so you think picking a target fish and shooting an arrow at a moving target isnt sporting
i saw about 3 /4 fish out of hundreds get shot in that vid and all fish shot looked keeping size
and i never said it was legalThats probably just as well, may be difficult putting them back.
BTW, Davy didnt say it wasn't sporting, just that its not legal in this country.
Davy - So far as I am aware, we are not talking 'mammals' on land. The tread is about "fish". Therefore use of spears etc is only restricted / illegal in designated SSSi's and Estuaries and similar areas where there in "an order" in place, e.g. The Dee and Salcombe. The British Sub Auqa Club seems to make it a no/no for their members, and other 'conservation groups' make a lot of noises. I was a diver years ago and there was always a discussion as to legal = snorkle but not tanks ! but I seem to think it was the BSAC driving that discussion... I think a lot of 'discussion' comes out of cases where "other activities" were taking place and following police actions were related to same e..g. poaching at fish farm / trespass / criminal damage / assalt / offensive weapon. I also seem to remember that the use of "instruments" inc. nets and spears, has been placed in "Orders" relating to commercial fishing licences. This may be of interest to many..Thankfully it's also illegal to hunt with a Bow in the UK :uhuh:
i think id give it a go if in a country it was accepted ,i dont think it will catch on the uk though public opinion would see to that and perhaps rightly so given that anyone could do it and weve all seen those neds down the beachI think you will find the Yanks copied their fishing with bows from the inhabitants of Borneo / Polynesia etc. .
For the UK , I seem to recall so long as your bow/cross bow is unstringed and your bolts/arrows are quivered you can carry them in a public place .(not allowed to shoot mammals with them though )
It would be strange to find a law that says you cannot use them to hunt fish in a river whilst you are on the river .( thinking here.... that a river is not a place
" WHERE THE PUBLIC HAVE READY ACCESS , " but a river and fish are not mammals )
On the sea I doubt that there are any laws covering the use of either of them but on a beach or rock on the shore line or or pier then there most likely is.
I wonder about off shore rocks ??
When spear fishing from above the water ,many years ago , I was taught to spear in front of the fish by about 1/3 of its length .
This was due to the refraction of the water making the fish to appear in a different place ( water bends the light ) I only caught one fish , it was our only decent food of the day .