Miscellaneous Articles

Control Of Fish Leeches

Guidance notes prepared by Dr Bruno Broughton B.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D., F.I.F.M., Fisheries Management Consultant General Information Fish leeches are often seen on fish during the winter months, and they cause concern for anglers and fishery managers alike. Leeches feed by piercing the skin of fish and sucking blood through their specialised mouthparts. Once they are

Chemical Desilting Of Lakes

Introduction The productivity of most stillwater fisheries is governed, in the main, by the fertility of the bottom substrates. Typically, mud-bottomed lakes are quite productive, the consequence being that they can support larger numbers of fish than sand or gravel-bottomed fisheries. However, where there are deep layers of silt or where the bottom comprises exposed

Young John Kilpatrick

Young John Kilpatrick trudged across the morning damp sand with a heavy mind.As he walked down the slope of the beach, past a high tide mark, strewn with debris and flotsam, he took a moment to read the story of the sea. Dried bladderwrack, torn from its anchorage by a fierce sea, the discarded shell

For Fish, Swimming Is No Easy Matter

Just how does a fish swim – and why do some fish virtually have to be taught the skill? Like all living organisms, each species of fish is adapted to the particular environment in which it lives. Some of these adaptations are so obvious that we take them for granted; others are much more subtle.

October 2000

Now I’m on the road to recovery following my knee operation, I’ve been able to do a bit more fishing and looking at some different waters with the aim of choosing only 2 or 3 venues to concentrate on this winter. I told you last month about the small lake with some huge perch in,