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   Old Thread  #129 3 Jul 2020 at 3.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Absolutely, don't get me wrong, I use one where I currently dangle and other ****s still manage to upset me with theirs/general behaviour

On the other hand how about this, I turned up a couple of weeks ago and someone had cracked a marker float off and just left it, which wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't sat right in the middle of my spot, spent about an hour trying to get the bloody thing in by casting at it but it wouldn't have it, completely wrecked my chances in that swim in the process, bloody marker floats!
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   Old Thread  #128 3 Jul 2020 at 2.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you can do that without coloured flashing lights and scorchio headtorches it is indeed the perfect scenario. You can also get 3 bags or singles out with very little disturbance. Really talking about busy open access waters here but if you are turning up at prime time it is you responsibility to cause minimum disturbance. Of course we all want to get fishing as effectively as possible but not just do your thing and stuff everyone else. Used to be called etiquette, I call it good manners.
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   Old Thread  #127 3 Jul 2020 at 1.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That's the perfect scenario especially when you have your spots saved on the autopilot, 3 trips (or 4) and done
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   Old Thread  #126 3 Jul 2020 at 10.58am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Alternatively...……….you have to work late on a Friday, it's autumn, and you turn up at the lake just on dusk. It's bite time and you know where you want to fish so drop 3 rigs as quickly and quietly as possible from a bait boat while baiting up at the same time.

The other option would be get the marker and rods out (at least 4 casts) and spod well into dark ruining your chances and those around you.

The above was another contributing factor when I purchased a bait boat. If they are used sensibly they can work to everyones advantage.

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   Old Thread  #125 3 Jul 2020 at 10.50am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I’d rather all that than they spod and marker at bite time.
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   Old Thread  #124 3 Jul 2020 at 10.04am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
How to upset me with a bait boat. Turn up in a group of three on an 8 acre lake just on dusk. You know the one, bite time. Out with boat each and spend 30-40 mins apparently mapping swims. Dark now, death Ray headtorches on full and boats lit up with lights of every colour, flashing, strobing and glowing. Three rods each to be baited and end tackles to be placed. 100 yards of bank and water looking like Blackpool illuminations for a couple of hours. Other side of lake, maybe 60-80 yds away there are scorch marks on my bivvy from those Stupid headtorches and my blood pressure is at dangerous levels. Don't want a ban but if you have to use tech to catch carp a bit of sense and consideration is appreciated.
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   Old Thread  #123 3 Jul 2020 at 9.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If we can smile about it now then some good must have come out of it in the end.

Surprised more than annoyed at the time but end of the day it’s only a fish and it’s going to be there next time anyway.
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   Old Thread  #122 3 Jul 2020 at 9.40am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I’m only pulling your leg, I’m sure the disturbance was annoying. I just found the hyperbole of ‘waves’ amusing.
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   Old Thread  #121 3 Jul 2020 at 9.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Maybe it does sound a little dramatic but it was in a relatively small bay /inlet so the waves bounced back from the banks and also bear in mind the boat went across my swim, spun around which generated the biggest disturbance then back across again to go home.
This was just above the carps head which I never saw again. As sir B says it can be bit of a delicate art especially if the carp has left its cover and is out of its comfort zone
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   Old Thread  #120 3 Jul 2020 at 0.00am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It may sound a bit dramatic but if you are delicately trying to present a floater to cautious fish and an unnecessary wave from a plastic boat upsets it may feel like waves everywhere.
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   Old Thread  #119 2 Jul 2020 at 10.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think ‘waves everywhere’ may be being a little over dramatic from a plastic model boat..
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   Old Thread  #118 2 Jul 2020 at 8.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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This would have been in the late 2000's or early 2010's I think, although I'm not sure. Certainly some were using bait boats in that period as I fished it a few times in that period.
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   Old Thread  #117 2 Jul 2020 at 2.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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about why bait boats were banned on Virginia Water.

They were already banned back in the 80's when I fished there (for pike). However, it is amazing how well a decoy duck body can be grafted onto a small boat (they were all home made then anyway) and at distance you had trouble spotting it. I never used one but I had a mate who did.

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   Old Thread  #116 2 Jul 2020 at 1.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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fair play too you then mate, if using a bait boat means you can carry on fishing im all for it
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   Old Thread  #115 2 Jul 2020 at 12.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hats off to you for continuing to fish. I suspect I will suffer similar limitations due to two operations on my right shoulder and arthritis in both now. I have noticed that I much weaker now than a few years ago, at the ripe old age of 55.

In my opinion the waters that ban bait boats do so because you will always get a small minority that have no idea how to use them in a considerate manner. Personally I have had someone bait boat a bait across the lake and drop it just to the left of my rod tips, almost certainly because they had seen me catch from my margin. We had words.

Here's an amusing story (I was told it and really hope it's true) about why bait boats were banned on Virginia Water.

It wasn't unusual for films to be shot in the grounds of Virginia Water as it's a beautiful and scenic country park and on this occasion they had set up to film an early morning scene for a Harry Potter film with the misty lake in the background. Anyway the director shouts 'Action!' quickly followed by 'CUT! WTF IS THAT!?' as a bait boat trundled quietly across the water in the background. Boats were banned shortly after that event.
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