Catch and Release
‘Catch and release’ is a conservation practice that is supported by Inland Fisheries Ireland, whereby a fish is handled responsibly and put back into the same waterbody, safely. When fishing for coarse fish, the use of large keepnets is encouraged; it is also recommended that pike and carp sacks are used to weigh the fish, before returning them safely to the same waterbody.
Campion added: “For anyone interested in angling or trying it out, there is an extensive network of very active clubs, associations and federations all over the country that organise coaching, events and competitions. There’s also a dedicated website for angling in Ireland at www.fishinginireland.info with very helpful information about regulations and bye laws, directories and resources.”
NOTES TO EDITOR
Sources of facts quoted:
* Ipsos MRBI, commissioned by Inland Fisheries Ireland
**Amárach Research: online omnibus survey carried out in July 2021, with questions supplied by Inland Fisheries Ireland using a sample size of 1,000 adults in Ireland.
Stock photography of fish available from Inland Fisheries Ireland (reproduction free).
Full wording of Bye Laws
The Pike Bye Law No. 809 (2006) provides for the following conservation measures:
· a bag limit of 1 pike in any one day
· prohibits the killing of any pike greater than 50 cm in length
· prohibits the possession by any person of more than 1 whole pike less than 50 cm or more than 0.75 kg of pike flesh, this provision does not apply to a person storing pike or pike parts subject to conditions
· prohibits the possession by any person of more than 12 coarse fish for use as bait subject to conditions.
There is no prohibition on the number of frozen sea baits a pike angler can have for the day’s sport.
The Coarse Fish Bye Law No. 806 of the year 2006 provides for the following conservation measures · a bag limit of 4 coarse fish in any one day
· prohibits the killing of any coarse fish greater than 25 cm in length
In addition, these other regulations are in place:
1. It is illegal to fish with more than two rods
2. It is illegal to transfer live Roach from one water to another
3. The use of live bait is prohibited
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About Inland Fisheries Ireland (www.fisheriesireland.ie)
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Angling in Ireland
Inland Fisheries Ireland runs the fishinginireland.info website, a comprehensive angling information resource which includes details of 1000s of angling venues all around Ireland. Visitors to the site can search for guides, ghillies, instructors, charter fishing boats, tackle shops and small boat hire on a county-by-county basis or by using interactive maps. Angling reports are posted daily and anglers can sign up for a free weekly ezine, called the Irish Angling Update.