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#1 Anglers' Net

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 01:24 PM

Angling Trust news release

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 01:39 PM

Good news indeed.... let's hope it's effective

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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 ?

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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.



On any given day, you may only remove:                  
• 15 small fish (up to 20 cm from tip of snout to 
fork 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 Dace
Common carp Perch Pike Roach
Crucian carp Rudd Smelt Tench
Silver bream
It includes hybrids of any of these species. 
It excludes ornamental varieties or colour variants 
of 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 as 
ghost or koi carp.
Stillwaters and canals
You may only remove fish with the written 
permission of the owner or club. This is normally 
a day ticket or permit, on which the fishery rules 
are often printed. 

If you suspect someone of taking fish illegally, here's the EA advice.


Reporting offences
Not everyone removing fish will be breaking the 
law. Most anglers who take fish from stillwaters will 
be doing so with the owner’s permission. It is still 
legal to take some fish from rivers. But do call us if 
you 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, their 
appearance 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 the 
best way of dealing with the problem. 
We cannot attend all incidents but your reports help 
us to identify where there is a serious problem or a 
pattern of regular offending. 
If you report an incident, we will normally let you 
know what happens.
To report a problem, please ring the
Environment Agency Incident Hotline 
0800 80 70 60
(Free-phone 24 hour)


Angling is more than just catching fish, if it wasn't it would just be called 'catching'......... John