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rpm

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    Cool. Have you tried them yet?
    I decided eventually to bang a pair of 4000 bait runners on the scopes, which seems perfect with 8lb line. The rods are quite funny, very slim and short handles, like a lure rod, which means the fishable length is only 4ft shorter than my 11ft Drennans.
    Quite poker-ish for 2lb tc. But will probably feel different with 20z+ of feeder on the end - I just hope they have enough give not to bump off any Tench I do catch.
    At least the short length means I won't keep having to negotiate the overhanging branches every single cast.

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    What reels are you putting on them?

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    I was watching those but didn't have the £
    I did end up getting some 6ft 2lb scope snides for packing into a rucksack and doing some very lightweight stuff on the river once the season starts

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    That's nice. I've laid off the fluff-chucking for a while as the local water has become an expensive syndicate, and I'm not paying £500 per year to stand around a hole in the ground with a load of other blokes who are catching stocked rainbows and then returning them. So it's Grafham or a long drive, neither of which particularly appeal at the moment.

    @jambon There are lots of commercials around here, my definition being a fairly recently man-made hole with stocked fish (usually medium sized carp and some funny hybrid things they call F1s) they are run as businesses and tend to be quite sculpted and facility heavy. Incredibly popular with pleasure anglers new to the sport and matchmen who sometimes need 3 or 4 keepnets to weigh in. A large section of tackle is dedicated to this type of fishing and was developed as a consequence. In my day we didn't have pellet bands, pellet wagglers, carp floats, carp poles, method feeders etc.

    Club waters and some day ticket lakes are the older gravel pits or natural (ish) ponds and lakes which have a head of mixed species occurring naturally with no or minimal stocking. They are run by clubs with the proceeds going towards upkeep and rent, not usually for profit. It's usual to struggle and blank on hard days! much like the rivers, but the payoff for a catch seems more satisfying IMO and the wildlife and peaceful surroundings are much nicer.

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    I found a local lake which is club day ticket and not a "commercial". First two sessions had only bits on the pole, third session changed the approach and went specimen hunter with two rods on buzzers and afternoon/evening session and got a bream about 2.5lb, a perch about 3lb and a tench about 4.5lb. So nice to see the bait runners screaming off and not at all any less engaging than fishing the pole or match style. Can't wait for the river season to start again so I can go blank frustratingly on the fens whilst not catching tench.

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    How's it going, humans of the angle?

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    Because you should have added that to the pitiful 43K and made it a wrap by now

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    Though my match days are long gone, I need the pole for those times when presentation is critical - for Tench. Being able to cup chopped worm and caster in small tight spots right on your hook bait, it's more accurate than a method feeder with better bite detection and less resistance. And you can't really fish a pole in a low seat. I have a box but it's vintage and the old Octoplus legs aren't compatible with any attachments these days it was more sensible just to buy a new box.
    Come June I'll be lazing behind two Optonics for them though as hopefully such finesse approaches won't be necessary.

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