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  1. Rods before a Bivvy for me. I walk round the lake always before fishing, you see a fish crash a couple of times infront of an empty swim. So for me, I want to get a baited rod ontop of that fish as quickly as possible, of I set the Bivvy up first then put a rod out out there the fish could be long gone and missed a possible fish
  2. I have being using the Combi-rig over the last 12 months, as my water is very weedy, I can chuck this into the weed using a 1oz flat pear lead and it sits nicely ontop of the weed as I use a snowman bait and a PVA nugget aswell. I do usually fish onto the clear spots which this rig has done the job for me, but when there are fish in and on the weed, and you need to fish on the weed, as I said, this rig has done the job and put me fish on the bank. Plus catching a few PB's on this rig also last year gave me massive confidence in it.
  3. Baden Hall was writing on their facebook around November time last year I think, saying that the big fish are due to come out soon. Since they wrote that all their big fish have come out, including this amazing common. What's also interesting, the angler who caught this clearly holds that lakes record common, but he also has the lake record there for their biggest mirror.
  4. This is hilarious! So your sponsored by TB feeds now then Nick?
  5. Ring your home insurance up... They covered me at home, I phoned them and asked for bank side cover, and I am covered upto a couple of grand on everything away from the home, including fishing tackle, they just won't cover me if my rod gets pulled in by a fish. Only cost me an extra fiver a month for that package.
  6. Unlucky mate! I shall be back down there Thursday morning if my rod gets fixed in time. When the lake is in full bloom its beautiful, I can assure you.
  7. I have a tracker SLX v2 1 man and would highly recommend it, I really do like it, abit pricey, but if you have the cash I recommend it.
  8. I don't no many, but fosters also have the farm, and have a couple of spaces left on there, sure there is a 40 in there names Rita, if you ring fosters they will surely help you out.
  9. A message went on facebook from fosters yesterday saying the last few places on penns hall had being filled yesterday morning. So if you are interested you will have to go onto a waiting list, but as far as the lake is concerned I don't know anything about it.
  10. carefulcarping

    1st year

    I can vouch for that! When I started on here nearly 2 years ago, I thought it was really weird that men on here would meet up from all around the country, as all my life I was taught, don't trust anyone off the Internet, you can never know who they really are... But the sitting back and watching a few socials go by and communicating on this forum for a while I realised how nice everyone actually is! So when an apportioning arrived to get on a social, I jumped at the chance, and really opens your eyes on how down to earth everyone is. Aswell as meeting up with a couple of other members on different occasions its great to see people from all around the country with the same passion.
  11. Conditions have seriously changed since your weekend. You had horrible weather and since you have left it has unfortunately improved causing the fish to turn on. Just the way it goes sometimes
  12. Im with Nige, if your baiting isn't enough, or correct, they dont feed confidently. I used to fish 8mm halibut pellets on a certain water, and everytime i put a small mesh bag of pellets out with the hook, i only hooked 50% of the bites. And then, the bites i did manage to hook i lost EVERY single fish, they just kept dropping off the hook... I just couldn't get my head around it. Then someone off here advised me to bait abit more heavily, so I switched to solid bags which had alot more loose feed, and I then went on to have such an improved catch rate, plus, I didn't lose a single fish... On exactly the same rig! Ross
  13. http://www.carp.com/carp-forum/viewtopic.php?p=575489&highlight=#575489 Try this.
  14. If you don't likea fishery, then don't fish it, simple. And as for linear, it works out to like £1 and hour which is the going rate on day ticket waters that have some big carp!
  15. If the rules state 4 rods, then there is nothing wrong with fishing 4, it's personal preference and they don't need to make excuses or have to explain themselves if its not breaking the rules. Casting into other people's swims is a different story.
  16. I am 5'2 but a javalin thrower so have some core strength for the casts, my height doesn't usualy matter except with my casting! , sorry mate, I meant how far short of the 120yards are you...... Absolutely brilliant answer :D:D
  17. I think I have the same sleeping bag mate, Ian highly recommended it to me, so following his recommendation I went out and bought it, I'm very happy with it, and quite like the lumpy bit (the bit that goes over your shoulders) although for the cover I have the Trakker one as last October I was very cold still in the night, after purchasing the cover if kept me warm on the Barston social and on Wednesday night when both nights where freezing, and that is with the bivvy door wide open.
  18. What a day yesterday was. Had a call from the stud saying Fraggle had lost her foal and that she was being rushed to the vets. After a 2 1/2 hour operation, they didn't hold much hope for her. Anything after 2 hours is a very high risk for a horse. When she came round, they were worried about he breaking a leg as all the calcium would have gone to making milk, leaving the bones brittle. She's a sensible horse and got up second time round and the vet gave it an hour before asking if we would like to see her. We went over late last night and after a day of waiting, it was a relief to see her on her feet, if a bit unsteady. There is still a high chance of infection but fingers crossed that she comes through. This is the second time she has defied the odds. A stronger, braver horse you will never see. All the best mate, I know how much you and Jo love your horses, so hoping for the best outcome, sounds like she is a strong willed horse!
  19. There is a day ticket water right behind the snowdome named boroughpit or spelt something like that. I'm told you just turn up and fish and a woman walks round and collects your tickets. Supposed to have some 20's in and a 30? It's days only unless you join the lambs clubs. You also have Kingsbury Water Park, plenty of lakes on that complex with big carp, 10 mins away from Tamworth. Riddings is local I believe although never fished there that has carp over 20 I think too?
  20. carefulcarping

    33lb 1oz!

    Stunning common, well done!
  21. Adam, keep an eye on their website, from time to time they have deals on which include free delivery
  22. They have there place. Over hanging trees, long distances beyond casting etc.. I also see how people get annoyed as they are known for anglers crossing other peoples lines etc. And used to cast 40 yards into open water, where a little cast is more than enough. But i suppose when you pay the price for a bait boat you will use it as much as possible to justify the price.
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