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Been fishing for about 20 years and had to produce my licence several times.
The first time was when my bro in law was visiting (keen angler) and I took him down to the canal near Tring, after awhile he persuaded me to have a go and tackled up his spare rod.
I moved to the next peg and attempted to cast, tie hooks etc without much success.
The guy on the next peg watched me for about 15 mins then came up and said, I am the water bailiff, not much point in asking to see your licence then, no I said first time I have tried to fish.
He spent 1/2 hour with me showing me what to do then as he left he said, if you decide to take it up make sure you buy a licence.
Had a licence for 52 years been asked to produce it many times but not recent.
Setting off to fish the Gowna and Arva festivals in Ireland on Saturday.
I have. 49 now, been fishing since i was around seven or eight and have been checked about half a dozen times or so, including once on a CL with it's own fishing lake in Linclonshire
Got a license for this season but haven't used it in anger yet
I always work on the principle of sods law have been fishing since I was very young probably about 7 went with my dad always bought a licence I am now 58 never been asked for my licence but guess the first time I didn't buy a licence I would get caught but then it would never enter my head not to buy as I think its good value for the pleasure it gives me tight lines as they say
Yeah me. I took up fishing when I was 17 and on my second outing on a reservoir I got busted by the local bailif for not having a licence or permit. He took all my gear and prosecuted me!
It was just some remote lake in the dales (or so I thought). I didn't even think I needed a licence.
I got one though and they used to frequently check on the Tees.
Haven't been fishing for year though now
I'm only a 'holiday' angler and have been asked twice for my licence.
I must have that shifty look about me!
Yes I took up fishing when I was about 6/7 am 62 this year also never been asked.
Even when fishing for eels in the close season and the river board where cleaning the dykes in which we where fishing.
You try and report somebody for netting in the river, nobody wants to know.
42 years and counting.
In 1971 I took up fishing. As a law-abiding citizen I bought a rod licence. I buy a new licence every year. This year's licence is my 42nd. In all those years I have never, ever, not once been asked to produce this licence. Can anyone else beat 42 years?