At Bass Angling Ireland, we only use single hooks. This is to cause as little damage to the fish as possible. Also, it is easier and less stressful on a fish being released, if you wish to do so. It is a simple task changing from trebles to singles.
We fish various locations on the one tide. Being afloat obviously has its advantages; you can cover a great distance in a relatively short period of time. And you can get much closer to the bass.
‘Catch & Release’ is important as this species are very slow to mature and reach breeding age. We have no problem with people keeping their limit of 2 fish per rod per day. Anglers will never do damage to fish stocks. It is illegal netting that is an absolute disgrace. One man with a net can kill thousands of fish and wipe out stocks in an area for years.
We oppose any thoughts of opening up commercial bass fishing. This would be totally irresponsible. Like the salmon, 1 bass caught on the rod is worth far more to the economy than the same fish caught in the net. Jobs are created and tourism is boosted. With better stocks of fish, anglers will come from all over europe to fish here.
Let us protect our resource and manage it responsibly, not only for us but for future generations to come. Save our bass, practice catch & release.