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KenTownley
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KenTownley
   Old Thread  #1 18 Apr 2007 at 2.57pm    Login    Register
Can I just remind you all, now that more of us are getting out and about, to be very careful where rats are present. Their urine carries a bacteria that leads to leptospirosis and then Weil's Disease, which can be fatal. I am sure you have all read the warnings and horror stories and you all say "this will never happen to me." Well so did I...BUT I was wrong.

EDIT: Just noticed that this thread is still trying to post an old Photobucket link. To update it here are a couple of pix that may serve as a sombre warning.

11th Feb 2005



If you want to spend weeks eating hospital food, all the time not knowing if you'll be coming out in a box, well don't bother taking precautions. However, let this photo tell it's own story. This is what I looked like the day they let me out of hospital. Talk about dead man walking!

30th March 2005



Catching Weils is a quick and easy way to loose weight...I lost 18kg in ten days!



deaffred
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deaffred
   Old Thread  #1212 24 May 2023 at 10.24am    Login    Register
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I know that watching this sad trend of chucking buckets of lake water over people with a PB makes me wince .
How not to treat a mate eh .
Idiots obviously have no brains regarding Weils 😡😡😡
KenTownley
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KenTownley
   Old Thread  #1211 27 Jan 2023 at 11.59am    Login    Register
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I heard itís more likely to come from bird life but Iím no expert. Would be good to know the truth

No truth in this.
Dan-Hearn
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Dan-Hearn
   Old Thread  #1210 23 Jan 2023 at 2.44am    Login    Register
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I heard itís more likely to come from bird life but Iím no expert. Would be good to know the truth
Dan-Hearn
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Dan-Hearn
   Old Thread  #1209 23 Jan 2023 at 2.43am    Login    Register
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Some people think Iím being over the top worrying about this concern. Whatís the best way we can avoid this? Sorry to hear about your encounter with it
Great-Blondini
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Great-Blondini
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   Old Thread  #1208 20 Dec 2022 at 9.55am    Login    Register
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Rat hole on the corner of E
Brings back a few memories from the 80's
Deano48
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Deano48
   Old Thread  #1207 14 Dec 2022 at 11.17pm    Login    Register
Many thanks for the reminder Ken seeing the difference between the 2 photos of you is unbelievable it looks like 2 different people.
Be careful everyone
KenTownley
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KenTownley
   Old Thread  #1206 11 Dec 2022 at 11.43am    Login    Register
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Bump...For info purposes.
Greybeard54
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   Old Thread  #1205 3 Dec 2022 at 0.26am    Login    Register
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They say your never more than a few yards away from a rat,I remember fishing a particular swim at WVL in the distant past, called the "rat hole" it certainly lived up to its name, nobody would fish it, it was infested, they would chew through buckets, bags, even ate the cork from the rods if they could reach them,even the landing net wasn't safe, they would eat the mesh if you landed a fish in it. at that time I had many traps and I would set them all around the swim, one night I had 18 in quick succession, but they quickly learn to wait for a young inexperienced rat to spring the trap then steal the bait, if you leave it in the trap they will eat the dead one too.
I used to keep everything edible in the truck parked nearby.
I cringe when I see owners letting their dogs lick their faces, and most people who know me would strongly advise throwing a bucket of water over me would be unwise!



my old grandfather would say "a rat will sit on 10 stone of corn, eat an ounce, and pi$$ over the rest". we would surround rows of straw and wack them with sticks sometimes back then you might get 50 or more.
KenTownley
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KenTownley
   Old Thread  #1204 15 Oct 2019 at 10.54am    Login    Register
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Must make you cringe Ken when you see people throwing buckets of water over their mates head while holding a fish!

Indeed it does, mate!
Defiant.one
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Defiant.one
   Old Thread  #1203 12 Oct 2019 at 8.41am    Login    Register
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Must make you cringe Ken when you see people throwing buckets of water over their mates head while holding a fish! I know it does me.

One cut or graze and that's it - not a clever thing to do
KenTownley
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KenTownley
   Old Thread  #1202 14 Aug 2019 at 4.46pm    Login    Register
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Just posted photos that are hosted by a decent host...NOT Photo****it!
Rod_Duster
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   Old Thread  #1201 22 Jul 2016 at 11.51am    Login    Register
Ok being an ignorance is bliss angler until I read this yesterday (seen loads topping up kettles from lakes over the years but not me though as thought you had to drink lake water to get it WD, I thought I knew better) I must have ducked many bullets over the years, can you point me in the right direction? So when spodding I have always had two buckets, X1 for bait X1 with lake water for rinsing my hands in between casts yes I used antibacterial gel when finished but looks like I was kidding myself, I guess one quick dip in contaminated water and one unnoticed cut means you are in big trouble! So what is the solution? Can I boil lake water with a dedicated kettle for the job to kill WD for a rinse bucket or do I need to take more fresh water? The thought of this makes me feel ill
KenTownley
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KenTownley
   Old Thread  #1200 3 Feb 2016 at 12.51pm    Login    Register
Just a quick bump to warn you all that thanks to the very mild winter rats are as active as ever so take all the necessary precautions. A very close fishing mate of mine has just been diagnosed with Weils Disease so be warned.
Skear
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Skear
   Old Thread  #1199 10 Jan 2016 at 8.40pm    Login    Register
The tubs of Big Wipes that are found in builders merchants etc, are stated to protect against Weils disease.
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