American tourist Frank Gibbs
Fished on Sept. 14, 2017 with fishing guide Derek Bell Jnr (FB) on the Antrim six mile river, located within the jurisdiction of Antrim & District Angling Assoc. Made a reservation with Derek for myself several months in advance of our cruise ship’s one day stop at the port of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. After the Princess Cruise ship, Regal Princess docked, Derek met me with his car and off we went to purchase a fishing permit, grab some waders (which I forgot to bring) then on to fishing. Once we started, Derek knew which pools would be most productive at that time of morning but we quickly tried them all just in case a pattern change had developed. Derek's knowledge and experience started when he went fishing on the Antrim riverwith his father as a lad. Since then he has learned every pool, time of year, water flow and presentaion to make. During the time I spent with him I was able to land my first ever Dollaghanbrown trout and then another which was a 5 pounder. After calming down from the joy of landing the big one, Derek told me to cast into the same pool again to see what else might be lurking. Skeptical after all the thrashing in the pool from Mr. Big I proceeded with my next cast only to connect with an Atlantic Salmon that came close to 5 pounds again. I had heard about the luck of the Irish but at this point I thought I had died and gone to heaven. What a blessing to receive on my first trip to Northern Ireland. So glad I connected with Derek Bell Jnr and highly recommend his guide service to anyone who wants to wet a line on their visit.