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    I have been shooting for around 30 years. I started off shooting rabbits, pigeons and crows on my uncles' farms. Being the only member of my family who shoots, I have had to work hard to get shooting. Things finally came good for me about 20 years ago after a long spell of letter writing to wildfowling clubs.
    I was invited to interview and accepted as a member of a wildfowling club on Strangford Lough. Sadly the club has now folded, but the contacts I established through it mean I am seldom stuck for a place to go.

    I am a member of a Game Shooting syndicate and that takes up 10 Saturdays of the season. The other days of the season sees me in pursuit of my "first love" - wildfowl. Geese are not too numerous here in N.I. so it mainly involves the pursuit of ducks.

    Pigeons are a February and summer pursuit.

    I have 2 dogs - two labs, Ted and Bear.

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  1. I've always had a soft spot for Jack, despite his alleged misdemeanours. Great sportsman and the only Irishman to have been born in, and won a a world cup for, England.😉 He is still greatly loved by Republic of Ireland fans for the joy he brought a nation during dark times. His down to earth and straight talking, unapologetic approach matched perfectly those he led. RIP Big Jack.
  2. I shot Strangford for 10 or 12 years. It can be really good, but like all good things, you get out what you put in. Scouting with binos is invaluable and a knowledge of favoured fresh water streams running onto the marsh is also desirable. You start with a map and then investigate during the summer before the season but things get lively once the migrants turn up. I found a quieter stretch of shore ( 8 or 9 mile stretch) and concentrated on it. It would take a lifetime to know the whole Lough so focus on one area and learn it well. If you can get to the islands - now that's good shooting !
  3. I also don't like the transducer arm. It'll be in the hull or in the hole!
  4. I was putting a piece of foam to hold it securely in the centre console, but as you have suggested a box in the hull I will have a look at that. It certainly seems much more sensible than my centre console idea. The device is a Simple striker 4 ( not plus or cv) If you have a battery box, I take it that it is secured either by straps or silicone? Incidentally, the Kingfisher has 2 mounting points on the mirror opposite of where you have circled. I'm hoping to use them to secure the unit. The scupper hole just below it is into the pre-moulded transducer point. I could use waterproof grommets from there to the battery accessed via the front hatch.
  5. After a couple of years using a cheap Chinese fishfinder, I've just ordered a Garmin Striker four. I use a Bluefin Kingfisher kayak. I see the hull has a recess for fitting the transducer, but I'm a bit worried that it could get damaged as I fish some pretty rough rock marks and beach up on rocky shores. I'm wondering what others with the same kayak have found? Is it safer to fit it inside the hull? How have others fitted theirs (photos would great.) I'm also thinking of fitting the battery in the centre console and drilling a hole to the fishfinder unit. Basically, any advice appreciated! The cheap Chinese one was a lot simpler to use!
  6. As description. I'm on the look out for a black synthetic Benelli Montefeltro Comfort stock. Used is fine as long as it is in a reasonable condition. Many thanks.
  7. I don't like it either, to be honest. I'd prefer cream or something like that. Lol. Then again , .........
  8. That might be worth a try! I'll try that first. Thanks old Farrier. I'll have to wait until my local merchant reopens to get cement though.....
  9. I will be pricing shot blasting and re-rendering. Then I'll be setting the prices down on the table alongside the price of paint. Then she can choose. A bit of a mess. Thanks for all the advice.
  10. That is a VERY expensive option.
  11. Thanks for all the replies. No easy answer. Thanks moondoggy. Unfortunately I have already that but no joy. Thanks for the link. Would brick acid not also destroy the render? The house is 20 years old and the render provides a good strong waterproof layer. It looks like I'm either painting the whole house, or chipping off the render to get it re-rendered.
  12. Do you think chemicals will be no use then? Maybe I should look into local sandblasting services.
  13. She doesn't want it painted. Simple as that. Just wants to leave the plain render. Still not seeing a link mate.
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