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  1. Vagabond

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    Went into Tunbridge Wells yesterday to fetch a new car. There was a light snow shower (big flakes but few of them) on the way back, but it didn't lay.
  2. Hi Barry, I have had a bit of experience using the method you describe, Used it off the Needles, the Shambles and a spot off Alderney Like you, I wondered if a scaled-up Polaris might work. However, I can see several snags (pun intended) Firstly, wave size, or to be more precise, wave size compared with float size. I use my Polaris rig for perch, but I could dispense with the float and just use a running paternoster. The reason I add a Polaris is for earlier bite detection ie the sooner one knows a perch has taken, the sooner one can strike and the less chance of deep hooking. I work on the principle of "the nearer the bite indication is to the hook, the better." SO, the Polaris does the job in calm water, or in a light breeze. - but .....As the wind rises, the waves get bigger and even my largest Polaris is submerged by each wave crest. There comes a point where the disadvantage of a submerged Polaris in each wave (drag delaying bite indication) outweighs the usefulness of an early bite indication which you can no longer see. At that point the Polaris comes off and I revert to running paternoster with bite indication from the meniscus where line enters water at best, or rod tip movement at worst. The type of location that you fish for these "Giant Sand Smelts" with Joeys is probably similar to those mentioned in the first paragraph above - Strong currents, so any wave travel against current results in steep waves - possibly four foot or more, A Polaris would disappear in each wave. Second I use the method in still water. Your situation is a tidal current and a moving boat . Other anglers with lines out. Enough said ? Thirdly, snags on the bottom. That's why I fish the bait above the bottom. My snags are soft weedbeds covering the bottom and the larger pebbles of a gravel pit. Puny compared with the wrack-covered rocks you face. True, a rotten bottom might solve that, at the cost of frequent re-rigging Plus you are running a bait down tide - my bait is staying put unless I choose to move it. My gut feeling is to stick with the method you describe - I have caught, .and seen my boatmates catch, plenty of GSS to double figures and above by that very method . Experimenting with the stopknot position is tedious, but necessary. Hope that helps.
  3. True, and if you use a Polaris float you don't have to bother with a stop knot. The Polaris acts as its own sliding stop-knot. Instead of fishing at a prescribed depth, you can rig a sliding paternoster so that the bait is a prescribed distance above the bottom - whatever the water depth is.. That is invaluable if you are fishing onto a steep slope in a gravel pit - where fish cruise up and down the slope and a couple of feet either way of where your lead lands can result in a profound difference in depth. It means you can search such a slope without having to adjust a stop knot for every cast. What Martin says about the float being vertically above the lead is true if you don't tighten up straight away - once you do tighten, there will of course be an angle from lead to rod tip. From #1 "A tale of two trips"
  4. I remember Dick Walker being asked to solve a similar problem. His correspondent had deduced something like the above and described it as follows "As the weight sinks, the line goes round the bend in the water " Very unscientific, but Dick knew instantly what the guy meant, A bit like the instructions on the first Japanese fixed spool reel marketed here "Wind handle, bale arm go flip-flop, all go happy fish" Priceless !
  5. That great angling writer, William Caine had the answer..... After starting his year with pike in February, salmon in March, trout in April etc etc, he finished in style- ".....November - I stay in town, December - I stay indoors, January - I stay in bed"
  6. True, but well worth another look. ...and tied in well with the Giant Trevally taking Bridled Terns - fantastic sequence. I heard tales of Spanish mackerel taking Torres Strait Pigeons as they migrate to and from N Australia - can well believe it after seeing last night's episode
  7. Yep, my snorkeling days are over but not forgotten,, so I can really appreciate the efforts of the sub-aqua camera crews - one of the things the BBC does extremely well. I will be watching (on Sunday at 8pm)
  8. Well, HV has offered evidence that the 1906 election was on a par with the most recent one. I can only speak for events from about 1940, when I was six years old. By the time I left school I had formed the opinion that about 80% of the human race didn't know their jobs. That was based mainly on my contact with schoolteachers. Nearly seventy years later, after starting out as a pharmacist, becoming bored with it, and rapidly switching to oceanography and earth science at university level, and helping run a family building business on the side, I have met many people, from all walks of life, including a few politicians, and I see no reason to change my original view, except to reflect that 80% was probably an underestimate. As a group, politicians are as inept as the rest of the human race. Added to that is the fact that politicians have little incentive to learn - once in a "safe" seat they continue to get elected on the basis of promises, no matter how many promises have been reneged upon in the past. So yes, politicians have always been pathetic, but I would suggest the current crop seem particularly so - I cannot see one person of stature on either side that I would trust to lead the country.
  9. Vagabond


    We have a yellow-grey light here at 1523 hrs and big grey clouds racing in from the SW - not much wind at ground level - yet.
  10. As a general rule, cross between two species = hybrid Cross between two strains of the same species = mongrel (as in dog breeds) Having said that, i misused "mongrel" in #5 ! ....and nobody is to start pontificating on what constitutes a species
  11. I learnt, whilst still a schoolboy, that a surefire place for small (ie 6" or less) perch is a swim, deeper that about 3 ft and up to 12 ft very close to the bank, especially if there are tree or shrub roots under the water. Later in life I learnt that it is a place for big perch (ie from 2 lb upwards) also - and they don't use the roots for "ambush", they come in from the open water and grab any small perch not quick enough to hide in the roots. Moreover, having grabbed a small perch, the bigger perch retreat into open water to "turn" their prey - which suggests they don't want to release it too close to the roots lest they lose it again. I have had the opportunity to watch this in clear water - several times. Hence a large bag of tiddler perch and a single 2 pounder is quite consistent with the above. Very rarely from such a swim do I catch perch between (say) half a pound and 2 pound - invariably I catch either bigger or smaller fish - and more of the latter, alas.
  12. Anyone familiar with live Dover Sole will appreciate what a fantastic job the paramedic did. We used to catch quite a few Dovers off the West Pier in Brighton before it got burnt. Most soles caught there were about 12 oz to just over a pound. Swing them up, and some might drop off onto the pier decking. One very quickly learnt to get the fish off the pier decking immediately, as once it got its head between the slats, there was no way to retrieve it, it just kept wriggling, worked its way ever further through the slats until it dropped into the sea below. Many fish are smooth if stroked from head to tail, but like sandpaper if you run your fingers the other way (overlapping rough-edged scales) The Dover Sole is an extreme example. That paramedic was either a sea angler or very very quick on the uptake - perhaps both. BTW The only people I have seen stupid enough to "kiss" a fish have been TV angling programme presenters.
  13. Interesting, and at the same time, depressing news. Obvious enough when one thinks about it - dredging removes all the different spawning habitats, leaving a monotonous drainage channel. A sort of Procrustean spawning bed that all are forced to use.
  14. What Mark says is quite correct. However, I have noticed a significant change during my lifetime. I have fished since the early 1940s 50 years ago, most fish populations were wild, and in the wild different species prefer different spawning sites, That is usually sufficient to keep different species apart at spawning time. Hence hybrids were comparatively rare and "second generation" hybrids rarer still. Nowadays, far too many fish populations are overcrowded. Fish hatcheries, commercial fisheries, and many club waters are grossly overstocked in a never-ending race to provide easy fishing, big match weights "bag-up" (odious phrase) headlines etc etc. Hence fish have little choice of spawning sites when crammed into small overstocked waters - they live in a permanent soup of excess groundbait, fish crap and gratuitous milt from all and sundry (barely kept alive by continuous aeration in many cases) - so there is little wonder that hybrids are very common in such places . Yes, I know different species are supposed to spawn at different times and different temperatures, but that does not always happen. A mixed bag of silver fish from a small still water will contain plenty of mongrels - so with more hybrids, it stands to reason there will be more chances of second generation hybrids - even though, as Mark says, they are usually ill-adapted for survival
  15. Yes, but has she grasped th implications ? (I doubt that also) - She keeps banging on about Scotland remaining in the EU after independence. Judging by the Eu response to Catalonia, that ain't gonna happen
  16. I wonder if Nicola Sturgeon is listening....
  17. Yep, mine also. So would the chap who bought my set of all 100 at the Wingham "fish-in" auction please get in touch and I will arrange to hand them over. Weeks of reading lie ahead !
  18. A priest giving presents to children - something that these days might spark a police investigation. .... and if there is anything in the folklore, the presents manufactured by slave labour Ho Ho Ho
  19. There seems little point on discussing the issue of the number of guns involved. None of the guns fired themselves - ergo, the discussion should concentrate on the nature of the gunman. After all,many Americans own lots of guns, but mercifully, very few run amok with them (yes, I know one is too many, but the vast majority of legitimate gun owners in this country are responsible citizens and I am sure that goes for any civilized society) So, back to this gunman. "Deranged" said Trump. Well yes, but in what way? US police say they don't know. Many deranged people reach that stage via a period spent as single issue fanatics. The "single issue" might be religion, politics,or even artistic opinion - google "Portland Vase" Could this guy have had a hatred of pop music?
  20. Very interesting - I had reached that conclusion by way of my own life experiences and until now have not been aware of the book you mention. But then, I don't go looking for such things because with immunity from g.d. comes disinterest - ie i have more interesting things to do than bother about god botherers. Perhaps the next stage, after diagnosing the disease is to come up with suggestions for prevention. Education alone is not enough - it just enables rellgiionists to add sophistry to their arguments.
  21. The god delusion exists in a benign form, and in various stages of malignancy, Most people regard the benign form as harmless or even praiseworthy. However, by analogy with benign and mailignant tumours, the benign can become malignant. Unfortunately the benign form is as contagious as the malignant - rather like typhoid being spread by carriers who appear to br symptom-less. Dawkins drew attention to the god delusion, but not to its aetiology - ie how the delusion becomes a disease The prison service is beginning to understand this, at least in an empirical way - they isolate extremists lest they "radicalise" other prisoners
  22. Alas, now unlikely, partly for reasons given in the previous post, but mainly because of mobility. I could probably still scramble down to fish, but not much hope of scrambling back up again. The ultimate in small stream fishing is when you catch from a stalking position where your heels are higher than your head, and you are reaching down to get the rod tip into a space large enough to make a cast. I miss it......
  23. Similar experience to Steve, with the addition of trout in E Sussex. My farmers said the same thing ! Alas the "salt-of-the-earth" Sussex farmer has largely disappeared, His place now taken by "farm managers" - box-ticking automatons obsessed with public liability, "elf-an-saffty" and the like. Nice catch, pics and report BB
  24. Wish we'd known that - we picked up Crimson, Long-tailed, Masked, Double-barred and Star finches - but saw no Gouldians - and we were there in a November
  25. Nice barra, Bobj We had plenty of Barras up to about 80cm in the Ord River next door to the Keep (Norma pulled a huge one out of a sunken brushwood pile, only to have it come off the hook at the boatside -"over a metre", said our guide) but never got to fish the Keep We did however hire a car and have a birding trip into Keep River National Park - and still have the video we took there of some dancing Brolga Cranes. I remember also the Little Woodswallows (my favourite Aussie bird) and the Plumed Whistling Ducks we saw there, and Norma getting very excited when we located a pair of Black-tailed Treecreepers.
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