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Irish Angling Update

17 February 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
email: Paul Bourke
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Salmon Angling

Trout Angling

Coarse Angling

Pike Angling

Sea Angling


Salmon Angling Update

River Blackwater in flood

15/02 The river was just coming down to spinnable order on Saturday, but rain has continued to fall and the river has continued to rise. At Ballyduff it was 1.64m @ 20.30 tonight.

The upper river has risen a metre since yesterday afternoon and is still rising.
It will probably be unfishable (even spinning) for the next day or so until this latest flood subsides.

There is some more rain likely tomorrow (Weds) & again on Friday, so unlikely to be in any sort of fly order this coming weekend.
Ian & Glenda Powell
Address: Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery, Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
Tel: 00 353 58 60235     From UK: 0871 474 0135  (10p/min any time!)
Mobile: 00 353 87 235 21 20
E-mail: Website:

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Lough Lein, River Flesk and River Laune

3 Salmon landed trolling on Lough Lein by local anglers averaging 9lbs each.

1 salmon landed on worms by a local angler fishing the Flesk River.

No catches reported on the river Laune due to fluctuating water levels.

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A salmon before the rains on Currane

Photo: A bar of silver - 8lb salmon caught by Bob Priestly

12/02/11 Local Gillie Mr Bob Priestly caught a lightening fresh 8lbs Salmon on the troll this morning before the strong southerly winds got up. Wind S fresh to strong in the afternoon with heavy rain at times, Amount of rainfall 19.7mm, max air temperature 9.6c.

13-15/02/11 Again all quiet on all fronts for the last few days. But the same couldn’t be said for the rain, it made a big flood this morning.

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: Web:

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Two salmon to open account at Delphi Fishery

15/02/11 Since our last entry we have had reasonable effort but no fresh fish landed yet. Water levels have remained high which makes angling much more challenging. In fact levels only dropped below 55 on Thursday last. Friday afternoon was near perfect with water at 55 and there was a certain nature to the day. As a result Denis Daly a regular and experienced visitor to Delphi at this time of year had a fish on in the Rock Pool for 5 minutes but then parted company. Denis was in no doubt that it was a fresh fish.

He was joined by Angus Sutherland and party for the weekend. Saturday was difficult with rising water and extreme winds but Sunday was a good fishing condtions but no joy. Monday was a lovely day but it made over an inch of rain the previous night so the river at 70 again which was even challenging for Sheamus Heneghan who often bags the first one. Hopefully Ash Mathews might bag the first one today.

I may have to apologise to Sean Moogan yet as we found a male kelt on the Meadow Pool that was dead a while. It measured 112 cms and even allowing for an increase of 12cms, at 100cms it would put the fish at 23lbs. We will keep you updated on this as Sarah is going to read the scales to determine age and whether it was ranched od wild as adipose was eaten. As it stands its one of the biggest fish on record here.

16/02/11 Congratulations to Luke Chester-Master who caught the first fish of the season yesterday evening. A lovely fresh wild fish, estimated at 9lb in weight, caught in the Holly Pool in a light SE wind with the River at 65mm. The fish was returned to the water. Apologies to Luke for not thinking he would catch the first fish before Ash Matthews!

Ash Matthews landed the first ranched salmon this afternoon. Weight 10lb 10oz, caught on the Waterfall Pool on the River. Lovely fresh fish, sea liced. River at 60cm. Near perfect conditions and a light Southerly wind.
Michael Wade
Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296

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Drowes angler loses 3 in a day but quiet otherwise

The river ran at very high levels all last week due to the recent heavy rainfall. The river rose from 0.9 on the gauge on Monday and was reading 0.92 on Wednesday. The river then, thankfully, began to fall somewhat. By Sunday the river was reading 0.8 on the gauge at the Four Masters Bridge. This was still somewhat high but should give some nice water levels over the coming week unless we receive further heavy rain. The fishery was fairly quiet with only a limited number of rods fishing, most of these at the weekend. We have heard of no fresh salmon caught over the week. There were a number hooked and lost though. One rod hooked and lost 3 on Sunday!
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.

Lough Melvin

Lough Melvin was fairly quiet during the week with few boats venturing out. The weekend was a little busier with some 10 boats heading out over the two days. There has still been no report of the first salmon caught off Melvin since it opened on the 1st February. Niall Sweeney from Blaney, while trolling, caught and released a fine 8lb trout from Flanagan’s Bay.

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Trout Angling Update

Curragh Springs Trout Fishery

Photo: Young local angler Niamh with a nice Curragh Springs Trout Curragh Springs

Shaun Hegarty reporting from Curragh Springs hopes that the freezing temperatures and really bitter cold days are hopefully gone for this year. Strong winds over Curragh Springs a new fishery just 1 mile from the famous Curragh Racecourse have really stirred up the Rainbow Trout. The weekend saw some very good fishing with a total of 73 fish landed. Every fish was carefully returned unharmed to the lake. Mark O' Toole had a total of 9 fish on lures, his best fish about 9lb.

Dave Losty
Photo: Dave Losty displays his catch

Dave Losty and Paul Dennis had their first outing here with David landing a 6lb. rainbow on a 9ft. leader with a bloodworm on dropper and an okeydokey on the point. According to Shaun, David could be heard shouting in Kildare town. Paul had 5 fish in total on a variety of lures, sadly on two occasions he lost fish when his 8lb. leader was snapped.

Two young local anglers Niamh and Aoife are regulars at the Curragh Springs and many other fisheries. 9yr. old angler Niamh landed a beautiful 3lb. rainbow on a buzzer with indicator. Niamh's total for the half day was five fish with her older sister 10 yr.old Aoife also catching 5. Their four yr. old brother is pretty handy with a rod as well. Its great to see young people with such an interest in flyfishing.

If you fancy a day out at Curragh Springs fishery, Shaun Hegarty can be contacted at 087-2462028 .

Annamoe Fishery competitions and coming events

Start Time: 10.30 until 2.30

Prizes: 1st, 2nd  & 3rd  inn each event including a prize for the largest & smallest fish (excluding the winners).

After the 4 events there will be 2 prizes of tickets for fishing for 2 persons for Sea Trout on the Clohamon Beat, Bunclody  on the River Slaney ( use between 15th June &15th July 2011).

Winners will be decided by accumulative catch over 3 events.In the event of a tie the largest fish will count.

Entry Fee €20 per event

Entries to Brian Nally Mob. 086/2598563

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More good fly fishing at Lough na Leibe

13/02/11 It was another busy week for club anglers on Lough na Leibe and a total of 21 trout was caught, 19 of them safely returned to the water. The biggest trout of the week was caught by Vincent Roche, it weighed 2.25lbs, Vincent caught the trout on a gold bodied muddler. Francis Brady had another good week. Francis got 5 on Saturday, loosing 2 good fish in play. Francis caught his trout on the orange blob and the black & silver humungus. Bernard Mc Dermott had 4 trout on Saturday, all on the green rubber legged daddy long legs and 3 on Sunday, 2 on a goldbead tadpole and 1 on a grey wolfe. There was a small hatch of duck fly on Sunday afternoon and trout were feeding briefly in the surface.

The first of our fly fishing league competitions starts on Sunday March 6th - competition starts at 12.30pm and all members of Ballymote & District Angling Club 2011 are welcome to take part. Please have your 2011 membership card with you at all times as appointed water keepers and Fishery Officers with Inland Fisheries Ireland will ask to see them. Please use the chain provided to lock the gate when entering or exiting the lough and bring all your litter home. Please help us keep our club waters clean and tidy.
Bernard Mc Dermott
Ballymote & District Angling Club

Excellent weather and good catches at Cashel Trout Fishery

Excellent weather conditions brought anglers out in large numbers to Cashel this weekend with plenty of catches to be had. 

The week began with a local angling group from Limavady.  A total of sixteen trout were banked between five anglers with trout averaging 2.5 lb.  Michael Mc Kee banked five trout which took the black tadpole, Alec Mc Kee banked four trout which took the red and black minkie, George Ness also banked four while Neil Forrest baked two and Liam Mullan only got the one winning him the ‘loser’ fun trophy. 

Then later on Dungiven’s Mark Boyce released three which fell to buzzers.  Gerry Lynch bagged one and released three which took the black buzzer while Jimmy Mc Cay and Paul Ford (Derry) thoroughly enjoyed their day catching two trout each also falling to buzzers.  Ronan O’Loan (Dungiven) released two and lost three trout which took the white cat’s whisker.  Stephen Woods (Donegal) accompanied by two of his friends, Conor Mc Cosker and Mark Mc Clelland (Enniskillen, Fermanagh) released seven trout in total which took the wee bloodworm and assorted buzzers.  Aidy Askin (Derry) released two which took the gold head pheasant tail while Martin Bradley (Dungiven) and Barry Hasson (Feeny) released one trout each after a few hours which took the black Pennell and the cat’s whisker.  Jimmy Toye (Derry) bagged two at 4lb 10ozs and released two which took a gold head fritz.  Adrian Mc Kay (Magherafelt) and his 13 year old son John released three and two trout respectively using the ace of spades and the bloodworm.  Ballykelly’s Brian Duffy released four which took the bloodworm and to finish off Greg Mc Keever released two trout which took a white lure.

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

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Coarse Angling Update

North Monaghan

What has been described as monsoon like rain over the last two days has put water levels up again. As for last week Dick Kiernan from Venture Sports in Monaghan reports that because the bad weather there has been not been much coarse going on in the north Monaghan area. Recent rain has put water levels up in most of the lakes in the area.

For up to date local information Dick can be contacted at Venture Sports.
Dick Kiernan
Venture Sports
71A Glaslough Street, Monaghan. 
Tel: (047) 81495

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Over 140lb landed by 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Barrow match

Miroslav Svajlenin
Photo: Miroslav Svajlenin astounded all present with a bag of Roach weighing 52 lb 8oz bringing Miro a hat trick of wins in three consecutive coarse angling matches.

Carlow Coarse Angling Club held a coarse angling match in Athy, Co.Kildare on Sunday. Special thanks to the committee of the Athy and District Anglers for letting the Carlow club use their venue for the days fishing. The venue is known as the marina and is situated in Athy town, day tickets can be purchased on site and for only five euro the days fishing is well worth it and a good safe place to bring junior anglers. All anglers present on the day caught excellent bags of fish which seen several decent sized Roach, Perch, Skimmer Bream, Dace and Rudd.

Carlow club chairman Gerry McStraw landed a Rudd in excess of 1 1/2 Lb and managed to come in third place despite being pestered for the last hour by a Pike and finally finishing with a staggering bag of mixed fish weighing a total of 39 Lb 13 oz. Gerry as all the top placed anglers were, was using his usual Traper competition range ground bait a range of bait that is rapidly becoming very popular amongst anglers all over the country for producing brilliant bags of fish in competitions and pleasure fishing alike.

Photo: Gerry McStraw landed 39lb 13oz for second place. His catch included some lovely rudd including this 1.5lb fish.

Ian Warburton one of the officially trained Angling Council of Ireland coaches for the Carlow club came in second and weighed an absolutely brilliant bag of Roach to the tune of 49 Lb 3 oz. The Carlow club made some short films for you tube which include one of Ian landing a fine specimen of a Perch, the short film as well as others can be viewed on the Carlow clubs facebook page Carlow CAC.

In a well deserved first place was Miroslav Svajlenin who astounded all present with a bag of Roach weighing 52 lb 8oz bringing Miro a hat trick of wins in three consecutive coarse angling matches. Miro came to the Carlow club last year and has gone from strength to strength winning the last three matches as well as coming second place in last years Carlow festival The Waterways Ireland King of the Barrow which will again be held in Carlow town this year and hopes to represent and fish next years Leinster trials along with Ian and Gerry.

The Carlow Coarse Angling club have gone from strength to strength over the past few years and as well as attending the Junior canals championship in Kilkock this year being ran by the National Coarse Angling Federation of Ireland will be hosting and attending events all over the country.

If you have any enquiries as regards the Carlow Coarse Angling Club please do not hesitate to contact the chairman Gerry mcstraw on 085 2844566 who also sponsors all the junior events at full cost to himself and like all the other members and committee members ask for nothing in return. The club have three officially trained Angling Council of Ireland coaches with more senior and committee members doing the coarse within the coming months.
Gerry McStraw
Tel: 085 2844566
or visit
St. Fiacc's Tce.

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Pike Angling Update

North East Pike Angling

22lb pike on a popped up smelt

This 22lb pike from a Cavan lake fell for a popped up smelt

What has been described as monsoon like rain over the last two days has put water levels up again in the Cavan/Monaghan area. Paul O’Callaghan reports that pike angling is still difficult but that one of his customers reported a nice 22lb pike on Friday last 11th February at a venue in Co. Cavan. The morning was warm even though there was fog on the lake and the weather was warm with sunny spells during the day. This angler used a number of baits on the day but there was only the 1 bait that done the job and it was a smelt purchased from Anglers Wold in Navan. The smelt was fished popped up off the bottom. Paul had one small fish himself on Thursday last. Fishing conditions were difficult.
Paul O'Callaghan
Anglers World
Balmoral Business Park, Kells Road, Navan, Co. Meath. 
Tel: (046) 9071866


Colm Lynch at East Coast Angling reports that plenty of pike anglers have ventured out to a number of venues over the last week. Alan Rourke from Dunboyne had a successful trip and landed a couple of nice pike in the Bailieborough area on Monday last 14th February. The best fish weighed in at just over 10lbs. and was taken on a prologic lure which he picked up at the Angling Ireland show in Swords over the weekend.
Colm Lynch
East Coast Angling,
Balmoral Industrial Estate,
Kells Road Navan, Co. Meath.
Tel: 046 9073377   Mobile: 087 2044996 

Kells Angling Association

Angling guide Pat McLoughlin reports that the Kells Angling Asociation held a pike fly competition in Cavan on Sunday last. Fishing was from 12 noon until 4.30pm. Pat won the competition with four fish for 2.57m. The best fish weighed 5.5lbs and measured 75cm. Fishing was tough and no other fish were caught. 

A report has just been received of a pike angling competition held recently by the local club on Lackan Lakes which lies between the N3 and Ballyjamesduff. 12 anglers fished from boats and landed a total of 12 pike at this great venue.

If you fancy a days guided pike fishing with Pat McLoughlin he can be contacted at  086 1017415 email:

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Lough Derravaragh pike competition

This Sunday Derravaragh angling lcub host their boat pike competition. This open event has a top prize of €1,000 for the heaviest pike caught on the day. Check-in at Donore Shore from 9am with fishing from 10am-5pm. Joe Keena is the contact for competition entries and you can get him on 086-8722449. For boat hire contact Karl on 085-8003525.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.

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Sea Angling Update

East coast

Courtown beach and pier

Tony Behan from Dublin fished a few days on the north beach at Courtown over the last week with some friends. Fishing was tough but a number of species were landed including codling, bass, some good sized rockling to 24cm and loads of flatties. Lug and black wraps produced the best results. Lots of dog fish were also taken at Courtown pier on Friday last 11th February. Up to 20 fish were landed. There is a big swell at the moment in this area.
Dessie and Crew
Southside Angling
Cork Street, Diblin 8.
Tel: 01 4530266

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New bass boat for Jim Hendrick

I'm planning to have my New Service ready for June 16th 2011 (thereabouts) - fancy spending a guided bass fishing session aboard a fully kitted fast bass fishing boat?

The boat will come fully kitted and ready for you with balanced Lure and Fly Tackle choices. On board you will find rods and lures all ready for you to use. Should you decide to fly fish then rods and lines are also provided in line ranges from #5 to #9 with lines suitable for all depths, presentations and species.

If you want to get away from it all in safety and comfort then dont hesitate to contact me - more details and the final details of the service available later in the year.
Jim Hendrick
Bass Angling Guide
SEAi, 8 St Johns Road, Wexford, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 53 9123351
E-mail: Web:

Clare coast shore angling report

11/02/11 After the recent heavy rains and cold snaps the lakes in the Corrofin area of Co. Clare are very full of cold dirty water. The fishing as a result is very slow with only small fish being taken, the largest reported being 4 lbs. i strongly suspect that when we get some more settled weather and the water resides we should see the average numbers and sizes of fish increase rapidly. Due to very large seas and inclement weather patterns i have undertaken no Bass fishing recently and there have been no reports of any Bass being taken.

13/02/11 Big Atlantic swells, up to 8m at the M5 bouy, and strong winds have hampered our bass fishing exploits, however any break in the swells could well see some fish taken. It looks as if the swell is to drop by Friday 18th for a couple of days and the winds are showing strong offshores, this is often good recipe for success.

14/02/11 Average water temperature for Jan/Feb on the west Clare coast is 8.5-9 degrees C, however recent charts are showing a jump to 10/11 degrees C… if these temps are correct then the water has warmed quicker than normal. Increasing water temps will see increasing numbers of Bass come in shore. Friday and Saturday look good for an outing after weeks of big seas,  if you fancy joining me contact me.
Andrew Coxhead
West Coast Angling
Toormore, Kilfenora, Co. Clare, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 (0)86 8838166.

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