Too ex­pen­sive

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Gen­er­a­tion change

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

In­crease penal­ties

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

Fish­ery dis­counts

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.

Dar­ius Sin­den

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.

Paul Wil­liams

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?

Peter Thain

Caught out – this an­gler was caught with­out a rod li­cence by an EA bailiff pa­trolling the River Trent.

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