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Lads!
First post on this fine forum! A report on a recent bass comp held in Cobh:
(I did post this report on SAI but felt here may be appropriate for a second posting)

Bella Vista – Tight Lines Bass Challenge 2010

I got involved with the admin of this competition, it was run last week (6th – 11th September)
This was the inaugural event in what is planned to be a bigger event next year. It is organised by the Bella Vista Hotel and Tight Lines (Dutch angling travel company). Basically twelve Dutch anglers arrived on Saturday for seven nights and would have a Bass fishing competition over four days. (Twelve anglers is the max amount that can be accommodated comfortably in the self-drive fleet.)

The competition was fished on a Catch Photo and Release basis. The winner would be determined by the best six fish in length over four days for each angler. Simple but effective!

The guys chilled out on arrival Saturday evening and were chomping at the bit to get out Sunday. The plan was that some of us locals would go out for a few hours with the competitors to give them some pointers as to where they may catch some Bass. We took a spin round and managed to catch some fine fish so things looked bright for the week ahead.
The competitors decided they would book a charter for one of the non-competition days of the week. Looking at the forecast it was clear that Monday would be one of the poorer days in small boat terms so they took a charter and fished for a variety of species on Monday.

The competition proper started on Tuesday and there was a good return of fish almost all succumbed to Hard and Soft Plastics. Wednesday was a tougher day in Bass terms, strange considering the huge spring tides. The anglers had a superb day on Thursday. Friday tested the best with some inclement weather but the competition was on a knife edge.
The competition was won by Georges De Bruyker with a fine total of 3480mm of Bass, his best fish was a lovely fish of 660mm. The best fish of the week was a sturdy 730mm.

The winner took home an all expenses paid trip back to Cobh next year with the others getting rods and reels and some splendid trophies.
It is planned to run the event next year over a series of weekends to accommodate demand.

I got involved with this event for a number of reasons. I was most interested in running a CPR event to see how it would work out. It worked out perfectly.
There were no problems with photos or measuring the fish. Once the anglers knew what was required they went about their business in a professional manner.

I was also interested in the economic benefits of such an event to the area. I spoke to each of the anglers to get a feel for their expenditure during their week in Cobh:

The findings from my interviews are interesting (I am being ultra conservative here):

I broke down each anglers expenditure for the week into: The cost of the package (less flights) Fuel used, Meals, Gifts purchased from the Heritage Centre in Cobh, tackle locally, Beverages, Charter Boat and any misc expenses.
That’s a total of over 21000 euro into our economy!

Next year it is possible that this competition will be run with four groups.

There were two Bass that did not survive over the week. The fish were released but did not make it. These fish were cooked and celebrated at the presentation of prizes. All other fish went back perfectly.

To a man the anglers enjoyed their experience in Cobh, both fishing and socially. We have something more special here in Ireland than an isolated fishing camp in a cold country! Each angler hopes to return next year.

What did we take from the event?
Apart from a few new friends! We should certainly be able to organise an open Bass event next year. We spoke about it this year but it did not get going. This competition has shown it can work.

The value of Bass fishing and the potential value of Bass fishing to our economy is substantial. The protection of the asset from illegal activity is paramount. Anglers must play their part as well by limiting their take of fish and promoting responsible angling to all.

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Hey Jim - pleasure to meet you in the summer - I knew Kevin had something up his sleeve with regards to a comp (he kept muttering something!)
Will it be open to the public or are you keeping it as a mini comp? (could run multiple ones for different groups and best result over the month wins?)

Could you fill us in on your c+r tactics - how you ran it etc? :D (combined length of 4 fish etc?)
 

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Welcome to the forum Jim, great to have your expertise and wealth of knowledge on board. An event like this would prove to be very popular with local bass anglers and visiting anglers alike, Bord Failte and a few tackle companies on board to sponsor the event I reckon the event would take off. The french organise similar boat events, and get extensive television coverage.
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Hi Jim
Welcome to the forum. I do love your magazine an pick up a copy every time I'm in Ireland - it's really sad when you know exactly where on the shelf it will be in Dublin airport !

Your post around the economic value to the Cobh area and general Irish economy is timely. You are fortunate enough to have a government funded organisation to push the tourist value of angling.

A wider Cobh comeptition would be of interest to many over here in the UK - last weekend we had 50 fish a friendly competition in Weymouth and in five weeks time we have another competition in Jersey.
 

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Stunning first post Jim, well done and welcome :p
 

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Absolutely brilliant first post and report Jim..............:-D:-D

Have to say Alex is right if some one doesn't organise a match you'll find the Forum members organising a Bumble and match for ourselves...can't wait for that one....:-D:-D
 

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Hi Jim,
Nice report, nice idea and very nice to see you pushing the CPR thing so hard, especially bearing in mind the potential damage thoughtless or missinformed anglers armed with plastics could inflict on the local stocks of large bass, using the BV fleet.
I take it you are passing the expenditure information onto the minister as more evidence as to how the economic benefits for retaining bass as a sportfishing resource, far outweight any short-term, short-sighted commercial proposals.

Lovely old warhorse in the last pic - I hope she was one of the girls that swam off ok.

Cheers,
Ian
 

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Excellent post Jim, looking forward to more informative posts from Cork. How you guys target bass from boats and what lures you use should be very interesting.
 

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Well done Jim - I saw this over on the irish site and I'm glad you posted it here.

You are so lucky to have an elightened government pestered by anglers about the world class nature of their bass fishing!
 

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Thanks for the positive comments.

Will it be open to the public or are you keeping it as a mini comp? (could run multiple ones for different groups and best result over the month wins?)

Could you fill us in on your c+r tactics - how you ran it etc? (combined length of 4 fish etc?)
I would imagine this comp would be for “tourist” anglers. The tie up with Tight Lines should make it so. I think they hope to run it over a series of groups next year. We floated the idea of an Open Bass comp last year but we did not develop it further than putting out an enquiry for interest.
I think the demand is there. A few of us will get together later in the year and see what we can thrash out (the mind is on the Cork Small Boats festival at the mo!). The comp may be a two-day small boats/kayak event. Possibly teams of two/three? I would love a “festival” with workshops etc in between the fishing.
I would imagine it would take a similar format to the above event: Best 4/5/6 ? Fish over two days.


elightened government
Ha!:evil:

Just to update on things here in Cork: Bass fishing had been quite hit and miss. One day good fishing next day poor, no discernable pattern. Some French guys staying at the Bella Vista this week had twelve fish one session and zippo the next day…. Fishing the same marks with the same lures same tide… "have tail will swim indeed":-D There have been a good few small fish. Species fishing has been very good and it looks good for the Small Boats Festival provided the weather plays ball. Up to my neck in crab and worms at the moment so little time for lures until the competition proper.
 

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enlightened government?

well, everything is relative Jim

if only we had no commercial bass fishing - just imagine what the fishing would be like!
 

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enlightened government?

well, everything is relative Jim

if only we had no commercial bass fishing - just imagine what the fishing would be like!
I suppose to be fair that's true!
 
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