Sunday, October 15, 2006

Now it's time to take out the pike - Nudd

This is the text of Bob Nudd's News of the World column, which has caused fury amongst pike anglers.

There are too many pike in our rivers and they need culling.

On my last visit to the Warwickshire Avon, the moment I started catching a few roach every other one was snatched as I brought it to the landing net.

Anglers all along the stretch experienced similar problems.

It's the same on the Nene and Soar, where an explosion in the pike population has coincided with revived silver fish sport.

At a time when sport on so many of our rivers is starting to return big time, the last thing we need is shoals of pike depleting the stocks.

Some will disagree but it makes sense to thin them out.