Down town Dumpton, on the Isle of Thanet, South Thanet if you please? We'll be at the centre of the universe as interest in this next "General Election" gains momentum. Nigel Farage UKIP v's Al Murray - The Pub Landlord FUKP - and we're supposed to take politics and politicians seriously? It's worth making the effort to spoil a ballot paper, thus become a statistic, just to let this inept bunch of goons know that I've had it with the whole system of self gratifying, money grabbing, cheating, lying individuals (of which ever political allegiance) who care no more for me, and my requirements, than they do for the constituency as a whole - rant over!
|Common Buzzard, back-lit by the winter sun, directly over the bungalow|
|Dawn on the Worth Marshes - is it just me?|
It is a superb place to watch the sun rise - that I might have a chance of a decent pike is almost secondary?
Is that a Mitchell 300? - you bet!
Eels in Kent - they must be the "commonest" endangered species in the county? They ain't rare - what it is, for far too many of our UK waterways, is the fact that the Water companies have an open license to pump whatever they consider to be treated effluent back into the river systems. Eels are amongst the most pollution intolerant species in our eco-system - any change to the water purity and eel populations will be the first to suffer.A lack of eels in a water, therefore, speaks volumes about water quality whatever the fishery scientists (paid by the Water Companies - surprise, surprise!) have to say about the situation. It would appear that water quality in East and South Kent - where I'm currently fishing - is of an extremely high standard indeed and eels are thriving. What we need is some otters - that'll sort the slimy bleeders out. Immediately barbel anglers up and down the UK are in utter shock. What sort of looney wants otters? - well this one who knows that barbel are only native to five UK rivers, yet are present in at least eighty-two! Illegal stocking of otter food replacement. Barbel are far more pollution resistant than eels, otters preferred food, although high levels of the birth control hormones in a river can have serious limitations on barbel spawning success (ref Lawrence Breakspear and The River Severn)
|A barbel from The River Severn - Hampton Lode|
A superb creature, but not native to the river.
Instead of pointing the finger at a native mammal - start protesting to your local water provider, get them to clean up our rivers to see them return to their former glory, when roach and minnows were a school boys apprenticeship into the wonderful hobby of angling. Get the barbel out of the rivers where they don't belong - and that includes The Kentish Stour! Anyone, but a certified nut-nut, knows that it will never happen and all the dreaming in the world won't turn back time. As I alluded to in my header "am I living the dream, or living in dream-world?" So my thoughts might not be mainstream but, surely, everyone is allowed a dream?