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Everything posted by liamclose

  1. I did mate got to the lake about 1pm couple of lads I knew were already there and said that it was half froze until around 11am. I fished til 8pm didn't have a sniff. But had a little new year social which was good. Just about to load the car get back out hopefully for a night maybe two this time if the lake has thawed now that is.
  2. Disaster before I even got gear out the car. It was still frozen solid. Just at home now thinning the gear down. Going to do the afternoon on another syndicate no night fishing on this one though hence need less gear. Figers crossed this one not froze.
  3. Nice mate. just about to leave home to do my last session of the year.
  4. One of the best ways to cut your gear back is use an air matress instead of a bed chair. Used to do a 20 mile round trip on a push bike when I was younger the biggest challenge was food and water supply's luckily there was a shop towards the end of the journey so used to get supplys when I was almost at the venue.
  5. Sounds to me the sort of lake that needs to be fished hard from march to June the fish are at there most catchable the weed not so much as problem early on. If the weed that bad and you carnt get access to a boat i personally wouldn't fish it after June. Of coarse winters an option but i find low stock weedy waters the worst winter waters of all useally. as i say id just hit hard in spring get tactics right and it will be job done by time weed gets bad.
  6. Why would a barbless hook get more pick ups in weed? The only thing i can see barbless doing in weed is costing you fish threw hook pulls which on a hard lake or any lake is the last thing you want.
  7. What difference does it make if there there 20 something?
  8. There just not much around that area and the very few that are around people not going to tell. Get on Google earth and do the leg work.
  9. Due to living a long way from the lakes I fish pre baiting not always an option. I don't beleive pre baiting is essential it's an advantage one that sometimes I'd love tof have. But I wouldn't not fish a water because I couldnt pre bait. You just have to get your location right and stay mobile. If I blank it just makes more determined to succeed.
  10. If you fish hard big fish waters on regular basis there are times of boredom anybody who says otherwise is kidding themselvs. Majority of anglers have some sort of entertainment weather it be a radio a fone, tablet what ever if like some people try to imply that when there fishing there at one with nature and dont get bored then they wouldn't need a radio, tablet or what ever it's human nature if there nothing happening sitting in silence at one with nature as great but you will suffer from boredom at some point. Majority of anglers may do 4 nites a month on slightly easier lake fair enough boredom might not set in. if your fishing hard on regular basis on hard venues boredom is part of it sometimes. If that wasnt the case big hard low stock lakes would be full of anglers. I read an interview with terry hearn and they asked him how he gets threw long periods of inactivity and he said I bore it out. that doesnt mean he doesn't love fishing and what it's all about but big fish angling on low stock lakes with out doubt involves periods of boredom.
  11. Your right sometimes a swim that fish are showing in isn't always the swim there feeding but quite often it is. Feeding and showing often go hand in hand. Also it depends when they show a fish showing at first light is much more significant than a fish showing at 2 o'clock in the afternoon but id still pay attention to that 2 o'clock show and possibly mover paticularly if I havnt seen anything show in the swim I'm fishing. Personally I couldon't sit there thinking they will come along at some point I want my hook bait in front of fish as much as possible so I stay mobile that doesnt nessarilly mean I move for the sake of it but I won't hesitate to move multiple times day or night if I feel that's what I need to do. Sometimes you got to play the long game and sit it out but for me that's the exception rather than the rule. My bivvy is jst a base I work from I'm there to fish a lake not just a peg sometimes you have to move the base to be able to fish the lake more effectivly. The most important parts of my angling is done with the rods out the water in summer paticularly my rods spend more time out the water than they do in. as I'm looking for opertunities around the lake and these opertunities could be any ware you just got to find them. Usually there more than one fish but some of the lakes I fish don't have a dozen fish in them. Even a lake that has say 30 or 40 they are usually only in groups four or five it all depends on stock and time of year. Often the biggest fish can be loners or maybe have a side kick but there not alaways in with other fish. Sometimes big fish are territorial and often get caught in one or two areas which is ware the long game bait and wait can pay but in my experience that is the exception. quite often big carp can be nomadic loners which can make them very difficult to catch which is when moving onto a single show can make dreams come true. It's all relative to the lake and the fish in it, but for me haveing a favorite peg that you caught off weeks previosly will often lead inconsistancy paticually on lower stock big fish waters.
  12. Does look stunning the booking swim thing would be my only concern as my favourite peg is the one with fish in front of it. Don't think could get my head round not been able to move to an empty swim because it's booked by somebody later on. Looks like it would be good stalking water but if you carnt move round freely that's not an option either. But if suits you happy days and good luck.
  13. I've seen clubs go to town with saws and and spoil lakes but what happened at kingsbury was on anouther level. Never seen a fishery decimated that bad.
  14. Are they the the ones that destroyed Kingsbury?
  15. Good luck and fair play to them. It was one if most challangeing lakes in the country before the otter got on there. Be nice if it does still have couple of real big fish in there.
  16. When ever I hear people say the otter won't get them from so and so because it's low stock and large or deep i always use that mere as an example just to make them realize what an effective hunter an otter is. If they could get them in that lake noware is safe.
  17. When they move these otters to a new location they won't look into issues that that paticular otter may cause for other lakes. They will only look at what's in the best interest of the otter. I hope there going to make it public ware these otters are going to be re locoated to because for me that's the big question. Whare are these otters going to go because non of us want these otters re located near us u wouldn't have thought. They are going to have be released someware. The question we all need to be asking is where?
  18. Mate I massively support what the PAG do and have massive respect for the likes of Rob Hughes, Tim paisley and all the guys and girls at the PAG that try to make a difference. Ater all the evidence, money and hard work they have put in all they get is this scheme that potentially going to make things worse. This is what I have an issue with the PAG have fought tooth and nail made the best case possible but when your dealing with the type of people they have deal with your banging your head against a wall. They won't except what your saying they will just chuck you a scrap here and there that makes no real difference. You seem to have much more faith than I do that the system will make things right but from what I've seen of politics in my time on this earth going down the legal route with Natural England and getting political, will get us absolutely noware.
  19. It's took years to get to a stage ware you can get a licence to move the problem someware else. If you beleive that fisheries will be at the point ware otters can be legally killed to protect fish stocks your deluded. if you think this is a stepping stone to that point your imo wrong. Alot of the meres rivers canals and lakes that can't be fenced the natural low stock dare I say proper lakes havnt got years for many it's to late already. Do gooders can't see past the cute and cudderly appearance of otters and dont realize and don't even care that in there current numbers they are not naturally sustainable. They think it's apceptable for lakes to supplement the otters diet that's a sacrifice there more than willing to make. Sadly we live in a country that's run by the do gooders so the law will never go against there wishes. There only one way to deal with otters and that means breaking the law. It's the only answer and that won't change. The law will never back the use of lethal force against otters. I don't beleive in culling otters but the numbers need to be at a level well below what they are at moment. Trying to that the legal way is sadly the road to nowhere.
  20. Surely you can't be for real. For years and years there people who have fought are corner that's true and many appreciate the PAG ect but the people with the power I have anything but gratitude to them. After all the money spent and the years of destruction at the jaws of otters we have faced, you think people should be grateful that now 1% of uk fisheries now have some protection. Presumebly haveing years of problems. Most don't put fences up until after an otter has caused problems. Even when these fisheries have jumped threw the hoops getting licence while the otters are still destroying the lakes the problem isn't solved its just moved on someware else. How would you feel if becauase of a fenced fishery ware the owners havnt erected or maintained there fence properly get a licence ,get the problem otter removed. The said otter then gets re located a few miles from a lake you fish this lake you fish is one of the 99% in Britain that isn't fenced you turn up and there a few fish been otterd. Within a week half the stock is decimated I'm pretty sure your gratefullness would be replaced by anger. The reason why the powers that be have chosen this route is so the impact on otters is pretty much zero but there seen to be doing something at least by people who don't see the problems that re locating an apex territorial predator could bring to the local and surrounding areas, areas that already have otter problems may well end up seeing problems increase. The fenced fisheries that have otters removed will soon have problems again because anouther will move in and take its place. They will be going around in circles. While messing up nature even more than they already have by releasing naturally unstainble numbers of hand rered territorial carp killing machienes willy nilly there now going to move them about in an way that they wouldn't do naturally. its crazy. but hey if your gratefull the ploy obviously worked.
  21. Imo somebody who goes to the extreme of using spirit levels isn't just a tackle tart there also an idiot. I like to have my set up looking neat and tidy but using a spirit level is over the top. But each to there own I suppose.
  22. This isnt going to change a thing all the time and effort spent by the PAG and the never ending damage that otters are causeing and this is all we are left with an absolute joke. This will not reduce the damage otters are doing at all so I don't see it as step forward. They have thrown us a useless scrap and it's proberly all we will be getting anytime soon. It cause more problems an otter that's causeing a fenced fishery problem gets re located to a area 3 miles from an unfenced mere which has been lucky and hasn't been otterd is now right in the firing line that's not a step forward imo.
  23. Really? I stand corrected then.
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