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  1. Here is a reel (and rod) that was very cheap, they are replicas of those I made in the 1940s. There was a war on, no tackle in the shops, and at eight years old I couldn't afford them anyway. My parents didn't believe in fishing, nor pocket money. My mates in the late nineteen nineties didn't believe it either - so I got a nine year old primary schoolboy to make the replicas under my supervision, and fish with it. Both he and I caught a lot of 4lb plus tench on them -my best was 5-6 The rod was rowan or mountain ash - the yggdrasil of Scandinavian folklore - It is the best British wood I know of for rods.
    3 points
  2. Re lift bites. Those of you who fish close in (I mean REALLY close - within three inches of marginal reeds/bulrush/reedmace/flags etc) have a good chance of glimpsing the real cause of the "lift" Tench feed on tiny snails and other invertebrates that feed on marginal vegetation. These invertebrates lie concealed in the mud when not feeding and crawl up the stems of the marginal plants to feed. (Think of the way slugs, snails, some caterpillars and beetle grubs do the same thing to your lettuces, cabbages. dahlias and petunias etc.) The tench come along and pick the inverts off the stems (that's why careful observation will show flags, reeds etc "shaking" for reasons other than wind. If Mr Tench is still hungry, then he goes after the inverts lying concealed in the mud close to their food plant. Head down, the tench appears to "bounce" on its head. I've seen a group of tench keep this up for at least half an hour, without going horizontal If, like me, most of your tench fishing is done on old estate lakes on clay (Wealden Clay in my case) then all you will see in the murky water is a tench tail that arises then disappears. If you get the opportunity to fish a clear water gravel pit then you will see the full monty. Tench, head down, each behaving like something on a slow-motion pogo stick. Once you have seen it, you understand the full extent of the lift, and also why you get so many line-bites Choose a long thin float, (I use a porcupine quill) get your shotting right (see other's advice above), keep quiet and still, use worm. meat or maggot, and you should be in business
    3 points
  3. I've denied myself gratification for a whole day. I can't wait any longer:
    2 points
  4. I suppose they may be no use at the snatch but might scoop the clean and jerk.
    2 points
  5. From Deep thought rather than deep throat i expect lol. (Google is your friend for silly oz names) I find it amusing france banned face coverings but now enforces face coverings ,i actually walked into the bank with a mask on and no police arrived!
    2 points
  6. Thanks all. I've had a few sessions since my return and they've all gone well; a double figure common off the top with home made bait and some fun taking tench on the float of an evening. More serious feeder/legering might be on the cards this weekend, now I know I haven't completely forgotten what I'm doing!
    2 points
  7. Me too ! Not only that but some of the line I have on bulk spools was bought over thirty years ago. Provided your line is stored where it is cool, dry and dark there is no reason it should deteriorate. I cut off the last few inches of line at the end of each trip and replace the reel line once it is markedly too short (that takes years, not months) Before Maxima my "go to" freshwater line was Luron - anybody else remember that ?
    2 points
  8. I think half the reason braid is used is the diameter vs breaking strain ,they then can have almost unbreakable line compared to mono of the same diameter? Clever? Or just bad anglers making up for deficiencies in fishing technique or just impatience and dragging in fish before they are tired it's your call I used it for carp hook lengths but never for anything more and having seen it frayed to almost nothing in a chance catfish encounter never if they are present. Braid is nothing new it was the first line available only the composition (and treatment after use) has changed but i am happy using mono
    2 points
  9. It has proved that some people now believe that everything they read on social media is true simply because it is retwated or whatever you call it thousands of times, it also proves that it doesn’t matter about fact or statistics if it says something else on a video. Other than that, yes, not a lot of point to it, but it actually makes much more sense over the last couple of weeks than it has for a while. It also shows that nobody gives a **** about some short arsed **** making threats on a discussion board.
    2 points
  10. Clod Onum lie lerut acilir ivoviful. Lowam hgv emenel tode citima aqot rer cen. Ceciemun bayini nih nicir so remain
    2 points
  11. If you use fresh caster that are still fully alive you can make them float really well by just leaving them out in the sun for a while. Unfortunately most of the caster you buy nowerdays is almost (or already) dead so may not react the same. I used to be able to buy fresh live caster from my tackleshop (which had very recently been turned and put into in sealed plastic bags to slow further development) which I normally kept in water when on the bank to actually prevent them from turning into floaters; however I always kept a few of them deliberately out of the water so that they would develop into floaters in the sun, which I could use to try to get the shoal feeding off the surface or to balance with a sinking caster to obtain a very slow descent. Whenever I located a shoal of Rudd that were readily taking food off the surface I would catapult a few pouches of floating caster on top of them and top up this loose feed fairly regularly to keep them feeding off the surface, then I cast a small onion waggler just past them and then and slowly draw it back amongst the feeding Rudd. NB: I fish with my bait (floating caster) around a foot to 18 inches max below the float with no shot on my line at all (all the needed shot tight up against the float with none down towards the hook). The noise of the loose fed caster landing on the surface actually attracted the Rudd. It was just a case of manoeuvring my hookbait in amongst them after I’ve deliberately overcast my float. hope this helps Keith
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  12. I reckon that big fat one I caught today was aboit 6 inches long, and like your ones it was thick and deep. Just nice to catch them now and again even though they bearly put a bend in the lightest of rods tips lol.
    2 points
  13. I had a pleasant couple of hpurs trotting today, I say pleasant because there were clouds giving some protection from that horrible scorching sun of late. I don't know if it's down to the ozone layer being destroyed or what, but this year I just can't cope with the searing sun! Anyhow, back to the fishing, I had a number of dace roach and small chub and a single but xxl gudgeon lol. No barbel today, biggest fish caught were two half decent chub. I'm confident that if i'd switched to a link leger and touch legered I would have caught barbel, they just weren't having a trotted bait and I couldn't be bothered to change my set up.
    2 points
  14. Just deleted the clips as it isn't fair on other people who fish there to leave them on for too long
    2 points
  15. Here's a clip of a trotting session I had a week or so back. It was in a swim where once you hooked a fish you can't give any line or the fish will be lost in sunken trees....
    2 points
  16. Check the rules! You really don't want to be turning up with braid, only to find that braid is banned.
    2 points
  17. The Kennet flows seem to split at Newbury ,low flows west ,higher flows east ,which makes sense ,my day was bad , slippy angled banks were full of slugs/snails and nettles and my box fell in the river ,my banker swim ,which I had convinced myself would fish well when overcast produced my only fish a gudgeon. Have put a ruler in my box ,as I have nothing to weigh grammes with and hope to catch a 6" gudgeon and try to join the Soc'. Glad to see everyone else is doing much better
    1 point
  18. But it would be very entertaining in the weightlifting comp Theres a weighlifting comp going on in my garden at the moment we have trained the local fox to eat off our table ,he has his own bowl for scraps (at first he just ate them off the lawn but we put flea tablets in a sandwhich which was scoffed by a badger so then we trained it to eat off a seat but the badger discovered it could get it ,the table defeats the badger!) Then the cats discovered it ,first i put a bit of cardboard on top then the cats found they could just push it off! Now it has a lid held onto the bowl with a magnet and the number of magnets increase every night until the cat fails and the fox wins getting it off. What fun there is in the sticks! No badgers foxes or cats were harmed but i have rigged up a scooter alarm to sound if i spot a cat and remotely set it off Poor thing was half dead ,got rid of most of the mange ,killed the fleas but it has a gammy back leg that gets better or worse weekly https://www.dropbox.com/s/wx4ecjnsdk7acaf/20210525_091046.jpg?dl=0 This was taken before the bowl and lid was introduced ,he like jam sandwiches which i use to put the ground up pills in.Not sure of its gender we presume its a female as the larger fox that occasionally follows it is probably a male ,it cannot even fathom out how to use the chair to get on the table! He gets dog biscuits as does the badger from the lawn Anyway back to trans :
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  19. It wouldn't be the same if one of them were trying to pack the meat and two veg into those skimpies.
    1 point
  20. Perhaps a "Trans Olympics" is the answer? But I don't really care, I just want to watch female beach volleyball.
    1 point
  21. Harris Lake, Marsh Farm - Milford 1600 - 0000 Cool (for late July!), 17ºC - 15ºC, very breezy (thanks to storm Evert) with a couple of brief flurries of rain - though precipitation had been much heavier prior to arrival. 23 (!!!!!!) Crucians: 18 over 2lb (the other 5 all around 1¾lb - I had 2 @1-14). Best 5 went, 3lb 2oz, 2lb 15oz, 2lb 14oz, 2lb 12oz & 2lb 11oz. 7 Tench: best 4lb 2oz - the others all 2-3lbers. 1 Perch: unweighed but needed the net and easily ½lb. 2 Rudd (micro sized - both caught on a bare hook as I adjusted the shotting on my float at the start of the session!) WOW! Feast or Famine. I couldn't buy a bite here 6 weeks ago - and yet today caught nearly double the number of big crucians than I caught in the whole of last season - in fact looking back through my diaries I can't see a better return in the 15 years I've been coming to this venue. And to add to the fun they were all caught on the float - pretty much under my rod tip. Had planned for this to be a bit of an overnighter but by 9.00pm I already had 20 to my name (including all the bigger ones) and bites then actually tailed off a bit as it got dark - complete opposite to what nearly always happens here. Really frenetic evening - took 3 attempts to make myself a cup of tea as I kept having to turn the stove off to land a fish! All fish on chopped prawn - took maggot but didn't even put one on the hook!
    1 point
  22. Crucian-tastic. Well done, Chris - you earned that one. And an early night too!
    1 point
  23. Yes Martin, it has to have pellet waggler rod printed on it or it isn't fit to use as a pellet waggler . But then again, you migh be ok if it says carp waggler on it
    1 point
  24. Lovely pictures of the Rudd and Gudgeon ,such pretty fish ,there are some oversized gudgeon on the Reeds ticket at Thatcham. The vast amount of perch in the lakes are busy at this time of year swallowing up the fry ,not a fan.
    1 point
  25. I found a great page on the Heaven's Above website last night, that lists all of the bright man-made satellites (including the ISS) when they are visible. You'll need to put in your own location to get the most accurate results, but as I'm in the middle of the country, the information shown shouldn't be more than a minute or two off. https://www.heavens-above.com/AllSats.aspx?lat=51.72277&lng=-1.25244&loc=South+Oxford&alt=0&tz=GMT
    1 point
  26. Congratulations, Simon. By the sound of it, given the conditions, a successful trip!
    1 point
  27. Great news ,COPD isnt funny but it could have been far worse ! Now on to your life again
    1 point
  28. And that it's completely non-stretch. I'd never go back to mono for my lure fishing, particularly for bass, but it's a different ball game when it comes to course fishing. Seems like mono's still king when it comes to that. Fortunately there are no lurking moggies (as far as I'm aware...). Looks like the line's good. Now the fun of trying to remember how to rig up without the need for a wire trace or fluorocarbon!
    1 point
  29. Nýr meðlimur Flaviviridae fjölskyldunnar hefur nýlega verið klónaður og algerlega raðgreindur. Nýja vírusinn, sem tímabundið er nefndur lifrarbólga G vírus (HGV) og vitað er að er náskyld GB veiru C (GBV-C), smitast með blóði og blóðafurðum, lyfjanotkun í bláæð og önnur hegðun sem tengist mikilli hættu á útsetningu fyrir æð til blóðs.
    1 point
  30. Alders Lake - Thatcham 1830 - 2300 Warm, sunny evening with a gentle breeze for much of it - which kept the mossies off for all but the last hour. 25ºC when I arrived - still 17ºC when I packed up. 3 Bream: 4lb 4oz, 3lb 14oz, 3lb 11oz. 1 Tench 3lb 13oz. 3 Carp; all ¾-1lb. 3 Perch - all 6-8oz. Productive evening which got off to a slow start. And whilst I had a perch first cast I'd have to wait 2 hours for my next bite. All the fish then came in a 90min spell around dusk. Again the little carp fought well above their weight - kidding me into thinking I was into tincas. (All were re-homed next door). After 2200 I was plagued with strange bites - which proved to be signal crayfish (I even landed one of the blighters) - damn nuisance as they were on the bait as soon as it touched bottom - so whilst I had intended to fish till midnight - they prompted an 'early' pack up!
    1 point
  31. Common - similar in size to the ones I've rehomed from Willows recently. There's a LOT of mis-identification of crucians (usually mistaken for brown goldfish!) below is my rule of thumb - on the bank guide! Lateral line count - 33 (32 or 34 MAY be OK if everything else is right!) Less than 32 - liklely to be Goldfish or goldfish cross, more than 34 common carp or cross Dorsal - Convex (Goldfish are concaved) Caudal - Paintbrush shaped (Goldfish are much more v shaped) Mouth - absolutely NO barbules or even vestigial ones (carp or carp cross)
    1 point
  32. The master speaks! Nothing more to add Its surprising now close fish come to you if your not stomping up and down and casting four rods to the horizon every ten minutes followed by a gallon of bait.OK i added a bit!
    1 point
  33. It's a good story, but like the origins of "Keep it under your hat", the truth may be lost to history.
    1 point
  34. A bonus hour-and-a-half session to use up some baits. A 15 foot rod, centrepin, 2SSG loafer float and a size 16 hook was great fun on the fast running water, and resulted in 4 chub (all between 8 and 12oz), 3 dace to 4oz, 6 small roach, my first fabulous gudgeon of the season and a minnow. Home with a smile on my face and ready for the England v Italy final later.
    1 point
  35. Willows Lake - Thatcham 1800 - 0000 Warm, overcast with a southerly breeze to put a bit of ripple on the water - neigh on perfect conditions - pity no one told the fish! 2 Carp 12lb 14oz & 6 lb 7oz. 1 Tench c1lb & a Perch. Dismal evening on the float despite same tactics/baits and swim to my last trip here in June. No bites before 2030 - and precious few after that despite the odd fish rolling in my swim! Thankfully I had a Plan B. I'd thrown a couple of slices of bread into my bait bucket and put a carp rod in my quiver with the notion that I might get the carp coming in close after dark to snaffle a surface bait. By 2230 I was confident the resident wildfowl (which had been a PITA up to that point!) had roosted for the night and I started to flick thumb sized pieces of bread into the margins by my feet. It wasn't long before slurps and swirls started to appear and it was simply a question of dapping a bait on the surface and hanging on for dear life. Alas my first attempt met with failure as I'd set the clutch too lightly and within a couple of seconds of my first bite I found myself attached to a lily stem and not a carp! (How do the do that?) Hook safely retrieved and clutch tightened up my next fish was the 6lber which was in the net before it knew what had happened. After all this commotion - things went quiet for a while - though I now had to contend with the rats swimming out to take my freebies! Thankfully there was still time for one more fish - an ugly looking mirror EXACTLY twice the size of my earlier carp both of which had somewhat redeemed an otherwise poor evening.
    1 point
  36. Onida la tu ierad telani idot ciemuhes ditisoc. Popie iletilen dupopu vurel. Leyete nelagas lesota litoneb lurif to rati cor, dip nesofar uwan retaro elu fegomo cemayar ofaremon mic dolet, unurer de mil etosir! Sicewon udeyep tepo unucara.HGV
    1 point
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  38. I’m not very good with those meme things and emojis Ken, are you able to find me a “points and laughs” one for the next time the insignificant short arse puts up a claim about his Son’s rating? TIA.
    1 point
  39. Nail on the head mate.
    1 point
  40. Hi Tench, You need to make or buy a Maggot riddle, which are in 2 parts so that the maggots drop though & leave the Caster in the top part for Harvesting. The one I made happened to be from 2 Oval Identical Ice Cream containers. I melted 2 six inch nails near either end the top part of the bottom container to stand the top one on/in. The top one has loads of holes in the base using something like a HOT 4 inch nail which is about the right diameter for the maggots to drop though & doesn't leave a burr/sharp edge like a drill would, & quicker to do the holes!! When the Casters are the colour I want (a darkish red) I put them in an old pint glass of cold water (they'll be ok like that for a few hours till you've turned some more) The casters which aren't quite the right colour - I still pick them out but put them in a DRY container to turn a bit more. (in the house on windowsill to keep an eye on them, Wife permitting lol) & Yes, I tend to agree with Gozzer, White maggots do make the Best casters but reds are still pretty good & Not to be wasted. The Other Riddle I have is really a Groundbait Riddle but the Maggots can still get through the square holes (on the one I have anyway). It fits over a Maggot box or an old washing up bowl for the same results. I'll try & put a pic' or 2 on tomorrow.
    1 point
  41. I Reckon you've already researched some editing bumf, but if not here's one to get you started (I've no idea if this is any good for you Ian, & there's loads of other Go Pro Editing tools out there. Just wanted to help! Some are Free, & some are to pay. This one is just a YouTube tutorial / Advert. It Might even take you to something you like Better??
    1 point
  42. Many years ago I used to turn my own casters when I couldn't get any decent casters from my tackle shop. I would get my older maggots and riddle any casters from them several times per day, and I'd place any caster that I had riddled into a bait box with a damp flannel on top of them and keep them cool in my fridge. NB: If I didn't do this they would nearly all float because too much air would be getting at them. Keith
    1 point
  43. Tigger goes "Go Pro", (I think?) Nice vid' & fish Ian.
    1 point
  44. To stop my caster from turning into floating caster I keep my caster in water (in my bait box); but I also leave a few out of the water which will fairly quickly turn into floaters in the sun. I will often use a floating caster together with a sinking caster to produce a slow sinking bait but sometimes the weight of the hook is enough to make the floating caster slowly sink without the need of adding the sinking caster. If I am chasing a large shoal of Rudd which is feeding on or near the surface I keep catapulting out floating casters to them and fish very shallow on the surface using a floating caster on the hook with no shot down the line at all. I often find that I can bring the shoal closer by catapulting the floating casters gradually closer and closer to me. Keith
    1 point
  45. I went again today, early evening, and did much better. They were still fast, tricky bites, but I upped the hook size from 16 to 14, and had a much better hook-up rate as a result. In two hours I had 23 roach and one rudd, up to half a pound or just over.
    1 point
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