Friday, September 15, 2006

Club appeals for information on pike killers

The biggest angling club in the Fens today appealed for information over anglers who have been removing pike and zander into double figures from its waters.

Mike Grief, secretary of the 800-strong King's Lynn Angling Association (KLAA), said both pike and zander from 8 to 15lbs had been taken.

"If pike or zander are removed they must be less than 5lbs in weight, of which two are allowed at any one time," he said.

Writing in his weekly column in local paper the King's Lynn News and Advertiser, Grief added: "Members' help to enforce this rule would be appreciated, so that good fishing is available to all."

Sources close to the club have told the PAC that moves to expel a member who killed a double figure zander on the Middle Level Drain were halted when witnesses who reported the fish's removal decided not to pursue the matter.

KLAA controls the fishing on household-name drains such as the Middle Level, Relief Channel and parts of the Cut-Off, along with the Ten Mile Bank stretch of the Great Ouse, and stretches of the Wissey, Little Ouse and Old Bedford.

Its committee are well aware of the importance of predators in a balanced water and the numbers of visiting anglers they attract to West Norfolk, boosting day ticket revenues.