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   Old Thread  #12 17 Jan 2021 at 5.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Johnny is proper in the know out here. I have recently just moved to Slovakia and I can tell you there is some messed up rules here. I have a ticket on a few waters here , so if your driving through here on you euro trip pop us a message and I can sort you out a few nights on somewhere . Good luck with your trip and .
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   Old Thread  #11 17 Jan 2021 at 7.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Try your luck on YouTube chatting to some of the experienced guys.
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   Old Thread  #10 17 Jan 2021 at 7.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What size van do you think you would need? The bigger the van the more fuel you will fork out for etc. Expensive or not I would always go for something around the Vito/Custom etc size. The weight of your kit wonít be such a burden on your engine that way. Would you go second hand or brand new? I donít think I would bother with renting one as you could buy something and then sell it again when your back if you no longer want it
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   Old Thread  #9 17 Jan 2021 at 1.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If I'd have a trip like you're planning, I'd skip France, Italy, Slovenia and Austria and go off the beaten track (at least a bit). Is big carp your only goal, or is it just as much about traveling?
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   Old Thread  #8 16 Jan 2021 at 11.08am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks guys for your help and advice on the towbar situation I would have been absolutely gutted if I went to buy it only to find out that I can't use it then to come back to find out it has been stolen or damaged by some jealous scum bag so I will have to look into the decision i have to make with more attention to detail in that case which van should I get and do I rent it or buy one?
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   Old Thread  #7 29 Dec 2020 at 7.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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And get decent euro breakdown cover,I can almost guarantee a trailer will get nicked
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   Old Thread  #6 28 Dec 2020 at 11.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Pretty sure you can't fit a tow bar to an M5 anyway due to limited tow limit weight from BMW for this model. You would be better off buying a second hand van with dealer warranty.
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   Old Thread  #5 28 Dec 2020 at 10.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Stuart

Firstly condolences regarding your family

Having done the same sort of thing in the late 80s the best advice I can give you is the following:
Anything being towed by an m5 is worth stealing, get a van
Have a starting and finishing venue, then make sure you're aware of the fishing rules and licences required in each country
Do research, there are 100s of epic venues out there that aren't on the UK scene radar
I finished up at ballaton with a shed load of happy memories, a few drama moments and dinner conversation for a lifetime
Enjoy

Best

Jon
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   Old Thread  #4 28 Dec 2020 at 9.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I would tend to agree about the trailer, you'll be covering some fair old distances.
Also, having taken my dog to france fishing on numerous occasions, he picked up a hell of alot of ticks, make sure you either give them some tick treatment, or at least have a tick remover.
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   Old Thread  #3 28 Dec 2020 at 7.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sound advice and what a trip that would be
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   Old Thread  #2 28 Dec 2020 at 5.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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my first advice would be to buy a van and no trailer and some lighter bivvy, travel light as possible.... You drive to south of france to fish some public lakes and after that do a costal drive throe Italy stop somewhere there, drive to slovenia and croatia fish some public lake there and than finish your trip via austria, germany and benelux...
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   Old Thread  #1 28 Dec 2020 at 3.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Me and my mate and my two dogs are going to be going on a European adventure, I recently lost both parents and was left a house which we are selling, so with planning on a bmw m5 touring and a trailer and a lot of hope and excitement we plan on venturing round Europe and exploring all the different lakes and rivers available. Time is not a issue but being new at European fishing and not knowing how to get the best out of our time im hoping that you guys have a better idea of the possibilities for catching big carp. We don't want to use the usual holiday venues but I just don't know where to start I plan on buying a boat and a single bivvy, probably the ridgemonkey 2 man. As its my first excursion of this magnitude any advice on venues tackle and anything else I might need, I have not mentioned that although I'm a longtime and proficient angler my mate is new to it all and we plan on documenting the whole thing. Thanks in advance
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