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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been happening to some of the Olympic sports which are lottery funded I'm really not surprised that funding has been withdrawn.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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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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I've lived in Torbay for the best part of 35 years, but I've never visited the Model Village in Torquay before. Last week my family came down to see me. My sister Bex wanted to take her five-year-old son Alex there, so we all decided to go along. The Model Village is located in Babbacombe Torquay and is very easy to find. Just drive along Torquay seafront, at the clock tower turn left and follow the road all the way up to Babbacombe and you will eventually come to the model Village.

I was aware that there may be limitations for wheelchair users because of how steep some of the paths are. However, I was taken aback just how steep the paths really are, they are much steeper than I ever anticipated. The slope starts right where you pay at the kiosk, then it just gets steeper and steeper. I have the benefit of a tilt function on my chair so I was able to tilt my chair back which meant I wasn't pitching forward. However, if you haven't got this function then it is going to be extremely scary travelling down the slope. I think it may also be dangerous gravity will pull the top half of your body forward which could result in the back of the chair lifting when you brake. The path is quite narrow, however people are very understanding and there's more than enough room for you to pass each other. Once you get down to the bottom the area levels of and it's a much more comfortable ride.

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I thought I would do a little update on the Paignton Pier amusement arcade. My family and I would often enjoy an hour or two playing the tipping point machines on the pier. I'm sure you know the ones I'm talking about, there are two shelves with money on them, the money is then pushed onto the second shelf and hopefully some falls over the lip. Anyway, a couple of years I noticed that hardly any money was coming out, in fact whereas before a £s worth of 2p pieces would last quite a long time, the money was now going in just a few minutes with hardly anything coming out. Under close inspection I noticed that metal bars had been attached to the front tray and lots of coins wedged in and pointing upwards slightly. Basically it makes it look like lots of coins were hanging over the edge ready to fall. In fact these coins will never fall and as far as I'm concerned it was just a ploy to con people into using the machine. So basically they've created a third shelf which now points up.

We decided to visit again this week to see if things had changed. Unfortunately it looks as though everything is exactly the same. On a few of the machines there was a bundle of tokens with a £5 note attached. The £5 note was dangling over the edge of the tray which makes it look as though it could fall at any minute. We put about a £ of 2p pieces in, however the £5 notes didn't budge one little bit. It's quite obvious that it's been either fixed in place, or they've managed to secure it so that it will never fall no matter how much money you will put in.

Every machine is the same, even the tipping point machines in the  arcades at the very beginning of the pier, they are all doctored in order to fool people into playing them. Whether any laws are being broken I don't know, I'm not sure whether it's illegal modify these machines so they don't pay out much, but I am absolutely certain it's completely immoral to modify a machine and make it look as though money is going to come out.
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My God didn't they make some crap music videos in the 1980s :-) :-)

If you think the official video is bad enough then check out their appearance on top of the Pops, truly painful to watch.

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Posted by on in Angling
There's a brand-new fishing program starting this evening on ITV4 called Monster Carp. If you are a fan of Thinking Tackle, Fishing Gurus or The go to sleep) couple of those pork scratching things is that they like Big Fish off then this will surely be right up your swim.

Ali Hamdi will be the presenter and I believe he's going to have various guests accompanying him while he travels around the world fishing for large carp. All the other programs he fronts are absolutely brilliant and teach you lots of tricks on how to catch carp. I'm sure this new program will be just as entertaining.

Suffice to say my recorder is already set for 8 PM this evening on ITV4
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Not that I'm ever going to be put in the scenario, I've got more fishing rods and reels and I would care to admit. However, if you are given the choice to use just one rod and reel for the rest of your life, what would it be?

The choice is quite simple for me, it would be my Avon quiver and my Shimano Aero GTM 4000.

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My vote is we leave now, let's get our own country back so we can make our own decisions. That is just one reason for my option to leave Europe.
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