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Irish Angling Update

08 April 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
email: Paul Bourke
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Sea Angling


Salmon angling Update

Southern Region


River Nore

A lot of rain fell in the last 24 hours and as a result the river is in a big dirty flood (BDF). If we get no more rain it will take a week before it will be at a level  that we can fish...
Jim Brown
Salmon and trout ghillie
Address: Rosebank Lodge, Mount Alto, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.
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River Blackwater

Blackwater Lodge

Weather: Very heavy rain swept across the catchment late on the 5th. Drier milder weather is forecast for the next 2 weeks.
The top of the river peaked at 2.86m at midday yesterday. The lower river peaked at 3.00m @ 7.00am today & has already fallen to 2.86m @ 10.15.
Air: +8°C 46°F Water: 6.5 °C 44°F
Run of Fish:
The run of springers appears to be picking up. Some fresh fish are being seen running on the lower river every day & 3 have been caught in the week to March 18.
We now have four springers to ~12lb. caught to March 17th. Virtually no rod effort since.
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.
The river will certainly be out of order for the next couple of days.
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
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Fort William Estate Fishery

A lot of rain has fallen in the last 24hrs and water levels are rising fast. This looks like its going to be a large flood so fishing this week will certainly be out of order. Forecast is for showers Tuesday and its to settle down after that with temptures to rise so by early next week we should be back fishing once again.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
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South Western Region


Lough Currane

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

1/4/10 You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that today is April fools day and we anglers were taken good and proper by my Noble salmon. Wind W then veered SSE light to fresh. With reasonable cloud cover with the odd shower, amount of rainfall 4.4mm, max air temperature 10.0c.

2/4/10 All quiet this Good Friday in all the departments and that includes the liquid departments. Wind SSW light to calm and variable with reasonable cloud cover, plus the odd heavy shower, amount of rainfall in the last 24 hours 13.9mm, max air temperature 9.4c.

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Photo: First specimen sea trout of 2010 on Lough Currane

3/4/10 There were a few good boats out, but alas, they all failed in their duties in catching my noble Salmon, but the same couldn’t be said in the Sea trout department, because there is good news the first specimen Seatrout was caught on the fly at the point of Grassy island by that renowned specimen Seatrout hunter Mr. Bernd Rall of Germany fishing with his Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan of Waterville boats and @ Wind N fresh to strong with April showers throughout the day.

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Photo: Dr Tim Gleeson and his 9lb sea trout.

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Photo: Another specimen sea trout from Lough Currane.

4/4/10 There was some great action on Lough Currane this Easter Sunday and I will start in the Salmon department there was a 9lbs Salmon caught on the troll by local Gillie Mr Bob priestly the second Salmon was a cracker of a fish of 11lbs caught on the troll by Mr. and Mrs. Power of Australia fishing with their Gillie, my good self. Now to the specimen Seatrout department, there was a fine Seatrout of just under 9lbs caught by Dr Tim Gleeson caught on the troll and he also caught a nice Seatrout in the 3lbs class with his Gillie Mr Michael Dwyer and @ and the second specimen Seatrout also caught on the troll was by young Mr. Terence Wharton and just for the record both Seatrout were caught on the south side of Lough Currane, staying with the Seatrout, Mr. Bob Priestley caught a Seatrout in the 2lbs class on the fly. Wind SW light to fresh with the odd light shower which turned heavy this evening, amount of rainfall 9.3mm, max air temperature 10.4c.

Photo: Mr and Mrs Power from Australia with their 11lb salmon.

5/4/10 Lough Currane was at a stand still this Easter Monday with strong SSW wind blowing and most angers headed for the liquid department, and the high stool, but the same couldn't be said for Mr. Bernd Rall of Germany who headed straight for the Butler Pool with his single-handed fly rod and caught himself a fine lightening fresh 9lbs Salmon with his Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan

Photo: 9lb salmon from the mouth of the Commeragh.

6/4/10 There was a fine 9lbs Salmon caught on the fly by a German Angler at the Lodge in the mouth of the Commeragh with his Gillie Me.Vincent O'Sullivan.

7/4/10 My noble German Angler was it again with his fly rod in the mouth of the Commeragh, when he caught another fine Salmon with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan.
No Spin No fly’s just facts.
Vincent Appleby
Angling Guide and Accommodation
Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel
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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


River Feale and Smearlagh

High water levels bu the river may be may be fit for angling in places. The weather at the moment is sunny and warm, 13.5 C.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
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Western Region


Kylemore Abbey Fishery

05/04/10 Water conditions are high after heavy overnight rain. More of the same expected again overnight.

Springers are now appearing on the North Mayo rivers and Killary seems to be recieving fish.

We should not be far behind. Weather is due to warm up during the week and once the flood abates we would hope to see the first positive signs of the spring run.
Nigel Rush
Kylemore Abbey Fishery
Tel: +353 (0)95 41178 or +353 (0)95 41161
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Spring fishing picks up at Delphi Fishery

1 April 2010 A small flurry of snow and a small flurry of fish... The last three days of March saw four spring salmon taken in grim weather- three by Marcel Dittrich from Munich and one by Hasse Dehlin from Norway. Marcel’s three fish weighed 11.5lbs, 8.5lbs & 6.5 lbs. The biggest came from the Rock Pool, the others from Finlough. Hasse’s fish, a 7.5-pounder, came from the Finlough stream. Hasse had previously lost another fish on the river, as did Yvonne Zirngibl. Thus ended a poor March – the worst since 2003. Just ten fish for the season so far, and just seven for the month of March. The dry cold weather of the first half of the month, and the consequently very low river levels, seriously hampered fishing. Even when some rain arrived in the latter part of the month, the number of fish running appeared to be less-than-impressive. Fishing effort was pretty high and the quality of anglers was also high, so the returns are disappointing.

2 April 2010 Four fish today, including one each for husband & wife Werner & Yvonne Zirngibl on the last day of their fishing week. His was a 10.5-pounder from the Meadow Pool and hers was a fish of similar size from the Rock Pool; both fish had long-tailed sea lice. Yvonne also lost another fish in the Horseshoe Pool Meanwhile Marcel Dittrich bagged his fourth salmon of the week fron Finlough, a 7.5-pounder, which was then pipped by another Finlough fish of 9lbs taken by Heribert Konvalin. So that’s eight fish for the week, a fair result in the circumstances.
Peter Mantle
Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:

[07 April , 2010]

River Moy

The River Moy rose dramatically in the early part of last week and with harsh weather and high water very few anglers tried their luck on the Moy. By Friday 2nd April however water levels had dropped considerably and one salmon was caught on the East Mayo Anglers water by Kieran Murphy of Wexford who landed a fine fish at 13lbs. Ballina Salmon Anglers water produced only two salmon for the week, with the fish weighing at 5.5lbs and 9lbs and both being caught on Sunday the 4th.  However, by then, water levels on Sunday were beginning to rise once more.

Lough Gill

Photo: this fine salmon was caught by local angler Ronnie Gordon the 11lb fish won the Barton Smith cup on Lough Gill, Co Sligo.

Lough Gill reports two fine Salmon for the week, both taken on Sunday 4th. The best was caught by Ronnie Gordon whose 11lbs Salmon was taken while trolling off Shell House with a Silver Dace lure. Casimer Carthy also had success with the Silver Dace, catching his 9lbs Salmon off Church Island.

Carrowmore Lough

Carrowmore got off to a good start to the season with the first salmon being caught in the Bangor District on the 30th March. The 6lbs salmon was caught by Castlebar angler Colin McLean who landed the fish on a bibio fly at the mouth of the Glencullin River. Cold, wet and stormy weather since then has prevented anglers from getting onto the Lough.

Lough Beltra

Glenisland Anglers’ Co-Op waters had a good start to the season with two nice fish being caught on the 3rd April. Aiden Byrne, Castlebar had one salmon at 8lbs caught on a shrimp fly at the Dock, while at Morrison’s quay Eamon Kennedy, Newport also had success with a fine 9lbs salmon. For further information on fishing Lough Beltra or boat hire please contact Glenisland Anglers’ Co-operative, Glenisland Post Office, Co. Mayo on 094 9021302 or Newport House, Newport, Co. Mayo on 098 41222.

Ballisodare Fishery

Ballisodare Fishery opened for angling on the 1st April and a total of four salmon were taken on its opening day. The first fish of the season on the Ballisodare water fell to Sean Gallagher who caught his 8lbs salmon with the worm. The best fish of the day however was caught by Richie Waters who landed a 10lb salmon, two other salmon were also caught with all fish being taken on the worm. The 2nd April saw two fish being caught; again a 10lbs salmon caught by D. Harkness on the worm and the first for the season on the fly was taken by Garry Duffy who hooked his 5lbs salmon on an Ally Shrimp which was then safely released. Saturday saw another 10lb salmon falling to the worm, this time to Josie Trotter. The week ended well with a further four salmon being caught on the 4th, with one at 9lbs, one at 8lbs and two at 7lbs being reported. All of these salmon were taken on the worm. 

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:



Photo: Andy Ward With His 8lbs Fish From Melly’s High Bank This Evening.

1 April 2010 Water levels have leveled off at just under 0.6 metres on the gauge at the Four Master’s Bridge. Today was mainly dry and bright with a few wintery showers. One fish of 8.5lbs was reported yesterday from the Money Hole by Patrick O’ Malley. There were good numbers of rods out today yet just one fish was reported, with unconfirmed reports of another 9lbs fish. Andy Ward had his sea liced 8lbs fish on a green and gold Toby from Melly’s High Bank just before dark. The weather will continue cold and changeable with wintery showers.

Photo: Denis O’Toole With His 10lbs Fish From The Tinker’s Hole Today On a Self Tied Size 8 Cascade.

5 April 2010 Water levels have risen further and will probably be over .7 metres by morning as heavy rain continues tonight. Today was very windy and showery for much of the day. Catches have improved following the rise in water levels. David O’ Grady had a 10lbs fish on Garry Dog from Briney’s Pool on Friday, Gerry Mc Gonagle had a 7.5lbs fish on flying c from the Wash Stones on Friday, Colin Gardiner caught and released a fish estimated at 6lbs on toby from the Otter Hole on Friday, Paul O’ Hagan had an 8lbs fish from Melly’s High Bank on Saturday on Rapalla, Mark Hobson had a 5.5lbs fish on prawn from the Blackwater on Saturday, Dermot Mc Neice had a 10lbs fish on worm from the Grazings on Sunday, Jason Carroll had his first fish, of 6.5lbs from Rooney’s Turn on worm on Sunday, A. Frasers had a 9lbs fish on black flying c from the Meadow on Sunday, Michael Wilson had an 8lbs fish on spinner from the Sand Hole, Today, Monday one fish was reported on prawn from the Soft Hole and Denis O’ Toole had a 10lbs fish from the Tinker’s Hole on a self tied size 8 double Cascade. A number of other fish were reported lost over the weekend so it seems that the fresh water has brought in fish in numbers.
Shane Gallagher
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:


River Finn

The River Finn should be fishing well for the next few days sinc the flood has come out of it. Plenty of good fishing water in it now.

River Mourne

07/04/10 The Mourne and its tributaries are still holding a lot of water and it still hasn’t cleaned the best so probably not advisable to fish it today. It looks like we are to get a period of settles weather for the coming few days though so hopefully we can get the season kick started from tomorrow onwards.

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Trout Angling Update

South Western Region


River Bandon

I took fellow fishing guide and instructor William Kavanagh fishing along David Lambs Kilcoleman Fishery yesterday. The water level was high and the clarity in the water was slightly dirty. We caught 5 brown trout on the fly. Last week 2 pike were caught along the Bandon River in the Dunmanway area.

Salmon and trout Guide

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Trout fishing improves on Lough Derg

Trout fishing improving on Lough Derg Some excellent trout catches were recorded in the Garrykennedy Club trolling competition, sponsored by Jerry O’ Brien’s Irish Slate Supplies company held on Lough Derg on Sunday. A total of 27 fish were weighed in an event that saw Donnacha O’ Brien of Monroe produce a bag of six fine fish for a total weight of just over 11lbs.

Father and son team Patsy and Nicky Ryan from Portroe also had a memorable day, coming in with a bag of five fish for a total weight of 10lbs 6 ozs. Congratulations to Patsy and Nicky whose fish of 3lbs 9ozs took first prize and to Donnacha who took second. Third were Alan and Martin Slattery with a fish of 2lbs 8ozs.

Next Sunday’s competition out of Garrykennedy will be sponsored by T.J. O’ Brien who is the proprietor of T.J’s Tackle store in Ballina. Meanwhile, signs that the fly fishing season on Derg is about to start were underlined by Portroe’s Padraig O’ Brien who had a nice fish of just over 2lbs on “the wets” on Sunday. Padraig and his boat partner Mal McCormack met a total of four fish casting the feathers.

But trolling is still the most effective method. The full results from Garrykennedy are as follows: Donnacha O’ Brien: six fish, 2 lbs 5 ozs, 2 lbs 4 ozs, 1 lb 15 ozs, 1lb 12 ozs, 1lb 8 ozs and 1 lb 6 ozs. Patsy and Nicky Ryan, five fish: 3 lbs 9 ozs, 1 lb 15 ozs, 1 lb 12 ozs, 1 lb 11 ozs and 1 lb 9 ozs.

Other results: Tommie Moloney and John Malone: 2 fish: 1 lb 10 ozs, 1 lb 6 ozs; Simon Ryan, 1 lb 7 ozs; Thos Delahunty, 1 lb 10 ozs; Cyril Conneally and Sean Moloney, 2 fish, 1 lbs 15 ozs, 1 lbs 14 ozs; Alan and Martin Slattery, 2 fish, 2 lbs 8 ozs, 1 lb 7 ozs; John Kennedy, 2 lbs 7 ozs; Danny Tiernan, 2 fish, 2 lbs 2 ozs and 1 lbs 3 ozs; Peter Ahern, 2 fish, 1 lb 3 ozs, 1lb.

The Killaloe-Ballina and District Anglers will hold the first wet fly competition of the year on this coming Sunday, sponsored by Neilie Barry.

Lough Owel

The duckfly has yet to appear on Lough Owel, but the Silver Dappler is catching a few fish and John Ryan of Monroe, Newtown had two fish (2lbs 5 ozs and 2lbs) on Owel on Monday. A pearly bibio did the business for John.

Nenagh River

I went down to the Nenagh River at Ballyartella on Saturday to see if there were any fish stirring. It was about 3pm it was great to see a good hatch of dark brown olives sailing down the flats above the weir. However, there was no sign of a fish coming up to feast on them. The river was brown after the heavy rain and the spotted beauties were staying deep. What is awful to see is the amount of rubbish that people are dumping into the river at present. I walked the stretch from Scott’s Bridge to the Old Birr Road last week to find the river bed strewn with all sorts of garbage. Then on Saturday last in Ballyartella I met a local woman who was spending part of her Easter weekend filling jumbo plastic bags of litter she was clearing from one of our top walking trails, the Slí Eala way.

The river bank below the carpark was a mini-landfill of packaging from fast food restaurants, brought, we speculated, to the famous courting spot by young couples in the early hours of weekend mornings. Some people just seem to have no conscience about littering our beautiful countryside with their fast food rubbish and, dare I say it, the rubber remnants of their love making! That’s what our tourists would get to see on Slí Eala if it was not but for civic minded people like the woman I met in Ballyartella and the volunteers like those in the Nenagh Ormond Anglers Association who do their best to keep our beautiful river and its banks clean.
Peter Gleeson
Nenagh Guardian

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Western Region


Lough Corrib

Reports are that the lake is very cold but that the duck fly is now hatching. Some anglers reported "clouds of fly". Encouraging on the face of it, but unfortunately no fish are moving to the duck fly yet. One angler reported 2 fish for 5 days fishing. Hopefully this improvement in weather conditions will improve angling prospects on the lake.

Finnegans Lake Trout Fishery

Heat 6 of the League was held on Saturday 3rd of April. The day started out bad and only got worse. Despite the terrible wind and rain, anglers still managed to get fish. First was Darius Simkus, with 5 fish for 4520 points, second was Brendan Fitzpatrick with 5 fish for 4500 and third was Pat O'Brien with 3 fish for 3320 points.

Well done for sticking it out on an awful day!!

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Lough Conn

Angling effort had been somewhat limited on Lough Conn until this week. The poor weather hampered angling and, with heavy winds, rain hail and sleet showers, conditions were far from ideal. Some anglers did however have great success with buzzers and duckfly. From the northern part of Lough Conn and around Bog Bay several good days angling have been reported.

On April 1st John Warren had two trout, one brown and a 15 inch sea trout taken on a yellow bibio. Padraig Traynor had six trout over three evenings fishing with the best weighing at 2lbs and all taken on buzzers, while John Burke had two trout with his best at 3.8lbs. Alex Corcoran, Crossmolina also had a trout at 1.5lbs. John Warren and Ian Wyse, Crossmolina fishing on the 4th April had two trout each, the heaviest at 2lbs.

In the Cloghans Bay area good angling has also been reported with duckfly hatches bringing trout to feed. Joe Quinn, Cloghans, had four trout over two days angling, with the best weighing at 2lbs. Michael Kelly, Balbriggan, had seven trout over two days, the best of which weighed in at an impressive 6lbs and was taken on a dry fly. Walter and Susan Byrne, Offaly also had a successful week, averaging four trout per day over five days with all fish being taken on the bibio and duckfly. Finally, Stephen Brown had two trout for his day on the Lough, with the best weighing at 2lbs. Despite being extremely low for a long period, Lough Conn has now risen substantially to a near ‘normal’ water level.

Ballin Lough

The angling season opened again on Ballin Lough on the 1st of April and despite opening day being one of sleet and snow showers, one angler ventured out and was well rewarded for the day. Jimmy Gibson of Westport was the first to fish Ballin Lough and had an impressive day despite weather conditions, with 11 rainbow trout successfully being caught and released with the best fish weighing 4lbs. The 3rd April was also a successful day for John Summerville of Cong who had 9 rainbow trout (best fish at 3lbs) and also Andrew Boyd, Athlone who had 11 rainbow trout for the day (best also 3lbs). Ken Kelly and friends fishing three rods had 8 rainbow trout, five of which were released with their best fish weighing 4lbs on Sunday the 4th April.

For information on permit and boat hire on Ballin Lough, please Contact Mrs. Gill on 098-26128.

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Coarse Angling Update

Southern Region


Carlow Chairman Bags up on Roach

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Photo: A good bag of mostly roach from the Barrow.

Easter holidays for the kids and daddy has to (escape) get out fishing at least one day during the week. Well you all know the craic it is hard to get fishing mid-week when you are working etc. Several of the Carlow lads and members of the web-site headed to a well known spot just off the River Barrow on Wed 7th April. All anglers absolutely bagged up with Roach, Skimmers, Hybrids, Dace and Perch. Gerry McStraw from the Carlow club reports, the fishing was excellent and I am only getting used to fishing the pole, as I normally fish rods on the river.

The river was bursting it's banks but thanks to the Athy and District Anglers and all their hard work there is an alternative venue naturally stocked well patrolled and bursting at the seams with fish. There were several good bags of fish including a bag of 57lb, 44lb, 28 1/2 lb, 26 lb. and many more. I must say that it was indeed one of the most pleasurable days fishing I have ever had as there were none of the usual match constraints evident on the day, which enable lads to chat and share techniques.

If any one visiting Carlow would like any info. please don't hesitate to call me regarding the River Barrow and coarse angling.
Gerry McStraw
Tel: 085 2844566

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South Western Region

Eileen Carroll reports:
E Mail:

No report this week - [most recent report 10/06/09]

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:



Thursday 1st April - The river has risen to cover three inches of the concrete below the bridge. Today was a beautiful spring day with temperatures approaching 10c . Shame the fishing wasn't really much good. A few roach were caught in the afternoon. I had 5 with a couple over 8oz.

In the evening there were just two lads fishing "between the trees" I struggled below them with just a solitary 2oz Roach. It was getting dark as they asked to borrow my landing net and I was green with envy as I helped weigh the biggest Roach I have ever seen from the Shannon. It sent the scales round to read 2lb 4oz.

Photo: Vincent Coyle from Co. Roscommon 2lb 4oz Roach

Friday 2nd April Not a lot to report I'm afraid. Steve and his son from Chorley, Lancashire had an uneventfull all day session on the gusher where a 3lb Bream was the only highlight although a small Pike was hooked but lost. Elsewhere on the stretch the going was tough. Steven Herrity found a few Roach to 8oz or so but averaging 2-3oz.

My two hour dusk session saw 8 Roach to 4oz. The river has hopefully peaked with 4" of water over the concrete near the bridge. I still can't find my thermometer to do accurate readings but as it's still very cold, I would estimate it to be no more than 44-45 F. The ambient air temperature has yet to exceed 10 C so it could be a while before fishing really improves.

Saturday 3rd April The rain forecast for today never materialised, so I'm surprised there were not more people on the banks. A Pike of about 8lbs was caught on the gusher with a few Roach. Other anglers reported the going hard. The water level appears to have topped but shows no sign of receding.

At 6.15 I ventured out and took the swim between the trees. For half hour or so, the fishing was easy with several Roach of around the 4-6oz stamp. I had 20 and a solitary Perch before it was too dark to see my float.

Sunday 4th April I was telling lies yesterday with regard to the water level, in fact, it rose a further 2" overnight. I was surprised to see no one on the bank at 07.30 and for Easter Sunday, the shop was very quiet. Perhaps my reports were enough to keep all away?

I had a drive round the Suck valley this afternoon to find many swims in flood. The boards at Dunammon were still fishable but with only one angler there I have no fishing reports. Back at Lanesborough I fished the same swim as yesterday and had 15 Roach and a tiny Perch.
Paul Waghorne

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Pike Angling Update

Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Lough Key - Easter Pike Festival

Photo: Anthony Scally and his 30lb, competition winning pike.

Boyle and District Angling Club hosted the 18th Annual Easter Pike Angling Festival over the weekend in reasonably favourable weather conditions. A large number of anglers, spectators and well wishers attended at the Doon Shore on both days of the competition. We also celebrated the 30th anniversary of the formation of our club.

On shore entertainment and regular updates of information were provided by Dj Richie Burke and Martin Walshe.

As usual the ladies at the BBQ and catering marquee ably helped by Jordan Maye, did themselves proud with the range of foods they provide to ensure that no angler or spectator went away hungry.

Members from the regional fisheries board attended at every weigh station to verify correct weights for participating anglers.

Our own trained first aid officers were on duty but were thankfully not called into action. The Boyle and District Angling Club patrol boat and crew kept a watchful eye on proceeding throughout the two days promoting fair play and ensuring the safety of all participating anglers.

The numbers of fish caught over the weekend were down on previous years probably due to the cold snap in the weather in the week leading up to the event, However some big fish were caught and the following anglers were the big winners over the two days.

Junior Competition Results U16's Sponsored by Noel Daly Tiling.

All other junior anglers received a selection of fishing baits and equipment sponsored Terry Mann's Jamestown Tackle.

Ladies section sponsored by the family of the late Paddy Sharkey, Felton rd Boyle.

Club Members Prize. An electric outboard engine sponsored by the Boyle and District Angling Club and the Genesis Bronze Statue sponsored by Moonstone Jeweller, The winner was Tony Egan Snr with a fish of 17lbs 5oz.

There were also ten anglers who received additional prizes to the value of €100.

Main Prizes.

Boyle and District Angling Club would like to thank all their sponsors and everyone who came one board over the weekend for the huge effort needed to run this event. To all the visiting anglers we hope you enjoyed your two days with us and we look forward to meeting you all again next year. Further updates and photo's of the festival and upcoming events will be posted over the next week.
Eamon Conroy
Boyle & District Angling Club


Sea Angling Update

Eastern Region


Fly fishing for bass

With spring fast approaching lots of people ask me what is my basic set up for bass fly fishing in Wexford. What do I bring and what do I fish with? The following is a list of my basic personal Fly Fishing Bass Setup - Please click on the links for more details and diagrams/animations.

The Basics

The Detail

20 pound Dacron backing in a high-viz colour like chartreuse or orange.
2 wraps around the barrel of the spool, attached to the spool with a 6-turn Uni Knot
Bimini twist on the line end of the backing with a doubled over closing knot to provide double loops.
I will cast with a #8 line on a light windy day and an #9 line on a strong windy day, but I will cast both on the #8 weight Redington CPX at this time of year.
I will whip a loop with fly tying thread on the backing end of the fly line, sealed with superglue or Zap A Gap.
I will place another whipped loop in the leader end of the fly line.
Tapered leaders hand-tied with Rio Saltwater Hard Mono.
I will tie a Perfection loop in the fly line end of my leader.
The Leader is built and tapered with blood knots, starting with 27 lb Rio Hard Mono, going to 22 lb, then 17 lb, then 15 lb.
Tippet section of leader is 18 lb Rio Fluoroflex plus. “It’s actually smaller diameter than the 15 lb mono, so the taper is perfect”.
The go-to fly on a typical day would be a chartreuse and white Lefty Kreh deceiver about 2.5 inches long tied with a Non-Slip Mono Loop.

A little bit of fishing in your day.
Jim Hendrick
Bass Angling Guide
SEAi, 8 St Johns Road, Wexford, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 53 9123351
E-mail: Web:

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:


Shore Angling

Codling and flounder to be had from a number of venues in East Cork and Waterford. Bass fishing also going well but all reports are on bait this week.

Many flounder will be returning from spawning so please use common sense and return any fish which are recovering from their exploits.

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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
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Waterville Bass Angling

Bass fishing was very good last week. I had Big Phil from the north & Andy from England over for a few days. They caught 27 bass to 3lb. OK, not big - but great fun. They also went on the lake (Lough Currane) and had plenty of seatrout which is very good.
Kevin Brain
KB Fishing Ireland
Waterville, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 66 9474942
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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Shannon Estuary – Shore Angling Report

More reports of doggies and ray but in general it was a bit more quiet this week.

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:


Shore angling report

Loads of dogs reported from some venues but there is also some flounder, ray and the odd bass reported. Anglers catching sea trout in the sea are reminded that there is a no-kill byelaw for sea trout in the WRFB to help stocks recover.

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