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  1. Hi Steve, good luck with your operation. I'd love to be able to make it to Wingham next year, fingers crossed Dave
  2. Seconded, deep hooked way more perch with small hooks than I have with large hooks.
  3. PTFE = Plumbers tape for everything
  4. Found this article quite interesting http://www.fishingmagic.com/features/coarse_fishing/specimen_fishing/15333-summer-chub-fishing.html
  5. What kind of size phone? The biggest I use is a size 4 for king prawns, but you can get size 2s, after that you go into sea hooks. Dave
  6. Went on the river yesterday as I had the day off work. My usual set up, tip rod with a 2oz tip, 6lb mainline straight through to a drennan size 10 micro barbed with a small bomb stopped by a float stop. Half a lobworm for bait. Had 3 chub all about a pound, plenty of bites, the fish were just smaller than usual. Had some weird bites I was going to ask about, i'd had a few knocks on my tip, then it pulled round, I struck, and it was all solid, just completely snagged. This happened 3 times, once I lost my rig pulling for a break, very odd. Last weeks fish and where I was fishing:
  7. Do you use hair rigs over the pond phone? Dave
  8. I've never foul-hooked a carp on the surface or even heard of anyone doing it, in fact i'd say it was the method where your least likely to foul-hook a carp. I couldn't really say about the rats but if it's a farm complex theres going to be rats about anyway. Theres tons of rats about on a stretch of canal I fish, but hardly anybody fishes it so it's nothing do with leftover bait. I belonged to a club (didn't re-join this year for several reasons) where they banned surface fishing because it was tearing the carps mouths, this I think was probably true as you had a lot of kids fishing massi
  9. I would go with a 4m whip as I find 3m too short in a lot of circumstances. Your correct you set the line of the rig to the length of the whip so fish can easily be swung to hand. When set up it is very easy to use if you have got the length right, you can either whip it overhead or swing it underarm, it is easier to bring a fish in as the weight of the fish makes it easier to swing in. You may want to use a heavyish float as this will also make 'casting' easier. It's hard to explain but it'll be fine once your fishing. Just get the length of the line right otherwise you'll have too much l
  10. Been watching some videos on big river feeder fishing, the Shakespeare ones are good but when he put that lovely barbel in a keepnet I had to shut my eyes
  11. This is true ATS. I'm back on the river tomorrow, I was going to ask for some advice actually. Its quite a wide and deep bit of river compared to most of the smaller shallower rivers i'm used to. I've only ever fished it for pike but it's got loads of silvers and supposedly bream, tench, perch, chub and carp as well. To get to where I want to fish I couldn't really go on the float so I was thinking the feeder. If I fished a largeish cage or open end feeder with some fairly firm groundbait and clipped it, with my rod rest high do you think this approach could work? I know it's hard to say
  12. Interesting point Mark, thanks I didn't catch anything anyway, fished with small spinners, tried a few spots of river including a deep pool, big bend and a weirpool but to no avail, I was surprised I didn't even get a trout. Found out one of my wellies has a hole in it, and on the way back stopped into a club pond to try for the perch and had nothing there either. A good day really
  13. Thanks for the replies, I think Phone hit the nail on the head, its common sense, if your fishing on an oxygenated river after a days rain on lures not deads and your unhooking them quickly and making sure they are swimming away strongly I think theres no harm in it. Sorted some piking gear out this evening, got four days off work now so I'm spending all day spinning tomorrow. Put some new line on my reels and decided where i'm going. I'll upload some pictures if I actually catch anything Thanks
  14. Can't go wrong with Shimano Alivio reels and Maver Abyss match rod
  15. Lovely fish, was that freelined or on a leger?
  16. Like everyone said, great write up and stunning perch. Thanks
  17. I have found using larger hooks with a micro barb helps but only on bigger perch, the real tiddlers always seem to find a way to swallow it down, no matter what size of bait or hook,
  18. Thanks ATS. Inderblitz - Basically what Barry said, with warmer summer weather, oxygen levels are lower and pike can go belly up if deep hooked, played for too long or handled incorrectly. Barry C - Thanks for that, I will up my gear if I do decide to go spinning, at the moment i've got 10lb mainline on my pike reel and from what i've been reading that needs to be at least 15lb.
  19. Evening all, I know it's a sensitive topic and i'm not looking to start an argument. But I was wondering whether the anglers on here thought it responsible to fish for river pike at this time of year. From what I've read on the internet lure fishing is the only acceptable method to fish for pike in summer. I was wondering whether to do a bit of spinning next weekend. Thanks for any replies, Dave
  20. Really windy today which made casting a nightmare. I was legering lobworms, first swim I went into I put my landing mat (using as a seat) down and cast out, only to see it blow into the water, so bring my rod in, hooked my landing mat where the wind took it and it danced about like a flying carpet as I tried to reel it in. I was sure I'd have spooked anything in the swim by this point but I did have a bite which I missed. Tried another couple of spots then something snagged me in lilies. Sick of being in the wind I tried in the weirpool where you can get right down the deep bank out of the win
  21. Thanks, I didn't realise rudd and crucians couldn't interbreed, can't be a hybrid then! The pictures aren't great, there's loads of overhanging trees and reed beds but I admit it could do with a few patches of lilies, something we don't seem to get an awful lot of in the rivers in somerset. It's the river parrett. Dave
  22. Recently joined a new club which is all river. I've been tracing where it goes on google maps and last night went to have a look at two of the four places I'd wanted to see. The first was in a lovely place, the river ran through a meadow in the middle of nowhere, but it was shallow and apart from the odd pool which I thought may just have been deep enough to hold fish it was a bit disappointing. Ten minutes down the road I got to the next spot, and that looked really nice. One side of the road bridge it ran along a wall of a large house, and into a pool before going under the bridge, where on
  23. I could only fish for a couple hours this morning, I got on the river for 8 and set up in a deep pool below a weirpool. I used an 8ft rod I recently bought, and a simple stick float rig. First trot I had a small roach. I was getting lots of bites but had trouble getting back into the rhythm of the right amount of slack line to let the float run through properly but not too much slack. I was missing a lot of bites and I wish I had used my match rod as the 8ft-er was a bit short really. There was a trout jumping further up the swim but I had a few casts and couldn’t nab him. I
  24. Whats a UH mat? Googles no help
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