A call to ” Arms ” !!


The day started so well on the 30 th july , a dawn patrol out of mylor and plenty of good quality bass landed on surface lures, big bass hitting a Patchinko has to be regarded as the ultimate start to a day  . Later in the day I had my traditional bass Fishermans afternoon kip and decided to go to the skatepark for a session in the bowl , at 7 pm I pushed it too hard , the back wheels skidded out and I slammed side on into the face of the bowl , my humerus bone snapped clean in two .

 

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I actually called Matt jones and Mac while I awaited the ambulance to tell him the bad news, zen 2 would not be launching on Sunday morning . That was 10 weeks ago now , my arms healing well . It has been as painful mentally as it has physically . I have an x ray next Wednesday . My gut feeling is that the doctors will tell me that its time to start physiotherapy . My greatest challenge now will be to rebuild the muscles and get the mobility back in my arm . I  am desperate to get back out there and  have been rescheduling bookings into November. Its the prime month for catching bass on the south coast and I have no intention of missing it but given that I can not lift the weight of my arm its going to be a fight .

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I have pretty much disappeared from the radar for for 10 weeks now but I need to reach out and ask for help .

We have seen so many changes in commercial and recreational bass fishing legislation recently , mostly for the better and I believe we are starting to see the positive benefits on the water , there remains one stone that has not been overturned and now at last the one thing that has always and depressed me the most in the fishery is under the spotlight . I have always made this my personal mission and I (amongst other people )  have been harassing Cornwall Ifca to sort this out for years . This is the big opportunity to end the disgusting practice of netting inside our estuaries , the small community of fishermen and poachers out there know this has been coming and I imagine most of them have realised that their days are numbered , we have a new MLS , closed seasons , shut the pair trawling down , bag limits , commercial catch limits . You cant expect to make the big changes and at the same time allow juvenile fish to be targeted yards from the moorings or in the creeks . These are nursery areas for gods sake ! The Gilthead bream and mullet  fishery will also benefit massivly from the estuary netting ban .When the Giltheads show up tackle shops can sell hundreds of pounds worth of bait every weekend , then the netters go up to the creeks and shut it down within a couple of weeks , game over .

There will be objections from a few who choose to target juvenile fish often yards from the moorings or in the shelter of creeks, these need to be overruled and those who object should be reminded that majority of commercial fisherman leave the nursery areas and go to sea and target mature fish that have had the opportunity to breed before harvesting .

 

So please help ???

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RIVER AND ESTUARINE FISHING NETS BYLAW 2017


Please write a letter and print off 2 copies , one of each need to go to the address’s below , please send a hard copy and also an email THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW , THE CLOSING DATE FOR LETTERS IS 27 TH OCTOBER 2016

I have pasted in below a copy of my letter , please explain that you are a recreational angler and you want to see these areas protected for the future of the species , explain what you spend on your sport in fuel , bait , lures , accommodation , fishing tackle , magazines etc etc . I personally believe that the authorities want this ban , we need to back them up to help push it through an drown out the whimpering of a group of guys who have had it too good for too long

 

 

MMO: Marine Conservation and Enforcement Team, Marine Management Organisation, Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 7YH
or, ifcabyelaws@marinemanagement.org.uk

 

Cornwall IFCA: Chi Gallos, Hayle Marine Renewables Business Park, North Quay, Hayle, TR27 4DD
or, enquiries@cornwall-ifca.gov.uk

 

MY LETTER

 

To Cornwall IFCA & MMO
30- 09 – 2016
RIVER AND ESTUARINE FISHING NETS BYLAW 2017

As a full time professional stakeholder in the cornish bass fishery I want to add my support to the proposed changes to netting inside cornish estuaries,  I have witnessed first hand the reduction in numbers of bass  inside these sensitive areas . I have also witnessed the constant on going efforts of fisheries officers to capture commercial fishermen who have been bending or ignoring the rules for years , the cost to the tax payer and burden on already stretched fisheries staff of policing these areas must be staggering.

We have seen the closure of the offshore pelagic fleet , the increased MLS on bass, bag limits on recreational angling , a closed season for bass .The issue of netting inside these sensitive ecosystems has to be regarded as a priority given the grave findings of ICES and the sacrifices made by other stakeholder groups involved with the bass fishery.

There must be no loopholes , no grey areas ,a simple easy to understand and enforce bylaw , a 100 % ban on all forms of netting including ebb netting 12 months of the year.

With regards to the helford area the proposed location of the boundary has to be regarded as a huge mistake , plain and simple. Once again Gillan creek and St Anthonys has been overlooked as it was with the original BNA bylaws . The boundary of the Helford no netting zone MUST run from Rosemullion point to Nare point , this will protect Gillan creek and Dennis head.

There will be objections from a few who choose to target juvenile fish often yards from the moorings or in the shelter of creeks, these need to be overruled and those who object should be reminded that majority of commercial fisherman leave the nursery areas and go to sea and target mature fish that have had the opportunity to breed before harvesting 

Austen Goldsmith
Charter skipper

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  1. Austen, Thank you for highlighting the Netting Bylaw discussions that are ongoing. i have witnessed the netting of the Fal on nurmerous occasions and seen the Gilt Head Bream fishing suffer in the weeks afterwards. I have written to the organisations as suggested and hope that other readers of your blog will do likewise. Hope you are recovering well.

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