‘Kosher’ cats should be on record fish list
WHAT are we to make of those whacking great catfish that turned up in a recent Anglers Paradise netting down in Devon?
These fish have perfect provenance and are 100 per cent ‘legal’ so why shouldn’t the BRFC reconsider the catfish record?
When the silly season started, very dubious cats appeared, including fish over 100lb from little more than a large puddle, and the record committee rightly closed the catfish door.
I have absolutely no doubt that many more have since been imported – and I’m sure several fisheries earn a good living from anglers with few scruples who want to catch them – but surely, when the original criteria for genuine fish are in place, there should be no problem.
Possibly the only issue I have is how many waters can prove that. Will we have a situation where records will be claimed from rivers such as the Thames and Trent, where cats have never been legally stocked? It’s tricky!
Kosher cats merit record status.