Experienced and novice anglers alike are being warned to ‘Look Out, Look Up’ for overhead power lines, as National Fishing Month gets underway from July 22 to August 29.
But as people head for the lakes, rivers and canals with their eyes cast downward to study the water, UK Power Networks, is urging them to take extra care and look up instead.
It can be extremely dangerous for any equipment to come in to contact with overhead power lines and the electricity company runs more than 65,000 km of overhead power lines across the South East and East of England.
Safety expert Ros Forbes at UK Power Networks said: “It’s understandable that anglers are focused on their sport, but we know they increasingly use long carbon fibre fishing poles which could come into contact with cables, so we’re reminding them to “Look Out, Look Up” before settling down to fish.
“Very simply, be aware of the environment you are in. Don’t fish near overhead fishing lines, because you’re putting yourself at risk of serious burns, even death, if your kit comes into contact with an overhead line. Plus electricity can jump across gaps, just like lightning and it can kill you.
“We also advise anglers to take their rods apart before moving from one place to another and to carry them parallel to the ground.”
The company provides fishing clubs with “Look Out, Look Up” safety signs. Its health and safety team will also walk the route of a waterway with organisations to identify dangers posed by overhead lines and erect new safety signs. The team also gives regular demonstrations at events such as county shows to spread the safety message.
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Here's what you'll find in the August 2016 issue...
WHAT'S OCCURRING The latest news and competitions from the social media side of carp fishing.
HOW LUKE VALLORY HAD TWO BITES FOR 94LBS
We lift the lid on one of the best brace captures ever.
Luke adopted braided main line to help combat the crayfish. The extra sensitivity means that he can see how active the crays are on his chosen spot. If there is a lot of activity he will recast more often to ensure his hook baits are intact.
ON A ROLL
After the success of his first session, Myles Gibson stays hot on the tail of the Dinton White Swan carp.
Be adaptable: Don’t fish the same rig for different situations.
I use a chod rig when the situation dictates, ie when it’s weedy and I don’t want to disturb resident fish.
When I am fishing a clear spot I will change to my faithful pop-up rigs. This way I am playing to the rig’s strengths.
Nick Burrage gets stealthy to revel his process for stalking the big ’uns out of the edge.
As we approach the back of Nick Burrage’s bivvy we’re met with stony silence. Not a greeting, not a hearty hello, nothing. But this is no snub, far from it, it’s an indication that we could already be in for a bumper session of big carp action.
THE WASHING-LINE RIG
HARVEY WATSON explains the ins and out of using the washing-line rig, a rarely used method that can be the most effective way of targeting big carp in tight margin spots.
Alex West notchs up his second Yateley 50-pounder using his watercraft skills to make the most of a natural insect hatch.
ADAM PENNING’S BIG CARP DIARY: FOREIGN FORAYS
Time passes by so quickly; year on year seems to become more of a blur. I’m sure it must be an age thing – when you’re a youngster the summer holidays seem totally endless, but now six weeks just fly by. I guess it must be a perspective thing, when you are 10, six weeks represents such a big chunk of your lived life. At 45 it is just a tiny fragment and is represented as such in your consciousness as a rapidly passing blink.
WIN COSTA SHADES
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Terry Hearn, Ed Betteridge and Ian Bailey discuss their thoughts on brace catches.
GEAR GUIDE TACKLE
We take a look at the new gear that will help you put more and bigger fish on the bank.
GEAR GUIDE BAIT
The boilies, pellets, liquids and particles to help get your spots fizzing.
GEAR GUIDE SPECIALS
We take a closer look at products from Fortis, Aqua, Daiwa and Sonik.
We get out on the bank to put Advanta, Solar & Sticky gear through its paces.
The giants and legends of carping- This month, the mammoth two tone.