Groundbait, groundbait, groundbait - is it for the angler or the fish?

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Okay, I've got itchy fingers this evening, starting to get pre day's fishing excited even though it's a few days away yet - bet i don't sleep tonight now :D

But, anyway, I've just been milling around the online stores looking at groundbait - I know what I wanted but was absolutely taken aback at the amount and variety of groundbait available now - one store alone boasted some 115 different types of groundbait!

To me there was always fishmeal based and non-fishmeal based, natural colour or dark/black, but now it seems you can get every flavour and colour under the sun.
I thought, simples, a bag of Sensas Roach & Silver fish, but now I'm bamboozled with more options than I'd know what to do with :D

Is groundbait to catch fish or is it to catch the angler? Are we going down the Boilie path with Groundbait?

Tackle Storage

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I am looking for some advice - where do you lot store your tackle?
Mine is in the shed and its A) a pain in the ar$e to get to what with mowers, bikes etc. B) a little damp and C) not the most secure.
I am thinking of buying a plastic outdoor storage unit and wondered if anyone else uses one and if so what are they like and which one would you recommend. Been looking at this sort of thing but worry about security Keter Store It Out Max 4 x 5ft Garden & Wheelie Bin Storage |
Thanks for any help.
Attention to detail and preparation
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I wonder how many anglers on the forum are perfectionists in that some anglers, myself included, like everything to be perfect for when you turn up at a match.

Speaking for myself my hook length boxes are generally fully populated, my box is always well prepared and organised, winders and floats all neatly arrayed in order. My bait is all prepared the night before and organised simply to put in the car when I load my gear, with maggots riddled the night before with fresh maize and a sprinkling of garam masala. It's one of those little things I've always done and has held me in good stead.

When I get to my peg my set up is always the same, neat and consistent to maximize efficiency. Top kits are all doubled up and with pole rigs I generally have the same pattern and weigh floats set up in 3 offs of the same breaking strain often with 3 different line diameters, i.e. carp diamond...

Old video footage

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Hi Folks. I live in a small village in Ireland, in County Cavan, called Butlersbridge. As a kid in the 70s I remember fondly seeing all the fisher men and women on the banks of the Annalee, and on the odd occasion I'd gain enough courage to shimmy up to one or two, to ask questions and sit all day just enjoying their company and sport.

Recently I stumbled on a snippet of youtube footage on the apollo36uk channel

and for a few seconds there was a group of the local Butlersbridge village kids pictured on the Bridge fishing. Till last week none of them seen it and we all got great kicks passing it around social media.

That got me thinking, there must be lots of holiday camcorder vhs or older footage lying around of fishermen that holiday'd in the Cavan area. I'd love to try and source some old footage. Simple stuff like driving around a Cavan town...

Making Memories With The Little Lad - Top Dinosaur Tip ;-)

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I have to admit seriously thinking about patenting the information in this vlog such is the impact i think it will have to our sport. Im sure it wont be long before all the top names latch on and we see on the shelves.

A short but sweet vlog and an edit that had me smiling and crying at same time,in years to come i will sit down with him and tell him how hard lockdown was and how he helped me through it with his smile and humour.

hope you enjoy this slice of happiness in such sad times

stay safe all

The Match you should have won

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Ever had a match in the bag for it all to go wrong,
In a match on the Shropshire Union Canal on a stretch called Goldstone,
My peg was opposite a moored far bank barge, a noted bream hot spot, with half hour left in the match
news was coming along the towpath that my net of skimmers, and bream, were well in front, and I was still catching well,
Just then a barge came through, at a stupid pace. very close to the near bank, the action of the barge made a surge of water
that forced my keep-net to pull the top bank stick out of the grass bank,
Having the net tethered both ends, meant the net just emptied its contents back into the canal, Making a lunge for the net,
I was left with two skimmers and a tiny roach, and a face of anger and disappointment,
It was my own fault, for not putting the bank stick in the ground enough ( before the days of attachments )
The banter and laughter...

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