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Irish Angling Update

10 March 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
email: Paul Bourke
Ph: 00 353 (0) 1 8842600
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Salmon Angling

Trout Angling

Coarse Angling

Pike Angling

Sea Angling


Salmon Angling Update

Sea trout

Seatrout fishing seems to be picking up along the east coast. Please remember to purchase your state licence when fishing for sea trout.

River Blackwater

Blackwater Lodge

March 4:  One springer lost after being played for 5 mins.
March 5: 
One sea-liced springer of about 7lb caught on spinner on Kents & released.
March 6: 
Fresh fish seen running through a number of the lower beats.

Now in excellent fly order & also good for spinning.
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: Website:

We have had 4 Springer’s on my beats on the Blackwater in the past 10 days so things are starting to look promising. Check my Facebook for details of special offers.
Philip Maher
Touraneena, Ballinamult, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, Ireland
Tel: + 353 (0)58 47524 Mob: + 353 (0)87 8399345
Web: Email:

Fort William Estate Fishery

08/03/11 Fort William has had their first spring fish of 2011. Happy angler Marcus Baile landed his first fish of the season of 10lbs on spinner off the Ellis beat. Conditions are perfect with clarity 100% so its know wonder Marcus done the Job. Forecast  is for some showers but looks like nothing to upset water levels.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
Email: Web:

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A couple of salmon on the worm from the River Laune

1 salmon caught on a worm on Beat 2 weighing 9lbs.

Photo: James Radford caught a 7lb spring fish on Beat 1 on worm on March 1st.

As of Sunday 6th March, beautiful water at 1 foot 9 inches on the gauge at Johnston's.

This is a perfect height for Laune Anglers waters you could fish all methods but no sign of a fish.  It was lovely to be out on a nice afternoon, lots of lambs to be seen in great spirits. The lambs were the highlight, but it was good to get the fly-rod in hand again and straighten out the fly line.

There was one fish that I know of caught on the worm on Beat 1 on Tuesday last week.  In these lovely conditions a few casts are well worthwhile. There will also be good high tides from Sunday 20th to Tuesday 22nd March.

Still no Springer from Laune Anglers Waters!
Billy Downes
Laune Anglers Assoication

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Killarney Lakes and Lough Leane

1 salmon caught on the lake by a local angler weighing 8lbs.

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13lb 12oz salmon from Currane

Photo: Kevin Brain got this 13lb 12oz salmon on the troll with his son and Gillie Mr. Sian Brain

08/03 Mr. Kevin Brain was the talk of the Lobster this evening and for good reason, he caught the biggest Salmon so far this season weighing in at 13lbs 12ozs on the troll with his Son Sian and of

03/03 - 07/03 Generally quiet with just a few kelts caught on Saturday by anglers trolling the lake. Conditions were calm and overcast.

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

Conor with his Feale salmon

Father and son team Dee and Conor Dennison had great luck earlier this week when they both caught salmon on the River Feale.

Conor had an 8lb fish at Mattie Dillons on a fly tied by his father, Dee.

Afterwards Dee got in on the action and landed a fine 9lb fish himself.

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First salmon of the year from Galway Fishery

Photo: Dave Lenihan caught the first salmon of the season on the Galway Fishery

The first Galway salmon of 2011 was landed this week by local angler Dave Lenihan, who has landed the first fish on 2 other occasions in the last few years. Following remedial works by the OPW to the weir, one of the sluice gates was replaced early this week, resulting in the top pool being fishable for the first time this season. Within hours, regular anglers were back in numbers, all eager to claim the first fish of the year, but it was local expert Lenihan who produced the goods again. The sparkling silver fish was landed on a shrimp, and weighed 10.5lbs. It was fresh in from the sea too, sporting a few sea lice.

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Another salmon for Werner at Delphi

03 March: German regular Werner Zirngibl landed another sea liced ranched fish today. I’m afraid it was a bit of a comedown since his last capture. It was however a lovely sea liced fish of 5lb 9oz taken on surprisingly enough a Collie Dog. River height is decreasing slowly and is now at 27 which is getting low but still high enough for fish to run.
David McEvoy
Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296

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River Moy

Photo: The first salmon of the season from the lower Moy

On the River Moy, local angler Fergal Ginty successfully caught the first spring salmon of the Lower Moy on the Ballina Salmon Anglers water, upstream of the newly refurbished salmon weir. The salmon, weighing 8.5lbs was caught on the worm. Fergal received a €250 tackle voucher from Gary Piggot, Ridge Pool Tackle Shop to mark his achievement.  

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Michael Conrony, Sligo caught a Salmon on Glencar Lake on Sunday 06th March. The fish was 25 inches and estimate to weigh about 7lb. The fish was caught on a blue and silver Toby wih a single barbless hook. Martin had replaced the trebles on his spinners and spoons with barbless singles and was a bit sceptical if they would work. The hook came out of the fishes mouth as soon as it was in the bottom of the boat. The fish was returned to the water none the worse for the fight and bolted away.

Anglers are reminded that they must fish recognised catch and release methods on the Drumcliff and Glencar system unless they are in procession of a valid brown tag. Catch and release means carefully handling any fish caught and immediately returning the fish alive to the water.

The use of worms as bait or any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks, in angling for salmon on the Drumcliff/Glencar system is strictly prohibited unless the angler is in possession of an appropriate brown tag. The above will be strictly enforced and anglers found in contravention of the tagging regulations will be liable to prosecution.

The total number of brown tags available to anglers during the season will be limited to 5 per month. Because of the very limited number, brown tags will be issued on a lottery basis. Application forms for monthly draw are available online here; icon Application form for Brown tag for Drumcliff/Glencar System (60.5 kB);and by email or by phone from the address below.

Applications for February should reach Inland Fisheries Ireland (Ballina) by 10 February, 2011. Applications for the remaining months of the season must be received by the 21st of each month for inclusion in the monthly draw. Only one application per angler will be considered. All applications will be acknowledged and unsuccessful applicants will be included in subsequent draws. Any tags not allocated will be carried over into the following month.

Inland Fisheries Ireland,
Ardnaree House,
Abbey Street,
Ballina, Co. Mayo.

Tel: 096 22788

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Carrowmore Lake , perhaps the most prolific spring salmon lake fishery in the country, got its season off to a flying start with the capture of the first salmon of the season. Rocky Moran, Castlebar, was the successful angler who hooked the fine 11.4lbs salmon, near the mouth of the Glencullin River. The salmon was caught on a ‘Jaffa’ fly as tied by Eamon Kennedy, and was successfully boated by angling partner Kevin Beirne.

For information on angling on Carrowmore Lake, please contact
Seamus Henry on +353 (0)97 83487

Bangor Erris angling Club

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Cascade strikes again on the Drowes

salmon retuen
Photo: On Sunday Chris Mc Daid got this 12lbs fish from The Mill Pool.

06 March: Two more fish have been reported, both with long tailed sea lice. Jack Brown had a fish of 8.5lbs on a self tied Cascade variant from Lennox’s yesterday afternoon and Chris Mc Daid had a 12lbs fish on a size 8 Cascade with green butt from the Mill Pool this morning.
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.

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8.5lb salmon on the troll from Lough Melvin

Photo: 8.5lb Salmon caught on the troll  with a brown and gold minnow by John Flanagan on Sunday 6th March in Flanagan's Bay, Lough Melvin.

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Trout Angling Update

Corkagh Park hosts flycasting event for youngsters

Corkagh Park
Photo: Imelda Kennedy, 15,  lands her first rainbow trout on the fly at Corkagh Park Fishery

The Dublin Angling Initiative organised a flycasting event at Corkagh Park in Clondalkin on Saturday 5th March with the aim of introducing young people to the art of flyfishing.  More than 100 people were in attendance at this event which included newcomers and novices to the art of flyfishing, volunteers, youth workers from the Greater Dublin area.

The purpose of the event was to introduce young people to fly fishing and to help raise the profile of the wonderful angling resource at Corkagh Park.  Top flycaster Paddy McDonnell (APGAI Ireland and USA) gave wonderful demonstrations aimed at the novice and he interacted with his audience at every stage. Glenda Powell and Eamon Conway  (both APGAI instructors) travelled to the event to give their support to Paddy and all gave their time free of charge. Up to 30 volunteers assisted including many Irish international fly anglers including Noel Shiels and Gerry Heaslip.

Annamoe Fishery report

Rainbow trout
Photo: John Patrick Chew aged 5 with his first rainbow trout

Annamoe Trout fishery Anglers fishing here at the weekend epxerienced some good rainbow trout fishing. 9 anglers fishing caught 18 rainbow trout up to 4lb weight. Buzzards with DI 5 fast sinking lines, 2 foot leaders and orange blobs seemed to work well for some anglers. John Patrick Chew aged 5 caught his first rainbow trout on the bubble and fly.

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Ballyhass open day, 26 March 2011

An action-packed information day for anglers is being held on 26 March 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:

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A quiet week on Lough Mask

Ronan Cusack reports that Lough Mask was quiet this week with only a few boats out over the weekend. Conditions were calm and mild for most of the week with good hatches of small chironomids observed in some of the sheltered bays. Ronan fished for the first time this year on Sunday, with boat partner Kevin Egan and had 1 fish for 2.25lbs. Gerry O’Brien and son Damien from Ballinrobe fished wet fly over the weekend and had a total of 10 trout for their efforts. Gerry said they got most of their fish in very shallow water on small dark flies. Tom Conroy and Sean Maloney Ballinrobe also fished on Sunday for 1 fish of approx.. 1.75lbs.

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Lough Corrib also quiet

Corrib was also quiet this week, and the only report I received was young Liam Butler from Glann, Oughterard, who only fished for an hour on Sunday and landed a nice trout on the troll.

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Beautiful Spring weather at Cashel Trout Fishery

This beautiful spring weather has encouraged anglers once again to put their fly fishing skills to the test with us here at Cashel.

Using the octopus fly, Campsie’s John Hall banked an amazing fifteen trout while Martin Bradley (Dungiven) released nine beauties which fell to cul de canards and suspender buzzers.  Franky Murphy (Feeny) bagged two weighing almost 4lb and released a further five which fell to suspender buzzers too.  Dungiven’s Andrew Logan released four which took the hare’s ear and the egg fly while John Hasson also from Dungiven released five trout which took the wee polystyrene head buzzer.  Pearse Doherty (Maghera) had a quiet start to the day but did very well banking four trout in the evening using a vibrating leg bloodworm.  Derry’s Billy Hazlett released five trout which took wee dries and buzzers while Michael Doherty Snr and Michael Doherty Jnr (Derry) took five trout home between them totalling to 9lb 14ozs.  They used floating fry, green vibrator and cat’s whiskers to make their catches.  Roland Mullan (Feeny) banked one trout after a short stay which took a wee dry fly.

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

East coast report

Night fishing seems to be quite productive along the east coast beaches with Courtown Sea Angling club producing some good results at a competition last weekend. Joe Byrne from Courtown Sea Angling Centre won the competition with 39 fish including Flounders, dabs, rockling and whiting. The best bait appeared to be black lugworm and maddies.

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