On Monday 10th August 25 children from the Mohill and surrounding areas travelled to Ballina to spend a day fishing one of western Europe's most celebrated salmon fisheries , the River Moy.
Here they were greeted by the staff of the North Western Fisheries Board (NWRFB) and representatives of Recreational Angling Ireland (rai) at the Cathedral Beat Angling Centre in the heart of Ballina town. This event was part of Recreational Ireland's extensive calendar of events aimed at promoting angling amongst the younger generationsof this country. Over 50 participants were registered including many junior anglers from Ballina and County Sligo who were provided with a detailed demonstration on the various salmon angling techniques by NWRFB Eddie Doherty.
Each angler then spent an hour each fishing one of the cathedrals 8 sections in the hope of catching a magnificent salmon. Expert fly casting instruction was also provided for the children in waiting by qualified ghillies Paddy Mc Donnell and Declan Hughes while various RAI instructors and NWRFB staff attended the various sections of the beat. Unfortunatley no salmon were caught on the day but some lucky anglers managed to catch a number of beautiful Brown trout, some eels and even a few flounder ( a species not brave enough to travel as far as Leitrim I'm afraid) The day concluded with an award ceremony with each participant being presented with a Fisheries themed Goody bag and tackle prize kindly provided by Willie Thornton of the NWRFB.
Special thanks must go to all who helped on the day, most notably Willie Thornton and all the staff at the NWRFB, RAI Representatives, Jarlaith Gallagher, Jack Spratt, Val Fitzpatrick & David Browne and also the many parents/guardians who accompanied the travelling party from Leitrim- Paul Beck, Charles Beirne, Carmel O Neill, Ernest Catherines, Dave Dignum, Bruce Sturhman and George Taylor.
Past Events 2008/2009