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  • While some of this report may be "regarded as obvious" to those in the know it is still a very worthwhile exercise. By virtue of its very nature angling does not have a high profle and any study which attempts to get to grips with its salient features must be congratulated. It is also time that evidence was provided which can be used to illustrate decision making at a political level which is sadly lacking at the moment.The value of angling over and above the personal level is rarely explored. All power to the study .

    11 years 36 weeks ago
  • I echo the sentiments. I am involved with running a busy fly tying group and the whole question of having children on board causes much debate amongst the predominantly middle aged male members. We do not/cannot exclude youngsters from wanting to join although we have no young members for some unknown reason and when the question of coaching schemes/activities comes up the members back away because of the implications of legislation etc. They also feel potentially vulnerable even at fishing shows whilst instructing youngsters as they don't know what might be seen as bad practice if getting close to or touching youngsters in the act of instruction.
    We have had advice from the ADB on setting up schemes but it is quite off-putting to see what has to be done.
    It is a dilemma and most anglers I know want to encourage youngsters but shy away because of the perceived difficuties that might be faced in doing it in compliance with everything.
    I just wonder if it needs recognition and support from the media to raise the profile of angling in general? We know an angler will never win Sports personality of the year! Look at Anglers achievements and then see what coverage they get - next to nothing.Come third in one of the 'chosen'sports and you're a hero and get national recognition but what have our World Champions and multiple world champtions ever had?
    We are seen currently as a minority sport along with many others who achieve superb results and go unnoticed - it had got to be down to media interest and coverage.
    Got off soap box now!
    Glyn Williams

    11 years 36 weeks ago
  • Looking a the overall comparison in activity between game, sea and coarse anglers. As one who over the years have done both, it's blindingly obvious:

    The majority of coarse and sea angling involves casting out a bait at a fixed location and waiting the fish to be attracted to your bait. This is common in carp, pike, and match fishing. There is some 'roving' on rivers fishing for barbel and chub, and maybe some seafishing (plugging for bass etc) that is mobile, but I'd suggest 90% is fairly static once you've got to your location.

    As for game- in the case of flyfishing and spinning, it's all mobile, even bait fishing with a worm is mobile to some degree. You can't sit down and 'covering the water' or several miles of river can improve your chances, the action of casting a fly occurs every 40 seconds or so, when river fishing, maybe every minute stillwater angling. You're in water and constantly moving. Hence- much more intense physically.

    Andy R

    11 years 36 weeks ago
  • Quite Blatantly written by someone with a great Commercial interest of our public resource:

    Lets not forget The Drew report that gave a net benefit of over £500 million to the economy by the RSA :

    The Previous comment was obviusly written by someone with a vast Commercial Interest in a Public resource, that if given some time to recover from the Commercial industries "Guardian-ship" and their NFFO's political gesturing , that there just might be enough fish to sustainably support all our interests

    Anon , an Angler

    11 years 36 weeks ago
  • Although I think it is important for children to be given opportunities and don't see any need for able adults to be given any form of positive discrimination. An angler is an angler whatever race/sex/nationality they are.

    11 years 36 weeks ago
  • This impossible to quantify because comparing say carp fishing to salmon fishing is at either end of the spectrum. In carp fishing you set up your bivvy and settle in one place and in salmon fishing you wade up to your chest in icy waters and keep on the move all the time. There is no norm.

    11 years 36 weeks ago
  • I did not get past the Summary of the Angling Participation report. Needs a good proof read for a start. Plus much of it is simply laughable. It`s as if a Martian was commenting. EG: Gosh. Most coarse anglers do not fish for the table. Wow. I suggest you sharpen things up before you go to fishing venues as you`re in danger of getting strong reactions.

    11 years 36 weeks ago
  • Spot on collation of widely held views amongst anglers,maybe poicy makers and funders will take note.
    perhaps the barriers faced by clubs / organisations recruiting volunteers to coach young anglers is something that can be explored. Many are bamboozled by child protection policies, crb checks (the new vetting and barring scheme), insurance, consent forms not to mention funding the list goes on and on and whilst all these things are important and should be in place when dealing with young people, it can be daunting to small clubs and organisations. Maybe some views from clubs etc?

    11 years 36 weeks ago
  • Good results showing what everyone in angling has known for years. Young people and the community benefit in many ways from being involved in angling. We work with and coach many young people in angling and always promote good practice. The photos you have used in the summary report depicting young anglers dangling fish on the end of the line to be photographed is not a wise choice and certainly not good practice. I question the wisdom and knowledge of the photographer who could have got great photos with the angler holding the fish. If we are to encourage young anglers then we must teach good practice.

    11 years 36 weeks ago
  • As the report makes clear because Angling covers a wide range of styles and situations it is not possible to make a generic statement about its level of intensity. Some days I sit at a peg and relax with little or no physical effort yet when I fish my local river in the Winter searching for Chub I probably walk three or four miles.
    As a keen rambler I would argue that some of my fishing is just as physical as walking the fells.

    11 years 36 weeks ago