Ton-up fish for festival

Blue sharks weighing an estimated 100lb were the top fish in the 2016 Shark Angling Club of Great Britain annual festival at Looe, Cornwall.

The three-day event from July 6-8 attracted 32 anglers fishing from nine boats and produced 68 sharks.

Billy Whistance from Bolton, Lancs, and Robert White from Market Harborough, Leics, caught the largest sharks. Billy’s blue shark measured 91 inches long with a 29in girth, while Robert’s was 89in long with a 31in girth, both worth 120 points and with an approximate weight of 100lb.

Runner-up was John Shaw, of Tavistock, Devon, with a blue measuring 88in long with a 31in girth for 119 points, and an estimated weight of 93lb.

Richard Day from Hitchin, Herts, won the prize for the most sharks with seven. The skipper’s prize for the largest shark was shared between Murray Collings , of The Swallow, and Steve Brenchley, of Meerkat. Murray’s boat also produced the most sharks, 15 sharks over three days.

Plea for a complete bass ban

Proposals have been put forward to ban the landing of bass by both commercial and recreational anglers in 2017.
The advisory body, the International Council for the Exploitation of the Seas, of which the UK and Ireland are members, suggest a zero catch in 2017 due to declining stocks of bass.
It says emergency measures in 2015 to protect bass did reduce pelagic trawl catches and also by-catches, and it is assumed this will be repeated due to the measures taken for 2016. For anglers, these included a ban of retaining bass for the first six months of the year and a one-fish bag limit from July 1.
The Angling Trust and the Bass Anglers Sportfishing Society warned UK and EU fisheries ministers last year that their failure to take heed of the scientific advice and begin radically reducing the commercial catch limits would eventually mean more pain in the long run as solutions proposed by ICES would get ever more draconian.
Both organisations have issued a joint statement setting out a call for all bass netting to cease and for bass to become a recreational and sustainable commercial hook and line species only. They want to see the introduction of a slot size for both hook and liners and anglers to allow the larger, most fecund individuals to be returned to contribute to stock recovery.
Both the Angling Trust and BASS, who see no case for further restrictions on recreational bass fishing, are seeking an urgent meeting with UK Fisheries Minister George Eustice. They want to discuss the Government's response to the ICES advice ahead of the European Council of Ministers meeting in December where the final decisions will be made.

Length records on the cards

Plans are afoot to create a British record sea fish list based on length rather than weight.

The British Record (rod-caught) Fish Committee is considering introducing a separate record list to provide for claims made in respect of sea fish that are either protected and may not be landed, or for those caught on boats and returned alive without being landed for weighing.

Such a length-based record list is not intended to replace the weight-based version, but, if introduced, would stand alongside it.

It was agreed that the Committee will work towards introducing length-based lists on a staged basis, perhaps starting with a list for species that may not be landed, extending the scheme to other species or categories if the pilot is successful.

The protocol for claims and minimum initial qualifying measurements will be addressed in due course.

C-MAP announces cartography enhancements for 2016

C-MAP ANNOUNCES CARTOGRAPHY ENHANCEMENTS FOR 2016 

C-MAP, a world leader in marine cartography, has announced a number of enhancements for its C-MAP Max-N+ and 4D cartography which includes improved chart presentations and performance for users of Chartplotters and Multi-Function Displays (MFD’s) from Simrad, B&G, Lowrance (with Max-N +), Raymarine, Furuno, and others (with 4D cartography).

The new enhancements will include improved de-clutter, light sector colours and berthing area labels. Further improvements will be seen in point-of-interest detail and current flows, while changes in sounding fonts and the depth palette colours assist in clearer identification of chart information. The system has been optimised for stable, fast navigation performance and easy access to vector chart data. 

To coincide with Navico’s release of Software Version 2.0, C-MAP has also announced that the new Max-N+ cartography will be fully compatible with the Simrad GO7 and B&G Vulcan series of chartplotters. This development brings all of the latest content, features and functionality of Max-N+ to the compact and affordable 7 inch navigation display systems which are ideal for a wide variety of sail and power boats. 

The system will include Dynamic Raster Charts, detailed satellite imagery and comprehensive marina plans in addition to C-Marina port information and multi-language charts.  There are also enhancements for owners of fishing vessels with High Resolution Bathymetry (HRB) fishing charts which have unparalleled bottom contour data which assists in the identification of selected fishing grounds. Dynamic tide and current information help skippers improve safety and efficiency while improving accuracy for fishing.

The C-MAP 4D Max +, Max-N and Max-N+ are all offered at a special promotional price throughout Europe until the end of June. With the new range of enhancements and availability for an even wider range of chartplotters and MFD’s C-MAP continues to lead the way in cartography for the 2016 season.

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Win a trip of a lifetime!

Your chance to join us on an incredible fishing trip to North America’s sunshine state of Florida

Have we got a prize for you! How do you fancy joining us on a fantastic, once in a lifetime fishing holiday to Florida?

Courtesy of Sea Angler and in association with The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, two lucky readers will be accompanying Sea Angler’s Paul Fenech and jetting off to the warmth of Fort Myers located on Florida’s south-west coast.  Once there, you will experience the thrill of trying to catch the king of fish…the mighty tarpon.

This unbelievable prize consists of all flights, five night’s accommodation at the Pink Shell Beach Resort and entry into the fifth “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament taking place on May 7, 2016 (Paul was fifth in last year’s event), where more than $25,000 in prize money was paid out last year.

You will also be invited to the Captain’s Dinner the night before the event to register and meet your fellow competitors at Doc Ford’s Bar & Grill.

There will be an opportunity to visit some famous landmarks such as Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s former winter residence while the beautiful beaches of Sanibel Island are close by.

It’s free-to-enter and all you have to do is collect the tokens in Sea Angler issue 527 and 528 (sorry but photocopies and multiple entries are not allowed) to be in with a chance. Once you’ve collected your two tokens, you then need to tell us in no more than 50-words why you would like to go. Two lucky winners will then be selected and notified. Good luck!

TERMS & CONDITIONS for SEA ANGLER tarpon fishing holiday competition

The competition appears in Sea Angler issues 527 and 528.

The prize draw opens January 14th, and closes at 23:59 March 19th.

Entrants must be residents of the United Kingdom, and aged 21 or over to qualify. Proof of residency may be required to qualify valid entrants. Employees of the promoter: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel (Lee County VCB) are ineligible to enter this promotion. The promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of Eligible Participants.

Entry is via two Sea Angler Magazine issues (527 and 528) via a coupon entry system. All data collected will be pooled for the prize draw, where two winners will be selected to attend a group trip with a Sea Angler representative. Incomplete entries will not be included. It is the entrants' responsibility to complete the entry form in full. The promoter (and prize partners) are not responsible for any postal issues (or other) which impede an entrants' entry being submitted correctly and/or in full. The promoter (and prize partners) are not responsible for any changes in e-mail, mailing address and /or telephone numbers provided at time of entering the prize draw. The promoter (and prize partners) are in no way liable for the reproduction or indirect access via third party web sites or home page access which reproduce mistakes or omits any of the information or terms and conditions connected with the promotion.

The competition prize draw will take place on March 10th, with the lucky selected prize winners notified by March 25th. The winners will be chosen by the editor. The judge’s decision is final, and no further correspondence will be entered into. Once notified (via the email address supplied on the entry coupon), the winner will have 14 days to reply with acceptance of their prize. Should the selected winner not reply within 14 days of being notified, then it will be deemed that the prize winner has forfeited their prize, and a re-draw will take place. Same rules will apply for the re-drawn winner (should this scenario occur). If after 14 days there has been no acceptance notification received, then the prize will be cancelled.

Each winner’s competition prize consists ONLY of the below items

• Holiday prize includes five nights’ accommodation at a three-star or above hotel in Lee County. Each prize winner has their own double or twin room allocated on arrival. In room food/beverages are not included.

• Transfers: Shuttle transfers to/from Fort Myers International Airport are included with transfers to the tournament and practice day on May 6-7th.

• Sustenance: Breakfast is included on each day of stay. Lunch and dinner are included on May 6-7th.

• Transportation: Return economy flights from the UK to Fort Myers via Atlanta or another US gateway are included

• Entry to the “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament, including equipment, boat, skipper and pre-tournament dinner on May 6th, 2016

Travel must will be outbound from the UK on May 5th and will depart the USA on May 10th (arrive back into UK on May 11th) to coincide with the 2016 “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament.

Please note that the following items are NOT included in the prize:

• UK airport transfers

• Additional food and beverages

• Spending money

• Any other excursions, travel, attractions or tips

• Any other personal or medical costs

• Travel insurance and visas

All other expenses are the responsibility of the prize winner/s. Please note that prize travel is strictly subject to availability.

The prize winners must travel together with the Sea Angler representative. All of the travel party must hold a valid in-date passport, and visa (if required) for travel (to be pre-arranged by, and at cost to the winners). Travel insurance is NOT included in the prize, and prize winners must obtain travel insurance for their trip, pre-departure.

The prize cannot be exchanged, refunded or redeemed for cash or any other prize. Once a booking has been made and confirmation provided to the prize winner, no further changes to the booking are allowed. No upgrades allowed. Hotel points cannot be accrued on prize travel. The prize cannot be extended, or amended, or sold.

This prize promoter has the right to change or withdraw the prize draw and/or prize elements at any time, and without prior notice. The prize promoter (and prize partners) also reserve the right to provide substitute prizes (of similar value) should the specified prize/s become unavailable for reasons beyond their control.

The prize promoter and prize partners do not take any responsibility for any liabilities, nor do they take any responsibility for any disappointment, injury or loss incurred by the prize winners from accepting the prize or participating in the promotion. The Promoters further disclaim liability for any injury or damage to your or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the prize draw.

By entering this promotion and ticking to accept the prize draw terms and conditions, you accept that the promoter, and the prize partners, may use your name for their promotional and publicity purposes, without the payment of any fee, nor the requirement for prior notification or permissions. You also accept that by entering this promotion, you will automatically be subscribed to future communications by the promoter, and the individual prize partners, however you may unsubscribe from each individual company's communications at any time.

By entering this prize draw, you agree to and accept the above terms and conditions. Further terms and conditions apply, and may be requested from the prize promoter in writing. This promotion is governed by English law and is subject to the jurisdiction of the English Courts.

Promoter:

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

c/o Four Communications Ltd

20 St Thomas Street

London

SE1 9BF

UK

Email contact: FortMyers@fourcommuniations.com

For more info, visit: fortmyers-sanibel.com/

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