The news for anglers on the Feale in 2018 is not good. The (TAC) Total Allowable Catch for the entire season is again on a downward curve, from 954 in 2017 to 658 in 2018. This is just above two thirds of last year’s TAC. This catch has to be divided between the nets and the rods. Last year the breakdown was 60/40 for nets/rods. That would mean a potential catch of 263 salmon for rod anglers in 2018. Considering that there are around 400 anglers on the Feale, that means that at least 137 anglers or more will not get a brown tag. So much for your licence fee and conservation fund.
How a government department, charged with protecting and developing the salmon potential in Ireland, can wilfully allow the rape of one of the finest rivers in Europe is beyond me. And they are backed by the advice of the scientific committee.
Some fishery department, some IFI and some scientists!!!