Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen

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Re: Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen

Postby 661-Pete » 21 Mar 2013, 8:43am

reohn2 wrote:
Ayesha wrote:What's a 'Towpath'?

what's a 23mm tyre?

That question is best answered by saying what it's not:
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Mind you, take one of those along the towpath, and you'll soon clear it of anglers... :twisted:
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Re: Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen

Postby reohn2 » 21 Mar 2013, 9:01am

Si wrote:

Watch out for the lightning bolts.......you used the "b" word, you'll now have both the fisherfolk and the narrow-boaters after us!

NOOOOOOOO there not Barges EEK! :shock: :) :) :)

TBH I've found the fishermen to be OK....just as long as you don't try to bunny hop their £2k carbon fibre poles.

More EEKS,not recommended :shock:
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Re: Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen

Postby gripper_stebson » 21 Mar 2013, 9:38am

Whenever there is an official fishing competition at the canal near where I live, they always close the section of the canal off and give advance notice of the event.

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Re: Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen

Postby byegad » 21 Mar 2013, 11:43am

james01 wrote:We've experienced loud sighs and similar body language from the odd fisherman. Not yet had the pleasure of the full verbals :oops:


A good response is to say 'thank you very, very much' with exaggerated politeness when they move.
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Re: Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen

Postby gaz » 21 Mar 2013, 12:40pm

A potential gesture of friendship.

You could carry some in your saddlebag to be offered in such situations. Although don't forget to "share with care". :wink:

I don't need any myself, the local canal is a fish-free zone.
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Re: Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen

Postby Graham O » 21 Mar 2013, 2:15pm

But it's not always the fishermen at fault. We were fishing on the Chichester Canal many years ago and a cyclist came along the bank with his foot out kicking all the rods and equipment into the water. He obviously wasn't too clever as he then came back down the towpath, whereupon my Dad's friend stuck a bank stick in his front wheel. Loads of twanging from breaking spokes and curses from the cyclist who ended up in the water. He calmed down somewhat when presented with a police warrant card. "Do unto others......"

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Re: Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen

Postby hondated » 21 Mar 2013, 4:32pm

Graham O wrote: He calmed down somewhat when presented with a police warrant card. "Do unto others......"


Brilliant I cannot calculate how number of times in my life when I would have loved to be able to do that.

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Re: Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen

Postby thirdcrank » 21 Mar 2013, 5:07pm

Another angling tale from my former colleague involved a Leeds City Police Angling Club match on a river. A member collapsed and died by his peg which was well down the river bank. The deceased's brother was also fishing so he carried his body up the bank. There then followed a discussion as to whether the match should be abandoned out of respect for the deceased and his bereaved brother - both of whom were serving officers. The colleague who recounted the story was miffed that the almost unanimous decision to abandon the competition was taken.

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Re: Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen

Postby sirmy » 23 Mar 2013, 9:48am

Apparently fishermen i Sunderland are blaming otters and wading birds or the increasing numbers of mussel shells being left on the riverside section of the C2C from the city center to the sea. These otters must be rally good climbers to be able to scale the vertical pilings that make up the banks along that stretch! Sunderland - the wildlife paradise!

Must be the otters that use the area around the sailing club as toilet as well :(

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Re: Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen

Postby Audax67 » 23 Mar 2013, 1:32pm

I can remember an article on the Beeb some years ago where a fisherman asked about the death of swans from swallowing lost tackle replied "Well, they shouldn't be there, should they?"

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Re: Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen

Postby soapbox » 25 Mar 2013, 7:48pm

Was it a legal stretch of the towpath to be cycling on? In practice, this rarely makes any difference, but technically, on the Leeds-Liverpool canal, for example, cyclists are only allowed on some sections.

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Re: Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen

Postby peter236uk » 26 Mar 2013, 12:32pm

I do both fish and cycle and have met both types of people that are inconsiderate to others. I know many Anglers pay fortunes for poles well in excess of a £1000 they also have to pay to fish and quite alot in some case.

I do however think everyone should be considerate to others what ever sport they choose to follow. It might have been wise to ask if they could move the equipment to let you past.

I think touching another persons propoerty is very unwise be it there bike or fishing tackle.

Its worth remembering that many of these toe paths have been restored with the help of anglers and there accociated clubs.

I guess its tollerance all round

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Re: Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen

Postby horizon » 26 Mar 2013, 1:27pm

peter236uk wrote:I guess its tollerance all round


No it isn't. My experience of the canal paths in Staffordshire was that they were promoted as safe cycling routes due to the intolerance of motorists towards cyclists on the road. Provided cyclists are invisible, motorists don't care that the hard work of getting along with other completely different towpath users (dogs on long leads, push chairs, groups of teenagers, anglers etc) is done by someone else. I actually don't believe that cyclists do belong on tow paths despite many enjoyable but slow rides along them. Cyclists really have to give way to other users. Two weeks ago I sampled some of the delights of the Manchester canal system but this was done by weaving slowly between families and children. The real criminals are not the anglers but the highway engineers who have irresponsibly promoted tow paths as an alternative to making roads safer for cycling.
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Re: Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen

Postby tonythompson » 26 Mar 2013, 3:13pm

Being an avid cyclist and I own a narrow boat it works like this on the relevant forums:

Narrow boaters hate cyclists on tow paths and fishermen

Fishermen hate narrow boaters and cyclists.

As both are probably motorists then they join forces to hate cyclist.

So with my cycling hat/helmet on who can we hate? Of course dog owners this way we can join forces with the boaters and fishers. Except I also have two dogs. Life is so complex at times :?
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Re: Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen

Postby [XAP]Bob » 26 Mar 2013, 3:56pm

tonythompson wrote:Being an avid cyclist and I own a narrow boat it works like this on the relevant forums:

Narrow boaters hate cyclists on tow paths and fishermen

Fishermen hate narrow boaters and cyclists.

As both are probably motorists then they join forces to hate cyclist.

So with my cycling hat/helmet on who can we hate? Of course dog owners this way we can join forces with the boaters and fishers. Except I also have two dogs. Life is so complex at times :?


Or you could decide not to hate...
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