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01 July 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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SALMON ANGLING

Salmon angling Update


Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:
E-mail: info@fishingireland.net

[30/06/10]

River Fane

Some sea trout have moved into the Fane and there have been reports of small numbers sea trout being taken, mainly on the lower reaches. Better runs of sea trout should enter the river once we have some rain. This should also bring in some salmon but the run is usually much later in the year.

Permits for salmon fishing on the Fane are available from the Dundalk Salmon Anglers, through Island Fishing Tackle, 58 Park St, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: (042) 9386464 Fax: (042) 9335698 Web: www.islandfishingandshooting.com Email: markgswe@gmail.com

Castletown River, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Numbers of sea trout have moved into the Castletown River this week and anglers have been taking advantage this. Conditions are good for sea trout at the moment and there are reports of good sea trout being taken in the Toberona area. Some salmon have also been seen in the estuary.

River Boyne and Tributaries

Water levels have continued to fall in the River Boyne and tributaries over the last week. Sea trout continue to be taken on the fly on the Boyne estuary at Mornington but there has been no big run of sea trout as yet. There are not many salmon showing in the estuary either which would indicate that there has not been a meaningful run of salmon yet into the system. Unlike many rivers around the country, there is still a good flow in the Boyne but additional water is needed and would only help the situation.

River Slaney and tributaries

There are good numbers of anglers fishing the River Slaney at night downstream of Enniscorthy Bridge. Good catches of sea trout up to 1lb in weight have been reported. Anglers fishing the Slaney should note the salmon and sea trout regulations 2010. All fish over 40cms must be returned and only single barbless hooks should be used. There has been a good run of sea trout into the Boro River over the last week. The average size of trout is small averaging half a pound to one pound in weight .The river is being heavily fished at the moment. A smaller number of larger sea trout have also been observed in this small river.

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Southern Region

[30/06/10]

River Blackwater

Fort William Fishery

June was a good month for the fishery and it was also great to see more grilse in as in recent years they did not seem to be as plentiful. Anglers had some good fun for the month, hooking and losing fish. Low water is playing a huge factor in our catches and some big and really small fish have being landed.

Some memorable catches for the month: Fergus Crawford with his 15lb off the Castle beat, Garry Pickett had a 12lb fish off the golf beat, Pat Mullane with his 10lb fish, off the castle, Johnny Bulter with his 8lb fish on fly off the Glenmore beat, Peter Moore with his 10lb of the Castle stream on spinner, and John O'Neill with 9lb fish off the Glenmore beat.

Looking forward now for the month of July as the grilse seem to be coming in bigger numbers so with the weather settling down again prospects are loooking good.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
Email:
info@fortwilliamfishing.net Web: www.fortwilliamfishing.net

Blackwater Lodge Fishery

We had 16mm rain last night. The forecast is for more rain on Sunday. The upper river has risen about 10cm & the lower about 8cm so far. Clarity is about 3-4 feet. The small fresh in the river will hopefully get things moving again very soon.

Quieter in the last week or so compared to the week commencing June 15, when runs of grilse were coming in every day accompanied by some larger salmon as well. We had 19 fish caught for only 22 rod days with a good number of fish lost as well during that week. June 27 one grilse was caught on Lower Kilmurry.

Ian & Glenda Powell
Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery
Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
Tel: 00 353 58 60235     From UK: 0871 474 0135  (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

[30/06/10]

Lough Currane

Catch & Release Sea Trout Competition on Lough Currane

sea trout

Waterville Fisheries Development Group

Annual Catch & Release Sea Trout Competition on Lough Currane

6th & 7th August

To register for the competition please contact Fisheries Manager: Trevor Stafford trevor.stafford@loughcurrane.com or moblie 087 9100906

1st Prize: 19ft lake boat partly sponsored by John Meagher

Places are limited so sign up early !

Lough Currane fishing report

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

25 June Yesterday may have been slack, but at least some boats did see a bit of action today, I start in the trolling department, and first in the striking zone, with a 5lbs grilse were clients, Bob and his Son Mark, from Maine USA, they were fishing with their Gillie Mr. Bob Priestly, in the fly department, the Swiss flag was flying high for Mr. Walter Ruche, when he caught a fine 5lbs Grilse on the fly, in the Commeragh, and finished the day off with a 1.5lbs Sea Trout on the troll, Walter was fishing with his Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly, I asked frank, what was his tip of the day, he replied, don’t leave a good fishing spot, all I can say is, some tip. Now to the Sea Trout department, Mr. Michael Henry of France caught two fine Sea Trout on the fly, ranging from 2 to 3lbs, Michael was fishing with his gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan,
Mr. Ralf Weder from Germany, caught a 1.5lbs Sea Trout, with his Gillie, Mr. neil o'Shea, now to Mr. patsy Quilligan's fish Market, I say this because he caught 12 juniors, six on the fly and six on the troll, and on the evening shift an angler fishing in a hired out boat, caught five Sea trout up to 1.5lbs.Wind SW light to fresh and overcast with light rain coming in late this afternoon.

26 June Lough Currane saw some good action today, and I begin in the Fly department, Mr. Judge Jean-Baptiste of France, fishing out of http://www.butlerarms.com/ caught a fine 6lbs Salmon off the Holly island, with his gillie Mr. Terence Wharton, now to the trolling department, Mr. Ralf Weder of Germany, fishing out of http://www.butlerarms.com/ caught a 6lbs Grilse, with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, the A team were at it again, yes you have it Mr. Dan Sugrue of Tralee and Waterville, caught a fine Grilse on the troll with his Gillie Mr. Brod O’Sullivan, now we head for the Sea Trout department, Mr. Michael Henry of France, fishing out of http://www.butlerarms.com/ again caught two Sea Trout in the 2 to 3lbs class, both were caught on the fly, with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan, and last but not least, Mr. Patsy Quilligan caught two Seatrout on the fly, both fish were just under the 2lbs. Wind SSW fresh to strong and overcast, with the odd heavy shower.

27 June The World Cup, got German Angler’s Mr. Ralf Weder and his is good friend Mr.Achin Heun, up early to go fishing, and I can tell you it wasn’t long before they were celebrating, because they caught a 5lbs Grilse on the troll, with their Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, and they finished the day off by giving England a good thrashing in the world Cup, so congratulations in both departments, staying in the Grilse department, Mr. Michael O’Dwyer, caught a Grilse on the early shift. In the Sea Trout department, there were few boats out, but no reports of any real rod benders, and if there were, those anglers failed miserably in their duties in reporting their catches? News just in Mr. Judge Jean-Baptiste fishing with his Gille Mr. Terence Whartom, caught two Sea Trout,on the fly, ranging from 2lbs to 1.5lbs.

28 June Update, Mr. Martin Lanigan O'Keefe caught a fine 8lbs salmon on the fly on the evening shift.with his gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy
Mr. Judge Jean- Baptiste fishing out of http://www.butlerarms.com/ caught a fresh 5lbs Grilse on the fly, and finished the day off with 3 Sea Trout with his Gillie Mr.Terence Wharton.

29 June Lough Currane was on the slack side, but at least some anglers did see a bit of action, first in the striking zone was Mr. Cooper with 3 Sea trout fishing with his Gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer, and staying in the Seatrout department Mr. Brendan O’Gorman caught a 1.5lbs sea trout with his gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, and in the trolling department Mr. Bob Priestly reported to me that he caught two juniors. Wind West light to calm this morning, light to fresh for the rest of the day, and there was reasonable cloud cover.

30 June Rain drops keep falling, and its about time Lough Currane had some liquid refreshment, and in the words of Mr. Terence Wharton Jnr, the Commeragh is slowly on the rise, and just for the record Mr. Bob priestly was also telling me this evening, that his jam jar had ¾ of a inch of rainfall and still rising. Now to today’s facts as given to me by my Noble anglers, first in the striking zone, a guest fishing with Mr. Neil O’Shea caught one junior, staying in the junior class, Guests fishing with Mr. Michael O’Sullivan, caught four Junior’s, now I head for the Commeragh, where there was some fine action, Mr. Terence Wharton Jnr, caught 3 Sea Trout all in the 2lbs class, and in his words, all on the fly, and all in the Mouth, and a Guest fishing with Mr. Terence Wharton Snr, caught a 6lbs specimen Sea trout, also caught on the fly, in the Mouth of the Commeragh. In the trolling department, Mr. Bob Priestly caught two Juniors, and last but not least, Mr David Wallace and Mr. Tim O’loughlin caught four sea trout from the Junior class up to 1,5lbs fishing with their gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly, and just for the record there were quite a few boats out, and some anglers haven’t recorded their catches, thats if they caught anything . Wind S fresh to strong, and strong enough that some boats left the Lake by lunchtime. Sea Trout on the run, Mr. Frank Donnelly was telling me that last night there was a great run of Sea Trout going through Waterville Bridge, and Frank was also saying, it’s the best they have seen in years, so that is great news.

01 July Where do I begin, I will tell you where, Lough Currane and the trolling department, it was A Father and Son combination of Mr. Ted and Nigel Robertson, that caught 7 juniors with there Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly, now we have a mixture of fly and troll, Mr. Colin James and Mr. Jim Young, caught two Sea Trout on the fly and 7 Sea Trout on the troll, ranging from the junior class up to 2lbs with their Gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer. Now we head up stream to the Commeragh River where it was like Times Square in all departments and for good reason, there was one almighty flood coming down the Commeragh, but that didn’t deter My Noble anglers from catching my Noble Fish, first in the striking zone, Mr. Terence Wharton Jnr caught 3 Sea Trout all in the 2lbs class and lost a fine Salmon, staying with the Commeragh, and catch of the Day goes to Mr. Chris Blackham of Cork, because he caught a fine 9lbs 12ozs Sea Trout on the Black Birds Fancy, and was officially was weighed at the Waterville Angling Centre, after having his sea trout weighed in, Chris headed back to the Commeragh and caught a 7lbs salmon. Wind SW fresh, with reasonable cloud cover, and just for the record Lough Currane was on the dirty side after the big flood.
There was 37.6mm of rainfall yesterday, and the total rainfall for the month of June was 83.9mm

That is your ration 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

River Laune

Beats 1 and 2

2 salmon caught on Beat 2 of the Laune weighing 6lbs and 8lbs.

Laune Anglers and Beat 3

Grilse are still being caught despite the low water conditions. There have been 6 grilse reported for weekend. There was one salmon of 8 lbs caught at Johnston's on Sunday 27th June.

No news of fish from Beat 3 yet it badly needs a few feet of water.
Billy Downes
Laune Anglers Association
web: www.launesalmonanglers.com

KILLARNEY LAKES AND LOUGH LEANE

4 salmon caught averaging 5llbs to 8lbs

RIVER LEE

15 salmon caught on the river Lee

ESB Fishery

No catches to report – water levels still low
Dan
ESB Fisheries
Innscarra, Co. Cork.
Tel: +353 (0)87 9983879

RIVER BANDON

No salmon caught – water levels very low.

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Shannon Region

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

[30/06/10]

River Feale and Smearlagh

30/06/10 Very Low fishing water Weather: Sunny 17.2 deg.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
Web: www.northkerryanglers.com Email: info@northkerryanglers.com

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Western Region

[30/06/10]

Galway Weir

Another good week at the Weir, despite the low water levels. Even in the low water, salmon are continuing to run in good numbers, and fly anglers are having very good sport. There were 93 salmon recorded for the week, the vast majority on fly, with a few taken on shrimp.

Victor McClure from Northern Ireland had 3 grilse on fly, while John Anderson from Moycullen also had 3 on fly, best 6lbs. Peter Lynch from Kildare had 3 grilse to 5.5lbs on fly, while Remy Gateau from France and Ned Cusack from Moycullen both had a grilse each on shrimp. Peter Simpson from Northern Ireland had 2 grilse on fly, as did Paul Nash, also from the North, and Pappy Cotter from Clare. Adrian Murphy from Galway had a fish on fly and one on shrimp, while Sarah Doody from Dublin recorded her first ever salmon fly, a nice 5lbs grilse. Ken Tucker from Carlow had 5 grilse on fly, as did Dave Lenihan from Salthill, and Werner Meckle from Germany landed 8 grilse to 5.5lbs on his annual visit. Phil Donoghue from east Galway had a 5lbs grilse on fly, while Denis Quill from Galway had 2 grilse on fly. Paul McCabe from Kilcolgan had a fine 7lbs grilse on fly, while Colman Counihan from Gort had a 5lbs fish on fly. Finally, young Ben Boland from Kildare landed his first ever salmon, a 6lbs grilse caught on a shrimp.

Connemara

Water levels in Connemara have been at extreme low levels again this week, although a few hours light rainfall on Monday helped freshen things up a little. Good numbers of sea trout are running many rivers despite the low water, while a few grilse are struggling upstream, particularly in Kylemore. A lot of sea trout have been seen running the Erriff over the last few days, with many maiden fish of 2lbs and more among them, fish that have not been seen for many years in the Erriff in such good numbers. At the time of writing heavy rain is falling here, so I hope to be able to write about summer floods in many rivers and fish aplenty next week.

Delphi gets a flood

The drought has finally broken. Nearly two inches of rain fell overnight, ending a run of almost three months without significant rainfall. We now hope for some serious salmon fishing over coming days. And there are lots of sea trout around, too.

The last flood was on Easter Monday (April 5th). We have never seen the river anywhere near as low as it was yesterday, with just a trickle of water that would hardly fill a bath. Rocks were emerging that we didn’t even know existed. While the lovely weather pleased the few tourists that were about, the fishermen had a grim time.

Unsurprisingly, June catches of salmon were little short of disastrous. Indeed it seems miraculous that any were caught at all, given the conditions. In fact, ten were bagged in the month, each one a surprise, bringing the season total to a very modest 68 fish.

Somehow a fresh grilse sneaked in on June 29th and was caught in the Meadow Pool by Reinhard Mittman; weighing just over four pounds, the salmon was sea-liced. There had not been a fish for a week prior to that, the last being a 6-pounder taken by Jonathan Smalley on Doolough on June 22nd. These were the only two salmon caught since my last report.

The fishing is very heavily booked for July, although there will be an extra boat on Doolough for sea trout fishing that will be available on most days at a special price of €150 (€75 per rod). The only rods available on the river or on Finlough are on Saturday 10th (4 rods) and there is a single rod available for July 20/21/22 and one on July 27/28/29, both fishing the normal River/Fin/Doo rotation.

August, too, is very, very busy although there are still some gaps, particularly in the latter part of the month. And September offers reasonable availability, especially in the early part of the month which is traditionally a great time for sea trout.

We are expecting a very good seatrout season – maybe the last one for some time because the local salmon farm has reopened in the estuary.
Peter Mantle
Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296
Web: www.delphi-salmon.com

Kylemore Abbey Fishery

July 1: Massive flood by this morning. Very dirty and almost unfishable.
Plenty of fish to be seen below the weir but few entered during the day. As the water settles we should see a few more fish enter... tomorrow should be good. All the same, one very lean grilse was returned this morning weighing less than a couple of pounds.

June 30: June was the month I was glad to see the back of! A rainless month certainly did not put up our catch records and only one grilse of 4.25lbs was recorded for the entire month. By the last day of the month we were heading into the eighth consecutive week without any rain, but as I compile this report rain is in the offing at last.

The river was at it lowest in forty years and although fish did enter the weir pool below the fish counter, anything over two pound in weight could not pass over the counter crump and the remainder just headed back to sea. At it lowest point, the depth of flow over the fish counter fell to just three quarter of an inch. Surprisingly, the minimum that would allow fish to enter the river was a mere one and a quarter inch. Anything below that depth was a struggle and miraculous feat for the odd fish that did manage to pass.

With the Salmon heading back to sea so many numerous times, it was not unusual to fish return scarred equilaterally on both flanks from near misses and scrapes with Dolphins and Seals. Sea Trout numbers have been good and average sizes much larger than usual, sadly though, poor angling conditions and the lack of anglers as a consequence of the drought, has put paid to any rise in catch numbers.

The fine weather did however allow us to continue further bank clearance and remedial work. About one and a half ton of stone boulders have been piled up in a mound downstream of the Boat Pool deflectors to allow the water to scour away the backlog of silt at the head of the pool. Hopefully this will also be appreciated by a few salmon who may take up residence in it’s strategic position.
Nigel Rush
Kylemore Abbey Fishery
Tel: +353 (0)95 41178 or +353 (0)95 41161
Email: nigelrush@eircom.net Web: http://www.kylemoreabbeyfishery.net

Lough Inagh Fishery

A great flood, thank God.  Sea Trout are entering Inagh one every three minutes.  In Ballinahinch I am told they are entering every 20 seconds.  There is also a massive run of salmon.  The number of fish entering on this flood surpasses anything I have witnessed before.  There is more rain on the horizon and I believe that next week(especially the lake) will produce great bags of fish.
Colin Folan
Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel,
Recess, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland.
Tel: 095 34706 (hotel) 086 8679459 (mobile)
Web: www.loughinaghlodgehotel.ie
Email: inagh@iol.ie

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North Western Region

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

[30 June, 2010]

River Moy

salmon
Photo: Andrew Langdon and Lee Jackson taking part in the Big Brother Big Sisters of Ireland event held at the Cathedral Beat

With the region and Ballina in full preparation for the upcoming Ballina Salmon Festival (2nd-11th July), a Fly Casting Day on the banks of the Moy will be the first of a number of special events organised by The North Western Regional Fisheries Board and will take place at the Point, Quay Road on Saturday the 3rd July, 11.00am-5.30pm. The Casting Day will feature the Irish Open Spey Casting Competition, casting and fly tying demonstrations, free casting tuition, various casting competitions as well as a toddlers’ fishing pool and a bouncy castle. The Board will hold a Juvenile Salmon Angling Day on the Cathedral Beat of the Moy Fishery on Tuesday the 6th July. This day is free and will commence at 8am, however spaces are limited and booking is essential. Please contact the Moy Fishery Office at info@moyfishery.com or call 096 21332 to book a place. An “Evening with Fisheries Experts”, will feature presentations on aspects of fisheries management and angling, which will take place on Friday the 9th July at the Kennedy Glasgow House, Quay Road, Ballina. This event will commence at 7.30pm and again, entry is free. For full details on the Board’s Festival events please see www.northwestfisheries.ie

Angling on the lower Moy continued to improve greatly, with the Community Beat, the Black Banks and the Point all producing salmon. Good numbers of sea trout were taken on the Estuary, along the Ice House and the Black Banks. Sea trout are now being observed in the lower beats, especially at the Spring Wells, which is now also producing salmon, with ten being taken for the week. Among those to have success at the Spring Wells were Harry Hutcheson, Scotland, who landed a salmon of  8lbs and Wayne Lawrenson, Dublin, who had two for the week, with one weighing an impressive 11.3lbs.

The Cathedral Beat and the Ridge Pool are now fishing very well, with the Cathedral Beat yielding twenty-nine and the Ridge Pool, an impressive sixty! On the Cathedral Beat, among those to catch was local lad Andrew Langdon, who, while fishing as part of a “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ireland” event, caught and landed his first ever salmon. Young Leah Calnan also taking part in the event, caught her first ever salmon during the evening session. Anyone interested in volunteering their time over the summer to teach teens the skills of angling should contact the BBBS Project Officer, Louise Tuffy on 096 22012.

Roy Taylor, England, enjoyed his time on the Cathedral beat, landing four to the fly. On the Ridge Pool, Angus McArthur, Scotland, had two as did William Wells, England. However Sean Maye, Sligo, once again had great success on the Ridge, catching a total of four, with his best fish at 9lbs.

Despite the low water conditions, Ballina Salmon Anglers’ Water returned good numbers of fish, with the Mount Falcon, Knockmore and Armstrong Fisheries also providing good angling. Gannon’s also fished well, with Eric Fabre, France catching seven salmon for his week, as did the Foxford Fishery, where another French angler, Fredric Menade had a total of five for his week, the best weighing 8lbs. At Rinanney, great numbers were reported, including one of 9lbs. for Jürgen Babel, Germany. Further upstream, Cloongee fished well with over fourteen reported, as did the East Mayo Anglers’ water, where over thirty were recorded.

Carrowmore Lake

Carrowmore is now yielding some fresh run grilse despite the low water conditions, as well as an average of thirty sea trout per day. Among those who had success was Pat Foley, who caught and returned two salmon. Other successful anglers included Tom Gallagher, Derry, John Long, Dublin, and Eamon Giblin, Clare.

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Northern Region

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

[28/06/10]

River Drowes

The Drowes still remained very low with very bright conditions on most days. However, good numbers of fresh grilse entered the river and are lying in the deep pools at the bottom of the fishery awaiting fresh water and there remains good numbers of fish out in the bay.

Due to the poor angling conditions, only a limited number of rods fished during the week. There were however a few salmon caught by those that did fish. Barry Chew recorded 3 grilse caught on worm on Saturday between the Four Masters & Lennox’s Bridges. Stevie Donaghue recorded a grilse caught on Sunday on a spinner from the Sea Pools.

The forecast for the coming week gives rain for Wednesday. We hope this is significant enough to raise water levels appreciably. If so, fishing from mid week on could be very good.
Shane Gallagher
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Web: www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055.

Lough Melvin

The Lough is still very low. The salmon fishing was very quiet this week despite the sighting of good numbers of fresh grilse earlier in the week. To date I have not heard of any salmon caught.

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

Melvin & Rossinver Fishery
Ruth Mettler
Tel: 071 9841451.

Owenea Fishery

There is no change in the story this week. There was no rainfall and the river remains painfully low with virtually no flow on any pools. The gauge average for the week achieved a new low reading only 0.04 metres! No rods fished for the week and consequently there is nothing to report with regard to fish catches

For info/bookings etc on the Owenea Fishery – Tel: 074 9551141. (9am to 1pm April to May & 7am to 1pm June to Sept).

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TROUT ANGLING

Trout Angling Update


Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:
E-mail: info@fishingireland.net

[30/06/10]

Kells Blackwater

trout
Photo: A lovely Kells Blackwater trout

Eric Bacon from France fished with Pat McLoughlin on the Kells Blackwater recently. Despite the difficult conditions Eric had a lot of fish of around 1 to 1.5 lb. So far this week its been quiet but the blue winged olive is starting to appear.

Trout have not been rising during the day and the evening rise has been disappointing. Anglers have not ventured out much due to the adverse conditions and the small amount of rain made no impression on the water levels. There have been small hatches of blue winged olives but they have been not been strong enough to keep trout feeding consistently.

Additional information about the Kells Angling Club can be found at www.kells-anglers.com

Angling guide Pat Mc Loughlin can be contacted at patandtrina@eircom.net or 086 1017415

River Fane

Like all other rivers on the east coast and around the country, the Fane is in need of water. however. The fishing has become more difficult and there is not much brown trout fishing taking place in the evenings. French anglers visiting Iniskeen in County Monaghan found the fishing very tough and only had a small number of trout. Rain is required to improve water levels.

Details of day permits and memberships are available from the Dundalk Brown Trout Angling Club at www.browntroutanglers.com

Email: info@browntroutanglers.com

For details of guided fishing on the Fane and fly casting tuition Eamonn can be contacted at 086 1242966 or eamonnconwayflyfishing@hotmail.com

Rivers Dee and Glyde

Both rivers are still low and clear at the minute and in need of water. The Glyde is heavily weeded in some areas. There has not been much angling activity reported but trout have been observed feeding on many stretches in the evenings. Mayfly have been observed on the Glyde and spent gnat have been seen in the evenings

River Boyne and Tributaries

Colm Lynch at East Coast Angling reports that there has been reasonable brown trout fishing on the Boyne in the Navan area despite the low clear water conditions. Fishing has been difficult over the last week as the trout are easily spooked. However, there have been reports of some good trout over three pounds in weight being taken in the Navan area. On most evenings over the last week there has been a good evening rise to blue winged olives, (sherry spinners) and later on to sedges. Occasional mayfly are still hatching and spent gnat are still to be seen on some evenings.

Additional information and permits for the Navan waters can be obtained from Colm Lynch, East Coast Angling, Balmoral Industrial Estate, Kells Road Navan, Co. Meath. Tel: 046 9073377 Mobile: 087 2044996 Email: eastcoastangling@gmail.com

Further upstream, Marc O'Regan reports that the River Boyne at Trim is at a level that has not been seen for at least twenty years. The water is low and clear and the bright sunny conditions during the day have made fishing difficult but not impossible. There is a fantastic hatch of blue winged olives on the River Boyne at the minute and the sherry spinner is proving very effective in the evenings. As in the Navan area there has been a late hatch of E.danica which has resulted in some good spent gnat fishing in the evenings. Fishing is difficult with most of the fish now holding in the pools. The best of the fishing has been from 9pm onwards. Marc has fished the Boyne all week and had lots of fish, with several to measuring up to 15 inches. Marcs best trout weighed just over 1.5lbs and was taken on a sherry spinner.

If you fancy spending a day on the Boyne Marc O'Regan can be contacted at crannmor@eircom.net or visit www.crannmor.com

River Slaney

Stephen Byrne reports that anglers are fly fishing the River Slaney for small wild brown trout around Bunclody. Fishing is tough due to the bright sunny weather and the low clear water. There is a good evening rise and the best of the fishing is to be had just before dark.

Ballyhitt Lakes, Wexford

James Pettitt reports that the Ballyhitt fishery has been restocked over the weekend with fish averaging 2lb to 3lb in weight. The newly stocked fish have now settled in and are starting to feed. three members fished on Tuesday evening 29th June and had two fish each all of which weighed around three pounds.If you fancy trying for one of Ballyhitt Fisheries big fish give James a call at 087 6796900.

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Southern Region

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

no report this week - [most recent report 10/05/10]

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South Western Region

no report this week - [most recent report 02/06/10]

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Shannon Region

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

[30/06/10]

Lough Sheelin

Lough Sheelin fished well during the week to week-ending to Sunday June 27th, 2010. Success was dependant on conditions such as wind direction and areas of the lake fished. Hotspots were around Church island and the Stony islands. There were big rises of fish reported. The most favoured choice of flies were the Murrough, spent gnat and small sedges, particularly small dry brown sedges. There were very few anglers out on Sunday June 27th probably due to the windy conditions and also possibly because of a number of football matches there were on locally. The following are the recent catch returns. Please note that most of the fish were released, as is normal policy for L.S.T.P.A. anglers.

June 13th – June 27th: Peter Mc Ardle, Dundalk and Ken Kairns caught 18 fish over 5 days, weights averaged 3lbs - 5¼ lbs. Last Monday June 21st Peter caught 8 fish from 3 - 5¼lbs, released. Most of these fish were caught around the Long Rock area of the lake on a murrough and spent gnat and all were during the evening time.

A visiting angler had the best reported fish of the week at 6½lbs. Michael Kelly had 6 trout on Thursday June 24th, heaviest was 4½lbs, all caught using a small sedge. He had 3 trout on Friday. Gene Brady, Ballinagh had 2 trout of 5lbs and 3½lbs, both caught on a murrough. Cian Murtagh, Cavan had 2 trout of 4lbs and 2lbs on Friday June 25th. Thomas Harton, Kilnaleck, Cavan had 5 trout on June 25th, heaviest 3½ lbs, all caught using a small sedge. Thomas Harton, Kilnaleck, Cavan – 5 trout on June 25th, heaviest 3½ lbs, all caught using a small sedge, all fish were released. John Murphy, Crover had 5 trout on June 24th dry fly fishing using a small brown sedge, heaviest fish was 4lbs. June 25th: He had 3 trout heaviest 3lbs and Saturday June 26th Mr Murphy brought two Dublin anglers out on the lake and they caught 4 fish averaging 2 - 2½ lbs. All of the above fish were released.

Thomas Lynch
L.S.T.P.A.
Mobile: 087 9132033
website www.loughsheelinanglers.ie.

For local updates contact Inland Fisheries Ireland Lough Sheelin Office Tel: 049 4336144

LOUGH O'FLYNN & UPPER RIVER SUCK

Water level on Lough O'Flynn is very low. With the recent breezy and overcast conditions, fishing did improve on O'Flynn. It seems that the trout are no longer feeding on Perch fry, and this is proving more beneficial to the anglers and providing a better chance of fish. Most anglers who reported to us were happy with their catch returns. Dabblers in a range of colours are working well, especially the Silver dabbler. Anglers are reporting a good rise of fish as we write and prospects look promising for the coming week, with more unsettled weather on the way, which is likely to bring cloudier conditions.

Lough Owel

The Leinster Qualifier was fished on Sunday 20th June 2010 – 166 anglers returned 27 fish all over 13 inches. 1st James Fagan, Wicklow, 2nd Carol O’Toole, Dublin, 3rd Martin McCormack. Over two weeks 82 anglers returned 217 fish.

Best Catches: Ken McCarthy, Dublin 5 fish average 1.5 lbs – heaviest 2 lbs – all returned. Two Dublin anglers had 8 fish – heaviest 1.75 lbs – all returned. Barry Lenihan, Mullingar had 9 fish – heaviest 1.75 lbs – all returned. Sean Kirwan, Kildare had 10 fish 1.25 lbs to 1.5 lbs – all returned. Paul Owens and sons, Dublin had 5 fish 1.25 lbs to 1.5 lbs – all returned.

RECREATIONAL ANGLING IRELAND: On Saturday 3rd July next Recreational Angling Ireland will hold fishing instructions for Juvenile Anglers. The venue is Lough Owel Angling centre at Tullaghan, and it’s a 11am- start finishing at 5pm. Qualified instructors will be on hand to give demonstrations on the day. Lough Owel Trout Preservation Association members will also be on hand, and it's an ideal opportunity for young anglers to develop new skills.

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Western Region

[30/06/10]

Lough Corrib

Corrib has seen many trout switch on to perch fry over the last couple of weeks, although good numbers of fish are still being taken on fly. Fry feeding trout are being taken on Dabbler patterns, particularly Silver and Claret Dabblers, with anglers reporting a lot of trout moving on the surface, some boats reporting moving at least 20 fish during the day, with up to 10 landed.

Mike McCarthy and Conor Lewis from Antrim fished wetfly over 2 days and landed 9 trout for approx. 16lbs, best 3.75lbs, and also several more smaller fish that they didn’t count. All fish were returned safely. Bernard Lawlor and J. Taylor from Meath had 11 trout over two and a half days, best 4,5lbs, all caught on wetfly and all returned. T. Stanley from Tipperary had 5 trout over 3 days to wetfly, all released, while Bob Armstrong from Dublin landed 5 fish over 4 outings on the troll, with the best fish weighing in at 9.5lbs. Frank Reilly fished wetfly for one day and caught and released 4 trout.

I have also heard reports of boats catching good numbers of trout on dapped crickets and daddy-long-legs, particularly further south on the lake. Sedge hatches in the evening should be bringing up a few fish too, and the hardy early risers can expect good sport on Caenis patterns at ungodly hours of the morning!

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North Western Region

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

[30/06/10]

Lough Conn

Angling on Lough Conn remained unpredictable, yet productive for some, with trout still being taken on Mayflies, dry Bumbles and various other dry fly patterns. Out of Kelly’s Boat Hire, Cloghans, Jack Gillespie, Belfast, and Padraig Kelly had two trout each on dry Mayflies, totaling 5lbs. Bill Coughlan and boat partner also had two each on dry Bumbles for a total of 6lbs. In north Conn at the Black Rocks, Peter Byrne also had success with Mayflies, boating three trout with his best at 3.5lbs, while at Bog Bay, John Warren, Crossmolina had one 1lbs trout.

Castlebar Angling Club recently held its Juvenile Angling Competition, with twelve competitors taking part. First place went to Christopher Finnerty, Knockmore with a trout of 1.75lbs and in second place was Kevin Gallagher, Knockmore, with a trout of 1.25lbs. 

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Northern Region

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

[30/06/10]

Lough Melvin

The trout fishing was variable this week. Angling during the day was poor. The best of the fishing was for sonaghan in the evenings with fish not moving until after 9pm on many evenings when anglers recorded some fair catches. The fishing picked up on Saturday when Garrison hosted one of the Ulster Championship rounds. 44 anglers fished the competition and there were good numbers of sonaghan caught. The competition was won by Stevie Ellis, Bangor with 5 fish. In second place was Trevor Jones, Movilla with 6 fish. In third place was Thomas Lynch (L.S.T.P.A.) with 5 fish. In fourth place was Brian Russel, Dromore with five fish and in fifth place was Paul McCardle, Castleblaney with 4 fish.

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Loughs Agency area

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

[27/06/10]

Cashel Trout Fishery

Small dries and a few nymphs have come into play at Cashel this weekend giving anglers excellent sport.  Dr Billy Mc Cleery (Limavady) bagged two trout weighing 5lb 6ozs while Maghera’s Jimmy Norton bagged two and released one which took a daddy.  Jude O’Kane (Dungiven) released one while Derry’s Jason Wilson bagged took which took a wee hare’s ear.  Billy Hazlett (Derry) lost four in total which fell to black spiders.  Dungiven’s John Hasson and Martin Bradley released four and three trout respectively using the f-flies and small parachutes.  Fiontain O’Doherty and Eugene O’Hara (Greysteel) released one trout each which took bloodworms.  Derry’s James Mc Feely bagged four weighing 12lb 9ozs which took a griffith’s gnat.  Dungiven’s James Granleese hooked and lost one on Sunday evening.  Denis Sweeney and Eugene Mc Auley (Kilrea) bagged one each weighing 2lb 5ozs and 2lb 8ozs using a pheasant tail nymph.
Well done to all!
Marlene
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email: casheltrout@hotmail.com  Website: www.cashellakeview.com

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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:
E-mail: info@fishingireland.net

[30/06/10]

Dublin and Kildare

Good tench fishing has also been reported on the Grand and Royal canals. Unfortunately, no details on specific location's are available.

Cavan and Monaghan

Good tench fishing has been reported on lakes in the Carrickmacross area. No details have been provided on specific venues but Ballyho and the Brothers lake would be would a cast.

Lough Muckno continues to fish well for hybrids, roach and skimmers in all areas.

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Southern Region

[29/06/10]

Carlow Junior fully Sponsored by Major European company

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Photo: Lewis Parr landed a huge sponsorship package from Trapper

Through carefull negotiations with major European Distribution company Traper based in Carlow under the banner of Fishing Masters Ltd. a local fishing tackle supplier and River Patrol head co-ordinator Gerry mc Straw in Graiguecullen has managed to get a local junior angler fully sponsored with a full kit out of angling equipment worth several thousand euro.

This comes as a first as no Junior angler has in the history of Coarse Angling in Ireland has been sponsored to such an extent. Not only did Michael and Mark from Fishing Masters Ltd. sponsor young Lewis Parr from Graiguecullen, they also gave the same package to the Carlow Coarse Angling Club Chairman Gerry mc Straw and Vice-Chairman Neville Martin in recognition of their good work (even under threat) on the River Patrol and indeed the Carlow club's dedication to ensuring that the river Barrow is a safe and clean destination for all to enjoy. This comes on the eve of Ireland coming fourth in the World Coarse Angling Championship with several section wins and a silver medalist in the overall World Championship for Cathal Hughes from Galway.

At last Coarse Angling is being recognised as an up and coming sport in the country, for years we have been listening of tales of poaching in the rivers and people saying what is there in Carlow? Well the answer is there and has always been there on your door step. Through-out Europe and indeed the world, Coarse Angling is big business as regards visiting anglers from over-seas so why aren't local business's advertising angling holidays? Visitors need somewhere to eat, sleep and of course their wifes need to go and sample the shops says Gerry mc Straw (Chairman) of the Carlow Coarse Angling Club, We need to get the youngsters and adults involved to train and coach them and we have a dedicated committee and open membership, all are welcome to join the club irregardless of thier Nationality, Gender, Race, Creed, Religion or Social standing or other.

If you require any information regarding fishing in the local area or indeed wish to report poaching on the River Barrow please do not hesitate to contact Gerry on 085 2844566 or e-mail gerrymcstraw@yahoo.ie

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South Western Region

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

No report this week - [most recent report 16/06/10]

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Shannon Region

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

[30/06/10]

Longford and Strokestown

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Photo: 2 Ian & Ralph from Liverpool with there 200lb catch.

Ian & Ralph from Liverpool who also featured in last week's report finished their holiday with some great catches of Bream and Hybrids. The last two day's produced over 300lb of mainly Bream. They were up and out the door by 03:45 and fishing by 04:30 to beat the bright and hot weather conditions. Prebaiting the swim for two consecutive nights they were able to produce Bream to 6lb. Feeder produced most fish however host Kevin did have ago on the wagler which did produce Bream to 4lb and some very good Roach to a 1lb, Kevin said the lads changed there approach due to the conditions and it paid off for them and they are looking forward to another trip next year.

Fishing in and around Longford has been very good despite the hot and bright weather, catches have been between 40lb and 200lb with some days better than others. Water levels are still very low and I think we could do with some rain to improve oxygen levels and to freshen up the water in places that are really low. At time of writing this temperatures are lower and with a good rain full this encourage the fish to have a good feed, tune in next week to see what has been going on.
Kevin Lyons, 
MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE,
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email:
  info@melviewlodge.com Web: http://www.melviewlodge.com

Banaghar

The river conditions are better than of late with the slight change in the weather. The Shannon fished well on the banks of Esker, good Bream catches , fish to 5lbs. Prospects look better, fish are finished spawning.
Ray Duthie
Old Forge Banagher
Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER
Tel: 057 9151504. Email: kmduthie2@eircom.net

River Suck Valley

Water levels on the River Suck are very low as we write. The coarse fishing has been quite good, but mainly small fish. From Thursday to Saturday, proved difficult due to the sunny and hot conditions. A group of anglers from Norfolk enjoyed steady catches in the Glinsk area. One angler reported the venue as teeming with fish. They had Tench to 3.5lbs and lots of small Roach and hybrids.

Further local info contact Mr John Ryan, Assistant Fisheries Inspector Tel: 094 96 40103 Mob: 087 2536064 and John Devaney, Assistant Fisheries Inspector, Roscommon for the lower River Suck 087 2266735

Mullingar Coarse Anglers

Lukas Goraus topped the recent match competition on the Royal Canal here in Mullingar. Ned O'Reilly of Gaybrook finished 2nd, with Martin Quinn taking 3rd spot. David O'Malley sponsored the prizes which included a top match pole. I was in with David last weekend and the shop is packed with eye-catching angling gear. Check it out.

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Western Region

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

[01/07/10]

Galway Man Takes Silver Medal in World Championships

Galway man Cathal Hughes crowned a magnificent week for Irish coarse angling by taking the individual silver medal at the World Championships held in Spain last weekend. Cathal, who has been a star of the Irish match angling scene for many years now, was joined by clubmate Rory Dunne on the Irish team for the event, a great achievement for the Galway coarse angling club. The Irish team also achieved their highest ever placing, finishing just out of the medals in 4th place. No doubt major celebrations are planned for the homecoming later this week!

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North Western Region

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

no report this week - [most recent report 16/06/10]

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Northern Region

Alice Murtagh reports:
E-mail:northfisheries@eircom.net 

[01/07/10]

Cavan coarse fishing round up

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Photo: Michael Wrobel and a mate fish report great fishing in Co. Cavan. An early morning session produced 4 lovely tench the biggest one 4.59lb and a beautiful bream of 5.64lb.

Gulladoo

George Webb bagged a big bag of Tench on Gulladoo some weighing up to 5lb. He also fished Tully Lake and bagged 70lb of fish including some big Bream, Roach and Tench. Kevin Best fished Hollybank and bagged 44lb. and 63lb. He also fished Corfree and bagged 73lb of fish while Kevin's Shore at Point 82lb.

Killeshandra

Some anglers staying in the Killeshandra area did some night fishing on Town Lake and bagged 21 Bream average weight 5lb. They had a 4 am start each day and report good bags of fish each day.

Some other anglers who fished Carr's Lake, Tully Lake and Town Lake report good bags of fish including Tench, Rudd and big Hybrids. Early morning fishing proving best time to fish.

Cootehill

Local anglers fishing the Cootehill area report good mixed bags of fish on all lakes with plenty of big Bream showing. Good Tench fishing is reported on Bolganard, Corgar and Drumlonan, again early morning providing the best time for catches.


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Northern Ireland

[23/06/10]

Lisnaskea Water Festival Angling competition

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Photo: Main prize winners at the Lisnaskea Water Festival 2010. Gordon (white T shirt) collects the Albert Broomhead Memorial Cup from Damien Broomhead.

32 anglers took part in the Third annual Lisnaskea Water Festival Angling competition on the Rosslea Lakes, over the weekend. Anglers were fishing for over £2,000 in prize money and the Albert Broomhead memorial cup, on this well sponsored two day event.

Day one saw Gordon Williams (Florence court) catch over 200 fish for 15.630Kgs from peg 6 at Killyfole Lake. Runner up was Keith Murphy (Enniskillen) on Killyfole peg 5 with 8.050Kgs, third was Nick Harrison (Arva) on Inver Peg 18 with 7.550Kgs. Day one saw a total catch of over 120Kgs with 14 anglers catching over 4Kgs.

Day two again saw Killyfole Lake produce the winning weight with Neil Mazurak (Cootehill) winning on Peg 4 with 13.250Kgs. runner up was Nick Harrison on Drumacritten peg 12 with 8.800Kgs with John Barr (Lurgan) third on Inver peg 8 with 8.250Kgs. Again almost 120Kgs of fish were caught on day two with 14 anglers again catching over 4Kgs.

The overall results were also very close with Gordon Williams winning the £400 first prize with a 20.290Kgs total. Nick Harrison was second on a total of 16.350Kgs, with Neil Mazurak third with 15.150Kgs. Prize money was paid down to eighth place and almost 12Kgs total weight was required to win an overall prize.
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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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Shannon Region

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

[30/06/10]

Smaller pike but plenty of sport in Longford

Eddy and Ivan from Holland were over on there first Pike fishing trip to Melview Lodge in Longford, there trip produced lots of Pike to around 15lb with some bigger one's lost. Kevin said both Eddy and Ivan enjoyed there trip and are planning to returning next year.

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Photo: Eddie Holland and one of his pike

Pike fishing has been good however there seems to be a lot of smaller fish to 15lbs showing, weeks past have seen Pike to over 20lbs caught but the bright and hot conditions along with low water levels have not helped. At time of writing things have cooled down a little so we will see what happens.
Kevin Lyons, 
MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE,
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email:
  info@melviewlodge.com Web: http://www.melviewlodge.com

Lough Ennell

I had a cracking few days on Ennell last week catching super Perch and quite a few small pike. It’s all looking good for the family day out on Sunday July 4th. Last week Jay Schoenfarber of Lrvington New York boated his first Ennell pike. Not a monster but Jay is back in September, and looking forward to hooking up with a huge Midland Monster pike. On the Perch scene my daughter April was in Perch catching mode last Friday and boated some beautiful coloured Perch. Our Perch adventure will be featured this week on our site. Plus a rod test worth checking.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer
Mobile: 087-2797270.
Web: www.midlandangling.com

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:
E-mail: info@fishingireland.net

[30/06/10]

Co Louth Coastline

Bass have been taken on lure, fly and bait along the Louth coastline over the last week from Cooley to the Boyne Estuary. Small numbers of mackerel are also been taken in the north Louth area but fishing is far from consistent. Good numbers of tope have also been recorded from Dundalk Bay.

Greater Dublin and Wicklow Area

Cormac Louth fished at the Kish in the last few days and had some nice catches of ray and tope. Mackerel are still scarce along this stretch of the east coast. but some have been taken at Poolbeg. Bass are being taken at many locations from north Wicklow to Wexford. Some nice fish have been reported at Brittas and Ennereilly. Smoothhound fishing has been good at Kilgorman.

Wexford Area

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Photo: Josie and a 5lb 2oz mullet.

Josie Mahon fished for mullet at Ballyteigue Bay on Tuesday evening 29th June.There was a light south westerly breeze and Josie was fishing a bread bait on a bubbble float. After a strong take by the mullet Josie played the fish for ten minutes and after several strong runs landed a superb fish which weighed in at 5lbs 2ozs.

The charter boats in Kilmore Quay are producing good catches of mixed species at the moment. An outing with Paul Bates last week produced good catches for Pat Doherty, William Walshe, Betty Hayes, Karen Duisky and Kieran Caffrey. Species caught included, cod, codling, flatfish, wrasse and gurnard.

Bass fishing had slowed in the last week due to the neap tides but is starting to pick up again as the the tides begin to build. Ken Dodd from Bunclody ahd a nice bass at St Helens in the last few days.

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:
enquiries@srfb.ie

no report this week - [most recent report 27/04/10]

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South Western Region

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

[30/06/10]

Cork Harbour angling reports

Blue shark blitz for Cobh SAC

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Photo: Danny Kane with one of 10 blue sharks caught during a 3 hours session.

Members of Cobh SAC availed of the recent settled weather and targeted the Blue Shark off Cork Harbour this week. Fishing the grounds south of the Ling Rocks they had some hectic action. Over a three hour session they managed to land 10 blue shark to five rods but lost 4 more. On several occassions they had double hook ups, which made for some interesting maneuvering onboard. The smallest of the shark weighed 50 lbs, with the biggest going to 100lbs. For the full report see http://www.cobhsac.blogspot.com/.

If you're interested in fishing for blue shark, all the charter skippers in the Cork Harbour Angling Hub do specialise in shark fishing. Here are their contact details:

Speciamen coalfish

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Photo: Sandra O' Shea with her 18.5lb coalfish

Cobh SAC held the first of their Master Boat Angler competitions this Saturday. Fishing aboard the Naomh Cartha, club member, Sandra O' Shea, had this fine specimen coalfish. The fish weighed 20lbs when landed, but when weighed 6 hours later, on a certified scales, it came in at 18.5lbs. Still a fine fish though. The fish was caught on one of Ger Keohane's marks east of the Pollack Rock and is an excellent fish for a reef caught fish. For a full report read here http://www.cobhsac.blogspot.com/. Cobh SAC are holding three more Master Angler comps. Anyone is welcome to fish them. If you are interested please contact Club Secretary, Mary Geary, on 021 - 4812167. The Club also run the Annual International Deep Sea Angling Festival in Sept. This year the prize fund for this event has been increased to €7,500 of which €2,000 is in cash.

10 blue sharks in a day for Tigger

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Photo: Sylvester Dulak with a 90lb blue shark, the biggest on the day.

On a beautiful barmy summers day, Sunday 20th June, 5 guys booked a Shark Fishing trip aboard TIGGER. Setting ourselves up on a perfect drift about 15 miles south west of Castletownbere, the rubby trail had only been going for about half an hour when the first Blue Shark run was on.

After a ten minute battle, Rafi Zimmny from Poland landed the first Blue at 59lb, and his first Shark ever, during the day, Rafi landed another at 48lb later in the day. The second Blue went to Peter Lynn from Scotland at 89lb, Peter also caught the last of the ten shark, a small female at 32lb. The third Blue went to Sylvester Dulak from Poland at 90lb, His first Blue Shark ever, what a fish!!!!, this was his only Blue of the day, but it turned out to be the largest.

Sean Lynn from Scotland was next with a Blue of 59lb, Sean went on to catch two others at 68lb and 78lb. Colin Thornley caught the fifth Blue of the day at 38lb, Colin landed one other Blue at 85lb.

All Shark were tagged for the Central Fisheries Board and released. Towards the end of the day we had upto three Blues around the boat at any one time and it is clear to see that this Shark season could be very interesting indeed!!!! We did a bit of ground fishing as well during the day and lots of Whiting and Haddock were caught, Best Haddock was 4lb 3oz caught by Sean.

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Photo: Dave Finney and a 40lb conger

During the previous week a group of Anglers from the UK did a spot of Congering. Between five rods we ended up with 29 Conger in total with the best estimated at 35 to 40lb caught by Dave Finney from Suffolk UK. With the fine settled weather, all types of fishing have been very good and i can confidently say that should the weather continue to behave, i think we will have a season to remember, famous last words!!!
tight lines
John Angles
Tigger Pro-charter Offshore 31. 330 HP
Inches House and Resaurant, Eyeries, Castletownbere, Co. Cork.
Tel: +353 (0)27 74494 or +353 (0)86 3983586
Email: info@irelandseaangling.com Web: www.irelandseaangling.com

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Shannon Region

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

[30/06/10]

Huge six gill shark off the Clare coast

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Photo: A huge six gill shark of 4.5 to 5 metres long and about 450 to 500 kg

I had a group of German fisherman in over the last week and with mostly fine weather we had a great week. Their trip started off with one of those days, 10 miles off Loop head, where the calm sea sparkles under a perfect blue sky and the wonderful coast line from the Dingle peninsula to the cliffs of Moher is a perfect back drop while steadily catching a range of fish, including Ling, Pollack, Cod and Haddock.

Over the rest of the week we varied the fishing areas and had a day in the estuary where we targeted the Tope and also tried out some Ray fishing. The Tope are still obliging and we had good fishing at the right stage of the tide. The Rays proved harder to get with only a mark off Querrin yielding a Thornback of 9lbs. Doggies were on the prowl however.

Out at sea we did some more fishing on the drift and some fishing at anchor for Conger, of which we had some to about 25lbs.

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Photo: The six gill shark approaches the boat.

On Saturday, which was the last day of these lads trip, the weather was starting to change with a freshening southerly breeze. With these conditions I had decided to head north from Loop Head and take advantage of some shelter from the land. The lads wanted to do some mixed fishing on the drift but with the freshening wind the drift was getting very fast and it was hard to keep the hooks fishing on the bottom. So I decided to anchor up in 60 metres of water at a good mark. We had some nice steady fishing and then one of the lads called Helmut Lieutenant had a heavy bite. Fishing with 30lb line on a 20lb rod he made no progress and the line eventually parted. With a sign of a good fish about I rigged him an 80lb rod with a heavy trace and a good lump of Mackerel bait. With in 15 minuets the fish had taken this bait and once Helmut put on the pressure with the 80lb gear we knew we were into something big. After a struggle that went on for an hour and a half we were not at all surprised to see that Helmut had hooked into a Six Gilled shark of similar size to others that have been caught from this boat. This shark was about 4.5 to 5 metres long and going on the shark we had last year I would say about 450 to 500 kg. It was very lively at the surface and while we held it getting some good photos and film it at one stage rammed the stern of the boat breaking one of my trim tabs! After a good shake of his head the trace finely parted and the shark swam off. So good memories for this group to bring home.

On Sunday the wind had freshened some more and I did a day trip in the estuary. The fishing was very slow with unfortunately no Ray and just some small Whiting and Doggies to report. We did however get a few mackerel as far up as Carrig Island.
Luke Aston
Clare Dragoon, LOCHIN 366, 650HP.
Carrigaholt Co. Clare  
Telephone: +353 65 9058209 or +353 87 6367544
Email: lukeaston@eircom.net  Web: www.fishandstay.com

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Western Region

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

no report this week - [most recent report 16/06/10]

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North Western Region

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

[23/06/10]

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Northern Region

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

[01/07/10]

Rosguill get its first skate of the year

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Photo: Tom Etman with his 95lb skate.

95 Pound male Common Skate for Dutch angler, Ton Etman. First this year – on 3rd day trying!
Michael McVeigh
Rosguill 43' Aquastar. Twin 310 HP
Downings, Co. Donegal.
Telephone: +353 74 9155080
Email: info@rosguill.com Web: www.rosguill.com

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