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  1. #1
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    Default What should a baliff do?

    What should the job of a baliff entail?

    Should they just check tickets? Tell you info about the fishery? Tell you whats been caught? Maybe even give you a bit of advice as to what methods are working?

    I only ask because the baliffs in one of my clubs just check your tickets and make a big deal of telling you they know what has been caught but they wont tell the anglers! Its a case of 'I know whats come out but cant tell you', but you can read it in the monthly newsletter'.

    Now is it just me or is this totally daft?

    Speaking was what people used to do before emails and facebook.

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    Default Re: What should a baliff do?

    They should tell you as much as they can surely, surely they should encourage people to keep coming back and help them catch fish,

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    Default Re: What should a baliff do?

    The Bailiffs job I reckon is to enforce club rules, this may involve checking tickets, making sure the swim you are fishing is clean, that fish care is abided by the angler, that the fish welfare (just in case they start spawning) is paramount.

    And being polite and courteous should also be important.

    If an angler asks advise of the Bailiff, he should be as helpful as he can, it maybe that the bailiff has no knowledge of the type of fishing being asked about ?

    He maybe a Match angler and the person is asking about Pike Fishing, in that case he can only give general advise.

    He should never be rude or unhelpful, but at times it's necessary to be firm if someone is breaking the rules.

    Bailliffing is not for the faint hearted, glad I'm to old to do it now !!

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    Default Re: What should a baliff do?

    Bob,
    I like the bit about being polite. Most are.
    However I had a little chuckle to myself at the antics of one bailiff some years ago when I was a member of a very large St. Albans club.

    He was very brusque and would take his tackle out when fishing and march round the lake and say without further introduction "got a ticket" or some other short sharp phrase.

    He was a little man with a big complex I feel. I nicknamed him Napoleon.
    The second time he approached me I just asked him who he was. " I'm the bailiff" was the reply. "Where's your identity, prove it" I replied.

    So off his little legs went, back round the lake to collect his card and badge.
    When he came back full of venom and expecting to throw me off for not being a member, I just showed him my ticket and said " thank you".

    I doubt he realised why but I did enjoy it.

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    Default Re: What should a baliff do?

    A club bailiff isn't really there to help in the way that a bailiff on a commercial is likely to be. However, it's relatively unusual for them not to want to help. Most of the time you can't shut the buggers up, even if you have to take everything they say with a whole skipfull of salt.

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    Default Re: What should a baliff do?

    I thought their job was to tell you that you should have been there yesterday, that it fished fantastically last week.....

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    Default Re: What should a baliff do?

    Mmm.... a pet hate this.... most bailiffs I know just take the cash and wobble off.... thing is if there is a list of rules on the board then to my mind they ought to be checking to see if they are being adhered to....
    I'm Pink, Therefore I'm Spam....!

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    Default Re: What should a baliff do?

    The really tragic thing is that, around here, the great bailiffs are retiring or in some cases simply can't go on.. This seems to me to be leaving a void filled with younger, albeit keen people who haven't the time nor patience to fulfill the job....
    I certainly wouldn't like to patrol some of my local venues and take the flak those loyal old boys used to take in their stride...
    Stab vest anyone?

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    Default Re: What should a baliff do?

    Yes, some bailiffs love the ' nod, nod, wink, wink ' bit and seem to revel in the ' special knowledge ' they may, or may not have....I always try to be sociable unless they come with this ' got your ticket, mate ' normally spoken in an OTT gruff voice which really sets me on edge - no, actually it put's my back up - big time !
    Although overly aggressive, it doesn't stop them asking what you've caught and on what bait, to which I reply ' some very decent fish on home made special paste '..............

    That said, some bailiffs are damn decent chaps who do a great job and a pleasure to know. As PC above says, many, but not all tend to be older, enjoy the job and the crack that goes with chatting to reasonable anglers.

    A thankless task though, from what I've witnessed over the years................

    Not always easy to get the ' right ' folk for the job as they are a special breed in my book - a balance of firmness and friendliness, I suppose.

  10. Default Re: What should a baliff do?

    Depends what type of baliff youre talking about.
    Ones who are paid to manage the fishery, people who own a pond/lake and just walk round to collect money, of people who do it for free on behalf of their club.

    The first, Id expect them to assist as much as possible. Afterr all, thats what they get paid for.
    The second, well, if they arent fishermen, other than whats been caught, what further advice can they give.
    The last, well, I baliffed 3 waters for 4 years. I jacked it in this season. Was too much effort for zero reward.

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