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25 August 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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SALMON ANGLING

Salmon Angling Update


Castletown, Boyne and Fane need some rain for salmon fishing to improve

Water levels on the Castletown River have remained very low during the last week and that rain is badly needed. Despite this, a number of salmon were taken during the last week. The best fish weighed in at 5kgs. A few small sea trout are still being caught during the day on worm on the tidal stretch of the river.

Boyne

Salmon anglers on the River Boyne are still waiting for rain. Despite this Salmon fishing is reported to be good at the Oldbridge Fishery. There are reports that salmon catches are averaging about 10 a day and an unconfirmed report was also received of a 28 pound fish being taken last week at Oldbridge. One angler who had success was Robert Babington who fished the Boyne for a few hours last Saturday near Oldbridge on Rossin, Slane & District Anglers Club waters. Robert caught and released a beautiful 13lb+ salmon. It was caught while spinning black flying C. Luckily for Robert, fellow angler James from Tyrone was on hand to net the fish and photograph it prior to the fish being released back to the river. Sea Trout fishing on the Boyne is also improving with plenty of fish being taken on the estuary at mouth of river and a small number being taken at Oldbridge. Movement at Navan is still very slow, due to the low water conditions.

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Photo: Robert Babington with a beautiful 13lb+ Boyne Salmon prior to its release back to the River

Fane

On the River Fane, Bernard Devenney reports that there has been an increased number of Salmon entering the river during the last week with fish being caught by those who are prepared to put in a bit of time. David Crawley of Dundalk and Michael McKinney of Ardee both had a Salmon each of 5lb and 4lb. There are reports of a few other anglers getting Salmon. With very high tides coming up this weekend and early next week we should see the start of the main run into the river. However, a lot of rain is needed to make the fishing conditions ideal and if this arrives in the next week or two this will no doubt improve the situation.

The Fane is a very late river and ideally September and early October fishes best. The Salmon average about 7lbs however some large Salmon up to 20lbs are also caught. Last year we had one fish of 20lbs and one of 18lbs recorded by two members both of which were released back into the river. Catch and release is encouraged by the Dundalk Salmon Anglers Association and each year on average 30% of Salmon caught are returned to the river by members.
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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Some big salmon coming into the Suir but rain needed

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20/08: 4 Scottish anglers enjoyed good fishing on their first visit to the River Suir. Between them they caught 7 salmon. The biggest fish weighed in at an impressive 19lbs.
23/08: Junior anglers Fionn and Luke fished with me today and each of the boys had their first salmon. They had 3 between them one a lovely fresh fish with sea lice.
24/08: A visit to the river today revealed a lot to Ally Gowans who will be fishing in the area for the next couple of days. As he watched some fresh fish coming up on the tide his eye was caught by one fish in the high 20's which he has marked for his attentions. Here's hoping for a good drop of rain to bring more fresh fish into the river.
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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Salmon to 16lb on the Blackwater as conditions improve for fly fishing

Blackwater Lodge

Aug. 19: Six grilse. Five from the lower river. One on fly.
Aug. 20: Best Fish of Season! Robert Savage caught a 14.6lb. fish on prawn at the Road Pool on Ballinaroone in the Salmon Festival Competition. There were five fish between 10.9 & 14.6lb. caught in the competition on lower beats.
Aug. 21: 13.00. Already a grilse from the upper river on fly.

Prawn is most successful method in the last couple of days, butthe river is in excellent fly order & fish are starting to take it better now.
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

Fort William Estate Fishery

Water conditions are in perfect order and a nice few residents in the pools. Over the weekend a good few fish were landed and lost as a lot moved in off the tide. Tim Keane from Dublin landed a cracking 16lb fish on Saturday off the bishops beat. Fergus Crawford had 4 fish for his weekends fishing, all fish were 5-6lbs sea liced.Ian Forde had 2 fish 5lbs each and Duncan Markham from Cork had a fish of 4lbs. Forecast for the coming week is for rain on Wednesday and Thursday.

For a check on whats happening upstream in regards water levels check this link: http://www.ucc.ie/hydromet/flooding/
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
Email:
info@fortwilliamfishing.net Web: www.fortwilliamfishing.net

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Salmon to 14lb from Laune Salmon Anglers waters.

As of Monday 22nd August water stable at 6 inches on the gauge at Johnston's.  Still fly fishable and fresh grilse are being caught especially on fly despite the low water. Martin Hurley has had three fish on the fly for the week the best 14lbs caught on Tuesday in Heffernan's.  Noel Burke who mainly targets trout on a single handed rod using 4lb leader had some fun with seatrout and grilse at Coffey's on Friday, he successfully landed a 4 lb sea-liced grilse after an energetic struggle on his light tackle.  On tackle it would probably be good to fine things down a little I would recommend 8 lb leader and sparsely tied flies in these clear conditions but keep in mind that there are lots of good fish in double figures in the system.
Billy Downes
Laune Salmon Anglers

River Lee - ESB Fishery

During the week Bobby Flynn, Togher caught 5 peel weighing from 4 ¾ lbs to just  over 6lbs all fish with the exception of one were released.
Eileen Carroll
Inland Fisheries Ireland – Macroom
email: eileen.carroll@fisheriesireland.ie


Modest salmon and sea trout catches on Lough Currane

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

15/8/11 Lashing down with rain for mast of the but this didn’t deter Mr. Dave Ecclestone catching two fine Grilse on the fly, fishing with his ghillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan -www.vincentsfishing.com and in Dave’s words it was hard out there, and this evening the wind got up strong from the south. On the sea trout front just reports of the odd sea trout caught, but nothing that would make the head Lines, amount of rainfall 15.0mm max air temperature 15.5°C. 16/8/11 Just the odd sea trout caught, but being optimistic with any luck the fishing should improve after all the rain and taking of rain 0.7mm fell in the last 24 hours, max air temperature 16.5°C.
17/8/11 Straight to the salmon department, a guest fishing with his ghillie Mr. Terence Wharton caught a fine 8 lb.salmon on the troll, and in the Sea trout department not a lot to be said and with the wind coming from the NE light and variable that is not surprising, but it was a different story on the evening shift, Cork Anglers, Mr. John Quilligan fishing with his Brother Patsy caught 3 sea trout in the 1.5 lb. class. Max air temperature 17.3°C.
18/8/11 Lough Currane was flat calm for most of the day, on the sea trout front, local ghillie Mr. Bob Priestly was telling me that he had 1 Junior on the dry fly, Now we head up stream to Lough Namona, Mr. Dermot Deveroux caught 3 Trout fishing with his ghillie Mr. Neil O’Shea and @ www.oshealoughcurrane.com and staying with the upper Lakes on Lough Derriana Mr. John Wilson of Glenbeigh caught 3 sea trout up to 3 lb., Now we head back down stream to the Famous Butler Pool and of www.watervillegolflinks.ie Mr. James Henchey caught a fine grilse, now for some late news, renowned Cork Angler Mr. Patsy Quilligan, was in good form with his fly rod last week, Patsy told me that he caught a fine salmon and a few nice sea trout, which he sportingly returned all fish. Wind N then veered NE and veered back into the NW this evening, bright and sunny all day and warm, max air temperature 17.2°C.
19/8/11 Lough Currane was on the wild side with a strong SE wind blowing with heavy rain but that didn’t deter Mr. Peter McNeal of the UK heading out cross the Lake, with his ghillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy, and I can tell you it wasn’t long before he caught himself a fine grilse on the fly. In the sea trout department not much action because of the Wild conditions, but the same couldn’t be said upstream on the upper Lakes, on Lough Derriana, Mr. Tom Aherne and Mr. Joe Barry caught 6 sea trout ranging from 4 lb. down to juniors.
20/8/11 Northern Ireland Anglers, Mr. Steven Brush and Mr. Jonathan Brush, fishing in a hired out boat from Waterville Boats -watervilleboats@gmail.com caught 7 sea trout all in the Junior class on the drift, and staying in the Junior Class other anglers reported the odd Junior caught on the drift Wind NW light to calm with bright sunshine for most of the day. Amount of rainfall in the last 24 hours, 0.3mm, max air temperature 18.2°C.
21/8/11 Here are the salmon and sea trout results, Northern Ireland Anglers, Mr. Steven Brush and Mr. Jonathan Brush, fishing in a hired out boat from Waterville Boats - watervilleboats@gmail.com caught a 4.5lb Grilse and 3 Juniors on the fly, now to the trolling department Mr. Dan Sugrue of Waterville and Tralee caught 2 salmon ranging from 8 lb. down to 6 lb., Dan was fishing with his ghillie Mr. Brod O’Sullivan of Stella Maris Guest House Waterville. Wind NW light to calm, with bright sunshine for most of the day, amount of rainfall 0.6mm, max air temperature 16.7°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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Galway Fishery grilse run slows down but plenty of fish in residence

The main run of grilse has pretty much come to an end in Galway by now, but with a good head of resident fish in the river there is still plenty of sport to be had. Water levels remain perfect for flyfishing, and fly anglers accounted for almost all the 14 fish landed this week. Local angler Bob Lawlor landed a 4 lb. grilse, as did Denis Daly, while Blackwater angling guide and casting instructor Glenda Powell caught and released a 5 lb. grilse. Alan Carthy from Dublin released a 5.5 lb. grilse, while Clare man John Liddy landed 2 grilse on fly. Eddie Corry from Limerick landed 3 grilse on fly, releasing 2, while John Anderson caught and released 2 grilse on fly. With conditions on the fishery so good, fishing prospects here remain decent for the week ahead.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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More floods at Lough Inagh bring big fish into the system.

Fishery manager Colin Folan reports from Lough Inagh on fishing up to Sunday: Heavy rain again last week brought the falling levels up to flood level once more.  We are experiencing our best catch of salmon on record for Inagh, with plenty of fresh fish still entering. There are some very big fish about and they are estimated at 25 – 30 lb. September on Inagh should be magic.

11 Salmon were landed for the week. Tom O Brien and Andy Walsh (Galway) fished 2 days on Lough Inagh and landed 5 grilse ranging from 4.5 lb. to 5.5lbs.  Top fly was a Green Peter. Ian Garratt (UK) had the best fish of the week weighing 6.5 lb., caught on Lough Inagh on a Daddy. There were also first ever salmon for hotel guests Randy Smith (USA) - 3lbs, Kevin Lorenz (USA) – 5 lb. and Silvio Morano (Italy) - 5lbs

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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River Erriff continues to fish well for salmon

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Photo: Richard Daly from Dublin with a nice Erriff grilse, one of many caught this week

Fishery manager Jim Stafford reports from the River Erriff on fishing up to Saturday last: Angling conditions were good with the water level at 1.2 metres on Sunday 14th. Levels fell slowly to 0.65 meters by Wednesday morning and rains brought the level back up to 0.9 meters by evening time. With intermittent heavy showers levels were at 1.0 meters by Friday and dropped off to 0.9 meters on Saturday – overall levels were good for the week although a little bit on the sunny side with a scarcity of upstream wind at times.

David Mooney, Killimor caught & released two fresh-run grilse taken on a Cascade in the Gauge Pool on Beat 9. It was a first fish on the fly for 12 year old Finlay Caffery, Athy a sea-liced grilse taken in the Sea Pool on a Black Shrimp Fly. Hugh Jamison & Martin Wilson, N.I. had a brace of fish from Mickey’s Run ON Beat 7 - both fish were taken on a Cascade.

The Erriff & District Anglers had a Competition Day on Sunday 14th, with 5 rods catching 6 fish on Beats 2, 6 & 9 - heaviest fish was taken by Stuart Fleming at 5.75 lb while Conor O’Leary had 2 with one from Beat 9 and the other from the Quarry Pool on Beat 2.
Vaughan Lewis, U.K. caught & released 3 fish all taken on a Gold Stoat in Yellow Banks, Beat 5. Kevin Duffy, Dundalk had 3 including a 7lbs fish taken in the Boat Pool on Beat 5. A Black Pennell was successful for Anthony Tindal, Dublin taking a sea-liced grilse in the Garden Pool - his son William caught 2 in the Falls Pool including his first ever salmon and returned another one.

Paul Smith, Co. Offaly returned a grilse taken in the Coronation Pool on an Orange Shrimp. Stephen Jones, Dublin returned one taken in the Falls Pool on a Cascade and lost a big fish after some twenty minutes on a single-handed trout rod. Jeremy Argall, Brest, France fishing the Erriff for the first time had his best ever salmon fishing, catching 6 fish for the week and lost several more including one in the Quarry Pool on Beat 2 – a small Stoats Tail tube variant was the most successful fly.

Fishing a Sunray Shadow Dr. John Casey, Clifden caught and released 4 salmon in a morning session on Beat 9. Malachy O’Callaghan, Dublin released a fish caught on a Shrimp pattern in the Coronation Pool Beat 8. Dr. Eoin Brenham, Oughterard caught and released 2 fish taken on an Erriff Badger.

A total of 34 salmon and 16 sea trout were taken for the week of which 22 salmon were returned again to the water.

Although the main run has peaked nevertheless sea-liced fresh fish continue to enter the river and it is hoped that this reduced but steady run will continue into September. Anglers planning future trips are advised to have a selection of darker flies in smaller sizes such as 12 & 14 and to have a selection of sink tips or an intermediate fly line.

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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salmon fishing really picked up last week at Kylemore

Nigel Rush reports that salmon fishing really picked up last week with the fresh water, despite low numbers of anglers. The catch for the week was 13 salmon and 37 sea trout for just 25.5 rod-days, a great catch per unit effort indeed. Among those to land fish were Geoffrey Fitzjohn, Seamus O’Neill and John Curran, as well as fishery guide John Irwin. Kylemore is a beautiful fishery, combining a delightfully intimate river with a myriad of holding pools, and 3 lakes which produce fantastic sport for both salmon and sea trout in the right conditions. This fishery tends to fish very well in August and September, and is well worth a throw from now on. To book a rod, contact Nigel Rush at 095 41178 (fishery office) or 095 41161(home), and for regular fishing update check the website at www.kylemoreabbeyfishery.net
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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490 salmon reported from the River Moy with all methods working well

The Moy produced a further 491 salmon for the week, with all methods producing results at various fisheries although angling effort is significantly lower. The Ridge Pool yielded 4 salmon, one each for fly anglers Trevor Green, N.Ireland and Robert Logue, also N.Ireland. Trevor Green also had success on the Ash Tree Pool, landing a grilse. The Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water had an impressive 60 fish, with Mount Falcon accounting for almost 50, 15 of which were released. The Knockmore and Attymass waters both had relatively good numbers for the time of year, as did the Coolcronan fishery, where Roger Stevens, N.Ireland and Paddy Keenan, Co. Monaghan both had grilse of 5lbs on worm and prawn. Armstrong’s also had a good week, with over 40 salmon, including a good fish of 10lbs for Michael Clarke, Athlone, and nine over three days for Tom Mallon, N.Ireland, while spinning.

Gannon’s and the Foxford fishery both produced over 30 salmon each. On the Foxford fishery, Jack McDonnell, Co. Carlow had 7 salmon over three days, his best was a 9lbs fish caught while spinning. Rinanney yielded over 55 and at Cloongee 11 were reported, with Trevor Green again having success with a 5.5lbs grilse on worm, and Bill O’Regan, Co. Dublin also caught a small grilse with the worm.

Spinning and fly were both successful methods at the East Mayo Anglers’ water, where 69 salmon were caught, twenty-nine of those released, including two by Billy McGhee, Ballyvary of 5lbs and 7lbs on the fly, while Mark Duncalf, Wales, also had two on fly weighing 4lbs and 9lbs.

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Photo: Presentation of monies raised in the Mayfly Hotel charity competition, pictured left to right are Helen Gilmore, Nurse at Mayo General Hospital, Lisa O’Connor, Manager of the Mayfly Hotel, Mary Coleman and Christopher Guane.

The Mayfly Hotel, Foxford, hosted their annual charity salmon angling competition on Saturday the 20th of August, in aid of the Children’s Ward of Mayo General Hospital. Ninety-six anglers in total participated, including 13 juveniles, which raised €3,055 towards the purchase of a cardiac monitor for the Ward. The fisheries around Foxford opened for those participating on the day including Gannon’s, Armstrong’s, Byrne’s, Knockmore, Attymass, Baker’s, Rinanney, Cloongee and single bank of the Foxford fishery. A number of small fish were caught and released spinning and with the prawn and were not recorded in the over all total. A total of 9 salmon were weighed in and the winner was Keith Gleeson of Dublin Salmon Anglers, who had a 6.49lbs salmon on prawn. He was presented with the Mayfly Cup and voucher from the hotel. Second place was won by Bernard McAvinue, Co. Cavan and third went to William Marsden, Belfast. The day was completed with a charity auction, presentation ceremony and barbeque at the Mayfly Hotel.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Plenty of grilse at the Ballisodare Fishery as the run tails off

The Ballisodare fishery produced 75 salmon for the week, with 39 of those being released. These fish were all grilse, the run of which appears to tailing off as the summer nears an end. Visiting angler Frank Bourke, had one of 5.5lbs while fishing fly, with Bernard Mangan also landing two to the fly. Peter Creanor had one grilse while fishing prawn, Ron Charles, U.K., had two grilse while Dennis Barrett released a further two.  
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Salmon to 15lb from the Drumcliffe.

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Photo: Steven Sherlock and his fine 15lbs salmon caught on the prawn on the Drumcliffe River. Note salmon appropriately tagged with both blue and brown gill tags.

Angling effort has been very low on the Drumcliffe River this season, therefore few catch reports have been received. However, some anglers have enjoyed great sport, including Steven Sherlock, who caught a fine fresh run 15lbs salmon which took 30 minutes to land. The salmon was caught on the prawn on August 17th. Anglers are reminded that a strict catch quota applies on this system at present, and those angling must be in procession of a brown gill tag, otherwise they are restricted to fishing catch and release methods. For further details on the quota system please see www.fishinginireland.info.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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River Drowes very quiet

The Drowes has been fairly quiet this week with few rods fishing. There was a few grilse caught over the week but overall there is little to report.
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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Salmon fishing slow on Lough Melvin

Fishing was very slow on Lough Melvin this week. There is little to report on the salmon fishing front. With few boats venturing out for the same, I have not heard of any salmon caught.
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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Good numbers of salmon caught on the Owenea

There was fair water at the start of the week on the Owenea with the gauge reading 0.23 & 0.29 metres on Monday & Tuesday respectively. Thereafter the river dropped as the week progressed due to the onset of dry weather. By the end of the week on Sunday the river was running at low levels with the gauge reading 0.10 metres. The gauge average for the week was 0.17 metres. Despite the low water conditions towards the end of the week, the fishery was fairly busy with 67 visiting rods fishing over the week.

There were good numbers of salmon caught over the week with most of these recorded over the first four days of the week. Given here are some catches from the catch register. On Monday Kevin O’Neill recorded a grilse of 6lb caught on a fly from beat 6. Billy Blair logged 2 grilse weighing 6 & 4lb caught on a fly from beat 8 with the smaller of these released again. Davy Arbuckle accounted for 2 grilse caught weighing 3½ & 5lb caught on a fly from beat 9 and Ian Hanley registered 2 fish caught weighing 3 & 9lb caught on a fly from beat 7 with the larger of these released again. On Tuesday, John Northridge recorded a 4lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 4. Tommy Irvine had a good day with 3 fish caught on a spinner from beat 8 weighing 6, 6 & 10lb. Billy Blair accounted for 2 grilse weighing 2 & 4lb caught on a fly from beat 8 with the smaller of these released again. On Wednesday, Peter Grahame recorded a 3½lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 9. Gerard Kelly logged a 9¾lb salmon caught on a fly from beat 8 and Billy Blair registered a 7lb salmon caught on a fly from beat 8. On Thursday, Bill Fee recorded a 5½lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 9 and Billy Blair logged 2 grilse weighing 2 & 6lb caught on a fly from beat 8 with both of these being returned. On Saturday, John Hughes recorded a 3lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 9. On Sunday, visiting French angler Pierre Rumeau logged a small grilse caught and released on a fly from beat 7.
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


Evening rise becomes short lived on Boyne with cooler nights.

Water levels in the River Boyne are very low and clear at the moment. Water temperatures are quite high reaching 18 degrees on occasion. At Trim, Marc O’Regan had over 30 trout to circa 1lb during one of his evening visits. Although the main hatches of blue winged olive have slowed during the day some sporadic hatches are still occurring. There is good movement to the sedge until 8.30pm to 9pm in the evenings but there is a distinctly autumnal feel to the evenings at the moment. Anglers should note that the evening rise can be quite short at this time of year and can switch off completely in a matter of minutes. There is plenty of small black fly on the water.

If you fancy a days guided trout fishing on the Boyne with Marc he can be contacted at 087 9153002
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Good trout from Kells Blackwater despite low coloured water

On the Kells Blackwater, angling guide Pat McLoughlin reports that the water is low but has quite a bit of colour which is coming from the lake. Pat fished the Kells Blackwater on Monday and Tuesday and caught and released in excess of 50 wild brown trout. The majority of trout measured from 20 to 28cms but these were complemented by a number of trout in the 30 to 35 cm bracket. Gerard Morgan from Kells fished the Blackwater during the week and landed a beautiful 3lb wild brown trout upstream of Kells. The fish fell to a small dry fly, size 16.

If you fancy a day on the Kells Blackwater with Angling Guide Pat McLoughlin he can be contacted at 086 1017415 email: patandtrina@eircom.net

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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Good accommodation offers for anglers Suir and Nore areas

John Bermingham contacted us to let us know about some great offers he is currently running for anglers.

We have a week available here from September 24th-October 1st which would be the last week of the fishing season. We could offer this week as an introductory offer to fishermen for €695.00 - The normal weekly price is €795.00. The accommodation here can sleep up to 12 people. Part of the package could include a trip to a music session in a nearby Old world pub. All details of accomodation and events at Crocanoir can be seen on our website at www.crocanoir.com. We also have availibilty from 29th August - 7th September and the Hawes Barn, which is suitable for a single angler or a couple, is also available at discounted rates.

Croc an Oir is located on the banks of the River Anner which itself is a lovely small stream full of trout.
Ballycullen, Mullinahone, Co Tipperary, Ireland
Tel: +353 52 9153117
www.crocanoir.com

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Trout anglers desert Lough Sheelin for Fleadh Cheoil

August 15th – August 21th: The All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil which attracted over 300,000 people took place in Cavan town this week and this robbed Sheelin of a lot of its local anglers and the lake was almost deserted throughout the week.  There was however good fishing for the faithful anglers and a few visiting fishermen.

Friday was the best days fishing when the 2 heaviest fish for the week were caught by Dundalk  man Vinny O’Connell with a 5 lb trout and Andrew Browne, Dublin who landed a lovely 6 lb fish using a dabbler, fishing the Western shore around Orangefield.  Anglers are reporting seeing plenty of movement of fish and there were good hatches of sedges particularly on Wednesday evening around Church island. There were also hatches of olives on most days

51 catches were recorded for the week.

Some catches

Andrew Browne, Dublin – Friday August 19th, fishing between Lynch’s pt. and Orangefield two trout, one at 6 lbs caught on a dabbler and one at 4 lbs on a green peter.  Both fish were caught during the day.

Mickey McCloskey, Donegal – 3 trout @ 2½ lbs, 2 lbs and 2 lbs.

Maurice McDivite, Donegal – 1 wild trout @ 2 lbs.

Peter McArdle, Dundalk – wet fly fishing, two trout @ 2½ and 2 lbs.

Mark Carolan, Dublin – 1 trout at 1¾ lbs using a sinking line and dabbler.

Michael Kelly, Dublin – Tuesday evening August 16th 3 trout best weighed in at 2½ lbs using simulium.  Wednesday morning 1 trout at 3 lbs, fishing around Church island using a black smut.  Thursday August 18th 6 trout – 2 wild and 4 stocked fish, best was 3½ lbs, fish were caught using stimulators, LF flies and black smuts.  5 trout on Friday August 19th, best was 4 lbs caught at Merry pt. using a silver deer hair daddy long legs, 1 @ 3lbs at Orangefield using stimulators, 1 @ 2½ lbs on the Western shore using hoppers and 2 trout weighed in at 1½ lbs each.
Brenda Montgomery
IFI - Limerick
Lough Sheelin Office
Email: brenda.montgomery@fisheriesireland.ie

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Brown trout to over 7lb from Lough Lene

Pat Keenaghan and Frank Mckeown took time out from Golf last week, and spent a few days trolling on Lough Lene.On the day they had hooked up with some nice Pike and Perch, and later in the evening Pat hit the jackpot and landed a huge brown trout over 7lbs.This is one of the best Trout from Lene this season, and with the season not closing till September 30th more might just come on line. On Sunday next the Chairman’s pairs Trout competition will be fished with proceeds going to AWARE. Members are allowed bring a guest Angler, and its 30 Euro per Team. Fishing from 11am-6pm.Check in Fagan’s Point.
Michael Flanagan
Pike and Trout angling guide. 
Telephone: +353 (0)44 9348969 or +353 (0)87 2797270
Email: mick@midlandangling.com Web: www.midlandangling.com

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Derravaragh trout shy of flys, but end of season should be better

Last Sunday we fished the Leinster Shield team competition on Derravaragh. Conditions were quite good for fly fishing, but it proved hard to entice the Derravaragh trout to the surface. I fished with Castlepollard Angler Mick Hayden and even dough we caught no fish we had a lovely day on Derravaragh. Dodder Angler captained by Jim Keeshan top the day, and Team member Johnny McMahon had the best fish. I had a few chances on the day, and pulled out of one fish pulling wets. You would be advised to keep an eye on Derravaragh as in 2010, it produced some great trout coming near the end of the season.
Michael Flanagan
Pike and Trout angling guide. 
Telephone: +353 (0)44 9348969 or +353 (0)87 2797270
Email: mick@midlandangling.com Web: www.midlandangling.com

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Flyfishing competition on Whitelake a close run affair

Johnny Campbell produced a cracking fish on the Whitelake to win the Leo Reilly Memorial Cup. The fish weighed in at 3lbs 15oz, mind you it was a very close call in the senior section with Tommy Fagan of Summerhill taking 2nd spot with 3lbs 14oz. Larry Kelly finished 3rd with 3lbs 7oz. All great fish. In the Junior section Daire Moore was Top Rod with 1lbs 11oz, Liam Kiernan 1lbs 8oz, and 3rd Stephen Wheately of Fore with 1lbs 6oz.Presentation took place on the lake Shore and Claire Reilly wife of the late Leo presented the winners with their prizes. The Whitelake Club would like to sympathize with the McCabe family of Kilskyre on the sad loss of their Mother.Noel McCabe is the Whitelake Club Secretary.

Full report from the Midlands and picture Gallery on www.midlandangling.com   Guiding services available contact Mick on 087-2797270.
Michael Flanagan
Pike and Trout angling guide. 
Telephone: +353 (0)44 9348969 or +353 (0)87 2797270
Email: mick@midlandangling.com Web: www.midlandangling.com

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Loughs Acalla and O' Flynn providing excellent fishing

Loughs Acalla and O' Flynn continued to provide excellent fishing over the past 20 days.

Most anglers attaining the daily bag limits in a short few hours. best fish from  Acala was 2.25lbs. Dabblers and Green Peters accounted for most of the fish. Barry Rogers from Dublin and two friends had 17 fish on Lough O Flynn in 2 short days. They also reported excellent sport for a few hours pike fishing on the lake.
John Ryan
IFI - Limerick
Suck Valley Office
Email: john.ryan@fisheriesireland.ie

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Trout fly fishing very good on Corrib last week

Tom Kelly reports that fishing on Corrib was very good last week, with plenty of trout coming to the fly when conditions were right. A lot of these fish were over 2 lb. too, so the quality of fish is very high at the moment.  Martin Coughlan from Offaly had 5 trout for approx. 7.5 lb. on Friday, while two American anglers, Dwayne and Don Miller had 15 trout over 4 days up to 3 lb. on wet and dry fly.  Glen O’Donnell from Shannon had 3 fish for a day, best 3 lb., and Donie O’Loughlin and John Fitzgerald landed 4 trout for their day. The Commercial club in Galway held a mixed grill competition on Sunday, which was won by Patsy and Peggy Griffin, with 2 trout for 6.5lbs, including a fine trout of 4.5 lb.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Sonaghan play hard to get on Lough Melvin

The trout fishing was hard work with the Sonaghan being difficult to locate or catch. There were some decent catches on Sunday however, when the Garrison Anglers held one of their club competitions. This was a boat fly angling competition fished by some 18 boats out of Garrison. Results were variable with some boats weighing in 6 good fish and others struggling to boat one fish! The winners were Bryan & Gary Caruthers with 6 fish. In second place were Greg White and Gary Stewart, also with 6 fish
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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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


East coast coarse angling round up

The Fishmaniak Coarse Angling Club held a competition on Lough Muckno on White Island on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August. Fishing was difficult and 16 anglers fished the swims at White Island over the weekend. The winning net was just over 5kgs.

At Corcrin, carp to 6kgs have been reported this week and numbers of good sized bream as well. Elsewhere around Carrickmacross, Peadar O’Brien had some nice roach fishing on feeder at a number of smaller lakes in the area. Roach were quite sizeable ranging from 6ozs to 12ozs. Double maggot did the trick. Peadar also had a number of very nice perch some weighing close to 1lb in weight.

Paul Newell reports some good coarse angling at Corkagh Park this week. Catches at the fishery included, two specimen carp which were taken on legered sweetcorn and weighed 12lbs 10ozs and 12lbs 6ozs respectively. Another notable catch recently was a roach bream hybrid of 5.12lb which was taken on maggot.  One of the regular anglers Mick Keogh also had a nice 2lbs roach on maggot recently.

If you would like to give Corkagh Park a go you can contact Paul Newell fishery manager at 087 7874526.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Coarse fishing at Lanesborough should improve with raised water levels

Few anglers on the Suck system all having plenty of coarse fish mostly small roach and skimmer bream.

At Lanesborough, 2 anglers reported bags from 25 - 30 lbs. With the increase in the water table, angling should be livilier over the next 10 days for all types of fishing.
John Ryan
IFI - Limerick
Suck Valley Office
Email: john.ryan@fisheriesireland.ie

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Bags of coarse fish to 130lb on the feeder around the Longford area

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Photo: Nigel Barnes with another bumper catch of good Roach.

Fishing around the Longford area has been very good weather has not been to bad but some venues have proved difficult to fish due to the previous rain fall, fishing the feeder this week proved to be the best approach with catches to 130lb. and again some cracking Roach fishing. Early mornings and heavy pre-baiting for the Bream and only particles as pre-bait to target the Tench was the answer for some anglers from the UK producing some great results for them, click on next week to find out what the other anglers have been catching from Melview Lodge in Longford.

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Photo: Gordon with some Bream after fishing in some tough conditions.

Gordon from Liverpool who was motioned last week managed Bream on his last day despite some bad conditions, him and his friend Terry had returned a lot of the fish due to the bad conditions. Kevin said the lads put in a lot of work on a couple of the venues and had some cracking fish, Kevin also said the highlight for him was when he opened their door of the van on there arrival to discover a quad bike with front and rear racks to which Gordon replied “ No problem with access this year “ .

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Photo: Nigel Barnes saves the best for his last day with a 130lb. of Bream and a bonus Tench.

Nigel Barnes from Preston who we also mentioned last week had a great second part to his week, he continued to have some great catches of Roach but saved the best for last. On his very last day he decided to pre-bait heavy the night before and it paid off for him, the swim produced 127lb. of Bream along with some Roach and a bonus Tench. Kevin said he was due a good catch after all the early mornings and pre-baiting he had done over the week, well done mate.
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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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Junior pike competition a tough day for competitors

Brendan O’Reilly reports that the Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs ran its annual national junior pike competition on the 21st August 2011. Fishing conditions were difficult at Barnagrow in Shercock and only three fish were landed.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Pike to 98cm reported from the Suck Valley

One foreign visitor, pike fishing in the Suck vallley area boated a pike of 98cms. He described it as the catch of a lifetime, the fish was returned safely to the water.
John Ryan
IFI - Limerick
Suck Valley Office
Email: john.ryan@fisheriesireland.ie

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Tony Robinson, Inland Fisheries Ireland Mullingar, reports on some recent pike catches on Loughs Ennell

There was some good Pike Fishing reported from Lough Ennell where Andreas Withowski caught 3 pike with the heaviest weighing 12 lb. and all fish were all returned.
Dermot Broughan

E-mail:  dermot.broughan@fisheriesireland.ie
Inland Fisheries Ireland – Tudenham, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath,
Tel: +353 (0)44 9348769

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Beginners sea angling competition at Drogheda

East Coast Angling Drogheda, sea fishing club are holding their third competition on Sunday 28th August, this club is for beginners with most members new to sea fishing.

There are thirty members, male and female young and old, most outings last 5 hours on a Sunday evening with all fish measured and scored by points at the end of the competition. Drop into the shop and leave your number with the lads or contact Peter Cunningham, East Coast Angling, mobile: 087 2169726
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Running with the Hounds - east coast smooth hounds

smooth hound

Beach fishing for smooth hounds on a particular mark that I frequent is all or nothing, long periods of inactivity punctuated by moments of magical mayhem. Not having visited the location in over a month and with bait left over from the night before, the decision was a no brainer. Six bells saw me setting up as the evening sun started to cast long shadows over the shingle from the low cliffs behind. Armed with big yellow tail lug and peeler crab, I cast twin two hook paternosters sixty meters out into the falling neap tide and waited. An hour went by and not a touch.

Up to last year rods would be kept nodding at this venue, with species like flounder and codling filling in the gaps between the hounds and occasional bass. This season they have been noticeable by their absence, although bass do show when there is a roll on the sea from the south. The quietness though enhances the moment when a hound makes its presence felt, and how. I’m looking at the motionless rod tip, momentarily it quivers then bam over it goes, no need to strike just lean in the opposite direction, fish on. Running hard swimming left then right, quick silver turns a smoothie for sure. Eventually beached, in the four to five pound range, boy do these fish fight, defying their size, real athletes.

smooth hound

Fishing two rods and varying the distance, what the hell this time they’re both going out to the same place. Ten minutes later bang over goes the right, a better fish running hard towards the shallow reef. A crash behind me, tripod in a heap and my second rod heading towards the tide. Rod in hand hooped over I pick up number two and wedge the reel behind a now collapsed tripod leg, the reel line taught and zig zagging, my gear is going nowhere get this fish in quick. Hound number one hits the beach, now for number two. Still on and pulling, this is some craic, everything now under control. Number two hits the surf line, both are bigger 5/6 lbs, quick double snap then away, out go new baits, the pack has moved on.

That was it, another fifteen minutes passed with only the waves lapping on the beach breaking the silence. Time to go, the mark has delivered. Stopping to take photos, even for that minute loses a fish or two for sure, but hey it’s not a competition, it’s about capturing the moment. Three fish of that calibre, magical mayhem, quality fishing.
Ashley Hayden
Web: www.anirishanglersworld.com 

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Superb Summer fishing for Cork Harbour Boats

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What a great season Cork Harbour Boats are having! Great cod fishing, good shark fishing, unusual species, specimen fish, etc.,... Skippers John, Finbar and Eoin Barry have had several Dutch parties and many local groups out on the 'Cuan Ban' and 'The Castlemaiden' over the last few weeks and on each trip there have been several highlights.

Skipper Eoin Barry reports '....in that period we've had cod to 10, 11, and 12lbs, pollack to 8lbs, and a fine specimen conger over the 40lb mark that was returned alive. On one trip we had a surprise monkfish. What was most surprising was that the monk was caught on a jellyworm whilst spinning for pollack. On a few trips we've targeted blue shark and have had many shark to the boat...probably the best sharking season in a number of years....'

Undoubtedly, the Barry's will have many more great days as the best of the season is yet to come. August and September are usually the best months. If you'd fancy a day out on either the 'Cuan Ban' or 'Castlemaiden' why not give the lads a shout! For contact details click here.

Naomh Cartha cod to double figures

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Skipper of the 'Naomh Cartha,' Gerry Keohane, reports that they are having a superb season. Like all boats operating out of Cork Harbour this year, the Naomh Cartha has a had some great days cod fishing in particular. Gerry reports that have had many fine fish to double figures, some of which are shown on the pics here. Gerry has some secret spots, though, that are also throwing up some good ling. By his own reckoning, other skippers have yet to find these marks. So far he's getting the best out of them. If you'd fancy booking a day out with Gerry on the 'Naomh Cartha' contact details are available on his website here.
Pat O'Shea
Cork Harbour Angling Hub
Web: corkharbouranglinghub.blogspot.com


A bit of a 'Ball' hop onboard Deora De

The Alan Ball or 'Baller' group were recently out with skipper, Jim Linehan, on Deora De. Over the course of two days, the group had over 15 species of fish. Highlight of the trip, though, was when the group encountered the cod shoals. There was an excellent run of cod. At times cod were coming up three at a time...for some anglers this resulted in a complete mess!!! Some of the cod were of a good size with fish in the 10 - 11lb range. Although, many of the fish were returned, a good bag was retained. On the return journey the lads busied themselves cleaning and filleting the fish which were stored in the freezers back in the hotel. The lads were staying in the Commodore Hotel, which served as an ideal base to explore the pubs and restaurants of Cobh, once the lads had a days fishing done....party time!!! After a cracking weekend the lads reluctantly headed home but not before collecting their box of fish from the hotel freezer. I'm sure once the home freezers are empty the lads will be back again! If you'd fancy a trip out with Jim Linehan onboard Deora De, check out his website here for contact details. The Commodore Hotel is also doing special accommodation rates for Anglers and Angling Groups. Contact Mary O' Mahony at reservations on 021-4811277 for more details (www.commodorehotel@eircom.net).
Pat O'Shea
Cork Harbour Angling Hub
Web: corkharbouranglinghub.blogspot.com


Just five places left in Cobh SAC International Deep Sea Angling Festival

Yes, that's right...we have five places left up for grabs in this year's Cobh SAC International Deep Sea Angling Festival.

This four day competition starts on Monday 5th September with a superb prize fund worth €7,500, of which €2,000 is in cash.

So far we have 47 anglers competing in this year's event and on the strength of that we've booked another boat from the Cork Harbour Angling Hub charter fleet, giving us room for 5 more anglers. If you're interested in fishing, contact our club secretary, Mary Geary, on 021-4812167. Here's a look at last year's event to whet your appetite http://cobhsac.blogspot.com/2010/09/2010-festival.html.
Pat O'Shea
Cork Harbour Angling Hub
Web: corkharbouranglinghub.blogspot.com

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Photo: Sarah Loughney , Dublin with a nice glistening 4lb bass aboard Richie Ryan's SeaHawk - www.corkbass.com


Deep sea fishing good off Clare coast with plenty of variety

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Fishing has been going well over the last week with lots of species around. Mackerel are now very plentiful around Loop Head. The general fishing is good but we are having some slow periods during the day, mostly when the tide holds the boat up against the wind and we do not get any drift. Varying the methods of fishing can bring on the fishing even when slow.

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We have also had some first class fishing with some big Ling turning up all over the ground. The best over the last week was 17lbs and was taken on a single baited hook. The shad fishing has also turned up some great fishing, with Pollack feeding high in the water. I got one group of lads on to it that had not fished using this method before and we had a great afternoon session. On another day one fellow was using a big chrome perk on the bottom of his rigs and out fished the rest of the boat, even landing a specimen Spur Dog of 13lbs, some nice Ling and Pollock and even a Bull Huss on the drift! And this was on a quite day!!

The shark fishing has been turning in the results with shark to the boat on the 2 days this week that we went after them. The best on both days were around 220cm and about 90 to 100lbs. Both these fish gave a great fight on 30lb tackle and took almost half an hour to get into the boat. One of these bigger sharks had a lot of old bite marks and had obviously been attacked by another shark some days before we caught him, this was something that I had not seen before and I took a few photos of the scars.

The estuary has also produced some nice fishing. In the lower estuary we had some fine double figure Huss and had on one very big one that broke off as it came to the surface. Higher up the estuary we had some steady Ray fishing.
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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Broadhaven Bay sea anlging festival results

Belmullet Sea Angling Club in conjunction with the Broadhaven Bay Hotel hosted the 40th Annual Sea Angling Festival recently. The first event of the week was the Shore Angling Competition, held on Sunday 14th August. Winning this event with the greatest variety of species was Michael Dunleavy of Belmullet S.A.C. who received the Michael Meenaghan Perpetual Cup. In second place was Tony Lally, Belmullet S.A.C. and in third was Fiachra McKenna. The Heaviest Fish competition was won by Shane Gilvarry of Newport S.A.C.

The Two Day International Open Boat Competition was held on Saturday 20th and Sunday the 21st, with boats departing from Ballyglass Pier. Over 60 competitors took part over the two days, including regular attendees from East Belfast S.A.C., with 16 species weighed in and 35 prizes awarded. The Open Section, greatest variety over two days was won by Anthony Masterson of Belmullet S.A.C., who received the Broadhaven Bay Hotel Perpetual Cup and €500. Second place went to Billy Holland of East Belfast S.A.C., who received a €300 prize and in third was Shane Gilvarry of Newport S.A.C who received a €200 prize. The Out of State Section, greatest variety over two days was won by Billy Holland. The Junior Section (over two days) was won by Liam Carey of Belmullet S.A.C., who also won the greatest variety Saturday, while the greatest variety Sunday went to Carol Reilly. The heaviest fish on Saturday was caught by junior angler Diarmuid O’Donnell and on Sunday was caught by Hughie Carolan. In the Ladies Section, the greatest variety Saturday was won by Sheila Wilson while on Sunday this was won by Jessica O’Donnell. The Boatman’s Award was won by John O’Boyle for both Saturday and Sunday.

Belmullet Sea Angling Club would like to express their sincere thanks to all those who sponsored the many prizes and awards (too many to mention individually!), to the skippers and the Broadhaven Bay Hotel. The Club looks forward to hosting the 41st Annual Sea Angling Festival in 2012. 

Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Killala Bay fishing well for anglers on the Leah

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Donal Kennedy reported a few successful trips on the Bay of late, with great varieties and some sizable catches. Wednesday the 17th saw a party of anglers from London depart from Killala in fine conditions, and were rewarded with numerous mackerel and a good variety of species. Good numbers of red gurnard, some sizable grey gurnard, cod of 4lbs and 5lbs were boated on the trip. Numerous cuckoo wrasse and pouting were also caught, with pollack of 5lbs and the highlight of the trip, a ling of almost 15lbs.

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Friday the 19th saw a party of 7 from Mullingar, Drogheda and Mayo fish onboard the Leah, and boat an impressive 11 species. Ling up to 8lbs were caught as well as pollack to 10lbs were among the larger fish captured. While on Sunday 19th the group fishing had a cod of 5lbs, pollack averaging 6lbs and numerous other varieties.  

Leah
36' Ocean Tramp. 180 HP Turbo Ford
Skipper: Donal Kennedy                                                                              Base: Enniscrone Operational area: P5. From Enniscrone and Killala within a 30 mile radius.
Notes: Reef, shark wreck and general deep sea fishing.
Address: 'Atlantic Mist', Enniscrone, Co. Sligo.
Telephone: +353 (0)96 36644 or +353 (0)86 8174509 Fax: +353 (0)96 37731
Email: dak@eircom.net  Web: www.dkennedyangling.net


Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Porbeagles on pollack out out Red Bay

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

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Porbeagles are very easily located at this time of year and last week I had a group from Holland who wanted to try for them. We headed 15km SE to the Maiden Islands where I knew I had seen them. We set a couple of rods up for them but had nothing for 3 hours. But then the boys had pollack taken just under the boat by the sharks. We set the rods up 10ft under the surface and within 5 minutes we had a double hook up. Both fish were boated very easily within 20 minutes. As you can see they are of no great size. I always knew they were there as I had seen them a couple of times but I think the next shark trips will be heading north to the very deep reef where there are larger specimens. Both these fish were taken using live Pollack.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
Web: www.predatorireland.com Email: info@predatorireland.com
Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117

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