Inland Fisheries Ireland calls on anglers to support bass conservation

Inland Fisheries Ireland, IFI has issued an appeal to bass anglers preparing for the season ahead to get involved in collecting information on bass in Irish waters for the National Bass Programme (NBP).

In Ireland we have had preventative measures in place for the protection of Bass since the late 90’s. In order to continue with valuable research we ask our sea anglers to please support this survey to collect information on the bass in our waters.

If you catch a bass with a yellow tag, or a fouled tag, please don’t remove it from the fish. Simply clean the tag and note the tag code (e.g. B-00001). If possible take the length and weight of the fish, and five scales from behind the pectoral fin, before you release the fish alive. Please send us the details, along with the date and location and your name and phone number by email or call IFI on 01-8842600. Information on the original bass tagging location and date will be provided to everybody who reports details to the IFI

The programme was established by IFI to collect data on bass to provide scientific advice to support management and conservation of Ireland’s bass resource. Bass anglers, as citizen scientists, have been collecting information for the NBP since 2013, thereby supporting bass stock assessment and increased understanding of the biology and ecology of bass in Irish waters.

To date, over 750 bass have been tagged and 3,000 adult bass scale samples have been collected. Scales are used to determine the age and growth rate of bass, while tagging provides information on migrations and habitat use. The likelihood of additional recaptures is increasing with greater numbers of tagged fish at sea. Tagging results so far have shown that bass were recaptured generally within a few kilometres of their original capture site but some have travelled up to 38 kilometres. Time at liberty has ranged from three to 298 days. By checking all bass for tags and reporting recaptures, anglers will help to discover additional information regarding movements of Irish bass.

Dr. Cathal Gallagher, Head of Research and Development, said: “Ireland has always been a pioneer in terms of bass conservation and is showing progressive thinking in bass management by using the expert knowledge of anglers to collect information that would otherwise not be obtainable. We call on anybody interested in promoting bass conservation to contact IFI for information on how to get involved. All support is much appreciated.

Dr. Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland, added: “Bass is an extremely important and valuable marine sport angling species in Ireland. It is a particularly valuable national resource, contributing €71 million to the Irish economy annually and supporting over 1,200 jobs nationally.

Bass is an angling-only species so it is important that anglers, as guardians and custodians of this iconic sportfish, contribute information to support conservation orientated management. Some anglers are using voluntary logbooks to provide information on catches, angling effort, fish sizes and methods used. Scale sampling packs and logbooks are available from IFI and feedback on scales received will be provided to individual anglers outlining fish age, the year it was spawned and its growth rate.”

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has a dedicated email address to enable members of the public to report details on caught bass or to request information on how to support the National Bass Programme – bass@fisheriesireland.ie. IFI can also be contacted by phone on 01-8842600 during office hours.

2014 Martin Halley Memorial Cup

Martin Halley Memorial
Open Shore Competition
Saturday November 29 th 2014

Tramore Beach, Co. Waterford.
Fishing    4pm – 8pm
Overall Winner €300
3 Zones – 2 Prizes per Zone
Overall winner will not be a Zone Winner

Optional Pool €10  …… 100% Payout.      50% Longest Roundfish/50% Longest Flatfish.

Check In at O’Shea’s Hotel, Tramore until 3pm.

Pre Entry Fee €20.

Juveniles (U16) must fish with an adult – Double Peg. 1 Juvenile Prize.

Bed & Breakfast available at O’Shea’s Hotel. Tel.051381246

Kindly Sponsored by John O’Brien, Waterford Angling & Outdoor Centre.

Return Entry with Name, Club, IFSA No. & Entry Fee by Wednesday Nov 26th  to:
Declan Flanagan, 3 Aldergrove, Mount Pleasant, Waterford,  Mob 0876103031/0862656308

Tralee Bay Sac, Competition Report and Results, Blennerville 9th November

With all the talk of big tides and no fish the competition in Blennerville ended up being one of the best catch wise for Tralee Bay this year.

72 fish caught in total with 99% of them being flounders. The fish didn’t turn out to be monsters but the competition proved that old traditions and experience were 100% right on the day.
The majority of the fish were caught with the coming tide and the fishing slacked completely off with the turn of the tide. I have personally always been told to fish the channels and on the day the low numbers peg wise would prove to be vital. Phil ‘Master Angler” Ord had 16 fish in peg one and Chris ‘Atlantic Tackle’ O Sullivan had 12 alongside Phil in peg 3.
These pegs are always the best to get and the fish seem to congregate in front of this mark, locally called the chair. The main channel is right in front of the chair but this is no fluke because both Phil and Chris still had to catch the fish and no better anglers to do so…

The catches were sporadic along the bank but there was some good catches all the way down to peg 20. Aidan Halloran again proved his worth with 10 fish, David O Sullivan had 7 fish and Shane McMahon had 7 also. Some pegs found it difficult and some of the frustration got to anglers as they left early but the some of the anglers that stayed on continued to catch.
I found the fishing to be mighty all the way to the turn of the tide and after that the fish just seemed to disappear. The results prove again that experience is really important in this now very, very competitive angling club. We all want to win and with new recruits this year like James Allman and Shane McMahon, the master angler places are simply getting harder to achieve.
Colm McDaid and Aidan O Halloran were both in attendance also at Blennerville and I was personally delighted to see these two fine anglers…

Altogether there was 18 anglers at the comp and with a few missing dedicated anglers, Tralee Bay SAC still proves to be one the most well attended and best known clubs in Ireland.
We have recently had a committee meeting and we have set a date for the club AGM which will be on in the meeting section of the Greyhound Bar on the 5th of December @ 8:30pm. If anglers have opinions and aspects of the club that they wish to talk about and motions to put forward then this is the place.
I keep telling people this, that at the venue is not the place to be discussing club decisions and arguing about tides or club members. We have an AGM every year to air all this and we discussed at the committee meeting last friday week, that we want more people to get on board with the committee to help, if they feel there opinion is valid. If people are serious about the overall future of the club and they feel the club is not living up to there expectations then please take time to write down your opinions and put them forward at the AGM.
I seen a recent comment on another Facebook page about wingeing and arguing at clubs being the majority attitude at clubs and to be honest for me that couldn’t be further from the truth. I have made great friends and I believe, I have come on 100 times as respect to my angling, and still I am no where the best anglers. Tralee Bay SAC has been a very enjoyable experience for me in these two short years and there is no way i will leave a personal opinions or ‘Bitching” destroy that for me.
Also Tralee Bay SAC would like to thank Anthony Foley for making new pegs for the club and I look forward to pegging the venues with him over the next year and if anybody in the future has a problem with the pegging of the venue come to me or Anthony….

Next club comp is 22nd Novmeber @ Inch Beach from 5pm to 9pm….

Inch beach should be a cracker with the coming tide and it will be mostly fishing in the dark which will definitely add to the catches. When you think about it what other club in the country has the venues we get the fish at week in, week out?

Tight Lines…

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RESULTS

Seniors

1ST, Phil Ord, 464 points
2ND, Chris O Sullivan, 314 points
3RD, Aidan O Halloran, 248 points

JUNIORS

1ST, Eoin Foley, 32 points,
1ST, Finn Healy, 32 points
3RD, Paddy McMahon, 31 points

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POOLS

FLAT

Daniel Brosnan, 33 flounder

ROUND

Draw, No Round caught

2014 Munster Closed Shore Results

Result of Munster Open closed gold medal 25/26th October
This year was the first year of the three sessions in the one weekend for the closed. Numbers were low as expected as a lot of the major competitions were been held in the month of October this year. 27 anglers entered and 25 booked in . The weather was not great but with two of the venues well sheltered the only one needing to be changed was Tramore on sun eve due to high winds, the beach was just to dangerous to fish.

Session one was in Woodstown strand 4 -8 been sheltered conditions were good and from the off there were fish going with 264 fish caught in total between the 25 anglers zone 1 been best with 96 fish ,zone 2 93 fish and zone 3 75 fish. fish made up of flounder eels Bass whiten and coalies and rockling.

session 2 checkpoint strand
9-1 sun morning with the strong winds and high tides kept the tide up to high to mark the beach till 45mins before the competition but it had dropped enough to fish by 9.fish were there from the start again with 252 fish caught in total whiten,dab,rockling,codling,silver eel 1 conger flounder Bass. zone 1 was won with 96 fish ,zone 2 82 fish and zone 3 74 fish.

session 3 passage beach/rocks
this session was moved due to weather conditions it was rough as far as passage goes but well fishable.
fishing were slower to start but picked up fast with some nice codling plenty of flounder whiten,rockling Bass eels and coalies. a total of 327 fish landed zone 1 101 fish zone2 118 fish, zone3 108 fish.
the top ten are:
Alan Mulcahy
Aiden O’Halloran
Cliff Gallogly
Paul Cody
John O’Brien
Brian Mansfield
Mike Carlton
Derek Kenrick
John Joyce
Tom O’Mahoney
A total of 843 were caught for the weekend well done and thanks to all that fish and well done to all in the prizes and the top five for making the team.

Species Hunt 2014 Update Oct

Hi everyone.
October has being a slow month, people are finding it harder to catch new species or they are just holding their cards close to their chest and send them all in at the last minute.

We did have a couple of big movers, Aidan O Halloran sent in 17 species to see him jump up to40 species, Congratulations also to Aidan on winning the Jimmy Smith recently. The other big mover was the superstar match angler Joe Byrne, Joe sent in 24 species and you would have to wonder where he finds the time to run a tackle shop and still have time for so much fishing, he seems like a man on a mission.

The most unusual catch of the month surely goes to Anthony Foley and his Red Mouthed Goby, have to say I’ve never seen or heard of one before. Anthony also sent in a Conger scoring 129 points.

Fish of the month goes again to Joe Birney Snr for his Painted Ray scoring 119 points and weighing in at over 13lb well over the specimen weight. Well done Joe.

2014 Dutch Bass Debate (Translation)

Yesterday, a sea bass debate took place in the Dutch parliament

Ms Sharon Dijksma, State Secretary for Economic Affairs told some about what she will push at the fisheries Council meeting Monday-Tuesday next week concerning the sea bass me…asures to be adopted – or dismissed – by the EU ministers:

– Bag limit: Two bass per person (not one only as the Commission has proposed. Also UK will request a two bass bag limit)

– Dutch policy is already agreed that the minimum landing size should be increased from the present 36cm (where no bass spawn) to 42cm (where some bass spawn) but only for rod and line fishing (recreational as well as commercial.

– The fisheries areas, where much commercial fishing on spawning fish take place should be extended (the Commission has proposed ICES area VIIe only).