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PostPosted: Jul 12th, '12, 08:28 
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No they slow down the surface water movement to prevent erosion of the dam banks. With a bit of wind a dam that long can start to get pretty wavy.

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PostPosted: Nov 16th, '12, 08:53 
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Everything ticking along fine. Still have the original 8 SP in there, definitely going to have to fish some out for dinner soon.

Broad beans did quite well, and I was able to grow them later in the season than the ones in the dirt garden.

Haven't needed to buy salad leaves from the supermarket in ages :thumbleft:


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Productive little system that you have there Gazza :thumbright:

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So I'm thinking of fishing out one of the SP today, knocking off some fillets and trying the Portuguese recipe that's floating around on a couple of threads. Any advice or links to successfully kill and fillet SP?

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I did a couple of SP recently. I just killed them the same as I do with trout, slide knife through gills and cut throat to bleed then snap the head back. Just be careful cause the bastards are really spikey. I cooked mine whole but filleting would be the same as bream or similar.

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Thanks Charlie, I ended up getting a couple of rib eyes for tonight, but Perch definitely on the menu for tomorrow.

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Those little buggers sure are hard to catch! Had to fabricate a net from 6mm steel rod and shade cloth, and ended up settling for one of the smaller fish rather than stress them all out trying to get the big fella.

Next time anyone nearby is filleting some SP, let me know, my skills are sadly lacking and I would love to see it done properly!

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I would be happy to show you how I fillet them Gazza. If you have the fish, I will supply the knife.
Your place or mine :lol: I hope you receive that in the context in which I mean it.

Suppose we should cover knife sharpening 101 too as others around here seem to be having a little trouble.

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Thanks Faye! I'm spacing the harvest of the remaining 7 SP until trout time, so I'll holler out in a few weeks when I fish out another one.

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on another note, I got a BYAP voucher for chrissy and am the proud owner of a brand new test kit. I've not really needed one so far, but wanted to gain a better understanding of water chemistry.
results (if I did the tests correctly...)

pH 6.4
AMM 0.25
NITRI 0
NITRA 40

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Good PH :thumbleft:

That amm reading is probably from you trying to catch dinner :lol:

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Not from that cos I did the test before I went fishing, maybe from pulling a few plants out over the last week?

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Nice work Gazza, she's a bewdie!!

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Nice one Gazza. How did it taste?

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