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#41 Jim Gibbinson

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Posted 29 September 2005 - 02:58 PM

DavyR, you're probably right, it would have an effect on angling if there were no commercial waters (which I define as the "carp puddle" type, not waters such as those controlled by RMC/Ceemex, Mid Kent Fisheries etc.). But is that sufficient justification for the continuation and, indeed, the proliferation of the concept? Just how much of an effect is difficult to say - after all, there's damn-all left in the sea but it doesn't seem to discourage thousands of beach anglers from pursuing their fruitless sport week after week! But that's not the point - if something is unethical, then it's unethical, its possible effects notwithstanding.

Yes, I'm delighted to be able to visit rivers and find them deserted - but that's not the point either, is it?

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Posted 29 September 2005 - 03:40 PM

I used to fish Old Bury Hill near Dorking in the 70s, and I think that was one of the first waters to pursue a deliberate policy of overstocking "to improve sport", so I suppose the concept goes back a long way.

The whole commercial thing seems to be just another reflection of the modern desire for instant gratification, "quick fixes", and indeed commercialisation of everything in general.

I remember criticism of "instant carpers" who wanted fast results and who thought that anything less than a double was unworthy of the catching also going back a long way...

As most things seem to go in cycles, perhaps commercials will eventually go out of fashion. Some anglers will always avoid them and prefer to fish natural waters only. But huge numbers are voting with their feet and fishing commercials at present, and with the current state of farming incomes, I can't see an end to the "puddles" appearing on every bit of redundant farmland.

Are there, in any case, enough "natural" waters to go round for everyone who wants to fish, if the commercials closed? Do we want to see fishing available only through expensive syndicates?

#43 j green

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Posted 02 October 2005 - 02:46 AM

hi happy cat is quite deep and its about 6 feet in places and shallowest at about 5 feet
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