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Swansea Steve

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  • Birthday 10/22/1962

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    Other than fishing.....education, Tottenham Hotspurs, traditional musician,

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  1. Swansea Steve

    Fairground fun

    Pleasant autumn morning up at the fairgrounds. Popped in to the swim by the west inlet as I hadn't tried there and my carpy brain ( such as it is) said they love an inlet. Nine nice commons of the usual double figure size to my usual oats pack with corn and/ or pineapple popups, with corn doing the better business. Plenty of fish showing all morning in the Bay area and just for once didn't bake in the heat 😎
  2. Swansea Steve

    Perfect morning

    Absolutely perfect Chatfield morning, autumnal taint to the air and not a soul about 😁 Gotta love these pretty mirras here, had 3 already this morning plus a few nice little commons.
  3. Lol Chatfield is 1500 acres ( the same size coincidentally as the family farm back homeπŸšœπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ) and home to all manner of watersports ( except those lol) with sandy beaches. It's like sea side surf fishing! I'm going to get a proper set of beachcaster rods 😎
  4. It's method feeders, hooks and tubing I've been losing. Bloody things ain't cheap you're right!. Thankfully this time I didn't lose any rigs, just my unhooking mat which I stupidly left by the shore and was swept out to sea presumably by the waves caused by passing speedboats. Doh!πŸ™„ They gotta get me somehow eh? πŸ˜‚
  5. Nothing wrong with pre tied. I have to buy pre tied chods as my aging fingers just get annoyed using bristle filament. However tying your own is cheaper and more satisfying, also if they don't work as well you've only got yourself to blame! ,πŸ˜‚ I've used most manufacturers over the years with varying hooks and hooklink materials and those are the basic rigs that have done the job. A lot of the fancy rigs are usually little more than a variant on an old theme and catch more anglers than fish. I don't think I use any more than 5 different rigs. If I can make a suggestion try watching Terry Hearn "Tunnel vision" on YouTube along with his other videos. Top UK angler and great story teller. A guy who really knows his rigs.
  6. Dropped into Chatfield this morning and after blanking like a pro last week decided to give Eagle Cove another shot. This area may have cost me a small fortune in rig materials getting busted off in weeds and gravel ridges I figured at least I got runs and it's almost payday anyway. That said I went a bit hit and hold by staying close to the rods and having the drag set pretty tight. First carp was a good upper single to my left rod. Then the right screamed off, which was the danger area, so I walked back up the beach trying to keep what felt a nice fish clear of the snags. After a little bit of scary bumbps and friction on the line I stated gaining back line and into the clear water. Nice little 16lb. 😁
  7. Mock ye all ye like, it's draught free and still fits where it touches πŸ˜‚ Besides as I get advanced in years I'm hurtling back towards dribbling quietly and eating mushy food soooooo...πŸ€”
  8. I have always found using more than one Ziggy can lead to disaster if a fish kites to the side ...and you can bet they will! πŸ™„ However they've caught me a few when all around me have failed. These things have I found; Use a reasonably large running rig set up with 2oz leads at least. Clear Pike type inline floats are great, bright colored ones for better visual. 6ft leader and small hooks ( 8 or 10) Pva foam nuggets are very helpful on the hook Start off just beneath the surface, then increments of a few inches down over time. Attach a small pva bag of floating pellets to the hook as well for extra attention. Also a fox paste bomb with a method mix attached, with floating particles in the mix, can be deadly. Don't use popups. Plastics/ foam are far better Finally you have to enjoy sorting out tanglesπŸ˜‚
  9. Standard semi stiff pop up rig with Korda Dark Matter 25lb BS coated braid, with the last part near the hook stripped back to expose the braid, Korda Kurv size 8 for a 15mm boilie. Usually the pop up is held down by putty or a bb shot placed just on the coated braid next to the stripped section. I've been using this a lot with packbait on a short 4" link. I've always found that worked well with the method back home. It's also the rig I caught my 32lb on on using a size 10 and critically balanced plastic/ real corn. It's quite a versatile rig that also works with bottom baits as well, even without a line aligner set up although I like to keep the tubing so the hair comes off the back of the hook curve. 😁
  10. Since I have my rig book handy here's my go to rigs for 99% of the time. This is my standard line aligner rig for bottom baits. Link is Korda IQ flouro 15lbs BS with Korda Wide Gape size 6 for an 18mm boilie.
  11. Nice looking spot 😁
  12. And, amazingly, here's the fleece onesie I was wearing. Great bit of kit, kept me toasty for years 😁
  13. Just flicked through some articles here and came to one about Euro carping. Thought the rod pod looked familiar, then up popped this pic of me on the bank at least 15 years ago! Sat at Shearwater in the UK in my old Fox Evo probably about March/ April if my six layers of clothes are an indicator of conditions. Thanks Louis for recycling some of my stuff, I really don't mind as long as it's out there. 😁 Now as for royalties....πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  14. I've caught many with a boilie topped with plastic corn, and still use that today. Back home I would often fish over a bed of corn, hemp and broken boilies. Put it this way I can get a 50lb sack of corn for$12 which ( please make sure you cook) is a lot cheaper than 50lbs of boilies😎
  15. I've caught as many on corn, including my UK pb, as I have on boilies. Having fished in your state I know you can chum, which we can't in Colorado, do I'd go with corn on purely financial grounds. Try introducing boilies though, or use on one rod and corn on another.
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