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this came from another thread and i just some opinions please.the bass ban is from 15th may-15th june.i asked a local baliff last year if im fishing for sea trout during the ban and i catch a bass whats the story.his answer was you release the bass and theres no problem.what do most people do dont fish for the 4 weeks or fish away and release any bass they catch.or is it frowned upon to fish during the ban?opinions please.
 

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Pat, i've tracked down the particular Bye-Law that covers this topic . . . .

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2007/en/si/0368.html

The crux of it is as follows . . . .

It is hereby prohibited to fish or attempt to fish for bass with any rod, line or weir during the period commencing on 15 May to 15 June each and every year.
So, i would say it's a no-no, albeit if one is genuinely caught whilst targetting Sea Trout, then it should just be returned unharmed.
 

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this is a very "hot" topic and not just with bass!!! personally I am happy to follow set rules/bans etc on the basis that it is helping fish conservation. Although Im sure that everyone on this forum would treat any fish caught in or out of season with the utmost care regardless. I am involved in fishing out of season for salmon which are used for egg stripping and rearing at the hatchery, the paperwork involved is ridiculous and the EA are present overseeing the whole process, all fish are returned with minimal distress, handling etc so its on this basis (conservation) that when done correctly can only benefit the fish and their future. as much as i hate bans/closed seasons etc, the anticipation and excitement of "opening day" is immense!!! so as always its a case of swings and roundabouts!!!
 

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I got my dates wrong for a short early season trip about 15 years ago and they overlapped with the close season. I still fished, but I released all the bass I caught (nowt new there).
Someone (a well known local angler at the time) said it would be OK to carry on and fish, but he knew I wasn't fishing for the table.
Not making excuses, I dont think we should have fished for thebass, and especially these days I think its hardly in the spirit of things deliberately targetting bass during this period whether or not they are in the process of spawning or not.
Hope everyone is writing their letters to the ministers by the way...it doesnt take long.:wink:
 

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I really think you should put your foot down Simon and DEMAND it!:???: :-D:-D
Yep, you are right Ian - after all, it's not like religious issues are particularly contentious in Ireland anyway !!!!

I'll get right on it !!!






p.s. if i'm not back on line for a while - check the local hospitals ;)
 

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Just mentioned to the misses about getting her Neice's confirmation date moved (genuinely did). Got a very long-winded sarcastic answer about how she would phone the school in Waterford, and ask if the whole of the 6th standard could get their confirmation date changed, and if they could change all of the school guidelines & proceedures, just so that it could fit in with the dates of the Bass ban . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

So there's hope . . . . . . :D
 

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I usually go chasing Hounds for the 4 weeks, great craic, it helps fo fill the void.

This year I am going to give the Mullet a lash during the ban, cant wait the harbours are stuffed with them :)

And as was mentioned earlier, sea trout can be targeted too if you have a license.

Theres plenty to tie you over during the ban.


Danny.
 

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I have never understood why more UK mullet anglers are not heading over to Ireland for the mullet fishing - so many fish around, some proper monsters, and I have yet to see anybody targeting them..........Alderney has been the "mullet mecca" for years, and when it fires it can be fantastic, but Ireland has such huge mullet potential.

One day...............too much to do, too little time. Bass on the brain.
 
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