BIRMINGHAM AA TO DROP DAY TICKETS
Bad attitude of some visiting rods prompts radical move
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.