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  1. Thanks guys. Unfortunately, raking isn't an option and particles are banned, but I will try putting out loads of small pellet to see if that encourages the fish to clear some space. Halibut pop-ups sound like they are worth a try too. I expect the fish will root around and find a bait buried in the reed stems, but fishing fairly stiff rigs, I doubt they are presenting well. I'm going to experiment with various lengths of supple braid and see how that works. I hear what you say about soft braid and helecopter rigs, but I'll try it out before switching to a more traditional rig. Would
  2. Hi all I fished a new lake the other week that had reed beds along the margins of the lake and island. I wanted to fish tight to the reeds as this is where I saw fish moving, but I was noticing I was pulling in stems of dead reeds from where the reed beds had been cut back (about 8 inches long). I wasn't getting any takes, presumably due to the rig not presenting well in the dying reeds (fishing bottom baits on a combi rig on one rod and a fluro hooklink on another). The fish are only taking drilled halibut pellet during the day (it's what the lake owner feeds them) so they wouldn't go for
  3. Last week a couple of mates and I had 48 hours at the New Forest Water Park. For those that don't know it, the lake is about 22 acres and about a third is sectioned off for water sports like wake boarding. The rest of the lake is a syndicate. Except for an island in the middle which can be hired out. So that is what we did. There's not a massive amount of information online about the lake but one of the guys had fished it before and suggested how we should go about it. The island has a double swim and a single so we drew straws and got set up. An hour in and John had already had 5 fish
  4. Hair rig for bottom baits. But even for popups tied to a rig ring I pull floss through the pop up as I would with a hair. I've tested this in a bucket and they are still buoyant after 48 hours.
  5. Great story. Well done and thanks for sharing. As Welder says, who doesn't love kingfishers - a rare blaze of colour in our much camouflaged wildlife.
  6. My immediate answer would be any method where you are targeting carp, be it rods sat on alarms, floating baits/stalking is carp fishing. This differs from other methods where you are fishing with a chance of catching a carp. The most common method is rods on alarms, and the multitude of permutations this has: zigs, bolt rigs, running rigs, bottom baits, popups... but this is certainly not the only way to target carp. Just my thoughts Paul
  7. In my case it was through experience. When I first started night fishing, I was in such a startled semi awake panic when the alarm went off I was trying to put boots on as I left the bivvy and invariably ended up on my face. I'm somewhat calmer now so I'm going to give crocs a go. How sad is that - progressing to crocs!
  8. I also leave the bivvy door open. This is as much to do with being able to see that no one is trying to steal my gear as anything. Looks like I'll have swallow my pride and buy a pair of crocs too. Sleeping in boots I concede is no fun.
  9. What I mean by that is, how do you settle down in you bedchair?: boots off, zipped up in your sleeping bag and warm, or keep your boots on and use the bag as an ill fitting duvet? I favour the boots on and duvet option. Too many times I've been woken up by an alarm, tripped on the bag, got soggy socks and generally make a prat of myself to allow comfort to rule. Interested to know what others do Cheers, Paul
  10. Just received 2 spare spools from them: £12.99 each. Fantastic. Thanks for the link, it just saved me a load of hassle.
  11. Thanks guys. I'll give the service guys a call before shelling out £80 but I expect they'll be similar. Might be easier to trash the braid Cheers Paul
  12. Hi I've got a couple of Shimano Beastmaster XTA reels which are loaded with braid. Unfortunately, my club only allows braid on a couple their lakes so I want to load up a couple of spare spools with mono for when I'm fishing the other lakes. But can I find a dealer? Buying spares for my old baitrunners was easy. I'm guessing the beastmasters are a bit more obscure, or the spools are not so easily swappable. My (possibly ex) local tackle shop suggested I'd be better of buying new reels or to speak to Shimano, which wasn't a lot of help. So my question to the learned fellows and ladies
  13. Hi Keith I'm in Bournemouth and you have a few options. In Bournemouth itself you have the stour which holds some big carp, but are very hard to find. There are a few day ticket waters nearby that can give good sport: Hordle lakes near new milton has some nice fish but can be quite chavvy at weekends. Orchard Lakes is also near new milton. The main lake is good, but the fish are on the small side. I've heard good things about Sopley (not fished it myself) but it's members only at weekends. If you're after bigger fish, as Grangemilky mentioned, Ringwood Angling club has a lot of waters to s
  14. Nice one. I use a sinker on this rig, but had not considered adding it at this stage. I will from now on though!
  15. I'm confident I've tied the knot correctly: braid tied onto the fluro loop. That's why I'm confused as it should work. I'll try it again with some braid that has never been in a coating. Maybe that has made it extra slippy?
  16. Hi I normally use a stripped braid combi rig and have been quite happy with it. I used twotone braid which was ok but a new rig was needed after each fish as it is prone to fraying. When that ran out I switched to strip tease which I have heard good things about. Tying the hair is no problem, the braid is very supple. I do have an issue with tying the coated end to a rig ring though as the coating strips off as I tighten the knot (palomar knot). This didn't happen with the twotone. Not sure if it weakens the rig but it bothers me and I don't trust it. So this led me to attempting
  17. Thanks guys. I think I'll stick to being "not a proper carp angler" The lake in question is only 5 acres and there were other ways round, but it does get really busy.
  18. I've not done a huge amount of over nighters. Something that is changing now I finally have a bivvy. When I was on a small commercial lake in March, I put my bivvy well back, on some fairly uneven ground so as to leave the path free. When the owner came round, he jokingly said I wasn't much of a carp angler as I was too considerate. So this begs the question, if you are on a lake with limited space to pitch up, do you put others convenience before your own comfort? I'm not talking about being deliberately obstructive, but is it ok to block a path round a lake if there are no other options
  19. In the absence of any fish showing, I'm with Johnplumb and will look for features and look for somewhere away from any crowds. That, and follow the wind.
  20. I have a set of 3 Sundridge alarms with receiver (the model before the current G1's). They've lasted me 4 years so far and are as good as new. Cost £100 new. They're not as popular/fashionable/good? as Delkims and the like, but they work. Having said that, I am getting more into shiny things, so will probably go the tackle tart route and go for Delkims next
  21. Thanks, that makes sense. Just wanted to check I wasn't missing a best practice technique. Typically, both of the last 2 times this has happened to me, my buddy has landed the bigger of the 2 fish!
  22. Apologies if this should be in the newbiw question section, but a few times now I have been playing one fish when my other rod has gone off. All times I have had someone with me who has been able to play the other fish but I have wondered how I would manage it when I am on my own. On a runs water I only fish 2 rods, but the risk is there. What do you do if you are alone and both rods go? Do you let the 2nd rod run and hope the fish doesn't get snagged (not great), or strike into the fish with your spare arm, then end up not being able to play either fish - also not good. I guess the ea
  23. Brookesy

    360 rig

    I've made some up, but only tried it on one session and I didn't get on with it to be honest. I didn't like how the rig looked under tension with the swivel pulling on the shank of the hook, and found it complicated (not to tie, its just a fussy rig). I like the look of the swivel linked onto the eye of the hook which would solve the issue of strain on the shank of the hook. having said that I'm happier with a simple combi or very short naked chod rig for pop ups. Cheers, Paul
  24. Hi all I have just joined the forum after lurking as a guest for some time and figured it is good form to introduce myself. I've travelled around a bit, but now live in Bournemouth where I rediscovered fishing after a 20 year break. I've been back on it for about 4 years now, steadily moving away from general course fishing and into carping. Although I often take my 9 year old son with me, so need to stay proficient with going for silvers as he has a typically short attention span. And I live 2 minutes walk from the Stour at Throop so the pike and barbel still make a strong calling
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