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Gaining permission to fish a water?

Post  J Robinson on Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:57 pm

Does anyone have any tips for approaching owners of waters for gaining permission to fish?

There is a fairly large water not too far from here and I think I have an idea who owns it, though why this particular company would own the water in the setting it's in is beyond me. It's a stunning lake, encircled in reed beds, looks fairly shallow (not an ex-quarry or anything like that) and rich in life. I can't imagine that it wouldn't hold pike and I'd bet that at the size it is (with no angling pressure) that it would hold some monsters too.

It would only be fishable by boat really, so there is that hurdle too. I'm sure some of you have been in similar situations and any advice would be appreciated. I'm a damned respectful angler, and you would naturally never know I'd fished a water in terms of litter/damage etc, but in some people's opinions, pike anglers have a tarnished reputation around here for leaving a mess.

I'm quite keen to find a good pike water not too far from here, and as I have a good boat, this would be ideal.


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Post  lowdouble on Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:30 am

Be polite and honest, and take a bottle of malt whisky along with you lol. always make a point about hating litter left on the bank and how you love solitude and peace and quiet. works fine for me☺
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Post  J Robinson on Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:08 am

lowdouble wrote:Be polite and honest,  and take a bottle of malt whisky along with you lol.   always make a point about hating litter left on the bank and how you love solitude and peace and quiet.  works fine for me☺

Litter is my number one hate too. I told off a couple of anglers on Thursday at the coarse fishery as they were about to move pegs and left crisp packets. A reservoir I tried a few years back for pike had so much litter that I collected 2 bin bags from 100 yards of bank. It's sickening.

The loch in question is absolutely stunning and I'm convinced it holds big pike. Lots of reedy bays, highly eutrophicated with what I reckon is a high population of prey fish. I think at 25 acres, it's large enough to have the potential to hold a thirty. As I said though, only fishable by boat, which I think possibly makes gaining access more tricky. I do much prefer boat fishing though.

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Post  lowdouble on Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:32 am

It sounds like you could be on a great water soon Very Happy I love boat fishing, bank angling is great but the freedom to move swims all the time is a boats greatest asset. Good luck.
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Post  stubbo on Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:55 am

over the years I have tried to gain access to some nice quite out of the way waters , but to no avail , they normally belong to a syndicate of sorts or one guy who owns it and fishes it once a year , and wont let anybody else near the place ,
or a company of sorts own it but wont let anybody on .ie public liability insurance....
usually if you have not seen anybody fishing it chances are you cant .....good luck , no harm in trying Very Happy
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Post  J Robinson on Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:29 am

No one fishes the water as far as I know. That can often be the case in Scotland though as most people fish for trout and if there aren't trout, they aren't interested. Additionally, as it's largely inaccessible from the bank, it's likely that fishing it would be tricky except for from a boat.

Public liability is easy to sort out - I'm insured to the hilt with work anyway (run a sawmill, when I'm not skiving off fishing).

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Post  stubbo on Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:01 am

J Robinson wrote:No one fishes the water as far as I know. That can often be the case in Scotland though as most people fish for trout and if there aren't trout, they aren't interested. Additionally, as it's largely inaccessible from the bank, it's likely that fishing it would be tricky except for from a boat.

Public liability is easy to sort out - I'm insured to the hilt with work anyway (run a sawmill, when I'm not skiving off fishing).
sound s good pal go for it Very Happy
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Post  mal wynne on Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:14 pm

you could maybe use the tactic that I,ve used , and point out that you being there fishing is a bit of free security as you would be a pair of eyes and ears to stop undesirables getting on the loch, a bottle of whiskey won,t do any harm to your chances I,m sure too, good luck anyway Smile

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Post  J Robinson on Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:22 pm

mal wynne wrote:you could maybe use the tactic that I,ve used , and point out that you being there fishing is a bit of free security as you would be a pair of eyes and ears to stop undesirables getting on the loch, a bottle of whiskey won,t do any harm to your chances I,m sure too, good luck anyway Smile

A good angle that (pun intended) and could have mileage. A very good friend works for the Forestry Commission that own much of the adjacent land, so I have a useful in with the company that owns the lake.

I need to head up and have a proper wander around the lake to see what shows, have a chat to nearby residents and figure out where to launch the boat from. I shall report back with progress Very Happy

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Post  psion on Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:48 pm

I have done this a lot over the years and have gained access to some very good waters. I have found that a face to face
conversation is best if you can. I know that it does not always work but fishing a new water that's not been fished before
is great.

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Post  J Robinson on Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:55 pm

Some progress:

Turns out the company that used to own the water were liquidated last year, but the chap that owned the company is a guy that I have spoken to a few times over the phone through work. He now runs a biomass company and me being a sawmill owner, I produce an awful lot of biomass as a by product of milling.

So, I'm hoping that the fact that I know the chap is sufficient, but I can bribe with copious amounts of biomass should I need to. And if he no longer owns the water, then I am sure that he knows who does.

I'm going up at the weekend for a scout about. Trying not to get my hopes up too much, but I think it might be outstanding. The satellite imagery shows that it's mostly fairly shallow with lots of contour changes on the bottom (water is quite clear). That combines with acres and acres of reed/weed beds should mean loads of prey fish and consequently large pike.

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Post  stubbo on Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:14 pm

J Robinson wrote:Some progress:

Turns out the company that used to own the water were liquidated last year, but the chap that owned the company is a guy that I have spoken to a few times over the phone through work. He now runs a biomass company and me being a sawmill owner, I produce an awful lot of biomass as a by product of milling.

So, I'm hoping that the fact that I know the chap is sufficient, but I can bribe with copious amounts of biomass should I need to. And if he no longer owns the water, then I am sure that he knows who does.

I'm going up at the weekend for a scout about. Trying not to get my hopes up too much, but I think it might be outstanding. The satellite imagery shows that it's mostly fairly shallow with lots of contour changes on the bottom (water is quite clear). That combines with acres and acres of reed/weed beds should mean loads of prey fish and consequently large pike.
sound perfect for a delicately cast fly type lure into reeded shallows sounds good pal , I bet know one has cast a fly for pike on there before, you could be on to a winner there, hope it all works out.....
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Post  J Robinson on Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:35 pm

stubbo wrote:
J Robinson wrote:Some progress:

Turns out the company that used to own the water were liquidated last year, but the chap that owned the company is a guy that I have spoken to a few times over the phone through work. He now runs a biomass company and me being a sawmill owner, I produce an awful lot of biomass as a by product of milling.

So, I'm hoping that the fact that I know the chap is sufficient, but I can bribe with copious amounts of biomass should I need to. And if he no longer owns the water, then I am sure that he knows who does.

I'm going up at the weekend for a scout about. Trying not to get my hopes up too much, but I think it might be outstanding. The satellite imagery shows that it's mostly fairly shallow with lots of contour changes on the bottom (water is quite clear). That combines with acres and acres of reed/weed beds should mean loads of prey fish and consequently large pike.
sound perfect for a delicately cast fly type lure into reeded shallows  sounds good pal , I bet know one has cast a fly for pike on there before, you could be on to a winner there, hope it all works out.....

Funny you should say that but I was in the tackle shop today contemplating a foray into the dark side (fly fishing). I'm still not sure if I can be bothered with the faff of the casting. I've such a nice spinning set up and my deadbait rods are awesome!

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Post  stubbo on Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:20 am

J Robinson wrote:
stubbo wrote:
J Robinson wrote:Some progress:

Turns out the company that used to own the water were liquidated last year, but the chap that owned the company is a guy that I have spoken to a few times over the phone through work. He now runs a biomass company and me being a sawmill owner, I produce an awful lot of biomass as a by product of milling.

So, I'm hoping that the fact that I know the chap is sufficient, but I can bribe with copious amounts of biomass should I need to. And if he no longer owns the water, then I am sure that he knows who does.

I'm going up at the weekend for a scout about. Trying not to get my hopes up too much, but I think it might be outstanding. The satellite imagery shows that it's mostly fairly shallow with lots of contour changes on the bottom (water is quite clear). That combines with acres and acres of reed/weed beds should mean loads of prey fish and consequently large pike.
sound perfect for a delicately cast fly type lure into reeded shallows  sounds good pal , I bet know one has cast a fly for pike on there before, you could be on to a winner there, hope it all works out.....
its just another way of catching pike to me , once you have mastered the casting its very enjoyable , plus the upside you don't need a lot of gear and can be very mobile , and when I pike takes your fly/lure on the surface... its heart stopping, my biggest pike on the fly to date is 16lb and rainbows to 15lb

Funny you should say that but I was in the tackle shop today contemplating a foray into the dark side (fly fishing). I'm still not sure if I can be bothered with the faff of the casting. I've such a nice spinning set up and my deadbait rods are awesome!
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