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11 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

[07/03/10]

River Blackwater

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

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Photo: First salmon of the season from the Blackwater Lodge Fishery.

Lodge regular Gavin Wishart from Newcastle,
Co. Down came down to celebrate his 40th. birthday this weekend & scooped the First Salmon of the 2010 season to be caught on the Lodge Fishery.

He was fishing yesterday (March 6th) with
Connie Corcoran on Ballinlovane and took the fish on Flying C at Cloonbeg. The fish would have been released, but was bleeding from the gills so had to be kept. The cast before he lost what they both believe was another springer, so there were definitely a few about.

The river is in perfect condition and the moment - even for the fly.

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!)
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 01 March to Sunday 07 March 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


[10/03/10]

Lough Currane

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

5/3/10 Lough Currane was on the quiet side even though there were five boats out manipulating their baits. Wind E then veered NW light to calm with clear blue sky’s, max air temperature 9.2c.

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Photo: Michael O'Sullivan caught this 8lb salmon on the troll.

6/3/10 Lough Currane saw some good action today, first in the Wild Atlantic Salmon zone was Mr Dan Sugrue of Tralee and Waterville, when he caught a fine lightning fresh 9lbs Salmon on the troll with his Gillie and good friend Mr Brod O’Sullivan of Stella Maris Guesthouse Waterville, also in good form was Mr Michael O’Sullivan of Waterville Boats and @ watervilleboats@gmail.com who caught an 8lbs Salmon on the troll along the North shore, but Salmon of the day goes to Mr. and Mrs. Breen with a C&R. Wind SE light to calm with reasonable cloud cover.

7/3/10 All quiet on the SW front after yesterdays action. Wind SE fresh to strong at times with bright sunshine all day. Amount of rainfall 0.2mm, max air temperature 8.7c.

08/3/10 All quiet on both sides of Lough Currane with a light to fresh ESE wind blowing and as http://www.loughcurrane.com/ is reporting the Lake is very low for this time of year and there is no argument to that.

09/3/10 Quiet on the SW front, but not that quiet, because there was fine 10lbs Salmon caught on the troll by by Dr Reinhard Biniek of Germany.

10/03/10 All quiet on Lough Currane in all departments.

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

[08/03/10]

River Felae and Smearlagh

The North Kerry Anglers Association reports that fishing conditions are poor at the mooment with low water levels and bright sunny days. Water temperatures are also low with continuing cold, frosty nights. The club as a novel approach to breaking the current weather conditions. “Brendan”, who has since passed away, was an avid fisherman who disliked low water conditions, especially in spring. To counteract this he would don his summer sandals (without socks) in his effort to ”break the weather”. So to all fishermen or women out there, please don your sandals (without socks) to bring that much needed flood.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
Web: www.northkerryanglers.com Email: info@northkerryanglers.com

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Western Region

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

08/03/10

Clare River

Phil Donoghue fished the Clare River on Sunday. The water level was quite low (summer level) but there was enough water for spinning.

Unfortunately only the kelts were taking. The few that were caught were returned carefully and they swam off strongly.

Phil posts regular angling reports at his website: Western Fly Fishing.

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North Western Region

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

8 March , 2010

River Moy

A fine 12lbs salmon was caught by Declan Gannon on Sunday 7th March. This salmon was caught on the worm on Ballina Salmon Anglers water.

Free fishing continues on the famed Ridge Pool, in Ballina, until the first fish of the season is caught on the beat and water conditions at present are ideal. For more information on booking contact the Moy Fishery Office on 09621323 or email info@moyfishery.ie.

Lough Gill

Lough Gill has produced three salmon to date. The Garavogue/Lough Gill system which had previously been operated on a strict catch and release basis is now open with a small quota of spring salmon allowed to be taken this season. The first fish within the North Western Region was caught by Brendan Gordon on the 24th January. The fish weighed 6lbs 6oz and was caught off Castle Point on a trolled Silver Dace lure. Keith Trotter also had luck on Lough Gill with a fine 11lbs salmon caught on the 20th of February as did Barry Lyons who caught his 7lb fish trolling off Innishfree with a Toby Salmo lure on the 6th March.

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Northern Region

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

Monday 1st March to Sunday 7th March 2010.

RIVER DROWES

The settled weather continued over the week and remained dry with frost during most nights. This meant the river continued to fall over the week to read 0.42 by the end of the week giving very low levels especially given the time of year. Fishing has been slow with few rods out during the week. A few more rods fished over the weekend. It was not until Saturday that any salmon were recorded. Trevor Hassan accounted for a 10lb salmon caught from Rooney’s Turn on a Flying ‘C’ and B. Razzian registered a 10lb salmon caught on worm from the Money Hole. The forecast is for further settled and frosty weather with little precipitation and the river may continue to fall further still.

LOUGH MELVIN

Melvin continued to drop as the week progressed and now is at a very low level indeed. The weather brought cold & frosty conditions with calm weather for the most part. Few rods ventured out on the Lough and there is little to report so far. Francis McSharry caught a salmon from the Roosky area and I am awaiting details of the size etc.

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

[10/03/10]

River Mourne

10 March: Well we’re stuck in the middle of a high pressure which doesn’t look like shifting any time soon and unfortunately it’s not good news for the fishing with freezing nights and dry bright days the water levels are now getting very low with very little action reported from the Finn and it has even put us right off the notion having not cast a line this season yet! It’s not for the lack of willing but with current conditions it’s just not favourable at all to the angler.

We’ve had a few reports of fish caught the first week but nothing confirmed. We need at least 3-4 days solid rain at the minute to clean the whole thing out and get anything that may be laying about the Foyle up into the system but as we say it’s not looking likely at the minute with little to no change forecast this week so we’ll just have to hope for next week – we did hear June and July were to be wet with a decent August so we’re not beat yet!!!!!

We are hoping to have some solid information regarding the Mourne at Sion Mills within the next week and would also expect the AGM to be taking place in the next 2-3 weeks but as said before when we find out accurate information we will indeed let you know.

Email: info@mournereports.com Web: www.mournereports.com

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TROUT ANGLING

Trout Angling Update


Shannon Region

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

10/03/10

Lough Sheelin

Angling on Sheelin over the past week has been slow due to the very cold weather. Michael Kelly had one trout of 1.75lbs. The weather is to remain cold and bright for the coming days.

NB: We would like to make reference to the recently published Lough Sheelin pocket guide. Anglers please note that there was a typo error in the Angling Rules reference there which indicated that trolling is allowed from March 1st, this is incorrect. Trolling is not allowed from March 1st to April 30th as per the Lough Sheelin Bye Law Regulations. The correct date is May 1st and not March 1st, as indicated. We apologise for this error and will notify anglers who requested our guides online as to this error and the correction. Thank you.

Lough Owel

The angling season opened on March 1st, 2010. The weather was very cold. Parts of the lake have been frozen in recent days. Some hardy anglers did venture out nonetheless. Peter Carroll had 3 fish on the opening day, trolling. Peter Gabor had two fish of 1.5lbs each. His fishing partner, Gress had 2 fish.

Plenty of anglers fished the opening week but struggled to get many fish due to the very cold conditions, with night time temperatures dropping down to -7 Celcius and daytime temperatures not rising above 0C until after midday, so a very chilly start to the season.

Lough Ree

The Seamus McCormick Memorial Cup took place last Sunday and as the first competition of the season, with all the local clubs taking part, attracted a great entry with forty four boats taking part. It was a cold day with little respite from the easterly winds but the anglers are a hardy bunch and stuck at it and some were rewarded handsomely as some great catches were recorded but the fantastic trout caught by Eoin O’Neill and Martin McCallan was not to be beaten.

The weigh in and presentation of prizes took place that evening in Dans Tavern where Keane Moran and his staff pulled out all the stops in the hospitality stakes and it was very much appreciated after the cold day on the lake.

When the scales came down it was Eoin O’Neill and Martin McCallan who topped the leader board with their fantastic 6lb 11oz trout. This was Eoin’s first competition fishing as an adult and hopefully this is a sign of great things to come.

The prize for second place went to Pat McManus for his trout, which on any other day would have won, of 5lb 2ozs. Third prize was awarded to Michael and James Conway for their trout which tipped the scales at 3lb 13ozs while fourth place went to James Greene and James Greene Jnr for their trout of 3lb 6ozs. This trout was catch and release and as such James and James Jnr were the first anglers to benefit from the new increased prize fund for trout which are released, well done to them.

Our thanks to Eamon McCormack and the McCormack Family for their continued and generous sponsorship of this competition and all profits will be given to the Lough Ree Fish Hatchery and the Lough Ree Preservation Society.

The competition for the Kevin Griffin Memorial Cup will take place next Sunday 14th March when the start will be from Gallagher’s Boat Shed at 10.30am and will finish with lines up at 5.30pm. The weigh in and presentation of prizes will take place in Gertie Browns with the scales down at 8.30pm sharp
Eamon Cunningham
Athlone Anglers Association
Mob: 087 - 2340815

Lough Derg

Next Monday, March 15th, marks the opening of the fishing season on Lough Derg and to mark the occasion The Guardian has decided to launch an angling column to bring the latest local and national fishing news to the hundreds of people who engage in the sport in this newspaper’s circulation area.

As I write fishing rods are being brought out and dusted off after their winter’s storage and anglers are busting to get back out onto the lake or the riverside in pursuit of those spotted beauties of the deep.

Garrykennedy Fishing Club kicks off its trout season on Monday with a trolling competition sponsored by Pat Ryan of Ryan’s Pub in Portroe. An entry fee of €20 should be paid to the club’s weighmaster John Malone for those interested.

Congratulations to all clubs in the Lough Derg area who continue to do all they can to protect wild brown trout stocks as their survival continues to be threatened by problems such as poaching, pollution and global warming. In recent months tremendous work has been done by clubs to enhance spawning conditions in the rivers and streams flowing into Lough Derg.

The Nenagh Ormond Anglers have undertaken terrific work on the Nenagh River in recent years to improve the eco-system for trout and salmon. Several new deep gravelled areas for fish to rest on their way upstream to spawn have been developed with the erection of weirs by the club. Other clubs such as Garrykennedy have also brought members out in force to carry out similar works on other streams. So well done to all anglers who have given up their spare time to take part in the voluntary effort.

Hopefully in the coming weeks all local anglers will seriously consider adopting a catch and release system to help in the protection of the trout stocks on Lough Derg and its tributaries. Local clubs have been very responsible in abiding by the rules about fish size limits. Trout caught on Lough Derg under 35cm (14 inches) in length must be returned alive. A size limit of 25cm (10 inches) applies in the Nenagh River and all other tributaries of Lough Derg.
Peter Gleeson
Nenagh Guardian

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Western Region

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

01/03/10

 

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North Western Region

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

09/03/10

Trout lakes

Just a reminder to anglers that all Board managed fisheries will all be open soon for angling.

Lough Doon opened for angling on the 1st March, with Lough Bo opening on the 15th and Ballin Lough opening on the 1st April. Day and evening tickets are available for all Board managed fisheries.

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Northern Region

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

Lough Gowna

The 2010 trout season kicked of on March 1st, with a cold frosty morning and a bitter easterly wind. Far from ideal conditions as far as catching trout is concerned. However it's nice to get out on the opening day and who knows maybe, just maybe a trout might be in the mood for a bite to eat.

I travelled over with Damien Ager to Dring Shore on Lough Gowna.

You have guessed it not one trout came our way, we trolled a variety of baits without success. Parts of the lake shore were still frozen over, areas to avoid if you do not want to see your line cut through and a lost expensive bait.

As we were packing up we met an angler about to head out on to the lake. He told us there were two trout that he knew of taken earlier in the day. One was around 2lb and the other a monster ferox trout of around 9lb. The wonders of the mobile phone. Both fish were fell for a trolled imitation small roach.
Bernie Murphy
Web: www.berniemurphy.webs.com

Anglers fishing Lough Gona are reminded of Conservation of trout bye-law No. 869, 2010 (LOUGH GOWNA). This Bye-law provides for the following trout conservation measures in Lough Gowna; a daily bag limit of 4 trout and
a minimum size of 12 inches.


Lough Melvin

I have no news of trout fishing with very few anglers yet fishing for the same.

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

[08/03/10]

Cashel Trout Fishery

report by Marlene Mc Laughlin

With the pleasant spring sunshine anglers are keen to give Cashel a throw this weekend.
Don Mc Closkey, Adrian Guy and Willie Lowry (Limavady) banked a total of nine trout using nymphs and wee goldheads. Adrian two fish for home weighed 7lb 10ozs while Willie and Don’s trout weighed an average of 2lb.

Campsie’s John Hall released an amazing fourteen trout which took the red octopus bloodworm. Draperstown’s Michael O’Hagan managed one trout weighing 3lb while Tony Armstrong (Magherafelt) bagged two and released two which took green/white cat’s whiskers. His two trout for home weighed 4lb 7ozs. Bernard Mellon (Maghera) released seven trout in a while of an afternoon using assorted buzzers while Robert Connelly released two in a couple of hours.

Kevin Burke (Claudy) released four trout while Billy Hazlett (Derry) hooked one of 6lb on a white humungus. Jimmy Norton (Maghera) bagged two for home at 1lb 11ozs and 3lb 8ozs which fell to a yellow and green fritz.

Breakfast is now being served at Cashel in the comfort of an open log fire with plenty of craic.

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.


COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Northern Ireland

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

07/03/10

Erne Anglers League Results

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 busy weekend saw a total of 3 matches fished in glorious, but cold weather conditions.

The Erne Anglers Junior Winter League had the biggest turnout of the season so far at Bellanaleck Marina on Sat. 11 year old James O’ Doherty from Enniskillen won the event with 3.930Kgs fishing the pole on the long stand above the Marina, Kieran Kelly Enniskillen was second with 3.000Kgs also mainly on the pole and league leader Billy Williams Bellanaleck was third with 2.120Kgs on the feeder.

The Erne Anglers Senior event was a close affair with the top three all at Dolan’s Ring section, John Potters (Lisbellaw) moved to the top of the league with just two matches remaining catching 6.420Kgs on the feeder. Tony Kersley (Ballycassidy) was runner up with 6.270Kgs while Fergal Smith (Cavan) was third with 6.000Kgs. Bill Dodd (Lisnaskea) won the section at Derrychara.

The Meadowbrook League in Omagh was also back on after the lakes were frozen for the last event. John Balcombe (Derrygiff) came out on top fishing the Bottom Lake with a catch of 3.950Kgs. John Brown (Ballycassidy) moved to the top of the league after collecting maximum points on the Top Lake with 2.760Kgs, with Gavin Brown (Kesh) third with 2.350Kgs.

Next week see’s the final Float Only match of the season on Rosslea Lakes (a good opportunity to practice for the Bill Clarke final the following week)

book in 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


Shannon Region

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

10/03/10

Mohill and Carrick on Shannon

Water levels are still at summer levels. Hard frosts are still keeping water temperatures very low but with the longer days upon us they should start to rise gradually in the coming weeks. John and Mayler Colloton from the sunny south east spent two days in the area with some nice doubles recorded. John was delighted with breaking his personal best pike, landing a nice 15lb fish on a popped up bullet and had three more fish all under the 10lb mark. His father Mayler, a man of many talents and of great wit landed some nice fish also, best fish for the two days was 13lbs.

Three French anglers Bress and his two friends had one nice pike on Laura lake. Laura lake is the local trout lake and has produced pike to 27lbs and several twenties over the winter months.
Brian Bohan
CHAFLYNNS COTTAGE & GUIDING SERVICE
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Bbohan70@eircom.net Web http://www.Chaflynnscottage.com


Longford area and Strokestown Lakes

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Photo: Nick with a jack pike

Regular anglers Jean-Pierre along with son Nick were back in Ireland fishing for Pike and staying once again with their hosts Kevin and Jane Lyons of Melview Lodge in Longford.

This time they invited friend Seige to come and experience fishing in Ireland. This was his first time Pike fishing and it was one to remember. In six days fishing they managed to land sixty one Pike to 15lbs beating their previous catch of fifty Pike.

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Photo: One of the many pike caught by Jean-Pierre

The start of the week was very cold and dead bait was the preferred method. As the week went on trolling lures proved to be very productive, Seige managed to catch his first ever Pike on the second day and then every day afterwards.

In August they return again to Ireland and Melview Lodge so we will see how they get on.
Kevin Lyons, 
MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE,
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email:
  info@melviewlodge.com Web: http://www.melviewlodge.com


08/03/10

Boyle Ramblers Report

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Photo: This 20lb 4oz pike won Denis the Boyle Ramblers competion.

Dennis Diggis sent us a photo of the 20lb 4oz pike that he caught on the Boyle Ramblers angling competition on the 28th February. He also had also caught a 9lb 7oz pike on the same day. The larger pike won the competition beating 52 other pike anglers.

A visit to Stonehams lough on the river Suck found it yet again unfishable due to it being frozen over so had to settle to again fish the fast flowing Suck at Drumon and again PIKE 1 ANGLERS 0 .

On Saturday 6th March a trip to lough Nablerthy produced 1 10lb pike caught on ledgered sardine. PIKE 0 ANGLERS 1

Sunday onto a local lake in Kilmore Tully Lake had 2 rod rattlers from possible jack pike. PIKE 1 ANGLERS 0.

On Monday I was out on Lowfield Lake. No sign of pike. I am not sure as to why there were no catches on the last lakes as they normally throw themselves onto the hooks. It may well be that of the cold frosty nights and high pressure causing the problem.

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Western Region

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

no report this week - [most recent report 28/07/09]

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North Western Region

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

09/03/10

Derryhick Lake

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Photo: A fly caught pike just under 10lb from Derryhick Lake

Water levels in all our local lakes are relatively low at the moment, due to the absence of any significant rain since the start of the year. Increasing daytime temperatures are helping to warm local waters enticing pike to move and feed. There have been reports of some good pike fishing in local waters, in particular Derryhick Lake where numerous pike have been taken recently both on dead-baits and on the fly.

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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

[09/03/10]

Wexford shore angling report

06/03/10 We did a spot of bait fishing last night, plenty of bass, codling, coalies, pollock, rockling and a lone dab. Lovely night to be out, clear sky, flat calm sea and not a puff of wind showing – 1.5 on the temp. A good session with a steady stream of fish hitting the 3/0 pennel pulleys loaded with fresh lug.

bass
Photo:
One of the smaller Bass we caught last night had a bite mark in it, seen this several times last year too. The little Billy went back strong all the same.

Even though we were kept busy it just wasn't holding our interest as all we could talk about was hitting the lures Sunday morning !!!

07/03/10 On location, met with a force 6 South Easterly, water clarity very poor, bitterly cold, big surf…. we gave it 5 hours before calling it quits…you gotta love it
Danny Meagher
Wexford Angling Blog
Web: dannymeagher.wordpress.com


[10/03/10]

Saltwater Fly & Lure Bass Fishing Workshops

Having completed a train the trainer course in December of 2009 I recently received my certification. My Saltwater Fly and Lure fishing workshops have been re-constructed and I will shortly submit them to FETAC for benchmarking.

This is part of the process I am working towards making my workshops a FETAC certified qualification.

A little bit of fishing in your day - Jim.
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:
E Mail: swrfb@swrfb.ie

21/02/10

Cork Harbour report

Small boat anglers fishing around Cork Harbour have enjoyed some interesting sport during this period of cold, but settled, weather. Catches of cod to 3lb are the order of the day at the moment and some ling are also turing up. The best ling this week was 12lb.
Kevin Murphy
Bellavista Hotel
Web: www.bassfishingireland.com Email: info@bellavistahotel.ie
Telephone: +353 (0)21 481 2450

Specimen mullet in Rosscarbery

mullet

This week the Catch of the Week goes to Brian Lombard for this specimen thick-lipped mullet. Brian was fishing with his father at Rosscarbery in West Cork when he hooked his prize fish. This is a great fish to take so early in the season and hopefully is a sign of a good mulleting year ahead.

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Shannon Region

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

10/03/10

Clare Dragoon gets ship shape for new season

As the days get longer and the start of another fishing season approaches I am busy getting the boat ready. After trying a few fishing trips over the last few years I have come to the conclusion that February and March are very poor fishing months in this area. Which in many ways is strange because, when I was commercial fishing, they were often the best months of the year when fishing for whitefish. Maybe it is because the water is so cold or maybe the fish are just busy spawning! Anyway for what ever reason and even though they are showing on the fish finder it is very hard to get fish to take a hook.

So now I have got into the routine of lifting the Clare Dragoon out of the water early in February, doing whatever jobs and maintenance need to be done and being ready to go early in April. My season will start after Easter which is in early April this year and the bookings are now coming in.

This is also a good time to look back on last year. Unfortunately the weather has to come in to any comment on 2009 and what turned out to be the 3rd poor summer in a row. Well the old lads always said that poor summers come in 3s, so let’s hope they are right and that we are in for a “scorcher” this year. With the broken weather it was hard to get into a routine and steady fishing. We did have some very good days fishing but also spent days just looking for some where comfortable to fish and hoping for the best. However because of the large estuary we have here we did not lose many days to weather.

The highlights of the year included catching the first fish over 1000lb ever caught on rod and line in these islands. This was a Six Gill Shark of 1056lbs and was landed in mid June. Surprisingly I heard of 7 or 8 more of these sharks caught in nets in this area last year, some of which were bigger than the one landed on my boat. Other highlights were the catching of quite a few Specimen Red Gurnard and Whiting. Indeed the biggest Whiting caught on the Irish coast last year fell to a very lucky “yours truly”! Another fine fish caught was an Angler fish of 24lbs.

So that’s it until I get started and have some new fishing reports for you. And hopefully we will see some of you out on the sunny seas off Loop Head this year!
Luke Aston
Clare Dragoon, LOCHIN 366, 650HP.
Carrigaholt Co. Clare  
Telephone: +353 65 9058209 or +353 87 6367544
Email: lukeaston@eircom.net  Web: www.fishandstay.com

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Northern Ireland

Hamish Currie reports:

11/03/10

Red Bay charter fishing report

conger
Photo: Just one of 40 congers caught over 4 days during the settled weather.

The high pressure was good for me allowing us to push right offshore into the really deep water.

Over 4 days my anglers caught over 40 congers! We have also landed specimen blackmouth dogfish, specimen spurdogs, bullhuss and a couple of smallish skate

Herring are still about mid channel and easy to lacate by watching the birds.
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

bullhuss
Photo: A good bullhuss from a deepwater mark.

 

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