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Peter Waller

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  1. 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.
  2. 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 m
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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 fi
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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, m
  12. 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!
  13. 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 aut
  14. One reason I don't feel drawn to the carp industry: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/10/14/angler-catches-britains-biggest-carp-wont-claim-record-fears/ Sad, isn't it.
  15. Back in the day there were reporting stations in angling shops across the country. We'd fish at the weekend & if we caught anything worthwhile we'd rush to our local shop in order to make our report, hoping that it would appear in our chosen paper the following weekend. Anglers would then rush to the newsagent on Friday to scour locations or check results before deciding where to fish at the weekend. Beyond that we had innovative writing from the likes of Richard Walker or perhaps more retrospective writing from from Bernard Venables. The 50's, 60's and 70's were truly the golden years of
  16. Sad, how long before AT follows? Also sad is that AM is not continuing as a standalone online magazine. Because of its poor value, obsession with carp and its pandering to the advertiser I won't be anything more than a very irregular AT reader so no change there then. How long before AT's price rises now there is no competition?
  17. I worked up until I was 67, enjoying my piking with a passion, and building up my tackle with a view to retiring and fishing with absolute enthusiasm as I progressed through my dotage. What I hadn't bargained on was the health issues surrounding close family members and eventually myself, my mobility is now severely limited so like Dave I have had to wind down and find manageable alternatives, instead of thirty pound pike I now seek two pound roach with great pleasure! Thank goodness my garden runs down to the water's edge. Regretfully my wife is no longer able to fish with me and I need to b
  18. John, regarding your question, is it okay to fish? Of course it is, if your conscience allows it! My wife and I are pretty much in the same boat as Cameraman so my fishing is now limited to a few hours in the morning. I would hate to bring Corona Virus 19 back home to me wife so whilst I still go fishing we remain in contact via a phone and hygiene and common sense rules. Mind you, I do fish from the end of our garden! I do wonder how I would cope if I did not have that privilege. The problem isn't fishing, it's other people
  19. Give Plod a call. Many forces have a 'wild-life' officer. No harm in giving the EA a call too, better than telling us lot about it.
  20. Martin, best bit of advice yet! Whilst I appreciate Philocalist's self imposed fast I rather suspect for many anglers it will be a case of 'where there is a will there is a way' and I for one won't blame them, provided that they keep heir distances and fish responsibly and legally. I have a footpath running down the side of my garden and likewise have seen a sizable increase in cyclist and walker numbers.
  21. During the present lockdown is there an official ruling on angling? In my case I have the great good fortune to have a tidal water at the end of my garden, meaning that I don't have to travel, at least not far and then across my own land. From bed to swim is about 110 yards, lucky me. Seems to me that the formal restrictions are on travel rather than the activity itself. It would seem to me that there are many anglers who live near to fisheries and would be able to meet the social distancing rules with ease. I rather suspect that this year's June 16th will be a non event as we strive to surviv
  22. Never really comprehended why folk hoard old junk that never sees the light of day let alone the river bank. I was never really a Mitchell man although I still have, and occasionally use a CAP that I did like many years ago although I really don't know why I even bother to put line on it now!
  23. Are carp indigenous to America? Not that it matters but I thought that people only fish for bass in America!
  24. My rod really started to look its age, poor thing, so nothing ventured nothing gained I shortened the handle and mucked up a perfectly good rod, silly old bugger that I am! Still, what the hell, I picked up an absolutely mint replacement this morning, for a tenner would you believe! Still a perfectly viable rod, great to revert back to an unspoilt one, roll on the 16th! Over forty years old now, like new, looking forward to winkling out a few bream on it.
  25. In days of old, during Chester's mid fifties, banks supplied perfect maggot bags by way of cloth money bags. Describe 'em as carp boilie bags, made in 'realtree' and he'd make ten times the dosh!
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