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  1. 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...
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. Is there a deer stalking definition of a "hart" based on the number of points/size of antlers?
  5. 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?
  6. If this is from their "Taste the difference" range then I had one of these last night and it was gorgeous.
  7. 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.
  8. 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"?
  9. When the kids' .410 W&S bolt-action went to the great gun rack in the sky it was replaced with the Armsan A620 (polymer - I was after the JS - but was told by my gunsmith there was no point judging by the size of my littlest son). It's an absolute joy to shoot (and clean). Everyone who's borrowed it at the clay ground have walked away with a smile on their face and been very complimentary about it.
  10. I'm assuming that you're not talking about the "iffy" gout medicine but this stuff? EDIT: I think I'm going to buy it just because of the tin!
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