Letters to the Editor
This practice has been ongoing for years and is undoubtedly destroying our dams. We as anglers have stood back for too long and have not taken matters into our own hands. Instead, we have relied on the “powers to be” within this government to assist in the eradication of illegal netting. It is quite obvious that this route has failed dismally.
Why then, may I be so prudent as to ask, has SABAA not taken the initiative, and put forward some proposal to all provinces, and bass anglers for that matter to assist in the control and eradication of illegal netting. Why then, have the cast for cash trails, themselves, not come to the table as a collective force and table a plan to take matters into their own hands and combat this practice.
After all, it is we the anglers who will benefit in the long run. For some reason or other we sit back in the comfort of our protected homes hoping the problem will disappear all on its own. That, my fellow anglers, is not going to happen, unless we do something ourselves.
We, as anglers cannot deny the amount of money spent on our sport. Yet the very fish we so dearly spend so much money and time to outwit and land are being slowly eradicated due to netting, not to mention the very food source the bass rely on to survive are also being targeted.
I am certain there have been some form of eradication measures / action taken by concerned individuals in the past, but due to lack of support from the angling community failed dismally.
My fellow anglers, it is a known fact that our dams are being pressured immensely by over fishing and with the added netting problem, the future of our sport looks, to say the very least, bleak.
We need to take action as a collective angling community and start the process of saving our sport. We CANNOT sit back any longer and hope this practice will dissipate. I urge all anglers and the respective angling committees to stand up and initiate some form of plan to combat this issue before it is too late.