The latest Irish angling news & fish-related stories from around the world…

Printed magazine

Off the Scale to go printed!

  1st June 2019

Yes, the rumours are true – Off the Scale, Ireland’s #1 angling magazine, will also be available in printed form in the near future!… READ MORE

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Crayfish disease hits River Nore

  15th August 2019

An outbreak of crayfish plague, a disease lethal to native white-clawed crayfish, has been confirmed from the River Nore, Kilkenny, the 4th case of 2019…. READ MORE

Bluefin tuna

Tuna CHART tagging vessels

  1st August 2019

Fifteen charter skippers are to participate in Tuna CHART, the first C&R bluefin tuna tagging programme of its kind in Irish waters… READ MORE

Deeper Pro+

Deeper Pro+ review

  1st August 2019

We give an honest review of the Deeper Pro+ castable SONAR and find that it really is a worthy addition to your tackle bag… READ MORE

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First pink salmon of 2019

  26th June 2019

The first non-native pink salmon of 2019 has been reported from Irish waters (June 26th). The fish was caught the famous Drowes Fishery, Co. Leitrim… READ MORE

Crayfish plague

Crayfish plague outbreak in R. Maigue

  21st May 2019

The first reported case of crayfish plague disease for 2019 has been confirmed from the River Maigue in Adare, Co. Limerick. The fungal disease is lethal to our native white-clawed crayfish… READ MORE

Line Recycling Scheme launches

  9th May 2019

We are delighted to act as national coordinators for the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme (ANLRS) in Ireland. Registration is simple and free and it helps protect fish, wildlife and the environment from discarded fishing line. REGISTER HERE

Issue 27 now live!

  29th March 2019

The latest issue of Ireland’s #1 angling magazine is out now and packed, as usual, with top quality material on game, coarse & sea. FREE for all online & via interactive PDF download! READ MORE 

Shark tournament cancelled

  20th April 2019

What would have been Europe’s richest shark fishing tournament, the Ballycotton Big Fish, will not be going ahead this September, organisers have announced... READ MORE

Tackle giant Fox for sale

  16th March 2019

Fox International, one of Europe’s biggest privately owned fishing companies, specialising in carp and predator tackle, is said to be for sale and the asking price could be as much as £150m…. READ MORE

Anti-pike bye-law annulled

  25th February 2019

A nation of anglers are celebrating given that the Designated Salmonid Waters bye-law No. 264 (2018), dubbed by many as the ‘anti-pike bye-law’, was today (25th February 2019) annulled by Justice Noonan in the High Court… READ MORE

Irish Bluefin C&R fishery

  5th February 2019

Approval has finally been given for the introduction of a science-based catch, tag & release fishery for bluefin tuna for recreational Irish anglers… READ MORE

European eels on cocaine

  21st January 2019

European eels (Anguilla anguilla) exposed to low levels of cocaine become hyperactive and suffer muscle and gill damage, potentially affecting their migration as a result… READ MORE

Six mile limit for trawlers

  21st December 2018

In a boon for marine conservation, Minister Creed announces that large trawlers over 18m are to be banned from fishing within six nautical miles of the Irish coast, starting in 2020… READ MORE

Transparent lice hit salmon farms

  12th December 2018

Fears are growing that lice numbers on Atlantic salmon farms may quickly become even more difficult to control – due to ‘see through’ or transparent lice… READ MORE

Disease hits Shannon crayfish

  9th November 2018

An outbreak of the deadly crayfish plague has been confirmed on the River Al, a small tributary of the River Shannon in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, heightening fears for the species’ future in Ireland… READ MORE

Rare shark nursery discovered

  9th November 2018

A rare nursery of the blackmouthed dogfish (Galeus melastomus), one of our smallest shark species, has been discovered by scientists some 200 miles off the west coast of Ireland… READ MORE

New bye-law threatens Irish pike

  26th October 2018

There is widespread outrage as the new Designated Salmonid Waters Bye-law, allowing anglers to kill more pike on wild Irish trout lakes, has been signed into law by Minister Richard Bruton… READ MORE

World silver for Richard Gormley

  26th October 2018

Richard Gormley has won a silver medal at the 35th World Shore Angling Championships held in north Wales. This incredible success for the Team Ireland and Tralee Bay SAC member follows on from the great performances of the Ireland under 16s… READ MORE

Ireland U-16s win World silver

  12th October 2018

There was great success for Ireland this week as the team claimed a silver medal at the 27th World Shore Angling Championships U-16s held in Portugal… READ MORE

New coarse fishery for Dublin

  27th September 2018

After years of hard work, Dublin-based charity Killinarden Angling Initiative are set to open a community-led coarse fishery in Ballymount Park, Tallaght in early October… READ MORE

Irish pike change their diet

  27th September 2018

New research by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) suggests that Irish pike have changed their dietary habits and now prey mainly on roach… READ MORE

Clare Lakelands festival a success

  27th September 2018

One of Ireland’s newest and most promising angling events, the Clare Lakelands Angling Festival, took place this August and has been widely acclaimed… READ MORE

Irish bluefin tuna makes history

  14th September 2018

Adrian Molloy made Irish big game angling history on September 12th, seeing the 100th bluefin tuna of the 2018 season brought to his boat and released…. READ MORE

Anglers can retain bass again

  5th September 2018

Following a change in legislation, anglers will be allowed to retain one bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) per day from October 1st until December 31st 2018… READ MORE

Shark finning in Irish waters

  4th September 2018

A Spanish vessel fishing in Irish waters has been found guilty of having over one tonne of shark fins on board, a highly illegal practice… READ MORE

Rare mackerel caught off Sligo

  28th August 2018

A rare Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias) has been caught recently by an angler fishing for Atlantic mackerel in Sligo Bay… READ MORE

50 leaps to remove sea lice?

  17th August 2018

A new study has shown that leaping in juvenile salmon is effective in removing sea lice and that the energetic costs of this may be very high… READ MORE

New tench & bream by-law

  25th July 2018

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is proposing to amend current coarse fish by-law to establish a mandatory 100% catch & release of both tench and bream… READ MORE

Majority against pike culling

  25th July 2018

A new independent study has found that the majority of Irish anglers are against pike culling on wild brown trout fisheries and questions the ecological justification for such management… READ MORE

1.2m km of line used in UK

  25th July 2018

A study in light of the new Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme (ANLRS) has estimated that over a million kilometres of fishing line is used annually in the UK… READ MORE

Land-based Atlantic salmon

  25th July 2018

A potential milestone in fish farming was reached in America recently as the first land-based Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) went on sale to the general public… READ MORE

By-law for Waterville sea trout

  25th July 2018

A new by-law has been proposed for the Waterville area of Kerry to protect declining sea trout populations but experts warn that salmon farms are the cause… READ MORE

Caution urged during heatwave

  5th July 2018

Due to ongoing heatwave conditions across the country Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is appealing to anglers and fishery managers to voluntarily cease salmon angling on catch and release rivers… READ MORE 

Crayfish deaths at Lough Owel

  19th June 2018

Large numbers of native white-clawed crayfish have died in recent days at Lough Owel near Mullingar, Westmeath. It is feared crayfish plague, a highly infectious fungus, is responsible… READ MORE 

Mass carp kill in Cork due to virus

  26th May 2018

Ireland’s premier public carp water, the famous Lough in Cork City, was recently hit by an outbreak of Carp Edema Virus (CEV) causing mass mortalities with almost 900 carp dead… READ MORE

Ireland worst in EU for overfishing

  26th May 2018

Ireland has again topped the league table of worst offenders for the promotion of overfishing in the North East Atlantic, and is undermining international efforts to restore fish stocks to sustainable levels… READ MORE

The Missing Salmon project

  26th May 2018

An international project that aims to track wild Atlantic salmon over the next two years has been launched in Scotland as part of efforts to halt the decline of the species… READ MORE

New lure set up proven to land more pike

  26th May 2018

A new scientific study has recently proved how using a novel lure fishing set up for pike not only increases the ratio of hits to landed fish but also significantly reduces handling and unhooking time… READ MORE

EU’s first pink salmon of 2018

  26th May 2018

After last year’s invasion of pink (or humpback) salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) across much of northern Europe, experts were expecting far fewer to appear in 2018. … READ MORE

€1.3b Shannon pipleline

  26th May 2018

Irish Water (IW) are pushing ahead with plans to divert water from the River Shannon to Dublin and the midlands, with the pipeline estimated to cost €1.3b… READ MORE