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  1. Hi guys, im midlands based and fancied a little bash at some trout on the small rivers and streams. I cannot decipher the Gov guidelines to what im allowed to do, this is taken from the gov website. These 3 local byelaws also apply. 1. Where the coarse fish close season applies and you are fishing for eels, trout or salmon, you must not: use any float or bait (including ground bait) other than artificial or natural fly (excluding bloodworms, jokers and other midge larvae), spinners, minnows, worms, prawns or shrimps use a keepnet or keepsack in waters where the close seas
  2. Good enough for me mate, appreciate the feedback. Dash
  3. The 9FT esp stalker rods have caught my eye to be honest mate, seems good value for money at £65, would be interested to hear what you thought about them. Dash
  4. Evening chaps. Im in the market for a pair of 9 foot carp rods, iv looked at various brands including century, sonik, wychwood and Nash, iv never given the Nash scope range a chance having never had any experience with any of their tackle or gear. Naturally after looking for a compact set of Rods I was drawn to the Nash scope rods but know nothing about them, after trying to do a little research iv found people are massive fans of these rods and a set of people who either don't like them or have had issues in the past with them. Which had me struggling to find a good unbiased review of them.
  5. Evening chaps, i hope this post finds you well during these strange times. The reason for the post is basically during a mornings pike fishing on Saturday, as the rain, sleet and snow battered me along the canal I noticed my whole body was perfectly warm and happy to sit in the -4 wind chill conditions apart from my feet, despite wearing the skeetex wellie with a brand new thermal liner inside. Id layered up as I would normally do which consists of, a thermal base layer, trakker 2 piece base layer, joggers and a thick hoodie, fortis bib and brace trousers and a fj9 jacket, coupled with s
  6. Appreciate the info Nick, I went for one of my 9ft 2.75tc carp rods in the end. Seems to feel like a nice balanced setup. Unfortunately no fish to report but there's always next session. Many thanks. Dan
  7. Evening gents. Im putting together a little bit of kit so I can have a go at float fishing for pike, nothing to heavy duty. Im just looking to fish a simple float setup fishing baits like small sprats ext, fishing venues like canals, small rivers and ponds. I feel a big 12ft 3.5tc pike rod would be overkill for what Im going to be doing. I feel a smaller rod would fit me better, maybe around the 7/8foot mark given the venues I'm looking to fish, could a light/medium jerk bait rod be used for this? Coupled with a 3000/4000 sized reel? If anyone has a similar scaled down setup id li
  8. A set of wychwood Xtricator 9 footers. Heard good things about them and for £140 delivered I can't complain! Itching to get out now.
  9. I know what you mean mate, so your giving your rod the ideal casting weight to suit the distances required. Im just pondering on weather upping the lead size for my application will be a help or hinderance. I would say distances would max out at 100 yards on this particular venue, I may end up fishing opposite ends of the spectrum on 2 rods when it comes to lead size and see which one does the business ( hopefully anyway ) Appreciate your feedback mate. Dan
  10. Afternoon all, hope your enjoying a better Saturday than me ( Im a stoke fan ) Im currently fishing a gravel pit that has a fairly unknown stock of fish, its fed by the Trent so fish do come and go during floods, fairly standard gravel pit, gin clear water, hard bottom with a light silty covering. The stock is unknown but the fish that are in there aren't really under that much angling pressure, it crossed my mind weather upping my lead size from a normal 2oz lead to something bigger 4/5oz even. This got me thinking about how different anglers have a different opinion on this sub
  11. Spot on mate, appreciate you getting back to me, really looking forward to getting stuck into it now. Il hopefully try to keep a bit of a running update going. Many thanks for your help Dan
  12. Id suggest maybe trying something different for a bit mate, I had a wobble about 18 months ago, so I started fishing the rivers for chub and barbel and really enjoyed a new challenge, through winter I then started targeting perch using u/L spinning methods catching fish to just over 2lb, I then moved over to the canal during the close season just fishing for bits, then hooked into a canal carp, successfully landing it. The carp fishing buzz is now back for me and as strong as ever, im now preparing for a autumn/winter campaign on the canal, which again is a totally new challenge. It all
  13. Appreciate the reply mate, some cracking info there which I'm going to implement into my fishing. Iv only done 2 sessions targeting the carp on the canal in my life so its a nice challenge for me and something totally new! What would be your reason for baiting the baron stretch of canal? Opposed to the stretch with near and far side cover? Main reason I ask is the 2 fish sightings/captures have come in the central section of the stretch that is the most tree lined and has the most overhead cover, this is where I was thinking of starting to bait, the main reason for me is access, I drive over t
  14. Afternoon all, I spent the close season fishing the canal, after fishing the rivers for a season, targeting the perch mainly, with some good catches of perch around the 2lb mark, with loads of fish over 1lb. During a later session, torrential rain for most of the morning, after a succession of smaller perch, which were causing me some issues swallowing the hook ext, I thought il target the better fish, out comes the size 10 hook, 4lb bottom with 5lb line on the reel, bunch of maggots fished at 1 1/2 foot over to the far margin, shortly after I cast in the float shot under, upon striking the bi
  15. Afternoon everyone, back after a session on the river churnet, had a selection of small fish including, grayling, dace and brown trout up to around half a pound, used a standard Avon rod and small 3000 Shimano reel, this setup did catch fish but I felt like I did lose a fair few fish shortly after hooking them, it was also a huge battle through the undergrowth carrying a 11 foot rod, I wanted to know if there is a smaller softer rod on the market that would suit this sort of fishing? Fish don't go much over 4/5lb in here, I will be mainly float fishing/trotting and using a single shot and feel
  16. Evening all, looking at kicking in with some river fishing this year, always wanted to start but never have until now, so at the moment I'm just looking at getting some kit together. The only item I'm unsure about is the rod choice really, everything else I can cobble together from the other gear I have. Weather it makes a difference to what rod to use or not but I will be mainly targeting the Trent, Dove, Severn. Iv been looking at the free spirit barbel tamer 1.5lb/tc?? Weather this is suitable or not test curve wise? Any input or feedback would be ideal, any general pointers with river fish
  17. Evening chaps, haven't fished white acres for 4 years now, just looking for any info on nelsons pool which is normally my preferred lake choice as pats is very heavily fished. Just some general info would be ideal as i can't find much info on the internet. Condition of the lake, any weed ext? Heavily fished or quiet as the last 2 trips were in the middle of summer and this time last year and we virtually shared the lake with a couple of lads? Bait pointer, what quantity ext? Any help would be appreciated, just to give me an idea of what tackle to take before going. Thanks, Dan
  18. Iv never really felt confident using the setup to be honest, maybe I'm stuck in my ways. I will be taking the lead choice onboard. For the majority of my fishing iv used the lead clip arrangement and changed the rig to suit the situation, maybe its time to give the helicopter a go? Fish that on one and my standard setup on the other and compare the results. Dan
  19. Afternoon everyone, just getting a few bits and bobs ready for a fishing trip in the next couple of weeks at cuttle mill. I did a day session a few weeks ago which was my first time at the lake, no fish landed but had one take which in which i struck into nothing. Because of the silt i had dropped my lead size down to 1oz and fished a standard rig lead clip style, id normally use a substantial lead 3-4oz but id reduced the size to combat the silt. This got me thinking if id used a larger lead would this of set the hook more than the 1oz, i know that once the leads plugged into the silt it weig
  20. Afternoon everyone, did a day on cuttle mill last sunday, had one run but struck into nothingness, its been back open after being shut for 2 years for 12 months now. No fish were caught but id like to get some more sessions in on there and was wondering if anyone has some prior knowledge on the lake as i can't find much about and the site gives little if any info. Any info would be much appreciated, if its areas to avoid, depths of the lake, popular methods ext. Any pointers would be great. Many thanks, Dan
  21. Hello everyone, just had my shimano ultegras back from a shimano service, iv spooled one reel up and it the taper of the line is tapering from low at the back to high at the front of the reel. Hopefully the picture gives you a better idea, i was wondering if there is a way to adjust the taper to match the taper of the spool itself as the spool is full at the top and under filled at the bottom. Cheers
  22. This was the shot of the lightening. Couldn't fit it in! Dan
  23. Hello everyone, arrived home this time last week after a week fishing with my dad and 6 mates from work fishing Heron lake at the Abbey Lakes complex and i thought some of you may appreciate a session overview. We arrived at the complex for around 6.45 french time. With everyone arriving for around 7am. We decided to have a walk round the lake as the clubhouse would not be open for another hour. Whilst walking round the lake we managed to extract some information from some of the anglers who were packing up after their weeks fishing. Several anglers seemed to be pretty despondent after a
  24. Hello everyone, after a little bit of advice about taking pictures at night. I have the nikon D3200 camera and I'm struggling to take a good nighttime fish shot. Im getting allot of glare back off the fish, I'm guessing this is going from darkness straight to a flash from the camera, we've tried using head torches and things. What I'm wondering is there was some form of attachment that fits on the camera that acts as light/torch that gives a consistent light before the flash kicks in? Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.
  25. Hello everyone, heading out for a 36 hour session next weekend and was just wondering if anyone could give me a heads up on what liquid food to use through the colder months? Are there any that work better during the colder months and some that i should shy away from? Any pointers would be ideal. Many thanks Dan
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