I THINK, sadly, we have reached a point where a generation of youngsters who were never taken fishing, due to computers and gaming consoles, are now the generation who can't teach their own children.
Kids today just think that any outdoor activity is boring; unless it's got a screen they’re not interested. And the older generation who did fish are passing away.
I could be wrong, as 39 per cent (since 2011) is a large number to be down on rod licences. More people could be playing the numbers game, so a fine is cheaper than years of paying licence fees.
Making licences cheaper and having more checks might help. Phil Newton
Not serving purpose
I’M not wasting my money on something that’s not serving its purpose, or something that’s not being enforced.
Perhaps if I could see improvements in the rivers I would buy one, but over the past 15 years I have only watched my local rivers die. A stretch of the Mole that I used to fish as a kid has almost zero pike left, but go back ten years and your spinner couldn’t hit the water without a pike taking it.
I’ll buy my rod licence when they decide to enforce it. I do not think the lack of licence sales this year means that fewer people are fishing. I think there are more anglers than ever. Kaine Bassett
IT annoys me that there are adult anglers that fish without a licence. The rod licence is worth every penny. We need a governing body to check on the river, canals and lakes.
The EA do an amazing job monitoring water conditions and pollutions. Even lake owners go to them with water or fish problems.
I’ve fished for over 40 years and have never missed getting a rod licence, and never moaned about the cost. It’s a sport that I love and care deeply about.
Make the penalties greater for fishing without a licence. That will deter the non-rod licence buying anglers.
We are all tackle tarts, and I bet most of us spend the cost of a licence 99 per cent of the time we go into a tackle shop or go fishing.
A rod licence is less than £1 a week, so it’s really not expensive and no excuse.
Lawrence JA Marden
THE rise from £3.50 for a one-day rod licence to £6 was ridiculous.
Personally, I have a year’s licence, but I then pay £6 for a peg, plus weights, floats, hooks and bait for around £25. It’s becoming an expensive hobby. Darren Harrison
FAR too many big name fisheries charge the same rate for adults as they do for a child. Therefore they are not getting the youth of today interested in the sport.
It’s great that kids don’t need a licence until their teens, now. But fisheries need to support the youth for the future and not just their own pockets.
Back to basics
I’VE recently taken up fishing again at the age of 50, after not wetting a line since I was a teenager, and I’m amazed at how the media in general are making fishing too complicated! We need more on basic fishing. Stephen Harrison
The three-rod licence was launched in 2017, mainly for carp anglers, who often fish with more than two rods, which a normal rod licence allows. This is the current threerod version, featuring legendary former record carp Clarissa. It costs £45 (£30 for concessions).
Too many commercials
I THINK there are too many commercial waters charging a fortune to fish a short session in an overstocked lake, and no one is fishing on canals and rivers.
Also, most rivers are club-controlled now, so people don’t want to pay twice.
Maybe if there were more sections of free fishing available to those who hold a rod licence it would be more appealing. Daniel Hedley
TV would help
I BUY my licence every year and fish only a handful of times.
Getting fishing on TV would help sell more licences and get more people fishing – simple. Jason Stephenson
Fine venues, too
FINE the venue ten times the amount if anyone gets caught there without a rod licence. No one at waters I fish ever asks and checks for a licence. David Oakley
Plug the licence
IT’S time that large tackle firms mentioned rod licences in their videos and marketing online, and in TV shows. Yes, the presenters may be good at spurring people on to fish – if the anglers aren’t just sitting at home living fishing via a screen more often, which I suspect!
Presenters never mention the licence, and most are only really keen to plug their stuff and blow their own trumpets… when the wider interest and future of angling is at stake.
Just ask people!
I FEEL that falling licence sales is down to the declining number of fish, due to predation.
But the EA have email addresses for everyone who bought a licence online, so they can find out more. Why don't they ask them why they stopped going fishing?
Caught out – this angler was caught without a rod licence by an EA bailiff patrolling the River Trent.