IT’S the season when salmon are heading up rivers to spawn, a time when poachers once engaged in cat and mouse games with gardaí and bailiffs, now known as fishery protection officers. In those days, poachers went along familiar river banks in darkness, carrying ‘dazzlers’ and using gaffs and spears to kill salmon, a dish then regarded as a winter treat on many a country table. It’s a huge part of rural folklore and probably a throwback to colonial times when people were instinctively ‘agin’ the law…
Irish Examiner, 26/11/12. Read the full article ‘Poaching crackdown now hi-tech‘.