Category: Sea Fishing News

329lb halibut on 30lb class gear…

German angler Johann Kaaserer has made a line class world record claim for his enormous 149.65 kg (329 lb 15 oz ) Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) caught on August 15th while fishing off Mefjord, Norwary using just 30lb class gear. Kaaserer needed only 45 minutes to subdue the massive halibut after it ate the jig he was fishing […]

Fury over gill netting for bass

Organisations representing Britain’s 800,000 sea anglers have reacted furiously to the news that EU Fisheries Ministers, including the UK’s George Eustice, have caved in to pressure from commercial fishing interests and granted exemptions to the highly damaging bass gill net fishery. This sector, described by Eustice as “low impact” is actually responsible for by far […]

Crunch time for European bass stocks

This week is crunch time for European bass stocks with the Council of Ministers meeting to discuss controversial proposals from the European Commission for 2016 aimed at reducing pressure on the fishery. Representatives from the Angling Trust and the Bass Anglers Sportfishing Society (BASS) have been hard at work making the case to UK fisheries […]

Welsh record thresher shark

Just days after a 250lb plus thresher shark was boated during a trip aboard Rob Rennie’s renowned charter boat ‘Lady Jue II’, the national record for Wales has been beaten again, this time with this 271lb fish which fell to ‘Dai Pig’ while fishing board ‘PhatCat’. http://www.phatcatcharters.co.uk    

Finally a European Size Limit For Bass

Following several successive years of stock decline and a vigorous campaign by recreational angling organisations, the countries of the EU have finally agreed to raise the minimum size at which bass can be harvested by both commercial and recreational fisherman.  The Minimum Conservation Reference Size (MCRS) for bass will increase from 36cm to 42cm across […]

World record black grouper

Alex Newman may have equalled or just beaten the IGFA All-Tackle world record for black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci) with this massive 56.24 kg (124 lb 2 oz) specimen he pulled from waters off Ft. Myers, Florida, USA during a local fishing tournament. The massive grouper snaffled a large live bait, and put up a brutal […]

Swansea Tidal Lagoon Approved

Anglers in South Wales and the Bristol Channel are bitterly disappointed that the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change has this week given development consent for the massive tidal lagoon hydropower project proposed for Swansea Bay. They are extremely concerned that the untested technology will have a major impact on marine and migratory […]