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Irish Angling Update

22 October 2009

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
email: Paul Bourke
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Salmon and Trout Angling

Coarse Angling

Pike Angling

Sea Angling


Game Angling Update

Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:


Rathbeggan Lakes

Rathbeggan Lakes in Dunshaughlin continues to provide some decent fishing right through the winter. With a recent stocking of top class Rainbows averaging 2.5 to 3 lbs the options for a good scrap are high!

Still catching on small sedges and daddies during the day, with a good number of fish taking small nymphs at a depth of about 2 feet.
Dave Robinson
Rathbeggan Lakes
Rathbeggan, Co. Meath.

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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.

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South Western Region

Eileen Carroll reports:
E Mail:



No catches to report.


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

Laune Salmon and Trout Anglers' Association waters and Beat 3.

The last day of the season brought news to me of some good fishing and good fish being caught by members. On the day of the All Ireland football final Johnny Sullivan Tralee had a fish of 14 lbs at Johnston's and Willie Conway had a lovely fresh fish that day also. The fish of the season must go to Sean O'Callaghan Tralee who caught and landed 19.5 lbs fish on the worm fishing Tullig House fishery on the 24th of September. A titanic battle lasting half an hour and as Sean describes it, this frightening apparition of a fish covered in weed repeatedly breaking the surface during the struggle. This is one of the many big fish that have been met during the past few years that did not get away. There were 12 fish reported from Laune Angler's waters for the last two weeks of the season and four from Beat 3. The low water for the last week was disappointing for local and visiting anglers, especially when you consider the kind of water we had during most of the Summer. Most members of Laune Anglers would say that it was a disappointing year and others would say it was no worse than any other recent year but you had to be lucky to meet a fish, nothing new there!!!
Billy Downes,
Laune Salmon and Trout Anglers' Association


No catches to report.


No catches to report


12 fish caught on the river Lee.


Tuesday 29th 1 fish weighing 5 ½ lbs Martin Dorney, Ballinora on a spinner which he released
Wednesday 30th Joe Scanlan caught a 5 lbs fish on a spinner which was released.
Dan O’Riordan,
ESB Fishery


Fishing very slow.


Lough Currane

Angling guide Vincent Appleby of reports on the fishing on the LOUGH CURRANE system.

21/9/09 there were a few sea trout caught but no real rod benders. Wind SW fresh to strong and overcast. Amount of rainfall in the 24 hours 1.9mm, max air temperature 17.1c.

22/9/09 Good news at last I am back on my bike, the Waterville Fishery fished well to day, I will start with the big lake/Lough Currane, and in the words of a visiting Angler Mr Ted Robertson of the UK, my Gillie Mr Frank Donnelly of was holding the boat as I was casting and he told me to put my Bibio between the rocks because a salmon will come to your fly, well I thought to my self that’s a bit of Kerry Bull, but I did as I was told and the next thing I knew my fly rod was bent double and I caught my self a 10lbs salmon, so remember don’t do what you think, do as your gillie tells you. In The seatrout department a guest fishing with Mr Michael O’Sullivan of Waterville boats and caught a few seatrout up to 3lbs, also in good form was Mr. Nigel Robertson who caught a 3lbs seatrout with his Gillie Mr Mike O’Dwyer, also in good form was Mr Hamilton with a C&R 5lbs sea trout and I believe other boats saw some good fishing. Now I will head up stream because I was reading on that Mr Denis Dennehy caught 10 seatrout and finished the day off in style with a 10 lbs salmon on Lough Derriana. Wind SW light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover, amount of rainfall in the last 24 hours 1.5mm, max air temperature 16.1c.

23/9/09 Mr. Werner Tutenberg fishing with his gillie Mr Mike O’Dwyer caught 7 C&R seatrout up to 2lbs also in good form was Mr. Jim Young who caught a 5lbs seatrout also Colin James caught one junior. Wind WSW light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover, plus there was the odd light shower. Max air temperature 16.3c.

24/9/09 Again Mr Mike O’Dwyer was in good form again with his clients, Mr Colin James catching two seatrout and losing two, also in good form in the same boat was Mr. Nigel Robertson who caught four and lost two seatrout all in the Junior class, and last but not least a guest caught three seatrout fishing with gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicudy . Wind W light with reasonable cloud cover, amount of rainfall 0.2mm, max air temperature 16.3c.

25/9/09 Mr. Werner Tutenberg was in good form again with 4 seatrout and his Gillie Mr Mike O’Dwyer was telling me that his client rose a good few more. Wind WSW light and overcast with light drizzle throughout the day, amount of rainfall 0.2mm, max air temperature 16.6c.

26/9/09 Lough Currane was flat calm and what wind was veering WSW and WNW light to calm and overcast with light drizzle, and all I can say is if any Angler did catch my Noble Game fish fair play to them, but my mobile was quiet as the wind, max air temperature 14.6c.

27/9/09 again to day there was little to no wind and what wind was there was S then veered W and veered gain late this afternoon from the North but when the wind did get up Anglers did see some action well put it this way Mr Renée Lechmere saw some good activity and the truth of the pudding is in the eating, because Renée caught a seatrout of 4lbs and he was telling me that he had four C&R seatrout in the 1.5lb class and just for the record Renée was fishing out of I was reading their fishing log book and in the past few days their hired out boats have caught good baskets of seatrout of which the best weighed in at 4.5lbs. Wind as already stated amount of rainfall 0.3mm, max air temperature 16.2c.

28/9/09 There were a few seatrout but nothing that would hit the national headlines. Wind same as yesterday, max air temperature 15.c.

29/9/09 There were a few seatrout caught on Lough Currane and going by what I was reading on the Waterville Angling web site and our Manger Mr John Murphy and there has been a number of seatrout caught, ether early morning or late evening but back to my Noble Gentleman the salmon because the champagne was opened on the famous Butler Pool and of when Mr. Crohan O’Shea of Dublin and Waterville caught a superb 13lbs2oz Salmon on the fly with his Gillie Mr Mike O’Dwyer, so congratulations to Crohan on a first class fish. Weather the same as yesterday in all departments. Amount of rainfall 0.3mm, max air temperature 15.2c.

30/9/09 Well its that time of year again and the end of the 2009 Season and it ended on a high with a guest fishing with his gillie Mr Neil O’Shea and of caught a grilse on the troll, also a Guest fishing with his Gillie Mr Terence Wharton caught a grilse and a specimen seatrout in the 9 to 10lbs class which they sportingly put back and staying in the sea trout department even though the morning was a failure, because Lough Currane was like a milk pond but once the wind got up in the afternoon some anglers saw some good action with Brian, catching four seatrout up to 3lbs Mr Jim Sayers caught 9 seatrout up to 2lbs and other Anglers’ were telling me that they caught a few Juniors and staying with the seatrout, our manger Mr John Murphy reported to me that one boat caught 16 seatrout. Now I will cut across to the River Inny and my fish of the day, it goes to Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Gallaway of the UK who caught a 5.5 salmon on a Flying C, with their first cast and it was their first time ever salmon fishing, plus they had the honour of catching the last salmon of the 2009 Season on the Waterville Fishery with their gillie Mr Vincent Appleby and of Wind n light to calm, max air temperature 14.8c, amount of rainfall for the month of September 124.9mm. As usual at the end of the day all we Anglers headed straight for the Lobster Bar for the traditional end of season bacon and cabbage dinner and the presentation of the Cups and I can tell you a good party was had by all and on that note I will say that is your ration for this week, from your Gillie and the Waterville Fishery. But remember if you want to keep with the news on the Waterville Fishery you can by going to

On a personal note I hope you all enjoyed reading the Waterville notes as I did writing them and I look forward to keeping you up to date in 2010 see you then, tight lines.
No Spin No Fly’s just Facts.
Vincent Appleby
Angling Guide and Accommodation
Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel
Email: Web:

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:




Autumn is setting in and the evenings are getting cool with the first night frost last night. Anglers fishing the lake are getting the best results fishing with wetflies. Fly hatches are sparse now as the season nears an end for this year, a memorable angling season on Sheelin. John Murphy and friend Roughan Ruckley from Scotland caught and released 11 trout between them to over 2lbs. P. Orange and friends caught 12 trout on wet flies over the week. Michael Kelly had 12 fish to 2.5lbs, all released.

LOUGH SHEELIN STREAM ENHANCEMENT COMPETITION: The Lough Sheelin Trout Protection Association held its annual Sheelin Stream Enhancement Competition on Saturday 3rd October. The top 20 trout averaged 3.15lbs. The overall average weight was 2.4llbs.

troutPhoto: Peter Mc Cardle, Dundalk with a fish of 5.34lbs and 2nd: Madeline Kelly with a trout of 4.58lbs.

This is now the largest one day fly- fishing competition in the country with 266 anglers from Ireland and the United Kingdom fishing this event. Such is the scale of the event boats had to be launched from Chambers Bay, The ShRFB headquarters at Kilnahard, the public pier at Kilnahard and also from the public pier at Crover. In order to protect as many young trout as possible a minimum size of 15 inches was in place for the competition which is unique and testament to the quality of wild brown trout that Lough Sheelin produces. Fishing conditions were very difficult on the day with strong westerly winds, never the less over 40 fish exceeding 15 inches were weighed in.

The winner of the competition was Peter McCardle with a trout of 5.34 pounds. He was later presented with his prize 19 foot Sheelin boat by Michael McCabe sponsor of the first prize. Second place went to Richard McDermott with a trout of 4.68lbs and his prize was a 6hp outboard. In third place was Madeleine Kelly with a trout of 4.58 pounds.
Thomas Lynch
Mobile: 087 9132033

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


The Lakeland trout competition was fished on the three Westmeath lakes on Sunday the 4th of October. There was a very good turn out and all three lakes produced a result.
The result was as follows:


32 anglers fished the lake and 28 fish were weighed in.


Lakeland's competition results: 21 anglers fished the lake and 5 fish were weighed in.


Lakeland's competition results: 12 anglers fished the lake and 2 fish were weighed in.

For updates:
Shannon Regional Fisheries Board
Mullingar Office
Tel: 044 48769

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:

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

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:

Week ending 04 October, 2009

River Moy

With the salmon angling season ceasing on the 30th September, the reported catch for the final days was 123 salmon. This brings the total reported catch for the Moy system to 7310 for 2009, which is on par with the 2008 catch. As the season is now closed I would like to remind all anglers to forward their angling return log books to Ardnaree House, Abbey Street, Ballina Co. Mayo by Monday, 19th October. We would like to thank all Fisheries Managers, Guides and Gillies for their efforts over the season and for supplying the much appreciated information which makes this weekly report possible!

Ballina Salon Anglers’ water yielded over 30 salmon while at Mount Falcon 8 salmon were landed, with all being safely released. The Knockmore water reported five salmon captured while at Coolcronan eight salmon fell, including one for Mick Dennany, Longford, taken on the worm. Byrne’s fishery reported a catch of 4 salmon and at Armstrong’s twelve salmon were caught with six of these being released. Gannon’s produced five salmon while the Foxford Fishery had a reported catch of six.

The Foxford Salmon Anglers’ waters produced over 17 salmon, at least nine of these being taken on the Rinanney water. At Cloongee John Walsh, Kilkenny, had a fine salmon of 7lbs, taken on the worm. The East Mayo Anglers’ water produced some fine fishing, with a total of 15 salmon reported, including two for Lothar Deeg, Germany who hooked into two salmon on the fly, the best at 9lbs. Fellow German angler Matchais Engles also landed two on the fly with his best at 7lbs, while Dave Bachelor, England, also had a pair on the fly. Ian Holohan, Galway, had great success with the worm, capturing a fine fish of 12lbs.

Ballin Lough

Catches on the lough remained steady throughout the week, with twenty three rods accounting for over thirty rainbow trout, the best of which weighed in at 4lbs. Garrett Mc Guinness and Richard Hines enjoyed some success catching a total of six trout, all but one of these being released. Mattie Foley and friend also enjoyed some great fishing, catching twelve rainbow trout with the majority of these being released.
The Westport Trout Anglers held a competition during the week for the Fitzgerald Cup, with twenty one members taking part and twenty three trout being caught, the best of these was a rainbow at 3.5lbs.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:

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

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Loughs Agency area and Northern Ireland

Lionel Knobbs reports:

02 October 2009

Upper Mourne

The Salmon certainly arrived in September into the River Mourne. Ghillie's Ian Caldwell and Robert Freeborn report that it has been 30 years since they have seen the river so full of fish. In the first week the Lovering party of 5 rods caught a total of 20 fish and played a further 10.

Fish have been seen throughout the Abercorn Estates fishery. Colin Gillespie caught a silver 14lb salmon in the Broads, Ronnie Hill had three one day the largest being 10 lb. A total of 53 fish were caught in the month of September. Please use barbless hooks and return all unwanted and gravid fish carefully back to the water.

Abercorn Estates,
Co. Tyrone,
BT78 4EZ.
tel +44 (0)28 8166 1683 mob +44 (0)7770916224

05 October 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.

A few places are still remaining for our annual competition which will be held on Saturday the 24th October. Anyone interested in taking part in this exciting and fun day please get in touch with me as soon as possible to be in with a chance of winning our great prizes.

Once again the pleasant weather has encouraged anglers to travel from all over to give Cashel a throw in preparation for our competition while having a relaxing time. Mark Mc Clelland and Conor Mc Cusker (Enniskillen, Fermanagh) had a great time using daddies and the Melvin octopus bagging beauties for home. Mark had one of 5lb 2ozs while Conor had two of 7lb 3ozs and 6lb 4ozs. Their friend Stephen Woods (Ballybofey, Donegal) joined them for the day and was rewarded with two great fish weighing a total of 9lb 11ozs. Stephen and Conor also released five between them back into the lake. Limavady’s Martin Mc Clenaghan released three which took a wee whiskey fly. His trout’s estimated weight was 2lb, 5lb and 7lb. Bernard Mellon (Swatragh) released seven lovely trout, one of was 7lb, which fell to wee dries while Ballykelly’s Brian Duffy released five which took diawl bachs and gold head nymphs.
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:




At time of writing there is a few German anglers fishing along the hot water stretch, but generally fishing is very quiet . The only fishing is from transient boat traffic. The hot water which was switched off last week, is now back on.


coarse fishPhoto: From left to right – Ken, Gary and Jimmy.

Fishing has been very good due to the improvement in the weather, lakes in and around Longford have fished well while some lakes around Strokestown have not produced the weights for this time of year. I think was due to them holding a lot of fresh rain water of previous weeks and taking a little longer to drain off, tune in next week when we see how regular visitor Andy Stone gets on.
Kevin Lyons, 
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email: Web: 



Water levels are good at present. There was a local match on the town stretch, top weight was 7.5kgs. Anglers are getting quite good fishing around Shannon Harbour and the joining, on e Bream showing in their r evening time. There's a lot of pike activity which is affecting the coarse fishing at times.

Shane O'Reilly, Angling adviser with the Central Fisheries Board had a fish-in with Ray Duthie on the town stretch at Banagher and will be running a full article very soon in Irish Anglers Digest. Here is a small sample of his fishing article.

Starting at 9am in Banagher Shane had a quick tackle up and fishing commenced.

"I was fishing in the swim closest to the bridge and I chose to fish about 30 feet out from the bank. Ray had left plenty of feed in the swim after a session a few days previously and this had obviously held fish in the area as I was immediately into some action, getting a decent roach on the first cast. A quick re-baiting of the hook and another cast brought another one within about 30 seconds.

There is a particular rhythm that you can settle into when feeder fishing on rivers and it can be best described by the Big Joe Turner hit of the fifties “Shake, Rattle & Roll”. On casting in, the feeder will sink but is dragged on by the current and it often bounces around on the bottom before finding a niche to settle in. While this is happening the rod or quiver tip will perform a series of jolts or ‘shakes’ as it reflects the movement of the feeder. Once the feeder has settled, the rod/quiver tip should become relatively stable, the only movement being a slight undulation caused by the pull of the current. The gear should remain like this until one of two things happens:
1) you get a bite, which often appears as a series of sharp ‘rattles’ at the rod/quiver tip or
2) the feeder slowly empties, becomes lighter and the current causes it to ‘roll’ away. The rod or quiver tip will again jolt or shake to reflect this movement.

Bites were coming thick and fast in the early part of the session and it took me a few missed takes to realise that the slightest twitch of the tip needed to be struck quickly in order to catch consistently. The fish in the swim were obviously competing for food and it did not take long for the bites to come once the feeder had settled. I found that if I delayed the strike I would invariably miss the fish. Also, if I missed a fish it was far better to reel in and re-bait the hook and feeder rather than to sit and wait as bites rarely materialised once a take had been missed."
Ray Duthie
Old Forge Banagher
Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER
Tel: 057 9151504. Email:


About 9 to 10 anglers fished the River Suck Valley over the week. The water levels are now very low following several weeks of dry weather. Anglers are hoping for rain to freshen up the water, it's hard to believe after the flooding during the summer. Pleasure anglers had bag weights of mostly small Roach and hybrids from 2kg to 6.5kgs.
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


There's a few perch and roach down at Tommy's. Water levels are back to normal, but few anglers about.
Annagh, The Pigeons, Athlone County Westmeath
Tel +353 90 6485284 Mob: 087 9960173 for enquiries and boat hire
Email Web


Angling conditions are good, few anglers about.


After many weeks of flooding the past three weeks of good weather has brought
the water levels back down to good fishing levels. Some catches over that period
include –
*On 8th August young Dylan Quinn fished from the village bridge with a worm
and caught a 1.88lbs perch using a worm.
*On 21st August the Rolly Jacobs and Pete Giblin Party from Hull fished the
Hot Water stretch using sweetcorn to catch six bags of Roach, hybrids etc in mixed weather.
*Local anglers John Gleeson and Gerry Casey fished a backwater on 21st August
and caught over 30lbs mixed bag using maggot and sweetcorn. No Tench showed.
*On 15th September Mike Murray Portumna B+B brought two of his guests to
Shannonbridge to fish with Vinny Fennell at the Hot Water. Weather was dry and warm
and they used casters and maggot to catch bags of Roach, and small Bream
and some small pike to give bags weighing 25lbs each.
*Young Jack Collins (10) from New Zealand fished off the jetty on 28th September
and caught 2lbs of Perch using maggots. Comment “I was a bit scared cause I lost
one at first”. He fished with his father Brian who originally came from Athlone.
Dermot Killeen
Tel 090 96 74112 Email:

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Northern Region

Alice Murtagh reports: 


Carrigallen Festival

The annual Carrigallen Festival took place last week. 41 anglers fished four venues, steps at Gulladoo, Glasshouse, Rockfield and Tully Lake. The following is a list of the winners:

1st. Gary Whalley 32.40kg
2nd. Pete Jones 31.84kg
3rd. Baz Smith 31.28kg
4th. Kevin Ashurst 29.64kg
5th. Paul Keeley 28.46kg

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Pike Angling Update

Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Pike angling continues to improve on the Shannon system

Autumn is well here now and Pike anglers will soon start gearing up for the Winter Piking season. General reports are that Pike fishing is stepping up a gear. A Swiss angler based at Shannonbridge caught and released 20 Pike using a wobbler. Another visiting angler had a 25lb Pike on the lower River Suck. A Dublin angler had good Pike fishing on the Shannon in the Shannonbridge area. Coarse anglers are reporting a lot of Pike presence in their coarse swims, indicating that pike are getting very active and certainly worth targeting now.

pikePhoto: A nice October pike from the River Shannon.

Stephen Gibbons, one of our regular pike angling reporters, was on the River Shannon yesterday. He was fishing with friends and between them they had loads of pike and some great scraps. None of the fish made double figures but they had a few in the 8-9lb class.

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Sea Angling Update

Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:


Spot the bass

Could you catch a big silver fish here on the fly ? Considering...

bass habitat1. Wave height
2. Wave direction
3. Wind strength
4. Wind direction
5. Current
6. Depth
7. Backwash
8. Light levels
9. Line and leader choice
10. Fly choice
11. Casting restrictions
12. Tidal state
13. Water condition
14. Time of day
15. Retrieves
16. Position
17. Presentations
18. Timings
19. Casting strategies
20. Safety

For bespoke solutions: Bassfisherman - Saltwater fly - two-day course.
Jim Hendrick
Bass Angling Guide
SEAi, 8 St Johns Road, Wexford, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 53 9123351
E-mail: Web:

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:

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


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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
E Mail:


Haddock and ling from the Beara Peninsula

As with a lot of other people around the country, the fine weather has seen a dramatic improvement in Sea angling here of the Beara Peninsula. On Saturday 26th September we decided to try a few wrecks at 25 - 30 miles southwest of Beara with a group of seven fellas from Dublin and Wexford. To say that the fishing was poor would be an understatement, we even anchored a wreck in 450ft successfully to no avail, just a few small Ling.

lingPhoto: Keith Marcella and his 18.5 lb ling

On Sunday 27th September with no wind allowing a very slow drift, we decided to try a very small wreck much closer inshore (about four miles from land). Keith Marcella from Dublin had the best of 12 Ling at 18.5lb. He also had a nice mixed bag of 3 other Ling and Haddock and Pollack and whiting. Noel Butler from Wexford had a conger on the drift at 20lb and 3 Ling, Best 10lb. Stephen Wickham from Wexford had the Best Haddock of the day at 5lb 2oz Mick Burke from Wexford had 3 Ling, best at 13.5lb (and Haddock, whiting and Codling. Phillip Lawlor from Wexford had 2 Ling , 1 conger at 15lb and Haddock, whiting and Coalfish. Martin O Connor from Wexford had Whiting and Pollack. Emmett Patten from Wexford had Pollack and Haddock with a PB Pollack of 7lb.

On Thursday 1st October i decided to try another wreck relativley close to shore some 6 miles west of the Mizen with only 3 rods fishing. 20 Ling were caught in a four hour period and one serious fish lost to the wreck. Best of these were 2 Ling at 17lb and 18lb caught by Chris Matthews from Portsmouth Hampshire on a flowing trace with a Luminous muppet and a squid head.

Prospects look good for inshore wrecking in the coming months should the weather continue to give us a break. Best regards to all our customers this year, hope to see you again.
John Angles
Tigger Pro-charter Offshore 31. 330 HP
Skipper: John Angles
Inches House and Resaurant, Eyeries, Castletownbere, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 27 74494 or +353 86 3983586 Fax: +353 27 74494
Email: Web:

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


West Clare Area – Sea Angling Report

Poulnasherry Bay

At Cammoge Point Bass and Flounder are being caught on Lugworm. Dogfish being caught on fish baits. Thornback Ray turning up occasionally on mackerel or sandeel.

At Kilrush side some good Bass are still being caught on spinners.

wrassePhoto: A good Ballan Wrasse from The Bridges of Ross.

Bridges of Ross

When sea conditions allow some good Ballan Wrasse fishing can be had using hard back crab.

Baltard, Doonbeg

Small Wrasse on crab or limpet.
Some good Pollock fishing in the gullies in calm conditions using Jellyworms or Shads.
I have no reports of Trigger Fishing turning up in anglers catches yet but they were plentiful here at this time last year.

Doughmore Beach

Reports of some good Bass fishing using Lugworm. Some flounder also.


As it is getting late in the season for Rock Fishing and weather conditions from now on will be a lot less favourable it is time to pass some words of caution. Anglers lives have already been lost this season.

safteyPhoto: Stupidity at The Bridges of Ross recently.

• Get an up to date Weather Forecast
• Don’t fish when there is a swell
• Avoid wet conditions when the rocks may be slippery
• Use common sense
• Know your tides
• Seel local advice when going to a new mark.
• See photo – would you do this?

Bill Ryan,
Sea fishing guide
Querrin Shore, Kilkee, Co. Clare.
Tel: +353 87 4130122
Email: Web:

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:

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

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Specimen Wrasse

ballan wrasse
Photo: Brian Dunleavey sent us this beautiful photograph of a 5lb 6oz ballan wrasse he caught at a Co. Sligo rock mark.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:

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

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Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Condoms for pollack and bass on Carlingford Lough

Last week Oriel Angling had three visiting French anglers out on a fishing trip, a father and his 2 sons, after catching several mackerel and two bass, one of the visiting anglers hooked a powerful fish, the ensuing fight saw several diving lunges before a 4lb Pollack was safely in the net.

All the fish were caught on bright coloured rubber baits of French origin .c`est la vie.
Brian Connolly
Oriel Angling offer skippered smaller craft for day hire -
Orkney 19 and 16 foot Orkney long liner.
Tel: Brian Connolly: +44 (0)77 52 975 703

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Northern Ireland

Hamish Currie reports:


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: Email:
Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117

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