Friday 29 November 2013

Licensed To Obey

Why would you need to be licensed to fish for natural wild fish that don't belong to anyone? eh?
Would golfers be so gullible and queue up to be licensed before they could enjoy their hobby? or bird watchers? or hill walkers!

I am seriously considering not renewing my fishing licence next year, not because I can't afford it but because I don't recognise the self emposed authority of the Environment Agency or for them to work in the best interests of anglers, and I don't feel I need to be licensed to fish for wild fish that don't belong to anyone. How can anyone have any rights to 'licence' the fishing for wild natural fish when they don't belong to anyone. Someone's taking the pi55.

AND... the Environment Agency, the people we pay our fishing licence money to (approx £20,000,000 per annum) LINK have decided to give over £100,000 of our hard earned fishing licence tax to the Notts Wildlife Trust to help them buy Blotts Pit at Holme Pierrepont Nottingham so they can take ownership of it and develop it into yet another one of their nature reserves. All sounds good doesn't it until you realise the fact that anglers licence money is being given to a wildlife trust to buy a beautiful gravel pit but their policy is NO FISHING on any of their waters. As I once heard one of their spokesman say "We're not anti angling, but we don't allow fishing on our waters" ... ??? OK so you'll take anglers money to help buy gravel pits but won't allow them to fish on any of your waters? I don't think the Environment Agency are acting in the best interests of anglers here and I don't think they are spending our licence money in the best way to improve angling.

Oh... and just because you see a sign saying "No Fishing" THAT DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING. Anyone can put a sign up saying anything, anywhere, doesn't mean it's right, doesn't mean it's the law. I could put up a sign saying you must do cart wheels but it doesn't have any more or less authority as anyone else’s sign, and if a 'bailiff' of an angling club asks you for ticket money for fishing the river tell him he has no right to take control of a river that's been flowing for 1000's of years as it's a natural flowing river that belongs to everyone and the fish swimming in it are wild creatures and are not his to licence or sell the rights to. Tell him to pay you £5 because you claim the 'talking bolllocks' rights on this part of the river... same thing. 

There is no authority but yourself

Wake up and think for yourself


Anonymous said...

Hello Trent piker have loved reading through your page new to pike fishing and just starting with spinning/lure fishing for both perch and pike. Just want some good spots whether it be canals or on the river. I live in west Bridgford but have a car so don't mind travelling a bit or if there are any spots close. Cheers for any help in advance tom

Trent Piker said...

Hello Tom, I don't get much time these days for fishing but I keep hoping to get out more soon.

The London Road stretch of the canal is always worth a few hours on the right day but I'd wait until the colour starts to clear a bit. It never fishes well when it's chocolate brown like it is at the moment but there's pike, perch and the chance of the odd zander.

I always used to enjoy The Finger Ponds at Holme Pierrepont, nice, quiet, natural and out of the way and usually good for a fish or two with a good chance of a 10lb+ fish. (But wait until the river level drops back to normal because it's connected to The Trent and it goes up and down
with the river) Lovely place to wander around for a few hours with a lure rod.

The Trent is always good to explore, 10 mins in each likely looking spot and move along. I look for deep steady margins with reeds down the side. A few good spots to try are below Beeston Weir on the Clifton side and below the slalom course at Holme Pierrepont can be good or just explore and have a wander down and chuck in.

Good luck, let us know how you get on.
Cheers Daz

Unknown said...

Superb thought provoking blog, we are programmed from. Young age to obey regardless, even if it is detrimental to us " Wake up and Think for Yourself" wise words

Kind regards Tony

Lee said...

Hello Trent Piker,

Thanks for the blogs.. nice reading. I'll keep an eye on your page for updates.. cheers mate