Bass taking by the bucketload results in online and official action

19 Sep

A BRAVE angler has been hailed a hero for confronting and videoing alleged poachers in the early hours of the morning after they had been apparently illegally netting bass from Dorset’s Poole Harbour.

Bass by the bucketload - angler Steve Cullen caught suspect action on camera.
Bass by the bucketload – angler Steve Cullen caught suspect action on camera.

Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority and Police have been investigating by using the video, photos and equipment he took …Continue reading »

Bass – and how to catch them on coarse fishing tackle!

25 Jul

BASS are highly prized for their fighting prowess and superior taste, and are found right around the British Isles.

8. Legal limits are sensibly enforced, to help conserve our fragile bass stocks, as commercial fishing has hammered European bass numbers.
The current limit stands at 16 in. (41 cm) measured from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail fin, with any fish under that length being released immediately. The current UK shore-caught bass record stands at a mighty 19 lb, but many considerate bass anglers release very big specimens, as these bigger fish are of crucial breeding age.
Bass are slow-growing and long-lived fish (a 10 lb specimen could be 20 or even 30 years old).
They take six or seven years to reach sexual maturity, and are generally in excess of 40 cm long at that stage.

In the warmer months  bristling predatory bass can be found in all manner of coastal locations, from surfy beaches through …Continue reading »