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Irish Angling Update

01 April 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
email: Paul Bourke
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SALMON ANGLING

Salmon angling Update


Southern Region

[31/03/10]

River Blackwater

Weather: Very heavy rain in the last 24 hours. Sunny dry day today! Continuing rather wet for the next couple of days, but not enough to sustain a high flood.

River: Peaked @ 2.94m yesterday evening (30th.) @ 19.00 & fallen to 1.72m @ 20.00. Clarity about ½ foot.

Temperatures: Air: +3°C 37°F this morning @ 09.00 Water: 6.5 °C 44°F

Run of Fish: The run of springers appears to be picking up. Fresh fish are being seen running on the lower river every day.

Catches: We now have four springers to ~12lb. caught to March 17th. Virtually no rod effort since.

Methods: Should be in some sort of spinning order by tomorrow if there's no more rain. Please note: As a conservation measure, all bait fishing is banned on the Lodge beats until all the kelts are safely out of the river.

Prospects: Should pick up considerably once this flood subsides, as it should encourage fresh fish to move in & help the remaining kelts to return to sea.
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!)
Mobile: 00 353 87 235 21 20
E-mail: info@ireland-salmon-fishing.net Website: www.ireland-salmon-fishing.net

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South Western Region

Lough Currane

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

23/3/10 All quiet on all fronts. Wind S and overcast all day with light rain throughout the day. Amount of rainfall 4.3mm, max air temperature 10.6c.

24/3/10 Just one or two boats out, and all failed in their duties to Procure Her ladyship or His royal Highness the Salmon. Wind SW then veered S and variable, amount of rainfall 2.7mm.

25/3/10 All quiet on the SW front and with nice Water coming down the Commeragh, that should liven up my Noble Salmon in the coming days. Wind SSE light and overcast with light showers throughout the day, amount of rainfall 9.0mm, max air temperature 12.7c.

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Photo: A salmon for Dan Sugrue

26/3/10 Mr. Dan Sugrue of Tralee and Waterville and his Gillie Mr. Brod O’Sullivan of Stella Maris guesthouse Waterville were the toast of Lough Currane when they caught a fine Salmon on the troll. Wind ESE light then veered NNE late this evening, amount of rainfall 0.3mm, max air temperature 14.5c.

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Photo: 2 in a row. Dan Sugue's 2nd salmon

27/3/10 They say you can’t keep a good fisherman down well today was a perfect example of that when Mr. Dan Sugrue, caught his second Salmon on the trot and his third this season with his Gillie Mr. Brod O’Sullivan of Stella Maris Guesthouse Waterville, and for the rest of we anglers no comment and as one Gillie said some have it some don’t. Wind W light and variable with reasonable cloud cover with the odd light shower, amount of rainfall 1.8mm, max air temperature 11.6c.

28/3/10 There were a few good boats out and all failed miserably in their duties in Procuring my noble salmon. Wind ENE light to calm and overcast with light rain in the afternoon and evening and still raining, amount of rainfall 12.4mm, max air temperature 11.2c.

29/03/10 Made a big flood today, which should make for good fishing this Easter week. Wind SSW light and overcast with light during the day.

30/03/10 It was a wild day on Lough Currane with a strong NNW wind blowing with violent gusts, followed by a mixture of rain hale sleet and snow.

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Photo: Mr. John Bojtor wit a fresh run sea trout.

31/03/10 It was a wild day on Waterville Lake/Lough Currane with a strong North wind blowing but that did not deter Mr. John Bojtor of the UK from going and catching a fine 4lbs Seatrout on the troll with his Gillie Mr Mike O’Dwyer and Mike was telling that john and he had some real bad luck with five Salmon lost in the past week and one of them was a cracker which John hooked on the fly but the rascal lives to fight another day, but at least they saw some good action but sadly no rewards until today. Wind as already stated.

Well that is all the news from your Gillie for this week, or I should say the lack of it.
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

[31/03/10]

River Feale and Smearlagh

Salmon fishing has been slow on the River Feale with very few anglers out. There were reports of 2 Salmon caught all week. There is a huge flood on the River as we write which should entice a few fish upriver.

Water: Flood.
Weather: Raining 6.5 degrees.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
Web: www.northkerryanglers.com Email: info@northkerryanglers.com

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Western Region

28/03/10

Kylemore Abbey Fishery

28/03/10 First visual sighting of a fresh fish below the weir at Derryinver Bridge this evening. Water levels have remained reasonable but we are in for another cold week, this time with alot of rain, so, who knows? maybe this coming Easter week it will come good. It was the 12th April last year that the first two fish were landed so we are getting nearer!

The river banks have been given a major haircut this winter... three pools on the Lower River have been extensively cut back to allow more access for a bit of upstream angling and more flexibility should you need to land a fish from the three pools. They are Lunch Pool, Waterdog and Yarleys.
Bog Dale on the Upper River has been transformed into a major user friendly area with the pools immediately below and above now very fishable. New number plaques have been erected throughout the fishery to alert anglers that they are about to approach a good fishing area.
The Boat Pool has benefited (I hope) with the addition of a pair of water dividers to strengthen the flow into the pool. This I hope will scour out the ever increasing build up of silt that has slowed down the pool in recent years. We will see what will happen... If your not in you can't win!

Look forward to seeing you all over the season.
Nigel Rush
Kylemore Abbey Fishery
Tel: +353 (0)95 41178 or +353 (0)95 41161
Email: nigelrush@eircom.net Web: http://www.kylemoreabbeyfishery.net

Heidi high from Delphi Fishery

26 March 2010 At last, some fish. After a very difficult first half to March, with no water in the river and bright cold conditions, some rain has arrived and with it some fish. Both Heinz and Heidi Hoefler have bagged fresh spring salmon in recent days – Heidi from the New Island Pool and Heinz from Finlough. Both fish were just over 8 pounds.

Fishing pressure has been exceptionally light for the time of year. But, that said, the past week has seen consistent effort in reasonable conditions, so the results are somewhat disappointing.
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

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

[29 March , 2010]

River Moy

Despite the recent rains, lowering pressure and increasing winds, the River Moy continues to drop and is near to summer level. Although more rain is forecast throughout the week, it will take a considerable fall to raise water levels.

Angling on the Moy remains slow but steady. However some notable catches have been reported. The East Mayo Anglers waters produced its first fish of the season for Ian Guegan who landed a fine 9lbs salmon taken on the fly and safely released it again. Jimmy Reilly also had success on the East Mayo Anglers water catching a 7lbs fish on the worm.  Ballina Salmon Anglers water again proved lucky for some as Brendan McNamee had success, catching a salmon.

Free fishing continues on the Ridge Pool until the first salmon is caught there.

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Northern Region

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

30/03/10

RIVER DROWES

27 March 2010 Summer time officially begins when the clocks go forward one hour at 1am tomorrow morning. 2010 must surely rate as the driest winter/spring in many, many years, at least in the north west. Water levels remain extremely low. Three fish were reported yesterday. Two, both sea liced from the Meadow, both on flying c, caught by members of the visiting Kilkeel Anglers Club yesterday morning and one from the Mill Pool on fly around lunchtime.

Today has been dry and bright with west wind. One fish was reported lost from the Blackwater but no further fish have been reported as yet today.

The week ahead looks set to turn wetter but colder also with sleet and snow for some areas.

30 March 2010 It has been raining constantly since lunchtime yesterday and water levels have risen to just under 0.5 metres on the gauge and look set to rise further over night. A 9lbs long tail sea liced fish was taken on a size 10 gold hooked Cascade by Billy Grimes from the Island Pool yesterday. No fish were reported today.

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Photo: Billy Grimes With His 9lbs Fish From The Island Pool Yesterday.

Today has been wet and cold with squally north winds making for difficult fly fishing conditions. Continuing cold, showery and windy conditions are forecast for the coming days.

For info/bookings:
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Web: www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055.

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Loughs Agency area

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

[29/03/10]

River Finn

The river Finn after a slow start with very difficult conditions is beginning to fish much better with more confirmed catches now reported.

The weather is now much more favourable as water levels begin to rise along with temperature and Spring Salmon catches have been reported up the Finn system as far as Cloughan.

Peek time for the spring run on the Finn traditionally takes place between 17th March and 20th April, with reasonable numbers landed either side of these dates and as I mentioned previous our fishing has been unseasonal but certainly looks more promising at present.

Yesterday i witnessed my first swallows this year flying over my local river; today other Loughs Agency staffs have reported the same. This is a record for me but am sure others have similar reports and hopeful this is a sign spring is on the way, and after occasional wintery showers things become more spring like as the early swallows and anglers will be in need of.

River Mourne

 The river Mourne and its tributaries are opening on Thursday 1st April and this incoming salmon angling season, as with previous ones, anglers at the beginning of the season are likely on occasions to catch spent fish (Kelts), fish that have spawned and are moving out to sea. I ask all anglers to handle all fish with care and return them back to the water as carefully as possible. Guidelines on catch and release available on Loughs Agency web site or you can contact us at the address below and we will be happy to send you the information free in the post.

Restrictions remain as last year, further information from our web site or again please do contact us and we will be happy to help with any information you may need.

Recommend large barbless fly's fished deep.

The Following is an update from www.mournereports.com

31/03/10 Still getting some heavy wintery showers here at the minute! Conditions will not be ideal for the first day tomorrow but it might just be fishable – we’ll take a look at the Mourne later this evening and let you know. The Finn could be the spot to be tomorrow and we might even get a throw at it this evening.

Email: info@mournereports.com Web: www.mournereports.com

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TROUT ANGLING

Trout Angling Update


Eastern Region

[31/03/10]

River Liffey

Work is a four lettered word to this angler, which at the moment is interfering with my fishing trips. Having said that, I did manage a couple of hours on the Liffey last Saturday afternoon. It was only my second outing this season so far, whereas usually in a good year I would have had at least six or more outings by the end of March.

The day was a good one with mixed sunshine and cloud cover along with a blustery wind. The air temperatures reached between 11 and 13 C, which was one of the warmest of the year so far. I got to the River just after 1 o'clock and started to fish with a team of three North Country spiders; Snipe and Purple, Waterhen Bloa and an Olive spider. These were fished upstream as I was heading up river to check out some pools that I had noticed over the years are the ones that produce the first olive hatches. I had several plucks on the spiders before I eventually got my first trout, a small brownie of about 20cm. He had taken the Olive spider. I had another two more fish on the same fly before I stopped fishing to persuaded a couple of anglers fishing without permits to leave the river but thats a story for another day.

I continued on towards the pools to check for the Olives. On my way there I saw a plant I had previously posted on had started growing in three other new places along the river bank. The American Skunk- cabbage is I am told a probable garden escapee and is not known to be invasive. I shall be keeping my eyes on that as it is growing in several other places since I first noticed it. [Editor's Note: American Skunk Cabbage is regarded as an invasive species and we would be happy to receive any reports anglers have of this or other invasive plants they come across while out fishing. See our Invasive Plants Poster here, .pdf ]

It was about half past two when I reached the pools in which I had seen a couple of fish moving. Then I saw a few Olives lifting off the water, so I set up with an olive Klinkhammer and cast over a fish that was steadily rising to the olives. First cast and he was on, my first trout on the dry fly this season. He wasn’t too big, but a nice 22cm all the same. I finished off with two more to the dry fly before the hatch was over. It was only a small hatch but it got the trout to move, considering that the water was only at 8.5 C. It has risen in temperature by 3 degrees since I last was out but it needs to rise a few more degrees before we will see better action. Clear water for March In all it turned out a good day despite my run in with the illegal anglers.
But as I said, sin scéal éile.
IrishFlyFisher
Web: www.irishflyfisher.ie

Lough Lene

The Irish Ladies Fly-Fishing Association held its first trial for the 2010 season on Lough Lene near Mullingar on Saturday 27th March 2010.  Three further trials will be held throughout the year all over Ireland and the results will be used to select the team to represent Ireland at the Ladies International Flyfishing Championships to be held on Bewel Water Kent in England in 2011. 

The first trial of the season is traditionally held in March/April time so the women are used to less favourable weather conditions.  But the 8 members who had come from all over Ireland were pleasantly surprised when they arrived at Collinstown to find a blue sky, warm sunshine and a pleasant 10 mile North Westerly wind.  Nevertheless they all piled on the layers and the competition started at 11am 

Susan Brown Chairman of the ILFA was drawn with Julie Gerry Captain of the 2010 team.  They quickly found fish and within half an hour had 3 fish in the boat.  Within another half an hour they’d caught 4 more most of which fell to a damsel nymph on an intermediate line. 

Results were:

Top boatman was David O’Neill 

The ILFA wish to thank the Lough Lene Angling Association for their help in staging this trial and the local boatmen for their support during the day. 

The next trial will be on Lough Melvin on Saturday 17th April.  The ILFA plan to run several days throughout the year to introduce women to angling and social days for members and their friends. You must be over 18 to take part in the events. For more information on these events or to join the ILFA please visit www.irishladiesflyfishing.com or ring me.
Julie Gerry
Irish Ladies Fly Fishing Association
Tel: +353 (0)87 205509
Web: www.irishladiesflyfishing.com

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Southern Region

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

26/03/10

Rathcon Winter League Final 2010

The final of the Rathcon Winter League Fishing Competition was held on Sunday the 21st of March. 15 anglers qualified for the event with 13 turning out for the day. It was a bright sunny day with a south easterly wind.

The first hour was surprisingly quiet with only 5 fish landed. Graham Reynolds got off to a good start with two nice fish on his first peg. Plenty of fish could be seen moving in the shallows but wouldn’t t look at any fly presented to them.

During the next hour there was more action, with Noel Shiels and Rohan Mooney particularly successful on epoxy buzzers. Paul Owens landed a beautiful 10lb trout also fishing a team of buzzers. The eventual winner, Paul Kay stuck to a sinking line with a home tied orange and yellow lure with silver tail. By the end of the five hours fishing, 33 fish were landed. The results for the day were:

Many thanks, to Southside Angling for their support throughout the competitions and sponsoring of prizes.
Dermot Page
Rathcon Trout Fishery
Rathcon Farm, Grangecon, Co. Wicklow.
Tel: +353 (0)86 8292309
Web: www.rathcon.com

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South Western Region

no report this week - [most recent report 22/03/10]

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Shannon Region

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

[31/03/10]

River Shannon

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Photo: Brian Bohan and his River Shannon 9lb trout

He's at it again, the Leitrim Legend has landed the trout of a lifetime. While trolling on the River Shannon, Brian Bohan hit a huge ferox trout that tipped the scales at 9lb. Brian is well use to playing big fish, but he needed all his considerable strength to land this one. The huge brownie put up a tremendous battle before coming to the net. The fish was taken on the Shannon somewhere between Roosky and Jamestown. When asked what was the successful bait, Brian replied, “a B B Bait”. Well at least I got the Shannon out of him. Good news for all those trout lovers, the big wild brownie was safely released back to his watery domain.

Brian tells me there has been a cancellation at his Cha Flynn's Cottage. The self catering accommodation will now be free from May the 15th to the 22nd. If you would like the chance of a fishing holiday of a life time, with one of the country's top angling guides, you can contact Brian on. 07196 31870 home, or mobile 087 4124851. Don't forget to do a bit of bargaining with Brian.
Bernie Murphy
Angling Author
Web: www.berniemurphy.webs.com

Lough Sheelin

Angling conditions are very difficult on Sheelin over the past number of days with squally northerly winds and heavy rain. Some anglers had a few fish before the weather deteriorated. A Sheelin trout of 2ozs the smallest fish reported this season. It took a size 10 dabbler. Daniel Levy and friends had a few fish on Sheelin last week, including the monster above. Other fish included a fish of 1lb, 2lbs , 2.5lbs and the 3.5lbs in the picture below. Friend Val Fitzpatrick had 3 small fish. All fish were released.

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Photo: photo courtesy of Daniel Levy.

River Suck

The River Suck is in high flood as we write following extreme weather, gales, rain and sleet since the weekend. There were nine anglers out fishing on Sunday. Five trout were caught fly fishing. During a milder interlude anglers observed a hatch of olives. The River Suck will be out of order for fishing for the coming days into Easter weekend due to the continuing bad weather and high flood conditions. For updates contact
John Ryan
Shannon Regional Fisheries Board
Tel: 087 2536064.

Lough Owel

Lough Owel is producing a few nice fish and last week I had my first pair of trout from the Lake. Stuart Marry send us a photo of Nathan Marry with 3 nice fish, which he caught on a silver dabbler. I fished Owel with Ronnie Minnock of Scientific Games Worldwide who have their office at Ballymahon also has a few nice trout while fishing with Clara angler Gerry McCarthy. All going well the Duck Fly hatches will be on Owel shortly and we will have plenty of action on the fly rod. The Ace Cup fly fishing competition on Owel, takes place on Sunday April 11th. Fishing is from 11am-6pm. Membership and entries can be paid on the morning of competition at Tullaghan and Mullally's shore. The Dublin Anglers held a competition on Saturday March 27th. 32 anglers fished and 23 fish were weighed in.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer
Mobile: 087-2797270

Lough Ree

Last Sunday saw the anglers take to the waters of Lough Ree in the competition for the Anglers Rest Cup and with thirty three boats taking part the competition was always going to be intense and it was also going to take a good fish to triumph on the day. There was a slight wind from the northwest which made the day, which was beautiful to look at, chilly but at least the rain held off.

The fishing was patchy on the day and while some anglers had a good day others failed to get a bite at all and on that sort of a day it’s experience that counts and the experience that Dominic and Helen Conway have garnered over the years stood them in good stead.

The weigh in and presentation of prizes took place that evening in the Snug Bar where Paul Brennan and Justin Naughton along with their staff were excellent hosts and the anglers were very well looked after well into the evening. When the scales came down it was Dominic and Helen Conway who topped the leader board with their 4lb 4oz trout which was released back into the lake after being weighed. This was also Helens first day out on the lake this year so we expect to see lots more of her from now on. Pat and Johnny Tobin were a very close second with their 3lb 13oz trout and this trout was also released. Third place for a 3lb 6oz trout went to Adrian and Eamon Conroy with Tony and Declan Doolan taking fourth place with their 2lb 15oz trout which was also released. The fifth and final prize went to James Kearney and Michael Sheriff for their trout of 2lb 11ozs.

Sincere thanks to Paul Brennan and Justin Naughton of the Snug Bar for their very generous sponsorship of this competition. This is our second year in the Snug and it has already become a favourite venue among the anglers with its excellent atmosphere and service in great surroundings. Thanks also go to Anthony Moran who was our Captain of the Day and who was kept busy on the lake weighing and releasing fish. Please note that as next week is Easter Sunday there will be no competition so the competition for The Fallon Cup will now take place on Sunday 11th April, further details will be published here next week.
Eamon Cunningham P.R.O.
Athlone Anglers Association
Tel: 087 - 2340815

River Inny

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Photo: A pair of Lane Minnows

I kicked started my river trout season with a trip to the Inny at Shrule Bridge also known as White Bridge. The plan was to do a bit of spinning through the fast water at the back of the graveyard. I find at this time of year the river is running too fast for the worm and it is still a bit early for the wet fly.

The lane minnow and red spotted mepps are my favoured baits for river trout. When I arrived I found the river running at a nice height and as the weed growth had still to commence, it was ideal conditions for the spinner. I fished for about two and a half hours, working the bait through all the likely lies.

For my efforts I had two small brownies and lost another slightly bigger fish. Both trout were taken on the lane minnow, a reliable bait early in the year both for large and small rivers.

I really enjoyed the trip and I'm looking forward to many more river outings during 2010. I have gone back to using barbed hooks in fast water, as I found with the barbless hooks I was losing most of the fish.
Bernie Murphy
Angling Author
Web: www.berniemurphy.webs.com

Lough Derg

A blue and gold Lane Minnow proved successful for Portroe angler Jim  McCormack who won last Sunday’s Garrykennedy Fishing Club competition  with a trout of 6lbs 5ozs on Lough Derg.

Jim and his boat partner Brendan Ryan had a fine day’s fishing, bringing in a total of four fine trout for the weigh-in. All fish were caught on Lane and Rapala baits. The duo did most of their fishing around the Castlelough area and their total bag at the end of the day weighed 13lbs 3ozs.

Their other three fish weighed 2lbs 13ozs; 2lbs 7ozs and 1lb 11ozs. Jim’s big fish, which measured just over 23 inches in length, earned him first prize in the competition sponsored by the Garrykennedy Boat Club. About 15 boats took part and a total of ten fish over the legal limit of 14 inches were produced for the weigh-in.

In second place were Martin Ryan and John Bray who had two fish of 2lbs 4ozs and 2lbs 1oz. Third was Mike Kennedy with a fish of 1lb 15ozs. John Kennedy had two fish, 1lb 10ozs and 1lb 8ozs and Cyril Conneally and Sean Moloney had a fish of 1lb 4ozs.

Garrykennedy Fishing Club wishes to thank the Garrykennedy Boat Club  for sponsoring the competition. The fishing club will be holding another trout competition on this coming Sunday, sponsored by Jerry O’ Brien’s company, Irish Slate Supplies.

All the adipose fins of the fish produced for the weigh-in on Sunday last were taken off and stored in test tubes of alcohol. The initiative was undertaken as part of the club’s participation in the Lough Derg Native Fish Bio-Diversity Project.

Part of the aims of the project, which is directed by the freshwater biologist Fran Igoe, is to establish the rivers where the trout populations in Lough Derg are going to spawn. The project has already established that there are a number of unique genetic types of trout in the lake. By now going on to establish the rivers and streams where these different types of trout are spawning we can in future bring
about more effective and efficient management of the stocks to guarantee the future of all the species for the enjoyment of anglers in years to come.

To date, the project has not yet found one Gillaroo trout in the lake even though the project is now in its fifth year. The Gillaroo, with its distinctive red spots, was once a very common trout in the lake and, sadly, the scientists involved in the project believe these trout may now be extinct.

Another family of trout, called the Croneen, which are known to spawn in the Little Brosna and Camcor Rivers, have not yet shown up in any of the samples taken from the lake to date. Fran Igoe and his team are now urging all anglers to keep samples of the adipose fins of fish and are particularly anxious to get samples from fish caught in the northern parts of the lake as most of the samples to date have come from the lower and middle sections. Little test tubes of alcohol for preserving the fish fins are available from the angling co-ordinator of the project, Kevin Grimes who can be contacted at 087-6784539.

Meanwhile, Saint Flannan’s Fishing Club in Killaloe also held a trout trolling competition on Derg on Sunday last. The winner was Pat Riordan (2lbs 11ozs); second, Dan Sullivan (2lbs 11osz) and third Tom Smith (1lb 9ozs).

Just to sign off on a reminder: Angling clubs around Lough Derg recently voted to introduce a four trout bag day limit on the lake in a move to preserve stocks. So well done to them.
Peter Gleeson
Nenagh Guardian

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Western Region

31/03/10

Lough Corrib

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Photo: An early season Lough Corrib trout.

At this point in time (30th March 2010), the duck fly hatch has yet to begin in earnest - no surprise in that, having had such a cold winter.

The annual Oughterard Development Fly Fishing Competition, which attracts a strong field of top local, national and international anglers, took place over the weekend of 27th and 28th of March and had unusually low catches, with only 35 fish caught, for approx 70 Anglers on Saturday 27th and and the total for Sunday 28th was little better.

The duckfly is the first and usually the easiest large hatch to forecast, as it normally hatches out towards the end of March and into early April, without fail no matter what the winter weather throws at us. However it has so far failed to put in a noticable appearance. It remains to be seen if the current cold snap which we are once more experiencing here in Ireland, will further delay the hatch.

With this in mind the Olive and the Mayfly hatch, which are always more prone to the influnce of winter weather patterns, would have to be much later than the normaly expected time frame.

Putting off your annual trip to the Corrib by a week or perhaps two weeks would perhaps be a wise option?
Donal Connolly
Nonaim Lodge
Tel: +353 (0)91 552138 or +353 (0)85 7364830
Email: info@fishingcorrib.com Web: www.fishingcorrib.com

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Photo: David Dinsmore with a 4.462kg brown he caught on the Corrib on Sunday.

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North Western Region

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

09/03/10

Trout lakes

Just a reminder to anglers that all Board managed fisheries will all be open soon for angling.

Lough Doon opened for angling on the 1st March, with Lough Bo opening on the 15th and Ballin Lough opening on the 1st April. Day and evening tickets are available for all Board managed fisheries.

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Northern Region

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

[31/03/10]

Lough Gowna

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Photo: A beautiful Lough Gowna brown trout.

You know, this old angling game can throw up some unusual surprises. On Sunday last, March the 28th, Brian Egan was enjoying some good coarse fishing on Lough Gowna to mainly skimmer bream, hybrids and roach. Brian also had his pike rod set up, with a dead roach ledgered about thirty yards out. The alarm on the pike rod stayed silent right up till Brian decided to call it a day.

While packing up the coarse fishing equipment the beeper gave its warning sound. Brian picked up the rod and struck, what was to follow was a huge surprise for Brian. On the end of his line was not a pike but a big wild brown trout. Gowna trout are hard fighters and this beauty was no exception fighting all the way to the net. Brian reckons he was definitely up between 7 and 8lb. The good news is that Brian returned the fish safely back into its watery domain.
Bernie Murphy
Angling Author
Web: www.berniemurphy.webs.com

Lough Melvin

I have no news of trout fishing with the lake whipped by high winds and the weather very cold and wet.

For info/bookings:
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Web: www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055.

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Northern Ireland

 

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Loughs Agency area

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

[28/03/10]

Cashel Trout Fishery

report by Marlene Mc Laughlin

Beautiful spring weather has made things a lot more pleasant at Cashel giving anglers the ideal opportunity to make good catches.

Fish are beginning to show near the surface as the temperatures rise slightly. Using dries Bernard Mellon (Maghera) banked almost twenty trout while Dungiven’s Martin Bradley banked a dozen on a floating fry and an f-fly. Willy Lowry and son Shane (Limavady) banked seven and three respectively using buzzers and some small lures. Shaun O’Doherty (Letterkenny) bagged two at 5lb 5ozs and released five other which mainly fell to cat’s whiskers. Roger Gibson (Magherafelt) released six beauties which fancied buzzers and fritz flies while his mate Allan Mc Clune unfortunately didn’t do quite so well.

William Rainey and Robert Allen (Portadown) banked five trout between them, averaging 3lb, using hare’s ears, nomads and zonkers. Mark Boyce (Dungiven) released two which took buzzers while Feeny’s Roland Mullan released one which took a green/white fritz. Jimmy Norton (Maghera) bagged two for home weighing almost 4lb while John Hasson (Dungiven) released one which took a red zonker.

Charity fish in aid of Glenshane Community Association, Dungiven. Further details later. If interested in taking part contact me on the details below.

Breakfast is now being served at Cashel in the comfort of an open log fire with plenty of craic.

Well done to all!
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


Southern Region

[29/03/10]

Carlow Chairman wins Inter Club match with Athy

Gerry McStraw reports:

roach bag
Photo: Gerry McStraw and his winning bag of roach.

Athy was the venue for an inter club match between the Athy and District Anglers and the Carlow Coarse Angling Club on Sunday 28th March. A grand total of 265lb of fish was caught on the day during the six hour match. The weather on the day was a small bit cloudy but mainly there were sunny spells triggering a feeding frenzy from the Roach population of the river Barrow.

Carlow Chairman Gerry McStraw started off with an initial cast of the feeder rod then changed his mind as he favoured the stick float on a fourteen foot Trabucco rod. The fish were slow to come on the feed however they eventually came in at two rod lengths which enabled Mr McStraw to catch fish after fish and eventually win the match with a total of 39Lb. In second place was an Owen Lynch Athy angler with 35Lb and 3rd place went to John Prescott Naas, winner of the All Ireland Championship when the Carlow Club last hosted the event with 29Lb.
Gerry McStraw
Carlow Coarse Angling Club
http://www.carlowcoarseanglingsupplies.com

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Northern Region

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

[31/03/10]

Black Island, Lough Muckno

Portobello Angling Club Match report 28/03/10: Warmer weather was a welcome relief for the 8 members who made their way to Black Island at Lough Muckno. Water depth and a stiff north-west breeze meant that most anglers fished feeder tactics, but it was Damian Maddock who won the match with a bag of roach and hybrids caught on the slider at 25-30 yards with single red maggot. Gavin Walsh fished the feeder to take the runner up spot with skimmers, hybrids and roach.

[18/03/10]

Killeshandra Coarse Angling Festival

The inaugural Killeshandra Coarse Angling Festival takes place from Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th May on lakes around Killeshandra, Co Cavan.

Total prize money will be 6,400 Euro dependant on 45 anglers taking part.

Entry fee is 120.00 Euro.

Contact Spinners tackle shop Killeshandra on Tel 049 436 3877 for further details. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Derek Whittaker
Spinners Tackle Shop
Main Street, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan.
Tel: (049) 436 3877
Web: www.spinnersofkilleshandra.com

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Northern Ireland

28/03/10

Waterways Ireland Junior Angling Classic

Jack Tisdall from the Cloughballymill Angling Centre reports on the 2nd leg of the Junior Classic in the Co. Fermanagh area near Enniskillen.

Weights were well up for the 27 junior anglers in the second match of the Junior Classic fished on the River Erne Broadmeadow and Derrychara sections. Almost all the anglers caught fish in the event which this week was dominated by anglers from Erne Integrated.

Individual winner was David Burke who won the 14 to 17 age group with 1.290Kgs from Broadmeadow peg 19. Runnerup was Jordan Hall from Lisnaskea High School with Kevin Maguire from St Michaels third.

Anna thedon winner u-14 group
Photo: 11 year old Anna Theedom won the u-14 group.

The under 14 age group was won by one of the two girls fishing. 11 year old Anna Theedom also from Erne Integrated caught 1.260Kgs from peg 20 on Derrychara for victory. Anna also wins the CFB Catch of the Week for this win. Runner up was Paul Burke Erne Integrated with Dermot O’Reilly St Brian’s Belturbet third.

The team event on the day saw Erne Integrated winning on 6 Points with Portora second on 9 Points and Lisnaskea High School Third on 10 Points.

In the overall standings Kieran Kelly leads the individual 14 to 17, while Anna Theedom now leads the under 14’s.

David Bourke
Photo: David Bourke was the 14-17 group individual winner.

The final match will be held on Sat 10 April, with the Draw at 9.00am sharp and the Lakeland Forum.
Jack Tisdall
Cloughballymill Angling Centre
Unit 3, Sligo Road, Enniskillen. BT74 7JY
Tel: +44 28 6632 2008
Web: http://www.cloughballymillanglingcentre.com E-mail: jacktisdall@btinternet.com

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Shannon Region

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

31/03/10

Lough Gara

On Sunday 28th March Ballaghadereen and District Angling Club held a pike fishing competition on Lough Gara. Competitors fished from boats. Plugs and spinners seemed to be the order of the day with a fine 18lb 8oz pike caught in the first few opening minutes by Paul Marree. Fishing otherwise was slow throughout the day with a dozen or so small pike caught.

MOHILL and CARRICK ON SHANNON

Water levels are on the rise again after heavy rain. Water temperatures are still pretty low on deeper lakes not getting much over 6 degrees where shallower lakes are a little bit higher but not much. Very cold weather promised over the next week won't improve the situation.
Brian Bohan
CHA FLYNNS COTTAGE & GUIDING SERVICE
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Bbohan70@eircom.net Web http://www.Chaflynnscottage.com

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North Western Region

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

29/03/10

Mannula and Castlebar

pike
Photo: Markus Muller and his 102cm fly caught pike, weighing approximately 22lbs.

Changing air pressure and a slight rise in water temperatures throughout the week have encouraged pike to take more freely with some great catches being reported. The lakes of the Manulla and Castlebar areas produced some excellent pike, with anglers reporting catches of several pike per day to the dead bait weighing at between 8 and 14lbs. Markus Müller of the NWRFB also had great success on these waters over the weekend, with a fine pike of approximately 22 lbs and 102cm length coming to the fly. The magnificent fish was tempted with a yellow/orange pike streamer, fished with an intermediate sinking line. After being quickly photographed (not an easy task when boat fishing on ones own) the pike was safely released. This catch highlights the growing number of anglers embracing pike fly fishing, where the reward can be prize fish of this size. Local pike angling guide Kenny Sloan also had success on these waters when guiding a party of visiting anglers. They reported good fishing with lures with a few double figure pike being caught up to 20lbs weight. Kenny can be contacted on ksloan@eircom.net.

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Northern Region

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

[26/03/10]

Pike on the move on Assaroe

pike
Photo: An Assaroe pike ready to be netted.

Angling guide Geoffray Beggard reports that pike are spawning in Assaroe in the last few days, though the sudden cold snap might have put them off. He had some good fishing on Friday and got one decent sized pike.
Geoffray Beggard
Angling guide
Tel: +353 (0)86 8556125
Web: www.voyage-peche-irlande.com

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Northern Ireland

No report this week - [most recent report 19/11/09]

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

[31/03/10]

East coast shore angling report

Bait angling continues to take bass along the Wexford coast and up into Wicklow with evening tides seeming to fare best again. But lure anglers have had it a little harder as Danny Meagher reports.

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Photo: Shore angling in Wexford.

Water was quite coloured today after the recent weather.

Barry and myself were joined today by Crevan for a few hours, we walked and talked more than fished. It was nice to see a few spots over low water all the same to refresh the memory. We saw a few fish break the water on our travels which is a great sign!  Anyway we didnt stay out too long but was good Craic.
Danny Meagher
Wexford Angling Blog
Web: dannymeagher.wordpress.com

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South Western Region

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

31/03/10

Cork Harbour from boat and shore

mullet
Photo: A early mullet from Cork Harbour

Cork Harbour continued to fish well last week and into the weekend but the change in weather brought strong winds which has spoiled chances at many venues. Decky Collins, Cobh, managed this 3lb mullet in a short session. The fish fell to free lined bread flake in the falling tide. though many fish were spotted at the weekend, since the weather turned seeing them has become almost impossible. Reports from the wall at Monkstown are that the cod are much more difficult to locate now and may have moved out to the Harbour altogether.

Boat anglers reported more cod from the harbour but the change in weather is a disappointment to many who traditionally get their boats on the water on April 1st. It will be a couple of more days before small boats can make the most of the fishing available.


Shannon Region

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

31/03/10

Shannon Estuary – Shore Angling Report

Last week shore angling guide Bill Ryan reported that anglers were patiently waiting for the ray to come on the feed in the Shannon Estuary. This week he reports that a few anglers have got amongst them at last. Catches of 2 or 3 ray have been taken but the run of fish is expected to get better after conditions improve.
Bill Ryan
Shore Angling Guide
Querrin St., Kilkee, Co. Clare. 
Tel:
+353 87 4130122   
E-mail:
info@chillwithbill.com Web: http://www.chillwithbill.com

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Western Region

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

31/03/10

White dogs in Galway Bay

spurdog
Photo: Pat and his albino spurdog - The White Ghost. Courtesy of SeaAnglingIreland.org.

Charter skipper Kevin McGabhan was out on Galway Bay on Saturday. His crew of anglers had some very exciting sport. After a bit of a slow start the first fish to the boat were some good sized pollack. The best fish weighed around 9.5lbs.

After everyone had their fill of pollack with some anglers having great sport on light tackle the boat moved to a new mark. Soon after that the catches came thick and fast with the anglers getting stuck into a pack of spur dogs many of which fell in the 10-12lb bracket.

The crowning glory went to angler Pat who landed a rare albino spurdog, referred to reverently as "the white ghost" by all who saw her.
Kevin MacGabhann
Maigden Mara, 43' Aquastar.
Address: Galway Bay Safaris, An Boluisce, Spiddal, Co. Galway.
Telephone: +353 91 553888 or +353 86 8547890
Email: kevin@galwaybayfishing.com Web: www.galwaybayfishing.com

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Northern Ireland

[24/03/10]

New Predator in Red Bay, Co. Antrim

Charter skipper Hamish Currie reports from his boat the Predator II.

March wasn't good with a lot of bad weather and we only recorded 5 irish specimen fish for the month. March also saw me in Rotterdam at the VISMA angling exhibition for the Dutch specimen awards. I have to say a big well done to all involved including a 4th Dutch record from Red Bay for a cuckoo wrass caught by Pieter Kleijn.

The big news this month is the arrival of the NEW PREDATOR wich is being built by Red Bay Boats again and would like to say a big big thanks to Tom, Gary and all the team for their patience as this is a first of a kind for them and i have to say what a job this machine is. She is 10m with an island wheel house witch allows the anglers to fish 23.5 meters all the way around her. She will carry 36 rod holders with a onboard toilet as well. Sea trials will start next week and she will be in service on the 10th april and will be able to fish 10 anglers in comfort.
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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