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  1. i look forward to seeing the results.
  2. Thanks for the feedback on the video, its much appreciated. Just putting bait in to try and create a feeding area, I tend to either use Tigernuts or BNV boilies, the whole idea of the boilies is to build a feeding response and then due to the boilies makeup attract fish by supplying a good balanced foodsource so that they start searching out the bait. The beauty of having kids and wife who come fishing with you is that they can offer the chance of extra rods Catch and release is perfectly legal in NSW, and thankfully a growing number of anglers Australia wide are starting to see the draconian laws regarding carp for what they are , pointless and unenforceable. Man has causes more damage to the waterways than all the carp in Australia have since their introduction.
  3. I am honestly gobsmacked Steve, catapults are banned, yet I was looking at a compound bow the other day that can fire an arrow at over 300 feet per second that I (and my 12 year old daughter) could buy on the spot with no licence or even handing over ID. It's also bizarre as I am sure that if you look at importing them the import rules are that you can't import one with a wrist brace, but if it doesn't have a wrist brace it's ok, with no mention of individual states. And yes Australia is harder on guns than the UK or US/Canada. For instance, you have to apply for a gun licence, which takes months to come through and needs the usual checks etc to be completed. However, when you have that licence, you still cant actually buy or own a gun If you want a gun (and i mean everytime you want to buy a gun) you then have to apply for a licence to acquire which has a "cooling off period". Which is utterly ridiculous as legally held firearms used in crime is a ridiculously low %, in fact I think you will find that there is a statistic like washing baskets statistically kill more people a year than legally held firearms.
  4. If I'm honest, I don't know how many of the "aussies" that post on here are "aussies" Technically I'm an Australian, But of the 40 plus "carp anglers" I know of in Australia, only a handful (like less than five) are Australians, the rest are ex somewhere UK, Poland, South African, French. If someone hasn't experienced the widespread "australian" fishing mentality, it's hard to explain. Most that you meet, honestly can't understand why on earth would you want to go fishing for a trash fish that you can't eat if you manage to catch one? whats the point??? (I've toned that language down from what they would actually say) It's not there fault, the government has blamed the state of the waterways on carp for years and hence a large number of anglers see "caring for the waterways" as trying to kill as many "mud pigs" as they can, any impact that the angler has whilst doing that is not of concern as man is not the issue, it is the carp to blame. Its the strangest attitude I mean some of the crimes that carp are apparently guilty of are Digging in to the banks to eat the roots of gum trees (despite it being plain as the nose on your face that the erosion is caused by the V8 wakeboats that are going down the river) Causing algal blooms (despite the fact that the waters of one of the most important river systems in Australia have been polluted massively with fertilisers from farm lands upstream that use such a volume of the rivers water that the flow has been reduced to a standstill) In fact I genuinely read a government study the other day that was suggesting that carp were a problem, because in a shallow natural lagoon that the government were pumping full of raw sewage, the PPM of sewage in the water decreased once they removed heaps of carp, as the carps movements were stirring up the sewage. Now lets think about that for a moment, It's the carps fault that the sewage in the water is above acceptable levels (ACCEPTABLE LEVELS!!!!!! ) How about you don't pump a natural lagoon full of raw sewage in the first place! In regard to leaving Australia, I genuinely think its a fantastic place to live and offers great opportunities for my kids. I don't like the attitude or propaganda that exists in regard to my hobby, but thats ok, I created my blog to promote the responsible catch and release angling of carp and appreciation of my surroundings, If i can get one angler to treat take his rubbish home and even better, understand the futility of killing a carp. Then I will be satisfied that the blogs have made a difference. We all don't like things about where we live, it's just our job to articulate what and why we don't like that thing so as to hopefully change it.
  5. Mate, come to Australia and watch some of the angling programs, or try and tell someone that you are a carp fisherman who practices catch and release (which is perfectly legal in NSW where I am) and you will soon see that it is more than "some" that need educating. The attitude towards fish in general, fish care and the environment is largely appalling and the attitude towards Carp is best summed up as hatred (which is still putting it mildly) If pointing that out upsets some, sorry, but it needs saying. I know what you mean about some places in the UK mate, I lived there for 30 years, but I promise you, the attitudes over here are like nothing I've seen or heard before.and are far more widespread than a "few"
  6. Are you sure slingshots are illegal in VIC? Slingshots with an arm brace are illegal and can't be imported, but i've got about 20 normal fishing catapults at home that have been cleared by customs. Maybe it's different in VIC????
  7. As the person that both made the video and the comments, my point is that every time I go fishing there is a fresh load of crap in the swim and a couple of aussie banksticks (snappped off twigs pushed in to the ground) and to clarify, when I say crap I mean literally, I walked in to the swim once with my wife and there was literally a massive turd laying in the middle of the area with a pile of toilet paper on top of it. Keep in mind that the place is surrounded by bush and hence if someone was caught short, it would only have been a 10 metre walk to put it in an area that nobody would have ever known about. The reason i said "aussie anglers" is that every ex pat catch and release angler I know of over here has the greatest respect for the fish they catch and the surroundings they fish in. Where as most of the angling I see being demonstrated by Australians shows little respect for anything. Lip grips, letting fish lay on the bottom of a red hot metal tinny or straight on to gravel or whatever the bank is made up of. (and thats on the TV programs) then look at the waterways bottles/cans/food wrappers/turds/shopping trolleys you name it I've found it. including set lines on 30lb plus mono with massive hooks that I found because I was attached to it because the hook had gone in to my ankle. please note that I wasn't wading, this was whilst I was on dry land. once I removed the hook, i followed the line to the nearest tree and found three other lines set in the water as well. The blogs I make are to promote responsible catch and release angling and appreciation and care for the fish I catch and the surroundings that I am in when conducting that angling, If I find that anyone doesn't share those values then I will do my best to educate them as to why I think they are wrong. Sorry that you didn't enjoy the video.
  8. Yep got hooks, I'll pm you my number, give me a call
  9. If you are looking for tackle resources, I would recommend either Johnson Ross (great bunch of guys and happy to help when you want to put together some gear and want to be informed of what works with what, also happy to do a deal on larger purchases Tacklebox.co.uk great website when you know what you want, very quick rarely takes more than a week to get here (downside is the price as it is always RRP and freight is not cheap, upside though is speed, i've had gear here in my had in four days before) Ted Carter great for bulky items as they offer freight free (YES FREIGHT FREE!!!!!!!) to Australia when the purchase is above a certain threshold (threshold ranges depending on the time of year.) not the quickest and can take time for them to get all your order items in, but as long as you keep in contact with them it will get here and it will be FREIGHT FREE!!!!!) All of the above will remove the VAT as we are outside the EU when you purchase, but just remind them.
  10. I used to hold Korda gear (and still have a fair bit left over) problem was trying to keep everything that everybody wanted when I had to buy in bulk and everyone wanted to buy one packet. There was also a strange phenomenon where people seemed to feel that if it was local (so you had already paid freight etc etc to have it in the country) that it should somehow be cheaper? than in the shops in the UK????? I still sell Free Spirit rods though, have limited Korda gear still available and also sell boilies.
  11. Hi mate, thanks for the kind words. In regard to the aussie fishermen, some fish for carp (some with the intention of killing them, and some that just like fishing and I don't think actually kill the carp, preferring to just put them back) it's all about education, as all of the tackle shops over here will tell you that it is "illegal" to return a carp and that there is a huge fine. Fact of the matter is that for anyone that has a basic understanding of english grammar would be able to work out that the DPI requests that you don't return them alive, and there is a $150,000 fine for relocation of carp. So basically its a request, not a law (and a request based on flawed logic as there is no factual study that show any actual proof of the damage that they accuse carp of) and the fine is for relocation, not returning them from the water from where they were caught. Most of the aussie fishermen that fish in freshwater would be going for other species like bass etc, saying that freshwater fishing is pretty rare as nearly everyone here lives relatively close to the sea and hence sea fishing is very popular as it enables them to "fish for a feed" which is a very ingrained attitude in Australia. All of us catch and release anglers laugh as invariably when you meet anyone of the bank and you tell them you are fishing for carp, the next thing out of their mouth is, "can you eat them?" as they genuinely cannot get their head around why you would want to spend time to catch a fish, just to put it back, it seriously does not compute. Where it gets seriously ridiculous is trout, trout are not native, they are an introduced species just like carp difference is trout you can eat, hence carp are evil smelly oily no native pieces of faeces, but trout are loved. A friend of mine summed it up a while ago where some of us were getting angry at the way that they kill carp. he said "listen guys, don't get upset as in reality they treat carp no differently to the fish that are native that they say they love. If it can't be eaten, they hate it and it dies, if it can be eaten, it gets eaten, hence it dies, if it is a species that is nice, but is to small to be eaten, it is bait to try and catch a fish that can be eaten, hence it dies. So un a nutshell, if an aussie catches a fish of any type, chances are it is going to die" sad but true I am afraid. Fish care is non existent largely. Hence why I am doing my blogs to try and promote catch and release and just fishing for fun rather for lunch, it will be a very long road and one that I will probably never see the end of, but I hope that I can at least make a difference in the way that some fishermen treat their catch, native or not.
  12. Latest instalment gents, including some "interesting" camera work from the wife, who was "helping"<SMILE>38</SMILE> http://youtu.be/fVjgdMStBeE Please subscribe, share and comment.
  13. Latest instalment gents, including some "interesting" camera work from the wife, who was "helping"<SMILE>38</SMILE> http://youtu.be/fVjgdMStBeE Please subscribe, share and comment.
  14. No worries mate, Happy to help where ever I can just ping me an email when you know when you'll be here and we'll sort something for you.
  15. Mate, it all depends, All states view them as an invasive "pest" species. despite no actual factual evidence to prove any of the ridiculous claims that are made. like, did you know that carp dig in to the banks to eat the roots of the gumtrees? are they serious??? have you seen the size of a gum tree! honestly mate its laughable. Some states have laws that you are supposed to kill them, others don't. I'm in NSW so they request that you don't return them but there is no law and no penalty for returning them. what state is your sister in? I know a few carpers in other states and they do their best to obey the laws by trying to drown the fish, however those fish are slippery and do tend to manage to wriggle away I wouldn't say there are "many" specialist carpers down here, but the number is definitely growing, five years ago I knew of two now I probably know of 75. The fishing is free, it is proper discovery stuff, no bark chip pings in the swim or car access or toilet facilities. In reality nobody knows how big they get out here, we know of 40's and there are many rumours of 50+ so it is always exciting when the only buzzer chirps in to life. Let me know what state your going to mate and I'll do my best to hook you up. Luke
  16. A short video detailing my recent exploits. http://youtu.be/Rz5VH2V1eiE Please subscribe comment and share.
  17. Well gents after the disapointment of the last blog, can we redeem ourselves this time? Will effort equal success? http://youtu.be/Rz5VH2V1eiE Please subscribe comment and share.
  18. Mate, What you need to understand is that for years the Australian government and industry has treated the waterways like cr#p, They have dammed waterways, sold the rights to use the water and dumped heaps of toxic cack in there for the last 130 years, which has decimated the indigenous species. For instance a lot of the indigenous fish need to migrate to breed, thats pretty hard if there is now a huge Dam in the way. Agriculture has brought the water rights to go on the land, which in turn washes nitrogen rich fertilizers etc straight in to the waterways, which now have virtually no flow due to the amount of water being used upstream or held back by dams. Obviously though it is cheaper (and politically less damaging) to blame a fish, than admit that you've ballsed the waterways up. It is also made much easier when you have scientists that are on government grants doing "research in to how to eradicate carp" note research in to how to erradicate them, not in to whether they actually have a negative effect or not, so far they have come up with such great ideas as genetically engineering carp that will only spawn male fish, and also then suggesting that they release KHV in to the waterways as the "believe" that it will only affect the carp. Surprisingly the scientists that are on government funded research projects such as the above aren't in any hurry to question why they are desperate to get rid of something that actually probably isn't the issue. Fact is that even if they managed to eradicate carp from the waterways, native fish will not return, they simply cannot tolerate the polluted waterways or breed, hence we would then end up with barren waterways full of eels and turtles which is pretty much the only other thing that survives in there currently. It's a very sorry state of affairs but thankfully NSW has softened its stance considerably in recent years and has even "downgraded" the carps "noxious pest" status from must kill, to we'd prefer you to kill it. There is also a very different attitude to fishing in general in Australia, Aussies "fish for a feed" as in they want to eat what they catch. I used to get upset about them killing carp and then another angler summed up the Aussie attitude with this statement Luke, if they can eat it its dinner so it's dead! If it's to small to eat, they use it as bait, so its dead! If it can't be eaten or used for bait, it's a cr#p fish and it's dead. Australians as a rule treat everything the same, they don't single them out, if they catch it, IT'S DEAD!
  19. Basically mate, the government has done an awesome job of blaming all evils on "european carp" here is an excerpt from the new south wales DPI What are the impacts of carp?Because of their adaptability, carp have been very successful in their colonisation of new environments. Carp are widely believed to have detrimental effects on native aquatic plants, animals and general river health, particularly through their destructive feeding habits. Carp are often found in degraded areas, although it is not clear whether they cause the degradation or are simply able to survive in degraded areas where native fish cannot, or where natives have otherwise been eliminated. While in some cases carp have probably been blamed for degradation that is actually the result of human activities, it is clear that carp can have major impacts. Some of the probable impacts of carp are outlined below. Reduced water quality: Carp contribute to poor water quality by uprooting vegetation and stirring up sediments during feeding, leading to increased turbidity. This in turn reduces light penetration, which can make it difficult for native fish that rely on sight to feed. Reduced light can also decrease plant growth, and suspended sediments can smother plants and clog fishes' gills. The effects of carp on water quality are well documented; however, poor catchment management practices probably have a more substantial effect. Algal blooms: There have been suggestions that carp may increase the likelihood of algal blooms by preying on animals that eat algae, stirring up nutrients trapped in bottom sediments, damaging aquatic plants, and reducing plant growth via greater turbidity. However, carp densities may have to be very high to significantly increase the likelihood of an algal bloom. Erosion: Carp feeding habits can undermine river banks leading to the collapse of banks and vegetation. However, clearing of riparian vegetation, changes to river flows through river regulation, and trampling by livestock are more important factors in bank erosion. Restoration of riparian vegetation can minimise the risk of damage by carp. Impacts on invertebrates: Juvenile carp feed mainly on zooplankton, but start consuming larger (macro-) invertebrates once they reach around 15 cm in length. There is strong evidence that carp impact on native invertebrates in still waters, but only anecdotal evidence for their impacts in running waters. Impacts on aquatic plants: Carp have significant effects on native aquatic plants both through direct grazing and through uprooting plants while feeding, leading to a reduction in plant density and biomass. Soft-leaved, shallow-rooted and submerged plants are most likely to be affected. Disease: In other parts of the world, carp have been associated with the distribution of a range of parasites and fungal, bacterial and viral diseases. However, there have been few disease outbreaks attributed to carp in Australia. Reduction in native fish numbers: The effects of carp on native fish are not well understood. Negative impacts of carp are thought to include competition for food and habitats and effects on recruitment (population replenishment). However, many native species (such as golden perch, Murray cod, silver perch and freshwater catfish) had experienced well-documented declines even before carp became widespread. The feeding methods of carp can uproot aquatic vegetation and muddy the water. Carp have been blamed for damaging freshwater habitats and causing decreases in light penetration, dissolved oxygen and plant material. These changes may have affected native fish. Blamed? thought to? not well understood? Associated? Anecdotal? Suggestions? widely believed? Probable???? This is the propaganda that the aussie government have fed generations of anglers who have without question accepted that the above is gospel and dismissed the FACT that there is literally NO documented, factual, scientific study that proves any of the above. rather there are studies that show that man has made consistently poor choices in his management of the waterways which has lead to some seriously polluted waterways that have in turn killed all the natives, yet as the carp are the last man standing the government would rather blame the carp than invest in cleaning up the damage that its management and industry has created. It's not so bad in NSW as it is legal to return them, but in some states it is illegal (unenforceable law though as the evidence has swum away and hence nobody has ever been prosecuted) hence people go out to kill as many as they can believing that they are doing the environment a favour (yet ironically usually leave a heap of cr#p behind in the shape of beer bottles, sweetcorn tins, fag butts, food packaging, discarded line, hooks etc etc. it is literally the most ridiculous thing you have ever seen, that these guys are utter eco vandals whilst on the bank and yet seem to gain great pleasure in killing an innocent creature and leaving it rotting on the bak in the belief that they have done the environment a favour. Most fishermen stay low key as there have been cases in some states where established carp waters have been wiped out by these idiots and basically left as lifeless holes in the ground because someone let on where they were fishing. Thats why I never disclose exactly where I am. If someone is interested the normally contact me and I or another session carper meet them and get to know them befor ereally sharing and serious info. Sad state of affairs, but it is still a land with more free fishing than any body could fish in their lifetime
  20. Thanks mate, Much appreciated, it is a bit of an uphill battle at times but I am seeing more positive feedback and some "private mails" from closet catch and release Aussies, so hopefully I can keep changing Australias opinions even if it is one angler at a time. From small acorns, great trees grow
  21. Really? I looked at the Trakker stoves and I saw two you tube clips, one for the Power stove and one for the Armolife LCG the power stove was with 1 Pint (so roughly half a litre and the LCG was with 1l, they boiled in Powerstove 2 minutes 36 seconds LCG 6 minutes Thats why I went and brought the Jetboil, as they are supposed to be efficient down to -6 and boil half a litre in 2 minutes 15 seconds.
  22. I suppose it all depends on what you want the stove for, if it's just for boiling water for tea, the Jetboil is hard to beat as they boil seriously quickly (they are expensive though) However if you want to cook proper food (rather than mountaineering food which tends to just need boiling water) you may find that the jet boil is way to aggressive, if you watch some of the videos where people are using the jetboil frying pan, you will notice that the pan always has a burnt mark in the middle because that is where the flame is focused. I've never had a coleman as I know that I would end up spilling fuel all over me, my gear and the swim and probably start a bushfire.
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