Tuesday, 31 December 2013

SALMON FISHING IRELAND 2014: Sea Trout at Night on the Fly " VIDEO ".

SALMON FISHING IRELAND 2014: Sea Trout at Night on the Fly " VIDEO ".:                  If anyone is interested in fly fishing for sea trout at night i just put together some video clips  taken in September sho...

Inniscarra nets world fishing event | Irish Examiner By Sean O’Riordan

Inniscarra nets world fishing event | Irish Examiner

A world coarse fishing championship is to be held in Inniscarra next summer.
Inland Fisheries provided €30,000 for the event

The championship, which is estimated will bring €2m to the region, will be held on Jul 19 and 20, and will be screened by Sky Sports and TG4, and covered by a number of specialist fishing publications.

The World Feeder Fishing Championship will feature teams from 30 countries.

Tommy Lawton, one of the event organisers, said the Inniscarra venue was given the green light at a meeting in Rome. It had been widely anticipated that the venue would be chosen.

He believes that between competitors, stewards, and spectators, there could be at least 1,000 people on the lakeside on each of the two days. Mr Lawton is a member of the Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development committee which pushed to get the prestigious event.

However, they faced an obstacle: “You wouldn’t get a championship like this if you didn’t have proper access. We needed to build a road to the east of Roobes Bridge, near Coachford onto the lake,” he said.

A grant of €133,560 was forthcoming for the project from Avondhu Blackwater Partnership. The committee raised another €10,000, and Cork County Council came on board with €40,000.

Inland Fisheries Ireland provided €30,000 to run the event while the ESB is also carrying out €100,000 of work to upgrade the area for anglers. 

Salmon Angling Regulations 2014

The Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme regulates salmon and sea trout fishing in Ireland and is administered by Inland Fisheries Ireland. Please note that the regulations and bye-laws are subject to change. Contact your local Inland Fisheries Ireland office for information on individual rivers.
All salmon rod licence holders must affix a gill tag to all retained salmon (any size), or sea trout (over 40 cm).
Notwithstanding the restrictions in place for salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm), there are also further restrictions prohibiting the use of worms, prawn and shrimp as bait in angling for all other fish species in certain closed and catch and release rivers. Anglers may only use single barbless hooks where these restrictions apply. Bye-law 897 of 2012 prohibits the use of any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks, and the use of worms as bait in angling for all species of fish in the waters specified and revokes both Angling Bye-law No. 888, 2011 and Eastern Fisheries Region (Angling) Bye-law No. 824, 2007. The list of waters this bye law applies to is available at the following link: ANGLING BYE-LAW NO. 897, 2012 [.pdf, 19 KB]
Copies of relevant bye laws mentioned in this document are available online at http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/Salmon-Regulations/salmon-regulations.html
There is an angling bag limit of 10 salmon (any size) or sea trout (over 40 cm) on rivers where you may catch and retain salmon (Table 1). The bag limits are subject to any quota allocated to a river and its tributaries.
Subject to the maximum annual bag limit of ten fish an angler may take:
  • A total of one salmon (any size) or sea trout (over 40cm) per day for the period beginning January 1st to May 11th (three fish in total may be retained for this period),
  • Daily Bag Limit: Three salmon (any size) or sea trout (over 40cm) per day from May 12th to August 31st (except where a salmon rod (one-day) ordinary licence is held, 1 fish),
  • Daily Bag Limit: One salmon (any size) or sea trout (over 40cm) per day from 1st September to the close of the season,
  • There is an angling bag limit of three sea trout (under 40cm) per angler per day (bye-law no. 887, 2011).
Please note that it is an offence to kill any sea trout in the Galway, Connemara or Ballinakill Fisheries Districts including at sea from Hags Head in County Clare to Clew Bay (and in any waters flowing into Clew Bay) in the Bangor Fishery District south of a line drawn due east and west through Achill Head.
After the daily bag limit has been taken, anglers are permitted to fish catch and release, using single, barbless hooks and anglers may not use worms. The killing and possession of foul hooked fish is prohibited.
On rivers where catch and release is permitted (Table 2):
  • anglers may not use worms,
  • anglers must use single, barbless hooks,
  • the fish must be handled carefully and should not be removed from the water prior to release.
On all other rivers (Table 3) angling for salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm) is prohibited.
  • The River Avoca prohibits the taking of any sea trout (under 40cm) as well as prohibiting the use of worms as bait and any fish hooks other than single barbless hooks in angling for sea trout (under 40cm) (bye-law no. 890, 2011).
  • The River Munster Blackwater season is extended from 1st - 12th October 2014 on a catch and release basis using artificial fly only (bye-law no. 314, 2013).
  • The River Tor and its tributaries are closed for angling for all species of fish (bye-law no. 311, 2011).
  • The River Deel is closed for angling for all species of fish until 31st May 2014 (bye-law no. 308, 2011).
  • The River Slaney provides for catch and release from 17th March to 16th Sept. Anglers may only use single barbless hooks with artificial fly only upstream of the old bridge, Enniscorthy and prohibits the use of worms, downstream of the old bridge, Enniscorthy (pending bye-law).
Anglers can obtain their licence from Inland Fisheries Ireland, any rod licence distributor or online at www.salmonlicences.ie. On payment of the rod licence fee, the angler will be given:
  • The relevant rod licence.
  • A logbook.
  • 3 gill tags where a salmon rod (annual) ordinary, juvenile, district or 21-day ordinary licence is issued up until 11th May and a further 7 gill tags (issued in lots of 3 or 4) from the period 12th May to 30th Sept up to a maximum of 10 gill tags in total provided they demonstrate that they have completed their logbook appropriately.
  • 1 gill tag where a one day ordinary licence is issued up until the close of the season.
  • A business reply envelope for return of the logbook and unused tags to the relevant Inland Fisheries Ireland office.
  • A plastic wallet for the logbook.
The tag to be used by anglers is a blue plastic self-locking device (an additional brown tag is also required for certain rivers – (refer to Table 1 – Open Fisheries 2012) to ensure angling quotas are not exceeded. Contact the relevant IFI office for details on how to obtain brown tags). Each blue tag is embossed with a code identifying where the tag was issued, the year in which the tag can be used, a security code and a tag serial number.
  • Anglers should carefully note the following concerning the use of these tags:
  • Each rod licence holder will be issued tags for his/her use only. Tags are not transferable between licence holders.
  • These tags shall not be re-used.
  • One tag shall be attached to each salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40 cm) caught and retained.
  • Tags must be attached immediately on landing the fish.
  • Tags shall be attached through the gill opening and mouth of the fish and securely double locked around the gill cover.
  • Additional tags shall be issued on presentation of logbook information showing that the licence holder has used the gill tags issued to him or her, subject to bag limits.
  • Lost and accidentally destroyed tags may be replaced upon presentation of a signed declaration completed by the angler and signed by an Authorised Officer of Inland Fisheries Ireland.
  • Gill tags shall only be removed from the fish at the time of processing in accordance with the Tagging Scheme Regulations. For the purposes of this scheme processing includes: smoking, marinating or cooking the fish, gutting and freezing the fish or cutting any steaks, cutlets or portions of the fish.
On receipt of tags the angler will also receive a logbook. Details of the gill tags issued to an angler will be entered into the angler’s logbook by the issuing agent.
Each angler shall:
  • Have the logbook in his/her possession while fishing for salmon or sea trout.
  • Record all details of their catch in their logbook immediately after tagging the fish.
  • Make a catch record even if the fish is released (including kelts and baggots).
  • Record details of any lost or damaged tags.
  • Declare lost or damaged logbooks to Inland Fisheries Ireland.
In accordance with the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Regulations anglers are required by law to return their completed logbook (even if there is no catch recorded) and all unused tags to the issuing office of Inland Fisheries Ireland by the 19th October 2012. A business reply envelope is provided for this purpose. Anglers are required to obtain proof of postage and to retain such proof for 12 months.
Anglers are prohibited from selling salmon (any size) or sea trout (any size) caught by rod and line.
These guidelines have been prepared for information purposes only and do not purport to be a legal interpretation. The holder of a rod licence should familiarise himself or herself with section 69 of the Inland Fisheries Act, 2010 (No. 10 of 2010), the current Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations and the Salmon and Sea Trout Conservation Bye-laws.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Winter Carp Fishing at the Lough, Cork

Went fishing on the Lough earlier on this week on a very cold, wet and dark day. The kind of day any normal person would have sense and stay in cosy beside the fire but not for myself and Shane. We consider ourselves true fishermen who endure the elements. On arrival the carp were active and jumping up on the surface sometimes jumping full body out the water. We were excited to say the least since the Irish Record for Carp was caught on the Lough, Cork weighing 29lb 13oz in 1998.. Two hours had past and not a tap. Then out of nowhere Shanes spinning rod moved and a fish was on!  

Carp in Ireland

There are four types of carp in Ireland. These are the fully scaled common carp, the mirror carp, which has relatively few scales and a smooth body surface, the linear carp, with scales along the lateral line only and the leather carp which are totally scale less and also very rare. Carp have been present in a few fisheries in Ireland for many years but it is only recently that a number of specialist fisheries have been developed around the country. Lower water temperatures in Ireland mean that carp do not grow to the huge weights that continental fisheries produce. A fish over 10 lbs. (4.5 Kilos) is a good one here in Ireland. Specimen weight: 5.4 kg (12 lb). 

Shane's first Carp
Braided 30pound line on a fixed spool spinning reel

10 ft spinning rod

The Lough

The Lough


Winter Pike at Shepperton Lakes

Simon with a Jack Pike on Shepperton Lakes
A few colourful Pike Fly's
Teeth marks left by Pike

Pike Lure