Angling club boundaries are also clearly marked with details on how to buy a day or season ticket. If there is a river gauge or camera these are also clearly marked so the angler can see what the conditions are from a smartphone, tablet of computer. Each lough that is open to the public, as well as stocked lakes, are also included with details on opening times, contact details and permissible methods.
Anglers can refer to tide tables, lunar phases, sunrise/sunset times and weather forecasts for both the Carlingford and Foyle catchments to help plan their trip. More real-time data will be available in the future to provide the angler with river level, water temperature, turbidity and rainfall information.
The information within the website will expand and change as more surveys are carried out, said a spokesman.
“The Loughs Agency is also committed to providing an e-permit solution for its stakeholders. This will allow the visiting angler to purchase a day or season ticket without the need to visit a distributor in person, or react to conditions and purchase permits to fish alternate beats from the riverbank.”
Salmon angling on the Reelan river in Donegal. Anglers will be able to check water levels on a smartphone.
Young people have been attracted to the sport in bigger numbers in the past three years because of the availability of qualified coaches and the encouragement of progressive schools. However Ireland’s youngsters have a long way to go to catch the French and the Polish who dominated the medals at the World Youth Angling Championships held in Cork in August.
The Northern Ireland schools event is supported by volunteers from east Belfast and the lower Bann clubs who would be grateful for assistance on the day from people who are suitably qualified. Please contact John Taggart at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07891 516677 if you can assist.
East Belfast Coarse Angling Club reports good catches of roach on the lower Bann and if you are interested in fishing this year’s Bann Bonanza festival in November please book in with Derek Buckley on 07725 404874 or visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BannBonanza Meanwhile anglers who caught specimen fish in 2017 are reminded to submit claim forms soon or miss out on recognition. Those with specimen claims for shad and cyprinids (roach, rudd and their hybrids) which require genetic analysis for positive identification are requested to submit their claims to the Irish Specimen Fish Committee by October 15. All other claims should be submitted by November 15. Email ISFC@fisheriesireland.ie with any queries.
A spokesman said,
“As a club we encourage more people from different backgrounds to fish more often and over the past years we have welcomed a group of young adults supported by charity Positive Futures. The work of Positive Futures was the focus of our fundraising efforts which raised £765.”
Bangor Angling Club jointly manages the upper and lower Ballysallagh reservoirs at Craigantlet in partnership with DAERA. The members would like to thank local and national angling suppliers, AM Angling, Tight Lines, The Village Tackle Shop, Frozen North Fly Fishing Company and Wychwood Game for their generous prize donations.
Competitiors at the Bangor Angling Club’s 80th anniversary competition raised money for the charity Positive Futures.