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Irish Angling Update

20 January 2011

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

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SALMON ANGLING

Salmon Angling Update


South Western Region

[20/01/11]

Opening day salmon from the Laune

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Photo: First salmon from the south west for 2010 was caught by John Buckley.

The salmon season opened on Monday, 17 January. On opening day water levels on both the lakes and Laune were extremely high, which made conditions nearly impossible especially on the river. John Buckley caught the first fish, 7.5 lbs weight, from the upper lake in Killarney on the worm. It was a lovely silver fish.

Lough Currane opens but only kelts show up

Great to be back reporting to you all, on the No Spin no Fly’s just Facts zone, and today’s Facts or I should say the lack of them, on Lough Currane, there were at least 12 Boats manipulating, but they all failed miserably in there duties, but a least a few anglers caught a few Kelts.

This morning (20 January) the position has not changed.

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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Northern Region

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

[20/01/11]

Prospects for weekend look good on River Drowes

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Photo: T. Colgan fish caught and released this 8lb salmon on Sunday.

There was some rain during the week which kept water levels on the Drowes, stable over the week.  The weekend brought heavier rain and this meant that the Drowes River rose over the weekend and was reading 8 on the gauge. The fishery was fairly quiet with a limited number of rods fishing mainly at the weekend. There were no salmon reported caught until Sunday afternoon when T. Colgan reported a 7 to 8lb fish caught and released. The fish was caught on a Black Flying ‘C’ from The Blackwater.

The forecast for the week is for cooler, drier weather which should see the river drop nicely over the week. At present the river has fallen to just under 8 on the gauge. A number of fresh salmon were sighted showing around the Mill Pool and the Crooked Hole and prospects look good.
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Web: www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055.

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TROUT ANGLING

Trout Angling Update


Loughs Agency area

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

[18/01/11]

Cashel Trout Fishery is back in action

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Cashel is back in action again after the ‘big’ freeze.  And an excellent weekends fishing welcomed everyone back for a relaxing time.  Liam Mullan accompanied by his two friends George and Neill banked seventeen trout between them using assorted lures with two trout for home which weighed 5lb 8ozs.  Bernard Mellon released an amazing twenty-eight trout which took buzzers while Dungiven’s Martin Bradley and John Hasson released seventeen and eleven trout respectively over two short days using small lures and the green cheek diawl bach.  Derry’s Liam, Seamus and Henry Kelly banked four trout with two for home which weighed a total of 4lb.  These anglers were using nymphs and buzzers.  Daniel Reilly (Maghera) bagged two for tea which weighed 4lb 89ozs while Brian Duffy (Limavady) released nine trout which fell to a gold head bloodworm and a white lure.  Paul Ford (Derry) bagged two weighing 4lb 14ozs which took a wee bloodworm.  Stephen, Liam and Greg Mc Keever banked eight trout between them which took a white fritz and buzzers.  Jim Cook released two while Glen Crawford (Limavady) released seven trout which fell to bloodworms.

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


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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[20/01/10]

Roach and hybrids from Muckno

Lough Muckno Coarse Angling Club ran a small competition at Black Island on Sunday 16th January. Weather was mild with water low and clear. Best results were achieved with feeder at distance and all anglers caught. Best weights consisted mainly of roach and hybrids with occasional small bream. 11 anglers fished and the winning weight of 10lbs 8ozs was netted by Glen Rooney from Newry who fished at 60m. Second place went to Philip Jackson from Lurgan and third place went to Steve Wright from Newry.

Lough Muckno Coarse Angling Club are organizing another competition this weekend on Sunday 23rd January on Lough Muckno. If you are interested in taking part in this event or joining the club, memberships to the Lough Muckno Angling Club are now been accepted. For details on membership and the competition please contact Dick Caplice at 087 2405317

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Southern Region

[20/01/11]

30lb bag of roach from Barrow canal

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Photo: Donncha Maguire of the Garda AC club.

Enda Hicky reports that Donncha Maguire fished with a group from the FTI website on Sunday and had this 30lb bag of quality roach and hybrids from a section of the Barrow canal near Athy. All fell to pole fished red maggot over groundbait.

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[20/01/11]

Double figure pike from Dysart

With the improved weather over the last week Colm Lynch from East Coast Angling reports that pike angling has improved over the period with plenty of anglers out and about. Pierce Bulger from Kilmessan had two nice fish off Dysart Lake with the best fish weighing in at 12lbs 2ozs.
Colm Lynch
East Coast Angling
Balmoral Industrial Estate, Navan, Co. Meath.
Tel: 046 9073377   Email: eastcoastangling@gmail.com

Pike to 20lb on troll and deadbait in the Cavan area

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Photo: Pat with a lovely 15lb pike from a Cavan lake.

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Photo: David and Pat 13 pike including this 21 lb fish.

Pat McLoughlin also reports an improvement in pike fishing in the Cavan area. On Thursday 13th January Tommy Mc Cormack spent his first day pike fishing in the Cavan area with Pat. The weather was mild on the day and Pat and Tommy had 7 pike for the day. 1 fish weighed 2lb and the rest were in the 5 to 10lb. category. All fish were taken on lures and another boat trolling dead-baits had two small fish.

Pat returned to the Cavan area again on Friday with David Byrne of IFI. The day started very cold with icy rain. The weather was very mixed for the remainder of the day with cold squally gusts interspersed with occasional sunny spells. Pat and David had 13 pike to the boat and a number of hits as well. The best fish were 15 and 21lbs with others in the teens and a number of jack pike. All of the fish were in fantastic solid condition and weighed heavier than their appearance. Many of the fish were very lightly hooked. The water was clear and there had been a rise in both water and air temperature.

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

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Photo: Tommy with a nice jack pike.

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Winter pike - best from boat or shore?

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Photo: An 8lb pike for angling guide Peader O'Brien

Is winter pike fishing more productive from boat or shore? I do not know, does the presence of a boat put the fish off the feed? Probably in the wrong hands, however in the company of Peadar O’Brien a pike angling guide with years of experience the term silent running comes to mind. I think Peadar was a Uboat captain in another life the way he glides his Kingfisher 19′ across the flat calm waters of a small Co. Cavan lake. The pike feel safe, they do not know we are there, and the proof is apparent as Peadar’s float slides under, fish on.

Float drifting for pike is a great way to fish. You need a fish finder/echo sounder for best results. Set up two rods with sliding floats and adjust the depth relative to the drop offs where the fodder fish lie up, the pike will not be too far away. Today Peadar and I were fishing whole fresh rainbow trout at five metres depth working a drop off that varied between 7 – 9 meters. Fish, most likely roach, were showing 4 meters below the boat. The idea is to work the baits about thirty meters behind the boat slowly rowing or using the wind (with oar adjustments) to stay in line with the drop off. Pike will spot the bait and attack it.

That first pike was played to the side of the boat only to open its mouth and drop the bait, that after being played for at least three minutes, pike are mighty aggressive. A short while later I got a run only to pull the bait from its mouth on the strike. Immediately letting the bait sit hoping the pike might return my luck held and shortly after a well conditioned eight pounder graced the boards. A pattern was forming, the pike were not coming full blooded to the bait more intent to mouth it.

Searching various holes these Co. Cavan fish were hard earned. Towards days end Peadar connected with a well conditioned ten pounder which initially pulled the float under only to lose interest before turning and absolutely nailing the bait. Shortly after on the same drift my float went under, reappeared before sliding away. I could feel the double knock as the fish drew line before striking into nothing. You win some lose some, the story of the session. No matter we had two fish to the boat, one lost at the side, and three dropped runs. It had been a fine day in Cavan, frosty and still, Peadar on his return home from sunnier climes had his first pike of the year, all is right with the world.
Ashley Hayden
Web: www.anirishanglersworld.com

Blessington pike to 20lb for novice pike angler

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Photo: Philip Byrne with his first ever pike.

Novice pike angler Philip Byrne had a great first day out on Blessinton last week. He and his friends had 6 fish between them including two 10lb pike and one of about 20lb. He told us "This is my first pike season and it won't be my last!".

Glore Anglers hunt hard for pike

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Photo: A hadsome jack pike from Glore.

On Sunday 8 boats ventured out for the Glore Anglers Pike Competition, and it was hard going to stir a pike. Peter Smith of Trim weighed in the only fish at the 1pm weigh-in and it was just over 2lbs. As we belted out for the second half I switched to small lures and deadbaits. It worked and fishing along with Pat Keenaghan we boated 6 small pike, with Pat landing a 3lbs 10oz fish to take 1st prize of a Turkey and Ham. That’s the Easter Weekend Dinners sorted. John Magee and angling pal Gerry Peppard both from Trim trolled hard all day and got their reward with John taking 2nd spot. Another Trim pairing of Peter Smith and Colm Potterton also featured in the prizes, and I tucked in 4th with a small pike caught on a Micro Dawg.

After the 4pm weigh-in Glore Club ladies Bridget Reynolds and Emily Cosgrove had piping hot food and drinks for all competitors back at the Angling Hut. Lough Glore Chairman Eddie O’Donnell announced the winners and also presented the prizes. The Club is open for membership now for the coming season and its €20 for senior anglers and €5 for Junior Anglers. The club has quite a few competitions penciled in for the 2011 angling season. We will publish these dates as they come on line. The lake only produced small fish during the competition, but some of the club members landed a few nice double figure pike earlier in the week. It’s worth checking out in the coming weeks. Inland Fisheries Ireland rules and regulations apply on Glore and you will need an up to date permit to fish Glore.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.
Mobile:
087-2797270.
Web:  
www.midlandangling.com

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Southern Region

no report this week - [most recent report 21/02/10]

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South Western Region

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

[no report this week - most recent report 21/10/10]

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Shannon Region

limerick@fisheriesireland.ie

[19/12/10]

Inny pike feeding well after cold spell

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Photo: Early in January Wayne Leonard caught this 14lb pike from the Inny

Early in January Dylan Condron and his angling mates were keen to get out for a day after the cold spell, and I suggested trying the Inny in and around Multyfarnham as the Lakes were still frozen. On the day his young Nephew Alan Murphy and Wayne Leonard joined him. The lads had a cracking day in brilliant dry conditions, and the river was in mint condition. In all they banked 4 pike and stirred a few more. The best fish was up on 14lbs and Wayne Leonard latched onto this Inny beauty. Our thanks to Dylan and the lads on their report back from the River Inny trip.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.
Mobile:
087-2797270.
Web:  
www.midlandangling.com

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[20/01/11]

North Wexford beaches fishing well in night tides

East coast venues are returning the usual catches of small whiting, codling, flats and rockling but in North Wexford the reports are more exciting with some nice codling, flounder and even bass possible. Again night tides seem to give best results.

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South Western Region

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

[20/01/11]

Good codling and bass from Cork beaches

Shore anglers are enjoying good fishing on Cork's many beaches. Some of the best fishing has followed windy periods. Anglers are catching a great mix of good codling and bass on razorfish and lug. Night tides give the best results.

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