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‘In it for the Long Haul’
BASS Chairman Ian Misselbrook looks back on the organisation’s continuing commitment to raised minimum landing size so that every bass can breed at least once.
‘Stars & Stripers’
A warm American welcome and fishing tips served up with his breakfast eggs. No wonder BASS member Matt Spence likes life across the pond . . .
‘Join Our Dream’
Find out how non-members can create maximum impact by supporting the society’s campaigns . . .
‘You get what you pay for’
Impressed by the society’s own ‘designer label’ clothing, BASS catch recorder Geoff Gonella looks at other ways members can benefit from their £20 annual subs . . .
‘But where are the big ones . . . ?’
Become familiar with your local bass marks, says BASS member Julian Fox, and you’ll improve your chances of a larger fish when you venture further afield. . . .
‘Not another survey, surely?’
BASS chairman Ian Misselbrook tells it straight about Sea Angling 2012. If you want more and bigger bass available to catch in years to come, lets have your attention . . .
‘BASS cares about your fish stocks . . .’
Shaun Sorenson explains what the society means to him, from an ordinary member’s point of view . . .
‘All we have is hope’
Matt Spence braves the Irish elements and British politics in the hope that a fish will take his lure and that the MLS for bass will eventually be raised to 48cm.
‘Nursery areas merry-go-round’
Geoff Gonella explains the reason bass nursery areas were set up and why, in some places, anglers don’t know the rules.
‘Whose resource is it anyway?’
Julian Fox explains the continuing pressure on bass stocks and wonders what effect it will have on his fishing this coming season.
‘Are you willing to work for better bass fishing?’
Ian Misselbrook talks about two developments that will protect Irish bass fishing.
‘Safety in numbers’
Steve Pitts gives an example of how anglers can work together to protect the species and their fishing.
‘Madness of the minimum size limit’
Matt Spence chews over the issue of the current minimum size limit of bass.
‘Sign up – you know it makes sense!’
Geoff Gonella explains what BASS is and does . . .
‘Our future is more important . . .’
Julian Fox finds an old issue of Sea Angler and it reminds him that writing down details about your fishing can be helpful . .
‘We all want to catch a big bass . . .’
Ian Misselbrook looks at his bass fishing adventures in Ireland and the USA and realises we have something missing in this country . . . big bass.
‘Pictures to be proud of . . .’
Steve Pitts talks about basic fish photography – that way you capture the memory and the fish swims free.
‘When to fish, how to catch . . .’
Geoff Gonella helps anglers new to bass fishing catch that all-important first fish.
‘Feel that first bass . . .’
Geoff Gonella begins a two-part article on starting bass fishing by explaining how to find the fish . . .
‘Programme bass to avoid your lures . . .’
Matt Spence comes up with an interesting theory. He reckonsthere could be a case for saying the fish instinctively shy away from lures once hooked and returned . . .
‘I’m standing up to my waist in water and can see sandeels in the surf’
Peter Macconnell confesses that he likes to wade to catch his bass . . . he says it’s all about being ‘immersed’ in his sport.
‘Yes Minister, we are worried . . .’
Julian Fox explains why anglers fear for bass stocks.There are lots of fish about, he says, but the size of them is shrinking . . .
‘Ever the optimist . . .’
BASS Chairman Ian Misselbrook remembers how he got hooked on bass fishing and why he remains optimistic about the future.
‘Get a grip!’
There are right and wrong ways to handle your fish, says Steve Pitts, who also has some nagging doubts about some of the latest crop of lip-grip devices.
‘End of year thoughts . . .’
Geoff Gonella reflects on the year and looks at what bass anglers will be up to this winter. And with Christmas looming . . .
‘Ireland, where fantasy fishing comes true . . .’
Ireland, where fantasy fishing comes true . . .
Matt Spence reflects on bass fishing in Ireland, a country that values its sport-fish and its angling tourism industry.
‘Catch or release? That’s the big question! ’
Peter Macconnell says: “We don’t dictate catch and release rules and we believe in making recommendations based on common sense . . . . “
‘If you don’t ask you don’t get . . .’
Julian Fox suggests we get the bass fishing we deserve . . .
‘A Tale in the scale . . . ‘
Geoff Gonella, the society’s catch recorder explains why measuring bass is so important . . .
‘Are the bass you catch getting smaller?’
Steve Pitts looks at the society’s catch records, which stretch back 40 years and reveals that the size of the bass being hooked is declining . . .
‘Any port in a storm . . .’
BASS member Matt Spence reveals why he joined the society after he downed a port or two . . .
‘Whats Good Value for Twenty Quid?”‘
‘Peter Macconnell, a BASS committee member, asks . . .’