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Irish Angling Update

22 October 2009

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
email: Paul Bourke
Ph: 00 353 (0) 1 8842600
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Salmon and Trout Angling

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GAME ANGLING

Game Angling Update

Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:
E-mail: info@fishingireland.net

28/09/09

White Lake

Tony Gannon sent us this photo of a great rainbow trout from White lake in Co. Meath a couple of weeks ago.

rainbow troutPhoto: Noel McCabe and his 8lb rainbow trout.

Hi Paul,
this 8lb trout was caught on white lake on the 17th September BY NOEL MC CABE OF TRIM

Tony Gannon.

 

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:
E-mail: enquiries@srfb.ie

30/09/09

River Nore

Jim Brown, salmon angling guide and instructor on the River Nore reports.

salmonPhoto: A closing day fish is ready to go back.

01/09/09 Fish fresh off the tides continued to run the river yesterday and much to satisfaction of the anglers.

30/09/09 This is the last day of the 09 season, the river is still in good condition so enjoy yourself if your on the river, you never know what will come off the tide today ,have a good day, stay safe and tight lines.

25/09/09 Got two reports of a big salmon caught below Kilkenny. The fish was 32 lb and was 42 inches long and 19 inch girth hope to have the photos soon. The fish was caught on a shrimp by Martin White, a Kilkenny Angler. Martin was fishing the Maddox stretch when he hooked this monster salmon in the ‘Ministers hole’. The fish broke the first set of scales but its weight was recorded at 32lbs on a second set. The cock fish had been in the river a few weeks and was 42 ½ inches long with a girth of 23 inches. Jim Brown a well known Nore Angling Guide thinks that this is the largest salmon off the River Nore since Marc O’Regan’s 34lb fish caught in 1991 at Thoamastown on a Devon minnow.

salmon
Photo:
What a fish! The 32lb salmon caught on the River Nore.


Jim Brown
Salmon and trout ghillie
Address: Rosebank Lodge, Mount Alto, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.
Telephone:
+353-56-7758419
Email: jimmbrown@eircom.net Web: http://www.noresalmon.com

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South Western Region

Eileen Carroll reports:
E Mail: swrfb@swrfb.ie

30/09/09

FOR WEEKENDED SUNDAY THE 27th OF SEPTEMBER 2009

KILLARNEY LAKES AND LOUGH LEANE

No catches to report.

RIVER LAUNE BEATS 1 AND 2

3 fish caught on Beat 1 and 2 of the Laune.

LAUNE ANGLERS WATERS AND BEAT 3

On Monday 21st Patrick Richard lost the fish of a lifetime reckoned to be 18lbs on Laune Anglers waters, half an hour later he landed a 5lbs fish some compensation for the lost fish. Patrick was having a good week, that was his fifth fish in as many days.

On Monday this writer met and landed two lovely fresh fish and on Saturday evening 26th had a lovely fresh 8lb fish the best of the season so far. On Thursday evening Sinead Downes from Tralee caught her first fish of the season a lovely fresh fish of 5 lbs, on the worm. Richard Barry Tralee continued his excellent strike rate on Saturday evening catching two lovely fresh fish on the fly. Michael Burke had an enjoyable Saturday as he caught two stale fish on the fly which he returned. Richard Peard also caught a slightly stale fish which he returned.

Keith Dennehy Tralee had one of 2 fish reported from Beat 3

With the low water, angling conditions were far from ideal for the end of the season so some visiting anglers from Ireland and abroad were disappointed at the fact that they did not even meet a fish.
Billy Downes
Secretary
Laune Salmon and Trout Anglers' Association

FLESK RIVER

No catches to report.

RIVER BLACKWATER

No catches to report

RIVER LEE

No catches to report.

RIVER LEE (ESB FISHERY)

Monday 21st September 1 8lbs fish caught by Martin Dorney, Ballinora, and released.
Dan O’Riordan
ESB Fishery

RIVER BANDON

No catches to report.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:
info@shannon-fishery-board.ie

30/09/09


UPPER SHANNON


LOUGH SHEELIN

The regulars to Sheelin reported fish to over 4lbs last week. Michael Kelly, Balbriggan had 10 fish for the week to 4.5lbs, all released. Andrew Brown had 5 fish for 3 days fishing, heaviest 3.5lbs. Cian Murtagh had two fish, heaviest 3lbs 10ozs. The Mc Entyre Guider Cup competition was fished on Saturday 26th. 33 anglers took part and 10 trout were caught.

The Winners were:

The L.S.T.P.A. Annual Stream Rehabilitation Annual competition will be held on Sheelin On Saturday the 3rd of October – details of which can be found on the L.S.T.P.A website http://www.loughsheelinanglers.ie/.
Thomas Lynch
L.S.T.P.A.
Mobile: 087 9132033
Web:
http://www.loughsheelinanglers.ie/

For local updates contact Mr Sean Gurhy, Assistant Fisheries Inspector Lough Sheelin Tel: 049 4336144

Lough O'Flynn

troutPhoto: Anthony Baggott fishing on Lough O'Flynn recently on a lovely evening.

There were very little angling activity reported on O'Flynn last week. On Friday John Maher from Mullingar had two nice fish of nearly 2.75lbs each.


MID SHANNON AREA


LOUGH OWEL

Lough Owel is fishing very well, best time late evening from 6pm onwards. Fishing an intermediate sink line using regular Owel wetflies appears to be getting the desired result. The I.T.F.F.A. national qualifier was fished on Owel on Saturday last 26th of September 2009. 129 anglers entered the event. 123 anglers turned up to fish on the day. The was a very good result with 59 anglers weighing in 163 fish for a total weight of 247lbs. Colm Cahill, Mullingar was the winner with the heaviest bag of 7lbs 9ozs. Mick Mc Cormack was second with a bag weight of 7lbs 7ozs. Even though angling conditions on the lake were not ideal on the day, the result was still very good. Prospects look promising for the next few days.

LOUGH ENNELL

Fishing has slowed down on Ennell which is now very quiet. The Rex Beaumont Cup trout competition will be fished on Ennell on Sunday October 11th. Also the Lakeland's Inter Lakes competition is coming up - more on that next week.
For updates:
Shannon Regional Fisheries Board
Mullingar Office
Tel: 044 48769


LOWER SHANNON AREA


RIVER FEALE CO KERRY

The Feale was very low over the past week following the dry spell. The fishing season ends on a quiet note.

NB: Salmon anglers please be aware that you are required by law to return all logbooks and all unused carcass tags using the self addressed envelope that came with your licence . The deadline is October 19th.
Mr Paddy Halpin
Assistant Fisheries Inspector
Mobile: 087 7729126

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:
E-mail: kcrowley@wrfb.ie

30/09/09

Western Lakes

Angling has been pretty quiet on the western lakes lately, with calm conditions not conducive to fishing. Some anglers have been having success with dapped crickets and grasshoppers, and trolling.

One young angler, 14 year old Philip McGreal from Ballinrobe, caught the fish of a lifetime while trolling on Lough Mask with his grandfather Des last Monday. The trout weighed in at 15.36lbs, well above the specimen weight of 10lbs. Well done to Philip!

troutPhoto: Philip McGreal with his grandfather and his huge 15.36 lb trout.

With the end of the season upon us, it has been a great season for Lough Corrib, returning to its former glory, and the mayfly season this year certainly revived memories of times gone by. Mask has fished superbly well over the last few years, but anglers were not to have as good sport this year, with many preferring to fish Corrib for the first time in several years.

Carra produced some spectacular dry fly sport on many summer evenings, and scientific surveys reveal the lake to have a very healthy stock of trout, so good times are ahead for this renowned limestone lough.

29/09/09

Delphi Fishery

With the end of the season in sight, angling pressure is slowing down. The river has fallen to 10cms on the guage and the weather has been less fishy. Nevertheless, seven salmon were taken in the week for little fishing effort, last Saturday afternoon was the first time since 12th February that nobody went fishing at Delphi.

Elizabeth Bingley had the first fish of the week, a wild salmon of about 5lb, taken in the Quarry Run. Pressure then increased from midweek on with the arrival of Mike Shortt’s party. The group included Mark Corps from the Central Fisheries Board, who had five fish in three days. All bar one were taken off the river – four grilse and one stale springer of 8.5lbs. The fish were taken on weighted shrimp flies, collie dogs and one on a bomber. Then, not to be outdone by his wife, Robert Bingley had a 7-pounder off Finlough on a Yellow Ally.

Sea trout fishing was quiet as the main angling pressure was on salmon. Thenonly exceptions were John Campbell and Vincent Rigney from Westpoirt, assisted by Sean Moogan, who had nine trout off Doolough for an afternnon, two at 3lbs, three at 2lbs and four at 1lb.

The total salmon catch for the year stands at 391 and the seatrout tally is about 600.
Peter Mantle
Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296
Web: www.delphi-salmon.com

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:
E-mail: info@nwrfb.com

Week ending 27 September, 2009

River Moy

The Moy system yielded a reported catch of 389 salmon for the week, a considerable increase on last week’s reported catch possibly reflecting the increased effort as the season draws to a close. The total reported catch for the season now stands at an impressive 7,153 salmon.

The Moy Fishery produced a total of 16 salmon for the week with the Ridge Pool yielding 3 salmon including one for Mark Corps at 6.5lb on the fly which was released and one salmon fell to Roustand Christophe, France, at 3.56lbs caught on the bubble and fly. The Cathedral Beat produced one salmon at 8.5lbs for Ben Carvosso, Dublin, caught on the spinner while the Freshwater Beat had four salmon reported including one for N.I. angler David Kidd who landed a salmon at 3lb on the fly.

Photographed below is French lady angler Renate Sieber with her first ever salmon which weighed in at 7lb. The salmon was captured on the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ Canal Beat, just upstream of the Freshwater Beat on the 26th of September on the worm. Pictured with Renate is her local guide for the day Kenny Sloan.

salmonPhoto: Renate Sieber with her 7lb salmon and local Guide, Kenny Sloan

The Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water fished very well for the week where a total of 91 salmon were reported, with at least 11 of these being released. The Mount Falcon Fishery recorded a total of 54 salmon for the week, 39 of which were released. Among those to score at Mount Falcon was Staurt Price who caught and released a fine salmon of 12+lbs which was taken on the fly. The Knockmore Club water reported at least seven salmon for the week while Attymass had a reported catch of at least 6 salmon. The Coolcronan Fishery had a total of 22 for the week, with Alan Caughey, Northern Ireland netting a nice salmon of 14lb which was taken on the prawn.

Armstrong’s, Gannon’s and the Foxford Fisheries all had increased catches for the week, with Armstrong’s producing at least 25 salmon, 15 of which were released. Gannon’s yielded over 30 salmon for the week, with Pierman Bouchard of Switzerland landing a fish of 10lb on the prawn while the Foxford Fishery produced 23 salmon, with Trevor Greene of Northern Ireland having a successful trip, capturing and releasing three salmon all of which fell to the fly. At Rinanney a total of 64 salmon were reported with Thomas Murtagh, Germany, landing one salmon at 10lb, caught on the prawn and Dave Hawley, England, landing and releasing one salmon at 11lb also taken on the prawn.

The Cloongee Fishery produced five salmon, with Beat 1 producing two fish for Johnathon Sykes, England, including one at 12lb, both taken on the fly and released. Beat 2 also produced two fish for Francis Higginbotham, Northern Ireland. A reported catch of at least 18 salmon was recorded from the East Mayo Anglers’ water, with Paddy McDonnell, Swinford, hooking three fish on the fly, two grilse and the third weighing in at 8lb. Lothar Deeg, Germany also banked a fish at 8.5lb on the fly.

Owenmore River and Carrowmore Lake

Carrowmore Lake produced some good fishing for salmon and sea trout over the past week, with Martin Rouland, Belmullet and Martin McDonnell, Glenamoy having a combined catch of fifteen sea trout and four salmon ranging between 5lbs and 7lbs. The Slattery party, Loughrea Co. Galway also enjoyed good sport on Carrowmore, with a total of 20 sea trout reported and five salmon between 4lbs and 6lbs, with all trout and one salmon being returned.

The Owenmore River fished well with twenty one salmon reported in total. The Pound Pool fished very well where John Long, Dublin, Jim Mills, Bangor Erris and John Reynolds, Belmullet all had salmon. Larry Mitchell had success on Conmy’s and Maggie’s Pools with a total of three salmon, while Eddie Murphy had a 5lbs salmon from the Rocky Pool. Three salmon were caught by Mervin Corway, two of which were successfully returned.

Lough Beltra

Lough Beltra West proved successful for some visiting anglers this week, with Jonathan Smalley, England catching a nice salmon at 7.5lbs plus two sea trout. Flies which proved successful included shrimp patterns, the Beltra Badger and the Green Peter. At Glenisland Co Op, Beltra East Jackie Diffley had a fine salmon at 10lbs.

Lough Conn

The fishing on Lough Conn was disappointing, despite temperatures being up slightly and water levels continuing to drop to near normal levels.

Pontoon Bridge Hotel had a few boats out over the week, with visiting anglers enjoying some success. Amanda Wills, London, had one trout on the Daddy Long-legs, while Kevin Mc Greevy, Leeds had a trout of 1.5lbs and Gary Flynn, Surry, boated two trout on the Bibio. Jack Mellet had some success on the dry flies, netting two trout totaling 3lbs.

Saturday the 26th also saw the annual Pontoon Bridge Hotel End of Season Competition take place, with thirty boats participating and 59 anglers competing. The competition as ever was run on a‘catch and release’ basis. The spoils were shared by Mike Shanks of the Irish Angler Magazine (three trout for a total of 103cm) who came in first and his boat partner Castlebar man Peter Byrne who took second place (three trout for a total of 102cm). The Derek Wills Cup for best visiting angler was awarded to Julian Makin, UK, who had two fish.

The Boatman Cup was awarded to Ronnie Mayock, Monaghan and Foxford, who boated the 1st and 2nd place winners in the competition, netting a total of 6 trout.

Only a few anglers ventured out from Murphy’s boat hire over the week, where Ronnie Chambers, Belfast, and partner had two trout for the day, the heaviest weighing in at 2lbs.

Kelly’s Boat hire, Cloghans had a few anglers on the Lough, one of whom had three trout for 5lbs all of which fell to the Green Peter. Dermot Dunn, Offaly, and Brendan Levins, Dublin, had four trout between them for a days fishing, while Lou Valgrooton and Paul Vangrotoon, both of Belgium, had a total of four trout for the week, with the best weighing in at 4lbs.

Ballin Lough

Once again Ballin Lough produced good angling for those who ventured out. Twenty one anglers fished the Lough and reported a total of 48 rainbow trout. Mattie Foley and party had fifteen trout, eight of which were released. Michael Szapag and friend, Switzerland had a total of 12 trout (seven released) while Peter Gray and Timmy Deasy, Castlebar landed five trout, with four of these being returned. The biggest fish for the week weighed in at 4lbs with Olives, Bibios, Damsels and Minkies proving the most successful flies.

Lough Bo

The Lough Bo juvenile angling competition took place on Saturday the 26th and was hosted by the Riverstown A.C. A mix of species was landed on the day and all were counted towards the total bag weight. The winners were as follows: 1st place winning the Joe Mc Gann Cup was Seamus Hailstones with a total bag weight of 3lb 1oz, 2nd place winning the Cheoltas Shield was Connor Gordon and 3rd was Stephen Meehan. Congratulations to all the juvenile anglers who took part in the competition.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:
E-mail: info@nrfb.ie

Monday 21st to 30th September 2009.

OWENEA FISHERY

The first two days of the week brought good rainfall but then dry weather set in until the start of the following week. The river received a nice flood on Monday (0.39m) which also gave good water on Tuesday (0.29m) but the river then fell away to low summer levels until the last day of the season on Wednesday when the river rose to read 4.2 metres. The gauge average for the week read 0.19 metres with the average for the last three days reading 0.22 metres. The river wasn’t particularly busy with 28 visiting rods fishing over the last 10 days of the season. A number of grilse were recorded though talking to anglers the story seems to be the same. Plenty of salmon seen but they are very dour and hard to tempt. On Tuesday, Johnathon McCorkhill caught and released a 3lb grilse from beat 8. Gordon Young accounted for a 5½lb grilse caught on the fly on Thursday from beat and recorded a further 6lb grilse caught on the spinner from beat 8 on Saturday.

For bookings, information, etc on the Owenea contact:
The Owenea Angling Centre
Tel:
074 9551141 (7am to 1pm).
To book online go to: www.donegalanglingholidays.com

RIVER DROWES

The last ten days of the season brought damp, misty and windy weather but there was insufficient rainfall to raise water levels and the river fell from 5.5 on the gauge to just under 5 by the last day of the season on Wednesday. The fishery was quiet with some six visiting rods fishing on Sunday with a small number of visitors staying in the fishery cottages. There was however a few fish caught with the regular anglers that fished fairing well. On Thursday, Matthew Corbett recorded a 4lb grilse caught and released. Martin Brogan accounted for an 8½lb salmon caught on the fly from Tinkers Hole. On Saturday, Gary Morrow recorded 4 grilse caught on shrimp and released weighing from 5 to 7lb. Daryl Kennedy recorded 3 grilse caught and released on shrimp also weighing from 5 to 7lb. These were all fairly fresh fish. One of the visiting Swiss anglers and French anglers also recorded a grilse apiece.

For info/bookings etc on the Drowes Fishery & Lough Melvin see www.drowessalmonfishery.com or Tel: 071 9841055.

EANY FISHERY

The Eany received a good flood on Monday (1.12m) which thankfully coincided with big spring tides and also a fair flood on Tuesday (0.66m). The weather then became dry and the river fell away to low summer levels over the week. We did however receive a minor flood on the following Tuesday (0.39m) and a good flood on the last day of the season (0.89m) though the river remained dirty until evening time. The gauge average for the week read 0.41 metres and the average for the last three days of the season read 0.47 metres. The fishery was not particularly busy over the last ten days of the season with 22 visiting rods fishing over this period. There were a number of salmon recorded over the week but Tuesday was the best day. Pat Scullion recorded two grilse caught on the fly from The Corry and The Devils Pool weighing 3½ & 4lb. Serge Fillipuzzi accounted for a 4lb grilse caught from The Luggies on a spinner. John O’Donnell caught a 3lb grilse from the Flag Pool on a fly. Gerry O’Neill accounted for a 10lb salmon caught from The Luggies on a spinner and I caught and released a sea liced 4lb hen fish on the fly from the Flag Pool. On Thursday, Colin Farley recorded an 8lb fish caught in low water from the Devlin on a spinner. On the last day of the season, Fred Henry caught and released a 9lb salmon.
The Eany Angling Centre
Tel: 074 9736559 (7am to 1pm).

Lough Melvin

The weather over the week and to the end of the season was somewhat damp with miserable, drizzly and windy days. The Lough was fairly quiet with few anglers fishing and those that ventured out find the going tough and the fishing hard. Anglers reported only small catches of trout with decent fish hard to come by. This is unusual for September which is usually one of the best months of the season. It would seem that the sonaghan are holding in deep water. There was no angling for salmon and so little to report on this front!

 

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Loughs Agency area and Northern Ireland

Lionel Knobbs reports:
E-mail: lionel.knobbs@loughs-agency.org

22 September 2009

Cashel Trout Fishery

report by Marlene Mc Laughlin
It’s competition time at Cashel once again. We will be holding our annual competition on Saturday 24th October 2009. Anyone interested in taking part please contact me as soon as possible as places are limited.

cashelPhoto: Cashel Trotut Fishery

Beautiful autumnal weather has encouraged anglers to give Cashel a throw this weekend. Some gold head nymphs are coming in to play now as well as a few buzzers and dries. Limavady’s Willie Lowry banked one weighing 4lb and released a couple which fell to the teal, blue and silver. Adrian Guy banked one at 8lb while Lexi Stewart released two averaging 2.5lb. Belfast’s William Barr and Alan Grey had a great time banking five and two respectively using GH daddies, black dries and a few wets. William had one at 8lb which he released. Dungiven’s Mark Boyce released two which fell to dries while Lester Conn (Limavady) bagged one of 2lb using a dry. Portglenone’s James O’Neill released one which fell to a damsel nymph. Damien Donnelly (Draperstown) bagged two for home weighing 8lb 4ozs and 2lb 6ozs. Damien was using a black/silver weighted nymph. Paddy Mc Kenna (Lavey) bagged two at 4lb 6ozs and 2lb 4ozs. He also released a monster weighing 14lb which fell to a muddler. Jim Lewis (Dunloy) and Robin Mc Aleese (Rasharkin) bagged one each weighing up to 3lb 6ozs. Alfie Sheppard (Kilrea) bagged one of 5lb 4ozs which fell to a black nymph.
Marlene
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email: casheltrout@hotmail.com  Website: www.cashellakeview.com
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

Coarse Angling Update


Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:
E-mail: info@fishingireland.net

22/09/09

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:
E-mail: enquiries@srfb.ie

No report this week [last report 07/05/09]

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South Western Region

Eileen Carroll reports:
E Mail: swrfb@swrfb.ie

No report this week [last report 10/06/09]

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:
info@shannon-fishery-board.ie

23/09/09


UPPER SHANNON


Lanesboro

There is no angling activity at the hot water stretch. The hot water is off presently also. The only fishing is from transient boat traffic.

LONGFORD AREA and the STROKESTOWN LAKES

The Loughs and Rivers around Longford and Strokestown areas fished well last week, however some days were better than others. Angling guests of Melview lodge achieved catch weights of between 50lbs and 190lbs. The weather has improved and water levels at most locations are back to near normal at time of writing. As mentioned last week fish usually start to feed again once water levels start to drop after flooding and fish are more settled now feeding much better with better weights. However on a few occasions the fish were too well fed, moping up on swims that weren pre-baited the night before, leaving the anglers with a lot of work to do. At the time of writing there are some good reports coming in, so logon next week to catch up on the present catches.

breamPhoto: Gary Owens from Scotland with two fine Bream.

Gary Owens who now lives in Scotland was over for his annual twelve day fishing trip at Melview Lodge, Gary knows the importance of probating and early starts that can contribute to some good catches. Gary had weights between 50lbs and 75lbs on most days. But the best was saved for last over the second part of his holiday when he teamed up with two guys from Newcastle, tune in next week when we will catch up with the lads.
Kevin Lyons, 
MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE,
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email:
  info@melviewlodge.com Web: http://www.melviewlodge.com 

MOHILL and CARRICK ON SHANNON

Last week the Carrick on Shannon Festival was fished over 4 days at four venues. The Shannon Regional Fisheries Board supported this event, providing stewarding and prepared the venues. The weather was good and the event was enjoyed by all.

The festival was very keenly contested with only 10 grams separating first and second. Dave Thornton from Stamford in Lincolnshire was the overall winner with 30kg and 60 grams. Tony Kersley from Enniskillen was second with 30Kg and 50 grams. This is how close it was.

The festival took place on the newly finished mudflats with over 20 pegs on a brand new structure that was a comfort to fish on with loads of rRoach, hybrids and bream providing the bulk of the sport for the week. Herons shore on Lough Allen, both sides of Scur (the rocks) and the ever dependable Pump House were the other sections.

Dave won a €1000 first prize and a nice piece of hand cut Leitrim glass. Ian Coates from Nottingham decided only the week before to travel over for the festival and picked up the heaviest fish on Friday to take €500. Ian is a regular visitor to the cottage and really enjoyed his weeks fishing.

Results were
1st: Dave Thornton, Stamford Lincolnshire
2nd: Tony Kersley, Enniskillen
3rd: Larry Parkes, Carrik on shannon
4th: Rory Dunne, Roscommon
5th : John Balcombe, Enniskillen
6th: Terry Allan, Boyle

Dave Houghton
Active Irish Angling
Tel: (UK) 0151 324 4744 (Ireland) 00 353 (0)71 9642743
Web: www.activeirishangling.com

The Sheemore Anglers Sunday match took place at the pump house with some good weights. Brian fished the pole all day to record 29lbs 2oz.
Brian Bohan
CHAFLYNNS COTTAGE & GUIDING SERVICE
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Bbohan70@eircom.net Web http://www.Chaflynnscottage.com

 


MID SHANNON AREA


BANAGHER

Fishing has improved overall around Banagher with river levels back to normal for time of year. Shannon harbour was one of the hotspots and the Shannonbridge hot water stretch, good mixed bags, skimmers, hybrids, roach and the odd bream. Thjs Banagher town stretch is fishing well with lots of roach, fish up to 1lb. There will be an open match by Banagher Coarse Angling Club on the town stretch on Sunday next Oct 4th, meeting at the Old Forge at 9am and fishing from 11am to 4pm. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Ray Duthie.
Ray Duthie
Old Forge Banagher
Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER
Tel: 057 9151504. Email: kmduthie2@eircom.net

PORTUMNA

The Salmon Run, Sheebeen and Portumna town stretches are producing quality roach. Bags of 20-30lbs are the norm falling to both pole and feeder tactics. Bream are showing towards dusk. Apart from the odd match, there's very few taking advantage of the improved conditions.
Mike Murray ,
MURRAY'S B&B, Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Email murrays.ireland@yahoo.co.uk Web http://www.bedandbreakfastportumna.com

RIVER SUCK VALLEY - Mid River Suck

River levels are back to normal following a few weeks of dry weather. Despite the improved conditions, there's not much coarse angling activity evident.
Mr John Ryan,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector
Tel: 094 96 40103 Mob: 087 2536064
John Devaney,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector,
Roscommon for the lower River Suck
Tel: 087 2266735

TOM FOXES ANGLING STRETCH and lower RIVER INNY

The fishing is quiet, mainly local anglers, perch and roach, the odd bream late in the afternoon. Water levels are normal.
INNY BAY B&B
Annagh, The Pigeons, Athlone County Westmeath
Tel +353 90 6485284 Mob: 087 9960173 for enquiries and boat hire
Email innybay@gmail.com Web http://www.innybay.com

ATHLONE AREA

No anglers about on Lough Ree or River Shannon. Angling conditions are ideal though.


LOWER SHANNON AREA


Lough Derg and East Clare Lakes

Coarse fishing quiet, very few anglers about.
TJ O'Brien,
TJ's ANGLING CENTRE
KILLALOE, Co. CLare
Email info@tjsangling.com Web www.tjsangling.com

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports
E-mail: kcrowley@wrfb.ie

No reports this week - [most recent report 30/04/09]

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:
E-mail: info@nwrfb.com

no report [most recent report 26/03/09]

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Northern Region

Alice Murtagh reports:
E-mail:northfisheries@eircom.net 

30/09/09

Cootehill Festival

The annual Cootehill festival took place last week with ninety anglers taking part. They fished Sillan (caravan park), Mullinary, Sillan (Anafarney), Barnagrove and Annamakerrig. All sections produced good weights and the winners are as follows:

  1. P. Leese 76.44 lb
  2. A. Chapman 68.03 lb
  3. A. Pollard 59.10 lb
  4. M. Lenihan 55.50 lb
  5. S. Saddler 54.56 lb
  6. M. Price 49.96 lb

Arvagh

A party of five english anglers staying in the Breffni Arms report good fishing during their stay. Dave Mulvey Manchester fished Kevins Shore and bagged 92lb, Dernaferst at swings 105lb and Gulladoo 68lb. John Neilson fished Leonards at farm and bagged 111lb and 82 at deeps, also Kevins shore 96lb and Gulladoo 85lb.

The steps at Gulladoo have been producing good Bream this week. This venue is being used by the Carrigallen fishing festival. Also good Bream showing at Tully Lake.

There are reports of good mixed bags of 40/50lb mainly Roach, Perch and Skimmers at Killykeen. Bawn Lake, Bells shore is also giving good Bream up to 6lb in weight.

Ballinamore/ Ballyconnell

Fishing in the Ballinamore has been good in recent weeks with plenty of Roach and Hybrids being bagged. Derrycasson and Garadice have been producing good bags of fish.

Killeshandra

Phil Hall who stayed in the Shamrock Inn Killeshandra fished Carrs Lough using maggot and worm feeder bagged plenty of Skimmers, Roach and Perch. He also fished Arva using the same bait and bagged a good mixed bag with plenty Roach and Perch.

Carr's Lake

Derek of Spinners Tackle Shop in Killeshandra sent us the following report.

Back in June I reported that 2 anglers from York, Bob Harris and Andy Vardy, had some good catches on a lake near Trinity. Well last week the dynamic duo were back to fish the same venue.

Bob and Andy stopped at Ash Apartments owned by Tom O'Dowd which gives them private access to Carr's Lake the same lake they fished in June. They caught over 500 lb between them for the week catches are as follows;-

13/9;- 21 lb & 19 lb roach and hybrids
14/9;- 62 lb & 41 lb Bream, roach and hybrids
15/9;- 38 lb & 29 lb Bream, roach and hybrids
16/9;- 83 lb & 103 lb Bream to 7 lb 4 oz, roach and hybrids
17/9;- 22 lb & 26 lb roach and hybrids (Derries)
18/9;- 42 lb & 33 lb Bream ,skimmers, roach and hybrids.

bream
Photo:
Andy with his 7lb 4 oz Bream

bream
Photo:
Bob Harris with one of his catches

kind regards,
Derek Whittaker
Spinners Tackle Shop
Main Street, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan.
Tel: (049) 436 3877
Web: www.spinnersofkilleshandra.com

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Northern Ireland, Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

Lionel Knobbs reports:
E-mail: lionel.knobbs@loughs-agency.org

no report this week [last report 14/09/09]

 

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:
E-mail: info@fishingireland.net

no report this week [last report 18/09/09]

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:
enquiries@srfb.ie

No reports this week - [most recent report 08/01/09]

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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
E Mail: swrfb@swrfb.ie

No reports this week - [most recent report 30/04/09]

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:
info@shannon-fishery-board.ie

30/09/09

MOHILL and CARRICK ON SHANNON

On Saturday last myself and Ian headed off for a mixed day of fishing doing some coarse fishing in the morning and pike in the afternoon. Ian had his first ever Pike, not a big fish but a pike non the less of about 6lbs.
Brian Bohan

CHAFLYNNS COTTAGE & GUIDING SERVICE
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Bbohan70@eircom.net Web http://www.Chaflynnscottage.com

Banagher

An Italian party and local pleasure anglers had very good Pike fishing on the Mid Shannon from Meelick to Shannonbridge in pleasant autumn weather. One Pike of 1.2 meters and several fish from 90-98cms were recorded.
Ray Duthie
Old Forge Banagher
Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER
Tel: 057 9151504. Email: kmduthie2@eircom.net

River Suck Valley

There was some good Pike fishing reported with a number fish caught to 75cms on the River Suck, lots of smaller fish also. One visiting angling party did well using flies and lures, all fish were released. Angling conditions are excellent at time of writing and prospects look good for the coming week.

Potumna

There's been a lot of pike activity all along the Shannon with dead bait proving the best method on the Shannon around Portumna.
Mike Murray ,
MURRAY'S B&B, Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Email murrays.ireland@yahoo.co.uk Web http://www.bedandbreakfastportumna.com

European Pike Angling Challenge

This was the 19th anniversary of the annual European Pike Challenge which is fished on Lough Derg.

In spite of these recessionary times we had a fantastic turnout with anglers from all over Europe, countries represented were Holland, Belgium, Germany, Poland, England, Wales and Ireland.

The weather was beautiful and the fishing was great. There were lots of big pike weighed and this years catches have surpassed all others.

The Heaviest fish competition was won by Evan Conway with a lovely 9.9 kg Lough Derg beauty. There were a dozen or so "20s" caught with the best of the rest being Tony O'Donavan's 9.4 kg pike and John Shannon's 9.2 kg pike.

The overall winner was Johhny Moate with 9 pike for 25 kg over the 3 days.

winnerPhoto: Johnny Moate with his prize of a boat, sponsored by SEIWA Techmarine.

A special word of thanks to the weigh masters which were supplied by the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board, who under the supervision of Inspector Michael Cleary did an excellent job of ensuring that all fish were weighed properly and returned to the water in as short a time as possible. Also a special word of thanks to Patricia Ryan for compiling the scores.

The dates for next year are 22nd.23rd & 25th Sept.

A word of thanks to our sponsors, John Ezendam of Techmarine SEIWA. John has already committed his company's support for next year. Also thanks to Shannon Development, GUINNESS, Kingfisher Reisen. Brendan Graces Bar, Killaloe, Crotty's and Reddan's Bars. T.Js Tackle Killaloe and finally Bill Hickey Main Agent for SYLVAN boats, Clonlara.
Jim Robinson

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:
E-mail: kcrowley@wrfb.ie

no report this week [last report 28/07/09]

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:
E-mail: info@nwrfb.com

No reports this week - [last report 24/06/09]

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:
E-mail: info@nrfb.ie

no report this week [last report 06/07/09]

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Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

Lionel Knobbs reports:
E-mail: lionel.knobbs@loughs-agency.org

no report this week [last report 08/09/09]

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:
E-mail: info@fishingireland.net

01/09/09

Tope run the Co. Wicklow Shoreline

For the dedicated few shore tope are a real prospect off the Co. Wicklow coastline from September through to November if the weather stays settled. Neap tides, a calm sea, darkness, all increase the chances. They do not come easy, but if the time is put in, one night that run will come, and it could be a biggie as fish to 60.lb+ have been landed in recent years.

topePhoto: Shore caught Co. Wicklow tope. Image courtesy of Sea Angling Ireland website

Pulley rigs and wire traces, allied to long rubbing leaders are essential. Bait can be whole Mackerel, but equally a fresh caught Whiting, Flounder, or Coalfish will suffice. Casts do not need to be long. 40 – 50 metres could put you amongst the fish. Be prepared for a waiting game. However when that fish hits the memories will last a lifetime.

The image above shows the stamp of tope available off the north Wicklow shoreline. These beaches, a shadow of what they were twenty years ago due to overfishing, are coming into their own now when it comes to targeting tope. The above fish was caught within the last night or two. With a bit of planning and focus a few more reels could be screaming this autumn and early winter.


26/09/09

Five Ninety Nine - Silver amongst Autumn Gold

Jim Hendrick, bass fishing guide, reports on some recent bass fishing.

bassPhoto: A fine September bass goes back to fight another day.

To Ian and Martin who made life easy and fun for two days - thanks guys!

We experienced some great fishing and Martins battle with a > 10lb bass was a series of images I will never forget. Personal bests, quality fish, great weather and superb locations all combined for a change.

All fish were taken on surface lures - we felt why look for numbers when you can have such visual angling treats!

You can see some of the great experiences we had over the last two days in the sequence below - both have already booked for Autumn 2010.
Jim Hendrick
Bass Angling Guide
SEAi, 8 St Johns Road, Wexford, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 53 23351
E-mail: sportfishing@eircom.net Web: www.bassfishing.ie

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:
enquiries@srfb.ie

no report this week [last report 15/09/09]

 

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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
E Mail: swrfb@swrfb.ie

29/09/09

Shore angling report from Waterville

28/09/09 I was out guiding with Ron from Belfast. He had a great time catching plenty of fish, 7 mullet, garfish, mackerel, pollack, and trigger fish. He was going to fish the lake for salmon & seatrout but it was very calm so he decided to try the sea and was well pleased.

26/09/09 I was guiding 3 lads from Tralee and they all caught mullet which was very good. You don't often see all 3 anglers catching mullet, well done lads.

25/09/09 I was out with "Big Phil" from Belfast, and what a good time we had on the mullet. Phil caught mullet to 4lb, great fun on light tackle. We had 6 in all. Mullet the bone fish of Ireland
Kevin Brain
KB Fishing Ireland
Waterville, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 66 9474942
E-mail: info@kbfishingireld.com Website: www.kbfishingireland.com

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:
info@shannon-fishery-board.ie

no report [last report 23/09/09]

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:
E-mail: kcrowley@wrfb.ie

28/09/09

Blueshark fishing in Clifden

John Brittain of Bluewater Fishing in Clifden reports on good fishing for blue shark out of Cleggan over the last few days.

blue sharkPhoto: A small blue shark is tagged and ready for release.

The recent calmer weather has made for good conditions for shark fishing, with lighter winds allowing a good slick and scent trail to bring in sharks. On Friday 25th September, a group led by Maurice Dowling landed 6 blue sharks and had a number of encounters with fish dropping the bait after the first run.

blue sharkPhoto: Tobias Held and his 70 lb blue shark.

Tobias Held and his group had another 7 sharks to the boat over the weekend, with the best fish of the 3 days an estimated 70lbs fish caught by Tobias.

All the fish were caught on barbless hooks, tagged and released.

To book a late season trip for shark or a range of other species, contact John or Sue Brittain.
John Brittain,
Bluewater 42' Cygnus. Twin 250HP
Sharamore House,
Streamstown,
Clifden,
Co. Galway.
Ireland.
TEL. 00353 95 21073
Web: WWW.SHARAMORE.COM

Shore Fishing

The final leg of the Connacht Closed Gold Medal and West Coast Shore League was held on Sunday by Corrane SAC on Keel Beach in Achill. The inaugural Shore League was held over 5 venues throughout the year, with best 4 scores to count. The competition will be extended to a minimum of 8 competitions next year, and clubs in Clare and Donegal will be invited to participate.

Fishing on Sunday was tough, with a lot of undersize fish caught, and anglers struggling to get fish to make the size limit. First prize on the day went to Mike Varley, with Declan Horan and Kevin Crowley tied for second.

After a lot of calculating scores for both competitions, the results were announced in Moynish House, Mulranny, later that evening. The winner of the inaugural West Coast Shore League was Owen Gilvarry from Killala SAC, with a final score of 370 points. In second was Kevin Crowley from Galway Bay SAC, with 364, and third was Fergus Collins of Cois Fharraige SAC, on 358.

The winner of the Connacht Closed Gold Medal, fished over 4 legs, was Conor Mountaine from Galway Bay SAC. Conor fished very well over the year, winning 2 legs of the Gold Medal outright, and was a deserved winner. He goes forward to represent Ireland in the Home Nations Shore Fishing Competition next year in Scrabster, Scotland. Narrowly beaten into second place was Declan Horan, who took the Silver Medal, and Mike Varley took the Bronze Medal.

The Connacht team for next year’s Inter Provincial will be Conor Mountaine, Declan Horan, Mike Varley, Fergus Collins and Kevin Crowley.

Mackerel fishing has been excellent lately, with anglers reporting good shoals of fish driving sprat inshore over the last 2 weeks of calm weather. Some anglers have been stocking up on bait for autumn/winter fishing, and the best flounder fishing is usually to be had at this time of year, so there should be good catches for the “flattie” hunters over the next couple of months.

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:
E-mail: info@nwrfb.com

no report this week [last report 27/08/09]

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:
E-mail: info@nrfb.ie

no report this week [last report 22/09/09]

 

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Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

Lionel Knobbs reports:
E-mail: lionel.knobbs@loughs-agency.org

29/09/09

Record breaking news from Carlingford Lough

29/09/09 Pisces II broke the record at the weekend with a whopping 68 lb tope. The fish was caught on a mackerel flapper on Carlingford Lough. Mr John Love from Derry/Londonderry was the man who proudly caught and released the fish.

tope
Photo: The 68lb tope caught by John Love aboard Pisces 2.

The fish was weighed and observed by the six man crew before being tagged and released. Officially to claim the record the fish must be weighed on land, however, this would mean killing the fish and he was not prepared to do that. The bigger fish tend to get caught late season and this was no exception. No other tope were caught on this trip but needless to say, the crew went away happy.

25/09/09 Peyton Cunningham reports the weather was favourable and allowed fishing on Saturday and Sunday past. Fishing in general was average, with a good variety of species including, cod, ling, pollack and tope. The best fish was a 49lb tope on Saturday and Sunday saw Dave Norton loose a good tope at the side of the boat, as it was about to be landed.
Peyton Cunningham
Tel: + 44 (0)28 4176 3669
ROI: 048 4176 3669
Mobile: +44 (0)77 59 276 031.
email: peyton@pisces2.plus.com
Web: www.ukcharterboats.co.uk

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Northern Ireland

Hamish Currie reports:

no report this week [last report 23/09/09]

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Northern Ireland

Hamish Currie reports:

07/08/09

Record skate in Red Bay

skatePhoto: Hans and his record breaker.

This week's Catch of the Week is from the Red Bay in Northern Ireland. Last week Dutch angler, Hans Dijkman was fishing with Hamish Currie on the Predator II when he caught this huge skate.

The fish measured 92 inches from nose to tail and 76 inches across its wings and has a estimated weight of 249lbs. The current record is 220 lb but for conservation reason specimens are no longer accepted by the Irish Specimen Fish Committee. Record breaking fish are voluntarily released by anglers and this potential record was no treated no differently being first tagged and then safely returned to fight another day.

Charter skipper Hamish also sent us the following catch report:

topePhoto: A specimen tope.

"Last week we spent a week in the comany of some of my regular clients from Holland and fishing wasn't too bad. Again the main problem was catching mackerel. The lads recorded 21 different species, 9 Irish specimens (5 different species) and a magnificent 249lb common skate.

Finding the fish offshore doesn't seem to be a problem for me at the miniute but I'm having to resort to variety of different baits in the absence of mackerel.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
Web:http://www.predatorireland.com/ Email: info@predatorireland.com
Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117

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