Poaching a big problem on the River Welland
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.