Fish, River and our safety

Fish, River and our safety
15 June 2016 Roger Patrick
In Conservation

We are starting to hear from members that they are catching nice fish along the river. This is always good news to hear as it does give a good indication to the health of the river. As the water and weather heats up we should take a few moments to look after our fish and ourselves. Some points that may help:

  • After catching a fish, spend time to slowly release the fish back into the river, this may take sometime, but make sure the fish is healthy and will swim away on its own.
  • If you see any fish that are in any form of distress please contact Martin ASAP. Also you may contact the EA hotline so they are aware. EA Hotline: 0800 80 70 60
  • As the weed in the river grows it may start to restrict the flow of the water. If you see any restriction from the weed please let Martin know.
  • Look after yourself. As we concentrate on the fishing we do forget to look after ourself. Hat and eye protection are a must when fishing, but don’t forget to use sun block. Take some water with you and make sure you drink as you fish.
  • Non Member Fisherman: as a member of BEFS you have the right to ask to see other members Membership cards. If a fisherman is not a member of BEFS they should be asked to move on. Direct them to the Free Section. However do not get into conflict in anyway . Please report all incidents a member of the management group and if you feel alright in doing so report the incident to the EA hotline, 0800 80 70 60. You can also report the incident to the Police on the 999 number if you so wish. However in all cases please email Martin with a report of what has happened.
  • Don’t forget to keep your catch return


Catch and Return Advice: This is a video from the Wild Trout Trust web page regarding Catch and Release, take a look at the clip.

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