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Irish Angling Update

19 August 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


River Fane

Bernard Devenney from the Dundalk Salmon Anglers Association reports that salmon fishing has improved on the River Fane over the last week with ten salmon being caught by anglers during the period. A couple of big fish were also hooked and lost during the week but a number of nice fish were landed. Bernard Halfpenny from Collon landed a beautiful 13lb fish on fly and Gordon Moore from Dundalk had two nice fish his first was an 11lb fish which he caught on Thursday last 12th August and his second was a nice fresh run 8lb fish which he caught on Monday 16th August. Brendan Mullholland from Dundalk and John Harmon from Drogheda also landed fish this week. Fresh salmon have been observed moving on the lower stretches of the river today Wednesday 18th August and the fishing is likely to improve further this coming week as additional salmon move into the river.

Sea trout fishing has been reasonable and fish are still being taken all along the river. The water is in good condition for sea trout fishing.

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
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Dee and Glyde

No reports were received from the Dee and Glyde this week on salmon and sea trout fishing.

Castletown River

Sea trout fishing has continued to be slow this week 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


River Boyne

A number of salmon have been reported taken in the Fulham's area of the Boyne close to Donore village. Sea trout continue to be taken on the Boyne around Oldbridge.

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Southern Region


River Blackwater

Fort William Fishery

17/08/10 Water levels are perfect and still plenty of fresh fish moving about. Another 6 fish taken today so far so this month is gong very well for us. Sally Ocklford from the U.k landed her first fish off the Castle beat today of 4lbs. Marcus Bale had a fish of 11lbs of Glenmore on spinner and now the Golf course beat is starting to fish. Forecast is for some rain over the next few days but can only wait and see.

14/08/10 Water levels are perfect and still plenty of fresh fish moving in every day now. Resident fish in every beat and plenty of fish been landed and lost. Fly seems to be the method at the moment as anglers are having plenty of fun. August is turning into a bumper month as there is 58 fish already landed so plenty happening on the fishery. 8 fish were landed again today while most of these fish are grilse. 12 year old Evan Brown from Waterford landed his second grilse of the season on spinner. Fergal Molloy also from Waterford released a cracking autumn fish of 8lbs on fly off the Glenmore. Great reports of fish seen running today and plenty of happening down stream too. Forecast is good for Sunday and Monday but to change after that as rain is on its way.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
Email: Web:

Blackwater Lodge Fishery

Recent Catches:

Current Situation: The river is once again very low, but some fresh fish are still running in. With the huge numbers of fish waiting in the estuary & out at sea, the first flood we get should produce spectacular results for the river.
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
E-mail: Website:

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South Western Region


Lough Currane

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

12/8/10 Lough Currane was on the quiet side, but at least one angler did see a bit of action, Mr. Mike Power, caught one Junior with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea, there was a NE wind blowing down the lake, plus there was heavy cold showers at times, which didn’t make for good fishing, now we head upstream to the Higher lakes, on Lough Derriana, German Anglers fishing with their Gillie Frank Donnelly, caught 4 Sea Trout. Amount of rainfall 1.1mm, max air temperature 17.2.

13/8/10 Straight to the Sea Trout department, Local Gillie, Mr. Bob Priestly caught 2 Juniors, Mr. Dan Sugrue of Tralee and Waterville, also caught 2 Juniors with his Gillie, Mr. Brod O’Sullivan of Stella Maris guesthouse Waterville, Clients fishing with their Gillie Mr. Terence Wharton Snr , caught 6 Sea Trout, now we head down stream to the Butler Pool, Renowned Gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer, caught a fine 9lbs Salmon on the fly. Wind NNW light and overcast, amount of rainfall 0.7mm, max air temperature 17.1c.

14/8/10 Straight to the Sea Trout department, Local Gillie, Mr. Bob Priestly, was telling me that he caught 2 Juniors on the dry fly in Copal on the south side, and staying with the Sea trout department, Mr. Frank Donnelly of was telling me that guests fishing in one of his Hired out boats caught 10 sea Trout ranging from Junior Class up to 2lbs, now we go down stream to the Butler Pool where there was some fine action, A guest caught a 4lbs Grilse, with his Gillie, Mr. Michael O’Sullivan of Waterville Boats and @ but catch of the day with 3 grilse weighing in at 5lbs 4.lbs 3.5lbs, goes to that renowned Angler Dr. Tim Gleason, fishing with his gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer, and if you don’t take my word for it, go to by blog @ and look up April 4th you will see my Noble Doctor holding a fine specimen Sea trout. Wind NW light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover, now to the hired out department, Mr. Michael O’Sullivan of Waterville Boats and @ gave me some fine catches from the last few days and they are as follows, Mr. Simon Quirk of Belfast, in 3 days fishing caught 1 Salmon on the Butler pool and 7 Juniors on Lough Currane, Mr. Jonathan Brush, from Belfast, caught 10 Juniors for his 6 days fishing.

15/8/10 I start on a sad note that Angler, Mr. Robert Wasmuth of the UK and Waterville died on the 10/8/10 and on behalf of all the Waterville and the Caherdaniel Parishes I send our condolences to Jennifer and all his family and friends. On the salmon and Sea trout front all quiet on the SW front. Max air temperature 19.3c. That is your ration for this week, from your Gillie/Guide and the Waterville Fishery. No Spin No Fly’s just facts.

16/8/10 all the Neil’s, Mr. Neil O’Neil fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, caught 6 Trout on the fly and Neil was also telling me that they had plenty of rises. Wind SW light to calm and overcast with light showers in the afternoon.

17/08/10 Mr. John Mason of Portugal, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Vincent Appleby, caught a 4.lbs Grilse on the troll and finished the day off with 1 Junior and had a number of good cracks from my Noble Game Fish, now to the Sea Trout department, Guests fishing with their Gillie Mr. Sylvester Donnelly caught 2 Juniors on the troll, now to the hired out boat department, Local gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, reported to me that Mr. Sean Brick and his Son Liam caught 3 sea Trout, and his other guests also fishing in a hired out boat caught 7 Sea Trout.

18/08/10 Just a few juniors caught, otherwise all quiet on the SW front, and if there were some good catches? those anglers that were successful in procuring my Noble game fish, failed miserably in their duties in reporting their catches. Wind SW fresh to strong at times, with reasonable cloud cover, plus the odd light shower.

That is your ration from your Gillie and the Waterville Fishery.
No Spin No fly’s just facts.
Vincent Appleby
Angling Guide and Accommodation
Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel
Email: Web:

Weekly reports from other salmon fisheries follow


17/08/10 5 salmon caught on Lough Lein weighing approximately 8lbs each.


17/08/10 2 salmon caught on the Flesk river weighing 4lbs & 5lbs respectively



 17/08/10 12 salmon caught on Beat 1 and Beat 2 of the Laune weighing between 6lbs and 10lbs.

Laune Anglers and Beat 3

There have been 10 fish reported for the week. There were no fish reported from Beat 3. 
The Laune fished well early in the week considering the low water conditions.  Those who persisted with worms or spinning in the unpromising conditions were rewarded.  From Tuesday onwards there was only one fish reported.
Laune needs at least 2 feet of water to give any kind of fishing for the rest of September.
Billy Downes
Laune Anglers Association


17/08/10 15 salmon caught for the week on the river Lee.


No catches to report from the ESB Fishery.


17/08/10 10 salmon caught on the Bandon river with an average weight of 6lbs with the majority of fish being returned to the water.


17/08/10 No data available for the Ilen river


17/08/10 No data available for the Coomhola river

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


River Feale and Smearlagh

18/08/10 Water: Still low fishing water Weather: Overcast, 15.3 Deg.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
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Western Region


Ballynahinch Castle Fishery

16/08/10: Salmon fishing at Ballynahinch has continued to pick up over the past week with lower water levels and fish beginning to settle into taking spots.  7 salmon were landed for the week ranging from 4-7lbs.  Eugene McDonald, Niall Greene and Seamus O’Neill all took some nice fresh fish from Beats 1, 2 and 4.  Some very large summer salmon have been spotted in the lower beats, however, they have eluded even the most seasoned anglers at Ballynahinch.  Unsettled weather is to continue for the coming week so we look forward to some great fishing.  There is limited availability in the coming weeks.  Contact reception to book fishing on the river.
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Recess, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland.
Tel: + 353 (0)95 31006
Email:   Web:

Lough Inagh

The flood which we experienced last weekend has gone so fast.  The water level now is very low.  Only 2 salmon were caught for the week, although there was half a dozen lost on the lake, including one very large fish in the high teens.  The sea trout action is good on Inagh at the minute but you will work hard for them.  There are still good quality sea trout being caught on Inagh, a lot of them 2 pounds plus.  I would suggest that September on Inagh would be the place to be as it always fishes best then, and this year there is one of the best runs in previous years. 

Dara O Connor(Galway) fished Inagh for a morning and landed a 5 pound grilse on an Allys shrimp.  John Connolly(Mayo) fished The Derryclare Butts and took a 7 pound salmon on a Bibio.  Patsy Griffen and Kevin O Toole(Galway) fished Inagh for a day and boated 15 sea trout to 2.5lbs on Bibio, Connemara Black and Silver Daddy.  Vincent Foley(Dublin) fished Inagh from the shore and released 5 sea trout for a morning, all fish took a Silver Doctor. 

We will host a fly-fishing weekend commencing Friday evening 17 September 2010 at 6pm in Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel, Recess, Connemara, Co. Galway. The course is suitable for beginners and improver's and our instructors teach at a relaxed pace. Maximum 10 persons.
Colin Folan,
Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel
Tel: 095 34706 or 086 8679459 (mobile)
Web: Email:


Photo: Mark Corps caught and released this 11lb salmon on the 14th of August.

15/08/10 Salmon catches have continued at a reasonable rate in the first half of August. With good conditions for the most part, 47 fish have been taken so far this month and the season total now stands at 222. Top August rod (as so often) has been Urs Leibundgut, with 9 grilse in a week (weights 5, 4.5, 3.5, 3, 2.5, 2.25 1.75, 1.5, 1.5 pounds). Other rods to have done well, with four fish each, include Neville McConnell (5, 4.75, 3.75, 2), Marcus Merz (2.5, 2.25, 2, 2) and Pat O’Connor (3.5, 3, 2.5, 2.5). As can be seen, many of the fish are very small. Sea trout fishing has not yet reached the hoped-for level, although some anglers have had up to 20 in a week, with an occasional fish over 3 pounds. We hope it will pick up a bit in the second half of August when the daddy-long-legs start to hatch.
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:


River Moy

Despite a reduced angling effort on all fisheries during the week the River Moy still returned a reported catch of 331 salmon. The Ash Tree Pool produced its share, with seven salmon reported for a successful County Cavan contingent of four anglers. Among those to have success at the Ash Tree were Patsy Smith, who had three salmon to the fly, and Patrick Bannon, who had two also to the fly, his best weighing in at 6.5lbs.

The Spring Wells yielded one for Jeffery Holton, England, while at the Cathedral Beat, 20 were caught. David Elliott, N.Ireland, caught one salmon of 5lbs on the Cathedral, Padraig McKenna, Mayo, had two, his best at 6.7lbs, while Jude Nevin, Longford also had one. The best catch of the week on the Cathedral went to Ronan Gibbons, Westport, fishing the beat for the first time. Ronan landed a nice 9.8lbs salmon on a size 8 Bann Special, using a single handed rod, and also caught a grilse.

On the Ridge Pool, a total of 27 salmon were landed, including one for David Gault, England, one of 5.8lbs for Eamon Sheehan, England, while Mark Foster, also England had three salmon to the fly. Upstream, the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water continued to fish well, as did the Mount Falcon Fishery, where Rodger Morris and friend, U.K had a total of 14 salmon over two days. Knockmore and Attymass waters fished well as did the Coolcronan water, where 14year old Nathan Rodgers, Dublin had one salmon and Tony Furlong, Wexford had three salmon.

Byrne’s, Armstrong’s, Gannon’s, Rinanney the Foxford Fishery and Foxford town waters all continued to yield salmon. On the East Mayo Anglers’ water angling remained steady with John and Fred Crowe, U.K. catching a salmon each on the fly, while John Geary, Dublin had two. Finally, John Buckley, Athlone landed one nice fish of 6lbs on the East Mayo water.

Ballisodare Fishery

A persistent northerly breeze made angling conditions difficult for fly anglers. However, 44 salmon were reported for the week. Catches this week included two grilse of 4lbs and 3lbs for Ian Martin, Antrim, and one superb fresh run 9.5lbs salmon for Mark Graham, taken on the fly. With heavy rain promised for the week ahead it is hoped that fishing will improve once again.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


River Drowes

Conditions were fair on the Drowes over the week although the fishery was not particularly busy. There were good spring tides this week and the river now has large numbers of grilse present. Angling was somewhat frustrating despite the quantity of fish present. The fish seemed very dour and were hard to interest. There were still catches recorded for every day of the week except Sunday (to date).

On Monday, Michael Wilson recorded 2 grilse weighing 2 & 2½lb caught from the Red Roof releasing one of these. On Tuesday, Davy Elliott accounted for a 4lb grilse caught from the Trout Hole on fly. On, Wednesday, Jeoren Klingers registered a 3lb grilse caught from the Sand Hole on a spinner. On Thursday, Tim Balleng recorded a small grilse caught from Briney’s on worm. Patrick O’Malley accounted for a 6½lb grilse caught from the Black Hole on shrimp and Michael Wilson recorded a further grilse weighing 3lb caught from the Red Roof on worm. On Friday, a Spanish father & son recorded 3 grilse caught on fly from the Sea Pools ranging in size from 3 to 6lb. Tim Balleng accounted for a 3lb grilse caught from Briney’s on worm. On Saturday, Davy McDowell registered 2 grilse caught from the Red Roof. The fish weighed 3 & 4lb and were caught on shrimp. Maurice Barry reported a 3lb grilse caught from the Island Pool on worm.

The forecast for the coming week is for unsettled, wet weather which will hopefully raise the level of Lough Melvin and the Drowes River and hence, prospects are rosy for the coming week.
Shane Gallagher
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.

Lough Melvin

There seemed to be very little angling effort for salmon this week on Melvin and you could count the number of boats out for the same on one hand. Consequently, I have heard of no salmon caught to date.

For info/bookings etc on Lough Melvin:
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.

Melvin & Rossinver Fishery
Ruth Mettler
Tel: 071 9841451.

Owenea Fishery

The river had good water at the start of the week with nice floods on Monday & Tuesday reading 0.26 & 0.38 metres respectively on the gauge. The rest of the week was then dry and the river steadily fell as the week progressed and by the weekend was only reading 0.10m. The gauge average for the week read 0.18 metres. The fishery was reasonably well attended with 45 visiting rods fishing for the week. Most of these fished on Monday & Tuesday. Due to the bright weather & low water there were no rods fishing the weekend at all! The river fished well and there were good numbers of salmon caught over the first four days of the week. Given below are the catches recorded to date in the catch register.

On Monday, Davy Arbuckle recorded a 3¼lb grilse caught on a spinner from beat 8. Raymond Crawford accounted for a 5½lb grilse caught from beat 8 on worm. Brian Smith registered a 4lb grilse caught from beat 9 on fly losing two other grilse over the day. In the evening he accounted 6 sea trout caught up to just less than 2lb. Jim Laffin recorded a 4lb grilse caught from beat 6 on the fly & angling partner William Forster accounted for a 4½lb grilse caught from beat 6 on a spinner.

On Tuesday, John Doherty recorded a 5lb grilse from beat 9 on a spinner. Gary Keeney accounted for a 6lb grilse caught from beat 9 on a fly. Gordon Young landed an 8lb salmon on beat 8. Paul McCarty registered a 7lb grilse caught from beta 8 on a spinner. Alan Watson caught & released a 3lb grilse from beat 8 on a fly. Davy Arbuckle recorded a 4lb grilse caught from beat 8 on a spinner.

On Wednesday, John Northridge accounted for a 4lb grilse caught form beat 4 on a fly. John Doherty registered a further grilse caught from beat 9. The fish weighed 4lb and was caught on a spinner from beat 9 and Peter Boyle recorded a 4lb grilse caught from beat 9 on a spinner.
On Thursday, Hugh Frazer recorded 2 grilse caught from beat 9. The fish weighed 2 & 4lb and were caught on fly. Kevin O’Neill accounted for a 4lb grilse caught from beat 9 on a fly. Gerry Irwin registered a 5lb grilse caught from beat 6 on a spinner. Alan Watson recorded a 5¾lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 8 and Paul McCarthy accounted for 2 grilse weighing 6 & 7½lb fish caught from beat 8 on a fly and spinner.

On Friday, Paul McCarthy recorded 2 more grilse weighing 2 & 3lb caught from beat 8 on fly.

The forecast for the coming week is for unsettled wet weather and so I would expect there to be some nice water conditions over the week. Allied to the increasing run of grilse, prospects look good for the coming week.

For info/bookings etc on the Owenea Fishery – Tel: 074 9551141. (9am to 1pm April to May & 7am to 1pm June to Sept).


Lough Eske has been fishing well over the past few weeks for those rods that ventured out. Most reported fair catches of sea trout to 2¼lb as well as the usual large numbers of brown trout to 1lb weight. The best catches seem to have been from The Ridge and the Corraber River Bay area. A few salmon have also been recorded and released (The Eske Fishery is a Catch & Release this season). Michael Gallagher had a good day on Friday recording 2 salmon caught & released weighing 5½ & 8lb and a sea trout of 2¼lb caught and released as well as numerous brown trout to ¾lb all on fly. The biggest sea trout for the season so far is 4½lb caught by Billy Johnston but it would not surprise me if a much bigger fish is caught on the basis of the big sea trout being caught on the West Coast of Donegal this season.

For info/bookings etc on the Eske Fishery – Tel: 074 9740781. (9am to 1pm).

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Trout Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


River Fane

Brown trout fishing continued to be difficult and water levels have dropped again in the Fane this week. Cool winds have not helped matters and fly hatches have slowed further.

Details of day permits and memberships are available from the Dundalk Brown Trout Angling Club at


For details of guided fishing on the Fane and fly casting tuition Eamonn Conway can be contacted at 086 1242966 or

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 weed growth is well established on many areas of the river. The best fishing on the Dee is still upstream of Ardee.

River Boyne and Tributaries


Brown trout fishing improved on the River Boyne at Navan this week. Colm Lynch from East Coast Angling reports that the wild brown trout fishing on the Boyne at Navan has been good during this last week. Colm reports that there have been good trout catches on the Boyne and Blackwater on sedges and olives. 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.

There was a good turnout for trout fishing competition which took place for the members of the Navan and District Angling Club on Sunday 15th August. Conditions were very bright and fishing took place from 2pm until 7pm. Despite the bright day, some nice trout were taken. Colm Buchanan won the senior competition with a beautiful 2lb wild brown trout and Luke Wallpole won the junior competition with another fine trout which weighed 1.5lb. The Navan and District Angling Club also launched their new website and fly-tying school after the competition.

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:


Marc O'Regan reports good day time activity at Trim but the evening activity is over now by 8pm. The water is low and clear at the moment.

Kells Blackwater

Pat McLoughlin reports that water levels in the Kells Blackwater are low and clear and conditions for fishing are very good at the moment. Pat has hosted a group of French students on the Kells Blackwater  for the last week. Students, Brice Lecrinier, Tomas Garnier and Nicolas Grasz from France caught and released some nice trout on Tuesday 17th August dry fly. The two best trout were taken by Tomas and Brice on dry fly and nymph and weighed in at  1.5lbs and 1.25lbs respectively. Pat reports that fly hatches are quite poor at the moment with trout currently feeding well on black gnat. Strong winds on Wednesday 18th made fishing difficulty with only small hatches of blue winged olives.

Lots of trout weighing between three quarters of a pound and one pound in weight have been taken over the last week.

Additional information about the Kells Angling Club can be found at

Angling guide Pat McLoughlin can be contacted at or by mobile on 086 1017415

River Liffey

Photo: John Higgins with a lovely Liffey trout

David Byrne visited John Higgins on the River Liffey on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th August. The fishing has been difficult lately and the air was much cooler than it had been recently. Fly hatches have also been sparse lately. Despite the fact that conditions were far from ideal lots of trout were caught over the two days with the best fish taken by John being circa 2lb. This river is an incredible wild brown trout fishery and John is a fantastic guide. During the visit John hosted Florent Costilhes from France who had only fly fished twice before. Within minutes John had Florent casting a line and catching trout. Florent described it as a dream to fish in Ireland and said his day with John was one of the best days of his life.

If you fancy spending a day on the River Liffey around Newbridge with angling guide John Higgins, he can be contacted at 

Ballyhitt Lakes, Wexford

James Petitt reports that the Ballyhitt fishery has fished very well all week in the mornings and evenings.

Trout are rising well and there is a lot of fly on the water at the moment.Tony Colbart visited the fishery lately and landed a nice 4lb trout.

If you fancy trying for one of Ballyhitt Fisheries big fish give James a call at 087 6796900.

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:



13/08/10 Carrigavantry is fishing well at the moment, there are plenty of fish to be caught but it can be difficult as always in these dog days.  Currently Damsels by day are the main hatch and Sedges at night.

Our LEADER,WATERFORD Co. funded Development Project at Carrigavantry is well advanced and should be completed by the start of September.

The date for the Dick Doyle Memorial Competition has been set for the 12th of September, this annual event is open to W.C.A.C.T.A.A members only.
Waterford City and Couty Trout Anglers Association

Rathcon Farm Fishery

13/08/10 After a very quiet July, the fishing has picked up again during the past week. The last couple of nights (12th August) has produced a decent surface rise with plenty of sedge hatching. It is encouraging to see the trout up on top again after spending the past while gorging on fry. Parts of the lake remain quite weedy but their is still plenty of areas where fishing is weed free. Few double figure fish have been landed recently with most averaging about 4-5 lbs. The damsel fly nymph has been very successful when fishing the deep holes and fry imitations also were productive. The recent rise has seen anglers switch to daddy longlegs, brown sedges, emergers and floating fry. Alan Ingram had a great day last weekend landing seven fish all to dries and Bobby Russell followed this up with eight the next day, the biggest of which was 8 pounds. I expect the water clarity to improve and conditions to get better as we get into September.
Rathcon Farm
Tel: 086 8292309

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Lough Sheelin

The lake fished well during the week and over the weekend. Again a lot of small fish are showing up in all parts of the lake, average weights of trout caught are 1½ - 2½ lbs. Both dry fly and wet fly fishing methods proved successful. It is recommended to use very small size sedges.

93 fish were officially recorded for the week. Some of the catches were as follows:

Shane Mac Namee, Dublin – using a dry sedge, had 5 trout, heaviest 2 ½ lbs. Peter McArdle, Dundalk – all wet fly fishing had the following catches - Sunday August 1st - 5 trout, Monday August 2nd - 4 trout, best was 2½ lbs. Saturday August 14th 2 trout, Sunday August 15th 2 trout – heaviest from these two days was 2lbs, all dry fly fishing and all fish were released.

Michael Kelly, Dublin – all dry fly fishing, using a very small sedge had the following catches – Thursday August 12th , 6 trout best was 3 ½ lbs, Friday August 13th , 7 trout best 3 lbs, Saturday August 14th 7 trout best 4lbs caught around Church Island.

All fish were wild and in good condition, all were released. NB: All users of the lake are reminded to adhere to the Watercraft Bye-Laws, 2008 concerning the use of powerboats and jet- skis on the lake.

For local updates contact Inland Fisheries Ireland Lough Sheelin Office Tel: 049 4336144

Lough Ennell

There is still good evening fishing to be had on Lough Ennell.

Lough Owel

Lough Owel continues to fish well, particularly in the evenings with dry fly. Mullingar angler Kenny Kiernan of Greenpark Meadows produced the trout of the season last week while Peter fishing on Owel. Late into the night Kenny hooked up with a super brown trout on the 5lbs mark. Kenny is planning a few more nights on the lake and all going well will latch onto a few more Owel beauties.

PATTI DOOLAN MEMORIAL SHIELD: What a day brilliant sunshine and flat calm conditions. Yes on Sunday last it was tough on Owel for the Patti Doolin Memorial Shield. This is one of the most popular L.O.T.P.A. fly-fishing competitions and main sponsor Marty Smith was over from England. Unfortunately his angling pal and joint sponsor David Hinkle’s could not make the trip this year. It was a long day with fishing from 11am-7pm, and right from the start the sun block came out. The heat on the lake was unbelievable, and we had no shelter as we lashed flies out in calm conditions. From time to time a slight breeze crossed the lake and during this some nice fish took the fly. Early in the morning Martin McGorian from Dublin latched onto a fish of 1.32kg and this was good enough to take top rod. I managed one small trout and actually featured in the prizes. The highlight of the day was the cooking, as we dined at Portloman anglers put on a display of cooking right out of Hells Kitchen. Great stuff, your wives and partners would be proud of you. Yep we are going to publish a few of these pics. Full results and photos from the Patti Doolin Memorial Shield will be on my site later in the week.


A large number of anglers reported smaller catches than of late. There were excellent fly hatches, especially late in the evenings. Trout averaged nearly 1lb. Water levels are low and clear. The most successful flies were Peter Ross, Green Peter, Green & Golden Olives, Murrough's, Muddlers, Black Pennell and Pheasant tail. Prospects look good for the coming week.


Local anglers had some success fishing late into dusk from Palmers Flats to the Red Bridge on the Camcor River during the week.

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Lough Conn

Despite a drop in angling effort, some areas of Lough Conn produced good catches over the week. Participating in the “catch and cook scheme” from Pontoon Bridge, Paul Fearon, Dublin, had one trout while Tom Templeton also of Dublin, had two trout trolling Rapalla lures. James McWalter, U.K. also angling out of Pontoon Bridge had two trout on dry flies.

Angling from Kelly’s Boat Hire, Cloghans, Gerry Scott, Belfast, had two trout of 1lb each, with Martin Cawley, Cloghans, catching two, his best 3lbs taken on a Green Peter in Cloghans Bay.

John Warren had good success on the Abbey shore, boating 5 trout in quick succession on a wet Green Olive pattern.   

Lough Arrow

Angling on Lough Arrow has continued to be sporadic, yet some anglers have reported good success. Noel Clinton had four trout over the week between 2lbs and 3.5lbs on a dry Wickham’s Fancy size 16 while Damien Smith, Dublin had two at 2lbs and 3.5lbs. However, Peter Dunne enjoyed the greatest success of the week, boating four fish, two of which were 2lbs, one at 3.5lbs and the best reported of the week, a trout of 4.5lbs.

Lough Doon

Anglers who availed of this managed wild brown trout fishery enjoyed some success. Paul Campbell, Tyrone, caught and released two trout which came to Daddies, while boat partners Kevin Keane and Kyle McCallan caught 6 trout, all to a Water-boatman. Kyle again had success fishing with David Gerity, catching 6 trout between the pair, for a total weight of 8lbs, all taken on black and red nymph patterns.

Ballin Lough

A total of 27 anglers fished Ballin Lough for the week and reported 32 trout, 8 of which were released. Roland Seeler, Germany boated 4 rainbow trout, with his best 3lbs. Emmet Stagg had three trout, his best weighing 3.5lbs while John Fullard had 3 also, his best weighing just over 3lbs. The most successful flies for the week were Green Peters, Bibios, nymphs and muddlers.  

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


Lough Melvin

The trout fishing for sonaghan was good on occasions with rods reporting good fishing out over the deeps. At the weekend there was a decent hatch of mayfly at the weekend but the rods fishing over the weekend were not helped by very bright conditions with only light winds.

For info/bookings etc on Lough Melvin:
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.

Melvin & Rossinver Fishery
Ruth Mettler
Tel: 071 9841451.

Lough Eske

Lough Eske has been fishing well over the past few weeks for those rods that ventured out. Most reported fair catches of sea trout to 2¼lb as well as the usual large numbers of brown trout to 1lb weight. The best catches seem to have been from The Ridge and the Corraber River Bay area.

For info/bookings etc on the Eske Fishery – Tel: 074 9740781. (9am to 1pm).

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Northern Ireland

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Cashel Trout Fishery

trout fishing
Photo: Maurice Whiteman had a brilliant day on dries.

Pleasant weather has encouraged anglers to still use the little dries and nymphs at Cashel this weekend.

Maurice Whiteman (Ardmore, Derry) had a brilliant day on dries banking an amazing nineteen trout.  Maghera’s Bernard Mellon released half a dozen trout which took mostly dries too.  Martin Mellon (Portglenone) released twenty-three trout which took dries and suspender buzzers.  Billy Hazlett (Derry) released seven trout and killed one for home weighing 2lb 7ozs which took wee klinkhammers/parachute flies.  Gerard Quinn and son Adam (Maghera) accompanied by Joe Early also from Maghera bagged two trout for home which weighed almost 4lb that fell to a coachman and a black spider.  Roy Gregg and Barry Crainey (Portadown) banked one and four trout respectively and lost one which took a wee pink/white dry and a GH orange blob.  Henry McIlhone (Downpatrick) hooked and lost his four which took small black dries.  Mark Boyce (Dungiven) spent a couple of hours and released five lovely trout which took dries too.  John Hasson also from Dungiven released eight beauties which took assorted dries.
Well done to all!
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email:  Website:

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Coarse Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Cavan and Monaghan

coarse angling
Photo: Dick Caplice with his winning eight from Lough Muckno

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Photo: Peadar O'Brien with his bag of fish from Lough Muckno

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Photo: Kieran Roach displays his catch from Lough Muckno

Tench to 6lbs were reported recently on Lough na Glack in Carrickmacross.

All anglers should please note the coarse angling and bye-laws. Please remove all litter and report all illegal activity.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:



Coarse anglers are thin on the ground on the Shannon in the Lanesboro area, very few reports.



Fishing has been good with some good Bream, Hybrids, Roach, Rudd and Perch showing. This week the Bream have not shown up in numbers. Nonetheless some good fish have been caught to 5lbs. The pre-baiting continues for the guests of Melview Lodge and at the time of writing a few Bream are being reported. Log on next week to see how the other guests staying at Melview Lodge get on.

hybrid and perch

Angling guests Howard Jones from the UK had mixed but some good Roach, Hybrids, Rudd and Perch. Howard did manage to catch some good Bream but this time around not in any great numbers. Kevin commented that Howard is a very experienced angler and always manages to do well while he is here in Ireland. Howard's favourite saying is " A BAD DAYS FISHING IS BETTER THAN A GOOD DAY AT WORK ", and he's not wrong.
Kevin Lyons, 
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email: Web:

River Shannon, Portumna

There was great coarse fishing on all the local stretches of the Shannon around Portumna this week, i.e. the Sheebeen, Salmon Run and Fairyhill stretches which are all producing quality Roach, Bream and Hybrids. Pre-baited swims are giving the best results. I took a group of Dublin youngsters on their first fishing outing and all caught fish with a 5 year old catching a 3lb Bream and a 10 year old landing a fish of 5lbs.
Mike Murray ,
MURRAY'S B&B, Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Email Web

River Inny

Two UK anglers, angling guests of Paul Foxe had nice Tench at Brannagan's Harbour on the Royal canal. Later, they fished Tommy Foxe's stretch on the Lower River Inny and had some hybrids. Lough Ree has dropped to a low level in recent days. River conditions are good for fishing at time of writing. TIGHT LINES! Tommy Foxe, Mob: 087 9960173 for enquiries and boat hire.


There were a few pleasure anglers fishing in the Suck Valley during the week. Those who fished had lots of small size coarse fish, hybrids, Roach and small skimmers. The annual Spina Bifida fishing day will take place on the River Suck at Donamon on Saturday next August 21st. We hope to get the results for next weeks update. For further info contact Bill Cassidy, Cuisle, Donamon or John Ryan, Inland Fisheries Ireland - Mob: 087 2536064.

Northern Region

Alice Murtagh reports: 


Bob Nudd Master Class coaching session at Ballyconnell

Bob Nudd
Photo: Bob Nudd and Callyn Murphy at the recent Master Class Coaching session.

FOUR times World Angling Champion Bob Nudd has hosted his first ever Master Class coaching session in Ireland – and it was a huge success.

The holiday base was the Angler’s Rest in Ballyconnell, County Cavan, with fishing on three different fish-filled waters where he his guests from the UK and Ireland caught bream, roach, hybrids and perch.

Organised by specialist angling holiday operator - Active Irish Angling – the party of anglers revelled in the attention given by Bob for seven hours each day, explaining the finer points of feeder and pole fishing, the two most productive methods for catching lots of fish in Ireland.

Bob never unpacked his own fishing tackle, instead he concentrated on his guests and on the final day spent on Lough Oughter at Killykeen Forest Park, the end point was reward enough as 11-year-old Callyn Murphy from Roscommon tipped more than 23lb of roach and skimmers back in to the lake. 

The heaviest catch on the day was a little more than 50lb of bream, roach and hybrids, from John Errington who had travelled all of the way from Swindon.

Bob Nudd is one of Ireland’s biggest fans and says unshakably:  “Without a doubt, Ireland has the most natural and best coarse silver-fish angling in Europe”.

And to prove the point, Bob travels back in Ireland in late August to compete in five weeks of festival match angling at Lough Ramor, Gowna, Arva, King of Clubs and the Monaghan Pairs.
Dave Houghton
Active Irish Angling
Tel: (UK) 0151 324 4744 (Ireland) 00 353 (0)71 9642743

Big bags of Ballinamore Tench

Peter Bagnall from Wales emailed us to say that he and his group had a very good holiday this year, with plenty of tench from the lakes around Ballinamore. The best bag was 238lb of tench.

Clones Angling festival 30Jul to 02Aug.

31 anglers attended the festival meeting daily at the Lennard Arms for breakfast and the match held over four days with 3 venues, 4 sections A Annamaghkerrig, B Drumate, C Drumlona and D Annaghmakerrig.

The festival winner for the second year running was Kevin Ashurst with 129-9, 2nd Paul Leese 126-13, 3rd john Potters 122-12, 4th 113-11 and 5th George Webb 112-8.

Top weights from each venue;

Annaghmakerrig 33-8 Mick Hare
Drumate 28-14 George Webb
Drumolona 71-10 Kevin Ashurst

Jody Foy
Clones Coarse Anglers
Tel: +353 (0)47 52967

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Northern Ireland


Gaulmoylestown Festival

Photo: The top 8 anglers from the Gaulmoylestown Festival

The 21 anglers fishing the Gaulmoylestown festival again had an excellent match in fine weather conditions. A total weight of 5,783lbs 07ozs was caught an average of 60lbs 15ozs per angler per day over the five days.

Overall winner of the festival was Nicky Harrison from Arva Co Cavan with a total catch of 486lbs 13ozs winning two of the days along the way to collecting 770 euros in prize money. Runner up was Tony Kersley from Ballycassidy Co Fermanagh winning over 500 euro with a catch of 408lbs 06ozs. Paul Lee from Belturbet Co Cavan completed the top three winning 450 euro for his total catch of 393lbs 02 ozs.

All fish were caught on the pole at up to 5m out with Hemp/Caster feed and Worm/Caster hook bait producing the best results.

Jack Tisdall (Organiser) thanked Niall Purcell and the Gaulmoylestown club for the use of the venue and looking after all the anglers so well.

It is planned to host the same two festivals on the venue ( June and Aug ) next year, anyone interested in taking part please contact Jack at Cloughbally Mill Angling Centre (0044) 02866322008 or 07813333694.
Jack Tisdale

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Pike Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


17lb pike from Ramor

Photo: A17lb pike from Lough Ramor

There is very little pike angling activity taking place at the moment. Angling guide Pat McLoughlin reported that a 17lb pike was taken by French anglers from Lough Ramor in Co.Cavan. Fishing is slow and difficult

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Lough Ennell

ENNELL FAMILY DAY: I was down West last week and missed the Lough Ennell Anglers family day out. Mullingar angler Brendan Murray rattled the scales on the day with a pike of 20lbs to take top rod. Retired Postman Mickie Tyrrell finished 2nd in the senior section. Keeping it in the family young Niall Tyrrell topped the junior section with a fine pike of 11lbs, and J. Mahedy won the prize for the best perch on the day.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer
Mobile: 087-279727. Web:

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Sea Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Co Louth and Meath Coastlines

Rod Coan reports that a number of boats from the Dundalk Sea angling Club were out last Sunday, the mackerel were back in larger numbers than previous weeks and with them came the tope. All boats had several runs each landing a few fish. The largest fish caught was 51lbs which had a tag.  The club is running its heaviest bag of tope competition this Sunday weather permitting.

David Byrne fished for bass at Baltray on Monday the 16th August and landed one small bass of 48cms on a surface lure.  Some other fish came short and did not hit the lure. John McMullen from Ardee also had a nice fish on a popper at Dunany Point during the week. 

Dublin to Wexford

There is good 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.

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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
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Photo: A nice ling from a Ballycotton mark.

Fishing the eastern end of the hub's fishing grounds, Colm Sliney, aboard the Sarah Marie reports that the season has been excellent so far. Based in Ballycotton, Colm can have clients out on prime fishing grounds within 20 minutes of leaving the pier. Colm reports that they are having superb fishing so far with an excellent stamp of ling and cod in particular.

If you'd fancy a trip out with Colm on the Sarah Marie why not contact him here

Cork harbour bass to 12lb

Photo: A lovely 12lb bass caught and released by Richie Ryan

Cork Harbour salt water fly fishing specialist, Richie Ryan, has been getting some superb bass lately. Across is a magnificent 12lb bass caught on an angel kiss lure recently. Unfortunately, Richie did not have a certified scales with him at the time and will not be claiming an official specimen fish. Richie was more anxious to return the fish alive. Well done, Richie!!!

Photo: Cian Ryan with his first fly caught pollack.

Cian Ryan, Richie's son, is one of the people benefiting from Richie's expert tuition. Cian is no mean angler himself having clinced the Munster Juvenile Deep Sea Angling title in 2009. However, this was a milestone for Cian being his first salt water fly caught fish. Hence, the broad smile.

Another group of anglers who have benefited from Richie's guiding and fly fishing expertise were from Sky Sports Italy. They were recently filming a clip to be aired on Sky Sports on fly fishing within Cork Harbour. Richie brought them to one of his favourite marks that produces excellent pollack fishing on the fly. In Richie's own words they 'murdered' the fish. I'm sure it will make for interesting TV viewing. If you would like to book a day out with Richie why not contact him here

Tremendous fishing in Courtmacsherry

Photo: Bert caught this 140lb skate on his first fishing trip to Ireland.

The last couple of weeks has seen some tremendous fishing in Courtmacsherry, from the inshore self drives, from the shore anglers and from the charter boats.

Firstly from the charter boats, the fishing in the bay has produced good pollack fishing to 10lbs,conger to 30lbs, several common Skate to 160lbs caught by Alex Roe from Dusseldorf  a fight which lasted over one hour, a fish of 140lbs caught by Bert his first fishing trip to Ireland  the fish having being tagged previously and a fish of 140lbs for Niall, skipper of the Lady Patricia.

The Shark fishing has been very exciting with several fish over 100lbs (that is aprox total length of 2.3m). Günther Ertl from Germany landed a fish of 2.34m. Evin O Sullivan had a fish of 2.25m. Several other fish over 2m were caught by Dutch , English, Swiss and German anglers. Raymond Jourdain  a Swiss angler on a shrecking trip landed a blue shark of 2m and also had some good ling and conger. One fish was intercepted by a seal which proved to be quite an experience.

The self drives have been producing some great bass fishing with some sessions producing up 30 fish to 10lbs. Live baiting for bass from the charter boats using  mackerel has proved to be productive. Good fishing also reported from shore anglers especially from Low tide to 2 hrs of the flood with several fish to 6lbs.
Mark Gannon
Charter Boat Skipper
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 23 46427 or +353 86 8250905
Email: Web:

Beara report

Castletownbere Small Boat Angling Competition

The inaugral Castletownbere small Boat Angling Comp held on Sunday 1st August did go ahead but with a smaller turnout than expected. However competitors did fish and some lovely prizes were won. The star of the show was undoubtedly 8 Year old Toby Sparrow from Toormore, Castletownbere, who outfished everybody on the day. Please see the following link for competition results. There are more pictures in The Sunday section of the festival website.

We plan to organise this competition again next year but will be running it on a different weekend in the hope that more visiting anglers and their boats will turn up. It was however fun to organise and we think we have a good format to run with next year and needless to say the angling potential around Beara is superb. Hopefully some great fish will be caught in future competitions.

Charter fishing report

On the Bank holiday Monday 5 anglers (all regulars) came for a days Blue Shark fishing, we had five rods out for shark and after our last trip where we caught and released 10 in one day, expectations were high. Everything was going perfectly, the drift was good, the trail was going out beautifully and the balloons and baits were sitting in the trail perfectly. We had two Minke whales around us for about an hour or so and they were even breaching in the middle of the balloons. How they didn't get tangled in the lines is a mystery, clever creatures these whales!!! Whilst shark fishing we had two, sometimes three rods fishing the mixed ground that we were drifting over.

Between these rods we caught approximatley 30 whiting to 2lb 9oz , 23 Haddock to 5lb 7oz and 18 Codling to just under 8lb. The fishing was pretty continuous and the one bit of rock we went over produced some reasonable pollack and a few Ling to about 12lb. Sadly we never saw or had a sniff of a Blue shark all day but the ground fishing was great consolation and shows some great potential.

On Thursday 5th August i had a private charter of Beginners with one Father called John Murtagh and three lads aged between 10 and 14 years old, weather conditions were perfect and Daddy and the lads were fishing very well, during the course of the day 13 species were caught, but the icing on the cake came in the form of a specimen 7lb 5oz Haddock for 14 year old Felix Rogers Cookson from Drogheda, 14 year old Jamie's best fish was a 9lb 7oz Pollack. One other notable catch was a 19lb Ling.
John Angles
Tigger Pro-charter Offshore 31. 330 HP
Inches House and Resaurant, Eyeries, Castletownbere, Co. Cork.
Tel: +353 (0)27 74494 or +353 (0)86 3983586
Email: Web:


Photo: Anglers fishing onboard Sioux caught 403 pollack last week.

15/08/10 We had six anglers fishing with us this week. Two anglers in this group opened the season with us back in April. Altogether we caught 403 Pollack, 11 ling, 70 cod, 22 pouting, a red gurnard, 15 cuckoo wrasse, 2 ballan wrasse, a turbot, a brill, 8 squid and 2 sea cucumbers.
Siegy Grabher
Ballyhearny West, The Mill, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 66 9476420 or +353 87 6871267
Email: Website:

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Good charter fishing off Clare coast

Sorry I have not been on with a report for a while, as I have been very busy fishing! The boat is out every day now and although the weather has not been perfect it has been giving us some good windows and we have been able to fish right out to the outside marks.

The fishing in general has been very good. Mackerel are now to be had right up to Kilcredaun although they are more reliable in the morning. There are also lots of small Pollack up to 2lbs up the estuary. Further down the marks around Horse Island are fishing ok with some days better then others. We have got quite a lot of species in this area though including some Codling and even a John Dory. Around the Loop can be very spotty with Mackerel sometimes playing hard to get. This area is also loaded with lots of small Coalfish and Pollack which can make any thing else hard to catch. If you do put in the time you will be rewarded with some bigger Pollack. There are also some Scad starting to show and lots of small Whiting and Haddock north of the Loop at the Black Rock.

Further off the fishing is now very good with as many Pollack to 10lbs as you might want to catch. There are also lots of Ling about. With a little work and on the right marks and technique the number of species you can meet is very varied with one group recently getting 12 different species on the drift. We have had Whiting up to well over specimen size and some good Haddock to 5lbs. There are also lots of Red Gurnard to a pound and a half.

I have done a few Shark drifts now and we have had sharks up to 120lbs but there is still no great numbers about. Hopefully this last few hot days will help and the surface water temperature on Sunday was up to 17’C which is about as warm as it gets here.

That’s it for now, good fishing to you all and hopefully see some of you on board sometime soon!
Luke Aston
Clare Dragoon, LOCHIN 366, 650HP.
Carrigaholt Co. Clare  
Telephone: +353 65 9058209 or +353 87 6367544
Email:  Web:

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Belmullet Sea Angling Club

Belmullet Sea Angling Club held its annual Shore Angling Competition on Sunday 15th in Broad Haven Bay, with anglers enjoying fine weather and excellent conditions for shore angling. Seven species in total were caught during the competition, which was won by Shane Gilvarry, Newport S.A.C with six varieties. Michael Dunleavy, Belmullet S.A.C took second with four varieties, with Kevin Walsh, Belmullet S.A.C taking third with three varieties. The heaviest fish prize went to Tony Lally, Belmullet S.A.C with a Pollack of 5.8lbs. 

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