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Old 05 May 2014, 11:13   #1
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Grandads walking stick and a greedy little b*gger.

When my dad died my wife insisted on keeping his old wooden walking stick. "You never know when you might need it" she said, much to my derision.

Fast forward several years; on my last outing I had had trouble lifting the launch wheels, due to the fact that you have to pull them forward and push down at the same time. Because of the buoyancy of the wheels it took several minutes to achieve it. What I needed was a lever. So my wife's prophetic words came ringing in my ears.

This morning as we readied the boat I thew in the old walking stick, "I'm not that knackered" was Ballasts verdict. "It's for me" I said, much to his amusement.
So it was off to the beach and a straight forward launch. We stopped about a100yds off, "pass me my walking stick" I said. You can't walk on water came the reply. Over the transom hooked the crook round the back of the wheel leg, levered it forward, pushed down and up popped the wheel. Both wheels up in under a minute. Jobs a good un. Thanks dad.

Anyway, the fishing wasn't great, a few codling to 3lb. Still colour ing the water and wind and tide meant we where drifting too fast. But any time on the water is better than armchair fishing.

Oh and here's the greedy little b*gger.

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Old 05 May 2014, 11:56   #2
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Stray,
were do you normally get out from.
I'm interested in getting a sib this year and would really like a look at yours ( have read just about all the post on here lol) and your set up I like.

Was out of Church point Newbiggin this morning in the yak and the fishing was very slow, even the 4 or 5 boats that were zipping about didnt do much.
regards John
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Old 05 May 2014, 12:19   #3
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I launch from the Stray at Redcar. I've got my own private slip.



Well I'm the only one that seems to use it.

Most people tend to launch at Granville Terrace.

PM me if you want to come over and have a look, I'll tell you what little I know.
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Old 05 May 2014, 13:04   #4
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hmm straight of the beach is that saltburn we got a sib now and just up the road from you in Billingham. unfortunately all our gear is up in Scotland where we keep the speedboat tho
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sorry just noticed you said redcar where abouts is the stray in redcar
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Cheers,
might be on a weekend but will pm you before hand incase your out fishing !!

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Old 05 May 2014, 17:44   #7
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where abouts is the stray in redcar
It's the coastal strip between Redcar and Marske. If you drive along the seafront at Redcar, going towards Marske, Granville Terrace slip is just before the roundabout.
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When my dad died my wife insisted on keeping his old wooden walking stick. "You never know when you might need it" she said, much to my derision.

Fast forward several years; on my last outing I had had trouble lifting the launch wheels, due to the fact that you have to pull them forward and push down at the same time. Because of the buoyancy of the wheels it took several minutes to achieve it. What I needed was a lever. So my wife's prophetic words came ringing in my ears.

This morning as we readied the boat I thew in the old walking stick, "I'm not that knackered" was Ballasts verdict. "It's for me" I said, much to his amusement.
So it was off to the beach and a straight forward launch. We stopped about a100yds off, "pass me my walking stick" I said. You can't walk on water came the reply. Over the transom hooked the crook round the back of the wheel leg, levered it forward, pushed down and up popped the wheel. Both wheels up in under a minute. Jobs a good un. Thanks dad.

Anyway, the fishing wasn't great, a few codling to 3lb. Still colour ing the water and wind and tide meant we where drifting too fast. But any time on the water is better than armchair fishing.

Oh and here's the greedy little b*gger.

Dads... They will always be there for you, in one way or another. What a lovely story
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