There have been a significant number of articles in the press recently about the challenges facing our beloved bass. An article in the Guardian here discusses the latest situation.

B.A.S.S. has been campaigning long and hard for many years for recognition of the decline, always fearing that it would need a major stock collapse to finally create the political momentum for change. It’s just such a shame that collectively sea anglers don’t carry the clout that we should when considering our considerable numbers.

Boga's can be useful for kids to hold bass

Will our kids get the chance to catch these beautiful fish in the future ?

We are increasingly looking to strengthen our links with other key stake-holders in order to create change, as we do recognise that it’s not all just about bass, & that the problem deeply impacts other species also (anyone remember Cod ?).

In the specific case of bass, it just doesn’t stand-up to the common-sense test that we can harvest a fish before it’s had the opportunity to spawn. Whenever explained to non-anglers it just seems so simple …. if we don’t allow the fish we take today to have the opportunity to create the fish we want to take in the future, guess what will happen ? They are a slow-growing species, and the legislation in place today doesn’t offer enough protection (nor is it enforced strongly enough in many cases).

We just want more and bigger bass for ‘all’. Is that really too much to ask for ?

How do we pull together to bring about change ? If we all pulled together to try and create some momentum, i wonder what we could achieve.

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  1. Its a worry there are too many people landing and keeping Bass that are below the legal landing size of 36cm even at this size as we know the fish has not spawned or only spawned once i have a holiday static in Aberdovey so i am a regular there twice a month when not at work i have just returned from there yesterday spending a good week fishing for bass i watched some people from london they must have landed 15/20 bass all schoolie size ecept fore maybe a couple i spoke to them and asked if they knew the size was illegal to which the reply was i buy them in sainsbury’s mate and they are smaller than this yes i replied you can they are what is known as farmed bass well we caught them so we are keeping them was the reply if i could have found a bailiffe at that moment i would have reported them what chance have you got with people like that about i am all for catch and release i wil admit taking the odd one for the table but it has always been bigger than 48cm before i would even consider taking it.

    Phil

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