As passionate bass fishermen, we should be equally as passionate about conserving the fisheries where we catch and experience the fishing. Check out what Sage ambassador, Gray Struznik is up to on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.
Now let me ask you a question – can you apply similar thinking to bass fishing? – think about it…..the same reason this man went swinging for steelhead is the same reason I started fly fishing for bass. We don’t of course all have to become fly fishermen but we can change a mindset, a strategy, a location, a technique.
I believe that bass fishing is about coastal experiences. So much of the fish is about the places where we find them. The things we see hear and smell on the way, there and back. The moments, the company, the fun, the challenges we face, the learning, the environments within which we find ourselves trying and reaching further, creating the memories and some of the understanding we now have that the fish and the fishing has given us.
The change in my fishing was borne of circumstances beyond my control and beyond the parameters of how I felt I could run my bass angling guiding business. I will no longer continue to guide for bass and seatrout fishing for many reasons but I am happy now to mostly spend my time on the coast with personal saltwater fly fishing in mind. This decision has not been easy, but at this time there are simply too many circumstances and aspects that currently exist in Irish bass fishing that make the change one that I am very happy to have made. This change has also allowed me time for considerable reflection.
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One of the big challenges is to get people to see the difference between the abstract goal of sustainability and taking responsibility for specific issues in specific places.
Denmark recently changed its rather strict regulation of coastal areas to facilitate development of “sustainable” tourism facilities. In your view, does the new regulation do justice to the holistic understanding of “sustainable tourism” as used in academia?
Denmark’s coastlines have been protected from tourism development and construction for more than 80 years. In 2014, the Danish politicians opened up for softer regulation of the coastlines and invited proposals for tourism development projects within the hitherto protected coastal zone.
The call explicitly requested nominations for sustainable tourism projects, but our comparison between academic sustainability discourse and the approved projects suggests that tourism actors do not address sustainable tourism development as a holistic concept.
Moreover, our research has documented how long-term perspectives are largely absent, whereas economic benefits are emphasized.
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Any normal day of fishing for either species requires a mental toughness, to not only get through the down time, but stay focused, alert and always ready for when the fish eats (steelhead) or presents itself (permit). Any angler who has regularly pursued either fish has their own technique or methodology for working through this mental challenge. And let’s be clear, it is a tremendous challenge.
Chasing Irish bass on the fly requires equal amounts of patience and grit…..
Good Morning Jim. Half An Hour After You Left P……. And Me On The Beach I Go Very Angry And Obssed ( I Still Am ) Just As We Were Leaving Our Parking , In A Complete Darkness , We Met A 4*4 Pick Up Packed With People Followed By An Other Vehicule Pulling A Boat ( How Can They Launche A Boat In That Spot ? ) If That Was The………Gang ( I Feel The Adrenaline Pomping As I Write ) I Don’t Understand The Fisheries Or Locals Don’t Get Ride Of The Problem ! In Corsica They Wouldn’t Be At It More Than 24 H ! Will I Have To Erase The Problem Myself ? At The Moment I Am Going Fishing , Will See Later . M….
These are the words of a visiting bass angler to Wexford via text to me last evening. As you can imagine he’s a little pissed off. He called me a few moments ago and vented, understandably, his considerable frustration as he further explained what he saw. He’s traveled a long way and spent a lot of money for an Irish bass angling experience. I still get many calls from people asking for guiding, and even though I don’t guide anymore, I always advise them of conditions and the indications of fish on the coast both good and bad. Just like the old days! This week was a good opportunity for these two anglers to travel from France. Good tides and good conditions.
Whilst Ireland remains the ‘darling’ of bass angling promotion, there often seems no sense to any limit in either number or size of fish promoted, there is an associated risk attached to such activity in that it indirectly attracts negative aspects of bass angling. Without any sense of planning, co-ordination vision or management foresight, as with most of our natural heritage in this country, there is continued thoughtless and selfless promotion of what we cant wont or don’t want to protect. Its not an infinite resource.
There are many inevitable impact consequences to these two mismanaged components- ‘over-promotion’ without ‘any protection’ – which are resulting in a steadfast deterioration of heritage.
This ‘dark side’ of course is never featured at any time by any person utilising the resource to their benefit and self promotion. Strangely this is coupled to the foolish notion and belief that somehow the creation of a wider awareness regarding the size and number of the fish available aligned to the tackle industry will somehow magically make the undesirable aspects go away. This is further complicated by the underlying, unspoken, naive and poorly imagined concept that any ‘discussion’ about ‘illegal activity’ will surely impact negatively on our precious angling tourism industry. Worse still is continued utilisation without restraint whilst absolving any responsibility.
Of course when the bass fishing is gone where will the proselytising have gotten us?
There is a duty of care, responsibility and management on any person in respect of the fish and the bass angling environment coupled to situations within which they find themselves either as an angler, a guided angler, a guide or an angling journalist. This is particularly applicable when applied to a vulnerable and easily exploited species like bass.
The fish continue to be exploited in increasingly reckless ways.
Paul Hendricks and Colin McCarthy tour northern Michigan to rock climb, surf, fish, kayak and define what Your Place means. Hendricks writes, “We all have that place. A stretch of river, a mountain lake, an ocean flat which we call ours. Not because we own it or have any sort of right to lay claim to it. It became ours because it gives us more than we can give it. We find a sense of connection to something greater or something less —a north wind brining in a bruising storm across the lake or a nymph clinging to a rock at the bottom of a creek. Sometimes we take people to it so they can have the same sense of respite and awe. Sometimes we keep it private and retreat there when we need it most.”
The Team from – THISISFLY