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  1. Are you talking about other anglers or fish
  2. I'm sure you're not alone in that I know that I can be the same sometimes, a fish is a nice surprise but so long as the planning went O.K.
  3. I should leave those sunglasses in your avatar at home though Enjoy!
  4. The weather is a bit up and down at the moment, the forecast is wrong as much as it's right though, so you can keep yourself warm, in the knowledge that you are out fishing, keep your beer cold in a cool box and you'll be set
  5. Not sure if it's still the case, but, Drennan own(ed) Kamasan (ergo ESP hooks as well); whilst they're not manufactured here, they are British owned? Having said that, much of the spiel surrounding the quality of hooks has been (and probably still is) the inferred Japanese craftsmanship. Not sure if Partridge still make hooks here, I'm sure they were forced (due to price) to get them made overseas.
  6. Not knocking their stuff, but if you don't supply to shops, you can sell at half the price; their pellets aren't much cheaper though if at all. But without having a fiddle with the product, you are buying blind or following like sheep. I might have a look when I run out of things they do, but I can't find carriage charges and that annoys me when I have to sign up to find out something that should be upfront; I'm sure that we've got regulations which state clear pricing policies? (if not we should have, cos it rattles my sensibilities :humpf:)
  7. I used to leave the wrappers on, until the misses decide that I must have been buying more stuff
  8. Need some carp carpet to put down around them rods
  9. Welcome to the forum Chris, I'm afraid that you have awoken an old thread (2009 / 2011). With a bit of luck, someone may be on here with some more recent news on the venue
  10. Nice confidence boost, well done there Mufty, long may it continue
  11. Thought a few pictures might help: Unhooking mat Cradle Spray or use carp care drops where the hook entered Spray or use drops on lesions
  12. Get organised on the bank: Decide where you are going to play the fish so that you are prepared for overhead and underfoot obstructions Make sure that you have your landing handy where you intend to play the fish so that it won't snag at a vital point Have all of your post landing fish equipment in a sensible place, free from obstructions and in arms reach to your cradle / un-hooking mat (carp care medicine, lake water, forceps / disgorger, weigh sling) Photos, set up in advance so that the fish is out of the water for the least amount of time; if something goes wrong whilst trying to take the picture - put the fish back rather than put the fish through any more stress just to get a trophy shot
  13. Yes, this works. I'll often drop some bait into the margin and wait until I see the tails wagging or the silt getting stirred up and drop a bait amongst it all. The reason it works (imo) is that insects and other items of food drop naturally into the margin off trees etc.., add the angler who drops loads of bait and flicks bait into the margin or just chucks what's left and you're onto a winner. Each venue will have its own variations on what works, but essentially finding this can be a few fish on a mat. I really enjoy margin fishing, it can have the same visual aspect as floater fishing.
  14. Fully agree with B.C. on this, the cost (£1.80 per Kg of end bait [@ 10% inclusion], i.e. without it the bait should cost £5.20/Kg) is way too much; their product description and ingredients are no different (in essence) to any other boilie. For the prices they charge, and the location to you, they've got to be worth a go.
  15. The important things is that smuft is going to catch; everything is prepared: the thread, the venue, the tackle, the bait, the method, the experience and the confidence
  16. Welcome to the forum I know that it's difficult when you first start, I would advise that you don't spend all of your time trying to decide what you need, your pike rods and reels (and line) will probably do for starters, so really a few hooks and you should be away.
  17. It's to do with mark-up and middlemen, each step will try to double up, so when they get to a shop at £5.00 / Kg (for example), they will try to sell them at £10.00 per Kg. As pointed out on another thread, price isn't necessarily dictated by cost price, so I'm just using the above numbers for simplicity. So yes your mate can produce and sell an effective boilie for £5.00 per Kg, the ingredients and purchasing power will dictate how much he makes on them, so if he's hand making them, he's undercharging you IMO.
  18. But that doesn't help the blocked parts of the post
  19. If you highlight some text, a little pop-up appears which allows you to quote a certain amount of the post:
  20. ianain


    Another cause could be anglers using them as bait?
  21. Could also be to ensure commitment?
  22. The advantage with three lines is that if all else fails, you can learn to plait
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