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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
Fax: 00 353(0) 1 8360060

Salmon and Trout Angling

Coarse Angling

Pike Angling

Sea Angling


GAME ANGLING

Game Angling Update

Eastern Region

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

12/10/09

Ladies Day at Annamoe

Annamoe Trout Fishery near Glendalough in Co. Wicklow hosted the second Ladies Fly Casting Day of 2009 in aid of Action Breast Cancer. A fine mild October Day, saw 15 enthusiastic women put through their paces by Glenda Powell of Blackwater Lodge, Co. Waterford. The day consisted of a morning theory and practical session explaining the rudiments of fly casting, followed after lunch by an afternoon fishing for the hard fighting Annamoe Rainbows.

annamoe Photo: Glenda Powell and Emma Fortune returning a Rainbow to fight another day

As has been the form at previous events the participants excelled themselves when let loose on the fishery. Within minutes Jo Doran from Co. Wicklow was connected to her first fly caught Rainbow Trout. Four more participants landed fish before close of play, amid many laughs and banter, on what was again a successful and fun day out.

All participants have to be congratulated on their generosity with €815.00 raised for Action Breast Cancer. The ERFB would like to thank all the ladies who signed up for the event, and hope that the seeds of a worthwhile pursuit have been sown. Mark Corps of the Central Fisheries Board and Glenda are central parts of the whole day and again kept the interest levels high with their easy going professionalism. Brian Nally and his staff provided a fine lunch and copious amounts of tea, coffee, and biscuits throughout the day. The fishery looked fantastic and the trout fought like demons when hooked. The ERFB is looking forward to next year when it will run at least two more of these worthwhile events.
Annamoe Trout Fishery
Phone:
+353 (0)404-45470
e-mail: annamoefishery@eircom.net

Maynooth Fishery

rainbowPhoto: Ger Walsh sent us this photo of a whopping 13lb trout he caught last Wednesday at Maynooth Fishery.

Today, (14/10), a monster 22lb rainbow trout was caught by Gary Brady.

Maynooth Fishery is under new management and have reduced their prices across the board. Contact Mick or Darren for for information.
Maynooth Fishery
Phone:
+353 (0)1 629 3202

 

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Southern Region

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

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

Ballyhass Autumn October programme 2009

Saturday 10th October
Free fly box or free worms with day ticket

Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th October
Tony O Sullivan - fly tying demonstration 2 - 4 pm ( free)

Saturday October 31st
Father and Son ( or daughter) day - 25% discount

Web: www.ballyhasslakes.ie

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Shannon Region

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

All trout and salmon fishing is now closed until the 2010 season.


UPPER SHANNON


LOUGH SHEELIN

Trevor Champ, Central Fisheries Board, who recently retired is honoured by the LSTPA. at the Sheelin Stream Enhancement Competition recently. This was in recognition of his life long work on Lough Sheelin. Trevor was presented with a life membership of the association. More details here: 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

Saturday October the 10th saw the wind up of activities of the trout fishing season for 2009 on Lough O Flynn by Ballinlough & District Angling Club who hosted a competition for junior anglers on the lake. The weather was more generous than the fish on the day, but nevertheless a great time was had by all twenty young anglers and their organisers. Once again our gratitude goes to The Shannon Regional Fisheries Board for their wonderful co-operation, not just on Saturday, but throughout the year. The generosity of our senior anglers, in terms of their time and the passing on of their wonderful experience and skill to our young anglers, cannot be exaggerated. The future of angling on Lough O Flynn is now more assured than ever. The Angling Club will now take a well earned break for the next few months before preparations for the new season start.
GERRY MARKHAM,
BALLINLOUGH & DISTRICT ANGLERS.

The ShRFB report some angling activity over the last week of the season on O'Flynn. Angling conditions were good in pleasant weather for the time of year. Fly hatches were poor. 86 years young Mickey Maurice from Castlerea had 5 fish on Tuesday, averaging 1.5lbs. He caught the fish on a Green Peter, Daddy and Claret Dabbler. His friend Joe Flynn caught a fish spinning a Tasmanian Devil. Bernard Mannion and Matt Foley fished the lake on Sunday. Bernard had 3 fish to 2lbs, caught on a gold beaded nymph. A Dublin angler had one fish on Sunday, in a short session. This ends the reports on O'Flynn for 2009.
John Ryan,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector, Co Roscommon at
Tel: 087 2536064.


MID SHANNON AREA


LOUGH OWEL

End of season report: The fishing season ended up on a positive note on Lough Owel with good fishing reported. On Saturday 10th October Andy Boyle had 4 fish averaging 1.5 lbs.
Tom Nugent and eight friends returned eight fish, heaviest 4.5lbs. On Sunday 11th October John Farrell, Dublin had three fish weighing 1.5 lbs. Martin O'Loughlin, Kildare had three fish weighing 1.5lbs.

There were a number of end of season competitions. The North Kildare Trout anglers held a competition on Owel on Friday 9th October. Twelve anglers caught 13 fish ranging in weight from 1.25 lbs to 1.75lbs. 23 fish were weighed in, in the Dublin Trout Anglers competition, best fish 2.5lbs, the remaining fish ranged from 1.25lbs to 1.75 lbs. In the North of Ireland Trout Competition - three anglers fished, returning 3 fish - 2 at 2lbs and 1 of 1.75 lbs. This ends the seasons reports on Owel which was quite a memorable year - join us in March 2010.

LOUGH ACALLA, CO GALWAY

Anglers report a satisfactory week on Lough Acalla. There were excellent fly hatches with the mild October weather and anglers reported catching fish right through the day, and into the evening. There were no big fish recorded, fish averaged 1lb. 10 anglers fished each day and the best flies were olives, peters and pheasant tail. We will have an update next week.

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Western Region

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

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

Kylemore Abbey Fishery end of season report

The continuing high water levels from August continued through to the first couple of weeks of September and conditions remained reasonable for anglers. The latter half of the month turned into our long awaited summer and angling effort as well as the river, dried up.

Just 12 Salmon were reported for the month for 30 rod days. Fergus Colquhoun from Luss in Scotland secured his first ever grilse at 6lb from the Lower River and first salmon for one of our fishery guides Paddy Joe Lydon (predominately a trout angler) from the Upper Lake at 4lb.The 100th and final fish of the season. Ger Henehan landed three grilse for a half days fishing on the middle river, 2 at 4lb and one at 4 1/2lb. First Kylemore salmon catches were also awarded to Keith McDonald at 4lb and John Connolly 7lb and 3lb in one afternoon session.

Sea Trout anglers were few and far between but things did start to improve with 50 Sea trout to 3lb caught over the month.

Angling effort of 218.5 rod days for the year was 30% down so the final Salmon figure of 100 was greatly welcomed. Further more, a rod catch average of .457 of a salmon/rod day was our best ever on record. Sea Trout totalled 239 for the season. Well down on the 441 that were taken in 2008 but good trout angling conditions were not evident for much of the season with the lakes far too high and fickle winds hampering any great motivation from the anglers.
Nigel Rush
Kylemore Abbey
Tel: +353 (0)95 41161.
Web: www.kylemoreabbeyfishery.net

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North Western Region

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

Week ending 11 October, 2009

I would like to remind all anglers that all angling for trout/sea trout ceased on the 12th
of October. However, rainbow trout can still be pursued on Ballin Lough which has reported a very busy week’s fishing for all who ventured out and remains open until October 31.

Ballin Lough

The angling on Ballin Lough proved very successful, with a total of twenty eight rods catching a total of 64 rainbow trout, the best of these weighing 5lbs. On Saturday the 10th October the final of the Newport Anglers junior angling competition was held. A number of junior anglers took part in the competition with the top prize of the day going to Ciaran Murry.

ballin loughPhoto: Some action from the Newport Anglers Junior Angling competition, with Mark Hughes waiting for the strike!

Sunday the 11th of October also saw intense competition on Ballin Lough with the Ballina Anglers taking to the water to determine who would bring home the Vincent Beattie Memorial Perpetual cup. The cup was donated by friends and associates of Vincent’s in memory of a renowned angling enthusiast, who was involved in the Ballina Salmon Anglers Committee for some time and also in the setting up and running of the Ballina Community Beat. The competition for the award was stiff, with Mark Beattie, Ballina and friend boating 15 trout with the best at 5lbs, Michael Swartz and G. McLoughlin catching 7 trout and the Quinn Brothers, Loughrea Co.Galway catching a total of 10 rainbow trout, the best of which was 5lbs caught by Joe Quinn.

Mark Beattie and Declan Hennigan came out on top however to claim the Perpetual cup.

The presentation night was attended by members of Vincent’s family, with his wife Martina presenting the trophy to the winners.

Successful flies over the week were the Montana nymph, Gold headed nymph and the Green Peter.

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Northern Region

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

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:
E-mail: lionel.knobbs@loughs-agency.org

10 October 2009

Foyle Game Angling

This week again the rain has failed to fall without making any rise in water levels much to the displeasure of many anglers, but fish are present in very good numbers on many sections of the Mourn system. I witnessed a well known angler for England John Horsey fly fishing a pool on the river Strule this week catch and release 4 Salmon, the largest fish weighed in at a cracking 15.5lbs. John stated this was his first time fishing the Foyle system and he rated it as one of the best he had ever fished. Anglers can still go and have some great sport as we get closer to the end of another season, and with fish the size of 15.5lbs in pools great fishing is probably an understatement.

Water levels remain unfavorable again this week as we make our way towards the end of anothe season, but with the number of fish in the system you are still in with a great chance of catching a fresh fish. Recommend fishing a Wilkinson Shrimp pattern this weekend. Please use barbless hooks and return all unwanted and gravid fish carefully back to the water.


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.
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


Shannon Region

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

14/10/09


UPPER SHANNON


LONGFORD AREA and the STROKESTOWN LAKES

Andy Stone from Essex was over on his annual second visit to Ireland and Melview Lodge, Andy who is a experienced angler when it comes to Ireland knows that to attract the fish and hold them you have to give them the food. Prebaiting each evening he managed to produce some very nice fish and some good weights, using mainly feeder tactics his nets were made up of bream to 5lb, roach 1lb and some nice hybrids to 2lb. Next week we see how Andy got on with the second part of his holiday and see if he still manages to keep those Bream feeding.

coarse fishPhoto: Andy Stone from Essex.

The fishing in and around Longford and Strokstown has been good with weights to over 90lb, which it not to bad for this time of year considering the changes in the weather we have been experiencing of late. The feeder has proved to be the most productive producing good quality bream, hybrids and roach along with some big perch. Even with the days temperatures starting off cold I would still prebait a little and be on the bank for first light, and if the fish don't start to feed till a little later you have the swim toped up with bait to hold them when they do decide to feed. At the time of writing still some good reports coming in, so we will have to wait and see what the weather is going to do over the next week and see if it affects the fishing in any way.
Kevin Lyons, 
MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE,
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email:
  info@melviewlodge.com Web: http://www.melviewlodge.com 

BANAGHER

Water levels are now low on the Shannon, with little flow. There's not a lot of angling activity generally as the season winds down. However, angling conditions are good and those who are fishing are getting results on most days, some days have been patchy though. The town stretch is throwing up some quality Roach. Shannonbridge is fishing quite well at times for hybrids and Roach. The local angling club is having an open match on the Sheebeen stretch near Portumna, Anglers wishing to partake should contact Ray Duthie, details above. Also arranged over the next while is some youth angling training on the local waters to teach young anglers the skills of coarse fishing. Those interested can contact Ray.
Ray Duthie
Old Forge Banagher
Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER
Tel: 057 9151504. Email: kmduthie2@eircom.net

PORTUMNA

The Salmon Run and Sheebeen stretches have been producing excellent bags of Roach and some good Bream, although Bream are not showing in large numbers. Rogers Island and Portumna town stretches are also fishing well.
Tight Lines
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

Some resident Polish anglers had some good sport fishing the River Suck in the Castlecoote area, no large fish, mainly Roach and hybrids.
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
Tel: 087 2266735

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Northern Region

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

09/10/09

Ballyconnell

Paul Collins is heading off home today on the ferry after what he described and his best-ever fishing holiday in Ireland. The 50-year-old company director from Stoke-on-Trent was staying in Ballyconnell and headed off to sample sport on the lakes at the Fox Holes on Killykeen, Gulladoo and Trinity.

coarse fsihPhoto: Paul Collins and a nice banet of silver fish.

Paul and his three companions (Barry, Glen Hudson and fishing tackle dealer Dave Pickering) had big nets of roach, hybrids and perch, along with several decent bream, a 3lb perch and a handful of tench around 5lb.

The highlight of his trip was the final day at Trinity Lake where he used a waggler with red maggots in five feet of water for a weighed catch of silver fish that stopped the scale needle on 42lb.
Dave Houghton
Active Irish Angling
Tel: (UK) 0151 324 4744 (Ireland) 00 353 (0)71 9642743
Web: www.activeirishangling.com

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

14/10/09

Pike fishing patchy in the North East

Peadar O'Brien sent us the following report:

pikeI got this pike on surface lure; good fun! I dont know the weight as I forgot my scales. The fishing is slow at the moment. While the weather is good, the water levels are low. Pike fishing very patchy, we need more frost!
Peadar O'Brien
Lakewood, Kingscourt Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
Tel: +353 42 9663207
E-mail: obrienmariapeadar@oceanfree.net

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Shannon Region

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

14/10/09

Great pike fishing on the River Shannon

Stephen Gibbons, one of our regular pike angling reporters, was on the River Shannon yesterday (13 October).

pikePhoto: Catch of the Week goes to Martin Byrne for this lovely pike.

"Here are the best pic's of the biggest fish from yesterday on the Shannon when we had some great pike. The biggest, 23lb 6oz, was caught by Martin Byrne,who also had a 12lb fish soon after.

Joe Donnelly also had a couple of good fish and i had a couple Myself, biggest of 14lb.....

All pike where safely returned and unharmed!!"

pike Photo: Stephen Gibbons and his 14lb pike.

pike Photo: Joe Donnelly and one of his better fish.

RIVER SUCK VALLEY - Mid River Suck

There was good Pike fishing reported downstream of Ballyforan. Three Co Wicklow anglers on their second visit to the Suck Valley area, fished for 4 hours on Friday last and had 6 Pike to 7.5lbs. They missed several other fish. Two anglers from Co Leitrim had a wonderful days fishing on Saturday, landing 17 pike ranging in weight from 7lbs to 17.5lbs. Water levels are low.
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
Tel: 087 2266735

PORTUMNA

Numerous pike are being recorded at most locations on the Shannon in the Portumna area. Anglers are getting the best fish dead-baiting and fishing imitation Roach lures.
Tight Lines
Mike Murray ,
MURRAY'S B&B, Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Email murrays.ireland@yahoo.co.uk Web http://www.bedandbreakfastportumna.com

TOM FOXES ANGLING STRETCH and lower RIVER INNY

There is a party of Italian anglers fishing on Lough Ree presently. They are doing well, catching plenty of fish, some well into double figures. We are hoping to get some photos of their catches.
Tommy Foxe
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

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North Western Region

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

14/10/09

Pike fishing in the North West

October is regarded by many as the start of the best pike fishing, as water temperature begins to drop quickly and those large elusive pike begin to feed in earnest. Derryhick Lough, Levally Lake, Manulla, Washpool and Carrowmore Lough all contain good quality pike. For further information on pike fishing in the region see www.northwestfisheries.ie/fishing.

pike
Photo:
Tomas and Henry Deveaux with a fine October pike.

Foxford based pike angling guide Kenny Sloan enjoyed good sport last week while guiding two French tourists on some of our local lakes. Tomas and Henry Deveaux over the space of two days enjoyed some great battles, catching and releasing two fish at 1meter in length, two at 94cm and six others at between 70cm and 85cm. Anyone who would like to try their hand at winter piking, be they novice or experienced can get more information from angling Guide Kenny Sloan on (00353)879670310 or (00353)949256501.

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Northern Region

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

14/10/09

Pike Fishing on Eonish

Jean Aibegany from France had a good weeks pike fishing on Eonish Lake. Jean fished from the bank and caught pike every day. Jean stayed in Eonish Lodge bed and breakfast with his wife and two friends.
Geraldine O'Reilly
Eonish Lodge
Eonish, Killeshandra, County Cavan, Ireland.
Web: www.eonishlodge.com Email: info@eonishlodge.com
Tel: +353 (0)49 433 4487

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

09/09/09

Indian Summer Workshop - with Fran and Ger

bassPhoto: a lovely fat bass is ready to be released.

Jim Hendrick had two clients out bass fishing last week and they had several bass. All of the fish were taken with surface lure fishing techniques.

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: sportfishing@eircom.net Web: www.bassfishing.ie

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South Western Region

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

12/10/09

Blue sharks galore

sharkOn the 4th October while shark fishing off Courtmacsherry French and Irish anglers landed some huge blue shark.

Dean landed his first blue, a fish of 199cm. Slyvian had a fish of 220cm, Jean Claude a fish of 242cm and Dominic a fish of 262cm (aprox weight 150lbs).

All fish were tagged and released.

On Sunday the 11th a group led by Dominic Delany landed 4 blue shark the heaviest aprox 100lbs.
Mark Gannon
Lady Patricia Aquastar 38'. 370 HP
Lady Patricia Aquastar 38'. 370 HP
Address: Woodpoint Guest House, Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 23 46427 or +353 86 8250905
Email: csal@iol.ie Web: www.courtmacsherryangling.ie

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Northern Region

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

11/10/09

Season closing down - fishing still good

rayPhoto: A nice pair of autumn ray.

Mackeral are now patchy, wrecks good for Pollack & Ling, Limeburner & sand fishing reasonably well. Sharks are all but gone.
Michael McVeigh
Rosguill 43' Aquastar. Twin 310 HP
Downings, Co. Donegal.
Telephone: +353 74 9155080 or Fax: +353 74 55090
Email: info@rosguill.com Web: www.rosguill.com

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