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Preston Mad
23rd January 2011, 04:29 PM
hi all

im thinking of starting of doing a bit of specimen fishing and got some stuff together to do it all i need now is somewhere where i can night fish and catch big fish.??? any advice to help me around the west midlands??

cheers

Reynolds2k7
23rd January 2011, 05:45 PM
you cant just expect to turn up somewhere and catch the monster of your dreams...but what species are you planning on targeting and we might be able to offer more help

Preston Mad
23rd January 2011, 07:50 PM
well i would like to get into carp and catfishing...always wanted to do it now iv got the tackle dont know where to start.

rjays
23rd January 2011, 08:12 PM
Not sure about night fishing, but I think Shatterford have Catfish

andrew65
23rd January 2011, 09:47 PM
start with megga gudgeon dan! and work up!

hurricane
23rd January 2011, 11:04 PM
Unoficially, Edgebaston,Lifford,Salford and the likes all hold carp over 20,but you need to be aware they are not the safest of places to be alone at night,Shatterford as far as i know still holds some humpty big cats and a reasonable head of carp and a few sturgeon to boot, its not cheap(work on over 1.00 per hour of your visit) and of a weekend in the summer the lakes look like a cats cradle with all the lines.

Preston Mad
24th January 2011, 10:32 AM
lol andy had a look at shatterford looks a nice place.

Tarks
24th January 2011, 02:28 PM
Start by targeting one particular speci then go to a water, any water and catch above the lake average on a more regular basis.
work up from there, the little ones so to speak will give you the exp needed to find out those Big fish every pool has one of diff sizes remember.

practise improving your Pb's rather than that life time fish now.

just my opinion best of luck with it all mate.

ive had my life time canal pike @22lb 12oz already simply piking on a basic level spinning. it will happen when it happens!

hurricane
24th January 2011, 02:43 PM
Another alternative would be to become a member of the CCG,and join the syndicate at Adams pool at Alcester, carp over 20 and cats 30+ for information contact two catz on here,he runs the membership,not classed as EASY but but its not huge and duanting like some.

Preston Mad
24th January 2011, 11:59 PM
cheers lads il look into that hurricane cheers

Reynolds2k7
26th January 2011, 02:31 PM
Peter, I might try for cats this year once or twice. would a 2.75lb TC Carp rod with a shimano aero5000 spooled with 50lb braid be a suitable setup? The reel is suitable for cats (or says so in the manual)

hurricane
26th January 2011, 03:00 PM
Plenty of cats get caught on standard carp gear every year,but 2 3/4lb is the lowest i would go(but if its not ovrely snaggy you will be fine),the reels will do the job,I use 25lb sensor because i only use braid for lure fishing or driter/suspended baits and many fisheries don"t allow it,but if allowed a lot of the lads go for65lb but 50 will be no problem,so basicaly mate yes you have all the basics you need.

Rive t
26th January 2011, 04:41 PM
Dan there is a nice stretch of canal in netherton, just the back of the resevoir there are some big pike in there, If you look on the towpath you will see the remains of some of them

hurricane
26th January 2011, 04:54 PM
Dan there is a nice stretch of canal in netherton, just the back of the resevoir there are some big pike in there, If you look on the towpath you will see the remains of some of them
They have been removed,got an offer for them so I sold them to a pub in West brom,he said he would bung the remains in his curry, he said he gets a few numptys on a Wed night that would not know the difference.

Rive t
26th January 2011, 05:00 PM
they have been removed,got an offer for them so i sold them to a pub in west brom,he said he would bung the remains in his curry, he said he gets a few numptys on a wed night that would not know the difference.

pmsl.

Reynolds2k7
26th January 2011, 05:30 PM
Dan there is a nice stretch of canal in netherton, just the back of the resevoir there are some big pike in there, If you look on the towpath you will see the remains of some of them

You took your time lol

Azz
26th January 2011, 07:20 PM
Dan there is a nice stretch of canal in netherton, just the back of the resevoir there are some big pike in there, If you look on the towpath you will see the remains of some of them

Awwwwww is the little match fisherman scared of the big fishy with the teeth.

Preston Mad
27th January 2011, 11:33 AM
cheers all rive t thort you was a match man what you doing on the specimen thread lol ??