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Irish Angling Update

09 December 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Trout Angling

Coarse Angling

Pike Angling

Sea Angling


Trout Angling Update

no reports - fisheries frozen

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Coarse Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Freezing conditions in the north east

Not much in the way of coarse angling in the N.E. due to the freezing conditions. Many of the lakes have been frozen and unfishable during the recent cold snap and IFI would like to issue a warning to anglers not to venture onto frozen lakes at any time. The strength and stability of the ice should not be trusted at any time and this is now more relevant now with the chances of a thaw. Although ice fishing is practiced on many Baltic and Scandinavian lakes, this type of fishing is not suited to Irish waters. Please do not put yourself and others in danger at any time by venturing out on frozen rivers, lakes, ponds and canals. What may start out as fun may end in tragedy.

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Northern Ireland


Erne Anglers Float Only - Match 4

Anglers had to deal with extreme cold conditions with ice on much of the River Erne venue for the fourth round of the float only league.

Only six of the 23 anglers managed to catch.

Brenton Sweeney (Cootehill) won the match with 30 Roach on the waggler on the Queen Elizabeth Road Section for 3.000Kgs.

Steve Finchett (Belturbet) was runner up with 0.940Kgs on the same section, with Bill McNaughton (Enniskillen) third on the Round O Section with 6 Fish for 0.640Kgs.

Tony Kersley (Ballycassidy) was the only angler to catch at the Bellanaleck section with a fish in the last 5mins.

League leader Jack Tisdall Caught one perch on the Round O and remains top of the league, league table attached.

Next match in the league is in two weeks time.

Erne Anglers Any Method League continues this week book in as normal if you wish to fish.
Jack Tisdale

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Pike Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Some pike from Carrickmacross and Ramor

Angling guide Peadar O'Brien reports that he guided for Jelle van der Kolk and his brother from Holland who stayed recently for a weekend around Carrickmacross, they were accompanied by their dad and another brother. All 4 anglers had a good time catching jack pike.

Photo: The Van Der Kolk Brothers from Holland Show their Catch

If you fancy a day on the water with Peadar over the Christmas period he can be contacted by email at or by mobile 087 9265867

A few nice fish have been reported recently from Lake Ramor on deadbait. Fishing has been tough however. Please see the angling warning in the coarse angling section.

Photo: A nice double figured pike from Lough Ramor

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Derravaragh pike - before the snow

Photo: A lovely Lake Derravargh winter pike.

Just before the snow fall two Dublin anglers hooked up with super pike from Derravaragh. Thomas Long and angling pal Jimmy Adamson produced cracking pike on popped up Mackeral. Jimmy is from Tallagh, and Thomas lives in Crumlin, and they really enjoy their trips to Mullingar. I hope to meet the lads on their next angling adventure in Mullingar, and spend a few hours fishing with them.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.

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Sea Angling Update

South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
E Mail:


French connection in Courtmacsherry

Frech anglers in Courtmacsherry
Photo: French journalists brave the cold.

On the 26th November we had the pleasure of welcoming to Courtmacsherry TV Celeb Pierre Josse , Journalists and Failte Ireland representative from Paris .We headed out to sea on the Lady Louise taking in the beutiful scenery on a glorius November day, caught some good sized Pollack and Coalfish while fishing off the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse.Included in the group were Mr Pierre Josse - TV celeb, writer and author of travel guide Guide du Routard, Mr Philippe Gloaguen – Founder of G du R travel guide collection, Ms Martine Valo – Le Monde, Ms Sylvie Bertin – Tele loisirs, Ms Elisabeth Perrin – Télé Magazine and Sinead Brennan Failte Ireland.

Cod and bass on east coast beaches

Even as tempertures plummeted to record lows some sea anglers were eying up the moon phases and checking their tide tables to plan night fishing sessions on some of east Cork's famous beach venues. Anglers who have tried Youghal recently report good catches of cod are possible along with the occassional bass. The reports from inside Cork Harbour are also encouraging with bass still possible from Monkstown and other venues.

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Northern Ireland


Specimen hunters make a break for it in Co. Antrim

Photo: A specimen blackmouth dogfish caught on a cold December day.

The weather improved just enough on Saturday to allow one of my specimen clubs an offshore trip. Target species were skate, conger, huss, spurs, tope, cod,bmd and all were caught. Heading across the channel about 9km north of rathlin island we spotted an unbelievable amount of birds picking herring fry from the surface. A wee burst of speed soon put us over them and low and behold the mackerel and coalfish were underneath them. With fresh bait caught, anchor was set at 410ft. We had over 40 fish, best for George Leslie - a skate of 150lb which wins him Catch of the Week. We also got our first specimen for the 2011 season for Connor Mcneill from Portadown - a nice blackmouth dogfish. As this is my main time of the year  for the larger congers specimens will be on the cards along with other species.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
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