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Is poor quality bait killing our coarse fisheries?


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Irate ex-fishery owner thinks it’s time to take a stance on poor quality bait as fish kills rise around the country. Trade rallies support...


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The Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox, with Simon Pomeroy


Can anyone tell me another occupation where ‘livestock’ live in such a delicate environment as water, the water being the ‘air’ they breathe, and fish live within?” asks Pallatrax’s Simon Pomeroy. “Take that one step further. Livestock are the ‘glue’ to the modern carp industry, yet we don’t monitor or regulate what they are being ‘fed’ by anglers at an alarming rate. “Just think, if you had a herd of prime cows, you would know exactly what they were being fed, always be on top of their health and appreciating this was a MUST to protect your business. So why is that not the case in much of the modern approach within fishery management and fish care?”


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Simon talks from experience. As an ex-fishery owner he’s been there and done that – and faced the worst case scenario of a large fish kill. Something he was told to bury, and quick! “Even as naïve as I was back in


the day, burying a load of dead fish was not the answer I was looking for. I called the Environment Agency and CEFAS – both groups responded quickly but the truth was they couldn’t help. With over 180 carp dead; my business affected and the mental anguish indescribable. But what had I done wrong? I believed it was me that had failed here, but how?” After much soul searching, Simon believes he found the answer. “I can’t answer for others, but


when I had that awful ‘Eureka’ moment it hit me like a stone. I had a fish kill. Water quality was compromised, and I wasn’t looking, or hadn’t been looking at the makeup of the huge volumes of bait my busy fishery saw, week in week out.” “I think the thing that rammed this home was seeing a now defunct mass production bait company selling boilies at stupidly low prices. I was seeing it on the banks and it was obvious the quality was poor, but the anglers were buying it because it was so cheap. I just viewed it as false economy knowing that a quality bait always out-fished a poor quality one.” And it’s what happens to uneaten poor quality bait that Simon believes is


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