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Croc hunt - Chew : 31st July 2018

 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:01 pm    Post subject: Croc hunt - Chew : 31st July 2018 Reply with quote

Due to the changeable weather over the weekend I decided to take a boat at Chew last Tuesday in the hope that the fresher conditions might have stirred the fish up a bit. The plan was to pike fish in the morning and then go for the trout in the evening. Smile

The water clarity wasn't too bad at about 5 feet or so although there was a green tinge but I quite like that, rather than tap water clear when I am piking. Surface temperature was 70 degrees but that rose to 72 by mid afternoon. I tried my usual flies for the first couple of hours but after they got no attention I wondered it they were too big for the conditions so I tried a smaller fly instead. Luckily a pike agreed with my decision and on only my second cast everything locked up just after I started my retrieve. Cool

The fish put up a dogged 'tug of war' type of fight rather than spectacular 'around the boat' fight and I thought it was a mid double until I saw her and then I realised it was a 20 plus fish!



After netting her I left her over the side in my net to recover while I got things ready for the unhooking and weighing and that's when she woke up, churning the water to foam and almost pulling my net over the side. Fortunately she spat the hook out herself so I weighed her in the sladle (28 -15) and subtracted the sladle (4-5) which left me with a new PB of 24 -10! Cool. I held her in the water by the tail to help her recover but she slipped my grip before she was really ready but after a few seconds she powered off down into the depths so no harm done.



I must admit she left me shaking after that and I had to have a cup of tea to steady my nerves before I started again and it was then that I realised that my camera had been left on the wrong setting and my pics hadn't come out. Fortunately I have clips of her being landed and released on my action camera but sadly the still frames above I extracted from the clip aren't that great. Sad

After that I had to wait 2 hours for my next two hits which came about 20 minutes apart. These were only small Jacks but they were very game, leaping out of the water on numerous occasions. Very Happy

I carried on until 5pm but by then I was completely knackered so I came int to change to my trout gear at 5pm. That proved to be a waste of time and I didn't have a pull, but it is easier chucking #5 weight than a #10 weight! However by 7.30 I had had enough of that too so I came off early.

Hopefully this hot spell will pass soon. Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done on the PB Al. Smile I expect Tony will be equally as pleased as you Cool

edit: Have you tried Postimage - I use them all the time https://postimages.org/
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Doug

I prefer to use the forums own uploader to 3rd party uploaders especially after the recent issue with one withdrawing their free service.

Paul has identified an issue with posting pics and is on the case. Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great report on a brilliant catch of your new PB Alan - Absolutely delighted for you Cool
Just a shame I couldn't be there to share your excitement - but there's always another day Wink

Found out why I couldn't access the forum when it first came alive again - seems the E.E. DNS lookup server has been having problems and wouldn't direct my Firefox browser to the correct address.

Congrats on your new PB ........ Tony Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Allrounder wrote:
Thanks Doug

I prefer to use the forums own uploader to 3rd party uploaders especially after the recent issue with one withdrawing their free service.

Paul has identified an issue with posting pics and is on the case. Smile

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Unlike Photbucket you do not have to store your images on their system. I just use it as a conduit copying from my picture folder direct onto a forum. Agree CFF system is (hopefully still is) easy to use but some other fora are a nightmare.

Still reckon an 11ft shaky switch rod salmon rated 7/8 (trout rating 9/10) would save those tired old arms. Used mine extensively on the Thurso and it was a dream. Nice and light and best of all under £70 from John Norris. Smile Cool Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Allrounder wrote:
Thanks Doug

I prefer to use the forums own uploader to 3rd party uploaders especially after the recent issue with one withdrawing their free service.

Paul has identified an issue with posting pics and is on the case. Smile

Alan Wink


Unlike Photbucket you do not have to store your images on their system. I just use it as a conduit copying from my picture folder direct onto a forum. Agree CFF system is (hopefully still is) easy to use but some other fora are a nightmare.

Still reckon an 11ft shaky switch rod salmon rated 7/8 (trout rating 9/10) would save those tired old arms. Used mine extensively on the Thurso and it was a dream. Nice and light and best of all under £70 from John Norris. Smile Cool Smile

Cheers - Doug

All of these systems, including Postimage, offer image hosting solutions elsewhere from CFF which store the pictures on 3rd party servers and generate code that's used by this forum and others. There is no way that they can generate the code required to embed on a forum without hosting the images, invisible or otherwise. Tapatalk is another example of 3rd party hosting where there's no picture album to review. Only the CFF uploaded images function stores the images directly on the CFF server. Paul managed to engineer a way round the Photobucket fiasco, and once again, we owe him a debt of gratitude for that.

Here's a link to the Postimage guidance page that explains exactly how pictures are hosted by them. Cool

Postimage: Frequently Asked Questions

From what I can see of it and from reading the reviews, Postimage is a lot more reliable that Photobucket. Cool


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