Thursday, 22 August 2019

Warwickshire Avon - Flappers and Figdeans

A garlic and chilli laden curry washed down with a couple of pints of ale prior to a fishing session probably isn't the best idea to be quiet bankside, but at least ones eupnea would emanate a garlic haze to keep the mosquitos away. Now the volatiles responsible for garlic breath include diallyl disulfide, allyl mercaptan, allyl methyl disulfide, and allyl methyl sulfide.

As a garlic lover, post consumption here is a tip, raw apple can decrease the concentration of volatiles in breath by 50 percent or more. Apple juice can reduce the levels of volatiles, but not as effectively as chewing raw apple. Even better, heated apple produced a significant reduction of volatiles. And forget green tea that you've been told about as during laboratory testing, it has no deodorizing effect on the garlic compounds.

Now according to the researchers, foods deodorize garlic breath through two mechanisms. First, enzymes in the raw foods help to destroy the odors, and then, phenolic compounds in both the raw and cooked foods destroy the volatiles. This is why raw foods were generally more effective because they contain both the enzymes and the phenolic compounds.

So apples, raw apples give them a go !!!

Enough of all that this was a short session in to dusk, I wanted a bigger Zander you see, the water temperature falling a little of late and I wanted to see if the fish were up for a feed. 2 flappers of roach, both under a float, enjoy the peace and solitude. Fish movement was uneventful up until the sun set and then things started to wake up.

Fish topped, a splash here, a splash there....

....sure enough as the bats came out the right-hand rods float starts to bob and then move confidently from left to right. I've found I get less dropped runs when the bait is under a float, maybe the constant resistance is the key. I struck in to the fish and felt a good resistance. It didn't do much at first, but the first sight of the net it realised it was hooked and bolted off.

It was quickly under control though and not worth getting the weigh sling and scales out. A lovely dark fish though, great looking fish this time of year.


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