Angling: Hygiene is the key to keeping koi virus free

Six-year-old Charlie Wood has become the newest member of Swarcliffe's 'barbel catchers' club'.
Six-year-old Charlie Wood has become the newest member of Swarcliffe's 'barbel catchers' club'.
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As stillwater temperatures reach and remain over 20 degrees, the devastating notafiable Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) has again been confirmed at several fisheries around Yorkshire.

As anglers now travel the length of the country over just a few days in competition, and more and more recreational fisheries become infected, the disease transfer route seems to have changed from the stocking of infected fish, to distribution through anglers’ fishing tackle and equipment.

Owners and commercial managers have suspected this for a number of years, though passing the information through to visiting anglers often falls on deaf ears with devastating consequences. Results of recent experiments carried out by Cefas should prove to the doubters that UV light and the drying out of equipment is the only way to stop a cross transfer of the virus from fishery to fishery. Tests concluded that all carp exposed to KHV became infected and mucus is transferable through nets, unhooking mats, slings and keepnets.

The virus remained alive in dark, damp conditions and 100 per cent of cell cultures were positive for KHV.

To back up most fishery bosses’ rules of laying out nets to dry, and the knowledge that UV light is better than any known disinfectant, final tests showed that KHV did not survive sunlight and, after exposure, no positive cells were found.

Having read the full report, none of the results could be argued with, though I think Cefas have missed one of the most lethal transfer routes in not testing the waste water that is left in a keepnet stinkbag.

Nearly all anglers use these waterproof bags to protect their vehicles from wet smelly nets and I’ve witnessed, on more than one occasion, the contents that resemble bacteria soup being poured straight into a lake as the angler tackles up.

It just seems madness to me that it could take another scientific test to stop something so obviously angler-irresponsible and dangerous.

Over the past few weeks I have applauded the efforts of volunteer anglers opening up forgotten footpaths and riverbanks; reports of just one youngster’s catch have made all their hard work worthwhile.

David Wood – a keen barbel angler and part of numerous clean-up operations on his favourite River Nidd – used his knowledge of the new pegs to provide his six-year-old son with a big fish day to remember.

Fishing the Skipbridge section and using single 10mm halibut pellet, young Charlie was unable to hang on to his first two bites as they smashed his tackle in underlying roots, but he used all of his muscle power to make it third time lucky, wrestling his first-ever barbel to the bank and, hopefully, becoming another junior angler hooked for life.

As if to confirm rivers’ fish stocks benefit from angler attention and protein baits, Bradford No1’s popular Nidd fishery at Cowthorpe provided Miss Michelle Thompson with the fish of a lifetime. Using top barbel bait, ‘Bacon Grill’, the Halifax angler banked chub and barbel to 4lb before hitting the big time with a new official Nidd record whisker of 12-02.

A all her fish fell to a straight bomb rig and 8lb line.

Results

Three Day Tees Festival: Day 1, – Kev Weighell 19-06; Day 2, – Mark Arrowsmith 21-05; Day 3, – Andy Dargue 27-06; Overall top 5 – 1, Nick Jose 4pts; 2, John McGarrell 5pts; ,3 Kev Weighell 8pts; 4, Sean Wright 8pts; 5, Dave Miles 9pts.

Leeds Hunters Lodge No1: 1, C Turbitt 7-01; 2, S Small 6-04; 3jt, D White and B Foster 4-08.

Listerhills Canal Championship Rodley: 1, P Woods 9-10; 2, J Mason 4-11; 3, B Mason 3-00; 4, R Movley 2-14; 5, R Thorne 2-13.

Yarnbury AC Rolleston Trent: 1, F Prudham 26-06; 2, B Horner 18-08; 3, S Parsons 7-01; 4, J Purdey 7-00.

South Leeds Highfields Garforth: 1, M Jackson 44-04; 2, M Brayshaw 30-02; 3, M Ick 24-10.

South Leeds Cons Tollerton: 1, M Jackson 108-02; 2, B Stanley 107-01; 3, G Williamson 92-11; 4, A Longbottom 58-00; 5, M Ally 46-04.

Colton Sports Forest Lane: ,1 B Taylor 91-04; 2, A Senior 88-12; 3, D Stainthorpe 71-10; 4, C Remmer 54-04.

X Gates & District Tollerton: 1, D Watson 83-10; 2, A Stainton 56-00; 3, M Johnson 49-04.

Fox & Hounds Alice Hawthorne: 1, J Turton 8-13; 2, D Forkin 6-12; 3, S Smith 5-13; 4, C Child 4-12.

White Horse Pudsey Angling KP Osprey: 1, P Robinson 99-06; 2 P, Pearce 32-08; 3, J Jones 29-12; 4, S Batley 21-02.

Park Piscatorials Sunrise: 1, P Green 12-02; 2, D Gunby 10-02; 3, E Eoze 9-15.

Oaks Cedar Colton Sports: 1, K Gale 53-03; 2, A Senior 52-15; 3, K Foster 51-06; 4, M Durkin 42-11.

Swanlands X Gates AC: 1, S Kay 124-08 (new club record); 2, D Watson 104-02; 3, M Johnson 100-08.

BSR Bobco MM Cyprio: 1, Stephen Rodgers 150-12; 2, Mark Pryke 132-01; 3, Steve Mazza 131-14; 4, Dave Wright 89-08.

JT Rodgers Brafferton: 1, A Jackson 90-05; 2, S Phelan 78-12; 3, I Jordan 70-01.

Birkwood Farm: 1, M Jukes 57-06; 2, A Rymer 57-05; 3, B Rymer 53-04.

JT Rodgers Forest Lane: 1, S Burley 115-00; 2, D Watson 78-15; 3, A Smith 70-03.

Starbeck AC Poppleton Lakes: 1, K Bell 111-08; 2, T Koz 107-11; 3, C Watson 100-10; 4, M Brown 76-15; P Frazer 73-12.

York Nomads Horse/Railway Poppleton: 1, D Scratchard 110-03; 2, C Pollard 84-06; 3, D Chard 73-12; 4, G Farmery 69-10; 5, K Appleton 67-04.

Birkwood Emily’s: 1, A Rymer 97-03; 2, A Barker 74-09; 3, G Watson 61-04.

Armley AC at Redwood Arc: 1, D Fish 42; 2, P Howard 39; 3, M Cooper 38-12; 4, B Trigg 37-10.

Colton Sports AC at Swanlands: 1, K Gale 194-09 (club record); 2, K Foster 171-14; 3, I Asquith 103-10; 4, J McKenzie 100-11.

Viking Saturday Open (Deer): 1, P Morris 63-09; 2, G Stephens 57-07; 3, G Thornton 56-03; 4, C Graham 55-10.

Ship AC (Viking Hawk): 1, D Lumley 67-11; 2, M Moore 48-06; 3, R Scott 47-00; 4, P Ullerthorne 46-04.

Leeds Electric (Viking Deer): 1, N McCormack 89-07; 2, J Butler 57-03; 3, L Scaife 52-14; 4, P Foster 48-09.

Fryston AC (Viking Hawk): 1, S Birch 70-06; 2, A Chico 61-05; 3, D Lumb 37-08.

Roadline AC (Viking Fox): 1, M Brotherton Sr 61-12; 2, M Brotherton Jr 60-08; 3, D Blythe 55-13; 4, R Milner 52-02.

Angel Lakes Open Lookout Sunday: 1, John Dryden 54; 2, Ethan Bradley 52-10; 3, John Nailer 50-15.

Angel Lakes Open Bowes Saturday: 1, John Dryden 62-06; 2, George Corner 59-08; 3, Boggy 50-13.

Angel Lakes Open Bowes Wednesday: 1, Peter Jones 77-05; 2, Boggy 66-06; 3, John Foster 65-05.

DragonAC at Lodge Farm, Long Island: 1, K Legg 160-02; 2, R Pickup 145-15; 3, T Doyle 110-14; 4, D Evans 104-12.

Match Diary

Saturday

Kippax Park: 27 pegs, tickets £20, contact 07967000746.

Feeder Master Qualifier: River Aire, Beal, contact Angling Trust 0115 906 1301.

Poppleton Saturday Open: pools, £15, draw cafe 10am, contact Roger 01904737279.

Birkwood Farm Fisheries: Emily’s or Oscar’s, draw 8.30am, contact 01924 892251.

Woodlands: 72 pegs, tickets £18, contact 01845 520110.

Oaks at Sessay: 50 pegs, tickets £17, contact 01845 501321.

Langwith Lakes: 60 pegs, tickets £16, contact 01904 431874.

Moorfields Farm: 54 pegs, tickets £16, contact 07710817150.

Fleets Dam: 50 pegs, tickets £15, contact 01226 292579.

Birkwood Farm: 60 pegs, tickets £16, contact 01132 80609.

Viking, Hawk Pond: 30 pegs, tickets £16, contact 01405 860764.

Tollerton Ponds: Open Match all ages, (Kingfisher 20 pegs, Coot 18 pegs, Heron 32 pegs), contact 01347 838115.

Sunday

Leeds & Liverpool: Kirkstall ,contact Roger Movley 01132 772215.

Listerhills, Leeds & Liverpool Canal: contact Eddie Harrison 07518721051.

Woodlands: 72 pegs, tickets £18, contact 01845 520110.

Oaks at Sessay: 50 pegs, tickets £17, contact 01845 501321.

Langwith Lakes: 60 pegs, tickets £16, contact 01904 431874.

Oak Tree Leisure: 50 pegs, tickets £15, contact 01347 810686.

Leeds DASA: Moor Monkton Pools, contact 07967000746.

Poppleton Sunday Open: 50 pegs, draw 11am Cafe, contact 07425 146677.

Monday

Woodlands over-50s: 30 pegs, tickets £15, contact 01845 520110.

Langwith Lakes over-60s: 30 pegs, tickets £10, contact 01904 431874.

Tollerton Ponds over-50s: tickets £16, contact 01347 838115.

Tuesday

Kippax Park Over-50s: draw 10am, tickets £10, contact 07967000746.

Wednesday

Leeds & District: Moor Monkton Pools, draw 10am, contact 07967000746.

Birkwood Farm Fisheries: Emily’s or Oscar’s, draw 8.30am, contact 01924 892251.

Woodlands: 72 pegs, tickets £18, contact 01845 520110.

Fleets Dam: 50 pegs, tickets £15, contact 01226 292579.

Tollerton Ponds: open match, all ages, contact 01347 838115.

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