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mike farrants

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  1. nice one - good write up and pics the red arrows were opening the Isle of Wight festival and took a very low approach over mums house - she loved it! (ps....... some of those mackerel look familiar......)
  2. yeah well done for persevering - and a good haul in my opinion!
  3. like a bridle? maybe i hook up a bridle to the front 2 cleats (red), run it back to the wheelhouse (with some slack) and carribina on another length (Blue) to the mooring, let them both out until sitting right then pull that other length (Blue) back in when i want to untie?
  4. sunday is looking too good to miss, but my crew isnt available, so its solo again - i dont want to anchor alone, as hauling 150m of wet rope, anchor and bouy back to me in strong tide is not something i relish (or could manage), so i intend to borrow a mooring for the day in portland harbour and fish from that - its a well known area for bream, mackerel & bass there - plus a few surprises - benefit of a mooring bouy is i hope i can pick up and let off easily from the wheelhouse. being sheltered and little tide, i'm hoping to run a loop of line from the bow, back to the wheelhouse so i can do it all from the side of the boat and not need to go up on the foredeck, then quick release to be off - however i've never done it - any pointers? diagrams? or is it a stupid idea? thanks!
  5. have ordered some wagglers and split shot - now do they like hovis or warburtons?
  6. nice one - hope you bought lukaka and ronaldo....... killer lest week!
  7. awesome tips thanks guys! will order some wagglers - i have bubble floats on board, and even thought about a cork for that natural look, might try again one evening. any particular time of day or state of tide in a marina? they seem more active at low water in the shallows - but not sure if that's because i can see them better!
  8. update - I did do a number of things but amazingly it hasn't rained enough yet to see if what i've done has helped! I tasted the bilge water and then the marina to compare saltyness - and amazingly lived to tell the tale - not worried about my bilge but Weymouth marina tasted awful - bilge no where near as salty. while its been dry for a few weeks I have used the boat - but had no more water in the bilge so can rule out it coming in from below. So to combat the rain: I stuck the hatch seal back in with silicone sealant, and re-sealed the glass - is now a bugger to close single handed as the seal is now proud! I sealed all round where the wheelhouse joins the deck I scraped off the flakey varnish and re-varnished the wheelhouse sides and front i put the cover on more taut than before and have enquired about a better fitting new PVC cover. I still plan to put a strip across the wheelhouse roof to divert any rain flowing back under the cover into the cockpit i'll await a rainy saturday and go sit in it and hunt for drips!
  9. not sure yet - amazingly it hasn't rained enough yet to see if what i've done has helped! But I did do a number of things - I tasted the bilge water and then the marina to compare saltyness - and amazingly lived to tell the tale - not worried about my bilge but Weymouth marina tasted awful - bilge no where near as salty. while its been dry for a few weeks I have used the boat - but had no more water in the bilge so can rule out it coming in from below. So to combat the rain: I stuck the hatch seal back in with silicone sealant, and re-sealed the glass - is now a bugger to close single handed as the seal is now proud! I sealed all round where the wheelhouse joins the deck I scraped off the flakey varnish and re-varnished the wheelhouse sides and front i put the cover on more taut than before and have enquired about a better fitting new PVC cover. I still plan to put a strip across the wheelhouse roof to divert any rain flowing back under the cover into the cockpit i'll await a rainy saturday and go sit in it and hunt for drips!
  10. oh ok - if they just stop it from moving around or getting splashed on then it should be fine as it is - my last battery died over the winter so I wanted to avoid it happening again thinking it could have been exposure to the elements, thanks @Saintly fish - might be keen - if you are at the poole meet i might take you up on 1 if thats ok?
  11. thinking of winter coming - my battery is in the cabin, under a bench, nestled in a wooden crate to spot it moving, but has very little protection from the damp & cold - i've seen plastic battery boxes, and think this would offer some protection - but i've seen them for £15 and £80 - what's the difference, how important are they? can you get insulated ones? my car battery has an insulation sleeve around it. any recommendations? thanks in advance!
  12. deffo something fishy going on here......... 🤪
  13. its cool he cant make it anyway, and yes first refusal has to go to the next one in line - totally get it!
  14. go to transfers, click the player you wish to sack, hit remove player, check how much funds you have, then go to player list and select the player you wish to add (within funds) and confirm. you can do 1 free transfer per week, and if you need to make 2 - it will either cost you points, or you can wait a week and get 2 free ones the next week. let me know if you want more info! happy to do a few screen grabs if it helps?
  15. i leave the spool loose in a washing up tub, stand over it, add tension to the line with my finger and thumb and wind on - the spool does its little dance in the tub without rolling around the floor and it seems to untwist itself as it goes!
  16. whichever is the best technique i guess - open to ideas!
  17. i heard the gurnard was tiny.......
  18. thats not even the pic i shared on here - 🤯
  19. sorry to hear you cant make it - i am sure i can fill it - with a non member if thats ok? the guy who sold pugwash to me is a mate now! can i offer the space to him? (obv i will try and sign him up.....)
  20. what rigs are people using for mullet? - I know they are difficult to catch, but its the perfect pastime while chilling on the boat in the marina on windy days - there's tons of bigguns sat under my boat all day - ive tried free lining bread, and also tried a bubble float - i see others using freshwater stick floats? any tips? other than a spear?
  21. i might try again tomorrow evening after work......
  22. yeah was awesome - and good to see a few more mackerel - they were still being caught off the pier here in October - so hopefully the best is yet to come!
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