Bad at­ti­tude of some vis­it­ing rods prompts rad­i­cal move

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - TONY GRIGORJEVS Se­nior re­porter

THE coun­try’s big­gest angling club is to ban day tick­ets in a bid to boost mem­ber­ship fig­ures and pro­tect its fish­eries.

Birm­ing­ham AA con­trols the rights to more than 60 dif­fer­ent fish­eries on canals, rivers and still­wa­ters, and rules cur­rently al­low day-ticket an­glers to en­joy a sin­gle ses­sion for £8.

But af­ter lengthy dis­cus­sions be­tween the com­mit­tee and per­mit hold­ers, the club will start op­er­at­ing a mem­bers-only pol­icy at the start of 2017.

Crit­ics have claimed that the move is geared to­wards ‘mak­ing more money for the club’ but BAA sec­re­tary John Williams strongly de­nies this.

“Our club is run for the ben­e­fit of its mem­bers. We are not a com­mer­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion that is try­ing to make money,” he said.

“Club mem­bers are proud of the wa­ters they fish and play a huge part in keep­ing them top class fish­eries by tidy­ing away any rub­bish and re­port­ing prob­lems to us. Un­for­tu­nately, not all day-ticket an­glers have the same at­ti­tude, and this is one of the main rea­sons for the change.

“Adult mem­ber­ship is fan­tas­tic value at just £40 a year, while a day ticket is £8. You only need to fish our wa­ters a hand­ful of times to get your money’s worth.”

Long-time BAA mem­ber and Bar­bel So­ci­ety chair­man Steve Pope be­lieves a slightly dif­fer­ent stance should have been taken.

He told Angling Times: “There’s no doubt that an­nual tick­ets are rea­son­ably priced, but I’d still like to see Birm­ing­ham AA put in place pro­vi­sions for guests to try its wa­ters.” Last year’s Maver win­ner Pete Up­per­ton.

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