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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:


Busy Day at Annamoe Trout Fishery

Des Chew of the D.A.I. and Brian Nally, Annamoe Trout Fishery, cradle a brace of fit Rainbows.

The Central Fisheries Board generously donated a shipment of Rainbow Trout, from their Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, based fish farm, to Des Chew of the Dublin Angling Initiative. Des arranged delivery of the fish to Annamoe Trout Fishery, Co. Wicklow, to facilitate current and future youth angling projects.

annamoePhoto: Des and Brian stocking the main lake at Annamoe

Annamoe Trout Fishery has a long track record of working with the Dublin Angling Initiative, and many a boy and girl caught their first fish under the watchful eyes of Brian Nally and Des Chew. While stocking both the children’s pond and the main lake, Brian commented positively on the quality, colour, and condition, of the Rainbow Trout.

annamoePhoto: Stocking the children’s pond at Annamoe Trout Fishery

During the day Brian Nally was helping local angler Syl Delahunt brush up on his fly casting technique. Using a floating line and a dry daddy Syl tempted a fat fit Rainbow. After a lively fight Des Chew was on hand to do the honours and net the fish. Sport was lively for about half an hour with two more Rainbows attracted to the slowly twitched daddy.

rainbowPhoto: Des Chew of the D.A.I. nets a fine Rainbow for Wicklow angler Syl Delahunt

Annamoe Trout Fishery is open all year round.
Tel: 0404 45470. Web:

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:


River Nore

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

14/09/09: Had a good morning on the river above Inistioge I met and lost two fish in the space of about 10 min. and then this evening hooked and lost an other fish. The water level is still high but the water is now clear, looking good for the next few days but rain is on it's way again.

13/09/09: Crispin Rodwell from Dublin caught a good salmon today.

salmonPhoto: Crispin Rodwell's lovely fresh salmon

12/09/09: A lot of fish were caught today on all beats . Fresh fish are coming in of every tide.This fish was caught on the fly and released by Keith Wenham.

salmonPhoto: Keith Wenham releasing his salmon.

11/09/09: A good day at Mount Juliet today with 12 salmon to 13lb. looks like a good few fish are on the move. 4 of these fish came to the fly. The river is still high but clear, should be a good weekend.
Jim Brown
Salmon and trout ghillie
Address: Rosebank Lodge, Mount Alto, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.
Email: Web:

River Blackwater

Ian Powell reports from the BLACKWATER LODGE fishery on the Munster Blackwater in Co. Cork.

Indian Summer arrives! After an extremely wet summer with high water levels, the weather has now improved considerably with a veritable Indian Summer prevailing at the moment. No rain & warm bright sunny days with temps in the region of 18-20°C. The river is settling down well & the clarity is now about 4-5 feet. The level is well within fly height for most beats but still a high summer level - 0.58m at lunchtime today.

Good - if somewhat inconsistent - fishing. Like the weather, the fishing has been rather inconsistent and unpredictable.
Notwithstanding this, we have taken 108 fish so far for September for 221 rod days. Of these, 41 were in the 0 - 5lb. class, averaging 3.7lb. 53 were in the 5 - 10lb. class, averaging 6.4lb. & 13 were in the 10 - 15lb. class, averaging 12.3lb. There were also 2 large fish of 15.6 & ~18lb. As you can see, the trend to bigger fish continues.

salmonPhoto: Glenda leads by example returning a lovely sea-liced six pounder

Biggest Fish of the Season landed today: Tony Murtagh from Co. Dublin landed & released a fish estimated at 19-20lb. today. The fish was rather coloured but fin perfect, & was quickly released without even a picture being taken as they had no camera. It measured 96cm (38") long with an estimated girth of 20" or 50cm. A 15 pounder caught yesterday measured 85cm long & 46cm girth.

A super day on the fly! On September 13, a great day's fly-fishing was had. One angler landed 6 fish to 8lb on fly in a crazy 1½ hours from 18.30 on the Lodge's bottom beat. All the fish were sea-liced & all were released. Another 4 rod party landed 6 sea-liced fish all on fly on Beat 6.

Availability: The Lodge Fishery is fully booked for the coming weekend. There is very limited availabily of fishing (& accommodation) from the 20th to the 30th.

Best Regards & Tight Lines!
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!)
Fax: 00 353 58 60162    From UK: 0871 474 0136  (10p/min any time!)
Mobile: 00 353 87 235 21 20

Ballyhass Rainbow Trout Fishery

Weekend events:

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South Western Region

Eileen Carroll reports:
E Mail:

15th FIPS - Mouche European Fly Fishing Championship

20th - 26th September 2009 - Cork/Kerry Region

The Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland is hosting the 15th Fips Mouch Fly Fishing Championship on Lough Leane, Lough Caragh and River Blackwater." ...Although a great challenge, for the organising committee, we look forward to welcoming you to this event. We know you will enjoy the variety of fishing venues but we hope you will also enjoy this world famous location...."
Find out more or book your place here



No catches reported for the Lakes.


4fish caught on Beat 1 and 2 of the Laune.


Extremely high water put a slight damper on the third last week of the season for most anglers. Tommy Hurley of Tralee had the fish of his life so far a 16.5 lb fish caught on a Yellow Flying C in Johnston's. That was Tuesday and things went downhill from then.

Very few fish if any for the rest of the week. Anglers are very disappointed as the water level is ideal. Too much sun or the harsh reality that there may not be a lot of fish in the river at this point is the word on the banks of the Laune.
The hope is that when we get a few clouds that thing will improve.


2 fish caught on the river Flesk.


River very low few fish trickling in, hopefully we will get one more flood before the end of the season


No catches to report.


Monday 7th 3 fish caught weighing 5lbs, 6½ lbs and 7lbs by Bobby Flynn, Cork on a spinner and all released.
Saturday 12th 1 fish weighing 5¾ lbs Anthony O’Reilly, Cork on spinner and released.
Dan O’Riordan


No catches to report.

Lough Currane

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

7/9/09 All quiet on the SW front. Wind SSE light to fresh and overcast with heavy rain this evening, amount of rainfall 8.6mm, max air temperature 16.2c.

8/9/09 Made another big flood this morning, but once the rain went through there was just one or two heavy showers. In the Game fishing department just the odd Seatrout caught. Wind WNW light to fresh. Amount of rainfall 17.5mm, max air temperature 17.4c.

9/9/09 Bright sunshine all day, with very light winds from the NE, and no reports of any big catches, but to be fair to my Noble Fly Fisher, He or She were up against the elements, all I can say is, we anglers always have a good excuse, ether, there is to much rain or its to bright or there is not enough wind, max air temperature 16.2c.

10/9/09 The same as yesterday in all departments, even though I am sure the odd sea trout were caught, even though there wasn’t any reports of any big rod benders. Wind easterly, light to calm, max air temperature 19.9c.

11/9/09 Again my noble game fish were in a lethargic mood and my Noble Anglers were just as lethargic as the fish. Again bright sunshine with a light easterly wind, max air temperature 21.2c.

12/9/09 All quiet on the SW front, and with little to no wind and bright sunshine, what does one expect, Wind light to calm ESE, max air temperature 21.4c.

13/9/09 What can I write, well put it this way, not a lot, because again today we anglers were fishing in bright sunshine and hardly a breath of wind and what wind was there was coming from the WNW and if any angler did procure her ladyship or my Noble gentlemen on Lough Currane all I can say is fair play to them, but the same couldn’t be said for the famous Butler Pool and of because a client fishing with his Gillie Mr Michael O’Sullivan of Waterville Boats and caught a fine grilse, a good note to end this weeks report. Max air temperature 18.8c. That is your ration for this week, from your Gillie and the Waterville Fishery. No Spin No Fly’s just Facts

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
Email: Web:

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:




ough Sheelin is still fishing when conditions are favourable. Daytime temperatures have been pleasant but its been getting very cool late in the evenings as autumn starts to grip. Anglers are reporting catching fish on small sedges and peters. Andrew Brown had 2 fish of 4.75lbs and 1.75lbs. Michael Kelly caught and released 6 fish to 2lbs. Albert Barry and an angler from Northern Ireland had a few fish.

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 web site

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

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


There were a lot more anglers out on O'Flynn with the settled weather. Anglers reported good dry fly fishing with sedges and dapping the Daddy was successful. The best angling returns were from Anthony Baggott and Raymond Burns. They had 7 fish in a 2.5 hour session on Thursday. They met many more fish and enjoyed their fishing. John Connolly fished a half day on Friday and had 5 fish to nearly 2lbs, mostly on the Daddy. Mickey Maurice from Castlerea had three nice fish to 2lbs. Bernard Mannion and Matt Foley had 11 trout to 2lbs between them on Friday last., many fish were released.

The Eugene Mc Carthy Cup competition was fished on O'Flynn last Sunday week. 22 anglers took part. The winner was Gerry Madden from Ballinasloe, with a fish of 1lbb 15ozs. 2nd was Des Joyce from Glenamaddy with a fish of 1lb 12ozs and third was Derrick Madden Co Roscommon with a fish of 1lb 10ozs.
John Ryan,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector,
Co Roscommon
Tel: 087 2536064.



Lough Owel continues to fish well. Most anglers are getting good fishing on every outing. The Dodder anglers had a competition recently and 30 anglers returned 77 trout. The winner was Carl O'Toole. 2nd place went to S. Sweeney and third place John Reid. The heaviest fish was 2lbs 10ozs. The Garda Competition was fished at the beginning of the month. 19 anglers had 44 fish. The winner was Pat Foley with 4 trout weighing 7lbs. On the 5th September Dundalk anglers fished a competition. 13 anglers returned 27 trout, heaviest bag 4 fish for 6lbs 4ozs. The Field Officers had a competition on Wednesday Sept 9th. 40 anglers returned 50 fish, heaviest 2lbs 15ozs. With Owel continuing to fish well, it's worth getting out for a few hours.


Conditions were very calm on Ennell with only a few anglers out. Anglers who fished the lake reported a lot of fish rising but were elusive and difficult to catch. The heaviest reported fish of the week at 6lbs went to Joe Mc Bride.
Shannon Regional Fisheries Board
Mullingar Office
Tel: 044 48769


WYKES GAFFEY MEMORIAL CUP: The competition for the Wykes Gaffey memorial Cup took place last Sunday and as this was the last competition and with the sun at last making an appearance it attracted a great entry with thirty five boats taking part. While the day itself may have been great it was not the same for the fishing with only five fish brought to the scales and none and as it turned out there was none bigger than that caught by Aidan and Eamon Conroy.

The weigh in and presentation of prizes took place that evening in the Coosan Tavern where Michael Murphy and his staff were at their usual best and the hospitality was excellent. With only a few fish brought to the scales it was quickly worked out that it was Aidan and Eamon Conroy who topped the winners’ sheet with their 4lb 11oz 8drm trout. Second place went to Gerry Wykes for his 3lb3oz trout while third place went to Dominic and Helen Conway for their 1lb 14oz 10drm trout and the final prize of the year, fourth place, went to Jimmy Courtney and Liam O’Sullivan for their 1lb 10oz 14drm trout.

Sincere thanks to the Wykes and Gaffey families for their generous sponsorship of this competition and to Eoin O’Neil who was our Captain of the Day and to Michael Murphy and his staff at the Coosan Tavern for the excellent hospitality.

THE HATCHERY COMPETITION: The competition for the Halligan Cup in aid of the Hatchery will take place next Sunday Sept 20th, starting at Coosan Point at 10.30am and finishing there at 5.30pm with the presentation of prizes immediately afterwards in the Lough Ree Inn. Members of all the clubs associated with the Hatchery are entitled to take part and we would urge everyone to support this competition as the work carried out by the Hatchery is vital to help keep Lough Ree and as the top trout lake in Ireland. Each year a lot of time and effort and money is required to keep this facility running and with maintenance and insurance costs ever increasing your support for this cause next Sunday would be very much appreciated and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the Hatchery Committee for all the hard work they carry out during the year particularly during the winter months which is when most of the work is done.

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 20th, the Hatchery Competition.

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


There was an increase in angling activity on Lough Acalla with the improved weather last week. Conditions were good for fishing and plenty of fish were observed surfacing. K Dowd had the heaviest reported fish, a Rainbow of 4.5lbs which was caught on a Black Pennell, the fish was released. There were several fish caught in the weight range 1.5lbs to 2lbs. The most successful flies were Black Pennell, Green and Golden Olives, Murrock, Muddlers and Pheasant tail. Prospects for the coming week are good.
John Devaney,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector,
Tel: 087 2266735


no report this week


no report this week



Water levels are low after the dry week. Salmon fishing is at a standstill until there is another flood, which is unlikely.
Mr Paddy Halpin
Assistant Fisheries Inspector
Mobile: 087 7729126

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:


8lb sea trout on Doo Lough

Peter Mantle sent us this report and photo. Somerset Moore wins the Catch of the Week for this super sea trout.

The conventional wisdom that dapping a big fly brings up the big fish was demonstrated in no uncertain terms this past week. Somerset Moore from England caught what is believed to be the second biggest sea trout of the past 24 years at Delphi – a glorious 8-pound hen fish, taken at Cross Point on Doolough on the dap.

sea troutPhoto: 8lb sea trout from Doo Lough for Somerset Moore.

The fish was one of 29 taken by Somerset and his boat partner Martyn Gregory during the past week. They had ten other trout over 2 pounds, including one of 4lbs and one of 3.5lbs.

But wet fly fishing is also proving successful for some anglers and Mike Heckler has sixteen trout to 2.5 pounds in the week, mostly on Doolough.

The bright calm weather of the past three days (at last!) has not deterred the salmon. Three were taken yesterday – by Mark Corps, Mike Heckler and Jeremy Orme, adding to a few earlier in the week. The biggest salmon was a 10.5 pounder taken from the Turn Pool by Markus Muller. The salmon tally now stands at 377 for the season, including 99 wild fish.
Peter Mantle
Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296


Western Lakes

Lough Corrib fished quite well for the early part of the month, and was fishing well until last weekend, when the dry sunny spell took hold. Fishing has slowed down over the last few days in the very bright conditions, and the wind turning northerly has not helped matters either.

Michael Fitzpatrick from Tipperary landed 7 trout over 2 days for 12.5lbs, with 6 released, best fish 3.25lbs. P. Tierney and Jack Williams from Tyrone landed 11 trout over 2 days, all released. Tony Carter and Olly Campbell from Tullamore had 12 fish over 3 days, all released, while Tom Doc Sullivan and Fiona Mann landed 5 trout for a day, with 2 taken on wet fly and 3 on the dap, all released.

Dapping crickets and grasshoppers has been the most successful method lately, and it is encouraging to see so many anglers releasing fish. A lot of smaller fish have been showing too, although less salmon have been seen pitching over the last week.

Conditions are forecast to remain fine for the next few days, so fishing may not pick up until the weather changes next week.


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North Western Region

Markus Muller reports:

Week ending 13 September, 2009

River Moy

Due to the fine dry weather water levels on the River Moy fell steadily in the middle and upper reaches over the course of the week. Consistent angling was reported from the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ & Mount Falcon waters. However, water levels on the tidal beats of the Moy Fishery remained very high and as a consequence angling was still slow on the Ridge Pool and Cathedral Beat.

Fly angler, Terry McDermott, Northern Ireland, had a grilse on the Ridge Pool, while John Harmon, Louth, landed one on spinner on the Cathedral Beat. The Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water once again was the most productive stretch of the river and the catch included some fresh fish with sea lice. Mount Falcon also had a very good week with lady angler, Maeve Davidson, Northern Ireland, catching 3 salmon (2 released) on spinner. Ben Price was also successful on Mt. Falcon. The UK angler landed 8 salmon for the week. On the Coolcronan Fishery, Sean Harrison, Northern Ireland, banked a 6 lbs. grilse on spinner while Dan O’Riordan, Dublin, had a grilse on Gannon’s also on spinner. Up river, on the East Mayo Anglers’ water, Roy Wilson and John Little, both Northern Ireland, had two salmon each on fly, while Fergal Smith, Dublin, caught a fine 11 pounder on spinner.

Easkey River

The Fortland Fishery accounted for a total of 11 salmon (2 released) for the week. Roy and Sue Howell, UK, caught one fish each on fly, while Ciaran Sudway from Longford landed his first ever fly caught salmon.

Owenmore River

The Owenmore River continued to fish well for the week with 10 salmon reported caught from the Bangor Angling Club stretch. All the fish were over 5 lbs. Amongst the successful anglers was Diarmaid Maguire who caught and released two fish averaging 6 lbs. The heaviest fish for the week was caught by Castlebar angler, Michael Cunningham in Maggie’s Pool and weighed in at 13.5 lbs.

Loughs Bilberry & Lannagh

On Saturday, 12 September the now annual “Cross Border Cup” was fished on Loughs Bilberry & Lannagh. The local team competed with a team from Larne & District Game Angling Association. Honours this year went to Bilberry & Lannagh Angling Club by 2oz with both teams having 5 fish each. The “Kennedy Cup” was also fished on Loughs Bilberry & Lannagh during the week. First prize went to Peter Gray with 2 fish for 2.5 lbs. Runner up was Keith Hopkins with 2 trout at 2.2 lbs. and Alan Browne came in third.

Ballin Lough

Eight anglers fished Ballin Lough for the week and some fine rainbow trout were caught. The best fish of the week was landed by David Eddis and weighed in at 5 lbs. Most successful flies included Minkie and buzzer patterns. Angling on Ballin Lough will continue until 30 October following which it will close for the winter months.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:

Monday 7th to Sunday 13th September 2009


The first half of the week brought wet weather with heavy rain showers at times. The week then dried up and the rest of the week brought dry, bright & sunny weather. The Drowes was high at the start of the week reading 0.8 on the gauge. The river fell nicely due to the drier weather as the week progressed and by Sunday evening the gauge was reading 7. The fishery was fairly quiet however with most of the angling down to the visiting rods staying in the Fishery Cottages. To date I have heard of two fish caught. A 6lb grilse was reported caught from the Upper Mill and a visiting French angler accounted for a fine 11lb salmon caught from the Sea Pools on the fly.

The forecast is for more dry weather but the Drowes will have good water levels over the week being fed by Lough Melvin which is still fairly high.

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


The start of the week brought windy and wet weather with the last four days giving bright and sunny, virtually windless days. Hardly ideal angling conditions! As such there were few rods fishing the Lough for trout. Joe Gallagher landed a fine 4lb 13½oz trout on Tuesday. The fish took a daddy longlegs fly from the Caravan Park shore. There were even fewer for rods fishing for salmon and there is little to report on this front.


The first two days of the week brought rain and wind and gave good water levels on Monday (0.8m) and Tuesday (1.20m). With the onset of bright sunny weather the river than fell away over the week to reach low levels by Sunday (0.18m). The gauge average for the week read 0.47 metres. The fishery was very quiet and only 6 visiting rods fished for the week. To date I have only heard of one salmon caught for the week. This was a fine 10lb salmon caught on the fly from McGuinness’s by Andy Lennox.

The forecast for the coming week is for mainly dry weather and so prospects for good water conditions look poor though a shower in the right place could give a flood.

For info, etc on the Eany Fishery contact:
The Eany Angling Centre
Tel: 074 9736559 (7am to 1pm).


The two days of the week gave wet and windy weather. This gave us two good floods on Monday (0.40m) and Tuesday (0.46m) which ensured the river was still at a nice level on Wednesday (0.25m). The river then dropped away over the rest of the week with the onset of dry, bright, still sunny weather. By Sunday the river was at a low level only reading 0.10m. The gauge average for the week read 0.23 metres. The fishery was reasonably busy given the conditions with 34 visiting rods fishing for the week with 17 of these fishing on Wednesday. To date I have heard of three salmon caught and am awaiting details of others. On Monday, English visitor Richard Pender recorded a 3lb grilse caught on the fly from beat 5 which he released. On Tuesday, Kevin O’Neill accounted for a 6lb grilse caught from beat 6 on the fly and I lost what felt like a good fish on the fly from beat 8, DOH! There was a 5lb grilse caught from beat 9 on Friday by a local angler.

The forecast for the coming week is for dry weather and so it looks doubtful that we will have any decent floods. The non angling population seem delighted though!

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:

14 September 2009

Cashel Trout Fishery

report by Marlene Mc Laughlin

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

rainbow trout#Excellent weather this weekend brought anglers out in fine numbers to enjoy the great fishing, peace and tranquillity here at Cashel Trout Fishery. Newcomers, David Fisher and Andy Deery (Derry) had a great first day with us releasing three trout each which fell to yellow/white humungus and dry flies. David’s trout weighed 8lb, 7lb and 2lb while Andy’s averaged 3lb. Roger Gibson and Allan Mc Clune (Magherafelt) bagged two trout each weighing a total of 11lb and 12ozs. Chris and Nora Martin also from Magherafelt released four between them which took dries and buzzers. John Hall (Campsie) and Bernard Mellon (Maghera) released four each which while Joe Donnelly and Brian Donnelly (Ballykelly) released seven and one trout respectively using dries and buzzers. Limavady’s Andrew Logan bagged two weighing 6lb and released five others which took red suspender buzzers and daddies. Danny Walker and Jim Russell (Newtownabbey) bagged three trout with Danny’s two trout weighing an amazing 13lb 6ozs while Jim’s one trout for home weighed 3lb. Derry’s Sean O’Kane bagged one around 3lb which took a wee black buzzer.
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email:  Website:
Short Breaks Offer: Special discounts for 1st October 09 - 31st March 2010 (Excluding Christmas & Easter) ring 028 777 42159 for further details.

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Coarse Angling Update

Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:


Monaghan Bream

breamPhoto: A party of English Anglers with a superb catch of Monaghan Bream.

A party of anglers from Wigan in the United Kingdom who are regular visitors to Co. Monaghan enjoyed some fantastic sport with Bream, under the expert guidance of Peadar O’Brien from Carrickmacross. Pre baiting of a number of swims paid off with bag weights reaching 100.lbs, 165.lbs, and 70.lbs on consecutive days. Bait was red maggot and worm fished on the feeder, with individual fish netted up to 6.lbs.

For a day out coarse or Pike fishing email Peadar at:, or phone: 087 926 5867.


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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:

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

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South Western Region

Eileen Carroll reports:
E Mail:

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

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:




Fishing has picked up significantly and much larger fish are showing at the hot water and down from the gusher. Prospects are much better now and fishing should continue to improve.


Last week we reported on Howard Jones who was here for a two week spell, well the second week was just as good as the first. Kevin said Howard had some great nets of fish, witch included bream, and some very big roach and rudd.

bag of fishPhoto: Howard Jones and Kevin Lyons with good mixed net of fish.

Lakes in and around Langford have started to fish well with catches ranging from 50lb to nearly 100lb all taken on feeder tackts, however some places the rain has taken a long time to run off so leaving them in flood. Kevin said Howard fished just a few venues and most produced well for him.

hybridsPhoto: Big hybrids and big smiles for Howard.

The catches contain bream to 5lb, hybrids to 3lb, Roach to 2lb and very big perch, the weather has now changed so we will see what next week has for us.

ruddPhoto: Howard Jones with a couple of good Rudd.
Kevin Lyons, 
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email: Web: 


With water levels are returning to near normal with the nice week we're having at present, Hopefully the good weather will continue.

tenchPhoto: Clive Mc Elwenney of CJ Angling, long mile road Dublin with a nice Tench recently

The CARRIK ON SHANNON Angling festival commences next week around the Carrick area with the newly finished mud flats being one of the venues. Anyone can enter and it's over four days. Registration takes place in the Bush Hotel Carrick on Shannon on Sunday night or by ringing Brian Bohan or Charlotte Fearon +353 71 (0)9620313. Brian Bohan
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Web

Sheermore Angling Festival

Fermanagh matchman Tony Kersley won the Sheemore Angling Festival in Leitrim with a four day total of 77lb 12oz.

Torrential rain was a problem at the start but Tony set himself apart thanks to a 30lb net of skimmer bream, roach and hybrids, from the pump-house shoreline on Lough Scur near to Keshcarrigan. Tony fished withy pole tackle between 12 and 14 metres using red maggot, caster and worm.

Tony KersleyPhoto: Tony Kersley, Fermanagh

The results were:

Dave Houghton
Active Irish Angling
Tel: (UK) 0151 324 4744 (Ireland) 00 353 (0)71 9642743



The Salmon Run is fishing well for Roach. Shannon Harbour is fishing quite well, roach, hybrids and skimmers. Water levels have dropped a foot but still high but expected to recover further allowing more access to the usual venues. The Winter and junior matches are commencing in October, we will have more details and anglers who are interested in fishing should contact Ray.
Ray Duthie
Old Forge Banagher
Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER
Tel: 057 9151504. Email:


Angling guests of Mike Murray fished the Salmon Run upstream of Portumna and had superb Roach fishing using feeder and pole tactics. They reported a lot of pike in the swims and bream are starting to show.
Mike Murray ,
MURRAY'S B&B, Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Email Web


The river levels are well recovered over the week. There was a bit of coarse angling activity. Most anglers reported satisfactory fishing. Rory Dunne and friends fished the Suck Valley on Sunday. They had on average 14lbs to 19lbs of mixed fish, with some Bream and Roach, some up to 1lb. Loen Devilly from Galway had good Roach fishing in short sessions. Other pleasure anglers were happy with their catches.
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


There were plenty of anglers out with a return to the fine weather, mainly Perch caught on the lake. The Inny is still high but fining down well at time of writing. Anglers fishing the River had some small Bream, no big bags reported. Fishing is expected to pick up on the Inny this week and is worth trying.
Annagh, The Pigeons, Athlone County Westmeath
Tel +353 90 6485284 Mob: 087 9960173 for enquiries and boat hire
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River levels are high but starting to drop back. There are better weights coming off the angling sections at Long Island downstream of Athlone.


Anglers reported catching some small Carp and Tench on Ballinafid lake. One angler had a Carp of 13lbs. Very few anglers fishing on the River Inny.


Lough Derg and East Clare Lakes

A few guest anglers fished the lake swims on Derg with some success. They had mixed bags up to 70lbs, good Roach to 2lbs. However fishing tended to be patchy at times.
TJ O'Brien,
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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: 


Another Good Weeks Fishing at Eonish Lodge Killeshandra Cavan.

Craig Mc Donald and friends from Accrington Lancashire England had a good weeks fishing holiday at Eonish Lodge Killeshandra.

bream and hybridsPhoto: Greg and Stephen fishing at Eonish

Most of the fish caught were bream and skimmer bream with some roach and hybrids. They were all caught on the feeder on the private stretch in front of accommodation.
Geraldine O'Reilly
Eonish Lodge
Eonish, Killeshandra, County Cavan.
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Regional round up

There are reports of good mixed bags including roach and bream being caught at Killykeen. Aghabawn is producing good bream. Some junior anglers fishing Bawn Lake bagged 6 and 7kg mixed bags last weekend. Trinity is also reported to be fishing very well with plenty of good bream.

The annual Arva fishing festival took place last week. Eighty six anglers fished Leonards house and deeps, Corfree, Rosduff, Gulladoo, Church, Rockfield and Glasshouse. The following is a list of the overall winners:

One of the competitors who fished the Arva festival fished Tessie’s shore on Lough Gowna on Saturday and bagged 62 Bream with a total weight of 186lb.

The Cootehill area is reported to be fishing well and preparations are well under way for the annual fishing festival which takes place next week.


King of Clubs

The star-studded King of Clubs got underway on Monday (14/09), fishing on lakes around Gowna, Arva, Carrigallen and Killeshandra with 90 eager anglers hoping to get their hands on the guaranteed £3,000 first prize.

Dave BrettlePhoto: Dave Brettle, York.

And seriously in the hunt is last year’s champion, Dave Brettle from York, who had the heaviest catch in the opening round with 19-480 kilos (43lb) from the end peg on Rosduff Shore.

His catch included bream to one kilo, hybrids, roach and skimmers, most of them caught on a groundbait feeder on a short cast of 25 metres. He concentrated on red maggot and worm on size 12 and 14s hook.
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:


Meadowbrook Summer League

Jack Tisdale sent us the following report:

Attached is the final league table for the Meadowbrook Summer League won By Nick Howell. Runner up was Keith Trimble with Dave McNamara third. A very close league with over £3000 paid out. The winter league is full and starts after the Erne Anglers trip to Spain.
Download League Table [.xls, 25 KB].

Maver Garda Angling Squad breakthrough in European Police Championships.

The six man Maver backed angling squad of An Garda Siochana travelled to Rome Italy on the 28th of August to prepare for the European championships with real resolve on this occasion and determined to get on the medal table for the first time in three years. With Richard Caplice Carrickmacross as competing manager and Kieran Roche Carrickmacross in charge of travel and logistics the team comprised Donnacha Maguire Dublin, Keith Coleman Mayo, Peter O Connor Dublin, Eamonn Bracken Athlone, and Ernie Henderson also Dublin.

Following arduous practice in searing hot conditions on Monday Tuesday and Wednesday the team on Thursday set their sights on a credible and yet realistic outcome given that teams such as host nation Italy, Belgium, Holland, Hungary and others had spent some 15 to 20 days in practice. Two disciplines would be fought out over two days and on the first day Friday 5th Sept it was that of Pole fishing under Cips rules. The Maver Garda Ireland team members felt that a good result was on the cards with an agreed approach of fishing the 11 and a half metre line with ground bait and sticky mag laying on six inches and fishing for Bream, Roach, Tench and chub.

The all out signal on Day one saw a result of mixed fortunes with Ireland standing of 5th place in the nations equalling our best one day result in the past 3 yrs. The result belied the fact however that our youngest member Ernie Henderson making his debut had scored a magnificent result with a close second in his section leaving him with a wonderful chance entering day two of capturing the individual title or in any event a massive individual ranking. Richard Caplice was the next in 11th place followed by Keith Coleman in 16th next came Peter O Connor and disastrously pegged in a difficult area Donnacha failed to register on the scales.

Of the 125 anglers competing now all hopes of individual glory rested with the youngest member of our team Ernie Henderson who would carry the pressure well into day two on the 6th September when the discipline of The Feeder fishing championship would be waged under gruelling sun and fierce competitive strain. All of our anglers had reasonable draws except Keith Coleman drawn in a very difficult area between the Belgian and Dutch feeder favourites. Bank runners throughout this five hour gruelling five hour session had Henderson competing fish for fish with the U.K angler drawn on his right and it was also emerging as the match progressed that Richard Caplice the Ireland manager could also be the eventual winner in this one. A tense hour followed the all out at 3pm following an exhausting five hours of fishing while all the 125 anglers had their fish weighed. The rumours from the bank runners and stewards proved to be remarkably accurate with Ernie Henderson failing just, to stay in front of the U.K Competitor but gaining an outstanding second place in section for the second consecutive day weighing in 51lbs of fish.

Some anxious minutes passed before it became clear that the catch of 83 lbs and 6 ounces of Richard Caplice was enough to win the day and he would become the feeder-fishing champion of the European Police. Donnacha Maguire raced through the field on this occasion gaining a very credible 6th place and in doing so the points tally of Ireland looked likely to be boosted into a team third place. This was unfortunately was not to be, with Peter O Connor achieving 16th place in the most difficult section and Keith Coleman struggling as expected in a very unfavourable location. Ireland held onto its 5th place, only a solitary point behind host nation Italy, with Germany making a move from behind Ireland on day one, to third place. England gained a very credible second place and the team event was won by Belgium who had put their two weeks practice to good effect.

We all waited anxiously while the tedious and nerve wracking procedure of determining results went on behind closed doors to see if Ernie Henderson was the overall champion and when the results were revealed some 4 hours later Ernie had tied on points for first place and was awarded third place and the bronze medal on a weight count-back with Daems Gustaf from Belgium in the silver medal position and Martin Barret of England taking the Gold, helped by his great second day weight of 79 lbs of fish.

Wesley Vander linden from Belgium took the gold medal as the Pole champion with 46 lbs and Richard Caplice from Maver Garda Ireland was declared the European Feeder Fishing Champion with a great catch of 83lbs and 6 ounces. Well done to all of the Ireland Garda squad, Veteran campaigner Richard Caplice becoming European Police Feeder fishing champion but especially to the Rising star that is Ernie Henderson who was unlucky not to scoop the gold, finishing instead in a tremendous bronze medal position and he also drew the only shouts of “Barbello Barbello “ from the watching crowd, on day two, as Ernie was the only angler to successfully land a handsome 5lb Barbel from the 250 angling positions over the two days.

The remaining squad of Donnacha Maguire, Peter O Connor Eamonn Bracken and Keith Coleman assisted by James Gargan, our top junior civilian in the Maver Garda club, performed exceptionally well but were just unlucky on this occasion. A special word of thanks to Kieran Roche of Carrickmacross Monaghan, our seasoned logistics manager who succeeded in getting a mountain of Maver kit and tackle and personnel safely to the venue in Rome over land, to the sections each day and back safely to Ireland in draining weather conditions over a 12 day period. The entire squad once again conducted their business with efficiency and a remarkable Esprit De Corp bringing credit to Ireland, the Garda force, themselves and our much valued tackle and clothing sponsor Maver U.K.
Richard Caplice
Team Manager

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Pike Angling Update

Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Boyle, Co Roscommon

Pike fishing was very good a few weeks but has slowed down with a return to warm bright weather of the past week. Early mornings should yield a few fish.
Bodo Funke,
Angling Services Ireland,
Boyle, Co Roscommon


Angling conditions are much improved with the dry week just past and levels are revering to normal as we write. French angling guide Patrick Dumnons, accompanied by two friends, on a week long holiday, reported lively pike angling in the Suck Valley area. They had many fish around the 75cm mark and two fish of 104cms. They had lots of smaller fish also.


The North Longford Anglers Association will hold an open boat competition on Sunday 20 September 2009. This is part of the King of the Lakes competition which runs over several competitions between now and May 2010.

Check in : Dernaferst Bridge (Lough Gowna)
Time : 9 am
Fishing : 10am to 3pm (back to the pub for the All-Ireland)
Cost : €30 per boat + €10 (optional) pools
Further info : John Boyle 086 1963 986

Lough Derg

The Pike Fly Competition which is scheduled to be fished from Killaloe next Saturday the 19th September. All enquiries to TJ O'Brien, Tel: 061 376009 Mob 087 8108225.

The European Pike Angling Challenge will be fished as usualfrom Killaloe. on Sept 21st, 22nd and 24th. Further information and application form can be downloaded from Jim Robinson's website See

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Sea Angling Update

Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:


RNLI Boat Competition, Courtown

Two swallows never made a summer, but the appearance of Codling averaging 1.5.lbs – 2.lbs in weight, during the RNLI boat competition off Courtown, Co. Wexford, was a very welcome sight.

cod Photo: Ashley Hayden with a brace of Courtown Codling

Eighteen small boats and sixty anglers fished this charity event, with the proceeds being split between the Courtown Lifeboat and the Cahore Inshore Rescue. The competition was fished on a catch and release basis with points for species and length. Ray, Smooth Hound, Tope, Bull Huss, Dogfish, Gurnard, Codling, Whiting, and Dab, were the species landed on what was a fine day out for all those who took part.

First placed individual was Mr. Brendan O’Connor, while the “Sean Redmond Memorial Trophy”, for the biggest edible fish was presented to Adrian “Ned” Carrick (Courtown Sea Angling Club) for a Thornback Ray. Mick Redmond and Joe Byrne of the Courtown Angling Centre would like to thank all those who entered the competition, and contributed €1,140.00 to what is a very good cause.

winner Photo: Mick Redmond, C.A.C. presenting 1st prize to Brendan O’Connor

For a day out on “Puffin”, or general tackle and bait requirements, contact Joe Byrne (087 661 3145) or Mick Redmond (086 101 7466), proprietors of the “Courtown Angling Centre”.

Putting the huss in Rush

Johnny Woodlock sent us the following report and Photograph.

We had a good day out of Rush yesterday (Sunday). We managed a good mixed bag of bullhuss, dogfish, mackerel and thornback ray.

bullhussPhoto: Double figure bullhuss caught by Damian Christy.

Though we had no luck with tope fellow angler Damian Christy took this whopping double figure bull huss which he carefully returned after this photo.


North East Mullet Mania

Peadar O’Brien is no slouch when it comes to coarse fishing, he was at one stage an Irish International. Targeting Mullet on the Fane estuary near Dundalk, Peadar showed his class by landing a number of fish to six pound plus on bread flake.

mullet Photo: Angling guide Peadar O’Brien with a Fane estuary Mullet

Tackle consisted of a float rod, test line, an unfilled bubble float, with a short fluorocarbon snood attached to a size 12 hook. Initially the Mullet were shy, sipping in the bait but not being hooked. Peadar then hair rigged the bread, which resulted in spectacular action evidenced by the images above.

For a day out with Peadar email:, or phone: 087 926 5867.

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:


Bass fishing in Cork

Jim Hendrick, bass fishing guide, had some exciting fishing earlier this week.

We visited a little estuary in Cork yesterday, just to be out of the wind! I had taken some time out from fishing over the last few days so was excited about getting out there. Our intentions were to make some shots of mackerel taking lures on the surface hence the micro lure gear.

bassPhoto: A nice bass taken on a small popper.

We ended up having some real fun with several bass who seemed to be enjoying the early Autumn sun. All fish taken on the surface within 30 metres. In the stillness and peace of the afternoon the explosive takes were magnificent – especially at such close range!
Jim Hendrick
Bass Angling Guide
SEAi, 8 St Johns Road, Wexford, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 53 23351
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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
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5 Specimen fish for Lagosta II

Charter Skipper Alan Kennedy in Cork Harbour took his regular group of anglers from Dublin lead by Dave Morris on a wrecking trip of a lifetime. There were a total of 5 specimens boated on the day. Including a mighty 46lb ling, which was landed by angler Declan Gaffney from Balrothery, in North County Dublin. The ling was caught on a full mackerel flapper and took 15 minutes to boat. It is the largest ling ever caught on the Lagosta 11.

lingPhoto: Specimen ling, 46lb, for Declan Gaffney.

Other specimens were all conger between 41and 43lb caught by Dave Morris, Niall Butler, Richard Howard and of course the angler of the day Declan. The congers were all returned alive which was the wish of the anglers. They did not want to kill the fish therefore they will not officially be claiming them as specimens with the Specimen Fish Committee.

Alan Kennedy now in his second year as charter skipper of his Lagosta 11 has certainly made his mark in the charter boat industry with this catch, which also included Cod, Pollack, Gurnard, and Coalfish. A delighted skipper Alan said “I think I have mastered the wrecks at last, and I can’t wait to go out again tomorrow”
Alan Kennedy
Lagosta II Offshore 105. 380 HP Iveco
Base: East Ferry
Tel: 087 6792796

Species Galore in Courtmacsherry

Charter skipper Mark Gannon reports on some recent fishing aboard the Lady Patricia and Lady Louise.

A group of anglers from the South Shields Angling Club,fishing last week from the Lady Louise and Lady Patricia had a Species Competition with 24 Species being recorded. The heaviest fish of the week was a Blue Shark of 2.40 m aprox weight 130lbs tagged and released.

Photo: Blue shark 2.4m long, tagged and ready for release.

The weather was very wintry at the start of the week but calmed down at the end of the week and some enjoyable angling was had by all.
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
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Caherciveen charter fishing

Adrian Hanley, skipper of the Wey Chieftan reports on the deep sea fishing off Kerry.

At last we have had some summer weather enabling us to get some nice fishing days at sea, and what a difference it has made to catches. On board the Wey Chieftain we have had excellent catches of codling, whiting, haddock, pollock, ling, wrasse, etc.

On monday the weather was so good I had a crew travel specially down from Dublin to fish the elusive Bluemouth. They left Dublin at 2am and arrived at the marina in Cahirsiveen at 7am, after a quick breakfast we left at 8am and were off out the 22 miles to the special bank that holds the Bluemouth at a depth of between 300 and 400 feet.

3bluemouthPhoto: Tired but happy. Paddy Loftus and Liam Tully with their specimen bluemouths

Its deep water and hard work to bring up fish. What a day, conditions were perfect and so was the fishing with 5 anglers taking a total of over 120 blue mouth most of which were returned alive (they are a hardy fish ) execpt the four Irish specimens we caught.

Paddy Loftus had a super day with a total of 3 Irish specimens and Liam Tully with one Irish specimen. We also had good pollock and ling fishing.
Adrian Hanley
Wey Cheiftain Offshore 105. 320HP Iveco
Base: Caherciveen
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Valentia Island

Siegy Grabher, skipper of the charter boat Sioux fishing aroud Valentia Island has the following report:

Two to four anglers caught this week 69 pollack, 2 coalfish, 2 ling, 5 pout, codfish, 1 pout and 2 cuckoowrasse.
Siegy Grabher
Ballyhearny West, The Mill, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 66 9476420 or +353 87 6871267
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Bass in Waterville

Damien Kidd of Chaplizod, Dublin sent us this report from his angling holiday:

I have attached photographs of a fine specimen bass that I caught today (14.9.2009) at the River Inny Estuary near Waterville, Co. Kerry.

bassPhoto: Damien Kidd with his 10lb bass.

The fish was caught at 14.30 on a sunny afternoon on a Husky Jerk plug. It was hooked about one hour after high tide. It was weighed by Kevin Brain, proprietor of the Waterville Angling Centre and came in at 10lb. It was a great start to our fishing holiday.
Damien Kidd.


Triggerfish in Waterville

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

I just came back, and what a session I had on the triggers, I caught over 25 fish between 1lb 8oz to 3lb not big but what a great time I had, catching them on a quiver tip rod and 8lb line and lost a lot more, few pollack and mackerel also.
Kevin Brain
KB Fishing Ireland
Waterville, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 66 9474942
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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:


Downings charter fishing

Fishing has been inconsistent lately - some really nice fishing at times and at other times very poor. Blue Sharks really very poor compared to previous years. Porbeagles now light on the ground. Settled weather forecast - perhaps fishing will improve.

Photo: a good sized turbot.

Photo: A tagged tope ready for release.

Photo: Common Skate..

Michael McVeigh
Rosguill 43' Aquastar. Twin 310 HP
Downings, Co. Donegal.
Telephone: +353 74 9155080 or Fax: +353 74 55090
Email: Web:

Interagency Sea Angling Coaching & Team Challenge Day 2009

Killybegs in Co. Donegal was the venue where the Sea Fisheries Protection Agency claimed the Fisheries Society Challenge trophy on Sep 4th.

The official title of this very enjoyable event is the “Interagency Sea Angling Coaching and Team Challenge Event” and the 2009 was hosted by the NRFB. Teams of four boat anglers from each of the RFBs, and other fisheries agencies (e.g. SFPA, MI). fished this year and everyone had fish despite the heavy swell which made conditions very challenging. Team members had booked their leave months in advance to ensure they would be available for the event and not even the recession could not stop them from saving up for the accommodation, charter boat hire, bait and travel cost involved.

SWRFB finished second while the local team, NRFB, finished 3rd. This is the first time that the team prize has gone outside the Fisheries Boards. As usual the event was run on a catch-and-release basis and the main species captured were pollack, wrasse, gurnard, coalfish, dab, pouting, poor cod, ray, dogfish and small numbers of codling.

brillPhoto: Willie Roche, CFB with a brill.

The format changed somewhat this year to ensure that a novice boat angler (limited or no experience of boat angling) was part of each four person team. The aim was to introduce the sport and/or the product to potential new anglers. Recognizing the considerable skills of many of the anglers from all of the agencies taking part, the organisers saw an opportunity to introduce sea angling to a new audience and provide friendly coaching for novice sea anglers in each team. One place on each team was reserved for a "rookie" boat angler - this person will be a novice to boat angling who has not taken part in this event in the past.

Apart from on-boat instruction about boat angling on the day several informal talks were presented the evening before. NRFB’s Michael Patton presented information on “The angling marks in the Killybegs area” and, multiple individual winner of this event in the past, SWRFB’s Michael Hennessy, provided information on “Fishing rigs to be used for different species”, which added to everyone’s angling education. The boat draw was also very keenly observed on the night.

PRIZEGIVING NIGHT: At the prizegiving held in the Tara Hotel, CFB board member and NRFB Chairman, John McLaughlin, Chairman of the NRFB and North West Charter Skippers Association, highlighted the potential of the sea angling sector and the need for more work in this area. John then presented the prizes to the winning anglers. The overall winner was John Molloy from SFPA who was presented with the CFB Best Individual Angler Perpetual Trophy.

Feedback from several novice anglers indicated that all enjoyed their day and all would come back again. The retired CEO of the NRFB, Harry Lloyd, a great supporter of this event since it was initiated eight years ago, was honored and he fished very well as he headed up the ALL-STARS team.

The Winning teamPhoto: The Sea Fisheries Protection Agency won the event with 5204 points.

After dinner and a looped slide show honouring the greats of Irish sea angling within the Fisheries Service (including Des Brennan, Kevin Linnane, Peter Greeen and Norman Dunlop) over the past 50 years (compiled by Michael Hennessy), Cormac Goulding of the NRFB presented a talk about the multipartnered Donegal Angling Holidays website and how it has progressed in recent years. The website is sponsored by Donegal County Development Board, the Marine Institute, Údarás na Gaeltachta, the Northern Regional Fisheries Board, the North West Regional Tourism Authority and Donegal County Council. Complemeting this Smith Campbell of the NORTH WEST CHARTER SKIPPERS ASSOCIATION spoke about their website and activity in recent years. In terms of sea angling it was clear that Killybegs is very well serviced and organized

Michael and Hugh John Patton were thanked by the Chairman of the organizing committee, Willie Roche, for organizing all the local arrangements, boats, accommodation etc. while the key man in organizing the overall event, Michael Hennessy SWRFB, was singled out for his trojan work. Brian Mc Gilloway was also thanked for his input in co-ordinating the boat hire.


The team results were as follows:

Individual results as follows:

  1. John Molloy, SFPA, Huntress Blue, 2144
  2. Andrew Quigley, SWRFB, Huntress Blue, 1812
  3. Kevin Crowley, WRFB, Huntress Blue, 1608
  4. Peter Mcgroary, SFPA , Bundoran Star, 1578
  5. Eddie Doherty, NWRFB, Huntress Blue, 1570
  6. Kevin Barber, SFPA, Duanaimarra, 1482
  7. Sean Ivory, ERFB, Huntress Blue, 1336
  8. Michael Patton, NRFB, Bundoran Star, 1164
  9. Mike Hennessy, SWRFB, Kiwi Girl, 1142
  10. Pat Buck, SWRFB, Maire Do, 1076

Novice boat angler results as follows:

  1. Michael McAulliffe, MI, Huntress Blue, 692
  2. Greg Roche, SRFB, Kiwi Girl, 670
  3. Milton Matthews, NRFB, Meridian, 542
  4. Amanda Mooney, WRFB, Huntress Blue, 512
  5. Martin Harvey, ALL STARS, Bundoran Star, 358

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Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Foyle sea angling

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

Sunday 20th September 09


Please Note changed times!

Venue Benone Beach Time 12 NOON - 5pm
Check - in at the Beach from 10am

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


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Northern Ireland

Hamish Currie reports:


Red Bay

blackmouthdogfishPhoto: A good blonde ray.

Last week was a funny week. Though the weather was fine angling was a bit upseet. The lack of mackerel is still a problem for me in Red Bay at the moment but coalfish are a good substitute.

tub gurnardPhoto: A brightly coloured ub gurnard.

All the usual suspects are appearing in anglers catches and tagging is in full swing. Specimen hunting is going well and we will have quite a few forms to send the ISFC by the end of the month.

Interestingly many skate are about, even in the dark.

skatePhoto: Skate in the dark.

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

Raithlin Island

Ross Macklin was fishing off Raithlin Island over the weekend and had good mixed ground fishing. His best fish was a fine 130lb skate.

skatePhoto: 130lb skate for Ross Macklin

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