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hawkman last won the day on September 14 2014

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  1. I use 6ft lengths of Seaguar Ace Hard in 35lb .47mm diameter coupled with the Korda No Trace System. I join to my mainline with an Albtight knot and for straightening it out I stand on my lead and pull on my mainline, giving the leader a good stretch.
  2. If you are catching tench and catching carp with what you deem strange hook holds , this could be a good thing. It seems to me by the snippets of info , that you are instantly hooking the fish as soon as the hook enters the mouth. I don't know you're full set up rig wise., but one thing for sure is you are hooking them. A rig I use , I use it purposefully for this very reason . I accidentally catch some very hard to catch, very sort after tench. As well as catching carp. Some hook hold s are in the top of the mouth . This is tench and carp. I use short stiff rigs with a small soft braid hinge, in conjunction with a size 6 mugga. Anglers have varied opinions on hook shapes , barbed and barbless. At the end of the day , our intentions as anglers are to impale these metal components in to our chosen quarry. Bent hooks were to serve a purpose, I used them myself at the time to good effect . Size 6 drennan lure hooks were my choice at the time. Hook holds were savage. Jim gibbinsons line aligner article was to explain the extra effectiveness that piercing rig tube had when the carp had the hook in its mouth . Thus making the rig more efficient.in making the hook turn into the bottom lip.Some 25 years later has stood the test of time.
  3. I thought you were advocating cheap bait not so long ago chill factor. Diluting essential imgredients to save a few pennies and having no adverse effect on attraction and nutrition. Self contradiction springs to mind. Or is it an obcession with a certain members opinion you have a problem with.
  4. If I've grasped what you are trying to achieve correctly . Which Is accuracy / depth at distance . Say for example your marker float is 40 yards out in 12 ft of water. Try clipping at different distances using a good amount so foam on the hook to see where it rises in comparison to the position of your float , over the desired spot. Repeat this until it's in the correct position, then note it down for future reference This is done preferably at the end of the session on an angler free lake.
  5. My advice would be to save up some extra pennies and purchase the effective level of your chosen ingredients. Don't skimp on bait, spending time behind the rods is precious. Time is more expensive than money.
  6. Yeah Newmarket that's the stuff. I got it half price from Climax Tackle in August.
  7. I actually caught my fish on that session on single hookbaits. The Baitroom pale pink Mulberries. The Cell ended up as wild bird fodder .
  8. It's a Nuthatch, they are often confused with woodpeckers because of the noise they make when breaking up there food on trees. This one likes crushed Cell lol.
  9. http://youtu.be/s_b7A3d_-U0 A very short video of a view from my bivvy door, from last March.
  10. I've got 17lb Xline on my spare spools. It's good but it needs stretching out every trip and then winding in through a damp towel, before use. The pit I've been angling on this year is gin clear and the bottom is 90% covered in thick blanket weed. I'll use 17Xline for close range work , but for 10yrd plus I use nylon with a 5 to 6ft 35lb (.47 ) flourocarbon leader. This disappears in the blanket weed around the business end and the nylon mainline ensures I get good bite indication on semi slack lines with very light bobbins. I've got 3 200m spools of Fox illusion Trans Kaki in 16lb for when I take off the Xline. This disappears on the bottom and on waters with a slight green tinge. I first used it in 8lb for dropshotting and I was very impressed by how invisible it was. I've got a couple of friends who swear by it in 16lb.
  11. I've almost caught up now. Listening to number 15 right now. Who ever hasn't checked these out yet, you are seriously missing out.
  12. Thanks for that, I'll have a look.
  13. I'm a bit behind here. I listened to the first one today with Kevin Nash, I thought it was quite good. Looks like I've got a lot of catching up to do. How do I record them on an IPad as I'll listen to them whilst out angling, Also when is the next one.? Do people listen to them live?
  14. I recently purchased an adjustable LED desk lamp. It's a god send as I usually sit there fiddling about with my end tackle whilst wearing an headtorch
  15. A bit of research of past form on the venue beforehand would be a good starting point. If a fair amount of a particular bait was ' going in' . It would definitely be worth considering . Personally I prefer fish meals, but I wouldn't hesitate using anything else if I knew it worked better on a particular water. I wouldn't stubbornly sit it out and struggle if I knew there was something considerably more effective. Hence research , before parting with your cash. My freezer has two different types of boilies in it at the moment ,for two different waters I angle on. Oh and a few kilos of 'cough cough' Tigers!!
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