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key. We’ve all heard stories of rotting bait popping up on the surface at certain times of year. Imagine what affect this is having on the water. “Research over the years has seen me identify that there are a lot of bulking agents and synthetics used in areas of the bait market with no research whatsoever done into the impact on either water quality or biomass health (including the fish) when such huge volumes of such enter enclosed water systems. “In fact even today I hear rumours of boilies that are made up of very cheap bulking agents - flour which is then combined with 30% of liquid preservatives and binding agents – lately I hear Arabic Gum is being used! Fishery reports that these kind of baits, which have no food value, just sit and rot – surely in such volume this can only lead to the fouling of the water quality and the subsequent management issues this results in?” “If my fishery was seeing around 15 tons a year of unregulated product going into the waters, what is the amount across the thousands of fisheries and water courses in this country alone? We’re talking many thousands of tons and is it all the right quality without any form of regulation? “I have spoken to both the Angling


Trust and the Environmental Agency historically, but they just don’t seem to be phased by the facts. The Environment Agency have turned down my offers of a personal meeting and my concerns have reached the stage where only recently I was granted a private audience with the Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox, Cabinet Minister and Attorney General. This man is one of the most powerful in the land and fortunately he only echoed my concerns and will be raising them with the Director General at the EA as well as DEFRA – for a start. “As anglers and as an industry, we have a massive duty of care to protect the environment that we fish within and without which we would have no industry. It’s not rocket science but sometimes we can be ‘too close to the baby’ to acknowledge that there are some serious issues to consider, especially when we are faced with increasingly unidentified fish kills each month. “Surely the time is here to question everything and start to understand what unregulated baits are potentially doing and take the necessary action. Ignorance can be no defence. Certainly, regulation is needed at the very least as well as education to the fisheries to start to look at what they allow to be used on their complexes.”


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Bait trade reacts to bait quality issues


Companies already on the case to protect the environment and future of fishing!


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safeguard health. To be a responsible stakeholder in fishing, these regulations are adhered to and all bait fed to fish should be made this way to protect everyone. When commercial fisheries first started and fish stocking levels increased fish health dropped. To combat this issue we developed Swim Stim, a ‘fishery friendly’ low feed pellet also designed to boost


fish kill for whatever reason is very sad and we agree it’s important that all of us, including bait companies, to safeguard fish and fisheries for the future of angling. To be a correct bait company you require a licence from the UK Animal & Plant Health Agency (Dynamite Number 32/164/8000ABP/TEC), often printed on the back of pack. Also the European regulationEC 797/2009 ‘Placing on the market for the use of feed’ only allows ingredients from an ‘approved feed register’ regulating what is classed as feed for animals to


the immune system but still keep fish interested. Overtime we saw fish health improve. In certain conditions bait volume restrictions would definitely be a good thing, but this depends on water quality, volume and temperature etc. Water quality is always the key to success and a positive step would be to engage the services of a fishery consultant such as Bruno Broughton who will provide good solid advice and help manage such situations.


Daryl Hodges Dynamite Bait


fishing reasons, and do not think about the long-term consequences for the lakes and rivers. We produce our bait the opposite way, softer and much more digestible. When using a throwing stick for baiting, apply longer air-drying time and hark hookbaits for the fishing when using our baits. In the production of our products we use organic ingredients


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e produce our Baits to be attractive to the carp and give them a healthy diet which enables them to grow to their full potential. Our Baits are designed to breakdown rapidly in the water and being full of natural ingredients they will not harm our waterways. The costs increase with manufacturing bait this way, but we know this is the future. In Europe one of the problems we have is the rock-hard baits made with cheaper ingredients and binders that do not break down and will stay many months on the lake bed. Most European anglers like this due to


whenever we can, and this way we can affect nature and the environment the right way, both with what we produce and what goes into the water, but also what we buy before production. We are a very proactive and energy conscious company producing everything with green power from wind turbines in Denmark. We believe this is the mindset needed for other businesses to change their ways and the anglers will follow.


Regards Brian Westergaard NorthernBaits.com


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