STOP THIS BASS MAD­NESS

Sea Angler (UK) - - Mailbox -

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

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