Sea An­gler

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

As the cod sea­son gets into gear, we’re bring­ing you a 13-page spe­cial cov­er­ing tackle, rigs and tac­tics. Check out the advice be­cause now’s the time to get out there to catch some fish.

Don’t miss out be­cause we’re get­ting re­ports of some su­perb fish. There was an 18lb 13oz cod caught on Oc­to­ber 22, and an 11-pounder on Oc­to­ber 30, both at Ch­e­sil Beach, Dorset.

Else­where, they are show­ing in South Wales, York­shire and the North East. For in­stance, Cal­lan Stevens caught a 10lb 4oz fish at Craster dur­ing a match, while a stun­ning 33lb cod was caught on Oc­to­ber 31 by Mal­colm Bayl­don (pic­tured below), of We­ston-su­per-Mare, aboard AlyKat, skip­pered by our con­trib­u­tor Dave Roberts, out of Mine­head, Som­er­set.

Not only do you get our cod spe­cial, but also there are two free sup­ple­ments as well – a 32-page gear guide and a bumper 84 pages of tackle bar­gains from Glasgow An­gling Cen­tre.

Turn­ing to bass, there will be a de­ci­sion in De­cem­ber about fish­ing re­stric­tions and bag lim­its. There is a pro­posal for a bag limit of 10 fish a month for 10 months, and a sur­prise ban on gill nets. See our story on page 106. If the pro­pos­als are adopted by the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters in De­cem­ber, com­mer­cial bass fish­ing will be hook-and-line only.

The likes of BASS and the An­gling Trust say the pro­pos­als are very good news for bass stocks.

Of course, there will be horse trad­ing at De­cem­ber’s ‘Fish­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties’ meet­ing, and some might ar­gue that the po­ten­tial for keep­ing 10 bass a month for 10 months is a re­duc­tion on 2016’s one a day for six months. That’s only a le­git­i­mate ar­gu­ment for those an­glers who fish ev­ery day and might, if very lucky, be able to catch and take one a day. Most or­di­nary mor­tals might only get a few fish­ing trips a month.

How it will be reg­u­lated is a mat­ter of in­ter­est. Our con­trib­u­tor Dave Barham reck­ons sea an­glers might have to record all cap­tures, even fish re­turned, in an elec­tronic log­book. It would be an App on smart­phones or PC to trans­mit data. Other fish could be in­cluded though. It re­mains to be seen how some an­glers will deal with the tech­nol­ogy! A monthly bag limit would help char­ter skip­pers, who have seen rev­enues slashed by more than one-fifth as a re­sult of the 2016 bass re­stric­tions and an­glers be­ing re­luc­tant to pay for bass trips only to be al­lowed to take one fish home to eat. This is backed up by a sur­vey, car­ried out by the Pro­fes­sional Boat­man’s As­so­ci­a­tion (PBA), that showed in­di­vid­ual char­ter skip­pers re­port­ing an av­er­age of 22 fewer book­ings, and each los­ing more than £8,000 in rev­enues.

The pro­posed ban on gill net­ting could have ben­e­fits for the likes of Poole Har­bour, which is dis­cussed by Chris Clark on page 40.

Mean­while, UK an­glers will have mixed views on co-op­er­at­ing with a new sur­vey launched in Oc­to­ber. The Sea An­gling 2017 catch and spend di­ary project (see page 104) could re­veal more about the state and value of sea an­gling.

Up to 1,000 sea an­glers will be se­lected to com­plete an on­line catch di­ary next year and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about what they spend.

Some be­lieve the sur­vey, com­mis­sioned by the Cen­tre for the En­vi­ron­ment, Fish­eries and Aqua­cul­ture Science (Ce­fas), could pro­vide in­for­ma­tion that the com­mer­cial fish­ing lobby group might try to use against an­glers.

Tuna are still mak­ing the news too (see page 102), and I’ve re­ceived an in­ter­est­ing rev­e­la­tion from a re­li­able source that a bluefin, es­ti­mated to weigh 400-500lb, was spot­ted jump­ing out of the wa­ter much fur­ther north, off Port Lo­gan, by an­glers fish­ing on Spike Milling­ton’s char­ter boat Go West.

Fi­nally, con­grat­u­la­tions to Main­war­ings An­gling Cen­tre, in Sketty, Swansea, which is cel­e­brat­ing its 85th an­niver­sary of trad­ing. Set up in 1931, it is still op­er­at­ing as a fam­ily busi­ness.

Matthew Gar­butt caught this 6lb 7oz cod at Marine Drive, Scar­bor­ough

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