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SUBMISSION TO GOVERNMENT: SUSTAINABLE FISHING FOR SEA BASS - Rod Sturdy.
As most of you will already be aware, the Angling Trust and its conservationist partners are currently running a campaign to save the bass (sea bass), stocks of which have dwindled to crisis levels as a result of commercial overfishing and the use of gill nets.
We're Back to Normal!
As far as I can tell, FM is now functioning correctly thanks to our IT man in FM Towers. He's been working his socks off almost 24/7 for best part of a week and now we're running smoothly again.
Things are certainly hotting up in the battle to protect declining bass populations from continued exploitation by the netsmen. With scientists at the widely respected International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) warning that bass stocks in northern Europe are now in deep trouble because of commercial overfishing the EU Commission have for once listened to anglers and conservationists and proposed that in 2017 there should be a complete ban on netting for bass.
A Spot of Bother...
Sincerest apologies from all the team in FM Towers for the glitch that's been bothering us these past few days. Our resident IT expert is
Wayne and Jason have been away...
'The UK's marine reserves are nothing but paper parks'
This was the title of a 2012 article by well-known environmentalist, George Monbiot, on the subject of marine conservation and unearthed by our very own 'MarkG'. Mark reproduces it here with a few thoughts of his own to preface those of Monbiot.
Paul Duffield, Maker of Fine Floats.
Paul Duffield Traditional Fishing Floats are individually hand-made in the U.K by Paul himself, using natural materials – Norfolk reed, quill and cane. His designs include Avons, perch and grayling bobbers, Nottingham sliders, still-water antennas and many more classic and traditional designs. Each float is sealed with several coats of quality waterproof lacquer so they will last for many seasons of fishing.
Float-legering for Pike
Float legering, or laying-on, is one of the simplest methods of dead-baiting. It's also one of the of the deadliest ways of catching pike on still and
slow moving waters. No wonder Chris Bishop loves it so much.
Martin Salter: Autumn Gold
I love this time of year. The colours changing with the season, the nip in the air and the fish on the munch before the really cold weather moves in and food becomes scarce. It’s surprising therefore, with so much good fishing to be had, that the tackle shops are emptying out and fewer anglers are on the banks. So for those of you who have packed your rods away far too early here’s a little taste of what you’ve been missing..
I Should Cocoa!
Now this is going to come as something of a shock to readers under the age of, say, 40, but there was a time -- not so very long ago - when the months of October through to April were blinking cold.