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16-6-18: diary dates, Bass & bait use survey

24-4-18: Fiona Thorpe Charity abseil

16-4-18: Open Bream comp details

10-4-18: Data privacy policy

21-1-18: Diary dates, Bass restrictions, Utopia, Newsletters & general tidy up.

Previous significant updates:-

  4-1-17: Comp rules changed again

4-11-16: Revised cash prizes for comps

8-9-16: Change re submission of Grey Mullet specimen claims

Please note that entries are not in date order so you need to review the entire page for changes & additions.              

                                                           About this page

As your publicity officer, I hope to bring to your attention items of interest.

You should be aware, however, that I am constrained by a directive from the committee to not publicize individual catches except as part of reporting competition results or in the case of Island or National records. This is primarily to avoid the chance of commercial fishermen exploiting the information for their own gain to the detriment of club members. 

To assist any members wishing to submit their own catch reports, I have posted some advice in the forum under Help/Tips & Tricks which I would ask you to read. 


Details of how to claim a potential British record can be found on the Angling Trust web site at :- 

British Records: How to claim

with record lists etc available to download via links at

British Record Fish Committee or British Record Fish Committee


Mike Heylin, chairman of the British Record Rod Caught Fish Committee has advised that: “A claim for a British Record Fish does not have to come from a club member, or an AT member, but [can come from] anyone fishing in British waters regardless of membership, gender, creed or nationality.”


BAC is affiliated to the Angling Trust.

Their web site includes a section dedicated to IW issues which can be located at:

Angling Trust IW Marine  however more current info can be found at :

Isle of Wight Marine Committee AT which is a web site specifically for  the Isle of Wight marine committee of the Angling Trust under the control of local AT representatives.

A current list of IW records can be found under "Islend Records" in our main menu. 



Our local Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority

Information about legal restrictions, (eg minimum landing sizes, areas where bait digging is banned, commercial trawling exclusion areas etc) together with on going dialogue with anglers, can be found on the web site of our local Southern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority (SIFCA) at:- www.southern-ifca.gov.uk

They have specifically asked that anglers report any suspicious fishing activity to the SIFCA office number 01202 721373. Reports without any specific evidence would still be useful in allowing SIFCA to build a picture of possible illegal activity.

SIFCA has formed a Recreational Angling Sector Group in order to engage with anglers within its area.

Club Secretary Alan Deeming is a member of that group.


It should be noted that a significant area to the East of the Nab Tower fished by club boats falls within the area controlled by Sussex IFCA.

SUSSEX Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority
Unit 12a, Riverside Business Centre, Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex,
BN43 6RE Tel: 01273 454407 Fax: 01273 464668
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.sussex-ifca.gov.uk


We have received a request from a mature Uni Student to assist with his research for a PhD into bait usage by anglers. This is not anything to do with the government so no worry about providing assistance to him. He would like anglers to complete his on-line survey here:- Bait survey


12-6-18: BASS:

Now looking very unlikely that there will be any relaxation of the ban on anglers retaining any Bass in 2018. The data that was hoped would persuade the EU to relax the restrictions is not now due till July. The EU has advised that it would then need a further 3 months to enact any relaxation if it even did make that decision. It seems highly unlikely that the EU would go to the bother for just the 2 remaining months of 2018.



10-4-18: Data privacy policy conforming to 2018 requirements inserted in "Privacy Policy" page (under main menu.)


From Fiona Thorpe: Charity fund raising abseil down Spinnaker Tower 29-4-18

Dear All 

Back in the dark days of winter, it seemed an excellent decision to abseil down Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower to raise money for the Harbour's nominated charity, the Sophie Rolf Trust - Kissy Puppy.  They really are a very special local charity, doing wonderful things for the Island, and they deserve all the support we can give them.

At 170 metres, the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye and Big Ben!   I have absolutely no idea whether I will be able to do this - I've never done anything like it before and I hate flying (different I know!). I've been keeping my head firmly in the sand, but I now have less than a week to raise as much money as I can for this hugely worthwhile cause. The Trust has pledged to raise £300k towards the £1.5 million refurbishment cost of a building at the Island's Mountbatten Hospice, creating a dedicated area for much needed services. 

So, I am sending this missive to my email contacts - it's on a totally scatter-gun basis so please forgive me if it's inappropriate and simply delete it with my sincere apologies for bothering you.   

Every little helps, so if you are able to donate just a small amount via my Just Giving page I know the charity will be hugely grateful, as will I, and I'm hoping it will also give me the necessary motivation to go over the edge on Sunday 29th ....

With many thanks



The Sophie Rolf Trust - KissyPuppy


Fiona Thorpe,

Bembridge Harbour Authority, Harbour Office, The Duver, St Helens, Isle of Wight


Dates for your diary


1st November: Every year: Membership & mooring fees


1st April: mooring holders pay harbour dues

3rd Juny: Committee meeting

30th October (Tuesday): AGM in club

18th November:  Open Cod comp:

7th December (Friday): Prize giving evening in club (date & venue subject to review)

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January newsletter & competition list were sent to members on 18th & 19th January. They were sent either by post or by email according to the preference selected by individual members & were sent to the last recorded address that the club has on file. If not received, members expecting email versions should first check their spam/junk folders. Please contact the club if nothing received by 24th January.


We would welcome applications for one of our moorings (usable 12 months) which are only available for recreational angling boats not larger than 10m (sorry but no yachts).
Benefits include :-·
 .Usable 12 months
· Mooring hardware supplied & maintained by BAC to same high standard as Cowes Harbour   Commission.
· Within Bembridge harbour protected from open sea conditions
· Rapid access to open water with productive marks within a reasonable distance,
· Choice of marks in sheltered Solent or out past Bembridge Ledge buoy,
· Secure compound with electric hoist for your tender,
· Winter maintenance facilities at preferential rates,
· Use of clubhouse facilities including pool table & hot drinks,
· Regular newsletters & web site,
· Mutual assistance from fellow members,
· Large array of trophies to be won each season.
It currently looks as if we may only have one or two moorings available. First come first served, subject to conditions.
We would also welcome applications from non-boat owning anglers wishing to become members.
Please contact us at address on home page or electronically via the Committee & Contact page or any committee member.



Utopia MCZ Management Measures Consultation.
This is an area just North of a deep hole some few miles SE of the Nab tower that some of our club boats fish in the first half of the year. It falls under Sussex IFCA control.
See link (opens in new page) :- SXIFCA consultations
20-1-18: No restrictions on angling have been imposed, only restrictions on bottom trawled fishing gear.



 Member Spencer Wright is currently in the news regarding his excellent efforts promoting an Angling Trust campaign that encourages anglers to take home their litter & not leave it behind on beaches, piers etc.



4-11-16: Cash Prizes for Competitions

At the November 2016 meeting, the committee considered the issue of very poor recent support for the club in the way of the participation levels in competitions.

In order to partly address the committee’s deep concern it was agreed to revise the prize arrangements.

Club’s competition rules state that a minimum of 10 have to enter a competition for it to count towards club awards. Provided that minimum of 10 enter a particular ordinary club competition where fish are brought to the scales, there will be a guaranteed first prize of £50. Any additional entry fees received will be used to provide a second prize up to a maximum of £30 (would require total of 16 entrants). Any further surplus entry fees will be used to provide a third prize up to a maximum of £20 (would require  total of 20 entrants). Any further surplus to be put towards the considerable costs of annual trophy engraving.

The number of competitions targeting prime eating fish to be brought ashore will be increased & consequentially the number of competitions carrying cash prizes will increase. That said, these competitions will continue to be subject to bag limits in the interests of conservation.

No cash prizes will be awarded in competitions where fish are not brought to the scales.



4-1-17: Competition Rules: Now set as being that 2 rods can be used but only 1 to be nominated as counting for the duration of the competition.

For the past 2015/6 club season we had introduced a new rule allowing 2 rods to be used in competitions, subject to specific conditions re number of hooks. This was introduced as a result of feedback from members in the hope of increasing the participation level in competitions.

Committee initially agreed to continue with this 2 rod rule for the current 2016/7 season. Subsequent feedback from members suggested, however, that it was preferred that only 1 rod out of the 2 should be nominated to count towards a competition.

Committee gave this some considerable thought at their December meeting.

Account was taken of the fact that participation in those few competitions that were held last season was disappointingly low with some members fishing on the day but choosing not to support the club by entering the comp.

It was concluded that allowing 2 rods to be used in competitions had not had the desired effect of increasing participation & so it was agreed to revert to the standard 1 rod with 3 hooks restriction in club competitions. Subsequent adverse feedback, however, resulted in the January committee meeting agreeing to the use of 2 rods with only 1 being nominated to count for the duration of the competition. It is recognised, however, that this is virtually impossible to enforce


We were very sad to learn that Scotties Tackle shop, Newport, was having to close at the end of January 2017. BAC is very gratefull for the support that the current & previous owner have given us over the years & in particular that of Newport shop manager Alan Bravery.
Anyone still holding any of the Bembridge Angling Club supplied £5 tackle vouchers that are just for Scotties have now ceased to be useable. BAC will not redeem such vouchers.
The same applies to any Scotties own vouchers obtained direct from the shop.
This is due to circumstances beyond the control of BAC.
BAC vouchers issued at the Dec 2016 prize giving evening plus any subsequent years will remain redeemable at UK hooks & East Cowes Tackle  including their new shop in Newport "Odessa Angling Centre".


Geoff Jones  performed wonders during the 2015-6 season keeping the clubhouse clean & stocked with Tea, Coffee etc. A minority of members abused the facility. Their cups were left unwashed, drinks not paid for, coffee & bin bags stolen to mention just a few issues. In direct consequence Geoff felt he was no longer willing to carry out clubhouse cleaning etc. John Davies has kindly been cleaning on a weekly basis during the 2016-7 season but inconsiderate members continue to leave cups unwashed or even left scattered round the compound.
It may end up with the club not supplying any cups resulting in members having to supply their own. 
Volunteers to assist with occasional compound & clubhouse external maintenance would be very welcomed. Attendance at committee meetings would not be mandatory.


Specimen Claims for Grey Mullet Species

We have received information from the National Mullet Club that it has become apparent over recent years that an increasing number of specimens of grey mullet have been captured where their features do not fully comply with those normally held to be defining features for the three main species encountered in British waters.

They have consulted with the expert at the National History Museum who has advised that the one defining feature for Thick Lip mullet of rows of wart like papillae on the upper lip is an overriding indication of a Thick Lip variety but unfortunately the lack of these is not an overriding indication that it is not a Thick Lip.

BAC has had a requirement in place for some time that any submission for a Grey Mullet will be automatically considered as being a Thick Lip but with the option to present the fish to Alan Deeming for positive identification as either a Thin Lip or Golden Grey. This could entail seeking expert external opinion if necessary.

At the September 2016 committee meeting, a discussion took place regarding members who were not prepared to retain fish for positive identification. It was eventually decided to consider all Grey Mullet claims as being Thick Lip. It is intended that this should maintain fairness for other members who may submit claims for other species but would otherwise loose out due to a high percentage being attributed to one of the smaller Mullet species where that has been incorrectly identified by just the captor. That does not, however, preclude anyone who thinks they may have a new record Thin Lip or Golden Grey Mullet from seeking club assistance with positive identification but only if the whole fish is made available for inspection.


2016: Club Pollack record broken.

Having come within a few ounces of breaking the club’s Bass record last November 2015, Martin Dye has now gone one better & has beaten the clubs Pollack record with a fish of 17 lbs 5 ozs caught from mid channel. This beats the previous record which had stood at 16 lbs 11 ½ ozs since 1992.


Club record Pollack: Martin Dye



Specimen Fish Claim Submissions

At the August 2014 committee meeting it was confirmed that claim forms for shore caught fish must be witnessed as to the weighing & identity otherwise they will be declined.

Due to the difficulty in identification of the 3 species of Grey Mullet, submissions will be assumed to be Thick Lipped unless the fish itself (not photos) has been positively identified by an official fish identification officer against a number of particular defining features.


Contact  Hampshire Police Marine division (Project Kraken) on 07774 684317


Have you registered with the Coastguard CG66 scheme ?

Skippers should remember that if, as we highly recommend, they have registered their boat details with the Coastguard CG66 scheme, they need to revalidate their details at least every 2 years for their details to remain on the system.

For full details, including appropriate web links, see under Boat Safety in the main menu.




Information that came to light as a result of the major boat blaze in East Cowes marina indicated that once glass fibre composite (that most boats are constructed from) catches light it is almost impossible to extinguish.
 The committee has discussed the high level of risk associated with the unattended use of electric heaters and other equipment during boat lifts.
A fire in one of the boats in the compound would almost certainly severely damage adjacent boats and possibly the club house.
It was therefore decided that no electrical equipment is to be left plugged into the club's electricity power sockets overnight or whilst the equipment is left unattended for significant periods.
Furthermore, all members are specifically instructed to un-plug any power lead if found plugged in under the above circumstances, irrespective of if the socket is switched on or not.

This is by order of the committee. 

Scales used for Weighed on Board submissions.

All such scales are to be submitted to the competition secretary for approval by way of comparison with the club's scales before any further submissions for WOB using them will be accepted.
The only exception is if there is an up to date certificate of accuracy in force for the scales which has been shown to the comp sec.



SIFCA  ban trawling inshore round the IW

On 27th January 2014, Southern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority confirmed that  their new  Bottom Towed Gear byelaw is now in force.

Details can be found on the home page of the SIFCA web site  http://www.southern-ifca.gov.uk/

The new byelaw controls all bottom trawled fishing gear in areas that include significant stretches of the Island coast as per the chart below.

It may be of interest that SIFCA have confirmed that the Bottom Trawled Gear byelaw specifically bans the use of any object being towed round fixed nets in an attempt to scare fish into the nets.

Any observations of violations of the byelaws should be reported to SIFCA with as much detail & photographic evidence as possible. We have now established contact with a new SIFCA officer responsible for the IW




The Bembridge Harbour Authority has requested that all boats navigating within the harbour should maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 80.

This is to ensure that any emergency situation, constraint to navigation (such as vessels towing other vessels or particularly large vessels transiting the harbour) etc can be efficiently communicated to all craft within the harbour on a channel specifically allocated to Marinas.

It should be noted, however, that this is a duplex channel which means that a vessel can only communicate with a shore station, not other vessels, and other vessels can only hear the shore station and not a vessel communicating with it.

Requirements are fully laid out in the Bembridge Harbour Local Notice to Mariners LNM1 2014 which can be accessed through the link under Boat Safety.


 Smoothound Identification

The club record for Plain Smoothound was broken twice on the day of the 2012 Smoothound Comp from Joe Filipe’s boat, having previously stood at 17lbs 1 oz since 2000.

Danny Fyrth broke it first with a fish of 17 lbs 12ozs but this was then returned when Mark Jacobs caught an even larger specimen which went 18 lbs 13 ½ ozs when weighed ashore and then released having been kept alive.
This unfortunately could not be accepted as a new island record as it was not positively identified from a skin sample.

Note: The only 100% way of identifying a Plain from a Starry Smoothound is by examining a skin sample under a microscope.

BAC is however prepared to accept purely visual identification based on presence or lack of spots.


To add your support to the on-line petition asking the EU to ban the Finning of sharks please go to


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