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Everything posted by emmcee

  1. I've baited up with bait that is still warm after rolling it. As you say, you don't get any fresher than that. As for a gun and better rolling table it will make your bait making so easy. When I rolled bait I could do 60 eggs no problem. In the end I used to crack the eggs into a Bowl and blend all the flavours etc into it then store in the fridge over night then mix, roll and boil the following evening. I had a little jug that I'd scoop the liquid up in, pour into my bowl and that needed exactly 3 scoops of powder and that made enough paste to fill the gun. I had the big tables, an air gun, burco boiler and you can knock up a lot of bait in a short time. I reckon 120 eggs would have been possible if I'd had wanted to, with another pair of hands then definitely possible.
  2. Cracking fish mate,big shoulders on it, well done.
  3. My koi carp, carp and goldfish are spawning in my pond and have been for 2 days now. A local lake to me is also closed to spawning.
  4. I'm sorry but I think you need a lesson in caring for your catch, unless of course you're going to eat them. Laying a fish on a stoney bank is not the done thing. You may want to invest in an unhooking mat so that no damage comes to the fish once you land it and it can be returned to fight another day relatively unscathed. Rant over.
  5. 100% agree on location being the most important factor, combined with a little bit of luck and your onto a winner.
  6. I'd say your chosen level is a good starting point. I know the profile plus range of flavours are very potent and can be overloaded but not sure on the response range.
  7. If its a proper milk protein bait then you shouldn't need added "goodies", the milks will be doing everything you need on their own. And when I say proper milk, you're looking at £15 - £20 per kg to know it's half decent at todays prices of ingredients. Anything less than that then it's bulked out with calf milk replacer etc which is a good ingredient but nothing compared to the casein's, lactalbumin's and whey pro's out there.
  8. Other than when I rolled my own the only flavour I had in my bait for the last 10yrs or so was black pepper essential oil. All freebies had recommended levels (6 drops per 6 eggs) and all hookbaits had half levels. We found making the hookbait over flavoured was the wrong way to go. Infact after a season i had my freebies made with half levels, always got to have an edge . Absolutely devastating flavour on its own in my opinion.
  9. 🤯😳😱 I wouldn't know what to take if I had that lot. Few hundred quids worth in there I imagine (hope you your missus doesn't read that bit) 🤣
  10. Was it Terry Eustace (gold label tackle) that did these? Think I've got a few packs hidden away somewhere thinking that is what hook was used for the 360 rig.
  11. This is how I take line off my reels now. I know then that I'm taking off a pretty precise amount say 200yds. I then know what amount of line I have left on a bulk spool etc.
  12. Exactly this⬆️. If you can't find them though then maybe start baiting up a spot regularly and hope they come to you. That will take time , effort and of course a few quid for bait but the rewards might just be worth it In the long run.
  13. Use wrap sticks if you have them if not 2 bank sticks pushed in the ground a rod length apart. Reel onto a rod , tie one end to one of the sticks and keep wrapping until all line is off.
  14. Lucky you, its a beautiful part of the country along with the Jurassic coast in my opinion. A good spot for photography, wildlife and fishing
  15. I see quite a lot of reports regarding rays from the Mersey. Bit of a trek for me that though. And as you say, it's all about enjoying yourself and I wasn't really, just going through the motions as it were. I've got a new spring in my step so all good.
  16. This was my view yesterday morning after sleeping in my van after an evening on the beach. The sun rising over keyhaven with the the isle of wight to the right.
  17. I'm good thanks stevo . Yes I've got the sea fishing bug good and proper. I didn't fish for carp at all last year and that for me is rarer than rocking horse poop but i didn't miss it. The year before that I only went because of travel restrictions etc during covid as I'm 90mins from my nearest beach. I've not renewed my syndicate lake ticket this year but I have kept hold of one ticket as its a proper history water that's had its highs through the 80's and 90's ,though been through a low the last 15 - 20 years but its been slowly restocked over the last 5 - 10 yrs with a few different strains of carp mainly in single figures that are now doing 20's and low 30's and I reckon it will be doing 40's before too long. I've got a couple of social sessions planned on there this year to have catch ups with mates but sea fishing is for me at this moment in time. The never really knowing what's on the end of your line is huge buzz for me. Different species are about through the seasons and if you're lucky you can eat a few and it doesn't get any fresher than that. Plus working out tides, features, watercraft in the sea is a whole new ball game and a challenge which carp fishing for me had become stale and boring. Also, if you know the stock of the lake then you know pretty much know what you're going to catch, no real mystery to it anymore. Hope you're well mate.
  18. 100% agree about the bed. By far the best one I've had. Not that I fish for carp nowadays which is lucky as I get an amazing night's kip when I use it camping.
  19. It's OK seeing that it's pretty much all the same. It's when I see pots of this and that, bags of this and that from every known bait company, that's when in my opinion its too much. Just stick to one bait, maybe a few different colours of hookbait but that's it.
  20. On my old lake they were banned and yet my particle mix was full of them, yet when the bailiff checked the bucket, he couldn't see any. There is always a way 😉
  21. They used to do these years ago and they were so oily. So for me personally I'd wait for the water to warm up a bit first. First time I used the dynamite peanuts was on an 11 acre lake on a windy spring day. I was on the back of the wind and my 2 handfuls of nuts literally flattend the entire lake due to the oil. Once the fish get on them though they can be devastating.
  22. The last time I took baileys with me fishing in winter I drank it all in my coffees. Never did get round to using it as a glug.
  23. Marmite thinned down with fish sauce😉
  24. Sorry to split hairs here, but are you saying for 30yrs you concentrated more on rigs than location? Surely Location is 99% of the puzzle, for me it is anyway. The last 1% is putting a bait in front of them that they will eat, attached to a rig that works. As everyone knows, if you aren't on the fish , then you can't catch the fish.
  25. Fishing off the Barrow is the way in my opinion. If you set up straight away then you're very reluctant to move. But just having rods out, your brew kit as well at most and it's a 5mins pack up and you're on the move to showing fish etc before anyone else. Caught me countless bonus fish doing this.
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