Species

SPECIES GUIDE


IMG_0136   Salmon; Salmo salara species of the family Salmonidae Irish Record Fish; 57lbs; Caught: 1874, in the River Suir. Seasons: January to September. The main runs are April, May, August and September. Our Angling;Areas: Rivers Feale and Laune; Co. Kerry The Atlantic Salmon; known as;Bradán in Gaelic, is a native Irish fish and features heavily in our mythology and poetry; often associated them with wisdom.;A famous tale, The Boyhood Deeds of Fionn,;tells of the;Salmon of Knowledge; a creature that will grant great powers of knowledge and wisdom;to whomever eats it.;The salmon also;featured in Irish coinage initially on the florin or two shilling coin until 1968;and the later on the ten pence coin until the euro came into effect. Most rivers get a run of salmon from Spring until Autumn, the timing of the main runs varies between river systems but most begin in June and many Irish rivers also have large runs of salmon with the first rains of the autumn. The Irish grilse runs are some of the most prolific in Western Europe and the natural settings of our waterways provide for a spectacular sport. Anglers are legally required to be in possession of a licence when fishing for salmon. As part of our package we will arrange the purchase of the necessary licences.


DSCN0047Sea Trout; S. trutta morpha trutta; a species of the family Salmonidae Irish Record Fish: 16lbs 6oz; Caught: 29.10.1983, in the Shimna River, Co. Down. Seasons: end of May to;August. Our Angling;Areas: Rivers Feale and Laune; Co. Kerry The sea trout, are in fact brown trout that have developed a taste for going to sea because of the increased availability of food. They are also known as ‘white trout’ or Breac Geal in Gaelic, can be found in the waterways throughout Ireland. Adult sea trout are hard fighting sporting fish which can be caught by all methods, but give particularly exciting sport to the fly fisher; as they fight tenaciously all the way to the landing net. Anglers are legally required to be in possession of a licence when fishing for sea trout. As part of our package we will arrange the purchase of the necessary licences.


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Wild Brown Trout; Salmo trutta morpha fario and S. trutta morpha lacustris; a species of the family Salmonidae
Irish Record Fish; Lake: 26lbs 2oz; Caught: 15.07.1894, in Lough Ennell, Co. Westmeath. Irish Record Fish; River: 20lbs; Caught: 22.02.1957, in the River Shannon, Corbally, Co. Limerick. Seasons: April, May and in late season. Our Angling;Areas: Rivers Feale and Laune; Co. Kerry The brown trout, also known as;Breac Donn in Gaelic is a native Irish species and the most widely distributed freshwater fish in Ireland. It thrives in all forms of water, from small mountain streams to broad limestone rivers. Irish trout can and do achieve a large size, every year trout over 10lbs are caught with the occasional one up to 20lbs.;No licence required for brown trout fishing.;


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Pike; Esox lucius;;a species of the family Esocidae Irish Record Fish; Lake: 42lbs 12oz; Caught: 25.09.2005, in WhiteLake, Co. Westmeath. Irish Record Fish; River: 42lbs; Caught: 22.03.1964, in the River Barrow. Season: October to May. Our Angling Areas: Loug Derg The pike has a revered place in Irish fishing folklore, with tales of captured pike reaching 92 lbs (42 Kg.) in the late 1800’s. In 1920, the Irish record for pike;was 53 lbs. (24 Kg.) from Lough Conn; this fish was also a European record for many years. Although the lack of procedure of past record keepers has resulted in this fish being removed from the record books, there is no doubt that some enormous pike have been caught over the years in the waterways of Ireland. Due to the nutritious habitat the Irish waterways offer, our pike generally grow faster and mature earlier than European pike.;Many;of the fishing;records point to the loughs and lakes of the Shannon fishery network;as some of the most abundant waters, with large pike;being fished with frequency. There is no statutory close season;for;pike in Ireland and they may be fished;throughtout the year, however new angling bylaws were introduced in;2006.;;



DSCN0071European Sea Bass; Dicentrarchus labrax; a species of the family Moronidae
Irish Record Fish: 17lbs 13oz; Caught: 21.10.2000, in Doughmore Strand, Donnbeg, Co. Clare. Seasons: All year. Closed season: from the 15th May to 15th June. Our Angling Areas: Inch, Barrow, Beale, Ballybunion beaches and Brandon Bay; Co. Kerry. The sea bass is one of the most exciting and sought after species for anglers. It is equally at home in the turmoil of an Atlantic surf beach or in the quietness of an estuarine backwater. Most commonly found around the the southern coastline; with the many beachs of the Dingle Peninsula offering plenty of choice no matter the weather conditions. Often the fish can be located very close inshore and are caught from surf beaches, estuaries, rocky promontories and piers using a variety of methods and tackle. There is also a bag and size limit on these fish.