Angling Notes: IFI protection staff on high alert for suspected illegal activity

Inland Fisheries Ireland call on the public to be vigilant

Part of the 98kg of salmon seized by Inland Fisheries protection officers off the Cork Coast earlier this month.

Part of the 98kg of salmon seized by Inland Fisheries protection officers off the Cork Coast earlier this month.

 

Inland Fisheries Ireland’s (IFI) protection officers recently boarded a fishing boat off the Cork coast and seized 98kg of salmon and 256m of illegal net. Similar seizures have also taken place in Donegal and Mayo in recent days.

Members of the public and hospitality industries are reminded that it is illegal to purchase or possess illegally caught salmon or sea trout. Only those caught by licenced commercial salmon fishermen may be sold and must bear a colour coded green or white gill tag, or for wild imported salmon, a yellow tail tag.

Likewise, anglers are prohibited from selling salmon or sea trout. Rod-caught salmon must have a blue tag affixed but cannot be sold. Fishery officers carry out regular inspections of premises to deter this illegal trade.

Dr Greg Forde, deputy CEO and Head of Operations at IFI, said: “The risk of targeted netting of salmon at sea remains the highest priority for our protection staff who have seized 15 nets in the South Western River Basin region so far this season. Nationally, a total of 91 nets, measuring 5,300 metres have been seized since the beginning of the year. The value of prompt information from the public who report instances of suspected illegal activity or pollution alerts, cannot be overstated.”

Information may be passed to local IFI staff or by phoning the confidential hotline 1890 34 74 24 or 1890 FISH 24.

Increased algal bloom

Natural Resources Wales is carrying out a review to better understand the cause of increased algal bloom in the River Wye, Mid-Wales. Water sampling data from the past 12 years is being used to understand trends in water quality and to appreciate the causes of the greater amount than usual in the river this year.

Ann Weedy, Mid-Wales Operations Manager, said: “The review will look at factors that cause algal blooms including nutrient level and changes in land use and agricultural practices. These will then be considered alongside water temperature and river flow factors.”

Into the darkness

Bass beach fishing along the eastern coastline is showing good returns of late particularly for those anglers prepared to fish into the darkness on the rising tide. According to reports, the most productive beaches include Donabate and Portrane and further north to Laytown and Bettystown.

Dublin angler, David McGregor landed a beauty of 70cm last Tuesday evening while fishing Laytown beach on ragworm, which he sportingly returned. Anglers are reminded of the bye-law which limits two bass per angler within any 24-hour period and a size limit of 42cm. Catch and release is encouraged.

Night time fishing paid off for Dublin angler David McGregor last Tuesday with a 70cm bass from Laytown Beach, Co Meath, which he sportingly returned
Night time fishing paid off for Dublin angler David McGregor last Tuesday with a 70cm bass from Laytown Beach, Co Meath, which he sportingly returned

Former Irish Times journalist Colm Boland came across a happy angler with a big fish on the line at Shelley Banks, off Pigeon House Road, Dublin, last Wednesday.

Anthony Downey, a school caretaker from Drimnagh, took about 20 minutes to land a magnificent bass which he, and other anglers, guessed weighed nine to 10lbs.

Anthony Downey from Drimnagh with his possible specimen bass of 10lb from the Shelley Banks, Pidgeon House Road, Dublin, last Wednesday, which he returned to the water
Anthony Downey from Drimnagh with his possible specimen bass of 10lb from the Shelley Banks, Pidgeon House Road, Dublin, last Wednesday, which he returned to the water

He said he had only purchased the new fishing rod the previous day and got some lugworm to try it out. After having pictures taken and being congratulated by onlookers, he put it back in the water.

A salmon on the troll

Lough Currane in Waterville, Co Kerry continued to produce some nice baskets of sea trout on the drift when conditions warranted, plus a salmon on the troll, according to Vincent Appelby. In the past week on the upper lake, Lough Derriana has provided a few nice brown trout plus a fine 4lb seatrout.

angling@irishtimes.com

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