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  1. #1
    Ron Clay Guest

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    On page 31 of the Latest Angling Star is an advert from a Sheffield Tackle store. In it they advertise Pike Gaffs with extending handles at 10.00!!

    Are pike gaffs actually made today? I thought gaffs were banned for all pike fishing?

    Comments anyone?

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    Rob Brownfield Guest

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    Probably Salmon gaffs being sold to Pike anglers as there are no Salmon left to Gaff. This is a barbaric way of landing a fish, and its been a LONG time since I have seen one used for freshwater fish in the UK. I still shudder when I see them used for Cod, Conger etc, but I guess u cant really net a 50 pound eel.

    Ron, have you spoken to this shop to find out why he is selling them? What does the rod licence say about landing fish?

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    Ron Clay Guest

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    No but Jim Baxter - Editor of Angling Star suggests I follow this up in incorporate it in next months Last Word. I don't see anything on the rod licence. I will phone the EA

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    Rob Brownfield Guest

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    Good idea....i seem to recall there being something in regional bye laws about Gaffs etc...not sure though

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    Jon Moores Guest

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    Ron

    Use of gaffs is prohibited in freshwater in England & Wales

    See http://216.31.193.173/fish/angling/r.../byelaws_2.htm

    Jon

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    Rob Brownfield Guest

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    nice one Jon, I thought as much. I could not see them bringing in a "no knotted mesh" rule and still allow gaffs!

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    John Spink Guest

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    Hey Rob,
    If you look in "mr Crabtree" you will see a pike getting a "good gaffing".....Nuffin,like the "good old days" eh??? Those Pike don't like it uppem!! lol

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    Rob Brownfield Guest

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    Spinky, as ever you are correct...lol. I have noticed that even you don't use a gaff on your Carp anymore. Times have changed and its aboout time you swapped your silk line for mono and your old canvas army tent for a modern brolly!..lol

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    John Spink Guest

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    Yeah,Yeah...lol
    I am off on holiday to England next week....Someplace called Primrose valley nr Filey...Supposedly the boat lake has Carp (to 15lb),tench and all sorts of Silverfish.....Any hints or tips oh great one???? Not for the Carp,I think I can just about manage them!!!lol...
    I will be using my old Hardy glass rod to do the business on the Carp and I wont gaff them...I do have an illegal knotted net to use though!!

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    Rob Brownfield Guest

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    John, I am off south next week too....some place called Norfolk..lol

    Ron, I have spoken to both trading standards and the EA, its not illegal to sell gaffs, but it is illegal to use them in England and Wales!!!! Sensible huh!

    I can only suggest his name is published in AM/AT/PAC mag etc...at the discretion of the editors, and all anglers told about this barbaric practice!

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