different. Each beach will fish better on certain parts of the tide etc, like a lake you got to learn them. Of coarse you can catch by just turning up and launching to the horizon, but as with lakes, the fish can be a lot closer than you think.
  8. Where abouts is this can I ask? I fish the south coast, west Sussex, Hampshire and Dorset.
  9. Any hounds about where you are?
  10. I started beach fishing 4yrs ago now and since then probably only been carp fishing 20 times In that time and now not carp fished since may last year. Like you say, guaranteed a spot on the beach, never know what you might catch and it's free to fish, what's not to like Haha.
  11. Yes you can do that. You'll cast far enough if you need to. I wouldn't do it on big pits though as the undertow will drag your line/hookbait out of position. As for needing the lead for setting the hook as mentioned, not necessarily. I use the naked chod and it can run 5ft between lead and top bead. I can honestly say the lead 9 times out of 10 doesn't set the hook, I do.
  12. Are you allowed to use braided mainline on this lake you mention? If so that along with 3.5oz leads will see you cast over this fallen tree you mention. Another reason for braided mainline is that there is no stretch in it so bite indication is pretty much instant. With mono' mainline the amount of stretch in the line at 20-23 wraps would see the fish take you into this snag without even registering a bleep on your alarm.
  13. Why does it have to be beefed up? Why not try a washed out or flavourless hookbait, it might just be more acceptable to a carp than a hi attract hookbait.
  14. Thieves also like a shed, make sure its fully secure.
  15. Save your money. A mate of mine brought this and it's a load of tosh.
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