Irish Angling Update
12 August 2010
Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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- Good sea trout fishing on the Fane.
- Salmon fishing improves on the Boyne.
- River Nore salmon run yet to show.
- Excellent salmon fishing on the Blackwater.
- Currane Catch and Release Competition a huge success.
- Salmon catches increase on Bandon and Lee.
- Good run at Lough Inagh.
- Moy catches almost 500 salmon for the week.
- Ballisodare and Owenmore fishing well.
- Drowes grilse hard to catch, Owenea waiting for big run.
- Eske sea trout fishing reasonable.
- World Youth Fly Fishing Championships 2010 report.
- Good trout fishing on Fane and Kells Blackwater, Boyne, Dee and Glyde quiet.
- River Nore trout report.
- Sheelin peter fishing best in the evening.
- Trout fishing quiet on Conn and Arrow, big fish still possible.
- Schoolhouse area best for Melvin trout.
- Cashel trout fishery report.
- Capragh and Muckno fishing well.
- Lewis Parr is Junior King of the Barrow.
- Night fishing catches big bream.
- Loads of good bass fishing on the east coast.
- Courtmacsherry fishing well - 55 ling in one session.
- Rare amberjack caught on the Beara.
- Good wrasse and congers from Clare marks.
- Charter boat Bluewater and big fish on BBC.
- Big pollack on Sligo charter boat.
- Belfast Boys Bag Big Blondes.
- 200lb porbeagle from Red Bay.
Salmon angling Update
David Byrne reports:
Photo: One of Spencer Cantu's Sea Trout (rod handle 10")
No salmon have been reported on the River Fane over the last week but fresh fish have been reported in the river this evening Wednesday 11th August. A couple of fish were hooked and lost today. The run of fish is expected imminently. Reports have also been received of good sea trout fishing with fish being taken all along the river. The water is in good condition for sea trout fishing but more water is needed to bring additional salmon into the river.
Permits for salmon fishing on the Fane are available from the Dundalk Salmon Anglers, through Island Fishing Tackle, 58 Park St, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
Tel: (042) 9386464 Fax: (042) 9335698
Web: www.islandfishingandshooting.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Mark Sweeney displays another BIG east coast salmon caught earlier this month on the River Fane.
River Dee and Glyde
Salmon and sea trout are continuing to run the Dee and Glyde with the best fishing on the lower beats of both rivers. The Lynn's on the Glyde and Willistown on the Dee.
Sea trout fishing has slowed on the Castletown River in Dundalk with local anglers reporting that the fishing has been tough of late. Some sea trout around 1lb are still being taken in the Toberona area.
Details of day permits, memberships and events are available from the Dundalk Brown Trout Angling Club at www.browntroutanglers.com
Photo: The River Boyne has always been noted for its BIG Salmon. Mark Sweeney displays this fine 20lb fish before releasing it back to the river.
Water levels have dropped in the River Boyne over the last week. Sea trout continue to be taken in the Oldbridge area at McGahons and McCullough's. Salmon fishing has improved on the River Boyne this week and fish have been taken upstream to Navan and more anglers are fishing in the Oldbridge area. Salmon have been reported taken from Oldbridge to Navan. Diarmuid Maguire had a nice 6lb salmon on a bibio in Navan during the last week. A number of salmon have also been recorded in the Fulham's area of the Boyne close to Donore village.
I was hoping to have lots of reports of great runs of big salmon running the nore but the truth is the run is very poor for this time of the year, one or two salmon coming off each tide down at Inistioge but not much to report from the beats up stream, some rain is needed to get the fish up out the estuary , I have my fingers crossed.
Salmon and trout ghillie
Address: Rosebank Lodge, Mount Alto, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.
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Fort William Fishery
09/08/10 Water levels at a summer time low and plenty of fish holding in the pools. Fishing with the last few days has been excellent with fish been taken off every beat. Plenty of grilse moving of each tide and each fish that has been caught is stuffed with sea lice. Ciaran Ward had a good weekend landing 2 grilse and losing another at the net while his friend Ian Forde also had a nice grilse. George Hanley from the north had a nice grilse of 6lbs off the Castle beat. Today Dave Adam landed 2 grilse off the Glenmore beat. Prospects are really looking good with increasing tides this week.
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
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Blackwater Lodge Fishery
Gavin Wishart (Newcastle, Co. Down) caught a slightly coloured May fish on the 7th. on a small gold shrimp pattern on the Lug Pool on Lower Kilmurry gillied by Connie Corcoran. Connie estimated the fish @ 14-15lb. and it was quickly released. Gavin & Connie caught five fish for the day, releasing four. There were eleven fish caught for 10 rod days on the 7th. - the best day so far for August. Martin Heffer (UK) caught his first ever salmon and it was on fly on a guided day with Glenda.
Current Situation: Total for the first 8 days of August is 35 fish for 53 rod days, a remarkable figure when one takes into account that the river level has been very low during this time going from 0.17m on the 1st. to 0.15m on the 8th. Clarity is a slightly murky 4-5 feet. A big flood would be welcome to flush out the river & to bring in the huge number of fish that are waiting in the tidal reaches for a rise to encourage them to run the main river. There are plenty of fish showing in the pools on the lower river and some fish running every day.
Ian & Glenda Powell
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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Angling guide Vincent Appleby of www.salmonandseatrout.com reports on the fishing on the LOUGH CURRANE system.
Photo: Anglers competing in last weekend's Catch and Release Sea Trout Competition.
11/08/10 Mr. Bob Wiley caught 4 Trout, with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, in the Salmon department, local Gillie Mr. Bob priestly, caught a 5lbs Grilse on the fly while drifting for my Noble sea Trout. Wind NNW light to fresh. With reasonable cloud cover.
10/8/10 Jack Barret caught 2 Juniors with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea and staying in the junior Class, Local Gillie Mr. Bob Priestly, also caught 2 Juniors, otherwise all quiet on the SW front.
9/8/10 Mr. Ian Mc Night, caught a fine Grilse and 6 Trout to his rod fishing with his gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, and just for the record other anglers did produce a few smaller Trout, but nothing that would make the Angling headlines.
8/8/10 Northern Ireland Angler, Mr. Mike Taylor, was the toast of Lough Currane today with 4 fine Sea Trout, John caught two Seatrout in the 4lbs class and two Sea Trout in the 3lbs class and finished the day off with 2 smaller trout. Fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea
Photo: Mr. John Buckley caught 10 sea trout to win 1st prize of a 19 foot Lake Boat
07/08/10 The Waterville Fisheries Development Group, Catch and Release Sea Trout Competition was a huge success and the fish played their part well today. 66 sea trout were caught and released by 28 competitors. The winner of the Waterville Fisheries Development Group, Catch and Release competition, was Mr. John Buckley of Killarney, who caught 10 fish worth 3250 points and captured 1st prize of a 19 foot Lake Boat. Mr. Daniel Dinger Murphy came second with 2750 points and won a Electric outboard motor. The longest fish over the two day competition was 55cm was caught by Mr. Kevin O’Sullivan.
Now to other anglers on Lough Currane, there was just one report of a fine Grilse caught by Mr. Keenan fishing with his gillie Mr. Bob Priestly and in the none competition Sea Trout department, cork angler. Mr. John Quilligan fishing with his clients from Wales, caught 4 Sea Trout up to 2lbs, now we head for the higher lakes and Lough Namona, Local angler Mr. John Young caught 2 Sea Trout both in the 2lbs class, on Lough Derriana, Dr. Tim Gleason, caught 2 fine Sea Trout both in the 2 to 3lbs class.
06/08/10 Waterville Fisheries Development Group, Catch and Release Sea Trout Competition started today. There were no reports of any rod benders today. 28 anglers fished today for 26 sea trout were caught and released.
05/08/10 Straight to the Sea trout department, Mr. John Curnew caught 5 Sea Trout, Mr. Michael o’Sullivan. was telling that one of his hired out boats caught a few Sea Trout, now to the Salmon department, German Anglers fishing with their Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly, caught a 5lbs Grilse on the troll.
That is your ration from your Gillie and the Waterville Fishery.
No Spin No fly’s just facts.
Angling Guide and Accommodation
Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel
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4 salmon caught averaging between 6lbs - 7lbs in weight.
No catch reported for the Flesk river
BEATS 1 AND 2
2 salmon caught on Beat 2 of the Laune weighing 5lbs and 7lbs respectively.
Laune Anglers and Beat 3
There were 15 fish reported for last week. No fish reported from Beat 3.
The Laune fished well last Monday last and the odd fish was caught during the week as well. Most of these fish were caught on the worm or spinning as the river is now too low for fly fishing to be effective. That said there is news already this morning 9th August of fish caught and fish being met again on worm or spinning. This is not surprising as there is a big angling effort right now. This writer had his first fish from the Laune on Saturday after 22 trips to the river a grilse of 4 lbs caught on a Cascade.
The latest news is that the Draft Nets at Killorglin will finish fishing on Saturday 14th at 6am but unfortunately the nets at Cromane allowed by Minister Conor Lenihan are going on until the 30th August in reality severely limiting the angling prospects to a season to 4 weeks. This is hardly fair treatment to the thousands of anglers who contribute the vast majority of the Salmon Conservation Stamp Fund for the rehabilitation of salmon rivers.
Laune Anglers Association
46 salmon caught on the river Lee.
RIVER LEE (ESB FISHERY)
Monday 26th 1 x2lbs salmon on a shrimp by Sam Payne Bandon
Tuesday 27th 7 salmon caught on shrimp ranging from 2lbs to 12lbs by Ryan Richardson, Antrim – released.
Thursday 29th 1x2lbs salmon caught by Ian O’Shea, Cork and released
Friday 30th 1x2 ½ lbs salmon caught by Sam Payne, Bandon and released
33 salmon caught on the river Bandon.
There was a good run of sea trout and grilse on this river last week.
No data available for the Ilen river
No data available for the Coomhola river
Brian McManus reports:
River Feale and Smearlagh
09/08/10 I am delighted to report that we have a full flood at the moment. There is also another run of fresh grilse, and some extremely large summer salmon (I lost one yesterday in the 20lbs bracket). There is also a good few fresh sea trout entering. The past week has seen some good sea trout action on the lake with dozens of fish caught up to 4lbs. The season total now stands at 265.
Notable Catches; Sophie Lynch(Dublin) fished the Derryclare Butts with her father and renowned angler Thomas and landed her first ever salmon. The fish weighed 6.25lbs and took a cascade.
Vincent Foley(Dublin) caught a huge 3 pound grilse from the Butts on a Collie Dog. The Cornomona Anglers had their annual trip to Inagh and 8 rods recorded 23 sea trout to 2.5lbs.
John Webster and Steven Kirk(N.Ireland), fished Inagh for two days and caught 13 sea trout to 2.5lbs on a Claret Bumble.
John Wilson(UK) fished Inagh for a day and recorded 3 sea trout to 4lbs. Top fly again was a Claret Bumble.
Eugene Maxwell and friend fished Inagh 1 day and boated 13 sea trout to 3lbs, mostly on a Pennell and Bibio.
Colin Folan is hosting a 3 day complete fly fishing course in Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel from 17 - 19 September inclusive.
Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel
Tel: 095 34706 or 086 8679459 (mobile)
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Bryan Ward reports:
Water levels on the River Moy have been consistent and very suitable for angling throughout the week, despite this, angling effort is down considerably. A total of 494 salmon were reported for the week on the Moy, with the Moy Fishery accounting for 116 of these fish, with the Cathedral Beat producing 45 and the Ridge Pool yielding 44. Wexford pair James and Chris Ryan had one each on the Ridge to the fly, while Bill Campbell, Scotland had a total of three with the worm. Sean and Barry Price, England, also had success on the Ridge, with David Evans, England landing one salmon on the fly of 6.1lbs. Sean and Barry Price had greater success on the Cathedral Beat, landing a total of nine between them, while Bill Campbell also had better success there, catching three.
The Spring Wells fished well, with fly anglers Barry Corrigan, N.Ireland and Frank Woods, Co.Louth both having success, while Brendan Lowney, Wexford landed one at the Ash Tree Pool.
Upstream, the Ballina Salmon Angler’s waters continued to produce good numbers, as did Mount Falcon. Knockmore, Attymass and Coolcronan all enjoyed a successful week, with Byrnes also producing fish. Gannon’s Fishery also had its share, while at Armstrong’s, Anthony Murphy, Dublin had three on the worm. The Foxford Fishery also fished well, where Trevor Bolton and Harry Cliffe, England, had 12 salmon for four days angling. Rinanney and the Foxford town waters continued to produce their share. However the catch at Cloongee was significantly down due to low numbers of anglers on the beat. East Mayo Anglers water continued its positive trend, with good numbers reported. Among those to have success at East Mayo were Shane, Paul and Joe McNamee, Dublin who had two salmon each, with Sean Quinn, Meath and John Little, N.Ireland also having success.
Over the past week 124 salmon were caught on the Ballisodare System with 60 of these fish released. For the second week in a row Dermot Glennon has landed the heaviest salmon with a weight of 12lbs. This salmon was caught on a green-butt Cascade fly. Visiting angler John Blake also caught a fine fresh fish of 8lb. A number of anglers have also been successful with the prawn, including Bernard Harte who caught and released two fish. Prospects for the week ahead look very good as many fresh fish continue to enter the system.
The Owenmore continued to fish well over the week, with water levels very suitable for angling. In total forty salmon were caught, including a nice fish of 10.5lbs taken by Rory Murray, Co.Dublin.
Angling effort was very low on the river this week, among those to catch fish were David Nevin, Newport who had a 2lbs grilse and Graham Wright who caught a 1lbs sea trout.
A total of five salmon were caught on the Fishery for the week, including catches for Martin Hughes, David Nevin, Eamonn Kennedy and Michael Healy, Derry.
Lindsey Clarke reports:
Water levels on the Drowes remained fair over the week. The story this week is of large numbers of grilse in the river that were very hard to catch. The fish were very dour this week and would not ‘look at anything’ seemed to be the general consensus of opinion chatting to rods who fished over the week. There were a number of grilse caught but the catch returns do not really reflect the numbers of grilse that were present in the river or ran the system.
On Wednesday, John Parkinson recorded a 3lb grilse caught from the Washstones on shrimp. Peter Zahnd accounted for a 6lb grilse caught on a Toby lure from the Wee Drain. His son Patrick Zahnd logged 2 grilse caught weighing 3 & 4lb from High Bank and the Sand Hole also on a Toby lure.
On Sunday, Michael Wilson recorded 2 grilse caught from the Red Roof weighing around 2½lb releasing one of these. Erus Frei also landed 2 grilse weighing 2½lb each releasing one of these. The fish were caught from the Island Pool on worm and fly. John Burns accounted for a 3lb grilse caught on prawn from the Washstones. Gary Morrow registered 2 grilse caught weighing 3 & 4lb caught from the Washstones on shrimp. D. Jordan recorded 2 grilse caught weighing 3½ & 4lb caught from The Meadow on a Flying ‘C’ lure. Over the last days of the week, Michael Kruse accounted for 3 grilse caught weighing from 3 to 3½lb from Briney’s & the Mill Pool on a Cascade fly.
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.
The river remained fairly low for the greater part of the week with the exception of Friday evening and Sunday which gave small floods reading 0.20 & 0.19 metres respectively. The gauge average for the week read 0.15 metres. 43 visiting rods fished for the week spread throughout the week. There were reasonable numbers of grilse recorded but the big run of grilse has yet to start.
On Tuesday, George Friel recorded a 3lb grilse caught from beat 8 on the fly. On Wednesday, Billy Blair caught & released a small grilse from beat 8 on the fly. On Friday there were fair numbers of salmon caught. Kevin O’Neill accounted for 2 grilse weighing 5lb each caught on the fly from beat 7. Gerry McGranahan recorded 2 fish caught on the fly from beat 9 weighing 3lb each. James Cadle recorded his first ever salmon caught from beat 5. The fish weighed 3½lb and was caught on a fly. On Sunday, Bill Fee accounted for a 4½lb grilse caught from beat 9 on a fly.
The forecast for the coming week is for unsettled weather bringing showers throughout the week so there should be good water levels at times through the week. Allied to the increasing grilse run, prospects look good.
For info/bookings etc on the Owenea Fishery – Tel: 074 9551141. (9am to 1pm April to May & 7am to 1pm June to Sept).
The lough is at a fair level at present and conditions were nice over the week with some nice breezes and overcast conditions although some days were a little too sunny for our liking. There were a number of rods out fishing this week with 8 visitor boats out over the weekend. The lough continues to fish well and the visiting rods fishing at the weekend recorded good numbers of sea trout caught up to 2lb plus with most in the ¾ to 1lb bracket. They also hooked and lost 3 salmon and also lost a couple of big sea trout.
For info/bookings etc on the Eske Fishery – Tel: 074 9740781. (9am to 1pm).
Lionel Knobbs reports:
The Loughs Agency has introduced regulations in response to declining stocks in the Foyle system, and in particular the River Finn. The Loughs Agency has been forced to take action to protect and conserve wild Atlantic Salmon and to ensure their future sustainability.
These Regulations were made to take account of the Agency's national and international obligations including the requirements of the European Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the Conservation of Wild Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora) which states that "if a species is included under the Directive (of which North Atlantic Salmon are), measures must be taken to maintain or restore them to favourable status in their natural range.
The failure of the River Finn salmon stocks to meet sustainability targets, is of principle concern. The Loughs Agency has undertaken these of actions which will
. Suspend commercial salmon fishing
. Direct that recreational angling in the River Finn and Foyle become strictly catch and release.
These measures should be seen as part of a much wider programme that includes juvenile salmon habitat rehabilitation, anti poaching efforts, pollution control and raising concerns over salmon predators.
These regulations will be enforced from Tuesday 15th June 2010.
Further information on catch and release for recreational anglers can be found on the Loughs Agency website at www.loughs-agency.org.
Trout Angling Update
David Byrne reports:
World Youth Fly Fishing Championships 2010
Counties Louth, Meath and the north east were well represented recently at the World Youth Fly Fishing Championships 2010 which took place from the 3rd to the 9th August 2010 on rivers Vah, Bela and Poprad in Slovakia. The three lads from the north east, Shane Callan and Mark Naylor from Co. Louth and Sean Cassidy from Duleek in Co. Meath are all members of the Dundalk and District Brown Trout Anglers Association and were part of the six man team representing Ireland at this top fly fishing event. The competition was fished from 9am 12pm and from 3pm to 6pm over three days and the rivers fished in the competition were 20-30m wide and 1.5m deep. These rivers contained a number of different fish species including brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout and grayling, some of which are not found in Irish rivers. Competitors had circa 200 to 230m of river to fish per session and competitors either fished from the bank or waded in-stream.
The Irish team were unlucky with some of the draws and two of the lads had to fish the Vah, which was in flood on Day 1. The poor conditions made it very difficult to catch and this meant that the team had to make up ground on the remaining days. Out of the six sessions two good finishes were recorded by Shane Callan from Haggardstown who had a second place and a third place in session. However, the best Irish finisher overall went to Sean Cassidy from Duleek in Co. Meath who finished 14th in the individual event. Sean had a dream start with second place on Day 1 with 23 fish, followed by a less successful day on day 2 with a 6th and 10th place, but bounced back on day three with a first place and a second place finish. Sean's unlucky draw on Day 2 kept him out of the medals and a first, second or third place in these sessions would have put him in contention for an individual medal.
Speaking to David Byrne from Inland Fisheries Ireland, team captain Tom Loftus said " these are the best placings achieved by the Irish Youth Fly-Fishing Team in the World Championships in recent years. The team, which included three new caps, worked very hard and we are very satisfied with our performance, although we were a bit unlucky with some of the draws. We will review our performance with the intention of improving our team and individual performances for the next World Championships."
The Irish team finished in 9th position overall with the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Spain taking the medals.
The Dundalk and District Brown Trout Anglers Association and the staff of Inland Fisheries Ireland congratulated Mark, Shane and Sean and the other members of the team their performance and on recording the best result to be achieved by the Irish Youth Fly Fishing Team in recent years. The club and IFI also wished the team all the best for the future.
Qualifiers for next years event are taking place on the Fane on Saturday 14th August and the lake event on Sunday 15th August.
Water levels have dropped again in the Fane this week and levels are good for trout fishing. Matt Campbell from Dundalk fished the Fane with a friend from Wexford recently and reports that the best of the fishing was in the morning time. Matt caught and released 8 small wild brown trout while his friend from Wexford had 14 trout with two of them weighing just over 1lb.
Spencer Cantu reports on his last couple of outings on the Fane. Each outing produced great fishing with the smallest fish being around 1/2 lb and one or two over the 1lb mark. Spencer even landed a nice white trout (sea trout) just north of Castlering Bridge. This lovely fish measured 17" and weighed 1.75lbs. Spencer is looking forward to his next time out on the river.
Angling guide and APGAI Ireland casting instructor Eamonn Conway also had a lot of trout in the last week but reports that fishing is now getting tougher.
Details of day permits and memberships are available from the Dundalk Brown Trout Angling Club at www.browntroutanglers.com
For details of guided fishing on the Fane and fly casting tuition Eamonn Conway can be contacted at 086 1242966 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Matt Campbell who also provides guiding services on the Fane and Castletown Rivers. Matt can be contacted at 087 6757550
River Dee and Glyde
There has not been much brown trout angling activity on the Dee and Glyde this week and there has been additional weed growth on many areas of the river. The best fishing on the Dee is still upstream of Ardee.
Brown trout fishing has continued to be slow on the River Boyne and its tributaries. Colm Lynch from East Coast Angling reports that the Boyne at Navan is dropping and clearing but the brown trout fishing around Navan has been slow. Many trout anglers have not fished over the last week but those who have have reported good catches of small fish. The best trout reported during the last week weighed 1.5lbs and was taken in the lower Blackcastle area. The cooler weather has affected the fly hatches and olives are still hatching during the day but sedge fishing is not as good as it should be in the evenings.
Trout Angling Competition (Navan and District Angling Club): A competition is taking place for the members of the Navan and District Angling Club on Sunday 15th August. There is a junior and a senior competition and fishing will take place from 2pm until 7pm. Meet at the Ramparts Navan in advance. If you would like to find out more in advance please contact Colm at the address below. The Navan and District Angling Club will be launching their new website and fly-tying school at a functions in Smiths of the Bridge after the competition. (This competition has been rescheduled from last week, please confirm arrangements with Colm Lynch, contact details below)
Additional information and permits for the Navan waters can be obtained from Colm Lynch, East Coast Angling, Balmoral Industrial Estate, Kells Road Navan, Co. Meath. Tel: 046 9073377 mobile: 087 2044996 email: email@example.com
Colm Lynch from East Coast angling fished the Kells Blackwater in the last few days and had two nice trout to the sedge. Pat McLoughlin reports that water levels in the Kells Blackwater have continued to drop and fishing conditions are ideal at the moment. Pat has hosted another group of French students on the Kells Blackwater this week. The students caught and released circa 40 trout on dry fly. Best angler had 25 trout on dry fly and nymph. Pat reports that fly hatches are quite poor at the moment with morning and evening duns featuring on the menu.
Pascal St Patrice and his fishing buddy Alain from the Loire Valley in France fished with Pat on the Kells Blackwater on Sunday and Monday and caught and released 10 to 12 trout each per day with the biggest fish weighing around the 1lb mark.
Additional information about the Kells Angling Club can be found at www.kells-anglers.com
Angling guide Pat McLoughlin can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mobile on 086 1017415
John Flynn reports:
The trout fishing is still good, lost a good one on Friday night on a deer hair sedge in the tail of Mahars pond it was over 2 lb and it put up a great fight and came off at the net, later I did land one of 3/4 lb.
Two visitors from Philadelphia USA had a good day fly fishing for trout last week. Renee and Bernadette had some great sport with some of the Nore's trout, no big trout were caught the best was only about 10 inches .
Salmon and trout ghillie
Address: Rosebank Lodge, Mount Alto, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.
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no report this week - [most recent report 02/06/10]
Brian McManus reports:
A large number of anglers fish the lake during the week. There are still very small amounts of green peter on the lake and any sighted were always late into the evening. There was a decline in the Green Peter last year so this year is consistent with that year. Like other weeks, there are vast numbers of small fish being seen and caught (all are released) although this week has seen a marked increase in heavier fish being caught – 3 to 4 ½ lbs. The fish being caught are predominantly wild fish and in very good condition. All areas of the lake are fishing well but the best places are around Church Island, Goreport and Bog Bay.
127 fish were recorded for the week, the increase probably attributed to the bank holiday weekend.
The McDonnell open trout fishing competition, organised by the L.S.T.P.A was held on Lough Sheelin on Saturday August 7th, 48 anglers took part with 14 catches of trout weighed with a numerous amount of trout released. The winners were as follows:
- 1st - Vinny Hughes, Clones – 1 trout @ 4 ½ lbs wet fly fishing.
- 2nd - Peter Roche, Ballina, Co. Mayo – 1 trout @ 3 ¾ lbs wet fly fishing using a small sedge.
- 3rd – Paul McArdle, Castleblayney – 1 trout @ 3 lbs 11ozs
- 4th – Pat Farrelly, Kells – 1 trout at 3 ½ lbs.
Other catches for the week were: Walter and Susan Byrne, Edenderry – on Monday August 2nd , 8 trout caught using a dry sedge, best was 2 ½ lbs, all released.
Michael Kelly, Dublin – all dry fly fishing using a small sedge. 27 trout were caught for the week, all except the damaged fish were released.
Wednesday August 5th 6 trout were caught, best was 3 lbs, Thursday 12 fish, 6 @ 3 lbs each, 1 @ 4 lbs. 9 fish were caught on Friday, best was 4 ¼ lbs. All these trout were wild and in very good condition.
Garry McKiernan, Corlesmore, Cavan – Tuesday August 4th 5 trout, dry fly fishing, fish ranged from 1 ½ - 4 lbs in weight, all were released.
Cahill Rush, Northern Ireland – 4 trout caught on Friday August 6th, heaviest 2 ½ lbs using a wet fly.
For local updates contact Inland Fisheries Ireland Lough Sheelin Office Tel: 049 4336144
Bryan Ward reports:
Photo: Ruadhán O'Gráda of Clonskee Co. Dublin and his fine 5lbs trout caught on Lough Conn
Angling on Lough Conn has been notably quiet for the time of year. However, as always there are a few exceptions to the trend. Angling with the School of Fishing at Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Tom and Lola Jordan had three to wet flies, while Mark Walsh had one on the Green Peter. Regular visitors to Murphy’s of Massbrook, Liam McHugh, Co.Offaly and Mick Sweeney, Loughrea had a total of four trout over two days to wets. In the northern end of the Lough, Padraig Traynor had two trout to wet flies, near Castle Island. Angling out of Cloghans, Sean Creane had one of 2lbs while Joe Quinn had good success, boating five trout for a day’s fishing. The catch of the week on Lough Conn undoubtedly goes to young Ruadhán O'Gráda of Clonskee Co. Dublin, who, while angling under the guidance of Padraic Kelly, Cloghans, hooked and successfully boated a magnificent trout at the mouth of Cloghans Bay weighing 5lbs.
Bilberry Lake and Lough Lannagh
Bilberry-Lannagh Angling Club held its annual charity competition on Sunday the 8th and great sport was had by those participating. Peter Byrne won the competition, reaching the bag-limit of 6 trout for a total of 10lbs, with his best fish just over 3lbs. Peter Gray took second with 6 trout for 8.2lbs and third went to Ian Wise with two trout for 4lbs. Green Peters, Bibios and Silver Dabblers were the most successful flies on the day. For boat hire on the lakes contact Kay McGrath on 098 26128.
Angling has slowed somewhat on Lough Arrow, with only a few fish reported for the week. Among those to have success was Peter Dunn who had three trout weighing 2.5lbs, 2lbs and 3lbs, while Jimmy Frazer had one of 2.5lbs. Green Peters proved again the successful fly, despite sedge hatches becoming rare.
Lindsey Clarke reports:
Lough Melvin remained fairly quiet this week. There were variable reports on the trout angling once again. The ‘right place at the right time’ seemed to be the applicable phrase. Some rods reported good fishing for sonaghan while others reported poor sessions afloat. The deeps off Rossinver and around the Schoolhouse area seemed to be the most productive once again with fish coming to various wet flies.
For info/bookings etc on Lough Melvin:
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.
Melvin & Rossinver Fishery
Tel: 071 9841451.
Lionel Knobbs reports:
Cashel Trout Fishery
Photo: Tom, Eddie and Calumn McLoughlin enjoy the trout fishing at Cashel.
Excellent conditions brought anglers out in large numbers to Cashel this weekend.
David Speirs (Scotland) had a great time with us using buzzers. He banked at least eight trout taking four of them home which weighed 11lb 9ozs in total. Eddie McLaughlin and 9 year old son Calumn (England) also took four trout home which weighed just over 8lb. Stephen Campbell and Peter Smith (Derry) took one each home averaging 2lb which fell to buzzers also. Gerard Doherty (Maghera) and Conor Rocks accompanied by his five year old son Darragh (Ballinderry) banked sixteen and seven respectively with Conor taking two trout home which weighed 5lb 3ozs in total. Billy Hazlett (Derry) bagged two at 5lb 11ozs and released thirteen which fell to sedges. Dungiven’s Mark Boyce released a total of eighteen trout over two short days. His trout fell to black/yellow lures. John Hasson also from Dungiven spent two short days releasing fifteen trout but unfortunately lost at least eight others. His trout mainly took the f-fly and suspender buzzers. Allan Mc Clune (Dungiven) and Roger Gibson (Ballyronan) banked six trout each with Allan taking two of his home which weighed 5lb 10ozs. Derry’s Paul Ford released three nice trout which took an olive and daddies. Franky Murphy (Feeny) bagged two at 2lb each and released four which fell to suspender buzzers and daddies.
Well done to all!
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH,
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.cashellakeview.com
Coarse Angling Update
David Byrne reports:
Cavan and Monaghan
Capragh lake just outside Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan has continued to fish very well and a number of large bream have been reported in the last week from this popular venue.
There has been very good fishing for roach and skimmer bream at White Island on Lough Muckno. All methods, feeder, waggler and pole have been producing very good results. All anglers should please note the regulations and bye-laws regulating coarse angling. Please remove all litter and report all illegal activity.
There have not been very many anglers fishing on the other lakes in the area.
Dublin and Kildare
Des from Southside Angling reports good catches of roach and tench from the canals and good bags of roach and rudd from Blessington.
Junior King of the Barrow
Photo: The winning anglers at the junior King of the Barrow event
Following last weeks King of the Barrow the Junior event was held on the graveyard strech of Montgomery St. on Sunday 8th August. All junior anglers involved caught fish ranging from Perch, Dace, Roach to Bream/Roach Hybrids. Young Lewis Parr who recently gained a full sponsorship from the locally based International company Traper came out tops and was the winner on the day. Organisers and club committee would like to thank Luigis new outlet in Graiguecullen for supplying the food and drinks for the children involved on the day, also Gerry mcStraw from Carlow Coarse Angling Supplies for supplying bait and indeed Mark from Fishing Masters for supplying the Trapper Ground Bait as prizes for the children. The Cup was donated by well known local angler John Holmes and was well recieved by the Carlow Club. The children all had a great day, spirits were high on the day and the weather was absolutely as good as it gets. Several local spectators came along to see how the young people fish now adays and were amazed at the methods being used and the amount of fish being caught. All in all a very good day out was had by all especially the latest five lads to join the club whom are indeed as they say, hooked! The winner on the day was Lewis Parr, Graiguecullen, 2nd place was miss Kelsey Warburton, Timberoe, 3rd place was Thomas Quinlan, Corries Cross, 4th place went to Danyael mcStraw, Graiguecullen.
Alice Murtagh reports:
Night fishing catches big bream
Photo: Michal Wrobel with some big bream from a favourite Cavan venue
I am just up after an all night angling session in Co. Cavan! It was very wet, but the fishing was brilliant. I had a good bag of roach and some stunning bream between 1 - 4 am. The best 5 bream weighed in at about 13,5 kg. All of them were safely released in the morning.
And just one more thing - ANGLERS!!! RELEASE ALL THE FISH, PUT THEM BACK TO THE WATER - MAKE A GOOD SPORT!!!
Pike Angling Update
David Byrne reports:
There is very little pike angling activity taking place at the moment. Angling guide Pat McLoughlin reported some pike taken by French anglers from Mullagh Lake in Co.Cavan. The best fish weighed 9lbs. Pat also reported that young French anglers also recorded 10 pike on the Kells Blackwater.
Sea Angling Update
David Byrne reports:
Co Louth and Meath Coastlines
Photo: Gerry Maguire landed 3 nice bass from 3 to 4 lb (all returned) while fishing in the Dundalk area.
Colm Lynch fished for bass at Mornington on Tuesday night the 10th August and landed two nice fish on surface lures weighing 4lbs and 6lbs.
Tope are being taken in Dundalk Bay and along the Louth Coastline especially the North Louth area and marks around Dunany. Bass have also been caught around Dunany Point. Reports have been received of good mackerel fishing at Clogherhead. Pouting and pollack are being taken by boat anglers in Dundalk Bay. Bass are also being taken along the Louth coastline on fly and lure from Dundalk to Cooley. The Boyne estuary continues to clear and some mackerel and bass have been taken. At Laytown's south beach, beach anglers have continued to catch bass and flatfish on bait.
Photo: A fine bass caught from Laytown Beach.
I got this lovely bass just off the northern end of Laytown Beach last night at low tide just as it was turning. He took a Capture Lure's red over silver popper. The fish was returned to fight another day and I estimate him to be around 9lb. He may not have been exactly 9 but he's still a once in a lifetime fish in my book.
Dublin to Wexford
Photo: Finn Woodlock caught (by himself) this fine ray off the Kish on Sunday. He also got his first LSD also and lost his first Tope.
Maurice Carolan of Inland Fisheries Ireland reports specimen mullet on the Broadmeadows estuary. Mackerel and pollack are being taken from the west pier at Howth. Bass and smooth-hound are being taken at the Bull wall in Dublin Bay. Good catches of mackerel are also being taken at Balscadden Bay,
Des from Southside Angling reports that there is great bass fishing in the Wexford area. Mullet fishing is good on most inlets piers and estuaries. Mackerel have arrived in better numbers recently and anglers and catching a lot of mackerel in Dun Laoghaire and Collimore Harbour. Bass continue to be caught in North and South County Dublin. Good catches have been recorded at Killiney. There are lots of mullet around and anglers have had some of the best smooth-hound fishing in years in Dublin bay.
Des and the rest of the crew from Southside angling can be contacted at email@example.com
Photo: Specimen angler Nick Parry with a fine smooth hound caught recently from Clones Strand, Wexford.
Michael Hennessy reports:
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Courtmacsherry fishing well - 55 ling in one session
Photo: a good ling of 23lb for Wlodek Wroblewski
The fishing in Courtmacsherry has been very good the last week with blue shark to 2,45m (tagged and released). We also had conger to 35 lbs and ling to 23lbs from the inshore wrecks caught by Wlodek Wroblewski from Poland. The wrecks are fishing very well at the moment with 55 ling recorded in one session. Pollack are also feeding well with several fish to 11lbs. There are also good bull huss to 13 lbs.
The Bass fishing has been superb with 36 fish landed and released in one 3 hr session by Kieren Kelleher. Fish over 10lbs were recorded from The Pier on live Bait. There were also reports of a 12lb fish from Ring and a fine fish of 11lbs from Harbour View. An angler I met last Friday reported that he caught 2 bream off the Woodpoint with crab. Heading back to the pier last Monday I counted 30 anglers enjoying the fishing from the shore,its great to see such a nutural resource being enjoyed.
Rare fish caught
Photo: Almaco jack from Castletownbere, a rare fish in Irish waters.
A rare amberjack was caught of the Beara Peninsula over the weekend. The almaco jack, Seriola rivoliana, was one of a number which were observed (and later caught) by local angler Huan Tan. Huan was at a rocky mark and could see the jacks mixed in with a shoal of triggerfish. At under 50cm it is a juvenile fish - the adults grow to a large size, with the world record coming in at 35.38kg (caught off Bermuda). This is only the third record for Irish waters for these kind of fish that I could find. The first record for this species was in 2006 with an earlier record in 1990 for a related species.
If you catch an unusual fish please take a photo and send it to us via email or post.
Dromagowlane House angling report
07/08/10 Colin, Mark, Simon, Paul, Andy, Kevin and Jason from Dorset/Somerset were over on the Beara for their annual visit and with the fine weather the fishing got better as the week went on with the water warming up again after our three day ‘monsoon’ in July.
Too numerous to mention all the fish they caught during their week but highlights included conger to 23lbs, pollack to 6lbs, wrasse to 4lbs, huss to 8lbs, ray to 6lbs and off a previously unfished mark, cod to 3lbs. Special mention must go to Kevin who hooked his first mullet only to have it stolen off the hook by a cheeky otter! He did however manage to beat the otter to one a little later on.
John and Tina Young are over for their second trip to the Beara this time for two weeks and so far have managed conger to 20lbs along with wrasse, ling, pollack and our favourite summer visitor the Trigger Fish. More to report on their stay next week.
Email Dromagowlanehouse@eircom.net or ring me on
Tel: 00 353 27 60330.
Photo: Anglers fishing onboard Sioux caught this 2.28m blueshark at the end of July. The shark was estimated to weigh 180lb.
06/08/10 We had groups of 3 to 6 anglers fishing with us last week. Between them they caught 139 pollack, 8 ling, 57 coalfish, 81 cod, 6 poorcod, 1 cod, 1 whiting, 8 cuckoo wrasse, a haddock and 4 squid.
Ballyhearny West, The Mill, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 66 9476420 or +353 87 6871267
Email: email@example.com Website: www.valentiafishing.com
Brian McManus reports:
West Clare shore angling
Photo: French Anglers Chris and Ange with a Ballan Wrasse from The Bridges of Ross
Triggerfish have been reported by Scuba Divers and should turn up in Anglers catches any day now. Anglers fishing for Ballan Wrasse are most likely to encouner these exotic fish! They will take crab, limpet and shrimp baits intended for Wrasse.
Conger bottom fishing with mackerel. Mullet to 2 kgs. floatfishing tiny mackerel pieces but groundbaiting essential.
Dogfish and occasional Thornback Ray on sandeel.
The Wreck near College Bay
Some really good Conger up to 12 kgs. being caught from the shore on heavy tackle. Slack tides fish best as there is a fast tide rip here.
Thornback Ray proving difficult to locate but some nice Bull Huss turning up.
Bass and Garfish are being caught on Spinners.
Good mullet floatfishing with mackerel strip. Some Golden Grey Mullet present.
Bridges of Ross
I had a party of French Anglers here recently and they had great sport with good Ballan Wrasse. Pollock and Coalfish were caught on Dexter Wedge.
Some Bass caught on sandeel at Northern end.
Kevin Crowley reports:
Charter boat Bluewater and big fish on BBC
Photo: Scottish angler and regular aboard Blue Water Jim McLanaghan caught this specimen sized 26lb ling
John Brittain’s boat Bluewater had BBC’S Monty Halls out for a day to film how the Blues are caught, tagged and released. Normally bringing a camera out on a boat fishing trip is like bringing a landing net with you salmon fishing, it guarantees a blank. This time the plan worked and we had two Blues in the boat in about an hour, the second of which was a lovely fish of about 100lbs. Filming completed we headed for Cleggan after one of Blue Water’s shortest Shark trips ever but we should be on Monty Halls Great Irish Escape when its out.
Blue Water was full for the August bank holiday with a mixture of anglers from all over. Saturday was a fine day with a slight swell so we headed for the grounds south of Slyne Head where there is always nice shelter and normally good fishing. The first rods down were immediately in fish and this continued all day, mostly Pollock but fine fish with some into double figures and plenty in the 8 to 10 lbs range. Sunday saw stronger winds and different anglers, the winds narrowed down our range to the shelter of the offshore islands where we got a much wider variety including lots of small cod which are becoming a feature this year.
Today 6 th august with wind in the force 6 to 7 range we were fishing the sheltered ground East of Inishboffin Island. We had 12 species for the day but the highlight was a specimen Ling of 12.1kgs or 26.6 lbs caught by Scottish angler and regular aboard Blue Water Jim McLanaghan. The fish was caught drifting and Jim was using a three hook Muppet rig baited with Mackerel, a real achievement catching such a fine fish over reefs on a windy day.
Lastly we have a facebook page which is updated quite often. Its called Bluewater Charter Fishing and it is at the following address.
Bryan Ward reports:
Big pollack from Sligo
Photo: A specimen Pollack landed onboard the Sea Star
A well over specimen size pollack, caught on one of today's charters. This fish would have ranked 11th in Ireland for Irish 2009 specimen sizes records published by the CFB for last years catch.
Sea Star Mitchell 31. Ford 120hp 6 cylinder
Rosses Point, Co Sligo.
Tel: + 353 86 8913618
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.sligoboatcharters.com
Lindsey Clarke reports:
Times are good on the sea - some light breezes and despite some showers, all of our clients are having some great fishing. The month started with a 61 lb blue shark caught on Sunday -- well done to Arthur and his party. There are a lot of very good pollack being caught too -- up to 10lbs. Hopefuly the month will continue like this -- tight lines to all our friends and customers!
Meridian Lochin 40'
Killybegs Angling Charters, Killybegs, Co. Donegal.
Tel: +353 87 22 00 982
Belfast Boys Bag Big Blondes
Photo: A lovely 20lb blonde ray is landed on Rosguill
East Belfast Sea Angling Club records were obliterated on board the Rosguill by a super day’s sand fishing for Turbot & Rays. A total of 33 Turbot, 1 Brill, 6 Blonde Rays, 3 Homlyn Rays, 2 Cuckoo Rays, 2 Tub Gurnards and 84 ubiquitous Doggies.
Rosguill 43' Aquastar. Twin 310 HP
Downings, Co. Donegal.
Telephone: +353 74 9155080
Email: email@example.com Web: www.rosguill.com
Photo: A good sized turbot from a sand mark near Downings
Red Bay charter reports
Hamish Currie, charter skipper of the Predator in Red Bay recently caught a huge 200lb plus porgbeagle shark. Using a medium-light gear it took 45 minutes to come to the boat. Another 5 porbeagle were caught the same day
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
Web:http://www.predatorireland.com/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 028 2177 1828 Boat: 07720440117