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Bigger Bass – Better Days

Apr 07,2007 Plugger

These days with the bass mls consultation, and the Bass Management Plan (BMP) before that, we often hear the phrase ‘more and bigger bass’ 

But what exactly does more and bigger bass look like in reality?.

Those of us old enough to remember can just about recall what quality angling from the shore was like.

Sadly even these memories are fading with little in the way of new quality shore angling days being experienced to create new memories.

Younger anglers will not have experienced shore angling before the days of gill-netting and bass pair-trawling, and may now consider that catching 5 immature schoolie bass (and maybe a bonus 3lb fish) is now considered a good day.

However, the archives tell a different story.  

An old angling magazine from 1974 was recently uncovered in a loft and contained an article about spinning for bass from the shore of Portland Bill.

Quotes like :

“ A little better than average, but TYPICAL of the results spinning from the rocks can produce. An evenings fishing produced bass of 8.5lbs, 7.5lbs and 5lb for this angler ”

And also

 “It’s SO EASY, honestly says one angler who has taken plenty of bass like this five  pounder from the Bill”



This is what ‘more and bigger bass’ looks like for shore bass anglers. 

This is what the BMP and the 40cm mls are trying to achieve through the promotion of sound and sustainable fisheries management. 

In 1974 a bass angler had a good chance of hitting a 5 pounder or above on each occasion they went spinning from the shore given suitable conditions.

The bigger bass were present inshore in good numbers ��" don’t we want them back ?


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comment Comments (1 posted) 
  • Bass are still in trouble yes. Despite all the talk of conserving bass stocks I am amazed at the attitude and ignorance that still abounds among some sea anglers. In Australia and the US they have public notices at known fishing spots with fish size limits - why don't we campaign for this? They could even point out that bass seen on supermarket fish slabs are farmed - This is a comparison I've heard when I've pointed out that someone has killed an undersized fish. We really must do more to educate people. When I was seen to be putting a four pounder back the other week I was told by a group of other anglers that I was "mad". I've recently been fishing a small tidal creek near Portsmouth. Bass are known to be at this spot but are considered "impossible" by the people who come and chuck 4 ounce leads at them. I fish very light gear and small plugs and my success has been visible. Another angler told me to be careful because at a similar spot where bass were seen to be caught someone draped a gill net across the channel.
(Posted on August 6, 2007, 3:56 pm Simon Williams)

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