GIVE IT TIMEÉ
It was disappointing to hear that, amid the plaudits for Turnaface’s arrival as a day-ticket water, there were one or two grumblers, clearly unaware that Rome wasn’t built in a day.
We asked ex-fishery manager and TF columnist Peter Cockwill to remind us of the problems faced by business start-ups in this particular sector….
“It’s my favourite saying - ‘Every day ticket angler is the world’s best fishery manager’…” he responded.
“The initial problem for any fishery is deciding how many fish to stock. There’s no easy way to work this out and although a popular formula is 100 fish per acre, there are many waters where this would be akin to ‘fish soup’, while others can require a higher density.
“Then there’s the seasonal variance: cold-water stock density is often half the warm-water equivalent and yet the warmer times may still produce a catch rate far less than the cold times, regardless, so there’s no easy answer.
“The fishery will also have ‘hotspots’ where the stock accumulates: it’s impossible to ensure even fish distribution so that everyone has the same chance of catching.
“It’s not a bad idea to have a trial fishing period before opening up to day rods, so that the manager has some idea of how the water responds and so can advise customers, and also determine if the water needs more stock.
“It can also then give an idea as to where best to create platforms for water access or maybe places where vegetation needs cutting back for casting room.”