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Recent content by David Heeley

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    keeping dry recommendation

    Poncho for me cant stand the messing with brolly. Plus i fish the back of a ruined Abbey and when you stand up on the edge of dark you can scare the .... out of the locals
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    Why ?

    Noticed twice this year people comming up behind with head torch on full blast caused fish i had on spooked massiveley. Must have an effect on the fish feeding infront of you if you jump around with one of these on for no reason. Especially on small rivers
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    Halibut pellets

    Yes absolutely they have got bigger and less oil in fact a bit crumbly and dusty. Tackle shop tried to convince me otherwise !
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    Source boilies for sea trout !

    Out last night on Ribble very slow but my mate landed a seatrout of 2-3lb on a source boilie. Properly lip hooked. Probably the one of the most outrageous fishing feats you can imagine. This year just gets more and more wierd....seriously thought I had dreamt it this morning.
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    Black pudding for bait..

    Would be very interested in the results of a serious trial. Blood very effective in mince fishing for chub. Tried dried blood as groundbait for tench ingredient 20yrs ago inconclusive. Also remember reading a book where chub were eating the washout from a slaughter house many many years back...
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    Chillis and barbel

    Something to add to the list of banned baits before someone tarnished the reputation of anglers everywhere.
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    Chillis and barbel

    This question was the result of reading up on how to stop squirrels eating the bird food. Combined with me having too much time on my hands. The answers are just as fascinating as the question. I really can believe the bream thing. I was a very keen match angler in the 80, 90 s and early 2000s...
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    Chillis and barbel

    So why is added to hemp, boilies etc by bait manufacturers and why do so many people put curry spice on meat?
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    Chillis and barbel

    Not a recipie just a question. The active ingredient in chilli powder and by inference in curry is capsaicin. This compound evolved to deter mammal predation on the chilli plant seeds. It can be used to deter squirrels from bird tables. Birds can not taste it. Do you think barbel can ? Ps...
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    A new low

    In daylight ! That beats my feeble efforts!
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    A new low

    Ribble - your best chance of a liner from an otter is 10lb mainline preferably maxima they cant see it very well in the dark. Fish tight to the lead close in for maximum otter line bite registration. Good luck !
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    A new low

    A blank session with one huge line bite - from an otter. swimming on surface ! Beat that Dave
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    What conditions are best for cheese

    That really fits my experience and is just what I am doing. That said a good rattling chub bite turns me around mentally on those tough days. Thanks Terry, much appreciated
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    What conditions are best for cheese

    what are best conditions for cheese paste. I am catching good chub on it But both interest from the barbel even fished over pellet as a change bait Am I destroying my chances of barbel by introducing this this to a swim? I know it's used a lot in Yorkshire rivers, but I am in Lancashire ...
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    The Gudgeon Society

    "Clonkin super gonks " Translated from Midland matchspeek A rather large gudgeon .