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  1. Cheers Nige. Glad you liked it and thanks for the positive feedback
  2. I have been making youtube vids for years (as most of you will know). I decided to create a winter long special this year. Starting from November, myself and a couple of friends fished for Pike, Carp, Perch and Chub and a few others. We had ups and downs but it was good fun. A hell of a lot of work and editing! But good fun. So, if you have an hour spare, then feel free to give it a watch. Feedback would be appreciated Cheers. Joe
  3. Got this book as part of a carpology subscription deal for Christmas. I don't really read at all, unless you count facebook statuses This is also the first fishing book that I have ever got and I'm actually really enjoying it. You can really invision his sessions and it's written in such a down to earth way that he seems like a mate as you are reading it. Anyone else read it? What did you think? Joe
  4. Got to agree with the above. Black and white tends to make images atmospheric and moody. It's all down to what you want your image to say to the viewer
  5. Going to be trying for some perch soon but I have never targeted them specifically. What sets ups/baits would you recommend? The venue has carp in too so I will have one rod out for them, but the perch grow up to 1-2lb in size. I've heard ledgered prawn can work? Hope you can help. Cheers. Joe
  6. I often find my rod in the middle doesn't get as much action as I hope it would. But if I do its brief and easy.....
  7. I think it also depends on stock levels too. If you are fishing a runs water where you expect to several fish an hour then dumping a lead each time would be stupid. But say you are fishing a very tough water where you are fishing for just the one bite. Sometimes dropping the lead then can help. I fished in-lines for years on runs waters for this reason. Now I'm on a much tougher lake with a few snaggy areas so ditching the lead will give me better contact with the fish and be safer in snaggy situations
  8. fingers were fine My mate is very confident with pike and showed me exactly how to handle a pike, so I know what to do quite easily now
  9. Decided to give pike fishing a crack this winter. Never done it before. I caught one around 6lb on my first session within 5minutes but had 4 straight blanks after that. expecting a 5th blank I wasn't very hopeful until my dead bait steamed off on the river Avon. The result was my second ever pike at 14lb 14ounce.
  10. nicely done. A great haul of fish!
  11. Just a one off mate. My mate is back from Uni and instead of buying a bathampton AA at £30 and then a day ticket, we went to Coking farm instead which has an offer on for July. £20 for 48hours. Bargain!
  12. Well this was pointless. A carp forum where no one seems to care about captures. I remember when posting on here used to get instant responses. Oh well.
  13. Me and a mate headed to Coking Farm fisheries in Dorset for a 48hour session. The weather was piping hot and the fish just wouldn't feed! However, when it cooled off at night I did managed a few. These two came just after 2am on the first night. This one came just before sunrise on the last day. So some lovely fish but a tad slow considering how long we were there for. But with views like this... and mates and meals like this... You can't complain. Joe Youtube blog:
  14. still had the lead on it? I guess it may not come off straight away as its supposed to be for when the lead gets caught. Not pointing the finger or anything but its an interesting point. When you snap off, when does the lead eject? does it stay on until the carp goes into a tight space and the lead gets caught and pulls off or what? Hope that makes sense.
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    latest capture

    After a month of blanks, I finally gave up and went on a runs water and managed 7 carp out. It felt great! Here is the biggest of them all at 15lb 12ounce. Was very happy As always there is a blog Cheers. Joe
  16. Sounds like a bitter angler to me. Was he fishing with no success? Sounds a bit stupid to me. The only reason I can think of is when people put out too much loose feed. Some "less experienced" anglers often pile heaps of chum mixer in thinking that it will spur them on even more when quite often it will ruin the swim and leave lots of bait on the surface which won't get eaten. I may be wrong but over feeding could have been the issue? I'm not saying you were overfeeding by the way mate.
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    Hooked a young swan up Longleat in April. Managed to pull it in to within a couple of feet and was about to grab/straddle it to unhook it when I looked to my left and saw a rather angry, fluffed up, hissing mother swan. The hook luckily came out before I got a beating! A couple of weeks ago a bloke opposite me hooked a duckling on the surface. th mother duck made sure everyone on the lake knew what was going on!
  18. If you've got 20minutes spare, (quite likely as the forum is so quiet ) then take a look at my latest blog. It was a blank for me but my mate caught 6 doubles.
  19. I went out yesterday late afternoon/evening for my first surface session of the year. Barely ever surface fish as it is and haven't had a fish from the top for probably 4 or more years because I've never stuck at it. Here we go then, managed 3 carp.
  20. Its been a while since I've posted any photography so I thought I'd post my latest. Doing my final project at college and I chose landscapes. Recently discovered the editing technique of HDR. Here are a few of my favourites. Cheers for looking.
  21. useph

    100lb 8ounce common

    Its here. First ever common carp over 100lb by 8ounce.
  22. makes a lot more sense cheers
  23. I have recently started using combi rigs and am very impressed! First session using them I caught 6 fish on them and they were all nailed! However, I am currently fishing on a difficult water which is very silty in spots. I really want to use the combi rig because of the way it kicks away from the lead and resets itself. The problem is that if the lead sinks into the silt, the rig would be sticking up out of the silt and make catching nearly impossible. My idea being, would a double combi rig sort this problem or would it just be pointless? The standard combi rig uses 2 different materials which is typically a stiff section then a supple section. My idea is having a supple section off the lead, then the stiff section, then back to a supple section for the hook and bait. The idea being that if the lead sunk into the silt the supple section wouldn't push the rig up, but instead will hug the bottom. The stiff section would then kick the rest of the rig away as usual, then back to the supple section for the hook and bait. I hope that makes sense. If you understood my concept and have any ideas on it then please let me know. Joe
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