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Irish Angling Update

21 January 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
email: Paul Bourke
Ph: 00 353 (0) 1 8842600
Fax: 00 353(0) 1 8360060

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

09/01/10

River Blackwater

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

The Fly who came in from the Cold! In spite of the very cold weather (for here anyway) we are very fortunate here in Ireland. The river never freezes and we don't even know what grue is! We went for a walk along the river today. The water looks absolutely beautiful - clarity about 5 feet with that steely blue/grey colour so typical of the spring. The height is 0.62m on the gauge at Ballyduff - just coming into good fly order.

If the cold weather continues up to the opening day, springers will be concentrated in our lower seven beats due to the temperature barrier
stopping fish going up over the first of the only 2 weirs on the river at Clondulane.

23, 22, 21 20, 19, 18... the Countdown to the New Season: Before we know it, the new season will be upon us. Just over 3 weeks to go.
I have already started the run-up to the new season with gauge heights & rainfall
given on the Fishing Report page daily from the beginning on January.
It's quite an optimistic start, with no brown tags in the spring, increased catch quota
and reduced State rod licence prices ( as reported in the last newsletter).

It's been a funny old winter - the wettest since records began, with swathes of the country being submerged by floods. This has been followed by one of the longest coldest spells on record too.
Yesterday morning at the Lodge we recorded -9ºC & today the air temperature never rose above -1ºC.

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.

Lough Currane

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

currane salmon
17/1/10
Great to be back reporting to you all, on the No Spin no Fly’s just Facts zone, and today’s Facts are, on Lough Currane, there were 15 boats out, wind SSW light and sunny with the odd heavy shower this morning, but there was only on angler who went twelve rounds with My noble gentlemen and knocked out a fine 11lbs Salmon on the troll off the Bank of the Church and that was Mr. Will Hamill of Dublin, I asked Will, what did you catch it on and he replied a left hook and being a top class boxer one wouldn’t expect anything less, so remember all you anglers you may think you fly like a butterfly casting your flies or trolling you’re lures but Will Stings like a Bee in the ring as well as outside the ring as my Noble Salmon found out on this opening day of the 2010 Season and just for the record Will was fishing in a hired out boat from Waterville Boats and at lobsterb@iol.ie next report on 25/1/10.

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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North Western Region

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

11/11/09

Lough Gill again open for Salmon Angling

Following two years in which any spring salmon caught on Lough Gill had to be released alive, for conservation purposes, salmon caught on the lake from New Year’s Day, 2010 may be killed subject to a strict quota and new tagging regulations.

The CEO of the North Western Regional Fisheries Board, Vincent Roche, said that stocks of spring salmon on the Lough Gill/River Bonet system were still at a low level but, following detailed consideration of scientific advice, it had been decided to allow a small number of spring salmon to be killed during the coming season. A quota of just 38 salmon has been allocated to the system for the period from 1 January to 11 May, 2010. In order to enforce the quota requirement, all salmon caught and killed on the system are required by law to be tagged with a brown tag in addition to the normal blue tag which must be attached to all rod caught fish. Details regarding availability of brown tags are being issued to anglers with their salmon rod licences.

Mr Roche said that successful operation of the quota system should enable the fishery to remain open on a normal basis in future years but abuse of the new system would almost certainly lead to a return to “Catch & Release” from 2011. He said it was, therefore, the interests of all anglers to co-operate fully with the new brown tag regulations and to ensure that the permitted quota is not exceeded.

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Northern Region

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

Monday 11th to Sunday 17th January 2010.

RIVER DROWES

The frost relented at the start of the week and the big thaw set in. The ice sheet on Melvin broke up and this brought big sheets of ice and grue down the river at the start of the week. Allied to some strong winds, at the start of the week, angling conditions were certainly not too comfortable.

The thaw meant the river rose over the week from very low winter levels (0.46m) to good water levels 0.62m by the weekend. The water was somewhat coloured as it rose but was running clean by the weekend. The fishery was reasonably busy for the time of year with a few anglers out over the week with more fishing over the weekend.

There were a couple of salmon recorded caught with the same number hooked & lost. On Thursday, Raymond McGerr recorded a salmon of some 11lb caught on a black & red cone head tube fly and released again from Briney’s Pool. Another smaller fish was hooked and lost at the Upper Mill Pool. Another fish was lost on Saturday from the corner of the Blackwater.

On Sunday, Brian McEvoy who landed the first salmon of the season caught another salmon weighing around 10lb from the point of The Meadow. The fish was caught on a Flying ‘C’ and sportingly returned.

The weather is forecast to remain reasonable mild (for the time of year) with the chance of ground frost at night and there should be favourable conditions for angling over the week.

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


Monday 4th to Sunday 10th January 2010.

RIVER DROWES

The weather on the Drowes this week could only be described as Arctic with temperatures dropping to minus 8°C at nights and rarely rising above zero during the days. The river ran at low winter levels, reading around 5 on the gauge at the Four Masters Bridge. We received fair falls of snow over the week and driving conditions have been poor with people only travelling when necessary. A number of anglers did brave the harsh conditions over the week to fish the river.

There was two salmon caught over the week. On Friday evening, Thomas Carson caught and released a salmon estimated at around 8½lb. The fish took a Cascade variant fly and was hooked just below Lennox’s Bridge. On Saturday, Denis Crerand celebrated his birthday by landing a sea liced 10½lb salmon. The fish was caught on a Flying ‘C’ from the Mill Pool at midday.

Denis Cerand and salmon
Photo: Denis Crerand celebrated his birthday by landing a sea liced 10½lb salmon.

The forecast for the week is for temperatures to rise a little and with ice thawing out further up the fishery, this should ensure the river rises somewhat which should give nice water levels for fishing. It will still be very cold at times however so those thermals will still be needed!

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



04/01/10

First Salmon of 2010 caught on the Drowse

salmon
The first salmon of the 2010 season was caught at 1.15pm on January 1st by Enniskillen angler Brian Mc Evoy. The 10lbs fish was taken on a yellow belly devon minnow from the Two Islands Pool below the Four Masters Bridge on the River Drowes. Conditions were bitterly cold all day with rod eyes freezing during the morning. There were some fresh fish seen at the deep and Meadow and a large numbers of kelts reported.

Water levels remain low for the time of year. Weather conditions are set to stay very cold but mainly dry for the coming days.

Drowes Salmon Fishery
Web: www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055.


3 January 2010

Day three of the new season and no further fish have been reported. A fish estimated at 10 to 12lbs was lost at the net after more than 10 minutes by Gerry Mc Gonagle on yellow belly at 4pm in the afternoon of January 1st at the Island Pool. A Scottish angler lost a good fish yesterday at the corner of the Blackwater on spinner. Weather conditions remain extremely cold and there were few rods out today.
Water levels have dropped a little to .55 metres on the gauge. The cold weather is forecast to continue with the likelihood of snow in the north and west on Monday night and Tuesday.
Shane Gallagher
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 on ice

Rathbeggan Lakes in Meath were frozen for the first time ever earlier this year but now that the ice has thawed anglers are back on the fishery and enjoying good sport. The rainbows are still in fine condition despite the freeze and fish to 3.5 lb caught were yesterday on slowly retreived lures and suspender buzzers when there was a bit of a ripple.
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

21 January 2010

Cashel Trout Fishery

report by Marlene Mc Laughlin

The lake froze just before Christmas so we have had nothing to report for the last few weeks! Thankfully the thaw has set in and we hope to open the fishery tomorrow. Here's to a great season in 2010 and we hope to see you all again soon.
Marlene
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email: casheltrout@hotmail.com  Website: www.cashellakeview.com

20 December 2009: A big change in the weather lead to difficult conditions and a frozen lake for most of the weekend. Brian Duffy (Ballykelly) lost a big one weighing about 7lb while Bernard Mellon (Swatragh) released twelve trout which took black buzzers. Maghera’s Jimmy Norton bagged three which took pink dancers and red rib buzzers. Derry’s Henry, Seamus and Liam Kelly all banked a trout each which fell to bibios, black nymphs and cat’s whiskers. Dungiven’s John Hasson released two trout which fell to buzzers.

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

20/01/10

Little or no coarse fishing due to ice, snow and frozen lakes

After what seems a life time of frost, snow, ice and very low temperatures things seem to be getting back to normal as we write with milder temperatures and a big thaw. However, some lakes are still frozen but are starting to thaw out now. On the down side many rivers up the catchment are flooded due to lots of snow melt water entering the system. Coarse fishing is virtually at a standstill due to the harsh conditions of the past number of weeks, since before Christmas. Conditions should improve gradually. Join us in two weeks time for our next update.

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Northern Ireland, Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

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

17/01/10

Erne Anglers Winter League and Bill Clarke League

Match 6 of the league had to be fished on the Erne around Enniskillen due to all the small rivers being flooded and the Stillwater still frozen over despite the rise in temperatures.

The winner of the latest round, with 28 anglers turning out, was Simon Huthwaite (Enniskillen) who was drawn on the fancied peg on the Queen Elizabeth Road. Simon caught some quality Roach on the pole for 5.380Kgs.

Runner up was Fergal Smith (Cavan) who was drawn on the low pegs at Cornagrade were he again fished the pole for about 50 Roach for his 3.820Kgs. Brenton Sweeney (Monaghan) was third with 3.350Kgs and moves to the top of the league.

Another Float Only match with take place next week, book in as normal if you are fishing.

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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

01/01/10

Pike on Blessington before the freeze

Nick Parry, angling journalist and specimen hunter reports on some satisfying pike angling from just before the freeze set in:

pike
Photo: Nick Parry and pike he'll long remember.

I managed to find a couple of tufts of grass above the water level at Blessington last week and managed to set up my rods there. It was freezing too. After just 2 hours my popped up pollan was taken by this 20lb 3oz pike. There was not another angler to be seen so I enjoyed solitude as well as brilliant sport. Blesso has a bad reputation as being tough but I love that. In the last three winter I have probaly had ten sessions there - some lasting 2 days - and this fish is my fifth 20 plus so its not that bad considering that a couple of baits sitting amidst the 4,000 acres is like a couple of specks in the ocean and still they get taken. She was the only fish of the session for my son Roy and I.
best regards
Nick.

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Shannon Region

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

20/01/10

Pike in Shannon River as freeze loosens grip

pike
Photo: Zultan Nagygyorgy and his personal best pike.

After what seems a life time of frost, snow, ice and very low temperatures things seem to be getting back to normal. Lakes are still frozen but are starting to thaw out. The rivers were about the only places that were fishable. I spent most of the freeze on the Shannon which was hard going at times with bits hard come by. Zultan Nagygyorgy from Hungary who now lives in Maynooth had a few nice pike on two of his trips with me and was overjoyed with his personal best fish.
Brian Bohan
CHA FLYNNS COTTAGE & GUIDING SERVICE
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Bbohan70@eircom.net Web http://www.Chaflynnscottage.com


Winter piking hit hard

The early season winter pike anglers be it pleasure or competition anglers have been hit very hard with our recent hard spell of weather. I spent a few hours last weekend on the Inny and it was very cold. Even though I caught no fish their was surface activity of some sort, what species of fish I don’t know, but hopefully in the coming weeks I will get back on the River. The Black River, which flows into the Inny just down River of Lough Iron, also took a hit with the icy conditions, and I was surprised to see stretches of this river frozen. Over the years some nice pike to 5-6 lbs come from this River and I got some great Perch on certain stretches.

PIKE AS A SPORTING FISH: While on the subject of pike I flicked through a few action shots I took of pike and they are some fish when on the end of a line. Now many serious fly anglers are targeting this species of fish. My preferred method is trolling or spinning, also wobbling dead baits is deadly when the pike are on the feed. Some of the hits are arm wrenching, and even a small pike will test the best of anglers. Nowadays the pike angler is well catered for, years back it was your old reliable Copper and Silver Spoon trolled on a rod like an E.S.B. pole compared to modern rods. The next time you have an hour to spare drop into your local tackle dealer and check out the pike gear. Every month you pick up an angling magazine there is a huge array of new lures. Ok some at designed to catch us anglers but some really do the business.

GLORE FROZEN OVER: I was speaking to Glore Anglers Chairman Eddie O'Donnell last week and the lake is completely frozen over. Eddie and some club officers were busy working on the river, and he told me it will be at least 2-3 weeks before they have a date for the first pike competition.

THAT’S IT: I am still waiting for the hard copy of the I.S.F.C. report, when we receive it we will feature some of the specimen catches from our Midland Waterways. In the mean time check out the ShRFB for record catches from the Shannon Region. February Irish Angler is out on the shelves. The Murtagh Cup and Sean Wear Cup fished on Derravaragh over the winter months are featured, plus some glossy pics of Conor Murtagh and Una Weir of Multyfarnham presenting the Cups.
Mick Flanagan,
Angling correspondent and photographer
Mobile: 087-2797270

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Northern Region

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

21/01/10

Pike - when Santa arrives early

pike
Photo: 27lb 4oz pike Gerard Morris caught with Pat McLoughlin before Christma on one of the smaller lakes in Cavan

pike
Photo: Steven Powell and his borther fished Muckno just before Christmas and although Steven was in the bag of coal stakes his brother had obviously been a very good boy and was rewarded with this 24lb beauty.

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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

19/01/10

Cold Snap draws in the Cod

cod
Photo: Joe Duggan and his 10lb 4 oz cod.

Please excuse the grainy image, taken from a mobile phone. But nowadays shore Cod are such a rare catch that it had to be posted. Tempted by bunched lugworm, and landed within the last fortnight off a south eastern beach, this 10.lb+ beauty is what every winter beach angler dreams of.

Over the last couple of years late December to mid January sees at some stage a run of larger Cod hitting certain beaches from south Wicklow around to the Waterford estuary. Anglers have to be there on the night, so invariably have to put the time in. But the rewards are obviously there. The fish pictured above was the outstanding catch in a haul where individual weights ranged from 2.lbs to 5.lbs.


10/01/10

It doesnt always work out of course

bass
Photo:
A bass goes to fight another day.

Having had the benefit or rather the experience of guiding on this coastline during the the last seven summers/autumns theres no doubt at times it hasnt always worked out well. The frequency of difficult bass fishing days has risen through the seasons of 2007 '08 and '09 and this has had its consequences and impacts.

Irish weather is of course what we all talk about here almost constantly - 'Nice day isnt it?', or 'Is this rain ever going to stop'. Its the one topic that we seem to find a little time for. We are used to a degree of changeability and unpredictability.

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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South Western Region

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

07/01/10

New year ling in the South West

ling
Photo:
Mossy Lee with a fine New Year ling.

The fishing from Courtmacsherry in the last while has been governed mostly by the adverse weather. The lead up to Christmas was very windy with the latter part Cold hard frosty weather. Good Flounder fishing from Courtmacsherry Estuary with 2 Specimen Flounder caught by Andrew Mesas on the 18th December using a cocktail of Lug and Razor,tides were neap. On the 19th Several more good sized fish were landed.

A group led by Cork angler Alan Murphy took advantage of a window in the weather on the 7th January to try the offshore wrecks fishing from the “Lady Louise” out from Courtmacsherry. This was our first charter of the New Year and we were all hoping for good results. The fishing was slow with fish marking but very few takes,the catch consisted of medium pollack and ling.
Mark Gannon
Lady Patricia Aquastar 38'. 370 HP
Lady Louise Aquastar 38'. 370 HP
Address: Woodpoint Guest House, Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 23 46427 or +353 86 8250905
Email: csal@iol.ie Web: www.courtmacsherryangling.ie


Codling in Youghal

Tom Power from Youghal, Co. Cork sent the following report on the cod fishing in recent weeks:

The cod fishing was good, particualrly for small boat anglers, in recent weeks. We fish to an anchor in a very strong incomming tide. All the fish are being caught on peeler crab.

I dont want to reveal the exact area as once the word gets out the fishermen with their nets and the trawlers will move in straight away. All I will say is that we fished inshore and not out deep.

codling
Photo:
Tom Power and a Yougal winter cod.

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Northern Ireland

Hamish Currie reports:

01/01/10

Red Bay charter fishing report

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

congers
Photo: Controlling a fat conger for a photo.

Just before Christmas saw some settled weather allowing us to head to a new location 25 miles north and a good few specimens were caught along with over 50 congers. I lost a good skate. Mackerel were present in good numbers in mid channel but dont know how long it will last as I saw 2 rather large pelagic boats working them... 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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