ISFC Awards Day 20th February 2016

ISFC Awards Day 20th February 2016

The number of successful young anglers collecting their specimen award certificates was the highlight of the Irish Specimen Fish Committee’s Awards Day on 20th February.  Held in Dublin on the same weekend as the Ireland Angling Show 2016 both events were attended by large numbers of anglers from all over the country.  Dutch angler Henk Thuelings travelled from the Netherlands to collect his specimen award for a large Tope taken off Wicklow. Record fish and specimen awards were presented and for many anglers this full-on angling weekend is now a …

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Have an angling weekend, lots to see at the ISFC Awards Day and the Ireland Angling Show

Anglers are reminded that the ISFC Awards Day is on 20th Feb and coincides with the Ireland Angling Show 2016 which is on 20th & 21st Feb near Swords, Co. Dublin.  Free shuttle bus available between both events from Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport and National Exhibition Centre, Swords. Why not have an angling weekend in Dublin! Successful specimen anglers in 2015 are requested to notify bridie.fleming@fisheriesireland.ie if planning to attend ISFC Awards Day.

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Awards Day Presentation 2015

The 2015 Awards Presentation for anglers based in Ireland is being held in Clayton Hotel, Dublin Hotel on Saturday 20th February 2016, starting at 2.30 pm. Invitations to anglers who caught specimens in 2015 were issued with the annual report – please inform Bridie by email, bridie.fleming@fisheriesireland.ie or by returning the postcard (enclosed with your invitation pack) if you plan to attend so that we can have your award ready to be presented. The Awards Day is being held on the same weekend as the Ireland 2016 Angling Show at the …

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Awards Day Presentation 2014

The 2014 Awards Presentation for anglers based in Ireland is being held in Bewleys Airport Hotel, Swords on Saturday 21st Feb 2015 starting at 2.30 pm. Speakers will include Derek Davis. Invitations to anglers who caught specimens in 2014 were issued with the annual report – please inform Bridie by email, bridie.fleming@fisheriesireland.ie or by returning the postcard (enclosed with your invitation pack) if you plan to attend so that we can have your award ready to be presented. The Awards Day is being held on the same weekend as the …

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Record Fish for Dublin Angling Initiative Record

A new record has been set by the Dublin Angling Initiative with Eric Cahill, 16 years old catching a fish of a lifetime – a 12lb record ferox trout from Lough Ramor, Virginia, Co. Cavan. This is the biggest fish ever caught by a youngster out fishing with the Dublin Angling Initiative. A fishing trip for a group of 10 youngsters was organised for Mulhuddart Foroige Fishing club (Dublin 15) to Lough Ramor, Virginia by Des Chew, Dublin Angling Initiative in March. Following an introduction by Des on the setting …

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Minister O’Dowd presents specimen fish awards, Press Release 17th February 2013

The Irish Specimen Fish Committee (ISFC) held its Specimen Fish Awards Day on Saturday 16th February at Bewleys Airport Hotel, Swords, Co, Dublin. Successful anglers from all over Ireland who caught specimen fish in lakes, rivers or in the sea in 2012 were congratulated by Fergus O’Dowd TD, Minister of State for Natural Resources, on their excellent achievements. 2012 was a record year with a total of 640 specimen fish being ratified.
The Minister said
“The Government recognises that angling is hugely important to the tourist industry and to the …

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Trevor Champ, ISFC Chairman

Trevor Champ passed way in January following a short illness. He became Chairman of the Irish Specimen Fish Committee (ISFC) in 2002 and served with great enthusiasm until his untimely death. He was proud of the contribution of the ISFC’s annual report to the promotion of quality Irish angling and the collection of data about angler-caught specimen fish. Under his stewardship the ISFC advanced and improved its operations by developing its website, introducing genetic identification for several species, guiding the introduction of additional species to the Specimen Species List and …

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Photographing fish

In 2005 the ISFC added a clause to Rule 4 which facilitated anglers who wished to present photographs for fish identification purposes instead of presenting a fish body.
This means that where a body is normally required, a photograph (or photographs) may be sufficient if it provides conclusive evidence of the identity of the fish. To assist anglers a list of the some external identification features for these particular species are presented below. However, the Committee cautions that a body, which will be examined by a biologist, is the …

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Here’s why it’s the West of Ireland for me

I have fished my way around the world, both ways, taking in all the exotic game fishing meccas on the way. However, I have to admit, I would sooner go to my beloved west of Ireland than any of these other lovely places. This is how much I value what the west has to offer.
Last season on a day of baking heat and flat calm windless situation, I tried something new. It was late June and the salmon were not in Kylemore Abbey Lake and we could not wet-fly fish …

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Specimen Pork Chops

Year’s end is a very busy time for the Irish Specimen Fish Committee with the finalisation of specimen fish claims and production of the annual report. PETER GREEN, Sea Angling Advisor with the Central Fisheries Board, relates how sea angling charter skippers contribute so much to the work of logging specimens, ongoing monitoring of fish migrations through a marine fish tagging programme and recording of specific information on deep sea angling effort for the season.
Some anglers may not be aware that the majority of specimen fish caught in salt water …

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