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  1. If it turns out you don't like it I'll give you £350 for all your gear?
  2. I also broke my PB twice in one session but on a lesser scale. I went up to 22lb exactly then 24lb12oz in the space of two hours. 22lb (only photos were on mat because I was on my own and nobody was around!): 24lb12oz - Check out the gut on that!: I definitely need practice in holding the fish in a way that makes it look bigger as I've seen a photo of the fish caught last year at the same weight and it looks way bigger. The fact that I'm six foot four probably doesn't help. The lighting isn't great either but I'll bear that in mind for next time.
  3. What a beautiful morning! I decided to move onto open water as it is much more shallow and I had my first fish at 4 this morning. 22lb common which smashed my PB. Two hours later, same rod, I've got a 24lb12oz mirror in the net! Got good photos of the mirror as I had someone to help but common pictures are just on the mat which was devastating at the time but not so much now. I will post pictures when I get back either tonight or tomorrow! Buzzing!!
  4. Looks absolutely amazing, good angling!
  5. Moisten the knot and use a tool to pull it tight. I use Korda Pullas but I'm sure there are other tools capable of doing the job out there.
  6. It's difficult to get to the margins because the water level is currently very high so there are trees either side of the swims in the water. Apprently it will go down so just got to wait for that. I've got my eye on a different swim for the next time I go as the margins are more accessible but there was somebody on it for the whole 48hours this weekend (although they blanked as well ) It's definitely the hardest water I've ever fished, not going to give up though!
  7. 48 hours of pure blank... I had a screaming run at around 2a.m on the second night, rushed out of my tent only to strike into thin air. I checked the rig and it was fine so god knows what happened... I was devastated! This place is a head bake! I've done some marking around and most of the lake is between 9 and 15 feet deep unless you cast very, very tight to the reeds. I spoke to a few other anglers who have found it exceptionally difficult this year and everyone thinks it is down to the fact that the water hasn't warmed up enough yet due to the winter and the fact that the nights are still very cold. I'm thinking about going to a runs water next weekend to get a bend in my rod, get it out of my system then come back to this place after a couple of weeks in the hope that it's warmed up a bit.
  8. Thanks Kev, some good points to consider. I'm looking forward to getting on there this afternoon to begin my first 48hour session. I will marker until I find somewhere I want to cast to and then I'm going to put out a little pop-up with a couple of pop-up corn and then spod over the top. I made a random, horrible spod mix out of maize, response pellets, halibut pellets, chilli hemp, tiger nuts, chopped active8 boilies and scopex pellets... Something's got to work
  9. Yep, I got a little leather Chub fingerstall for a couple of quid. Feels like braid could quite easily cut through it but at least it'll just limit the damage to severe flesh wound rather than an amputation. To prevent anything like that happening you have to do the drag up really tight, right??
  10. I've already put on the braid so I'm guessing a shockleader won't make a lot of difference. I'll just see how it goes... if it snaps, it snaps! Thanks for the help guys.
  11. So you're saying the line snaps? I think somebody needs to write a Carp Jargon dictionary for people like me So what could I do to decrease the chances of this happening? I do have some 45lb shockleader but I didn't know whether it was worth using on 40lb braid mainline.
  12. What does that actually mean? The spod literally cracks and comes off?
  13. Random, yet Spod related question. Is 40lb braid (mainline, no leader) sufficient for a Korda Skyliner full of, say, hemp? I think the casting weight would be around 5oz.
  14. Blanked again last weekend, just no activity. The weather is beginning to warm up though so hopefully they'll start feeding soon. Just ordered myself a marker rod so this weekend's session I'll be learning how to use that, it seems fairly straightforward but may take a while to get used to feeling down the lead etc.
  15. Everytime I see this thread title all I can think of is "City High - What Would You Do". God dammit, get out of my head! I think Welder has the right idea here but the only way you can find out is trying it. I'd probably fall asleep in my chair, especially with all this sun!
  16. And when you try to be smart, make sure your spelling is correct: TOUCHE! (unfortunately since I have an English keyboard I don't have the correct accent ) Here is a pearl of wisdom to repay you for everything I've ever leached from you. Hold down the "Alt Gr" button to the right of the space bar and press 'e' and you will get 'é'. I may be a horrifically incompetent angler but I sure know how to type a good accent.
  17. The last dozen or so posts were very funny to read. Back on topic: I don't feel sympathy/regret/sorrow for catching carp and having a photo with them but until joining my syndicate I've only ever fished heavily pressured runs waters. Perhaps I will feel differently when I do catch my first syndicate carp but we shall see. I look after the fish to keep them in good physical condition and ready to fight another day but I don't think I have any emotional connection towards them. I don't personally think the fish are intelligent (not looking to kick off a debate here) but I know people like to romanticize by calling them "old warriors" and describing specific fish as if they're harbouring an age-old mutual rivalry. I can see why people do it and it definitely adds another dimension to fishing but it's not for me... Not yet anyway! Look after the fish you catch properly and they'll be fine. I randomly recall seeing an episode of "Neighbours" about 8 years ago where Harold (I haven't seen the show in years so God knows how I remember his name) invents "Zen fishing" where he fishes without a hook and if the bait is taken he counted it as a catch. Maybe some of you could look into it?
  18. I'm just basing this on some of your posts I've read but could I be correct in saying that Angler A has some aspects that are loosely based on a Nick from the past while Angler B is a bit more representative of the man today? I would say that Angler B is the "better" angler only because the way he is fishing is sensible and a sustainable hobby. Angler B will likely catch a 40lb one day but he's happy doing what he's doing and won't damage relationships/his bank balance trying to constantly push himself. Angler A is eventually going to become a recluse, go bankrupt or get banned from his water for breaking rules! I see fishing as a hobby so Angler B wins for me. I am keen to see somebody's debate for Angler A though. Good topic!
  19. Blanked big time! Had a take within half hour of setting up but struck into nothing and the next 30 hours or so was dead. I know someone pulled in a 17lb in the middle of the night but apart from that I don't think anyone else caught. Can't wait to get on there next weekend, hopefully it warms up a bit and the fish wake up.
  20. They've just had a portaloo installed near the car park Car's packed, chilli is cooked and rigs are tied! Weather's going to be disgusting but very excited all the same. If you don't see me posting anything here on Sunday it means I blanked
  21. Getting on there tomorrow morning for the first time, can't wait. I spoke to a guy I know who's fished it before and he says it's a gravel bottom which I'm pleased about as I'm not good at dealing with weed yet. About to cook up a huge batch of chilli to keep me sustained for the next 2 days!
  22. I visited the lake today and I am now a fully-fledged syndicate member! It seems really nice and I can't wait to get on there. Here are some photos from 3 swims around the lake: North of island: South of island: South west of lake: I like the peg in the second photo most of all so far I think. Apparently the island is usually not fished much because people can't be bothered as it's a long walk from the car park
  23. Thanks Icemaster & Seleb, plenty for me to mull over!
  24. That is true. I wasn't really after narrow specifics, just ideas to think about that could perhaps be applied to any water then I can adapt these ideas based on the water's current state. I know they put a load of gravel in somewhere so I'll find out where that is. Thanks for your input guys.
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