The boats handlining for Mackerel, Bass, Pollock, Squid and Blue Fin Tuna are usually between 15 and 20ft in length. These boats and fishermen work from the many small covers and harbours dotted around the coast of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.
The fishermen, use skills and techniques that have often been passed down through generations. As a result of these skills and knowledge, all of the fisheries are highly sustainable, making the fish caught an excellent ethical choice.
When fishing for Bass, each boat usually uses three lines: two attached to long bamboo poles (one on each side of the boat) and the other line over the stern. each line is weighted by a 2-2lb weight and consists of approximately 50-60 metres of monofilament line with an artificial rubber eel lure on the hook.
The lines are towed being the boat at 1 knot in a technique known as "trolling". Some fishermen also use rods to catch bass. When a fish is hooked, it is hauled to the side of the boat (by hand, not even wearing gloves) and a lending net is then used to lift the fish out of the water, where it is then stored in ice to reduce the fishes body temperature to 0.c as quickly as possible.
Fishing in this way is unpredictable and required a great deal of skill and patience since fish may often be there bit not feeding. therefore when weather condition allow fishing can be from dawn till dusk