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I noticed some fishermen catching the occasional fish and was horrified to see they were wrapping the fish in dry cloth for unhooking, indeed, one person was using a pair of old underpants for the job.

I sincerely hope that this is not a common thing as it wipes the protective slime off the fish and opens it up to disease.

Personally I always use a landing net and put the fish down in the wet net for unhooking, usually not touching them, its easy to do if barbless hooks are used and a pair of forceps are used. If I have to hold the fish I hold them through the wet net. They are then returned carefully to the water in the landing net and not thrown back. I never use a keepnet either as I regard them as barbarous.

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Agreed ! The only towel anywhere near us when Mikes fishing is for him to dry his hands on, would never ever put a fish into a cloth as that's really bad practice.. And as for Keep-nets - dreadful things.

And whilst we are on fishing - we've seen numerous hireboats fishing on Blackhorse this year ( in fact every time we've been in there ) but it's not permitted is it. Haven't seen any private boats doing it, as I guess they are aware of the rule, but perhaps the sign at the entrance needs to be bigger and more prominent!

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Sep-11-2020 @ 11:32 AM                           Permalink
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I also wince when I see the way some people land Pike , the Pike is a beautiful fish and also deserves respect.  He may take your finger off ,   well there are such things called Pike Gloves and if used correctly your digits will still be with you at the end of the day.



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When we went on Blackhorse Broad last week there was several moored boats (private & hire craft) and a few in a small launch fishing and none really doing much harm unlike anglers with keep nets.
I often wonder how many hours some of the nets are out each day particularly by some of the riverside properties.
In my opinion they should be only used in match fishing.

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Tony , my comment wasn't that any of the anglers on Blackhorse were doing "harm", but that they were fishing on a Broad which does not allow it. So, whether they are doing no harm , as you put it, is not really relevant. Mike likes to fish but we fully accept, understand and respect that if we choose to go there, we can't fish.

All the boats we saw doing this, over 4 visits in the last month, were hire boats, last week a Richos and a Herbert Woods, the previous time a Herbert Woods and a Faircraft. And others I didn't note. Mike even called across to one boat with about half a dozen people on board , to tell them ( very politely) as we passed and all we got was abuse. There's been what feels like a lot of people like that this season in particular. We've even had folk on  boats who have tried to come into our private moorings complaining that there is " too many bloody no moorings signs everywhere", and our friends had canoeists  going into a private garden ( with cut) and when challenged their answer was " it's all the kings water".

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Unfortunately I think its very common to catch the fish in a towel, in most cases these people's are not fishermen they are just fishing and on the pike job if you are frightened by pike don't fish for them..

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I do not recall seeing signs banning fishing in Blackhorse Broad, unlike South Walsham Inner.  Maybe I have just not noticed them!

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Sep-11-2020 @ 6:20 PM                           Permalink
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This pic of the sign was posted up in a previous discussion some years back. There is def a sign stating the same situation now as I made a point of checking it out as we left the Broad a few days ago.

I also remember that when we were in our first season or so of owning, I'd asked about fishing there after the issue cropped up then. I'd not realised this on our first venture into there all those years ago so I think my point that it needs to be more noticeable may well be a valid one! Clearly it's either being ignored or just isn't prominent enough.

The sign is on the right as you enter the dyke, adjacent to the barrier/gate.

Karen

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EDIT to thank member SuePine who posted this image originally.

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I’d not noticed the sign either but I don’t doubt there is one.
The Ranger toured the Broad while we had lunch and never challenged any of the crews who were fishing.
I personally get more frustrated at the use of keep nets for pleasure fishing than people fishing mud weighted on Blackhorse now if they had been bank fishing on a private water that’s a different matter.


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Well yes , I get annoyed about things to varying degrees , but a rule is a rule and I personally can't subscribe to the "it doesn't matter" philosophy. Otherwise, hey,  let's all do whatever we want , moor in one place for a week at a time, ignore the tolls requirements, cancel our BSS, speed along at a rate of knots etc etc.

Not surprised to hear that a ranger didn't bother pointing out the rules. It's perhaps easier to check on private boats for toll infringements or a slightly lopsided or obscure reg number ( as instructed by their bosses).  Never seen a ranger in there before, but there's a first time for everything!

Karen


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