Any fishing enthusiasts?

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Riparian rights are not the same as fishing rights. The fishing rights may have been separately sold to someone else by the previous owner, possibly an angling club but not necessarily. I really don't see the problem with that. Allocating a value to fishing rights gives the owner of them an incentive to maintain the riverine environment, which is a good thing. In our tiny, overcrowded island, unregulated fishing and letting people do what they like quickly turns waterways into dead, open sewers. We saw this happen years ago to many rivers. Sport fishing, along with better environmental laws, has been a major factor in rivers, like the Thames, recovering remarkably over the past few decades.

I'm not questioning the value of a cultural prerogative, I was only trying to explain to our American members why you just can't plop down and throw a line in the river. In America, where there are plenty of rivers, the riparian and the water in the river belong to the public, not the landowner. There are such things as water rights for agriculture, but most of them were allotted on a first-come, first-served basis 150 years ago.
 
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Coarse Angler here. Used the match fish for my Dad's work club as a youngster but getting up at silly o'clock soon lost its novelty when I discovered lager and girls.

Still have a dabble at a local private lake I'm a member of.

I can happily sit there all day pulling out 1lb Roach and Perch. I work with some Carp Anglers, but lobbing a baited hook out then going to sleep in a tent til the fish hook themselves is about as far removed from my idea of fishing as it's possible to get.

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Coarse Angler here. Used the match fish for my Dad's work club as a youngster but getting up at silly o'clock soon lost its novelty when I discovered lager and girls.

Still have a dabble at a local private lake I'm a member of.

I can happily sit there all day pulling out 1lb Roach and Perch. I work with some Carp Anglers, but lobbing a baited hook out then going to sleep in a tent til the fish hook themselves is about as far removed from my idea of fishing as it's possible to get.

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Yeah, the whole Carp thing is a bit of a headscratcher to me as well. I was near a Carp lake in Devon once and a couple of carp anglers rocked up in a van towing a trailer with all their kit. Tent, campbed, chairs, half a dozen rods with stands to put them on (let's face it, who needs the hassle of actually holding the rod eh?), chests of tackle and bait, stove, portable telly, food and booze. I felt quite undergunned with my single fly rod and small sling pack...
 
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Liverpool, UK.
Yeah, the whole Carp thing is a bit of a headscratcher to me as well.

Don't get it myself, either ....... If I wanted to hook and haul fish in like that, I'd tie the line to my bumper and tow them out :D

Besides ...... I have much more fun pulling the bigger fish in with my old Drennan IM8 Super Feeder. It's still a strong rod, but at least there's some sport to it.
 
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Don't get it myself, either ....... If I wanted to hook and haul fish in like that, I'd tie the line to my bumper and tow them out :D

Besides ...... I have much more fun pulling the bigger fish in with my old Drennan IM8 Super Feeder. It's still a strong rod, but at least there's some sport to it.

Carpy guy here, problem with them is it can take you days to catch just a few, hence the long term setup with the gear (bivvies, bedchairs, rod pods etc etc)
Last trip in October 4 of us went to France for a weeks fishing on a private lake and caught the grand total of 15 fish between us for 6 days solid fishing.

Lemme know when you wanna hold 3 rods for 22 hours a day for 6 days and not take anything to rest them on :)

PS, Hi OP, where do you hail from?
 
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Minnesota, USA
Carpy guy here, problem with them is it can take you days to catch just a few, hence the long term setup with the gear (bivvies, bedchairs, rod pods etc etc)
Last trip in October 4 of us went to France for a weeks fishing on a private lake and caught the grand total of 15 fish between us for 6 days solid fishing.

Lemme know when you wanna hold 3 rods for 22 hours a day for 6 days and not take anything to rest them on :)

PS, Hi OP, where do you hail from?

Sounds like serious beer drinking type fishing. We do most of that type of fishing from a fish house on the ice.
 
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I live in southern England, near Ringwood, and there's a dearth of fishing clubs with openings. The ones that do have openings have strict standards as far as what you can wear: Tweed jacket, green sweater & tie, wool trousers and wellies; along with a flat cap. They want you to wear a uniform to fish in the chalk streams, so you don't scare the fish.
This is not really true, Try Salisbury and District Angling Club, super water and no one cares what you wear. You may have to join the coarse section first and wait for a while for a game membership , but the coarse sections also have trout and Grayling to be caught. There are also some free stretches of rivers in Southern England, you just need to find them out.
 
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Hertfordshire UK
I'm a retired sea angler now. Mostly beach and piers around the southeast coast and occasional boat trips with my father 20 plus years ago. My father had a great saying for when the fish weren't biting - "a bad day's fishing is always better than a good day in the office". Another one was, when asked by an onlooker if he'd had any luck, he would reply, "yes, all of it bad". Happy memories!!
 
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