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Irish Angling Update

27 January 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

Salmon Angling Update


South Western Region

[26/01/11]

Salmon on the Flesk and Laune

The second fish of the season in the South West was caught on opening day on the Flesk River. 

The first fish on the river Laune was caught on Saturday the 22nd weighing 6.5lbs. As of Saturday 22nd January water really high 4 feet 6 inches on the gauge.  Even after a week of dry weather the river is still very high. Fly anglers need copper tube flies and full sinking lines to get down.

Salmon anglers trying hard for a fresh fish on Currane

20/1/11 Just a few boats out and no reports of any real rod bender. Wind ESE light with reasonable cloud cover at times and very cold this afternoon. 21/1/11 Bright sunshine all day and very little wind so the least said the better. Max air temperature 7.5c.

22/1/11 Lough was flat calm all day and nothing to report on the Salmon front except for a few Kelts being caught, on the weather front it was very cold this morning and just for the record there was very thin ice in places around the Lake. Max air temperature 7.2c.

23/1/11 The same as yesterday in all departments. Max air temperature 7.3c.

24/1/11 Just one or two boats out and all failed miserably in their duties.

25/1/11 There were Three boats manipulating and just the odd one or two Kelts caught and Still waiting for that elusive first Salmon. Wind N light and overcast with light rain at times.

26/1/11 There were two or three boats out and just a few Kelts caught. Wind NE light, with reasonable cloud cover.

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

[26/01/11]

Two more springers from the River Drowes

The river was reading just under 0.8 at the start of the week. The river dropped steadily as the week progressed and by the end of the week was reading just under 0.7 on the gauge. A small number of rods fished over the week with most of these fishing the weekend and there were reports of fresh sighted around the Crooked Hole and the Mill Pool. There were 2 more salmon caught this week. On Monday evening, Brendan Lyons recorded an 8lb salmon caught from the Crooked Hole on a black Flying ‘C’ and on Saturday, Duncan Reed accounted for an 8½lb salmon caught on a Garry Dog fly from The Elbow. At the time of writing (Wednesday) the river is running at 0.65 metres on the gauge which is a lovely height for fishing and hence prospects look good for the rest of the week given the fairly settled forecast.
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Web: www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055.

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TROUT ANGLING

Trout Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

The brown trout fishing is closed until Spring 2011.

But here is a list of put and take fisheries many of which open all year round.

Cats Whisker best at Maynooth Fishery

Maynooth Fishery, Co. Kildare  - is fishing well with a good number of anglers catching fish between 2-3lbs. The occasional rainbow trout of 5lbs is also being caught.  Anglers are opting for fast sinking lines with a short leader and a cat’s whisker. Some anglers are also using floating lines with long leaders and buzzers. One angler had 7 fish at the weekend using this method. The bait lake is also fishing well.

Angling For all fishery, Aughrim fishg well

Angling For all fishery, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow  - is fishing reasonably well with fish up to 3lbs being caught. Most people are using hired rods which are available at the facility.

Annamoe Fishery has thawed and fish are on drys

Annamoe Fishery, Co. Wicklow  - This lake has now thawed out and last weekend 2 anglers from Dublin had 8 fish between them.  They were using small lures and rainbow trout were caught on caddis dryfly, size 18.  Another group of anglers had 17 fish between them using traditional flies such as green peter and sooty olives.

Fly fishing 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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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:
E-mail: clonmel@fisheriesireland.ie

The brown trout fishing is closed until Spring 2011.

But here is a list of put and take fisheries many of which open all year round.

Rathcon rainbows down deep, but feeding well

rainbow trout
Photo: The day after the competition Paul Owens caught this huge 15lb plus rainbow trout.

The second winter league Rathcon qualifier was held on Saturday the 15th of January.  18 anglers turned up in what were extremely testing conditions of a strong southerly gale and at times driving rain. The first hour was very productive with plenty of fish landed from pegs 11 to 18. Eamonn McGoldrick landed a big fish of 10lbs plus and measuring 68 cm on peg 13. Most of the fish were being caught down deep on a variety of lures and colours. Fred Miller had some success of a home tied blood worm in the shallows.

The wind got stronger throughout the day but plenty of action was still happening all around the lake. Paddy O Rourke landed a nice fish of about 7lbs in the shallows on peg 18.  At the end of the competition a total of 63 fish were caught which is a record for Rathcon competitions

The results were:

 Previous qualifiers for the final are:

Please do not take the fish out of the water onto the bank and handle them unnecessarily. Release them in the water in the net. 

Make sure your    barbs are crimped

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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[27/01/10]

Lakes still prone to freezing in north east

The weather played havoc again with coarse angling fixtures on Lough Muckno over the weekend. Lough Muckno Coarse Angling Club had to cancel another competition scheduled for Sunday 23rd January. The extreme frosts late last week caused some of the margins around the lake to freeze and the event was put of until another date. If you are interested in taking part in this next event or joining the club, memberships to the Lough Muckno Coarse Angling Club are now been accepted. For details on membership and the competition please contact Dick Caplice at 087 2405317

Numbers of small roach were taken this week on Lisnashannagh upper although there is still not much angling activity due to the unsettled weather.

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Southern Region

[23/01/11]

Trapper challenge on the River Barrow a success

Local based Angling wholesale company Fishing Masters Ltd. owner Mr Mark Wilks on behalf of the International based wholesale fishing tackle suppliers Trapper & Robinson sponsored a coarse angling event for the Athy and District anglers on Sunday 23 rd Jan 2011.

The weather on the day was absolutely atrocious and the frost and ice stayed on the ground throughout the day. Despite the adverse weather conditions sixteen seasoned anglers from all over the country attended and competed in the country's first ever Traper Challenge match.

Through negotiations with the Athy club the Junior Traper sponsored angler Lewis Parr from the Carlow Coarse Angling Club was given permission to fish along side the impressive list of former Irish International anglers, anglers who fished this years Irish International trials, and anglers from the prestigious Leinster & Munster Provincial teams. As the day progressed young Parr from Carlow C.A.C. gave a good account of himself landing six fish for a total of 11Lb 8oz. Five senior anglers in the mid section found the fishing extremely hard as they were on the bend of the fast flowing river and had to end the day with dry nets unfortunately.

The favoured method on the day was indeed the feeder with several anglers sticking to their guns and introducing a bed of groundbait. One such angler was the up and coming match angler Danny Quinn from Athy and also a member of the Carlow C.A.C. and several others including the Leinster provincial team. Danny has always been an avid user of other ground-baits however today he used a total of 5Kg of the Traper winter Ploc ground-bait to his advantage.

The five hour coarse angling match produced a total of 227 Lb of fish ranging from almost specimen sized Dace to definite specimen sized Perch and Hybrid Roach/Bream and very good bags of Roach. The final outcome of the gruelling freezing cold match was a tremendous bag of fish from Cavan based angler Kevin Norcliff who weighed in a total of 67 Lb 7oz mainly consisting of Roach/Bream hybrids averaging 2-3Lb and several Perch averaging 2-3 Lb.  Danny Quinn came second with 38Lb 11oz mainly caught in the last hour and consisting of Roach/Bream hybrids 2-3Lb plus. Third place went to Bob Hulme with a very good bag of Roach and Dace for a total of 34Lb 7oz, fourth place went to Seany Brearton with a mixed bag of Dace, Perch, Roach and Roach/Bream hybrids.

Concluding the report I would like to congratulate the winner Kevin on a very impressive win and also Danny Quinn on being elected onto the committee of the National Coarse Fishing Federation and Fishing Masters Ltd for their continued sponsorship of the Coarse Angling circuit on the River Barrow.
If you have any queries as regards fishing the River Barrow in Carlow or if you require any information regarding  the Carlow Coarse Angling Club as a senior or Junior angler/member please do not hesitate to contact me.
Gerry McStraw
Tel: 085 2844566
or visit
St. Fiacc's Tce.
Graiguecullen,
Carlow

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Shannon Region

limerick@fisheriesireland.ie

[27/01/11]

The River Shannon is running very hig at the moment. The Sheemore Anglers fished the basin in Carrick on Shannon and the Mudflatsbut only managed very small bags.

River Suck very high but good catches at Ballinasloe

The River Suck is very high at present. At a coarse fishing competition at Ballinasloe and Moycairn Marinas 12 anglers took part and had was decent catches for this time of year.

All 7 Anglers at Ballinasloe Marina had over 13kg. However the Anglers at Moycairn didn't fare as well, best weight there Rory Dunne 3 1/2kg.

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Northern Ireland

[23/01/11]

More ice breakers at Float Only League

Despite having to break the ice on No1 Lock round 6 of the Float Only turned out to be the best match yet for the 30 anglers that turned out to fish.

Individual winner was John Potters (Lisbellaw) who caught an excellent 10.890Kgs of Roach from peg 4 on the Canal behind the harbour on No1 Lock.

Runner up was Dave Slater (Enniskillen) who caught 8.020Kgs from peg 2 while Nick Harrison (Arva) was third on peg 1 with 7.910Kgs, both Dave and Nick had mainly Perch.

Other section winners were Ken Seddon (Enniskillen) with 7.530Kgs on the Harbour at No1 Lock, while the three section winners at No3 Lock wereGavin Brown (Kesh) 5.999Kgs, Tony Price (Cootehill) 6.150Kgs and Donal McGuirk (Clones) 6.830Kgs.

In the overall league Jack Tisdall (Ballinamallard) leads on Weight and 27pts from Brenton Sweeney (Cootehill) also on 27pts with David Burliegh (Kinawley) third on 26 pts.

The next match is in two weeks time, next week is the Erne Anglers Any Method league book in if you wish to fish.

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[27/01/11]

Piking in north east hampered by freezing conditions

Angling guide Pat McLoughlin returned to the Cavan area earlier this week. Fishing was tougher than last week due to the freezing conditions. Two fish were landed the best of which weighed in at 12lbs. The water was clear and there had been a fall 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

One angler reported some nice pike recently on the fly on the Royal and Grand canals. Two fish from the Royal canal weighed circa 8lbs but the best fish from the Grand canal weighed in at 12lbs. Sean also reported a decline in the number of jack pike on the canals this year.

Blessington Lake  - levels in the lake have dropped considerably in recent days with many of the shallower bays virtually empty of water.  Last Saturday one angler fishing a static deadbait had a 19lbs pike from Valleymount Bridge. Another fish of 12lbs was caught at Baltyboys car park using a joey mackerel deadbait.

Castle Lake – 2 Dublin anglers had 1 pike each, weighing 11lbs and 7lbs. They were using the wobbling method.

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South Western Region

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

[23/01/11]

32lb pike from Shreelane Lake

pike
Photo: A 32lb pike from Shreelane Lake. Pike anglers are encouraged to use unhooking mats to ensure that these lovely fish can be returned unharmed.

A 32lbs pike was caught last weekend on Shreelane lake,by David Lordan from Bandon Co Cork. David lordan is a regular visitor to this lake during the Winter and Spring months and his best Pike to date is 15lbs. There are a number of 20's caught here every year but a 30 hasn't been taken in over 3 years. this lovely fish was caught in the same corner that Mike Shanks had the 20lber a few years ago - indeed it could very well be the same fish. It was caught on a 4inch shad trolled behind a boat and took almost 20 minutes to land. She was in almost perfect condition except for a split in her tail and she went back happily immediately after the details were taken and will hopefully be caught again when she is 40lbs in weight.

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Shannon Region

limerick@fisheriesireland.ie

[19/12/10]

Derravargh and Glore pike difficult in freezing fog

Derravargh
Photo: On last cast after a day of freezing fog

Last weekend I did a few days pike fishing with Marty Smith from England, who is back in town once again. Some of our smaller Lakes were covered with ice, as was the Royal Canal. On Saturday we ventured out on Glore, and Marty boated 2 pike, leaving me licking my wounds having blanked. Marty caught the pike after lunch on one small drift and that was the only hits we got for the whole day. On Sunday we drifted out on Derravaragh in freezing fog, and met Mullingar anglers Barry Darby, Noelie Nugent and young Kie Bardon out on the Lake. We trolled for 2-3 hours on the Lake but could not interest a pike, and the fog would not lift.

Barry had ventured up the Inny River and had landed and lost a few fish. As I belted up the River I photographed Noelie releasing a small pike, and it was looking good for the evening on the River. No such luck for Marty and I, as we drifted working lures and dead baits back down the River towards Derravaragh. As darkness fell and my fingers went numb with the cold I eventually caught 2 small pike, and got my own back on Marty, as it was his turn to draw a blank. It may have being bitter cold, but the sunset on Derravaragh Sunday evening was breath taking.

Derravaragh Open Pike Competition

Fancy a grand, well catch the biggest pike on Sunday February 20th on Derravaragh and you will take first prize of €1,000, 2nd prize €300, and 3rd prize €200. On the day Derravaragh Angling Association will host an open pike competition with fishing from 10am-5pm. Check in will be from 9am at Donore Shore, and its €40 entry per angler. Maximum 2 Anglers per boat. Weather permitting this will be a fantastic day out on Derravaragh and hopefully a good turn out of anglers will fish on the day. We will keep you posted on this competition, and I hope to have a special feature on Derravaragh up on my Web Site later this week, which will include boat hire contact numbers etc.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.
Mobile:
087-2797270.
Web:  
www.midlandangling.com

Lots of jacks between Carrick on Shannon and Dromod

Bill Cassidy and Alistair Rowling’s report lots small jack pike from the lakes and river between Carrick on Shannon and Dromod. Best fish 5kgs on the Shannon.

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Eastern Region

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

[27/01/11]

Good codling at IFSA qualifier at Courtown

Courtown Sea Angling Club hosted the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers (IFSA) qualifying fish offs for the Irish Shore Angling Team set to compete in the World Shore Sea Angling Championships in Italy later in the year. The competition took place last weekend 22nd and 23rd January and was fished in three sessions over the two days of the weekend. This was the first big IFSA event of 2011.

Circa thirty anglers participated in the event and five anglers successfully qualified for the team. The winner of the competition was Joe Byrne from Courtown Sea Angling Club with 55 fish, second place went to Brian Cooke, Raheny SAC, 25 fish, Third place went to JP Molloy, Sea Angling Ireland with 24 fish and fourth place went to Kieran Begadon, Waterford with 21 fish. The Irish team substitute place was taken by Aidan O'Halloran from Waterville with 21 fish. Fishing conditions were tough on the Saturday but conditions improved into the evening. An easing of winds overnight on Saturday also helped fishing conditions on the Sunday. The competition produced good catches of codling in the 1.5 to 2lbs bracket. Flounder and dabs were also taken.

Joe, Brian, JP, Kieran and Alan will be joining with Irish Team Captain Alan Mulcathy to represent Ireland at this years World Championships in Italy. Inland Fisheries Ireland would like to wish the Irish team all the best in the World Shore Sea Angling Championships in Italy later this year.

Dabs and coalies on Kilcoole Beach, big founders in South Wexford

Kilcoole Beach – Has produced small numbers of dabs and coalfish. Long distance fishing is not required, just a good lob. Mackerel and frozen lugworm are the best baits to use at the moment.  

Some of the South Wexford estuaries are still producing the occasional big flounder. This may go on for another few weeks. One fish of 3lbs was reported, peeler crab is the best bait.

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South Western Region

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

[27/01/11]

Specimen ling on the John Boy

ling
Photo: A lovely specimen ling of 25lb 2oz for Ruud Bouelhouer on the John Boy's first outing of the year.

The 2011 Cork Harbour wreck fishing season got off to a great start on Friday 21st January when a local group of  anglers hired Donie Geary’s “John-Boy” to fish an offshore wreck some 20 miles south of Roches Point.  The weather had been settled for a the best part of a week and the tides were very suitable for the trip with low water around mid-day.

“John Boy” left Cobh at 9-30 with 7 very eager anglers on board and after an hour and a half steaming the co-ordinates in Donie’s little black book were proven accurate as the wreck showed up on the echo ounder.

The first drift  began shortly after 11.00 O’clock in depths of around 250 feet of water and after half a dozen attempts, only a couple of codling to 6lbs and several whiting to over 2lbs showed. On the final drift, as the tide slowed a couple of ling to double figures also appeared.

Donie then decided that the time was right to lay down the anchor.

Almost immediately Ruud Bouelhouer ( a retired Dutchman now residing in  Cork) struck into a fine fish but also got caught on an underwater obstruction which was probably a piece of discarded net and after about 10 minutes of  trying to coax the fish clear his main line parted company with the terminal tackle.

Almost immediatley local auto-electrician Tony Maguire boated a fine 17lb. ling  followed by two further fish of around 12lbs each.

Fishing was good with everyone boating ling, conger and whiting.

Construction manager, Gerard Richardson had just heaved in the best ling of the day at a shade over 20lbs, when Ruud struck again into what was at first thought to be a good sized conger. As he was fishing with fairly light line Hokkai lures baited with mackerel he was forced to take his time,  but the expected conger turned out to be a super ling which was lip-hooked and later weighed in at 25lb. 2ozs., the first specimen of 2011 on John-Boy, and Ruud’s first ever award winning fish.

After a great first trip “John Boy” turned for home at around 16.30 and at about 10 miles from home, a shout from one of the party on deck, caused Donie to slow the engines, when the calm water surface was suddenly broken as a huge fin whale erupted right beside the boat. Everyone was stunned at the sight of this monster, estimated at about 60 ft. in length, which turned and disappeared under the water again.

The crew waited for around twenty minutes with cameras at the ready but that one breach was the last they saw of the whale.

On arrival back in Cobh and with Ruud’s speciman ling confirmed, all the talk was about encounter with the leviathan and how lucky they were to have had such a close encounter.

Donie later confirmed that in nearly 50 years of charter angling he has never  witnessed such a fantastic sight.
Donal Geary
John Boy
Cobh
Telephone: +353 21 4812167 Fax: +353 21 4812167
Email: seaangling@esatclear.ie Website: www.sea-fishing-ireland.com

100s of dabs and whiting at competition in Cobh

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Photo: A lovely Cork Harbour codling from the recent Light Lines competition

Cobh SAC held the first of this year's light line competitions in Cork Harbour last Sunday. As has been typical of the series of these light line comps, the weather was glorious. Nevertheless, the competition was confined to the harbour, to target the numerous codling, whiting & other species that can be found within its sheltered waters.

Two of the Cork Harbour Angling Hub's charter boats were used for the day; the John Boy & the Noamh Cartha. All 13 anglers were up bright and early and boarded the boats at Cobh's Kennedy pier by 9am. Within twenty minutes they were anchored at the productive grounds between Spike Island and the Forts. Fishing kicked off in earnest and from the oft a steady stream of fish were landed.

Over the course of five hours over 870 fish were caught, giving an average of 67 fish per angler. That's some crackin'!!! In total there were 542 whiting to 2lbs caught, 243 dabs, with some close to specimen size, 20 cod to 5lbs, and 65 poor cod. A variety of baits were used, but the humble mackeral, albeit frozen, accounted for the majority of fish. Cobh SAC will be holding their second light line comp on Sunday 20th February. If you'd fancy a go give Club Secretary Mary Geary a buzz on 021 - 4812167 or on email at seaangling@esatclear.ie .

Specimen Whiting on the Holly Jo

whiting
Photo: The charter boat season is off to great start this year with good catches and big fish showing.

Well done to Frank Burke of Cobh SAC who caught this fine specimen whiting while fishing with Colin Barnes on the Holly Jo out of Union Hall this Monday. Frank was fishing with a group of anglers from East Cork clubs, Guileen SAC, Aghada SAC, Cloyne SAC & Cobh SAC. The group were to fish the offshore wrecks but Colin advised that they had fished poorly - eventhough, one of his party did have a 16lb specimen pollack over the weekend. Instead, Colin brought the group to a favourite haddock mark of his. Frank was delighted he did!!! Frank's fine fish weighed in at 3.05lbs and measured 54cm in length....that's some whiting!
Colin Barnes
Holly Joe
Union Hall
Telephone: +353 28 36832 or +353 86 3273226
Web: www.whalewatchwithcolinbarnes.com

Thatch Cottage bass report

Our weather patterns here in Kerry seem to have changed.  Our normal wind and rain has for the most part been replaced with snow and ice but with nice bright sunny days.

Early December was bitterly cold but the seas were very calm.  This allowed us to fish in places that would normally be too rough to get to.  The fishing was excellent.  Bass could be seen swimming around in the clear water.  On one day 3 of us caught about 50 bass on sub surface plugs.  Several other days produced around a dozen and while many of the fish were 2 to 3 lbs we had bass to over 6lbs.  While the seas remained calm bass continued to be caught, but when the swell picked up it was impossible to fish.  The open surf beaches produced only occasional bass during the very cold weather.  There was, however, a 10.5lb bass caught from in front of the golf course in mid-December but sadly not by me.

I just had my first two bass of 2011 yesterday (24th January).  They were caught plugging.  A friend of mine who was with me had 2 as well.  The best fish was around 5lbs.  I've had bass on fly every month of the year except January so from now until the end of the month I'll stick to the fly rod.
John Quinlan
Salmon and Bass fishing Guide
Thatch Cottage, Kenneigh West, Cahersiveen, Co Kerry.
Tel: +353 (0)64 9474721
Email: info@thatchcottageireland.co.uk Web: www.thatchcottageireland.co.uk

Rossbeigh Beach a tough venue for Munster Closed Shore

Much effort had gone into the organisation of this first leg of the Munster Closed Shore Competition - and that was evident at each each stage of the event. The Glenbeigh Hotel was used as the booking-in venue and later for the presentation. The bitterly cold weather and hazardous road conditions had delayed some competitors so the booking-in period was extended to ensure that all competitors who had travelled to take part were accommodated.

Rossbeigh Beach can be a difficult venue but is usually very predictable. At this time of year it normally offers a variety of species in numbers - making it an ideal competition beach - normally. Some concerns about the large quantities of weed deposited along the length of the strand meant that the beach had to be checked for suitability on the days running up to the event. Fortunately the big spring tides had cleared the beach of most of the weed with only small areas effected.

The day was cold, still and bright providing perfect overhead conditions. Sadly the swell that had troubled boat anglers out of Cahersiveen earlier in the week had died down resulting in very little 'churn' at Rossbeigh.

Some 50 anglers took to the field and enjoyed slow and patchy sport throughout the day. Undersize fish, the absence of any round fish and a poor fish total made it a hard competition with a number of competitors blanking. Overall Winner was Richie Dalton Waterford Crystal SAC 137 points. Best fish was taken by Tom Dermody - a Flounder of 37cm.
John Tobin
Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club
Web: www.traleebaysac.org

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:
E-mail: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

[27/01/11]

Galway Bay charter report

pollack
Photo: An 8lb pollack from Galway Bay

We were fishing at the back of Inishmore. The wind was easterly, very low in the morning and growing in the afternoon.

We were ready for that day, couldn’t wait. Alan brought some small sandeels and some razorfish mixed with mackerel (Alan’s recipe). I brought around 10 mackerels and some small squids frozen. All type of lures, jig head and feathers were available for a good day.

We started the day with a drift of one hour, starting at around 20 meters finishing the drift at 50 meters. Colored feathers, baited feathers, jig head, jig head with mackerel were working very well. On this drift we got few Pollocks, the biggest around 6 pound caught by Kevin and one four pound cod, very good start.

Then we went for another drift, same,  few nice Pollocks, the biggest around 7 pound caught by myself and two cods around the three pound.

Then Kevin spotted a nice ledge on the sounder and decided to anchor on it. A bit of competition was on between Kevin, Alan and my self for the biggest fish. Cian and Eamonn were catching some nice Pollock on the lure when Alan was catching some species: one cuckoo wrasse, some pouting and a nice Bullhuss. We were all hoping for a nice ling, but no luck. Kevin finished the day with an eight pound Pollock. You can imagine the slagging going on. Great day!!

Contact Kevin on 0868547890 (www.galwaybayfishing.com) or myself Max on 0863234638 (www.galwayfishing.ie)

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