River Dovey 2

Andy R

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Andy,

I don't disagree strongly I just think we as an angling community are being expected to shoulder the burden of conservation for all our salmonids, admitted we are the most interested in them, with perhaps the exception of professional netsmen- who rarely C&R anything.

I take your point on fishmongers, I can only speak from my group of friends who ten years ago would take ( in accordance with the rules) three fish ( salmon) in Scotland and when fishing the rivers around here another four or five salmon during the rest of the season, on our autumn trip they may have a couple more.....But without fail all of they abide by the new rules and indeed put fish back voluntarily now, I think we've kept one between us in three years now, they understand the importance for their sons and future generations that its just not sustainable. Of course there are fishmongers still about, but I've met far fewer in the last five years.....indeed ( and I'm not making a point here) you're more likely to meet a C&R zealot nowadays!

We realise runs of fish are not as sustainable as they were and hope that one day a harvestable surplus will exist again, I'd not think of taking numbers of seatrout from a river other than the Dovey, and then I'm restrained, and confident in the strength of the run of fish. Contrast this with the nith....if I were to fish that river for seatrout I'd put all seatrout back, come what may....if you cared for the long term future of that river you'd be mad to deprive it of any spawning stock.

Good to debate in a non confrontational manner, I don't think we're as far apart as some would think....right I'm off to the Dovey, need to get the tackle in the car!
 

Sandmartin

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I'm a new member, although I have lurked for a bit. I was really very surprised to see crewefishers photo, not because I was upset, let alone "disgusted", but because the rise of catch and release zealotry has made a picture like that very rare. I am delighted that there are still rivers in the uk where the stock is robust enough to take a bag like that. I was shocked by polecat's rather venomous response, however, because it does not seem that kind of forum. Hey ho I guess some people just think it's ok to be unpleasantly rude on these forums and say things they would probably not say on the river bank face to face. I don't. That said neither the photo nor the overreaction has put me off being a member. I did like the suggestion of a new thread on c & r on the general board as I agree it is totally unfair to relate this to one man's photo and it seems enough people on here have an opinion. Anyone willing to start one?
 

Andy R

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Sandmartin,

Feel free to start a thread on it, I support C&R on all rivers where the stocks of fish are unsustainable, but were they are sustainable I'll take some fish to eat, its an important part of game fishing for me.

The difference with Polecats contribution ( and I mean that in the loosest sense of the word) was he was personally insulting, couldn't form a constructed argument and contradicted himself between posts. I think we've seen him before, and Springer took a look at his posts and banned him shortly after ( good riddance).

The Dovey has a sustainable run, and has had returns around 1700 to 2000 each year for the last decade, the numbers of small fry and Parr in the river is massive, so it appears to have a healthy and sustainable seatrout population, if this changed I'd be happy to move to catch and release.

Andy
 

Sandmartin

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I am not sorry to see polecat go; I looked at some of his other posts and he seems to be be a fight starter. I also think eating some of what I catch makes the whole experience better. If no one starts a c&r thread I might have a go.
 

jj1

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Here here Andy, i choose not to retain any of my south wales sewin or salmon for over 5 years bcoz of the state of our runs down here, my folks love the taste of them and i would dearly love the option if stocks permit to allow me to one day retain a few for or them. As it is they have to content themselves with bass and mackrell, but even they are now on the decline.....!
i have no qualms with cnr junkies either, many of my mates who have joined our sport have come in from a coarse background and all they do is practice 2nr, so there is room for a section dedicated to that but just dnt be offendf he sight of the odd 2ar2as
 
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jj1

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Aw poo! The autocorrect is running rampant on my mobile! :/
It should read cnr and carcas sandmartin! Soz
jon
 

Sandmartin

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Have no fear, the sight of carcasses does not in anyway offend me. I.m not actually a great fan on c&r although accept it as necessary in SOME rivers. I have just eaten a significant portion of a 3lb sea trout from the north of Scotland and think that eating some of the fish I catch makes fishing better for me. What I had in mind was a debate on the pro,s and cons but I did not think this was the right thread for it. Crewefisher posted some nice pics and his thread has been somewhat high jacked!
 

Lawrence85

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I find myself astounded that people think you can harm a well managed river with what you catch on rod and line. Some people need to broaden they're horizons and look at the bigger. It obviously isn't rod and line that is damaging our stocks. I think if the fish you kill end up on your table then take what you want according to the rules.
 

hollyfish

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Ethics on number of Sea Trout retained.

Ethics on number of Sea Trout retained.

It's up to the individual how many fish he retains, however, I personally never take more than a brace in any one session.

I was once lucky to catch 17 in a session, however, I only took a brace for the table; I was questioned, regarding why I did not take any more!

If the fishery management allow x - fish to be retained per session, they may need to question their ethics and, indeed culture!

I think we are all quite lucky to fish for these wonderful specimens and suggest we endeavour to help retain the Sea Trout and Salmon runs.

hollyfish.
 
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