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DCAL Target Illegal Fishing

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Mickey McKenna
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:03 pm    Post subject: DCAL Target Illegal Fishing Reply with quote

Seen this posted on the P&P website


As a result of information provided by anglers about illegal activity White Lough was heavily bailiffed on Sunday 15th April 2007. This resulted in 3 anglers having their equipment confiscated for fishing illegally. Eight rods were also confiscated on Moor Lough and two on Lough Brickland with a view to prosecution. During May a further 4 rods were seized at Lough Brickland and 2 at Moorlough

We have more recently received reports of illegal activity at Mill Lough , Bellanaleck happening at weekends for a couple of hours after dawn. At Carrick reservoirs anglers arrive by taxi around 10.00 PM and fish overnight. Another group target the same area just after stocking. We also have information on the type of permit they buy. In the South Armagh area there are a group who use 8 inch (200mm) blue polyurethane foam reels **** floats with **** often attached to banksticks with a slit in to which feathers or other material is inserted as a marker. In the Aughnacloy to Dungannon area a group in a black Audi A6 are operating using a rubber dingy and wooden blocks with long lines attached to target Creeve and Carrick loughs as well as the Blackwater river. Anglers have supplied information including vehicle registrations and descriptions on a number of individuals fishing illegally at Stoneyford and Middle South which are currently being followed up. There were 2 rods seized at Brantry on the weekend of 9th-10th June with licence and permit breaches being pursued

Targetted bailiffing based on good information is always more effective than random visits. DCAL encourages genuine permit holders to help protect the fisheries in the PUBLIC Angling Estate by providing such information. Keep supplying information, especially car registrations and descriptions of offenders through the web site, by e mail to or by Telephone 02890 258875 . After all these people are removing your fish illegally, destroying your fishing and tying up funds which could be spent on better facilities, stocking etc.

Other activities which impact on your enjoyment of fishing such as littering, dumping and dog fouling should be reported to local councils. Antisocial behaviour and improper use of motor cycles etc should be reported to PSNI

The foam rigs and feathers described above being used in the South Armagh area, I think are the ones that we showed to the rep from DCAL when the Keady Club had a meeting with them in April. It's good that they have now started to acknowledge this and that action is being taken. it also shows that if we do take action that things can happen!! We all need to start to address this now with DCAL.

'When people tell you that you can't do something, it sort of perpetuates your dreams.'
-- Kieran McGeeney
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Brian Donnelly
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And who says Dcal are'nt taking an interest.
Apart from ourselfs,they were the only ones to know about foam floats and set line indicators in the keady area.And as Mickey says,if we all continue to keep a open eye to illeagle goings on,and report to the right authorities,things will get done. Very Happy
No-one knows quite what to expect when the RED machine's in full effect.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

good to see some sort of action . hope it continues . if we keep reporting illegal practices and there is enough convictions maybe the message will get across .
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