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    A proper fishy day

    I haven't fished freshwater for the best part of 3 years. Nothing too weird about that but I live 10 houses away from a river and grew up fishing rivers and lakes 2 or 3 times a week from the age of 11 until mid to late 20s. My kids are on half term and I promised them that we would fish the river Stour during this week. We popped down to the marina to get some things off of my boat at 11am Wednesday but the chance of a swift getaway was denied by the mrs who had other ideas. She had packed lunch for the kids so we got out the cushion and sat on the back of our boat in the sunshine. Pretty soon there were mullet all around us and my lad talked me into setting his rod up. 5 minutes later we hooked and landed the biggest in the shoal which was approximately 3lb. Result. Back home to sort the fishing stuff and buy a 1 day rod license. Bought it in the afternoon so we could then go again Thursday early morning (lasts 24h). A quick session in the gym followed by dinner saw us on the riverbank at 5pm. Managed to snaffle some roach and chub early doors and as the sun started going down the worms came out and we moved to a swim I used to catch Perch in 25 years ago. Bingo, 7 or 8 Perch landed in 20 minutes with a decent 12oz one for good measure. Bedtime for my 6 year old and 8 year old daughter who had come down a little later with mum. We walked back and they were tucked in bed by 20.30. I received a call from my dad wanting to plan a fishing trip on the boat this weekend so that was arranged. He asked if I had decided on a holiday for October half term because I've been talking about holibobs for 6 months but not pulled the trigger. 'We should just go carping in France' I told him. 5 minutes later and we were both searching the net for availability. Boom, there was a space at a familiar lake with nice gite for the family. This was coincidentally the last place I fished in fresh water until today. Wow, talk about signs from above. Lake and ferry booked and we're off to the place where a week saw us bank 9 30lb fish and 6 40lb carp. Calsberg don't do fishy days but if they did, Wednesday would have been one of them.
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    Near miss whilst at Anchor off Southbourne.

    Rocket Propelled Grenade might be more helpful.
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    Near miss whilst at Anchor off Southbourne.

    100yds! wow you're lucky. People pass me flat out at approx 25yds all the time when I'm anchored in and around the bay. There's literally open sea everywhere but I'm like a magnet that boats head for and then slightly adjust course at the last minute. I'm in a MF805 so not exactly small and the sea keeping is reasonable, yet I get water over the back and side regularly and anything that's not fixed down gets thrown around inside. My fishing partner (pops) regularly has to take a knee whilst putting the kettle on due to the hammering we take from near misses. It happens so often that we are getting used to it and just accept it as the selfish standard. We have questioned other boat users as to why they have come so close and when I say questioned I mean asked at a normal conversation volume not shout because the boats really are that close to us. We just get filthy looks in reply. A couple of weeks ago we were anchored at the secret ray Mark with 4/5 other boats. All within a decent cast of each other. Some plumb blastsed across the wreck and through the middle of our anchored semicircle. The channel was literally a stones throw away and empty yet this tw4t did that....
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    The Offside Rule for Girls

    Nah, it's 2018 and it's a self service till 😉
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    The Offside Rule for Girls

    Very good but we all know there should be 2 other girls in front making you 3rd in line. Pedantic mode off/
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    Barracuda 9

    As Greg has summed up above, the 805 ticks a lot of boxes for my needs. It was the right boat to buy 2 years ago and having spent a few days weighing things up, it's still the right boat for me now. Went to see the Barracuda 9 today. Love the front deck area but there is no real gain in stern deck area. Add in an outboard instead of a full width dive platform hanging out back and what I would gain in some practically I would lose in other areas. Interior was just too much of a compromise as regards space, layout and storage. A nice boat but just not right for me at this point in time. A huge thanks to everyone for all your contributions and helping me look at things from all angles. I've decided to modernise my 2007 805 and the next time she's out of the water I'm going to invest in a more modern plotter/sonar. Now that's a whole new can of worms!!
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    Barracuda 9

    Thanks for all the replies. We don't stay on the 805 overnight, it's a day boat with room for kids to muck around on which is why it feels a little one sided. The galley is a fairly big thing, the Mrs likes cooking on board and although she says she will prepare food before we go, it will be somewhat missed. We looked at Rodmans but plumped for the 805, yes they have more space but you don't half pay for that in purchase price and running costs. The same sort of cash gets you a much newer 805 or Bararacuda 9 which although is not the be all and end all, it is a factor for me. The sun is out and that's probably making me think of boats and dreaming of what ifs. I'm going to pop in to see a local(ish) one tomorrow just to get it out of my system.
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    Barracuda 9

    Currently my dad and I have a Merry Fisher 805. It's been a good boat with plenty of creature comforts but it does have its drawbacks when it comes to fishing. The biggest limitations I find are -Lack of fishing space on deck. It's 'ok' for 2 but my son (6) is getting into fishing and I keep having to find excuses why we all can't fish at the same time. -It's a bit slow. I know that it's all relative but we often find ourselves cruising at 13 as anymore gets a little noisy and uncomfortable over a longer period. We tend to have shorter sessions of around 6 hours total and having the ability to get places at 20 knots would really increase the time with bait in the water and open up new marks. -The MF805 is great for family and fishing but there's probably a little too much berth space down below that is a little wasted for our needs. With that in mind (and I blame this forum) I have spent the weekend purring over Barracuda 9s. Much more outside space to fish, certainly faster (and costlier) but my big head scratcher is the internal space. I think it will be ok but that could be rose tinted new boat glasses speaking. We are a max of 2 adults one very small adult (the Mrs) and 2 kids. Looks like 4 can sit comfortably on the 9 with the lower berth still there all be it smaller than on the MF. Most of the time there is only 3 sat down anyway as rods are being set up/packed away, kids are playing in the berth etc. Im waffling to myself but I guess what I'm looking for is advice and opinions about making a switch. Anyone have experience of the Barracuda range or has anyone made the switch from cruiser to this kind of boat and care to share their experiences?
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    Anchor and chain

    Took the windlass apart and found the gypsy size. Boat is 8m. Bought 10m of 8mm galvanised chain. 7.5kg Bruce pattern anchor. I will attach to my 80m rope rode.
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    Anchor and chain

    Had my Boat approaching 2 years now and the inevitable happened on Sunday. Fishing the Patch and was well and truly dug in and had to cut the rode. Any recomodations on where to pick up a 6 or 7.5kg Bruce with 8-10m of chain? I get a fair bit from Force 4 but it's not the cheapest place in the world.
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    Is Alderney fished out?

    From an inexperienced sea angler I would hazard a guess in saying it's not limited to Alderney. Alderney has just taken longer to feel the pinch. A growing world population with greater demand for food can only negatively impact natural resources.
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    Cod Competition - Sunday 19th

    Back home showered and changed. Fished the middle of Poole Spoils from 9am-1pm until the tide made it unfishable for me. Dogfish were a pest as soon as baits hit the bottom. Did manage 12lb Undulate 5lb Blonde 2 x Smoothies to about 8lb 2x Conger less than 15lb each No cod.....
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    Cod Competition - Sunday 19th

    Posted Yesterday, 08:53 PM 1) Serenity - Tony, Neal and Stuie 2) Alfresco - Sam and Eileen 3) Tarlach - Neil and Another (yet to be determined). 4) Tigerfish - Steve, Alun, Mike Fox 5) Reel Magic - Dave Mick 6) Madness - Dean, Martin, Phil Trevett 7) Y-Knot - Mal and Trevor ​8) Marlin - Greg and Rob Samways 9) Kellys Hero -Dave L and John St. Plus non member. Allan has withdrawn due to Man Flu. 10) My Baby - Norman and Dogfishdave 11) La Fiona - Matt and non member Martin
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    Boscombe Pier kiss causes problems..

    Not the worst thing kissed in Boscombe that evening. Errrm...... Allegedly.......
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    Starter rod for a 5 year old

    A couple of weeks back my son hooked something decent on the 4ft Rovex Rod and 4000 reel. He couldn't move it so I took over. Took 20 minutes but a 14lb undulate Ray was boated. To be fair the rod was fine (bent almost to the handle) it was the reel that was a little under gunned.