Tuesday, March 10, 2015

10/03/2015: "Where are the fish of Enagh?"

The north west of Ireland’s fishing community have raised concerns that illegal netting might be to blame for the lack of fish being caught at a popular local lake, The Derry Journal reports.
The fishing enthusiasts gathered at Enagh Lough on Sunday afternoon with their rods to demonstrate the lack of pike and other fish there.

They have raised fears that something has gone badly wrong which has resulted in the fish population being decimated in the lough.


Anglers currently pay a licence fee of UK£16 a year for the privilege of fishing at Enagh. But some are now questioning why they are bothering to pay when they are barely getting a bite on their line.

A Facebook page entitled ‘Help Save Pike In Enagh Lough’ has now been set up to try and highlight the problem on the lough, which is catch and release to ensure its sustinability.

A Waterside man who has been fishing the lough since boyhood said there was widespread frustration over the issue.

“I would be there frequent enough,” he said.

“I was out there for a full week, trying everything, all different baits and that, but nothing. Usually if it’s calm weather you would see fish coming up to the top but there is nothing showing.

“What is the point of paying for a license?”

The fisherman, who has asked not to be named, said there were also concerns over the policing of fishing on the lough and whether everyone there is licensed to do so and acting within the law.

“I would like to see an investigation. I am even thinking of hiring a boat to see if I can drag a net out myself, but I would be hopeful somebody else would be able to do it.”

At time of going to press, the Loughs Agency had not responded to the angler’s comments.
Read more HERE.

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