Think very carefully before complaining that licences are rarely checked
There are a number of strategies possible in policing our waters Many officers (which means many salaries) carrying out frequent checks would increase the cost of licences - without much to spare for the fisheries themselves.
On the other hand, few checks, but draconian fines for offenders, would seem a better option - provided the fines went into the "fishery improvement" kitty.
Either way, the sum effect of all the "sins" of all the anglers in the country are trivial compared with the environmental damage caused by industrialists, and even by public bodies.
That said, I have never, ever been asked for my licence on a river - that's in 75 years of river angling - even when I went seatrout fishing with an R.B bailiff (yes, that was when we still had River Boards) he didn't check my licence.
I was once checked on one of my rare visits to a commercial set of ponds - the bailiff was astounded when I produced a salmon licence ! ............also once at a put-n-take rainbow fishery
PS, I have frequently been asked to show my permit by fellow syndicate/club members, have always shown it, provided they show me theirs. (No jokes please ) ...
Older members may recall a story of a permit-less busybody who was unwise enough to challenge me in a hectoring manner.
I thought I had seen this before ! Just checked back - I answered three or four years ago !
Said the same things then as now
Edited by Vagabond, 17 May 2017 - 08:59 PM.