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Everything posted by ianain

  1. At least the list started much longer than it is now! Reality is that we fish according to the venue and the changes that occur throughout the season with the knowledge we have gained (good and bad); that to me is the key to angling, not using a method because its doing the business elsewhere but doing what we think will work - no one should be fishing the same way as they did on day one, it's constant change that keeps it interesting and keeps us thinking. Each to their own though, it's about personal pleasure to me, and no ones a bigger personal pleasurer than me
  2. As we've discussed before, some things just don't suit some anglers. I've got a long list
  3. My interest in bait alchemy started with particles, hemp & tares fishing for roach.
  4. Cheers, enjoy creating your own particle blends; just keep in mind how far down the rabbit hole you want to go you'll end up like me getting confused between cooking, boiling, simmering and typing I had boiled chip butties for lunch
  5. Cheers BC. Just realised though, I meant bring to boil then simmer or as you do just simmer
  6. Yes, one of a few mistakes I made in writing it; serves me right for trying to do it quickly and late at night after a couple on a school night. Also need to change the "do not use cooked peanuts" should have read something like: Peanuts can also be called monkey nuts, ground nuts, goober or Arachis hypogaea and probably some other names. Regarding the cooking boiling time of maples and maize, I've found they need longer and haven't ever over cooked maize, although I've let maples boil for longer and suffered the same fate as yourselves, I had written a load of guff about fr
  7. Feel free to cut and paste into the old thread, and edit as needed
  8. Since the old one was an image, which has fallen foul of the P.B. change in terms and conditions, please find a starter for 10: Soak 24 hours cook 30 - 40 minutes adzuki beans black eyed beans brazils butter beans hemp seed kidney beans maize maple peas peanuts* tiger nuts Soak 18 - 24 hours cook 30 minutes chick peas haricot beans pinto beans soya beans tares Soak 12 hours cook 20 - 30 barley buck wheat wheat *peanuts must be tested for and free from Aflatoxins; do not use cooked peanuts. The above are guidelines only, some w
  9. Soak it for 24 hours, then cook it for 20 - 30 minutes.
  10. Welcome to the forum Tom, glad you posted the pics, I've forgotten what sunshine looks like And what fish look like
  11. The only fish that I see as a nuisance are pike when I'm fishing for roach. Crayfish though (yeah I know they're not fish, but they live in the same water) something to really give you the janx.
  12. Not sure about the chips, but hydrogen sulphide sounds more like it, organic breakdown in water rather than inorganic suppose I should look it up
  13. Bit of a contrast to your last picture of the same location Tn, it's like being in Wales (weather wise.)
  14. If my little chemistry set days are to be remembered (for the right reasons (I was such an angel )), sulphur (with I think hydrogen something else) had something to do with stink bombs (rotton eggs), which is a smell you often get when silt and detritus bubbles. Apart from that, I know nothing, especially when it comes to affects on fish.
  15. I doubt the intention was to turn a quick profit, I suspect whoever bought it didn't have enough money to finish and ended up in debt trying to finish everything they wanted to do; it's a shame, but quite common in business especially where hobbies are involved and anglers are the worse ones going, I'm sure there are plenty of anglers turned boilie makers / tackle shop owners that can attest to that.
  16. I've had success using cloves of garlic in particles (or at least it didn't kill the swim), what I do is break a whole bulb into cloves, then lean on them with my palm to crush them and add them when I've finished boiling the particles so that there is still some heat (leaving skins on, but I do remove as much of the bulb paper as I can be bothered with). I haven't weighed them, but it's a bulb to a bucket (maybe 5Kg) so probably not a lot but the particles do have a slightly different sliminess to them. I've tried powdered garlic in particles, but it didn't seem to have the same effect
  17. Unfortunately there are rarely hard and fast rules for additives outside of established [researched] additives, personally I would look to make at least three variations based on an established bait* when looking at something I thought would be an attractor**, as you are using two things it gets a little more complicated: 1 tsp of each 2 tsp of each 3 tsp of each Then maybe 1:2, 2:1 etc.. Having the choice of three baits is easier to deal with on the bank, too many and you will find it difficult to find any difference or chose which one to use. * All that I mean is som
  18. I'm jealous, I like to look at photos of snow but don't enjoy it any more, causes chaos; disruption; lunacy and worst of all mindless hours of video footage from people and animals falling over / making fools of themselves or cars crashing - I must be getting old and grumpy
  19. Sounds like a plan, get to scope the lake and keep warm at the same time might even snag a decent stripey.
  20. At least the lake isn't, 3 - 4 months of sunshine and fair weather and you couldn't fish, you finally get out and it snows I do hope you get a few bends in your rods :fingers-crossed: Are those shows at the other end of the lake (maybe middle?), or icebergs?
  21. I don't agree with dropping the lead, I see it as litter in the same way I don't leave Fag ends, bottles and wrappers on the bank when I leave; but I respect others decisions. In my mind though, with a sliding lead clip, the carp cannot use the weight to shake the hook; with a fixed lead clip, the carp can get snagged more easily with or without the lead. If I were to use these types of arguments to carp mats: never needed them in the early days, soft wet grass is good enough, what proof of damage was there before carp mats - what would you all say? (I have a new tin hat so fire away with
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