The coarse fishing close season in England runs from 15 March to 15 June each year and covers the spawning times for most coarse fish in the majority of rivers. The season dates back to 1878 but was removed from still waters in 1995.
The Environment Agency has been considering ending the close season for some time and has conducted several surveys on Angler’s opinions. Predictably, opinions are divided! However, as time passes, more and more anglers are stating that they are looking for change. The number of anglers in favour of ending the close season is growing but many would like to see evidence that there would be no negative impact on the environment.
Many British anglers believe that the sport is at risk of dying out in this country or at least becoming less relevant. Their concerns surround an ageing population of enthusiasts with less youngsters taking up the sport. Now, Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust, is launching a new campaign aimed at encouraging more young people to get involved in fishing.
When James Penwright was given a plastic magnetic fishing rod as a toddler, it inspired a fascination with water and fishing. He would take the rod to water and try to fish with it and his interest soon progressed as did his ambition. At the age of five, the youngster tried fly fishing for the first time and has now been selected for the England Youth Fly Fishing Team.
The Mersey may not be the first river which springs to mind if you are looking for a great day’s fishing. It is a river which had once been severely polluted. Water quality in the river had been impacted by industrialisation since the 19th century. 200 years of pollution had taken its toll and led to the Mersey becoming one of the most polluted waterways in Europe.