Destruction of Salmon, 1862, on the ILen River, Skibbereen, 18 separate Lampings, Four Prosecutions in Drimoleague, One in Skibbereen, 18th century Strokehauling on Bandon River, Piking Salmon with a Hayfork on Durrus River under Creamery Bridge and Cork in late 20th Century on Shaky Bridge.
In Dr. Went’s article on the Bandon River Fishery he refers to the surprise at British Soldiers at the common method of obtaining salmon, ‘Strokhauling’ a form of gaffing now completely illegal and at the time veering between illegality and legality.
Perhaps still it occurs on the River Lee in the viscidity of the ‘Shaky Bridge’ Dalys, leading from the Mardyke to Sunday’s Well. It runs in families in Cork.
In Durrus poaching goes back to the mists of time: