catapults at the moot?

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boubindica

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Is it worth me bringing my catapult to the Bushmoot in August? I'd like the opportunity to practice and just wondering if there is a safe space to do that?

Also, is it possible to fish for food either in the sea (from the beach) or in the river? Don't want to anything illegal :confused:

I'm no expert... just want to practice ways of doing this... I'll bring line and hooks, but if there's a better way?
 

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Quite a few people do bring catapults, so yes, go ahead and bring yours. The site itself is really short of good stones to shoot, so either go hunting for them by the beach (30 minute walk each way) or maybe bring a bag of Mint Imperials (the genuine ones seem better than supermarket branded ones).

Fishing. They do fish off the rocks down at the river mouth, but the river is strictly ticket water and the locals are protective since it can contain sea trout. To get to the rocks at the mouth requires crossing the river and going down the far side. The mouth of the river itself can be dangerous despite its apparent shallow water. People have been swept off feet and taken out to sea when attempting to cross the knee deep water. People also do manage to cross successfully. Its just a risk.

As always with any fishing...it may be possible to fish, but it may prove fruitless, so might not be good to count on for food! How would you propose to get your line and hooks out to the fish? I suppose it would be possible to set out a fixed line on the beach when the tide went out, wait a tide cycle and see whether you had anything when the line was exposed again. Don't know if anyone has tried that. Thing is that the beech is used a fair bit so I would want to be on the spot to retrieve my line.
 
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Is it worth me bringing my catapult to the Bushmoot in August? I'd like the opportunity to practice and just wondering if there is a safe space to do that?

Also, is it possible to fish for food either in the sea (from the beach) or in the river? Don't want to anything illegal :confused:

I'm no expert... just want to practice ways of doing this... I'll bring line and hooks, but if there's a better way?
With regards to fishing for food there is the option of fishing the river mouth at Ogmore by Sea which is walking distance from the moot. I live in Bridgend and would say you would be likely to catch mackeral in abundance from an area called Ogmore deeps which again is a short walk from where the bushmoot will take place. Hope this helps.


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boubindica

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Quite a few people do bring catapults, so yes, go ahead and bring yours. The site itself is really short of good stones to shoot, so either go hunting for them by the beach (30 minute walk each way) or maybe bring a bag of Mint Imperials (the genuine ones seem better than supermarket branded ones).

Fishing. They do fish off the rocks down at the river mouth, but the river is strictly ticket water and the locals are protective since it can contain sea trout. To get to the rocks at the mouth requires crossing the river and going down the far side. The mouth of the river itself can be dangerous despite its apparent shallow water. People have been swept off feet and taken out to sea when attempting to cross the knee deep water. People also do manage to cross successfully. Its just a risk.

As always with any fishing...it may be possible to fish, but it may prove fruitless, so might not be good to count on for food! How would you propose to get your line and hooks out to the fish? I suppose it would be possible to set out a fixed line on the beach when the tide went out, wait a tide cycle and see whether you had anything when the line was exposed again. Don't know if anyone has tried that. Thing is that the beech is used a fair bit so I would want to be on the spot to retrieve my line.
i was thinking more along the lines of there being a range with a catch blanket or suchlike as i have steel balls i'd like to be able to retreive with my magnet-on-a-stick... can i set up something like that so others are safe and i get to keep my balls of steel? :geek: but not sure i can carry a blanket to the site as im on foot and carrying enough already... so yeah, was just wondering if there was a designated area for shooters to practice safely...

as a noob, i'll keep the fishing safe and not wade knee-deep in strong currents and don't want to upset any locals... i'll be bringing food supplies as im not expecting to actually catch anything, just want to practice... if i land a catch i'd be pretty much ecstatic, and will be having fish for my supper that night :dancer:

not aware of the topography of that area, and only have line and hooks as part of my emergency pack, so will be bringing them along anyway... hoping to learn as i go when actually in the field, rather than reading theory from a book...

thanks for the detailed response... it was helpful :thankyou:
 

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It should be possible to use the archery range, the net there will catch the steel balls, I'm also bringing stands for catapult targets so we can have a catapult competition, although this will be a friendly 'mint imperial' competition, probably in the more open area by the viking hut.

As the others have said, you can fish up at the end of the river or off the beach so feel free to bring your gear and get stuck in, it's easy to get to the places you want, although knowing the tides will help in crossing the stones across the river :D
 

boubindica

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It should be possible to use the archery range, the net there will catch the steel balls, I'm also bringing stands for catapult targets so we can have a catapult competition, although this will be a friendly 'mint imperial' competition, probably in the more open area by the viking hut.

As the others have said, you can fish up at the end of the river or off the beach so feel free to bring your gear and get stuck in, it's easy to get to the places you want, although knowing the tides will help in crossing the stones across the river :D
That's great news Tony, thanks :) Doubt I'm ready for any competitions but who knows, after some practice, I might find I'm a natural :)