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PostSubject: When is the close season on rivers   Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:35 pm

Question often comes up so as an early shout, it is 15th March to 15th June inclusive. So off the river at midnight on the 14th, back on 00:01 16th June.

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PostSubject: Re: When is the close season on rivers   Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:48 pm

Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed

Interesting - especially the 00:00:01. I once ruined a 1st night on the father in my early 20's, I couldn't resist any longer and cast out in the Desborough on a pre-baited (4 weeks) peg and landed a 5lb barbel 2nd chuck at about 10:45 on June 15th 1983 Embarassed felt guilty all night and never had another wrap !!!
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PostSubject: Re: When is the close season on rivers   Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:34 am

fair enough mark , you wont be first to be tempted to dangle a few hours before . ive not done it myself yet , but only because on opening night only , i take my anglers mail and a four pack and take in the scenery and think about the long session ahead , and work out a tactical approach to the night ahead .

i hate it once the river season closes , as i have to phone up the ea every week reporting illegal fishing on my home stretches .

ill be doing the same as last seasons close , calling the ea , taking photos and naming and shaming on here , as now we are getting near 1000 members or thereabouts , theres a fair chance that itll be a tac member !

my object of course wont be to report our members , but to educate if i recognise anyone .

the number of times over the years i get to my barbel swim on 15th june afternoon , and theres people fishing the spot illegally and i cant fish it LEGALLY because theres people there breaking the rules .

hope im not being too harsh in what ive said , but my feelings on this are fairly strong , as you can imagine .

id rather sit the day out , rods ready , thinking on a plan of attack , put some bait out , and sit back and have a beer and do it properly .

whats other peoples opinions on this subject ? cheers

ade
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PostSubject: Re: When is the close season on rivers   Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:15 am

Good post Ade.

We need to check with the EA about out of season fishing, it may come down again to multiple calls about the same issue, it then flags it up with them.

Out of season fishing is the same who ever it is.

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PostSubject: Re: When is the close season on rivers   Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:41 am

Completely agree with you Ade.

Don't worry about what others do though mate - keep up your high standards, enjoy your own fishing like you do and you'll get more out of it Wink
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PostSubject: Re: When is the close season on rivers   Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:17 pm

Nobody should be fishing on the Thames close season, full stop! Evil or Very Mad

Report anyone and everyone, 0800 80 70 60, we have no place on our banks for pee takers...


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PostSubject: Re: When is the close season on rivers   Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:37 pm

Rolling Eyes My wrist is firmly slapped but it twas 83 and way back then we couldn't coarse fish in the close season ANYWHERE....that's my feeble excuse anyway.

On the same theme I've run a few Marathons and one of my long final training runs for the London about last weekend in March would take me from River Lane at Richmond through to the weir at Walton up Weybridge high st to the Wey Nav and eventually Parvis Bridge @ Byfleet and return.

This was in the mid 90's and there was always a few rods poking out behind the trees, Sunbury weir and Desborough were favourites. I confronted a Bivvied up angler opposite the reserviours at Molesey who told me where to go, I was only to pleased on my return to see the Police launch moored in his peg on my return..... Exclamation
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PostSubject: Re: When is the close season on rivers   Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:07 am

Mark that wasn't aimed at you mister! Laughing

Although, as Adrian has said above, I've never seen the point of slinging the rods out at sunset on the 15th of June... I've waited 3 months like... Laughing


Richard lol!
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PostSubject: Re: When is the close season on rivers   Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:24 pm

Bump, in case of any doubt to the dates,
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PostSubject: Re: When is the close season on rivers   Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:02 pm

Have to say, whilst I hold unpopular views on fishing without a rod licence (don't think anglers should be criminalised for it) I'm in favour of harsh penalties for those fishing out of season. Not talking about 15 minutes before midnight on the 15th, but people blatantly fishing in the middle of the close season are bang out of order.

Can someone please post the number for EA enforcement, not seen anyone myself but would like the number in my phone in case.
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PostSubject: Re: When is the close season on rivers   Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:00 pm

0800 80 70 60

Most important thing if anyone is going to report out of season fishing is to not kick them off yourself, EA can do nothing them.

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PostSubject: Re: When is the close season on rivers   Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:30 pm

According to EA I could legally fish with lures from 1st of April for salmon, trout, or rainbow trout .
I'm not saying I'm going to do it but let's say I buy a game license and fish with small mepps type lures ,what's gonna happen if EA turn up?I don't think they could do much
There seems to be a lot of trout in Thames lately Wink
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PostSubject: Re: When is the close season on rivers   Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:39 pm

yeah,lots of trout,they also eat worms,maggots and pellets etc.
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PostSubject: Re: When is the close season on rivers   Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:37 pm

Always an interesting, (annual), debate on other forums over the years and I don't believe my thought process has changed re the close season. It's an outdated and antiquated law which genarally serves no purpose for me. I'd like to see the control of such 'closure periods' put under the jurisdiction of the clubs on the smaller rivers, that enables flexibility. On bigger rivers like the Thames......abolish it.


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PostSubject: when is the close season on rivers   Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:01 pm

With more and more "Marine fish" swimming further and further upstream,
How long will it be before they have to move the "Boundary" for fishing the Thames
further upstream?
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PostSubject: Re: When is the close season on rivers   Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:24 am

AndrzejTrzcinski wrote:
According to EA I could legally fish with lures from 1st of April for salmon, trout, or rainbow trout .
I'm not saying I'm going to do it but let's say I buy a game license and fish with small mepps type lures ,what's gonna happen if EA turn up?I don't think they could do much
There seems to be a lot of trout in Thames lately Wink

Your can fish for non-migratory trout with your 2012/13 license (you only need a game license for migratory trout sea trout and Salmon) provided you use flies or artificial lures.

I don't have a problem with this, if you use appropriately sized and weighted jigflys and spinners for trout. Any jack pike, perch or chub caught by accident will be returned unaharmed, what's the problem? Catching spawning fish? But this happens during the season anyway.

I'm actually waiting for the trout season so I can go on my local river with UL lures, I guess some people will frown upon this.
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PostSubject: when is the close season on rivers   Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:20 am

The problem is, The scum who dont return Pike, Perch and Chub back unharmed.
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PostSubject: Re: When is the close season on rivers   Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:11 am

Well I guess those people are simply breaking the law anyway regarding licenses, fishing methods and fish taking?
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PostSubject: Re: When is the close season on rivers   Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:48 pm

Anyone up for a trout fish-in with lures on Thames in April?? Wink
Putney would be good place to start Twisted Evil
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