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Peter Waller

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  1. A crap investment then! Re Intrepids, I recently inherited a box load of the things, most in good order and complete with their clamshell boxes. In recent years I suspect that I would have sold them for rather more than I did. Seems that what is collectable now is 70's carp tackle and that as far as Intrpid is concerned I have obviously missed the boat. Judging by the turnout at my local carboot sales people have turned their back on junk and stuff.
  2. I see that on E-bay £3 to £4 still appears to be the going rate for single copies so after 9 years old AM annuals are proving to be less than good investments! Indeed I have just bought a full set plus three duplicates off E-bay, all in really excellent condition, for a mere £20.00, somewhat surprisingly. Although I rate the first few Angling Times annuals my taste was always for Anglers Mail. Perhaps it was more of an angler's read than AT. Anyway, in my nostalgic dotage, I'm rather pleased with my purchase, like meeting up with old friends after a few years. Perhaps us Crabtree Kids are inevitably hanging up our rods for the last time thus the interest in that era is literally dying off, sadly.
  3. These latest rules and concessions for angling are common sense, irrespective of politics. For all our sakes i hope that the brain-deads abite by them, not least to fish LOCALLY.
  4. Thank you for your endorsement, John. Dicks, especially old ones, need to realize that hanging up their rods for a while is nothing, indeed less than nothing, when compared with the life changing pressure being forced upon front line NHS staff & their families. I have a daughter who is pharmacist in a local hospital, her life is in a frazzle, she could so easily take the easy option and go home but she doesn't, she sees that risking the lives of herself and her young family as being her duty. She's now working six days a week, often a twelve hour day, comes home both physically and mentally exhausted. Both my wife and I are shielding so she won't let us help with her two boys, at least not until we have had our jabs. Talking of which my daughter is also training folk to handle the vaccines and to inoculate, that is on top of her duties on the wards. The pressure is constant and immense. So we can't go fishing . . . . . . . . .
  5. It's not that you are fishing, it's that you are out of your home. Whilst on the bank you might have a heart attack which might entail the fire brigade, the ambulance, a paramedic, even an air ambulance and probably the Police. Stay at home, varnish all your rods and service all your reels. Only six months until the start of the season, if we are lucky!
  6. Britain's angling writing heydays have left us with a rich library of second hand or republished books, such as this one by Dennis Pye: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PYE-DENNIS-PIKE-FISHING-BOOK-THE-WAY-I-FISH-LITTLE-EGRET-NORFOLK-BROADS-paperbck/382225347917?hash=item58fe67f54d:g:AC0AAOSwyLFZt-RF The man writes logically and presents his conclusions in a convincing manner. Okay, so he and I are both Broads anglers thus have a common bond but what's good for the Broads can be good for other waters. We have a lot to learn from our forebears.
  7. One good thing about old tackle is the sometimes ridiculously high prices it gets on E-Bay! Granted that some old stuff has stood the test of time but those items are relatively few and far between. My ABU Severan Centre Drag reels being an example.
  8. I can understand why folk collect old reels but not so sure about using them when modern ones, some centre pins excluded, are so much better! After very many years languishing in my tackle cupboard my once much loved Intrepid Standard came out for an airing. It had served me well, sixty plus years ago! In truth it worked today just as well as it ever did but why did I bother? Nostalgia perhaps, but in practical terms all I was doing was in hampering myself so why do it? My old reel has gone back where it belongs, in the cupboard. My old rod back in its bag, maybe I'll put it on E-Bay.
  9. Like all fisheries the Broads has its ups and downs. At the moment it's generally riding high. Whilst there is plenty of waterside accommodation, much with good fishing, there is even more if you holiday afloat. How's that for next year's holiday?
  10. Several rudd the right side of two pounds and a healthy number of bream in the five to eight pound bracket. What has been good is that many of the bream have been hooked in less than two feet of water and when it is that shallow some, not all, have gone off like rabbits in headlights. Have had bigger in years gone by but not in the same quantity. Our local Broads Authority have been dredging nearby which I suspect has interfered with the bream's usual patrol route thus they have holed up for the summer in my corner of the broad. I hear that other anglers have had good roach fishing, several fish well over two pounds elsewhere on the broad but such fish have evaded me, perhaps excluded by the bream?
  11. Thank you, Martin. Never sure about AD's guides, are they trying to help me or are they trying to sell me something? I rather fear that it's the latter!
  12. Don't see why Octoplus or whoever couldn't produce adaptors in order to allow one of their seat boxes to be mounted on a paddleboard. It would be a great deal easier and more comfortable than fishing off a kayak.
  13. Colour of groundbait is probably more critical than that of the hook bait, and that can relate to water depth as well. I generally fish in shallow water during the summer and I use white crumb as my basic mix. During the winter I fish deeper and use brown crumb. Works for me although its a very long time since I fished in competition so I have no one but myself to compare with. As for maggots, I fish with red and white during the summer and white and red during the winter. Got to admit that my choice of baits is catholic and as yet I haven't entered into the wonderful world of manmade baits, maybe I should.
  14. I actually bought AT today, AM had sold out, miserly thin offering for £2.30, tempted by 'roach' on the front cover, well over a year since I last bought AT. I really don't know why I bothered. This afternoon I also picked up a hardly read copy of John Watson's A Pikers Progress for a mere fiver, now that is value, especially when compared with AT! Was a time that a daily visit to WH Smith was a must, now it's the book shelves in my local charity shops!
  15. Nothing amazing, I'm privileged to live besides one of the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads, luck of birth! The local 'bream patrol route' runs past my garden and bream are notoriously easy to catch, especially when using molasses and garlic flavoured cloud bait. Okay, so the gear used clearly makes a difference. Depending on the tide I'm fishing in one to four feet of water and a size 18 under a self cocking float, no additional shot, one red and one white maggot or a knob of garlic flavoured bread paste on a size 10 fished 4 to 6 inches over depth normally does the business during summer and autumn. Some variations if it's windy and blowing onshore then I do add a shot or two, even a ledger. It can be all to easy! Bit harder for the rudd though, still a self cocking float but fishing up in the water and over the weed rather than on the gravel and silt that the bream appear to like. Come the winter normally it's pike and perch, most likely from a dory or a kayak although I'm finding that increasingly hard so I'm more likely to be fishing from the bank now and casting a swim feeder out into the deeper water of the main broad after roach or bream which I'm really enjoying. In truth Broads piking is in serious decline, as I am, so roach is now number one!
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