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    Ex pro photographer, now designing websites! Lure fishing, predators and centrepins :-)
  1. Just had a large, similar problem, but with rats -= eventually managed to get rid of 47 of the nasty little buggers - and a mouse - using simple, traditional rat-traps. They randomly took both cheese and Nutella, but two tricks I found were invaluable wer 1/ push the bait well down into the bait-hoders, so it cant simply be grabbed and removed, and 2/ the traps themselves needed a bit of tweaking to be fully effective. The triggers are invariably a simple plastic affair, but not particularly precise - a simple fettle / trim with a Stanley knife or similar made them much more sensitive, and consequently, much more effective. Problem with the various poisons is that they seem to fall into two camps - a paste / pasta based one typically held in small envelopes, almost raviolli-like, and grain=based, which is often formed into blocks. Both have problems (the paste / pasta based ones were untouched apart from by the dog (without any apparent effect, and despite me putting them where it was almost impossible for me to access, never mind a dog!), and the grain-based can be ineffective for a couple of different reasons, one critical one being that rats further south are noted for having largely developed an immunity, to the poison in use (though there is a Type II easily available, typically where the loose grain is dyed a bright green colour) The geend grain proved very effective, but when I was investigating what to buy, it became apparent that MOST of the grain BLOCK type baits, particularly those made in the Far East (which is most of them) are about 95% wax, and contain very little rodenticide. Good luck --- hate the bloody creatures, personally!
  2. Personally, if a fish is hooked so deeply that a disgorger and forcep are not enough to effect removal, Id cut the line as far down as was safely possible, then return the fish as quickly as I could with the minimum of fuss. Most hooks commonly used in freshwater fishing within the UK will quickly corrode and disintegrate in water within a few days - more quickly when being attacked by various bodily fluids / digestive acids within a fish. Digging about down there ()in the stomach?) is only goiung to cause trauma and possibly further injury. The exception to this would be a deeply hooked pike on trebles, which may otherwise 'stitch' the throat closed, or close off the stomach. It IS possible to very, very carefully pull out the stomach of a pike to effect removal - apparently - then return the fish, though in more than 40 years of catching pike, I've never hooked one that deep, nor seen the procedure completed.
  3. Dunno - plenty of evidence of adult ducks being taken by pike in the 20's - would guess their moths are smaller than a cat?
  4. I'll be honest, I wear polarising lenses a lot, and they DO work for me, most of the time. Thing is, for them to work effectively, the light needs to be coming in the correct direction, relative to the direction in which you are facing, AND the angle of the light hitting the water. The orientation of the lens within the frame of your glasses also has a profound effect. Under the right conditions, you will lose virtually 100% of surface glare. I'll confess, a lifetime as a pro photographer gave me perhaps a better understanding of light than most, including what polarisation can, and cannot do. Totally unrelated, but I wonder how many realise that a normal polarising filter, so effective on the old film cameras (and our eyes) is useless on a digital camera ... which needs a circular polariser rather than a linear one (just to muddy the waters a bit :-) ) What perhaps also gives me an edge (when fish spotting) is the actual glasses I use - quite old and hopelessly outdated now frame-wise, with circular lenses, BUT the lens can be individually rotated within each lens using a small knob at the edge of meach lens, to gain maximum polarising effect - and the difference can be astounding. Unfortunately, I've been unable to find any in current manufacture (though I've not looked for a while) - others may know differently. And then, of course, there is the option of polarising binoculars ........ Eyesight-related, I was very recently diagnosed with the beginning of a film developing across my dominant eye - its in the early stages, a bit too soon for surgery, but currently looks like looking through cling-film - not too bad tightly stretched, but a bugger if it moves as I concentrate on something. Strangely, wearing polarising glasses in any light seems to make the problem go away almost 100% ... thouigh I get some odd looks on dingy days, or half-way around the shopping centre in very dark glasses :-)
  5. Thats a nifty trick - simple but effective, going to nick it :-)
  6. :D Housebound for a bit despite the current glorious weather, so jusy mooching about online trying to stave off baredom - revisited this topic out of curiosity as I was the OP ... amazing how far, and how quickly - a topic can stray / evlove(?) from the original ... a lake turning over to bears, moose hunting and getting hpelessly lost within about a dozen posts
  7. Thanks for the info so far - I've pretty much got my head around the uses of manure and / or barley straw, though for the intended purpose it looks as though Siltex would be better suited, though much more expensive - its a smallish lake of around 3 acres, but best prices / advice indicate it will cost neck-end of £1000 to treat ther lake in the first year alone - a bit more than the manure option, which is available free locally as we seem to be surrounded by riding schools :-) The biggest single issue now is the question of legality - I can't actually find anything to indicate the practice might be illegal (though widespread) - but someone with a very loud voice is convinced that it is, and I'd very much like to prove them wrong if possible.
  8. Sure has Martin - from memory I think it may well have been me that posted it ... thouigh this water is outside of the UK, apparently with burbot quite common - apparently also the Hutchen, a freshwater version of the salmon, with the biggest rod caught specimen recorded at 1.8 metres / 60kg in weight, from memory, and fish in excess of 1.5metres recorde each season! :-)
  9. Hmmm :-) What is the perceived wisdom for fishing for this beastie? ... just discovered that I may well be fishing a water that holds them (alongside many other species) for a few weeks over the summer!
  10. Anyone have any specific knowledge on the legalities of putting manure into a lake - I'm currently getting 'opinions' elsewhere that are the polar opposite to each other, but none of them are from an educated standpoint ... and trying to contact the EA with a simple question such as this is worse than useless :-(
  11. Aye, from what (I think) I understand, the two are generally used to achieve different ends, the manure to 'feed' the lake, and barley straw to combat algae. For something that was / is common practice, there is surprisingly little info about on the web, and most of what there is originates in the US.
  12. I'm vaguely aware of the practice of putting bales of hay, and / or manure into managed lakes, though I'm unsure of whether or not this practice is still followed. Can anyone tell me if this is still being done, and what the perceived benefits (and possible drawbacks) are? There was an ill-informed row developing in the pub this afternoon, and I'm trying to form my own, 'educated' stance, as I was asked for an opinion ... is the practrice still encouraged / frowned upon, or perhaps even illegal? Thanks
  13. Steve, what you describe is pretty much in line with my own thoughts; the thing that threw me this year was that it happened as you describe at Wingham - very early in the year, way before expected, then seems to have accelerated during the recent cold spell, which was quite severe locally - overnight temperatures of minus 11 just a half mile from the lake, with 30 litre tubs of water in the garden freezing solid, yet the lake remained ice-free, likely thanks to unusually high wind action on the sirface. Its sort of a relief to hear that its being mirrored at Wingham, if that makes sense? :-)
  14. I think most anglers will be familiar with the phenomenon we see each year in spring, where parts of the lake bed float up to the surface, remaining there until vanishing into the depths a week or so later? I've never really given it too much thought, just put it down to maybe temperatures increasing in Spring which in turn stimulated whatever was lurking in the silt to produce gas as a by-product, which in turn caused areas of cogealed silt etc to leave the lake bed and float. Was at the local lake yesterday, and very surprised to find masses of the stuff on the surface, way more than usual - as much as anything I didn't expect to see anything like this just yet in view of the recent cold spell, though bizarrely, this lake did not freeze at all throughout, despite air temperatures within a half mile falling as low as 11 degrees below zero overnight - I'd put it down to vigourous wind action on the surface, which I guess in turn may have something to do with what I describe, as the lake is quite small and relatively shallow - average depth likely no more than about 4 feet, 6 feet at it's deepest, over 3 acres. No signs of any fatalities or any other problems within the lake ... any thoughts anyone ... and does the phenomenon I describe have a name, and is my loose interpretation of what happens anything close to being accurate?
  15. Nice one - I'd be happy to get fish like that in the local rivers!
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