Archive for August, 2014

Slipway Closed Sunday 31st August

The slipway at Burnham on Sea is closed all day on Sunday 31st August for the Stert Island swim and all the other fund raising activities taking place on the beach.

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 News Letter Comments Off on Slipway Closed Sunday 31st August

Andy Howell Specialised Charters – Cornwall

Some of the longer serving members may remember Andy Howell who was a member of BBOSSA throughout the 1990’s. Andy was running an Orkney then, which he informed was often used to tow Chris Linsey off sandbanks!!

Andy has been running his specialised charters on his Warrior 165 Obsession in Falmouth Bay and Lizard Peninsula area for around 5 years now. He has recorded catches of up to 15 species in a day and  can also specialise in bass fishing, bream fishing and shark fishing. Andy’s website is www.specialisedcharters.co.uk and you can also follow him on face book at www.facebook.com/specialisedcharters

Saturday, August 16th, 2014 News Letter Comments Off on Andy Howell Specialised Charters – Cornwall

Club requirements on Launching from Burnham – John May.

AS DISCUSSED A COUPLE OF MEETINGS AGO WE AT BBOSSA NEED TO MAINTAIN A COMPLETE AND ACCURATE RECORD OF ANY LAUNCHES MADE FROM BURNHAM BY OUR CLUB BOATS.
 
THIS INFORMATION WILL BE REVIEWED WITH THE COUNCIL ON A REGULAR BASIS AND CHECKED AGAINST THEIR RECORDS TO ESTABLISH THE LEVEL OF OUR USAGE.
 
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT OUR RECORDS ARE ACCURATE FROM JUNE 1st SO IF YOU HAVE BEEN OUT SINCE THEN AND NOT RECORDED IT  PLEASE LET ME KNOW BY EMAIL AT  john.may@live.co.uk   AND KEEP ME UP TO DATE GOING FORWARD PLEASE.      

[for our records and future decisions can I also have names of members/guests on boat trips]

 
WE ALSO HAVE TO PROVIDE DETAILS OF INSURANCE – SO IF YOU WANT TO LAUNCH YOU NEED TO PROVIDE DETAILS THAT WE CAN PASS ON TO THE COUNCIL. [ send to me to start the process off – company, dates, name of boat, boat no, public liability cover]
 
WITHOUT CURRENT INSURANCE – CLUB MEMBER OR NOT – YOU MUST NOT ATTEMPT TO LAUNCH.
 
ALWAYS GIVE TIME FOR GETTING INFO TO COUNCIL BEFORE LAUNCHING.
 
IN FUTURE IT WOULD BE EASIER FOR EVERYONE TO GIVE DETAILS WHEN PAYING SUBS.
 
JOHN 

Thursday, August 14th, 2014 News Letter Comments Off on Club requirements on Launching from Burnham – John May.

Weymouth 8th August 2014

photoJohn May reports that he fished Weymouth on Super Spratt 4 with Richard Baker. Richard hammered John on the plaice 5 nil. His biggest plaice, pictured here, weighed 5lb 12oz.

John did a bit better on the bream and was given the run around by a 10lb tope caught on his bream tackle!

Thursday, August 14th, 2014 Latest News Comments Off on Weymouth 8th August 2014

RSA update from our President John May

Great news for RSA’s with part of our area becoming one of the first areas in the country protected in favour of anglers from commercial activities [netting / long-lining ] as well as other areas to trawling.

Amendments to netting bye laws where netting is not prohibited are being reviewed this year and will put more controls /limits on the industry.

I sit on the main DSIFCA board  and its  Bye-law review committee and will continue  to  ensure that angling in the Bristol Channel remains on the agenda for any management plans that the IFCA are tasked to develop.

All in the right direction  but hopefully just the start!

JOHN MAY 

 

Proposed Angling Zones – Consultation Summary and Actions

The Authority consulted on three proposed Angling Zones during a six week period, 6th May to 17th
June 2014. A total of 80 responses were received. 59 respondents had purely recreational sea
angling interests. Responses from Bristol Channel Federation of Sea Anglers and the Angling Trust
Marine Wyvern Division represented 58 Angling Clubs. 8 responses made no comments regarding
the proposals. The remaining 13 proposals, were from the commercial catching sector. Many of the
respondents that expressed a commercial interest used a diverse range of methods. Only two
responses indicated a purely commercial netting interest. No direct representation was made from
the charter boats vessels that operate in the areas. Most of the responses related to the proposed
Burnham, Berrow and Brean Angling Zone and the Skerries Bank Angling Zone.
Generally the recreational sea angling response was positive to the proposals; however some
expressed a feeling of disappointment that the proposals were small in scale. Commercial fishermen
expressed a general concern that the Authority’s proposals were setting a dangerous precedent and
feared that the current zones may be followed by more significant proposals. Commercial fishermen
also felt that the level of catch taken by the recreational anglers should be limited, particularly if
their own activities were restricted. Responses to this consultation and the Angling 2012 project
would suggest that most anglers report practicing catch and release and only taking a few fish for
the table.
The sites for the proposed Angling Zones were chosen on the basis that there was a significant
existing or potential recreational sea angling interest and a relatively low existing commercial
interest. The Authority recognises that this is the first, small but significant step into the potential
development of sea angling and as such the beneficial impact should be significant enough to be
measured but the impact on the commercial interests should be minimised. Whilst looking to
develop recreational angling interests the Authority must seek to balance the needs of all persons
involved in the exploitation of the fisheries resources.
The consultation responses would suggest that the initial assumption of low commercial activity was
correct in relation to two of the proposed Angling Zones, Burnham, Berrow and Brean, and the
Emsstrom Wreck. However, many of the local fishermen contacted the Authority regarding the
proposed Skerries Bank Angling Zone concerned with the level of impact that the proposals would
have on their small businesses. The consultation coincided with a district wide questionnaire of all
licensed fishermen designed to evaluate potting and netting activity that also highlighted higher
levels of commercial netting activity in the area.
At the Authority’s meeting on 26th June 2014, members agreed to establish a voluntary code of
conduct for the Burnham, Berrow and Brean Beaches and the Emsstrom Wreck. The Authority
decided to delay further consideration of the Skerries Bank Angling Zone until further evidence was
gathered through discussions with local commercial and recreational angling interests and
consideration of alternative measures that may assist reaching consensus on the management of the
site.
Please visit the Angling pages on the Authority’s website www.devonandsevernifca.gov.uk/angling
over the next few weeks for details of further meetings to discuss the Skerries Bank proposals and to
view the codes of conduct for the two other areas.

Monday, August 11th, 2014 News Letter Comments Off on RSA update from our President John May