Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society

Fighting for Bass and Bass Anglers’ since 1973

Many hands…

As the saying goes it’s not over until it’s over, and the bass angling continues to produce some fish by most methods for them determined to seek them out, despite the changeable weather.

Image © Clive Hodges

Almost 45years on and still going strong. As an angling society March 2018 sees the BASS society reach another landmark as an active angling society. It’s been a long journey from humble beginnings, with members enthusiasm has gone on to create a friendly angling society, launching our own members journal that’s now evolved into Britain’s full colour bass magazine, fish-ins and science continue to evolve, and our system of bass catch awards on trust being as notable as ever .

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 angling we used to have was far better than what we have nowadays. It was 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.” See About us  for the full item.

Angling Shows and fairs

BASS can be found at some angling events and during at least the past 15 years found at the “Go Fishing Show (NEC)” Sportfish Open Weekend, British Fly Fair International, several of the CLA Game Fairs around the country, shared stands with the Salmon and Trout Association along with being present at the Fly Dressers Guild

Also, BASS has previously sponsored the UK Saltwater Fly Festival, and had our mobile BASS stand at the Irish Bass Festival, we often have our well known and recognised fly tier Jo assisting with promoting the society.

These various angling fairs and events give BASS members an ideal opportunity to get involved by helping out manning the BASS stand. It’s a good way to meet fellow society members and network with the angling guests, professionals and other angling representatives. If you would like to know more or get involved at some events, then please contact us or on one of the relevant BASS members forum threads.

Image © Andrew Coombes


As the years go by BASS is continually developing further options for its membership as a society and within the campaign sector. It’s essential that we do not grow complacent, so continue to look at what’s available and how we can make some positive progress often with the help of our members. We currently have several vacancies within the society including the following— communications/ marketing/ angling/science. They are open to all our membership if you would like to know more or discuss any of them please either contact us or via the forum  for further details. More information can be found on page5 inside the last BASS journal issue-no155, that’s also available online via the members section. Click to Sign in here.

Image © Bill Fagg

Remember everyone’s welcome to freely subscribe to our BASS newsletter so you can keep up to speed with the society. Subscribe to Our Newsletter   

Perhaps you like to write something for us or do you have some news for BASS to share? Let’s see your angling images, catch reports or angling adventures click Here to contact me direct or via the forum with any potential items.

Membership of BASS is open to everyone, who shares our aspirations for the enjoyment and conservation of this beautiful fish. We now provide several options for joining.