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Rethink the rod licence

Comment 13th August 2010

At the moment you require a rod licence to fish on private land.

I think it's somewhat counter-intuitive that someone can buy land, fill it with water, stock it with fish, look after those fish but then have to pay a rod licence to the environment agency if they or a member of their club fish in it.

At the end of the day I don't think anyone should be fined £2500 and treated like a criminal if they are fishing on stillwaters on private land without a licence.

I believe, as do many others, that the rod licence should be limited to public stillwaters, flowing waterways and canals.
 

Why does this matter?

As the law currently stands naive anglers new to the sport could quite easily fall fowl of the law even when they have paid to fish at a specific venue.

In addition the rod licence might actually be costing money by discouraging new people to become keen anglers. For example, I am a fairly casual angler but I probably spend in the region of £150 per annum on fishing tackle and paraphernalia – or something like £25 VAT plus perhaps £50 tax revenue from the £200 in fees I pay to angling clubs. So eliminating a single angler due to a £27 rod licence might actually cost the government £75 per year in tax revenue.

In conclusion, fishing is an excellent pasttime which anyone can enjoy – I don't think we should create unnecessary red tape around a sport which helps people to relax and have fun.

 

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