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newton7
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Simple question....is it time to restrict the so called over fishing of pike...it seems a lot of the fishermen do not know how to handle these fish or am I overreacting

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I would agree with you but how would you police it. Would people have to take a test on Pike handling before they could get a special Pike catchers licence?
Who would Police it? The E.A. Don’t have enough officers to run standard licence checks that are meaningfull.
Educate people? How, most Anglers I see don’t want to take advice, they don’t want to go out and spend loads of money on specific tackle just to Pike fish once a year when they come to the Broads. Most of the people you see “Pike Fishing” have got littlle idea of how badly they can be injured themselves by not having the right gear to unhook a Pike let alone the damage they can do to the fish itself.

On the upper Thurne system there used to be signs up advising the minimum required tackle, 50lb line, wire traces, unhooking mat large landing net forceps. The signs looked official (can’t remember which organisation put them up but not the E.A. Or the B.A.) and were placed at all moorings there including informal moorings on Candle Dyke etc. But I never saw anyone checking these rules were being followed.

The fact is that most of these Anglers will never catch a Pike and will soon lose interest,. My advice to anyone who wants to take up Pike fishing is to talk to experienced Pike Anglers who would in most cases happily pass on their experience of tackle and Pike Handling techniques (not Pike fishing locations Wink  ) or go for a day with an experienced guide and tell him you want to learn (not just catch fish). The other advice I would give the inexperienced Pike Angler is buy a decent pair of predator handling gloves, these will give you the confidence to handle the fish and will help prevent you damaging the fish. The other is, never keep the fish out of water longer than you would like to keep your head under the water.

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50lb line as the sign advised that would be bad practice to start with, but you are correct Dave absolutely impossible to police I'm afraid if the EA can't be bothered to sent more officers about what can be done.



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Banning pike fishing altogether or at least a 5 yr moratorium ????

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Years ago it used to say on the rod license no pike fishing until after October 1,at least for the Thames area.In those days there was no national rod license each water authority had its own separate one

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Perhaps make it a legal requirement to have an unhooking mat, suitable unhooking pliers and maybe croppers.
I know it's difficult to enforce but so is policing the license dodgers, at least then it would make it an offense, as it stands now an "angler" could catch a pike put his foot on it on a chicken wire covered quay and rip the hooks out or cut the line and leave the fish carrying the hooks and his only crime is to offend bystanders and of course cause damage to the fish itself.
At the very least if a perp was caught then they could be fined.
It's a start I suppose?

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Banning treble hooks would be a good start, they nothing but a barbaric nasty vicious piece of equipment which should have been done away at the same time as the Gaff. In my mind anybody who uses such has absolutely no respect for their quarry.

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Totally disagree John, modern trebles are nothing like the huge monstrosities of old, The alternative, the circle hook has a much lower hook up rate than trebles and therefore many Anglers tend to leave the run (bite) to develop longer before winding down onto the fish, this can cause much more likelyhood of deep hooking the fish.

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Rubbish !!!!!

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You obviously know nothing whatsoever bout Pike fishing so why do you bother posting on the subject?

Dave

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