Completely agree, and nice kayak, btw. Where are you fishing, there?
I couldn't agree more. These are the jetski fraternity who can't afford the fuel! For mass events such as those illustrated by the white water rafts and kayak rally in Scotland - this should be seen as an opportunity - WHAT! I hear you cry...oh yes. They are going to win, simply through weight of numbers, just like the Kinder Scout mass trespass did. BUT, if it could be argued about the upkeep costs and they were having to PAY for their access - as in pay towards the upkeep of the eroded river banks, the parking places churned to mud through the weight of their camper vans and cars with trailers, then every one of those of those paying £10 a day would soon boost the coffers of flagging angling finances.
I agree with the sentiments about loss of quietude - but the pressure for more people to be able to enjoy those privilidges is greater than ever and trying to maintain the Bourgeoise situation of it is only available to a very privilidged minority will not last and really cannot be defended. Besides, if they got their act together and got 10,000 kayaks for a mass descent - what you going to do, arrest them all?
People need to work together, not become antagonistic. Education of the dmage to the conservation efforts by giving talks - not to fishing clubs, but to canoe clubs. Embrace them and work with them, I think you will find they are very much like you and I, who love the outdoors and if they knew they were doing damage to endangered species, they would be mortified. They might ask for evidence - that is where the scientific evidence comes in.
As regards my kayak fishing exploits: I would like to think that I also present an opportunity to fishing clubs to gain extra revenue by selling additional tickets to anglers able to fish the otherwise unfishable stretches of river. Kayak anglers are anglers too don't forget, I don't want to disturb others any more than I want them to disturb me. Kayak only stretches - the wasted bits that all overgrown with willows and alders and have no bank access, those are the bits a kayak angler will fish. The clear banks - I will fish them from the bank because it is easier and more comfortable! Thankfully, there are fisheries who have recognised this and are welcoming kayak anglers, including trout fisheries: Esthwaite, Toft Newton, a little one in N. Wales near Chester somewhere that I have forgotten the name of, Wimbleball, Roadford, Llangorse, Bala and the bigger rivers such as the Dee, Trent, Severn, Avon, Yorkshire Ouse, Wye!! There are some big pike in the Wye that I would love a chance at.
Why is it I only encounter reticence in England and Wales, but in Scotland I am welcomed. In England and Wales fisheries that allow fishing from a tube and boats won't allow a kayak...why? They are far more seaworthy than any of the boats I have ever been in on any reservoir or fishery. I would love to see any of those boats beam on in a 6 foot building wave - this is 12 miles out, sharking and sat side saddle.
So don't tell me they are not safe - that coming from people who argue you don't need to wear a lifejacket or kill cord!!!!! Look at the safety gear we carry routinely, as in would NOT launch without: drysuit, pfd, vhf, flares, compass, GPS, torch.
But the prejudice against the use of the oldest fishing vessel in the world continues!