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A couple of years ago I experimented with Berkely Gulp artificial baits when fishing in the sea. I tried lugworm, ragworm and peeler crab. Even though I did get some interest in the worm baits, and never actually caught anything. With the benefit of hindsight and a few YouTube videos for help, I now realise that I should have scaled down the size of the bait for where I was actually fishing.

So I've just bought myself some 2-inch gulp sandworms which are basically ragworm. I've bought the blood red colour which looks unbelievably realistic in the packet. If I don't catch anything on these them I won't catch on anything.

I'm going to be going fishing in the next few weeks and will be experimenting so check back in a few weeks time to see how I get on.
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Huge congratulations to Brixham quiz team called Abide with Me who appeared on the TV quiz show Eggheads today and actually won. Kevin was actually playing today so being able to win against him is, even more, reason to be congratulated.
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Posted by on in Computer Talk
You've gone to log into the admin side of your Joomla! 3.0 website and you are confronted with a white blank page. Normally when you get an error on a Joomla! website you will actually get a display on the screen of what the error is. If it's not showing you the error then it's very difficult to work out what's wrong. I found a very simple fix for this problem.

In order to see the errors, you need to go to your configuration.php file in your control panel. Open the file in edit mode and look for something similar to $error_reporting = 'default';. All you need to do is replace the "default" with "6135" (minus the quotation marks). When you go back to your website the errors should appear after refreshing the page.

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Posted by on in General Discussion
In light of the 2017 announcement of who is going to be knighted, I feel that this trend of giving knighthoods to anyone who manages to win more than one gold medal is cheapening this highest honour.
Nobody would argue that Mo Farah or Andy Murray are at the very top of their game. Both of these gentlemen have only achieved greatness within a few years. I don't know how much charity work they do, I can't imagine either of them has much time for charity work. Even so, the knighthood is a really massive award and in my opinion, should only be given to people who have really done something special for many years throughout their life.
I would actually suggest that people like David Beckham are more deserving of a knighthood than Mo Farah or Andy Murray. Bruce Forsyth had to wait 50 years for his knighthood. Ken Dodd has been going for God knows how long, he has also just been knighted, and deservedly as well. 
Tagged in: 2017 Honours list
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Posted by on in TV Gossip
Way back in 1983 I watched a TV drama written by Willy Russell. The five-part serial was called One Summer and starred a very young David Morrisey. There aren't many programs from way back in the early 80s that have really stuck with me, however, One Summer affected me in a different way and I have never forgotten watching it. I recently received it as a birthday present and have just watched it again for only the second time in 33 years.
The story revolves mostly around two Liverpudlian schoolfriends, Billy, played by David Morrisey, and Icky, played by Spencer Leigh. Billy doesn't get on with either his sister or his mother and neither him or Icky have a particularly good school attendance record. The local police are out to get Billy. After getting into a dispute with another local gang Billy and Icky catch the train and run away to Wales. They're not sure where they're going in Wales, Billy holidayed there once and Wales has always been somewhere he wanted to get back to.

After arriving in Wales they come across a farmhouse which is home to Kidder, played by James Hazeldean. He takes both lads under his wing and lets them stay with him. Why is Kidder living all alone in Wales? There's more to his story as you will find out.

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Posted by on in YouTube Videos

These are some extremely corny Christmas videos.

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Posted by on in General Discussion
In light of what has been happening to some of the Olympic sports which are lottery funded I'm really not surprised that funding has been withdrawn. I reckon the lottery haven't got the money they used to have which is why they are now tightening their belts.

The National Lottery was at its best when it first started out in 1994. There was one drawer each week with jackpots being typically around the £7 million mark unless there was a rollover. Tickets cost £1 per line. So for a fiver, you could give yourself a pretty good chance of winning something.

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When autumn arrives and water temperatures drop, carp will reduce their feeding considerably. If you are planning on fishing during the colder months then there's a few important things that you should consider. The carp will normally retreat to a slightly deeper parts of the lake so fishing the margins may not be quite as good as it is during the summer months. Because the carp don't eat as much during colder months, there really is no need to pile lots of food in. So forget about lots of ground bait and pellets, and put your large method feeders away until summer arrives again. However, it's always a good idea to give the carp an incentive to come to your hook bait.

Guru tackle have come up with a very nifty device called the . To be honest, there's nothing really sophisticated about the device, it simplicity in itself and it's actually very clever as it enables you to offer up a small amount of pellets right on top of your hook bait. 

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If you like your fish and chips then let me recommend arguably the best fish and chip shop in the whole of Torbay. Simply Fish is located right opposite Brixham harbour just as you come down King Street. I can honestly say I've never had a bad meal from them. They really know how to produce a really tasty battered fish.

I also like the fact that they will provide the fish and chips in separate boxes which stops the fish batter going soggy.

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Abide homecare delivers high quality care in your own home, enabling people of all ages to stay independent with carers who are trained to a high standard.

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Posted by on in Angling
One of my favourite swims at the Town Parks Fishery just happens to be quite snaggy to the right. The carp know whether snaggy areas are and nine times out of 10 this is where they bolt to when hooked. One of the problems with float fishing tackle around snaggy areas is that when the line is pulled through underwater foliage, the shot will often either get moved on the line, or completely ripped off. Having to reshot the line and rearrange the float every time you catch a fish can get a little bit tiresome. So I have now started using a different float fishing method which completely eliminates the need to use shot on the line.

I've had some Middy fishing semi-loaded crystal wagglers knocking around in my tackle box for some time now. I decided to have a look at them the other day and see exactly how they could benefit me. Because they are only partially loaded they require some extra weight to cock them correctly in the water. What I do is lock the float onto the line with a couple of rubber float stops. Then if the float does get caught and pulled up or down the line, all you have to do is slide it back into place. Floats coming all different sizes.  The one I was using yesterday requires an extra 0.8 g of weight to bring it perfectly down in the water so only the colour was sticking out. Now rather than using split shot to add that extra weight, I opted for Drennan in-line olivettes. Match anglers normally use olivettes on their pole rigs to replace the need for using bulk shot. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with using them on a normal float set up. Like your standard shot, olivettes come in various sizes so you won't have any problem finding the exact weight you need.Because the olivettes slide onto the line, there is absolutely no chance they can fall off. However, they need to be secured on the line so they don't slide. The instructions tell you to use a couple of very small shot to lock the olivettes onto the line. Personally, that really defeats the object of why I'm using them in the first place. So what I do is use a couple of Korum rubber float stops to lock them in place.

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Posted by on in Angling
I'm quite excited about a new set of I have purchased recently. They are manufactured by Preston Innovations and come in various different sizes and styles. The ones I have purchased are the insert dura wag adjustable loading model. If you know anything about freshwater float then you will be aware that some floats come with the weight already built into the base. The majority of the ones I have ever used require some extra shot just to bring them down to the correct depth. However, these new ones by Preston Innovations are fully weighted straight out of the packet. This means that you can simply clip them on the line and they are set up absolutely perfectly in the water. However, some people want to put some extra weight down the line, whether this be some bulk shot to take the bait down quickly, or various shot spread evenly to ensure the bait falls uniformly through the water. These floats have been designed so that you can take small increments of weight off the float in order to you to add your own weight. You simply unscrew the base and slip one of the weights off which come in the form of a small metal ring.

The reason I absolutely love these floats is because you don't use locking shot to attach them to your line. The problem I've always had with using your bog standard shot is getting them to stay on the line properly. I do a lot of margin fishing and nine times out of 10 the carp will take you through all the snags in the margin which normally results in all the shot being either moved, or ripped off completely.

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Posted by on in Angling
If you are in the UK then you may be interested in a new fishing program that starts this evening on ITV. It's called Fishing Impossible and follows three anglers travelling around the world attempting to catch fish that are considered very difficult to catch.

In this week's episode they have travelled to Canada.

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Posted by on in Angling
I came across these a few months ago and I absolutely love them. I do a lot of method feeder fishing nowadays and really like using match mini boilies around eight or 10 mm in size. These 4 inch hair rigs incorporate a special bayonet which you simply push into the Boilie. So there's no messing around with hairs and fiddly little stops.
Check these out, they are really good
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Posted by on in Catch Report

The weather wasn't particularly good today, however that often favours carp fishing as it brings them onto the feed. Today wasn't an exception and the carp were quite interested in food.

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I was looking into buying one of those Water Wolf underwater cameras that you can attach your rig to film the fish whilst they take your bait. I did a quick search on the Internet and came across what I assumed was probably a slightly cheaper version of the camera. After all, Go Pro produce various cameras that differ in price. The first one I bought only cost me £90, the most recent one was nearly £300.

What I didn't realise at the time was I was actually buying just the base that the camera fits on. However, I believe the advert was very misleading as the camera was included in the photo.

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A couple of years ago I bought four quadruple gold coins from an online bullion dealer called Bullion By Post. The coins cost approximately £4300 at the time. The recent vote that saw us opting out of the European Union had a massive effect on gold prices. Going by today's gold prices, my coins are now worth just over £5300. I contacted Bullion by Post to find out what they would give me for the coins and they offered me just over £4600. If you were to buy the same four at today's gold price from them then the cost would be £5500. So basically if I sell my coins they are going to make nearly £900.

I've never invested in gold before and I don't think I'm going to do it again. Okay, if I sell today I could profit by just over £300, at least I'm getting my money back with a tiny bit of profit. I think I will try my luck with high street jewellers who buy gold, maybe they'll give me more money for my coins.

The point I am trying to make is that if you are thinking about buying gold then think very carefully about buying from these very well-known online bullion companies. Although they do promise to buyback any gold bought from them, my experience is that the offer will be well below the up-to-date gold prices. I think that you would probably get a better offer from a small jewellers on the high Street,.
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If like me you don't have any hand or finger movements then you will completely understand how frustrating it can be when you want to do something that actually involves holding something firmly. My childhood hobby is angling and I've been doing it since I was about nine years old. After my accident in 1986 I completely dismissed ever going fishing again and literally gave all my angling equipment away.

A few years later in the 1990s I became aware of a charity called Remap. What they do is use the skills of engineers, mostly retired gentleman who have time on their hands, but most importantly have both the skills and the tools in order to make special adaptions for disabled people.

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Posted by on in TV Gossip
I've really been enjoying this new series which sees people reunited with animals that they may have rescued, or brought up from very young and then released into the wild. In some cases they come back to decades later and the animals have still recognised them and greeted them with great affection. It reminds me of a fascinating story about an elephant and a man.

In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University .

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