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Irish Angling Update

27 May 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon angling Update

Southern Region


River Blackwater

Fort William Estate Fishery

21/05/10 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. 26 fish have been taken so far for the month and with the fine weather set to continue more fish will be met. Today dave Adam from Dublin landed his first of the season on fly which weighed in at 16lbs. The fish was taken on a size 12 silver stoat and was taken off the Ellis beat. Another fish of 4lbs was taken off Glenmore by Marcus Bale from Portlaoise.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
Email: Web:

Blackwater Lodge Fishery

Every year, World Fly-Casting Champion Glenda Powell hosts Introduction to Fly-fishing Days exclusively for ladies.

The next one is being held on Sunday, May 30th. on the Cork Blackwater, near Upper Ballyduff, in conjunction with the Southern Regional Fisheries Board as part of the National Fisheries Awareness Week.

It's fun to Fish As always, it'll be a fun day starting in the Blackwater Lodge at 10.00am with tea, coffee & chat. The it's off to the river in your own vehicle. The day will concentrate on Kilmurry beat where Glenda and her team of helpers will demonstrate casting and open your eyes to the fun & beauty of fly-fishing, answering any queries as she goes along.

Everything will stop for a BBQ lunch on the river bank, and the afternoon will be spent fishing under the supervision of Glenda & her team.  The fun ends at 5.00pm.
The day is free, but you are welcome to make a contribution to Action Breast Cancer if you wish.

To get real value from the day, numbers have to be limited and so places will be allocated on a strictly first-come first-served basis.  To reserve a place, contact Glenda.
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.

20/5/10 Not a ideal fishing day with a light to calm Southerly wind, overcast this morning, but once the sun broke through my noble angler was lethargic as my noble game fish, I say not that lethargic, because there was a fine Seatrout caught on the fly out at the bank of the Church, by that renowned Chef, Mr. Ivor O’Conner, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Sean Brain, and on the evening Shift an angler fishing in a hired out from Waterville Boats and @ caught a fine Seatrout on the fly in the 3lbs class. Amount of rainfall 0.1mm, max air temperature 19.1.

21/5/10 There was fine 2.5lbs Seatrout caught on the fly by Mr. Nigel Henshaw, and his good friend Mr. Trevor Dewberry from the UK also caught a fine 2lbs Seatrout fishing with their Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan of Waterville Boats and @ and in the Salmon department Mr. Neil O’Shea of reported to me that an angler fishing on his own caught a Salmon on the troll and he also reported that there were one or two Trout caught by other anglers. Wind first thing this morning SE then veered S light to fresh. With reasonable cloud cover and very warm, max air temperature 19.7c and talking of temperatures, I was reading on our Manger and commander- in- chief, Mr. Trevor Stafford Esq. is reporting that the temperature in the Commeragh River rose to 14 degrees.

22/5/10 Bright and sunny and very little action on all fronts even though there were a few small Trout caught on the troll. Wind SE light to fresh, max air temperature 23.c.

23/5/10 In the words of Local Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea , the heat on the lake was awesome, awesome or not, here are today’s facts, staying with Mr. Neil O’Shea of his clients, Michael and Sean Smith caught three Seatrout in the 1.5class and one 1.5lbs Brown Trout all caught on the fly, and staying with the fly, a Guest caught a Seatrout in the 2lbs class, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and of Wind first thing this morning was SE then Lough Currane went like a sheet of glass for a while and after lunch it veered into N and veered again into the NW light to fresh at times, max air temperature 23.6c.

24/05/10 Bright and sunny and all quiet on the Big Lake/Lough Currane in all departments, the same couldn't be said for the upper Lakes and Lough Derriana where Mr Noel Clancy, caught a fine fresh Grilse on the troll with his Gillie Mr. Sion Brain of Wind W then veered S and veered back into the NW light and fresh at times.

25/05/10 The majority of Anglers had a long face, but the same couldn't be said for Mr John Curnew who caught a fine 7lbs Salmon on the troll fishing on his own and in the Seatrout department a guest caught a fine Seatrout of 3lbs with his Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy. Wind NE light calm with bright sunshine all day.

26/05/10 Very little action in the Seatrout department and with a cold NE wind blowing that is not surprising, but the same couldn't be said in the Salmon department where a Father and Son combination from northern Ireland in a hired out boat, caught a Grilse on the troll, which they sportingly put back, then they put their rods out again and caught a fine Salmon and finished the day off with a Seatrout in the 2lbs class. Wind ENE light this morning, and fresh to strong this afternoon with bright sunshine all day

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

Beats 1 and 2

10lbs salmon caught on Beat 2 of the Laune.

Laune Anglers and Beat 3

Three fish to report from Laune Anglers waters, all grilse. This is very good considering that the river is in need of a weeks rain.
Billy Downes
Laune Anglers Assoication


5 salmon caught on the lakes weighing 8lbs & 10lbs respectively.


No salmon catches to report from the ESB Fisheries, Inniscarra.


No Report - river very low.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


River Feale and Smearlagh

26/05/10 Low water conditions. Warmer with sunny spells.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
Web: Email:

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Western Region


4 springers in 90 minutes at Delphi

After eight more salmon were taken this week, the 50-fish-mark was passed – considerably later than usual. This spring has been unusually dry and difficult for salmon fishing, but a dollop of rain on Tuesday has lifted the river and, with it, anglers’ spirits.

Most of the recent action has been on Finlough, which has accounted for 14 of the 18 salmon caught so far this month. The river, which for most of the month has been absurdly low, has yielded just two salmon and Paul Shalvey from Dublin has singlehandedly preserved Doolough’s credibility with two fish – a 10-pounder and an 8-pounder.

While many of the fish have been the “normal” size of 8 to 10 pounds, there are also a lot of smaller fish around – 8 of the 18 May fish weighed less than 7 pounds. There is clearly still a feeding issue in the Atlantic.

The most remarkable bag of the month has been the four springers taken in 90 minutes by James Gould (London) from Finlough last Friday. All four, which weighed 6, 6.5, 7 & 9 pounds, were taken on a Tosh tube.

A good pod of fresh fish was seen entering the river on Wednesday morning, but, with the exception of one fresh 6-pounder taken by Peter Milne from Luxemburg, they have yet to show up in rod catches. Most of the fish being caught have been in the system for a few weeks.

The tally for the season stand at 51 salmon.
Peter Mantle
Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296

Kylemore Abbey Fishery

23/04/10 Nothing to improve the catch records over the past couple of days, just a few near misses. Today’s lunchtime tide brought in the first sightings of grilse...about 15 in total. Along with these fish were a very respectable amount of decent sea trout in the 2-3lb bracket. No take on any of them as the sun belted down on us giving a humid high of 26 degrees. The grilse were all between 3 and 5lb and easily distinguishable from the heavily liced sea trout. Ice or no lice, if we get a continued run of trout as we are getting now, we are in for a bumper season. Our spring run has not been over evident and it’s a bit early for the grilse so... who knows what is happening?

24/05/10 Water levels with the heat wave have dropped off but it is not stopping the salmon from entering. On a visual over the past couple of days I have soptted 22 in the various counting pools. Great runs of Sea Trout also at the moment.
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:

[26 May , 2010]

River Moy

The continuous dry spell experienced over the past week has not seriously impacted upon angling on the River Moy, where the Moy Fishery continued to produce good numbers of salmon. The Point returned four salmon for the week while the Cathedral Beat had nine. The Ridge Pool yielded six to fly anglers including one for Gerard Coyle and a fine fish of 11.63lbs for Robert Logue, N.Ireland. The low water conditions appear to be helping efforts on the Weir Pool, where eight were caught over the week, with John McKinley, Athlone, catching a total of three salmon and visiting angler Kluas Wolf-Friebertshauser, Germany, had one of 8.34lbs. Armstrong’s and Gannon’s Fisheries continued to fish well with notable catches for James Francis, Athlone, who had an 8lb salmon on the worm and Alex Schmidt, Germany, also having success on the worm. At Gannon’s Gerrard Bonnett, France had an 11lbs fish on the prawn. The Foxford fishery also fished well over the week as did Rinanney. At the Cloongee Fishery Thierry Colm, France, had a very successful week catching one salmon of 11.5lbs with a bubble and fly and one great fish of 13.5lbs on a spinner. Fellow French angler Patrice Boisadan also had success at Cloongee as did Thomas Steinger, Austria. East Mayo Anglers’ water proved successful for Belgian pair Sergo Pedezani and Claude Grosjean, who both caught two salmon each.

Carrowmore Lough

Despite the bright conditions, angling remained good on Carrowmore, and with some rainfall last week, a slight rise in the system encouraged some fresh fish to run. A total of twenty-one salmon were caught on the Lake, with Tosh Kellet, Meath catching two as did Vincent Rigney, Westport. Gerry Deane, Castlebar also had success on the lake catching two salmon averaging 5.5lbs.

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

Ballisodare Fishery

Despite very low water levels at the Ballisodare fishery, angling remained productive over the past week where over forty salmon were caught. Fishing the fly proved successful for James Cuff who landed a fine fish at 14lbs on a Willie Gunn while N.B. O’Sullivan also had a fish of 10lbs on the fly. Visiting angler Tom Grylls, UK, had two fish over the week, one of 8lbs and a second of 9lbs both taken on the worm. The prawn also proved successful for some with Anthony McCann and J.Wilson both banking salmon. Taking part in the Fisheries Awareness Week Open Day at the Fishery, juvenile angler Conall O’Dwyer was delighted to catch his first ever salmon.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


River Drowes

The dry spell continued again this week. There was no rainfall and the river dropped from very low to even lower and was only reading 0.35 metres by the end of the week. As a result, only a very limited numbers of rods fished over the week and I only have a couple of fish to report. On Tuesday, P. McNamee recorded a 7lb salmon caught from the Sea Pools caught on a fly. On Thursday, G. Henry accounted for a 7½lb salmon caught on a Curry’s Red shrimp fly from the Spa Well.
The forecast for the start of the week is for the dry spell to continue though rain is forecast for Thursday. We hope this is heavy & sustained enough to raise water levels in the Lough and River.

Lough Melvin

There was no rain over the week to liven things up on Melvin and air temperatures remained distinctly cold. The weekend brought much higher air temperatures with the thermometer reading 22°C on Saturday. The days were bright and cloudless however and conditions difficult. The net result of all this was that few anglers fished Melvin over the week for trout or salmon and those that did reported that the fishing was hard going. There were a couple of grilse caught trolling but apart from this, there is little to report.


Once again the river remained very low all week except for a small fresh reading 0.16m on Wednesday which quickly ran off. Air temperatures were low except for the weekend when temperatures lifted dramatically but the bright sunlight added to very low water conditions meant angling opportunities were very limited. The gauge average for the week only read 0.08 metres and we only had one visiting rod fishing for the week. There is little to report!

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Water levels remain very low and the less than favourable Salmon fishing conditions remain.

The weather is becoming cooler and breezier and will help conditions, mainly on the lower sections of our systems.

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Trout Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Trout coming to the sedges on River Liffey

All of the fine weather we are having this month has brought about some good fishing on the River Liffey. In the past week I have been out on several of these fine evenings with some good results. On one evening I had good fishing to a fall of Yellow spinners. I was fishing a spinner imitation and finished the evening with a total of thirteen fish, the best of which was thirty seven centimetres. I also noticed on the same evening that there were some Sedges about but the trout were preoccupied with the spinners and not taking much notice of anything else.

The next evening I managed to get out a little earlier. It was a very sunny evening with no wind whatsoever, with the water temperature at thirteen degrees Celsius. I saw a few trout feeding on the Black Gnats that were hovering above the water. I decided to have a go at them so I set the rod up with a size eighteen Black Gnat tied on two pound tippet. I fished this upstream letting it drift back down over the rising fish and managed to catch nice wild brown trout before they went down again. Moving up river I saw some more fish rising at the tail of a small pool. I tried these with the gnat but they were not having any of it. They were taking something different. What was it they were on? I first thought that they were on the Mayfly as I had earlier seen a few Green Drakes coming off the water but no fish rising to take them. 

Looking closely at the water I noticed a few Sedges skitting about so I changed over to a Klinkhammer special to see would this tempt any of them. This got some attention catching two fish and lots of splashy rises and plucks but missing a large number of fish. They seemed as if they were coming short to the fly. Not yet tuned in to the Sedges I thought! That was it for that night.

It was three nights later before I got down again to fish. I arrived down about seven o’clock with plans to fish on into darkness. There were a few fish moving in the first pool that i came to, though I could not see what they were taking so I had a go at them with an olive Klinkhammer. This drew a blank, time for a change. I set up with a team of size sixteen spiders and cast across the river to let them drift down to the moving fish. After a few casts I caught a nice trout of about thirty centimetres that went for a black spider. I caught several more fish with this before I moved on. For the next hour and a half I drew a blank before I noticed some Sedges appearing off the water. These I identified as been the Grey Flag so I changed over to a Balloon Caddis. This I cast to the fish that were now starting to rise. The fish slowly started to have a go for the Balloon Caddis, plucking and splashing at it. They eventually got the measure of it and it turned out a great nights fishing. I ended up with a total of eleven nice fish the best making thirty seven centimetres, all of which I returned safely to the water.

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. Claude Gatti from France visited on Sunday and had around 20 trout recorded upstream of Iniskeen on dry fly. Claude’s best of which measured 36cms.Good sport can be had during the day despite the bright sunshine but evening fishing is best for the larger trout. Presentation is vitally important as one bad cast can spook all the fish.

There have been good hatches of sedges and olives. Black gnat and terrestrials are also in evidence. Spencer Cantu, who normally fishes just north of Castlering Bridge has been doing really well on the dry fly, lately. Spenser has fished at least twice every week for the last month and has caught at least 2 trout every time. Spenser has caught and released 15 - 20 trout. (a mix of brown and some sea trout) some days during the late morning and afternoon.  Not too many big trout mostly around 1/4 lb but has sighted trout in the region of 1-2 lb in this area. Spenser reports that there are lots of hatches going on during the day as well. We look forward to additional updates from Spencer.

Four French anglers from Toulouse tried their luck on the Fane on Sunday and I will update you on their outing when I receive a report from them.

No reports of salmon have been received from the Fane to date.

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

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

River Boyne and tributaries

The Kells Blackwater is very low and clear at the moment and the trout are still feeding despite the bright sunny conditions Ad Sleiter and his fishing buddy Jan from Holand fly-fished for trout on the Kells Blackwater on Friday 21st May with angling guide Pat Mc Loughlin. During one session Ad caught and released 19 wild brown trout, all of which were taken on dry fly. Ads best fish during his visit was 36cms.
Jan who is only starting to fly fish had a number of brown trout with his best fish measuring 25cms. Hatches of sedge have started but they not very prolific at the moment.
The Kells angling club are in the process of launching their new website and can be visited at 

Marc O’Regan can be contacted at

Pat Mc Loughlin can be contacted at

Creevy Lough

Fifteen anglers are trying their luck this evening at Creevy Lake, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. Fishing has been difficult but brown and rainbow trout are still being caught daily. Fish are being taken on both fly and bait.

Don’t forget to support 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

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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

It was an excellent week on Sheelin with lots of new faces on the lake and lots of action reported. T here were great hatches of Mayfly most days, with a big rise of fish on Thursday. A party of anglers had a fantastic catch of 21 trout over a three day period. Fish averaging 2lbs-3lbs. Thomas Rooney from Warrenpoint County Down travelled down to Crover House Hotel beside Sheelin on Monday. He fished in a party of 6 for two days. They caught 40 good trout from 1lb to 2lbs. All but two fish were returned to fight another day. They commented that there was plenty of Mayfly but the fish weren't interested. They had success fishing with Sooty Olive, Green Peters and Bibio.

Daniel Levy had some success over the week, catching and releasing several good fish up to 6lbs, all on dry fly, all were released as usual. Mark Carolan, Navan caught 2 trout weighing 5½lbs and 3½ lbs on spent. Both fish returned. Paddy Lyons caught a few trout, one weighing 5½lbs on spent gnat, two at 2lbs, fish were returned. Charlie Smith was successful in catching 2 fish at 2lbs and 1½lbs, all caught on a green drake. George Windsor, Dublin caught 2 fish at 3lbs 10ozs and 2lbs on spent gnat. Sean McIntyre caught a few trout averaging 2lbs, all released. Pat Foley & Jack Spratt caught 4 trout over a couple of sessions during the week, fish averaging 2lbs. Philip Mc Intryre caught 2 trout averaging 2½lbs. Prospects look excellent again - so Tight Lines! Mick Flanagan, Angling correspondent and photographer Mullingar reports Mobile: 087-2797270.

GOING FISHING ON SHEELIN: The Sheelin Classic will take place on Sunday June 13th. All going well it will be a good day for fly fishing, and some cracking Sheelin trout will come on line. First prize is a beautiful 19ft Sheelin boat and Trailer, plus the Crystal Trophy. Fishing is from 12-7pm with entry fee of €80, which includes meal in the splendid Crover House. Please check in at Kilnahard Pier that morning, weigh-in that evening at 7-15, presentation 8pm in Crover House. More on this competition please contact Noel Mc Loughlin on 087-2179460. If you fancy a stay over in Cavan check out Crover House . Also boat and Engine Hire.

Lough O'Flynn and Upper River Suck

There was a very good hatch of Mayfly on O'Flynn during the week. The bright sunshine hampered the fishing during time. The best fishing was had during early morning and late evening sessions. There was a lot of Daddies observed on the water. There were good rises of fish.

Anthony Baggott fished on Tuesday evening. There was a cool northerly breeze and a nice hatch of mayfly. He caught 3 fish best 2.75lbs on a Golden Olive Bumble.
John Ryan,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector
Co Roscommon Tel: 087 2536064.

Lough Owel

Lough Owel fished quite well over the week, mainly stocked fish but there were some good wild fish also. Best flies were Sooty Olive, Invicta and Bibio. There were some size fish caught by pleasure anglers to over 3lbs. Tom Nugent and John O'Neill from Dublin had 18 fish over a number of days, all released, heaviest fish 1.75lbs. Brendan Murray Mullingar had 6 fish averaging 1.5lbs, all released. Andy Young and Eugene Fagan, fishing together had 12 fish, all released. Joe Vickers and Charlie Lawlor had 10 fish over the week, averaging 1.25lbs. Trevor Winder and Mick Mc Cardle from Ballymena had 12 fish to 1.5lbs. There were a number of competitions fished. Kilbride Anglers had a competition with 32 anglers taking part, 24 fish were caught. The winner was Jim Keenaghan Dublin, with 2 fish for 3.5lbs. The Ace Cup - 19 fish were caught. The winner was Pat Noonan with a fish of 1.5lbs. The TAFFI anglers competition - 31 anglers returned 53 fish, heaviest fish 2lbs 10ozs. 21 fish were were weighed in at 2lbs and over. Friends of Owen Fagan deceased ran a competition in his memory. 9 anglers took part and returned 9 fish to 1lb 10ozs. The Garda Competition was fished recently also. 18 anglers fished and returned 5 fish. The heaviest fish was 3.75lbs.

Lough Ennell

Ennell has been hit or miss and some anglers expressed disappointment with the fishing. There were good fish caught at times though. Conor Lynch from Tubber had 6 fish for the week on Duck fly, heaviest fish 5lbs. Tosh Grimes from Mullingar had 5 fish for the week, heaviest 6lbs. Lilliput Boat hire have a super fleet of boats and engines for hire if you fancy your chances.087-6492866.

Lough Derrevarragh

Lough Derravaragh is fishing well for trout. Terry Pantry and son Colin had 6 fish one day over the weekend, all released.

Lough Ree

Last Sunday saw the second of our dapp competitions, for the Lough Ree Inn Cup, take place on what was the hottest day of the year so far. Despite the temperatures in the high twenties and the complete lack of wind twenty two boats of eager anglers took to the water who lead the way in search of the big one. On the day the big one wasn’t caught but there was some fish brought to the scales and the competition for prizes was very close. The presentation of prizes took place in the Lough Ree Inn where Vinnie and Ray along with their staff were excellent hosts and when the scales came down it was Sean Kelly, who won the first ever outing of this competition back in 1967, who topped the leader board. In a very tight finish Tommy Berry took second spot while in joint third were Stephen Conway and Conor Hannon.

Lough Acalla

Anglers reported a good week on Lough Acalla. The best periods were early morning and late evening, due to the very bright sunshine and warm weather. There was an average of 15 anglers each day. Gerry Madden from Kilconnell had the best reported Rainbow of the week at 3.5lbs and 3lbs, caught on a buzzer. Nancy Doyle from Ballygar had fish of 2.5lbs and 2lbs on a Golden Olive. Joe Featherstone reported that he fished the Lough a few times over the last couple of weeks and enjoyed some nice fishing with trout up to 2.5lbs caught. Lots of other fish over 1.5lbs were reported. Best flies were Green Olive, Golden Olive, Sooty Olive, Black Pennell, Pheasant tail and Muddlers. Prospects look good for the coming week with mild weather forecast.

We had reports of quite good Mayfly fishing on the local rivers. Fish to 2lbs were reported on the Castlegar River. The Bunowen River, downstream of Ahascragh was a hot spot with some good mayfly fishing and good size trout caught. The Ballinure River near Ballinasloe also produced a few decent size trout for local anglers.

13lb 6oz trout from Derg

The trout of a lifetime was caught by Ballina’s Ger Mc Keogh on Sunday last in Castlelough when he boated a magnificent ferox fish of 13lbs 6ozs while trolling Roach. Ger, an outstanding angler, uses a deep rigging system that has secured him several monster trout on Lough Derg over the past several years. Ger releases most of the big trout he catches, including a fish of 10lbs 3ozs which he landed last year. But last Sunday’s fish was something special and a trout fit for a glass case. It’s not often you get a trout that big anywhere. Staying with unusual catches comes a hard luck yet funny story about Ballina angler Mike Quinlivan. Mike, an accomplished angler, struck a nice trout that came to his fly a few days ago. Unfortunately he failed to hook the fish, but did manage to hook and land a six-inch lamprey eel that had been stuck to the fish. Well done Mike! At least you did the fish a big favour by ridding it of the blood sucking eel that threatened its life… and you bagged the best fishy story I heard all year!

MAYFLY FISHING REPORTS OVER THE WEEK ON DERG ... There were some excellent fish landed during the evenings on the spent gnat. Yet, it looks like we're into the dying days of the Mayfly season on Derg, with only a total of two fish weighed in at Garrykennedy for last Saturday and Sunday. The Mountshannon area of the lake proved the exception on Saturday evening where local sources tell me there was bumper fishing. The best taken there was a fish of almost 8 lbs 11ozs. The lucky angler was Andrew Browne of the Mountshannon Club whose quarry succumbed to the spent gnat at around 11pm off Young’s Island. Killaloe’s John Cassidy had a magnificent outing last week, landing a fish of 5lbs 4 ozs on Tuesday and one of 6lbs 14ozs two days later. The first fish was caught near the Scariff River and the second near the Bowe River on the Mountshannon side of the lake. On Wednesday of last week Donnacha O’ Brien of Newtown added a 4lbs 6ozs trout to the 3lbs 9oz fish he got a few weeks ago – his two best trout ever. Simon Ryan of Garrykennedy had a fish of 3lbs 10ozs on Sunday night last in Cooney’s Bay, winning him the competition organised by Garrykennedy Fishing Club for the Christy Molamphy Cup. Brian Maloney of Garrykennedy had a fish of 2lbs 4ozs on Saturday. The club’s final Mayfly competition on this Saturday, May 29, is sponsored by Sherry Fitzgerald Talbot Auctioneers of Nenagh. The club’s presentation night for Mayfly season competition winners will be held in Ciss Ryan’s Pub in Garrykennedy on Saturday, June 12. The Garrykennedy Club is urging members participating in the Lough Derg Native Fish Bio-diversity Project to return fish fin specimen or lamprey eels to club officers, John Shinners or Peter Gleeson. And just to finish on a story most fowl! Two anglers found a nest of a pair of mallard ducks situated eight foot up a tree on the shoreline of the lake last weekend. Seemingly, its unknown in this country for mallards to nest in trees, so it’s a very rare find indeed. Or could it be a case of mistaken identity, like I mean quacking up the wrong tree?
Peter Gleeson
Nenagh Guardian
email or 087-6564662 or 067-50481


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


Conditions on the western lakes over the last week have proved extremely difficult. A mini heatwave over the weekend brought an abrupt end to mayfly fishing, which left buzzer fishing and trolling in the flat calm, almost tropical conditions. By Tuesday, however, northerly winds had picked up, and wetfly conditions are dominating again.

Lough Corrib

Small mayfly hatches were seen again on Lough Corrib. Despite the very bright conditions over the last couple of days, some very good catches have been reported, with up to 18 trout to the boat in some cases, mostly small fish coming to mayfly patterns fished wet. Other anglers have not reported good fishing, so it appears very patchy.

I have some reports from the last 2 weeks in the Oughterard area, which also covers the good mayfly hatches before last week’s heatwave. Welsh anglers Mark Thomas and Tony Howells had 30 trout for a week to 2.75lbs, with the average weight 1.5lbs – all fish returned alive. John McGrath from Ennis, who fished out of Lakelands Angling Centre had 4 trout for 6lbs for a day dapping.

Ray Byrne from Vork had 3 trout for a day, while English angler Jeremy Rappa had 4 for 7lbs. At Currarevagh House, Dieter Rampe had a fish of 5.75lbs on dap, while Stephen Watson had 2 fish of 4.5lbs, all released. Stephen and his partners also had 12 fish for a day, all released. Mrs. Judy Malone had 2 fish over 2lbs to dry fly. At Camillaun Angling Centre, some of the better returns were Timothy O’Connor, who had 14 trout, most returned, and Christian Jones, who landed 22 trout over his trip, with 14 returned. Stephen Ryan also caught and released 20 trout. Members of the Dunfanaghy Angling Club had some good fish during their week long stay at Glann, with Billy Sweeney reporting a 4lbs trout, while Mick McCloskey had 5 fish, including a 13lbs trout. Maurice McDevitt had 2 fish of 3lbs, while Brian McAdams had 2 over 2lbs.

On the Cornamona-Greenfields side, Pat Clear from Galway had 4 fish for 12lbs for a day. David Egan and Kevin Oates from Doolin landed 4 fish to 4lbs for a day, while Ronny Sparlin’s party from Limerick had 21 trout over 5 days.

A feature to note is the huge amount of small fish showing up in catches, and being seen splashing to flies on the surface, a good sign of healthy stocks of trout.

Lough Mask

Reports from Lough Mask are slow, with mayfly hatches still to make a serious appearance. Some dark olives and buzzers are hatching, although fishing was slow in the hot conditions.

The Connaught Angling Council held their annual Connaught Cup competition, from Gortmore shore near Tourmakeady last Saturday. The Connaught Cup is a TAFI (Trout Angler Federation of Ireland) event, based on the principle of catch and release. 50 anglers participated in what could only be described as a glorious summer’s day, with temperatures of 25˚C and mirror like conditions. However, in the tough conditions only 13 anglers caught fish. In the individual competition, first prize went to Pat Feerick of Partry, with 4 fish for 30,200 points, followed in 2nd place by Basil Shields of Galway & Corrib, who had 2 fish for 17,000 points and in 3rd place Peter Byrne of Bilberry/Lanagh with 3 fish for 15,560 points. The team competition was won by Partry Anglers with 39,500 points, followed in 2nd by Galway & Corrib with 35600 and in 3rd were Corr na Móna with 22,900 points.

The 13 anglers who caught fish will represent Connaught in this years TAFI Interprovincial competition, which is to be held on 12th of September on Lough Corrib, where Partry Anglers will represent Connaught in the team event.

Finnegans Lake

The final of the League was held on Sunday 23rd of May. The day was an absolute scorcher, with temperatures well into the mid 20's. As we all know, clear blue skies and strong sunshine aren't the best conditions for fishing, especially for well educated Rainbows. Despite this, some nice fish were caught. The winner on the day was Darius Simkus with 8 lovely trout for 7220 points. He fished extremely hard all day getting fish on buzzer and black booby. Second was Joe Trill with 2 fish for 1780 and third was Michael Waldron with 1 fish for 920 points. It was the first day in a long time that there wasn't a proper rise of fish all day, with the fish staying under cover from the hot sun. Well done to all..

The overall winner of the Winter League was Darius Simkus with 22 league points. In second was Brendan Fitzpatrick with 25 and third was Pat O'Brien with 30. The biggest fish went to Ronnie Daniels with a beautiful Rainbow of 76cm and weighing 16lbs. From the freezing days of winter when the snow was falling heavily, to early summer when the temperatures hit the mid 20's, you still came out to fish. Well done to you all!! The Winter League may be late finishing due to the freezing weather, but we had the Craic anyway.

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Lough Conn and Cullin

Some good catches have been reported from these loughs over the past week, however with very bright conditions and low water levels, angling has been difficult. There have however been good hatches of mayfly, with many trout being taken on dry mayflies.

Fishing out of Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Martin Heath, Cork, had two trout for 2.5 lbs to Mayflies while Stuart Lyons, Scotland, had two for 2 lbs. Fishing from Murphy Boat Hire, Massbrook, Denis Gallagher, Donegal, also had success on the mayfly catching two trout for 3 lbs, while Seamus Corrigan, Mullingar, had four trout totaling 4lbs over two evenings to wet Mayflies. Anglers fishing out of Clonamoyne Fishery, Enniscoe, Crossmolina also had some success. Gary Crossley had two trout for 2 lbs to Sooty Olives while the Flynn family, Meath, had two trout for 1.5lbs and 1.75lbs taken at Woodford on black Pennels. Angling in the Cloghans area out of Kelly’s Boat Hire, Martin Connor, Meath, had six trout with his best 2lbs while and John Mc Donnell, Kildare, had four trout taken on Olives. Bert Carlyle and party of six from N.Ireland boated twelve keepers, sportingly releasing all.

Angling on Lough Cullin, Stephen Neylon and Gavin Manix had success fishing the Grey Wulff, boating a total of ten trout with the heaviest two fish weighing in at 2lbs each. These anglers reported good hatches of Mayfly off the Dance Hall shore.

Foxford Angling Club hosted the Foxford Lodge Cup competition on Sunday the 23rd. Twenty-seven anglers took part and first place went to Padraig Traynor, Crossmolina with one fine trout of 4.01lbs, Billy McGee, Foxford took second place with a trout of 3.56lbs, third was Stephen Brown, Cloghans with three trout totaling 3.46lbs and in fourth place was John O’Carroll, Pontoon, with a trout of 1.01lbs.

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

Ballinlough, as always continued to produce good bags of fish for those who ventured out, with a total of twenty-six anglers catching sixty-six rainbow trout. Brendan Ryan, Castlebar and boat partner had a total of twelve trout, while UK anglers John Hown and partner had ten trout. Les Ever, UK and friend also had success catching a total of five trout. The best fish of  the week weighed in at 3lbs and successful flies included Buzzers and Muddlers.

Lough Arrow

Lough Arrow continued to experience great hatches of Mayfly, and falls of spent-Gnat. However the bright conditions made angling difficult. Despite the tough conditions, many anglers enjoyed successful fishing, especially in the late evening. Buzzer fishing also proved successful for some, with David Gray catching and releasing seven trout to the buzzer, ranging from 2lbs to 4.25lbs. Nick Lovegrove, Switzerland, had two trout of 2.5lbs and 3lbs on the Mayfly while Shane Kelly, Clare, also had two trout. Brian Kelly, Boyle also had a nice fish of 2.5lbs while Ken Murray had an excellent catch of 5.25lbs taken on the spent-Gnat.

Lough na Leibe

The 3rd leg of the Lough na Leibe rainbow trout fly fishing competition was held on Sunday 23rd May. Flies that proved successful during the competition were Olive dry flies, sizes 12 & 14, Olive wet size 12, green & black lures, F- fly in brown & olive size 14. The successful anglers on the day were Tommy Lynch with seven fish, John Presley six fish, Francis Brady two fish, Bernard Mc Dermott with two and Alan Spencer with one.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


Lough Melvin

There was no rain over the week to liven things up on Melvin and air temperatures remained distinctly cold. The weekend brought much higher air temperatures with the thermometer reading 22°C on Saturday. The days were bright and cloudless however and conditions difficult. The net result of all this was that few anglers fished Melvin over the week for trout and those that did reported that the fishing was hard going.

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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 at Cashel but conditions can be difficult for anglers at times when is too hot. 

With that in mind anglers put their best skills to the test to bank quite a few trout using mainly small Dries and Buzzers.

Martin Mellon banked an amazing 25 trout with his brother Bernard managing to bank 11 mainly to Dries. 

Lexie Stewart, Adrian Guy and Willie Lowry from the Glens Community Association in Limavady had a lovely day banking 10 trout between them fishing Ace of Spades, Suspender Buzzers and Dries. 

Ciaran Byrne and Johnny Duffin had a fun days fishing taking 1 trout home for tea which weighed 2lb 5ozs. 

Pearse Mc Gill did very well during the heat to bank 11great trout fishing small Grey Dusters and Loop Wing Sedges. 

Paul Ford had 3to the bank with weights up to 4lb .

Greg English caught and released 1which fell to the daddy long legs and Mark Boyce banked and released 1 trout and missed quite a few others. 
Well done to all!
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email:  Website:

Moyagh Trout Fishery

Moyagh is fishing consistently well at present , with take indicators almost essential.

Large amount of fish reported on catch and release and large fish are now stocked weekly.

Moyagh is open 7 days with late sessions available.

Further info contact Shane Tel 078 8904 2980

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Coarse Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Angler bags 100lb at Lough Muckno

100lb bag from Muckno
Photo: Quality Coarse fishing at Lough Muckno, Dick Caplice shows his 100lb+ bag

Lough Muckno, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan has continued to produce fish again this week. The catch in the photo weighed over 100 lbs and was caught by Dick Caplice on the waggler at Muckno on Friday 21st May 2010. This only serves to illustrate what can still be achieved on Irish waters. Dick who gives freely of his knowledge and expertise fished 35 yards out in 5ft of water using a 10gr waggler. This was an awesome days fishing by any standards with over 100lbs in 5 hours. Catches of this quality prove that Lough Muckno is among the top coarse fisheries in the country.

Quig Lough open day enjoyed by all

The Rossmore Coarse Angling Club held an open day with angling tuition and a barbecue at Quig Lough in Ballinode, Co. Monaghan on Sunday 23rd May. It was a  bright sunny and extremely hot day but this only helped with the enjoyment of the event. This well organised event was run by the Rossmore Coarse Angling Club as part of the Central and Regional Fisheries Boards Fisheries Awareness Week. At least ten members of the club turned out on the day to assist running the event. Most of the juvenile anglers who attended caught their first ever fish. The youngest participant on the day was four year old Ben who not wanting to be outdone by his two older brothers also had his first fish, a nice plump little roach, on a short whip.

Members of the Rossmore Coarse Angling Club demonstrated the various fishing techniques and were assisted by Shane Kavanagh and his son Rob who demonstrated the pole fishing technique. Pike experts David and Paul Hamill demonstrated pike fishing techniques and Aidan Mc Adam demonstrated float fishing for pike. Other members of the club including, Sean, Barry, Derek and Martin all kept busy manning the stand or ensuring that everyone was being looked after. David Byrne, attended on behalf of the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board and was delighted to get to work with the Rossmore Coarse Angling Club.

Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan

Local angler Mal McLeod from Carrickmacross visited one of the small lakes in the Carrickmacross this morning Wednesday 26th May. Just for a look, you understand!! However, when Mal arrived at the shore of the lake he noticed lots of bubbles coming to the surface, a real indicator of feeding tench. Returning to the car he found a short pole with a number six elastic and some sweetcorn. Using a 3lb hook-lenght and size 14 hook, Mal started fishing double sweetcorn.  By the end of the session Mal had caught and released two fine tench weighing 5lbs 9ozs and 4lb 13ozs. He also lost a much bigger fish after a 15 minute battle. No guessing where Mal will be in the morning. Best of luck Mal and tight lines.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Late surge of roach at Drumsna

The Dutch King of Clubs was fished last week from Monday to Thursday May 17th to 20th. It was based at Carrick on Shannon and was fished at four venues, two on the Shannon and two in the northern fisheries region. Shannon Regional Fisheries Board staff were on hand and supported the event throughout the week. The event was a great success with some very good weights. Top weight for the week was overall winner Pest te Martin with 22kg on Rynn on day three. Rynn proved again to be one of the best fisheries in the area with plenty of hybrids and Bream to 5lbs. Download the scoresheet here.

The rivers are fishing very well at the moment with a late surge of Roach and hybrids at Drumsna bridge and also at the silver eel.
Brian Bohan
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Web

Lanesboro quiet, roach spawning at Shrule

Wednesday 19th May:  Another late entry, not because I'm losing interest (that was weeks ago) but because I had a night out on one of the islands on Lough Ramor, Co. Cavan where I duly blanked, thus continuing my run of mis-fortune this year. The daily air temperature was rising significantly as the evening approached. I witnessed a huge may fly hatch on the lough and saw many Trout rising. Earlier in the day I had a number of fish on the navigation channel.

Thursday 20th May:  I arrived back at Lanesborough at 3.30pm just in time to be interviewed by RTE man Ciaran Mullooly with regard to the power station being off-line and the effect on local trade. It is supposed to be transmitted on Monday.

On the river tonight, I was expecting to see a lot of fish as dusk fell, but was rather disappointed at what I saw. I had 16 fish whilst Rory Dunne caught more and bigger to give me a damn good spanking! The fisheries department have been out for the past three days evaluating the river. I saw some of the graphics on their laptop and was very impressed. The water temperature is 62f . All their findings are readily available for viewing at

Friday 21st May:  From early on, today was destined to be extremely warm. very few visitors during the daytime but two were on the navigation channel. Unfortunately, they left before I could find out what was caught. In the evening, I wasted two hours at "Maladys" for a Trout of 4oz with 2 Perch and a 1oz Roach. Back at Lanesborough, two lads were on the disabled swims but were blanking when I left them at 11.30pm. Below them, John Fryer from Gosport had a Bream of 3lb 2oz whilst his two fishing partners had little success. Over on the navigation channel there were a multitude of "anglers" using beach casters with jingle bells as bite indicators.

Saturday 22nd May: The overnight anglers had all packed up by the time I had a walk along the river at 08.30. There was no one out at all. I suppose one good thing that has come from the power station being off is the fish. Being confined to the shop meant I was unable to see if anyone was catching, but as it was unbelievably hot this morning, I'm sure any fish would have been reluctant to feed anyway. I had a call late afternoon from Peter Wood, informing me of thousands of Roach under the bridge at Shrule. I had to have a look for myself, so shut the shop at six and drove to see the phenomena for myself. It was quite unbelievable. I saw many Roach well over 2lbs with some probably close to 3lbs. Some anglers had tried with little success to tempt them into feeding. I had to have a go but also found it very frustrating seeing so many fish unwilling to take my bait. I fished until 10pm with only 9 Roach , 2 Perch and a Trout. The best Roach went 1lb 13oz with others of 1lb 11.5oz, 1lb 8oz and three others over a pound. Peter on the other bank caught as well.

Sunday 23rd May: Another hot day resulted in a lot of casual anglers catching very little. Roach still on the spawning area around Shrule Bridge but very reluctant to feed as the Gosport 3 found out. John Fryer actually blanked! Having fished a morning session without a bite on a lake, this was quite disappointing. Imagine how he must have felt when we all went out on the mud island for the evening and didn't have a bite between us?

Monday 24th May: That's it, - This ends these reports as Paul returns home to England.
Paul Waghorne

Banagher area

Fishing was good prior to the change in weather. Bright sunshine at the weekend followed by much cooler northerly winds has hampered coarse angling since.
Ray Duthie
Old Forge Banagher
Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER
Tel: 057 9151504. Email:


The Sheebeen, Salmon Run and Fairyhill Stretches are still not fishing their best with fairly poor catches this week to anglers using feeder method. The better results are from long pole tactics for Roach up to 2lbs. Northern Lough Derg however is fishing extremely well with huge shoals of Roach and Perch congregating at various locations, providing excellent sport. On Sunday despite the hot weather I had a bag of 60lbs of good size Roach and Perch. Bream and hybrids to 6lbs are also showing in numbers but only from sunset onwards.
Mike Murray ,

Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Email Web

Tony Dowling from Blackburn and Tim Johnson from Bradford fished Rogers Island on the Town stretch of the River Shannon at Portumna from Sunday 16th May to Friday 21st May. Alan and Amy Smith from Doncaster were staying at the same guest house and joined us on Rogers Island for what was a great weeks fishing.

Photo: Tony with a good sized hybrid.

The weather was mainly warm and sometimes sunny with light or no breeze, which allowed us to fish Pole to hand all week. Occasional switches to the feeder when the pole went quiet kept the fish coming and gave the shoulders and arms a rest. Fishing ten or eleven metres to hand all day is hard work but very enjoyable.

Red maggot was the best bait, but sweet corn and worm cocktails also produced. Tony and I caught in the 6 days over 800 pounds of big hybrids to four pounds and Roach averaging a pound but up to 2.5 pounds with best individual weights of 117 pounds and 85 pounds. Average daily catches were over 60 pounds each – Brilliant fishing by any standards.

Photo: a 2lb roach for Tim.

Amy and Alan caught Roach and hybrids all week and Alan enjoyed his first try at pole to hand fishing. Amy enjoyed catching the big hybrids on the feeder and fishing a waggler up in the water to catch the Roach.

Special thanks to Mary at Oak Lodge Guest House in Portumna for great accommodation, great breakfasts, Guinness waiting for us after long hot days on the bank and general cracking hospitality. This is for Ron Dowling (Tony’s dad) who couldn’t travel over this year.

bag of fish
Photo: Tony with his best bag of the week. Over 80 pounds of Roach and Hybrids.

River Suck valley

Fisheries Awareness Week kicked off last weekend in the Suck Valley, the venue was Donamon. On the day angling tutors Bill and Nigel Cassidy and Rory and Shane Dunne displayed their excellent skills to ensure that all visitors caught fish on the day.
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

Ballinafid Lake

Ballinafid Lake is fishing quite well. A visiting angle and regular to the lake had a Carp of 19lbs during an early morning session. Pleasure anglers are also getting good Tench to 3lbs.  The River Inny is fishing quite well also, Roach and hybrids which by all accounts are still spawning.


Water level is 2.6 metres and there has been a dry sunny week with rain on Wednesday. Cliff Mynard Halifax fished Grand Canal on 18th May using red worm and caster to catch 30lbs of Bream and Tench. Cliff fished the Shannon on 19th May using caster to catch 72lbs of Bream and Tench. Best Bream weighed 6lbs and he had 13 Tench to 6lbs. On 20th May Cliff fished the Canal for 2lbs of Roach. Cliff noted that the fish were spawning. On 21st May Cliff fished the Suck using maggot and caster with a feeder to catch 4lbs of Roach and hybrids. Newly arrived Keith Bibby from Lewis fished the Shannon on 22nd May using feeder and maggot to catch 3.25lbs hybrid. On 24th May Arthur Judge Ballinasloe fished the Hot Water for four hours with feeder and sweetcorn to catch four Tench and 6lbs of Roach. Good fishing and plenty of bites.
Dermot Killeen
Tel 090 96 74112 Email:

Lough Derg and east Clare

Very few anglers out.
TJ O'Brien,
Email Web

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Pike Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Two Dutch anglers fished with angling guide Pat Mc Loughlin from Kells in the Cavan/Monaghan area on Thursday 21st. They landed 9 pike for the day and the best fish which was taken on a lure and measured 84cms. Water levels are low and clear at the moment.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:



Water level is 2.6 metres and there has been a dry sunny week with no rain since Wednesday.

Snoek Jacobs and Willie Olivier from Belgium were based in Shannonbridge for a pike fishing holiday. They love pike and good to hear that what they caught they returned alive & well. They used a lake boat from their guest-house for transport. On 18th May they fished the Shannon using plastic fish catching 15 pike to 80cm. On 19th May they fished the Shannon using dead bait catching five pike of 82, 72,78 and two measuring 65 cm. On 20th May they fished the Shannon with dead bait catching seven pike measuring 72,70,65,62,61,60 and 50 cm. On 21st May they fished the Shannon using squid and turbo-jack catching 8 pike biggest measuring 93cm. On their last day they used a trolling plug catching 3 pike.

John Molloy from Pollagh fished the Shannon on 22nd May using dead bait to catch four pike. Best were 12lbs and 9lbs.

Lough Derg Predator Tour a huge success

Ballina-Killaloe’s tourism sector enjoyed a boost last week when 18 teams from all over Europe took part in the Lough Derg section of the European open “Predator Tour “fishing competition.

Participants from Poland, the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland had to catch six pike, three perch and one trout to qualify for the next round of the five-year competition in Holland next year.

The winners were the Dutch team of Erwin Markwat and Jacco Jongejans. Well done to the Ballina-Killaloe team of John Mowat and John Travers who used the in-depth knowledge of the lake to bag second place. They win a fishing trip to Canada for their efforts.

And congratulations on a job well done to Dutchman Herman Molenaar, the Killaloe based angling guide and fishing tackle shop owner who organised the local leg of the competition and who has done so much to promote Lough Derg on the international stage as a top class fishery since he first came to live in Killaloe several years ago.

Two pike of up to 30lbs were caught in the three-day event, including one on a pike fly. The top two pike each measured 1.12 metres in length!

By far the most effective method used for catching Perch was a jigging system fished a couple of feet off the bottom of the lake. Some boats recorded catches of 150 Perch a day, which is superb angling by any standards. One team had a trout of 10lbs on the troll.

And the best thing of all about this competition is that all the fish caught were returned alive to the lake. The competitors were given a measuring stick and a camera and the fish they caught were photographed against the stick before being released. Well done to all involved for this eco-friendly approach to angling.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


The North Longford and Wicklow Anglers held a competition on Gartylough with eight boats taking part. Forty Pike where caught the biggest weighing in at 19lb.

As part of the Fisheries Awareness week there was a junior anglers competition on Gortermone. Sixteen Pike were caught the heaviest weighing in at 5lb 10ozs. The following were the winners on the day:

Under 13 years

Under 18 years

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Sea Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Kilmore quay small boat report

Danny Meagher and friends fished from their small boat over the weekend in glorious weather had excellent fishing to boot. The lure angling specialists oncentrated on using soft plastics and some memorable battles with pollack of 4lb in up to 100 feet of water with light gear.


When things quietened down a little they changed location and tactics and put up larger jig heads and 12" worms. The pollack were back but this time up to twice the size of what was taken earlier.


Another change of tactic, smaller worms in brighter colours sam plenty of good ballan wrasse and a couple of cuckoos landed.

During the day the odd cod and ling also showed up.
Danny Meagher
Wexford Angling Blog

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:

no report this week - [most recent report 27/04/10]

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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
E Mail:


Army anglers storm Cobh


The Irish Army Master Anglers Championships were held out of Cobh last weekend. 14 anglers left Kennedy Pier at 10am on Saturday morning in blazing sunshine and flat calm conditions onboard the John-Boy, skippered by Donie Geary, and Lagosta II, skippered by Alan Kennedy. As the main points were for species, the skippers decided to fish the Smiths, just a few miles outside the Harbour mouth.

There was to be a flood tide for the earlier part of the day, so it was decided that drift fishing would be the better option. Twenty minutes was spent feathering and jigging for mackeral. However, with no luck lines down was called for 11am. Fishing was slow for the first hour but then things began to pick up. A lot of ling started showing with good pouting, pollack, cuckoo wrasse, ballen wrasse, cod, grey and red gurnard, coalfish and 4 octopus. One angler also had a very nice haddock of about 3lbs. Lines up was called for 5pm.

As the boats steamed for home many of the anglers spent the time filleting the best of the 40+ ling and some of the good cod. On Sunday both boats headed back to the same grounds. Again the weather conditions were idyllic and the fishing was just as it was on Saturday!!! In fact there was a steady flow of fish throughout the day. Both boats returned to the pier at 6pm with 14 very happy, well tanned anglers. It looks like cod and ling will be on the dinner menu for these lads for some weeks to come!

If you fancy a day out fishing on the John Boy or the Lagosta II why not contact Donie by clicking here Alan Kennedy can be contacted by email at the following address

Courtesy of Cork Harbour Angling Hub:

Catch and Release aboard the charter boat Sioux

Catch and Release was the motto of our two fishing groups of two and three anglers who fished with us this week during glorious weather. Catch for the week as follows: 136 pollack (the biggest 13 pounds), a ling, 19 coalfish, 15 cod (the largest 10 pounds), a poor cod, 1 grey gurnard, a cuckoo and a 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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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:


13 species for charter boat anglers on Galway Bay

Photo: Steven Turner with a 14llbs spurdog caught aboard the Leaca Rua on Saturday in Galway Bay.

The week end started well on Friday with a group led by JP Molloy fishing with skipper Kevin MacGabhann on the Maighdean Mara. They had a great day’s fishing with 6 spurdogs landed, and 13 species recorded.

The weather was magic over the week end, but not easy to find fish. 6 spurdogs were caught on the Leaca Rua  on the Saturday, and a total of 9 species recorded (pollack, spurdog, dogfish, cod, poor cod, pouting, mackerel, sandeel and whiting). Steve Turner got three spurdogs that day, including a great fish of 14lbs.

Sunday was even nicer than Saturday, with Kevin taking out a group from Mayo, who did very well with species (13 again) and a few nice cod, while the Leaca Rua brought a group from Galway and had a good day’s pollack fishing. The group also anchored to try for Tope but none were landed.

To contact Max or Kevin about fishing Galway Bay, call Max 086 3234638 or Kevin on 086 8547890, or visit or

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Belmullet boat angling competition

The Sea Angling Liaison Committee (S.A.L.C) held the Home International Boat Competition on the 21st and 22nd of May on Broadhaven Bay. The event was hosted by the Belmullet Sea Angling Club in conjunction with the Broadhaven Bay Hotel, a great honour for the club as Connaught only plays host to the competition every sixteen years!

The Irish team comprised of Captain Shane Gilvarry, Josie Barrett representing Connaught, Liam Longmoore, Ulster, Liam O’Callaghan, Leinster and Henry Ross, Munster.

A total of fifteen fish species were caught with 843 fish being caught on the Friday and 689 on the Saturday, an astounding number considering only fifteen anglers took part! The Irish team excelled in their home waters winning first place, England taking second with Wales third.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


Halibut, turbot, tope and more for charter boat Rosguill


25 May: Rosguill’s first ever Halibut. 32 inches long weighing 11.5 pounds. Caught by Dutch angler, Bert Uithol. So nice, I have shown both sides of the marvelous fish which I thought was a small Tope by the way it fought. Took mackeral baited Hok-Kai (what else!)


We also had a nice day on turbot with 17 landed. No great size but all respectable. Wrecks fishing poorly now. Mackerel quite patchy. Water temperature now 10.5 degrees centigrade.

22 May: We had a lot of "firsts of the year" today; our first tub gurnard, first tope and first spurdog. A great day out in beautiful weather.

Michael McVeigh
Rosguill 43' Aquastar. Twin 310 HP
Downings, Co. Donegal.
Telephone: +353 74 9155080
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Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Boat angling from Culdaff is starting to produce very good catches of Ling, Pollack and Coalfish on the many offshore wrecks. 

Flowing traces with Ragworm or Shads and baited Hokkais are accounting for most of the Pollack and Coalfish, Chrome Pirks baited with Mackerel are doing the business for Ling. 

Mackerel are beginning to show in deeper water and over wrecks however are still not very abundant closer inshore yet. 

Inshore fishing is producing Pollack, Coalies, Gurnards and Wrasse and Flatfish such as Dabs, Plaice and Turbot are beginning to make an appearance. 

Tope fishing should begin in earnest in June and continue through to September

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Northern Ireland


New record skate caught from charter boat Predator

Photo: One "small", 146lb skate and one record beating, 238lb skate.

Last week saw a number of offshore trips across the channel and a good number of fish were caught. Eddie Mcarrick a charter skipper from sligo booked a trip to try his hand at the skate and wasn't dissapointed as the group landed 3 skate; 70lbs, 104lbs and 151lbs. The very next day we landed a potential new Irish record skate at 238lbs and that was caught by Nigel Bell from Portadown who is a member of one of the Predator specimen clubs. The huge fish measured 94 inches from nose to tail and 73 inches across the wings. The skate was taken with a whole 3lb coalfish. A claim form has been sent to the committee for ratification and the skate was tagged and released. The huge fish was onboard at the same time as Joe Mcbride had one of 146lb. See more photos here: Catch of the Week.

A few good spurdogs were taken before the skate turned up. That was a tally of 8 skate in two days. The fish were taken 27 miles north of Red Bay in very, very deep water.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
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Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117

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