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  1. Hello, I am very interested in trying out some jigging for squid, I did a forum search, and there are a few helpful tips, but would still like to know a little more, please. I would be looking to jig from the shore/rocks, rather than a boat. Am I best to try jigging in low light or night time, is clear water best or do they like a little colour to the water? Is there a type of jig that anyone recommends? I will be fishing in north anglesey, I have a few spots I fish from which are 12 metres deep under the rod tip, if its deep water that is needed. Many thanks Dave P.s - if I am slow to reply, its because I have a poor internet connection, not because I cant be arsed!
  2. Thanks for all the replies. Yes, like others, I get through quite alot link ledgering, I prefer using link ledgers as you can adjust them, and then of course, you invariably drop a pack in the grass at the bankside from time to time. Typically my tackleshop trips involve buying shot, hooks and maybe line, thats about it usually, not that I have any against tackleshops, its just I tend to use worm alot lately, and other natural or free baits, so buying in bulk would save time. Ive had a scout on ebay, seems to be alot of what you get on the shelf anyway, nothing different. I like the modelling clay idea, thats nice and heavy. I guess, living in a clay rich area, I could just take a shovellful from the ground. Someone should make a realtree version of modelling clay, sell it to the camoflague carping brigade, you would make a fortune! cheers dave
  3. Hello I was wondering if anyone knew of anywhere that sold swan shot or other split shot in bulk, or in bigger packs than just 6 or 7 shot. Just seems abit expensive really, when you think of it, the price of a box of 7 or so SSGs at about £1.60, especially when you go through quite a few of them. Would be easier if you could just buy a bulk bag of 100 or so to last the season. Anyone know of anywhere? Cheers Dave
  4. Prof Callum Roberts is one of the leading figures in fisheries science, dont really think this will add to any rod and line fishing argument really. More about conservation on the whole. I do wonder why the BBC were talking about Lamlash though, it was designated NTZ a while back. Its the scallop dredging boys that are in question here, not much to worry about as far as rod and line goes. Although, maybe the antis should go pester the oil companies or such like if they really want to do something constructive and ethical.
  5. http://eric.exeter.ac.uk/exeter/bitstream/...ver%20temps.pdf
  6. Thankyou seen the link, will be subscribing soon. Regards David
  7. Dear Gentlemen, I have to admit that I have, of late, had little or no interest in the contents of the glossy angling publications. I used to buy a few of them in my teens, but have since moved on to Trout and Salmon, not because Im anymore of a game angler than a coarse angler, I just believe its put together in a more interesting way and holds my attention much longer than most other angling magazines. Anyway, with the content of said glossy magazines being predictable, cyclical and often uninspiring, I wondered if I could get hold of the quarterly (?) Waterlog publication, which ive heard about, edited by Chris Yates I believe. Is it still in print? If so, Id like to get hold of it and possibly start subscribing. Just seems that if Chris Yates is the editor, I would imagine it is a more inspiring magazine than the rest, and would probably hold my attention for longer periods of time. Many thanks for any directions given etc. David
  8. Thanks for all that advice. I dont do alot of lure fishing on the thames, well, I do abit but certainly its not the tactic which I use most often. I dont do it too often because I tend to lose lures too often on certain stretches of the thames, particularly those with alot of sunken trees, but when I have used them, ive done ok. I understand what you are saying with regards to colour, ive often found, particularly with canal pike in my area, that red is a killer, or more accurately a touch of red. I had a lovely roach pattern Rapala countdown, which I modified by whipping a bunch of red hair to the end treble, and it caught more than anything else. Alas, said lure is somewhere in the murky depths of the middle severn near welshpool now, attached to a sunken log. On those waters where I will be less likely to lose gear I do intend to lure fish this year, and I do like to chop and change with size and colour, even down to something as small as no2 mepps. I guess the whole venue/colour thing could have something to do with the clarity or colour of the water on the venue, as different colours will only reflect certain colours in the spectrum, depending on what type of light is filtering down though the water. I dont mind wading through the jacks, they are just as welcome, better than a blank. I reckon its just a matter of waiting and wading through the smaller fish like you say. I like clifton, but I often think its not as good as it should be, its also hard to fish when the river is running high, little in the way of sheltered water then. I did though catch a real cracker of perch approaching the 4lb mark from Clifton, which surprised me, as I always thought somewhere like Medley/Portmeadow was the venue for the big perch. Many thanks again, I am grateful for your input. Cheers David
  9. Doubt it was a salmon, right up in the heart of the south east, but you never know. I know, not a lot to go on, just didnt fight like any chub ive caught before. A mystery. Cheers David
  10. Didnt get to see it unfortunately, nor did I get to put much pressure on it, but the swirl was sizeable. Maybe it will remain a mystery, until I catch it next week!!!
  11. Maybe the faster stretches will contain a higher amount of food matter, such as stonefly and mayfly larvae. I do know that riffles are often described as the powerhouses of the stream, in that this is where most of the benthic primary production goes on, as they recieve more light on the whole, than deeper pools. Anyway, I digress, maybe it is because there is more invertebrate food in the shallower faster water. That said, the faster spots are likely to be more unsettled, the sediment will shift around more than it will in a slower pool, which might not allow many invertebrates to set up station there, but having said that, most invertebrates relocate regularly by drfiting downstream. To conclude, maybe its due to a combination of food availability, oxygen saturation and maybe temperature? Interesting though.
  12. Oh, no, dont think I will be using a smartcast, I might use the sonar on a boat at sea, but I think I will have to be abit of a traditionalist on the rivers! Yes, bite detection is quite good with a paternoster on the river I find. Cheers David
  13. Maybe. I think the fish which have run solidly downstream are carp. Probably a mink! David
  14. Yes, Im sure there are a few 30 plus fish in there, has to be. I think lives are the way forward, yes, its not ideal, I try not to cast them to death, rather just keep them in the water as much as possible. Ive paternostered a fair bit, although I often feel you have to use too much lead to keep the bait in position, especially in a steady flow, which might give alot of resistance, but there is no other way really. Legering might be ok, but you have crays to contend with then, and I often think some baits will just lay out of sight on the bottom mostly too. Hit and miss, but one day it will pay off! Cheers David
  15. While fishing for chub on the Thame the other day, using a really big worm bait (3 lobs) I struck into a fish, rather than bolting around or maybe into the far bank like chub do, this fish stopped, and ran straight upstream and slightly towards me, throwing the hook with a swirl, a decent swirl from a sizeable fish. It was very different from any chub ive hooked before, and ive had a few. Ive caught barbel in the Thame, but never this far up river, ive caught them 10 miles or more downstream. Ive also lost a fish or two, as has my father which have just slowly speed off down river with no decrease in speed as you apply pressure, just to snap the hooklength, 4lb hook length, again, not like most chub. What do think would run upstream? Im thinking either Barbel, or Big perch, by the way it threw the hook, as ive had and lost some big perch there. I often think its the fish you lose which keep you going back, not just the fish you catch! Cheers David
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