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Irish Angling Update

06 May 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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SALMON ANGLING

Salmon angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[05/05/10]

Some sea trout are being caught from the coast from Wexford to Dublin.

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Southern Region

[05/05/10]

River Nore

02/05/10 I have fished hard for the last few days as the river has been in perfect condition but as yet I have not seen any salmon. The wind is now from the South and the trout are starting to feed on the surface, up till now it has been very cold with not much fly life, it is amazing the difference a few degrees make to a river.  I hope to have something to report soon, if not a salmon we should be getting some good trout as the weather picks up.

05/05/10 A few salmon have be caught in the Inistioge area in the last few days and 5 salmon were seen passing through on this mornings tide. off to the river now to see for my self, will keep you posted.
Jim Brown
Salmon and trout ghillie
Address: Rosebank Lodge, Mount Alto, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.
Telephone:
+353-56-7758419
Email: jimmbrown@eircom.net Web: http://www.noresalmon.com

River Blackwater

Fort William Estate Fishery

03/05/10 Water levels rose a wee fraction over the weekend due to the heavy showers. Conditions now are steady and clarity perfect so in the result of this rise, 2 springers were landed this evening. Mossy Brown landed the first on spinner of the Ellis of 11lbs which he kept and then jumped into the boat where he went upstream to the Glenmore beat and landed a second of 8lbs+ which was released safely. Forecast is to stay fine for the week so prospects are now really looking good with the gauge reading 42cm and dropping.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
Email:
info@fortwilliamfishing.net Web: www.fortwilliamfishing.net

Blackwater Lodge Fishery

salmon

04/05/10 Denis O'Donnell caught an 8.4lb sea-liced fish on a ½ inch conehead Cascade tube on the Island Stream on Lower Kilmurry on May 2, 2010. The second was caught on May 3 - a 9.4lb. on #8 Ally's on Beat 1 - Ballygally along with a 6.4lb fish caught on spinner. The river is in perfect fly order at the moment - 0.45m, excellent clarity & a slight fresh from some heavy showers which fell in the catchment on May 1.
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

[05/05/10]

Lough Currane

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

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Photo: Ted Weber was of the many happy visitors to Lough Currane

29/4/10 Lough Currane saw some fine action in the Salmon department, first in the striking zone with a 7.5lbs Salmon caught on the troll were guests fishing with their Gillie Mr. Brod O’Sullivan of Stella Maris Guesthouse, next in line with a 9lbs Salmon caught on the troll were Ted and Ildko Weber fishing with their Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly of www.lakelandshouse.com and they also hooked a Salmon on the fly but the rascal lives to fight another day, and last but not least Was Heinz Strappmen of Germany, with a fine fresh 10lbs Salmon caught on the troll, and just for the record Heinz was in a hired out boat from www.lakelandshouse.com. Wind SW then veered WSW fresh with reasonable cloud cover with light showers coming in this evening, amount of rainfall 0.6mm, max air temperature 13.9c.

30/4/10 There was one 9lbs salmon caught by Mr, Gerry O’Connor fishing with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea and @ tomfishing@eircom.net Wind WNW light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover, amount of rainfall 3.1mm, max air temperature 13.4c, the total rainfall for the month of February 101.7mm.

1/5/10 The Bank holiday weekend got off to a good start, with two Salmon caught, first in the striking zone was Mr. Gerry O’Connor, with a fine 9lbs Salmon caught on the troll with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea and @ tomfishing@eircom.net also in good form was Mr. Gerry O’Sullivan, who also caught a 9lbs Salmon caught on the troll and in the Seatrout department Mr. Tony O’Sullivan caught a 4lbs Seatrout. Wind N fresh with the odd light shower, max air temperature 12.6c.

2/5/10 All quiet on the SW front in all departments. Wind the same as yesterday, amount of rainfall 0.7mm, max air temperature 11.7c.

3/5/10 The same results as yesterday in all departments.

4/5/10 Mr. Heinz Strappmen of Germany caught a fine Grilse on the troll.

5/5/10 The same results as yesterday in all departments.

That is your ration from your Gillie and the Waterville Fishery.
No Spin No fly’s just facts.
Vincent Appleby
Angling Guide and Accommodation
Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel
Email: salmonandseatrout@eircom.net Web: www.salmonandseatrout.com

The River Laune

Thomas Ward of Tralee caught the second fish of the season on Laune Anglers waters on Monday fishing Crowley's. Caught on a 1.5 inch minnow the fish weighed 8 lbs. A good few fish have been seen running the river - with a drop of rain one could expect good fishing. A few Seatrout have also been caught.
Laune Anglers Assoication
web: http://www.launesalmonanglers.com/

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Shannon Region

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

[05/04/10]

River Feale and Smearlagh

04/05/10 Low water conditions and sunny at times.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
Web: www.northkerryanglers.com Email: info@northkerryanglers.com

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Western Region

[05/05/10]

Galway Weir

Water levels have finally dropped to one gate, which is making life much easier for fly anglers in Galway this week. Spring salmon and the odd early grilse are running the river on a daily basis, although they have been hard to catch this week. Only 3 salmon were recorded for the week, including a fine 11lbs salmon for John Ryan on fly. Brian Keoghan from Monaghan also fished fly and landed a nice 7lbs fish, while local girl Aine de Bhulbh took a 6-pounder on shrimp.

The lower levels should make for more effective flyfishing this week, and I hope to have more fish to report on next week.

Kylemore Abbey Fishery

05/04/10 A few fish are entering at the moment but water levels are back down again.

I had had a visual count this time last year of 49. Just 11 so far this year. Last year it majorly started with the flood of the 5th May and continued for three weeks with a lull in June for three weeks before the Grilse run started in earnest.
Nigel Rush
Kylemore Abbey Fishery
Tel: +353 (0)95 41178 or +353 (0)95 41161
Email: nigelrush@eircom.net Web: http://www.kylemoreabbeyfishery.net

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North Western Region

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

[05 May , 2010]

River Moy

salmon
Photo: Michael Tiernan with his 9.5lbs salmon caught on the fly near Foxford Town

Dropping water levels on the river coupled with an increased angling effort, particularly over the Bank Holiday weekend allowed for a total of 111 salmon to be caught throughout the Moy system for the week. The Ridge Pool had its first salmon for the year, caught by none other than Ridge Pool Ghillie John Howley who had a fine 9.75lbs spring salmon, taken on a size 8 Ally’s Cascade fished with an intermediate line.
Chrispin Rodwell, N.Ireland, also had a fish o 7.94lbs off the Ridge Pool and on the Weir Pool, Gareth Byrne, Offaly, also had a salmon on the fly. The Cathedral Beat also had its first fish for the year, caught by Robert Babington, Co.Louth, with the fish weighing 6.57lbs and taken on the spinner.

The Ballina Salmon Anglers water reported 11 salmon for the week, with Noel Slowey, Steve Rushworth, Brendan McNamee and Val Mitchell all reporting catches.
Further upstream, the Attymass Fishery reported three salmon, while at Armstrong’s five fish were caught including a fine 12lbs salmon. The lucky captor was fifteen year old Rory Hoy, N.Ireland, who took his salmon on a spinner. Other successful anglers included Anthony Murphy, Dublin with two salmon of 11lbs and 12lbs and Michael Murphy, Dublin who landed an 8lbs fish. Gannon’s Fishery fished well with a total of ten salmon  reported for the week, with James Cornally, Offaly, catching one at 12lbs. Barry Leach, Westmeath, had an 11lbs salmon from the Foxford Fishery, while Bakers New Fishery accounted for two salmon.

Around the Foxford Town area good angling was enjoyed with well over twenty salmon being reported for the week including two for Alain Ramerez, France who had success on the spinner and also Michael Tiernan who landed a fine fish of 9.5lbs on the fly. The Cloongee Fishery produced a total of 15 salmon with many visiting anglers having success. Barry and Graham Rogerson, England both had a salmon each as did Jez Leech, England, who had a fish of 10.5lbs. Bernard Merzic, France had one salmon of 6.5lbs as did Ray Hynes, Offaly who landed a fish of 10lbs.

The East Mayo Anglers waters continued to fish well throughout the week with a reported catch of 16 salmon, including a few salmon at 11lbs weight and probably the best fish of the week for the Moy system, caught by John Buckley, Athlone, who had a great catch of 14.5lbs caught on the fly.

Carrowmore Lough

Angling effort was slow on Lake Carrowmore until the weekend when once again some anglers had great success catching up to four salmon each! Stephen Corr, Belfast, had one salmon of 7.5lbs as did Alan Watson, N.Ireland who had one at 7lbs. Eamon Giblin, Co.Clare had two fish at 5lbs and 6lbs, Mike Egan had one of 7lbs while Mark Corps of the CFB had four salmon in total, with his best weighing at 7lbs.

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

Lough Beltra

Conditions on Lough Beltra continued to be suitable for angling. Despite this only one salmon was reported for the week. The 7lbs fish was caught and returned by Martin Hughes near the ‘Red Shed’ on the Glenisland Co-op/Beltra East waters. Other fish were sighted and lost around the Morrison’s area. For further information on fishing Lough Beltra, please contact Glenisland Anglers’ Co-operative on (094) 9021302.

Ballisodare Fishery

Ballisodare Fishery reported good numbers of fish running through the system, with water levels still good for angling and assisting fish movement upstream. A total of fifty-four fish were caught for the week, with twenty four of these being released. Among those to catch salmon on the Ballisodare water were J.P. Chanaux, Switzerland, who had a 9lbs salmon on the fly. Noel Barbour also had a 9lbs fish on a Willy Gunn, as did Dermot Glennon and Seanie Maye (both fish at 9lbs).  Thomas O’Donovan Jr. had a 7lbs salmon taken on the fly while Anthony McCann, Sligo, caught a 10lb salmon on the worm. Finally, fly anger Gerry McHugh had a 12lbs salmon taken on a Gary Dog.

Lough Gill

Only two salmon were reported for Lough Gill for the week, the first fell to Noel Dingo Cawley who had a salmon of 8lbs from Racecourse Bay while the second was caught by Paul Mulligan and weighed 9lbs. Both fish were caught while trolling.

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Northern Region

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

[03/05/10]

RIVER DROWES

The weather over the week was dry for the most part with only the odd isolated shower. As a result the river fell slowly over the week from 0.46 on the gauge to read 0.42 by the end of the week. Air temperatures were still fairly low and on some days there was still a distinct chill in the air with air temperatures well below water temperatures. Overall this meant that conditions were not ideal but were fair. This all did not seem to worry the salmon unduly and there were decent numbers of salmon caught over the week.

On Wednesday, Rory Morrin recorded 2 salmon caught and released. The fish weighed 4 & 6lb and were caught on a Cascade fly from the Corry.

On Thursday, George Matier accounted for 6lb salmon caught from the Sea Pool on prawn. D. McWhirter landed a 5lb fish on the fly from the Corry. M. Forbes accounted for an 8lb salmon caught on worm from The Blackwater & D. Burns landed a 4lb grilse from Lennox’s Bridge on a cascade fly.

On Friday, Chris McDaid caught 2 salmon releasing one of these. Both fish weighed 6lb and were caught on a Cascade fly from the Sea Pools. M. Carmill recorded a 5½lb fish caught from the Crooked Hole on a spinner.

On Sunday 02 May, P.J. Bailey accounted for a salmon caught on worm from the Black Hole. Colomba Fitzpatrick landed a nice salmon on worm from Mowats. The Ryan Party staying at Lareen recorded 5 salmon caught for their weeks fishing. The fish weighed from 4 to 9lb and were caught on the fly from the Mill Pool and Corry. The McDowell party recorded 6 salmon for the week. The fish weighed from 5 to 8½lb caught on prawn and spinner from the Crooked Hole, Tinkers and between the Four Masters Bridge and Lennox’s Bridge.

Unfortunately, the forecast for the coming week is for cool conditions with the winds blowing predominantly from north, and easterly directions and little chance of rain. This did not seem to worry the fish over this week and so I would expect the river to continue fishing well.
Shane Gallagher
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Web: www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055.

Lough Melvin

The only consistent feature of the weather this week was that air temperatures remained. Winds came in various strengths and from varying directions with sunny spells and overcast periods. Angling effort was similarly variable. There were a number of salmon recorded over the week though angling effort was not great. On Monday, Sean Maguire and his father Dennis had a good day recording two salmon (one apiece) caught on the troll weighing 8¼ & 9lb. There then seems to have been no salmon caught until the weekend. On Sunday, Columba Fitzpatrick accounted for a salmon & Fred Henry landed a fine 12lb salmon caught trolling along the Garrison shore.

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

Melvin & Rossinver Fishery
Ruth Mettler
Tel: 071 9841451.

Owenea Fishery

The river ran at low levels all week except for a decent flood reading 0.29 metres on Wednesday. This ran off very quickly however and the gauge average for the week was fairly low reading 0.14m.

It was however good to receive the flood which was the first rise in water levels since the 6th April! This should have ensured any waiting fish entered the fishery and encouraged the last of the kelts and the smolts to descend. There were no visiting rods fishing for the week and I have yet to hear of any salmon caught by local anglers.

The forecast for the coming week is not great. The air temperatures are to remain cold due to north & easterly winds with the chance of ground frosts overnight and little chance of rain. Ah well!

For info/bookings etc on the Owenea Fishery – Tel: 074 9551141. (9am to 1pm April to May & 7am to 1pm June to Sept).

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Loughs Agency area

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

[28/04/10]

The Foyle Area and Carlingford Area (Angling) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 

These regulations amend the Foyle Area and Carlingford Area (Angling) Regulations 2001 by:

(a) prohibiting the retention of salmon, sea trout and brown trout taken by rod and line from the Loughs Agency managed permit waters of the Rivers Finn and Foyle;
(b) prohibiting the use or attempted use of a hook other than a single barbless hook, the gape of which does not exceed 7mm, while angling for salmon, sea trout or brown trout in the Agency managed permit waters of the Rivers Finn and Foyle; and
(c) prohibiting the use or attempted use of any earthworm as a bait while angling for salmon, sea trout or brown trout in the Agency managed permit waters of the Rivers Finn and Foyle.

Hard copies of these regulations can be obtained from the Loughs Agency by telephoning +44 (0) 2871 342 100.

The regulations are also available on the Loughs Agency website

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Northern Ireland

 

National Countrysports Fair

The National Countrysports Fair, which will be held at Moira Demesne in Co. Down over the Bank Holiday weekend of 29 & 30 May 2010, will feature of the largest outdoor angling events staged in Ireland this year.

The two-day game and country fair is a popular summer event in the country sports calendar and attracts thousands of people to the delightful surroundings of Moira Demesne which is located just ½ mile from M1 Junction 9, some sixteen miles from Belfast.  The event’s Director of Angling, Lawrence Finney said this year’s Angling Village at the show will prove to be something of a Mecca for Ireland’s anglers.
Web: www.gamefairireland.com

Irish International Fly Fair

flyfair

3rd Annual Fly Tying and Casting Festival hosted by The Dibney River Conservation Trust. From Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 10:00am to Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 4:00pm. Location: Killyleagh, County Down, Northern Ireland

Visit http://www.irishinternationalflyfair.com for more information.

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TROUT ANGLING

Trout Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

05/05/10

River Liffey

Liffey trout feeding well on Olives

Large dark olive
Photo: A Large Dark Olive.

The River Liffey is fishing well at the moment with Large Dark Olives continuing to hatch. The fish are eagerly feeding on the olives giving some great fishing to the dry fly during the hatches. On Saturday I fished several pools finishing up with a total of seventeen fish, all caught on a #16 Olive Klinhammer. A great day out.

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Photo: A lovely Liffey brown trout.

My next outing was late Sunday afternoon. When i got down to the river there were still a few olives hatcthing so as usual i started with an olive klinkhammer fished upstream. I had some good fishing with this for about half an hour but the hatch was coming to an end. In the half hour I caught 8 good fish all over 30cm in length. Great fishing by any standard. When the hatch was over i changed from the klinkhammer to my other favourite method; across and down with a team of spiders. With the spiders I caught 11 more fish, the best being 32cm. The water temperature has now reached twelve degrees celcius and has benefited from the recent rain falls. I also have seen the first of the sedges appearing over the weekend. As always I returned all fish safely back to the water.
IrishFlyFisher
Web: www.irishflyfisher.ie

Liffey on Fire

Angling guide and international angler John Higgins fished the Liffey again this week with his buddy Nicky Moore. John has been fly-fishing the Liffey since he was 13 years old and described the trout fishing as being on fire. In reporting the quality of the fishing John said I have never seen anything like it, the only way I can describe it is the fishing is on fire. John has no explanation as to why it is like this at the moment but has availed of the opportunity to enjoy some of the finest brown trout fishing ever experienced on the Liffey. John and Nicky caught and released over 100 trout between them. Eight of the fish were over 1lb in weight and the best catch of the day Wednesday 5th May was a superb wild brown trout weighing in at 1lb 10ozs. This fine wild brown trout was taken on an olive klinkhammer. The Liffey is low and clear at the moment and there are excellent hatches of olives in the mornings and big hatches of iron blues in the afternoons.

River Fane

Fishing in the River Fane has improved dramatically over the last week with two French anglers from the Alsace region spending a number of days in the Iniskeen area of Co. Monaghan. Mr. Hubert Desruilles and his friend Bernard caught and released over 60 wild brown trout to 30cm on dry fly. Water conditions are low and clear and good hatches of olives have been reported despite the cold breeze.

River Boyne

Martin Collet and his two friends from France fished the Boyne and tributaries again on Tuesday 4th May with angling guide Marc ORegan. The trout fishing has been excellent lately and Marcs guests have recorded 58 trout during their stay. Best fish recorded weighed 1.25lbs. Marc has reported that there are good hatches of olives and smuts at the moment with smaller hatches of iron blues in the afternoons.

Newly-wed visitors Mr and Mrs. Raun from the United States had a number of successful days when they fished the Boyne recently. The couple caught and released several brownies measuring between 25cms and 30cms. Al were taken on dry fly.

Mr. Alan Chowney from Lisburn in Co. Antrim also visited the Boyne and tributaries during the last week. Alan caught and released a large number of wild brown trout to 30cms and also hooked and landed a small salmon while fishing for trout with a pheasant tail nymph. The salmon was released back to the water unharmed. There is little trout fishing activity at the moment on the Boyne in the Navan area. The water is still coloured in this area and the cold northerly breeze has made fishing difficult. Although there are some olive hatches during the warmer parts of the day trout are still not rising in any great number.

Lough Lene

French anglers visiting Lough Lene in Collinstown landed 50 trout to 2.5lbs on one day during the last week

Creevy Lough

Fishing has remained good on Creevy Lake, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan over the last week with good catches of brown and rainbow trout still being reported. Fish are being taken on fly and bait but the cold breeze has kept the fish down. Lots of rainbow and brown trout around the pound to pound and a half mark are being recorded daily and up to twenty five anglers are fishing on the open days.

Carrickmacross anglers will be supporting the angling events being held at Creevy Lake on Saturday 29th May which are being run as part of the Central and Regional Fisheries Boards Fisheries Awareness Week. Further information on all events in the Eastern Region can be found at www.faw.ie

Lough Nagarnaman

This lake opened which is controlled by the Carrickmacross trout anglers opened on Saturday 1st May. The club held a successful barbecue and fundraising event for a local youth over the weekend. Club Secretary, Gordon Sweetnam has reported excellent fishing from Nagarnaman with 12 trout up to 4lbs being taken over the weekend. The best brown trout taken was circa 2.5lbs and plenty of previously stocked over wintered rainbows were also reportedly taken.

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Southern Region

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

[05/05/10]

River Nore

02/05/10 The wind is now from the South and the trout are starting to feed on the surface, up till now it has been very cold with not much fly life, it is amazing the difference a few degrees make to a river.
Jim Brown
Salmon and trout ghillie
Address: Rosebank Lodge, Mount Alto, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.
Telephone:
+353-56-7758419
Email: jimmbrown@eircom.net Web: http://www.noresalmon.com

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South Western Region

No report this week - [most recent report 21/04/10]

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Shannon Region

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

[05/05/10]

Mayfly up on Derg, anglers wait for trout

The Mayfly is up on Lough Derg but trout have yet to switch on to them, judging by results from anglers over the last few days. There were good hatches in Luska over the weekend and sparser hatches in Youghal Bay and Dromineer Bay. Just a few trout have been caught on the fly so far. Jim McCormack’s trout of 2lbs 9ozs put him as the main contender to win the competition sponsored by Pat Nolan of Premier Angling Supplies in Nenagh on Sunday last. His boat partner Brendan Ryan had two fish of 2lbs and 1 lbs 7ozs.

Most fish are being caught on wetflies, with mayflies or silver bodied patterns yielding the best results. Catches to the latter flies suggest that many trout are still feeding on perch or roach fry. Eddie Hynes won the competition organised out of Mountshannon on Sunday last with a fish of 3 12 ozs, caught on a Silver Invicta. Some 52 anglers took part but only 12 fish were weighed in. Neillie Barry had a fish of 2lbs 5ozs on Sunday on wetfly and Donnacha O’ Brien had a fish of 15 ozs from Luska, on a green wet mayfly.

Denis Seymour of Portroe was the first angler out of Garrykennedy to land a fish over the legal limit of 14 inches on the dapp (1lbs 13ozs) on Monday and Eddie Ryan of Youghal had two small fish, both returned, by the same method on the same day. Garrykennedy Fishing Club has two mayfly competitions next weekend - for the Gerry Regan Trophy on Saturday and the Matt Kennedy Trophy on Sunday.
Peter Gleeson
Nenagh Guardian

FRIENDS OF LOCH AN DOCHAIS TO HOST THE ALL IRELAND TROUT ANGLING MATCH 2010

The Annual All Ireland Trout Angling Match for anglers with special needs run by Loch an Dochais takes place at Loch an Dochais, Kilcormac, Co Offaly on Sunday 30th May 2010. This is the 14th year of this competition and the lake now has the capacity of 43 angling spaces with ample car parking available. Great credit is due to all involved who have brought the lake to the state it is today and running this competition.

Anglers will be competing for the Mary Robinson Perpetual Trophy and other prizes. The usual rules apply for this years match.

Presentation of prizes takes place in St Josephs Community Cente, Kilcormac at 3.30 pm. This is courtesy of the Kilcormac Development Association.

A youth trout angling competition follows the All Ireland match. This will be run by the friends of Loch an Dochais and the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board. Fishing is from 3pm to 5pm, with a bag limit of 4 trout per angler. The entry fee is €4.00 and all legitimate angling methods are allowed to fish on the lake during this period. Children to be accompanied by an adult.

We wish all anglers the best of luck.

All enquiries for both competitions to Secretary Denis O'Driscoll. Tel: 057 9135328.

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Western Region

05/05/10

Olives are just beginning to hatch on the Western lakes, aided by the milder weather, with southerly winds bringing an end to the cold nights.

Biggest Irish trout in 100 years caught on Corrib

ferox trout
Photo: Only a few ounces short of the record set in 1894 this is the biggest trout caught in Ireland for over 100 years.

Word of one of the biggest trout for many years, and possibly a Corrib record, reached me this week via Tom Kelly in Oughterard. Karel Sourek, a Czech angler visiting from Prague, was fishing with Emil Bučko, a friend now living in Oughterard. Having his return flight delayed by a week due to volcanic ash proved a blessing in disguise, as the pair recorded a number of ferox trout between 70 and 87cm length trolling Rapalas in calm weather. As Emil described it, they were trolling in 8m of water when Karel snagged the bottom, so they moved to another area, where he again snagged the bottom. However, this time, the bottom started pulling back, and they realised it was a big fish. Apparently, I cannot print what was said the first time they saw the fish surface, 20 minutes into the fight, but another 15 minutes later Emil slid the net under Karel’s monster trout to screams of delight. The fish measured 90cm long and was weighed at 11.4kgs, or 25.1lbs weight, a truly incredible capture. Following weighing and photographs, the fish was very sportingly returned alive, a heartening attitude to conservation. Well done to Karel and his guide Emil on the fish of a lifetime!

Elsewhere, olive hatches have been good on Corrib this week, although cold northerly winds have made fishing difficult. Some early mayfly have also been seen, but the main hatch is not expected for another week or two. Olive patterns have been most successful, with wetfly taking most fish.

In the Oughterard area, Christy Reilly won a Garda competition with 2 trout for 3.5lbs, while Mick Bradley took 2nd with 2 trout for 3lbs. Cyril Conlon had 3 trout for a day’s wetfly fishing. Scottish anglers Duncan Stewart and Ian McKay fished over 4 days and landed 11 trout for 18lbs, mostly on wetfly.

Over on the Cornamona-Greenfields side, fishing was described as slow, with 46 anglers reporting 61 trout in 77 rod-days, with an average weight of 1.5lbs. Martin Kinneavy won a Cornamona Anglers competition, with 4 trout for 6.6lbs. Peter Curran was 2nd, with 3 trout for 4.8lbs, and Kevin Molloy was 3rd, with 2 trout for 4.6lbs. The Ennis Anglers held a competition out of Greenfields, with 28 anglers recording 17 trout over the limit. Brian Madden took 1st place with 4 trout for 7.6lbs. Kevin Hehir was 2nd with 3 trout for 7.3lbs, and Johnny Moroney with 3rd with a fine trout of 4.2lbs.

Winds are forecast to turn northeasterly for the next few days, which may help with volcanic ash clouds but not with fishing. With olives hatching, however, fish will certainly be feeding, although maybe not taking freely at the surface, so wetfly should be the order of the day. Hopefully we will see a return to warmer southwesterlies next week, which should bring on the mayfly hatch and improve fishing conditions considerably.

Lough Mask

Liam Gavin reports from Lough Mask that conditions were mainly calm during the week with the exception of Sunday where a cold NE wind blew all day. Olive hatches are exceptional at the moment all over the lake but anglers are finding it difficult to pick fish off between the hatches. Buzzer fishing has proved not as effective this year. Sedges have been observed blowing down many of the drifts with some fish taking to the surface to feed on them. Fishing effort is still quite low on Mask with the conditions, although cloud cover should increase during the week.

Ballinrobe Anglers held a 3 day fishing competition (2 qualifying days and 1 final) where 80 anglers took part catching  49 trout. Winner on the final day was Tom Foley, Ballinrobe, with a nice trout over 2lb. Second was John Murray from Sligo with 1 fish around the 2lb mark also, Eddie Gibbons from Tourmakedy had the best bag of the weekend with 4 trout on Saturday.

Westport Anglers also held a competition on Lough Mask over the weekend with only 11 trout taken by 32 anglers for the 1 day event. The competition was won by Tom Carroll from Islandeady with 3 trout, second was Rory Daly from Leenane.

Lough Carra

Conditions on Carra are quite similar with bright sunshine and lack of wind making fishing quite difficult, effort on Carra is not hectic at the moment with very little returns. Thomas Jordan and son Patrick from Ballina fished 2 days and caught 4 fish, they also caught and released 13 undersize fish. Olive patterns are proving most successful.

Finnegan's Lake

The lake fished quite slow early in the week probably owing to the cold North wind we had. There wasn’t much activity on the surface at all, except for the odd fish. Despite this, Pat O’Brien managed to bring 8 nice fish to the net, up to about 4lbs on Thursday. Even though we still had the cold breeze over the weekend, the sun came out and brought with it some much needed heat. There were small hatches of olives and sedges and plenty of black knat. It was mostly small nymphs that did the damage, especially on Bank Holiday Monday with a lovely fish of about 7lbs being landed by Mike Foley. Small emergers also took some nice fish. Hopefully the wind will change to a more pleasant direction this week so we can get some proper hatches.
Matt
Web: www.finneganslake.com

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North Western Region

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

05/05/10

Lough Conn

Angling on Lough’s Conn and Cullin is improving steadily, but perhaps the best news of the week is that Mayfly have started to appear with fish being tempted by Mayfly patterns! On Lough Cullin some good catches have been reported, including David Mangan and son Jonathan, Galway who had three trout for 3lbs on Olives while John Harrison, Dublin and Brian Fox, Athy had a total of six trout for 8lbs. Michael and Maggie Woods, Westmeath, had three trout for 3lbs on Sooty Olives and Bibios, while Dominic Concannon and son had two trout for 2lbs on Olives.

On Lough Conn visiting anglers James White and Stephen Coffey, Liverpool fishing out of Pontoon Bridge Hotel had two trout for 3lbs taken on Green Peters, while Hartley Smyth, N.Ireland, fishing out of Murphy’s of Massbrook had three trout to Bumbles weighing in at 4lbs total. Darragh McDermott, Athlone, Ronnie Mayock, Foxford, Mike Sweeney, Loughrea and Liam McHugh, Edenderry all had success on Lough Conn catching trout. In the Enniscoe area, Crossmolina, Gary Crossley had trout in the evenings in Bog Bay while Ronnie Chambers had five trout for 6lbs all taken on Mayflies.

Fishing the Cloghans area local angler, Padraig Kelly and Bill Collohan, Claremorris had four trout over two evenings taken on Green Peters and Silver Invictas. Gareth Byrne, Edenderry, had four trout for 4lbs while Stephen Brown, Cloghans had two trout on Olives for a total weight of 3lbs.

Two competitions were held on the lakes over the weekend by Lough Conn and Cullin Anglers Association; the first on Saturday being Dublin Anglers vs. Lough Conn and Cullin Anglers a competition now in its 37th year. A total of forty anglers took part with twelve fish being weighed in. Winning was Padraig Traynor, Crossmolina with two trout for 1.3kgs, in second was John Warren, Crossmolina, with two trout for 1.24kgs and third was Joe Quinn, Cloghans with two trout for 0.98kgs.

On Sunday, forty anglers fished for the Pratt Cup with a total of 17 trout being weighed in. In first place was Seamus Kelly, Cloghans, with two trout for 1.12 kg, second was Ian Rowland, Dublin with two trout for 1.09 kg and third was Stephen Brown, Cloghans with two trout for 1.07kgs.

Finally, form Lough Conn Pat Dunning, Athlone, had two salmon while trolling Massbrook Bay

Ballin Lough

Ballin Lough continued to fish very well for rainbow trout, with a total of 118 trout being caught for the week with 28 anglers fishing. Muddler Minnow patterns, Whiskey Fly, Green Sedge and Olives are flies which have proved successful recently.

Ivan Pollard and friend, Co. Offaly had a total of 10 trout, with their best weighing in at 2.5lbs. Paul Caslin, Castlebar, and friend had a total of 13 trout, releasing 9 with their best at 2.5lbs and finally Tommy Brennan had a total of 14 Rainbow trout releasing 10 and again his best was 2.5lbs. 

Lough Doon

Only two boats fished Lough Doon for the week; however those who did fish were well rewarded for their efforts. Conor Walsh, Mayo, caught and released nine trout in total, with his best at .75lbs all taken on the Duckfly Emerger. Joe Elliott, Sligo, had ten trout in total, releasing eight with his best at 1lbs caught on the Olive Quill and Duckfly.

Lough Arrow

The Duckfly fishing on Lough Arrow appears to be tailing off, with more fish now being reported to the wet fly and buzzers in the late evenings. Of those who had success on Arrow were Gerard Martin who had one fine trout of 4.5lbs and Francie White, who had two trout averaging 2lbs each.

Lough Na Leibe

High northerly winds and cool evening temperatures disrupted angling on Lough na Leibe somewhat earlier this week; however some good fishing was enjoyed by those fishing Buzzer Emerger patterns in the evenings. Throughout the weekend however good fishing has been reported with the first hatches of Olives observed, promising better angling to come as temperatures rise. Fly patterns which proved successful on the Lough included Emerging Buzzers, Pheasant Tail nymphs, Shipman’s Buzzer, Mallard and Claret and Olive patterns.   

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Northern Region

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

03/05/10

Lough Melvin

Trout fishing was slow with only a limited number of anglers out after the same. We were out on Thursday and had a number of trout on wet flies though most were small sonaghan. The best was a Gillaroo of a pound. The fishing was hard work with even the ‘tiddlers’ hard to rise! Unsurprising, given the lack of fly life and the cold air temperatures.

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Photo: David McKee with a lovely 7lb trout caught on the troll.

David McKee, Bangor, Co. Down had 4 trout on the troll on Saturday, 1st May. Best of these was a lovely 7lb fish and the next best was 3.5lb.

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Northern Ireland

[05/05/10]

National Countrysports Fair

The National Countrysports Fair, which will be held at Moira Demesne in Co. Down over the Bank Holiday weekend of 29 & 30 May 2010, will feature of the largest outdoor angling events staged in Ireland this year.
The two-day game and country fair is a popular summer event in the country sports calendar and attracts thousands of people to the delightful surroundings of Moira Demesne which is located just ½ mile from M1 Junction 9, some sixteen miles from Belfast.  The event’s Director of Angling, Lawrence Finney said this year’s Angling Village at the show will prove to be something of a Mecca for Ireland’s anglers.
Web: www.gamefairireland.com

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Loughs Agency area

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

05/05/10

Cashel Trout Fishery

Now that we are well into Spring anglers are beginning to use some dries and a few nymphs.  The Happy Anglers Club from Limavady had a fun day with us with half a dozen anglers taking part.  Seamus Meere banked three in total but only took the two home which weighed almost 4lb.  Ernie Mc Callion took two home, as did Tony Mc Kelvey and Don Mc Arthur.  These trout averaged 3lb and were caught on black and green wets and small lures.  Derry’s Paul Ford used dries to bank eight beauties while Aidy Askin also from Derry released twelve trout which took pheasant tail nymphs and olive dries.  Dungiven anglers, John Hasson and Martin Bradley had a great evening banking seven and eight trout respectively using GH nymphs, f-flies and daddies.

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

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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[05/05/10]

Good catches of roach and skimmers have been reported from the Town Lake in Bailieboro and Lough Ramor in Co. Cavan over the weekend. One visiting angler recorded a nice 30lb bag of roach and skimmers at Capragh Lake near Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan on Wednesday 5th May. The fish were taken on a short pole fished from a boat with maggot achieving best results.

On Lough Muckno the water is slightly coloured and fish are feeding along the ledges all around the lake. Dick Caplice and Eamon from Castleblaney fished at Black Island on Lough Muckno in Co. Monaghan on Thursday last 29th April. Dick and Eamon had over 40lbs of fish. The catch was made up of roach and hybrids, fishing a 13m pole with a short line. 010 tip with double maggot produced best results. A size 14 hook resulted in less missed bites. Dark ground bait with maggot and caster fed over the top produced the best results.

On the same day the Smith family from Castleblaney visited Muckno at White Island. The day out for father Michael and his two sons Darragh and Ritchie produced a nice catch of roach, perch and skimmers. Ritchie is a new comer to the sport and he and his dad and brother only spent an hour and a half at the lake. However, Ritchie is planning to spend longer fishing on the next occasion and he is really looking forward to his next trip.

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Southern Region

[28/04/10]

Carp fishing good in Co. Kilkenny

Fishing reports from around Carlow this week wouldn't be best described as brilliant. We headed down to the high bank just below Mikey Websters lock in Graiguecullen for a friendly day out angling. One of the lads decided to have a fiver each for the biggest fish and Adrian Hyland from the Athy and District club won with 4 1/2 oz's.

Walls Lough in Kilkenny fished well on Wednesday with lots of small carp showing. The winning method on the day was feeding pellets laced with Brazem liquid and a strawberry jelly pellet fished on the deck by pole.

The town streach in Carlow fished well on Sunday evening with several Bream/Roach Hybrids showing up to 2 1/2 Lb.
Gerry McStraw
Tel: 085 2844566

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Shannon Region

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

[05/04/10]

Boyle area

We were out on one of the local lakes this morning, water temperature today is 12.3C.
Only a few small fish to 5lbs. showed up taking jerk baits. The x-buster in perch colour worked best today.

Coarse fishing in the Boyle River is currently getting better with visiting anglers reporting bags of 20-30lbs. per session. Mainly roach and hybrids are being caught but an occasional bream up to 5lbs. was amongst the catches.
Bodo Funke
Angling Services Ireland,
Boyle, Co Roscommon
Web: http://www.anglingservicesireland.com

Lanesboro

Thursday 29th April - If only there were more anglers here this week, I'd have a more comprehensive report to offer. I went towards the duckpond and caught just smallish fish today. Alongside me was Steven from Navan who slaughtered me 3-0 in the Tench department. When I packed up, he continued catching for most of the day. My evening session produced lots of tiny fish and eventually a spirited fight with a male Tench of 3lb 5oz. The wind was getting worse so instead of setting up my night light, I opted for an early bath.

Friday 30th April - The last day of April provided little to excite in all departments. One angler fished below the steps on the disabled pegs but couldn't tempt a Tench. The hot water stretch was deserted, so I tried half an hour on the gusher without a sniff. Two lads fished above the duckpond for most of the day with very little to show for their effort. The evening saw Tim and Jamie Collier joined by Joe, Philip and myself. I was on the lower section. We all caught at least 1 Tench each by dusk when I packed up having no night lights (again) and a couple of fish were caught after dusk. My only Tench was a new Irish P.B. at 5lb 15.5oz making that the second fish I've caught this year that almost made specimen weight. Surprisingly, at 10pm, the power station had still not shut down!!

Saturday 1st May - When I had a look at the river this morning at 8am, there was water coming out of the gusher but the power station had apparently shut down yesterday evening just after 10pm. One Irish lad had about a dozen, spratt sized fish but when the gusher stopped around 2pm, so did the bites. Another local caught just two Perch on the disabled swim in 10 hours. My evening stint saw 1 bite resulting in a 2oz Perch. Things really are going to be grim for the next few days.

Sunday 2nd May - The major factor triggers the fish into moving is temperature. I believe, that when the navigation channel hits a constant 51f, the fishing is about to improve considerably. This year I have had no readings, so it's purely guesswork on my part. The hot water stretch, when the levels are low enough, undoubtably attract fish from the lake, but when the levels are as high as in the first week of April, the cold water coming through the top of the stretch, the gap and the bridge will negate the effect of the gusher, thus slowing the events. So far this year we have seen some extreme events. Firstly, last Novembers flood, the highest in living memory. Secondly the coldest winter for thirty years. Thirdly, the low water of January to the end of March followed by a rise of 18" in just a few days all point to spring arriving a bit later than usual. So why have Roach spawned on the 18th of April and Tench on the 24th? Perhaps this was a premature flush created by the artificial conditions of the power station? Maybe nature is running a month late and we are yet to see the real run of fish? Perhaps the enormous numbers of Roach on the Inny 3 weeks ago was a fluke of nature? At the moment, it is cold, there are little or no fish to be caught.

Monday 3rd May - A Perch of 2oz was caught, and thats the best I can report.

Tuesday 4th May - 3 lads from Strokestown fished the stretch and had 3 Perch and a Rudd. In the afternoon, Irish international Rory Dunne from Roscommon fished the old slipway on the navigation channel for an hour without a bite. At dusk Pat and Stephen from Navan went for Tench but were unable to get so much as a liner when I visited them at 10pm.
Paul Waghorne
Web: www.lanesboroughangling.ie

River Inny

05/05/10 David, Keith and Chris ventured down to the Inny today for a quick fishing trip, the fish were slow to respond with occasional shoals moving through. The Roach were for the main part smallish but the odd bigger one was a nice edition, as evening descended a few Hybrids appeared but overall the situation is still poor.

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Photo: A nice tench from the Inny.

04/05/10 Dave, Keith and I have been out checking around the area for fish, Abbeyshrule was the best of the bunch with some fine Tench being caught on Maggot and Worm. Dave landed a couple of lovely females and I managed a nice young Male fish. Above Branigans some good sport was being had by a couple of Irish lads with Bream up to 4lb and Tench, Roach and others. The only down side was when the belt snapped on the Jeep making the ride home an interesting experience.

The Inny has started producing again with some better Roach being caught among a lot of smaller Roach, Perch and eels but alas no Hybrids, the entrance at Tommy's seems to be the spot for an evening of decent Fishing.

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Photo: A bag of coarse fish from the Inny

02/05/10 Weather was sunny but wind is from the north and cold. Dave and Keith are over from England again for their regular fishing trip. The first days proved to be less than ideal; with very few fish being caught. May Bank Holiday has finally seen an improvement as the Roach have started to run. Keith landed several Roach weighing 2lb 6oz and Dave not to be out-done caught a good bag of Roach but failed to produce any pictures as the camera batteries were dead.

Today didn't go quite as well with Dave, Keith and I catching a few Roach along with the odd Perch, Hybrids and Gudgeon, but the keep net was not in use as the breeding season is now starting, as always preceded by the coming of the swifts and cuckoo, they did stick a few of the fish they caught into a keep net just to show a sample of the type of fish being caught, all were released shortly afterwards. Keith did have a good 2lb Roach which was taken by a lovely Pike.
John Coles
Web: www.innyangling.net

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Northern Region

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

[06/05/10]

Killeshandra fishing festival

The annual Killeshandra fishing festival is taking place this week with 21 anglers taking part. They are fishing three venues, Derries, Killykeen and Tawlagh. Derries and Killykeen are fishing particularly well with daily winners of good mixed bags of 21kg, 13kg and 19kg in Derries and 11kg, 17kg and 16kg respectively in Killykeen. Further details next week.

There is good Pike fishing in the Cootehill area and plenty of Trout being caught on the Annalee and Dromore rivers.

The John Smith Memorial competition took place on Lough Gowna last weekend with 32 boats taking part. The overall winners were as follows:

Twenty seven ladies also took part in a competition and the winners of that competition were:

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Northern Ireland

[03/05/10]

2010 Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival

The 2010 Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival came to a thrilling conclusion on Friday.  As the anglers drew their pegs for the final day’s match fishing, German visitor Thorsten Beil held an 11kg 130gm lead over multiple World Champion Bob Nudd, with another Classic regular, John Smalley, following closely in third place.  Thorsten however held his nerve and the 3kg 540gm that he landed from the Ely Lodge section netted him top spot on the leader board and the Waterways Ireland Classic first prize of £5,000, along with the Champion’s crystal chalice.

Another Classic regular, Mark Silman from Stainforth, stormed through to second place, helped by the 17kg 140gm that he caught at the Portora section on Friday, bringing his winnings to £2,500 overall.  Bob Nudd’s 7kg 620gm from the Cleenish Bridge section on Upper Lough Erne was enough to secure him third place, £1,500 and another trophy for his collection. 

At a packed prize giving ceremony in The Westville Hotel, Enniskillen, individual and team prizes were presented.  These included a presentation to 12 year old Anna Theedom, winner of the Waterways Ireland Junior Classic and Ron Williams from London, who has participated in every Classic Fishing Festival since 1976.

As is usual, changing weather conditions throughout the week added to the unpredictable nature of the event, but the anglers are already looking forward to the 2011 Classic, the biggest coarse fishing festival in Europe. 

Top 6 Overall

1st – Thorsten Beil – Germany – 40kg 770gm
2nd – Mark Silman – Stainforth – 37kg 530gm
3rd – Robert Nudd – Wisbech – 33kg 820gm
4th – Rudiger Hansen – Germany – 31kg 130gm
5th – Richard Hoskins – Ross-on-Wye – 30kg 220gm
6th – Ian Crossman – Nuneaton – 29kg 970gm

The Classic is sponsored for the eighth year by Waterways Ireland and is organised by Fermanagh District Council, in conjunction with the Inland Fisheries Division of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

For further information contact Katrina McGirr, Waterways Ireland on +353 (0) 87 9918412 or Eddie McGovern, Fermanagh District Council on +44 (0) 28 6632 5050.

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[05/05/10]

Water levels in many of the lake in the Carrickmacross and Castleblaney are low at the moment. Many of the lakes have also cleared and visibility is much improved. Water temperatures vhave also increased slightly with the warmer weather.

In the last week, French angler Bernard Desruilles visiting Gleneven Guesthouse in Co. Monaghan caught and released a fantastic pike measuring 1m 10cms. The pike was taken on a lure in a small lake close to Iniskeen.

The Collet group from France fly-fished for pike in a number of the smaller lakes in the Cavan and Monaghan area over the last week. These expert fly anglers caught and released a total of 64 pike over a five day period. The best fish weighed 20.5lbs. and the catch also comprised of 12 double figured pike.

French visitor Jean Fende from Boulogne sur Mer returned to Carrickmacross and fished with angling guide Peadar OBrien on the lakes locally. On Wednesday 5th May Jean caught and released a number opf pike including two nice double figured pike weighing in at 10lbs and 11lbs. taken on lure and dead bait.

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Shannon Region

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

04/05/10

Boyle area

We were out on one of the local lakes this morning, water temperature today is 12.3C.
Only a few small fish to 5lbs. showed up taking jerk baits. The x-buster in perch colour worked best today.
Bodo Funke
Angling Services Ireland,
Boyle, Co Roscommon
Web: http://www.anglingservicesireland.com

River Inny

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Photo: Dave caught this lovely 28lb pike.

Today didn't go quite as well with Dave, Keith and I catching a few Roach along with the odd Perch, Hybrids and Gudgeon. Keith did have a good 2lb Roach which was taken by a lovely Pike. Dave later caught a 28lb pike.
John Coles

Web: www.innyangling.net

Stephen Gibbons who fishes in the mid Shannon area emailed us the following report:

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Photo: Stephen Gibbons with a 17lb pike from the mid Shannon area.

"Fished the Shannon on Monday the 26th. Water levels are back down to normal now. Fishing was fairly quiet and the day was very sunny. We had 7 pike between us and a good few roach on the whip also. the biggest pike fell to myself at 13lb and Joe Donnelly had a 9lb fish. Ronan Mullen also had one of 7lb.

On the bank holiday Monday we were out again and I had this 17lb pike."

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[05/05/10]

Fishing is still difficult on the east coast but numbers of small bass are still being recorded in the Wexford area and at a number of other venues to north County Dublin. Some nice flounder are being taken in the Wexford area and sea trout are still being recorded all along the east coast from Wexford to North County Dublin.

The lure of Bass in Wexford

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Photo: Finally, bass are taking lures in Wexford.

03/05/10 Barry and myself headed out for an hour in search of wrasse on Soft Plastics. It was a nice clear evening with a rising tide on a local rock mark. Not much to report really. I got a follow which in turn led my Soft Plastic being attacked and the rod tip lurching seaward as the wrasse made a bolt for its home, it was a brief fight and a welcome sight with its lovely dark colours.

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Photo: Not a bass but a nice wrasse all the same.

02/05/10 The wind was North Easterly and the sea was fairly rough with white horses and spray flying. Marks were chosen following close examination of the OS maps for the area and on arrival the anglers were out of the wind and the water was gin clear. MagSquad128, Xlayers and TM Flyers were the lucky lures with bass and even golden grey mullet falling to their charms.

29/04/10 Danny, Barry and Pat gave the lures another go at some prime spots on the Wexford coast and after what has seemed like a very long wait they finally got amongst the bass. Fish over 5lb were caught and carefully released following some adreniline pumping encounters. Conditions on the coast were a bit rough with a large enough swell rolling in. The wind was a strong, gusty westerly. The lures which were working their magic were Xlayers in shrimp and aqua, Minnow Surf sandeel and Minnow F.

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South Western Region

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

05/05/10

Rough water, wind and weed slow the Kerry bassing

What a difference a couple of weeks make.  Gone are the lovely warm sunny days and gone are the flat seas that had allowed us to fish wherever we fancied.  Bait fishing or even plugging is not a problem in rough seas but fly fishermen can struggle especially as most days the wind was a major factor as well.  Bass could be taken at long range on heavy lures but the shallow water was very muddy and weedy at times.

The catch for the week reflected these conditions.  Graham Brooks managed 2 mullet and 2 bass on fly.  David Jervis took 3 mullet and his first bass on fly.  Jean-Pierre Shoder fished hard for 2 mullet and 2 bass on fly.  On his last night he tried bait fishing for bass and caught 3.  Nick Rowe joined us for a couple of days bass fishing and got 5 bass for his troubles.

I took Steve de Foubert out for an evenings bass fishing on Sunday.  With an offshore wind and relatively calm seas the fishing was much easier that it had been all week.  We managed 12 bass with the best fish about 55cm, all on light spinning tackle.

The wind has now gone around to the north and while it has turned cold at least the big waves have disappeared. 
Kevin Brain
KB Fishing Ireland
Waterville, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 66 9474942
E-mail: info@kbfishingireld.com Website: www.kbfishingireland.com

Cork Harbour boat report

Small boat anglers on the harbour reported good fishing over the long weekend with plenty of cod continuing to feature in the catches. Pollack were taken on jelly worms from some of the wrecks near the entrance to the harbour with fish up to 7lb reported. Mackerel are about bu can be difficult to locate.

Big cod and pollack at Courtmacsherry

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Photo: Stephen Mereditch with a fine cod caught in Courtmacsherry Bay.

Last weekend charter boat angling produced some good results. Fishing on the inshore reefs produced cod to 5kg, pollack to 4kg and some good conger and ling. Mackerel were being caught but were patchy.

Shore fishing was producing bass to 4lb and plenty of flounder.
Regards,
Mark Gannon
Charter Boat Skipper
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 23 46427 or +353 86 8250905
Email: csal@iol.ie Web: www.courtmacsherryangling.ie

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North Western Region

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

[04/05/10]

Sligo rock marks for pollack and coalies

Brian Dunleavey emailed the follwoing report:

pollack
Photo: An 8lb pollack from a Sligo rock mark.

The past couple of weeks have been excellent for spinning from the rocks in Co. Sligo for coalies just over the 1lb mark & plenty of pollack to 3 & 4lb with some good mackerel to 41cm. On the 27 April hooked into a fine pollock that put up some fight which managed to dive into the kelp a few times & almost getting under a ledge at one stage, but luckily got it clear & landed which tipped the scales at 8lb.

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Northern Region

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

[05/05/10]

Usual susprects at Downings

turbot
Photo: A fine turbot from a sandy mark out of Downings.

The wrecks off downing are fishing OK at the moment. There are a few mackerel around and this supply of fresh bait is very welcome. One of our most reliable wrecks , the Limeburner is fishing well. Fishing in the bays is also going well with some nice turbot and red and grey gurnards being caught. Water temperature is cool enough 9.7C.
Michael McVeigh
Rosguill 43' Aquastar. Twin 310 HP
Downings, Co. Donegal.
Telephone: +353 74 9155080
Email: info@rosguill.com Web: www.rosguill.com

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