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Irish Angling Update

15 December 2010

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

Trout Angling Update


no reports - fisheries frozen

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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:
E-mail: info@erfb.ie

Ice fishing

The recent sub zero temperatures have encouraged many anglers to stay indoors but as usual some of the more hardy anglers are still venturing out in search of that illusive record fish or personal best. Many lakes canals and ponds have been frozen over and generally unfishable during the recent cold snap and some anglers are venturing on to the ice to access fishable water. Inland Fisheries Ireland 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. Mr William Walsh, Eastern River Basin District Director said " we have literally dozens of waters in the ERBD area that have been frozen over during the cold snap and would like to warn anglers of the dangers associated with venturing out onto the ice. He added "what may start out as fun may end in tragedy and this is why we feel it necessary to warn people about the danger. Hopefully this will help avert a tragedy from taking place".

 

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Coarse matches postponed in the north east

Although there has been a thaw during the last week there has not been much in the way of coarse angling in the N.E. due to the freezing conditions. Many of the lakes are still frozen and unfishable due to the recent cold snap. Dick Caplice reports that most matches have been postponed or cancelled due to the bad weather. As the weather is due to get cold again over this coming weekend we would like to bring the following recently issued warning to the attention of all anglers.

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Southern Region

[15/12/10]

Carlow Anglers make the most of the cold spell

angler in the snow
Photo: Bob Hulme overall winner beside the Hazel barge

Despite actual freezing conditions in and around Carlow the anglers had a very good days fishing, much to the surprise of every one in attendance on the day. Anglers travelled from Dublin, Abbeyleix, Kilkenny, Paulstown, Athy and Carlow to fish for a few hours. Most of the lads present commented that they were geting cabin fever being stuck at home over the previous weeks and would have been happy enough with just a mere few fish on the day. Also present on the day was the up and coming junior angler Lewes Parr from the Carlow club who has full sponsorship from international angling company Traper and local company FishingMasters Ltd. Young Parr racked up a very impressive weight of 21 lb mainly consisting of good quality Roach, Dace and a few Perch.

The winning bag on the day went to Dublin based angler and Irish International Bob Hulme with a winning weight of 48 lb mainly all Roach, second place went to Peter Walsh a visiting angler from Kingfisher club with a mixed bag of Dace, Roach and Perch weighing 26 lb. All the other anglers averaged a weight of around 12 - 20 lb.

Despite the freezing conditions on the day all anglers present said they would definitely be back to fish more if not all the Carlow matches next year and thoroughly enjoyed the day out. If any one wuld like any information regarding the Carlow Coarse Angling Club please do not hesitate to contact Gerry mcStraw on 085 2844566 or call in and see Gerry in St. Fiacc's Tce. Graiguecullen, Carlow. The club are now taking new members both senior and junior for next year. There will be a calender of events available soon including details of the Waterways Ireland King of the Barrow, the Waterways Ireland Junior King of the barrow and the all new event the Waterways Ireland disabled anglers king of the Barrow all to be held on the river Barrow in Carlow town along with loads of junior events and instructional days.
Gerry McStraw
Tel: 085 2844566

Lewis Parr
Photo: Lewis 'Trapper' Parr with a nice bag on a cold day!

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:
E-mail: info@erfb.ie

[15/12/10]

Lough Lene pike falls for a lure.

pike

Photo: This fat pike fell for a lure on Sunday.

The weather has a huge effect on the fishing and it’s tough going trying to hook–up. I did four days last week, and eventually boated a pike. On Sunday Lene looked a picture, and it produced a fish in what was a very cold day. Marty Smith is a member of Lough Lene and winter and summer he has to do a day on the lake, just to keep him in the right frame of mind. On Sunday Morning last I rang Chairman Tom Fagan and the lake was clear from ice so we drifted down towards Collinstown. It turned out a cracking day, cold but a brilliant blue sky, and we actually caught a fish. Yes Marty put me in place and produced a well condition pike on a lure. The lake is open all year for pike fishing, and worth a trip over the Christmas break. It’s club controlled and day tickets are avaible in the shops in Collinstown.

Mick Flanagan

Angling correspondent and photographer.

Mobile:
087-2797270.

Web:  
www.midlandangling.com


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Shannon Region

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

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Midlands lake pike still biting - just.

The Inny is low, but in mint condition, and the wildlife along the river bank during the cold spell was unbelievable. I also had a day on Derravaragh, but came home fishless. Last Saturday on Ennell I also blanked. On Sunday Lene looked a picture, and it produced a fish in what was a very cold day. Marty Smith is a member of Lough Lene and winter and summer he has to do a day on the lake, just to keep him in the right frame of mind. On Sunday Morning last I rang Chairman Tom Fagan and the lake was clear from ice so we drifted down towards Collinstown. It turned out a cracking day, cold but a brilliant blue sky, and we actually caught a fish. Yes Marty put me in place and produced a well condition pike on a lure. The lake is open all year for pike fishing, and worth a trip over the Christmas break. It’s club controlled and day tickets are avaible in the shops in Collinstown.

Mick Flanagan

Angling correspondent and photographer.

Mobile:
087-2797270.

Web:  
www.midlandangling.com

pike

Photo: A Lough Lene winter pike.

Stephen Gibbon fished a midlands lake on Tuesday, 14 December. It was very cold with ice on the lake in parts. the fishing was very quite all day until I got two runs in the evening which resulted in a fish of around 13 lb and another one of 14 lb12oz. The water is very cold after cold spell

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


South Western Region

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

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East Cork beaches for cod, coalies and bass

As the weather 'improved' anglers continued to try their luck at a number of venues from Youghal and down into Cork Harbour. Catches included codling , some nice coalies and again, the odd bass. Many anglers are reporting the size of the codling as smaller than in recent weeks.

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Northern Ireland

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More big skate and some nice conger for Predator

Skate and Conger

Photo: A smallish skate and a biggish conger.

Another good day over the weekend saw us heading way out to the back off Rathlin into very deep water chasing the skate and congers. Once again 5 skate were landed. The best was 176lb caught by Robert Mcfarland. This fine skate wins Catch of the Week. Spurdogs and some nice conger also featured. All in total 37 fish were landed and one really big fish lost after a 90 min battle.

Hamish Currie

Predator II

Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib

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

Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117

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