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Shrub

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  1. Shrub

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Plenty of fishermen will be required, apparently!
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    Well with millions already losing their jobs, millions more on furlough going to find out they haven't a job to go back to, 1000's of businesses already gone to the wall and the hospitality sector completely destroyed, you think the effects of that won't resonate for years to come? How many decades will it take to repay the astronomical sums that have already been borrowed, currently running at around £1bn a day at present? All these are realities and have happened. And is continuing to happen. The vaccine won't make any difference to the damage already done. In your opinion you think brexit will be a disaster to the economy, you may well be right but no way in my opinion will it be worse than the catastrophic damage this pile of cack masquerading as our government has inflicted upon us through their response to Covid. And many happy returns!
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    If you think the effects of Covid on the economy will be gone in and won't be with us for years you're even thicker than you already come across as.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    I've got seven on my tree that will be ready I reckon the middle of next month. So that will be around a kilo we can knock off the 127,000 tonnes we import from the EU!
  5. Shrub

    Fly Fishing

    The skipper I fish with every year down in Devon is obviously bored, he's been deprived of his livelihood yet again so has been putting up hundreds of photos going back a number of years on his website. I really like this one and it took me back to happier (and sunnier!) times. This was July 2019 and is me in a proper tug of war with a conger eel. We'd been drifting the wrecks for pollack and at slack water switched to anchoring the wreck for eels. Instead of breaking out the heavier duty gear as I should have done, I stuck with the drifting rod and reel and just changed the trace to a conger rig. Rod, reel and me all had a good work out! I won in the end, the reel required a bit of surgery!
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    And here lies the problem when you ban something and promise not to use it again whilst at the same time there's nothing useful in place to treat the initial problem! The pesticide in this instance is applied as a seed dressing and sugar beet is harvested before the plant flowers so bees won't even be going near it, as there's nothing of interest for them. Because of the mild winter last year populations of aphid - the main vector for the virus they're trying to control - exploded unusually early in the spring meaning some crops had 4 applications of a foliar insecticide to try and control numbers, far more damaging to the wildlife and watercourses. Though of course it doesn't follow that there will be the same problem again this year, last year was very unusual on the aphid front. Good work has been carried out on biodegradable plastic film covering the crops which will be the ideal solution, the only snag appears to be getting it to degrade quick enough before harvest. In plant health regarding viruses we knew long ago you cannot suppress them, just carry out measures to mitigate their effects!
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    Fly Fishing

    One of the men behind the breakaway lead! Don't remember him in the programme but to a 13 year old he wouldn't register as much as a pair of boobs!
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    Fly Fishing

    Fishing used to be rarely featured on TV which was odd seeing that it's one of if not the most popular pastimes. I seem to remember a fishing programme from my schooldays presented I think by Ted Tuckerman. Very hazy memories, mostly that he never seemed to catch the species he was after. Certainly remember from I think the late 70's 'The Fishing Race' a sort of celebrity angling competition on at tea time, though those more vivid memories might have something to do with an episode featuring a topless canoeist who was sent out by one of the teams to distract another team!
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    Fly Fishing

    Get out there Steve! I know everyone's different but for me as long as my feet are warm I'm fine, my arctic hot foot boots are fantastic even if they force you to sort of goosestep rather than walk! Not sure what's the norm to wear on the riverbanks and lakesides during winter but at sea most wear flotation suits, incredibly snug and warm yet lightweight and don't restrict your movement. I guess though their bright colours might restrict your attempts to blend in with the background! As it looks like this lockdown will go on for some time I might have to retrieve all my beach gear that I gave to my Dad a few years ago when he decided to take up fishing again at the age of 79. He's too scared to go now or even leave the house so it's not in use which is a shame, taking it away though would give him another reason to stay shut away. One of those crisp, cold sunny days today and we strolled along the beach here this afternoon, looking wistfully at the sun glinting on the flat calm water in the estuary so I tried using my immense persuasive skills by saying how fantastic it would be if we had another boat so we could make the most of days like this, reminding her how much she enjoyed the odd trip out with us (true!), recalling the big skate she once caught, how we could run up the creeks in the summer with a picnic to watch the wildlife and sunsets..... Anyway it looks like we'll soon be getting some new paving and outdoor sofas soon.
  10. The complete sense of inadequacy you feel when you fail to get the skin off an easy peeler clementine in one piece
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    They've had a makeover now Humph and are now known as Cornish Sardines! Delicious fresh on the BBQ. But those tinned things.....
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    Fly Fishing

    Some use the bells when beach fishing, with the movement of the waves it must at times sound like Santa's sleigh ride!
  13. All the scenes of the under pressure hospitals shown on the news do look distressing and installs a gut fear that it could be you or a loved one, and you cannot have anything but an emotional empathy with the patients and staff involved. As Fenway said the other day this feeling of emotion and fear, re-enforced by continual sensationalist media has easily trumped stats, evidence and graphs no matter how well researched and intentioned by the anti lockdown side. You are seen by many as an unfeeling bastard for not agreeing, daring to question or disputing the government's interpretation of the figures and lockdown policy. That your arguments are all based on cold stark statistics, figures, data charts and graphs, not people. But imagine if we were bombarded night after night on the news with, instead of hospitals bulging at the seams, queues of ambulances and stressed staff, footage of a consultant looking a patient in the eye and saying 'I'm sorry, you have advanced stage cancer, we've caught it too late, there's little we can do' then it cuts to a doctor holding an old ladies hand saying 'with all the delays and cancellations to your op I'm afraid that your treatable condition is now a permanent one' then it moves to someone opening a letter or email that tells them they no longer have a job. Then to a business owner packing his last belongings as he locks and leaves his recently collapsed business for the last time. Next to a despairing parent as they watch their child falling further behind at school because they haven't got and can't afford the equipment for online schooling. Then on to the single parent who has recently lost her job and is feeding her three kids with one tin of beans and nothing for herself. Finally we move to the police informing a distraught parent that their child has committed suicide. Sensationalist of course and won't happen and nor should it but these are scenes now playing out, some multiple times everyday and some will carry on happening for years to come, all due to lockdown. But what would the public say if this sort of scenario was on our screens, night after night after night? Lockdown advocates at some point have to face up to the realities that the policy they support are creating. This is as far as I see it the far bigger picture and a more damaging situation that will resonate for years, long after the pandemic is over. Alternative strategies from well respected figures have been tabled but are not even discussed. Just trying the same failed idea of locking down over and over again hoping for a different outcome is sheer bloody madness.
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    Fly Fishing

    I think it's quite hard work concentrating for long periods of time on a float in your case, generally a rod tip in mine though not sure if I'd say it's tiring for me personally. The weird thing I find is after a bumpy day out at sea when I finally get in the shower back home I get the sensation of the boat's movement again, sure there must be a scientific reason behind this but it is bizarre. The only time I think I've been totally knackered after a day's fishing was after our first day on the wrecks in Shetland. (Here comes the bragging bit!) I had 4 fish between 15 -20lb, 17 between 20 - 30lb and 2 between 30 -35lb, all in 400ft of water. Knackered but exhilarated! A day I'll never forget and hope to repeat in June 2022 - assuming we're out of bloody lockdown by then!
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    Fly Fishing

    I've been looking when the other half's not about! She's after something with a sail, that's her big thing, competing in sailing competitions all round the East and South Coast. The prices for launches have rocketed this last year for obvious reasons, the launch we sold was immaculate, always cleaned after every trip and it sold for £11,000, a good price for back then. The closest thing I've seen lately but not as tidy as ours was was up for £18,500, add another £500 for the mooring, it's a lot of money and may be hard to justify!
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    Fly Fishing

    Charter boats are not allowed though, unfortunately. With hindsight it was a very bad move by me to sell our lovely (but slow) 21ft open launch, with inboard diesel engine back in November 2019. We didn't use it enough to justify it's rather expensive upkeep, it was fine for fishing in the estuary but of course I always wanted to go further afield so preferred the charters. It would have been a godsend last year and now and would have more than earned it's keep. What a mistake...
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    Fly Fishing

    I did actually know this! And it helps distinguish us from fishermen, who are supposed to use a net. The local 'fishermen' here refer to us as 'hookers'; there is quite a tense atmosphere here between the two, things came to a head just over a year ago whilst we were restricted to one bass per day and the netters weren't (and still aren't) allowed to use gill nets to catch them but routinely were and in frustration one day my friend the local charter skipper filmed and photographed evidence of it all and sent it to the local Defra office. Suffice to say nothing was done yet 'somehow' the fishermen found out that he'd sent the film in and mysterious little accidents started happening, like his tender would somehow continue to be cast adrift, his trolley would get flat or slashed tyres, his wife's bicycle being vandalised along with personal threats. Part of the reason I have little sympathy for our fishermen and why I have little confidence in our seas being in safer hands now.
  18. Thanks for that, always happy to be proved wrong! Looking at their graphs I see that cases have been rising sharply lately and they brought in additional restrictions on Nov 24th. 257 is a small number though that's from a population of 1.3m and only 12% of them are over 60, compared to 23% here. Could that help explain their figures?
  19. Well we've tried lockdown twice and both times they failed. Third time lucky? Yes the virus is spread by contact with others, but lockdown still means that people come in contact with each other so people can still legitimately go out and catch it, then take it home and spread it to their household. The word you're looking for is quarantine, now that would work if it was strictly enforced but of course that is impossible for practical reasons. I agree with you in that you and many on here believe in it, the government does, many but certainly not all medics believe in it, the EU believe in it but where is the evidence anywhere in Europe to show that it has worked? There's been a mix of locking down early, late, harshly, lightly, two week breaks, longer ones yet the results all end roughly the same, every one in sh!t street. And yet again you all seem to have put on the blinkers meaning that all you see and concentrate on is 'covid, covid, covid' and are completely oblivious to the substantial harm this is causing elsewhere. I'm watching my sons education slowly disintegrate. Just before Christmas my partner joined the millions of unemployed directly due to the restrictions. These lockdowns are catastrophic to society yet you don't seem to see it.
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    Fly Fishing

    Today should have been my first trip of the year - for the grandly titled 'Champion of Champions' title out of Weymouth, where the captors of the best fish caught during each month of 2020 on Weymouth's top charter boat compete to win the annual trophy. I got in by default as their was no trips during February due to weather and my tope I caught at the beginning of January was second best for the month so they gave February's place to me. Little did they know lockdown was on the way! The competition is still going ahead as Weymouth is tier 3 so can operate with six on board, but as I'm in tier 4 I'm not allowed to travel. I also took part last year, again by default as my son who was only 13 at the time won April 2019, so I took him for the weekend, fished a normal day Saturday (caught the tope!) then expected just to be crew/guardian for him competition day but was able to fish due to a late cancellation - and ended up 3rd. The best fish is worked out as a percentage against a set specimen weight for each species in that area. My tope was only around 70% or so, when my son won his fish was 185%! And typically the weather would have been perfect down there today...
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    Austrian Championship 1985

    And there's some strong contenders in that field, from Ipswich signings in the 90's and early 00's alone!
  22. Shrub

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Yes I do wonder if the fish are surprised at all this sudden interest in them. Mind you, it would be hard to tell 'cos they all look shocked enough already
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    I'm not defending pulse trawling in any way, it's a totally destructive way of fishing that kills far more than just the target fish. But read the quotes from the British fisherman in the article and you can see the root cause of over fishing, the one where Roger Free (who I know) is saying 'Three years ago I caught 40 tons of sole off these grounds in one year' That's just one 10 metre day boat taking around 125,000 sole in one year off one relatively small area in the Thames estuary. That's not counting all the undersized (but dead) that would have been trawled up and discarded. That's unsustainable, the fishermen know that but don't care as long as they make some money today. The EU has been rightly pilloried over it's fishing policy but I don't for one minute believe it will be any better now it's in our own hands. The main problem has always been the fishermen, British, Dutch, Spanish, French, whoever, they're all as bad as each other, they talk about protecting the seas and conserving stocks - so long as it doesn't interfere with them catching as much as they can, legally or illegally. Until there is a realistic, meaningful conservation policy that is enforceable and a change in mentality in the (majority) of fishermen, stocks will continue to crash. It was laughable hearing complaints about the French taking 80% of cod in the Channel, the stocks here have been decimated to the point that 80% of virtually bugger all is not worth much anyway. Over the last 20 years though, it has been the UK that has caught the most cod over sustainable limits in the entire EU - around 1,800,000 tonnes above the scientific advice. We may have left but as far as I can see our seas are still in a perilous state.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    Pulse fishing is banned by the EU too - except for 'research purposes', almost exclusively carried out by the Dutch and making up about 10% of it's fleet
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