Net Closes in on Poachers and Fish Thieves
Posted 15 July 2013 - 01:24 PM
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Posted 29 August 2013 - 10:28 AM
this is my first post here. We were fishing the River Trent at Gunthorpe Nottingham for barbell. There is a noticeable reduction on the river at the moment , not sure if its due to Pike. We hooked into 4 good fish on the ledger, all resulted in broken line at the hook leader end , line strength 7lbs. Not sure but as we were using luncheon meat we figured the culprits may be pike ?
On a slightly different subject, whilst fishing we were asked by an walker if the fish were edible. He said he often fishes there with others including his father , they take the fish to eat.
I told him they should not be taking any fish from the river or any other course fishery. I also advised him that they face a hefty penalty for this illegal practice.
Am I right in thinking that this is an illegal practice on rivers and other fisheries ?
Posted 30 August 2013 - 09:32 AM
Hi Trev, welcome to AN.
These are the EA rules that apply to rivers in England and Wales.
RiversOn any given day, you may only remove:• 15 small fish (up to 20 cm from tip of snout tofork of tail) of the native species listed in Box 1;• one pike of up to 65 cm;• two grayling of 30–38 cm.Box 1: The byelaw applies to:Common bream Barbel Chub DaceCommon carp Perch Pike RoachCrucian carp Rudd Smelt TenchSilver breamIt includes hybrids of any of these species.It excludes ornamental varieties or colour variantsof these species, such as ghost or koi carp.You can still take:• unlisted ‘tiddler’ species – such as gudgeon;• non-native species – such as zander;• ornamental varieties of native species – such asghost or koi carp.Stillwaters and canalsYou may only remove fish with the writtenpermission of the owner or club. This is normallya day ticket or permit, on which the fishery rulesare often printed.
If you suspect someone of taking fish illegally, here's the EA advice.
Reporting offencesNot everyone removing fish will be breaking thelaw. Most anglers who take fish from stillwaters willbe doing so with the owner’s permission. It is stilllegal to take some fish from rivers. But do call us ifyou think that someone is committing an offence –by taking more or different fish than they should.We would like you to tell us all you can about:• what is happening;• the methods being used;• whether it is happening at that moment;• where precisely it is happening;• what laws are being broken;• what fish are being taken and how many;• the people involved – how many, theirappearance and what they’re driving;• whether this happens regularly at this location.Don’t worry if you don’t have all this information.Just tell us what you can. We can then decide thebest way of dealing with the problem.We cannot attend all incidents but your reports helpus to identify where there is a serious problem or apattern of regular offending.If you report an incident, we will normally let youknow what happens.To report a problem, please ring theEnvironment Agency Incident Hotline0800 80 70 60(Free-phone 24 hour)