Archive for May, 2014

Managed Recreational Fisheries, Creating a Sense of Place from the Artificial

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Creating an artificial but apparently natural venue that is harmonious to the environment and incorporates appropriate management systems, can enhance the “outdoors” experience by enabling activity that prior to the development may not occur. Ski resorts are a prime example, without chair lifts and associated infrastructure the activity of skiing would be a limited social pursuit.

Playing a good rainbow trout at Annamoe Trout Fishery, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

Applying a marketing approach, an aspect of product creation is the need to understand ones target market. Fishing in wild places is a strong motivating factor for domestic and tourist anglers alike. In terms of “enabling angling” does the development of infrastructure within a natural environment or the creation of an artificial managed fishery limit or enhance “from a consumer motivation point of view” the angling experience?

Currently researching domestic and tourist angler motivations with specific reference to managed fisheries, I would be grateful to receive anglers views on managed fisheries from an experiential perspective.

Please email responses to

Much obliged, Ashley Hayden

Andrew goes Wild

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Irish anglers are lucky, having access to a plethora of venues where wild fish across a variety of species can still be caught. It was with great pleasure that, following a request for angling information, I introduced David Woods and his brother Andrew, who requires special needs assistance, to the wonderful River Barrow. Across from the UK on a short break, Andrew loves to fish and with their chosen accommodation close to St Mullins, one would be hard pressed to find a better wild fishery for an early summer coarse angling session.

UK coarse angler Andrew Woods with a fine River Barrow hybrid.

Possessing a great memory, very aware and capable but limited regarding mobility, Andrew needed help in particular with tackling and baiting up. Assessing the risks and applying a sensible approach it was decided to have a crack after the bream which frequent the fishery at this time of year. Feeder fishing the rising tide utilising red and white maggot along with castors for bait it wasn’t long before Andrew connected with a fine hybrid. A succession of beautiful red spotted trout followed accompanied by some large dace, a run of fish that prompted a return visit the following day.

Coarse fishing at St Mullins, Co. Carlow, baiting up.

Picking a more accessible swim on this occasion it wasn’t long before Andrew’s quiver tip commenced hopping, the culprits being dace and those beautifully marked trout. Other species to feature were roach and a few squirmy, slippery eels. St Mullins donned its best suit of clothes, the sun shone, Emer and Martin O ‘Brien’s Mullichain Cafe satisfied rumbling tummies and Andrew by his own admission had a great time with fish steadily coming to his rod.

Andrew Woods having a cracking time at St Mullins, Co. Carlow.

Having fished for smooth hounds off Bournemouth pier and caught sea trout on the Hampshire Avon, Andrew gives the nod towards wild as against managed venues every time. Yes there is a tad more planning and effort involved for the carers, but the returns, well they were palpable. I would like to thank David for getting in touch with me, enabling Andrew to experience wild Irish fishing was a joy. Tight lines to you both until we meet again……….

Jillian Godsil, Courage Beyond Endurance.

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Jill Godsil, a divorced mother of two and entrepreneur who’s business failed in the crash is standing for election in Europe on a “debt ticket”. Government in servitude to the IMF/ECB/EU troika have made debt a “moral issue” when in fact it is a “business condition”.

Jill Godsil, a courageous woman standing for Europe in 2014.

Jill deserves our vote because unlike many who are standing for county council and European elections she carries a real experiential story into the fray, has a vision, is intelligent, personable, knows how to close business deals and possesses oodles of integrity.

Jill stands for debt relief based on fair business resolutions:

  • Jill was bankrupted because she couldn’t pay her mortgage, the bank rejected a firm offer of €500,000 that Jill through an ingenious social media promotion managed to raise on her property, the bank eventually sold the property for €160,000.
  • Jill single handedly has changed the law on bankrupts standing for European elections. The Government caved in and revised the legislation which “disallowed bankrupt people from standing” the morning of and prior to Jill’s court hearing.

With 80% of Ireland’s laws now emanating from Europe the European parliament is where the real action is and will become increasingly so. Jill Godsil will represent a true voice of experience in both Brussels and Strasbourg for the close on 400,000 unemployed and tens of thousands of hard pressed mortgage holders who have committed no crime but are made feel like they have by a Government that has placed corporate interest ahead of social responsibility.

Click on: Jill Godsil, a worthy European Candidate.