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Alan

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  1. It would be nice if the technical talks could be reproduced in a later copy of the NACA magazine for those that cannot make it.
  2. Thanks Dale, That one works for me in the spring but not the fall. Perhaps it is the type of flavor that needs to be changed.
  3. Does anyone have a late fall grits mix? I heard to use whole kernel corn and water instead of creamed corn as the wetter. Thanks
  4. Not convinced the forum decline is all down to facebook etc. This began when it became unfriendly towards non-members and people like Phone could no longer post in the bait section, for example. This is not a criticism, just an observation.
  5. What you guys are doing is admirable. Be careful what you handle though. We had a bailiff here pick up a discarded corn can and cut his hand on the tin. He caught Weil’s disease, apparently transmitted by rats eating out the can and pissing on it. Anyway, he died from it, a healthy bloke in his twenties. Tragic. Always use tuff gloves or tongs.
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    Willem, sorted thanks
  7. Alan

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    I have the same problem. I also tried the store and clicked on international membership but it still didn't take me anywhere.
  8. I find that boilies are good when you want to read a good book without any interruptions
  9. Thanks for the help guys. The consensus seems to be that a TBSP is filled level or just over level. Now all I need to figure out is whether it is Morton Kosher Salt or Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt!
  10. Many packbait recipes call for a tablespoon of kosher salt, but what do you guys take as a tablespoon? Is it a level tablespoon or a heaped tablespoon? This might seem a bit trivial, but a heaped tablespoon is twice the amount of a level tablespoon! Thanks
  11. I use an egg sinker and the very flexible gardening wire used for tying up garden plants. Pass the wire through the sinker and give the ends a twist to secure. After casting, fold each end back over the mainline. It comes free easily if the line gets snagged. A cheaper version can be made by tying the wire round a stone or anything else with a bit of weight to it instead of a sinker.
  12. I use Solar 101 size 4 hooks. I doubt if you can get these, but any sharp J-shape hook should do. I would not use circle hooks for carp.
  13. I think what you are describing is the slack-line method that has become popular in some quarters over here in England. When the lead is fixed or semi-fixed to the swivel, carp have been observed to pick up the bait, get pricked by the hook, and react by twisting and turning against the lead to get rid of the hook. The angler receives little or no indication on the bank and the fish frequently sheds the hook. To counter this behavour, anglers are using a running lead and slackening the mainline right off after casting. Because the line is free to run through the lead the carp cannot use the lead as an anchor point to shake the hook out. There is absolutely no resistance. The fish panics and moves off at speed, giving the angler a proper run. This slack line method works best with a fluorocarbon mainline which is heavier than nylon and sinks completely. Everything lays very flat on the bottom, the fish is not suspicious and line bites are minimised. I use packbait compressed around the hookbait (or lead) not a feeder.
  14. Saddened and shocked to read of this. I enjoyed his videos and it seems like only yesterday that he was pointing at me and saying: “Don’t go away”. R.I.P.
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