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6 minutes ago, FOXHUNTER1 said:

Interesting times in years gone by. Wonder what it will be like in years to come ? I remember also starling and house sparrow used to be legal too.

Don’t get me on about starlings and sparrows. We all cut our teeth on those as airgunning kids. I have an old Shooter’s Year Book somewhere which records me having shot 837 sparrows one year alone, in our own semi-detached housing estate garden. My best afternoon was 66 starlings with the air gun.

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1 hour ago, FOXHUNTER1 said:

Interesting times in years gone by. Wonder what it will be like in years to come ? I remember also starling and house sparrow used to be legal too.

During the mid 60's F&M epidemic we were given 9 shot shells by the farmers and told to roost shoot the starlings on the marshes as they were considered the cause of the spread,

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1 hour ago, London Best said:

Don’t get me on about starlings and sparrows. We all cut our teeth on those as airgunning kids. I have an old Shooter’s Year Book somewhere which records me having shot 837 sparrows one year alone, in our own semi-detached housing estate garden. My best afternoon was 66 starlings with the air gun.

Great to hear the stories of yesteryear.  As a kid we used to catch sparrows in mousetraps. Used to be thousands on the housing estates along with starlings. You should write a book. 

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Rudd

We were on a trip in Staffordshire last year with my sister and came across a little fishing pond, we started pond dipping with their cane handled net. My oldest two boys (then aged 4 & 2) saw the fishermen and wanted to have a go catching with a line themselves. I quickly made a rod from a twiggy reed, found some cast off old line and hook, then begged a handful of sweetcorn from another angler. My boys loved it and together caught and released 42 Rudd, I gave them no instruction it just came naturally to them even striking when they felt a nibble.

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19 minutes ago, WalkedUp said:

Rudd

We were on a trip in Staffordshire last year with my sister and came across a little fishing pond, we started pond dipping with their cane handled net. My oldest two boys (then aged 4 & 2) saw the fishermen and wanted to have a go catching with a line themselves. I quickly made a rod from a twiggy reed, found some cast off old line and hook, then begged a handful of sweetcorn from another angler. My boys loved it and together caught and released 42 Rudd, I gave them no instruction it just came naturally to them even striking when they felt a nibble.

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Great stuff👍

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Can't really add to the brilliant photos that have already been posted , the only thing I have got left that might be of interest is the decoys used at the time when we shot Curlew ( Lew) as we called them , and a very early Pigeon decoy that is made of nearly solid rubber .

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On 14/04/2020 at 12:37, WalkedUp said:

Rudd

We were on a trip in Staffordshire last year with my sister and came across a little fishing pond, we started pond dipping with their cane handled net. My oldest two boys (then aged 4 & 2) saw the fishermen and wanted to have a go catching with a line themselves. I quickly made a rod from a twiggy reed, found some cast off old line and hook, then begged a handful of sweetcorn from another angler. My boys loved it and together caught and released 42 Rudd, I gave them no instruction it just came naturally to them even striking when they felt a nibble.

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hello, well done :good: for posting, much like my early years in our local pond, and using a bent pin!!!! cork from a bottle, and one of dads canes from the garden

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5 minutes ago, oldypigeonpopper said:

hello, thats a mighty big Conger :good:

It was and on a cane rod it weighed in at over 60lb the scale only went up that far 

I remember the day that he caught it vividly 

it was the day of my youngest brother’s christening a joint affair with two of my cousins being christened at the same time so a big family event 

the tides And weather were good on the day and he and My uncle decided that they would go fishing and leave us to the religious stuff 

I remember being most disappointed that I couldn’t go fishing and had to attend church with the rest of the family members 103 of us it should have been 105 

when they returned with the fish I was devastated as I was convinced I would have caught it 

I was never sure how much grief my uncle got for not attending his daughters christening but to see the fish caught il say it was worth it 

All the best 

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