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   Old Thread  #49 10 May 2022 at 1.36pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Totally agree no need for all this gear but to go light you have to be ruthless cutting gear down if your ditching the barra then every ounce counts
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   Old Thread  #48 10 May 2022 at 12.55pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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My thoughts exactly. I don't want it to be a chore every time I go and that time can be spent more productively. I'm going to have another go at scaling back a bit at a time and see how I get on.
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   Old Thread  #47 10 May 2022 at 12.41pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Exactly..and not lazy..
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   Old Thread  #46 10 May 2022 at 12.12pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Taking less gear means less time preparing for a trip, loading and unloading the car, loading up a barrow, setting up a barrow. Squeezing all the gear into the car.

So much easier or maybe I am just lazy.
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   Old Thread  #45 10 May 2022 at 10.23am  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I found that doing shorter trips with less kit improves one's angling skills... More time pressure to force a result, less options to observe and move, fish for a bite at a time, use rigs/baits that you know work and are confident in, then concentrate on watercraft and location, ironically spending more time on those aspects... Efficiency is all a part of it...
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   Old Thread  #44 10 May 2022 at 10.22am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Get a power barrow - negate the cutting back and take what you do already! (plus more bait)
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   Old Thread  #43 10 May 2022 at 10.14am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think we get a bit carried away with taking the minimum these days. Overnighters are about efficiency and making things easy for yourself imoÖ as others have said, if itís on a barrow the weight makes little difference as long as youíre not taking 50 leads etc.. Fair enough for those that donít use one, but Iíd rather get up 30 seconds earlier than carry my gear around the lake. What if you need to move or the fish are as far from the car park as possible?

I definitely donít understand this obsession with short rods. How does a 2 or 3 ft difference benefit anyone? If anything they take more time to assemble/disassemble and must prove limiting in some situations.

On the barrow I take a water bottle, cool bag, bucket, mat/sling, tempest brolly that I throw up without any pegs where possible, 3 rods in a quiver and a Spod/marker rod just incase. Again, Iíd rather have it available for the sake of 2 seconds putting one extra rod on a barrow. Rucksack on my back with camera inside and weíre good to go.
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   Old Thread  #42 10 May 2022 at 8.48am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes
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   Old Thread  #41 10 May 2022 at 8.34am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Donít be silly. Youíre not a proper angler unless you can carry all your kit for a 3 week session, use the same teabag 8 times, sleep on an uncomfortable bed and only use 28 grams of bait per session. Why would you want more than that, youíre fishing a 1000 acre lake with 3 fish in for one run every 2 seasons arenít you? If not, you should be - Proper fishingí that is. How dare you fish heavily stocked lakes and use a few kilos of bait.

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   Old Thread  #40 10 May 2022 at 7.33am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That's the thing though, my approach has never been to scale down my gear over time on a single lake. In fact, I usually added more stuff over time as the lake or fish dictated that I needed it. The key to me was always to develop a basic game plan based around as few components as possible that I could initially take to any lake. I did this because I thought if I removed a lot of decisions in my fishing then I would make less mistakes. Granted I might lose out on a few opportunities because I don't have certain gear but I'm prepared to live with that. I must say that I did deviate from this basic game plan but the important thing is that any deviations were made because observations of the lake or the fish dictated that I changed something, not because I just felt like trying something different for no good reason.
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   Old Thread  #39 10 May 2022 at 6.21am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Similar thoughts to me. If I am carrying then itís absolute minimal gear. Barrowing, I take a few more of what I call luxury items, proper shelter, brew kit etc. Either case though, minimal gear, personally I hate having loads of crap with me, started out with minimal gear and thatís how I have always preferred it. Anybody going camping for for 3, 4, 5 days etc I can understand it, even so I wouldnít have much more than the essentials myself.

Ultimately I think we all taylor our gear around the venue or sessions that we are fishing
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   Old Thread  #38 9 May 2022 at 11.10pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I use small buckets too, as I like to add liquid and other bits to my boilies and using freezer bags doesn't cut it.
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   Old Thread  #37 9 May 2022 at 10.52pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
The buckets people have assumed are big. They are not, they are actually a small 2.5L size I just don't want to mix all bait in the same bucket and like to have a few options. One thing I won't compromise on is the bait options, as I've been fishing long enough to tell you it's caught me fish when I wouldn't have at times I'm sure.
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   Old Thread  #36 9 May 2022 at 10.20pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I suppose it's easier to take the bare essentials of you are fishing the same lake on a regular and frequent basis. You know what works and probably. know the spots. So no marker kit. You know what size lead needed. Which bait etc. Not everyone is in that position unfortunately.
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   Old Thread  #35 9 May 2022 at 9.41pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It helps to simplify your fishing so that you can concentrate on the important stuff rather than what colour plastic sweetcorn to use . The weight saving is the secondary benefit rather than the primary benefit.
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