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Irish Angling Update

20 May 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon angling Update

Southern Region


River Nore

13/05/10 Ian Gough from Australia on his 1st day salmon fishing in Ireland hooked and lost a salmon. He was fishing the Mount Juliet water just below Ballyhick weir. He was fly fishing with a size 8 Cascade. The fish was only on for short time before throwing the hook.

19/05/10 The Nore is now running at a very low level, we need some rain soon. I have been on the river for the last few days and have not seen any salmon. Hopefully if we get a bit more rain and a rise in the river levels we might see a few salmon come up from the tidal waters below Inistioge, will keep you posted.
Jim Brown
Salmon and trout ghillie
Address: Rosebank Lodge, Mount Alto, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.
Email: Web:

River Blackwater

Fort William Estate Fishery

18/05/10 Water levels are perfect for the fishery with fish now been taken each day. Its looking like been a bumber month of May for us if it continues. 21 fish have been taken so far for the month and with the fine weather set to continue more fish will be met. Today so far Matin Mullane landed 2 fine fish off the Castle beat,1 fish was 10lbs and the other was 12lbs. Bryn Ocklford from the U.K. landed his first of the season of 5lbs and John Brock also from the U.K landed a fish on spinner of 5lbs. Prospects for the month are really looking good.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
Email: Web:

Blackwater Lodge Fishery

18/05/10 Two fish to 11.2lb on the 13th & a 6 pounder on the 14th. Fishing effort is very low. The river is in perfect fly order with excellent clarity. The run of fish appears to be building up! Good for the coming week.
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.

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 of and staying in the Seatrout department they say you can’t keep a good artist down and today was a 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. Wind as already stated, amount of rainfall 4.4mm, max air temperature 11.1c.

13/5/10 There was a fine 4.5lbs Seatrout caught on the fly by a guest fishing with his gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy and staying with the fly, C&R of the day goes to Mr. Roger Baker with a fine Specimen Seatrout of 6.75lbs caught on a Claret bumble. Wind S then veered W and veered again into the NW light and fresh at times and overcast with light rain this morning, amount of rainfall 0.7mm, max air temperature 13.1c

14/5/10 The Walsh brothers from the UK were in good form when they caught a fine Grilse on the fly with their Gillie Mr. Vincent Appleby and of and in the brown trout department their good friends from Spain caught two fine Brown trout in the 3lbs class and five more in the 1lbs class, now to the Seatrout department, catch of the day goes to a guest, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and of with two fine Seatrout in the 4 to 5lbs class. Wind N light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover, amount of rainfall 12.8c.

15/5/10 There was a fine 8.5lbs specimen Seatrout caught on the fly by a German Angler, Mr. Markus Kase fishing out of and with his Gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer and @ also in good form was Mr. St.Johndundon with a 2.5lbs Seatrout caught on the fly with his gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea and @ next in the striking zone is Mr. Pat O Mahony of Cork who caught a 4lbs Seatrout on the drift and staying in the 4lbs class Mr. Arthur White of the UK caught a fine Seatrout on the fly with his Gillie Mr. Bob Priestley, a guest also caught a fine Seatrout in the 4lbs class with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and of and last but not least a guest fishing with his Gillie Mr. Terrance Wharton also caught a Seatrout in the 3 to 4 lbs class. Wind W then veered SW light to fresh, with reasonable cloud cover, amount of rain fall 0.1mm, max air temperature 13.4c.

16/5/10 Today was bright and sunny with a light Northerly wind, and sadly my Noble Anglers failed miserably in their duties. Amount of rainfall 1.1mm, max air temperature 13.4c. Just a quick note on the record Seatrout of 12lbs 13.57oz Caught by Mr Liam Ellis, Mr. Frank Donnelly may have lost the record but keeps the record because Liam was fishing out of Lakelands House.

17/05/10 There was some fine action on Lough Currane this morning and first in the striking zone was Mr. Melvin Wood with a fine Specimen Seatrout of 6lbs 3oz caught on the fly with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea, also in good form was Mr Arthur White of the UK with a Seatrout of 4lbs caught on the fly, with his Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan, staying with the fly, one of Michael's hired out boats caught a couple of Seatrout in the 2 to 3lbs class, next in the striking zone was a young Mather from Germany who caught a fine 2.5lbs Seatrout on the fly with his gillie Mr. Bob Priestley, and in the C&R department, Mr. Neil O'Shea was telling me that an angler caught a Grilse in the 2 to 3lbs class which he sportingly put back.

18/05/10 Just one or two seatrout caught, but no real rod benders. On the weather from its made a flood but it will be interesting to see how much the land takes of our liquid refreshment.

19/05/10 There was a fine 9lbs Salmon caught on the troll by Mr. Dennehy in a hired out boat, in the Seatrout department an angler caught a fine 3lbs 8oz Seatrout on the fly, in a hired out boat. amount of rainfall yesterday was 20.4mm.

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

20/05/10 Low water conditions. Warmer with suny spells.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
Web: Email:

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Western Region


Galway Weir

The Galway Fishery produced 16 salmon for the week, with conditions perfect for flyfishing at one gate open. Spring fish are continuing to run, with some very big fish seen and caught, while grilse are starting to come in now also.

The best fish of the season to date was taken by Liam Gilsenan from Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath, a regular visitor to Galway. He landed a cracking 19lbs silver fish on a Green Highlander fly, green is proving a top colour for flies in Galway this season. Liam also caught and released a fine 14lbs fish the same day. Liam’s 19lbs fish beat the previous season best, which had only stood for one day, when Tony Coakley from Cork landed a 17lbs springer, also on fly.

Others to land spring fish were Paul Gallagher from Donegal, who took an 11lbs fish on shrimp. Dave Lenihan from Galway fished an evening and landed a 12.5lbs salmon on fly, while Micheal Rogers from Dublin took a fine 13.5lbs fish on fly. Gerry Hartigan landed a 10.5lbs salmon on shrimp, while John McGauran landed one of 10.5lbs on fly.
Early grilse were landed by Davy Hoy from Northern Ireland, who had a 5lbs fish on fly, Frank O’Hara from Laois (also 5lbs on fly), UK visitor PJ Taylor, with a 5.5lbs fish on fly, and Louis Brennan, who took a 6.5lbs 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

18/04/10 Light rain overnight and further more persistent rain all days has given us our river back. Should continue overnight and clear in the morning. Levels should remain good for the weekend.

19/05/10 Great water today and a few fish were spoted entering the system. Heavy misty cloud however, gave us very low pressure with high humidity also. Not great for fishing although there were a couple of near misses. Water should be good for the next few days.
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:

[19 May , 2010]

River Moy

Water levels on the Moy have now dropped to normal summer levels, however good numbers of spring salmon continue to enter the system. The Moy Fishery continued to produce good numbers of fish, with The Point producing its first salmon of the year, The Cathedral Beat yielding six and the Weir Pool five including one caught by fly angler Gareth Ruigrok, Dublin. The Ridge Pool produced eight salmon with Michael Dench, England, landing two and Sean Maye, Sligo, catching a fine fish of 11.76lbs on the fly.

Upstream, Armstrong’s and Gannon’s Fisheries have yielded good catch numbers with visiting anglers Jean Polis, Belgium, capturing a 7lbs salmon on the spinner and Jan Bouanchaud, France, landing one at 10lbs. The Foxford Fishery also had a successful week, with Michael Rapier, England, and party catching a total of nine salmon for three days with their best fish weighing in at 12.5lbs. Rinanney continued to fish very well as did Cloongee where Paul Wymes, Dublin had two fish and Dr John Hanagan, Newport, also having success. Fly anglers fishing the East Mayo Anglers’ water continued to enjoy good catches, with Brian McClashan, Scotland, landing a 9lbs salmon and Mallet Perrie, France, catching one at 6lbs. Fishing the worm, Marcel Jacquim, Belgium, had a salmon of 7lbs.

Carrowmore Lough

Carrowmore continued to produce good numbers of salmon, and with June approaching anglers await with anticipation the main sea trout run. Over thirty salmon were caught on the lake for the week, with a party of anglers from Navan, catching six salmon averaging 7lbs and Mary Harkin, Dublin, catching two at 6lbs and 7lbs. Carrowmore Lake was also visited by His Excellency, Ambassador Robert Devriese of Belgium during the week and his trip to the West was well rewarded with the Ambassador catching a fine 8lbs springer.

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

Water levels on the Ballisodare River are now extremely low and despite a lower angling effort as a result, the Fishery still produced over thirty-five salmon for the week. Fly anglers who were successful included J.P Chenux, Switzerland, catching a salmon on the Willie Gunn, while Philip Soden had one of 5lbs on an Ally’s Shrimp. Spanish angler Miguel Gomez also had success catching a 6lbs salmon. Other anglers successful fly anglers included Jimmy Cuff, Heather Chambers, Sligo, Dermott Glennon and Billy Dullaghan.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


River Drowes

Once again the Drowes remained very low all week with no decent rainfall occurring during the week. In fact the river remained under 0.4 on the gauge all week. The temperature remained fairly low all week except for the weekend which brought very warm & bright conditions with the thermometer soaring to 22°C on occasions. Despite the low water conditions and only a limited number of rods fishing, there were good numbers of salmon (mainly grilse) caught. On Tuesday, Thomas Colgan recorded a 5½lb grilse caught from the Old Sea Pool on a Flying ‘C’ lure. On Wednesday, Tommy Carson accounted for a 4lb grilse caught on a fly from the Mill Pool. On Thursday, Darryl Kennedy landed a 7lb salmon on prawn from Briney’s. On Friday, Bruce Campbell recorded a 5½lb grilse caught from the Mill Pool on a Flying ‘C’ lure. Eddie Chambers accounted for a 5lb fish also caught on a Flying ‘C’ from the Black Hole. On Saturday, Barry Quigley landed a 4½lb grilse from the Sea Pools on the fly. Thomas Colgan recorded another grilse weighing 5lb. This was caught from Colgan’s Bushes on a Flying ‘C’. Mark Brady recorded a 5½lb grilse caught on worm from the Black Hole and Brian Cherry reported a 4½lb grilse caught from Peter’s High Bank on a Flying ‘C’ lure. On Sunday, Ryan O’Hagan accounted for a 4lb grilse caught from the Ridge Pool on a shrimp fly and Mark Hawthorn landed a 5lb grilse caught on fly from the Sea Pools. Next week looks set to be dry also and the low water conditions will persist into next week.

Lough Melvin

There was no rain in the catchment to speak off and the Lough remained low. The week was cool apart from the weekend when temperatures rose rapidly to over 20°C. The bright sunlight at the weekend did not help the angling however. The Lough was fairly quiet over the week with very few rods fishing trout and a small number of rods out for salmon. There were a number of grilse recorded over the week all caught trolling. On Wednesday, Ernie Lowden & Willie Richardson fishing together accounted for a grilse apiece each weighing around 4 ½lb. On Saturday, Kevin Gilmurry had a good day landing two grilse weighing 3½ & 4lb. On Sunday, Dennis Maguire accounted for a 4lb grilse. We pray for a little rain, no a lot of rain to liven things up!


The weather was dry, cold and breezy for much of the week and there was no precipitation. This meant that the river remained at very low levels all week never exceeding 0.10m on the gauge. The gauge average for the week read a very low 0.07 metres for the week. Only one visiting rod fished for the week (more for the fresh air than the fishing I think!) and I have no reports of any catches to date.

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:


33.5 lb salmon from the Finn

Photo: 33.5lb salmon from the Finn for Patsy McHugh.

18/05/10: Fishing headlines tonight have to go to local angler Patsy Mc Hugh who landed himself a monster this evening at Lifford bridge on the bubble and fly, all 33 and a half pounds of it! An absolute cracker of a fish and a reecord for a rod-caught fish about here in a long while if we're not mistaken. So the most sincere congratulations to Patsy on this marvelous catch. Its raining here at the minute but we've been here before so we'll wait and see how long it goes on for before we start getting excited about the prospect of fresh water.

Photo: Michael O'Kane sportinly released this lovely fresh grilse.

20/05/10 Not much more fresh in the river today but a couple of fish were caught over tha lst couple of days including a nice grilse sportingly returned by junior angler Michael O'Kane.
Foyle Fishing

River Mourne

20/05/10: A few salmon were caught over the weekend on fly and worm as there was a bit of fresh in the river from time to time. There was a bit more rain on the 18th but not enough to improve levels. This morning the river was up, a bit murky, but a a couple of grilse were caught at Grevenue with more fish passing through.
Foyle Fishing

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Trout Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


River Liffey flying high

This weekend produced my best days fishing on the Liffey in a long time. On Saturday evening there were a few Olive Uprights still hatching so I started fishing with an olive Klinkhammer. I managed to catch six fish with the Klinkhammer before it went quiet. I changed over to a size sixteen black spider as there were plenty of Black Gnats hovering about. I caught a further nine fish with the spider before it turned cold. Once the cold came down the fish stopped moving and all of the fly life disappeared. There was no point in flogging the water any more so i packed up and headed home.

On sunday I got down to the river at 12.30 or so and had planned to fish up until 6 o’clock. It was a dry day with a blustery breeze blowing down across the river and the air temperature was forecast to reach 15C. While I was making my way down to the river I saw a huge number of Hawthorn flies gathering along the hedgerows. Further down towards the river, I came across a small pond over which there was absolutely thousands of Black Gnats skimming along its surface. On getting to the first pool that i was planning to fish i saw several good fish rising to olives. Setting the rod up with the usual Klinkhammer I sneaked over and cast to the rising fish and they were in taking form. I caught seven nice fish from this pool before all went quiet.

Moving on to the next pool Ii saw there were big numbers of Black Gnats flitting about under the overhanging vegetation. I changed over to a team of black spiders of various small sizes to fish across and down. First cast accounted for a good fish of thirty five cms. Next cast Ii was in again to another good fish just slightly smaller. This is how it was to be for the rest of the day fish after fish all taking a size sixteen Parrys Black spider. In each pool Ii fished the trout were taking the Black Gnat. There were also Iron Blue duns, Olive Uprights and Yellow May duns hatching but all the trout were interested in were the Gnats.

In the time i was there i caught and released over 60 fish ranging from 12 cms up to thirty seven cms. I also hooked, lost and missed many more fish. Fantastic fishing by any standard. With the water temperature now at twelve degrees Celcius and lots of flies hatching, the river Liffey is now at its very best. Already I am looking forward to my next outing.

River Fane

Water levels are very low and clear on the River Fane at the moment and the more settled weather has led to an improvement in the brown trout fishing. Evening fishing is best for the larger trout but good sport can still be had during the day. Good catches have been recorded upstream of Iniskeen. There have been good hatches of sedges and olives. Black gnat and terrestrials are also in evidence.

No salmon or sea trout have been reported from the Fane to date.

Details of day permits and memberships are available from the Dundalk Brown Trout Angling Club at 

River Boyne and tributaries

Angling guide Marc O’Regan reports that water levels in the Boyne and tributaries are low and clear. Trout fishing has been excellent on the Boyne at Trim and Navan in Co. Meath. Mr. Rob Weetnik and his three friends from Holland have had some nice catches on the River Boyne. The best fish recorded by this group of visiting anglers measured 15.5inches. Dark olives, sedges, gnats and smuts are the dominant fly species at the moment. Occasional mayfly (E. danica) have also been sighted over the last few days.

Marc O’Regan can be contacted at

There is still little trout fishing activity at the moment on the Boyne below Navan. Small hatches of mayfly have been reported by anglers on the Boyne between the villages of Slane and Donore.

A number of France anglers have visited the Boyne Valley Fishery during the last week. Pierre Lambart and his fishing buddy fly-fished for trout on the Kells Blackwater with angling guide Pat Mc Loughlin for a couple of days. Both anglers caught and released circa 25-30 trout each per day with the majority of fish measuring between 25-37cms. The best two fish taken by these anglers measured 42cms and 44cms and were taken on a nymph. There have been hatches of morning duns but the trout are totally ignoring them. The majority of fish are being taken on a size 16 black gnat fished dry.

Pat Mc Loughlin can be contacted at

Creevy Lough

Despite being stocked over the last few days, trout fishing at Creevy Lake, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan has remained slow. Small catches of brown and rainbow trout are still being reported daily. Fish are being taken on both fly and bait. Most of the trout are rainbow trout weighing around the pound to pound and a half mark.
The Carrickmacross Trout Angling Club is 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, fly casting and fly-tying 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.
Well known local angler Brian Keoghan, APGAI will also be participating and assisting with events on the day. Brian is also an angling guide and has guided for a number of celebrity anglers.
Also appearing at the Creevy event will be angling guide Gerry Duffy and members of the Irish International Coarse Angling Team including Irish International Coarse Angling Team manager, Dick Caplice.  

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 from to 2.5lbs to 6.5lbs being taken. Last weeks heaviest trout of the season was topped this week by a local juvenile angler who landed a fine 7lb 2oz rainbow. Approximately 50 to 60 anglers are fishing at this venue daily.

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:

no report this week - [most recent report 10/05/10]

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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

Mayfly were not plentiful on Sheelin up to week-ending May 16th. Considering previous years, it  is predicted to improve with the warmer weather forecast in the coming days. There were small hatches of fly observed around Crover and Arley.

Even though the hatches of mayfly were small, there were a few good fish caught. Thomas Lynch LSTPA had a total of 9 fish over 3 days. Best weights were 5.5 lbs, 4lbs and 3 lbs. Six other fish averaging 2lbs, all caught on wet Mayfly. All fish were released. Michael Kelly, Dublin LSTPA caught 3 fish, best weights were 3lbs and 4lbs. J McKenna from Monaghan had 2 fish. 4lbs weight each. Thomas Harten caught a trout of 5.25lbs

Lough O'Flynn and Upper River Suck

Water is at  normal summer level and temperatures have recovered of late following cool conditions earlier in the week. A few anglers fished the lake, mostly fishing from the shore. Anglers were happy enough with their catches by all accounts. Paul Mc Loughlin from the White House Hotel fished on Saturday evening and had 4 trout to 1.5lbs, some fish were released. There are small hatches of Mayfly presently and hatches are improving each day, so prospects look promising for the coming week. Tight Lines!

Lough Owel

Olives are also appearing on Owel and some good fish are on the move. Last Saturday 3 competitions were fished on Owel and some good fish were produced. In the coming weeks it certainly is worth checking out.

Lough Ennell

Some nice trout are coming off Ennell. Robbie Nicholson had a nice trout fishing out of Lilliput last week. We also received reports of Ginnell Terrace angler Tosh Grimes landing some great fish from Ennell in recent days. All going well some fish will show in the coming weeks on the May Fly. Lilliput Boat hire have a super fleet of boats and engines for hire if you fancy your chances.087-6492866.

Lough Derrevarragh

Photo: Kevin Walsh from Ballinea caught a good trout on Derravaragh last week.

Kevin Walsh from Ballinea produced a good trout off Derravaragh last week. Kevin was fishing with angling mates Finbarr and Paul Moran, when he landed his prized catch. The fish was in prime condition and really looked the business. Some weeks back we featured a beautiful trout from Derravaragh caught on the troll. In the coming weeks as the May fly hatch Derravaragh just might produce a few crackers. There is a good launching area at Donore shore for your boat, and if need they can be hired at Derravaragh Boat Hire. Paul Smith 086-8230363.

Lough Ree

The first of the Dapp competitions took place last Sunday and with a few small Mayfly hatches the previous week it was hoped that Sunday would bring more and bigger hatches but this was not to be. The competition for the Teddy Browne Memorial Cup attracted a great entry, as always, with over thirty boats taking part and with the fly hatches few and far between there was very few fish brought to the scales but those that were of excellent quality and it was the trout caught by Hugh Tobin early in the day that was to ultimately prove to be the winner.

Lough Acalla

Anglers reported very good catches on Lough Acalla last week. Fish were caught at all times of the day.  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.

Derg goes dour despite air of promise

Where have all the small trout gone? After a promising start the Mayfly season on Lough Derg has turned into a rather dour affair in the past week. While a small number of anglers have caught fairly large trout, the news from the vast majority is that angling has been rather poor.

At least twenty boats took part in the competition for the Jackie Whelan Cup from Garrykennedy on Sunday last but only five fish were weighed in at the end of the day. The winner was Portroe angler Mal McCormack with a trout of 4lbs 2ozs caught on wet fly in Youghal Bay. The only other four fish weighed Garrykennedy on the day were produced by John Malone (2lbs 7ozs), Neillie Barry (1lbs 15ozs), Simon Ryan (1lbs 12ozs) Eugene Willis (1lbs 11ozs).

The fishing on Saturday last was almost as poor for the Caddy Kennedy Trophy competition out of Garrykennedy. The winner was Alan Slattery with a trout of 4lbs 11ozs caught on a wet golden dabbler. Denis Seymour of Portroe also had a good outing on Saturday, taking a trout of 3lbs 15ozs on the dapp from Youghal, while Donal Keating also had a trout of 2lbs 9ozs on the dapp.

A notable feature in regard to many of the larger trout being caught is that they have one or more lamprey eels attached to them. This may suggest that the big trout are spending much of their time on the bottom of the lake rather than coming up to feed on the fly – which is not good news for mayfly anglers.

In recent days the majority of boats have come in without a fish off Lough Derg and anglers have reported seeing very few fish rising to the plentiful hatches of mayfly. Some say the unseasonably cold weather has not helped matters, but with temperatures now about to rise fishermen and women are hoping that it will provide the ideal conditions for evening gnat fishing over the coming weeks.

One matter of concern to anglers is the dearth of fish from the one pound mark or under that are being landed. This is a change in trend that is in stark contrast to the last decade when catches of smaller fish were generally healthy at Mayfly time. Other fine fish caught over the past ten days or so included a trout of over 4lbs by Willie and Jodie McGrath out of Dromineer on Monday of last week. John Kennedy of Curragh, Portroe, had a fish of 3lbs 2ozs the same night in Youghal Bay and his brother Mike had one of 2lbs 10oz the following night in the Castlelough area. Both fish were got on a dry fly.

Jim McCormack, Portroe, produced the best trout caught out of Garrykennedy on a fly so far this year on Wednesday evening of last week at the bottom of Youghal Bay. His 4lbs 13ozs trout, which succumbed to a gnat, made him winner of the €300 prize for the Ciss Ryan Pub competition for the heaviest trout weighed in at the Garrykennedy licensed premises between May 1-16. As part of the competition organised by the proprietors Roy and Denise Breen, a further €300 is up for grabs for the heaviest trout caught from now to end of May.

Other large trout caught over the past week included one from John Malone of 2lbs 14 ozs; Jerry O’ Brien had two beauties of 3lbs 10ozs and 3lbs 8ozs in the space of an hour at Parker’s Point on Thursday last while Darren Gardiner and Tom Haskett (Killaloe) had fish at or over the 4lbs mark.

The Lough Derg Yacht Club held a trout fishing competition on Sunday May 9 for the Gerry O Dowd Perpetual Trophy. In total 60 rods competed but only five fish were weighed in. The winner was Geoff Phipps with a trout of 2lbs 7ozs caught on the dapp. Second was Paul Stevens (2lbs 6ozs, dry fly), third, Dennis Hassey (2lb 4ozs, dry fly); fourth, David Moynan (1lb 8ozs); Ladies prize, Kathleen O’ Meara; Junior prize, Owen Gilmartin.
Peter Gleeson
Nenagh Guardian


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


With high pressure forecast, lighter winds and bright sunshine may be the order of the day over the next week. Stick with traditional mayfly patterns and include a small sedge fly on the tail for best results. If conditions are calm a yellow/green Wulff fished dry may prove successful.

Lough Corrib

The mayfly hatch is well underway on Lough Corrib, where very large hatches have been seen over the last week. Olives are also still hatching in good numbers, and in many places trout are still feeding on olives, and only gradually turning on to the mayfly. I have had reports of such large hatches that anglers fishing dry fly could not tell their fly from the dozens of naturals around it! Fishing is continuing to improve, although surface activity is still not that prolific. Its possible that in such large hatches, the trout are gorging themselves on nymphs before they reach the surface and not bothering to take the duns on the surface.

In the Cornamona-Greenfields area, great hatches of fly have been observed, with dapping and wetfly proving most successful, mayfly patterns and olives doing most damage.  Some days have proved better than others, with a big rise of trout coming on in the evening time as well. 148 anglers reported 207 trout in 233 rod-days, averaging 1.5lbs.

Some reports included Richard Howard, Richie Lewis and Sean O’Donovan from Galway, who had 15 fish over 3 days to 3lbs. Martin Murphy and Roger Linn from England had 16 trout over 3 days to 5.5lbs, and JJ Sullivan from Cavan landed 3 trout for a day to 4.5lbs.

Lough Mask

Photo: 10lb Mask trout caught on fly.

Mayfly hatches are still sparse on Lough Mask, with only the southern end of the lake seeing any fly so far. Fishing is mainly to buzzers and olives. The European Cup was held out of Gortmore, Tourmakedy over the weekend, with 116 anglers landing 61 trout in the 2 day event. 1st place went to Stephen Heraty from Longford with a well fed 10lbs 4oz trout. The fish was caught with less than an hour to go in the competition. 2nd place went to Nigel Greene with 5 fish for 9.05lbs, and Pat Noone was third with 1 fish just over 4lbs. Fly life was minimal for the weekend of angling, weather conditions were very changeable and blustery at times. Hatches should start to pick up on Mask over the next week, traditionally the last of the 3 main lakes to get the mayfly.

Lough Carra

There were reports of superb angling on Lough Carra this week, with 2 boats recording 32 trout in one days fishing. Sunday was the only exception where many of the trout fed lower in the water column. Martin O'Grady and his wife from Dublin fished for 2 days and had 17 trout, nearly all less than 2lbs, with many small fish between 11 and 12 inches observed and hooked. Joseph Donegan from Offaly had 11 fish over the 13 inch limit, and all returned alive. He thought the biggest fish was over 3lbs which he caught just at the Twin Islands. Fly life was slightly less abundant than last week although the Welshman's Button sedge fly was observed and taken by free rising fish.

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Lough Conn

Lough Conn hosted the International Fly Fishing Association Spring International on Friday 14th May. This catch and release competition had a 30cm minimum size limit and Mayflies again proved the most successful flies for competitors. It was the Scottish team who won the event, with twenty trout for a total length of 698.2cm. Ireland took second place with 18 trout for 615.5cm, Wales came third with 17 trout for 570.6cm and England was fourth with 13 trout for 439.2cm. Individually, Michael Roberts representing Wales, had the best catch total of five fish for 163cm while Robert King, Ireland, had the largest trout at 49cm. The best boat man award went to Adrian Murphy, Cloghans with six fish for a total of 185.9cm while the best boatman for Officials was Kevin O’Boyle, Cloghans with four fish for 160.3cm.

Elsewhere on the Loughs angling remained steady, with anglers having success in all areas, where Mayflies and Golden Olives accounted for the majority of catches. Notable catches for the week included Tim Olsen, Connecticut, U.S.A. Tim had 1 trout of 1lbs and 1 Salmon of 6lbs taken on the Mayfly on Lough Cullin. Stephen Neylon and boat partner Michael Lennon also had success on Lough Conn, while fishing the Inishlee shore, boating four trout, with Stephen hooking and catching a fine fresh salmon of 9lbs on a Golden Olive Bumble. 

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

The rainbow trout angling on Ballin Lough remained exciting, with a total of sixteen anglers catching forty-four fish for the week. Fishing partners Mr. McMillan and Mr. Tomlinson caught fourteen trout with their best fish 2.5lbs. Joe Gibbons, Westport, had eight trout his best weighing 2.5lbs while Joe O’Malley and friend had a total of fourteen with their best at 2.0lbs. Best flies included the Viva, Green Peter, Bibio, Duckfly, Black Gannet and Black Cormorant.

Lough Arrow

The Mayfly continued to hatch with abundance on Lough Arrow, particularly in the southern end of the lough, providing great sport for anglers. David, Jonathan and Ivan Frazer had good sport dapping, catching a total of 18 trout for the week. Their catches ranged from 1.5lbs to 4lbs. Noel and Karl Clinton had success on dry flies, catching ten trout between 2.5lbs and 5.5lbs, while Sinead Kelly also had luck landing two trout for 1.5lbs and 4lbs.

Lough Arrow Fish Preservation and District Angling Club will host its annual Mayfly Competition on Sunday 23rd May, all entries to be made through committee members.    

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Cashel Trout Fishery

Although the weather is slow to pick up anglers are not deterred from giving it a throw with us here at Cashel.

Maghera’s Bernard Mellon released twenty-two trout which fell to dries predominately.  Willie Lowry used assorted buzzers and some dries to bank seven trout while Adrian Guy (Limavady) released four trout which took dries and a couple of small lures.  Derry’s Billy Hazlett released seventeen trout over two days and bagged one for home weighing 2lb 10ozs which took dries and buzzers too.  Paul Ford, also from Derry, released five trout which took the same while John Hasson (Dungiven) released five trout which took wee suspender buzzers.

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



Coarse Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Lough Muckno

Lough Muckno has continued to produce fish this week. The water has dropped and cleared further. Good bags of roach and hybrids are being reported on feeder and pole. Two anglers fishing at White Island on Tuesday 18th had good numbers of fish on the pole.

Coarse fish open day at Quig Lough

Rossmore Coarse Angling Club will be hosting, in conjunction with the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board, a major angling Open Day on Sunday 23rd May at Quiglough, to offer angling tuition to Junior anglers wishing to improve their skills, and to complete beginners who like to see what the angling experience is like.

The club will be starting the tuition at 10am, which will include:

1. Coarse float fishing, pole/pod fishing, feeder/quiver fishing; pike lure fishing, ledger fishing and float fishing.

2. A short competition will follow the tuition which will be for any species, and this run from 12am-3pm. The club will be providing groundbait and maggots, and deadbaits for pike fishing.

3. And finally to complete the day, hot barbeque food and the awarding of spot prizes and goodie bags to all junior anglers who participate, so it will be great day out for all!

Everyone is welcome to bring their kids along to take part, during the day we will have experienced anglers on hand to ensure the juniors taking part catch some fish.

For the period of the tuition and match, the lane side swims will be reserved for Junior Anglers, any anglers wishing fish the lake should use the far shore swims, which are now fenced off from the farm.

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Southern Region


Carlow Angling Junior gets sponsorship from major european company

Lewis Parr

Carlow Coarse Angling Club junior angler Lewis Parr has earned a sponsorship deal from major european fishing tackle distributer Fishing Masters. Fishing Masters was formed in Carlow last year and already have and currently supply the biggest bait supplier in South East Ireland Carlow Coarse Angling Supplies based in Graiguecullen, Carlow.

Fishing Masters supply a whole new range of Groundbait and Coarse Angling equipment from reputable companies like Traper and Robinson. Lewis is well known around Carlow as the lad who is always on the Track fishing wether there be hail, rain or snow, he has even featured on the Central Fisheries Board web-site - .

River Barrow

I have already had several requests from England as regarding the river Barrow and the Bream fishing which exists in St. Mullins. The Carlow Committee and members have been getting very good weights of bream and indeed shad from the popular tourist attraction which have included bream up to 7 lb.

Oaklands fishery, New Ross

Photo: Enda Manogue with a 6lb 12oz carp, the biggest fish by a junior angler on the day.

Sunday the 16th of May saw the first of 5 Matches kick off in Oaklands Lake, New Ross Co Wexford. The day started off a with a bit of rain but cleared to a beautiful sunny day with a light wind. There was a great turn out with 30+ anglers and the fishing was fantastic with over 960lb of fish caught over 5 hours once again proving that Oaklands is one of the top commercial fishing venues in the country. Damien Maddock from Dublin won the senior event and secured a new match record for the lake with a staggering 150lb of fish consisting of mainly carp. There was a junior competition which was won by Emmet Kehoe and the largest fish of the day was 6.12lb. There was great range of prizes for the juniors supplied by Fiachra Mccloskey of , Dave Mcbride of Southside Angling and Mick Browne of Oaklands. is the largest social networking fishing website connecting anglers from across Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales with people who fish the same coarse fishing venues.

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South Western Region

Eileen Carroll reports:
E Mail:

No report this week - [most recent report 10/06/09]

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Dutch King of Clubs underway

The Duch king of clubs is in full swing at the moment. After a slow start on Monday fishing has improved over the last two days with the change in the winds from the north to southerlies as we write.

The overall winner was Martin te Pest with a total weight of 43.8kg. Download the scoresheet here.
Brian Bohan
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Web

Lanesboro might yet recover

Saturday 15th May: A few showers may have helped today, but alas there were no anglers for any length of time. In general, the temperature was higher than in the last two weeks. Perhaps I need a miracle to get some action on the navigation channel? The showers became heavier in the early evening, so I resisted the temptation to fish. With barely a week before I return home, this spring is without doubt the worst experience I have had in nineteen years of visiting Ireland.

Sunday 16th May: Lanesborough was devoid of serious anglers again, so no news is bad news! I didn't take my evening session seriously either, but I did catch! - 6 Roach, all sub 1/2oz and 6 Perch of 1-2oz. Peter Wood fished just above me for two fish which were bigger than my 12.

Monday May 17th: There must be something about Mondays which makes me oversleep. It was nearly 10am before I rose and I wasn't too keen on fishing. Eventually, I trotted over the bridge and caught more tiny Roach and Perch on the slipway. I could only find enthusiasm lasting an hour so a drive to Red Bridge on the Inny was taken at 4pm. I hadn't fished this section for two years but walked upstream of the bridge to the cattle drink where there is about 8-9 foot of water. I'd like to say I bagged up but in all honesty, I had 19 fish in an hour most of which were around the 2oz mark. They were a mixture of Roach, Perch and Hybrids. At 7pm I was walking down the field at "Maladys" and had a wonderful evening session. A Roach of around 1lb 2oz was the first of three "netters" at 7.15 but at 7.50 I achieved a lifetimes ambition. We had to check the scales twice but it went 2lbs exactly. I think it was August 1976 when I caught a 1lb 6oz fish on the Teise at Bayham Abbey so it has taken 34 years to get through the next barrier. I don't think I'd be telling lies if I said I have had possibly 600 Roach over a pound in-between. I carried catching until 9.30.

Tuesday 18th May: The south westerly winds were playing havoc with my stick float presentation. I caught some good Roach up to 12ozs or so before the waves just got too much. The rain came for most of the rest of the day so I had an afternoon of nothing. God only knows why I went out again tonight? For my persistence, I was rewarded with a 12oz Hybrid and 5 Perch.
Paul Waghorne

Banagher area

The wind has been hampering angling at times on the Shannon. During suitable periods, fishing has been reasonably good. Meelick is producing quality Roach and skimmers. The Grand Canal at Rahan is fishing reasonably well. There are an abundance of skimmers and lots of small Roach and hybrids showing here.
Ray Duthie
Old Forge Banagher
Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER
Tel: 057 9151504. Email:


There are very few visiting anglers around in the area and fishing has been quiet consequently. Warmer weather for the weekend should get more anglers out and improve angling prospects.
Mike Murray ,

Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Email Web

River Suck valley

Three were two good coarse fishing reports from Donamon on the River Suck. Paul Mc Loughlin from the Whitehouse Hotel, Ballinlough had 25lbs, mainly good Roach and some hybrids. Keen angler Rory Dunne from Roscommon had 22lbs of Roach and hybrids at Donamon in a 1.5 hour session on the same venue. Elsewhere coarse fishing has been poor enough. Anglers reported averaging 10lbs to 15lbs at Ballyforan and Ballinasloe areas. The open day of Fisheries Awareness Week at Donamon will kick off on Saturday May 22nd and is part of Fisheries Awareness Week. Coarse and pike fishing tuition, including casting instruction will be provided free of charge. For further particulars contact John Ryan, contact details below.
Mr John Ryan,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector
Tel: 094 96 40103 Mob: 087 2536064 and
John Devaney,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector, Roscommon for the lower River Suck
Tel: 087 2266735


The river level on Monday was 2.25 metres on guage at village bridge. Weather has been generally good turning overcast in last two days and light rain this afternoon. In the first week Dale Lee Steve Parrott Tom Sexton and Malcolm Spore fished the Suck in a few spots using pole and maggot to catch Roach, Rudd and some hybrids for bags of 25 lbs each, Declan Connell Ballinasloe fished the Suck using float maggot catching 35lbs of Roach, Perch and hybrids, returned alive.

John Philips from Wales fished the Suck in a north wind using feeder, sweetcorn, and maggot to catch 12lbs Roach/Perch/hybrids. John also caught 3 pike on ledgered dead bait-8lbs,7lbs and 5lbs. On 5th May John fished the Grand Canal, best catch was a 2lb Bream. On 6th John fished Correen with feeder for mixed bag of 15lbs and a 10lbs pike wind from north and east. John fished Correen on 7th May catching 15lbs mixed bag using maggot and caster with feeder.

Tony Ross from York fished the Suck at Correen using float and maggot. On 4th May he caught 19lbs of Roach and hybrids and on 7th May Tony had a 30lbs mixed bag with wind from the north. Terry Elsey from York also fished Correen using float/maggot. On 4th May Terry had 17lbs of Roach and hybrids. On 7th May Terry had an 18lbs mixed bag including three Bream.

Mick Priest Ballyconnell fished the Suck with pole and maggot catching 20lbs mostly hybrids. He had pike attack five times. Mick visited the Hot Water Stretch very early on the 16th May and met three anglers. One of them told Mick that he had caught 27 Tench while night fishing. They spoke good English. Cliff Mynard from Halifax fished Grand Canal on 16th May in sun and wind using float and red maggot to catch 7lbs hybrids, Rudd, Perch and Roach. Hoping for better was his comment. Yesterday two Tench 4lbs and 5lbs fancied his bait.
Dermot Killeen
Tel 090 96 74112 Email:

Lough Derg and east Clare

Fishing along the Scariff River has been disappointing this year, contrary to expectations. Anglers are getting some fishing early in the morning off the stands at Two Mile Gate. A few Tench were reported from Lough Bridget, East Clare.
TJ O'Brien,
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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports

No reports this week - [most recent report 30/04/09]

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:

no report this week - [most recent report 26/03/09]

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Northern Region

Alice Murtagh reports: 


Dutch King of Clubs starts with good catches all around

The Dutch King of Clubs is taking place this week. The overall winner was Martin te Pest with a total weight of 43.8kg. Download the scoresheet here.

St Johns Kiltybarden is fishing consistently with small mixed bags. Some German anglers fishing Town Lake Killeshandra bagged big tench and pike fishing is excellent in this area. There are plenty of roach and tench in the river at Belturbet .

Some anglers from Cheshire fishing the Arva area bagged 40, 50lb. mixed bags including Roach, Hybrids, Skimmers and the odd Bream while other anglers from North Hampton also got good bags of fish. A Mr. Watts from Manchester fished Dernaferst and bagged 76lb of fish some roach, Hybrids and the odd Bream. Mr. Feltmann and his friend bagged 60lb mixed bag of fish including 3 tench which weighed 21lb 8ozs.

Tench and big bream are showing at Bolganard while Corgar, Corduff and Drumlona are all giving good bags of fish. Bream is also showing in Brackley and Templeport is providing excellent Pike. Lough Scur is also fishing well.

Specimen bream and tench in Cavan

Photo: Big bream specialist, Zoltan with a great catch of specimen bream and tench.

A three day session for prebait founder Fiachra McCloskey and top specimen angler Zoltan Bodner, saw them land a few fin perfect near specimen tench and specimen bream.

The fish only fed during the night and early morning and fell to large bunches of maggots and pellets. The third night was the most productive with Zoltan landing some excellent bream to 10lb.

It is crystal clear lake with very cold night time conditions making the fishing very difficult but as they say perseverances pays off with a nice net of cracking fish.

Photo: Fiachra of with a 2.5kg tench.

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Northern Ireland


Meadowbrook Summer League begins

Meadowbrook Summer League started today with all 18 pegs filled.

In mild weather conditions John Balcombe (Derrygiff) won the event on the Top Lake peg 16 with 12.490Kgs.

Runner up was Jack Tisdall (Ballinamallard) 8.850Kgs from Bottom Lake Peg 11 with Mark Theedom (Ballycassidy) third on Bottom Lake Peg 9 with 6.700Kgs.

All fish were taken on the pole with mostly quality roach and hybrids making up the catches.

Second match in the league is next week book in if you wish to fish.
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:


Pike hitting lures as water warms in North East

Water levels in many of the lakes in the north east especially in the Cavan/Monaghan area are low and clear at the moment. Many of the lakes have cleared further since last week and visibility is much improved.  Water temperatures have also increased slightly. Pike have been active in many of the lakes and angling guide Peadar reported 70+ pike over two days for a party of 4 Dutch anglers. Pike were hitting lures fished high in the water but were all only lightly hooked and many fish threw the hooks beside the boat. Best fish measured around 1m.

Angling guide Pat Mc Loughlin from Kells also fished the Cavan/Monaghan area and had a number of happy clients who travelled from Holland. Best pike taken by the group was a well conditioned 87cm fish.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:



Henri Janssen, Rene Pesgens and Ger Hubets from Netherlands fished on the Shannon on 7th May using dead bait to catch 7 pike -87-60-50-84-79-81-60cm. All returned alive. Five pike anglers from Duleek fished the Shannon on 15th May using dead bait in cloudy conditions to catch 36 pike. One of the five Joe Coleman caught a 12lbs trout that took his dead bait. Uwe Bakkel and Gerd Klare from Germany fished the Shannon on 16th May using dead bait to catch three pike.


Photo: Andy from Athlone sent us this photo of a 21lb pike he caught this week near Athlone. He was fishing a popped up deadbait.


Last week we featured Damian Grifferty with his super pike, that won the Weir Cup on Derravaragh. The day was a huge success and the evening that followed was brilliant. We dropped back in Pat and Una Weirs award winning pub in Multyfarnham and had a fantastic evening. The place was buzzing and the food and drink was top-drawer material. The day itself was brilliant with sunshine and a good breeze to keep boats drifting nicely. Pike were on the move early and in the first hour, some super fish were boated. Colm Cash and his eight-year-old son Wayne boated a beauty of 16lbs plus, and finished joint second along with Barry Darby. Sure enough we have the photo, to prove it. Also my daughter April was in the action and took top junior rod on the day.


The Predator Tour competition commenced this week and we will provide a full report in next weeks update. The feedback so far is that fishing has been excellent with Pike to 30lbs recorded and Trout to 10lbs.

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Sea Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Catches of ray and small smoothhound have been reported from Kilgorman in north Wexford. Eoin Duff from Dublin recorded a small painted ray weighing 4lbs around Arklow. This is a very unusual catch for this area. A small number of homlyn ray were also recorded in this area. These ray were taken on sand eel baits.

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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
E Mail:


Skating off Seven Heads

Photo: Female Common Skate caught by Vadimas Litvinovas from Lithuania aprox weight 159 lbs while fishing from the Lady Patricia skippered by Niall O Sullivan out from Courtmacsherry.

On Sunday the 17th May the Lady Patricia skippered by Niall O Sullivan, fishing with anglers from England,Lithuania,Turkey and Ireland caught Pollack.Cod ,Pouting,Wrasse,conger and Vadimas Litvinovas landed a Skate of 159 lbs.The fish which was returned was a female with a length of 78inches and a wingspan of 60 inches.2 other skate were hooked but after a long fight both fish were lost as the fish spat the hook.
Mark Gannon
Charter Boat Skipper
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 23 46427 or +353 86 8250905
Email: Web:

Last bass at Waterville

Well I managed to get out before closed season for bass, which is the (15th may until 15th June), I was out guiding a lad from Germany, he caught is biggest bass to date on a plug, a fine bass of 8lb plus, he landed 2 more and lost 2 more, and also caught a seatrout of 3lb on a popper plug only the second time I have ever seen it done.
Kevin Brain
KB Fishing Ireland
Waterville, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 66 9474942
E-mail: Website:

Plenty of fish in the sea at Valentia

This week, fishing in the best conditions, six anglers had the following results: 228 pollack, 17 ling, 54 coalfish, 16 cod, 21 pouting, 5 whiting, a cuckoo wrasse and 4 ballan wrasse.
Siegy Grabher
Ballyhearny West, The Mill, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 66 9476420 or +353 87 6871267
Email: Website:

Inch Open shore angling results

Despite it being a fine day and the prospects for the day being good we had our lowest turnout of the season for the Inch Open. Nevertheless the 23 anglers who set up their tackle on Inch Strand we in optimistic mood as the whistle went to start the competition.

Early indications were that despite clear water and bright overhead conditions the fish were likely to oblige. Jimmy O'Sullivan caught a 'double' almost as soon as his bait hit the water. This was Jimmy's first outing since suffering a serious injury to his hand in an industrial accident - it was good to see him back.

The fish were clearly around in numbers but this was off-set by the poor quality with lots of undersize fish coming ashore. The lack of surf resulted in no Bass being caught and and competitors having to be satisfied with the range of species of flatfish that were present. In desperation Chris O'Sullivan tried a large bait at extreme distance in the hope of provoking a Dogfish to accept the offering. Surprisingly he only succeeded in catching a near specimen Dab. Overall 86 sizable fish came ashore which is excellent match fishing by any standards.

Senior  Prizes

  1. First - Aidan O'Sullivan
  2. Second - Eugene Farrelly 
  3. Third - Pat Egan

Junior Prizes

  1. First - Craig Corbett
  2. Second - Gavin Corbett

Largest Flatfish - Craig Corbett, a Flounder of 35cm.

The prizegiven was hosted by Mike ONeil at the Railway, Camp - as always we received a warm welcome from Mike who remains one of the club's most principal sponsors.
Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club
Fenit Harbour, Fenit, Tralee, County Kerry,

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:


Connacht Closed Gold Medal competition

The Connacht Closed Gold Medal competition was held over the weekend, based in the Station House Hotel, Clifden. The first session on Saturday morning at Lettergesh beach saw some anglers get the luck of the draw with weed-free pegs, while others struggled to get fish in very weedy conditions. Flounder and turbot were caught, with Owen Gilvarry, Peter Atkins and Edward Kilroy heading the leaderboard. The evening session at Renvyle produced dogfish, flounder and wrasse, with weed again proving a problem. Peter Atkins led after 2 sessions, with Edward Kilroy in close pursuit, followed by Owen Gilvarry and Mike Varley.

The third and final session was on Gurteen beach on Sunday afternoon. Although weed was finally not a problem, the bright calm conditions proved difficult, and fish were very hard to tempt onto the beach. Several of the leading contenders blanked in the difficult conditions, but Owen Gilvarry managed 2 dogfish to take the Gold Medal. Peter Atkins finished 2nd overall behind Owen, with Edward Kilroy third. Mike Varley and Declan Horan made up the rest of the top 5, all of whom qualify to fish for Connacht in the 2011 Inter-Provincial Championships.

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Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Wreck fishing out of Culdaff good at present with large numbers of pollack and coalies to 10lb on the wrecks with the occasional codling and ling being taken as well. Flowing traces with shads or baited with ragworm or mackerel producing well as are the usual feather rigs.

Inshore fishing still a little slow with water temperatures a little low, the numbers of gurnard, whiting and wrasse will improve in the next few weeks.

Mackerel are still scarce and should begin to show in numbers towards the end of May, followed by the larger predators such as tope and blue sharks.

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