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Irish Angling Update

24 September 2009

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
email: Paul Bourke
Ph: 00 353 (0) 1 8842600
Fax: 00 353(0) 1 8360060

Salmon and Trout Angling

Coarse Angling

Pike Angling

Sea Angling


GAME ANGLING

Game Angling Update

Eastern Region

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

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

 

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Southern Region

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

23/09/09

River Nore

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

22/09/09: I had a good morning hooking 3 salmon but only managed to land one.
One of the fish I lost was a good fish of about 15 lb a bar of silver lost at the net.

salmonPhoto: Jim Brown releasing a salmon.

20/09/09 I Have been very busy for the last few day working on a project with Mark Corps of the Central fisheries Board , will tell you more soon. In the meantime the river has fallen to a good hight for fly fishing in the last week I have met about 8 salmon and landed 4 the best being a fresh 10 lber .

salmonPhoto: Another Nore salmon goes back.

One or two good fish in the 18-20lb class have been caught in the Inistioge area but the run of salmon this year is disappointing , no big runs like the last two years
Jim Brown
Salmon and trout ghillie
Address: Rosebank Lodge, Mount Alto, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.
Telephone:
+353-56-7758419
Email: jimmbrown@eircom.net Web: http://www.noresalmon.com

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South Western Region

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

22/09/09

Lough Currane

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

14/9/09 Again all quiet on the SW front in all departments on Lough Currane, and now to put the record straight, yesterday 13/0/09 I wrote that a guest fishing with Mr Michael O’Sullivan of Waterville boats and lobsterb@iol.ie caught a salmon on the famous Butler Pool and of www.watervillegolflinks.ie well this was incorrect, because he caught it today and the reason for my technical mistake, I mixed up my notes, sorry for that, but I am sure Michael wont mind the publicity. Wind WNW light to calm and bright sunshine throughout the day, max air temperature 18.8c.

15/9/09 On Lough Currane, Mr Jim Mathews caught a Grilse and a few seatrout with his Gillie Mr Mike O’Dwyer and Mike was telling me that there were also a few seatrout caught by other boats. Wind ENE light with reasonable cloud cover, max air temperature 17.2c.

16/9/09 There were a few sea trout caught and I was reading on www.Loughcurrane.com our manger Mr. John Murphy ESQ. reported that one boat caught 10 C&R seatrout. Wind NNE light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover at times, max air temperature 17.1c.

17/9/09 straight to the poaching department and www.Loughcurrane.com and our Manger Mr. John Murphy is reporting some excellent seatrout to the dry fly, fishing is at its best ether in early morning or in the late evening, with Mr John Hallstead catching the majority of the seatrout, and just for the record John was in a hired out boat from www.Lakelandshouse.com Wind SSW light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover, max air temperature 16.3c.

18/9/09 Mr John Murphy reported that Mr Anthony O’Sullivan had 10 C&R seatrout. Wind SSW light to calm and overcast with very light rain at times, max air temperature 14.4c.

19/9/09 staying in the poaching department, our manger Mr. John Murphy ESQ. and of www.Loughcurrane.com is reporting some fine fishing, and in the words of Mr John Murphy, or as good as, Mr John Hallstead Fishing in a hired out boat from www.Lakelandshouse.com had another 10 C&R seatrout Mr .Joe Barry, Mr Tom Aherne, Mr. Finbarr Walsh, Mr. Eddy Kelly caught 18 seatrout up to 2.75lbs and finished the day off with a 10lbs salmon , and in the specimen seatrout department Mr. Anthony O’Sullivan caught a 10.5lbs seatrout and staying in the seatrout department Mr. Dave O’Neal caught 3 seatrout up to 1.5lbs, also other boats reported up to 8 C&R seatrout of which some them were in the 3lbs class. Wind Light to fresh NNE with bright sunshine with reasonable cloud cover at times. Amount of rainfall in the last 24 hours 3.9mm, max air temperature 15.2c.

20/9/09 There were a few seatrout caught, wind SW light and overcast for most of the day, max air temperature 16.3c.

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: salmonandseatrout@eircom.net Web: www.salmonandseatrout.com

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Shannon Region

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

23/09/09


UPPER SHANNON


LOUGH SHEELIN

A number of the regular L.S.T.P.A. anglers fished fished Lough Sheelin last week with some good results. Michael Kelly caught and released 14 trout over the week, best fish 3.75lbs all on dry fly. John Murphy and friend D Foley fished over three days and had 5 trout to 2lbs, all released. Peter Mc Ardle tried the wet Daddy and caught 8 fish to 1.75lbs, all released. Kien Cairns caught and released 4 trout to 1.5lbs. If conditions are favourable Sheelin is worth trying this week.

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 http://www.loughsheelinanglers.ie/.
Thomas Lynch
L.S.T.P.A.
Mobile: 087 9132033
Web:
http://www.loughsheelinanglers.ie/

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


MID SHANNON AREA


LOUGH OWEL

Lough Owel is fishing very well. Most of the fish are being caught in the afternoon and early evening time on sedges.

LOUGH ENNELL

Anglers are reporting good fishing on Ennell in the evening time.
For updates:
Shannon Regional Fisheries Board
Mullingar Office
Tel: 044 48769

LOUGH ACALLA CO GALWAY

There was increased number of anglers on Lough Acalla due to the good weather conditions. Fish caught averaged just over 1lb in weight. There were very good fly hatches and good angling at all times of the day and evening. The most successful flies were Black Pennell, Green and Golden Olives, Murrock, Muddlers and Pheasant tail. Prospects for the coming week are very good.
John Devaney,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector,
Roscommon
Tel: 087 2266735


LOWER SHANNON AREA


River Mulcair, Co Limerick

There hasn't been a lot of angling in recent days on the Mulcair. Anglers who are fishing are reporting Salmon being caught most days up to recently . We expect dry weather for the last week remaining, so we will probably have a quiet end to the season on Wednesday next.

RIVER FEALE CO KERRY

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

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Western Region

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

23/09/09

Delphi Fishery - From one extreme to another

The weather finally changed for the better, with clear blue skies and flat calm waters. Not exactly the fisherman’s dream conditions, but very acceptable to everyone else after 62 consecutive days of recorded rainfall. The last dry day was July 8th. Since 9th September we have had no rainfall at all and the river has fallen to 15cms on the guage.

Since our last blog entry, salmon angling has been relatively quiet with only six fish landed. As he often is, Jack Browne from Dublin was once again the most successful angler of the week with four fish, two off Finlough and two off Doolough. All four – three springers and a grilse – were far from fresh.

Graham Pearson from Durham also had one off Finlough at 4.5lbs and Bernard Kennedy from Dublin had a fresh wild grilse off the Turn Pool of 4lbs approx.

Sea trout fishing has been relatively quiet also with about 30 caught for the week so far, including two 3-pounders.
Peter Mantle
Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296
Web: www.delphi-salmon.com

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North Western Region

Markus Muller reports:
E-mail: info@nwrfb.com

Week ending 20 September, 2009

River Moy

The Moy system yielded a reported catch of 263 salmon for the week, bringing the yearly total, so far, to 6,764, which is almost on par with the previous season. Water levels continued to drop further during the week and an increase in rod numbers towards the weekend resulted in reasonable catches mostly in the middle reaches of the river.

Fishing on the tidal beats was still impacted by high water levels with only eight salmon reported from the Moy Fishery including a grilse from the Ridge Pool for Louth angler Padge Reilly. On the Freshwater Beat, Jim McCooey, Northern Ireland, had a grilse on worm, while Melvin Hughes from England caught one on fly. The Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water fished very well, as did Mount Falcon, where 34 salmon (26 released) were reported. Coolcronan reported a very good 26 salmon (15 released) including a 9 pounder for Swiss angler, Joseph Wolfinger, while Rupert Banks, Scotland, had 3 salmon between 7 & 10 lbs. on the Foxford Fishery. Rinanney produced a 9 lbs. salmon for Frank Bastian, Germany, and an 8.50 lbs. fish for visiting French angler, Philipe Tinois. Up river, on the East Mayo Association water, Martin Curley, Galway, landed an 8 pounder on spinner, while local angler, Conor Walsh and John Quinn, Galway, had a fish each on fly.

Easkey River

The Fortland Fishery continued to fish well despite the low water conditions and accounted for a total of 12 salmon for the week. Amongst the successful anglers were Stuart Forester, England, and Paddy McGowen, Northern Ireland who both caught their first ever salmon.

Owenmore River & Carrowmore Lake

Despite the fine, dry weather and low water levels a few fish were caught on the Bangor Club water. Eddie Nixon, UK, did very well with 3 grilse (2 released), averaging 5 lbs, while Geoff Downing, also UK, caught a fine 6 pounder in the Rocky Pool. There is still a good show of fish in the Owenmore River and prospects for the final week of the season are looking good as the recent rain has helped to bring water levels up again.

There was also some angling activity on Carrowmore Lake during the week. A total of 5 salmon were caught and released. Local angler, Denis Somers, had the best bag with 2 fish at 6 & 8 lbs.

Lough Conn

Angling on the lake improved further during the week. While high water levels still hampered the fishing somewhat at the beginning of the week, the fine warm weather resulted in fair to good conditions towards the weekend.

From Pontoon Bridge Hotel most anglers enjoyed good sport. Amongst the successful anglers were: Hanna Goodland, UK and Patrick & John Wills, also UK. Kelly’s Boat Hire, Cloghans, also reported good fishing: Daniel Edwards and his brother from Wales enjoyed a fantastic and memorable day on the lake. Together they caught and released over 35 trout and also lost a salmon! From Cloonamoyne Fishery, Crossmolina, Gary Crossley had a nice 2 lbs. trout, while John & Alex Corcoran caught 2 fish for 3 lbs. Elsewhere, Joe Quinn enjoyed good sport with 11 tout for a day’s fishing. Joe was fishing in the Cuilkillew area near Massbrook.

Most successful flies included Daddy Long Legs, Green Peter, Olive Dabbler, Octopus, Olive Bumble and Bibio.

During the week, the annual “Kieran Lynn Memorial Cup” was fished out of Murphy’s Boat Hire, Massbrook. Thirty-eight anglers took part and the event was won by John Burke, Foxford with 3 trout. Second place went to Michael Noone, Lahardane (2 trout) and Gary Binley finished in 3rd place.

Lough Arrow

The I.T.F.F.A. Inter Provincial Fly Fishing Competition was fished on Lough Arrow on Saturday, 19 September. A total of 72 anglers participated in this “Catch & Release” event which was won by the Ulster Team. The Connaught team finished in 2nd place with the team from Munster in 3rd place. Angling conditions were only fair due to the bright and sunny weather and most fish were caught on wet flies. Frank Kelly, Ulster, was the best individual angler with Barry Fox, Connaught, catching the best fish, a fine 52cm brownie.

Ballin Lough

Angling on Ballin Lough remained steady during the week with 16 anglers fishing and 35 rainbow trout caught (23 released). M. Foley and party of three anglers had 11 fish (8 released), best at 4 lbs., while Peter Gray, Castlebar, boated 9 trout, best a 4.5 lbs fish. Successful flies for the week were Sedge patterns and Dial Bach Nymph.

This prolific rainbow trout fishery remains open until the end of October. To book a boat on Ballin Lough, anglers should contact Mrs. Gill, beside the lake, on 098-26128.

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Northern Region

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

Monday 14th to Sunday 20th September 2009.

OWENEA FISHERY

The weather remained dry and sunny all week with no rainfall and the river remained at very low summer levels all week. The gauge average for the week read a very low 0.09 metres. This all meant the fishery was very quiet and only two visiting rods fished for the week. I have only one salmon to report. This was a fine 14lb fish caught by Tommy Corr on a spinner form beat 7 on Tuesday.

The weather forecast for the coming week is for good rain on Monday with lighter rainfall over the following 3 days. This should give us water conditions over the start of the week.

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

RIVER DROWES

The week brought dry and sunny weather with no rainfall and the Drowes dropped from 7 on the gauge on Monday to read 5.5 by Sunday evening. The river was quiet over the week but there were decent numbers of salmon caught on Saturday & Sunday and anglers reported seeing good numbers of fresh salmon showing. On Saturday, Daryl Kennedy recorded 3 grilse caught on shrimp weighing from 5 to 7½ lb. Young Pauric Kettles accounted for a 3lb grilse caught on worm from the Crooked Pool. Gary Morrow recorded 4 grilse caught on shrimp over the weekend weighing from 5 to 7lb.

The forecast this week is for good rain at the start of the week with rain showers over the week becoming lighter so I would expect the Drowes to rise to a degree over the first half of the week. This will ensure good water up to the end of the season.

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

EANY FISHERY

The weather was sunny and dry over the week and the Eany Fishery remained at very low summer levels each day. The gauge average for the week read a very low 0.14 metres. The low water conditions and bright, sunny weather meant the fishery was very quiet and we had no visiting rods fishing this week. As such there is little to report.
The weather forecast for the coming week is for good rain on Monday with further lighter amounts of rainfall over the following days. This should give some good conditions for the first half of the week at least.
For info, etc on the Eany Fishery contact:
The Eany Angling Centre
Tel: 074 9736559 (7am to 1pm).

LOUGH MELVIN

The weather was very bright sunny and dry this week on the Lough and with the conditions, trout fishing was difficult with fish hard to come by. The Rossinver Fishery held their end of year competition on Saturday and the fishing was hard with only some 10 fish recorded by the 30 boats that fished. The weather remained dry however for the ‘Big Barbecue’ after the competition and this was appreciated by all. The best trout I heard of was a fine 9½lb trout caught trolling from around the mouth of Clancy’s River by Eugene Harron on Tuesday.

The forecast for the coming week is for good rain at the start of the week easing as the week goes on. The overcast and breezier conditions should help the fishing.

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Loughs Agency area and Northern Ireland

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

19/09/09

Upper Mourne

As the season begins to draw to the close, (last day is the 20th October), the salmon fishing has become excellent!

In the first week of September a team of 5 anglers from GB caught over 20 fish in 5 days and lost a further 6! Almost all of the salmon pools have good number of fish in them and great numbers of salmon are seen every day! There is some availability for rods in the remaining month of the season - if you have any clients that would like to come at last minute to fish, please let me know.

As a reminder to all anglers, you must adhere to existing bag limits, tagging regulations and familiarise yourself with the present angling regulations before you go fishing.

22 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.

With the pleasant weather once again this weekend, quite a few large fish are beginning to show close to the surface giving anglers plenty of entertainment. Limavady’s Lexi Stewart, Wilson Stewart, Willy Lowry and Adrian Guy gave Cashel a throw banking thirty-six trout, over two days, between them using dries and buzzers. Lexi’s two for home weighed 5lb 13ozs, Willy’s two for home weighed 12lb 13ozs one of which was 9lb 3ozs. Dennis Sweeny (Kilrea) and Paddy Mc Mullan (Dunloy) banked three in total which weighed a total of 8lb 5ozs. Kieran Mc Garrigle (Limavady) bagged one weighing 6lb 5ozs and one of 2lb 6ozs using a teal, blue and silver wet fly. He also released three others back into the lake. Damien Donnelly (Draperstown) bagged one for home weighing 4lb 4ozs. Bernard Mellon (Swatragh) released seven trout which all fell to dries while Dungiven anglers, Martin Bradley, Barry Hasson and John Hasson banked one trout each on Saturday evening using damsels, green suspenders and CDC’s. Feeny’s Roland Mullan also banked one which took a hawthorn fly. Jim McCurry and Brian Donnelly (Limavady) released one trout each while Mark Boyce (Dungiven) unfortunately lost the three trout which he played for a short while. Marlene
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email: casheltrout@hotmail.com  Website: www.cashellakeview.com
Short Breaks Offer: Special discounts for 1st October 09 - 31st March 2010 (Excluding Christmas & Easter) ring 028 777 42159 for further details.

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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

22/09/09

INAUAGURAL POLISH ANGLING COMPETITION HELD AT LOUGH MUCKNO

A Polish Angling organization entitled Fishmaniak held an inaugural coarse angling competition on 12th and 13th September at Lough Muckno in Castleblaney. The event was a great success with over 500 coarse fish caught and released over the two days.

Polish clubPhoto: Fishmaniak club members at Lough Muckno

Fishmaniak are a recently established club and they have 35 members from the Polish angling community in the Monaghan area. The Board presented a perpetual cup to the individual winner of this competition and Inspector Paddy Greene welcomed this initiative by stating ‘The Eastern Regional Fisheries Board are delighted with this initiative set up by the polish angling community and in particular their adoption of its catch and release conservation policy. This helps to preserve future fish stocks for local and overseas anglers which ultimately benefits the local economy. The Board looks forward to working with Fishmaniak in the future’.


Bag up in Monaghan

bream Photo: Wayne Percival and Tony Deane from Chester (UK) with a brace of Monaghan Bream

Tony Deane, a Chester (UK) based tackle dealer, and his friend Wayne Percival, enjoyed some excellent coarse fishing in the lakes surrounding Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, Ireland. Based at the “Gate Lodge B/B”, located off the main street in Carrickmacross, the lads weighed in 40.lb+ bags everyday during their trip.

bream Photo: Chester (UK) based Tony Deane with a plump Monaghan Bream

Bream, Roach, Hybrids, and Perch, made up the bulk of their catches, from three different venues. Given the high water levels experienced on most lakes this summer the general quality of fishing in the Monaghan area has been fantastic.
Mal McLeod
Gate Lodge Angling
Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.
Tel: 00353 (0) 86 605 0425
Email: info@gatelodgeangling.com Web: www.gatelodgeangling.com


September Roach

The roach, affectionately nicknamed red fin, is a favourite of coarse anglers. With high pressure settled over Ireland, word filtered out of County Monaghan that fish were on the move. Plans were set, and a lake not noted as a coarse fishing venue, but which throws up big pike, was targeted to test survey. Angling guide Peadar O’Brien and Ashley Hayden (ERFB) decided on the novel approach of feeder fishing from a boat. With the help of sonar it was established that fish were active below five metres depth. A drop off was chosen, the boat was anchored, and balls of feed were dropped six metres to the waiting fish.

roach Photo:Peadar O’Brien with a super Monaghan Roach

Feeders in and within seconds small Perch were coming aboard. The Perch were quickly followed by small Roach that just got bigger and bigger. Many fish topped a pound in weight with the biggest running 1.75 lbs plus. Peadar a seasoned coarse angler and Irish International, was stunned by the quality. “You do not get this everyday, this is awesome” he kept repeating, as another pound plus roach came to the net.

At session end the keep net was bulging. Not only were the roach large, they were in perfect condition. This was virgin water, with the mark being easily accessible from the shore. Only roach and perch were caught, but hybrids and bream also abound in this lake. Like so many waters in Ireland, we do not know even a quarter of it. Pike were showing also, as roach fry regularly disturbed the surface close to the boat. At session end plans were already afoot regarding further forays on this little fished lake in drumlin country.

For further information contact Peadar O’Brien by phoning, 087 926 5867, or email: obrienmariapeadar@oceanfree.net.

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Southern Region

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

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

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South Western Region

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

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

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Shannon Region

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

23/09/09


UPPER SHANNON


Lanesboro

There is more angling activity than of late due to the fine weather. Anglers are getting mixed bags of fish ranging from 20lbs to 25lbs along the gusher. Also small Tench are showing.

LONGFORD AREA and the STROKESTOWN LAKES

Father and son Barry and John Baker enjoyed a weeks Angling when they stayed with Kevin and Jane Lyons of Melview Lodge, this was John's first time over where as his father Barry has stayed at Melview Lodge previously. They were able to catch roach and hybrids most of the time but the bream did take their time to show due to conditions.

coarse fishPhoto: Father and son Barry and John Baker.

Kevin found time to get out with a few of his guest's and managed put a nice net of bream together. Kevin said that due to conditions the fishing was hard at times with a few quite spells during the session. Fishing a prebaited swim and using the feeder at 40 yards with worm and maggot cocktail seemed to do the trick, we have to wait and see what the weather holds for us next week.

The Lakes, Rivers and Loughs in and around Longford and Strokstown have fished well on some days and been slower on others. Catches of roach and hybrids have always been possible while the bream have taken a little while to get going.

Due to recent flood conditions and the lack of food being introduced, I feel when we have prebaited this has attracted a lot of pike into the swims so causing them to slow down at times during the session. At present water levels are returning back to normal at most venues and this normally causes the fish to feed, so next week we will see how guests of Melview lodge get on.

breamPhoto: Kevin of Melview Lodge out for a fish with his guest's.

Kevin Lyons, 
MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE,
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email:
  info@melviewlodge.com Web: http://www.melviewlodge.com 

MOHILL and CARRICK ON SHANNON

The CARRIK ON SHANNON Angling festival is being fished this week on the Shannon around the Carrick area with the newly finished mud flats being one of the venues. The Shannon Regional Fisheries Board support this event. We will have the results for next weeks update.
Brian Bohan
CHAFLYNNS COTTAGE & GUIDING SERVICE
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Bbohan70@eircom.net Web http://www.Chaflynnscottage.com


MID SHANNON AREA


BANAGHER

The water levels are almost back to normal. The fishing is very quiet in the Banagher area with little to report this week - anglers are thin on the ground.
Ray Duthie
Old Forge Banagher
Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER
Tel: 057 9151504. Email: kmduthie2@eircom.net

PORTUMNA

Water levels have now receded significantly and catches are improving as a result. The Salmon Run and Portumna Town stretches are providing superb roach fishing. Daily catches of 20lbs-30lbs of Roach were the norm for two visiting English anglers, Dave Halliwell of Bradford and Mike Waterworth of Rothwell. Additionally bream to 5lbs are now showing.

Mike Waterworth had a nice net of roach caught on pole. Feeder is producing bream later in the day, castor and red maggot being the best baits. Shannonbridge area is also providing similar sport. However pike activity also increasing everywhere so take some heavier tackle as I have encountered attacks every day losing a nice bream and numerous roach.
Mike Murray ,
MURRAY'S B&B, Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Email murrays.ireland@yahoo.co.uk Web http://www.bedandbreakfastportumna.com

RIVER SUCK VALLEY - Mid River Suck

The river levels have dropped back to near normal and angling conditions are very good at time of writing. English anglers reported mixed bags of small fish, bag weights averaging 15lbs to 20lbs.
Mr John Ryan,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector
Tel: 094 96 40103 Mob: 087 2536064
John Devaney,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector,
Roscommon for the lower River Suck
Tel: 087 2266735

TOM FOXES ANGLING STRETCH and lower RIVER INNY

The river has picked up on Tommy's stretch with lots of roach and perch being caught. Water levels are well down to near normal at time of writing.
INNY BAY B&B
Annagh, The Pigeons, Athlone County Westmeath
Tel +353 90 6485284 Mob: 087 9960173 for enquiries and boat hire
Email innybay@gmail.com Web http://www.innybay.com

ATHLONE AREA

David Potter, a regular visiting angler to Athlone had good fishing on the Inner Lakes over his recent trip. He had a lot of big Bream, best results were during early morning sessions. Pleasure anglers are reporting that fishing is back to normal with the dry weather of the past two weeks. They are reporting bags of mixed fish ranging from 25lbs to 30lbs on the Shannon around Long Island downstream of Athlone.


LOWER SHANNON AREA


Lough Derg and East Clare Lakes

There was no coarse angling reported this week. All attentions are now on the European Pike Angling Challenge this week - see Pike report.
TJ O'Brien,
TJ's ANGLING CENTRE
KILLALOE, Co. CLare
Email info@tjsangling.com Web www.tjsangling.com

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Western Region

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

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

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North Western Region

Markus Muller reports:
E-mail: info@nwrfb.com

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

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Northern Region

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

23/09/09

General round up

Town Lake Killeshandra is giving good bags of fish, together with Eonish where nice bream 4/5lb in weight are being caught, also good roach.

Good bags of fish are being bagged at back of Garadice B Section.


22/09/09

KING OF CLUBS ANGLING FESTIVAL 2009

Kevin Johnson joins the long list of names etched on the on the silver plate of the “King of Clubs” trophy - match angling legends dating back to 1983. Once again the 4 day festival produced a great list of results despite some of the highest water levels recorded in Cavan and Leitrim.

Kevin JohnsonPhoto: Kevin Johnson groans a sigh of relief after weighing this catch of 13-600 kilos on the last day of the King of Clubs to win with a week’s total haul of 83-280 kilos (about 185lb) and pocket more than £4,000.

There were plenty of fish to be caught and Kevin, owner of Messingham Sands Fishery in Lincolnshire, was the angler who took full advantage to finish with an 83-280 kilo (185lb) total across the five days. His success was rewarded by the sponsorship of Tourism Ireland and Irish Ferries with the guaranteed £3,000 winner’s cheque and another £1,000 from the optional pools.

“I’m on cloud nine”, said the 53 year old as packed his tackle away after a nerve wracking last day session on Corfree Shore, Lough Gowna. Kevin gained the overall lead on the third day when he put together 27-560 kilos (61lb) from what he called the “pick of the pegs” by drawing number seven on Eonish Shore – a noted peg used regularly by pleasure anglers for bream fishing. “It was easy enough fishing because the fish were there”, he explained. “I started by dropping eight large feeders full of groundbait but then spent 30 minutes on the pole catching a few small fish. At the end I had 44 skimmer bream on the feeder and 32 of them came on 30 casts in the middle of the match on a combination of worm, caster and red maggot. There were also 25 roach in the net”

Result:

  1. Kevin Johnson, Messingham. 83-280 kg
  2. Kevin Rowles, Devizes. 79-280 kg
  3. John Whincup, Fox Match Van den Eynde. 74-320 kg
  4. Lee Klimczuk, Van den Eynde Bait Tech. 72-660 kg
  5. Baz Smith, Enniskillen. 65-420 kg
  6. Dave Brettle, Doncaster. 64-730 kg

Dave Houghton
Active Irish Angling
Tel: (UK) 0151 324 4744 (Ireland) 00 353 (0)71 9642743
Web: www.activeirishangling.com

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

18/09/09

Pike angling stepping up a gear in the North East

pike Photo: An Autumn Pike for Chris Grzegortz fishing a Monaghan Lake

The warm weather is getting the Pike on the move which in turn is encouraging more angling effort. Carrickmacross angler Chris Grzegortz has been getting some cracking Pike up to 15.lbs, fishing lures from both boat and shore.

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:
enquiries@srfb.ie

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

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South Western Region

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

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

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Shannon Region

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

23/09/09

Boyle, Co Roscommon

Pike fishing has picked up. Anglers fishing in the upper Shannon reported some big pike to the low 20's.
Bodo Funke,
Angling Services Ireland,
Boyle, Co Roscommon
Web: www.anglingservicesireland.com

Banagher

The was a party of six Dutch anglers fishing from a cruiser and small boats and reported catching and releasing over 70 pike. They covered the lower River Suck, the Shannon from Shannonbridge to Meelick.
Ray Duthie
Old Forge Banagher
Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER
Tel: 057 9151504. Email: kmduthie2@eircom.net

River Suck

The river levels have dropped back to near normal and angling conditions are very good in the River Suck system at present. Visiting French and English angers had very good pike fishing in the Ballyforan area with pike caught up to 20lbs.

Stephen Gibbons, a regular contributer to our pike updates sent us the following report and photo.

pikePhoto: Here is a photo of a 22lb 2oz Pike from the River Suck.The fish was caught today by Ronan Mullen on a roach at 7.30am, the fish was quickly weighed and a photo taken and put back.

Potumna

Water levels have now receded significantly and catches are improving as a result. Pike activity is increasing everywhere so take some heavier tackle as I have encountered attacks every day losing a nice bream and numerous roach.
Mike Murray ,
MURRAY'S B&B, Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Email murrays.ireland@yahoo.co.uk Web http://www.bedandbreakfastportumna.com

Lough Derg

The Pike Fly competition was fished on Derg around Killaloe on Saturday last September 19th. A total of 35 anglers took part. The event was enjoyed by all in pleasant weather conditions. 22 pike were caught. The winner was Sean Bond from Limerick with a pike of over 10lbs. Second went to Ger Bond with a fish of over 7lbs and in third place was Klaus Sinnhoffer.

European Pike Angling Challenge

The European Pike Angling Challenge is being fished this week from Killaloe, finishes on Thursday September 24th. The Shannon Regional Fisheries Board are supporting the event. We are also providing a daily results service. A full report will follow next week.

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

19/09/09

Lunker bass for Jim Hendrick

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

John Weir from Ennis Co. Clare had spent Thursday and Friday with me working at a saltwater fly fishing for bass workshop. Conditions were improving all of the time and this morning was going to be one of those days. I convinced John to stay for just one more short morning session of fishing. I took the fish in the post below just at high water at a local mark on a lavender white and grey sloopy droopy.

Measuring in at 81 cms he proved to be a worthy adversary and was returned after a few photographs. Its not often that I post photos of myself and many thanks to John for taking the time out to make them. Brian whom was also on the two day workshop returned to cork mid morning after a big breakfast at cuasnog, convinced more than ever that fly fishing is the best way to catch bass!

bassPhoto: Jim Henrick with his 81 cm bass.

This afternoon John, having seen the fish of the morning and having caught some himself, decided this was the last shot of the weekend as he was returning to Ennis – whilst John battled on I managed another good fish for the day at 79 cms. It was great to have someone there to witness it – two specimen bass on the fly in one day.

A big thank you to Brian and John for the company, the fishing, the pints and all the craic!
Jim Hendrick
Bass Angling Guide
SEAi, 8 St Johns Road, Wexford, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 53 23351
E-mail: sportfishing@eircom.net Web: www.bassfishing.ie

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:
enquiries@srfb.ie

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

 

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South Western Region

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

15/09/09

Specimen bass in Courtmacsherry

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

On the 15th September we deceided to target bass where in the Courtmacsherry area a good few large fish had been landed. We set off and caught a good few live joey mackerel and also a few small curleens(small Pollack).

bassPhoto: Damien and his 10.3lb bass.

We moored the boat in the Estuary and straight away we got a take but he dropped the bait. The first fish landed was a fine specimen of 10.3lbs which gave a great fight caught by Damien Sheridan well known in coarse fishing circles where he represented Ireland in International Competition. 2 other bass were landed and returned. The other boat landed 3 fish, the heaviest a fish of 6lbs, all returned.
Regards,
Mark Gannon
Lady Patricia Aquastar 38'. 370 HP
Lady Patricia Aquastar 38'. 370 HP
Address: Woodpoint Guest House, Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 23 46427 or +353 86 8250905
Email: csal@iol.ie Web: www.courtmacsherryangling.ie


20/09/09

Valentia Island

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

Indian Summer! Lots of sunshine and little wind accompanied us on the last four trips this season. Four to five anglers caught 117 pollack, 8 coalfish, 23 ling, 22 pout, 3 cod, 3 cuckoo wrasse and 2 ballan wrasse.

ballan wrassePhoto: a brghtly coloured ballan wrasse.

We thank all our guests for this wonderful and successful season and look forward to seeing you again.
Siegy Grabher
Sioux
Ballyhearny West, The Mill, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 66 9476420 or +353 87 6871267
Email: valentiafishing@eircom.net Website: www.valentiafishing.com

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Shannon Region

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

23/09/09

Carrigaholt charter fishing report

Summertime!! At last the majority of days are almost flat calm and fishing is on a steady platform!

Fishing is going well and as the settled spell went on you could see the water get clear and blue again. Mackerel have been getting harder to catch at the Loop and some mornings getting bait has been hard work. However over this last weekend there has been lots of them about again. There has also been a lot of Scad and small Saith just North of Loop Head.

Further off the ground fishing has been showing up lots of different species, with some nice Haddock about. There is also some fine Whiting and we have had 2 Specimen Red Gurnard. The Pollack fishing was still slow with fish proving unpredictable. Part of the day could be very quiet and then whether they just decide to feed or a different drift, you will start to get constant fish. Then just as fast as it started it will stop. However over the last few days the Pollack have been getting very active and 2 days ago we had a day with a moderate westerly breeze when every drop was producing Pollack up to 9lb.

The improved weather has also meant I have been doing more Shark fishing. We have had shark to the boat every day we tried and indeed some fine sized fish with 3 Blue Shark over the 100lb mark.

Luke Aston
Clare Dragoon, LOCHIN 366, 650HP.
Carrigaholt Co. Clare  
Telephone: +353 65 9058209 or +353 87 6367544
Email: lukeaston@eircom.net  Web: www.fishandstay.com

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Western Region

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

no report this week [last report 28/08/09]

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North Western Region

Markus Muller reports:
E-mail: info@nwrfb.com

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

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Northern Region

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

22/09/09

Fishing on the Sand

Smith Campbell, Skipper of the Maire Do, sent us the following report.

The Northwest Charter Skippers Association, is presently working on a promotional film of the their members and the areas that they work from; and on Wednesday this week, we went fishing the sand around Muckross Head, to get some “flattie “ pictures.

brillPhoto: A good brill for Michael Patton, NRFB.

Onboard Smith Campbell’s boat “Máire Dó” was Sean Wallace from Wallace Media, and also Michael Patton and Jim Barnes from Northern Region Fisheries Board, and also local Sea Angler Francis Ward.

Species caught were, turbot, brill, thornback ray, homelyn ray, dabs, lesser spotted doggies, pouting, and also some cuckoo wrasse.

The biggest fish of the day was a fine 11lb pollack caught by Francis. Hopefully you will be able to see the action on the Northwest Charter Skippers Site when filming is completed, www.irishanglingcharters.ie
Smith Campbell,
Maire Do 220hp Mercruiser Engine
Base: Killybegs and Teelin
Telephone: +353 (74) 9739889 or +353 (87) 2759731
Email: smithcampbell@eircom.net Web: www.smithysminicharters.com

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Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

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

20/09/09

Foyle sea angling

The Irish Federation of Sea Anglers (IFSA) and Loughs Agency organised a shore fishing event held at Benone today (Sunday 20 September 2009)!

61 competitors took part (including 9 juniors), fishing from noon until 5:00pm. A total of 372 fish (several species) were caught and safely released - IFSA events are run on a catch-and-release basis, a policy that Loughs Agency favours and encourages.

A group of junior anglers from Derry-Londonderry, under the care of John Kelly for the day!

winnersPhoto: The winners in the junior section.

The Loughs Agency Perpetual Junior Cup was presented to Shane Crabtree. Details of winners of the junior section (prizes donated by the Loughs Agency) follow:-

1st - Shane Crabtree of the White Wave club
2nd - Philip Williamson of the North Antrim Sea Angling Club
3rd - Jack Kelly of Londonderry-Derry
4th - Andrew Snoddy of Glengormley and District SAC
5th - J. Burnside

Senior section winners in a keenly fought competition were:-

ZONE 1

1st - John Black, Bushmills and District Angling Club (BADAC)
2nd - Liam O'Connor, Culdaff SAC
3rd - Sammy Sterling, Ulster Bass SAC
4th - Mark Jameson, Belfast

ZONE 2

1st - Darren McCready, Ulster Bass SAC
2nd - Johnny Snoddy, Glengormley and District SAC
3rd - Willie Weir, East Antrim SAC
4th - Graham Blair, Larne Castaway

The longest fish was a 41cm Flounder, caught by Darren McCready (Ulster Bass SAC).

The Loughs Agency Perpetual Cup was presented to the overall senior winner - Darren McCready, Ulster Bass SAC.


New Ulster Record broken again at UCC Distance Casting Competition near Ballykelly

The Loughs Agency, in association with the Ulster Casting Club, held a distance casting competition this weekend at Station Road, Ballykelly (near Limavady).

Today, the second and final day of the event we witnessed competitors from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland compete against each other in an annual event that that has now took on an international flavour - with two competitors from England taking first and second place, in what turned out to be a great event.

Well done to all those that worked so hard at attracting the big casters form England, Scotland, not forgetting the ones that travelled from the south of Ireland as far as Wexford to be exact.

All the competitors from England and Scotland stated this was their first time in Ireland and all plan to return if a similar event is on the calendar, in fact they all are making a bit of a holyday out of this event, all are staying for an extended period, staying unto next Tuesday in some cases, with planned trips to local brewery's/ distilleries and coastal sightseeing first on the list.

I must say we have had this kind of event previous but this year was something special for me, with great weather, top competitors, great location on the beautiful shore of Lough Foyle, for me was great, so i would like to thank in no particular order all the Loughs Agency staff that helped so willingly, UCC members again put everything into this event, the Drumond Hotel for looking after all the competitors during their stay, Dennett Outdoor again for their support, and lastly the people that provided the venue, the most approachable and accommodating farmers i have ever meet Adrian Barr and his father, without the good will of the land owner, many events and activities' would be possible.

The Results

* 1st Steve Boyt (England) with a distance of 808-1-0 yds
* 2nd Gary Blanchard (England) with a distance of 804-2-11 yds
* 3rd Andrew Gormley (ROI) with a distance of 774-0-2

Ian Castles (Scotland) Closest to centre line 2 ¾"
Gary Blanchard (England) with longest cast overall 274 yds 4 inches. A new Ulster record


Carlingford Area

Peyton Cunningham reports that, after waiting so long for a fine weekend, we finally got one - however, Tope fishing turned out to be a disaster with not a single Tope caught over last weekend!

Many other small boats were also trying but Loughs Agency didn't hear of any Tope being caught.

Peyton says that tides were ideal and he had a good supply of "rubby dubby" on both days and hopes that this weekend will produce some Tope.
Peyton Cunningham
Tel: + 44 (0)28 4176 3669
ROI: 048 4176 3669
Mobile: +44 (0)77 59 276 031.
email: peyton@pisces2.plus.com
Web: www.ukcharterboats.co.uk

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Northern Ireland

Hamish Currie reports:

23/09/09

Red Bay

Hamish Currie, skipper of Predator II of Red Bay in Co. Antrim sent us the following report.

skatePhoto: A good skate tagged and ready for releasing.

I had Dutch boys over for the week and mackerel was again a big big problem.

Pollack and big spurdogs were scarce but the boys still managed to record a few specimen fish including some good skate.

blackmouth dogfishPhoto: A specimen blackmouth dogfish.

Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
Web:http://www.predatorireland.com/ Email: info@predatorireland.com
Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117

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