Normally you wouldn't be trumpeting the return of the bass, because they never really go; they're always bass to be caught in the winter months on the outer beaches, albeit in fewer numbers. This year was different; they were just absent. Except for one superb specimen caught on one of the East Cork beaches in March there have been no reports of bass caught...until now!!!
Since last weekend reports have flooded in of bass appearing all across the region. Frank Murphy, from Midleton, had a good return last weekend, fishing one of his regular beach marks with lug and razor, landing three bass. Another East Cork angler had a few more on Monday night. On Wednesday Pat O'Shea, Cobh SAC, had two fine bass from a rock mark on peeler crab. He followed that up with 15 bass to lures the following day, with the best fish coming in at 62cm. That's a great session by any standards.
With just over two weeks to go to the closed season the return of bass couldn't be more welcome. At least all anglers now have a chance to bag a few before the month long break.
Over the closed season we urge anglers to be extra vigilant as this is the time when those less scrupulous step up their poaching activities. If you come across illegal nets or suspected illegal netting activity in Cork Harbour or in the area from Ballycotton Island to the Old Head of Kinsale (or anywhere for that matter) make sure you report it. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or report it directly to Inland Fisheries Ireland on 1890 34 74 24.