Charlie's issue is with a few characters that have rod and line fished for pike for the table without a licence. Anything caught goes in a sack for consumption later or straight on the barbie. It seems to be a scenario that is repeated in isolated spots up and down the country and is particularly prevalent in the Fens and its seems the Broads also. It is to be deplored and we are assured that the EA are on the case (yea right
) But it's a completely different scenario to the one that you've inven...sorry described. In Charlie's case the finger is pointing at unlicenced economic migrants looking for a free meal with a rod and line. In your case you've pointed the finger at persons unknown using methods unknown for reasons unknown.
The real difference is, that Charlie has encountered, seen, challenged and would be able to identify the culprits. Whereas in your case Bob, it would be fair for any sensible, well balanced individual to say that you haven't got a clue. Just a whole pile of scales and f-all else.
The more I read about clubs and shops taking an aggressive attitude to pike fishing and pikers just because some unsubstantiated claptrap appears in the Angling Times, the more I have to point the finger at you and those like you, for making unity amongst anglers just about impossible. The sad thing is that the howling mob that read AT have not really stopped to consider all of the evidence (or lack of it) and all of the views. All this secret squirrel stuff about poaching methods does you no credit either.
We are told that Richard Lee (AT editor) on another forum has expressed a view that broadly.. if pikers continue to make a fuss about it, the situation could worsen. Too damn right it could. If this affects AT's circulation as much as it appears to have done already, then it will be fully justifed. When the angling press act as irresponsibly as they have on this occasion and left some of us looking like the bad guys, then they deserve whatever judgement their readers and ex readers hand out.
I think Lumby maybe right. It probably was aliens. for all we know Bob you might be one too. If not then rest assured, you've alienated a section of the angling public and that may one day come back to bite you.
Na-no Na-no.....Bob calling Orson
Almost forget. Thats it for me on the subject. You can pontificate all you like about this non event, but it has less credibility than the Da Vinci Code (or should that be 'The Da Vinci Cod') No-one believes it...other than those that desperately want to believe it. Now I'm off down the local Cut to chop some holes in keepnets and release those poor little devils.
Last word (promise). Some years ago the Sunday Sport ran a headline on its front page. 'B52 Bomber Found On The Moon' It was complete with an astro camera shot of what appeared to be a B52 on the moon's surface. After complaints, they were censured by the Press Council and told to print a retraction. Know what they did? The following Sunday they ran the Headline ' B52 Bomber Mysteriously Disappears From the Moon'. Same photo appeared with the B52 removed. Sold a lot of papers. Your roach may have met the same fate.
Edited by argyll, 19 May 2006 - 01:46 PM.