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Why fish the Blackwater


The Munster Blackwater (or just Blackwater) is one of Ireland's most famous salmon rivers, both today and historically, with accounts in the past of enormous runs and of enormous catches of salmon, mainly spring fish, written by anglers such as Augustus Grimble, in "The Salmon Rivers of Ireland", and more recently by John Ashley-Cooper in his well-known book, "A Salmon Fisher's Odyssey".

Moreover, the Blackwater was at one time also noted for its large fish. For example, well-known Dublin-based fisheries scientist Arthur Went compiled records of portmanteau fish (fish in excess of 40 lbs weight) caught in Irish rivers between 1874 and 1933. In this period, fifteen such fish were caught in the Blackwater, a figure beaten only by the Shannon's catch of seventeen over the same time.



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