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Along the lines of 'What does everyone do' thread, what does everybody do to occupy themselves during the winter months?
Excepting the year round diehards & spending too much with the offshore plug pusher!!
For me, as well as trying to build up credit at the brownie point bank by catching up on the fitting of shelves, curtain rails and the like, i will be mainly trying to get to my old rugby club & support them, getting up to watch Bristol City as often as time & finance allow, and finally in the interst of the local comunity only you understand, ahem, doing my bit for to support the local innkeepers & catch up with non fishing friends.
Was just interested in what others do to fil the dark months.
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Hopefully i'll be posting pics every weekend in the 'Freshwater' section of this wonderful forum, doing the 'GRIP & GURN' holding big-ass Pike & Perch !!!!!!
 

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must admit that the freshwater section was the first place i went when i got here.
unfortunatley down here in north devon we're not overburdened with waters stocked with pike. there is a local resevoir that is stocked with a few, but the last i heard it was being dragged for missing person, so struggling to summon much enthusiasm for that. no excuse, really ought to get in the car and find somewhere to give it a go.
 

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We will be plugging and using Plastics through out the winter months..we have some great winter bass fishing to be had in cornwall....nothing big but its bass non the less :D
 

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As usual, will continue to plug for Bass throughout the winter months.
Right now, that is looking an impossible task but I'm sure the weather WILL settle at some
point.

Also, a few of us are considering fishing for the Perch so that will be interesting.

Pollack in Feb too, should they come close next year.
 

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Researching lures, marks, techniques and tackle. Especially marks this year. I'm off out in a minute to check out 2 new marks at low water.

I'm also going to check out a small-ish pond on the way back that has perch and pike.
 

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I fish all year around (approx 180 days a year) , mostly for Bass -- Bait and Lure, Fish a bit for Mullet, Wrasse, Mackerel, Snipe (Garfish), all good fun fish to catch.

Hope to do a lot more Lure fishing this winter -- especially in the dark.
 

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I'm just going to keep at it I think, although maybe not just for bass. Will see where my rod takes me.... probably after flatties. I'll let you know how it goes Jez and you can pop down if I end up catching a few...?!
 

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that would be good ben, i'll pick guns' brains, he knows a bit about flook.
Just home from rugby but not much fun. Wet, windy, slow old game, and got the sad news that a lad i used to play with died on thursday.
Make the most of it whilst we can boys...
 

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I will be getting out for a look at what I can catch in the local rivers and when I've got a whole day free escape and check out some coastal marks and see if I can have any luck. Still want to try for flatties but my mark for them needs some calmer weather as its weed, weed, weed after a blow. Hopefully I will have some better days than today :D
 

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I will be heading somewhere local on Tuesday (slight lull in the weather) just to see if i can christen the new rod before i dust off my conger and cod gear,

me and a couple of buddies usually fish a local island on Boxing day and the 2nd of Jan, so, hopefully the weather will be calm, cold and crisp for those days... :D
 

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I am hoping that the weather will dry out a bit and I can get out mountain biking again. Riding the South Downs in the dark is excellent. Especially now I have recovered from my last 'mishap'.
Fishing wise, it will be freshwater lure fishing for pike, perch and hopefully a few chub, a bit of bassing in the harbour and hopefully a few flounders on soft plastics if we can find some.
 

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I will still be travailing down to weymouth as long as that wind dies down,
We had are best month's in november and december.
Landed a bass of 4lb 1oz on new years morning.and will hopefully be there next year.
 

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Probably do some of Mr Fishes tuesday night comps,its just bait fishing but its always a craic.Have had some good Bassing with bait up to end of January in the past,will give it a go again if it feels right.Other than that will try & work every day i can to give myself more time off in the summer. :D
 

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I will be tying salmon and seatrout flies on the cold winter evenings (and some bucks keith!!) will endeavour to fish as many pike trials as i can on the BIG resevoirs again (hoping for my 30lb as ive had a summer fish of 28lb 14ozs and she is still there and should push 30lb-35lb depending on condition!!!) fishing locally for the perch and pike, travelling a little further for some overnight zed sessions, will also be out with the double-handed rods too keep my technique up for demo`s. and im also planning to get to the sea to have a play with critically balanced sp`s (not fishing hard but concentrating more on weighting, weight positions etc.....more of this in a proper thread later!!!) i usually go over-seas for a weeks fishing early in the new year but may give it a miss this time as i have lots of other fishing options im yet to do!! watch this space lol.....
 

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broony said:
Trying to repeat last weekends sucsess and try to catch a few more of these.
Nice one Broony!!
 

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mad one said:
I will be heading somewhere local on Tuesday (slight lull in the weather) just to see if i can christen the new rod before i dust off my conger and cod gear,

me and a couple of buddies usually fish a local island on Boxing day and the 2nd of Jan, so, hopefully the weather will be calm, cold and crisp for those days... :D

whats the cod fishing been like in your part of wales the last few winters? Been terrible up here in north wales with almost nothing showing. The last 6 weeks has seen loads of small ones all around n. wales so bodes well for next few winters when they have grown bigger.
 

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mad one said:
I will be heading somewhere local on Tuesday (slight lull in the weather) just to see if i can christen the new rod before i dust off my conger and cod gear,

me and a couple of buddies usually fish a local island on Boxing day and the 2nd of Jan, so, hopefully the weather will be calm, cold and crisp for those days... :D

whats the cod fishing been like in your part of wales the last few winters? Been terrible up here in north wales with almost nothing showing. The last 6 weeks has seen loads of small ones all around n. wales so bodes well for next few winters when they have grown bigger.
Cod fishing last winter on the south wales coast was poor, massive shoals of sprats keeping the fish offshore, myself and Simon (lewisman) fished on a boat out of Cardiff in January, our boat was the only one of 6 fishing that day that caught cod, Simon's fish when landed had a spratt in its mouth along with a hook full of lug. Early signs are of a better season with codling being caught for the last 4 weeks.
 
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