Basic Bushcraft Fishing pt 1

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dump of the stig

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ah your on the fly dave! something ive only recently got into, my trout waters are too expensive so
I just kitted my self out for sea, had a few gar and mackerel on it which is a lot of fun, and a couple of
jack pike last winter, wana see if I can get a carp out on it, bet that's like being hooked up too
a steam train :)
 

dump of the stig

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havnt had one on fly gear but ive had a mullet and they say that is comparable, its a great way of fishing isn't it.
feel every lunge and head shake of that fish.
 
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Noius

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I haven't been here for a while but after reading some of the posts in this thread I felt compelled to post.

Can those of you taking fish please read the following page about what fish you are legally allowed to take.
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/recreation/fishing/119393.aspx

Those of you taking 3lb perch, really shouldn't as it will be over 20cm, thus illegal to take, and Perch of that size aren't as populous as this thread would have you believe.

I don't fish for food, and I don't have a problem with those of you that do, providing that you stick to the rules. But I'd like to think that the people on this forum will at least do some homework first as to what you can legally take, and if it looks like it is a specimen, please return it. It's bad enough that Otters, Cormorants, etc. are plundering fish stocks, but to have you guys (who honestly should know better) taking fish illegally too, just takes the ****.

Sorry for the preachy rant. :) (<--look, a smiley to make it all better.)
 

Bushwhacker

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. It's bad enough that Otters, Cormorants, etc. are plundering fish stocks, but to have you guys (who honestly should know better) taking fish illegally too, just takes the ****.

You're not one of those dreadful fishermen who resents sharing our (now) clean rivers with an otter are you? I'll bet you a pike will plunder more fish than they can.
Yes, they can take large fish if presented with the opportunity, but their diet mainly consists of small, 'insignificant' fish.
 

Elen Sentier

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... It's bad enough that Otters, Cormorants, etc. are plundering fish stocks ... )

While I understand your concern over the size of fish human laws say humans can take your comments about otters and cormorants leave me gasping. We've only recently got them and other species we humans had damn near killed off back. The fact that they are back says the environment is a little les wrecked. Humans need to learn to share. Far from being top dog we are new boy on the block on planet Earth and need to learn from everything else.

Sorry for my rant but such attitudes really get my t--s !!!

behind every creative woman there's usually a very talented cat ...
 

Noius

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You're not one of those dreadful fishermen who resents sharing our (now) clean rivers with an otter are you?

On the contrary, I don't mind seeing Otters or any other predator in the river as that is a good indication that the river is healthy, for all species who inhabit it. After all, there won't predators unless there is prey.

What I wrote could have been worded better so I'll try again. Fish already have enough predators to contend without humans getting involved and illegally taking fish. Which, on top of the native predators i.e. Pike, Perch, Otters, Grebes etc. and the non native predators i.e Cormorants, Polish etc. can quickly leave an imbalance in the rivers for which eventually all species will suffer.
 

Harvestman

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On the contrary, I don't mind seeing Otters or any other predator in the river as that is a good indication that the river is healthy, for all species who inhabit it. After all, there won't predators unless there is prey.

What I wrote could have been worded better so I'll try again. Fish already have enough predators to contend without humans getting involved and illegally taking fish. Which, on top of the native predators i.e. Pike, Perch, Otters, Grebes etc. and the non native predators i.e Cormorants, Polish etc. can quickly leave an imbalance in the rivers for which eventually all species will suffer.

I just want to praise this calm response. Well done Noius :35:
 

Spirit fish

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Hi De, I'll try to explain best I can mate.

In a small stream I rock hop and you some time's see the trout dart under a rock or just look for a sutible hiding place for them like the boulder my lad is dangling off in the first pic above.
When you find a likley spot put your hands under,one hand to the far left, one far right and get them as far under as you can. ( The fish will be at the very back so if you can't get that far in you'll never get em) Now slowly move your hands towards the middle. If your lucky and there is one in there, soon as you feel it you have to be fast and kind of gently jam it between your hands and the back of the rock then work your fingers under it till you have a good grip and then slowly bring it out.:cool:

Hope that make's sence, once you have got over the initial shock of a slimy fish touching your hand in a cold dark hole its plain sailing, sort of:D Anyway good luck if you try it, its good fun and take's a bit of skill rock hopping and not getting soaked:)
I usually insert my forefinger and thumb into there gills,bigtrout in a pincer closing motion there going nowhere then
 

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