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Crucial tagging studies to protect salmon and trout

By Vic Thomas

Published 18/07/2015

Catch of the day: participants enjoy the Irish Ladies Fly-Fishing Association outing at Bleach Lough
Catch of the day: participants enjoy the Irish Ladies Fly-Fishing Association outing at Bleach Lough

The Biosciences Institute (AFBI), in conjunction with DCAL Inland Fisheries and Agri-Food are conducting tagging studies in various DCAL waters. These studies are important and will provide valuable information to help protect our salmon and trout stocks.

If you catch a tagged fish, it does not need to be killed, simply take a note of the tag number and report this along with your contact details if you wish to be entered into the prize draw.

Prizes include a complimentary 2016 DCAL Season Licence and Permit, a day's fishing on a Lower Bann beat, compliments of the Irish Society and various items of fishing tackle.

Returns must include the tag number, date and recapture location. This input from anglers is vital and length and weight measurements are also useful but optional.

Please be aware any information received will be shared with DCAL and AFBI.

So if you are interested in the future magaement of Ulster's game waters, please report all tagged fish to either DCAL Inland Fisheries, River Bush Salmon Station. 21 Church St, Bushmills, BT 57 8QJ; tagreturns@dcalni.gov.uk or the Ulster Angling Federation, 14 Gleneden Park, Newtownabbey, BT37 0QL, www. ulsteranglingfederation.com.

Registration for the second International Sea Trout Symposium is now open.

This major event, which will be held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, from October 20 to 22, will build on the success of the first International Symposium on the 'Biology, Conservation and Management of Sea Trout' held in Cardiff in 2004. The event is sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, and Department of Culture, Art and Leisure.

Ladies' angling group has second meet of the year

Ladies from as far away as Belfast and Donegal met up at Bleach Lough, near Limerick recently for the Irish Ladies Fly-Fishing Association's second outing of the year courtesy of the local angling Club.

The fishing on this pristine limestone lake was excellent and the winner of the event was Julie Gerry with 10 trout.

Hot on her heels was Julie McGeever with nine fish and the top boatman was Peter Buston who had a dozen trout to his boat.

Meanwhile, due to the increasing popularity of catch and release, Carrickmannon Fishery, near Saintfield, has introduced coarse angling. while continuing to provide trout fishing. Pike, rudd and carp ponds are now available as well as pike fishing on the main lake.

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