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Penn

Penn

I live on the south-west coast of England in a small town called Brixham.  I been confined to a wheelchair 1986 after breaking my neck in a swimming pool accident.  Computers are my saviour and I spend most days doing one thing or another on my PC.  Other interests I have include angling and amateur radio.  I also run a website and forum dedicated to looking after and caring for the Oscar fish cichlid

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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?

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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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In the UK it is illegal to fish and a lot of rivers and lakes without first of all having a valid fishing rod licence. Some fisheries to have their own fishing rod licence that covers people using their lakes and ponds. But always find out first before going fishing there because it's your responsibility to make sure you have an up-to-date and valid rod licence. Fines for fishing without a rod licence can be as high as £2500. However it's probably shame that is much worse because I've seen the names of people who have been prosecuted for not having a rod licence printed in some of the angling magazines and papers.

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Let me start off by saying that I am no means an expert when it comes to mobile phones and the Internet, in fact I've only just bitten the bullet and got myself a mobile last year. I've never been a great fan of mobile phones, I did have one when they first came out but never really used it. There have been a couple of instances recently when I've been out in my van and something has gone wrong. It hadn't been the fact that my mother or friend was with me with a mobile phone I would have been in a right old pickle.

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I try not to let things beat me. I've been disabled for almost 30 years now, in fact I will be celebrating 30 years on May 18, 2016.
 
One of the first things I taught myself to do after becoming disabled was to open my own banana. It's really rather easy as you will see by the video below.
 
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