ANGRY match anglers got together to confront suspected poachers that they spotted in action at the same venue.
The carp poachers were caught red-handed stamping on carp that they wanted to eat, at a prime Nottinghamshire fishery.
The carp poachers, believed to be Romanian, were swiftly ejected from Mansfieldâs Shirebrook Minersâ Welfare AC water Sookholme Ponds.
Club bailiff Des Hallam explained the full story to Angler’s Mail.
âI wasnât on the water at the time, but a local club called Maid Marion had hired one of our three ponds for a match,” said Des.
“They noticed some anglers chucking fish back into the water roughly, and then the angler nearest them spotted one stamping on a carp of about 4 lb.
âAfter the match had finished, all of the anglers decided to go over to these guys, to confront them about their behaviour.
“And thatâs when they found a black plastic bag with three dead carp in it.
âThey took the carp from them and chucked them off the lake.
âA Facebook post about the incident went viral, but had to be taken down, as it prompted too much racial abuse,â Des added.
Club secretary Martin Wilkinson added: âAs far as Iâm aware, the incident wasnât reported to the Environment Agency or the Police.
“Past experiences have left us with no confidence in either of them.
âI can recall one time when a Polish guy thought it was acceptable to kill fish and take them away.
“Fortunately, a member saw him and fetched me. I took one dead carp off him and sent him on his way. He hasnât been back.
âWe have also had incidents of baited lines being staked out on the bank, and have found tethered fish, some alive and some dead.
âWe have a membership and do sell day tickets on the bank.
âThey had three dead carp of between 2 and 4 lb in a bag, which were taken off them, and they were ejected from the fishery,â Martin concluded.
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