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

You might have thought things had gone quiet on the sub­ject of bass pro­tec­tion mea­sures, such as those im­ple­mented for 2016. Well, I can tell you that var­i­ous bod­ies are hav­ing their say be­hind the scenes in prepa­ra­tion for de­ci­sions later this year.

For in­stance, pro­pos­als have been put for­ward by one or­gan­i­sa­tion to ban the land­ing of bass by both com­mer­cial and recre­ational an­glers in 2017, although an­other body is sug­gest­ing a monthly bag limit and a tag­ging scheme.

It is the In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil for the Ex­ploita­tion of the Seas that is sug­gest­ing a zero catch in 2017 due to de­clin­ing stocks of bass. You can find out more by turn­ing to the Your Fish­ing sec­tion start­ing on page 102.

A sec­ond group, based in Ire­land, the North Western Wa­ters Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, says recre­ational an­glers want a monthly catch limit in­stead of the present daily bag limit. An­other of the ideas in its brief­ing pa­per is a con­trol and mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem based on tags, and a tele­phone/web-based log­book ap­proach for catch record­ing.

For those look­ing to get out and catch some bass, check out Henry Gil­bey’s piece on lure rods on page 26, and Mike La­dle’s views on catch­ing big fish on page 30.

Mean­while, the tope sea­son is well un­der­way, and you can try a rig sug­gested by Dave Barham on page 36, and also find out about the sport in Scot­land’s Luce Bay when Dave Lewis visited top small-boat skip­per Ian Bur­rett (see page 54).

As usual, we’ve got a packed is­sue with plenty of fish­ing from the shore and afloat; that in­cludes pop­u­lar, grow­ing sec­tors like LRF and kayak an­gling too.

There’s plenty of in­for­ma­tion about tackle, with new prod­ucts fea­tured in­clud­ing my col­league Paul Fenech test­ing the Leeda Icon MPR rod, and Henry Gil­bey’s view on the value-for-money Daiwa J-Braid. Those look­ing for a great tackle bar­gain should check out our reader of­fer on page 98.

If you’re in the mar­ket for a reel, take a look at our sub­scrip­tion of­fer on page 52, where you can get a mul­ti­plier or fixed-spool when you sign up.

Fi­nally, check out the lat­est catch pic­tures from read­ers in the Your Fish­ing sec­tion, start­ing on page 102, and I’d rec­om­mend you read the story about how one reader caught a 66lb ling (page 106). En­joy the mag­a­zine.

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