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  1. Except in a river or stream Regarding the information about the wind i have come to realise Millenials dont have a sense of consequence, you see them on youtube falling foul of obvious pitfalls any 'normal' adult will predict so everything has to be explained and most likely every time it's published because when you live on a phone there is no need to remember anything, its a wonder some remember to breathe !
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  2. Thanks BB for a good summary of how wind affects carp Also see my comments on venue 2 in the earlier thread "Winding Down" As Dick Walker once said "How much intelligence, for the love of Mike, does an angler need to realise that floating food will go where the wind blows it ?"
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  3. I've met him ! A minor club official with delusions of grandeur. Didn't have any I.D. on him but demanded to see my club card and licence. I told him to go climb a tree. Re the salties... The only other occasion where wildlife stopped me fishing was on the Oykel Fly fishing for Salmon , wading a rapid, above a deep pool, and was attacked by midges. I was not being bitten much, but two eyes full of midges meant I couldn.t see - in a fast current in midstream. Chucking handfuls of river water into my eyes was all I could do and the midges came back as soon as I stopped the i
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  4. Show off! I had a close call with a toad once
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  5. Bob, we've had some ! Fishing the Top End in a tinny, we were free lining blueys into likely barra spots and slowly retrieviing them as we drifted uo a tidal creek. One spot seemed pretty good, several barras around the 10 lb mark. So we put the hook down. After a bit I got snagged - pulled for a break, and the "snag" went away across the bottom. then climbed up the creek bank and revealed itself as a 4 ft saltie. Then Norma hooked another "snag" - a 6-footer this time . We had a few more. "Al" I said to the guide, "is it my imagination, or is each croc we see bigger than t
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  6. 16/08 a couple of weeks ago obliterating my PB caught 3 Chub. And this one on the same boilie lol
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  7. I've stayed off this thread, indeed the whole site, because some of the the inane comments did my head in. Fortunately I can't see all of the posts, but I can imagine them from the replies I can see. But, if those I respect can keep returning to comment, then I can't see why I should be any different, but still with restrictions on what I can read. Here's an article from a young lady that I see as having a fairly balanced view on things, even if she does report for the unbalanced BBC! She sums up the present situation on both sides pretty fairly I feel, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/wo
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  8. ONLY AFTER the EU put a stop to bullfighting, cockfighting, dogfighting and various other disturbing animal welfare can anyone EVER contemplate a comparison between U.K. animal welfare and those abhorrent practices. To make such a statement when ‘pig cages’ are allowed and permitted throughout Europe is far more than a blinkered view on your beloved EU, it is base stupidity and ignorance.
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  9. ALL, About time I guess. 2020 has provided me with some real challenges. For example eating this onion. Half a year ago I was diagnosed with "Large B cell lymphoma" cancer. The fix is chemotherapy. I intend to continue to be around for at least three or four more years. I have zero complaints, I've had a rich and rewarding 80+ and wouldn't change a thing. Well, maybe a couple things - like 3 heart attacks, 4 strokes, diabetes, stage 4 kidney failure, and assorted other boring maladies. I just don't want to sneak out the back door without Chesters1 having a peek. I
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  10. Chesters1, Probably the number one reason I could not maintain an interest in fluff chucking was gold. As soon as I would see a few flakes the 'ell with the fish rod and out would come the pan. My best ever about 1/2 oz - 50 years ago Phone
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  11. Belated birthday wishes Ant. You're just a young'un. I remember thinking the same at your age, now I think, 'Bloody hell, it only seems a few years ago that I was 50, where have those last 20 years gone?' John.
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  12. Perhaps it was its stash you took? If i lived in OZ i would be out looking for gold ,unfortunately my temperature upper limit is 20c so unless you do something about that i refuse to come down there ,thank god my parents never went in the 60's ! And boy do you have silly laws are you actually allowed to do anything ?
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  13. The problem is that a five year old will want lots of bites, which will inevitably reduce with the colder weather. I'm sure you've asked advice from the local fishing shop.
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  14. If it was closer I'd put a bid in but too far to travel.
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  15. All, Of this I can assure you - HOPEFULLY I am quoting myself. """ “Carp eat between nothing and very little when the water temperature is below 50 degrees F. and what they do eat they digest probably less than 5%”.""" A couple observations and biological facts HEALTHY carp can live seven months without feeding. THIS is the reason carp do not survive the far cold extremes. ON topic (if I remember my own stuff) the warmer the sweeter, the colder the more acidic. IN cold, carp will continue instinctive foraging behaviour and attention to tactics is far more im
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  16. Hi Peter, scroll down this Link to the bit about Black Groundbaits for Winter. I haven't given it a go myself though (I tend to give the cold weather a miss these days) but there seems to be plenty buying it. https://www.anglingdirect.co.uk/community/beginners-guide-groundbait-101
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  17. I actually bought AT today, AM had sold out, miserly thin offering for £2.30, tempted by 'roach' on the front cover, well over a year since I last bought AT. I really don't know why I bothered. This afternoon I also picked up a hardly read copy of John Watson's A Pikers Progress for a mere fiver, now that is value, especially when compared with AT! Was a time that a daily visit to WH Smith was a must, now it's the book shelves in my local charity shops!
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  18. Nothing amazing, I'm privileged to live besides one of the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads, luck of birth! The local 'bream patrol route' runs past my garden and bream are notoriously easy to catch, especially when using molasses and garlic flavoured cloud bait. Okay, so the gear used clearly makes a difference. Depending on the tide I'm fishing in one to four feet of water and a size 18 under a self cocking float, no additional shot, one red and one white maggot or a knob of garlic flavoured bread paste on a size 10 fished 4 to 6 inches over depth normally does the business during summer and aut
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  19. Peter, that sounds amazing stuff! 'The year of big bream and rudd' from your own garden! And quest for big roach. I'm sure we'd all love to hear more
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  20. Cheers. It's reassuring to know that she should be able to get developing done, then. As for polaroids, I have no idea what you mean
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  21. The reason that I move away from oily or fatty baits in the depths of winter when the water temps have dropped dramatically is that they tend to thicken up and get very stodgy and less attractive with hardly any flavour leaking from them; so I move over more to stronger flavoured baits like strong cheese or spice flavoured baits or bread or maggots or Pinkies or Redworms (which seem to have more life than lobs or dendros In icy cold water) or much leaner Luncheon meat. Plus as you probably know already most fish get a lot less liable to chase a bait downstream and need a lot less food whe
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  22. As long as I can position myself out of sight then I would be fishing close in under my feet anyway if the wind was in my face; as any food on the surface would naturally end up there anyway when the wind was coming towards me. Some of my best days fishing on the surface have been with me either laying flat on my stomach or sitting well back from the edge behind cover and fishing with the wind coming towards me. On occasion I have even fished with my line coming directly upwards off the bait below my rod tip with no line laying on the surface at all (dapping). Keith
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  23. I wish I was only 50 Ant, count yourself lucky Keith
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  24. I guess this a sign of the times and many of us will look back at the golden years fondly. I'm surprised any magazine is surviving at the moment. I can't remember the last time I went out and bought one. For many years, they've become an impulse, one-off type affair for many of us. It's sad, really. Magazines and comics defined my youth!
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  25. You want excitement? Try barramundi fishing with 10 to 14 ft crocs eyeing you as a potential meal
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  26. So Ian, are you still Tigger or now JV44?? - maybe i'm losing something in my dotage!! It's OK if things have changed??
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  27. Chris, Steve - I have a draft for another book, following on from A.V. My indoor hobby, now that tackle making and fly-tying are beyond my tremor-racked hands, is postal history, especially rail-related postal history ("The Night Mail crossing the border " etc ) - it does not leave much time for book production - since retiring I have often wondered how I ever found time to go to work !
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