On Saturday John Quinlan of Thatch Cottage Ireland, reported wonderful weather and good numbers of bass on the fly. Dave Yarlington was enjoying an early fishing trip to Kerry where he was blessed by not only sunshine, but also some entertaining fishing.

An angler wade fishing for bass
Dave Yarlington brings a bass to the hand

Sunday saw Sea Bass Hunter Tomasz Eckert had a very fat bass of 60cm on lure. the next day he had no luck despite bringing a second angler out for the day.

a very round bass
One fat bass for Sunday

On Tuesday his luck turned and he had 3 bass, a few small sea trout and one super sea trout of 60cm. He was out again yesterday and had two Sea Bass, including the biggest Bass of this season – 61 cm.

Bass with lure in its mouth
Wednesday saw more bass landed, including one of 61cm

Read Tomasz Ekert blog Sea Bass Hunting

Go fishing…

Thatch Cottage

Lure and fly fishing for bass normally begins mid to late March with April and May often giving superb sport.  Please get in touch to check for best times and availability. If you fancy a spring bass fishing break just give John a call on (066) 947 4721 (or +353 66 947 4721 from abroad).

E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.thatchcottageireland.co.uk

Bass angling survey

Inland Fisheries Ireland have designed a survey to evaluate the Irish bass fishery, bass angling and the current regulations in place which relate to the bass fishery in Ireland. If you fished for bass in Ireland in 2015 or caught bass in Ireland in 2015 while targeting other species your input would be welcome. The survey should take 10 -15 minutes to complete and respondents who participate have the chance to win a day’s guided bass angling. Results of the survey will be reported on in August/September 2016 and the report will be made available to the public via the IFI website. Data collected as part of this survey will be analysed by both IFI staff and the Socio-economic Marine Research Unit of NUI Galway; this data will be protected and will not be made available to others.

If you would like to participate in the survey, please follow this linkhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IrishBassSurvey

National Bass Programme

IFI has established a National Bass Programme to collect data on bass in order to provide scientific advice to support management and conservation of Ireland’s bass resource. Bass is Ireland’s only marine fish species which is managed for angling. The programme is being developed to determine the status of bass stocks and also to improve understanding of their ecology and biology in Ireland for the long-term sustainability of the species. See further details on www.fisheriesireland.ie/Projects/national-bass-programme