STOP THIS BASS MADNESS
I am very fortunate to live in Poole, and I occasionally enjoy fishing local marks. During a visit to Swanage last summer I witnessed an event that regularly occurs in this area, where the sea boils with school bass chasing fry, with attendant seagulls marking their arrival.
I then watched as holidaymakers hooked the fish on multiple lure rigs and threw their catch into buckets and bags to take home or dump. They were fish of nine inches maximum. These people are either ignorant of the size rules or care little about the welfare of fish stocks.
No action was taken when I complained about this to the local fisheries office.
There should be metal signs on the piers stating permissible fish sizes and the new catch limits. I suggest the signs should be at piers at Lyme Regis, West Bay, Swanage, Bournemouth and Lake pier, Hamworthy. This might at least educate some people on the importance of these fish growing to maturity and save quite a few for the future. Fines for transgressors would fund someone to enforce these rules, especially at the weekend.
Richard Mosley, by email
Bass are subject to catch and release until the end of June, and you can only keep one fish a day from July