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Not so su­per Swale Fill­ing river pegs

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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.

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