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  1. When I first came here I received a lot of help from Gerry who provided sound advice no matter what angling mess I had got myself into! He was always kind and patient, a thoroughly decent man who will be sorely missed in our community. RIP Argyll.
  2. I usually go with a huge bunch of maggots on a size 12 or 14 and half a ton of loose feed (not literally). I've gone through a gallon of maggots in a days barbel fishing before. It's important to keep the feed going (without a line in initially) so the fish build up confidence. Sometimes I'll just feed fish rather than attempt to catch them. It has long term benefits to your chosen swim. Important not to overfeed them though. Freelining helps with shy fish but I'd only do this if you are certain of what you are doing and the outcome if you get it wrong.
  3. You really need to distinguish between the species more. Each one requires a different approach. Whilst obviously you may catch a 30lb pike on a spinner designed for perch it is fairly unlikely. Fishing for perch and trout is more alike. However, you will find they prefer different colours and different times of the day. For trout, I think you can't beat trotting a worm on a small float, but small spinners can be fun too. For trout I'd get an ultra light rod and reel (unless in a still water known to contain large pike), for perch I'd go medium (chance of a pike is higher) an
  4. If it wasn't for pike most coarse fish wouldn't last long in a natural environment so how anyone can dislike them is beyond me. But... If I had to choose one fish I disliked the most it would be Roach. They are the most annoying species ever and devour the baits I put out for Tench when I'm in the mood. Don't get me wrong, a 2lb+ fish is a welcome catch, but I wish they were born that large instead of the tiny 4" fish I get taking my luncheon meat and corn meant for Tench! Oh..and eels, they poo on you. I don't like moray eel's either but for a different reason. If anyone
  5. It seems the main species are unique forms of trout, carp, barbel and some others which I cannot translate. Im thinking a worm bait might work. I've also found details on another smaller mountain lake. Now that would be something as none of these places are ever fished by anglers with a rod and line. Apparently crayfish are in abundance too so Im thinking a small trap just for food purposes. It's legal there, unlike here. Imagine, 1300sq km of lake never fished. heh
  6. Hi all, I'm going to Armenia in August at the height of the summer and I aim to do a spot of fishing in the worlds largest alpine lake - Lake Sevan. It is 2,000 meters above sea level but I'm still going to take my rods! I have no idea what fish might be found there but I know it is popular with fishermen locally. Can anyone recommend a way of tackling such a large water reasonably effectively? I'm thinking lures as it's certain to contain something large I'm sure. Water temperature even at that altitude is about 19-22C in summer so what kind of species might lurk there?
  7. Argyll's suggestion is a good one. I go to Denmark fairly often and usually pick up my Abu and Landa stuff there. They have a much larger selection in their tackle shops. eBay always seems to have plenty of older Toby patterns for sale though. There were quite a few this morning actually. Oh, and please call me Martin everyone. I only chose the "msutton" name because I couldn't get "Martin".
  8. Nope, just 30lb to date. It's doing OK so far but I havent really tested it. Largest fish was 6lb on the new line.
  9. you certainly can beat fireline, the other line you're testing beats it soundly To me, Berkley Fireline is the daddy of braids. I find others to be too thin in general. I've tried all sorts and I keep going back to it. It's simple line and performs very well, particularly when fishing near snags or other abrasions as the extra diameter makes it more resistant imo.
  10. As a fairly new lure angler myself I'll just tell you what I've got in my bags since starting out. I've had a fair few fish including some big ones so I'll share the benefit of my research I hope you find the list useful. Most of my lures are very well known and generally perform well, but of course I have my favourites like any angler. Be careful though, some lures look better to an angler than to a fish, and buying them is addictive (*gulp*). For the equipment, the top entry for each category is my jerkbait outfit, lower one is for medium lure fishing. Lures are liste
  11. Snatcher might have just come home from a club! it's about the right time!! hehe
  12. Then I'd say that 8lb is a decent weight! Same as catching a 20lb'er in water where a 40 lurks surely? I'm not good with carp fishing stuff but the maths work. Looking at it that way, you've already caught a 20....but from the wrong lake. hehe
  13. Im sure it's possible for you to do that From what I have read, alot of it depends on the waters you fish. That 8lb'er might be a huge fish for the water it came from. Whereas, if you fished my local lake, a 20lb fish would be average-good. Good luck in your quest!
  14. It's massive compared to your previous personal best. Thats all you can do I guess, continue to break your PB until you hit the elusive 30lb mark. Everyone started somewhere. I've never caught a carp over 5lb, so you're beating me already. Then again, there's always this mornings fishing coming up..!!
  15. I often take a hip flask in the winter but a "hip" crate of lager is a different proposition, unless you've got big hips of course...
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