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Irish Angling Update

03 March 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon Angling Update

River Blackwater

Blackwater Lodge

Photo: Tony caught this 6.6lb. fish on Flying C on the Island Stream on Lower Kilmurry

February 26: Second springer of the season just caught! A sea-liced fish of 6-7lb. taken on spinner on the Island Stream on Lower Kilmurry. Picture and accurate weight to follow when the fish is brought back to the Lodge.

February 28: 9.7lb on spinner from the upper river at Castletownroche. Several fish reported from above Mallow over the weekend.

Very promising for the weekend if it stays like this.
Ian & Glenda Powell
Address: 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: Website:

Fort William Estate Fishery

01/03/11 Water levels are coming into cracking order once again as the weather is settled for a week or more. Still a little bit on the high side for the fly but worth a run and ideal conditions for spinning.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
Email: Web:

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Killarney Lakes and Lough Leane, River Flesk and River Laune

27 Feb: 3 salmon caught on the lake by local anglers, with the biggest fish weighing 9lbs. No catches reported from the rivers Flesk or Laune.

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Another salmon from Currane

Photo: Noel Clancy got this salmon on the troll with his Gillie Mr. Sian Brain

26/02 There was a fine fresh 6 to 7lbs Salmon caught on the troll by Mr. Noel Clancy of Dublin, Noel was fishing with his Gillie Mr. Sian Brain. Wind NW light with showers throughout the day.

27/02 - 02/03 Generally quiet with just a few kelts caught on Monday by anglers trolling the lake. Conditions are reasonable.

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: Web:

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River Feale opening day report

salmon feale
Photo: John Henessy and Robert Downey from Listowel enjoying the opening day on the Feale.

The River Feale opened to salmon angling on March 1st and about 40 anglers turned out to mark the occassion and wet a line. A lot of spent fish were caught and carefully, returned alive, but no springer was landed.

Conditions on the river are low water and clear.

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16lb 9oz spring salmon from Delphi

Photo: Werner Zirngibl caught this lovely 16lbs 9ozs salmon on a Collie Dog.

28/02 Fishery manager David McEvoy reports from Delphi on a good end to February: for this afternoon as conditions are ideal.

A regular party of our German anglers arrived on the 25th and as often is the case, fishing changed for the better. The weather settled which brought water levels to a more reasonable level for fishing.

On Saturday young Max Dittrich landed his first ever salmon, a fresh run ranched fish of 9lbs 14oz on Finlough. The fish was taken on a Collie Dog. Not to be outdone by his son, Marcel his father landed and returned a sea-liced wild fish of 9lbs from the Rock Pool. This fish took a Willie Gunn.

Then this morning Yvonne Zirngibl lost a fish in the Rock Pool which her husband Werner fished 20 minutes later. He then hooked and Yvonne netted after a battle a sea-liced ranched fish of 16lbs 9ozs on a Collie Dog! The water level at the time was perfect at 45. This is the heaviest ever February fish and the joint fourth heaviest in the last 26 years at Delphi.

The fish was only 85cms which according to the conversion table should only weigh 14lbs13ozs. It is without doubt one of the best made fish I have seen here.
Michael Wade
Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296

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Fresh run of salmon on the Drowes

salmon retuen
Photo: On Friday Brian McEvoy caught 2 salmon weighing around 9lb one of which he returned.

28 Feb: At the start of the week (21/02)the gauge was reading 0.7 but the river fell steadily over the week and is now running reading 6 on the gauge at the Four Masters Bridge. This is a very nice level and will suit fly the fly anglers.

There was a run of spring salmon that came into the river and despite no great angling attendance, there were a number of fresh salmon caught over the week.

Photo: Chris McLoughlin accounted for a 12lb salmon caught from the tail of The Blackwater

On Monday, Paul McCausland recorded a 9½lb salmon caught on worm from the Mill Pool. On Tuesday, Chris McLoughlin accounted for a 12lb salmon caught from the tail of The Blackwater. On Friday, regular rod Brian McEvoy had a good day recording 2 salmon caught both weighing around 9lb with one of these returned again. The fish were caught from the Island Pool and Tinkers hole on a spinner. Terry Hennehy accounted for an 8½lb salmon caught on a fly from Lennox’s Bridge. There were also a few other fresh fish hooked but lost again.

The forecast for the week is for fairly settled weather with only small amounts of rainfall although light frosts are forecast on some evenings. This should all mean that the river maintains good water levels and prospects look very good for the coming week.
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.

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Lough Melvin quiet with only 1 salmon landed

28 Feb: Lough Melvin remained fairly quiet over the week with only a limited number of boats venturing out. We have only heard of 1 fresh salmon caught over the week and a further salmon hooked and lost. On Friday, Rodney Benson from Letterbreen landed a 7½lb salmon hooked just off Garrison. Salmon angling should, theoretically, pick up next week given the increased run of salmon as witnessed from catches on the Drowes. Prospects look good.

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Paddy Harkin catches and releases two springers on the Finn

Anglers are advised that the Rivers Finn and Foyle remain strictly catch and release only for Salmon and Trout using single barbless hooks only.

02 March The Rivers Foyle and Finn opened on March 01. On the River Finn, local angler Paddy Harkin got his fly fishing season off to a great start this morning, catching and releasing 2 sealiced spring salmon below the Ivy Bridge beat.

Although water levels continue to fall, anglers should take care as water temperatures remain low and you are advised to wear a buoyancy aid / lifejacket when fishing and take extra care as many streams / pools may have changed during the winter floods.

Information on catch and release available on our website or a hard copy can be sent by post on request.

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Trout Angling Update

Curragh Springs Trout Fishery

rainbow trout
Photo: Paul O Toole, age 6, landed this fine Curragh Springs Rainbow on a buzzer with indicator.

Curragh Springs has been fishing very well over the last week, with many fish being caught on various small dry flies. 6 yr. old Paul O Toole great grandson of the legendary Paddy O Toole landed this fine Curragh Springs Rainbow on a buzzer with indicator. Paul's total for the day was six fish. Paddy himself was here on Thursday and landed five fish with his best of the day weighing in at 5 lbs. Paul has yet to fish with his great grandad we look forward to that day. The beautiful weather has brought some great evening rises and some very good fly life on the lake good to see it again, bring on the long evenings.

If you fancy a day out at Curragh Springs fishery, Shaun Hegarty can be contacted at 087-2462028 .

Annamoe Fishery competitions and coming events

Start Time: 10.30 until 2.30

Prizes: 1st, 2nd  & 3rd  inn each event including a prize for the largest & smallest fish (excluding the winners).

After the 4 events there will be 2 prizes of tickets for fishing for 2 persons for Sea Trout on the Clohamon Beat, Bunclody  on the River Slaney ( use between 15th June &15th July 2011).

Winners will be decided by accumulative catch over 3 events.In the event of a tie the largest fish will count.

Entry Fee €20 per event

Entries to Brian Nally Mob. 086/2598563

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Ballyhass open day

An action-packed information day for anglers is being held at Ballyhass Lakes Holiday Village and is open to all those interested in angling.

Top Irish anglers will be at Ballyhass for a series of lectures, demonstrations and one-to-one guidance and assistance.  All anglers are welcome and can attend all of the demonstration and get tuition from any of the instructors.  The entry fee is only Euro 10 per person (children under 8 free). Times 09.00 - 18.00. No reservation required.

In addition to attending all demonstrations, attendees will be invited to fish for the day on a catch and release basis on both lakes at Ballyhass.
Ballyhass Lakes
Cecilstown, Mallow Co. Cork
Tel: 022 27773
E-mail: web:

Trout fishing opens on the River Brosna

Photo: Noel Wright with his first river trout of the season.

Mr Noel Wright from Roscrea caught a lovely 1.5 lb trout on the Little  Brosna on Tuesday morning – 1st day of angling up there.  Noel was fishing the worm in likely run when he hooked his fish.  It was a bright, warm sunny day and it was encouraging to meet a lot of younger anglers who were out having a go.

Mask fishing reasonably well to wets

Mask fished reasonably well over the past week to wet flies (mainly shrimp patterns). Tim Hannon, Ballinrobe, fished out of Cushlough on Wednesday last and landed 3 trout for his efforts (best 1.75lbs). Tim fished again on Saturday with local angler Sean Maloney and they landed 5 trout (best 2lbs). Kevin Beattie, Ballinrobe and boat partner Declan McAllorum from Dublin fished on 2 occasions last week and had 4 fish to wet flies (best 1.5lbs). Paul Loscher and Greg O’Donoghue from Ballinrobe fished on Friday last and had 2 trout (best 1.5lbs). Most of the fish reported during the week were caught in very shallow water and were feeding heavily on shrimp and hog louse.

Shore anglers in Tourmakeady struggled this week due to the dry spell and drop in water levels. Trout that were in gorging on worms over the flooded grassy plains along the western fringe of Mask seemed to have moved out and found sanctuary in deeper water.

Trolling proves sucessful on Corrib

Photo: Liam Butler with one of 10 trout landed on Sunday.

While fly anglers were having sport on Mask, trolling proved more successful on Corrib, but I have only 2 reports. Young Liam Butler from Glann, Oughterard, fished with Gerry Molloy on Sunday, and they landed 10 trout to the boat, including 5 undersized fish, and 3 more over the limit that were released.

Donal Connolly from Nonaim Lodge also reported on a cracking trout last week for 16 year old John Kavanagh, from Glann, who took advantage of the school mid-term break to spend some time fishing and bagged himself a fine 14lbs trout, despite wild and windy conditions.

With the improvement in weather conditions I expect to see a few more boats on the lake this weekend, and hopefully report on more fish next week.

Trout to 8lb from Lough Melvin

28 Feb: Lough Melvin remained fairly quiet over the week with only a limited number of boats venturing out. There were however, some good trout caught this week. Near the start of the week, John Flanagan landed and released an 8lb trout. On Friday, Darren Maguire caught and released a 6lb trout from the Garrison Shore. On Sunday, Niall Sweeney caught and released a 4lb trout from Bilberry Island.

Cold weekend at Cashel Trout Fishery

The temperature has risen slightly and conditions are becoming ideal giving anglers brilliant day’s fishing.  Newcomers, Paul Grieve and Craig Smyth (Drumahoe and Waterside) had a brilliant first time at Cashel banking two each with Craig taking two home which weighed almost 4lb  Little three year old Paddy McGowan (Limavady) was accompanied by his father Carvell and Uncle Charles landing him a trout which took a bloodworm.  Maghera’s Bernard Mellon did remarkably well releasing twenty klinkers which fell to assorted buzzers.  Derry’s Billy Hazlett banked twenty-eight trout over two days with skinny buzzers of various colours doing the business for him.  John Hasson, Mark Boyce, Brian O’Kane, Adrian Mc Laughlin and Martin Bradley (All Dungiven) did very well banking at least twenty-two trout between them with Martin getting the majority using orange and black buzzers.  Paul Ford (Derry) released two trout which also took buzzers while Pearse Mc Gill (Lavey) released a lucky thirteen which took wee sedges and buzzers.

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

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Coarse Angling Update

Carlow Coarse Angling Club day out

Carlow CAC
Photo: Carlow CAC out for the day

The Carlow Coarse Angling Club held a day out for it's members on the Maganey stretch of the river Barrow on Sunday. The day was neither classed as a knock up or a match all attending were able to pick their own peg and fish at their leisure. There was a good turn out on the day with members from N.Ireland, England, Ireland, Slovakia and Lithuania.

The Carlow club are widely becoming known for their activities on and along the Barrow so much so that a member of the public (John) approached Gerry McStraw the chairman of the club and donated €50.00 to the club for their outstanding work on the Barrow in reference to the river patrols, junior development and a current project for disabled anglers which is currently on-going.

Photo: Noel Jenkins, Carlow CAC, had a great catch of fish - his best yet.

The club have been asked to parade in this years St.Patrick's Day parade in Carlow town, meeting at St. Fiacc's Tce. Graiguecullen, Carlow @ 10.00am then proceeding to the main parade at 11:30am. The main parade will take place at 2:00pm from Pennys car park in Carlow town. The Leinster Coarse Fishing Federation will be in attendance along with representatives from the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland the N.C.F.F.I.

Miro bags almost 70lb

The day out was a huge success with all present having a good time despite the strong north wind which did hamper the fishing. However on a different note Miroslav the up and coming carlow member did the day before manage to catch probably the largest recorded bag of fish this year on the Barrow weighing in an astounding 69 lb 15oz, the video can be found on the Carlow cac facebook page along with other pics and videos. The Carlow club are open for members and if you have any enquiries as regards the Carlow club please do not hesitate to contact Gerry.
Gerry McStraw
Tel: 085 2844566
or visit
St. Fiacc's Tce.

Portobello Angling Club enjoy carping at Gaulmoylestown Lake

27/02 A bright and breezy start to the Spring League took 15 members to the ever-popular Gaulmoylestown. Despite heavy rain and hail showers and a temperature of just 4C, plenty of small carp made up most of the weights.

Eoin Schweppe pole fished pellet at between 5 and 6 metres for a 13.920kg  net of 6-10 oz carp while Peter Fox took advantage of his end peg by pole fishing at 8-10m to put 5 solid common carp between 2-3 lb and a bundle of smaller fish for second place. Martin Kantor signalled his intent to add the Spring League to his recent Winter League win with a 11.840 kg beg.
Potobello Angling Club

Tony Price wins match 9 Erne Anglers Float Only League

Match 9 of the Erne Anglers Float Only League was again fished on No1 & No3 Locks on the Woodford River system at Ballyconnell. Despite a cold north wind blowing all anglers again caught plenty of fish on long and short Pole tactics.

Individual winner was Tony Price (Cootehill) with 4.980Kgs from the Canal Peg 4 at No1 Lock, Tony caught mainly Roach. Runner up was Lyndon Read (Lisnaskea) with 4.920Kgs at the next peg to Tony, Nicky Harrison (Arva) 4.600Kgs, was third winning his section at No3 Lock.

David Burleigh (Kinawley) won the section in the Harbour at No1 Lock with 4.370Kgs (catching 95 fish), this section win keeps David top of the league with one match to go.

Gavin Brown (Kesh) won his section at No3 Lock with 4.030Kgs on peg 17 and John Potters (Lisbellaw) again won the low numbers At No3 Lock with 2.980Kgs.

The final match in the league takes place next week with the top 18 anglers then fishing a final with £1,500 prize money at the end of March.

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Pike Angling Update

Only jacks from Corofin but bigger fish possible

I have fished the Corrofin lakes with a fly and took only jacks and a client of mine who was jerkbaiting also took a couple of jacks, no reports of the monsters that reside here.
Andrew Coxhead
West Coast Angling
Toormore, Kilfenora, Co. Clare, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 (0)86 8838166.

Upper Shannon pike: terrific sport

pike anglers
Photo: And you’d be look happy too with a 26-12-0 pike, four over 20lb and a load of “doubles” while on holiday in Ireland.

Irish pike angling fans (L to R) Kevin Shore, Richard Lee, Phil Lewis, Paul Stevenson and Terry Knight, spent last week tackling the upper stretches of the River Shannon and local lakes and enjoyed terrific sport while fishing from their own boats.

Herring proved to be the most effective bait and Wirral farmer Kevin Shore (top left) had the 26 pounder, closely followed by Paul Stevenson with a cracking 25-8-0 specimen.

Terry Knight’s best was 21-12-0, Phil Lewis followed with a 21-8-0 and Angling Times Editor Richard Lee mustered a 19-14-0 fish with several doubles and a surprise 10lb ferox trout.

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Lough Ree - Pike Angling World Cup in Ireland

Photo: The Pike Angling World Cup is coming to Ireland in April.

It is a new tag for the Lough Ree International Pike Festival taking place over three days at Athlone on April 13-14-15 and the tournament is open to all anglers.

The festival itself will not change and the angler with the biggest pike is guaranteed €3,000 and all of the entry fees will be returned in prize money with daily and overall prizes.

The “World Cup” goes to the boat with the longest total length of pike over all three days by counting one fish each day.  There will be a trophy for each angler in the boat and they will win back their entry fees too.

“This adds a new dimension to the festival and should be great fun”, said Damien Brennan Client Service Manager, Fáilte Ireland.

“Catching the biggest fish and winning €3,000 is serious angling but the Pike Angling World Cup will extend the competition and the banter between different boats will create some real craic as they try to win.

“Our pike angling boat festival is open to all anglers and already we have entries from seven different countries – and there is no reason why you and your friends shouldn’t become the 2011World Cup champions!”

With a maximum entry of 100 boats and 200 anglers the total prize money paid out will amount to fantastic €28,000.
Dave Houghton
Active Irish Angling
Tel: (from UK) 0151 324 4744
or (in Ireland) 071 9642743 (other countries) 0044 151 324 4744.
Download: Information Sheet [.pdf, 296 KB]

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Sligo pike to 21lb 2oz on jerk baits

Photo: Brian Rush with his fine pike of just over 21lbs.

Boyle based angling guide Bodo Funke, reported good pike angling in the Sligo Fishery District recently. Fishing with his regular boat partners Brian and Michael Rush they boated some cracking pike over the weekend. It was Brian that caught the two best fish of the session, weighing 21lbs 2oz and 17lbs7oz respectively. All fish were caught on jerk baits.
Bodo Funke,
Angling Services Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)86 6011878.

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Pike to 20lb from Foxford lakes

Photo: Matt Dean, Enniskillen and his 20lbs pike.

On Sunday 27th February Matt Dean and Connor Mac Gorman, Enniskillen, travelled to Foxford to fish with guide Kenny Sloan on the local lakes. Despite cold temperatures and a northerly wind pike were in a taking mood. Matt caught the best fish of the day at almost 20lbs, while Connor had one of 16lbs.The pike were caught on float trolled roach and pollan. Conditions look good for the coming week with settled weather forecast.
For guided pike fishing or boat hire in the Foxford area contact Kenny Sloan on +353 (0)94 9256501 or +353 (0)87 9670310.

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Sea Angling Update

It looks good but bass prove elusive on Clare coast

02/03/11 This last week has seen some nice conditions on the Clare coastline, the water is relatively clear and warming all of the time. I had a couple of forray's to some new Bass marks that i have had my eye on, but to no avail. I have not seen any other anglers at all over the last week, although there was talk of a visiting angler taking a small Bass from Lahinch beach on a sand eel.
Andrew Coxhead
West Coast Angling
Toormore, Kilfenora, Co. Clare, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 (0)86 8838166.

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