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13-10-10: Cod comp details added

18-9-19: Diary dates updated.

10-8-19: Open Bass comp poster added plus several items transfered in from home page.

18-4-19: Harbour Wi-Fi details expanded.

25-3-19: Angler prosecuted for Bass (See Bass section below)

Previous significant updates:-

18-12-18 : Link "Harbour Dues explained" added

10-4-18: Data privacy policy

  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


CodOpenComp 20 oct Poster


Boat Lift Out & Scrub off donated by Bembridge Boat Storage

Boat Lift Out & Scrub off donated AA Coombes

Boat Rod donated by East Cowes tackle

Boat Rod donated by Dave Gawn

Various packages of items of fishing tackle donated by club President  Bob Cowley

Dates for your diary:-

1st April: Every Year: mooring holders pay harbour dues direct to Harbour Co 

For an explanation of the basis on which the harbour company charges  harbour dues see Click on this link for Harbour dues explained

1st November: Every year: Membership & mooring fees

Friday 27th September 2019 Deadline for propositions for AGM

Tuesday 1st October 2019 Committee meeting.

Sunday 20th October 2019 Open Cod Comp.

Tuesday 29th October 2019 AGM in clubhouse from 8pm.

Tuesday 12th November 2019 Committee meeting. (Not 5th)


BAC held a small number of open comps during 2019 for different species. See "Fixture List"
Prizes for the abandoned 2018 cod comp were carried over into those open comps in 2019 having gained sponsor agreement.
It is intended to hold our normal open Cod comp again under the normal arrangements with the first planned date of Sunday October 20th. We have already gained commitments of major sponsorship.

Members please note that the Competition Secretary can only consider fish for which a written claim form has been submitted. Club rules state that such claims must be submitted within 7 days of capture.
The government has commenced a consultation as to when it will bring in a law that  makes it illegal for us anglers to use red diesel in our boats as a result of an EU court ruling.
The club is seeking names of any members willing to assist with a future project to completely redecorate the clubhouse.  Please advise Chairman Ross Staplehurst, Secretary Alan Deeming or membership Secretary Dave Geddes. Thanks.
Anyone experiencing a theft of items from their boat whilst on a mooring within the harbour would be well advised to report the matter to the harbour office as soon as possible after discovery and also report it to the police.

The Angling Trust is carrying out a survey of our sea angling clubs, organisations and individual sea angling members to understand what kind of support they need from our Marine Regions.



WHAT IS A 'MARINE REGION'? Marine Regions help clubs and organisations in their area run Family Fishing days, organise competitions, liaise with local Inshore Fishery & Conservation Authorities, advise the Angling Trust on sea angling policies, and much more. There are four active Marine regions: Wyvern (Devon & Severn), Wessex (Dorset & Hampshire), the Isle of Wight, and Sussex but we plan to cover the whole of England as soon as possible.

WHY TAKE THE SURVEY? Your answers will help us to support the existing Marine Regions and set up more Regions now that we have Nevin Hunter in post as our new '
Marine Regions Coordinator'.

HOW TO HELP: Please take part in the survey NOW. It should only take about 6 minutes and you'll have the chance to win a year's free subscription to Saltwater Boat Angling magazine (worth up to £38.99).


NOTE: We are only asking Angling Trust member clubs, organisations and individuals to complete the survey.

Thank you for your help - it will enable us to support you and other anglers more effectively in the future.
Yours sincerely,

David Mitchell, Head of Marine, Angling Trust


Wi-Fi In Bembridge Harbour: The harbour company, BHA, has installed an enhanced Wi-Fi system serving the harbour but free access to it is restricted to visiting yachts plus berth holders who pay directly to the harbour company. Access by BAC members who do not rent a mooring directly from BHA requires a financial arrangement being entered into between individual members & BHA. They do not offer a facility for a group club arrangement.



There is a potential hazardous issue with GPS navigation units that was due to manifest itself on 6th April this year.

This link gives a reasonable explanation of the issue https://www.noonsite.com/General/Equipment/upcoming-gps-week-number-rollover-problems-for-older-gps-units

Plus this is the official US notification (The US military runs the original & much used GPS system)


On line searches on "GPS week to rollover" reveal a number of different manufacturers' units may be affected to various degrees. We are aware of at least one member having an older GPS unit that now displays a date of 1999 but shows correct position information.

We are grateful to Dave Gawn for first alerting us to this issue.


July Newsletter was distributed by means of the method previously selected by individual members. If you have not seen it then first check your spam/junk email folder if you selected by email. If still not found or if you selected surface post then please contact our membership secretary to ensure he has your correct details.




It is planned to lay a major power cable across the channel from France to make landfall just west of the entrance to Langstone harbour. See chart below.

Detail provided so far suggests it will come very close to Bullocks Patch as well as going across the plaice grounds between the entrance to Langstone Harbour & the blocks. 

There was a meeting specifically for the consultants to engage with anglers on this plan at Hotel Ryde Castle, Monday 8th April, at which it was confirmed that they were aware of the issues relating to the cable going very close to Bullock Patch. Sussex IFCA has also confirmed that it is aware.

2019 cable route




For Info:-
Received from Southern IFCA:- Angler Fined for taking Bass and Obstructing a Fishery Officer At Weymouth Magistrates Court on the 25th of February 2019
Mr. Adrian Barron, 69 of Weymouth, Dorset, pleaded guilty to retaining a quantity of Bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) from a recreational fishery and to intentionally obstructing an enforcement officer. The case against Mr Barron was brought by Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA). At the hearing the Magistrates heard that the offences were detected on the 13th September 2018, just outside Portland Marina, Dorset, when officers of the Southern IFCA and the Marine Management Organisation inspected Mr Barron’s recreational fishing boat “Dragonfly”. The Magistrates fined Mr Barron £70 for each of the two offences and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and contribute £500 to the costs of the case, making a total of £684 to pay. At the time the offences were detected no bass were allowed to be taken by recreational anglers in an effort to protect stocks as part of a wider package of measures designed to rebuild the population of bass. A spokesperson for Southern IFCA said “Southern IFCA is committed to the protection of our fish stocks and coastal fisheries”. “Updated protection for bass has been introduced in recent years. Anyone fishing for bass is advised to check the bass fishing guidance and the local regulations for bass nursery areas.”.

Southern IFCA was consulting on possible additional controls on inshore netting including exclusion zones round some piers. Consultation closed on 7th December
Please see Netting consultation where the suggested response document has been totally rewritten.
The final outcome will depend to a degree on the level of support that was supplied by anglers. SIFCA has advised that over 280 responses were received from all groups.


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


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.


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  & 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 since the 2016-7 season & Sid Stretch has been assisting on an ad hoc basis 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.



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 new scheme replacing the Coastguard CG66 scheme ?

Skippers are advised that if, as we have  highly recommended, they have registered their boat details with the Coastguard CG66 scheme, they need to  now re-register with the new scheme that is replacing it.

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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