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Irish Angling Update

03 February 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
email: Paul Bourke
Ph: 00 353 (0) 1 8842600
Fax: 00 353(0) 1 8360060

Salmon Angling

Trout Angling

Coarse Angling

Pike Angling

Sea Angling


SALMON ANGLING

Salmon Angling Update


Southern Region

[03/02/11]

River Blackwater opens but no salmon caught

The new season is finally upon us and has started with the river in perfect order; 0.42m on the gauge and good clarity. POn February 1st conditions were perfect conditions for fly-fishing. No fresh springers caught the first day.
Ian & Glenda Powell
Address: Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery, Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
Tel: 00 353 58 60235     From UK: 0871 474 0135  (10p/min any time!)
Mobile: 00 353 87 235 21 20
E-mail: info@ireland-salmon-fishing.net Website: www.ireland-salmon-fishing.net

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South Western Region

[03/02/11]

Laune River

As of Saturday 29th January water down to 3 feet on the gauge.  This is after two weeks of dry weather the river would still be considered high but now a little more fishable. 

Members who fished during the week met some good spent fish which were safely returned. One still needs a copper tube fly and a full sinking lines to get down.  The upper Laune Anglers fisheries or Beats 1,3 or3 would be best for a pull.
Laune Anglers Assoication
web: http://www.launesalmonanglers.com/

Salmon anglers trying hard for a fresh fish on Currane

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Photo: the first salmon from Currane this year was caught by Terence Wharton

02/2/11 Lough Currane was on the wild side with a strong SW wind, with heavy showers blowing down the Lake. Local Gillie Mr. Bob Priestly reported to me that he caught 3 kelts before he headed home.

31/01/11 The first Salmon of the 2011 season was caught by Mr. Terence Wharton Jnr on the fly at the Morgan’s Rock with his Father Mr. Terence Wharton Snr, so congratulations to the both of them, plus they have done the double, First Salmon, and the first caught on the fly. Wind SSW fresh to strong and overcast with light misty rain all day.

While a few boats were out fishing over the weekend they met only the odd kelt.

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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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:
E-mail: galway@fisheriesireland.ie

No reports of salmon caught from the rivers that opened on Monday, 1 February. A few kelts were safely returned by a couple of anglers trying their luck at Kylemore but there was no sign of fresh fish.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:
E-mail: ballyshannon@fisheriesireland.ie

[01/02/11]

Good water on the River Drowes but no more catches

There were good conditions over the week with nice water levels and the weather was somewhat milder during the days although a number of nights brought frost. The gauge was reading just under 0.7 and had fallen to 0.58 metres by Sunday. The fishery was fairly quiet with only a limited number of rods fishing over the week. There were reports of a number of fresh fish seen but to date there had been no reported catch of fresh salmon. The forecast for the coming week is for wetter, warmer and windier weather which may stir things up a little. The river is at a nice height at present with the gauge reading 0.57 metres.
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Web: www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055.

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TROUT ANGLING

Trout Angling Update


North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:
E-mail: ballina@fisheriesireland.ie

[03/02/11]

Lough na Liebe fishes well on opening day

Ballymote and District Angling Club enjoyed a successful opening day on Lough na Liebe on Feburary 1st, with twenty two trout being caught by three anglers. Martin Lawrence enjoyed the greatest success of the day, landing a total of twelve rainbow trout, with Tommy Lynch also having success. For full details on Lough na Liebe and Ballymote and District Angling Club, please visit the club website www.ballymoteangling.com.

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Loughs Agency area

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

[30/01/11]

Buzzers and minkies for Cashel Trout Fishery

Anglers came out in fine numbers to Cashel this weekend now that there is a spring feel in the air and a less threat of ice and snow.

Limavady’s Liam Mullan and George Ness released six and seven trout respectively using minkies and blobs.  Dungiven’s Mark Boyce released two trout which fell to buzzers while young Andrew Logan also from Dungiven released one which took an olive nymph.  Local anglers, Martin Bradley and John Hasson released eight trout between them which fell to minkies and the black fritz.  Allan Mc Clune (Magherafelt) released three great trout which took the white fritz.

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

Longvale Coarse Fishery  Porthall, Lifford Co. Donegal.

The fishery owners reports again fishing is now very good and they are planning to have a Match competition soon including an official public opening of their fishery.

Tel +353 (0) 87 1610832 Email longvalecoarsefishery@hotmail.com

Sunday Permits must be pre purchased.

Binevenagh Lake opens next Tuesday 1st February

Season: 1st February - 31st December

This lake lies on a basalt plateau that towers over the Lough Foyle lowlands below. It is stocked with rainbow trout. Access is possible by wheelchair from the car park. This lake is close to the attractions of the North Coast and is only a few miles from the Caravan Park and beach at Benone.

More information from our website www.loughs-agency.org you can download a copy of our angling guide booklets or if you wish we can send a hard copy free of charge to you in the post.

Best Flies: Bibio, Buzzers .


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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:
E-mail: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

[03/02/10]

Good fishing  for silver fish in the Monaghan area

Dick Kiernan from Venture Sports in Monaghan reports that despite the bad weather there has been good fishing recently for silver fish in the Monaghan area with Quig Lough producing some nice results recently. However, like all other areas the frost has had an adverse effect on angling in the Monaghan area over the last few weeks.
Dick Kiernan
Venture Sports
71A Glaslough Street, Monaghan. 
Tel: (047) 81495
Web: www.monaghan-outdoors.com

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Southern Region

[01/02/11]

Carlow Angler wins Naas Truck Parts match in Athy

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Photo: Miroslav Svajlenin weighed in 22lb 8oz of Roach and Dace.

The Athy and District Anglers held a sponsored coarse angling match on two venues within Athy town on Sunday 30th January. There was a tremendous turn out on the day with anglers travelling from all over the country including the border regions. I would like to thank John from Naas Truck Parts for sponsoring the event also the Athy and District Anglers for hosting the match on the river Barrow and Smugglers pub in Athy for providing a venue for the presentation, refreshments and food after the match. The weather on the day was chilly and just about every conceivable method was used on the day by all anglers present which included long pole, whip, stick float, waggler, flat float and the tip or feeder method as it is widely known.

The match was eventually won by Carlow Coarse Angling Club and Athy and District member Miroslav Svajlenin who weighed in a total weight of 22lb 8oz mainly consisting of Roach and Dace. Miro chose to loose feed Hempseed over a bed of feeder induced Traper Grand Prix black competition ground bait and proceeded to fish with a stick float and loose feed hempseed throughout the day to have devastating results and win the match. The Traper ground-bait seems to really be working in the coarse angling circuit after it was introduced last year by local wholesale company Fishing Masters in Carlow. Second place went to Matt Kemmy with a fabulous bag of mixed fish for a total weight of 16Lb 10oz and in third place was Fint Brennan a regular angler in the match circut with a very good bag of mixed fish weighing in at 15Lb 4oz.

The match was fished in two sections the first of which was the Petits section which produced all the weights whilst the second section was fished on the Dominican lawns. Fishing was found to be hard on the later of the two sections with all methods being tried to no avail. The section win went to Aidrian Hyland of the Athy and District anglers who landed thirteen Dace whilst young Lewes Parr the Traper sponsored fifteen year old from the Carlow Coarse Angling Club came second fishing a fourteen and a half meter pole with a flat float to net a few Dace. After the match young Parr commented that he had used the Traper Grand Prix black ground-bait mixed and riddled through with some Expert black ground-bait and some of the Traper honey bread additive.

If anyone has any enquiries as regarding coarse angling in South East Ireland Junior or Senior, Carlow or Athy please do not hesitate to contact Gerry mcStraw (Chairman) Carlow Coarse Angling Club on 085 2844566 or call in to see Gerry at St. Fiacc's Tce., Graiguecullen, Carlow. Gerry was elected last week as an executive officer of the Leinster Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland and has opted to start a facebook page for information regarding the Leinster Federation and their objectives and goals one of which is working on a complete catch and release policy for all or any coarse fish, a policy which should be implemented throughout the country.
Gerry McStraw
Tel: 085 2844566
or visit
St. Fiacc's Tce.
Graiguecullen,
Carlow

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Northern Region

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

[02/01/11]

Roach and bream in the cold at Killeshandra

Town Lake proved popular with members in Autumn and it was to Town Lake that the club returned in the depths of winter for the last match of the Winter League - with an air temperature of 1C, a chill westerly breeze and light snow flurries. Most anglers fished feeder at 30-45 turns for roach and the occasional bonus skimmer bream or hybrid. Brendan Collins took advantage of deep water to take 3.020 kg and put pressure on Martin Kantor. Most anglers caught between 10 and 20 fish, a sound return on a cold day in one of the coldest winters.
Portobello Angling Club
Web: www.portobelloangling.com

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Northern Ireland

[01/02/11]

Restoring the former Ulster Canal

An information seminar by the Clones Regeneration Partnership, took place in Clones, Co Monaghan on the 26 Jan 11. The aim of the meeting was to inform all interested groups of the progress made so far in restoring the former Ulster Canal. Anglers attending the meeting included representatives of the NCFFI, UCFF, Erne Anglers AC, Meadowbrook AC and Kingfisher AC. In summary plans are now at an advanced stage to restore about 13km of Canal from the River Erne to Clones, it is expected that work will be underway within the next 6 months and complete by 2013. Anglers attending the Seminar were keen to let those working on the project know that Angling Tourism will be a key part of the development, generatining substantial tourism income for the area. This will be an excellent addition to the Irish Angling estate in the future.
Jack Tisdale

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:
E-mail: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

[03/02/11]

Cavan pike biting despite the cold

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Photo: Fiachra with his 10lb 9oz Co Cavan pike

Paul O'Callaghan reports that Drogheda angler Fiachra Fairtlaough spent a day fishing in Co Cavan recently. It was cold but sunny and water temperatures were still down following the recent cold snap. Fiachra was fishing a Red Haggis Mackerel bought from Anglers World Specialist Tackle Shop in Navan. The pike which weighed 10lb 9 ozs was in excellent condition and well advanced for spawning.
Paul O'Callaghan
Anglers World
Balmoral Business Park, Kells Road, Navan, Co. Meath. 
Tel: (046) 9071866
Web: http://www.anglersworld.ie

Cavan and Monaghan

Well known angling guide Gerry Duffy reports that pike fishing in the Cavan and Monaghan area has been very difficult lately due to very low temperatures. Some pike anglers did manage to have a few fish but they had to work very hard in very cold conditions. On one outing Gerry fished recently with another angler on a lake in Co.Monaghan and had 8 pike for the day but according to Gerry they were all small pike with the average weight being 3lb and the biggest 6lb. All of the fish fell to ledgered sprat but none of the bigger fish were interested.
Gerry Duffy
Angling guide
Tel:
087 6271993 email: gerryduffy3@hotmail.com

Monaghan

Dick Kiernan from Venture Sports in Monaghan reports that despite the bad weather there has been good pike fishing recently for small pike on many of the lakes in the Monaghan area. Lots of jacks and pike to 8lbs are being taken regularly but unfortunately no notable fish in recent weeks. 
Dick Kiernan
Venture Sports
71A Glaslough Street, Monaghan. 
Tel: (047) 81495
Web: www.monaghan-outdoors.com

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Shannon Region

limerick@fisheriesireland.ie

[01/02/11]

Lough Ree pike take spinners

pike
Photo: Their biggest pike of the day, 98cm, fell for a spinner.

Pike guide Alberto Rizzini was fishing on Lough Ree on the 31 January 2011 with a client and they enjoyed some good fishing despite the windy conditions. Amonst their catch was this lovely pike of 98cm estimated to weight about  8 - 9 Kg. The fish all came to spin tactics.
Alberto Rizzini
Angling Guide
Portloman - Slanemore, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath, Ireland.
Tel: +353 (0)44 9344866
Email: alberto@casarizzini.com Web: www.casarizzinicom

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:
E-mail: ballyshannon@fisheriesireland.ie

[02/02/11] 

Dead baits best for Cavan pike

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Photo: Michael with his 86cm pike

Michael Wrobel sent us these photos from his pike outings over the last few days. His first pike was 95cm and his second was 86cm. He has had some great fishing in the last five days with another few Jack's and incredible amount of strikes and runs. Roach and mackrel deadbaits are working best, all fished hard on the bottom. Michael says pike fishing in Co. Cavan is absolutely great at the moment and he is really enjoying the start of 2011 season.

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:
E-mail: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

[03/02/11]

Irish angler wins at European Federation of Shore Anglers (EFSA) Winter Beach Festival 2011

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Photo: JP Molloy, captain of Irish team 2011 and 2010 – winning shore angling team

Josie Mahon, Inland Fisheries Ireland, reports on the 23rd Irish Winter Shore Angling Festival took place on 27-29th January last on the beaches of East Wexford. Organised by the European Federation of Shore Anglers (Irish Section), 50 anglers participated. Two thirds of these were from the UK - Wales, Pembrokeshire, Somerset and Devon, and the remainder from all parts of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Fishing took place over three days on the beaches of East Wexford including Morriscastle, Clones and Ballinoulart. Anglers were divided into three zones. The fishing was tough due to the easterly winds, however this did not deter these hardy anglers who travelled far and wide to participate in this long established competition. Over the three days 1500 fish were caught and released. The primary catches were codling, flounder, whiting, coalfish, dabs and some bass.

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Photo: Winners from left to right - Warren Doyle, EFSA, Joe Byrne, Dave Roe (best individual winner also), Martin Howlin, Richard Gormley.

The prizegiving ceremony took place at Sean Og’s Hotel in Kilmuckridge on 29th January. Prizes were awarded in a variety of categories including longest flat and round fish, winners from each day as well as the overall individual winners and 2 man and 4 man competitions. The prizes were presented by Mr. Warren Doyle, Secretary of EFSA (Irish Section).

The overall individual winner was Dave Roe from Dublin who received a prize of €500. In 2nd place was Chris Clarke from the UK and in 3rd place was Joe Byrne from Wexford. The overall winners in the four man competition were Joe Byrne (Wexford), Martin Howlin (Wexford), Dave Roe (Dublin) and Richard Gormley (Kerry) who had a total score of 2657 points over the 3 days. The number of points is the total length in cm of the fish they caught. This is the second time in the history of the competition has there been an Irish team winning so well done to the winners who won €160 and a perpetual cup sponsored by Deirdre O’Brien ex, Waterford Glass. Second place went to Alan Yates, John Wells, Chris Clark and Clive Richards from the UK with 2626 points. Third place went to Steve Tucker, Micheal Quinn, Ken Forsyth and Stephen Glynn from Ireland with 1753 points.

In the 2 man team event, 1st prize went to Dave Roe and Joe Byrne (Ireland) with 1720 points. They shared a prize of €240 between them. In 2nd place was Dave Lovelock and Chris Howell (UK) with 1273 points and in 3rd place was Alan Yates and John Wells (UK) with 1008 points.

The longest round fish over the 3 days went to Ben Colliton with a cod of 42 cm and the longest flat fish went to Sean Ivory with a flounder of 37cm. Both won prizes of €140 and reels sponsored by Viking Tackle.

Daniel Tucker age 13 from Milford Haven in Wales won best junior and Mary O’Callaghan from Donegal won best female in the competition and each was presented with prizes. Speaking at the event, EFSA (Irish Section) Chairman, George McCullough thanked all the competitors for taking part and also the sponsors of the event: Malcolm Scullion from ‘Bass boots’, Viking Tackle in Bray and Deirdre O’Brien, ex. Waterford Glass. He thanked Inland Fisheries Ireland for their attendance and welcomed competitors to return to the European Shore Angling Championships which takes place in Wexford from April 27-30th 2011.

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South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
E Mail: macroom@fisheriesireland.ie

[03/02/11]

Great cod and whiting at Monkstown

27/01/11 Me and my son Sion went down to fish Monkstown in Cork, we could not believe the amount of fish we caught, every cast we would be pulling in 2 cod or whiting. After about 30 fish it was enough for me, and decided to call it a day. Biggest cod was about 3lb and the whiting were about 1 lb
Kevin Brain
KB Fishing Ireland
Waterville, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 66 9474942
E-mail: info@kbfishingireld.com Website: www.kbfishingireland.com

Waterville bass report

26/01/11 I spent two hours beach fishing despite the cold weather as the bass are still about in good numbers. I went to one of my beach marks, and hooked and landed 3 bass all around the 3lb mark using razor fish as bait. I am hoping the weather is going to warm up a bit as I can not wait to get out on the fishing kayaks.
Kevin Brain
KB Fishing Ireland
Waterville, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 66 9474942
E-mail: info@kbfishingireld.com Website: www.kbfishingireland.com

Flounder is match catch at Rossbeigh Beach

Rossbeigh
Photo: Perfect conditions as the sun slips below the mountains

Rossbeigh Beach was a familiar sight this weekend to many of our anglers on our second outing of 2011. After hosting the first leg of the Munster closed shore competition, anglers knew this time round the fish were going to be scare or just not willing to co-operate if the easterly winds persisted.

The sun was high and flounder once again was the order of the day with the hope of maybe at least one round fish being pulled from the almost flat calm conditions. 31 anglers fished, including 8 junior anglers, proving the work by the club in getting senior competitors to take junior anglers under their wing to learn the ropes is paying off. Good work lads.

It was getting colder as the sun produced a glowing red backdrop to today’s proceedings. Tactics changed with some casting to the horizon in the search of dogfish as the rumor went about one at least was dragged from the darkness which proved to be a little fairytale, tut tut, and a flounder made one last appearance before the whistle blast.

A suprising total of 79 fish were caught and released given the unforgiving conditions, all flounder. A special thank you to Glenbeigh Hotel once again for their hospitality and support.
 
Junior Results
First Place - Joseph Bernie with 165pts.
Second Place - Gavin Corbett with 142pts.
Third Place - Adam Doyle with 93pts.

Senior Results
First Place - Jerry O Connor with 169pts
Second Place - John Osborne with 145pts.
Third Place - Connie O Sullivan with 140pts.

The best flatfish prize was Pat Egan with a sizeable flounder of 39 cm.

John Tobin
Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club
Web: www.traleebaysac.org

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Shannon Region

limerick@fisheriesireland.ie

[03/02/10]

Bass on in Co. Clare

After the recent cold snap water temps have dropped to 9 degrees but suprisingly the fish have remained inshore and feeding, i took 2 small fish (2lb) last night on the plugs and 3 fish at the end of the cold weather, come and join me at West Coast Angling.
West Coast Angling
Toormore, Kilfenora, Co. Clare, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 (0)86 8838166.
Web: www.westcoastangling.ie

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:
E-mail: ballina@fisheriesireland.ie

[03/02/11]   

Belmullet shore angling competition

Belmullet Sea Angling Club recently held their first shore angling competition of the year. Eight anglers participated in the event, all of whom caught fish on the day. Coalfish, flounder, turbot and even bass were caught during the competition, which was won by Pat Ruddy. Second place went to Tony Lally, with Fiachra McKenna taking third.  

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Northern Ireland

[03/02/11]

Congers, spurdogs and skate for Predator

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Photo: Connor McNeill, Portadown, with a strap conger

Last week saw some settled weather so we decided to try a new venue 22km south of Red Bay over a deep trough I had been looking at for some time with depths of 30m dropping to 58m. Rubby went down and after 1 hour it started to have its affect with a good few congers coming aboard followed by a couple of small huss. Then it was time for the spurdogs to show up but it soon went quiet. After anhour with nothing hitting the baits it was clear who the culprit was as a couple of small skate came aboard.

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Photo: Tony Tairney, Carrickfergus, with a nice wee female skate
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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