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Irish Angling Update

18 March 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
email: Paul Bourke
Ph: 00 353 (0) 1 8842600
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SALMON ANGLING

Salmon angling Update


Southern Region

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

[15/03/10]

Munster Blackwater

Fort William Fishery

First springer taken on Fort William over the weekend. Connie Corcoran landed our first springer on Saturday of 7lbs on spinner. A few more fish were seen so there is certainly fish on the move.

Water levels are in perfect order for fly and spinner on all of the beat.

Fly Fishing: Intermediate & Sinking lines. Flies.Size 6,8 and Tubes flies. Allies, Cascade's, Gold willie gun, Foxford shrimp and the Fluorescent green shrimp which works well in peaty coloured water.
Spinning
: Size 4 flying C's/Toby Spoons/Devons to 3" with 12 to 15lb test.
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


[17/03/10]

BLACKWATER LODGE

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Photo: Bass fishing guide Michael McCormack from Wexford with the second fish of the season from the Lodge beats. .

11/03/10 It was sea-liced & weighed in at 10.2lb. It was taken on Silver Bullet on the Green Bank on Upper Kilmurry. Michael saw 3 or 4 more fresh fish as well during the day. He was the only rod out on the river today - one springer for one rod day cain't be bad!

14/03/10 I just had a phone call to report fish number 3 from Larry Sheridan (Dungarvan) who gillies for the Lodge. He's just released a fish of about 12lb taken on black Flying C at the top of the Island Stream on Beat 4 - Kents. No sea-lice but very fresh. He saw a couple more springers there as well. Unfortunately no picture as he doesn't carry a camera with him. Summer level at 0.36m on the Ballyduff gauge.

17/03/10 Only four rods out today & Michael McCormack from Wexford did it again.
He caught our fourth & his second of the season on spinner on the Island Stream on Beat 6 - Lower Kilmurry. He was on his own, so no picture as the fish was released. He saw a couple of fresh fish up to ~15lb as well. The other 3 rod party also saw several fresh fish on Beat 4 - Kents. Gauge is now on 0.33m with superb clarity.

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

2 salmon caught on the lakes trolling.

RIVER LAUNE

BEATS 1 AND 2: No catches to report.
LAUNE ANGLERS WATERS AND BEAT 3: No report

FLESK RIVER

No catches to report

RIVER LEE

3 salmon caught for the week.

RIVER BANDON

No catches to report


[18/03/10]

Lough Currane

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

10/3/10 Lough Currane was on the quiet side in all departments, but not quite because Mr. Tony Sullivan from Caherciveen caught a 9 lbs Salmon on the troll in Coffees Bay. Wind ESE then veered NW light to calm with bright sunshine all day. Max air temperature 9.5c.

11/3/10 Here is your weather forecast, wind N light to calm with bright sunshine all day, max air temperature 9.0c.

12/3/10 A repeat of yesterdays results, except the wind was NW then veered N with reasonable cloud cover with the odd shower this morning., amount of rainfall 0.3mm, max air temperature 11.0c.

13/3/10 All anglers failed miserably in their duties, low lake or not. Wind east then veered NNE light calm and variable and overcast. Max air temperature 9.8c.

14/3/10 Lough Currane was flat calm for most of the day and what wind was there came from the west, and overcast, max air temperature 11.1c. There were very few boats out and you certainly won’t catch fish if your not out there.

15/03/10 There was a fine Sea trout of 3.5lbs caught on the fly by John Buckley of Killarney and he sportingly put it back to fight another day.

16/03/10 All quiet on the SW front

17/03/10 All quiet on this St Patrick's day.

Well that is all the news from your Gillie for this week, or I should say the lack of it.
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

[18/03/10]

River Felae and Smearlagh

Low water, poor fishing conditions. Raining at present
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

no reports - [most recent report 08/03/10]

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North Western Region

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

[15 March , 2010]

River Moy

Water levels on the Moy have continued to drop slightly over the past week. The river is now very suitable for fly fishing and anglers are reminded that fishing on the famous Ridge Pool beat remains free of charge until the first salmon is captured there.

The Ballina Salmon Anglers water remained productive, with a further four salmon being caught for the week. Tommy Egan Snr. and Mark Beattie both had nice fish of 11lbs captured on the worm. Fergal McHale was also successful with a salmon of 9lbs as was Gerry Seck who caught one at 6.5lbs. Both of these fish were also caught on the worm.

The Cloongee Fishery produced its first salmon of the season on Monday 15th March, a fine 8.5lbs salmon was caught by Jim Murray while spinning.

Anglers are reminded that numerous kelts are moving downstream at present and care should be taken while angling, if a kelt is hooked it should be released as quickly and as stress free as possible.

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Northern Region

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

Monday 8th March to Sunday 14th March 2010.

RIVER DROWES

The weather continued settled with very little rainfall. There was a limited amount of rainfall on Saturday, but not enough to raise water levels after the long drought. The river is now very low reading under 4 on the gauge at the Four Masters Bridge. The weather did become somewhat milder however with temperatures reaching 8 or 9°C which gave the days a distinct feeling of spring at last.

There were few rods out over the week with only a few rods fishing over the weekend due in great part to the low water. Consequently there was not too many salmon caught. On Tuesday, Ryan McKnight reported a salmon caught on a yellow shrimp fly from the Island Pool.

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Photo: Derek Glynn with 7lb salmon from the orner of The Blackwater.

On Saturday, Derek Glynn recorded a 7lb salmon caught from the corner of The Blackwater on a Flying ‘C’. On Sunday, two salmon were hooked and lost and a number of fresh were reported showing throughout the river but no fish were landed.

The forecast for the coming week is for more unsettled weather and this may bring rain which is badly needed to raise water levels on both lough and river.

LOUGH MELVIN

Melvin continued dropping and is now at a very low level for March. It seems there was very little if any angling activity on the Lough and I have heard of no boats venturing out after salmon or trout. Some decent rainfall would be desirable to raise the Lough once again and allow easier access for salmon.

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

[16/03/10]

River Mourne

15th March Still the same old story with the weather but there might be light at the end of the tunnel this coming weekend with the promise of some decent rain by the forecasters so it’ll just be a matter of keeping an eye on it and if it materialises cancelling all other plans for the weekend!!

13th March Well another weekend is passing us by without much action by the riverside as we’re still stuck in the grasp of this high pressure and water levels are remaining very low although it has tried to run a bit this past couple of days but nothing significant and only serving to green the grass a bit so we’ll have to get a good look at the farming forecast tomorrow to see if there’s any light at the end of the tunnel!

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

[17/03/10]

Lough Sheelin

Temperatures were very low last week which affected angling numbers on Lough Sheelin. 11 trout were reported caught. Regular to the lake Michael Kelly had 1 fish of 2.5lbs. Andrew Brown had 2 fish averaging 2lbs. Cian Murtagh had one fish of 2lbs. J. McGuire had a fish of 3lbs, all fish were released.

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Photo: A 4lb 2oz trout is carefully released.

Danny Levy reported catching a few good fish while fishing Sheelin with his brother Nathan and friend last week. Danny had a fish of 2lbs, 2lb 15oz and 4lb 2oz. Nathan had a fish of 5lbs and friend had a fish of 1lb 8ozs and 3lbs. All fish were released.

Prospects look better with a rise in air temperature over recent days and more anglers are expected to get out fishing over the coming week.

[Editor's note:This week we had a report of a long day's fishing on the lake where one trout was caught on the troll. The trout was safely released. We would like to remind all anglers that trolling is not allowed on Lough Sheelin from March 1st to April 30th as per the Lough Sheelin Bye Law Regulations.]

Lough Owel

Lough Owel has been fishing quite well with anglers meeting fish despite the cold temperatures. Milder weather is on the way from St Patrick's Day onwards and angling should further improve in response to the improved conditions.

Lough Ree

THE KEVIN GRIFFIN MEMORIAL CUP The competition for the Kevin Griffin Memorial Cup as usual attracted a great entry with twenty eight boats taking part. With the cold weather still persisting the water temperature still has not risen to March norms so the signs were not good but the signs are not always correct and when Tony Doolan is on the competition you can be sure that he will be there or thereabouts.

The presentation of prizes took place that evening in Gertie Browns where Michael Loughman and his staff were at their usual best and the hospitality was excellent. When the scales came down it was the aforementioned Tony Doolan along with his son Declan who sat proudly on top of the leader board with his 5lb 5oz trout which was weighed on the lake and released back to grow even larger. Second place went to Gerry Mulvey and Paddy Killion for their 4lb 12oz trout; this was Gerry’s first time fishing and had travelled from Wicklow that morning to take part in the competition and he was so delighted with the reception he had received from the Athlone Anglers and the great fish he had caught that he donated his prize to the social committee to show his thanks. Michael Dunning and David Grehan were awarded third place for their 3lb 4oz trout and fourth place went to Paul and Joe Fallon whose trout was only three quarters of an ounce lighter at 3lb 3ozs 4drms and who also released their fish. The fifth and final spot went to James Green Jnr and his dad James Green for their 2lb trout and this fish was also released.

Thanks to the Griffin family for their continued and generous sponsorship of this competition and to Eamon Cunningham who was the Captain of the Day.


[13/03/10]

River Maigue

Paddy Dunworth of Celtic Angling reports on a recent trip to the River Maigue

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Photo: Jim Nickel from Wisconsin, USA

Had my first booking last Thursday with Jim Nickel from Wisconsin, USA.

Jim was overnighting in Limerick city with a group and we fished the Maigue at Adare early on Thursday morning. Jim had a couple of takes on the fly but did not connect, our time was short as I had to have him back in his hotel by 11.30am since his group were off to the cliffs of Moher.

Temperatures are starting to climb a little, the past couple of nights were frost-free and there's a milder touch to the days, should augur well for fishing, reminds me of my old school motto 'haems transit', Winter has passed...
...and about time too.
Paddy Dunworth
Celtic Angling
Ballingarry, Adare Co. Limerick.
Tel: +353 (0)69-68202 Mob +353 (0)87 6525687
Email: info@celticangling.com Web: www.celticangling.com


[15/03/10]

Lough Derg

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Photo: Eddie Ryan of Youghalarra with the magnificent trout of 8lbs 10ozs he caught off Ryan’s Point on Lough Derg on the first day of the season on Monday.

The start of the trout fishing season on Lough Derg and its tributaries on Monday last marked a memorable day for a Nenagh man who realised his lifetime angling dream by landing a massive trout of 8lbs 10ozs.

Eddie Ryan from Youghalarra caught the fish at around 5.30pm while trolling at Ryan’s Point, located midway between the villages of Dromineer and Garrykennedy.

The cock trout, which was in excellent condition, was tempted by a six-inch Rapella lure. “He did everything to get away,” Eddie told The Guardian. “He jumped up into the air twice and went under the boat a few times. I nearly had a heart attack with the excitement and couldn’t believe it when I got him into the boat.”

The magnificent fish guaranteed Eddie the first prize in the start-of-season competition sponsored by Pat Ryan’s Pub in Portroe. The competition was organised by Tommie Moloney and John Malone of the Garrykennedy Fishing Club.

A total of 38 anglers competed in the event and 13 fish over the legal limit of 14 inches were produced for the weigh-in. In second place with the greatest weight was Jerry O’ Brien with two fish (3lbs. 2ozs and 1lb 6ozs) and in third place was Martin O’ Brien with a fish of 1lb 14 ozs.

The best of the fishing was between Castlelough and Sally’s Bay where Alan Slattery landed eleven trout and Jerry O’ Brien had ten. The vast majority of the fish were returned as they were under the legal limit.

All the fish were caught on the troll. The start of any kind of productive fly fishing on Derg still at least three weeks away.

Others who weighed in fish included Donnacha O’ Brien and Mike Moloney who both had fish of 1lb 11ozs; Matthew Ryan and Danny Flynn had two fish (1lb 3ozs and 15ozs); Alan Slattery (1lb 5ozs); Sean Lyons had two fish just over the one pound mark and John Shinners (1lb 4ozs).

The organisers wish to express a big thanks to Pat Ryan for sponsoring the competition and providing food for the anglers during the weigh-in at his pub.


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The future of our wild trout fisheries

Anyone interested in the future of our wild trout fisheries should note that a very interesting presentation on the subject will be given by Ireland’s leading expert in this area in Nenagh on this Thursday night, March 18, at 7pm.

Dr Martin O’ Grady is a Senior Research Officer with the Central Fisheries Board and will be speaking in the Hibernian Inn in Pearse Street on the invitation of the Lough Derg Anglers Association, the umbrella grouping of all the angling clubs around Lough Derg.

Dr O’ Grady is the author of “Brown Trout in Ireland”, a book published last year highlighting the many pressures that our trout populations are facing today due to threats posed by issues such as pollution, exotic species and global warming.

The book has been published at a most opportune time, given that the changes to the Irish trout’s environment have altered more radically in the last four decades than over all of the preceding era spanning back to the last Ice Age more than 10,000 years ago.

In his book Dr O’ Grady asserts that the greatest uncertainty from a trout fishery management perspective is from exotic species landing on our shores – plants, invertebrates and fish.

We here on the shores of Lough Derg are more aware of the impact of non-native species on our own lake. For example, the zebra mussel, a native of the Caspian Sea, has been in the Shannon System since the 1990s and many other Inland waters, and now even Lough Corrib. Then there were reports last year from the Lough Derg Science Group of the arrival of another Caspian and Black Sea native, the pink shrimp (Hemimysis anomala), posing as yet unknown consequences for the lake’s eco-system.

Dr O’ Grady’s bottom line is that exotic species generally have a negative effect on native flora and fauna and lead to a reduction in overall biodiversity. For example, he points to the fact that the zebra mussel in Irish lakes like Derg appears to have resulted in the extinction of our own native freshwater Swan Mussel.

While some of the book makes grim reading in terms of the future of our trout, O’ Grady provides case studies to show that creating the ideal trout habitat in the spawning streams and rivers has a hugely positive impact on preserving stocks. For example, enhancement works by the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board on streams flowing into Lough Ennell in the late 1990s resulted in a 900% increase in population.

Staying on the subject of trout, angling club delegates from around Lough Derg will be taking a vote on the night of Dr O’ Grady’s talk on a proposal by the Lough Derg Anglers Association to introduce a bag limit of four trout on Lough Derg.

Currently, we are a bit behind the times in this part of the world as there is no bag limit for Derg even though a four-trout daily bag limit per angler has been operating on Lough Corrib, Lough Mask and all the tributaries of these lakes since last year. The penalty for exceeding the limit on the Western lakes is a €90 on-the-spot fine, confiscation of the offender’s fishing gear and/or prosecution.

Anglers out fishing on the Nenagh River on the opening day of the trout season on Monday last reported seeing an oil slick over a long stretch of the waterway.

The Nenagh Ormond Anglers have condemned the spill and reported the matter to North Tipperary County Council and the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board. A spokeswoman in the environmental section of the council said staff were on the scene trying to find the source of the oil.
Peter Gleeson
Nenagh Guardian

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Western Region

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

No report [most recent report 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

[15/03/10]

Lough Melvin

I have no news of trout fishing with the lake now at summer levels and weather quite cold. Rain needed!

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

[14/03/10]

Cashel Trout Fishery

report by Marlene Mc Laughlin

Beautiful weather gives anglers a pleasant time at Cashel with plenty of good catches. Using black and olive buzzers and assorted lures Maghera’s Bernard Mellon released an amazing twenty-one trout back into the lake again.

James Kelly (Feeny) banked eight trout taking two home which weighed 5lb 12ozs. He was using a black/green fritz.

Dungiven’s John Hasson released seven trout which took the f-fly, suspender buzzers and olive damsels. Martin Bradley (Dungiven) also released seven trout which fell to hare’s ear nymphs.

Martin Mc Peake (Portglenone) and Barry Convery (Maghera) banked three trout in total taking two home which weighed a total of 4lb 10ozs. They fell to a muddler and a white leadhead.

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 Region

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

[18/03/10]

Killeshandra Coarse Angling Festival

The inaugral Killeshandra Coarse Angling Festival takes place from Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th May on lakes around Killeshandra, Co Cavan.

Total prize money will be 6,400 Euro dependant on 45 anglers taking part.

Entry fee is 120.00 Euro.

Contact Spinners tackel shop Killeshandra on Tel 049 436 3877 for further details. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Derek Whittaker
Spinners Tackle Shop
Main Street, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan.
Tel: (049) 436 3877
Web: www.spinnersofkilleshandra.com

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Northern Ireland

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

07/03/10

Erne Anglers Float Only 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.

With any of the top six anglers in with a chance of winning the league the final match was always going to be exciting.

20 anglers turned out to the last event in glorious conditions on the Roslea Lakes.

Gavin’s Lake dominated the overall results with John Potters (Lisbellaw) winning the event from Peg 5 with 5.320Kgs on the slider. David Herron (Caledon) was runner up on peg 3 on the pole with 4.800Kgs while Tony Price (Cootehill) was third on peg 6 with 4.160Kgs.

John Heys (Belturbet) won Killyfole with .900Kgs, Neil Mazurek (Cootehill) won Lyons with 2.550Kgs and Simon Huthwaite (Enniskillen) won Inver with 2.070Kgs.

The league was again very successful with an average turnout of 24 anglers for the 11 matches and almost £4,000 in prize money being paid out.

Simon Huthwaite finished as individual winner of the league on 40 points with Neil Mazurek second on 39 and Jack Tisdall on 38.

The Bill Clarke Final, round one will take place this weekend again on the Roslea Lakes with the top 27 anglers over the 3 area leagues fighting it out for the £2,000 final prize fund.

Qualifers please let me know if you do not intend to fish the final, so your place can be offered up.
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


Eastern Region

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

[15/03/10]

Peadar Lures the Pike

Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan based angling guide Peadar O’Brien spent the winter in Australia visiting family. On hearing of his departure the local Pike population breathed a sigh of relief. But after tiring of catching large Barramundi down under Peadar is back with a mission to make up for lost time.

With the frosty weather lately creating ideal conditions Peadar has been guiding a number of clients to some superb Pike angling.

One such client was Dubliner Donal Creamer who accompanied Peadar last Friday 12/03/2010 to a lake close to Shercock, Co. Cavan. Using lures and float drifted dead baits Donal landed Pike to twenty pounds+ in what was an enjoyable and productive session.

For a day out Coarse or Pike angling with Peadar O’Brien email obrienmariapeadar@oceanfree.net, or Tel: 00353 (0)87 926 5867.

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:
enquiries@srfb.ie

21/02/10

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South Western Region

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

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

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Shannon Region

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

10/03/10

River Suck

Stephen Gibbon's, a regualr pike report contributer, was back on the River Suck last week.

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Photo: A good pike from the River Suck.

Stephen, Andy Brien and Ronan Mullen fished the River Suck last Thursday. They had 12 pike on dead baits and lures. The pike weighed up to 10lb and of course they also lost a good few fish as well.

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Photo: This pike fell to a orange soft plastic lure.

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Western Region

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

[15/03/10]

Galway

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Paddy Grant was fishing in Galway last week when he caught this lovely 20lb 4oz pike. Though we have very little information on the capture it is good enough this week to win the catch of the week.

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[09/03/10]

Wexford small boat angling report

Our first soft plastic session afloat this year: Barry Pat and I loaded the gear into the ‘Wahoo’ and set off out into the morning darkness at 6am. The cool North Easterly made its presence felt, the t-shirts would be kept undercover today! As we steamed to our first mark the sun popped its head up to add a bit of light. Choosing what soft plastic to use for the first mark was interesting, so many different colours and actions to choose from ! …14g round jighead/3/0 with an Ayu Xlayer….right thats settled.

We all attacked the first mark in the same fashion, drifting at 1.6knots in 30 feet of water, tempreture showing 6.5 degrees below the keel it was game on. The first hour passed with no takers on the start of the falling tide. A bit of excitment ensued when Barry got a hit from a small coalie but he seemed to be flying solo. A change of plan was in order and we made the decision to travel to another mark while the tide was with us.

pollack

On mark 2, a few test drops resulted in Pollock in the 1lb bracket, very timid takes showed the fish were not actively feed, merely hitting the softies out of aggressive instinct, all were verylightly hooked. The last hour of the fall created a nice rip in the water where the depth rose from 80ft to 30ft, the sea was pushed up and ‘wahoo’ was put into the mix. We sussed out the fish were sitting on the bottom edge of the reef waiting for the food to come to them….. and we had a menu full of tricks to offer them. We started the drift uptide of the turbulant water, flicked our softies (22g jig heads were required now) towards the reef let them sink with the undertow pay the line out andgently impart some slight movements..wait for it..wait…… then … BANG >>>BANG >>>>BANG ..Triple Hook Up!

The action was frantic for the next hour, fish being hooked, lost, busting up swivels, straighting hooks….a couple of decent fish were lost due to hooks given under the load of some of the runs… getting a few pictures taken was difficult, the ’spare man’ spent most of the time on the landing net and or releasing fish. A good mixture of fish was taken; Pollock, Codling, Coal Fish to good size.

As the tide slackened over low water the fishing switched off, so we moved around over general ground picking up more ‘Tommy Cods’ and the odd Pollock and Coalie, I was ‘given out’ :) that we hadnt picked up a wrasse over the previous reef.. 2 drops later my Red Gill got smashed by this beauty: Boy was I happy … lovely colours on the fish.

wrasse

As we moved around Barry picked up some lovely codling on a green shad, hanging deep until the last minute. Patrick hauled plenty of fish during the day after it was touch and go in the morning whether a Blank would haunt him ! ….he even flicked out the odd lure on the quiet in case the Billys were about.

We called it quits around 5pm and headed for port. Overall it was a fantastic day to be out, even though the fishing was patchy we easily had over 150 fish, Pollock to 6lb, Colling to 3lb, Coal Fish to 3lb and a fat wrasse :) and all on light lure gear…looking good for the rest of the year based on these results.
Danny Meagher
Wexford Angling Blog
Web: dannymeagher.wordpress.com

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14/03/10

Bass on plugs around Caherciveen

Finally on 12th March we had a morning without ice on the the car. The first time for months. Bob Moss paid us a visit for a day before the weather warmed up and a friend of his, Dave, managed to catch a bass on plug.

On the 13th I popped out with John Devlin and his brother Greg for a short night time session and we landed 15 bass to about 55cm. We lost at least as many more and had to leave while the fish were still biting. If the temperature continues to rise we might be in for some good spring fishing.
John Quinlan
Salmon and Bass fishing Guide
Thatch Cottage, Kenneigh West, Cahersiveen, Co Kerry.
Tel: +353 (0)64 9474721
Email: info@thatchcottageireland.co.uk Web: www.thatchcottageireland.co.uk

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