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16 June 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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SALMON ANGLING

Salmon Angling Update


Very few salmon from the Boyne, some seatrout in the estuary

Salmon fishing is still very difficult for salmon anglers fishing on the Boyne and Fane, with both rivers needing water. Six salmon were caught and released by anglers on the Boyne at the Scabby Arch downstream of Slane over the last week. No salmon have passed through the counter this week and rain is badly needed to raise water levels. Sea-trout are being taken on the Boyne estuary and along the Louth and Meath coastline. 

On the River Fane, Bernard Devenney reports that no fish have been taken yet but some fish have been seen on the lower sections towards the tide. The Fane is also in bad need of water.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Slaney still low, best salmon fishing in lower reaches

It’s hard to believe that the Slaney Valley has still had no rain despite the heavy rain that fell across the country on Sunday. The river is still low with the lower section proving to be the best for fishing. There are reports of good numbers of salmon at Enniscorthy and the beats immediately above with quite a few fish being hooked, many of these landed.22 year old Eanna Murphy from Enniscorthy caught his first salmon while fishing for sea trout at Solsboro on a Dunkeld. Gerry Furlong from Borris had another salmon, following on from his success the previous week. Michael Donohoe fishing at Clohamon broke in a big fish after playing it for half an hour.

Sea Trout fishing is continuing to improve with reports of fish being caught well above Bunclody. Anglers are reporting catching 2 to3 fish most evenings. The main run of trout should arrive next week and will continue until the end of  July. With high tides on the way over the coming days and rain forecast for Friday, fishing could be excellent. Best flies for sea trout on the Slaney include; Kill Devil Spider, Black Pennell, Butcher, Teal Blue and Silver, Alexandra and Sedge patterns.

Anglers fishing for Sea Trout on the Slaney are reminded to participate in the Celtic Sea Trout Project by taking scale samples and sending them to Dr. Willie Roche in Inland Fisheries Ireland. For further information on how to help please log onto www.slaneyrivertrust.ie and view the annual newsletter.
David Dobbs
Slaney River Trust
Web:
www.slaneyrivertrust.ie

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Casting tuition on the Suir

There will be a day of casting tuition on Sunday the 3rd of July again on the grounds of the beautiful Kilsheelin Castle.  In brief the day will begin at 10AM sharp on the castle grounds and finish around 5PM. Along with learning new techniques and improving existing skills it will be a light hearted and a fun day out. For more information visit 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

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Lots of fish in Blackwater, best fishing in upper beats

Blackwater Lodge

11 June: Four fish to 13lb. taken (3 from the upper river) plus a couple of good (double-figure) fish lost on fly.
June 12: A very fresh 10.8lb on worms on Beat 10 on the upper river, & a grilse on fly on the same beat in the evening. Grilse moving thru there too. One fish 12-13lb lost on spinner after 5 mins on Beat 2.
June 13: One sea-liced 6.9lb first ever salmon for Jane Zavasky (USA).
June 15: An 8 pounder released on fly on 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

14 May 28 salmon for the past week in spite of heavy rain. The best beats where up near Millstreet. As the river droped the fish where taken down as far as Lismore but the rain in second part of the week pushed anglers back up river. The season was slow to start but is going well now. Advice for the coming few days is to stay up above Mallow.
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

15 June: Over the weekend a few fish were taken all on spinner as water levels were up and down with all the heavy rain. Clarity is now at 3ft+ and its dropping away nicely once again. Colm Darling from Dublin landed a nice fish of 7lbs on spinner off the Castle beat, John O'Neill also from Dublin landed a nice fish of 8lbs of the Ellis beat and lost 2 more, Bob Woodside had 2 fish off the Glenmore beat one of 8lbs and another of 5lbs.
There seem to be plenty of fish moving in so prospects for the coming week is excellent as there is not much rain forecasted and water levels will drop even futher.

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 good salmon from Laune, Lee, Bandon and Ilen also fish well

River Laune Beats 1 and 2

No report.

LAUNE SALMON & TROUT ANGLERS’ ASSOCIATON WATERS AND BEAT 3

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Photo: Richard Barry Tralee with a 9lb fish from Johnny Heffernan's on the Fly

As of Monday 13th June, water back up to 2 feet 3 inches on the gauge at Johnston's. River in lovely condition for all methods.

Tom Curtyane on the ball again during the week on Tuesday evening a 5 lb fish on Silver Stoats Tail. Tommy Hurley had one of the first grilse of the season from Johnston’s spinning a Black Flying ‘C’ on Friday.  Tommy had a fish of 18 lbs. last year which was one of the fish of the year he did it again at Johnston’s on Saturday with as fish slightly over 18lbs spinning off Johnston’s High Bank.  I wonder will this be the fish of the year this year.  Speaking of big fish there was a fish of 33 lbs. caught in the Draft Nets in Killorglin during the week, you don’t really want a fish like that at the end of your line, oh yes you do!!

Richard Barry Tralee is in a rich vein of form at the moment with fish from the Feale 13lbs and in what most people thought was hopeless day (Sunday) he catches a fine fish of 9lbs on the fly.  He credits most of his recent success to his fly tyer. There were a total of 12 fish reported for the week most of them being good fish with a few grilse among them.
Billy Downes,
Secretary     
Laune Salmon and Trout Anglers' Association

RIVER BLACKWATER

Nothing to report, no angling effort.  Some fish showing.

RIVER LEE

12 salmon landed, best weight 9lbs approx, mostly spinning and shrimp fishing, all caught by local anglers.

ESB SALMON FISHERY: Water levels low, no fishing.

RIVER BANDON

15 salmon landed for the week by local anglers.  Best method was the shrimp.  Best weight was 16.5lbs.  Some sea trout being landed, best weight 4lbs.

ARGIDEEN RIVER

Some nice sea trout showing on the Argideen.

COOMHOLA RIVER

3 salmon landed for the week, averaging 6lbs each, caught by local anglers on worms.

RIVER ILEN

Had two inches of rain which brought some fish into the river.  A large salmon of approx. 15lbs was lost by a club member just above Ballyhilty Bridge.  There seems little doubt now that some of the largest spring fish are coming back in to the river now that the nets have been off for the past five years.

KILLARNEY LAKES AND LOUGH LEANE

1 salmon landed for the week weighing 7lbs approx trolling by a local angler.

FLESK RIVER

3 salmon landed on the Flesk River by local anglers, two weighed in at 4lbs each and the other was 5lbs, landed spinning.
Eileen Carroll
Inland Fisheries Ireland – Macroom
email: eileen.carroll@fisheriesireland.ie

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Some good sea trout on Currane this week when winds allowed

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

15/06 Mr. Neil O’Shea of  www.oshealoughcurrane.com reported that Mr. Ken Furey, caught 1 Sea Trout.In Neil’s hired out boat department, 1 boat caught 4 Sea Trout all in the junior class. Now we cut across the Lake to the south side, Mr. Anthony Tyler and party caught 1 Junior on the drift. In the hired out boat department of www.lakelandshouse.com Mr. Chris Wallace caught a 1.5lbs sea Trout on the fly. Wind WSW fresh with bright sunshine with reasonable cloud cover at times.  

14/06 There were a few Sea Trout caught, a Guest caught a fine 2lbs Sea Trout on the troll with his Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly of www.lakelandshouse.com. Mr. Michael Schultz, of Berlin Germany, caught 1 Junior, with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com. Catch of the day goes to Mr. James Reeves, who caught 4 juniors on the Drift in a hired out boat from www.lakelandshouse.com. Wind SE fresh to strong and overcast with heavy rain this evening.

13/06 There were Sea Trout caught both on the fly and the troll today. In the fly department, Mr. Robert Morton of Scotland caught a fine Sea Trout of just over 2lbs caught on the drift, and his good friend Mr. David Christie of the UK caught 2 Juniors, fishing with their Gillie Mr. Vincent Appleby of www.salmonandseatrout.com. Also in good form was Mr. Jim Sayers and his friends who caught 3 Sea trout in the 1.5lbs class. In the C&R fly department Mr. Ken Furey caught a fine 2.5lbs Sea trout. Mr. Patsy Quilligan, caught and released a specimen Sea Trout in the 6lbs class, and his action didn’t stop there because he followed that up with a 2.5lbs Sea Trout, another of 2lbs and finished his day off with a fine 1 ¾ lbs Brown Trout. Now to the hired out boat department of www.lakelandshouse.com; Mr. Nick Crispin caught a fine 4.5lbs Sea Trout on the drift, and Ernie from Luxemburg caught 3.5lbs Sea Trout on the drift. Mr. Michael Schultz  of Germany, caught 3 Sea trout all in the junior class, trolling with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea and of www.oshealoughcurrane.com.  Wind NNW then veered NW light to fresh and calm this evening.  

12/06 Mr. Michael Schultz, www.oshealoughcurrane.com , caught a fine 7.5lbs Salmon on the troll. Michael was telling me that he has been fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea for 20 years. Now to the Sea Trout fly department, and the hired out boat department of www.Lakelandshouse.com; Mr. Jang Quintus of Luxembourg, caught a 2lbs Sea Trout on the drift and his good friend Ernie caught 3 Sea Trout ranging from a 1lbs up to 2lbs. Staying with Lakelandshouse.com Mr. John Burton caught  a 1.5lbs Sea Trout and Mr. John Ryan was in good form again with a Sea trout of 2.5lbs. Wind light to calm and what wind was there was all over the place, with the odd light shower.  

11/06  Lough Currane was on the slow side in the Sea Trout department due to the lack of wind at times, but when the wind did get up some anglers took advantage and made the most of it, so I will head straight for the hired out boat department of www.lakelandshouse.com  and your top Fly anglers of the day are, Mr. Chuck Hums, who caught a fine 2lbs Sea Trout, also in good form was Mr. L Buckley with a Sea Trout of 1 ¾ lbs, Mr. Liam Ward, caught a 1.5lbs Sea Trout, also in good form was Mr. Michael Heery with a 2lbs Sea trout to his rod, and last but not least Mr. John Ryan caught 2.5lbs Sea Trout. Now we cut across the Lake to the North side and staying in the Sea Trout department Mr. Donal O’Shea and of www.curranelodge.com caught 1 Junior, and in the Hired out boat department of www.oshealoughcurrane.com there was a fine 4lbs Sea trout caught on the fly in the evening shift by www.anglersview.com  also in good form with 2 Sea Trout in the Junior class were two guests fishing with their Gillie Mr. Junior Scully, Mr. Jim Sayers of Waterville was in great form with 4 Sea Trout all around the 2lbs class . Now to the Salmon department there was one Salmon caught on the troll by Mr. Tom Long. Wind SW light to calm and variable. Amount of rainfall 2.1mm, max air temperature 14.2c.

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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Grilse are running at Galway

15 June: Grilse have started arriving in Galway this week in good numbers, and catches are starting to pick up too. There were 32 fish landed this week, and with the increased numbers of grilse I would expect this to improve further next week.
Local angler Simon Lenihan landed a 7.5lbs salmon on spinner, while Pat Roche from Kerry took a fine 13lbs fish, also on spinner. Paddy Gargan landed a 9lbs fish on spinner, while son Cian took a 4lbs grilse on shrimp.
Seamus McEleney from Northern Ireland had a salmon of 10lbs and a 4lbs grilse, both on fly, while Dublin angler Colm Adams had fish of 10lbs and 7.5lbs on spinner.
Michael Brown from Clare had grilse of 5.5lbs and 6lbs on spinner and shrimp, while there were grilse for Brian O’Rourke from Tuam, JJ Sullivan from Carrickmacross, and Northern Ireland’s Keith Creelman. Frank Hession from Tuam landed his first ever salmon, a nice 5.5lbs grilse taken on shrimp.
With good water levels and fresh grilse running, fishing prospects for the coming week are very good.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Salmon and sea trout fishing has picked up at Balynahinch

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Photo: Ann Corcoran landed a 14.25lbs fresh run spring salmon.

Fishery manager Simon Ashe had good fishing to report from Ballynahinch Castle: The fishing at Ballynahinch has really picked up over the past week.  Traditionally a quiet time of the season, mainly due to low water levels, early June has really come alive!

salmon3 salmon have been landed over the past four days. Conor Killeen took a good 7lbs fresh springer from the stream on Beat 1 on Monday morning with a Yellow Shrimp.  This was followed on Wednesday by a huge 13.25lb springer caught by Tom McManus from the Iron Pier on Beat 4/5. Without a landing net, Tom duly put the rod over his shoulder and dragged the fish onto the bank. This fish was taken on a size 10 Silver Rat.

The week was topped on Friday morning when regular angler, Ann Corcoran, after only 5 minutes of fishing on Beat 1, landed a whopping 14.25lbs fresh run spring salmon from the stream. The fish, with long tailed sea lice, is the largest fish of the season at Ballynahinch so far.  Given the size of the springers going over the counter on a daily basis though, this record could only be short-lived!

The sea trout fishing over the past week has been really encouraging.  A good number of maiden sea trout up to 3lbs have been coming over the counter and Richard McMahon released one of 3lbs from Ranji’s Rock.  Most people who go fishing are catching sea trout.

The weather conditions remain fantastic for fishing at Ballynahinch and there are still some spaces available on the river over the coming weeks.  Contact the hotel on 095 31006 to check availability.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

Erriff Fishery needs more anglers, good salmon run

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Photo: 8lbs Salmon caught and released by Bernd Gregan from Germany

The rain of the last week has kept water levels up, and fresh fish have been running most of the rivers in Connemara. Jim Stafford, manager of the Erriff Fishery, reports on good runs of salmon and sea trout at the moment. There are very few rods on the river at the moment, and catches would be significantly higher if more rods were fishing.

Catches this week included Urgan Mantle, who had a 10lbs spring salmon from the Colonel Pool on Beat 6, and a fish estimated at 8lbs, which was caught and released by Bernd Gregan from Germany. Jim also landed a 5lbs grilse himself. 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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Delphi salmon not so easy now in low water

14 June: Fishing at the moment is becoming difficult as the river has become low and it is still abnormally cold for the time of year. Whether our springer run is over or not remains to be seen, with the next flood. At this stage it must be said we can’t complain as it has been spectacular to date. We have only had four fish since my last entry on Friday.

We had two on Saturday. John Somerville had a sea liced 9lbs2.5oz fish off Finlough on a Delphi Collie and Ronan Walsh had a sea liced 6lbs fish off the Whin Pool on a Red and Silver Shrimp. We had nothing Sunday as the wind was extreme and made fishing very difficult. Howard Pitts had a powerful 13lbs1oz fish off Finlough on a Cascade yesterday and finally today Alan Dunlop had one 7lbs off Doolough on a Cascade. There appears to be fish appearing in Killary harbour but as yet it remains to be seen where they are bound for and whether they are grilse or springers. Only time will tell.

To book fishing or accommodation at Delphi, contact Delphi Lodge at +353 (0)95 42222, or check www.delphi-salmon.com for details.
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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Lower Moy producing more salmon now, grilse running

The lower Moy has begun to produce more fish of late, with the Ridge Pool and Cathedral beats now in good condition and more grilse are now entering the system. The heavy rainfall experienced throughout the Island over the weekend has not impacted upon the Moy system with conditions at the time of writing very favorable.

The Point and the Cathedral Beat have both reported fish over the past week, and on the Ridge Pool, four salmon were caught, including two for Jonathan Smith, Co. Cavan, which weighed 4.89lbs and 5.23lbs. The Weir Pool produced one fish of 10lbs for John McKinley, Athlone and was taken on the fly.

The Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water produced over 20 salmon for the week, and Mount Falcon also fished relatively well, where Derek Stevenson, U.K. had two on the worm. Mary Carlilse reported 10 for the week from the Coolcronan Fishery, with Byrnes’ producing a few. The Gannon and Armstrong fisheries both produced good numbers, with Michael Clarke, Athlone having success at Armstrongs, landing a fine fish of 13lbs on a spinner. The prawn proved productive for Donal Murray, Foxford at Gannons, who banked another 13lbs fish.

The Foxford Fishery produced good numbers, with over 20 reported, including two for Dr. Peter Bacon, Co. Wexford on the spinner, weighing 9.25lbs and 10.75lbs. Rinanney also provided good sport throughout the week, where over 30 salmon were reported, including one of 12lbs for Stefan Schmitt, Germany. The Cloongee Fishery continued to yield good numbers, with 37 reported for the week. Among those to catch salmon at Cloongee were Beatrice Valaize, France, who had two of 8lbs and 10lbs. Pascal Maziere, France enjoyed an excellent week at Cloongee, with 6 salmon in total, his best weighing 13.25lbs, taken on a spinner. William Anderson, Scotland, and Sylvia Greville, Co. Westmeath also had success spinning, with both anglers landing 8lbs salmon.

The East Mayo Anglers’ water produced more than 50 salmon for the week, with just under 20% of these fish released. Andrew Young had one of 11lbs to the fly, while Frank Lee, U.K. had one of 10lbs on the worm. The spinner proved successful for Welsh anglers Gavin Jones and Mark Roberts, who had salmon of 13.5lbs and 7.5lbs respectively. Manfred Kauert, Germany, had one of 5lbs on the fly, as did Garrett Ruigrock, Co. Dublin. 
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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More than 90 salmon for the week at Ballisodare

The Ballisodare fished well, with over 90 salmon recorded, and approximately 50% of these were released. Although many spring salmon are still running, the grilse are starting to appear in greater numbers. Fly anglers enjoyed good sport with James Cuffe, Co. Sligo landing one of 8lbs with the Willie Gunn and Dennis Barrett capturing an 11lbs salmon on a Cascade. Brian Mc Donagh had a nice fish of 12.5lbs, also to the Willie Gunn, with Luke O’Connell also scoring with the fly. Tom Coleman and E. Richardson both had good fortune with the prawn, recording fish of 7lbs and 5lbs respectively.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Salmon angling slow at Lough Beltra

Angling on Lough Beltra has been relatively slow last week in comparison to recent weeks, with only two salmon recorded. Brian Hope, Westport was the lucky angler who had both salmon, weighing 5lbs and 7.5lbs, caught at the Boathouse.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Carrowmore and Owenmore fishing well, salmon to 20lb on lake

Both venues fished well over the past week, despite winds affecting the lake somewhat. The catch of the week on the lake undoubtedly was by Jim Ruane, Castlebar who boated a great salmon of approximately 20lbs, while Michael Cunningham and Niall Taylor had fish of 8lbs each. Eamon Giblin and Mervyn Corway also had success, both catching salmon. On the Owenmore, Paul O’Malley, Navan had one of 10lbs, as did John Maughan. Ben Baynes and Gerard Shevlin also enjoyed success, banking a salmon each on the river.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Drowes looks good with fresh water and salmon running

15 June: Water levels remained good all week with the gauge at the Four Masters Bridge hovering around 0.60 metres over the week. The fishery was a little quieter with fewer rods in attendance this week than in previous weeks. There were fair numbers of salmon caught over the week however.

On Monday, Mr Morris recorded a 6lb grilse caught from the Trout Pool on prawn and Paul McGrath accounted for a 4½lb grilse caught on a fly from the Mill Pool. On Thursday, John McBrearty logged an 8lb salmon caught from the Mill Pool on shrimp. Sunday was a good day with 7 salmon recorded. Darren Kennedy had a good day catching and releasing 3 salmon. The fish weighed 5, 8 & 10lb and fell to a shrimp. Maurice Grimes recorded 6lb grilse caught on shrimp from Lennox’s. Chris Sinclair accounted for a 10lb salmon caught from the High Bank. Stephen O’Neill registered a 9lb salmon caught on worm and a visiting Swiss angler also recorded a 7lb salmon caught on fly.

Prospects look good for the coming week. With Lough Melvin remaining high, the river will be assured of good water levels for the coming week and also the spring tides should encourage salmon into the fishery.
Lindsey Clarke
IFI-Ballyshannon.
email: lindsey.clarke@fisheriesireland.ie

For info/bookings etc on the Drowes Fishery & Lough Melvin see the website: http://www.drowessalmonfishery.com/ or Tel: +353 (0)71 9841055 (8 am to 12 noon).

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Lough Melvin grilse on the troll

15 June: Lough Melvin fished well this week and there were some 7 salmon recorded for the week. These were all grilse caught trolling.
Lindsey Clarke
IFI-Ballyshannon.
email: lindsey.clarke@fisheriesireland.ie

For info/bookings etc on the Drowes Fishery & Lough Melvin see the website: http://www.drowessalmonfishery.com/ or Tel: +353 (0)71 9841055 (8 am to 12 noon).

Lough Melvin, Rossinver Fishery: For info/bookings etc, contact Ruth Mettler. Tel: 071 9841451.

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Fair fishing at Owenea with some good salmon caught

The Owenea River had some good water levels this week. There were good floods from Monday through to Friday when drier weather set in and the water dropped away over the weekend. The gauge average for the week read 0.31 metres. The fishery was busier this week with 26 visiting rods fishing over the week and there were fair numbers of salmon caught. On Monday, Liam Ward recorded a 10lb salmon caught on a spinner from beat 4. Paul Doherty accounted for a 6½lb salmon caught from beat 8 on a spinner. Otmar Butz logged a fine 12lb salmon caught from beat 8 on the fly and there was also two further 8lb salmon caught from beat 8 by local anglers. On Thursday, Will Taylor logged a 10lb salmon caught on the fly from beat 5 and Tommy Irvine had a good day recording 3 salmon caught to 10lb. These were caught on a spinner from beat 8. The coming week will bring spring tides and hopefully we will receive some rainfall to give us good water levels and good fishing.
Lindsey Clarke
IFI-Ballyshannon.
email: lindsey.clarke@fisheriesireland.ie

For info/bookings etc on the Owenea Fishery –
Tel: 074 9551141. (9am to 1pm April to May & 7am to 1pm June to Sept).

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TROUT ANGLING

Trout Angling Update


East coast trout fishing best in years

Colm Lynch of East Coast angling reports that river and lake with catches are the best in years according to his customers and in particular the number of big trout being caught is very encouraging . Lough Lene in Collinstown, Co. Westmeath has fished well lately. Douglas Robinson from Navan reported good catches from this venue on the emergers and buzzers. Lough Ramor has fished well in recent days with the last of the spent fishing still producing good trout . The Boyne in Navan is also fishing very well. Luke Walpole had three fish over two pounds and Liam Fagan from Navan had a fish over five pounds on the blue winged olive. Not to be out done Colm had seven fish Saturday night 11th June with one lovely condition fish of three pounds.

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  mobile: 087 2044996

Reports were also received of a lovely 6lb fish being taken on the Boyne at Dunmoe. Angling guide Marc O'Regan from Trim reports that there has been great fishing on the Boyne at Trim to the bwo for his guests from France, Belgium and the UK. Fish 1lb tom 2lbs are being taken regular by visiting anglers. 

On the Kells Blackwater angling guide Pat Mc Loughlin reports that Christian and Patrick Grosse from France had lots of trout to 1lb over the last few days, with the best fish weighing in at 1.5lbs. All fish were taken on nymph and dry fly.

Winner of the Kells Angling Club, Sheelin Classic Competition was none other than Pat McLoughlin from Kells. Pat received a lovely 19ft Sheelin boat for landing his lovely 4.6lb trout. Well done Pat!!!

If you fancy a day out with Pat on the Kells Blackwater he can be contacted at 086 1017415   email: patandtrina@eircom.net

Eamonn Conway reports that the Fane is still very low and clear but there are lots of small fish being taken on dry fly. The better fishing is generally on the milder calmer evenings.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Sheelin fishing best in late evening, trout still on Mays

13 June: Lough Sheelin fished very well for the week regardless of the mixture of unfavourable unseasonable weather conditions which hit it ranging from frost to gale force winds, heavy downpours of rain and cold.  Fewer anglers fished the lake than in previous weeks but those who did venture out were not disappointed, Monday was the best fishing day of the week and it was the one day which saw the fewest boats on the lake. Robert Kerr a member of the Dragon’s Den wasn’t deterred by bad forecasts and spent a few happy hours fishing Lough Sheelin in the later part of the week. There is still some fly on the lake with a big hatch at around 10.30 pm from Crover down to Walkers bay on Monday.  The favourite flies being used are the spent gnat, murrough and grey/green and royal wulff. The best area of the lake for fishing at the moment is the lower end of the lake from Wilson’s point to Church island and around by Stony island, evening fishing from 5.30pm to 11pm is yielding higher catches than day time angling.

The heaviest fish for the week was caught by David Connor from Armagh, David’s fish weighed in at 8 ½ lbs and was in excellent condition.

210 fish were recorded for the week.

A catch and release policy is actively encouraged on the lake at all times

The Lough Sheelin Classic Fly Fishing competition

On Sunday June 12th The Lough Sheelin Classic Fly Fishing competition was held on the lake, starting at 12 noon and finishing at 7pm.  This day saw particularly bad weather with continuous rain and blustery stormy cold conditions making things very difficult for the participants, nevertheless this year was the most successful of all the 7 years that this competition has been running. 86 anglers took part with 24 anglers weighing in fish and a further 20 anglers who caught and released fish.  A total of 60 fish were recorded for the day.

The results of this competition are as follows:

1st    Pat McLoughlin, Kells                                1 @ 4.6 lbs
2nd    Pat O’Toole, Trim                                      1 @ 4.24 lbs
3rd    Noel King, Dublin                                      1 @ 3.90 lbs
4th    Ciaran O’Kelly, Kells                                 1 @ 3.68 lbs
5th    Tom Byrne, Mayo                                      1 @ 3.36 lbs

Some other catches for the week were:

Gene Brady, Ballinagh, Cavan – on Monday June 6th, using a green wulff, one trout at 6 ½ lbs, caught at 8pm and on Thursday on the spent Gene caught 2 trout at 4 and 5 lbs from Merry pt to Church island.

Tony Harton, Cavan – on Monday night from Stony island down to Church island 4 trout @ 7lbs, 6lbs, 3½ and 3 lbs.

Ned Clinton, Cavan – 3 fish on Monday, best was 2 lbs.

Peter Boyle – 5 fish on Monday best was 3½ lbs.

Eugene McGuinness & Donal Ryan, Drogheda – fishing from 6pm onwards caught 7 fish for the week best was 5 lbs, all caught on the spent gnat and all returned.

John McGauran and Paddy Delaney, Baileboro – 4 fish for the week, heaviest was 4 lbs, all caught on the spent gnat and on the lower end of the lake, Wilsons pt to Church island.

Paddy Lyons, Cavan – 3 trout fishing the middle of the lake on the spent, heaviest was 4 lbs.

David Palmer, Armagh – 2 wild fish weighing in at 2½ and 3 lbs.

Michael McCluskey, Donegal – on Saturday night fishing at the long rock, 3 trout at 6 lbs, 3 ½ and 2 ½ lbs, all caught on the murrough.

Michael Kelly, Dublin & Walter Byrne, Edenderry – Thursday 5 trout using LF and dry flies, best was 3 ½ lbs, Friday fishing down at Merry pt. and around Arley 5 trout best was 3 ½ lbs.  Saturday from 6.30pm onwards 8 trout from 2 to 3 lbs, all on the spent gnat.

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

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Angling report Upper and Mid Suck

Low temperarutres, gusty, variable winds, hampered all types of angling over the past few weeks. Fewer anglers out and certainly angling was not as lively as what would have been expected for the time of year.

The best returns received by Inland Fisheries at Ballinlough were reported by Anthony Baggott who had one trout of  2  3/4lb and several more of around 1 3/4lb from several short sessions on Lough O Flynn. Bernard Mannion also reported lively fishing and boated a 3lber also caught and released many  trout in the 1 3/4 lb bracket. Philip McGoldrick also had  a quality fish of 3lb.

For short intervals during the calm, good hatches  of mayfly and sedges  were on the water and fish werre actively feeding. An interesting observation is the growing number of anglers now catching and releasing fish which is very welcome.

Lough Accalla, Shiven & Bunowen Rivers

Some nice returns were also received for anglers fishing those waters with Gerry Madden, Kilconnell having fished a 2lb and A. Doyle Ballygar fished a 2 amd 1/2lb. With fresh water now in those systems, it should be worthwhile for anglers to pay visits to these fisheries.
John Ryan
IFI - Limerick
Suck Valley Office
Email: john.ryan@fisheriesireland.ie

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Few boats out on Mask to enjoy the great trout fly fishing

Ronan Cusack reports that there was an eerie sense of silence around Lough Mask this week, with few boats venturing out. Many anglers tend to miss out on excellent fly fishing at this time of year in the belief that trout feed solely on perch and roach fry post-mayfly season. This was not so for Ballinrobe anglers Noel Moran and Dennis Kelleher, who enjoyed a lively day on Sunday last.  Despite the constant downpour, high winds and low temperatures they managed 5 good fish for the day on wet flies (best fish 1.5lbs). Noel also reported returning large numbers of undersize trout throughout the day. Noel fished earlier in the week with well-known Mask angler Sean Maloney and they had four fish for their day (best fish 2.25lbs).  It was a quiet week at Hall’s Angling Centre this week.  Helen reported that one angler from Athy, Co. Kildare, fishing for a day in the early part of the week had 1 trout of 4lbs for his day. Mick Dunne and Liam Conroy, Tourmakeady, fished together for two days last week and had 6 trout over the two days (best fish 2lbs).
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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Fly anglers quiet on Corrib, troller take trout to 13lb 3oz

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Photo: Brian gunning best trout, 13lb 3oz, caught on Lough Corrib

Lough Corrib is very quiet this week, with very few boats out. Tomi Kurman from the Corrib Predator Team reported on some fishing for his clients last week. Fishing wasn't easy as they had all types of weather in just a few days, from gale force winds on the first day, with showers and even downpours, to flat calm conditions on the last day.  In 6 days of fishing they managed to catch and release good numbers of pike up to 20lbs 8oz, and some very good trout. Brian Gunning from Northern Ireland smashed his previous personal best on the first day of fishing, with a beautiful trout weighing 13lbs 3oz. Robert from Poland landed a fish of 8lbs, as well as 3 smaller fish. To book fishing with Tomi, contact him on 085 731 85 41, or check www.guidedfishing.info
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Caenis fishing

Dreams of dawn caenis fishing for wild brown trout on Lough Corrib came to fruition last Friday when two of us made the trip from Nenagh in Co Tipperary to try our hand at the art for the very first time. After hearing stories of Corrib trout going mad for caenis in the months of June and July, we booked the renowned expert in the field, Larry McCarthy, to take us out on a dawn fishing trip just to see if the legendary stories about fish feeding frenzies on these small flies were actually true.

We went up the night before and stayed at Larry and his wife Michelle’s homely bed and breakfast establishment in Glencorrib, rising the following morning at 5am to be on the lake just in time for the start of the caenis hatch at around 5.45am. It was so cold before the sun came up that my fingers were numbed and I had grave difficulty tying on my size 16 CDC fly given to me by Larry.  Not much hopes of a hatch in such conditions, but Larry assured us that it would happen – and indeed it did.

Setting off from Annaghdown, the rises to the spent caenis started slowly but intensified as a little heat came into the day.  Even though Larry told us the rise is usually much better, we could scarcely believe the large volumes of trout that were feeding on the fly which was hatching in vast numbers. As for the sport? We enjoyed seven hours of non-stop action, chasing pod after pod of fish that were feasting on the little spent fly. We had never before seen wild trout appear on the surface to feed in such numbers.

Alas, I’m afraid our angling skills left an awful lot to be desired. Despite fishing leaders of 20 feet down to a very thin Froghair tippet, the fish proved rather elusive. We learned that fishing the caenis is a stealthy art that we have yet to perfect, especially in the bright and calm conditions that prevailed.  Any little noise in the boat or excessive false casting (my major fault, according to Larry) and you could see the fish scamper from as far 20 metres. Due to our inexperience we  wasted a multitude of great chances to catch some very big trout. By the end of our day at 2pm we had only a small fish apiece and a few others lost - but we went home on a high, vowing to perfect the art and to return again for what was truly excellent sport.

As for Larry McCarthy, he went out of his way to teach us as much as he could about the art of caenis fishing and he consistently put us over feeding trout. We can’t wait to return again. Caenis fishing on Corrib is heart stopping stuff, and indeed the ultimate challenge for trout fly anglers who aim to perfect the art of stalking such elusive quarry.  Try it. You won't be disappointed.
Peter Gleeson,
Angling Correspondent,
Nenagh Guardian Newspaper

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Trout fishing continues to go well on Conn and Cullin

Surprise and delight were experienced by Dublin anglers Mark Robertson, and daughter Zoe, who were fishing recently on Lough Conn. Fishing a Flying ‘C’, the pair were delighted when they hooked and boated a fine 8lbs trout in the south end of the lake, near Pontoon Bridge Hotel.

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Photo: Mark Robertson and his father Sandy, Co. Dublin and the fine 8lbs Lough Conn trout caught recently near Pontoon Bridge Hotel.

Fishing out of Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Darragh Harte, Co. Dublin, had five trout for 9lbs while angling with Vinnie O’Boyle, all to the Claret Mallard, while James Mc Walter, Claremorris, had four keepers while fishing in Lough Cullin, his best 1.5lbs with all fish returned. Roy James, U.K. had 14 trout during his stay, caught on the Octopus, Bibio and Bumble Olive.

Fishing out of Kelly’s Boat Hire, Cloghans, Bill O’Connell, Co. Dublin enjoyed great sport while angling with Seamus Kelly. They boated a total of 18 trout, and two salmon, all to Mayfly patterns for a day. Claus Bauer, Germany, also enjoyed success while fishing the fly with Seamus Kelly, boating a salmon and four trout. Regular visitors to Cloghans, Sue and Walter Byrne, Co. Offaly once again enjoyed good sport during their stay, with 10 keepers reported, and at least 20 smaller fish caught in Cloghans Bay. Colm Henry, Belfast, and Mr. Wyse, Co. Dublin both had three trout each.

Peter Roche, Cloghans, reports two trout taken on an evening, his best 2lbs, while Stephen Browne, Brackwansha had seven trout up to 2lbs while fishing Mayfly patterns off the Cormorant Rocks. At the Cloonamoyne Fishery, Enniscoe, Gary Crossley reported 3 trout up to 1.5lbs and Ian Wyse, Errew, had two trout to 2lbs on Mayflies. They also reported many undersized fish which were returned.

Anglers fishing out of Murphy’s Boat Hire, Massbrook enjoyed good sport, where Gerry Keating, Co. Cork and Mike Moclair, Co. Tipperary had 11 trout for a day in Massbrook Bay. Ronnie Chambers, Belfast had 12 trout for his day at Colemans Shallows, the best weighing 2lbs. Andrew White, Co. Dublin and party of three had four trout each, while Gerry Sheehan, Co. Cork had one of 1.5lbs.  Shaun Aldmandras, and Steve Forehead, Co. Dublin had four trout to Mayflies. Vincent Roche, Ballina had three trout averaging 1lbs at Massbrook for an afternoons angling.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Late evenings and sedges best for trout at Lough Arrow

Relatively few anglers fished Lough Arrow throughout the week, however, reports indicate that the trout are feeding well in the late evenings on Sedges and Murroughs. The Murrough proved successful for Michael Gunning who had two of 1.5lbs and 2.5lbs and also for David Grey who had one of 3lbs. 
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Some great sport reported from Ballin Lough

Ballin Lough produced good sport for those fishing, with 12 rods accounting for 128 trout (116 of which were released). English anglers Mr. Vinall and Mr. Birkett enjoyed great success, fishing with the Diawl Bach and Hairs Ear, they caught and released an impressive total of 98 rainbow trout for their few days out, with their best 4lbs. Ian and Cameron Conn had five trout, their best 2lbs, taken on Mayfly patterns and the Green Peter. Timmy Deasey and boat partner had 6 trout, their best was 3lbs, taken on an Octopus.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Lough Melvin trout fishing - sonaghan on mays

There were good hatches of mayfly from Bilberry Island, Maguire’s Island, Dolan’s Bay and Church Island areas and the trout seemed to respond with good catches of trout (mainly Sonaghan) recorded over the week.

On Sunday, the Garrison Anglers held their club pairs competition with 15 boats venturing out. The fishing went well with good numbers of trout caught. The winners were Stan McCart & Jackie Mahon with 7 trout caught. In second place were Greg White & Stuart with 8 trout caught and placed third were Freddy Steels and Niall Crummy with 7 trout caught.
Lindsey Clarke
IFI-Ballyshannon.
email: lindsey.clarke@fisheriesireland.ie

For info/bookings etc on the Drowes Fishery & Lough Melvin see the website: http://www.drowessalmonfishery.com/ or Tel: +353 (0)71 9841055 (8 am to 12 noon).

Lough Melvin, Rossinver Fishery: For info/bookings etc, contact Ruth Mettler. Tel: 071 9841451.

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A pleasant weekend at Cashel fishery

What a pleasant weekend encouraging anglers to come out to give Cashel a throw.  Local anglers, Johnny and Leo Kealey bagged five trout between them weighing a total of 9lb 11ozs which fell to the bibio and the wickham’s fancy.  Billy Stevenson and Simon Walker (England) banked four and five respectively using assorted buzzers and dries.  Billy took two for tea which weighed 3lb 5ozs which Simon averaged 2.5lb.  Derry’s James Mc Feely bagged three at 6lb 5ozs which took a very small klinkhammer.  Paul Ford also from Derry released four good trout which took suspender buzzers.  Dungiven’s Martin Bradley and John Hasson released five and two respectively with young Andrew Logan also from Dungiven releasing three trout which took small fritz flies.  Billy Hazlett and Alan Temple (Derry) had a very good day using sedge flies banking a total of eight trout with Billy trout for home weighing 3.5lb.  Damien Doherty and Peter Mc Brien (Belfast) bagged two averaging 3lb and unfortunately lost one which took a wee glow-body damsel.

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


Excellent catches of bream hybrids and roach at Muckno

Some excellent catches of bream hybrids and roach have been reported from Lough Muckno in Castleblaney. The lakes around Carrickmacross have also been fishing well but I have no detailed information on the catches or techniques.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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ANNUAL NCFFI  SMALL  STILLWATER  CHAMPIONSHIP  2011

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Photo: Over twenty junior anglers attended the 2011 annual championship held at Oaklands Lake, New Ross on Saturday 11th June.

Novice anglers were invited to attend two hours prior to the start of the competition proper where Six ACI appointed coaches offered an hours coaching extra to the five hours provided earlier during the week. It was great to note that all participating novice anglers availed of the oppurtunity.
I would like to offer my thanks to the coaches who offered their services on the day and who also stayed on to assist the novice anglers throughout the competition. It is very pleasing to note that all of the coaches are NCFFI members.

The competition was divided into three categories : 

NOVICE SECTION

It was great to see the anglers enjoy a great days fishing. The application of the earlier learned skills was reward indeed for the coaches.

  1. Oliver  Mullally
  2. Aaron Doyle
  3. Lukasz Wiscek

However it is worth noting that all competing were winners on the day

UNDER 13 SECTION

This was a very competitive section right to the end.

  1. Eamon Jones 18lbs
  2. Sam Albicker 12lbs
  3. Enda Minogue 5lbs 10ozs

UNDER 18 SECTION

  1. Ronan Minogue 51lbs 10ozs
  2. Darragh Magnier 13lbs 12ozs
  3. Thomas Quinlan 5lbs

The winners of each section were presented with a beautiful engraved piece of Emerald Crystal

MUNSTER JUNIOR QUALIFER
This match was also a Qualifying match to select anglers to represent Munster in the upcoming Junior Interprovincials. Those who qualified are.
Ronan Minogue, Darragh Magnier, Thomas Quinlan, Eamon Jones, Enda Minogue, Michael Cullen.

Congratulations to all who attended and enjoyed a great days fishing.
Mark Theedom
NCFFI

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Coarse Fishing in Longford area good despite bad weather

Fishing in and around Longford has been very good despite the recent bad weather. The constant changes in the weather has affected different venues in different ways with the deeper Loughs and Lakes fishing best in the more windy weather while the shallow places have fished well during the calmer conditions. Bream, good Hybrids, nice Roach and Tench have all been showing up along with some very good Pike to 18lb. Kevin and the guests have been catching good Bream to 6lb, Hybrids to 3lb and some big Roach and Perch but the prebaited swims after a few hours seem to play into the mouths of Pike that see the easy pickings causing long quiet periods. The weather is said to improve but we will have to wait and see, tune in next week for some more reports and pictures from Melview Lodge.

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Photos:  René and Farther René senior from Holland

Both father and son René from Holland were on there second visit to Melview Lodge in Longford for there annual fishing trip, the weather during there stay was very windy and lots of rain. But this did not dampen there spirits, they fished every day with mainly catches of Hybrids and Roach along with a few bonus Trout. Rene' senior of 84 yrs young showed that age does not stand in the way when it comes to fishing in Ireland, both enjoyed there trip and are set to return next year.

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Photo: Nick and Jose from Belgium

Nick and Jose from Belgium who are regulars to Ireland and Melview Lodge found the fishing a little difficult during there stay due to the very high winds and heavy rain fall, but experience paid off in the end as they were able to catch some nice Bream, Hybrids and Roach to finish off the week, they enjoyed it so much they also have already booked to return to Melview Lodge and Ireland.

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Photo: Peter and Herke From Holland

Peter and Herke from Holland were on there first trip to Melview Lodge and manage some good catches of fish, prebaiting and fishing early despite the bad weather paid of for them. The fist part of there holiday see them with Bream to 6lb, good Hybrids and some very nice Roach. The prebaiting had attracted some Pike into the swim which did affect there catch rate, Next week we can see how they done on there second week of there holiday.
Kevin Lyons, 
MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE,
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email:
  info@melviewlodge.com Web: http://www.melviewlodge.com 

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Low water around the Inny making coarse angling difficult

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13-15/06: Weather has been showery with some sunny spells. Peter has been struggling on with his venues, sadly not producing too much due to lack of water. He did manage a few fish from Strokestown and a Tench on the Ballymahon Canal.

9-12/06: Weather has been dismal and depressing. Rainy, cold and windy with morning frosts! Peter has been trying his best but the Canal produced only Roach with a single Tench and even the Suck only produced 5 Roach.
John Coles
Web: www.innyangling.net

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NCFFI All Ireland Championships 2011 - A Family Angling Weekend
July 23rd & 24th 2011

The National Coarse Fishing Federation are delighted to announce that Killeshandra, Co. Cavan will once again play host to the largest coarse angling event in the Republic of Ireland. This year’s All Ireland will be hosted by NCFFI affiliated Killeshandra Anglers Club. The All Ireland is the longest running coarse angling competition on the island of Ireland and has been run now for over 50 years. It is worth noting given that the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland run this event the Senior & Ladies All Ireland are two of only three recognised sporting awards for the individual in Irish Coarse Angling.

The town of Killeshandra is set amongst the picturesque drumlins of Co. Cavan, it offers the some of the best natural coarse angling venues in Ireland this is one of the main reasons Killeshandra was selected to host Ireland’s most prestigious coarse angling event. Bream, Hybrids and Roach are all common place with the odd Tench turning up. Fáilte Ireland, the Irish Tourist Board, has designated Killeshandra as a Centre of Excellence for Coarse Angling. Killeshandra is the only town in the Northwest of Ireland to be selected. Fáilte Ireland has provided training and workshops to the local tourism providers in the area in order to enhance the services provided to anglers in the local area.

July Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th will see Three Championship events be run over the weekend and with the All Ireland’s designed with family in mind, July 23rd will have the Junior All Ireland taking place on Town Lake, which as its name suggests is in the town centre. The Junior All Ireland is run over three hours and has three separate divisions with Under 18, Under 13 and Beginner; the beginner section will receive coaching from our nationally recognised trained coaches and it’s also worth noting that the Junior All Ireland is open to both boys and girls.

Sunday the 24th of July will see both the Ladies and Senior All Ireland event take place, Lough Oughter will undoubtedly host the event with places like Killykeen and Eonish being possible venues, final confirmation of venues will not be announced until a couple of weeks before the All Ireland as too allow for weather conditions and more importantly angling conditions.
The NCFFI’s expectations for attendance of this event will be over 100 Senior and Lady Anglers and given that close to 130 fished last year’s All Ireland we may even exceed all expectations. This will give a fairly substantial pay out to those good enough/lucky enough to be in the places.

There are also a number of other events on in Cavan around the same time, with the Belturbet Festival taking place from Monday the 25th to Friday the 28th and if you hadn’t had enough of fishing by that stage the Clones Festival runs from Saturday the 29th to Monday August 1st.

Entry for the All Ireland is 40 Euro (E30 Prize Fund, E5 Insurance for non-NCFFI members only, & E5 Junior Development).

If you would like information or to pre-book for the All Ireland you can contact myself, Eoin Schweppe, by phone- 00353 86 0515597, by e-mail- pro@ncffi.ie, or on Facebook- Coarse Angling Ireland Ncffi.

For accommodation in the area you can log on to www.activeirishangling.com or call 0151 324 4744, or you can e-mail info@killeshandratourism.com
For a full listing on Coarse Angling news and events in Ireland log on to www.ncffi.ie

Trabucco/Tubertini Junior Fish of the Month for May

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Congrats to last month’s winners Rosie Connolly age 11with a caught a brilliant Tench (3lb) on 2 red Maggots in Killykeen, it was Rosie’s second time fishing and she was teaching her father, NCFFI Treasurer John Connolly, how to fish.

winnerUnder 18 winner, Aaron O'Connor age 13, won with his first ever carp caught on Oaklands Lake New Ross, Co. Wexford. They both win a voucher for Tubertini/Trabucco (Cloughbally Mill, Enniskillen) and a day tutored tuition on Gaulmoylestown Lough, Mullingar.
June’s Junior fish of the is now under way and you can but joining www.prebait.com.
Mark Theedom
NCFFI

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110lb of bream and tench for angler at Killeshandra

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Photo: Steve had bags of 70lb and 110lb

Irish born angler Steve McFarlane from Leeds has just spent two weeks in Killeshandra with some good catches reported from Tawlaght, Lower Derries.

The highlight of the trip was two great days on Killykeen with big catches of  bream, hybrids, roach and tench. His bags for te two days were 70 lb and 110 lb. Steve was fishing the feeder and had his fish on maggot, caster and corn.
Derek Whittaker
Spinners Tackle Shop
Main Street, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan.
Tel: (049) 436 3877
Web: www.spinnersofkilleshandra.com

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Pike to over 20lbs on the troll from Lough Ennell

Last week Lough Ennell produced a few super pike well up in the double figures. Local anglers Barry Darby, and Johnny Corcoran were in the thick of the action with Johnny landing a fine pike of 19lbs. I spent Tuesday June 7th on the Lake with Dubs Anthony Green and Noel O’Connor of Scouting Ireland. We had a cracking day landing good pike, some over the magical 20lbs mark. It was the lad’s first trip to Ennell, and are planning a return trip quite soon. All our fish were caught on the troll, and in the coming weeks the Lake will produce more super pike, and colourful perch.

Pike and Coarse Fishing regulations are in place on all our Midland lakes, and angler are asked to report any illegal fishing. You will also need a current I.F.I permit for the Midland Area which is available online here:
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.
Mobile:
087-2797270.
Web:  
www.midlandangling.com

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20lb pike from Lough Lene following cancelled comp

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Photo: George Fitzgerald had this lovely pike in the afternoon

Unfortunally the Paddy Dolan competition for senior and junior anglers was cancelled last Sunday June 12th due to weather conditions. Later in the day the weather settled and some anglers that had traveled decided to venture out for a bit of pleasure fishing. George Fitzgerald and his Dad decided to spend a few hours pike fishing, and sure enough the deadly duo produced some fine pike. As you can see from our photo George produced a great fish of 20lbs.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.
Mobile:
087-2797270.
Web:  
www.midlandangling.com

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Pike hard work on Suck, but fish to 97cm landed

Pike anglers reported hard weather, hard fishing and pike simply not feeding. The catch of the month here was had by visiting Clare angler and  former Inland Fisheries Ireland Inspector Michael Cleary, who on his first angling visit to Roscommon boated a 97cm pike. An Italian visitor accompanying Micheal also netted 2 pike at 85cm each. Is this a case of the fish acknowledging who looked after them for all the years!
John Ryan
IFI - Limerick
Suck Valley Office
Email: john.ryan@fisheriesireland.ie

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Kingspan National Pike Championships - River Suck

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Photo: A specimen pike of 24lb 11oz was caught by Ian Drennan

14/06 The June qualifier of the 2011/12 Kingspan National Pike Championships was held on the River Suck today. Todays weather forecast was for high winds and continuous rain. They got it right and the 77 anglers who competed got soaked. If that wasn't bad enough fishing was very poor with 34 anglers blanking and lots more only catching one. This was a really poor result.

One bright point was the capture of a specimen pike of 24-11 by Durrows Ian Drennan. The pike was blind in one eye and fell to a ledgered lamprey.
Results were calculated in the Bridge House where lots of cocktail sausages, chicken nuggets and chips were laid on.

The top 5 anglers who went through to the Final were

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Pike to 18lb in Longford area

Fishing in and around Longford has been very good despite the recent bad weather. The constant changes in the weather has affected different venues in different ways with the deeper Loughs and Lakes fishing best in the more windy weather while the shallow places have fished well during the calmer conditions.

Alain from France was on his annual 2 week Pike fishing holiday to Ireland to once again stay with Kevin and Jane of Melview Lodge Longford, last year Alain took Pike to over 20lb but this year 18lb was his largest Pike. The fish were taken on Lure, dead baits and jerk baits, at the start of his holiday the weather was fine but the weather changed for the worst but he still managed 30 Pike in 8 days.

J.P was here again for his second visit this year already,  J.P visits Melview Lodge in Longford so often he knows many of the good spots to catch Pike, Kevin of Melview Lodge said "J.P is a good angler who knows his Pike fishing and I take every opportunity to fish with him. Each year some very good Pike are caught during his visit and he is already looking forward to his next visit in September".
Kevin Lyons, 
MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE,
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email:
  info@melviewlodge.com Web: http://www.melviewlodge.com 

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Pike to 20lb 6oz for anglers trolling on Corrib

Tomi Kurman from the Corrib Predator Team reported on some fishing for his clients last week. Fishing wasn't easy as they had all types of weather in just a few days, from gale force winds on the first day, with showers and even downpours, to flat calm conditions on the last day.  In 6 days of fishing they managed to catch and release good numbers of pike up to 20lbs 8oz, and some very good trout. To book fishing with Tomi, contact him on 085 731 85 41, or check www.guidedfishing.info
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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American anglers enjoy good piking in Mayo area

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Photo: Kevin Dyra and son John, Chicago with one of six pike caught recently near Foxford

American visitors to the Foxford area, Kevin Dyra and son John, Chicago enjoyed good pike fishing with angling guide Kenny Sloan in the Foxford area. With trolled lures and floated baits, they accounted for 6 pike during their trip. For guided angling in the Foxford area, contact Kenny on (00353) 0949256501 or (00353) 087 9670310.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Not much sea angling reported on east coast

No sea angling reports were received this week. I am sure that all bass anglers are delighted that the bass season opens again on 16th June. Make sure that you let us know if you have any interesting catches.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Good cod, pollack, conger and some skate at Courtmacherry

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Photo: A near specimen pollack.

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Photo: A 151lb skate

Plenty of cod, pollack, conger to 32lbs, ling on the inshore wrecks to 17lbs. Skate to 151lbs also taken. Mackerel showing again and in the estuary.
Mark Gannon
Charter Boat Skipper
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 23 46427 or +353 86 8250905
Email: csal@iol.ie Web: www.courtmacsherryangling.ie

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Mixed weather in south west but Valentia charters manage some fishing

Seven anglers had to put up with mixed weather conditions this week. They caught 111 pollock, 7 ling, 19 coalfish, 16 cod, 1 pouting, 1 whiting, 1 cuckoo wrasse, 2 haddock, 1 octopus, plenty mackerels and loads of sandeels.
Siegy Grabher
Sioux 35' Offshore 105. 300 HP Ford
Ballyhearny West, The Mill, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 66 9476420 or +353 87 6871267
Email: valentiafishing@eircom.net Website: www.valentiafishing.com

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Wrasse and pollack from west Clare rock marks

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Photo: A wrasse from west Clare

14/06: I had my first wrasse of the season today at The Bridges of Ross. 5 Fish all on crab average weight 3 lbs.

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Photo: A good shore caught pollack

This evening I fished a rock mark near George's Head in Kilkee and had this Pollock at 7 lbs. 14 ozs.
Several good Pollock were lost some to the fly rod! If I had hooked this one on the fly rod I would still be there!
Bill Ryan
Shore Angling Guide
Querrin St.,Kilkee,Co. Clare. 
Tel:
+353 87 4130122   
E-mail:
info@chillwithbill.com Web: http://www.chillwithbill.com

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Good tope and bullhuss in Galway Bay

I have had several reports of good tope and bull huss fishing in Galway Bay, both from shore and off the boat, over the last week. It seems tope are inshore in good numbers this year, and fish to 43.5lbs have been reported so far. Anglers are also taking bull huss into double figures, with several fish of 9-11lbs reported.

Kevin MacGabhann from Spiddal, skipper of the Maighdean Mara, called me to say they were landing good numbers of spurdog, as well as enjoying good mixed species fishing. Mackerel are in the bay and the predator fish are close behind them, so fishing for the coming weeks should be very good if we get the summer weather to help.

To book fishing with Kevin, contact him on 086 8547890, or check www.galwaybayfishing.com
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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44 tope in 4 hours off Antrim coast, 15 specimen spurdogs from Beauford Dyke

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Photo: Some of the tope caught recently off Antrim

June has been very very unsettled here in the north so when the weather window appeared we took full advantage steaming 86km south onto the tope grounds. In a 4 hour session 44 tope were boated. These were all pack tope so no specimens were recorded. The day after we steamed to the Beauford Dyke and 42 spurdogs were landed including 15 specimens in the same day for the dutch lads bullhuss were also taken but all under 10lb.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib 
Web: http://www.predatorireland.com Email: info@predatorireland.com
Telephone Home: +44 (0)28 2177 1828   Boat: +44 (0)7720440117

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