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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

22/10/09

SOUTHSIDE ANGLING & HARDY GREYS SUPER WINTER LEAGUE

WE AT SOUTHSIDE ANGLING ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR FIRST EVER FLYFISHING WINTER LEAGUE CONSISTING OF 5 HEATS AT MAYNOOTH, ANNAMOE & RATHCON FISHERY’S 20 ANGLERS PER HEAT WITH THE TOP 4 QUALIFYING FOR FINAL.

PRIZES FOR EACH HEAT: 1ST €150 VOUCHER, 2ND €75 VOUCHER, 3RD 4TH 5TH FLYLINE.
HEAT DATES: 1ST NOV- 15TH NOV- 6TH DEC-17TH JAN-7TH FEB
FINAL : 21ST FEBRUARY

FINAL DAY PRIZES 1ST 2ND 3RD HARDY RODS PLUS MANY MANY MORE

SEPARATE ONE-DAY COMPETITION FOR JUNIORS WILL BE HELD WITH GREYS TACKLE PRIZES.
CONTACT:
SOUTHSIDE ANGLING
Cork Street, Dublin 8
Tel: (01) 4530266
Email: southsideangling@eircom.net Web: www.southsideangling.ie

Maynooth Fishery

rainbowPhoto: Gary Brady sent us this photo of that huge 22lb rainbow trout caught last week.
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.

Blackwater Lodge Newsletter

Glenda & the Irish Game Fairs on TV: Glenda was the main fly-casting demonstrator at both the Shane's Castle Game Fair in Co. Antrim in June & the Birr Game Fair in Co. Offaly in August where she was also Angling Director & featured her Fishstart Girls team in the Main Arena demos. Country Channel TV were present at both Fairs. Now the editing has been done and the first programmes are about to be broadcast on the Country Channel - Sky Channel 171.

The programme will be shown in two parts in one of the Country Channel’s Country Pursuits half hours:

Winter Tuition: Glenda will continue instruction throughout the winter months both on & off the river.
Contact her is you'd like to hone your skills for the forthcoming season.
Best Regards & Tight Lines in 2010!
Ian & Glenda Powell
Address: Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery, Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
Tel: 00 353 58 60235     From UK: 0871 474 0135  (10p/min any time!)
Mobile: 00 353 87 235 21 20
E-mail: info@ireland-salmon-fishing.net Website:www.ireland-salmon-fishing.net


Ballyhass Autumn October programme 2009

Web: www.ballyhasslakes.ie

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South Western Region

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

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

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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.

21/10/09

LOUGH ACALLA, CO GALWAY

Trout fishing is winding down with less angling activity due to the shorter days. The best fish of the week was a 3.5lb rainbow caught on a pheasant tail. There was also a 3lb fish caught on a Golden Olive. The average weight of trout caught were 1-1.5lbs. The most successful flies were Green and Golden Olive, Pheasant tail, Peter Ross, Black Pennell, Muddler and Murrough. The season end on October 31st.

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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.

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North Western Region

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

Week ending 18 October, 2009

Ballin Lough

Angling at Ballin Lough remained steady over the week which is not surprising as it is the only game fishery in the region available at this time of year. Twenty three rods on the lough for the week accounted for 58 rainbow trout with 48 of those being released. Ronan Gibbons, Galway, had seven trout, the best at 5lbs while Dave Tucker had three fish, two released with his best at 3lbs. Frank Rigney and party, Galway, fishing ten rods had a total of 18 trout, all of which were released with the best of these weighing 5lbs.

The Black Pennel and Butcher have been taking fish but the best fly for the lough still appears to be the Bibio which has been accounting for the majority of fish caught.

Ballin Lough remains open until the 31st October.

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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

20 October 2009

Foyle Game Angling

The Loughs Agency wishes to remind all anglers that the game angling season (salmon, brown trout and sea trout) on Foyle waters closes at midnight Tuesday 20th October (the Finn and River Foyle closed last month). This closure affects the Camowen, Deele, Dennet, Derg, Drumragh, Faughan, Glenelly, Mourne, Owenkillew, Roe, Strule and all their tributaries.

Binevenagh lake remains open but all other lakes in the Foyle catchment are closed for game angling.

In the interests of conservation, anglers pursuing coarse fishing through the winter are urged to release any fish taken.

The Agency thanks all those anglers who played the game fair - being considerate to landowners, caring of livestock and sporting to fish... and to other anglers!

The final day was certainly cold on Tyrone rivers with strong winds making things interesting for fly fishers! Some fish were showing and a couple of knocks to finish the season - as well as a beautiful close up of two otters no more than 3 yards away.

Of course, the Carlingford season remains open until the end of the month.


21 October 2009

Cashel Trout Fishery

report by Marlene Mc Laughlin
First of all I would like to wish all the anglers who will be taking part in our annual competition on Saturday 24th October. Good luck to all and enjoy this challenging and exciting day.

Brilliant temperatures have been giving anglers every opportunity to use dries and buzzers on the surface. With that they have produced some fine trout for the table very near the double figures.

Thatch angling group from Limavady held a fun day with us during the week with trout being caught up to 9lb 9ozs. Young Zarrin Martin released two weighing a total of 13lb 10ozs. Bryan Mc Cluskey bagged two weighing 5lb 2ozs. Ernie Mc Callion had one of 2lb 10ozs while Jim Mc Curry bagged two and released one which averaged just over 2lb. Johnny Elder, John Long and Niall Murray all released one each around the 3lb mark.

rainbow troutPhoto: James McFeely with his 7lb and 3lb rainbow trout.

Adrian Guy (Limavady) released nine trout which took buzzers and small lures. Lexie Stewart and his son Wilson (Limavady) released four and one trout respectively using buzzers also. Ciaran Mellon (Swatragh) released one and raised four which were taking black dries. Dunloy’s Neil Fitzpatrick bagged one which took a gold head nymph while Derry’s Pat Nicell and James Mc Feely banked three each with James taking two home which weighed 7lb 7ozs and 3lb. Mark Boyce also from Dungiven had a real beauty which weighed 6lb 11ozs. Claudy’s Kevin Burke lost one and banked two which took olive buzzers. Dungiven’s Martin Bradley and John Hasson released one and five trout respectively using silver headed multi coloured wet flies and orange fritz. They both lost a big trout each near the outlet. Roland Mullan (Feeny) finished off the evening with one which took the white baby doll.
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

21/10/09


UPPER SHANNON


LONGFORD AREA and the STROKESTOWN LAKES

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Photo: Andy Stone from Essex has a lot to smile about.

Andy Stone from Essex who we reported on last week still managed to stay in touch with the bream, the second part of his week proved to be as good as the first. He put together some fine weights using mainly feeder tactics, Kevin of Melview Lodge said prebaiting his swims the night before contributed to his catches. Andy who comes twice a year and knows what's required to get the fish and hold them in the swim, and he's already looking forward to next year.

Nigel Barns from Preston who is also a regular visitor to Ireland and Melview Lodge started the week off well with some good nets of bream again using the feeder tactics, but the best was saved till last catching over 130lb of mainly Bream and Hybrids.

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Photo: Nigel Barnes from Preston.

Fishing all around Longford and surrounding areas has been very good producing some great catches of fish, even with the cold starts to the mornings the fish have responded after a while. Again this week fish have responded to feeder tactics with a mixture of various cocktails, with prebaiting the night before a must. With less anglers on the ground now the fish are looking more for the food, so with a little bit of prebaiting and a start at first light you might be surprised what you can catch for this time of year. On the next report, I have the chance to fish a few days with Gareth Walton from Hemel Hampstead who is another regular to Ireland and Melview Lodge. so log on next time to see how we got on.
Kevin Lyons, 
MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE,
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email:
  info@melviewlodge.com Web: http://www.melviewlodge.com 

Banagher

Meelick match stretch is fishing well, quality Roach. The match fished on the Sheebeen stretch was slow, mainly small fish. It fished up to 2.30pm and then switched off completely after that. The top weight was 3kg. Conditions for fishing are good. Other than that there's not many anglers about, most are starting back into the Winter piking.

Youth angling training on the local waters is being arranged to teach young anglers the skills of coarse fishing. Those interested can contact Ray Duthie.
Ray Duthie
Old Forge Banagher
Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER
Tel: 057 9151504. Email: kmduthie2@eircom.net

River Suck

Four English visitors led by T. Stankard from Manchester reported poor catches of small mixed fish from Ballyforan to Derrycahill, best bag 10lbs.

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Northern Ireland, Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

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

21/10/09

ERNE ANGLERS WINTER LEAGUE RESULT MATCH 1

The first match had 14 Senior and 4 Junior anglers and was won by Wayne Fuller on Derrychara with 4.950Kgs. Bill Dodd was second on the Ring with 4.460Kgs and Ray Holtum was third with 3.600Kgs.

Next match is on Sunday Draw at the Sligo Road carpark at 8.45, book in at the shop if you are fishing.

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

21/10/09

The lure of pike

Castle Leslie, Co. Monaghan

Declan Collins and Anthony Harte, Cork, fished the lake at Castle Leslie today and despite lashing rain and blustery winds they finished up with 17 pike.The best fish was landed by Anthony and weighed about 15 lb.

pikePhoto: Anthony Harte with a good pike.

Sink and draw and wobbled dead baits proved the succesful methods. Other anglers on the lake were using float fishing tactics to to little effect.


20/10/09

Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan

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Photo: Dutch angler Ben Zayderduijin with an early morning Monaghan Pike

Tourist anglers have been enjoying the anti-cyclonic weather of late. Ben Zayderduijin from Holland spent a few days Pike fishing based in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. Fishing some local lakes with Peadar O’Brien, Ben caught a lot of Pike on lures in the eight to twelve pound bracket.

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Photo: Martin from France with a fly caught Monaghan Pike

Martin (no surname supplied) from France fished the fly to great effect while on holiday in Ireland. Targeting Pike, Martin had great sport with fish of the stamp pictured above.

Peadar O’Brien from Carrickmacross guided both gentlemen during their stay.
Contact Peadar
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

21/10/09

Longford area and Strokestown Lakes

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Photo: Werner Maetens ( Wakkie )

Six Pike anglers from Belgium decided this year to stay with Kevin and Jane Lyons at Melview Lodge. Longford. Kevin said that pike from 6lb to around 18lb were caught with a loss of a 26lb + on one of the days.

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Photo: Gunter De Graef ( Modest ).

Most Pike were taken on lures with only one or two being taken on dead baits. Kevin also said three of the guys had been to Ireland before and all were very experienced and keen anglers and we look forward to them returning again.
Kevin Lyons, 
MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE,
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email:
  info@melviewlodge.com Web: http://www.melviewlodge.com 


Banagher

Three anglers from Ballinasloe fished the main River at Mickies pond. They landed 7 pike and lost two fish on Tuesday, best three fish were 21lbs, 20lbs and 17lbs. An English lady and her husband fished on the Shannon locally in the Banagher area and had a 19lb pike. There are lots of smaller pike being caught in the area and angling conditions are good.
Ray Duthie
Old Forge Banagher
Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER
Tel: 057 9151504. Email: kmduthie2@eircom.net

Plenty of pike on the River Suck

Stephen Gibbons, one of our regular pike angling reporters, was on the River Suck this week.

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Photo:
Ronan Mullen and his 10lb pike.

Here are some photo's of today on the River Suck where we had good sport getting planty of pike. The biggest was 10lb caught by Ronan Mullen.

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Photo:
Stephen and Andy Brein with a couple of nice pike.

RIVER SUCK VALLEY - Mid River Suck

Richard Dunne sent us the following report:

"Over the last couple of weeks my friend Liam and I have spent three sessions piking on the River Suck. During these visits we have managed to bank in the region of 18 pike, including three doubles to 12lb 4oz. However, the best fish over the three days was this fin perfect pike of 21lb 2oz. She was taken on a 3 inch popped up herring tail about six feet from the near bank. This fish put up a tremendous scrap with several long heart stopping runs. Pound for pound she was probably the toughest fish I have had to deal with to this day. Eventually she was in the net, unhooked, weighed and released back to the depths after a few quick snaps. Leaving behind one very happy angler."
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 was a good week of piking on Lough Ree. Lots of fish to about 14lbs. There was a Pike competition at Lanesboro. 37 boats returned 40 Pike, fishing down into Lough Ree. Sean Kenny from Longford was the winner with a fish of 16.8lbs. Several other fish ranged in weight from 6lbs to 12lbs.
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

Shannonbridge

Beal King from Switzerland fished here on 28th September, overcast day,
with wobbler catching 5 pike. Best was 75cm. All released. Eddie Eeman from Amsterdam fished on River Suck on 30th September and used a Rapala to catch a pike 87cm. Steve Samseij from Houierighstr also fished the Suck with a Rapala on the same day and landed a 75cm pike.

Ray Bates Merseyside caught two pike on the Shannon on 9th October fishing dead bait. one 30lbs(1.25cm) and one 22lbs from a cruiser. Great fighters, great condition and both returned alive. Swiss angler Wicli caught a pike 70cm on 12th October using a spinner.

Tom Kearney from Rathnew fished for pike on 17th October and caught a 27.5lbs beauty on the Suck which was returned alive and well.

Scottish pike anglers Pip and Jean Firmin are here for two weeks. They used a lake boat for access to Shannon, River Suck and back rivers. Pip recorded pike of 7,7,5lbs and a 12.5lbs using dead bait. Jean Firmin had a 9lb pike on a silver spoon and a 9lb pike with dead bait. Yesterday Jean caught her lifetime best when she hooked and landed a 19lbs beauty while using dead bait. All fish were returned.

The river level remains at good summer level with all banks fishable.
Dermot Killeen

Shannonbridge
Tel 090 96 74112 Email: derry.killeen@gmail.com

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Northern Region

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

14/10/09

Pike Fishing on Eonish

Christoph Feustel and his son Arun 12 years old from Germany had a weeks pike fishing at Eonish Lodge. Arun caught some good sized pike; his biggest was 94cm on the stretch of Lough Oughter in front of Eonish Lodge.

pikePhoto: Arun and his lovely 94cm pike.

Christoph has been to Killeshandra Cavan before but this was Arun’s first time and he has returned home with some great memories of his fishing holiday.
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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Northern Ireland

21/10/09

Waterways Ireland Erne World Open Pike Fishing Classic 2009

The 2009 Waterways Ireland Erne World Open Pike Fishing Classic took place over the weekend 16 – 18 October. The three day event consisted of one day Bank fishing competition, a Boat Fly fishing competition (both on Friday) and a separate two day Boat fishing Competition.

A record number of 389 entries from 17 different counties in Ireland were received, with anglers from England, France, Belgium and even one competitor flying over from the USA to take part. This is the fourth year of the event, which has been supported throughout by Waterway’s Ireland as its main sponsor.

pike Photo: Stephen Martin - Omagh Co Tyrone with his 20lb 04oz fish to win the Boat Fly event.

Competitors caught a total of 224 Pike during the event with individual fish of over 20lbs winning all three events. All fish were weighed and released unharmed.

The weekend started with the Bank and Fly Boat Events on Friday in excellent weather conditions on the River Erne around the town of Enniskillen. Stephen Martin and David Porter from Omagh in Co Tyrone dominated the Fly event, which was fished below Portora Lock to Devenish Island on the Lower Lough. Stephen took the £300 first prize with an outstanding fish of 20lbs 04ozs, while his boat partner took second place with a fine fish of 14lbs 1oz.

The Bank event, with 87 anglers took place on the river sections of Upper Lough Erne mainly in the town of Enniskillen. Local lad Dwayne Taylor from Ballinamallard Co Fermanagh, who had only recently taken up the sport took top prize in the event of £800 with a fish of 20lbs 10ozs from the Round O Jetty section which he caught on dead bait Roach. Stephen Wilkinson (£400) from Co Antrim was runner up with a fish of 19lbs from the Cleenish Island section, while Tony Callan (£300) from Co Louth was third with a fish of 18lbs 12ozs. Another local angler Nick Seddon from Derrygonnelly Co Fermanagh won the cumulative prize of £600 with a 4 fish catch totalling 45lbs 2ozs from the Derrychara section, his catch included a pike of 17lbs 01oz which also won him a £200 prize for fourth overall. Jason Martin from Co Fermanagh completed the top five winning £100 for his 14lbs 2oz fish.

Day one of the Boat event produced two 19lbs fish with Local Lad Glen Hall from Maguiresbridge Co Fermanagh taking top spot and £600 with a fish of 19lbs 13ozs caught on dead bait Smelt, closely followed by Tony Callan from Co Louth, who won £400 for his 19lbs 5ozs fish.

Day two saw another three big fish landed with George Hunter Irvinestown Co Fermanagh taking a fish of 19lbs 6ozs (£400) and regular visitor to the event Chris Lonsdale Norfolk landing a fish of 17lbs 12ozs (£300).

But the best was still to come, as the event drew to a close local angler Donal Maguire from Enniskillen was fishing near Enniskillen Castle in the last hour of the event, when he hooked into the fish that would win him the coveted World Pike fishing title. Donal fittingly caught the biggest Pike of the weekend of 20lbs 11ozs to pick up the winning cheque for £3,600.

winner Photo: Donal Maguire – Enniskillen – Winner of £3600 in the boat event.

In the overall standings Glen Hall’s fish from Saturday earned him an additional £1,000 for second overall and George Hunter gained an additional £750 for his Sunday fish in third.

Chris Lonsdale and Carl Reilly from Norfolk won the cumulative Boat prize (£600) with a catch of 4 fish for 42lbs 13ozs, with two Fermanagh boats of John Brazil and Barry Cornyn second (£400) with 8 fish for 41lbs 7ozs and Glen Hall and Jonny Fallis third (£200) with 4 fish for 40lbs 6ozs.

This year for the first time the organisers had introduced a 4 man Inter County/ International team event with £1,000 going to the winning team. As this was the first year that County Fermanagh anglers had featured so prominently in the main prize list it was highly appropriate that the local team from Enniskillen consisting of John Brazil, Dwayne Taylor, George Hunter and Barry Cornyn would take the prize with a 10 fish total of 66lbs 10ozs.

The weekend concluded with a prize giving in the Killyhevlin hotel where Erne Anglers club Secretary Jack Tisdall thanked all the main sponsors Waterway’s Ireland for their support. He also thanked Fermanagh District Council and DCAL (Fishery owners for their continued help in the organisation of the event including the stewarding.

pike Photo: Tony Callan – Co Louth with his 18lb12oz fish - 3rd in the Bank event.

Jack commented “the Waterway’s Ireland Erne World Pike Classic is without doubt the premier Pike Angling event in the world, with a total of £14,600 in cash prize money as well as Crystal and tackle prizes.”

Martin Dennany, Director of Marketing and Communications at Waterways Ireland was on hand to give out the prizes and commented… “Waterways Ireland is very proud to be associated with this prestigious competition and congratulations to all the Anglers who participated in both the on-shore and the boat fishing events. Waterways Ireland is particularly pleased that this year’s event has grown so much in popularity, bringing competitors from both sides of the border as well as from much further afield. We are delighted that so many, old friends and new, have experienced the outstanding fishing that the Erne has to offer.

While the largest fish caught this weekend have been impressive enough at 20lbs, we look forward to welcoming many anglers back next year to catch the even bigger pike we know are out there”.

Councillor Bertie Kerr Chairman of Fermanagh District Council said “the Council prides itself in developing events in the county and it is pleasing that our natural resources are being used in a sympathetic way to further develop our tourist product. This is the fourth time this event has been held in Fermanagh and I understand there is record entry with anglers from mainland UK and Europe participating. I believe the competition is one of the most prestigious pike angling events in the world and we hope that the standards set by the Erne event will be a benchmark for others”.

pike Photo: Glen Hall – Maguiresbridge Co Fermanagh runner up in the boat event won £1600 with this 19lb 13oz fish.

Keith Collen, Recreation Officer for Fermanagh District Council went on to say “the response to the Erne competition has been outstanding , the anglers really enjoyed the 2009 event, although there are always a few things which we would reassess for future events we believe that the competition has a good foundation for development.”

The event was enjoyed by all competitors and all fish we successfully returned alive and unharmed to the Erne. The organisers ensured that fish welfare was paramount during the competition and best practice was employed when handling the fish under the supervision of stewards, including DCAL staff.

The event was sponsored by Waterways Ireland and organised by the Erne Anglers Angling Club, Fermanagh District Council and the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure, Inland Fisheries Division.

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

19/10/09

Autumn Herrings and Wicklow Tope

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Photo: Gerry Mitchell with a string of feather caught Herring

Targeting sport fish is the way forward for sea anglers in today’s overfished marine environment. Bass, Mullet, Smooth Hound, and Tope are worthy quarry and more importantly available to specimen size and in good numbers. A planned boat session in search of late season Tope produced a couple of nice surprises for Wicklow anglers Gerry and Dermot Mitchell and Ashley Hayden of the ERFB.

First drop down after Mackerel produced strings of Herring fat with roe interspersed with Mackerel. A slick of oil and scales covered the surface of the sea, with the large shoal literally under the boat, a wonderful sight. Having caught just enough for bait and to eat it was off for the big stuff.

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Photo: Ashley Hayden, ERFB, with a 40.lb+ Tope caught off the Wicklow coastline

Tides were big, running four metres, so the initial plan was to drift in the strong south run. With a breeze from the south west slowing the boat lines were more or less straight down. Whole Mackerel on 8/0 Cox and Rawle hooks attached to 200.lb mono running ledgers soon produced the first action. A smash and grab take, calls of lines up, numerous runs and bores away from the boat, resulted five minutes later with a specimen 40.lb+ Tope for Ashley Hayden.

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Photo: Gerry Mitchell with a north Wicklow caught Tope, Sunday 18th October 2009

A move to anchor as the tide eased produced more runs, one lost fish, and another beauty for Gerry Mitchell, an exciting end to a cracking day afloat. First class end of season sport which is being repeated right around the coast, from Carlingford to south Wexford, and along the Wicklow shoreline. Indian summers and Tope what a combination.


16/10/09

Dream Fishing at Kilmore Quay

Norman Dunlop plays a fish
Photo: Norman Dunlop lifts into a powerful fish off Kilmore Quay

The sleepy fishing village of Kilmore Quay in south Wexford has long been recognised as a centre of sea angling excellence. In his book “Salt Water Fishing in Ireland”, Herbert Jenkins Ltd, 1966, Clive Gammon regaled stories of large reef Pollack, hard running Tope, and fighting Bass. Come full circle and Kilmore still exudes quality, with over 7000 fish (many caught and released) landed during the recent IFSA master angler event.

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Photo: Josie Mahon ERFB with a reef caught Tub Gurnard

The superb inshore reef fishing around the Saltee Islands tends to divert attention away from other forms of angling available in the area. Not much notice is given to deep sea wreck fishing, yet within twenty miles of Kilmore Quay lie some very large vessels within which some very large fish must reside. With this in mind Failte Ireland funded a survey carried out by the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board to establish just what might be out there.

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Photo: Gilling techniques lured this wreck Pollack from 200 foot

Skipper Eamonn Hayes and his vessel “Autumn Dream”, with a motley crew comprising amongst others, Mr Sea Angling Norman Dunlop, specimen hunters Ian Mulligan and John Millerick, small boats king Mike Hennessey, and David Gray from the Daily Star, fished hard over three days to unlock some deep water secrets. Red Gills, Shads, Pirks, and heavy ledgering gear were employed, and the results were promising.

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Photo: Ashley Hayden ERFB with a 15.lb Kilmore Quay Ling

Fishing a number of wrecks in up to 250 foot of water large concentrations of fish were found to be present with some fine Pollack and Ling landed. A feature on the third day besides the unseasonal fine autumn weather was the capture of eight pack Tope, capped by a 43.lb specimen for Ian Mulligan. All the fish were tagged and released as part of the CFB tagging programme.

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Photo: Ian Mulligan with his 43.lb male Tope, tagged and released to fight another day

Twelve species of fish were caught over three exciting and varied days. Denizens of the deep do exist off Kilmore Quay with fish being lifted out of their wreck home, only to dive unstoppably back to their fishy lair. The door has been unlocked though, and with a further survey planned 2010 looks like becoming a very interesting year for the Kilmore fleet.

Charter Boat:
Eamonn Hayes
Autumn Dream
Web:
www.kilmoreangling.com

Accommodation:
The Saltees Hotel,
Kilmore Quay,
Co. Wexford, Ireland.
Tel: +353 (0)53 912 9601
Email: info@hotelsaltees.ie Web: www.hotelsaltees.ie.


SEAi Bass fishing report

bassPhoto: A nice bass to olfe Deppe

18/10/09 Rolfe Deppe took several bass this morning - all on surface lure fishing techniques. The catching lure was a Zipsea pop.

17/10/09 Colin landed a fine bass today on fly.

16/10/09 Due to popular demand I will be running another Saltwater Fly & Lure Fishing Workshop on November 5th and 6th. This is a two day workshop combined with guided fishing depending on and tailored to your individual requirements. The workshop is limited to three people.

bassPhoto: Colin and that fly caught bass.

Arive Wexford Wednesday evening 4th - introductions and chat at the Yard restaurant and SEAi

Contact me for more information and prices.
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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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

Big bass in Cork Harbour

Pat O'Shea of the Commodore Hotel in Cobh sent us this report and photo.

bass
Photo:
This fine bass wins Pat his second Catch of the Week this year.

I’ve attached a pic of a good bass I had over the weekend in Cork. It measured 80cm in length, 48 cm in girth, and weighed 12lb 4oz.

Unfortunately, I was on my own so could not get a pic of me holding the fish as the fish was returned shortly after capture.
Pat O'Shea,
Commodore Hotel
Cobh, Co. Cork.
Web: www.commodorehotel.ie


Winter bassing in with a bang at Waterville

20/10/09 I just got in, and the bass fishing has picked up tremendously today. I caught 4 bass to 5lb and 6 flounder. Just what I needed, now look out the winter bass fishing!

14/10/09 I have just came from guiding Schmidinger Gerhard from Germany and what a good time he had, catching mullet to 5lb & wrasse. He had never caught mullet before. He was supprised to land 6 mullet to 5lb and lost 2 more, and he also pulled in a wrasse of 3lb on a quiver tip rod. He did very well for his first session.
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 this week [last report 07/10/09]

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Western Region

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

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

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North Western Region

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

no report this week [last report 08/10/09]

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Northern Region

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

11/10/09

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Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

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

no report this week [last report 07/10/09]

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Northern Ireland

Hamish Currie reports:

21/10/09

Good mixed fishing for charter boat anglers in Red Bay

Last week we had a group over from Liverpool. They enjoyed good mixed fishing and the weather was good.

blackmouthPhoto: A specimen blackmouth dogfish for the Liverpool anglers.

We only ventured out to the deep water for one day and the lads had spurdogs, conger and a nice specimen blackmouth dogfish.

pollackPhoto: A good pollack from the reefs.

When we moved inside a good few pollack were taken along with a number of wrasse.

Mackerel have all but left us now so we will be digging into our reserves over the winter and of course coalfish will play a big part.
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

cuckoo wrassePhoto: A nice Red Bay cuckoo wrasse.

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