Irish Sport Fishing – Fishing in Ireland
For a while now I’ve been meaning to put a few words together about a resource which has over the years been through some tough times. Our bass numbers were at such a worrying level that it was necessary to introduce bag limits, commercial fishing bans, and closed-seasons. Now worryingly, there has been some talk recently of re-opening the commercial bass fishery.
Hopefully this ‘talk’ will not materialise – if our bass fishery could not sustain commercial fishing before, what makes it any more likely to survive this time ‘round? Are the jobs of all those involved in recreational bass fishing, from the tackle trade, b&b’s, hotels etc, any less important than those of the commercial fishermen? Would the revenue generated from commercially exploiting our bass be greater than the revenue generated from recreational angling? Just think of the thousands of anglers who visit Ireland each year, the many events that take place all around the country, and all the trips you make yourself (and all the €’s you spend as a result).
Anyway, rather than me going to the trouble of writing something, Jim Hendrick has done it for me here (thanks Jim!) – http://www.probassfisher.com/2012/11/the-story-that-nobody-hears.html
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