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  1. Good as gold: I get my new ticket on Friday and when looking through it I see that they've incorrectly labelled one of my bang sticks (actually my youngest son's Armsan A620) as a 12G (serial numbers are ok). I quickly email the cops pointing this error out and asking how to rectify this (not expecting a reply at 16h50 on a Friday afternoon) and get a reply back saying I should print out this email and send it with my cert back to them. The thing is I promised my son that we would do some clay-bashing at the range this week (I'm abroad the following week) - this would be the first time in about a year we've done any shooting due to undergoing a couple of courses of physio after a car crash - we've been given strict instructions that if we experience any back pain to immediately stop and the physio (ex-mil) also advised us to use the A620 due to its lighter 'kick' (not an issue as it's possibly my favourite gun). The ground won't let us in without a SGC (of course) so I was thinking of delaying sending off the SGC until I'm away - would I be carrying out an offence if my cert 'incorrectly' identifies the weapon?
  2. Thanks - I think! From the horse's mouth: And see if you can guess just who I've had ring me...
  3. Just to clarify that's the letter that says something along the lines of "Dear Mr gen your SGC renewal will be at least three months..."?
  4. 'Ours', in Herts, deals with all three as they "unified" the Firearms depts. for the three constabularies in the name of "efficiency"... So what have you done with your "bang sticks" and "bangers" put them into storage which the local constabulary will, of course, offer you compensation for?
  5. My ticket runs out on the 30/07 - I was warned on the application that it'll be six weeks and I renewed on 05/06 anyone know what the turnaround time actually is?
  6. It's good to have local knowledge! So it looks like my pair of crappy travel gear (telescopic sea set-up originally from Lidl but rods replaced with Ron Thompson's, ahem, finest) will get yet another holiday outing... I'll have a look at the Ugly Stiks again. Thanks again for you input. I suppose my fascination with the roller rod is analagous the my growing collection of Parkside electric tools from Lidl - all the professional builders I've spoken to have said that they're "...alright..." but I've never seen one owned by a proper builder...
  7. I was looking at a 30lb plus rod because I mainly fish in/off Kent. If I were to buy a decent rod it would give me a kick up the backside to start boat angling again (kerchinggg!!!!!) from Kent where quite a few rays/skate are caught and decent sized huss/smoothhounds. Your comment on the braid/roller eyes caught my eye because - I've only ever seen a single roller rod in action - it would have been in the late 70's and was used with a reel loaded with wire (shows how long ago!) - a skipper used to it show just how much "give" there was with nylon lines. Thanks for your suggestions.
  8. I used to go with my Dad but with increasing boat costs and decreasing time (and fish stocks) I gave it up. But I've been invited for a week on a boat sailing Scotland's West coast at the end of the month. Normally for new gear, my first port of call was http://www.totalfishinggear.co.uk as I liked their cost/quality ratio but I've noticed they've really cut back on the amount of sea stuff they do (no own brand boat rods). Something that caught my eye was the Shimano TLD A Stand Up, 5.50 Feet, 20 80 lbs, 1 Section, Offshore Boat Fishing Rod with Roller Guides (I'm a braid convert) it's a nice looking rod but as it comes in just under £100 I'm concerned that it's very pricey for what might be just a weeks fishing. Also some of the Fladen stuff I've bought in the past has been 'alright' - their Fladen Fishing 30lb Euro Gold Full Roller looks 'alright' but, ideally I'd like a pair but I'm only able to source one. Anyone got any other suggestions. I've got my heart set on a full roller as I'm getting on and my Dad always said that they are the best rods for boat work. Any other opinions/advice?
  9. Is there a deer stalking definition of a "hart" based on the number of points/size of antlers?
  10. Some good(ish) news? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-45799453 But I know "big" fish need (eat) lots of "little" fish to get that size. Does this mean the return of herring - as I've caught a few of these (herring not tunny unfortunately) whilst after bream in Weymouth?
  11. If this is from their "Taste the difference" range then I had one of these last night and it was gorgeous.
  12. Just had to buy some sunglasses for my little one to wear under his hockey "lid" this afternoon. I got the mid-range (£18) "Muddy Fox" brand cycling glasses from Sports Direct. In the semi-rigid case you get 4 one piece lenses (clear/yellow/polarised and mirror), "Dame Edna" lanyard, elastic head band, soft case and a "proper" lens holder for us four-eyes. BARGAIN as they appear to be not that different in quality to my "proper" £85 ones.
  13. Next weapon in the battle against crabs - arma mesh (right towards the end of the page)? The only downside I can see (apart from the £10+ a pop but 7m should be good for a few sessions) is that the squid wrapped baits would be quite fiddly to do and that the plunger-thingy would become very whiffy very quickly. Anyone use this system "at sea"?
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