Fishing resources

Protect Ireland’s fisheries resources and spot rare shad


A total of 647 items of illegal fishing gear and 301 fishing nets measuring 13.8 km were seized by fisheries staff last year. Statistics also show that 187,426 hours were spent protecting Ireland’s fishery resources.

The monitored area included 74,000 km of rivers and streams, 128,000 hectares of lakes and 5,500 km of coastline in an attempt to apprehend those responsible for illegal fishing and environmental offenses.

Minister of State for Inland Fisheries Sean Kyne said: “The quality of our natural environment and aquatic habitat is inextricably linked to Ireland’s attractiveness as a destination for angling, fishing and fishing. so that fisheries protection, public information campaigns and strategic development of the sector led by IFI are all crucial in this regard.

Rare Welsh Fish

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is asking people for their help in recording sightings of a rare fish found in Welsh rivers. In June, thousands of shad spawn in three rivers in South Wales, the Wye, Usk and Tywi. But NRW is also interested in possible sightings elsewhere, particularly in North Wales.

There are two species, the allis shad (Alosa alosa) and twaite shad (Fallax by Alosa) who spend most of their life at sea. However, at this time of year they move to rivers to spawn. After laying, many die, but each female produces thousands of eggs to start the next generation.

Fishermen in rivers or at sea sometimes catch them by accident, or fall on carcasses. If you catch a shad, take a photo and carefully bring it back to the river, minimizing handling as they are more delicate than many other fish.

Tristan Hatton-Ellis, of NRW, said: “Like the swallow, shads are a sign of summer and we are interested in the records of shad especially in North Wales where we believe it is a sign of summer. may be small populations. Look for them at dusk in the middle and bottom of the streams, where you can see them circling.

Send photos to for identification.

Corrib fishing

Larry McCarthy of Corrib View Lodge reported good fishing with Gareth Jones landing 36 trout over four days on caenis while British fisherman Malcom Patrick had 21 over three days on wet and dry mayflies.

Corrib regular Vaughn Ruckley of Scotland captured 13 over three days, eight of them on caenis weighing up to 3.5 pounds.

In the Oughterard area, Gerry Molloy entertained regular Swiss fishermen who enjoyed excellent Rapalas trolling with their best fish tipping the scales at 17 lbs and landing many other noble Corrib trout.

Staying in the Oughterard area, Basil Shields of Ardnasillagh Lodge noticed a slowdown in activity. However, Cork angler John Quilligan landed seven in a wet fly day.

Fly casting course

Glenda Powell will demonstrate and teach fly casting for salmon and sea trout at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust Scottish Game Fair, June 29-30, July 1, at Scone Palace, Perthshire. “If you are planning to go to the fair, please call and say hello,” she said.

Fishing therapy

The Killinarden Angling Initiative (KAI) was recently fishing on a trip to Greystones, County Wicklow, with a group of eight men suffering from mental health issues.

Upon arrival at the beach, the group met their therapists as well as KAI founder Patrick Ryan, volunteer Darren Warner and Stephen O’Flanagan. In tropical conditions the guys fished for about four hours but unfortunately the fish were “not playing ball”. “All we caught was a crab! says Stéphane.

Most importantly, the guys enjoyed the day and are looking forward to the next coarse fishing trip. No date set for the moment.

Charters and flights

Rathmullan Charters in Co Donegal has dates available in July and August for full or half day fishing trips for groups of up to 10 people. If needed, rods and reels are available free of charge. Pickup from Inch Pier can be arranged when the tides are suitable. The price for a full day is 400 € and 250 € for a half day.

Two and three hour sightseeing tours of Lough Swilly are also available at € 25 per person (minimum of eight). Call 087-248 0132 to check available dates.

The Green Peter Sedgehog Hopper is a great motif to grab the attention of a trout when it is pulled through surface water, according to fly trier Jimmy Tyrrell. Contact or 086-845 1257.