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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:56 pm    Post subject: An OTG fishing expedition or what?  Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-16158610

If you fancy a bash at  whatever this little beauty is, then you'll need to bring your own bait. Thinking about it, forget that! You can be the bait.

We may need a bigger boat !
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bait = half plug jelly. All sorted      
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sod wrote:
bait = half plug jelly. All sorted


Please enlighten me.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If true it will be a pike or wells.

It won't be a crocodillian species as they can't attack from under water. They'd drown. They need to launch their heads out of the water to take prey.

I reckon it's a hoax, but with a very slim chance of a big pike.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No pike would or could take a 7kg goose and even the whopping catfish you see on telly would struggle but an immense catfish is probably the best bet.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bodger wrote:
No pike would or could take a 7kg goose and even the whopping catfish you see on telly would struggle but an immense catfish is probably the best bet.


Not even this bad boy in the top pic?

http://uk.images.search.yahoo.com...=1170cpt5f&.crumb=rgN4zm71AuU

Can you tell the weight and size of a goose from 30 yards away on the water?  

An adult wells catfish maybe able to take a goose. But are they found in that stretch of water? Lets say a waterbird was pulled under, don't you think the story might be slightly exagerated in terms of size etc?

Or am I just growing cynical in my old age? lol  

P.S I think that might have been photoshopped.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The largest Wels catfish that I have personally seen captured in British waters was 56lbs, and was captured by my son who was 14 at the time. I've seen photos and videos of Wels that exceed 100lbs, but I don't think that we have anything that big in the UK rivers.

I have seen a common Seal some 20 odd miles upstream from the river's estuary on the Great Ouse at Littleport in Cambridgeshire. My workmate and fishing buddy experienced 3 Herring deadbaits removed from float trotted snap-tackle on the day, and if we hadn't seen it happen we wouldn't have believed it, and over several weeks other anglers reported the same thing. At this time I had a weekly 10 minute presenting slot on a radio angling show, and I reported the the fishing prospects for the East Anglian region, so a lot of angling and river related information came my way.

There is a major obstacle on the river Great Ouse between Littleport and the sea at Kings Lynn; The Denver sluice, and it was very much in doubt that a Seal could negotiate this. The truth of the episode was even more bizarre than you could imagine: A part time volunteer worker at a Coastal East Anglian Seal Sanctuary had taken a sick fully grown Seal home with her to Ely to nurse it back to health. When the Seal had recovered instead of taking it back to the Sanctuary for a once over official health check and a controlled reintroduction back in to the wild, she managed to get the Seal on to the back seat of her hatchback, and drove it to a local boat yard launching slip, from where where the Seal made it's own way into the River.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe Wells have been recorded at over 240lb in weight. But not in Britain! I very much doubt we have anything anywhere near that size.

Apparently something similar was witnessed in 2005 and people then speculated on it being a crocodilian of some sort.

Do seals take geese?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Every year there are several reports of small dogs; usually fluffy white West Island Terriers being taken by monster Pike at various park boating lakes around the country. Funnily enough the people who make these reports are often dressed in pink Barbra Cartland look alike ladies in their late 50's/early 60's.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even the current UK record pike wouldn't be able to take a goose. Canadian geese are pretty big birds and having ate a few in my time, they are just far too big for a pike to take, let alone pull  down with just one glug.

There's a lake in Stoke.on. Trent called Westport Lake and many years ago a swan was seen with its head pulled down into the water. It was obviously dead but when eventually someone went out in a boat to investigate, a dead pike was found latched onto its head. The pike obviously hadn't been able to let go and the result was that both creatures died.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gareth, half plug jelly (gelignite) in water brings most things to surface to see done while building dam blowing rock worked well so they told me
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doh!

There was me thinking that you were boiling and reducing down a big pan of fish heads, fins, and bones to make a jelly bait.    


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