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Not so super Swale Filling river pegs
OVER the past 15 years I have fished a stretch of the lower River Swale, and I have seen a massive decline in barbel and general fish stocks due to the increase in population of otters and mink.
A stretch once full of fish is now almost devoid of all fish stocks. I have seen with my own eyes otter and mink in the river in daylight hours.
Some 20 years ago, when I started river fishing, otter and mink were unheard of and unseen creatures. They now swim through your peg without any sense of caution.
The past few years I have witnessed many fish skeletons on the bank. And only last week, on every other large, exposed rock on the river’s edge, there were pairs of Signal crayfish claws on them, obviously left by otters or mink. They must eat the rest and leave the pincers. Very, very sad times!
Stephen Love, via email. I WROTE a letter to Angler’s Mail about year ago about whether my son, if he entered fishing matches, would get the prize money as was under 16.
You advised us to get him to join a club, which we did, and he’s been a member for over a year and fishes all the matches. He’s come first in the point-perfish match, and he applied to go to the Guru Match Academy, in Warwickshire, in August.
He came third in the Academy’s mini match, with a weight of 87 lb 2 oz, only 12 oz off the winner, but they were
■ Nathan Mills bagged fish and a Guru sponsorship deal. I’M A member of a syndicate that covers some fantastic pegs along the River Severn at Worcester. Whenever I’m fishing there, the two questions I always get asked are: “How are you doing?” and “Can I fish here?”
I’m always happy to chat and share my information, but have noted that there are absolutely no signs or contact details of who ‘owns’ the stretch. In fact, in all the months I have been a member, I haven’t seen a single soul at any of the pegs, and there are a lot!
I have fed this back through the forum, but have noted this at other river venues, too. With river fishing in decline, I think the syndicate bosses should all revisit their banks and get some up-to-date signage erected, as I feel there are a lot of revenue opportunities out there if people just had the right direction.
Nick Juno, via email.
Advice paid off
all there to get the £1,000 sponsorship deal from Guru, which my son, Nathan, won.
I just wanted to say thank you for your advice in joining a club, it really paid off.
Charlotte Mills, via email.