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  1. A great catch, Tigger, given the conditions as you say!
  2. Ken, that's a great video on your last post, with the guy catching a big chub on a dead mouse and getting hits, presumably from a pike , on the dead rat. Also poking the tench to wake it up!
  3. Tigger, Peter Stone found he could use a wire trace and, at least in rivers, it didn't put off the chub. But other than that you and others have convinced me that deadbait probably isn't a first choice bait for chub in most settings.
  4. I have just finished reading 'Old Father Thames' by the late Peter Stone. A good read by a very able angler writing about his experiences fishing the Thames, mainly in the Oxford area, from the 40's to the 90's. It is the kind of book I enjoy, with interesting anecdotes and a style of writing which conveys the beauty of nature and spirit of angling, with just a little on the technical side which might prove useful in practice. But I have a question. In the nineties Peter did a lot of fishing for big chub, often using a deadbait. For example he talks of catching chub on sardine (half or wh
  5. I don't have Discovery, but I've found a 10 minute clip on Youtube and wasn't that impressed, so on reflection I'll leave it
  6. On the Thames, and doubtless elsewhere where there are a lot of bleak, there is a phenomenon where, when you chuck in bread crumb or maggot, including when casting a feeder, there are a lot of little swirls while the bleak have a feast and then woosh they leap out of the water doubtless trying to escape a predator. I have tended to assume the predators are perch, but I've never managed to catch one, not that I've tried very hard. I started a thread on this a couple of years ago and I think it was Vagabond who said he'd had a similar experience and had managed to catch some of the preds, which
  7. Sounds like good news. I get the impression it was on TV at some point, and I must have missed it. I also wouldn't pay £27 for it, but I'd be willing to share the cost with someone. I could buy it from Amazon and then send it on when I'd viewed it, or t'other way round. Mat or Keith or anyone else, let me know if you'd be interested. John
  8. As I understand it outdoor recreation is allowed, so we can fish in our area, but we mustn't go out of a Tier 4 area. Is that how others read it?
  9. Have you seen this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r2nRfnpWxw&t=152s by U.S. trout angler and artist James Prosec and others when he was an undergraduate at Yale, I think in 2003? He's not to be dismissed too lightly. Shortly after leaving Yale he co-funded a trout conservation initiative which has given $2million to various groups. The video could be called 'In the steps of Isaac Walton.' Doubtless people will react to it differently. I thought aspects of it were good, but its glaring fault is that nearly all the fishing (done by him) is fly fishing for trout, which isn't the main
  10. Interesting that you are into metal detecting, Chesters. I know of several anglers who share that interest. Maybe you're right that it's really a type of angling! Re finding fish in the farmers' lakes when they didn't think there was anything there. Were the carp wildies or King Carp?
  11. The angling literature has various stories of finding secret, hidden lakes which turn out to have monster carp lurking in their depths. Good evocative stuff! But am I right in thinking they can't have been that secret, because the monster carp (for a time called 'King Carp') would all need to have been stocked with fish brought from the continent from 1920s onwards?
  12. That's interesting. In what sense was it worthwhile? Was it simply that you clearly caught more fish in total, or something else?
  13. Phone, I don't doubt the lateral line is important, but how have you made use of this info in practice? It's doubtless because of the lateral line that lure manufacturers try to persuade us to buy lures that rattle specifically for coloured water, but Ken L is a very experienced lure angler and I am interested that he doesn't rate lure fishing for coloured conditions, but favours deadbaits which presumably rely on smell. But maybe you have different experience, maybe from bass fishing?
  14. Thanks, Ken. I'm interested that the dead baits were fished hard on the bottom, but you recommend the live baits should be shallow. I guess the basis for this is that the swirls were obviously near the surface, but even so it's counter-intuitive that one bait should be as low as possible but the other high up. Did you ever use flavourings for the dead baits? I imagine it may not be needed, as you'd expect pike, with their strong sense of smell, would smell a deadbait anyway?
  15. Thanks, Keith, you are obviously quite seriously into flavours and I am not sure how successful I will be just dabbling. But I went into the fishing shop today and bought some worm extract. I don't know if you've tried this? I'm hoping it will have broad appeal! On reflection one obvious mistake I was making was using (unflavoured) liquidised bread for feed. Fairly obviously in coloured conditions a flavoured groundbait would be preferable. I also discovered in the fishing shop that they sell sprays with flavouring, though the helpful guy in the shop advised against spraying the hook
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