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22 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 Fane

The first of the salmon have arrived in the River Fane but there has still been no big run of salmon to date despite the rise in the water level. However, a number of salmon have been taken over the last week. The best fish recorded was a beautiful fresh run 11lb 13oz salmon which was taken by David Grehan from Dundalk. Three other fish were reported caught all of which weighed around the 6lb mark. One of these fish was reportedly taken in the Iniskeen area on Tuesday 20th July. Bernard Devenney has just informed me that there has been a great run of small sea trout into the Fane over the last few days. Good numbers of sea trout are being taken some on the lower reaches but sea trout have also been recorded as far upstream as Magoney Bridge over the last week. One of the members of the Irish Youth Fly Fishing Team caught and released a sea trout during their practice session on the upper Fane over the weekend.

A sea trout competition was held by the Dundalk Salmon Anglers last weekend and up to 20 adult and 10 juvenile anglers competed on the day. Twenty sea trout were recorded at the competition and the adult event was won by Pierce Woods from Dundalk with a nice 1lb 2oz fish. The McCaughey brothers John and Peter came second and third on the day. 

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

Dee and Glyde

Mark Sweeney from Island Fishing Tackle reports that the River Dee had been fishing well for sea trout in the Drumcar and Willistown areas up until the recent rise in water levels. There has been a rise in the water level on the Glyde but there has not been much angling activity reported.

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.

Unfortunately, the competition which was due to take place on the Castletown River on Saturday 17th July had to be cancelled owing to the water conditions. This event is being rescheduled so please contact the club for details.

The club is also running a fund-raising event on 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 again 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 Donore and Oldbridge areas. A number of salmon were caught and released in the Fulhams area over the last week. Anglers in the Navan area are waiting on the water to drop and clear before taking to the banks. Rain on Wednesday 21st is sure to swell the river even further.

River Slaney

Stephen Byrne reports that sea trout fishing has slowed on the River Slaney due the rise in water levels. Things should start to pick up again after the flood starts to drop back.

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Southern Region

[22/07/10]

River Nore

22/07/10 At .75m and starting to run clear the Nore is now producing salmon, a good run of fish 5 to 10lb has entered the river in the last few days.
Jim Brown
Salmon and trout ghillie
Address: Rosebank Lodge, Mount Alto, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.
Telephone:
+353-56-7758419
Email: jimmbrown@eircom.net Web: http://www.noresalmon.com

River Blackwater

Blackwater Lodge Fishery

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Photo: Glenda took our kids to the river on Sunday. They caught 3 - one each on worms & Ian Jnr. caught a second on spinner - all by himself. Not bad for 7 years old!

July 15: 4 fish caught.
July 16: 2 grilse caught in spite of the fact the river was in flood. One 10lb.+ lost.
July 17: 7 fish to 11lb. caught, 5 off the very top beat just below Mallow.
July 18: Best Day of the Season So Far. Best Catch for One Beat in One Day! 23 fish caught. Nine fish caught from one beat on the middle of the upper river for 3 rods - all released alive. 18 came from the upper beats & just 5 from the lower river.
July 19: River in flood but a First Ever Salmon for Ragnhild "Ducky" Tofte from Norway!
July 20: Ten fish to 6lb. caught - 6 from the upper beats & 4 from downriver, 8 on spinner.

83 fish for 100 rod days in the last 12 days. Mainly worm & spinner but coming into fly order on the upper & lower river. Prospects will be excellent as soon as the flood fines off.
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

21/07/10 Water levels are holding steady at the moment but it might not be for long as there is a lot of heavy showers falling. Today so far 8 fish have been landed on the fishery all on spinner as clarity is still at 3ft+. The first fish was taken today by Joao Antero from Portugal who landed a nice fish of 6.5lbs off the Glenmore. The Castle produced the rest, with Dave Blair landing 2 nice grilse of 5lbs each.

Ballyrafter House Hotel client from Russia been guided by Bob Woodside landed 3 fish off the Castle beat releasing 1 small grilse of 3lbs. John Brock from the U.K. had also a good day landing 2 grilse and losing one at the net.

Prospects now for the coming days are excellent as plenty of grilse are moving in off each tide. Forecast for the next few days are set to improve.
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

[22/07/10]

Lough Currane

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

15/7/10 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. Talking of Sea Trout, local Gillie, Mr. Michael O'Sullivan caught 3 Sea Trout 1.¾ 2,5lbs class. 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.

16/7/10 There was another small flood this morning, but this didn’t deter my noble anglers from procuring my Noble game fish. First to the trolling department, Mr. John Baller of the UK, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, caught two Grilse, John’s fish weighed in at 4lbs and 6lbs, and John finished the day off with 2 juniors, also in good for was Mr. Michael Roden, fishing with his Gillie Mr. junior Scully, Michael, caught a fine Grilse and finished the day off with 1 sea Trout. Now to the total fly only department, local Angler Mr. Tony O’Sullivan caught 2 2lbs Sea Trout in Coffees Bay, sadly Tony couldn’t make it a hat trick, but that fishing, staying with fly only, Mr. Bill Rushby fishing with his gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy caught 5 sea trout in the Junior class. In the hired out boat department an angler, caught 2 Sea Trout. Just for the record the Waterville Angling Centre, reported to me that Higher Lakes are fishing well, so if you want a taste of the Upper Lakes you want to book now, Contact Mr. Kevin Braine of the Waterville Angling Centre, on 0876766986.

On the evening shift Mr. Stephen Galvin, caught four juniors and two fine brown Trout in the 1.5 class.

Wind NNW light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover.

17/7/10 Dr. Jim Commerford caught a Salmon/Grilse on the troll. Mr. Bill Rushby fishing with his Gillie Mr Dominic Mc Gillicuddy caught 5 Sea Trout, ranging from Junior class up to 4lbs, staying with the fly only department, Mr. Mark Dorman fishing with his Gillie Mr. Bob Priestly, caught 6 Sea Trout on the drift ranging from Junior class up to 3.5lbs. Mr. Michael Roden fishing with his Gillie Mr. Junior Scully, caught 2 sea Trout, Mr. Michael O’Sullivan of Waterville Boats, also caught a couple of Juniors as did a guest fishing with Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan. In the C&R department, Belgium anglers fishing in a hired out boat, caught 3 Sea Trout, ranging from junior class up to 5lbs. Dr. Tim Gleason, fishing with his gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer, caught 4 Sea Trout, staying with Dr. Tim Gleeson, in the afternoon fishing on his own he added 2 more Sea Trout to his basket, now to the trolling department, Mr. Mick Quilligan of Cork, fishing with his Gillie Mr. John Griffin, caught 4 Sea trout, ranging from Junior class up to 1.5lbs. Staying in the trolling department Mr. John Baller fishing with his gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, caught 2 Sea trout. Now we head for the higher Lakes, and Lough Namona, Mr. Frank Donnelly, fishing with his guest, caught 1 Junior, and Frank was telling me that his client lost a cracker of a Sea trout, in the 5 to 6lbs class give or take, but that’s fishing, but I can tell you that’s not what Frank said, so the least said the soonest mended. Wind S light and overcast with heavy rain for most of the afternoon and so heavy in fact its made another big flood.

18/7/10 I was reading on www.loughcurrane.com that our manger Mr. Trevor Stafford, reported that Rik and Crstal Van Wyngart, caught 50 Sea Trout for their 6 days fishing, of which their biggest was 5lb, and just for the record they were all put back to fight another day, and staying with the poaching department, Mr. James and Sean Linehan caught 20 Sea Trout to their boat on Derriana

Mr. Stephen Galvin caught a total of 5 Sea trout, ranging from Juniors up to 2lbs, Stephen caught two on the troll and three on the fly, now for a mixture of Salmon and Sea Trout, Mr. John Baller of the UK and fishing our of http://www.butlerarms.com/ fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, caught a 6lbs Grilse and 2 sea Trout on the troll, Mr. Bill Rushby fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy caught 4 Sea trout up to 2lbs, Dr. Tim Gleason, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer caught 10 Sea Trout, Mr. john Purcell, fishing with his Gillie, caught 4 Juniors and staying with the professionals, an Angler fishing by himself caught 5 Sea Trout on the troll, a guest fishing with his gillie Sylvester Donnelly caught 2 Juniors on the troll, Mr. John Moorhouse of the UK fishing with his Good friend, Mr. drew Brown, caught 2 juniors on a Peter Ross, a guest fishing with his Mr. Bob Priestly caught 2 Juniors on the troll, and last but not least, Mr. Ken Towner of the UK and Waterville, has in the last three days, has caught 8 Sea trout fishing with his Gillie’s, Mr. Michael O’Sullivan and Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan.

19/7/10 Mr. Wishart from Co Down caught 9 Sea trout ranging from Juniors up to 3lbs

Special note. http://www.dargleanglers.com/ had their annual competition on Lough Currane this past weekend, photo above, of the winning catch, all the facts on their website.
A new week, and a good start, on the Butler pool, Mr. Collin and PJ Lynham, fishing with their gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer, caught 2 Grilse., both in the 5lbs class, now we head upstream to Lough Currane>, Mr. Michael Reger fishing in a hired out boat, caught 3 Juniors on the troll, staying in the trolling department, An angler fishing on his own, also caught 3 juniors, Mr. John Baller of the UK fishing out of http://www.butlerarms.com/ caught 2 Juniors on the troll, with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, Mr. Sean Henry of http://www.moyolaangling.com/ caught 3 fine Sea Trout, from Junior class up to 2lbs fishing with his Gillie, Mr. Vincent Appleby, and just for the record there a few boats out and of as yet no reports of any real rod benders. Wind SW light to fresh, with good cloud cover, plus the odd shower.

20/07/10 Mr. Dan Sugrue caught a fine Grilse on the Butler Pool, fishing with his Gillie, Mr. Brod O’Sullivan, now we head up stream to Lough Currane, Mr Colin and PJ Lynham were in excellent form again with their Gillie, Mr. Mike O’Dwyer when they caught Two Grilse and 6 Sea Trout on the troll, and four Sea trout on the fly, and just for the record they also lost 2 grilse, now we head to the drifting department, Mr. Drew Brown and Mr. John Moorhouse caught 3 Sea Trout, a guest fishing with Mr. Bob Priestly caught 2 juniors on the fly, Co Laois Angler Mr. Eddie Blanche caught 3 juniors, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea, Mr. John Baller of the UK fishing out of http://www.butlerarms.com/ caught 2 Sea Trout on the troll, with his Gillie Mr. Neil O'Shea, now to the upper Lakes and Lough Derriana, Mr. Roger Baker caught a couple of Sea Trout.

21/07/10 Mr. Colin and PJ Lynham, fishing with their Gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer, caught 10 Sea trout, 8 of which were Juniors and 2 Sea Trout from 2lbs up to 2.5lbs and they finished the day off with two fine Brown ranging from 1.5lbs up to 2.5lbs. A guest fishing with his Gillie Mr. frank Donnelly, caught a fine Grilse on the troll, Mr. Kevin McNamara caught 2 Juniors on the drift with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea, Mr. John Baller of the UK fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea. caught 2 Grilse, ranging from 3lbs up to 4lbs caught on the troll. Wind NW light to fresh with the odd heavy 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

21 July: 3 salmon landed on Beat 2 by Northern Ireland Anglers averaging 6.5lbs to 7lbs using a Flying C.

Laune Anglers and Beat 3

21 July: There have been 4 fish reported for the week.  There was 1 fish reported from Beat 3.  Wonderful water over weekend if a bit high.  With news of excellent fishing from the Moy and the Weir Galway, Laune Members are wondering where are our Grilse??    They are concluding rightly or wrongly that the Cromane nets and the Draft nets at Killorglin are rendering the fishing hopeless.  With this beautiful water if we don’t see fish in our waters this week then there must be a serious problem. 
Billy Downes
Laune Anglers Association
web: www.launesalmonanglers.com

KILLARNEY LAKES AND LOUGH LEANE

21 July: No catches reported.  Water levels high and rising

Flesk River

21 July: 1 salmon of 14lbs landed on the Killarney Flesk by a local angler on a Flying C.

RIVER LEE

21 July: 40 salmon, mostly grilse, caught for the week, the majority were returned.  Best fishing method spinning and shrimp. Water levels high and low. 

ESB Fishery

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

RIVER BANDON

15 July: 40 salmon caught for the week mostly returned.  Best fishing method fly and spinning. Water levels high.  Best fish 12lbs.  Average weight 4lbs.

RIVER ILEN

15 July: 31 salmon caught for the week mostly returned.  Best fishing method spinning. Water levels high.

COOMHOLA RIVER

15 July: 14 salmon reported, mostly grilse, all but a few returned.  Best fishing method Flying C.  Water levels high.

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Shannon Region

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

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River Feale and Smearlagh

22/07/10 Despite plenty of water and ideal angling conditions only a handful of fish were reported caught last week, very disappointing.

Feale River still very high will only be fit in a few places to-day. Smearla should be fit to-day. Weather: Overcast but dry 12.5 Deg.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
Web: www.northkerryanglers.com Email: info@northkerryanglers.com

16/07/10 I fished the Feale for the first time this season on Monday last, the rain of last week-end suggested conditions would be good. Miss this river or any spate river by just one day however and you miss the boat, Sunday would probably have been better. I was flyfishing with a 12.5' doublehander and trying out a new Cortland Ghost Tip size 8 flyline, its a floater with 15' of clear intermediate or sinktip end. The Feale even in spate is shallow for the most part and I was fishing a shrimp fly on an Esmond Drury treble and the heavier weight of the fly coupled with the sinktip meant I was scraping the bed at times.

Now my purpose in fishing a sinktip is not so much to gain depth, more to prevent the fly skating across the surface in pacy water. There wasn't much pace in the water on Monday though despite a minor rise in water level and so the sinktip was moving slowly and in so doing, gaining depth.

Today Friday 16th was different though, fresher water following heavy showers over the past couple of days saw a nice spate. I fished just above the bridge at Kilmorna, from the throat of the pool to the bridge is roughly 150yds and takes a good hour and a half to fish with the fly. Didn't get a touch first time down so decided to change the ED Treble Shrimp in favour of a much lighter Ally's Shrimp on a low-water double, with a silver stoat single on the dropper. There was a much better flow in the river today and the sinktip was doing it's job, not a skate in sight. I was literally on my last cast with the flies swinging across the end of the lip at the tail of the pool, under the bridge almost, when the line drew and I was in him. He was a fish of 7lbs or so and if he turned back I doubt if I could stop him with the force of the rapids just behind and under the bridge, however he decided to run up instead and after a short tussle I beached him.
Paddy Dunworth
Celtic Angling
Ballingarry, Adare Co. Limerick.
Tel: +353 (0)69-68202 Mob +353 (0)87 6525687
Email: info@celticangling.com Web: www.celticangling.com

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Photo: a fish of 7lbs or so from the Feale

Note: Tails of pools are too often neglected and come into their own when a spate river is in good order. PS There's a 5' Ghost Tip version also and I suspect this would be even better, particlarly in lower water and on shallow rivers. The line I have casts like a floater, unlike the old sink-tip lines which felt 'end-heavy' or when using poly/braided leaders which feel as if they're 'hinged' to the tip of the flyline.

Mulkear River, Co Limerick

It has been a very good week on the Mulkear River with a run of Salmon into the system, the best run of fish this year. Anglers reported lots of action all along the river on the dropping floods, with over 50 salmon reported caught. At time of writing heavy downpours are expected to rise water levels once again. Angling conditions should settle over the coming days and provide ideal angling conditions water as we head into the weekend.
Richard Keays
Millbank House
Murroe, Co Limerick.
Tel: +353 (0)61 386115
Web www.millbankhouse.com

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Western Region

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Erriff River

Fishery manager James Stafford reports from the Erriff Fishery on some great fishing from the 14th to the 19th . The heavy rainfall during the period maintained good water levels in the river.  With so much rain the river was well flushed out and the water ran clear.  A total of 49 salmon were landed by anglers during the period.  With most anglers concentrating on salmon, the catch of 22 sea trout did not reflect the hugely increased run of  trout that had passed through the counter, possibly due to the larger size of flies being used for salmon fishing.

Denis Daly from Dublin caught 2 fish on Beat 9 and Beat 7. Andrew Beattie, UK, landed 12 fish for the week, releasing 11 of those.  Paddy Donegan from Wicklow had 4 fish, releasing 2 and retaining 2 - best 6.5lbs. James Keogh (Dublin) landed 3 sparkling fresh grilse on a Cascade on Beat 9. John Joe Phelan and Joe Thompson caught 3 and released 2 – best fish 7lbs. Young Finley Caffrey, fishing with his grandfather Albert Caffrey, caught his first ever salmon in the Bridge Pool on Beat 9, and Mr. Caffrey caught 2 fish.  The local club Erriff & District Anglers held a competition on Sunday 18th, with 6 grilse landed and several more lost. Frank O’Hara and Fergus Glynn caught a fish each in the School House Pool and Tawnyard Pots on Beat 3 and lost 2 more. Mr. Robert Rusby (U.K.) landed 2 fish and his wife Annie caught her first Erriff salmon, all fish being released.  Best flies were Cascades, various Shrimp patterns and the Collie Dog.

A Catch and Release policy on wild salmon has been put in place – conservation measures are subject to policy changes depending on the increase or decrease of stock through the counter. However all ranched salmon must be retained as part on the ongoing research programme being carried out on the fishery.

Both accommodation and angling on the river, as well as sea trout fishing on Tawnyard Lough are available during the coming weeks.  Guests can also avail of free fly fishing tuition while staying at the lodge, a great way to get into fishing. For bookings contact the Fishery Manager, James Stafford, 095 42252 or email erriff.fish@iol.ie.

Lough Inagh

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Photo: Mark and Derek Woods (UK) fished Inagh alongside regular guest John Connolly(Mayo) for 3 days on Inagh and recorded 5 salmon ranging from 5.75 - 7.25lbs.

Another great week for the fishery, with very high water helping our cause.  There are still great numbers of fish entering the system.  The fish are in good condition with most of the grilse weighing 5-7lbs.  There is a great run of sea trout in the 2lbs bracket.  The fish are being taken on both lake and river.  The lake is still very high and there is plenty of water for fish to enter for the foreseeable future

Totals for the week

Notable Catches; Mark and Derek Woods (UK) fished Inagh alongside regular guest John Connolly(Mayo) for 3 days on Inagh and recorded 5 salmon ranging from 5.75 - 7.25lbs.  They also recorded 10 sea trout and 8 brown trout.  Top flies were Green Peter, Green Dabbler and Tipperaryman.

There was also salmon caught by Colin Folan, Michael Heery, John Finn, Mark McElery, Murt Folan, Brett Hughes and Jack Meredith.

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

Kylemore Abbey Fishery

21/07/10 Four fish today that I know about so far. Three for Neil Spallcey, one from the Upper River and Two from the Lower. One fish also to Richard Stephens from below the new pools behind the hockey pitch... not recognised as a pool, it is now called Stephens and has the number 4a attributed to it. Two other anglers are yet to report in and it would supprise me, given the freshness of the day, if they had not had an encounter. All fish were fresh run so hopefully we are now starting the main grilse run.

Sea trout runs seem to have peetered out. Traditionally St John's day, 23rd of June heralded the start of the run but this year it was slow down time. Saying that there has been so much water it has been difficult to assertain the runs. Lake conditions have been far from kind and some settlement of the weather is required.
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

Since the drought ended on June 30, more than ten inches of rain have fallen at Delphi, dramatically improving the salmon fishing. A total of 57 salmon were taken in the first half of July – 26 from the river, 29 from Finlough and 2 from Doolough.

Top rod, yet again, was Urs Leinbundgut from Switzerland, who landed 13 salmon in as many days. His fish ranged from 2lbs to 10.5lbs. Ollie Watkins took eight salmon from 2lbs to 6lbs (and some really good sea trout to 3.5 pounds) over seven days.

The past week also saw fish caught by Roger Kenny (2), Stan Praeter (2), Ciaran Boland, Donna Morrison, Jean-Pierre Maire, Werner Fasching, Dave Lennon, Tom McManus, Bob Rusby, David McEvoy and Paul Smith (2).

Giovanni Ghersina from Italy, Michael Burton (2) from Ecuador and Ben Watson (2) from England all caught their first ever salmon.

With the river still high and fresh fish continuing to arrive on every tide, the prospects for good salmon catches in the coming week appear favourable. For good sea trout fishing, however, the weather may need to become a little more settled. But there is undoubtedly a good run of trout.
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

Last year’s floods have unfortunately resulted in changed times in Galway, with engineers very quick to open extra gates on the weir in response to rainfall. Despite the lake being still low for the time of year and water shortages being mentioned only a couple of weeks ago, 4 gates were opened on Thursday following the rain, which has meant very difficult conditions for anglers. Fly fishing is very restricted now, and spinning and shrimp fishing are proving more effective in the high water. The high water resulted in a reduced catch of 52 salmon for the week, although large numbers of fish are still entering the river on a daily basis.

Ian Geraghty from Athlone landed 2 fish on shrimp, as did former Shannon fishery board CEO Eamon Cusack. Billy Downes from Kerry landed 3 grilse to 5lbs on fly, while German anglers Wolfram Hoppe and Manfred Wilke enjoyed their few days annual visit, recording 7 salmon each to 6.5lbs. Tom Power landed 2 grilse on shrimp, and Michael Dix from Dublin had 3 grilse on fly. Paul Cosgrove from Tuam had a fine 7lbs grilse on shrimp, and Northern Ireland angler Terry McDermott had 2 grilse on fly. Brian King from Clare had 2 grilse on shrimp, while Anthony Walsh had salmon of 3lbs and a fine 8lbs on fly and shrimp. Tosh Kellett from Meath also landed 2 grilse to 6lbs on shrimp.

Overnight heavy rain in Galway may mean 4 gates remaining open for the coming week, which will make angling difficult. However, the fine run of grilse this year is still going, and anglers on the weir and further upstream have every chance of connecting with fish.

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North Western Region

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

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River Moy

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Photo: Adrian Geary (15) from Dublin pictured with his impressive catch of 3 grilse caught whilst fishing the famous Ridge Pool on 17th July 2010.

Sporadic heavy rainfall over the week helped maintain the high water levels on the Moy, with many anglers enjoying very good sport, with salmon taken on the fly, spinner and worm. These exceptional conditions which have followed the long period of drought have allowed an exceptional number of grilse to run the system in a relatively short period of time. Throughout the system angling effort was heavy resulting in a reported catch in excess of 2000 salmon.

The Moy Fishery enjoyed another very successful week, with 275 salmon caught, with the Ridge Pool accounting for 210 of these. Steve Hazeldine, England had one off the Ridge and had success on the Cathedral Beat also, catching a further three. On the Ridge Pool, English anglers John Cartwright and John Faith had three apiece, the best of these weighing 7.8lbs.
Michelle Moss, Melbourne Australia, had success landing two on the Ridge Pool, while Adrian Geary caught his first ever salmon, shortly followed by another two. Welsh pair Jeremy and Jolian Collins had one each on the Cathedral while Jim Bell, Scotland caught two. The Freshwater Beat also produced its share, with Gino De Carlo, Italy, landing two with the spinner, his best 6lbs and Gian Luigi De Nardo, also Italy, banking three with the spinner.

All of the other fisheries of the Moy have reported staggering numbers, with a few recording catches in excess of two hundred salmon. At Coolcronan, Paddy Rice, Bob Bell and John James, all of the UK, had a total of nine salmon to the worm, while Jack Charlton had two of 5lbs and 6lbs. At Gannon’s, Andy Major, England, landed one of 6lbs while at the Foxford Fishery Gerard Greene, U.K. had a very successful week banking a total of 14 salmon (6 released) on both the spinner and worm. At Cloongee, Steve Hazeldine again had success with a 7lbs fish, Francis Higginbottom, N.I. had one fine fish of 10lbs as did Uwe Steffen, Germany, who also landed a further four. At the East Mayo Anglers water, John McDonagh, Galway caught two, while Roy Wilson, N.I. had two of 5lbs and 6lbs to the fly.

Ballisodare Fishery

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Photo: Paddy Bird with his fine 4.3lbs salmon at the Ballisodare Fishery Juvenile angling day.

Ballisodare Fishery continued to produce good numbers of salmon, with an impressive 237 salmon caught over the course of the week, 90 of these were released. Heavy rainfall over the week led to the reopening of the Ballisodare river, which is now fishing very well.  Among those to have success on the river were visiting anglers Günter Hommer and friend, Germany. Miguel A. Diaz, Spain also enjoyed his time at the river landing a total of 5 salmon over the course of his 3 days fishing, the best of those weighing 7lb.

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Photo: The McGoldrick family of Ballintogher, Paul, Claire, Jason and Laura, each with their first ever salmon, caught at the Ballisodare Fisheries Juvenile angling day.

Ballisodare Fisheries annual juvenile fishing competition was held on the 14th July. A total of 86 children participated in the event, with 83 salmon being caught on the day. The majority of these fish were caught on the worm.  There were 24 prize-winners including Jamie Moore who landed the overall heaviest fish and was the recipient of O’ Donovan’s perpetual trophy; his fish weighed 6.1lb. Other prize-winners included Kyle Carty who caught the heaviest fish on the worm, weighing 4.9lb; Joe Mc Hugh came 1st in the club angler section landing a salmon of 4.3lb; Darren Mc Neilis received 1st prize for his 3.97lb salmon that was caught on the prawn; Connor Brune caught the heaviest salmon on the fly, with a weight of 4.97lb; the smallest salmon was 1.1lb and was caught by Nicholas Laverty; Rachel Moore was placed 1st in the ladies section with her 5.5lb salmon and Jack Collins took 1st prize as a visiting angler with his 4.6lb salmon. The youngest angler on the day was 3 year old Annabelle Moore; she caught a very impressive 3.8lb salmon.

Carrowmore Lake

Blustery winds on occasion have churned up the Lake somewhat making angling difficult. Despite this, nine salmon were caught for the week and numerous sea trout. Mark Corps, Enniskillen boated and returned a total of one salmon and five sea trout while Eamon Giblin and Marvin Corway caught five salmon, returning four. Frank and Declan Dooley, Dublin had two salmon, returning both while Pat Foley had one salmon of 7lbs which was also returned.  

Owenmore River

The Owenmore River experienced its first good spate of the summer, with numerous grilse entering the system. Angling conditions were close to ideal as the spate began to recede and good angling was had. Trevor Greene, N.I had great success catching a 12lb 9oz on a size 10 Claret Bumble, with Frank Dooley also banking a fish on the river. Rory Murray caught two salmon while Mark Mason had three which were sportingly returned.

Newport River

The varying water levels assisted angling on the Newport River, where a total of 13 salmon were caught as well as numerous sea trout. Des Cloughlan of Newport enjoyed good angling catching five sea trout and one salmon of 6.5lbs, while Kevin Clayton had a good week catching three salmon of 4lbs, 5lbs and 6.5lbs.

Burrishoole Fishery

Angling at Burrishoole has improved again since last week, with 33 salmon and some sea trout being caught over its four day open period. UK angler Tim Aldiss caught seven salmon while Niall Berwick, Dublin had two. Michael Healy had success catching three and releasing two, with Stephen Bird, N.I. also catching two.

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Northern Region

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

[20/07/10]

Plenty of grilse on the Drowes plus some big sea trout!

sea trout
Photo: Maurice Kettles recorded a fine specimen Sea Trout weighing just under 13lb. The fish was caught on a fly from the Sea Pools.

There was a slight rise in water levels on the Drowes over the week but the river is still very low. Despite this fact, the very good run of grilse continued and there were good numbers of the same caught over the week plus 3 very big sea trout weighing from 6½ to just under 13lb! Given here are the catches to date on a daily basis.

On Monday, Martin Norris recorded 3 grilse weighing 3 to 4lb caught on worm below Lennox’s Bridge. Danny Morris reported a 3lb grilse caught on shrimp from The Stoppage and Mike Williams accounted for a 6lb fish caught on shrimp from the Red Roof.

On Tuesday, Harry Armstrong recorded a 3lb grilse caught from the Sea Pools on shrimp.

On Wednesday, Danny Norris recorded a further grilse which weighed 4lb and was caught on a fly from The Meadow. Paul Rippingale registered a 5lb grilse caught on shrimp. Colin McCormac recorded 2 grilse weighing 4lb each caught on the fly. Young Calum Kettles accounted for 2 grilse weighing 3½lb each caught on the fly from the Sea Pools. Maurice Kettles recorded a fine specimen Sea Trout weighing just under 13lb. The fish was caught on a fly from the Sea Pools.

On Thursday, Columba Fitzpatrick recorded 2 grilse weighing 7 & 5lb caught on fly from the Sea Pools.

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Photo: Sean O’Connor recorded a 6½lb sea trout caught on a #12 Wilkinson Shrimp fly from the Sea Pools.

On Friday, Alan Colanvil accounted for a 2½lb grilse caught on a fly. Paul Rippingale recorded another grilse weighing 4lb caught from the Washstones on shrimp. Ryan Burns recorded 2 grilse weighing 3lb each caught on a Toby lure from the Washstones. Michael McEvoy had a great days fishing recording 7 grilse caught with 5 of these released. The fish weighed from 3 to 5lb and were all caught on shrimp from the Sea Pools. Sean O’Connor recorded a 2lb grilse and a fine 6½lb sea trout caught on a #12 Wilkinson Shrimp fly from the Sea Pools.

The weekend was then mysteriously quiet for salmon and I have no fish recorded to date but Anthony Carty did catch a fine 7lb sea trout from Briney’s on a Flying ‘C’ lure on Sunday.

The forecast for the coming week is for wet weather during the week with a high pressure system moving in over the weekend bringing dry settled weather. Hopefully we will receive some decent rain during the week to raise water levels on the river.

21/07/10 Today was the wettest day of the year so far. Water levels were just below .4 metres this morning, just below .5 metres this evening and will probably be above .6 metres by morning. Grilse fishing has remained steady over the last number of days with good numbers of fish in the 3 to 4 lbs range taken all over the river and fish are still running in good numbers. A number of large, what appear to be sea trout have been taken over the past week from the Sea Pool and up river as far as Briney’s Pool. The river is not known for sea trout, especially of such large sizes, all of these fish have been six pounds plus. Scale samples have been taken and we await confirmation of the exact origin of these large fish. The fish have been taken, mainly on fly but also spinner and shrimp.
Shane Gallagher
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Web: www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055.

Lough Melvin

Lough Melvin was very quiet over the week despite the good run of grilse into the Lough. This is usual and July is normally the quietest time on the Lough (for some reason). Despite the limited number of boats venturing out after salmon, there were some 8 grilse caught for the week though at the present time we have no names & weights etc yet.

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

Monday brought a lovely flood on the river reading 0.36 metres on the gauge. As the week progressed, however, the onset of drier weather meant that the river dropped over the week and was only reading 0.10m on the gauge by Sunday. The gauge average for the week read 0.16 metres.

The river was busier however with 41 visiting rods fishing over the week. The only salmon I have heard of caught to date, were caught during the flood on Monday. The fish seemed to have switched off for the rest of the week! On Monday, Alan Watson recorded a 5¼lb grilse caught on the fly from McGill’s Pool on beat 8 and lost a further fish after a short spirited fight. P.J. McNelis accounted for a fine 15lb salmon caught on a spinner from beat 8.

The forecast for the coming week is for some rainfall earlier in the week and a high pressure to develop towards the weekend giving fine dry weather. We hope the rainfall during the early week will be sufficient to raise the river to more desirable 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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Loughs Agency area

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

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

[22/07/10]

River Fane

Water levels in the Fane had risen with the recent rain but have now started to drop back again. If the rain that is forecast materialises on Wednesday and Thursday I am sure that this will put the river up again. There has been some fishing for wild brown trout and a number of nice wild brown trout have been taken in the upper reaches of the Fane.

Matt Campbell reports that Shane Callan caught and released a beautiful wild brown trout on the Fane during the week. Shane is a member of the Irish Youths Fly Fishing Team that will be talking part in the World Fly-fishing Championships in Slovakia next month from 3rd to 9th August. The team were put through their paces over the weekend on the Fane where competition rules were applied. The session lasted 3 hours and only fish over 20cms were counted. In all the team landed a total of 46 trout. Inland Fisheries Ireland would like to wish the lads all the very best in Slovakia next month.

Irish Youth FLy Fishing Team

The Irish Youth Fly Fishing Team that will be competing in Slovakia in August Back row: l to r (Tom Loftus Team Captain, Shane Bird, Andrew Naylor, Mark Driver, Michael Twohig Team Manager) Front row l to r (Sean Cassidy, Vincent Cahill, Shane Callan)

Fane trout
Photo: Matt Campbell fished with Bernard Devenney for sea trout on the Fane at Stephenstown but hooked and landed several wild brown trout weighing in and around the 1lb mark.

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

Some good brown trout was reported on the Dee up until the rise in water levels. There has not been much angling activity on the Glyde.

River Boyne and Tributaries

Navan

Brown trout fishing has slowed on many areas of the River Boyne and its tributaries due to the recent rain. Colm Lynch from East Coast Angling reports that the Boyne at Navan is up and coloured at the moment. Despite this, Mark Harris from Navan had a nice wild brown trout weighing 2lbs on Sunday 18th July on a klinkhammer.

Colm also reports that the Peter fishing has just started on some of the lakes although hatches are quite sparse at the moment. The Lough Lene Angling Club held a competition last week in which 70 anglers took part. The winner was Seamus Lenehan from Navan, Co. Meath with a nice wild brown trout of 3lbs. John Baker from Navan also fished Lough Lene on 20th July and had 4 nice trout on a Green Peter pattern tied by himself. Dave from Southside tackle in Dublin had a report of a 7.5lb brown trout being caught on Lough Lene recently.

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

Trim

Angling guide Marc O'Regan reports that the Boyne has risen by up to eighteen inches due to the recent rain. The additional rain on Wednesday 21st is sure to put the river up even further.

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

Longwood

John Maguire reports that due to the continued rain the upper Boyne (Longwood area) that conditions are not ideal for fly-fishing at the moment.

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

Kells Blackwater

Pat McLoughlin reports that Alain Lafont from France fished for 3 days on the Kells Blackwater recently and had several trout each day to over 1.5lbs. On his last day Alain unfortunately broke in a larger fish which looked to be over 2lb. At the moment blue winged olive hatches are good and water levels are up to what you would expect in March. Not quite a winter flood. This is expected to clear out the system and leave the fishing even better than it is at the moment.

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Photo: Peter Martins which was reported in the last update. Peter’s trout measured 26in from the tip of his snout to the fork of his tail and Pat reckons that he weighed just less than 6lbs.

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

River Liffey

There has been good sedge fishing on the Liffey in the evening during the last half hour of daylight. Evening fishing has been good on most stretches.

Creevy Lake

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.

Lough Nagarnaman

Lough Nagarnaman is fishing well at the moment many anglers catching their bag limit most evenings. On Tuesday evening over twenty trout were taken with rainbows averaging 2.5lbs. The best brown trout weighed in at 1.75lbs.

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Southern Region

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

[22/07/10]

River Nore

22/07/10 Some good trout have been caught and released in the last two weeks one local angler had two trout of 4lb and 3lb caught in the Thomastown water, Tom Moylan also caught a fine trout of just over 3lbs again in the town water.
Jim Brown
Salmon and trout ghillie
Address: Rosebank Lodge, Mount Alto, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.
Telephone:
+353-56-7758419
Email: jimmbrown@eircom.net Web: http://www.noresalmon.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]

Upper River Shannon Boyle

On offer this time of the year is fairly good trout fishing in both river and lakes, where good fly hatches take place particularly in the evenings and great sport can be had on the dry fly.
Bodo Funke
Angling Services Ireland, Boyle
Web: http://www.anglingservicesireland.com/

Lough Sheelin

Lough Sheelin fished well during the week with both wet and dry methods being used, very small sedges were being used by those anglers who caught fish.  96 fish were reported to be caught during the week, almost all fish were released with the exception of trout which were hook damaged.

A very successful youth angling day was held on the lake by the LSTPA on Saturday July 17th .  The day ran from 11.0am to 5.0pm and included fly casting instruction, fly tying and a fishing competition.  23 seven to seventeen year olds took part and the event was extremely successful with most catching fish.  With the exception of injured fish all catches were released.  The results of the competition were as follows:
Eamon Quinn ( 1 @ 1.54), Oisin Faul ( 1 @ 1.52 ), Ronan Brennan ( 1 @ .62), Oisin Kelly ( 1 @ .48), Cian Connor ( 1 @ .40 ), other participants who had catch and release were:

Gareth Flynn, Tristan Lynch, Shane McKenna, Dwane Murtagh, Gerard Reilly, Darran Hartin, Shane Fitzsimons, Sean Galligan, Miranda Faul, Paul Curran, Joe Curran, Ross Curran, Aodhgan Halton, Josh Adams, Mark Hamilton, Andrew Spratt, Padraig Sweeney and Jack Egan.
All participants were awarded a certificate.

The Silver Stream Anglers ran a small competition on the lake on Sunday July 18th, 12 anglers took part, participants were mainly from the Kilbride and Wicklow anglers.  The competition was by size and the winner was Karl from Dublin with a 40cm fish, second was Dave McBride, both anglers were from Southside anglers.

On Saturday July 10th, Tara Mines ran a competition on the lake called the Tony Owens Perpetual Trophy, this competition has been run for 16 years in memory of  Tara Mines employee Tony Owens who was an avid fisherman, 16 anglers took part with the winner being Johnny Farrell, Navan.

Other catches recorded:

Michael Kelly, Dublin – fished the lake Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 15 fish were caught over the 3 days, best day was Monday with 8 fish being caught, best was 4 lbs, fish ranged 2 – 4 lbs during the 3 days.  Mr Kelly was dry fly fishing using a small sedge.  All fish were released.

Pat Gallagher, Belleck – 2 trout using a sedge best was 2 lbs.

Cian Murtagh, Cavan – 2 trout on Monday, 1 @ 4 lbs and 1 @ 2 lbs.

John Murphy, Crover, Mountnugent – 4 trout on July 15th, averaged 1¼ - 1½ lbs, 5 trout caught on Sunday July 18th using a small dark brown sedge, fish averaged between 1 and 2 lbs, all fish from both days were released.
Brendan Montgomery
By email

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

Lough Owel

Lough Owel is producing a few nice keepers; mind you I struggled on Saturday and only managed a small fish. Still local anglers Johnny Plunkett and Billy Darby had a nice few fish on wet flies. The lake was very quiet on Saturday and not many anglers were out on Owel. In the coming weeks this will change, as late night fishing will certainly pick up. On August 4th the first Peter competition will take place. We will be Out & About on Owel prior to this competition so watch this space for net bursting reports and photos from Owel. Prospect for the Peter fishing next week looks very promising.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer
Mobile: 087-2797270.
Web: www.midlandangling.com

Lough Ennell

Fishery staff working on the lake reported some hatches of Peter over the weekend – prospects look promising for the Peter fishing which is imminent.

Collinstown Angler on Irish Team

The best of luck to young Collinstown angler Peter McGuigan who is heading to Grafham Waters in England on July 25th. Peter is competing for Ireland in the International Fly Fishing Championships, which take place on Wednesday 28th July. Clive Doyle of The Big Fish Angling Centre in Castlepollard has sponsored Peter with some top of the range angling gear. This includes a Bob Church 10ft Depth Seeker fly rod, Trabucco KJo,s Reel, and Wychwood clothing.

Engine Stolen

 This is an on-going problem right across the Country. Boats and Engines are being stolen. On Monday when I arrived on Derravaragh one boat was being towed back and the Engine that was bolted on was stolen. The Engine belongs to Wheelchair angler Tom Cannon of Swords in Dublin. Tom has a Caravan at Donore Shore on Lough Derravaragh, where he spends quite a bit of time. The Engine was a new 20Hp Honda, and if you have any info on this theft please contact Lough Derravaragh Boat Hire on 044-93-71500.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer
Mobile: 087-2797270.
Web: www.midlandangling.com

Lough Acalla

Anglers reported a good week with excellent catches on Lough Acalla over the past two weeks following a recent stocking. There were good fly hatches. Despite plenty of rain, water levels on the fishery are low enough. The best reported fish of the week was a Rainbow of 3.5lbs, caught on a Golden Olive by D. O’Hara from Ballinasloe. D. Dowd also from Ballinasloe had a fish of 2.5lbs on a Green Peter. The most successful flies were Green and Golden Olive, Green Peter, Pheasant Tail, Muddler, Mourrough and Sooty Olive. Angling prospects for the coming week are good. 

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Western Region

[22/07/10]

Lough Mask

Liam Gavin reports from Cushlough that many anglers are renewing their enthusasiam for Lough Mask once again with the lure of the impending World Cup commencing on the 29th of July for 5 days. Practice time is an all important part of preparation for one of Irelands biggest fly-fishing competitions, although a certain shyness to divulge much information by some anglers is understandable. The good news is that fishing is fairly decent and the trout are moving in large numbers.

John Biggins and boat partner from Ballinrobe fished on Friday evening and had 5 trout, the best fish was over 3lbs and most came to dry flies. Most of the action was observed in the mid sections of the lake where Paul Loscher had 3 good trout on Sunday. Noel Ferar & Billy Graham noted many natural rises and found trout showing adequate interest in feeding. Pierce Gilmartin from Sligo stopped by for fishing on Monday and returned home with 4 trout for 8lbs, his best fish weighing in at 2.75lbs. Adrian Gorman from Clonbur had 3 fish in an evenings cast, all fish took small sedges and averaged 1.5lbs. Conditions look to be settling out on the lake, and effort will be increased as the days get closer to the World Cup so watch this space.

Boats coming to the World Cup this year will require a certificate of disinfection, available from several local petrol stations, following consultation between the World Cup organizers and Inland Fisheries Ireland. IFI staff will also provide a cleaning station at Cushlough, where boats can be disinfected free of charge prior to launching, and again before leaving. Competitors and boatmen are strongly urged to avail of this service, in order to prevent introductions of invasive species to Lough Mask.

Lough Carra

Carra is still fishing well although angling attentions are turning towards Mask. Numbers fishing for trout are down slightly in the last week but many people are getting what they come for. First time trout angler Antonio Perez from Spain fished with his son on Saturday and came away with 6 trout, all fish were well fed and averaged 1.5lbs. Mike Hamrogue from Brownstown fished on Sunday evening and was happy with a stocky 2.5lb fish, which came to a Murrough.  

Lough Corrib

All quiet on Lough Corrib at the moment, with anglers concentrating on trolling for salmon. I have no reports from the lake, which will hopefully change as we enter August and trout start to feed on the surface insects again.

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North Western Region

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

[15/07/10]

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Northern Region

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

[20/07/10]

Lough Melvin

The trout fishing was very quiet and I have yet to hear of any anglers who ventured out after the same.

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

[22/07/10]

Cashel Trout Fishery

With the weather definitely suiting all anglers Cashel is giving everyone a great opportunity to try out their skills, have a fun or corporate day with family and friends.

Draperstown’s Damien Donnelly used dries and small weighted nymphs to bag five lovely trout weighing a total of 12lb.  Dungiven’s Mark Boyce accompanied by Gary Lovell and Nigel Duncan (Belfast) released seven trout between them using dries and assorted buzzers.  Derry’s Maurice Whiteman released two weighing 2lb and 4lb which took dries and buzzers.  Luke Mc Sheffrey, Mick Doherty and Niall Morrow (Derry) had a brilliant time using small orange lures and black dries.  Luke bagged four totalling 8lb 11ozs and also released three.  Mick bagged two just over 3lb while Niall released two which were an average 3lb.  Jordan Harkin, Nicky Newland and Lawerence Newland (Foreglen, Dungiven) used white lures and dragon flies to make their catches.  Jordan bagged one at 2lb 1ozs.  Lawerence bagged two at 3lb 7ozs but unfortunately Nicky was not quite as lucky.  Portrush’s Jim Mc Cormack bagged one real beauty weighing 3lb 7ozs which took a wee buzzer. Christopher Dougan (Dungiven) hooked and lost his two trout which took a pheasant tail buzzer.  Last but by no means least, Derry’s Billy Hazlett released two trout back into the lake. 
Marlene
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email: casheltrout@hotmail.com  Website: www.cashellakeview.co.uk

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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[22/07/10]

Corkagh Park Carp

carp
Photo: Tim O'Connor sent us this photo of one of three carp he got at Corkagh Park last Thursday.

Royal Canal, Kilcock

One Kildare angler fishing the Royal Canal at Kilcock reported a number of tench to 2.5lbs in weight and a mixed bag of roach and hybrids whilst float fishing at night. 

Dave from Southside Tackle reports that coarse angling for hybrids has been good on the canal from Enfield out and at Maynooth Harbour.

Lough Ramor

Good numbers of anglers have been fishing the south east shore of Lough Ramor in recent days. Feeder fishing has produced small numbers of bream and some good mixed bags of coarse fish. The southerly winds have created good coarse fishing conditions. 2 Dublin anglers fishing in Drumkerry lake at the weekend had good bags of skimmers feeder fishing during the day. There has been a good number of anglers fishing Castle lake and fishing is reported to be good at this time.

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

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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]

Boyle

We have been doing some vertical fishing for Perch with some good results at times, though it can be hard at the moment to find really concentrated shoals.
Bodo Funke
Angling Services Ireland, Boyle
Web: http://www.anglingservicesireland.com/

Mohill and Carrick on Shannon

The Tench have eventually completed spawning in the lakes in the Upper Shannon and some good nets are achievable now as fish settle down into a normal pattern. David Wynn had success over the last two weeks. I pre-baited some swims for David and showed him the tricks and techniques. After half an hour or so fishing David landed his first Tench. I had a nice net of Roach.

There were a few local matches fished. The results were

Kilty Barden

Thursday Evening Match - Lough Allen – Barney’s shore 

Sunday Match   Kilty Barden

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

Lower River Inny

The Inny at Tommy Foxes is fishing quite well of late. One angler reported good mixed bags to 30kg at a sitting. Angling conditions are ideal and this venue is worth trying this week.
Tommy Foxe
Mob: 087 9960173 for enquiries and boat hire.

Rivers Shannon, Shannonbridge

River level had been around the two meter mark recently. Some heavy rain showers has brought the level up to 2.3metres.

Barry Crawford fished a backwater using three sweetcorn on a hair rigged 14 hook catching six Bream in a two hour session,  best 2.5lbs. John and Breg Hersee Athlone fished Shannonbridge with bamboo sticks and maggot catching 20 Roach, 5 Perch,  1 Bream and a pike. Their advice is don’t buy a fishing rod - make your own!

Stephen Hersee fished with maggot and feeder to catch one 2lb Roach. Three generations of Carty’s Tom, Paddy and Thomas from Dublin/Shannonbridge fished the Hot Water using worm and float and a spinner to catch 21 Perch and 1 pike in sunshine.

Lorraine Devery went fishing for the first time and used float and maggot to catch 2 Bream of 2lbs each. Aidan Kelly tried an evening fishing session with maggot and in two hours he caught 30 Roach and Rudd,  best up to a pound weight.

Brothers Ev and Theo Everdingen from Holland have just ended their fishing holiday. Using worms they fished behind an island on the Shannon over the week to catch some good bags - 48 Perch, 70 Perch and Roach, 30 Perch and 1 pike of 70cm, 50 Rudd and Perch and 90 Perch.  Alan Boreham from Loughrea fished the canal near Ballymahon using red maggot and bread to catch 8 Tench from 4lbs to 5lbs each. Lot of soft weed had to be raked out in the swim.
Dermot Killeen ,
Shannonbridge Blog:
http://shannonbridge.blogspot.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 

[22/07/10]

Fishing Ballyconnell with Bob Nudd

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Photo: Bob Nudd fishing Leonard's Shore.

For the first time ever, Bob Nudd is hosting a very special angling week at Ballyconnell starting on Monday August 9 that promises to be great fun with outstanding sport on some of County Cavan’s famous lakes.

Bob Nudd MBE, four times World Champion with umpteen appearances for England on the international match scene, first crossed the Irish Sea in spring 1976 to tackle the famous River Suck bream while competiting in the Ballinasloe Festival. Ever since then he has been totally hooked on Ireland, its welcoming people and truly great fishing.

Bob will be out fishing with guests for three full days (Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday) on three different venues with personal one-to-one opportunities for coaching, advice, hints and tips on catch fish.  There is a fee to attend.

All anglers are welcome and for further information contact Dave Houghton on 071 9642743. 

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Northern Ireland

[22/07/10]

GAULMOYLESTOWN 4 MAN TEAM LEAGUE ROUND 3

Match 3 proved to be a very close affair on the team front with 4 teams being separated by only 5 points.

Team winners were the home club Gaulmoylestown who totalled 64 pts, runners up on weight wereToomans Match Group 60pts, piping league leaders Cloughbally Mill Angling Centre from Enniskillen also on 60pts.

Pascal Wymes Gaulmoylestown won the individual match on peg 24 with 103lbs 07ozs, Alan Turton TMG was second with 101lbs 12ozs on peg 1 with Brendon Jennings TMG third on peg 5 with 89lbs 08ozs.

Cloughbally Mill Angling Centre extend there lead at the top of the league to 13 points from Sensas BSI in second.

Next match in the league is on the 8 Aug.
Jack Tisdale
Cloughballymill Angling Centre
Unit 3, Sligo Road, Enniskillen. BT74 7JY
Tel: +44 28 6632 2008
Web: http://www.cloughballymillanglingcentre.com E-mail: jacktisdall@btinternet.com

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Loughs Agency area

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

01/01/10

New coarse angling regulations for 2010

A 2010 regulation - that will be welcomed by most - is that which prohibits the killing of coarse fish (including eels).

As a summary (with effect from 1st January) -

Coarse fish. It is prohibited to kill coarse fish (however, see regulation on pike, below) in the Foyle and Carlingford areas waters.

Eels. It is prohibited to kill eels in the Foyle and Carlingford areas.

All such coarse fish and eels caught, must be carefully handled and returned alive and unharmed to the water.

Pike. There is a bag limit of 2 pike weighing 4 kg or less, on any one day. Pike of 4kg or more must be returned unharmed to the water. There is an exception for specimen pike with a bag limit of 1 specimen pike in any one day (a specimen pike in a river is 9 kg or more; a specimen pike in a lake is 13.6 kg or more).

Live bait. Live fish cannot be used as bait in fresh waters in the Foyle and Carlingford areas.

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[22/07/10]

There is very little pike angling activity taking place at the moment. Colm from East Coast Angling has not received any pike angling reports this week.

Lough Muckno

Unsubstantiated reports of a 16kg pike taken on Lough Muckno have been received by a number of anglers. If you hear anything or you are that angler and have a photo please send us the information.

Blessington

Dublin anglers John Murphy got 2 pike at May’s Bay in Blessington Lakes at the weekend, one 6lbs and the other 8lbs in weight. Both were caught on joey mackerel, fishing on the bottom.

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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

[22/07/10]

Upper River Shannon Boyle

The summer is fully upon us now and despite the fact that the weather isn't all great, the water temperature has risen to a level that makes pike fishing not only slow, but also very uncomfortable for the pike to get caught in. Nevertheless our most recent pike outing two weeks ago was a successful one for clients Mike Dolan and his son Sam from New York state. During a rather windy day, well it had been windy all week and the water was well oxygenated and only at 17C; they caught 14 pike between them, all on suspending lures near the weed. No big fish were caught but some feisty pike came to the boat all the same.
On their return to New York Mike wrote:

"Bodo, I would like to thank you for the great day of fishing we had even with all the wind. Me and Sam are still talking about it. When we return to Ireland we will fish with you again. Mike"
Bodo Funke
Angling Services Ireland, Boyle
Web: http://www.anglingservicesireland.com/

BOYLE AND DISTRICT ANGLING CLUB NEWS

Children’ s Competition: Boyle and District Angling club hosted their Annual Children’s Competition on Saturday the 17th of July. This was coupled with the Annual visit of the Chernobyl Children who are always welcome.
Jane Suffin,
Club Secretary

Web: http://boyleanglers.blogspot.com/

Derravaragh

pike

Dublin anglers James Meehan and sons Luke and Harry ventured out on Derravaragh last Monday with their cousin Tate Meehan. Tate is from Austin in Texas and he landed his first hard fighting double figure pike from Derravaragh. Full report and pics on Mick’s site on www.midlandangling.com. Ten boats returned 20 pike in a recent family day out on the lake – heaviest 17lbs.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer
Mobile: 087-2797270.
Web: www.midlandangling.com

River Shannon, Shannonbridge

River level had been up to the two meter mark recently. Some continuing heavy rain and showers has brought the level up to 2.3 metres as we write.
Tom O Brien Athlone used a volvex spinner to catch 4 Pike and 6 Perch on the Shannon. Best pike weighed 12lbs. Aidan Kelly fished the Shannon using a spinner to catch 7 Pike between 2lbs and 6lbs.
Dermot Killeen Shannonbridge
Blog: http://shannonbridge.blogspot.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

[15/07/10]

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Northern Ireland

No report this week - [most recent report 19/11/09]

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Loughs Agency area

01/01/10

New Pike angling regulations for 2010

A 2010 regulation - that will be welcomed by most - is that which prohibits the killing of coarse fish (including eels).

As a summary (with effect from 1st January) -

Coarse fish. It is prohibited to kill coarse fish (however, see regulation on pike, below) in the Foyle and Carlingford areas waters.

Eels. It is prohibited to kill eels in the Foyle and Carlingford areas.

All such coarse fish and eels caught, must be carefully handled and returned alive and unharmed to the water.

Pike. There is a bag limit of 2 pike weighing 4 kg or less, on any one day. Pike of 4kg or more must be returned unharmed to the water. There is an exception for specimen pike with a bag limit of 1 specimen pike in any one day (a specimen pike in a river is 9 kg or more; a specimen pike in a lake is 13.6 kg or more).

Live bait. Live fish cannot be used as bait in fresh waters in the Foyle and Carlingford areas.

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[15/07/10]

Co Louth Coastline

Mackerel are still scarce on the County Louth coastline and fishing has been described as patchy. Some schoolie bass have been reported from Dunany northwards to Ballaghan Point. The Boyne estuary is very coloured after recent rain.

Dublin to Wexford

smooth hound
Photo: Des Chew they had a number of bass and smoothound to 6lbs

Top angler Brian Cooke had some good sea fishing at Cahore beach recently. Fishing with Des Chew they had a number of bass and smoothound to 6lbs weight. A southeasterly wind made shore fishing conditions difficult and distance casting was required to get past the coloured water. The fish were caught at low water on crab presented on 3/0 hooks using long snoods.

mullet
Photo: Chris McGregor with a 4lb mullet from Wicklow

Chris McGregor had good mullet fishing at a South Wicklow venue using bubble float and bread flake. Slack winds in the early morning made the bow waves visible and the mullet could be seen clearly. Chris had 2 fish, the best weighing 4lbs 10 ozs and numerous takes making these sessions exciting.

Anglers have been catching mackerel from Dun Laoghaire pier in recent days. The Dublin Angling Initiative had a group of 10 youngsters from Blanchardstown who had great sport float fishing with mackerel strips from the pier, although not present in great numbers there are some mackerel about.

Fishing conditions were tough on North Wicklow beaches during the week as in spite of neap tides southerly winds created problems for shore anglers with large amounts of weed.

Dave from southside angling reports that there has been exceptional bass fishing from Wexford to North County Dublin on lure and spinner. Around Laytown bait has produced the best results on the south beach. Good smoothhound fishing has been reported at Poolbeg and Ringsend and mullet fishing is good on most inlets piers and estuaries. Mackerel have arrived in better number recently and anglers and catching a lot of mackerel from north county Dublin to Wexford.

Dave and the rest of the crew from southside angling can be contacted at southsideangling@eircom.net 

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:
enquiries@srfb.ie

[22/07/10]

National Shore Team Fundraiser

youghal
Photo: The Youghal beach venue

For those of you who like your shore fishing, there's an interesting competition coming up next month. The team members of the National Shore Team are organising a fund raising competition on Youghal beach on Saturday 7th August. Fishing is from 9pm to 1am in the morning.

The fishing should be very interesting as plenty of small eyed ray would be expected at this time of year. Bass should also make an appearance, and recent reports suggest that they are still catching codling off the beach. There will be 2 to 3 zones, depending on the number of entries, with optional pairs and optional pools. The match will be pre-entry and will carry penn points (Sea Angler).

If you are interested in fishing this you can contact the captain of the Irish shore team, J. P. Molloy, on 087 - 7946518.

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South Western Region

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

[15/07/10]

Cork Harbour angling reports

Bass feeding frenzy

bass
Photo: Possibly Jim's 1000th bass on fly.

21/07/10 With todays light winds high temperatures and dark brooding skys combined with the possibility of thunder I was pipping! We had abandoned any notion of sailing. We messed around in Cork harbour inthe tender in between heavy showers and then I went off to meet the tide to a new untried location.

It was probably one of the greatest bass fishing sessions of my life taking several fish in excess of eight pounds and two greater than ten pounds. Fish lay in the current chasing giant sandeels to the surface in a boiling frenzy! I took what I estimate as my 1000th bass on the fly during this session.

  1. Note I - I never attempted to match the hatch once.
  2. Note II - The pollack loved the Steve Farrer flies.
  3. Note III - The speed of retrieve was critical
  4. Note IV - The take was gentle and so subtle at times beyond belief
  5. Note V - The bigger fish took later and as always deeper in the tide

Jim Hendrick
Bass Angling Guide
SEAi, 8 St Johns Road, Wexford, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 53 9123351
E-mail: sportfishing@eircom.net Web: www.bassfishing.ie

More excellent fishing for Defence Forces SAC

The Defence Forces Sea Angling Club recently held their Master Angler competition out of Cobh. This was a three day event and the lads were blessed with fine weather. In all 32 anglers were competing and fished onboard four of the hub's charter angling boats; the John Boy, the Osprey II, the Lagosta II, and Wreckhunter.

The fishing was excellent with over 18 species recorded including cod, pollack, ling, coalfish, pouting, poorcod, ballan wrasse, cuckoo wrasse, dogfish, whiting, haddock, red gurnard, grey gurnard, tub gurnard, garfish, megrim, scad, and conger. Indeed the winner, Mick Barry, had 148 fish over the three days. That's some fishing!!! Second was Phil Barry with 102 fish, and third was Micky Moore with 80 fish. The team event was won by the Dubs, but the Cork lads gave them a good run for their money.

Best fish was a 94cm ling. Mick Barry reports that the best rigs he found were the shop bought variety from Shamrock Tackle and plain simple homemade traces. For some of these lads it was their second Defence Force competition out of Cobh in less than a month. The last time round the fishing was excellent again (http://corkharbouranglinghub.blogspot.com/2010/05/army-master-angler-championships.html). Hopefully, it won't be too long before all the lads are back down once more.

If you would like to book a trip out with Donie Geary in the John Boy have a look here http://www.sea-fishing-ireland.com/. If you'd fancy going out on the Osprey II you can contact Pat Condon through his website here http://www.atlantic-charters.net/. Joe Lynch, skipper of Wreckhunter, can be contacted here http://www.wreckhunter.ie/ and Alan Kennedy of Lagosta II can be contacted through his email address at alank167@gmail.com.

Ray Action on Osprey II

Last weekend Pat Condon had a group of English lads over for the weekend. Fishing aboard Osprey II they had four good days working the marks both inside and outside Cork Harbour. On the Smiths they had plenty of the usual suspects with haddock, ling, conger, pollack, cod, coalfish, etc.,.... However, it was while fishing an old mark of Pat's at the mouth of the Harbour that they really did well. Fishing on the ebb they had plenty of thornback rays which is a welcome sight to see. Thornbacks have been scarce in the Harbour in recent years due to the pressures of commercial fishing but its great to see numbers bouncing back, but that wasn't all; mixed in with the thornies were a few homlyn ray and an undulate ray! Now that is great to see!

EFSA storm Cork Harbour

Last weekend we had 35 anglers from all over ireland and the u.k. all members of E.F.S.A. fishing their two day competition out of Cobh on board the "lagosta" "naoimh carta" "cuan ban" and "john-Boy". boat hire and  local organising was done by Mary geary of Geary angling service's who also supplied the bait for the two days.

On Saturday the weather was favourable and all boats went to the Smiths area where the first 3 hours were on the drift and the second 3 hours at anchor. we started our drift north of the cork buoy and as the wind was from the south west we were covering a mixture of rough and sandy ground. the anglers were concentrating on species as this gave them most points. we landed ling, pollack, coalies. grey gurnard, red gurnard, cuckoo wrasse, pouting and some fine haddock. at 2 o'clock we went to anchor and after a short time we realised that the conger were not co-operating so everyone changed to the lighter tackle landing a lot of pouting, pollack and dogs. one angler on the boat manager 12 species.

On sunday the anglers arrived on the pier to strengtening southerly wing and torential rain a decision was made to fish inside the harbour.

After catching some fresh mackeral we went to anchor on a mark known as deep hole. and right from the start we had a steady flow of good size whiting, codling, babs and of course the old reliable doggies. about half way through the 6 hour session i sugested to the anglers that if they were prepared to take a bit of a battering we could get some good conger under roches point lighthouse,

This proved to be a very good move as we landed 16 conger (to 20lb.) several pollack, cod and doggies to end the weekend with some very happy and saturated anglers.

One interesting feature of the day's fishing with 6 anglers all fishing for conger, each one of the 16 were caught by the 3 anglers on the port side of the boat, one with 7, one 5 and one 4. Fishing never ceases to amase.

This group enjoyed the weekend so much they have booked for a return trip in September and some have booked for the 44th.Cobh international festival starting on Sept. 6-10th.
Donal Geary
http://www.sea-fishing-ireland.com/

Swell fishing at Courtmacsherry

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Photo: Felix de Boere landed a near specimen Ling and had a fine cod as well.

The fishing in Courtmacsherry the past week has been great even though the weather was not  kind to us with a good swell from the south. We had Belgian, Dutch and English anglers fishing with us.

Mario Wenselaers of Belgium  landed a Blue Shark of 2m. Felix de Boere landed a near Specimen Ling and had a fine cod as well.

Pollack fishing was good with fish to 10lbs, good conger and in the Estuary with live bait Deane Hennessy  landed his best  Bass  a fish of 9.6lbs with mackerel ,while fishing off the Lady Louise at the pontoon. Evin O Sullivan also landed a fish of 8.5lbs.

The self drives were catching Bass to 5lbs trolling using sidewinders and rapalas. Lets hope the weather improves during the week as with the slack tides we have a good few wrecking trips lined up.
Mark Gannon
Charter Boat Skipper
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 23 46427 or +353 86 8250905
Email: csal@iol.ie Web: www.courtmacsherryangling.ie

Valentia

 john dory
Photo: A beautiful John Dory caught on a recent trip.

A successful week of angling was completed by an eight-member group. The group of anglers caught 243 pollack, 8 ling , 46 coalfish, 148 cod, 11 poorcod, 3 red gurnard, a cuckoo wrasse, a haddock, a starfish and an octopus.
Siegy Grabher
Sioux
Ballyhearny West, The Mill, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 66 9476420 or +353 87 6871267
Email: valentiafishing@eircom.net Website: www.valentiafishing.com

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Shannon Region

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

[22/07/10]

First blue shark of the season

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Photo: This turned out to be a female blue shark around 75lbs.

I had a party of lads in last weekend who wanted to do a Tope and Shark Trip. All week I was keeping an eye on the forecast to see which day I should do the Tope and what day would be suitable for a shark drift. From my experience the best conditions for shark fishing is a light to moderate breeze, preferable with a bit of westerly in it and reasonable sunshine. As it turned out last Saturday was a windy day with a strong westerly wind blowing so we had to make the best of it and try the estuary for Tope. A session at Beal yielded 2 Tope to the boat and 2 dropped runs. In the conditions I was reasonably happy. We spent the rest of the session in Collage bay where we picked up 8 species!

By Sunday the wind had dropped and we had just a light breeze from the SW. It is still early here on the west coast for Blues so I wanted to be set up for a long drift so we had lots of rubby dubby with us on the boat going out. Just as well as it turned out as Mackerel at the Loop were not obliging. However, half an hour here saw more than enough for bait and we headed for open water. Once set up on the drift some of the lads fished the bottom and were catching some fair sized Whiting and a couple of Red Gurnard. As the day went on it looked like the shark were going to let us down when after 4 hours we had a dropped run and almost straight away had a shark on another rig. This turned out to be a female around 75lbs.

Other trips during the last week included a session at anchor off Horse Island that produced some good Bull Huss and a Tope of 37lbs and an estuary trip where a few Ray to double figures were caught close in.
Luke Aston
Clare Dragoon, LOCHIN 366, 650HP.
Carrigaholt Co. Clare  
Telephone: +353 65 9058209 or +353 87 6367544
Email: lukeaston@eircom.net  Web: www.fishandstay.com

Some recent catches at Poulnasherry Bay

wrasse

mullet

cuckoo ray

by visiting angler Jim Beck

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Western Region

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

[15/07/10]

Good rays and huss in the West

Shore and boat anglers are enjoying good sport at the moment, with good ray and huss fishing being reported from several areas. Conor Mountaine, Peter Atkins and Chris Feeney of Galway SAC fished a new mark in Clew Bay and had a bumper evening, recording bull huss of 12lbs and 9.25lbs for Peter, as well as ray to 7lbs and huss caught by all. These guys have been putting in time and research finding new marks to fish, with the results paying off. It goes to show that wherever you go in Galway/Mayo, excellent fishing could be just around the next bend in the shoreline, so get out there and explore!

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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

[22/07/10]

Blue sharks reach Killybegs

Although the weather is not as good as it was in June - it has not stopped the fishing. Some very good pollack being caught at the moment. Congratulations to Chris who caught a specimen pollack 12.4lbs this week. There has been a good selection of fish - pollack, ling, coal fish and cod caught on each outing.

Saturday 17th July was our first outing for shark -- and how successful it was! Congratulations to Frank Gavagan -- he caught, tagged and released two shark on the day - one was 44.64 lbs and the other was 81.69bs. The temperature of the water has increased now and is >15C - so the shark have arrived! We look forward to the hunt - we tag and release all the shark caught.
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

Rosguill waiting for sharks

tub gurnard
Photo: A lovely tub gurnard.

Fishing has been Ok recently. Lots of Mackeral now. A lot of Porbeagle Sharks have been caught in the area – unfortunately none by Rosguill….Yet! Blue Sharks should be here within a few weeks. The Limeburner has been fishing ok – perhaps not just as good as earlier in the season. The sandy bays have been Ok with both good and bad days. Wrecks have been fishing good. There sems to be lots of Tope this year & they seem to have migrated earlier than normal onto the Limeburner grounds.
Michael McVeigh
Rosguill 43' Aquastar. Twin 310 HP
Downings, Co. Donegal.
Telephone: +353 74 9155080
Email: info@rosguill.com Web: www.rosguill.com

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Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

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

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

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Northern Ireland

[05/07/10]

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