Tommy Pickering - Born to Win Competition
Tommy Pickering - Born to Win Competition
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The Prizes: SEVEN Prizes to be Won :D

7 x Signed Hardback copies of Tommy Pickering's Autobiography - Born to Win

And if that's not enough - A Maggotdrowning Sticker to go with each one !

BORN TO WIN is a roller-coaster ride through the life of the man, the myth, the angling legend that is quite simply … TOMMY PICKERING.
In his unmissable new autobiography, the Barnsley Blacks legend reveals, alongside inspirational stories of success and breaking records
Needs must....
Needs must....
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River Wharfe, Tadcaster

A Kingfisher flying past, really nice and peaceful but a bit cold

Lads further down have just caught something....

Best stretch of canal near me

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Reading a few catch reports on here I see canal catches I could have only dreamed of back when I used to regularly fish canals, really impressive stuff.

It has me hankering to get back on a canal but the Staffs/Worcs near me can be difficult fishing, sometimes devoid of fish, at other times mainly full of Perch, which although fun to catch, is not quite the same for me as a bag of Skimmers or Roach which I want to have a go at on Bread after reading a few other posts on here.

I know of another stretch, on the adjoining Stourbridge canal, this runs next to a fishery and I believe the fishery might have stocked the canal at some point. I have only fished it once and caught a good few Skimmers and Roach amongst the Perch, which leads me to believe there's a good head of fish there.

To my frustration, the canal is only accessible through a gate from the commercial fishery which is only opened and closed at certain times. They only charge £2.50 a day or £10 a year to fish it, but hardly anyone ever fishes it, and the gate is sometimes closed by fishery staff without checking if anyone is fishing the canal, meaning you could get stuck there as almost happened to me the one time I fished there.

Luckily, with a bit of luck from the Covid situation, they're doing a bookings only system on the fishery, which means I should be able to phone them up and arrange for the gate to remain open for me to fish there.

Don't know what I'm waiting for really. I should just call them and see if they'll do that for me. Just thought I'd mention it.

I've never heard of another situation regarding access that can be so frustrating, but happy to hear any other stories of getting or almost getting locked in a fishery/towpath!

What are the most targeted species on your local rivers?

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As the titles suggests what species are the most targeted on peoples various rivers around the country? I got thinking about it when wandering the banks of the Thames yesterday just watching the various anglers go about their sessions.

On the Oxfordshire Thames I'd say 90% of the pleasure fishing is split pretty equally between float fishing for predominantly roach, feeder fishing for predominantly bream and lure fishing for pike and perch. When you throw in match fishing though that definitely tips the scales massively in favour of the roach mostly on the float as they dominate way more matches than the bream.

I suspect the answers will be fairly obvious in favour of barbel on some rivers like it's fairly obvious with roach on the Thames but will be interesting to hear about the less obvious rivers ??

Discovering Local....Fishing for the Soul??

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How many us clock miles each weekend in search of fishing, i know i have been guilty in the past of driving hours. Sometimes we neglect the venues on our door step. Pike for me was one i travelled miles for and one day i asked myself "how many pike am i driving past before i leave my own town"

These new restrictions are going to reduce all our circles for sure so looking locally for all will be the new normal. Restrictions also come with stress and i know i personally
have struggled with mental health during this covid.

This week i didnt go in search of big chub, big pike or a huge net of dace, i headed to my local commercial with maggots and hemp for anything that swims.

I could have released a video fishing the mighty severn for barbel this week but i wanted to show that fishing truly is the best form of escapism out there and enjoy every second if it, even if its just some maggots and a float,sometimes its not about big fish and big nets..tight lines all

Margin Elastic help?

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Hi all was just looking for some recommendations on which elastic to use when fishing for big lumps down the side, as mine needs changing because it’s looking a bit old, any help would be massively appreciated as I’ve looked and there’s about 1 million different brands and types available online and I’m unsure what to buy, the venues i fish have some very big carp in so would need plenty power, not really bothered about price just want something good, thanks again

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