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24 February 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon Angling

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Coarse Angling

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Sea Angling


Salmon Angling Update

River Blackwater in flood

24/02 The upper river & lower river are falling. The lower river is @ 0.96m this morning @10.00 & clarity is rather good @ ~3 feet.

Good for high water spinning. Very promising for the weekend if it stays like this.
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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Killarney Lakes and Lough Leane, River Flesk and River Laune

20 Feb: 2 salmon landed on the Lough Leane for the week. 3 salmon caught on the Flesk river averaging 6lbs in weight. No catches reported on the River Laune.

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A couple of more spring salmon for Currane

Photo: Sion Brain, fishing with Terence Wharton Jnr, caught this 7lbs Salmon on the fly

18/02/11 Lough Currane was on the wild side this morning with a strong SE wind blowing, but that didn’t deter local Gillie’s Mr. Sion Brain and Mr. Terence Wharton Jnr from catching a fine 7lbs Salmon on the fly at the Morgan’s rock when the wind veered into the SW.


21/02/11 There was a fine 8lbs Salmon caught on the troll by local Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan of  and as for the other anglers we failed miserably in our duty. Wind SW light to calm with reasonable cloud cover at times.

22 & 23/02/11 All quiet on all fronts, except for a few kelts being caught.

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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Drowes angler loses 3 in a day but quiet otherwise

14-20 Feb: The river dropped steadily over the week despite some heavy outbursts of rain on Friday. The gauge at the Four Masters Bridge was reading 0.8 metres on Monday but had dropped to 0.7 by the end of Sunday. Despite fair angling conditions, there were few rods fishing the river over the week and we have no reports of any fresh salmon caught, just reports of a couple of salmon hooked and lost again. The forecast for the coming week is for periods of rain throughout the week so I would expect water levels to stay much the same as present.

22 Feb: Paul Mc Causland had a sea liced 9.5lbs fish on worm from the Mill Pool yesterday. Chris Mc Loughlin had a 12lbs fish from the tail of the Blackwater today.

The water level has dropped to just under 0.7 metres on the gauge and the river is now at a good height for fly fishing.
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.

Lough Melvin

Photo: John Flanagan with the first salmon of the year off Melvin. John also caught the first fish last year and this is third time he has done it.

14-20 Feb: Lough Melvin saw a number of boats venturing out for salmon over the week although this only amounted to 4 or boats a day. There was good news on Thursday. The first salmon of the season was caught at 3pm. The fish was a lovely fresh, deep fish that weighed 9lb and was caught by John Flanagan while trolling along the Garrison Shore. This properly kicks of the season on Melvin. There is normally a run of fish towards the end of this month and I would not be surprised if a number of fresh salmon were caught this coming weekend. The forecast is for rain throughout the week with fresh winds during the middle of the week. These are fair conditions for salmon fishing if anglers venture out in the same. Prospects look fair.

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Trout Angling Update

Rathcon Winter League

Cashel trout fishery
Photo: Some of the anglers who fished on despite the cold

The final qualifier for the Rathcon Winter League was held on Sunday the 20th. A total of 20 anglers fished the competition. The conditions were very difficult with a strong cold easterly wind affecting the casting on a number of pegs.

The first hour was productive with most fish caught on pegs 17, 18 and 19. Nicky Madden got off to a great start with three fish in the 1st half hour. The next couple of hours proved testing with the wind getting stronger and colder. The dam area was very quiet all day except for peg 3 which landed 4 good sized fish. Hubert Smith and Gordon Hill both had good starts with several fish each after the first peg. Hubert continued to catch fish at most of his pegs throughout the day with a home tied black lure. Lures such as Blobs and the Humungous were also successful.

The results were:

  1. Hubert Smith – 9 fish
  2. Paddy O Rourke – 5 fish
  3. Nicky Madden – 5 fish

The final of the Rathcon Winter league will be held on the 13th of March.

Curragh Springs Trout Fishery

rainbow trout
Photo: Brian Lowth shows a well conditioned Curragh Springs Trout

Shaun Hegarty reports that Curragh Springs has continued to fish well over the last week. Brian Lowth visited on Thursday last and had a number of pristine fish during his visit.

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

Cold weekend at Cashel Trout Fishery

Although the weather has been quite cold and bitter as the weekend progressed this did not deter our dedicated anglers.

Seventeen year old Barry Crainey accompanied by Roy Gregg (Portadown) released two trout between them which fell to the hare’s ear.  Adrian Mc Laughlin (Dungiven) did very well to land a trout in under an hour with his mate Paddy Mitchell (Limavady) who had never fished in his life before.  Dungiven’s John Hasson and Martin Bradley worked through the tough winds to land four and six trout respectively using assorted nymphs, egg flies and buzzers.  Martin unfortunately lost another half a dozen trout too.  Brian Beresford (Limavady) released one trout while Jim Crawford (Limavady) bagged two nearing 4lb and released two which fell to black buzzers.  He also lost three more good ones.  Derek Mc Laughlin released three trout which took wee damsel and bloodworm variations.  Brian Duffy (Ballykelly) unfortunately didn’t get a definite touch.

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

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Coarse Angling Update

Brothers Lake in North Monaghan fishing well

roach, rudd and skimmers
Photo: The right tactics produce a nice bag of fish from the Brothers Lake in Carrickmacross

On Wednesday David Byrne assisted by Dick Caplice from Carrickmacross and Rory O'Neill from Newry fished at the Brothers Lake in Carrickmacross. An ideal fishing day with light winds, 13 degrees and overcast. The water was slightly up and coloured. Pike were slashing at roach on the surface. Tactics were pole, fished at 9m into circa 5.5ft. Our swims were lightly fed to start the fish came on straight away. Bites ranged from elastic stretching takes to the shy imperceptible movement on the float. At the end of the day both Rory and David had over 100 fish each with catches consisting mainly of roach, occasional skimmer and rudd. Best fish was a nice roach of circa .75lb.

Anglers have been catching small bags of mixed coarse fish at Lisnashannagh and some nice fishing has been reported at Capragh Lake. Over the weekend Dick Caplice had a nice mixed bag of fish at the Brothers Lake in Carrickmacross on pole.

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Haul of perch wins Ollie Barrow match

Photo:Ollie Doyle and his catch of perch

Carlow Coarse Angling Club held a pre arranged coarse angling match on the marina in Athy town on Sunday 20th Feb. Special thanks to the Athy and District Anglers for the use of their venue yet again. Fishing on the day was fairly good with several good weights and even a joint third situation came into the equation. The match was fished by fourteen local anglers which at this time of the year is considered a good turn out given the weather conditions. First place went to Carlow club member Ollie Doyle with a superb bag of fish mainly consisting of very good quality Perch. Ollie fished the long pole and being a bit of a Perch legend picked his species well and won with a weight of 35Lb 4 1/2oz. Second place went to Miroslav who also fished the long pole and had several different species including Perch, Roach, Dace and skimmer Bream. Miro eventually weighed in a total weight of 31 Lb 10oz. The third place was a tie with Gary (Gazza) Doyle and Tadas both weighing in bags of 21 Lb 6oz. As per usual the craic was good and all anglers thoroughly enjoyed the day and with an overall weight of over 200 Lb of fish caught this was considered another success for the Carlow club which has been described on several occasions as one of the most up and coming clubs in the country with the membership rising rapidly. The success of the club is mainly due to the dedication of the committee and members all working together with the other local clubs and federations which has enabled the club to host yet another Waterways Ireland King of the Barrow one day festival with a guaranteed €1,000 pay out later this year.

Other reports coming to me are that the river Barrow is starting to fish well again with some reports of good Roach and hybrid fishing, the Carlow club will be having a day out this Sunday on the river somewhere for the purpose of friendship building and generally the craic associated with the coarse angling which any one can attend irregardless of their social standing, country of origion, religion, disability or other, if you would like any information regarding the Carlow club or up and coming events please do not hesitate to contact Gerry mcstraw on 085 2844566 or visit Gerry in St. Fiacc's Tce. Graiguecullen, Carlow. The C.C.A.C. have now set up a page on Facebook called carlow cac. The page is fast becoming a favourite amongst anglers both at home and abroad due to the videos, information and pictures of catches being posted by the author.

Pictured are pic one and Pic two Noel Jenkins with his best bag ever.
Gerry McStraw
Tel: 085 2844566
or visit
St. Fiacc's Tce.

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Pike Angling Update

25lb pike from Lough Allua in West Cork

Darren Sullivan on only his second time ever pike fishing had a 25lb pike on Lough Allua last week. It was caught with a half a mackeral fished on the bottom, it was the only fish of the day.

Pike fishing picking up in the north east

Photo: French angler Max Jean was fishing a Co. Monaghan lake with his brother when this beauty took a whole mackerel on a paternoster rig.

Aurelien Jean and his brother Max were deadbaiting on Lough Muckno over the weekend. This pike was caught at the end of the day, 1 hour after sunset. The pike fell for a paternoster fished mackerel. The fish was very long (119 cm) and very wide and weighed a whopping 30.17lb.

Pike fishing has picked up again over the last week despite the rise in water levels. In Carrickmacross in Co. Monagha two nice pike weighing 8lbs and 12lbs were taken on the Brothers Lake over the last week. Some fish are also being taken on the lakes around Carrickmacross.

Colm Lynch at East Coast Angling reports that plenty of pike anglers have ventured out to venues in Cavan and Monaghan over the last week. Jason Keogh from Trim had a couple of nice fish in the Cavan area over last weekend. Peter Cunningham from Tullyallen had a nice double figured fish on a dead-bait in the Shercock area on Sunday last 20th February.

Well known fishing guide Peadar O Brien and fishing buddy Donal fished one of the smaller lakes in the Bailieboro area last week for a few hours.Over the three hours fishing Peadar and Donal landed 9 fish and lost 5. All fish were taken on lure.
Colm Lynch
East Coast Angling,
Balmoral Industrial Estate,
Kells Road Navan, Co. Meath.
Tel: 046 9073377   Mobile: 087 2044996 

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Lough Derravaragh pike competition

Photo: Joe McDermott caught this 17lb 4oz pike early on in the competition.

Last Sunday Derravaragh Anglers Association hosted their open boat pike competition. This fund raising competition drew some of Ireland's top pike anglers to Westmeath, and the lake produced a few crackers. With high winds and high water levels it was not going to be easy on the day, and it was certainly a case of being in the right place at the right time. It was a full 7 hours fishing from 10am-5pm, and all boats checked in from 9am at Donore Shore. Derravaragh Officers Joe Keena and Andy Nally were weigh stewarts and Christy Hynes, competition captain, made sure all was in order at the check in station.

The Morning session proved tough, and at the half-time weigh-in only a few pike were caught. Local angler Barry Darby weighed in a pike of 17lbs 2oz at lunchtime with his dad Finian producing a fish of 16lbs 12oz, also in the Morning. This was really putting it up to all other anglers in the evening session. Shortly after lunch the Derravaragh pike turned on, and if you were in the right place you were in business. As I scanned the lake I saw Longford Pike angler Joe McDermott fighting it out with a good Derravaragh pike, and this fish looked well into the double figures from a distance. As I circled a favourite Hot Spot on Derravaragh I also hooked-up, and got stuck in a good fish. I had teamed up with my Angling pal Marty Smith and when I got the fish up and coming towards the boat Marty netted my catch. Joe McDermott had just weighed and released his fish and it rattled the scales at 17lbs 4oz. Joe Keena then popped my fish into the weigh bag and it was 15lbs 11oz. Not a winner but on a tough day a good pike. At the same time Damian Grifferty was also battling it out with a good fish, and this cracker was 16lbs 1oz. It was an incredible hours fishing for boats in the right place at the right time.

Joe McDermott held out to take Top Rod, and the Darby Duo taking 2nd, and 3rd. Presentation took place at Donore Shore and Andy Nally Chairman of Derravaragh Angling Association thanked all who supported the open pike competition. A total of 66 Anglers competed on the day.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.

23.5lb pike for Kevin Lyons

Photo: 23.5lb pike for Kevin Lyons

Kevin Lyons was fishing one of his fvourite venues on the Upper Shannon when he caught this 23.5lb pike. The fish was one of two caught on the day, a 14lb fish had fallen for a popped up daead bait earlier in the session.

Photo: Anthony Greene was piking in Leitrim where he reported some enjoyable fishing for jack pike. Photographed above is fellow angler Paul, who caught this 24 inch jack.

Pike feeding well in Castlebar area

Photo: Fergal McGorman caught this 22lb 3oz pike on a trolled roach.

With recent warmer air and water temperatures, pike have been feeding vigorously over the past week. Local angling guide Kenny Sloan, fishing with clients Ryan Boyle and Fergal McGorman, N.Ireland, enjoyed great success over the weekend. Trolled baits proved the most successful methods while fishing the lakes of the Castlebar area, with the pair catching several pike between 10 and 15lbs.

The best fish of the weekend however was caught by Fergal, a fine pike of 22lbs 3oz, taken on a trolled roach. For guided pike fishing in the area or boat hire, contact Kenny Sloan on 087 9670310 or 094 9256501.

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Sea Angling Update

Bass video from Jim Hendrick

Jim Hendrick
Bass Angling Guide
SEAi, 8 St Johns Road, Wexford, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 53 9123351
E-mail: Web:

No bass last weekend, but a couple lost on fly

23/02/11 My predictions for the weekend just past proved quite positive, although no bass were landed two were lost on the fly. That session was my only trip out over the weekend as again the big seas returned. Sunday and Monday in particular saw a huge SW swell hit our shores, this was also matched with a 5 meter tide. This is not such a bad thing as these big seas are forming sand banks, exposing bouldered areas and generally giving the coastline a good old shake up ready for our exploits when the weather calms.
Andrew Coxhead
West Coast Angling
Toormore, Kilfenora, Co. Clare, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 (0)86 8838166.

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