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45 minutes ago, Daniel cain said:

you sound  a tad jealous fella? touch of the green eyed monster me thinks😁I catch fish wherever I go, prebaited or not....your welcome to the thl charity fishing comp ...maybe you can get your name on the silverware under mine?give me a shout,I'm happy to come to France and give you a few pointers, don't be afraid to ask now👍DSC_0357.thumb.JPG.6295b05afa17bb118f7a972d9c37d6ee.JPG

 

Jealous of what? 😂

Within 30 mutes drive I've got over 100 miles of river fishing from trout to zander to 45lb carp and 150lb catfish, two 100 hectare lakes stocked with carp, roach, bream, perch, pike and zander, numerous smaller lakes. It is all free and normally I never see another angler or signs that the swim has been fished. The fish I catch have never seen a hook and once I've caught them I'll go elsewhere and fish for others. I don't have them queuing up waiting to be fed like cattle in a milking parlour.

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Jealous 🤣

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29 minutes ago, DIDO.1 said:

Well iv packed the car and alarm set for 3.30. Spent last season trying to catch my first barbel, mainly in low water when we prob should of gone fishing for something else. High water tomorrow and I'm giving it a go. 

good luck mate🎣👍

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16 minutes ago, Nicepix said:

Jealous of what? 😂

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Oh man I'm jealous of cats, wish we had them here, I'll swap you for slimey fresh water eels 🤣😜

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13 minutes ago, Nicepix said:

Jealous of what? 😂

Within 30 mutes drive I've got over 100 miles of river fishing from trout to zander to 45lb carp and 150lb catfish, two 100 hectare lakes stocked with carp, roach, bream, perch, pike and zander, numerous smaller lakes. It is all free and normally I never see another angler or signs that the swim has been fished. The fish I catch have never seen a hook and once I've caught them I'll go elsewhere and fish for others. I don't have them queuing up waiting to be fed like cattle in a milking parlour.

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Jealous 🤣

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some nice fish there fella.....them cats be right up my street👍there's carp to 30lb in the section of river I'm fishing tomorrow ...

 

 

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11 minutes ago, Gav said:

Oh man I'm jealous of cats, wish we had them here, I'll swap you for slimey fresh water eels 🤣😜

To be honest catfish and carp can be a pain if you are targeting the more noble barbel. Twice in a month last year  I got a 6 foot twitch, once with the old Speedia on a light rod - actually burnt my thumb the reel was spinning so fast. 🤯

The best way to catch catfish for me is using a bass rod and multiplier and spinning for them. They tend to take the spinner just as it splashes into the water. 90% of the time if you don't get a take on the splash you don't get one on the retrieve. A lot of the places I fish for carp and barbel are full of brambles and fallen tree branches with a 3 foot drop into 3 foot of water so landing anything over 20lb is a bit tricky. For cats it is best to wade into the shallower stretches and spin for them. They average between 18lb and 35lb when on the spinner and these provide good sport for the 9foot Ugly Stick and ABU 6500C outfit. I don't bother trying to land them and just unhook them in the water.

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22 minutes ago, Daniel cain said:

some nice fish there fella.....them cats be right up my street👍there's carp to 30lb in the section of river I'm fishing tomorrow ...

 

 

I'll give you a little tip. Don't bother with boilies and pellets and all that expensive stuff. Buy a bag of Frolicks dog biscuits and fish them like this:

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Or use two 10mm bait bands on a hair and break a little segment out of the Frolick so they resemble a "C" shape so they can slip onto the band. Fish these with 6 or 7 broken biscuit in a PVA bag and if there are fish in the swim you'll soon know about it.

These Frolicks and simple maize grain baits account for over three-quarters of my carp and barbel.

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Nicepix said:

I'll give you a little tip. Don't bother with boilies and pellets and all that expensive stuff. Buy a bag of Frolicks dog biscuits and fish them like this:

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Or use two 10mm bait bands on a hair and break a little segment out of the Frolick so they resemble a "C" shape so they can slip onto the band. Fish these with 6 or 7 broken biscuit in a PVA bag and if there are fish in the swim you'll soon know about it.

These Frolicks and simple maize grain baits account for over three-quarters of my carp and barbel.

 

 

I always carry a good selection of baits with me😉fish with of pva mesh/bags etc,only thing I'm missing is a few gallons of maggot .with this rain we've had the water will be coloured so will go with something stinky,mold some paste around my leads,that tends to draw the barbel in having a good scent trail helps here👍

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3 hours ago, W. Katchum said:

Be the Swale way mate am will prob do a few bits over the week, can’t tell you any more than that or I’d have to kill ye😁😂

Lol respect your style ha ha! Just looked on shoothill guage map and it's well up. I wasn't asking where,  got my little secret spots too 😉

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Gonna give it half an hour then pack up. Really need a poo 

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1 minute ago, Blackmag said:

You on ribble dido 

Yeah. Ribchester 

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Two hour session completed this morning from 5am till 7am. Six lovely chub from a very small river ranging from two to just over three pounds with the best at 3-14. Not huge by national standards but great sport from a very small river / stream.

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