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Check out the reed beds in winter.
...rather than fat, pale, scaleless fish.
the colder months. As far as location
is concerned, look for old weedbeds,
big depth variations on the north
bank, and carp also love reeds and
snags, especially near deep water.
Question 3
Hi, Mr Allen. Under no circumstances
should you fish the water; its legal
and immoral. Instead what you
should do is email me (EdwardBet
@aol.com) the location of the pool so
I can keep an eye on the place in case
anyone else is tempted to fish there!
Question 4
First of all I’m not sure if this question
was written in “Midlands English”. I
live a couple of miles away from the
dead centre of England and I have,
shall we say, a different style of writing! I’ve not fished a water where the
Turkish crays are a problem, but a
mate of mine has, and he has told me
some real stories about what they are
like. Basically the best way to get
round them is to use artificial baits on
the hair and bait up with smaller particle baits. This will mean they have
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to work harder to clear your baited
area, but they still will, so it pays to
bait up every six hours. As far as controlling them goes, there isn’t much
else I can suggest except boil them
for three to four minutes in heavily
salted water and wreak your revenge,
with a side of crusty bread! They are
very nice to eat, although I have never
eaten them on the bank, but I would if
I had them in my water. Enjoy!
Question 5
Hi, Kevin. I haven’t fished any shallow
peat waters, nor have I heard too
much about them. But if the peat is
full of natural food then I wouldn’t
have any hesitation in fishing in it. I
personally wouldn’t pay any attention
to the possibilities of low oxygen levels and how the wind/turbulence will
affect it. I would just approach the
water the same way as I approach all
other waters by looking for signs of
fish and then fishing to them, and also
baiting likely spots near to where the
fish like to hold. If after a period of
time I notice that the fish are behav-
ing lethargically or gasping for air due
to low oxygen in certain weather conditions, then I would start to think
more about it and bring it into my
fishing. By this I mean avoid any
weather conditions that will hinder
the oxygen content of the water,
which will stop the fish feeding, then
pull out all the stops in the right conditions. So if a big new wind kicks up,
crashing oxygen into the water, then
I’d be right on the end of it, despite
the turbulence theory.
I have a question for the other
gents this month, which revolves
around fish care issues in these two
photographs that I lifted from Facebook. Is this as bad as bad as it looks
to me, or is it acceptable/tolerable on
Sean Leverett
Right, straight in to it this month, and
I’ll start by commenting on a few
comments that were made in the last
letter. Now, it seems that most of you
disagree with my views where I think
you should be red-carded after catching the lake’s biggie. What I don’t
understand is why you think it’s ok for
Mr Newson to stay on? I understand
that there may be other fish in the
lake that he would still like to catch,
but he is actually saying that he’d like
to catch the biggie again! I would
much rather a new member replace
him the following season than the
same guy stay on and take that capture away from someone by catching
it again! It would be different if the
lake held several large fish that were
all around the same size, but not if the
lake only held the one big fish. I also

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