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Thats going on my watch list :good:, some of the best filming i can remember was Chris Yates and Bob James in "A Passion For Angling" This looks on the same par. 

 

I once asked Bob James if they would ever think of doing a sequel, his answer he gave me was just brilliant. " If we did another it would not be as good as the 1st" 

He was right. 

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21 hours ago, Dougy said:

Thats going on my watch list :good:, some of the best filming i can remember was Chris Yates and Bob James in "A Passion For Angling" This looks on the same par. 

 

I once asked Bob James if they would ever think of doing a sequel, his answer he gave me was just brilliant. " If we did another it would not be as good as the 1st" 

He was right. 

There's another of these two actually...

 

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27 minutes ago, Houseplant said:

Very good. I snoozed through a bit of it, not because it was bad, but because it was so relaxing. Despite chasing marlin, tuna and other sea monsters, I enjoy reminiscing about coarse fishing. 

To be fair, Chris Yates has a snooze through part of it as well, so I think we can let you off!

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5 hours ago, dessyb said:

if only carp fishing was the same nowdays.😪

Chris Yates seems to think Nowadays is today! It is what you make it I guess. I am now idly thinking about getting a centrepin! I haven't carp fished for years, but when I did, it was a case of reel, line, hook, bait (homemade) and fishing off the surface. There's a 1 acre lake a short walk from my house that's still got some rustic charm about it, so I am tempted to return to such simple carping - when the summer comes, that is!

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Most places are now full of the bivi brigade sat behind buzzers fishing 3 or 4 rods with boillies over many kilos of loose feed introduced by a bait boat.

But you don't have to follow the crowd.

One rod, binoculars, polarised glasses, watercraft, bread, worms, or cheese and you can have a tremendous day. I use a very modern lightweight carbon rod, very old centrepin and have often caught Carp from under the bivi anglers feet while they're casting to the horizon.

This picture is from 2018, when I could still walk reasonably well. Taken on a carbon rod, 50 year old centrepin an old quill float with bread and cheese needed together to a paste, size 10 hook. About 3 feet out from the bankside.

 

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That's a cracking looking fish! Well done!  Most of bivvy boys would of been disappointed to catch a great looking carp like that. Many want 20lb plus fish.  . . , Since i packed in match fishing  i mainly fish with just a 5m whip and simple rig and a few bits of tackle that live in my van/truck. Amazing what you can catch on bit of basic balanced tackle. It's all i use when it teach folk to fish. Important thing is to get them catching, learn how to unhook and look after fish. . . Some match anglers have made it a real skill successfully fishing for carp in the margins on commercials. Partly why i gave up because you had to beat the venue specialists who knew every peg. Then realised i had became that specialist on some waters to the point of being band from some because others couldn't beat you or were to lazey/not good enough to improve or have the watercraft to do it. Strange how some folk get when big prize money and ego's get involved. Commercial match carp got to big for my liking. Needing 100lb+ to win some match's when you might be sitting it out for 5hrs on the pole on a peggy venue for maybe only a dozen bites/fish to do it. Needing specialist poles/rigs/nets to get them out. Or keeping such big lumps in keepnets. All became no fun in a shrinking ageing branch of angling.   . . . .Good to see peps and matches getting back/growing on natural venues and rivers. Tidal River Yare in Norfolk not easy to master but one of the best rivers in the country. Ask Bob Nudd. . . When it was in the news the other week that fresh water fish were in decline i think they meant globally. Yare and others rivers fishing better than they have for years. 2lb roach almost common. Specimen records getting broken/ bigger all the time.          NB

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16 minutes ago, NatureBoy said:

That's a cracking looking fish! Well done!  Most of bivvy boys would of been disappointed to catch a great looking carp like that. Many want 20lb plus fish.  . . , Since i packed in match fishing  i mainly fish with just a 5m whip and simple rig and a few bits of tackle that live in my van/truck. Amazing what you can catch on bit of basic balanced tackle. It's all i use when it teach folk to fish. Important thing is to get them catching, learn how to unhook and look after fish. . . Some match anglers have made it a real skill successfully fishing for carp in the margins on commercials. Partly why i gave up because you had to beat the venue specialists who knew every peg. Then realised i had became that specialist on some waters to the point of being band from some because others couldn't beat you or were to lazey/not good enough to improve or have the watercraft to do it. Strange how some folk get when big prize money and ego's get involved. Commercial match carp got to big for my liking. Needing 100lb+ to win some match's when you might be sitting it out for 5hrs on the pole on a peggy venue for maybe only a dozen bites/fish to do it. Needing specialist poles/rigs/nets to get them out. Or keeping such big lumps in keepnets. All became no fun in a shrinking ageing branch of angling.   . . . .Good to see peps and matches getting back/growing on natural venues and rivers. Tidal River Yare in Norfolk not easy to master but one of the best rivers in the country. Ask Bob Nudd. . . When it was in the news the other week that fresh water fish were in decline i think they meant globally. Yare and others rivers fishing better than they have for years. 2lb roach almost common. Specimen records getting broken/ bigger all the time.          NB

I used to regularly fish the Thurne near Cold Harbour, intend too again this year lockdown permitting. Some big bags of roach and bream taken there by me on bread or worm, occasionally corn. Also the occasional carp to around 8lb. If the trend continues in that area of good quality undamaged fish then river fishing is certainly on its way back. The River Ant is absolutely stuffed with fish from teeny tiny to about 12oz. The only other rivers i fish and more infrequent are the Welland, Witham and some of the Fortyfoot drains. Again though full of fish and some stunning Pike at times although the Zander continue to allude me.

Unfortunately almost all the still waters continue to overstock with stunted Carp that rely on anglers bait to survive. I fished a local stillwater near me last week and the balliffe told me he had just introduced some Sturgeon. My only question, why? Poor Sturgeon trapped in a pond, never stop growing and have the potential to reach over 100lbs.  Just why would you introduce that particular fish into a stillwater.

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