This last week a carp rig was found hanging from a tree. It had a barbed hook attached. This is not the first time barbed hooks have been found and anglers are being warned that anyone using these hooks will be banned from the fishery with immediate effect. There are no excuses.
As a result of this it will once again be necessary to check hooks and rigs, a nuisance to those who abide by the rules, but necessary until the problem is resolved.
Silver fish anglers should also take heed, there are still those among you that use barbed hooks too, and your hooks will also be checked.