Miscellaneous Articles

Boilies, Groundbait & Fisheries

Guidance notes prepared byDr Bruno Broughton B.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D., F.I.F.M., Fisheries Management Consultant General Comments Obviously, fish must eat to survive. If they consume more than their bodies need to simply ‘tick over', this extra nutrition is available for growth, the production of eggs and milt, increased movement, etc. Because fish are so-called ‘cold-blooded' animals,

Age Old Question: Can Fish Outlive Anglers?

When the 13th-century Germanic Emperor, Frederick II, decided on a novel use of his jewellery in the cause of science, he unwittingly started one of the first recorded fish-tagging experiments. The story goes that the Emperor wired one of his rings to the gill cover bone of a pike living in the royal lake at

Disinfectant Dips

 Guidance notes prepared by Dr Bruno Broughton, Fisheries Management Consultant Dr Bruno Broughton, Fisheries Management Consultant To prevent the spread of fish diseases and parasites from one fishery to another, many fishery owners have installed dip tanks at their lakes in the last few years. The initiative was prompted by outbreaks of Spring Viraemia of


To early man, catching fish was an important food-gathering activity. As far as we can tell, however, fishing was never a chore. Then, as now, it always involved excitement, use of imagination and intellect. Just when the primary reason for fishing became sport, rather than a means of survival, is impossible to determine - the

Sweet Smells Of Success

The senses that animals possess help them survive in their particular environment, and, in most vertebrates, these comprise sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. Fish gain an additional advantage from the lines of specialised scales on each of their flanks - their lateral lines - which can provide them with information about objects moving in