We have reached the time in the life of the planet, and humanity’s demand upon it, when every fisherman will have to be a river-keeper, a steward of marine shallows, a watchman on the high seas. We are beyond having to put back what we have taken out. We must put back more than we take out.
Since the beginning many different influences and considerations have helped shape the thinking behind both my bass fishing and guiding. The Irish saltwater bass fishery is a very important resource, unique within Europe perhaps, and it is critical that it is managed, promoted and protected in a responsible and connected way.
In an attempt to ensure that saltwater guiding is portrayed as a responsible and credible occupation Thirtyards interacts with the fishery, natural, cultural and local environment with a minimalist impact approach. A catch and release policy has always been promoted here at Thirtyards and I try my best to adhere to the following principles in a blue environment when fishing or guiding.
Part I – The environment and the angling activity when working with a group