The ‘Introduction to Anglinghandbook aims to encourage more young people in Ireland to give fishing a try.

Inland Fisheries Ireland is teaming up with Scouting Ireland to launch a new handbook to cover all the essentials of angling, such as: how to get started, water safety, the different types of fish species in Ireland and the types of habitats they live in.

The handbook has been designed as the ultimate ‘go to’ guide for any young angler starting out on their own fishing journey, from fishing for freshwater fish at a nearby river or lake to going on an exciting sea angling trip in search of a maritime species.

The free guide is now available to download on the Inland Fisheries Ireland and Scouting Ireland websites and includes:

  • What to wear when going on a fishing trip
  • Water safety
  • Fishing rods, bait and gear
  • Species of fish (including both freshwater and saltwater).
  • Food webs and fish habitats.
  • Invasive species – what are they
  • The ‘how to’ of reels, casting, knots, and rig set ups.
  • Catch, photo and release (CPR).
  • Basic first aid.
  • The principles of Leave No Trace.
  • Fishing ethics with a multitude of fishing resources.

Lorraine O’Donnell Education and Outreach Officer with Inland Fisheries Ireland highlighted the many health and wellbeing benefits of angling, saying: “Fishing gives young people exciting experiences out in a natural environment while learning about animals, birds, insects, plants and the wider world around us. This new comprehensive guide will give young anglers, parents and group leaders all the knowledge they need to prepare safely for their next fishing trip.”

Colm Kavanagh, Programme Manager, Scouting Ireland said: “Scouting Ireland is delighted to be involved in the creation of this resource. The outdoors is our play and educational space where young people can discover the many wonders of nature. Introducing young people to the skill of fishing opens up many more possibilities and perhaps a lifelong hobby. In today’s world, conservation and knowledge of the natural world, is becoming very important to young people. We look forward to increased interest by Scouts and the wider population of young people in fishing and an understanding of the interconnectedness of all life on the planet.”

The full guide can be downloaded here: Getting hooked fishing handbook

(Photographs: our thanks to the 31st Cork Lissarda  Scouts, who helped us promote the new “Getting Hooked” booklet in association with Scouting Ireland under the Dormant Accounts Funding. The pictures were taken at the Coachford greenway in Co. Cork).