4" or 6" Hooklengths?

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So after watching a winning ways on YouTube with Jamie & Andy, it was about pole rig shotting. However Jamie says he only uses 4" hook lengths now as it gives the rig more of method feeder style indication..... Is it better this way? I've only used 6" up to now? God its confusing this fishing lark.. 😂

Do you ask if you can fish next to someone?

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Based on a situation I found myself in on the Severn.

It was a busy Saturday and most pegs would be taken by the end of the day. I was there early and had a bit of a walk but got a reasonable peg for trotting. Just downstream, probably 15m or so, there’s another well cut out peg. I was trotting down in front of that peg for about 10 minutes when someone else came and put themselves on that peg without saying hello to me.

I wasn’t too bothered as it’s another peg, but this left me in the situation of trotting in front of them as it was only just downstream. I continued to trot as he was fishing a barbel rod and I was catching probably just in front of him. Had he asked me I would have said “of course you can fish there, it’s a peg, but I am trotting so you might see my float”.

Was I right to carry on trotting or should I have accepted that he was fishing there now and I no longer...

Maggotdrowning Northern Fur & Feather 2020

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LINDHOLME LAKES, Saturday 21st November 2020, to be fished on Bonsai Lake

Lindholme Lakes Country Park - more than just fishing!

This match is open to all Maggotdrowning Members, the only pre-requisite is that you must be a member of Maggotdrowning.com before the time and date of this post.


Meeting at the onsite cafe around 8:00am, draw at 8:30-9:00am, fish 10:30am while 3:30pm

After the match there will be the Results and Chrimble Pressies


The cost is £15.00 per person which includes Peg fee and Furs and Feathers (everyone will go home with a pressie)

POOLS (payable on the day):

£5.00 Pools to pay out 1st and 2nd in each Section
(sections determined by final numbers) to give everyone a chance of winning

£5.00 Optional Super Pool to pay out 1st, 2nd & 3rd...

Van or car ?

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Been a bit of a chew on getting my gear in and out of the car mainly down to size, at the moment got a 4 door vauxhall astra and find im having to drop the back seats to get my holdall in then have to manoeuvre my seat box into position to enable carryall net bags etc to fit in, was thinking about getting a small low van or another car with a bit more space, dont want anything to big as i only fish maybe once a week, what are people using thats suited. Thanks

Returning back to the bank.

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Good evening all hope you are all well and given the current (declining again) situation keeping yourselves busy and a roof above your heads. Firstly a little about myself.
I'm getting old... I coarse fished for many years as a boy in Wharfedale, fishing the Wharfe for river and Knotford Nook for stillwater. All my summer was spent between the two disciplines for many years using hand me down gear and home made floats. Suddenly life happened and I was thrust into the realms of wife, kids, mortgage and motorbikes. The latter being as much a passion as fishing as a kid.
I lived in South Wales for many years and picked up fly fishing which I truly enjoy but my body now complains if I'm chest high in the Wharfe so I have decided to take up Coarse again.
Last weekend I grabbed my old box out of my parents garage and realised that my old Intrepid reels and split cane rod really are due...
Oaklands Leisure and Fishery, Church Stretton[ish], Shropshire
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An evening only fish here yesterday. It’s a new venue I’ve only just started fishing (due to the current situation) despite it being only 10 minutes away. It’s a basic campsite set in woodlands and fields with several pools; a main pool with decent carp and some sturgeon, a match pool with smaller carp, a small trout pool and some tiny beginners pools.

The intended pool choice before arrival was the match pool for hopefully guaranteed action and less camper noise. It turned out I was the only one fishing it.

There were fish cruising and taking loose mixers immediately so the main plan of attack was banded mixer with a second float rod dropped into the inviting weedy margin to the side. Both rods produced steadily, the final tally was 16 carp from the surface and 5 carp from the margin, from 3lbish to a pair of 9lbish in the only double hookup.


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