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  1. Well, I'm glad nobody has written my obituary! Thanks for all the kind remarks - especially about the book. I reconnected yesterday - see Tiggers thread 're a few hours out. Still fishing in my 87th year, albeit just small still waters due to ever increasing angina problems.
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  2. Winding down - angling as one gets older and frailer. Having caught shark, marlin, and sturgeon over 300 lb, and several hundred species from places as diverse as the Amazon Basin, the Australian outback, the Southern Ocean, the Caribbean coral flats and the streams of the American Divide. It is with some disbelief that I find age, muscle weakness and increasingly severe angina drastically limiting where I can fish. I have always loved catching wild fish in wild places, which has had me fishing in all seven oceans, and six of the seven continents. (went to the seventh – Antarcti
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  3. Reading it, it does appear your summing up is correct. The U.K. will continue to contribute towards the Defence of the EU with monies and troops. Under Article 6 (“the Union and the United Kingdom shall use their best endeavours to conclude and ratify such an agreement before 1 July 2020.”), best endeavours means jack shite in Law, so what it means is, if the EU refuse to budge on their demand for full access to U.K. Territorial Waters then they will continue to have full access. The deadline has passed, THIS is in breach of International Law under the jurisdiction of The UN. Th
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  4. Watercraft has many guises Keith
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  5. Amazon bloody answers! On ebay you can ask the seller a question about their wares directly (and hold them to it should they lie) On Amazon it really pisses me off idiots answer for the sake of it! IE how long is the longest spanner in set x Answer 10cm (good answer) Answer 100mm (good answer) Answer 3 15/16ths (good answer but 4" ok) Answer about 3" (wrong answer) Answer i dont know i dont own one (pointless answer ) Answer i sent mine back and bought xxxxx (areshole) Whats wrong with people if you dont ****ing know why answer ! ****ing b
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  6. You need the world's largest carnivorous plant - a blackberry. They catch sheep
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  7. An outside greenhouse lol Surprisingly easy to find nowadays even in supermarkets long gone is the specialist collector only lable they had 50 years ago I always hankered for a bug eating plant collection but my initial venus fly trap died of exhaustion with the kids triggering it closed as soon as it reopened
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  8. After losing a post about four-fifths done I produce a version off-line, then copy and paste it in. Saves an awful lot of frustration. Now to see about putting piccys in,
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  9. It is booming TO MUCH SO my favourite venue use to have 3 or 4 of us between 36 pegs on an 18 acre lake. Its been a struggle to even get on it at a weekend this season as every man and his dog has taken the sport back up. Its not an easy water made even harder by the amount of pressure its suddenly receiving. I think there may be an awful lot of bait now just rotting on the bottom since they all think you need to throw in 5 kilos of boilies daily as per the carp mags . I predict in a years time or less there will be a lot of second hand tackle available on flea bay etc.
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  10. BoldBear, Wow!! the pond takes me back to life at a slower pace. Not so far from my home USED to be several well manicured rather formal estate ponds (by invitation only and somewhat "proper" attire). LONG gone now, progress is what I'm told. Your pond reminds me of them. There was just NO way to hurry and become frustrated. Usually involved lunch and a break (guess you would say tea) in the afternoon PHOTOS TURNED OUT GREAT. Chesters1, Rarely were carp of any size allowed to remain in these ponds. One, I remember had either fancy goldfish or perhaps they were koi (?) Pho
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  11. I had a short session yesterday afternoon doing a little waggler fishing on a local club water with my son. It was a nice change to be fishing out of the wind; which has been incessant over the past couple of days; and we were catching lots and lots of smallish Roach, plus a few small Carp plus a nice surprise Tench on a nice warm evening. We were catching these nearly every cast. The surprise Tench which is my favourite species. Plus we had a few of these between us. Keith
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  12. I seem to be hearing the same from places all round the country Ian. Barbel seem scarcer this year, even on the usual 'hot spots' like the Trent, Severn, and Avon. Like you, I think that the heavy flooding over the winter has played a part, not the otters as a guy I met on the bank the other week kept insisting, we had a slightly heated, (more like luke warm), debate on the subject. I've not tried for them yet this year, I've reached the time of life when my approach is more sedate than it used to be. Walking a few miles of bank, to locate them is out now. I don't mind a longish walk to a spot
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  13. Its terrible now you have to have sex with your wife not your girlfreind
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  14. Not too sure if this Wednesday is goer?, my mate has had injections in his hip last Friday. He is 86 & still does marvelously well. We take it steady & both take 3 or 4 trips to our pegs with our tackle. (Always fishing well within sight of each other) It's just a different time of life where we both need to feel safe!! There's still no prisoners taken re who does best!!!
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  15. I had a couple of hours on the river for the latter part of the afternoon today/yesterday now! Anyhow, the river was still carrying a bit more water and was powering through the swim i'd chosen to fish. The wind was a strong upstream one which helped me out in the powerful flow. Anyhow, I lost a barbel which managed to get under a half sunken tree. I got my float back and shot but the fish is wearing a lip piercing for the time being. It was only a 14's so not big and whoever catches the fish will be able to remove it easy enough so no real harm done. My 6 grame wire stem
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  16. My principle 're knots is to avoid strangle knots where the bit above the hook eye is a single strand around which the rest of the knot forms a wrapping .(as in the blood knot family) Both the grinner and the Palomar avoid this (although in different ways) if either of these knots is tied carefully and snugged down they will not (pun intended) fail.
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  17. is this thread getting very close to being personal? I'm not sure I Care to discuss in detail what I do with my meat Phone
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  19. No.2 looks suspiciously like what I would call a 'tucked half blood knot' over here. But what do I know, I've only just progressed from velcro strapped shoes !
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  20. That’s exactly what I normally do when mounting meat directly onto the hook Ian, but very occasionally if the luncheon meat is not very firm and I’m needing to cast a fair distance with a largish chunk of meat on a hair rig it can still fly off during the cast if you are not careful. I carry some of these (see pic in link)for times like these. https://barbel.co.uk/product/enterprise-meat-mate/ Keith
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  21. Well, the Bacon Grill worked well & got me 5 decent Carp between maybe 6 - 10 Lb. in the Last hour or so (couldn't buy a bite till around half past three but that's how it it at Kippax sometimes. The Luncheon meat was very poor in quality & texture so I'll just chop the rest up for loose feed (at least it sinks OK)
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  22. I’ve fallen in a few times over the years. The first time I remember was when I was a small lad fishing the Thames and the overhanging bank I was standing on collapsed beneath me and sent me straight into the river. I couldn’t swim then and the guy in the swim next to me had to dive in and save me. I spent the next couple of hours next to my dad with a plastic Mac over me with my clothes drying out on the fence behind me, and every boat that past seemed to be pointing and laughing at me I also remember having a mate taking a picture of me holding a Tench just after dusk and the
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  23. I have never actually fallen in, but have got wet on numerous occasions . By far the commonest was wading an inch or more deeper than my waderr length. A bit of a laugh in thigh waders, less so in waist waders, and getting a bit hairy in chest waders. Done that in many rivers and in surf. If you ever don chest waders It is very important to invest in a good stout wading staff, both for feeling your way in a rocky river, and providing a third leg in a dodgy current or surf. Once you get chest deep it is easy to get knocked off your feet by a wave or a current surge. At 86+ my wading days
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  24. OH Dear, come on Chesters, are you saying that Martin is an indiscriminate flasher, just flashing all over the place? Surely he would be posting reviews up about long Macintosh Coats. Just saying.
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  25. Hi everyone, I trust you're all keeping well. Not been on for a while, after my disappointment at myself for losing it, I decided to have a rest and maybe start anew. Not done a lot of fishing so far this year, joined a new club, and I've mainly been just fishing for whatever came along, but had some decent bags of roach along the way. I hoped to have taken my 5 year old grandson, for his first fishing outing, but this bloody virus and the weather, have put paid to that. This is the last week before he goes back to school, and he lives in a 'lock down' area, so no chance. My wife is
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  26. Hi all. Found you at last. Y"all disappeared from my PC and I just got "cannot find" for weeks. Found this route on Norma"s Kindle. Mobility has crashed a bit and I ca n I just about stagger 50 yards from car park to swim with the aid of a few puffs of triglyceride (bloody spell checker won't let me write "nitro" and "glycerine" as one word.) Norma does the driving and gillies for me, even finds time to fish . I am restricted to flat banks and still water - no rock-hopping, no hill-stream trouting, no fly-fishing, and definitely no wading. Still, I have had 80 years of that, so
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  27. “Only a Sith deals in absolutes.” - Obi-Wan Kenobi
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  28. nice looking pond ,much better than featureless gravel pits ,nice fish to go with it although ii prefer no carp once they get big or in numbers they radically change small ponds
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  29. Hey Phone, Your right, no so many barbel again. I think there's several different reasons for my lack of barbel. There may be less in the river after the last few years of quite serious floods. There are a lot of people fishing for them now and they are very pressured. Most of the fish I catch are smaller now with a few decent ones, maybe the older ones have died off and there is some new year classes coming through? My barbel catches have dropped off drastically over the last 5yrs. It isn't down to otters as they have always been there, and were there before b
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  30. Hi Martin, thanks for the info', I'll try and have a reccy to have a look at the place. I took my grandson for his first outing last Saturday, to the Aire and Calder canal at Stourton, it's on the Leeds book and I'm a member so no problem, and it's only 15 mins away with plenty of flat bank space. I just took a couple of whips, some spare hooks floats, nets, umbrella, and plenty to eat and drink. I thought that a couple of hours might be about the limit of his attention, but I was being a bit optimistic. I'm glad I just set up one whip, and as I set it up, I put a few maggots, and a small
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  31. Liverpool FC have won the League for the first time... People are being paid by the Govt. to not go to work... Somewhere a Scouser with an old lamp he has polished up is wondering what his third wish should be...
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  32. Yes Phone - might be best to keep your Mystery re that one!!
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  33. There was a time a few years ago when ‘Costco’ sold large plastic kayaks for not very much money and I was seriously thinking of buying one to use for fishing close to the shore and in estuaries for bass. However I didn’t buy one because it wouldn’t fit on top of my car and I lived too far from the sea. Keith
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  34. Haha I know why I am fat ,no excuses I eat sweeties and nice food and I don't walk to the shop to get them lol What's your excuse for being tall and thin? Now the bulk of Brits are overweight the thin ones have the problems Would I be fat if I stored it in my butt and be a African American wummun ?I have read articals asking how to store fat in black asses and they were not about donkeys lol The doc said he would text me when my results turned up !to date nothing and no mention of an appointment to have another
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  35. Nikon were the ones who broke the F8 barrier by realising the quality of the lens did not have to go across the whole lens but just the centre as that was usually where the subject was. There was then a sudden surge in usage from the newspaper photographers, almost every shot of a group of them was a sea of Nikon’s. Nevermind putting the ISO, or, ASA into the camera, I remember when the setting on the camera was only there to remind you what film you had loaded so you could set the exposure meter correctly, it was separate. Before you took a photo you would turn the camera around and
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  36. Yes mate S210 coolpix- good enough for fishing pic's - I'm no David Bailey or Lord Litchfield!!
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  38. BOLD BEAR, Funny as hell. GUESS it wouldn't hurt to limit you from ever going alone. Phone
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  39. Phone, I wasn't talking about using expensive reels, just asking if you had ever actually used a centrepin reel. Regarding prices, some of my mose used pins are run of the mill okuma reels, one is a sheffield and the other a adventa. I got the adventa reel from a large outdoor shop over here a few years ago when they sold them all off for fifty notes each :). The reason I ask is because unless you have used one and got proficient with it you won't realise just what you can get out of them. I do use a fixed spool reel, and even a closed faced reel from time to time but since m
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  40. Phone, that sounds great, i've alway wanted to fish for those whopping grayling over there! I had a few hours out today, non stop catching really, unless I was walking to the next spot that is. At one point I heard a woggy hen sounding off and then it came flapping out of some willows downstream and opposite me. It then swam "on the double" across the river. Not far behind it was a otter porpoising after it ! Anyhow, I caught countless " dice " and had to take a couple of pic's of 'em for Phone :)...
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  41. They have washed up dead around freshwater Bay Area over the years. Nobody fishes for them so they don’t get caught... I had a rod, reel and rod holder ripped off the side of my boat by a very fast moving big fish about twenty years ago fishing the back of the Wight, probably a tuna.
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  42. Get yer sen' off Ian, yer only here once
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  43. All, All this time I thought ENGLAND was an island Phone
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  44. I know of a Scottish chap that sea fishes from a kayak but he's the only one.
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  45. Phone, is that a marcia or similar? If i'd been trotting on the river today I would have had 15ft of water over my head, the recent rain has swollen it quickly. I decided to do some easy fishing and visited the same pool as I visited last week. I didn't catch as many, only eleven today and of a smaller stamp maybe 4lb to 7lb'ish. They did pull back though and it was good fun catching them off the surface. Oh, I forgot to mention, I had a bream of al things on the floating bread !
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  46. Here's another friend, sadly gone. I hope Newt doesn't mind me posting this picture of Jan Vail with a young Vagabond.
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  47. Another session today, trotting on a couple of my favourite swims. The fishing started off slow as I only got trout, average dace and small chub in my first spot. I made a move a couple of hundred yards downstream to the next swim and got a nice trout of 2 plus pound next trott through a barbel of 6 or 7lb. I finnished up with seven barbel, one decent chub of about 4lb, a few small chub, a few dace and some nice trout, not a bad few hours out...appart from getting several soakings in passing thunder and lightening storms!
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