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    Last of the Summer Wine country
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    Carp fishing mainly, but in the last 50 years+ I've done a lot of other types of fishing.

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  1. bof1

    Beginners bivvys

    Sounds ideal for trips to France to me. BOF
  2. But the clutch on the Spod or Marker reel spool may not be up to actually using it when playing a fish. Some of them are much simpler and can be basically ON or OFF. For those of us that remember the old Mitchel 300 / 410 etc clutches thats what could happen. For those of you that dont remember them the constant jamming of the clutch was the reason John Wilson ALWAYS checked his clutch even years later, and using different reels entirely. But to answer your question, Yes you can use a large fixed spool reel for Spod work as long as the clutch will tighten up so it doesnt slip when you cast. BOF
  3. bof1

    Beginners bivvys

    You will usually only get condensation to excessive levels if a) you cook or make a brew inside your bivvy, b) sleep with your door completely closed, and c) only use a single skin bivvy. In reverse order c) it only takes a few minutes to put on the Winter skin or overwrap (whatever), and it makes a huge difference to the warmth and comfort levels. PLUS, if it starts to rain heavily during your session, its the easiest part of a bivvy to dry off when you get home. Dont EVER pack away a bivvy wet and then leave it till you go again. Mold and rot sets in easily in the damp areas like folds in the cloth. It discolours the material, stinks badly, and is very bad for your health. If you ever come across a striped bivvy that reeks, you wont have to ask what went wrong, you now know. b) Easy to sort out, leave your front door open, (this means you are not groping for stuck zips in the dark when you get a run*, always a good thing imop). It also means you need to set up your bivvy so the door is not facing directly into the wind and rain, yet gives you a view of your rods and indicators. a) I know its tempting in the colder months to lay in your sleeping bag and just slip on a cuppa, but its not worth it. There is a photo going the rounds on the web, of the results of a bivvy fire. Doesnt take a lot to magine being zipped up in your bag with the bivvy doorway on fire and what the results will be. Its not the only occasion its happened, so please dont let it happen to you. Its far better to set up your cooker just outside and to one side or the other of your bivvy doorway and while you are cooking / boiling your brew, you are also getting a view of the lake. Even in the pitch dark (which it rarely is), you can learn a lot from hearing fish crashing or topping in your swim. * One day remind me to tell the story of the 6ft green one armed caterpillar. Hope you are ok with this lot. BOF
  4. bof1

    How many

    Depends on the venue. If its an open water with plenty of room I will use up to 4 rods. However if its one of the tiny mill dams frequently found around here I will use two, or even just the one if the swims are really overgrown. BOF
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    I think a lot of quieter lakes would benefit from bait going in from now onwards, especially if you can get down regularly. You wont need a lot of bait when its this cold, 10 baits or so in each swim put in at dusk (or later) so the stuff isnt just feeding the birdlife. If the fish are moving about a lot you can either add some small particles eg stewed wheat, groats, or pigeon conditioner or boost the quantity of boilies , just dont go o.t.t., at least till the temperatures get up towards double figures. BOF
  6. bof1

    What is your newest purchase

    Try NO THANK YOU! A pal of mine had one of these it collapsed internally (due to the very poor constructional materials) within a month of purchase. With these you really do get what you pay for.
  7. bof1

    Video from Chilly

    Outstanding !
  8. bof1


    And me Dannygooner. Not much chance of getting me away from the fireside in stuff like this. BOF
  9. Good luck with this, (I am a complete novice with this stuff as well, despite owning a Lucky Fish Finder for 4 years now). Of course you could contact Joe Baitboat Jacobs on the Facebook "Bait boats for sale Carp Fishing" page, but he may charge for his advice, (its his business after all). BOF
  10. bof1

    Plans for 2018 🎣🎣

    If the NGT is like the Ridge Monkey job it will turn out a lovely warm Cornish pastie too.
  11. bof1

    Plans for 2018 🎣🎣

    Do I detect a vast amount of particle preparation about to go on here? That's my way of getting rid of all the green phlegm that seems to be so common these days. I spread Bucktons Pigeon Conditioner, soaked in boiling water overnight, and let the silvers and other Carp clear it off, (I use Bucktons as there are no big grains like Maize to slow the preparation process, even boiling it on the bank).
  12. bof1

    Plans for 2018 🎣🎣

    Just remembered, when your kids get to the stage when going with Dad should be an adventure its important to make it one for them when the day arrives. Make sure to take a stove and cooking kit with you. Kids are almost always hungry, and cooking a hot sausage sarnie with them will be remembered long after other more important parts of the trip. BOF
  13. bof1

    Plans for 2018 🎣🎣

    But its great when they get to that stage ! BOF
  14. bof1

    Plans for 2018 🎣🎣

    Apparently I have a new hobby, (according to "Her Indoors"), making bait that I don't use "'cause I don't go fishing.." Well you have to do something, I can't spend all the day watching TV whilst waiting for her to get ready. BOF
  15. bof1

    Plans for 2018 🎣🎣

    Go for it ! Just don't expect everything to go exactly as you expect. I retired 3 years ago and am actually fishing LESS now than when I was working, thanks to "Her Indoors's" habit of finding "stuff" for me to do, (always immediately of course), and then she grumbles that I don't go fishing! BOF