Anglers slammed for risking their lives to save fish

A FORMER member of the Urmston Angling Association condemned anglers who risked their lives by jumping into Duttons Pond to break ice and save thousands of fish suffocating underneath it.

Former secretary of the association Stan Olive said: “Carp usually go and live in the mud during the winter months, so there aren’t very many deaths. We usually break the ice near the bank, but it’s very silly to walk in to the river. I have never heard of anyone wading in to a freezing river to break the ice in the fifty years I’ve been angling.”

He spoke out after a report this week revealed that three men risked hypothermia by staying in the freezing water for hours, smashing away the ice with axes. Paramedics were called to revive one of the men when he passed out after spending just 20 minutes in the water.

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9:56am Sat 23 Jan 10

angler44 says...

A member of Urmston Angling association for many years,i must inform the public that are not in the know,that the angling club are to blame for this disaster just as much as the very bad weather we have had.Duttons pond has had a very bad Silt problem for years,which has reduced the depth of the water year after year.The fact that it only averages a few feet deep combined with the fact that it had upto ten inches of ice on it,totally reduces the oxygen level for the fish.
The club were told by the enviroment agency five years ago to reduce the vastly over populated fish stock for the size of the water.The pond needed digging out back to it's original depth,which would of given the carp a chance,non of the small fish have died due to their size and need of the amount of oxygen a large carp would need.I personally fish on waters smaller than Duttons pond that have not had one fish die,but this is due to correct stocking levels for size of water.Smashing the ice on any water should seriously be avoided,as this just adds to the stress the fish are already under.
A member of Urmston Angling association for many years,i must inform the public that are not in the know,that the angling club are to blame for this disaster just as much as the very bad weather we have had.Duttons pond has had a very bad Silt problem for years,which has reduced the depth of the water year after year.The fact that it only averages a few feet deep combined with the fact that it had upto ten inches of ice on it,totally reduces the oxygen level for the fish. The club were told by the enviroment agency five years ago to reduce the vastly over populated fish stock for the size of the water.The pond needed digging out back to it's original depth,which would of given the carp a chance,non of the small fish have died due to their size and need of the amount of oxygen a large carp would need.I personally fish on waters smaller than Duttons pond that have not had one fish die,but this is due to correct stocking levels for size of water.Smashing the ice on any water should seriously be avoided,as this just adds to the stress the fish are already under. angler44
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