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Bruno Broughton

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  1. Sad to have to inform everyone of the death of Vic Bellars, one of the nicest anglers it has been my pleasure to meet and get to know. Vic's enthusiasm was infectuous, and he was a fine, both innovative angler to boot. The PAC would not be what it is today without his hand on the tiller during some of its most crucial years. Bruno Broughton bruno.broughton@virgin.net
  2. Hi Saul The pictures are not really clear enough to identify the stuff, but my guess is that it is likely to be one of the stoneworts (and probably a Chara species). These are primative, algal-like plants which usually occur in alkaline waters, and they tend to indicate excellent water quality. If I'm right, you have an unusual (but not unique) situation, as the stoneworts are generally regarded as 'good' plants. However, I have seen a few lakes where they have grown invasively and have experience of control methods that work. If you can, collect a small sample, pop it in a sealed
  3. So there you have it - trent.burbeler is dotty and Pater Waller is dashing. Oh dear I would like a weekly angling newspaper that publishes the news, surprisingly enough.
  4. From what I have seen when fishing extensively in the States, there are probably already more carp anglers there than in the UK. Indeed, one senior figure in the UK tackle trade reckon there were more in New York state alone! But... they are largely drawn from the ethnic minorities, they have cheap and pretty crap tackle, they fish city waters... and the catch is destined for the pot. Those I encountered used celluloid red-n-white clip-on floats ('bobbers'), spiralling across the surface line of 50lb b.s. or more, big baitholder hooks baited with chicken guts and forked sticks for
  5. I find that small rainbows are best, under (say) 1lb, but it depends on your liquidiser. Large, wild brown trout are the worst, so I normally cube anything over 6lb. Use the flanks only and discard head, guts, bones, fins and skin. Forget the pellets, which taste vile. Instead, I stiffen the mix with whole fat soya flour, a couple of eggs per pound of trout, and a generous dollop of tartare sauce. Molded into balls and tossed in seasoned flour, they deep fry really well. Yummy!
  6. Wow, that's a big list. And the angling & fisheries content is...? Bums, I cannot seem to find it. Now it must be there somewehere. (Re-reads). Oh, it seems to be missing from the list. How very odd.
  7. Ah, good old Roy Webster, the predator anglers' friend (not). As Budgie knows, this 'story, is based on prejudiced guesswork, false logic and bizarre interpretation. Anglers cannot catch roach... fish scales on bank... odd tyre marks - hey presto, pike bait suppliers have netted all of the fish from the Broads (and let's ban deadbaiting). Eh, evidence anyone? Otters and, to a greater extent, mink tend to be messy eaters, leaving lots of body parts behind. If you have seen the scales from 100 roach, you would believe that there has been a massacre. Unless the Broads has become overrun b
  8. That's the problem with rumours - most are total guff, like this one. Divide by 20, Lyn.
  9. The first full meeting of FACT is this coming Thursday. (big pause) Quite how a new reorganisation of national angling and fisheries organisations can claim a long track record of achievement when it is so new is totally beyond me, Lee, so do enlighten us all on how this is done. For now, I think you will have to be content with observations on what it will do, hopes to do, intends to do. Sorry, Very sorry. The members organisations of the (now dead) NAA were involved in "in-fighting", were they? We all fell out. Punch-ups were a regular feature of meetings, were they? Funny
  10. Luncheon meat has always been rather over-rated, IMHO. True, the really cheap types (which melt to a pink gunge on frying) are particularly attractive to fish, and Bacon Grill is good, but in my experience sausage meat is superior. Especially rough-cut pork sausage meat. You can mix it with a suitable binder to produce a stiff paste for molding around the hook or to a bead-on-a-hair; flavours can be added easily; and blended with eggs and boiled briefly, it makes excellent, versatile and unusual boilies.
  11. Mike That is not exactly true. The EU has commissioned a study of the impacts of prohibiting the use of lead in ammunition, angling weights and (of all things) candle wicks. I have undertaken a critique of the first draft of that research report for the European Anglers Alliance (EAA)and the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA). I am about to do the same with the final version. The EU Commission may or may not accept the report's finding, and they may chose to act on them (or not). If they do both accept the findings and act, this would take the form of a Directive -
  12. Boring reply I'm afraid, but my two would be:- Richworth tutti frutti (freezer) Hutchi seafoodblend (homemade but now no longer available) Closely following would be a home-made HNV boilie incorporating Richworth blue cheese flavour, and Mainline's Grange. I agree about trout pellets, Budgie (as bait, NOT for mass baiting) - had my first carp on them in 1975. But I prefer them as a stiff paste.
  13. Hi Lee Thanks for such an optimistic and welcome response... much appreciated. Your point about the website is well taken and helpful. FACT has a huge list of "must do" actions that all merit immediate attention, but with so much to do and virtually no funds as yet, this will have to be prioritised, inevitably. This is against the background of dealing with all the day-to-day stuff that just cannot be ignored. A website is up near the top of the list, but the very first key task is to appoint a part-time Executive Officer, who will be charged with the initial job of keeping the shi
  14. Chris I am not sure what you mean by "the Tackle Trade organisations", so I will set the record straight. The only national trade organisation for angling is - not surprisingly - the Angling Trades Association (ATA). It was formed almost 35 years ago, and I have been employed, part-time, by the ATA in various guises for 18 years... currently as Technical Director, so I think I write from an informed position. The ATA plays a full and central part in angling politics, as a members of the Moran Committee, the now defunct National Angling Alliance (NAA) and, latterly, as one of seven
  15. Fishing for food, perhaps! Angling for sport? Who knows? Angling - with rod, line and baited hook - goes back a L O N G way. To quote my AnglersNet article on the history of angling: "There is no archaeological record of when (fishing) rods were used first, although we do know that they were being employed by 2000 B.C. It was not until Roman times, however, that there were references to longer rods made into sections. The Roman writer Aelian even gave details of dressings for artificial flies used by the Macedonians when dapping for trout. "Civilised man has long represented
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