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ANGLING GUIDE ANTRIM AND NEWTOWNABBEY

Whether you’re a keen angler or a novice wanting to while away a few hours, our Borough offers some of the most exciting game and coarse fishing in Northern Ireland


Whilst every care has been taken to ensure accuracy in the compilation of this guide, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions. Please note that some of the sites referred to in this guide may be privately owned and therefore you must ensure that you have the right to access the land. All liability for loss, disappointment, negligence or other damage caused by the reliance on the company, individual or firm mentioned, or in the event of any company, individual or firm ceasing to trade, is hereby excluded. Published by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Š 2018


Antrim & Newtownabbey offers some of the most exciting game and coarse fishing in Northern Ireland and it is not unknown for anglers to ‘get hooked’ on our fisheries and scenic rivers. Whether you’re a keen angler or a novice wanting to while away a few hours, our Borough is the perfect place to indulge your passion. The Borough is renowned for its great rivers and streams, teeming with wild brown trout, salmon and dollaghan. The mysterious and powerful dollaghan are migratory brown trout which, around midsummer, enter the rivers from Lough Neagh to spawn. These trout are highly prized and can grow to specimen size. The area also offers still water fishing, where you can pursue some hard-fighting rainbow trout, or if you prefer, our rivers and lakes also offer some superb coarse fishing. Our coastal location means we can even offer some sea fishing on Belfast Lough during the summer months. This guide will help you to discover all that there is to offer in this most interesting and wonderful part of Northern Ireland. The Old Courthouse, Antrim

028 9442 8331

visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com

Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey

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CONTENTS PLANNING YOUR VISIT

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KEEPING IT LEGAL

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RIVERS & FISHERIES

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SIX MILE WATER

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SIX MILE WATER FROM DOAGH BRIDGE UPSTREAM

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DOAGH BURN

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CRUMLIN RIVER

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RIVER MAINE

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RIVER MAINE: SHANE'S CASTLE ESTATE

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TOOME CANAL

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CRAIGMORE FISHERY

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MOSSLEY MILL FISHERY

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STRAID FISHERY

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TILDARG FISHERY

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V36 COARSE FISHERY

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CREEVE TROUT FISHERY

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POTTERSWALL DAM

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GONE FISHING

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FISH SPECIES

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THE WILY ANGLER

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ADVICE ON CATCH & RELEASE

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FISHING ETIQUETTE

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ALL THE HELP YOU NEED

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PROTECTING OUR WATERS, PROTECTING OUR NATURE

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LOCAL WATER BAILIFFS

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THEY’RE OUR FISHERIES, SO LET’S CARE FOR THEM

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PERMITS & TACKLE SUPPLIES

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OUR PLACE

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PLANNING YOUR VISIT TRAVELLING TO THE BOROUGH Getting to Antrim and Newtownabbey couldn’t be easier. The Borough is only 20 minutes away from Northern Ireland’s capital city Belfast and it enjoys quick, easy access to all the major entry points into the region. This means that whether you are travelling by car into Belfast Harbour or the Port of Larne, or flying via Belfast International Airport or George Best Belfast City Airport, you can be casting a line on our famous waters in next to no time at all! Once you arrive, you can be sure that you will find a hotel, guest house, B&B or self catering accommodation that offers a warm welcome, caters for your every need and goes easy on your pocket. Also, if you are travelling with a caravan then you’ll be pleased to hear that the Borough has two perfect 5 star stop-over points; Six Mile Water Caravan Park on the tranquil shores of Lough Neagh and Jordanstown Loughshore Caravan Park on the edge of Belfast Lough - both perfect jump-off points to explore your passion for fishing. For more information on what to see, do, enjoy and where to stay, pick up your free copy of the Antrim and Newtownabbey Visitor Guide from the Old Courthouse, Antrim or Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey. A digital version of the guide can be seen at visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com

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KEEPING IT LEGAL LICENCES & PERMITS What you need A Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Rod Licence is required by anyone aged 12 years or over for all fishing in Northern Ireland. If you want to fish in Northern Ireland, you will always need a licence issued in Northern Ireland. You are not covered by a Great Britain (English, Scottish, Welsh) or Republic of Ireland fishing licence. Game Angling Licence A game licence is required by law for each game fishing rod used by anyone aged 12 years or over. Game species include brown trout, sea trout, salmon and artic char. There is no requirement to have a licence for sea angling, except when fishing for salmon or sea trout. A DEARA game licence entitles the holder to fish for either game or coarse, but with only one rod at any one time. A separate game licence is required for a second and subsequent rod being used for game or coarse.

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Coarse Angling Licence A coarse licence is required by law for each coarse fishing rod used by anyone aged 12 years or over. Coarse species include pike, bream, roach, perch, carp, trench and rudd. A DAERA coarse rod licence entitles the holder to use two coarse rods. A separate coarse licence is required for a third and subsequent coarse rod being used. For further information and to purchase licences for Game Angling and Coarse Angling visit: www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling Permits Anglers require both a rod licence and a permit to fish in freshwater lakes, loughs and rivers in Northern Ireland. The licence is for the fishing rod and the game or coarse fish you're allowed to catch. The permit grants you the right to fish in a particular fishery. In addition, some fisheries will require a permit in order to fish particular clubcontrolled or privately owned waters. These are supplied by the clubs and fisheries that control the fishing rights and are readily available from nominated distributors, located throughout the Borough. Please note: you must own a rod licence, before you can purchase a permit for any fishery.

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Down the years, the rivers of Antrim and Newtownabbey have shaped our landscape, powered our industries and supported our agriculture. Nowadays they provide some of the finest fishing experiences to be enjoyed anywhere in the British Isles. As well as rivers like the Six Mile Water, Crumlin and Lower Bann, the Borough has a number of wellstocked fisheries, such as those at Ballyclare and Mossley Mill, all of which welcome anglers and beginners of all abilities. Here is a flavour of the rivers and fisheries you can discover and varieties of fish you can expect to catch.

SOME FISHERMEN ARE VERY SUPERSTITIOUS PEOPLE... IT IS BELIEVED THAT BANANAS BRING VERY BAD LUCK TO FISHING AND COULD MEAN TROUBLE FOR THE TRIP!


RIVERS & FISHERIES

GAME FISHING

ACROSS THE BOROUGH

River Maine enters Lough Neagh south of Randalstown and flows through the Shane’s Castle Demesne.

There are a number of locations that provide river fishing and still fishing within Antrim and Newtownabbey, all within easy reach.

Four rivers in Antrim and Newtownabbey provide game fishing from 1 March to 31 October, with the best fishing from April.

Six Mile Water River is famous for its trout fishing and also has salmon and dollaghan. It flows through or close to the communities of Ballynure, Ballyclare, Doagh, Parkgate, Templepatrick, Dunadry and Antrim into Lough Neagh. No Sunday fishing is allowed. Crumlin River flows west of Crumlin through Crumlin Glen to enter Lough Neagh. Angling stands are available in Crumlin Glen for improved accessibility. Lower Bann provides for game angling from the sluice gates at Toome downstream. All of the rivers hold excellent stocks of wild brown trout with salmon and dollaghan (the famous Lough Neagh migratory trout) entering these rivers from early August and providing excellent sport until the end of the season. Potterswall Dam also provides excellent game fishing.

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COARSE FISHING

FISHERIES

Coarse fishing is available seasonally (except Sundays) on the Six Mile Water River (from Antrim Forum Leisure Centre downstream to Lough Neagh), and all year round on the River Bann.

The Borough has several well-stocked fisheries, each of which welcome anglers and beginners of all abilities including Mossley Mill Fishery in Newtownabbey.

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BALLYCLARE

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RIVER FISHING

STILL FISHING

1. Six Mile Water 2. Six Mile Water from Doagh Bridge (Upstream) 3. Doagh Burn 4. Crumlin River 5. River Maine 6. River Maine: Shane's Castle Estate 7. Toome Canal

8. Craigmore Fishery 9. Creeve Trout Fishery 10. Mossley Mill Fishery 11. Potterswall Dam 12. Straid Fishery 13. Tildarg Fishery 14. V36 Coarse Fishery

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SIX MILE WATER ANTRIM Antrim and District Angling Association manage the Six Mile River from Doagh Bridge as far as the mouth at Lough Neagh in Antrim. The Six Mile Water is particularly well known for its wild brown trout fishing. The river is abundant with wild brown trout, large annual runs of dollaghan and a good head of salmon. Salmon had virtually disappeared from the Six Mile Water by the early part of the twentieth century. Local anglers, concerned about the poor state of the river, formed the Antrim and District Angling Association in the late 1950s. The Association tackled many issues impacting fish migration, including the large number of weirs which had been built during the nineteenth century for the benefit of the numerous mills in the local area. Many of the mill races and ruins are still visible today. The Six Mile Water is now a worldrenowned trout fishery with many specimen dollaghan caught every year - some close to 20lbs (9kgs)! www.sixmilewater.co.uk Antrim & District Angling Association

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FISHING

VARIETY OF FISH

Game fishing.

Wild brown trout, dollaghan and salmon.

METHODS

PROHIBITED

Fly fishing only until 1 September. Spinning and worming allowed only in September & October. Coarse fishing from Antrim Forum downstream to Lough Neagh but this is very seasonal - only appropriate in April and May when the roach shoals leave Lough Neagh to spawn in the river.

Maggot, shrimp, ground baiting and treble hooks.

DAILY BAG LIMIT

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One trout per day, no trout to be retained over 18 inches in length. Currently catch and release.

The fishing season runs from 1 March to 31 October annually. No day tickets to be issued during October

LICENCE

PERMIT

DAERA rod licence available from www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling

See P50 for list of permit providers.

NOTE Some coarse fishing is permitted near to the mouth of the river where it enters Lough Neagh.

ACCESS Parking is plentiful around the river, given that it passes many urban developments. The most popular parking access can be found at: Templepatrick Bridge, Paradise Walk, Templepatrick Muckamore Presbyterian Church, 76 Dunadry Road, BT41 4QJ Kirby’s Lane, Muckamore, Antrim, BT41 4PR Antrim Forum Leisure Centre, Lough Road, Antrim BT41 4DQ

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SIX MILE WATER FROM DOAGH BRIDGE UPSTREAM BALLYCLARE The upper reaches of the Six Mile Water are managed by Ballynure Angling Club. The brown trout can offer great sport, with runs of dollaghan and some salmon available from around August onwards.

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FISHING

VARIETY OF FISH

Game fishing.

Wild brown trout, dollaghan and salmon.

METHODS

PROHIBITED

Fly only with barbless hooks. No bait fishing or spinning.

Ground and dead baiting.

NOTE All methods such as spinning, fly and worms are permitted on the free stretch only.

DAILY BAG LIMIT

DATES

Strict catch and release policy for all game fish. At present two dollaghan over 15 inches (37.5cms).

The fishing season runs from 1 March to 31 October annually.

LICENCE

PERMIT

DAERA rod licence available from www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling

See P50 for list of permit providers.

ACCESS Doagh Bridge, Station Road upstream. You can park on the verge at the roundabout or layby nearby half way between the Doagh Roundabout and Ballyclare, just before the Ballyrobert Road. There is a lane on the left-hand side of the main road and a fishing notice on a tree marks the lane. Park on the verge and walk down the lane to the river. This gives access to the best sections of the river, up and down stream of an old bridge. Ballyclare Six Mile Leisure Centre This area provides good upstream access and a short walk along the soccer pitches will take you to the river. Ballyclare Town This stretch has easy access from the town or riverside carparks along Mill Road. YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE

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DOAGH BURN DOAGH This is a productive feeder stream to the Six Mile Water. The stream rises in the hills above Burnside and flows through Burnside village, continuing its journey through Cogry and on through the village of Doagh before it enters the Six Mile Water. It is a small burn (stream) with a healthy stock of natural wild brown trout all year around. It also gets a late run of dollaghan and some salmon in the months of September and October. Doagh Angling Club

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FISHING

VARIETY OF FISH

Game fishing.

Wild brown trout, dollaghan and salmon.

METHODS

PROHIBITED

Fly-fishing only permitted from 1 March until 31 August. Spinning with single hook and worm fishing with float permitted from 1 September until 31 October.

Treble hooks. All hooks must be debarbed.

DATES The fishing season runs from 1 March to 31 October annually.

LICENCE

PERMIT

DAERA rod licence available from www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling

See P50 for list of permit providers.

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CRUMLIN RIVER CRUMLIN Crumlin and District Angling Association own the fishing rights to the Crumlin River. This river takes its name from the village of Crumlin, through which it flows. It is a small to medium sized river whose source lies mainly in the western hills and slopes of Divis Mountain. From the foothills of the mountain to its final entry into Lough Neagh, it is probably not more than 13 miles (21 kms) in length. In many respects the Crumlin River is typical of the hundreds of small rivers that flow throughout the island of Ireland, holding a good stock of native brown trout in small pools and stretches of fast running streams. However, in late summer and early autumn, the Crumlin River benefits from a run of dollaghan (Lough Neagh trout) and the occasional salmon – mostly in the lower pools and stretches. www.crumlinangling.com Crumlin Angling Club

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FISHING

VARIETY OF FISH

Game fishing.

Wild brown trout, dollaghan and salmon.

METHODS

PROHIBITED

Fly, worm and spinning.

Maggot, prawn/shrimp fishing or ground baiting.

DAILY BAG LIMIT

DATES

Six fish; size limit 10 inches (25cms). Anglers must comply with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DERA) Regulations regarding “catch and release” rules for salmon and sea trout.

The fishing season runs from 1 March to 31 October annually.

LICENCE

PERMIT

DAERA rod licence available from www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling

See P50 for list of permit providers.

ACCESS Crumlin Glen Crumlin Glen is signed off to the left on the Nutt's Corner Road in Crumlin village, just before the railway bridge as you head out of the town. Here you will find a car park close to the river.

ACCESSIBLE FACILITIES Angling stands available in Crumlin Glen.

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RIVER MAINE RANDALSTOWN Randalstown Angling Club controls the Viaduct upstream to the Slaght bridge at Whitesides Road. The river has a wide range of fast flowing riffles, slow, deep pools and several weirs along its four-mile length. The river supports a wide variety of invertebrates and insect life in its water which is a good sign of a healthy river and an excellent source of food for hungry trout. The river holds a good head of brown trout throughout and is renowned for good mid to late season runs of dollaghan and salmon.

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FISHING

VARIETY OF FISH

Game fishing.

Wild brown trout, dollaghan and salmon.

METHODS

PROHIBITED

Fly, spinning, worming (No spinning April-June).

Maggots, sweetcorn etc. Boat fishing is not permitted. No Sunday fishing.

DAILY BAG LIMIT

DATES

Four game fish per angler. All salmon must be returned to the river. Trout under 10 inches (25cm) in length shall be returned to the water.

The fishing season runs from 1 March to 31 October annually.

LICENCE

PERMIT

DAERA rod licence available from www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling

See P50 for list of permit providers.

ACCESS John Street Car park by turning left (see parking sign by narrow road entrance). Park your car and walk onto New Street from car park exit, turn left and walk 100 metres until the park entrance the Viaduct and the river is visible on left hand side of road.

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RIVER MAINE: SHANE’S CASTLE ESTATE RANDALSTOWN Shane's Castle demesne, the home of the O’Neill family for many centuries, lies along the northern shore of Lough Neagh. The River Maine runs through the western end of the estate and enters Lough Neagh, south of Randalstown. The right to fish extends from the mouth of the River Maine to the road bridge in Randalstown, both banks included. The river therefore provides nearly 3 miles of unique angling. A large part of the river can be waded. Chest waders are recommended and a stout wading staff is needed. With the exception of one stretch of the river the fishing is primarily fly water but spinning is permitted when water levels justify i.e. only when the gauge at the Deerpark Bridge is at 11 inches or more. Good etiquette and a wading stick are essential. A fully experienced ghillie is available by prior reservation. Shanes Castle, Antrim, BT41 4NE +44 (0) 28 9442 8216 info@shanescastle.com www.shanescastle.com

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FISHING

VARIETY OF FISH

Game fishing.

Dollaghan and salmon.

METHODS

PROHIBITED

Mainly fly, spin or bankside.

Shrimp, prawn and flying ‘C’.

DAILY BAG LIMIT

DATES

A policy of ‘catch and release’ is encouraged on the estate water, especially for the native browns. Salmon are protected. One fish (dollaghan) limit. Trout under 10 inches (25cm) in length shall be returned to the water.

The fishing season runs from 1 March to 31 October annually.

LICENCE

PERMIT

DAERA rod licence available from www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling

See P50 for list of permit providers.

ACCESS By the Grand Entrance or White gates, off the Randalstown/Antrim Road. Drivers are requested to keep their cars parked on the hard road where possible.

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TOOME CANAL TOOME Toome Canal is the only DAERA Public Angling Estate Fishery within the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough. The 0.5 mile (0.8km) stretch of canal is a very popular coarse fishery with all year round fishing. Pike, perch, roach, bream and eels are abundant. 0300 200 7860 +44 (0) 28 9151 3101 (Outside NI)

www.nidirect.gov.uk

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FISHING

VARIETY OF FISH

Coarse fishing.

Bream, perch, pike, roach and eels.

METHODS

PROHIBITED

All legal methods including ground bait and maggots for coarse are permitted.

Boat fishing is not permitted.

DAILY BAG LIMIT

DATES

1 pike/4 coarse fish. Pike of 4kg and over and coarse longer than 25cm must be returned to the water.

All year round.

LICENCE

PERMIT

DAERA rod licence available from www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling

See P50 for list of permit providers.

ACCESS Travelling from Randalstown and Belfast on the A6 towards Londonderry, at the roundabout take the first exit onto Moneynick Road, into Toome village.

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CRAIGMORE FISHERY RANDALSTOWN VARIETY OF FISH Rainbow trout Craigmore Fishery is a beautiful man-made lake fed with crystal-clear spring water. An incredible 44 springs in the lake bed supply the fishery with water which remains clear throughout the year. Craigmore Fishery was opened to the public in late 1999 and subsequently has become one of the finest and most successful fisheries in the country. Historically, Craigmore has seen substantial hatches of buzzers, lake olives, and damsel nymphs. Corixa and fresh water shrimp are also in abundance throughout the year. Due to the prolific fly life at Craigmore, some of the most spectacular summer evening rises are to be seen. This combination of fresh water and natural feeding results in some of the best and hardest-fighting rainbow trout available today. 30 Clonkeen Road, Randalstown, BT41 3JL +44 (0) 28 9447 2806 +44 (0) 7834 005216 craigmorefishery@hotmail.co.uk www.craigmorefishery.co.uk Open to the public: Thursday to Sunday only from 9am to dusk

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MOSSLEY MILL FISHERY NEWTOWNABBEY VARIETY OF FISH Brown trout This unique 5.5 acre (2.2 ha), brown trout fishery is set in the grounds of a restored nineteenth-century linen mill in Newtownabbey. The fishery is run on a partnership basis between the awardwinning, Three Mile Water Conservation and Angling Association and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. The fishery is only fishable off one bank, of which there are six dedicated pegs. These can be booked up to three days in advance via the council website or at the reception inside Mossley Mill. The location offers excellent car parking, catering and toilet facilities. Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey, BT36 5QA +44 (0) 28 9034 0000 info@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/ fishing Open to the public: from 1 March to 31 October every year and is strictly fly angling only

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STRAID FISHERY BALLYCLARE VARIETY OF FISH Rainbow trout, carp, perch and tench Straid Fishery has built a reputation for making superb quality fishing available to the public. By concentrating efforts on quality stocking, clean and comfortable facilities and competitive prices, anglers are attracted to the fishery from near and far. Straid Fishery is County Antrim's first ever recognised Angling Hub. This concept was introduced as part of the NI Angling Strategy 2013/14 and is overseen by AnglingNI (DAERA, Loughs Agency, SportNI, Ulster Angling Federation and NCFFI). The idea of the Hub is to offer the availability of qualified angling coaches/instructors at a venue capable of welcoming newcomers into angling, a recognised sport since 2012. 21 Castletown Road, Ballyclare, BT39 9PU +44 (0) 28 9303 8721 info@straidfishery.com www.straidfishery.com Open to the public: Thursday to Sunday only from 9am to dusk

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TILDARG FISHERY BALLYCLARE VARIETY OF FISH Rainbow trout, brown trout Tildarg Fishery is renowned for it’s picturesque 17-acre lake set in the hills just north of Ballyclare. This 17.5 acre (7 ha) stillwater lake, is regularly stocked with 2.5 to 10lb (1 - 4.5 kg) rainbow trout. Facilities include a purpose-built fishery lodge including a shop, anglers’ rest room with log fire. There is an attached kitchen and ladies, gents and accessible toilet facilities. Flies, tackle, confectionery and cold drinks are available. Boats are available to hire and include two wheelchair accessible boats. 42 Breckenhill Road Ballyclare, BT39 0TB +44 (0) 28 9334 0604 Tildarg Fishery Open to the public: 9am to dusk

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V36 COARSE FISHERY NEWTOWNABBEY VARIETY OF FISH Roach, roach-bream hybrids and perch V36 Coarse Fishery at the Valley Park is a designated DAERA Coarse Fishery. The fishery is run on a partnership basis between the award winning, Three Mile Water Conservation and Angling Association and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. The fishery is open all year round and has four dedicated pegs. Permits can be obtained free of charge from the Valley Leisure Centre reception. The location offers excellent car parking, catering and toilet facilities. All aspects of the site are easily accessible by all. Church Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 7JL +44 (0) 28 9086 1211 or +44 (0) 28 9034 0065 info@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk Open to the public: 9am-10pm Mon-Sun

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CREEVE TROUT FISHERY

POTTERSWALL DAM

RANDALSTOWN

ANTRIM

VARIETY OF FISH

VARIETY OF FISH

Rainbow trout

Rainbow trout

Creeve Trout Fishery is a family-run fishing lake where anglers and beginners of all abilities are welcome.

Antrim & District Angling Association owns and manages Potterswall Dam, which is situated three miles from Antrim town on Potterswall Lane, just off the Steeple Road. The area is a great viewpoint with stunning views across Lough Neagh. The seven-acre (2.8 ha) site has five acres (2 ha) of lake and is fly fishing only. It is regularly stocked with good fighting rainbow trout. Fish up to 12lb (5.5kg) have been caught and returned.

Restocked on a weekly basis, the lake is set in a tranquil location surrounded by green fields and mature trees. Fly casting tuition can be booked and refreshments can be provided. Accessible facilities include an Angler’s rest cabin, Fly rod and reel rental, boat hire and jetty. 115 Staffordstown Road, Randalstown, BT41 3LH +44 (0) 28 9447 8566 +44 (0) 28 9447 2547 creevehouseinn@btconnect.com Open to the public: by appointment only

The banks are very accessible with fishing from all banks, but wading and boat fishing is prohibited. There are also accessible fishing stands, ample car parking and a small building for anglers to use. The lake is open all year with day and year permits available from various surrounding outlets, as advertised on the club website. Steeple Road, Antrim, BT41 2QQ. www.sixmilewater.co.uk

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At certain times of the year for the freshwater anglers, you can be lucky and catch the 'King of Fish" the Atlantic salmon, which is one of the most famous of all the game fish. Antrim is renowned for its wonderful wild brown trout fishing and its fantastic dollaghan trout fishing. You can also fish for hard fighting rainbow trout at our many stillwater fisheries. For the coarse angler, we have good populations of perch, bream, roach, eels and even some pike fishing. Also, for the sea fisher, some mullet and mackerel can be caught in the summer months.

A FISH DOES NOT ADD NEW SCALES AS IT GROWS, BUT THE SCALES IT HAS INCREASE IN SIZE. IN THIS WAY, GROWTH RINGS ARE FORMED AND THE RINGS REVEAL THE AGE OF A FISH, JUST LIKE COUNTING THE RINGS OF A TREE TO FIND ITS AGE!


FISH SPECIES ACROSS THE BOROUGH Here’s a brief guide to the main fish species you can expect to catch during your stay in this historical part of Northern Ireland. With great angling and ease of access, Antrim and Newtownabbey really can be a haven for anglers!

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DOLLAGHAN TROUT

GAME

Dollaghan (Salmo trutta) is a wild brown trout native only to Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland. These elusive, migratory trout spend much of the year in the Lough and return to the rivers to spawn. Interestingly, it was commonly believed that the dollaghan was a unique type of trout that consisted of different strains or families. Hpwever recent scientific studies in Queen’s University Belfast have shown that they are not genetically distinct from the resident populations, with only their life history being unique. It's that life history which makes them such a sought-after sporting fish and arguably, Northern Ireland's greatest game fish. Whether it is overcrowding, environmental issues or a combination of factors, something causes their desire to leave their birth river to seek the rich feeding of Lough Neagh. It is this phenomenon that produces some of the best fly fishing to be had when these fish return as adults to spawn. Local names for the fish include ‘buddagh’ or ‘breddach’, which translates as the ‘big fat fellow’ and the big ones look like the Ferox. There are smaller and younger dollaghan

known locally as salmon trout; their silver appearance giving them the appearance of a sea trout. Their silver colour is not the only thing they have in common with their sea-run relations, as like sea trout, they are very light sensitive and shy when they return to the rivers to spawn. All dollaghan can achieve growth rates similar to Atlantic salmon while in the Lough, and on their return they can weigh well into the teens of pounds and bigger. The dollaghan can be found in all the rivers running into Lough Neagh in the Borough such as the Six Mile Water, the Maine and the Crumlin River. They are caught during the day depending on conditions but are often caught after dusk using methods similar to those used to fish for sea trout in Wales. Local anglers regard them as 'the sea trout of Lough Neagh'. Their weight can vary greatly from small fish of around 0.5 lb (0.2kg) to large specimens of around 20lb (9kg). These fish run in numbers from summer until late November to their spawning grounds. There are very few places in the world where it is possible to land a truly wild brown trout of 20lbs (9kg) plus, but such opportunities exist right here in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough.

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BROWN TROUT

GAME

Brown trout is a European species of salmonid fish that has been widely introduced into suitable environments globally. It includes both purely freshwater populations, referred to as the riverine ecotype (Salmo trutta morpha fario), lacustrine ecotype (Salmo trutta morpha lacustris) or the sea trout (Salmo trutta morpha trutta).

ATLANTIC SALMON

GAME

The Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is a species salmonid found in the northern Atlantic Ocean, in rivers that flow into the north Atlantic. Atlantic salmon have long been the target of recreational fishing, conservation efforts to help this fish, seatrout and brown trout has been carried out by all the fishing clubs in the Borough. Rivers that have salmon in the area are the Maine, Six Mile Water and the lower Crumlin River.

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The latter migrates to the oceans for much of its life and returns to fresh water only to spawn. Sea trout in the UK and Ireland have many regional names, including sewin (Wales), finnock (Scotland), peal (West Country), mort (North West England) and white trout (Ireland). Native wild Brown trout can be found in all rivers and lakes in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough.

RAINBOW TROUT

GAME

The rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is a trout and species of salmonid native to cold-water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America. They are not native to Ireland, but provide excellent sport in stocked stillwater fisheries in the Borough. You can fish for these at Creeve Trout Fishery, Straid Fishery, Craigmore Fishery, Tildarg Fishery and Potterswall Dam.

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BREAM

COARSE

ROACH

COARSE

The common bream (Abramis brama) is a European species of freshwater fish in the family Cyprinidae. It is now considered to be the only species in the genus Abramis.

The Roach (Rutilus rutilus), also known as the common roach, is a fresh and brackish water fish of the Cyprinidae family, native to most of Europe and western Asia.

PERCH

EUROPEAN EEL

COARSE

The Perch is a common name for fish of the genus Perca.

COARSE

The European eel (Anguilla anguilla) a species of eel, is a snake-like, catadromous fish.

SEA FISHING Sea Fishing is very limited in Newtownabbey. Flat fish, small whiting and mullet can be caught in Belfast Lough from some shores at Whiteabbey and Hazelbank as well as mackerel in the summer months. Boat fishing is not advisable in Belfast Lough, due to the volume of marine traffic.

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THE WILY ANGLER SEASONS AND FLY PATTERNS TO TRY Many anglers have their favourite fly patterns. This is just a short guide to help you choose some flies and to assist you with your visit.

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BROWN TROUT IN RIVERS Early to mid-season: Dark Olive is the predominant hatch for the early months and the default fly to fish if you are not certain what to try. Also, Greenwell’s, (wet and dry) Badger Quill, Klinkhammer, Hawthorne, Gold head Hares Ear, Pheasant tail nymph. Sizes 16 to 12. Gammarus, sometimes incorrectly called the "common freshwater shrimp", form the predominant diet for trout. Try Patterns in Green, Brown or Pink shrimp size 12-14. Mid - to Late Season: As above but also, Caddis patterns (wet and dry), midge patterns (wet and dry), Black Gnats good for the whole summer. Blue winged olive, the definitive fly that is the most widespread of the summer olives. The four stages in the lifecycle are all attractive to trout, and can be imitated with Nymph Pheasant Tail Nymph, Size 14-16, Emerger Parachute Adams size 14, Dun Blue Winged Olive 14-18 Blue Winged Olive, Spinner Sherry Spinner 16-18. Caenis, often referred to as ‘the angler’s curse’. Hard to match and difficult to see on the surface, but sometimes the only fly the trout will look at for hours on end. Last Hope 16-18, Pale Watery 18-20. Terrestrials- Ants and Daddy Long Legs

SALMON & DOLLAGHAN The Bann Special, The Curry's Red Shrimp, The Apache Shrimp, The Fox Fly, The Silver Wilkinson, The Silver Doctor Hairwing. These are all good for salmon and dollaghan when conditions are right and in the evening. Day time for dollaghan trout: try traditional trout flies like the Back Pennell, Dunkeld and the Gold Head Hares Ear - these all take their share of fish. Modern tungsten bead nymphs also work well.

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CATCH & RELEASE ADVICE

TACKLE Use a barbless hook (or flatten the barbs with pliers).

PLAYING THE FISH • Bring the fish in firmly and quickly to reduce the likelihood of severe exhaustion. • Use a heavy breaking strain of line or cast that will permit this. • Move the fish out of fast currents if possible.

HANDLING THE FISH • Handle the fish as little as possible. • Keep the fish in the water if possible; fish should not be brought out of the water on to the bank if possible. • If a landing net is used, it must be knotless. Avoid abrasion of the scales - NEVER beach the fish. You must wet your hands before touching the fish. • Be gentle, do not grip the fish tightly and take extra care with fish during warm weather, when they are most vulnerable. • Remove the hook gently - forceps can help (always take a pair of long nosed forceps with you when you go salmon or trout fishing). • If the fish is deep hooked, cut the line as close to the hook as possible. Better to lose a fly than a fish. • Never hold a fish up by the tail or hold up by the wrist.

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REVIVING AND RELEASING THE FISH Do not weigh the fish, estimate the weight (the weight of a fish can be calculated from an estimate of the length of the fish: tip of nose to centre of tail). Details of length/weight relationships are available from web sites.

FOR PHOTOGRAPHY Stand in the water if it is not too deep and gently cradle the fish using both hands, lifting it just above the water surface for a few seconds. Support the fish gently and steadily in a current, facing upstream. Do not hold the fish too firmly. Be patient and wait for the fish to recover. Let it swim away on its own when it is ready.

Will the fish live? Radio tracking of fish in parts of the world of released fish has shown that over 90% of salmon and trout, if carefully handled, survive to spawn successfully and 10% could have been taken by the fish natural predators. If handled properly the fish have a great chance of survival.

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FISHING ETIQUETTE TIPS For many, fishing etiquette will come as second nature, but in essence it means being courteous and respectful to other anglers in the water, its wildlife and to the wider environment. By acting in this way, you will find most other anglers to be a great source of information and friendship, which adds up to creating a more enjoyable day on the water for all.

PURPOSE OF OBSERVING FISHING ETIQUETTE WHEN FISHING The accepted rules of behaviour when accessing and fishing waters are based on consideration for other anglers and for the land owners who permit access through or to their land. Observing these rules will also ensure you stay within the law, avoid conflict and help maintain the good reputation of anglers generally. It is especially important that you are aware of good angling etiquette when fishing heavily-fished rivers such as the Six Mile Water.

RIGHTS OF ACCESS Most rivers cross private land and the rights of the land owner must be respected. If possible, ask the owner for permission before crossing their land or that of the fishing clubs (and use this opportunity to check if there are any dangers of which to be aware). Very rarely is permission denied when asked for. Respect the landowner’s property, whether it be a farmer’s land or the garden of a home owner. Leave everything as you found it. If a gate is open, leave it that way and likewise if it is closed. Our ability to continue to have access to cross land is dependent on farmers and other landowners being able to trust that we, as anglers and guests on their land, will behave responsibly.

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FISH DISTURBANCE

UPSTREAM AND DOWNSTREAM FISHING

A fisherman on a river will not appreciate the trout being scared off by a disturbance. So when fishing on a small stream, allow sufficient room to give other anglers undisturbed river. In some cases it may be better to find another place to fish. If you need to approach someone who is fishing, do so quietly, keeping well back from the water, and signal your intentions. Even your reflection on the water may spook the trout.

• Always enter a pool behind any angler already there.

GOOD MANNERS ON RIVERS AND STREAMS

• Don't start fishing a river downstream when someone else is fishing it upstream.

• Respect other anglers already on the water.

• If a pool is being fished downstream by wet fly anglers, start upstream of them. • If a pool is being fished upstream by nymph anglers or dry fly anglers, start downstream of them. • Start your angling in the opposite direction if possible.

• Don't start fishing a river upstream when someone else is fishing it downstream.

• Enquire politely about their plans.

• If in doubt, ask where to fish so as not to cause a disturbance.

• If fishing downstream for dollaghan or salmon, join a line of anglers at the end unless there is a very large gap.

ACCESS ETIQUETTE

• Ask if it is okay to join an already occupied pool. • If a pool is full, wait on the bank or move somewhere else. • If you join others fishing a pool, don't fish the water someone is just about to fish.

These rules apply to accessing fishing waters via private land: • No dogs. • No camping without permission.

• Do not monopolise a stretch of water, even if you're catching fish there.

• Request permission to cross private land.

• Move upstream or downstream with every few casts unless you are alone.

• Leave gates as you find them (open or shut)

• When sharing a pool for dollaghan or salmon, accepted practice is to take a step every time you make a few casts.

• Do not litter.

• Leave plenty of room for your neighbour to cast, and to play and reel in a hooked fish. • Do not fill a gap left by an angler landing a fish - let them return. • If other anglers offend through inexperience, have a gentle word with them.

• Offer thanks on leaving. • Stay within the river margins. • Respect private property. • Avoid disturbing stock or damaging crops. • Do not park vehicles in gate ways. • Be courteous to local landowners and others. • Please take all litter away with you, no matter what it is.

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ALL THE HELP YOU NEED QUALIFIED GUIDES & INSTRUCTORS The Association of Professional Game Angling Instructors in Ireland (APGAI Ireland) has a number of qualified fly casting and angling instructors residing within the Borough. These guides and angling instructors are recommended, qualified and insured and can be booked for fishing or casting lessons. For more information visit www.apgai-ireland.ie

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Six Mile Water Guide / Instructor: Stevie Munn +44 (0) 7717 460131 anglingclassics@aol.com Best booked via email www.anglingclassics.co.uk Straid Fishery Guide / Instructor: Ray McKeeman +44 (0) 28 9303 8721 info@straidfishery.com www.straidfishery.com Straid Fishery Guide / Instructor: Alan McCartney +44 (0) 7912 625429 mccartneyalan2172@gmail.com River Maine in Shane's Castle Estate Guide / Instructor: Sam Andrews +44 (0) 7889 423965 samandrews100@hotmail.com Crumlin River Guide / Instructor: Joe Stitt +44 (0) 28 9336 1872 +44 (0) 7850 023757 joe.s@fsmail.net Across the Borough Guide / Instructor: Christopher Bryant +44 (0) 7427 660094 info@infinityflyfishing.co.uk www.infinityflyfishing.co.uk

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PROTECTING OUR WATERS, PROTECTING OUR NATURE Water is at the heart of nature’s ecosystems and of life itself. When in healthy condition, our rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds teem with wildlife and support not just magnificent fish such as the salmon and dollaghan, but birds like the kingfisher, mammals like the secretive otter and numerous tiny insects that are central to wildlife food chain. We too are totally reliant on water; for drinking and for growing our food, as well as its value to us as a recreational resource for fishing, sailing, swimming and other outdoor pursuits. With increasing demands being placed on water resources, both now and into the future, it is vital that we as anglers work together to help protect the aquatic environment that is so important to us. We cannot enjoy good fishing without taking great care of the environment in which we fish. A flourishing aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem is synonymous with good fishing. The majority of anglers not only love and respect the environment in which they fish, but also go to great lengths to protect and conserve the health of the aquatic ecosystem as a whole. Please show due respect to the natural environment of Antrim and Newtownabbey so that it may continue to be enjoyed by future generations of anglers and visitors alike.

A TROUT CAN LOOK AND FOCUS OUT OF BOTH CORNERS OF EACH EYE SIMULTANEOUSLY; THIS MEANS THAT IT CAN SEE IN ALMOST EVERY DIRECTION AT ONCE!


LOCAL WATER BAILIFFS ACROSS THE BOROUGH Water bailiffs are committed to protecting the environment within Antrim and Newtownabbey. Their role is to help protect fish, monitor the quality of the water and ensure the welfare of fish stocks. Please remember that pollution, poaching and fish theft is a primary concern for all anglers and that fish and fisheries are crucially important to us all. Bailiffs’ roles and responsibilities • Monitor the quality of the water, the welfare of fish and the habitat. • Carry out surveys of fish, insect and plant life to measure the effects of pollution. • Assess damage caused by any person or pollution and identify its source. • Maintain fish hatcheries, where appropriate. • Looking out for poaching and pollution. • Identify areas where stocks have been depleted. • Liaise with local landowners, farmers, government representatives and conservation organisations and scientists. • Inspect rod licenses and/or fishery permits and enforce regulations and the law, where applicable.

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Local bailiffs for poaching and pollution Six Mile Water: Antrim and District Angling Association Derek Bell +44 (0) 7880 898286 Six Mile Water: Six Mile Water Trust Michael Martin +44 (0) 7894 685230 Six Mile Water: Ballynure Angling Club Walter Moorehead +44 (0) 7717 460131 John Arneill +44 (0) 7470 272459 Doagh Burn: Doagh Burn Angling Club Derek Bell Jr. +44 (0) 7761 535982 River Maine: Bill Norris norris329@btinternet.com Stephen Gilmore +44 (0) 7595 217929 River Maine: Shane's Castle Estate Sam Andrews +44 (0) 7889 423965 Crumlin River: Kenneth Smith +44 (0) 7725 313954 Mossley Mill Fishery: Andrew Moore +44 (0) 759673925

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THEY’RE OUR FISHERIES, SO LET’S CARE FOR THEM FISHING GUIDELINES The following principles serve as useful guidelines in helping anglers care for and help to sustain the recreational fisheries in Antrim and Newtownabbey: • Quickly and correctly return unwanted or illegal catch to the water • Quickly and humanely kill fish that are kept for consumption • Use only appropriate, legal tackle and value each catch • Take no more than our immediate needs • Support and encourage activities that preserve, restore and enhance fisheries and fish habitat • Understand and observe all fishing regulations and report illegal fishing activities • Prevent pollution and protect wildlife by removing rubbish • Take care when boating and anchoring to avoid damage to wildlife and habitat • Use established roads and tracks • Report environmental damage • Avoid unnecessary interactions with wildlife species and their habitats • Practise courtesy towards all those who use inland and coastal waters • Obtain permission from landholders and traditional owners before entering land • Care for our own safety and the safety of others when fishing.

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Help us to prevent pollution and poaching If you see someone poaching or breaking the law, please contact the Police Service of Northern Ireland on 0845 600 8000. If you see pollution on any water, please contact the Pollution Hot Line. T. 0800 807 060 E. Emergency-Pollution@daera-ni.gov.uk

Leave no trace Please don’t drop litter, no matter how small take it home with you and dispose of it responsibly. Discarded litter such as plastic, food wrappers and polystyrene cups poses a major threat to wildlife in rivers, lakes and the oceans worldwide. So, when you go fishing, leave the place as you found it, or if possible, cleaner than you found it.

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PERMITS

CRUMLIN RIVER Petz Zone, Main Street, Crumlin, BT29 4UP

Required permits are available at these locations across the Borough. Required DAERA licenses and permits are available from www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling

+44 (0) 28 9442 3151 Tickets for Sunday fishing must be purchased in advance.

RIVER MAINE McManus Hardware Store, Main Street, Randalstown, BT41 3AB

SIX MILE WATER Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House, Randalstown Road, Antrim BT41 4LH

+44 (0) 28 9447 2241 Can be purchased from 6am Monday - Saturday

+44 (0) 28 9448 1338 Simpsons Newsagents, 30 Fountain Street, Antrim, BT41 4BB

RIVER MAINE in SHANE’S CASTLE ESTATE Estate Office, Shane's Castle, Antrim, BT41 4NE

+44 (0) 28 9446 1478 Twelfth Milestone Butcher, The Twelfth Milestone Garage, 954 Antrim Road, Templepatrick, BT39 0AY

+44 (0) 28 9442 8216 samandrews100@hotmail.com

+44 (0) 28 9443 9711

Two-day tickets are available from the Estate Office or by arrangement with the River Keeper, Sam Andrews.

Dunadry Hotel, 2 Islandreagh Drive, Dunadry, Antrim, BT41 2HA

TOOME CANAL

+44 (0) 28 9443 4343

DAERA Coarse permit available from www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling and also from retail distributors who are listed on this website.

SIX MILE WATER FROM DOAGH BRIDGE UPSTREAM Maxol Service Station / SPAR 91 Templepatrick, Ballyclare. +44 (0) 28 9335 2063

TACKLE SUPPLIES

No Day Tickets are available during October. Under 16 year olds are free but must be accompanied by an adult whilst fishing water.

DOAGH BURN The Forecourt Centre, 10 Station Road, Doagh, BT39 0QT Mr D. Bell. +44 (0) 7761 535982 +44 (0) 28 9334 0215 derekbell321@hotmail.com

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Fur, Feather & Fin 17 Main Street, Crumlin, BT29 4UP +44 (0) 28 9442 3233 McManus Hardware Store Main Street, Randalstown, BT41 3AB +44 (0) 28 9447 2241 www.mcmanushardware.co.uk

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GET HOOKED…

IT’S IN OUR NATURE The Old Courthouse

The Junction

Market Square, Antrim, BT41 4AW

Ballymena Road, Antrim, BT41 4LL

028 9442 8331

028 9442 9111

Belfast International Airport

Mossley Mill

Visitor Information Centre

Local Information Office

Airport Road, Crumlin, BT29 4AB

Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey, BT36 5QA

028 9448 4677

028 9034 0000

Visitor Information Centre

Local Information Office

For further information:

visitantrimandnewtownabbey.com

Angling Guide: Antrim and Newtownabbey 2018  
Angling Guide: Antrim and Newtownabbey 2018