NEC - Go Fishing 2003

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Ian C

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Having not been to this before, I wasn't 100% sure of what to expect. I thought it would be like a massive tackle fair, where you can come away loaded up with goodies, leaving your wallet empty or your plastic stretched.

I wanted a chair (a Nash Lounge lizard), as I didn't fancy carrying my big bedchair everywhere if I wasn't doing an over-nighter. So, off I trotted to the Nash stand, where I found one. I asked the price and was keen to buy, but they told me they were not selling them or other things, not even the led headlight I was after. How very strange?

Walking round, I soon realised this was the same for many other exhibitors, though there were some stalls where things could be bought. It appears that the biggest companies were just showing their wares, rather than trying to sell to you on the day.

Those of you who have been before will be well aware of the usual attractions and the chances you get to see some famous faces in the flesh. I saw John Wilson, Des Taylor and Matt Hayse. These celeb's do talks and demo's at various intervals throughout the day. Des seemed to be on the Badger stand for most of the day and Matt seemed to be putting himself about a lot.

Tackle wise, there is lots to see. I was impressed with the array of poles on show (though I have never had the desire to use one yet). Pole alley was a hive of activity, with lots of people trying them out.
There were so many reels on show! Okuma, Browning and Shimano brought lots of examples for us to try, though I don't recall seeing Mitchell or Abu. I must have picked put over 50 rods of various makes and found it the perfect place to make comparisons.

If baits and rigs confuse you, I suggest you visit the Bait & Rig Zone, where there are lots of staff willing to demonstrate how to catch those elusive fish with rigs and baits you may not have seen before.

I was particularly impressed with a company called Ant Baits, especially their Match baits (three large tins for 11). These are large pellet type baits which have a rapid breakdown rate and some nice smelling flavours.

As I have mentioned, no Mitchell or Abu and no Fox either, though I suspect the main subject of this particular show is match angling rather than specialist angling.

The only thing I bought at the show was four items from Ocean Fresh. At this stand they were offering any four items (boilies and pop-ups) for 10. I bought one bag of bottom baits and three pots of pop-ups.

In closing I'd say there is lots to see and try , but don't be uspet if you can't buy on the day.

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Same as last year Ian

I went down looking to get one of the Zebco Rhinos - couldn't buy one from the Browning stand but after seeing Dave Vincent dead-lifting 2lbs of lead with it, I went to the Chapmans stall and got one for 10 off the RRP.

I'd better get to bed - DazB is picking me up at 6.30am so I can go waste some money there again this year.

(I don't mean the Rhino BTW - marvellous rod - just all the other rubbish you tend to shell out for [:p])

Tight Lines

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Big Brian

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I too was disapointed that you could not buy a lot of the stuff. the Antbait ground bait impressed me enough to part with 11 .. will try it this week and report back. friends who went with me wanted diawa stuff but they were not there.
I wore my MD shirt and cap but no one came up to me so either they were frightened off by my size or I can hide in a crowd!!!

Men and Fish are both in trouble when they open their mouths!!!
 
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I only went down to meet with the lads mate, only things i got were.

An unhooking mate,not that it will get used, beat you to it Peter,.
And some trout pellets
Met with Bob Burley,e-mail pal, for the first time,

Also met up with a good friend of mine, Martin, as ever Martin a pleasure mate,

Met Nick,aka polepot from the M/Ds

Richard,Nick's mate

Ron from the M/Ds
And last but not least my owld sparring pardner Delj,.

IMHO, it could have had more stalls to buy from, but saying that, well worth a visit,just to see whats new/coming onto the market.

Pole alley,a must to try out pole's.

Saw two mermaids on the shark simulator stall, PHWORRRRRRR, very nice.

Freebies, not worth it, IMHO,all advertising stuff,nowt to use.
As ever nice to see some friends,.

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Two birth fishing boat,
Had a look at this beauty for my belated birthday prezzie from Kath,
22k +
I wish.

Brian should have popped into the bar mate,we were in there[;)][;)]


May your bags be full and your lines tight.
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Toma Hi.Its only the last couple of years that you could buy anything at all! You had to enter a all-winners raffle? At a fiver a go,if you won you got a goody bag.They were all small items though(Spools of line,floats hats etc.)
Did you realise that items could be ordered from the stands?
Anyway it was nice to put faces to names!
Wish you luck with the mat and crumb!
At least you should have a comfortable seat/pillow![:D][:D][:D]

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Ron no need for me to look for bargains mate, i work part time in a tackle shop,,,,, get a good discout mate, :-//

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well i went, looked, didnt buy & came home it was a long day.
after getting home about 1 sat morning,i was up at 5 had brekkie
my first stop was to pick ronj up.
arrived at nec 0910 rang andy as arranged told him which car park i was in found out roughly what time he would get there
Decided me & ron had time to go in ,have a cup of tea, then work our way back towards entrance for when he got there.
well not far from entrace when mobile goes & andys arrived.
well as i aproached i noticed he had simon,bob, & few others with him, while doing intros i noticed an MD capout the corner of my eye.
walked over to find it perched on nicks(polepot) head with richard(the witness) next to himso it was more intros & a bit of catching up on gossip we decided to seperate & meet up in the bar later (typical MDs).
well me & ron had a look around there was some nice stuff about
i had a few words with Bob Nudd another look round then it was in the bar to meet up with a few & have a couple of drinks & natter.well i think it was about 1 1/2 - 2hrs before i had another look round .
This was the first time i had ever been to this show & must say it was worth going to see the new stuff WITH the addedbonus of meeting up with old friends again &also new riends that i had never met before.
Anyway it got to 3-15 & thats when we were going to call it a day went outside to meet andy & few others for the goodbyes & this is what i found dossing on the grass
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anyway we had a chat while we walked back to our motors & said our goodbyes dropped ron off at p/boro & got back to tydd gote in just in time for oppening at 6 finaly got home i think it was between 11 & 12 so it was a good day it was wonderfull meeting up with you all.
ide like to say a special thanks to ronj for his pleasant company in the car

tight lines.
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The lads, nearest the camera,
Les,to the left is Bob,,then Simon,Bernie,Dazb, me sittnig on my new unhhooking mat, then last but not least Gary,

Note the box in front of Dazb,,, yup its a new B.B.Q pack for the fish ins,,,,,, 50 from Nash products, very nice it is,


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Yep - a good day was had by all

Big thanks to Daz for the lift, didn't much fancy driving all the way down there on my own and it was nice to put faces to a few more names.

I got what I went down to the show for - a new centrepin (just gotta wait 10 weeks until I can use it [:(]).

Judging by the number of people we spotted walking past with them Browning must have sold hundreds of the new Black Magic 3 poles. I'm not really surprised though, I had a play with it and even at 11m it's easily controllable with one hand. If I was in the market for a new power pole I wouldn't think twice about getting one.

Very impressed with the Badger gear too, excellent prices although some of the bivvy's were huge - you can tell Des Taylor is their tackle consultant [;)]

It was just a shame it was so crowded, if I go next year I think I'll switch back to going on the Friday. The other big disappointment was the number of companies who weren't there - Drennan, Daiwa, Sensas, ABU, Fox, Van Den Eynde - the list is huge. Presumably it's the cost of the stands (I read somewhere that Shimano's stand cost around ten grand for the three days), not a lot of money to the big companies I would have thought.

All in all though - a good day out. I just wish it was a hundred miles closer.

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This was about the third time I have been to the show. Without a doubt it was the best yet. I expect this had a lot to do with meeting up with other "madmen"[:D] from M/Ds.

I did have one thing to moan about though as on Sunday morning I had a sore throat and the stink of nicotine in my nostrils. Why oh why is smoking allowed at places like this[?][V][V] Surely if people have to smoke they could go outside to do it.[}:)]

Yes I am an EX-smoker.

Del
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