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The number of sab groups including angling in their activities is increasing. On
the whole anglers are less likely to get pleasure out of the suffering they
cause than hunters and enjoy instead the mindlessness of outwitting a fish into
impaling itself on a hook, they don't tend to be inherently violent. This is a
bonus if you are a small group, as you can sab more anglers than you might want
to confront if they were all blood crazed terrier boys. The other thing about
sabbing angling, is that it can form a satisfying end to a day, after dealing
with a hound pack.
A number of different tactics have so far been effectively employed:
1. One of the best has got to be the use of a canoe or rowing boat to
make the anglers pull their lines in and disturb the fish. They may not even
realise you're sabbing them, unless you've got a purple mohican.
2. The fish can be disturbed by throwing medium-sized stones in the water
- not huge rocks as they may stun the fish through vibrations in the water.
3. Standing behind anglers, having a noisy chat about how many they've
caught, can cause a shadow, disturbing the fish.
Pre-feeding is not now thought to be a good idea, because unless huge
quantities of groundbait are used in an area, you will just be doing the
anglers job for them by attracting fish and encouraging them to feed.
Additionally, the huge amounts of food needed may well not be eaten and will
rot, causing pollution.
There are a number of things that can be done to sab matches, which are
described in the HSA Tactics booklet or on a fact sheet available from the
Abolition of Angling. We also want to hear about any new ideas for tactics and
what's going on in different areas, so please do get in contact.
The angling fraternity are getting worried about the reducing numbers of
people, especially youngsters, taking up their pastime and have responded by
organising a pro-angling week from 22nd to 30th August 1992. The idea of the
week is to involve as many of the public as possible and get more media
endorsement of angling. The week opens with a celebrity angling match in the
Leicester area with lots of other things promised. it's a perfect opportunity to
get active and make these animal abusers realise what they're up against.
Pisces (Campaign for the Abolition of Angling)
BM Fish, London,
Telephone:01792 464 176 Pager:04325 607 389.
not check out the Pisces
web site for more info.
Reproduced from HOWL (No 49, Summer 92) - magazine of the Hunt Saboteurs
PO Box 5254, Northampton, UK. NN1 3ZA
Telephone: (+44) 0845
See also : What's
wrong with angling?