Poach­ing a big prob­lem on the River Wel­land

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds -

Over the past few years the river Wel­land has not been fished any­where near as much as it used to be.

I can re­mem­ber when I first started run­ning matches on the river, 100 plus an­glers would be nor­mal with 500 plus al­ways likely to turnout for the Wel­land Cham­pi­onship each year.

An­glers came from all over the coun­try to sam­ple top qual­ity bream fish­ing and the river was rightly re­garded as one of the best in the coun­try.

Un­for­tu­nately the mas­sive weed growth was al­ways a prob­lem and when we had sev­eral years with the river all but un­fish­able through the sum­mer months an­glers left for pas­tures new.

Most felt the bream were still there but all but im­pos­si­ble to catch.

How­ever, I know of plea­sure an­glers that of­ten re­ported 100lb plus nets as re­cent as last sea­son.

Un­for­tu­nately word has ob­vi­ously got around as a cou­ple of an­glers out last week­end pre­par­ing for the new cam­paign found huge nets strung across the river.

They were full of bream, so full in fact that they could not pull them out on their own.

I was called, as was the en­vi­ron­ment Agency, so hope­fully the fish were re­leased back into the river. But how many have been taken un­no­ticed over the close sea­son pe­riod I won­der.

I read in the evening Tele­graph last week that a new task force has been formed to com­bat this type of poach­ing, so we all look for­ward to see­ing the re­sults of their ef­forts.

We all know poach­ing and il­le­gal fish­ing is tak­ing place right across the coun­try. Let’s hope they can stop it be­fore it’s too late.

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