Con­ve­nience king when an­glers de­cide where to fish

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - News & Views -

DE­SPITE all those sexy for­eign fish­ing fea­tures (Aus­tralia, any­one? See page 50) close­ness to home holds sway when an­glers de­cide where next to fish. That’s the in­fer­ence from a re­cent sur­vey in which An­glerSur­ polled fish­ers on their most de­ci­sive con­sid­er­a­tion when choos­ing a venue. Nearly 60 per cent of re­spon­ders de­clared prox­im­ity to home to be the key fac­tor. Past fish­ing suc­cess (47 per­cent) peace and quiet (45 per­cent) and the avail­abil­ity of fish (44 per­cent) also fea­tured promi­nently. Be­yond th­ese con­sid­er­a­tions, came wa­ter qual­ity, rec­om­men­da­tions, cost, avail­able park­ing, and the size of the body of wa­ter. Fol­low­ing on from other sports’ ef­forts to ‘ur­banise’ (eg city cen­tre mo­tor races in the new For­mula E se­ries and re­cent tri­als of city-cen­tre horse rac­ing in Bri­tain) the com­ments of Rob South­wick, pres­i­dent of South­wick As­so­ciates, which con­ducted the sur­vey, of­fer food for thought. “Fish­ing is an ac­tiv­ity that can be en­joyed for an hour or two be­fore or af­ter work or school or when there is a lit­tle down time in a per­son’s life, so con­ve­nience and the abil­ity to run out, fish and get back home are first and fore­most in many an­glers’ minds,” he ex­plained. “Ef­forts on be­half of the fish­ing com­mu­nity to bring fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and ac­cess into sub­ur­ban and ur­ban neigh­bour­hoods may be a crit­i­cal part of ef­forts to main­tain fish­ing’s fu­ture.”

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