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  1. George Maltby

    Braid for chub fishing

    Ah, okay apologies, you could have a look at the leader knots they use in LRF fishing for attaching braids to fine fluoro's? 'Slim beauty' and the 'FG knot' spring to mind, I used to use these knots effectively when bream (or 'brim') fishing small lures on 4lb braid and 4lb fluoro leaders when I...
  2. George Maltby

    Braid for chub fishing

    I would be surprised if you had issues with crack offs using a soft feeder rod...
  3. George Maltby

    Roach

    Here you are chaps, one from the Hampshire Avon this weekend and a PB for me at 1lb 7oz. Taken on trotted bread flake. Picture doesn't seem to do it justice but for a bloke that has only ever seen a couple of roach over a pound, this looked absolutely mahoosive to me!
  4. George Maltby

    River pike

    Thanks all, will give the lighter gauge hooks a bash next time I am up that way, may even have to brake out the 10 weight! Funnily enough after posting earlier I ducked out of the office early and went for an hour’s wobbling on a local stretch of the Dorset Stour and ended up bagging another PB...
  5. George Maltby

    River pike

    Well, I had my session up on the wye and finished with this lovely fish which was a PB for me at 15 3/4lbs, unfortunately I lost a slightly bigger fish at the net as a loose treble got caught in the mesh as she was sliding over the rim, but I cant complain with the day generally. Unfortunately...
  6. George Maltby

    River pike

    Graham that's great info thanks. It is a Wye and Usk beat so I will check the rules on their website. I get bored if I don't have a bite in a swim much after 30 mins so this sounds perfect!
  7. George Maltby

    River pike

    Hi All, I have booked a day on the Courtfield stretch of the Wye for the 30th with a friend of mine from Kernow, and am hoping for a nice pike, providing the rivers not washed out anyway. Quick question for the locals, what dead baits do you find the best? Fresh or salt? Or would you say I...
  8. George Maltby

    Tench 2016 - 2018 and counting ......

    No, I have been fishing Hucklesbrook and doing okay, I have picked up tench to about 6 ish (although that was while carping) and a few around the 4-5lb mark. There are much bigger in there and will continue to fish it until I get a big girl but it’s not really a bag up water, and was looking for...
  9. George Maltby

    Tench 2016 - 2018 and counting ......

    Chaps does anyone here fish frensham great pond much? I worry about spending the £130 on membership only to find out that it’s way too busy with swimmers/sailors/other anglers and I abandon after a couple of sessions. It’s about an hour and a half away from me so would like some opinions before...
  10. George Maltby

    Tench 2016 - 2018 and counting ......

    Keith that’s fantastic info thanks very much, it is certainly most appreciated! As I say I will certainly give hightown a wander soon as well and have a brief marker around on both prior to April. David that is very interesting about spinnaker but I guess it is a case of a big fish or bust...
  11. George Maltby

    Looking to change my car ..... Any advice on what to buy ?

    You could do a lot worse than a Honda CRV...4x4 very reliable by all reports (I have only had mine 6 months but did a lot of research prior to buying) loads of room for kit with the back seats flat...you’d get a good one for 5k.
  12. George Maltby

    Tench 2016 - 2018 and counting ......

    Thanks Keith. That’s great info and gives me a starting point. I have walked hucklesbrook before trying to get some carp off the top, lovely lake that’s just about the perfect size for a mixed fishery really, guls were I nightmare eating all my dog biscuits before the carp could find them...
  13. George Maltby

    Tench 2016 - 2018 and counting ......

    Hi All, About 14 months ago I moved down to the Christchurch area. Since moving down I have joined both CAC and RDAA. Last spring I neglected to do any amount of trench fishing and I am looking to put that right in the coming months. I was wondering if anyone on here could offer me any advice...
  14. George Maltby

    Closed Season Controversy

    Yup, I have learned so much about one particular river that I course fish, things that I never would have learned if it were not for wading it with a fly rod in the closed season, the fly fishing was never much good mind!
  15. George Maltby

    Closed Season Controversy

    I don't see the problem with just keeping it...we have had it up to now and nobody's died, on many stretches of river over fishing is as much if not more to blame for the decrease in quality of the fishing as all the other issues combined, increasing the pressure by 25% annually is bound to have...
  16. George Maltby

    Perch

    That would be ideal Stephen! unfortunately until the evenings get a bit longer I struggle to get out the office before the witching hour is gone and its completely dark. Maybe in another month, but then you are very close to their spawning period and you have to contend with that nagging doubt...
  17. George Maltby

    Perch

    Popped into a local club lake on my way back down to Bournemouth from a weekend away watching the 6 nations with friends in Bath. Needless to say I had quite a headache, phone had run out of battery, generally felt terrible but I had bought two pints of red maggot and some red krill groundbait...
  18. George Maltby

    For the introduction of non lethal of controlling Otters

    Don't you go ruining my Salmon fishing! we've got enough problems with seals and fish farms as it is. Dump them on the Trent those boys have plenty of fish to go around, they won't miss the odd double disappearing here and there!;)
  19. George Maltby

    Otter petition.

    Thanks Joe, While I don't argue that the insecticide issue is a bit of an unknown at present, and certainly has the potential to decimate the fish population of a river. I would argue that general pollution in our waters, particularly since the collapse of heavy industry and improvements in...
  20. George Maltby

    Otter petition.

    I too would like to understand how any of the wealth of non lethal options would make any difference. Unless we are sticking them all on a carriage at St.Pancras with a one way ticket through the tunnel, or we are placing them all into an induced coma? Sterilization would be my only suggestion...
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