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Irish Angling Update

22 October 2009

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:


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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:


River Nore

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

09/09: Mick Lynch had a good morning at M J he had a 18lb and a 7lb salmon.The water is still a bit high for good fly fishing but local angler Keith Wennam got a fish of 7lbs on a fly above Inistioge today ,well done Keith.

08/09: Although not on the river myself this weekend I got a lot of calls and texts from anglers on different parts of the Nore, some of the lower beats around Inistioge produced a lot of fish at the last count for Sat/Sun 29 salmon up to 15lbs but most in the 7-8 lb range. On the down side a lot of these fish were net marked, the protection officers have been checking this out. Water levels went up again to 1.2 but now falling and the water is clearing. We have a big tide(4.3m) this morning at 9:00am and with some "settled" weather on it's way we should have good sport soon.
Jim Brown
Salmon and trout ghillie
Address: Rosebank Lodge, Mount Alto, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.
Email: Web:


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South Western Region

Eileen Carroll reports:
E Mail:



No catches reported for the Lakes.


3 fish caught on Beat 1 and 2 of the Laune


7th September: Angling effort very low due to high water 6 fish were reported mostly from early in the week. This writer caught a lovely sea liced fish of seven lbs on the fly on Saturday. There was no news of fish from Beat 3. With the improved weather forecast and good water the fishing can only get better for the last three weeks of the season.


6 fish caught on the river Flesk.


No catches to report.


No catches to report.


No catches to report.
Dan O’Riordan
ESB Fishery


No catches to report.

Lough Currane

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

31/8/09 Again I will start this weeks report in the poaching department, I got today’s facts from our Manger Mr. John Murphy Esq. of there was some good action on Lough Currane today in the Seatrout department, catch of the day goes to Mr. Mike O’Dwyer and his guests, with 10 C&R seatrout to their boat, and Mr. John Murphy was also reporting that Mr. Liam Ellis of Cork also saw some good action. Wind SSW light and overcast. amount of rainfall 5.6mm, max air temperature 18.6c. Just for the record there was 270.0mm of rainfall for the month of August.

1/9/09 There were a few seatrout caught on the Big Lake/Lough Currane, but the real action was on the famous Butler Pool at . They say you can’t keep a good Gillie/Guide, out of the head lines and today was a perfect example of that. Guests from Colorado USA fishing out of Waterville House at with their Gillie Mr Mike O’Dwyer caught three salmon on the fly and their weights, 13lbs, 4lbs, 3lbs. Wind WNW then veered W light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover, amount of rainfall 6.6mm, max air temperature 16.5c.

2/9/09 Rain drops keep falling on my head, or singing in the rain if you like, yes you have it, it has made another flood this morning. In the Seatrout department, there were a few caught but no real rod bender. Wind NNE then veered NW this evening fresh to strong with the odd heavy shower. Amount of rainfall 25.0mm, max air temperature 14.9c.

3/9/09 All quiet on the SW front, wind NW light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover with the odd heavy shower, amount of rainfall 7.1mm, max air temperature 15.1c.

4/9/09 just a few seatrout caught, but as I have said many times, no real rod benders. Wind WNW light to fresh with the odd heavy shower, amount of rainfall 2.4mm, max air temperature 13.2c.

5/9/09 There was one Salmon caught on the fly by a guest fishing with their Gillie Mr Vincent O’Sullivan and of and on the Seatrout front some boats reported up to 10 C&R Seatrout, and just for the record I got these facts from our Manger Mr John Murphy of Wind WSW light to fresh and overcast, amount of rainfall 0.2mm, max air temperature 15.6c.

6/9/09 Well I am still singing in the rain or put it this way I would have been this morning, because it has made another big flood, followed by a strong South to Southeast wind blowing, and as one Gillie said to me on the phone, its not fit be out, and he had no argument from me, but Mr. Pat Mahony of Co Cork would beg to differ and with good reason, because he caught him self a 8.5lbs specimen seatrout on the fly. Wind as already stated, amount of rainfall 18.1mm, max air temperature 16.7c.

That is your ration for this week, from your Gillie and the Waterville Fishery. No Spin No Fly’s just Facts
Vincent Appleby
Angling Guide and Accommodation
Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel
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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:




Lough Sheelin fished well last week despite the poor weather. Dry sedges size 14 & 16's proved the best choice of fly. The advice is to look into bays for early hatches of Welshman's Buttons or try your luck using Claret Dabblers size 12 and 14s.

Michael Kelly had a good week. In three trips he caught and released 23 fish, most on dry sedges. Andrew Brown L.S.T.P.A. had 2 fish, best over 4lbs, both fish released. Oliver Harten L.S.T.P.A. had a fish of 5.25lbs. John Murphy caught and released 4 fish to 2lbs.

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
Thomas Lynch
Mobile: 087 9132033 or logon to the L.S.T.P.A website for information on local competitions and other upcoming news.

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


The Upper Suck system is at flood level at time of writing. Anglers who braved the elements had lively fishing on O'Flynn. They observed big hatches of Daddies on the lake. Best methods were dry fly fishing and dapping the Daddy. Philip Mc Goldrick dapped the Daddy for 3.5 hours last Saturday evening from 3pm to 6.30pm. He had 4 good fish and met several others. Anthony Baggott had three fish dry fly fishing and missed many more fish in a short session. Two other anglers from the Roscommon area had 6 fish in a short session on Thursday evening. Next Saturday the Ballinlough anglers are hosting an Introduction to fishing for junior anglers. All are welcome to come along. Meeting at Lough O'Flynn at 1.30. All will be given an opportunity to learn and improve their fishing skills from some of the best anglers in the area who will be available on the day. Anglers interested, please contact John Ryan, mobile number below. Prospects look good as weather settles.
John Ryan,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector,
Co Roscommon
Tel: 087 2536064.



Owel has been fishing brilliantly over the past week. Some regular anglers to the lake have commented that the fishing on Owel has been the best ever. One angler fishing the Clonhugh Cup reported catching 24 trout, releasing 21 fish. Anglers are meeting a lot of fish late in the evening. Best flies were buzzers and olives. The odd very small hatch of Peters were evident.

40 anglers fished a competition on Sunday, 06 Seotember and weighed in 50 fish. The result was


Anglers are reporting meeting fish most evenings on Ennell, with lots of juvenile fish showing. The maybe due to all the high water as fish drop back from the streams earlier than normally expected.
Shannon Regional Fisheries Board
Mullingar Office
Tel: 044 48769


THREE GENERATIONS OF MORANS WIN SOCIAL COMMITTEE CUP: The competition for the Social Committee Cup took place last Sunday which turned out to be just like the last few Sundays, wet and windy. Regardless of the weather the anglers still turned up in numbers with twenty seven boats taking part and on the day the fishing was good with plenty of small fish being caught but they weren’t all small and some big fish were brought to the scales and there was none bigger than the one which the three generations of the Moran family caught and released.

The weigh in and presentation of prizes took place that evening in the newly refurbished Sean Og’s Bar in Irishtown where Ann and John Hayden along with Paddy Martin were excellent hosts. This was the clubs first time to have a presentation here and after the excellent welcome we received we will definitely be back. When the scales came down it was the three generations of the Moran family, granddad Tommy along with his son Anthony and his son Reece, who topped the leader board with a fantastic trout weighing 6lb 13ozs 9drms. It seems it was a day for families winning prizes as in second place with a great fish weighing 3lb 12ozs 10drms was Christy Cox and Christy Cox Jnr. Continuing the family theme it was father and son, Thomas Killian and Paddy Killian, who claimed third spot with their 2lb 10oz 12drm trout while another member of the family, Thomas Killian Jnr, took fourth place for his 2lb 7oz 6drm trout. The fifth and final spot went to brothers Paul and Joe Fallon for their 2lb 1oz trout.

Thanks to Ann and John Hayden and Paddy Martin for their very generous sponsorship of this competition and for the excellent hospitality on the night and thanks also to Tommy Moran who was our Captain of The Day.

WYKES GAFFNEY MEMORIAL CUP: Our last official competition of the season takes place next Sunday when we will be fishing for the Wykes Gaffey Memorial Cup. The start will be at Gallagher’s at 10.30am and will finish with lines up at 6.00pm. The weigh in and presentation of prizes will take place in the Coosan Tavern with the scales down at 8.30pm sharp and catch and release will also be facilitated.

FOR YOUR DIARY: The following is the schedule of competitions that it is proposed to hold over the next few weeks Please note this list may change due to unforeseen circumstances, however the details of each competition will be published the website and sent out to members by text message in the week prior to each competition.

September 13th, Wykes Gaffey Memorial Cup
September 20th, the Hatchery Competition.

Eamon Cunningham
P.R.O. Athlone Anglers Association
Mob: 087 - 2340815


There were less anglers out on Lough Acalla due to the poor weather. Anglers who fished reported a good week with excellent fly hatches. Average weight of trout was 1lb.
John Devaney,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector,
Tel: 087 2266735


Water levels were heavy all week.


Water levels are now dropping back. Fishing is expected to improve.



There was a succession of floods over the week on the River Feale with a huge flood on Wednesday last. When conditions were favourable about 20 Salmon were reported caught, mainly on the spinner. Conditions are ideal at time of writing. Good Salmon fishing is expected for the coming days up to and over the weekend. Fly should come into its own over the weekend. Settled fine weather is forecast for the next week.

NB: Anglers are reminded that there is a one Salmon/Sea Trout per day bag limit in September.

For up to date fishing reports contact the local Assistant Fisheries Inspector Mr Paddy Halpin Mobile: 087 7729126

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:


Western Lakes

Lough Corrib is still fishing reasonably well on days when conditions are suitable, although the lake is almost at winter level. The settled spell of weather this week should help things along nicely. Trout are being taken on the dap, wet and dry fly, with crickets and grasshoppers accounting for a lot of fish. Daddies and sedges are the best flies at the moment. The Martin Molloy Cup was fished at the weekend from Oughterard, with 60 anglers accounting for 35 trout for 26.4kgs, with many more fish under the size limit returned. The winner was Gerry Dixon with 4 trout for 3.908kgs. Andy Walsh was second with 3 trout for 2.619kgs, and Mike Coyne was third with 3 trout for 2.378kgs. The heaviest fish was caught by Jack Gordon at 1.526kgs.

John Fitzgerald from Shannon had 10 trout over a week to 3lbs, while Tommy Coulter from Northern Ireland had 2 fish for his day to 3.75lbs. A party of 4 Scottish anglers fished for 5 days and had 17 trout, returning most alive for an average weight of 1.5lbs, and the best fish 4lbs. Local guide Basil Shields had a fine trout of 8.25lbs, which he sportingly returned. Greg Forde reported a nice trout of 3.5lbs also.

Donal Connolly’s guests at Nonaim Lodge have had some good fishing lately, with Taylor Vard from Dublin taking a nice 2lbs trout while dapping. Daragh McDermott from Laois had a 2lbs trout during an evening fishing wet fly, and Hammy Hamilton from Cork had 2 trout on wetfly for 2.75lbs. Donal Connolly had 4 trout for 6.25 lbs, best was a 3.5lbs trout, over 2 days wet fly fishing.
To contact Donal for fishing or accommodation call him on 091 552138, or 085 7364830. Email:


Fishery manager Colin Folan reports from Lough Inagh on good sea trout fishing:

There is very good quality sea trout fishing to be had on Inagh at present. There are very few anglers on the lake but those who fished have had great success with lots of quality sea trout being caught. Have these fish just come in or have they been in all the time and only now decided to play ball? The water is still high as you can well imagine but the clarity is good.

52 sea trout were reported for 21 rod days. Plenty of the fish were in the 2lbs bracket and in great condition. Kevin and Emma Barnett (UK) fished Inagh for 3 days and recorded 19 sea trout. Mike and Joe Maloney (Galway) recorded 9 for their day and Kieran Power, Ciaran Wilson and Evan Power boated 7 fish to 2.5lbs for their afternoon on Inagh. Top flies this week were Daddies in different colours.

68 brown trout were reported this week; again the top flies were daddies.

3 salmon were caught this week. Brian Halpenny caught and released a 6 pounder from the Derryclare Butts, Robert Holloway caught a 5 pounder on Inagh on a Silver Daddy and Kevin Barnett caught and released a fresh grilse of 3lbs from Greeenpoint on an Allys Shrimp.

September looks good, bookings and info Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel
Colin Folan,
Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel
Tel: 095 34706 or 086 8679459 (mobile)

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North Western Region

Markus Muller reports:

Week ending 06 September, 2009

River Moy

The Moy system had a reported catch of 298 salmon for the week, with the best of the fishing, again, in the middle reaches of the Moy between Ballina & Foxford. While angling on the tidal beats of the Moy Fishery was not possible due to high water levels a few anglers enjoyed success on the Freshwater Beat including Sean Maye, Sligo, with a 6 lbs. salmon on spinner and Mark Stone, UK, who caught his first ever salmon also on spinner.

For the second week in a row the best fishing was on the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water, with most fisheries reporting Wednesday and Saturday as the best days.

Mount Falcon also enjoyed good sport. Amongst the successful anglers was Andrew Pearson, UK, with 5 salmon (4 released) on spinner.

On the Knockmore water, Thiery Colum, France, caught a cracking 15 pounder on spinner, while Jim Barry, Dublin and Dickie Harte, Northern Ireland, scored on Coolcronan. Also on Coolcronan, Ronnie Douglas and Eric Lowrey, both Northern Ireland, each caught their first ever salmon.

The Foxford Fishery produced 3 salmon for John Fogarty’s party from Arklow, while Jim Martin, Northern Ireland, had an 8.5 lbs. salmon on Rinanney. Up river, on East Mayo, Paul Kelly, Sligo, caught a 7 pounder on spinner and Michael Fitzpatrick, Westmeath, landed an 8.5 lbs. fish also on spinner. With water levels dropping gradually and an improvement in the weather, prospects for the tidal beats look a little bit brighter than in previous weeks.

Easkey River

The Easkey River continued to fish well during the week. The Fortland Fishery reported 34 salmon, 8 of which were released. Robert Rountree and party of 3 from Northern Ireland had 16 fish (6 released) mainly on fly.

Lough Conn & Lough Cullin

Extreme rain and floods have hampered the fishing on Lough Conn and Lough Cullin. Water levels rose about 4ft in the last few weeks and are now at winter level. As a consequence, angling was slow during the week. However, some anglers braved the elements and were rewarded with some nice catches.

At Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Mike Murray, Dublin, had 2 trout for 5 lbs., while Trevor Shreve, UK, boated 3 fish averaging 1 lbs. Adrian and Chris Geary, Dublin, had 3 trout, best at 1.5 lbs. From Cloghans, Stephen Browne caught 2 trout for 3 lbs outside Sandy Bay for an evening’s fishing. Most productive flies included: Daddy Long Legs, Gosling and Green Peter.

Lough Conn & Cullin Anglers held the annual “Paddy McDonald Cup” on Lough Conn on Sunday, 6 September. Twenty anglers participated and the event was won by Jackie Coyne, Galway. Runner up was Stephen Browne, Brackwansha and third place went to Joe Quinn, Cloghans.

Owenmore River

Despite a good show of salmon and suitable water levels angling was somewhat slower this week. For some reason salmon didn’t seem to be in “taking mood”.

salmon Photo: A nice Owenmore salmon goes back.

However, eleven salmon (7 released) were reported from the Bangor Angling Club stretch. Mark Mason, Northern Ireland, had the best bag of the week with 4 salmon, all of which he returned. The “Pound Pool” produced most fish including a nice 6 lbs. grilse for local angler, Michael Noone. There are still good numbers of salmon running the Owenmore system and water levels should also remain at perfect “fly level”.

Lough Arrow

troutPhoto: Alain Kunz from Switzerland with a fine Lough Arrow brown trout.

The good fishing continued on Lough Arrow with several anglers reporting fine catches, mostly on wet flies. Local angler, Peter Dunne, had a very good week with a total of 9 trout (all released), between 1.5 lbs. and 3 lbs. Visiting Swiss anglers, Alain Kunz & Sandro Wiki, who were guests of Arrow Rock Hostel also enjoyed great sport on the lake. They caught 6 trout (4 released) averaging 2.5 lbs. including a fine 4 pounder!

Fisheries Awareness Week 2009

On Saturday, 29 August Newport Angling Cub & Westport Trout Anglers in association with the North Western Regional Fisheries Board hosted a Juvenile Angling Day on the Ballin Lough Fishery near Westport, Co. Mayo.

rainbow trout Photo: Cathal Hoban with his 2 lbs. rainbow trout from Ballin Lough.

Twelve keen youngsters participated in the event which included instruction on fly casting by John Fahy, NWRFB, who is a qualified angling coach. After the casting training, the young anglers ventured out on the lake to put their training into practice. Good numbers of trout were seen and some of the novice anglers rose and hooked fish. However, Cathal Hoban was the only angler to land a trout. Cathal’s rainbow weighed in at 2 lbs! The day ended with refreshments at the lake shore and every participant was presented with a badge to remember the day.

Another successful “Fisheries Awareness Week” event was hosted by Bilberry & Lannagh Angling Club, Castlebar. The Club held their annual “Under 18 Fly Casting Day” on Saturday, 6 September also on the Ballin Lough Fishery. The competition was well attended and Bernard Kennedy won first prize with 3 rainbow trout weighing in at 7.5 lbs. The prize for heaviest fish went to Edward Kennedy. Edward caught a stunning 4 lbs. rainbow trout. Other category winners on the day included: Cathal Hoban, Niall Walsh, Dean Carney and Edward Moran.

prize Photo: Peter Collins, NWRFB, presenting the 1st prize to Bernard Kennedy

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:

Monday 31st August to Sunday 6th September 2009


The weather was very inclement over the week and heavy rainfall ensured the river stayed at fairly high levels. The river was reading 7.5 on the gauge on Monday and this had risen to 8 by Sunday evening. The fishery was fairly quiet. Anglers reported seeing a number of fresh grilse entering the fishery but a large proportion of the catches were coloured fish. David Patterson recorded a 6lb fish caught on a Cascade fly from the Trout Pool on Monday. On Saturday, Marty King recorded three fish caught on the shrimp which were returned and Joe Darra accounted for two fish caught and returned on the shrimp. Ryan Martin landed a 5lb grilse on a Flying ‘C’.

The forecast for the coming week is for wet weather during the first half of the week with a high pressure system bringing fairer weather for the latter half of the week and the weekend which should allow the river to drop to more desirable levels.

The rain is forecast to continue so the river should remain at fair levels over the week.
For info/bookings etc on the Drowes Fishery & Lough Melvin see or Tel: 071 9841055.


The week once again brought plenty of rain and wind on the Lough. This made angling difficult at times and reports are varied once again with some anglers reporting good catches of trout and others struggling to get a couple of decent fish. There was no real angling effort for salmon and there is little to report on this front. The forecast for the coming week is for rain during the first half of the week with the latter half of the week dry as a high pressure system moves in. This should allow the Lough to drop and allied to a spell of settled weather, angling should improve.


There were some good water levels over the week. We received a big flood on Monday (1.75m) which meant the river was virtually unfishable until the evening. Every other day gave lovely water levels except for Sunday when the river dropped to lower levels (0.37m). The gauge average for the week was good reading 0.81 metres. The fishery was not particularly busy however with only 21 visiting rods fishing for the week. Catches were disappointing given the good water levels and there was only a limited number of salmon entered into the catch register. On Monday, John Wilson recorded an 8½lb salmon caught on the spinner from the Junction Pool in very high water (1.60 metres!). Patsy McHugh accounted for a 7lb fish caught on the spinner from McGuiness’s. On Thursday, Malachy Scullion recorded a 7½lb salmon caught from Limm-na-Mhille on the fly.
The forecast for the coming week is for wet weather for the first half of the week with dry, brighter weather during the latter half of the week as a high pressure system moves in. I would expect the best water levels to occur early in the week.
For info, etc on the Eany Fishery contact:
The Eany Angling Centre
Tel: 074 9736559 (7am to 1pm).


The week brought good rainfall and this gave us good water levels all week except for Monday when the river was a little too high (0.58m). The gauge average for the week was good reading 0.35 metres. The fishery was reasonably busy with 60 visiting rods fishing for the week. The good run of grilse continued and there were decent numbers of salmon recorded. Anglers reported seeing good numbers of fish showing though strangely enough, most of these were on beats 7, 8 & 9. From beat 6 and up the river, the fish seem to be keeping their heads down! Given below are some of the catches over the week.

On Monday, visiting French angler Pierre Rumeau recorded 3 grilse caught on the spinner from beat 9. The fish weighed 3, 3½ & 6lb and were returned. On Tuesday, Pierre recorded a 3lb grilse caught on the spinner form beat 8. On Wednesday, Eunan O’Connor recorded a 5lb grilse caught on the fly from beat 9 and Pierre accounted for an 8½lb fish caught on the fly from beat 7. On Thursday, Frank Campbell reported a 2½lb grilse caught on a spinner from beat 5 and Pierre recorded a small grilse caught on the spinner form beat 9. On Saturday, Pierre accounted for a 3lb grilse caught on the spinner from beat 4 and Will Taylor reported a 6lb grilse caught on the fly from beat 5. On Sunday, Paul Kelly accounted for a 4½lb grilse caught from beat 9 on a spinner.

The forecast for the coming week is for wet weather over the first half of the week with drier, sunnier weather over the latter half of the week as a high pressure system moves in. I would expect there to be some good water conditions up to Thursday and with the number of salmon in the fishery, prospects look good.

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

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Loughs Agency area and Northern Ireland

Lionel Knobbs reports:

09 September 2009

Foyle Rivers

Conditions on many of the Foyle rivers have been good for Salmon anglers this week and this has again been reflected in the reports I have received.

Many anglers have reported multiple catch's this week again, and things are looking promising over the next few days.

Catches are likely to tail off towards the oncoming weekend if the weather forecast is correct and the weather takes a turn and the rain disappears for a few days, particularly on the upper stretches of our catchments and on the rivers that are fishing particularly well at the moment, like the Dennet, Roe and upper Strule.

The mid to lower Mourne should start to fish well over the next few days as the water conditions on these sections become more fishable.

River Finn in Donegal is getting close to its closing date again for another season, 15th Sept and often this season reports have been poor, but Iam still getting reports from anglers catching a number of fresh run fish, so if you want to try your luck I suggest you give the Finn a go now over the next two days before the water drops.

Reminder to all anglers that they must adhere to existing bag limits, tagging regulations and that they familiarise themselves with the present angling regulations before they go fishing.

Please use single barbless hooks and return all dark fish and adhere to our catch and release guidelines.

I would like to remind all anglers the Foyle rivers are spate and can rise very quickly with the recent localised flooding, don't wade if you don't need too, and if you wade always wear a life jacket.

Cashel Trout Fishery

report by Marlene Mc Laughlin

Short Breaks Offer: Special discounts for 1st October 09 - 31st March 2010 (Excluding Christmas & Easter) ring 028 777 42159 for further details.

Another weekend of unsettled weather but this did not deter our keen and determined anglers at Cashel.

Our week began with a fantastic idea from Limavady's Glens Community Association. A few weeks ago one of our fellow anglers, Ricky Lowry passed away at a young age and as a symbol of Ricky's time with us a beautiful Memorial Cup was sponsored by the Glens in which anglers came to Cashel in an effort to win this Cup.

Men, women and children of all ages, all friends and relatives of Ricky had a great day with us. The majority of which never even held a fly rod before never mind fish with one. But with the assistance of our experienced anglers many trout were brought to the bank. 16 anglers took part in the fun with many onlookers.

Winners were 1st prize, 14 year old Jodie Guy, 2nd prize 13 year old Morgan Mc Kinney and 3rd prize 16 year old Ciaran Guy.

Jodie banked 5 great trout, Morgan banked 3 and Ciaran banked 2. Lexi Stewart winner a 'booby' prize for most experienced angler.

A total of 20 trout were caught and released by the group with the biggest trout weighing around 5lb. The Memorial Cup, plaques and medal were sponsored by the Glens Community Association and Sammy Moore's Jewellers of Limavady.

Then as the weekend began, Ardmore's Maurice Whiteman gave Cashel a throw catching and releasing 11 trout which took suspender buzzers and dries. Maurice's mate Frank Kearney caught and released 2 on a muddler but unfortunately had to leave early. Mark Boyce caught and released 4 in total one of which was around 5lb.

Michael O'Hagan, Paul Doherty, James Hepburn from (Scotland) and Damien Donnelly all banked a couple of trout each which fell to green nymphs and yellow dusters. Michael two trout were around 4lb and 3.5lb in weight.

salmonLast but by no means least; 15 year old Diarmuid McLaughlin from (Dungiven) caught a 3lb salmon on a single hook trout fly in the River Roe. My goodness he was a happy lad since he fished every single day over the school holidays and thankfully he bagged this one on the evening before school started. Well done Diarmuid
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email:  Website:

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Coarse Angling Update

Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:




There are a few fish being caught at the bridge at Lanesboro, but fewer anglers than expected for early September due to the poor angling conditions. Water levels are very high. The new Marina at Tarmonbarry has been throwing up a few fish over the past while by all accounts.


Howard and a good catch of fishPhoto: Howard Jones with another good start to his holiday despite the weather and flooding.

Howard Jones from Worthing was once again back for his annual two week fishing holiday to Ireland to stay with Kevin and Jane Lyons of Melview Lodge in Longford, Kevin said Howard was off to a cracking start putting together some really good weights considering the weather. With catches toping the 70lb mark which included bream to 5lb, hybrids to 3lb, roach and perch to 1lb-8oz and some very big rudd.

Kevin said I managed to get a couple of days fishing with Howard and most of the time the rain just would not stop. However the fishing was first class.

The fish we were catching were top quality so we never let the weather bother us, Howard has been coming to Ireland for years and knows how to compete against the elements. Next week we see how Howard done on his second week, Kevin said I'm sure it will be as good as the first week.

KevinPhoto: Kevin of Melview Lodge with two cracking hybrids, part of his 65lb catch.

Most lakes and rivers around Longford, Strokestown and Lanesbrough have suffered high water levels and flooding, But despite this we have seen some good catches still being produced along with some good specimen fish being produced. The rain has been non stop for as long as I can remember, this could affect catch rates at certain venues however better weather is forecast. Fingers crossed the water levels lower and the fish go on a made feed, log on next week and we will see how things turn out.

A good catchPhoto: Quality Hybrids, Roach and Rudd, caught on imitation hair rigged plastic casters


Kevin Lyons, 
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email: Web: 


Jason Kearney from Lucan Dublin fished the lakes at Mohill over two days and nights earlier last week. He used feeder tactics. Not a lot of luck with the Tench, had one nice fish of 5lb 2oz and some nice Bream to 6lb 7oz and Perch to just under 2lbs. Water levels are very high at moment.
Brian Bohan
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Web



The Shannon is very high with water out on the callows. The town stretch is very high and fast. The Marina at Banagher produced a nice 35lb bag of Roach in three hours for a UK angler. John Townsend fished off the shoreline on Lough Derg down from Portumna. He had 37 Bream, 5 Roach averaging over 1lb for a total bag weight of 150lbs. Shannonbridge and Shannon harbour are fishing - Roach and skimmer, no large fish but good bags. Prospects are much better with a fine spell of weather forecast for the coming days. It will take some time for the Shannon to come back to normal levels though.
Ray Duthie
Old Forge Banagher
Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER
Tel: 057 9151504. Email:


Local anglers fished a match on Sunday. The Salmon Run produced a weight of 11lbs made up of small Roach and skimmer Bream. The Rogers Island stretch yielded one angler with a 20lb bag made up of just 4 Bream. Both locations should improve significantly by the weekend. The backwaters however are still giving good sport. I caught a good net of roach/skimmer Bream I took in less than 2 hours fishing one evening, fishing improved as the light failed but unfortunately I had another engagement, otherwise I'm sure I could have filled the net!!! All the fish fell to pole fished double red maggot, size 16 hook on 2lb bottom and would not touch white maggot. Feeding a few maggots little and often kept the fish coming. More next week.
Mike Murray ,
MURRAY'S B&B, Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Email Web


The River Suck is in high flood, but should settle back now. Further local info contact 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 087 2266735

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports

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

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North Western Region

Markus Muller reports:

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

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Northern Region

Alice Murtagh reports: 



Fishing in the Cootehill area is reported to be good this week with good bream and roach being bagged on Sillan and Bairds Shore, also the river at Abbotts is producing good mixed bags of 40/50lb.


Gowna Festival

IRELAND’S autumn festival season got off to a storming start at Gowna with 106 match fishermen enjoying outstanding sport. And the best first-day start in memory for Manchester angler Simon Stott who had 59-510 kilos – that’s 131lb of fish in a single session!

Simon SottPhoto: Simon Sott, winner of the Gowna Festival

Simon drew Rosduff Shore on the opening session and with information based on reports from pleasure anglers, targeted bream from the whistle with a bread feeder at 40 metres. The hookbaits were red maggots, worms and corn, which together helped Simon net 50 bream with a smattering of roach and hybrids.

Over the next four days while fishing on Church Shore, Gulladoo, Corfree and Leonard’s Shore, he put together a total of 100-880 kilos (222lb) and pocketed £2,250 in prize money.

Match angling legend Bob Nudd (Fox) was second with 68-310, then came veteran Bill Dodds (Enniskillen) on 62-880; Cathal Hughes (Grey’s MGT) with 62-670 and fifth spot went to Jeff Morrison (Prosperous) who had 60-780.
Dave Houghton
Active Irish Angling
Tel: (UK) 0151 324 4744 (Ireland) 00 353 (0)71 9642743

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Northern Ireland, Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

Lionel Knobbs reports:











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Pike Angling Update

Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:



pikeStephen Gibbons, one of our regular contributers, was back pike fishing at Blessinton this week.

"Here are photos of 2 pike we had in Blessington today. The first one is a fish of 10lb.

pikeI caught the second one myself and it was just under 14lb.

The day's fishing was slow and we got both fish coming into the evening."
Stephen Gibbons


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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:

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

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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
E Mail:

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

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:

no reports this week - [most recent report 02/09/09]

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:

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

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North Western Region

Markus Muller reports:

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

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:

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

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Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Pike Fishing Festival Result

Photo: Christopher Kelly at the Pike Festival.
Early last Sunday morning, over 50 angling enthusiasts descended on Lough Catherine in the beautiful Baronscourt Estate near Omagh to take part in the Loughs Agency's annual Pike Angling Festival.

The weekend weather wasn't the best as participants as young as 8 years old and from 7 different counties across Ireland - and a few from England - gathered! But, even with the inclement weather, our angling enthusiasts set out for a day of fishing, determined to win the coveted perpetual cup. There were 43 adults and 11 juniors taking part - 33 competitors took to the boats shortly before 10 am and 21 took to the shore to try their luck using an assortment of different barbless lures and flies.

The event was held on a strict catch and release basis, with competitors only being permitted to use barbless hooks. Volunteers from APGAI-Ireland acted as the main stewards at the event.

Photo: Junior winner NAthan Sides.
In the junior section Jordan Maloney from Kildare came in third place. Junior Sam Healey from Dublin came in second, landing a Pike that was 55 centimetres in length. This year's winner was Nathan Sides from Omagh who caught a Pike measuring 66 centimetres. All the junior competitors had a great day angling on the lake, enjoying the thrill of hunting for the freshwater predatory pike!

In the adult boat section Joe Shields from Derry/Londonderry and Barry Darby from Co Cavan came in as joint winners for the most pike caught - both catching four! Nigel Hamilton from Omagh won the prize for the largest pike from a boat with a fish measuring 77cm in length.

Joe ShieldsPhoto: Joe Shields was joint winner.

In the adult shore section Davy Burns of Omagh and Christy Kelly of Strabane came joint first for the most pike caught - both catching two pike each. The winner of the largest Pike caught in the shore fishing was Lee Gamble from Derry-Londonderry who caught a Pike measuring in at 72 centimetres (using an artificial frog lure!).

It was Nigel Hamilton, from Omagh, who had the biggest overall and so won this year's Perpetual Cup. Nigel won an electric outboard engine and a new rod and reel as well as a few other pieces of angling equipment.

The event was supported by Dennet Outdoor, Abercorn Estates, APGAI- Ireland and they were presented by Terry Crossan (Chairman of the Board of the Loughs Agency) who actually took part in the competition himself and had a great day out.

Lionel Knobbs of the Loughs Agency summed up the event by praising the sporting spirit of the competitors and the willingness of volunteers to come forward to assist with angling development.

Celebrity pike-fly tier David Wolsoncroft-Dodds and Loughs Agency's resident tier Stephen Moates held fly tieing workshops and offered casting demonstrations - no mean feat, casting a heavy pike fly across the waters of the lake!

The Loughs Agency in association with PACGB are running a Pike fishing competition Sat 14th November at Camlough Lake, shore fishing competition with IFSA on the 20th September, and distance casting events with UCC on the 19th and 20th of September near Ballykelly and at Benone respectively.

Some cracking perch were caught, too!

Another competition

The Loughs Agency in association with PACGB is running a Pike fishing competition Sat 14th November at Camlough Lake, further information on this event will be published shortly.

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Sea Angling Update

Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:



Jim Hendrick, bass fishing guide, send us the following fishing forecast:

Anyone visiting on the Wexford coast in the last few days will know how far away we are from 'normal' September weather. The grip that the wind and rain now has on the sea will take some time to 'settle'. Of course today is a nice day but tomorrow there are gales forecast so theres little chance of stability or indeed fish in the next few days. After a day like yesterday.........

As Stefanie, Hani and Cedric whom hve come from Switzerland ride the roller coaster of weather - spirits are high and we chat and sit and watch, maybe even make a few casts - who knows?

After three seasons at this level of difficulty maybe its time for a new strategy !

Its looking good from Wednesday onwards though with a return to better conditions - lets hope it stays that way and we could have a spectacular Autumn!
Jim Hendrick
Bass Angling Guide
SEAi, 8 St Johns Road, Wexford, Ireland..
Telephone: +353 53 23351
E-mail: Web:

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:

No report [last report 01/07/09]

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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
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Kevin Brain of KB fishing reports on recent sea angling in the South West.

We have two lads staying with us, and have been 4 times to Ireland, but never caught a fish. We took them out yesterday and caught flounder, turbot, and bass. Today they caught bass to 4lb plenty of pollack, and trigger fish.

1 of the lads is from Australia, and the other lad is from South Africa, they are going home with a smile.
Kevin Brain
KB Fishing Ireland
Waterville, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 66 9474942
E-mail: Website:

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:

no report this week [last report 26/05/09]

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:


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North Western Region

Markus Muller reports:

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

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:

no report this week [most recent report 03/09/09]

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Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Carlingford Sea Angling

Peyton Cunningham reports Mackerel remain plentiful, and some good Pollock also being caught around the mouth of the Lough. Peyton reports only two tope last weekend, although Sunday was a non starter. Peyton reports he is also catching herring on Shrimp traces as they come in shore this time of year.

Hopefully reports will now improve with the weather. Sea fishing in Carlingford remains very good, for further info on boat fishing in Carlingford contact Peyton, Oliver or Brian at the details below.

Peyton Cunningham
Tel: + 44 (0)28 4176 3669
ROI: 048 4176 3669
Mobile: +44 (0)77 59 276 031.

Oliver Finnegan
Tel: + 44 (0)28 3026 4906
ROI: 048 3026 4906
Mobile: + 44 (0) 77 03 606 498

Oriel Angling offer skippered smaller craft for day hire -
Orkney 19 and 16 foot Orkney long liner.
Mobile: Brian Connolly: +44 (0)77 52 975 703
Mobile: Fergal Mallon: +44 (0)77 79 625 633

Foyle sea angling

A shore fishing competition is planned in association with IFSA on the 20th September at Benone beach.

Sunday 20th September 09

Venue Benone Beach Time 1pm - 6pm
Check - in at the Beach from 11am

This event will be hosted by the UPC in association with the Loughs Agency

Entry Fees Senior £12-00 Junior £5-00
There will be an optional Long Fish Pool of £2-00
(There will be a small extra charge for non IFSA members )

Cash prizes ( The overall winner will also the receive the Loughs Agency Perpetual Trophy )

Junior prizes will be sponsored by the Loughs Agency

An extra 5 points will be awarded for every fish under 20cm . As in all UPC Events this will be Catch & Release


Further details from

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Northern Ireland

Hamish Currie reports:


Red Bay

blackmouthdogfishHamish Currie, skipper of Predator II of Red Bay in Co. Antrim sent us this photograph.

Horrible S/E winds kept us inshore most of the week but we got offshore twice and were rewarded with specimen spurdogs, black mouth dogfish, cuckoo wrasse and conger eel.

congerMackerel have all but dissapeared from Red Bay now and that is very, very worrying. This time last year they were plentiful along with loads of herring. They have been dissapearing gradually the last couple of weeks.

Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
Web: Email:
Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117

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