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08 September

mullet
Photo: Terry Jackson wins catch of the week with this 6lb 12oz mullet caught on fly

“I took this mullet of 6 lb. 12 oz at small harbour on the Antrim coast the other day. It was taken on a Shakespeare Trion Fly rod, Trion reel and Trion line, 6 lb fluorocarbon and a home tied fly creation. It fought extremely well on fly gear before succumbing to the landing net. I hooked and lost its mate of similar proportions before a couple of guys launched a boat and unfortunately spooked the shoal.”
Terry Jackson

01 September

spurdog
Photo: This specimen spurdog of 17lb wins Catch of the Week for Des Young

Des Young took a fine specimen spurdog of 17lbs whilst out with Terry Jackson aboard his boat "Aries".  Des' spurdog took a mackerel flapper on a size 8/0 WSB uptide hook, Penn Evo Waveblaster rod and Penn Fathom reel,  in 450 ft of water. This lovely spurdog wins Des Catch of the Week. It was part of a catch of 61 spurdogs, 13 of which were over specimen size and a 112 lb common skate. Sid Kennedy and his son Derek joined them on the trip, all catching specimens, including three specimen cuckoo wrasse.

25 August

salmon
Photo: Robert Babington with a beautiful 13lb+ Boyne Salmon prior to its release back to the River

Robert Babington who fished the Boyne for a few hours last Saturday near Oldbridge on Rossin, Slane & District Anglers Club waters wins Catch of the Week. Robert caught and released a beautiful 13lb+ salmon. It was caught while spinning a black flying C. Luckily for Robert, fellow angler James from Tyrone was on hand to net the fish and photograph it prior to the fish being released back to the river.

18 August

tope
Photo: Stephen Hayden wins Catch of the Week with a 54lb tope.

Stephen Hayden was fishing with friends off Bray for mackerel and tope when he had a great run of luck. Everyone on the boat got tope and they were all good fish, but the highlight of the day was a double hook up. The lucky anglers managed to get both fish to the boat and they weighed 42lb and 54lb. Stephen caught the bigger tope and this wins him Catch of the Week.

11 August

mullet
Photo: Des Chew with his specimen mullet from Co. Wicklow

Des Chew caught and released a lovely specimen mullet from Co Wicklow at the weekend. It weighed 5 lb. 4 oz and was caught on sunken bread flake. Conditions were far from ideal during the session with squally winds and very heavy showers.  Des wins our Catch of the Week with his specimen mullet.

04 August

skate
Photo: A massive 230 lb. skate at Courtmacsherry wins our Catch of the Week.

The common skate fishing has also been tremendous with the Lady Patricia taking the honours with 16 hook ups and 12 tagged and released. There was several of the fish over 100 lb. and 2 of the fish were new Irish records if weighed as they would have been over the 230 lb. mark according to our estimated weight using the research from Aberdeen University.  The biggest fish measured an impressive 87 inches x 72 inches and wins our Catch of the Week

Contact Mark to fish on one his charter boats at E-mail: csal@iol.ie  Web: www.courtmacsherryangling.ie 

28 July

trout
Photo: A fine specimen brown trout of 11 lb. for a German visitor to Lough Inagh on fly is our Catch of the Week.

Anke Kondla, from Frankfurt Germany fished Lough Inagh today and caught and released this whopping brown trout of 11 lb. The fish took a Black Wooly Bugger fished on a sinking line. Eric Rauschmann aged 12 fishing in the same boat caught a 2 pounder and his father Marc caught a 4 pounder all on Wooly Bugger flies.

For fishing please contact Colin Folan,
Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel,Recess, Connemara, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95 34706 or +353 (0)86 8679459
Website: www.loughinaghlodgehotel.ie

21 July

porbeagle
Photo: This 2m porbeagle wins Brian Menary Catch of the Week.

Last week Hamish Currie of Preadator II from Red Bay, Co. Antrim decided to try a new area for porbeagle shark just 22km north of Red Bay. It’s a piece of ground he had been looking at for some time in 170ft of water dropping off to 360ft. His anglers had a few shark but the talking point of the day was the one that got away. It fought for over 2 hours. We didn’t even get to see it as it dived very deep and I think the mono came into contact with rock. 

However,  Brian Menary from Bangor, Co. Down finally caught a very big Porbeagle Shark at well over 2 metres and this fish was estimated at around 300 lb.  This fish wins our Catch of the Week.

14 July

salmon
Photo: Urs Leibundgut wins Catch of the Week with a salmon of 19lbs 7oz

David McEvoy at Delphi Lodge has some great fishing to report, including two of the heaviest salmon for many years. Mark Corps, angling advisor with IFI, landed a magnificent 18lbs 10oz salmon last week, the heaviest salmon landed at Delphi since 1986. However, this mark didn’t last for long, as this week Urs Leibundgut landed another massive fish, this time a salmon of 19lbs 7oz! The killer fly was indeed rather unusual. The salmon was taken on a tungsten beaded nymph tied on a size 10 single with hair from his neighbour’s cat in Zurich. The fly is aptly called the “Neighbours Cat”. We have been told by Urs that there is a patent on the fly and the cat!

This fish now replaces Nigel Saxby-Soffe’s fish of 19lbs 1oz on 26th August 1986 as the biggest Delphi salmon of the modern era, the biggest before that was a 21lbs fish.

07 July

tench
Photo: Lucy Jackson wins Catch of the Week with this 7lb tench.

Well known specimen hunter, Terry Jackson in an email sent in a photo of his daughter, Lucy Jackson aged 9, with a cracking tench taken around the border areas whilst camping out with him. It was one of five fish taken by the pair. The fish weighed in at 7 lb. on the button.

23 June

salmon

After a couple of very showery days at the end of May, the Suir rose briefly by about a couple of feet and the salmon fishing improved dramatically for a while. Some very nice fish were caught and duly released during the first 2 weeks of June. The best catch was recorded by a French Angler Guy Bizounours from Clermond Ferrand who caught a lovely 18 lb. fish on the fly. This fish wins our Catch of the Week. All the fish caught in my Fishery during these 2 weeks (11) were above 10 lb weight as the Grilse run seems to be very late this year.
Jean Loup Trautner 
Domicile (Home):  +353 (0)52 61 32497   
Portable (Mobile): +353 (0)86 817 60 55 
Web: http://www.trautner-peche-irlande.com/
E-mail: jeanlouptrautner@eircom.net

16 June

pike
Photo: This specimen pike of 24lb 11oz caught by Ian Drennan wins Catch of the Week.

The June qualifier of the 2011/12 Kingspan National Pike Championships was held on the River Suck at the weekend in strong winds and heavy rain. The 77 anglers who competed got soaked and the fishing was very poor with 34 anglers blanking. One bright point was the capture of a specimen pike of 24lb 11oz by Durrows Ian Drennan. The pike was blind in one eye and fell to a ledgered lamprey. This fine pike wins Catch of the Week.

09 June

pollack
Photo: Heather Stevenson wins Catch of the Week for this fine pollack.

Heather Stevenson, Co. Down and Seamus Ward, Co. Tyrone led some Swiss anglers on their first ever sea angling adventure aboard the charter boat Dúlra na Mara, skippered by Anthony Irvine at the weekendon Blacksod Bay. It was not the variety of fish boated that impressed the party, but the sheer size and strength of pollack they met, with several in the 10lbs to 12lbs range (many hooked in pairs and trebles) , and the rest weighing in at between 5lbs and 10lbs. However the best fish was taken by Heather and she wins Catch of the Week for her pollack.

02 June

sea trout
Photo: This week's Catch of the Week goes to this 13lb 5oz sea trout - a new record at Lough Currane.

Lough Currane maintains its reputation as the premier sea trout lake in these Islands and for good reason. Mr. Sean Smith of the  UK  broke the record sea trout for the Waterville Lake and Fishery, when he caught a magnificent 13lbs 5ozs fish on a Bibio. He had been fishing on the drift in Edry Bay with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com. Sean had quite a battle with the fish. Early on the sea trout bored down so hard that he thought he was in the bottom, as everything went as solid as a rock. After a while the fish took an almighty run and eventually was landed after more than 40 minutes.

26 May

trout
Photo: The first fish you catch is as important as the biggest - Catch of the Week goes to three and a half year old Darragh James Ward

After getting his first fishing rod while attending the Lough Agency angling fair over the weekend, three and a half year old Darragh James Ward had his first ever taste of angling, on his Grand Fathers water on the Owenkillew River, Co. Tyrone. Dara was delighted to catch his first ever fish, a beautiful wild brown trout, caught on a small silver and blue mepp, which was soon followed by his second. Before his first catch, Darragh surveyed the water, and like many of the wise angling sage’s before him, stated to his uncle “Bryan – it is good for us to be fishing!”.

19 May

salmon
Photo: Michael O'Dwyer wins catch of the week with this 14.5lb salmon

On a quiet day for salmon anglers on Lough Currane Gillie Mr Michael O’Dwyer  caught a 14.5lbs lightening fresh Salmon on the fly from the Butler Pool www.watervillegolflinks.ie. An American Angler who witnessed the event said to me and I quote, "Waterville House  has some Guide, and I tell you man, if you saw the way he netted that Salmon, one swipe and it was on the bank and the rest is history!"
Vincent Appleby
Angling Guide and Accommodation
Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel
Email: salmonandseatrout@eircom.net Web: www.salmonandseatrout.com

12 May

carp
Photo: Sarah Lynch wins Catch of the Week with her 12lb specimen carp

Fisheries Awareness Week in Cork was launched by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork John Kelleher on The Lough last Saturday. Two Irish specimen Carp were caught on the day one by Dan Lynch of Halfway Fishing Tackle and a fabulous 12lb fish was caught by his young daughter Sarah. Sarah wins Catch of the Week with this lovely fish. A total of 28 Carp were caught during the event which was attended by approximately 50 youths and adults. More information about Fisheries Awareness Week and upcoming events is available here: www.faw.ie.

05 May

conger
Photo: A good conger, not specimen size but big enough for Martin Bedwell to win Catch of the Week.

Last weekend Hamish Currie and his anglers fished at anchor and tried for congers. It was slow to start but about 17 were taken (no specimens) and a few ling which are still on the small side. Photographed above is the best taken on the day. The lucky angler is Martin Bedwell, Belfast and the conger weighed in at 36lb, too skinny for a specimen but it wins Catch of the Week.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib 
Web: www.predatorireland.com Email: info@predatorireland.com
Telephone: +44 (0)28 2177 1828  Boat: +44 (0)7720440117

28 April

tench
Photo: This haul of quality tench wins Brian Bohan Catch of the Week.

Brian Bohan reports that the lakes in the Leitrim area are alive at the moment. He has only just started back fishing again this year and already has had some good catches of tench and bream. The rivers just starting to show the roach run at the moment and provide some good sport. He had this lovely bag of tench from a favourite swim which wins him Catch of the Week.
Brian Bohan
CHA FLYNNS COTTAGE & GUIDING SERVICE
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Bbohan70@eircom.net Web http://www.Chaflynnscottage.com

21 April

pike
Photo: Catch of the Week is awarded to Alberto Rizinni and his client who caught this lovely pike on Sunday 17th April on Lough Ree. It was 116 cm long and weighed 15 Kg.
Alberto Rizzini
Angling Guide
Portloman - Slanemore, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath, Ireland.
Tel: +353 (0)44 9344866
Email: alberto@casarizzini.com Web: www.casarizzinicom

14 April

salmon
Photo: Philip Maher, Fishhunt, with his 22lb salmon from the Owenduff

During the week 7 fish were caught on the Lodge Beat of the Owenduff, all in the 7 to 10 lb range with the exception of one magnificent salmon weighing 22 lbs caught by the Clonmel angler Philip Maher on fly.  This is the heaviest fish landed on this beat for at least 45 years and wins Philip the Catch of the Week.

07 April

skate
Photo: Nigel Bell wins Catch of the Week for this huge 196lb skate

Last weekend anglers fishing with Hamish Currie had 9 skate over 2 days. Best bait was dogfish.  One male skate coughed up 3 small common skate and that’s why they are the top of the food chain here in the North Channel.  Best fish fell to Nigel Bell at 196 lbs which is our Catch of the Week.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib 
Web: www.predatorireland.com Email: info@predatorireland.com
Telephone: +44 (0)28 2177 1828  Boat: +44 (0)7720440117

31 March

ferox
Photo: Catch of the Week - over 20lb of ferox trout for Marek Szymanski

Jacek "Jack" Gorny is developing a reputation as a top guide for finding big ferox and pike on Corrib.

Tomi reports that on Sunday last “a monster ferox trout, was caught by our Guest- Marek Szymanski from a polish angling magazine on the last day of his 3 day trip to Corrib.  The enormous trout measured 91 cm, and she was over 20 lb!   Within these 3 days we managed to land 8 more fish so it was great weekend."

To book a day on the lake with Jack check his website www.fishingireland.pl

24 March

trout
Photo: Andy Newman sent in this photo of a trout caught and released on the Cong Canal to win Catch of the Week.

The Cong Canal opened on March 17th, with a large number of anglers forsaking the parades and pubs to try their luck. Andy Newman caught and released a striking trout, and son Brian had one of a bit a smaller. Andy's photo wins him Catch of the Week. As usual, spinner and worm are most successful in the early season high water, but as water levels drop the canal can provide fantastic fly sport.

18 March

roach

Athy and District angling club held a coarse angling match on Mails Canal in Athy on Sunday 13th March 2011.  Most anglers opted for the pole and whips and bomb in the initial barrage of ground-bait however the Traper sponsored chairman of the Carlow Coarse Angling Club Gerry McStraw opted for a completely different approach to the match which ultimately had devastating results thus producing one of the best bags of Roach for years during a match (Roach not Hybrids). Gerry ended up weighing in a bag of 62 lbs. 4 oz. of Roach ranging in size from 8 oz to 12 oz which wins him Catch of the Week.

10 March

pike
Photo: Lisa Keogh wins Catch of the Week for landing 6 pike last Monday.

On Monday 7th Lisa Keogh from Drunconrath fished in the Cavan area of the North east. Lisa is an experienced but occasional angler and chalked up one of her best days to date landing six well conditioned fish. Fishing with David Byrne from Drogheda a total of 10 pike were boated on the day including a couple of doubles. All fish were taken on lure. The water was gin clear and it was a real Spring day, nice and warm when the sun was out and freezing in the shade or when the sun went in. A nice gentle breeze made it easy to fish on the drift. Another 8 fish were lost and missed during the days fishing.

03 March

salmon
Photo:Werner Zirngibl caught this fine salmon on a Collie Dog for Catch of the Week.

On Monday morning, salmon fishing on the Delphi Fishery, Yvonne Zirngibl lost a fish in the Rock Pool. Leaving the pool to rest, her husband Werner fished 20 minutes later with a Collie Dog. He hooked a fine fish and Yvonne netted it after a considerable battle. The salmon turned out to be a sea-liced ranched fish which was heavy enough to snap the tag when lifted by it. The water level at the time was perfect at 45 on the gauge.

24 February

pike
Photo: French angler Max Jean was fishing a Co. Monaghan lake with his brother when this beauty took a whole mackerel on a paternoster rig.

Aurelien Jean and his brother Max were deadbaiting on Lough Muckno over the weekend. This pike was caught at the end of the day, 1 hour after sunset. The pike fell for a paternoster fished mackerel. The fish was very long (119 cm) and very wide and weighed a whopping 30.17lb.

17 February

Miroslav Svajlenin
Photo: Miroslav Svajlenin with a bag of Roach weighing 52 lb 8oz bringing Miro a hat trick of wins in three consecutive coarse angling matches.

Miroslav Svajlenin astounded all present at the weekend's coarse angling match on the River Barrow at Athy with a bag of Roach weighing 52 lb 8oz. This haul of roach won Miro the match making it a hat trick of wins for him in three consecutive coarse angling matches. Miro came to the Carlow club last year and has gone from strength to strength winning the last three matches as well as coming second place in last year's King of the Barrow which will again be held in Carlow town this year.

10 February

pike
Photo: Pearse and Fagan enjoyed good fishing at Stonehams - this 18lb pike was the highlight.

Visually impaired angler Pearse Bolger with his guide dog Fagan while fishing Stonehams Lake on Tuesday February 1st near Cuisle Holiday Centre, Donamon, Co. Roscommon the national holiday centre for the Irish Wheelchair Association, caught this 18lb 14oz Pike using a Roach as dead bait. The pike earns Pearse Catch of the Week.

At Cuisle Holiday Centre facilities are available for people with all types of abilities and disabilities to encourage them to take up or resume the sport of angling.  Fishing tackle, bait, expertise and advice is available from our resident angling advisor. For further information contact Tina at Cuisle Holiday Centre 090 6662277
Email: cuisle@iwa.ie
Web: www.cuisle.com

03 February

pike
Photo: Their biggest pike of the day, 98cm, fell for a spinner.

Pike guide Alberto Rizzini was fishing on Lough Ree on the 31 January 2011 with a client and they enjoyed some good fishing despite the windy conditions. Amongst their catch was this lovely pike of 98cm estimated to weigh about  8 - 9 Kg. The fish all came to spin tactics.

27 January

ling
Photo: A lovely specimen ling of 25lb 2oz on the John Boy's first outing of the year.

Members of Cobh SAC took advantage of the recent settled spell to target the offshore wrecks and what a day they had! Ling to double figures were landed by all in the party and one cracker over the magical 25lb mark for Ruud Boulhouwer. This is Ruud's first specimen and wins him Catch of the Week. Skipper Donie Geary had a secret wreck mark that he knew could produce and he did not let his anglers down, Ruud's ling weighed 25lb 2oz.

20 January

salmon
Photo: T. Colgan caught and released this 8lb salmon on Sunday.

Catch of the Week goes to T. Colgan who caught and released this 7 to 8lb salmon on Sunday. The fish was caught on a Black Flying ‘C’ from The Blackwater.

13 January

pike

Terry Jackson, specimen hunter, started the year in great style with this huge 30lb plus pike. This huge pike wins him Catch of the Week.

01 January

skate
Photo: Ian Martin wins Catch of the Week for the first salmon of the 2011 season.

Catch of the Week goes to the first salmon of the 2011 season which was caught 1st January at 8.40am from the Drowes River. The captor was Ian Martin, Tullyroan, Co. Armagh who hooked the salmon on his third cast of the day. The fish was caught on a 1 inch Flame Thrower Copper Tube fly from the Blackwater section of the river and weighed 11lb.

Have you caught a big fish?

If you catch a big fish in the next few weeks and have a good photograph of your catch, please submit it to Paul Bourke at 01 8842674 or e-mail paul.bourke@fisheriesireland.ie.

Once a month we feature the Catch of the Month on Seascapes, RTE Radio 1, Friday nights at 10.30pm.
www.rte.ie/radio1/seascapes/

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