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Irish Angling Update

16 September 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


River Fane

Bernard Devenney and Eamonn Conway report that since the rains arrived at the beginning of last week there has been a great improvement in Salmon fishing on the River Fane. On Wednesday of last week good numbers of Salmon started coming into the river. Since then, Salmon are being caught all along the length of the river. Eamonn caught and released three fish over the weekend and also netted a beautiful 10lb salmon for Mr McNamee from Dublin. Four anglers from the Ardee area caught one Salmon each on Sunday morning last 12th September. The average weight of fish was 5lbs. Gerry McCormac had a nice fish at Castlering Bridge.
Many anglers have broke in large Salmon due to the fast water conditions. Paul Campbell from Dundalk lost a huge fish on Saturday 11th September at Mageeneys Pool on the fly. It was estimated that the fish was at least 15lbs but could have been even bigger than that. With 4 more weeks to the end of the season (12th October) hopefully the good conditions will continue. Quite a number of Salmon are being returned to the river by anglers as part of a practice to conserve the Salmon for future generations. Some nice Seatrout are also being caught on the fly.

: John Boyle of Newry Road, Crossmaglen with a nice 5lb grilse.

Photo: Andrew Woods, Dromiskin with his 10lb Salmon which won him the Glydee Competion on Dundalk Salmon Anglers Fishery.

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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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


River Boyne

Further rain and a rise in the water levels on the River Boyne this week has brought more salmon into the river. The fishing was reported to be good again over the last week with around 16 salmon being reported caught and released. The best fish of the week reportedly weighed in at around 19lbs. There are lots of salmon in the Boyne at the moment and the water level in the river is up and coloured. Fish are well distributed throughout the Boyne and Kells Blackwater.

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:

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Southern Region


River Blackwater

Fort William Fishery

15/09/10 Water levels are up this morning with a rise of 1.5ft and holding steady. Clarity is at 3ft so prospects are now looking good as the water came from the top of the system. Conditions should be excellent as the rise will certainly get things moving. There is s good number of fresh fish moving in each day and some anglers being more lucky than others. Brian Fozzard from the U.K. had a 7lbs fish on fly of the bridge stream on the Castle beat. Gregg Baile had a 9lb fish on fly off the Bishops being guided by Connie Corcoran, Stuart Feeney from Wexford had a 4lb grilse off Glenmore on Spinner and Derek Dowd landed a 8lb fish on spinner off the Ellis. So yet again all but one beat producing fish as here was no one on the golf beat. Forecast for the rest of the week is for showers and clearing up into the weekend.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
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Blackwater Lodge

Recent Cathes:

Fly has been the most successful at the moment. Prospects are looking good with this latest flush of fresh water.
Ian & Glenda Powell
Address: 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
E-mail: Website:

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South Western Region


Lough Currane

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

9/9/10 I start down stream on the famous Butler Pool and of Mr. Dona McCarthy, of Waterville and the USA caught 2 Salmon with his Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy, and just for the record 1 Salmon was put back, now we head upstream to Lough Currane, and that renowned angler, yes you have it Mr. John Baller of the UK, caught a fine 5lbs Salmon on the troll, with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea and of in the Sea trout department, Mr. David Burton caught 5 Juniors on the fly, with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea and @ local Gillie Mr. Bob Priestly caught 2 Juniors on the drift, and other anglers did see a bit of action, but no real rod benders . Now to the poaching department, our Manger Mr. Trevor Stafford and of is reporting on Lough Derriana, that a top Swiss fishing magazine angling party fishing with their Gillie Mr. Roger Baker, caught 1 Sea Trout. Now to Lough Na Namona, Mr. Pat Kieranan and Mr. Colm Murphy caught a fine 4.5 Sea Trout and 1 Junior. Those are your fishing results. Wind SW light to fresh and overcast with heavy ran at times this afternoon. Now to the lobster Bar and tonight there was a remembrance Party in honour of Mr Robert Wasmuth of the UK and Waterville, who sadly died on the 10/8/10 and there was a good party had by all and I can tell you Robert, would have been real proud because his good wife and all his Family and friends were there, as you can see in the picture, if you go to my Blog @ and I will finish by saying this, Robert you may have departed, but your not forgotten.

10/9/10 On the Butler Pool, local angler Mr. John Young, caught 2 Grilse, ranging from 4lbs up to 5lbs, now to the River Inny, Mr. John Burton, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea, caught 2 grilse, ranging from 3lbs up to 7 lbs. staying with the River Inny, Mr. Kevin Brain of the Waterville Angling Centre, also caught 2 Grilse. Now to Lough Currane and the hired out boat department, Belgium angers Mr. Mark Luyten and Mr. D. Vandessel and party had a good week on the Waterville fishery, they started up stream on the Butler Pool and caught a fine Grilse of 4.5lbs, they also fished Lough Namona and caught Sea Trout ranging from 2.5lbs up to 4lbs, and added a few Juniors to there basket, they also fished Lough Cloonaghlin, and caught 1 Junior and a good few Brown Trout, and finished their trip on Lough Currane today and caught 6 juniors, and a fine 2 ¾ lbs Brown trout, and my noble Belgium Anglers were guests of Mr Michael O’Sullivan and @ Wind SW light and overcast with light misty rain, amount of rainfall 3.1mm, max air temperature 17.4c.

11/9/10 Lough Currane was on the wild side with a strong Westerly blowing down the Lake, going by what Local Gillie Mr. Bob Priestly, was telling me, by 2pm most boats headed for the high stool, high stool or not, at least Bob caught 3 Juniors, and in the Salmon department Mr. Heinz Strappmen caught a Salmon on the troll in a hired out boat from and for the rest of we Lake anglers no comment, Mr. Trevor Stafford of reports that on Lough Namona, that a Guest fishing with Mr. Sylvester Donnelly caught 1 Sea Trout, now to the River Inny and the C&R department an Angler from Cork, caught 2 Salmon. Amount of rainfall 0.1mm, max air temperature 17.3c.

12/9/10 Mr. Liam Ellis of Cork was in good form in the dapping department with 4 juniors and 3 Brown Trout, Mr. John Keeshan of Tipperary, and Dutch Angler, Mr. Gillissen, fishing out of caught 4 Sea trout of which the best was 2.¾ lbs, fishing with their Gillie Mr. Sylvester Donnelly staying with the Sea Trout, Janet Van Hoffen of the UK, fishing with Mr Neil O’Shea of caught a 2.5lbs Sea Trout, also in good form, a guest fishing with Mr. Kevin Brain of the Waterville Angling centre, caught 5 Sea Trout up to 1,5lbs and 1 Brown Trout on the troll, Now to the Salmon department Mr. Walter Ruche of Switzerland, caught two salmon and lost 3 more with his Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly of Staying with, in their hired out boat department, Mr Alan Houlihan and Mr. Brian Barry caught 12 Sea Trout in the last 2 days, now we head down stream to the Famous Butler Pool and of a guest caught 2 salmon with his gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy. Wind SW light and overcast, amount of rainfall 0.5mm, max air temperature 17.2c.

13/09/10 On the Butler Pool, local Angler, Mr. John Young caught a fine grilse, staying with the Pool. A guest caught a Grilse with his Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan, now we head upstream to Lough Currane and the One Each department, Mr. Mark O Malley fishing out of and his gillie Mr. Vincent O'Sullivan, Caught 2 salmon on the fly, their fish weighed in at 5lbs and 6lbs, now to the Sea trout department, Janet Van Hoffen caught 1 sea Trout, fishing with Mr. Neil O’Shea, and in the hired out boat department, Mr. John Keeshan of Tipperary and Dutch Angler, Mr. Gillissen caught a couple of Sea Trout. In the C&R Department, Swiss Angler, Mr. Walter Ruche caught a Salmon on the Inny as did his Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly. Now to the higher Lakes and the poaching department, I was reading on on Lough Derriana, Mr. Paul Hyland caught 1 Brown Trout.

Mr. Pete Maxi and Mr. Simon Forbs of the UK, had great fishing trip to Waterville, fishing with their Gillie Mr. Sylvester Donnelly, going by the email that I received from Pete, and here are the facts, they caught plenty of Juniors, they had 2 Sea Trout in the 2lbs class 1 Sea trout in the 2.5lbs Class and one in the 1.5 class and their fish of the week was a fine Sea Trout of 4lbs and their best day was their last day with 14 fish taken and returned and Pete told me that He, and Simon, caught about 23 fish each, plus Pete was unlucky because he got into a fine Salmon and after about 15 Minutes the fly came flying out, their fly of the week was a Red A Green Peter, and in the words of their gillie Mr. Sylvester Donnelly I lost count by the end of the week, and just for the record their Gillie Mr. Sylvester Donnelly got praised to the hilt.

14/09/10 Straight to the Hired out boat department, Mr. Doormen and family caught 1 Sea Trout, now the River Inny and the C&R department, Mr. Kevin Brain of the Waterville Angling centre, caught a Grilse and 2 Sea Trout. All the facts not all in so watch this space?

15/09/10 Mr. John Young and was in good form on the Butler Pool with 2 Grilse and one was put back, now to Lough Currane, Cork Angler, Mr. Mark Doorman, caught 6 Sea Trout, with his Gillie Mr. Bob Priestly, ranging from Junior Class up to 3.5lbs and all caught on the fly. Wind NW fresh to strong with showers throughout the day.

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

For week ended 12 September 2010


12/09/10 no report.


12/09/10 2 salmon landed



12/09/10 5 salmon caught on Beat 2 and 3 salmon landed on Beat 1, 2 weighed in at 10lbs each and the remainder averaged under 7lbs.

Laune Anglers and Beat 3

13/09/10 Perfect water and fish are being caught every day on the Laune which makes a pleasant change from August and early September.  Yet the majority of anglers are finding it difficult enough to get a pull from a fish this is despite a big angling effort especially over the weekend.  Water conditions are ideal with the gauge at 2 feet but the run of fish expected with the rain has not materialised.

Some happy visitors / members are Karl H Kohler who has had 4 fish 3 of which were returned.  Patrick Richard has had 5 fish for his visit.  Bernard Lyot has had 4 fish and his smoked salmon is secured for the year. Michel Bertrand is having a good fishing holiday, Michel managed to catch fish during the drought.  Another visitor Greg Vincent expert fly angler (but new to double handed rods) from Wales has fished 3 days since Thursday and has had 5 fish up to 8 lbs all fresh and all returned, Greg also lost 4 fish and got pulls from others. Roger Mickley visitor had fish on Thursday and Saturday the best 8 lbs, fresh, both on the worm.

There were a couple of fish reported from Beat 3 but water levels on the Beat would have to be described as low, you need 3 feet on the gauge for Beat 3 to come good and water from the Lakes and the Flesk.

This writer despite putting in long hours fishing has not had a pull on the Laune since Monday evening.
Billy Downes
Laune Anglers Association


23 salmon landed for the week.


Water levels low, some fish showing but poor fishing effort.


47 salmon landed for the week.


No data available.


21 salmon landed for the week, best 14lbs landed on a flying C.


16 salmon landed for the week, best 12lbs landed spinning.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


River Mulkear, Co Limerick

The week didn't pan out as expected on the Mulkear River, considering the ideal angling conditions with lots of water. Most anglers did manage to get the odd fish, but had to fish hard for their Salmon. Two French guests of Millbank House and Angling Centre had a fish apiece on Thursday, c. 4lbs, 6lbs, spinning the flying C.  Another Italian guest had a nice fresh run 8lb Salmon. The water level is well up again following more heavy rain on Monday night and is not expected in order for fishing until  tomorrow Thursday. The Newport River should recede and clear sufficiently to allow fishable water, today Wednesday.
Richard Keays
Millbank Angling Centrer.

MulkearLife Project - Illustrated Talks

Please be aware that the second talk in the new Autumn 2010 series of illustrated talks by the MulkearLIFE project will take place tonight @ 8pm in Cappamore Community Centre, Cappamore, Co. Limerick. The free illustrated talk form part of MulkearLIFE’s Environmental Educational Programme. Mr. Oisin Naughton, Catchment Management Officer for Inland Fisheries Ireland (Shannon River Basin District) will guest speak tonight. His talk entitled “Fish & Fishermen – Understanding Catchment Management” will focus on the importance of involving all stakeholders in catchment management to ensure the long-term sustainability of rivers and fish stocks. He will also outline the Management Plan for the Shannon Salmon Restoration Project in which he will outline the major impacts on salmon stocks and work underway to address these concerns. His talk should be of particular interest to local anglers. Full details of all illustrated talks are available by clicking the link below:

River Feale and Smearlagh

15/09/10: There has been a good run of Salmon into the River Feale. Fishing was mixed due to the successions of floods. Wednesday and Thursday seemed to be better days with anglers reporting good catches. There was a big dirty flood again yesterday Tuesday. Prospects look promising over the coming days and the weekend, with drier weather forecast.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
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Western Region


Erriff Fishery

Frequent rain over the last week has kept Connemara rivers topped up, even too high at times. Jim Stafford at Aasleagh Lodge reports on very good fishing on the Erriff River from the 29th August to the 10th: Water levels were normal at 0.6 meters to the 4th, but heavy rain increased levels to 1.86 meters on the 5th. Levels then dropped to 1.3 meters on the 6th. There was another massive spate of 2.4 meters on the 8th. and water levels then fell to 1.25 meters by the 10th. Overall angling pressure was light on the river during the last few days of August and the first days of Sept. A total of 40 salmon & 23 sea trout were caught during the period.

Mr. Jean Francois Calvar and his brother Jean Jacques from France caught 7 salmon between them on mainly orange shrimp patterns. David Dugdale, UK, released a 5.5lbs fish taken on a Stoats Tail. A Munro Killer was successful for Kenneth Mills, UK catching a 5lbs fish in the Bridge Pool on Beat 9. Peter Huggard, UK, fished the river for a week and caught 12 salmon, best 11.5lbs taken in the Broken Bridge Pool on Beat 5. Greg Forde, Galway, caught 2 in the Gauge Pool and Falls Pool. A Yellow Shrimp pattern was successful for Eamonn Cusack from Limerick, landing a7.25lbs fish in the Middle Garden Pool. Alan McGurdy, Dublin, returned a nice sea trout of 1.25lbs taken in the Upper Square on Beat 9. John Dryburgh and John McFadgean from Scotland had 3 from Beat 5. Martin Sesselmann from Germany caught his first ever salmon on a Cascade in the Falls Pool - this was followed by another taken on a Garry Dog in The Hill on Beat 5. Dermot Seymour had 5 sea trout in the School House on Beat 3. Stephen Jones and Michael Stuart from Dublin had 2 salmon and 2 sea trout on Cascades in 1 day, while Mr. Morgan and Mr. Fairhurst, UK, had one each from Nee's Run on Beat 6 on a Shrimp Fly and Clan Chief.

The river is fishing very well at the moment, with a lot of fish running. Both numbers of fish through the counter and numbers landed to the rod are about 3 times the total run and catch for last season, a reflection of how well numbers of grilse are doing this year. With 2 weeks left in the season, there is plenty of availability at Aasleagh Lodge, and a great chance of a late salmon before the season end.

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

Ballynahinch system

Ballynahinch Castle

13/09/10 The September floods have arrived. They have brought some big fish into the system; however, they are proving very difficult to catch. We had a productive week just gone with 8 salmon caught. Tom McManus had 3 and Michael the Dutchman had one. The usual high water spots; under the hotel, above the footbridge on Beat 1 (Sna Beg), Greenpoint 2 and above the hut on Beat 4 are the best spots to take fish. Tom had two fish, one after the other, by the Ash Tree on Beat 4 on Friday last. The old reliable Silver Badgers and Silver Stoats on floating lines have been doing all the damage. The total for the season stands at 62.

Galway Weir

The Galway Fishery has gone from a quarter gate open to 6 gates and a big flood over the last week, as heavy rain saw the lake rise rapidly. Fishing effort was nil, so no fish to report from here.

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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

Inland Fisheries Ireland - Ballina is pleased to announce that the reported catch for the 2010 season on the Moy system is now in excess of 10,000 salmon. The total catch as of the 12th September now stands at an impressive 10,332 with the Moy Fishery accounting for 1,933 of these. This year’s total to date exceeds the five year average catch by over twenty percent. Not since the record year of 1996 has the River Moy exceeded this total, firmly establishing the Moy as Europe’s premier wild Atlantic Salmon Fishery.

The Moy experienced severe flood conditions at the beginning of the week. As a consequence, angling was seriously hampered. However, towards the end of the week, the river had dropped slightly and cleared, with the best fishing being had on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Cathedral Beat was unfishable due to these conditions, with the worm and spinner accounting for most, if not all fish on other beats throughout the week.

On the Moy Fishery, 17 salmon were caught, including 7 on the Ridge Pool, 4 on the Point and 6 on the Freshwater Beat. On the Ridge Pool, Alan Russell, Keith Wignall and Steve Turner (all of England) had one fish each, while Bill Hannan, Kildare, caught his first ever salmon. Damien Doherty, N.Ireland and Peter McBrien, Donegal, each had success on the Freshwater Beat. The high water suited angling on the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water, where very good numbers of salmon were reported. Upstream at Mount Falcon, relatively good sport was had by anglers, with many salmon caught and the majority of these fish safely returned.

The Knockmore waters also enjoyed good angling, with Attymass, Coolcronan, Byrne’s and Armstrong’s all producing their share. Gannon’s fished reasonably well for the week, as did the Foxford Fishery, where Richard Wallace, U.K. was among those to have success, landing one salmon with a spinner. Baker’s New Fishery produced a few while at Rinanney, good numbers of salmon were caught. The Foxford town fisheries also had a successful week, as did the Cloongee Fishery. Among those to have success at Cloongee, were U.K. anglers Rodney Bowles, Vincent Bowles and John Haakerson who had a fish each. Reg Bishop and John Rigby, also from the U.K. had better success, catching two salmon each at Cloongee.

On the East Mayo Angler’s water, despite the high water level, the spinner was the most successful method. Henry Cooke, Dublin, and Martin Keane, Castlebar, each had success at East Mayo, while Seamus Lee, Galway, had a very nice fish of 14lbs to the spinner.    

Ballisodare River

Very high water levels on Ballisodare throughout the week discouraged many anglers from fishing, with only five salmon reported, with all of these returned to the system.

Drumcliff River

Angling on the Drumcliff has been relatively slow for the week although some anglers enjoyed success. Michael Whimsey had one salmon of 7lbs to the worm, while Paul Scott, Sligo, caught two, one of 6lbs and the second weighing 8lbs.

Owenmore River

With the recent rainfalls, the Owenmore was in spate for most of the week, providing excellent fishing conditions for anglers. Large numbers of anglers fished the river throughout the week, with large numbers of salmon reported, many of which were fresh run. Among those to enjoy success were John Cosgrove, Bangor, and Martin Gaughan, who had one of 6lbs. Larry Mitchell, Bangor, enjoyed good sport catching three, while Mervin Corway had a good fish of 14.5lbs.


The Glenamoy River fished very well for the week, where suitable water levels and fresh run fish allowed good sport to be had. IFI would like to remind anglers that the Glenamoy system is catch and release only, with single barbless hooks to be used at all times. Chris McCully and James Sedler, the Netherlands, enjoyed great sport on the river, catching a total of 8 grilse and 14 sea trout, with all fish safely returned to the system.  

Newport River

Angling conditions on the Newport River were ideal over the past week, with a total of 14 fresh run salmon caught. Among those to have success were David McCloon who caught three grilse, Eamon Kennedy, who had four fish between 4lbs and 8lbs and David Eddis, Glenhest and England who captured a total of 5 grilse for the week.

 Lough Beltra

Lough Beltra produced some good angling for the week, with five grilse being reported. Jackie Deffley, Beltra, had two grilse while David Cawley, Foxford had one in Walsh’s Bay to a Bibio. Manfred Bunzel accounted for two grilse, and an impressive 15 sea trout.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


River Drowes

The Drowes was reading around 6 on the gauge at the start of the week and as the wet week progressed, the river rose steadily and was reading over 7 on the gauge by the end of the week. There were fair numbers of rods fishing over the week and fair numbers of grilse recorded.

On Monday, Frank Doherty recorded a 3½lb grilse caught on fly from the Island Pool & Owen Bishop accounted for a 3½lb grilse caught on fly from the Eel Weir. On Wednesday, S. Hopper registered a 4lb grilse caught on shrimp from The Washstones. Darryl Kennedy accounted 2 grilse caught and released. The fish weighed 3 & 4lb and were caught on shrimp from The Money Hole. Gary Morrow logged 3 grilse caught on shrimp from The Washstones. These weighed 4, 5 & 6½lb and 2 of these were released. Marty King landed an 8lb salmon from The Money Hole. On Saturday, Marty recorded another 2 grilse and released weighing 4 & 5lb caught on shrimp from The Washstones. On Sunday, S. Love recorded a 3lb grilse caught on spinner from Four Masters Bridge.

Lough Melvin

Melvin was quiet this week and it seems there was no angling effort for salmon and so, little to report on this front.

Owenea Fishery

The week was very wet and hence, the river had good water levels throughout the week with the highest reading on the gauge reading 0.40m on Tuesday and the lowest reading 0.21m on Thursday. The gauge average for the week was very good reading 0.32 metres. The good water allied to the high spring tides meant the river had a very good run of grilse with many of the fish heading directly for the upper beats. Due in great part to the good water and the excellent run of grilse, the river was very busy with 88 visiting rods fishing for the week.

This was the best week so far this season with very good numbers of fish caught mainly over the first four days of the week. Given here are some of the catches taken from the catch register.

On Monday, Jonathon McCorkhill recorded a 4½lb grilse caught from beat 8 on a spinner. Frankie Campbell accounted for a 5lb grilse caught on worm from beat 9. Bill Fee logged a 4lb grilse caught from beat 9 on a spinner. Alan Watts registered a 5lb grilse caught from beat 4 on a fly & P.J. McNelis accounted for a 4lb grilse caught from beat 5 on a spinner.

On Tuesday, Frankie Campbell recorded another grilse weighing 4lb caught from beat 9 on worm. Will Taylor registered a 6 ½lb grilse caught on a fly from beta 5 and released again. Otmar Butz logged a 5lb grilse caught from beat 4 on a fly and caught and released a 2lb sea trout. Niall Hosey accounted for 6lb grilse caught on a spinner from beat 8. Bill Fee recorded 3 grilse weighing 3lb each caught from beat 9 on a spinner with all three being released again. Alan Watts accounted for 5lb grilse caught from beat 4 on a fly & P.J. McNelis accounted for a 6lb grilse caught from beat 9 on a spinner.

On Wednesday, Thomas Corr registered a 9lb salmon caught on a spinner from beat 9. Kevin O’Neill recorded a 4½lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 6 and hooked and lost a further fish. Niall Hosey accounted for small grilse caught on worm from beat 8. Frankie Campbell registered a 7lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 9. Will Taylor had a good days fishing recording 4 grilse weighing from 3 to 6lb caught on a fly from beat 4 losing a further 2 fish. Three of these were released again. John McGimpsey accounted for a 3lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 8. Richard Arnaud logged a 3lb grilse caught on a spinner from beat 5 & Mickey McLoughlin registered a 5½lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 7.

On Thursday, Zephyre Thinus recorded 3 grilse to 6lb caught on a fly from beat 8 returning all 3. On Friday, Sam McMenamin accounted a 4lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 9 and Stephane Forgeois recorded a 5lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 7.

The forecast for the coming week is for showery unsettled weather which should ensure good water levels and allied to the good run of grilse, prospects look good.

Eske Fishery

Lough Eske was fairly quiet during the week with only 1 boat out fishing on Friday (2 visitor rods). They caught a number of brown trout and being ably ghillied by Tommy Burns, recorded a fine salmon of just over 12lb caught on the fly which was released again. All five visitor boats were fishing over the two days of the weekend. A number of sea trout were caught and a number of salmon risen though none came to the boat that I have heard of to date. All rods recorded the arbitrary catch of numerous brown trout though I did not hear of any decent sized brownies caught.

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Foyle salmon rivers close on a high

With heavy rain falling across our catchments high water is making fishing difficult at times, but on the positive side water will soon come into good conditions and anglers will be given a great chance to catch fish for the last time this season on the Finn and Foyle rivers, closing for this season on Wed 15th September.

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

Fresh run fish are still running into the systems but in declining numbers as is normal at time of our season and are mainly on the lower to mid sections of our rivers.
Lionel Knobbs
Loughs Agency

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Trout Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


River Fane

Heavy rain in Monaghan and Louth has made brown trout fishing almost impossible on the Fane and not much trout angling activity has been taking place. Conditions on the Fane on Wednesday 15th September are not at all suitable for trout fishing.

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


Colm Lynch from East Coast Angling reports that water levels were up and coloured on the River Boyne at Navan over the last week.  No trout fishing taking place due to the conditions. Lots of salmon have been observed crossing the weirs at Navan.

The Navan and District Anglers Fly Tying School will be starting on October 1st. Anyone wishing to take part in the school can contact Colm Lynch for details.

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 little or no trout fishing has taken place on the Boyne over the last week. The water is high and coloured.

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 high and coloured at the moment and conditions for fishing will be difficult until the water drops back. There are some salmon in the river at the moment.

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

Angling guide John Higgins reports that the water is high and clear on the Liffey and  the fishing is good at the moment.

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

Emy Lough,Co. Monaghan

The Pillar House Cup (Emy Lough, angling competition) took place on Sunday 12th September - 12 anglers attended and the the heaviest trout caught was 3 lb 11.4oz by a Brian Corrigan, Glaslough and the smallest was 1 lb 8oz.

Lough Lene

Lough Lene has continued to fish well over the last week. Good numbers of trout are being caught daily.

Ladies are Lining up to Fish - Final Event Reminder

With just over two weeks left before the event, ladies are literally lining up to learn to fly fish at the second of Inland Fisheries Ireland's (IFI) ‘Ladies Fly Casting Days’. Because of the increased demand for places, IFI would like to let all aspiring lady anglers wishing to take part that there are only a small number of places remaining for the Annamoe ‘Ladies Fly Casting Day’. This is the second of IFI's two free ‘Ladies Fly Casting Days’ in support of Action Breast Cancer which will be taking place on Saturday 2nd October 2010 at the Annamoe Trout Fishery, Annamoe, Co. Wicklow. These super days have been organized to provide people who want to take up fishing as a hobby, with the opportunity to learn more about the sport of angling and the theory and practice of fly fishing from top angling experts Glenda Powell (Blackwater Lodge) and Mark Corps, Angling Adviser, Inland Fisheries Ireland.

The event taking place on Saturday 2nd October is an informal and fun day out which will run from 10am until 5pm. Registration will take place at the Fishery between 10.00am and 10.30am and all fishing gear will be provided to those who do not have any. However, everyone taking part on the day will be asked to bring wellies, a coat and sun glasses and a hat.

There is a relaxed informal schedule planned for the day and following an introduction from angling expert and instructor Glenda Powell, the ladies will be given details on the theory and mechanics of fly-casting. This will be followed by a practice session during which Glenda, Mark and other assistants will help students to get casting. There will then be a short break for lunch which will be provided at the Fishery and then its off to the lake to catch some beautiful rainbow trout and put all of the learning into practice.

This is a fantastic day out and not one to miss. So, if you ever fancied giving angling a go don't be afraid, now is your opportunity. Absolutely, no experience is necessary and the event is suitable for beginners and improver's.

A small number of places are still available and if you would like to take part in the ‘Ladies Fly Casting Day’ at Annamoe, please contact David Byrne, Marketing Angling Coordinator, Inland Fisheries Ireland at 087 9918608 or by email at To avoid disappointment it is important to enroll as soon as possible to reserve your place. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Lough Sheelin, Co Cavan

Photo: Michael Kelly caught this beautiful 8 lbs trout yesterday (Wednesday 15th).

Not many anglers ventured out on the lake during the week although for those who did fishing was good. A lot of fish were observed rising , particularly around Church Island. Most fish were released.

35 fish were recorded for the week.

Best Catches:
Thomas Harten, Kilnaleck had one trout of 4¼lbs on Friday September 10th at Orangefield using a small dry sedge, this fish was in excellent condition.

Peter McArdle, Dundalk had 5 trout on Sunday September 12th, wet fly fishing, best fish was 2¼lbs, all fish were released.

Michael Kelly, Dublin  had two trout on Tuesday, 1¼ and 1½ lbs, 5 fish on Wednesday best was 2 and 2½ lbs, 5 fish on Thursday, best was 3 lbs, 4 fish on Friday, best were 2 and 2½ lbs. All fish were released. He caught our feature trout of the week at time of writing, well done Michael!

Lough O'Flynn, Co Roscommon

Water levels are now near high winter level and very windy and this has negatively impacted on angling. Only 4 anglers fished the lake. John Connolly and John Meagher had 7 fish between them over two days dapping the Daddy, best 1.5lbs. The River Suck system is in flood and prospects don't look promising until water levels recover and conditions improve. This is expected hopefully by the weekend.

Athlone Anglers Association

EO AND JOHN TRIUMPH IN WYKES/GAFFEY CUP: The penultimate trout competition of our season took place last Sunday when thirty one boats took to the water to fish for the Wykes/Gaffey Memorial Cup. As usual in September, when the kids go back to school, the weather was good and with a nice southerly breeze even the fly men were happy, but, and there is always a but, the trout decided to have a lie in and very few were brought to the scales.

The presentation of prizes took place that evening in Potters Bar where Paddy Martin and his staff were fantastic hosts and where, when the scales came down, Leo Behan and John Mulligan were declared the winners of the Wykes/Gaffey Memorial Cup. It was a very close finish as only three ounces separated the first two places and second place was taken by James Green Jnr, Thomas Gaffey Jnr and James Green. The battle for the other places was also very tight with third place going to Paul, Richie and Joe Fallon and they were separated by only an ounce from Eoin Henry, Richard Henry and Barney Kelly who took fourth place. The fifth and final spot went to George Price and Karl Unwin. All the fish in the prizes were caught, weighed and released unharmed on the lake during the day.

Thanks to the Wykes and Gaffey families for their very generous sponsorship of this competition and to Eoin O’Neill and Liam O’Sullivan who were the Captains of The Day.

HALLIGAN'S CUP: The next competition is for the Halligan Cup which is a fund raiser for the Lough Ree Fish Hatchery and we will publish full details of this competition in next week’s paper.

Eamon Cunningham PRO
Athlone Anglers Association
087 - 2340815

Lough Ennell, Co Westmeath

There has been some good returns coming off Lough Ennell.  Mattie Wheeler from Sligo fished over two days. He had 4 fish, heaviest over 2lbs. Johnny Grimes, Mullingar had 5 fish for three days, fishing midweek, heaviest 3lbs. John Brennan from Longford fished over 4 days and had 5 fish, heaviest 3lbs, kept two, others released. He caught his  fish on a Silver Dabbler. Dave Mc Bride, Dublin had a 2lb fish. Alan Mc Gory had a fish of 1.5lbs. Tosh Grimes fished over the week and had 6 fish, best 3.5lbs.

ENNELL TROUT: Lough Ennell is still producing some great trout on the troll and fly. It can really be a case of hit and miss on Ennell, but if you hit it right the lake will produce super fish. Mullingar Anglers Noel and Ray McIntyre were out for days trolling last week and landed three big trout. Prospects look promising for the coming week and beyond.

O'MALLEY CUP: Staying with Ennell, next Sunday September 19th Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association will host the O’Malley Cup. This popular event will start at 11am from Whitebridge Bay. Hopefully conditions will be good for this fly-fishing competition, and we will see a few quality Ennell fish landed on the day. This is a club competition and new members are more than welcome on the day.

OCTOBER IRISH ANGLER:  Just got copy of October Irish Angler. Lough Owel has a very colourful 4-page feature. Local anglers Pat Liddy, Chris Mc Keown and the winners from the Dan Mullally Shield are featured. Next months magazine is a pike special we believe, and will be packed with tips on winter piking.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.
087-2797270. Web:

Lough Owel, Co Westmeath

Lough Owel has been fishing quite well. Brendan Murray had 3 fish, average 1.75lbs, all released. Dave Martin, Dublin had 3 fish, best 1.75lbs. Graham Farrell, Dublin had 8 fish in two day, heaviest 2.25lbs, all released. Michael Tyvoid had 6 fish, all released. Carl O'Toole, Dublin had 4 fish over a couple of sessions, the two heaviest fish were 1.75lbs. The Leixlip Anglers fished the lake, 18 anglers took part had 14 fish were weighed in, heaviest 1.75lbs, average weight of fish was 1.5lbs. Midweek the Dundalk Anglers held a competition. 8 anglers took part. 9 fish were caught, averaging 1.5lbs, heaviest 2lbs.

Lough Derravaragh, Co Westmeath

Ennell trout
Photos: Richard Mc Cabe with two nice trout from Derravaragh - pic courtesy of Michael Flanagan

Joseph Keena, Dublin reports that local anglers Liam Gilsenan, Richard McCabe and Christy Cox fished Lough Derravaragh on Wednesday 8th September. The three well known anglers landed three great trout for their days fishing. The lake is reported to be full of Daddies at the moment. Fish are also reported to be feeding on fry. Liam and Christy also reported that they rose many more good trout.

Little Brosna and Camcor River, Co Offaly

There has been a succession of floods on the Camcor River during the week and those who know the river will vouch that with river levels constantly up and down is not the best for fishing. Some anglers fished the dropping floods with some limited success. Following heavy overnight rain on Monday night, the river is once again in flood, but dropping well at time of writing. More next week.

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Western Region


Lough Mask

Lough Mask is fishing very well on some days, with some anglers reporting very good catches, but patchy fishing elsewhere, with other anglers blanking. Fishing Daphnia patterns in the deep seems to be the best method at the moment, so it is a case of searching out the fish, and if you find them stay on them.

The Vintners Society of Ireland held their annual 2 day wet fly competition on Mask last week Tuesday and Wednesday, the 7th and 8th of September.

Conditions were excellent on both days with lots of cloud cover and a fresh southerly breeze. The competition was run both as an individual competition, and a team event for teams of four. 120 anglers competed, with first place in the individual event going to Patsy Tracey from Fermanagh, with 8 fish for 10.5lbs. Second place went to Michael Shoevlin from Tourmakeady, with 7 fish for 9.6lbs, and 3rd was Mick Mellamphy, Cork, with 6 fish for 8.8lbs

The winning team was Mick Mellamphy (Cork), Jack Ringrose (Clare), Frank Long and Steven Campbell (Cork). Over the 2 days 171 trout were landed, averaging 1.33lbs.

Lough Corrib

Fishing on Lough Corrib has been slow enough lately according to Tom Kelly in Oughterard. Dapping has accounted for most trout there, with wetfly also taking some fish. Angling effort is low apart from the TAFI competition, of which more below. In the Cornamona-Greenfields area, John Walsh reports that fishing is slow, with wetfly taking most fish, mainly Dabblers and claret patterns. The Ennis Anglers held a Last Cast competition, with 18 anglers landing just 5 trout over the size limit. Brian Whelan took top honours with 2 trout for 3.4lbs, with Paul Dignam taking 2nd and Gerry Kenny in 3rd place. Elsewhere Joe Fetherstone and Dara Touhy from Dublin landed 3 trout for 5.5lbs. Peter Curran had 4 trout for nearly 7lbs, best 3.25lbs. A lot of undersize fish have been moving to the fly, a good sign for next year hopefully.

Sean Finnerty from the Connacht Angling Council reported on their annual TAFI Interprovincial Lake Championship, held in conjunction with Oughterard Anglers and Boatmen on Saturday the 11th. Once again the competition was held on a catch and release basis with a minimum size limit of 30cm. The day was blustery with westerly winds and the occasional downpour. 63 anglers participated in the event, representing all four provinces. The competition started at 11am and finished at 6pm with 61 fish caught. 1st prize went to Peter Driver (Leinster) with 4 fish, 2nd prize went to Hubert Smyth (Leinster) with 4 fish and 3rd prize went to Peter Dunne (Connaught) with 4 fish. Only 5cm separated 1st and 3rd.

The team event went to the Rosses, Donegal, the team consisted of Charles Kennedy, Ian Ireland, John Boyle & Daniel Sweeney. Leinster won the Provincial event, with Ulster 2nd, Connaught 3rd and Munster 4th. The heaviest fish went to Shane Callan (Leinster) a fine specimen of 57cms. Congratulations to those who are eligible to fish for the Irish Team, in either Slovenia (World Championship) or Portugal (Europeans).

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Lough Conn

With the excessive rainfall experienced throughout the week, water levels on Lough Conn have risen significantly and remain high. Few anglers ventured out in the poor conditions. However, some of those who did fish enjoyed good sport. Fishing from Murphy’s Boat Hire, Mick Sweeney, Loughrea, and Liam McHugh, Edenderry, had success and caught a total of 8 trout to wet flies, their best weighing 1.5lbs. Sean Creane, Cloghans, enjoyed a very successful evening’s fishing, boating a total of 7 trout in under two hours, with the best weighing 3lbs. However, Sean also captured a salmon of 5lbs on his outing, completing a great evening on the Lough, with all fish falling to wet Dabblers.

The Kieran Lynn Memorial Cup angling competition was held on the Lough on Saturday the 11th in conjunction with Murphy’s Boat Hire and Murphy’s Bar, Lahardane. A total of 30 anglers participated in the competition. Liam McHugh, Edenderry, won first place with a trout of 1.5lbs, with Ray Lynn, Lahardane, coming second and Dominick Concannon, Derry, taking third.

The Foxford Trout Anglers hosted the Chris Downey Memorial Cup on Lough Conn on Sunday past, with 17 anglers participating. Keith Moyles, Ballina, won first place with a fish of 1.4lbs, with Gary Binley, Foxford, coming second and Sean Creane, Cloghans, third.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


Lough Melvin

Melvin was quiet this week and it seems there was no angling effort for salmon and so, little to report on this front. The trout angling was variable with all rods fishing for sonaghan it would seem. Some anglers reported fairly poor catches but a number of rods faired well catching decent numbers of nice sonaghan from the deeps of Garrison and The Schoolhouse.

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Autumn brings bounty to Cashel Trout Fishery

There’s an autumnal feel in the air and anglers are making some great catches at Cashel.

Derry’s Maurice Whiteman used small dries to bank an amazing sixteen trout while Billy Hazlett also from Derry banked fourteen trout over two days using dries also. Billy took three trout home which weighed a total of 8lb 10ozs. Henry, Kevin, Seamus and Noel Kelly (Derry) used Kelly’s special to bank five trout with one only for home weighing 3lb 2ozs. Paul Ford (Derry) released one which took a grey suspender buzzer and unfortunately lost another four. Maghera’s Pearse Doherty released three trout and lost four which mainly fell to suspender nymphs.

Tommy Reilly accompanied by his son Daniel (Maghera) bagged two four tea weighing 4lb 3ozs and released one more which fell to an egg fly. Aaron Hargin (Claudy) released one at around 3lb and lost one which took a wee dry. Derry’s John Ward lost one which took a hatching buzzer with an estimated weight of the staff at Cashel Trout Fishery as soon as possible for more details.

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

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

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Coarse Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Cavan and Monaghan

Tom McHugh and his brother Des  from Dublin fished on the town lake in Bailieboro, Co Cavan on Monday 13th September. Tom reported that the water level was high but clear. The lads put in plenty of ground-bait including hemp, crumb and caster and were rewarded for their hard work with circa 50lb to 60lb bags consisting mainly of skimmers and roach. Fishing was straight into depths of 12ft and feeder produced the results for Tom and Des. Bites were strong and maggot and sweetcorn worked best.

Angling is Going Dutch on Lough Muckno

A group of 18 Dutch anglers visited Castleblaney this week and during their stay the group split into two and fished alternate days at Lough Muckno in Castleblaney and Lough Sillan in Shercock.  All anglers caught fish and the best individual weights over the stay were just over 14kgs. Some nice hybrids were caught a the best bream measured 61cms. Pole and feeder were fished. Many venues were unfishable due to the high water levels.

Dutch anglers
Photo: A group of 18 Dutch anglers visited Castleblaney this week

Ireland may not have a wealth of natural resources such as coal and oil but we do have plenty of rivers, lakes and streams packed with good healthy stocks of fish. The ability of such waters and the angling opportunities presented by them to attract fishermen from at home and abroad was illustrated again this week with the arrival of eighteen anglers from Holland to the town of Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan. These anglers came to fish for roach, bream, skimmers and hybrids in the majestic Lough Muckno in Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan. The group led by Christiaan Koolos consisted of both pleasure and competition anglers.  Nine of the group will also be staying over for a second week to take part in the Monaghan Pairs Angling Competition which is held on Lough Muckno each September.

The recent weather has not helped and the unseasonably heavy rain has made fishing difficult for the group. This has necessitated a couple of venue changes which have been advised locally but despite the inclement weather and water conditions all anglers have caught fish with bream to 7lbs being taken. The group has received a lot of assistance from local tackle shop owner Les Harris, local anglers and angling associations, farmers, landowners and the staff of Inland Fisheries Ireland. The group stayed in the Glenncarn Hotel in Castleblaney.

The visit was initiated last year with the attendance of Inland Fisheries Ireland's (IFI) Angling Marketing Coordinator at an angling promotional show in Utrecht in Holland with Tourism Ireland and resulted in the visit of this eighteen strong group on Friday 10th September. Promotional angling shows such as Utrecht and Visma form an important part of IFI's marketing and promotional activities in Holland and present IFI staff and product provider's with the opportunity to meet with anglers thinking about visiting Ireland to fish.  

Mr William Walsh ERBD Director with Inland Fisheries Ireland said " we are delighted that this group of coarse anglers has chosen Ireland as their destination of choice for their angling holiday and we will do everything we can to ensure that they have successful and enjoyable fishing on Lough Muckno  in Castleblaney and the surrounding area. We look forward hopefully, to having the opportunity of welcoming them, their families and friends back to Ireland at some time in the future". 

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Southern Region


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South Western Region

Eileen Carroll reports:
E Mail:


Inniscarra Reservoir

Exciting match angling on Inniscarra Reservoir

Inniscarra Reservevoir
Photo: Kevin Gray in action.

Surrey matchman Kevin Gray is having the time of his life in the series of angling festival on Inniscarra Lake at Coachford, Cork.   Last week Kevin won the Ockwell Trophy over three days to pocket €1,000 and has continued his success by getting first place in the three-day Lennon Cup – sponsored by the Village Inn - and added a further €650 to his account!

The Godalming plumber coupled together a 109-100 kilos (240lb) total of bream to 3lb and lots of skimmers, all caught with an open-ended bread feeder and work on the hook.  His best single catch over the three days was 40-100 kilos (89lb) from the Farmyard stretch of Inniscarra where he only need to lob his feeder 20 metres out to find a depth of seven metres and the fish queuing up to take the bait.

The top three anglers were

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

Pleasure anglers catch a 1,000lb of bream on Inniscarra

Phil Marsh, his wife Tracey and his son Dan have recently returned to UK after a successful two weeks of fishing Inniscarra Lake. Between them they caught 1,333lbs of mainly bream. Phil had 680lbs in 9 sessions, Dan had 653lbs in 11 sessions and Tracey had 86lbs in 2 sessions.  They all remarked about the change in the nature of the fishing this year after the explosion of the roach population and consequent huge numbers of small hybrids that attack any small bait before it can reach the bream. By sticking to worms or sweet corn on the hook they were able to keep away from the bits and keep the bream coming.
Mike Ridson

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


River Shannon, Lanesborough

There have been no anglers about in the Lanesborough area to test the local waters.


Photo: Phil Rogers, Tony Clawsan and Les Humphreys with 161lb ( All fish released back to the water unharmed ).

Fishing has again been very good at select venues with some very nice fish being caught. A week ago a lot of anglers where praying for some much needed rain - did we pray too much one must ask as most places are now in flood and un-fishable! With heavy rain over the space of a few days this has had an adverse effect on catch rates from various venues. At the time of writing we are still seeing some rain fall however the forecast for the coming weekend is settled weather so that will be welcome. Tune in next week - we hope to have more reports and pictures.

Angling guests Phil Rogers, Tony Clawsan and Les Humphreys pre-baited and fished just two venues which produced some good catches of fish considering the weather conditions. The second venue produced most fish with weights between 80lbs and 161lbs per day. Catches were made up of Bream to 5lbs, some Big Hybrids to 4lbs and some good Roach and Perch also featured in their catches. Kevin commented that the lads caught well despite having to put up with some rough weather.
Kevin Lyons, 
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email: Web:

River Shannon, Portumna

Fishing has been slower than of late on the Shannon in the Portumna area. However the odd good Bream was caught along the Sheebeen and Salmon Run, but not in quantities. The only good reports were from the backwaters on the Shannon from Meelick to Portumna and the harbours are fishing well Bream/skimmers up to 2.5lbs. At time of writing wind is playing havoc but water levels are okay for fishing in this area.
Mike Murray ,
MURRAY'S B&B, Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Email Web

Lower River Inny and Lough Ree

There is very little coarse fishing to report. Water levels are very high on Lough Ree and are continuing to rise.
Tommy Foxe
Mob: 087 9960173 for enquiries and boat hire.

River Suck Valley

Well known angling guide Bill Cassidy had a group of 6 anglers from the Muscular Dystrophy Association out fishing on the River Suck over the weekend. Saturday was a good day and all had fish. The River is presently in high flood but should settle down somewhat  over the coming days with drier weather forecast.

River Shannon, Shannonbridge

In a week or so the level of the river rose from a summer low of 2.1(Metres) to 2.95 on Friday, 3.3 on the Saturday and 3.4 on Monday 13th. Wind is mainly from the west.

Stefan Varga was on the boat and used worms to catch 20 Perch.

Spence Family, Louth, Lincs fished the Hot Water on a rainy day - September 6th using feeder and maggot. They caught 49 Roach, Perch and hybrids. It was a bit slow they reckoned. They again fished the Hot Water on the 8th September in mixed conditions using feeder and maggot, caster and sweetcorn and caught 80 Roach, Perch, Bream, hybrids, Pike and Tench. A 4lbs Tench, 3lb Perch and 2.5lbs pike were the best fish. Water levels rising.  They fished the Shannon again on September 10th and caught 22lbs of Roach, Perch and Bream. The River was in flood and weedy.

>Keith Harrison, Lincs has returned after 17 years. On September 8th he fished the Grand Canal in sun and rain using 6m pole and caught 30 Roach, 3 Bream at 3.5lbs each and one Tench. Bit of weed on canal.  Keith fished the back of the island at Shannonbridge on September 9th in mixed conditions using stick float and centre pin reel. He caught 40 Roach to 2lbs, 3 hybrids, Perch and loads of Rudd, using red maggot. Water level was high. Keith fished the same swim the next day and caught 25 Roach, 3 Rudd using a long rod and red maggot.  Finally, he fished the flooded swim on the backwater on September 13th in wind and rain using maggot to catch 47 Roach and 2 Rudd.

Martin Owen Crewe fished the River Suck on 12th September in wind using maggot to catch Bream, Roach and hybrids for 32 lbs. Fair catch.  J.P. Jones Crewe also fished on the River Suck using maggot to catch 20lbs of Bream and Roach.
Dermot Killeen ,

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: 


Arvagh Festival

The Arvgh Festival fished well despite rising water levels.

King of Clubs report

Kevin Johnson
Photo: don Smith is enjoying the King of Clubs competition.

12/09/10: Water levels are dropping but anglers are still dashing around Cavan, Leitrim and Fermanagh, looking for the likeliest pegs to catch fish.

However, unhurried veteran Don Smith, on holiday from Rochdale, returned to the venue that has given him many happy hours – Town Lake in Carrigallen – where he had the wind off his back and plenty of bites.

Don used one of the comfortable platforms and pole-fished at 10 metres with double red maggot into about four metres of water.

“It was a bite-a-cast but most of the fish were small roach and skimmers”, he reported.  “Then later in the afternoon I caught a few skimmer bream and a welcome tench that gave a decent scrap and boosted my catch to around 20lb, which wasn’t bad considering the conditions”.

Update - 16/09/10: There’s going to be an exciting run-in for the King of Clubs Festival title and €1000 from Tourism Ireland and the King of Clubs.  And the good news for everyone is that water levels are dropping and sport seems to be picking up.

Four UK match men are heading the pack and Kevin Rowles (Devizes) pushed himself on to a 40-280 kilos total on Wednesday after winning with 16-400 kilos (37lb) of roach, hybrids, roach and perch, while feeder fishing on Lough Eonish.

But with two days remaining, he has Alastair Ogilvie (Maver) baying at his heels with 30-700, Lee Klimczuk (Van den Eynde) on 28-640 followed by Graham Frith (Scunthorpe) with 26-980.

king of clubs
Photo: Pictured is Lee Klimczuk who yesterday won his section on the Lissnay shoreline of Lough Gowna with 12-780 kilos of small fish all taken on red maggots and a groundbait feeder.
Dave Houghton
Active Irish Angling
Tel: (UK) 0151 324 4744 or (IRL) +353 (0)71 9642743

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Pike Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Blessington Lake

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 over the last week due to the high water levels in all lakes.

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:



Finally we could wait no longer and have started this autumn season last weekend. The first morning session brought 10 pike to the boat, biggest 92cm. All fish came to Buster jerks, we also had a lot of missed takes. Nice start of the autumn season and things are looking good. The rain of the last few days topped the system up nicely, let's just hope there won't be too much more for a while.
Bodo Funke,
Angling Services Ireland,
Boyle, Co Roscommon

River Shannon, Shannonbridge

In a week or so the level of the river rose from a summer low of 2.1 (Metres) to 2.95 on Friday, 3.3m on the Saturday and 3.4m on Monday 13th. Wind is mainly from the west.

Chris Soloman, Capetown fished the Shannon on September 6th with dead Roach and caught two ten pound pike. Good day.

Thomas Huber AC Munich fished the Shannon on 6th September using a wobbler to catch 4 pike, best 90cm.  Maxi Huber AC Munich had 3 pike, best 85cm. Tobi Varga AC Munich had 5 pike 70cm to 85cm.

Dietmund Bellnaghausen, Germany fished the Shannon on the 7th September using a wobbler on a wet day. He caught 2 pike of 40cm and 30cm.  Adgius Malsan Germany fished a wobbler in the rain to catch a 60cm pike. Very happy.
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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Sea Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Courtown Area

David Mulligan from Courtown Angling reports some good fishing over the last week including a fifteen pound bass in the Courtown area. Sea conditions were good on Sunday 12th despite the strong westerly winds. David reports that some nice ray were caught from the pier in Courtown on Sunday evening 12th September. The best ray was a double figured fish and was taken by a local angler. Beach anglers at Roney beach had some small flatfish and dogfish.

A Nice Courtown Bass taken by Michael Bergin.

30 anglers fished the club competition organised by the Courtown Sea Angling Club the at Katt's Strand on Saturday 11th September. The water on the estuary was coloured due to the river Slaney being in flood. The competition was fished from 12 noon till 4pm and was won by Joe Byrne from Courtown. Crab baits and flapper rigs produced the best results.

For details on membership of the Courtown Sea Angling Club please contact Joe Byrne or visit

The Master Angler Shore Angling competition will be taking place in the Courtown area on the 9th and 10th October 2010. Preparations are well under way and pegs and signs are being organised. If you would like to see some of the top sea anglers in action contact Joe for location details.

Billy Byrne reports that fishing on the Courtown based charter boat the Puffin has also been quite good over the last week  Tope, thorn-back ray, smoothies and bullhuss were the main species taken. The best bullhuss for the week was a nice 14lb fish.  Thornback ray have been averaging 5-6lbs and  four smooth hounds caught on Friday 10th September weighed around 5lbs. A nice tope was lost by an angler fishing from the Puffin on Sunday.

If you fancy a day boat fishing off Courtown for ray, tope, smooth hound, 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

tackle shop
David Mulligan at the Courtown Angling Centre

Kilmuckridge Competition

Kilmuckridge SAC are holding a competition for club members at Balinoulart on Saturday 18th September.  Please contact the Secretary for details.

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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
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Cobh International Deep Sea Angling Festival

Photo: The event was won by Danny Kane, from Donegal, with over 150kgs of fish.

In the week just gone Cobh SAC hosted a very successful deep sea angling festival out of Cork Harbour. This was the 44th year that this event has been run and, as per its usual format, the fishing was over four days. 50 anglers from Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Holland, and Germany participated.

This year the fishing was excellent. Over 1,000 fish were landed over the 4 days. These included 468 conger, 312 pollack, 76 lesser spotted dogfish, 51 ling, 46 pouting, 35 cod, 22 grey gurnard, 11 cuckoo wrasse, 6 coalfish, 3 bullhuss, and 1 garfish. Biggest fish of the week was a 17kg conger, caught by Cork angler, Bob Crebor.

As per usual, the craic and banter during the week was excellent. Each evening the anglers retired to a suitable watering hole to chew the cud over the day's events. This proved especially popular with the foreign anglers!

The event was won by Danny Kane, from Donegal, with over 150kgs of fish. Points are awarded per kg of fish weighed. As well as the usual battery of trophies and crystal prizes, Danny also won €1,000 for first place. In second place was Paul Tennant of Cobh SAC, who won €400, and in third was Richie Fortune, also of Cobh SAC, who won €200. The Ireland B team won the team event and collected a cheque for €400.

A number of the boats from the Cork Harbour Angling Hub were used for the fishing and these included:

Entries are now been taken for the 2011 Festival. If you would like more information, contact Cobh SAC club secretary, Mary Geary, at


blue shark
Photo: Ronald Trass with his 1.35m shark estimated at 130lb.

The Shark fishing in Courtmacsherry the past couple of weeks has been the main activity, with large numbers of Blues landed from  the Lady Louise and Lady Patricia. Serveral fish over 2ms being landed with fish of 2.35m for Ronald Trass from Zeeland. This was one of the heaviest blue landed this year at around 130lbs. We estimate weight using the information that was gathered when we used to land many specimen shark in Courtmacsherry, of course now we have a policy of tag and release.

The Lady Patrica yesterday landed 7 Blues and the heaviest fish was 2.49m. This fish would weigh aprox 145lbs and was caught by Peter Govan from Meath.The fish was landed using 30lb class gear and took 1hour and 30 minutes to bring to the boat. 

On the Lady Louise the same day we  landed 7 shark the heaviest a fish of 1.96m for Rinus Hage from Holland.

On the inshore scene we have had good catches of Pollack,Cod ,Ling and conger but the strong tides and fresh westerlys  made fishing difficult.

In the estuary the Bass fishing was very good up to a week ago and has waned a bit lately with the catches not as good of late,saying that a group from Zeeland using live mackerel land 7 fish in a 2 hour session the heaviest around 3kg,and some good fish taken off the pier with live Pollack.
Mark Gannon
Charter Boat Skipper
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 23 46427 or +353 86 8250905
Email: Web:


10/09/10 Four to seven anglers caught 86 pollock, 13 ling, 22 coalfish, 24 cod, 2 haddock, 18 pouting, 4 grey gurnard, 6 cuckoo wrasse, 3 conger, 2 dogfish, 1 starfish, 1 sea cucumber and 1 stone crab.
Siegy Grabher
Ballyhearny West, The Mill, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 66 9476420 or +353 87 6871267
Email: Website:

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:


Galway Bay

Max Couque, skipper of the Leaca Rua in Spiddal, reports on good fishing in Galway Bay. Between Max and fellow skipper Kevin MacGabhann of the Maighdean Mara, they now have more than 30 tope caught and released. Anglers are still geting a lot of spurdog., with some very large fish among them up to 16lbs, which are specimen size.

Both boats have fished for blue shark but they seem scarce around the bay this year, but as Max says the season is not over yet! They have found some very good mixed species fishing, however, with a 14lbs pollack taken under the Cliffs of Moher by one of Kevin's group, as well as good conger, ling to 10lbs, some nice pouting, plenty of mackerel and a lot of big pollack. This year so far has been very good for ling and pollack. The Maighdean Mara got it's first John Dory of the season recently, and Max got a trigger fish last week. It is very windy the last two weeks but Max had a very good day on Saturday with a group from Chanelle Veterinary in Loughrea. They landed a nice 9lbs bull huss, some thornback ray, dogfish, pollack, pouting, mackerel, cod, sandeel, cuckoo wrasse and ballan wrasse.

To book fishing contact Max Couque at 086 3234638, Kevin McGabhann at 086 8547890 or check

Shark fishing in the west

John dory
Photo: Ep with a fine John Dory.

blue shark
Photo: Up to 6 blue sharks were caught per day last week.

Very good shark fishing aboard John Brittains boat Bluewater from Cleggan over the last 10 days. Average of 6 per day with Luigi Dannini' s Italian group getting the biggest closely followed by the BBC' s Monty Halls which will be on his next great escape series.

Both fish were up around 100lbs with luigis measuring 6 foot 6 inches.

Ground fishing had also been good with a Dutch group taking 17 species for their 3 day trip including John Dory.

For info on fishing or to book a charter trip or B&B contact

John or Sue Brittain
Sharamore House,
Clifden, Co. Galway.
Tel. 00353 95 21073
or check

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Greystones Sea Angler Hooks the 2010 Irish Master Boat Angler Title

A sea angler from Greystones in Co. Wicklow  has just landed the coveted gold medal at the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers (IFSA) Master Boat Angler Competition which was held on 11th and 12th September in Mullaghmore in Co Sligo. In addition to the winner, 5 east coast sea angling clubs finished in the top ten places. Winner of the competition,  Brian Whelan fishing for the Bray Outcasts Sea Angling Club successfully tackled 75 other anglers including past champions to take this prestigious title. In all 9 boats with eight anglers on each fished two sessions each day of the two day competition. The results of the competition were 1st place Brian Whelan, Bray Outcasts A, Sea Angling Club, 2nd place went to Heiko Dreier, Post Irish Sea Angling Club and third place went to Liam O'Connor, Culdaff Sea Angling Club.  The four most common fish from among the twenty fish species taken during the competition included pollack, pouting, coalfish and wrasse.

In addition to the gold medal, Brian also received  the IFSA Master Angler Boat Trophy and will captain the Irish Team at the World Sea Angling Boat Championships which will be taking place in Italy in October 2011. The Irish team will be made up of five anglers, one substitute and the team manager. The remaining members of the Irish team will be selected at the International Team Fish-Offs sea angling event being held over the coming October bank holiday weekend. As well as his master angler success and selection as the Irish team captain in the World Championships, Brian has also qualified for the Irish Sea Angling Team that will be participating in the Home Internationals Boat Competition in the UK in 2011. Brian said " winning the master angler title is a dream come true for me. I have been fishing the master sea angler competition for five years now and  I can't believe that I have  finally won the event. Its been a great year for me."

Mr William Walsh, Eastern River Basin District Director with Inland Fisheries Ireland said "we would like to congratulate all of the people who organised and participated in this great event. We are even more delighted that an angler from the east coast has taken this prestigious title and that five east coast clubs have finished in the top ten. We would like to congratulate Brian on a great performance in winning the title and the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers on running yet another successful competition. Inland Fisheries Ireland would like to wish Brian and the Irish Sea Angling Teams every success in the Home Internationals and the World Championships in 2011". 

If you are interested in sponsoring any of the sea angling teams or individual team members please contact the IFSA at

Master angler
Photo: Competition Winner, Brian Whelan, Bray Outcast Sea Angling Club, being presented  with the IFSA Master Boat Angler Trophy 2010 by Pat Walsh [chairman of Connaght IFSA and Home International team manager]

Mayo Shore Angling Club

Mayo Shore ANgling CLub
Photo: Organisers, participants and prize winners at the Mayo Shore Anglers Competition prize ceremony at the Diamond Coast Hotel, Enniscrone.

Enniscrone Beach was the venue for Mayo Shore Angling Club’s annual competition, held on Saturday the 11th. Good numbers of anglers participated in the event and, despite, the blustery conditions, the angling was good. A total of twenty fish were recorded for the three hour event, with anglers accounting for flounder, turbot and sea trout. Mackerel strips proved the bait of choice. Michael Caplice was named the over-all winner of the event, and was presented with the Mayo Shore Angling Perpetual Cup at the Diamond Coast Hotel that evening.

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Northern Ireland



Photo: A fine porbeagle shark is landed on the charter boat Predator

One days weather window was all it took for us to have another go at the porbeagle shark with the dutch lads and boy once again we struck gold with another 6 being boated in the same day 4 of them really large the week the lads had a few specimens and a common skate of 165lbs was boated in very shallow water using a 20lb class rod that was good fun mackerel are all but gone now so we are having to travel a bit to collect bait now.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
Web: Email:
Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117


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