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Russell Fitzpatrick

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  1. tried it a few times...wont use singles for pike..not unless they are fry feeding and im using very small baits. the dead/live baits i use just cant be rigged properly without trebles, also with singles i have missed many a take....its odd because with zander, i prefer singles. Mainly due to size of baits used, but also zander dont have the big mouth of a pike, trying to free two trebeles that arte firmly lodged can be difficult. there isnt much room to work in a zeds mouth, and i have unhooked zeds to over 12+. That and zeds can be much more finicky than pike. nope tried and t
  2. i have a Leeda Rimspin rod 9ft, i use it for lighter lure that my multiplier set up wont cast very well, small plugs and spinnerbiats etc i often use it as a bait rod, as long as im not fishing at distance it is fine, i normally float fish close in when using it, laned good fish over double figures on it.
  3. hey fellas! cheers for the welcome bk! it has been a while, tho im getting back into my fishing for the winter, hooning around on bikes is a bit much in winter, teh bike is mianly for work for a while! got a new one now..same as before but not a 650...but a 1000!! went piking te weekend on a new water, started on lures...absolutelu nothing, tried all sorts, ended up plotting up with a FL dead out, and lure fishing round the bait...had a take and landed a near double..a nice lil welcome back, was a minter too! java script:bbc_pop()
  4. Its been a while since i posted on here, slowly getting back into fishing again after discovering fast bikes wrote my one off tho few weeks ago, dozy driver pulled out on me anyway in teh meantime i visted the Ebro..came away with a good fish(see pic)..hope everyones well...
  5. congrats on the PB for free roaming lives i alwasy use braid, anything else its braid for anything beyond say 50-60 yards, anything closer mono is a better cushion. never been snapped up on either...never.
  6. i'd try it on me scoot but not on my SV no way!
  7. they are present in the lea, but not in huge numbers, hence they can be difficult to find, i found out about some once, probably still there, but i had too many repeat captures so i moved on.
  8. i'm right into lures at the mo, top catchers for me are hawg wobbler-surface lure shad rap-floating and it has to be in firetiger manns 6inch shad spinnerbaits (small sizes) jointed-runt abu tormentor-floating 6inch deads wise,when winter comes portugese sardines are hard to beat, that or fresh large smelts.
  9. andy's spot on, fish the waggler,fish at mid depth(adjust as and when ie if they are going for it shallow up a bit), and feed alot of maggot with single maggot hookbait fish light but not too light. when you get a few decent sized chub feeding on maggots the crays will stay well away beleive me , fish to the far bank, trees or boats are the features to look for, trees that edge out over the water are best, as food will drop from these, in summer the chub can be all over the place or up in carthagena wier, best to give it a go fom sept onwards, thats not to say there arent any about at the
  10. i'd say shes a good double,call her a mid double and be done with it,good observation led to a good capture!
  11. no way,jacks are bread and butter fish mate,good sport. cant catch twentys everyday....
  12. to me most piek under 10lb are jacks,tho the way things are going it will be lowered to 6-7lb soon!
  13. my thoughts are with his family and friends. Gerry was a lovely bloke,a real diamond,he was the first person to take me out lureing from a boat,he even came halfway across london to pick me up and show me his beloved thames,i had 2 trips with gerry that i shall remeber for a long time to come. RIP Gerry.
  14. i watched it last night,i see a few places i know well. very enjoyable programme,charles come across a a good bloke and angler.
  15. closer to home, fox spinnerbaits are ok,work well enough for me.
  16. light lures,jigs spinnerbaits,plugs etc i use 38lb antares,on a fixed spool reel. for jerkbaits and snaggy waters i use 80-100lb x-tuff on a mulitplier set up,i think thats whats on it anyway,bouhgt of a good mate of mine already loaded up.
  17. i have had fish throw the baits and the hooks go with it! mainly when using mackarel baits or big heavy baits.
  18. power pro is good,well used lure and bait braid,or shimano antares.
  19. for me its teh take when chasing predators,be it a float going under....a drop-off pulling out of the clip...or an alarm screaming in anger...or a THUMP down the braid as a lure is hit.....its all in the take for me...after sometimes hours of nothing....BANG...like a bolt out of the blue!
  20. i think any rig used to add movement to teh bait will work,maybe thats the key to getting takes on it,use it in a flow,use it sink and draw style, etc
  21. intresting,might give the squid a go myself,could work well trotted and held back.
  22. spidewire.... not a fan of it myself...goes a bit furry,much prefer power pro or shimano antares.
  23. fished the hampshire avon this week (mon-wendsday), teh river had gone over the banks,into the fields,and it was running through like a train....visibilty was down to about 7-8 inches. hard work for very little reward.... what a river tho...i will go back and i will get my reward!
  24. i have stalked pike in small streams, one was a memorable event,i stalked this pike only for it to pick up and drop my roach dead,i had it popped up in a swim about 2-3ft deep,i balanced it out like a carper does a pop-up,head upstream,sitting almost like a livebait. so teh next week i went back,looked about for the fish i had seen....i couldnt see her,so i put out a fresh popped up sardine,as i scanned teh water with my polarised specs on i spotted her coming upstream from a dying lily bed,straight on ebait and wallop she took it,the fight was incredible!! i could see her every turn,and
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