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  1. My fishing is generally limited to overnighters, and there are a few swims on my lake I know really well so I generally pick one of those depending on conditions etc. Distances to spots are marked in my phone, so I can be fully set up and fishing in around 30mins. I use a brolly which is up or down in less than 5 mins, take minimal gear (one rucksack), bed chair, and some bait. Cradle and sling stay in the car unless I catch something! (its drive to the peg)
  2. if fishing in weed, not only does it help keep the line up off the weed, but if fished with a tight clutch it will also help bring the fish to the surface when hooked, especially if the lead is set up to drop off (as it should be if weed fishing) The angle of the rod means it is effectively playing the fish for you until you get to the rod.
  3. if the bobbin returns to its original position it was almost definitely a liner. it basically indicates that the lead hasn't moved, therefore the movement on the bobbin was most likely caused by something this side of the lead.
  4. Hi, The ESP ones grip really tight and are available in a couple of sizes, depending on your handle construction. Phil
  5. buy them all in 10ft and you can cut them down. That way you will never run out of a certain size.
  6. is it not more likely that a fish would move at a perpendicilar or diagonal angle to the line? Its not likely to move perfectly in the direction of the leader?
  7. phil090781


    why is the bloke holding the fish a different bloke to the one on your thumbnail?
  8. I've just bought a 1960's carp rod. Hand built, glass fibre made by Keith Stamford of Sheffield. Can't wait to give it a try stalking next summer. Looking for a nice mitchell 300 to pair with it!
  9. Hi All, I'm planning to go fishing with a colleague but he lives in Suffolk and I'm in Northants so we're planning to meet midway (Cambridge/Huntingdon way) Does anyone know anywhere in this area that's on a day ticked and holds tench and carp, and is good for a bend in the rod? (He's a tencher!!!) Thanks! Phil
  10. Hi All, I'm heading off to France for the first time in September, and was hoping to save some money by taking my own prepared particles. I'm hoping to take 2 20L buckets, one filled with Hemp, and the other particles (pigeon conditioner). I've heard that adding salt to the prepared particles will preserve them - does anyone know if this works (for a week?), and how much I need to add? Thanks Phil
  11. thanks chaps - seems a mono leader is the way to go....
  12. HI All, Does anyone have any tips/techniques for stopping the marker float/lead/boom twisting so the float won't pop up? I seem to twist on at least 50% of my casts!! Thanks Phil
  13. when using either inline or pendant style in solid bag I would recommend using a ring swivel instead of a standard swivel. That way no matter how the lead is sitting after the bag has broken down, the flexibility means that your hookling (must be supple) is lying well.
  14. has anyone read the interview with him in this months ACF? It appears like he's trying to clear his name a bit, and answer some of his critics, however all it seems to do is confirm many of the rumours about him. I'm all for giving everyone a fair chance, but in JS's case I'm sad to say I think he's nothing more than a bully. In fact it makes me ashamed to be associated with with the same sport. What I don't understand is why ACF keep publishing articles about him. There's plenty of other anglers who's knowledge I'd far rather read.
  15. Hi All, Hopefully not a stupid question..... What is the benefit of using the line clip on the rod above the reel? I've never used them, and just wondered who does and what the reasons are Phil
  16. Hi All, I'm off for a 24hr session next weekend and am hoping to use chod rigs for the first time. I'm usually pretty old school as fr as rigs go and have always tried to keep things simple. Basic bottom bait rigs being the order of the day, occasionally tipped with buoyant corn if I'm feeling 'experimental'!!!! I've had limited success with pop-ups in the past so never quite feel confident when fishing with them. Has anyone got any general tips for using chod rigs? I'll probably fish them naked style, with Nash amber strawberry pop ups. The lake is surrounded by mature trees so the bottom is very 'choddy' especilly at this time of year with all the new leaf fall. Should I fish slack lines? What would everyone recommend in terms of baiting? Advice appreciated..... Cheers, Phil
  17. So I've been thinking...... As the water depth increases, so does water pressure, which therefore makes things (i.e. baits)more bouyant. Therefore, if I balance a pop-up in the margin, or in my sink at home to sink very slowly and just rest on the bottom, there is a possibility that at the bottom of the lake it will be too bouyant, and wont be sitting as intended. How can I balance baits and be confident that they are sitting on the lakebed as intended, particularly in deeper water? I've been thinking about this so much my brain hurts. Phil
  18. I used to be able to carry all my tackle in one trip, albeit an uncomfortable one. I'm now up to two trips and a barrow is on my xmas list! To be honest anyone who can't get all their kit on to a barrow MUST have too much!
  19. Hi All, Has anybody got any feedback or knowledge about the new carp-tec range from dynamite? I've had some success with the banana ones, and wondered if anyone else has had any success with any of the others. They are a lot cheaper than most, so I would asssume there have been some compromises made on the quality or quantity of key ingredients but I don't know enough about it to comment. Phil
  20. have a look at the badger ones from ultimate direct. A 2 man pram hood bivvy with winter skin and quality heavy duty groundsheet for £150 - I've got the peaked one, and have to say it hasn't let me down yet! It is easy to erect and put down, and fits into the bag easily without a wrestling match. Loads of room for one man and pretty good with 2.
  21. Hi All, I'm hoping for some help...... On my last couple of sessions I have had problems hooking fish. On 3-4 occasions I have had runs yet when I pick the rod up to lean into the fish, the hook pulls out almost instantly. I am using either size 8 or 6 ESP curve-shank hooks, coated braid with a stripped back supple section about half an inch from the hook. Standard knotless knot rig with a bit of silicon tubing holding the hair lower down the shank. I have been using standard bottom baits either 15 or 18mm - sometimes tipped with buoyant plastic corn, and other time not. I'm really baffled by it. I as fishing tight to some lilly pads yesterday with the reel locked up. The take was really vigorous and the rod was almost pulled off the alarm, but when I picked up the rod to play the fish - Nothing! Any ideas or is it just a run of bad luck? Phil
  22. It depends what you're looking for, but I particularly enjoy Chris Yates' books, and can highly recommend 'casting at the sun' which is particularly carp focussed, or 'tales of an incorrigible angler' if you're more of an all-rounder. He's an exceptional writer and captures beautifully all the things I love about fishing.
  23. Daiwa Regal Z's are a fair bet - I've got the biggest ones - cant remember if this is 5000 or 5500 but I've been very please with them so far
  24. Hi guys, Does anyone have any info on this fishery? Supposed to have big cats and carp to 30 plus. I was thinking of heading over this weekend just to try something new! Phil
  25. The funny thing is we probably all spend more on bait for the fish, than food for ourselves. At least we've got our priorities straight!
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