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    emmcee got a reaction from Carpmaster in Carp care   
    Totally agree.  Though I feel some of the mats on the market are way too small and thin for the fish so the company's making and selling such items should take some blame. Also fishery manager's bailiffs don't always do enough. If had a lake and an anglers turned up with what I felt was inadequate mat etc I'd tell them to get on their way. Also any angler without carp care kits or such like shouldn't be fishing in my opinion. No excuse not to have anything like this in your tackle bag. 
     
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    emmcee got a reaction from jh92 in Spodding with mono   
    I have 4 or 5 turns on the reel no more for my leader..
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    emmcee got a reaction from Its-grim-up-north in Rod Shots   
    If the suns been hitting that part of the lake all day then I'd be on the zigs. The fish will be up in the water for sure. 
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    emmcee reacted to yonny in Small boilies   
    I know a chap that always fishes an 18 mm hookbait over little 10 mm baits. He does well.
    Carp cannot become full buddy. They have a digestive tract rather than a stomach. It all passes straight through them.
    I personally think guys overthink bait size. A good bait is a good bait and if you can create a feeding situation you'll catch fish. I'm not fussy about freebie size and only drop hookbait size if I'm fishing over small baits intended to compete with naturals.
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    emmcee reacted to chillfactor in Thought of the Day pt.2   
    Nearly there now guys 👍

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    emmcee reacted to carpepecheur in June Catch Reports   
    I had my first fishing trip of the year yesterday. Couldn’t leave home before 6am because of the curfew still in place. Intended to sort out tackle on arrival as I hadn’t used my fishing mobile (aka shed on wheels) since last year. Found a rod already set up with a waggler float still baited with a rock hard boilie. I flicked this in before sorting the gear and had this rather nice mirror, fished laying on style 2 metres from bank in 7 metres of water, after only 10 minutes. I continued successfully with the same rig all morning but gave up when the shade temperature reached 34 deg C
     

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    emmcee reacted to elmoputney in Can you get worse   
    I've been having a slightly lean spell lately, I have changed baits about 10 times in my head including looking into all the required equipment to make my own, like a boilie roller set up, basemixes, ingredients and all sorts 😁
    Then the other day I went to have a look round and do a bit of hole filling, I had a bucket of pellets with me and ended up feeding quite a few big carp at about 5 yards out,and they were chomping, then I remembered its not the bait, that works in the right spot, my rigs do work usually it's always about the location, and putting it all in the right place at the right time  😳
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    emmcee reacted to torchy in Can you get worse   
    This thread definitely hits a note with me. I returned to fishing around 18 months ago after a 40+ year break! As a teenager I was pretty competent, but heck things have changed (we used to put bait on a hook, rigs were things our North Sea oil came from!). Back in the day we'd fish for anything, including carp. This time around I have dedicated my time just to carp.
    I am very fortunate insofar as I retired 12 months ago and so can get out mid-week (in fact I make a point of never going over a weekend as I think that's unfair on the anglers who work through the week).
    I have absorbed as much as I can through reading, YouTube, and a couple of lessons—one each from two different 'carp fishing gods' (in my mind anyway). A few observations from all of that:
    Keep it simple. I was horribly confused by all the stuff about rigs. I genuinely thought I needed to learn to tie hundreds of different types and then try and work out which to use in any given situation. I have cut right back to just a couple. The YouTube videos are great entertainment but probably create unrealistic expectations. They are (usually) heavily edited to make them interesting. Who wants to watch [insert name here] famous angler blank? The pros blank too, we just don't see it. Early on in my reintroduction to the sport I fished a runs water (didn't know that's what it was or that they existed). Very soon the initial fun of hauling out fish soon wore off and it became a bit dull. Since then I made a decision to fish harder waters and now feel a real thrill when I catch. I have come to understand my own aspirations better. My professional life was just stress on steroids. After 40+ years of that I don't want my hobby to be the same. Fishing, for me, I have realised is not just hauling out fish. It's being in the countryside, camping out, getting great quality sleep, rest, etc. If I start worrying about catch rate, rigs, am I doing it right, etc. I might just as well 'un-retire', go back to work again and get paid! I'm doing this for fun and relaxation. I'm still trying my hardest, just not beating myself up when I blank. The last lesson I had with a pro was especially illuminating. I told him which syndicate I'd joined and it was one he was familiar with. He told me I was very lucky to have got in, that it has some very beautiful, very old (and big) carp, but that they are exceedingly wary. It's also a low stocked water. He said I should set my expectation that five fish in my fist season (whilst learning the lake and its fishes' habits) would be a good result. I'm happy with that. I will enjoy nature, enjoy learning the new skills and chill.
    So I guess to the OP my advice is, as someone else has said, see this insane hobby for what it is—it's 'fishing', not 'catching'. It's nice when they both come together but one isn't necessary (or guaranteed) for the other to be enjoyable. And you are probably doing nothing wrong!
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    emmcee reacted to yonny in 2021 carp porter fat boy   
    I can't imagine going fishing without the barrow tbh.
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    emmcee reacted to elmoputney in How's everyone bearing up....?   
    Well I've had a rubbish cough/cold thing all weekend, but I've done a good bit of pottering,another raised bed and load of gravel down, I've just got to empty that hippo bag into sacks and take it to the lake to fill some holes in the track, but that isn't happening today I am going to chill out now 

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    emmcee reacted to Its-grim-up-north in June Catch Reports   
    My little lad managed to open his account yesterday. 😁🎣

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    emmcee reacted to ouchthathurt in Rod Shots   
    Quick beach session this afternoon. 



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    emmcee reacted to ouchthathurt in Rod Shots   
    Perfectly put mate. I find that shore fishing and carp fishing are similar, a pub chuck can produce, but in the pic of the dog, you can see the the rocky gullies at low spring tide. A lugworm bait in here won’t do many bites, but a peeler crab bait will produce. Putting a lead 120yrds may produce all manner of species, but my Pb bass, 11lb, was caught on a freelined pouting (a small member of the cod family) on a flooding tide after dark only 3yrds out. The bass followed the rocky margins hunting small fish and crabs, everyone used to cast 60-80yrds here and had lots of smaller species, yet large bass were right under your feet! 
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    emmcee got a reaction from ouchthathurt in Rod Shots   
    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. 
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    emmcee got a reaction from jh92 in Rod Shots   
    Any hounds about where you are? 
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    emmcee got a reaction from Golden Paws in Rod Shots   
    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. 
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    emmcee got a reaction from Carpbell_ll in Rod Shots   
    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. 
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    emmcee got a reaction from elmoputney in Rod Shots   
    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. 
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    emmcee got a reaction from finchey in Rod Shots   
    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. 
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    emmcee reacted to finchey in Rod Shots   
    Very well explained mate, explained much better than I could of. And you also have got different species at different times of the year and at different states of the tide.
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    emmcee reacted to elmoputney in Rod Shots   
    Thanks for the reply, very interesting stuff, makes a lot more sense when you put it like that,I can see the appeal of a nice quiet beach, I wouldn't have a clue where to start though good stuff 👍
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    emmcee got a reaction from finchey in Rod Shots   
    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. 
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    emmcee got a reaction from elmoputney in Rod Shots   
    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. 
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    emmcee got a reaction from B B in Rod Shots   
    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. 
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    emmcee got a reaction from Carpmaster in Rod Shots   
    Any hounds about where you are? 
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