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Irish Angling Update

18 March 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon Angling

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Coarse Angling

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Sea Angling


Salmon Angling Update

River Blackwater

Blackwater Lodge

March 12:   Saturday turned out to be a very good day indeed with six springers met in the day - two landed and both released plus four lost. Not bad with only eight rods out!  Michael Sheridan (Dungarvan) caught and released the best fish of the Season to date which was a 12¾ pounder on spinner on Kents.  He also lost another fresh fish of about 7 lbs.  Lawrence Fitzpatrick (Cork) caught and released one about 7 lbs. on Ballinaroone, making it the first day this spring that we have had two springers landed in one day.  His fishing partner Ger McCarthy also lost a fresh fish on spinner.  Another fresh fish of about the same size was lost on fly on Kilmurry. A large fish was lost on fly at Ballyhooly after taking nearly 100m of backing off the angler's reel, just as the water was starting to rise at Ballyhooly Bridge in the late afternoon.  This makes a total of six springers recorded on the Lodge fishery so far this season.

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!)
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A couple of salmon on the worm from the River Laune

1 salmon caught on beat 2 of the River Laune

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Killarney Lakes and Lough Leane

1 salmon reported taken on the Middle Lake and another salmon caught on the Lower Lake.

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10lb 8oz salmon from Currane

13/03 Frank Donnelly of caught a lightening fresh 10.5 lbs. salmon on the troll. Wind N light with reasonable cloud cover with the odd shower, amount of rainfall in the last 24 hours 3.7 mm, max air temperature 8.6˚C. 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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Salmon fishing on Drowes livens up

13 March: There were lovely water levels on the Drowes over the week, especially for fly fishing. The river started the week reading 0.56 metres on the gauge at Four Master Bridge and fell very slowly over the first 4 days of the week. On Thursday, the gauge was reading 0.54 but wintery conditions bringing rain and sleet and snow at the weekend meant the river began to rise again and was reading 0.6 metres by the end of play on Sunday.

Angling attendance was somewhat lower than expected probably due in great part to the windy, wet and cold conditions. Most of the rods that did fish did so at the weekend. There were 4 fresh salmon recorded and a couple hooked and lost. On Wednesday, John Parkinson recorded a 7½ lb salmon caught on a Rapala from the Old Sea Pool. John had intended to fish Melvin but with the Lough being somewhat rough due to wind, he opted to fish the river. On Thursday, two fresh salmon were caught. Colomba Fitzpatrick registered an 8 lb. fish caught on worm from the Spa Well. John Ford accounted for a fine 12 lb salmon caught and released. The fish took a shrimp in the Trout Hole. On Friday, Maurice McDevitt recorded an 8½ lb. salmon caught on the fly from Mowatt’s. 

The forecast for the coming week is for unsettled weather with fairly low temperatures so don’t be putting away those thermals yet!
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Tel: 071 9841055.

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Lough Melvin cold and wet

13 March:Weather conditions were not very favourable this week on Melvin and most days brought strong cold winds and rain and sleet. Few boats ventured out over the week and I have no reports of salmon being caught or rods fishing for trout.

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Trout Angling Update

Rathcon Winter League Final 2011

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Dermot Page reports:

rainbow trout

The final of the Rathcon Winter League Fishing Competition was held on Sunday the 13th of March.   18 anglers qualified for the event with 17 turning out for the day.    The weather was cold with a gusty westerly wind and occasional hail showers.

The first hour was active with fish caught from pegs 9 through to 20. Freddie Miller, Gordon Hill and Eamonn McGoldrick all got off to good starts on their first pegs.

At the dam end, little was being caught but Martin McGorian and Stephen Desay both managed to land decent fish from it.  Both lures and buzzers were catching fish and Karl O Toole was very successful with his team of buzzers landing a big fish of about 12 lbs off peg 15.

It was neck and neck down to the last peg with four fishermen on 6 fish each. With 15 minutes till the final whistle Freddie Miller landed a trout off peg 5 to win the competition outright. In total, 53 fish were landed.

Many thanks, to Southside Angling for their support throughout the competitions and sponsoring of prizes.


 East Coast Trout Angling

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David Byrne reports:

A number of clubs and anglers submitting reports below have requested that anglers refrain from wading or wade with care for the month of March to avoid disturbing or damaging any remaining spawning beds (redds). Care should also be taken to avoid catching kelts as the rivers are still full of fish returning downstream.

River Liffey

John Higgins reports some good wild brown trout fishing recently on the River Liffey in the Newbridge area. John tells us that the water is still very cold but despite this there are a lot of large dark olives around. I am sure that John will have some exciting reports for us in the weeks ahead.  If you fancy a day on the water with John he can be contacted at 086 8135497

River Boyne and Tributaries

Pat McLoughlin reports that there has been some great fishing on the Kells Blackwater recently. The water has been very cold but clear and like the Liffey there have been good olive hatches. Pat had lots of trout with the best weighing in at 1.25 lbs. Following in the family tradition and in his father’s footsteps, Pats 12 yr old son Gerard had five trout on the wet fly the best two measured 12 inches. Pat has requested that anglers exercise extreme caution when wading on the Kell’s Blackwater so as to avoid damaging remaining salmon and trout redds.

If you fancy a day on the Kells Blackwater with Pat McLoughlin he can be contacted at  mobile +353 (0)86 1017415

River Fane

Matt Campbell and Eamonn Conway report from the River Fane. Eamonn reports that the Fane fished well until the cold weather returned. Lots of small trout were coming eagerly to the fly. Nothing really big but lots of fish in the 8 to 10 inch bracket. Eamon hopes that the river will be back right before St Patrick's Day. The last three fine days are sure to have helped things.  Matt reports a similar story. Week one was difficult fishing due to high water and very few trout being taken. The second week saw an improvement with some nice fish being caught and released including two of 14 inches. Matt has requested that anglers should avoid wading during March.

If you fancy a great day’s trout fishing on the Fane Matt can be contacted at +353 (0)87 6757550 and Eamonn can be contacted at +353 (0)86 1242966

Colm Lynch from East Coast Angling reports some good trout fishing from Lough Lene. Douglas Robinson from Navan had six nice fish over the weekend on blobs and diawl bachs.

Colm Lynch can be contacted at East Coast Angling, Balmoral Industrial Estate, Navan, Co. Meath. Tel: +353 (0)46 9073377   mobile: +353 (0)87 2044996.  Email:

Corkagh Park Fishery Report

Greg from the Corkagh Park Fishery reports that trout catches are much improved. The fly lake has been stocked with over 600 triploid rainbows and these have also stirred up the resident fish.  Both lures and buzzer nymphs are working with some large catches being made on both methods.  Dublin Angling initiative ran a very successful day on the fly lake recently with over 30 children learning the sport of fly-fishing, and a few adults too!.

If you fancy a day out a Corkagh Park fishery contact Greg at

Castleblaney Angling Club

Castleblaney Angling Club are running a trout competition on Milltown Lake for members this Sunday, the 20th March. Club membership and details of the competition are available from the Tackle Box in Castleblaney or from Frankie Poyntz at +353 (0)86 2836053

 Curragh Springs Fishery

rainbow troutShaun Hegarty from Curragh Springs Fishery reports that things have been very quiet this past week with many of our regulars returning to the rivers and lakes. We look forward to them filtering back over the summer, especially for a few hours in the evenings when that great rise comes an hour before dusk. Ger Walshe from Dublin had the place all to himself one day last week and landed this fine Curragh Springs rainbow.  The evening rise here on the 14th March.  The early arrival of several Swallows on Sunday morning was a delight to see.  For more information please log on to the website at:

Good fishing despite cold and snow at Cashel Trout Fishery

Unsettled weather patterns did not deter anglers at Cashel this weekend with a beautiful spring feeling at the beginning of the weekend and snowfalls towards the end.
Newcomers, John Rooney and Stephen Branagh (Carryduff) were very lucky to bank a trout each which took the wee bloodworm.  Locals Martin Bradley, John Hasson and Kevin Mc Callion released a total of eight trout which fell to assorted small lures.
Limavady angling group, the Thatch, held a competition with us with the winner getting a cash prize for the most fish caught on the day.  Everyone did extremely well with the results as follows:
Jason Mc Clean 9 trout
Conzy Carton 8 trout
Mark Duncan 4 trout
Joe Donnelly 4 trout
Keith Boyd 3 trout
Joe Linton 2 trout
George Campbell 2 trout
Ossie Steele 2 trout
Paddy Guyler 1 trout
These anglers used mainly buzzers and assorted lures like the cat’s whisker to make their catches.

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

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Coarse Angling Update

North Monaghan

Geoff Quinn reports that the last winter league match was held recently at Black Island on Lough Muckno. The event was won with 90 fish for 24lbs. Second place was taken with 17lbs and third place was taken with 11lbs. Lots of hybrids were being taken on Black and white Islands using feeder tactics.

Corcagh Park

Greg from Corcagh Park reports that the Carp are now moving around and much more active in the coarse lake. Approximately two dozen were observed sunning themselves at the surface near the outflow recently. They were moving to loose fed dog biscuits on the top, but as you would expect they were still very cautious of hook-baits. I would expect a few big catches to start coming out soon.

If you fancy a day out a Corkagh Park fishery contact Greg at

  62lb bag of roach from the Barrow

Photo: Gerry McBride with a big haul of roach caught last Sunday

Athy and District angling club held a coarse angling match on Mails canal in Athy on Sunday 13th March 2011. Anglers attended from all over the country and neighbouring counties. The match was fished on a running canal venue which hasn't been competition fished this year so far and the turn out and the weather on the day was good. Most anglers all experienced in match fishing circuits chose to opt for the pole and whips and bomb in the initial barrage of ground-bait however the Traper sponsored chairman of the Carlow Coarse Angling Club Gerry McStraw opted for a completely different approach to the match which ultimately had devastating results thus producing one of the best bags of Roach for years during a match (Roach not Hybrids). Gerry ended up weighing in a bag of 62 lbs. 4 oz. of Roach ranging in size from 8 oz to 12 oz. Second was another Carlow member Miroslav Svajlenin with 44 lbs. of fish and in third place was Carlow A.C.I. registered coach Ian Warburton with 37 lbs. of fish three stunning bags of fish.
Gerry arrived at the match minus his Traper seat box as the walk to the pegs was long in some places instead he chose to sit on top of his ground-bait bucket and fish with a 13 ft float rod, a closed faced reel and a home made Peacock quill. At the initial all in Gerry chose to take it easy and put in four golf ball sized balls of the Traper Grand Prix black ground-bait mixed with some dispersing leam, honey bread and the liquid roach additive. During the day Gerry kept the Roach in his swim with a constant loose feed of caster and red maggots and a small ball of ground-bait every forty five minutes. 
On a separate note the Carlow club have been very busy indeed and are in talks with the Inland Fisheries Ireland organising an event for the up and coming fisheries awareness week in May in Carlow town. The club has the recognised A.C.I. fully trained coaches are also in talks to build twenty permanent disabled angling stands in Carlow town. In a recent meeting the Carlow County Council accepted a motion on the agenda and passed a By law motion for the complete catch and release of all coarse fish in the county of Carlow.
Gerry McStraw
Tel: 085 2844566
or visit
St. Fiacc's Tce.

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Pike Angling Update

North East Pike Angling  

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David Byrne reports:

Pike fishing has picked up again over the last week in the north east area. Paul O'Callaghan reports that Fiachra Fairtlough and his fishing buddy John were back again on Glaslough recently. Fishing began at 6.30 am in bright but cold conditions with little wind. In total the lads had 22 pike. The heaviest weighed 17 lbs. and fell to a legered smelt on Fiachra’s rod. A good number of fish between 7 and 9 lb were taken on smelt, mackerel and pollen baits. Fiachra who does not fish lures much, had a good take on a copper spoon but this fish came un-hooked close to the boat. The notable aspect of the day was that not one fish was caught after 10.30 am.

Paul O'Callaghan can be contacted at his shop at Anglers World, Balmoral Business Park, Kells Road, Navan, Co. Meath. Tel: +353 (0)46 9071866

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Colm Lynch at East Coast Angling also reports that the pike fishing has improved in Cavan and Monaghan over the last week. Colm fished with some local anglers from Navan on Sunday last and the lads had three fish for the day the best of which weighed 17 lbs and was taken by Noel Hyland on a Neville Fickling smelt. A number of double figured fish have also been reported from the pier in Virginia recently, reports are that they have been taken on legered dead baits.

Colm Lynch can be contacted at East Coast Angling, Balmoral Industrial Estate, Navan, Co. Meath. Tel: +353 (0)46 9073377  or mobile: +353 (0)87 2044996.  Email:

The upturn in the pike fishing recently has also been reported by angling guide Marc O'Regan who fished with clients over the last week in the Cavan area. Fishing only the fly the lads boated 16 pike the best of which weighed in at 16 lbs.  If you fancy a day on the water with Marc he can be contacted at +353 (0)87 9153002

Kieran Roche reports that a group of 10 lads from the ESB International Fishing Club in Dublin visited South Monaghan on a recent fishing trip. The group caught 24 pike on assorted lures weighing from 2.5 kgs. to 14.5 kgs.  Guide services and boats were supplied by local angling guide Peadar O'Brien from Carrickmacross.  It was an early morning start with temperatures ranging from -2 in the morning to 4 / 5°C around mid day. No wind meant that there were flat calm waters all day with little or no sunshine. Members of the group took turns shore fishing and from the boats. Disappointingly, the shore fishing produced nothing all day, not even a run using smelt, herring, mackerel and spinning. The boats under the expertise and watchful eye of Peadar O' Brien produced what was a fantastic days fishing with every member of the group catching at least 2 fish.

Peader in action

A pike falls for a spinner

Peadar O'Brien has been doing a lot of fishing recently and caught some nice fish but a lot of jacks, Last couple of weeks the fish have been spawning seen them myself even though the weather is cold water temp is 7.4 they were in shallow water.

If you fancy a day on the water with Peadar he can be contacted at by E-mail at:  or by mobile: +353 (0)87 9265867

Another pike to Peader's boat.

Frankie Poyntz reports on the last pike competition run by Castleblaney Angling Club on Milltown Lake in Castleblaney. The fishing took place from 11 am until 3 pm. Water levels were still high and it was cold. A total of forty pike were weighed in. Winner of the event was Steven Smith from Castleblaney with 4 fish weighing 18 lb 12ozs, Second went to Kieran McCully also with four fish weighing 16 lbs 10 ozs and third place went to Eric McDonagh with three fish weighing 12 lbs 4 ozs.

Lough Ree International Pike Angling Festival

Wednesday to Friday April 13-14-15

Four weeks today we will be launching the first boats from Coosan Point for the opening day of the International Pike Angling festival at Athlone.

We have already passed last year’s entry figures and now expect to have 100 anglers taking part. That would give us a fabulous cash prize fund of €15,500 including the guaranteed €3,000 first prize for the biggest pike along with cash prizes for the top six fish every day.

But it isn’t just about winning a prize.  Lough Ree is an outstanding fishery and to get among the leading prizes on any of the three fishing days you needed a pike of 18 lb or more - now that is good.  And then each evening we have a presentation session where the banter is mighty!

The closing date for entry is Wednesday April 7

Pike Angling World Cup

The “World Cup” for pike anglers is going to be a lot of fun and there are already eight countries represented - England, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Poland, Russia and Slovakia – all eager to be the first to get their name on the trophy.  All anglers are welcome.

Full details can be found at

Please telephone for more information

(In Ireland) 071 9642743

(In UK) 0151 324 4744

(Other counties) +353 (0)71 9642743

River Shannon


Regular Pike angler to the River Shannon, Stephen Gibbons reports that  he was on the River Suck on Friday the 11th, where we had only 3 fish for the day... Biggest fish was 18 lb which I caught on a herring, also one of the smaller fish seemed to have some sort of growth on it!! Water levels where fine... But returned on Monday to find river very high once again...

Cavan pike


Paddy Keogh and Joe White, two anglers from Dublin report that they done an overnight session on a Cavan lake on Saturday the 12th March and had four pike from six to sixteen pounds.  All fish came within a one hour period.

Lough Erne

Andy Nicolson reports on a recent trip to the Belle Isle Estate fishing the neaby waters of Upper Lough Erne in an E-mail to the organisers of the trip.

Anglers: Andy & James Nicholson, Jason & Paul Ashcroft, along with Edd Middleton, fished the Belle Isle upper Erne system for 3 and a half days early March with great success, utilising all methods, including Jerk Baits, the intrepid anglers from Shropshire and Cheshire, caught in total 65 Pike, of which 7 were double figure, the largest being 19 lbs taken by Edd Middleton on a dead bait.
Conditions were ideal, with the river system dropping and clearing, along with the water warming up, the Pike were becoming extremely active and putting on weight ready for spawning. The anglers also had some excellent Roach, Perch and skimmer Bream fishing to the maggot and worm, on stick float and it won’t be long before the bigger Bream move into the channels, providing anglers with wonderful sport. Prospects for the ensuing weeks on all species are very good.      
Kind Regards
Andy Nicholson 

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Sea Angling Update

East coast report

Angling guide Jim Hendrix reports through his website on ongoing fishing in his area:

SEAi -Sportfishing Resource Fly & Lure

Seatrout time comes round again…..

It’s that mad time of year again when I go fishing for seatrout in the sea. This time I’m going to do some proper work on the fly and hopefully with some luck achieve something worthwhile –it’s never been easy though.

I’ve changed my lines to the Guideline coastal slow intermediate #6 which is aimed at fly fishers targeting Seatrout, Bass and other species requiring a stealthy approach and long, accurate casts. The low-profile head has a length of 10.5 meters and transfers into a floating running line that makes up the rest of this 32 meter long WF line. It’s built on a DC core hence it will detect the tiniest of pulls from any shy fish.

The sink rate is 1.25 cm/sec. making it ideal for fishing just under the surface, even at a relatively slow retrieve.


Rod: A.Jensen 8’-0” #6 seatrout specialist

Line: Guideline coastal slow inter #6

Reel: Vision XLA – # 6/7

Leader: Hand built tapered – 10’-0” Maxima Chameleon and Rio fluoroflex tippet

Address: Jim Hendrick, 8 St Johns Road, Wexford, Ireland.

Telephone: +353 (0)53 9123351

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Northern Ireland


Charter skipper Hamish Currie reports on some recent fishing for his clients fishing out from Red Bay in Co. Antrim.
“A settled spell of weather allowed us to head back out to the deep trough 17 miles north of Rathlin Island with lots of mackerel showing gorging on small sandeels. Over 45 congers were taken in 2 days along with 9 skate all small, spurdogs and black mouth dogfish were also on the menu. All the skate were taken on an assortment of dogfish baits.”

Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib 
Web: Email:
Telephone Home: +44 (0)28 2177 1828   Boat: +44 (0)7720440117

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