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Re damaged mouths comments

I cannot see how a barbless hook can cause more damage than a barbed hook, if a barbless is not set firmly and slips out, it will surely just slip out. If a barbed hook comes out it is logic that the barb may catch and tear the fish in some way.

Lead / weights, is it really neccesary to have 4oz [ quarter of a pound ] of lead on a rig to hook the fish. What happened to fishing ? having a fish yank a 1/4 pound chunk of lead to hook itself while sitting in your bivvy nowhere near your rod 'aint fishing, this can't be good for the fish. One more gripe, watching various videos, there seems to be a trend towards holding the rod very low and applying lots of side strain when playing a fish, this can only pull the line into the corner of the mouth, where most damage appears to be, a bad practice in my view. In the main I agree with bobrich, 20lb line etc. Surely at Coppice 10 to12lb line and a size 10 or 8 maximum hook is more than enough.

Posted on July 26, 2015 at 9:04 PM

Re: Place to go.

Chubster, didn't do Fladbury on Wednesday, went to Parks Farm [ Evesham by pass ]. River looked good but just a few small perch and a couple of small roach caught. Had a rod out for pike and had just one take, looked about 7 to 8lb but lost it near the bank. All in all very quiet really, perhaps I should have gone to Fladbury..

Pegs at the venue have been well strimmed, a good job done buy the maintanance team, a bit noisy here as the by-pass runs over the bridge but you get used to it and it is a nice stretch..

Posted on July 16, 2015 at 11:47 PM

Re: Place to go.

I might do Fladbury tomorrow [Wednesday], I don't always have a bag full but that's probably because I am a rubbish fisherman, but it can produce. Will try to remember to post how I got on if I go.

Posted on July 14, 2015 at 5:23 PM

Dead maggots. Help

I've used dead maggots for freebies a few times when there's weed in the swim to try and keep some on top or near the top of it. I have used the hot/boiling water method, before I start out, but after a time they look real grotty and not at all fresh. I did think of kill as you go with a flask of hot water but that is more clobber to carry. Any ideas of a better method that will keep them looking a bit more tasty for longer. Thanks.

Posted on June 28, 2015 at 4:18 PM

Re: wasperton

It doesn't quite answer your question but I fish it from time to time and always assume that's what I might catch, I have had them in the past so I don't doubt they are still there. Haven't been there for about 9 months. It does look prime barbel water. I nice stretch of water and park by your peg is a bonus.

Posted on June 28, 2015 at 3:42 PM

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