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  1. Great offer but I'm not sure what to teach Terry, he's been doing ok recently.
    2 points
  2. benji5857

    Unhooking hooks

    This might sound like a stupid question to a lot of you but I have to ask to make sure I do things right. I have always fished venues that allow barbless hooks only but i would like try a new venue but they only allow barbed hooks. I have seen all the arguments with regard to barbed hooks vs barbless and so I understand why the fishery in question have imposed this rule. A lot of people seem to agree that barbed hooks cause less damage to the mouth but ONLY when people know what they are doing when they remove the hook. So here is my dilema, I have never had to remove a barbed hook before and yet it is clear that I will be if I fish this new venue so can anyone give me any tips? Maybe I will find it natural and easy but the last thing I want to do is hurt the fish. There must be techniques that peopl use to allow them to be removed easily? All comments welcome.
    1 point
  3. Phil

    Off fishing tomorrow

    Im offski tomoz. Need to get my fix. Kits all staying at home though, I'm taking a knackered old 1.5lb rod, pin filled with 8lb line, packet of hooks/putty/floats and some bait. A 5am start = screaming runs!!! Yeah baby!
    1 point
  4. newmarket

    Snagged up

    Jon , you may well have been a " shake & bake " as you put it at one time but you have learnt over time how important it should be that fish care is of paramount importance and your friend will too. If you look up the word apprenticeship in the search engine you'll find out how old skool anglers such as phil and i are . However i do realise that everyone has to learn somewhere . I just wish people would get more experience before they fish for animals that WILL tow them all round the lake if they are not prepared for it . Float fishermen hold their rods and it doesnt happen jon
    1 point
  5. Phil

    Snagged up

    That in itself kinda sums up the nanny state we are in. Anyone, reading anything, is or should be responsible for their own actions there after. Folks need to take responsibility for themselves and the things they do, whether that is casting out a baited hook or swimming out to free a snagged fish.
    1 point
  6. Phil

    Snagged up

    Don't backtrack, I respect you more for your initial response. My annoyance/frustration, comes from the fact that it is possible for "shake n bake" carpers to put a hook into a large fish, yet have no idea what to do when they succeed. Any way that you look at this, it is wrong. An apprenticeship has not been served, respect has not been taught or learned. I was not taught by anyone other than myself. My Dad never fished, but took me when I wanted to go. I learned my skills from books, tv and being on the bank outwitting smaller fish. Where I also learned to unhook, care and return fish. Of course mistakes are made, we all need to learn and the learning curve can be steep. Jumping straight into carping is fool hardy to be honest. Worse would be piking. I do believe that we need to learn to walk before we run, and that as dedicated anglers, we all need to promote this, along with its good practice. Quick edit: I didnt recommend nor condone swimming out to a fish. It was my choice.
    1 point
  7. androoooo

    Snagged up

    I really don't see how someone can recommend swimming in British waters and putting their lives at risk. Get snagged on weed and you're potentially a goner..spend to long in cold water that's below body temp and you'll become exhausted and drown. Even water temps of 26 degrees which we never get this happens. More than 1 person dies every day in the uk due to drowning. There are much more sensible ways to do it. Wade if possible. Phone the fishery management and explain what's happened....can they come and help? Use a boat - don't have one, phone the fishery management, they don't have one phone friends see if you can get an inflatable. If there is no option but to swim make sure you have something buoyant with you and tie yourself to a rope. Don't have one go get one. Make sure someone is with you and the other end is tied to a tree. Don't have a life vest available empty your water container and take it with you. Exhaust what options you have...a snagged fish isn't going anywhere and jumping in, in haste is a huge gamble.
    1 point
  8. androoooo

    Snagged up

    If it keeps happening and it's a productive spot look for a different swim that gives you a better angle to prevent the fish running into them. If he's letting the fish take line on the clutch to make it then it's probably best if they kite towards it to tighten the clutch and walk backwards away from the snaggy spot to keep pressure on the fish and turn it. I've even read ken townley suggest that opening the bail arm can make a fish suddenly turn away from snags if they're heading for them but that takes some balls in my eyes. Pulling for a break would be the last thing I'd do but having tried what I've read as ideas on how to get fish out and if it was impossible to wade out and free it, it may be the best option.
    1 point
  9. newmarket

    Snagged up

    Did this fella get snagged up twice in the same place ? Tbh its never happened to me ? If it did i'd like to think common sense will prevail . Sounds like jontain is a pretty sensible fella . Unlike his pal .
    1 point
  10. dalthegooner

    Snagged up

    The fisheries I fish have a boat that you can use to get out to the snags.
    1 point
  11. androoooo

    Snagged up

    Tim I agree but sometimes regardless a fish can make it to hidden snags that you aren't aware of. Not all are visible and even those that are fish can make them whether we like it or not. You can be fishing open water with snags near your margin and a fish can run quicker than you can keep up at times and make it. I'd think it better that experienced members share the best way to deal with it as we could all find ourselves in that situation inadvertently.
    1 point
  12. androoooo

    Snagged up

    I'm waiting for the replies as fortunately never found myself in that situation. I'd rather pull for a break then cut the line. Cutting the line will see the fish left snagged for sure. If the line is solid physics would suggest that pulling will only apply pressure at the snag. Wrap some line round a tree and pull from one end. There will be no pressure exerted at the other end, only on the tree. If you cut the line it's still wrapped round the snag with a load of line that has to be pulled round an almost impossible task. But I'm bas eager as you are to hear what's best.
    1 point
  13. Cracking looking fish Sounds like you as a good outing
    1 point
  14. newmarket

    korda apex

    Whilst trying not to appear like a bum licker to a certain occasional poster on here , i find the line and terminal tackle by Gardner , and more recently Taska and Avid to be far superior , cheaper and a lot better value for money than uncle Danny's products but more importantly NONE of it has ever let me down yet . When times are hard you find yourself shopping around . And when that happens you very rarely find yourself buying a Korda product . Although the K marketing machine is irritating , this statement is based on being bitten a few times and now becoming shy . Not just another unfounded K bashing session ...
    1 point
  15. Cracking post Jeremy . Takes a big man to make an admission like that . I formerly charge you with the task of converting America
    1 point
  16. dalthegooner

    korda apex

    That's why it's so expensive; floating gold
    1 point
  17. dalthegooner

    blue cheese powder

    Part if me is saying write that guide; another part of me is saying, for the love of God NO...
    1 point
  18. salokcinnodrog

    Oi sucker!

    To be fair, very little. Like Tim, I've watched some of the Korda DVD's and as much as possible do try to avoid Korda Tackle, although that is also down to editorial advertising, advertorial articles which are only pushing their tackle. Yes, I know a Korda Kurv is a Korda hook, but a curved hook is a curved hook, be it a Gamakatsu GP204, a Gardner Mugga or whichever manufacturer you care to name, and as such they don't need to tackle push their own brands when their are other quite suitable, or even better alternatives. Add to that some items of tackle that I definitely avoid, Leadcore leaders etc that are sold over the counter, and I tend to switch back to the simpler things in life. I don't see why I should pay £5 for a pack of branded swivels in a size 8 when I can buy (often from the same manufacturing factory), a pack of unbranded size 8's at £1.50. When it comes to underwater features, I do like the Carpology articles, because they show anglers working on their own and fishing themselves, their own styles, whereas the Korda style are just adverts for their own brand. The Carpology style articles (and strangely the Fox DVD) show how an angler can fish effectively without it being just about the brand; not the whole DVD as that is Fox Edges, going to be about their equipment, but that particular underwater clip does give some very good insights. I do look at my rigs, how they land, I look at my baiting and how it will work, (or not), and feel that many of the Korda Underwater series, if better baiting practices had been used, then there would have been less cagey fish around. A fish will not behave the same with a camera in the swim as they would normally in their environment if there was no camera around. It is at the start a foreign body that is not natural, (Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle thread I believe).
    1 point
  19. Glad you shared this.I didn't realize how barbaric I been on catch and release until I came to this site.I sit here regretting all the fish I could of handled better that didn't make it.Now, when I'm out chasing carp, it's a whole different approch .In my neck of the woods Im probely a saint to carp.Anywhere else , well.. The fact that it even crossed your mind of the welfare of the carp species takes a different kind of fisherman.I know I've said this before but It's something very needed in this sport.
    1 point
  20. Phil

    korda apex

    Can't be, it floats......
    1 point
  21. Phil

    blue cheese powder

    Ha! Shhhh, "P's cheese" is a secret. If Mrs finds out I'm doomed. Bananas mushed up in cheese paste has really rocked some tricky waters. N-butyric is dead simple, Chop up some spuds, no need to be neat. Put them into a large glass jar with tight lid. Cover with water.....rain, puddle, pond, ditch......dirtier the better. Then, have a really good nasal snort...........go for it........get deep.........cough a bit.........clear your throat.........now........spit it all into the jar.... Put the lid on tight. Leave for a fourtnight. Job did. For the love of all that is good and Holy..................Do this outside, NEVER in the house. Never!!! If anyone wants a better written, step by step guide for making N-Butyric acid lemme know and I'll write one up. Edit: Puke is awesome, especially baby vom.
    1 point
  22. Tim.....tough, mate. The twerp is gone. I feel that I know you well enough to know that you'll recognise a twerp when you see one. Ian
    1 point
  23. dannyash

    korda apex

    Have to agree, he is fantastic at selling you his products, coming across like if your not using korda gear and piling in the bait you won't get results. One or two of the products are good but i find there are better brands out there for different things, atomic tackle, solar, esp, fox ext. Dan
    1 point
  24. newmarket

    Oi sucker!

    Theres no point in denying it . Uncle Danny has influenced all of us at some point via his underwater footage etc . In my case its forced me to seriously reconsider most of my terminal tackle . By seeking out and buying a cheaper and usually more reliable version
    1 point
  25. Hello gents just thought I might give an update on where my carp fishing has been going the last couple of weeks. I went to a "runs" lake over in the new forest which I was told is full of carp and a good day ticket venue that would get me back into playing fish. This lake was also full of chub that would eat anything that was put in the water (well anything I had)!! Altho it was nice to be catching after 15 chub the biggest at 4lb I wanted the carp lol I did manage to catch 3 carp the biggest being 6lb on the nose so wasn't too bad. I don't want to sound like I'm complaining but I need to hone my baiting skills a little better I guess. The next venue I went to was yesterday at the lake I caught the crucian where I spent the first 5 hrs drawing a blank using pop up corn and boilie and boilie on the bottom. I decided to change my bait to one I had prepped myself.... Chickpeas in fish sauce, a bit of salt and some sweetener, withing 10 minutes a 6lb common on the bank and myself happy with catching on a bait I had prepped myself. I put chickpea on both rods and placed them withing 10ft of each other and 20 minutes later I had a 10lb 3oz common on the bank and upon returning it my other rod was almost pulled in by a 10lb 6oz ghost carp! Sadly I had to leave after these two so my fishing continues another day! Thanks for all your advice and tips
    1 point
  26. Phil

    Oi sucker!

    Q2: How have underwater dvd's, clips, features influenced your terminal tackle purchases?
    1 point
  27. Phil

    Number 1 setup

    Big worm on big hook under a float in the margin.
    1 point
  28. newmarket

    korda apex

    ....and there was me thinking you was going to blame his blunt hooks , floating hooklength materials , dodgy lead clips ( the tail rubbers for which you have to buy separately ) , insistence on filling lakes in with " munga " and top class brainwashing skills ? :)
    1 point
  29. levigsp

    Unhooking hooks

    Hi The hook should be pushed out following the entry route as close as possible. Barbed hooks tend to go in then not move and if pushed the opposite way cause less damage then trying to twist them etc as this only enlarges the entry and internal hole. The best way to achieve this is to either use a discorger pushed down the line to the bend of the hook and then keep pushing the opposite way to the entry. Or a pair of forceps on the bend of the hook and again push the opposite to entry. All but the most stubborn hooks will come out neatly like this. Big barbs sometimes stop the hook moving if embedded in cartilage and will take a bit more moving, hold the hook tight and give the back of the holding hand a sharp tap with your other hand If the point and barb go right through to the outside cut the hook in half with a pair of cutters Whilst I am at it I will try to explain the correct way to remove a barbed hook from ones own person. Imagine the hook is embedded deep in the end of you left index finger, Get a length of fishing line 60cm long; tie the two ends together so you have a continuos loop. Put the loop over the hook and slide it down until it sits on the bend of the hook, now trap the shank of the hook with you left hand thumb tightly against your index finger, With your right hand get hold of the loop of line and give it a quick sudden jerk or better still get someone else to do it. I was shown this way to remove hooks by the late Fred J and was again shown in hospital when I got a size 4 single embedded in my face. It works a treat and I have successfully removed barbed hooks as big as 8-00, painful but no long lasting problems. Frank
    1 point
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