Alone and Free?
Picture the scene: you’re camped out in the middle of nowhere. Well, not nowhere, you’re in Hampshire, England. There’s not a soul around as you unzip your tent and inspect your shimmering rod in the daylight. It’s a fine rod, you think, as you roll it around in your hands. That’s when you grab your box of trusty white bread – which you will use as bait – and open it and someone nearby says “I don’t think so.”
You spin around, a little bewildered. Or, let’s face it, a lot bewildered. You thought you were all alone but hmm…it appears you thought wrong.
Accidentally, and just because you were grappling with your rod, you swing it in the man’s direction. He then tells you to please put the rod away; once you have he launches into a dramatic speech about your bait. You can’t use it, he says.
Now, this may seem rather far-fetched, but according to The Telegraph, it’s completely true. A fishery in Hampshire have banned white bread. Their reason? It’s making the fish get fat.
That’s right, you read correctly: it’s making the fish unhealthy. And it will no longer be tolerated.
Reading the article, you can’t help but wonder what would happen if you waved a McDonald’s cheeseburger in a hungry trout’s general direction. Presumably that would be grounds for a light prison sentence?
Whatever the future of fishing is, it’s definitely causing a ripple among anglers with a love of Diesel Stoke engines – economical, good for getting from lake to lake – and that oh so beloved white bread.
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