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02 June 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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SALMON ANGLING

Salmon Angling Update


East coast salmon angling

Still no good news for salmon anglers on the Boyne, there has not been enough rain to bring up the water levels and as a result still no sign of a significant salmon run on the Boyne. No fish have been reported taken by rod and line anglers over the last week and only 8 salmon have passed through the counter. 
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Low water on the Slaney, just a few fish being caught

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Photo: Dirk Van Der Flier recently caught his first Salmon on a Silver Doctor at Clohamon

The Slaney Valley has still had no rain resulting in a very low river. Anglers at Enniscorthy are still catching a few salmon but even here salmon are becoming reluctant to take. Two anglers amongst the action at Eniiscorthy included Tiernan Sludds who had a freash 11 pound fish while Shane Sinnott lost three salmon during the week. Shane also caught a number of good sea trout.

Ian Fox, fishing up-river, did manage to catch 2 salmon at Strahart and Kevin Clayton lost three fish at Clohamon on Sunday fishing a Collie Dog. With dry warm weather forcast over the coming week, attention will move to the Sea Trout department. Sea trout have already been caught at Enniscorthy and it shouldn't be long before we see the first batch running the river.

The main run is generally from mid June to the end of July when sport can be excellent. For fishing availablity log onto www.slaneyrivertrust.ie
David Dobbs
Slaney River Trust
Web:
www.slaneyrivertrust.ie

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First 20lb salmon of the season eason for River Suir

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27 May: The first 20 pounder was landed Today at Kilsheelan by Willie Mc weighing in at 22lbs on a Camus Killer. This brings the total for the week to 12 fish ranging in size from 3lbs-22lbs. The rain that adversly affected other rivers this week did not seem to affect the Suir.
Philip Maher
Fishhunt
Touraneena, Ballinamult, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, Ireland
Tel: + 353 (0)58 47524 Mob: + 353 (0)87 8399345
Web: Fishhunt.ie Email: philip@fishhunt.ie

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Blackwater fining down and salmon are running

Blackwater Lodge

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Photo: Clive Gronow from Wales had never been fishing before. His first experience was a guided day with Glenda with 3 friends on Friday. Yesterday, under Glenda's watchful eye he caught a magnificent sea-liced 13.1 pounder on worms on the Island Stream on Beat 5 - Lower Kilmurry.

29 May: The forecast is mainly dry for the coming week, and the river is fining off well after the (last small) flood. The water clarity throughout the beats is about 4 feet today. Fish - both good quality grilse (4-6lb.) and large salmon are moving through both the lower and upper beats. We have caught 41 so far for May and 53 for the season in total. By 10.00am this morning I already had a report of a 6 pounder on fly from the upper river.
Ian & Glenda Powell
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

Fishhunt

31 May On Sunday we had 19 salmon with one angler landing 5 on fly. Sadly Monday was the total opposite with 9 rods out and no fish landed.
Fishhunt.ie
Philip Maher
Fishhunt
Touraneena, Ballinamult, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, Ireland
Tel: + 353 (0)58 47524 Mob: + 353 (0)87 8399345
Web: Fishhunt.ie Email: philip@fishhunt.ie

Fort William Estate Fishery

31 May Conditions are ideal once again after the recent rise in water levels. Visability is good for 4ft so perfect for fly and spinner. A nice fish of 8lbs was landed on Sunday of the Glenmore beat by John O'Neill from Dublin and was unfortunate to lose 2 more. A good number of fish were seen running the beats  so prospects are looking good for the coming week and into the start of June. Forecast for the week is for some showers but then a high pressure is coming in and is to get very warm.

For a check on whats happening upstream in regards water levels check this link: http://www.ucc.ie/hydromet/flooding/
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
Email:
info@fortwilliamfishing.net Web: www.fortwilliamfishing.net

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Some better salmon fishing Cork and Kerry, 14lber on the Laune

FLESK RIVER

3 fish caught on the Flesk river with an average weight of 4lbs.

LAUNE SALMON & TROUT ANGLERS’ ASSOCIATON WATERS AND BEAT 3

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Photo: Billy Downes took this 14lb salmon from John Breen's.

As of Monday 30th May, water still well up to almost 3 feet on the gauge at Johnston's.

As the river falls back a little and slowly hopefully,  conditions will be perfect for the next week at least.

All last week I was getting news of fish being caught and met.  There were 6 fish reported from Laune Anglers waters among the lucky anglers were Gary Fernane and Tom Ward both from Tralee who each had fish of 8lbs on the fly at Johnston’s and Heffernan’s respectively.

There was also news of serious battles with really big fish which escaped in the end.  I can attest to one really good fish myself a 14lb bar of silver which I caught and landed at John Breen’s after a long struggle against a beautiful fish and the heavy water yesterday evening (Sunday).

No news of fish from Beat 3 as yet but with this water I would expect a few fish to be taking up residence about now.
Billy Downes,
Secretary     
Laune Salmon and Trout Anglers' Association

RIVER BLACKWATER

No catches reported.

RIVER LEE

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Photo: A salmon caught on the Lee weighing 7.5pounds caught by Simon Toussifar on Fly

20 fish caught on the River Lee system.

ESB SALMON FISHERY: Thursday 26th  Joe Scanlan from  Cork caught a 9lbs clipped fish on a spinner.

RIVER BANDON

14 fish caught on the River Bandon for the week weighing between 8lbs and 15lbs.

ARGIDEEN RIVER

No report.

COOMHOLA RIVER

An 11lbs fish caught by a local angler.

RIVER ILEN

10 fish caught on the Ilen river weighing between 6lbs and 8lbs

KILLARNEY LAKES AND LOUGH LEANE

2 salmon weighing 9lbs each landed by a tourist and local angler trolling

FLESK RIVER

3 salmon landed by local anglers averaging 4lbs to 6lbs each
Eileen Carroll
Inland Fisheries Ireland – Macroom
email: eileen.carroll@fisheriesireland.ie

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New sea trout record for Currane is 13.5lb

From Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel, angling guide Vincent Appleby reports on the past week’s fishing trends on the LOUGH CURRANE system:

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Photo: Having already taken a 13lb 5oz sea trout from Currane (new record for the lake), Sean Smith returned this 11.5lb specimen.

31/5/11 In the Salmon department, Mr. Michael Smith and Son Sean, fishing with their gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea and www.oshealoughcurrane.com  caught a fine 7lbs salmon on the drift, which they sportingly put back and they also lost a Grilse. In the Sea Trout and fly department Mr. Dave Ecclestone of the UK caught a 3lbs Sea Trout on the drift, also in good form with a Sea Trout in the 3lbs Class was Mr. John Cronin, fishing in a hired out boat from www.lakelandshouse.com Mr. Richard Collins also caught a fine Sea Trout of 2lbs fishing with his Gillie Mr. Vincent Appleby and of www.salmonandseatrout.com Wind WNW then veered WSW light to fresh and overcast with the odd bit of sun breaking through at times.

30/5/11 In the C&R department Mr. Patsy Quilligan of Cork caught a fine 8lbs Salmon, on the fly.


Mr. Liam Ellis was The toast of the Salmon department today when he caught a fine 8lbs Salmon on the troll and finished day off with a fine 2lbs Sea Trout,  now to the Sea Trout department, Mr.Tom long caught a fine Sea Trout in the 4lbs class on the drift, also in good form was Mr. Michael Smith and his son Sean fishing with their gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com caught 1 Sea Trout in the 2lbs Class, also caught on the fly, staying in the Sea Trout fly department, Mr. Bill Rushby fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy, caught 3 Sea Trout, all in the 2lbs class. A guest caught a 1.5lbs Sea Trout, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan of www.vincentsfishing.com    

29/5/11 Mr.Tommy Duggan, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy, caught 2 Sea Trout ranging from 2lbs up to 4lbs all caught on the fly.

A guest fishing with his Gillie Mr. Terence Wharton Snr caught a Sea Trout in the 3lbs class on the drift, which they sportingly put back, and staying with my Noble Sea trout, in the hire out boat department of www.oshealoughcurrane.com  an angler caught a Sea Trout in the 2lbs class. Wind NW light to fresh and overcast with the bit of sun breaking through.

28/5/11 Mr. Rod Robinson caught a 1.5lbs Sea Trout on the drift, and last but not least Mr. Dave Ecclestone of the UK caught a nice Sea Trout in the 3lbs class, also in the drift.

Mr. Sean Smith and his Father Mr. Michael Smith fishing out of www.butlerarms.com were in great form again in the specimen Sea trout department, when Sean, caught a fine 11.5lbs Sea Trout on the fly, which they sportingly put back and they finished the day off with a Sea trout in the 2.5lbs class, as always they were fishing with their Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com  and staying with the Sea Trout, Mr. Liam Ellis, of Cork caught a Sea Trout in the 3 lbs Class, and his good friend Mr Gerry O’Sullivan of Cork, also caught a Sea Trout in the 2lbs class. Two anglers fishing out www.oshealoughcurrane.com  caught a Sea Trout about 1.5lbs, Mr. Antony Tyler fishing out of Coffee’s Bay caught a Sea Trout of 2lbs and rose a good few more, in the hired out boat department of www.lakelandshouse.com  Mr. Roger Simpson caught a 5lbs and 2.5lbs Sea Trout on the drift. Now to the Salmon department, Mr. Donal O’Shea of www.curranelodge.ie caught a fine 9.5lbs Salmon on the troll, and there was also 1 Salmon caught by an Angler fishing on his own. Wind NW then veered WSW light to fresh and overcast with the odd light shower.          

27/5/11 Well all the Salmon head lines go to Mr. Sean Smith of the UK and his Dad, to be more precise his Dad, because he caught a cracker of a Salmon, weighing in at 10lbs caught on the drift, plus they also caught a Sea Trout in the 2lbs Class which they put back and staying with the Smith Family, as I was late coming in to take their photo, their Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea and of www.osheloughcurrane.com took centre stage, now to the total Sea Trout department there were a few Sea Trout caught on the drift but catch of the day goes to Frank from Tipperary, who caught 3 fine Sea Trout ranging from 3lbs down 1.5lbs, also in good form was Mr. Roger Simpson who caught a fine Sea Trout of 4lbs at the Ledge in the Mouth of the Commeragh, with his Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly of www.lakelandshouse.com  Wind WSW fresh and overcast with the odd light shower.

Lake record broken

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Photo: 13lb 5oz sea trout caught by Sean Smith - a new record for Currane

26/07/05 Lough Currane kept its reputation up today as the premier Sea trout Lake in theses Islands and for good reason because Mr. Sean Smith of the  UK and fishing out of www.butlerarms.com  broke the record Sea Trout for the Waterville Lake and Fishery, when he caught a magnificent 13lbs 5ozs Sea Trout on a Bibio on the drift in Edry Bay with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea and of www.oshealoughcurrane.com and Sean was telling me what a battle he had with his Noble Sea Trout, as I cast my fly over the water the next thing I knew  my rod was bent double and my fish bored down so hard I thought I was in the bottom, because he was as solid as a rock, but in the end he took a almighty run and then I knew I was into some fish be it Salmon or Sea Trout and as we all know now it was the record Sea Trout, All I can say is congratulations on a cracker of a Sea Trout. Now staying with the Sea Trout Mr. Dave Ecclestone of the UK caught a Sea Trout in the 2lbs class fishing with his Gillie Alister. On the River Inny Mr. Frank Donnelly of www.Lakelandshouse.com caught a 5lbs Salmon on the fly. Wind N and very strong with light showers at times and it was late morning before they headed out      

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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High water at Galway, but levels dropping

31 May: Water levels rose significantly last week, with 10 gates open on the weir by the weekend, although this has now dropped to 4 gates. With dry weather forecast, hopefully this will drop further. With all the high water, salmon have been running upriver all week, and I have heard of good catches off the Clare River, as well as fish in Cong, and with a settled spell set to follow all the rain these rivers should fish very well this week with fresh fish settling into holding pools. With the high water in Galway, there were just 5 salmon landed for the week, with Louis Brennan from Tuam recording the best fish, a 9-pounder taken on a spinner. The rest of the fish were all taken on shrimp, including a 7.5lbs fish for Monaghan angler Brendan Doyle, and a 7lbs fish for local angler John McCarthy. There were also smaller grilse for Limerick man Martin Kiely, and UK visitor Steve Turner. With water levels set to fall again in Galway, fishing prospects for the week ahead are very good.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Lough Inagh and Ballynahinch do well with good water

Lough Inagh

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Photo: Dr. John Casey fished the Derryclare Butts and was rewarded with a 14.75lbs fresh springer

The rain of the last week has kept water levels up, and fresh fish have been running most of the rivers in Connemara. Colin Folan reports on some good fishing from Lough Inagh, where the only thing restricting catches is the low numbers of anglers. Local ghillie Kevin Keaney landed a fine 11lbs salmon from the Glendollagh Butts on a Silver Doctor. Andy Walsh (Galway) fished Lough Inagh and landed an 8lbs salmon on a Bibio.  Andy also caught a great deal of trout, mostly small but 40 in total. Dr. John Casey fished the Derryclare Butts yesterday afternoon and was rewarded with a 14.75lbs fresh springer.  The fish took a size 12 Cascade (Green Butt). Back on the lake, Steven Scott from Northern Ireland, caught and released a beautiful brown trout on Saturday. The fish was estimated at 7lbs, and took a Sooty Dabbler. Colin reports good water levels, plenty of availability, and fresh fish entering every day, including the first run of sea trout. To book fishing or accommodation, contact Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel at +353 (0)95 34706, or check www.loughinaghlodgehotel.ie

Ballynahinch Castle Fishery

01/06: The spring fishing has remained fairly quiet throughout the month of may here at Ballynahinch.  Even though the numbers of spring fish running through the counter for the month was double that of 2010, the fish did not stop to take a break.  Reasonable salmon fishing was had further upstream in Recess and Lough Inagh.

Like flicking on a lightswitch, the sea trout started running yesterday!  Every year they are like slockwork.  There are some good sized fish of 3-4lbs in the river at this stage and hopefully fishing for them in the coming weeks should be very good. We are expecting the first of the grilse to arrive in 2 weeks time.
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Recess, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland.
Tel: + 353 (0)95 31006
Email: info@ballynahinch-castle.com   Web: www.ballynahinch-castle.com

Salmon to 15lb from Erriff Fishery and fish running well

Jim Stafford, manager of the Erriff Fishery, reports that water levels were high during the week. There was a spate of 2.5 meters recorded on the gauge on the 23rd, dropping to 1.9 meters on the 25th. With suitable water conditions the run of spring salmon continued into the river.  Saturday the 28th was a super day on the river for Seamus Nee from Athlone. Water levels were recorded at 1.4 meters with the river running clear -  Seamus fishing with single barbless hooks caught and released 2 fish estimated at 10lbs and 15lbs, taken in the Willow Pool on Beat 6, on a Cascade size 6.  He also hooked and lost another fish in the Colonel’s Pool, and another in the Sea Pool. Some sport for one day!
Another angler hooked and lost a fish in the Garden Pool.   There is plenty of availability during the coming weeks on the fishery.
To book fishing on the Erriff or accommodation at Aasleagh Lodge, contact Jim at +353 (0)95 42252, or email erriff.fish@iol.ie
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Kylemore Abbey Fishery expects good grilse run

May fared out somewhat better with a further seven fish for the month to 9lbs. An amazing amount of fish have been lost so far this season, sixteen to my knowledge, so, for just eighteen rod days from the 1st February to the 31st May a tally of eight landed and sixteen lost cant be too bad  given that we had no water in May or June 2010, we are five salmon ahead of 2010. Some cracking salmon well into high double figures have entered and thankfully evaded capture.

Compared to the last few years, our sea trout runs are late which hopefully bodes well as the smlots and kelts are getting a chance to feed up without the hindrances of sea lice. Maybe the extreme cold snaps of the winter have affected their populations. 

We are, hopefully looking at a bumper year for grilse as this year should be the first year for the progeny of the drift net ban of 2007 as a returning cycle.
Nigel Rush
Tel: +353 95 41178/41161
Web: www.kylemoreabbeyfishery.net

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Delphi salmon providing great sport and best ever fishing

31/05: When you end up in a small fishery with 13 fish on the books for the day it’s hard to know how to describe it. This is the best ever Spring Salmon day at Delphi. Previous best was 12 in 2003. If there is any one who knows otherwise please correct me.

Doolough again proved the place to be with 8 fish for the day. The spectacular fishing there for the last two days in my belief is due to the high water and the fact that the lake was not fished for 9 days due to adverse weather condtions.
The Doolough fish included;

French duo of Bertrand Fenart and Olivier Plassetaud had four for the day two off Doo 9lbs10ozs and 7lbs13ozs and two off Finlough 9lbs9ozs and 8lbs15ozs. John Scanlan got back on the score sheet after a break of a couple of years with a 6lbs3.5ozs fish off Fin.

Catch of the day goes Micheal Wynes who is normally in the shadow of his son Paul when it comes to fishing. He started the day with a fine fish of 9lbs12ozs on a Willie Gunn off the Deadmans and shortly after had a beautiful 12lbs9.5ozs fish on a Willie Gunn off the Whin Pool. This is actually the biggest salmon Micheal has caught on the fly. Sincere congratulations from all here. This now brings total for year to 181.
D McEvoy
Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296
Web: www.delphi-salmon.com

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"Unprecedented" salmon fishing on the Moy

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Photo: Mr Eddie O’Connor and Foxford Fishery Ghillie Vincent McDonnell, with ‘their’ specimen salmon, 20.11lb.

Anglers were treated to unprecedented fishing on the mid and upper Moy of late, with the consensus among anglers being that the river is experiencing the best run of spring salmon in years. At the Foxford Fishery, “Wind Power wins out with the capture of a specimen salmon”. Manager Granville Nesbitt reported that on Saturday the 28th master angler and ghillie Vincent McDonnell hooked what appeared to be a reasonably sized salmon. He immediately handed the rod to guest Eddie O’Connor who played and landed a beautiful 20.11lbs specimen size salmon. Granville also reported that of the 22 salmon taken on the Foxford Fishery over the week, 13 were over 10lbs.

Water levels have risen and fallen several times over the past week, and with Loughs Conn and Cullin still relatively high, anglers have concentrated their efforts on the fisheries upstream of Ballina. However, the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water did fish relatively well, with Noel Maloney among those to have success, with a 10.5lbs salmon caught on the worm. At the Coolcronan Fishery, Ursula Westhoff, Germany and Eoin Farrelly, Dublin both enjoyed their stay, and each had a fine 10lbs fish. At Armstrong’s Fishery, Michael Bruen, Germany had two salmon of 10lbs, with Emily Bruen also banking two grilse. Gannons also fished relatively well, where Pat Healy, Co.Roscommon had a great fish estimated to have weighed at least 18 lbs. The Foxford Salmon Anglers’ water including Rinanney also fished well, with over 20 salmon reported.

The Cloongee Fishery, managed by Inland Fisheries Ireland, fished extremely well for the time of year, with over 39 salmon reported for the week. Visiting anglers enjoyed excellent angling at Cloongee, with many quality salmon caught. Harry Neumuller had one of 11lbs, Phillippe Deziterre banked two which weighed in at 8lbs and 12lbs. Daniel Duguin also had success with two salmon of 8lbs and 10lbs. Francis Higginbotham, N.Ireland, also enjoyed a double capture with two salmon of 7lbs, taken on the worm and spinner. Keith Wignall, U.K., had an 8lbs salmon to the spinner, while Leslie and David Robinson, N.Ireland, had salmon of 11lbs and 7lbs respectively.

The East Mayo Angers’ Association water produced remarkable angling with over 100 salmon caught for the week and approximately 10% of these were released. The quality of fish encountered was excellent, with a very large proportion of those caught weighing in at over the 10lbs mark. Among those to enjoy the unprecedented run were Ross Thornton, U.K., who had two salmon of 9lbs and 10lbs, Alex Clements, U.K., had two of 7lbs and 9lbs to the spinner, Michael Hodges U.K., also had success on the spinner with a 7lbs and a nice 15.5lbs salmon, while Mark Tromme, Belgium had a fine 16lbs salmon to the worm. Mark Toquard, France, also enjoyed double success, with two fish of 10lbs and 12lbs on the spinner. Local angler Kieran Reid, Bohola, took an excellent salmon, estimated to be in excess of 17lbs and Co. Kildare angler John Colgan enjoyed great sport taking three very good salmon at10lbs, 11lbs and 12lbs.

Prospects look excellent for the coming week on the Moy, and the catch to date supports the consensus that the 2011 season thus far has indeed seen an excellent spring run. Compared to the same period last year where 360 salmon were reported at this time, the mighty Moy has produced 998 salmon this season thus far, reaffirming its status as Ireland’s and Europe’s premier salmon fishery.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Beltra and Newport River fish well with salmon to 12lb on the lough

Both the Newport River and Lough Beltra have fished well over the past week, with the Lough producing 10 salmon and the river five. On Beltra, Frank Dooley, Dublin had success once again with three salmon weighing 6lbs, 7lbs and 9lbs. Brother Declan Dooley, Rocky Moran - Castlebar, D. Hamman, John Campbell – Westport, Ben Baynes and Noel Napier all had fish off the Lough. The best of 8lbs and 7 lbs taken by the latter two angles at the quarry and dock respectively.

Visiting angling journalist Rudy van Duijnhoven, the Netherlands also enjoyed success at Beltra, boating a fish of 7lbs, and while fishing the Newport River, Rudy also caught two salmon of 10lbs and 12lbs. Guest at Newport House, Fergus Rothwell landed one of 8.5lbs on the Newport River where Pat Smith and Cameron Brandt also had fish of 7.75lbs and a 6lbs respectively. David Nevin also had a nice sea trout form the Newport River which was returned.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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TROUT ANGLING

Trout Angling Update


Trout fishing good at Emy Lough Co. Monaghan

Trout fishing continued to be good at Emy Lough in Co Monaghan over the last week. Trout into the five pound bracket continue to be taken on the fly. 
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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East Coast River Trout Fishing

Boyne

Good wild brown trout fishing has been reported on the River Boyne at Navan, the Kells Blackwater and Lough Ramor has been producing some very nice trout as well. Some nice trout fishing has also been reported on the River Boyne at Trim. Evenings have been good but there has also been a good rise during the day.

Day Permits and Club Membership: Day tickets for the River Boyne are available from the East Coast Angling shop in Navan and if you are looking to join a club application forms for Navan anglers are available from the navan anglers website. Colm at East Coast Angling can be contacted at eastcoastangling@gmail.com  or 087 2044996

Fane

Eamonn Conway reports that the Fane is still very low and clear but fishing very well. Lots of small fish. Eamon also had some nice fishing on the Annalee on Tuesday 31st May landing trout up to 14". 
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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High winds and low temperatures spoil trout fishing on the Suir

27 May: Trout fishing on the Suir is slow due to heavy winds and cold weather affecting hatches. The rain that adversly affected other rivers this week did not seem to affect the Suir.
Philip Maher
Fishhunt
Touraneena, Ballinamult, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, Ireland
Tel: + 353 (0)58 47524 Mob: + 353 (0)87 8399345
Web: Fishhunt.ie Email: philip@fishhunt.ie

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No Mayfly on Ennell, but some nice trout caught

The Rex Beaumont Cup was fished last Sunday. It was tough going in blustery conditions still some nice trout were caught, and quite a few undersize fish were returned on the day.

There was no May Fly, but some good hatches of Welshman Buttons, and this had a few fish interested in surface feeding.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.
Mobile:
087-2797270.
Web:  
www.midlandangling.com

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Sheelin fishes well despite unfavourable, harsh weather

29 May: Sheelin anglers had to battle gale force winds and downpours of rain on most days during the week.  On Monday the lake was extremely stormy with high waves driving into the shoreline making access onto the water both dangerous and in most incidences impossible. 

A day in the height of the May fly season where there were no fishermen on Lough Sheelin must be one for the record.

Despite the unfavourable and harsh weather conditions Sheelin still fished well.  Numbers of anglers were significantly down from previous weeks again due to the stormy conditions but those that did brave the elements caught fish with Friday evening and Sunday proving to be the best days and the grey wulff, spent gnat and dry mayfly being the most popular flies.

The fly life was excellent with an abundance of mayfly still in evidence.  If weather conditions improve (as forecasted from Wednesday onwards) Sheelin promises to provide excellent fishing with the murrough and spent.

A catch and release policy is encouraged on the lake.

69 fish were recorded for the week.

Best catch was by Patsy Smith, Cavan with a wild fish of 6lb on Sunday night May 29th.

Some catches for the week were:

Brenda Montgomery
IFI - Limerick
Lough Sheelin Office
Email: brenda.montgomery@fisheriesireland.ie

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Strong winds don't deter Mask anglers

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Photo: Stuart Earp had a 4lbs fish on a dapped artificial mayfly.

Ronan Cusack reports from Lough Mask that strong westerly winds restricted angling again for the early part of the week, yet any anglers who braved the conditions and fished the sheltered bays and close to shorelines enjoyed some fantastic fishing. Billy Graham (former World Cup winner) and 3 friends from Northern Ireland fished for 5 days from Hall’s Angling Centre. They averaged 12 fish per day and reported returning endless amounts of small fish. David Duffy from the UK also fished from Hall’s for 2 days this week and he landed 15 fish for his trip (best fish 4.5lbs).

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Photo: David Duffy had this 3lb trout on the dap

David Duffy from Oxfordshire emailed to report on his trip with friend Stuart Earp, where they fished from Hall’s for 2 days, being blown off the lake for the other 2 days of their trip. Annual visitors, David and Stuart reported the best sport in 6 years, rising 11 fish on the first day, with the best in the boat a 4lbs fish to Stuart on a dapped artificial mayfly. The second day they rose 15 fish, with the best in the boat 3lbs to David, again on the identical dapped artificial mayfly, after Stuart kindly (foolishly) loaned him his rod for a spell of dapping. Both fish were returned.

Derek Irwin and 3 friends from Northern Ireland fished for 6 days last week from Cahir Bay. Derek reported a total of 58 fish over the 6 days (best fish 4.5lbs). Local Ballinrobe boatman Noel Moran fished with 2 members of the McLaren Formula 1 racing team for 5 days last week, and reported a total of 16 good fish, with numerous under size fish going over the side each day. Noel said in all the years he has fished Mask he never remembers seeing as many juvenile fish so eager to take the fly. The Tourmakeady Angling Club held a catch-and-release competition for their deceased members on Sunday last. In first place was Liam Conroy with 1 fish for 49cm, second was Eddy Gibbons with 1 fish for 38cm and in third place was Mick Dunne with 1 fish for 35cm.
Ronan fished on Tuesday and Thursday evening last week and had 5 trout for the 2 evenings (best fish 2.5lbs). Local angler Kevin Sheridan fished most days last week and landed 12 good fish to dries (best fish 2.75lbs). Mayfly hatches have been few and far between, yet trout both big and small readily take the imitative patterns.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Poor hatches on Carra, but fishing picking up

Kevin Gallagher and Padraig Kelly fished Lough Carra from Castleburke on Sunday last and had 2 nice fish on mayfly (best fish 4lbs). Shane Walsh also from Castlebar fished Carra on Sunday and he had 4 fish from 1.75lbs to 2.5lbs. Brian Healy from Ballinrobe fished dry olive patterns for a day on Carra last week and he had 6 good fish for his trouble (best fish 4lbs). Reports coming in of fly hatches on Carra have been poor to say the least, but fishing appears to be picking up well.
To book fishing and accommodation at Hall’s Angling Centre, Call David Hall on +353 (0)94 9541389, or email info@lakeshoreholidays.com
To book fishing with Ronan Cusack, call him on 087 2869487 or email cusackronan@gmail.com
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Corrib Mayfly keeps going - fishing "excellent"

I wrote last week that mayfly fishing was petering out on  Lough Corrib, but that was premature, and 2011 may be remembered as the year that mayfly fishing  was good for the whole month of May! With hatches having started in earnest well before the end of April, the mayfly season would have been expected to finish by the 20th of May, but I have reports of excellent fishing again this week, in spite of the incessant wind that has blown for the last 3 weeks.

Joe Burke dropped me a line about the fishing trip he had out of Greenfields with local angler Jimmy Acton over 2 days last week. There was a gale blowing and frequent showers but the quality of the fishing more than made up for it. In all they landed 15 trout over the 2 days, with the majority returned. A large number of the fish were in the 2-3lbs range, with the biggest a beautiful fish of over 6lbs for Jimmy. Joe lost an even bigger trout after a 10 minute struggle - estimated to be at least 8lbs. Wet flies worked well, with Green Mayfly, Green Dabbler and Octopus patterns all successful. Hatches of mayflies were still quite abundant throughout the day. Thanks to Joe for the report.

On the Oughterard some anglers were still having good sport on dapped naturals, which has been more effective over the last week than wet or dry artificials there. Tom Kelly reported 148 trout were recorded by 76 anglers in 210 rod-days. Dr. Dick and his wife, fishing from Currarevagh House, had 6 trout for 10lbs on the dap for a day, also returning many smaller fish. Matthew Baker and his wife had 4 trout for 7lbs over a day and a half, also on the dap. George Friel from Northern Ireland landed 8 good trout over 5 days fishing, while Tom Coyle from Galway had 2 trout of 3lbs each, as well as 2 for 1.5lbs, for 2 days. Fishing guide Basil Shields had 3 trout averaging 1.5lbs on dry fly, and an English angler fishing from Corrib Wave guesthouse had a 6lbs trout on wetfly. Aidan Mahony and friend from Kerry fished wet and dry fly for a week and landed 24 trout to 4lbs for their efforts.

On the other side of the lake, John Walsh reports 224 trout caught by 166 anglers in 189 rod-days, with dry fly and dapping most successful. The Corr na Mona Mayfly Competition was won by Gerry McDonald, with 4 trout for 7.25lbs. Kevin Lydon was second, with 3 trout for 6.75lbs, and Noel McElroy was third, with 2 trout for 3.75lbs. Elizabeth Doc Sullivan took the Ladies Prize, with a trout of 1.75lbs. Corr na Mona Anglers also held a Youth competition on Saturday, with Eileen Summerville taking the honours, with 2 trout for 3.5lbs. Frank Summerville was second, with a trout of 1.5lbs, and Michael Murphy was third, with 1 trout for 1.25lbs.

Away from the competition scene, Martin Munroe from Cornamona landed 23 trout over 11 days to 4.5lbs. Martin Murphy from Greenfields landed 16 fish over 10 days. Mattie and Vincent Hughes from the Neale landed 6 fish over 2 days on the dap, while Gerry Moroney and Sean Dixon from Clare took 4 trout over 2 days. Frank Reilly landed 9 fish over 2 days, and UK visitors Keith Curtis and Peter Walsh fished over 9 days and landed 37 trout over the limit, with most returned. All anglers reported large numbers of smaller fish, up to 20 per boat every day, which is a common theme among anglers this year, and bodes well for future stocks of trout on Corrib.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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7lb trout on fly from Inagh

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Photo: Steven Scott with a 7lbs trout from Inagh.

Steven Scott (N.Ire) caught and released a beautiful brown from Lough Inagh on Saturday. The fish was estimated at 7lbs and took a Sooty Dabbler.. Andy Walsh(Galway) fished Lough Inagh on Sunday and aught a great deal of trout, mostly small but 40 in total. He was also lucky enough to land a 8lbs salmon on a Bibio. 
Colin Folan,
Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel
Tel: 095 34706 or 086 8679459 (mobile)
Web: www.loughinaghlodgehotel.ie Email: inagh@iol.ie

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Wets do best in high wind and water at Conn and Cullin

With more or less constant wind throughout the week, high water levels and poor temperatures, the prospects on the Loughs did not look good for angling of late. However, many anglers who had booked to travel to the area to fish, braved the elements and were rewarded for their efforts. Wet and dry Mayfly patterns, including the Green Peter, Golden Olive Bumbles, Sooty Olives, dry Olives, Dabblers and various Wolf patterns all proved successful.

Angling out of Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Kieran Meehan, Co. Antrim had four trout over two days, his best weighing 2lbs. Annual visitors to Pontoon, Stewart and Wendy Lyons, Scotland, had 12 trout over three days while Glen Allen and David Orsler, Cheshire, England, had 15 trout over three days with their best 1.75lbs. Michael Timlin and party of four, Newcastle, England enjoyed success on the Loughs, with three trout and three salmon. Harry Rechfield, Germany had success on dries, with four trout over two days, while Guy Ververberne, the Netherlands had 18 trout over three days, his best at 2lbs.

Fishing out of Enniscoe, Desmond Perry and Paul Rubin, U.K., enjoyed success boating 11 trout over 2 days, while Patrick and Alan Heslin, Co. Cork, also had good fishing, with 14 trout over three days.

Fishing from Murphy’s Bay, Massbrook, Gerry Keating, Co. Cork and Michael Moclair, Co. Tipperary had 15 trout over two days. Dave Passmore and party of 8 anglers from the U.K. also had good sport on the Loughs and despite the weather they averaged 30 trout per day over their three day visit. Regular visitors to Murphy’s, Mick Sweeney, Loughrea, and Liam McHugh, Co. Offaly had one productive trip out of Massbrook, where they boated four trout and a salmon for their day.

Foxford Anglers held their annual President’s Cup competition on Lough Conn on Sunday 29th. Fourteen anglers took part, with numerous small trout caught and safely returned on the day. The weigh in was held  at Guirys of Foxford and first place went to John Sheridan, Foxford, with his trout of 2.8lbs, in second place was Dominic McGowan, Foxford, with two trout for 2.11lbs and  third was John Binley, Foxford, with 1 trout for 1.05lbs while Peter Roche, Cloghans took fourth with a trout of 1.01lbs.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Best of Mayfly over on Lough Arrow, trout on wets

Strong winds throughout the week kept many anglers off the lake. The main Mayfly hatch has now past with only the occasional green Mayfly being observed on the Lough. However, trout are being caught on the wet fly, with wet Mays and Murroughs yielding results. Pat Beggan and Sean Corry boated three trout of 1.5lbs, 1.75lbs and 2.25lbs, while visiting angler Dirk Zonnekein, Belgium, had one of 2lbs and Peter Dunne caught two, both weighing 3lbs.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Ballin Lough continues to fish well

A total of 23 rods fished the Lough for the week, with very good results, accounting for 134 trout (113 of which were released).  Peter Gray and angling partner, Castlebar, boated 20 trout (releasing 17)  with their best fish 2lbs. Dave Jackson, Brian Sheehan and Tony Wright, U.K. caught 21 trout (releasing 19)  with their best fish 2.8 lbs. Alec Percy and boat partner, N. Ireland caught 15 trout and released all, with their best fish weighing 2.5lbs. Mattie Foley and friend, Co.Roscommon caught 26 trout (releasing 20). The most successful flies of the week were Dabblers, Muddlers and the Bibio.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Anglers back at Cashel fishery after rains

After the rain had gone over anglers were keener to give Cashel a throw.  Using dries Derry’s Maurice Whiteman released a dozen great fighting rainbows while his son Donal managed one to the bank.  Donal’s friend, Kelvin Galligan released two which took a claret buzzer.  Mark Boyce (Dungiven) used a white dry to bank one trout while Paul Ford (Derry) used suspender buzzers to make his three catches.  Maghera’s Pearse Doherty released eight trout which took assorted lures.

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


NCFFI, Waterways Ireland-Junior Canals Championships 2011

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Photo: Emma McStraw (7) with her prize winning catch also pictured with Carlow CAC member and angling coach Miroslav Svajlenin.

28th of May saw this year’s Junior Canals Championship sponsored by Waterways Ireland take place on the Royal Canal, Co. Kildare. The venue, the canal, just outside the town of Kilcock was prepared by Royal Enfield Coarse Angling Club in the days running up the event. While the weather was not ideal with morning temperatures just 10 Degrees and a very strong westerly wind this however did not prevent 26 young eager anglers between the ages of 7 and 17 turning out in an attempt to become National Junior Canal Champion 2011.

Luckily the rain held off for the day and this allowed Paul McCloone from Inland Fisheries Ireland to deliver a presentation to both young and old on Bio security in angling in addition to this, just like the 2010 Junior All Ireland, all competitors were obliged to dip both their Keep-nets and Landing nets. Bio security in angling is something the NCFFI have placed very highly within our five year plan and following the recent IFI presentation held at their HQ in Swords, Co. Dublin in which NCFFI Chairperson and National Children’s Officer, Mr Pat Dalton, was invited to attend he heard of the dangers and preventive measures from Dr. Joe Caffery (IFI) and Meg Modley (USA) on the latest invasive species to reach our waterways, the Asian Clam. The NCFFI are currently working in conjunction with IFI for Protocols on Bio security that following adoption by our members will apply to both match and pleasure anglers alike.

The Junior Canals Championship’s were well supported by our member clubs, including one of our most active in angling development, Carlow Coarse Angling Club, who brought with them many junior anglers and a number of nationally qualified Angling Council of Ireland coaches in addition to this coaches and helpers from other NCFFI member clubs gave coaching and assistance where needed, the NCFFI had both keep-nets and whips on stand-by if required.

Results

Novice:

Under 14:

Under 18:

By the time of the ‘All-In!’ everyone was ready at their pegs in Under 18, Under 14 or Novice sections. The Novice section contained the largest number of anglers with 11 junior’s competing, this section also included 5 junior ladies with the youngest being Emma McStraw of Carlow CAC aged just 7, the ladies were strongest in this section with them earning 3 of the top 4 positions, Emma managed second in her section with 440g just behind section winner Darryl Mason aged 10 with 680g with Lauren Walsh and Kelsey Warburton both aged 14, 3rd and 4th respectively.

Under 14 was completed by 7 anglers and saw overall winner and Junior Canal Champion 2011, Robert Smithers, coming from this section. Robert (13) weighed in over 30 roach for 800g with Amy McGee (13) 2nd and Jack Sutton (10) 3rd in their section both from the Royal Enfield CAC.

Under 18 was one of the most hotly contested sections with Lewis Parr (15), Carlow CAC, and Mark Connolly (14), Cavan CAC, with only 10g separating them both, Lewis piped Mark with 760g to win the Under 18 section, Aaron Kelly (15) rounded off the top three with 460g.

Although the fishing was tough everyone enjoyed the day and no one went home empty handed, NCFFI president Oliver McGauley was on hand to present all the winners and competitors with their prizes, we would like to thank our main sponsor Waterways Ireland who made the day possible, we would also like to thank McCarthy’s of Prosperous Co. Kildare, Southside Angling Centre, Cork Street, Dublin, C&J Angling Longmile Road, Dublin and last but not least Carlow Coarse Angling Supplies, Co. Carlow for all their support in keeping angling alive. 

The NCFFI would also like to thank everyone who turned up to help out the coaches, the parents, Paul McCloone (IFI), Royal Enfield CAC in particular Fergus Crowe, Shane Kavanagh and Ambrose Devlin, NCFFI committee members Sean Ward and John Connolly for preparing the venue and making sure the day went without fault and most importantly the 26 junior anglers for making the day a success.

The next NCFFI Junior events is the Small Stillwater Championship which will be held on Oaklands Lake, New Ross on the 11th of June, for information and bookings contact Der Casey 00353 86 0568430.
Eoin Schweppe
NCFFI

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BSI Sensa lead after first round of Gaulmoylestown Team League

The first match in the above league was fished today in cool and blustery conditions. The venue fished surprisingly poorly ahead of the spring festival which starts tomorrow.

Individual winner was Dave Finnegan of the host club who took full advantage of end peg 19 with a catch of 54lbs 12ozs.

Runner up was Nick Howell (Cloughbally Mill Angling Centre) on peg 2 with 48lbs 10ozs, with David Burleigh (BSI SENSAS) third on peg 24 with 45lbs 4ozs.

The top two in the team event were extremely close with last years runners up BSI SENSAS wining with 67pts, ahead of Gaulmoylestown who finished on 63pts.
Jack Tisdale
Cloughballymill Angling Centre
Unit 3, Sligo Road, Enniskillen. BT74 7JY 
Tel: +44 28 6632 2008
Web: www.cloughballymillanglingcentre.com

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Good perch and rudd in Killeshandra area

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Photo:Dave Notley with his 3lb 4oz rudd.

Visiting anglers from Gosport in Hampshire, John Fryer, Rob Cott and Dave Notley fished lakes around Killeshandra for the first time after spending the last 30 years visiting Lanesborough. Despite the unpredictable weather they enjoyed some good fishing although they didn't have the big bags of fish they did land some good quality Rudd, Perch and Tench.

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Photo: Rob Cott and his 3lb 2oz perch

Rob caught tench to 5lb, Perch of 3lb 2oz and Rudd of 3lb 5oz while Dave had good tench and a rudd of 3lb 4oz.
Derek Whittaker
Spinners Tackle Shop
Main Street, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan.
Tel: (049) 436 3877
Web: www.spinnersofkilleshandra.com


PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Belgian anglers catch 50 pike in 4 days during desperate weather

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Photo: This is why we came to Ireland. 

Peadar O'Brien reports that regular visitors Fabrizo and Yanick from Belgium recently visited the north east for 4 days fishing. They caught almost 50 pike which was unbeliveable because of the wind, rain, hailstones and the low temperatures. Peadar concentrated on many of the smaller lakes which really produced the goods for the lads.

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Photo: The smaller lakes produced the good for Peadar's Belgian anglers

Some of the bigger fish caught included a number over a meter in length, other notable fish also included fish of 96 cms, 84cms and 80cms. Trolling and casting produced the majority of the fish.

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Photo: Another happy Belgian Angler displays his catch.

If you fancy a day on the lakes with Peadar he can be contacted at 087 9265867 or by email at obrienmariapeadar@oceanfree.net
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Lough Lene pike to 25lb during lure test

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Angling Guide and Correspondent Mick Flanagan was field testing Reaction Strike lures last week, and on the day Guided Tommy Buggy of Kilkenny over some huge pike including a whopper of 25lbs on Lough Lene in Collinstown. Full report feature and eye catching action shots on Tackle Review on www.midlandangling.com
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.
Mobile:
087-2797270.
Web:  
www.midlandangling.com

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Pike anglers find Derravaragh fishing well

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On Derravaragh local pike Angler Paul Horan produced a whopper of 17lbs 5oz last Saturday while fishing with Angling pal Kevin Walsh. The lads have produced some fine fish from Derravaragh lately, and it’s worth checking out.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.
Mobile:
087-2797270.
Web:  
www.midlandangling.com

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Pike catches trailing off at Portumna

The pike activity has slowed down with anglers reporting just the odd fish being landed. The river close to Portumna bridge offering the best chance for pike. 
Mike Murray
MURRAY'S B&B
Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Web www.bedandbreakfastportumna.com

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Corrib pike to 28.5lb in tough conditions

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For the last 2 weeks we are experiencing difficult weather conditions, so fishing isn't easy, but pike are happy to cooperate.

We had some excellent catches with our Guests, and many PB's broken from the second week of May. Best fish was 28.5 lb.
Tomi Kurman
Pike and trout guide
email: corribadvice@gmail.com
Web: www.guidedfishing.info

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Photo: Another wonderrful pike for a lucky angler fishing with Tomi Kurman

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Fishing on the Beara monthly report

Paul Harris reports

MAY was a strange month with much of the hot, sunny, still weather giving way to showery, cooler and (very) windy weather at times, but still we got out to do a bit of fishing.

As is often the case in May there was not so many anglers about as the majority wait till June but they often miss out on some excellent early season fishing. I had great plans to get out but got caught by herself to do a bit of work on the house as we were due an inspection for our Star grading. Jobs done, and 4 Star status achieved, I was let off the lease and found plenty of sport to keep me busy. Ray fishing was good with both thornies and spotted but although I got within 4 ounces I could not get a specimen.

Had the same problem with the mullet, lots of fish to 4.5lb but a 5 pounder remained elusive.

I was soon put in my place by Roger Baker who had our first specimen mullet of the year with a fish of 5lbs 5ozs. Joined up with him for an afternoons fishing and in 4 hours we had a dozen mullet to nearly 4 pounds on bread and 40 plus pollack on rubber worms. We both noticed how thin the mullet are this year but I am sure they will soon fatten up with all the rich feed about.

The brothers Lane from Cork, Noel and Christy, dropped in for a couple of days fishing and they found thornback ray, doggies, huss and even a tub gurnard of about 1.5lbs.

June is a much busier month fishing wise so reports should be coming out weekly from now to the end of the season. Anyone looking for information on fishing on the Beara can contact me.
Paul Harris
Email: dromagowlanehouse@eircom.net or ring me on 00 353 27 60330.
Web sites  www.dromagowlanehouse.com and www.bearaseafishing.com  

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Catches improve off Clare coast as weather improves

31 May: Still struggling with weather and the fishing has been very limited, but at last as I write this the forecast is giving a change for the better over the next few days.

I got down along the land to Loop head in a very strong NW wind last Thursday and fished in an area where we had great fishing the week before but 2 hours fishing did not produce a single fish! Fishing in the estuary over the next few days was very slow with just a few Thornback ray and dogfish. It seemed even the fish had given up on the weather!

On Saturday I had a hardy group of lads in from Northern Ireland and with some moderation in the winds I decided to try to get west of the Headland but conditions were still to poor. We did have a reasonable session in the area that had been so quite only 2 days earlier. The following day started still windy but with some moderation given for the afternoon. So I passed the morning in the estuary and then in the early afternoon made another attempt to get out west! We did get a bit of a tossing on the way but conditions improved as we got clear of the land and within no time were into very good fishing with lots of Pollack to about 8 pounds and a few nice Cod in the 5 to 6 lb range. We also had Haddock, Whiting and Ling to the boat.

So good signs and if this weather does improve as it looks like, I would expect the following week to be very busy!
Luke Aston
Clare Dragoon, LOCHIN 366, 650HP.
Carrigaholt Co. Clare  
Telephone: +353 65 9058209 or +353 87 6367544
Email: lukeaston@eircom.net  Web: www.fishandstay.com

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Galway Bay fishing well when weather allows

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Photo: Francois Appert landed 2 spurdog, one of which was 12lbs

Max Couque from Galway Bay Fishing, skipper of the Leaca Rua, reports that the wind has resulted in a lot of days being lost so far this year, but some good fishing is to be found when they have got out, and he is certainly looking forward to the better weather forecast for this weekend!

Mackerel are now in Galway Bay and it is giving the option to go after more species. On Saturday Max and his partner, Kevin MacGabhann, who skippers the Maighdean Mara, were out fishing around the Aran Islands. Both boats had a good day’s fishing, with plenty pollack caught, the best around 7lbs, and between the two boats several cod around 4-5lbs and 10 species (pollack, cod, mackerel, dogfish, sandeel, ling, pouting, grey gurnard, coalfish and cuckoo wrasse).

Max had a group of French lads earlier in the month when the weather was fine, who enjoyed great fishing with lures, landing approx. 60 good pollack (average weight 2.5kg), and 9 cod to 5lbs. A young angler called Francois Appert landed 2 spurdog, one of which was a fine fish of 12lbs.
To contact Max or Kevin about fishing in Galway Bay, call Max on 086 3234638 or Kevin on 086 8547890, or visit www.galwayfishing.ie or www.galwaybayfishing.com
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Downings fishing remains poor

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Photo: Johan with a good sized dab

30 May: Fishing remains poor after a bout of very bad weather lasting around 5 weeks. Water temperature 10 degrees centigrade. A few nice Pollack on the wrecks, some whiting still around. Sand average. Weather is set to settle & fingers crossed!
Michael McVeigh
Rosguill 43' Aquastar. Twin 310 HP
Downings, Co. Donegal.
Telephone: +353 74 9155080
Email: info@rosguill.com Web: www.rosguill.com

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Photo: Robin with a nice pollack of a wreck

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Spurdogs back for anglers off Antrim

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Photo: On of 42 spurdogs caught over the three day trip

At long last the spurs are back on the ground though the difficult weather wasn’t doing us any favors. Nonetheless in a three day session we landed over 42 of them and about 20 strap congers. We also had many, many dogfish. Thank God the skate weren’t present for a change .
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib 
Web: www.predatorireland.com Email: info@predatorireland.com
Telephone: +44 (0)28 2177 1828  Boat: +44 (0)7720440117

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