08 May 2012

The one that didn't get away

I met a fisherman at Kenfig Rivermouth today who had a shore caught Bass (Dicentrachus labrax) and was keen to show it to me as I was the first person he'd seen. Clearly he had to tell someone - I guess if I'd just seen a Great Black-headed Gull, perhaps I'd have been the same! He said it was the largest he'd ever caught in many years trudging out in all weathers onto Margam Sands and caught it off the beach just south of the Long Arm. I'm no ofishionado (sorry) of marine life, but I was impressed by this fish. Using my binoculars for scale I've calculated it to be 67cm long. Not having a clue about fishing I'd be interested to know if this is as unusual as he made out?

6 comments:

Jeremy said...

I've no clue about fishing, either (or anything else, for that matter), but have to congratulate you on a great pun!

Mitch said...

It's a good fish,looks to be about 5-6lbs to me,most that are caught these days seem to be in the 1-3 lb range but because this Species has been exploited and overfished it's now illegal to keep the small ones.I keep up to date with the fishing at the Heliport and have seen them caught up to 10 lbs here,although quite rarely.I know the Welsh shore caught record stood for years with a fish of 18 lbs caught at Rhossilli beach.The biggest i ever caught was a modest 5 lbs at Lavernock.

Anonymous said...

My son, Gwyn, in Rhossili will be highly envious. He did have a 5.5 pounder two weeks ago in Rhossili, though, to start the season.
Barry - PLEASE don't start calling them 'Seabass'! That is truly objectionable yuppie-speak!
There is only one Bass in our waters - D.labrax - and it is correctly known simply as Bass.
And that's offishal.....
Gareth T

Barry Stewart said...

Thanks Bob for putting things into context, sounds like it's probably more on a par with finding a Semi-P than GBH Gull!
OK Gareth point taken - I've just consulted my Collins book of fish and Bass is indeed the vernacular. Ya Ya!

Clive Ellis said...

Cracking Fish.I see them down west when diving and some are very big in the unfishable areas,Castle Martin firing range which we get the chance to survey.Also further west is much the same.My brother and me fish for them at low water at Aberthaw - all schoolies (small/young).The life cycle is very interesting too.They are all born male and turn female when they are much bigger,unfortunately theses are the ones anglers keep.Well you can work the equation out if you are only left with small males.
I am pretty sure the British record was caught on the Gower,it was 20+ lbs. For many years the record was 19lbs and that was captured over The Needles.
I have seen a 12 pounder taken at Penarth.Biggest i have had was 5lb.Powerful predator worth a few quid to mongers and Worms Head is where you'll find anglers cashing in at summertime,probably a fish like that will fetch 50-60 Quid at a restaurant.

Paul Tabor said...

Don't know what all the fuss is about bass 5-6lb are common along port-talbot (not so much on the beach)but now is the best time for the bigger bass.