I recently heard news on the grapevine of a rather large bass being landed down in the channel islands. In search of the news I contacted Mick Ward of Mr Fish Jersey.

In double quick time an email came back with information of the catch, which was indeed a new Jersey boat fishing Bass record. The fish, which weighed a massive16lb 1oz 8dr,  apparently fell to a live sandeel fished on a boom. The lucky captor was local boat angler Lee Alan who said he instantly knew he had hooked a big one, and described the ensuing fight as something very special.

Lee Alan - Jersey Bass Record

Speaking from the channel islands today, a very excited Mick ward said

Yes indeed the Jersey boat bass record was broken, here are some details.

Bass 16lb 1oz 8dr

Lee Allen

Boat fishing with live sand eel dropped down on a head with a boom and 6oz weight.

Lee is a commercial fisherman, fishes from a small open boat with crab/lobster pots. Also does a few long lines and will get the rods out when the conditions are right. The old record was taken from Jersey charter boat skipper Dave Nuth, his record was 16lb 10dr, but Dave’s bass was actually caught in Guernsey waters, so it is nice to have the record taken close to our shore.

Lee reckons the bass really did fight, he knew it was a big one from the moment he hooked it and had to motor the boat to keep on top of it.

The Jersey shore record bass is always bigger than the boat, at the moment it stands at 17lb 5oz, and that fish was taken on half a mackerel from St Helier harbour in 2004.

Cheers for now,

Mick Ward – www.mrfishjersey.com

Whitbyseaanglers.co.uk is very grateful to mr fish Jersey for taking the time to send us the information and picture of this great catch. Please consider visiting Micks site to view his excellent range of bass fishing tackle and plugs.

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