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Irish Angling Update

05 November 2009

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
email: Paul Bourke
Ph: 00 353 (0) 1 8842600
Fax: 00 353(0) 1 8360060

Salmon and Trout Angling

Coarse Angling

Pike Angling

Sea Angling


Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:


Price cuts at Rathbeggan Lakes

Its looking like a long winter ahead, and you want to get out fishing as much as possible, but you’re finding it just a bit too pricey? Well cast your eye over this amazing offer from Rathbeggan Lakes in Dunshaughlin, just North of Dublin on the N3.

From the First of November 2009, Anglers can enjoy a full days catch and release fly fishing, at RATHBEGGAN LAKES any day of the week, for just 15 euros! Yes it’s true; this recession buster is available right throughout the winter. Adult or Junior, Short visit, or stay all day, the price is the same! Just fifteen euros!

Not only that, but when you come, you can pick up one of our “Weekday Voucher Tickets” which entitles you to a FULL DAY MONDAY TO FRIDAY FOR JUST €10! These price reductions (in some cases a cut of over 50%) are designed to allow you the angler, access to one of the regions top fisheries all through the winter at a price that certainly wont break the bank!

For those of us who like to spend time outdoors, its important to keep getting out there all year round. We get to indulge in our hobby, we get out of the house, and we get to meet other people and exchange chat and ideas. Probably even more important in our current circumstances!

SO HERES THE DEAL……. Come fishing any day for just €15, and when you’re here, pick up one of our €10 weekday tickets. Come back any weekday within that month and you just pay a tenner for your day! And you can take another €10 ticket on that day too! (Ten Euro Tickets limited to 100 per month, One per angler per visit). We guarantee that you‘ll enjoy your day! So, come on, Lets go fishing!

This is probably the best value fishing available in the region!

Hope we see you soon,
Dave Robinson
Rathbeggan Lakes
Dunshaughlin, County Meath,
Tel: +353 (0)1 8240197
RATHBEGGAN LAKES are open every day from 9.00am till Dusk.


D.A.I. Trout Angling Competition

Photo: Adam McSherry playing a Rainbow Trout during the DAI competition at Aughrim, Co. Wicklow.

The Dublin Angling Initiative held their annual Trout Angling Competition at the “Angling for All Trout Fishery”, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow, last Thursday 29th October 2009. Close on forty teenagers and their mentors from Whitechurch Youth Project, Mulhuddart Community Youth Project, Sphere 17 Youth Project Darndale, and Blanchardstown Youth Services took part in the event which was co-sponsored by “Shimano” and the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board.

Photo: Aaron Tansey, team Corduff, with the first of his five Rainbow Trout

After an initial briefing from Des Chew of the D.A.I. the young anglers got down to business, and it wasn’t long before the first Rainbow was on the bank. Within seconds of casting out Aaron Tansey from team Corduff was playing a 41cm Rainbow Trout, the first of five fish that he landed.

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Photo: David Fagan, team Corduff, is happy with his catch.

David Fagan quickly followed suit tempting a Rainbow with float fished garden worms. It quickly became apparent that tipping the worms with sweet corn increased the bite rate. From then on the fishing was frantic with stewards unhooking and measuring amid shouts of another fish on. Within jig time the competition was over and it was clear that the result was going to be tight.

Photo: 2nd place team Corduff. L-R: Des Chew (D.A.I.), Michaela Keegan, Aaron Tansey, Adam McSherry, David Fagan, and Darragh Long from Shimano Tackle.

Over 100 fish were caught, measured, and released during the competition which was a fantastic achievement. With the two top teams both landing 15 fish, who took top spot was decided by a measure off. In the end just 4cms separated first and second place with Mulhuddart team (2) pipping team Corduff by a whisker.

Photo: 1st place Mulhuddart team (2). L-R: Des Chew (D.A.I.), Dano Campbell, Carl Fitzgerald, Karl Doyle, Chase Nouri, and Darragh Long from Shimano Tackle.

Prizes of rods, reels, and ancillary tackle were presented by Des Chew of the D.A.I. and Darragh Long, representative for Shimano Tackle. Des thanked everyone for their input, the contestants, the Aughrim facility who sponsored the fishing and the bait, Shimano Tackle for the prizes, the ERFB staff for stewarding, and Derek Evans angling columnist with the Irish Times. A fun day out was had with many more to come before the season is out.

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:

The 2009 trout and salmon season is closed in the Southern Region. See you again in 2010.

Blackwater Lodge Newsletter - November 2, 2009

The Biggest Winter Flood so far! There has been a lot of heavy rain here in late October, particularly in the last 2 days. Today the river hit 3.10m on the gauge at Ballyduff Bridge. This should ensure safe passage for the late-run spawning fish.

blackwater in flood
Photo: The Blackwater in flood.

2010 Price List: The new price list is now available on the website - click here to view.

Booking for the 2010 Season: Don't forget to book early for 2010 to ensure your place and avail of the 1% per month discount for bookings paid in full on reservation.

Winter Tuition: Glenda will continue instruction throughout the winter months both on & off the river. Contact her is you'd like to hone your skills for the forthcoming season.

Best Regards & Tight Lines in 2010!
Ian & Glenda Powell
Address: Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery, Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
Tel: 00 353 58 60235     From UK: 0871 474 0135  (10p/min any time!)
Fax: 00 353 58 60162    From UK: 0871 474 0136  (10p/min any time!)
Mobile: 00 353 87 235 21 20
E-mail: Website:

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South Western Region

Eileen Carroll reports:
E Mail:

Salmon and trout fishing is closed in the SWRFB area until the new season in 2010.



In quiet rural lake settings two centres of excellent fishing are putting West Cork on the map as a prime winter hot-spot.

Ballinlough is a winter rainbow trout fishery with a previous reputation for excellent fishing facilities. Three new lake boats are for hire from nearby and access to parking and jetties is good. The lake is being stocked with the highest quality of trout and fishing is confined to boats which will cost 30 euro per boat and own outboards are permitted. Ballinlough is located near Leap and is a peaceful and very scenic spot.

For full details on how to book and experience this West Cork experience then contact us by email at or phone 026-41221.

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:

Week ending 01 November, 2009

Ballin Lough

Despite the time of year, unpredictable weather and quickly decreasing day length, Ballin Lough continued to fish brilliantly for those who have ventured out. The fishery closed for angling on the 31st October but, during the previous week, the fishery produced 65 rainbow trout for the 11 rods which fished it. A total of 46 of these trout were safely released. Andy Young, Dublin and K McGing had a total of twenty rainbows, eighteen of these being released with the best fish at 3.5lbs while Martin Walsh and Paddy Blaney, Westport, had a total of 18 trout, all safely released with the best fish weighing in at 4lbs. Finally a Mr Freestone, Crossmolina had a total of eight trout with his best at 3lbs. The best flies for the week on Ballin Lough were again the Bibio, Daddies, Olives and Buzzers.


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Loughs Agency area and Northern Ireland

Lionel Knobbs reports:

02 November 2009

Cashel Trout Fishery

report by Marlene Mc Laughlin
Although the weather had taken a turn for the worst this weekend now that we are beginning the winter season, anglers were still keen on trying to catch one or two of the great fighting trout at Cashel.

Magilligan’s Willie Mc Elhinney and son Liam put in a very wet day to land seven and three trout respectively using the hare’s ear nymph. Mark Boyce from Dungiven released four back into the lake while his neighbour Chris Dougan had a challenging time with the help of Mark to bank a real beauty weighing over 12lb. Chris was using his wee 8ft rod and was fishing a wee klinkhammer when the big boy struck.

Photo: Chris Dougan with that lovely 12lb rainbow trout.

Derry’s Aidy Askin released five trout which fell to pheasant tail buzzers while County Louth anglers, John Duffy and Gerard Martin used GH hare’s ears and fritz flies to bank five between them weighing an average of 2lb. Damien Donnelly (Draperstown) did very well also bagging two for home, one of which weighed 7lb with the other weighing 2lb 6ozs. His trout fell to a silver head rainbow coloured lure. Bellaghy’s Brian Canavan also put in a very wet day releasing six trout which all took assorted lures.

Well done to all!
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email:  Website:
Short Breaks Offer: Special discounts for 1st October 09 - 31st March 2010 (Excluding Christmas & Easter) ring 028 777 42159 for further details.

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Coarse Angling Update

Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:



Photo: Gareth Walton from Hemel Hempstead with 120lb +.

Fishing has still been very good in and around the Longford area with catches over 100lb, the main species being Bream along with big Hybrids and Roach. All catches have fallen to feeder tactics using various cocktails for bait, worm and maggot has proved to be the best but all seem to produce good quality fish. At the time of writing the weather has taken another turn with long down pours of rain causing some flooding at certain venues, this sure to have an effect on catches.

Photo: Gareth with another catch over the 100lb mark.

Gareth Walton from Hemel Hempstead was on his annual fishing trip to Ireland to stay at Melview Lodge in Longford, and what a great week it turned out to be. Fishing a few venues during his stay he managed to get into some good fish. Prebaiting the night before and using feeder tactics Gareth managed weights to over 120lb.

Photo: Kevin Lyons of Melview Lodge with a treble figure catch.

Kevin managed a few days out with Gareth and managed joint weights of 180lb and 160lb over two days, Kevin said the fishing was unbelievable. We prebaited and worked hard with the feeder to produce some big bags of fish, but the hard work was worth it. In two weeks time we report on regular anglers Wayne and Geoff from Lincolnshire, so log on then to see how they got on during their fishing trip to Melview Lodge.
Kevin Lyons, 
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email: Web: 

Photo: Kevin with 94lb of mainly Bream.

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Northern Ireland, Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Meadowbrook Winter League

Weather conditions were horrible with heavy rain most of the day. 15 anglers turned up to fish the competition and here are the results:

Bottom Lake

Top Lake

Most of the fish caught on bottom lake were carp and tench with some skimmers and small roach. The Top Lake catches were mostly carp, small tench and skimmers.
Jack Tisdale.
For more information contact

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Pike Angling Update

Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:


Quality Pike Angling in North Monaghan

Photo: A quality Castle Leslie Pike for Ashley Hayden (ERFB) which was tempted by a float drifted dead bait

Stories of twenty pound Pike catch the attention of anglers, while news of a thirty pounder makes the headlines. Strangely anything below twenty does not appear to figure. Yet the average Pike caught tends to weigh in between eight and twelve pounds. These are the bread and butter catch for anglers and should not be maligned. Monaghan angling guide Peadar O’Brien, Wexford based Bass angling guide Jim Hendrick, Eric Le Guyader of Orion Lures,, and friends fished Glaslough, Castle Leslie, Co. Monaghan, over two days and landed thirty quality Pike and numerous jacks to dead baits, lures, and flies.

Glaslough is a small private water within the Castle Leslie estate covering 37 hectares, which is renowned for producing large Pike to Permission to fish is open to residents of Castle Leslie and by appointment, contact Marketing Manager Derval White for details. On this occasion the lunker Pike avoided capture, however great sport was had using a variety of methods with slashing rises to surface lures and a number of fly caught Pike to 15.lbs being the highlights.

Castle Leslie Estate, Co. Monaghan is the ultimate Irish rural escape boasting a variety of accommodation and activities to suit all tastes, from equine pursuits, angling, and cookery classes, to just chilling out with a book.

Castle Leslie Estate
Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, Ireland.
Phone: +353 (0)47 88100
Email: Web:

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Big fish time in Roscommon

Regular guests Gerd, Wolfgang, Michael and Martin from Germany were once again over for a five day trip with Angling Services Ireland. Despite the terrible weather conditions and the fast rising water levels of the past week the group had some great fishing with a number of big pike caught during their fishing days with guide Bodo Funke. Biggest of the week was Wolfgangs cracking fish weighing 25 lbs. Michael had one fish of 23lbs. Guide Bodo also produced a fish of about 22lbs, measuring 107cm. These great twenties were followed by a number of good doubles and smaller fish. The guys were once again great fun to be out with and really showed extreme perseverance under the adverse conditions. It goes to show that it pays to be patient and stick it out.

Here's some of the action captured

Photo: 25lb fish for Wolfgang.

Photo: Michael with a 23 pounder.

Photo: Bodo with a nice double of 17lbs.
Bodo Funke,
Angling Services Ireland,
Boyle, Co Roscommon

Fine pike fishing as levels rise around Mohill

Water levels have risen quite high in the Upper Shannon area due to the heavy rain over the weekend. There were some fine pike showing in the Upper Shannon. Derek Kelly on a weekend trip landed this fine pike of 26lbs on a Mackerel dead bait. Derek was over the moon with his personal best fish which put up a tremendous fight and was released to fight another day.

Photo: Phil Alford in the boat with his 23lbs.

Photo: Brian Bohan with an 18lb Pike also fishing from the boat.

Phil Alford and his brother Mark are on their third visit to the area this year, this time Pike are their quarry. Their friend Ken Winters is also with them , Ken is more into his Roach fishing. Phil and Mark had a great start to their week, Phil had a 23lb Pike. They totalled 34 Pike between them over the last three days of their trip, fish ranging in weight from 2lbs to 23lbs. The best results were spinning with big silver and cooper spoons. For the next few days we will be dead baiting and we will see how the lads get on. Roy Cragarton also from the UK fished a number of lakes in the area , Roy loves drifting big dead baits and has had some success with his best fish of 17lbs.
Brian Bohan
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Web



Photo: Ronan Mullen and his 14lb 6oz pike.

Stephen Gibbons and Ronan Mullen went down to fish the River Shannon today and found it unfishable.... Flooded right up into the fields!

They moved to a small lake which was also very high but just about fishable, where Ronan had this nice fish of 14lb 6oz.


Two German visiting anglers, angling guests of Maura Galvin of Derryhippo cottage in Athleague, on their first trip to the Suck Valley, reported lively action with a best fish of 115cms reported. Patrick Dummon, angling guide, and 4 guests fished the Suck Valley for most of the week. Their best day yielded 50 pike between them. Pike ranged from 7lbs to 17lbs. The heavy rainfall over the weekend has brought water levels up and with more unsettled weather on the way, flooding is expected.

Further local info contact Mr John Ryan, Assistant Fisheries Inspector Tel: 094 96 40103 Mob: 087 2536064 and John Devaney, Assistant Fisheries Inspector, Roscommon for the lower River Suck 087 2266735.


Pike killed and dumped in Lough Derg

The wanton killing and dumping of pike in Lough Derg has been criticised by local anglers.

A total of six dead pike were found dumped in the lake in the popular bathing area at Youghal Quay on Friday last by a local woman who was going for a swim.

The grim finding was reported to the Garrykennedy Fishing Club whose members immediately contacted the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board to inform fishery officers of the illegal act.

Photo: Six pike killed and dumped at Youghal Quay last week.

The pike, ranging in weight from 6lbs to 2lbs, were found clumped together in about half a metre of water close to the lake’s edge. Fishery officers, who were quickly on the scene, condemned the act and took away the fish for inspection.

Lough Derg is one of the best coarse fishery lakes in the country, and is particularly renowned among the international angling fraternity who come from all over Europe to fish in the lake.

Fears over the depletion of pike stocks a number of years ago led to the introduction of bye-laws by the Department of Marine and Natural Resources in August 2006 to curtail the taking of pike from the lake following reports from angling clubs of declining catches.

However, in recent years all angling club around the lake have introduced catch and release policies which appears to have led to a renewal of stocks.

Garrykennedy Angling Club this week called on all anglers to obey the pike conservation bye-laws and urged the authorities to carry out further inspections with a view to issuing prosecutions to any angler engaged in illegal fishing.

Under the byelaws there is a bag limit of just one pike in any one day. There is also a ban on the killing of pike greater than 50cm in length.

A pocket guide to pike and coarse angling conservation byelaws can be downloaded in eight different languages from the Shannon Regional Fishery Board website:
Peter Gleeson
Garrykennedy Angling Club

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Sea Angling Update

Northern Ireland

Hamish Currie reports:


Red Bay charter fishing report

blonde ray and turbot
Photo: Blonde ray and turbot.

Last week we had 2 nice days producing 5 common skate, turbot and some nice blonde ray.

Photo: A nice skate

We also had more big ballan wrasse. Nothing will happen this week due to weather. I will be going to Utrecht, Holland to a big angling show for the week end.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
Web: Email:
Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117

blonde ray
A lovely pair of blondes.

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