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   Old Thread  #89 15 May 2022 at 7.08pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nooooow I understand the message haha!

I was lucky enough to have a friend who built / repaired rods and he had one, piece of artwork but certainly brutal, when you consider the guides have ball bearing in them nowadays lol!

one day I'd love to do tuna lure fishing on lighter tackle, sounds brilliant
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   Old Thread  #88 15 May 2022 at 5.09pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers. Easily the hardest fighting fish Iíve ever caught, or am likely to catch. Two 300m runs against 50-75lb of drag...

Not many pics as such, as itís all catch and release, done in such a way not to exhaust the fish and leave it strong and healthy. (Unlike me, I was absolutely goosed afterwards.) Plenty of videos though.

Wouldnít mind a go for tarpon, Nicaragua looks a tidy destination for them.

Anyhow, sober now, so back to the carping...
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   Old Thread  #87 15 May 2022 at 3.48pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Take what you need!
I have been through the stage of taking the bare minimum for an overnight session and getting it into rucksack, tackle box, bedchair and rod holdall.
You might still need bait bucket and water.

My stove, food, scales etc went in the rucksack. Light bivvy in rod holdall along with rods, banksticks and buzz bars.

I minimised it as I was fishing Ardleigh Reservoir and might have a long walk.

You can take more if you have a barrow!
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   Old Thread  #86 15 May 2022 at 2.34pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Too be fair I take my barrow for a short day session, at least I know I have everything on it for when I do nights and haven't got to worry about forgetting anything.
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   Old Thread  #85 14 May 2022 at 9.28pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Went for a 7 hour day session today.

Car park was busy, three blokes loading up barrows for a day session that had pulled up well before me.

Hoped out my car, no barrow and headed to the lake within seconds to get a better choice of swim.

Another reason for travelling light.

Still blanked though.
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   Old Thread  #84 14 May 2022 at 9.51am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Another benefit of trimming down your gear to the necessities is that if your tackle gets nicked you don't need to pay as much to replenish it. This might not be of much concern for the carp park swim dwellers who chuck their flat screen TV, 15 power packs, cheati... bait boat, "cooking gazebo", and gas BBQ into the nearest swim to the car (using an electric barrow for the 20 yard marathon obviously) and doing their greatest impression of a slug for 3 days, but I get pretty itchy feet after a period of inactivity and like to have a walk around quite a lot.
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   Old Thread  #83 14 May 2022 at 6.12am  2Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Except people catching from the surf I canít think of many angling disciplines globally where a rod over 10í is common. As you say, big game rods are short and stout while 200lb tarpon are caught on whatís basically a 9ft Avon rod with fly guides whipped to it
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   Old Thread  #82 14 May 2022 at 2.48am  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'd love to see pics of that bugger!

As you know tuna rods are a whole new level of beefy lol, could probably handle getting run over by a bloody tank
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   Old Thread  #81 14 May 2022 at 2.29am  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I bet you didn't cast the lure 120 yards though. Well done on the catch . sounds epic.
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   Old Thread  #80 14 May 2022 at 1.49am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I recently caught a 680lb giant bluefin tuna on an eight foot one piece rod. Does it count? Or not credible due to rod length being unmatched to size of venue (the Atlantic, which is a fair few acres.)
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   Old Thread  #79 13 May 2022 at 9.15pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Completely agree with this mate 👍
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   Old Thread  #78 13 May 2022 at 12.53pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The first carp rod was 10í wasnít it?
Again, itís not so much what these 6 footers do once on the bank. Itís the getting there in the first place thatís much easier. When I was travelling I had multi piece fly and spinning rods but if I needed to catch some dinner or bait in a hurry or wasnít really meant to be fishing Iíd use a sawn off
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   Old Thread  #77 13 May 2022 at 10.35am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I take the proverbial kitchen sink when I go, but that's ok because I can barrow it round my syndicate or drop into a swim next to the car. I use my 12ft setup there because some spots are 120+.

Fishing a much, much smaller club lake at the minute which is days only - I've gone back to my 10ft dwarf & backpack setup. It's incredible how much I can scale down if I need to.

It's all an each to their own thing. I would rather, when the lake I'm fishing permits, take everything I could possibly need (normally with more backup stuff in the car).
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   Old Thread  #76 13 May 2022 at 9.31am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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As you said 10fts are great it all depends what size water your on 6fts are great for a puddle or the canal 10fts for medium waters 12fts or 13fts for bigger waters I wouldnít want to use 6 or 10s on a 90 acre lake so I think thereís no set size as I said all depends what waters you fish so really if you can afford it have different set ups
Itís really good using 6fts with the 30 inch net small bag mat and chair
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   Old Thread  #75 13 May 2022 at 8.14am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I love my 10ft rods in fact my 12fts cost twice as much but havenít been out on the bank for over a year now, tbh though itís more because On my syndicate the spook very easily so I like to not have my rod tips hanging over the water plus some of the swims are tight so I like the 10fts for more ease and having them back away from the water.
Im 6ft 3 and it might look a little weird being tall using smaller rods but I absolutely love them, not turning this into a debate about smaller rods though because people can use what ever they like
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