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by Duncan Holmes
Sun Mar 11 2018 15:09
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: 6 to 8ft rods
Replies: 19
Views: 698

Re: 6 to 8ft rods

I use free spirt margin creeper as a wobbling rod, 8.5 feet, 2.5lb.

possibly a bit light if you are using big leads, but a joy to play fish on.
by Duncan Holmes
Wed Feb 28 2018 22:19
Forum: Sea, Fly, Coarse & Game Fishing Forum
Topic: Abu 6501 Sea Fishing?
Replies: 14
Views: 361

Re: Abu 6501 Sea Fishing?

Nothing to do with fancy tackle, just use stinky bait, a bit of feed and nail it down close in. Flatties = flounder = slow and daft. On the local free stretch just above the salt a basic quiver tip rod, a mini feeder and couple of red maggots on a 16 and you can get the family dinner on a big tide,...
by Duncan Holmes
Wed Feb 28 2018 22:06
Forum: Hunting, Shooting & Pets Forum
Topic: Weaponised Predator :)
Replies: 15
Views: 461

Re: Weaponised Predator :)

I enjoyed that :thumbs:
by Duncan Holmes
Tue Feb 27 2018 21:25
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: Thread size??
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Re: Thread size??

either M5 or 2BA
by Duncan Holmes
Mon Feb 26 2018 19:22
Forum: Sea, Fly, Coarse & Game Fishing Forum
Topic: Abu 6501 Sea Fishing?
Replies: 14
Views: 361

Re: Abu 6501 Sea Fishing?

You will often find the flatties right in the surf line, surprisingly close and in surprisingly rough weather, so I wouldn't be worried too much about distance unless you know you are trying to hit a gulley or some other feature. My wife used to catch far more flatfish than I did, mainly because she...
by Duncan Holmes
Sat Feb 24 2018 09:54
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: coleman sportster ll (553) stove v coleman feather 442
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: coleman sportster ll (553) stove v coleman feather 442

I have used the 442 or variants for a lot of years and never had any issues with them but there are some tricks to getting the best out of them. Use Aspen 4 instead of pump petrol, as this has no additives to gum up the generators, its a much cleaner burn and evaporates off your hands with no residu...
by Duncan Holmes
Wed Feb 21 2018 07:24
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: Your first pike rod
Replies: 43
Views: 1230

Re: Your first pike rod

NW SS6 and a Hutchy Fenmaster were the first pair, matched with browning 712's..Moved onto two Nev's Whisker 612's and an 11ft whisker 2.75 SU, which I still use today. Browning 715's, I had a pair of those, great reels at the time. :thumbs: Well almost a pair, by the time I saved up for a 2nd one ...
by Duncan Holmes
Tue Feb 20 2018 20:44
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: ABU 6601/5601 c4 vs SHIMANO CARDIFF
Replies: 19
Views: 590

Re: ABU 6601/5601 c4 vs SHIMANO CARDIFF

If the new abu reels are anything like the bigger sea versions they will be crap .They dont make them like they used to i was told but ignored it and bought a 7000 .Should have listened first retrieve uptiding with it gears ceased.Guy in shop said its well known now with abu,s they are now crap qua...
by Duncan Holmes
Mon Feb 19 2018 21:14
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: flourocarbon uptrace
Replies: 26
Views: 864

Re: flourocarbon uptrace

I think wire can put pike off and they can be rig shy as underwater stuff has shown but there isn't an alternative in my opinion. If you think your rig requires an up trace, use wire! Cheers Alan I have paternosted baits for many years without an up trace---still waiting to get a bite off. Strangel...
by Duncan Holmes
Sun Feb 18 2018 14:37
Forum: Wildlife & Photography Forum
Topic: On The News
Replies: 12
Views: 415

Re: On The News

Weird picture,it looks photoshopped. How come the top pair have a green tint but the lower ones look like they've been exposed to flash light? Was the camera upside down? The angle of the flash (strobe in underwater terms) will be very different to terrestrial use. Nearly all UK water has a high su...
by Duncan Holmes
Sun Feb 18 2018 14:32
Forum: Wildlife & Photography Forum
Topic: On The News
Replies: 12
Views: 415

Re: On The News

Was talking to a Diving Instructor just last Sunday who was saying it was amazing being down there watching those “Pikes” in big shoals Must be someone on here that’s seen it? Yes I spent well over 100 hours swimming around in Stoney cove, you see some interesting behavour, from pike and big perch....
by Duncan Holmes
Sat Feb 17 2018 18:01
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: Braid for long range casting.
Replies: 47
Views: 1071

Re: Braid for long range casting.

The Suffix 832 I've decided to try has a 0.2mm diameter (6lb mono equivalent) with a breaking strain of 30lb. It also appears to have a smooth, round coating like mono, so ,hopefully, gives the best of both worlds. :thumbs: https://sufix.fishing/products/832-advanced-superline I'm debating this for...
by Duncan Holmes
Tue Feb 13 2018 15:04
Forum: Boat Fishing Forum
Topic: Solar battery maintainers
Replies: 12
Views: 377

Re: Solar battery maintainers

A 5 W solar panel is going to add next to nothing to your batteries during use, they will be ok for replacing the storage charge on a fully charged battery but nothing else. To charge a SLA battery you need to get to around 15Volts, slightly higher if you run AGM. Watts = Volts x Amps, so a 5W panel...
by Duncan Holmes
Sun Feb 11 2018 19:30
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: line or braid
Replies: 110
Views: 2210

Re: line or braid

I have always used 15 pound line for pikeing never a problem . an I believe line is more abrasion resistant than braid . so I'm being told if go to Scotland with mono I will get broke if hit good fish ? how can any pike break 15 pound line , if clutch set correctly ? ? so do I surcumb to the craze ...
by Duncan Holmes
Sat Feb 10 2018 15:54
Forum: Boat Fishing Forum
Topic: Battery charging question
Replies: 24
Views: 742

Re: Battery charging question

Car chargers will charge leisure batteries if you just want to carry some power in the boat and don't give a s**t about your battery. If you want to carry the maximum amount of power your battery will hold, and you want it to perform at that level for years to come buy a multi stage intelligent char...
by Duncan Holmes
Sat Feb 03 2018 20:28
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: titanium
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Re: titanium

I use these in 6mm, purely because that's what my local had in stock and I have had no issues.

http://www.sakuma.co.uk/p/270/sakuma-split-rings
by Duncan Holmes
Sat Feb 03 2018 16:55
Forum: Sea, Fly, Coarse & Game Fishing Forum
Topic: Kamasan B983 Wide Gape Specialist Hook
Replies: 8
Views: 284

Re: Kamasan B983 Wide Gape Specialist Hook

I've used this hook with light(ish) lines with the simple knotless knot and not had any issues on self hooking rigs, you could eye tie it and use a bit of tube to sort the angles out. If hooking rather than hair rigging, I use the B980's with either a grinner or tucked blood, dependant on what hook ...
by Duncan Holmes
Wed Jan 24 2018 19:00
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: Float making
Replies: 8
Views: 299

Re: Float making

You will struggle with anything that is acetone based, as epoxy contains methyl carbonates which act as a solvent. Acrylic, enamel or even water based paints will be ok, you could try a paint marker pen, Ambersil do a range of solvent free ones which I have used for marking glass before, or maybe a ...
by Duncan Holmes
Wed Jan 24 2018 13:31
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: Multi vs low profile
Replies: 20
Views: 551

Re: Multi vs low profile

IMHO, the round ambassadeur reels are much stronger and better suited to chucking these massive lures. I started with an okuma Citrix and after 2 years the gears are worn to hell, trying to find parts is a nightmare. Now I’m using a 6501 c3, it’s as smooth as the day it came out it’s box. Plus spar...
by Duncan Holmes
Wed Jan 24 2018 13:25
Forum: New Member Introductions
Topic: New member, high point and low point. Please try and be kind
Replies: 13
Views: 437

Re: New member, high point and low point. Please try and be kind

Welcome to the forum, Its always gutting to have a fish die on you, for me its was a Zander many years ago which I am sure was dead before I lifted the net out of the water, despite trying nothing I could do. Sounds like you did everything right (or as much as you could do). Pleased that you decided...
by Duncan Holmes
Sun Jan 21 2018 12:13
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: Dead bait rods for kids
Replies: 12
Views: 434

Re: Dead bait rods for kids

fossil-fish wrote:
Will add the Wychwood 10ft Agitator. Excellent value for money.
Set my nephew up with a pair of these at the age of 11, courtesy of Pete on the forum. They have been perfect for him :thumbs:
by Duncan Holmes
Fri Jan 19 2018 19:18
Forum: Boat Fishing Forum
Topic: Drying a boat
Replies: 13
Views: 527

Re: Drying a boat

Wondering what the appeal of carpet is ? Because it make the interior of an ally boat quieter when moving about or if you drop something :thumbs: I use a Sladle to keep the fish of the boat floor for the rare occasion I bring a fish aboard preferring to unhook in the water. I don't rely on the carp...
by Duncan Holmes
Fri Jan 19 2018 19:04
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: vacuum packer
Replies: 18
Views: 588

Re: vacuum packer

Andrew James :thumbs:
by Duncan Holmes
Thu Jan 18 2018 20:04
Forum: Predator Fishing Forum
Topic: Trout, Predators or not?
Replies: 42
Views: 1302

Re: Trout, Predators or not?

Think I have posted this before on here but this beauty was taken on a static bait while zander fishing
8lb 11-11-06.jpg
by Duncan Holmes
Thu Jan 18 2018 19:47
Forum: Wildlife & Photography Forum
Topic: Got the Bstd!
Replies: 59
Views: 1303

Re: Got the Bstd!

Never had any problem with the magpie just Mr hawk. This year i have seen a decline in Goldfinch only one to the tables , this time last year bet 15 to 20 ,also the Green finch and Thrush very scarce .The last 5 years have seen less birds even with a hard frost .Have the usual one's coming ,includi...
by Duncan Holmes
Thu Jan 18 2018 07:15
Forum: Boat Fishing Forum
Topic: Drying a boat
Replies: 13
Views: 527

Re: Drying a boat

Cyprio wrote:
Cheers Duncan :thumbs:
Thank you for the link,
The frost had been the problem as I tilt the bow up as high as possible but it freezes.


Andy
That style of dryer gives off warm air which helps with that :thumbs:
by Duncan Holmes
Thu Jan 18 2018 01:08
Forum: Boat Fishing Forum
Topic: Drying a boat
Replies: 13
Views: 527

Re: Drying a boat

Almost every time I've been out this winter it has rained. :roll: I'm finding it difficult to get the boat dry again between trips. It's covered in marine carpet which I dry as much with the bissel As possible. But as I normally spend a night afloat it makes it more comfortable if it's dry first.. ...
by Duncan Holmes
Sun Jan 14 2018 11:45
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: best way to build dumbell floats shallow water
Replies: 10
Views: 363

Re: best way to build dumbell floats shallow water

been told cork balls better than polly balls ? an not rig tube to connect 2 together , must be a hardwood ? an does the line pass through the 2 balls ? any one used this method , an what diameter balls are best ? any info be of help I messed about with this method a few years ago to work big liveba...