Such is the nature of fishing Rivers in or near town centres in the summer months.
On one of my River sections they have a by law prohibiting angling through to the end of August - keeping anglers away from pleasure craft during the summer months. I think that this is a pretty good idea.
However, the little boats progress upstream into the area that you're allowed to fish and then cross the river to return downstream after the 20min hire period, the trouble is that many of the people who hire boats have no idea of what they are doing. On a recent trip a woman with two small children in the boat was headed backwards into my rods. I moved my rods and a catastrophe was averted.
"Sorry" she said as I pushed her boat out of my swim in to a 10ft depth of flowing water, it was then that I realised that the Children both around 6-y-o were not wearing life jackets
and she'd admitted that she couldn't control the boat. I then noted that none of these small boats have life jackets.
The local rowing club(s) also practice here and get up to full speed at just about the point the boats are crossing the river
- during this session they had to put the 'brakes on' three times avoid 'broadsiding' little aluminium vessels - one would think that this lot would know better - but having met a few socially perhaps they wouldn't.
These aren't bad people, they're day trippers mostly having fun in the summer. The rowing clubs should know better but they don't, I could avoid all of this and fish elsewhere and will do so until the weather gets properly cooler and the children go back to school.
Not a rant, more a comment.