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  1. Ah okay, I have fly fished for carp in the margins using sinking pellets and fake dog biscuit so I suppose that is a fairly similar tactic...really like playing fish with no gearing straight onto the reel so maybe I should try one out. Trotting lives on one sounds great!
  2. I got into the braid thing through piking and use it for everything else now. It's prone to wind knots now and again but apart from that it's great, you can use a mono leader before your hooklink tied loop to loop or use 2/3ft of rig tube to protect fish and keep the crucial part of the rig on the deck. Spooling up with braid isn't too bad, just remember to use electrical tape or some mono on the spool before you wind on your braid otherwise the whole lot will rotate!
  3. I've never used one but like the look and idea of them (simplicity)...what are the advantages and disadvantages and what sort of fish are people catching using them. Anything usual being caught using the pin?
  4. It was reasonably productive John, it wasn't uncommon to go out and have 3/4 good size doubles in a day but last year you'd be lucky to have a double in weeks. I'm not blaming it all on that though as there are plenty of contributing factors, it is just one of them. Funnily enough I have fished the same river for chub and roach and it's never been better...loads of good sized fish so maybe the floods has had a positive effect...who knows.
  5. My local river is smashed! In the summer the burnt grass patches, Eastern European tackle wrappers and general rubbish everywhere are the general giveaways. Now I have no problem with taking the odd fish for the pot but the key word to use here is sustainable....in big river systems and lakes over in the EU it's not a problem. Said smashed local rivers are small without a big head of predators and I've seen the pike fishing in particular decline massively over the last few years, nothing else to do now but to go elsewhere
  6. Just watched that vid Poledark and that's a pretty neat rig, definitely useable for small baits such as sprats and roach. I have thought about threading the trace through the bait before but never quite got to grips with perfecting it.
  7. I was under the impression these days that carp rods etc were pretty affordable? I recently bought a Daiwa Black Widow carp rod for my brother and I don't think was over 50 notes...lovely slim blank and the action is really nice on it. As for reels good Daiwa regals are always reliable and affordable. Some stuff in carp fishing is ridiculous though....stainless rod pods for £300 and motorized barrows for £600 and how many bags can you buy for objects...I 'm surprised individual camo hook bags haven't been invented by now! I suppose it's all to do with how people get sucked into thinking they need stuff when really they just want it!
  8. Yep, still got the rod. I can post some pics if you're interested in it, just let me know.
  9. I tend to agree with that. Mick Brown even started experimenting with hair rigs using chunks of mackerel and the like...it certainly looked neat but I don't think it caught on in the piking community. After 4 days on a recent trip pi**ing about with PVA bags, baiting up with pellets etc, and threading boilies and pop ups on hairs it makes me really appreciate the simplicity of pike fishing....if it all works leave as is
  10. I didn't know it was called the uni rig, I just kind of came up with it years back through trial and error and have used it ever since. IMO it's ever so slightly easier to deal with than two trebles when unhooking and I don't think the hook up rate suffers that much in comparison either. Never really tried singles or circles but maybe this year could be the time to test some out.
  11. Why not try a treble and a single? Put the treble (size 4 or 6) by the dorsal then have a sliding single hook of a similar size (ESPs are good) in the tail root to secure when casting. Use shrink tube along the shank of the single to keep it in line with the trace and it allows you to move it to suit different baits. As for lives a single treble seems to work well...keep it simple and all that.
  12. Okay, sounds like your seasons dictate slightly different timings than over here in the UK. Most of the pike I've caught in the winter seem to be covered with leeches suggesting possibly a more sedentary lifestyle in the winter, it's certainly easier to find them when it's colder where I am as the smaller fish tend to move to the deeper areas of the rivers and the pike usually follow close behind this food source. I've noticed this pattern over the past few years, the fishing gets better from say November onwards peaking in Feb/March. Lets hope it doesn't rain so much this year though as then we may actually be able to get to the river to wet a line!
  13. Sorry, I may have worded it wrong. I totally agree Andy that a lot of people go fishing for other species in the summer because it's when they're most active. Pike are at a higher weight in Jan/Feb than in the middle of summer but it isn't the only reason people fish for them in the winter.
  14. I know where your coming from Anderoo, I'm not a member of the pac and I don't go on the p&p forums anymore as the vibe was rather salty! I'm pretty much a full time piker but have no issue with people giving it a go..like all types of angling it's there to discover and enjoy!
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