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04 February 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
email: Paul Bourke
Ph: 00 353 (0) 1 8842600
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Salmon Angling

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Coarse Angling

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SALMON ANGLING

Salmon angling Update


Southern Region

John Flynn reports:
E-mail: enquiries@srfb.ie

04/01/10

River Blackwater

Ian Powell reports from the BLACKWATER LODGE fishery on the Munster Blackwater in Co. Cork.

Weather: Heavy rain yesterday.

River: This morning the lower river peaked at 2.32m, but was already down to 1.94m by 14.00. Clarity very poor.

Run of Fish: Some springers running. The first two were apparently caught on the river on the first.

Catches: Plenty of kelts and at least one baggot caught on the first day. A few fresh fish seen, but we didn't catch any yet!.

Methods: Out of order at present until this flood abates. As a conservation measure, all bait fishing is banned until all the kelts are safely out of the river.

Where to Meet us: Glenda is demonstrating at the Ireland Angling Show on February 13 & 14th at Cloghran, Swords, Co. Dublin. We will also have a stand at this Fair.
Best Regards & Tight Lines!
Ian & Glenda Powell
Address: Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery, Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
Tel: 00 353 58 60235     From UK: 0871 474 0135  (10p/min any time!)
Fax: 00 353 58 60162    From UK: 0871 474 0136  (10p/min any time!)
Mobile: 00 353 87 235 21 20
E-mail: info@ireland-salmon-fishing.net Website:www.ireland-salmon-fishing.net

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South Western Region

Eileen Carroll reports:
E Mail: swrfb@swrfb.ie

For information on salmon angling regulations in the South Western Region in 2010 follow this link.

01/02/10

Lough Currane

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


31/1/10
Again all quiet on the SW front, wind NNE light with bright sunshine throughout the day, amount of rainfall 2.0 mm and just for the record there was 161.5 mm of rainfall for the month. January has come to an end, but at least we got a good start to the 2010 season with a 11 lbs. fish on the opening day caught by Mr Will Hamill but not much to report after that, for the month of January, but to be fair to both my noble gentlemen the Salmon and Lough Currane there were only an average of two boats fishing per day.

30/1/10 Just a few boats out and all failed miserably in procuring my noble gentlemen or her ladyship. Wind NNE light and overcast with light drizzle this evening, amount of drizzle 0.7mm. Max air temperature 7.6˚C.

29/1/10 Again just a couple of boats out and just a few Kelts caught. Wind first thing this morning NNW strong with violent gusts and overcast with light showers throughout the day and then veered N light to fresh then veered again into the NE this evening, max air temperature 9.3˚C.

28/1/10 The same as yesterday in all departments, so the least said the soonest mended. Amount of rainfall 1.7 mm, max air temperature 9.2˚C.

27/1/10 Just one or two boats out and all failed miserably in their duties in producing my Noble Salmon. Wind NW light to fresh and overcast with light rain coming in this evening, amount of rainfall 0.7mm, max air temperature 10.3˚C

26/1/10 my noble Salmon were in a lethargic mood today and to be honest my noble angler isn’t far behind going by the mount of boats pontificating out on the lake. Wind S light to calm with bright sunshine throughout the day. Max air temperature 9.3˚C.

25/1/10 All quiet on the south west front. Wind, flat calm this morning but come 2 pm there was a nice gentle breeze coming from the south and at times veered SE, amount of rainfall 0.1mm, max air temperature 9.9˚C.

24/1/10 Again Lough Currane was on the quiet side with very slack southerly wind and overcast with light drizzle this morning and early this afternoon. Amount of rain fall 3.4 mm, max air temperature 9.1˚C.

23/1/10 There was a mighty hard frost last night and parts of Coffee’s Bay was frozen but with all that my Noble Gentlemen kept a low profile and considering we had bright sunshine and the lake was like a pancake for the lack of wind, all I can say we anglers always have a good excuse. Water temperature in the Mouth of the Commeragh 6.2˚C/43˚F, max air temperature 8.6˚C 

22/1/10 Lough Currane was like a milk pond all day and even though there was a good flood yesterday my noble Anglers couldn’t manipulate their Flies so my noble lure took centre stage and all drew a barbless blank. Just the odd light shower this morning but mostly bright and sunny, amount of rainfall 0.1 mm, max air temperature 10.2˚C.

21/1/10 Again all anglers were looking at Lough Currane because of the wild conditions. Wind SE then veered SW fresh to strong and overcast with light rain and at times heavy throughout the day, amount of rainfall 27.6 mm, max air temperature 11.8˚C.

20/1/10 All quiet on the SW front. Wind SE light with reasonable cloud cover. Max air temperature 11.0˚C amount of rainfall 0.3 mm.

19/1/10 Lough Currane was at a stand still, and I will quote, Mr. Michael O’Sullivan of Waterville boats and @ lobsterb@iol.ie even a ferry wouldn’t have ventured out today on Lough Currane, need I say more. Wind SE fresh to very strong and overcast with light to heavy rain throughout the day, amount of rainfall 9.7 mm, max air temperature 10.2 ˚C.

18/1/10 there was a Good party in the lobster Bar last night with the traditional opening day bacon and cabbage and I can tell you Mr. Will Hamill of Dublin may have gone went 12 rounds with his fine opening day 11 lbs. Spring salmon, but I can tell you there were 20 rounds plus consumed in the liquid department last night in the Lobster Bar and this was proven with the lack of Anglers today on Lough Currane and staying with Currane, all quiet on the SW front, with five or six boats manipulating their flies, Toby’s and Rapala’s. Wind SW then veered SSE light to calm with reasonable cloud cover, amount of rainfall 0.2 mm, max air temperature 11.3˚C. Just for the record I am doing daily reports and photos on my Blog at www.salmonandseatrout.com
and on that note I your Gillie will finish this months report.
No Spin No fly’s just facts.
Vincent Appleby
Angling Guide and Accommodation
Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel
Email: salmonandseatrout@eircom.net Web: www.salmonandseatrout.com

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:
E-mail: kcrowley@wrfb.ie

Galway Fishery

The 2010 salmon season got off to a cold but social start at the Galway Weir, with a large crowd of anglers and friends of the fishery present. Water conditions were excellent, with 2 sluice gates open on the weir, and fly anglers were able to wade the river for the first opening day in several years. A good number of anglers fished during the morning, adjourning to the angling lodge for the official opening ceremony, involving lunch and copious refreshments. The most important visitor was Ned Cusack, former fishery manager at the Weir, who turns 91 years old this year, and is still outfishing many of his younger companions.

The cold conditions discouraged many from fishing the afternoon, session, and the salmon remained safe for another day. Regular visitors can enjoy free fishing on the fishery until the first salmon is caught, following which it is business as usual. Another busy year is expected, and staff and anglers are both hoping for another bumper spring run.

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:
E-mail: info@nwrfb.com

25/01/10

First Salmon of Season on Lough Gill

The first salmon of the season, in the North Western Fisheries Region, has been taken on Lough Gill following over three weeks of fishing in some of the coldest conditions felt in the region for years.  The 6 lbs. 6 oz. salmon fell to Sligo Anglers member, Brendan Gordon, while trolling a silver dace lure off Castle Point, on Sunday 24 January.

The Lough Gill/Garavogue/Bonet system had been restricted to catch and release angling for spring salmon for the past two seasons and had been closed completely in 2007. The reopening of the system this year, subject to a strict quota, has been widely welcomed by local anglers. The system had reached its conservation limit for spring salmon last year season allowing for the taking of a small number of salmon in the early part of 2010 subject to the tagging of each fish with a special brown tag.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:
E-mail: info@nrfb.ie

Monday 25th to Sunday 31st January 2010.

RIVER DROWES

The weather brought a little of everything over the week with some frosts, snow, sleet, rain, sun & clouds. There were a reasonable number of rods fishing over the week (mostly at the weekend) but there is little to report with no salmon recorded for the week. Visiting German angler Michael Kruse lost a salmon estimated at 9 to 10lb on a Rapalla from the Mill Pool on Thursday.

For info/bookings:
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Web: www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055.


Monday 18th to Sunday 25th January 2010.

RIVER DROWES

The weather was variable over the week with some wet & windy days and fog at times. The river rose slightly over the week and is reading just over 6.5 at present. There is little to report this week. A number of visiting rods fished over the week with most of these fishing over the weekend. There were no salmon recorded however with just reports of one fish hooked & lost again and just a few fresh fish seen.

For info/bookings:
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Web: www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055.

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TROUT ANGLING

Trout Angling Update


Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:
E-mail: info@fishingireland.net

21/01/09

Rainbows give value for money

"Now that the ice and snow is all gone, we are back in business with our pre Christmas price still on offer. Bait Fishing or Fly Fishing, fish all day for Fifteen Euros! This has got to be the best price available for a days fishing action."
Dave Robinson
Rathbeggan Lakes
Dunshaughlin, County Meath,
Ireland.
Tel: +353 (0)1 8240197
Web: www.rathbegganlakes.com
RATHBEGGAN LAKES are open every day from 9.00am till Dusk.

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South Western Region

Eileen Carroll reports:
E Mail: swrfb@swrfb.ie

28/11/09

Ballyhass rainbow trout

Glenda Powell has given us the next dates for the one day course :

The course is over one day 09.30 - 16.30, all aspects of fly fishing are covered, rod and line selection, leaders set up, fly selection etc. Much of the day is spent casting on the lawn and then fishing on the lakes. All equipment and lunch is provided.

For more information see our website.

Web: www.ballyhasslakes.ie

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Shannon Region

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

12/01/10

Lough Sheelin anglers pocket guide published

Sheelin guideThe Board has commenced the production of a series of pocket guides to cover all our primary managed fisheries. The Lough Sheelin guide, the first in the series has now been published and is available. To obtain a copy, please email the Angling Section at info@shannon-fishery-board.ie and don't forget to provide your full name and postal address or telephone us at 057 9121777 to request a copy.

These guides are a definitive source of angling information on where to fish, fishery regulations, flies to use, the seasons, good angling stretches on rivers and popular angling drifts on lakes.

Lough Owel and the Little Brosna and Camcor River guides are nearly complete and will be published in February 2010.

A unique aspect of the guides is the design. They are produced in pocket media format, and ideal for anglers to carry and reference while actually fishing, due to their compact size and detailed angling maps contained. The lists of useful contacts make it easy for anglers to book boat hire, local accommodation and other angling services in advance of a fishing trip. They are even Sat Nav friendly and contain many local points of interest, making them suitable for the traveller who uses satellite GPS navigation technology.

Opening dates

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:
E-mail: lionel.knobbs@loughs-agency.org

02/02/10

Cashel Trout Fishery

report by Marlene Mc Laughlin

Oh no!  The icy conditions are back to try us out once again.  Cashel Lake was frozen over for most of the weekend.  But those you were lucky enough to get a few hours fishing were content with their catches.  Maghera’s Bernard Mellon released twenty-one trout which fell to black buzzers while Dungiven’s Mark Boyce managed to bank one and loose three which all took buzzers.  Derry’s Henry Kelly released four which took red nymphs similar to bloodworms.  Andrew Logan (Dungiven) released one in a short space of time which fell to the pheasant tail nymph.  Mark Mc Garrigle (Derry) released one which took a red cat’s whiskers while John Hasson (Dungiven) released five which took the white fritz.

24/01/10: We’re back!  Anglers are so relieved to be able to give Cashel a throw after a long spell of very cold weather and no fishing.  With that in mind they were by no means disappointed.  Maghera’s Bernard Mellon released a total of thirty trout up to 14.5 lbs.  Dungiven’s Mark Boyce netted the ‘big’ one for Bernard almost breaking the net.  Mark released at least a dozen beauties which also fell to assorted lures and buzzers.  Henry, Seamus and Liam Kelly (Derry) had an enjoyable day using black and green lures banking a half a dozen trout between them.  Their friend Brendan Lynch (Derry) released one also which took a green and black leech.  Maghera’s Jimmy Norton did very well too using orange leadheads.  He bagged two for home and released six.  He banked one at 12 lbs. and one at 6 lbs.  Well done Jimmy!  Dungiven’s Ronan O’Loan released five trout which took GH black and green self tied lure.  Roland Mullan (Feeny) and Eugene Farren (Dungiven) released seven and four trout respectively using lures while Franky Murphy (Feeny) released three in a couple of hours. John Hasson and Martin Bradley (Dungiven) released nine and five trout respectively using assorted gold heads, buzzers and green fritz.

Well done to all!
Marlene
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email: casheltrout@hotmail.com  Website: www.cashellakeview.com
Short Breaks Offer: Special discounts for 1st October 09 - 31st March 2010 (Excluding Christmas & Easter) ring 028 777 42159 for further details.


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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Shannon Region

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

03/02/10

Lanesborough

20/01/10: I've been at Lanesborough for just over a week, no sign of any fish activity in the hot water stretch. Spring is in the air, the Rooks are gathering in the trees so why am I so cold? Daily up-dates will start on March 30th. The bad news is that the power station will be off-line from late April until September 2010.
Paul Waghorne
Web: www.lanesboroughangling.ie


Banagher

Water levels have dropped back well since our last report, down by 2 feet  and has just about cleared the callows. Anglers are getting quality Roach at Banagher Marina, fish up to 14 ozs. Other than that, there's really very little angling going on in the area.  More in two weeks.
Ray Duthie
Old Forge Banagher
Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER
Tel: 057 9151504. Email: kmduthie2@eircom.net


Portumna

Water levels are quickly recovering and getting back to normal. No anglers out and about yet. It's still too cold but as we write we are getting the odd milder day as spring officially arrives.
Mike Murray ,
MURRAY'S B&B
Derryhiney, Portumna, Co. Galway.
Tel +353 909759596
Email murrays.ireland@yahoo.co.uk Web www.bedandbreakfastportumna.com


River Suck

Water levels are dropping well on the River Suck. Anglers fished at Ballyforan, results were patchy.
Mr John Ryan,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector
Tel: 094 96 40103 Mob: 087 2536064
John Devaney,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector,
Roscommon for the lower River Suck
Tel: 087 2266735


MULLINGAR COARSE ANGLERS

02/02/10: In recent weeks coarse anglers had to break ice to fish some of their local hot spots. The club are gearing up for another cracking season and will hold their Annual General Meeting on February 17th at 8pm.The club have a few cracking competitions pencilled in for 2010 and new members are more than welcome on the night. If you are interested in joining one of the Midlands top coarse angling clubs drop into the Old Stand on February 17th at 8 that night.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer

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Northern Ireland, Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

Lionel Knobbs reports:
E-mail: lionel.knobbs@loughs-agency.org

17/01/10

Bill Clarke League

Jack Tisdall from the Cloughballymill Angling Centre reports on the latest leg of the winter league on fisheries in Co. Fermanagh area near Enniskillen.

28 anglers fished in glorious conditions in the latest round in the league.  The match was fished on the River Erne, Cam River and Canal at No 1 Lock. The individual result was again dominated by the Canal at No 1 Lock with the top 3 coming from that section.

Individual winner was Dave Slater (Enniskillen) who caught 11.250 Kgs. on the Pole from peg 3 winning the £118 top prize.

John Potters (Lisbellaw) was runner up on peg 1 with 10.340 Kgs. of Roach while Brenton Sweeney (Cootehill) was third with 9.000Kgs.

Jack Tisdall (Ballinamallard) remains at the top of the league after winning the section on the Cam River with 6.600 Kgs of Roach and Perch on the Stick Float.

Simon Huthwaite (Enniskillen) 0.440 Kgs and Lyndon Read (Lisnaskea) 4.980Kgs won the 2 sections at Bellanaleck, while Andy Gregg (Cootehill) 5.650 Kgs won the section on the low numbers Cornagrade.

Next week the Erne Anglers Winter League and the Meadowbrook Winter League are both on, book in if you wish to fish.
Jack Tisdale
Cloughballymill Angling Centre
Unit 3, Sligo Road, Enniskillen. BT74 7JY
Tel: +44 28 6632 2008
Web: http://www.cloughballymillanglingcentre.com E-mail: jacktisdall@btinternet.com

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:
E-mail: lionel.knobbs@loughs-agency.org

01/01/10

New coarse angling regulations for 2010

A 2010 regulation - that will be welcomed by most - is that which prohibits the killing of coarse fish (including eels).

As a summary (with effect from 1st January) -

Coarse fish. It is prohibited to kill coarse fish (however, see regulation on pike, below) in the Foyle and Carlingford areas waters.

Eels. It is prohibited to kill eels in the Foyle and Carlingford areas.

All such coarse fish and eels caught, must be carefully handled and returned alive and unharmed to the water.

Pike. There is a bag limit of 2 pike weighing 4 kg or less, on any one day. Pike of 4kg or more must be returned unharmed to the water. There is an exception for specimen pike with a bag limit of 1 specimen pike in any one day (a specimen pike in a river is 9 kg or more; a specimen pike in a lake is 13.6 kg or more).

Live bait. Live fish cannot be used as bait in fresh waters in the Foyle and Carlingford areas.

 

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:
E-mail: info@fishingireland.net

[27/01/10]

Blessington Delivers

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Pike: Angling Journalist Nick Parry with a 20.lb+ Blessington Pike

A recent two day trip to Blessington Lake, Co. Wicklow proved successful for Sunday Star angling columnist, Nick Parry. Water levels were high which made finding a suitable angling base hard. Once set up Nick commenced fishing with various baits and rigs. Fishing proved to be slow and over the two days Nick had only one decent run, but it was worth it as the image above shows. The Pike weighed in at just over twenty pounds and was tempted by a pollan bait.

Blessington is looked upon as a dour Pike water. Some love it, and some hate it. Nick’s record though shows that knowledge and confidence in a venue can pay off. In twelve trips to the Co. Wicklow venue over the last three winters, Nick has landed five Pike weighing twenty pounds or over. Not bad fishing.


20lb pike from Monaly, Carrickmacross

Michael Conway emailed us this report from last week.

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Photo: Michael Conway and his pike from Monalty Lake.

Weekend report, Tried a spot of boat fishing on Monalty lake outside Carrickmacross on Sunday. Good day caught three pike, the one in the picture a 20lbs, a 12lbs and a jack around 4lbs, spinning with a perch colour spoon in shallow water at the top of the lake in about 6 foot of water where i got the 20lbs. New boat slip is great for launching a boat, just need a few more in the area.
Michael


 

25/01/01

Double Top in County Monaghan

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Photo: Gary Robinson with a 21.lb 8.oz Monaghan Beauty

County Wicklow anglers Gary Robinson and Scott Ring have been on an angling quest this last three years. Numerous specimens have come their way, with Scott topping the list last year with a 3.lb 9.oz Perch. It has been a slow start for 2010 with the long cold snap over Christmas resulting in many waters being frozen over. County Monaghan was no exception, with up to last week the thousand acre Lough Muckno looking more at home in Alaska, then in Ireland. However a quick thaw enabled Scott and Gary to venture out for the first time last Friday 22nd January.

An early start saw the two friends casting their popped up roach and ledgered joey mackerel baits 40 metres out into a thick County Monaghan mist. Thirty minutes later Gary’s drop back indicator signalled a bite as a fish picked up the mackerel bait and ran inshore. Reeling in the slack line Gary connected with a good Pike which after a spirited fight and a couple of long runs was safely netted. Long and a little lean, the Pike brought the needle on the Avon scales around to 21.lb 8.oz, not a bad fish for your second cast of 2010.

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Photo: Double top, a second twenty for County Wicklow angler Gary Robinson

Calming himself down with a smoke and a cup of tea Gary recast another joey mackerel into the same spot. Thirty five minutes later an identical slack line bite to the first resulted in another hook up for Gary. This second fish was much more aggressive then the first making numerous very strong runs before being netted. At this stage, his landing net bulging with another large Pike, Gary was shaking like a leaf, and when the Avon scales banged around to 20.lb 4.oz he was stunned. Three casts into 2010, two twenty pound plus Pike in two consecutive casts, what a result, and what a memory.

Both Pike were netted, unhooked, photographed, and released in less then a minute and a half, before swimming away strongly. Gary could not believe his good fortune. To catch his first ever twenty pound plus Pike was sweet, but to land two in the manner that he did was special. As he said himself, “the thoughts of that session will keep me going out fishing again and again”. That’s angling for you.

If large Pike rock your boat then County Monaghan, Ireland is the place to be over the next couple of months. Carrickmacross or Castleblaney are good Pike angling centres central to specimen fish waters such as Lough Muckno, Lough Egish and a host of smaller but equally prolific lakes. A number of local guides can be accessed from the following link, /pike/east/guides.htm, or contact Gary Robinson at Baumanns Fishing Tackle, 4 Old Dublin Road, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, Ireland, www.baumanns.ie.

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Shannon Region

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

03/02/10

Pike to 25lb 4oz from Roscommon river

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Photo: Brian wins our Catch of the Week with this fine Pike

Weather has settled down somewhat of late but heavy rain is expected before the weekend which may colour the rivers and most of the lakes in the upper Shannon area. However, they are fishable at the moment. I've being back on the lakes and rivers over the last week or two with some nice fish showing. I got out two days in a row and fished a small river in Roscommon with some good results over the two days with a total of seven fish landed. Weights were 5 lbs, 9 lbs, 11 lbs. 4 oz, 14 lbs 8 oz, 18 lbs 12 ozs. and 20 lbs. 2 oz. and on the second day I landed a very nice fish that was very well feed and tipped the scales at 25 lbs. 14 ozs. 
Brian Bohan
CHA FLYNNS COTTAGE & GUIDING SERVICE
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Bbohan70@eircom.net Web http://www.Chaflynnscottage.com


River Suck

Water levels are gradually coming back to normal for the time of year, and starting to recede from the callow land as we write.  There was some fishing in the mid River Suck but fishing was slow with only one 10 lbs Pike caught. Other than that there's not much to report but fishing should improve, assuming we don't get too much rain in the coming weeks.
Mr John Ryan,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector
Tel: 094 96 40103 Mob: 087 2536064
John Devaney,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector,
Roscommon for the lower River Suck
Tel: 087 2266735


02/02/10

Mullingar Pike Report

GLORE ANGLERS KICK START COMPETITIONS FOR 2010: Glore anglers kick off the competition scene here in the Midlands with their first pike competition of 2010. It was certainly tough but a very enjoyable day on a cold frosty Glore. This Sunday February 7th we pike anglers hope to travel to Gualladoo Lake for the big Carrigallen open boat pike competition with a first prize of €1,000. That will sort out Valentines weekend. Anyway more important business takes place that weekend when the Ireland Angling 2010 Show takes place in the National Show Centre near Swords Co. Dublin. It's a Mecca weekend for anglers and we hope to catch a few Midlanders on camera at this years show. Sadly this week we lost one of our treasured angling characters here in Mullingar with the death of Peter Connelly. I knew Peter from an early age as he served in Columb Barracks with my Dad. I will miss chatting to him about our fishing and shooting adventures.

GLORE PIKE COMPETITION: Last Sunday we woke up to very frosty conditions and a light blanket of snow. The type of morning you just look out, and roll over in the bed. Not for us hardy anglers, grill on, boil the kettle for a flask, check all is packed and gear up for another days fishing. Our first competition here in the Midlands took place last Sunday on Glore in bitter cold conditions. On the day only 4 pike were caught and I did manage to catch the 4th fish but like myself was a bit small. However I did hit two more pike while spinning and it could have being a different story if one of these pike held on. You know yourself the one that got away. I was not the only angler with a fishy tale that day as Mark Bardon competition captain fishing with Anthony Scally lost a good fish right at the boat. Anthony did manage a fish on the day and took 2nd place. Joe O' Donnell took 3rd spot, and Colm Potterton from Kildalkey Co Meath took top rod on the day. Glore anglers will hold a committee meeting on February 10th and on the night competition dates and rules will be arranged. Club membership is open at €20 for senior anglers, and if you are interested in coming on line with Glore Anglers contact Chairman Eddie O' Donnell. Mob: 087-7761970.

DAY OUT AT THE PIKE: This Sunday February 7th my angling pals in Carrigallen will host their open boat pike competition on Galladoo Lake. This is a very popular venue for Mullingar anglers and a good turn out of anglers is expected on the day. Once again top cash prizes are up for grabs with €1,000 for heaviest pike, €500 2nd, and €250 for 3rd. plus optional pool prize money, and mystery prize, which I won last year. Fishing is from 10-30 till 4pm. It's going to be a fantastic day out weather permitting and if you need more info please contact Thomas Tierney on Mob: 086-2902778.

ANGLING SHOW DIARY DATES: Jack Charlton will officially open the 2010 Ireland Angling Show at the National Show Centre Swords Co Dublin. It's going to be an action packed weekend for anglers with demonstrations from some of the worlds top anglers. Fly anglers are in for a real treat with fly tying demonstrations taking place each day. Matt Hayes presenter of Total Fishing will also be knocking around to give you sound advice on catching your record-breaking fish. It is on on Saturday and Sunday February 13th and 14th. We hope to make it on Saturday as on Monday 15th February the trout season opens on some of our Western Lakes and we will be on the Corrib.

PETER CONNELLY R.I.P: Sadly as the years pass by in the Angling World here in the Midlands we lose some great characters. Last week we lost one such character in Peter Connelly. Peter was a very keen angler and shooter and really loved the outdoor life. He was a top class pike and sea angler and will be greatly missed by his fellow anglers. Peter retired some years back from the Defence Forces here in Columb Barracks where he served with my father John. I got to know Peter young in life and in recent years we had some great chats about angling in years gone by. I will certainly miss talking to Peter about our passion in life, and his first few words he spoke every time we met. How is old Johnny and the Ma. On behalf of Angling Focus we send our deepest sympathy to the Connelly family, and all Peters friends.

THAT’S IT: Soon we will be gearing up for March 1st for the trout season on our Midland lakes. It’s hard to believe January 2010 is done and dusted. Tight lines till next week.
Mick Flanagan,
Angling correspondent and photographer
Mobile: 087-2797270

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Loughs Agency area

01/01/10

New Pike angling regulations for 2010

A 2010 regulation - that will be welcomed by most - is that which prohibits the killing of coarse fish (including eels).

As a summary (with effect from 1st January) -

Coarse fish. It is prohibited to kill coarse fish (however, see regulation on pike, below) in the Foyle and Carlingford areas waters.

Eels. It is prohibited to kill eels in the Foyle and Carlingford areas.

All such coarse fish and eels caught, must be carefully handled and returned alive and unharmed to the water.

Pike. There is a bag limit of 2 pike weighing 4 kg or less, on any one day. Pike of 4kg or more must be returned unharmed to the water. There is an exception for specimen pike with a bag limit of 1 specimen pike in any one day (a specimen pike in a river is 9 kg or more; a specimen pike in a lake is 13.6 kg or more).

Live bait. Live fish cannot be used as bait in fresh waters in the Foyle and Carlingford areas.

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:
E-mail: info@fishingireland.net

[01/02/10]

EFSA Irish Winter Shore Angling Festival

28th, 29th, 30th January 2010

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Photo: EFSA Winter Festival, Match Day 2, Clones Strand, Co. Wexford

The 22nd EFSA Irish Winter Shore Angling Festival was held on the east facing beaches of County Wexford from Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th January 2010. An annual event based at Sean Og’s Hotel, Bar, and Holiday Home Complex, Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford, the competition attracts many of the top Irish and UK match anglers due to the quality of fishing, prize money on offer, and the chance to catch up with distant friends. With €500.00 earmarked for first place overall, plus crystal, zone prizes, two and four man team prizes, optional pools, and longest round and flat fish, there was plenty on offer to keep the competitors interest up over the three scheduled match days.

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Photo: Saturday zone winner Joe Byrne, fishing Courtown North Beach during the EFSA Festival

After the gales and driving rain that hampered the 2009 event, this years weather was positively balmy with high pressure generating frosty conditions, and light westerly winds creating a ground swell which coloured the sea, enticing fish to venture onto the shallow beaches to feed during daylight. Three hook flappers, slider rigs, lugworm, wraps, maddies, and snake whites were all used to great effect over the three days, with competitors needing to log 25+ fish to be anywhere in the shake up.

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Photo: Dublin match angler Shay O’Neill with a brace of Clones Strand Flounder

Match day one saw the participants head for Morriscastle Strand, fishing 12 noon to five PM. Ireland dominated the proceedings laying down a marker by winning all three zones. Penn Sea League champion Dave Roe, South Dublin stalwart Ian Knight, and Waterford’s own J.P.Molloy setting the early pace. With Clones/Kilgorman Strand penned in for match day two the UK contingent had some catching up to do. A light westerly breeze and low cloud created ideal conditions that the top rods revelled in. Maddies and lug wraps were combined to great effect with UK match men Chris Clarke and Alan Yates winning two of the three zones, Clarke logging 45 fish in the process.

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Photo: Top Irish match angler Dave Roe with a quality Clones Strand Flounder

Courtown Strand North was the venue for match day three and the weather Gods wove their magic. A coloured flat calm sea combined with a frosty windless morning and blue skies created ideal conditions for sea match angling. The venue produced steadily with again lug wraps and maddies the key bait. A highlight of the day was Courtown Sea Angling Centre’s Joe Byrne pipping Alan Yates on the last cast to win his zone. On the overall standings Alan’s second placing ensured first place in the competition, with Chris Clarke coming second, and Waterford’s J.P. Molloy a creditable third.

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Photo: Regular visitor Dave Lovelock, Wiltshire UK, on Courtown North Beach

George McCullough, Mick Quinn, and Warren Doyle have to be congratulated for a well organised event. Sean OG’s Hotel, Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford, www.seanogs.ie, is an ideal base central to all the beaches and to the ferry terminals at Rosslare and Dunlaoghaire. The fishing was good, the weather behaved, and all those that took part were adamant that they would return in 2011 along with one or two friends. This long running festival is set to grow.

Contact: EFSA Ireland secretary, Warren Doyle. 98 Seacrest, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Tel: 00353 (0)86 8069961. Email: warrendoyle@iol.ie.


02/02/10

Say No to commercial exploitation of Bass

Bass angling guide, Jim Hendrick is urging anglers to oppose the proposal to recopen the commercial bass fishery in Ireland. Visit his website to find out more and see how you can do your part to ensure this does not come to pass.

As usual the site has plenty of new information and resources to help anglers in the never ending quest to catch Irish bass.

A little bit of fishing in your day - Jim.
Jim Hendrick
Bass Angling Guide
SEAi, 8 St Johns Road, Wexford, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 53 9123351
E-mail: sportfishing@eircom.net Web: www.bassfishing.ie

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:
enquiries@srfb.ie

24/01/10

Good ling for wreck fishers out of Youghal

Gavin Tivey of the charter boat Sea Hunter reports:

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Photo: A ling from the fist trip of 2010

22/01/10: Milo burke's group from Kilkenny and Greg O'Farrells from cork visited a bunch of wrecks at the 20 mile make in 82-84 m. Plenty of ling came aboard but cod, coalies and pollack were down in numers on the wrecks but showed in good numbers on the sounder.  Best fish of the day was again Greg O'Farrell with a 15ln ling. Small tides and a wind of 5knts made fishing very comforatble both at anchor and drifting. Started for home at 5pm, back on the quy at 6.30. 
Gavin Tivey
Sea Hunter
42' Interceptor. 650HP Vovlo
Telephone: +353 (0)24 90437 or +353 (0)87 2112488
Email: info@seahunter.ie Web: www.seahunter.ie

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South Western Region

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

02/02/10

Bass fishing in Waterville

25/01/10 Bass have stared to hit the beach again in force, After fishing my comp at the weekend I had some bait left over, razorfish so I managed to get out for a quick cast. I had 4 casts and landed 2 bass to 5lb and lost one more, hear we go again,6 Late xmas comp

23/01/10 Due to the weather, our xmas comp from the 28/12/09 had to be cancelled until 23/01/10 which went very well. There were 39 flounder and 3 bass caught, the biggest flounder coming to a junior angler Gavin Corbett of 41cm, and biggest bass of a measly 35cm, to Joe O'Dwyer, both won the pools, it was a cracking day all round with all anglers catching fish, apart from one, but its the taking part that counts. (winner Sion Brain 332 points) (2nd Conner Maher 230 points) (3rd Heiner Winkler 192 points).
Kevin Brain
KB Fishing Ireland
Waterville, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 66 9474942
E-mail: info@kbfishingireld.com Website: www.kbfishingireland.com


Bass fishing in Caherciveen

I have finally managed to get out and catch my first two bass of 2010.  One nice fish a little over 4 pounds and one a little smaller (see photo in gallery).  I took them both on lugworm and even managed to catch a codling at the same time.  Water temperature is still very low (about 8.5 degrees C) but we are have some nice sunny days.  I have heard reports of several other bass caught in the bay as well.  Salmon fishing is slow on Lough Currane with no more taken since the one on opening day.  Surprisingly still one or two salmon spawning on the Inny which is the latest I have ever seen. 
John Quinlan
Salmon and Bass fishing Guide
Thatch Cottage, Kenneigh West, Cahersiveen, Co Kerry.
Tel: +353 (0)64 9474721
Email: info@thatchcottageireland.co.uk Web: www.thatchcottageireland.co.uk

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Northern Ireland

Hamish Currie reports:

03/02/10

Red Bay charter fishing report

Charter skipper Hamish Currie reports from his boat the Predator II.

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Photo: a double shot of spur dogs.

03 February: Got another chance to move offshore and the shoals of herring are still mid channell. Further east in the deep water holes the goods are still there in numbers congers, huss, skate, spurs and dogs.

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Photo: A good 5 feet of conger eel.

26 January: The good spell of weather inspired me to make a move to a mark north of rathlin island ive been looking at for some time and all the usual suspects were present,skate,bmd,spurs,huss,and plenty of congers.Again herring werent a problem offshore but small coalfish came out tops again accontimg for most of the fish.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
Web:http://www.predatorireland.com/ Email: info@predatorireland.com
Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117

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