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  1. I could tell a similar story about a pond stocked with bream and silver bream. I was called in to settle a dispute. One bloke reckoned he hsd caught a 3 lb silver bream. Half the club supported him, the other half hated his guts and wanted his fish, him, and all his tribe exterm er disqualified. I was authorised to dissect a couple of small samples and examine their pharyngeal teeth. It will not necessarily show anything I told them, but they said they had looked the numbers of teeth up in a book They would examine the teeth they said, they just needed me to provide them, as the
  2. I've pulled forward my post of two years ago. If I had followed my schoolboy whim and become a bookie, I might well have become a billionaire like Denise and left the day to day running of the betting shops to underlings whilst enjoying the proceeds. I could have afforded many more trips abroad after exotic species, more salmon fishing, my own marlin boat and luxury back-up etc etc.. - and as a result of the life-style that went with it, probably died of a stroke in my fifties - or not - as Chesters might put it. The amount of money spent by betting firms on advertisements
  3. Thanks BB for a good summary of how wind affects carp Also see my comments on venue 2 in the earlier thread "Winding Down" As Dick Walker once said "How much intelligence, for the love of Mike, does an angler need to realise that floating food will go where the wind blows it ?"
  4. Try the slack buffer zone just above the bridge piers - it seems counter-intuitive but there is often a good trout there. A place I have often found disappointing is the fishy-looking pool below a waterfall. It always looks inviting - sends me the clear message "now here be monsters" but I can't remember ever catching anything but "run-of-the-mill" fish from such spots
  5. It happens to be convenient for us to use three similar bank accounts - her money, my money and a household account. As some sort of compensation for a miserly, derisory and sheer bloody "stuff you. moosh" rate of interest, our bank has cut a "deal" with a publishing company. As a result we get a "free" monthly mag with each account. One on Birdwatching, for Norma, one on preserved Steam Locomotives for me, and as no other candidate is worth considering, thought "Improve Your Coarse Fishing" would provide a laugh or two. The first two are acceptable, a bit "Mickey Mouse" in places,
  6. I've met him ! A minor club official with delusions of grandeur. Didn't have any I.D. on him but demanded to see my club card and licence. I told him to go climb a tree. Re the salties... The only other occasion where wildlife stopped me fishing was on the Oykel Fly fishing for Salmon , wading a rapid, above a deep pool, and was attacked by midges. I was not being bitten much, but two eyes full of midges meant I couldn.t see - in a fast current in midstream. Chucking handfuls of river water into my eyes was all I could do and the midges came back as soon as I stopped the i
  7. Bob, we've had some ! Fishing the Top End in a tinny, we were free lining blueys into likely barra spots and slowly retrieviing them as we drifted uo a tidal creek. One spot seemed pretty good, several barras around the 10 lb mark. So we put the hook down. After a bit I got snagged - pulled for a break, and the "snag" went away across the bottom. then climbed up the creek bank and revealed itself as a 4 ft saltie. Then Norma hooked another "snag" - a 6-footer this time . We had a few more. "Al" I said to the guide, "is it my imagination, or is each croc we see bigger than t
  8. Chris, Steve - I have a draft for another book, following on from A.V. My indoor hobby, now that tackle making and fly-tying are beyond my tremor-racked hands, is postal history, especially rail-related postal history ("The Night Mail crossing the border " etc ) - it does not leave much time for book production - since retiring I have often wondered how I ever found time to go to work !
  9. Hi Bobj We have a range of orchids indoors. Cymbidiums, Cattleya, Masdevallia, Odontoglossums, Oncidiums, Paphiopedilums, Phalaenopsis and Dendrobium. All flower regularly except the Dendrobiums, all three of which flowered once, two years ago, but nothing since. Have followed what the books say re watering, humidity, temperature, light etc, but they show no sign of flowering. Good healthy new growth but no flower buds. We must be missing something, Dendrobia are supposed to be easy to grow and flower. Any comment ?
  10. Done that twice. Typed a new version into "Profile" Saved it. Can't find a way of replacing the old version with the new one.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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 ?
  15. 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,
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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
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