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 ?