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    Tory DEFRA minister Victoria Prentis couldn’t resist a PR stunt to draw attention to the Tories’ fisheries bill – fishing rights being one of their favourite pavlovian dogwhistles when they want to whip up hatred of foreigners and divert attention from their disasters – by posting a picture that she claimed showed her ‘catching mackerel off the Pembrokeshire coast’.


    https://twitter.com/VictoriaPrentis/...43972483649538

    Edit, not too sure, there might be a line as the rod is bending a bit but why is it upside down?
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    As a non-fisher person, I had no idea the rod was upside down but it does look like there's no line in it. Considering the flex there is in a rod, I'd expect to see the end dip slightly when held out like that

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    I find it amusing that the SPAD who thought up the photo op didn't check which way the rod was suppose to be held.
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    The rod can be held in either position. It is often "upside-down" when game fishing... sorry, I don't know why. It might also be a left-hand / right-handed thing.

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    Thinking about it, also from the perspective of a clueless person, it's probably safer to have a rod with no line in it for a photo op!

    Knowing me, I'd do something clumsy and several meters of line would issue forth and catch onto something and yank a (probably) expensive rod out of my hands, never to be seen again.

    I'm in no way condoning the numptiness of the photo op, just thinking about the practicalities of having an idiot handle the kit.

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    Fishing without a rod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy View Post
    Fishing without a rod.

    I did go mullet fishing with a shotgun in my youth.

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    There doesn't appear to be any line on the reel at all, so there must be a very powerful minnow on the other end if there is a line

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    Quote Originally Posted by darmstadt View Post
    Edit, not too sure, there might be a line as the rod is bending a bit but why is it upside down?
    The apparent bend is extremely slight, and could easily be minor distortion from the camera lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darmstadt View Post


    https://twitter.com/VictoriaPrentis/...43972483649538

    Edit, not too sure, there might be a line as the rod is bending a bit but why is it upside down?
    I'm interested in mackerel. Mackerel is an interesting choice of fish. It's plentiful in UK waters, which is why it's a popular choice for sea fishing competitions (if you find a shoal you can pick them out of the sea as fast as you can reel them in — assuming your rod has a line). But...the UK is a net exporter of mackerel (just as we are a net importer of cod, haddock, etc) 67,000 tonnes in 2019. Its value depends upon demand beyond our shores, and the largest markets currently are The Netherlands, France and Romania.

    Mackerel is known for spoiling quickly (there are more references to stinking mackerel in English literature than to any other fish) and ≈21,000 tonnes of ours are exported fresh. Without a trade deal, it's not only tariffs but non-tariff barriers that will become an issue. Because it spoils so easily, a lot of mackerel is processed before export (smoking, freezing, etc.). Currently, around half of those employed in the UK fish processing sector are EU nationals. It's hard to see how ending free movement of labour will not have an impact here. ]
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