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Pompous git

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Morning men. MM, I assume you mean the swan. Always very busy at this bit and next to impossible to bank fish but one day I had parked
up because the missis wanted to buy some piece of tat from a particular gift shop, anyway it was chucking it down so the bank was quiet
apart from an old boy whip fishing. I watched him for about twenty minutes and he had a string of decent roach, a mental note made for
the future.
Had a Norwich club ticket for a few years, my favourite bit was the Bure at decoy reach. Love the Bure one of my favourite rivers, in places
tidal deep and powerful in others placid and verdant yet in the upper reaches a lovely chalk stream.
 

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Morning men. MM, I assume you mean the swan. Always very busy at this bit and next to impossible to bank fish but one day I had parked
up because the missis wanted to buy some piece of tat from a particular gift shop, anyway it was chucking it down so the bank was quiet
apart from an old boy whip fishing. I watched him for about twenty minutes and he had a string of decent roach, a mental note made for
the future.
Had a Norwich club ticket for a few years, my favourite bit was the Bure at decoy reach. Love the Bure one of my favourite rivers, in places
tidal deep and powerful in others placid and verdant yet in the upper reaches a lovely chalk stream.
PG yes that’s it the swan, and sometimes we would row down river away from the swan and go down a little dyke and come out in I think it was woodbastwick lake brilliant fishing back then first light, brilliant times..
 

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Update for you on the linton as club stretch at bilsington

EA weedcutters have been through and done a job of work and the banks have been tidied-strimmed by MVAS-Linton members

the weed boat is at present, cutting between bilsington and giggers green,

SDC weed boat is out on the council stretch (CPAS) between the golf course at sandgate and up towards ladies walk, and west hythe
 

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Do they actually cut the weed right down Mick, or just cut the top off and leave a load of stems under the water.
 

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the boat front cutter can be set at any depth the arm can reach down too,

some stretches they get right down and near on rip the duckweed out by the roots, mainly below the dam at west hythe to the salt water outfall at seabrook,

between the dam and giggers is deep anyway so only marginal weed which we keep down, cut swims with workparties

out from giggers across he marsh to rye is much shallower so they cut to the roots to help with the flow when the water levels on the marsh rise,
 

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Update for you on the linton as club stretch at bilsington

EA weedcutters have been through and done a job of work and the banks have been tidied-strimmed by MVAS-Linton members

the weed boat is at present, cutting between bilsington and giggers green,

SDC weed boat is out on the council stretch (CPAS) between the golf course at sandgate and up towards ladies walk, and west hythe
Cheers Mick, the banks slope but there are ways around it.

Years back I built four swims at Giggers, these were comfortable and took a lot of work. The weed remover machine was an extending
arm on a JCB with a massive spiked bucket, the operator dumped so much weed on top of my swims I couldn`t even see where they
were. I complained at one of the Scot`s Float regional meetings but all I got was waffle. I don`t like to slag off the EA they are our go to
emergency service but I sometimes wonder who`s side they are on. Perhaps I am being unfair they are no doubt stretched just like all
the other departments.

On a lighter note it`s a trip to the tackle shop at Luhdam Bridge tomorrow for a general stock up:)
 

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This was my swim this morning, Wroxham town centre. I suspect many MD`s have sat on this very spot. I have a theory about roach
and pike, in this vicinity are very large roach shoals and for whatever reason they tend to hang in the upper few feet, I suspect they
feel comfortable, safety in numbers and all that.

I believe the larger roach obviously in much smaller shoals hang about near the deck out of the pikes vision. It was this reason that
I was going to lay on, trouble was I was getting stuck on bottom weed every cast and gave up, couldn`t trot because of an angler to
my left. Ended up fishing a light waggler shallow for bits, I wish I had gone somewhere else such is life.

Always learn something though and speaking to a local bod gleaned quite a bit about two other stretches.

Evening Mick, I can`t work out how to use the self timer on my camera {yes a right thicko}. Its an early kodak easyshare, takes a reasonable
snap though if the light is good.
 

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Seems to be an abundance of bream about a pound and a half in the broads system at the moment, obviously a good year class. These
fish seem so much cleaner than from a stillwater, put up an almost decent scrap too. Well worth catching on roach tackle. Never thought
I would say this but lets hear it for bream.
 

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I`m bored stiff so here is some rod waffle.

In a copy of IYCF in the nineties was a comparison of half a dozen rods under a ton. One of these was the shakespear `flavia` a
spliced tip of thirteen feet. Ordered it from the excellent but no longer Ashford tackle and guns, when I got it home I was very
disappointed, although light lovely and slim it was just so sloppy. Although I had paid ninety quid for it I never used it and it sat
in the shed for months, I decided to fish the Stour at Willsborough Lees for dace {when it was fishable and actually had some
dace in it:(} and thought I would give this rod a go.
A revelation, no need to strike just lean into the fish and the bend in the rod just seems to do everything for you.

In the eighties me an my fishing partner would catch carp on the float from a local lake, not a commercial but lots of fish around
the five and six pound mark. I was very impressed with his Milo `deep blue match` 12ft, I ordered one identical, although labelled
a match rod it is quite strong and with four or even five pound maxima is the perfect tench rod.
My fishing friend of many years can no longer wet a line even with help and he gave me his rod.

Around the same time I bought a diawa combi tip, a handle section along with a mid section plus a normal top and one in which
quivers fitted. The reason I bought it was because it broke down short therefore easy to carry on my bike.
With the normal tip it`s a perfect small river rod, not powerful enough for barbel but will land most chub. I have never understood
the slavery to the quiver, touch ledgering sounds a bit specialist but its the easiest method of all when freelining and when using a
bomb on rivers its just as easy to watch the line.

I know I bang on about tackle of yore but I guard these three rods with my life, they cover most of my fishing although I have much
more modern stuff at my disposal. I simply could not replace them. It is no hardship to fish with my ultralight for roach or my wilson
specialist for tench but up against the oldies they don`t come close.
 

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Judging by his bait table a kilo would last him 20 sessions
Tight😂😂😂

Then again 2oz Sprats don't each much 😂
 

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I have decided you lot are not getting enough photos of my chair...

I did everything wrong this morning, alarm went off at four fifteen because for some reason I had it in my head it was light
at five. Ended up sitting indoors for an hour. The walk from car to lake is fairly short but plenty of holes in the ground ready
to trip you up.
Despite all the fancy baits I still feel most confident fishing bread for tench, however getting bread just how I like it at this
time of day is nigh on impossible so corn it is. Whilst the lake is not heavily fished it is the tincas that are targeted and they
may well have wised up to the jolly green.
My next trip I`m going to use pellets, never used these new fangled things before and not sure what to buy. I use a fourteen
to four pound maxims, not sure what flavour or size. I`m down to my last couple of mustad lp400 hooks, why can`t they stop
buggering about with stuff? These hooks are my go to for tench.

Anyway had a whacking great tench plus a small roach, should have done better the tincas were well active. A nice lake along
with a home made pasty sitting in a comfortable chair with a cup of tea, although I like my rivers this is fishy type heaven to me.

I keep a small bucket on my side tray half filled with water and dip my hand in when I unhook, good for the fish and keeps my
hands clean.

Landlord and Phoebe made me chuckle, a tub of my home made sooper dooper particle mix and a small tub of corn is usually
all I need.
 

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I've had some nice Tench on 6mm expanders this year. If there are bigguns in there then 8mm may also serve you well.
If the place is stuffed with small Rudd like our ponds, then you may find they will nibble away at the expanders & therefore hard pellets may be a better bet.
Obviously not all waters are the same but on ours, hard pellet seems to deter the small stuff.
 

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I am now the proud owner of a tub of pellets. Mind you I think I have made a made a mistake getting shellfish flavour, be alright in
my lakes but in the RM canal the eels will soon home in.

This is a picture of me in my wooden Norfolk palace, the reason I look smug and contented is because I love marrow, simmered for
just a few minutes yum yum. The place where I buy my spuds were selling them two for one, well it would have been rude not to.

Yes I am going mad....
 
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