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    Winter/ Floodwater tactics

    I think one of the things that makes fishing fascinating is all the differences and contradictions! And then of course we argue from our experience when someone else's experience is different! I am always amazed when match anglers produce similar weights from adjoining pegs on different tactics...
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    The 'slap" of a big fat feeder.

    In a thread entitled "Barbel Behaviour" I observed the tendency of barbel to respond to the splash of a feeder but was not sure if it was the explosion of bait or the splash itself. In order to induce a bite I would sometimes recast a feeder with an untouched bait in a 3 feet swim and almost...
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    Helicopter rigs

    Simple homemade hook length tool with red numbers showing inches from small thin nail on the right. Tie hook on line, fix to no head nail at desired length. Loop line or braid around last nail. Take loop off and use it to tie a double overhand loop knot. Works every time including 2 inches! But...
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    Barbel Behaviour

    Latest session seems to answer some questions. I had already introduced some bait through the feeder but then all the bait fell out of the feeder on the cast a couple of times and it landed empty - yet I hooked a couple of barbel before I could even put the rod in the rests (or wind in the empty...
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    Barbel Behaviour

    On my latest session I noticed a couple of patterns of barbel behaviour that could have implications for some of us to enjoy a more successful season. I was fishing a narrow, 3ft deep, medium paced river. Note barbel in other venues may not exhibit this behaviour. Firstly, the tendency of...
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    Free spirit vs Daiwa barbel rods

    That confirms what I have often suspected - I must be a low end barbel angler! 🙃 (Fox and Korum)
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    Tackle Insurance

    Good advise from Joe. I specifically sought an insurance company that covered sports equipment and have added tackle insurance onto the household insurance including a special "away from the home" cover. Outside sheds can be a problem but we have an attached garage so it is physically part of...
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    Lobworms in a wormery

    I have two wormeries - 1 for dendras and 1 for lobworms. Both are in large plastic boxes you get in hardware shops about 24 inches by 12 inches. I can keep over say 2 kilo of dendras in 1 and maybe 200 - 300 lobs in the other. They are in shredded damp newspaper and I have kept them sometimes...
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    Lead choice

    Plasticine, paper clips and heavy leads can all work. On the Wye where leads can get trapped I pick up a suitably sized stone and put it in a small bag made of the wife's tights - like tying a pva stocking bag and connect via link swivel to the line. (Sometimes you can use an elastic band to...
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    Weight Gains

    3lbs in 24 hours! No not a barbel but me! Mind you my record is 6.5lbs weight gain in 24 hours! 12.02 Christmas morning and 12.085 Boxing day morning! I am sure some you can obliterate that!
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    Fishing mishaps

    To try to avoid rod tips snapping in transit I push a small piece of sponge up inside an empty plastic (Benecol) yoghurt drink carton pushed up a fabric tip protector which I place over the rod tip/top of the rod butt section and then slide that into an empty silicon frame sealant tube. The...
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    Heated clothing

    You might have to watch the battery life on a long session. I bought my wife some battery heated gloves and she complained they were not working but she had them on maximum ALL the time instead of a charge now and then if she felt chilly. Many years ago when there were lighter fuel handwarmers...
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    Wanted ASI Seatbox

    One on Ebay as I type
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    Fishing Gloves, please recommend me a pair?

    Gloves are not only a personal thing but a situation thing. Personal - some like them some don't (with fingers like sausages). Situation - When I fish for say pike, cast infrequently and expect fewer bites I might wear something like the Trakker Polar Fleece Gloves which are mittens to keep the...
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    New scales advice

    I have problems all year with scales. My bathroom scales weigh too heavy and my fishing scales weigh too light!
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    New scales advice

    Most of these scales seem to weigh in kilos, pounds/decimal or ounces. Important when you are fishing for crucians and it shows 4.8 ie not 4lbs 8ounces but 4lbs 13ounces and a new British record! Similarly a barbel of 21.2 would not be an equal record but a record in its own right! Is there a...
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    Few rods for sale clear out

    I will have both greys rods. See pm
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    High back comfy chair that's light.

    I have Fox Duralite XL Chair - CBC073 about £100 Based on top-selling Duralite chair but for anglers that prefer a bigger chair with a higher back Arm rests for extra comfort Strong but exceptionally lightweight Duralite Magnesium Alloy Construction 3D Mesh and polyester padded seat aids...
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    Shimano Reel Sizes

    What is the difference between a 5000 and a 5010?
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    Worms for bait

    Quote from an old book, "During 8 days on the River Trent an angler once caught 300 barbel and individual catches of 97, 100 and 123 have been recorder in a [single] day. This was in pre-baited swims (sometimes by local professionals) - sometimes as many as 3,000 or 4,000 lobworms being used (in...