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11 August 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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SALMON ANGLING

Salmon Angling Update


Nine year old angler catches and releases 16 lb. salmon on the River Boyne.

Matt Campbell reports that water levels on the Castletown River have remained very low during the last week and that rain is badly needed. There are good numbers of very small sea trout 7 to 10 inches in the river and rain would help scatter them through the system. The rain would also encourage a few larger trout to run as well. A few small sea trout are being caught during the day on worm on the tidal stretch of the river.

Salmon anglers on the Boyne are still waiting for rain. Water levels are extremely low at the moment. At the Oldbridge fishery, extremely low water conditions and no rain forecast has left it to the big tides to push up a few grilse this week. Despite the adverse conditions a number of fish were caught on the fly. Father and son duo Clive and 9 year old Dayle Eyres from Drogheda landed an 8 lb. and 6 lb. salmon respectively on the shrimp. On Sunday morning, young Dayle’s third fish this year (biggest and best) was a fantastic 16 lb. fish. All fish were returned unharmed to the river. The low water is not helping the salmon fishing at Navan, one or two fish were sighted in the area but no reports of fish being caught were received. Sea trout fishing remains slow due to low water conditions.

Some small sea trout are being taken on the Boyne estuary at Mornington and Baltray. Further north a beautiful sea trout weighing 8 lb. was caught and released by an angler fishing in the tide off Whitestown. Lots of small sea trout have been reported jumping from Cooley Point up to Carlingford Lough.

On the River Fane, things are still slow due to the lack of rain. Bernard Devenney from the Dundalk Salmon Anglers reports that for a third week fishing conditions on the River Fane have been quiet. There are reports of a couple of Salmon caught during the week and there are some really good Salmon in the lower reaches of the river. However, until we get some rain we do not expect a lot of activity. If we were to get a couple of good day’s rain I have no doubt we would have some excellent sport.

GM Cup
Photo:  Juvenile Anglers taking the honours following Gerard Martin Memorial Cup last Sunday.

Last Sunday, Dundalk Salmon Anglers held the Annual Juvenile Competition for the Gerard Martin Memorial Cup. It was a great day out for the Juveniles and the all seemed to enjoy themselves immensely.

The winner was Adam Crawley from Muirhevna Mor, Dundalk, second went to Aidan Hopkins, Harristown, Ardee, Co. Louth and in third place was Stephen Crawley, brother of the winner Adam.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

The Dundalk Salmon Anglers Association welcomes new members &visitors to their fisheries. Day Tickets cost €15 per day right through the season until 12thOctober

Day tickets to fish the Association's fisheries are available from:
Dundalk Angling Centre,
Demesne Shopping Centre, Dundalk.
Tel: 087-1477060. Closed Sunday & Monday 
Bicycle Doctor,
98 Bridge Street, Dundalk.
Tel: 042-9327033 & 087 2233039. Closed Sunday & Monday
Devenneys Stationers,
8 Crowe Street, Dundalk.
Tel: 042 9334202 & 087 1322873 (Anytime). Closed Sunday

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Salmon to 19lb on the Suir but fishing still not fishing well

Low water last week made for poor fishing though there are a lot of good fish in the river now. Some small grilse are managing to run the river but not in great numbers. One angler had 7 fish last week, all on prawn and his biggest was 19lb. but fly anglers had little success. This week's rain will hopefully freshen the river up and bring in more fresh fish.
Philip Maher
Fishhunt
Touraneena, Ballinamult, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, Ireland
Tel: + 353 (0)58 47524 Mob: + 353 (0)87 8399345
Web: Fishhunt.ie Email: philip@fishhunt.ie

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Munster Blackwater salmon fishing best at lower beats

Following some moderate rainfall, the upper river rose 35cm at Millstreet (90km upstream). The lower river however, only rose about 5cm as a result. The change in the weather nevertheless livened the fish up, and the grilse run has certainly picked up significantly. Despite low water conditions downriver and very few rods out fishing, we have caught 21 fish in the last 5 days.Daily catches for the last 5 days were 3,3,3,7 & 5 fish.
The upper river is quieter, with only 4 fish caught above, as most of the rod effort has been concentrating on the lower riveras even fresh grilse don't seem to be moving very far up. The majority of the fish caught have been grilse, but we have also landed fish of 7.5, 8.2 & 10.3lb. Yesterday a very large fish was lost on Beat 3 downriver by one Italian angler, who has caught 8 fish to 10.3lb. in the 5 days.The water clarity is excellent, and - whilst a good number of the fish in the last 5 days fell to shrimp,the fish are now starting to take the fly more freely.The Italians party!

Ezio Bertaina came for just one day fishing yesterday.He had never used a double hand rod before, and booked a 2 hour lesson with Glenda to learn how to use it.He then went fishing for the rest of the day and caught two grilse on the fly, releasing one.The capture sparked off a celebration & we arranged a dinner party with Gravad Lax to start (caught by another of the Italian anglers) followed by a Spaghetti Carbonara (prepared in true Italian style by the Italian ladies & finishing off with Ezio's grilled salmon - not to mention a few bottles of wine!Definitely a night to remember.
Ian & Glenda Powell
Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery
Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
Tel: 00 353 58 60235     From UK: 0871 474 0135  (10p/min any time!)
Mobile: 00 353 87 235 21 20
E-mail: info@ireland-salmon-fishing.net Website: www.ireland-salmon-fishing.net

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Low water levels impact on salmon fishing on the salmon rivers in the Cork Kerry area

Killarney Lakes and Lough Leane

31/07 5 Salmon were taken on the troll on Lough Lein all by local anglers with an average weight of 6 lb.
07/08 5 fish were landed from Lough Lein by local anglers trolling with weights ranging from 4 – 9 lb.

RIVER LAUNE BEATS 1 and 2

31/07 2 Salmon of 8 lb. & 5 lb. were reported from beat 2 on the Laune Fishery taken by a local and a tourist angler. 
07/08 Laune Fishery - 2 fish were taken from Beat 2 by visiting anglers (6 lb.& 5 lb.) while 1 fish was taken from Beat 1 by a local angler (5 lb.). 

LAUNE SALMON AND TROUT ANGLERS’ ASSOCIATON WATERS AND BEAT 3

31/07 No fish reported for the week in low water conditions.
07/08 Angling Report 8thAugust (Email to Laune Angling Report) As of Sunday evening 7thAugust water up slightly to 1 foot on the gauge at Johnston's. 

Despite the low water during the week there were a few fish caught each day and two in double figures.  On Sunday evening the water was rising and a bit dirty with leaves and weed.  There were four grilse reported for the day despite the rising water all bars of silver, this writer had a long tailed sea liced fish late in the evening at Broderick’s. The rain that came will not be enough to keep the river in good fishing condition, let’s hope for more rain to bring the gauge up to two feet. No reports of fish from Beat 3.

Web: www.launesalmonanglers.com  E-mail: billydownes@hotmail.com
Billy Downes, Secretary      Laune Salmon and Trout Anglers' Association

RIVER INNY, RIVER BLACKWATER AND SNEEM

31/07 5 grilse were caught on the River Inny.  The Kerry Blackwater had low water levels all week with 3 grilse being reported.   2 salmon were reported from the Sneem River.
07/08 7 grilse averaging 6 lb. were caught on the Inny.16 grilse 6 lb. average reported caught on the Kerry Blackwater  The Sneem - reports of 8 fish being caught  (please note that it appears to be 50% local angler & 50% tourist angler catch effort)River Roughty 10 – 15 grilse, 5 lb. average, 80% local & 20% tourist anglers

River Lee

31/07 35 Salmon with an average weight of 5 lb. were reported in the past week by both local & tourist anglers. 
(ESB Salmon Fishery)Keith O’ Connell, Cork, caught 2 salmon weighing 7 lb. and 9.5 lb. on shrimp, both fish were released.
07/08 River Lee – between 35 – 40 Salmon were reported caught, by local anglers, with an average weight of 6lb.

River Bandon

31/07 12 salmon averaging 4 lb. weight were caught by local anglers.  Water levels were low on the Bandon.  25 to 30 sea trout were reported taken averaging 2 lb. by local anglers. 
07/08 River Bandon – Approximately 15 salmon were reported averaging 6 lb. in weight all by local anglers.  Water levels remain significantly low, reportedly below historic summer drought levels.  Approximately 80 sea trout taken averaging 1.5 lb.– 2 lb. all by local anglers 

Coomhola River

31/07 2 fish up to 5 lb. were taken on the shrimp.
07/08 vRiver Coomhola – 5 fish caught, with weights not exceeding 6 lb. on the worm 

River Ilen

31/07 6 salmon for the week with a best fish of 8 lb. which fell to a flying C.
07/08 River Ilen – 6 fish best of which was 8 lb. on a flying C
Eileen Carroll
Inland Fisheries Ireland – Macroom
email: eileen.carroll@fisheriesireland.ie


Quieter week reported from Lough Currane where a few grilse were recorded on the Fishery

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

1/8/11 All quiet on the SW front in the Sea trout department, even though I am sure the odd junior (i.e. small sea trout) was caught, but it was a different story in the salmon department where Mr. Frank Donnelly of www.lakelandshouse.com reported to me that he caught a 5 lb. grilse with his Guest. Max air temperature 16.6°C.
2/8/11 Straight to Mr. Frank Donnelly of www.lakelandshouse.com who reported to me that he and his guest caught 2 grilse on the troll, weighing in at 5 lb. up to 6.5 lb., on the sea trout front no reports of any real Rod Benders. Max air temperature 17.1°C.
3/8/11 Mr. Frank Donnelly of www.lakelandshouse.com reported to me that that he and his Guest caught a grilse on the troll, in the sea trout department it was all quiet on the SW front. Wind ESE light with light misty rain throughout the day, amount of rainfall 1.9 mm, max air temperature 17.4°C.
4/8/11 Lough Currane may well be on the low side, and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work that one out, low lake or not this didn’t stop Mr. Don O’Leary catching a fine 9 lb. salmon on the drift early this morning, fishing in a hired out boat from www.oshealoughcurrane.com on the sea trout front, no reports of any real rod benders. Wind NW light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover.  Amount of rainfall 0.9 mm, max air temperature 16.7°C.
5/8/11 All quiet on the SW front in all departments. Wind WNW light.  With reasonable cloud cover. Amount of rainfall 0.1 mm, max air temperature 16.3°C.

6/8/11 The Swiss Flag was fly flying high over Lough Currane today, when a visitng angler from Switzerland caught a fine grilse on the troll with his ghillie Mr. Neil O’Shea - www.oshealoughcurrane.com now to the loss department, Mr. Dan Sugrue fishing with his ghillie Mr. Brod O’Sullivan of Stella Maris Guest house, lost a fine Salmon on the troll, they reckoned it was in the 10 lb. class, sorry lads losses don’t count. Wind NW with reasonable cloud cover. On the rain front there was heavy rain early this morning but sadly it didn’t last but at least it made a small flood, amount of rainfall 7.4 mm, max air temperature 16.2°C.
7/8/11 There wasn’t much action on Lough Currane and with little to no wind that is not surprising and what wind was there was coming from the NW light to calm with the odd heavy shower, plus they had the Waterville Regatta today, so on that note I will cut across the valley to the River Inny, there was a fine Grilse caught by a Dutch Angler fishing with his ghillie Mr. Frank Donnelly - www.lakelandshouse.com  Amount of rainfall 4.3 mm, max air temperature 17.3°C.

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

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Good grilse fishing reported at the Galway Fishery

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Photo: Amy O’Reilly was thrilled with her first ever salmon - a beautiful 6.5 lb. fish

Water levels remained perfect in Galway this week, with only wind direction affecting water levels by a few inches at most. There were 69 salmon landed for the week, including a cracking 17 lb. summer salmon taken on a shrimp by Shane McNamee from Dublin. Shane also had a grilse the same day, while brother Paul landed 2 grilse. John Anderson from Galway landed 4 grilse on fly, all released, while Paul Wymes from Dublin had 2 grilse on fly and shrimp. Local angler Dave Lenihan caught and released 2 grilse on fly, while another local but no relation, Simon Lenihan, landed 3 grilse to 6 lb. on fly.

Martin Kiely landed 3 grilse on fly and shrimp, releasing 2, while Limerick native Neil Spellacy had a nice 6 lb. grilse on fly, and Greg Forde also took a grilse on the fly. Eamon Power from Waterford caught and released 2 grilse on fly, and local angler Karl Reynolds took a nice 5 lb. fish on shrimp. Gordon Sheedy from Limerick had 2 grilse on shrimp, and Owen Jackman had a bumper day, landing 5 grilse on the fly, and sportingly releasing 4 of these. Ted Murphy landed his first salmon, swiftly followed by his second, one each on fly and shrimp, while young Amy O’Reilly was thrilled with her first ever salmon - a beautiful 6.5 lb. fish caught on shrimp, which I  netted myself, accompanied by a shriek of delight from Amy!
Kevin Crowley

IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Steady fishing reported from Lough Inagh

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Photo: Ronan Creane with a fine salmon from Lough Inagh

Fishery manager Colin Folan reports from Lough Inagh on fishing up to Sunday: Well the rain that I hoped for didn't really materialise. We had some very heavy showers but nothing persistent. On Sunday morning Lough Inagh was up 8 inches, but in all honesty it needs another 12 inches for a good flood in the river.   The good news however is, that the bog is soaked and a good day of rain will give us the much needed lift in water levels. There is heavy rain forecast for Tuesday night and all Wednesday, so from Thursday on the river should fish.

6 salmon were landed for the week, which is very good considering that there was little or no wind. Inagh,ghillie, Ronan Creane (Galway) caught and released the best fish of the week. The fish weighed 9 lb. and took a Daddy. Willie Kelly had 2 grilse from Inagh on a Bibio, weighing 3.5 lb. and 5 lb. Paul Mason (Galway) fished Inagh for the first time and was rewarded with a 4.5 lb. grilse. Kevin Kelly (Galway) landed a 7lb. fish on a Cascade on Lough Inagh. Finally Andy Walsh (Galway) once again had a grilse of 6 lb. on a Green Peter on Lough Inagh; that is Andy's sixth this year on the lake!

The sea trout have been slow this week, although Andy Walsh had 3 good fish of 2-3 lb. on a Bibio and Green Peter on Lough Inagh.

For fishing please contact Colin Folan, Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel, Recess, Connemara, Co. Galway; Website: www.loughinaghlodgehotel.ie Phone: +353 (0)95 34706
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Some nice grilse and sea trout fishing reported from the River Erriff

Fishery manager Jim Stafford reports from the River Erriff on fishing up to Saturday last: There were high tides up to 4.5 meters in the Killary early in the week – salmon and sea trout were continually showing on the high tides. The high-water mark reached 1.45 meters and fresh fish continued to enter the lower river even though the river levels were recorded at 0.6 meters on the Aasleagh Gauge.  Water levels remained constant at 0.6 meters from the 31stJuly to the 5thof August. Heavy showers on the 6thresulted in levels rising to 0.9 meters.

Mark Broughton caught 2 in the Falls Pool and Bridge Pool on a Silver Stoat. Mandy Broughton caught a sparkling fresh-run fish of 9 lb. in the Falls Pool on a Stoat’s Tail.  John Nelson, NI, caught one of 5 lb. on a Cascade in the Sea Pool.  Margie Crawford had 3 on a Cascade and Allys Shrimp all from Beat 9. A Stoat’s Tail was successful for Charles Lister, UK who caught his first ever salmon – the fish estimated at 10 lb. was returned again to the water. Ian Morgan, UK caught a fresh-run grilse in the Falls Pool on a Cascade variant. Timothy Fairhurst had 4 grilse including 1 from Jenkins taken on a Jock Scott – all fish were released again. Dr. Bart & Liam Maloney had 4 – best fish 7.5 lb. taken on a Willie Gunn.  Conor O’Leary, Dublin returned a fish taken on a Shrimp Fly in the Coronation Pool on Beat 8.  Angling conditions were poor on Tawnyard Lough which produced a few sea trout and numerous numbers of small brown trout to half a pound.

Total catch for the week was 21 salmon and 14 sea trout.  At the time of writing heavy rain has resulted in a big flood and good fishing is expected this week.

To book fishing or accommodation, contact Jim at Aasleagh Lodge on +353 (0)95 42252, or email erriff.fish@iol.ie
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Nice grilse fishing and some sea trout taken on the Delphi Fisheries

David McEvoy reports that fishing has been tough but not totally unproductive in the low water of the last week. When the river is at 20 and you think it’s lovely water, you know you haven’t seen good water in a while. On the 4thboth Billy Marshall and Gareth Beattie managed to land a fish each. Billy had a fresh fish in the Turn Pool of 5 lb. on a Red Cascade, while Gareth had a sea liced 5 lb. 12oz. fish also off the Turn Pool on a Silver and Yellow Cascade.

Friday was a good day for the Borrie’s from New Zealand with father and son team of Ron and Scott both managing to land their first ever Atlantic Salmon. Ron landed a 9 lb. 8.5oz fish from the Turn Pool on a Hairy Mary while Scott had one off Finlough of 9 lb. 4.5oz on a Van Beck.
Martin Stokes landed a sea-liced 5 lb. fish from the Quarry on a Thunder and Lightning. Finally Nicholas Laverty had his first ever on the fly, a sea-liced 3 lb. 6oz fish off the Turn Pool on a Stoat’s Tail. Nicholas should make a good angler as he is a grandson of John Mills who one could say has caught a few fish in his day.
William Beattie had a sea-liced 4 lb. 11oz fish off the Quarry Flats on a Silver Grey. Markus Merz had a fresh 3 lb. 8oz fish off Morrisons on an Allie Shrimp. Finally Liam Dunne had a fresh picture perfect 4 lb 11oz fish off the Turn Pool on a Cascade.
Stephen Buchanan landed a 4 lb. fish in Quarry Flats on an Apache Shrimp. Finally Urs landed a fresh 3 lb. fish off Finlough on a Minky. I’m afraid he’ll have to try a bit harder to break his new record of 19 lb. 7 oz.At the time of writing I’m sure Delphi is enjoying all the water they need, and I expect to see good reports of catches from here in the next few days.

To book fishing or accommodation at Delphi, contact the lodge on +353 (0)95 42222, or check www.delphi-salmon.com
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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456 salmon reported for the week on the River Moy

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Photo: Lorenzo Serrano had several salmon his best weighing 10 lb

Conditions on the lower beats improved up until the weekend, when heavy rain led to a rise in the river once more. Catches on the lower beats increased, with the Moy Fishery yielding 87 salmon for the week. However, the fresh water which entered the system over the weekend really improved conditions upstream, resulting in a total weekly catch of 456.

Both the Ridge Pool and Cathedral beats enjoyed a good week, with the Ridge producing 46 and the Cathedral Beat yielding 30. Eddie Corry, Co. Clare, had three grilse to the fly on the Ridge Pool while Brendan Doyle, Co. Monaghan, also had a grilse on fly. County Fermanagh angler Barney Lawn also had success with the fly, catching two, his best weighing 6.9 lb.

Sean Price, England had good sport on the Cathedral Beat fishing the worm, landing three salmon, his best 8 lb. Fishing the fly, Bill Campbell, Scotland, also had three grilse off this beat. The Weir Pool, the Point and the Black Banks all produced a few salmon, while at the Ash Tree Pool, Pat Kane, Co. Donegal and David Cadman, Co. Sligo, both had grilse to the fly.

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Photo: Peter McNulty and Tadg Moylan met success with guide Kenny Sloan

Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water produced reasonable numbers, as did the Mount Falcon Fishery, where Bill Whitwell and party of anglers from the U.K had 15 salmon for their week. Knockmore, Attymass and Coolcronan also yielded reasonable catches. At Knockmore, Co. Cork anglers Peter McNulty and Tadg Moylan, fishing the Moy for the first time enjoyed success while angling with guide Kenny Sloan. They had two grilse, one on worm the other on shrimp.

At Coolcronan, Sean Harbeson, N.Ireland, was among those to catch a grilse. Armstrong’s Fishery had a good week, with over 40 salmon reported, including several for U.K. angler Lorenzo Serrano, his best weighing 10 lb. Gannon’s Fishery also had a good week, while the Foxford Fishery produced over 50 salmon, including two for Trevor Bolton, U.K., and 6 for Sean Sheehan, Co. Louth to bubble and fly.

The Foxford Rocks had a few fish while Rinanney had a very good week, with over 60 salmon reported. The Cloongee Fishery yielded 12, including one for Garry McNamara, Co. Offaly, on worm and 8 in total for Thiery Colum and Beatrice Valaize, France. The East Mayo Anglers’ water had a relatively slow week in comparison to other weeks. Despite this, Tom O’Neill, Co. Wexford, had three grilse on fly with Clark Little, N.Ireland, also landing one on the fly.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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The Hairy Mary, Black Doctor and small Shrimp fly patterns are best for salmon taken on the Owenmore River

Very low water conditions of late have not been conducive to good angling, with very few anglers fishing. However, the river did experience a short spate on Sunday, allowing a short window of opportunity. Those who fished during this period did enjoy good sport, with many grilse landed and a few larger fish also reported. Among those to have success were Brendan and Stephen Corr, Declan Dooley, Michael Noon, Gerry Heston and Cathal Gallagher. The Hairy Mary, Black Doctor and small Shrimp patterns proved the most effective flies.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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The Ballisodare Fishery producing around 20 salmon a day at present

The fishery continued to produce very good sport, with the daily catch averaging just under 20 salmon per day, with a weekly catch total of 135. Over 60 of those fish caught were safely released. Many grilse in the 4-5 lb. range continue to be caught. However, the occasional larger salmon continued to appear, with fly angler Albert Berry, Co. Monaghan, landing one of 7 lb. Jim Doherty also had success on the fly, with a fine fish of 8 lb. as did James Maguire who caught one of 7 lb.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Garavogue River

The system is continuing to see fresh grilse enter, with several reported for the week in the New Bridge/Back River area. Adam Kelly, Sligo Town, caught and released three grilse, all on a dry fly. Anthony Walsh, also of Sligo Town, caught and released one of 4 lb., taken on an Alexandra.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Burrishoole Fishery

The fishery produced 8 salmon last week, three being wild fish which were released. U.K. anglers Sean and Michael Smith caught 6 of these grilse, while David Nevin, Newport had one of 5 lb. and Mike Murphy landed one of 6 lb.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Very quiet week reported on the River Drowes due to low water conditions

07/08/11: The Drowes continued to fall this week due to the dry weather. The gauge at the Four Masters Bridge is reading just over 4 at the time of writing. The river was fairly quiet this week with only a limited number of rods in attendance. There was a few grilse reported caught over the week. The forecast for the coming week is for rain around mid week which should help to raise the river a little.
Lindsey Clarke
IFI-Ballyshannon.
email: lindsey.clarke@fisheriesireland.ie

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

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Lough Melvin

07/08/11: Very few boats ventured out for salmon this week and I have not heard of any salmon caught to date which is unsurprising given the low angling effort for salmon. The wet fly fishing for Sonaghan remains good however for the few anglers that ventured out with good catches of the same reported from all of the deep water marks on various wet fly patterns.
Lindsey Clarke
IFI-Ballyshannon.
email: lindsey.clarke@fisheriesireland.ie

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Low water levels hamper good fishing on the Owenea Fishery.

07/08/11: The Owenea ran at low levels for the greater part of the week until we received rain on Saturday. This saw the river rise in the afternoon to read 0.20 metres by 6.00pm. This gave reasonable conditions on Sunday with the gauge reading 0.15 metres. The gauge average for the week was low reading 0.09 metres. The fishery was reasonably well attended given the overall, low water conditions. 18 visiting rods fished for the week with 9 of these fishing on Sunday. There were a number of grilse recorded caught over the week in very low water conditions funnily enough.

On Tuesday, Alan Watson recorded 2 grilse weighing 2 & 4lb caught on a fly from beat 8 with the smaller of these being released again. On the following day (Tuesday) Alan recorded 2 more grilse caught on beat 8. These weighed 4 & 5lb and were caught on the fly from beat 8.
On Wednesday, Billy Blair accounted for a 4lb. grilse caught on a fly from beat 8.
On Friday, John McGimpsey logged a 4lb. grilse caught on a fly from beat 8 and on Saturday, John Mackle recorded a 4lb. grilse caught on a fly from beat 8.

The forecast for the coming week is for rain during the middle of the week which will hopefully give us good water conditions. Allied to the arrival of the grilse run, prospects look good.
Lindsey Clarke
IFI-Ballyshannon.
email: lindsey.clarke@fisheriesireland.ie

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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Valuable prizes for sea trout anglers in 2011

Sea trout anglers on the east and south coast of Ireland, the west coasts of Scotland, England and Wales and on the Isle of Man have an excellent chance to win one of the many valuable prizes on offer in a free prize draw by collecting scale samples from any sea trout they catch in 2011. The Celtic Sea Trout Project (CSTP) is incentivising anglers to take samples of scales from any sea trout they catch over the season in specific “priority” rivers. 
The priority rivers are:

IRELAND: Shimna, Castletown, Dee/Glyde, Boyne, Dargle, Slaney, Colligan, Bandon Argideen, Currane

SCOTLAND & ISLE OF MAN:  Luce, Nith, Annan, Esk (Border), Neb, Sulby

ENGLAND: Esk (Border), Ehen, Lune, Ribble

WALES: Dee, Conwy, Clwyd, Dwyfor, Glaslyn, Dyfi, Teifi, Tywi, Tawe

The prizes are:

There are major unanswered questions in the understanding of sea trout, namely:

The CSTP intends to provide this missing knowledge and to translate it into fishery and conservation benefits for countries bordering the Irish Sea.
The scales are important samples for this major research project which commenced in late 2009.  Interpretation of scales from river and marine caught sea trout will contribute much to understanding some of these questions as they will provide very important primary information for analysis of river-specific life histories and growth rates. The scales will also be used for novel studies including genetic analysis (so called genetic finger-printing) to characterise individual river stocks, and for micro-chemical analysis to identify the freshwater origins of sea trout and, specifically, to determine their marine feeding areas within the Irish Sea, based on specific chemical signatures deposited within the scales.

Scale collection is difficult because, apart from fish traps, of which there are only three across the whole CSTP area, the sampling of adults in rivers has to be done by angling.  This is an extremely important element of the project and anglers are encouraged to participate fully so that sea trout can be better understood which will help to conserve this fascinating migratory trout. Scales from sea trout of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest, over the full extent of the angling season are requested and can be taken easily using the basic scale sampling kit which is provided free of charge (see www.celticseatrout.com for more details).

The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland-Wales Programme (INTERREG 4A). The main project partners are Inland Fisheries Ireland, Bangor University, University College Cork and Environment Agency Wales.

The winners will be chosen based on the scale samples submitted to us before 31st March 2012. The prize draw will take place on the 1st of April 2012. Winners will be contacted directly.

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Valuable prizes for sea trout anglers in 2011

Sea trout anglers on the east and south coast of Ireland, the west coasts of Scotland, England and Wales and on the Isle of Man have an excellent chance to win one of the many valuable prizes on offer in a free prize draw by collecting scale samples from any sea trout they catch in 2011. The Celtic Sea Trout Project (CSTP) is incentivising anglers to take samples of scales from any sea trout they catch over the season in specific “priority” rivers. 
The priority rivers are:

IRELAND: Shimna, Castletown, Dee/Glyde, Boyne, Dargle, Slaney, Colligan, Bandon Argideen, Currane

SCOTLAND & ISLE OF MAN:  Luce, Nith, Annan, Esk (Border), Neb, Sulby

ENGLAND: Esk (Border), Ehen, Lune, Ribble

WALES: Dee, Conwy, Clwyd, Dwyfor, Glaslyn, Dyfi, Teifi, Tywi, Tawe

The prizes are:

There are major unanswered questions in the understanding of sea trout, namely:

The CSTP intends to provide this missing knowledge and to translate it into fishery and conservation benefits for countries bordering the Irish Sea.
The scales are important samples for this major research project which commenced in late 2009.  Interpretation of scales from river and marine caught sea trout will contribute much to understanding some of these questions as they will provide very important primary information for analysis of river-specific life histories and growth rates. The scales will also be used for novel studies including genetic analysis (so called genetic finger-printing) to characterise individual river stocks, and for micro-chemical analysis to identify the freshwater origins of sea trout and, specifically, to determine their marine feeding areas within the Irish Sea, based on specific chemical signatures deposited within the scales.

Scale collection is difficult because, apart from fish traps, of which there are only three across the whole CSTP area, the sampling of adults in rivers has to be done by angling.  This is an extremely important element of the project and anglers are encouraged to participate fully so that sea trout can be better understood which will help to conserve this fascinating migratory trout. Scales from sea trout of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest, over the full extent of the angling season are requested and can be taken easily using the basic scale sampling kit which is provided free of charge (see www.celticseatrout.com for more details).

The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland-Wales Programme (INTERREG 4A). The main project partners are Inland Fisheries Ireland, Bangor University, University College Cork and Environment Agency Wales.

The winners will be chosen based on the scale samples submitted to us before 31st March 2012. The prize draw will take place on the 1st of April 2012. Winners will be contacted directly.

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TROUT ANGLING

Trout Angling Update


Good Trout fishing reported from the Kells Blackwater

On the Kells Blackwater, angling guide Pat McLoughlin reports that the water is low and clear. On Tuesday Pat brought students Loic Samon, David Van Der Valk and Hadrien Daidj fly-fishing on the Kell’s Blackwater and after a just few lessons they started to catch. Trout were rising on and off throughout the day and the lads ended up with 52 trout between them, many were 20 to 25cm but they also managed 3 of 1lb, 2 of 1.25lb and 2 of 1.5lb. This was an excellent result for three 15 year olds on their first day fly-fishing.

If you fancy a day on the Kells Blackwater with Angling Guide Pat McLoughlin he can be contacted at +353 (0)86 1017415

Boyne

Water levels in the River Boyne are very low and clear at the moment. Water temperatures are quite high reaching 18 degrees on occasion. Several stretches are heavily weeded at the moment. At Trim, rises to the blue winged olive have slowed during the day but there is still some activity to the sedge until 8.30pm to 9pm in the evenings. There is plenty of small black fly on the water as well so make sure that you have your black gnat and similium imitations with you. Not many anglers are fishing during the day due to the low water.

Fane

There have been some good brown trout taken on the River Fane over the last week. Fishing is difficult due to the low water conditions. Evening time has presented the best opportunities.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Dabbler flies produce trout to 6 lb. on Lough Sheelin

Sheelin at the moment has still extensive fly life on its waters and this coupled with an abundance of perch fry means that the lake is providing a huge variety of food for its trout and this results in fishing being particularly challenging to the anglers who are venturing out on Sheelin at the moment. Anglers are casting every type of fly at the trout in the hope that something will attract but it’s mainly dry fly fishing using a tiny sedge that is yielding the best results although the dabbler was particularly successful this week. There were periods of fish rising on the lake on most days and best rise of the week happened on Sunday evening between 7.30 and 9.30pm particularly around Merry Point.  Monday August 8th was another good fishing day with some lovely wild heavy fish being caught. The McDonald Cup was held on Saturday August 6thand attracted over 30 anglers. The winners of this competition were:1stGene Brady, Cavan with a 2¼lb. fish caught using a silver dabbler beating Peter Boyle, Monaghan into second place by just a ½ an ounce, 3rd was Peter McArdle, Dundalk with a 1lb 10oz fish also using a silver dabbler around Watty’s rock.The heaviest fish caught for the week were two 6 lb. fish caught by Gene Brady, Cavan and Andrew Browne both men were using dabblers and both fish were caught on August 8th Andrew’s fish was caught in the deep water in the middle of the lake and Gene’s was caught out from Orangefield.34 were recorded for the week. Michael Kelly, Dublin on Sunday August 7th caught and released 6 trout, heaviest 2½ lb. fishing around Stoney and off Merry pt. using LF dry flies. On Monday August 8th 8 trout - 2 of 2 and 2½ lb., 6 wild trout averaging 3 to 4½ lb. all caught on LF dry flies. John Murphy, Crover – 1 trout at 4 lb.
Brenda Montgomery
IFI - Limerick
Lough Sheelin Office
Email: brenda.montgomery@fisheriesireland.ie

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Some hatches of Mayfly stir a few trout to take at Oughterard on Lough Corrib

Tom Kelly reports from Oughterard on Lough Corrib that mayfly are still hatching in reasonable numbers, as well as good numbers of sedges, and fishing has been quite good when conditions are suitable. Dapping, dry fly and wetfly are all productive at times. Noel Kerins and Paddy Curran from Banagher, Co. Offaly stayed at Lakelands B&B and reported 5 trout for 9.75lb. for their day. Sean McPhillips landed 3 for 5.5 lb. Seamus Kelly and Joe Creane had 5 for their day to 3 lb., while Joe and Tom Byrne fished another day and landed 3 trout.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Some nice trout and other fish recorded at the ladies and Juvenile angling competitions on Loughs Conn and Cullin.

Crossmolina Anglers hosted a Ladies and Juvenile angling competition recently on north L. Conn, sponsored by Ballina Beverages. Fourteen Ladies participated and 6 trout were caught in total. First place went to Mary Benson with one trout of 2.2 lb. Aoife Keary was second with two trout for 1.8 lb. while Mary Mulligan took third with a trout of 1 lb. Twenty Juveniles competed in their section, which produced two salmon, 4 trout, 4 pike and numerous perch. The under-twelve section was won by David Crane, Jack O’Dowd won the under-fourteen section while Sinead Timlin took the honours in the under-sixteen section. Also in northern Conn, Kay and John McBride, Dublin, had good sport fishing dry flies in the Errew area, boating 7 trout in total, their best weighing 2 lb. Peter Roche, Cloghans, had one of 1.5 lb. while Adrian Murphy had two .Elsewhere on the Loughs, angling has been rather slow, yet this is not unusual for the time of year. Fishing out of Murphy’s Boat hire, Massbrook, Gerry Keating, Co. Cork boated 4 trout, his best 2 lb. while John O’Donnell, Edenderry, had two. Fishing from Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Adrian Gallagher, Co. Dublin, had one trout of 1 lb. while James O’Sullivan, U.S.A., had one of 1.2 lb. to a dry Wulff. Chris Wathen, London, also had success, boating two trout.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Green Peter producing some nice trout on Lough Arrow

With the evenings now cooling, the Green Peter rises are starting to decrease and late evening fishing is becoming more unproductive. Late August and early September should see an improvement in day time fishing. However, some anglers did enjoy good sport fishing the Green Peter. Mark Irwin, Belfast, boated two trout of 2 lb. and 3.5 lb. while David Grey, had four fish to 3.5 lb. Jimmy Frazer had one of 2.5 lb. as did Padraig Traynor.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Good rainbow trout fishing reported from Ballin Lough

A total of 8 rods fished Ballin Lough throughout the week, boating 28 trout between them (20 of which were returned). Pat Murphy and boat partner enjoyed great fishing, with 16 rainbow trout, their best weighing 3.5 lb. Trevor Knott and boat partner had 7, their best weighing 4 lb. while J O’Malley and boat partner had 5. The most productive flies over the last week were the Green Peter, the Cats Whisker and various nymph patterns.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Very good Rainbow Trout fishing reported at the Cashel Trout Fishery

Cashel Trout Fishery report by Marlene Mc Laughlin

What beautiful weather we have had this past few days.  Dungiven’s Johnny McNicholl had a great family day out with us during the week.  Accompanied by his two sons, Geoffrey and Chris and his daughter Martina as well as son in law Henry Zacharias and three of his grandchildren, Darragh, Sean and Alex.  Everyone had an enjoyable day although they were new to fly fishing. 

Richard Browne (Derry) along with his friends Dean Caskey, Bill Connelly and David Connelly (All Dungannon) banked quite a lot of beauties, twenty-eight in all which fell to assorted dries and buzzers.  David took two home which weighed 4 lb. 13 oz.  Mark Boyce (Dungiven) released six trout which took dries while Andrew Logan also from Dungiven bagged two and released one which fell to an olive nymph.  Martin Bradley and John Hasson (Dungiven) and Barry Hasson (Feeny) did quite well to bank at least half a dozen trout each.  Derry Alan Temple and Billy Hazlett released a few each which fell to dries like the black spider.  A few members of the Happy Anglers Club (Limavady) put in a few hours to rise quite a lot of trout but not too many to the bag.  Mr Sergei (Latvia) bagged three which weighed 5 lb. 3 oz. which took an olive nymph.

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

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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update

Good catches recorded at the Irish Pole Championships at Carrickmacross

The first round of the Irish Pole Championships was held on Lisanisk (Brother’s lake in Carrickmacross on Saturday last 6th August. James Gargan from Kingscourt and Dean Watkins from Ballybay go through to the final.  The match was won by James Gargan with 20 lb., Second place went to Rory O’Neill from Newry with 18 lb. 14 oz. and third place went to Dean Watkins from Ballybay with 14 lb. 8 oz. All fish were small take between 11m and 13m.

The Fishmaniak Coarse Angling Club and Big Fish Coarse Angling Club from Northern Ireland will be holding a competition at Lough Muckno on White island on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21stAugust. This event is supported by Inland Fisheries Ireland and fishing will take place from 6pm on Saturday 20th until 12pm on Sunday 21st. All swims at White Island will be required and notices will be posted at the entry to White Island prior to the event. We would ask all anglers to support this event by leaving the swims available for the competition. Your valued cooperation will be much appreciated.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Some fantastic coarse angling along with a few Pike for a group of French and Belgium students fishing with angling guide Pat McLoughlin in Kells, Co. Meath

Angling guide Pat McLoughlin reports that took 1 French and 2 Belgian students to the Blackwater River for coarse fishing on Monday 8th August. Loic Samon, David Van Der Valk and Hadrien Daidj were fishing different methods to try to catch some fish under Pats guidance and watchful eye. It is no surprise that Loic had over 40 perch, 10 roach, one of 1.25lb, 2 trout, one 30cm and 1 pike. David had 16 perch, one of 1.5lb. and 2 of 1lb. and 1 pike. Hadrien had 24 perch and 5 pike. All in all, a fantastic days fishing!

If you fancy a day out on the water with Pat he can be contacted on +353 (0)86 1017415
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Carp to 9 lb. reported at the Corkagh Park Fishery

Some anglers fishing at Corkagh Park have been having mighty sport fly fishing for carp.  Carp to over 9 lb. have been caught on tied up imitation dog biscuits. Best results have been achieved with light winds or no wind is best. 

To fish Corkagh Park contact Paul Newell fishery manager at +353 (0)87 7874526.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Excellent coarse angling catches reported from Carrigadrohid Lake

Coarse Angling Report from Mike Risdon

Trevor Fradgley, Colin O’Keeffe and Mike Risdon fished Carrigadrohid Lake last week and had over 90 lb. pounds of hybrids, roach, rudd and perch between them in three hours using feeder with maggots and sweet corn.  Trevor had ten hybrids up to around 3 lb. plus bits for about 30 lb. and Colin had seven hybrids to around 3½ lb. plus bits for about 20 lb. and Mike had fourteen hybrids to around 4 lb., 5 roach and 1 rudd for about 45 lb.  Four days later Mike fished the same area alone using feeder with maggots and caught 22 hybrids to around 4 lb., 16 roach to about ¾ lb., 3 perch and 1 rudd for a total weight of around 70 lb.
Eileen Carroll
Inland Fisheries Ireland – Macroom
email: eileen.carroll@fisheriesireland.ie


Feeder and Polaris methods accounting for good catches of Tench and Roach in the Longford area and Strokestown Loughs

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Photo: Andrew Rowe, son Harry Rowe and friend John Dent with a nice mixed catch of Bream, Hybrids, Roach and several Tench to 5 lb.

Last week we reported on the first timers from London, Andrew Rowe, son Harry Rowe and friend John Dent, and how their first part of the week went for them. Well the second part went just as well when they put together some nice catches of Bream, Hybrids and Roach. Plenty of Tench showed throughout the week which was a great ending to their holiday, Kevin said the Lads worked hard and done whatever was required to catch fish and I'm sure Ireland will be seeing them in the future. Tune in next week where we have some more fishy reports for you.

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Photo: The guys from London with part of their Bream, Tench and Hybrid catch

Loughs in the Longford and Strokestown areas along with North Longford has been fishing very well for Tench and Roach and both Feeder and Polaris (float) have worked well. Maggots and Corn have produced many of the specimen fish, The weather has been very kind to anglers up to now which has helped to produce some fine specimens.At the time of writing this more reports are coming in of some more Bream and Tench being caught and even a Pike, tune in next week to see who has been catching what.
Kevin Lyons,
Melview Lodge,
Drumlish Road,Clonrollagh, Longford, Co. Longford
Tel:+353(0)43-33-45061 Mobile:+353(0)87-268-7441
E-mail: info@melviewlodge.com  Web: www.melviewlodge.com

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Excellent coarse angling catches reported from the Clones angling Festival

Here are the results for the Clones coarse angling club annual match festival.

Festival winner was Cathal Hughes with 138lb. 14oz Second Bas Smith with 122 lb. 2oz Third Paul Leese with 112 lb. 6oz Fourth Nick Seddon with 112 lb. 1oz Fifth Keith Murphy with 108 lb 8oz

We fished three venues over four days with top weights as follows;

Mullanary 44 lb. 11oz Cathal Hughes
Drumlona 48 lb. 9oz Cathal Hughes
Drumate 59 lb. 12oz Bas Smith

Alice Murtagh
IFI – Ballyshannon
Corlesmore Office, Co. Cavan.                       
Email: alice.murtagh@fisheriesireland.ie

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Tench to 6 lb. and Roach to 2 lb. reported from fisheries in the Mohill area in Co. Leitrim

I just wanted to let you know of some excellent catches of tench that I had recently in the Mohill area. Both Creenagh Lake and Drumbad Lake are fishing very well for Tench to 6lb and the odd very good roach to 2lb. It’s always best to prebait (and maybe drag the swim) in advance but I’ve had good catches of fine tench during the day without doing anything other than turning up and fishing. Both float fishing 3 to 4 rod lengths out and feeder fishing will bring fish to the net. The water was cooler than usual this year but has now warmed up.
Fergus Quinn
Innisfree, Breandrum, Mohill, County Leitrim
Ireland. 
Tel: +353 (0) 86 347 9914
Web: www.breandrum.com E-mail: fergus@breandrum.com

Alice Murtagh
IFI – Ballyshannon
Corlesmore Office, Co. Cavan.                       
Email: alice.murtagh@fisheriesireland.ie

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Very good bream fishing reported from the River Erne near Belturbet

Just thought I would let you know of the fishing around Belturbet lately.  An English couple who went home at the weekend have had great bream fishing including 12 fish to 6.5lb., individual bream to 7.5lb. along with loads of roach and hybrids .Another English guy had many tench throughout his week.
I personally had a bag of fish last week which was around 140 lb., including 21 bream over 5lb., to just over 6lb. I also lost another 6 big fish (around 30-40 lb.), 2 of which had to be big tench - they virtually straightened the hook before I could take off the anti-reverse. This catch was taken from a swim that had not been pre-baited at all.

All the above were from the River Erne just outside Belturbet. If you require any more information, I can be contacted on +353 (0)499524862, +353 (0)871269923 or info@cazalanhouse.com
Alan Jones,
Cazalan House B&B,
Putiaghan, Belturbet, Co. Cavan.

Alice Murtagh
IFI – Ballyshannon
Corlesmore Office, Co. Cavan.                       
Email: alice.murtagh@fisheriesireland.ie

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Celtic Cup Match between Ireland and Scotland

Celtic cup
Photo: Ireland Team presented with their mementos of the event

Jack Tisdall from the Cloughballymill Angling Centre reports on the Celtic Cup Match between Ireland and Scotland. 

Well done to the team who despite their inexperience managed 34 points an improvement of three points on the last Celtic Cup in Scotland. Well done in particular to David Herron and Nick Howell who finished first and second individually on the second day.

Cloughballymill Angling Centre
Unit 3, Sligo Road, Enniskillen. BT74 7JY 
Tel: +44 28 6632 2008
Web: www.cloughballymillanglingcentre.com

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


National junior pike competition announced

Brendan O’Reilly reports that the Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs is holding its annual national junior pike competition on the 21st August 2011. Those fishing in this event have qualified over the past month through their local clubs who have been running their qualifier competitions and the last one of these is taking place on Saturday 13thAugust. The Ardee club is running this event and the final will be held on a venue in the Cavan/Monaghan area.  Visit the Federation website at www.angling-in-ireland.com for more details.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Rory McAllorum wins Ross Lake pike qualifier

30 anglers turned up to fish the qualifier on Ross lake near Moycullen in bright sunny conditions.  The calm conditions did not help and catches weren’t great. Oliver Martin had the best pike at 8 lbs. It didnt take a big weight to qualify.,Weights were 10 lb. down to 4-07.

1st Rory McAllorum (Dublin)
2nd Oliver Martin (Ardee)
3rd John Sheenan (Kingscourt)
4th Eddie McGuirk (Drogheda)
5th Henry McGauley (Ardee)

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Smoothounds, big Bull huss and some Tope feature in deep sea catches from Courtown in north Wexford

Reporting from North Wexford, Joe Byrne from Courtown Angling Centre reports that fishing has been very good bass fishing to bait in the Kilgorman area. Wayne Hull from Northern Ireland fished in the harbour over the weekend and had three thornback ray. The tope fishing has slowed and the best tope caught over the last week weighed 16 lb. It was taken on a mackerel flapper. Smoothhounds are being taken on all of the local beaches. On the Brazen Hussy and the Puffin Joe and Billy have been producing some fantastic bullhuss over the last week with a number of fish weighing well into double figures.

If you fancy a great day charter boat fishing on the 'Brazen Hussey' or the 'Puffin' off Courtown for ray, tope, smooth hound, bullhuss or general ground fishing please contact Joe Byrne at 087 6613145 Please visit www.courtownangling.com

BRAZEN HUSSY ll
Skipper: Joe Byrne
Base: Courtown Harbour, Co. Wexford                                                      Operational area: up to 20 nautical miles from point of departureNotes: Ray, Tope, smoothound, bullhuss and general ground fishing.   Address: Seamount, Courtown Harbour, Gorey, Co. Wexford.
Telephone: +353 (0)87 6613145
Web: www.courtownangling.com

A lovely 8 lb. smoothhound was caught during the week by John Millerick from Dublin on a tope session off North Wicklow.  John and friend Peter McGraith were fishing mackerel flapper baits for tope. He dropped down a peeler crab to see were there any smoothies about and quickly had a beautiful 8 pounder on.  John is no stranger to big fish with a long list of specimens.  The session finished up with a 33 lb. tope.

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Photo: John Millerick from Dublin with a lovely 8 lb. smoothhound taken off North Wicklow

Des Chew caught and released a lovely specimen mullet from Co Wicklow at the weekend. It weighed 5 lb. 4 oz and was caught on sunken bread flake. Conditions were far from ideal during the session with squally winds and very heavy showers.  Des wins our Catch of the Week with his specimen mullet.

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Photo: Des Chew with his specimen Mullet from Co. Wicklow

At Mornington mackerel seem to be the catch of the day with several happy anglers catching on feathers and German sprat. Large shoals of sand eel and sprat have encouraged sea bass to feed and fly fishing has proved successful along with spinning shallow diving lures, Tasmanian devil, silver wedges and flying C. Some small sea trout caught on these methods.

Most beaches are producing schoolies(small bass) and flounder with razor clam and rag worm working best on Laytown beach and Baltray beach. Shallow diving lures and poppers are popular in calm conditions. East coast angling Drogheda’s next sea fishing outing will be at the end of this month and all beginners are welcome just pop into the shop and we’ll give you all the info you need to get started.

Contact Peter Cunningham at East Coast Angling can be contacted at petercunningham3@gmail.com   mobile: 087 2169726

Some bass are being taken on spinner and lure along the North Louth Coastline, best fish recorded over the last week weighed 5.5 lbs.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Big ling and conger and plenty of blue shark at Courtmacsherry

Charter skipper, Mark Gannon reports on some recent deep sea fishing with his clients out from COURTMACSHERRY E-mail: csal@iol.ie  Web: www.courtmacsherryangling.ie 

Last weeks fishing in Courtmacsherry was very good with Specimen Ling for Dylan Drexler, Specimen Ling for Hans Koelen and Specimen Conger for Henk van de Berg.  There were good catches of Ling from the inshore wrecks. Blue sharks were very abundant.  In the bay good Thornback and dab fishing and in the estuary the bass fishing was producing fish up to 4 kgs. for Kieren Kelleher (Kellogs)

Lady Patricia & Lady Louise
Two Aquastars 38' 370 HP
Address: Woodpoint Guest House, Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 (0)23 8846427 or +353 (0)86 8250905
Email: csal@iol.ieWeb: www.courtmacsherryangling.ie

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Celtic bass video

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Muppets fish best for deep sea anglers out from Carrigaholt

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Charter skipper Luke Aston reports on some recent deep fishing trips operating out from Carrigaholt on the Shannon Estuary and Loop Head.

My fishing over the last week was with 2 groups. One of which have been coming over from Scotland for a few years now and it was good to see them again. The other was a group from Northern Ireland which were fishing with me for the first time and although 10 in number still managed to fish well from the Clare Dragoon. This was in no small part due to them being used to fishing together and being experienced.

Fishing on most days was on the drift in good conditions and as over the last while, we had some very good fishing but also slower periods. The wind was from all over the shop and although never to strong it was changing direction constantly.

ling

The best sessions were with muppets, catching Ling and other whitefish and gilling for Pollack. One of the groups had some Mustad Wrecking lures (muppets) which was a rig I used to like a lot but had got hard to get. These seemed to out fish all other types of muppet rigs and I have got some now again to try out. A session at anchor did produce some Conger with the best at 25lb. There are still also a lot of Red Gurnard and Cuckoo Wrasse about.
Luke Aston
Clare Dragoon, LOCHIN 366, 650HP.
Carrigaholt Co. Clare  
Telephone: +353 65 9058209 or +353 87 6367544
Email: lukeaston@eircom.net  Web: www.fishandstay.com

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Galway charter boats get good fishing with some great shark

Good reports are coming in from charter boats around the region this week. Ths increase in sea temperatures and more settled weather brought about a big improvement in catches, with the first blue shark catches of the season among them.

John Brittain, skipper of the Blue Water in Cleggan, reported that they had a great day out sharking on Sunday: “Frank Parsons from Galway had a group out on Bluewater, and after a lively hour or two on the Barret Shoals we headed out for a shark drift for the rest of the day. Within an hour we had a fish on but the hook came free after 10 minutes and we never saw it. A short while later we got another run and this time everything held and Bluewater's first blue of about 50lbs was tagged and released. With 30 minutes of the day left we had a third run which turned out to be a cracking fish, well over specimen weight, but she was also tagged and released.
All this was witnessed by a pod of whales who were feeding on the sprat shoals so a most enjoyable day for all.

To book fishing with John, or accommodation at their B&B near Clifden, contact John on 086 2779622, or call Sue at Sharamore house on 095 21073.

Max Couque, skipper of the LeacaRua out of Spiddal, sent on a report from one of his clients, Tom Salked. Max had a good week targeting tope and other species, while his fellow skipper Kevin MacGabhann of the Maighdean Mara, also enjoyed good fishing, including a cracking spurdog estimated at 20lbs!

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Tom reports:
I’ve just returned from another great trip in the magical place of Galway.
I spent 3 days aboard LeacaRua skippered by Max Couque catching a large variety of species.
Day One I decided to take the Mrs afloat on a ‘half day’ excursion, so Max thought it would be fun if we dropped her straight in at the deep end and we went to Greatmans Bay for tope, ray and bull huss with a few stops on the way to fish for mackerel and pollack. Fishign was very successful with all species apart from the tope. We got plenty of thornback ray (the Mrs bagging the biggest of around 4lb!).  Can safely say the Mrs was hooked!
Day Two I took my 3 young children, with the Mrs tagging along for another ‘half day’ trip. With my youngest only being 7 years old I asked Max if we could take it easy, so again we went to Greatmans Bay and caught all the usual suspects in abundance again. The Mrs again caught the biggest Ray!
Now Day Three, a ‘full day’, with no kids or wife, just me, my stepdad Dave, Sean (on holiday from Dublin) and of course Max.
I’d asked Max to get me a nice tope, and he said he’d see what he could do. We got enough mackerel and we headed further out towards the Aran Islands. We drifted across one of Max’s favourite marks and within 40 minutes my line took off. What resulted, after a bit of a battle was a beautiful 30-35lbs male tope, which was brought on board, tagged and released perfectly. My first ever tope and hopefully not my last. Magic!
With the tide turning we decided to head off and have some fun pollack bashing on light spinning rods. We easily landed around 30 or 40 of these magnificent fighting fish ranging between 3lbs to 9lbs. Most were returned to fight another day with a few kept for the table. Dave was also pleased to see a nice cod come aboard.
It was now getting late so I asked Max if there was any chance on the way back of trying for spurdog, a shark I was very successful with over the last few years in Galway. Max obliged and off we went. Within 20 minutes I had landed a nice 10lbs male spurdog, but Dave had to outdo me with a beautiful 15lbs female a few minutes later. Sean unfortunately couldn’t get one to take.
And that was it, another fantastic trip over. The highlight being my tope, for which I thanked Max with a few pints of the dark stuff, Guinness!  Great trip, great boat and great skipper.

To book fishing with Max, contact him on 086 323 4638, or check www.galwayfishing.ie  or contact Kevin on 086 8547890.

Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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The 40th annual Belmullet Sea Angling Festival

The 40th annual Belmullet Sea Angling Festival, run by Belmullet Sea Angling Club in conjunction with the Broadhaven Bay Hotel will take place between the 14th and 21st of August. The Festival commences with the Shore Angling Competition for the Paddy Meenaghan Memorial Cup, with check in at 11.45 at M.J. Nallen Fishing Tackle Shop and weigh in taking place at 7.00pm. Other events will run throughout the week. The two day International Open Boat competition begins on Saturday 20th, concluding Sunday 21st, with the weigh in taking place in the Town Square, Belmullet each evening. The prize giving for the competition will be hosted by the Broadhaven Bay Hotel on Sunday night. To enter the competitions or for further details contact Tony Lally (after 6.00pm) on +353 (0)97 82093 or M.J. Nallen, Fishing Tackle Shop, Belmullet on +353 (0)97 82093.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Lough Foyle charter report

Fine weather all last week led to quite a few fishing trips on and around the Lough with visitors from as far away as Dubai. Fishing remains steady and some nice ling and cod being caught. Pollock tend to be small and not so plentiful this week and mackerel are right into the beach at Greencastle and Greenore. It was the Banbridge lads who fished best and landed a lovely 51lb tope to round off a real good days fishing. This is our best fish so far this season.....
Tight lines
PEYTON
Tel: + 44 (0)28 4176 3669 ROI: 048 4176 3669 Mobile: +44 (0)77 59 276 031 email: peyton@pisces2.plus.com

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Porbeagles n.o 1 on hitlist for Hamish

Charter skipper Hamish Currie reports on some recent fishing for his clients fishing out from Red Bay in Co. Antrim.

porbeagle

Once again the porbeagle sharks are no 1 on my hit list and every time we target them we score. 3 different venues are producing them and I have still a wee inclination that they are on another venue south of Red Bay but with the fine weather I'm always heading north to target them. Here is a couple of nice shots with a male and female porbeagle sharks. The specimen hunting is going well with one or 2 around and with the Dutch arriving every fortnight there will be plenty of offshore trips if the weather plays ball.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
Web: www.predatorireland.com Email: info@predatorireland.com
Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117

male porbeagle

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