A memorial service was held recently at Norwich Cathedral for John Wilson. Named by the Angling Times as the greatest angler of all time in 2004, Wilson was known by many for his television programmes which covered diverse subjects from coarse fishing to sea angling.
You will have seen many disturbing news stories and documentaries highlighting the issue of plastic in our oceans. It’s hard to get the terrible images out of your mind. Whales with stomachs packed full of plastic debris and seabirds dying with their intestines blocked by the waste we cast aside. But what about lakes and rivers? Is plastic impacting fresh water too?
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.Continue reading “Should changes be made to coarse fishing seasons?”