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Irish Angling Update

08 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

[07/07/10]

River Slaney and tributaries

Rain at the weekend saw good numbers of sea trout moving up the Slaney river. Angling guide Willie O’Connor had 4 visitors fishing on Sunday 4th July, good high water conditions saw 60 sea trout being caught and returned in the Ballycarney area, up to 1lb in weight.

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.

Stephen Byrne reports that there has been a good run of sea trout into the Boro River over the last week. Rain over the weekend helped to move the fish into the system and the average size of sea trout being caught is half to three quarters of one pound in weight. This area is being heavily fished particularly by juveniles.

The Urrin river is fishing well, particularly around the Kiltrea bridge area. Up to 12 anglers are fishing here for sea trout mostly at night time. Similarly the Sow River has reported good catches of sea trout up to 1lbs in weight being caught and released.

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Southern Region

[30/06/10]

River Blackwater

Blackwater Lodge Fishery

July has started off well after a small fresh in the river on the 2nd. Seven grilse have been caught for 6 rod days in the three days from July 2-4. On July 6 3 grilse were caught for 2 rods.

Even though the river is very low, the clarity is good and runs of larger grilse (4-5lb.) are coming in. There is more rain forecast during the week, so the prospects of sport for the coming week are quite good. Very small flies, light worming & spun shrimp are working best, though fish are also being met on spinner.
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.

2/7/10 Cork Angler Tim O’Connor caught a fine lightening fresh Grilse on The Butler Pool, now we head down Stream, to Lough Currane, where there was some good action, I will start in the Mouth of the Commeragh, there were two Grilse caught on the fly by the Prince, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan of www.Vincentsfishing.com and the action didn’t stop there, because Mr Bill Rushby, caught a fine 8lbs salmon and a Grilse on the fly, now we go to the trolling department, Mr. Jamey Bomford, caught a fine grilse and four Sea Trout, with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com also in good form with four juniors, were clients, fishing with Mr. Frank Donnelly of www.lakelandshouse.com now for a mixture of fly and troll Mr. Colin James and Mr. Jim Young caught 3 Sea Trout, one of which was caught on the fly. Clients, fishing with Mr. Vincent Appleby caught two Juniors and lost a salmon on the troll, also in good form was Mr. Brian Macnaughton with two Sea trout caught on the fly, ranging from 1.5lbs to 2lbs. Now to the hired out boat department. Darren O’Sullivan fishing out of www.Lakelandshouse.com caught 7 Sea trout ranging from Junior class up to 1.5lbs and also caught a fine Brown Trout 1.¾ lbs Now we head across the Lake to the north side, where Donegal Angler, Mr. Michael Bonner, caught a fine 7.5lbs Sea Trout, fishing in a hired out boat from Waterville boats and @ watervilleboats@gmail.com now we head up steam to the Commeragh River where there was a fine Salmon caught by Mr. Kevin Brain of the Waterville Angling Centre and of www.kbfishingireland.com also in good form on the Commeragh River was Mr. Avulak Hitmiangsong, supreme commander and head Chef of the Huntsman restaurant. now we head further upstream, in the words of Mr. Paul Hayland. Hello Vincent, you brought me luck! I met you in the tackle shop on Friday morning on the way to Derriana. I Caught a half a dozen Juniors, two Sea Trout to lbs, two Brownies to 2 lbs and a Grilse to top it off. Day of days!!! Amount of rainfall 3.4mm, 17.6c.

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Photo: Mr. Jamie Bomford and his 6.5 lb specimen Sea Trout.

3/7/10 Mr. Colin James, caught a fine 5lbs Grilse and his good friend Mr. Jim Young caught two Sea trout, ranging from 2 to 3lbs fishing with their Gillie Mr Mike O’Dwyer, now for a mixture of fly and troll, first to the fly, Mr. Jamey Bomford caught a fine 6.5lbs Specimen Sea Trout on the fly and caught 6 juniors on the troll with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, staying in the Sea Trout department Mr. Brian Mcnaughton caught a fine 2lbs Sea trout on the fly, Mr Gerry O’Sullivan, caught a fine Grilse on the troll, Mr. Jimmy Young and Mr. Ted Robertson caught four Sea Trout on the fly with their Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly, in the hired out boat department and of www.Lakelandshouse.com Mr. Nick Bell and his good friend caught 6 Sea trout, ranging from the junior class up to 2lbs, and staying in the hired out boat department, Mark caught 6 Sea trout on the drift, ranging from, juniors up to 2lbs, now head up stream to the Commeragh River, Mr. Mike Teahan, caught four Sea trout, staying with the Commeragh, Huntsmen Chef, Mr. Jo O’Dwyer caught a fine Grilse. Wind SW fresh and overcast with the odd light shower, amount of rainfall 0.2mm, 17.5c.

4/7/10 Lough Currane was on the wild side this morning, but it didn’t deter anglers from pontificating, and first in the striking zone, with two Juniors caught on the fly, were Mr Mark O’Halloran and Mr. Pat Kennedy, fishing out of www.Lakelandshouse.com and staying with Lakelands, clients fishing with their Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly, caught 9 Juniors on the fly. Now for a mixture of fly and troll, Greg and Martin Sutton of the UK caught four Juniors, 3 on the fly, 1 on the troll, Mr. Colin James caught a 2lbd Sea Trout and Mr. Jim Young, caught a 4lbs Sea Trout and finishrd the day off with a 3lbs Sea Trout, both Anglers were fishing with their Gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer, Kilkenny Angler, Mr. Tom Nugent caught one sea trout on the fly with his Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy, Now we head for the Commeragh, Mr. Terence Wharton Jnr caught a 6lbs Grilse. Wind SW fresh to strong and over cast, with the odd light shower. That is your ration for this week, from your Gillie/Guide and the Waterville Fishery. No Spin No Fly’s just facts.

5/7/10 Mr. Leslie Sheil, caught 3 fine Sea trout on the fly, ranging from the junior class up to 1.5lbs and his Son Brian caught a fine Brown trout, also caught on the fly, fishing with their Gillie Mr. Vincent Appleby, now we head for the Mouth of the river, Kilkenny angler Mr. Tom Duggan caught 3 fine Sea Trout on the fly and his Grandson Mr. Tom Nugent caught one Sea trout, ranging from the Junior class up to 2.5lbs, both anglers were fishing with their Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy, Colin and James caught 4 Sea trout, with their Gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer, In the hired out boat department, Mr. Phil McCarthy caught 2 Juniors on the drift, staying with the junior class Mr. Jamey Bomford caught for Juniors, with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, Cork angler Mr. Liam Ellis caught a fine 2.5lbs Sea Trout on the drift, and last but not least, Guests, caught four Sea trout on the fly, with their Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly. Wind NW light to fresh and veered NNW for a while this evening

6/7/10 Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy, has informed me that his clients, Mr. Tom Duggan and Mr. Tom Nugent, also caught a Grilse, in the mouth of the Commeragh.
Lough Currane was on the wild side, so I will start on the Butler Pool, Mr. Steven Duffy, caught a 6lbs Grilse on the fly with his Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan, staying with the famous Butler Pool and of http://www.watervillegolflinks.com/ Mr. Tom Corcoran caught a fine Grilse. Now we head upstream to Lough Currane, there was a strong Southerly wind and at times veered SE, but this didn’t deter anglers heading out, to catch my noble game fish, Mr. Brian Sheil, caught a fine 1.5lbs Sea Trout and 1 Brown Trout, and his Father, Leslie caught a couple of Juniors, all were caught on the troll on the south side of the lake, with their Gillie Mr. Vincent Appleby, now we head to the north side to the Commeragh, Mr Tom Duggan and his Grandson Mr. Tom Nugent, caught 4 Sea Trout, 3 in the 2lbs class and one Junior, all caught on the fly, with their Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy, now for a mixture of fly and troll, Mr. Anthony Buckley, caught 5 Sea Trout, 4 on the troll and 1 on the fly, with his gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea, staying in the trolling department, Mr. Don Thomson and Mr. Dom Franklin, fishing with their gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, caught two juniors on the troll, and Last but not least Mr. James Henchey of the UK caught one Sea trout on the troll, with his gillie Mr. Bob Priestly. And on the weather front it was overcast with light rain all morning and got quite heavy at lunch time.

7/7/10 There was some fine Sea trout action, both on the fly and the troll. I will start with the troll, clients, fishing with there Gillie Mr. Vincent Appleby, caught 3 sea trout, ranging from the junior class up to 1.5lbs, now for a mixture of fly and troll, Mr. Don Thomson and Mr. Don Franklin, fishing with their Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, caught four Sea Trout, two on the fly and two on the troll, all in the Junior class, staying with the troll, clients fishing with their Gillie Mr Bob Priestly also caught two Juniors on the troll, clients fishing with their Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea, caught for Sea Trout, again a mixture of fly and troll, Mr. Rob Wasmuth of the UK and Waterville, caught 5 Juniors on the fly and 1 Junior on the troll with his Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan. Now to the total fly department, Kilkenny anglers, Mr. Tom Duggan and Mr. Tom Nugent caught 4 Juniors in the Mouth of the Commeragh, with their Gillie Mr Dominic Mc Gillicuddy. Just for the record there were a good few Boats out on Lough Currane and I would be very surprised if they didn’t see some action. Now we head out of Laugh Currane, and up to the Commeragh River, Cork Anglers caught four Sea Trout, in the 2 to 3lbs class, on the fly, Staying with the Commeragh, Mr. Mike Teahan of Waterville caught a Grilse. Wind W then veered SW late this afternoon, bright and sunny, but there was reasonable cloud cover at times.

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

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Shannon Region

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

[07/07/10]

River Feale and Smearlagh

06/07/10 Water: Low water fishing Weather: Overcast, some light rain14.5 deg
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
Web: www.northkerryanglers.com Email: info@northkerryanglers.com

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Western Region

[07/07/10]

Rain at last in Connemara, and reports from fishery managers, like the fish, have been flooding in. Heavy rain last Wednesday night brought good spates to most rivers, and with the rain large numbers of salmon and sea trout started to enter rivers. Fishing has taken off, and frequent showers since then have kept levels topped up, ensuring fresh fish can run whenever they like, and making for perfect angling conditions.

Erriff River

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Photo: Greg Forde sportingly returns an 11.5lb salmon to Erriff.

James Stafford reports from the Erriff with great news on the sea trout front, with sea trout in excellent condition to 2.5lbs returning to the Erriff in great numbers. A total of just over 1,500 sea trout have passed through the fish counter since early June. The best run was on a spate on the 30th, with 491 fish through the counter in one day. It is wonderful to see so many fish with virtually no sea lice returning to the Erriff – this is something we have not seen for many years. With good water conditions grilse have started to run in encouraging numbers with 51 fish passing through the counter in one day.

On the angling front Mr. C. Hanna, N. Ireland caught 5 fresh run grilse and released 6 sea trout, best 1.5lbs. Fishery Manager James Stafford caught 2 well conditioned sparkling grilse on a Cascade also on Beat 9. Paddy Gargan caught a fresh run grilse also on a Cascade. Water conditions were good on the 2nd of the month and Jim Robson caught a 5.75lbs grilse in the Falls Pool on a Shrimp pattern – Mr. Leslie Lyons caught 2 grilse also on Beat 9, and Donovan Brinklow caught 3 fresh grilse from Beat 9 on a Cascade.

Mr. H. Jamison, N. Irl. took 1 from the Garden Pool and Dr. B. Maloney, Loughrea caught one in the Coronation Pool. Another sparkling fresh grilse of 5lbs was caught later in the evening on an Erriff Green & Gold, while Mr. A. Caffrey, Athy, caught a fresh run 6lbs grilse in the Falls Pool and lost another fish of about 8lbs, both on a Pot Bellied Shrimp pattern.

There was a 2 metre spate on the 4th and the river did not fine down until late afternoon - local anglers Michael Wade and Peter Joyce took fresh grilse from Beat 6 and Beat 9.  A Yellow Alley was successful for  Greg Forde who landed a fresh run 11.5lbs salmon in the Garden Pool, the heaviest fish so far this year.
On the 5th of July Mick Vincent took two grilse straight in off the tide on a Black Shrimp.

At the time of writing this report on the morning of the 6th it is starting to rain and it looks like we will have another spate. Rods are available on the river for the next few weeks with accommodation also available at Aasleagh Lodge. Tel. 095 42252 or email erriff.fish@iol.ie for details.

Lough Inagh

Colin Folan from Lough Inagh reports that anglers’ prayers were answered and we have had a great flood with plenty of fish passing through the fishery. A lot of fish are now in Lough Inagh. The anglers have been mostly concentrating on the salmon. There is a great number of sea trout being caught by anglers at the moment on both lake and river.

On Friday, Colin Folan fished the Derryclare Butts and landed 1 fish  of 5.25lbs on a Cascade, while Ronan Creane from Roundstone fished Lough Inagh and had 1 fish for 4.75lbs on an Alexandra. On Saturday the 3rd, Michael Heery from Dublin fished Inagh and landed 1 fish of 4.5lbs on a Green Peter. Patrick Harendza from Germany had a salmon of 4.5lbs at the Glendallogh Butts on a Foxford Shrimp. The following day Andrea Casey from Galway landed a salmon of 5.5lbs from the Glendallogh Butts on a Sunray Shadow, while Michael Heery Lough Inagh took 1 fish of 5lbs, again on a Green Peter. Patrick Harendza fished Corloo and landed a fine fish of 8.5lbson a Blue Mirage. On Monday, Vincent Foley from Dublin fished Corloo and had 2 fish of 5lbs and 6lbs on a Silver Rat, while Rod McGahon from Galway also fished Corloo and had 1 fish of 4lbs on a Black Pennell. Brian Clayton from Mayo, landed a grilse of 4.5lbs from Inagh on a Bibio.  At the moment the hotel are offering an Anglers Special Deal, which includes 2 B&B, 1 dinner and 1 days fishing for €260 pps, or 3 B&B, 2 dinner and 2 days fishing for €430 pps.
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

Ballynahinch

Simon Ashe reports from Ballynahinch that the rain arrived in earnest at Ballynahinch on 1st July. The large numbers of salmon and sea trout, which had been waiting in the estuary, have been running the river ever since the water levels increased. The numbers of salmon though the counter are very encouraging and bode well for a great season at the hotel. 4 salmon were landed since the rain arrived and over 40 sea trout. The salmon were all fresh and around the 5lbs mark.  Most of the fish are destined for higher up the system and are hardly stopping to draw breath. In the coming weeks when the water levels drop there should be some great fishing. Evening fishing for sea trout will also improve as the water levels recede. There is still some availability for July and anglers can contact the hotel reception on 095 31006 to book a fishing beat. 

Kylemore Abbey Fishery

Nigel Rush at Kylemore Abbey reports that 6 grilse were landed for the first  3 days of our angling week for just 3.5 rod-days. Seamus O’Neill from Cavan had 3 fish to 4.75lb, Ciarán Brady from Bray had 1 at 3.5lbs and 2 for Nigel Rush, with another  3 fish returned, and a couple of other close encounters! Mostly the smaller grilse at the moment…the bigger ones will arrive shortly.

Water levels could not have been better and fish are running hard in the direction of the Upper Lake with few stops. Levelsare getting the required top-ups to keep conditions good. Five of the fish were caught at Tullywee Bridge on the Upper River and one on the Lower River. No one fishing the Sea Trout, those that will, should have a cracking time.
Nigel Rush
Kylemore Abbey Fishery
Tel: +353 (0)95 41178 or +353 (0)95 41161
Email: nigelrush@eircom.net Web: http://www.kylemoreabbeyfishery.net

Galway Weir

Anglers are meeting a huge amount of fish this week in Galway, with reports of many fish hooked and lost. In the low water, fish are either coming short a lot, or the small flies required in the conditions are not holding as well. There were 65 salmon landed for the week, mostly on fly, but probably several times that number have been hooked and lost also.

Dave Gibson from Craughwell landed 4 grilse to 5lbs on fly, and Bob Lawlor from Turloughmore had a 6lbs fish, also on fly. French visitor Nicolas Quinchon had a 4lbs grilse on fly, and Dublin resident Eoin Warner had 3 nice grilse on fly. Brian O’Rourke from Tuam had 2 grilse of 3lbs and 5lbs on shrimp, while Aidan brophy had 2 of 3.5lbs and 6lbs, also on shrimp. Eamon Power from Waterford landed 4 grilse to 5.5lbs on fly, including 2 released, and Paul Whelan, also Waterford, had 2 grilse on fly, releasing one. Galway man Tony Kavanagh had a 5lbs grilse on fly, while Paul Wymes from Dublin caught and released 2 nice grilse on fly. Kevin Finnegan from Dundalk had 2 grilse on fly, as did Noel King from Meath (both released). Niall Tonge from Meath had 2 grilse to 5lbs on fly, and fellow Meath man Pat Smyth had 2 grilse of 4.5lbs and 6lbs on fly. Well known angling guide and tackle dealer Philip Maher from Clonmel landed 2 grilse of 5 and 5.5lbs on fly, and local angler Miko Zabat had 2 grilse of 3lbs and 5lbs on fly. Finally long time visitor to Galway Ian Geraghty had 2 nice grilse of 5lbs and 6lbs on fly.

There are still large numbers of grilse coming in on the tide every day, and with a drop of rain freshening things up, prospects for the week ahead look very good.

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North Western Region

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

[07/07/10]

River Moy

Recent rainfall led to a small rise in the Moy towards the end of the week where the grilse run appears to be well under way. The Moy Fishery provided fantastic fishing with a total of 215 salmon over the week. On the Ridge Pool, father and son Peter and Andrew Wilson, Dublin, had five salmon between them on the fly, while James Orde and Alfred Edwards, England, caught two each. The Weir Pool also fished well, where Garry Perks, England, had five salmon to the fly (all released), as did the Cathedral Beat, where John McConigley, Australia landed two, with his best weighing 6.5lbs. The Spring Wells continued to produce salmon and the occasional sea trout. At the Ash Tree Pool, German pair Hans Bender and Andre Babik had success catching three salmon with their best weighing 8lbs.

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Photo: Andre Babik, Germany with his fine catch (fish released) from the Ridge Tree Pool and angling guide Paddy McDonnell

The Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water returned its share of salmon over the week, as did Mount Falcon, Knockmore and Coolcronan, where Alan Jones, UK, was among those to score. Armstrong’s produced good numbers of salmon as did Gannon’s, where Paul Confrey, Dublin, caught his first ever salmon. The Foxford Fishery also provided a first ever salmon for Colm Gordon, UK, and also accounted for numerous other captures. Rinanney fished very well throughout the week, including one of 10lbs for Horst Weigal, Germany. The Foxford town area also fished well, as did Cloongee and the East Mayo Anglers’ water, where Eddie Preston, N.I. had success. Despite the blustery winds, the Moy Estuary continues to fish well for sea trout. 

Carrowmore Lake

Blustery weather over the past week has churned the lake significantly, decreasing water clarity and making angling difficult. As a result few anglers ventured out on Carrowmore, where only two salmon were caught. Rainfall over the weekend has added freshwater to the system which should encourage more grilse and sea trout to run.

Ballisodare Fishery

The Ballisodare Fishery continued to fish exceptionally well for the week, with a total of 191 salmon being caught, 98 of these being released (average weight was 4.5lbs). Rainfall over the weekend led to a substantial rise in the river on Sunday past enticing more salmon into the system. Among those to catch fish were David Ollives who had two to the prawn, one of 11lbs and the second 7lbs. Graham Tuck, UK, had a fine fish of 11lbs to the fly, which also proved successful for Dermot Glennon, who captured one of 8lbs. 

Burrishoole Fishery

The Burrishoole Fishery opened again on the 1st July, with Lough Furnace opening now from Thursday through to Sunday. Twelve salmon were caught since opening day, with five of these being wild grilse. Martin McCoy, Derry, had good success catching four salmon, David Nevin, Newport, catching two and Martin Hughes, Newport boating one. Eamon Kennedy, Newport, had two while Westport angler John Campbell had one. Seamus O’Neill, Cavan, and Professor Ken Whelan also had one salmon each.

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Northern Region

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

River Drowes

The Drowes remains extremely low and the rain that fell over Donegal seemed to miss the Melvin & Drowes catchment completely. The Lough and the Drowes dropped if anything! The river was very quiet with very few rods fishing. Those that did fish concentrated on the bottom of the river at the Sea Pools where a couple of grilse were recorded. Apart from this there is little to report.
Shane Gallagher
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Web: www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055.

Lough Melvin

The Lough remains very low and if anything is still dropping. There was good rain in Donegal but this seems to have missed Melvin and its feeder streams. I did not hear of any boats out fishing for salmon.

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

The river remained extremely low from Monday to Wednesday (0.03 metres!) but on Thursday the drought broke and we received a good flood reading 0.48 metres on the gauge. This was much needed and potentially saved a number of salmon from dying through a lack of oxygen. The flood was very dirty as would be expected.

The river had fallen to 0.13 metres by Saturday but we received a good flood reading 0.54 metres on Sunday. The gauge average for the week was much healthier reading 0.20 metres. 12 visiting rods fished for the week mainly on Friday & Sunday.

There was a run of salmon that were waiting to ascend the river but catches do not seem to reflect this and there were only a limited number of salmon caught. Billy Blair recorded a 3lb grilse caught on the fly from beat 8 and lost a big fish estimated at 15 to 16lb. The forecast for the coming week is for showers and hopefully these will keep the river at nice levels.

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

[07/07/10]

Kells Blackwater

Local angling guide Pat McLoughlin reports this week that conditions have been very difficult over the last week with the water being low and very windy conditions over the weekend.  The evening rise has been producing some fish which are being caught with sedges and olives. Fishing during the day appears to be more difficult, it is mostly nymphing and very slow wading is recommended.

Boyne

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Photo: Mark Ryan releasing a beauty last week on the River Boyne.

Last week I spent an evening on the River Boyne near Longwood. It’s a cracking stretch of water, which holds some beautiful colored trout. That evening I fished with Mark Ryan of Hooked- Live. The stretch of River we fished is controlled by Longwood Anglers Association and at 15 Euro for a day Ticket its brilliant fishing just a short distance from Mullingar. Mark who is a member of Longwood Anglers lives just minutes from the River so really knows the best stretches. On the night we had some nice fish on Dry Flies, right into darkness. The River was in great shape, and the hatches of Sedge, Midge, and a nice trickling of Spent May Fly kept fish on the surface.

River Liffey

Although the water is low and clear there have been further reports of great trout fishing on the River Liffey again this week. There are good hatches of olives during the day and there are plenty of sedges hatching in the evenings. Small black flies and olives are the best with plenty of trout being caught. An American couple on their 3rd visit to the Liffey at Newbridge with angling guide John Higgins had some fantastic fishing during the day with many wild brown trout being caught.

If you fancy spending a day on the River Liffey around Newbridge with angling guide John Higgins, he can be contacted at jjhiggins@o2.ie 

River Slaney

Stephen Byrne reports that anglers are fly fishing the River Slaney for small wild brown trout around Bunclody. Fishing has improved with the recent rainfall. There is a good evening rise and the best of the fishing is to be had just before dark.

Lough Lene

Lough Lene has been fishing well with anglers catching and returning 4 or 5 rainbow trout per day.

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

Ballyhitt Wexford

James Pettitt reports that the Ballyhitt fishery has been fishing well. Members and visitors had the best results in the evening with rainbow trout being caught 2-3lbs in size. Fish were mainly caught on dry flies. During the day its best to use lures on sinking lines to get more depth. .If you fancy trying for one of Ballyhitt Fisheries big fish give James a call at 087 6796900.

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Shannon Region

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

[08/07/10]

Lough Sheelin

Week Ending Sunday July 4th, 2010: Fishing was very good from 3pm till 7pm.

On Tuesday June 29th John Murphy, Crover, caught 3 trout using a small brown sedge, best was 3 lbs. John was fishing the long rock area of the lake and at the back of Church Island.
Brendan Montgomery
By email

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

Lough Owel

I met David Quirke from Slanemore last week and we spend a few evenings on Lene and Owel.On Wednesday night on Lene it lashed rain and we managed just one Rainbow. Fly life was scarce, but this will change in the coming weeks. David was home for a few days from America, and on Thursday night we drifted out to Owel.It was choppy when we started our first drift and moved a few trout on wet flies.

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Photo: Expect the unexpected in angling My Owel Rudd last week on Dry Peter.

As darkness fell quite a hatch of small Sedge type flies came on the surface, and the fish came on the feed. Unfortunally we boated no trout, but landed some Rudd, including this colorful character which sucked down my Dry Peter. It’s only a matter of time before the peter season kicks off on Owel.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer
Mobile: 087-2797270.
Web: www.midlandangling.com

DERRAVARAGH FAMILY DAY

This Sunday its family day on Derravaragh. This is a fantastic day out and hopefully the weather Gods will shine on us anglers. Fishing is from 12-4pm with weigh-in and presentation on Donore Shore. In recent weeks Derravaragh Anglers Association stocking programme tickets were on sale. The draw will take place after the family day competition. First prize is 500 euro.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer
Mobile: 087-2797270.
Web: www.midlandangling.com

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Western Region

[07/007/10]

Lough Carra

Liam Gavin reports from Cushlough that Lough Carra is fishing quite well at the moment, with many fish coming to wet murroughs in the shelter of the islands. Dry sedges are also working well, but fishing was difficult in the strong winds which remained consistent throughout all of last week. Kevin Charles from Dun Laoghaire and Fergal Day from Bray had 24 fish in the boat for their weekend fishing, best fish was 3.75lbs. They estimated their weight of catch to be in excess of 30lbs, all but one fish was released, which was consumed for Sunday lunch on Church Island. They also caught many small trout in the 10-12 inch bracket. English angler Steve Hamilton had 4 fish early Friday morning. Steve reported the best rises were in the early morning and near sundown.

The Carra Club Evening Competition was held on 1st July and ran from 6pm till 11pm. 28 Anglers caught 16 trout, with1st place going to Philip CLesham with a magnificent catch of 4 trout weighing 10.74lbs. Philip reported releasing another 2lbs trout as he would have been over the bag limit. His best fish weighed in at an excellent 4.2lbs. 2nd place went to Kevin Gallagher with 3 trout for 4.35lbs and Joe Gannon took 3rd with 2 fish for 3.15lbs.

Lough Mask

Meanwhile Lough Mask is much quieter, with many local anglers moving their boats down to Lough Carra. Looking out the lake it is difficult to spot any boat fishing. It is unusual to see such a vast lake without boats. Anglers could be missing out, though, as many large trout were observed head & tailing in the evening along the many sheltered points and around the islands.

Lough Corrib

Lough Corrib is quiet at present, with trout anglers taking their traditional midsummer holiday from the lake, as fish concentrate on perch fry. The high winds of the last week made for difficult conditions for flyfishing in any case. Trollers have been having success with salmon, and there are reports of salmon taken from a number of locations around the lake. No surprise with the good run of grilse through Galway over the last month.

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North Western Region

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

[08/07/10]

Lough Conn

Changeable and blustery winds over the week led to mixed conditions on Lough Conn. However some anglers took advantage of breaks in the weather and did venture out to fish.

Fishing out of Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Ken Oliver, Scotland, had success on dry flies, boating two trout for 5lbs while Colm Corbett, UK, had three to the Golden Olive. From Kelly’s boat hire, Cloghans, Patrick Kelly and Sean Creane had two trout each for an evening’s fishing, their best weighing 1.5lbs. However, early morning proved even more successful for Sean who boated a great 6lbs trout in Cloghans Bay to a dry Wulff. In Victoria Bay, Joe McBride, Dublin and Crossmolina, had success with the Grey Wulff catching a fine 3lbs Gillaroo trout.

Lough Arrow

Late evening fishing on Arrow has been successful for some, where Green Peters have been hatching in abundance on the Lough. Fishing the Green Peter, David Gray boated four trout, with the heaviest weighing 4lbs. 

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Northern Region

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

[08/07/10]

Lough Melvin

The Lough remains very low and if anything is still dropping. There was good rain in Donegal but this seems to have missed Melvin and its feeder streams. I did not hear of any boats out fishing for salmon and the trout fishing was very slow for those few rods who ventured out. The only fishing seems to have been late in the evenings. A number of rods had some decent fishing for sonaghan from 6pm with 10 to 11pm in the evenings being the best. There were some decent sonaghan caught from the Garrison end of the Lough during the late evening when there where good hatches of a small cream buzzer. The sonaghan rose readily to these. Darren Maguire caught 3 good sonaghan on Monday evening losing another 5 on small wet flies.

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.

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Loughs Agency area

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

[05/07/10]

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


COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[07/07/10]

The Angling team of IFI, Blackrock would like to congratulate Team Maver Ireland for their fantastic achievement in coming 4th at the World Coarse Angling Championships which were held in Spain. 40 countries participated so this was a great result for the Irish team and for coarse angling in Ireland.  A special note of congratulations to Cathal Hughes who came 2nd overall.

Coarse Angling Events

The next NCFFI junior event will be the Junior All Ireland which will be taking place on White Island on Lough Muckno, Saturday 24th July 2010. For information or booking please check out the NCFFI web site (www.ncffi.ie) or contact one of the committee members.

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Shannon Region

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

[08/07/10]

Longford and Strokestown

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Photo: Bob Tomlinson and son Mathew along with friends Dave & Archie from the UK.

Bob Tomlinson and son Mathew along with friends Dave & Archie were over once again for there annual fishing holiday staying for there 6th year at Melview Lodge. The happy go lucky lads who take fully advantage of there well earned break always put the fishing side of things second place. Kevin said the lads come to Ireland every year and never worry about what they are going to catch that day. I have tried to talk them into prebaiting and early mornings but they just prefer in enjoy there holiday at there own pace enjoying the surroundings and chatting to locals over a pint in the evenings. No big weights but they still managed to catch mainly Hybrids and Roach and enjoyed their trip very much, good luck lads see you next year.

Fishing in and around Longford and Strokestown has been a little mixed with mainly Hybrids and Roach and a few good Bream showing, there has been a welcome change in the weather and if this settles I'm sure we could see some good weights of fish. Water levels still remain very low in most places, a regular group from Blackpool are fishing on prebaited swims at present so tune in next week to how they got on.
Kevin Lyons, 
MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE,
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email:
  info@melviewlodge.com Web: http://www.melviewlodge.com

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Northern Region

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

[01/07/10]

44kg bag wins Lough Oughter competition

Fifteen anglers held a competition on Lough Oughter at Killykeen on 4th. July and the winners were as follows

Good Tench are being caught at Derries, and Trinity, some 5/6lb in weight.

Fishing has been good in the Cootehill area for the past week with 80/100lb of fish being bagged, mostly Bream and Roach with some Tench.

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[07/07/10]

Blessington

John Murphy and Kieran O’Brien had 2 pike weighing 8 and 10lbs in weight on Blessington lake at the mouth of the overflow last weekend. They were fishing static deadbaits.

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Shannon Region

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

[07/07/10]

Glore anglers

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Photo: Marty with our best pike last Sunday in a Gale wind.

On Saturday last Glore Anglers hosted an open pike competition. It was a beautiful day on Glore, and a few nice pike came on line. Once again Trim Angler Peter Smith was in fine form, and having struggled in the morning session he did the business after lunch. I was just behind Peter when he hooked up with what was eventually the winning pike of 11lbs 11oz. Joe O'Donnell also produced a nice pike to take second place. When we arrived back to the clubhouse Emily Cosgrove and Bridgid Reynolds had some fantastic refreshments and splendid food waiting for us hungry anglers. The Apple Tart and homemade bread was mouth watering, well done ladies.

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Photo: Marty with our best pike last Sunday in a Gale wind.

MARTY LANDS A CRACKER. Marty Smith was back in town last weekend and on Sunday Morning we were greeted with savage winds and heavy rain. Not a day for fishing our larger lakes, so we ventured to one of my favorite small Hot Spots. In very difficult conditions we boated pike and perch with Marty having his first pike on a Bulldog. The fish weighed 11lbs and was in mint condition.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer
Mobile: 087-2797270.
Web: www.midlandangling.com

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Northern Region

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

No report this week - [most recent report 26/05/10]

Anglers support Alannah's Search for Sight

Pike Angling Competition In aid of ''Alannah's Search for Sight''

Lough Gowna, Lough Oughter, Garty Lough/Town Lake

Sunday 11 July 2010, 11:00am - 5:00pm

1st. Prize: 2 Days Boat fishing on Lough Corrib or Lough Mask, plus 2 nights B&B for 2 people

Plus - many more excellent prizes....

Kindly donated to Alannah's cause by sponsors and well wishers.

Entry Fee: €10 . +€5 pools (optional) - 100% payout on pools

Check in/Weigh in - Breffni Arms Hotel, Arvagh -9.30 - 11am

First 3 hours pegged, next 3 hours roaming

For more information: http://anglers-support-alannah.webs.com/

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[07/07/10]

Brian Cooke, PRO, Irish Federation of Sea Anglers reports that the IFSA Irish Under 21's and Under 16's teams both took Gold medals in last weekend Home Nations Shore event in Scotland. This is a historic first for Ireland and together with last month's Gold in the Home Nations Senior Boat Event in Belmullet bodes well for the standard of Irish competitive angling. Fishing was on sandy surf venues for a variety of flatfish.

Congratulations to all team members and to managers and coaches : Peter Flahive, Eamon Fogarty and Philip O Sullivan. Teams are listed below :

 Co. Louth, Coastline

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Photo: Charlie Stevens sent us this photo of a bass he caught fishing the Co. Louth coast.

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 with one boat angler catching 5 tope up to 23lbs.

Greater Dublin  and Wicklow Area

Boat anglers are having great sport off Bray Head with smoothound being plentiful during the last week. Ian Flood had 3 smoothound over 10lbs in one session one of which weighed 7.1 kilos. Crab is the number one bait with ragworm and squid also proving productive. All fish were tagged and released.

Plenty of smoothounds are also being caught from the North Wall in Dublin and this seems to be the trend along the East Coast with Rosslare point fishing very well. With the warm weather spinning and plugging seems to be producing bass along the east coast with local anglers having small numbers of schoolies off Kilcoole beach in recent days.

Small gurnards are also very plentiful in the North Wicklow area ranging in size from 8-10 inches in length. Most anglers are returning these and we encourage them to continue this. Mackerel strip appears to be the best bait.

The warm weather has brought mullet to the estuaries along the East coast, Craig Sheridan has been catching mullet to specimen weight using bread flake in Bray harbour.  With the settled weather conditions ray should start moving in to South Wicklow venues, the best bait to use  is fresh mackerel. Good numbers of mackerel have been hard to come by so far.

As part of the Dublin Angling Initiative youth summer fishing courses, 10 youngsters aged 13-16 from Mulhuddart had some good sea fishing off Greystones South Beach. Despite the weedy conditions the slack tides made it fishable with good numbers of dogfish, dabs and flounder caught.

Wexford Area

Boat anglers are experiencing good numbers of tope from Cahore with the majority of fish being taken on mackerel.

Kilmore Quay is providing some great fishing at the moment with plenty of codling, ling and Pollack being caught from the shore.

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:
enquiries@srfb.ie

[08/07/10]

Youghal open deep sea angling competition 2010

Sat 10th & Sun 11th July 2010

60 boat spaces availible on a first come first served basis!

Big prizes including cash prizes as last year. Starts 9am on quays in Youghal with boats back on quay at 5pm!Entry incl charter boat is 55 euro pp per day, (2 day competition).

Closing date for entries has now been extended right up to Saturday morning's boat position draw prior to boats departure so last minute entrants are welcome but please be there early on Saturday morning (8:30am)!

Big prize categories as per last year with prize giving in Quays bar on Sunday 11th July at 7.30pm.

Draw for boat positions will NOW take place just prior to boats departure on Saturday morning , if any parent & child or partners want to be kept together please state so on entry registration.

Fishing is within 6nm of Youghal, all prime fishing grounds. From a fleet of modern top class charter boats all licensed, insured & Dept of Transport approved.

How to enter

To enter please forward payment or drop in to:

Siobhan Sheehan
Youghal tourist office(visitor centre)
Market Square, Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland (Opposite Moby Dicks)
e-mail info@youghalchamber.ie

Or for more information or to make entry payment to Martin Colfer
Mob: 00353 (0)87 2657177 E-mail: info@charterangling.ie

or

Gavin Tivy
Mob: 00353 (0)87 2112488 E:mail: info@seahunter.ie

All are welcome!

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South Western Region

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

[08/07/10]

Cork Harbour angling reports

Mumbles Motor Boat and Fishing Club visit Cobh

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Photo: A typical Cork Harbour ling.

Over the weekend a number of the 300 strong Mumbles Motor Boat and Fishing Club visited Cobh. The group stayed at the Bellavista and fished with Pat Condon onboard the Osprey II. Unfortunately, the weather had deteriorated and the fishing was quite mixed. The group were happy with their fishing, though, and managed to bag a few species that they wouldn't encounter while fishing South Wales. During the week Pat had better fishing on the reefs south west of the Smiths. Pat reports that they had plenty of quality conger, ling, pollack, and coalies. If you fancy a day's fishing aboard Osprey II, contact Pat through his website on http://www.atlantic-charters.net/

Liner passengers sample Cork Harbour fishing

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Photo: Thirteen year old Emily Gilliland rightly got the knack for it, landing 6 fine congers herself

Passengers from the Crown Princess tried out the angling in Cork Harbour during the liner's recent visit. The Crown Princess is one of the bigger liners that visit Cobh every Summer, with a gross tonnage of 113,000 tons and carrying 3,600 passengers. The Gilliland and Brown families from High Point, North Carolina, USA made the most of their stopover and booked the Deora De and the Leestar for a bit of fishing. Jim Linehan, skippering aboard Deora De, took them to a mark just a few miles off the Point. Jim was anxious that they get the best out of their limited time, as they were subject to boarding time limits on the liner. After a few drifts they had managed a good selection of pollack, poor cod, grey gurnard, cod, mackeral, launce, and a bullhuss!

Due to weather and time constraints, Jim decided to move into the Harbour Rock to try for some conger. The family were anxious to catch a few conger as these were an unknown species to them, but while planning the Cobh leg of their trip they had become aware of their availability. They weren't to be disappointed, as Jim put them on the right spot. Over the course of an hour they had plenty of conger. Thirteen year old Emily Gilliland rightly got the knack for it, landing 6 fine congers herself!

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Photo: Getting the conger back in the water can be as hard as getting it out...

Jim was out again over the weekend and had a gang from "City Bounds" bar in Togher on Saturday and the Cork Bon Secours Angling Club on the Sunday. On Saturday the fishing was excellent. While drifting over the Smiths the group managed to bag themselves cod, pollack, mackeral, and ling. In the afternoon they went to anchor to fish the flood tide for conger. Sport was hectic with over 40 conger landed to over 30lbs. Other species added were poor cod, pouting, cuckoo wrasse, coalies, and grey gurnard.

If you fancy a day out with Jim onboard Deora De, contact him through his website at http://www.charterangling.com/

Bass fishing aboard Seahawk

Richie Ryan reports that bass fishing within Cork Harbour over the last few weeks has been fairly good. Richie now operates Ireland's first licensed salt water fly fishing charter boat. Last weekend initially proved tough enough with the strong winds. The winds were too strong to fly fish effectively. Instead Richie brought his clients to a more sheltered spot were he advised them to use surface plugs as an alternative. They were rewarded! Several bass were landed. The picture above is of South African, Daryn McArthur, with a fine surface lure caught bass. Would you believe that this was Daryn's first saltwater caught bass. Richie's clients were gobsmacked at the ferocity of the surface attacks on the lures. Many fish missed at the first attempt! One of his clients remarked that he naively thought that this kind of action could only be got in the Tropics: well there you go! If you fancy booking Richie for a bass hunt, you can contact him through his website on http://www.corkbass.com/.

Courtmacsherry

Inshore fishing

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Photo: Dean Hennesssy with his Bass of 4.5kg caught from the Lady Louise at the pontoon Courtmacsherry using sandeel on the 7th July 2010.

The last few days have been good for Bass fishing in the Courtmacsherry area.Trolling the preferred method from the selfdrive boats using redgills,Rapallas,sidewinders and shads. Graham Pullen a well known Angling Journalist from the UK had 16 in a 2 hour session the heaviest at 10lbs, Trolling off the shore at Coolmaine 9 fish ,good fishing from the shore at the coves Woodpoint and last night Dean Hennessy caught a Bass 4.4kg from the Pontoon using sandeel and lost 2 more.

Charter boat

French Connection. A group of anglers from Paris led by Jean Carlo Oriotti arrived in Courtmacsherry on the 24th June to sample some of the best fishing in Ireland.On the 25th on the charter boat while reef fishing in the Bay we caught pollack, conger, Ling, cod, Bullhuss, Dogfish, Coalfish, Cuckoo wrasse, Pouting and mackerel a plenty for Bait.

On the 26th we tried to catch ton up skate but had no luck,we did however catch plenty of Pollack on the drift and good conger and ling at anchor. On the 27th with a box full of Mackerel we deceided to go for the Blue Shark with favourable conditions, wind force 4 to 5 and sunny,with the first line out and the rubbdubby trail giving out a good slick we had the first run after 20 mins, however we lost this fish as the line broke. We hooked up with 9 fish on the day and landed and tagged 4 the heaviest a Blue of 2.05m. Some of the group sampled the Self drive boats and they caught Bass, Pollack and mackerel.
Mark Gannon
Charter Boat Skipper
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 23 46427 or +353 86 8250905
Email: csal@iol.ie Web: www.courtmacsherryangling.ie

Great shore fishing and specimens from Beara

As sea water temperature continues to rise in the fine warm weather the shore fishing is improving daily, and in particular the ray fishing is as good as we have ever experienced.

Jason, Mark, Gavin and Paul were on their annual visit to the Beara and after the miserable July week they experienced last year this time round was unbroken sunshine. The bright weather though did little to put off the ray and they caught over 70 during their stay, mainly thornbacks to 8 pounds with a few spotted (homelyn) ray. In between the ray they also took huss and conger to double figures and a specimen 1kg Three Bearded Rockling.

Tonnie and Edwin from Holland enjoyed their first experience of Irish fishing with a full variety of species including conger, huss, pollack, wrasse and topped by a days ray fishing which produced plenty of fish including a specimen spotted for Edwin of 2.36kg.

Harry Mounsey from Cumbria went looking for big wrasse and found fish to over 5 pounds using hard back crab as bait.

Anyone looking for information on fishing on the Beara can contact me.
Paul Harris
Dromagowlane House
Email Dromagowlanehouse@eircom.net or ring me on
Tel: 00 353 27 60330.
Web www.dromagowlanehouse.com

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Western Region

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

[07/07/10]

Sea angling gold for Galway anglers

Following on from Cathal Hughes’ fine achievement at the World Coarse Fishing Championship, news of more great achievements by Galway anglers on the international stage this week. Young anglers Chris Feeney from Galway Bay SAC and Nathan Collins from Cois Fharraige SAC both represented Ireland at the Home Nations Shore Angling Championship in Scrabster, Scotland over last weekend. They were accompanied by Conor Mountaine, also from Galway Bay SAC, who qualified for the Irish senior team. While the senior team were unlucky to lose out on a podium position, the under-21 team and under-16 team both did incredibly well, and brought home gold medals all round.

Nathan, who was on the under-16 team, managed a zone win and a second place to bring home an impressive 7 points for the team, while Chris went one better with 2 zone wins over the 2 days. The result marks a great achievement for Irish sea angling teams, and the work done by clubs in Galway to bring through so many good young anglers. Tribute can be paid to the late Ray Toner of Galway Bay SAC, who did Trojan work in coaching and encouraging junior anglers over the last few years.

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Northern Region

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

[08/07/10]

Big winds and big fish at Killybegs Sea Angling Festival

The Killybegs 49th International Sea Angling Festival took place on the weekend of 3rd and 4th July --- with many anglers from Ireland - and from across Europe.

Saturday 3rd July: Fishing was very good despite the weather which was not great - a good variety of species and some big fish were recorded. Brian's boat won the prize as the best boat on the day (computed by combining the points from the top three anglers on each boat.

Sunday 4th July: By Sunday morning there was a SW wind blowing in the harbour - but the boats and the hardy anglers left the slipway at 9 a.m. Unfortunately the weather deteriorated and by 1 p.m. it was very windy and all of the boats were sheltering under the shore, so in the interest of safety the competition finished early. Despite this some good fish were caught that morning.

At 9 p.m. the prizegiving was in the Bay View Hotel and attended by most of the anglers. The overall winner was Danno Gallagher (North Donegal) who had a great fishing on the MV Meridian on the Sarturday and was presented by a cup and a cheque for €700. Congratulations Danno!!

Brian's boat the MV Meridan won the overall boat prize and also the prize for the skipper who landed the heaviest fish (a conger by Thomas Markey, Dublin)

If you would like to test your angling skills or try your luck get in touch.
Brian McGilloway
Meridian Lochin 40'
Killybegs Angling Charters, Killybegs, Co. Donegal.
Tel: +353 87 22 00 982
Web: http://www.killybegsangling.com Email: brian@killybegsangling.com

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Northern Ireland

[05/07/10]

Redbay record spurdog

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This is the new irish record spurdog caught by Connor McNiell from Portadown weighing 23lb caught on sat 3/7/10. It came with a lot of spurs.

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A cracking 219lb common skate was also caught by Nigel Bell also from Portadown 23miles north of red bay.

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