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Irish Angling Update

02 September 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


River Slaney

Wednesday 1st September marked the 1st day of the close season on the River Slaney upstream of Enniscorthy. The 16th Sept (inclusive) will mark the start of the close season below Enniscorthy Bridge.

River Fane

Bernard Devenney reports that salmon anglers on the River Fane have been disappointed again this week as the expected run of salmon has not yet materialised. Some fresh fish have been seen on the lower stretches but rain is badly needed as water conditions are very low at the moment. Three salmon were reported taken on the Fane on Sunday last 29th August. The heaviest fish weighed 8lbs and was taken by Conaill Crawley from Dundalk, another weighing 6lbs was taken by Drogheda man John Harmon and a small grilse of 4lbs was taken by David Crawley from Dundalk.  Mark Sweeney from Island Fishing Tackle reported that two salmon weighing around the 6lb mark were taken on the River Fane today by local anglers Gordon Moore and Michael McKinney.

Sea trout fishing has slowed in recent days despite the arrival of the first of the harvest run of sea trout. These harvest run fish are small with many being around the half pound mark. The water is in good condition for sea trout fishing.

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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River Glyde

Mark Sweeney from Island tackle in Dundalk reported that he caught and released three salmon on the River Glyde over the weekend.  the fish weighed 12lbs, 10 lbs and 8lbs. Permits for the Rivers Dee Glyde and Fane are available from Mark at

Island Fishing Tackle, 58 Park St, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
Tel: (042) 9386464 Fax: (042) 9335698
Web: Email:

Castletown River

Eamonn Conway reports that sea trout fishing was reasonable this week on the Castletown River in Dundalk. Local anglers were catching fish following the arrival of the harvest run. Mark Naylor from Dundalk had three sea trout one evening and Matt Campbell also had a nice fresh run two pound sea trout. A visiting French angler also had a nice evening fishing with Matt and succeeded in landing a couple of lively sea trout.  Water conditions are very low and the river would benefit from some rain.

Details of day permits, memberships and events are available from the Dundalk Brown Trout Angling Club at


River Boyne and Tributaries

A slight rise in the water levels on the River Boyne last week led to a good run of salmon into the river. Salmon fishing improved during the last week with around forty salmon being reported caught and released mainly on the lower reaches below Slane. Grilse are averaging 6 to 7lbs in weight but some bigger fish have been reported. A number of fish between twelve and fourteen pounds have been reported with the best fish of the week weighing in at18lbs. There are currently good numbers of salmon in the Boyne,

Sea trout fishing has continued to slow on the Boyne around Oldbridge with anglers reporting few fish.

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Southern Region


River Nore

29/08/10 Not much to report as the river is still down to it's bones . All the rain that was coming our way last week missed us and fell over in the UK. With the river as low as it is salmon are not running. Up to now this has been the worst salmon season since the drift nets came off in 2007 I have only met 4 salmon to date. (2008 we had 70 fish up to 20lb) When and if we get the rain we "should" have some good sport up stream. Until we get the rain don't bother fishing for salmon just stick with the trout fishing. Any one booked with me for September please call before you travel and feel free to cancel if we don't have the water, there is always next season. Tight lines.
Jim Brown
Salmon and trout ghillie
Address: Rosebank Lodge, Mount Alto, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.
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River Blackwater

Fort William Fishery

27/08/10 Water levels are still the same with no rise after all the rain. The ground is just soaking it up so we will have to wait again to see what the forecast will bring. Saying that there is still plenty of fish about and still fresh fish moving in on a daily basis. 75 fish for the month of August so far so its looking to be yet another bumper month for us. No fish to report yesterday as no one was fishing but on Wednesday 3 fish were taken 2 by Stuart Feeney from Wexford one on fly and another on spinner off the Glenmore beat. Bob Woodside had 1 fish on fly off the Castle beat of 5lbs.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
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Blackwater Lodge Fishery

01/09/10 August has been an exceptionall dry month. The recorded rainfall at Cork Airport was only 19% of the average for the period 1961-90 (Source: Met Eireann). The height of the river on August 1st. was a dismal 0.17m & has continuously fallen throughout the month. It is now estimated to be about 0.04m, but it is difficult to assess as the gauge is now in dry ground! The table below shows the average heights for July & August for the last 4 years.

In spite of these challenging conditions, we have nevertheless managed to catch 106 fish for 256 rod days in August - an average of over 0.4 fish/rod day. This actually compares quite favourably with last year when the average was 0.56 fish/rod day with the water on average 2 feet higher! Catch for the last week is as follows:

It looks as if the weather is set to break with quite a lot of rain forecast from the coming weekend into early next week. This is very much needed, and - if it produces a reasonable rise in the river - will undoubtedly result in some spectacular sport. The extensive tidal reaches of the Blackwater from Lismore to Youghal are full of fish just waiting for water to encourage them to run into the main river.
Ian & Glenda Powell
Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery
Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
Tel: 00 353 58 60235     From UK: 0871 474 0135  (10p/min any time!)
Mobile: 00 353 87 235 21 20
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South Western Region


Lough Currane

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

26/8/10 I start today’s facts, on the famous Butler Pool and of Mr. Tommy Duggan of Kilkenny gave the Lough Currane Sea Trout a rest today, and went downstream, and hammered the Butler Pool and caught himself 2 fine salmon, weighing in at 5 and 7lbs, Tommy was with his Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy, staying with the Pool, Waterville House manger Mr. Alan McGuirk, reported to me that a total of 11 Salmon have bean caught this week. Now we head up stream to Lough Currane and the Sea Trout department, Mr. Niall Cahill, caught 3 Sea Trout on the fly with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea and @ staying with the Sea Trout, Mr Arnold Slater also caught 2 Sea Trout on the fly, with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, and last but not least, a guest fishing with his gillie Mr. Terence Wharton Snr, caught 4 Juniors, Local Gillie Mr. Bob priestly caught 2 Juniors and Bob, was also telling me that Mr. Dan Sugrue of Tralee and Waterville, caught 10 juniors with his gillie Mr. Brod O’Sullivan of Stella Maris guest house Waterville, and last but not least Mr Tom Coran caught 2 Juniors. I was reading on that our manger Mr. Trevor Stafford is reporting some catches on the higher lakes. I will start with Lough Na Mona, Mr. Kevin O’Sullivan and Mr. Tadgh O’Sullivan caught 2 Sea Trout in the 1.5lbs class. Now we go further upstream to Lough Cloonaghlin, on the evening shift, Mr. John Holestead caught 2 Sea Trout. Wind E light to calm with bright sunshine, max air temperature 19.1c.

27/8/10 straight to the Sea trout department, Mr. Tom Coran caught 2 Juniors, also in good form was Mr. James Hinchey of the UK who caught 3 juniors with his Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy, staying with my noble Sea Trout, Mr. Baxter, caught 4 Juniors with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and of local Gillie Mr. Bob Priestly again caught 2 Juniors and he was also telling me that Mr. Dan Sugrue fishing with his Gillie Mr. Brod O’Sullivan, caught 6 Juniors, staying with the junior class, Mr. James Morgan of the UK caught 5 Sea Trout on the fly, with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of On the weather front the same as yesterday, max air temperature 17.2c.

28/8/10 Lough Currane is in need of liquid refreshment, but low lake or not, my noble anglers procured my noble Sea Trout, and here are the Lough Currane Sea trout results. I start in the C&R department, Mr. James Hinchey of the UK caught 2 Juniors, also in good form was Mr Mick Halpin with 5 Juniors, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan of Waterville Boats and @ staying with the Sea Trout, Mr. Baxter caught 5 Sea Trout with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and of Mr. Barrett caught 1 Junior with his gillie Mr. Bob Priestly, now for catch of the day and that goes to Arthur and Luke Townsend with 2 fine Sea Trout, ranging from 1.5lbs up to 3.5lbs and your wind report comes from Mr. Bob Priestly, wind NW light to fresh and bright and sunny, max air temperature 17.1c.

29/8/10 straight to the Salmon and Sea trout department Dutch angler, Tim, caught a fine 6lbs Grilse and 4 Sea Trout on the fly, Tim was fishing with his Gillie Mr. Terence Wharton Snr, now to the hired out boat department, Mr. Tom O’Shea @ reported that Mr. Tom Barry, caught a 1.5 Sea Trout on the fly, now for some catches in the past week, Mr. Michael O’Sullivan of Waterville Boats and @ reported to me that, Mr Don Malcolmson and party from Northern Ireland caught 30 Sea Trout, the best of which was 3lbs, and just for the record, that was between two boats. Wind NW light to calm and bright sunshine all day, amount of rainfall in the last 24 hours 0.2mm, max air temperature 16.9c.

30/8/10 Mr. Winperson of Switzerland caught 3 Juniors with his gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and of Wind south light, reasonable cloud cover, max air temperature 18.3c. Now we head down stream to the famous Butler Pool and where Local Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of caught a fine 7lbs Salmon on a stoats tail, staying with the Butler Pool and Waterville House, Manger Mr. Alan McGuirk, reported to me that there was a total of 27 salmon caught on the pool in the past week.

31/8/10 Very few boats out, and what boats were out failed miserably in their duties. Wind SE fresh to strong at times, with reasonable cloud cover. That is your ration for this week, from your Gillie/Guide and the Waterville Fishery.
No Spin No fly’s just facts.
Vincent Appleby
Angling Guide and Accommodation
Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel
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Weekly reports from salmon fisheries in Cork and Kerry


Argideen River

Photo: (A shy) Laurence Fitzpatrick with his lovely 22lb salmon.

1 exceptional fish caught on the Argideen river by a first time fly fisherman from Glanmire he landed a 22lbs salmon. Laurence Fitzpatrick only took up fly fishing about 3 months ago. He was supposed to fish with some friends on Lough Currane on Saturday, but plans changed and he instead went to the Argideen to see if he could spot a few seatrout. He decided to fish, paid for his permit and went up past Inchy Bridge where he caught 2 seatrout to a 1lb. Then he caught this salmon on a Cascade Shrimp fished on a 8ft 6wt fly rod with 8lb line. It took him about 35 minutes to land the salmon.  After that the club members went to their hut to weigh the fish and measure the fish. The huge salmon weighed 22lb and measured over 35inches long.


29/08/10 45 salmon hooked on the river Bandon with an average weight of 7lbs with one 18 ½ lbs fish caught in Innishannon by a Cork city angler


29/08/10 2 salmon caught averaging between 5lbs - 6lbs in weight.


29/08/10 20 salmon hooked on the river Lee.


No reports


29/08/10 No repotrs from the Flesk River.



 29/08/10 3 salmon caught on Beat 2 of the Laune 1 weighing 6lbs and the other 2 weighing 7lbs. 2 salmon caught on Beat 1 weighing 4lbs and 6lbs.

Laune Anglers and Beat 3

30/08/10 River still hopelessly low in need of 2 feet of water.  Some fish holding up in pools but slow to take bait or fly.  Despite this there were a few fish caught over the weekend on worm and spinning, these fish were reported to be bars of silver.  There were no fish reported from Beat 3.
Billy Downes
Laune Anglers Association


29/08/10 No data available for the Ilen river


29/08/10 No data available for the Coomhola river

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


River Feale and Smearlagh

01/09/10 Water: Still low fishing water Weather: Overcast, 16.1 deg
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
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Western Region


Erriff Fishery

Photo: Mrs Sonia Cotton with a nice grilse from the Erriff

Jim Stafford, fishery manager at the Erriff Fishery, reports on some good fishing at Aasleagh Lodge from the middle of the month.
Fresh fish continued to run through the counter and many tourists were able to see the salmon leap at Aasleagh Falls as they attempted to clear the waterfall to continue their migration upstream. Mr. B. Cotton’s party from the UK. and Northern Ireland had 11 fish for the week including 3 for Bertram Cotton at 93 years young, all taken on fly with the best at 5lbs taken in the Horse Shoe Pool on Beat 3, while his wife Sonia caught one of  4.25lbs in the Upper Garden Pool on a Yellow Ally’s Shrimp. John Nelson had one of 11.75lbs caught on a Cascade in the Falls Pool, and Mark Broughan had 3 - best 6.5lbs taken on a Shrimp Fly.  Mandy Broughan had one fish in Doyle’s Pool on Beat 6 on a Stoats Tail,  Margy Crawford had one in the Falls Pool and Christopher Johnson had one of 7lbs taken on a shrimp pattern.

Albert Caffrey and Donal Chambers from Athy, Co. Kildare, caught and released one fish each from Glenanane Stones on Beat 7. Overall the river was not heavily fished during the period and it was good to see the run of fish continue to build up so that the conservation limit would be reached thus having sufficient salmon to spawn during the winter.  Anglers also continued to have good sport on Derrintin Lough with brown trout.  Tawnyard Lough on the sea trout front has yet to get going  – hopefully this will improve in September.

To enquire about fishing on the Erriff River, or accommodation at Aasleagh Lodge, contact Jim at 095 42252, or email

Ballynahinch system

Ballynahinch Castle Fishery

31/08/10 The second half of August has proved to be quite fruitful for the fewer anglers that would be on the river compared to July or early August.  Beat 1 and 2 are the best beats with Beat 4/5 continuing to disappoint.  All flies seem to be working with the Badger and Stoats Tail still on top of the ranks.  Notable points of interest include:

The river is starting to get low and the sun is splitting the rocks.  This does not seem to be affecting the “take” however.  The counter stands at exactly 3000 with 380 having passed through in August.  This compared to 2,050 in 2009 and 2,600 in 2008.  Admittedly, there is a lack of larger grilse passing upstream this year, which is in line with other systems throughout the country. 
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Recess, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland.
Tel: + 353 (0)95 31006
Email:   Web:

Lough Inagh

29/08/10 Lovely weather for the Inagh Valley.  Poor weather for the anglers.  The water that we had last weekend brought in a good few fresh fish, but it has well disappeared now.  Most of the week was beach weather.  Two salmon were landed for the week.  Peter Walker(Dublin) fished Inagh for a day and landed a fish of 6.75lbs on a Connemara Black.  Shirley Morrison(N.Ireland) released a fish of 4.5lbs back into Inagh, also on a Connemara Black.  The Sea Trout fishing was poor though with only 18 fish recorded.  The weather is looking like changing for the better this weekend. 
Colin Folan,
Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel
Tel: 095 34706 or 086 8679459 (mobile)
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Photo: 11 year old Tarran Mitchell with the 100th salmon of the year from the Kylemore Abbey fishery

I spent a very enjoyable couple of days with Nigel Rush, fishery manager at Kylemore Abbey, and angling journalist Chris McCully, who was doing a piece for Trout and Salmon magazine. Over the 2 days we had 2 salmon and a good number of sea trout, from both river and lake. Several fish were also hooked and lost, including a salmon by myself, another lost fish for the record! Luckily I managed to land one a couple of days later from the lower river, a small grilse taken on a Cascade double. The same day young Tarran Mitchell from Belfast landed the 100th salmon of the season on the fishery, one of 4 he landed during his visit there. Nigel reports they now have over 110 salmon for the season, well ahead of the last few years, and September is traditionally the best month at Kylemore, so watch this space.
To enquire about fishing at Kylemore Abbey, contact Nigel at 095 41178, or 095 41161, or email

A quiet week on Delphi

28/08/10 A very quiet week. Low fishing effort, calm and cool weather and just 13 salmon caught. Remarkably, 8 of the salmon were taken by one angler – Dubliner Hugh Brennan – who frequently does well in August. He took four fish from Finlough and four from Doolough and his fish weighed 10.5, 7.0, 4.5, 4.0, 3.75, 3.25, 2.5 & 2.5 pounds.

Others on the scoresheet for the week were John McManus (7.25), Fergus Glynn (5.0), Michael Cosgrove (4.0), Brendan Keenan (2.75) and Simon Albertini (2.25).
Peter Mantle
Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296

Galway Weir

A forecast of heavy rain last week had the OPW opening 4 weir gates, despite the lake being at extremely low levels, presumably due to political pressure following last year’s flooding. Certainly it couldn’t be said to have been necessary, with the lake so low. The heavy rain didn’t materialise, however, and this week the fishery is down to half a gate open, and most fish have run through to the main river and further upstream.

There were 15 salmon landed over the last 2 weeks, as a great run comes to an end. Robert Falconer and Gareth McGuinness both had 3lbs grilse on fly, and Sean Rooney had a 4lbs fish on fly. Mark Ward (UK) took a 6lbs fish on shrimp, and Galway angler Declan Tuffy had a 5lbs fish on fly. Peter Butler (UK) had a 6lbs fish on spinner, while Michael Rogers (Dublin) had 2 grilse of 4.5 and 5.5lbs on spinner. Liam Dunne from Offaly had a 6lbs fish on shrimp and a 3.5lbs fish on fly, while fellow Offaly man Jim Kinahan landed a 6lbs fish on shrimp. Declan O’Reilly (Dublin) landed a 4.5lbs grilse on fly, and John Reidy took a 5.5lbs fish on fly, while Galway man Michael Barry had the best fish, a cracking grilse of 7lbs taken on fly.

The run of salmon has slowed to a trickle now in Galway, with anglers very satisfied at the season so far. Over the last month, the best of the fishing will probably be found further upstream, although September is often the month to take a large summer salmon in Galway too.

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


River Deel

Anglers are also advised that fishing for any kind of fish on the River Deel is prohibited between 1 September each year and 31 May the following year.

River Moy

The Moy system accounted for a reported catch of 308 salmon for the week and fishing conditions were good throughout the entire system with a very good show of fish. This brings the annual rod catch on the Moy to a staggering total of 9,612, which is already more than 3,500 salmon above last year’s catch! With 4 weeks remaining until the salmon season closes the Moy once again proved its reputation as Ireland’s most prolific salmon fishery!

The Moy Fishery had a total of 32 salmon for the week and conditions were perfect for the fly. The Ridge Pool produced 10 fish including a salmon each for Northern Ireland fly anglers William Holmes and Mickey Keenan. On the Cathedral Beat, Scott Greenway, UK, Dominic Conlon and Ted Walsh, both Kildare all had grilse, while Gregg McCreight and Brendan Kearnan, both Northern Ireland caught and released a grilse each on the Spring Wells.

Reasonably good fishing was reported form Mount Falcon and the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water with bubble & fly one of the most productive methods. Coolcronan also enjoyed good sport with Stephen Murphy, Northern Ireland, catching a 6 lbs. salmon on prawn.

However, the catch of the week was undoubtedly a salmon caught on the Cloongee Fishery by Thierry Coulm, Foxford & France who reported its weight as 24.5 lbs. Unfortunately, the fine fish which took a Rolla Silver Bullet spinner was not weighed on certified scales and not witnessed for registration as a specimen. Other anglers who caught fish on Cloongee included Emmet Stagg, Hollymount, with 3 salmon on worm and Dr. John Hanaghan, Newport with 2 on spinner.

Angling was also good on the East Mayo Association Water where German fly angler, Manfred Kauert had 3 grilse while his country man, Sebastian Libbert, caught two on spinner, best at 10 lbs.

mayfly hotel
Photo: A total of €2,400.00 was presented to Agnes Larkin from Castlebar Hospital. (from left to right) Mary Coleman, (retired nurse), Agnes Larkin, Ward Manager Paediatrics, Castlebar Hospital, Christopher McGuane, Seamus Gaffney, (Organiser) Veronica Timlin, Mayfly Hotel, John O’Sullivan, Mayfly Hotel, Lisa O’Connor, General Manager Mayfly Hotel, Children in front, Emma and Lisa O’Sullivan. (photograph courtesy of John O'Connor)

Elsewhere, the Mayfly Hotel, Foxford hosted a fundraising angling event on the River Moy on Saturday, 28 August. A total of 61 anglers including 4 juniors participated in the event which was won by Rob Shepard. In second place was Ray Steward with lady angler Bernie Johnson winning third place. A total of €2,400.00 was raised between the angling event and an auction which followed in the Mayfly Hotel. Angling beats for this fundraising event were made available by Foxford Anglers, Gannon’s, Armstrong’s, Byrne’s, Knockmore Anglers and Inland Fisheries Ireland (Cloongee Fishery).

Ballisodare River

The Ballisodare Fishery reported a total of 25 salmon (22 released) for the week. The heaviest fish of the week was caught by John Collins with a weight of 5 lbs. Club member, Paul Colreavey was also successful catching 2 fresh grilse.

Glencar Lake & Drumcliff River

The Drumcliff River and Glencar Lake continued to fish reasonably well during the week with some fine sea trout and salmon reported by anglers. Amongst the successful anglers was 11 year old Paddy Bird, Sligo, who boated his first ever fly-caught salmon during the week. His grilse took a Clan Chief fished on the top dropper. Well done Paddy!

Owenmore River

Despite dropping water levels, the Owenmore River continued to fish very well for the week. On the Bangor Angling Club stretch some anglers were rewarded with amazing catches. Amongst the successful anglers were Mark Mason, Northern Ireland, with 11 fish (9 released) for his week and Cathal Gallagher, Newry and Bangor Erris, with two fine salmon at 8 lbs. and 10 lbs. Also successful were Michael Levin, David Benny and Andrew Thomson, all UK, with a total of 8 salmon averaging 6 lbs. Best flies for the Owenmore included Yellow and Orange Flame-throwers, Silver Wilkinson, Foxford Shrimp, Usk Grub and Ally’s Shrimp patterns.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


River Drowes

Water levels on the Drowes are still fair with the gauge at the Four Masters Bridge still reading just under 5. There were a number of rods fishing over the week though the fishery was not particularly busy with most anglers fishing at the weekend. There are still good numbers of grilse entering the fishery.
A number of grilse were recorded over the week. On Wednesday, Tony O’Brian recorded a 3lb grilse caught from the Black Hole caught on a fly. On Saturday, Michael McEvoy accounted for a 5lb grilse caught from the Sea Pools on shrimp. Visiting U.S. angler John Lyons logged a 6lb grilse caught from The Meadows on a fly. On Sunday, Tony Lawless registered a 3½lb grilse caught from The Washstones on shrimp. Other rods who recorded fish over the week were A. Ward who caught a 3½lb grilse from the Black Hole on a Flying ‘C’ lure and C. Dolan who recorded 2 grilse caught on fly from Lennox’s Bridge weighing 4 & 5lb.
The forecast for the coming week is for dry and settled weather with sunny days but rain is forecast from Saturday onwards which will hopefully lift water levels to some degree.
Shane Gallagher
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.

Lough Melvin

Salmon angling on Lough Melvin was very quiet and it seems that no anglers ventured out after the same. I heard of a 4lb coloured grilse caught on flies and released but that was it!

For info/bookings etc on Lough Melvin:
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.

Melvin & Rossinver Fishery
Ruth Mettler
Tel: 071 9841451.

Owenea Fishery

We received a nice flood (0.38m) on Monday and this gave water levels for angling through to Wednesday. Water levels in the river then fell away over the week and by Saturday the gauge was only reading 0.11m. On Sunday however, we received a fresh that raised the river to 0.19m on the gauge and gave good conditions for the fly in particular. The gauge average for the week read 0.20 metres and the fishery was reasonably busy with 55 visiting rods fishing for the week with the top attendance being 15 rods on Sunday.
The river fished well over the week and there were good numbers of grilse recorded. Given here are some of the catches taken from the catch register. On Monday, John Conway recorded a small grilse caught and released from beat 7 on worm. On Tuesday, John Northridge accounted for 2 grilse caught. The fish weighed 3½ & 4lb and were caught on fly from beat 8. Gerald Kelly logged a 5½lb grilse caught on fly from beat 8. Pierre Rumeau registered an 8lb salmon caught from beat 3 on a fly. Denis Bonnet recorded a 5lb grilse caught on fly from beat 4. On Tuesday, John Lennon accounted for a 3lb grilse caught on fly from beat 9. Pierre Rumeau had a good day recording 3 grilse caught from beat 7 in bright sunlight. The fish weighed 2, 3½ & 4¼lb and were caught on flies. There was then little recorded in the low water until Sunday when Brian Barron registered for a 6lb grilse caught from beat 9. Gordon Young accounted for a 2½lb grilse caught on spinner from beat 9. Alan Watson recorded a 2½lb grilse caught on fly from beat 9. Pierre Rumeau had another good day recording 4 grilse caught for the day from beat 9. The fish weighed 2, 2¼, 4 & 5lb and were all caught on flies with 2 of these released.
The forecast for the coming week is for very sunny & dry weather until Friday with only a slight chance of rain showers so the fishing will be difficult. Hopefully we may receive some decent rain at the weekend.

For info/bookings etc on the Owenea Fishery – Tel: 074 9551141. (9am to 1pm April to May & 7am to 1pm June to Sept).

Eske Fishery

Lough Eske was fairly quiet this week with only 2 boats out fishing over the week. They recorded some 4 sea trout caught up to 1½lb and numerous brown caught on wet flies. I did not here of any salmon caught on the Lough to date.

For info/bookings etc on the Eske Fishery – Tel: 074 9740781. (9am to 1pm).

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Trout Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


River Fane

Brown trout fishing was difficult on the Fane this week and not much angling activity has been reported.

Details of day permits and memberships are available from the Dundalk Brown Trout Angling Club at


For details of guided fishing on the Fane and fly casting tuition Eamonn Conway can be contacted at 086 1242966 or

or Matt Campbell who also provides guiding services on the Fane and Castletown Rivers. Matt can be contacted at 087 6757550

River Boyne and Tributaries


Water levels are good for trout fishing in the River Boyne but rain is needed to take salmon upstream. Colm Lynch from East Coast Angling reports that brown trout fishing has been very good on the River Boyne at Navan this week. According to Colm there have been a lot of trout anglers venturing out due to the improvement in the fishing. Most of the Navan waters have been fishing very well but the Ramparts fishery has produced some excellent fishing. Small size 16 flies and nymphs are producing the best results. The best of the fishing is in the early evening. Mark Harris and Neil Duggan from Navan had a number of trout between 1.25lbs and 1.75lbs during the week. Colm Lynch had four nice trout on Thursday 26th August and local angler Brian Lenehan also had good trout fishing on a number of evenings during the last week. Nymphs have been producing nice trout from the faster runs.

Additional information and permits for the Navan waters can be obtained from Colm Lynch, East Coast Angling, Balmoral Industrial Estate, Kells Road Navan, Co. Meath. Tel: 046 9073377   mobile: 087 2044996  email:


Marc O'Regan reports that the water is very low and clear in the Boyne at Trim but the daytime trout fishing is very good. Marc spent one day on the Boyne at Trim over the last week and caught and released twenty wild brown trout the best of which weighed in at 1.4lbs.

If you fancy spending a day on the Boyne, Marc O'Regan can be contacted at or visit

Day permits are available and applications for membership should be addressed to the Secretary. Note: (a waiting list is in operation).

Mr. Pat O'Toole, Secretary, Trim Athboy & District Angling Association
Unit 1 Duggan Industrial Estate, Trim, Co. Meath
Day Permits (€15 per day) are available to visiting anglers - contact Secretary.

Trout fishing on this fishery is subject to club rules and regulations as follows:-

Kells Blackwater

Pat McLoughlin reports that water levels in the Kells Blackwater are low and clear and conditions for fishing were difficult over the weekend with the northerly wind but things have now improved although not many anglers are fishing at the moment.

According to Pat there are still falls of black gnat and smuts.

Additional information about the Kells Angling Club can be found at

Angling guide Pat McLoughlin can be contacted at or by mobile on 086 1017415

River Liffey

Fishing on the Liffey has been very consistent all year and the size of trout seems to be getting better according to local guide John Higgins. The water is low and clear on the Liffey at the moment. John reports that the great trout fishing has continued on the River Liffey again this week.

If you fancy spending a day on the River Liffey around Newbridge with angling guide John Higgins, he can be contacted at 

Lough Lene

Reports have been received that Lough Lene has been fishing well of late. Shay Sumner and Luke Walpole from Navan fished the lake recently and had a number of fish in the 3lbs bracket. Try the sedge for success, the Peter and Murrough fishing is over.

Annamoe Trout Fishery

Josie Mahon reports that the Annamoe trout fishery has fished very well all week. Small dry midge patterns are working well in the evenings and anglers are catching trout up to 5lbs.

If you would like to give the fishing at Annamoe a go, please contact Brian Nally at 086 2598563

Ballyhitt Lakes, Wexford

James Petitt reports that the Ballyhitt Fishery has fished consistently all week. It is a week that one of the Murphy brothers from Wexford will not forget for a long time having landed a huge Ballyhitt 10lb rainbow trout on Monday 30th August/ If you fancy trying for one of Ballyhitt Fisheries big fish give James a call at 087 6796900.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Lough Sheelin

Lough Sheelin fished well during the week, with excellent hatches of sedges, particularly on Wednesday. A lot of small fish were seen showing. Nearly all fish caught were sportingly released. 65 trout were officially reported caught to week-ending Sunday August 29th, being only a sample of the overall catch. Thomas Rush, Armagh had 1 trout of 5lbs 9ozs dry fly fishing at Plunkett's point. Michael Kelly, Dublin did well over the week. On Tuesday he had 6 trout, to 2lbs, Wednesday 7 trout, best was 3½lbs, all trout were caught using a small sedge, dry fly fishing. Fish were in excellent condition and all were released. Peter Mc Ardle, Dundalk had 5 trout to 3lbs on Friday August 27th wet fly fishing between Church Island and Curry point. Saturday 1 trout of 1½ lbs, Sunday 3 trout, all fish were released. Paddy Brady, Lavagh, Kilnaleck had 1 trout of 4lbs. Prospects look good for evening fishing this week if the evenings don't get too cold.

For local updates contact Inland Fisheries Ireland Lough Sheelin Office Tel: 049 4336144

Athlone Anglers Association news update

 DAVID WINS SOCIAL COMMITTEE CUP: You always know the end of the season is upon us when the competition for the Social Committee Cup takes place and as it took place last Sunday that must mean the end of the season is upon us. As always the competition attracted a great entry with twenty nine boats taking part and with all methods being used, from trolling to wet flies to dry flies to dapping, hopes were high for a good return and while fish were caught they were mostly small apart from the one caught by David Cunniffe which was to earn him his first ever competition win.

The presentation of prizes and final weigh in took place that evening in the Coosan Cottage where Tommy O’Neill was an excellent host. When the scales came down at eight thirty the clear winner was David Cunniffe with his fantastic trout. In second place were Jack, Alan and Paddy McEvilly whose fish weighed in just less than two pounds lighter and which was released back into the lake after weighing. This was Jacks first time out this year and after the days fishing they had we think he will be brought every week from now on. Ray and Conor Dowling took third prize for their trout which weighed in just six ounce lighter while Conor Hannon took fourth place for his trout which was almost a further pound lighter and this fish was also released. Sean Kelly took the fifth and final prize for his fish which weighed in at just eight ounces lighter.

Our thanks to Tommy O’Neill of the Coosan Cottage for the excellent hospitality and for the very generous sponsorship of this competition. Thanks also go to the Captains of The Day who were Richie Fallon and Eamon Cunningham.

 THE CONWAY/CONROY CUP: The competition for the Wykes/Gaffey Memorial Cup will take place next Sunday 5th September. The start will be from Gallagher’s at 10.30am and will finish with lines up at 6.00pm. The Captains of The Day will be Eoin O’Neill and Liam O’Sullivan and catch and release will be facilitated.

For your diary:


Last Sunday we fished the Lough Ennell Perpetual Cup in tough conditions. Very bright conditions and squally winds made it hard to entice the Ennell trout. Mind you I had my chances as on my first two drifts I rose three fish and failed to make contact. This was just before the sun burst through the clouds. The competition was well supported with anglers from all across Leinster competing. On the day just two anglers managed to land trout and Seamus Eighan was top rod, with John Grimes taking 2nd spot. The presentation took place in Whitebridge Bay at 7pm, and Con Hope one of the great Ennell angling legends was on hand to present the Cup which he kindly sponsored some years back. Con was joined by his daugher Lorraine, and his Grand-daughter Eadaoin Quinn. John Tyrrell competition captain of L.E.T.P.A. thanked Con for his sponsorship, and also all the anglers who supported the competition on the day. It’s a busy month for the club and on September 19th the O’Malley Cup will be fished, with the Christy Sleator Perpetual Cup on September 26th. More on these trout competitions in the coming weeks.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.
Mobile: 087-279727. Web:


There was plenty of angling activity on Lough Acalla following a recent stocking. There was improved fly hatches due to the warmer daytime conditions. The best reported fish of the week was a 3.5lb Brown Trout which was caught on a Pheasant tail. A 3lb Rainbow was caught on a Black Pennell. The most successful flies were Green and Golden Olive, Green Peter, Peter Ross, Pheasant tail, Black Pennell, Muddler and Mourrough sedge. Prospects look promising for the coming week.


Bleach Lough Anglers are to host the All Ireland Rainbow Trout Challenge on the fishery at Pallaskenry, Co Limerick on October 23rd, 24th and 25th. Great prizes including a Sheelin Boat are up for grabs.

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Western Region


Western Lakes

Liam Gavin reports from Cushlough on fishing on Loughs Mask and Carra:
Ronan Cusack & Kieran Biggins fished in the bright sunshine of Sunday on Lough Mask and caught 9 good trout, all weighing between 1lb and 1.5lbs. The shallows are finally fishing well on Mask, Richard Cameron & Tom Mulvey took 3 fish along the Rocky Shore which hasn't produced good fishing all year until now. Dapping along the north part of the lake also proved successful with natural daddies and sedges the main attractors. Many large fish were observed along the Canal and Dog Holes during the weekend with seemingly little interest in feeding. Kilmaine man Kevin Sheridan had some nice fishing on Monday evening on Mask, it seems Mask is coming into its own a lot more. Effort is much higher than at times during the year, and anglers are getting a good return on the effort.

Lough Carra had some good angling returns during the less than ideal conditions of the weekend. Thomas Aldridge from the UK landed 4 trout over the size limit around the Twin Islands, he also put back 4 fish just undersize. Evening fishing is still exciting some of the brave anglers prepared to cope with the dark, Harry Malone from Tipperary reported 7 trout with his boat partner on Friday, the biggest weighing in just under 4lbs.

Lough Corrib

The International Varsities Championships were held out of Cong over the weekend. The competition was fished on a catch measure and release basis. 20 teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, France, Germany and five from the United States competed in the competition. Ireland's Galway Mayo Institute of Technology team took first place, while the host, Limerick Institute of Technology placed second. The University of Montana's "varsity" fly-fishing team placed third.

I also received a report of a fine trout caught by John Cosgrove from boatman Declan Gibbons, a fish of 54cms which probably weighed over 4lbs.

Cong River

Alan Crinnion, originally from Cork but now living in Mayo, let me know of a great fish landed by his brother Ken, who was visiting for the weekend. Alan took him to the Cong River to show him the fishing, but it was Ken who showed him how it’s done, landing a 16lbs ferox trout on the worm, the fish of a lifetime. I’m sure Ken will be back for another visit next year when the Cong River is open again. Anglers should be aware that the season is now finished on the Cong River and Canal since the 31st of August, a conservation measure put in place to protect the ferox trout that spawn there.

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Lough Conn

Due to the bright sunny weather it was a rather quiet week on Lough Conn. As a consequence, only very few anglers ventured out. However, anglers who persisted were rewarded with some nice catches. Out of Pontoon Bridge, Chris Byrne, Roscommon had 2 trout to a wet Green Peter. Participating in the “Catch & Cook” class, Tom Templeton, Dublin and Ellie Campbell, Roscommon caught a total of 3 trout, best at 1.5 lbs.

Elsewhere, local angler Peter Roche, boated 4 trout best at 2 lbs, all caught on dry Daddy Longlegs along the Brackwansha Shore.

Ballin Lough

Seventeen rods fished the lake during the week landing a total of 16 rainbow trout (3 released). Amongst the best catches were: Mattie Foley and boat partner, Roscommon, who caught 6 fish, best at 3 lbs. Most successful flies included Muddler patterns and Minkies.

This prolific rainbow trout fishery remains open till the end of October. To book a boat on Ballin Lough, anglers should contact Mrs. Gill, beside the lake, on 098-26128.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


Lough Melvin

The trout fishing for sonaghan was good overall with anglers recording some decent catches of good sonaghan. Certainly there were good numbers of sonaghan caught from Thursday to Sunday when the Garrison & Lough Melvin Anglers Association held their 31st 4 day Lough Melvin pairs Open Trout Competition. Attendance was very good with 350 anglers taking part over the three qualifying days on Thursday, Friday & Saturday. All competitors were provided with tea and sandwiches by the Maguire family every morning with a four course meal in local restaurants in the evening. This year there was a ban on the killing of Gillaroo and a 6 fish bag limit. The committee extended its thanks to the Rossinver Fishery who kindly allowed the competitors to fish their waters. Weather conditions over the four days varied from flat calm days with little wind to windy conditions with big waves. Bright sun prevailed on most days. Despite the varied and at times, difficult conditions, the Lough fished very well with some good bags of sonaghan recorded.
The competition was won by Stephen Ellis, Bangor and Brian Russel, Tandragee who both won a Burke’s 19ft boat plus some Galway Crystal. In second place came Brendan Shallow, Belleek and Denis Kellegher, Ballinrobe who received a cheque for £700 and some Galway Crystal. In third place were Mullingar anglers Brendan Murray and Colin Cahill who each won an electric outboard with battery, £100 and some Galway Crystal.

Photo of competition 2010 winners shows: left to right- Association Chairman Terry McGovern, joint winner Stephen Ellis, President Denis Maguire and joint winner Brian Russel, Tandragee.

For info/bookings etc on Lough Melvin:
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.

Eske Fishery

Lough Eske was fairly quiet this week with only 2 boats out fishing over the week. They recorded some 4 sea trout caught up to 1½lb and numerous brown caught on wet flies.

For info/bookings etc on the Eske Fishery – Tel: 074 9740781. (9am to 1pm).

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Cashel Trout Fishery

Buzzers and dries are still doing the business big time at Cashel.  Dungiven’s Mark Boyce released seven trout in a few hours while Derry Maurice Whiteman released sixteen trout one of which weighed 5lb.  Billy Hazlett also from Derry bagged two and released twelve which also took assorted dries.  Billy’s two trout for home weighed 4lb 2ozs and 2lb 12ozs.  Maghera’s Bernard Mellon released an amazing eighteen trout with his biggest one weighing 6lb.  Newcomer, Pearse Doherty (Maghera), released two which fell to dries too.  Derry’s Pat Nicell Snr, Pat Nicell Jnr and James Mc Feeley had a great day also bagging a total of six trout between them and releasing a further nine which fell to daddies, cdc’s and shipman’s buzzers.  Their total weights were 16lb 10ozs.  Billy Stevenson (England) accompanied by young Declan Stevenson (Feeny) bagged two weighing 4lb 7ozs and released four and two respectively using a self tied pink/white zonker-like fly.  John Ward and John Coyle (Derry) bagged one each averaging 2lb on their first visit to Cashel.  These anglers used a wee bibio and a red Montana.  Unfortunately their friend Peter Hardy lost the one he had on. 
Well done to all!
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email:  Website:

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Coarse Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Cavan and Monaghan


Good tench fishing has been reported from Capragh Lake outside Carrickmacross.

Castleblaney- Polish Anglers Visit Lough Muckno

The ‘Fishmaniak’ Coarse Angling Club which is made up of members of the Polish angling community living in Ireland held their 2nd open coarse fishing competition at White Island on Lough Muckno on Sunday 29th August 2010. Fishing took place from 7.30am until 2pm and anglers travelled from many counties around the country to participate in this event on the shores of scenic Lough Muckno in Co. Monaghan.

Fishmaniak club
Photo: Club President Pawel Ladniak (in front of flag) and members of the Polish Fismaniak Club at Lough Muckno with David Byrne, Angling Marketing Coordinator, Inland Fisheries Ireland.(front row fifth from left)

Twenty nine anglers took part in the match in what was less than ideal fishing conditions.  Pole float and feeder tactics were all used by the competitors in an attempt to attain the biggest catch during the competition. There was a cold wind which made fishing very difficult but despite this anglers netted a total of 70kilos of roach, perch, hybrids and perch. The winner was of the event was Lucasz Goraus fishing the pole with a weight of 13kg 42g, second place went to Pawel Swisyun with a weight of 13kgs 02g and third place went to Krzysztof Spychalski with 6kg 92g. After being weighed all fish were returned alive to the lake. This important event which promotes catch and release was supported by Inland Fisheries Ireland.

Photo: Competition winner Lucasz Goraus in action at Lough Muckno, Co. Monaghan.

At the prize giving after the event president of the club Pawel Ladniak thanked all of the part participants for supporting the competition and congratulated the anglers who had been placed in the event. Mr Ladniak also thanked David Byrne, Angling Marketing Coordinator and the other staff from Inland Fisheries Ireland who had assisted in running the event. He added “the competition is open to all anglers and we would welcome all anglers to next year’s event”.

Mr William Walsh Inland Fisheries Ireland Eastern River Basin Director said "IFI is delighted that all of the stakeholder groups in the angling and Castleblaney communities have supported this important event. The number of angling events taking place on Lough Muckno is growing each year and we are looking forward to working on further events like this with all local, rural and angling communities”.

The event was also supported by local community groups and angling clubs in Castleblaney and the surrounding area. Local anglers and the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland (NCFFI) calendar of events were consulted to ensure that there was no clash of dates at the venue. Pleasure and recreational anglers also supported this important competition on the day by fishing at other locations on the lake.

Royal Canal - Kildare

Excellent tench fishing was reported by an angler from the Royal canal in the Straffan area. This hard working angler recorded 14 tench after pre-baiting the stretch with sweetcorn and hemp. Well done to him.

Waterways Ireland /Irish Wheelchair Association National Angling Event

The Waterways Ireland /Irish Wheelchair Association National Angling Event will take place on 2nd September on the 12th Lock Grand Canal Newcastle Rd Lucan Co Dublin. The main sponsor of the event is Waterways Ireland.
Waterways Ireland supports the work of the Irish Wheelchair Association in bringing more users to the Canal not only for angling but to appreciate its beauty and use the waterways and towpaths for recreational activities.
This is the sixth year of the competition.For the past five years, anglers from all over the country have taken part in this sporting event which now is a feature in the angling calendar.  Fishing is a universal and inclusive sport and it also has a social aspect which gets people involved and interested in fishing.
The angling will beorganised on the day by Godfrey Donohue and his staff from Goldfish Angling Ltd. Participants will showcase their angling skills and will compete for great prizes. Inland Fisheries are providing refreshments for the event. The competition is open to participants and teams wishing to try their skills and have an enjoyable day out.

The fishing competition will be officially opened by PJ Gorey, a member of the IWA Board of Directors, and Mary Smyth, Regional Director IWA Dublin Mid Leinster Region.  PJ is a fishing enthusiast who has been involved in the development of specially designed fishing bays for people with disabilities.
Lucan Pitch & Putt Club have kindly provided the use of their clubhouse which is wheelchair accessible.  Refreshments will be provided by the staff of the IWA for everyone attending. Entertainment will also be provided and a great day should be had by one and all.

Mary Smyth from IWA, and Manus Tiernan who represents Waterways Ireland, will present prizes to the winning anglers.

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to all our sponsors for their support.

Godfrey Donohue
Goldfish Angling

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South Western Region

Eileen Carroll reports:
E Mail:


Cork bream await the action!

Photo: Kevin Gray enjoyed bite a cast sessions on Inniscarra

Cork’s bream are back and in bigger numbers than ever.  The angling festival scene gets underway this weekend with matchmen from England, Wales, Holland and Ireland, descending on the welcoming village of Coachford.

It is 15 years since the Inniscarra Reservoir hit the angling headlines with huge bream and rudd - until the fish suddenly vanished about six years ago. 

But now they are back!   The problem is getting through the rafts of skimmer bream – an average size is 1lb – to find the bigger fish, along with rudd, roach, hybrids, plus the chance of an occasional carp or tench.

It’s 15 years since Kevin Gray first tackled the big Cork bream on the Inniscarra Lake system and he hasn’t missed a year since.  At this time of year he takes four weeks holiday (staying at O’Callaghan’s Bar) to ensure he covers all of the matches and gets plenty of pleasure fishing done.

Earlier this week we joined Kevin for two short feeder fishing sessions on the St John’s and the Pump House sections of Inniscarra and witnessed his bite-a-cast sessions.

But it isn’t all about match fishing.  This is a great spot for pleasure anglers on holiday who simply enjoy getting lots of bites and lively sport.

Please note that Active Irish Angling can provide inclusive angling holidays – even at short notice – to Coachford and the surrounding area using all ferry routes, including the Swansea-Cork overnight ferry service. Call now on 0151 324 4744.
Dave Houghton
Active Irish Angling
Tel: (UK) 0151 324 4744

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:



Photo: Jose and Nick from Belgium had catches to smile about.

Coarse angling has been good in the area with Bream being the predominant species featuring in the catches, also some good Tench, Hybrids, Roach, Rudd and big Perch. In recent days catch rates are down due to a change in the weather, warm bright days, cold evenings and early mornings.

Jean-Pierre and son Nick along with Jose and Pierre are no strangers to Ireland as they come to Melview Lodge two or three times a year. Swims were pre-baited and the catches got better each day. Bream, Hybrids, Roach and Perch were the main species with a nice big Tench on the last day for Pierre.
Kevin Lyons, 
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email: Web:

Lough Ree and River Inny

There has been no fishing reported on the lower River Inny at Tommy Foxes. Anglers are reporting excellent Perch fishing trolling on Lough Ree, with big Perch showing. Other than than - not a lot to report.

Carrick on Shannon Festival

Carrick on Shannon Festival
Photo: The Carrick-on-Shannon Festival takes place on three local lakes and the River Shannon Mudflats between September 20-24.

The Carrick-on-Shannon Angling Festival celebrates its 30th birthday in September and the four-day event is attracting a new batch of overseas match fishermen who hope to win the guaranteed €1,000 first prize.

But money isn’t everything.  The appeal for the new anglers seems to be the fact there is no pressure to pay anything more than the €80 entry fee and the majority of anglers don’t even bother with the optional sweepstake.
And on top of that, local fishing tackle dealer Terry Mann of Shannon Tackle Jamestown, throws €500 into the prize fund for the biggest fish caught on the last day!

“It works well”, explained the Terry, who moved from London 23 years ago to live and work on the banks of the River Shannon.  “The main festival is decided on points and introducing a decent-size last day prize keeps everyone focused on the Friday match”

Not only that, but there are valuable daily tackle prizes for the biggest fish and reduced bait prices to encourage more people to take part.

The Carrick-on-Shannon Festival takes place on three local lakes and the River Shannon Mudflats between September 20-24 and the person to contact for more information is Charlotte Fearon on 00353 71 9620313. 

It has to be said that there is a guaranteed €5,000 prize fund and across its 30 year history, more money has been paid out than ever is received in entry fees.
Dave Houghton
Active Irish Angling
Tel: (UK) 0151 324 4744 (Ireland) 00 353 (0)71 9642743

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Northern Region

Alice Murtagh reports: 


Cootehill fishing well - 150 bream on Corravoo

Brackley (all sections) is producing goods bags of fish with lots of Roach and Skimmer Bream, also Bunerky and Lakefield are giving good returns again plenty of Roach and Skimmers.

Killykeen at bridge is giving good mixed bags of fish up to 50lb. The annual Gowna competition is taking place this week, details next week. One angler fishing the Gowna area bagged 120lb of fish on one day.

The Cootehill area is fishing very well at present with one angler bagging 150 Bream on Corravoo. Some Belgiums are also enjoying excellent catches.

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Pike Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Only smaller pike taking mood

Marc O’Regan reports that here is very little pike angling activity taking place at the moment. Marc spent three days pike fishing in the Cavan area over the last week and had ten pike. Marc’s best fish weighed eight pounds.

Justin Bird and Eamonn Conway had two small jack pike trolling lures on Lough Muckno on Sunday. The bigger fish do not appear to be feeding at the moment. Conditions were rough on Muckno on Sunday with a strong cold breeze.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Longford area

Jean-Pierre and son Nick along with Jose and Pierre are no strangers to Ireland as they come over two or three times a year. Nick, Jose and Pierre like the coarse fishing while Jean-Pierre takes a boat and goes Pike fishing. Kevin went out with Jean-Pierre Pike fishing each day but only small Pike to 9lbs were reported.
Kevin Lyons, 
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email: Web:

River Suck

Water levels are presently very low on the River Suck. French angling guide Patrick Boummon is back on the River Suck with four of his clients targeting the Pike. They had up to 25 pike daily, no large fish, best fish 8lbs. Three German anglers fished at Ballyforan for 2 days and caught 11 Pike ranging in weight from 2lbs to 24lbs.

River Shannon, Shannonbridge

30/08/10 River levels are at low summer level and the weather has been generally good. Many farmers have got their first hay crop from the Callow land beside the rivers for the first time in three years.

Frik Haoher, Switzerland fished the Shannon on 17th August using a lure to catch 10 pike. Best measured 70cm. Norman Shepherd London fished Shannonbridge on 18th August using a Toothy Critter to catch three pike. Two were 8lbs and the other 4lbs. Returned alive.

Guido Van Poll from Holland fished Shannon on 20th August in good weather, using a plug to catch a 90cm pike. Chris O Reilly Dublin fished the Shannon on 21st August using Copper and Silver poon to catch an 8lb pike. Good fight on a good day. Fish returned alive.

Jan Stevens Holland fished Shannon on 22nd August using dead bait on a fine day to catch 9 pike from 57cm to 71cm and 3 perch.

Aidan Kelly Shannonbridge fished the Shannon on 26th August on a fine day, catching 15 Roach. Aidan hooked a Roach on maggot and a pike snatched the Roach. Aidan fought the pike on his 4lbs line and after almost an hour he landed the 18lbs pike which he released alive.
Dermot Killeen,



Ireland's Pikefly is a Pike fly fishing event held in September on Lough Derg and the River Shannon in Killaloe. It will be held on Saturday just before the European Pike Angling Challenge, on September 18th, 2010. For further details and application form contact TJ O'Brien of TJ's Angling Centre, Killaloe. Web: Email:


Each year this prestigious event takes place in late September out of Killaloe. The dates in 2010 are the 20th, 21st and 23rd of September. Contact Jim Robinson Web: for further details and application form.

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Loughs Agency area


Loughs Agency Pike Fishing Festival

The Loughs Agency will be holding its annual Pike Fishing Festival on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September 2010 in Baronscourt Estate, Co Tyrone. 

The pike fishing competition will take place on the middle lake between 10am until 4pm. Entry fee is £10 for adults and £5 for juniors each day (all juniors to be accompanied by an adult). Saturday will be strictly shore fishing whilst on Sunday there is availability for 12 boats on the lake.

These events are suitable for adults and juniors making it an ideal day out for the family. There will be lots of top prizes and plenty of opportunity to learn the art of pike fishing.

Lionel Knobbs, Angling Development Manager with the Loughs Agency said 'this is a great weekend for both juniors and adults to develop their skills in pike angling. We had a lot of families taking part last year and quite a few mums and sons learning about the sport for the first time'.

Anyone interested in attending are advised to pre-register by emailing before 5pm on 2nd September or for further information or to register please contact +44 (0) 2871 342100.

New Pike angling regulations for 2010

A 2010 regulation - that will be welcomed by most - is that which prohibits the killing of coarse fish (including eels).

As a summary (with effect from 1st January) -

Coarse fish. It is prohibited to kill coarse fish (however, see regulation on pike, below) in the Foyle and Carlingford areas waters.

Eels. It is prohibited to kill eels in the Foyle and Carlingford areas.

All such coarse fish and eels caught, must be carefully handled and returned alive and unharmed to the water.

Pike. There is a bag limit of 2 pike weighing 4 kg or less, on any one day. Pike of 4kg or more must be returned unharmed to the water. There is an exception for specimen pike with a bag limit of 1 specimen pike in any one day (a specimen pike in a river is 9 kg or more; a specimen pike in a lake is 13.6 kg or more).

Live bait. Live fish cannot be used as bait in fresh waters in the Foyle and Carlingford areas.

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Sea Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Co Louth and Meath Coastlines

Rod Coan reports that Pat Rankin’s boat was the only boat that went out last weekend due to the weather. It was a juniors day our and the club had 6 boys on the boat with us. Despite the rough sea's they had a good day out catching plenty of mackerel, coalfish, pollack and cod.                                        

Photo: A14lb Bullhuss caught recently in Dundalk Bay by local angler Joe Mulholland on his own boat

Dublin to Wexford

Josie Mahon reports that there is good mullet fishing on many of the inlets piers and estuaries in north county Dublin and Wicklow. There is good bass fishing all along the east coast. Well known boat angler Tony Taite caught a lovely 0.7kg red mullet in Wexford.

Des Fraser caught a nice 4lb 14oz mullet on Sunday last 29th August in Wicklow. Reports were also received of a 10lb 10oz bass being taken on a north Wexford beach on a soft plastic lure.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Sea fishing off Loop Head as good as it gets

Photo: Pollack are feeding well and are full of simming crab and baitfish

Fishing is flat out here at the moment and with weather cooperating, fishing on the drift 8 or 9 miles sw of Loop Head is as good as it gets. Pollack are feeding well and are full of some swimming crab and small mackerel and sprat. Fishing them on shads is providing great sport. With slight changes in tactics and ground, Ling, Haddock and Red gurnard are all available and even a few Codling are to be had.

Indeed fishing all over the grounds are good and a bit of effort anywhere west or north of the Loop are producing a variety of fish. We had some fine Ballan Wrasse off the reefs at the Loop and Cuckoo Wrasse are plentiful.

The estuary is producing more mixed fishing. While there are plenty of mackerel, targeting any other species is more problematic. There are some fine Thornback Ray between Scattery and Hog Island and also at the other normal marks but it does take some patience to get them. However we have had some up to 11 lbs over the last days. There are also some Bullhuss, dogfish and Congers about. Just below Kilcredaun there are some handy Pollack about and surprisingly, a few small Codling.

blues shark
Photo: This 130lb blue shark took 60 minutes to boat with a 30lb set up

The Shark fishing is picking up and the last drift saw 4 sharks on the boat the best a 130lb Blue. The sharks do seem to be lively and are giving a good scrap. The 130 pounder took 60 minutes to boat with a 30lb set up!
Luke Aston
Clare Dragoon, LOCHIN 366, 650HP.
Carrigaholt Co. Clare  
Telephone: +353 65 9058209 or +353 87 6367544
Email:  Web:

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:


Lisdoonvarna Fanore SAC International

James Linnane from the Lisdoonvarna Fanore club sent in a report on the recent International Week held by the club. Despite these recessionary times a group of 45 anglers competed over 5 days in the Blackhead, Ballyreen and Arkeen areas of Fanore for the title of International Angler of the Week.
On the first day of the competition in Ballyreen, John Garrihie from Wexford set the pace when he landed a 14kg (31.5lbs) conger eel. This is among the heaviest conger ever caught in this area.

On the second day of the competition some fine thornback ray and small tope were recorded in Arkeen. Bull huss up to 4.3kgs were also recorded at this venue. Over the week a huge variety of fish were recorded  including lesser spotted dogfish, bull huss, pollack, ballan wrasse, dab, flounder, tope, thornback ray, and  conger eel.  Under the conservation rules of the club all fish caught were recorded and returned to the sea alive. In all over 300 fish were recorded, which was slightly higher than last year.

In 1st place was Michael Curtin from Kinvara on 516 points. 2nd prize went to George Dugdale from the Isle of Man on 285. John Garrihie from Wexford was 3rd with 250. 4th was Andreas Shefzig from Doolin on 247, 5th was Kevin Quinn from the Isle of Man on 208, 6th was Paul Norton Jr. from Ruan on 207, with Cathal McCormack from Ennistymon 7th on 203, and Paul Norton Snr 8th on 203.

The top junior angler was Joseph Birney from Clarecastle with 247 points, 2nd was Stephen Birney with 113, and Jack Breen from Wexford took 3rd with 105.
The heaviest fish was John Garrihie’s conger eel of 14kgs.  

Tribute was also paid to Carmel McCormack from Wexford who organised a table quiz in conjunction with the competition and €1,600 was raised in aid of the R.N.L.I.

Well done to all at Lisdoonvarna Fanore SAC on another successful International Week.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


Blue sharks for Rosguill

blue shark
Photo: We had a couple of good blue shark the other day. One was 93lb and the other a very respectable 106lb.
Michael McVeigh
Rosguill 43' Aquastar. Twin 310 HP
Downings, Co. Donegal.
Telephone: +353 74 9155080
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Northern Ireland


Predator takes porbeagles off Antrim coast

Photo: A big porbeagle is landed on the charterboat Predator.

Last week I had onboard some special guests so I decided to do something out of the ordinary for them. We crossed the channel to a piece of ground I've been keeping my eye on. I had a good idea there were really big porbeagle sharks on it and we weren't disappointed. The lads landed 6 in one day. 4 were really large ones. To capp a really great day off we finished up on the island to sample a few Scottish malts and stayed overnight. The next morning we hit a wreck on our way back taking some ling, conger, pollack, spurdogs and a tope.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
Web: Email:
Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117

Garfish for Stephen

Photo: Stepehn Gammon caught this fine garfish while fishing from the rocks at Portstewart using a float and rag worm. This is the first report of a garfish from so far north this year. Well done Stephen!


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