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riparian owners to give permission to fish on Thursdays and Saturdays, but, with the excep: tion of the following, the replies were adverse to granting the application, viz., Mrs. Main- waring, Col. Cornwallis West, Col. Hughes, Mr. Blezzard, and Mr. Thomas Jones. Mr. Ellis Williams said he believed Sir Wil- liam had given permission since then. Mr. Roberts said it would be advisable to is- sue a circular to the local fishermen inviting them to subscribe. Mr. Jones: I propose that we write to the riparian owners for subscriptions. Mr Walthall I suppose that would be left to the sub committee. It is the people who fish, such as Mr. Cliff, Mr. Cock, and myself. They are the people who should subscribe, be- cause they get all the advantage. Mr. Muspratt: There is no reason why we should not ask them. Mr. Walthall Certainly not. Mr. Roberts' motion was carried. PROSECUTING COMMITTEE. The Prosecuting Committee was reappointed. THE STATE OF THE RIVER. Mr. Muspratt asked whether they were put- ting in any spawn this year ? Mr. Walthall: We should have to have Deed in to tell us that. Mr. Watts I think the fish were put in when the rivers were Hooded. But to give them a chance they should put them in the tri- butaries. Mr. Walthall said he had heard from a man that the fishing last year was very much better than it had been for some years. Mr. Watts said. that everybody should be restricted to taking fish six to seven inches. Mr. Williams said the reason the fish was not put in the tributaries was r-ecause they had only two bailiffs. They could not expect them to look after the tributaries as well as the main rivers. The minutes were adopted. ALLEGED PRESERVED FISHING. Mr. Jones complained that part of the river Wheeler was more or less preserved for the Bishop and other gentlemen. No one else was ever seen fishing there, and it seemed that their keepers were actually protecting the river for those two gentlemen. The Chairman I heard the same thing, and the word monopoly used in connection there- with. Mr. Walthall They pay rent for it to the landowner—Mr. Hughes, I believe. Mr. Wafcts: They h ive a perfect right to do it. Mr. Jones: But if everybody did it there would be no fishing. Mr. Watts But everybody do not do it. They are content to fish in their own locality. I have enough fishing without going there. "l should say it is a very good thing for the rivers especially when you take breeding into con- sideration. PROFESSIONAL FISHERMEN. Dr. Easter by suggested that where a license was issued the time should be put on. There were cases whers persons had been fishing with- out a license, and said that they had bought it the same morning, and had left it at home. They had gone back in the afternoon and taken out a license. But if the hour was put on the license it would do away with that. This was decided upon. Mr. Williams said it was a difficult matter to deal with, but he should like to know whether they had power to make a distinction in issuing licenses to professional fishermen. Mr. Jones: What do you mean by profes- sional fishermen? Mr. Williams: I mean those fishermen who go to fish every day, and make a living out of it. Mr. Watts But there are some who are not professional fishermen Mr. Williams I mean those who make their living by fishing. A COMPLAINT FROM DENBIGH. The Clerk said he had received the following letter from a gentleman in Denbigh, whose name and address the reporters were asked to leave out Will ou kindly inform the Board that the majority of the license holders of last year complain very much owing to licenses be- ing issued to certain suspicious parties living in the town of Denbigh, who are of the loafer classes, a quantity of trout which they have for sale in such an enormous quantity tends very much to doubt whether legally got. These per- sons are well known as doubtful characters to the representatives of the Board from this town who, I hope, on behalf of the amateur class of fishermen, who are always satisfied with a few trout in the basket, a good walk, and fresh air. That these persons who take and will be refused a license which, in many instances, is only a blind to form an excuse to be by the river side.' Mr. Williams said there was a good deal in the letter. Mr. Jones: Will he inform the Board who the suspicious characters are ? It is a dirty trick nob to mention names. The Chairman The writer says the Denbigh representatives would know. Mr. Williams: I think it exceedingly suspi- cious when a man is able to bring in twelve pounds of fish at the early part of the season. Mr. Watts: Many are caught with night lines. Mr. Jones: If we commence to select our fishermen, the next thing will be that nobody will apply. Mr. Watts: It is well known that if a poacher gets a footing in the river it is difficult to get rid of him. Mr. Walthall: I don't think we have power, under the Fisheries Act, to make a difference. I know that down at Corvven on the Dee tickets are issued by the Association, and special rules are made in respect of professional fishermen. But they are only local bye-laws, and have no- thing to do with the Association. Mr. Muspratt: We certainly should see to these men. The Chairman If our Denbigh representa- tives would assist the river bailiffs, we might make an example of some of them. Mr. Williams It means a matter of catching them e'oing something illegal, and we have two men to superintend nearly 20 miles. Mr. Watts It is the ruination of the river. If we knew a man to be a poacher we might refuse him a license. Mr. Walthall: I don't think so. He could only be refused permission to fish. Mr. Williams: These fellows get into the small streams, and if they are detected they produce their license. Mr. Jones Surely our watchmen could tell when a trout or salmon were caught with a hook? Mr. Roberts I suppose the watchers cannot say anything if the licenses are produced ? Mr. Watts: You can never tell, because the trout may swallow the hook and tear its throat. Mr. Williams: Are hotel keepers entitled to buy trout from people who have no license, or can they be prosecuted ? Mr. Muspratt: It is rather a doubtful point. Mr. Jones How many hotels in Denbigh sell tickets? Mr. Williams Only one. Mr. Jones said Mr. Sower, of the Bryndinas, had asked him to ask the Board whether they would grant him permission to sell tickets. The Plough Hotel sold them, and he thought they should have permission. He proposed that Mr. Sower be given permission. Mr. Walthall seconded the motion, which was carried. WEEKLY TICKET QUESTION. Mr. Jones asked whether the Board could is- sue 5s. weekly salmon tickets ? The Chairman: Have we the power to do that ? The Clerk It^would be an alteration of the bye-laws, and the meeting was not convened for that purpose. The Chairman: And I believe the sanction •f the Board of Trade would be required. CLOSING TIME. Mr. Jones said the time of closing should be the tickets, as it used to be in Mr. Peter ihomae' time.* Walthall: It is on the Salmon and trout now. ,t PROSECUTION FEES. Mr. Jones asked how the X9 expenses of pro- secutions were made up. They had only re oeived £ 1 Ss. 6d. from the fines. The Chairman said he expected the amount from fines to be more. The Clerk: I have received no fines from Denbigh yet. What I have received is from Mr. George. Mr. Jones: How many prosecutions were there during the year ? The Chairman We had five or six at St. Asaph. Mr. Williams There was a big prosecution at Denbigh. The Clerk I have received no money from Dembigh. Mr. Walthill suggested that the Secretary write to Mr. Parry Jones and ask him for the money. Mr. Jones We had better leave the prosecu- tions alone if we are out of pocket. The Chairman The Prosecuting Committee did good service last year. Mr. Jones; What does the solicitor get ? The Clerk One guinea and expenses. Mr. Jones It would save us something if he lived at St. Asaph. Mr. Roberts I think it would be advisable to appoint a local solicitor. The Chairman said very often questions of law arose and the bailiffs had to consult the solicitor. This was all the business,