Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Your Iycf -

From time to time ‘’Im­prove ‘’ urges us to ex­ploit the huge sil­ver fish po­ten­tial in com­mer­cial ( carp ) fish­eries and are shown pho­to­graphs of keep­nets of full of roach, skim­mers, perch etc. In re­al­ity this sit­u­a­tion is not pos­si­ble for plea­sure an­glers as com­mer­cials al­most uni­ver­sally ban keep­nets ex­cept for match fish­ing. This al­ways seems a bit un­fair to­wards plea­sure an­glers but you can see the sense of not putting carp in keep­nets but to tar­get sil­ver fish and keep re­turn­ing 6oz8oz roach and not build­ing up a net seems point­less. Also, novice and young an­glers like to see what they have caught at the end of a ses­sion. My sug­ges­tion to all com­mer­cial fish­ery own­ers is to al­low plea­sure an­glers to use keep­nets but limit fish size to 8in and ex­clude all carp . Net dip­ping rules would be fol­lowed or fish­eries could even rent out their own nets for a small sum. This I think would widen and make more en­joy­able the fish­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially for new­com­ers . From to time in your pub­li­ca­tion we get the im­pres­sion that peo­ple are get­ting a bit fed up of the carp pa­rade. I use a fish­ery where carp up to 3lb can be put in keep­nets but nets must be emp­tied at 1pm and not used again un­til 2pm. This might seem sen­si­ble but has a se­ri­ous down­side . Re­leas­ing the catch at 1pm. means a dozen or more fish all dash­ing through the swim at the same time which can kill the swim stone dead. I have seen it hap­pen and do not use a keep­net at this venue . So the point of this let­ter is to urge all com­mer­cial fish­ery own­ers to think of ways that plea­sure an­glers can be al­lowed to use keep­nets . It would ex­pand and vary the fish­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and may lead to more cus­tomers.


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