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  1. 1 minute ago, elmoputney said:

    The only thing I've found that can be poor from ngt is the stainless tbh, haven't used the stage stands, I bought quite a bit of it and most isn't that good the threads aren't good, I bought the upright sticks with the thread to make the singles set up 2 of them broke without even seeing the bank, the chunky range was better a lot more solid and up to the job but the normal ones were bad,the buzzer bars aren't so good either, but bags, rucksacks nets, unhooking mats etc perfectly decent and good value, 


    The stage stands look and feel decent enough, nice big thread to secure bank sticks. The screw it comes with could be bit bigger that that is easily replaced.

    I have 4 of the NGT stainless steel bank sticks which i have had and used quite a lot for about 4 years now and i haven't had a problem with them personally. 

    What i do find with their stuff sometimes is that you can get bad batch of items which i think then gives them a bad name.


  2. Got my fishing license in the post today.

    Also got a order from bank tackle delivered yesterday, hooks, swivels, PVA, ect. 

    First Aid Kit for the tackle bag - Thought it was about time i added one, better safe than sorry.

    NGT Stage Stands - haven't really used NGT for a while but they're stainless steel so can't be that bad,


  3. 1 hour ago, DubVader said:

    Cheers mate, will definitely give the adjustable zigs a go seems a bit better than having to tie up new ones when I fancy changing the depth, I've watched a few vids on zigs and it was always the netting portion I couldn't wrap my head around but fishing a drop off makes a lot of sense I dont usually go for heavy leads but I do have a few 3.5oz pears kicking about I think so I'll give those a go.

    Both fixed and adjustable have their different pros and cons mate, just about using the best one for your situation. Again, fox have two recent videos which covers both set ups and the different advantages they offer.

    3.5oz will be fine mate, I usually use 3oz.


  4. Hi Mate,

    In terms of which colour foam to use, it's all down to preference but my rule of thumb is if your fishing in the upper half of the water, then i use black foam and if your fishing in the lower half, then use a brighter colour.

    My thinking behind this is that when the carp are looking up, black will stand out against the bright sky, when they look down, a bright colour like yellow will stand out against the dark bed of the lake. This isn't a stead fast rule however, as any colour will work in any situation but its just a rough guide to work from.

    The easiest way to net the fish with a long hooklink is to drop the lead, which will allow you to wind in further, or use a zig float. 

    If i am fishing with a zig float, then i use the lead set up the float packaging suggests but if i am using "fixed zigs" then i always use a lead clip with heavy leads. That way i can make sure if i am fishing super long hook links, then i can put the pin in the lead clip and fish drop off style or take the pin out if i dont need to drop the lead.

    I would also always use a ball swivel as it gives max movement and prevent line twists. Fox do a great little kit's which comes with everything you need to fish zigs, i will post a link below.

    Fixed Zigs


    Adjustable Zigs



    Also they have a couple great short videos on their youtube page which demonstrates both types of zig fishing, which i found really useful, if you just search for fox zig fishing, you should find them :)

    Sorry for some of the grammar, i wrote this in a rush just before a online work meeting :')


  5. 29 minutes ago, Carpbell_ll said:

    I got bite by what i think must of been a horse fly last year, on my hand before setting up the swelling was something else, luckily she packs me loads of sprays and creams plus antihistamine pills, but if you want instant relief from a bad bite, take a bottle of corsodl mouthwash and soak a cloth and press on the bite area, works a treat. 

    Definitely going to remember that, i suffer quite bad with bites, never used to but recent years have seen me get quite a few bad ones which usually results in antibiotics.


    38 minutes ago, yonny said:

    It contains citronella 👍

    Ah that makes sense   

  6. 16 hours ago, salokcinnodrog said:

    I have used them in the past, you do have to make sure that they don't break. I had one break after it was lit, it fell off the coil and melted a hole in a bucket lid.


    Mosquito repellants are personal, and mosquitoes in one place will respond differently to different supposed repellants.

    Some people get on alright with Avon Skin so Soft, yet others don't. At Nazeing Skin so Soft was normally ok and kept me bug free, yet at Taverham Mills I had to use Deet based repellant. 

    The higher Deet content the more repellant, yet the more of a headache it can produce. It will also break down plastics!

    Lifesystems Expedition + is around 50% Deet, as is Jungle Formula.


    The  repellant effect of 8 hours is ok in summer, but come autumn if I spray just before dark, I could end up being bitten before I wake up. I'm not normally too bad with insect bites, just a slight itch the day after, but I have had serious problems when I was bitten by something in long grass and ended up with blood poisoning that saw a hospital visit.


    That would be my own fault for not spraying...



    I didn't know Avon Skin so soft also worked as a bug repellent, i might give that ago so it might not make me feel too uncomfortable and oily.

  7. On 16/05/2020 at 09:53, dayvid said:

    The Fox Camo XL in action , …… If you can see it 😀

    Down side for me is if you have a large fish and it flips ect , they have no problem flattening the sides down .

    If you notice bottom right on the matt a small length of Leadcore , this is about 1M long ,  fixed to the matt, loop at the other end , which then enables me to peg it down in windy weather, thus not finding across the lake in the morning  


    I also have the XL easy Mat but in green, kept losing the camo one 😂

    Agree that they're great Mats and I probably wouldn't use anything else now. 

    Thanks for the idea for pet points though,  hadn't thought about windy nights lol

  8. 32 minutes ago, carpyian said:

    couple of vids may help you pal 

    Cheers Fella, I had the TFG Trukka Barrow but recently sold it. The balancing on it was awful and even though was a great size, was just so heavy and awkward to transport i decided it was time for a change,

    I saw someone back in Winter with the Fox barrow and i have been thinking about it ever since 

  9. 17 hours ago, crusian said:

    I would be ( and I'm thinking also others ) very interested to learn how you are going to pack your new barrow so you can stay mobile , and able to move swims at a moments notice - 'photos would be perfect , or am I pushing my luck ? 😁.

    A little while ago some of the lads posted 'photos of how they had trimmed down their kit , and I found it really useful .


    I must admit, i have never been the most mobile angler in the world, well in Carp fishing but i plan on making a bit more of an effort with being mobile with the new barrow.

    Once its been delivered, i will do a test load in the garden and take a photo :) One of the reasons i went with all the camolite stuff so it would be perfect for the barrow so it would makes things easier to move ect.

  10. the bulk of my fishing is day sessions but each year, im doing more and more longer sessions, which i much prefer. 

    At the moment, my preferred length is 24-36 hour sessions, usually arrive the morning off and fishing till the following evening. I have done a couple 48hrs but i just dont get enough time to do them but this year, its looking like that'll change so should get a couple more in.

    I've also got a social coming up this year, that a friend is ornasing between about 6 of us, i think it'll be 3 nights, 4 days. Will be my longest session but i cant wait!

  11. 22 hours ago, Dave Hedgehog said:

    Always nice to get that first trip in. Are you doing the day or a longer session? Im planning to be out next Wednesday. Cancelled this weeks trip and itching to get out. Weathers feeling good for it.

    just for the day. i have no interest in doing nights in the winter if im honest, not whole nights anyway. I will go fish till 10/11 on the river this time of year but i much prefer going back to a warm bed lol

  12. So we have had a last trip of the year post and i thought we could have a first trip of the year one.

    My first trip is next saturday, over on a club water, about 5 mins from my partners house. About 9 acres in size and is usually pretty good for a run in the winter, as im told anyway. 

    Can't wait, haven't been out carping since end of september. hoping to get a run but if im honest, just being out there will be nice.

  13. i have had a couple double takes in the past, mainly on easy runs waters but have had a couple on harder lakes.

    i remember once, having 27 runs in a 24 hour session, i had a triple take that time aha, had two carp rods out and had a single rod out for cats with 2 24mm pellets on the hair, landed two carp and a 15lb cat that time 😂

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