Another intelligent and articulate contribution from the Wintle pen, thanks Mark.
I watched the Fishomania (how I hate that name!) a few weekends ago and I really did wonder; why on earth do they not weigh each fish, when caught? With the number of 'officials' and stewards there they surely ought to be able to accommoadate that!
As to club matches, I have seen some really idiotic methods of 'emptying' the keepnet for the scalesman. Again, how much better to have the scalesman's assistant to be the only person allowed to empty the net for the scales. In this way you can have somone who actually knows what he is doing, and its in the best interest of the fish.
As I have noted previously, I am in favour of maintaining the use of keepnets if for no other reason that the banning of them I would see as the; 'thin end of the wedge' for angling in this Country.
A properly designed keepnet, properly employed and staked out correctly cannot be that difficult to achieve in today's modern age of manufacture and education.
Or can it?
Go softly by that river side Or when you would depart, You'll find its every winding tied; And knotted round your heart.