Angling Notes: Fresh availability of Wild Atlantic Salmon

 

Wild Atlantic salmon are now available at fish counters around Ireland. This salmon comes from sustainably-managed traditional net fisheries on estuaries and rivers around Ireland, where the number of returning salmon allows fish to be harvested, while maintaining a healthy stock of spawning fish for future generations.

The total commercial quota for harvest is 11,131 from a total of 58,599 (angling and commercial combined), which makes it a premium product. These salmon can be regarded as truly organic, having lived life in the wild ensuring firm flesh and high levels of healthy Omega-3 oils.

Salmon conservation measures ensure that only recorded wild salmon, commercially caught within the state, may be sold. As part of the regulations, all must have a valid gill-tag or tail-tag (in the case of imported wild salmon), before processing, and only authorised dealers or commercial licensed salmon fishermen may sell them.

It is not permitted to sell rod-caught wild salmon within the state or sell wild salmon without a valid gill or tail tag attached.

Sean Kyne, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, said: “We all have a duty to ensure that conservation measures continue to be effective. Buying or selling illegally caught salmon jeopardises Ireland’s potential to have a sustainable salmon fishery into the future.”

Lough Swilly festival

Rathmullan

Two unexpected species turned up – a common skate over 45.3kg and a porbeagle shark, estimated at 90.7kg. All were returned to the sea.

Corney Devlin from Letterkenny won the whitefish section and Belfast angler Fred Mills, for the third time, took the tope section with 13 fish.

Congratulations also to Mark McGreechin from Glasgow who finished second in the tope section. Mark was in a party of eight Scottish anglers who have attended the festival for many years.

Good takings at Ballisodare

Ballisodare

In the low water and higher temperatures, a small plastic tube skated across the water or fished just slightly sub-surface on a floating line with a long leader proved successful along with small Cascades, Stoat Tails and darker/more traditional patterns. (ballisodarefishingclub.ie).

Fly is king at Galway Fishery

James Quinn

Good sea trout on Moy

Judd Ruane

Among the successful anglers on Pegasus were Adrian O’Gorman, Dr Danny Delargy and Alan Mansfield from the UK. Norwegian visitor Marie Rangjord also enjoyed her day, catching six fish with her first seven casts.

To book sea trout fishing, visit fishingireland.ie or call 087-6736969.

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