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Sea Angler (UK) - - News - Cliff Brown, Ed­i­tor

It may have seemed a long time com­ing, but fi­nally July 1 is upon us and an­glers will be per­mit­ted, if they wish, to take one bass a day of more than 42cm for the re­main­der of the year, af­ter en­dur­ing six months of a con­tro­ver­sail ban on re­tain­ing these pop­u­lar sport­ing fish.

While most recog­nise the need for bass con­ser­va­tion and the ben­e­fits of catch and re­lease, there has been voicif­er­ous and jus­ti­fied anger at a per­ceived un­fair­ness to an­glers in favour of com­mer­cial fish­ing in­ter­ests. Since the mea­sures were an­nounced late in 2015, we’ve given plenty of cov­er­age to this con­tentious is­sue and given space to all sides of the ar­gue­ment.

I’d rec­om­mend that you check out our con­trib­u­tor Dave Barham’s view on how it has af­fected his bass fish­ing mind­set - turn to page 122.

While we’ve got our usual com­pre­hen­sive mix­ture of shore and boat an­gling in this is­sue, it in­cludes a spe­cial 26-page sec­tion high­light­ing a se­lec­tion of sum­mer shore hotspots across the UK and Ire­land – it starts on page 9. For boat and kayak an­glers there are 28 pages packed with ad­vice, tac­tics and sto­ries - so turn to page 66.

Don’t miss the shore and boat fish­ing ad­vice in our Sea School sec­tion - from page 50. We’ve also got lure fish­ing, LRF and match fish­ing cov­ered too, to­gether with a tackle sec­tion packed with prod­ucts and tests.

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