Bush or bald?

OldTaff

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I’ve put lots of pics up of Neville Park & Castle Lake - picturesque, unmanaged for the greater part - with not a lot of intervention both could have the number of available pegs doubled without piling on pressure and significantly reducing by the amount of “fishing tinsel” adorning the overhanging tree branches.
 

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My favorite pond on my local fishery is surrounded by trees and shrubs which looks great but it’s a smallish , shallow water and the silt gets a few millimeters deeper every year.
 

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Don’t like places that are completelybare, but in my opinion a match fishery should be clear enough to allow casting, be able to swing a pole round quickly if a fish runs, not to have loads of snags in and be generally suitable for matches.
 

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The commercial i go there is plenty of green about otherwise i wouldn't go,i drove down to another local commercial the other week to have a look, it was completely bare by a few trees put me right off i was only there five minutes if that,hoping to fish some natural waters this year though,give commercials a break for a while,sick of catching F1s:)
 

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Bush ( foliage ) every time. The scenery is 75% of the day for me. Cover is also important should one need an impromptu pee. Have to be careful on featureless venues as I was once told that my appendage was of such proportions that it could be seen from space :eek:
 

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Bush ( foliage ) every time. The scenery is 75% of the day for me. Cover is also important should one need an impromptu pee. Have to be careful on featureless venues as I was once told that my appendage was of such proportions that it could be seen from space :eek:
Yeah,I did notice that mate and I'm near Birmingham.
 

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Bush ( foliage ) every time. The scenery is 75% of the day for me. Cover is also important should one need an impromptu pee. Have to be careful on featureless venues as I was once told that my appendage was of such proportions that it could be seen from space
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Bush for me, I much prefer au naturel. Somewhere unspoilt, where I can push through the undergrowth with my tackle and find a sweet spot.
Somewhere I can see the quarry clearly and hopefully watch it mouth my bait.
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This is Maggotdrowners porn .

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Natural venues for me.

having said that I do sometimes like fishing large bare reservoirs, for example Cheddar reservoir near me. Though that’s not a small bare muddy hole - wouldn't enjoy that.
 

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Bush ( foliage ) every time. The scenery is 75% of the day for me. Cover is also important should one need an impromptu pee. Have to be careful on featureless venues as I was once told that my appendage was of such proportions that it could be seen from space :eek:
I can see the braille dots on my medication and the box is 10ft away. It ain't big, I just got decent eyesight.

Some pretty impressive telescopes out now too.... 🔭 😌
 

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Bush ( foliage ) every time. The scenery is 75% of the day for me. Cover is also important should one need an impromptu pee. Have to be careful on featureless venues as I was once told that my appendage was of such proportions that it could be seen from space :eek:
Dave, maybe you should be known as Jake because of your asset 😀👍.
 

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When fishing i want to be in and around nature. The secret is to try and maintain a balance. My fishery, which i took over last autumn, is mature with lots of trees, bankside and water vegetation, including rushes, Lilies, Irises (now in flower) trees and shrubs etc. however i have spent many hours pruning overhanging trees on the bankside to ensure a safe cast from the pegs (nothing goes to waste, all the pruning's have been used to create dry hedges and hence habitat and nesting sites etc). Away from the actual pegs and paths, which require constant mowing, i have left the rest to re-wild and have sown a wildflower meadow
Many anglers complain about the overhanging trees on the islands and want me to cut them down but that will never happen as they provide shelter and a safe haven for the fish, especially at this time of year when they are spawning.
That said the other day, myself and Mrs FH ventured out in the row boat to remove a small dead tree that had fallen into the water some time ago, and a few low hanging branches that were actually in the water. We recovered an entire carrier bag full of line, feeders and floats from the one snag. Seems that everyone wants to put their bait next to the snags, as that is where the fish hide out, yet complain when they lose their tackle. Now i can understand that the occasional overcast will land you in the lower branches (we have all done it) but it is still a mystery to me how people manage to cast into the top of a tree some twenty or thirty feet above the water line (never thought of clipping up?)
 

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Bush ( foliage ) every time. The scenery is 75% of the day for me. Cover is also important should one need an impromptu pee. Have to be careful on featureless venues as I was once told that my appendage was of such proportions that it could be seen from space :eek:
Lying sod , someone shouted "Hurry up and take the hook out and throw it back "
 

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The surroundings are all part of the experience for me so a barren hole in the ground holds very little attraction to me so tend to avoid these like the plague. Give me trees, lily's , rushes any day of the week. However many years ago we used to fish a disused square concrete cooling pond in the middle of an industrial estate, it was full of chub for a while
 

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I have a new bait to try tomorrow. If I don't eat them all first.... 😱

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I have used prawns before but never fresh shrimps.... 🤤
Genuinely thought these were pork scratchings at first 🤦🏻
 

Davethefish

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I can see the braille dots on my medication and the box is 10ft away. It ain't big, I just got decent eyesight.

Some pretty impressive telescopes out now too.... 🔭 😌
OI, you wouldn't want it on yer nose for a wart !

As Andy Warhol once said, everyone has their 15mm of fame :)
 
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