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Even on a day off fishing.....
#1
Hi All,
Given the weather was good, I decided to go fishing with my Dad.
A great day, nearly spoilt by an environMENTAList...

From my facebook timeline,
https://www.facebook.com/derek.alker/pos...2633582648?

"Derek Alker
10 April at 12:22 · Edited ·

Just had a wonderful day fishing Coniston water with my father. Yup, caught. It was returned unharmed too. We also were checked by a bailiff... Never seen one before, but no issues as we have licenses, and were only using approved techniques and baits. HOWEVER, he did try to spoil my day...

I asked the environment agency officer if the perch population had recovered yet in lake Windermere, after a massive die off a few years back due to a mystery virus. He said yes, but not to previous levels.

Lake Windermere was farmed for perch during WW2, there were perch canning factories.. Consequently until the late 1980s, and into the 1990s the lake had a massive perch population. Great for fishing. Unfortunately, given such an unnatural "balance" nature did what she sometimes does, she restored balance with a massive execution. A virus / disease almost completely wiped out the perch population. The shore of the lake, particularly the northern end, was simply perch corpses, about a 3 to 4 foot wide band, around almost the whole of the 10 mile long lake shore.

The Officer then continued that, Windermere now has a large and growing roach population, that it did not have before (I have to wonder if Windermere always has had a roach population, but it was kept quite small, almost unnoticeable by the large numbers of more aggressive perch). The Officer continued that they now have 20 to 30 years of very comprehensive data showing that Windermere has warmed a little. He did not say how much. I asked was it half a degree, or a full degree Celsius? He said, less than that, but it does prove global warming.... AND, Windermere proved it, according to the officer because of the increasing Roach numbers too. His reasoning was that the small measured warming was enough to tip the balance in favour of roach accidentally introduced to Windermere by anglers (using them as live bait for pike) over perch.

So, according to the environmental agency officer for the south of Cumbria, due to man made global warming Lake Windermere has a large and growing roach population, that it did not have before. He did not explain WHY such a small warming had tipped the balance so much in favour of roach, as compared to perch...

I simply replied, "That's bollocks".

I was not going to let this "officer" spoil my day. I said no more, and so he left...

Now I am home I will vent a little. That Global warming environMENTAL "officer", believes so much in failed computer predictions that he is simply , and grossly misinterpreting what is observed.

What happened to Lake Windermere's perch population?
It died off due to a virus / disease.
The lake is now recovering and a more balanced fish population is appearing, but in the end, perch will dominate Windermere, as they did before. Simply because they out compete roach.

The environMENTAL agency wants us to think that -
Windermere now has a large and growing (introduced by anglers) roach population it did not have before due to man made global warming.

MENTAL........."

and,
"A quick google search found this pdf...
http://aquaticcommons.org/4631/1/DLeCren.pdf
Excerpt -
"By 1939, the fish population of Windermere consisted of a dense population of perch Perca fluviatilis L., few of which grew larger than 200mm in length, and a moderate population of pike Esox Lucius L. feeding mostly on the perch but also eating charr and trout. There was a moderate population of Arctic charr Salvelinus alpinus L., a small population of brown trout Salmo trutta L. , a few roach Rutilus rutilus in some locations, and numbers of smaller species such as minnow Phoxinux phoxinus L., three-spined stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus L. and bullhead Cottus gobio L . Such was the situation when 'Kay' (Kenneth Radway) Allen studied the food and seasonal migration of the perch (Allen 1935) and the growth, food, seasonal cycle and population of the trout (Allen 1938)."

PROOF, roach have been in Windermere, from way back when...."
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed
(and hence clamorous to be led to safety)
by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H. L. Mencken.  

The hobgoblins have to be imaginary so that
"they" can offer their solutions, not THE solutions.
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#2
I suspect that the small Roach population grew,simply because the main Perch population was badly depleted.

I have a place I can go to,where I should be able to catch 25-50 Perches in less than half a day.

Big Grin
It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies.

–William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1952
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#3
Yup, that is what I was trying to say. A lot less perch means more roach in the mean time.

I am (with my Dad) developing my (our) techniques. 25 / 30 is my aim. BUT, the Lakes are difficult to fish, if you don't own a boat... That's the challenge...

btw - no attachment option, otherwise I would have attached the post as a pdf too?
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed
(and hence clamorous to be led to safety)
by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H. L. Mencken.  

The hobgoblins have to be imaginary so that
"they" can offer their solutions, not THE solutions.
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