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04 March 2010

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

Salmon angling Update


Southern Region

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

04/03/10

River Blackwater

Ian Powell reports from the BLACKWATER LODGE fishery on the Munster Blackwater in Co. Cork.

Weather: Continuing cool -  with about 6mm rain yesterday (Wednesday). 
Slight  frost this morning!

River: Falling away again slowly. Clarity ~4 feet.

Temperatures: Air: 9°C °F this morning @ 09:00

Run of Fish: The run of springers appears to be picking up. The first two were caught just below Careysville weir on the Opening Day, but we don't know if fish are being caught there since. Two more were caught opposite Beat 6 on the 13th. Some big fresh fish seen running on the 16th. but no rods out.

Catches: One 8 pounder released at Ballyduff on the 22nd.

Methods: To high to wade or flyfish. Please note: As a conservation measure, all bait fishing is banned on the Lodge beats until all the kelts are safely out of the river.

Prospects: Excellent spinning conditions today.

Best Regards & Tight Lines!
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!)
Fax: 00 353 58 60162    From UK: 0871 474 0136  (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

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

Monday 15th to Sunday 28th February 2010

KILLARNEY LAKES AND LOUGH LEANE

No catches to report

RIVER LAUNE BEATS 1 AND 2

No catches to report

FLESK RIVER

No catches to report

LAUNE ANGLERS WATERS AND BEAT 3

(REPORT OF BILLY DOWNES, CLUB SECRETARY)

No report

RIVER LEE

No catches to report

17/02/10

Lough Currane

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

18/2/10 Just the one or two boats out and all failed in their duties. Wind NNE light with the odd light shower, amount of rain fall 0.5mm, max air temperature 7.3c.

19/2/10 Rain, Sleet and Snow and no takers, wind NNE light with a few showers some light and heavy, amount of rainfall 5.8mm, max air temperature 6.3c.

20/2/10 Just three boats out and all failed miserably in their duties in catching Her Ladyship the Salmon. On the Weather front there was a mixture of sleet. Snow and rain, amount of rainfall 3.0mm, wind first thing NE then veered SE then veered again into the SW and veered back SSE light to calm in all directions, max air temperature 6.0c.

21/2/10 There were a few more boats manipulating their bates but sadly my Noble gentlemen weren’t in a taking mood. Wind SW light to calm and sunny, max air temperature 7.7c.

22/2/10 Just one or two boats out and no takers. Wind SE light to calm then veered NW light to calm late this afternoon, but to be honest the wind was so light all day, it would hardly register on a wind meter. Max air temperature 7.2c.

23/2/10 All quiet on both sides of Lough Currane, be it fly or troll. Wind ESE then veered NE late this afternoon and overcast with light rain at times, amount of rainfall 1.4mm, max air temperature 5.0c.

24/2/10 There were five boats out and all failed to locate the rascal. Wind NNE light and overcast with the odd light shower, amount of rainfall 0.5mm, max air temperature 7.5c.

25/2/10 Again all anglers failed in all departments. Wind N light with reasonable cloud cover with the odd light shower, amount of rainfall 0.5mm, max air temperature 7.2c.

26/2/10 All fish locators were negative. Wind NW fresh with reasonable cloud cover with the odd shower, amount of rainfall 0.3mm, max air temperature 7.8c.

27/2/10 It was cold in all departments today and talking of cold the temperature this morning was only 4c, max air temperature 9.4c with reasonable cloud cover at times, with the odd shower, amount of rainfall 1.7mm, wind NE then veered SSE and veered gain late this afternoon into the NW light to calm in all directions.

28/2/10 February has come to a close with little to report on today’s action. Max air temperature 9.3c, wind W then veered WNW light to calm with the odd light shower, amount of rainfall 2.4mm and talking of rain, Lough Currane is in badly need of liquid refreshment i.e. we need a good flood because Waterville Fishery is on the low side, so lets hope the heavens open in March, plus it would be nice to see a few more boats out there manipulating their flies and Toby’s because again there was only one or two boats out during the week and maybe five boats out at the weekend.

01/03/10 All quiet on the SW front.

02/03/10 There was strong sutherly wind blowing but that did'nt deter Mike O’Dwyer from catching a fine 8.5lbs Salmon on the troll.

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Photo: 8.5lb salmon from Lough Currane

03/03/10 All quiet in all departments. Wind NNE light with bright sunshine throughout the day.

04/03/10 Not a lot to be said on the Salmon front, but to all you pessimistic anglers out there, believe it or not we up on last year’s catch, well we will be if one is caught by the 9/3/10.

That is all the news 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

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Shannon Region

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

For information on salmon angling regulations in the Shannon Region in 2010 follow this link.

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Western Region

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

02/03/10

Delphi Fishery

In an exceptionally cold, dry month at Delphi, just three spring salmon were caught – the most notable being Rudi Groener’s near-15-pounder from Morrisons Pool.

Rod effort was very low, as was the river itself for most of the time. Rainfall was little more than two inches, making it the driest February since 1986. For 21 of the 28 days the grass minimum temperature was below zero centigrade.

At different times a few fresh fish were seen, risen or lost, but the only other two actually caught were those of Werner Zirngibl (7.75lbs, Kings Pool) and Armin Helbrecht (7.5lbs, Finlough).

There is no rain of consequence in the current forecast. Until it comes, catches – and effort – are likely to remain depressed.
Peter Mantle
Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296
Web: www.delphi-salmon.com

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North Western Region

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

1 March , 2010

Ballyvary Fishery opens on the Ballyvary/Clydagh system.  

The North Western Regional Fishery Board is pleased to announce the opening of the Ballyvary Fishery. The fishery extends from the confluence of the Castlebar and Manulla Rivers to Lough Cullin and from Carrowkeel Bridge on the Clydagh River to Lough Cullin. A permit is now required to fish for all species on this fishery with the fishery open between 8am and 10pm. Permits cost  €10.00 per day and these can be purchased from Tiernan Brothers, Foxford, Deys Supermarket, Ballyvary and Island Sports, Castlebar.  The Ballyvary Fishery is noted for its early run of spring salmon and frequently produces salmon before many other beats on the Moy system start to produce fish.

Link: http://www.northwestfisheries.ie/Moy/ballyvaryfishery.htm


23 February, 2010

First Salmon of Season on River Moy

The first salmon of the season has been caught on the River Moy by experienced local angler, Martin Conroy. The spring salmon which weighed in at an impressive 14.6lbs was captured behind the boxes on the River Moy and was taken on the worm. Congratulations to Martin on his success.

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Photo: Martin Conroy with his 14.6lbs Salmon

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Northern Region

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

Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th February 2010.

RIVER DROWES

The weather was mainly fine over the week with dry days with a touch of frost at times. This meant the river dropped over the week to read 4.5 on the gauge at the Four Masters Bridge on Sunday. The river was fairly quiet over the week with only a few rods fishing but the weekend was a little busier with a number of visitors starting to stay in the fishery accommodations. A number of salmon were recorded over the week. On Tuesday, Alan Walls accounted for a 7lb salmon caught on a Cascade fly from the corner of the Blackwater. Ryan Dunlop recorded an 8lb salmon caught on a Willie Gunn fly from The Meadow. On Saturday, a visiting rod accounted for a 10lb salmon caught on a Flying ‘C’ below Lennox’s Bridge

LOUGH MELVIN

Melvin dropped as the week progressed and now is at a very low level. Allied to the still cold conditions, angling was difficult. There were few anglers who ventured out and I have not heard of any salmon caught. Francis McSharry landed a fine 9lb trout caught trolling.

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


Monday 15th to Sunday 21st February 2010.

RIVER DROWES

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Photo: Colin Gardner with a 10lb spring salmon from the River Drowes.

The week brought cold wintery conditions with a number of frosts and as a result the fishery was fairly quiet over the week with only a few rods fishing. Water levels have remained good and are still reading around 5.4 on the gauge at the Four Masters Bridge. Colin Gardiner recorded a fine 10lb salmon caught at 4.30pm on Thursday. The fish was caught on a black Flying ‘C’ from the corner of The Blackwater.

The weekend understandably brought a few more rods out fishing and despite the cold temperatures, the sun made conditions pleasant during the middle part of the day. On Sunday, Anthony Carty recorded a 9lb liced salmon caught on a Flying ‘C’ from the Crooked Hole.

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Photo: Andrew Carty with his 9lb salmon, caught on a Flying C.

LOUGH MELVIN

The week was very cold out on Melvin this week and it seems only a few very hardy anglers ventured out. To date I have not heard of any salmon landed. The Lough opened for Trout fishing on Monday but I have heard of no anglers fishing for the same. Traditionally it is towards the end of March before any real angling effort for trout takes place and so I expect little news until this time.

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

[01/03/10]

River Finn

I have no confirmed Spring Fish catch reports as yet from the Finn other than Spent Fish (Kelts). Conditions are far from perfect at present and angler numbers appear less than last season's opening day.

Many anglers are struggling with the cold conditions and I am sure when conditions become more favourable angler and fish numbers will rise.

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TROUT ANGLING

Trout Angling Update


Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:
E-mail: info@fishingireland.net

[01/03/10]

Stunning Rainbows from Lyreen

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Photo: Gar Foley with his 23.lb 8.oz Lyreen Angling Centre Record Rainbow Trout

Mick Walsh and Darren Whelan proprietors of The Lyreen Angling Centre, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, have to be congratulated for their progressive approach since taking over the fishery. Coarse, Carp, and Game anglers are catered for and recent catches show that the cream always rises to the top. A number of large Rainbow Trout have been landed lately topped by Gar Foley’s 23.lb 8.oz lunker, which now holds the Lyreen record. Falling to a Cat’s Whisker Gar has definitely laid down a marker.

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Photo: Warren Hogan with a 21.lb 10.oz Lyreen Rainbow

Not to be outdone regular visitor Warren Hogan ran Gar’s record mighty close with a 21.lb 10.oz fish which fell to a Green Buzzer imitation. With the Rye Water and the river Lyreen offering wild Brown Trout fishing, both due to open on the first of March 2010 and accessible from the centre, a feast of game fishing awaits the visiting angler.

For a day out at the Lyreen Angling Centre, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, contact Mick Walsh at 00353 (0)87 210 1698, or Darren Whelan at 00353 (0)87 610 3804.

Web: www.browntroutanglers.com

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Shannon Region

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

03/03/10

New Lough Sheelin trout record

trout
Photo: This week the Catch of the Week goes to Richard Gibson form Virginia with his massive 7kg (15lbs 2oz) trout caught on Monday last in Hollywell Bay on Lough Sheelin. The fish, 32" long, was caught on a buster lure. This trout sets a new record for the famous lake.

[Editor's note: This trout was brought to shore in a pike tube and weighed and the Shannon Fisheries Board base on Lough Sheelin before being carefully returned alive]

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Western Region

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

01/03/10

Lough Corrib

Opening day on the 15th was a bright but bitterly cold day, like many of the days we have had this winter. A good number of anglers ventured out to welcome in the new season, with a little bit of fishing and a lot of socialising the main order of the day. The Arctic conditions meant for many a long leisurely lunch, with the Kelly kettle and a frying pan put to good use.

The very cold winter, with air temperatures at least 2 degrees colder than average, has slowed everything down, and spring is very slow to arrive in the west of Ireland this year. Water temperatures are still very low for the time of year, and this has affected the fishing. Very few trout were reported from opening day, with only a handful of anglers managing to land fish. One of those to score was Tom Molloy from Glann, with 2 trout for about 4lbs. The Collinamuck Anglers held a competition, with 28 anglers reporting just 2 trout. The winners were Brian Noonan and Bernard O’Halloran, with a fish of 3.3lbs, while Tommy Carter and Paddy Farrell took second with a trout of 2lbs.

The rest of February was similarly cold, with frequent night frosts and little rainfall, and the lake is quite low for the time of year. Angling effort has been low since opening day, with most anglers content to wait for water temperatures to rise and fish to start feeding again. I would expect the main hatches to be a little bit late this year given the harsh winter, but expect to hear about a lot more fish caught in next month’s report.

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Northern Region

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

LOUGH MELVIN

Melvin dropped as the week progressed and now is at a very low level. Allied to the still cold conditions, angling was difficult. There were few anglers who ventured out and I have not heard of any salmon caught. Francis McSharry landed a fine 9lb trout caught trolling.

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

[01/03/10]

Trout Lakes

The remaining DCAL lakes opened today and many anglers were out trying for a trout.  The lakes had a very wintery feel and look when I visited today. Many have sheets of ice and there was a bitter cold wind to add to the discomfort. On the positive side I did see a number of anglers landing trout. More importantly I was at one of the lakes at a time of need for one angler.

I discovered the angler out in the water, lying on his back, a considerable distance from the shore. I shouted to the man, "Are you ok?". Probably a silly question when you think about it. Thankfully he was able to reply and I waded out into the water and pulled the man to the shore. He was soon on his feet and able to make it back to his car and off home.

The angler told me he had tripped and fallen when wading. The combination of cold water and his fall winded him. As he was unable to move the wind was blowing him out from the shore The angler was lucky, perhaps very lucky, but thankfully he was well prepared and had stayed afloat.

I saw many more anglers out wading today and while this incident is rare with the very cold conditions we are experiencing recently, please take extra care and don't wade if you don't need to.    

{Editor's Note- Please see the following advice from the Department of Tranport Marine Safety Office for avoiding hypothermia [.doc, 113KB].}


28/02/10

Cashel Trout Fishery

report by Marlene Mc Laughlin

Using buzzers, Maghera’s Bernard Mellon released nineteen trout while Dungiven’s Mark Boyce released eleven in total which took assorted buzzers also.  Thomas Farren (Glenullin, Garvagh) bagged one weighing 3lb 1oz and released two other which all took cat’s whiskers.  Vincent Harkin (Letterkenny) took one home which was 2lb in weight.  Kevin Burke (Claudy) hooked and lost his three which took a wee black nymph. One of his trout was around 9lb. Young lads, Caolan Mc Nally (Clady, Portglenone), Paddy McKenna (Lavey) and Eoin Mc Gill (Lavey) had an enjoyable day bagging a trout each with Eoin’s trout being the heaviest at 5lb 2ozs.  These anglers were using assorted lures.  John Hasson and Martin Bradley (Dungiven) finished Sunday evening using suspender buzzers, zonkers and a few dries.  John released one and lost one which straightened the hook while Martin released three of 3lb average.

Well done to all!
Marlene
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email: casheltrout@hotmail.com  Website: www.cashellakeview.com
Short Breaks Offer: Special discounts for 1st October 09 - 31st March 2010 (Excluding Christmas & Easter) ring 028 777 42159 for further details.


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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:
E-mail: info@fishingireland.net

[01/03/10]

Monster Carp

carp
Photo: George Speirs with a 28.lb 12.oz Carp

Perseverance paid off for angler George Speirs. Having to clear ice from an area of the Carp lake his efforts were handsomely rewarded with a 28.lb 12oz specimen Carp. Only 1.lb 1.oz under the Irish record it will not be long before the top weight ends up in Kildare.

For a day out at the Lyreen Angling Centre, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, contact Mick Walsh at 00353 (0)87 210 1698, or Darren Whelan at 00353 (0)87 610 3804.

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Shannon Region

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

24/02/10

BITING COLD HAMPERS COARSE ANGLING WITH SEVERE NIGHT FROSTS

Water and air temperatures remain very cold and well below normal and this is hampering coarse fishing as we write. There is very little to report and wait for milder weather to improve fishing prospects. On a positive note water levels have dropped well back and fishable. The Board at its February meeting decided to amend its regulations to allow ‘two rods’ for coarse and pike angling on mixed stock fisheries within its Midland fisheries group of waters in our region. It does not apply to trout fishing. See fisheries listed below. We have published a list of Coarse Angling Festivals for 2010 for your information - also see below.   TIGHT LINES!

RECENT NEWS

REVIEW OF BOARD'S 'MIDLAND FISHERIES GROUP' of waters - RULES AND REGULATIONS

The mixed stock fisheries where two rods are allowed for coarse and pike fishing are

Anglers are reminded that rules and regulations are for the conservation of all fish stocks. The Board requests that any information regarding illegal activity is passed on in timely manner and wish to thank those who have done so in recent weeks.

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Northern Ireland

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

28/02/10

Erne Anglers Winter League

Jack Tisdall from the Cloughballymill Angling Centre reports on the latest leg of the winter league on fisheries in Co. Fermanagh area near Enniskillen.

A move back to the Roslea lakes for the latest round of the Erne Anglers Winter League saw the lakes frozen over with the hard overnight frost and most anglers had to break the ice before fishing.

Individual winner was Simon Huthwaite (Enniskillen) with about 30 small Roach on the Pole and Slider for .680gms from Inver Lake, Simon topped the standings of the Bill Clarke Qualifying with this result.

Runner up was Jack Tisdall (Ballinamallard), also pegged on Inver Lake, who caught 18 Roach for his .610gms, Jack remains top of the Float Only with one match remaining.

Third place was Andy Gregg (Cootehill) who won Gavin’s lake section with 590gms.

Tony Kersley (Ballycassidy) won the section on Lyons Lake while all the anglers on Drumacritten Lake blanked.

On Sat we have the next round of the Erne Anglers Junior Winter League, Draw at 10.00am at Bellanaleck Marina.

Sunday see’s the return of the latest round of the Erne Anglers Any Method Winter League and the Meadowbrook Omagh Winter League book in as normal if you wish to fish.


Jack Tisdale
Cloughballymill Angling Centre
Unit 3, Sligo Road, Enniskillen. BT74 7JY
Tel: +44 28 6632 2008
Web: http://www.cloughballymillanglingcentre.com E-mail: jacktisdall@btinternet.com

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Loughs Agency area

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

01/01/10

New coarse angling regulations for 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Southern Region

John Flynn reports:
enquiries@srfb.ie

21/02/10

Carlow man wins inter club Pike match

The Carlow Coarse Angling Club hosted their first inter club Pike match of the year with the Polish Catch and Release club Fishmaniak on Sunday 21st Feb 2010. The weather was fairly mild following the snow fall the night before and sub - zero temperatures several Pike were indeed caught.

The Pike match was attended by anglers from Dublin, Carlow, Wicklow, Kilkenny. A total of four Pike were caught three of them with only fifteen minutes of the match to go. C.C.A.C. executive committee member James O'Mara was first of the blocks only minutes into the competition with a Pike weighing 3lb. With the end of the five hour match in sight with only 25 minutes to go Lukasz Sankiewicz member of the Polish Catch and Release club Fishmaniak managed to land a Pike weighing 1Lb 13 1/2 oz.

With only 20 minutes to go Piotr Kaczmarek also from the Catch and Release club Fishmaniak landed a Pike weighing 1 Lb 4oz. With only nine minutes to go James O'Mara sealed his victory with another Pike weighing 2Lb 10oz which was caught by floating a Smelt just two foot from an island.

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Photo 2: From left Lukasz Sankiewicz 2nd place, James O'Mara 1st place, Piotr Kaczmarek

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Shannon Region

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

02/03/10

River Suck

Richard Dunne reports in his fishing:
 
Its usually happy hour for me when I have mail for you. However today is a very special day for me as I have just banked a new PB. 0n Mon 1st march I made a midday visit to the river suck outside Ballinasloe and had a couple of jacks to 7lb 4oz.  Just before dark I hooked up with a very good fish which refused to come up from the bottom, eventually she showed face, thrashed her head and all went limp. I was disgusted, and still cursing my luck over an hour later when my rod was off again. I struck into another heavy weight which again refused to move from the depths. After a couple of minutes she surfaced and made one short run. After that there was no more fussing about and she came straight over my net. It was dark and only when I went to lift the fish did I realise her true size. I hurriedly scrambled my scales and weigh net together and hoisted her up. The scales shot straight over 33lb then settled on 32lbs 8oz!

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Photo: Richard Dunne with his huge 32lb 8oz pike.

A new PB for me by 4oz.  A moment I will treasure forever!....She fell to Lamprey section ledgered hard on the bottom.  (Interesting note) It was a full moon....


[22/02/10]

Kingspan National Pike Final

Here are the results from the Kingspan National Pike Final which was held on the river Suck.

Eugene McCabe is the 2009/2010 Kingspan National Pike Champion. 39 year Eugene who is from Kildare town and a member of the Newbridge and District Pike Anglers Club won the event with 8 pike for 34lb 08oz including a nice pike of 14lb 08oz.

Only one twenty was landed and a few missed. In the last 5 minutes Dubliner Jimmy Thompson landed a fine pike of 22lb 09oz. 141 pike were landed on the day.

We had a great time in the Carlton Shearwater Hotel who really looked after us very well.

In all, 15 twenty plus bags were recorded. Six doubles were landed and as many lost.

1st Eugene McCabe 8 pike 34-08
2nd Jimmy Thompson 2 pike 29-08
3rd Robbie McShane 7 pike 27-12
4th Paul Reynolds 7 pike 25-06
5th Ray Keyes 3 pike 24-09
6th Terry Sheridan 3 pike 24-08.5
7th Larry Mulvaney 3 pike 23-11
8th Jodie Kiernan 5 pike 23-04
9th Pat Behan 7 pike 23-03
10th Paul O`Donohue 5 pike 22-07

Reserve is Mickey Doherty who had 7 pike for 21-10.

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Northern Region

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

04/03/10

Lough Garadice

Reports came into the office last week of a monster pike caught on Lough Garadice on the Shannon-Erne Waterway. The fish was weighed at 38lb 10oz and witnessed by two other anglers before being returned carefully. Unfortunately no photo is available. The angler, Jimmy Fitzsimmons, Ballyconnell, was fishing a dead bait from the Connolly Shore into a very deep drop off. Last year a number of 20's were taken from the same location. Jimmy has also caught a number of 20's from Brackley Lake, Bawnboy earlier this year.

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Loughs Agency area

01/01/10

New Pike angling regulations for 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

Ashley Hayden reports:
E-mail: info@fishingireland.net

[04/03/10]

How does a bass hunt

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Photo: Why just two?

Bass angling guide and guru , Jim Hendrick, has loads of new material on his website and of most interest to the bass angler will be the first in a new series on how bass hunt.

But what I really want to know is why does a bass angler need 2 goldfish? Will one big one not do the job, is three to many and are multiples of two acceptable?

You can find all of Jim's invaluable advice at his website: www.probassfisher.com

A little bit of fishing in your day.
Jim Hendrick
Bass Angling Guide
SEAi, 8 St Johns Road, Wexford, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 53 9123351
E-mail: sportfishing@eircom.net Web: www.bassfishing.ie

To help protect the bass fishery please become a friend of Irishbass

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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
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21/02/10

Record breaking haddock from Union Hall

haddock

Last week the Catch of the Week was from Co. Cork. Lucky angler Tony Santry was deep sea fishing with skipper Colin Barnes of the Holly Joe when he hooked into a bigger than average fish. After a bit of a struggle the prize was brought to the boat where it turned out o be a huge haddock. the fish was later weighed on certified scales and turned out to be a record breaking catch. The fish weighed 11lb 14oz breaking the 44 year old Irish record.

Holly Joe

Catamaran 36'. Twin 225 HP
Skipper: Colin Barnes
Base: Union Hall Operational area: 30 miles out of Castletownshend and Baltimore.
Telephone: +353 28 36832 or +353 86 3273226
Web: www.whalewatchwithcolinbarnes.com

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