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  1. Hello


    I am looking to get a brolly or maybe another bivvy that will enable me to be more mobile, so will need to be put up and taken down quick and without too much hassle. I currently have a jrc sti rs bivvy but looking for something that little be easier and quicker to put up.


    I have have been mainly looking at brolly system like the fox supa and warrior systems, and also the nash hog. I am just wondering what one people can recommed, are the brolly systems stable in medium to strong winds and what it like putting them up in strong winds.



  2. Hello


    Thanks for the idea, i did have a 3oz sea lead with the pongs, you just reminded me about using it, but i did find it was a bit slow as it didnt bring much weed back on very weedy areas, although this was using it on silkweed so it might be better on canadian maybe.


    Surely it would be possible to get a metal handheld rake and attach a ring to it then use that to cast in, wolf garden does one that has a hole ready for a ring to go in to but it made from plastic so i dont no whether this would stand up to the pressure etc.

  3. The spot i am looking to clear is just a bit too far to throw and use a telescopic rake, only real option is to get something i can cast in a few times to clear it and then i was gunna bait the spots up with particles etc, to help get it a little cleaner.


    I like the look of the AI ones as they have the extra prongs that might help grab that little bit extra weed, are they better than the gardner one?


    Or could i even fashion up a small homemade rake that i can cast, has anyone done this?



  4. Hello


    Now the weather has been good for a little while more and more of my local lake is getting covered in canadian pondweed and silkweed, and it getting harder to find a clear spot.


    So i was planning on getting a weed rake to clear a few areas, then bait these areas with particles mix with boilies to help clear the spots that little bit better. What i was wondering is, what weed rake would be the most effiecient at cleaning out the weed, the gardner one or AI.


    Also in the mean time what are the better presentation to go with when fishing in heavy weed?



  5. Thanks for the advice,


    So to fish semi slack, is it best to cast out and and let enough line off to get the line to lay on the bottom for a good percent of the distance fished, then once left to sink for 20-30min or sunken etc, turn the spool to take up the extra slack and then keep going till you put a slight curve in the line that drops down from the tip, that way you are fishing semi slack.


    Is it best to fish semi slack with rod tips high, slightly high, level or low?


    Secondary as i am fishing a weedy water with silt, lillies and few weed beds here and there, is there any way to fish a running lead that drop off, so it safe to fish in weed etc.



  6. Hello


    Thanks for the suggestion to use snake bite, i managed to pick some up few days ago and at first glance it looks to be what i am looking for, (although could be a little stiffer maybe) and the colour looks fairly good aswell to fish in the weed. I havent had chance to fish with it yet but hopefully over next few days i will be able to.


    Do you fish it straight though, or strip a section back as it seems flexible enough to fish straight through?




  7. thanks for the suggestion.


    the merlin and snake bite seem to come up a lot, even on other websites. What colour is the inner braid to the snake bite? is it supple but still have a little bit of stiffness to reset itself, and lastly how heavy is it, would you need sinkers on it to help pin it down




  8. I still use dacron, just use a korda sinker half way down the length, if your worried about it looping up, to be honest its not a major concern if it does as long as the hook resets itself.




    Yer i have tried using sinkers on the n trap but it still loops up a fair amount, and was wondering if they was maybe another hook lenght out there that in between supernatural and n trap soft, that is suitable for weed fishing, and reset it self .




  9. Hello


    What braids are you using currently whether they are coated or uncoated, especialy for fishing over weed/silt?


    I am looking for a new hooklink braid, one that sinks well, and doesnt stick up in a loop etc, and is supple enough to fish over weed but stiff enough to reset it. I am currently using supernatural but i feel this is a little bit too supple to reset it self, and have tried n trap soft but found that it would loop and sit funny over the weed etc.


    Has anyone gt any suggestion?



  10. Hello


    thanks for the replies and suggestion, i think i will have to give semi slack lines a go.


    Has anyone got any tips advice on the best best way to set it up, like

    how tight do you need it

    is it best to have the tips high but not too high

    is it best to have a heavy lead on

    bobbin weight and drop etc



    Also would anyone recommend a heavier mainline to the nash d-cam?




  11. Hello


    I have been fishing Slack lines now for a few years, but over the last few session i have done i have had a little bit more concern on the sensitivity of it as i only seem to get a few bleeps on the alarm, and not very good positive takes, and the fish seems to snag me up very quickly after the first indication, and i had a few weird pickups aswell and i was thinking that i may be missing or being done because of it.


    like i said i have been using slack lines for a few years and dont think i could go back to tight lines after seeing a tight line rig presentation in the margins. i am making sure i let plenty of line out give it plenty of time to sink and have rods tips up, i am also using lightest muddy water bobbins and nash d-cam mainline, ( i feel like i need to change to something more heavier)


    Can anyone give me any advice on how to inprove bite sensitivity, as i feel i maybe missing takes etc?


    Also any other tips of just how to make sure i set up slack line would be great?



  12. Hello


    I am looking at getting a new carp cradle, and have a budget of around £50-60, i previously had the JRC hi care XL cradle, which was great but the sides werent very high and would fold over easy.


    I am looking for one with sides and a flap on the top, and one that is well padded and will be able to fit long fish, as it the lake im fishing has some long commons in.


    I have been looking at the chub xtra protection cradle, just wondering if this is a good mat to go with or is there anything better for my budget.



  13. Hello


    Thanks for the advice, i suppose it sounds a bit obvious, i will try putting one rod on top of the bar and one off it see how it produces and change them about during the day and give a spread of bait both on and at the bottom so the deeper water is getting prepare for during the night.


    Are there any rig/presentation changes anyone would suggest because of the bars and lilies that grow on them ( there are big gaps where they dont grow)



  14. it would be interesting to see if there is any difference between the two baits,

    I did do a test in water with the 2 different baits and when i first checked it at around the 15 min mark i could see a around 3mm of liquid food leaked out around the boilie on the bottom of the glass, whereas the boilie had nothing.


    And once i had given it a while there was loads more colour to the water from the leakage on the steam bait than that of the boilie. I then took them out of the water after about a day or so to see how soft they were and the boilied one was alot softer and under roughly the same out of pressure the boilie split in half whereas the steam didnt really but was still soft and was leaking loads more attraction.


    The reason the steamed bait was able to leak out more attraction is down to the fact that the liquid and soluble ingredients arent wash out of the bait no where near as much as boilies, so there is a high percent/concentration of liquids food or flavour and those attractors still in the bait.


    As stated though steam bait smells goes quicker and dont last as long, so i will have to do another test to see whether the steam bait keep pumping out as long as a boilie, i dont see why they shouldnt tho as they have been skinned, my steamies werent as soft as my boilies after being in the water and they have kept more liquid and the attractors in so they should last the same if not longer, even if they do loose the liquid at a faster rate


    If you or anybody trys steaming lets us know how you get on and what you think about it.



  15. Well If you was doing larger batches of bait steaming would be quicker as

    -dont have to boil as much water up, a 30l burco roughly takes around 50-60mins to boil, where as a steamer that could skin the same about of baits would take 2-15mins


    -From the comparison i did i boiled half for 90sec and steamed the other for 5 mins, however as i said 5 mins was a tad too long and could probably get that down to 2-3mins


    So if we estimated the times from start to finish for both small batch and larger hits:


    Smaller Batches 1kg 5-7mins total

    Steaming: in a vegetable steamer you can get roughly 450-500g in one tray so from start to finish to do 1kg is roughly: <1 min to get it goin, 4-6mins steamin,


    Boiling in a 5l fryer:17.5-23min total

    10-15mins getting to the boil, then 7.5-8mins boiling


    Larger Batches 10kg

    Steaming:30-35mins total

    -Using a Homemade steamer using a wallpaper steamer as the heating source and a large Box ( as seen on another forum)

    20 mins for the steamer to heat up, then depending on the size box you can do 2.5kg in one go so roughly 12-15min steaming to do 10kg


    Boiling:65-80mins total

    -using a 30l burco boiler or similar if you can boil 1kg in one go. around 50-60mins to boil up then 15-20min to boil


    These times should give you a idea of how long it takes but they maybe out a bit.



  16. Hello


    We all want our Boilies to be attractive as possible, and with a variety of different attractors available out there now, and variety of uses, whether it be including them in our base mixes or coating baits in them to boost the attraction.


    What would you say is your favourite Bait additive or even what bait additive are best known for attracting those bigger carp?




  17. ok thanks


    I can see why a casein and whey would be better, as doesnt whey protein digest faster than the casein, so having a mixture will help the carp get the protein,and make it more of a all season bait.


    As with levels, thanks for the suggestion, what are the lowest i can get away with as i am messing around with the recipe atm and just really started using milks i wont be buying it in bulk yet, and trying to keep the cost of my bait down if i can.


    How good of a binder is the whey protein, as i currently have 11%CLO 8%semolina and 8%soya flour as my binder, and would like to see if i can decrease especially the soya flour so i can up the more important ingredients.



  18. I have been fishing a lake that is covered in bars, it is a old gravel pit ( i think) that is now cover in weed lilies and silt.


    How the lake had been dugged has left it with loads of long bars one side and channels the other ( this side is more weedier and silty). The side that has all the bars is more open water, and from pretty much every swim that side you have a bar or 3 in front of you, with one then another with around 4-5ft gap inbetween, with depth ranging from 8ft at the bottom and 4-5ft on top of the bar.


    I was just wondering whether anyone could give me a bit of advice of how to approach it, would it be best to fish one top of the bars and maybe one at the bottom?



  19. in my opinion milk proteins are must in a fishmeal mix to give it longevity throughout the season. acid casein a must as well as whey protein concentrate. lactalbumen possibly but rennet casein no. as for suppliers i cant really help as mine is sourced straight from the manufacturer. though there are a few firms that sell individual ingredients, premier baits, cc moore, aa baits to name a few. out of the firms mentioned premier would be my choice as ive used there bait and single ingredients in the past and have always caught. thats not to say the others are no good as i cant comment.



    thanks for the reply


    I was thinking of using acid and rennet casein, is there any reason why you dont suggest using rennet casein as i thought a 50:50 acid:rennet is meant to give a better amino acid profile.

    Also could anyone tell me what the benefits of using a particular milk protein over another one?

    Also at what recommendation level would you suggest using different milk protein at in a fishmeal bait?



  20. Hello


    What do you guys think of the use of milk powder in homemade boilies, mainly in a fishmeal or a bait that contain a mixture of different protein sources, Are they worth the extra cost, or can you acheive similar results using a cheaper alternative?


    Also where is a good place to buy small quantities of different milk powder at a good cheap price, Acid and rennet casein and Lactalbumen etc



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