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#1 Minos

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 08:20 PM

I haven't been fishing for about 35 years and can't remember anything beyond which way round to hold the rod.

Meanwhile, our youngest (8) is quite keen to learn.

I know that other boaters at our mooring are keen to lend a hand & offer advice & help, but if anyone here can recommend a good book I'd be really grateful.

Cheers! :cheers:

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 08:44 PM

A stick of dynamite solves all problems.
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 08:47 PM

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 09:01 PM

Ask at your local tackle shop for a basic float rod setup...I bought my very first rod/reel combo for under £30 and I haven't looked back since.

As for a book? I wouldn't bother....when I first started as a total beginner, I found the folks on Anglers Net forum to be an absolute mine of information....

Anglers Net

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 09:16 PM

Since a fishing topic has been started, can any fisherman answer this one...?

WHAT do you see in fishing???

I watch these guys sitting on the edge of the canal, staring at the end of their long black rods...for hours...not moving...one guy was even there while the sun was going down????? I have never seen anyone catch anything....? Cmon...own up...you're all just sitting with yer netbooks, a dongle, a battery and an invertor...checking the ...fishing...forums.......right?

ps...I can understand deep sea fishing, beach fishing, pier fishing, trout fishing...but canal fishing looks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO boring :)
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Posted 26 June 2011 - 07:23 AM

Amazon Clicky

The title's right - but the review is quite telling. Thanks for the link, though.

Anglers Net

Thanks - I'll have a poke around.

Since a fishing topic has been started, can any fisherman answer this one...?

WHAT do you see in fishing???

I watch these guys sitting on the edge of the canal, staring at the end of their long black rods...for hours...not moving...one guy was even there while the sun was going down?????

Dean,

I'll give you one week with our life, and you'll be fantasising about fishing.
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Posted 26 June 2011 - 07:27 AM

TO GET AWAY :P FROM WIFE AND KIDS :P
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Posted 26 June 2011 - 07:30 AM

TO GET AWAY :P FROM WIFE AND KIDS :P

The wife's not the problem. She's all right.

The kids, though...

(edited because I got a slap for my grammar... :wub: )

Edited by Minos, 26 June 2011 - 07:31 AM.

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#9 Janet S

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 07:52 AM

one guy was even there while the sun was going down?????


The best time of the day for fishing! We regularly fish all night sessions...! :mellow:

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 08:11 AM

Hi,

Get a copy of 'Mr Crabtree goes fishing'. My brother got one 60 years ago and it passed to me. Taught us all we needed to know to catch freshwater fish around Newport Pagnell all those years ago.

Not sure what Mr C. and his son Peter would make of all the modern gear anglers now need.

Leo.
PS - Still got the book, the coloured plates are works of art.
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Posted 26 June 2011 - 01:18 PM

The best time of the day for fishing! We regularly fish all night sessions...! :mellow:

Janet


do girls fish too??? NEVER SEEN ONE....LOL
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 06:36 AM

To the OP, i wouldnt ask to many anglers nowadays ( most are to commercialised) , IMO its not angling as such, more like lobbing a lump of paste/pellets/boilie etc into a lake and sitting waiting for the fish to find it, no skill there.
I was speaking to a chap the other day, this goes to show how it is nowadays, he didnt even know what a LIFT METHOD was, :rolleyes: , but he knew what a METHOD feeder is, he didnt beleive me when i told him i had caught carp upto 20lb on this rig, sometimes upto 6 in a day, while he sits for days without a fish, just to live in hope to catch a 30lb fish.

I would go for as suggested and get Mr Crabtree`s book, it was the first book i ever read and i got all i needed to mnow from it, teaches you the skills you need, and how to find fish, catch them etc etc. Although with saying all that there are some hald decent web sites tht will help out.

Going to get a centrepin next week.............whats a centrepin i hear from some :rolleyes:


Folk who dont understand fishing and think its boring, give it a try and you will understand.
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 08:13 AM

That's an interesting point you raise W+T

I went fishing with my son (who is 30 and has been fishing with me since he was a boy) at the start of this season. He has focused on carp fishing for several years with the full multi-rod set up using spods and method feeders with boilies.

When it came to our latest trip when we were fishing for 'silver fish' (roach etc) he found he had completely lost his basic skills. Couldn't remember how to use a hook tyer to tie on a spade end hook. Couldn't remember how to tie a light hooklength onto 3lb mainline and couldn't remember how to shot a waggler.

When I go carp fishing I am perfectly happy to fish the lift rig or to freeline but when I go carp fishing with him I have to have him show me how to set up these complex rigs
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 10:53 AM

A stick of dynamite solves all problems.
Sue (anti fishing)


...which reminds me of;

A Park Ranger in the Appalachians comes across a Hillbilly lobbing sticks of dynamite into a river, and then collecting the resulting dead fish. He walks over as the Hillbilly is lighting another stick and says, "after what I've seen you just do, I could have you put away for five years". The Hillbilly just hands him the lit stick of dynamite and replies, "So, you gonna talk about your job, or you gonna fish?".
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 07:52 PM

That's an interesting point you raise W+T

I went fishing with my son (who is 30 and has been fishing with me since he was a boy) at the start of this season. He has focused on carp fishing for several years with the full multi-rod set up using spods and method feeders with boilies.

When it came to our latest trip when we were fishing for 'silver fish' (roach etc) he found he had completely lost his basic skills. Couldn't remember how to use a hook tyer to tie on a spade end hook. Couldn't remember how to tie a light hooklength onto 3lb mainline and couldn't remember how to shot a waggler.

When I go carp fishing I am perfectly happy to fish the lift rig or to freeline but when I go carp fishing with him I have to have him show me how to set up these complex rigs


I guess its all about new easyer methods, advanced even if you want, but then wheres the skill/fun in this, not old myself, well 37 actualy but hey ho, these rigs are just modified link ledger half the time i reckon, like the old bolt rig even.

Am i getting old to quick :rolleyes:
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Posted 02 September 2011 - 11:19 AM

Iíve been fishing for over 40 years and have taught my 3 sons to fish.

I still fish in the so called old fashion ways.

To me the enjoyment is in not catching fish but in the pleasure of trying too.

I do not think its fishing when useing equipment or methods that guarantee you fish, you may as save you money and go to the fish mongers.

On the other hand to caught a fish by skill that enjoyment.
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Posted 02 September 2011 - 12:32 PM

Surely, any guide to fishing is going to be written for idiots?
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Posted 02 September 2011 - 01:07 PM

I still fish in the so called old fashion ways.

When I first went fishing I had bait on a hook, tied to a line, at the end of a stick....just like these anglers I see now, on the canals, only their stick is much longer and made of carbon fibre, not a bit of bamboo, nicked from the allotments.

What goes around comes around...
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 10:03 AM

Iíve been fishing for over 40 years and have taught my 3 sons to fish.

I still fish in the so called old fashion ways.

To me the enjoyment is in not catching fish but in the pleasure of trying too.

I do not think its fishing when useing equipment or methods that guarantee you fish, you may as save you money and go to the fish mongers.

On the other hand to caught a fish by skill that enjoyment.

Taking "equipment" to extremes, explosives are very effective for catching fish :rolleyes:
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 08:28 PM

Surely, any guide to fishing is going to be written for idiots?

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