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  1. Mike Thompson

    Aldi fishing gear ...

    Old people eh. Don't you just love 'em ! Now where did I put my glasses.
  2. Mike Thompson

    Whats best recent bit of tackle you have bought ?

    I purchased two 1.25 Drennan Avon Quiver rods for tench and chub. But have been breaking them in on large crucians. Absolutely lovely action, soft in the tip but with lots of power in the middle. Easily coped with some big singles carp which took a fancy to my double maggots.
  3. Mike Thompson


    I'm not sure Mike, but if you bump in to one after dark in York, I would advise you to leg it ! Mike T.
  4. Mike Thompson

    Red Rapeseed ??

    Do you use rapeseed in the same way as hemp, and is the only benefit cost ? Thanks Mike
  5. Mike Thompson

    Crucian carp

    Thanks Bill, All these fish are in absolutely beautiful condition. I will try to remember to take some pics next visit and post one on here.
  6. Mike Thompson

    Crucian carp

    Back at the pond again today. Five crucians between 2.6 and 3.1, and they were all real hard fighters on light gear. May have to make another visit later in the week.
  7. Mike Thompson

    Short break fishing trip

    Richard, I have taken a holiday at Docklow 3 times in the last 10 years. Accommodation varies from bed and breakfast to log cabins. There is a brilliant tackle shop, pub and restaurant on site. They will send you a glossy brochure with all details. The match guy will have a field day as there...
  8. Mike Thompson

    Looking to acquire new barbel rods

    Greg, if you are looking for new rods and about £150 each, I would recommend you have a look at the Free Spirit barbel rods. They have several 12'ers to choose from. I have an 11' x 1.5tc and love it. Mike
  9. Mike Thompson

    Rod Licence

    Paul, It does say in their March news letter that the new pictures would be on licenses from early March. So I think you purchased yours just before the picture change. Mike
  10. Mike Thompson

    5 places to fish

    Fished Symonds Yat 2017 and had some fantastic barbel and chub. I only fished during the day, there were lots of boats, but it didn't seem to bother the fish.
  11. Mike Thompson

    Some basic advice.

    Danny, Are you only fishing the Trent, or are you tackling other rivers, if so which ? What you can see when walking the bank will be very different on say the Dove compared to the Trent.
  12. Mike Thompson

    Crucian carp

    First week back on the pond for Crucians. They have really grown in the last twelve months and are in magnificent condition. Tuesday was great, 3 hours fishing produced four fish, 2.6, 2.11, 2.12, and 2.14, heaven. Thursday, 4 hours, but they were not in the same mood. had one at 2.5 which is...
  13. Mike Thompson

    2 x Wychwood Reaction 12' - 2.5tc carp rods

    Still available, anybody interested at £45 for the pair, plus £12 carriage ?
  14. Mike Thompson

    Priceless tackle?

    Derek, my favourite number changes much too quickly at my age !!!,
  15. Mike Thompson

    Home page picture

    Fantastic fish for mother Ouse Dave. Many congratulations, I know you put in a lot of effort to land one. I am very, very envious !!!!! Mike
  16. Mike Thompson

    Sooo what did Santa bring you?

    That's chicken dippers for you Derek !
  17. Mike Thompson

    2 x Wychwood Reaction 12' - 2.5tc carp rods

    Hi all, I have a pair of the above in virtually as new condition, having only been used about 10 times. £50 plus £12 carriage.
  18. Mike Thompson

    Barbel Seeker advice please

    Derek, I have the 11ft - 1.5lb tamer, bought on here, and love it. Had barbel to high 9's on it with no bother. Perfect for the smaller rivers I usually fish. Would love to find another.
  19. Mike Thompson

    A Christmas Tale...

    Merry Christmas everyone.
  20. Mike Thompson

    River Swop

    Hi Graham, What a cracking idea. Not sure who would be prepared to visit the Yorkshire Derwent as my half of the swap. It's a beautiful river, but the fishing can be b---dy hard. I love fishing it, but blanks are very much the norm. Mike