Can we put catch reports on here off off topic, just that I had four barbel today (biggest a whopping 12oz) and fished like a total wally losing three, the river was low and clear but the cloud cover put some fish on the feed, roach didn't really want to know and got plagued by gudgeon on maggot, about to cook dinner, but can't be bothered with any hoovering
It's essentially a cheaper version of the Stradic Ci4+ RA with fewer whistles and bells. The bulk of what's missing are pricey luxuries (Fewer bearings, quality of bearings, cheaper/heavier materials, different handles, different bail arms). Beyond cosmetics, the most obvious difference is weight.I have never tried that Rob but I will now. Does anyone use a Shimano Super GT in either 2500 or 4000 size for float fishing and what is your opinion?
In reality this won’t last long ... the colder weather will knock the monster weights on the head I suspect. This is the best it’s ever been for weight ... if anything Hereford has had a dip in form over the last decade ... previously the big weights were only on a few pegs.I wonder how long the river there can take the constant pounding of matches Alex,with the weights of fish in keepnets,ive watched videos of these matches and cant imagine quite a few losses every match,pouring fish into weigh nets,waiting for first weighs laying nets on the path/grass etc,it isnt good for angling as a whole,funnily enough,it would be better if matches were won with say 25lbs,but the greed of what I class as the commie type match angler wants massive weights,not slating anyone,just the ideal as a whole....the thing is Hereford gets a big influx of fish every autumn/winter which must boost numbers incredibly,an amazing venue,especially when you think that you only need a coloured river and its bleak city,with collosal weights of those fragile fish,amazing...
Most of the roach are up to 10oz and theg are netted (at least by me) ... not seen any videos of people swinging large roach personally (did see Rory swinging some chub about that weight ... which feel “safer” to me)When I lived in Chester in the 90's we'd make the long drive down to the Belmont stretch for the great winter roach fishing, so it's not that I don't get the appeal of it. And I use a keepnet myself. But I've been a bit dismayed to see the recent youtube videos of anglers tooled up, feeding £50 0f bait ,and swinging large roach to hand, any one of which would be a stand-out fish in catches on many rivers. The scenes at the weigh in were, as you say Alan, a bit grim and roach, dace and chub are not tough as old boots like carp. I don't want to moralise, but the fishing-on-steroids feel put me off a bit. And no disrespect to you, Silvers, I like to read your reports and I know the winter scene in Hereford is a kind of freak of nature.
agreed ... most of the anglers have got decent fish welfare standards ... but you can’t cure stupid! Perhaps the only answer is to ban miscreants ... but then is the scales man going to dob in another angler? Most would probably decide to keep their heads down!I get the appeal,and I loved my match fishing,add to the bonus that match anglers only fish 5hrs,so unlike pleasure anglers or who could have these fish in nets for 12hrs,Alex will have seen the weigh ins,I remember weigh ins on the Severn in its hay day,barbel bashing around in nets,laying on the sandy banks,no wonder a steady drop in numbers occured from those days,I watch weigh ins on commercial carp fisheries where fish are poured into rubberised animal feed buckets,bloody disgusting,we will never stop fish being damaged as we are putting hooks in fish and taking them out of their environment,but what I would call obvious problematic issues need thinking about at best,for the betterment of all....
I like Mackie’s myself ... have Haagen Dazs when it’s on offer for Belgian chocolate and Pralines & CreamAll very vald points and some, ( pike) I hadn't considered. In truth I would be utterly useless at match fishing which is a valid if not pre-eminent reason.
Anyway getting back on thread who likes Hagen Das vanilla ice cream?