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    In our Association, bailiffs get a free card by dent of the fact they have a bailiff card, but that just saves them a few quid, £5-£10 perhaps. Furthermore, they receive a honorarium of £100 to help cover the cost of fuel etc, when visiting the waters they patrol. Not only that, but they also get to keep all the day ticket money they collect since all of our waters are accessible to the public. One of them uses that money to keep his dog well fed along with eating the ones that won't pay for a day ticket.

    The word 'Bailiff', though, is incorrect and inappropriate. They should be termed 'Water Warden' or 'Club Warden' since the term Bailiff has a legal means and club bailiffs have no legal rights whatsoever other than what every other citizen has. Everyone in the club has the right, on production of his card, to view the membership card of another member. Beyond that, members and club wardens can do no more other than report an incident to the committee or if they are absolutely certain the person has no right to be fishing, call the police and report the act of Theft of fishing rights. Not that they'll do anything much unless you are being threatened with violence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip View Post
    Maybe a silly question but whats the right number of Baliffs ? ...there has to be a tipping point when the number of Baliffs becomes self defeating if they are all given a free ticket.
    The Club i used to bailiff had a bailiff for each section of river plus 1 bailiff for canal and lake thats 6 in all,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Woodhouse View Post
    In our Association, bailiffs get a free card by dent of the fact they have a bailiff card, but that just saves them a few quid, £5-£10 perhaps. Furthermore, they receive a honorarium of £100 to help cover the cost of fuel etc, when visiting the waters they patrol. Not only that, but they also get to keep all the day ticket money they collect since all of our waters are accessible to the public. One of them uses that money to keep his dog well fed along with eating the ones that won't pay for a day ticket.

    The word 'Bailiff', though, is incorrect and inappropriate. They should be termed 'Water Warden' or 'Club Warden' since the term Bailiff has a legal means and club bailiffs have no legal rights whatsoever other than what every other citizen has. Everyone in the club has the right, on production of his card, to view the membership card of another member. Beyond that, members and club wardens can do no more other than report an incident to the committee or if they are absolutely certain the person has no right to be fishing, call the police and report the act of Theft of fishing rights. Not that they'll do anything much unless you are being threatened with violence.
    we always call EA bailiffs , before the police, it takes a while for them to arrive depending on there whereabouts, and whwn we have contacted them they are pretty good especially with pollution calls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stripey View Post
    we always call EA bailiffs , before the police, it takes a while for them to arrive depending on there whereabouts, and when we have contacted them they are pretty good especially with pollution calls.
    With pollution calls - 0800 80 70 60, is the best number. I was reminded just last night that if it's an emergency like a pollution the EA people responsible know about it within 30 minutes and have a crash team round ASAP. Always ask for feed back, though.

    On issues of anglers fishing your club waters, there's little an EA Bailiff can do unless they haven't got a rod licence, but they will explain to the offenders what the likely outcome would be IF the police got involved. The problem in our area is that we only have 3 EA Enforcement Officers in Thames and South East area. Cut backs, y'know. In the Agriculture section they only have 1½ people. But the brass all have posh desks, nice cars, and the very latest iPhone-X. (I'm being sarcastic again, bad boy!)
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