The problem is (let's take NF as an example modern water) todays waters and stocking levels mean that as well as catching smaller fish on the float you stand more than a good chance of catching something larger.
The question then becomes what size tackle should I use?
If you go light you will still have fun catching the small stuff but will also stand a good chance of missing out of the larger ones through hook pulls and broken hook lengths etc.
If you go too heavy you'll catch the bigger stuff but then the smaller stuff becomes a case of just reeling in and is no fun at all.
It's trying to get the balance right. Remember it's a sport so the opposition (in this case the fish) need to stand a chance of winning.
There's no easy answer except maybe where the maximum size is known a rule stating the maximum hook size and line strength can be given.
This will stop people fishing with inappropriate tackle.
I see the point and agree somewhat, but policing these rules is very rarely practical, in order to do so you would have to go to every angler every day, you would also have to ask anglers to take rods out of the water to check the hooks.
All this has been said and heard before, and there is no real evidence it works.
On another note you should basically have an idea of the fish size and type you are going for and tackle up accordingly, what size hook or line to use is an age old problem.
Visited Chit' yesterday evening as I have had no chance to fish yet. One thing is for sure everyone was catching and catching a lot of fish. Looks like there has been some water vegetation planting notably on the recently scalped island. That should help water quality and the look of the place. The fish were all over the surface and those with floating crust were clearing up.
Don't know if it would work but has anybody considered using a petrol operated pump to aireate the water thus allowing a better transfer of oxygen/carbon dioxide. just a thought because chit is very highly stocked & at times they are possibly struggling with the lack of disolved oxygen.
Thanks Aigy. I must apologise because to date I have not noticed a pump. Regarding fish deaths I must say that on the few occasions I have fished chittenden recently, I caught a number of carp & all but one (manky mouth)have been in pretty good condition. In addition I personally haven't seen any dead or dying fish.