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   Old Thread  #17 25 Mar 2011 at 11.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
You don't even have to be fishing to be at risk. I caught Weils at a Cornish lake when doing a photo shoot for a new Fox product that was being launched. I took the missus to do the pix while I did the product manipulation. This involved getting my hands wet in the margins for a few seconds. That's when I nearly lost my life.

Rats and mice spread Weils so anyone NOT taking precautions either is an idiot or he doesn't care about his life.
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   Old Thread  #16 25 Mar 2011 at 9.30am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I remember on my France holiday last year; I had 20kg of bait in a big airdry sack. Had been out in the sun all day, when it started to rain, so I quickly shoved it in the doorway of my brolly. I ended up leaving it there for the night. When I woke up, there was a couple of holes and a few boilies laying around. Was pi$$ed off, and took care what I touched. Was instantly paranoid about my bait, if had pi$$ed all over it etc. Wasn't until later on that I realised just how much bait it had nicked. Between my brolly and it's little route out of the reeds was the boat. Under the boat was about 2kg of boilies! It must have had a little chain going!! That was just under the boat, god knows how many he got back to the nest and ate!

But as angry as I was, it was my own fault. They have as much right to be there as us. If you invite them in, they are going to take up the opportunity! I think traps is a bit harsh really. Don't encourage them and then you wont have any problems.
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   Old Thread  #15 25 Mar 2011 at 9.01am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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may i ask what you do with the rats once killed in your?
i hope the answer is not chuck them in a nearby bush the smell in summer would be horrible


On the lake i fish, if there was a dead rat, the other rats would carry it off and prob eat it!
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   Old Thread  #14 25 Mar 2011 at 8.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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may i ask what you do with the rats once killed in your?
i hope the answer is not chuck them in a nearby bush the smell in summer would be horrible
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   Old Thread  #13 24 Mar 2011 at 9.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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DP laptop fail!!
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   Old Thread  #12 24 Mar 2011 at 9.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I watched somebody years ago at the little pit in Arlesey boiling a kettle of lake water and they had a dead duck in their swim! Bet you wouldn't drink it then!
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   Old Thread  #11 24 Mar 2011 at 7.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I take a couple of traps as well and enjoy the sound of the snap
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   Old Thread  #10 24 Mar 2011 at 7.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Vermin can be popped off with an airpistol.

I'm lucky that the places I fish have low populations of rats but my trusty Webley is always nearby.
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   Old Thread  #9 24 Mar 2011 at 6.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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after reading posts about rats and weils dieses, rabies, and all the other scum they carry, i was wondering if any else fishes rat infested lakes with open front brollys ????

i fish on the busiest dayticket in the northwest and with masses of people come massive plagues of rats. there's hundreds off them, great big dirty things

i fish under a brolley so im only acouple feet away and probs in some cases inches. they dont bother me but i just make sure i dont drop any bait, keep it in a sealed bucket and hang my bin bag in a tree. this definatly works as there only there to eat the mess that we make.

i guess they just move on from my swim, to the **** hole of a swim next one down
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   Old Thread  #8 24 Mar 2011 at 1.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
maby not rats but mice cohh , woke up in the middle of the night in summer to a mouse walking over my bobbins , wich were on the floor i chased it of then it came back walking over a few tesco bags got me up again
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   Old Thread  #7 24 Mar 2011 at 11.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I always take a couple of rat traps... cost me about 4 quid each... The bait area on them is perfect for a boilie and it somehow feels nice when you hear that special SNAP sound!! May not solve the problem immediately, but it gives me some pleasure.....
Just imagine if we all took a couple of traps....
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   Old Thread  #6 24 Mar 2011 at 9.33am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I never use a bivvy with a front, you miss so much otherwise. I fish Linear a lot and the rats there are scared of nothing. If you sensible and keep everything out the way and your rubbish hanging from a tree you shouldn't get bothered to bad but the things are everywhere. The worst thing is them running past all three hangers as if they know what they are doing at 3 o'clock in the morning (*******s)
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   Old Thread  #5 24 Mar 2011 at 8.20am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i cant fish with a enclosed front feels like camping to me!
and i hate groundsheets!!
so yea always have an open front, never had any problems just dont leave food or bait out, as bream boy said if they want to get in they will get in even in your twin skinned double groundsheet bivvy!!
i use the lake water for washing the frying pan ect all the time never harmed me.
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   Old Thread  #4 23 Mar 2011 at 11.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes

It may be hard to believe that rats can also walk through an open bivvy door

They can also chew through a fully colsed zipped up bivvy as well, so even using a fitted groundsheet and a zipped up door rats will get in if they want. They can chew through all sorts - a bit of nylon won't stop them

Edit, I regularly use lake water for brews, never got ill yet, I do get it to a rolling boil for a while before drinking it though.
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   Old Thread  #3 23 Mar 2011 at 11.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I can remember the days when guys used to use lake water for making tea and even the bottle of white in the margins cooling off seems too risky
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