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Irish Angling Update

15 July 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
email: Paul Bourke
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SALMON ANGLING

Salmon angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[07/07/10]

River Fane

There has been no big run of salmon into the Fane as yet but there are still reports of small numbers sea trout being taken, mainly on the lower reaches. A number of salmon have been seen moving upstream at the counter in Stephenstown last week but no salmon were reported caught.

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

Another rise in water levels in the Castletown River following more rain recently has taken more sea trout into the river. Good numbers of anglers have been fishing every evening in the Toberona area. Plenty of sea trout in the region of 1lb have been taken and the best fish recorded recently was just under 2lbs. Matt Campbell hooked a nice fish on the fly which he reckoned to be over two pounds in weight but unfortunately threw the hook before being landed.

Dundalk Brown Trout anglers are running a number events over the next few weeks in support of their youth members who will be participating in the youth world championships in Slovakia and the home internationals in England.

A members competition is taking place on the Castletown River this Saturday 17th July. please contact the club for details.

The club is also running a fund-raising event on the following Friday 23rd July in Peadar McArdles in Dundalk. All are welcome and there will be lots of prizes on this fun night out. Please contact the club for details.

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

Email: info@browntroutanglers.com

River Boyne and Tributaries

Water levels have risen in the River Boyne over the last week due to recent rain. Sea trout have been observed as far upstream as Navan and there are reports of good sea trout fishing in the Oldbridge area. Five salmon were observed early yesterday morning crossing one of the weirs in the Navan area by an angler who reported that it is many years since he has seen this amount of salmon moving upstream at this time of the year in such a short period. Little salmon angling is taking place.

River Slaney

Sea trout have are still being taken in the Enniscorthy area with many anglers fishing at night. The average size of sea trout is three quarters of a pound but a small number of fish around 2lbs have been reported. Plenty of small fish are being taken downstream of Enniscorthy Bridge to the turn-hole wall. Anglers should note the salmon and sea trout regulations 2010. All fish over 40cms must be returned and only single barbless hooks should be used.

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Southern Region

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River Blackwater

Blackwater Lodge Fishery

July 10: Very heavy rain & rising river. One fish 7.8lb. on spinner from Lower Kilmurry.
July 11: River in flood. One 7lb. released on spinner.
July 12: Heaviest weighted Fish of the Season! Otis Ferry caught a sea-liced 11.7 pounder on fly on the Island Stream on Lower Kilmurry - and it was only his second ever salmon! Two other grilse caught on spinner on Kents & a couple lost. More fish starting to be seen moving on the upper & lower river.
July 13: Best Day of the Season So Far. Best Catch for One Beat in One Day! 20 fish to 11lb for 11 rod days including 12 on the fly.
July 14: 8 fish to 6.5lb for 7 rod days.
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

Fort William Estate Fishery

15/07/10 Water levels are slightly up and down with all the heavy rain that is falling. Clarity is at 2/3ft with a heavy peaty stain. Good number of grilse are running the system with a few fish been taken each day. 5 fish were were caught yesterday Derek Dowd having 3 fish all grilse, Peter Moore had a 5lb fish and Bob Woodside had a 6lb grilse. All fish were taken on spinner as these fish are on a mission.
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

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South Western Region

[15/07/10]

Lough Currane

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

8/7/10 On the early shift, a client, fishing with his Gillie Mr Terence Wharton Jnr, caught two Sea trout and finished the morning off with a fine Grilse. Now for a mixture of fly and troll, Mr. Don Franklin and Mr. Don Thomson, fishing with their Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.Oshealoughcurrane.com caught four Sea trout, from the junior class up to 2,5lbs, two on the fly and two on the troll, now for the fly only department, Mr. Nick Park of the UK and Waterville, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Bob Priestly, caught 2 Juniors on the fly, and staying with the fly, a guest fishing with his Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan of Waterville Boats and @ watervilleboats@gmail.com caught 1 Sea Trout, and lost one, in the C&R department, Mr. Vincent Appleby of www.Salmonandseatrout.com caught 5 Sea Trout on the troll, ranging from the Junior class up to 1.5lbs. Just for the record there were a few boats this evening, and at present, there is no reports of any real rod benders, news just in, in the hired out boat department, Mr Phil Hawker, caught a fine 6lbs Grilse on the fly and finished the day off with a few Juniors and Mr Chris Wallace, also fishing in a hired out boat, caught a few Juniors, both anglers were fishing out of www.Lakelandshouse.com Wind SE and then veered SW once the rain had gone through, come 3pm the heavens opened and I can tell you it wasn’t long before there was white water coming down the mountain, amount of rainfall 16.7mm, max air temperature 16.7c.

9/7/10 Mr. C Clifton, caught a 7lbs Grilse on the fly on the famous Butler Pool, now we head upstream to Lough Currane, Local angler Mr. Tony O’Sullivan, caught 3 Juniors on the troll on the south side of the lake, also in good form in the trolling department were Dutch clients fishing with their Gillie Mr. Kevin Brain of the Waterville Angling Centre and of www.kbfishingireland.com caught 6 Sea Trout up to 1.5lbs. In the fly department, the Prince, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and of www.Vincentsfishing.com caught a 3lbs Sea Trout, staying with the fly, a Guest fishing with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea and @ tomfishing@eircom.net caught 1 junior. On the water front the same as yesterday. Amount of rainfall 18.8mm, max air temperature 17.2c.

10/7/10 There was some good action on Lough Currane, I will start a the Bog, and the fly department, Cork Anglers, Mr. Pat O’ Mahony and son Tim, caught four Sea Trout, two in the 3lbs Class and 2 in the 2.5lbs class, now we head down the north shore, Mr. Bob Priestly, caught 1 Junior on the troll, now to the Bungalow and of www.oshealoughcurrane.com Mr. Malcolm Bell, caught 6 Sea trout, 4 on the fly and 2 on the troll, from juniors up to 2lbs, and staying along the north shore, The Prince fishing with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and of www.vincentsfishing.com caught a 3lbs Sea Trout on the fly, now we head across to the south side, Mr. Tony O/Sullivan of Cahersiveen, caught 2 Juniors on the fly, Mr. Donie and Denis Collins, fishing in a hired out boat from www.lakelandshouse.com caught a fine 5.¾ lbs Sea Trout and 3 Juniors on fly, staying with the south side . Mr. Gerry O’Sullivan caught a fine fresh Grilse on the troll. Mr. Kevin Sionet and Mr. Jerry Dwyer, caught 10 Juniors fishing in a hired out boat from www.Lakelandshouse.com and this morning Mr. Steven Galvan, caught 3 Juniors on Laugh Currane, on the fly, before heading up to the upper Lakes and Loch Na Mona, where Steven, caught 3 Sea trout, 2 at 2.5lbs and 1 Junior, on the fly. Weather the same as yesterday in all departments.

11/7/10 In the fly department, Mr. Stephen Galvan caught 2 Sea Trout in the 2lbs class, and in the afternoon Stephen caught 4 Juniors on the troll. Mr. Kevin O’Sullivan, of Lake road Waterville, caught 3 Sea Trout up to 1.5lbs,Mr. Kevin Sionet and Mr. Jerry Dwyer, fishing out of www.Lakelandshouse.com caught 12 Sea Trout, ranging from Juniors up to 3lbs, staying with Lakelands.com, Mr Nick Bell caught 6 Sea Trout, staying with Lakelands.com Mr. Alan Houlian and Mr. BrianBarry caught 15 Sea Trout, from Jubiors up to 3lbs, now we cut across the Lake to the North Side and Waterville Boats and Watervilleboats@gmail.com Mr. Denis McArthur, caught 6 Sea trout, Mr. John Whelan, caught 5 Sea Trout from Juniors up to 5.5lbs, Mr. Will Taylor caught 3 Juniors, Mr. Breen, caught 3 Sea Trout from Juniors up to 2.5lbs, Mr. Brian Maybury, caught 6 Sea Trout ranging from Juniors up to 3.5lbs, Mr O’Connor, caught 4 Sea Trout. Now For a mixture of Salmon and Sea Trout, Mr. Kevin Crowley and Mr. Neil Spellacy caught 11 Sea Trout, and finished the day off with a Salmon, and Just for the record Their Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea and @ tomfishing@eircom.net informed me that they returned all the Sea Trout, now for catch of the day with two Sea Trout caught on the troll, goes to, two young Lady’s, Miss, Georgia and Leah O’Dwyer, fishing with their Dad and well known local Gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer and @ mikegdwyer@gmail.com now back to the fly department, Mr. Mark Knowles and Mr. Finbar Donavaghon fishing with their Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy, caught 7 Sea Trout, from Juniors up to 3lbs, Mr Chris Barret, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Bob Priestly, caught 6 Sea Trout on the fly, ranging from Juniors up to 2lbs, in the trolling department, Mr. Vincent Appleby and of www.Salmonandseatrout.com caught four Sea Trout, all in the Junior class. Now we head for the upper Lakes and Loch NA Mona, a guest fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea and of www.Oshealoughcurrane.com caught 1 sea trout. Now we head across the valley to the River Inny, Local Gillie Mr. Terence Wharton Jnr, caught 1 Salmon and just for the record there was a good spate coming down the Commeragh and there a good few Anglers manipulating early this morning and at present there is no reports of any rod benders, but you can be sure there were a few fish caught? Wind SSE light to calm with light rain for most of the day, amount of rainfall 0.6mm, max air temperature 16.7c. Just for the record if I have misspelt any Anglers name, please don’t hesitate to send me a email to put the record straight.

12/7/10 Mr. Kevin O’Meara caught a fine 8lbs specimen Sea trout, on the troll, and staying in the trolling department, Mr. Dan Sugrue of Tralee and Waterville caught 8lbs Salmon on the troll with his Gillie Mr. Brod O’Sullivan. Now we go bach to the Sea trout department, and the hired out boat department, Anglers fishing in a hired out boat, caught 4 Sea Trout, staying with the hired out boats, Mr. Will Taylor of Dungannon, fishing in a hired out boat, caught 7 Juniors, Mr, Robert Woodside. Caught 4 Sea Trout, from Juniors up to 2.5lbs. local Gillie, Mr. Bob Priestly caught 2 Sea Trout up to 2lbs, Wind, E light to calm and overcast, with the light drizzle at times.

13/07/10 Belgian Anglers, fishing out of the Bungalow, caught 9 Sea Trout.

There was a fine 5lbs Grilse caught on the fly, on the famous Butler Pool, by the Prince, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan, Now we head upstream to Lough Currane, and the fly department, anglers fishing in a hired out boat, caught 3 Juniors. Stephen from Sheffield, caught his first Sea Trout on the fly, and caught 2 on the troll with his Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan, also in good form was Mr. Ken Towner, of the UK and Waterville, caught 3 juniors on the drift, staying with the fly, with a mixture of Salmon and Sea Trout, Mr. Mark Knowles, caught 6 Sea trout and a fine 5lbs Grilse, fishing with his gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy, and last but not least, in the trolling department, Mr. R. Dee caught 2 Sea Trout in the 1.lbs class and lost two Grilse, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Vincent Appleby. Wind SE light to fresh and overcast with light rain in the morning and reasonably heavy this evening.

14/07/10 Mr. Ian Campbell caught a 6lbs Grilse on the troll, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly, and in the hired out boat department, German Angler Mr. Michael Reger caught 2 grilse, plus 6 Sea trout, all caught on the troll, now for the total fly department, Mr. John Buckley of Killarney, caught a fine Grilse on the drift, in the Sea trout department, Mr. Mark Knowles caught 3 Sea Trout, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy. In the taking short department, Mr. John Murphy was telling me that he and his Guests had a good few Juniors taking short.

15/07/10 In the total fly department, Mr. Mark Knowles. caught a fine 11lbs salmon in the mouth of the Commeragh and finished the day off with 5 Sea Trout, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy and talking of Sea Trout, local Gillie, Mr. Michael O'sullivan caught 3 Sea Trout 1.¾ 2,5lbs class, and there were a few Juniors caught on the drift by other fly anglers, as reported to me by local gillie Mr. Bob Priestly, now we head for the trolling department, Guests Fishing with their Gillie Mr. Vincent Appleby, caught a Grilse and 1 Junior. Wind WSW light and overcast with the odd light shower.

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

Catch & Release Sea Trout Competition on Lough Currane

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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 !

River Laune

Beats 1 and 2

15 July: 4 salmon caught on Beat 1 and 2 of the Laune with one of the fish weighing 14lbs and the other fish weighing under 10lbs.
07 July:3 salmon caught on Beat 2 of the Laune weighing between 5lbs and 7lbs.

Laune Anglers and Beat 3

15 July: There have been 8 fish reported for the week.  There were 2 fish reported from Beat 3. 

The river is at a perfect height for all methods after the rain.  With the perfect water and the Draft nets off  one would have expected to see good fishing on Saturday and Sunday but fishing was poor this is despite a big angling effort.

Things can only improve with the good water.

07 July: There have been 12 fish reported for the week.  A big improvement on this time last year.  David Bradley had the fish of the week,no doubt!  His first fish on the fly a beauty of 12 lbs. Paul Murphy from Cork had two lovely grilse on the worm on Friday

There were 3 fish reported from Beat 3.  Fr Pat Sheehan opened his account on Beat 3 with a lovely grilse of 4 lbs.

Fishing on Saturday and Sunday was slow almost impossible to fish the fly because of wind and water was rising and falling a lot.
Billy Downes
Laune Anglers Association
web: www.launesalmonanglers.com

KILLARNEY LAKES AND LOUGH LEANE

15 July: 2 salmon caught averaging 7lbs each.
07 July: 2 salmon caught averaging 6lbs each.

Flesk River

15 July: 3 salmon caught on the Flesk river weighing between 3lbs and 4lbs. 

RIVER LEE

15 July: 20 salmon landed for the week all along the river- all grilse – mostly spinning.
07 July: 20 salmon landed for the week mostly downstream of the weir, mostly peel, best fish  12.5lbs all caught on shrimp due to low water levels.

ESB Fishery

15 July: No catches to report.
Dan
ESB Fisheries
Innscarra, Co. Cork.
Tel: +353 (0)87 9983879

RIVER BANDON

15 July: There was a good run of fish in the Bandon with the rising water about 20 salmon landed for the week – some good fish of 13lbs to 14lbs were landed.  Best fishing methods fly and spinning.
07 July: 10 salmon landed for the week. A good run of fish with the recent rain fall. Some sea trout being caught around Innishannon

RIVER ILEN

15 July: 22 salmon landed for the week on the river Ilen mostly returned.

COOMHOLA RIVER

15 July: 14 salmon landed for the week.

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Shannon Region

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

[07/07/10]

River Feale and Smearlagh

15/07/10 High fishing water. Weather: Sunny,with showers 18.6 Deg.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
Web: www.northkerryanglers.com Email: info@northkerryanglers.com

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Western Region

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Erriff River

Fishery manager James Stafford reports from the Erriff on a great week of fishing. Very good water levels resulted in excellent fishing on the Erriff this week with some rods catching the bag limit and ‘sent to the side-line’ – a very pleasant feeling. Sparkling fresh salmon and sea trout continued to enter the river on every tide. A total of 40 salmon and 18 sea trout were caught in 37 rod-days over the week, an average of over one salmon a day per angler, which compares favourably with any salmon fishery in the country.
Mr. J. Orde & Mr. R. Cordy-Simpson, U.K. had 4 sparkling fresh grilse – best 5.5lbs, taken on a Cascade.  Mr. T. O’ Regan and Mr. K. Stewart caught 1 each in the Garden Pool and Bridge Pool.  Mr. A. Caffrey, Mr. D. Chambers & Mr. M. Vincent from Athy, Co. Kildare caught 5 between them all on Shrimp patterns.   Mrs. E. Hompesch from Germany caught 1 in the Garden Pool.  Mr. A. Muckian caught 4 grilse on shrimp patterns.  Junior anglers Killian Duffy & James Muckian from Dundalk availed of the free fly fishing tuition at Aasleagh Lodge and went on to catch their first ever salmon on a single handed fly rod and two days later caught another one each using a double handed rod. Mike Shanks from Irish Angler magazine landed 3 grilse in 1 day – all taken on Cascades, with 2 sportingly released.  Mr. A. Holden, Dublin had 4 grilse in 2 days on shrimp patterns. 

Mr. James Remington from Colorado, on his first visit to the fishery,  caught and released 2 salmon taken on a Curry’s Shrimp and Claret Dabbler in Broken Bridge and the Upper Gauge Pool.  Mr. John Dardis, Kildare caught 3 in one day on Cascades.  Dr. G. Kerschbaumer from France caught 2 - best almost 8lbs, and Mr. S. Jones, Dublin had 3 in one evening on Cascades. At the time of writing the river is running clear at 1.5 metres, with further rain expected to keep water levels in good condition. Fresh fish are running on every tide, and fishing prospects are excellent for the coming week. Rods are available on the river for the next few weeks with accommodation also available at Aasleagh Lodge, and guests can avail of free fly fishing tuition while staying at the lodge, a great way to get into fishing.

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

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Photo: Kevin Kinsella (Kildare) fished the Derryclare Butts   The fish took an Allys shrimp and weighed 4.75lbs.

Colin Folan from Lough Inagh reports on a great week for the Inagh fishery. Every beat is producing grilse and sea trout. The lake (Inagh) is about to explode for some lucky anglers. Most of the grilse are small for Inagh, weighing 4 - 5lbs, with some very good sea trout being encountered (2-3lbs).  The water levels are still very high as we had a full day’s heavy rain yesterday (Saturday).  In truth I have only good news to report.

Michael Heery (Dublin) fished Inagh for 2 days and recorded 2 grilse of 5lbs and 7lbs.  Michael also boated 9 sea trout to 2.5lbs and 4 brown trout to 1.5lbs.  Top flies were Green Dabbler, Green Peter and a Blue Zulu. Colin Folan and Dara O’Connor fished Corloo for a morning and Colin had 2  grilse of 4lbs, while Dara had a fish of 5lbs.  All 3 fish took a size 14 Cascade.

Kevin Kinsella (Kildare) fished the Derryclare Butts with his father Bill who is a regular visitor to Inagh, and Bill was able to point his son in the right direction to catch his first salmon.  The fish took an Allys shrimp and weighed 4.75lbs.
Tom McManus, John Finn and John Dardis all had grilse from the river this week.

Arthur Greenwood and Mark McDonald (N.Ireland) fished the Derryclare Butts for an evening and landed 10 sea trout on a Connemara Black and Peter Ross.
Noel Greaney and Kieran Power fished Inagh for an afternoon and recorded 5 sea trout to 2.5lbs on a Father Ronan. Kevin Crowley (Galway) fished Greenpoint for an afternoon and landed 7 sea trout, and Pat Molloy and Willie Cotter fished the Derrclare Butts and had 5 sea trout.

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 11 salmon were landed for 23 rod-days over last week. Good numbers of fish are entering at the moment, and water levels are being kept topped up by frequent showers and longer spells of rain. Among those to catch fish were Ger Henehan who had a grilse, one for Robert Stuart and two for Richard Stevens. Fish were taken from both the Middle River and the Lower River, with plenty of sightings of more fish. Nigel himself fished one beat and moved 4 fish, also getting pulls from 2 others, but did land a fish another day. Kylemore is already ahead of last year’s catch to date, and with more rainfall promised and excellent runs of both salmon and sea trout coming in, prospects for the coming weeks look very good indeed.
Nigel Rush
Kylemore Abbey Fishery
Tel: +353 (0)95 41178 or +353 (0)95 41161
Email: nigelrush@eircom.net Web: www.kylemoreabbeyfishery.net

Delphi Fishery

The run of grilse (smaller salmon that have spent just a year at sea) is now well underway and some 30 fish have been caught since the rains finally came on June 30.

It is a little early to gauge the size of the run – the catches are only moderate, which might imply a modest run. But anglers are reporting plenty of fish, albeit “with a poor take on them”.

Top rod for the week was Urs Leibundgut from Switzerland with four fish (7, 5, 4.5 & 4 pounds). Hans Majeron from Germany had three salmon (4.5, 3 & 2.5), as did Raoul de Waha from Luxembourg (5.5, 5 & 3).

Martin Devlin from Northern Ireland (6.5 & 3), Paul Smith from County Offaly (5.5 & 3.5), Trevor Tyler from Scotland (6 & 5) and Ben Watson (4 & 2) all had two fish each, in the latter case his first ever salmon. Giovanni Ghersina also lost his salmon fishing virginity with a 3.5-pounder from Finlough.

Finlough was the hot spot, accounting for 18 of the 30 salmon caught. The size if the fish ranged from a paltry 1lb 14oz up to a lovely sea-liced specimen of 7lb 3oz.

Lots of healthy sea trout up to 3lbs were taken in the week and the trout season looks likely to be the best for 20 years.
Peter Mantle
Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296
Web: www.delphi-salmon.com

Galway Weir

The Galway Fishery is, to use a well worn phrase, stuffed with fish at the moment. A casual look over the bridge reveals rows of dark torpedo shapes in the water, ranks of massed salmon resting quietly before making their way upstream. The run of salmon this year is proving to be the best for many years, and fishing is excellent at the moment. 108 salmon were landed for the week, with many more hooked and lost. First time visitors from the USA, young rods Brian Grimes, John and Dwyer Sisson, landed their first ever salmon each, all grilse between 4 and 5lbs. Eoin Cosgrove from Tuam had 3 grilse on fly to 5.5lbs, while Mick Browne from Dublin had 2 grilse on fly. Ned Cusack showed he’s still top rod in Galway at 91 years of age, landing 3 grilse to 6.5lbs on shrimp and fly. Todd and Melinda Servick from the USA had 3 grilse on fly between them, and long time visitor and Ryder Cup star Mark O’Meara had a great time on his trip, landing 5 grilse to 5lbs on fly. Frank Kenny from Galway had 3 grilse on fly, while Italian visitor Alessio Falorni had a nice 5.5lbs fish on fly. Tony Kavanagh from Galway landed 5 grilse to 6lbs on fly, and Michael Leonard from Dublin had 2 grilse on fly and shrimp. Donal Hegarty landed 3 grilse on fly, and Ned Kelly had 3 grilse to 6lbs on fly and shrimp. James, Grant and Ryan Liddell from the UK all had a fish each, with Grant landing his first ever salmon, and the biggest fish of the week, a beautiful 9lbs salmon caught on shrimp. Brian O’Rourke had 3 grilse to 5lbs on fly, while John Savage and Ivan Trimble from Northern Ireland had 3 grilse to 5lbs between them. Finally, long time visitor and friend of the fishery, 88 year old Charlie Stephens from the UK, landed 2 nice grilse of 4.5 and 5lbs on fly.

Water conditions are back to normal summer level, with one gate open, and such is the run of fish at the moment that all I can say about the prospects for the coming week is – excellent!

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North Western Region

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

[15/07/10]

River Moy

The Moy Fishery fished extremely well throughout the week, with 467 salmon caught, the majority taken on fly, with most of these being released. Tuesday past, saw the Cathedral Beat host the annual Juvenile Angling Competition, where 44 juvenile anglers took part, with a total of 33 salmon caught between them. The Cathedral Beat continued to fish well for the remainder of the week, with two on fly for Colin Lynam, Dublin, including this year’s heaviest to date from the Cathedral Beat, a fine specimen of 13.5lbs. Pollnamonagh produced fish, with two caught by Geoff Belcher, England. The Spring Wells yielded salmon with Andrew Pearse, England catching one on fly, as did the Ash Tree pool. The Community Beat, the Black Banks and the Point also proved successful beats for some. The Weir Pool had a good week, with Jesus Ugatte, Spain, catching three, releasing two, while Joze Ocvirk and Borut Jerse, both of Slovenia, caught and released a total of 4 salmon. However, the Ridge Pool had a very successful week, with over 180 salmon caught, including three for Jack Charlton whose best was 6.7lbs. Rene Roche, France also with three to the fly as did Antonio Rabel Pastor, Spain. The Freshwater beat produced its share also, with four apiece for Stuart Sumnall and Andrew Green, both of England.

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Photo: Colin Lynam, Dublin and his 13.5lbs salmon with Cathedral Beat Ghillie, Declan Hughes

As part of the Ballina Salmon Festival, Ballina Salmon Anglers’ hosted an under 16 Festival Fishing Competition which was held on Saturday at the Canal side Park, with parents and children alike enjoying a fine morning. Forty-five children in total fished the competition which was won by Wynne Dempsey, with two salmon. Mathew McHale was second and Morgan O’Malley was third. Heavy rain on Saturday evening led to flood conditions on Sunday, causing an extremely large run of salmon through Ballina, coupled with a very heavy angling effort, as anglers from all over the country and beyond congregated on the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water. Mostly fishing worm, large numbers of salmon were taken in these conditions.  

Upstream at Mount Falcon angling improved, where Andrew Wisharp N.Ireland had three, with his best at 6.5lbs. The Knockmore water, Attymass, Byrne’s and Armstrong’s all continued to yield fish and at Gannon’s the trend continued, with Cecil Nixon, N. Ireland catching one of 5lbs on the worm. At the Foxford Fishery, Michael Raper and party of four had 43 salmon for the week, releasing twelve. Rinanney had a very successful week and the Foxford town fisheries also produced fish. At Cloongee, David Robinson, UK and Brian Corrigan, Monaghan, were among those to land salmon. East Mayo Anglers’ water fished reasonably well, including fly caught salmon for Billy McGhee, Ballyvary and Sean Garvey, Louth.   

Ballisodare Fishery

Ballisodare continued to produce great fishing, with a total of 165 caught for the week, 74 of these safely released. A group of four visiting French tourists enjoyed a very successful trip to Ballisodare, catching a total of 32 salmon and releasing 14. R.Kelly, Co.Antrim caught a 7lbs salmon on the prawn while Paddy Byrne, Strokestown had a very nice fish of 9lbs on fly. Local Angler Seamus Brogan also had a fine fish on the fly, weighing in at 10lbs.  

Burrishoole Fishery

The Burrishoole Fishery continued to improve from last week’s result, with 24 salmon caught for the four day open period. Dermott Seymour enjoyed success catching four salmon in total, while Pat Byrne, Cavan had three. Eamon Giblin, Clare, Tim Aldiss, England and Martin Hughes all did well, catching three salmon apiece, while Oliver Corcoran had one.

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Northern Region

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

[13/07/10]

River Drowes

salmon
Photo: Jessica Root on her first ever days salmon fishing recorded 3 grilse caught on shrimp weighing from 2½ to 4½lb.

The Drowes remained very low once again all week. There was however heavy rain on Saturday night. This did not have a dramatic effect on river levels due to the Lough being so low, but it did however raise the level in the river by some 2 inches (the river rose from extremely low to very low!) and the river is now reading 0.28 metres on the gauge. Despite low levels there was however a very good run of grilse for the week with the lift in water levels encouraging a lot of grilse to run the river on Sunday in particular.

Angling was very good despite the very low water levels and there were over 40 salmon caught for the week. On Monday, P.J. Bailey recorded 2 grilse caught on the worm from the Black Hole weighing 3 & 4lb. There was then little caught until Thursday when 12 fish were recorded. George McAteer landed a 3lb grilse on shrimp. A. Rafferty accounted for a 3lb grilse caught on the fly from the Sea Pools. Barry Chew recorded 2 grilse caught on the fly. Bill Likely recorded a 5lb grilse caught from the Sea Pools on a fly. Joe Hall accounted for a 4lb grilse caught from the Sea Pools on a fly. D. Kennedy had a good day recording 3 grilse caught on shrimp weighing 4, 4 & 7lb. Michael Hawkshaw accounted for 4lb grilse caught on the fly. H. Esch landed a 3½lb grilse and Michael Faurug a grilse of 6lb from the Sea Pools, both on the fly. There was, was once again, little caught until Sunday which proved to be the best day with 26 salmon recorded for the day! G. Morrow recorded 4 grilse caught and released from the Sea Pools on shrimp weighing from 3 to 5lb. D. Kennedy recorded a further 3 grilse caught (and released) weighing from 3 to 4lb. D. Jordan accounted for a 5lb grilse caught on the fly from The Meadow. A holidaying Spanish party recorded 3 fish caught on the fly weighing 4, 5 & 6lb. Pat White landed 2 grilse weighing 4 & 4½lb on the fly at Lennox’s Bridge. J. Little recorded a 5lb grilse caught on the fly from the Trout Pool. Andy Best accounted for 2 grilse caught from the Sea Pools on fly weighing 4lb each. Billy Reed landed a 4lb grilse on fly from The Meadow. Bill Likely caught 4lb grilse from the Washstones on a Toby lure. Joe Cullin logged a 4lb grilse caught on a fly from the Mill Run. Michael McEvoy recorded a 5lb grilse caught on shrimp from The Meadow. Fishery owner Shane Gallagher accounted for 2 grilse caught from the New Bridge weighing 3 & 6lb on a Toby Lure. Alan Collonwail registered a 3lb grilse caught on the fly from The Meadow. Jessica Root on her first ever days salmon fishing recorded 3 grilse caught on shrimp weighing from 2½ to 4½lb. She’ll be hooked now!

The forecast for the coming week is for unsettled weather and periods of rain. Hopefully this will mean water levels continue to rise. Allied to the upcoming spring tides, prospects look very good for the coming week.

Two specimen sea trout caught on fly from the Sea Pools on July 14 of 6.75lb and 13.5lb. The Irish record for a sea trout is 16lb 6oz.
Shane Gallagher
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Web: www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055.

Lough Melvin

The Lough is still very low and only a few rods ventured out over the week. Salmon angling was quiet and I have not heard of any anglers fishing for the same apart from Noel Johnson who recorded a 3lb 7oz grilse caught on the fly from the Rossinver Fishery. Good numbers of grilse should have run into the Lough on Sunday (see above) and it will be interesting to see if these feature in catches over the coming week.

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 were some nice conditions on the river this week. We received a decent flood (0.28m) on Monday which gave good water levels into Tuesday. Rain on Tuesday night ensured the river rose again slightly to read 0.23m on Wednesday. The level then fell away gradually over the week to read 0.13m by Saturday. On Sunday we received a very big flood with the gauge reading 0.71m at its highest. This flood was very slow to drop and meant that the river was virtually unfishable on Sunday. The gauge average for the week read 0.27 metres. The down side was probably the fact that some days were very bright with uninterrupted sun. Still, most of the population appreciated the big orange thing in the sky.

The river finally saw a few anglers with 29 visiting rods fishing for the week. There were a fair number of salmon that entered the river over the week and, to date, I have 8 salmon recorded in the catch register this week and there were some 15 salmon caught for the week. On Monday, John Lennon recorded a 6lb fish caught on the fly from beat 5. On Tuesday, D. Sullivan accounted for a 4lb grilse caught from beat 8. On Wednesday, Thomas Corr caught a 3½lb grilse from beat 7 on a spinner. On Thursday. Pat Cowley accounted for 4½lb grilse from beat 9 caught on the fly and there were two other grilse caught to 6lb. On Saturday, Alan Watson recorded a 3lb grilse caught on the fly from Altmor on beat 9 losing a further fish later on.

At the time of writing (Monday) the river is fine fettle and the forecast is for unsettled wet weather for the coming week. The prospects look good!

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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Loughs Agency area

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

[16/07/10]

Good catches on Foyle rivers

The welcome splash of rain of these past few days has led to some good salmon fishing on the Foyle rivers. There have been some fantastic catch reports coming my way! Sam Andrews from County Antrim had thirteen salmon over two mornings fishing on the upper Finn (he remarked that the Apache and the Wilkinson Shrimp worked very well for him). Larry Swire from Birmingham banked seven salmon in an evening session. All these fish were reported to be silver, some had sea lice and all were six pounds plus. Mourne and tributaries are starting to experience improved fishing, if somewhat slower than the Finn. They should improve as we move into the weekend and water conditions become more favourable. The River Roe is seeing fish caught too, with improved conditions. The Faughan, likewise, continues to improve, with fish caught upstream as far as Claudy. Craig Smith and Connor McCarron have reported catches of four salmon each this week on the Faughan. The river also reports good catches of sea trout. The River Dennett, like many other rivers in the Foyle system this year, has shown an increase in sea trout numbers. Father and son Ian and Stephen Gamble and David McCorkell are among successful anglers landing sea trout this week. Stephen also landed his first Dennett grilse of the season. Further rain is forecast over the next few days. Therefore, fishing for salmon and sea trout should steadily improve and remain good over the weekend. The Finn and its tributaries and the River Foyle remain catch and release - single barbless hook only and no bait fishing permitted. Information on day tickets is available on our website www.loughs-agency.org Angling guides are also available on the website

New Regulations

The Loughs Agency has introduced regulations in response to declining stocks in the Foyle system, and in particular the River Finn. The Loughs Agency has been forced to take action to protect and conserve wild Atlantic Salmon and to ensure their future sustainability.

These Regulations were made to take account of the Agency's national and international obligations including the requirements of the European Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the Conservation of Wild Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora) which states that "if a species is included under the Directive (of which North Atlantic Salmon are), measures must be taken to maintain or restore them to favourable status in their natural range.

The failure of the River Finn salmon stocks to meet sustainability targets, is of principle concern. The Loughs Agency has undertaken these of actions which will

. Suspend commercial salmon fishing
. Direct that recreational angling in the River Finn and Foyle become strictly catch and release. 

These measures should be seen as part of a much wider programme that includes juvenile salmon habitat rehabilitation, anti poaching efforts, pollution control and raising concerns over salmon predators.

These regulations will be enforced from Tuesday 15th June 2010.

Further information on catch and release for recreational anglers can be found on the Loughs Agency website at www.loughs-agency.org.

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TROUT ANGLING

Trout Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[14/07/10]

River Fane

The Fane is still in need of water despite the recent rain and there have not been a lot of anglers fishing for wild brown trout because of the unfavourable water conditions.

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 Conway can be contacted at 086 1242966 or eamonnconwayflyfishing@hotmail.com

Rivers Dee and Glyde

The River Dee is still low and clear at the minute and in need of water. There has bee a rise in the Glyde with some colour in the water. There has not been much angling activity reported.

River Boyne and Tributaries

Brown trout fishing has slowed on many areas of the River Boyne and its tributaries due to the recent rain.

John Maguire reports that the upper Boyne (Longwood area) has been effected by the recent rain and that conditions are not ideal for fly-fishing at the moment. Prior to the rain there was good trout fishing to blue winged olives during the day and small sedges in the evening. John thinks that a few days without rain should improve thing but the forecast is not looking too good for the next few days.

If you fancy spending a day on the Upper Boyne  with John he can be contacted on his mobile at 087 66 123 76 or by email at  john@boynevalleyflyfishing.com

Angling guide Marc O'Regan reports that he has had a number of visitors from France, UK, USA and Northern Ireland recently. Marc reports that the water level around the Trim area has risen by at least a foot over the last week. Conditions are not  the best for dry fly fishing at the moment but fishing on the wet fly and nymph is producing good results. The golden ribbed hares ear is producing good fishing a the moment. Maurice and Pierre who have been vising the Boyne Valley for some years now returned to spend ten days with Mary Lydon in Kiltale Cottage outside Trim. The duo have fished with Marc for a few days and had some nice trout to 14 inches.

Two brothers who fished on Boyne on consecutive evenings caught a trout of 3.5lb and another of 7lb the following night. If you fancy spending a day on the Boyne, Marc O'Regan can be contacted at crannmor@eircom.net or visit www.crannmor.com

Colm Lynch from east coast angling reports that he fished the Boyne at Navan before the rise in water level and had a nice 1lb  wild brown trout on a size 16 sherry spinner. Colm used a .14 fluro-carbon leader.

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

Kells Blackwater

A group of young French anglers fished for trout on the Kells Blackwater on Tuesday 14th July with local angling guide Pat McLoughlin. Conditions were good with the water dropping and clearing  after recent rain. Two of the anglers aged 10 and 12 caught and released 10 wild brown trout each. The best of these weighed 1.25lbs.  Pat reports that the river is in great condition at the moment and anticipates lots of fish being caught over the next few days. The best fish reported this week was taken by Peter Martin from Northern Ireland who landed a beautiful wild brown trout which Pat estimates to have been in the region of 5.5lb. Mr Alain Lafont from France also visited this week and caught and released 15 trout up until lunch time yesterday (Tuesday 14th). Alain fished with Noel McLoughlin and his best trout measured 37cms.

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

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

Creevy Lake

Lots of anglers are continuing to fish at Creevy Lake despite the fact that the fishing has been slow. Occasional fish are being taken but the fishing is difficult.

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Southern Region

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

[15/07/10]

Fishing at Knockaderry Reservoir is suspended

We regret to annouce that fishing at Knockaderry Reservoir is susended until futher notice.

Carrigavantry is fishing quite well and was stocked recently with 350 Rainbows of 1kg to 1.75kgs.

The Development Project at Carrigavantry is well advanced and the stone filled baskets are now being allowed to settle before the concrete cap is placed on the walkways. The holes in the road have been filled and surfacing will be completed when heavy machines and trucks are finished on the lakeside.
Waterford City and County Trout Anglers Association
http://waterfordflyfishing.com

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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

[08/07/10]

Lough Sheelin

Week Ending Sunday July 11th, 2010: The lake fished very well during the week particularly thursday with huge numbers of small trout being observed 6” – 7”.
Anglers varied, some wet fly fishing, some dry fly fishing.  A small sedge was the most successful fly to use on every occasion.
56 trout were recorded as being caught most averaged 1¾ - 2 lbs, but weight did go up to 4 lbs.  As a general rule most fish were released.

Best catches were: John Murphy, Crover –  4 wild trout on Monday July 5th caught around the Church Island/Long Rock area of the lake using a small dry sedge ( 1½ - 2 lbs).  3 wild trout caught on Wednesday July 7th averaged 1½ - 2 lbs.  All trout were released.

Michael Kelly, Dublin – 4 trout on Tuesday, all caught on the dry, best 3½ and 4 lbs.  4 trout on Wednesday, 1½ - 1¾ lbs.  10 trout on Thursday best was over 3 lbs.  All caught using a dry sedge and all fish were released.

Ken Cairns, Dundalk – 5 trout on Saturday July 10th, all using a wet sedge, biggest fish was 2½ lbs.  All fish were released.
Brendan Montgomery
By email

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

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Western Region

[15/007/10]

Lough Mask

Liam Gavin reports from Cushlough that angling on Lough Mask this week is again quite slow. Angling effort is extremely low, the ember of optimism is the number of fish observed free rising particularly in the deep sections North of Devenish Island. The Bilbery competition distracted many of the native Mask/Carra fishing specialists away from their home turf during the weekend. Plenty of bad fishing reports to be had and only a few good reports. Anglers Peter & Noel O'Boyle fished hard for 4 days with only 2 trout for effort. Many people drawing blanks in what should be good fishing conditions. German born but now local man Harold Schmitt and a friend had a great day’s trolling with a Rapala around Long Island with a wonderful specimen ferox weighing approx. 12lbs. Ballinrobe & District Anglers held their annual junior fishing competition on Sunday with 16 keen participants. The winner was local hotshot Kevin Vahey with 1 pike and 2 perch.

Lough Carra

Lough Carra is still fishing well, with many reports of success around the lake. Alan Flynn from Castlebar fished for 3 days last week, landing14 fish weighing approx. 18lbs, with 14 fish sportingly returned. Dara Tierney & Tom Brennan from Kildare fished Saturday and had 7 fish to the boat, all fish were released including a 4lbs cracker. Joe Flannery reported good fishing from many people renting boats, with plenty of surface activity especially towards dusk, and excellent fly hatches. Alan and Hugh Marshall from Co. Down had 5 fish in one day weighing 10lbs, heaviest 3lbs. Cork angler David McCarthy who is no stranger to Lough Carra reported matching his best fishing ever in one day by catching 7 trout, all to one fly which was said to resemble a dark olive.

Lough Corrib

 

ferox trout
Photo: Stanislav Krouzel caught this ferox trout in April. The fish measured 86cm and weighed over 7.5kg.

Lough Corrib is fishing better for salmon than trout at the moment, with the trout focused on perch fry as is usual during July. A late report was received from Karel Sourek from Prague, who landed the massive 25.1lbs trout during April, and sent on some photos from his trip of another huge ferox landed by his friend Stanislav Krouzel during their trip. As they were heading back in to the pier in Oughterard, the fish took just before dark, and took 15 minutes to land. The fish measured 86cm and weighed over 7.5kgs, that’s over 16.5lbs in old money! As with Karel’s big fish, this one was taken while trolling Rapalas, and was also very sportingly released after being weighed and photographed.

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North Western Region

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

[15/07/10]

Ballin Lough

Angling on Ballin Lough improved somewhat from last week, with 26 anglers catching a total of 56 trout, (31 released). Pat Murphy and boat partner had 8 rainbow trout; releasing 6 with their best fish at 3lbs. Ten trout (8 released) were caught by Ruth and John Mattlea, Leitrim, with their best fish 2.5lbs. Cork anglers Ian Wilson and friend had 6 trout, with their best at 2.5lbs.

Loughs Billberry & Lannagh

The 16th annual McConville Cup was hosted on Billberry and Lannagh Loughs between Friday 9th and Sunday 11th July. This year saw a record entry of 142 anglers taking part in the competition which proved testing. Derek Madden was this year’s winner, with two trout for 3.38lbs, Alan Brown was second with two for 3.32lbs while Seamus Kelly took third with two for 2.82lbs. Tom Carroll of Islandeady won the prize for heaviest fish, Juliet Jerry won the best lady angler section while Shane Walsh won the best club member section.

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Northern Region

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

[15/07/10]

Lough Melvin

Trout angling was difficult during the day and the best catches were by those rods that fished in the evenings. The small number of boats who did fish in the late evenings recorded some nice catches of 6 to 8 good sonaghan from the School House and from the deeps out from the School House.

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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Northern Ireland

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Loughs Agency area

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

[15/07/10]

Cashel Trout Fishery

Although the weather has been quite unsettled anglers are still keen to test their ability at Cashel.

Maghera’s Bernard Mellon released thirty-three trout over two day which fell to grey dries. John Mc Anulty (Antrim) bagged one at 3lb 2ozs while Ernie Mc Callion (Limavady) bagged two at 5lb 6ozs which took a wee purple fly. Robbie Lyttle (Limavady) released three, Adrian Guy (Limavady) released one while Willie Lowry (Limavady) released six which took daddies and small lures. Young Ciarn Guy (Limavady) released one which fell to a dry also. Dungiven’s Mark Boyce released two which fell to the f-flies while Stephen Canavan (Bellaghy) released two. Jason Wilson (Derry) bagged two and released eight over two days which took damsel nymphs and hare’s ear nymphs. Jim Russell (Whiteabbey) bagged one at 2lb and unfortunately lost a dozen others which took wee bibios. Derry’s Michael Doherty, Patrick Doherty, Niall Doherty, Billy Hazlett banked a total of twenty-one trout between them with Patrick taking two home for tea which weighed 7lb 12ozs.

14 July Firstly, a million thanks to Adrian, Lexie and the team from the Glens Community Association who chose to have this beautiful day with us here at Cashel Trout Fishery.

A total of 20 men, women and children took part in Ricky Lowry Memorial Cup Day at Cashel Trout Fishery today.  Ricky's family, from Limavady and surrounding areas took part in this great day.  Guided and assisted by group leaders Adrian Guy and Lexie Stewart everyone had a very enjoyable and prolific day banking a total of 28 trout which were all released back into the lake.  Young Morgan Mc Kinney won 1st prize with six trout, Jodie Guy won 2nd prize with five trout and Dylan Farren won 3rd prize with three trout. 
Well done to all!
Marlene
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email: casheltrout@hotmail.com  Website: www.cashellakeview.co.uk


COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[15/07/10]

Cavan and Monaghan

A group of French youths fished on Lackan Lakes recently with angling guide Pat McLoughlin. The group of youths caught and released over 100 perch, roach and bream for their days fishing.

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.

The Coiste Siamse Garda All Ireland Angling Championships 2010

This will be taking place on 25th July 2009 at Lough Muckno, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan.

The All Ireland Garda Confined event under N.C.F.F.I rules will take place on Lough Muckno, Castleblaney draw at 9am on the 24th July at Hope Castle. The Garda extends an open invitation to all N.C.F.F.I and visiting anglers to the open section of this event. Draw for the open Section at 9am Hope Castle, Lough Muckno.

Entry fee to the open is 30, all of which will be paid out less 5 per man, which will give each angler a 5euro bet at the Race Night which follows the presentation.

The presentations will take place at 7pm in the Concra Wood Golf and Leisure Centre, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan followed by refreshments and Race Night.

This is a wonderful opportunity for all anglers to savour the great fishing on Lough Muckno on the day preceding the All Ireland and perhaps stay over in one of the many guesthouses the owners of whom have been requested to do some special rates.

Richard Caplice. Garda CAC chairman.

Please check details of the above events with the organisers. For further information and booking please contact 00 353 87 2405317 to book your place. Pegs are limited.

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Southern Region

[29/06/10]

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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

[15/07/10]

Longford and Strokestown

anglersbream
Photo:Good mixed catch for Dave and Alan from Blackpool despite bad weather.

Dave, Alan, Neal and Ray from Blackpool have now been coming to Ireland for over twenty years now and know just how bad the weather can be, they were staying with Kevin and Jane of Melview Lodge for there 6th year so know the waters pretty well. Kevin said the lads prebaited and fished in weather conditions that only experienced anglers would, by this time there umbrellas were broken by the high winds but this did not put them off as they still managed some good catches of Bream, Hybrids and Roach fishing mainly the feeder.

bream
Photo: Neal and Ray from Blackpool brave the weather conditions for Bream & Hybrids.

Fishing in and around Longford and Strokestown has been good despite some very bad weather conditions, feeder fishing seemed to produce the best fish with Bream to 4lb 10oz along with some good Hybrids and Roach. At the time of writing rain some heavy was still falling, I'm sure once the Loughs, Lakes and Rivers return to there normal levels we should see some good catches.
Kevin Lyons, 
MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE,
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email:
  info@melviewlodge.com Web: http://www.melviewlodge.com

Mohill and Carrick on Shannon

Lough Allan

Lough allen
Photo: Discover Lough Allen day took place last week and a great days fishing for the youngters was had .

Lough Rynn

A Chernoble day took place on Lough Rynn last Sunday and it was a great days fun for them. With lots of diferent things to do the day went well.

Hill Street Lakes

bream
Photo: Ian Coats from Nottingham with a nice net of bream from the Hill Street Lakes.

Ian Coats from Nottingham fished Hill Street Lakes. Ian started early in the morning, fishing the wagler in 4 feet of water. Using maggot the bream came steadily all morning and he ended up with 80lb of mostly bream.

Shemore match fishing club

Wednesday match on Tully Lake

Thursday evening match Lough Scur

Sunday match Lough Scur

Brian Bohan
CHA FLYNNS COTTAGE & GUIDING SERVICE
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Bbohan70@eircom.net Web http://www.Chaflynnscottage.com

Portumna

hybrid
Photo: A a typical example of the quality of fish on the Shebeen Stretch.

After much needed rain and cloud cover fishing now getting back to normal. Had good days on the Shebeen Stretch after cutting away vegetation on the unfished area (Maddens Field) Good nets of Bream, Roach, Hybrids, and Perch. I attach a photo of a typical example I caught yesterday weighing nearly 5lbs I had several more similar between 4lb- 5lbs also a fine Perch just under 3lbs. Lets hope this will now continue. No report for Rodgers Island which is still closed to vehicles so few venturing down. 
Mike Murray ,
MURRAY'S B&B, Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Email murrays.ireland@yahoo.co.uk Web http://www.bedandbreakfastportumna.com

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Western Region

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

[01/07/10]

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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]

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Northern Ireland

[15/07/10]

Huge tench - potential record

Finbarr Quigley sent us the following news by email.

tench
Photo: Keith Berry could have claimed a record for this

The captor is Keith Berry from Northern Ireland, a member of the Tenchfishers who is also the current holder of the British Roach record and the fish was caught in the middle of the day at 2pm last weekend.

Even though the fish is 6.5oz over the current record, Keith will not be claiming the record because his scales were not certified in advance of the capture. He has given me permission to provide you with the photograph, but details of the venue will have to remain a closely-guarded secret. Unfortunately for the rest of us!!
Finbarr Quigley
Regional Organiser for The Tenchfishers

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[15/07/10]

There is very little pike angling activity taking place the moment. Two juvenile anglers from Spain fished with Pat McLoughlin in the Cavan area recently. The younger of the two aged 10 landed a beautiful 14.5lb pike.

A few small jack pike were taken recently on Mullagh lake.

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Southern Region

no report this week - [most recent report 21/02/10]

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South Western Region

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

no reports this week - [most recent report 28/10/09]

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Shannon Region

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

[15/07/10]

Athlone Anglers

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Photo: Participants at our annual youth competition.

Gary McDonald Wins Youth Competition: Our annual youth competition took place last Sunday when sixteen boats full of eager young anglers headed down river in search of big pike hoping to show their elders how it’s done and that they did! The captains were kept busy during the day with almost thirty pike brought to the scales for weighing.

With the final weigh in at Burgess Park that evening it was soon obvious that Gary McDonald was the clear winner with a fantastic Pike weighing 15lb 14ozs. Tyrone Berry received second prize for his 9lb 12oz pike and third prize went to Daryl Byrne for his 8lb 14oz pike. Caolan Naughton took fourth place for his 7lb 10oz pike while Michael Hughes with a pike weighing 7lb 4ozs was fifth. John Naughton weighed in a pike at 6lb 1oz for sixth place and Reece Moran whose pike weighed 5lb 8ozs received the prize for seventh place. A Pike weighing 5lb 4ozs was weighed in by Adam Conroy and he received eight prize and the ninth and final place went to Callum Tobin for his 5lb pike.

Very sincere thanks to Anthony Quinn and to Des Powell for their sponsorship and to Keith Dowling and Bernard Kelly who were the very busy Captains of The Day.

Ladies Competition: Next week, Sunday 18th July, it’s the turn of the ladies to show what they can do when it comes to catching pike. The competition will start from Coosan Point at 10.30pm and finish there at 5pm with the last weigh in. As usual lunch will be served on the shoreline at 1pm approximately and at which time we will also have the judging for the most glamorous hat and wellies. The presentation of prizes will take place that evening in the Snug Bar and everyone is welcome to come along and be entertained late into the night by the sweet dulcet sounds of Brian Sullivan. This is always a fantastic day out and we would urge all our members to come along and take part in what always turns out to be the social event of the year.

Euro-Festival Pike Competition: As part of the Euro-Festival which is running from the 24th July to the 30th July Athlone Urban Council are sponsoring an Open Pike Competition which will take place on Saturday 24th July. The competition is open to all anglers fishing from boats and will start from Coosan Point at 10.30am and will finish there at 5.30pm with the last weigh in. During the day a weigh in station will be manned on Inchmore Island where all fish must be brought to be weighed by the official Marshall. The entry fee will be €10 per boat and first prize has been guaranteed by Athlone Urban Council at €300 and all the entry fees will be used for the prizes 2nd to 4th. The presentation of prizes will take place that evening in the Coosan Tavern where, no doubt, Michael Murphy and his team will excel in the hospitality stakes.

For Your Diary: The following is the schedule of competitions that it is proposed to hold over the next few weeks Please note this list may change due to unforeseen circumstances, however the details of each competition will be published in this newspaper, on the www.Athlone.ie website and sent out to members by text message in the week prior to each competition.

July 18th – Ladies Competition; Saturday 24th July – Euro Festival Pike Competition; August 1st – The John Moran Memorial Cup. August 8th – The Children’s Competition on the Promenade.
Eamon Cunningham P.R.O.

Athlone Anglers Association
Ph: 087 - 2340815 EMail: eamo@iol.ie

Lough Derravaragh

Its always hearth warming when your kids take up your chosen sport. It’s another story when they start getting the better of the old master. I had to swallow my pride last Sunday on Derravaragh as my 11-year-old daughter April hammered me in the family competition. We had six pike on the day with April boating a fine fish of 15lbs 7oz.

Barry Darby and young son Jack won the senior section with a pike of 16lbs. The Lake will produce some fine fish in the coming weeks and is certainly worth a trip. Our best lures were storm trout and perch, which we will feature in our August Gear and Tackle special. I was chatting to Paul O’Callaghan of Anglers World, and he has some great offers coming on line for summer piking.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer
Mobile: 087-2797270.
Web: www.midlandangling.com

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Western Region

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

No report this week - [most recent report 01/06/10]

 

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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

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

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

Alannah's Pike Competition a big success

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Photo: Trevor Emmet with the biggest pike of the day.

This is a quick report on last Sunday's event in Arvagh.

We'd a fantastic turnout of 163 anglers, inc 11 jnrs, (not all anglers fished, as some simply dropped by, to sign in & wish us well, on their way elswhere.. good on ye lads)

Despite the rain since Thursday, the lakes remain very low and only 70 pike were weighed in. The heaviest was 9lb, caught by Trevor Emmet Dublin. The fishing was slow for the first few hours with just a few jacks caught . Around the 2.30pm mark, the pike became active but were feeding on fry and ignored the bigger baits. Some lads on the north side of the lake failed to tempt a nice double figured fish, feeding in weed fringe.. she wasnt having any of it, despite trying every bait in the bag.

Oughter didnt fish well and only threw up a few jacks, the rest came from town lake. This inc the 9lber where Mick Fitzpatrick was on hand to photograph . Well done Trevor.. Only 2 of the juniors managed to catch fish, but it wasnt through lack of effort , so the rest of the prizes, in the catagory were presented to the jnrs in recognition of this.

The little lady herself, 'Alannah' & her parents arrived in at the presentation, where Alannahs Dad passed on his deep gratitude to all ... & half the room choked up . She's a beautiful, happy wee thing and yapped away happily throught the presentation.

The prizes were presented by Michael Fitzpatrick nrfb and Des Chew Dublin Angling Int. Who were the guiding force behind the running of this event. We greatly appreciate the help, preparation, commitment and esp, the time they put in.

Despite the fishing we'd a great day out. There were plenty of 'tomato coloured' faces around the town after the fishing too and the staff at the Breffni Arms hotel were on hand to quench any thirst or hunger pangs.

Senior

Junior


To all our angling colleagues out there , Its hard to convey our gratitude strongly enough. As time and again throughtout the running of this, we were left godsmacked by the surge of support and genorsity from ye all . Even yesterday you kept em coming, in thick and fast.... donations, prizes etc. It was magic to see it all.
WE WILL get around to thanking you all individually,,, but for now, you know who you are, and we know who you are.. Thanks a million!!
By the way so far we made almost €6,880 (as of 8pm today) from the 'Alannah angling event'
Jimmy Thompson
By email

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[15/07/10]

Very little in the way of sea angling reports this week. The colour in the Boyne Estuary has made fishing difficult and no reports of catches have been received. Reports of tope being caught in North Louth, Dundalk Bay and at Dunany Point have been received but unfortunately no details of individual catches have been received.

Jim Hendrick reports a short session between weather systems produced some nice fish on wednesday 14 July. Jim can be contacted at www.probassfisher.com

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:
enquiries@srfb.ie

[15/07/10]

Milo Bourke wins Youghal open deep sea competition

Over 30 anglers took part in this year's event on the Charter Boats Rebecca C (Martin Colfer), Sea Hunter (Gavin Tivy) and Deora Dé (James Linehan) Saturday's weather was challenging with F4-5 southerly winds and rain on and off all day.

The fishing was good, Cod being caught up to 8lb, Pollack and Ling up to 9lb and Mackerel were in good numbers on Saturday. Sunday's weather was sunny with light winds which were welcomed by all. Mackerel were low in numbers compared to Saturday. An intense day fishing by all to get a high score on the score cards. Big shoals of coal fish being fished by the Deora Dé crew as were found by the Sea Hunter crew on Saturday.

All boats had Cod 7-8lbs, Pollack up to 6-7lbs, Haddock coming aboard the Rebecca C. At anchor conger were slow 5-6 fish on the boats so all went back to drifting. Lines up were 4pm. Prize giving at the Quays Bar (Main Sponsors) 6pm. A great weekend fishing was had by all anglers.

Milo Bourke
Photo: Milo Burke with organisers Martin Colfer & Gavin Tivy

Results after 2 days fishing

Junior U18

Ladies Winner

Youghals Charter Boats would like to thank the Quays Bar and all the sponsors for their support. Also Youghal Tourist Office, Aquatrek and the people who helped out over the weekend.

For a days fishing on Dept. Marine approved Charter vessels licensed and insured contact 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:
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[15/07/10]

Cork Harbour angling reports

Big bass and megrim

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Photo: Tony and his huge bass

One of the biggest bass from Cork Harbour in years was recently caught by well known Cork angler, Tony Tait. Tony is well known in the small boats circle, but tries his hand at shore fishing aswell and it was from a harbour shore spot that he caught this beauty. Tony had planned a offshore session on his Warrior 175 but was put off by the strong SW winds that kicked up at the start of last weekend. Instead, Tony opted to fish one of his back-up shore marks in the harbour. Using crab for bait and a simple one hook rig Tony didn't have to wait long before he was into this monster. Tony did expect to hook up a bass but not one of this size!!! Wow, its huge. Well done, Tony. The fish registered 6.36kg on Tony's certified scales, thats over 14lbs in old money. The fish had a length of 83.5cm and a girth of 49.5cm; what a fish!

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Photo: Tony and his specimen megrim

When Tony did eventually get offshore his run of luck continued. Tony managed a fine specimen megrim, pictured over. Some buggers have all the luck!!!

Tony is a regular competitor in the Cork Small Boats Festival and should be in the final shakeup again this year. For more information on the Small Boats Festival have a look here http://www.skuaangling.net/.

This fantastic story was forwarded by another well known Cork angler, Kevin Murphy of Bellavista Boats. Thanks Kevin. Kevin has a fine fleet of Warrior 175's for hire. If you would like more information on these self-drive boats have a look here http://www.bassfishingireland.com/.

Deep sea Festival

There are €2000 in cash prizes to be won in this year's Cobh International Deep Sea Angling Festival. That's on top of the usual array of crystal prizes. In fact the total prize fund now stands at over €7,500. If you haven't booked in for this event, you should seriously think about giving it a shot, especially as the fishing out of Cork Harbour this year has been so good. The Festival starts on Monday 6th September and runs over 4 days concluding on Friday 10th September.

The fishing over the years at this event has been excellent. It is a unique competition in that points are scored mainly by weight. This is a throw back to the format of old competitions prior to the introduction of conservation in the '70's. In fact Cobh SAC were one of the first clubs to pioneer competitions run under a conservation format. Nevertheless, this competition is the nearest you'll get to the old competitions of yesteryear. The fish are still returned, mind!!! However, they are weighed onboard and recorded to the nearest 0.5kg. Points are awarded by kg and per fish. As a result many of the competitors concentrate on fishing for conger and quite hefty scores can be notched up as the average conger in these parts weigh between 10 and 20 kgs. The heaviest fish last year was a 15kg conger, but there were many of similar size. In prior years they have been even heavier.

It's not all conger, though, and quality cod, ling, and pollack abound. Indeed, tactics come into play and many a previous winner has concentrated on gilling for pollack for the week.

What marks this competition out, though, is the banter and fun to be had during the week. Needless to say it doesn't just end in the boats, but carries on in the various watering holes that all competitors retire to from the pier. Its that mix of quality fishing and craic that has made this such a successful event over the years. Indeed, the competition is in its 44th year now and many of the international anglers from England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Belgium, and Holland have been returning year in, year out.

The beauty about Cork Harbour, aswell, is that in the event of inclement weather there are still productive venues that can be fished. Its definitely one to mark in your calendar. If you are interested in fishing this Festival you can contact Cobh SAC Club secretary, Mary Geary, on 021 - 4812167 for more information, or download the entry forms at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cobhsac/. Don't delay, book today!!!

500 pollack to 8lbs in a week from Beara shore

While the weather has become a more unsettled over the past week the shore fishing on the Beara is still good.

On their fourth visist to the Beara Mark, Steve. Peter, Tom and Adam caught Ray to 8lbs, conger to 19lbs, pollack to 4lbs and one memorable day on a previously unfished mark saw Steve and Mark catch 20 huss to 12.5lbs and on plenty of occasions their 80lb line was bitten through indicating a large presence of good congers. The newly named ‘Norfolk Rocks’ will be receiving more attention over the coming weeks.

Danny Parkins and his fishing partner brought their spinning rods to the Beara and during their week long stay had over 500 Pollack to 8lbs 7ozs as well as the Pollack they caught Mackerel, Coalfish, Bass, John Dory, Ballan and Cuckoo Wrasse.

Reports have also reached me of a 17lb 2oz Thornback Ray taken from the shore. Hopefully more on this and a picture next week.

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

Castletownbere Small Boat Competition

On Sunday 1st August, we are running a small boat angling competition from Castletownbere. We realise that time is running short, but we are ressurecting this competition that used to run successfully each year in days gone by. Obviously, in todays times, the competition is to be run with a different format than before with hopefully a compromise between environmentally and sustainable fishing, whilst also giving a visual spectacle of a weigh in in the square Castletownbere.

More details and rules below. We hope to see you there on the day.
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

Times: Sign in 08.30am at the ferry slipway. Boats depart at 09.15am

Fishing time 10.00am – 5.00pm
Weigh in commences at 6.00pm in the square
Prize giving to follow weigh in

All fish will be weighed and judged as a percentage of the Irish specimen fish listing

Organised by John Angles & Adrian Sparrow

For Further details & boat safety requirements: www.castletownbere.ie

Advance registration: John 086 3983856  Or Adrian 027 70963  

E-mail: info@irelandseaangling.com

Competition Rules

  1. Fishing to start at 10.00AM not before.
  2. Fishing to finish at 5.00PM not later.
  3. Entrance Fees  Senior €20            Junior (under16) €5
  4. 1 rod per angler only to be fishing at any time (anglers may carry other rods with them)
  5. No more than three hooks to be used at any one time.
  6. For the purpose of this competition Flatfish includes all Ray or Skate.
  7. There are three tags in each competitors starter pack
    • Orange Tag – to be attached to your best round fish
    • Blue Tag      - to be attached to your best flatfish
    • Green Tag   - to be attached to your bag containing your various species
  8. No Fish under minimum size allowed to the weigh in.
  9. Fish must be submitted to weigh in by 6.00PM latest.
  10. Judges decision is final in determining Species, Minimum size and weight of all fish submitted to the weigh in.
  11. All boats entered must meet minimum safety requirements as per         registration form. All boats must maintain VHF listening watch on CH16 and monitor CH72 on dual watch for the duration of the competition.
  12. Fishing limits are as follows:-
    • Western Limit – Black Ball Head (prominent with Martello tower)
    • Eastern Limit  -  Roancarrig Lighthouse (East of Bere island white tower)
    • Southern Limit- Sheeps head peninsula and same latitude 51 32.500N
  13. In case of adverse weather conditions, Fishing limits may be reduced at    the judges discretion.
  14. Any fish not on the competition list of species is not eligible for weigh in except as an addition to your species total.

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Shannon Region

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

[15/07/10]

Great Tope fishing in Shannon Estuary

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Photo: A nice Shannon Estuary tope.

Since my last report the weather has been not as obliging as it had been over the last weeks. However this has been more than compensated by some of the best Tope fishing I have seen with one 3 hour session resulting in 24 Tope in the boat! One of the strange features of this excellent fishing is that a large proportion has been females. I say this because in my experience in other years most of the Tope we caught were male, with female fish being a real exception. Most of the fish over the last week have been in the 25 to 35lb bracket but all have been very lively and giving a good fight.

As I said we have been a bit restricted in getting fishing out in the open sea but when we do there have been Mackerel in very plentiful supply and with some fine big Pollock feeding underneath to keep all on their toes! In general there seem to be a lot more fish closer in to the Loop and it takes a bit of an effort to keep off the Pollack.

Over the next week the forecast is giving some improvement in the weather and I am hoping to do my first shark drifts. With the water now up to 16’C I would expect that the Blues will be about.


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Western Region

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

[15/07/10]

Blue sharks from Clifden

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Photo: Peter Brittain, aged 14, caught, tagged and released a Blue Shark; his first ever.

Sea angling is really picking up over the last couple of weeks, with more and more species now being caught, and boat anglers in particular having excellent sport. Monday the 12th was a good day for Peter Brittain aged 14, son of Clifden skipper John Brittain. While drifting off Slyne Head Peter caught, tagged and released a Blue Shark, the fish was his first ever and also Clifdens first for 2010 so there were smiles all round. During the day Peter also had a specimen red gurnard of .930 kgs and a fine Ling weighing around 7kgs plus 6 other species bringing his count for the day to 9. No pressure Dad!!
For info on fishing or to book a charter trip or B&B contact John or Sue Brittain at
Sharamore House, Streamstown, Clifden, Co. Galway. (Tel. 00353 95 21073)
or check www.seafishingireland.net

Galway bay

Max Couque from Galway Bay Fishing reports on excellent fishing in Galway Bay for himself and Kevin MacGabhann, who both skipper charter boats out of Spiddal. The two boats have around 70 spurdog caught, tagged and released, which is well up on previous years. Galway Bay is the place to come for spurdog, one of the rarer species for anglers around the country. The weather was very good until the end of June and we did a lot of bait fishing catching spurdog, bull huss, pouting, cod, conger eel, ballan wrasse, cuckoo wrasse and tope. 7 tope have been tagged and released so far, including 3 good fish between 30 and 40lbs. Thornback ray are also starting to appear in catches now, and should increase in numbers over the rest of the summer. Mackerel are plentiful and easily come by, so bait is not a problem. Pollack fishing is also very good at the moment, with shads and soft baits proving very effective. We will be targeting the  blue sharks very soon as well.
For those who use the internet a lot, Max also mentioned that he has uploaded several videos to youtube, which can be viewed at www.youtube.com/user/galwayfishing and the guys are also on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/GalwayFishingIreland
For info on fishing or to book a charter trip contact Max at 086 3234638 or check www.galwayfishing.ie , or contact Kevin on 086 8547890 or check www.galwaybayfishing.com

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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

[15/07/10]

Tope, rays and wrecks for Rosguill

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Photo: A lovely wreck pollack.

Wreck fishing had been good lately, but the weather prevented us reaching many of the better offshore marks in recent days. Last week we had some lovely ling and pollack. Then as the weather deteriorated fishing was confined to inshore venues.

On Wednesday porbeagle sharks were a possibility following 6 or 7 being landed by local boats the day before. But the conditions were very rough and the big sharks never showed. Fishing was interupted by a Coast Guard request to investigate reports of an upturned vessel. Fortunately it was found to be a silage bale drifting about and we were given permission to return to our fishing.

Though the day was fairly rough no one left disappointed as tope were taken at anchor and on the drift. We also had 3 species of ray in the boat, one after the other, including cuckoo ray which is not very common in these parts.

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Photo: A good tope on a rough day, this one was caught at anchor.

cuckoo ray
Photo: Gavin Mannix caught his first ray ever, a spotted or Homelyn ray, on the Rosguill and then went on to catch this cuckoo ray and a thornback ray in consectuive drops!

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Photo: Ian Mannix with a good 30lb male tope.

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Photo: After breaking in two tope Gavin caught this lively tope just before lines up was called for the day.
Michael McVeigh
Rosguill 43' Aquastar. Twin 310 HP
Downings, Co. Donegal.
Telephone: +353 74 9155080
Email: info@rosguill.com Web: www.rosguill.com

Dabs on the sand

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Photo: A double shot of dabs.

John Rafferty went sand fishing a couple of times with a friend last week. On the first trip they had a total of 85 fish, plenty of Dabs and Plaice amongst the catch.

On the second day they caught 85 fish in total, 12 different species and everything was caught on lugworm that were stored in the fridge for a week!

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