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carpepecheur

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  1. It is not that dangerous. The hunters are required by law to wear orange caps and jackets (to prevent them shooting each other). Also they are required to put up signs on the nearest public roads. I have been put in much more serious danger by cyclists.
  2. Turns out you were nearer the mark than you think Crusian. The lake is in thick woods on the side of a long valley. In the bottom of the valley is a narrow strip of pasture land. The other side of that is a track and open unfenced woodland. The French hunters spread out in a line along the track while their dogs flush out game from the woods behind onto the open pasture land where they can be shot. I am not talking shotguns for pheasants etc. They are using proper rifles for wild boar and deer. I can't call out and let them know I am directly behind their target because I am not supposed to be there.
  3. Exactly. He uses nearly 100 words to say that low frequencies penetrate better than high frequencies.
  4. Hi and welcome EW. I thought you might get more response to your query. I use conventional and telescopic rods. The latter have improved in quality over the years but seem more popular on the continent. My only complaint is that they can twist in use so the eyes are not aligned but if they are used intelligently this is a trivial problem. There is a third option and that is the traveller style rod. Here is a link to an example. It all packs down to just under 1 metre . traveller style rod
  5. I think I must beg to differ Oscha. Technology does not affect angling ability. For example a Deeper cannot tell you whether a lump on a flat lake bed is a carp or a kitchen sink. Only your experience can tell you it is not likely to be a kitchen sink.
  6. Absolutely, there is no substitute for time spent on the water
  7. When I started fishing, I used a homemade brass centre pin reel. Now I use a fixed spool which is a masterpiece of precision engineering constructed completely automatically using the latest robotic technology. My first rod was handmade from a tank aerial and wooden handle turned on a lathe. Now I use a high tensile, featherweight, carbon fibre rod developed using the latest aircraft construction technology. When I went night fishing I sat up all night in a deck chair with my finger on the line to feel for a bite. Now I lay on my comfortable folding bed chair wrapped in a four seasons sleeping bag in a waterproof and insect proof bivvy waiting for the receiver on my high tech bite alarm developed from research into the space program to tell me which pre programmed, colour coded, tone was indicating a bite on which rod. To measure depth, I used to use a plummet (lead with cork insert). Now I use an echo sounder, first patented in 1913 and now with the paper graph replaced by a screen and the results recorded on a microchip and everything miniaturised. All of the above progress made my fishing easier and more comfortable. NONE of them put a fish on the hook. As they say "nostalgia is not what it used to be"
  8. The innocently smiling emoji was meant to suggest I was only gently teasing Highy, after reading another thread. I still love using my Mk IV although it is way past its sell by date so understand exactly what you mean. The old ways are often the most enjoyable. £150 ? Some people pay that for a single high tech bite alarm.
  9. I find a Deeper much easier than thrashing around with a marker float.
  10. The marketeer who coined the phrase "fish finder" must be laughing all the way to the bank. A Deeper cannot differentiate a fish from a kitchen sink. OK there aren't too many kitchen sinks in a lake but there are plenty of gas bubbles, loose bits of weed or general detritus floating around all of which give a reflection to the pulse generated by the transducer. If you could be sure it was a fish, it would only tell you where it had been and not where it would be when you are fishing. You would not be able to tell if it was a carp or a bream. Carp are sensitive to vibration so you may have already scared them off. Switch on your Deeper by dipping it in water and listen to the noise it makes. A Deeper is a good tool for measuring depths very quickly and can replace hours of thrashing around with a marker float. More important for me is it can locate underwater obstructions such as an area of submerged fallen trees which could be a hazard to landing a fish or which could provide a holding area. It is nothing more than a useful tool that requires experience to get the most benefit from it.
  11. Yes, I agree Yonny. It was only an indication and best I could do at the time. What was interesting was that with just a tiny prick of a hole in the bag, it collapsed almost immediately. Did you notice the wave of salt solution wash around the bottom of the tank? The undissolved (presumably due to contact with salt) remains of the bag floated to the top. The only scientific method I can think of is to use salinity metres in a real lake and actually measure this in a real situation. Unfortunately, now that I have retired, I no longer have access to such equipment. My experience is that when you are able to make precise measurements the results do not always agree with theory. Despite everyone telling me it was impossible, I once proved that Brighton goes up and down with the tide.
  12. I have had crack offs with both Spombs and a Deeper but have never lost one yet. I tie a small hi vis float to the Spomb or Deeper with a length of light line. In the event of a crack off, the small float drifts behind the lost Spomb or Deeper and makes it easy to see at a distance. I then cast a retriever over it. This is just a heavy floating object which trails a large treble hook. This picks up the line between float and spomb and retrieves it easily. I have a photo of one I made earlier. The Deeper is an incredible piece of kit. As professional surveyor (retired) I do not consider myself a noddy for simply using the tools of my trade. I do not rely on it. It simply expands my experience.
  13. I repeated the earlier experiment with some water disturbance as Yonny suggested. This time I pricked a tiny hole in the bag to help it dissolve quicker. I first tried to simulate a carp thrashing around then I introduced some undertow. I have a clock at the side so you can see where I have speeded the footage up. There is a very faint colouring in the upper layers but most of it stays near the bottom althought not as concentrated as the earlier test.
  14. You seem to confirm what I have been discovering which is that not enough is known about the exchange of salt. I suspect the actual amount a carp needs is incredibly small compared to the amount anglers might throw at the problem (even assuming it is a problem) Apparently Mark Holmes, who people often quote as an authority, suggests that carp need more salt in spring. Am I correct in thinking that salt is lost in two ways – by excretion and by osmosis (the denser body fluids moving towards the less dense water)? If this is the case, maximum secretion and hence salt loss takes place in summer when carp are consuming more and the water is warmer therefore less dense. When you talk about ppt, I have been trying to visualise what that number looks like. If my (dodgy) calculations are correct 1 ppt is like putting an average egg (30 ml) into 2,400 full size (50M X 25M) Olympic swimming pools 1 metre deep.
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