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April Ullcatch Competition

Kevin McClean with a 1.26kg Shad

The winner of April’s Nominated Species Hunt was Kevin McClean with his report on fishing for Shad at St Mullins. You may read it here. The nominated species for May are Gilthead Bream and Plaice. More details here


Does Recreational Angling contribute to the economy?

News Release 22/03/2012

Inland Fisheries Ireland(IFI) has appointed Tourism Development International (TDI) to undertake a Socio-Economic Survey of Recreational Angling in Ireland. The overall objective of the survey is to establish the current volume and value of domestic and overseas recreational angling in Ireland. It will run over the course of 2012.

Pike, coarse fish, Bass, salmon, sea trout, brown trout and sea anglers will all be invited to participate in Irelands most comprehensive angling survey undertaken in decades. The Survey will inform IFI and its tourism partners in relation to the angling product in Ireland and also enable improved strategic planning and decision making in respect of product development and marketing.

‘Anglers are the key to this survey’, commented Minister Fergus O Dowd, TD, ‘they know the resource and they understand the importance of sustainability. What anglers contribute to Ireland’s economy is unknown but I am certain that it is significant. Angling takes place in every river and lake in Ireland and all around our coastline. There is no town or village in Ireland that doesn’t have anglers. It is imperative that the inland fisheries and sea angling resources are managed in the best way possible to ensure enjoyment for our local and visiting anglers, sustainable jobs in rural communities and maximising its potential to add to Ireland’s economy. Getting the right information from those most involved will greatly assist in improving the angling product.’

The survey comprises two parts, a household survey and a survey of recreational anglers which will commence in April. Anglers will be met at fishing locations throughout Ireland and invited to participate there and then, or later by phone or on-line. Every effort will be made to accommodate participation.


Media enquiries: Suzanne Campion ,Head of Business Development, Inland Fisheries Ireland,
Anglesea Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.Tel: 052 6180055 Fax: 052 6123971; Email


Irish Spring Bass 2011

I have written an article for a Dutch fishing website of last years fishing trip to Ireland. I would like to share this with you, so I have translated the article.

Irish spring Bass 2011 (19-04-2011 to 24-04-2011)
Ireland has a very special place in my hart. The beautiful wide and rugged country side, the silence, the people and off course the wide variety of fishing opportunities. That’s why I decided last winter, in the middle of the third ice age, to plan another trip to Ireland.

This year I chose, contrary to previous years, for a fishing expedition in the spring instead of the summer. My dad, my trusted travel companion, had planned another trip, so he couldn’t join me. I decided to travel across the pond on my one and, together with fishing guide John, to roam the shores of amazing Kerry.

Because I don’t like driving on the “wrong” side of the road and because I think it is a waste to park a rental car next to the lodge for a week, I took the train from Cork to Killarney. Ther I was greeted by John’s lovely wife Lynn. After an hour drive through the mountains and lot’s of catching up, we arrived at about 16.00 at the Thatch Cottage Fishing Lodge..


Paul Ruiter