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B.C.

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    Wild life, Walking the banks, Angling, Anything I know nothing about.

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  1. B.C.

    Maize

    Don't see why it couldn't work. They will be getting more nutrition from the micronized maize than standard flaked maize..... If you use it on it's own, it might be a bit hit and miss imo, as it won't cover all their dietry needs...… If nuts are allowed I would consider feeding a few, well prepped, nuts in the mix...……. A nut and whole grain combo represents a complete protein source and, combined, will have all the essential amino acids..... Use either on their own and they will both be lacking in one or two..
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    Maize

    Meant to be more easily digestible.... Slightly heat treated, enough to kill off/ denature any natural enzyme inhibitors, leaving the enzymes unhindered and able to do their job in breaking down proteins/carbs etc... I've used micronized maize "meal" in boilie recipes to aid digestion...…… Didn't know you could buy micronized whole maize, but then again, never really looked for it...…
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    What is your newest purchase

    Good tip that..... The only time I've struggled with threading tubing is when I've used too long a length.... 12 to 14 inches is all you really need imo, unless your hooklink is longer than that..... I did buy some Rig Morale free fall braided tubing, that Yonny recommended, haven't got round to using it yet, but did get it out the packet, you can tell straight away that it's a winner, nice and heavy, slightly stiff but flexible enough to lay over some light debris, it has a "non spook" feel about it, both, to the look and the touch.... Worth a look if you haven't already...
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    What is your newest purchase

    I got the plain olive green 55inch...… I have to angle my bed chair a bit, as the spokes are quite low imo….. But I don't mind that, reminds me of my old JRC Stealth, always hanging bits off the spokes, glasses, head torch, rigs.. They come in handy for me...……. My little Jack Russel has been like a puppy for 5 years. It's only this year that he's really changed and grown up, much more obedient and a bit more chilled out. Now that I can trust him a bit more, I'll be taking him with me through the Winter..... Need a foot warmer lol.
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    winter plans

    Really looking forward to the Winter. Keeping it nice and local and will try to give it a 48hr sesh per week on my local little confidence water..... It's in a bit of a dip in the land, so once the temps start dropping it can shut down a bit and takes a few weeks longer to warm up in the Spring, compared to other lakes in the area.... But I'm just going to plod through it..... The fish are pretty easy to find, getting them to feed at will is a different proposition, the water will be gin clear, but 3 rods through the Winter and not many fishing means I can cover quite a bit of water and experiment a bit on at least 1 rod with different hookbaits.. Been thinking mega sweet singles on this one, roving/re casting regularly. With the other 2 put on spots and primed for bite time...……. Winter nights have been very unproductive for me on this lake in the past, thinking zigs might change that in the right conditions...….. Gonna take my little Jack Russel with me for a bit of company and warmth, even if I do get covered in white hairs....😃.. Bit of dog scent around the lake won't do any harm re otters.
  6. B.C.

    What is your newest purchase

    Mine too mate...…. Loving the pooch btw, growing up fast....
  7. Congrats on the pb mate...… I like large, heavy baits atm.... 18mm or 16 x 20 mm dumbells…. Been fishing a lot of clean gravelly spots. I believe these gravel feeders will suck and blow that bit harder in order to dislodge stones and get to any naturals..... If I think I'm getting done, then a 10mm length of cork stick used as a hair stop is my tweak, to hopefully aid the bait flying in easier..... Been trying to keep things very low key on the deck, no bright colours or glugs or flavours, just large, dark , HNV baits..... Been averaging a fish a night, not the hardest water in the world, but I'll take that...
  8. Definitely mate..... The caddis fly was a good pointer and also, how little bait was used on a couple of the fish. Sometimes less is definitely more...
  9. B.C.

    River Thames.

    The only pics I've seen have been on peoples phones..... I didn't have the audacity to ask about which stretch, would rather find a few for myself tbh….. Been told they are fairly easy to catch once you find some... As long as you don't spook them off, they aren't particularly riggy by all accounts..... Not that many years ago they were fairly spread out and I'd often spot single fish or small groups 3s and 4s..... I haven't seen any this year or last on the few walks I've had.. Could be they are grouped up in one or two stretches these days, safety in numbers?? But there does seem to be far fewer, stating the obvious really with the otters present..
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    Silly Rules

    Time to move on maybe imo….. If that sort of malarkey is going on.... Let them get on with it.... Lifes too short to feel like that in your precious spare time...…. Shame they've spoiled it a bit for you...…. Atmosphere is key for me, need good vibes when I blank...
  11. B.C.

    Silly Rules

    I'm with you there...….. I just say "I'd rather not know mate"...….. Turn up, find fish, fish for them.. I may steer clear of a swim (If poss')if someone has been quietly plodding, putting the effort in and started nicking a few fish. But telling someone you've pre-baited a swim can put an angler in a bad frame of mind before they've even started..... Can give them an unnecessary moral dilemma...
  12. B.C.

    River Thames.

    Gonna have to have a proper go for one...…. Got about 18mnths to kill before, hopefully a ticket comes up... Perfect opportunity to get some use out of my club ticket...… A lad I got chatting to showed me a pic of a near 30 mirror he'd had from the Chelmer, off the top...… Quite a few lakes flood into the Chelmer/Blackwater canal, too. for decades..... Who knows what could be in there.... Seen pics, too, of smaller fish, mid doubles, but real dark lookers...…… All that footwork though, lol..... To be fare, I could probably do with it
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    River Thames.

    Very true mate...TBH I've got a club ticket that covers a lot of the Chelmer. I really ought to get more out of that ticket..
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    Silly Rules

    Yes. I should imagine it's a tough call to make...… I find it hard to "vouch" for a lot of people, even friends sometimes. Been made to look a fool once or twice on that one.
  15. B.C.

    Flavour Of The Week

    HNV for long term consistent results imo. Less chopping and changing with flavours,colours etc...…. Everything is water dependent, some fish won't go near a high attract bait, some fish rarely get caught on boilies altogether...…. The deeper you go into bait making, the more peripheral subjects you start to learn about, the more you understand about fish, what they need, what they can detect and most importantly what they can utilise..... Once a few pennies start to drop, it becomes pretty clear that good nutrition is very important and this train of thought is very difficult to get away from... I don't think anything in carp fishing is the be all and end all, that's the beauty of it... Anything can work on any given day and as we all know , confidence is key. So use whatever you are confident with..... For me, they generally know what's good for them and a decent HNV bait, will see them come back to a spot again and again and feed confidently. Seeing them do this gives me the confidence to keep using a nutritious food source. Knowing that they also benefit from it makes me feel that I am putting something good into their lives rather than just chasing them for a fish pic..... Nothing better than seeing a couple of big old girls tearing up the bottom, you just know they are on it, and fingers crossed it's just a matter of time......
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