The owner of one of the largest fishing complexes in the country has revealed that there will “no longer be a place for day-ticket anglers at my waters”.
Chris Logsdon, who now owns Mid Kent Fisheries which comprises some of the UK’s most historic waters – including the carp record venue Conningbrook – has stated that he is no longer prepared to put up with problems such as litter and risks to fish welfare. He says the situation is far worse on waters that cater for dayticket anglers.
“We have more problems with litter and general disregard for the fish at our day-ticket fishery than at all our other waters put together,” said Chris.
“I’m not saying all day-ticket anglers are irresponsible. It’s a classic case of a few ruining it for the majority. But I just can’t take the risk of them affecting Mid Kent’s image.”
Gordon Howes, fishery manager at the St Ives complex in Cambridgeshire, agrees with Chris’s stance.
“We did allow day-ticket anglers here years ago and the trouble with litter and poor fish handling just got out of control,” said Gordon.
“Running the fishery on a yearly permit basis means you know everyone who’s fishing and you can run a clean, successful complex without policing the banks around the clock.
“I’d never allow day-ticket anglers again,” he added.
Not everyone agrees that banning day tickets is the way forward, though. Richworth Linear Fisheries, in Oxfordshire, is one of the most popular day-ticket specimen fisheries in the country.
And even though the fishery admits that litter can be a big problem, its manager, Roy Parsons, is adamant that anglers who want to turn up and fish will always be welcome.
“There’s no escaping the fact that running day-ticket fisheries can be high maintenance, but I think it’s vital for the sport that we give average anglers the chance to target the biggest fish we have to offer,” he told AT.