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   Old Thread  #54 12 Feb 2018 at 6.55am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good luck if you go. Always a chance in back pond 🙏
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   Old Thread  #53 12 Feb 2018 at 5.07am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Went last Tuesday Sean, not a sniff mate.
Supposed to be down tomorrow (back pond again) but weather is looking a bit naff.
High winds and rain/sleet forecast........ I've got all my gear ready so will make the decision first thing in the morning, wimp that I am.
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   Old Thread  #52 11 Feb 2018 at 4.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ill let you of the pva nugget hadnt come off😉

You been back down?
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   Old Thread  #51 7 Feb 2018 at 6.59am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Got to be honest Sean, it looked like a double bait mate. Might have been refraction from my glasses!!
I lost a rig in the same tree..........and it was Steve that pointed yours out lol!!
Cheers mate. Keep up the good work.

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   Old Thread  #50 7 Feb 2018 at 6.50am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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One boilie 😉 told steve about that the day after lazy git😂

Good luck for this year mate
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   Old Thread  #49 7 Feb 2018 at 6.40am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah I know.
I spotted two of his boilies half way up a tree in back pond last week....

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   Old Thread  #48 7 Feb 2018 at 6.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well done on your capture, Iím sure they will come thick and fast now .

If you need any tips ask oldbeal, he had 11 our last month. Heís a bit of a rock star up there
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   Old Thread  #47 7 Feb 2018 at 6.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It was indeed Tim.
Back Pond.
My 1st White Cottage fish (after 15months of trying!).....
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   Old Thread  #46 7 Feb 2018 at 6.25am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Was that from white Cottage?
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   Old Thread  #45 6 Feb 2018 at 10.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nice one rob knew you would have one in the end
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   Old Thread  #44 28 Jan 2018 at 1.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well done!!! Bet your buzzing, especially to go and do it this time of year!!
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   Old Thread  #43 27 Jan 2018 at 7.13am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #42 27 Jan 2018 at 7.05am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Robert, you should take the old geezer username and we should just change Gerryís to linkypoo
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   Old Thread  #41 25 Jan 2018 at 5.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Maybe I should change my name to "Notsooldgeezer"
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   Old Thread  #40 25 Jan 2018 at 4.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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another 10 years you will catch me up lol
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   Old Thread  #39 25 Jan 2018 at 11.38am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You don't know the state of my mind Ken!
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   Old Thread  #38 25 Jan 2018 at 11.23am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Getting old is just a state of mind. Treat it as an old friend. Lovely fish too, which should make you feel fifty years younger!
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   Old Thread  #37 25 Jan 2018 at 9.13am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well In buddy . Lovely fish
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   Old Thread  #36 25 Jan 2018 at 7.33am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Lovely mirror mate chuffed for ya.
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   Old Thread  #35 25 Jan 2018 at 7.04am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Getting oldís better than the alternative, especially if you can go fishing
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   Old Thread  #34 25 Jan 2018 at 6.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Bloody hell. I'm getting old....

(62 on Saturday)
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   Old Thread  #33 25 Jan 2018 at 6.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes mate, the smile says it all, itís been tough going, and itís still January which is one of the tough months in carp angling.
Yet there you are, with your prize mate 162252 5 F5 D0173 5 FF4 466 A B4 A5 7 CC7 EB6332 AF Sorted! 8 ABD1784 5 BF7 4 F6 D B4 B2 5 F496173 CCE1
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   Old Thread  #32 25 Jan 2018 at 4.03am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers Gerry, and thanks to Tom for sorting the pics out.
Much appreciated, as are everyones kind words.
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   Old Thread  #31 25 Jan 2018 at 0.03am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Congratulations good on yer
great write up and pictures with the smile on your face that says it all its what angling is all about cheered my evening right up
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   Old Thread  #30 24 Jan 2018 at 11.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cracking fish well done mate
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   Old Thread  #29 24 Jan 2018 at 10.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sorry for the delay (pub).

Hereís the pics as promised.

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   Old Thread  #28 24 Jan 2018 at 8.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well done mate
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   Old Thread  #27 24 Jan 2018 at 7.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers mate but Tom (hyperloop) is sorting it out for me. Thanks again Josh
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   Old Thread  #26 24 Jan 2018 at 6.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Do you want the pic posting? Just seen it on ABS
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   Old Thread  #25 24 Jan 2018 at 6.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Congratulations, an amazing feeling when you put a lot of time and effort in and it all comes together. Second fish always comes faster too!
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   Old Thread  #24 24 Jan 2018 at 6.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Pm for you
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   Old Thread  #23 24 Jan 2018 at 5.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Errrr how do I send a pic via PM????
I can send you one via email
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   Old Thread  #22 24 Jan 2018 at 5.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Lovely, lovely times mate, very well done. It feels so much better when youíve really worked hard for it. Think I spotted a pic on the abs Facebook earlier? If so itís an absolute belter. Send me a pic via pm on here and Iíll stick it up for you.
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   Old Thread  #21 24 Jan 2018 at 5.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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congrats! you gave me additional inspiration to do another 2 nights on my canal next week even though it will be miracle if I manage to find or catch one!
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   Old Thread  #20 24 Jan 2018 at 5.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Good on ya mate! I am on a run of 30+ nights and no fish, so I know how hard it can be! It all can change in a heartbeat.
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   Old Thread  #19 24 Jan 2018 at 3.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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thats what its all about mate, congrats!

one bite makes all the blanks worthwile..
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   Old Thread  #18 24 Jan 2018 at 10.24am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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well done mate
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   Old Thread  #17 24 Jan 2018 at 9.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Rob, Maybe you should of taken Lydz with you, she would have shown you what to do

Well in mate!
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   Old Thread  #16 24 Jan 2018 at 9.34am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers Steve, (and you other lads). Much appreciate the comments.
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   Old Thread  #15 24 Jan 2018 at 8.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Rob, Iím so happy for you mate, i really am! yeah baby smiley emoticon
I know what youíve been through, and all your frustrations, and dissapointment, and you kept at it, determined, and quietly plugged away. A lesser person might of quit.

You have cracked it now mate, regardless off the fish size, which is very nice i might add, especially for a debut catch! Regardless of what happens from here on in, youíve cracked it, and been rewarded.

Youíll have a totally different outlook on that venue now, youíll still love it but, fish it in a more confident and relaxed way now.
The experience no matter what, will stand you in good stead when tackling other waters too.
Well done mate

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   Old Thread  #14 24 Jan 2018 at 8.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well done Rob effort equals reward.
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   Old Thread  #13 24 Jan 2018 at 8.13am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well done pal, many congrats.
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   Old Thread  #12 24 Jan 2018 at 8.06am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not on here mate. I don't know how to???
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   Old Thread  #11 24 Jan 2018 at 8.00am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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congratulations buddy,

i know the feeling well! only last april i had the session of my lifetime on a very hard water that took everything i had. 2 seasons for 3 fish with a years break inbetween the seasons. than it all came together and i had 6 20lb carp and a smaller one.


it is sessions like the one you had that keep us fishing when all our non fishing friends and family say we are bonkers!

The fishing buzz is like nothing else. good angling. did you put a picture up?
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   Old Thread  #10 24 Jan 2018 at 7.03am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Lifeís too short to fish **** holes.
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   Old Thread  #9 24 Jan 2018 at 6.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thing that kept taking me back is the beauty of the place mate. It really is a special place to fish.
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   Old Thread  #8 24 Jan 2018 at 6.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Itís a great feeling to get that monkey off your back. I think you were right not to give up cos Iíve always thought if you do jack it in on a tough water then you might never have the will to go back and fish a water like that again. Confidence is an amazing thing and I bet yours has lifted a just a bit!
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   Old Thread  #7 24 Jan 2018 at 6.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers Stu. Toughest water I've ever fished mate.
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   Old Thread  #6 24 Jan 2018 at 6.30am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well done mate, bet youíll be buzzing for weeks. Sounds like a tough old water and a winter fish too
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Cheers Joe. It's been an emotional 15 months I can tell you!
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Well done rob I know youíve been pulling your hair out pleased u didnít give up 👍🏻 Great bait the plan b
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Started to use ABS baits about 6 months ago when it was suggested the MC Nut would "do the business". Have stuck with it, but no joy. Read the reviews of the Plan B and thought I'd give it a try.
They have a good range of baits and cover all bases, so will stick with them from here on in.
Going to try the Malarky or Genesis in France later on this year, most probably Genesis.

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Plan b is the best bait Iíve ever used
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I've been fishing a notoriously difficult water in Sussex for the past 15 months. In all that time I've had one aborted run, (a couple of weeks ago), and have lost count of the number of hours I have spent there in my quest to catch a fish yet returned home dejected and disappointed.
It's been a bit of a learning curve for me, I've had to alter my tactics slightly and I've listened to advice from the Bailiff (Steve) who has sat with me and discussed various things. He has been willing me to catch a fish as much as I have been willing myself.
This lake has had me questioning everything, from my choice of line, my rigs, my bait, my approach, even my sanity.
Went out yesterday full of hope. Was trying a new bait for the 1st time. What the hell, I'd stuck with the Bailiff's suggestion for the past 6 months with no joy, so in for a penny as they say.
Horrible day weather wise, blowing a gale and raining for the most part. Made it difficult to see any signs of fish movement but I'd noticed that right in the corner of the bay a few larger ripples were coming out during the course of the morning from under a tree. I just knew that there was something mooching about in there, it wasn't the resident ducks causing them.
I managed to get a rig in there without making too much of a disturbance, and sat and waited. Got to about 3.30 and I was beginning to think it was yet another bloody blank. I was just contemplating beginning to pack down as I was wet and miserable.
Suddenly my right hand rod, the one in the bay, sprung into life. I only just heard the bleep of the alarm over the noise of the wind howling in the trees. I'm surprised I remembered what to do it had been so long, but I lifted into it, and felt the initial tug. I was in!! Initially it didn't put up much of a scrap, came out of the corner quite easily, but once it got into open water it took off like a steam train! I'm not normally nervous when I'm playing a fish, but I couldn't help thinking about all the hours that I had spent on this water, and the fear of getting snapped up did enter my head. After about 10 minutes it was in the net! A beautifully scaled 27lb Mirror. Not the biggest fish I have ever caught, but this one means so much to me. Any fish in that lake became a target fish for me, but to make my 1st one this particular one was a bonus. I'm still buzzing over 12 hours later. Steve the Bailiff rushed the full length of the lake to take the pics and congratulate me. He was buzzing just like me. He knows how much time I have spent on that lake, and he had a smile on his face as big as mine!!! Chuffed to bits!! And the bait???? ABS Plan b.

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