The phrase ‘Annual General Meeting’ is one that I suspect generates a mental image of an extremely boring and stuffy meeting, and probably many are, but BASS has long recognised that to get members to come to our AGM we have to make it something that they will enjoy, and therefore want to return year on year. Well, this year was no different. On the day there were well over eighty members present . . . and many had travelled up the day before and stayed locally in Travel-lodges, Premier Inns and B&B’s, not just for the Sunday meet, but also so they could spend the evening prior in the local hostelries catching up with fellow members. Our guest Speakers this year were Jersey Bass Guides Keith and Kevin White and they were welcomed into the ‘pub’ on the Saturday evening along with everyone else. As one wag put it . . . they’re as mad as a box of frogs.

As ever it was a very enjoyable Saturday evening and a good day on Sunday as well . . . but don’t take my word for it read the comments of some impartial people:

Spring is here (yea, right) – The 130 Commando

Buying into BASS  – The Cornish Angler

Keith White’s Facebook page:

Back home after travelling to the B.A.S.S AGM in the UK. Very surprised to meet what were very welcoming and in many cases sharing and knowledgeable anglers who, despite my pre-conceptions, were not in slightest, elitist. Dedicated and passionate yes, protective of the species maybe but more than open to new and re-discovered old idea’s despite many flying in the face of what many assumed or believed.

A list of the Awards and Trophies presented can be found here: Trophies & Certificates 2012 Season

Photo’s of the event can be found in the Gallery section: BASS photo gallery

The highest honour that BASS as a society awarded was ‘The Conservation Award’. This has been renamed ‘The John Leballeur Restoration Award’ in memory of John Leballeur. The first recipients (of the renamed Award) were Captain Derek Goodwin, for his work with ‘0’ group sampling (juvenile bass). Also presented with the Award was Malcolm Gilbert for his tireless work on behalf of both BASS and the Angling Trust.

Malcolm Gilbert receives The John Leballeur Restoration Award from BASS Chairman Ian Misselbrook (Left) at the 2013 BASS AGM.