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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:54 pm    Post subject: Wild Swimming Reply with quote

There seems to be a growing interest in 'Wild' swimming and a chance conversation at closing time yesterday with a Ranger at Chew made me wonder just how much of an issue this is, or is likely to become for anglers?

While out fishing last night on Woodford I saw the RIB go past and pull in close to the shore up in Villice where a short conversation took place with someone in the wood. It turned out that it was CAMPERS Shock who the Ranger told me had set up a TENT and had been swimming in the lake.

He then offered a number of anecdotes which included a group setting up camping chairs and a barbecue on Woodford who became abusive to anglers before they were reported and turfed off and coming across a couple in swimming costumes complete with towels under their arms in the Lodge car park who fully intended to go swimming in the reservoir! Mad

Obviously all this takes Rangers away from their main duties and as a result BW have taken the decision to close Cheddar reservoir to the public during hot weather. So I was wondering if this is just a local issue or are other trout fishing reservoirs having the same problem?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:32 am    Post subject: Wild Swimming Reply with quote

One of them on a blob top dropper should be fun.Have to up the tippet strength Laughing Sea trouting in the dark recently and had it all,Swimming,Kayaking,alchohol,full on LED light show followed by inevitable arguments and differences of opinion.Passed the parcel to the local estate Land Agents who oversee the letting of the fishing.You can virtually jump (not me Shock ) across this river in places.Nightmare (excuse the pun).Located within the ''Isle Of Purbeck'' which is surrounded by accessible water for these pursuits.Go figure.These ''Adventure'' Centres believe they can go anywhere and party it seems.Maybe they can.We await the outcome.
Maybe Rangers should show happy campers pictures of ''man eating'' pike which feed on anything that moves. Laughing :shock:or the ''Glow In the Dark'' problem after swimming in the lakes.The algea if present can be deadly for dogs.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure I've told the story before but a few years ago I was drifting off Wick green on Chew on a warm summer's evening when a couple appeared and sat on a blanket with a bottle of wine. I didn't pay them much attention until some time later I heard giggling and splashing and turned to see them going for a swim the way God intended Smile

I wasn't catching anything anyway so I certainly wasn't complaining.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never understand when the pundits are waxing lyrical about wild swimming that there is never a mention of Weils desease??

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/leptospirosis/

A friend of mine caught it after clearing out a ditch at a fishing club work party, it bl**dy near killed him and left him a lot weaker after he eventually recovered.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We can but hope that a few of the idiots get it and suffer the consequences.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the danger of Weil's disease and blue/green algae are under appreciated by the general public but having said that, the threat of Covid 19 hasn't made any difference to some peoples behaviour either so I'm not sure education is the answer. My fear is that this could lead to a demand for an English equivalent to the Scottish 'right to roam' legislation so its definitely something for anglers to keep an eye on. Sad

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