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Irish Angling Update

18 February 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon Angling

Trout Angling

Coarse Angling

Pike Angling

Sea Angling


SALMON ANGLING

Salmon angling Update


Southern Region

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

07/01/10

River Blackwater

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

Weather: Forecast is now pretty much dry for the next two weeks.

River: The lower river was up slightly to 0.66m this morning but the upper river had already fallen & the level was 0.65m @ 18.00. Clarity 4-5 feet & tinged.

Temperatures: Air: -2°C °F this morning @ 08.45

Run of Fish: The run of springers appears to be picking up. The first two were caught just below Careysville weir on the Opening Day, but we don't know if fish are being caught there since. Two more were caught opposite Beat 6 on the 13th. Some big fresh fish seen running on the 16th. but no rods out.

Catches: Two sea-liced springers caught opposite Lower Kilmurry last Saturday - Feb. 13th. on spinner & at least half a dozen fresh fish seen the same day.

Methods: Just down to fly height since yesterday. Please note: As a conservation measure, all bait fishing is banned on the Lodge beats until all the kelts are safely out of the river.

Prospects: Excellent fly & spinning conditions today.

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.

17/02/10

Lough Currane

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

8/2/10 The first week in February was very quiet with no fish caught. I start this weekly report on the same note, so the least said the soonest mended. Wind SE, then veered ENE late this afternoon and overcast all day, max air temperature 8.0c.

9/2/10 again just the odd boat out, wind NE light and overcast, max air temperature 6.2c.

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Photo: Eric with his 10lb salmon

10/2/10 One Salmon caught on the troll by Mr Eric Jouen Of Waterville and France and @ lobsterb@iol.ie so congratulations to Eric, and that just proves my point if you are out there manipulating your baitss you will catch my Noble Gentlemen the Salmon. Wind NE light with bright sunshine all day, max air temperature 6.9c.

11/2/10 There were a few more boats out today but sadly all failed miserably in their duties. Wind NE light with bright sunshine all day, max air temperature 7.1c.

12/2/10 Just the odd boat out manipulating their Rapala’s. Wind E light to fresh with bright sunshine throughout the day, max air temperature 8.2c.

13/2/10 All quiet on the SW front. Wind E light to calm and overcast with the odd bit of sun breaking through, max air temperature 6.4c.

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Photo: The perfect Valentine's Day gift and Catch of the Week.

14/2/10 Mr. Eric Jouen was in good form again in the trolling department when he procured a fine 12lbs Salmon, and for the rest of we anglers we all failed miserably in our duties and if you want lessons you can contact Eric @ lobsterb@iol.ie and just for the record there were at least 6 boats out which was good to see. Wind calm all day, even though it did try to get up from the SW, max air temperature 8.2c.

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Photo: Sean and Barry with their salmon.

15/2/10 One 10lbs Salmon caught on the troll. Its getting colder and wind is shifting to the NW.

16/2/10 Wind NW and very little action be it fly or troll.

17/2/10 The same as yesterday except for the wind which was NE.

That is all the news from your Gillie and the Waterville Fishery.
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

15/02/10

Galway Fishery

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Photo: Local angler Eoin Trill proudly displays the first salmon of the season from the Galway Fishery. The fish weighed 4.44kg and fell to a floated shrimp. Eoin is flanked by fisheries staff Paddy Glynn (left) and James Quinn

The first salmon of the season on the Galway Fishery was caught last Thursday. At 2.30pm, local angler Eoin Trill hooked into the fish in Jimmy’s Pool (Weir Pool) while fishing a floated shrimp. After a good battle between angler and fish, the fresh run bar of silver was finally grassed, much to the delight of Eoin, who after many years of endeavour, has finally managed to catch the first salmon of the season on the weir.

The spring salmon was fin-clipped and micro-tagged having probably been released from the board’s hatchery in Cong two years ago and tipped the scales at 4.44kg (10lbs). If the present weather pattern continues and water levels remain low, anglers can expect more spring salmon in the river in the coming weeks. For bookings contact: The Manager, Galway Fishery: 091-562388 or email: shartgalfish@eircom.net

River Erriff

Delphi Lodge in Leenane, Co Galway, has issued its fishing availability dates for 2010. The list includes 15 full weeks starting March 14th through to September 5th. Please note: It may be possible to split some of these weeks.
The Fishery Manager,
Aasleagh Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95 42252
E-mail: erriff.fish@iol.ie Web: www.aasleaghlodge.ie

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Northern Region

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

Monday 8th to Sunday 14 February 2010.

RIVER DROWES

The week brought dry frosty weather for the main part with only the odd shower of rain or sleet. This caused the river to drop steadily over the week from just over 6 on the gauge on Monday to a reading of 5.3 by Sunday. The fishery was fairly quiet over the week with 2 salmon hooked and lost. There were a few rods fishing at the weekend and three fresh salmon were reported. On Saturday, Derek Keyes recorded an 8.5lb salmon caught from the Stone Ditch on a Flying ‘C’. On Sunday, John Parkinson recorded a 9lb salmon caught from the Washstones on shrimp and George Matier also accounted for a 9lb salmon caught from The Sea Pool on shrimp. The forecast for the coming week is for cold & showery weather though average air temperatures are steadily rising as the season progresses.

Lough Melvin

Lough Melvin was fairly quiet this week with only a few boats venturing out. The weather brought cold conditions and I heard of one boat having to break the ice to get out on the Lough! I have no news of any salmon caught this week to date.

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


Monday 1st to Sunday 7th February 2010.

RIVER DROWES

The weather warmed somewhat last week with only the occasional touch of frost at night. The weekend brought lovely weather giving still and times, sunny conditions. The river ran at a nice height over the week rising gradually over the week to reach 6.3 by Sunday. There were a number of rods fishing this week and four salmon recorded to date. On Thursday, fishery owner Shane Gallagher recorded a fine 13½lb salmon caught from Aberdee Pool on a Rapalla. Richard Todd also recorded a 9lb salmon caught on a Willie Gunn tube fly from The Meadows. On Friday, Brian McEvoy recorded his third salmon of the season. The fish, estimated at 10 to 11lb, was caught on a Yellow Belly Devon Minnow and returned to the river. Paul Morrow accounted for a 9lb salmon caught on a Cascade fly from Briney’s Pool. Funnily enough there were no salmon caught over the weekend, just one salmon hooked and lost on the fly on Sunday.

Lough Melvin

Lough Melvin opened for salmon angling on the 1st February. Despite the cold conditions, 18 boats ventured out for the first days angling. There were no salmon recorded however, just a number of kelts. Thereafter a number of boats fished throughout the week. It was the middle of the week before the first Melvin salmon of the 2010 season was caught. This was caught by local angler Kevin Flanagan. The fish weighed 8lb 2oz and was caught trolling from the Flanagan’s Bay area of the lough.

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

09/02/09

Fane opens on March 1st

After a long and cold winter anglers are looking forward to the opening of the fishing season. Coming from debate at the AGM of the Dundalk and District Anglers Association anglers are being asked to refrain from wading in the river in March so as not to disturb the Salmon and Trout spawning beds.

Web: www.browntroutanglers.com

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Southern Region

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

Waterford Reservoirs

Waterford City and County Trout Anglers Association have just started their 180,000 Euro Waterford Leader funded Development project at Carrigavantry reservoir. This will entail a secure harbor with mooring capacity for 20 boats. It will cater for anglers with disabilities, including a Coulam 16 Wheely Boat, the first of its kind in Ireland.

We are open to fishing for day ticket anglers from 1st March and have boats for hire on Carrigavantry and Knockaderry. The shore fishing on Carrigavantry is excellent and a third is from a hard surface with no need to wade. Our first stocking is 1000 Rainbows at 1.3 kg. Season tickets are available.

Web: www.waterfordflyfishing.com

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Shannon Region

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

14/02/10

guides

We are pleased to announce that we will be publishing two additional guides in the managed fisheries pocket guide series in early March in time for the new season, covering Lough Owel and the Little Brosna and Camcor Rivers. The Lough Sheelin Guide published a few months ago is presently available. To obtain a copy simply email us to the Angling Section info@shannon-fishery-board.ieor telephone your request to 057 9121777. If emailing your order don't forget to state the guide/s you require with your full name and postal address.  Electronic versions in pdf will be available to download online when the remaining guides are  published in a few weeks time.  TIGHT LINES!

Opening dates

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Northern Region

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

The trout season opens on 15 February on a number of lakes in the Northern Region.
If you need a trout fishing fix in close season why not try a rainbow trout fishery?

CONSERVATION OF TROUT BYE-LAW NO. 869, 2010 (LOUGH GOWNA)

This Bye-law provides for the following trout conservation measures in Lough Gowna:

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Northern Ireland

The trout season opens on 1 March on a number of lakes in Northern Ireland.
If you need a trout fishing fix in close season why not try a rainbow trout fishery?

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Loughs Agency area

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

14/02/10

Cashel Trout Fishery

report by Marlene Mc Laughlin

Another weekend of unpredictable weather, with the lake being partly frozen for most of time.  Anglers were still keen to give Cashel a throw with quite a few trout being caught up to double figures.  Dungiven’s Mark Boyce released half a dozen trout which took buzzers but unfortunately he lost just as many.  Bernard Mellon (Maghera) released thirteen with one of them weighing 8lb.  Martin Bradley (Dungiven) released an amazing seventeen trout which took zonkers, buzzers and nymphs.  Some of his trout were averaging 4lb while having a couple up to 8lb.  Kevin Burke (Claudy) and Jimmy Norton (Maghera) found it slightly difficult during the icy conditions managing only the one trout each.

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


Northern Ireland

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

14/02/10

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.

Match 9 of the Erne Anglers Float Only league saw over 100Kgs of fish landed
by the 23 anglers taking part.

The match was fished on the River Erne, Kilmore River and Marina at No1 Lock.

Individual winner was Mark Lichtenberg (Enniskillen) who landed 11.980Kgs of
mainly Roach at the Marina peg 6 after the section had broken the ice.

Runner up in this close match was Tony Kersley (Ballycassidy) who landed 11.940Kgs
from the Bellanaleck Section of the Erne where he narrowly beat Ken Seddon (Tully) 11.160Kgs.

The section on the Queen Elizabeth Road was won by Lyndon Read (Lisnaskea) 5.650Kgs, while Andy Gregg (Cootehill) won the section on the Kilmore River with 6.080Kgs.

Jack Tisdall from Ballinamallard continues to lead the league which has two matches remaining, and one of the top 10 anglers can still win the league.

Next week see’s the return of the Meadowbrook winter league and the Erne Anglers any method league.


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

[09/02/10]

Late Flurry Saves the Day in Cavan/Monaghan

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Photo: Scott Ring with a late in the day 11.lb Cavan Pike

February and March are months when Pike angling steps up a gear. The big females are moving into the shallows prior to spawning, and anglers are out in force hoping to connect with that elusive specimen. A trip to Cavan/Monaghan planned by Scott Ring and Gary Robinson for last Sunday 07/02/2010 was full of promise. Lakes in the Carrickmacross/Castleblaney area had been fishing well, a venue was chosen, an early start, and 07.30am saw the first baits cast in earnest.

However the best laid plans do not always deliver the goods. By 12.30pm with no runs occurring the doubts set in and the conditions were questioned. Too cold, too dull, the cold easterly wind, the drop in barometric pressure. Finally a conversation with a local angler settled the issue. “There will be no fish landed here today. If I were you I would drive to “X” lake, it’s fishing well to a moving bait presented late in the day”.

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Photo: An 7.lb jack for Wicklow angler Scott Ring

The advice was heeded and a change in venue did result in better fortune. Static baits were cast out, and second rods were utilised to fish Storm Roach jerk baits and fresh Rainbow trout sink and draw style. Local angler Pat Clarke’s advice was bang on as late in the day two Pike weighing seven and eleven pounds respectively did take the jerk bait and the fresh Rainbow trout fished sink and draw. Not linkers but beautifully conditioned fish and well worth the journey.

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Shannon Region

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

09/02/10

Shannon Erne Canal

Visiting angler Bert Nijenhuis reports on his Pike Fishing trip last week on the Shannon-Erne Link.

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Photo: A nice Shannon-Erne Canal pike.

We've been fishing the Shannon - Erne Link last week and had some good results. We caught a total of 23 Pike with an average length of 75 cm's. In the attached picture a pike of 1.01 meters caught on Sunday 1st February in a small canal just north of Derrycassin Lough on the link. The name of the guy who got it is Frank van Dijk; from Holland. (the big guy).
Bert Nijenhuis


 

Double figure pike in Roscommon

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Photo: Bodo and a 10lb pike.

After what was (and partly still is) an unusually cold winter, we finally managed to get out and boat the first few pike of the year. No monsters as yet, but at least some double figures. A half days fishing yesterday yielded 7 pike on lures with two of them over the 10lbs. mark and three more just below it. Not too bad considering it's still pretty cold nd the water temp currently is only at 3.9 degree Celcius.

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Photo: Michael and his 10lb pike.

Although this looks to drop again during the week as another cold spell with sharp frost is promised. Anyway the duck is broke the season is started and we are optimistic that soon lots more action will follow.
Bodo Funke,
Angling Services Ireland,
Boyle, Co Roscommon
Web: http://www.anglingservicesireland.com


Another 20lb pike to Brian Bohan

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Photo: Brian Bohan and his 20lb plus pike.

Water levels are fine in the area at the moment. I had one nice fish last week from a lake in the area, a beautiful fish that fell to a popped up Mackerel. Apologies about the quality of the picture.
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

Pat Cooper reports on his angling trip last weekend:

"Just a line to let you know of my pike fishing trip in Roscommon last weekend. I fished a lake in the Strokestown area on the Saturday and caught a nice 16lb fish along with 6 other small jack. On the second day I fished the River Suck and had a great day with fish of 10lbs, 9lbs, 8lbs and a few smaller jacks. The river was up to the banks but water levels were dropping. The pike were in good condition and all returned safely. "
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

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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

[17/02/10]

32 years perspective on bassing.

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Photo: Bass anglers from times past.

These are three of my four sisters, from left to right Catherine aged 10, Emily aged 8, and Una aged 9. The photo was taken 32 years ago in 1978 at Forlorn point in Kilmore Quay, I was aged 13 at the time. Emily holds my fishing rod a light ten footer from Berkley. Two years later commercial fishing for bass was stopped.

Landing Gear - Reel - Abu Ambassadeur 5500 Rod - Berkley Buccaneer 10 ft Line - Abu monofilament Lures - Abu Krill, Abu Toby and Abu Hi-Lo.

I fished hundreds and hundreds of summer hours along those rocks and all along the summer coasts. There was never any other spin fisherman in sight. Its where I learned the instinct of bass. 1978 was a good year for me I caught plenty of fish. I got cold and wet and lost a weeks pocket money on a daily basis, then went back and got it at low tide. I didn't do anything else for as long as the holidays lasted. I know these rocks by heart. I know their shape and colour, and when the wave breaks upon them I know where the fish will be.

I have brought Dan and Ruth here a few times - to this special place and let them find what they look for. I talk to them too about the days I spent here fishing. Dan is ten years old in June. I will make his photograph here this year with a fish. I have already made hundreds with international customers.

Thirty years with the opportunity to develop this fishery have gone to waste, thirty years of protection, and as the species slowly recovered somewhat, what have we done to maintain its protection and future as a recreational sustainable and economic opportunity ? It could be one of the greatest saltwater fisheries in Europe? We have stood idly by, and now at the first signs of recovery we face into the abyss of the possible destruction not only of the fish but of what thirty years of visitors, businesses, services and hard work have meant to thousands of people.

Remind me again for what and for whom and what ultimately will the real impact be? Its simple really, given the nature of the industry it will be destroyed in a short space of time.

I have fished bass for the last 32 years here in Wexford - the last seven professionally - I have a valid perspective and sense of the species. I have seen its destruction its slow and partial recovery, its exploitation - its part of my life - always has been and always will be.

To help protect the fishery please become a friend of Irishbass

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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