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Irish Angling Update

11 November 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
email: Paul Bourke
Ph: 00 353 (0) 1 8842600
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Trout Angling

Coarse Angling

Pike Angling

Sea Angling

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:



Angling report

rainbow trout
Photo: A full finned rainbow trout of about four pounds weight

After signing in i had a wander around to see was there any fish moving at the surface before setting up the rod. I noticed some fish were taking something off the water. I also noticed there was a lot of small black midges flying about the shrubbery on the bankside and there was a small number of olive duns emerging from the water. With the duns emerging i decided to set up the rod to fish dry a size sixteen olive Klinkhammer. On my fourth cast a fish rose and took the Klinkhammer and after several runs and a hard fight i netted a nice Rainbow trout of about four pounds weight.

I fished on for about an hour and a half with the Klinkhammer and i caught five good fish before all went quiet. I changed over to fishing with a bloodworm which i suspended under an indicator (size ten G&H Sedge). With this method i caught another two fish, one of which took the bloodworm and the other took the G&H which at the time i was pulling back quickly to recast. Again i changed methods this time using a size sixteen Diawl Bach in black on an intermediate line. Another three fish were caught using the Diawl Bach including a very strong fish which was about five pounds in weight.

Competition results

The first of the winter series of competitions took place on Saturday 6th November. It was a pleasant cool dry bright day and the water temperature in the lake was 9 degrees centigrade. There was the occasional rainbow rising however all of the twenty participating anglers opted for wet flies and lures. Competitors were only allowed to fish with a single fly and barbless hooks. Fishing started at 10.30am and finished at 2.30pm.and anglers changed peg positions hourly.

Gerard Wilkes from Dublin was the winner with a bag of seven trout . Second place was secured by Noel Shiels,Dublin with five trout and third place went to local angler Peter Byrne from Avoca again with five trout.
Thirteen competitors landed a total of fourty five trout and all were returned safely after measurements were recorded. Martin O’Hara from Rathdrum Co . Wicklow caught the heaviest rainbow weighing in at 2.7kgs.
The next event in this Winter League is scheduled to take place on Saturday 27th November.

Enteries to Brian Nally @086/2598563

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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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

Anglers are out in promising numbers once again at Cashel this weekend despite the threatening winter conditions.  Jude O’Kane (Dungiven) released three trout which fell to buzzers and dries.  Bernard Mellon (Maghera) released an amazing thirty-nine trout which took dries and buzzers also.  Adrian Mc Fall (Portglenone) unfortunately didn’t bank any of his trout but enjoyed the day nevertheless.  Derry’s Aidy Askin released ten beauties which fancied assorted buzzers.  Local anglers, John Hasson, Barry Hasson and Martin Bradley (Dungiven and Feeny) were all on catch and released tickets.  Martin released six trout which fell to black fritz and zonkers, John released eight which fell to similar flies while Barry released three which took bloodworms and small yellow nymphs.

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

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Coarse Angling Update

no reports due to high water

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Pike Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:



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.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Derrevarragh pike report

PHILIP MOFFAT CUP. Last Sunday November 7th it was touch and go with the Moffatt Cup as the weather forecast was bad for Sunday evening. As luck would have it the day dawned calm and bright and the competition was fished. It was a huge success with 49 anglers fishing. The lake was quite high and some anglers got it hard to catch a pike, including myself. Still some fine fish came on line and Johnny Corcoran topped the day with a fine pike of 13lbs 2oz. Another top Mullingar pike angler Eddie O’Donnell finished 2nd with 11lbs 4oz, and J.J. Flanagan finished 3rd with 8lbs 5oz.

On the day the club also hosted their Christmas competition and their was a huge array of prizes, including Turkey and Hams. The junior section was well supported and Kye Bardon, Jack Darby and April Flanagan caught pike. Presentation took place back in Murtagh Lounge and it was a mighty evening with plenty of fishy tales of the big pike that got away. Andy Nally thanked all who supported the Moffatt Cup and Christmas pike competitions, and also Conor and Suzanne Murtagh for allowing the presentation take place in their premises. Up on twenty prizes were presented and Billy Moffat senior did the honours and presented the winners with their prizes. The Derravaragh anglers are back in action on Sunday November 28th when they host the Johnny Owens Cup. More on this in the coming weeks.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.


Photo: Gerard banked a huge pike weighing 24lbs 12oz which wins Catch of the Week.

Gerard Bradley and Alex Nichlson produced a few huge pike on their most recent angling adventures. The lads did a night session on the Mighty River Shannon and at 6-30 in the Morning Gerard got a run on dead bait and produced a real beauty, well in the high double figures. Alex was also in action and had 4 good pike. Mind you Gerard really pushed out the boat on another trip and banked a huge pike weighing 24lbs 12oz. This Monster took a popped up dead Rudd, and was in mint condition.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.

Lough Ree International Pike Angling Festival 2011

Following on from the success of the first Lough Ree International Pike Angling Festival the 2011 tournament will take place Wednesday to Friday, April 13-14-15.

Anglers will get three days of exciting pike boat angling on the massive waters of Lough Ree, near Athlone, and a chance to share in a staggering cash prize fund that includes a guaranteed €3,000 first prize for the largest fish.  The festival is supported by Lakelands & Inland Waterways Ireland.

Ireland’s newest angling event was a resounding success last spring and to win any of the six prizes each day it was necessary to catch a pike of 18lb or more – in fact the winning fish was estimated to be 23lb!  The events “catch and release” format involved anglers measuring their own fish on board the boat, photographing the catch alongside the board and then releasing it within a few minutes, totally unharmed. 

Special festival inclusive package breaks – including ferry and accommodation – are available and early booking is recommended.
Entry forms and more detailed information is available by using the website or telephone 0151 324 4744

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Sea Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Estuary Fun in Co. Wexford

Photo: Three of the four were lured by a combination of lugworm and peeler, with the forth on straight lugworm

Late autumn and early winter is the time to target estuary flounder as they pack on weight prior to their annual spawning migration. The estuaries, pills, and salt marshes of south Wexford are home to some of the biggest flounder in Ireland, holding the current Irish record and producing specimens on a regular basis. My first session after these lunker flatties coincided with a four meter tide and a hurricane warning. The day however dawned frosty and calm with blue skies and a light south westerly, that was to change though as the afternoon progressed.

On arrival at the venue around 10.00am I met a local angler Paul Roche fishing with his nephew. The ebb tide still had two hours to run and the men had been busy. A nice bass and a flounder graced the bank providing plenty to talk about. Caught on peeler crab Paul proceeded to discuss the venue, fishing hot spots, and the virtues of fishing crab over worm when it comes to targeting the humble fluke. Armed only with lugworm, not living near any crab collecting area, a deal was done and I walked to my chosen spot a dozen peelers to the better. Setting up two rods rigged with flowing traces baited with lug and half a crab on each hook I cast thirty meters in to the ebbing tide.

No sooner had the grips settled then there was a distinctive rattle on the first rod followed by a slack line which quickly straightened in the current. The tip bobbed rhythmically as the fish flapped downstream before settling. Casting out the second rod I lifted the first and proceeded to reel in what felt like a good sized flat fish. Sure enough a few kicks and splashes at the edge were the give away before a large flounder slid up the bank. Two pounds plus and not far off a specimen, great start. A lean on rod number two signaled further interest. You do not have to hurry these fish, so a quick release of catch number one before dealing with its companion. A minute later flounder number two flapped clear of the tide line. Equally impressive this was some fishing.

A further two flounder were landed before things went quite as the current slowed on low water. Three of the four were lured by a combination of lugworm and peeler, with the forth on straight lugworm. The wind by now had backed around to the north west, turned cold and strengthened pushing heavy showers in its path. As the flood kicked on it carried floating weed which wrapped around the line making fishing difficult. With no further bites other than a few baby coalfish I decided to call it a day. Four big flounder, three over two pound and the forth 1.5lbs+, not bad for an afternoon’s fishing in November.
Ashley Hayden

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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
E Mail:


The calm before the storm - Light lines Competition

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

Hurricane Thomas was due to lash the south coast last Sunday but forecasters were confident that it wouldn't come in until after dark. They were spot on!! In fact the weather for Cobh SAC's first light line competition of the Winter season was positively glorious....a true calm before the storm!

The competitors were hoping to avail of a similar stamp of fishing to that that was experienced in the National Fish Offs over the Oct Bank Holiday Weekend. The inner harbour can certainly produce over the Winter months with vast shoals of whiting and codling in particular....and this competition didn't disappoint.

Over 600 fish were caught by the 8 anglers over the 5 hours of the competition. Wow! Whiting dominated the catch with many of a good size, averaging between 2-3lbs. The breakdown of fish caught was as follows: 454 whiting, 101 dab, 4 doggies, 8 codling, 45 poor cod, and 1 scad. That's an average of 77 fish per competitor. That's a great start to the light line series!

Sandra O'Shea
Photo: Winner of the competition was Sandra O' Shea of Cobh SAC

Many of the dabs were over a 1lb in weight, coming close to the new specimen size. Surprisingly there were very few codling caught, but that may be because everyone switched to mackeral bait once the whiting turned up. There was also plenty of mackeral about, which kept everyone in fresh bait and a bit more. Winner of the competition was Sandra O' Shea of Cobh SAC, pictured above, who had an impressive 112 fish. Second was Anthony Austin of Crosshaven SAC with 109 fish, and third, Sylvester Skowronski with 89 fish.

Roll on the next light lines comp, which is being held on Sunday 5th December. If you would like to fish this event contact Cobh SAC secretary, Mary Geary on 021-4812167, or email Another similar competition is being held on the 28th December to help raise money for the National Boat Team. If you are interested in fishing this event contact Dave Jolly on 086-2536389 or by email at . This is being assisted by the Cork Harbour Angling Hub and the Hub's accommodation providers are offering a special accommodation package of one night bed, breakfast and evening meal for €50 per person. Now that's great value!!! If you want to avail of these deals you can make direct contact through one of the following email addresses (don't forget to quote the Irish Angling Team Fundraiser):

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