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Any news from opening day at Bewl?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:29 pm    Post subject: Any news from opening day at Bewl? Reply with quote

Has anyone been to Bewl on opening day today? Any news on how it fished?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fished it yesterday Chris, started at 8:00, finished by 11:00! Fish were quite responsive!

When tackling up by the Sailing Club, in thick fog, looking out at people on the "beach", it resembled Alaska, well almost! I counted nine fish come out in 15 mins whilst tackling up, crazy stuff. I ventured down to the beach, cast out, looked left, and in the dispersing fog, counted endless people into fish. But then it hit me..........guilt! With all those lines out, people ripping back lures, dragging fish up the bank, fish coming out left right and centre, I couldn’t take it. It was a bit depressing to be honest watching it. It didn’t seem right.

So I upped sticks, jumped on the ferry, and popped over to Monty's, nestled in behind the tree's on my own, and enjoyed some peace! Had 3 lovely blue trout in the bag, stonking fish, went like stink. All fish averaged just over 2 pound, bag weight of 15lb plus. A relatively quick session, but to be expected on opening day.

Fish on a floater and nymphs in the fog, but once it burnt off, switched to an intermediate in the bright sun. A couple of overwintered fish, but also some poor stockies.

The snooze on the bank afterwards was just as nice!

And they haven’t implemented C&R yet, so don’t go expecting to put fish back.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the report! Will have to get down there in the coming weeks to give it a go. Any idea when the C&R is being implemented?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spoke with the "Ferry Man" and he had no idea when, or even if, it was going to be implemented! He informed me it was still being discussed.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be a shame if they didn't introduce it as it can be a bit of a pain having 8 fish in quick succession and it makes the day expensive getting a second ticket.

Fingers crossed and I guess we'll just wait and see!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought the C&R was only being used in big comps ?

Gillaroo is the man to ask.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charlie wrote:
I thought the C&R was only being used in big comps ?

Gillaroo is the man to ask.

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Spot on - being trialled in the comps this season.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is there to trial?

C&R works on all the other rezzies. Maybe there is a need to put it on hold in very hot weather but this time of year i can't see what the problem is.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess it is a trial to see if people South of the river can be trusted to put them back safely Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the comps only, what a complete pile of sh**e. I have to travel over the Thames or into Oxfordshire for my nearest C&R ressie. And there I was thinking Bewl were being proactive. Ten point plan my arse!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Viewed as a whole the ten point plan is commendable, and the steering commitee has members of the BBFC sitting on it. The new management are being proactive, and I hold high hopes for the future, particularly given the difficult times we face.
Many members and visitors would like C and R, and their voices are at least being given an opportunity to be heard. Some members and visitors are , it has to be said, opposed to the idea - and I am hoping that solid evidence either for or against gained from other fisheries will be what tips the balance.
I think the reluctance to implement it immediately comes from concerns over the impact on quality of fish and fishing, after talking with other fisheries managers.

Personally I'm for it in comps... for a pleasure angling day it's less relevant. If you don't want eight fish, change your method and be more selective Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If something is worth doing then it's worth doing properly and that involves rolling out the C&R across both competitions and pleasure anglers.

I like to get my string pulled when I'm fishing and so I use the most effective method (that is, after all what I enjoy - find the method and then reap the 'rewards'). I'm really not in to switching to a less effective method just so I don't have to stop fishing.

Bewl has been in the dark ages with their C&R policy for too long and I don't think this step goes far enough, but at least it is a slight step in the right direction.....
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KevZim wrote:
If you don't want eight fish, change your method and be more selective Wink


Deliberately try and catch less? that's an exciting prospect Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a tongue in a cheek there chief...

If you buy an 8 fish ticket, and catch your 8 fish - is that not enough?
I've had a number of occasions when I've been lucky enough to get my eight fairly quickly. On those days I've been happy with that.

In the past I have wondered with regards to whether I'd enjoy fishing on and been quite enthusiastically "pro" catch and release at Bewl.
Maybe I'm mellowing.

It does make me wonder whether going out to kill 8 then catch andother 8 and let them go, then another 8... is that what it's all really about? Would leave a bad taste in my mouth.

FWIW I think they will eventually submit to pressure and go the whole hog, for now I think that introducing C and R for comps is a good thing, particularly in terms of PR for the sport.

I do think that taking the time to evaluate the evidence in terms of fish condition and welfare, and the potential effect upon quality of fishing, is not time wasted.
That said - the usual concern over the effect on the fishing is that it will increase the difficulty of catching. The common gripe I hear about Bewl is that it can be a difficult water - and at the moment C and R has had no effect. Will be interesting to see how this season pans out.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charlie,

Im sure us South of the river are quite capable of releasing fish unharmed. We might even be able to do it without falling in...

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