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   Old Thread  #9 9 May 2022 at 7.49am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
If you truly want to cut down on gear then you need to simplify your approach to fishing, the gear takes care of itself if you do that. For a start off, do you really need three buckets and a rucksack worth of stuff for an overnighter?
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   Old Thread  #8 9 May 2022 at 7.27am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I change to Korda basic tackle box for good reason it takes a few leads and has a rig board it takes all my

terminal bits as well I put leaders in packets in it it’s much better than the tackle safe I had before take a look at one like me you probably be able to get everything in it I also bought the RM brew kit tea sugar


coffee all goes inside the mug also got a jetboil zip gas goes inside so just 2 things to make tea or warm up meal
for a day session I take a flask with boiling water and the Nescafé 3 in 1 sachets there’s lots of ways to cut down best go through the gear a make a box up to stay in car with everything in in then take out the bits you need for session
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   Old Thread  #7 9 May 2022 at 7.10am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Maybe on overnighter don't take marker and spod rod, I like the better barrow and lighter tent option
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   Old Thread  #6 9 May 2022 at 4.14am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Glenn nails it for me, \i reduce my gear once I deduce what my best options are for the lake i'm fishing.

heh, little rhyme, deduce to reduce, by goose
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   Old Thread  #5 9 May 2022 at 0.05am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
This isn't cutting down the kit but a massive improvement in my fishing has came from buying a better barrow.
I had the cygnet sniper barrow and it was ok for a small barrow but I used a fox explorer deluxe and the difference was crazy, after that session I had to buy one. Now I can load all of my gear on the barrow and due to the barrow having a front bar to put a holdall (s) or a bedchair over the front wheel it really reduces the weight you have to lift when using the barrow.

Now if I see fish in another swim I don't have to hesitate, I can just get on the move without too much procrastinating due to weight putting me off.
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   Old Thread  #4 8 May 2022 at 10.22pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Switch the tempest for a light weight brolly or low pro type shelter. You can always leave an overwrap in the car if the weather turns.
Remove a load of leads if you are carrying them and leave them in the car.
As previously mentioned ditch any stainless for Ali or Carbon. Clear out unwanted stuff for your particular water, for example if you are carrying stage stands but your current water has no sleepers, leave them at home. Same goes for things like extra long sticks for waters where you might need to have the rods out in the water if you dont need them for where you currently fish.
I only carry four bank sticks, and a camera stick.
I always carry my spod and marker in separate sleeves. If im doing and overnighter after work then theres no way im using a marker or a spod, so I leave them at home. Saves carrying them when i know im not gonna use them.
If you are the sort of person who makes up a rig box at home, then leave all the spools and crimping tools and sixty packets of hooks etc at home.
Unless you drink a crazy amount of tea on your own in one night, cut down on the water you carry. Only half filling your water container could save you 3 kilos straight off.

I find a rucksack on my back makes the push to the swim much easier than putting the rucksack on the barrow which ive seen a lot of guys doing.
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   Old Thread  #3 8 May 2022 at 10.16pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If it all fits on a barrow then what's the problem?? I mean you're not realistically going to be moving swim to swim in the middle of the night.
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   Old Thread  #2 8 May 2022 at 10.05pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It looks a lot when you list it out like that, but it's pretty much as trimmed down as you can be. I'm always looking at ways to trim back the weight. Recently bought some lightweight aluminium banksticks/buzz bars and ditched the stainless ones. Also ditched bait buckets, just ram everything in my carryall (unless using particles). You can also get lightweight bivvies (Fox Easy Shelter & Wychwood Tactical Compact for example). Some guys also use them camping beds instead of bedchairs, weigh about 3Kg but no storage space underneath.

Like I said, there are ways of making it lighter, but it's a pretty trimmed down setup.
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   Old Thread  #1 8 May 2022 at 9.26pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Back from a session today and enjoyed it but still found I've been taking far too much with me.

This is what a took for an overnighter

Tempest brolly
Avid bedchair (Benchmark lite)
ESP Quickdraw - jammed packed full and too heavy really - including buzz bars banksticks and alarms on the sides - not ideal as they move about a lot but I love the rucksack
Cult tackle holdall - 3 x 10ft rods + spod/marker (didn't use that but sometimes do) a few banksticks one for self takes
Sonik cradle - inside are scales weighing sling and calaspable bucket and carp care kit
Bedchair buddy - needed for my lower back pain
RM square bucket with hookbaits / some tackle / zig bits catapult etc
small thermos coolbag
JRC Barrow
Waders
2 x bait buckets

No cooking equipment or kettle was taken which is concerning!!

Does that seem a lot, anyone else managed to cut right back?
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