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  1. Dave-C

    Local meets

    Only for you southern softies, all the cold weather runs down hill from Scotland but penines stops it going all the way south, lucky you it's caught all the water, hence flooding :-(
  2. Dave-C

    Local meets

    I've asked at Rudyard and there is no problem. The only thing is how many would want to fish from a boat as there are only six boats and only 2 of these have electric engines. The rst would have to use oars. If anyone is interested would you let me know and we can start to plan a days fishing
  3. I've heard Sale water park is good fishing, if you're really struggling why not call into a local tackle shop and ask them, they probably know a few. Hook and line in Higher Blakley is very good. As mentioned above most places you can find in Manchester are canals. I've been going to Rudyard in Leek and it only costs £4 a day.
  4. Dave-C

    Local meets

    It's on the road between stoke and Leek, it's just off the A523. I think it's about 2 miles long.
  5. Dave-C

    Local meets

    Jedibonds tench looks really nice. How about setting a day on Rudyard, I could have a word with the warden. It's big enough and there are roach, perch, carp, bream and pike. there maybe a few brownies and bream as well and it's only £4 for the day from the bank. I think he only has one boat but it wouldn't take much to get the others fit to use, probably just a clean and boat launching is cheap but only electric power or oars allowed.
  6. My dad hasn't been fishing for some time and bought a cheap rod and reel. The first decent fish he caught the gearing on the reel made it almost impossible to reel in. So be careful you don't end up with something unuseable. Decathlon do a fairly cheap range of rod and reels as kits from around £35. I suppose it depends what you want to spend. As stated before a local tackle dealer can be an invaluable source of information and they can often find you something that will suit both your pocket and experience.
  7. If you remove the sound card there should be a number on it, search for this number in google it it usually finds the manufacturers web site where you can go to support then download your drivers. If it's a really old card you could always get a new one, probably start around £5 with drivers.
  8. Looking at the picture it looks as though the card has a seperate power supply to the video card, so first when you remove you case check to make sure the fan is actually working, if not you may require a power lead to plug into it. Replacing the card is easy as you'll see when you open the case. 1 screw and then lift it out, just a simple push fit. otherwise I would do as chesters says and if all else fails look for another card. You'll see how easy they are to fit and if you use xp and get an half desent card the drivers should install automatically.
  9. Dave-C

    Tench

    When I was a kid I used to go down to the water where I was fishing and collect some mussels from mud beds using my landing net, we would remove these from the shells and hook them through the tongue on a size 10 hook lengered out at the edge of the mud beds or toward weeds with 1/2oz weight around 12 inches from the hook on a running rig. This worked great. Another method as you say is hair rigged sweetcorn or mini boilies but personally I prefer a float when tench fishing. Just set it up so you bottom weight is just off the bottom so if the tench pick up your hook bait you float will lay flat. Red maggot, sweetcorn, luncheon meat, mussel and of course worm will all work.
  10. Could anyone tell me if we have local meets or fishins anywhere? I can't find anything on the forums so wondered what everyone else thought.
  11. I understood your point and I take on board what you are saying. I was given some advice the other day at a local tackle dealer, regarding a take I missed on deadbait. I was using size 6 semi barbless hooks on a whole joey mackeral around 9" in length. My drift float fully submerged then almost immediatley came back to the surface and then down it went again. I struck almost immediatly the float went the second time. My baitfish just broke in half and was completely mashed. I didn't miss the strike but the pike got off after a second or so. I was told to count to 10 to give the pike time to get a proper grip on the bait. I had 1 treble positioned at the tail and one at the dorsal leaving around 4 or 5" from dorsal to head hook free. Is this a common thing or would I be better cutting the head off the baitfish...10 seconds seems like a long time and obviously I was getting excited at the prospect of a better fish so I struck as soon as I noticed the take. Is there a rule of thumb or is 10 seconds an acceptable time to wait? If I was bit bahing on maggot I would always strike straight away, so why the wait?
  12. I've just read about the hooks and have to say it worries me as a new comer to pike, not fishing this also makes me a newcomer to trebbles. I have been using size 6 semi barbed and all my lures I have squashed the barbs. The worrying thing is that if single hooks are so dangerous then why are they fitted in shads. The shads I bought from 'storm' the single hook is huge. Is it different for a lure because it's moving making it less likely to cause deep hooking? I would have thought that the pikes aggresive nature still made deep hooking when spinning, trawling a real possibility.
  13. Oh by the way, I ordered some lures from tackle bargains but couldn't remember if I had used this sites link, so put the web address in how I found them, hope this still works the same so you get the support this site deserves. Thanks to everyone for the help and support. I've started to get to grips with pike fishing and am loving it.
  14. You'll have to try fishing with my Dad, we look like one flew over the cuckoos nest :-) I don't mind cutting the hooks off, just thought there would be a single stranded net out there. I am more worried about the pikes welfare, though having said that got my fingers well and truly speared last time out when fish decided to have a fit in the boat while I was trying to get the hook out, it came out and went right through my fingers. OUCH was not the word I used.
  15. My biggest worry at the moment is actually holding the pike correctly, I've watched a few videos and asked people I know who pike fish but I am having trouble holding the pike so it opens it's mouth. I did find though that the bigger pike were quite easy. Also is there a special landing net as the one I use though very fine and soft is a nightmare with trebbles getting caught up and I spent quite a while trying to get them out of the netting after landing fish, my biggest priority was actually getting the pike back in the water and then spending 10 minutes getting the hooks out of the net. I squashed the barbs down with pliers before fishing and this may have nade things worse due to a narrow gap between shank and barb. I think I will stick them in a vice and file the barbs off. Are there any good books or videos showing how to hold pike? I am thinking of trying live bait but want to know if there is a way of doing this little or no harm coming to bait fish so I could let them go at the end of the day?
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