Angling: Anglers are catching trout on Whitelough, but I’m not one of them

Barney Heaney and his brother Willie John relaxing at Whitelough a couple of decades ago
Barney Heaney and his brother Willie John relaxing at Whitelough a couple of decades ago

As promised, here’s the 2016 price list for angling, as just received from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

I would urge all anglers to read the list carefully because it could mean a big difference to what you may have to pay to fish lakes, rivers and reservoirs.

While most of the River Blackwater is controlled by angling clubs, it is worth remembering that DCAL control angling on the right bank for 2km upstream of Blackwatertown Bridge. I must admit that I had never known that before.

Meanwhile, I never ever thought that I would see the day on which more anglers would be fishing Whitelough than Brantry.

Over the Easter period, only a few anglers bothered to fish Brantry because trout fishing is so poor because roach stocks have overrun Brantry and the trout are feeding on the roach fry because there is no insect life in Brantry for the trout.

Anglers are catching trout on Whitelough, but I have to admit that I am not one of them!

2016 PRICE LISTS:

Concessionary coarse licence (People with disability: anglers getting Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, War Disablement Pension, Severe Disablement Pension) £5

Coarse juvenile season (12th- 19th birthday) £2

DCAL angling permit prices

General season £77

Juvenile season (required up to 19th birthday) £2

14 day general game £17.50

Three day general game £6

Local season game £59

Coarse season (two rods) £28.50

14 day coarse (two rods) £11

Three day coarse (two rods) £6

Concessionary permit (Anglers aged over 60) £17.50

Concessionary Permit (People with a disability) £17.50

Joint DCAL rod licence and permit

Three day licence/permit (coarse) - two rods £9.50

14 day licence/permit (coarse) - two rods £20

Three day licence/permit (game) £9.50

14 day licence/permit (game) £26.50

DCAL replacement permits

All season licences and permits (excluding below) £2

Concessionary licences and permits (disabled angler/senior citizen); Juvenile licences and permits Free