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  1. hnv

    Books

    Hi Mate, Join your local library (if you have one!) then you can order any carp fishing title you fancy and read it for free. They may not have what you want on the shelf but all libraries allow you to order in a book. Just go in with a book title or author. You may have to wait a week or two for it to be delivered to your library. check out the book review section on this forum for ideas...
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    River fishing

    Hi Mate, The likely looking areas already mentioned are good places to start to locate river carp, especially any permanent boat moorings. River carp can be somewhat nomadic in their travels but they are also creatures of habit. In my experience, most populations of river carp have a 'home' that will return to after their travels. If you are lucky enough to spot a carp in a stretch, that area is definately worth targeting. If you happen to see a feeding carp, then get a rig in there!
  3. hnv

    Monkey climbers

    My first indicators were monkey climbers made from disposable fag lighters and my mum's knitting needles!
  4. hnv

    bait advice

    Hinder's of Swindon used to market elipse pellets. They are just an oily trout pellet that has an elliptical (oval) shape rather than round. I'm not sure if the shape helped (they were supposed to flutter down gently and not roll so much in running water) but I have used them and they were a good pellet.
  5. I have some of those exact same reels and I love them.
  6. hnv

    What kind of bait for this time of year

    I'm a big fan of birdfood based baits all year round but especially in winter. They are so easily digestible, are very porous so leak attractors well, are a great source of energy that carp crave in cold water and break down relatively quickly if left uneaten. Having Said all that, this winter I will be using a milk protein based bait for the first time in years. It has some bird food too as well as a peanut derived protein, but is mostly milk protein.
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    Home made boillies

    Hi mate, With half-and-half soya and semolina you basically have the old fashioned 50:50 mix. They can be notoriously difficult to roll and can be either sticky or dry, depending on the quality and age of the soya flour. De-fatted soya is 'iffy', so use full fat. Although nutritionally poor, it will still catch carp if used correctly and in the right context. It is a pure attractor bait so should be attractive. Try this: 500g soya 500g semolina 10g icing sugar 5ml vanilla extract (from supermarket) 10g allspice powder 10ml olive oil Pinch of salt and pepper
  8. hnv

    Winter fruits

    The wind will help you to find the fish. According to the well respected carp angler Jim Gibbinson, the carp in wild, windswept coastal pits tend to follow or move on the wind even more so than other types of water. Especially a new, fresh wind. He fished pretty much exclusively on windy coastal pits around Kent for years. The chapters in his books "big water carp" and "gravel pit carp" on wind and weather are awesome reading. Well worth getting a second hand copy from Amazon. So, fish the bank that has waves crashing on it!
  9. hnv

    Mallet

    I did a little experiment once. I found a group of fish milling about at very close range (2 feet from bank). I shouted at them, no movement. I then screamed at the top of my voice (no one on the lake and I wasn't fishing), no response. I then lightly tapped the ground with the toe of my boot and they erupted and shot off in all directions. Sounds don't travel easily from air to water but vibrations in the ground are easily detected as they transfer into the water. A fishes lateral line organ is highly sensitive and is used to detect vibrations. A carp' s lateral line is highly developed, odd for a largely non-predatory species.
  10. hnv

    Winter fruits

    Big Fish Mix with cranberry Nutrafruit! Some great fruit flavours I've used in the past are: Nutrabaits cranberry, guava, pineapple and tutti. John Baker plum. Richworth plum royale. Rod Hutchinson mulberry Florentine to name a few. If you can find any of these in local tackle shop, buy them! If it's a fruity readymade boilie you want then try Nashbait tutti fruity, I love their tutti and rate over all others including the old Richworth ones.
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    whitefriars scac bream

    If it's bream you want I'd use groundbait with some hemp and small pellet in the feeder. Areas is a tough one as the shoals move around a lot. I didn't fish it that much, just several weekend sessions through the summer. I did catch trench and bream at close range (20-40 yards) from the long "field" bank opposite the gravel workings. I was using pellets and tiny (homemade 8mm) boilies (high krill meal content fishmeal). Fish that bank when the wind is in your face and you'll have 'em... Pile a dozen tangerine sized balls in and stick your feeder in the middle of it.
  12. Yeah, I thought so too. It's just that the cost of a ticket will go up 10 fold...
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    whitefriars scac bream

    Whitefriars is a big, challenging water. Most people are scared by its size and it doesn't get that much attention. I'm not surprised that the replys are few and far between as most on here will not have fished it. It's a nice water... all the best.
  14. hnv

    whitefriars scac bream

    Hello mate. Replied to your intro post... Plenty of large bream in that pit!
  15. Thamesmead A,B&C and manorbrook have been sold. I heard the buyer was Boyer leisure.
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