Lure Fishing in Your Waters: a voluntary code of conduct for your lure anglers.


Lure Fishing in Your Waters: a voluntary code of conduct for your lure anglers.

The Lure Anglers’ Society (LAS) has a primary aim of promoting responsible lure angling in all waters during open seasons. The closure of waters to lure fishing methods outside the traditional pike season of October 1st to March 14th deprives lure anglers of a sporting and legitimate angling practice. We do however, understand that most clubs have good reasons for their rules and in the majority of cases where there are restrictions on lure angling, it is possible to work within those guide lines.

Without dictating what anglers must do or carry, the LAS hopes to encourage clubs to embrace lure angling by offering a voluntary code of conduct.

Whilst lure fishing is a roving pursuit, that should not mean that fish welfare should be compromised. A full unhooking kit can be carried in a waistcoat pocket or small rucksack. The LAS does not consider that predatory species suffer from lure fishing methods at any time of the year. Lure fishing rarely results in deep hooking and careful but firm playing and quick, efficient unhooking can have a fish returned rapidly and in peak condition.

Lines and Traces. Braided lines are a huge benefit to lure anglers and the fish they catch. Braided lines allow instant bite indication with many more fish being landed and returned. Lure losses are extremely rare when braid is used as much higher breaking strains than conventional mono can be used, 25-30lb BS for pike (up to 100lb where big jerkbaits are used) and 10 - 20b braid for lighter lure fishing applications.

Whilst the LAS would strongly encourage lure anglers to use a suitable trace material at all times, it has no desire to police anglers, (nor would it be practical or possible to do so), who desire to use a trace material other than wire , including those made from fluorocarbon.

All anglers must be guided by conscience as to whether or not the use of trace materials are appropriate to the type of fishing they do, and whether or not the use of such materials compromises fish welfare. As the LAS is not politically motivated, it has no mandate to lay down the law regarding the use of alternative trace materials to its members. If members were fishing on waters where owners/clubs required us to use only wire trace material, then of course we would expect members to strictly adhere to their policy.

As with all all new products to the market there is debate on the pros and cons of Fluorocarbon v's wire. The latest debates and opinions can be found here


Traces should be made from high quality components and measure a minimum of 30cms for regular lure fishing. They should be of a breaking strain comparative with the size of the intended species. For smaller fish such as perch, chub and smaller zander then 10lb trace wire would be adequate. For bigger fish, pike, zander and bigger lures then 30lb+ wire is recommended.

Landing and Unhooking. Many lure caught fish can simply be hand-landed or ‘chinned’ from a water to be unhooked, when necessary a large-meshed, lure friendly (not micro-mesh) landing net is recommended. A 30” net is easily transported and is more than capable of landing big pike. When lure fishing for other species a smaller net can be used but always be aware a bigger fish may come along at any time. Similarly unhooking mats are encouraged, they can easily be stored rolled around a landing net pole, or in a back pocket on a waistcoat.

Barbed / Barbless Hooks. Barbed trebles are normal on lures. If necessary, barbs can be crushed or hooks replaced with barbless varieties. Lures with single hooks are available if single hook only rules apply.

Unhooking Essentials. When lure fishing you can never determine exactly what will take a lure and therefore a range of unhooking tools should be carried. Long-nosed pliers, forceps and side cutters are essentials whatever lure size you use; unhooking glove, scissors, pocket knife and hook sharpener are also useful additions. If necessary, scales, sling or weigh-bag and a camera can all be stored in a waistcoat pocket.

That the LAS promotes the concept of Catch and Release to all its members is something the Society feels strongly about.

Although the Bye Laws allow for a certain limit of fish to be taken, we would urge all members to remember that promotion of the policy of C&R is paramount in order to encourage those whose nationality and culture differs from our own, to practice such a method, and to ensure the well-being of future fish stocks from our limited waters.



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