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Irish Angling Update

07 October 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon Angling

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Coarse Angling

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Sea Angling


Salmon angling Update

Southern Region


River Suir

Occasionally one gets a precious nugget of information on a river and this month one such nugget has come from the river Suir. The Suir is open for Salmon fishing on a catch and release basis. Formerly a river with a big fish reputation over the last few years it has very much become Ireland’s forgotten Salmon River. Trout have eclipsed the salmon so much so that in Peter O’Reillys ‘Rivers of Ireland, salmon on the Suir are only mentioned in passing.

The season statistics for the waters controlled by Philip Maher make impressive reading. The first salmon of the season was taken in March; however the fishing did not really get underway until the rain / runs in June. His two beats produced 464 fish with the Kilsheelan yielding 316 fish and the Newcastle beat another 148. The size of salmon ranged from 2 ½ - 29 ½ lbs with the size breakdown being

9 fish weighing over the magic 20lbs (Irish Specimen salmon) were caught by rods with the best weighing in at just less than 30lbs. At 29.6 lbs to be precise and this leviathan was caught on prawn and returned on the Newcastle beat in July. Unfortunately though weighed and witnessed no one had a camera to record this mighty fish.

With lots of excellent fly water it is not surprising that 57% of the fish were taken on fly, a further 26% fell to the allure of the prawn and 17% on spinner. The figure for fly caught salmon is increasing and Philip believes that this was due in part to the low water levels experienced for most of the season. By early September it was being said that the river Suir was the lowest it has been for some 60 years.

Catches were fairly evenly spread between July, August and September. It was extraordinary the river was able to fish in such low water and given a normal year August could have been a superb month. As the season closed sea liced fish were being taken up and to including the last day of the season.

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South Western Region


Lough Currane

Angling guide Vincent Appleby of reports on the fishing on the LOUGH CURRANE system.

30/9/10 Well you don’t have be a rocket scientist to know that today was the last day of the 2010 Salmon and Sea Trout season, and the traditional Bacon and Cabbage end of season party in the famous Lobster Bar.

But first here are the Salmon and Sea Trout results. On the famous Butler Pool and of there were 2 Salmon caught.

Now we head down stream to Lough Currane. In the sea trout department, Mr. Barry Hegarty and Mr. Mike Jones, caught 6 Sea trout up to 1,5lbs and 3 Browns up to 1lbs. Mr. Drew Brown, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Bob Priestly, caught 6 Sea trout up to 2lbs. Mr. Rob Elson of the UK, caught 7 Sea Trout from Junior class up to 1.5lbs. Mr. Christopher O’Sullivan of the UK caught 3 Sea Trout with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea and of Mr. Mick Martin fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy, caught 14 Sea Trout, from Junior class up to 3lbs. Mr. Dave Ecclestone of the UK and Mr. John Young of Waterville, fishing with their Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and of caught 15 Sea Trout from Junior class up to 1.5lbs and Dave was telling me that they moved a good may more.

Mr. Trevor Stafford of reports on other catches from Lough Currane. Mr. Paul Hyland caught 8 sea Trout ranging from Junior Class up to 2 to 3lbs. Mr. McCarthy, caught 5 Sea Trout, and last but least, Reverend Humphrey’s, caught 19 Sea Trout over the past few days.

Now to the famous Lobster Bar. There was a good party had by all, and on behalf of all we Anglers and non anglers alike, I would like to Thank the Landlord Mr. Dennis O’Carroll and his good wife Sheila, of the Lobster Bar, and their Staff for a great evening.

Now to the winners of the cups;

Those are your facts on the No Spin No Fly’s just facts Zone, I hope you enjoyed reading the Salmon and Sea Trout notes as much as I did writing them and I look forward to 2011. See you then.
Vincent Appleby
Angling Guide and Accommodation
Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel
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Weekly reports from salmon fisheries in Cork and Kerry

For week ended 30 September 2010


35 fish caught on the river Lee with the majority of these fish returned to the river.


95 fish caught last week on the Bandon river with 50 of these fish being returned to the water.


30 fish caught on the Ilen river, the majority of these were returned


12 fish caught on the Coomohola river with a number of these fish returned to the river.



4 salmon caught on beat 1 and 3 caught on beat 2 of the Laune with an average weigh of 5lbs – 7 lbs.

Laune Salmon and Trout Anglers' Association waters and Beat 3.

The tentative news of a big fish from last week has solidified into a beautiful fresh fish of 18lbs caught by Michael Wall of Derrymore.  The fish was caught at Johnston's on the worm on Monday.  Michael's brother Joe had the second best fish of the week on closing day a bar of silver of 13lbs also caught at Johnston's. Gary Fernane of Tralee finished his season on a high note with a fresh fish of 5lbs also at Johnston's.  Kathleen Collins also made contact with a good fish on closing day but lost it early.

Irish, French, German and UK visiting anglers had good luck during the week meeting, catching and losing a good few salmon.  Indeed the fishing effort was such that there may have to be a curtailment on the number of permits sold in the final weeks of the season in future years.

Beat 3: Very little news of fish from beat 3 in 2010.  The water never came right for it as most of the water that improved the fishing downstream in September came from the Gaddagh and the Gweestin.

Ending of the Salmon Season: Just a thought would there be support for the salmon angling ending on a Saturday or a Sunday rather than the 30th of September which this year falls on a weekday?  This would give those who work the opportunity to fish the last day of the season with friends and angling colleagues and recall the highlights of the present season and look forward to the new angling year. 
Billy Downes
Laune Salmon and Trout Anglers' Association

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


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Western Region


Lough Inagh

2010 was a reasonable season.  Although the water levels were not ideal, July and September produced good fishing on both river and lake.  The salmon catch was up on last year with 79 fish recorded(26 released), compared with 56 fish for 2009.  Again this year there was a shortage of double figure salmon caught with only two fish topping the 10lbs mark.   The sea trout numbers were also up on last year with 502 fish recorded compared with 470 for 2009.  This year however the tonnage of sea trout was well up with many fish 2 pounds plus.  It was a poor season for brown trout with only 212 fish recorded, down from 424 in 2009.  There was only one big brown taken this year, it weighed 10.75lbs.  This years top patterns for Lough Inagh were Bibio and Connemara Black.  Top salmon fly for the river was a cascade taking 16 fish. 

The end of season competition was held on Logh Inagh on the 25th September.  There was zero wind, and twenty anglers battled with the conditions all day to catch 20 trout.   For the second year running Ronan Creane(fishery ghillee) lifted the trophy catching 4 browns, 1 sea trout and a char.  Robert Kelly took second place with 2 browns and 1 sea trout.  Eileen Magill was third. 

There was a fantastic run of salmon this year and all the spawning streams were tended to last year so hopefully we will have good numbers of fish spawning.

Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel would like to thank all who supported us this year and we look forward to meeting you again next season.  Also don't forget to return your licences! 
Tight Lines,
Colin Folan,
Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel,
Recess, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland.
Tel: 095 34706 (hotel) or 086 8679459 (mobile)
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Kylemore Abbey Fishery

Good water conditions for the final month of the season allowed for some reasonable angling conditions although fresh running fish were starting to peter off, the majority of Salmon were long term residents and as a consequence only five out of twenty five fish for the month were deemed fresh enough to keep.

Capture of the month went to Geoffrey Fitzjohn with eight Salmon ranging from 2lb to 4.5lb for three half days of angling effort. UK angler James Crouchman landed his first Salmon of 4lb along with his father Andrew, who ended the season’s tally of 137 with a 3lb grilse. The best fish of the month fell to Professor Steve Eustace weighing in at 5.5lb.

Fish were noticeably smaller this year with an average weight of just 3.70lbs. The average for 2009 was over one pound bigger at 4.75lb. It will be interesting next season to see if the average weight drops even more given that there seems to be feeding issues at sea and that this year’s good runs of smolts (the first prodigies of the 2007 Drift Net Ban) throughout the country, will have the same or less food for greater numbers of hungry mouths?

One again the constant southerly winds left our lakes hopeless with regard to Sea Trout angling and just 41 trout were landed. Effort was also slight. This brought our Sea Trout total to just 214 for the year.
Nigel Rush
Kylemore Abbey Fishery
Tel: +353 (0) 95 41161

River Erriff

Photo: Jesus Cabeza, Spain, fished the Erriff for the first time and had 3 salmon.

Jim Stafford at Aasleagh Lodge reports on fishing on the Erriff River from the 18th to 30th of September. The Erriff showed once again in true fashion what a spate river really is, with heavy rains increasing river levels to 2.0 metres on the 18th, then falling to 1.1m on the 21st and rising again to 1.8m on the 22nd of the month. Levels were then recorded at 2.2m on the 23rd  - falling to 1.9 metres on the 24th. Thereafter levels fell slowly to 1.0m on the 28th, and just as the season was ending levels increased from 0.9m to 1.1m.  Anglers reported seeing lots of salmon on all the beats with salmon still to be seen at Aasleagh Falls.  The total catch for the period was 44 salmon and 9 sea trout.

Dr. Bart and Liam Maloney had 4 salmon from Beat 9 on the 18th. Local anglers fishing the river on Sunday 19th. caught 6 salmon. Willie Mc Donnell caught a 5lbs fish in the Dog Pool on Beat 2, while Stuart Fleming had 1 from the Falls Pool on a Willie Gunn. Peter Coyne had a sea-liced fish in the Square Pool on Beat 9, and Donovan Brinklow had 3 including a sea-liced fish of 7.5lbs taken on a Shrimp Fly in the Falls Pool, he also lost a bigger fish at the net. 

Frieder and Eva Hompesch from Germany had 5 fish for the week all taken on fly from Beats 4, 6 and 9. A Grey Shrimp pattern brought success to Mr. J. Cabeza, Spain, who fishing the Erriff for the first time had 3 salmon, including his first ever salmon which he retained, and sportingly returned another 2 to the water the following day.

John Dardis, Kildare, caught and released 4 fish in 2 days taken on Shrimp patterns. Mr. K McNamara, Kildare returned a 5lbs fish taken on the Willow Pool on Beat 6. It was a red letter day for Jonathan Murray and Stephen Coulter from Ballymena, Co Antrim, who were fishing the Erriff for the first time; they caught and released 8 salmon in one day with 7 fish taken before 2pm on the 24th - successful flies were the Bann Special and a Yellow Dick. Andre Replat, France, had one from the Coronation Pool on Beat 8 and another from the Garden Pool on Beat 9. Conor O’Leary, Dublin, released one taken on a Daddy in the School House Pool on Beat 3.

 Mr. A. Muckian caught a 4 lbs fish on a Cascade in the Garden Pool on Beat 9. James Stafford returned 3 fish all taken on the Erriff Green & Gold. Stuart Woodhead, UK, returned 6 fish caught in the Sally Pool on Beat 7 and in Kings Pool and Poleen on Beat 4, and another 2 taken in the Garden Pool on the 2nd last day of the season. The last day of the season was successful for Gerard Turner, fishing the Erriff for the first time, who caught a grilse in the School House Pool on Beat 3.

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


River Moy

The 2010 season on the River Moy will be remembered as a bumper year for salmon anglers. With a reported catch of over 12,000 salmon, now confirmed, this year is almost on par with 1996 when the reported catch exceeded 12,500. Angling effort on the river at certain times was extreme resulting in unprecedented weekly catches. Despite this, even when angling effort was low, many anglers enjoyed great sport, with weekly angling returns often exceeding expectations. Some private fisheries on the system have also reported a growing trend towards catch and release, with some stating that this year’s release rate was very close to 50%.

The final few days of the season were extremely quiet on the Moy Fishery, with only a few fish reported. However, the fisheries upstream of the weirs, enjoyed great angling during the closing sessions. Ballina Salmon Angers water enjoyed a great close to the season, with an excess of 100 salmon reported, 44% of those being released, while the Mount Falcon Fishery also fished extremely well, with 85% of their catch being returned for the remaining days.

Knockmore also closed the season on a high with good catches reported, with Attymass and Coolcronan also enjoying a successful end to the season. At Coolcronan, James Goose, U.K. had two salmon for the closing days, while John Brookebank caught a total of four over the final four days.

Byrne’s Fishery had several salmon, with Armstrong’s and Gannon’s fishing well, including a fine fish of 13.5lbs for Jurg Gasser of Switzerland caught at Gannon’s. The Foxford Fishery reported relatively good angling for the time of year, and at Rinanney great sport was had by anglers. The Foxford town fisheries finished the season well as did Cloongee, where William Klaesla, Germany, caught one of 11lbs on the spinner and Tietze Bendix also having success catching one of over 7lbs. The East Mayo Angler’s water fished well for the final days, with their daily average catch exceeding 10 per day. Roy Wilson, N.Ireland, had two on the fly at East Mayo, while Lother Deeg, Germany, caught three. Ballintemple Fishery reported two for the closing days, with Michael Burgert accounting for both.  

Owenmore River

Water levels on the Owenmore were very low, and dropping during the closing days of the season, with the final four days producing 10 salmon. Among those to catch fish were visiting journalists Rudy van Duijnhoven and Jos van der Wouw of the Netherlands, with Rudy landing one of 6lbs and Jos, a salmon of 8lbs. Larry Mitchell, Belmullet also had success catching a salmon as did Vincent Roche, Ballina.

Newport River

Water conditions on the Newport River were close to ideal for the closing days of the season, with good sport being enjoyed by angler’s, including a few fresh run salmon being caught. In total 14 salmon were reported, with Eamonn Kennedy, Newport accounting for one. Mr. P Farrell also had success, landing a fresh run salmon.

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Trout Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Successful ladies flyfishing day in Wicklow


Inland Fisheries Ireland, Blackrock hosted an introductory ladies fly fishing day in aid of Action Breast Cancer at Annamoe Trout Fishery near Glendalough in Co. Wicklow on 2nd October. Despite the wet and windy weather, 10 enthusiastic ladies had a great day out under the guidance of Ireland’s top female flycasting instructor Glenda Powell who gave a fun and informative introduction to fly fishing on the lake. She was ably assisted by Mark Corps, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Swords.

The morning consisted of a theoretical session in which Glenda covered such areas as equipment, safety, flies and the principles of casting.  Following a fabulous lunch provided by Brian Nally, proprietor, Annamoe Trout Fishery, the participants put their newly learned skills to good use and proceeded to catch some fine rainbow trout. The fishery looked fantastic and the trout fought like demons when hooked. Bad weather conditions did not deter the enthusiastic ladies and Paula Dempsey from Dublin was first to catch a lovely rainbow trout. This was quickly followed by a fine rainbow trout caught by Paula’s sister in law – Helena Dempsey!  7 rainbow trout were landed throughout the day, amid many laughs and banter, on what was again a successful and fun day out.

paula and her trout
Photo: Paula was first to catch a trout on the day.

All participants have to be congratulated on their generosity with €316.00 raised for Action Breast Cancer. Inland Fisheries Ireland, Blackrock would like to thank all the ladies who signed up for the event, and hope that the seeds of a worthwhile pursuit have been sown. A big thank you to Glenda Powell and Mark Corps, IFI, Swords for their level of professionalism and fun they brought to the day and to Brian Nally, Annamoe Trout Fishery for his hospitality.  Introduced in 2007 by the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board (now Inland Fisheries Ireland), eight courses have been held to date with over 120 ladies taking part and a total of €6,441 raised for Action Breast Cancer since its inception. 

rainbow trout
Photo: One of the biggest trout caught on the day fell to young Tara Corps

Glenda Powell, APGAI,  is one of Ireland’s top female flycasting instructors. She can be contacted at the Blackwater Lodge fishery, Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
Phone:  + 353 (0) 58 60235 / Mobile: 087 2351260,  
email:  web:

Annamoe Trout Fishery, Co. Wicklow is a four acre lake five minutes drive from the beautiful historic valley of Glendalough.   
Phone: + 353  (0)404 45470  / Mobile: 086 2598563
Email: Web:

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:


Ballyhass Lakes News

Reduced angling rates

We want you back to Ballyhass more and more often. To do so we have now  reduced our catch and release rates as the majority of anglers at this time of year are repeat visitors to Ballyhass.   The rate per visit is now only Euro 20 be that for a day or a half day for all catch and release anglers.

In addition boat hire on the main lake is FREE from Monday to Friday. 

Basil Shields clinic on Saturday October 16th 2010

A session not to be missed! Basil Shields one of Ireland's best known anglers and fly tier will hold another casting clinic at Ballyhass Lakes on Saturday October 16th 2010. He will demonstrate the many different techniques of presentation and retrival and give advice on which is best for various weather conditions and seasonal factors. Basil's relaxed style allows for interaction, question and answer sessions if requested, and attention to individual problems or queries. The morning session will be for members of the Ballyhass Fly Fishing club, and the afternoon will be open to all who are angling at the lakes on that day. Reservation is not required - all are welcome.

New triploid stock plus adult fish for the main lake

New stock has arrived for the Main lake. We have been nurturing a large stock of Tirploid rainbows so that they are ready now for introduction to the main lake. These are superb fighting fish that will not lose their condition over the Autumn and Winter Months. Find out more about Triploids click here. We have also introduced a batch of adult fish all double figure ( in excess of 10lbs) These will test even the most experienced angler. Strickly Catch and release - a prize for the best photo of an adult fish by the end of the year.

Fly tying classes / group sessions

Fly tying is back at Ballyhass. Staring on Monday October 18th 2010 at 7.00pm there will be a fly tying session at Ballyhass. All are welcome if you are new to fly tying or if you would like to share your experience with others. Bring your own vice and gear if you have it. If not come along anyway and see what is involved and get advice and tips from Tom Lofts and other. The session is from 7.00pm to 10pm. Entrance Euro 5.00 per person
Ballyhass Lakes
Cecilstown, Mallow Co. Cork
Tel: 022 27773
E-mail: web:

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Lough Sheelin

We are now coming to the end of the angling season and Lough Sheelin is still producing fine trout and good fishing.  When wind conditions dropped fishing was very good and on some days this happened after 5pm.

79 trout were recorded for the week, all of these were released with the exception of competition fish.

Photo: The LSTPA hosted their annual ‘Stream Rehabilitation’ competition on Saturday

The LSTPA hosted their annual ‘Stream Rehabilitation’ competition on Saturday October 2nd,  113 boats went out mainly from Kilnahard harbour,  with 32 fish being weighed in at the end of the day.  Conditions on the lake were rough with a heavy shower in the middle of the day interrupting fishing.  A lot of trout were caught but were released due to the size limit of 15 inches for this competition.

The top Winners for this competition were:

Kevin Sheridan 1 trout @ 4.76
John McGurk 1 trout @ 3.82
Adrian Boyle 1 trout @ 3.82
Michael Fitzpatrick 1 trout @ 3.64
Aidan Rush 1 trout @ 3.4

Other catches outside this competition were:

Michael Kelly, Dublin – dry fly fishing using a small sedge  – Monday September 27th 7 trout heaviest was 2½ lbs, Tuesday September 28th 6 trout heaviest was 3½ lbs, Wednesday September 29th 4 trout heaviest was 2½ lbs.

Peter Reilly, Navan – dry fly fishing, September 29th 1 trout @ 2¾ lbs.

The Cavan/Monaghan Garda Divisional Fly Fishing Championship and Open competition will be held on Lough Sheelin next Saturday October 9th from Kilnahard Pier, fishing from 11a.m to 6p.m.  Any queries to Desmond McEntee on 047 77216 or 086- 8937568.


Photo: 6lb Derravaragh trout captured and released by Peter McCartin on Thursday 30th September 2010. the fish took a Silver Dabbler.

Anglers hooked by new trout lake in Tipperary

Trout anglers looking for some action before the dark winter months will be assured of plenty of sport at the North Tipperary Angling Centre. Opened by local farmer Pat Stack last April, the stocked rainbow trout fishery in the scenic rural townland of Ballinderry is now beginning to make a real name for itself among keen anglers from all over Ireland and abroad.

A crystal clear spring fed 17 acre lake on Pat’s farm contains plenty of hard fighting rainbow trout that will set rods bending to dry flies, wet flies and any type of lure that can be used with a fly rod. A canal has also being dug out beside the lake for anglers who wish to try their hand at river-type fishing. Most of the fish that went into the lake as fish of one pound last April have now doubled in weight over the summer months and there are a number of fish touching the 4lbs mark.

The head of trout in the river and lake are in pristine condition and actually look like wild fish – and indeed fight as hard. A fishing expedition with Pat on the lake in September was truly a memorable experience. We planned to fish for four hours but the trout were feeding so well we decided to say for almost double that time. We landed and released over twenty fish that came up to our dry flies and lost at least as many trout that were not properly hooked. It was certainly a different experience than the meagre existence of trying to eke out a wild trout from nearby Lough Derg where stock numbers appear to have fallen dramatically in recent years.

The lake, with a debt of up to 30 feet, is a high quality fishery as the trout survive on the natural diet of flies, water insects and minnows. A bag limit of two fish applies but catch and release is encouraged. This policy should prove all the better for anglers as over-wintered fish should be in the 3lbs to 5lbs bracket by next year. And what a thrill it will be to hook up with one of those beauties. Initially, visitors were allowed fish with worms on the river but the entire facility is now fly-only as mortality numbers were proving too high. Anyway, why kill such beautiful creatures that give the angler such marvellous sport.

As well as being a significant gem in the tourist map of Lower Ormond, the lake is a wonderful amenity to teach children the art of fly fishing. My friend Liam Young brought his son Harry (11) and his friend Dean Craven (12) along on our recent visit to try their hand. “The two boys had a super day,” said Liam afterwards. “They both landed two fish and learned some of the basics involved in casting a fly to a rising trout. I will certainly be bringing them back again.”

Safety on the lake is a priority and the wearing of life jackets is mandatory on the lake, which also produces fat native pike for those interested in pike fly fishing. And while the trout fishing season on most Irish lakes will end on September 30, North Tipperary Angling Centre will be open all year around. This will be great news to keen anglers who can expected to be presented with different kinds of challenges when it comes to trying to catch fish that will be lying low over the winter months. While we enjoyed an exceptional day’s outing, Pat Stack emphasised that the fish are not always on top of the water. The fishing can sit stubbornly on the bottom and it is up to the experience of the angler to tempt the trout look at his flies on those off days.

So now for the first time we have trout fishing all year around right on our own door step in County Tipperary. For fanatic anglers in Tipperary every day can be a fishing day. Heaven at home, one might say. The centre is situated just 15 minutes drive from the towns of Nenagh and Portumna and fishing is by appointment only. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adults. Inquires to Pat Stack at 087-2756775.
Peter Gleeson

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Western Region


Western Lakes

The Western Lakes have been very patchy over the last weeks of the season, with some anglers reporting good fishing, while others have not fared so well – a familiar refrain this season. Frequent rain over the last couple of weeks has meant rising water levels, and darker peat-stained water in some areas of the lakes. Fish are becoming more preoccupied with finding their spawning streams and mating, and less interested in feeding. I have very few and sporadic reports from the lake. Paddy O’Toole from Galway landed 17 trout to 4 lbs over a few days, mostly trolling, while Frank Reilly landed 8 fish over 3 days to fly, all released. The Greenfields Social Club League finished up, with Frank taking top honours with 8 trout over 6 days throughout the season. Carig McKirdy was 2nd with 7 trout over 7 outings, with Ciaran Cooney in 3rd.  James Purcell had the biggest fish at 45cm.
That’s it for 2010 from the Western Lakes, and we will hope for a good spawning season this year to ensure good fishing in the next few years.

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Lough Conn

Heavy rain, strong winds and high water levels on Lough Conn stopped most anglers from venturing out for the final few days of the season. However, a few determined anglers did fish the final days. Angling out of Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Tom Jordan, Galway, fishing with Jack Mellet and the Pontoon Bridge fishing school had some success, catching one trout each, with their best weighing 1.5lbs, taken on the Green Peter. Liz Burke, Dublin also had one trout weighing just over 1lbs on a Bibio while Peter Costello, Crossmolina had two fish, his best weighing 2lbs, taken on a Stimulator.

Fishing out of Murphy’s of Massbrook, anglers reported good fishing on the western and southern shores of the lough. David O’Connor, Galway, had three trout over two days, all taken on Hoppers, while Peter Corcoran, Galway, had two with his best trout at 2lbs.
Scottish angler, Ian Bertie enjoyed good sport catching a total of five trout, with his best fish 3lbs, all taken on Hoppers. Nick Christie, Kilkenny also had success on the lough, averaging five trout per day over three days, with his best weighing 2lbs and all fish being taken on wetflies.   

Angling from Kelly’s of Cloghans, Karl Henry, N.Ireland had three trout averaging over 1lbs to Hoppers, while Stephen Brown and Sean Creane of Cloghans also boated three, with their best weighing 1.5lbs, taken on Bibio’s and Claret Hoppers.

Ballin Lough

Angling on Ballin Lough has been relatively slow for the week, with only ten anglers venturing out. In total, six rainbow trout were reported, with some of these in excess of 3lbs. Among those to have success were Joe Gibbons, Westport, who caught two trout, his best weighing 3lbs, while Pat and Dennis Murphy, Castlebar, also boated two, with their best weighing 2lbs. The most successful fly was the Muddler. Ballin Lough will remain open until the end of October with permits available from Mrs. Gill, Tel: 098 26128.

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Buzzers and lures for Cashel Trout Fishery

Firstly, on behalf of the staff at Cashel Trout Fishery, I would like to express my sincere sympathy and condolesences to the family of Mr Eddie Kealey (Dungiven), who passed away during the week.  As we all know Eddie was a very keen angler and huntsman truly enjoying life to the full and will be sorely missed by us all.

Derry anglers really had a great time with us here at Cashel using assorted flies from dries to GH daddies.  Billy Hazlett bagged two at 4lb 15ozs and released four which took dries and buzzers.  Alan Temple bagged two at 4lb and released four too which took black/green lures.  Pat Nicell released one which took a gold head daddy but unfortunately had to leave early.  James Mc Feeley bagged three averaging 2lb each which took the pink humungus.  Pat Doherty released three which fell to dries. 

Well done to all!

Our annual competition will be on Saturday the 30th October 2010.  If interested in taking part please get in contact with the staff at Cashel Trout Fishery as soon as possible for more details.

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

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Coarse Angling Update

South Western Region

Eileen Carroll reports:
E Mail:


Inniscarra Lake

Here are the results of the festivals that were held from the Village Inn, Coachford fron 5th September to 17th.

Guinness Cup

One day event.

20 fished for total prize money of €870.

Lennox Cup

Three day event.

9 fished for total prize money of €1720.

Coolcower/Dutch Cup

Three day event.

25 fished for total prize money of €3,000.

Coachford / Dutch Open

One day event.

32 fished for total prize money of €1210.

Noel Hackett Cup

Five day event.

28 fished for total prize money of €4,600.

All of the anglers went home happy with the quality of the fishing. The recent explosion of roach and roach/bream hybrids together with the occasional tench, carp and rudd made the fishing interesting. It was also good to see an increase in the number of healthy perch.

Anglers wishing to fish any or all of these matches next year should contact John Hogan at The Village Inn,

Coachford, Co. Cork or phone him on 00 353 217 334430 or 00 353 217 334034 or mobile 00 353 876 797 895.

Those wishing to use a travel agent should contact Anglers World Holidays on 01246-221717 for a very competitive quote.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:



Photo:Nigel Barns from Preston with great catch despite the flood conditions

Nigel Barns from Preston was over for his annual fishing trip to Melview Lodge in Longford only to find water levels at there highest, Kevin said this did not put him off one bit. We selected a couple of venues to prebait and off he went, some days proved better than others but he still managed to produce some fine catches of Hybrids, Roach and Rudd. Kevin said Nigel knows the area and just what is required in conditions like this and produced some great catches despite the weather conditions.

Photo:Bonus Tench for Nigel from Preston

Fishing in and around the Longford area has been a little difficult for anglers due to the high water levels, however some anglers have managed to produce some good catches taking into account the recent weather conditions. Big Hybrids and Roach have shown to produce catch weights to 60lb with bonus Tench showing at times, at time of writing weather conditions have improved but water levels remain high in a lot of places. I'm sure if water levels start to fall and we have a settled weather pattern the Bream and other species will show, tune in next week to see more reports and pictures.
Kevin Lyons, 
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email: Web:

River Suck - Donamon

Photo: John Randall from Ballygar with his fine net of sixty fish at Donamon after two and a half hours last week.

Photo: Regular angler Mossy from Ballinasloe with his catch after a few hours fishing.

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Northern Region

Alice Murtagh reports: 


Bob Nudd wins Carrigallen Festival

The annaul Carrigallen Festival took place last week with 28 anglers fishing four venues, Gulladoo, Rockfield, Garadice and Tully Lake.  The following is a list of the winners:-

Carrigallen Festival 2010


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Pike Angling Update

Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Ireland beats Britain at pike fishing

GB pike team
Photo: British pike squad. (L to R back).  Gary Edwards, Wayne Gorringe, Mark Lloyd, Joe Curry, Darren Knowles.  (Front L to R). Alan Holmes, Andy Waller, Louise Hunns, Alan Grant, Paul Danby.

The Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs (IFPAC) v British Pike Squad
19th International Pike Championship - Saturday and Sunday October 2 & 3
River Suck at Glinsk and Ballyforan

IRELAND won the 19th International Pike Championships fished between the Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs and the British Pike Squad. 
The 10-man team won over two days in a head-to-head contest staged on the River Suck, but they had to to play “catch-up” after trailing GB by 23lb in the opening session.

Irish pike team
Photo: Irish winning team (L to R back)  Paul Reynolds,  Jody Kiernan, Paul O’Donohue, Robbie McShane, Larry Mulvaney, Robbie McShane, Jimmy Thompson (kneeling L to R) Ray Keyes, Pat Behan.

The experienced Great Britain team was always going to be difficult to beat and showed their prowess on Saturday with a team catch of 139lb 10oz from the upper reaches of the river at Glinsk.

It was a great first day lead and the angler who performed best was Paul Danby from Burton-on-Trent, fishing for the GB Squad for the fourth time and catching a dozen pike for a 38lb 11oz total that included a best fish scaling 8lb 14oz.

The Irish team captain Eugene McCabe was stunned.  With the advantage of being on familiar waters, he reminded every one of his team that their challenge was to catch more than 20lb of pike before they even began to compete in the second session.

Sunday’s venue took place along six miles of the River Suck at Ballyforan.  It’s a move that obviously inspired the Irish team who quickly set about catching pike in grand style, finishing the day with a 187lb 5oz total. Britain’s challenge evaporated with score cards that added up to only 103lb 8oz. It meant that Ireland were the winner’s with a two-day total catch of 304lb 3oz against the British Pike Squad’s 243lb 2oz.

Taking part for the very first time, Jody Kiernan became the individual champion with a 53lb 10oz total that included 21 fish. 

The 25-year-old carpenter from Meath – a member of the Dun-na-Ri Pike Angling Club - is a talented angler and already successful on the pike angling competition scene, having two All-Ireland wins to his credit.  It was no surprised when he waltzed into the IFPAC team at the first time trying to qualify.

Jody struggled to catch pike on the narrow waters at Glinsk but sheer doggedness helped him to return seven pike (the best 4lb) for a 15lb 11oz total.  On Sunday the sport was much more spirited and when he switched from wobbled smelts to small dead roach he latched on to another 14 pike up to 6lb, ending the match with 37lb15oz.

Drogheda angler Paul Reynolds was second overall with 50lb 8oz on his debut for the Ireland and gave a great account of his skills with 12lb 4oz at Glinsk then a terrific 38lb 4oz at Ballyforan.  The second day was a slow starter for him but with small roach and perch (2.5 inches) on a sink-and-draw rig, Paul had 11 pike with a best fish of 5lb while watched by is 18 year old son and gillie, Daron Reynolds.

Teams Results:

The Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs

British Pike Squad

For more information

The overall event organiser – Godfrey Donohue  087 2650495  (UK 00353 87 2650495)


The past few weeks have been pretty good as far as pike fishing here goes.
Good numbers of pike have been caught on most days allthough there were a few days early last week were things had slowed down somewhat.
Last week we had Tomek and Pawel here in Boyle who won the prize of a weeks fishing here, courtesy of Angling Services Ireland and Abbey House B&B during this years edition of Predatortour.
The two nice lads from Poland now living in Limerick braved out a few tough days but managed to catch a few pike every day along with good numbers of perch and they finished the week with good action catching over 20 pike on their last day. Sadly the biggest one of their week got away, when Pawel hooked up with a big pike on Thursday; but he got the lure thrown back at him when the fish which looked well over a meter showed himself in all its glory and became airnborne. The two avid anglers also demonstrated their love for fishing and are clearly conscious of the importance to practice "Catch & Release" with all pike.
Meanwhile we continued to catch some cracking pike up to low doubles on the fly last week, getting over ten fish per boat on most days.

On Saturday we helped out at Lough o'Flynn were the Inland Fisheries Ireland had a fisheries awareness day for kids and families. The younsters were brought out on the lake and many did indeed catch a few fish, making the day a great success for all involved. More on that later...

Discover Boyle Day on Sunday was also a great success with good attendance and interest shown on the day. It goes to show what can be achieved with some positive input and iniative.
Failte Ireland, Waterways Ireland and Roscommon County Council should indeed be commended for backing this event and equally everybody who worked so hard to put it all together.
Bodo Funke,
Angling Services Ireland,
Boyle, Co Roscommon


Frank and Stefan from Germany had there first visit to Longford and stayed with Kevin and Jane of Melview Lodge, fishing around Longford produced Pike to 10lb. Most of the fish were caught late in the day and this could have been due to high water levels and weather conditions, Frank said "well that's fishing" we will be back next time for the big ones. Kevin said If weather conditions settle I'm sure we will see some bigger fish being produced, tune in next week for more pictures and reports.
Kevin Lyons, 
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email: Web:

Lough O'Flynn

Photo: Regina Cornwall from Castlerea at the Young Anglers Day at Lough O'Flynn on Saturday last.  Regina is pictured with Bernard Mannion from Lough O'Flynn and District Angling Association

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:


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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Lough Gill, Derryhick, Castlebar

Photo: Joss Van Der Wouw playing a lively pike on the fly

The Castlebar area lakes also provided good sport for visiting angling journalists Rudy van Duijnhoven and Jos van der Wouw of the Netherlands. Fishing with pike angling guide, Bodo Funke, they had 20 pike for a days fishing, all to the fly, with the pike averaging around 9lbs. They also reported losing several, much larger pike. Bodo provides a pike angling guiding service and can be contacted on 086 6011878.

Lough Gill was the venue on Sunday the 3rd October for a pike angling competition, held to determine the winner of the Joe McCafferty Cup. The overall winner of the competition was Pete Trotter, Sligo, who took the cup with a pike of 14.5lbs.

Angling guide, Kenny Sloan reported good pike fishing in Derryhick and Levally lake recently, with clients boating pike up to 18lbs. The lakes are slightly higher than normal, however pike are still being taken on lures, dead baits and the fly. Kenny has boats for hire on the local lakes and can be contacted on 087 9670310.

Photo: Kenny Sloan with fine pike from the north west.

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Sea Angling Update

South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
E Mail:


Cork Harbour report

The following reports are courtesy of the Cork Harbour angling Hub.

Skipper Diaries - Osprey II

Photo: A 16lb cod from a rock mark outside Cork Harbour

Skipper Pat Condon of the Osprey II reports that fishing over the last few weeks has been up and down. However, on one trip he had a few blue shark and a number of specimen garfish.

On every other trip they've managed some fine codling. Here's a pic of one of those rock cod found on the eastern marks around Power Head. Pat later told me that the fish came in at over 16lbs. Its not bad fishing all the same!

Although, this is Pat's second season skippering the Osprey II he brings a wealth of experience to the table having represented Ireland at boat angling and captaining the team on several occasions. If you'd fancy a day out with Pat why not contact him through his website on

Skipper Diaries - Cork Harbour Boats

Photo: A fine ling of 9kg was caught by Arnold of the Donker group

The Cork Harbour Boat fleet has been busy this last month. John & Finbar are definitely the most experienced skippers in the Harbour having operated Cork Harbour Boats now for over 40 years. As you can imagine they have a wealth of knowledge regarding the fishing inside and outside the harbour. This knowledge was put to good use this September with the Barrys catering for groups from Holland, Denmark, aswell as several local groups. Indeed, it is worth saying that many of the Dutch groups have been returning year on year, with some coming since the 1970's. Eoin reports that fishing has been very good with good conger, cod, ling, pollack, and whiting. The Danish group had excellent fishing, finishing up their week with over 24 species. That's some going!!!

blonde ray
Photo: The previously tagged blonde ray weighed in at 12.2kg and was caught by Peter Schaap of Holland

There were many notable fish caught including a fine specimen blonde ray. The previously tagged fish weighed in at 12.2kg and was caught by Peter Schaap of Holland. Also caught that week was another fine blonde of 9kg. This was caught by Wim van der Zijden, also a member of that Dutch group. There was also some fine fish caught on the outer harbour reefs. Two conger over the 14kg mark were boated. A fine ling of 9kg was caught by Arnold of the Donker group, and a 6kg ling was caught by Derek from the Amersfoot group.

If you'd fancy fishing Cork Harbour, the Cork Harbour Boat fleet is worth considering. Contact, John, Finbar, or Eoin through their website on

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:



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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:


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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Sea Angling on Clew Bay will be on Sky

Sea Angling on Clew Bay will be on Sky 134 Sgota Its a Welsh TV programme on this Thursday evening @8-25pm

If you enjoy it please write into S4C with your comments. We may get them to do a 2nd series.
Mary Gavin Hughes
Tel +353 (0)86 8062282


Belmullet Sea Angling Club recently held an open team shore angling competition on the shores of Broad Haven Bay. Winning the day was the team comprised of Tony Lally, Adrian Lally and Michael Dunleavey, who landed an impressive total of 11 species throughout the day, including pollack, coalfish, dogfish, wrasse, rockling and flounder. In second place were Kevin Walsh, Pat Ruddy and Sylvy Sweeney who landed 7 species. Michael Barley, Ballinrobe won the individual heaviest fish competition, with a dogfish of 2.5lbs. 

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