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Just got home from another fantastic week on the Northern rivers, just a family holiday with 2 boats out of Stalham. Great weather and excellent food & drink in the local pubs but annoyed to see 3 lots of holiday makers fishing the rivers, I accept that not everyone knows the rules but it is basic stuff and the law of the land. One fisherman I can forgive was the sight of a lovely otter floating on his back enjoying a roach up against the reeds just before Ranworth Dyke.
No complaints about him, after all it is his river! alas we will have to wait until September for our annual fishing trip!

Terry

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Not sure if i like that idea or not,But we can fish ponds/lakes any time of year what do the rest of anglers on this site think.

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There is not much point in getting annoyed. It has already been proved that the close season is unnecessary. If the shiny trouser bottom people get their finger out hopefully in 2019 we will have an open season all year round. The fact that canal, enclosed lake and gravel pit fishing all year round has had no detrimental effect on the fish proves that the close season is an outdated byelaw that has gone on for too long.



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Jun-03-2018 @ 10:58 AM                           Permalink
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  True and it will be good for the boat yards local shops ect!

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Sadie:

I will make you completely right. I know it will not make an enormous amount of difference as a lot of boaters do not fish but every little trade is grist to the mill. I think there is a possibility that the small day boat hirers such as Maycraft (if they are still in business) would find a boost to their trade as anglers do tend to hire small boats in the area to fish around the Hickling area.

But.............. this argument has been going on for over three years and no doubt the shiny trouser bottom brigade have to do something to keep themselves in a job. How much longer is it going to go on? It happens in all areas where committees are involved including BA but that is another story. Just think of it, get paid for chewing the fat, gobbling free tea and biccies and possibly something stronger and all the jollies all paid for by us! Nice work if you can get it. I am retired now but did a proper job.  Tinhat Evil Grin

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Being an angler for 60 odd years and a boater for half that time I am more than happy to respect the close season, if you cant exist for 3 months without wetting a line there are plenty of alternatives, I used to go sea fishing but there are plenty of other waters available,it is also not just the Broads but all flowing water that is affected.

               Brian

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The "commercial fisheries" tend to replace their fish every now and again so It looks like there is no damage being done..

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Jun-04-2018 @ 4:27 PM                           Permalink
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If anybody moored in the places that I do they would see that the rivers do replace their stocks naturally. Where I moor there are millions of fry much in excess to what is required. If they all survived the river would not be able to sustain their growth. Therefore a few boaters having a not too serious dabble and catching a few tiddlers on a cheap rod from Lathams will not affect anything. With all the fish kills in the Hickling area in recent years does not seem to deplete the stocks as is the salt surges.

I personally have noted the dearth of fishermen in recent years, possibly having lost interested in what they like to call a "sport" during close seasons. That is what happened to me. I built a boat instead and have never looked back. I still have a dabble for a couple of hours now and again but seeing what I have seen I really cannot see what difference it can make having possibly very serious fishermen on the banks during the close season weeks can make much difference.

In saying this, which I know many people will disagree with me. I am going to say something that loads of people will disagree with. Unless you are taking part in a recognised fishing match keepnets should not be used. I can see no point in imprisoning fish all day in a net, possibly scraping off their protective slime and opening them to disease just to prove by a picture at the end of the day what a wonderful fisherman you are. The majority of the people of this country would just yawn at the picture and get on with their lives.

Certainly during springtime keepnets should be banned anyway.

Please note that I was a very keen fisherman, bivvy, camping gear, secret baits, secret places, you name it, I did it. Oh yes, I forgot, some real biggies!

I am now looking for the tin hat

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You don't have to justify your opinion and shouldn't need a tin hat for voicing it  Wink  I'm though in the other camp whereas occasionally I do use a keepnet but mainly when targeting Bream and in such cases I have 2 overly large nets (no I'm not braggin  Smile  ). Until such time as they may ban them then I'll continue to do so.

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