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  1. #1
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    Talking breaking the rules

    Went to have a look at the swale yesterday at topcliffe bridge. Thought id see a few barbel and chub mulling around. Wo and behold two larger than life fisherman sat in the river.

    i asked em what were they after, "trout" what bait you using "worms"

    both feeder fishing with groundbait feeders two rods each, large maggot boxes overflowing with worms

    i would have posted their picture if i could upload it.

    they have a small red MG hatchback i think

    Sent details to the EA, should wait until the 16th like the rest of us

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    Default Re: breaking the rules

    Doubt the EA will do much
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    Default Re: breaking the rules

    Well done Justin.
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    Default Re: breaking the rules

    Sadly, the Yorkshire and Northumbrian regional byelaws do allow for trout fishing with worms, provided that the riparian owner also allows it.
    For many years people have been extracting the urine with regards to this particular byelaw.

    It's long been my opinion that there's little chance of anyone on the Swale genuinely fishing for trout below Langton Bridge. The fact that they further extract the urine by illegally fishing maggots simply compounds what is a highly dubious practice. I very much doubt that the EA will do a thing. I'd love it if that's not the case.

    This kind of thing is the main reason I have such a dim view of the closed season.

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    Default Re: breaking the rules

    But it does say free lining ,not sit there with 2 rods held high

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    Default Re: breaking the rules

    There's a free stretch of the Dorset Stour at Longham where I noted three guys fishing a few days back. There's no trout-worms by-law there, as far as I know.

    I got the distinct impression those people had no idea what the close season was no matter when it was and it wouldn't have affected their decision to fish anyway.

    Disgraceful.

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    Default Re: breaking the rules

    Justin, you've done the best you could by reporting the incident to the EA.
    Whether or not they act on your info they will log it at least and if more matching reports come in they may do something.
    Otherwise you can either become a vigilante and risk getting a violent response (not advisable) or call the non emergency number 08005551111

    As I said above, you have done the right thing but sadly thats it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by justin ackroyd View Post
    But it does say free lining.
    Are you sure about that? Last I knew there was nothing in the bye laws to stop you float fishing or ledgering, provided that you only used worms as bait. Individual riparian owners can apply further rules to modify that though.

    Quote Originally Posted by justin ackroyd View Post
    not sit there with 2 rods held high
    You know they are extracting the pee, and so do I, regardless of the method or bait.

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    Who owns that stretch now ? They must be members, I could send something to the club. I bet they know who the little bar stewards are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justin ackroyd View Post
    Who owns that stretch now ? They must be members, I could send something to the club. I bet they know who the little bar stewards are.
    Left hand bank as you look upstream or right hand bank? Left is a secret squirrel syndicate, Right is either the church or the back gardens of the houses that back onto the river (Downstream I'm not sure any longer. I'd suspect LH will be the caravan park and right hand Asenby (residents) Anglers) . Above that, on both sides, is Leeds water. I'd doubt that Leeds will do anything. They've allowed people to fish "worm" for years. They could easily stop it if they wanted with a simple rule change.

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