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    Whats peoples thoughts on the length of rope required for use with the above for Ireland.
    As a general rule of thumb, 30 meters ample ?
    River anglers Go with the flow.

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    I Used to fish an old weedy farmers pond that was full of tench.

    The distance isn't so much an issue, You want to be pulling weed off a silty bottom, 15-20 meters is ample the further you go the more weed you have to shift, both from the swim, and away from the peg. If you leave the weed near the peg it will attract every flying bug known to man.

    Fishing over a raked bed you can do it almost straight away. When we started doing swims in the farmers pond we would do a couple the evening before, then we noticed without fail the swims were fizzing after about 30 mins. With that in mind we switched to raking the morning of the fish, Getting the tench going early then moving to silvers, then back to tench again at about 6pm. Tench don't seem to care much about the noise and soon notice a disturbed bottom and move onto it without a problem.

    I'd just get a standard blue rope from toolstation or similar, work out how far you can chuck the rake without killing yourself and work with that.

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    Excellent advice cheers mate
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    No problem, Take plenty of caster and worm for hookbait. And drop in a nice bed of hemp with a few chopped prawns. Should get them fizzing and feeding for a good few hours if you are lucky.

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    I read an article years ago about weed cutting and they advised moving the dragged weed as far away from the water as possible. They found if it was left close to the waters edge e.g. on a sloping bank, as it decomposed it turned poisonous and natural rainfall washed it back into the water.
    Cyber bully apparently....

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    Cheers, i think its a good idea to move it too, even iff to keep the area raked less visible to other prospective anglers escpecially if returning the next day or evening
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    Rick as TR said a Standard 30yd Rope is plenty mate if you can chuck the head of 2 rakes either Bound or welded together 20mtrs you will Be able to earn a Fortune ice clearing in the Winter lol
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    You can make your own rake with some angle iron and long bolts. I can barely through mine 12 metres! It clears all the weed and turns the bottom over removing old swan mussel shells. Prebait with corn, hemp and dead maggots. Prebait a few swims on different lakes and rotate through them.

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    I can Just imagine my mate Rick Turning Purple / Sweating like a pig trying to chuck a double Rake 30mtrs
    Rick I think you had better get some training in mate .
    You would need to eat lots of Spinach & Have arms like Popeye to reach 20mtrs.
    Until about 5 yrs ago I had permission to Fish a Private Lake that was full of Bream Tench Roach & Perch plus some Monstrous Eels
    I used a 30mtr Rope but only ever managed 20mtrs a couple of times 16 was hard enough i always tied or secured the end to an unmovable object
    As soon as the take or breaker hits the Water I let go of the rope to allow it to sink unchecked works for me Rick
    Don't stretch yourself around 10 to 12 mtrs is usually enough
    Wish this Bloody weather would change I'm starting to think I aint never gonna get back on the River .☹
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    Its all in the wrist action mate.
    If I struggle the Mrs will definitely reach 30 meters.
    River anglers Go with the flow.

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