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 email@example.com 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.