Irish Angling Update
14 October 2010
Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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- A round up of salmon and sea trout reports for the east coast.
- Salmon season has closed until 2011 but you can find out more about salmon fishing in Ireland here.
- Good river trout fly fishing on closing day in the east.
- Lough Aisling a good option for fly anglers in closed season.
- Fine weather encourages rainbows to take dry fly.
- Autumn at Rathcon Trout Fishery.
- A list of put and take fisheries open all year round.
- High water spoils coarse fishing in the east.
- Lough Muckno 2 Day Open Coarse Angling Championship.
- High water in Shannon area hampers coarse angling.
- ERNE ANGLERS FLOAT ONLY & BILL CLARKE WINTER LEAGUE 2010.
- Pike reports from the east.
- 113.5cm pike from Lough Allua and a few more scratching 20.
- Pike fishing in the north west reasonable but big fish lying low.
- A red letter days for midlands pike anglers.
- 20 pike a day to 20lb for tourist anglers in Castlehamilton.
- Dundalk sea anglers get 11 species from the shore.
- Killybegs charter boat on the look out for bluefin tuna.
- Angler wins 1st and 2nd prize in unique sea angling competition.
- 50 species caught in Cork Harbour festival.
Salmon angling Update
David Byrne reports:
Photo: A nice grilse released back to the Fane by Paddy Keenan
06/10/10 Eamonn Conweaty reports that he had one salmon on Thursday 30th September. It was a nice cock fish about 7lbs and was taken at Castlering. On Saturday Eamonn had a nice 6lb fish at lower Culleville. On Monday 4th October Gerry Mc Cormack had a nice 5lbs. salmon at Campbell's.
Bernard Devenney reports that only a few fish caught during the last seven days, maybe 2 per day, some fresh, some coloured. However, with the very high tides at present some more fresh salmon may come into the river before the season ends next Tuesday the 12th.
Paddy Keenan from the Village Anglers in Iniskeen caughtb and released a nice 5lb grilse on Saturday 2nd October. Paddy reports that over the weekend there were 7 fish for 4 rods caught at Iniskeen. The best fish was a nice 8lb salmon and all but one fish was returned.
Matt Campbell reports that the Dundalk and Diastrict Brown Trout Anglers held the Jim Warren competition over the weekend. Two salmon were taken and the winner of the competition wa Gerry Mc Cormac with an 8.5lb salmon. Second place went to Mal McEneaney with a nice 7.5lb fish taken at Knockbridge.
Salmon fishing has been generally slow on the Fane this week.
All red salmon and many fresh fish are being returned unharmed to the river by anglers as part of a practice to conserve the salmon for future generations.
13/10/10 Bernard Devenney reports that the last week ended on a quiet note. Not many fish were caught and only two fish were reported taken towards the end of last week. Very few fresh fish entering the river, however it does appear that there is a reasonably good number of salmon throughout the system. Fishing on the River Fane is now closed.
Notice: Because of the good weather and low water the Dundalk and District Salmon Anglers Association are continuing the clean up of the Fane. The work detail is meeting at 10am on Sat 16th at Stephenstown car park.
Permits for salmon fishing on the Fane are available from the Dundalk Salmon Anglers, through Island Fishing Tackle, 58 Park St, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
Tel: (042) 9386464 Fax: (042) 9335698
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Photo: A Kells Blackwater salmon being released back to the river on closing day.
06/10/10 Angling guide Pat McLughlin reports that two more salmon were recorded by anglers fishing on the Kells Blackwater on the last day of the season. Both fish were taken on a flying C and were returned to the river. Five anglers accounted for 18 salmon during the last week of the season on the Kells Blackwater.
The Boyne and tributaries are now closed.
Trout Angling Update
David Byrne reports:
06/10/10 Matt Campbell reports that some nice trout were taken on the Fane during the last week. Two nice trout weighing over 2lb each were taken at Magoney and the best trout was a beautiful 2.5lb fish which was taken at Castlering. Water levels are good at the moment.
For details of guided fishing on the Fane and fly casting tuition Eamonn Conway can be contacted at 086 1242966 or email: email@example.com
Matt Campbell who also provides guiding services on the Fane and Castletown Rivers can be contacted at 087 6757550
Information on the Iniskeen Village Anglers Club can be obtained from Paddy Keenan in Iniskeen
06/10/10 Pat McLoughlin had some nice trout fishing on the last day of the season and recorded 12 wild brown trout to 35cms. Two fish were taken on dry fly and the rest were taken on nymph. Water levels were high but clear and had dropped from the previous week.
Pat can be contacted at 086 1017415
Photo: A lovely full fined, spotty rainbow from Lough Aisling
My first outing since the wild trout fishing season closed was to fish for Rainbow Trout on Lough Aishling near Edenderry in Co. Offaly. I heard about Lough Aishling from other angler’s earlier this year and I had pencilled it in on my ‘to fish’ list since then. The day I chose was one of mixed sunshine and some cloud cover with a warm wind blowing from the South. The day time temperature was forecast to reach a high of 21C.
I headed on down to the lake to have a closer look around before I set up the rod. The trout seemed to be feeding on a small midge type of fly that was been blown from the grassland on to the lake. I set the rod up with a size eighteen black emerger to see could I tempt one of the feeding fish. With the wind at my back I cast this out on to the lake and let it swing around with the breeze. On my third cast a fish rose to the fly but I was too hasty with the strike and missed it. After a few more casts another fish rose to the fly, this time Ii hooked him. He fought hard for his size before I landed him, a nice fish of about two pounds weight.
This was the way it was for about two hours. Fish came readily to the little emerger. In the two hours I landed eight fish the best one was over the three pounds mark. Then it all went quiet with not a fish to be seen rising in the lake. I then changed over to an intermediate line to which i tied on an orange goldhead lure. This i fished a number of different ways. First a slow figure of eight retrieve counted down to different depths to see where the fish were. This produced a few tentative plucks but no hook ups. I then cast to distance and stripped the lure back at a very fast rate. This is a good way to provoke the fish to chase the lure and before they know what is going on they are hooked. I caught three more fish over the period of an hour with this method.
Before it was time to leave a few fish appeared at the surface again so I changed back to the floating line and tied on a size fourteen black klinkhammer. I fished this as I was making my way back to the lodge and I picked up another two rainbows on this. All fish were returned safely to the water to fight on another day.
The fly fishing lake at Aishling is about seven acres in size. There is another lake of four acres which at the moment is used for coarse fishing. The fishery is open all year round. It is located about seven kilometers from Edenderry on the Daingean/Tullamore road. It is sign posted Lough Aishling. There are boats available on the fly lake and an electric outboard is permitted for those anglers that wish to use their own one. For more info and booking ph. Joe 086-8114020.
John Flynn reports:
Autumn at Rathcon Trout Fishery
Ashly Hayden of the website www.anirishanglersworld.com reports on a visit to Rathcon.
Photo: Garrett Byrne with a rainbow trout which fell for a small elk hair caddis.
The first days of October and an indian summer beckons. With arrangements made it was off to spend Sunday afternoon fishing Rathcon Trout Fishery with Liam. Rathcon, a rainbow trout water, is set in rolling parkland close to Grangecon in west county Wicklow. Spring fed, the fishery is inhabited by fighting fit rainbows which feed on an abundance of natural food such as crayfish, minnow, and damselfly nymphs. These trout grow to enormous size, fish of double figures are caught regularly, and boy can they scrap. Well conditioned they could be mistaken for steelheads, and strip line just as fast.
The weather was glorious with clear blue skies and just a slight breeze from the north east. Medium size sedges were skittering across the surface and fish were rising to them. Carefull searching with polaroids allowed anglers to placing a fly in front of cruising fish which were happy to oblige.
I had one lovely fish of 3lb on an elk hair caddis which faught hard and dirty. Rathcon rainbows are unforgiving. The highlight of the day was witnessing a smash and grab take from a very large fish. The angler fishing a dry daddy placed the fly in front of the cruising trout, which it duly nailed - stripping five meters of line off the reel and totally clearing the water before going to ground in a weed bed. One nil to a Rathcon bruiser.
Rathcon is a delightful managed fishery approximately one hour south west of Dublin. To arrange fishing contact Dermot Paige through their website, www.rathcon.com/fishing.htm, in advance. A half day is priced €20.00 which is great value.
The brown trout fishing is closed until 2011.
Lionel Knobbs reports:
Fine weather encourages rainbows to take dry fly
Beautiful weather has encouraged anglers to try the dry fly once more. Derry’s Maurice Whiteman released eight beauties while Alan Temple also from Derry bagged two at 4lb 8ozs and released another dozen which fell to hoppers and a couple of lures. Billy Hazlett (Derry) released twenty-four trout over two days and bagged one for home which weighed 2lb 6ozs. Willy Mc Elhinney and son Liam (Magilligan) bagged two for home which weighed 4lb 10ozs and then continued to release eight more which fell to hoppers. Pearse Doherty (Maghera) released one which took a wee nymph while Stephen Gurney (Limavady) released five averaging 2.5lb which took a gold head black buzzer
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.
Coarse Angling Update
David Byrne reports:
High water in the east
No coarse angling reports were received this week. There is not much coarse angling taking place at the moment due to the high water conditions.
Lough Muckno Coarse Angling Club will be hosting the Lough Muckno 2 Day Open Coarse Angling Championship on Lough Muckno on the 23rd and 24th October. Those wishing to take part must register by 16th October. If you wish to take part or get further information please contact Richard at 087 2405317 or Geoff at 079808 40181. The Entry Fee is 55 euro.
Brian McManus reports:
STROKESTOWN LAKES AND RIVER SHANNON, CO LONGFORD AREA
Photo: The Bream did not feed in great numbers but those that did were a good size
Gareth Walton from Hemel Hempstead was over on his annual fishing trip to Ireland and this time he was accompanied by his brother Duncan. The water levels were still high and the Bream were not feeding in any great numbers. The first part of the week saw some good catches of Roach and Hybrids. The second part finally produced some good quality Bream. Duncan, who has not fished for a few years, caught a nice Tench to round off the week. Kevin said the lads did well considering the conditions. The Bream just did not feed in any great numbers, but the one's that did show were very nice fish.
Photo: Duncan caught a nice Tench to round off the week
Fishing in and around Longford area has been a little patchy. Bream have been showing but not in there normal numbers and I can only think the weather conditions are responsible for this. The water levels are still high in places despite having no rain of late. There are not many course anglers about as the season draws to an end. Pike anglers are catching some nice pike so tune in next week to see more reports and pictures.
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ERNE ANGLERS FLOAT ONLY & BILL CLARKE WINTER LEAGUE 2010
There will be a total of 10 matches list attached with best 7 results to count.
The top 50% of those fishing will still make the two match final (both matches will be fished in our area).
Prize money in the final will be around £1,500, made up of, all the £10 reg fees + the £2 per/person per/match and the club sponsorship of £450.
At the moment 22 anglers have booked in (list attached), the first match is on the 24 Oct 10.
If you wish to fish please book in asap.
RESULTS BASED ON SECTION POINTS
VENUES ROSLEA LAKES, BALLYCONNELL CANAL AND FINN RIVER
Entry £10, Pools £15
- SUN 24 OCT 10
- SUN 07 NOV 10
- SUN 21 NOV 10
- SUN 05 DEC 10
- SUN 19 DEC 10
- SUN 09 JAN 11
- SUN 23 JAN 11
- SUN 06 FEB 11
- SUN 20 FEB 11
- SUN 06 MAR 11
- SUN 20 MAR 11 ( FINAL 1)
- SUN 27 MAR 11 ( FINAL 2)
FISH 11.00 – 4.00PM
BOOK IN FOR LEAGUE WITH JACK 07813333694
David Byrne reports:
Pike in the Cavan area
06/10/10 Pat McLoughlin, David Byrne and Albain Chonier from France fished the lakes in the Cavan area during the last week. Pike fishing has been very tough because of the water conditions. Best fish reiorded was circa 12lbs taken on a trolled lure.
13/10/10 Pat McLoughlin from Kells guided Albain Chonier from France on some of the lakes in the Cavan area during the last week. On Thursday 7th October Pat and Albain boated 8 pike mostly taken on trolled lures. The best fish of the day however, was taken by Pat on a legered dead bait.
Colm Lynch from East Coast Angling reports that Davy Hyland from Navan had a nice 27.6lb pike recently on a dead bait. The picture and further information will be posted as soon as they become available.
Two youths from Dundalk and Castleblaney fished Lough Muckno on 7th October. Two fish were landed 3lbs and 8lbs. Both fish were taken on lure.
Michael Hennessy reports:
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113.5cm pike from Lough Allua
Richard Fitz, an American visitor from Wellington , Colorado , USA, caught a nice pike of 113,5 cm (about 24 lbs) on Lough Allua , Co. Cork. Richard was out with me on a boat in 15ft of water when the pike took a "Screamin' Devil " jerk bait at 4 O'Clock in the afternoon. Richard was surprised by the fighting power of the fish, being well used to fish on muskies on northern pike in the States, but said that Irish pike are much stronger. Richard stayed for a few days at the Lough Allua Fishing lodge in Inchigeelagh and caught another few hard fighting fish "scratching" the 20lb mark during that week.
Tir na Spideoga,
Inchigeelagh, County Cork, Ireland.
Tel: +353 (0)26 47151
Brian McManus reports:
A red letter days for midlands pike anglers
Photo: Stephen Gibbon with a 15lb pike from a midlands venue.
Photo: Another midland pike, this one weighed about 10lb.
07/10/10 Midlands pike angler Stephen Gibbons reports that he and some friends had a great day pike fishing on 7 October in the Midlands. The fish came thick and fast pretty much all day. There was four of us out and we all had a good few fish including 4 pike over 10 pounds. The biggest fish of the day was 15lb. Most of the fish fell to dead baits, roach and trout.
Photo: Martin Byrne with a 17lb pike from a midlands venue.
13/10/10 Stephen was out again today in the Midlands and had another good day. Fishing with friends, Stpehen reports 3 doubles. The biggest fish was 17lb, caught by Martin Byrne. Most of the fish all came in the evening period.
Angling Services Ireland,
Boyle, Co Roscommon
Bryan Ward reports:
Levalley Lake, Lough Gill and surrounding area
Boyle and District Angling Club travelled to to Foxford Co Mayo and fished Lavelly Lake. The catch of the weekend was caught by Martin Suffin with a pike of 10lbs 12oz. This was a fine weekend away and a great time was had by all.
Meanwhile angling guide Kenny Sloan, fishing with two visiting pike anglers reported reasonable fishing on local lakes over last weekend. Fourteen pike in total were caught weighing up to 12lbs. Kenny reported that the bigger fish did not appear to be feeding. With weather conditions set to change in the coming days, it is hoped this change will trigger the larger pike to begin feeding once again.
Photo: A happy angler, who caught this beautiful pike recently while fishing with guide Kenny Sloan.
Pike anglers enjoyed a good day on Lough Gill on Sunday 10th October, with 21 boats participating in a competition. In total 17 pike were recorded for the day, which was won by boat partners Keith Trotter and Noel Cawley, who captured and released a pike of 12.5lbs.
Lindsey Clarke reports:
20 pike a day to 20lb for tourist anglers in Castlehamilton
Parties of French and German anglers staying at Castlehamilton self catering fishing cottages in Killeshandra in Co. Cavan have enjoyed some excellent pike fishing in loughs near to the town and in the Lough Oughter complex over the past week. On many days this week, up to 20 fish a day were taken by each of the groups with many fish over 80cm. One german visitor took a best fish measuring 1.02 metres (near to 20 lbs.) in Lough Oughter and one French visitor form the south of Paris took a best fish measuring 1.03 metres which is also near 20 lbs. from the town lake in Killeshandra. Pike were caught on spinners and on deadbait. Alan Kells who owns and runs the centre can be contacted though the website at http://www.fishingcottagesireland.com/ or phone Alan at: +353 (0)87 2075013 Alan has a big range of boats and engines available to fish on all the nearby lakes and he offers a huge range of accommodation options at Castlehamilton.
Sea Angling Update
David Byrne reports:
06/10/10 Rod Coan reports that Dundalk and District Sea Anglers held their last competition of the year (the Rose Conroy Cup) on Sunday 3rd October. The Rose Conroy Cup is a points species competition. Fishing conditions on the day turned out quite good, 15 anglers fished the competition across 5 boats. Catches were good with a total of 11 different species caught on the day (Mackerel, Cod, Wrasse, Pollack, Coalfish, Dogfish, Ling, Haddock, Dabs, Whiting and Pouting) The winner of the Competition was Mark Heffernan from Clogherhead with 469 points followed by Sean Raffery 270 and Pat Rankin 165. Great day's fun had by all.
Rod also reports that there were 11 species caught on the day. Not bad for this part of the world and we know there are Tope, Gurnard, Bass, Bullhuss also. Not sure if I will get out again on the sea this year but if I do I will let you know how we got on.
13/10/10 Some nice bass are being reported taken from the south beach at Laytown. North and Northeasterly winds have made fishing difficult.
13/10/10 The team at Courtown Angling Centre report that a nice John Dory was taken over the last week at Donaghmore Strand. Some good bass have also been taken south of the pier at Courtown. Bait fishing is currently producing the best results.
Courtown Sea Angling Club hosted the IFSA Master Angler Shore Championship which was fished over the weekend of the 9th and 10th October. Very little separated first and second positions. The winner was Alan Mulcahy from Rinnashark SAC, Second place went to Joe Byrne from Courtown and third place went to Brian Cantwell from Wexford SAC. The competition was fished in three sessions over two days. The main species taken were flounder. bass, flatfish, coalies and some gurnard. The HQ for the event and the prize giving were at the Tara Vie Hotel in Courtown. Additional info can be found at www.ifsa.ie/index.php/Latest
The Wexford Beach Championships for affiliated IFSA Clubs will be held on 30th and 31st Oct.
Photo: Clients fishing with Jim Hendrick of SEAi continue to enjoy excellent sport along the Wexford coast with Ireland's foremost bass angling guide. Find out more at www.probassfisher.com.
13/10/10 Two anglers had three bass in the Kilmore Quay area on Tuesday 12th October. All fish were taken on lure. David Byrne from Drogheda caught and released one bass circa 5lbs on Tuesday 12th also in the Kilmore Quay area.
Anglers had some nice fun on Tuesday fishing from the Charter Boats operating out of Kilmore Quay. A near summer's day with calm sea conditions and blue skies led to a most enjoyable day. Some nice codling and Pollack were taken in addition to mackerel, gurnard and wrasse.
Michael Hennessy reports:
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Cork Harbour report
The following reports are courtesy of the Cork Harbour angling Hub.
Cork Small Boats Festival
Kevin also reports that the bass fishing has been quite good as well. All this has been good news for the Cork Small Boats Festival which was held at the end of the month. Indeed, fishing had held up for this week and a record number of species had been landed.
Congratulations must go to regular contributor Jim Clohessy and his crew onboard Skua who won the event with 31 species. That is a record in itself. In all over 50 species of fish were landed. Jim will give a full account in due course. In the meantime, if you are interested in the results have a look here http://www.skuaangling.net/.
Bella Vista boats reports
Photo: a good sized blonde ray is landed on one of the Bellavista boats
Kevin Murphy of Bella Vista boats reports that he has had some very satisfied clients in September. Most days the fleet have been able to get out as the weather has been reasonably good. The fishing has been quite good aswell with many boats reporting good catches of blonde ray from the Turbot Bank, with many fine specimens amongst them. That's good news to hear, especially as it had been reported that the Bank had been trawled and that the skipper in question had landed several boxes of ray. The blonde ray are localised to this spot and are very susceptible to overfishing. Indeed, all small boat anglers have been encouraged to return their catch and most abide by this voluntary code of conduct.
If you would like to avail of a day's angling onboard one of the boats of the Bella Vista fleet why not contact Kevin at http://www.bassfishingireland.com/
Bryan Ward reports:
Angler wins 1st and 2nd prize in unique sea angling competition
Skipper of the Leah, Donal Kennedy, reports good angling on Killala Bay over the past few days, with fine weather assisting angler’s efforts. Plenty of mackerel were still to be had, with whiting up to 1.5lbs also being taken. Pollack up to 8lbs were caught, as well as ling, thornback ray and a few cod. One lucky angler had a nice 10.5lbs huss and others reported cuckoo wrasse and gurnard.
Sunday the 10th October saw Killala Bay host the annual sea angling competition sponsored by An Bolg Bui, Emmet Street, Ballina. This competition is one with a difference, where in fact the smallest fish landed on the day takes first place, with second place being awarded to the angler who boated the largest. With most angling taking place on the eastern portion of the bay, a total of nine species were recorded. Very good catches of cuckoo wrasse were reported, as well as good numbers of red gurnard, pouting and pollack up to 8.5lbs. Fishing on board the Deltic with skipper Jimmy Gallagher, Gearoíd O’Scolaí won the competition, with a poor-cod of 14cm and also took second place with a pollack of 8.5lbs.
Lindsey Clarke reports:
Killybegs charter boat on the look out for bluefin tuna
October is turning out to be a good month for fishing despite the windy weather. Lucky for us it is often from a direction where we can get shelter on one side or another of the bay. There are plenty pollack, ling and the odd cod still being caught. We are now on the lookout for tuna - hopefully they will return to Donegal Bay soon - will keep you posted here.
Meridian Lochin 40'
Killybegs Angling Charters, Killybegs, Co. Donegal.
Tel: +353 87 22 00 982