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    Default Are you a single species angler?

    Just a thought - there always seems to be division within the sport of angling - really strange considering the genteel nature of this most compulsive pastime...........

    So anglers who target carp are happy to be called 'carp fisherman'. When targetting Chub, you are a 'Chub fisherman'. Pike anglers are 'Pikers' or 'predator anglers'. If you enter competitions, you are a 'match angler'.....
    If you are happy to catch anything with fins - you are a 'pleasure fisherman'. etc, etc........

    Why is this so? does this not just reinforce strereotypes etc..... so to sum it up. Do you consider yourself simply as a fisherman, or do you consider yourself a 'carp', 'barbel', 'piker' 'pleasure' fisherman????

    I am happy to just refer to my passion as being a fisherman - but I do flit around.... when i carp fish, I am a Carp fisherman - but I enjoy the tench and bream that keep me up at night too - it is not a dissaster......

    The reason i ask is I was heavilly involved in sea fishing... this tends to be a generic term. e.g. 'I am a sea fisherman - i am targetting Bass'....... I don't meet many 'Bass fisherman'. Perhaps it is because sea fishing is seasonal?

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    Default Re: Are you a single species angler?

    Well, Chav, most of the time when anyone asks me on the bankside, I'm an eel fisherman.


    Apart from that, when I've two rods out I can potentially catch more than one species, possibly at the same time. Fishing's great fun, isn't it?

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    Default Re: Are you a single species angler?

    I'm a pleasure angler who enjoys targetting one species at a time. I enjoy the extra challenge of trying to catch one type of fish at a time.
    Although saying that, most times I go anything that 'pulls my string' is welcome.
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    Default Re: Are you a single species angler?

    I will target single species but never at the exclusion of all others. Onlookers will see me barbelling, carping, piking, chasing tench, chub, bream and perch. I don't consider any other fish a nuisance except perhaps minnows and, if there were any left, small bootlace eels) Occasionally, I'll do a reasonable impression of a match angler (on rivers and once in a while the dreaded commercials) though I haven't fished a proper match in well over a decade. I've no idea what I am other than an angler. I don't really give a damn how other people percieve me.

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    Default Re: Are you a single species angler?

    I'm certainly not a single species angler. This is something I've never been able to understand; I would become bored stiff fishing for one species for the rest of my life.

    This year I have fished for, and caught something like 15 species, one or two have been good sized too, although none have been massive.

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    Default Re: Are you a single species angler?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon K View Post
    Well, Chav, most of the time when anyone asks me on the bankside, I'm an eel fisherman.


    Apart from that, when I've two rods out I can potentially catch more than one species, possibly at the same time. Fishing's great fun, isn't it?
    or 3 rods...... two for eels and one for snatching stuff for fresh deads....

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    Default Re: Are you a single species angler?

    I couldn’t imagine only fishing for one species of fish, or fishing one sort of water, although I do prefer to target a certain species at any given time. I prefer the varierty of fishing rivers, gravel pits, estate lakes and field ponds as and when the mood takes me.
    That's about as big as a fish that big gets
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    Default Re: Are you a single species angler?

    Quote Originally Posted by chav professor View Post
    Just a thought - there always seems to be division within the sport of angling - really strange considering the genteel nature of this most compulsive pastime...........

    So anglers who target carp are happy to be called 'carp fisherman'. When targetting Chub, you are a 'Chub fisherman'. Pike anglers are 'Pikers' or 'predator anglers'. If you enter competitions, you are a 'match angler'.....
    If you are happy to catch anything with fins - you are a 'pleasure fisherman'. etc, etc........

    Why is this so? does this not just reinforce strereotypes etc..... so to sum it up. Do you consider yourself simply as a fisherman, or do you consider yourself a 'carp', 'barbel', 'piker' 'pleasure' fisherman????

    I am happy to just refer to my passion as being a fisherman - but I do flit around.... when i carp fish, I am a Carp fisherman - but I enjoy the tench and bream that keep me up at night too - it is not a dissaster......

    The reason i ask is I was heavilly involved in sea fishing... this tends to be a generic term. e.g. 'I am a sea fisherman - i am targetting Bass'....... I don't meet many 'Bass fisherman'. Perhaps it is because sea fishing is seasonal?
    Nope !!

    But I use to fish for Bass of the Pier at Bournemouth and into the Piles of the Pier for Conger, whatever I caught, I sold to the local Chiness shop or swap the fish for a Pie or two !!

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    Default Re: Are you a single species angler?

    I try to be species specific when I fish, so I go after tench, or barbel, or roach, sometimes perch.

    All my pb chub were caught trying to catch barbel!

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    Default Re: Are you a single species angler?

    Last Saturday I was smooth hound fishing, Tuesday I was carp fishing and today I was admitting to barbel fishing, but really I was prospecting for chub. Saw a small group of really big fish that will be my winter project.

    I go through phases in my fishing, but most summers are spent chasing barbel, simply because of where I live. For the rest of the year my tatses are much more Catholic (not suprising for one who was educated by Jesuits!).
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