Probably a bit longer than that.There goes my chances for tonight then....
I understand your frustration but there are reasons for this policy. I'm not in the club you mention but I am involved with two other clubs on the river and in one we just have three beats that require booking and this is because the lease imposes a maximum number of rods on each beat and the booking system ensures that we don't break the lease and lose the water.Does anyone else who fish the Clwyd/Elwy, ( be honest!) get very frustrated with having to book certain beats?? ( especially with one club, were you have to book half of the beats).
Now I just don't see the point in this rule nowadays. It is extremely rare when I see another angler on the river, what ever time I go fishing, so begs the question what is the purpose of this rule? I am sure I am not the only one, who has a job, family responsibilities etc that often has to go fishing on the spur of the moment, when I happen to be free, and then we can only book when Foxons is open!!
Now I can perhaps understand this rule, ( though if a beat has plenty of cars parked on it, just go and fish another beat if you don't like company - simple) in by gone days, when the clubs were heaving with so many members, but nowadays I think it may put off potential younger members, who seeing fishing as an escape from the stresses of modern life, do not want to have nonsensical rules imposed on their free time.
I think that is why I have been attracted to seafishing this year, as I am getting very jaded with all the game fishing rules............very liberating to just turn up anywhere on the coast and fish what ever methods you want.
Any thoughts on this guys?
I know that club, I used to be a member, and have used the system, however having a facility like that would not be appropriate in places with public access, you'd need an endless supply of tags.I'm not a member of this club so none of my business really, but I will say that I'm member of a club in the south of England which uses a very effective "tally board" system. You go to the fishery or beat that you want to fish and there is a board with plastic tallies on them, each one fitted on a metal loop. You select a tally that says "Free" and turn it over and it then displays "Taken". Then when you've finished fishing, you switch the tally back to "Free". It's easy and works a treat and some beats also require you to sign in using a book which is housed in a waterproof box and you also enter your catch return into the book before you leave. Occasionally someone will forget to turn their tally back to the "Free" position but the club will then email that member (whose name will be in the book) to tell them to be more careful in future. This is much easier than booking beats - you just show up at where you'd like to fish and you can see instantly whether you can. If the fishery is full, you go to another beat. Simples!
No, the tags are fixed on the board on a metal loop so you never actually remove them, you just turn them from "Free" to "Taken" and then back again when you've finished fishing.I know that club, I used to be a member, and have used the system, however having a facility like that would not be appropriate in places with public access, you'd need an endless supply of tags.
There are still fresh fish entering the system and the Clwyd seems to have picked up, even better news is that some salmon have shown up and one club already has more reported to date than the whole catchment reported in 2016. Can I please ask that, despite this, all salmon are returned if possible.