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PizzaLover
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It's going to be a while before I need to know... but this is as good a time as any to ask.

I'll be doing a trip in the summer with a raving fisherman on board, so..

What are the rules on fishing licences?
Does anyone actually care about them?

And I don't believe that I'm asking this..

where are the best places to fish?

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Hi PizzaLover
Anyone over 12 needs a rod licence, they cost £23-75 per adult and £5-25 per junior for the season which is 16th June to the 31st March, weekly permits are £8-50 for adults. They are quite keen up here in Yorkshire and many people are prosecuted each year for not having one but i have never yet been asked for mine while on the broads, but you never know!
As i said the season on rivers starts on 16th June and by that time the fish are spread out all over the broads but you need to be away from the salt water coming up on the tides. I mainly fish the northern system and anywhere above Acle you will find fish. I like the Hickling broad and upper Thurne areas but anywhere on the Bure or Ant will fish well in sumer.
Hope this answers you question and why not give it a go yourself , you might enjoy it!!

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Yes, they do care about them, to the extent that anyone found fishing without one can have their gear confiscated as well as a fine.  (Bl**dy expensive for anyone with reasonable kit.)
Aside from that, the Broads is a gift to fisherman. You can fish from a boat almost anywhere for free, and most of the bankside is free as well.
As for where the fish are, I'll watch your replies with interest, as they often elude me !  I know I can almost always catch them in the boatyard, but aften have no luck at Wroxham, South Walsham or Wroxham Broads !   Smile

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Mar-03-2005 @ 10:13 AM                           Permalink
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Gosh.
So does that mean that the "close season" is 1 April to 15 June? Sureley not!

Who sells the licences... boatyards? Post offices?

Thanks guys.

I'd quite like to try fly fishing... but (oh dear, I'm going to show my ignorance again) isn't the fishing that's done on the Broads the type where you put 'em back?  



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Mar-03-2005 @ 10:27 AM                           Permalink
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I thought the close season started 16th March, but I may be wrong.

See my posting under fishing/close season for comments on the season.

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Simon

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hi pizzalover,
you can get fishing licences at any post office,breeding season is 1st april to 16th of june i think,and sorry but yes you have to put them back.
vicky Wink

steve and vicky

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Sheesh! We're booked to be there in May.
I have to break it to this poor chap that he won't be able to fish.
Turn away... you don't want to see a grown man cry.

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As with a lot of thing these days, you can also buy a license online at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/subjects/fish/?lang=_e

Keith

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According to the "Environment-Agency.go.uk/fish" the close season is from 15th March to 15th June inclusive.

See attached page from their web-site

Sorry, it won't let me upload
so I have cut and pasted it.

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Coarse fish close season - 15 March to 15 June inclusive
The coarse fish close season applies to all rivers, streams and drains in England & Wales, but does not apply to most stillwaters.
There are, however, some exceptions that retain the close season - the Broads and some Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs); these sites are listed in the Schedules attached to the byelaws, which you can obtain from your local office (tel 0845 9333111).
Recent byelaw changes mean that the coarse fish close season does not apply to most canals in England and Wales; again there are some exceptions, mainly SSSIs and these are also listed in the Schedules.
Where the statutory coarse fish close season has been removed, fishery owners and angling clubs are free to introduce a close season through club or fishery rules if they wish to.



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Simon

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Thanks guys. I guess that rules is rules.
I thought that I'd seen people fishing every time I've ever been to the Broads, including on trips that must have fallen into those dates.

Since I've never cared about a close season, I didn't realize that it was so restrictive.. I wonder if the brochures warn people.

You'd think the fish would be more considerate, and breed in the winter.

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