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Irish Angling Update

09 September 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
email: Paul Bourke
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SALMON ANGLING

Salmon angling Update


Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:
E-mail: info@erfb.ie

[09/09/10]

River Fane

Bernard Devenney reports that there has been an improvement in the salmon fishing on the River Fane this week following the recent rain. On Saturday and Sunday the 4th and 5th September prior to the rain only 2 Salmon were caught.

Two competitions were held recently by the Dundalk Salmon Anglers on the River Fane. Andrew Woods from Dromiskin, Dundalk won the Glydee Cup Competition with a beautiful10lb fresh run salmon. Robert Babington won the Irene Quinn Cup with a nice grilse of 4lb 5ozs.

On Monday, the heaviest rain recorded for a long time swelled the river to bank level and this combined with strong south easterly winds and very high tides has provided the best conditions for good salmon fishing. Fish have entered the river with the rise in water levels. On Tuesday 7th September, Brendan Mullholland, Anthony Carty and Patsy Mathews all from Dundalk had 1 salmon each weighing approximately 7lb. Conditions, look to be excellent for the next week or two and when the water clears it is expected that we will see very good catches.

The long awaited rain will surely bring a good run of salmon onto on the River Fane. When flood levels begin to drop and water clarity improves fly fishing will come into its own. Recommended flies are the cascade, artic fox and the bann special.

Salmon
Photo: Robert Babington, Winner of the Irene Quinn Cup

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
Web: www.islandfishingandshooting.com Email: markgswe@gmail.com

Castletown River

The Castletown River in Dundalk has been in flood following the recent heavy rain. Sea trout will have scattered throughout the system but fishing should improve in the lower reaches as the water level drops.

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

Email: info@browntroutanglers.com

River Boyne

Another rise in the water levels on the River Boyne this week has brought more salmon into the river. The fishing improved again during the last week with around 16 salmon being reported caught and released on Saturday last 4th September. The best fish of the week weighed in at around 18lbs. There are currently good numbers of salmon in the Boyne and the water level in the river is up and coloured.

Sea trout fishing has also improved on the Boyne around Oldbridge with anglers reporting small fish (most likely harvest run fish).

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: eastcoastangling@gmail.com

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Southern Region

[08/09/10]

River Nore

07/09/10 We have had a lot of rain in the last few days and the river is now in a big dirty flood. Tthis should give us some good sport as it falls back down to a fishable level in the next few days. However it is a very big flood at 1.8m and it will be well into the weekend before we will be fly fishing (if we get no more rain).
Jim Brown
Salmon and trout ghillie
Address: Rosebank Lodge, Mount Alto, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.
Telephone:
+353-56-7758419
Email: jimmbrown@eircom.net Web: http://www.noresalmon.com

River Blackwater

Fort William Fishery

07/09/10 Water levels are dropping back again quickly after the slight rise. Conditions are not to bad and clarity is at about 2.5ft and clearing. Plenty of fish moving today and anglers were having fun on the fishery. All the fish that were landed were on spinner as it was the only method worth using. Ken Hickey landed and released a cracking cock fish of 14lbs off the Glenmore stream and on the same beat Derek Dowd landed another nice fish of 9lbs. Pat Foley from Cork had his best days salmon fishing as he landed 5 fish off the Castle beat releasing 4 safely. All beats now should fish well as this rise in water levels was badly needed to bring the Autumn fish in. Forecast is for heavy showers but Thursday night into Friday another band of heavy rain is on its way so water levels could rise yet again.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
Email:
info@fortwilliamfishing.net Web: www.fortwilliamfishing.net

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South Western Region

[08/09/10]

Lough Currane

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

4/9/10 Mr. Mark Doorman fishing with his gillie Mr. Bob Priestly, caught 5 Sea Trout up 1.5lbs, in the hired out boat department of www.lakelandshouse.com an angler caught 3 Sea Trout up to 2.¾ lbs and staying with the hired out boat department of www.lakelandshouse.com another angler had a good catch of 7 juniors. Dutch Angler Mr. Tim Valderrlann, caught 3 Juniors, with his Gillie Mr. Terence Wharton Snr, now we head up for the Higher Lakes and Lough Derriana, Mr. Mike O’Dwyer reported to me that, Mr. Peter Cox caught 2 Sea Trout, then Peter and his fishing Colleagues headed back down stream to Lough Currane and it wasn’t long before they had a few rod benders, and the facts are as follows’ Mr. Peter Cox 2 Sea Trout, Mr. Derek Hallam, 2 Sea Trout and last but not least Mr. Garry Tompson 3 Sea Trout. Now to the poaching department, our manger, Mr. Trevor Stafford of www.Loughcurrane.com is reporting that on Lough Cloonaghlin, Mr. John Walsh and Family, caught a good few Brown Trout, and his Son Owen caught a fine Sea Trout in the 1lbs class, and staying with the upper lakes on Lough Derriana, Dr. Tim Gleason, caught 8 Brown trout and finished the day off with a Sea trout.

5/9/10 Lough Currane was on the wild side, with strong SW wind blowing down the lake, wild or not, Mr. Arthur Quinlan caught one Sea trout, with his Gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer, AS did Mr. Mr. Frank Donnelly, with his Client. Come 2pm most boats were blown off the lake. Now to the Poaching department, our Manger Mr. Trevor Stafford, of www.loughcurrane.com is reporting some catches on the higher Lakes so lets head up stream to Lough Derriana, Mr. Stephen Galvin caught 1 Brown Trout and 1 Sea trout and that was his ration because of the storm force winds, now we head for Lough Cloonaghlin, Mr. Colin Meehan and Mr. Chris Fogarty, caught 3 fine Sea trout up to 2.5lbs.Waterville House manger Mr. Alan McGuirk and of www.watervillegolflinks.ie reported to me that a total of 6 salmon caught for the week on the Butler Pool.

6/9/10 Local gillie Mr Bob Priestly caught 2 Sea Trout on the drift. There was some great action on Lough Currane today, In the Brown Trout and Sea Trout department, Mr Anthony O’Sullivan of Caherciveen, caught a fine Brown trout of 1.5lbs and finished the day off with a Sea Trout in the 1lbs class, now to the Salmon department, a Guest fishing with Mr. Mike O’Dwyer, caught a fine Salmon and 2 Sea Trout, staying in the Salmon department Mr. John Baller of the UK and fishing out of http://www.butlerarms.com/ caught a 5lbs Grilse on the troll with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, now to the fly department Mr. David Burton caught a fine Grilse on the fly with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea.

7/9/10 Again there was some fine action on the Waterville Fishery, and I will leave the best to last. I will start down stream, on the famous Butler Pool and of http://www.watervillegolflinks.ie/ , Mr. Mark Luyton of Belgium caught a fine salmon with his gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan, and in the afternoon, Michael left the Pool and went upstream to Lough Currane, and a change of Clients, Mr. Charlie Clifton and his good friend Steve caught 8 Juniors with their Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan, and in hired out boat department, an Angler caught 4 sea trout, staying in the Sea Trout department Mr. Patrick Dwyer and Mr. Malachy Travers, fishing out of the Waterville Lodge hotel, caught 4 Sea trout with their gillie Mr. Bob priestly, Now to the Salmon department, Mr. Ken Towner of the UK and Waterville, caught a fine salmon and a Sea trout with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan, now for the Catch & Release of the day, and that goes to Mr. John Baller of the UK, fishing out of http://www.butlerarms.com/ who caught four salmon on the troll, and weighing in at 3.5lbs, 5lbs, 6lbs, 7lbs and as always Mr. John Baller was with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea, now to the poaching department I was reading of http://www.loughcurrane.com/ our Manger Mr. Trevor Stafford is reporting on the higher Lakes, on Lough Cloonaghlin, Mr. John Murphy caught 1 Sea Trout, plus there was some great action on the River Inny yesterday afternoon, after the flood.

8/9/10 Mr. Michael Jones and Mr. Barry Hegarty of Cork caught 3 Juniors. Mr. Richard Ainscough, caught one Junior on the Lake with his Gillie Mr. Sion Brain, but not satisfied with Lough Currane, they headed for the River Inny and caught 4 Salmon weighing in at 4lbs 6lbs 4lbs which I might add were all returned. Now back to Lough Currane, Mr. John Baller of the UK was in good form again in the C&R department with 1 Grilse, caught on the toll, with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea. In the Sea Trout department, Mr. Patrick Dwyer and Mr. Malachy, caught 4 Juniors with their gillie Mr. Bob Priestly. Now we head down stream to the Butler Pool. A guest fishing out of http://www.butlerarms.com/ caught a Grilse, with his gillie Mr. Terence Wharton Snr.

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
Email: salmonandseatrout@eircom.net Web: www.salmonandseatrout.com

Weekly reports from salmon fisheries in Cork and Kerry

For week ended 5 September 2010

KILLARNEY LAKES AND LOUGH LEANE

05/09/10 1 salmon of 10.5lbs and 1 salmon of 14lbs landed by local anglers trolling on the lake

FLESK RIVER

05/09/10 Water levels very low but 1 salmon of 5lbs was landed by a local angler fishing worms.

RIVER LAUNE

BEATS 1 AND 2

05/09/10 2 salmon landed on Beat 2 and 4 salmon landed on Beat 1 mostly on worms. Average weights 4lbs up to 9lbs. Water levels low.

Laune Anglers and Beat 3

salmon
Photo: Billy Downes returning the third fish of the evening.

06/09/10What a difference a drop of water makes.  If I had been writing this 24hrs ago there would have been very little news of fish but with the foot or so of water all has changed.  Most anglers who visited the Laune this afternoon or evening met fish or caught fish or lost fish.  Two French anglers had a great start to their fishing holiday they both caught fish on the fly after some guidance from local anglers.

The down river fisheries below the Gweestin are well coloured but still some salmon were caught on the fly or lost on the fly two fish were said to be fish in double figures.  This writer met 4 fish and managed to land 3, the best of which was over 9lbs and fairly fresh.

It is too soon to have any news of fish from Beat 3 but the whole system should enjoy good fishing for a few days at least.  This is the least anglers deserve especially fly anglers as it had been one of the leanest years in a long time, till today.  2010 is still only going to be a season of 3 weeks so we won’t be getting carried away.
Billy Downes
Laune Anglers Association
web: www.launesalmonanglers.com

RIVER LEE

20 salmon hooked on the river Lee best fishing method shrimp.

RIVER LEE (ESB FISHERY)

Plenty of fish but nothing caught.

RIVER BANDON

20 salmon landed in the Innishannon area, best fishing method worms. Sea trout fishing at night was good.

RIVER ARGIDEEN

No data available.

RIVER ILEN

No data available.

COOMHOLA RIVER

No data available.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:
info@shannon-fishery-board.ie

[09/09/10]

River Mulkear, Co Limerick

There was a big dirty  flood on the Mulkear which is is only now dropping and clearing as we write. Three Salmon were caught on the Abington stretch. Good Salmon fishing is in prospect for the coming days as the water clears further. We will have a better picture for next weeks update. Please observe the Salmon bag limits.  Tight Lines!

Richard Keays
Millbank Angling Centrer.
Web:  www.millbankhouse.com

River Feale and Smearlagh

09/09/10: There is a huge flood on the River Feale. Conditions are ideal at time of writing and Salmon fishing has significantly picked up with several fish reported caught. Prospects look good for the coming days.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
Web: www.northkerryanglers.com Email: info@northkerryanglers.com

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Western Region

[08/09/10]

Erriff Fishery

The rain arrived in force over the last couple of days, and I have reports of big floods on most of the Connemara rivers. The Erriff received a very big flood of 2.3 metres on the gauge, making the river unfishable, but fishing should be excellent here once the flood abates a bit. Jim Stafford, fishery manager there, reports that a lot of fresh silver fish have been running the river over the last week

To enquire about fishing on the Erriff River, or accommodation at Aasleagh Lodge, contact Jim at 095 42252, or email erriff.fish@iol.ie

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey fishery received much need rain also, and with September traditionally being their best month for salmon, I expect to hear good things from here over the next week. Even in the low water anglers have been taking fresh fish, and Nigel Rush reports fresh salmon for Geoffrey Fitzjohn and 2 for David Dunne over the last few days. The flood brought a lot of dirty water, and as that clears the fishing should really pick up here. The catch for the season so far stands at 115 salmon, well ahead of previous years, and still with 3 weeks of September left.

To enquire about fishing at Kylemore Abbey, contact Nigel at 095 41178, or 095 41161, or email nigelrush@eircom.net

Ballynahinch system

Lough Inagh

salmon
Photo: The Recess Anglers with their catch of three Salmon.

07/09/10 Looks like the summer weather is over for another year.  Loads of rain in the last few days have brought the water levels up, and the water temperature down.  The system is rising at time of writing so it is had to judge what is going on with the fish runs.  I watched the fish counter at The Derryclare Butts this morning for ten minutes and seen two Sea Trout ascending.  The September catches on Inagh traditionally have been the top month for Sea Trout and I expect another good finale to the season.  There are six boats available for hire on Inagh this month. 

The Recess Anglers held their inaugural fishing competition on Lough Inagh on Sunday 05 Sep.  The first hour saw nice conditions and the lake produced 3 Salmon for the lads, but sunshine and light winds put them in their place for the remaining six hours.  Sean Burke, Patrick Joyce and Thomas Burke caught salmon weighing 5lbs,5lbs and 2.5lbs respectively.  All three fish took salmon patterns fished on the tail. 

Debbie Hipp (USA) fished Inagh for an afternoon and landed five Sea Trout to 1.5lbs on a Bibio.  Debbie also played a very large Salmon( I presume) for 25 minutes but failed to get a look at it before the fly came back to her.  September special for anglers, 2B&B 1 Dinner in the Dining room and 1 days fishing €260 per person.

08/09/10 Massive Flood!
Colin Folan,
Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel
Tel: 095 34706 or 086 8679459 (mobile)
Web: www.loughinaghlodgehotel.ie Email: inagh@iol.ie

A quiet week on Delphi

03/09/10 While there were a few reasonable bags of sea trout off Doolough, the catches have been disappointing and Glencullin Lough has yet to really deliver. The daddy-long-legs hatches are now underway (some weeks later than usual) and it will be interesting to see whether they make a difference in the final month of the season.

08/09/10 After a dull, dry spell there’s a good flood this morning and more rain is promised for tomorrow. The fishing is picking up a bit, with three salmon this morning and 12 so far this month including five for Jonathan Smalley. Best news of all, there were three seatrout of 2lbs plus taken this morning, one off the river, one off Finlough and one off Doolough -and, most importantly, all were spanking fresh. Could there possibly be a bit of a run yet to come?
Peter Mantle
Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296
Web: www.delphi-salmon.com

Galway Weir

Nothing to report from Galway this week, as exceptionally low water levels saw fishing suspended. The OPW were forced to close all gates, with just one gate open a fraction, and the river was down to the proverbial bones, with rocks showing everywhere. Consequently fishing had to be suspended. The lake is still at extremely low level, and the rainfall of the last few days has had only a slight impact, with one gate now open on the weir. With more rain forecast, fishing should resume for next week.

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:
E-mail: info@nwrfb.com

[08/09/10]

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 River Moy continued to fish reasonably well over the week, where the Moy Fishery yielded 38 salmon and the Moy system, 172. The Ridge Pool produced 11, with Brian McGlashan, Scotland and Andrew Pearson, England, both catching and releasing two on the fly. The Cathedral yielded 12, including three for Jude Nevin, Longford. The Spring Wells had 6 for the week, with one of 5lbs for George Dawson, N.I. On the Ash Tree Pool, 6 in total were caught, with one for Gerard Portes, France, and one for Reto Coutalides, Switzerland. The Point and the Community Beat also produced a few salmon.

The Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water yielded fish, and angling at Mount Falcon was good. The Knockmore water had a reasonably successful week, with Attymass and Coolcronan also fishing well. At Coolcronan, Billy O’Malley, N.Ireland had two salmon, one on the spinner with the second falling to the worm. Armstrong’s, Gannon’s and the Foxford Fishery enjoyed a reasonably successful week. At Foxford, Jack Mc Donnell, Carlow, had two to the worm, while Ben McQuillan, Dublin had his first fly caught salmon.

Rinanney fished well, while the Foxford town waters and Cloongee also produced their share. At Cloongee, Hans Hulverscheidt, Germany had a nice fish of 10lbs to the worm. The East Mayo Anglers’ water also fished well, where Manfred Kauert, Germany, had one of 7lbs to the fly, with Dave Price also catching one on the fly.    

Ballisodare River

At Ballisodare, a total of 9 fish were caught by 8 anglers for the week. Three fish were taken by visiting anglers John Sheratt, John Keynon and Thomas Andrew. Productive flies on the system included the Bann Special and the Moy Green with good numbers of salmon observed entering the system throughout the week.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:
E-mail: info@nrfb.ie

[05/09/10]

River Drowes

The Drowes was very quiet over the week with few rods fishing. Certainly the bright, sunny days and dropping water levels did not help. We have only heard of two fish caught to date. On Friday, Jim Atkinson recorded a 3lb grilse caught from the Blackwater on a fly. On Saturday, George McAteer accounted for a 7lb grilse caught on a fly from the Sea Pools.

The forecast for the coming week is for unsettled weather with good rainfall. This should hopefully freshen things up and improve the fishing.
Shane Gallagher
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Web: www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055.

Lough Melvin

Melvin was fairly quiet this week mainly due to the bright and sunny weather and days of little wind. It seems no rods were out fishing for salmon and so there is little to report.

The forecast for the coming week is for unsettled weather and the wet and windy days should see fishing improve during the day.

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

Melvin & Rossinver Fishery
Ruth Mettler
Tel: 071 9841451.

Owenea Fishery

The weather was settled over the week and there was little in the way of precipitation. As a result, the river ran at low levels all week and we received no floods or freshes. The gauge average for the week was low reading only 0.10 metres. The fishery, as a result, was quiet with only 18 visiting rods fishing over the week. There are good numbers of salmon in the fishery but angling for the same was hard work in the bright, sunny conditions and low water. The only catch I have in the register to date is Austin Byrne’s 4½lb grilse which he caught on a fly from beat 8 on Monday.

The forecast for coming week is for unsettled weather and some heavy rains so we are expecting some good floods. Prospects look rosy for the coming week.

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 4 visitor boats out fishing over the week. The sea trout were very quiet and I only heard of one fish caught weighing just over 1lb. The salmon were active on Friday though and I had a good days fishing for the same catching and releasing 3 salmon and being broken by a bigger one that could I could not stop reaching a snag in shallow water. The fish snagged another fly and broke the line. Goodbye favourite fly!! The fish weighed from 4½ to 6lb and were caught on flies from ‘The Ridge’ and the Corraber Bay.

The forecast for the coming week is for wet and unsettled weather which should raise the level of the lough and wake up the sea trout somewhat we hope.

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

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:
E-mail: lionel.knobbs@loughs-agency.org

[08/09/10]

Foyle salmon rivers very high

There has been a lot of rain since Sunday night, leaving all the Foyle rivers very high. With more rain forecast it is likely to be a few days until rivers are in condition for angling. 

Rivers in the Foyle area have dropped a little - but still high )... and it is raining again in the upper sections of the catchment!

Visiting anglers will find our day ticket availability leaflet and guides to rivers useful - follow link:

http://www.loughs-agency.org/angling/content.asp?catid=103

Coming into the latter weeks of the season, anglers are reminded that they must release gravid ("coloured") fish unharmed. thus securing this sport for future generations and helping to conserve a magnificent species of animal!

With the flood we have experienced, it may be the case that some material has shifted on river beds and even anglers who feel they are familiar with a river should take extra care!

Anglers are reminded to take care if venturing out over coming days - it is advisable to wear a life jacket and carry a wading stick! 
Lionel Knobbs
Loughs Agency
www.loughs-agency.org

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TROUT ANGLING

Trout Angling Update


Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:
E-mail: info@erfb.ie

[09/09/10]

River Fane

Heavy rain last weekend and earlier this week has meant that brown trout fishing was difficult on the Fane and not much trout angling activity has been taking place. Mr. Paddy Keenan from the Iniskeen Village Angler's has kindly provided real time photos of the current water conditions on the River Fane.

Paddy reports that the Fane is now in full flood and not at all suitable for trout fishing.

River Fane
Photo: The River Fane in Flood at Iniskeen, Co. Monaghan.

A late report has been received from Claude Gatti from France concerning two French trout anglers who spent a fantastic week trout fishing on the Fane prior to the recent rain. The two anglers phoned Claude when he was in Norway to tell him that they caught 400 trout for their week.

Another visitor Sachet Benoit wrote “Bonne pêche durant les trois jours. La rivière était à bon niveau, et les truites assez actives toute la journée. Près de 40 truites de belles tailles (entre 20 et 38 cm) durant ces trois jours. La Fane est une bien belle rivière agréable à pêcher."

Translation by David Byrne IFI Good fishing during the three days. The water level in the river was good and the trout were active all during the day. Nearly 40 good sized trout (between 20 and 38cms) during these three days. The Fane is a very beautiful river and pleasant to fish.

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

Email: info@browntroutanglers.com

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

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

Navan

Water levels were good for trout fishing in the River Boyne up until Sunday when heavy rain caused the  river to flood, rising over 1m in 24hrs. Colm Lynch from East Coast Angling reports that brown trout fishing was very good on the River Boyne at Navan up until Sunday with plenty of trout in and around the 1lb mark being caught on traditional patterns.

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: eastcoastangling@gmail.com

Trim

Marc O'Regan reports that trout fishing has been washed out because of recent flooding.

If you fancy spending a day on the Boyne, Marc O'Regan can be contacted at crannmor@eircom.net or visit www.crannmor.com

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 high and coloured at the moment and conditions for fishing will be difficult until the water drops back. A report has just been received from a French angler who fished with Pat prior to the rise in water levels. They caught more than 80 trout over 5 days many in the region of 40cm.

Additional information about the Kells Angling Club can be found at www.kells-anglers.com

Angling guide Pat McLoughlin can be contacted at patandtrina@eircom.net or by mobile on 086 1017415

River Liffey

Angling guide John Higgins reports that the water is high but clear on the Liffey at the moment. There is some clearance work being carried out and fishing will improve again after the water level drops again.

If you fancy spending a day on the River Liffey around Newbridge with angling guide John Higgins, he can be contacted at jjhiggins@o2.ie 

Dodder and Tolka Rivers

Flood levels on the River Dodder and Tolka effectively put a stop to fly fishing in recent days. When water levels drop they will provide good sport for anglers in Dublin. Recommended flies for the Dodder are small sedge, fish dry or wet using small daddy patterns.

Lough Lene

Lough Lene has continued to fish well. Arthur Baker from Navan  reported good catches all week and Luke Wallpole who fished the lake recently had four nice trout on the dap.

Annamoe Trout Fishery, Wicklow

Josie Mahon reports that the Annamoe trout fishery has fished very well all week. One angler had 14 trout up to 5lbs weight, fishing buzzers and small dry flies just before the flood waters of recent days bringing freshwater into the lake. When fish settle down in the coming days fishing is expected to be good again.

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

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:
E-mail: enquiries@srfb.ie

[08/09/10]

Carrigavantry rainbow trout fishery report

The time for the Dick Doyel Memorial Competition has been set for 10 am to 2 pm.On the 12th of September (next Sunday). Carrigavantry is fishing well at the moment, there are plenty of fish to be caught. We have had reports of 4lb to 5lb rainbows been caught in the last two weeks.
Waterford City and Couty Trout Anglers Association
Web: http://waterfordflyfishing.com

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South Western Region

no report this week - [most recent report 02/06/10]

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:
info@shannon-fishery-board.ie

[09/09/10]

Lough Sheelin, Co Cavan

Not many anglers fished the lake during this week, those anglers who did venture out saw good rises of fish particularly on Sunday. There was plenty of activity on the lake on Wednesday September 1st with the start of the duck shooting season, this appeared to side track anglers as very few fished the lake on that day and the following days. 36 trout were reported caught for the week, most were released. Michael Kelly, Dublin fished on Wednesday using dry fly and had 6 trout, best over 3 lbs, Friday 2 trout, averaging 1½ lbs, Saturday 5 trout, best 3lbs, all released.

The Gardai ran their annual fishing competition on Saturday September 4th. 5 trout were caught.

Lough O'Flynn, Co Roscommon

Anglers report large hatches of sedge on Lough O'Flynn most evenings, but was short lived, best time from 7pm to 8pm. The best reported fish of the week was caught by Paul Mc Eoonan at 2.2lbs. A French party spend the day on Thursday trout fishing on the lake and had great sport.  They caught and released 20 trout, best 2lbs. They fished a variety of sedge patterns, best time early morning and evening. Heavy rain over the week has risen water levels.

Lough Ennell, Co Westmeath

Fishing was good on Ennell, both daytime and evening sessions producing fish. Mick Devaney had 11 fish over the past 10 days, best 5lbs on small wetflies. Sean Matthews, Mullingar had 2 fish of 2lb plus. John Brennan, Longford had 5 fish, kept one fish 3lbs 8ozs. Tosh Grimes had 11 fish for the week, best 5lbs. Wednesday was the best day. It's worth fishing Ennell this week.

Athlone Anglers Association

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Photo: David Cunniffe and Bobby McKenna accept the Conway-Conroy Cup from Conor Hannon watched by Dominic Conway and Eamon Conroy after the Athlone Anglers Association competition.

LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE FOR DAVID: Somebody needs to tell David Cunniffe that lightning is not supposed to strike twice as after winning his first competition the week before with a great trout he went and did it again this week with an even better trout but with one slight difference, this week he had help in the form of Bobby McKenna.

There was a great turnout for the competition with thirty three boats taking part and while the wind was blowing a bit making it choppy on the lake the conditions were generally good with only the occasional drop of rain. The weigh in and presentation of prizes took place that evening in the Coosan Tavern where Mick Murphy and his staff were at their hospitable best. When the scales came down at eight thirty David Cunniffe and Bobby McKenna were the clear winners with their trout being almost four pound heavier than that of James Kearney and Michael Sherriff who took second prize. The rest of the prizes were much more tightly contested as in third place and only two ounces lighter was Thomas Killion Snr and just another two ounces behind him were Eoin O’Neill, Leo Behan and Thomas Behan taking fourth prize. The fifth and final spot went to James Green and James Green Jnr whose fished weighed in a further four ounces lighter.

Thanks go to the Conway and Conroy families for their very generous sponsorship of this competition and to Dominic Conway and Thomas Killion who were the Captains of The Day.

THE KENEAVY MEMORIAL CUP: The competition for the Keneavy Memorial Cup will take place next Sunday 12th September. The start will be from Gallagher’s at 10.30am and will finish with lines up at 6.00pm. The weigh in will take place in the Coosan Tavern with the scales down at 8.30pm sharp and Catch and Release will be facilitated.

Eamon Cunningham PRO
Athlone Anglers Association
Mob:
087 - 2340815

Lough Owel, Co Westmeath

Lough Owel has been generally quiet with less anglers than of late. Daytime fishing should pick up in the coming weeks.

CLONHUGH CUP: . Also last Sunday September 5th Lough Owel Anglers fished their last club competition of the 2010 trout season. The lake will not close till October 12th, and on the last day an open competition will take place, with funds going towards stocking trout on Owel. Naturally we will keep you posted on this event. Anyway back to the Clonhugh Cup. The competition was well supported, but as I spent some time with Mullingar Coarse Anglers I could not fish on the day, still I made the presentation in Tullaghan Angling Centre. On the day Mick McCormack of Bank of Ireland here in Town produced a super Owel trout of 1.240kg to take Top Rod. Mick was fishing with another great Owel Angler Andy Boyle on the day. In second place was another Mullingar Angler Barry Lenihan and Barry produced a fish of 1.200kg, with 3rd place going to Robert Kenny 0.745kg. A total of six prizes were presented on the day.

TOMMY MCCORMACK CUP:  Well done to Brendan Murray on winning the Tommy McCormack Cup. This splendid Cup for the Lough Owel member who records the best gross weighs of trout during the season competitions. Brendan was in splendid form all season and landed fish in all competitions. The late Tommy McCormack son Mick presented Brendan with his prize.

JIM O'BRIEN: On Sunday evening in Tullaghan Angling Centre L.O.T.P.A. paid tribute to Jim O'Brien who worked on Owel with the Fisheries Service. Jim was highly respected here on the Angling scene, and Austin Murray presented Jim with a special gift on his retirement from the now IFI.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.
Mobile:
087-2797270. Web:  www.midlandangling.com

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Western Region

[09/09/10]

Lough Mask

Liam Gavin reports from Cushlough that Lough Mask is fishing reasonably well in the last week even in the sunshine of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday was very blown over with a strong SE wind so conditions were less than ideal. Monday and Tuesday this week have been mainly flat calm but there are fish showing in several pockets of the lake.

Trout seem to be showing a real eagerness for dry sedges, silver fry patterns and natural craneflies (daddies), although the calm conditions have put paid to the dapping anglers aspirations. Wetflies to a lesser extent are still successful in the shallows particularly along the Rocky shore, Inishowen and Rialisk islands.

Tuesday saw the start of the Vintners 2 day trout fishing competition, with many of the anglers fishing the southern areas of the lake at Dringeen, the drifts at Saints Island, Inishgleasty and Red Island. Catches of note in the last week were Kevin Sheridan from Kilmaine, who averaged 8-9 fish per day’s angling along the shallow drifts of the Rialisk Islands. Kevin reported the fish to be in very good condition and fought well on the strike. Paul Ryder from Tuam fished Lough Mask for the first time on Saturday in the sunshine, he caught 3 trout while dapping and estimated his best fish to be in excess of 5lbs. Ken Delaney and Michael McNelis from Donegal fished the shallows on the southern end of the lake and caught 8 trout between them, they reported many small trout feeding on perch fry along the shorelines. Other reports were not as positive on the lake so it seems trout are not all easy caught, so the advice appears to be, play with patterns, stick to the shallows and maintain the effort.

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:
E-mail: info@nwrfb.com

[08/09/10]

Lough arrow

Lough Arrow continued to live up to its reputation of producing good angling into September, with some anglers enjoying good sport throughout the week. Fishing wet flies, Peter Dunn had two trout of 2.25lbs and 2.5lbs, while Brendan Smith had two of 2lbs each. George Conway enjoyed good success, boating a trout of 2lbs, and a fine trout of 4.5lbs.

Ballin Lough

Angling effort and catches have slowed somewhat on Ballin Lough, with 11 anglers reporting only six trout for the week. Among those to have success were Pat Murphy and friend, who had two trout, with their best 2.5lbs. Mattie Foley and friend also had success catching two, with their best also 2.5lbs, while Paul Morgan also had two, his best weighing 3lbs. Productive flies included Dabblers, black Ace-of-spades and the Buzzard.

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:
E-mail: info@nrfb.ie

[05/09/10]

Lough Melvin

Melvin was fairly quiet this week mainly due to the bright and sunny weather and days of little wind. The fishing for trout was poor during the daytime but the fishing for sonaghan in the evenings was very good. Rods accounted for good catches of the same from 6pm onwards, mainly on wet flies and the deeps off Garrison seemed to be the main area of activity.

The forecast for the coming week is for unsettled weather and the wet and windy days should see fishing improve during the day.

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

Eske Fishery

Lough Eske was fairly quiet this week with only 4 visitor boats out fishing over the week. All rods seemed to catch the obligatory number of brown trout the biggest of which seems to have been 1½lb.

The forecast for the coming week is for wet and unsettled weather which should raise the level of the lough and wake up the sea trout somewhat we hope.

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

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Northern Ireland

[ most recent report 05/05/10]

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:
E-mail: lionel.knobbs@loughs-agency.org

[05/09/10]

Blustery conditions at Cashel Trout Fishery

Despite very blustery conditions all weekend at Cashel anglers still persevered with rewarding results.

Derry’s Maurice Whiteman using assorted sedges and buzzers released an amazing twenty-four trout with a few big ones thrown in for good measure.  Chris and Lee Morrow (Ballykelly) and Rick Clark (Limavady) released twelve trout between them using the muddler, f-flies and sedges with trout up to 3lb.  Billy Hazlett (Derry) had two challenging days also using dries banking eight trout with his biggest for home weighing 4lb 6ozs.  Jim Russell and Danny Walker from Newtonabbey had fun raising a few on dries.  Pearse Doherty (Maghera) being reasonably new to lake fly fishing banked two trout which took suspender dries.  Jude O’Kane (Dungiven) released three in total using egg flies.  Paul Ford (Derry) released one and lost four which fell to olive suspenders and buzzers.  John Hasson (Dungiven) released three which took the f-fly.  Alfie Sheppard (Kilrea) and Denis Sweeney (Garvagh) put in a few hours during an unsettled Sunday evening, hooked a few trout but found them difficult to keep on.

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!
Marlene
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email: casheltrout@hotmail.com  Website: www.cashellakeview.com

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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:
E-mail: info@erfb.ie

[09/09/10]

Lucan team wins Irish Wheelchair Association Angling Event

winners
Photo: Left to right are Rita Doyle (IWA), Godfrey Donohue (Goldfish Angling Ltd), William Tate, Jean Tate, Mary Smyth (Regional Director of IWA)

The results of the competition were as follows:

Overall winner was Jean Tate of Lucan.

We had 89 anglers on the day, 31 fish caught, brilliant sunny weather, great fun had by all. Refreshments on the bank throughout the day (sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland) and a meal afterwards with live music in the IWA on the Newcastle Road.
Godfrey Donohue
Goldfish Angling
www.GoldfishAngling.com

Carrickmacross

Zak and Rod Coan from Dundalk had good fun catching skimmers in the Carrickmacross on Sunday 5th September.

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South Western Region

Eileen Carroll reports:
E Mail: swrfb@swrfb.ie

[08/09/10]

Exciting match angling on Inniscarra Reservoir

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Photo: Kevin Gray with a good bream from Inniscarra

Bream, skimmers and hybrids, are producing exciting catch returns on Inniscarra Lake at Coachford, County Cork, and the anglers are only midway through two weeks of match fishing.

The Ockwell Cup Festival is a three-day event smack bang in the middle of the competitions and it has been won by Kevin Gray from Godalming with a terrific 101-950 kilos (225lb).

The UK plumbing contractor obviously got a good grip on the event and fishing the Pump House, Rooves Bay and the Farmyard sections, turned up a single best day catch of bream to 4lb with a total of 38-580 kilos (85lb).  He tackled all three stretches on the fish-filled lake with a crumb feeder and worms.

There were 30 anglers taking part and the average daily catch was 22 kilos (49lb) per man – and a terrific grand total of 1780 kilos (2920lb).

Result: 

  1. Kevin Gray (Godalming) 101-950 kilos;
  2. Trevor Lovell (Peterborough) 100.400 kilos;
  3. Charlie Hargreaves (Carrick-on-Shannon) 98-150 kilos;
  4. Paul McCaul (Limerick) 89-450 kilos

Dave Houghton
Active Irish Angling
Tel: (UK) 0151 324 4744 or (IRL) +353 (0)71 9642743
Web: www.activeirishangling.com

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:
info@shannon-fishery-board.ie

[08/09/10]

River Shannon, Lanesborough

There are plenty of big hybrids under the bridge. However, there are no anglers about to test the local waters. Water levels were very low up to recently, levels are now rising.

STROKESTOWN LAKES AND RIVER SHANNON, CO LONGFORD AREA

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Photo: Dave Higgs and son Richard Higgs and friend Paul Carnell with 190lb of Bream.

Dave Higgs and son Richard Higgs and friend Paul Carnell from Exeter were here for there annual fishing trip and stayed once again with Kevin and Jane Lyons at Melview Lodge In Longford, they arrived to pick up bait and off they went. The first day only produced a few fish but still looked promising, prebaiting proved to be the answer producing some great catches of Bream to 5lb, Hybrids and Roach also featured. Fishing and prebaiting just a couple of venues during there 9 days proved to be a good approach, there best weight on any one day was 87 kilo ( 190lb ). Kevin said the guys know the venues and put the time and bait in which is very important if you want to attract and keep the fish in the swim, well done lads.

Fishing in and around Longford has been good with some good quality species being caught, catches to 190lb have been achieved. However with a large amount of rain falling over the space of a few days water levels are very high and will affect catch weights, at the time of writing some Bream and Hybrids have been feeding so with some prebaiting this could encourage them back into feeding mode. When the water levels start to return to normal I'm sure you will see some good weights, tune in next week for more reports and pictures.
Kevin Lyons, 
MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE,
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email:
  info@melviewlodge.com Web: http://www.melviewlodge.com

River Shannon, Portumna

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Photo: courtesy of Mike Murray.

After several weeks of great fishing, last week proved very disappointing with poor catches reported. Water levels were well below normal particularly at Meelick where water was at its lowest level for several years. Fortunately we have had heavy rains since and fishing is steadily improving with Bream, Roach, Skimmers, Hybrids and Tench now being caught on the Shannon around Portumna.
Mike Murray ,
MURRAY'S B&B, Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Email murrays.ireland@yahoo.co.uk Web www.bedandbreakfastportumna.com

River Shannon, Banagher

English angler David fished with Ray Duthie at Inishee Island on the Shannon outside Banagher. There they recorded 24 Bream for 115lbs, best fish 6.5lbs. They fished the banks of Clonfert on Friday and had a 52lb bag of Rudd and Roach. On Monday they went back to Inishee Island and had 62lbs of mixed fish. Fishing was interrupted by numerous Pike strikes. They returned again on Tuesday to Inishee Island, recording another 62lbs of mixed fish, Roach to 1.25lbs, Rudd to 14ozs, and Perch to 1.25lbs. They targeted the Pike for a while and caught 4 fish and lost 2. Angling conditions are excellent presently but water levels are rising on the Shannon.
Ray Duthie
Old Forge
Banagher
Tel: 057 9151504

Lower River Inny and Lough Ree

There were a few anglers out fishing over the weekend with the odd fish caught on the River Inny, mainly Perch. Water levels have been steadily rising each day since, which is likely to negatively impact on the fishing up to the weekend. Let's hope not too much!
Tommy Foxe
Mob: 087 9960173 for enquiries and boat hire.

Mullingar Coarse Anglers

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Photo: Emmett Bennett landed a nice Tench, but did not feature in the prizes

MULLINGAR COARSE ANGLERS: Last Sunday September 5th Mullingar Coarse anglers hosted a match competition on Gaulmoylestown Carp Lake. The match was fished from 11am-4pm and some nice carp came on line. Tom Heffernan was top rod on the day; with Steve Cotter taking 2nd place and Deckie Byrne 3rd.The Lake is stuffed with super carp, and Rudd, plus the odd Tench. On the match day Emmett Bennett landed a nice Tench, but did not feature in the prizes. The club runs about 14 match competitions in the season and if you are interested in joining the Mullingar Coarse Anglers contact Ned Reilly who is M.C.A. Secretary on 087-9960078.

BREAM FOR QUINN: On a recent trip to Lough Gowna one of the Midlands top coarse anglers Martin Quinn landed a few cracking Bream. Martin is based in Columb Barracks and is also a member of Mullingar Coarse Anglers. Lough Gowna is renowned for producing large bags of Bream, and is only a hour drive from Mullingar. In the coming weeks I will be back on Gowna for the North Longford winter pike competition and will check out a few hot spots for Bream fishing.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.
Mobile:
087-2797270. Web:  www.midlandangling.com

River Suck Valley

River Suck Valley Water levels have risen significantly on the river Suck which is now in flood. Angling is possible on the upper reaches of the River as we write.

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
Web: www.activeirishangling.com

 

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Northern Region

Alice Murtagh reports:
E-mail:northfisheries@eircom.net 

[07/09/10]

Irish match fishing at its height in Cavan

Kevin Johnson
Photo: Kevin Johnson winner of the 2010 Gowna Festival competition

Match fishing in Ireland is at its height in Cavan where water levels are starting to rise rapidly following a few two days of torrential rainfall and threaten to spoil the Arvagh Festival.

The five-day Gowna Festival enjoyed settled conditions – in fact they probably had too much sunshine – and the winner was Kevin Johnson, owner of the Messingham Sands Fishery, Lincolnshire, with a total of 75-860 kilos (170lb).

Kevin’s best single catch came from Gulladoo Lake where he pole fished at 13 metres to catch a mix of roach, hybrids and perch totalling 21-900 kilos (48lbs). With 102 anglers taking part, Kevin scooped £2000 in prize money and pools.

Nigel Houldsworth (Gowna) was second with 61-320 kilos and Neil Parkinson (Cambridge) third on 60-740 kilos.

  1. Kevin Johnson 75.86
  2. Nigel Houldsworth 61.32
  3. Neil Parkinson 60.74
  4. Lee Symonds 55.86
  5. Cathal Hughes 55.6
  6. J Zedgfeld 55.32

One hundred and two anglers took part, fishing five venues over five days.

The Arvagh Festival is underway and the King of Clubs starts next Monday, September 13.
Dave Houghton
Active Irish Angling
Tel: (UK) 0151 324 4744 or (IRL) +353 (0)71 9642743
Web: www.activeirishangling.com

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:
E-mail: info@erfb.ie

[09/09/10]

Blessington Lake

On Blessington Lake at the weekend, Gerard O’Brien had a 14lbs pike at the overflow on a herring. He was fishing at the mouth of the overflow and the fish popped off the bottom.  Blessington Lake will be closed during the month of October for all angling.

Still nothing much happening on the pike angling scene in the north east although Zak and Rod Coan had a small jack pike on one of the Carrickmacross lakes over the weekend.

Reports and pictures will be posted as and when they are available. If you would like to contribute to this please fell free to submit your reports and pictures to david.byrneerfb@gmail.com 

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:
info@shannon-fishery-board.ie

[08/09/10]

Longford area


Kevin Lyons, 
MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE,
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email:
  info@melviewlodge.com Web: http://www.melviewlodge.com

River Suck

River Suck Valley Water levels have risen significantly on the river Suck which is now in flood. Angling is possible on the upper reaches of the River as we write.

Boyle and District Anglers news

On Saturday afternoon the 21st of August Boyle and District Angling Club fished for the Clancy Cup on Oakport Lake. in 2004 Ann Clancy kindly sponsored this event and since that time it has become a favourite with the club.

Weather conditions were perfect for the 22 anglers that took part. A lot of the pike were caught were small but some good fish were registered too. 18 fish in total were weighed and released. 

The winner was Tom Commons. The prize was the Clancy Cup and winners cheque. The runner up was Declan Conroy. The prize was a voucher for a meal for 2 in Clarke's Bar and Restaurant.

Presentation took place on Saturday night in Clancy Bar Knockvicar and as usual the hospitality shown by Ann and Des was second to none. A great nights entertainment followed. The club would like to thank Ann and Des for there kindness and already we look forward to 2011.

Dermot Killeen,
Shannonbridge
Web: shannonbridge.blogspot.com

River Shannon, Portumna

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Photo: Rebecca with her first ever Pike, although she was afraid to handle it !

The Langenfeld family regular guests of mine averaged 6-7 pike per outing. Pictured with some of their catch are Josef, Lucas and his sister Rebecca with her first ever Pike (although she was afraid to handle it !! ) All fish caught were on trolled wobblers between The Sheebeen and Portumna bridge with two taken right under the bridge.
Mike Murray ,
MURRAY'S B&B, Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Email murrays.ireland@yahoo.co.uk Web www.bedandbreakfastportumna.com

LOUGH DERG, KILLALOE

PIKE FLY COMPETITION KILLALOE

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: http://www.tjsangling.com/ Email: info@tjsangling.com

EUROPEAN PIKE ANGLING CHALLENGE KILLALOE

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:  http://www.iol.ie/~jimrob/ for further details and application form.

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Loughs Agency area

[07/09/10]

Loughs Agency Pike Fishing Festival results

The Loughs Agency Pike Festival took place this weekend with both shore and boat fishing competitions. Anglers from 5 different counties, some travelling from Dublin to take part, gathered at beautiful Baronscourt Estate in Co Tyrone for the event.

In the shore competition on Saturday, anglers as young as 10 years old braved the harsh weather to compete for the perpetual cup. In the junior section, Sam Healy from Dublin was runner up to Nathan Sides from Co Tyrone who caught a 48cm long pike.  In the senior section, Sabastian Sobat from Co Tyrone caught and returned a 68cm pike but was narrowly beaten by David Sharp from Dunmurray who's catch came in 2cm longer measuring 70cm.  David also won a prize for catching the most pike during the shore fishing competition, beating Jacek Januszewksi. 

Sunday's weather was slightly better for the boat competition.  Katie Mallon from Carlingford won the junior section, out-fishing her father and uncle!  Back for a second days fishing, David Sharp won both largest pike caught (99cm) and most pike caught (5 fish) competitions of the senior section with John Kelly and Eddie Casey, both from Derry, taking runner up places. 

Overall winner of the 2 day Baronscourt Pike Fishing Festival perpetual cup was David Sharp.  Presenting David with the cup Lionel Knobbs from the Loughs Agency said 'another successful Loughs Agency event.  All credit to the participants who fished by the rules and put up with difficult weather conditions over the 2 days.  It was great to see younger anglers taking part and having successful catches. The Loughs Agency is currently running an angling academy for 8-14 year olds and anyone interested in learning about game, coarse or sea angling should get in touch'.

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:
E-mail: info@erfb.ie

[09/09/10]

Co. Louth and Meath coastlines

Rod Coan reports that there was not much sea angling activity last weekend due to the weather.

Dublin to Wexford

Josie Mahon reports that flood waters have had a negative effect on mullet fishing in the estuaries along the east coast. The south westerly winds of recent days and exceptionally big tides should be conducive to good bass fishing in the coming days. It may be useful to fish close in with no shock leader to make it easier to fish weedy venues.

Stephen Byrne reports that bass are being caught in the Rosslare and Greenore areas in Wexford.

Courtown Area

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Photo: Johnny Smullen with a nice Courtown Bass

David Mulligan from Courtown Angling reports some fantastic fishing over the last week including 4 double figured bass caught by local anglers on Friday 3rd September. Water conditions were perfect on Friday but strong winds on Saturday and Sunday made things very difficult. All fish were caught on lures and three were returned alive to the waters off Courtown. Some nice ray have also been taken from the pier in Courtown.

12 anglers fished one of the last man standing events at Katt's Strand on Saturday. The event was won by Joe Byrne from Courtown Angling with 7 flounder to 35cms, second place went to Peter O'Connor from Courtown with 6 flounder to 30cms and third place went to Wexford angler Tony Walsh with 5 flounder to 25cms. Crab baits produced the best results.

Courtown anglers are holding a competition for club members on 11th September. For details of the competition and club membership please contact Joe Byrne or visit www.courtownangling.org

The Master Angler event will be taking place in the are on the 9th and 10th October 2010. If you would like to see some of the top sea anglers in action contact Joe for location details.

Joe Byrne reports that fishing from the boat has also been excellent before the recent deterioration in the weather.  Tope, thorn-back ray and smoothies have been the main species and there were plenty of mackerel as well. The best tope for the week was a nice 38lb fish taken by local angler Seany O'Keefe on a mackerel flapper.  Thornback ray have been averaging 5-6lbs and many of the smoothhound have been around 8lbs.

If you fancy a day boat fishing off Courtown for ray, tope, smoothound, bullhuss or general ground fishing please contact Joe Byrne at 087 6613145

Local angling information can be obtained by visiting the well stocked tackle shop and angling centre in Courtown. Please visit www.courtownangling.com

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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
E Mail: swrfb@swrfb.ie

[08/09/10]

Cork Harbour charterboats reports

Interagency Sea Angling Competition

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Photo: A megrim for David Byrne

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Photo: Specimen garfish for Lorraine O'Donnell

Fisheries agencies from around Ireland fished the annual Interagency Sea Angling Competition in Cork Harbour on 3 September. The competitors were based at the Bellavista Hotel in Cobh where Kevin Murphy pulled out all the stops to ensure the land based element of the event went without a hitch. Some anglers took the opportunity to try the bass fishing from the some of the Bellavista's fleet of small angling boats on Thursday evening and 6 bass to 7lb were caught on soft plastics.

5 charter boats from the harbour were needed for the teams and the standard of service oprovded by the skippers was second to none. The anglers did their best to make the most of the excellent fishing available and some very good fish were brought to the various boats including one specimen garfish and a few hard to catch megrim. Those teams well used to competition angling found the numbers of fish and species perfect for returning high scores and some anglers had as many as 14 species on the day with individual scores exceeding 2000 points. In the end the Sea Fisheries Protection Agency team were the overall winners with a massive 8000 points.

Thanks to the organisers in Inland Fisheries Ireland, the Bellavista Hotel and most importantly to the skippers for making the competition such a great occassion. If you would like to experience the wonderful angling Cork Harbour has to offer contact any of the skippers below:

Jumbo cod at Kelp beds

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Photo: Skipper Donal Geary found plenty of red cod, best of the bunch was this 18lber.

Donie Geary, skipper of the John Boy, had a great session recently targeting cod. Donie had a group of Welsh anglers with him and took them to the kelps beds off Power Head. Boy, did they have good fishing!!! They had several boxes of red cod with a good number of the fish in double figures. Best of the bunch was this 18lber. Later as they motored their way back to the harbour the group set about filleting the catch. When they gutted the big fish a plastic object, about the size of a pencil battery, fell out onto the deck. Turns out it was a tagging device implanted many years ago by the Marine Institute. With it came a reward of €75 for the device and €25 for the fish. That wasn't the last; on filleting one of the 12lb fish the lads discovered two wire tags in the flesh of the fish. These also carried rewards of €100 each. What a day bumper fish and bonuses to boot!!! These devices have been forwarded to the Marine Institute and they should give very interesting information asto the movement of the cod and their life history. Once we get that info we'll blog that here. Watch this space! If you'd like a day out on the John Boy after these lunker cod, give Donie a shout through his website at http://www.sea-fishing-ireland.com/

Shark fishing for Boat-Angling-Ireland

blue shark
Photo: All boats had plenty of blues with an average of 5 per boat landed.

Boat-Angling-Ireland held their annual shark meet out of Cobh this weekend . This is the second year on the trot that Cobh has been used as a base and by all accounts this year's meet was just as successful as last year's. 9 boats fished this meet, a combination of own boats and charters, and had great weather for the weekend. On the Saturday all boats headed out to that blue shark belt between 10 and 14 miles offshore and weren't disappointed. By all accounts the blues were in aggressive feeding mode. All boats had plenty of blues with an average of 5 per boat landed. Several of the blues were in excess of the 'ton' with the biggest going to 160lbs. That's some fish!

Celebrations went long into the night back on land. The lads had made the Commodore Hotel their base for the weekend and were not alone. There was another group of 24 lads there from the Dublin based Sheridan group fishing a competition for the weekend out of Cork Harbour. There were also a group of 8 Dutch lads over for the week fishing. As you imagine the craic and banter over fishing was mightly. As one local hack remarked '....you'd need a lifejacket and fishing rod just to get into the bar.'

To see the full reports on the weekend's fishing have a look here http://www.boat-angling-ireland.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=5583.

If you are interested in using the Commodore Hotel for a base you can check out rates here http://www.avvio.com/hotels/Commodore_Hotel/

Specimen albacore tuna 70 miles off Kerry

albacore tuna
Photo: Derek Noble, Mark Packham, Michael Walsh with the 35lb albacore

Michael, Mark, Austin headed from Kinsale and headed west for Kerry. They collected Derek and duly headed offshore to grounds that were known to hold Albacore, somewhere around 70 miles South West of Valentia Island.
Conditions were not ideal (forecast was a little off!) but they persevered, working baits and teasers. Eventually they had to think about heading home but not before they managed to land this cracking 35lb Albacore – a specimen!

Skipper of private boat “Ocean Ranger” Michael Walsh reckoned if they could have hung in for more time they would have had more fish but the conditions were too tough and prudent skippering had them heading back to port. “We have been talking about this for a long while. Derek is a mine of information and an accomplished tuna catcher. His help was invaluable. Hopefully we’ll get another crack off these before late autumn.”

Valentia

conger
Photo: A nice conger on the charter boat Sioux

03/09/10 Catch and Release was the motto of our four anglers this week. Between them they caught 31 pollack, 2 ling, 32 cod, 2 pout, a cuckoo wrasse, 5 conger and 3 dogfish. They also had lots of mackerel, 1 herring, 5 octopus, a sea cucumber, a spidercrab, 2 edible crabs and 2 shore crabs.
Siegy Grabher
Sioux
Ballyhearny West, The Mill, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 66 9476420 or +353 87 6871267
Email: valentiafishing@eircom.net Website: www.valentiafishing.com

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:
E-mail: kcrowley@wrfb.ie

[09/09/10]

Shark fishing in the west

shark
Photo: John Campbell, Declan Gibbons, Padraic Kerrigan and Ronan Cusack, fisheries staff at Lough Mask, with a 70lbs+ blue shark caught aboard John Brittain's Bluewater charter boat off Slyne Head.

A number of fisheries staff from the Lough Mask area dragged themselves away from trout fishing for a day last week and booked a charter trip with John Brittain aboard Bluewater, fishing out of Cleggan. They spent a day drifting for blue shark, and began fishing about 15 miles west of Slyne Head, with perfect conditions and sharks on the move. They had 7 hooked fish, with 5 sharks landed and tagged, a great day out by any standards.

For info on fishing or to book a charter trip or B&B contact John or Sue Brittain at Sharamore House, Streamstown, Clifden, Co. Galway. (Tel. 00353 95 21073)
or check www.seafishingireland.net

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:
E-mail: info@nwrfb.com

[07/09/10]   

RNLI fishing fun day out

blonde ray
Photo: Anglers on recent trips aboard the have had specimen blonde ray and specimen pout.

The annual RNLI fishing fun day out to compete for the Harry Ewing Memorial Cup. Charter Boats departing Rosses Point Pier at 0930, returning c.1730. Prizegiving, raffle, bit o music and craic in Harry's afterwards from 7. Hope to see ye there.
Tight lines! All proceeds to local Sligo Bay RNLI Station.
Daryl Ewing
Sea Star Mitchell 31. Ford 120hp 6 cylinder
Rosses Point, Co Sligo.
Tel: + 353 86 8913618
Email: info@sligoboatcharters.com Web: www.sligoboatcharters.com

Specimen mackerel from Sligo shore mark

mackerel
Photo: Brian Dunleavy and his 2.5lb mackerel.

With the good weather last week & South East winds, the fishing was very good  on the Sligo coast. The highlights of the session were a nice plump specimen Mackerel of 2.5lb, 6lb Pollock  and a 4.5lb Ballan Wrasse. We had plenty of fish to 3lb about on the filling tides.
Brian Dunleavy
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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:
E-mail: info@nrfb.ie

[07/09/10]

Blue sharks to 100lb from Killybegs

September is starting well on the MV Meridian. Yesterday (4th September) was a beautiful, glorious day on the water. We were shark fishing in Donegal Bay and two sharks were caught and tagged  - one was 70lbs and the other 103lbs - well done to Frank and Michael. Unfortunately we lost two other sharks - one of which was very big - well in excess of 100lbs - next time!

General fishing was a little slow today (5th) but we landed a few good sized pollack (around 10lb). We are looking forward to a good fishing month and have a few more shark outings scheduled.
Brian McGilloway
Meridian Lochin 40'
Killybegs Angling Charters, Killybegs, Co. Donegal.
Tel: +353 87 22 00 982
Web: http://www.killybegsangling.com

Big ling from wrecks off Downings

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Photo: 25 pound 4 ounce Ling caught on the wreck of the Devonian. Rosguill’s first specimen Ling although this year 5 over 20lb have been taken from this particular wreck.

Billy Wilson caught this 25lb 4oz ling fishing on the charter boat Rosguill out of Downings. He was on his first ever fishing trip off the wreck of the Devonian about 13 miles off the coast of Donegal.

The big ling took a 3/0 hook on a Hokkai trace and was pulled up along with a 6lb coalie on the top hook and a second ling of 10lb that had taken a pirk on the bottom of the trace. Quite a haul! He was using a Penn 30lb class rod and reel and 50lb mono.
Michael McVeigh
Rosguill 43' Aquastar. Twin 310 HP
Downings, Co. Donegal.
Telephone: +353 74 9155080
Email: info@rosguill.com Web: www.rosguill.com

 

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