Archive for February, 2013

For Sale; 19′ Lake Boat, Trailer, and Outboard Motor Combo

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

For sale; 19′ Lough Arrow Lake Boat, fully serviced custom built trailer, and recently serviced (four stroke) 9.9 Mariner Outboard Motor combination. All purchased as new, late spring 2011.

For sale; 19' Lake Boat, Trailer, and 9.9 Mariner Outboard Motor combination.

In pristine condition, rig to include 19′ boat, custom built trailer (fully serviced + spare wheel), 9.9 HP outboard motor (fully serviced), oars, rowlocks, life jackets, petrol tank, tool kit.

First realistic offer will secure.

For sale; 19' Lough Arrow lake Boat.

For sale; Lough Arrow Lake Boat, Trailer, and 9.9 Mariner Outboard Motor Combination.

Contact: Ashley Hayden by email;, or phone 086 869 7370.

Note: Items offered for sale will only be sold as a complete unit.

Nomads of the Tides

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Six years in the making, Nomads of the Tides, co-written by Chris McCully and Ken Whelan, to be published later this year by The Medlar Press, will I am certain become the definitive book on Irish sea trout angling, growing to hold its own alongside such seminal works on this wonderful species to include Falkus; Sea Trout Fishing, Morgan and Harris; Successful Sea Trout Angling, and Fahy; Child of the Tides.

Nomads of the Tides. fishing for Irish sea trout.

In August 2011 I had the pleasure of meeting and fishing with Chris on some of my local rivers in south east Ireland. Over consecutive evenings we fished the Slaney, Avoca, and Vartry, furthering Chris’s experience and knowledge of what sea trout fishing is to Ireland. During a presentation both Chris and Ken made at the recently held Irish Angling Expo 2013 memories of those evenings and the people we fished with came flooding back, in particular Denis O’Toole who only a few weeks previous had hooked, played, landed, and released a fish of a lifetime Avoca river sea trout of 16 lb 4.oz.

Nomads of the Tides authors (L - R) Ken Whelan and Chris McCully.

In the course of writing “Nomads” Chris McCully undertook 18 research trips to Ireland, flying 24,440 air miles, hired 18 cars driving 6,500 miles, wrote 24 published articles for Trout and Salmon magazine along with one scientific paper, gave five presentations on the project, and kept the day job going too. A labour of love, you could say so. I cannot wait to get hold of my copy………

Chris McCully enjoying a spot of evening sea trout fishing on the River Slaney, Co. Wexford.

See also: Record Sea Trout Graces the Avoca.

See also: A Passion for Sea Trout.

Overkill, The Euphoric Rush to Industrialise Ireland’s Sea Fisheries

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Ireland’s fishing fleet is four times larger and many orders more powerful than in the 1950′s when its industrialisation commenced. Its expansion has all but eliminated the fish resources on which it depends. Government policy strives to shore up an insolvent industry with whatever subsidies it can get from the European Union while, at the same time, appeasing the most powerful elements within it by making whatever fish remain available to them.

Overkill! by Dr. Edward Fahy M.Sc Ph.D - the euphoric rush to industrialise Ireland's sea fisheries.

I first contacted Dr. Edward Fahy post 2007 having read his industry reports on whelk fishing off the coast of north County Wicklow. It was clear from his writing that Ed Fahy was a scientist with not just a professional approach to his job, but a deep interest in the marine environment and a far seeing vision of the need to balance sustainable exploitation of the seas and oceans that surround us against profit for its own sake.

Dr. Edward Fahy M.Sc Ph.D. Irish Fisheries scientist retired.

Having witnessed first hand environmental destruction wrought by Government sanctioned mussel dredging off the County Wicklow coastline, which I try to highlight at every opportunity, it is timely, especially given imminent reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy, that Dr. Fahy has published a true, fully referenced account of Ireland’s commercial sea fishing industry to date. The narrative examines the development of destructive fishing methods, the growing size of fishing vessels and the correlated evolution of fishermen’s representation and the increasing influence of wealthier elements within it, and how the interaction of financial, political, and biological issues culminated in a centralised fisheries-political establishment where the majority of fishermen have little or no voice and science accommodates heavier exploitation rather than prudent management.

Full review to follow.

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