Keeping the mosquito's off and thanks to The Bishop

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Keeping the mosquito's off and thanks to The Bishop

Post by Shaun Harrison » Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:06 pm

For my 3,333rd post I thought I would pass on a little tip that has been working a treat.

I will start off by saying I hate mosquito repellent products whilst angling. I don't want them anywhere near my hands, tackle or bait but sadly I get bit an awful lot. The little perishers seem to really like my blood. The reason I brought my Kelly Kettle several years back was after keeping them at bay with a friends smoldering fire pit at the insect biting capital of the world, Woldale.

Prior to that I used to surround myself with Joss sticks, so what if I looked and smelt like an aging hippie type?

My pipe would come out in an absolute emergency, more smoke making really than smoking. I'm not a smoker, never have been, although I can enjoy a nice Cuban cigar and fortunately can then go months without the craving for another. I still have a wooden box full that I've had for years.

Now a few weeks back the bishop put a post up that he was thinning his coat collection down and among these was a long Barbour Stockman. I'd hung my nose on one for some time but never actually committed to pressing buy when looking on line. There was a particular job I had for a very long coat but they seemed a lot of money for an experiment. When this 'little used' one cropped up I decided it was the perfect opportunity to see if I really did need one and whether or not I would actually wear one.

Well just a few weeks on, despite the way the weather has been, I have indeed been using it. The mosquito's where I have been angling, like most other places are at their most troublesome just before and just into dark. I have found the perfect mozzie shield without having to get all lotioned up. Sat in my chair, my whole body and legs are protected for the period I most need protecting. Using just my little finger and next one of my left hand I use a mosquito wipe on my forehead, face, ears and neck, then tuck one in each sock. A personal 40 plus year problem solved.
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Re: Keeping the mosquito's off and thanks to The Bishop

Post by Reedling » Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:51 pm

Rather you than me getting well ripe in that coat, I would rather sit there burning a box of Nag Champa and don my love beads instead.

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Re: Keeping the mosquito's off and thanks to The Bishop

Post by Shaun Harrison » Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:15 pm

Not been an issue, you must sweat a lot more than me. :Scared:

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Re: Keeping the mosquito's off and thanks to The Bishop

Post by Reedling » Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:25 pm

I eat loads of Onions, Garlic and have my Apple cider vinegar with mother every day so I think what I do sweat acts as a pretty good repellent.. I just like my beads and sticks. I do like your coat but not in this heat.

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Re: Keeping the mosquito's off and thanks to The Bishop

Post by Santiago » Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:15 pm

I used to use Jungle Juice to keep the mosquitos at bay whilst night fishing. Oddly though, thinking back, I caught far more fish when I used this mosquito repellent compared to nowadays when I don't bother with any repellent. Now I am wondering if it's also a weird fish attractant.
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Re: Keeping the mosquito's off and thanks to The Bishop

Post by Michael » Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:53 am

Avon skin so soft, works a treat! :Ok:
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Re: Keeping the mosquito's off and thanks to The Bishop

Post by Shaun Harrison » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:35 am

Santiago wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:15 pm
I used to use Jungle Juice to keep the mosquitos at bay whilst night fishing. Oddly though, thinking back, I caught far more fish when I used this mosquito repellent compared to nowadays when I don't bother with any repellent. Now I am wondering if it's also a weird fish attractant.
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Re: Keeping the mosquito's off and thanks to The Bishop

Post by Reedling » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:42 am

Put the beads on, slap on the patchouli and burn your Nag Champa, the mosquitos will stay 'Far out'. :Cool:

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Re: Keeping the mosquito's off and thanks to The Bishop

Post by Old Man River » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:04 am

I have the same problem exactly, and cover up everywhere, trousers into socks, and use a mozzie net hood as well, over my hat. Not pretty, and not really comfortable , but effective. I also use Avon Skin so soft, and Mozzie wipes on the backs of my hands, wrists, and neck.
I find when night fishing, they arent much of a problem if I only use my headlight minimally, in the dark they dont seem to bother me at all, light on for only a few seconds its like the blitz.

PS, as I suffer from Anaphylaxis it is important for me to keep insects at bay as they put me in intensive care last time I got up close and personal with one.

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Re: Keeping the mosquito's off and thanks to The Bishop

Post by Shaun Harrison » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:46 am

My legs carry permanent scars from past bites, it is just getting through that hour and a bit when the light is dropping when they are at their worst. I try not to ever shine lights at night.

Last week I was away in France being filmed and had to suffer the 'lights, camera, action' with a fish I caught during the dark hours as I refuse to retain fish. Within seconds I was being bombarded and there were so many critters attacking the camera light that the crew actually filmed those too.
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