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Coarse, Game and Sea Fishing – Northern Ireland has it all!
Anglers are most certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to fishing in Northern Ireland. The three major disciplines of Coarse, Game and Sea fishing can be partaken in numerous unspoilt locations with delightful scenery.
Coarse fishing is for those fish with a coarser appearance due to size of scales and a less delicate flavour. However it is often classed as advanced freshwater fishing where the thrill is all about the catching of the fish with the vast majority being returned to the water unharmed. Pike is one of the most sought after coarse fish with some reaching in excess of 30lbs. Northern Ireland is widely regarded as one of Europe’s top venues for coarse fishing with many competitions organised particularly on Lough Erne.
Game fishing is therefore for those fish which are deemed edible and may end up in your supermarket for example brown trout and salmon. Game fishing often involves fly fishing and can be carried out in Northern Ireland between February through to October.
Sea fishing as the name indicates is fishing in the sea. Northern Ireland can boast a long unspoilt coastline with a wide range of species ranging from, pollock and mackerel from the rocks, to cod and turbot from the shores, with a wide range of fish from the deep such as skate shark and tope.