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Irish Angling Update

10 June 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon angling Update

Southern Region


River Blackwater

Photo: A 10lb salmon for Joe Lonergan on Beat 3 at the Blackwater Lodge Fishery.

Blackwater Lodge Fishery

June 08: A total of 15mm rain fell in the last 36 hours at Ballyduff. The upper river rose 28cm at Millstreet & peaked in the early hours of the morning. It rose 38cm at Kanturk & has peaked at 9.00am. The river is "quite dirty" at Mallow. At Ballyduff, clarity is about 2-3 feet & there is quite a lot of loosened algae floating down.

Hopefully this small fresh will encourage fish to move from the tidal reaches
into the lower beats as far as Clondulane weir. Interestingly, I also heard that there were a few very fresh grilse caught as far upriver as Lombardstown on the weekend.

There has been very little movement of fish on our lower beats in the last week,
but yesterday Joe Lonergan caught a sea-liced 10 pounder on spinner on Beat 3.
Ian & Glenda Powell
Address: 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: Website:

Fort William Estate Fishery

09/06/10 June has started off great with 17 fish for the month so far. Prospects for the rest of the week and into the weekend look good and with the weather to settle down once again.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
Email: Web:

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South Western Region


Lough Currane

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

3/6/10 Lough Currane was on the wild side, fisherable this morning but come lunch time, the majority of boats headed for the high stool and the Lobster Bar, even though the odd boat did see the day out, and at present no reports of any real rod benders. Wind SE fresh to strong and overcast, amount of rainfall 0.1mm, max air temperature 18.7c.

sea trout
Photo: A nice sea trout from Lough Currane

4/6/10 All the fishing head lines go to Mr. Macel Guillou of the UK, and for good reason because he caught a magnificent 9lbs specimen Sea Trout on the fly out at the Black Rocks, with his gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and @ and staying with the Sea Trout, a guest caught a fine 2lbs Seatrout on the troll with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea and @ now to the Salmon department, a guest fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy caught a 5lbs Grilse on the troll. Wind SW light with reasonable cloud cover at times, amount of rainfall 0.2mm, max air temperature 17.8c.

5/6/10 there was some Great action in specimen Seatrout department, first to hit the head lines with a great Seatrout of 8lbs 4ozs caught on the fly, out at the Black Rocks, was Mr. J Hoppenot of France fishing with his Gillie Mr. Bob Priestly, in the hired out boat department a guest fishing out of also caught a specimen Seatrout of 8.5lbs and there was also a fine Seatrout 4.5lbs caught by an angler also fishing in a hired out boat from and in the Salmon department Mr. Hubert of France caught a fine 8lbs 8ozs on the fly while drifting for my Noble Seatrout. with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea and of and just for the record both Bob and Neil’s clients were fishing out of Wind W then veered NNW with reasonable cloud cover, amount of rainfall 1.7mm, max air temperature 16.9c.

6/6/10 No reports of any great catches on Lough Currane, so I will head for the higher lakes and Lough Cloonaghlin where Mr. John Walsh was telling me that he caught 8 Brown Trout ranging from 0.5lbs to ¾ lbs and that doesn’t surprise me because Cloonaghlin is a great Lake for my Noble Brown Trout. On the weather front on Lough Currane it was flat calm first thing this morning, but once the wind got up it was light to fresh from the west then veered NW and variable, and this evening it went into the SW light to calm with the odd light shower in the afternoon, and light rain this evening, amount of rainfall 0.5mm, max air temperature 16.4c.

7/6/10 There was small flood this morning, which was no harm, on the Sea trout front I will start in the trolling department, a Guest caught a fine 2lbs Seatrout, with his gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly, now to the fly department where Mr. Rob Wasmuth of the UK caught three fine Sea Trout all ranging in the 4 to 5lbs class. Wind S light to calm then veered SW light, with light misty rain this morning until about midday then the sun broke through which made for a reasonable days fishing, mind you other anglers would beg to differ but as Rob’s Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan, said, join the professionals.

8/6/10 Report update, our Manger Mr. Trevor Stafford is reporting on that a guest fishing with his Gillie Mr. Roger Baker caught a fine Seatrout of 2lbs, plus a couple of Browntrout up to 1.75lbs on Lough Derrina. Mr. frank Donnelly, reported to me that he and his guests lost two Salmon on the troll and in the Seatrout department, Mr. Danny wilsker of the UK caught a 4lbs Seatrout on the fly with his Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan. wind NE light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover, and just for the record there was 18.6mm of rainfall yesterday.

9/6/10 The wind may be in the east but at least some anglers did have a bit of a feast, and I start in the Salmon department, Mr. Terry O'Connor, caught a lightening fresh 5lbs grilse on the troll, fishing with his gillie Mr. Brod O’Sullivan. In the Seatrout department, Mr. Martin Roberts fishing in a hired outboat, caught a fine 3lbs Seatrout which he sportingly put back, and Martin finished the day off with a fine 7lbs specimen Seatrout this evening, staying in the Seatrout department Mr. Danny Wilsker of the UK caught a fine 3lbs Seatrout on the fly with his Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan, also a guest caught a Seatrout in the 2lbs class with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan. Wind NNE light to fresh and overcast with the odd light shower.

10/6/10 Straight to the Seatrout department, Mr. Terry O’Connor caught two Seatrout in the 2 to 3 lbs class on the troll with his gillie Mr. Brod O’Sullivan and staying in the trolling department, a French Guest caught a fine 2lbs Seatrout on the troll with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea, now to the fly department and Mr Danny wilsker caught a 2.5 Seatrout on the drift. wind NE light to fresh and bright and sunny.

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: Web:

River Laune

Photo: Salmon caught by Tom Curtayne last Friday.

Beats 1 and 2

1 salmon weighing 8lbs caught on Beat 1 of the Laune.

Laune Anglers and Beat 3

There were 4 fish reported from Laune Anglers waters despite the extremely low water conditions. One of these fish was caught by Tom Curtayne on Friday, a lovely sealiced fish of 5 lbs.  The fish was caught at Johnston's on a Stoats Tail. Paddy Ginnifer lost a good fish also at Johnston's, on Saturday.

There are now resident fish in all the holding pools, but they are hard to entice.  Things will improve further if the forecast rain for today (Monday 7th) puts about 2 feet on the gauge. 

No news of fish from Beat 3.
Billy Downes
Laune Anglers Assoication


5 salmon caught on the lakes weighing 6lbs - 10lbs . 


No salmon catches to report. Water very low.
ESB Fisheries
Innscarra, Co. Cork.
Tel: +353 (0)87 9983879


2 salmon caught on the Bandon weighing 12lbs and 5lbs respectively.

Salmon and trout Guide

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


River Feale and Smearlagh

09/06/10 Medium fishing water (a little coloured) Weather: Overcast 17.2 deg.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
Web: Email:

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Western Region


Galway Weir

Photo: JP Convery fished with his dad John, and landed his first ever salmon.

Good numbers of grilse are appearing in Galway this week, with more fish seen in the river every day. 28 salmon were landed for the week, including 8 on the 9th, all on fly. In total 18 fish were taken on fly this week, and conditions for flyfishing are perfect at the moment, with 1 gate open making for easier wading and nice fly water.
Among the anglers to score this week were Liam Gilsenan from Westmeath, with a 5lbs grilse on fly. Young angler JP Convery from Co. Down fished with his dad John, and landed his first ever salmon, a sparkling fresh 5lbs grilse. Even more impressive was the fact it was caught on a 9 foot single handed rod!

William O’Connor from Limerick had 2 5lbs grilse, one on fly and one on shrimp. Pappy Cotter from Ennis had a 4lbs fish on shrimp, while father and son Fintan and Adrian Murphy from Galway had 3 grilse between them on shrimp. Stephen Cullinane landed a 5lbs fish on fly, while German visitor Ulrich Treusch had a 3.5lbs grilse on fly. Brothers Fiachra and Cormac Wall from Cork both had a nice grilse each on shrimp, while father and son Jim and John Ryan had 3 grilse between them, all on fly. Milo Breslin from Westmeath had a 5lbs fish on fly, while Liam Dunne had a 3.5lbs fish on fly, and regular Dublin visitor Mick Browne had a 3lbs grilse and a spring fish of 8lbs, both on fly.

It seems the grilse are here on time this year, and with such good conditions for fishing, prospects for the weeks ahead look very good.

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:

[09 June, 2010]

River Moy

With water levels at present very low on the River Moy, rain would be welcome to entice more fish to move into the system. However, despite the levels, angling on the Moy has generally been good over the past week. The Moy Fishery fished well for the week, with thirty-two salmon caught, including five on The Point and thirteen off the Cathedral Beat, including one for Bodo Sander, Germany, and John Harmon, Drogheda. The Weir Pool produced just one while the Ridge Pool yielded fifteen for the week. Among those to have success on the Weir Pool were Ewan Grierson, Scotland, with a salmon of 10.4lbs and fellow Scot Alan Dillon, who had five salmon, the best weighing 7.3lbs.

Upstream on the Moy, the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water fished well with the Knockmore and Attymass waters also producing fish. Armstrong’s also yielded some fish over the week and Gannon’s also fished very well. The Foxford Fishery had a good week, including one salmon of 10lbs for local angler Donal McCurtain. At Rinanney, anglers had a good week with large numbers of salmon reported. Visiting German anglers Frank Geib and Gunther Geib had three salmon ranging between 10 and 12 lbs.

The Foxford town beats all produced fish and at Cloongee fifteen salmon were caught including three for French angler Jean Michel Gieslin on the bubble and fly, one salmon of 7lbs for Eric Weisser on the spinner and four salmon for two days for Damien Quigley, Co.Laois, ranging from 4lbs to 10.25lbs. East Mayo Anglers’ water also continued to fish very well where Noel McManamon, Kildare, had three to the fly, Roger Janneua, France, caught two as did Marc Throme, Belgium.

With mid-summer now approaching fast, the sea trout angling on the Moy Estuary has improved greatly, with mackerel strips and sand-eel remaining the most successful methods.

Carrowmore Lough

Carrowmore continues to fish very well with twenty-seven salmon caught over the week as well as numerous sea trout. Of the salmon caught, the average weight was approximately 7.5lbs. Pat Foley, Cavan, enjoyed his trip to Carrowmore catching two salmon as did Mervin Corway, Bangor Erris. Michael Noone, also of Bangor Erris had one salmon while Declan Dooley and Rory Murray of Dublin had a total of nine salmon to their boat.

further information on Carrowmore Lake please contact
Seamus Henry of
Bangor Angling Club
Bangor Erris, Co. Mayo.
Tel: 097 83487 Web:

Ballisodare Fishery

Water conditions on the Ballisodare system are now very low, however, the fishery is still reporting very good catches with some days producing up to twenty salmon. George Thornsby had a fine fish of 10lbs on the prawn, while fly angler Michael Burke had one of 7lbs. Other anglers to have success on the fly include Stephen Moore with a salmon of 10lbs and John Connolly with a great fish of 14lbs. Roy and Sue Simpson both had success with the worm, with both angler’s catching two salmon each.  

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


River Drowes salmon in sea pools as river runs low

There was little in the way of rainfall and the Drowes remained at very low summer levels all week. There were few rods fishing save for a number of regulars fishing the Sea Pools where fish run in & out with the tides when the river is so low. All the salmon recorded this week came from the Sea Pools. On Monday, regular rod John O’Neill recorded 2 grilse caught on the fly weighing 3 & 5lb. On Tuesday, Billy Grimes accounted for an 8½lb salmon caught on a fly. On Wednesday, John Parkinson reported a 6lb fish caught on shrimp and on Friday, Peter Horne recorded a 7lb salmon caught on shrimp. There must have been a decent run of grilse however since large numbers of fresh grilse were caught in Melvin but with the river so low angling is very much akin to angling in a canal! Pole fishing for salmon anyone?
The river desperately requires some rainfall but the forecast is for north easterly winds in the main part which will bring us very little rain. At the time of writing (Tuesday) the parts of the rest of the country received good rain last night but this missed us once again.

For info/bookings:
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.

Lough Melvin

Lough Melvin remains very low due to the dry weather but despite conditions the Lough fished very well this week for salmon & trout. It was as if somebody pulled a big lever and switched on the salmon & trout!

Salmon fishing really picked up this week with good numbers of grilse recorded throughout the week. 10 fish were caught on Wednesday alone! Most of the salmon were caught trolling with Green & Gold and Blue & Silver Toby’s accounting for most fish. Most of the grilse ranged from 3¾ to 5½lb. Given here are some of the more notable catches of grilse from the week. Robbie Hare, Kesh recorded four grilse caught for the week. Gerry Higgins accounted for 4 grilse ranging from 4 to 5lb caught over two days fishing. Ian Grimsley recorded 4 grilse caught over 2 days fishing. Dennis Maguire accounted for 2 grilse weighing 5 & 5½lb and Darren Maguire recorded a 5¼lb. Stephen Kennedy landed 2 grilse for his days fishing weighing 4 & 5½lb. Kevin Gilmurray, Billy Gilmore & Brian McEvoy all recorded one grilse apiece.

The forecast is for north easterly winds and unfortunately these will bring little in the way of rain to raise the level of the Lough. Still, when it’s fishing as well as it did this week, we’ll not worry too much!

For info/bookings:
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.

Melvin & Rossinver Fishery: For info/bookings etc, contact Ruth Mettler. Tel: 071 9841451.

Owenea Fishery beset by drought

The drought continued and the river dropped even lower and was reading 0.05 metres by the end of the week. The gauge average for the week was very low reading only 0.06 metres. Only 1 visiting rod fished for the week (more for fresh air than anything slimy I think) and I have no reports of any fish to date. We desperately require some rainfall and quite frankly, the river is looking a little pitiful at present. The forecast is for mainly north easterly winds which bring us very little rain so I’m not too hopeful!

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:


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

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Trout Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


More sedge fishing on the River Liffey

Photo: A caenis, or anglers curse, and a size 16 Black Spider.

My fishing outings in the past week have been of mixed fortunes with some good days and some not so good. The best of the daytime fishing  I had, was while I was dry fly fishing a Black Gnat pattern. There are still some large numbers of Black Gnats about and many trout are still feeding on them. What I found to work best was to target the fish that were taking the gnats. Take a cast or two over the fish and if it does not rise to the fly, move on to the next feeding fish. This method accounted for several good fish over 35cm.

Spiders are not fishing so well at present and there are occaisional hathes of the dreaded caenis, or anglers curse.

Overall the best fishing I am having is in the late evenings into darkness when the Sedges are about. The fish start moving to the sedges at about 10pm or so. They are moving in good numbers for about half an hour and then they ease off. I find that when the light is almost gone the bigger fish appear. I have had a few great nights picking off some of the larger ones with the Balloon Caddis. The bigger fish are usually feeding in the trickier places like under over hanging branches and always on the far side of the river. I have lost many a Balloon Caddis to those branches but it is worth while as the fish are bigger. In the past week i have caught and released five fish that were a pound and a half or over when fishing on into darkness.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Trout fishing catches declining on Derg

We have reached the end of another fairly disappointing Mayfly season on Lough Derg, judging by the catch returns from one of the main weigh stations on the lake. Only 145 trout over the legal limit of 14 inches in length were weighed in at Ciss Ryan’s Pub in Garrykennedy. That’s a disappointing return for six weeks of angling that included a total of eight keenly contested competitions staged by the Garrykennedy Fishing Club. And even though the weather conditions for evening fishing on the spent gnat were better than recent years, the catch rate continues on a worrying downward trend.

It’s interesting to look at the trends for this particular weigh station over the years. There were fairly bad seasons in the late 1990s but then things started to improve and catch returns more than trebled between 2004 and 2006 before the slide started again in subsequent years.

Here are the Mayfly season fish returns for this key weigh station for the past thirteen seasons. The first three years were very bad. In 1998 there were 71 fish weighed in. In 1999 it dropped to 44 fish and in 2000 it rose to 78. After that things started to improve somewhat. In 2001 the number of fish weighed in more than doubled to 183. In 2002 it was 120 and 2003 was a disappointing season with only 94 fish weighed in. Returns then reached a peak in the following three years before a very pronounced slide became evident again over the past four seasons. In 2004 there were 223 fish weighed in; in 2005 there were 270 and then there was a high of 296 fish in memorable season of 2006.

Hopes that trout fishing on Lough Derg were finally back to a very good standard were then dashed again. In 2007 the returns to the weigh station were down by 50 per cent on the previous year (146 trout) and this downward trend has continued. In 2008 the return was 187 fish; 2009, 154 and 2010, 145 fish. What makes the situation even more worrying is that the membership of the Garrykennedy Fishing Club has actually been on a healthy upward trend in recent years and the decreasing returns of fish come in spite of a considerable increase in angling effort.

One wonders if the decline in catches in recent years is a reflection of the fact that the only trout hatchery on the lake, at Mountshannon, has not been in operation over the past few years. Indeed, the peak in catch returns from 2004 to 2006 coincide with a period when the hatchery was producing hundreds of thousands of trout fry which the local club released into feeder streams around the lake. Over the last number of years it has been a big bone of contention with many anglers that fishery authorities have discouraged the development of hatcheries.

The official line from some of the country’s leading biologists working in this area is that it is far better to try to maintain sustainable trout stocks by creating ideal spawning conditions for the native wild fish in rivers and streams. Yet one cannot help thinking that the hatchery in Mountshannon did make a contribution to the increase in catches on Derg and that its closure over recent years has something to do with declining catches.

***** A large crowd of anglers attended the prize giving night for the Mayfly competition sponsored by Roy and Denise Breen of Ciss Ryan’s Pub in Garrykennedy on Friday night last. The winner for the Heaviest Fish caught in May was John Cassidy who was presented with a beautiful trophy (6lbs 11.5 ozs). Martin O’ Brien won €100 for the heaviest trout caught in April (3lbs 8ozs). Jim McCormack won €300 for the heaviest trout caught during the first half of May (4lbs 13ozs) and Síle Corish won €300 for the heaviest trout caught in the second half of May (5lbs 10.25ozs). Garrykennedy Fishing Club will hold its annual prize giving for the Mayfly Season in Ciss Ryan’s Pub in Garrykennedy on this Saturday night, June 12.

The club is urging all members who have collected lamprey eels and trout fin samples for the Lough Derg Bio-Diversity Project to bring them on the night. The final recommendations arising from this project are expected to prove vital in the future management of the trout fishery of the lake and its tributaries.

Meanwhile, the winner of the Joe Carey Memorial Mayfly competition fished out of Dromineer was William McGrath with a trout of 4lbs 1oz. In second place was the winner’s brother Jody with a fish of 3lbs 2ozs. The competition, which is run throughout the month of May, is held in memory of one of the most popular anglers on the lake and whose untimely death a few years ago was deeply regretted by all Derg anglers who knew him so well. Sponsored by Joe Ryan, the proprietor of the Whiskey Still Pub in Dromineer, the presentation of prizes will take place in due course. Ballina Killaloe Anglers Association will hold their Mayfly Awards presentation in Mills’ Bar on this Friday, June 11.
Peter Gleeson
Nenagh Guardian
email or 087-6564662 or 067-50481

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Western Region


Lough Corrib

Mayfly hatches are coming to an end on Lough Corrib, and fishing has slowed over the last few days. The weather has been predominantly bright and sunny with light winds, although the more changeable conditions this week may make for better fishing again. In the Cornamona-Greenfields area 49 anglers reported 65 trout in 81 rod-days, with dapping and dry fly taking most fish. Sean Dixon from Clare and Eddie Comer from Kilkenny fished for 3 days and had 5 trout for 9.5lbs. Sean Murphy from Greenfields landed 3 fish for a day for 5.5lbs. T. Graham from Galway fished 5 evenings and had 6 trout for 7.75lbs, while Frank Reilly from Greenfields landed 4 trout for 10.5lbs over a day, including a trout of 5lbs. Frank and Mick Kelly landed 5 trout for a day for 9.5lbs, while 3 Northern anglers reported 7 trout for 2 days, all released. With the mayfly season coming to an end, most anglers have been pleased with the numbers of small fish coming to the fly, although numbers of fish in the 1.5-2lbs bracket have been low. Still, a lot of small trout bodes well for future stocks, and hopefully many of these will be providing good sport during next year’s mayfly season.

Lough Mask

Liam Gavin reports from Lough Mask on another quiet week, fishing effort is low and fly hatches are very sparse. Very few natural rises are being observed by anglers. Eamon Byrne from Dublin had an 11lbs trout trolling near Devenish which he released. Cork anglers Billy Carthy and Martin Leacy put a lot of effort in fishing the southern part of the lake on Sunday and Monday and had 3 trout, best fish 2.5lbs. All fish were caught on a Grey Wulff.

Lough Carra

Fishing on Lough Carra is similar with little or no mayfly hatches or free rising trout during the day, although Michael Flynn and Ina Lynch from Tralee in Kerry fished for 2 days on the dap and met with 8 fish which they were more than delighted with. Effort on the lake is still low although some of the sedge flies should soon appear to liven surface activity up a bit.

Lough Inagh

A late report which should have been included last week - Colin Folan reports from Lough Inagh on a fine trout taken by one of the hotel guests. Charlie Clifton landed a cracking 10.75lbs trout, which took a Green Peter fished on a sunk line. The trout put up a tremendous fight, and Charlie displayed a lot of skill to play the fish to the net. This is another fine trout from Inagh, several of which have been caught to 12lbs over recent years, proving it is not just salmon and sea trout lurking in the depths there.
To contact Colin for information or bookings, call Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel on 095 34706, or directly on the mobile at 086 8679459, and the website is

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Lough Conn and Cullin

Changing wind direction, some northerly winds and sporadic hatches on the loughs have made angling somewhat difficult. However, some anglers did enjoy some good fishing. Angling from Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Geoffrey Cook, UK, had twenty-one trout over five days all taken on the Grey Wulff while Peter Shaller and Bernard Aurhammer, Germany had three each also on the Grey Wulff, with their best fish weighing 2lbs. Derek Evans, Dublin, had two trout as did Derek Davis also of Dublin. Fishing Lough Cullin, James Mc Walter had 12 trout taken on the Octopus and Extractor. A few trout have been reported from the Brackwansha shore and also off Poteen Island. Fishing out of Kelly’s boat hire, Cloghans, Bill O’Connell, Arklow had ten trout over three days, Joe Mulligan, N.Ireland, had four trout to the Bibio while Jack Gillespie, Armagh, had three trout totaling 5lbs. At Gortnorabbey, Padraig Traynor had three for one evening all on the Golden Olive Muddler while Ivan Scott and Ian Daly, Donegal, had two taken on dry flies. Fishing out of Gerry Murphy’s, Massbrook, Dominick Colcannon, Derry, had six for one day’s angling while Mike Reed, UK, had two. Paul Heaney, Galway had four trout totaling 5lbs while Mr. Muller, Germany, on his thirty-seventh visit to the region had twelve trout over his stay.

The Lough Conn and Cullin Anglers’ Association held their annual fly fishing competition over the Whit weekend, where a total of 108 anglers took part, catching forty-six trout over two days. Most fish caught were taken on dry flies, mainly Mayfly patterns. In first place was Andy Duncan, Mullingar, catching four trout totaling 2.3kgs, in second was Aidan Heffernan, Dublin, with two trout for 2.1kgs and in third was Basil Shields, Galway, with two trout for 1.6kgs.

Ballin Lough

The Lough continues to fish well with twenty-two anglers catching a total of 63 rainbow trout. Robbie Pitman and boat partner, Galway, had nineteen trout releasing eighteen, with their best fish at 4lbs. Cameron Brant and friends (four rods), USA, also had success catching a total of twelve trout with their best at 2.5lbs. The best flies over the week on Ballin Lough were the Clan Chief, Green Peters, Muddlers, Damsels and Nymphs.

Lough Arrow

The hatches of mayfly on Lough Arrow have now begun to decline. However, the occasional hatch is still bringing some trout to the surface. The Murrough fishing has now begun, with Noel Clinton catching two fine trout of 5lbs and 5.5lbs in the late evening on the Murrough, Peter Lynch also had some success on L.Arrow, catching two trout both over 4lbs. 

Billberry and Lough Lannagh

Bilberry/Lannagh Angling Club will be hosting its 16th annual McConville Cup angling competition on the 9-11 July. The three day event includes two qualification days following which half the anglers will make it through to the final competition day. First prize for the event is the prestigious McConville Cup and a 19ft Angler’s Fancy boat. Second and third places will receive outboard engines. The entry fee is €100 and each entrant will also receive a free Airflo fly line. For further details or to enter contact Matt Fahey on 087 2982717 or email him at

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


Lough Melvin low but trout catches soar!

Photo: The beauty of a Melvin Gillaroo!

Lough Melvin remains very low due to the dry weather but despite conditions the Lough fished very well this week for salmon & trout. It was as if somebody pulled a big lever and switched on the salmon & trout!

Good numbers of trout were recorded especially during the first half of the week with the vast majority of these all released. Eight regular Welsh visitors fishing out of Rossinver recorded 83 sonaghan for their days fishing returning all of these. Francis McSharry & Jim Connelly were out for 2 hours one morning and recorded 25 sonaghan caught and then fished the afternoon recording a further 40 caught! Most of the sonaghan were caught over the deep water drifts. The Gillaroo were responsive too. I was fishing on Monday and with my father and despite the very rough conditions, we caught and released 17 trout in all made up of 1 sonaghan & 16 Gillaroo to 1½lb, all on wet fly. The Gillaroo were all in great condition, many with bellies that were full to bursting!

The O’Conner Cup boat competition was held by the Kinlough Anglers and fished out of Breffni Pier on Sunday. This is a brown trout fly fishing competition. Fishing on Sunday proved somewhat harder than during the week with only 13 trout caught by the 24 competitors taking part (12 boats). The competition was won by Jackie Mahon, Sligo and Jackie Mahon, Grange with 4 Fish for 2.4lbs. In second place were Francis McSharry & Garrett Foley with 4 Fish for 2.2 lbs and third place went to Mark Deavin & Bernie Connolly with 2 Fish for 1.39lbs.

For info/bookings:
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.

Melvin & Rossinver Fishery: For info/bookings etc, contact Ruth Mettler. Tel: 071 9841451.

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Cashel Trout Fishery

B Hazlett at Cashel Trout Fishery
Photo: Billy Hazlett (Derry) banked four in total.

Ideal conditions brought anglers out in large numbers this bank holiday weekend to Cashel.

Maghera’s Bernard Mellon released twelve trout which took f-flies and other small dries.  His brother, Martin, from Portglenone banked five and missed at least ten more which also took similar flies.  Campsie’s John Hall used all dries to bank thirteen trout while Claudy’s Daniel O’Callaghan released six beauties which took small damsel nymphs and small black gold heads.  Andrew Logan (Dungiven) bagged two for tea weighing 5lb 5ozs which fell to a suspended hare’s ear.  Billy Hazlett (Derry banked four in total with quite a lot of trout turning away from his dries.  Dungiven’s Mark Boyce banked five trout over the weekend using egg flies and similar.  Danny Walker and Jim Russell (Whiteabbey) bagged five between them for the barbecue weighing a total of 13lb 7ozs on a ‘walker special’ and a hawthorn fly.  Jason Wilson (Derry) bagged two weighing almost the 4lb on a cat’s whisker while Martin Bradley and John Hasson (Dungiven) released three and two respectively which took the f-fly and a zonker.  Newcomer Craig Cairns (Drumahoe) released two trout averaging 4lb which took a damsel nymph while Andrew Cairns, unfortunately, was just not as lucky on his first visit.  Paul Ford (Derry) released one trout which took a wee olive.
Well done to all!
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email:  Website:

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Coarse Angling Update

Southern Region


Coarse Angling at St Mullins

Photo: Pictured Jenny McTague from Waterways Ireland presenting Duncan Collins (Carlow) with his trophys

The Carlow lads all travelled to the pituresque village of St. Mullins on Sunday to fish for the hugely popular Waterford crystal trophy. The match was hosted by the Waterford Coarse angling club. The morning started of fairly breezy with light drizzles of rain, it looked like it was going to be one of those fishing under an umberella days. As the match started the weather picked up and the usual banter started to flow.

The overall winner on the day was Duncan Collins from the Carlow Club who recieved his Robinson hat from Fishing Masters Carlow and the Waterways Ireland Crystal for weighing in 32lbs of Bream, 2nd place went to Martin Collins from the Waterford club, 3rd place was Burt Hunter from the Waterford club. The section winners were Bob Hume, Danny Murphy and John Holmes.

Fishing in general around the South-East has been very good lately with Carlow Vice-Chairman Nev Martin racking up a huge net of Carp and Tench (over 120Lbs) from Wallslough in Kilkenny.

There were several visitors from overseas during the week who reported good catches of Roach and Dace from the Barrow.
Gerry McStraw
Carlow Coarse Angling Club

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Over 6,000 pounds of fish at Gaulmoylestown Lake

Photo: The Top Five Anglers (left to right) A Wall, B Jennings, D Maddock, T Kersley, J Tisdall

Over 6,000 pounds of fish (an average of 50lb per man per day) were landed by the 24 anglers fishing the Trabucco Ireland Spring Festival on Gaulmoylestown Lake near Mullingar. The event was fished in perfect weather conditions and Dublin angler Damien Maddock finished the event with winnings of over 1,000 euro.

Damien won three of the individual days on the way to his 438lbs 12oz total catch. Brendon Jennings (Toomans) was runner up with 425lbs 04oz including the biggest weight of the week 116-04. Tony Kersley (Tubertini) from Ballycassidy, 346lbs 01oz was third beating Jack Tisdall (Trabucco Ireland) from Ballamallard, 326lbs 05oz. Andy Wall (Yorkshire) completed the top five on 302lbs 15oz.

A total of 3,600 euro was paid out over the week and most anglers asked to book on for the event next year.

Jack Tisdall (organiser) thanked Niall Purcell of the Gaulmoylestown Club for the use of the venue.

The second round of the Gaulmoylestown Teams of 4 take place on Sun 20 Jun with an Open match on Thu 17 as a practice for the event, book in with me if you wish to fish. Full results of day five and final table attached.

Night fishing for Bream to escape sunny daze

Photo: Kevin Lyons of Melview Lodge with two good bream.

Andy stone from Essex along with friends Steve and Jeff Hertfordshire are at present over for there annual 10 day fishing holiday to Ireland staying with Kevin and Jane Lyons at Melview lodge in Longford, the start of there holiday started slow due to the bright conditions. It was decided that we would night fish a venue to see if we could catch a few Bream, a few Bream were photographed and released due to warm conditions. Kevin said the lads have been doing all the right things at the right times but no big weights up to now, there has been a change in the weather so we will see how the second part of there holiday turns out, log on to the Pike reports to see how a group of Dutch anglers got on when they stayed at Melview Lodge.

Lakes in and around Longford and Strokestown have produced mainly Roach, Hybrids and big Perch. Due to the bright conditions some lakes that produce good Bream and Tench this time of the year seem to slow down when the sun has risen, the change in the weather may help things so we will report next week on guests of Melview Lodge.

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Northern Region

Alice Murtagh reports: 


100lb bags from Sillan with bream to 5lb

There are a good number of anglers fishing this region at present. All report good bags of fish.

Trinity and the Killykeen area are giving good mixed bags up to 60lb. Aghabawn is giving good Bream up to 5lb while Dereskit pond is giving good Perch and Roach.

The Annual Over Fifty's competition is taking place this week on Corfree, Gulladoo and Kevin's with 57 anglers taking part. Results to follow.

Bolganard, Corgar and Corduff are all giving good bags of fish, also Brackley is fishing well.

Good bags of Tench are being caught on Derrycasson.

There are not many anglers in the Cootehill area but those who are fishing report good bags on Sillan up to 100lb mostly Bream some up to 6lb and some Roach. Local anglers report good Trout fishing on the Annalee river.


Last years very successful event will this year be over two days, details attached. There will this year be £1,000 sponsorship and 100% payout for this event. Entry bookings will only be accepted with payment at Cloughbally Mill Angling Centre. For more information nd to book contact Jack on +44 (0)28 66322008.

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Pike Angling Update

Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:

Boyle area

The pike are still very active in some of our lakes here and fight really hard right now.
Italian anglers Guido and Stefano had some good action during the week with a lot of small and some nice medium size pike. A few of the bigger variety hit the lures really hard too, but didn't connect right. But I guess they'll be there for again.
As we will be out most days during the week we will update this again soon.
Bodo Funke,
Angling Services Ireland,
Boyle, Co Roscommon

Lough Derg

The “Brendan Grace Pike competition hosted by Saint Flannan’s Angling Club in Killaloe was held on Sunday last. The winner was Dan Sullivan with a 21lbs pike. Klaus Sinnhoffer had the heaviest bag of fish, 40lbs and Mick Gough (14 lbs) was third. Secret weight winner was Kevin Grimes and David Gough was the juvenile winner.

On this coming Sunday, June 13, the club will host the John Conroy Memorial Pike competition, sponsored by Sadie Conroy. Fishing will take place from 9am to 6pm with the weigh point in Castlelough. The presentation of prizes will be held at Mills’ bar at 7pm.
Peter Gleeson
Nenagh Guardian
email or 087-6564662 or 067-50481

119 pike for Dutch anglers in Longford area

Photo: Hans with one of his many pike caught during an exciting angling holiday at Melview Lodge.

Cor and brother Hans along with friends Geert and Ton from Holland decided this year to stay with Kevin and Jane at Melview Lodge in Longford for there Pike fishing holiday, fishing two venues they managed 113 Pike to 19lbs in six day's using lures. Kevin said these guy's were very experienced Pike anglers and this showed when they had to fish in some very hot and bright conditions and still managed to land some great fish, all I had to do was guide and show them the places and they done the rest.

The Pike fishing in and around the upper Shannon area has been very good, Pike over 20lbs have been showing the past few weeks and lets hope it continues. Both lures and dead baits have proved productive and lets hope the change in the weather does not effect things to much, there again it could make things even better.
Kevin Lyons, 
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email: Web:

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Sea Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Smoothhounds from the Wexford shore

smooth hound
Photo: This little Hound kicked things off for Danny last week, fishing a 3/0 pennel pulley loaded with a frozen crab placed on the lee of a sandbank.

Danny Meagher has been out targeting the smooth hounds recenlty... "I can honetly say the fishing on my usual marks has been shocking to say the least. For the last 5 years I have been catching them from late April/early May, with the larger numbers turning up the end of May/early June on 3 particular Wexford marks. I fished these same marks over the last week, in what were great conditions with an ideal tide state, and the results were poor compared with historic catches. I fished the same tide last year in similar conditions and was averaging 10 plus Hounds in short sessions on the same marks without breaking a sweat.".
Danny Meagher
Wexford Angling Blog

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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
E Mail:


Blue shark at Courtmacsherry

blue shark
Photo: The first Irish shark report for 2010.

Summer has arrived! The first shark of the 2010 season was caught by Dutch angler Teun Den Dulk while fishing from the "Lady Patricia" skippered by Niall O Sullivan, from the Courtmacsherry Angling Centre. The shark measured 2.3m was tagged and released as part of the on going conservation policy administered by the Central Fisheries Board.
Mark Gannon
Charter Boat Skipper
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 23 46427 or +353 86 8250905
Email: Web:


And again, a beautiful angling week is behind us. Three to four anglers landed 246 pollack (the biggest 12 pounds), 12 ling (the largest 1.10 m), 23 coalfish, 31 cod, 19 pouting, 1 red gurnard, 2 cuckoo wrasse, a dogfish and a number of sand eels, which our cat Leo was very pleased about.
Siegy Grabher
Ballyhearny West, The Mill, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 66 9476420 or +353 87 6871267
Email: Website:

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Good mixed fishing with tope expected soon at Loop Head

Photo: Cuckoo wrasse from off Loop Head.

Fishing is in full swing now here with lots of fine sized mackerel to be had at Loop Head and with a steady catch rate of whitefish on most marks. Over the last few weeks I have been mostly fishing at weekends with a few charters during the week and most of my fishing has been done on the drift.

Round Loop Head now the Mackerel are so quick to take the lures that it is hard to catch anything else. We have been doing a few drifts tight on the rocks for Wrasse and sometimes this is very productive, while at other times you get plagued by small Saith or it is just quiet. North of the Loop there are some big shoals of Saith. Many in the 1lb bracket with a few bigger ones. If you can get clear of these there are some good Pollack, Haddock and Ling to be had. Also, and this is a pleasant surprise, there are quite a few Codling also around 1lb. After the last 2 years when Cod where harder to find than hens teeth this is a very encouraging sign. Hopefully over the next couple of years these small fish will get a chance to grow into Cod. The reefs off Ross are producing steady Pollack and Mackerel fishing.

Further out to sea the reefs west of Loop are producing some fine fishing. While you might have to move a couple of times to find which mark is fishing well, once on the fish the action is very steady. We have been catching Pollack to 10lbs, Ling to 15lbs and a steady showing of Haddock and Whiting. We have also been running into shoals of the Saith at the Loops bigger brothers! When we come on these shoals the action is fast and furious with 2 and 3 fish in the 6 to 8 pound bracket taking at every drop. Also it is lovely to see some bigger Codling around the 5 to 6 lb mark and a few fine Red Gurnard.

I have not yet tried the Tope marks but hope to do so over the next week and would expect this great sport fish to be around now.
Luke Aston
Clare Dragoon, LOCHIN 366, 650HP.
Carrigaholt Co. Clare  
Telephone: +353 65 9058209 or +353 87 6367544
Email:  Web:

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:


Tope tops in Galway Bay

Photo: A tope from Galway Bay for Peter Atkins.

Some Galway anglers have been putting in a lot of hours over recent years trying new shore marks around the bay, and this work paid off for Galway Bay SAC chairman Peter Atkins recently, when he landed a 34lbs tope from a secret mark in the bay. After a long walk to the mark, and several hours of fishing with little to show for their efforts, the lads were about to pack up when Peter decided to have one last cast.

The decision paid off handsomely, as the fresh mackerel bait was taken by the tope. As the other anglers reeled in their lines to avoid getting tangled, Peter hung on as the tope made several powerful runs. After a good fight, Conor Mountaine waded out to help land the fish, and Peter’s best ever tope, a fine specimen of 34lbs was beached. This is a club record for the Galway Bay club. Needless to say, the lads will be keeping that mark a closely guarded secret!

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Northern Ireland


Rod busting skate in Red Bay

Photo: A skate

some nice settled weather saw us venturing across the channel working the small tides in very deep water and all the usual suspects were waiting for us in a 3 day spell we had 5 skate,tope,congers,big spurs,huss,cod,ling,dogs,and bmd another rod was smashed with a common skate and thats 3 this year.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
Web: Email:
Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117

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