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23 June 2011

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Salmon Angling Update

Salmon to 18 lb. reported from the River Boyne

There has been a slight rise in water levels in the Boyne following the recent rain but genreral salmon fishing conditions could only be described as poor. Two salmon have been reported during the last week from the Oldbridge Fishery, the best weighing 18 lb. Some fish have also been taken at the scabby arch downstream of Slane village. A few fish have also been sighted in the Navan area.

Colm Lynch of East Coast Angling reports that some sea trout are being reported from the River Boyne. Sea trout are often taken in the Dunmoe area below Navan at this time of the year. Although sea trout are generally scarce at the moment, some sea-trout are being taken on the Boyne estuary and along the Louth and Meath coastline.

On the River Fane, Eamonn Conway reports that some sea trout have started to run on the lower sections towards the tide. The Fane is still low and in bad need of water.

Some sea trout have started to run the Castletown River in Dundalk. The river is a bit high at the moment and fish are running through. A small number of sea trout weighing around 1.25 lb. have been caught over the last few days.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office

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Report on salmon fishing on the River Slaney.


I am delighted to report that the Slaney Valley finally got rain last week resulting in a 3 foot spate on Saturday. Following this fishing has been excellent for salmon and sea trout. Anglers are reporting seeing good numbers of salmon running the river and some have had very good fishing for this time of year. Some people say they have not seen such a good run of fish so late in the season for many years. One reason is obviously due to the low water that prevailed for so long causing a build up of fish in the estuary but with fresh fish entering the system this is not the only reason, as there seems to be more fish in the river than over the past few years. Most of the fish are multi sea-winter salmon ranging from 8 to 12 pounds, with the odd grilse amongst these. The hope now is that the grilse might follow over the next week or two.

As the river fined down on Sunday anglers were greeted with taking salmon. Some of the anglers who reported fish include Bill Connolly from Kilkenny, fishing at Clohamon, who landed a brace of 10 pounders and had two other offers. Down river at Riversdale, Anthony Walsh hooked 2 fish, landing one of them. Tom Tynan hooked 5 fish from one pool up river, successfully landing 3 of them. John Wilding fished for 2 days at the start of the week and reported hooking 4 fish but only landed one of 7 lbs. Up river at Kildavin Andy Kelly had a fresh nine pounder and Stuart Feeney had one of 7. Yesterday was another good day, David Dobbs had 2 fish, one of them pictured above, and Paddy Syme had one and  had 3 other plucks. Before the spate on the Friday Tiernan Sludds reported a fish from Enniscorthy.

Following the spate sea trout numbers have increased through out the system with fish being caught up as far as Tullow where a 2 ½ pound trout was reported. In the lower reaches some anglers have reported the fishing being similar to mackerel fishing. However, the majority of these trout seem to be on the small side with perhaps only 1 in 8 making it over the pound mark. Lets hope the bigger ones decide to run next week.

Slaney anglers are reminded that the Slaney River Trust AGM is being held this coming Friday 24th June at 7.30 pm at Redmond’s Pub, Bunclody. I would also like to remind sea trout fishermen 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  and view the annual newsletter.
David Dobbs
Slaney River Trust

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18 lb. Salmon caught and released by French visitor wins our Catch of the Week on the River Suir

Jean Loup Trautner reports on recent salmon fishing on the River Suir in the Kilsheelan area of South Tipperary.


After a couple of very showery days at the end of May, the Suir rose briefly by about a couple of feet and the Salmon Fishing improved drastically for a while. Some very nice fish were caught and duly released during the first 2 weeks of June. The best catch was recorded (see picture included) by a French Angler Guy Bizounours from Clermond Ferrand who caught a lovely 18 lb. fish on the fly. This fish wins our Catch of the Week. All the fish caught in my Fishery during these 2 weeks (11) were above 10 lb weight as the Grilse run seems to be very late this year.

For our French angling readers courtesy of Jean Loup

Après deux jours très orageux à la fin du mois de mai, le niveau d’eau de la Suir est monté d’une soixantaine de centimètres et de ce fait la qualité de la pêche au saumon s’en est immédiatement ressentie. Durant les deux premières semaines de juin, plusieurs très beaux poissons ont été capturés et dûment relâchés par mes clients. Guy Bizounours, un pêcheur Auvergnat a capturé un très beau 18 livres à la mouche. Tous les poissons pris durant cette période excédaient les 10 livres, car le gros de la remontée des Castillons n’a pas encore commencé cette année sur la Suir.

Jean Loup Trautner  Domicile (Home):  +353 (0)52 61 32497    Portable (Mobile): +353 (0)86 817 60 55  Web: E-mail:

Casting day at Kilsheelin

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
Philip Maher
Touraneena, Ballinamult, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, Ireland
Tel: + 353 (0)58 47524 Mob: + 353 (0)87 8399345
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A super days salmon fishing at the Blackwater Lodge Fishery on the Cork Blackwater.

Blackwater Lodge

On Sunday, June 19, we yet again recorded the Best Day of the Season so far. It was remarkable as the river had only just come back into order after the last small dirty flood. Even more remarkable was the fact that all the fish fell to just three rods on one beat on the upper river. Mick Kennedy & Billy Jewitt fished Beat 8 - Bridgetown Priory & landed four fish in the morning & another in the early afternoon. Billy had 2 grilse on spinner to 6 lb. and Mick had two on spinner & one on fly - best 13.3 lb. which was the third Best Fish so far this Season.  They were joined in the evening by Kieran Conlon who had a magic half hour that evening.  He landed three fish - all with long-tailed sea-lice - a grilse of 4 lb. & two 10 pounders - all on the fly.  He went to the Lodge's top beat 28 miles upriver today & released two more fish of 6 & 7 lb. on fly.  Mick was fishing Beat 9 a little further upriver today. He lost the biggest fish he'd ever hooked - reckoned to be well into the twenties of pounds - on spinner.
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!)
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Fort William Estate Fishery

22 June: Water levels are in perfect order once again after yet another rise. Clarity is perfect with a nice peaty tinge in it so ideal for fly. A nice fish of 12.5lbs was taken off the Golf beat by local angler Tony Hickey. This was Tony's biggest fish using a spinner called a Tasmanian Devil. Forecast is for showers but becoming very warm over the weekend.

For a check on whats happening upstream in regards water levels check this link:
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
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14 Salmon reported from Beat 3 on the River Laune.

As of Sunday 19th June water back up to 2 feet 9 inches on the gauge at Johnston's. River in lovely condition for all methods and should remain so for the week especially with more rain on the way.  Fishing during the week was good especially Friday and Saturday when there were a good few fish caught some of them in double figures.  Tommy Hurley, Michael Wall, Matt Murphy had good fish and visiting anglers had fish also. Sunday like last Sunday despite a considerable angling effort fishing was not good despite beautiful water.  That said young Aron Ward of Tralee had his first salmon ever at Breen’s a beautiful 4 pounder.  Jim Collins was the only other angler who was in luck he had a nice fish of 7 lb. on Flying ‘C’ fishing Johnston’s. There were a total of 14 fish reported for the week. I fished Beat 3 myself on Wednesday evening but did not see any sign of a fish.
Billy Downes,
Laune Salmon and Trout Anglers' Association

32 salmon reported from the River Lee in Co. Cork.

32 salmon were reported for the week.  All fish were fairly large averaging about 10 lb. each.  All methods were used.

45 Salmon reported from the River Bandon

45 salmon caught on the Bandon for the week and some were returned.  Best fish was 17 lb. approx landed by a Cork City Angler who also had a fish of 14 lb. which was released.  The rest averaged 8 lbs. to 9 lbs. each. Fishing conditions were conductive to any kind of lure.  Not many sea trout being caught at the moment.


No report on numbers but the river is fishing well for sea trout.


5 salmon caught for the week, biggest weighed in at 11 lbs. on a worm by a local angler at Bakers.


12 salmon for the week, best 14 lbs landed on a Flying C by a local angler at Ballyhilty Bridge.
Eileen Carroll
Inland Fisheries Ireland – Macroom

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Excellent salmon and sea trout fishing reported from Lough Currane

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

16/6/11 There was some good action on Lough Currane today, I will start in the fly department, Mr. John Fish, fishing with his ghillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and of caught 4 Sea Trout all around the 2 lb. class, of which one was returned, now for a mixture of Sea Trout, Brown Trout and Salmon, or you could say the grand slam of game fishing and that accolade goes to Mr. Michael Schultz Of Germany, who caught a fine Grilse on the troll as well as a Junior and finished his day off with a fine Sea Trout just under 2 lb. caught on the fly, with his ghillie Mr. Tom O’Shea and of but fish of the day goes to Mr Adsuijkercuijk who caught a fine 6 lb. Grilse on the troll in Edry Bay, fishing with his good friend Mr. Timmermans of Holland. Wind SW fresh to strong with rain and hale showers this Afternoon, amount of rainfall 13.7 mm, max air temperature 14.8°C.
17/6/11 There was some good action in both the Salmon and Sea Trout Department, in the Salmon department Mr. Rob Moilan of Cork caught a fine 5 ¾ lbs Salmon on the troll and caught 2 juniors of which one was caught on the fly, also in good form was Mr. Eric Jouen of Waterville and @ caught a Grilse on the troll, and staying with Waterville Boats one of Michael’s hired out boats caught fine 2 lb. Sea trout on the drift, now to the hired out boat department of Mr. Neil O’Shea reported to me that Mr Ken Furey caught 7 Juniors. And in the C&R Sea Trout department Mr. John Houilhan caught 2 Sea Trout one in the 3 lbs class and finished the evening off with a 1.5 lbs Sea Trout. Now to all you anglers when talking on the Lake beware, Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan was holding the boat for his client and he heard a angler say why in the hell dose that man hold the boat all day, be it calm or rough, simple the other angler replied, he’s to tight to by petrol, for more info go to Wind WSW fresh to strong and overcast, amount of rainfall 15.8 mm, max air temperature 14.8°C.
18/6/11 There were a few nice catches of Sea Trout, I will start at the Bungalow, Mr. Rob Moilan of Cork, caught a nice basket of Sea Trout all in the junior Class and all caught on the troll, fishing with his ghillie Mr. Tom O’Shea and of  and staying with the troll, Mr. Coveney, also caught 6 Sea Trout, weighing in at 2 lb. and 2.5 lb. and 4 juniors, fishing with his ghillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of  Mr. Mike Sheehy caught a fine 3 lbs Sea trout and finished the day off with a 2 lbs. sea Trout fishing with his gillie Mr. Junior Scully, also in good form in Sea Trout fly department was Mr. Mark doorman of Cork, who caught 3 Sea trout, ranging from 3 lbs down to just under 2 lbs class, Mark was fishing with his ghillie Mr. Bob Priestly, now to the C & R department Mr. John Houilhan caught 2 Sea Trout, weighing in at 2.5 and 2 lbs. Now for my C&R of the day and that goes to young Master Tadhg Collins, who caught a Junior on the drift fishing with his Dad in a hired out boat from  staying in the hired out boat department, Mr. Frank Donnelly of  reported to me that, Mr. Dan Donvanen caught 4 Sea Trout all in the 2 lb. class. Wind NW fresh and overcast, amount of rainfall 1.0 mm, max air temperature 14.6°C.
19/6/11 straight to the Salmon Department Mr. Martin Coveney caught a fine Grilse on the troll with his ghillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of now we cut across the Lake to Coffee’s Bay and Salmon of the day, and that goes to Dr. Tom O’ Callaghan, who caught a fine 9.5 lb. Salmon on the troll and finished the day off with a Sea Trout in the Junior class, staying on the South Side we will go the hired out boat department of Young Master Tadhg Collins was in good form in the fly department with a fine Sea Trout of 3 lb. and finished his day off with a Junior which were all sportingly put back to fight another day, also in good form fishing out of  Mr. Rory Piggitt with 2 Juniors caught on the drift and last but not least, the Rev. Father Andrews, fishing out of caught 1 Sea Trout with his ghillie Mr. Frank Donnelly of and staying with Mr. Barry O’Flynn caught 7 Sea Trout on the fly, ranging from 2 lb down to the Junior class. Mr. Mark Doorman fishing with his ghillie Mr. Bob Priestly, was in good form again with 4 Sea Trout with 3 Juniors and finished his day off with a fine 2.5 lb. Sea Trout.  Mr. Mike Sheehy caught 1 Sea trout on the drift, with his ghillie Mr. Junior Scully. Wind WSW light with bright sunshine all day. That is your ration for this week, from your Gillie/Guide and the Waterville fishery. No Spin No Fly’s just facts

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
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Good grilse fishing reported at the Galway Fishery


Water levels are perfect at the moment, although grilse numbers are still not great for this time of year. After an initial run last week, the big run has not yet materialized, and anglers are keenly awaiting the arrival of the annual bonanza.
There were 45 salmon landed for the week, mostly between 4-6 lb., but some good fish up to 8.5 lb. also. Jim Barry from Dublin had fish of 8.5 lb., 6.5 lb and 4 lb. on fly, while Eoin Cosgrove from Tuam landed 2 grilse of 5.5 lb. and 4.5 lb. on fly. Eddie Kelly from Cavan had 2 nice grilse on fly, while Eugene Murphy from Meath had 2 grilse to 7 lb. on shrimp. Local man Fintan Murphy had 2 good grilse on shrimp, while Wexford angler James Ryan had 2 grilse on fly. Seamus McEleney from Donegal took 3 grilse to 7 lb. on fly, and UK angler John Stevenson had 3 grilse on shrimp over a couple of days. Brothers Dave and Declan O’Reilly from Dublin had a grilse each, with Declan beating David on weight this time, while local man Dave Lenihan had a nice 6 lb. fish on fly. Jimmy Scotson from Monaghan landed 2 fish on fly, including a fine 8 lb. fish, and Tom Coogan from Monaghan had 2 grilse on fly to 7 lb.
With weather and water conditions so good, as soon as the main run of grilse hits the river I would expect catches to increase substantially, and fishing prospects here are looking very good.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

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The Grilse Have Arrived at Ballynahinch


The spring salmon fishing at Ballynahinch turned out to be the best since 1987 with some really fabulous spingers taken in May and early June.  The grilse have now started running over the past week, right on cue!  Four grilse have been landed over the past four days with all fish between 5 lb. and 6.5 lb. 

Simon Ashe had a 6 lb sea liced grilse from Stanley’s Run on Beat 7 on a Badger, Tom McManus took a 5 lb fish from the stream of Beat 1 and Cyril Biggins landed a fine 6.5 lb fresh grilse from Sna Beg, also on a Badger.  Only an hour ago, Ulrich Treusch brought in fine 5 lb fish into the hotel.  Ulrich caught the grilse on Monkey fly from the stream on Beat 1.  The prevalence of such large grilse arriving early in the run is very encouraging indeed.  This could be an indication that marine feeding was good over the winter months in the North Atlantic.  Only time will tell. 

Whilst it does appear that the grilse are running quite late this year, we have had our best start to the season in ten years.  A nice drop of rain last night brought the river up to near-perfect levels and the counter saw a real jump in salmon numbers passing upstream.  Unsettled weather for the coming week should bring some great fishing.

Healthy Sea Trout Run Continues

The strong sea trout run continues with large fish still running on every tide.  A fine 45cm (approx 2.5 lb) sea trout was released yesterday from Beat 2 by a regular French angler.  In the space of an hour during the week I landed nine sea trout up to a pound from the Dentist’s Pool on Beat 7.  When the sea trout take so freely it can be the most enjoyable type of fly fishing bar none!
Book Your Fishing 
Fishing beats are busily getting booked up for the rest of the season.  There are fantastic fishing and accommodation special offers on our website (  For those who are interested in reserving fishing please contact fishery manager, Simon Ashe ( ) or the hotel reception on +353 95 31006.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

Sea trout and salmon fishing improving on Lough Inagh.


Colin Folan reports from Lough Inagh that while fishing was slow during the week, a deluge of rain on Monday night has given a good flood, and as the water drops fishing should really pick up. Very good sea trout are moving upstream, with fish to 5 lb. observed, and fish to 3.5 lb. landed. Two boats out on the 18th both landed sea trout, with one fish of 3.5 lb. landed, while Robert Brown and Greg Forde both had sea trout and moved salmon too. Young Alex Finn was guided by his granddad, Dr. John Casey, and landed a beautiful grilse of 5 lb. off Greenpoint Beat, which took a size 10 Executioner. Colin himself landed a fine 8 lb. salmon  this morning off the Derryclare Butts on a size 8 Silver Rat.

To book fishing or accommodation, call Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel at 095 34706 or check their website at  

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Good grilse fishing at Delphi

David McEvoy, fishery manager at Delphi, reported that they had 10 salmon for the week to June 19th, a mixture of springers and grilse, in spite of low water levels.
Bill Brown landed a 7 lb. fish off the stream in Finlough. This is Bill’s second visit in recent weeks and he managed the unusual feat of catching a wild fish on each occasion. Steve Ruehr managed to land a fish in the Deadman’s of approx. 4 lb. on a Collie Dog. R.T. Cardwellhad a fish of 6 lb. in the Turn Pool on a Humungus, while David Hewston Brown had one off Doolough of 3 lb. 8 oz.
R.T.Cardwell again had a fish off the Turn Pool on a beaded nymph of 8 lb. 5 oz. and David Hewston Brown had one of 8 lb. off Finlough on a Van Beck.
Andrew Brain from USA landed his first ever salmon, a sea liced 3 lb. fish off Doolough on a Cascade, and David Allcutt had a sea liced 5 lb. fish off the Turn Pool on a Yellow Shrimp. Reports from Killary are that there are quite a lot of salmon to be seen and the draft nets are catching a mixture of springers and grilse.

To book fishing or accommodation at Delphi, contact Delphi Lodge at +353 (0)95 42222, or check for details.
D McEvoy
Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296

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Grilse fishing improving all the time on the River Moy


Angling on the lower beats has continued to improve throughout the past week, with the Moy Fishery producing 27 salmon, 20 of these caught on the Ridge Pool. Stephen Sweet, Gurnsey, caught one of 6.5 lb. to the spinner on the Ridge Pool, with Jackie Byrne, Co. Wicklow, landing three to the fly, his best 4.65 lb.. Pictured below are Billy Millar and Jimmy French, Belfast, who enjoyed success at the Ridge Pool. Billy had one grilse, while Jimmy accounted for three, two to the fly and one spinning. A few salmon were also caught on the Weir Pool, with four hooked on the Cathedral Beat. Lindsay Teague, N.Ireland had one of 4 lb. on the fly at the Cathedral Beat, with William Dullaghan, Co. Louth taking one of 9 lb.

Upstream, the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water produced its share, and Mount Falcon report an increase in their catch over the past week. At the Coolcronan Fishery, Mary Carlisle reported two for the week, including one of 5 lb. taken on the prawn by Jan Huber, Germany. Armstrong’s Fishery produced relatively good angling, among those to have success were Jillies Bodinier, France, who had one of 10 lb. to a prawn. Gannon’s Fishery experienced similar returns for the week, with approximately 20 salmon reported, including one of 10.5 lb. for Jurg Gasser, Switzerland. At the Foxford Fishery similar numbers have been reported, with one of the better fish caught by Walter Fuchinger, Germany, a fine salmon of 13 lb.

Rinanney produced good angling throughout the week, the Cloongee Fishery experienced a drop in angler numbers and as a result a drop in catches. Jean-Louis Coupe, France, was one of the few to have success at Cloongee, taking a 4 lb. grilse on the fly. The East Mayo Anglers’ water continued to produce good angling, although catch numbers are down compared to a few weeks ago. John McDonagh, Galway enjoyed good sport with the worm, landing salmon of 7 lb., 8 lb. and 9 lb. Ronnie Evans, N.Ireland, had two of 6 lb. and 8 lb. to the fly, while Marais Gerard, France, also had two of 6 lb. and 8 lb.

Loughs Conn and Cullin

David Dalton, England, had a grilse to the Bumble Olive while fishing on Lough Conn, while Glenn Kelleher, Claremorris, had 1 salmon of 5.5lbs to a Toby, while spinning at Pontoon Bridge.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Good Sea Trout reported from the Moy Estuary

Judd Ruane reports good sport with sea trout on the Moy Estuary, where Heinz Henchall and son, Germany had nine to mackerel strips. Stephan Scholl and party of three from Austria, enjoyed their trip, catching 22 trout on sand eel and mackerel strip, while John Clarke and party from the U.K. had 14 trout to baits. Pictured below is a party of anglers from Switzerland, who recently enjoyed their outing with Judd, catching a total of eleven sea trout. For guided sea trout angling on the Moy Estuary, contact Judd Ruane on +353 (0)96 22183.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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100 salmon for the week at Ballisodare

Ballisodare Fishery produced over 100 salmon for the week, more grilse are appearing daily, yet good sized spring fish are still being caught. The prawn proved successful for these larger salmon, with Vincent Henry landing one of 10 lb., Dennis Barrett hooked one of 7 lb. as did Paddy Martin. Michael O’Connor had success with the worm, landing a fine fish of 10 lb. Fly anglers also enjoyed good success, with Brian McDonagh capturing one of 5 lb. to the fly, Mark Graham had one of 5 lb. as did Jimmy Cuffe. Numerous other salmon were caught and released.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Salmon angling slow at Lough Beltra

Five salmon were caught for the week on the Glenisland Co-Op water of Beltra, with Frank Guilfoyle boating a fine fish of 10 lb., Gerry Deane boating two of 9 lb. and 10 lb. and Mark Killian accounting for one of 6.5 lb.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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

Conditions were not suitable for angling on Carrowmore for much of the week, but towards the weekend anglers were once again able to venture out. Eight salmon were caught during the few days available, with grilse now making an appearance in catches and sea trout in the 1.5 lb. to 3 lb. range also reported. Co. Down anglers Dan Gormley and Larry McElindin had a salmon each of 5 lb., while Mervin Wood and boat partner, Co. Antrim also had a salmon each. John Reynolds, Belmullet had one of 9 lb., while Declan and Frank Dooley, Co. Dublin caught three.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Salmon report on the Foyle Rivers.

Water levels have increased slightly on many of our rivers this afternoon and fresh fish have been moving on many sections.
The Mourne and Strule are out of condition at the moment but should be in good order tomorrow if the rain stays away (IF)

The Derg remains in good order with sea liced Salmon reported this afternoon from its mid sections.

The Faughan, Roe and Dennet have been getting a steady run to date and should improve in the next few days.
Lionel Knobbs,
Loughs Agency Angling Manager
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Valuable prizes for sea trout anglers in 2011

Sea trout anglers on the east and south coast of Ireland, the west coasts of Scotland, England and Wales and on the Isle of Man have an excellent chance to win one of the many valuable prizes on offer in a free prize draw by collecting scale samples from any sea trout they catch in 2011. The Celtic Sea Trout Project (CSTP) is incentivising anglers to take samples of scales from any sea trout they catch over the season in specific “priority” rivers. 
The priority rivers are:

IRELAND: Shimna, Castletown, Dee/Glyde, Boyne, Dargle, Slaney, Colligan, Bandon Argideen, Currane

SCOTLAND & ISLE OF MAN:  Luce, Nith, Annan, Esk (Border), Neb, Sulby

ENGLAND: Esk (Border), Ehen, Lune, Ribble

WALES: Dee, Conwy, Clwyd, Dwyfor, Glaslyn, Dyfi, Teifi, Tywi, Tawe

The prizes are:

There are major unanswered questions in the understanding of sea trout, namely:

The CSTP intends to provide this missing knowledge and to translate it into fishery and conservation benefits for countries bordering the Irish Sea.
The scales are important samples for this major research project which commenced in late 2009.  Interpretation of scales from river and marine caught sea trout will contribute much to understanding some of these questions as they will provide very important primary information for analysis of river-specific life histories and growth rates. The scales will also be used for novel studies including genetic analysis (so called genetic finger-printing) to characterise individual river stocks, and for micro-chemical analysis to identify the freshwater origins of sea trout and, specifically, to determine their marine feeding areas within the Irish Sea, based on specific chemical signatures deposited within the scales.

Scale collection is difficult because, apart from fish traps, of which there are only three across the whole CSTP area, the sampling of adults in rivers has to be done by angling.  This is an extremely important element of the project and anglers are encouraged to participate fully so that sea trout can be better understood which will help to conserve this fascinating migratory trout. Scales from sea trout of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest, over the full extent of the angling season are requested and can be taken easily using the basic scale sampling kit which is provided free of charge (see for more details).

The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland-Wales Programme (INTERREG 4A). The main project partners are Inland Fisheries Ireland, Bangor University, University College Cork and Environment Agency Wales.

The winners will be chosen based on the scale samples submitted to us before 31st March 2012. The prize draw will take place on the 1st of April 2012. Winners will be contacted directly.

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Trout Angling Update

East coast trout fishing best in years

Colm Lynch of East Coast Angling reports again this week that fishing was very productive with good catches coming from Lough Lene and Lough Sheelin. On Lene the fish have been taken on the floating fry patterns and the likes while on Lough Sheelin trout are still being caugh on the murrough in the evening time and small brown sedges and welshman's buttons fished dry during the day. Water levels in the River Boyne have risen couple of inches and the brown trout fishing is still described as excellent. Mark Harris from Navan reports having several fish over 1 lb during the last week. T he grey flag and the olive klinkhammer proving productive. Kevin O'Brien reports some very good brown trout fishing on the River Boyne at Roughgrange, Donore, Co Meath.

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   mobile: 087 2044996  

On the Kells Blackwater angling guide Pat Mc Loughlin reports that Joost Spijker and friend Bodwin fished the Kells Blackwater during the last week. Despite the wet and windy conditions both anglers had a number of nice wild brown trout to 35cms. All fish were taken on nymph and dry fly.

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

Water levels have risen slightly in the Fane over the last week and trout fishing is described as just ok by angling guide Eamonn Conway. The fishing is still difficult but plenty of small to medium sized trout are being taken on dry fly. The best fish caught recently weighed just over 2lb and was taken on a dry sedge.

On Emy Lough in Emyvale in Co Monaghan, 21 anglers fished a competition which was held on Sunday 19th June. The winner was Sean Mckenna with a lovely trout weighing 3lb 12ozs.  8 fish were weighed in.

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Very good trout fishing reported on the River Boyne at Trim

Angling guide Marc O’Regan reports:  “fishing on the River Boyne has been excellent for the past week in the Trim area with excellent hatches of BWO in the afternoon and evening. Trout temporarily switched preference as the sedges appear, spending more time feeding on the pupae than the adult and resuming to the olive as the sedge rise lessens, all good fun in to the dark.  Best trout recorded was 14 inches, with many at 12.  The rain presently falling is welcomed as levels are very low.”
If you fancy spending a day on the Boyne with Marc O'Regan, he can be contacted by mobile on +353 (0)87 9153002; email:  or visit
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office

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Jean Loup Trautner reports on recent trout fishing on the River Suir in the Kilsheelan area of South Tipperary.

The trout fishing has also improved and some good trout (up to 52cm) have been caught during the night rise mainly on BWO emergers and spents. No massive hatches  of sedges yet as the temperature is still very low for this time of the year. During day time, most of the catches have been made on weighted nymphs fished downstream. Let’s hope the rainy forecast expected next week will materialize as the water levels are still very low for June.

For our French angling readers courtesy of Jean Loup

La pêche à la truite a elle aussi profité de cette crue et de belles captures ont été effectuées (la plus belle mesurant 52cm) spécialement pendant les « coups du soir » sur des émergentes et des spents d’Olives à ailes bleues. La température étant encore très froide pour la saison, on n’a pas encore assisté à des éclosions massives de phryganes. Pendant la journée, la pêche aval en nymphe lestée à donné les meilleurs résultats.

Espérons que les périodes de pluies annoncées pour cette semaine se matérialiseront car les niveaux sont encore très bas pour le mois de Juin.
Jean Loup Trautner  Domicile (Home):  +353 (0)52 61 32497    Portable (Mobile): +353 (0)86 817 60 55  Web:  E-mail:

Blustery weather hampers fishing on Lough Sheelin but some fine trout were recorded by persistent anglers. 

June 19th 2011: The unseasonably cold and blustery weather seriously hampered fishing on Lough Sheelin for this week.  Whenever the temperatures increased and the weather improved the fishing did too but this was always short lived and anglers struggled to adapt to sudden changes in wind directions and heavy showers of rain and hail.
At this time of the year, at the end of the Mayfly season, Sheelin normally does hit a lull time for fishing known by the locals as Sheelin’s ‘Rest Time’ but this doesn’t last long and usually by the end of June and early July the sedge fishing begins which provides (weather permitting and fishing rods crossed) excellent fishing once again and anglers can be assured that Sheelin will not disappoint.

Trout are still rising to the spent and murrough but things have slowed down compared to previous weeks and on Sunday the fish went on the perch fry particularly around Corru and Goreport.  There were excellent hatches of sedge from Derry pt. down to the Bog bay on Sunday.  There are still very good hatches of mayfly to be seen particularly from Crover down to Stony island and around the western side of the lake – Orangefield to Watty’s rock.  Saturday morning around 5 pm the lake was carpeted with fly – mainly caenis and sedge.  Sheelin has moved to evening fishing and most fish were caught from 6.0pm onwards.

Again a catch and release policy is actively encouraged on this lake.

71 fish were recorded for the week, with the heaviest fish caught by Paul Harpson, Banbridge with a 5½ lb. trout caught on a spent gnat around Stony on Friday at 9.30 pm. Other catches included Peter Smith, Cavan – using a grey wulff one trout at 5 lb.  Adrian McAnnarny, Dublin caught 3 fish, heaviest at 2 lb. using a gosling and octopus.  Gerry Taggart, Belfast had 3 trout on Saturday using a dry mayfly with weights ranging from 1½ to 2 lb.  Darragh Murtagh, Cavan took one trout at 4¾ lb.  Vinny O’Connell, Dundalk, on Wednesday June 15th      fishing from 2 pm until 11 pm caught three trout, the heaviest at 4 lb at the long rock on a murrough and the other two fish weighed in at 2 and 2½ lbs, on wet flies. Michael Kelly, Dublin and Walter Byrne, Edenderry, fished on Wednesday and using green fly Michael caught 3 trout weighing in at 4 lb. and 2 at 1½ lb.  On Thursday morning he recorded 2 trout at 2 and 1½ lb. and on Thursday evening around 8.30 pm, 2 fish at 4 lb. and 3 lb. using a murrough around the Long Rock.  On Friday, fishing throughout the day 8 trout were caught best was 3½ lb. using LF dry flies from Merry pt to Inchcup.  On Saturday 4 trout were caught with the heaviest at 3 lb. around Hollywell.  Anthony McCaffrey and friend, Northern Ireland fishing around Hollywell caught a trout of 4½ lb.

Brenda Montgomery
IFI - Limerick
Lough Sheelin Office

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Trout report for Lickeen Lake in Co. Clare.

Good Progress.

Progress on Lickeen lake is going well, we now have a fully functioning self service system of which is heavily monitored throughout the day. We have also added a new boat to the fleet and I have been charting the depths of the lake of which depths of up to 94 ft have been found, these findings have been transferred to a map for the anglers reference along with feature names and details of bank fishing access. There are signs erected in the lodge and at the boat mooring detailing the fishery rules. There has been a rudd removal programme implemented, these fish are non-native to Lickeen lake and must be removed to help realise the full potential of the waters invertebrate numbers.
The fishing on the lake has been very consistent throughout the season so far with an rod average of 2.5 fish, all of the fish caught are of the natural stock averaging nearly 10 inches, the fish are clean and healthy and all of the caught fish have been reported as being returned alive. It is great to see our anglers paying real respect to the endeavours of the lakes management and the head of natural fish, the natural development of the anglers attitude is one of conservation and makes a refreshing change from the kill all attitude of yesteryear and some present day fisheries, Thankyou.
The best methods are the wet flies fished on an intermediate or floating line with the best flies being of the black type, Connemara black, bibio, pennel etc, lots of fish have come to the dries with particular reference to the sedge family, i personally favour fishing emergers and have had success with these flies from the first day of the season, flies such as bob's bit's, shiphams and the raider have all proved productive.
I am currently surveying fish stock levels and indexes for the lake with a view to proposing a restocking policy. However this restocking must fall in line with current wild and existing stocks as our policy is to supplement the quality of fishing at Lickeen rather than destroy the bio-system that already exists.
Further details can be obtained from myself 086 883 8166 or contact can be made via my website


Andrew Coxhead

West Coast Angling
County Clare

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Ferox trout of 19 & 11 lb. for German visitors fishing out in Lough Corrib.

Lough Corrib is very quiet this week, with very few boats out. Trout are still being taken on fly, however, despite the lull, although trolling for ferox trout is slow at the moment. Some mayfly are still hatching, and if the weather remains broken fly fishing should still produce the goods.
I fished a day with angling journalist Terry Jackson for ferox with no success, and I believe we weren’t the only boat to blank. However, Patrick Molloy guided 2 German anglers, and they landed a nice trout of 11 lb. taken by Jochen Numrick, fishing out of Lakelands in Oughterard. I heard of a 19 lb. ferox taken the previous week by a Welsh angler guided by John Fahy in Cong, so perhaps Terry needs a better guide next time! A German visitor, Orthud Wentl, landed 3 fish on dap for a day, best fish 2.5 lb., while Mike Faherty and a friend had 3 trout for a day dapping, and Glen O’Connell from Shannon had a 4 lb. trout on the troll. The best return of the week in the Oughterard area was to Martin Coughlan from Offaly on the 15th, with 8 trout to wetfly, best fish 3.5 lb., and all sportingly returned.
Over on the Cornamona-Greenfields side, there were good mayfly hatches on a couple of days, with fish taken on wet and dry flies, although dry fly is proving best at the moment. There were returns for 39 trout caught by 29 anglers in 42 rod-days. Patsy Deery’s party of 4 from Cookstown, Co. Tyrone landed 15 trout over 3 days for approx.. 25 lb., all returned again. Eamonn McCarthy from Ennis had a nice trout for his day of 2.75 lb., and Sean Dixon from Ennis had 2 trout for 3.25 lb.  Phil Gradwell from Doorus fished 4 days and landed 9 fish for 15 lb., while Frank Reilly and Peter McGuinness landed 2 trout for a day for 3.25 lb. Mayfly patterns were most successful, with dry fly proving more effective than wets.

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good trout fishing on Conn and Cullin


Angling on the Loughs remained productive, with many anglers returning good numbers of small trout. Angling out of Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Thilo Theisen, Germany, enjoyed good sport with Mayflies, catching numerous small trout over three days, with one good trout retained. Charles Corbett, Co. Wicklow had 10 trout over two days, his best 1.5 lb., while Hugh McMahon, also Co. Wicklow, had 7 trout on Lough Cullin to the Octopus and Claret. Juveniles Cormac and Oisin Mc Cormack, angling with Jack Mellet of Pontoon Bridge Fishing School, had a trout each while fishing Lough Cullin. 

Murphys Boat Hire, Massbrooke reported low numbers of anglers out over the past week. However, many did enjoy productive evening fishing. Raymond Murphy, Co. Laois, had two trout for an evening, while Liam McHugh, Edenderry and Mick Sweeney, Loughrea, had four trout for an evening in the Massbrook area.

In the northern end of the lake, Dieter Claus, angling with Ian Wise had four keepers in Bog Bay, while John and Kay Mc Bride, Crossmolina and Co. Dublin had 10 small trout, four keepers and lost one fine trout of approximately 4 lb. at the net.

The Annual Aidan Connor Cup competition was hosted by Crossmolina Angling Club, out of Gortnorabbey on Sunday 19th. Seventeen anglers participated, with four trout weighed in. Winner of first place was Orla Walsh, Cloghans, with two trout for 0.856 kg, second went to Pat McNulty, Crossmolina, with one for 0.490 kg and third was Michael Monaghan, Knockmore, with one fish for 0.420 kg.

River Moy

Juvenile angler Laimones Martinkus, Foxford, had great success recently on the River Moy upstream of Foxford Town. Fishing a spinner, Laimones hooked and landed a beautiful 4.5 lb. trout.

Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Lough Arrow trout

The Sedge and Murrough are still producing good catches for those who are fishing the late evenings on Lough Arrow. Michael Gunning boated a fine 5 lb. trout while fishing the Murrough, while Sedges proved productive for David Gray. Fishing the late evening Sedge hatch, David had 8 trout, with the best weighing an impressive 5.5 lb.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Some great sport reported from Ballin Lough

The fishery continued to produce good catches, with 18 rods accounting for 89 trout. Joe and Ronan Creane, Co. Galway had 17 trout, releasing 13 with their best fish 4 lbs. Mattie Foley and boat partner, Co. Roscommon, had 34 trout, with their best 2 lbs., while Pat Moran boated six trout, best fish 2lbs. The most successful flies were the Green Peter, various Sedges, Thunder and Lightning, Dabblers and the Peter Ross.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Good Trout fishing reported from Loughs Bilberry and Lannagh.

Bilberry and Lannagh Angling Club hosted their Juvenile Angling competition on Sunday 19th June, followed be an evening barbecue on the shores of the Lough. The under 10 section was won by Kyle McManaman, who had five trout for 9.8 lb., while second was won by Jack Carney who had one trout for 1.92 lb. The under 18 section was won by Michael Hewer, Islandeady, with six trout for 8.0 lb., second went to Amy Gibbons, Islandeady, with two trout for 3.79lbs and in third was Aoife Grey, Castlebar, with two trout for 2.89 lb.. The heaviest fish of the day was caught by George Bucks, with his trout of 2.2lbs. 
Lindsey Clarke

For info/bookings etc on the Drowes Fishery & Lough Melvin see the website: 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

Beautiful weather helped our local anglers to make a few catches.  Shaun O’Doherty (Letterkenny) released four trout while John Hasson (Dungiven) released six great trout which fell to f-flies and dries.  The Happy Anglers Club (Limavady) had a great time bagging at least six trout in total with many getting away.  Margaret Guy won their competition by an eighth of an ounce.  Draperstown anglers Damien Donnelly and Nigel O’Donnell bagged three trout for home which weighed 6 lb 14 ozs.  They fell to daddies and montanas.  Martin McClenaghan (Limavady) used dries to make his half a dozen catches with trout ranging from 1.5 lb to 3 lb.

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

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Coarse Angling Update

Rahans lake fishing very well for tench

Rahan's Lake in Carrickmacross has been fishing well for small to medium sized tench in recent days. Most of the fish landed were under 5lbs. Dick Caplice reports that many anglers from the Carrickmacross and Castleblaney areas  fished the Stenna competition so were not fishing locally. Fishing is reported as good in the Carrickmacross and Castleblaney areas but no further details is currently available.

Coarse fishing has been very difficult of late in some areas. A DAI group on the Royal Canal at Enfield struggled but still managed to get some rudd and perch to the net. Over the weekend the Dublin match anglers also struggled during their competition on the canal at Leixlip over the weekend. The winner of the event had three pounds of mixed fish.

Details of the  Irish Angling Development Alliance (IADA) Irish Senior Open and Garda All Ireland Open and Confined match have just been announced for Lough Muckno. These two events will take place on 16th and 17th July and will present anglers with the last opportunity to participate in the old Lough Muckno that we all knew and got so much pleasure from in advance of the major angling access and development project that is schedule to commence shortly. A nostalgic end to a great era of fishing in Ireland.

In the interest of preventing the spread of invasive species through the development of best bio-security practice the organisers require that all nets, footwear, stink-bags or luggage containing nets must be dipped.

David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office

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IADA Senior Irish Open

Irish Angling Development Alliance (IADA) in conjunction with Lough Muckno Coarse Angling Club extend a warm invitation to all anglers at home and abroad to enter their annual Irish open match at Lough Muckno on Sunday 17th July 2011. Registration take place at 8.30am and the draw will be held at 9am. The entry fee of 30euro covers pools and pegging. Fishing will take place from 11.00am until 16.00. Registration, draw and prize-giving will take place at the Old Coach Inn, York street, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan. For further details please contact the following

Richard on 00353 872405317
Peter on  00353 879014186
Cathal on 00353 87647361
Geoff on 0798084018

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Garda All Ireland Open and Confined Match

The Garda Coarse Angling Club in conjunction with Irish Angling Development Alliance (IADA) extend a warm invitation to all anglers at home and abroad to enter their annual All Ireland Match at Lough Muckno on Saturday 16th July 2011. Registration take place at 8.30am and the draw will be held at 9am. The entry fee of 30euro covers pools and pegging. Fishing will take place from 11.00am until 16.00. Registration, draw and prize-giving will take place at the Old Coach Inn, York street, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan.
For further details please contact the following

Donnacha Maguire GCAC on 0879089986
Richard Caplice GCAC      on  087240531

E Mail

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Carlow Junior anglers selected for Provincial teams.

Members and committee alike of the Carlow Coarse Angling Club have been getting great fishing in and around Carlow town over the past few weeks. Several junior members have qualified for Provincial teams and may fish in Wales as part of the Junior Irish squad in the Celtic Cup. Junior members who qualified were Thomas Quinlan from Bagnelstown who qualified for the Munster team and Darragh Magnier also qualified for the Munster team, Lewis Parr from Graiguecullen, Carlow was also selected for the Leinster panel. Well done to the junior members who get to represent their Carlow club, Provinces and indeed the country best of luck to them all. I know it is old news now but the Carlow Coarse Angling Club would also like to congratulate Lewis Parr for his under 18's win at the N.C.F.F.I. ran junior canals championships and Emma mcstraw for coming second in her novices section and Kelsey Warburton for placing fourth in the Novices, indeed all who helped to make the day a complete success.

Other reports of angling in the area are good with extremely good bags of Roach/Bream hybrids being reported both on the high bank as it is known locally and the Graveyard stretch below at Montgomery street which is also producing Rudd at the 2Lb mark. Angling Council of Ireland trained coach and Carlow CAC officer Tadas Mulevicius has produced very good bags of hybrids whilst fishing and coaching both junior members and seniors.

The club held a small match last Sunday in the Leighlinbridge area on the river Barrow with mainly Dace showing on the day however this didn't stop carlow regular Duncan Collins putting together a bag of 13Lb with Neville Martin in second place with 10Lb and Miroslav third place with 6Lb, the rest of the anglers present all averaged in and around 4 to 5Lb of very small Dace. Ten adults and four children turned out yesterday for a days fishing on the graveyard stretch and all had results with a wide variety of fish being caught which included Dace, Roach, Rodd, Perch, Trout, Bream and Roach/Bream Hybrids. Passers by remarked how great it was that the local amenity was being utilised and how good it was to see so many people fishing and enjoying a day out on the river Barrow.

The Carlow Coarse Angling Club will be hosting the Waterways Ireland sponsored King of the Barrow festival on the 31st July will will as always attract significant numbers of anglers and spectators along the Barrow track up along the Graveyard stretch as far as the site of the old sugar factory. If you would like to book a place in the King of the Barrow please do not hesitate to contact Gerry mcstraw on 085 2844566 or by e-mail on  or alternatively call into St. Fiacc's Tce. Graiguecullen, Carlow. If you require any information as regards pleasure angling on the river Barrow you can also contact Gerry who has an extensive list of contacts who are always present all over the river and would be able to accommodate your angling needs for any particular species of fish.

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Inniscarra Lake produces over 1000Lbs of hybrids and Roach

We had three visiting anglers over here recently in Ireland and it seems they had quite the week down in Cork ,Malc Elstone, Stuart Fackrell and Damian Stevenson sailed in to Cork harbour for a week after a few days an only 40lb each to show for it they were pleasantly surprised when they pegged in early the next morning.

I was first to cast my line in the middle swim after me and Wilson decided to swap swims from the previous days because of his constant cheating!

3 red maggots and a swim feeder of secret groundbait was cast 3 times in 5 minutes and then bang! I managed to hit into a 3lb hybrid. Wilson cast in 5 minutes later and hit into a hybrid almost instantly. By the time Damien had cast in I had netted about 20lb. We had a feeling it was going to be a good day. By 9am we must have had over 100lb between us and there was no let up. Cast after cast we would have bites. The feeder didnt have time to hit the bottom and the sidewinder would be pinned to the rod. More times than we could count we would have a triple play on the go. Hybrid after hybrid up to 6lb would be slid into our keepnets, they just kept coming and coming.

For the full story and photos visit
David Warrington

More Inniscarra reports

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we averaged between 40lb and 70lb bags of big hybrids and skimmers.  But Thursday and Friday were brilliant and the three of us shared over a 1000lb of massive hybrids - and what stunning fish they were.

Thanks for organising our trip the whole place was brilliant and a special mention to our host Breda at Fountain House B&B who was absolutely fantastic and couldn’t do enough for us.  Stuart Frackwell, Damian Stephenson and Malcolm Elstone from Bristol.
Dave Houghton
0151 324 4744
00353 71 9642743

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Coarse Fishing catches to 90lb around Longford

Fishing has been very good in and around the Longford area with catch weights to 90lb, Bream, Hybrids, and good Roach have all featured. Some bad weather has hampered  the fishing but never the less some good weights have been produced, prebaited swims and some early starts have produced the best results. Ground bait feeder and the slider with various cocktails as hook bait have seemed to have been the best approach for most anglers, with more unsettled weather forecast we will wait and see what happens.

Herke from Holland

Peter from Holland

Peter and Henek who we also reported on in last weeks report were still managing some great fishing despite some very rough weather conditions, the second part of there holiday they decided to fish on some places known for good Hybrids, Roach and Rudd. They did not disappoint anyone when they had some excellent catches using both the feeder and slider tactics at 50 yards, Kevin said these guys were very experienced and handled the weather conditions really well and knew when it was time for a different approach.

Paul from Hertfordshire

Ryan from Hertfordshire

Paul and son Ryan were on there first visit to Ireland fishing and stayed with Kevin and Jane of Melview Lodge in Longford, the both of them only started fishing in September 2010 after meeting up with regular angler Andy Stone who decided to coach and advise them after they showed interest in taking up the sport. Kevin said when they told me they have only been fishing since September last year I thought they would find it hard going despite having Andy along side them, how wrong was I. The weather was not always kind to them but they both just got on with the task in hand and Ryan who is only 9 years old and his father Paul had some cracking fish and I'm sure if they keep going the way they are both of them will be a good anglers. Next week we will see how they done on the second part of there holiday along side Andy Stone.
Kevin Lyons, 
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email: Web: 

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Shannon deserted at Portumna but quality roach and hybrids at Meelick

Few anglers have ventured out this week with the Shannon almost deserted. The odd anglers I have encountered have had good quality roach and Hybrids from Meelick Quay, The Salmon Run and Portumna Bridge. Boat anglers have mixed catches of pike with one pike of 35lb plus reported. Should have more detailed reports as the holiday starts over the next few weeks
Mike Murray
Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596

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Good tench fishing near Killeshandra, bream at Glasshouse


Local angler Paddy Murphy from Killeshandra had a good days fishing at Tirliffin with 11 tench to 6lb and a bream of 4 1/2 lb, swim was prebaited with white crumb and flaked maize laced with sweetcorn and red maggot, the fish were caught on a variety of baits;- corn, worm, and red maggot, fished on a swimfeeder at approx 30-40 yards. However, this catch wasn't as good as his previous visit when he caught 31 tench to 6lb. 
Derek Whittaker
Spinners Tackle Shop
Main Street, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan.
Tel: (049) 436 3877

Arva Senior Classic

The annual Arva Senior Classic was held recently and 74 anglers took part.  The following is a list of the winners:-
1st.        Brian Clay         52 580kg
2nd.       Kevin Johnston  49 500kg
3rd.        Pete Jones        45 870kg
4th.        S Duckworth      42 450kg
5th.        Phil Jackson      41 550kg
6th.        Mike Beasley    38 390kg

The Arva Open was held last week and the results are as follows:-
1st.        Neil Mallinson    54 650kg
2nd.       Richard Pratt     47 540kg
3rd.        Lee Simmons    44 170kg
4th.        Bob Nudd          41 480kg
5th.        Roy Toulson      41 350kg
6th.        Paul Dandy       41 070kg

Killykeen and Gulladoo have been giving good bags of Bream in recent days.  One angler R Mueller bagged 55lb of fish on Gulladoo with plenty of good Bream 4/5lb being caught late in the evening. 
The match stretch at Glasshouse is producing good bags of Bream weighing up to 60lb. 
Some English anglers who fished Cons Rock at Portaliffe Lake report good bags of Roach up to 3lb.  Others who fished the Derries caught 60lb mixed bags with plenty of Roach.
Paddy Murphy and Dereck from Spinners Killeshandra fished the Tirliffin lake area and bagged some nice Tench up to 6lb.  Some good Tench were also caught on Inishmuck.

Bairds Shore, Bream rock, Drumlona and Sillan are all giving good bags of fish including Bream, Roach and Tench
Alice Murtagh
IFI – Ballyshannon
Corlesmore Office, Co. Cavan.                       
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Pike Angling Update

East coast pike report

Pat Mc Loughlin reports that Joost Spijker and friend Bodwin fished for pike during the last week despite the bad weather and gale force winds they ha d a nice pie to 9lbs. lots of other fish were missed and all fish were just lip hooked. Water at the venue was very coloured.

Angling guide Peadar O'Brien ventured out on Tuesday 21st June with two fishing buddies. Conditions did not look too promising as the rain bucketed down and the summer temperatures hit a high of 12 degrees. A small window of better weather allowed the boat to be launched at a small lake in the Cavan/Monaghan area. Small fry littered a shallow bay and on the first cast Donal was into a fish. When the fish was chinned and boated it tipped the scales at 20lbs. The very next cast produced an even better fish for Donal, a 20lb+ fish in beautiful condition. A number of smaller fish were also caught but the fishing was more difficult after the terrific start. Donal's two 20s were taken on a small lure fished in very shallow water.

If you fancy a days pike fishing with Peadar, he can be contacted at or 087 9265867

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Good pike from mid Shannon



Fished the river Shannon on Sunday the 18th,we managed to get a good number of perch and very big Roach and Hybrids and also two very good Pike on dead baits. the first picture is a 15lb 6oz pike caught by Willy O'Brien and the second is a pike of 18lb 2oz caught by Martin Byrne.
Stephen Gibbons
by email

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Good pike fishing in Boyle area


Professional angling guide Bodo Funke (Angling Services Ireland)reports:
The weather here is still pretty unsettled and not so much like summer at all, although this means that water temperatures in many lakes is still only around 15 degrees C and some good pike fishing is still to be had!
An evenings fly fishing for pike from float tubes with fellow Boyle angler and fly-fishing enthusiast Paul Wynne yielded some nice pike to low double figures with Paul getting the biggest of ~13lbs. thus providing spectacular sport.
This weekend gone we were guiding repeat client Graham Leonard and his friend Ray. The two Kildare anglers caught a number of fish to ~8.5lbs. and Guide Bodo Funke even sneaked out a good double as well. A lot of fish hit the trolled lures on the day, with a lot of those somehow avoiding actually coming aboard, we still ended up with 8 pike for the day.

For Guided pike fishing trips with Bodo contact him on +353 (0)866011878, e-mail: or check:

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Sea Angling Update

East coast sea angling -bass and smoothies

In the North East, Colm Lynch from East Coast Angling reports that he has had good success since the bass season reopened with several bass on the beaches around the north east. Colm achieved his success using live rag and also had great sport on rapture-pro lures and shallow divers. Some flatfish and smoothies have also been taken on the north east beaches.

Photo: Colm Lynch from East Coast Angling with a nice Bass from the North East

Josie Mahon reports that the last week saw very mixed weather conditions with winds changing almost daily, from west to south west and southerly and very cold temperatures below the seasonal average. Despite the challenges of the inclement weather some smooth-hounds have started to appear on the east coast beaches. In north County Dublin, a well known Dublin sea angler had 18 smoothies up to 5lbs in weight from the beach at Portmarnock. Results were achieved using fresh crab on a size 2/0 hook with long snoods and grip leads.

Photo: John Baker with a smoothie from the north east

Reporting from North Wexford, Joe Byrne from Courtown Angling Centre reports some excellent fishing in the Courtown area. The excellent catches of tope recorded over the last few weeks have continued in recent days with both local charter boats the 'Brazen Hussey' and the 'Puffin' recording approximately 10 tope per outing. The best fish landed recently weighed circa 30lbs. All fish have been taken on mackerel flappers. On the shore at north Courtown beach ray have been recorded in good numbers over the last week. One double figured ray was recorded by an angler from Waterford at Courtown during the last week. Although the bass fishing season opened on the 16th June, not many bass have been recorded from the north Wexford beaches. The combination of low pressure and very low temperatures have not helped the fishing. The best bass recorded recently in the area was 51cms. There are lots of smooth-hounds and pups on all the north Wexford beaches at the moment and rag and crab are producing great results.

Shannon estuary and Clare coast charter fishing report

I had been away for a week’s holiday with my family and got back to Ireland last Thursday. So a day to get the boat ready and then back out fishing last Friday.

Friday morning was ok with a moderate sw wind but with a mixed sea still there from a blow the day before. I got fishing at loop head with the group and we gathered together enough Mackerel for bait. We then moved off just a mile or 2 and had some steady fishing for a while. After this with the winds again picking up a bit we moved back into the estuary. With the tide filling I decided to have a go in some shelter on the south side of the estuary above Beal point. This was a mark that has produced some good fishing on previous occasions including Ray and Tope. However on this occasion we had no luck and moved to Collage Bay for a try. This did produce a handy Conger and a couple of small Whiting and gurnard. However all in all the estuary fishing was slow. I will however be hoping to try the Tope in earnest over the next week.

On Saturday we were very limited by a strong NW wind so I fished a short day in the shelter off Horse Island. This did produce some steady Pollack fishing with a few up to 7lbs and even a nice Cod. However one remarkable thing was the total lack of any Mackerel!

Over the next 2 days the weather was a lot more favourable and we had some lovely mixed fishing west of Loop head. There was lots of species to the boat and one lad even had a triple shot of Red Gurnard. North of the Headland the fishing was if any thing more productive but with the catch consisting of almost all Pollack.
Luke Aston
Clare Dragoon, LOCHIN 366, 650HP.
Carrigaholt Co. Clare  
Telephone: +353 65 9058209 or +353 87 6367544
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Good charter fishing in Galway Bay and Cleggan


Charter skipper Kevin MacGabhann, owner of the Maighdean Mara in Spiddal, reports that his clients are enjoying good fishing in Galway Bay at the moment. They are landing plenty of cod, many between 4-6lbs, as well as pollack, some nice ling, and spurdog. Mixed species fishing is just starting to pick up, and if weather permits he will be targeting tope as well over the next couple of weeks. His colleague Max Couque, skipper of the Leaca Rua, has been enjoying good ray fishing, as well as spurdog to 14lbs. To book fishing with Kevin, contact him on 086 8547890, or check , or contact Max on 086 3234638.


Meanwhile in Cleggan, skipper of the Bluewater, John Brittain, reports that weather has made fishing difficult, and they are forced to fish in the shelter of the islands most days, but at least they can still get out. They have had some very good pollack fishing, as well as cod and ling, and if the weather picks up they should see a big improvement in catches when they can get further offshore.

To book fishing or accommodation, contact John or Sue Brittain at 095 21073, or check They also have a facebook page where regular fishing updates and photos are available, just log on to facebook and search for Bluewater Charter Fishing.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .


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Connacht Open Shore Gold Medal competition

The Connacht Open Shore Gold Medal competition was fished on Whitestrand beach, Louisburgh on Saturday last, in near perfect weather conditions, with a good surf and plenty of fish about. The competition was also the third leg of the West Coast Shore League.
The overall winner was Chris Feeney from Galway Bay SAC, with 9 fish for 245 points. This was Chris’s second year in a row to win the Connacht Open Gold, a great achievement. Chris was pegged in Zone A, which generally fished better. Yanto Jones (GBSAC) was the zone winner for  Zone A, with 8 fish for 202 points, followed by Mike Curtin (Lisdoonvarna/Fanore) with 9 fish for 158 points, and Mike Varley (Belmullet) with 5 fish for 85 points.
Zone B was won by Kevin Crowley (GBSAC) with 12 fish for 185 points, followed by Sean Ivory (Western Vikings) on 7 fish for 147 points, and Pete Atkins (GBSAC) with 8 fish for 129 points. The junior prize was won by Kaylem Feeney, brother of Chris, with a great score of 14 fish for 311 points, followed by Paul Joyce, with 15 fish for 230 points. The senior anglers were very glad not to be competing with the juniors, going on those scores! The future of shore angling looks bright in Connacht with great young talent like this emerging.
The West Coast Shore League is now led by Sean Ivory, with 294 points after 3 legs (anglers score 100 points for a zone win, 98 for 2nd, 96 for 3rd, etc.). Lying in second place is Pete Atkins on 288, followed by Mike Curtin on 286, Kevin Crowley on 284 and Yanto Jones on 282. With 5 more legs to fish, competition is sure to be intense over the next few months.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

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