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   Old Thread  #118 10 Dec 2021 at 2.50pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It will pass, when I came back to carp fishing I changed the way I fished and made each day an adventure, it's kept me keen and the mind active, also remembering how it all started and the sheer joy of just being there helps, many take it all far to seriously.

Been a ruff few years for many and easy to get dragged down by everything, hopefully it'll work out for you in the new year, all the best with it.
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   Old Thread  #117 8 Dec 2021 at 6.34pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Couldnít agree with you more.

Iím an all rounder who got seriously interested in carp 15 years ago - because I had an up and coming, big, low stock water 2 miles from my front door.

I gradually learnt how to catch them and then had 2 years fantastic fishing with fish to a lake record 43 lb. Unfortunately the last year was marred by other anglers actions - so I totally quit U.K. fishing for over a decade. l didnít need the aggravation.

Just over 2 years ago I got the urge back -mostly through a mate who is a top barbel angler. He had taken a few years out too. Since then, Iíve had a great time catching very big barbel, perch and roach. Iím already revved up to catch a big tench next year. Happy days.

Iíve hardly carp fished during the past 2 years and I donít miss it. Iíve still got 2 syndicate tickets with very big fish to catch IF I can rekindle my interest. Time will tell.
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   Old Thread  #116 8 Dec 2021 at 5.39am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I only go Carp fishing nowadays, so yes, it's just that.
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   Old Thread  #115 7 Dec 2021 at 1.41pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Carp fishing has become a circus and these lockdowns have not helped.I love all types of fishing but as said taking my kids is my favourite at the moment.Float fishing with them on a small pool with not a carp angler in sight is awesome and we enjoy fishing off the rocks when on holiday too.Im in a really well run club and luckily idiots are not tolerated at all,so I'm lucky when I do decide to go for carp
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   Old Thread  #114 7 Dec 2021 at 10.58am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Can't put my finger on why though, that's the strange thing.

Is that just Carp Fishing related or all aspects of the sport?

I ask because for the past few months it seems to be all the ones who just go Carp Fishing that's throwing in the towel, quoting various reasons.

The ones like me who do many forms of "Specialist" fishing are just as eager as ever to get on the banks
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   Old Thread  #113 7 Dec 2021 at 4.15am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I last went in March of this year. Lovely day, overcast, perfect day for fishing. But after four hours I thought "what am I doing here" and packed up, came home, and haven't even looked at my gear since.
I was due to go to France for a week in May next year, but have had to cancel due to my work situation. Previous years I'd be spitting feathers, but I'm not even bothered this time.
I've not missed it at all.
I'll never sell my gear, but fishing is the furthest thing from my mind at the moment.
Can't put my finger on why though, that's the strange thing.
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   Old Thread  #112 6 Dec 2021 at 4.14pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sounds like your wife has the right idea a win win for you all
Thanks for your thoughts mate. I think it might be a 'timing' issue re the trip, I'm on 12 week reviews but my consultant reduced them to 8 for the last one as I had a 'blip' with cell counts (believe it or not probably attributable to Ibuprfen because of my ruddy knee).
French trips, no just me and the wife this time probably, I think the father in law will either not be around, or be too poorly to come. Long gone are the wifes tolerance of 'drive and survive', now it's a case of it either has a hot tub or YOUR not going
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   Old Thread  #111 6 Dec 2021 at 3.59pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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****. So sorry to hear this mate. Glad to see you're still fighting it though. If I were you, I'd still do the French trip. I'm sure if you're going with mates, they'll all help you out if you're struggling. Try to fill as much in as possible of what time you have left is what I say.

I've already told the wife and kids I want another trip to France in a year or so. I like the look of the place that the two young lads Carl and Alex on YouTube went where there's a small cottage on site that the wife can stay whilst I'm sleeping on the bank with the kids. 😁👍
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   Old Thread  #110 6 Dec 2021 at 3.47pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #109 6 Dec 2021 at 3.43pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Lol. My daughter had a perch over a pound when we last went. She loved it. I had to wait until I was 51 to catch a perch over a pound (thankfully it went 2lb 9oz on the same outing so my shame didn't last long). Even when we don't catch much my eldest wasn't upset. His reply when I apologised and explained that it's not always full of action was 'I don't mind dad, it's just nice being here, the scenery is beautiful, I could sit here all day and not get bored'. That response will sit with me forever. Just goes to show its not just about catching fish. They've all had decent sized fish too on the float but they haven't quite broken into double figures yet.
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   Old Thread  #108 6 Dec 2021 at 3.37pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The last loss of 'the buzz', I got diagnosed with Cancer a few years ago, going fishing and having the time to myself I found it was all I thought about which destroyed the reason of getting away and not thinking about things/relaxing.....
I dropped my 2 syndi places not long after, simply no point, at the time I couldn't see a way forward fishing wise.
I kind of came to terms with it 3 years ago, went on days a fair few times in 19, last year only a few times and this year after 2 great sessions once it had warmed up my physical health dealt me a blow in the knee dept writing off going from June until now, I still can't kneel down properly and feel it if I do, so carp fishing is a 'no' at the mo . On the plus side I like all aspects of fishing so it won't stop me enjoying the hobby once I can get out.

I'm looking forward to the warmer weather next year, I've been told not to do things like getting cold since diagnosis....just as I'd bought new winter suits...typical, I might still sneak out though. My C is the very definition of 'chronic', but it's getting near to that time when treatment will be required so having something to look forward to can't be bad....not sure about my French trip next year though.
In the mean time there's nothing like buying fishing items (on-line) I don't probably need to keep the mind wondering in the right direction
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   Old Thread  #107 6 Dec 2021 at 2.32pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have found the same with my illness and kids,I guess we just take things for granted(especially eachother).The look on their faces when they catch fish of any size makes me so happy,my daughter loves tench.The first one she caught she was so happy and her saying I love these dad they have got teddy bear eyes will always stay with me.My stepson caught and amazing little mirror carp,it was white with golden scales and that is his favourite fish he's caught and its not his biggest either
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   Old Thread  #106 6 Dec 2021 at 1.16pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks for thekind words. So glad my kids love the fishing. If it hadn't been for them, I'd have never realised how much I've really missed it. Can't wait to get back out carp fishing aswell. I'm lucky that a place I used to fish is still very quiet as its one of these SSSI venues so the lack of clear swims and it being overgrown puts alot of the newer type of anglers off. I've shown the kids it when I've walked the dog and luckily they love how natural and peaceful it is.

Coming so close to popping my clogs has been the best thing ever to be honest. My bond with the kids is fabulous and because the kids are so into yhe fishing, the wife has basically given me free reign to go get new gear aslong as I fund it from selling my slot cars. Win win as far as I'm concerned. 😂👍
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   Old Thread  #105 6 Dec 2021 at 10.17am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hope you make a full recovery and make some amazing memories .I love taking my daughter and step son,I enjoy that more than the carp scene how it is at the moment
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   Old Thread  #104 6 Dec 2021 at 0.57am  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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WOW.
Glad you are on the mend now.

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