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  2. Bill, whilst I agree or largely accept the gist of your last post I must take exception to the DEFRA report Not really, the population was a fraction of what it is today thus probably a great deal less interference from mankind. Secondly I suspect that the natural balance was a great deal more natural then than it ever could be today. Re the fishing, I haven't had the big bream, ten pound plus, this year that I've had over the last few seasons. However I have had more than a few in the three to five pound bracket and I have had some stonking roach fishing, better than for a long time. The pike fishing, now that has deteriorated big time, too many would be pike anglers and not enough fish plus some appalling fishing skills. Re fish moving about, a point well made by Fred. Because you catch in one place one year doesn't mean that you will do so the next year. The same can be said for one week and then the next! Fish do have traditional movement patterns but there are plenty of other factors coming into play.
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  4. Makes you wonder how nature survived until mankind came along and 'controlled' the predatory species.
  5. Bit like being in Scotland, if its not raining, its about to.
  6. I think there is a problem with your argument JM and that is that you talk of "balance" but that is only at any specific moment in time. Your gamekeepers only replaced a previous "balance" with a new "balance." As you say mankind has a lot to answer for, but once you accept that we are responsible for things like organophosphate decimating predator populations, then you can see why many would want to redress the balance. I think that most of us can agree that it is more complex than simply blaming otters for "poor" fishing. DEFRAS report from 2018 on bird populations is interesting. Here's what it says about Wetland species Birds of slow flowing and standing water Birds of slow flowing and standing water have shown the most positive trend, potentially benefitting most from wetland creation; in 2017 the index was 41% higher than in 1975 (Figure 4b) although the smoothed index has shown a 4% decrease in the more recent short-term period between 2011 and 2016. Over the long term there were marked increases in two duck species, mallard and tufted duck; mallard numbers have trebled and tufted duck numbers have increased 92%. The index for coot shows an increase of 64%. However, moorhen and little grebe have declined by almost a third since 1975. On thing I do know about these things, they are really hard to quantify and almost impossible to attribute causation.
  7. Can't put newer than new in and I use duracell, supposed to be the best and since the three bites I've had they just get splattered
  8. JM very well put an excellent representation of the experience of many of us, all species both decline and prosper at times something nature is very good at controlling till man interferes and upsets the balance. As for the fishing the populations are as good now on the broads as they have ever been, just because you cant catch them dosn`t mean they are not there, water conditions play a big factor in their feeding habits with all the current rainfall washing contaminants into the rivers having some effect, not wishing to teach anyone to suck eggs but angling is a skill that requires different approaches under differing circumstances, if all you had to do was chuck a bait in the river it would soon get boring. Fred
  9. Watch out anyone around Prince of Wales Road tonight then!
  10. I respectfully suggest you are not using it correctly or it needs a new battery. We have been using them for 10 years at least and have no problem at all. Great gadgets.
  11. I find a pint glass will usually fit over most spiders, but sometimes it is a close call we found one in the utility room sink a few weeks ago, I ended up having to use a vase type pint pot with the larger rim to go over that one, normally I just catch them in my hand, but I was a bit wary of that one. Regards Alan
  12. Got one, useless, not enough power
  13. I used to be terrified of them too but nearly 40 years of boating has, to a large extent, cured me. I wouldn’t be without our Lakeland Spidercatcher though, we have them at home and one on the boat. No need to get too near the blighter, just suck it up into the tube, replace the bung and deposit on the riverbank or wherever when possible. Also useful for flies, wasps, moths etc etc. We don’t kill any living insects (apart from mosquitoes as they’re nasty vicious things) as we think they all have their functions in life. I notice Lakeland aren’t doing them anymore but these are similar: https://www.thebestthingsdirect.co.uk/bug--buster----vacuum-spider-catcher-8174-p.asp?gclid=Cj0KCQjwuZDtBRDvARIsAPXFx3CN3SdETLqVva1xBCPymBkqkh4iXSogGBQ9q9kLaFAqP9T4U8nxQ48aApdvEALw_wcB
  14. "Stop hooking me out of the water, when all I want is to feed and be left alone"
  15. Neither Katie or myself are lovers of the eight legged beasts , tried various methods of keeping them at bay , even purchased some “spider away spray” which was rubbish , then at a May NBN the wonderful Pauline (Polly) mentioned to Kate that the best way to deal with one was to don a marigold glove and simply pick it up and cast overboard , all I can say is thank you thank you !!!! works wonderfully, amazing that a thin rubber layer removes all the phobia and allows us to deal with spiders simply and efficiently
  16. Fair comment but perhaps not so relevant as it might be, let me explain. I well remember when game-keepers controlled otters, pike, fox, jays, indeed most predatory species. Okay, so it was done in the name of 'sport' but it had gone on for generations and the so called balance of nature evolved around that control. Regretfully that balance has now been wholly upset, due to mankind's continued intervention. As a kid I saw marshes and rivers teeming with wildlife and waterfowl. In recent years I have seen marsh harriers decimating the nests of ground nesting birds, both out on open marshland and along the rhond. As an angler out on the bank I have seen both fox and otters feeding from nests, destroying both eggs and taking the young. Years ago there were literally tens of thousands of coot and moorhens, enough to feed the guns of the marshmen in their punts but also enough to sustain natural losses to what predation there was at that time. That balance has undeniably been upset. It doesn't matter who was here first but it does matter as to whom is here today. The release of both otters and mink has been a substantial own goal by animal rights activists and avid, often unthinking conservationists. The return of marsh harriers is to be welcomed on many counts but it has come at an unpleasant cost to other species. Poorly controlled dogs and feral cats have also added to the problem, as has tree loss in domestic gardens. Mankind, often well meaning, has a lot to answer for!
  17. "Stop pulling me out of the Bl##dy Water"
  18. It actually stopped raining for all of ten minutes Griff
  19. See Anyone Afloat This Weekend 26/5/19
  20. to the forum, I would have welcomed you earlier, but am out on the broads for lads week, yes it's raining but we don't care, we are having a good time.
  21. We actually left at 9.30, breakfast on the move, we are now at Norwich yacht station, some are off shopping, others will be hitting the showers. We are here for the day now, so pubs or cinema tonight or other entertainment.
  22. What is "natural" is a subject that can be debated until the cows come home but its worth remembering this: Otters re-colonised the British Isles after the last Ice Age, and they were widespread across the whole landmass during much of the intervening 10,000 years. More recently, otters were present throughout Great Britain in the early 1950s, but from the mid-1950s to late 1970s there was a dramatic decline. This mirrored what was happening across much of Europe. The decline occurred across Scotland, England and Wales, but it was most dramatic in England. By the late 1970s the only healthy populations were in parts of Scotland, although small populations remained in Wales and northern and south- western England. From The Angling Trust website If Otters could speak I think they might say, "We were here first and were doing just fine until you poisoned us."
  23. It is a wonder to me that the Zander has never reached The Broads given the close proximity to the drains it which it was originally let go. As a species it seems to have spread all over the country but not to the next river system in the county of it's release.
  24. Only ever saw cormorants on Breydon Water in the 60's. Now they're the bird I predominately see EVERYWHERE! Why? Because we bottom drag-trawled their traditional feeding grounds. Man is the major cause of nature imbalance. If man disappeared, nature would find it's own balance. It wouldn't necessarily be the one humans would like or appreciate, but it would be a long-term overall balance of predator and prey.
  25. Welcome to the forum Travelman. Martham get all hands to the pump as it were to get their boats through the bridge. When I was at Potter one Saturday very recently, boats were being brought through by the staff with many bodies (not literally!) on board. They seem to have it down to a fine art. Might be a good idea to pick up the phone and chat the possibilities through with the boatyard? Hope you manage to sort something out and enjoy you trip.
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