On Saturday, 12th Fisheries Awareness Week kicked off in the Salmon Capital of Ireland with a Juvenile Angling Day on the Moy Fishery.

Water conditions on the Cathedral Beat were unsuitable on the day for juveniles, so we moved the venue to the Freshwater Beat of the Moy fishery.

The first hour’s fishing went well, but unfortunately the juvenile anglers did not connect with any fish. The world Famous Ridge Pool became available in the early evening, so to the delight of the juveniles attending, the venue was moved again to the Ridge. A few springers showed in the lower section on the beat, resulting in shaky hands and renewed effort on behalf of the children, keen to catch their first ever spring salmon.

The fish however, did not co-operate and refused to take the children’s offerings of worm, Flying ‘C’, spoon or fly. Thirty-six juveniles participated on the day, some of whom never even held a fishing rod before, with many vowing to return in July for the Moy Fisheries Juvenile Angling day during the Ballina Salmon Festival.

Waiting patiently
Waiting patiently
View of the Ridge Pool
View of the Ridge Pool

Under the watchful eye of Inland Fisheries Ireland Angling Officer, Bryan Ward they learned their new skill and had a wonderful day.