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  1. As an RNLI governor, I agree with Chesters, and will be "considering my position" "Saving Lives at Sea" is one thing, facilitating illegal immigration is something else. ...... and Yes, I fully realise that finding the dividing line is difficult, but clearly, we cannot go on as at present.
  2. Would not accept my jpegs even after cropping, so considered my blood pressure and gave up. You will have to imagine a very ordinary silvery common of about 2 lb from Venue 1 captioned "one of many" and an eight-pound partly scaled yellowfin mirror from Venue 2 captioned "Fish from a barrel". Both are shown resting on the net, which is in turn resting on an unhooking mat, which id in its turn resting on the grass. All very comfy - keeps the carp huggers happy. Next question - how does one get at what used to be called your "signature" on the old system ? I wish to bring the s
  3. Thanks Chesters, and thanks again for the copy pf Carp Fever. good history of the early hair rig trials. I wonder what BB, Walker, Hutchinson and Maddocks would make of modern carp puddles. Those four are all good reading, Glad you too have a good tomato crop. Norma has turned all our main tomato crop into concentrated soup, salsa, sauce and other products which have been bottled, frozen and otherwise stored -should last until next years crop is ready, although we are still picking. Stacks of Bramley apples this year also. Norma has just taken a gallon of tomato soup
  4. Have just tried to add a couple of pics - without success. I don't use third parties, and could not find a way to add files direct. Any comments or advice ?
  5. After losing a post about four-fifths done I produce a version off-line, then copy and paste it in. Saves an awful lot of frustration. Now to see about putting piccys in,
  6. Winding down - angling as one gets older and frailer. Having caught shark, marlin, and sturgeon over 300 lb, and several hundred species from places as diverse as the Amazon Basin, the Australian outback, the Southern Ocean, the Caribbean coral flats and the streams of the American Divide. It is with some disbelief that I find age, muscle weakness and increasingly severe angina drastically limiting where I can fish. I have always loved catching wild fish in wild places, which has had me fishing in all seven oceans, and six of the seven continents. (went to the seventh – Antarcti
  7. My principle 're knots is to avoid strangle knots where the bit above the hook eye is a single strand around which the rest of the knot forms a wrapping .(as in the blood knot family) Both the grinner and the Palomar avoid this (although in different ways) if either of these knots is tied carefully and snugged down they will not (pun intended) fail.
  8. Hmm How do you reconcile this view with your comments 're capital punishment in a previous thread. Or do you disapprove of capital punishment because you think daily torture would be more appropriate ? It seems as if in this post you assume the accused is guilty, whereas in your postings on the death penalty you assume a high proportion of innocence. You really cannot have it both ways - as the harlot said to the bishop.
  9. I have never actually fallen in, but have got wet on numerous occasions . By far the commonest was wading an inch or more deeper than my waderr length. A bit of a laugh in thigh waders, less so in waist waders, and getting a bit hairy in chest waders. Done that in many rivers and in surf. If you ever don chest waders It is very important to invest in a good stout wading staff, both for feeling your way in a rocky river, and providing a third leg in a dodgy current or surf. Once you get chest deep it is easy to get knocked off your feet by a wave or a current surge. At 86+ my wading days
  10. I carry groundbait dry and mix with Venice water for the same reason as b-bear. In the same way if there are any molehills near the water I add some molehill soil to the mix . Molehill soil smells quite strongly of earthworms - even I, a mere human, can detect it. Using lake water also avoids the chlorine problem. We grow a lot of fancy plants including orchids and they definitely dislike chlorine, so we have installed three water butts to catch rainwater. If I ever mixed groundbait at home I would use rainwater. I see the bloody spellchecker has stuck its nose in again. For Veni
  11. My favourite fishing is wild trout. The only uk writer who comes anywhere near my philosophy is John Inglis Hall. "A highland stream" Streets ahead of everyone is the American writer John Geirach. "Fishing the High Country" and many others That said, I have several hundred angling books - good, bad and indifferent
  12. Well, I'm glad nobody has written my obituary! Thanks for all the kind remarks - especially about the book. I reconnected yesterday - see Tiggers thread 're a few hours out. Still fishing in my 87th year, albeit just small still waters due to ever increasing angina problems.
  13. Hi all. Found you at last. Y"all disappeared from my PC and I just got "cannot find" for weeks. Found this route on Norma"s Kindle. Mobility has crashed a bit and I ca n I just about stagger 50 yards from car park to swim with the aid of a few puffs of triglyceride (bloody spell checker won't let me write "nitro" and "glycerine" as one word.) Norma does the driving and gillies for me, even finds time to fish . I am restricted to flat banks and still water - no rock-hopping, no hill-stream trouting, no fly-fishing, and definitely no wading. Still, I have had 80 years of that, so
  14. Interesting discussion. As an all-rounder, fishing all over the world,I own a lot of reels, from big game down through various multipliers (boat and surfcasting ) baitcasters, spincasters,closed face reels, fixed spools, (most with bale arms, my old Mitchell with claw pick-up) centrerpins and fly reels from #12 for tarpon down to a #2 for brooklet fishing. I had to learn to be reasonably proficient with all of them, but always concentrated on accuracy rather than distance, especially on the small freshwater waters I was brought up on. For sea fishing with multipliers i prefer ri
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