Monday, 23 May 2016

Salmon Net was Seven Times Longer than a Football Field

So a fisherman gets €150,000 to stop netting for salmon, he then goes and gets charged for netting salmon with a net of 750 yards long off sauce Creek at Brandon Point, while being paid compensation of €150,000 to not do it, he then turns up in court with 1 thousand euro! Like does anybody else think that not only are they completely taking the piss out of the government but are also destroying the whole area of fish life..
Salmon caught in these nets would be making there way up all the small spate rivers all the Dingle Peninsula, they would be spawning in the lochs and streams way up in the valleys and mountains. After travelling thousands of miles down the North Atlantic onto the west coast of Ireland, instead they getting caught in these greedy so called fisherman's nets and being sold to all the restaurants in the area....
Tourists will then flock to the area and eat seafood chowder and salmon dinners not knowing the untold damage they are doing to the local rivers...
The sickening fact is that we the public are paying these guys compensation to not net while to head out every morning and evening from Brandon pier.. You can see them yourself every day with the fiberglass boats and outboard engines. Another thing that sickens me is the so called environmentalists will pull up with there boats all summer long and see these nets and not say a word...
It will be interesting to see what will be done to this so called fisherman come later in the year...
Tight lines..

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Meet the Father of Modern Sea-Trout Fishing

Born: 15 May 1917 Cheam, Surrey, England
Died: 30 March 1996 (aged 78) Birkby, Ravenglass, Eskdale, Cumbria, England
Nationality: United Kingdom
Other names: Hugh Edward Lance Falkus
Known for: Writer, film maker, television presenter, pilot and angler

Hugh Falkus (15 May 1917 – 30 March 1996), was a British writer, film maker and presenter, World War II pilot and angler. In an extremely varied career, he is perhaps best known for his seminal books on angling, particularly salmon and sea trout fishing; however, he was also a noted film-maker and broadcaster for the BBC.

Hugh Edward Lance Falkus was born to James Falkus, a Surrey bank manager, and his wife Alice Maud. James retired early to a boat, first on the Essex marshes and then in Devon, upon which Hugh was sent to the East Anglian School, in Suffolk. According to his entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Hugh caught his first fish when he was four, learned to shoot when he was six, and was an expert helmsman by the age of fifteen. By eighteen he had learned to fly, and at twenty he became a pilot in the RAF.

On 11 July 1939 he married Doris Marjorie Walter, and they had two sets of twins (three sons and a daughter). The youngest son, Anthony, born in 1952, died in infancy. The older twins, Christopher and Malcolm, born in 1940, had successful careers, Christopher becoming a prominent publisher while Malcolm's career has been in economic history. Falkus' only daughter, Rowena Mary, is a Benedictine nun.

In June 1940 Falkus' Spitfire was shot down over France and he spent the rest of the war in German prison camps, including Stalag Luft III the Great Escape camp. After the war he left Doris and in 1950 he married Diana Vaughan, the young editor of Argosy magazine, but on 12 May 1951 Diana was drowned, along with Charles Osborne, Bill Brendon and Sam Lee, in a boating accident off the coast of Achill Island in County Mayo, Ireland, while they were making a film about the local shark hunting industry. Falkus, a powerful swimmer, narrowly survived after swimming over a mile to the shore to seek help.

In 1952 Falkus married Lady Margaret Vane-Tempest-Stewart, second daughter of the seventh Marquess of Londonderry, but the marriage was short-lived. By 1955 Falkus had settled in Eskdale, Cumberland, which he had come to know and love through his friendship with Bill Fowler, a bomber pilot from Long Yocking, Eskdale, who he had met in a prisoner of war camp. In 1958 Falkus married Kathleen Armstrong, daughter of a local farming family. He lived with her at Cragg Cottage, Eskdale, for most of the rest of his life, writing about fishing and natural history and making television films on related subjects. He wrote, produced and presented a series of The World About Us films for the BBC, and with the Nobel Prize-winning zoologist Professor Niko Tinbergen he made a film about gull behaviour called Signals for Survival which won the Italia prize in 1969, and first prize for the BBC at the 1969 Montreux Film Festival. He was reportedly and according to his biographer, Chris Newton, a sexual predator, gaining the punning nickname "Huge Phallus" at the BBC. He was still having affairs in his late sixties, upsetting his friends by deserting Kathleen, his wife of 25 years for a woman named Romille.

Falkus' masterwork Sea Trout Fishing, A Practical Guide (HF & G Witherby 1962, enlarged edition 1975) became a best-seller and has never been out of print; it "established his reputation as the father of modern sea-trout fishing" according to his biographer, Chris Newton. It was followed in 1984 by Salmon Fishing, a Practical Guide, also a best-seller which remains in print.

Falkus was a controversial and outspoken figure, insisting on being right and bullying people.

He was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Cherry Kearton Medal and Award in 1982.

Hugh Falkus died of cancer and bronchopneumonia at Cragg Cottage on 30 March 1996. His son Christopher had predeceased him, dying in 1995 of heart disease.


Thursday, 5 May 2016

Trout Anglers Alarmed by Plans to Close Fish Farms


Anglers are considering what action they should take after Inland Fisheries Ireland announced plans to discontinue operations at all of their fish farms and hatcheries. The National Anglers Representative Association (NARA) and ten other angler representative bodies learned of the plans after staff at these fish farms were informed that operations would cease. None of the eleven angler representative bodies were consulted with in advance of the announcement and the planned closures are not mentioned in Inland Fisheries Ireland’s National Strategy for Angling Development. This announcement in effect means that more than 100 fisheries within the state will be unable to source trout to stock their waters.

At a recent meeting with one of the fisheries that will be effected, Inland Fisheries Ireland conceded that there is no alternative plan in place that will enable the demand for farmed trout to be met. Whilst a limited supply of rainbow trout can be purchased in Northern Ireland there is not alternative supplier of brown trout. Purchasing rainbow trout from outside of the State will also result in a loss of income tax for the Irish Exchequer.

A recent study which was conducted by Inland Fisheries Ireland calculated the economic contribution of angling to the Irish economy at over €836m per annum and stated that angling is also estimated to support in excess of 11,350 jobs. The loss of these fish farms will have a serious financial impact on the value of angling and it will result in job losses. The largest fishery likely to be affected is Lough Owel which is just outside Mullingar County Westmeath which has played host to numerous International angling competitions and serves 25% of the Irish population.

Inland Fisheries Ireland currently stocks a number of fisheries with both brown and rainbow trout. Anglers who use these fisheries pay a Managed Water Permit to Inland Fisheries Ireland.  Angling clubs supplement this stocking programme by purchasing trout directly from IFI’s fish farm. The cost of purchasing additional trout if met through fundraising and membership subscriptions.