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Israel or Sutton
passed the bivvy, and they stayed
around to watch the fight. One of the
lads offered to do the photos, and the
girls dived into the photo whilst the
other fella got some pics on his
mobile. All four were a pleasure to talk
to, and delighted at the prospect of
the picture being used in a magazine
– a far cry from some of the idiots you
meet on the Thames late at night. I
have included the picture again, now
with this explanation, purely for your
interest of course. Apparently this is
acceptable, as some writers seem to
use the same old pictures over and
over and over. At least this one has
something of interest to look at.
I know Angling Intelligence now
has a good following of Big Carp readers. Apart from obviously thanking
you for your support, I would like to
take this opportunity to clear up an
issue surrounding one of the new
products, which will, all things being
equal, be in the shops later this
month. I have spoken about the shortterm retention weigh sling before
telling you how good the product
was. Well, nothing has changed; it is
still really good, and improved upon in
fact. Some have commented however
on how if fish are kept in the shallows
during hot weather, you are starving
them of oxygen as the sling is not
deep enough. Factually that statement is incorrect, as if oxygen levels
are low, the maximum levels of oxygen will be in the surface layers, and
not further down. In the event that
oxygen levels are dangerously low,
the fish will be struggling and are
unlikely to feed. Any responsible fishery owner or bailiff will have spotted
the signs, and stopped all fishing by
this stage. If oxygen levels are low,
especially just before and at first light,
it is paramount fish are not sacked
amongst weed in shallow water and
they are returned without any undue
delay. We will ensure users of the
product are educated about the most
dangerous of conditions when the
fish will be trying to stay alive rather
than feeding, but the point I would
like to make is that anglers are going
to retain fish anyway. I know of fish
staked in the edge for hours up
against a gravel bank in no more than
a foot of water. This is a far worse scenario for the fish than being safely
housed in the retention sling for a
short period. The product is no sack, it
was designed to be used for those
occasions where you would either
use a sack for a short period, stake the
fish in a net, or stand in the lake with
a normal weigh sling whilst camera
equipment, photographers and the
like are assembled. We will suggest a
15-minute time limit on its use to
avoid any potential problems, and
reinforce to those that may be
inclined to use it long-term instead of
a sack, which is not what it is
designed for. Another obvious way it
differs from a sack is that if you have
an accident with a sack, the fish is
most likely doomed. If it somehow
escapes its tether using the sling, it
just bobs on the surface. Even on the
darkest of nights when you shine a
torch anywhere near the reflective
tape on the top, it glows back at you
like a beacon. I was sufficiently concerned by people’s comments to
engage a highly respected fisheries
scientist on the issue. He confirmed,
as I suspected, that although the
long-term retention of fish is never to
be encouraged, low oxygen levels in
the surface layers are not an inhibiting issue with the product. Please use
the sling as directed and you won’t
have any problems.
You may be glad to know I have
basically run out of room and time for
this month, so I will have to leave it
there. Hopefully next month I can get
that interview done with Rob, especially as I will have more new products to show him for launch towards
the end of next month – our all-season sleeping system, the awesome
new rod, and a range of hard box
accessory pouches. You never know;
I might have even caught that 30 out
of The Thames!
Until then, be lucky. n
No need to go foreign when our own carp grow like this!


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