I'm so pleased I'm an old git!

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Went fishing yesterday to one of my old haunts. It used to be a great general fishery with a good head of mixed fish, some of specimen proportions.

Having chatted to the bailiff I found out that the good bream shoals have been decimated; most of the tench & roach have been eaten by pike & catfish and everything seems carp fishing friendly. [V]

I fished from sunrise to sunset and lost count of the number of pairs of kids pushing huge barrows piled high with gear; then, when finding their 'campsite' spend the next 60 minutes hammering in an assortment of pegs etc before casting most of the way to the opposite bank (where the lads on the other side were spending their time doing exactly the same).
I didn't see one fisherman under 40 years old that was using a float (of any kind; eg waggler, pole float or pike float).

I am so please I wasn't born 30 years later, otherwise I may have ended up like this.....

(Rant over!)
 

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If big Carp, Pike & Catfish were the main quarry, fishing the pole or waggler would be pretty counter productive, no?

Though the casting of 3oz leads to the opposite bank does annoy me somewhat!
 
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Tbh I'm 25 and that kind of fishing don't really appeal to me 3 or 4 days for only one or two fish?? I'm not knocking it its just not for me. On the plus side its good to see young people on the bank.
 

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IT is good young people are taking up are sport ,,BUT coshing and educating for all is needed [:T][:T][:T]
 

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I have to be honest here, If it wasn't for the carp angler whether he is a long stay or short stay angler, matchman or specimen hunter my local tackle shop would close. The midweek crowd we have too help keep it open but 95% of their fishing is on carp puddles, take the Carp angler away from fishing and you will have next to nothing left. Times have changed and so has fishing, for now to keep away from green tents and hammers try and find a good spot on your local river, the last time I went fishing on the river Thames I saw 250 people who only annoyed me for a couple of minutes, within two minutes the plane had dissappeared[:D]
 

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Im 23 and yesterday I went fishing to a great lake with my mate. When we got there we saw an older gentleman on the far bank sitting on one of those box things and he was only using one rod with a float. It didnt bother us and we just carried on fishing and enjoying ourselves because we had paid the same price for our ticket. I think he caught a few but we really didnt notice, pity he didnt come round for a chat and a cup of tea. We planned to stay for a few nights and make a weekend out of it, and everyone knows that once the day anglers have gone the bigger fish come out to play. Im glad me and my mate are youngsters and we love fishing, its so much better than stealing cars and taking drugs.
 

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Originally posted by grannyspodder

Im 23 and yesterday I went fishing to a great lake with my mate. When we got there we saw an older gentleman on the far bank sitting on one of those box things and he was only using one rod with a float. It didnt bother us and we just carried on fishing and enjoying ourselves because we had paid the same price for our ticket. I think he caught a few but we really didnt notice, pity he didnt come round for a chat and a cup of tea. We planned to stay for a few nights and make a weekend out of it, and everyone knows that once the day anglers have gone the bigger fish come out to play. Im glad me and my mate are youngsters and we love fishing, its so much better than stealing cars and taking drugs.
LMFAO!

Confirms to me I am an ol' git!
 

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Originally posted by Nematode

If big Carp, Pike & Catfish were the main quarry, fishing the pole or waggler would be pretty counter productive, no?

Though the casting of 3oz leads to the opposite bank does annoy me somewhat!
Especially when you are in the firing line on the opposite bank and they crack off..... happened to me, I heard a thud into the mud bank around ayard to my left, and a voice from the opposite bank of the lake, some 75 yards away.... sorry mate[:0]
 

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Originally posted by biggs

Originally posted by Nematode

If big Carp, Pike & Catfish were the main quarry, fishing the pole or waggler would be pretty counter productive, no?

Though the casting of 3oz leads to the opposite bank does annoy me somewhat!
Especially when you are in the firing line on the opposite bank and they crack off..... happened to me, I heard a thud into the mud bank around ayard to my left, and a voice from the opposite bank of the lake, some 75 yards away.... sorry mate[:0]
I remember fishing a sea match once and was chatting to the angler next to me when I saw over his shoulder another angler spin round and crumple into the beach. He had been hit by a cracked off lead and fortunately the lead hit the buckle of his sallopettes so apart from a big bruise he had been very lucky.
 

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I know exactly what you mean. I've done the barrow and bivvey thing, the cast to the horizon thing and the spod the granny out of the place thing in the past, but only where it's the only method that worked. Normally I'd sneak round the bank with a rod, net, unhooking mat(doubles as a seat) and a bucket of bait to fish the margins at dawn and dusk then settle in for the night on a baited swim that i got rods clipped up to earlier. sleep through from 11-3 and then bait up for the night. all the time i was carping i would keep a float rod with me to make the most of the roach and tench, sometimes a feeder rod as well. and when they came past after blanking on carp, i'd have had a good day on roach etc, even when the carp didn't want to show.

as you say there has been a bias on many waters towards carp an bivvey based angling, especially round here, and the predation of many waters just seems to go on with nobody giving a hoot, 'nuisance fish and best removed' is what some of them say. They don't know what they've been missing for the most part [;)]
 

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Originally posted by mikeb511

IT is good young people are taking up are sport ,,BUT coshing and educating for all is needed [:T][:T][:T]
Especially the coshing[:)]
 

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Looking in my local newsagents yesterday I noticed all the Carp magazines on sale. I counted seven different titles.
 

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In my local news agent have the carp mags on the top shelf with the porn !

Only the other day I was in there as I paid and left the shop I could hear the female shop assistant
say under her breath "sick weirdo": I slipped my mag into my coat so as not to be seen knowing when I got home I could spend an hour on my own with my copy of carp monthly.
 

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Originally posted by grannyspodder

slowly we are taking over the world mwah ha ha ha haaaa
that's what the Romans said... (and what did they ever do for us)
 
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