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  1. Hi Rich, I fished Tokenham years ago and recently (2 years ago) joined again as I wanted a lake to teach someone else who was just getting into carp fishing and it is perfect for that. I only fished it at the start of last year before I moved off to where I was focusing my efforts for the year, not very successfully may I add. I was using boilies, not nuts though, but I was unaware that both baits were banned, can you let me know where on the website it states they are banned. I even let one of the baliffs try some of the boilies I was using and never got told not to use them, so I am hoping they aren't recently banned as I am predomantly a boilie fisherman. The lake does contain mainly commons, I get about 1 mirror for every 10 / 15 commons I catch. The average weight of fish I catch is normally around 12lb, with the occasional 9lb and the occasional 15lb fish. One of the bailiffs told me of the 30lb fish that was caught and where it was caught from and when, although pictures were taken and were going to be sent to me and put on the website it never did appear. It may be because there are so many small carp in the lake that the big one never comes out as they pounce on the bait but my personal opinion is that there isn't a 30lb carp in the lake. I have seen fish to 22lb on the bank with my own eyes so I would only be willing to say they go that big in there. I find that near the start of the old fishing season you get a few carp anglers on the bank because they want to get out on their syndicate lakes but they aren't open yet so go to Tokenham for weekend or two to get back into the swing of things. I may be one of them again this year..... Feel free to PM me any specific questions you may have and I will try to give you a response - as you can probably tell by ho wlong it has taken me to respond to the message I don't check this site every day - but will make an effort to do so over the next few days to see if you have PM'ed me. Thanks Lee
  2. Me and the other half ain't married - I have been fighting that one for 10+ years now. However I have converted her from a "no way am I going fishing" to a "When can we go fishing" type. Initially I would go off for weekends Friday - Sunday one weekend, then the next weekend we would do whatever she wanted. Then a few years ago, it was nice weather and I had something on on the evening, so I went to a little day ticket water nearby. She decided as it was just a day and it was beautiful weather she would come. She absolutely loved being out in the outdoors. A couple of weeks later, I organised a Saturday afternoon - Sunday morning trip and she tagged along. Again the weather was great, we had a BBQ and opened a bottle of red and again she loved it. Every now and again when the weather was nice she would come along just for a night, it cut my sessions short but I was playing the long game. Eventually she after a bit of persuasion decided to come for a Fri - Sun session and found out the things she was worried about weren't so bad. Getting her a Wee-she was a huge step to overcome the lack of a toilet at the lakes. She again absolutely loved just being in the outdoors, no phones, no TV, reading, talking meeting other carp fisherman. A couple of years ago, it happened "Seeing as I come with you all the time I may as well get some rods and give it a go". I found out some old rods, a couple of trips to day ticket waters and lots of small carp later and she was hooked. She is now a fully fledged member of a club I am in and regularly fishes with my for a weekend when I fish there. She is also on the waiting list for my syndicate. Last year we done a 2 week France trip mainly fishing with the odd day trip thrown in here and there. She now has a 35lb 7oz pb I can probably grab a link to the lakes website with the picture, but bless her she couldn't lift the fish so I had to hold the fish for her with her next to me. Next week we are off to France again for a week with both of us fishing and she is most annoyed that I am planning a trip next year which is a lads only holiday because she wants to fish, she has even been on the phone to one of my mates (twice) trying to square it with him that although its a lads holiday she can come. I guess it was about getting her into it slowly and ensuring she had a certain level of comfort - which unfortunately does mean that I need to take more gear, but as a pay off I get all my food cooked for me and she even does the washing up. Plus at the start at least, only take her during good weather, make the whole thing nice BBQ/Wine, make sure its runs waters so she gets some fish and before you know it........
  3. I am due to meet up with my mates in a few weeks time as Ilive in Bristol and they live in London and we are meant to be making a decision on when we want to go next year and where. This was on the list of possible places I came up with. I will let you know in a few weeks hopefully what the outcome is. I know the dates can be a bit of an issue as one of my mates is one of the Met's finest and he has issues booking time off of work.
  4. Hey Smufter, I haven't been there unfortunately, booked up for this year already but this is on my list of possibilities for next year. I couldn't find much info either but the place looks really nice. I would be going with two mates who have dabbled with the odd bit of carp fishing on small runs waters in the UK in the past. Any chance you could post a bit about the place when your back? Thanks
  5. Thanks guys - I presume it will also sink as it takes on water and once I have boiled it up?
  6. I have always used hemp quite sparingly in spod mixes and so on, the odd bit in marginal areas with some corn fished over the top maybe etc. Therefore I have only ever picked up some of the ready prepared stuff. However I want to start adding hemp to my spod mixes and looking to maybe use a bit more than I have in the past so thought I would take a trip to the local cow mills/pet store to see what the prices were etc. In both of the shops the hemp seed was almost white in colour, quite dried out and light in weight. I asked and took 20 - 30 seeds from both shops to take home and put in water. Both sample have 95% of the seeds floating. Its almost like all of the oils and water content has been removed. Is this hemp any good to use, will it take on the water and sink in time, or if I boil it up and leave it to soak etc? Is the oil content still going to be present or has it been dried out of it etc? The last thing I want to do is go buy a 20kg sack of hemp and find that its of no use.
  7. I own a Chub Vizor 2 man bivvy and it is a quality bit of kit, Have used it quite often since I bought it a few years ago, especially since the other half has started fishing also. Its never let me down or got near to letting me down. When I first got it a couple of years ago at a sale price a few of the guys I used to fish with went out and bought one for their France trips. Setting of for France for two weeks with it in the back of the car in about 45 minutes. I also have the Supa Brolly and the overwrap and my choice would always be that, if I am going on my own.
  8. Have you thought of writing him a letter/email asking for a full refund and any other money you spent or missed out on during this trip (days off of work)? On the grounds that - they did not give you enough notice for the change of venue. - the facilities were not as advertised. - the facilities were in your opinion against health and safety regulation. - you were made to vacate the lake before the time agreed on the booking. - distress of finding the facilities not as planned and the upset it caused etc. I would advise the owner that you intend to take the matter up with trading standards and Health and Safety and any quick closure of your request for the payment in full will satisfy you enough to not take the case further. You could always say that you did not bring it to his attention at the time as you felt isolated being camping on the side of a lake and wouldn't know what would happen if you asked for your money back on the spot etc. I would also state that you are going to seek legal advice on how you would proceed with a case at the small claims court if payment is not forthcoming. Remember you don't have to, you you are seeking advice. Before you write any letter I would check if you can obtain any legal advice through any insurance policies you may have or if you or your wife are a member of a union etc. Speak to them to get a good wording etc and so your basing your letter on facts etc. Once all done and settled I would then advise a quick phone call to health and safety to make them aware of the issues in the hope that they may actually force him to pull his finger out and make the facilities safe for future customers.
  9. http://www.carp.com/carp-forum/viewtopic.php?t=56385 Any good?
  10. I always take way way way to much stuff. After every trip I try to remove more stuff that I don't use. I guess I like to cover all eventual possibilities and fish in as much comfort as I can. if the other half comes with me - it doesn't help as I need 2xbedchair, 2 times sleeping bag, 2xfood and drink, 2xspare clothes etc etc. That said with my new water looking like a bit of a back breaker I am going to need to trim the kit down further. I actually see it as a challenge though as less stuff = more mobility.
  11. A couple of months ago the other half bought a Actifry by Tefal. one of those new gizmos that cooks chips with only a table spoon of oil. For the record the chips ain't bad. Anyhow the actual system works by pumping very hot air into the cooking compartment which heats the food and the oil the oil then coats the food and it cooks. There is also a paddle in the middle that moves around to constantly move the food. Sometimes we cook some food without any oil as it has some fat content itself. So it actually go tme thinking about boilies (or whatever they would be called). As the point of boiling the bait is to harden/bind them, set the egg and form a skin around the paste. I don't see any reason why that wouldn't happen in this new gadget. The only thing that would worry me we be about drying the bait out or heating it to much with the drying process and finding them brittle etc etc. I am not going to try in her new toy, but in principle what do you guys think, would it work?
  12. I will send you a PM when I am back from work - we spoke a bit last year if you remember I am from Bristol.
  13. I cannot view youtube videos from work, will have a looksie when I get home. I hope to get onto that ticket this year though if it is the one I am thinking of. I need to go and meet Brian one Sunday (probably this Sunday) to have a chat. I have done a few allnighters in the mansion itself and that is one spooky looking place, not much to worry about with regards to paranormal stuff, but that is one hell of a spooky looking building, something straight out of a horror film.
  14. Actually as it is my first trip and the fact that it is meant to be a relaxing break the lake I have booked doesn't have a huge head of large carp - although it does have a chance of just beating my PB. I just wanted somewhere quiet peaceful and where we could get away from it for a week with few interruptions etc. I haven't told her yet but if this trip goes well I intend to try to make it a yearly event, maybe trying out different lakes each time.
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