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   Old Thread  #49 17 Apr 2019 at 7.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
its the surroundings to me more than fish size,i do have good fish in both the lakes I'm a member of but I am quite happy catching the dark old mid 20s which they hold also.i need a nice scenic lake, trees,rushes away from any roads etc.i have manor on my doorstep but never ever been tempted to join it.id be bored after one night counting the stobart lorrys going up and down the m25.
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   Old Thread  #48 16 Apr 2019 at 11.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Iím gonna be honest boys, my pb is under 20lb just never had the time to fish regularly at all, often day sessions. Do I care?? Not really I keep trying if it happens sweet. I go fishing for relaxation. I start work at 7am and I donít finish until often around midnight. Iím a chef long hours go hand in hand with that. No 9-5 here Iím at work longer than most are awake. So overnighters arenít possible, I get to do a handful of nights a year. For me it is my quiet time, no thinking about my orders or prep list for tomorrow, no stress no pressure, just me doing something I have been doing since my dad and uncle first took me age 5. Would I like to have a pb of 20lb, 30lb, 40lb?? Yeah sure but as long as I can get out fishing Iím happy no matter what I catch
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   Old Thread  #47 16 Apr 2019 at 4.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Allestree lake I know it well , my favourite out the derby park lakes
Theres a few waters around derby that I've fished and some il never get a ticket for like eggington lagoon

Done alot of travelling in the last ten years to chase bigger carp as u say it's not the greatest for big carp derby isn't
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   Old Thread  #46 16 Apr 2019 at 3.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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My first 20 was from Allestree in 1987, it was the biggest in there at the time, and apart from fish in the Trent, about the biggest I had access to then. Derby was never the greatest area then for carp, guess not much has changed!
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   Old Thread  #45 16 Apr 2019 at 3.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A 30lb carp is a big carp to me , being from derby and fishing park lakes in my younger days the carp went to mid twentys so any thing bigger ( 30+) is a big carp to me for sure

Size isn't everything tho I've left a water that had thirtys fortys and a fifty in to chase berties mate and co out the Woolpack biggest they all went was mid thirtys .which was still a huge carp to me , but it wasn't about the size it was all about the quality of the fish from woolpack pit 3 .... in many ways it's still my Personal best now even tho I've caught carp to 52 lb 14oz
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   Old Thread  #44 16 Apr 2019 at 2.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Which I do at the moment
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   Old Thread  #43 16 Apr 2019 at 2.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Mines low, so have a good few years as yet. After that priorities will have to change . This years ticket could bring that forward a fair way though if all goes to plan.
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   Old Thread  #42 16 Apr 2019 at 2.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I know what you're saying Ian but most are referring to their largest carp when quoting their PB.
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   Old Thread  #41 16 Apr 2019 at 10.58am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
"Letís not kid ourselves , size does matter"

Not picking on you Fred - just replying to the most recent example.

Please don't assume that everyone goes fishing for the same reason and tar us all with the same brush.

Size does NOT matter to everyone believe me.
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   Old Thread  #40 16 Apr 2019 at 10.55am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Only if you base your PB on weight bud!
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   Old Thread  #39 16 Apr 2019 at 10.26am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers Rich, I appreciate your help getting to where we've got.
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   Old Thread  #38 16 Apr 2019 at 10.24am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The trouble with that is that once your PB gets to a certain level you're really restricted for waters, even somewhere like Essex.
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   Old Thread  #37 16 Apr 2019 at 9.05am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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This is very similar to me also.
I have limited time, limited funds and limited waters within a reasonable driving distance. Good looks, age, price of ticket, distance from work all come into the decision but there needs to be a fish that can potentially beat my personal best. Something that keep the fire burning on those long winter overnighters. Without an end goal, I get bored pretty quick.

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   Old Thread  #36 16 Apr 2019 at 8.55am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #35 16 Apr 2019 at 8.55am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Letís not kid ourselves , size does matter .

I donít bother anymore gear in storage as I canít do the time and let all my tickets go .
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