STINK BAGS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PROPERLY DRIED NETS
They are KHV factories, not to mention that signal crayfish
WITH all the talk about bio-security and drying nets that has been prevalent in the angling media as KHV increases its stranglehold, you’d think that a little bit of that would have got through even the thickest match anglers’ skulls, wouldn’t you? Well, you’d be completely wrong.
At The Glebe Fishery, which is now coming through its own spell of KHV, a net-dip system, with specially formulated chemicals, has been introduced. Obviously some anglers think that the necessity of drying nets doesn’t apply to them. I’ve remarked before that stink bags exacerbate the problem by not allowing nets to drain, but to sit in water from the last place fished.
So imagine my amazement when one angler removed his nets for dipping and a mature, full-sized signal crayfish toddled out of the stink bag! If that had been a female carrying eggs, even if the idiot had got his nets out to dry on the bank, that crayfish could have not only transferred the koi herpes virus but also its own kind, a violently invasive species that’s almost impossible to eradicate.
Sometimes things happen that beggar belief. That is one of them.
The other incredible thing is that The Glebe is now open and fishing at least as well as ever.
The action Roy Marlow took improved water quality still more, and obviously the remaining fit and healthy fish are enjoying it.
It is absolutely crucial to dry your keepnets out after every session.