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Irish Angling Update

04 November 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Trout Angling

Coarse Angling

Pike Angling

Sea Angling


Trout Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:



Fly fishing competitions and coming events

Start Time: 10.30 until 2.30

Prizes: 1st, 2nd  & 3rd  inn each event including a prize for the largest & smallest fish (excluding the winners).

After the 4 events there will be 2 prizes of tickets for fishing for 2 persons for Sea Trout on the Clohamon Beat, Bunclody  on the River Slaney ( use between 15th June &15th July 2011).

Winners will be decided by accumulative catch over 3 events.In the event of a tie the largest fish will count.

Entry Fee €20 per event

Entries to Brian Nally Mob. 086/2598563

Dundalk and District Brown Trout Anglers

The Dundalk and District Brown Trout Anglers are running a number of youth fly tying classes at their Angling Centre at Toberona, Dundalk, every Saturday morning from 10am till 12.30pm.

Contact Matt Campbell at 087 6757550 for details.

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


The brown trout fishing is closed until 2011.

But here is a list of put and take fisheries many of which open all year round.

Lough na Leibe

The 8th and final leg of the lough na leibe fly fishing competition was held on Sunday 17th October 2010. The competition got under way ay 11.00am with Tommy lynch as the favourite , It did not matter whether Tommy got a win or not in the last competition as he had enough done in earlier competitions to take the title of Lough na leibe fly fishing champion for the 3rd season in a row. CONGRATULATIONS TOMMY LYNCH.  The season on Lough na leibe has finished, and the Lough is now closed, the last day of the season been Sunday October 31st. Fishery officers and water keepers will continue to patrol the lough over the winter months. The season will open on Febuary 1st 2011 to all members of Ballymote & District Anglers Club and day tickets will be available from the usual outlets.
Bernard Mc Dermott
Ballymote & District Angling Club.

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Northern Ireland

The brown trout fishing is closed until 2011.

But here is a list of put and take fisheries many of which open all year round.

2010 Season Finishes on a High for the ILFA

The Irish Ladies Flyfishing Association held their final Trial of the 2010 season last Saturday Oct 23rd on Eskragh Lough Co Tyrone.  The results from the 2010 league will be used to select the team to represent Ireland at the Ladies International Flyfishing Championships to be held on Bewl Water Kent in England in 2011.

The practice sessions on Eskragh in the previous weeks had been very fruitful but unfortunately early October had thrown up really unseasonable weather with temperatures positively summer-like.  So it was with despair that most of the women witnessed the severe temperature drop to freezing just days before the competition.  A major change in tactics would likely be called for.

But the competition day dawned very pleasant and with an ideal 8mph westerly wind it looked like it would be a pleasant days fishing.  It continued warm and sunny for most of the day until the wind changed to a biting northerly but the full tailed rainbows and browns were very obliging and the women were rising fish constantly.  Unfortunately though not many fish were being caught.

Julie Gerry, fresh from representing Ireland in the Bank Stillwater International held at Innis Trout Fishery in Cornwall, showed why she is currently regarded as one of the top lady anglers in Ireland.  She pulled in for her first drift halfway up on the right hand side and within minutes had her first fish in the boat – a lovely rainbow at 53cms, which proved to be the biggest fish of the day.  Like the rest of the fish that day it was measured and returned safely.

The best tactics for the day were lures on intermediate lines and the fishing was best in the margins.


1st Julie Gerry – 10 fish (438cms) including biggest fish 53cms
2nd  Linda Straghan – 2 fish (93cms)
3rd  Jenny Casey – 2 fish (80cms)
4th  Orla Sweeney – 1 fish (39cms)
5th Susan Brown – 1 fish (37cms)

Julie was presented with a beautiful salmon brooch tied by Fred McGee, Manager at the Fishery.

Many thanks to Fred and to Donovan Ross owner of Eskragh Fishery for the warm welcome and to the boatmen Harry McAteer Snr, Harry McAteer Jnr and Derek McConville.

This completes the 2010 trials - watch our website for details of AGM and next year's events etc or ring Julie Gerry on 087 2055 094.

You must be over 18 to take part in the events.

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:


DCAL Lakes within the Foyle catchment are now closed for this season with exception of Binevenagh Lake; it will remain open unto the 31st December.

Cashel Trout Fishery

Photo: the anglers who took part in last weekend's competition as Cashel Trout Fishery

Cashel Trout Fishery, now in its tenth year, had a brilliant turnout for our annual competition.  The weather was just what anyone could have wished for, slightly overcast with a gentle breeze.  Anglers came from as far away as England, Donegal and Fermanagh in an effort to take home the perpetual cup and trophies which were sponsored by Michael Mc Closkey (Vicky) who also hails from Dungiven.  Nineteen very keen anglers arrived with us bright and early on Saturday morning in preparation for the ‘big’ day.  Assorted lures, ranging from ace of spades to GH daddies did the business on the day.  A total of fifty-nine trout were brought to the bank with everyone watching for the winning trout to appear. 

Prizes were awarded as follows:

  1. 1st prize Heaviest single trout 10lb 4ozs – Joe Donnelly (Limavady)
  2. 2nd prize Heaviest bag of trout 16lb 9ozs – Ryan Young (Limavady)
  3. 3rd prize Runner up heaviest bag of trout 10lb 11¼ozs – Alfie Sheppard (Garvagh)

Joe Donnelly caught four trout altogether using a black lure while Ryan Young caught five, the bag limit, using white nomads.  Alfie Sheppard used fritz to catch his five trout.  Derry’s James McFeely also managed the bag limit of five trout which took an orange fritz.  Denis Sweeny (Kilrea), John Hasson (Dungiven) and Martin Bradley (Dungiven) all banked five trout each using white fritz and zonkers.  Pearse Doherty (Maghera) bagged four trout while Billy Mc Laughlin (Derry) bagged three.  Most anglers bagged a couple of trout for their efforts.

Eight year old Matthew Begley (Limavady) bagged one trout weighing 2lb on a yellow cat.  Brian Duffy (Limavady) released seven trout which fell to bloodworms and buzzers.  Stephen Gurney (Limavady) released four on buzzers while Billy Hazlett (Derry) released seven trout which fell to dries and nymphs.  Aidy Askin also from Derry released eleven trout which took wee black spiders.  Jim Crawford, on his first visit to Cashel released five trout which took buzzers.

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

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Coarse Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Lough Muckno

Anglers from Northern Ireland fished  Muckno over last weekend with one angler returning to fish on Monday last 1st November. Fishing has been reasonable with catches consisting of bream, hybrids and roach. Fishing the feeder at long distance has again produced the best results. Conditions had improved recently and water clarity has been good.  Torrential rain over the last two days has put water levels up again.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


NCFFI National Team Qualifiers for 2011 Report

Saturday the 30th and Sunday the 31st of September saw the start of the qualification process to select a National Team Squad to represent Prebait-Ireland at both the 2011 World Championships in Italy and the Celtic Cup in Scotland.

The chosen venue for the first stage of the Qualifiers was the Boyle Canal, Co. Roscommon. The Boyle Canal was believed to be one of the fairest venues for this time of year and this proved to be the case.

Fourteen anglers from all over the country made the trip to Boyle; this was less than anticipated but was expected due to the recent interruptions to the NCFFI. This year saw the return of Nick Harrison (B.S.I. Senses) and Donal McGuirk (Clones CAC) who have both represented Ireland on the world stage in the past, also returning from last year’s squad was Richard Keegan (Portobello AC) who has fished the Celtic Cup on two occasions.

Day one saw the best of both the weather and fishing, although the day started of cold, it wasn’t too long before the sun shone to warm both the air and water. Right from the ‘all-in’ everyone was catching, and when the three hours were up the majority had caught well, Michael O’Connor (Royal Enfield CAC) won Section A with 165 fish (mainly Roach) 4.990kg while Nick Howell (Erne Anglers) won Section B with 128 fish for 4kg. The total weight for the day was just over 40kg.

Day two started off slightly warmer but with a gentle north-easterly breeze and with the sun not appearing until the last hour of the match the temperatures remained below 10 degrees. Although the fish were not as plentiful as day one this did not deter the fourteen hopeful anglers and by the ‘all-out’ they knew they had done all they could. Nick Harrison (B.S.I. Senses) won section A with 47 fish for 2.140kg and Dave Slater wining section B with 69 fish for 2.440kg.

The NCFFI would like to thank Jack Tisdall (Erne Anglers) and Brian Bohan (Sheemore AA & NCFFI) for their efforts with pegging the venue, John Hayes (Kingfisher CAC) and Steve Finchett (Kingfisher CAC) for travelling and fishing as blockers on the end pegs and our own Sean Ward and Eoin Schweppe for officiating on the day.

A full listing of results is available on the NCFFI web site (

Tight Lines,
Eoin Schweppe,

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Pike Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Pike fishing finally picks up in north east

Photo: Colm Lynch from East Coast Angling in Navan got out from behind the shop counter to do a bit of fishing last weekend. On Sunday evening he caught this 20lb pike jerk baiting a zalt lure on a lake in Cavan.

After weeks in the doldrums pike angling in the north east has finally picked up. Angling guide Pat McLoughlin from Kells reports very good pike catches from the Cavan/Monaghan area during the last week for his client Benoit Sachet from France. On Thursday 28th and Friday 29th October Benoit boated 25 pike to a variety of techniques including spinning, trolling and sink and draw with dead-bait. The best 4 fish for the two days weighed 15lbs, 13lbs, 12.5lbs and 12lbs. There were a number of jacks taken as well but the remainder of the pike ranged from 5lbs to 10lbs. Pat also reports that the pike are in really good condition and are fighting very hard.

If you fancy a days guided pike fishing with Pat McLoughlin he can be contacted at 086 1017415 or by email at

56 pike for a week's fishing in Monaghan

Photo: Nol de Ruiter from Holland with a lovely 21lb 12oz Monaghan Pike

Angling guide Peadar O'Brien from Carrickmacross also reports a big improvement in the pike fishing in the Monaghan area. Guided by Peadar,  Nol de Ruiter and his grandson Robbin van Soest from Holland spent a week in Carrickmacross.

They had 56 fish for the week and the biggest fish weighed in at 21lbs 12ozs. Peadar came ashore to weigh it and to provide the fish with enough time to recover properly before being releasing this fantastic fish unharmed and fighting fit.

Photo: Robbin Van Soest with his 14lb pike taken while fishing with Peadar O Brien.

Nol and Robbin also lost a couple of big fish at the boat. Peadar reports that the weather is perfect for pike fishing at the moment (prior to the rainfall over the last two days) Robbins other notable fish included a nice pike of over 14lb and  he also caught one of just over 17lb. Other fish caught weighed 12lb and 13lb . Nol is a member of a fishing club in Holland and they are both making plans to come back next year.

This was sixteen year old Robbins first fishing holiday in Ireland he had a great time caught a lot of jack pike as well on spinners, dead-baits and plugs, he had a great week and he will certainly be back.

Photo: Angling Guide Peadar O'Brien with another nice double figured pike caught on spinner bait this week.

If you fancy a days guided pike fishing with Peadar O'Brien he can be contacted at 087 9265867or by email at


Newbridge and District Pike Angling Association are holding an open pike competition at Blessington lake on the Sun 14 November 2010. 1200 euro prize money.



Sign on viewing car park 10.00am, fish 11am-4pm. Details contact Tommy Winder 087-9605847.

Sponsored by Mc Carty' Homevalue, Prosperous, Kildare.

More pike reports

A beautiful 22lb pike was taken by a Polish angler fishing a legered dead bait on White Island on Saturday last 30th October. After a 10 minute fight, the fish was landed and after recovery was released unharmed to the lake.

Over the winter pike fishing reports and pictures will be posted as and when they are available. If you would like to contribute to the reports please feel free to submit your reports and pictures to 

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Lough Gara 30lb 11oz pike

Michael Flanagan reports:

Photo: Anthony Egan latched onto a whopper in the morning session and it rattled the scales at 30lbs 11oz

We headed the Fish Mobile towards Sligo last Sunday and competed in the Boyle Rambling Anglers open boat pike competition. Many boats from the Mullingar, Athlone and Trim areas ventured to Gara, and it was a glorious day. It was a tough day for us Mullingar Anglers and despite our best efforts we only managed a few pike. Once again it was Mullingar Angler Barry Darby who flew the flag for us and boated a fine pike of 14lbs 2oz to take 2nd place. Rooskey Angler Anthony Egan latched onto a whopper in the morning session and it rattled the scales at 30lbs 11oz.

Lough Gara is about 90 minutes from Mullingar towing your boat and it’s worth a trip in the coming weeks. When we arrived I bumped into Rory Wrightson of Cosy Catch Fishing tackle and Furniture Shop in Austin Friars Street. Rory had a tackle stand at the competition and we photographed him chatting to Noel Monaghan of Athlone and Killeenmore Angling Associations.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.

Derrevarragh pike report

: Ten year old Joseph Long enjoying the fishing and mid term break from school faces this monster 17lb Derravarragh pike with dad Tom.

Keen pike angler Tom Long reports that he, his 10 year old son Joseph and a work mate Jimmy Adamson fished Lough Derravaragh on Wednesday 27-10-2010 from about 10am to 5pm. They caught two pike, the first one a 17lb and the second one 11.5lb both of which took a popped up roach dead bait. The 17lb fish was caught at 14.10pm and the 11.5 was caught at 16.15pm. The lads also got two runs early that morning but failed to hook up. Toms friend Jimmy Adamson is enjoying his retirment from eircom. All the lads are from Dublin and Tom reported that both fish where returned to the lake for this sons to catch another day.


01/11/10 The big pike are really on the move now. Yesterday we boated a nice Meter pike with an approximate weight of twenty pound. During the week some very scrappy double figure pike turned up too. Long may this sort of fishing last! The water temperature is still around 10 degrees and the pike are feeding.
Bodo Funke,
Angling Services Ireland,
Boyle, Co Roscommon


Stephen Gibbons sent in the following report from the mid Shannon area:

Photo: Andy Brien and a lovely fish of 19lb

Last Thursday we were in the midlands area again and had 5 good fish. Martin Byrne had 3 pike and Andy Brien and a lovely fish of 19lb and I had one fish of 10lb.

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:


Lough Corrib Pike

Gary O'Brien reports:

When I saw the weather yesterday morning I decided to go pike fishing on Lough Corrib and leave the pheasants until the weekend. I'm glad I did, we has 3 pike inclusinding one real monster. Unfortunately we didn't have a scales but we put her weight around the 25-27lb mark. I hooked her on a gliding gigolo jerk bait in about 3 feet of water so she went crazy. She was absolutely pristine and after a quick photo and she went straight back and moved off strongly.
Gary O'Brien.
by email

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Bilberry and Lannagh Angling Club Pike Angling Competition

Bilberry and Lannagh Angling Club recently held its annual Pike Angling Competition in conjunction with IFI Ballina, with 34 rods taking part. A total of 99 pike were caught on the day, with a combined weight of 315.5lbs. Catching the heaviest fish was Brian Kelly, who boated a fine pike of 23.7lbs.

In first place in the competition, winning the heaviest bag was Joe Halligan and Gerry Fitzsimons, Enniscrone, who boated ten pike for 42.2lbs. Second place went to Billy McDonnell and Martin Connor, who caught the greatest number of pike, 12 in total for a combined weight of 17.8lbs. Third place went to the second heaviest bag, won by Gerry Ward and Brian Kelly, with 9 pike weighing 40.5lbs.

Photo: Callum Press enjoyed great success fishing with his grandfather and local angling guide Kenny Sloan.

Elsewhere, twelve year old Callum Press, Enniscrone enjoyed great success recently while fishing with his grandfather and local angling guide Kenny Sloan. Fishing with a drifted float and large mackerel, young Callum hooked and successfully boated his first ever pike, a fine fish of 15lbs. This was followed later in the day by a second pike of 8lbs.

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Sea Angling Update

South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
E Mail:


Fish Offs for World Championships in 2011

Pat O'Shea from the Cork Harbour Angling Hub reports:

The National Fish Offs were held over the recent Bank Holiday weekend in Cork Harbour. This was the culmination of the process to select a boat angling team to represent Ireland in the World Championships in 2011. Thirty two anglers participated, twelve of these qualifying through the Boat Masters and the remaining anglers coming from the pool of top twenty anglers who qualified from last year's event.

The weather over the event was glorious, particularly on the Sunday with blue skies, calm seas and mild temperatures. Not that it would have mattered in any event as the competition is held entirely within the confines of the harbour targeting the hoardes of whiting and codling. As it turned out the codling didn't oblige (anglers fished with bait provided - no lug or crab) but the whiting certainly did, as did the dabs, pouting, and other species. On the first day over 2,000 fish were caught but this was eclipsed on the Sunday when a massive 4,000 fish were caught. Over the two days the breakdown of fish caught were 3,229 whiting, 1,777 dabs, 573 poor cod, 89 codling, 33 lsd, 14 coalfish, 66 scad, 38 tub gurnard, 23 grey gurnard, 70 plaice, 5 dragonet, 91 pouting, 1 weever fish, 3 flounder, 2 scorpion fish, 1 turbot and 1 thornback ray.

Well done to Dave Jolly who won the competition outright. In the placings behind him, and joining him on the National team are Terry Boyle, Myles Howell, and Pio Enright. Brian Whelan qualifies for the team automatically having won the Boat Masters. Brian also finished in the top 20 which qualifies him for the panel next year.

The event was hosted by local club Cobh SAC and they used the following four charter boats of the Cork Harbour Angling Hub fleet:

Light lines Competition

Cobh SAC will be holding light line competitions within the Harbour over the next few months targeting codling and whiting. The first of these is on this Sunday 7th November and the second on Sunday 5th December. They should produce more codling than the fish offs as there is no restriction on bait. Lug & crab will acount for the bulk of the cod. In the fish-offs anglers were supplied bait: mack, squid, and rag. Also, the Irish team are organising a fund raising boat angling comp on 28th Dec.

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