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Old 30 November 2010, 13:33   #11
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Just get the pliers out and bend the end of the hook inwards a little more so it doesn't catch on anything.. Simple!! That's what we do and it works a treat.. Doesn't interfere with the fishing either! But as everyone says, it's hard and rare to puncture the tubes( fingers crossed!!) 
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Old 30 November 2010, 14:57   #12
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My namesake joined, posted and hasn't returned since the 27th. I hope he's ok
If he comes back, I'll share my fibfisher tip with him
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Old 05 December 2010, 06:33   #13
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Bent hooks

Thanks for all the reassurance everyone. I am going to go with the regular inflateable tubes as there is more choice of boats out there and judging by the experience from the people replying here it doesn't look like it is going to be an issue.

I particularly liked the idea of bending the hooks in a little further I used to do that anyway a few years ago as I thought it actually improved my catch rate.

Thanks for all the advice and reassurance.

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Just spotted this post!

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My namesake joined, posted and hasn't returned since the 27th. I hope he's ok
If he comes back, I'll share my fibfisher tip with him
Yes I am OK :-) - My job takes me out of the country frequently to all sorts of far flung places so I don't always get time to relax and surf - online or on the water!

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Old 05 December 2010, 07:14   #15
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Yes I am OK :-) - My job takes me out of the country frequently to all sorts of far flung places so I don't always get time to relax and surf - online or on the water!

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There you are! I thought you were a gonner. Anyway, here's me tips:

1. Nail a linoleum rectangle to a suitable plank and roll it up alongside a tube when under way - deploy over the tube as a guard while fishing.

2. Don't allow pointy ended knives on board

3. Land your catch into a fish box

There are a few interesting pointers in this:

http://www.fishingfilmsandfacts.co.uk/mribfisher.asp

BTW - It was that wicked channel block, Malthouse, who coined the terms Fibfisher, Fishwisher and Fishfibber for the Stormforce Ribfisher.
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I've had a 6.1m Redbay with a forward cuddy for four years . it's a great boat for fishing and beach launching. The tubes have double-cladding at the work areas and have had no problems with the tubes.The boat is on the Redbay website ref, "Ribfisher"
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The boat is on the Redbay website ref, "Ribfisher"
The boat (and you) are in that link above!
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I've had a 6.1m Redbay with a forward cuddy for four years . it's a great boat for fishing and beach launching. The tubes have double-cladding at the work areas and have had no problems with the tubes.
A 'looker' I'd imagine.

What is she clad in?
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A 'looker' I'd imagine.
Possibly why he used his 11m Bluewater Raven for the Great British Rib Rally
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What is she clad in?
It's generally rubber (neoprene?) as seen on Deltas etc. Sometimes with Treadmaster on the topsides. Like this one, hatched earlier this week

Noteworthy as the, ahem, Irish Coast Guard commissioned it....
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