Irish Angling Update
19 November 2009
Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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- Floods and cold rain make coarse fishing impossible.
- Coarse angling league results from Northern Ireland.
John Flynn reports:
The 2009 trout and salmon season is closed in the Southern Region. See you again in 2010.
Blackwater Lodge Newsletter - November 12, 2009
In 2009, there was much talk about drastically reduced numbers of salmon running into many rivers.Here on the Blackwater, whilst the spring run wasn’t so good, from May on we saw good numbers of fish running. May in fact produced the best number of fish caught (53) since 1996 and was in fact the third best ever total for the month since I started accurate records in 1986. It was only beaten by 1994 (82) & 1996 (72).
Whilst it was certainly not a year when the number of salmon caught for the whole season was outstanding, there were a couple of factors which help explain the lower catch figures for the backend & consequently the total season catch.
This was in part due to less rods fishing (a consequence of the recession) which is a major factor which is often not taken into consideration when looking at catch statistics.
The other startling factor in 2009 was the behaviour of the fish themselves. Whilst there were large numbers of salmon in the river, especially in August & more particularly in September, they displayed a startling reluctance to take any offering. This was a phenomenon which was observed throughout Ireland this last season.
As an aside – 43% of the fish caught in 2009 on the Lodge Fishery were released. This is well above the national average of 38% as recently published in the Central Fisheries Board Wild Salmon & Seatrout Statistics report for 2008. Our guests released 52% in 2008. This report also states that 12.9% of all fish caught & released in Ireland in 2008 were on the Blackwater– the highest in the country for rivers which were not C&R only.
Looking Forward to 2010:
It will be very interesting to see what will happen next season.
In the early ‘90s we carried out our own scale-reading study of fish caught on the Lodge fishery.
Grilse: We concluded that grilse were almost exclusively 1/1 i.e. spent one year in the river & 1 winter at sea. Therefore we can expect to see the return of a lot more grilse in 2010 – the progeny of the 2007 run – the first season without drift nets.
Larger multi-sea-winter fish: These were 2/2 to 2/4. We would expect the first of these to return in 2012, but it will be very interesting to see if the increase in 8-14lb. class fish will be sustained next year.
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!
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Lionel Knobbs reports:
Cashel Trout Fishery
report by Marlene Mc Laughlin
In fairness the weather hasn’t been just quite as bad this weekend so anglers are having a pleasant time with us. Dungiven’s Martin Bradley used bloodworms and buzzers to bank six lovely trout while Claudy’s Kevin Burke had a splendid time releasing a real clinker weighing 11lb which took a wee buzzer also. Limavady’s Lexi Stewart, Adrian Guy and Willie Lowry gave it a throw producing some fine trout averaging 3lb. These anglers were using assorted buzzers and orange cat’s whiskers. Lexi bagged one, Adrian bagged three and released five while Willie bagged two and released five. Newcomers Shaun McIntyre and Pat Mc Devitt from Derry banked fifteen trout between them with two each for home weighing a total of 9lb 12ozs. These trout were caught on a bloodworm buzzer selection. Maghera’s Bernard Mellon released nine which also fell to buzzers while Feeny’s Franky Murphy bagged two weighing just over 4lb. Derry newcomers, Henry, Liam and Seamus Kelly hooked and lost a few with only two trout for home at the end of the day weighing 4lb 10ozs while fell to skinny buzzers.
Another weekend of unsettled weather with some very strong winds threw in to test our skills. With that in mind anglers were even more eager to give it a throw.
On Thursday we had a great day’s craic with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service from the Western Area Command. Nine anglers took part in the day’s fun with everyone going home with a couple of trout for tea. Organizer, Raymond Fleming, had a great time getting everyone together since some of the lads have retired from the service and came from different stations i.e. Strabane, Crescent Link and Northland to name but a few.
Terry Morrison bagged two weighing 6lb and 2.5lb which took a black/white chenille. He also released eight others back into the lake. Kieran Barr Jnr bagged two weighing a total of 4lb 6ozs and then released four more. David and Jonathan Lynch bagged two each weighing a grand total of 10lb 4ozs. Arthur Jameson bagged two averaging 2lb 3ozs and released one which all fell to a Montana nymph. Daniel Armstrong bagged two averaging 2lb which took a natural zonker while Raymond Fleming and Tommy Barr Jnr took two each home with Tommy getting one of 10lb. Tommy Barry Snr took one trout home which weighed 2lb 5ozs. Their friend Ciaran Simpson joined them for the day’s fun but unfortunately didn’t manage to catch any.
Limavady’s Stephen Gurney released three trout which took a black lure while newcomer, Jimmy Norton (Maghera) bagged two one weighing 6lb 8ozs and one weighing 3lb 14ozs. His trout were caught on a Dawson’s olive. Chris Dougan (Dungiven) released four trout which fell to a hare’s ear while Draperstown’s Damien Donnelly bagged four weighing an amazing 9lb and fell to a GH white fritz. Alex Steele, Sean Murray and Paul Doherty (All Limavady) released one trout each which took cat’s whiskers. Martin Bradley (Dungiven) released a real beauty with an estimated weight of 8lb while Claudy’s Kevin Burke and Dungiven’s Mark Boyce released two and one trout respectively.
Well done to all!
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Coarse Angling Update
Brian McManus reports:
LONGFORD AREA and the STROKESTOWN LAKES
Photo: Geoff from Humberside with a great catch of Bream.
A few weeks ago Geoff and Wayne from Humberside came to Melview Lodge for their annual fishing holiday this year choosing to come a month later than normal. The weather was not the best but they battled on and had some great catches of fish.
Photo: Geoff with nice catch of Roach.
Spending three days on the pole the catches of roach were excellent, and the rest of their time was spent on the feeder which produced some great nets of bream, hybrids and roach considering the conditions and the time of year.
Photo: Wayne with net of Roach taken on the Pole.
Kevin said these lads are good anglers and knew how to adjust to the conditions and had a good weeks fishing, well done lads.
At the time of writing the water levels are very high and most if not all places are in flood, the continues cold rain fall has made course fishing near impossible. With more rain forecast in the coming weeks this can only make it even more difficult for anglers wishing to have a day out, the pike angling has been ok considering the conditions with Pike to 24lb being caught from the upper Shannon ( see Pike Report ).
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River levels are winter high with little fishing other than the local harbours at Banagher and Ballinasloe. The Grand canal is also providing fishing opportunities. Water levels are right across the callows and water is continuing to rise.
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Lionel Knobbs reports:
Erne Anglers Winter League
The Erne Anglers Winter League was fished this week on the Roslea Lakes of Inver and Lyons. John Potters (Lisbellaw) won the latest match on Inver 14 with a fine catch of Roach for 8.900Kgs on the Pole and whip. His catch included a Roach of 1.700Kgs (3lb 12oz) what a fantastic fish. Runner up was Wayne Fuller with 5.350Kgs and third was Ken Seddon with 4.140Kgs. Tony Kersley won the section on Lyons with 2.770Kgs. The Junior section was won by Mark Downey with 7 fish for 300gms.
MEADOWBROOK WINTER LEAGUE MATCH 3
A full turnout of 20 anglers in good conditions failed to catch on the latest match at the Meadowbrook Fishery. League leader John Brown (Ballycassidy) caught 5.100Kgs to win the Top Lake and extend his lead in the league. Nick Howell (Kislkeery) was Second also on the Top Lake with 2.450Kgs while Gavin Brown (Kesh) was third with 1.340Kgs, which also won the Bottom Lake.
Erne Anglers Float Only and Bill Clarke Winter League
The Erne Anglers Float Only and Bill Clarke Winter Leagues finally got underway in fantastic Weather conditions at the week end. 26 anglers turned up to the first event and all lakes fished well with small Roach being caught on the Pole.
Individual winner was Neil Mazurak from Cootehill who caught some quality Roach on peg 1 on Killyfole Lake for the 7.460Kgs and the £100 first prize. Runner up was Jack Tisdall (Ballinamallard) who caught 155 Roach at 5m on Lyons Lake peg 10 for 6.220Kgs. Simon Huthwaite (Enniskillen) was third with 110 Roach at 11.5m for 6.050Kgs on Inver peg 16.
Ken Seddon (Enniskillen) 5.520Kgs won the section on Drumacritten Lake (his catch included a 3lb Rudd and 3 Perch Over a lb). Mark Lichtenberg (Enniskillen) 3.050Kgs won the section on Inver low numbers.
Next week is the Erne Anglers any method league and the Meadowbrook League book in as normal if you wish to fish.
Pike Angling Update
Ashley Hayden reports:
North East Pike Hunt
Photo: Gary Robinson with a hard won Pike caught on a popped up dead bait.
Wicklow anglers Scott Ring and Gary Robinson recently fished a secret north east lake for pike. Strong winds and driving rain made fishing conditions very difficult, however the pair persevered. Their patience was rewarded with two runs late in the day.
Photo: Wicklow specimen hunter Scott Ring settles for a Jack
Popped up dead baits tempted the pike, which although not big were just reward for the day that was in it. Pike are on the move in the north east, whether dead baiting, float drifting, lure or fly fishing, get out there and the rewards will come. That next hit could be a twenty.
Brian McManus reports:
Longford area and Strokestown Lakes
Photo: Pierre From Belgium with his Pike of 23lb 12oz.
Jean - Pierre, Jose from Belgium were on there third visit to Ireland this year and invited cousin Pierre along to do some course angling, after a few days the course angling was abandoned due to worsening weather conditions Pierre decided he would try his had at Pike fish which he had never done before. This turned out to be a good move, not only did he catch Pike but managed the biggest of the week topping the scales at 23lb 12oz ( not bad for your first time Pike fishing ). Fish from the day before caught from the same venue by anglers weight in at 17lb and 19lb 8oz ( sorry no pictures ), the bad weather is reported to continue so we will have to see how things go.
Photo: Andy Brien and his 22lb 8oz pike.
Pike angler Stephen Gibbons sent us this photo photo of a 22lb 8oz pike caught by Andy Brien last week. On finding that both the River Suck and River Shannon were completely unfishable due to floods they decided to ish a few lakes near by. This move was rewarded with good pike caught by Andy.
Camlough Pike Fishing Competition planned for Saturday 14th November in Camlough was postponed due to the poor weather forecast for the area. The Loughs Agency in conjunction with Pike Angling Club are currently working together to schedule a new date.
Sea Angling Update
Ashley Hayden reports:
Photo: Joe Byrne, Courtown Angling Centre, Flounder Fishing in South Wexford
November is a great month to target estuary flounder. The fish have put on weight throughout the summer and are now in their prime. Also, the onset of frosty weather curtails the activities of green shore crabs, populations of which can plague these venues in the warmer months. Top bait is peeler crab, with fresh lugworm a very close second.
Photo: Ashley Hayden (ERFB) with a fine estuary caught Flounder tempted with lugworm
Joe Byrne of the Courtown Angling Centre and Ashley Hayden (ERFB) fished a local venue with excellent results. Word had filtered out that flounder were on the move so the pair went to investigate. They were not disappointed catching numerous flounder to 47cm long. Some quite large eels were caught during the session and were carefully returned as the eel fishery is closed for conservation reasons until 2012.
Brian McManus reports:
Storm wrecked triggers
Photo: Triggerfish washed ashore following storms.
I walked Kilkee Strand today after yesterday's violent storm and counted 11 dead triggerfish and one Ballan Wrasse.
I'm sure there were more in the masses of heavy kelp washed up on the shore.
The seas were mountainous yesterday. I have not seen anything like it for a long time.
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