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About marcus

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    Obsessed Carper
  • Birthday 10/07/1975

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  1. Fished there several times, what an incredible location for a WCC, good luck gents
  2. Looks brilliant Jerome, think Bob needs some lessons from the kids on how to hold 'the trophy pose' though - he's mostly carp cuddling!
  3. http://carpuniversemagazine.com/
  4. Check out Carp Universe magazine, it's completely free and I've just made my editorial debut in it! No one is paid and no one is sponsored so there's nothing to 'push'
  5. I have a 'Book of Love' which is a small journal I began in 2002 to chart my fishing all over the world. I note the weight of all of my and my fishing buddy's fish and bait caught upon. I also sketch diagrams in there to show the mapped swim and anything I change as the session goes on that results in bigger/more fish. It's really interesting to look back through and re-live the sessions and how the evolved as I became more attuned to my environment and the fish's movement and feeding times. The 'Book of Love' is twinned with 'The Scales of Truth' too ensure I capture accurate weights :-)
  6. ooh, PM or FB me Rod, would love to hook up if we can swing it
  7. Not sure what bait I'd use to catch you J
  8. I've got a lake exclusive at the start of May at the place below if anyone fancies a crack at this 15 acre lake, just pay for your flight! Full write up will follow....? http://www.francecarpfishing.co.uk
  9. Don't know about you but I want to spear me a tench
  10. lol, no problems with that mate, most Americans & Canadians don't know how good they have it with a state license - which is why most of my angling is now done over with you chaps. If I fished for Salmon and Sea Trout, my rod license would be $108 and to fish a Salmon beat up to $500 per day in addition!
  11. The whole of the UK (Scotland England, N Ireland and Wales) is the same size as Michigan or Oregon and contains 66 million people Todd. Land and space is at a premium so it works differently over here
  12. correct Bob, a rod license does cost around 40 bucks and it entitles you to fish with two rods. If I wanted to fish with three rods I'd have to buy 2 rod licenses which entitles me to fish up to 4 rods......expect very very few places in the UK have a 4 rod limit!! We've been campaigning for years to get this changed so we can buy the number of licenses for the number of rods we'll use. Also bear in mind that buying a rod license doesn't entitle us to fish anywhere. For that we need to buy a club or syndicate license which typically costs around 200 bucks a year and might give access to one water or up to 30 or 40 waters (sometimes rivers, canals and lakes too) Some of those waters will need an extra license (sometimes called a gold card) to fish the best lakes with the biggest fish. Sometimes to get a gold card you have to have been a member of the club for a number of years and shown positive free activity in the form of work parties to improve pegs, pull snags out of the water, build otter fences etc) before being offered the chance to buy a gold card membership. If you do get a gold card you may not be given full access to that water, you may only fish during the week and possibly for no more than 48 continuous hours, and not returning within a further 48 hours. Other times it might 'a week on, a week off' rota. On many circuit waters you will never be able to fish in a particular peg or swim because it's tied up by a small group of anglers who work out their own rota, so the next guy is just arriving as the last one is packing up. In some places this is allowed, in some frowned upon and in some not allowed, but it goes on on all circuit waters There are some waters that cost around 1500 bucks a year to fish, some of Rob Hales waters command that fee but it's an exclusive set of waters. Some waters are classed as day ticket waters, so you either turn up and fish and the bailiff takes your cash on the bank, some you have to book in advance with the bailiff, or occasionally via the website, other still you have to book a particular peg for a particular length of time (say peg 3 called the Willows from 6am Saturday to 5am sunday. Some waters you can only book for a minimum amount of time. So at the weekend you have to book for 24 or 48 hours, nothing more or less than that. The day ticket waters are like paylakes and most of the carp are in a poor condition - that's a generalisation and not a rule - but are almost always rammed full during spring, summer and fall. I could go on but it's boring me just typing this which is why all my fishing is now done outside of the UK, it's not a pleasant place to fish for me anymore. But to sum it up: the rod license allows you to use a rod, where you choose to fish, and upon which kind of venue costs many times more and there's always restrictions on when, where and how you can fish
  13. A lovely Crucian without BarbUles!
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