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Andy Macfarlane

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Andy Macfarlane last won the day on July 27 2013

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    Perch, Pike, Roach, Rooibos Tea, Rudd, Tench and Golden Virginia.

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  1. Yes, history and the internet has proven as much without any kidology about it.
  2. Yes, more record numbers of elvers, born at a time when we were told without a shadow of a doubt that the eel was all but extinct. That's 3-4 years by the way, just for reference sake. Seems the experts know less about eels than they ever did.
  3. That's quite amazing. I started out the very same fishing from the rocks at Anstruther. It wasn't a beachcaster but it was a heavy 'coarse' rod of some kind that paired up nicely with a Penn multi. MY First rod bought with my own money was also a spinning rod. We began our fishing lives in a very similar fashion, don't you think?
  4. And believe me, shads are absolutely deadly, cheap and best of all, you can expect quick results. Here's one of my articles below on the subject of shads or swimbaits. They're the same thing. The name just depends on who you speak to. I introduced Andy_1984 to shads a few years ago and it took me about 20mins to explain the rudiments and another 10 before he started putting pike on the bank. They're that good. http://www.pikeangler.co.uk/swimbait/ Andy_1984 is now a very proficient swimbait angler and rarely fails to produce now. If it wasn't for the Salmo Slider - 'Real Roach' or 'Shiner' pattern (another lure I 'made' him buy) he'd probably use little else. Buy these 2 to kick off with and you won't go far wrong. PS: When you fancy something else, try the ACE Sweet Shad 66. Takes a bit more getting used to but by 'eck, it's a killer.
  5. I've used the skin off a roast before, for trout and that worked ok. Admittedly it wasn't as good as the usual baits I had like worms and maggots but it still caught. Unfortunately, it attracted eels more than it did trout. I will say one thing though, the skin picked up a better stamp of trout (ie:2lbs+) which are generally more predatory and scavenger-like in their behaviour. I think it would be worth having as an alternative bait for carp and tench.
  6. Well done mate. They're really smart and well done on the PB
  7. That would be quite something Steve. Can you imagine it? Derelict carp fisheries with homeless bums living in ancient bivvies round the place. "When I were a lad, this place was full of 50lb Carp. Now it's all just Perch"
  8. 65lb Power Pro will allow you to cover a fair bit of ground with a fairly wide array of lures. It's a mid-weight setup so you could fish pretty much anything from Alphabet lures (Cotton Cordell Big 'O' or Shakespeare Big 'S'), to spoons (Dardevle, Toothy Critter Muskie), spinnerbaits, bucktails, shads, minnowbaits, Springdawgs, medium weight jerks (Salmo Slider - Medium Shiner or Real Roach is a good start) or even wobbling deadbaits. Just don't go too heavy. It's not an all out jerkbait setup. By the by, the lures you have already are just fine.
  9. It's a river that creates a sense of awe....
  10. I'm thinking I might just send him a bottle of wee and he can dri....sorry....make it up to whatever strength he desires....
  11. Mate, I'VE peed in Loch Katrine. It's a big water. I only killed some fish.
  12. Naw really Den? I thought you were a teenager.
  13. Chesters, I don't think the flavour of the water has much to do with it either. Maybe I'm biased because we get our water from Loch Katrine and that's about as pure as water gets, so it doesn't contain anything that offputting. I don't know what your tapwater is like but I know it varies in quality all over the UK.
  14. Edited....I just got annoyed.
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