Anglers use net to get fish on line

CCTV and the internet are helping anglers catch sea trout in the River Towy in Wales.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  September 2, 2002

CCTV and the internet are helping anglers catch sea trout in the River Towy in Wales.

The Towy is regarded as one of the best sea trout rivers in Europe, with anglers paying up to £100 to spend the day fishing. Now they will have an even better chance of making a catch as CCTV and sensors will be used to discover the location of fish. These results will then be posted on the Carmarthen Fishermen’s Federation web site.

“We will be able to find out when and where the fish are travelling at their greatest density. There is no doubt it will help. We will know the days when they don’t travel, so we won’t have to spend all night fishing in vain,” Tony Stephens, a local angler who has fished on the Towy for 25 years, told The Times.

The cameras will also be used by Britain’s Environment Agency to measure the number of sea trouts in the river, as well as other rare species such as shad, lamprey and otters.

Anglers though denied that the cameras would make fishing any easier.

“The knowledgeable fishermen will already know the optimum times to go,” Stephens added.

“They know which fish swim in high and low water and when to catch them. Visiting fishermen would not have this information, and so the data will be helpful to them,” he continued.

Garth Roberts, secretary of Carmarthen Fishermen’s Federation, also said that “the cameras are not intended to make fishing easier. But they will show where and when the fish are running.”

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