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Irish Angling Update

29 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

[29/07/10]

River Fane

Anglers were hopeful after a few salmon were taken on the Fane last week however to the disappointment of the salmon anglers there has still been no big run of salmon to date despite the rise in the water level. Bernard Devenney reports that he did not hear of any more salmon being caught on the River Fane since last week. The water levels in the river are falling slowly. Matt Campbell and Bernard Devenney fished for sea trout on Tuesday night. The water was in excellent condition, however the full moon spoiled the fishing as the sky was a bit too clear. Matt caught a lovely fish which weighed in at 2.25lb and missed 3 more. Bernard also missed a fish and another angler had a fish around 2lb. Although there seems to be a very good stock of sea trout in the river there were very few anglers out (4 at Stephenstown). Many anglers are waiting for the salmon run. With the water dropping the sea trout fishing will improve over the next week.

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Photo: A good sized Fane salmon

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 is fishing well for sea trout in the Drumcar and Willistown areas up until the recent rise in water levels.

Castletown River

The competition which was due to take place on the Castletown River on Saturday 17th July and had to be rescheduled owing to the water conditions was fished last weekend. Only four trout over the size limit were weighed in but lots of smaller fish were returned unharmed to the river. The winner of the event was Aidan Devlin from Dundalk who weighed in a nice seat rout of 1.25lbs. The best  fish recorded this week was a fresh run sea trout of nearly three pounds in weight and taken by a local angler from Dundalk.

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. Some nice sea trout have been reported taken in the Oldbridge area at Mc Gahons and Mc Culloughs. No reports of salmon fishing this week although fish were observed moving upstream at Navan. One salmon was hooked and lost on the Kells Blackwater by an angler fishing for trout.

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

[28/07/10]

River Blackwater

Blackwater Lodge Fishery

Current Situation: The lower river rose until nightfall on Thursday(22nd. & held overnight at 0.62m Friday morning. This was rather odd as the upper river was falling steadily during the day. It is good to see that rate of fall of the level is slower than it was before now the groundwater is building up with the recent rains.

On Friday 24th., the level fell from 0.62 to 0.50m by evening. Clarity was poor at only 1-1½ feet so spinning was the order of the day. In spite of the conditions, 11 fish were taken including a 10.7 pounder for Martin Ceillier
from Dublin on his birthday – and it was only his second ever salmon.
His wife Barbara also hooked a huge silver fish at the Jole above the island on Lower Kilmurry which jumped as soon as it was hooked then turned & headed for the sea, emptying her reel in its one & only run & broke her. Glenda estimated it at 18-20lb.

On Saturday 24th., the river was still very peaty with clarity 2- 2½ feet, but fined off a bit & fell slowly to 0.50m by nightfall. Sixteen fish were taken for 11 rod days, including a 12lb. released by Gavin Wishart (N. Ireland) – who had 4 for the day – and a 10.8 pounder for Karen Murphy from Cahir. Both Kieran Conlon & Terry O’Keeffe had 3 fish each (5 on fly). Kieran played a fish on fly for a good while which he reckoned was close to 20lb. & a bar of silver.

On Sunday 25th., the level fell from 0.32 in the morning to 0.30m by evening & the clarity was improving to 3 feet. Mossy McElligott (Tralee) caught the Best Fish of the Season with a 12.4lb on fly on Ballinaroone & his fishing partner Tim Quinlivan also had two on fly of 11.9 & 9.1lb. Tim's largest was also the second heaviest weighed fish this year. 11 fish were taken for only 6 rod days – 7 on fly.

The total for the season to date is 187.   The July total to the 25th. is an impressive 146 for only 145 rod days, which is already the highest recorded since 2003 when 162 were taken. Most of the grilse caught in the last week have been much better fish – mainly in the 4-6lb. class. 136 have been taken in the last 17 days for 134 rod days, of which 63 came to 39 rod days in the last 6 days.

Prospects: With predominantly dry weather for the coming week, the river will be fining off nicely. There are plenty of fish running - hefty grilse, some good fish in the 10-12lb. class caught and three fish in the last week which were reckoned to be in the 18-20lb. class lost – so the prospects of sport for the coming week look superb. Just had a report today - Monday 26th. - of a fish around 20lb. lost yet again on Beat 11. Gauge height this morning was 0.28m.
Ian & Glenda Powell
Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery
Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
Tel: 00 353 58 60235     From UK: 0871 474 0135  (10p/min any time!)
Mobile: 00 353 87 235 21 20
E-mail: info@ireland-salmon-fishing.net Website: www.ireland-salmon-fishing.net

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South Western Region

[29/07/10]

Lough Currane

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

28/07/10 Mr. Garry Watton, of the UK, was in good form again, with his Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan, they caught 6 Sea Trout, which I might add they sportingly put back to fight another day. Mrs John Moorhouse caught 2 juniors with her Gillie Mr. Bob Priestly, and her husband Mr. John Moorhouse caught 4 Juniors with his Gillie Mr. Brod O’Sullivan. Mr. Neil O’Shea, and his guest caught 1 Junior, Dublin angler, Mr. Sean Kestell, caught 5 Sea Trout on the troll, ranging from Juniors up to 1.5lbs.

27/08/10 Mr.Garry Watton of the UK, caught a 3lbs Sea Trout on the fly, with his Gillie Mr. Michael O'Sullivan. Some Anglers, saw some good action, Belfast anglers, fishing with Mr. Terence Wharton Jnr caught 5 Sea Trout on the fly, Mr. Chris O’Sullivan, caught 2 Juniors with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea, and last but not least, Mr. Donagh McCarthy of the USA and Waterville caught 11 Sea Trout, with his Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy. On the weather front the same as yesterday.

26/07/10 I will go straight to the FT index, Mr. James Hinchey of the UK, caught 1 Junior, with his Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy and for the rest of we anglers, no comment.

25/07/10 I see on http://www.loughcurrane.com/ that on the higher Lakes, there was some action, and the facts are as follows, Mr. Vincent Donnelly, caught a few Juniors and added 2 Brown Trout in the 1.5lbs class, now we head down steam to Lough Na Mona, Mr. Chris Watson fishing with his Gillie Mr. Roger Baker, caught 2 Juniors. Now to Lough Currane, just a few Juniors caught but no real rod benders, I say no rod benders, you try and tell that to Mr. Ger McCarthy and party, fishing in a hired out boat, they caught 12 sea trout raging from Juniors up to 1.¾ lbs, now we head down stream to the Butler Pool, Cork angler, Mr. Anthony Buckley, caught a 4lbs Grilse, which gave Anthony the Grand Slam of fishing, because in the last few days , he has caught a Salmon on the Commeragh River then headed down stream, and caught a Grilse on Lough Currane, and finished his grand slam on the Butler pool.

24/07/10 Cork angler Mr. Anthony Buckley, fishing with his Gillie, Mr. Tom O’Shea, caught 1 Junior, staying with Sea Trout department, Mr Colin and PJ Lynham, fishing with their gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer caught 6 Juniors, now for a mixture of Salmon and Sea Trout, Mr. John Baller of the UK, fishing out of http://www.butlerarms.com/ with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, caught a 4lbs Grilse on the troll, and finished the day off with a fine 1.5lbs Sea Trout, Cork Angler, Mr. Gerry O’Sullivan, caught a Grilse on the troll, in the hired out boat department, there was one Salmon caught by an Angler fishing on his own, now we head up stream to the Commeragh River, an Angler, caught a fine Grilse, and just for the record the same angler caught a Grilse and a few Sea Trout on Lough Currane earlier in the week. Now to the poaching department, I was reading on http://www.loughcurrane.com/ our Manger Mr. Trevor Stafford, is reporting on the catches on the upper Lakes, and they are as follows, On Lough Derriana, Mr. Pat Brown and Mr. Brendan Kelly, finished their weeks fishing on a high, by catching a few nice Juniors, and 2 Brown Trout weighing in at 2.5lbs and 3.5lbs, now we head down stream to Lough Na Mona, Mr. Chris Watson of the UK fishing with his Gillie Mr. Roger Baker, caught a fine Sea Trout of 4lbs.

23/07/10 On the early shift, Mr. Colin and PJ Lynham, caught 10 Sea Trout, ranging from Junior class up to 2lbs, with their Gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer, Mr. Lynham Snr, was telling me that he and his Son, have been coming to the Waterville Fishery, for a good many years, and it’s the best weeks fishing they have had, and their gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer, got a very good mention, praise indeed. Now to the Salmon department, Cork Angler Mr. Anthony Buckley, caught a fine 5.4ozs Grilse on the troll, with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea, Mr. john Baller of the UK fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, caught 2 Juniors on the fly, and staying with the fly, Mr. Drew Brown fishing with his Gillie Mr. Bob Priestly caught 6 Juniors, Mr. Jamie Booth and his Brother, caught 2 fine Sea trout, ranging from Junior class up to 2.5lbs, Guests fishing with their Gillie Sylvester Donnelly, caught 3 Juniors on the troll, and Mr. Frank Donnelly, caught 1 junior with his Guest, there was a fine 7.5lbs specimen Sea Trout, caught on the fly by Mr. O’Sullivan of Lake road Waterville, fishing with his Brother Mr. Kevin O’Sullivan. Wind SW light to calm and overcast with light rain for most of the afternoon.

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

6 salmon caught on Beat 1 and 2 of the Laune weighing between 4lbs and 7lbs.

Laune Anglers and Beat 3

There have been 6 fish reported for the week.  There was 1 fish reported from Beat 3.  Water for most of the week was too high, this limited fishing to spinning and worms. Notwithstanding the water height there should have been more fish met in the Laune.  The news is that there are a lot of fish running the river but not holding up in pools as yet. There was one happy Laune Anglers member, that was John Hussey from Castlemaine who had a grilse of 4 lbs and a salmon of 14 lbs both on the Flying C. This writer met his first fish of the year yesterday evening but lost him after a good play the fish was a lovely fresh fish of about 7 lbs.

29 July: As of Thursday 29th July at 2.2 feet on the gauge.

Water still high but beautifully clear.  Will be in perfect condition for all methods for the week.
Billy Downes
Laune Anglers Association
web: www.launesalmonanglers.com

KILLARNEY LAKES AND LOUGH LEANE

4 salmon caught averaging between 6lbs - 7lbs in weight.

FLESK RIVER

3 salmon caught on the Flesk river with an average weight of 4lbs. 

RIVER LEE

40 salmon landed for the week, best fish 13lbs landed on a flying C.

RIVER LEE (ESB FISHERY)

13th  July          1, 11lbs fish caught on a spinner by Bobby Flynn, Cork – released.
14th  July          1, 2 ½ lbs fish and 1, 3lbs fish caught on a shrimp and released.
15th July           1, 3 ½ lbs fish and 1, 6 ½ lbs fish caught and released on a spinner by Bobby Flynn.
 17th July          1, 4lbs fish caught on a shrimp.

20th  July          1, 3lbs fish caught by Jim Richardson, Antrim, and a 3lbs fish and a
                  3½ lbs fish caught by Stephen Richardson, Antrim and released.
1 2lbs fish caught by Jim Richardson and a 2lbs fish and a 3 ½ lbs fish caught by Stephen Richardson and released.
23rd  July          5 fish caught ranging in weight from 2lbs to 6lbs on a shrimp by Stephen Richardson and released. 

RIVER BANDON

70 salmon caught for the week, 40 were release, best weight was 14lbs landed on a flying C.

RIVER ARGIDEEN

There was a good run of sea trout and grilse on this river last week.

RIVER ILEN

36 fish caught for the week on the Ilen river with the majority of these being released.

COOMHOLA RIVER

19 fish caught best fish 12lbs.

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Shannon Region

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

[28/07/10]

River Feale and Smearlagh

28/07/10 Water: Low fishing water Weather: Overcast, light rain 17.4 Deg.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
Web: www.northkerryanglers.com Email: info@northkerryanglers.com

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Western Region

[28/07/10]

Connemara

Colin Folan from Lough Inagh reports that the consistent rain that we have had for the last 3 weeks has stopped and so too, hopefully temporarily, has the superb salmon fishing. Although it is still fairly good, I am delighted with the catch for July. In total 40 salmon were recorded for the month which is about 50% of our total annual catch.  There are still fresh fish entering daily, but the run has petered out a bit and the bulk of the fish are in Lough Inagh already.  The sea trout fishing is average on the lake, this is mainly due to poor conditions (low cloud and little wind), but the days with good conditions are producing good sport.
For the week we had 8 salmon to 9lbs, 43 sea trout to 3.5lbs, and 34 brown trout to 1.5lbs. Vincent Foley fished Corloo for a day and caught 2 grilse of 6 and 6.5lbs on a size 14 Stoats Tail. Dentists Paul Browne and Brian Regan extracted 2 grilse, also from Corloo, on a Collie Dog and Sunray Shadow. Patrick Molloy caught a nice fresh 5.5lbs grilse from the Derryclare Butts on a size 12 Black and Silver. Colin Folan caught and released 3 salmon for the week, the best fish weighed 9lbs and took a Sunray Shadow on Pine Island Beat. David Mehigen fished Lough Inagh for a morning and recorded 4 sea trout to 2.75lbs on a Silver Invicta Muddler. David Magill had 4 sea trout between 1 and 1.5lbs for an evening on Inagh, also on a Silver Invicta. Robert Kelly, Richard Kelly and Greg Forde boated 11 brown trout and 3 sea trout to 1.5lbs on Green Peter, Claret Bumble and Bibio.
For enquiries and bookings contact the hotel on 095 34706 or Colin on 086 8679459, email inagh@iol.ie or check www.loughinaghlodgehotel.ie

Galway Weir

The run of grilse at the Galway Fishery is slowly petering out, with numbers of fresh fish lower this week than previously. Thankfully, water levels have also reduced, with 2 gates now open on the weir. There were 41 salmon landed for the week, mostly to the fly, but also some to the shrimp and the spinner, particularly when there were 4 gates open.
John Hartrup from the UK had a 4.5lbs grilse on fly, and Danish visitor Per Balle landed 3 nice grilse, also on fly. Thomas Twomey from Waterford had 2 grilse on fly, and both Thomas Beecher from Cork and Dave Gibson from Craughwell had 4.5lbs grilse on fly. Christian kelly from Galway had 2 grilse on shrimp, and Bernard Doyle from Monaghan had a 6lbs fish on spinner. Jimmy Scotson also a 6lbs fish on fly, while Dublin man Paul McNamee had 3 grilse to 5.5lbs on fly and shrimp. Eugene McGuinness from Galway had a 4lbs fish on fly, while Clare man Pappy Cotter had 2 grilse to 5.5lbs on fly. Local man Bert Lynch had grilse of 5.5lbs and 6lbs on shrimp, while Tom Power and Ronan Clarke both had 4.5lbs fish.
Numbers of fish may be lower, but there are still a lot of fish in the river, and with lower water levels more suitable for flyfishing, prospects are still good for the coming week.

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North Western Region

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

[29/07/10]

River Moy

Angling effort and reported catches on the Moy have dropped somewhat over the past week, however with a reported catch of 1,139 salmon, the River Moy remains unrivaled as Ireland’s premier salmon fishery. The Moy Fishery itself accounted for 160 salmon, with the Ridge Pool producing over 100 of these. Emmet and Henry Stagg, Kildare had two salmon apiece on the Ridge while visiting Belgian angler Roland Capouillez had a total of five salmon on the fly. Lal Flaherty, Galway also had success on the fly catching three, with his best weighing 5.89lbs.
On the Cathedral Beat, Welsh pair Julian and Jeremy Collins had great success, catching seven salmon, with their best at 9.1lbs, caught by Julian on a spinner. Fellow Welshman Clifford Turner also enjoyed good sport catching four to the spinner, with his best 7.8lbs. The Point and the Freshwater Beat also produced their share, with Gerard Reidy, Limerick catching two on the Freshwater Beat.

The Ballina Salmon Anglers water continued to fish well and Mount Falcon Fishery also enjoyed a very productive week, where David Lambert and party of three from the UK caught a total of 15 salmon. The Knockmore and Attymass water yielded good numbers, as did Coolcronan where Ian Adamson, N.I. was among those to have success. The week proved very productive for Armstrong’s, at Gannon’s Paul Hamilton, N.I. was among those to land fish, catching three with the worm. The Foxford Fishery had a good week, while Bakers New Fishery produced a few fish. Rinanney fished well, while the Foxford town fisheries continued to produce good numbers of salmon. Cloongee proved very productive for Brian Corrigan, Co. Monaghan, who caught eight salmon over three days, with his best weighing 10lbs. Peter Taylor, England also had success, catching one salmon of 5lbs on the spinner. East Mayo Anglers’ water fished very well, where Fred Thompson, Dublin had two salmon, his best a fine fish of 12lbs, while John Geary had success on the fly, catching two of 6lbs and 9lbs.     

Ballisodare Fishery

Angling in Ballisodare remained very productive this week. Two hundred and two fish were caught on the river and below the falls, with 121 of these being released back into the system. Among those with notable catches were Liam Gilsenan and Val Tyrrell, who both landed fine salmon weighing 8lbs. Fly fishing once again proved to be the most popular form of angling at Ballisodare and those to have success on the fly included Brian McDonagh, Tom O’Callaghan and Tom Kenny who each landed salmon of 7lb. German visitor Günter Hommer also enjoyed two days angling at Ballisodare where he caught and released 6 fish.

Carrowmore Lake

Angling effort on Carrowmore has slowed somewhat over the week, with a total of ten salmon reported, averaging 3.5lbs in size. Eamon Giblin caught and released one salmon, while Frank and Declan Dooley of Dublin had two, with both fish released. Sea trout continue to enter the lake, providing great sport under the right angling conditions.

Owenmore River

Water levels on the Owenmore have been very suitable for angling over the past week, with occasional showers adding fresh water each day. Twenty-five salmon were reported for the week, with weights averaging 4lbs. Among those to catch salmon was Dawid Lotz, Scotland who landed a great 8lbs fresh run salmon. Visiting journalist Bernd Taller, Germany also had great success, fishing the Owenmore for the first time and landing a salmon.

Newport River

Some good angling has been reported on the Newport River, despite little angling effort. Eamon Kennedy had great success catching two fine fresh run salmon of 9lbs and 14lbs, while David McClune, Co.Down had one salmon of 9lbs. David Nevin, Newport, also had success catching two grilse of 3.5lbs and 5lbs.

Burrishoole Fishery

Salmon are showing often on Lough Furnace, with a total of nine salmon reported over the week, with an average size of 3lbs. Dermott Seymour, Co. Galway had two salmon while Kieran McGilligan, Co. Derry,  had one. Ken Whelan enjoyed great success on the fishery, catching a total of five salmon.

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Northern Region

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

[20/07/10]

River Drowes

The Drowes remained low for the start of the week saw the river rise on Wednesday and by the end of the day the river had risen the 5 on the gauge. This week was another good one on the Drowes with very good numbers of grilse recorded. Given here are some of the catches. On Monday, a visiting French rod recorded 2 grilse  caught on worm from the Eel Weir weighing 3 & 4lb. On Tuesday, Maurice Barry accounted for 2 grilse weighing 3lb each caught on worm from Tinkers hole and Mike Kite registered a grilse of 5lb caught from The Meadow on a Flying ‘C’. On Wednesday, Gene Harran recorded a 4lb grilse caught on fly from the Washstones. E. Parkinson accounted for 2 grilse weighing 4 & 5lb caught from the Moneyhole on worm. John Ford recorded a 5lb grilse caught on shrimp from the Sea Pools. John Delaney accounted for 2 grilse weighing 4 & 5lb caught from Briney’s on fly. Rory Morrin had a good day landing abd releasing 3 grilse weighing 3, 4, & 4lb. The fish were caught on fly from the Sea Pools and Red Roof. Maurice Barry also faired well recording 3 grilse weighing 3, 4½ & 5lb caught from The Nursery on worm. Billy Grimes accounted for a 6½lb grilse caught from the Washstones on fly. Columba Fitzpatrick recorded a fine sea trout of just over 8lb caught from the Sea Pools on a fly.

On Thursday, Patrick O’Malley recorded a 4lb grilse caught from the Trout Pool on fly. John O’Neill registered a 4lb grilse caught from Briney’s on fly. Kevin Joyce accounted for 2 grilse caught weighing 3 & 5lb from Corry on a Cascade fly. D. Lynch registered a 4lb grilse caught from the Red Roof on a Curry’s Red shrimp fly. Herbert Brokamp recorded a 3½lb grilse caught the Black Hole on a Mepps spinner. Billy Grimes landed a 6lb grilse from Rooney’s. The fish fell to a Green Butt Cascade fly. Martin Norris caught and released a 2½ grilse from Red Roof on worm. On Friday, Frank Doherty recorded a 4lb grilse caught from Tinker’s Hole on fly. Alfred Vanderwalle registered 3 grilse caught, all weighing 4lb, from the Eel Weir, Black Hole & Red Roof on fly. A Spanish party of 5 rods finished their 2 week visit ending up with 20 grilse recorded weighing from 2 to 6lb caught mainly on fly with a couple of fish caught on shrimp.

On Saturday, Michael McEvoy had a good day recording 4 grilse caught weighing 3, 4, 5 & 5lb releasing all of these. The fish were caught from The Blackwater on shrimp. Steven Hoper recorded 3 grilse caught weighing 3, 4 & 5lb from the Moneyhole on shrimp. On Sunday, Pat McMahon accounted for 2 grilse caught weighing 5 & 6lb caught from the Sea Pools on fly. G. Mahon registered a 6lb grilse caught from the Sea Pools on fly and D. Carty registered 2 grilse weighing 3 & 4lb caught from Red Roof on worm.

Prospects look very good for the coming weeks and with showers forecast, water levels should remain good.


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

Lough Melvin

Lough Melvin was fairly quiet over the week despite the good numbers of grilse entering the Lough. There were some four grilse caught over the week that I heard of. On Monday, Ian Grimsley recorded two grilse caught trolling from the Garrison area weighing 3½ & 4½lb. On Tuesday, Billy Gilmore accounted for an 8½lb salmon caught trolling from the Garrison area and another salmon was caught, of which I do not have the details at present.

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 two nice floods over the week on Thursday & Sunday reading 0.30 & 0.27 metres on the gauge. The rest of the days gave fairly low water conditions. The gauge average for the week read 0.18 metres. The fishery was not particularly busy for this time of the season with 29 visiting rods fishing for the week. To date I have no definitive records of catches though I know there were at least 5 salmon caught and I await details of the same.

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

[29/07/10]

River Fane

Water levels have dropped in the Fane this week following the recent rain. There have been a lot of anglers fishing for wild brown trout and a number of nice wild brown trout have been taken in all areas of the river in recent days. Matt Campbell reports that  Sean Cassidy from Duleek caught and released a beautiful wild brown trout on  just under 2lbs on the Fane during the week. Sean is a member of the Irish Youths Fly Fishing Team that will be talking part in the World Youth Fly-fishing Championships in Slovakia next  week. Matt also fished himself recently and had lots of nice fish with the best weighing in at 1.25lbs. Paddy Tennyson and Fred O'Hagan from Dundalk also fished the Fane and had good catches of wild brown trout from a half to three quarters of a pound. The best trout weighed in at around 1lb. There are some hatches of olives during the day but the sedge hatch in the evening is sparse according to Paddy. here is an interesting question if anyone has the answer. Paddy like many anglers has observed the bright yellow sally drifting casually down the river but the trout just seem to ignore this tasty looking mouthful. Any ideas anyone? Get back to me at david.byrneerfb@gmail.com if you have any suggestions.

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

or Matt Campbell who also provides guiding services on the Fane and Castletown Rivers. Matt can be contacted at 087 6757550

Rivers Dee and Glyde

Brown trout fishing has picked up again on the River Dee with reports of some nice trout been taken in the Newtown area upstream of Ardee. There has not been much angling activity on the Glyde.

River Boyne and Tributaries

Navan

Brown trout fishing has continued to be slow on some areas of the River Boyne and its tributaries. However, Colm Lynch from East Coast Angling reports that the Boyne at Navan is still up and coloured but despite this there has been some very good brown trout fishing around Navan. Anglers from Navan club have recorded some nice wild brown trout weighing between 1lb and 1.5lbs. The best trout caught during the last week weighed just over two pounds. There are good hatches of olives during the day and sedge fishing is best in the evenings.

Colm also reports that there has been some good Peter fishing on Lough Lene over the last week with many fish between 2.5 and 3lbs being taken. Shay Sumner from Navan, Co. Meath had a  few nice trout the best of which was around 3lbs. John Baker from Navan also had some nice trout on the green peter. 

Colm will be organising a competition for the members of the Navan and District Angling Club on Sunday 8th August. There will be both a junior and a senior competition and full details will be included in next weeks update. If you would like to find out more in advance please contact Colm at the address below.

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 in the Trim area has dropped following the recent rain but is still 6 to 8 inches above ideal fishing conditions. Marc fished himself for trout on Monday and Tuesday evening of this week and caught and released six trout on Monday evening and eight trout on Tuesday evening. The fish averaged three quarters of a pound in weight and the best fish weighed one and a quarter pounds. Fish are on the blue winged olive during the day and the sherry spinner and sedge in the evenings. Marc reported that the trout are in amazing condition and have really bulked up after the dry spell.

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 conditions on the upper Boyne (Longwood area) that  are good for fly-fishing after the recent flood.There has not been much angling activity and John has rested the pools over the past week. Instead of fishing the rivers John visited Lough Sheelin and had two nice trout on the green peter one weighed in at 2lbs and the other at 5lbs.

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 water levels in the Kells Blackwater have dropped but are still high but clear. Steven and Jonathan O'Brien from Dublin fished with him on the Kells Blackwater during the last week and had plenty of trout each day to 1lbs. Pat reckons that the two lads had anywhere between 40 and 45 trout each for their days fishing with the best fish weighing 1.5lbs. At the moment blue winged olive hatches are good and trout are feeding on the sherry spinner and sedges in the evenings.

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

John Higgins reports that the River Liffey fished well again yesterday Tuesday 27th July following a few slower days. John fished himself yesterday and had lots of trout the best of which weighed 1lb 6ozs. The fishing had been excellent last week when Paul Jensen and Ester Caballo visited from the United States. Paul and Ester fished the Liffey at Newbridge and Ballymore Eustace and caught and released lots of wild brown trout. The best fish taken by the visitors was a lovely trout weighing 1.25lb. There are lots of small midges on the river during the day and sherry spinners and sedges in the evenings.

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

Ballyhitt Lakes, Wexford

James Pettitt reports that the Ballyhitt fishery has just been stocked today Wednesday 28th July. The bait and fly fishing has been much better over the last week due to cooler evenings and over cast conditions. In the last few days a really big fish was hooked by a fly angler which he fought for over 10 minutes before the line broke. Fish are feeding on the daddylonglegs and the best fish was  a nice 4lb rainbow trout taken recently by Tony Colbert from Wexford  Tony was fishing a daddylonglegs.

If you fancy trying for one of Ballyhitt Fisheries big fish give James a call at 087 6796900.

Lough Nagarnaman

Lough Nagarnaman is fishing well at the moment many anglers catching their bag limit most evenings. Good quality fish are still being taken.

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Southern Region

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

[22/07/10]

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South Western Region

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

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Shannon Region

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

[29/07/10]

Lough Sheelin

The lake fished well during the week particularly on Friday.  A lot of small trout are being seen with the biggest weights being up to 4 lbs.  The trout being caught are predominantly wild fish and are in good condition.  Dry fly fishing using a small sedge appears to be the most successful method.

The Cavan Anglers ran the Jeff White Cup on Lough Sheelin on Saturday; this is a small competition but hopes to get much bigger in the future.

The L.S.T.P.A will be running the McDonnell trout fishing competition on Saturday August 7th, this is an open competition, 11am to 6pm from Kilnahard pier, contact Eamon Ross @ 087  9436655 or Thomas Lynch 087 9132033 for further information.

89 trout were caught during the week, with most being released, best catches were:

Michael Kelly, Dublin – wed. good fishing, 6 trout up to 2½ lbs using a small dry sedge, Thursday 2 fish, Friday was excellent fishing with 8 fish caught ranging from 1½ - 3½ lbs.  All released.

John Murphy, Crover – dry fly fishing around Goreport and Coru, 4 trout averaging 1 lb to 1¼ lbs, all wild fish and all released.

Shane Clinton, Cavan aged: 7 caught a nice  1 ¼ lbs trout on July 25th, spinning.

Tim Cruthers, Northern Ireland – 1 trout @ 4lbs wet fly fishing on Saturday July 24th.

On July 25th 2 Northern Ireland anglers caught 11 trout between them averaging 1 ½ lbs, best was 3 lbs, all fish were released.

Peter Boyle, Clones – 1 trout @ 4 lbs, dry fly fishing on Friday July 23rd.

Morris Little, Cavan – 1 trout @ 3 lbs, wet fly fishing on Friday, July 23rd.

Thomas Lynch, Kilnaleck, Cavan – 6 trout on Sunday July 25th, averaging 1 ½ lbs, all released.
Brendan Montgomery
By email

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

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Western Region

[28/07/10]

Western Lakes

Liam Gavin reports from Cushlough that angling on Lough Mask is looking good for the week ahead and the World Cup, with many fish being observed and showing interest in feeding on the surface. Trout are hitting the flies quite frequently but the takes are quite tame and often shake off after a few stirring seconds. Trout seem most active in the first drifts of the morning and after mid afternoon. Ballinrobe and District Anglers held their local competition on Sunday, with 17 fish reported for 28 anglers, winner of the competition was Ronan Cusack with 4 fish weighing 5.24lbs. Ronan also released 4 good trout. In 2nd place was Gerry O'Brien with 2 fish for 3.02lbs and 3rd was Noel Lowry with 2 fish for 2.38lbs. Heaviest fish prize went to John Wilson from Drogheda with a nice trout of 2.13lbs. Elsewhere on the lake Declan Gibbons from Cong had 2 good fish to a Welshman's button, Declan also reported many big fish slowly breaking the surface, however there are still reports of some anglers coming ashore without fish for their day’s effort, or only landing undersize trout. Paul Silke from East Galway landed 4 trout just slightly below the 13inch limit. Conditions are looking fair for the long weekend of industrious angling, with rain showers and slight to moderate wind patterns, the sunshine is keeping away until Sunday at least. I hope that the 'intelligence' from this report assists the enjoyment of fishing Lough Mask for the next week and we would like to wish good luck & tight lines to all participants during the World Cup

Lough Carra meanwhile is much quieter, although catches and hatches are reasonably abundant. Derry Crawford and Sean Casserly from Roscommon had 10 trout for a day’s fishing on Friday, their catch was estimated at 16lbs. Best fish was just over 3lbs. Liam Burke from Clifden caught and released 3 good trout on Sunday where conditions were idyllic for the shallow drifts, most fish coming to dry Murroughs and Green Peters.

Trout fishing on Lough Corrib is picking up again, although many local anglers have been away practicing on Lough Mask for the World Cup. A lot of smaller fish are still showing, coming to the hatches of sedge that are very common at this time of year. Mayfly patterns are still doing well, as mayfly trickle off in small numbers all summer also. Pete Curran from Cornamona reported 4 trout for 7.5lbs over 2 days, trolling flies, while Frank Reilly from Greenfields had 1 trout of 2.25lbs on wetfly for a day’s effort. A lot of salmon have also been seen pitching, with reports of good numbers taken on the troll. A party of French anglers also reported landing a 5lbs trout while fishing for pike. The midsummer lull should soon be over on Corrib, however, and I expect fishing to pick up dramatically here over the next few weeks.

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North Western Region

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

[29/07/10]

Ballinlough

Angling on Ballin Lough has been productive, with nineteen anglers catching a total of 45 rainbow trout. Those fishing have been pleased with the size of their catch, with many taken exceeding the 2lbs mark. Peter Grey, Castlebar, had seven trout with his best weighing 3.5lbs. J McCarthy, Co. Galway had nine with his best 2.5lbs, while Larry McCarthy and friend had five, their best also weighing in at 3.5lbs.

Lough Arrow

Angling in the late evenings has proved successful for some, fishing the Green Peter. David Gray reported seven trout over the week, up to 4lbs while Peter Dunn also had success boating three trout, with his heaviest 4.75lbs. 

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Northern Region

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

[28/07/10]

Lough Melvin

The trout fishing was hard work for those few rods that ventured out. I had reports of rods out over the weekend who accounted for 3 to 4 good sonaghan caught on wet flies. John McGurl landed 10 sonaghan on Sunday with four of these being ‘decent’ fish.

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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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[28/07/10]

Cavan and Monaghan

Senior Coarse Angling Championships

All Ireland Senior Coarse Fishing Champion Peadar Harten displays his catch at Lough Muckno
Photo: All Ireland Senior Coarse Fishing Champion Peadar Harten displays his catch at Lough Muckno

A young angler from Co. Cavan beat off strong opposition on Sunday 25th July at Lough Muckno, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan to become the new All Ireland Senior Coarse Angling Champion 2010. In a very competitive field of 130 anglers which, included a number of former champions and some of the countries top coarse anglers, 22 year old Peadar Harten from Ballytrust, Ballinagh, Co. Cavan produced one of his best ever performances to take the coveted All Ireland Senior Coarse Fishing title.

The championship match was fished from 12 pm until 5 pm at five sections on Lough Muckno,  2 sections were located at Concra Wood, 2 at White Island and one at Black Island. Conditions were near perfect but Peadar's swim which was an end peg started slow. After about an hour of working the swim feeder his tactics paid off and the bream, hybrids and roach came on the feed. Peadar's catch included some nice bream and hybrids and some roach. Peadar was catching consistently throughout the day with the exception of two half hour lulls which were worrying but despite this he finished strongly and was busy right until the 'all out' was called at the end of the match. When the official weigh in took place, Peadar was first to be weighed in on the White Island section and was delighted to see the scales record his final weight at 23kg 150g. There was a long nervous wait until the final result was announced around 7.45pm in the Old Coach Inn when the Chairman of the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland (NCFFI) Mark O'Donohue announced Peadar Harten as the new All Ireland Senior Coarse Fishing Champion 2010.

During the presentation, NCFFI Chairman Mark O'Donohue,  congratulated Peadar on a great win and thanked all of the anglers for making the 50th Anniversary of this prestigious event a great success. He said "the number of participants this year is up 10% on the 2009 event and I would like to thank you all for coming to support this event each year. We look forward to increasing the number taking part in this competition again next year. Mark also congratulated all of the other winners and thanked all of those who had assisted and supported the running of the event including Lough Muckno Coarse Anglers who assisted with pegging each of the sections and his own NCFFI committee members for their valuable contribution. Mark also thanked the staff of Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), Paddy Greene and Liam Murray who had prepared the swims and other IFI staff, Paul Bourke and David Byrne who had assisted with the event.

On being awarded the 2010 title, champion Peadar Harten said " it just has not sunk in yet. The fishing started slow but I kept going and after the first hour all hell broke loose. I landed a lots of fish and lost a couple as well. I am absolutely delighted to have won"

Second in the event was David Herron with a weight of 17kg 300, third place went to Willie Wheeler with 17kg 260g and fourth was John Barr with 16kg 400g. First lady went to Louise Cormican who fished on section D on the Concra Wood stretch.

Garda Open Angling Championship

Paul McMullen
Photo: Winner of the Coiste Siamsa Garda Angling Competition Paul McMullen receives his prize from Dick Caplice at teh prizegiving ceremony at teh Old Coach Inn, Castleblaney.

The 20th Coiste Siamse Garda Open Angling Championship took place the previous day Saturday 24th July 2010 on Lough Muckno, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan. A total of 58 anglers from all over Ireland fished the three sections in the senior competition at Black Island and the Middle and Upper sections at Concra Wood. Competing anglers travelled from as far afield as Counties Antrim, Armagh, Tyrone, Cork and Galway to participate in this prestigious angling event. Fishing took place from 12 noon until 5pm and the results are as follows

Only 1kg 520g separated the top three anglers with one of the places going to each of the sections and circa 350kgs of fish were weighed in. This event was organised by Lough Muckno Coarse Angling Club who are affiliated to the National Coarse Fishing Federation, the Governing Body for Coarse Angling in Ireland.

Section winners included Peadar O'Brien from Carrickmacross with 10kg 590g on feeder at Black Island. Neil Mazurek from Cootehill won the Concra Wood Upper Section with 14kg 550g also on feeder and Kevin Ashurst from Enniskillen won the Middle Concra Wood section with 13kg 880g.

National Junior Open Championship

The National Junior Open Championship which was also held on Lough Muckno on Saturday 24th and attracted over 20 entries. The new National Junior Champion is Lough Muckno Coarse Angling Club member James Gargan with a weight of 17lbs 7ozs taken on pole.

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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

[22/07/10]

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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 

[29/07/10]

Cavan coarse angling round up

Kevin Rushby, Wales fished Gulladoo over three days and recorded mixed bags of 64lb, 71lb and 66lb. James Elliott, Wakefield fished Church Lake and bagged 109lb, Hollybank 86lb and 91lb.

Dick Williams, North Hampton fished Kevin's Shore and bagged 74lb, 88lb and 56lb. John Palmers, Lutton bagged 61lb mostly Roach on Gartylough. David Owen, Essex bagged 82lb on Gulladoo while Billy Cawley, Yorkshire fished Corfree and bagged 102lb. Leonards shore and Corlespratten are also giving good bags of fish.

Barnagrow is still fishing very well along the old car park stretch with plenty of Bream, Roach, Perch and Skimmers .

Drumlona, White Lake Bairds Shore are all giving good bags of small fish including the odd Bream. Good Tench fishing is reported on Bolganard, Corgar and Drumlonan.

Fishing is reported to be good on Kiltybarden and Garadice D Section. Some local anglers report Killykeen to be fishing steadily and plenty of Roach being caught on Bunn Lake.

Fishing Ballyconnell with Bob Nudd

bob nudd
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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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. Pat McLoughlin fished with two guests in Mullagh, Co. Cavan in the last week. Both anglers had two fish each on the fly and lost several others. The best fish weighed in at 8lbs.

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[29/07/10]

Co Louth and Meath Coastlines

There are lots of tope around the Louth Coastline at the minute especially around Dunany Point and the Immogene Bouy. The average weight is reported to be small with fish from 12 to 14lbs being taken. Larger tope have been recorded in the north Louth area and the best fish to date has been 52lbs. Boats fishing in tand around the Dundalk Bay area have reported catches of tope and good sized codling. Mackerel fishing is patchy but there are lots of small ling around. Pouting and pollack are also being taken. Bass are being caught along the Louth coastline on fly and lure from Dunany to Cooley. The Boyne estuary is still coloured after recent rain but it is clearing slowly. Around Laytown anglers have been catching bass and flatties on bait on the south beach.

Dublin to Wexford

Karl from Southside Angling reports that there is great smoothhound fishing in the Ringsend area of Dublin especially around the half moon. There are lots of fish in and around the 5 to 6lb being taken regularly. 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. Bass continue to be caught from North County Dublin to Wexford.

Karl 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

[no report this week]

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South Western Region

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

[29/07/10]

Cork Harbour angling reports

bass
Photo: Myles Kelly and his 10lb 8oz bass.

Tides suited bass anglers in recent days, especially in the Cork area. Pat O'Shea of the Commodaore Hotel brought novice bass angler Myles Kelly on an early morning fishing trip last Monday. After only 5 minutes of fishing Myles suggested that he might have a bite. Moments later he was playing the fish of a lifetime. After bringing the fish to the boat the size of the bass became apparent. On weighing the bass it was found to be 10lb 8oz. The bass was released after a quick photo and a specimen claim will be sent to the Irish specimen Fish Committee. 2 other bass were caught during the morning. Specimen angler Jim Clohessey was also fishing early this week and he too landed a specimen bass. For more about angling in the Cork Harbour area visit the Cork Harbour Angling Hub website.

Beara report

pollack
Photo: Clive Allen with a 7lb 6oz pollack

The ‘drought’ has certainly broken in West Coprk and very heavy rain last week along with the low pressure caused an abrupt slow down in the excellent catches of ray and huss we had been experiencing.

Clive Allen and son Liam from South Wales on their second visit to the Beara came well equipped with ragworm and were soon in action with the wrasse taking large catches of them to just short of five pounds.

With the bottom fishing slow they turned their attentions to spinning for pollack and finished their holiday with a memorable trip on the cable car to Dursey Island. A 30 minute walk found them fishing off flat rocks into a deep cove where Clive caught fourteen pollack on his first fourteen casts. They finished up with fish to 7lbs 6ozs plus hooking up with several unstoppable fish which left hooks straightened and anglers bemused.

Geoff Brown from Essex flew in for a long weekend with the target of catching a specimen mullet. His final tally was 63 fish but although there were plenty of fish in the four pound plus category that specimen five pounder remained elusive. He has vowed to return.
Paul Harris
Dromagowlane House
Email Dromagowlanehouse@eircom.net or ring me on
Tel: 00 353 27 60330.
Web www.dromagowlanehouse.com

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Shannon Region

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

[2no report this week]

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Western Region

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

[15/07/10]

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North Western Region

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

[29/07/10]

Killala Bay

cod
Photo: A 14lb cod from Kilalla Bay

Skipper of the ‘Leah’, Donal Kennedy, has provided an insight into the status of sea angling on Killala Bay over the past few months. The extreme winter has pushed the appearance of many species back considerably, with angling slow to kick off in April. Despite this he has reported good catches of pollack, and ling up to 7lbs and numerous pouting and small coalfish. Mid May saw the arrival of shoals of spurdog into the bay, providing good sport for anglers. Tope also started to make their presence felt, presenting great challenges for those angling on lighter tackle. In June the variety of species greatly increased, with red, grey and tub gurnard being taken, along with whiting, pouting and wrasse. Some nice ray were also reported, with both thornbacks and blonde being caught. Plaice and turbot up to 3lbs have been caught as well as lesser spotted dogfish.

Pollack up to 10lbs have also been caught, with the occasional cod, the largest of these weighing in at 14lbs. A rare species in recent times in the Bay has been the John Dory, not encountered by Donal Kennedy in twenty years. However, angling with a party of local anglers, a 2lbs John Dory was boated on the 10th July.

On the weekend of the 24th /25th July a party of anglers from Drogheda enjoyed some great fishing with pollack up to 10lbs and ling up to 7lbs. They were joined on Sunday by three young anglers where conger eel was the quarry of choice. Young Luke Nugent of Co. Westmeath, caught and successfully boated the fish of a lifetime on his first sea angling trip. Luke captured and safely returned a great conger eel of 60lbs. Pollock, pouting, cuckoo wrasse and dogfish were also boated on the trip.

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Northern Region

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

[29/07/10]

Blue sharks and more hit Downings

red sea bream
Photo: Red sea bream for Paul fishing on Rosguill

The first Blue Sharks of 2010 caught out of Downings were landed on 27 July by a private boat 4 runs with 3 landed – same boat had another the following day. Great to see them back!
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

[28/07/10]

Red Bay charter reports

bull huss
Photo: A lovely bullhuss from Red Bay

Last week saw a group from Somerset (England) over in Red Bay for a week hunting skate and they weren’t disappointed. A good few skate were caugh, the biggest 235lbs caught by Alan Richards. The highlight of the week was when 72 year old dDave Harvey who refused to give the rod up and battled a 141lbs common skate in very deep water and the fight lasted for 40 mins. That’s the oldest client ever to boat a skate aboard predator. The group booked through Martin Founds at Anglers World and they recorded 12 Irish specimen fish for the week (4 different species) so they went home happy.

black mouth dogfish
Photo: Blackmouth dogfish

Every set of neap tides from now to end of October we will have the annual Dutch invasion so we are looking forward to that as the Dutch lads like the deep water and the shallow water.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
Web:http://www.predatorireland.com/ Email: info@predatorireland.com
Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117

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