Catch and Release
The NCFFI and it’s members work hard to encourage good practice in our sport and the promotion of catch & release by encouraging the formation of clubs and individual membership. We are aware of the extent of the illegal practices being undertaken by a minority and our members relay information to Inland Fisheries who carry out investigations on reported incidents and have had much success. We have many examples where local fisheries officers arrive promptly to a scene of suspected wrong activities. This does not always conclude with a prosecution but serves to highlight the law. The collection of clear and precise information is important in these circumstances and we as anglers must try to help where we can and report suspicious activity as it happens.
We encourage our clubs to go forward and have private Water Keepers appointed through district courts. This has proven to be a very effective deterrent to poaching. If your club wishes to become involved contact us and we can provide some guidance. There is also the issue of looking after the environment and disrespect in some areas is causing concern among landowners. As clubs we should ensure our landowners also have the relevant contact details so they may report such activity.
Although we share the frustrations the sharing of media via social networking channels does not resolve the problem and we do not recommend you promote discrimination against individuals in this way. Where you can, collect as much information about the post and pass on the information to the IFI who have a team who can follow up the web based reports. This you can do by private message to their Facebook page or by contacting the local office. If you prefer PM us and we will report it for you and we will keep a record of all reports.
The four fish rule is a disaster for coarse fish and we recommend rallying local politicians to change this to a no-kill policy in order to close what is now a loop-hole and protect our natural fish stocks. This type of policy is in operation at several locations in Munster, including Inniscarra and together with funding through permits has improved the quality of the fishing.
If you would like our help in reporting an issue or would just like us to keep information about your report on file you can mail us here.
Conservation Angling Regulations – CATCH AND RELEASE – Inniscarra and Carrigadrohid Reservoirs
This is an example of signage in place at Inniscarra. Since 2008 the ESB has had a conservation by-law in place for the lake enforced by Inland Fisheries Ireland, IFI.
Anglers pay a permit to fish with funding making a contribution to protection.
The quality of fishing on Inniscarra is proof of its success.