Fishing for Heroes group enjoys a great
day's sport at Thrunton fishery
|Members of the Fishing for Heroes group at Thrunton fishery.
Members of the Fishing for Heroes group recently visisted Thrunton where they were coached by Lucy Bowden (www.fishingfor
everyone.com), pictured far right. It was a great get-together, with the members enjoying good sport and a warming lunch in the lodge. See Thrunton.
No increase in fishing charges for the Blackwater Lodge and FisheryTHERE will be no increase in fishing charges for the Blackwater Lodge and Fishery, which dropped its prices significantly two years ago to combat the economic climate and to encourage more anglers to visit
This decision means that for the new season, which starts on February 1, anglers can fish for
salmon on the renowned Cork Blackwater for between €15 and €80 per day, depending on the time of year.
According to Fisheries officers, there is an excellent stock of spawning fish on the upper Blackwater. Interestingly, their
behaviour this year is unusual in so much that they are running to the spawning grounds and spawning immediately, which is
rather early - especially considering the mild winter to date.
There are no changes to the fishing regulations
for the coming season - except that the season will revert to closing on September 30.
The quota for
the river is 5,752, which is the second highest in the country next to the Moy.
Visit www.ireland-salmon-fishing.net/index.htm for more details or to make a reservation for the coming season.
The draft regulations for the 2015 season can
be found on www.dcenr.gov.ie/NR/rdonlyres/9C4DC491-0E73-4428-9E19-E7A1AA4AC270/0/WebsiteDraftWildSalmonAndSeaTroutTaggingSchemeRegulations2014101114.pdf
Rods land 67,468 salmon and grilseFIGURES issued
by Marine Scotland Science show that 67,468 wild salmon and grilse and 16,078 sea trout were landed by rod and line in Scotland
in 2013 - the lowest since 2003 and 1952, respectively.
Although the reported rod catch figures was only 76% of
the previous five-year average, the 53,936 wild salmon and grilse released - 92% of spring salmon and 80% of the annual rod
catch - was the highest on record.
A total of 77 (0.1%) of farmed salmon and grilse were reported in fish caught
by all methods, with the North West and West regions accounting for the majority (68, or 88%) of these.
number of finnock/whitling/herling - sea trout that have spent less than a year at sea before returning to rivers - brought
to the net in 2013 was 9,293, which was up 34% on the previous five-year average. Of these 90% were returned
the 16,078 sea trout landed by rod and line, 12,423 (or 77%) were returned, which is the highest proportion since such records
began 20 years ago.
The status of Scottish salmon and sea trout stocks - based on rod catches and information from
fish counters and fixed traps - is updated every April.
The latest report can be downloaded at www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/marine/Publications/publicationslatest/Science/MSSR
|Don Coe, left, and Alistair Baker with the WaterAid trophy.
and Alistair take the honours 'at the home of English competition fly-fishing'
from Northumbrian Water took part in the annual Anglian Water WaterAid fishing match at Rutland, with Alistair Baker
and Don Coe taking top honours at "the home of English competition fly fishing".
The NW team of Don Coe, operations
manager waterside parks; Alistair Baker, PR and media manager; Brian Lillie, team leader scientific support and Kevin Pick,
distribution Maintenance Operative, were supported with a donation from the company's "Cheque it out" fund towards
participation in the event.
The day raised the life-saving sum of £8,000 for WaterAid which will transform the
lives of almost 550 people by giving them access to clean water and safe sanitation.
Pairs of anglers competed from
a 36-strong fishing boat fleet for the coveted title which was won by Alistair and Don, who together weighed in eight heavyweight
rainbow trout, several up to 4lb, when other anglers in the competition struggled to catch any fish. All were taken on floating
line and dry flies.
Don's five-fish catch also landed him the honour of the best experienced angler on the day.
Paul Valleley, Director of Water Services for host company Anglian Water, complemented the winners when he presented
the prizes on his home patch.
|Don Coe and Alistair Baker proudly display part of their catch.
|Solo cruisers can go in search of the Northern Lights with Fred. Olsen.
No single supplement on festive cruisesTO make
cruising over the holiday season even more attractive to solo guests, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) has introduced a "no single supplement" on certain grades of twin
cabins for sole occupancy, on a selection of Christmas cruises.
These deals mean that, on applicable cruises, a solo guest,
occupying a twin cabin will pay the same per person rate as a couple.
The welcoming, sociable atmosphere that is always
found aboard FOCL's four ships - Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch - is
perfect for people who are travelling solo.
Once on board, solo travellers will find exclusive gatherings for them
to get to know each other, and staff on board will seat them together for dinner, and, if required, arrange companions for
solo travellers when going ashore. There are also gentleman hosts and dance couples onboard to provide dancing partners for
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|Photo: George Macintyre
| Sailing from Newcastle, the Boudicca will visit the unspoiled town of Skjolden.
Get closer to your
FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) has launched its Get closer with Fred. brochure, which highlights the factors that make cruising onboard its fleet
of four smaller, more intimate ships so special.
All the cruise holidays featured - with durations of between seven and
14 nights, and prices starting from £91 per person, per night - offer inspirational experiences, such as fjord cruising
in Norway's spectacular Lysefjord and visiting beautiful Seville in Spain, where the shallow-draughted Braemar
can sail right into the heart of the city centre.
Cruises featured in the brochure include the Boudicca's
nine-night D1520 The Greatest Fjords of Norway cruise, sailing from Newcastle on September 11, with prices from £999
per person. Full story on Travel 2. More FOCL news on Travel
Watch Lewis Hamilton in Monaco
AS part of the Boudicca's 15-night D1511 Film Stars & Fast Cars cruise around
the south of France and Spain, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) is offering guests the opportunity to take in the Monaco Grand Prix where recently-crowned double world
champion Lewis Hamilton will be defending his title in 2015 when the cruise calls at Nice.
Prices for the Cruise &
Grand Prix package start from £2,148 per person.
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