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    Stewart Bloor Guest

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    The scenario : A club has a blanket ban on night fishing. There is no other reason than the club is run by match types (no criticism intended, just setting the table) who don't night fish and therefore don't see why anyone else should. The water in question is remote, there are no people to disturb, you intend being discreet.

    The question : Is it OK to fish into and through the hours of darkness?

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    Carp Angler Guest

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    Is it OK?
    Only you can say wether it's OK or not.
    You can justify the argument both ways to satisfy your own conscience.

    Is it allowed? - No
    Is it harming anyone? - No

    Are you happy to 'bend' this rule?
    What other rules are OK to bend?
    What other rules are in place that are totally ignored because they are stupid?

    It's a bit of a minefield Sedge.

    In the scenario you suggest, then yes, I would be happy to bend that rule slightly.
    But that is not carte blanche on all other rules.

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    Rob Brownfield Guest

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    Hmmm...there may be more of a reason for the night ban, such as it being a condition of the lease. Break the ban and u could cost the club the fishing rights!!..

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    Stewart Bloor Guest

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    A valid point Rob, that situation exists in reality, but the scenario I laid down was that there was NO other reason except for the mindset of the club committee.
    By the way, this isn't me seeking an answer by trying to word a question in this way....it's just a thought that crossed my mind and wondering what sort of opiniopns came through. So I'm not seeking answers for myself...I know what I would do....

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    Rob Brownfield Guest

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    ahhh...Stewart...well...when I reach the pearly gates, i had better be let in!!..lol

    i have broken the odd rule in the past, fishing over the *into dusk* rule...and jumping a fence to fish a water i was not supposed to fish...but...as i have gromn wiser, I realise that these rules are there for a reason...so i behave myself. A couple of water I fish have had trouble with rule benders and becaus eof this, the rules are tightened!

    One rule I continue to flaunt on a local water is an "all pike must be killed" rule. This rule is in place due to pure ignorance and bloodymindedness from the owner. The Pike apparently eat all his ducks and trout. In 14 years of fishing the water, I have NEVER seen a duck taken (he shoots the ducks by the way) and the only trout in there are wild brownies that pick up deadbaits (large fish). It is not a commercial trout fishery and the owner does not fish. I will not kill a fish for the sake of it.

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    Philip Inzani Guest

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    Sedge if the only thing I had to lose was my rights to fish that water and not risk a blanket ban on other waters or a big fine and that I thought I would considerably improve my chances by fishing at night then yes I would go for it.

    I generally try and stick to rules because as someone else mentioned it can have an impact that you are not aware about and also not sure about others but I really dont like fishing while having to sort of look over my shoulder all the time....I can't relax so that would be something else to consider.


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    John Tait Guest

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    "The scenario : A club has a blanket ban on night fishing. There is no other reason than the club is run by match types (no criticism intended, just setting the table) who don't night fish and therefore don't see why anyone else should. The water in question is remote, there are no people to disturb, you intend being discreet.

    The question : Is it OK to fish into and through the hours of darkness? "

    No, of course it isn't - there is a rule which clearly states that fact. But . . . . .

    We have the same ruling at my `local` club. In the past, night fishing was allowed, but a ban was brought in due to a general feeling among the committee that imposing a ban would reduce the amount of litter being left at the water - and I have to agree that it was bad.

    However, as time has passed it has become obvious that stopping night fishing has not really had any great effect on the littering at all. So a few years ago, myself and two carp-angling friends (all committee members, by the way) brought a motion before the club AGM for re-instatement of night-fishing. We did this by means of two proposals.

    The first was that night-fishing was to be allowed for all members. If this was rejected, then the fall-back was to open night-fishing to a restricted number of members, who would have to pay a premium on top of normal membership fees. syndicate, if you like. This was proposed as being self-policing, as all members would be vetted beforehand as to suitability, and that they would have to register which nights they wanted to fish before actually going on the water. Therefore, at any time, it would be known who had been on the water on what nights/days. And the guys who were there would have acted as a deterrent for poachers.

    Needless to say, the club rejected both proposals. The first one because `the litter will come back` - the second one because `it goes against the club constitution to charge some members more for their fishing than others`.

    No amount of discussion would move the membership from their decisions - unfortunately, as generally happens, the majority of members present were other comnmittee members (mainly match anglers). Although we had contacted other carp/specimen type anglers within the club, asking them to attend the AGM and support our proposals, apathy ruled yet again, and not one turned up.

    So, the ban remains - the litter also remains,although not so bad now, due to the fact that since the poachers hit the lake a couple of years back the membership has dropped drastically, and the water just does not get the pressure it used to - and we knew that would happen.

    But possibly worst of all in this is the fact that I know the water is being night-fished - the signs are there, if you know where to look. I have reported this to the committee (I am no longer a member of that august body !), but nothing has been done to enforce the ban - and, as with many other clubs, I suspect, very little is done to enforce any of the other `silly` rules either.

    I have always been of the opinion that if as ruling is put in place, it should be enforced. If it is not possible for it to be enforced, then rescind it.


    Jonty




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    Chris Bishop Guest

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    Is it a condition of the lease or something..? Some clubs get cheaper public liability insurance if people aren't on the waters at night.

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    There is a good argument to be made in favour of night fishing - more than one of our waters have been targetted by organised fish thieves with vans and nets.

    The presence of responsible anglers on the bank during the hours of darkness is a great deterent.

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    STUART JOHNSON Guest

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    Is it ok to bend the rules. In my opinion no, rules are there for a reason, the reason may not make any sence but they are there. If you break or bend one rule this leaves the door open for other rules to be broken that do make sence. Also I have recently introduced my kids to our wonderfull sport and like other parents I tell them to stick to rules what ever they are doing. I would like to think they do take notice and I would not be happy if others bent the rules in my club as they would be setting a poor example to young people.

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