Irish Angling Update
25 March 2010
Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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- Salmon on the fly at Lough Currane.
- 19.5lb salmon to Timo on Lough Lein.
- 22lb salmon from Plassey on the Shannon.
- Sea trout on Feale, rain gives hope of more.
- Water comes to Kylemore but salmon hold back.
- Moy at summer levels, fishing slow but steady.
- Drowse needs rain to freshen fishing.
- Sea trout in sea loughs up north.
- River Mourne should improve with change in weather.
- River Boyne slow to start but Dodder fly anglers do well.
- Trout fishing on the Bandon shows early promise.
- Lough Sheelin fly fishing improves.
- Lough O' Flynn and River Suck trout quiet.
- Big trout on fly at Lough Ree.
- Lough Derg trout tempted to the troll.
- Lough Corrib still cold and unpromising.
- Cashel Trout Fishery report.
- Poachers caught again in Carlow.
- Portobello AC fish Gaulmoylestown.
- Kieran Kelly wins first round Waterway’s Ireland Junior Angling Classic.
- Shore angling reports from Wicklow to Wexford.
- Cork and Kerry sea angling round up.
- West Clare anglers waiting for ray of hope.
- Flounders and more from Antrim coast.
Salmon angling Update
2010 season is now open The new season got off to a good start down in Inistioge. A well known angler, Tom Cullen, caught and released the 1st spring salmon on the Nore. The fish was about 7lb and was caught on a flying "C" spinner at 11:00am. Well done to Tom.
A Wexford man, Mr A Kelly, had a good opening day at Mount Juliet, he told me he went out "just to wet a line" and ended up with a small springer on the fly from Jock's Weir. The fish was safely returned to the river. It was only about 6lb.
The river is in good condition, it is at a good height for fly fishing. I hope to have more to report over the weekend.
Salmon and trout ghillie
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Angling guide Vincent Appleby of www.salmonandseatrout.com reports on the fishing on the LOUGH CURRANE system.
18/3/10 Just one boat out manipulating, and drew a blank. On the water front it made a small flood, amount of rainfall 12.0mm, max air temperature 13.6c .Wind WSW fresh to strong and overcast until noon, and good sunshine throughout the afternoon.
19/3/10 All quiet and no strikes, but to be honest my noble angler is as lethargic as my Noble gentlemen the Salmon. Wind E then veered NE light and overcast with light rain this evening, amount of rainfall 6.2mm, max air temperature 11.7c.
Photo: Dave Ecclestone with a 10lb salmon
20/3/10 There was a fine 10lbs Salmon caught on the troll in the morning by Mr Dave Ecclestone of the UK, Dave was fishing with his Gillie Mr Vincent O’Sullivan and of www.vincentsfishing.com and for the rest of we anglers no comment. Wind NE then veered NNW light to calm with reasonable cloud cover, amount of rainfall 0.2mm, max air temperature 11.1c.
21/3/10 All quiet in all departments be it fly or troll. Wind S light to calm for most of the day, but once the rain came in at about 4.30pm the wind got up quite nasty from the SW, amount of rainfall 2.1mm, max air temperature 12.0c.
Photo: The first fly caught salmon of 2010 on Currane goes to Tom Duggan
22/03/10: Good news to all you fly only enthusiasts Mr. Tom Duggan of Kilkenny, caught the first 10lbs Salmon on the fly at the Morgan Rock That is your ration for this week, from your Gillie and the Waterville Fishery. No Spin No Fly’s just facts.
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.
Angling Guide and Accommodation
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This week the Catch of the Week goes to Timo O'Sullivan, Killarney who landed a 19.5 lb cock salmon on a red devil minnow from Lough Lein. “We were trolling the Fossa shore last Monday and the red and silver home-made minnow got him. It was the same minnow that caught the fish back in 2006. The secret for success is to be lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time,” he says.
O’Sullivan has worked tirelessly to improve facilities for anglers with disabilities. At Lough Lein, his angling club, hoists and casting platforms have been installed and club mates assist with embarking and disembarking.
If you catch a big fish in the next few weeks and have
Brian McManus reports:
Photo: John O Connell with his 22lb salmon caught at Peigs’ Height on the River Shannon, Plassey.
On the morning of St Patrick’s Day, Limerick angler John O’ Connell hooked what would turn out to be a personal best – the biggest Salmon he had ever caught. The salmon was hooked on Peig’s Height which is just upstream of the Black Bridge on the River Shannon at Plassey.
With reel screaming, the mighty fish took off downstream in its first big heart stopping run. When nearing the bridge the fish turned into a snag in an attempt for freedom. The line went taut with little movement. Was the fish gone? Was the line snagged but fish still there? Panic nearly set in. It was soon established that swift action was required and there was great commotion amongst other anglers, all trying to help. When Dan O Neill’s boat arrived John jumped aboard. More anglers on the shore ran and got the required implement and the line was eventually freed. After another ten minutes of battle, the fish was brought to the surface where it was ably netted by Stephen Slattery. Shouts of "it’s only a pike rang out" , but by the time the boat reached the shore at the Black Bridge, to everyone’s amazement it was discovered the true extent of the catch, a huge Salmon and what a magnificent fish it was.
It had taken almost 40 minutes to land the great fish. John’s great achievement was truly a fish of a lifetime. John said “these are the days that make up for all those blanks”. The story will no doubt be embellished with time and the heart thumping excitement recounted over many years to come. The landing was assisted by Dan O’Neill, Stephen Slattery, Michael Brommell and Kevin Hannan. The fish was weighed in at 22lbs and at present is at a taxidermist being prepared for mounting.
Salmon fishing on the River Shannon is open on a catch and release basis from O Brien’s Bridge to Thomond Bridge, Limerick. All wild fish must be returned to the water alive. The fish caught by John was a ranched salmon which means that it originated from the ESB hatchery in Parteen, where it would have been grown to appox 1 year old and released as a smolt. These ranched fish are visually distinguished as their adipose fin is removed/clipped. Ranched fish can be kept by anglers subject to the applicable national salmon bag limits.
There is a ban on the sale of rod caught salmon, as part of the conservation measures in place. The co-operation of anglers with all such conservation measures is vital to ensuring that the fishery remains open. Eamon Cusack CEO of the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board stated that “salmon stocks are under threat from a variety of factors with survival at sea now becoming a major issue. To see such large salmon returning, after having have spent approximately two years feeding at sea, is an exciting beginning to the 2010 season. I wish all anglers a good season this year and look forward to their continued co-operation with conservation measures.”
Photo: A second Plassey beauty of 2010.
River Feale and Smearlagh
23/03/10 First Sea Trout of the season was taken west of Finuge Bridge. It was about 4lb weight and as fresh as a daisy.
"He faught like a tiger for 15min and I had the best play in my lifetime," said the lucky angler.
Water: Some fresh water, reasonable fishing conditions, heavy rain expected later. Weather: Overcast with light showers, 10.5 degrees.
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Kylemore Abbey Fishery
18/03/10 Rain today at last has put water in the river. Very dirty today as expected but will be fishable in the morning. No further rain is forecast so we will probably only get one or maybe two days out of it. Hopefully some good news tomorrow.
19/03/10 Water had cleared by this morning but nothing to be seen. This was confirmed by the counter ...nothing entered, which surprised me and a large number of kelts left the river which was to be expected. Bit more rain promised tonight but I have my doubts.
22/03/10 Great improvement in the water level overnight but still nothing to be seen except kelts. I'll get one in the morning!!!!
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Bryan Ward reports:
[22 March , 2010]
Despite the recent rains, lowering pressure and increasing winds, the River Moy continues to drop and is near to summer level. Although more rain is forecast throughout the week, it will take a considerable fall to raise water levels.
Angling on the Moy remains slow but steady. However some notable catches have been reported. The East Mayo Anglers waters produced its first fish of the season for Ian Guegan who landed a fine 9lbs salmon taken on the fly and safely released it again. Jimmy Reilly also had success on the East Mayo Anglers water catching a 7lbs fish on the worm. Ballina Salmon Anglers water again proved lucky for some as Brendan McNamee had success, catching a salmon.
Free fishing continues on the Ridge Pool until the first salmon is caught there.
Lough Gill hosted the St. Patricks Day Angling Competition on Tuesday, 17th March. The top prize of the day went to Victor Fabozzi who landed a nice 7lbs salmon while trolling a Toby spinner. Victor received the Petrie Cup for his achievement.
Lindsey Clarke reports:
20 March 2010 Fishing has again been very slow this week with just one fish reported, an 8lbs fish on Tuesday from the Mill Pool caught by Tony Molloy on Rolla flying c. One fish was lost on fly below Lennox’s Bridge on Wednesday. Otherwise apart from some fish being seen, fishing has been extremely quiet and water levels remain very low. There may be some welcome rain on the way during the coming week.
24 March 2010 Despite some recent rain water levels have not risen and remain very low. Two fish were reported on Monday. Chris Mc Govern had a fish of just under 8lbs from the upper Mill on worm on Monday morning and Karsten Prager had a 6lbs fish on green and gold toby from the Soft Hole on Monday evening.
No more fish have been reported since Monday and fishing is unlikely to improve until we get some fresh water.
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.
Sea trout in Loughs
Some anglers in Portrush on Lough Foyle and Portaferry on Lough Carlingford have had some notable success recently while sea trout fishing in the Loughs. most fish have been caught on spinners, but some have fallen to bait - sandeel in particular. Fish up to 5lbs have been caught with most anglers practicing catch and release. Sea trout anglers fishing the Irish Sea are reminded of the Celtic Sea trout Programme where anglers can play their part by collecting scales from each sea trout caught in the sea or from Strangford Lough or Carlingford Lough in Northern Ireland to Timoleague, West Cork in the South. Scales will provide information including genetics, fish age and growth, life history (e.g. age going to sea, number of times it spawned etc).
Scale envelopes are available from the Central Fisheries Board. Anglers can also use ordinary envelopes (one for each fish sampled). The scales (7-10) should be removed from the side of the fish behind the dorsal fin. Scale sampling will not harm the fish and the fish can be released alive. Samples must be taken with the tip of a clean knife and the following details should be written on each envelope:
- Length in cm (tip of nose to fork in tail)
- Weight (approx)
- Location of capture (plus a grid ref if possible)
- Date of Capture
- How the fish was caught - fly- bait- spinner.
Sea trout stocks support important and valuable rod fisheries in rivers and represent significant conservation value. Little is known about the distribution and mixing of sea trout at sea or their exposure to mixed stock fishing. Very little is known about the environmental conditions sea trout experience at sea or its response in terms of feeding, growth, survival, maturity and the impact of environmental change in fresh water and at sea in the habitats used by sea trout during their life cycle.
You can help the sea trout and the Celtic Sea Trout Programme by sending in your scales to the Central Fisheries Board over the next few years. Scales should be returned to the CFB c/o Mark Corps, Central Fisheries Board, Swords Business Campus, Swords, Co Dublin.
24/03/10 Well we have rain but it’s debatable if it will be enough to give us a rise in water levels as it’s not what we would call “proper” rain but it’s rain none the less – we’ll keep any eye on it and let you know.
23/03/10 So much for the planned fishing last weekend – the lack of rain put paid to that and although we had a bit of rain it was nowhere near enough. But we have been promised some showers nearly every day this week with the potential for heavier stuff come the end of the week so once again we’ll just have to wait and see.
24/03/10 The Finn is on the dirty side at the moment but it does clean quickly so perhaps this evening would be worth a throw if not tomorrow should be fine. The rain has stopped here since about lunch time so it’ll be back to showers over the next few days but if they’re heavy enough it might just keep us ticking over. We’ll certainly get a run to the Finn over the coming days regardless.
Trout Angling Update
The Boyne is having a poor start to the season this year. At one recent competition near Trim over 20 anglers fished but returned no catches despite giving a good number of flies a chance to perform. Plenty of Olives were hatching from some parts of the river but no fish were moving to them. Those with longer memories are not overly concerned as last year the season started in a similar fashion but went on to fish very nicely in April.
The Dodder opened on St. Patrick's Day and a good number of anglers turned out with plenty of fish caught. Two anglers in particular had great sport over the weekend. On Saturday junior fly anglers PJ Hickey and Dan Donigan fishing in the Rathfarnham area had 19 trout of a about 1lb each. There was a good number of wild fish taken though some had obviously been recently stocked. Most of the fish fell for the same pattern, a size 12 Grouse and Orange. All fish were released.
John Flynn reports:
no report this week - [most recent report 18/02/10]
Trout fishing in the Bandon has picked up with the milder weather of the last few days. Trout are back on the feed with nymph and stonefly patterns fishing well.
Salmon and trout Guide
Brian McManus reports:
Weather conditions were cold with northerly winds during this week. There were a few fish caught and released. Andrew Brown had 2 fish of 2lbs each. Michael Kelly had 1 fish of 2 ½ lbs. Kenneth O’Keeffe had 1 fish 1 ½ lbs. Daniel Levy and friend had 4 fish 1lb, 1.5lbs , 2.5lbs and 2.75lbs. His friend had a fish of 3lbs, all fish were released.
Photo: Peter Boyle and a Sheelin trout.
NB: It has come to our attention that there is a type error in the trolling regulation in our recently published Lough Sheelin pocket guide under the Angling Rules, which states that trolling is allowed from March 1st, this is incorrect. It should read May 1st. Trolling is not permitted from March 1st to April 30th inclusive, please be aware of this. Revised guides will be available as soon as possible and we will notify you of their availability. We apologise for this error and will re-send anglers who requested our guides online the corrected version in due course. Thank you.
The Lough Sheelin Trout Protection Association Kilroy Cup – Club Trout Competition was held on Sheelin on Saturday 20th March 2010. 37 anglers fished and 8 fish were weighed in. Competition winner was for the heaviest fish. Results were
- 1st prize - Winner Eamon Ross with two fish- 6.80lbs and 3.98lbs.
- 2nd prize – Eamon McGoldrick 3.48 lbs.
- 3rd prize – Ronnie Cox 3.10lbs.
The LSTPA reports that fly fishing on Lough Sheelin has been good so far despite low water temperatures. There is very little fly on the lake at present and the best method is wet fly fishing along shores with an intermediate line. Best flies are Sooty Olive, Dunkeld, Claret Dabbler, Black pennell As temperatures continue to rise we can expect to see good hatches of Duck fly with large buzzer hatching in April. As always we ask all anglers to practice catch and release where possible and limit the number of trout killed.
River Suck and Lough O'Flynn
Water levels are very low in the upper and mid Suck system. Mid week temperatures rose significantly reaching near mid teens, with some fly life evident. There were very few anglers out fishing but trout fishing was described as slow on both the upper River Suck and Lough O'Flynn. One angler had a trout of 1lb on the Island river on a pheasant tail nymph, fish was released. Anglers rose a few other fish on the river. 5 regular visitors fished Lough O'Flynn had 4 fish, most fish were released. Other than that, there's very little angling activity or reports received.
Last Sunday was one of those days when everything seemed perfect for fishing the wind was right, the sunshine was right in fact the only thing niggling at the anglers was that the water temperature was still a little low for this time of the year but even that didn’t put anyone off as thirty one boats took part in the Quinnsworth Cup.
While the quantity of fish caught was low the quality of the fish in terms of their condition and size was excellent and it was the fantastic trout caught by Bernard Kelly and Richard Henry was to prove finest on the day.
The weigh in and presentation took place that evening in Sean Og’s Bar where John And Ann Hayden along with Bar Manager Paddy Martin and his staff were excellent hosts and the anglers were entertained into the evening by Bernard and Patrice Coyle who, as usual, put on a great show.
When the scales came down it was the fantastic trout of Bernard Kelly and Richard Henry which topped the scales at 6lb 10ozs 12drms and which was released back into the lake to become even larger and be caught by another angler, hopefully me!
Conor Hannon and John Naughton also had a fantastic trout at 4lb 14ozs 4drms which was caught on the fly and which was also released back into the lake. A trout of 2lb 10ozs 8drms was brought to the scales by Patrick Killion and Thomas Killion Snr and was duly awarded third place while the trout of Sean Berry and Patrick Sherlock weighing 2lb 1oz 4drms took fourth place.
Our thanks to Ann and John Hayden not only for their excellent hospitality but also for their generous sponsorship of this competition and thanks also to Sean Kelly who was the Captain of the Day.
Eamon Cunningham P.R.O.
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Trolling is still proving the be the most productive fishing method for trout on Lough Derg this week, but hopefully the warmer weather will bring some fish to the fly soon.
There were two trout trolling competitions in Ballina/Killaloe on Sunday (March 21). The winner of the Ballina/Killaloe Anglers Club competition, sponsored by Rita and Mike Kelly, was Michael Conroy with a fish of 2 lb 9 oz. Paul Hanly and Mike Quinlivan had the heaviest bag, 4 lb 1 oz. Johnny Mowat and John Travers had the second heaviest fish and the juvenile winners were Rory and Anthony Kennedy.
Saint Flannan’s Fishing Club also had a trolling competition, kindly sponsored by the Anchor Bar. The winner there was Pat Riordan with a trout of 2lb 5oz. Jimmy Ryan was second and Ger Hickey was third. The club also has a competition on Sunday, March 28th, sponsored by Walsh’s’ Bar. The weigh-in will be at 6.30pm.
Garrykennedy Fishing Club members are back on the lake this Sunday (March 28) for a trout fishing competition. The vast majority of members will be trolling as there are still no reports of the trout coming to the fly on Derg.
NENAGH RIVER Angler Anthony Fitzpatrick tells me he spotted four lamprey eels while wading the Nenagh River 200 metres downstream of the Ballyartella Weir at the weekend. Lampreys have become the bane of the trout angler’s life here in the Lough Derg catchment. There appears to be a surge in reports in recent years of trout and pike being caught in the lake with these eels attached, leach-like, to flesh of the fish by their sucker mouths. The big problem for anglers is that many of the fish with eels attached to them are in emaciated or poor condition. It seems the eels are literally sucking the life blood from the fish.
A study on lampreys by freshwater biologist Dr Fran Igoe has been taking place on the lake over the last couple of years, funded under the Lough Derg Native Fish Biodiversity Project. Fran, who now works with the Southern Fisheries Board, gave a very interesting talk on the subject in the Hibernian Inn in Nenagh on Thursday of last week (March 18). Initial identification of the sample lamprey given to Fran by local anglers have shown that these are a sea lamprey. Fran, lead scientist and co-ordinator of the biodiversity project, said there is speculation that the lamprey found in the lake is a landlocked species. “If this is really the case then this would be of great significance. There are only a handful of such cases throughout the world,” said Fran.
Anglers who catch pike or trout with lamprey stuck to them are urged to forward the eels to the project team. Photographs of the mark left by the lamprey on the fish you caught are also required, so bring your camera in the boat with you. The project team also want you to record the length of the fish and weight and details of where the fish was caught, and if you have a fish finder please provide details of the depth the fish was caught at. Eels for analysis can be put in a deep freeze until collected by a member of the project team. The angling co-ordinator of the project is Kevin Grimes of St Flannan’s Fishing Club in Killaloe who will be happy to organise for the collection of eels and recorded statistics. Kevin can be contacted on 087-6784539.
The lake continues to be quite dour. The water temperatures are still quite low at about 5 or 6C with ice reported as late as 10 March at Moycullen. It will be a while yet untill the fishing picks up.
As one of the many anglers in the Lough Derg area and throughout Ireland who have had their outboard engines stolen from his boat in recent years (Oh, my lovely new 15hp Yahama!), a story of a court case published in last week’s Connacht Tribune caught my eye. A Polish man who was involved in the theft of six outboard engines around Oughterard , and which were immediately shipped abroad, was sentenced to 20 months in prison when he appeared at a recent sitting of Galway District Court. The court heard that the theft matters involving Adam Syrowski (40) spanned a period of two years, and involved a range engines and other goods to the value of €12,000. Half the items stolen by the accused and his gang of co-conspirators were recovered but all the outboard engines taken from different parts of Oughterard had been shipped by courier to Lithuania within two days of being stolen. The court heard that the “main player” of the gang would be appearing in court at a later date.
Bryan Ward reports:
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.
Lindsey Clarke reports:
I have no news of trout fishing with the lake now at summer levels and weather quite cold. Rain needed!
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.
Lionel Knobbs reports:
Cashel Trout Fishery
report by Marlene Mc Laughlin
What a beautiful weekend with glorious sunshine, mild winds and ideal conditions for the dry fly. Brothers M Mellon (Portglenone) and B Mellon (Maghera) tied with twenty-four trout each which fell mainly to dries and buzzers.
Maurice Whiteman (Ardmore) did amazing well on dries also banking fourteen great trout while his mate Frank Kearney (Maghera) did well banking a couple of trout also on dries. John Hasson (Dungiven) released eleven trout in a while of an evening using small spiders and daddies.
Stephen Canavan (Bellaghy) released ten beauties which took sedges while Paul Ford (Derry), Jimmy Mc Cay (Derry) and Willie Lowry (Limavady) all banked nine trout each which took buzzers, f-flies, cat’s whiskers with a flash tail. Roland Mullan (Feeny) released seven trout which took the olive cat’s whisker while Declan McAteer (Claudy) bagged two weighing 4lb 8ozs and released two others which fell to the daddy and the cat’s whisker.
Keith Nicholl and Stephen Gurney (Limavady) released five and four trout respectively using dries like the black snail and the black gnat. Lexi Stewart and Adrian Guy also from Limavady banked nine trout between them which took green and black lures.
Breakfast is now being served at Cashel in the comfort of an open log fire with plenty of craic.
Well done to all!
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Coarse Angling Update
Poachers caught again in Carlow
Gerry McStraw reports:
Following a phone call made to the Carlow Coarse Angling Club's River Patrol a swift raid was planned on a well known marina in Graiguecullen, Carlow. In a joint effort between the Athy club and the Carlow club several men were apprehended with a shocking amount of fish in their possession. The three men were in contravention of several fisheries laws and as a result had all their equipment seized effective immediately. Local people have described this behaviour as utterly sickening, the incident has already attracted attention on the fishing forums all over Ireland and the U. K.
The Polish Catch and Release Club in Ireland, Fiskmaniaks.pl have been quick to condemn the actions of the poachers so much so that they have taken the most unprecedented steps to name and shame the men on their web-site which includes their pictures. Gerry mcstraw Chairman of the Carlow club insisted that this sort of behaviour will be stamped out and the River Patrol will indeed be stepping up patrols along the banks of the River Barrow.
The River Patrol would also appreciate that if people witness such incidents that they report it to the local Garda or ring Gerry on 085 2844566.
Carlow Coarse Angling Club
Eileen Carroll reports:
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No report this week - [most recent report 10/06/09]
Brian McManus reports:
Portobello Angling Club fish their 3rd match of the Spring League on 14/03/10 at Gaulmoylestown.
The third match of the Spring League was a big improvement on the second but Gaulmoylestown was very slow to get started. It was only when the sun came out that the fish began to move and Bob Hulme alternated between pole and waggler to take first place, with the waggler counting for two big bonus fish which set his weight above the rest. Elsewhere it was feeder or pole that counted for most fish, with only a very few fish breaking the 1lb mark.
Alice Murtagh reports:
Killeshandra Coarse Angling Festival
The inaugural 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 tack el shop Killeshandra on Tel 049 436 3877 for further details. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Spinners Tackle Shop
Main Street, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan.
Tel: (049) 436 3877
Lionel Knobbs reports:
Waterways Ireland Junior Angling Classic
Jack Tisdall from the Cloughballymill Angling Centre reports on the latest leg of the winter league on fisheries in Co. Fermanagh area near Enniskillen.
The first round of the Waterway’s Ireland Junior Angling Classic got underway on Saturday on the Broadmeadow section of the River Erne. 24 Junior anglers fished the first event representing 13 Schools including two from County Cavan.
Kieran Kelly fishing for Erne Integrated won the match fishing on the castle wall with 1.750Kgs. The other two section winners were Billy Williams (Erne) .610Kgs and Daniel Wright Portora .170Kgs. Despite eight members of the Erne Anglers club being on hand to coach on 8 of the 24 young anglers managed to catch fish.
The team event on the day was won by Portora on 13 points with Erne Integrated and Erne both on 17 points.
The second round takes place this Saturday. Draw at the Lakeland Forum at 9.00am fishing 11.00 to 2.30pm. Full results attached Photo Kieran Kelly winner of round one
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Pike Angling Update
Blessington pike hit a low
Des Chew, ERFB, and William Nolan report that low water levels and low pressure have conspired to make Blessington's pike a tough prospect in recent days. The current water management regime of the ESB has seen the level in the lake drop to an all time low just prior to normal spawning season. Most if not all the spawning habitat is exposed at present and the fish have either deserted their regular haunts or are lying in wait for levels to recover. The low pressure weather fronts have not helped either as at this venue the pike tend to go off the feed during these conditions.
Sea Angling Update
East coast shore angling
Anglers fishing venues around Greystones and Ennereilly have reported fairly consistent fishing with good catches of 3 bearded rockling, small codling and whiting and occasional bass on lug, rag and fish baits. Some anglers have had good flounder on worm and fish baits with the best fishing had during evening sessions.
Wexford shore angling report
Only had a chance to fish Sunday morning, so it was out on the lures at 05:30am Barry and myself. The first mark we got got to was fairly wild. A large southerly swell rolled in, backed by a freshening south westerly wind. It was clearly unfishable but we gave it a lash anyway. We moved to various locations to check out the water conditions and managed to fish for a short while in between the downpours and the hiking to explore some new locations. Pat joined us later in the morning but unfortunately we didn't encounter any sign of fish activity, although it was nice to get out. We called it a day at 1pm.
The weather is looking very unsettled for the coming week, I think the bait rods will have to be taken out for session or two.
Wexford Angling Blog
John Flynn reports:
no report this week - [most recent report 24/01/10]
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Cork and Kerry sea angling round up
Bass anglers are having some great fishing in the Kingdom with the best catches reported from West Kerry beaches.
Lots of mullet showing on beaches of Beara with more shoals of thousands of fish in Ballydonegan Bay, all in for the spawning. 3 more specimen haddock were caught by anglers over wrecks off Union Hall last week aboard Colin Barne's boat Holly Joe.
Plaice are back in Cork Harbour after their spawning run and cod are still being taken in good numbers from the Wall at Monkstown. Small boats are enjoying good fishing when conditions are suitable.
Flounder are on a number of East Cork beaches with occasional bass landed. Rockling and small codling also feature.
Brian McManus reports:
West Clare Area – Shore Angling Report
Photo: Waiting patiently for a Thornback ray in Poulnasherry Bay.
Pollack Holes, Kilkee
Some Pollock being taken on sandeels during Low Water Spring Tides. Casting out onto sandy bottom and slowly retrieving is best method.
Rock Marks, Kilkee
Pollock being caught on spinners from rock marks at west and east end.
White Strand, Doonbeg
A few Bass are being caught on Lugworm around Low Water. Best mark is between the two small strands.
Anglers are waiting for the first Thornback Ray of the season. They should arrive any day now as water temperatures increase.
March is the month when some really big Bass turn up here. Best fished near dusk with Lugworm at southern end.
Lots of undersize whiting and coalfish from the end of the Pier.
Some Bass on Lugworm in surf conditions. Best on Left Hand Side beneath Caravan Park.
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Antrim shore angling reports
Some anglers are having good shore fishing with catches of small bass, coalies, flounder and rockling on a mix of shellfish and mackerel baits. Beaches around east Antrim have had some great flounder fishing lately. Fishing is best during the late evening as flatties start to feed with confidence in the darkness with catches into the teens of 12 inch fish reported.