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Irish Angling Update

22 December 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon Angling

Trout Angling

Coarse Angling

Pike Angling

Sea Angling


Salmon Angling Update

Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


River Drowes

Just one month to go to the opening of the salmon season on the Drowes on January 1st 2011. Fishing will commence as usual at 8.30 am on New Year’s morning. Licences and permits will be available from the fishing tackle shop at Lareen from Wednesday 29th December and from 6am on opening day.

Water levels are just below .6 metres on the gauge. Temperatures have been very low since the weekend and there is still snow on the ground. More cold weather is forecast for the days ahead. The first signs of spawning are now visible with freshly turned gravel showing in the upper stretches of the river.

The salmon and sea trout fishing season is closed until 2011 but you can find out more about angling in this area here: salmon fishing in northern region.

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Trout Angling Update

Follow the fly

Follow The Fly from on Vimeo.

‘Follow the Fly’ is a new DVD which has been released by well known anglers Richie Johnston and Charlie Stuart. It takes you on a fishing journey through Ireland and visits some of the most famous trout lakes in the country including Loughs Sheelin, Corrib and Conn.

Along the way, Richie and Charlie meet some great angling guides, catch some lovely wild brown trout and cover a variety of angling methods to catch these elusive trout. The lifecycle of the mayfly is covered.

Richie and Charlie are accomplished anglers each with over 20 years experience game, coarse sea and pike fishing. They have travelled extensively within Ireland to fish and abroad and have a wealth of experience. Richie Johnston fished for the Irish Fly fishing team and on the Leinster team.  This collaboration with Gary Finnegan from Anglers View Productions demonstrates their experience and fun they have had whilst fishing.  This is the first in a series of DVD’s being produced, ones to follow include sea trout and pike fly fishing in the West.

Anglers View Productions have produced this DVD and it retails at €20 and is available from all good fishing tackle shops. It will be available online after Christmas at     It is a must for the visiting or experienced angler.

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Coarse Angling Update

no reports this week as most fisheries frozen

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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Pike Angling Update

Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Glore half frozen, pike anglers half mad?

Photo: Well wrapped up and happy with a fish.

Trim Anglers Peter Smith and Colm Potterton braved the icy cold waters of Glore last week and were rewarded with two fine pike. On the day half the lake was frozen so you can imagine just how cold it was on the lake. Peter has had a fantastic season on Glore and has featured well on the competition scene. Unfortunately the last pike competition on Glore penciled in for December 12th was cancelled due to the heavy snow. It was re-arranged for last Sunday December 19th, and once again the weather played havoc with the competition date. I was chatting to club Chairman Eddie O’Donnell, and they hope to run the competition early in the New Year, and also hold their Annual General Meeting.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.

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Sea Angling Update

South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
E Mail:


Winter chill fails to deter light line anglers

Photo: Sandra O' Shea of Cobh SAC ran winner, Martin Perryman, a close second

On Sunday 5th December Cobh SAC held its second light line competition of the Winter season. Despite the absolute freezing conditions, 7 anglers were brave enough to venture out on the John Boy, skippered by Donie Geary. These light line competitions have been blessed with good fishing and this one was to be no different. Over the 5 hours fishing 217 fish were landed giving each angler an average of over 30 fish.

The mainstay of the catch were codling and they were of a good stamp too with many averaging 3 to 5lbs. There were also plenty of whiting with many fish going to 2.5lbs and plenty of dabs also with fish going close to specimen size. Anthony Austin from Crosshaven SAC came in for a fierce slagging as he managed a conger on lugworm of all things!

Winner of the competition was Martin Perryman of both Cobh SAC & Crosshaven SAC. However, Sandra O' Shea of Cobh SAC ran him a close second, with Danny Kane coming in in third spot. All competitiors were glad of the soup when they got back to the Commodore Hotel. Mind you the constant action made sure that anglers didn't have a chance to get cold. Roll on the next light line comp in January!!!!

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Northern Ireland


Anglers happy to see plenty of juvenile skate off Red Bay

skate and conger
Photo: Juvenile skate and strap conger on a lovely winter's day.

Due to the road conditions I left it up to specimen club no. 5 to call the shots about traveling from the greater Belfast area and I think they were glad that they decided to brave the roads. Destination was 22 miles north of Red Bay into another deep water trench looking for congers and skate and the other usual suspects. Conditions were perfect and within 1 hour the gear was shot and wasn’t too long before the goods were coming up. Plenty of strap congers to 20lb and a total of 5 skate, some very small (nice to see), best being 124lbs taken by Allan Cromie.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
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