Bye bye Scottish West Highland sea-trout
Posted 14 June 2005 - 07:39 PM
This is a "traditional" way of fishing on Tay and Tweed and entails placing multiple rods in rod rests, sitting back and waiting for a take. It was probably in use before the "rod in hand" law was made and is obviously illegal. I would be highly amused to watch "Major Haw di Haw being lifted by the Police and carted off to the chokey
I still don't understand why ledgering for trout is more dangerous than ledgering for anything else :confused:
Bad fishing is bad fishing, whoever and however it is done.
When I was out breaking the law last week there was a guy down the bank with his single rod in hand. He was equipped with an 8' spinning rod, spool half filled with old 10lb line, a float the size of QE2s mooring bouy and a sprat on a size 2 treble, no landing net, no unhooking mat and no forceps (and no idea :mad: )
He was unfortunate enough to hook a smallish Pike, which I landed, unhooked and released for him (thus breaking another law probably for leaving my rods unattended!)
He was legal, I wasn't, who was doing it right?
I take all of your points about picking which law we adhere to and which one we break, but don't think it realistcally applies in this case.
BTW did you know that by law London taxis have to carry a bale of hay (for the horse)
Some laws are irrelevant and the powers that be have just not got around to repealing them so they just ignore them. This is such a case!
Let's agree to respect each others views, no matter how wrong yours may be.
Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity
Posted 14 June 2005 - 10:12 PM
I'm definitely not saying that ledgering for one species is better or worse than another. I'm no expert - its just that the fixed rod fishing I've seen in Scotland has all been worms for trout with the effects I've described. It is horrible...trout do have a tendency to take a worm down deeply with the obvious difficulties that then follow.
I too would be a paying spectator to see the major arrested
And yes - there are always idiots who obey the law but are more dangerous than the law breaker. Like the person who drives badly within the speed limit to use our previous example. As to right and wrong - that's a tricky question! Still doesn't make the law breaker right though...
I do know others who know more about the fixed rod law and are strong supporters though - thinking more of the worm ledgering brigade again though, rather than pike catchers and the like.
To add to your argument (and not mine): apparently it is still legal to fire a broadside at any boat flying the skull and cross bones...
But there is a definite irony in being able to pick which laws are relevant in the 'which ones I pick to break' argument!
And when you've finished selling those drugs, can we split the cash?
Posted 14 June 2005 - 10:41 PM
Posted 14 June 2005 - 11:27 PM
Posted 15 June 2005 - 02:39 AM
Did you know that fish did not smell till women started swimming in the sea.
Posted 19 June 2005 - 12:46 PM
Well, what did you expect ? A certain class of angling writer "sometimes takes a fish for the pot", whereas we peasants "tragically kill" fish.
he published the picture in his book remarking that these char were all tragically killed as they reached thier spawning season.
In either case the fish is just as dead (and therefore just as unlikely to spawn demon ) but its all in the writing style "old bey"
You shared a fantastic catch of char - don't let that elitist comment spoil the memory.
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Posted 05 July 2005 - 02:23 AM
The trout fishing was fantastic as well: the river Garry in particular, with the Bob Wyatt deer hair sedge doing the business as usual.
I'll be back....