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Irish Angling Update

17 June 2010

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

Salmon angling Update


Southern Region

[16/06/10]

River Blackwater

Fort William Estate Fishery

Water levels are back to there summer time level. After the rise in water levels the river is running with a peaty colour but its not stopping the fish from taking. 8 fish were taking over the weekend and the biggest fell to Fergus Crawford from Dublin who landed a cracking fish of 15lbs on spinner. John O'Neill also from Dublin landed 3 fish all of about 5lb each and all but 1 returned. Phelam Dolan landed a 6lb fish on fly off the Ellis beat and Jerome Mullane landed a 6lb fish off the Glenmore. June is going very well for us now with 25 fish for the month. Prospects are looking good as the weather is to stay fine and even get warmer.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
Email:
info@fortwilliamfishing.net Web: www.fortwilliamfishing.net

Blackwater Lodge Fishery

June 11:  Better runs of fish coming through the lower beats. 3 good fish lost (8-12lb.).

June 12:  Four fish to 12lb. caught & at least half a dozen (mainly bigger) fish lost - mostly on fly.

June 13:  Three grilse on fly.

June 15: Six grilse were caught - all on fly. Portugese trapeze artist Pedro Granadiero from Dublin had a red letter day on Kents when he landed five grilse of which he released four. All the fish were caught from 2pm onwards on a fly he tied himself.

The river is in beautiful fly order and it is looking good for the week with quite a lot of grilse moving thru' the lower beats.
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

[16/06/10]

Lough Currane

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

11/6/10 Straight to the salmon department and those professionals were at it again, yes you have it Mr Rob Wasmuth of the UK and Waterville, caught two grilse on the fly, Rob was fishing with his Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan of Waterville boats, now to the trolling department where Mr Bob Priestly caught a grilse, and last but least Mr. Brod O’Sullivan also caught a fine Grilse on the troll. On the Sea trout front no reports of any real rod benders. Wind NNE fresh to strong at times with bright sunshine for most of the day, max air temperature 16.6c.

12/6/10 It’s the early Angler that catches my Noble gentlemen the Grilse, first in the striking zone with a 5.5lbs Grilse caught on the troll, was Mr. Mike O’Dwyer, and staying in the grilse department there was a fine Grilse caught by that great fishing partnership of Mr. Dan Sugrue and Mr. Brod O’Sullivan, and just for the record both fish were caught before 9AM, on the late shift Mr. Bob Priestly also caught a fine 5lbs Grilse on the troll. Wind N light to fresh and got quite strong in the deadly hour, between 3 and 4pm with bright sunshine for most of the day, max air temperature 15.8c.

13/6/10 Lough Currane was on the wild side, even though one could fish, but alas there are no reports of any catches on the day shift, but it was a different story on the evening shift, Mr. John Young of the UK and Waterville caught a fine 3lbs Sea Trout on the fly. Wind NW then veered N fresh to strong with heavy showers throughout the day, amount of rainfall 1.9mm, max air temperature 16.0c.

14/6/10 Update, Mr. Tim Moore, fishing in a hired out boat caught two Sea Trout from 1 ¾ lbs lbs to 3.5lbs. Lough Currane was on the quiet side, but Mr. Bob Priestly reported to me that he caught a couple of Juniors, and if you look at yesterdays notes you will a 3lbs Sea Trout caught by Mr. John Young of the UK and Waterville.

15/6/10 Bright sunshine with a light wind from the N and very little action in other words no comment.

16/6/10 The Sun may have been blazing down on Lough Currane, but that didn’t stop Mr. Keith Hannaford from catching a lightening fresh 4lbs Grilse on the troll, Keith was fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, on the Sea Trout front, a guest caught a fine 1.5lbs Sea Trout on the troll, with his gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly, on the fly front, no reports of any real rod benders, but to be fair there was hardly any wind first thing, and what wind was there was coming from the N and variable.

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

River Laune

Beats 1 and 2

no report

Laune Anglers and Beat 3

salmon
Photo: Tommy Hurley and his 13lb bar of silver.

There were 6 fish reported from Laune Anglers waters despite the extremely low water conditions.  All of these fish were reported from Friday to today Monday. The best fish not for the first time goes to Tommy Hurley Tralee a 13 lb bar of silver. The fish was caught on the worm at Johnston's High bank.  Another man in luck over the weekend was Garry Fernane of Tralee who also had a fish at Johnston's the fish was over 11 lbs.  For the conditions this is very good news. 

There are also a few hard luck stories one being Conor Cunnane who last a fish of 8lbs but was compensated with a Sea Trout of 2lbs both were caught on the fly.

No news of fish from Beat 3 yet.  
Billy Downes
Laune Anglers Assoication
web: www.launesalmonanglers.com

KILLARNEY LAKES AND LOUGH LEANE

no report.

RIVER LEE

8 salmon landed on the river Lee last week.

ESB Fishery

14/6/10 1 salmon weighing 8lbs and 2 peel weighing 2lbs and 3.5lbs returned

15/6/10 1 salmon weighing 9lbs returned
Dan
ESB Fisheries
Innscarra, Co. Cork.
Tel: +353 (0)87 9983879

RIVER BANDON

7 salmon landed on the river Bandon last week.

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Shannon Region

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

[15/06/10]

River Feale and Smearlagh

15/06/10 Low fishing water. Weather: Sunny 13.8 deg.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
Web: www.northkerryanglers.com Email: info@northkerryanglers.com

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Western Region

[16/06/10]

Galway Weir

Best week of the year so far in Galway, and the grilse are definitely here, with 91 fish recorded for the week. As well as the grilse, there are still some fine spring fish running.

A 23lbs salmon was landed by a local angler from the high bank downstream last Friday, while several more good fish were landed at the Weir itself. Monaghan man Brian Keoghan landed a 9.5lbs fish on shrimp, while Eamonn Power from Waterford had fish of 10lbs and 12.5lbs on fly, as well as a small grilse. Owen Jackman from Cork had a springer of 14.5lbs and a grilse of 4lbs on fly, while Louis van Beck from Mullingar had fish of 9.5lbs and 5lbs on fly.

Colin Folan, fishery manager at Lough Inagh, had grilse of 3lbs and 6lbs one evening. Ray McIntyre from Meath had a nice grilse of 6.5lbs on shrimp, while Michael Cunningham from Galway landed his first ever salmon, a 5lbs grilse taken on shrimp. French visitor Oliver Gidoux had a small grilse on fly, while Pat Roche from Limerick took grilse of 4lbs and 6lbs on shrimp. Local angler Sean O’Toole landed 5 grilse to over 5lbs on fly, releasing 3, while Colm Adams from Dublin took 3 grilse for his day’s fishing on fly and shrimp.

US Ryder Cup star Mark O’Meara visited the fishery with Sean McManmon, fishery manager at Killeen Castle in Co. Meath. Mark is no stranger to Galway, and showed his skills again with 2 grilse of 6lbs and one of 4.5lbs, taken on fly. Mark also lost a much bigger fish. His achievement was matched by his companion Sean, with 3 grilse to 5.5lbs, also on fly.

Ashley Matthews from Clifden had 3 grilse on fly, while Pat Smyth from Meath had a nice 7lbs grilse on fly. M. Hanzeker from Switzerland landed 2 grilse on shrimp, while his compatriot Steffen Zemp landed 2 on fly, and Galway man Gerry Kelly landed 2 grilse of 5lbs each on shrimp.

Fishing at the weir has really taken off this week, and with perfect water for flyfishing and lots of grilse now coming in on every tide, prospects for the coming weeks are excellent.

Miraculous catches on Delphi despite drought

15 June 2010 Still no rain. This is now a pretty serious drought. While parts of Ireland and the UK suffered exceptionally heavy rainfall over recent weeks, everything missed Delphi. Frustratingly, even the southern half of the neighbouring Erriff catchment had decent rain last week, but the north and east winds kept it all away from Delphi. Apart from a flood over Easter ten weeks ago, there has been no significant rain whatsoever for many months. Even the big rock in the Quarry Pool is now showing above the surface. That eight salmon have been taken so far in June in these mostly sunny, dry conditions is little short of miraculous. The lucky anglers were Fred Eberle (3.5 pounds; Whin Pool), Peter Davis (9.5; Finlough), Richard Murray-Bett (7; Finlough – his first ever salmon), Bertrand Fenart (7 & 3: Doo & Turn Pool), Arthur Jardine (7; Finlough), Malcolm Rathbone (8; Doolough) and Peter O’Reilly (7; King’s Pool). Peter O’Reilly’s fish was taken in the middle of a flyfishing lesson.One of the course participants spotted a fish, so Peter cast a mini-tube and nailed the fish. The class was suitably impressed, while Peter himself was stunned.

This is perfect bonefishing weather…
Peter Mantle

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North Western Region

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

[16 June, 2010]

River Moy

salmon
Photo: Eoin Little Tipperary with his first ever two salmon with angling guide Paddy McDonnell and Declan Little

The Moy Fishery continued to produce good numbers of salmon throughout the week, with the Black Banks, The Point and Spring Wells all yielding salmon. At the Spring Wells Eoin Little, Tipperary, enjoyed his first success at salmon fishing, catching two at 4lbs and 6lbs. The Cathedral Beat had fifteen for the week, including one for Paul Ainley, England and three on the fly for Gareth Ruigrok, Dublin, whose best weighed in at 9.5lbs. The Weir Pool produced three, with one for Colin Lynam, Dublin. However, the Ridge Pool fished very well, yielding thirty-three. M.J. Child, UK had one off the Ridge Pool, as did Robert Sztorc, USA, who landed a good fish of 8.4lbs. Brendan Garland, N.Ireland, had the best success of the week on the Ridge, catching and returning four salmon.

Further upstream, Armstrong’s and Gannon’s both reported good numbers of salmon, including one of 9lbs for Christophe Leven Berger, Switzerland to the prawn. The Foxford Fishery also had a successful week including another first ever salmon for Wexford angler Philip Stafford who caught one at 5lbs while spinning. At Rinanney, the angling was very good, with some larger salmon being caught. Francis Fulton, England, landed one at 8lbs while Raymond Dreano, France had one at 11lbs and Dr John Ferguson, Scotland caught a fine fish of 12lbs.

Cloongee continued producing fish, with over twenty again reported for the week, including two salmon of 5lbs and 9lbs for Gary McNamara, Offaly, one salmon for Raymond Saliou, France at 8lbs and three for fellow French angler Lionel Jaffrain taken on the fly. East Mayo Anglers’ water also enjoyed a good week, with John C. Coulan, France and Mick Child, England among those enjoying success.

Sea trout angling on the Moy Estuary remains steady, however cold and blustery northerly winds have impacted somewhat on the angling effort.

Carrowmore Lough

The bright sunshine and changeable winds, from blustery northerly’s to flat calm conditions, experienced on Carrowmore over the past week have impacted on the angling effort somewhat. Few boats ventured out over the last week and as a result only eight salmon were reported, four of which were released with the best weighing in at 8lbs. Good numbers of sea trout continue to run into the system, despite the low water conditions.

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

Ballisodare Fishery

The Ballisodare system has experienced very low water conditions, however with high tides over the weekend, fish continued to move into the fishery. Fishing remained very productive with an average of 14 salmon being caught per day. Among those with notable catches were P.Cullin who had a 10lbs salmon to the fly early in the week. Local angler John Benson caught one at 8lbs on the fly while Graham Sage had one of 6lbs. James Cuffe and Michael Smith also had success on the fly as did Dennis Crawley, who landed a fine fish of 9lbs on Sunday.

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Northern Region

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

[15/06/10]

River Drowes drought continues

salmon
Photo: H. Esch With His 14.5lbs Fish on a Red Ally’s Shrimp From The Sea Pools on Saturday .

Drought like conditions and very low water levels have continued over the past number of weeks and fishing has been quiet, hence the lack of reports. Although water levels are still very low there has been a little more activity in recent days with some grilse running and reports of good numbers of grilse off Melvin suggesting that, despite the low water, fish are running through to the lake.

Among the anglers to report catches over the past week were, C. Robinson who had a 4lbs fish on Toby from the Wash Stones, H. Esch had a 14.5lbs fish on fly and a 3lbs fish on grilse, both from the Sea Pools, M. Kruse had a 3lbs fish on fly from the Red Roof, G. Matier had a 4lbs fish on shrimp from the Sea Pools, A. Carty had a 4lbs fish on flying c from the Black Hole, F. Bender had 2, 3lbs fish on fly from the Red Roof, S. Mc Neill had 3 fish on Saturday and 2 on Sunday from the Eel Weir and Boat House from 3 to 4lbs on worm and Mepps, H. Lawrence had a 4lbs fish on fly from the Upper Mill, U. Frei had a 3lbs fish from Salmon Leap on fly, G. Morrow had a 6lbs fish from the Sea Pools on shrimp.

Little rain is forecast for the week ahead with mainly bright, dry weather set to continue until Sunday at the earliest.

For info/bookings:
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Web: www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055.

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Loughs Agency area

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

[17/06/10]

With the bit of rain that fell some salmon are being caught again.

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

[16/06/10]

River Fane

Eamon Conway reports that water levels are very low and clear on the River Fane at the moment. Trout fishing has been difficult during the daytime but there has been excellent fishing in the evenings upstream of. Eamon reports that he has taken lots of trout between ten and twelve inches recently as well as a number to 15 inches. Unfortunately, the largest fish hooked by Eamon which he estimated to be in the region of 20 inches plus managed to shake the hook and escaped. There have been good hatches of olives during the day and sedges on the evenings.

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

River Liffey

Although the water is low and clear, angling guide John Higgins reports great trout fishing from the River Liffey. There are good hatches of olives during the day and there are plenty of sedges hatching in the evenings. John’s best fish taken recently was a beautiful 2lb wild brown trout which he caught and released today Wednesday 16th June.
If you fancy spending a day on the water with John he can be contacted at jjhiggins@o2.ie or on 086 8135497.

River Boyne and Tributaries

The River Boyne is currently low and clear and Marc O’Regan reports superb wild brown trout fishing around the Trim, Co Meath at the moment. There are good hatches of the blue winged olive (E. ignita) during the day. The evening hatch of sedges is starting around 9.45pm. Marc has additional information on his website and can be contacted at www.crannmor.com

The Kells Blackwater is low and clear at the moment. Pat Mc Loughlin fished Tuesday evening 15th June and had 6 wild brown trout from 12 to 15 inches.\ Pats best fish was a nice plump brownie weighing 2lbs. Recent overseas anglers who fished with angling guide Pat Mc Loughlin have included return visitors Marc, Bruno and Claude from France. They last visited the Kells Blackwater three years ago. All three anglers had good numbers of trout each day with the best fish measuring from 30cms to 38cms. Dry fly and nymph produced the best results and a stealthy approach was required due to the low clear water conditions.

David Dowery PAGI also fished the Kells Blackwater recently and had some good midge fishing. David’s best fish was a cracking trout of just over 3lbs.

Peter Martin also fished the Kells Blackwater and had lots of fish ranging between 10 and 14 inches. Peter’s best fish weighed 1lb 12ozs.

The Kells angling club are in the process of launching their new website and can be visited at www.kells-anglers.com 

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

Top Tip: Fish the slower deeper areas at night and avoid wading as the trout are easily disturbed.

Creevy Lough

Fishing has been slow at Creevy Lake lately. Anglers are still catching fish but they are not as plentiful as in previous weeks. High temperatures and clear bright sunshine have made fishing difficult.

International author, APGAI Ireland and Fly Fishing Federation Master Instructor Peter O’Reilly presented to a full class at the Creevy Lake event in Carrickmacross on Saturday 29th May which are being run as part of the Central and Regional Fisheries Boards Fisheries Awareness Week. The attendees were treated to expert tuition on the principles of fly casting, knots and a fly tying demonstration.
Casting tuition was provided by APGAI instructors Brian Keoghan and Eamonn Conway in the afternoon.

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Southern Region

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

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

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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

[16/06/10]

Lough Sheelin

There was some good trout fishing on Lough Sheelin over the past 10 days, but not all anglers were successful. Daytime fishing was poor. The best fishing tended to be later in the evening time. 105 trout were officially recorded over the week. There was a very good rise of fish all over the lake at times. Fish were mainly caught on the spent gnat Mayfly, and Murrough. Michael Kelly, Dublin caught and released 17 fish over 3 days, best 4½lbs. Peter McArdle, Dundalk – fished around the Rusheen/Bog bay area of the lake, he caught 5 fish over 2 days, best 3½lbs, others averaged 1½- 2lbs. All Mr McArdle’s fish were caught using the Murrough. The Sheelin Classic was held on June 13th, there were 61 boats with 120 anglers. 10 fish were caught, results are as follows: Pat O’Toole (1st), Summerhill one trout at 4.3lbs Eddie Blanch (2nd) Mountmellick, one trout at 3.7lbs Dave Penny (3rd) one trout at 3.6lbs Stephen McManus (4th) Kells one fish at 3.5lbs.

LOUGH O'FLYNN & UPPER RIVER SUCK

A north east wind hampered trout angling on Lough O'Flynn. Trout are now feeding on Perch fry. Anglers should try fishing with dabblers and perch fry imitations. A competition organised by Lough O'Flynn Anglers, was held on the lake on Sunday June 13th. There was a good breeze on the lake and conditions were better for fishing than previously. Prizes were on the basis of 2 anglers per boat. The winner was Declan Martin and James Acton, with 10lbs 9ozs. Second was Jacky Coyne and John Summerville from Connemara, with 9 fish for 9lbs 8ozs. Third went to Anthony Baggott and Philip Mc Goldrick, with 7 fish for 7lbs 1oz. The prize for the heaviest fish was Niall Collins from Galway. He had a fish of 2lbs 10ozs.

Lough Owel

Lough Owel fished well up to the weekend, anglers reported meeting good numbers of fish, particularly later in the evening, into dusk. Fish up to 4lbs were landed, with the majority of fish in the 1.5lb bracket. There were mayfly hatches which have now come to an end. Fishing at time of writing is quieter as trout on on the Perch fry. The Leinster Qualifier is to be fished next Sunday June 20th on Owel, commencing 5.50pm. More on this next week.

Lough Ennell

Anglers are reporting trout activity on Ennell mainly late in the evening but fish are proving elusive and difficult to catch.

Lough Acalla

There was an increase in angling numbers on Lough Acalla over the bank holiday weekend, with lively fishing reported and good fly hatches. The best reported fish was a Rainbow of 2.5lbs caught by A. Doyle on a Green Peter. Several other fish up to 2lbs were caught. The most successful flies were Green Peter, Green and Golden Olives, Black Pennell and Pheasant Tail.

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Western Region

16/06/10

Lough Corrib

trout
Photo: Denis Matthews with a 4lb 30z trout.

Tom kelly reports from Oughterard that there were some good days over the past week on Lough Corrib, in spite of the warm bright weather, with some mayfly still hatching and sedges hatching in bigger numbers. There were returns for 38 trout taken by 18 anglers in 30 rod-days. English angler I. Burgess had 7 trout for approx. 12lbs to dapped mayfly, while Ian Garret had a 10.5lbs trout on the troll.

Anglers fishing out of Corrib Wave guesthouse had some good fishing, with Seamus O’Sullivan and Dave O’Leary landing 8 trout for 13lbs on the 11th, dapping natural and artifical mayflies. Swiss anglers Jean Michel Bonny and Jean Marc Schuell had superb sport on the troll, landing 10 trout for 69lbs over the period.

The forecast for the coming week is for warm dry weather, with temperatures into the 20s and light winds, so trolling will probably be the predominant activity, with fly anglers best chances to fish early and late, avoiding the bright conditions in the middle of the day.

Lough Mask

ferox trout
Photo: Willie Kelly and his 12lb 5oz ferox trout.

Liam Gavin reports from Lough Mask on another quiet week, fishing effort is low and fly hatches are very sparse. Some anglers have had success fishing buzzer nymphs in a few bays, but evening sedge hatches have still not started in earnest. A few anglers reported good fishing on the troll, and Dublin angler Willie Kelly caught and released a fine 12.5lbs ferox trout. Roland Loitz from Germany spent a week trolling with Rapalas and reported losing one of the biggest fish he has ever seen on Sunday evening. Visiting Scottish angler fished out of Cushlough on one of the better days for the fly, and landed 5 trout, including two over 4lbs. Local man Noel Moran fished for the week and only reported 2 good fish, one of 3.5lbs and one of 4.8lbs.

Lough Carra

Fishing on Lough Carra is quiet, with mayfly hatches pretty much over, however the sedge flies are beginning to appear to liven surface activity up a bit. Brothers Mark and Martin Wilson from Whiteabbey fished out of Moorehall on the 9th and 11th of June and accounted for 10 trout, including 2 fish of 2.25lbs for Mark and several fish between 1lb and 1.75lbs, while many more trout were risen and missed. All fish were in great condition being very plump and came to sedge patterns, and all bar one were returned safely to the lake.

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North Western Region

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

16/06/10

Lough Conn and Cullin

An Garda Síochána held its annual fishing competition on Lough Conn recently, and  fifty-two anglers participated in this event. A total of 26 trout were caught and the honors went to Mick Bradley, Galway who took first place with three trout for 4.2lbs. In second was Seamus Kelly, Galway, with two trout for 2.84lbs and in third was Michael Benson, Mayo who had one trout of 2.75lbs (Michael also won the heaviest fish prize).

Ballin Lough

Angling remained steady on Ballin Lough, with a total of fifty-three trout being caught by twenty-one anglers over the week. P. Munroe and friends, Castlebar had a total of seven for their day, with their best rainbow trout at 3.5lbs. Martin O’Rourke and friend, Kildare, had a total of eleven, as did Mattie Foley and friend, Roscommon. Flies producing fish over the past week were the Whiskey Fly, Pearl Dabbler and other Dabbler patterns.

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Northern Region

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

no report this week - [most recent report 07/06/10]

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Northern Ireland

[05/05/10]

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Loughs Agency area

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

15/06/10

Cashel Trout Fishery

Ideal conditions at Cashel encourage anglers to give little dries and buzzers a go.  The Glens Community Association from Limavady had a fun day with us during the week.  Brothers, John, Willie and David Lowry (Scotland & Limavady) banked twenty-one trout between them taking two home which weighed 6lb 7ozs.  Adrian Guy bagged two at 5lb 7ozs and released a further nine which took a floating fry.  Aidan Doherty released two.  Noel Mc Kinney and Cameron King bagged two each weighing 4lb 13ozs and 5lb 1oz respectively. 

Dr Billy Mc Cleery (Limavady) was lucky to bag a lovely trout at 3lb 6ozs while Pat Campbell (England) released three and missed a whole lot more.  Enniskillen’s Conor Mc Cosker and Mark McClelland released nine and seven respectively which took a black spider, shipman’s buzzer and daddy long legs.  Billy Stevenson (England) and nephew Declan Stevenson (Feeny) bagged three between them weighing 8lb 4ozs and they also released two others which fell to buzzers and an orange fritz.  Gareth Love and Bryan Mc Kay (Limavady) banked nine and two respectively with Gareth taking five home which weighed 15lb.  He used a green and white nomad and daddies to make their catch.  Derry’s Paul Ford released one and lost one which took an olive dancer. 

Well done to all!
Marlene
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email: casheltrout@hotmail.com  Website: www.cashellakeview.com

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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[16/06/10]

Anglers on Muckno average 40lb a day

Most stretches on Lough Muckno fishing very well at the moment. A group of six UK anglers fished at different venues on Muckno recently and they have caught nearly half a ton of fish during their visit. Catches are ranging from twenty to sixty pounds per man per day.

They are fishing with pole and feeder and the best catches have been recorded on the stretches at upper Concra Wood and lower Black Island.

Dick Caplice from Carrickmacross fished with them on one of the days and netted 45lbs of roach, bream and hybrids. The fish were caught at 13 metres on the pole, fishing into 7ft of water using a 2gr colmic jolly float 14's main line and 12's hook length, size 16 hook, with double maggot the bait of choice over ground bait and caster.

Some bream to 5lbs and lots of good quality hybrids. The UK lads had over twenty bream to 6lbs off Black Island on Thursday 10th June.

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Southern Region

[16/06/10]

 

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South Western Region

Eileen Carroll reports:
E Mail: swrfb@swrfb.ie

 

Match Fishermen Wanted in Cork

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Photo: Mike Risdon was the front runner when it came to setting up and organising angling festivals on Inniscarra Lake.

Cork’s Inniscarra Lake is showing a dramatic return to form and seven days of match fishing starting on August 29 could be the “hot ticket” for 2010.

There are three events starting with the August Open on Sunday the 29th, followed by the three-day Vintners Cup from August 30 and the Ottewill Trophy, another three days of fishing from September 2.   You are welcome to fish one or all three competitions.

Active Irish Angling is the preferred tour operator with inclusive deals for anglers from the UK and full details are on their website -   Visit the website www.activeirishangling.com or telephone 0151 324 4744

The man to contact for a match ticket is Anthony Hogg in the UK on 029 20732217 or mobile 07760 4082121

 

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Shannon Region

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

[16/06/10]

Lough Derg

Bream fishing on Lough Derg has gotten off to a great start with great bags being caught from our baited swims, Martin "ozzy" Oades had some great fishing with Bream averaging out at 4.5lbs and a couple up to 6lbs. After a poor start to the week due to inclement winds he finally got good conditions and landed 145lbs of fish followed by 165lbs the next day.

Visiting anglers "Buffalo" Bill Bowater, Kevin Vickers and Steve Allcock from Darby locked on to a shoal of Bream and managed to bag up with 600lbs of fish between them. Best bag weight went to Kevin with 228lbs. a new personal best for him on Lough Derg.

Ballinaglera Bream

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Photo: David Mather with a bag of Ballinaglera bream

BALLINAGLERA LAKE – known locally as Lower Annagh – is a cut-off from from Lough Allen and stuffed full of bream, roach and hybrids, yet is rarely fished seriously.

In fact, David Mather from Chorley in Lancashire had the place to himself for a couple of days during his holiday to Drumshanbo in County Leitrim. His first session produced a mixed net that he weighed at 52lb but improved considerably when he returned at 7am the following morning to catch over 90lbs.  And the fish were still feeding when he packed up at lunchtime!

“It was brilliant fishing and on the first day I even had a hybrid of 3lb”, David reported. “I used a groundbait feeder into 12 feet of water about 35 yards out.  It was possible to make a bite every cast maggot, but most of the bream were caught on a worm sandwich (two pieces of corn with the worm in the middle) on a size 12 hook.

Photograph and report by www.activeirishangling.com

Late night and Early morning bream

Fishing in the Longford and Strokstown area has been good. Some days have been better than others due to weather conditions. Bream, hybrids and hoach have made up most of the catches with only few tench being caught. Guests of Melview Lodge in Longford have been fishing on pre-baited swims and fishing very early hours of the morning and reports coming in are very good.

Andy Stone along with friends Steve and Jeff fished under the guidance of Kevin Lyons. Bright conditions and very low water levels hampered the fishing a little. However, they still managed to catch. Kevin commented that they pre-baited and gave night fishing a go to see if they could get the fish feeding, they did manage a few Bream with lots of skimmers and Roach in the early hours. Steve caught a nice Brown trout while coarse fishing just like he did last year. The lads word hard with early morning sessions and would have had more fish if the weather was a more favourable.
Kevin Lyons, 
MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE,
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email:
  info@melviewlodge.com Web: http://www.melviewlodge.com

Banagher

There has been some very good Tench and Roach fishing on select venues on the Shannon in the Banagher area. Water levels are low on the Shannon at present are are expected to get even lower with the settled weather to continue. Early morning's and late evening sessions are advised in the present conditions.  

Portumna

The Shannon has been almost deserted over the past couple of weeks. The odd parties of anglers I have talked to say the fishing has been very poor on all stretches. With Rodgers Island still closed to vehicles nobody is fishing it at present. However, I am ferrying a party of English lads to it tomorrow and hopefully they will have some luck. I think the reason that fishing has been so poor is that the fish are still spawning as I have witnessed this in several bays along the Shannon and Lough Derg. Hope to have better news in the next report.
Mike Murray ,
MURRAY'S B&B, Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Email murrays.ireland@yahoo.co.uk Web http://www.bedandbreakfastportumna.com

River Suck Valley

Water levels on the River Suck are dropping fast and very low as we write. The best chance of fish is early morning or late evening.

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Western Region

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

No reports this week - [most recent report 30/04/09]

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North Western Region

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

[16/06/10]

Good tench fishing at Fin Lough, Co. Sligo

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Photo: Robbie Cording and his 25lbs bag of tench from Fin Lough.

Good coarse angling has been reported from a few venues recently, and in particular, Fin Lough, Co. Sligo. As part of the Fisheries Awareness Week members of the Youth Action Project (Y.A.P.) Sligo were treated to tuition in coarse angling by members of Ballymote and District Angling Club. For some of the participants who had never fished before, a great day was had and within minutes of taking their pegs, the tench began to take with floats bobbing with almost every cast.

Local angler Robbie Cording also had a great day’s fishing on Fin Lough, on one morning session he had a total bag of 25lbs 6oz of tench with a few rudd also included. For details on angling coarse angling in the Ballymote area please contact Ballymote and District Angling Club at ballymoteangling@gmail.com or see ballymoteangling.com.

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Northern Region

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

[17/06/10]

Big bags of bream and roach in upper Erne catcment

Results of Annual Over 50's competition which took place in the Arva/Gowna water's last week. 57 anglers fished over four days.

Two anglers staying in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Ray Pagan and Tom Lynsey, fished Gulladoo and bagged 88lb and 77lb respectively including some nice Bream up to 4lb.

All anglers in the Cootehill area report good fishing for the past week with Sillan, Barnagrove and Church Lake giving good mixed bags up to 100lb including Bream, Hybrids and Roach.

Good Tench and Roach are being fished on Bairds Shore. Flynn's Pass and Eonish are giving good mixed bags of fish for the past week.


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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[17/06/10]

Cavan/Monaghan area piking

Five Dutch anglers aged between 65 and 85 years young, fished with angling guide Pat Mc Loughlin from Kells in the Cavan/Monaghan area over the weekend. They landed 41 pike for their three days fishing with Pat and the best fish which was taken on a lure and measured 105cms. Water levels in all of the lakes are low and clear at the moment.

Angling guides Gerry Duffy and Mal McLeod assisted with the Eastern Regional Fisheries Boards open day at Creevy Lake recently which was organised as part of the Central and Regional Fisheries Boards Fisheries Awareness Week.

Pat Mc Loughlin did some float tubing on one of the small lakes in the Cavan area recently to try out some pike fly patterns that he had tied himself. Pat had 5 pike for a couple of hours fishing the best of which weighed 7lbs. Good sport!

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

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Southern Region

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

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South Western Region

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

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:
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Shannonbridge pike and perch

River level is still hovering just over the 2.1metre level. B and J Pech fished from a boat on June 11th in fair weather using dead bait, caught 20 pike in the 2lbs to 5lbs range. Four anglers from England contacted local Gillie Aidan Kelly to bring them pike fishing on the 11th and 13th June.

Aidan used two lake boats with light engines and a friend for the task. The first day they had a combined catch of 18 pike and some 20 big Perch. Aidan figured that the spoons used were too small and attracted the Perch.

On the second day they had a total of 21 pike. Bait used were dead bait and spoons. All fish were returned safely to the Shannon. Aidan found it very weedy in some deep water. Aidan Kelly can be contacted at 087-7497024 if you require the services of a Ghillie.

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Western Region

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

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

 

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North Western Region

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

[16/06/10]

Levally Lake

Good pike angling has also been reported from Levally Lake, where angling guide Kenny Sloan had eight pike on his first day out and six the next all taken while trolling in 3ft to 6ft of water. Boat hire for fishing Levally is available from K.Sloan who can be contacted at ksloan@eircom.net or on 0879670310.

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[17/06/10]

Small pollack to three pounds have been reported in the north Louth area. Some mackerel have also been taken but not in great numbers.

The close season for angling for sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) is now finished. However size limits and bag limits apply.

Good catches of bass have already been reported in the Wexford and South Wicklow areas.

Sea trout have also been reported on the County Louth coastline.

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:
enquiries@srfb.ie

no report this week - [most recent report 27/04/10]

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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
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[15/05/10]

Cork Harbour charter boats for species fishing

Good weekend on the Osprey

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Photo: One of the mid 30lb congers landed at the weekend.

Pat Condon, skippering the Osprey, reports that they had a great weekend's fishing just gone. On Saturday, fishing one of Pat's marks on the Smiths, his party of anglers had over 17 species of fish. Included in these were some hefty conger, ling, and pollack. A few of the conger were in the mid 30's. One of the lads also had a fine 4lb haddock. A number of dragonets were also caught. To round off the day Pat moved in closer to the harbour in search of thornback ray. After landing a few thornie's one of the gang hooked into a fish that went on a surging run and tore line from the reel at a rate of knots. Before he had a chance to set the hook the end rig parted. Pat reckoned it may have been a large spurdog as a few of these have shown up lately.

Then again it may have been a Tope. One of these was caught last year in the National Fish Offs and it may be that they are starting to put in a reappearance in the Harbour after an absence of decades. If you would like to book a charter out on the Osprey you can contact Pat through his website at http://www.atlantic-charters.net/

Deora De does it again!

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Photo: A stocky ballan wrasse for one of Jim's anglers over the weekend.

Anglers enjoyed some more excellent fishing onboard Deora De last weekend. Deora De is skippered by Jim Linehan and last weekend Jim brought a group of lads to a reef that he knows holds plenty of fish. It also has some good broken ground at its edges. To maximise everyones chances Jim opted to fish on the drift. What a good choice! Fishing has been on fire for some time now out of Cork Harbour with tide having little or no effect. The variety of species coming to the boats has been excellent.

On this trip the lads had plenty of cod and haddock. Mackeral were also plentiful. Other species included pouting, pollack, coalfish, cuckoo wrasse, ballan wrasse, grey and red gurnard, and of course, the ever present doggies. Whiting are still in almost plague proportions over the broken ground surrounding the reef, as are poor cod and ling. Even a few octupus were caught.

Fishing was so hectic that the crew were too busy to photograph the majority of the catch. However, they did manage a few pics. One of the gang, Keith Hayes, had been out the previous week as part of the CFB's fisheries awareness week trip. Keith is a complete beginer. However, on that day he outfished his mentors and had a fine specimen grey gurnard. This week he also had great fishing, proving that it wasn't all beginers luck. He admits he's well and truly hooked now!!! He reckons he'll be out with Jim again in a couple of weeks. He won't be the only one; the rest of the lads were very happy with their day's fishing too.

Most of the fish caught on the day were released, with just a small selection kept for the table. Jim has a scorecard available for his anglers to print from his website. This adds a little extra excitement to the trip and even the novice anglers seem to turn into some serious competition anglers at times. If you fancy a day out with Jim contact him through his website at http://www.charterangling.com/

Courtmacsherry congers

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Photo:Ici Van Tenderloo of Belgium with the heaviest conger of last week a fish of 17kg.

With an English group catching good Pollack, Cod, Ling and conger. The Belgians landing conger to double figures and the Dutch landing Skate to 160 and 70lbs and catching loads of Pollack and conger , Catching the first Shark of the Year and landing over 40 Ling off a wreck it has been a great weeks fishing.
Mark Gannon
Charter Boat Skipper
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 23 46427 or +353 86 8250905
Email: csal@iol.ie Web: www.courtmacsherryangling.ie

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Shannon Region

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

[09/06/10]

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Western Region

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

[16/06/10]

Good spurdog fishing in Galway Bay

Max Couque reports on good charter boat fishing in Galway Bay. Between himself, skipper of the Leaca Rua, and Kevin MacGabhann who skippers the Maighdean Mara, they have 20 Spurdogs caught, tagged and released over the last month. Mackerel are now showing in good numbers in the bay, with fresh bait easy to come by. There is also a lot of small sandeel showing in the bay and a lot of fish are feeding on them. Launce (greater sandeel) is a great bait at the moment for pollack and ling.
The weekend was difficult with the northerly wind, but a lot of species were caught, including pollack, ling, cod, dogfish, mackerel, pouting, ballan wrasse, cuckoo wrasse, spurdog, conger, whiting, haddock and coalfish.
To book fishing with Max or Kevin, contact them at 086 3234638 (Max) or 086 8547890 (Kevin) or visit www.galwayfishing.ie

Obituary
The sea angling community in Connaught suffered a great loss over the weekend with the untimely passing of Ray Toner from Renmore. Ray was a great servant of sea angling in the province, having been a founding member of Galway Bay SAC and served on the Connaught Council for many years. His contribution was most evident in the work he did with young anglers in the club, helping coach several of them to a very high level. Many of these young anglers have represented Connaught and Ireland due to his mentoring. Indeed, some of them mentioned to me at his funeral on Sunday that if it wasn’t for Ray and his encouragement, they would not have kept up the sport and achieved what they have. The esteem in which he was held was evident at his funeral by the number of green jackets, worn by anglers from all parts who had represented Ireland in international competition, providing a guard of honour for the cortege.
Ray was in great form recently, having competed well at the Connaught Gold Medal last month, and his sudden passing was a shock to all who knew him. Our deepest condolences go out to his family at this time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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North Western Region

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

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

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Northern Region

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

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

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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

[16/06/06]

70 tope in a day and a half from Red Bay

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Photo: Hamish with one of 70 tope caught over a day and half fishing off Red Bay.

This week with all the high pressure around Predator decided to target tope south of Red Bay and in one and a half days over 70 tope were boated. All the tope were caught on really light gear the best being 49lb. This fish was was caught by Berend Masselink from holland. Onboard were Dutch and Belgian journalists so they got their eyes opened and really enjoyed the experience.
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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