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Poll: How many times have YOU WHO HAVE FISHED FOR 5 YEARS + BEEN ASKED TO PRODUCE YOUR LICENCE? (71 member(s) have cast votes)


  1. Voted NEVER (19 votes [25.68%])

    Percentage of vote: 25.68%

  2. ONCE (13 votes [17.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.57%

  3. TWICE (9 votes [12.16%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.16%

  4. THREE (11 votes [14.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.86%

  5. FOUR (5 votes [6.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.76%

  6. FIVE (2 votes [2.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.70%

  7. SIX (1 votes [1.35%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.35%

  8. SEVEN (1 votes [1.35%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.35%

  9. EIGHT (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  10. NINE (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  11. TEN + (13 votes [17.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.57%

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#11 Tigger



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Posted 05 February 2012 - 06:57 PM

I was asked to produce my rod licence many years ago by three of the EA brigade. I shouted up the bank to them that I didn't have one and after shouting back it was an offence not to have one they just walked off.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:05 PM

I have been at waters where some people fishing light with minimal tackle have packed up sharpish when the EA officers arrive and clear off in plan view of the EA officers. They make no effort to ask them to show there licence but head off to the nearest bivey to ensure it's owner has 2 licences for his 3 rods :rolleyes: Travel light and keep moving and you will never have to buy a licence or pay for a day ticket :D

Specimen anglers are never going to do a runner and leave there tackle behind but if your gear comes from the pound shop.

I only tend to get asked for my licence on Carp or Pike waters and they only seem interested in multi rod set ups.

Hi Dales

I have been checked 3 times in the last 2 years and all occasions were on popular carp venues and the EA bailiffs admitted it was easier to prosecute carp anglers using 3 rods with 1 licence as theyalready know tcheir name and address from the licence they hold.

This personally annoys me although I have 2 licences i think it is nittpicking compared with illegal river fishing in close season netting and fixed lines being used and they will not atend.

As a club we have been told several times that after march 15th unless there are over 6 anglers fishing out of season its not worth there while attending.


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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:50 PM

I've been checked 3 times in 30 years.
The only reason i was checked was because i was fishing national matches and we all knew they would be there checking. I think they do only check commercial or day ticket fisheries. And far more importantly dont check frequently enough.
everytime i catch a fish i'm lucky when i blank i'm a hopeless angler.

#14 John S

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:58 PM

At a canal I regularly fish, every time. Since I went there between 15 - 20 times last year, I get my licence checked loads. At lakes and ponds, hardly ever (just the once last year).

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 08:07 PM

I've just voted 4 times in 47 years of fishing...and two of those were on consecutive days in the same swim by the same Brain of Britain bailiff! To put it into perspective I've been asked to produce licences (similar regional/national ones as opposed to club/day tickets) more times whilst abroad.

I put up a similar poll a few years back on AN it will be interesting to see if there has been any change,I doubt it though and will predict the results/trends shown by this one-

Most will never have been checked more than a handful of times in quite long careers and those who have will have been done so on the same venue which will often be an easily accessible commercial.

Edited by BUDGIE, 05 February 2012 - 08:08 PM.

And thats my "non indicative opinion"!

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 08:09 PM

Ive been checked many times, even twice in the same day by different EA bailiffs a few times, but i did used to fish EA owned salmon beats a lot.

Edited by lutra, 05 February 2012 - 08:10 PM.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 08:17 PM

I have been checked 3 times in the last 2 years and all occasions were on popular carp venues and the EA bailiffs admitted it was easier to prosecute carp anglers using 3 rods with 1 licence as theyalready know tcheir name and address from the licence they hold.

That says it all really :angry:



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Species Caught 2012
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Species Caught 2010
Zander, Pike, Perch, Eel, Tench, Bream, Roach, Rudd, Mirror Carp, Common Carp, Crucian Carp, Siamese Carp, Asian Redtail Catfish, Sawai Catfish, Rohu, Amazon Redtail Catfish, Pacu, Long Tom, Moon Wrasse, Sergeant Major, Green Damsel, Tomtate Grunt, Sea Chub, Yellowtail Surgeon, Black Damsel, Blue Dot Grouper, Checkered Sea Perch, Java Rabbitfish, One Spot Snapper, Snubnose Rudderfish
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Species Caught 2008
Dorado, Wahoo, Barracuda, Bonito, Black Fin Tuna, Long Tom, Sergeant Major, Red Snapper, Black Damsel, Queen Trigga Fish, Red Grouper, Redhind Grouper, Rainbow Wrasse, Grey Trigger Fish, Ehrenbergs Snapper, Malabar Grouper, Lunar Fusiler, Two Tone Wrasse, Starry Dragonet, Convict Surgeonfish, Moonbeam Dwarf Angelfish,Bridled Monocle Bream, Redlined Triggerfish, Cero Mackeral, Rainbow Runner
Species Caught 2007
Arapaima, Alligator Gar, Mekong Catfish, Spotted Sorubim Catfish, Pacu, Siamese Carp, Barracuda, Black Fin Tuna, Queen Trigger Fish, Red Snapper, Yellow Tail Snapper, Honeycomb Grouper, Red Grouper, Schoolmaster, Cubera Snapper, Black Grouper, Albacore, Ballyhoo, Coney, Yellowfin Goatfish, Lattice Spinecheek

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 09:13 PM

Not once in 8 years by an EA bailiff, but a few times but club officials just checking, especially if you've just joined and they dont recognise you. I fish a range of waters, club and day ticket waters.

Too often i've forgotten my license when travelling light, but never really worried too much knowing i'd be bloody unlucky to be caught.

Very little point in buying one really, but for the peace of mind of not having to look over your shoulder constantly it's worth it, peace of mind like.
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Posted 05 February 2012 - 10:34 PM

What powers do Bailiffs have if they find someone fishing and they refuse to produce their licence, what if they pack up and walk off, what can the bailiff do?

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 11:41 PM

Twice in about 15 years of getting them inc Childs License. Consecutive years, on the same stretch of river and same month...
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