‘Kosher’ cats should be on record fish list

Angling Times (UK) - - NETBUSTERS -

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.

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