Leave it to the Swiss of all people to pass this incredibly stupid piece of legislation. I expect this shit from the French.

Swiss Government to Ban Catch and Release Fishing

Under new legislation outlined by the Bundesrat - the Swiss Federal Parliament - catch and release fishing will be banned in Switzerland beginning next year. It was also revealed this week that Swiss anglers will have to demonstrate their expertise by taking a course on humane methods of catching fish.

The new legislation states that fish caught should be killed immediately following their capture, with a sharp blow to the head from a blunt instrument. Under the new regulations, the use of live bait and barbed hooks is also prohibited except in certain situations.

The laws are scheduled to come into effect in 2009. While the Swiss government does not mention catch and release specifically, it does say that "it is not permitted to go fishing with the 'intention' to release the fish."

EFTTA (European Fishing Tackle Trade Association) lobbyist Jan Kappel has been in contact with Martin Peter, Vice President of the Swiss Angling Federation, to see whether a joint approach to the Swiss government could persuade them to amend the legislation - which forms part of a much wider animal welfare program. The law on the protection of animals was passed by the Swiss parliament in 2005 and officials have spent three years refining the details, taking into account the comments of interested parties.

Said Jan, "Catch and release is one of the most difficult issues we have to deal with, and one of the most important in my opinion. The new Swiss law doesn't make use of the term, catch and release, – but I don't see how governments can enforce legislation which makes 'intent' illegal. And demanding that people kill the fish they catch gives no thought to the conservation benefits from releasing them. Angling Codes of Conduct with regards to proper handling and releases can be found for practically any fish species caught by anglers in Switzerland and the rest of the world. The new Swiss law makes it obligatory for anglers to take lessons before being granted a fishing license. So there is absolutely no need for an outright ban on the release of fish in Switzerland.”

It’s believed that the legislation could affect as many as 275,000 anglers in Switzerland, who generate around 30 million Euros in annual tackle sales. EFTTA acting president, Pierangelo Zanetta, said: "EFTTA does not believe that forcing anglers to kill their catches is either good for nature or for recreational sport fishing - which makes a significant financial contribution to the EU economy. Making the killing of fish obligatory will simply reduce fish population and, at the same time, run the risk of having a negative impact on sport fishing. Anglers and the sport of angling invest time and money to improve water quality and create larger and healthier fish populations. We believe is it far better for the fish if the fisherman decides, according to the situation, whether to keep and eat the fish or to release it."

This is a perfect example when you let a bunch of idiots draft up and pass a law. I guess after being hooked is far too traumatic for a fish to survive after it's released. Where did they get their information I wonder? Catch and release is one of the best methods of conservation and maintaining a healthy fishery. I was taught at a young age the old saying " Limit your catch but catch your limit" If Swiss anglers don't practice catch and release, they'll see first hand the destruction they'll cause. As more and more fish are caught, it create more and more time that a angler has to fish. Many anglers will grow frustrated and eventually stop fishing. Less anglers means less revenue from licenses, lodging, and purchasing tackle. I find it laughable that they spent three years working on this and this the best they could come with - unbelievable. This would never happen in North America - trust me.

Reels and Rods - Cheapy Cheapy

Been spending the wee hours searching online for new fishing gear. After I officially end the season, my Simms waders and Chota boots got tossed to the curb. I have a long list as I need waders, boots, tools and a jacket. I've also been looking at adding another reel. I've been researching on what's the best fit for me. I've been on Cabelas, LL Bean, Orvis and Ebay looking for deals.

Buying fishing equipment is one thing, but trying to sell it is another. Over the past couple of weeks, I placed several ads on various float fishing sites. I placed two items - my Milner reel and Raven rod. I've had several bites, but nobody took the bait. I had one person interested in the reel, but when I asked for a money order, he balked. He stated that he didn't want to get burned? I replied "how were you expecting to pay for it?" Of course I got no response, fucktard. I've thinking of selling my Bob James and I know it will sell fast on Ebay as British anglers would jump at the chance of buying one considering the pound is worth two dollars.

With a shitty economy and people using their tax rebates to fill up the pickup, money is tight. I'll give it and couple more weeks. At my rate, I'll a room full of old fishing equipment in the not distance future.

Christmas Came Early

Like any hardcore steelheader, I upgrade my fishing equipment every couple years. One piece of equipment that needed upgrading were the rods. Over the past several years, I've been using Raven rods, I have the 13'6" IM6 and 14' IM8 rods. Most of the time, I used the 14 footer because the rod had a stiffer blank. It was great for long distance hook sets and I was able to muscle in fish faster. However, the rod with my Milner reel made it hell on my right shoulder and after a day of fishing it was kaput. To help relieve the shoulder pain, I went back to the 13'6" rod and used it with my Bob James reel. It made the shoulder pain more bearable, but I wanted to go lighter and that meant I had to go way upscale.

Over the winter I saved enough money and I got the Cadillac of float rods - the G Loomis GLX rod. I had several friends that used them and they raved about the light weight and quick action. I bought the 13' STR1562 model because it was better suited for Erie's tribs. The rod's power is light, but most of Erie's steelhead rarely get over 10lbs. Plus, I fished using light leaders and tippets. This was the first rod I bought with sliding rings and it made balancing the reels easier. The rod wasn't cheap as it cost me over $500.00, but it was worth every penny, I'm hardcore and I expect to use the best. The rod came with the high frame titanium recoil guides. These guides are virtually indestructible as they can be bent back and quickly spring into position.

The rod only comes as a 2 piece so fitting inside a small car or pickup is going to be difficult, if not impossible. With the rear seat folded down in my Cherokee the rod will fit perfectly on an angle. But with the seats up, it will poke my passenger's eye out. It's extremely lightweight compared to the Ravens - it's like holding a feather in one hand and pool stick in the other. I tried it out on the river and it casts like a dream, I barely had to put any effort into casting. I caught several carp and the rod handled a couple of big fish well.

The rod is a first on the checklist of new items I need. I still need new boots, waders and a jacket. Money, money and more money - the life of an angler........