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  1. Some stupid idiot(s) have illegally put catfish into a couple of waters near where I live. We’ve now got them in our stream fed estate lake to over 40lb and a Catfish of 55lb was caught from one of my other clubs lakes too, and regulars say that there are some even bigger ones in that lake. They certainly were not put in by the clubs themselves. Stupid is being polite when describing these plebs. Keith
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  2. Don't know if you remember a guy coming on here some years ago, complaining that he had lost 1000s of cats from his 'fishery' in East Yorkshire during heavy flooding. He was asking for donations to compensate his loss. I remember saying he should be fined not compensated for polluting the surrounding waters. His fishery was surrounded by drains which fed into the River Hull, which in turn fed the Humber, and it's only a short trip up to the Trent and Yorkshire Ouse systems. Catfish have been caught, from parts of the Yorks Ouse for the last 6 or 7 years, and reports of them being caught from t
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  3. We are all here for you Ant and Phone, never be afraid to reach out.
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  4. Ant, you've got a PM John.
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  5. Thank you all. Just an update, I'm booked in for scans on monday afternoon, so should know more by monday evening. It's going to be a long weekend but fingers crossed.
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  6. What is Celibacy? Celibacy can be a choice in life, Or a condition imposed by circumstances. While attending a Marriage Weekend, my wife and I, listened to the instructor declare, 'It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.." He then addressed the men, 'Can you name and describe your wife's favourite flower?' I leaned over, touched my wife's hand gently, and whispered, 'Self-raising, isn't it?' And thus began my life of celibacy..........
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  7. Unintended messages
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  8. As readers of "Angling Vagabond" will know, my first reel I made myself in 1942 (aged eight) Yrs, others were skeptical when I wrote about it back around 2002, so I persuaded the 9 year old son of a friend to make a replica (First I had to teach him how to saw straight and how to drill straight, and how to drive in a nail straight - whatever primary schools taught in 2002 seemed of little practical use) With a little help, he succeeded. Coupled with a rowan rod the oufit caught plenty of tench including four and five pounders for both of us. It was written up with illustrations for Fresh
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  9. Not my words but written by a friend. The litany of abuse and inhumanity I have seen aimed at a man who devoted his life to public service of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth has irked me beyond belief. He's a racist, you say? At 18-months old, as a young Greek baby of Danish parentage, he was removed from his home and as a refugee was taken to Paris where he was brought up by two alcoholic parents. His mother was sectioned when he was five years old, whilst his father left him to pursue his own love life.
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  10. ALL, Of course, I’m right I’m Phone and I’m back. Although there should have never been a doubt. There have been a few of the boring snags; for your perusal. · How does such a event begin ? Simple, · “ Dr. Vamanan has reviewed your medical records and performed a thorough physical exam. · You endorse recovering well after surgery. · Your CT showed a lymph node that might have increased in size right beside your aorta. We're going to send these results to your Primary Care Physician and arrange a referral with HemOnc.
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  11. Beats me why people who catch these invasive species release them! These same idiots complaine about our indiginoius predators because they eat fish, calling for culls of them, and yet promote the introduction of wels catfish which are capable of decimating our waterways.
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  12. So by continued scaremongering about the AstraZeneca jab whilst at the same time demanding the U.K. gives up its own supply, sending armed officers into ‘secure’ supplies and blocking the supply of the AstraZeneca to other Countries and then threatening to seize the entire supply of jabs in a U.K. funded and purchased laboratory that happens to be in Holland, sitting on the jabs that have been supplied until they go out of date and then saying they are not going to use them anyway! Pfizer then announce that due to ‘market conditions’ they are increasing the price of their jab by 60%.
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  13. I don't really know why i'm posting this, but sitting here right now it seems the right thing to do. I'm not wanting sympathy or pity, what I do need is to put something down in words, and hopefully some positive energy flowing my way. I've had a cough for around 5 weeks, and the odd day when i've had a sharp stabbing pain around my chest and sides around my ribcage and a shortness of breath. My girlfriend being the wonderful and loving type had googled and read up on the more detailed symptoms I was showing. She thought it may have been a bout of pneumonia and suggested I talk to my doc
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  14. Ha! Just remembered that time when some bright spark opened an eBay account in the name of Tony Blair and was auctioning peerages. Fecking funny and fecking true.
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  15. Perhaps Its the 70's and 80's selfish moving fish again (why theres so many carp ) ,we found one in my old pond and dispatched it ,no-way could it have swum there and i doubt it crept in with a stocking so obviously it was put in deliberately ,saying that its pretty common people throwing fish in waters because they outgrow their tanks or just get bored keeping them as we saw with several turtles appearing when the ninja turtles fad ended.Unfortunately clubs are also to blame stocking fish without realising the consequences as we see with the true crucians becoming so rare
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  16. If only Covid had killed off all the old Brexit voters before the referendum.
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  17. Ant, I'M sure you've seen my recent post. I would be glad to answer any details you may have Phone
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  18. That was a tough read, especially as my brother has been going through a similar set of tests recently with (so far) negative results. As everyone seems to be pointing out, survival odds are much better than they used to be and many people go on to live many years, with a good quality of life after treatment - my old neighbour was one. Hopefully, you will feel much better soon now that the infection is being dealt with and be in a better place to fight this bloody thing.
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  19. More people then ever before are surviving cancer, and you are going to increase that number! Think positive Ant, because you are going to be here for years to come.
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  20. bloody hell ! hope things turn out ok for you mate. your right it must be very scary . don't give up hope i'm sure you'll be ok you have to be ok i still havn't seen you catch a carp from your stretch of the coventry canal yet. good luck ant
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  21. A friend of mine she has just had her all clear after treatment Ant, it’s amazing just what they can do nowadays hopefully all will turn out well for you easy for me to say but be strong . Paul .
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  22. Agree with Chesters on this, I had a similar scare years ago when my children were young teenagers, I left them a video that thankfully never got shown. Cancer treatment has made massive leaps in recent years, a very good friend has a daughter who was diagnosed with an aggressive cancerous brain tumour when she was eight years old, Drs gave her six months to live, those words cut everyone down like a machine gun, words can never express those feelings. She is now 22 years old, every year she has all the scans and tests and every year the Consultant says “you know what I am going to s
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  23. Read the caption and thought "Why doesn't he sit sideways on his bed-chair like other carp-fishers ?" I'll get me coat...
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  24. Tigger sums it up "the water in front of you" Most important is the water clarity - Fish have eyes to see with, and a sense of smell to find food with when they can't see - for example on a moonless night or in intensely clouded water (eg carp puddles) Obviously in partially clouded water they may well use both senses. A secondary consequence of cloudy water is the colour intensity of the roach themselves - the cloudier the water, the more anaemic* the roach - and incidentally the more likely they are to be hybrids with rudd or bream rather than true roach. So the future holds
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  25. Bugger !,not good but medicine has progressed far even in a few years .Nothing anyone can say will help so its down to you ,your medical team and mostly your family. You have heard what everyone dreads to hear but many hear them and are still here so never give up! but make sure you put somewhere a letter with what you want to say to your family and another listing all your passwords for online banking and when and how much direct debits are so arrangements can be made to make life go on without you if the worse happens (which it does for everyone at some point !mines been sitting in our
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  26. You wouldn’t expect Chesters to read the Beano and take that seriously would you?
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  27. Looking bad in France our variant is doing extremely well ,they couldnt confiscate ITS sandwhiches ant the border lol
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  28. I like bubble floats ,great for getting crust into lilly pads or filled up a bit more weight casting a whitebait in to the edge of reeds.Half filled the become a weight and a float ! Underused bits of kit !
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  29. Can also use a Bubble Float - Loaded with a few shot if you can't get down to the water to fill it. (The shot also provides a bit of a rattle - simulating feed going in) I've had a few Carp using These!! (Chicken & Duck Breast Cat Treats) They Float Nicely, They're Freeze dried & firm, yet soft enough to hook - not messy to use. https://www.googleadservices.com/pagead/aclk?sa=L&ai=DChcSEwjmxN_V9c_vAhW0YOYKHZt-BUYYABAHGgJkZw&ohost=www.google.com&cid=CAESQeD2krPWCcuwFetAd-4sVyADPyIN3H3R0HO4OWkd_RgWR_Y_wcXsUE-gy6D2yzdju3EAmK2rZ-SOEVXKYnNjQCMw&sig=AOD64_1NFiVxPEvq
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  30. Some of that is funny Bob but my fecking eyes hurt!
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  32. Met Cliff when I was looking for an illustrator (angler cartoonist with warped S.O.H required to lighten the ramblings of a compulsive Rhadamanthinic piscator) After 2 minutes I had hired him, after 3 minutes we were planning fishing trips together. We fished for mullett in Essex (his place) Sussex (my place) and later the Severn and Wye for zander, pike barbel and salmon when Cliff had retired to Hay-on-Wye. I'm so pleased Cliff fulfilled his ambition with a 12lb salmon on fly in 2019 After retiring as a teacher, Cliff took a part-time job as a promoter of angling gear. Cut sho
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  33. I think feed, hookbaites etc depends on the water infront of you, still water or running etc, and of course the method of fishing your going to be using. Personally if fishing for roach in a river i tend to stick to using my hookbaits as attractant and feed pretty much every trott or two. If legering I often use brown crumb as a binder squeezed tightly in order to keep my other particles together until they reach the deck. I am of the opinion that roach are often sight feeders and if conditions allow you to see them, they are often darting in and out of bait as it falls throug
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  34. (From Vagabond) - Pete Butler, aged 96. Pete, a great all-round angler. Known for many good roach from the London reservoirs, also many good bass, some fly-caught salmon, and not a few big mullet He founded the London Specimen Hunters Club and seemed ro attract namesakes as his fishing mates - I remember one such gathering that included Pete himseld and Petes Grundel. Mead. Ellis and Hall. Go fishing with that lot, hook a decent fish and shout "Pete, Net !" and you had five chances of assistance.
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  35. I am a pessimist through and through ,to much bill and ben ,polution and strikes lol Far better to be surprised when things go right than disapointed when they dont ! My advise; Expect the worst it can be and its uphill from there!
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  36. Went Pike fishing with Rusty the weekend before last and managed 4 but missed 3 runs ,trialing circle hooks but unsure if I will stick with them at that strike rate first one hit the bait within a couple of minutes of casting out ,second fish actually took the Roach on the drop same swim mint fish no marks or hook damage and no fin damage which is good from the Kennet
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  37. Phone, any reel with a wire Bale arm (AKA line pickup in the posher echelons) was colloquially called a casting reel especially oop North when they first become popular & affordable!!. I believe they're still called Egg Beaters in Oz.
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  38. I don't collect centrepin reels, but I like to try out different ones and a sort of collection has been a by product of my trying them out. Although my collection has been dwindled down to about 30 pin's and that is a small collection in comparison to some professional hoarders lol. I sort of do a similar thing with rods, mainly float rods, but I do have a strange obsession with hardy marksman avon rods???
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  39. I’m very sad and surprised at this news, Cliff and his humour will be sorely missed. Back in August 20I8 soon after he had moved to Hay on Wye, I asked Cliff to sign a couple of his books for me (All Beer & Boilees and all Wind & Water) and he invited me to stay over at his place and spend a day on the Wye with him and he could then sign his books for me at the same time; unfortunately I couldn’t go back then; but now I really wish that I had gone. NB: He very kindly signed his books for me via snail mail instead. RIP Cliff Keith
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