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by Mike J
Yesterday 21:27
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: Reel advice
Replies: 5
Views: 71

Re: Reel advice

Welcome aboard. My advice, use one of your baitrunners. That way you will possibly wear it out rather than changing it when 'something better' comes along. Modern fixed spool reels are reasonably long lasting, alternatively a 70's Ambidex and Mitchel 300 would still cast and catch as well as they ev...
by Mike J
Yesterday 21:13
Forum: Report any problems here
Topic: Ages [slow forum connection]
Replies: 17
Views: 157

Re: Ages

Back to snail speed again Andrew.

Damn robots harvesting info from the unsuspecting.

Grrrrr!
by Mike J
Yesterday 09:53
Forum: Boat Fishing Forum
Topic: Died & Gone too Heaven
Replies: 9
Views: 199

Re: Died & Gone too Heaven

I bet their doors aren't wonky. Dave, they have much worse than wonky doors! A friend imported a 38ft power cat from the US, ex the engines, only to discover the manufacturers had shipped their sailing version instead, which meant the engines wouldnt fit into its narrow sleek hulls, nor could it ta...
by Mike J
Yesterday 08:44
Forum: Boat Fishing Forum
Topic: Died & Gone too Heaven
Replies: 9
Views: 199

Re: Died & Gone too Heaven

Heaven in one of those, not unless you have money to burn. They have to cruise everywhere as anything more and their range is limited eg; 70nm at 22knots, a days trolling at 6, then back at 22 and you've burnt best part of €1k. Loading fuel by the tonne, usually 1.5-3tonnes at a time, a tonne of die...
by Mike J
Wed Sep 19 2018 13:42
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: Chair recommendations
Replies: 42
Views: 1259

Re: Chair recommendations

Ray, I went down a whole row of +20 chairs in a carpie supermarket the other day. The chair to go for next time around is the JRC Stealth X Lite. https://www.tackleuk.co.uk/Shop/CarpFishingChairsStools/JRC-Stealth-X-Lite-CHAIR.htm?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9_DixIrH3QIVWOJ3Ch3FiQx1EAQYAyABEgJv5_D_BwE It is t...
by Mike J
Wed Sep 19 2018 13:34
Forum: Bad Reviews
Topic: chub rs plus chair.
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Re: chub rs plus chair.

I suffered similar problems with three yes 3 pairs of Snowbee Prestige Overtousers (utter rubbish dont waste your money)! Snowbee didnt want to know, the retailer was Uttings and they stood by me and but would only replace the first and second pair. When the third pair failed I'd had enough and went...
by Mike J
Wed Sep 19 2018 09:37
Forum: Boat Fishing Forum
Topic: Jonboat
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: Jonboat

Ive fished and shot from a 14footer. It will be tight to fish three from one, although they are very stable, even my 16 x 4ft punt was better with two (adults). A Britsh Seagull was what I used, very reliable, light to carry but hopeless against a decent flow. There used to be a UK firm that would m...
by Mike J
Mon Sep 17 2018 09:22
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: 12ft rod rung for multipliers
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: 12ft rod rung for multipliers

Have a look at the Bass and light beach rods available for sea fishing.
Many are well suited for our sport and if you go to the shops many will let you have a trial cast or three.

PM sent
by Mike J
Sun Sep 16 2018 11:16
Forum: Report any problems here
Topic: Ages [slow forum connection]
Replies: 17
Views: 157

Re: Ages

Yes it has improved.
Thanks.

:thumbs:



As has been stated many times we are being monitored by friends as well as foes and bots is their window to our communications.
by Mike J
Sat Sep 15 2018 10:09
Forum: Sea, Fly, Coarse & Game Fishing Forum
Topic: Braided line for trotting
Replies: 2
Views: 97

Re: Braided line for trotting

Oh don't ask pleeeeeese! Two around 8oz, half a dozen 4-6ers and the rest 30 to the pound! Im blaming it on the lack of cormorants :laughs: Did get a nice Roach, I think its my fifth in ten years from the river. One thing I did notice was that the hook point kept dulling even though I wasn't touchin...
by Mike J
Fri Sep 14 2018 09:23
Forum: Report any problems here
Topic: Ages [slow forum connection]
Replies: 17
Views: 157

Re: Ages

Me to.

Also noticed its increasingly power hungry compared to other sites, only the tabloid newspapers are worse.

Not a nerd but maybe something running in the background?
by Mike J
Fri Sep 14 2018 09:11
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: Line on a spool.. how much?
Replies: 24
Views: 335

Re: Line on a spool.. how much?

Zodiac...I thort that was us pikers in general :wink: 2 scotsmen arguing, each holding on to the end of a piece of copper wire. A chap walks over and asks 'what's so important about this bit of wire?' 'That's nae a bit o' wire' one says, "it's a f****n' penny!!" Oh yes I like that! :boing:
by Mike J
Thu Sep 13 2018 10:29
Forum: Sea, Fly, Coarse & Game Fishing Forum
Topic: Braided line for trotting
Replies: 2
Views: 97

Braided line for trotting

First time I fished with braided line on a centrepin for trotting. A new water, great opportunity to fish for pike but no knowledge of what was available. Positives When holding steady Minnow nibbles could be easily detected, Dace would self hook against the rod top. With the Wallis the braid cast e...
by Mike J
Thu Sep 13 2018 08:15
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: Line on a spool.. how much?
Replies: 24
Views: 335

Re: Line on a spool.. how much?

Im have a different method than all those above. I measure the length of line per turn of the reel handle (my centrepin take 11 1/2" per full turn) do the math and wind on the length required. Doesn't work so well with fixed spools, so I fill the reel, keep the remainder for rigs, and reverse the li...
by Mike J
Tue Sep 11 2018 08:11
Forum: Sea, Fly, Coarse & Game Fishing Forum
Topic: Mackerel
Replies: 41
Views: 1241

Re: Mackerel

To those of you that freeze your own. Has anyone noticed that some thaw out almost as good as they were when caught yet others are soft and mushy? When I sea fished two or more days a week I used to freeze down all the mackerel nobody wanted (from the 'catching our tea' session on the way in) freezi...
by Mike J
Mon Sep 10 2018 10:05
Forum: Report any problems here
Topic: Password
Replies: 3
Views: 54

Re: Password

Been there myself.
Some say its an age thing.
by Mike J
Mon Sep 10 2018 09:41
Forum: Lure Fishing Forum
Topic: Quick Clip
Replies: 3
Views: 221

Re: Quick Clip

Ive used the smaller size Bill Norman Speed aka quick Clips for Large Mouth Bass, a species which jump around quite a bit! Same brand in the larger size for UK Bass for shore luring, I use nothing else. Never had a failure, not once. Would not use them for Pike though, simply because you just never ...
by Mike J
Mon Sep 10 2018 09:11
Forum: Sea, Fly, Coarse & Game Fishing Forum
Topic: Mackerel
Replies: 41
Views: 1241

Re: Mackerel

Mike, But trawlers can take 5 tons each and inshore local fishermen 200 kgs a month. Not certain if these figure are exactly right but the reasoning behind it is that pleasure anglers take 25% of all bass captures which is surely bonkers. EU directive - another reason to get out of this communist o...
by Mike J
Sun Sep 09 2018 10:15
Forum: Sea, Fly, Coarse & Game Fishing Forum
Topic: Mackerel
Replies: 41
Views: 1241

Re: Mackerel

Kevin O'Keeffe wrote:
Off to Cornwall / Lizard peninsular in a couple of weeks and was hoping to bag up on a freezer box full for early winter.... plus some bass hopefully!


Kev.
The taking of any Bass is banned in UK waters.
Stocks at dangerously low levels with recruitment suffering accordingly.
by Mike J
Sun Sep 09 2018 09:56
Forum: Wildlife & Photography Forum
Topic: My Little Urban Assassin
Replies: 1
Views: 83

Re: My Little Urban Assassin

Coincidently 'my' sparrows were visited by a male sparrowhawk yesterday evening while we where having dinner. As normal the gang of sparrows had gone to roost in the my ivy clad hedge, first sprwk dived in from the opposite side then looped over the top and dissapeared into the side face us, much sc...
by Mike J
Sun Sep 09 2018 09:12
Forum: Sea, Fly, Coarse & Game Fishing Forum
Topic: course fish in game rivers
Replies: 8
Views: 167

Re: course fish in game rivers

Another reason can be their history of anglers killing fish, all fish, for either eating or because they made the mistake of taking a bait/lure/fly intended for a game species with the result that they were simply thrown up the bank to avoid it happening again. In the past keepers on many southern r...
by Mike J
Sat Sep 08 2018 11:07
Forum: Novice Forum
Topic: 1st Pike
Replies: 3
Views: 74

Re: 1st Pike

Great and well done for releasing it safely.
Now you need someone to show you how to handle Pike correctly so join the PAC.

For a 3footer and your first I will give you 15lb. :handshake:



With respect, you haven't caught carp, they have caught you!
by Mike J
Sat Sep 08 2018 10:51
Forum: Novice Forum
Topic: Whats the best leader
Replies: 13
Views: 248

Re: Whats the best leader

For lures look no further than Chico's. :thumbs:
Simply the best available and at a price you cannot beat if you made your own.

I bought six and am still on my first!
by Mike J
Fri Sep 07 2018 12:28
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: reel stands
Replies: 20
Views: 308

Re: reel stands

Ha ha ha! My fixed spools are Saltigas, but only one had a ball handle, but both my Seagate pike reels have neoprene ball handles and believe me if you havnt fished with such a handle in winter you really shouldnt be laughing as you don't know what your missing (eh Capt. :grin: ). When boat fishing ...
by Mike J
Thu Sep 06 2018 09:05
Forum: Boat Fishing Forum
Topic: Anodes on aluminium boat
Replies: 18
Views: 315

Re: Anodes on aluminium boat

:thumbs: Ah yes I forgot that. They melt at a lower temperature. How does adding aluminium (melting point 650 oC) lower the melting point of zinc at 400 oC :scratch: Don't worry I am having a brain fart. Must be all that lead you've been smelting :dizzy: :laughs: Jaime thinks it's early onset, and ...
by Mike J
Thu Sep 06 2018 08:43
Forum: Novice Forum
Topic: Whats the best leader
Replies: 13
Views: 248

Re: Whats the best leader

Sparky Hi and welcome aboard. Wire Wire Wire Wire nothing but wire. Dont worry about the fish seeing it, they would have it on a coathanger if they wanted it. Buy a bulk spool and learn to make your own leaders and traces, loads of how tos on here. Over a lifetime it will save you a fortune, then yo...
by Mike J
Wed Sep 05 2018 10:02
Forum: Tackle Forum
Topic: Rollover indicator
Replies: 19
Views: 455

Re: Rollover indicator

46 is a nice fish, nothing to be sneezed at anywhere.
A Dutch friend used to massacre the Perch in his canals, some were absolutely huge by UK standards.
He also used rubber jigs....... :grin:

Are you an ex Pat or National?
by Mike J
Wed Sep 05 2018 09:52
Forum: Piking Nostalgia & Collectors Corner
Topic: Bill Norman ?
Replies: 43
Views: 395

Re: Bill Norman ?

Not worth much and to me it looks very much like a Rapala.
Typical 'minnow' design, universal everywhere.

If you file the lip/bib down in fractions it could make a useful shallow runner, add some black stripes and who knows.....
by Mike J
Wed Sep 05 2018 09:46
Forum: Boat Fishing Forum
Topic: Boat Sway
Replies: 8
Views: 408

Re: Boat Sway

Ive just been onto the Warrior website and noticed how little keel the hull has, it also has a (flatish) planning section at the stern. With a smallish side wind a hull of this design would tend to swing (skate) around when anchored, add the uneven flow of a tide and anything is possible. My advice ...
by Mike J
Wed Sep 05 2018 09:34
Forum: Bad Reviews
Topic: sakuma hooks
Replies: 8
Views: 418

Re: sakuma hooks

Ive used the Manta 6/0 singles for wrecking since they became available and found them as good as any Ive ever used.
My hook of choice if I was going today, which sadly Im not as it a lovely day 'out there'.

Perhaps yours are copies or the quality has deminished?

:shrug: