Angling: One rod licence per angler is best solution

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IT SEEMS that almost every year we have got the same moan from the dedicated carp anglers and as usual it is about the fishing licence.

Under the current rules the purchase of a licence entitles the buyer to fish with two rods, but most of the carp boys, and some specimen hunters, use three or even four rods. And to do this means that they have to buy a second licence.

They have been complaining for years that there should be a special licence, at a reduced price of course, to allow them to continue to use the multiple rod set up. As I mentioned a few weeks ago the Angling Trust has conducted a survey to find out anglers’ opinions on how to improve our sport and apparently the subject of licences was near the top of the list.

The current cost of the licence is £27 per year and has been frozen at this price for the past three years. The carp boys have been pressing the new Environment Agency head of fisheries Sarah Chare for a review on the licence situation and she has promised to do this. My personal opinion is that the carp and specimen fraternity spend huge amounts of money to enjoy their sport and they spend more on gear and tackle than us mere mortals. I have often described carpers as campers with fishing tackle with their bivvies (tents) costing many hundreds of pounds and the equipment that they carry including portable cooking facilities, TVs to while away the nights, camp beds and sleeping bags.

They do not need alarm clocks for if they do get a bite the sound from their bite alarms will wake them from their slumbers. These people are also the tackle dealers’ dream as they purchase every item in threes. Has anyone ever seen a carper using three different rods equipped with three different reels?

No way, as everything has to be identical. The cost of that little lot, plus the cost of the masses of bait that they use must cost thousands of pounds over the year, so why are they complaining about the cost of an extra £27 a year that it is currently costing them? I have bought a licence all of my life but have never used more than one rod at a time, so in effect I am subsidising these people, pleasure and fly anglers are in the same situation.

There is one rule that does need an overhaul and that is that under 12s do not need a licence and can use as many rods as they like.

The problem with this is that it has been known for an angler to take a young relative with him and then set up a couple of rods, allegedly for them, a few feet away from the parent, thereby using four rods for the price of one and this, is quite legal. What people tend to forget is that all of the revenue raised by the sale of fishing licences is used for the benefit of all anglers and is ploughed back into fisheries and fish farming and not into some fat cat’s pockets.

I will close this article by a controversial thought: I think it should be a licence for each rod used so if anyone wants to use more than one then let them pay for it.

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Angling results:

Club Contests

Oaks Wednesday: 1, C Kendall (Middy) 128-1; 2, B Poole (Oaks) 114-1; 3, R Minikin (Sonubait) 107-11.

Oaks Saturday: 1, C Hall (Oaks) 129-1; 2, M Baker (Oaks) 88-11; 3, M Baker (Oaks) 88-11.

Tollerton Ponds Monday: 1, G Twohey 97-1; 2, A Davidson 75-1; 3, S Wood 77-10.

Carp Bait Shop Winter Series at Brafferton: 1, S Burley 57-1; 2, M Pearson 55-8; 3, A Jordan 54-13.

Bobco Yorkshire Post at Raker Horseshoe: 1, A Heaps 39-12; 2, K Gale 32-0; 3, K Foster 28-12.

Bobco Yorkshire Post at Raker High lake: 1, K Gale 40-0; 2, A Heaps 32-8; 3, D Turner 27-12.

Leeds Angling Centre: 1, R Thorne 5-7; 2, J Jones 4-13; 3, R Moveley 3-8.

Leeds Angling Centre at Armley Canal: 1, R Thorne 5-1; 2, M Mannion 4-3; 3, P Wood 3-15.

Yorkshire Ambulance at Raker Lakes: 1, R Varty 37-8; 2, R Gough 30-0; 3, S Spyder 16-2.

Bobco Winter Series at Carpvale, Round 1: 1, D Wright 171-0; 2, W Westmoreland 101-11; 3, G Watson 91-1; 4, G Broadley 86-5.

Yorkshire Ouse Championship at Poppleton: 1, D Pollitt (Mirfield) 11-2; 2, R Gaunt (Leeds) 8-10; 3, K Mottram (Aireborough) 8-4.

Riverfest Qualifier at Hunters Lodge: 1, P Mountry (Scunthorpe) 5-3; 2, I Exley (Daiwa) 4-2; 3, D Taylor (Saints) 4-1.

Woodlands Over 50s: 1, P Chapman (Woodlands) 117-3; 2, P Fletcher (Woodlands) 113-4; 3, M Pegg (Woodlands) 71-4.

Woodlands Wednesday: 1, S Newbury (Woodlands) 105-7; 2, C Cooper (Woodlands) 74-2; 3, M hare (Woodlands) 72-4.

Woodlands Saturday: 1, G Poole (Oaks) 100-4; 2, P Chapman (Garbolino) 81-15; 3, A Alderson (Woodlands) 78-8.

Moorfields Farm Saturday: 1, T Davis (Moorfields) 82-8; 2, S Regan (Hull) 70-4; 3, M Baxter (Goole) 44-8.

Calder Anglers at Kippax Park: 1, S Mitchell (Tri-Cast) 27-10; 2, T Scott (Brighouse) 24-13; 3, C Mitchell (Halifax) 22-15.

Thornhill at Dewsbury Canal: 1, M Doyle (Harraton) 4-6; 2, C Storey (Matrix) 2-15; 3, K Marshall (Tri-Cast) 2-13.

Middle Swale Championship at Scruton: 1, K Weighell (DH Angling) 28-12; 2, N Stanhope (Helperby) 22-10; 3, S Evans (Doncaster) 12-6.

Oak Tree Leisure Sunday: 1, G Crane (Harehills) 36-4; 2, S Walker (Woodlands) 35-0; 3, M Robinson (Harehills) 30-5.

Tony Burdett Memorial at Hayfield Lakes: 1, J Wilde (Middy) 116-4; 2, M Marshall (Barnsley) 87-13; 3, S Sanders (Hayfield) 80-2.

Aireborough Fur & Feather at Hunters Lodge: 1, P Gallagher 13-13; 2, G Willmore 3-15; 3, T Hewson 3-4; 4, D Horrocks 3-1.

Park Piscatorials at Lindholme Lake: 1, A Roze 60-4; 2, E Cross 55-2; 3, A Pashley 42-4.

Rodley Barge: Bank End – West Lake: 1, R Ward 84-8; 2, G Wainwright 79-10; 3, G Marshall 73-10; 4, P Found 53-8.

Rodley Barge: Raker – High Bank: 1, P Ramsden 47-8; 2, T Hodgson 44-2; 3, C Green 21-12; 4, E Holmes 19-4.

Chapel Street AC: Moorfields Farm: 1, C Tye 131-12; 2, T Kinelly 66-4; 3, C Clarkson 66-0.

AJ Tackle’s Open: Spring End Farm: 1, J Cowling 30-8; 2, N Brown 18-8; 3, S Burdekin 18-0.

Viking Saturday Open: Hawk Pond: 1, G Watson 71-05; 2, K Squires 60-14; 3, R Summerscales 59-04; 4, D Wild 49-05.

Fryston AC Winter League: (Viking Deer): 1, C Finney 31-13; 2, S Varley 31-07; 3, P Moran 25-09.

Calder Anglers: Viking Deer & Hawk: 1, T Barlow 56-10; 2, A Lumb 36-08; 3 J Beevers 30-13.

Rodley Nomads: Viking Deer: 1, C Parker 56-13; 2, E Holmes 49-03; 3, M Bradley 43-10; 4, D Lawson 35-11.

Match Diary

Saturday November 15

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

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

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

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

Kippax Park: 27 pegs, tickets £20, contact 07814 454371.

Moorfields Farm: 50 pegs, tickets £16, contact 07710 817150.

Birkwood Farm: 60 pegs, tickets £16, contact 0113 228 0609.

Poppleton Lakes: 50 pegs, tickets £15, 01904 437279.

Sunday November 16

Hammond Trophy: (open match) at Hunters Lodge and Linton, 100 pegs, tickets £15 from general office or contact 0113 2482373.

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

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

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

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

Viking Saturday Open: Hawk Pond, 30 pegs, £15, (01405) 860764.

Monday November 17

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

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

Tollerton Ponds Over-50s: 30 pegs, tickets £15, contact 01347 538115.

Tuesday November 18

Kippax Park: 27 pegs, tickets £10 plus £5 optional, contact 07814 454371.

Wednesday November 19

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

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

Tollerton Ponds Over-50s: 30 pegs, tickets £15, contact 01347 838115.

Thursday November 20

Kippax Park: 27 pegs, tickets £15 plus £5 optional, contact 07814 454371.

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