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Irish Angling Update

13 May 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon angling Update

Southern Region


River Nore

06/05/10 A local angler caught a 15 lb salmon below the bridge at inistioge this morning. The fish was caught and released on the far bank, just at the back of the bridge. Two more fish were hooked but only one was landed up stream of Inistioge.

09/05/10 Fished one of the lower beats this evening just as the tide was going out and only saw one salmon. As you can see the river is still in great condition for the fly.

The River Nore
Jim Brown
Salmon and trout ghillie
Address: Rosebank Lodge, Mount Alto, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.
Email: Web:

River Blackwater

Fort William Estate Fishery

11/05/10 Water levels are ideal for the fishery at a height of .26cm on the gauge and now starting to hold. 3 more fish were taken today and all confirmed to be grilse. First fish was caught on the Glenmore beat on fly of 4-5lbs and was released safely. Second fish was caught on the Ellis on Spinner of 5lbs and released, and the third fish was taken on the Golf beat which was 6lbs. A couple of fish were caught over the weekend. Looks like there is a early run of grilse which looks promising so prospects for the coming week looks good.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
Email: Web:

Blackwater Lodge Fishery


12/05/10 There was nothing to report in the last 2 days as there were no rods out so - needless to say there was no fish caught. Three of us went out to Lower Kilmurry for an hour or so at lunchtime today and saw half a dozen fish running through - mostly fish of 7-8lb but including one which was well into double figures. We all persisted with the fly but no takes so I had a few casts with spun shrimp & caught & released this one almost immediately on the Island Stream. I met two more in the next few casts, but they were only half-hearted takes & didn't connect, & then I had to get home to pick the kids up from school! We would've loved to have stayed longer as I'm sure we would have met more fish.

On Sunday, one springer & a couple of grilse were seen on the Kilmurrys. What little fishing effort there is has been concentrated on the seven beats below Clondulane weir. Interestingly, I had a (reliable) report yesterday that there was a very fresh 17 pounder caught on prawn on the weekend above Longueville, so some fish are getting through to the upper river even in this low water.

This, together with reports of good runs of grilse & salmon running from other beats on the lower river means the prospects in the coming days are looking good. This is the first year we would expect to see grilse returning as the progeny of the fish which came in when the drift nets were banned. This means that we could well see a very good grilse run this year. There is very little rain forecast for the coming week - certainly not enough to have any significant effect on the river, which is at summer level at present.
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: Website:

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South Western Region


Lough Currane

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

6/5/10 All quiet on the SW front. Wind NE fresh with reasonable cloud cover, amount of rainfall 0.4mm, max air temperature 15.3c. This evening Dr. Willie Roach of gave a presentation on the Celtic Seatrout, at the Waterville Inn, which I might add was very educational, and to learn more go to

7/5/10 There was some good action at the Ledge in the Mouth of the Commeragh with Mr. Dave Ecclestone of the UK catching two fine Salmon on the fly with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and of and in the trolling department Mr. Denis McCarthy and Mr. Keith Elany fishing in a hired out boat from Waterville Boats and @ caught two fine Brown Trout in the 3lbs class and a fine Seatrout around 1.5lbs and 10 smaller trout which I might add were all carefully put back to fight another day. Wind NE light with reasonable cloud cover, max air temperature 14.8c.

8/5/10 There was a 9lbs Salmon caught on the troll by Mr. Dan Sugrue of Tralee, with his gillie Mr. Brod O’Sullivan of Stella Maris Guesthouse Waterville. Wind ENE light to fresh. With reasonable cloud cover, max air temperature 15.3c.

sea trout
Photo: Liam Ellis with the biggest sea trout caught in Lough Currane.

9/5/10 There was some great action on Irelands Premier Seatrout Lake today, yes you have it, the record Seatrout was broken to day, when a 12lbs 13.57oz Seatrout was caught on the troll out at the Black Rocks on a Perch Rapala, by Mr. Liam Ellis of Cork, and if you want to know what the old record was, go to and download my Noble Seatrout and in the Salmon department, Mr. Baller of the UK and fishing out of caught a fine Salmon on the troll with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea and of Wind E light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover at times, max air temperature 14.4c. That is your ration for this week, from your Gillie/Guide and the Waterville Fishery. No Spin No Fly’s just facts.

10/5/10 One 8lbs Salmon caught on the troll, by Mr. John Nolan, fishing with his gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea, and in the Seatrout department A guest in a hired out boat, caught a fine 3lbs Seatrout. Wind NNE light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover.

11/5/10 There was some reasonable action in the Seatrout department, first in the striking zone with a 5lbs Seatrout, caught on the fly, was that renowned artist from Co mayo Mr. Harry Freeney fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy, but Seatrout of the day goes to Mr. Dave Ecclestone of UK who caught a specimen Seatrout on the fly and finished the day off with a Seatrout of 3lbs 5oz and staying with the Seatrout, in the trolling department Mr John Baller of the UK fishing out of caught a Seatrout of 2.lbs. With his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea

12/5/10 Even though the wind was ENE and variable that didn’t Stop Mr. Dave Ecclestone of the UK procuring two fine Seatrout, one just under 6lbs and his second Seatrout of the day was in the 4lbs class, and just for the record both Seatrout were caught on the fly with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and staying in the Seatrout department, they say you can’t keep a good artist down and today was perfect example of that when Mr Harry Freeney caught a fine Seatrout of 3.5lbs on the fly with his Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy.

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: Web:

River Laune

One angler on the Laune over the weekend had three fish all grilse to 5 lbs.
Laune Anglers Assoication

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


River Feale and Smearlagh

11/05/10 Low water conditions. Some rain last night. Overcast today 12.7C.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
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Western Region


Galway Weir

The Galway Fishery produced 15 salmon for the week, with conditions perfect for flyfishing at one gate open. Local angler Dave Lenihan had a fine 11lbs fish on fly, while Kerry man Pat Roche had a nice 7lbs fish on shrimp. Shrimp was also the bait for Simon Lenihan’s 7.5lbs fish, and for Martin Kiely’s 8-pounder. Jim Barry from Cork landed a fine 8lbs fish on fly, while Fintan Murphy showed son Adrian how to do it, beating Adrian’s 8lbs fish taken on shrimp with a fine 10.5-pounder on the fly. John O’Sullivan had a 7.5lbs salmon on shrimp, while Brian Howard took an 8lbs fish on fly. Michael Dix had a fine 11-pounder on fly, while Gerard Hayes took a 9.5lbs fish on shrimp. Sean O’Toole had an 8.5lbs fish on fly, while David Marron from Monaghan had an early grilse, a 5lbs fish, also on fly.

Conditions are perfect at the moment, and with fresh fish in the river, more good spring fishing is expected next week.

Kylemore Abbey Fishery

11/04/10 Still no rain but hopefully Thursday and Friday will bring some. Good numbers of sea trout are running at the moment but the season does not start untill the 1st June.
Nigel Rush
Kylemore Abbey Fishery
Tel: +353 (0)95 41178 or +353 (0)95 41161
Email: Web:

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:

[12 May , 2010]

River Moy

Photo: Xavier LeCorre 17.75lbs with his salmon caught at Rinanney 9 5 10

Water levels on the River Moy have continued to drop over the past week and are now approaching normal summer levels. [Anglers can view real time water levels on the Ridge Pool and also access information on tide and weather conditions here]. This drop in levels has not impacted the salmon run, with large numbers continuing to move into the system and good numbers being caught by anglers.

The Moy Fishery enjoyed exceptionally good catches with a total of 23 salmon caught for the week. Both the Ridge Pool and Weir Pool had six salmon each with Paul Mc Crory, Louth, catching a 9.17lbs fish on the fly and releasing one other on the Ridge. On the Weir Pool, fly angler Gareth Byrne, Offaly, had one at 9.5lbs and John Binns, Foxford took a fine fish of 12.43lbs on the worm. The Cathedral Beat accounted for eleven salmon with Gareth Byrne, Offaly, again landing a salmon of 11.65lbs. Ballina Salmon Anglers water had four salmon for the week and Mount Falcon Fishery had its first salmon of the season caught by John Flynn, Dublin.

Further upstream, Gannon’s Fishery continued to produce good numbers with twenty-one salmon being caught including a 10lbs fish landed by Trevor Stewart, N.Ireland, on the worm with Johannes Konrad, Austria, also catching a 6lbs salmon with the prawn. The Foxford Fishery had seven salmon and at Rinanney five were caught including a cracking fish of 17.75lbs for Xavier Le Corre, France. The Cloongee Fishery had a great week with seventeen salmon caught with Ian Forde, Westmeath, catching one at 11lbs, John Hehir, Offaly, catching one of 10lbs and Benny Hopkins and Peader Duffy both of Monaghan catching a salmon each at 8lbs. On the East Mayo Anglers water Louis Lecour, France had a salmon of 5lbs and local angler Ian Guegan having a successful week with three salmon in total weighing 10lbs, 15lbs and a great fish of approximately 20lbs.

Carrowmore Lough

Carrowmore Lake continued to produce great catches with thirty-one salmon being caught for the week. Visiting anglers enjoyed success with Adrian Blackwell and Brian Ward, England, having caught three salmon averaging 7lbs and Andreas Lyche and friend, Norway, catching fish at 5.5lbs and 6lbs. South African anglers Wyane Laurenson and Wyane Oldfield also had success catching a salmon each at 6lbs and 7lbs.

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

Lough Beltra

Lough Beltra continued to produce sizable salmon with Paddy Kelly, Dublin, catching one at 9lbs and Alan Donaghue landing one at 12lbs from the Glenisland Co-op water. Jonathan Murray, fishing out of Newport House had a very successful week catching three in total with his fish weighing in at 8lbs, 8.5lbs and 10lbs.

For further information on fishing Lough Beltra, please contact Glenisland Anglers’ Co-operative on (094) 9021302.

Ballisodare Fishery

Photo: Noel Barber Knock and a fine 14lbs Spring salmon taken with the Willie Gunn at the Ballisodare Fishery

The Ballisodare system continued to fish well, with over 50 salmon caught for the week. Eddie Harte had a salmon of 10lbs taken on an Ally’s Shrimp while Lindsay Luney also had a 10lbs fish on the worm. Fly angler Noel Barber, Knock, enjoyed great sport catching a fine 14lbs springer on the Willie Gunn, the same pattern proved successful for Anthony McDonnell who landed a 12lbs fish.

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:



There was little rainfall again this week and the river remained low over the week. The gauge was reading just over 4 at the start of the week and had dropped to 3.8 by the end of the week. The days remained cold with winds coming from a north easterly direction. The only day that felt warm was Saturday which was a lovely sunny day but by Sunday the cold air was back again. Despite the low water conditions and cold breezes, there were good numbers of salmon caught over the week and there was a good run of salmon of 6 to 7lb.

On Monday, J. Baker recorded a 5lb fish caught on the fly from the Lower Blackwater. Steffen Trautwein accounted for a 7lb fish caught on a Cascade fly from the Sea Pools. The following day C. Trautwein recorded a 4lb grilse caught from the Sea Pools on a fly. John O’Neill accounted for a 6lb fish caught on a Cascade fly from the Sea Pools.

On Wednesday, John O’Neill recorded another 6lb fish caught on the fly from the Crooked Hole. P. Van Dasselaar logged a 6lb fish caught from the Sea Pools on a Cascade fly and Patrick O’Malley landed a 6lb fish, also on the fly from the Sea Pools.

On Thursday, P. Van Dasselaar accounted for another 6lb fish caught on the fly. On Friday, J. Atkinson accounted for a 4lb grilse caught on a Teal Blue & Silver fly from the Seal Pools and I. Doherty caught and released a 5½lb fish on a #10 Cascade fly from Corry Clay.

On Saturday, Jim Gray recorded a 5½lb fish caught on a #10 Ally’s Shrimp fly from the Blackhole and C.Todd accounted for a 6lb fish caught on prawn from the Sea Pools. On Sunday, G. Morrow recorded a 4lb grilse caught on prawn from Stakey’s and T. Carson reported a 6lb salmon caught on a Rapalla from the Washstones.

The forecast for the coming week is for the winds to swing round to a westerly direction and bring some rainfall. The river is very low and a rise in water levels would be a relief!
Shane Gallagher
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.

Lough Melvin

The weather over the week was cold once again and winds remained from north & easterly directions. There were a number of salmon recorded over the week caught trolling. On Friday, Rodney Benson and Ernie Lowden had a good day recording two salmon weighing around 5lb caught trolling. T. Wolz accounted for an 8lb salmon caught trolling a Toby spinner. On Sunday, Fred Henry & Martin O’Shea recorded a salmon apiece. The fish weighed around 5lb and were also caught trolling.

The forecast is for the winds to come round to a more westerly direction and bring some much needed rain which should liven things up hoefully.

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

Melvin & Rossinver Fishery
Ruth Mettler
Tel: 071 9841451.

Owenea Fishery

The river remained low for the greater part of the week. There was a small fresh on Wednesday which saw the river rise to 0.19 metres but this fell away rapidly over the next couple of days. The gauge average for the week was low reading only 0.11 metres. There were no visiting rods fishing for the week and consequently there is little to report in the way of catches!

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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Trout Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


River Liffey

Angling guide John Higgins reports from the Liffey again this week. The trout are on the black stuff (black gnat) at the moment and the fishing is terrific. The water is low and clear in the Liffey and there have been hatches iron blues, olives and black gnat. 18. John had lots of small trout to 9 inches but was searching for bigger trout. His best fish trout of the week was taken today Wednesday 12th May. This beautiful 1.25lbs brownie was taken on size 18 klinkhammer. John Higgins can be contacted at

River Fane

The River Fane has fished well recently and a competition was held by the Dundalk Brown Trout anglers on Sunday 9th May. A total of 42 anglers fished and 11 anglers weighed in the competition bag limit of three fish. All smaller fish were returned unharmed to the river. Winner of the competition was John McCaughey from Dundalk with three trout weighing just over 1kg. Second place went to Paddy Tennyson from Dundalk also with three fish and 3rd place went to Eamon Conaway also with three trout. Water levels are low at the moment and evening fishing is best. Matt Campbell has reported great hatches sedges and olives and a surprise hatch of March browns were sighted over the weekend. Black gnat and terrestrials are in evidence and iron blues starting to show. Details of day permits and memberships are available from the club at email:

River Boyne and tributaries

Angling guide Marc ORegan reports that water levels in the Boyne and tributaries have dropped further during the last week. The water is now low and clear. Trout fishing has been excellent on the Boyne at Trim in Co. Meath and visiting anglers have had some nice catches. Dark olives and sedges (small numbers) are hatching at the moment. Mr Gerry Katz, from NJ in the USA had 10 trout on nymph on his recent visit to the Boyne. A number of Dutch anglers are currently fishing the Boyne and reports on their catches will be reported soon. Marc ORegan can be contacted at

There is still little trout fishing activity at the moment on the Boyne in the Navan area. The water has dropped and cleared but the cold northerly breeze continues to make fishing difficult. Although there are some olive hatches during the warmer parts of the day, trout are still not rising in any great number and not many anglers are fishing. Pierre Casaban from the Bordeaux region of France visited the Boyne Valley Fishery during the last week. Pierre fly-fished for trout on the Kells Blackwater with angling guide Noel Mc Loughlin and successfully caught and released 10 wild brown trout up to 1lb in weight. Fishing was difficult and a cold NNW breeze prevented any large fly hatches from taking place. On one of the warmer evenings Pat Mc Loughlin fished the Kells Blackwater between 4.30pm and 7.45pm and caught and released 20 nice wild brownies with the largest weighing in at 2lbs. Pat had the majority of his fish on dry fly but the largest trout was taken on a nymph fished upstream. Pat Mc Loughlin can be contacted at

Karl OToole from Southside Angling reports that the Kilbride Anglers ran a competition on their stretch of the Kells Blackwater on Sunday 9th May. Sixteen anglers fished and lots of fish to 9 inches were caught and returned. Fishing for the larger trout was difficult due to the cool breeze. Most of the fish were taken reed smuts. Hatches were poor but a small hatch of olives took place in the evening as the competition was finishing Permits for the Kilbride Anglers waters are available from Karl at Southside Angling at a cost of 5 per person. Good value at any time!! Karl OToole can be contacted at

River Slaney

Water conditions are low and clear in the River Slaney at the moment. Stephen Byrne fly fished for trout in the Kilcarry area during the week and reports that he had 5 small brownies with the best weighing .75lbs. Good fishing has also been reported from the Tullow area and good hatches of olives have been observed over the last week.

Aughrim Lake

120 young people from Templeogue College took part in game fishing course at Aughrim Lake in Co. Wicklow, on Thursday and Friday 6th and 7th May. This was to mark the end of the environmental awareness project which was run for transition year pupils by the Dublin Angling Initiative.Des Chew provided tuition to the teenagers and fishing was good with over 30 rainbow trout caught over the two days.Many youngsters experienced catching their very first fish.

Creevy Lough

Fishing has slowed on Creevy Lake, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan over the last week but catches of brown and rainbow trout are still being reported. Fish are being taken on fly and bait but the cold breeze has kept the fish down. Catches consist mainly of rainbow trout with occasional brown trout around the pound to pound and a half mark are being recorded on the open days. Carrickmacross Trout Angling Club are amongst those supporting the angling events being held at Creevy Lake, Carrickmacross on Saturday 29th May which are being run as part of the Central and Regional Fisheries Boards Fisheries Awareness Week. Amongst those supporting the events will be angling expert, international author, APGAI-IRL and Fly Fishing Federation Master Instructor Peter O'Reilly. Peter will be giving talks, tuition and fly casting demonstrations at the Creevy Lake event which takes place on Saturday 29th May. A number of lucky people will also have the opportunity to get individual tuition from Peter on the day. Further information on this and all other events in the Eastern Region can be found at

Lough Nagarnaman

Carrickmacross trout anglers Club Secretary, Gordon Sweetnam has reported excellent fishing from Nagarnaman with good numbers of trout up to 3.5lbs being taken during the last week. The best trout caught since the season opened was taken by Mr. Alex Birdy from Carrickmacross and weighed just under 6lbs. Sink tip lines are producing the best results and Gordon has reported little in the way of fly life due to the cold wind.

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:


River Suir Hawthorns tempt trout

Dry fly anglers are limited to the black gnats with only Hathorn Fly hatching in any numbers. The cold weather has really affected the hatches of Olives and Sedges so far this year.

Under the water weighted nymphs and bead heads in small sizes are still taking fish but with water temperatures a little lower than normal you have to work harder and ring the changes to make up a good catch.
Andrew Ryan
Clonanav Angling Centre and School
Clonanav Farmhouse, Ballymacarbry, via Clonmel, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 52 6136765
E-mail:  Website:

Olive Uprights hatch on Greese

Photo: A lovely bright trout from the River Greese.

When I got to the river i found that it was running very low and clear. This was the lowest I have seen it at this time of the year which is due to the lack of rain fall over the past few weeks. After setting up the rod with an olive Klinkhammer to try upstream dry fishing, I set off upstream casting as I was going. Twenty minutes later after only rising one fish with the Klinkhammer I thought it was time for a change. A team of North Country Spiders was my next choice to try. I set up with a Snipe & Purple, Waterhen Bloa and a Black spider all in a size sixteen. Another twenty minutes passed with only one Salmon parr for my effort. I knew it was not going to be easy.

On taking another look around, this time with the binoculars, I spotted a lot of fish moving further down river. As i neared the place where the fish were moving I noticed a lot of Black Gnats flitting up and down over where the fish were moving. I changed flies again this time i put on spiders in size sixteen. If success was to be had, stealth was going to be required. Keeping well back from the bank and crouching on my knees I cast across and let the current carry the flies down giving a slight lift just as the line straightened out. As the line tightens i strike and at last a fish is on.

This was how it was going to be for the next two hours, stealthy crouching kneeling casting. This paid off as I finished the day with a total of twenty four wild brown trout caught and safely released back to the water. I also caught and released seven Salmon parr. The parr have a particular liking for the North Country spiders. It is a good sign to see them in numbers in the river Greese. The water temperature on the day was a warm thirteen and a half degrees Celcius which should soon bring on more fly hatches. While i was making my way back to my car Iinoticed that a hatch of olives was starting to happen. On catching an olive I identified it as being an Olive Upright, another good sign for the river as they are very susceptible to pollution of any kind. In all it was a great days fishing on this wonderful little river.

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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:


Lough Sheelin

Trout fishing has been very slow on Sheelin due to the very chilly conditions with northerly winds prevailing all week. Ned Murray from Ardee had 1 trout of 2lbs caught on buzzer at Goreport. Gene Brady LSTPA had one trout. Other than that not a lot to report.

Lough O'Flynn and Upper River Suck

There was a bitterly cold north, north easterly wind on Lough O'Flynn and River Suck for most of the week which hampered angling. Mayfly hatches have just commenced on the River Suck. Hatches are only sporadic on O'Flynn as yet. We await milder conditions which are forecast over the weekend. This should improve the fishing.

Lough Owel

Trout fishing is good at the moment on Lough Owel. Sooty olive is working well. Weather remains cool for the time of year with grass frosts in the morning time.

Lough Ennell

Fishing on Ennell has started to pick up of late with a good hatch of olives. Colin Cahill had fish to over 3lbs, fishing early morning.

Lough Ree

It’s that time of the year when a small insect called a Mayfly drives anglers demented and while it may be a little late this year due to the bad winter and spring the effect is still the same as twenty nine boats full of anglers turned up last Sunday to check out Lough Ree for signs of the first hatch. While there was some Mayfly spotted they were very few and far between and it may be another week to ten days before we see them in any numbers and the other thing that was scarce on the day was trout as only two were brought to the scales with Richard Henry producing the goods late in the day.

Lough Acalla

Anglers reported very good catches on Lough Acalla last week. Fish were caught at all times of the day, however, fly hatches were poor due to the cold conditions.  Water levels on the lake remain very high. The average weight of fish caught were 1-1.5lbs.  Best flies were Green Olive, Golden Olive, Sooty Olive, Black Pennell, Pheasant tail and Muddlers. A 2.5lb Rainbow was the best reported fish of the week, caught by a Ballinasloe angler. With a good stock of fish in the lake, angling prospects look promising and milder weather is on the way.

Derg does well despite the cold

Trout fishing on Lough Derg has been reasonably good this mayfly season, despite the unseasonably cold conditions. Many of the best fish are being caught on the dapp and wetflies but anglers are hoping that the weather will soften soon in order to provide some good evening fishing on the gnat.

Garrykennedy Fishing Club held two competitions last weekend and sixteen trout were weighed in on Sunday. The winners of the Gerry Regan Trophy on Saturday were father and son from Garrykennedy Eugene and Ciaran Willis with a trout of 2lbs 9ozs, caught on a wulff. Tommie Moloney won the Matt Kennedy Trophy on Sunday with a trout of 2lbs 15ozs on the dapp.

Donnacha Ryan of Newtown had a fish of 3lbs 8ozs on a silver dabbler from the bottom of Youghal Bay on Friday last and at least four more “keepers” over the weekend. Donal Keating of Portroe had a fish of 2lbs 10ozs on the dapp on Friday last.

Portroe anglers Padraig O’ Brien and Mal McCormack had two fish on the wets on Sunday and John Malone from the same parish had a fish of 2lbs 2ozs on the dapp on Saturday in Youghal Bay. Padraig O’ Brien also had three fish on Wednesday of last week in Williamstown on mayfly emergers and wulffs.

Eddie Hynes had three trout in fifteen minutes on Mayfly emergers in Meelick on Sunday and John Ryan of Newtown had two good fish from Youghal on Saturday and another on Sunday. Interestingly, John discovered a good quantity of daddy longlegs mixed with mayfly in the stomachs of the fish. There has been an unusually good hatch of daddies on derg over the past fortnight and maybe dapping this insect could prove productive, even though this method of fishing is not a tradition on the lake.

Sean Treacy of Ardcroney had a great outing on the wets on Sunday while fishing out of Dromineer, landing fish of 5lbs and 2lbs. Jodie and William McGrath had a fish of 4lbs 1oz on Monday, May 10, also fishing out of Dromineer. Nenagh angler Kevin Crosbie had two fine trout of over 3lbs on the wulff on Thursday of last week. As is Kevin’s style, both fish were released. Edwin Morgan of Nenagh and his boat partner had a great outing the same day, taking five on the wets, all released.

There was some very good gnat fishing in Youghal Bay on Saturday evening last. My boat partner Jerry O’ Brien and I had six fish, including a trout of 1lb 15ozs caught by Jerry. I had my own unusual experience when I hooked a small trout of about half a pound. When bringing him to the boat he was grabbed by a pike of about 5lbs which refused to release the trout from his jaws. I eased both the trout and the greedy pike under Jerry’s outstretched net to secure for myself two species in one cast! Both were released, the trout absolutely reefed by the pike’s teeth”, and probably dead at this stage. Meanwhile, Alan Slattery had a total of three good fish on the gnat in Youghal on Saturday and Sunday. But conditions need to get warmer for this method of fishing to come into its own.
Peter Gleeson
Nenagh Guardian

River Maigue

10/05/10 Fished with David Achnell today, first on the Maigue at Castleroberts and later at Lough Gur. It was a most bizarre day and I can honestly say that in 40 years of fishing I have never witnessed both the enormity and variety of fly life such as was on the Maigue today. More bizarre was the fact that the day was so chilly and the fish so quiet given the copious amounts of goodies on offer.

The Mayfly were there in numbers although the trout took no interest, the Iron Blue were coming down in droves and to top it all the surface was peppered with black gnat. Indeed such was the number of flies at any given time it seemed pointless fly fishing as the chances of a fish taking your artificial in preference to the hundreds of naturals were miniscule. In the end we cut our losses and went fly fishing for pike on Lough Gur!

12/05/10 Fished the Maigue at Castleroberts for a couple of hours after lunch today, same conditions as Monday, cool breeze more across than upstream. I began with a smallish Mayfly with no rise, and although the Iron Blues were completely absent the Black Gnat were out again in their thousands, any given square metre of water would have 40-50 Black Gnat. Although small some were in the throes of mating whilst drifting down so together they were a decent mouthful.

I changed to a size 16 Black Gnat dry-fly and within 20 minutes had 2 nice trout over a half-pound. I met them in medium paced water and the rise was only barely discernible, very discreet. They seemed to just suck the fly down and I missed a couple of more takes because the only indication at times was the sudden absence of the fly. There were squally showers when activity ceased and my cue to leave was in the shape of a hailstone shower. There was a small hatch of Mayfly around 2pm, mainly males today, the yellow females being more prevalent on Monday. I remember the old folk when talking about the weather and in reference to a cool day would say, "there's no flies going". That maxim clearly does not apply to that quarter mile of water upstream of Castleroberts on a river known as the Maigue.
Paddy Dunworth
Celtic Angling
Ballingarry, Adare Co. Limerick.
Tel: +353 (0)69-68202 Mob +353 (0)87 6525687
Email: Web:


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


Lough Corrib

It looks like the mayfly have got fed up of waiting for suitable conditions on Corrib, and are starting to hatch in good numbers in spite of the cold northerly winds. Hatches began over the weekend in the Oughterard area, increasing by the day, with the Cornamona area next to follow over the last couple of days, and fly starting to hatch in the Greenfields-Kilbeg area also.

The cold conditions have resulted in most fish feeding below the surface, however over the weekend with fly beginning to hatch in the Oughterard area anglers have been seeing a lot more fish at the surface, with some anglers starting to get fish on the dap. Wetfly has also been successful in duller conditions. Catch returns were only moderate, explained by the conditions, but should improve hugely this week as the hatch gets going. An English visitor, Mr. Dawson, staying at Currarevagh House, had 8 trout to 3lbs over 3 days to the dap, most returned alive. The O’Connor party, also staying at Currarevagh, landed 2 trout while trolling including a fine fish of 12.75lbs and another of 9.5lbs. Seamus and Aidan Kelly had 6 trout on wetfly for 9lbs for one day. Jim Schofield from the midlands had 11 trout on wetfly and buzzer nymph over a week. Basil Shields also reported good fishing for his guests to buzzer nymph, prior to the mayfly starting to show.

On the other side of the lake, mayfly has just begun to hatch in the last 2 days, with a big change noted on Tuesday by anglers, with a lot of trout starting to show. Olives are also hatching in good numbers. A Garda competition at the weekend was won by Aidan Kelly, with 4 trout for 5.14lbs. Mark Kenny was 2nd, with a trout of 3.22lbs, while Seamus Kelly was 3rd with 3 trout for 3.2lbs. Paddy Tierney was 4th with 2 trout for 3.2lbs. Elsewhere, Peadar Coyne had 11 trout over a few outings averaging 1.5lbs, while David Egan and 2 friends had 9 trout for 13.5lbs over a day.

Lough Mask

Lough Mask has been fishing reasonably well over the last few days, although effort is very low in the cold NE wind. Mayfly hatches are rare enough on the lake with just the odd fly being observed, but plenty of small fish showing up in the catches. Alan Beirne from Dublin and Peter Ridge from Meath had 6 trout for 2 days fishing, all released. Tommy Duffy and Pascal O'Broin had 17 keepable fish for a weeks effort, best fish was 2.5lbs, the sporting anglers only held on to 4 fish of their total catch. Olive patterns were proving most successful although very few natural rises were observed by any of the anglers.

Lough Carra

Many of the local anglers have absconded to nearby Lough Carra, where the best mayfly hatches in many years have been seen over the past few days, with good bags of trout recorded also. Westport anglers held their competition on Sunday with 33 anglers catching 38 fish. Winner was John Thornton with 4 fish weighing just over 5lbs. Tommy Carr was 2nd with 4 fish and Eoin McGreal 3rd with 4 fish. Best fish of the day went to Garry Moogan with a well fed trout of 3.25lbs.

Carra Anglers Association also had their competition on the same day with 14 anglers catching 9 fish. Winner was Matt Higgins from Castlebar with 2 fish for 5.47lbs, best 2.9lbs. 2nd place went to Liam Walsh and best fish of the day went to Matt Fahey with a fine trout of just over 3lbs. However I did speak with some anglers who didn't see any mayfly and very little free rising trout. Local knowledge seems to be essential at the moment on Carra, as certain areas haven't seen large hatches as yet. Many anglers would be delighted to hear that the dap proved successful, for example French man Olivier Rishe hooked 10 trout in 2 days angling, best fish 3.5lbs.

The mayfly is up, and anglers will be flocking to the lakes this week for the annual pilgrimage, so I expect to have more news next week on good wild trout fishing.

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Lough Conn

Continued cool north-easterly winds and bright sunshine remained a significant factor affecting fishing throughout the week on the Loughs, making angling difficult. However some anglers enjoyed good late evening fly fishing. Others had some success while trolling, with Peter Boylan, Dublin, boating a 7lbs salmon near Pontoon.

The Albert Berry annual angling trip to Lough Cullin was well attended with 64 anglers taking part over two days, landing a total of 39 trout with the best at 2lbs with the majority being taken on Mayflies. All trout were released. Micky Kelly, Dublin, had a total of seven trout on Lough Cullin with his best at 2lbs.

On the northern end of Lough Conn anglers had some success with trout being taken on the Wickham’s Fancy and Mayfly, with local anglers Ian Wyse and John Warren enjoying a great evenings fishing, boating 15 trout with the best at 2lbs and  all fish being released. On the western shores in the Cloghans area Noel McLaughlin, N.Ireland and friend had five trout in one evening on the Mayfly while local angler Seamus Kelly and Barry Fox, Sligo, had four trout each for an evenings fishing with successful flies being the Silver Invicta, Mayflies and Green Peters.

The Lough Conn and Cullin Anglers Annual Whit Competition is taking place on 5/6th of June. Anglers interested in fishing the competion can find more information here:

Lampreys: Anglers fishing the lake may catch trout or other fish with lampreys atttached. The Central Fisheries Board would be extremely grateful if you would keep any lamprey you catch (freeze it) for us to collect. Failing that, a good digital image on camera or camera phone would be important. With photos, it is very helpful if you can include something to give a scale or sense of size – such as a mobile phone or a finger tip! More information here:

Ballin Lough

Despite the cool winds and bright conditions of the past week, Ballin Lough has produced good fishing for those who ventured out. A total of twenty-four anglers accounted for 68 rainbow trout, with forty-two of these safely released. Vincent Roche, Harry Lloyd and Alan McGurdy had 10 trout, with their best weighing in at 2.5lbs. Tommy Carrol and friend, Islandeady, caught 13 with their best at 2.75lbs while Matt Foley and friend accounted for 10 with their best at 2.5lbs. Most successful flies on Ballin Lough were Dabblers, Nymphs and Cat’s Whiskers.

Lough Arrow

Lough Arrow had some good angling for the week, with some sizable trout being caught on the fly. Peter Dunne had ten for the week with two weighing in at 4.5lbs, all taken on Buzzers, with John Hargadon also boating one at 4.5lbs. Thomas Walsh had three trout while Francie White had two all fallen to wet flies. 

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


Lough Melvin

The weather over the week was cold once again and winds remained from north & easterly directions. This meant that there was little in the way of flies hatching and few anglers fishing for trout. Three good trout were caught trolling. On Monday, Sean Maguire landed a fine 5 ½lb trout which was returned. On Wednesday, Sean was guiding two French anglers who caught a fine 8lb trout trolling a Yellow Belly. The forecast is for the winds to come round to a more westerly direction and bring some much needed rain which should liven things up hoefully.

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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.

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Cashel Trout Fishery

Beautiful weather had brought the anglers out once again in great numbers to Cashel.
The Roe Valley Residents’ Association from Limavady had a fun day with us.  Everyone had a great time although not everyone caught trout.  Bernard (Mellon (Maghera) released around thirty-three trout using buzzers and CDC’s.  Gary Gaile and Philip Glenn (Articlave) released two each which took wee dries while Kevin Conway and Patrick Mc Cullough (Loughgiel) banked eleven between them taking two home which weighed 4lb 4ozs.  Gregory English (Draperstown) banked three while his mate Mark Brown (Belfast) banked one trout which fell to olive buzzers.  Franky Murphy (Feeny) bagged one for home weighing 2lb while Willie Mc Elhinney and son Liam (Magilligan) bagged five and four respectively with one big one at 9lb which took a black buzzer.  John Hall (Campsie) released two which took a shipman’s buzzer while Derry’s Paul Ford and Jimmy McCay banked five between them using daddies and other wee dries.  Young Adrian Ford (Derry) unfortunately lost his three trout.  Allan Mc Clune (Dungiven) bagged two at 4lb 4ozs and released one which John Hasson (Dungiven) released at least half a dozen which took the f-flies and small black gnats.

Well done to all!
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email:  Website:

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Coarse Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Lough Muckno

Lough Muckno has continued to produce fish this week. The water has cleared slightly but is tinged with colour. Fish have to feed along the ledges all around the lake and anglers have reported nice bags (15-25lbs of roach and hybrids per session) on feeder and pole.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


45 tench for 150lb on Drumbad

Photo: A huge bag of tench for Brian Bohan.

Last week Drumbad was my target for tench after some heavy prebaiting for 4 evenings I settled in for an early morning session and was of the mark after just a few casts. The first tench from one of my favourite swims on Drumbad is a joy that can't be explained.

The fishing then exploded with tench after tench and as the morning continued the fishing got better and better with fish falling to 3 and 4 maggots. This was one of my best mornings this year so far and continued on until 2 o clock in the afternoon with a totall of 45 tench for over 150lb.

Access to this lake is via farm land and permission from the farmer should always be sought. Anglers must ensure that they take all their rubbish etc home with them to ensure the farmer continues to allow anglers fish this wonderful lake.

Lough Rynn is still fishing well at the moment.

Lough Allen is fishing well for roach, hybrids and bream.

Crenagh is still showing tench.

The Dutch King of Clubs will start next week and some lakes will be closed off during this competion:

Brian Bohan
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Web

Lanesboro might yet recover

7/10/05 This afternoon, I was bagging up for less than 30 seconds to record a similar catch on the navigation channel. Later I opted on a trip to Lara near Castlerea to find a very low river and only 4 tiny Roach, one of which was sacrificed to lure a 6lb Pike, my first this year! I drove to Dunammon where there are millions of Roach near the bridge in the shallows. I caught about 40 up to 4oz but mainly scaller before dusk.

8/10/09 Not surprisingly, I failed to see or hear of a single fish caught today. Under the bridge there are thousands of 2" fry so I'm sure a few Perch must be just behind them. I walked along the hot stretch and could see things in the bright sunlight I
never knew were there. The vegetation has grown so much in the last few days and it will most certainly cause problems later in the year. The air temperature slightly improved but the nights are still cold. I don't expect any fish movement for the forseeable future.

9/05/10 At Lanesborough I would expect this to be the peak, but sadly this is not the case. When I heard of the power station going off line way back in September last year, I was not unduly worried. The navigation channel should provide ample sport for those not wanting to rub shoulders with the next angler on the hot water stretch. So where are the fish? It is possible that there are still a lot in the hole 300 meters into the lake. At dusk tonight, there was absolutely no surface activity and with the water temperature showing no signs of improving, I wonder if I'm to get any more fish at all in my remaining two weeks.

At 6pm, I shut the shop and headed for the Inny to fish the "Maladys" stretch. The river was full of very small fish and I had about 10lbs by 9pm.

10/05/10 Had a session on the Suck at Corrin Ford catching 10lb of Roach, Gudgeon, 3 small Hybrids and a Rudd in three hours. I was back at Lanesborough by 5pm. At 7.45pm I went across the bridge to fish the old slipway and managed 8 Perch and 5 Roach, although none went over six ounces, it was a pleasure to catch here again. The weather forecast showed near zero for the night, - ouch!

11/05/10 At 9am, three anglers from Birmingham arrived to fish the disabled swims, by 11.30 they had packed up. Mid afternoon saw myself having a fruitless hour on the old slipway, which I repeated again at 7.30pm without a bite. Do you see a pattern here? I know it was cold overnight, but not a single fish was caught. I've just read the 14 day forecast and have come to the conclusion Summer is cancelled due to lack of interest! On my way to Roscommon, I noticed a row of Daffodils (this feels like a poem) These should have died a month ago, so maybe there is a possibility we will see a second flush of fish in the next two weeks?
Paul Waghorne

River Inny full of tench, chub at Athlone

Photo: A chub was caught at the weir at Athlone

11/05/10 Weather was cold and mixed with sunshine and showers in waves, winds still Northely. Chris and I headed off to the canal again tonight to see if there was much to be had, out first choice of spot was already occupied by Dennis and Derek who were in the process of setting up, so we will await the results. We headed on to Abbeyshrule and had a good bit of sport at the airfield with Tench and Roach, the only downside was the continued presence of a pike that delighted in snatching the bait or float and heading off at speed. I was top man with 4 Tench and a good smattering of Roach probably the result of a new haircut.

One other thing of interest was a photo sent to us by email of a fish taken below the weir in Athlone, this fish which weighed in at 4lb is clearly a Chub and shows that they have now moved through into the Shannon system.

08/05/10 Winds from the north were not enough to deter us from a trip to the Canal at the (newly christened) Hobbit swim after Dave and Keith reluctantly returned home. We found to our delight that the boys pre-baited swim turned out to be heaving with Tench, Roach and Perch. I was first off the mark with a young female Tench closely followed by Chris with a lively male Tench. This action continued all evening and into the dusk. We both got broken up once by larger fish that were unwilling to come to the net, but were delighted with 11 fine Tench in a few hours of fishing until we were beaten by the cold. Our local Bog is alive with life, the Kingfishers have had their first clutch and are feeding them sticklebacks continuously, cuckoos are singing away and the Warblers are in full song with Sedge and Willow Warblers filling the area with lovely song.
John Coles

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Northern Region

Alice Murtagh reports: 


Killeshandra tench from town Lake

Photo: 52cm Tench that was caught by Markus Knupp

A huge 52cm Tench was caught by Markus Knupp from Dusseldorf in Germany in the Town Lake in Killeshandra. This fish could well have been near record weight. He also had good pike fishing with his longest pike being 96cm, so he is going home a very happy man!
Audrey and Alan
Fishing Cottages Ireland
Castlehamilton, Killeshandra
Web: or

1,462 lb caught at Killeshandra Coarse Angling Festival

The first annual Killeshandra Coarse Angling Festival sponsored by The Shamrock Innn, Killeshandra, has just been run from 3rd-6th May and a total of 663.45 kilo ( 1,462 lb) of fish was caught by 21 anglers.

Anglers consisted of a number of local anglers, also some from Northern Ireland and the UK. The overall festival was won by Preston Innovations rep. Tony Price from Cootehill who caught a total of 47.95 kilo this after blanking on the first day. He was in eighth place going into the last day but after catching the best bag on the final day of 20.90 kilo was propelled into first place to win first prize of 600 euro plus a further 120 euro for the biggest catch of the day.

Second place went to John Potters with a total of 46.56 k, third was Francis McGoldrick of the Anglers Rest in Ballyconnell with 45.94, 4th was Simon Houthwaite of Enniskillen with 43.90 k and 5th was former England international Dickie Carr with a total of 43.81 k. Bags consisted of mainly roach and hybrids with a few large bream coming from Killykeen match stretch and the odd tench.

The lakes fished were Lower Derries, Killykeen and Tawlaght. The first 3 days were on a rotation basis and on the final day it was an open match. Tawlaght fished very badly as the fish were away spawning and it was decided to take Tawlaght out of the last days fishing and replace it with another section on Killykeen. Lower Derries was the best venue producing consistently good bags of fish for all anglers, Killykeen got better day by day.

The Festival was a resounding success and after these catches should be a must for all anglers in the future.
Derek Whittaker
Spinners Tackle Shop
Main Street, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan.
Tel: (049) 436 3877

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Northern Ireland


Meadowbrook Winter League - Final

The best match of the winter league brought the league to a close on Sunday.

Gavin Brown (Kesh) won the match in style with 12.150Kgs on peg 3 on the Top Lake.

Runner Up was John Balcombe (Derrygiff) with 8.570Kgs on Top Peg 10 with Nick Howell (Kilskeery) finishing third with 8.400Kgs on Bottom Lake peg 7.

Nine of the 14 anglers caught more than 4Kgs.

In the overall league standings Gavin Brown won the league by one point from long time league leader John Brown (Ballycassidy).

The league had an average turnout of 15 anglers with over £2,600 in prize money being paid out.

 18 anglers have booked on for the Summer League which starts this week, book in with Kenny or Jack if you wish to fish (details attached).
Jack Tisdall
Cloughballymill Angling Centre
Unit 3, Sligo Road, Enniskillen. BT74 7JY
Tel: +44 28 6632 2008
Web: E-mail:

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Pike Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


73 pike in 6 days in the Northeast

Photo: A pike of 24.5lb for Monsieur Sachet Binoit fishing with Pat McLoughlin.

Water levels in many of the lake in the north east especially around Carrickmacross and Castleblaney are low at the moment. Many of the lakes have cleared and visibility is much improved. Water temperatures have also increased slightly with the warmer weather but the cold wind has affected unsheltered and exposed areas.

Over the last week Monsieur Sachet Binoit, a French angler from Marseilles fished with angling guide Pat Mc Loughlin. Both anglers caught and released a total of 73 pike over a six day period from the lakes in the Cavan/Monaghan area. 26 of the fish were 80+ cms and the best fish weighed in at 24.5lbs. One fish, which Pat estimates was over 25lbs was lost at the boat. All methods including trolling, spinning, sink and draw and floated dead-baits produced fish.

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Southern Region

no report this week - [most recent report 21/02/10]

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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
E Mail:

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

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Hot piking in the cold Boyle

Photo: Bodo with a good pike around 24lb.

07/05/10 Despite the cool North-East winds the pike fishing is now getting pretty hot. We were out this morning early and a short session yielded some beauties of 24lbs and 10lbs. Several other pike attacks were missed, so it looks like they are getting hungry. Best lure today once again was the Strike Pro X-Buster. Water temperature today: 12.8 C
Bodo Funke
Angling Services Ireland,
Boyle, Co Roscommon

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:

No report this week - [most recent report 15/03/10]

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:

No report this week - [most recent report 28/04/10]

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


Killeshandra pike to 96cm

Markus Knupp from Dusseldorf in Germany fished the Town Lake in Killeshandra. He had good pike fishing with his longest pike being 96cm, so he is going home a very happy man!
Audrey and Alan
Fishing Cottages Ireland
Castlehamilton, Killeshandra.
Web: or

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Sea Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Gilthead bream from east coast beach

gilthead bream
Photo: A lovely gilt head bream of 3lbs 10ozs was caught by Des Frazer of Southside Angling.

Fishing is still difficult on the east coast but despite the difficult conditions a lovely gilt head bream of 3lbs 10ozs was caught by Des Frazer of Southside Angling in Cullenstown. This beautiful fish was taken on lugworm. Some larger bass are now being recorded in the Wexford area with reports of bass being taken in the Cullenstown area.

Martin Howlin from the Wexford Sea Angling Club reports that the Wexford club recently fished a club competition on the south coast near Carnsore point. The weather was good with only a slight north east wind, we started fishing at 8PM the first hour was a bit slow with only a few flounders landed but as the light level dropped the dogs came on the feed, the fishing was frantic for the last few hours. The 4 hour match was won with a total of 34 dogs and 5 flounder and a great night was had by all the club members. There were a lot of spider crabs caught during the competition this is a good indicator that the smooth hounds are not far away.

The Menapia SAC held a club competition in the Kilmore area flounders made up the bulk of the catch but bass, dogs & coalfish were among the species recorded. The north east winds are still having an effect with the east Wexford beaches fishing below par for this time of year; however I have received reports of some good quality bass landed in the Courtown and Kilmuckridge areas the best fish was estimated to be in the region of 15lbs a fish of a lifetime. This cracking fish was returned to the water by a responsible local angler.

The word from the boats on the east coast is lots of dogs with some ray also starting to show. No tope or smooth hounds reported yet but it should not be long with the winds forecast to turn southerly and the temperatures to rise. Bass are starting to show. Check out reports on bass and sea trout fishing posted by angling guide Jim Hendrick from Wexford on his website at

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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
E Mail:


Plenty of fish in the sea at Valentia

And again, a beautiful angling week is behind us. Different groups of three to six anglers caught 278 pollack,17 ling, 133 coal fish, 21 cod, 23 pout and 2 ballan wrasse.
Siegy Grabher
Ballyhearny West, The Mill, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 66 9476420 or +353 87 6871267
Email: Website:

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:

no report this week [last report 14/04/10]

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Northern Ireland


Red bay fishing well with skate to 164lb

Photo: An incredible brace of skate, the bigger fish is 219lb.

Red Bay is fishing well for Hamish in the last few weeks with plenty of good fish keeping his anglers happy. One of the best catches this month was a 164lb skate. Last month we had one 219lb!

Photo: A good cod.

Photo: A fine spurdog.

Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
Web: Email:
Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117

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