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Irish Angling Update

25 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

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:


Rathcon Fishery lunker wins Mark Catch of the Week

rainbow trout
Photo: This lovely rainbow trout from Rathcon Fishery wins Mark Corps Catch of the Week.

Last Friday, 19 November proved to be a mild enough day with little or no wind at Rathcon Fishery. Mark Corps fished with colleagues from IFI as trout occasionally rose around him – mainly to chironomids. The fish were not reponding to his usual ‘Buzzers’ or ‘Shipman’s’ so he tried some small lures. Using a sink tip line and fishing in and around the edges he had a take on a small ‘Cats Whisker.’ It felt like a good fish but no one realised how good until started to jump. During the fight it stayed tight to the bank causing problems with the two droppers snagging in weed. After some more acrobatics, snags and a walk of about 100m along the bank it was finally netted by fellow angler Phillip. This fish was not weighed but a conservative estimate puts it at about 10lb.

Rathcon is a delightful managed fishery approximately one hour south west of Dublin. To arrange fishing contact Dermot Paige through their website,, in advance.

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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.

Crisp weather and good catches at Cashel Trout Fishery

Lovely crisp weather encouraged anglers to put their skills into action once again with us here at Cashel.  Liam Mullan, Mickey McKee and Mickey Forrest all from Limavady used assorted buzzers, bloodworms and minkies to make their brilliant catches.  A total of twenty-eight trout were released between them with Mickey McKee catching the majority.  Bernard Mellon (Maghera) released twenty trout at least with many being lost.  He was using buzzers too. 

Ernie McCallion and Robbie Lyttle (Limavady) released five and seven trout respectively using green damsel, red fritz and black spiders.  Derry’s Aidy Askin accompanied by his son Oisin used nymphs and buzzers to make their connection.  Aidy released around a dozen trout while young Oisin had around six.  Maghera’s Joe Early and Gerard Quinn released three trout between them which took grey buzzers while Derry’s Paul Ford used similar flies to bank two beauties. 

Pearse Doherty (Maghera) released two also which took the wee orange blob while last but by no means least Martin Bradley and John Hasson (Dungiven) released five and eleven trout respectively which took small dries and nymphs.

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

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Coarse Angling Update

Northern Ireland



Match 3 of the Float Only league was fished on the Ballyconnell Canal at No1, No2 and No 3 Locks in glorious conditions.

The sections at No3 Lock dominated the overall placings with Jack Tisdall (Ballinamallard) winning the event with 7.320Kgs (56 Perch and 10 Roach) caught at 3 and 8m on the pole at peg 9.

David Burleigh (Kinawley) was a close second with 6.930Kgs on peg 11 with Lee Symonds (Belturbet) third with 6.520Kgs on peg 12.

The other section winners were, Bill Dodd (Lisnaskea) 5.070Kgs (No3 lock), Gavin Brown (Kesh) 3.460Kgs, Dave Slater (Enniskillen) 4.390Kgs both No 2 Lock.

Keith Murphy (Irvinestown) 1.210Kgs and Brenton Sweeney (Cootehill) 1.410Kgs Both No 2 Lock.

The next match is on Sunday 05 Dec 10.  
Jack Tisdale

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Pike Angling Update

Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Lough Derg

Photo: A good pike from Lough Derg on a crisp November days

Italian angling guide Alberto Rizzini made the most of the fine weather over the weekend and spent most of Saturday in pursuit of pike around the top of Lough Derg. As this was his first outing on the lake Alberto played saf and stayed close to Portumna where he had lunched his boat. Alberto enjoyed some great fihing and had a few nice fish including this well conditioned 108cm pike of about 23lb.
Alberto Rizzini
Angling Guide
Portloman - Slanemore, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath, Ireland.
Tel: +353 (0)44 9344866
Email: Web: www.casarizzinicom

Lough Ennell

Photo: A selection of pike lures used on a recent trip to Lough Ennell

I fished hard this week and finally got some results. On Ennell I produced pike to 16lbs on the new Reaction Strike rubber lures. They are the business and in the coming weeks huge pike will latch onto these lures. On Boderg earlier in the week I teamed up with Barry Darby and caught some good pike on these lures. Barry is one of our top pike anglers and when he is impressed with a lure, you are on a winner.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.

Derravaragh pike competition

OWENS CUP. We hope to be on Derravaragh this coming Sunday November 28th for the Johnny Owens Cup. It’s the last competition of the 2010 season and a good turn out in expected. The club is going from strength to strength and it’s looking good for 2011. Derravaragh is a haven for anglers and on the shoreline you have one of the best facilities in Ireland. If you fancy fishing on the day, you can hire a boat from Paul Smith at Donore Shore 044-93-71500. Membership to Derravaragh Anglers Association is open and you are more than welcome to come on board. Check in for Tommy Owens Cup 10am. With fishing from 11am.
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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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Anglers enjoy good pike fishing in the north west

Photo: Heaviest fish of the day was landed by 14 year old Michael Hewer

Bilberry and Lannagh Angling Club held a pike angling competition on Sunday 21st. Angling was difficult with poor weather conditions. Despite this, 23 anglers took part and accounted for a total of 54 pike. In first place with the heaviest bag were Peter Byrne and Liam Walsh who caught 11 pike, second went to Billy McDonnell and Martin O’Connor who caught the greatest number of pike, 13 in total, and third was won by Gary and Ryan Binley who accounted for 6 pike. However, the heaviest fish of the day was landed by 14 year old Michael Hewer, Islandeady, who caught a pike of 13.2lbs.

Photo: Angling guide Kenny Sloan and the 104cm pike caught recently by French angler Bruno Larche (centre), also pictured is Carl Sieller (left).

Angling guide Kenny Sloan had success recently with a group of French pike anglers who were based at Maloney’s Lodge, Foxford. Over three days fishing they accounted for 22 fine pike, the largest of which measured 104cm caught by Bruno Larche and was taken on a large spoon. The majority of fish were caught trolling and on wobbling roach.

For pike angling guidance and boat rental on local pike hot-spots, please contact Kenny Sloan on 00353 (0) 87 9679310 or email to

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


36 boats tackle Gulladoo pike

A pike angling competition was held on Gulladoo last Sunday 21st November.  The competition was organised by Carrigallen Trout Anglers Club.  36 boats participated.  1st. prize went to Eamonn Craven, Athlone with a pike weighing in at 9lb 15ozs, 2nd. prize Barry Darby, Mullingar with a pike weighing 9lb 3ozs and 3rd. prize went to local man Neol Lyons with a pike weighing 7lb 10ozs. 

The heaviest bag was awarded to Eamonn Craven with a bag weighing 27lb 6ozs. 

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Sea Angling Update

no reports this week

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