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View Poll Results: Have You Had Your EA Licence Checked
Yes,in the last 12 months 17 12.88%
Yes,in the last 2 years 23 17.42%
Yes,in the last 5 years 34 25.76%
No,I have never been asked for my EA licence 58 43.94%
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Old 07-06-2017, 09:18
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I was fishing on the navigable Trent last october when a semi rigid inflatable containing 2 EA bailiffs came down the river.They moored about 20 metres upstream of me and one of them got out of the boat,walked down to me and checked my licence.
I thought at the time what a good idea it was enabling them to cover large areas of the river in a short time,much more efficient than walking miles of river bank.
I got into conversation with him,he was a decent informative chap and told me that the EA were having a crackdown on licence evasion and they had caught quite a few anglers fishing without a licence when using the boat to patrol the river.
It made me wonder how many other anglers have been checked recently so I have done a poll for our members.
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Old 07-06-2017, 09:22
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Hi men ,

I first fished as a kid on the GUC at Tring , and fished over 50 years since. I bought a license every year , never been asked , not once .


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Old 07-06-2017, 11:04
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I didn't have mine checked last season,(though the EA had been down the bank earlier in the day on two occasions last year.) they walk the bank (3-5 EA) opening day every season near me. The season before license was checked twice, year before that opening day only.
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Old 07-06-2017, 11:19
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The only time I have ever been asked was as a kid - it was a prerequisite for fishing a junior match. I didn't have one, I was about 9 or 10......
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Old 07-06-2017, 16:09
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In 40 odd years ive been fishing i have been only asked twice to show it. Last year on the Arun. It was a Sunday and two blokes approached me. I wasn't until they were within 5 foot of me that they said who they were. To me they looked a bit shady, so my hand was in my bag holding a heavy priest i carry everywhere whilst fishing.
Going by ive only been asked twice, it's even my Camo suit where they can't see me or I've been paying for all these years and needn't have bought a licence.
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Old 07-06-2017, 16:34
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I must look a bit shady, as I have been asked several times in the last few years. Mainly by bailiffs of the club waters I fish, but last year by an EA official.
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Old 07-06-2017, 16:46
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Last check for my license was 2007 at Belmont on the Wye.
Thought they were the bill,... white short sleeved shirts, black strides and stab vests plus tee batons.
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Old 07-06-2017, 21:52
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Varies so much in my opinion, on the Trent where I think there are a few issues then I have my licence checked in about 25% of visits. On some Yorkshire rivers probably 10% of the time, other Yorkshire rivers never. Not had my licence checked when in Wales.
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Old 07-06-2017, 23:21
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Had mine checked on a remote part of Hants Avon at the end of last season - bit of a suprise - first time since the early 80's.
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Old 08-06-2017, 07:31
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Hi men ,

I first fished as a kid on the GUC at Tring , and fished over 50 years since. I bought a license every year , never been asked , not once .


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That's because the could never find you Hat ....Me? plenty of times, on average once every two years or so.
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