When you go fishing, you hope to catch fish. If that sounds like stating the obvious, try asking any angler how many times they’ve actually hooked a rusty tin can or a discarded boot. But when two Northern Irishmen were fishing in Lough Neagh, they didn’t catch a piece of garbage. Instead, they plucked something much rarer and more surprising from the depths.
The two men in question were Raymond McElroy and Charlie Coyle, and they were on an early morning trip to haul in their nets. In particular, from 4:00 a.m. the duo were at Lough Neagh, which is situated near the Northern Irish village of Ballyronan.
And McElroy and Coyle had been hoping to land some of the popular yet elusive pollan – a whitefish that lives in five Irish loughs, including Lough Neagh. However, what the pair had caught was something in even scarcer supply. What’s more, their discovery may only have added to the reputation of this particular stretch of water.