New Season Advice

11 March 2014
The game angling season has kicked off with anglers heading out to try their luck on the Moyola and lakes and rivers across the country. Some in search of Trout and some will be trying to hook a Spring Salmon ( Springer).Please remember if you hook one of these great fish,It must be returned safely to the water as quick as possible.
Whatever fish you are after, please check all your equipment before you start your journey. Safety is, and always should be, paramount. Particularly those of you that intend to wade the waters in an attempt to land that first new season fish. Keep in mind all rivers can be in spate .
They can rise quickly and the water temperature can be icy cold. Check the weather forecast before you venture out this weekend.
Often when you leave home the weather can be fine but suddenly you can have hail, and snow, particularly on a lot of the mountain lakes and upper stretches of our rivers.
Prepare for the worst and take extra clothing.
As the man says 'you are better looking at it than looking for it'.
It is suggest you give you fishing tackle the once over. You donít want the first fish of the season swimming away with hook and line because the fishing line has perished over the closed season. Remember to get your rod licence and relevant permit before you fish.

If you are fishing catch and release please use single barb less hooks. The same applies if you have reached your bag limit for the day.