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  1. Thanks very much, but im really not trying to look clever. That's my opinion on the subject which appears to different to yours. I can respect your views and difference of opinion and would perhaps appreciate the same in return.
  2. Hi all I haven't been on here for some time but popped in and woah some serious debate going on. Cell etc is, in all honesty pretty low nutrition value but does catch a lot of fish due to highest available "food source" . you could apply any old toot and get a result. As for the cell recipe, I shouldn't imagine it's much more than rapeseed meal, soya bean meal, micronised maize, copra meal, yeast and at a push some added lysine mega cheap and would work. Add a suitable angler friendly flavour, big names all over social media and voila, money machine.
  3. I don't see salt itself as a problem, I also don't see that it improves a bait by a big margin. What I do see is a problem with this kind of stuff is that once a named angler has spoke of big beds of salt/salt lick blocks then the masses all start doing it. This kind of situation soon gets out of hand on many waters. Most things in moderation do no harm until it becomes common practice.
  4. Not a youngster, 46 and counting lol. That's very true cm.
  5. My take is that angling is easier or more difficult now, that all depends on your outlook. This forum has some very accomplished anglers who would catch carp regardless of restrictions placed upon them, whether that be extreme pressure, solid weed, access to a lake etc etc. These guys will always make it look easy because they have the desire to catch a carp that makes them better anglers. Some will find carp fishing very difficult as they have no desire to catch that fish. That imo has never changed regardless of tackle, bait etc. The best will always catch the carp just as they did many moon
  6. Imo I think I would simplify the mix. Can you get hold of any fishmeal at all? If you can I think I'd be tempted to use something like Fishmeal 30% Soya flour 20% Semo 20% Milk or predigested fishmeal 20% Also add something like paprika/chilli at 10% total or fenugreek/garlic. Liquids wise I would consider hydro fish (if you can get it) for the attraction up to 100ml/kg of bait. Plus a little nut oil. Plenty of attraction and instantly recognisable as a food. Hope that helps.
  7. Thanks mate. Nice to be back again.
  8. Only plans I have is to actually use some of the bait that I make and usually give away to a mate to use as I don't get much time. After a strange couple of years I really hope to get back to the nene and catch a carp.
  9. I would happily use the same bait as everyone else but I would look for an edge in terms of application and strategies. I very much agree on what has been said already and some very good advise. What I tend to do if I'm looking for the better fish is to fish beds of boilie but put my rigs on the back of the bed as much as 10 yds or more if you want. What I've found is that i'll get liners as the smaller fish move into the area on the bed, but the larger fish I often think are hanging off the group waiting to see what happens. When no fish get caught then the larger fish slowly start to gain co
  10. I've fished these kinds of lakes before and they can be very tricky indeed. I get what your saying about no shows from fish, as I've had this myself and I've sat up all night in all weathers trying to see fish. I came to the conclusion that the fish were moving through lake bed channels in the weed in 6ft of water so didn't disturb the surface at all. In my case they're was clear spots but under the surface weed and finding those invisible clear spots was paramount. What I did in the end was to learn how to cast onto the weed with a balanced float that would very slowly sink through the weed b
  11. Winter fishing is such a minefield of opinion because there is no definitive answer. Every water varies and most fish differently. I've always found shallow lakes to be the most difficult and the deeper waters to be more consistent. The only reason I can think of is that deeper water holds a more constant temperature as the shallow lakes vary through the cold months and the fish feel happier in a constant environment where they can hold up without having to adjust they're position in the lake. I do agree with cm in the areas he has fished but not because the lake is warmer but the the temp, no
  12. I used to use nutrabaits strawberry cream and bergamot in winter with decent results, but as has been said winter is all about location and time of day. I've found that the fish will favour certain depths according to the weather and i will always try and find a swim that has deep water with a good depth change feature such as a big bar or plateau so giving the fish the opportunity to stay close to structure and cover and be at a depth that suits the fish. I will then fish a rod on top then half way down a slope/drop off and one on the deck. In previous winters I've always found some fish arou
  13. Bunch of amateurs. All you need to do is ask the tackle shop where you bought the rods to phone your home number and get them to leave a message saying that you entered a raffle and have been lucky enough to "win" 3 new rods which will posted to you straight away. The missus will be none the wiser, unless of course she sees the credit card bill!
  14. ^^^^^^^^^^ what he just said. Pretty much sums up carp fishing for me.
  15. Welcome to the forum. The best bit of advice I can give you is don't set targets. Just enjoy your fishing and fish lakes where it's possible to catch your target and just fish but without a particular aim as imo you'll get fed up quickly if you don't achieve it.
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