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Everything posted by Phil

  1. I've blown up two spod rods before but never cracked off. The tips about Keeping your upright and using a mono shockleader are good points.
  2. Deffo tea for me, either Yorkshire or Twinings lol
  3. I had a set on test for a while and to be fair they worked well. Certainly had no problems. The receiver worked really well in some thick fog and the setup did what it was supposed to do. Which is why I've seen no reason to buy them. I have a set of MK1 delks that I use for perching....if I need to, and a set of Nash r3's, along side a pair of old Fox Sx's. The delks with the vibration sensing work really well, especially with species such as perch which hate any resistance. They also work perfectly well for carp, tench, pike etc. My old Sx models are war torn and battered beyond belief but work really well. Despite the casing being cut in half by a rampaging carp, after the mono got wrapped around the casing. (If ever Gr60 needed a bigup...that's it!) The Nash R3'S were an impulse buy. I really like them. Great build quality. The preset sensitivity works well as does the "speed sensing". My point being. If you want the best bite indication for carp. If you have the money and want the best bite indication. Money is no object. I neeeeeed the best because that's what Kevin mcfairbrass and Mark Delkim Mcblair uses..... Buy some floats. No bite alarm will be as accurate It's 50yrds behind the action. I like the new Rx+. They looked smart. I've not been willing to write prose about how they will change your fishing for the better, because they won't. So they went back. Good alarms. For what alarms do. Just think carefully about why you are spending your cash.
  4. Fair point. In that instance, just let the run ring, run over the tubing.
  5. At the risk of being unpopular.... It sounds as if you may be trying to run before you can walk. Your catch results are 99.9% more due to location of fish than rigs and baits. The tackle you have is more than capable of fishing up to 100yrds and landing very large fish. Countless 40lb carp and larger catfish have been landed on 2.75tc rods etc. A running rig needs to be kept simple. Ditch the tubing. You need a hooklink with hair rig, terminated via a swivel. On the mainline, thread on a run ring, to which you attach your chosen lead (0.5 to 3oz ish depending on distance and lake bed). Then a rubber bead. Stick to a mono hooklink before worrying about how a coated braid could help or hinder. This rig will catch you carp day in day out. Until your fishing situation changes. Don't over complicate rigs. Lead weight less underwater. No average fishing lead will stay put when a carp hooks itself orrrrr investigates a bait. I've seen smaller car literally pick up a bait, attached to a 5oz ball lead and move it over a meter without flinching. An average lead does not provide a "pivot" point. It simply doesn't. It will move. The lead moving, helps by preventing a carp from shaking a hook lose when hooked. The lead running up and down gives an element of slack/stretch if you will. Stick to a simple rig and worry about finding some fish. Even at a zoo like Drayton you would need to know where they are, especially at this time of year. If I'm teaching you to suck eggs or anything, tell me to do one. I'm not easily offended lol. I'd just rather help to fix a few basics before jumping in the deep end. P.s setups in the garden or house will only serve to confuse the neighbors and scare the cat. Rigs, leads and baits are completely different underwater I promise. Phil
  6. Phil

    Hi all

    I'm good thanks CM. All Christmased out though lol
  7. Phil

    Hi all

    I decided I needed to visit you all. Everyone ok? Anyone had any luck this Christmas? Phil
  8. Drennan subfloats work well to be honest. Depends how you want to rig them up.
  9. Synchro loaded is a nice line. Although I do prefer my GR60, deffo my line of choice. The Sensor is a good choice though, especially for the price. Just be sure to load in on properly and remove any twist in an open field. It will treat you as well as you treat it.
  10. Stalk em' Travel light, bait up a few spots close in and spend time trying g each over the course of the session. Much like I would when chubbing on a river.
  11. Awesome post Nigel, turned into a really good thread. I've not a massive amount of experience with zigs but used to fish popped up mixers and bread alot. Also loved bunches of popped up maggots, if you can keep spraying the wrigglers over the top the action can be brilliant. You'll need a lot of grubs though.
  12. Fresh line, more bait and I keep looking at rods....Like I really need those..
  13. Not fishing g at the mo but have been putting a few handfuls of bait onto a few spots as well as a good spread on a lake I shouldn't... He who dares Rodders! Also, I've been feature finding on a lake that doesn't seem to hold much, if anything at all but could be worth a super secret ninja session.
  14. Funnily enough I have been looking around for a reel for this exact rod. I've also been using an old Aero 6010 but wanted something more compact. One of the best I've found is a 4000 Exage, but it's silver and my brain can't cope with that lol
  15. Id bet my last 50p that they will give themselves away at some point during 24hrs. Is night fishing allowed? or can you at least gain access to the water during darkness? If you can, just sit in the dark (wrapped up warm!) and listen carefully. If you hear a moorhen shreik or any other water bird for that matter, Id put my money on it being spooked by a fish, even in winter. Listen for the sploshes or even just a light 'plop' and try to narrow down the area it came from. During the day, keep an eye on the water birds movements, sudden changes of direction or paniced behaviour are a dead give away. Flatspotting, weedbeds rocking etc should all be checked out. Leave all the gear at home and just spend a full day looking, listening and hunting them down.
  16. Same here CM. Tips up, lines tight to the clutch and pinned into a strong arm clip, then a heavy indicator clipped on. The old Fox Swingers are ace for this as are my fave Solar Quiverlocs.
  17. I've mainly focused on the rivers for the past year but was fishing a few lakes around MK previously. I'm going to be looking at sharnbrook and radwell along with Elstow pits as that's where I'm trying to move to. Chestnut is always good for runs, but can have its moody days like all waters. I've not fished the others but have heard that manor farm and willington can be tricky simply due to the amount of pressure they receive. It might be worth sticking with somewhere like Chestnut or Henlow to get your confidence up and test out a few rigs etc.
  18. I usually feel that Cray's don't tend to hang about if there are feeding carp present. Applies to chub and perch too.
  19. Hi Bill, fellow Bedfordshire fisherman here. (Well I will be when they finally finish building the bleeping house). Where about are you fishing?
  20. Btw, I always figure that if the Cray's are around, the carp arnt.
  21. Used to open up a paperclip, then wrap it around a biro to make a spring type thingie. Used this attached to a hair to mould the paste around. The spring from a clothes peg worked well too lol.
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