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heinous crime. But why? Recently, a
well known angler was banned from a
lake because a couple of other anglers
actually crept along in the dark and
stood behind his swim until they saw
him take to a boat, which was not
allowed after dark, so they then
phoned the head bailiff who had to
ban the guy. Now, I’m not sure about
the ethics behind that – ‘sad’ would
be a description that immediately
springs to mind, but the guy was
breaking the rules and had no case to
answer. But do the other anglers on
there think that because he’s gone
they are going to catch more fish? If
they do then they are severely
deluded because catching carp
comes down to just one person – you.
The absence of other anglers, talented or otherwise, will have no effect
on your catch rates, trust me. The only
person who can change that is the
angler himself, so the best thing to do
is tell the green-eyed monster to ****
off and just get on with your own
I’m not advocating rule breaking at
all, that is entirely up to the individual, but please don’t pretend to be
whiter than white because every carp
angler, and I mean every, has broken a
rule whilst fishing. In the EA fishing
rules there is this one that has been
there for decades.
‘It is unlawful to leave a rod and
line, that is unattended, in the water
or over which sufficient control cannot be affected.’
When I spoke to an EA officer
recently I discussed this rule with him
to see if he could clarify it and he said
that the general rule was that you had
to be within about five yards of your
rods. It had initially been that you had
to be in the swim, but that had been
when match fishing and pleasure
angling had been much more popular
than carp angling. Now, with some
lakes having swims hundreds of yards
apart, that stipulation has become difficult to police, hence an actual distance. Tell me how many people
adhere to that rule? With the increasing popularity of remote receivers,
(which are obviously made so that
people can leave their rods and wander down to see their mate, or go and
have a look to see if the fish are in the
pads, or climb that tree over there to
get a better view of the lake) then
almost every angler will be outside
that five-yard limit at some point in
his session.
That is a very obvious rule that gets
broken, but how many others are
bent, twisted or stretched to the limit.
No nuts; barbless hooks only; no prebaiting; no boats; no wading; no
climbing; no sacking of fish; NO
(Top) From barbel to commons, Tony
Gibson likes ‘em big. (Photo courtesy
of Carp-Talk).
(Left) Jamie Bryant with a brand new
Friend. (Photo courtesy of Carp-Talk).

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