Coniston Water Lake District National Park

Coniston Water Lake District National Park

I set off early this morning, north to the Lake District. I am spending the weekend with 12 friends and my parents. I hope to go on lots of interesting walks and take many photographs. I haven’t visited this part of the world for a couple of years and I have never seen such nice weather as I did today. The photograph above shows Coniston Water with the beautiful autumn colours on the trees.

World Cup Fishing Boats on Lough Mask, Ireland

World Cup Fishing Boats on Lough Mask, Ireland

Like I promised I went back to watch the fishing boats coming back from a days competing to get the heaviest catch of fish. The World Cup Fishing Contest on Lough Mask certainly is a big deal. There were a lot of local fisherman but people from a lot further a field trying to catch as many trout as they could – including someone from China! The heaviest catch today came in at over 11 pounds.

Fishing Boat on Lough Mask, Ireland

Fishing Boat on Lough Mask, Ireland

This evening I took a short trip around the shore of Lough Mask to the location of The World Cup – no, not the football one (or soccer as it is referred to in this part of the world) but a fishing contest, and a pretty serious one. It starts tomorrow and lasts till Monday. I would guess there were about 200+ fishing boats, I’m not sure how many people will fit in each boat but I should imagine 5 or 6 people could get into each boat. The prize is what looks like a new boat, motor for the boat and I presume some sizeable amount of cash. There weren’t many people around but I will be sure to come back one evening to watch the boats come back to shore and check out their catches.

Fishing Boats on the shore of Lough Mask, Ireland

Fishing Boats on the shore of Lough Mask, Ireland

Travelling to the opposite side of Lough Mask this afternoon I had my first fishing lesson. We were trying to catch trout but due to the fact we didn’t have access to a boat it was very difficult. Plus the fact I broke the rod, nearly lost the net amongst other disasters I think fishing defiantly isn’t the sport for me, I”ll stick to my photography. Once again fantastic scenery on from the shores of the Lough.