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  1. Hmmm! Food for thought...no pun intended ......I rang bait and feed company on this issue and they gave exact answer as nick. I am satisfied that things with air drieds are ok. Let's face it soluballs and pellets are much the same. Think I'll get a blumming cane rod (or fibreglass much bettter than carbon but thats another thread)and worm maggots and cheese And enjoy rather than over thinking .
  2. So....playing devils advocate feeding unprepared particles is ok because carp crush them up and defecate them in around 20 minutes? Daft argument I know but feeding carp balls of solid powder would take on water quickly thus causing probable gut problems. Reason being when I soak my baits they can take hours to soften up thus harder to pass through the system Also if thrown in lake unsoaked in a smelly silty area they take on some quite rotten smells. I want to use air dried baits because I have a good system going ....airing cupboard ect... But the above worried me because of the Carps health. Probably nothing to worry myself about
  3. I have little space for a freezer for bait so I either make them fresh as needed or buy small amounts of freezer baits as required.....but expensive. A lot of companies now offer air drying service (tempting) but the more I think of it the more it worrries me. I would always my own air dry baits then rehydrate them over 12-24 hours. I spoke to someone recently who just says buy several kilos of air dried baits and a few frozen ones for easy hooking because air dried can be rock hard. Surely these air dried baits to a novice including me who hasn't thought of it and chucked a few in areas without hydrating them will swell in the Carps gut like the old days with poorly prepared nuts?? Which got them banned in a lot of lakes. An 18mll boilie can shrink a hell of a lot when air dried. I think Shaun Harrison at quest baits is a big advocate of rehydrating but not sure what he says about his shelf life boilies. Would love some feedback please excuse my dyslexia
  4. Link for cheap stalker rod can be bought as singles on famous auction site E.... http://www.fishtec.co.uk/online.cfm/carp-rods/tf-gear-banshee-stalker-rod/40/yes/59363
  5. Link for bansheee http://www.fishtec.co.uk/online.cfm/carp-rods/tf-gear-banshee-stalker-rod/40/yes/59363
  6. Thanks for info jules and zammo......just seen TF gear do a short stalking rod called Banshee they seem only sell them in pairs but on eBay they are sold individually at £29 ......anyone used these.? I have read this morning they are cut down blanks. I have built many rods but these seem to fit the bill and save the hassle of messing. Would like a full cork butt section but in this day of off the shelf buying from tackle shops may be more hassle than its worth. When I first started carp fishing you could only buy blanks and build them yourself which is much more satisfying.
  7. I am fishing a lovely syndicate lake at the moment that has dug out pegs in beautiful,miles from anywhere, surroundings. thing is the owner (not a fisherman) allows no cutting of trees reeds ect..... Quite right it's a littltle paradise of 8 acres. The thing is its becoming increasing hard to cast a 12ft rod because of the trees above the swims. I think it's best Left that way and have to adapt to the situation. I have been skint for ages so can't afford new rod so was thinking of cutting down a few 12 ft rods to 8-10ft. I have 3x. 2.5lb rods only kept as spares for kids but never use them and am thinking of chopping them,cutting 2-3ft off the butt section. Obviously the fugi reel grip will not fit. Can you get smaller diameter ? has anyone any input in chopping down rods?
  8. I found korda Subline poor at sinking for a few weeks and was forever dipping the rod tips in to sink that last bit. I put 15lb which is a very thick 0.40mm....more like 20lb line However a few weeks later I bought some X line which sinks like a brick, my lake is 8 acres but has lots of islands so the longest cast are around 60 yards. Blow me down the subline started to work great, sinks and cast well. it is also abrasive and resiliant. maybe it neeeded time to settle So at least I can say Subline =good, xline=slighly better in the right situation. Only problem now is which spool to use.
  9. Daiwa's Theory's I have would payed more they are superb. Saying that I got 3x 2.75lb test ones for £250. Really glad i bought them.
  10. Sorry to be a pain but I guess a forum is for sharing and asking advice. Can anyone out there give me a review of the Fox Illuminated (or not illuminated) Euro Swinger? Can't seem to find a user review Ive read in the fox blurb that they are great for long range fishing but Ive also heard that they have a spring mechanism that allows them to be fished slack line neutrally balanced???....does that mean they have a line grip and indicator drops back when a fish runs towards you and the running lead causes friction on the tubing? I use 1-2.5 oz leads with tubing which the syndicate insists upon. These light leads even with large plastic loops fitted still tend to drag on the tubing and bring the end tackle back towards you. The Fox Euros are very expensive and Im not into tartism just these look more funtional for all round situations. Its either Euros or Stows or nanos or neo's or plutos or gremlins, fairy bottle tops or a lump of bread or Tin foil on a stick....sorry for being a pain .. Any one willing to review the Euros for me?
  11. I think I mentioned earlier I have some nano bugs but struggle to get them to grip the line, they just keep falling off even with o ring pushed up. Also I do get drop backs with running rigs accaisionaly because where only allowed to use light leads and have to use tubing. Even with big rings the tubing causes some restistance.
  12. So do you make the line slack by using a clip on the rod...thus holding the weight or just by laying indicator on the deck? I do like them but for true slack lining a drop back ,which even happens with running leads with tubing (a requirement on the rules of my lake)must be observed in my opinion. I asked earlier a Fox swingers almost neutraly balanced, just enough bias to add weight, fishing slack lined would be ideal but I dont think they have an option to grip the line... Hope we can talk about this further?
  13. Because my syndicate is such a snaggy lake the powers that be are moving closer to insisting that people fish locked up unless all rods are in open water and thus having snag bars. When I think of the power of a fast take, even from a double, the damage could be immense on the buzzer even if you kept the rod. Whats wrong with just sticking a very secure bank stick a few inches in front of the reel handle?
  14. Laughing….wish my first post made more sense. Did it on email then cut it to the forum of my phone. Welder wish my gardners gripped the line like yours but they won’t and I am sick of messing with them. Nick…the fox swingers would but ideal and multi use but they don’t have line grip and I like that feature. Wife wants to buy me something for my birthday so going for korda Stows …eeek! I hear you all say but compared to the original Elstows they do look better made (functionaly) and all other makes stuff fits. I’ve gone over to the darkside . .
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