The Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society (BASS) is both a fishing club and an organisation dedicated to the conservation of the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). The Society believes that its members have the ability to encourage the conservation, research and protection of the European sea bass, as well as, to improve and educate others in the techniques of angling for this premier sporting fish.
BASS was formed in March 1973 following a meeting of bass anglers interested in fishing for and conserving the species. It argues that the bass fishing we used to have was better than what we have now. Better in terms of both numbers of bass and the sizes of bass caught, by anglers. The Society’s long term aim is to restore, at least in part, that situation. To further that aim it has set up a Restoration Project.
The Society encourages its members to fish in a sportsmanlike manner. They are requested to observe the minimum size limit of 48cms, recommended by the Committee, in those instances when the occasional fish is killed for the table. Members are recommended to take no more than two fish per day, with a maximum of 10 fish per year. Many members release all the bass they catch.
BASS is a democratic organisation. Its officers and committee submit themselves for election at each Annual General Meeting, held in the Spring. The AGM is only in part a business meeting. There are presentations of specimen awards, the opportunity to purchase fishing tackle, as well as lectures by some of the Society’s more experienced members on various aspects and ways to bass fish, which they have successfully tried and tested over the years. A unique opportunity to learn new techniques.
BASS members occasionally organise ‘fish-ins’, at venues around the coast of the UK. These are not run as competitions, instead they offer a chance for members to socialise, share ideas and visit new areas of the coast.
BASS publishes a quarterly magazine, which is supplied free to paid-up members. Each issue is packed with information about the activities of the Society and its members. The magazine is open to all, for contributions of pictures, articles and reader’s letters.
All BASS members, with a personal email address, are invited to join the password protected members only forum, where members can meet up and discuss all aspects of bass fishing. Even if a member is not into chatting, the forum is worth a visit, if only to read the wealth of information about Bass and Bass fishing that has been posted there.