Open up angling

This should never have been shut down in the first place! It’s healthy, and our rivers stretch a long way. The chance of bumping into another angler is remote, and even if you did you simply keep your distance. Simple!

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It’s healthy.

by Mattl on May 09, 2020 at 07:19AM

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  • Posted by Morsi May 09, 2020 at 08:57

    Completely agree, it is also excellent exercise, walking & wading along the banks of rivers and lochs. Our waters are being heavily poached right now by unscrupulous anglers fishing with methods that kill all fish. Allowing controlled fishing would protect our waters.
  • Posted by Keith27 May 09, 2020 at 09:24

    It makes no sense to continue the angling lockdown. I can travel 10 miles from the city to the river spend all day social distancing but at 20 metres ! and that’s if I actually see anyone.
    At present I have to walk crowded streets and parks trying to keep 2 metres away from people.!!!!
    A lockdown is sensible only if it makes sense.
  • Posted by Dave_H May 09, 2020 at 09:31

    I agree.

    Angling is another example of solo or small group outdoor activity that should be allowed as it poses no risk to others.

    People need to see at least some restrictions being lifted so they know the government is listening and making sensible decisions to make the situation more bearable. If they see that they are more likely to continue to support the restrictions that remain in place to prevent things that have real risk.
  • Posted by CarrieFortune May 09, 2020 at 10:53

    Totally agree. I am being told I can’t fish and the river runs past my house I can fish from my garden and have a permit. Seems crazy!
  • Posted by Thomson May 09, 2020 at 11:08

    I agree with the above . I Iive in a village beside the river Spey , where I can walk or cycle to the river and the rules of the local Anging club , where I am a member , is you need to be at least 40 yards apart from any other fisherman and that is if anyone else is on the river.
     It is a solitary pastime where it is not only good exercise and healthy but also excellent for your mental well being . There is nothing more calming than only hearing the river and the sound of the local birds and wildlife to keep all things in perspective.
    Common sense needs to prevail for the well being of everyone.
    Posted by Thomas .
  • Posted by Jpsheard May 09, 2020 at 11:32

    Salmon fishing by locals is risk free as its easy to have zero contact with anyone else therefor no risk of infection and is a safe activity therefore should not put NHS at risk either
  • Posted by VincentAEMellon May 09, 2020 at 12:30

    What do you not understand about Global pandemic or 30,000 dead. It's not about your pastime. If your looking for something to do you can join the mainly teenage volunteers in our hospitals fighting to keep down the spread of covid-19 and the number of people dying. Your call.
  • Posted by saddleworth2 May 09, 2020 at 16:22

    Angling should be one of the first relaxation of controls. It is simple to self distance and stay safe both on rivers and lochs. We shouldn't forget that in many cases, angling is a business and fisheries and beats are currently closed without any income and in my view this is totally unnecessary. As a sport, angling is one of the very best for mental health. If a 'distance from home' control requires to be maintained please make it reasonable as many fisheries lie outwith urban areas. 60 miles or so should suffice.
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