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May-15-2018 @ 3:48 PM                           Permalink
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Speaking to an old friend the other day and he can remember when they used to abandon the close season over the Easter and Whit periods in Norfolk, seems he is was correct and it was in the time when all the different water authorities used to act independently from each other and you had to buy fishing licences to cover the water you wanted to fish..

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That is an interesting observation. I've found this reference to that practice:

"The 1933 brochure mentioned that there had in fact been a Close Season on the Broads since around 1912 but, interestingly, this was suspended during the Bank Holiday weekends of Easter and Whitsun, a practice which it seems continued until at least the outbreak of the Second World War."

[source: Broadland Memories Blog ]

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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May-16-2018 @ 10:30 AM                           Permalink
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For a minute I thought I was going to read good news that this outdated close season practise was going to be abolished.

I can remember the Broads used to open the season at the bank holidays in the late 60s/early 70s. The first year that they stopped doing this a friend and I hired a boat expecting to be able to fish at Easter. The staff at the boatyard informed us that the season was closed.

Well, we had set our hearts on a long weekend of fishing and that is what we discretely did.

Personally I think it is ridiculous that you can fish on some canals, lakes that are not part of a watercourse and gravel pits during the close season and not on the Broads etc. Are the fish on watercourses of a different species?

Judging by the ever decreasing number of fishermen seen on the river banks all over the country I really do not think it makes much difference. The days are gone when the river bank moorings at White Slea on the Thurne were lined day and night with fishermen complete with camping gear and Tilley lamps.

Tackle shops are closing and the youngsters such as I used to be who were happy to spend a day by the water with an old rod, a packet of sandwiches and a bottle of pop are now glued to their infernal computers playing silly war games.

Come on, lets scrap the close season, it was only brought in for coarse fishing so the filthy rich game fishermen could have the river banks to themselves at the best time of year for game fishing.

  

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May-16-2018 @ 10:46 AM                           Permalink
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I am a boater, not an angler, so I rather enjoy the all-too-brief respite from dodging 30ft poles that the closed season brings.

On a more serious note, there is a great deal of information about the closed season, its value and history here.

No.6 in the list of links (about the history of the introduction of the closed season) is of particular note. Apparently, it was the custom for catches to be killed for the weigh-in at angling matches, resulting in many roe-carrying fish being killed, with very damaging effects on stocks.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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I'm a boater first and foremost. I do however drown the occasional maggot. Like Pally, I enjoy that all too brief period when I don't have to be on the lookout for poles protruding from reed beds and multiple floats all over the navigation. Also nice to be able to moor up without upsetting some chap dangling his tackle in the water. Scared

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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Thanks for that Paladine. That really does make the close season redundant then.

Personally I do not use a keep net as I think even the newer legal nets damage the protective slime on the fish scales. I simply return the fish to the river immediately after being caught. Perhaps a ban on keep nets at the times fish are perceived to be spawning would be better. As we all know, due to our wild weather patterns this can be at any time.

On a slightly different tack I have gone over to barbless hooks as they also do less damage to the fish. I may lose one or two fish but what the heck, also they often unhook themselves in the landing net.  

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May-16-2018 @ 11:39 AM                           Permalink
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I have just read the information in Paladine's link.

Well it seems that the powers that be have been chewing the fat for some years. As usual, jobs for the boys, endless tea and biscuits, expenses, shiny trouser bottoms and it goes on and on ................and on.

Come on you fat chewers, cut to the chase, make a decision and then go and get a proper job! When I was working (retired now) and if I worked at that rate I would have been sacked and rightly so.

Hopefully they will make a decision before I pop my clogs!  

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That is correct, If your read "Trials of a Norfolk Water Baliff by Broadland Tom" (Tom Cable) you will see he references the mass invasion of Anglers during this interval in the close season. British rail and Bus Operators used to put on specials to bring the Anglers mainly from the Midlands and the North. Anglian Water had this period but not all water authorities followed suit hence the influx of Anglers.

Dave

if it is to be it is up to me.

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""The 1933 brochure mentioned that there had in fact been a Close Season on the Broads since around 1912 but, interestingly, this was suspended during the Bank Holiday weekends of Easter and Whitsun, a practice which it seems continued until at least the outbreak of the Second World War."
Pally the practice contimued into 70's I believe it was lost when the E.A took over licensing from the regional water authorities. I remember coming down with a mate of mine in in 1972 and freezing our backsides off at Potter for 3 days without a bite.

Dave

if it is to be it is up to me.

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Steve51:
"...some chap dangling his tackle in the water."

Ermm... would you like to rephrase that?

Andy

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