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chillfactor

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    chillfactor reacted to finchey in come on then, what pets you got or would like   
    Definitely and he is eating normally so tube coming tomorrow or day after. Running around playing with his toys. Me and the wife didn't think we would ever is that again. The vets have done an amazing job. 😁😁😁
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    chillfactor got a reaction from salokcinnodrog in What am i doing wrong?   
    Big congrats.... like you said ,was a day of learning & a well earned capture 😎,  nothing better than watching them feed with a rig in place real eye opener eh !  . We've all had these days  & reading about yours reminds me what fishing is really about . 
    Nice one 
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    chillfactor got a reaction from crusian in Lets see your Fit birds ,   
    Yes mate been finished a while now . Just need to get some Yorkshire boarding for the Barn. 

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    chillfactor got a reaction from kevtaylor in What am i doing wrong?   
    Big congrats.... like you said ,was a day of learning & a well earned capture 😎,  nothing better than watching them feed with a rig in place real eye opener eh !  . We've all had these days  & reading about yours reminds me what fishing is really about . 
    Nice one 
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    chillfactor got a reaction from Carpmaster in Rod Shots   
    Hope things are looking better for him mate fingers crossed & all that . My old girl is struggling these days... 13 now , thought she was on the way out last year & was starting to have to think the unthinkable. But bless her she still going & enjoying life . Mans best friend no doubt.  
     
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    chillfactor got a reaction from Highy in What is your newest purchase   
    No need to bed it in then mate 😉
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    chillfactor got a reaction from finchey in Rod Shots   
    Hope things are looking better for him mate fingers crossed & all that . My old girl is struggling these days... 13 now , thought she was on the way out last year & was starting to have to think the unthinkable. But bless her she still going & enjoying life . Mans best friend no doubt.  
     
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    chillfactor reacted to kevtaylor in What am i doing wrong?   
    Brilliant - well done, effort = reward
    One thing comes across loud and clear, you enjoyed the active approach and learnt plenty - keep up the good work. 👍
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    chillfactor reacted to Zorbeen98 in What am i doing wrong?   
    Yesterday I caught my first carp on the lake (14lb). 😁
    Thanks so much for all of the advice and hopefully the below will inspire others.  
     
    So first of all I tried to take very little with me as I knew having a lot of gear would limit me on being mobile. I had two rods (1x chod rig + 1x standard hair rig), a bucket of bait (whole + chopped + crushed boilies, pellet and sweet corn), and my tackle bag. I checked the weather and decided to leave the brolly behind. I left my chair in the car which didn't do my back or comfort any favours but with only a bucket to sit on, it meant that I remained sufficiently alert and once again, not weighed down. 
    I began with a walk round the lake which was cut very short. As soon as I arrived I came to a very weedy and very shallow section which must have had at least 15 carp sitting there. I couldn't help myself and rushed back to the car to get my rods. I baited and dropped the chod rig in the weed - I could see it was presented fine which takes away a stress that I would usually have but noticed any bait I put in around it quickly disappeared below the weed.
    Very quickly I learned just how easy it is to spook fish. They just wasn't coming near my rig so I decided to try and drop it somewhere a little closer to where they kept visiting. I was impatient; I should've waited until they moved further away but I didn't. Threw it in and they all swam away...
    I then found another quiet spot at the other end of the lake. The swim was not much of a swim (most people would ignore it) and was the last fishable swim on that side of the lake before you get to the heavy weed. There were 3-4 fish there very close to the margin on a polished gravel spot. I waited for them to move away and then baited and dropped my rig in. This time I used the hair rig as I knew the spot was clear. They kept coming over, taking some of the bait and moving off again, over and over again. It was great to see what was actually happening and how the fish behave. 
    Once again, I learned how easy it was to spook them, but this time, not so badly that they wouldn't come back. I decided to get back from the edge and sit on my bucket. Suddenly around midday, a family of 8 came over and started feeding. There was huge amounts of fizzing and then finally I got one! 🙂
    Unfortunately I think catching that fish probably ruined the swim. As it was all pretty close quarters all his mates heard it and swam off. I tried looking for other areas along the lake and baited 4 other clear spots but nothing really came of them. I kept going for walks to check on them but every time the bait was still there and no signs of fish (one time I did find some ducks having a go though...). 
    With no reason to go elsewhere, I stayed put which remained quiet for the next few hours. I was a good spot because the way the weed was sitting on that part of the lake meant that they would have to pass the bait if they wanted to get across the swim to the other side of the lake.
    Around 17:00 I started getting the odd fish appear again and they would come feed on the spot but they never took the rig. By about 18:30 it was starting to get a little grey and dark so decided to pack up. I think if i stayed a couple of hours longer I may have just caught another one. 
     
    Not sure if this actually counts as stalking as I ultimately pretty much stayed in the same place for the day. But I learned so much and am really glad that I didn't just setup wherever and throw out 2 rods on bite alarms and wait.
     
     
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    chillfactor got a reaction from BaldinBlanker in Environmental agency question   
    My money's on him setting up in your peg once you had left ! 
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    chillfactor got a reaction from Carpmaster in Patrol Routes   
    From my experience the more snags present in a lake has a big impact on fish routes & routines . As they move from one cover to the next & so on . I've sat and watched fish go from snag to snag , normally moving on when another group of fish move in to the snag .... it was almost like watching a conveyor belt .  I think some fish have a day to day routine which doesn't really change much at all .... repeat captures years apart has proven that to me . really interesting subject & if you crack it on a lake .... fill your boots time .😁
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    chillfactor got a reaction from kevtaylor in Too much bait   
    The carp won't  be " full up " as they don't have a stomach to fill . If there's lots of uneaten bait it could point to other problems not just anglers piling in to much bait . Personally I would be checking the lakes ( DO ) levels this has the biggest effect on all the fish in the lake & there ability  to feed . Also predation is something to keep an eye on ( what's left in the lake ) . 
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    chillfactor got a reaction from crusian in Too much bait   
    Fish are good at two things ... eating & breeding . If they've stopped eating including the silver's there will be a reason for it.  I wasn't suggesting a (Do) crash is definitely on the cards , But low levels certainly will stop them feeding . Can't hurt to get it checked that's for sure & avoid fish deaths as you say mate .
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    chillfactor got a reaction from crusian in Too much bait   
    The carp won't  be " full up " as they don't have a stomach to fill . If there's lots of uneaten bait it could point to other problems not just anglers piling in to much bait . Personally I would be checking the lakes ( DO ) levels this has the biggest effect on all the fish in the lake & there ability  to feed . Also predation is something to keep an eye on ( what's left in the lake ) . 
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    chillfactor got a reaction from Big Bass in Lets see your Fit birds ,   
    Yes mate been finished a while now . Just need to get some Yorkshire boarding for the Barn. 

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    chillfactor got a reaction from welder in Environmental agency question   
    My money's on him setting up in your peg once you had left ! 
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    chillfactor got a reaction from cromiee in Environmental agency question   
    My money's on him setting up in your peg once you had left ! 
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    chillfactor got a reaction from yonny in Environmental agency question   
    My money's on him setting up in your peg once you had left ! 
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    chillfactor got a reaction from yonny in Too much bait   
    The carp won't  be " full up " as they don't have a stomach to fill . If there's lots of uneaten bait it could point to other problems not just anglers piling in to much bait . Personally I would be checking the lakes ( DO ) levels this has the biggest effect on all the fish in the lake & there ability  to feed . Also predation is something to keep an eye on ( what's left in the lake ) . 
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    chillfactor reacted to Damo_UK in View from your bivvy door.   
    Today's view from the bivvy. Another raining day session.
     

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    chillfactor reacted to commonly in View from your bivvy door.   
    Thanks. 
    Had to set up the bivvy for n firm flattish ground. Glad I did, it was blowing a gale all night last night long! A taste of what's to come in the autumn /winter!! 
    No joy, still learning. The owner sent out an email and no one is catching!! 
    My rigs came in all clean, so I know I'm fishing OK. Spent forever watching the water, but with foot high waves it's near on impossible to spot any shows. Although the mind starts to play tricks on me🤪
    Good luck tomorrow gents 👍

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    chillfactor reacted to commonly in View from your bivvy door.   
    Got a pass for a cheeky overnighter, van loaded, quick job at lunchtime then on the bank as quick as! 
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    chillfactor got a reaction from yonny in Waterside fishery ( Chesham)   
    I've actually got some fishing booked😊 still not been since France last October! A mate of mine has booked 4 nights in October,  we've got the bigger of the two lakes . Hadn't even heard of the venue tbf .... anyone fished it on here ? 
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    chillfactor got a reaction from yonny in Patrol Routes   
    From my experience the more snags present in a lake has a big impact on fish routes & routines . As they move from one cover to the next & so on . I've sat and watched fish go from snag to snag , normally moving on when another group of fish move in to the snag .... it was almost like watching a conveyor belt .  I think some fish have a day to day routine which doesn't really change much at all .... repeat captures years apart has proven that to me . really interesting subject & if you crack it on a lake .... fill your boots time .😁
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