Quoile Coarse Anglers Forming New Club

Downpatrick Anglers To Form New Club

Downpatrick Anglers To Form New Club

With growing interest in the Quoile coarse angling scene and the Covid  pandemic coming to an end, local anglers around Downpatrick are coming together to form a new coarse angling club for the area.

Their aim is to encourage involvement in the sport of angling particularly for coarse fish in the lower reaches of the River Quoile. Coarse fish are species such as rudd, roach, hybrids, bream, pike, eels etc as opposed to game fish such as trout and salmon.

Going forward they hope to run a few bank match competitions and eventually provide training for young anglers.

Downpatrick anglers spent a few hours gathering rubbish along the banks of the River Quoile in Downpatrick. l-r – Daryl Morrison, Stephen O’Hare, Eamonn McGrath, Trevor Love and David Moore.

One of their key concerns is the condition of the local Quoile environment and the state of the fishery which extends roughly from below the Belfast Road bridge to Steamboat Quay.

They wish to constructively engage with the different agencies to try and improve angling prospects and access for anglers and everyone. They recognise too that there is an improvement process on Greenways already ongoing through the local council and agencies to gear up part of the River Quoile area as a recreational and tourism asset.

At the Belfast Road bridge: some of the anglers who did a litter pick along the banks of the River Quoile in Downpatrick prior to the inaugural meeting to set up the new coarse angling club. l-r Chris Vaughan, John Corry, Stephen O’Hare, Mark Murphy and Daryl Morrison.

The Quoile basin is a nature reserve and there are a couple of designations applying to it at the moment, and the anglers wish to maintain the biological diversity and general appearance of the Quoile area as a local asset everyone can enjoy.

The inaugural meeting on Friday evening will be to set up the club. It will adopt a constitution and select a management committee. Downpatrick Councillor Oonagh Hanlon will be chairing the meeting.

Inaugural meeting

Quoile Angling Club

In Murphy’s Bar, Market Street, Downpatrick

At 7pm on Friday 18th March 2021

All anglers are very welcome.