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Irish Angling Update

21 April 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon Angling Update

Low water levels prevail on the Rivers Nore

One salmon was reported from the River Nore at Inistioge where low water levels are hampering good fishing.
John Flynn
Inland Fisheries Ireland – Clonmel Office

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A few salmon from the Lee, 17lb fish from the Bandon


17 April 3 salmon caught in the Inniscarra area all on the Flying C by local anglers, one weighing 8lbs and the other two weighing 6lbs each.


17 April A 17lbs salmon was caught on the lower stretch of the Bandon river on the fly and released.


17 April Due to lovely weather conditions the water is very low, so awaiting rain to bring in the fish.
Eileen Carroll
Inland Fisheries Ireland – Macroom

Kerry salmon a bit quiet


17 April No catches to report.


17 April 1 salmon caught on Beat 2 of the Laune weighing 8.5lbs.


18th April. Water perfect. Good high tides. Low angling effort indicating that there is little or no word of fish in the Laune System. This writer was out on a perfect Sunday evening (17th April) not a thing stirring. The good news was the successful clean up done by Laune Anglers members on Saturday 16th under national Spring Clean. Thanks to Kerry Co. Co. who co-operated in dumping the 22 bags of rubbish collected from our river banks. It was disappointing to see so much black plastic and other litter stuck to bushes and briars on the river banks. There was also the usual collection of plastic bottles and containers washed up on the river banks from up stream in the winter floods.
Billy Downes
Laune Anglers Assoication


17 April 2 salmon caught on the lakes.
Eileen Carroll
Inland Fisheries Ireland – Macroom

Sea trout to 8 lbs. 6 oz and salmon to 15.5lb on Lough Currane

From Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel, angling guide Vincent Appleby reports on the past week’s fishing trends on the LOUGH CURRANE system:

Photo: Archie Curnow with his 5lb brown trout caught and released.

15/4/11 Lough Currane was on the quiet side after yesterday’s 15 lbs Salmon caught by Walter, so we will head up stream to the upper Lakes and the C & R department on Lough Derriana, and all the head lines go to young Archie Curnow of the UK and his uncle John, because they caught a fine 5 lbs Brown Trout and Archie being a sportsmen let my Noble Brown Trout live to fight another day.  Amount of rainfall 1.1 mm, max air temperature 13.3˚C.

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Photo: Liam Ellis with an 8lb 6oz sea trout

16/4/11 Lough Currane record Sea Trout holder Mr. Liam Ellis of Cork caught a fine 8 lbs 6 ozs specimen Sea Trout on the fly drifting by the Grassy island, now to the Salmon department, Mr. Mattias Gruber of Germany, caught a 11 lbs Salmon on the troll with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy. Wind NNW light and bright and sunny, max air temperature 12.9˚C.  
17/4/11 Top German Angler Mr. Mattias Gruber, was in good form again with a fine 9 lbs Salmon caught on the troll with his ghillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy and I can tell you we anglers looked on with envy as Mattias played his noble salmon and his ghillie ready and waiting with his net. Wind SE then veered south this evening and light all day with bright sunshine throughout the day. Max air temperature 15.4˚C.
18/4/11 There was a craker of a 15lbs 5ozs Salmon Caught on the troll by Mr. Timmermans of Holland and Waterville, fishing with his gillie Mr. Neil O'Shea of 
19/4/11 Its the early angler that catches My noble gentlemen the Salmon and today's recipient was renowned local Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy, who caught a fine 10lbs Salmon the troll around 7am, all I can say is, take note you lazy articles. Wind the same as yesterday except there was reasonable cloud cover.
20/4/11 Lough Currane was on the quiet side in all departments. Wind ENE light to calm and overcast.

That is all the news from your gillie and the Waterville fishery. No Spin No Fly’s just Facts
Vincent Appleby
Angling Guide and Accommodation
Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel
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Galway Fishery levels drop and fishing improves

Water levels have dropped away again in Galway, with 4 gates now open, a big improvement on last week, when 12 gates meant very heavy water. With the drop in water levels, catches are starting to improve, and several fish have been caught over the last few days. I also have reports of salmon from the Clare River upstream, so it appears good numbers of fish have been running through during the high water. Michael Browne from Clare landed a nice 11lbs fish, taken on shrimp, while Eugene Murphy had a fine 11.5lbs fish on a spinner. Eoin Dunne took an 8.5lbs fish on spinner, while Brian O’Rourke managed an early grilse, a 5lbs fish taken on shrimp. With the water dropping to 4 gates on Monday, Jim Barry landed a sparkling silver 7.5lbs fish on fly. No more fish have been reported since, but quite a few fish have been hooked and lost, with quite a few more takes reported. Spring fishing is starting to pick up in earnest now, and if water levels drop further I would expect the fishing to improve hugely over the coming weeks.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

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5 springers for the week at Delphi

Delphi fished very well over the last week, according to fishery manager David McEvoy. Indeed, on one day they had 5 fresh springers!  Regular visitor Paul Wymes landed and returned an 8lbs fish from the Whin Pool, taken on a Sunray Shadow. Paul also had 2 fish on another day, one of 5lbs 15oz from the Rock Pool on a Red Francis, while the second (released) was approx. 12lbs, taken on the Whin Pool on a Sunray Shadow.

David Allcutt landed a 5lbs 13oz fish on Finlough, which  took a Willie Gunn, following his fish earlier in the week, a 9lbs 8oz fish taken on Doolough.  Neal Loughrey landed a 7lbs 6oz fish on Doolough. This fish was taken trolling. Neal also landed a spectacular 13.5lbs fish off the Turn Pool on the river, that came to a Cascade tube fly. Dexter Lynas, who was successful the previous week, landed another fish off Finlough on a Sunray Shadow weighing in at 10lbs 11oz.
Jimmy Colville had a sea liced 8lbs fish on Finlough on a Clan Chief and Peter Morris had a 10lbs fish on Doolough. Hugh Brennan may not have landed a salmon but he did hook and lose 3 on Doolough. One fish stripped his reel of line!

Niklas Rothkoetter from Germany had a sea liced 7lbs 2oz fish off on a Collie Dog. Niklas made a great start to salmon fishing 2 years ago when he landed 3 springers in a day.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

For fishing or accommodation, full details and booking info are available on the website at , or contact the lodge at +353 (0)95 42222.

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First salmon of 2011 at Kylemore Abbey

Photo: The first salmon of the year at Kylemore was landed on April 18

The first salmon of 2011 was caught on the upper river yesterday, reports fishery manager Nigel Rush. Over the last 10 years, the first fish has been caught on average around the 18th of April, and this year was spot on. The lucky angler was Ciaran Brady, who landed the fish in Lower Eugene’s Pool. The fresh fish weighed 7.25lbs, and was taken on a local fly pattern, the Kylemore Killer! No doubt the fish was well celebrated in Letterfrack last night!
Kylemore had a very good season in 2010, and the prompt arrival of the first fish this year bodes well for another good year.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

For information on fishing or to book a day on the fishery, contact Nigel Rush at: tel. +353 (0)9541178, or +353 (0)9541161, or email

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Good improvement in salmon fishing on the River Moy

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Photo: At Coolcronan, the first fish of the season for the fishery was landed by Eoin Farrelly

The River Moy fished very well for the week, with 23 salmon reported, caught on spinner, worm and fly. The Ballina Salmon Anglers water produced a few fish, including one of 8 lbs caught by Declan Gannon on the worm. Upstream at Coolcronan, the first fish of the season for the fishery was landed by Eoin Farrelly, Dublin and was caught on the worm. Eoin received the Coolcronan Cup for landing the first salmon. Armstrong’s Fishery also had its first fish of the season, a 9 lbs salmon caught by John Mc Dermott fishing the worm. Gannon’s Fishery also produced a few salmon, with a fine 13 lbs salmon falling to Pat Healy, Roscommon.

East Mayo Anglers waters produced the best angling of all the Moy Fisheries, with ten salmon reported. Aiden Connolly, Athlone (worm), Paul McGrath, Swinford (fly) and Danny Irvine, Foxford (fly) all had salmon weighing in at 10 lbs.  Visiting angler Steve Beavis, U.K. also had success at East Mayo, landing an 8 lbs. salmon on a spinner. Water levels continue to drop slowly on the Moy, and recent large tides should push even more spring salmon into the system. The Lower Moy Fisheries i.e. the Cathedral Beat, Pollnamonagh, Spring Wells, the Ash Tree Pool and the Point are now all open, as well as the Moy Estuary. Anglers are reminded that they should be in possession of a state rod licence to fish for sea trout in the Moy Estuary, and any sea trout over 40 cm retained must be tagged and recorded in the angler’s log book.

Photo: IFI – Ballina were pleased to welcome the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor James McKenna recently during his visit to Ballina.

Inland Fisheries Ireland – Ballina were pleased to welcome the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor James McKenna recently during his visit to Ballina. The Lord Mayor was joined by John Wilson, Sergeant at Mace to the Lord Mayor and Anthony Hanlon, Chief Executive of Leeds Irish Health & Homes. The party enjoyed their first experience of salmon fishing in the Salmon Capital of Ireland, on the world renowned Ridge Pool. Unfortunately for the party, no salmon were caught on the day.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Low water levels on the Owenmore River and Carrowmore Lake

Water levels on the Owenmore River have been very low over the past week, and as a result only one angler was successful. Local angler Mervin Corway was the successful fisherman, landing a 9 lbs salmon. Carrowmore Lake also experienced a quiet week, with two salmon caught by U.K. angler Michael Reighton.  Fishing a long tailed Bibio, Michael caught and released two fine salmon of 11 lbs and 8 lbs.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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No salmon on the Newport River but some action on Lough Beltra

Few anglers fished the Newport River lately and as a result no salmon were reported. However, on Lough Beltra, some anglers had success. Frank Kelly had success at Walsh’s, with his boat partner loosing one while Des Beirne boated a salmon of 9 lbs at the Forestry. John Rainey, N.Ireland also had success, landing an 8 lbs salmon at the Buoy. Several other anglers rose and turned salmon, with others loosing fish on the Lough
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Very good salmon fishing reported from the River Drowes

Photo: A fresh 8lb 8oz salmon from the Drowes

17 April The Drowes fished very well this week with some 30 salmon recorded thus far. Water levels were good over the whole week. The gauge at the Four Masters Bridge read 0.60 metres at the start of the week and the river fell gradually as the week progressed to read 0.56 metres by the end of the week. Visitor attendance was fair with rods fishing throughout the week but most, understandably, fishing at the weekend. Salmon were caught throughout the week. On Monday, Keith Gardiner recorded a 7½lb salmon caught on a Cascade fly from the Upper Mill Pool. On Tuesday, S. McNiece accounted for 2 salmon caught with the smaller of the two released. The fish weighed 6 & 8½lb and were caught on shrimp from the Washstones & the Trout Pool respectively. On Wednesday, Jim Bowman logged an 8½ lb salmon caught from Rooney’s Turn. On Thursday, Donal Maguire recorded a 6 lb salmon caught on a Flying ‘C’ lure from Rooney’s Turn and S. Cabane accounted for a 5 lb fish caught on a Cascade fly from Thomas’s Pool. On Friday, there were 5 salmon caught. Included in these were Patsy Meehan’s 9 lb salmon caught on a fly from the Perch Pool, J. Irwin’s 8 lb salmon caught on a Flying ‘C’ lure from Kelly’s pool and Brian Collington’s 9lb salmon caught on a fly from Briney’s.

Photo: Marty King with a fine 14 lb salmon caught on prawn from the Money Hole

The river fished well at the weekend with 16 salmon caught over the two days. On Saturday, Brett McKee, fishing a Sunray Shadow fly caught and released a salmon at The Meadow. C. Bisby recorded a 9 lb salmon caught on shrimp from the Upper Mill Pool. A. Campbell accounted for an 11 lb salmon caught on a fly from Clancy’s Pool. Tom Colgan logged an 8½ lb salmon caught on worm from the Upper Mill Pool. D. Lloyd recorded a 7 lb salmon caught on a Cascade fly from The Corry. Davy McKee accounted for a 9 lb salmon caught on prawn from Melly’s High Bank and Marty King reported a fine 14 lb salmon caught on prawn from the Money Hole. On Sunday there were 12 salmon caught. Keith Gardiner recorded a 7 lb salmon caught on a Cascade fly from the Mill Pool. Padraig Deeny accounted for a 9 lb salmon caught on a Cascade fly from Briney’s. J. Philpot logged an 8 lb salmon caught on prawn from the Money Hole. Marty King recorded an 8½ lb salmon also caught on prawn from the Money Hole. Hans Peter Hoffman accounted for an 11 lb salmon caught on a Flying ‘C’ lure from the Eel Weir. P. McGowan, Phillip McGrath and Sam Gourley recorded 3 salmon caught between them weighing 7½ & 9 lb caught on prawn & fly from the Mill pool. There were a further 5 salmon caught and I am awaiting details of the same.
Lindsey Clarke

For info/bookings etc on the Drowes Fishery & Lough Melvin see the website: or Tel: +353 (0)71 9841055 (8 am to 12 noon).

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Good salmon taken trolling on Lough Melvin.

17 April: With the good run of salmon, Lough Melvin fished well for salmon this week. I have heard of 9 salmon caught over the week to date all taken trolling though I do not yet have full details of all of these. On Tuesday, Rodney Benson recorded an 8 lb salmon. On Friday there were 4 salmon caught. Seamus O’Dare accounted for a 7 lb salmon, Richard Todd and Joe Feely both landed an 8 lb fish and there was a further salmon caught. On Saturday 2 further salmon were caught one of which was Darren Maguire’s 10 lb 2 oz fish. On Sunday, 2 more salmon were caught one of which was Seamus O’Dare’s 9 lb salmon.
Lindsey Clarke

For info/bookings etc on Lough Melvin see or Tel: +353 (0)71 9841055.

Lough Melvin, Rossinver Fishery: For info/bookings etc, contact Ruth Mettler. Tel: 071 9841451.

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All quiet at the Owenea Fishery

There were decent floods on Monday and Wednesday on the Owenea both reading 0.40 metres on the gauge but after Wednesday water levels fell and the gauge was only reading 0.11 metres by the end of the week. The gauge average for the week read 0.21 metres. The fishery was very quiet and no visiting rods fished for the week. I am still awaiting news of the first salmon of the season and these are still early days on the fishery.
Lindsey Clarke

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

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Trout Angling Update

ILFA 1st Trial 2011 to be held on Lough Leane (Westmeath)

The Irish Ladies Flyfishing Association will be holding their first trial of the 2011 season on Lough Leane (Collinstown, Co Westmeath) on Saturday 30th April.

This is the first of 4 trials which will be used to select the women’s team to represent Ireland at the Ladies International Flyfishing Championships in Scotland in 2012.

The event is open to all members.  To become a member please visit and in order to take part in this competition it’s essential to become a member before 20th April.

The event is being organised in conjunction with the Lough Leane Anglers Association.

For women who’d like to learn to fly-fish there will be several days throughout the year to introduce women to angling and social days for members and their friends.

You must be over 18 to take part in the events.

For more information on these events or to join the ILFA please visit or ring Jenny Casey on 087 6593 174 (ROI) or Madeleine Kelly 07738 362459 (NI)

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Good rainbow and brown trout fishing reported from the Waterford Reservoirs

There was excellent brown and rainbow trout fishing reported on Knockaderry and Carrigavantry Reservoirs run by the Waterford fly anlgers.  Good hatches of fly brought plenty of sport for anglers boat fishing in the past week.

Day permits for the Carrigavantry Reservoir and the other lough fisheries can be purchased at the Centra Supermarket, Kilmeaden (town) outside Waterford City.
Waterford City and County Trout Anglers Association

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Mayfly up on Lough Derg, Limerick angler Steve Normoyle gets two trout on a Wulf

In an email, Stephen Normoyle here from limerick reports that he travelled to Lough Derg today Tuesday 19th April, having heard some reports of mayfly.  “Fished with Gerard Hickey from Clonlara.  We met three fish on the Grey Wulff, landed two of them, one of 1.5 lbs. and 2 lbs.   The mayfly have started on Lough Derg.  Can not believe it is just the 20th of April. We were both thrilled to get these on the Wulff especially so early in the season.   It was a fantastic day.”
Steve Normoyle
I Got Worms
19 Ellen Street, Limerick.
Tel: +353 (0)61 410004

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Kenny Kiernan wins O'Malley cup on Lough Owel

KING KENNY. Having taken in our lines from Ree, we were back on Owel Sunday for the O’Malley Cup. It’s hard to cover all local competitions as Lene and Glore were also on Sunday April 17th. The O’Malley Cup certainly pulled the anglers, and up on twenty seven trout were weighing-in at the 6pm finish. I met Kenny Kiernan from Greenpark Meadon at lunchtime and he had a cracking Bar of Silver from Owel. The fish weighed in at 1.195kg, and won on the day. It was hard going in brilliant sunshine, but the Lake is producing some good fish, and certainly worth checking out. Last weeks winner of the Ace Cup finished 2nd with .980, and Pat Noonan and Martin Mc Gorian finished joint 3rd on .910kg. Lough Owel Chairman Brendan Murray thanked all who competed on the day, and the O’Malley family for sponsoring the first prize. Johnny and David O’Malley both fished the competition, and Johnny actually caught 3 fish. Ok he was fishing with Jack Sleator, and he more that likely gave him the right fly. We have a cracking photo of Johnny and his fly catching jumper.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.

First Mayfly seen hatching on Lough Sheelin along with hatches of olives

11th to 17th April: It was another good week for trout anglers on Lough Sheelin with the best fishing on Wednesday and Friday.   Thursday’s fishing was difficult due to continuous changing wind directions.  There was a good hatch of buzzer on the lake particularly around Goreport and the weekend saw the first appearances of the Mayfly as well as the first hatches of olives.  There are still relatively few anglers fishing the Lough this week but any fishermen who did venture out usually caught fish. Wet fly fishing is still the preferred method but dry fly fishing is gradually increasing as the season on the lake progresses.  42 trout were recorded for the week.   Michael Kelly from Balbriggan, Co. Dublin fished between Wednesday and Friday and he recorded 17 trout, 9 of which were stocked fish. His best fish was a beautiful wild trout over 3 lbs in weight and he had two other fish close to 3 lbs.  Gary McKiernan, Cavan fishing on Friday, wet fly fishing had 3 trout, with a best fish of 2 lbs.  Thomas Harton, Cavan was also out on Friday and caught a trout of 1½ lbs.  A late angling return which was not reported was an 8 lb trout caught by Shane Colgan from Armagh on March 17th on St. Patrick’s Day using a Silver Invicta.
Brenda Montgomery
IFI - Limerick
Lough Sheelin Office

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Small trout dominate catches on Lough Mask in the bright conditions

Fishing on Mask was a bit tougher this week, with not as many anglers seen on the lake. The warm bright conditions we have been experiencing over the past week has not helped matters. Prolific hatches of small dark sedge are still being reported almost on a daily basis. The vast majority of anglers are having most of their success on small dry patterns e.g. size 12/14 F-flies or the Chocolate Drop. A common complaint (if you could call it that!) is the number of small fish being caught and returned by anglers every day.

Kevin Beattie and Ray Broughton (Ballinrobe) fished Mask on several occasions over the past week with great success. Kevin said their catches would have been in double figures most days, but many of their fish would have been undersize. Sean Maloney and Tommy Foley (Ballinrobe) had 3 fish on Sunday. Sean fished again on Monday and had a further 4 trout (best fish 2.25 lbs). Ger Linehan (Cork) fished over the weekend for 4 fish (best fish 2 lbs). Dennis Kelleher and Noel Moran (Ballinrobe) also fished on Sunday and had 3 fish (best fish 2 lbs). Hall’s Angling Centre also reported good catches. Four anglers from the Dargle Angling Club, staying at Hall’s, fished on Sunday and they had 10 trout for their efforts (best fish 2.5 lbs). Two Galway anglers also staying at Hall’s had 6 trout on Sunday (best fish 2 lbs).

At this stage the duckfly is over on Mask and attention begins to focus on the olives. Reasonable hatches of olives and the occasional campto buzzer have been reported in the usual haunts, so lots to look forward to over the next few weeks.

To book accommodation or fishing from Hall’s, contact David Hall at: tel. +353 (0) 94 9541389 or email
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

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Huge Ferox Trout reported from Lough Corrib but the bright conditions make fly fishing difficult

Photo: Big ferox feature again in the Corrib reports

Fly fishing on Lough Corrib is still proving tough for anglers at the moment, with fishing described as patchy, but angling effort is also low at the moment in the bright conditions, so poor catches may be reflection of this also. Some olives are starting to hatch in bays on the eastern shore, with some early mayfly also appearing in the Cong and Cornamona areas. Just one report from this area, with Eamon Gavin from Cornamona reporting 5 trout for an evening for 6.5 lbs, with 3 released. Other reports are patchy and difficult to come by.

Over on the Oughterard shore, fishing is still patchy enough. The Bartley McGauley Cup competition was fished from Oughterard was won by Jimmy Dixon, with 2 trout for 2.5 lbs. Kenneth Ferguson was 2nd, with 1 trout for 1.75 lbs, and local tackle dealer Tommy Tuck was 3rd with 1 trout of 1.25 lbs.
The Rocca Cup, fished out of Collinamuck, was won by Padraic Fahy from Cloonabinnia, with 2 trout for 5 lbs. Toby Bradshaw from Moycullen was 2nd, with 2 trout for 4 lbs, and Niall Collins from Galway was 3rd with 2 trout for 3.5 lbs. The 42 anglers who entered landed 25 trout over the size limit. As with the far shore, other reports were hard to come by with the low angling effort, but 2 Swiss anglers who trolled for 4 days landed 7 trout, best 8.5 lbs.

Ferox Trout

Photo: A smashing ferox of 16lb 5 oz from Corrib

I received another fantastic report from fishing guide Tomi Kurman from the Corrib Predator Team, who guided a couple of first time visitors from the Czech Republic last weekend, Peter Durdik and his son, Peter Jr. As Tomi put it, he had the pleasure of introducing Mr. Ferox to the father and son, who had such a good time that they are already planning a longer trip for next year.

Peter Sr. smashed his previous personal best trout by landing a ferox of 16 lbs 7 oz, while son Peter had a slightly smaller fish at "only" 16 lb and 5 oz!  Both beautiful fish were sportingly released, hopefully to put more weight on before their visit next year! See the attached photos of these magnificent fish.

To book a day on the lake with Tomi, call him on 085 7318541, contact him by email at or check his website at
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

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Good improvement in trout fishing on Loughs Conn and Cullin

Foxford Anglers hosted the Devanny Cup angling competition on the lakes on Sunday the 17th, with 22 anglers participating. Peter Roche, Cloghans won the Cup with a trout of 1.5 lbs, with John Finnerty, Knockmore, taking second place and Padraig Traynor third.  Fishing out of Murphy’s, Jim McDonnell, Bohola had two fine trout caught trolling. The trout weighing 3 lbs and 5 lbs were boated using a silver Toby lure. Fishing in the Massbrook area Liam McHugh, Edenderry had two trout, with Mick Sweeney, Loughrea boating one, averaging 1.5 lbs.

Fishing out of Pontoon Bridge Hotel on Lough Cullin, Padraig McElwaine caught one trout of 1 lbs with Rory McMahon also landing one. Both fish were caught on the Claret Mallard. Angling out of Cloghans Bay, Bill Coolaghan, Sligo had one fine trout of 5.5 lbs from the Castlehill Bay area. Within Cloghans Bay itself, Patrick Kelly, Cloghans had a nice trout of 2.5 lbs, while Brendan Levens and Padraig Kelly, fishing out of Home Bay Farm had a trout each. Trout were spotted moving all over the lake in the past week, with sporadic Duck fly hatches still occurring, and the occasional hatch of Olives also observed.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Fishing is slow on Lough Arrow with good hatches of Duckfly reported.

Angling on Lough Arrow remains relatively slow, however Peter Dunn enjoyed success throughout the week, boating 5 trout averaging 1.5 lbs. Peter sportingly returned one fish of 3.5 lbs, with most fish being caught with Duckfly imitations in the evenings. Good hatches of Duckfly continue to emerge all over the lake, with the arrival of the Mayfly hatch now eagerly anticipated.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Good Rainbow Trout fishing at Ballin Lough

Fourteen rods fished Ballin Lough for the week, with a very respectable return of 64 rainbow trout, 46 of which were sportingly released. Timmy Deasy, Castlebar enjoyed success catching 17 trout in total for his trip, releasing 15 with the best fish weighing 2 lbs. Tommy Brennan and boat partner, Co. Offaly accounted for 13 trout, their best weighing 1.5 lbs. Pat Murphy, Co. Galway also enjoyed success on the Lough, boating 8 trout, his best weighing 2 lbs. Successful flies over the past week were the Montana Nymph, Black Pennell, Whiskey Fly, the Royal Wulff and various Olives.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Better hatches of buzzers and sedges improve trout fishing on Lough Melvin

17 April: The trout fishing is picking up due to better hatches of buzzers & sedges but it seems early morning and late evening are the times to be fishing. The hatches seem to peter off around midday. A number of anglers recorded some nice Sonaghan caught up to around 1 lb on wet flies.
Lindsey Clarke

For info/bookings etc on Lough Melvin see or Tel: +353 (0)71 9841055.

Lough Melvin, Rossinver Fishery: For info/bookings etc, contact Ruth Mettler. Tel: 071 9841451.

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Dry fly and buzzer fishing does best at Cashel Fishery

Photo: Paul Temple and William Temple had an excellent day using the dries and shipman’s buzzers

With the outstanding weather anglers are encouraged to come out in large numbers to us here at Cashel.  Using dries and assorted buzzers many anglers are making brilliant catches landing great fighting trout to the bank and bag. 

Firstly, members past and present of the North West Fire and Rescue Service booked a day with us during the week.  Kieran Barr bagged two weighing 4lb 6ozs while his dad Tommy Barr also bagged two weighing 4lb 5ozs.  His grandson David Barr bagged two also which weighed 3lb 3ozs while fell to buzzers.  David Lynch not being too familiar with fly fishing did very well to land his first ever trout which weighed just over 2lb and which fell to a GH black lure.  Raymond Fleming got one to the bank which was around the 2lb mark too.  Derry’s Paul Temple and William Temple had an excellent day using the dries and shipman’s buzzers.  William took one home which weighed 3lb 8ozs and continued to release three more while Paul bagged two at 4lb 11ozs and released ten others which took assorted dries.  Maghera’s Bernard Mellon released an amazing twenty trout which took dries and buzzers.  Pearse Doherty (Maghera) released half a dozen trout which fell to the wee egg fly while Paul Ford (Derry) unfortunately only managed one to the bank.  Billy Hazlett (Derry) did very well using dries only to bank eight trout in total taking two home for tea which weighed 5lb 3ozs.  Antrim’s Michael Edwards used the white fritz to bag his three trout which weighed 6lb 14ozs.  Dungiven’s John Hasson released ten clinkers taking the f-fly and the floating par.  Martin Bradley (Dungiven) did not too bad either releasing sixteen great trout which fell to suspender buzzers and small nymphs. 

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

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Coarse Angling Update

More good bream from the River Barrow at St. Mullins

Photo: Darragh Magnier with some fine Barrow bream

Several members and non members of the Carlow Coarse Angling Club made the 55 minute journey from Carlow town to a very scenic village on the river Barrow last Sunday for a days Bream fishing and coaching. All present on the day had opted to fish the feeder or tip as it is widely known amongst coarse anglers due to recent trips to the tidal stretch. Chairman Gerry McStraw coached the latest Carlow CAC junior member Darragh Magnier from Co. Kildare for the day thus earning him ten hours of logged coaching time as a trained Angling Council of Ireland coach. When the tide came up Darragh was set up and taught how to set up a waggler and landed a very good amount of Dace one after the other. All of the eight A.C.I. trained coaches the Carlow CAC have offer their time to the club for free and will attend the Fisheries Awareness day in Carlow town on the 12th May at 11am  ran in conjunction with the Inland Fisheries Ireland.

As the group arrived on the river Barrow the morning mist was lifting to reveal the most breath taking views available in Co.Carlow all of which are there all year round. Young Darragh did get his first wild Barrow Bream in fact he caught a few of them and has been entered into the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland fish of the month competition ran on the web-site. Vice-Chairman Neville Martin used his vast knowledge of Bream fishing to land a very impressive bag of Barrow Bream. Nev used a combination of Sensas 3000 Bremes and Super Bream by Sensas to land a dozen quality sized Bream ranging from 5-7Lb and several good Roach up to 2Lb. Chosen method of hook bait on the day was a worm topped by a single red method fished on a size 14 hook. Two other members of the Carlow CAC fished the Bahanna wood section just above the tidal stretch and had a fine days fishing on the whip and pole landing several excellent Roach and Dace for double figure bags.


Elsewhere in Co.Carlow the town stretch is reported as producing really good bags of Dace, Roach and Hybrids up to 2Lb. The new development and flood relief works at Montgomery Street should be completed and the road re-opened to the public within the coming days. The town stretch has been selected as the venue for 20 angling bays specially constructed for disabled and junior anglers, the project will also include a vandal proof toilet permanently located at the site. The on going project was put together by the Carlow CAC with the help of the Angling Council of Ireland, the N.C.F.F.I., Carlow Co.Council, Rural development (formally Leader) and the Inland Fisheries Ireland. Irish coarse angling seems to have had a new injection of life from the extremely good bags of fish being reported and documented to the actions of the national federation in securing several world class events for the country. The Carlow CAC have already received several enquiries from anglers overseas wishing to fish the river Barrow for the Bream and Specimen Roach that are being caught on a daily basis.

If any one has any enquiries as regards fishing the River Barrow or indeed the Carlow C.A.C. please do not hesitate to contact me.
Gerry McStraw
Tel: 085 2844566
or visit
St. Fiacc's Tce.

Bream day on the Barrow

Photo: Ashley with a lovely River Barrow bream.

It’s great when it all comes together, a scorching Sunday afternoon and the bream oblige. Making up a ground bait mix from horse feed, full of grains and mollases, I hit St Mullins around mid afternoon with high tide scheduled for seven pm. Setting up a pitch downstream of the platforms I fished a 30 gram round cage feeder with a two foot snood about two thirds of the way across. Using treble red maggot bites commenced after about 15 minutes. Not frequent but steady, mainly from dace, trout, smolts, and small flounder.

The feeder would trundle slightly with the current then come to rest, bites occurred only when the bait was stationary. The green feathery weed was still present. Striking into a lift bite everything went solid, then the bottom kicked, a fish and a heavy one. Using its broad flank in the current the bream stayed deep and worked downstream. Using side strain the fish swam up along the bank still staying deep. Taking my time letting the fish kick away I eventually lowered the net and she slid over, a fine bronze bream. Landing another of a similar size along with some good dace and hybrids, bites came to a halt over the top of the tide. These fish are special, a night session is definitely on the cards.
Ashley Hayden
Angling guide

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Some great catches reported at Lanesborough

Photo: Daniel Hoare with another seasons best Tinca at 6lb 14.5oz

15 - 20 April: Early morning starts and night sessions are turning up good catches of large tench and bream. Big bags are not common but there are some fine individual fish to be had. Seamus Moorehouse fishing opposite the lillies caught six with the biggest going 6lb 5oz. To me it looked like spawning is imminient.

Five very keen souls spent a night on the stretch and were rewarded with a few large fish. John Herrieven (aka Kildare John) had 2 Tench, the best, a male going 4lb 8oz and 8 good Bream between 4-5lb Gary Robinson also had two slightly smaller Tench, but did have the good fortune of 3 larger Bream over 7lb with the best going 7lb 6oz.

Tomas Bartoszko had an estimated 100lb+ bag made up mainly of Hybrids. There were no Tench and only a couple of Roach and Rudd with odd Bream in his net. I think everyone on the stretch came to witness his catch and I'm sure many of them were astounded when they were all safely returned. Mark Herrity had a Tench of about 5lbs plus about a 100 small fish.

Sunny conditions made angling difficult at time but when cloud cover cameangling would improve. By 6pm after a short shower and the light getting rather dark, the conditions were ideal and I was very confident of some Tench. I caught three, all males going 4lb 9oz, 3lb 6oz and 3lb 12oz with two Hybrids as well. What a lovely night to be out.
Paul Waghorn

Cracking net of bream and tench for Karl Nicholls

bream and tench

The warm water cut on the River Shannon at Lanesborough is fishing well with quality bream, tench, some roach and hybrids.  Among the successful this week is holiday angler Karl Nicholls from Wirral (near Chester) who had a cracking net of fish after choosing to concentrate on the fast flowing water.
Karl was about 30 metres down from the influx of warm water from the power station and mixed his attack between long pole with a flat-float and feeder fishing.  His most successful bait was worm, though he did get some on corn and red maggot.
Dave Houghton
Active Irish Angling Holidays
Tel: 0151 324 4744 (UK) or 00353 71 9642743 (Eire)

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I had a daytime visit to the Inny above Lough Derravaraugh and had a fantastic day catching pristine condition Roach to 10oz with the odd Perch and Gudgeon. For some stupid reason, after getting 30 fish which averaged 4-5oz a piece I moved to another swim where my catch rate rapidly decreased. Peter started on the feeder but after changing to a stick caught some fish of a similar stamp to mine.

My evening session after closing the shop was a trip to Maladys on the Inny where, to start off was very hard. At 7.30 I hadn't had a bite, but from then on it was relatively easy with 18 fish for about 11lbs. There were three Hybrids to 2lb 1oz and a Roach of 1lb 1oz in my total.

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80lb bags of bream at Portumna

Photo: A number of the bream were attacked by pike.

The new season has started well with catches of 80lb + of bream and hybrids reported. All the stretches around Portumna fishing well. The warmer temperatures and normal water levels seem to have brought the fish on. Lob worm or red maggot seem to attract the better quality fish.  Local marinas also producing fish many roach, skimmers, perch and eels.

Photo: Bernadette with a bream from the Town stretch

Pike sometimes proving troublesome. I had several bream over 4lb taken by pike. Picture shows a brace of nice bream, one clearly attacked by a pike with the marks to prove it. Both myself and Bernadette my wife pictured with some of our catch on a 3 hour evening session on the Town stretch close to Portumna bridge.
Mike Murray
Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596

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Plenty of roach and bream on Lough Oughter

Fishing generally is good with plenty of local anglers fishing using worms and maggots.  There are plenty of Roach and Bream being caught on Lough Oughter and some Tench on Bunn and Putiaghan.
Alice Murtagh
IFI – Ballyshannon
Corlesmore Office, Co. Cavan.                       


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Photo: Dave Slater with is winning catch.

Following the second set of Team Qualifiers at Rockfield Lake Killeshandra, Ireland Team manager Mark Theedom has selected his teams for the 2011 Float Fishing Internationals.

The Team selected to fish the World Championships on the Ostellato Canal (25 Aug to 6 Sept) in Italy is as follows;

Dave Slater, Vincent Walsh, Nick Harrison, Finton Brennan, David Burleigh and Tommy Dowd.

The Team selected to fish the Celtic Cup on Magiscroft Fisheries (3 to 8 Aug) in Scotland is as follows;

Michael O' Connor, Nick Howell, Donal McGuirk, Danny Quinn, Ritchie Keegan, Mark Leonard. Brian Bohan and Paul McConville

Mark thanked all the anglers for taking part in the series, which were fished on two very fair venues allowing all anglers to show their talents. Mark also thanked the following anglers who attended as end peg blockers; Paul Lee, John Heys, Steve Finchett and Gary Radcliffe.

Attention now turns to the preparation for the World Feeder Championships and the Qualifiers for the team, which will be fished on Gaulmoylestown Lake on the 21/22 May 2011.
Jack Tisdale
Cloughballymill Angling Centre
Unit 3, Sligo Road, Enniskillen. BT74 7JY 
Tel: +44 28 6632 2008

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Pike Angling Update

Great Pike fishing on Lough Ree with fish to 15kg landed

Photo: here is a pictures of the fish that I and my client got on Sunday 17th April on Lough Ree. It was 116 cm long and weighed 15 Kg.
Alberto Rizzini
Angling Guide
Portloman - Slanemore, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath, Ireland.
Tel: +353 (0)44 9344866
Email: Web: www.casarizzinicom

Lough Ree Pike Festival a roaring success

Photo: Michael Flanagan with a fine Ree pike

“A roaring success” is how one of the 120 anglers described the three day boat angling pike festival staged on Lough Ree last week.  And anglers taking part needed to catch a pike of 85 centimetres – a fish estimated at about 18 lb – to win one of the top eight prizes each day.

All boats were launched from Coosan Point providing quick access to more than 12 miles of the massive lough and the quest was to catch the biggest pike possible, measure it on the special board provided in each boat, photograph the fish and return it alive and unharmed as quickly as possible. 

There was an average of 64 pike caught each day.

At stake was a massive €18,000 including €3,000 for the biggest fish caught and this year a chance to win the Pike Angling World Cup, a competition based on the total length of the longest fish caught each day on the boat.

Local pike match fishing expert Joe McDermott from Longford got off to a great start and won both the first and second day with fish of 103cms and was looking likely to sweep the board.  But disaster struck on Friday and he and his angling partner failed to catch a single fish.

Domnic Potoczny, France, wins €3,000 for biggest pike of festival

Photo: €3000 for Domnic Potoczny who caught the longest fish of the competition

When everyone handed in their result sheets on Friday evening the longest fish recorded by the anglers was a pike of 102cms from French angler Domnic Potoczny, who had travelled especially for the event with three friends.

However, when the organisers scrutinised the camera memory card they discovered that the fish was in fact 106cms – the biggest fish caught!   It turned the expected results upside down.

When it was announced the room erupted with cheers and a bemused Domnic stepped forward to receive his cheque for €3000 from the Mayor of Athlone, Sheila Buckley Byrne.

Ciara Corcoran, 10 and dad win Pike Angling World Cup

Photo: The Pike Angling World Cup was won by 10 year old Ciara Corcoran and her father Padraigh.

And moments later another big surprise came with news the the Pike Angling World Cup had been won by 10 year old Ciara Corcoran and her father Padraigh from County Roscommon.  They had a combined 262 centimetres for the three days, which included a pike of 101cms caught by Ciara in the final session that gave her second place on the day plus €700.
Dave Houghton
Active Irish Angling
Tel: (from UK) 0151 324 4744
or (in Ireland) 071 9642743 (other countries) 0044 151 324 4744.

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Corrib pike to 25lb for german anglers

Portarra Lodge, Moycullen had its first Pike Anglers for 2011 last week.  Two German anglers, Alex Leidtke & Heino Banritzer, came to fish for the famous Corrib Pike on the advice of the Pike Master himself - Bertus Rozemeijer from Holland.  It was the first time for Alex and Heino to fish Lough Corrib so most of their week was taken up exploring the lake and the various Pike Holes.  They did manage some Piking and over the period of 6 days they boated over 20 pike with a good number in the 90 to 97 cm bracket and on their last day Alex got two fish over the 1 meter mark.  one of 104cm and a lovely pike of 110 cm that must have weighted over 25 lbs. They were thrilled with their experience and had great praise for Bertus who pointed them in the direction of Portarra Lodge.  It goes without saying that they will be back again next year - if not sooner.
Michael Canney

Kevin Crowley

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Anglers land 280lb of pike at Sillan

Pike fishing is also reported to be good in all areas of Cavan and Leitrim.  280lb of Pike were bagged on pier in the caravan park at Sillan.

Killeshandra pike to 28lb recently

We have had reports of pike being caught of 22 lb, 24 lb and 28 lb in recent weeks by both local and visiting anglers but we don't know where they were caught.

Creenagh Cup

We held a pike match on our local trout water at Creenagh yesterday 17th April in which we restricted the match to 7 boats due to the size of the lake. The match was for the 'Creenagh Cup' sponsored by the Spinners Tackle Shop, Killeshandra. This was the first time this cup has been competed for and will now be held every year. The match was the last opportunity to fish for pike prior to the lake being stocked with trout later this week.

A total of 18 anglers took part with 19 fish caught weighing a total of 68.5 lb.
The Creenagh Cup for the heaviest fish was won by 16 year old Mark Fullen from Kilegar, witha pike of 13 lb.

The aggregate weight was won by Kieran McCormack and Derek Whittaker of Killeshandra with a weight of 36 lb.

Second place was Mark Fullen and Paddy Murphy with a weight of 15.75 lb.
Third place was Jim Toms and Chris Irving with 8.25 lb.

The trout lake is open to a membership of 50.00 euro per annum and day tickets and membership can be bought from the Spinners Tackle shop in Killeshandra. 
Derek Whittaker
Spinners Tackle Shop
Main Street, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan.
Tel: (049) 436 3877

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Sea Angling Update

Great small boat fishing from Kilmore Quay

Dave Cherry got in touch to report that he had great fishing out of Kilmore Quay last week. There were plenty of codling ,pollock, wrasse taken - nine species in total. Over a 100 fish for the day were landed including some good codling to 5lb and ling to 10lb.

Soft plastics brigade enjoy a great day out

Manwhile Danny Meagher and friends had great fishing on Sunday:

Photo: 10lb pollack for Barry

The sea was like a mill pond as we initiated our first drift, neap tides and lack of wind resulted in a slow drift which in turn affected the way fish reacted to our soft plastic offerings. A fast drift is preferred for our style of fishing, cast up tide and work the lure into the target area and the take is usually very aggressive. But on Sunday we had to adapt to the fish as they just plucked at the lures resulting in a lot of missed strikes and some colorful language!

Pollack were the main target and though not pletful there were some great fish caught including one of 9.7lb and another ot 10lb. But we had arguably more Codling than Pollock which is a good sign depending on what side of the coin you are looking at. Some lovely fish were landed, which gave great account for themselves over the course of the day.

Photo: An almost tropically coloured ballan wrasse

There was a great showing of wrasse and I had 30 one after the other. All these, as with the rest of fish including one pouting and some ling, taken on soft plastics.
Danny Meagher
Wexford Angling Blog

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Specimen mullet on the fly from West Cork venue

Photo: 5lb 8oz mullet on the fly

Angling guide Richie Ryan reports some great fishing for mullet on the fly recently at a closely guarded West Cork venue. Fishing at the mouth of a small estuary on the falling tide with small shrimp patterns temped a number of fish even in the brightest conditions. Best was this 5lb 8oz mullet which took almost 20 minutes to land. After such a fisht it is important to allow the fish plenty of time to recover before finally releasing them.
Richie Ryan
Saltwater fly fishing Guide.                                                                   
Web: E-mail: 
Tel: +353 (0)86 1940744

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Valentia charter fishing

Photo: A ling from a mark off Valentia

Our first logbook entry in 2011! Four to six anglers caught 182 pollock, 12 ling, 208 coalfish, 21 cod, 6 pouting, 3 cuckoo wrasse, 3 ballan wrasse, 1 weever and a couple of sandeels.
Siegy Grabher
Sioux 35' Offshore 105. 300 HP Ford
Ballyhearny West, The Mill, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 66 9476420 or +353 87 6871267
Email: Website:

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Ray report, Shannon Estuary, Co. Limerick

Photo: A 3lb thornback ray from the Shannon Estuary

Another spring low water and I couldn't resist hitting this mark again after such good returns but it was a quiter session this time with the crabs stripping my large baits in minutes and only two small ray caught. This was a much bigger tide of over 5 meter differential which had the tide running shortly before and after low water.

As the tide flooded hard it brought the bladder weed in. I had a nice boucing tip of a ray bite and after a bit of pressure I had a 3lb ray up on the bank just before 1pm. I decided not to take a picture in the hope of something biggers so I only have a picture of the 2lb ray that came in to sand eel squid directly a few minutes later to the same rod.

The weed kept coming in in larger quantities resulting in two lost rigs. The last 20 minutes I had a running ledger with mackerel head and guts for a conger as the conger patrol the channels at this stage of the tide but it was ripped apart by crabs and if the crabs are out the conger aren't.
Donagh Molloy
Fishing in the shannon estuary

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Mullet on the fly at Doonbeg, Co. Clare

Photo: A nice mullet on the fly for James Flanagan

Took two nice mullet on fly and lost one more in a short session, near Doonbeg, Co. Clare on Saturday. Weather conditions were perfect for this local mark, that fishes well early season given the right conditions. Tidal conditions were rough, though and weed dispersion towards the top of the 5m tide made fly fishing difficult.

Having fished for half an hour or so, and plagued by remnants of weed every three to four casts, I decided that less would be more……ie less casting but with more thought and strategy, as I targeted specific fish just visible beneath the surface. Lost one on hookup but then landed two nice fish in quick succession on a baitfish pattern which often works well on this mark where the mullet act very much like bass and fight like demons….not bad for an hour’s fishing.
James Flanagan
Saltwater flyfishing guide
Tel: +353 (0)87 2454653

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Pollack, ling, coalies and cod from Broad Haven Bay

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Photo: Pat Ruddy, Belmullet Sea Angling Club and juvenile club member Mathew Walsh near the Stags of Broad Haven.

Belmullet Sea Angling Club members, including some juveniles enjoyed a warm, sunny angling venture on Sunday past, despite a fairly large swell from the west. Fishing out of Ballyglass Pier onboard An Gearoidin, the anglers enjoyed their day, despite the lack of significant numbers of mackerel, which were caught in abundance during the previous day. Angling around the Stags of Broad Haven and Benwee Head, large shoals of coal fish were encountered. Large numbers of good sized pollack were also boated, averaging 6lbs; including many double hook-ups, as well as good numbers of ling averaging 7lbs and the occasional cod.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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11 species for anglers on Leah, Killala Bay

Skipper of the Leah, Donal Kennedy reported a very good days fishing on Killala Bay on Sunday past. Fishing out of Killala, a party of anglers from Tullamore, Co. Offaly departed the pier at 08.30 with a slight swell and gentle South-Easterly winds. 11 species of fish were encountered on the day including coal fish to 3lbs, numerous pouting, dogfish, whiting, red and grey gurnard. Good sized cuckoo wrasse were also boated, with one falling just short of the specimen weight as well as a fine ballan wrasse of approximately 4lbs. Many pollack were caught in the day, with the best weighing approximately 12lbs as well as ling up to 7lbs and several cod up to 6llbs. A good days angling by any standards, with such a wide variety of species boated.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Lots of whiting and some coalies at Downings

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Photo: Two nice whiting a coalfish

Charter skipper Michael McVeigh is back on the water again. On April 10 he reported some good fishing over the wreck of the Audacious. His anglers had pollack, whitingm coalfish, herring and mackerel. The sounder was showing baitfish everywhere.

Last weekend he was out again and this time whiting gobbled up every bait that was put before them. Tiem and gain strings of three were brought to the boat.
Michael McVeigh
Rosguill 43' Aquastar. Twin 310 HP
Downings, Co. Donegal.
Telephone: +353 74 9155080
Email: Web:

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Skate, skate and more skate at Red Bay in Co. Antrim

Photo: Gary Blair (right) had the best skate of the two day session

Photo: No less than 5 doubles were taken over the two days

Charter skipper Hamish Currie reports Skate skate and more skate as the weekend saw him fishing 33 miles south of Red Bay, hiding from the main tide run. The anglers were looking for the bullhuss but once again nothing but skate were caught with a total of 13 skate boated in 2 days. The best fish was caught by Gary Blair from Carrickfergus. On 5 different occasions we boated them 2 at a time. A few plaice are starting to show on the sandbanks but are still very thin after spawning. Gurnards and a few codling are starting to appear as well.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib 
Web: Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)28 2177 1828  Boat: +44 (0)7720440117

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