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Fishing for answers

There's plenty of expertise on hand.
Although there's no close season for any coarse species, fishing quality is often seasonal, with some fisheries coming good when others go quiet for a while. Similarly, if weather or water conditions are against you, a blank morning can be turned into a rod-bending afternoon by moving to a more productive stretch just down the road, or to a different area. There's plenty of local advice on hand to help you get the best from our waters.

And this expertise is more readily available than ever, thanks to recent developments welcomed by the fishing fraternity. The new Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) is firmly committed to the establishment and development of its inland fisheries and the promotion of angling resources.

The DCAL Angling Guide is an indispensable, well-mapped guidebook to the scores of coarse, game and mixed waters controlled by the Department, and also gives details of angling club waters and private fisheries available to visitors. DCAL also publishes the free booklet A Selection of Day Ticket Fisheries in Northern Ireland for game anglers. Both are available at Tourist Information Centres or local tackle shops.

In addition, the Regional Angling Groups, set up to promote and publicise the full range of fishing opportunities in their areas, have produced comprehensive guides. These cover the Southwest, Northwest, Northeast and Southeast Angling Regions, each a distinctive experience.

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