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Post by martin godliman » Wed May 15 2019 15:22

Saw this beast today basking in the sun on a log whilst I was walking along the canal, I reckon it was at least 9/10 inches front to back of the shell.
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Post by wid » Wed May 15 2019 19:12

Used to fish a very secluded large lake here in Cheshire and the place had loads of them in it, they used to bask on an island, never seen them anywhere else

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Post by davelumb » Wed May 15 2019 20:34

I caught this one on a deadbait when I was eel fishing four years ago. Nasty snapping creature.

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Post by John Milford » Wed May 15 2019 23:38

I caught a red-eared slider on float fished maggot years ago from a Kent lake. About the size of a meat pie, only crustier! :laughs:
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Post by martin godliman » Thu May 16 2019 08:02

I have seen them before very occasionally I wonder how they survive so well considering our winters they must all be released/dumped by people who don't want them anymore.
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Post by Mike J » Thu May 16 2019 09:21

Take care if you catch a terrapin, they all carry salmonella, for unhooking use a length of 4x2.
If they are on your water dont let them remain as they are not indigenous and their diet includes fish and fish eggs, a Winchester Subsonic will greatly assist their removal.

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Post by davelumb » Thu May 16 2019 09:37

Mike J wrote:
Take care if you catch a terrapin, they all carry salmonella, for unhooking use a length of 4x2.
If they are on your water dont let them remain as they are not indigenous and their diet includes fish and fish eggs, a Winchester Subsonic will greatly assist their removal.
The one I caught was actually foulhooked in a front foot. It was in full snapping mode so I unhooked it with a size ten on its back and returned it using the same implement. I realised I should have 'humanely despatched' it when it was too late.

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