Welcome on board – Steven Neely

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My passion for bass, wrasse, pollack, mullet and sea trout has taken me all over the UK and Ireland.

As an angling journalist, retailer and tackle designer, I come into contact with many like-minded and passionate anglers who all want to see a brighter future for the species that swim around our coastlines. I am a passionate lure angler who takes every possible step to practice catch and release; in my opinion, there is no better sight than watching some of these marvellous creatures swim back to fight another day.

My passion for bass, wrasse, pollack, mullet and sea trout has taken me all over the UK and Ireland to catch, photograph and report these stunning creatures in some pretty spectacular places.

If I had to really nail my colour to the mast though, I would say my biggest thrill is chasing bass using soft plastic lures. The sheer versatility and emphasis on presentation keeps my mind constantly churning and active in an attempt to outsmart these silver devils. I have spent endless hours roaming headlands, climbing down cliffs and exploring hidden coves with my lure rod in hand trying to seek out the next bar of silver.

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Steven get his biggest thrills from chasing big bass on lures from the shore – exhilarating stuff!

Most of my bassing occurs around the rugged and wild south coast of Ireland but I have also spent a considerable amount of time fishing the coast of Wales and the remote waters around the Channel islands.

If I had to really nail my colour to the mast though, I would say my biggest thrill is chasing bass using soft plastic lures.

I have witnessed first hand the value of bass as a recreational fishing species from a trade perspective, a journalist and also from the time I have spent with professional bass guides around the UK. Recreationally, the species generates millions of pounds in angling tourism across the UK and Ireland and mostly in more peripheral areas where all sorts of small businesses benefit off the back of sport fishing – B & Bs, restaurants, petrol stations, tackle shops – the list goes on!

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Steven has caught some incredible fish on light lure tackle, including stunning ballan wrasse like this one. The Angling Trust are currently working hard to ensure English wrasse stocks are protected.

Supporting organisations such as the Angling Trust, BASS and Save Our Seabass (SOSB) is critical for future protection and management of species that are under considerable threat. On and off over the past few years I have been involved in various small writing projects and campaigns with some organisations, and not only has it been an honour to get involved, but also a pleasure to work alongside those who dedicate their free time to such a good cause.

However, it has been a real honour to be asked to become an official ambassador and sea angling consultant for the Angling Trust and one which I have accepted with great pride and determination to encourage, educate and inspire others to take forward their passion and get involved with their various campaigns and projects.

I don’t pretend to be an expert when it comes to scientific data and detailed figures but I do want to share with you my enthusiasm and passion for the sport and connect with those out there who, like me, simply adore being out on the coast and doing what they love!

I’m looking forward to contributing some material to this blog over the following months and really getting stuck into the campaigns the Angling Trust has in the pipeline for 2018. As I write this I am already starting to get my gear in order for some coastal sea trout fishing and then it won’t be long before the bass fishing starts to kick off and the season starts in earnest once more!

Tight Lines,

Steven Neely.

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Steven also enjoys fly fishing, including for the highly frustrating and incredibly rewarding mullet.

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